Hello Moms! Your son or daughter just got engaged! How fun! How crazy! How overwhelming! You are going to have a crazy couple of months ahead of you in the planning process so we decided to collect a list of roles that you will have from now until “I Do”.
Mother of the Bride
You have always dreamt of this day when your little girl would find the love of her life and walk down the aisle! Be sure to remember that this is her wedding and she may have some crazy ideas, but you will have to be supportive throughout the stressful process. Here is a list of “Mother-of-the-Bride Roles” for you to keep in mind while she is planning away!
- Come up with a budget you are comfortable with early on in the process
- Make your guest list and keep in mind that it is not ideal for your daughter to meet anyone for the first time at her wedding!
- Be supportive! Times have changed and there is a lot of added stress that comes from planning a wedding. Be her rock when she needs it!
- Hire a planner! It is definitely a smart move - mostly because if you don’t have someone there the day of the wedding to help, you may be doing it all and not enjoying the day the way you should.
- Be available. There are lots of meetings and decisions that have to be made and you are most likely going to need to be by her side when she makes them. Be sure that you can make yourself available for her when needed.
- Get to know the next lady who's role we are going to talk about below. The more you are on the same team, the easier the planning process will go!
Mother of the Groom
Your son found the love of his life and now the planning begins! We have come up with a list of things for you to keep in mind throughout the planning process!
- Make your guest list and keep in mind that it is not ideal for your son to meet anyone for the first time at his wedding!
- Be Supportive! Let your soon-to-be daughter or son-in-law live their wedding dreams even if it was not what you would had in mind.
- Find a great rehearsal dinner venue and include your son in the process.
- Find a beautiful Mother of the Groom dress and be sure to ask what colors would be appropriate.
- Enjoy the process. Because it is not your daughter getting married, if you have a daughter, you really need to take a bit of a back seat on this one. When they wants your help with the wedding planning process, they will ask for it, but be sure they know you are available!
- Get to know the first lady that we talked about above. The more you are on the same team, the easier the planning process will go!
Episode 6 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Shannon Mahoney, owner & front of house guru of Sumptuous Catering.
The motto at Sumptuous is "Food Is Love" and they have been serving up lots of love at weddings and events since 2004. Besides running Sumptuous Events and Catering, Ted and Shannon Mahoney, along with their family, have owned the very popular Mahoney’s Atlantic Bar and Grill in Orleans for twenty years. Their years of experience and deep connection to Cape Cod make them a great choice for catering your party or wedding.
Make sure to listen in at 2.5 minutes where Shannon talks about intimate weddings and why she is a big fan!
Make sure you follow Shannon, Ted, Sumptuous & Mahoneys! @mahoneyscapecod
Episode 5 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Reverends Faith Lavender & Scott Kuenzel of Cape Cod Ceremonies.
Partners in life and in business, Reverends Faith and Scott are wedding officiates & interfaith ministers on Cape Cod. This couple has been integral in some of the most important times in people's lives from baby blessings to wedding ceremonies and more! Faith has been marrying couples since 1995 and Scott since 2014. Both Faith and Scott take a lot of time and care to get to know their couples and craft a wedding ceremony that honors their relationship and their futures together.
Make sure to listen in at 2 minutes where they talk about the most important thing they have learned after officiating weddings for so many years!
Episode 4 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Ali & Jason O'Toole, owners of Pizza Barbone.
This husband and wife team followed their passion for PIZZA ? into catering small parties on the Cape for rehearsal dinners and never looked back! Now their pizza dreams have grown into a pizza restaurant on Main Street in Hyannis, a bustling pizza truck catering company and creative cocktail service out of a very cute air stream/mobile bar cart! ? ? ?
Make sure to listen in at 2 minutes where they answer the question on everyone's minds...What's your favorite pizza?
And if you don't follow them... make sure you do @pizzabarbone!!
As we enter "invitation season" (typically invites go out 2-3 months before the wedding), we thought it may be a good idea to share some tips that we have learned over the past year when planning a wedding during these crazy times. We have created a list of tips below to help you navigate the process and connected with our local stationers, Dulce Press and Pink Polka Dot, to be sure you have the tools you need for a successful invitation!
If it is time to order your invitations and you are not quite sure if you may have to postpone or not, be sure that the only piece of your suite that has a date on it is the invitation. That way if you do have to change the date for any reason, you only have to reprint the invite and not the whole suite!
If you had to downsize your wedding, it can feel like the worst thing you have to do! Unfortunately, you will have to let the guests that are no longer invited know. Take a peek at this sample from Dulce Press on how you can do that.
