At the end of February, Marni and I flew down to Atlanta to attend our first ever NotWedding. Needless to say, the 3 day/2 night experience was amazing. We met some awesome people, learned a lot about what do to for our NotWedding taking place on Cape this November and walked away with ideas spilling out of our ears! Many photos, notes and videos later, we returned back to the Cape and were able to announce the NotWedding Cape Cod date on March 15th.
Marni and I arrived in Atlanta on a Sunday morning, grabbed lunch with a fabulous waitress down the street from our hotel, took a quick nap (seeing that we had been up since 4:30am!) and met NotWedding creator Callie for dinner at Atlanta NotWedding caterers restaurant, Sun in My Belly. Can you say delicious?! We were greeted by Callie with a box of Krispy Kremes, enjoyed a fabulous dinner with lots of conversation and made our way back for a good nights sleep so that we could be ready to assist at the NotWedding the next day.
Monday we arrived at the Mason Murer Fine Art center just outside of the city with our Starbuck's in hand and got to work moving 300 chivari chairs. We watched as the NotBride arrived to get her hair and make-up done, as the vendors came in and out to decorate their tables, set-up the ceremony space, take photos & video and so much more. The gallery was buzzing with creativity.
At 5:45pm guests began to arrive, at 6:15pm the ceremony began. Guests then enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner from Sun in My Belly and dancing from an super fun Atlanta band. The Tunnel of Love opened for guests to learn about the vendors and the night ended after the bride and groom made their exit.
Marni and I retreated to our hotel - aching after moving 300 chairs three times - looked at each other, exhausted and knowing that we both loved every minute of it.
Enjoy the (iPhone) photos from our trip, view more by checking out the pics on the NotWedding's facebook pageand mark your calendar for the first ever NotWedding Cape Cod November 24, 2013 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel!
You’re engaged! Yay! The ring is sparkling, you can’t get the grin of your face and you have updated your facebook status.....now what? We have put together a list for you to get on your way to planning your perfect Cape Cod wedding after you have said yes!
1. Get a manicure
Funny, but true - you don’t want that sparkly new bobble to be overshadowed by some ugly nails! Go out and treat yourself to a manicure to show off your diamond! You can also find some pretty cheap, and awesome, press on french manicures now a days as well that will last longer!
2. Make your guest list
Open up an excel doc, word doc, Google doc, or whatever your preference is for being somewhat organized and start that guest list. Think of close family, friends, ask your parents about who they will want to invite, and make sure you have everyone that you would want to be there. Now go back and look at your list again. Are there guests that should be on the B list instead? Make sure your numbers are manageable. And remember, if you are having a true destination wedding, an average of 20% of your guests will not attend. There are also guests that you have to invite, but you know will not be able to make it.
3. Figure out your budget
Sit down with your fiance and start talking dollars. How much will each of you be putting into the budget? What about parents? Will they be helping with half, certain items like the dress and dinner or the rehearsal dinner? It may be helpful for you to check out lists online that show you traditional ways that the costs are split - here is a quick list from Real Simple. Once you have your budget, you will have to compare that to how many people you are planning to invite. Do the numbers make sense with your budget? Do you have to cut back on the guest list to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams?
4. Find a venue & set a date
Fair warning: Unless you have had your heart set on a location on Cape Cod since you were 8 years old and you have an unlimited budget, this part of the process can be the most stressful. But rest assured, that once you have the date and venue set it gets easier from here on out. It is always good to reach out to any and all venues that you think would fall into your budget. Check their availability and ask for their pricing. This may be another good time to get out an excel doc to start comparing your options. Every venue works differently, so it is not as easy as comparing apples to apples. Stay tuned for another post regarding what to ask venues before you book! But also check out this past post about how to choose your reception location.
5. Hire a planner
I have to do it and say that one of the best things you can do once you get engaged is hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners have connections on the Cape and can save you hours and hours of time in finding locations that fit your budget and your guest count. They can then go on to save you money and stress throughout the planning process. I am not just saying this because I am a planner, but when you come across other posts on the web regarding what to do after you get engaged, almost all of them say to do this! It is totally worth looking into!
It's here and we are so excited to announce our BIG news that we have been working on for a year!! Cape Cod Celebrations is bringing a new bridal show alternative to Cape Cod this fall called the NotWedding!
Complete with a sit-down dinner, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, the NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”.
Marni and I attended the NotWedding in Atlanta at the end of February and it was nothing short of amazing. Over 300 guests celebrated with the NotCouple and were inspired through a wonderful group of vendors. Check out the video of the NotWedding Atlanta here.
The Cape Cod event will take place on November 24th at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth. Tickets are limited, so brides - be sure to get yours early! And follow The NotWedding on facebook so that you can watch for our inspiring photo shoots, meet our NotCouple, follow other NotWeddings and so much more!
We are also now accepting applications from any and all Cape Cod vendors online. Watch the video - it is absolutely inspiring!
Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 24 the Cape & Islands Wedding Group had it's third annual Bridal Event at New Seabury Country Club. I joke because Mother Nature messed with us and we had to reschedule due to snow three times! Finally it went off without a hitch, and a bit of rain, on February 24th. Unfortunately I was unable to be there but my fabulous Senior Planner Ashley stood in for me and met some great brides!
This year my table scape was inspired by Cape Cod, but I wanted to try a different spin on typical Cape Cod inspirations. I called my table "Not Your Typical Nautical" because I wanted to show brides what you can do with a table to make it "Nautical' or "Cape Cod" without using starfish, sand dollars, hydrangeas, etc. Not that I don't like that look, I just wanted to inspire out of the box thinking, which I think came together very nicely! With the help of Rentals Unlimited, All About Flowers for Weddings, and Dulce Press, my vision came to life! I also want to thank Abigail at Designer's Touch for helping me bring the idea together with her driftwood and containers.
Here are some fabulous pics from Jen at PhotoJenic Studio! Thanks Jen!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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