Happy New Year!
We love to take a minute every year after the holidays settle to reflect on all the things we accomplished - and 2021 was a crazy and unusual follow up to 2020. Thankfully, we are excited to again share how amazing our year was and how many weddings were able to successfully and safely plan, but we will be the first to tell you, it was not easy! We continue to be extremely grateful for the support and love we receive from friends, family and vendors in the industry - we could not have survived both 2020 and 2021 without them.
After a crazy 2020 and postponing over 45 weddings to 2021, we were so happy to see so many beautiful weddings come to life last year after so much uncertainty and struggle.
Below we highlight the busiest year Cape Cod Celebrations has ever had - Enjoy!
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Our final episode of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with Laura Davis & Nancy Nadeau of Cosmos Catering!
A top Cape Cod catering company since 2002, Laura & Nancy of Cosmos Catering have led their team with a passion for food and commitment to excellence. With Nancy in the front of house and Laura in the kitchen, these partners cater from Provincetown all the way to Brewster and beyond!
Throughout the pandemic, Laura & Nancy have kept busy with smaller weddings and events. Listen in at 2.5 minutes to hear about their pandemic pivot! A true local business finding ways to serve their Provincetown community with delicious deli sandwiches, snacks & more. If you are out in Ptown, make sure to stop at Cosmos to Go!
And if you don't already, follow Laura, Nancy & their staff! @cosmoscatering
Gather Around the Table with Merrisa & Nick of Merrisa Caroline Photography & Nick Court Films!
This husband and wife team of high school sweethearts are newer to the Cape Cod wedding industry and have been capturing weddings on the Cape and beyond for 3 years. These native Cape Codders bring a laid-back and fun vibe to the wedding day whether on the Cape or around the world. They love a chance to explore new places and even have their own YouTube channel about travel! No matter what, this wander-lusting couple loves to call the Cape their home.
Make sure to listen in at 2 minutes where Merrisa & Nick fill us in on their wedding day tradition!
Make sure you follow Merrisa & Nick! @merrisacarolinephotography
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 8 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with owner and cake designer, Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts!
This dynamo of a baker and business woman has been creating beautiful wedding cakes and dessert creations for Cape Cod, the South Shore & Newport for 30 years, next year! Lisa's love of design and baking are evident in the beautiful cakes she creates for her couples. And she doesn't stop at cakes...cupcakes, macarons, cookies, whoopie pies and more. Curating dessert tables from hand drawings at your initial meeting to the execution on the wedding day is her specialty!
Make sure to listen in at 2 minutes where Lisa fill us in on what it was like competing on Food Network! #goldsilverbronze #foodnetworkcontestant
Episode 7 of the second season of our IGTV series is LIVE! Gather Around the Table with the one and only DJ Danny Walsh!
This mild mannered, laid back guy by day is a smooth talkin', beats droppin' DJ for weddings and events by night (or day if your wedding is early!)! DJ Danny Walsh is a highly sought after DJ on the Cape & Islands and the South Shore, with 25+ years of DJing and weddings under his belt. While working with Danny on creating the perfect musical backdrop to your wedding day, you can expect to to feel at ease and have a definite laugh along the way! (He's got jokes!) But above all else...his love of music is totally evident!
Make sure to listen in at 2 minutes where Danny lets us in on the song he would rather not hear at a wedding again! #maybeskipthelinedance
When planning your wedding there are many different vendors you have to research, talk to and book - a florist being one of them. Florists usually range from a more affordable option such as a supermarket to a higher end professional florist and everything in between. As there are so many ways to research and find your florist - there are also a number of different factors to consider when choosing your florist. Check out our list below of topics to consider when finding your florist on Cape Cod.
Your budget should be considered when you are looking into any of your vendors, but when finding your florist it is always a good idea to have a number in mind of what you expect to spend on your flowers. If you present that number to your florist ahead of time it can be easier for them to recommend certain flowers, bouquets and centerpieces that would fit in your price range.
Most florists will have hundreds of photos they can show you of past weddings they have done. Really look through their website and social media accounts to see that they have done pieces that fit your vision. If you are looking to go a bit outside the box, be sure you see photos in their portfolio that are fun and different, which shows you that they can really accept any challenge and are not always working with roses and hydrangeas!
Work with Your Vision
As I mentioned briefly above, you want to make sure that the florist you choose is willing to work with you on your vision and can already ensure you that what you are picturing in your head will be your final product. Ask if they can show you something similar to what you want to do - either in photos or with flowers they may have on hand.
When booking any vendor for your wedding, be sure that you enjoy their personality. You will be in contact with them many times throughout the whole process so you want to make sure you enjoy having conversations with them! You also want to make sure you feel that they are invested in you and that you can trust them to do their job. Also be sure they show confidence that they can get the job done!
Know Flowers and Alternatives
When you start to look for your flowers on pinterest or instagram and on other wedding websites, you may find yourself in love with tulips, but with a September wedding it may not work out. Be sure that when you meet with a florist and you tell them what flowers you are envisioning that they can tell you if they will be in season on your wedding date. And if not, they should be able to tell you alternatives for those flowers that would still be beautiful, but would save you money! You usually can get most any flowers at any time of year, but it depends on if they can get the flowers locally or if they have to shop them in from around the world!
Read more on Inspired by This:
10 Questions to Ask Your Florist Before Signing on the Dotted Line
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!!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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