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 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!
If you have stumbled upon her bright shop on Main Street in Falmouth, you know its dynamo owner Jen Chagnon! Where weddings are concerned, Jen knows them from start to finish on the wedding planning side of things and can help with stationery and custom goods every step of the way, from save the dates to invitations and from welcome bags to wedding favors and more!! Listen in at 2 minutes where she fills us in on her personal motto!
And if you don't follow her... make sure you do @thepinkpolkadotcapecod!!
Episode 12 of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Briana, owner of Elevated Impressions. Elevated Impressions is a newer vendor to the Cape wedding industry and Briana's story with blow you away! (pun intended!) Check out her holiday themed balloon installation and listen in 2 minutes in where she chats about her motto that keeps her going during these incredible times!! And if you don't follow her... make sure you do @elevatedimpressionsma
This week Gather Around the Table with Ann Davis & Erin Barrett, co-owners of Summer Sitters. Learn more about these momtreprenuers (and past Cape Cod Celebrations brides!) and how they fit into the wedding industry on Cape Cod & beyond! Be sure to listen in at 2 and a half minutes, where they discuss whether or not to have kids at your wedding and how they can help whether you decide to have them attend or not!!
This week on Gather Around the Table meet Michelle, owner of Michelle's Hair & Beauty Bridal and an amazing hair and makeup artist! Learn more about this Falmouth native and her journey to becoming a wedding vendor on the Cape! Be sure to listen in at two and a half minutes, where Michelle shares her message to couples whose weddings have been affected this year.
This week on Gather Around the Table meet Kristina, owner of Botanique, a fabulous floral studio in South Yarmouth and the master behind all of our floral on Gather Around the Table. Learn a little more about this native Cape Codder who started her floral business 4 years ago close to home! Listen to how this early riser kicks off her day on the wedding day at a minute and a half in!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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