With so much unknown, even after the exciting news last week, it is still a good idea to include a note about your plans due to COVID.
"I recommend including some COVID verbiage to your invitation suite (whether you add to an existing details card, or create a small additional insert). This lets your guests know you are taking the precautions seriously and also acknowledges that plans may have to change depending on current regulations. Most importantly, it will remind your guests to continue monitoring your website for updates!" Jen, Pink Polka Dot
Jen from Dulce Press recommends telling guests ahead of time that your celebration will be practicing social distancing. "If you will be supplying masks and asking them to wear them throughout the wedding let them know! Then they can make an educated decision beforehand rather than be unexpectedly confronted at the event. One of our favorites is sending a little note saying "we want you there but of course we will understand if you can’t or chose not to come".
With the new announcement from the Governor last week, your plans may have changed, yet again. Be sure that you continue to check the Mass.gov website for updates!
Episode 3 of the second season of our Cape Cod Wedding Vendor IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Christine Hochkeppel, owner of Salty Broad Studios.
This 14 year veteran of the wedding industry somewhat recently took her passion for photography back in 2017! This pet-loving, creative Cape Cod washashore has an infectious laugh and a penchant for Gin & Tonics. Her love of the First Look on the wedding day shines through as she talks about how nothing can beat the excitement of when the couple sees each other for the first time. You’re going to LOL at the thing Christine loves cooking up in her backyard smoker—but she SWEARS by it—so make sure you watch until the very end! And if you don't follow her... now's the time! @saltybroadstudios!!
Episode 2 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Patrice R. Milley, owner and designer at Patrice R. Milley Floral Design.
This 30 year veteran of the the wedding industry wears many hats! Business owner, designer, mom, and wife, Patrice shares her a little of her knowledge and a little of the personal in our latest video! Patrice is creative to the core and her passion for her work comes through in the way she talks about her clients and how she works with them to personalize their wedding day floral design. You may LOL about the thing Patrice can't live without on the wedding day at 1.5 minutes!
Season 2 is here! Episode 1 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Stacey Kuehn, owner and stylist of Stacey Kuehn Hair.
Stacey's career began in NYC then love and family brought her to her new home, Cape Cod! (Even though she has not let go of the all-black city girl uniform!) For the last 10 years, Stacey's artistry with hair has been immediately apparent in her bridal hair designs. She pampers her clients before and on the wedding day...and sometimes after because many of her brides (and some grooms!) become her clients getting their haircuts with her for years after the wedding day. Listen in at 2 minutes where she may or may not drop some names of celebrity clients she has worked with in her career!
Happy New Year!! It's 2021! We are so grateful to all of the Cape Cod wedding vendors who sat down with us this past 2020 season for our first season of Gather Around the Table: A Cape Cod Vendor Series! And we are extra thankful for all of you who have followed and loved our wedding vendor spotlights!
As many know, the wedding industry has been deeply affected by the pandemic and while much of our time last wedding season was spent pivoting, re-planning, and safely executing events...we felt it was the perfect time to highlight the small businesses on Cape Cod that create, design and plan the incredible events you love to follow on our Instagram pages. These wedding professionals and small business owners are at the heart of the Cape Cod wedding industry and we hope you have enjoyed getting to know them in a new way!
If you missed any of our episodes, find them in our IGVT feed or on here on our Blog. We are so excited to kick off the new year with Season 2!!
Deepest thanks to Cindy & Sean of @harborviewstudios for their editing skills and creativity, Charlene and Rich of @truenortheventrentals for their beautifully crafted table and lending us their hashtag, Katie Mae of @designsbykatiemae for her work on our logo and Kristina of @botaniquecapecod for her incredible floral arrangements.
Shout out as well to @elevatedimpressionsma for their
balloon installation for our winter interviews!
Tune in every other Tuesday for a new episode featuring local Cape Cod vendors.
Happy New Year! (Thank goodness!)
We love to take a minute every year after the holidays settle, to reflect on all the things we accomplished - and 2020 was one heck of a year. Usually this is where we are so excited to share how amazing our year was and how many weddings were able to plan, but this post is a little different. Of course, we are always extremely grateful for the support and love we receive from friends, family and vendors in the industry and this year we are more grateful than ever before.
Not to get into this too deep, but 2020 was one of the hardest years we have ever had. We helped our couple's navigate times that we had never experienced before. We moved weddings once, twice and sometimes three times. We reimagined events from 200ppl to 30ppl in two weeks. It was intense! But we lived to tell the tale.
Even though it was a tough year, in more ways than one, we still wanted to highlight some of the fabulous things that came out of such a challenging year. Enjoy!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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