With my new website launch, I also launched a new service to Cape Cod Celebrations - Proposal Planning! Since no one offers this service on Cape Cod, and being a huge destination location for weddings, why not start it all here with the proposal!
Are you dating your future spouse and want to pop the question with the most creative, romantic, funny, personalized proposal ever? Do you know someone that needs assistance popping the question to your best friend on Cape?
Proposal planning has started to become bigger and more popular over the past year, and I can think of no better place for native Cape Codders, and visitors alike, to propose to their sweethearts. We have come up with different packages based on different proposals and can always customize packages to suit specific budgets and needs. From idea generation to full on personalized creative planning, timing, location, set-up, transportation, etc. we can accommodate anyone on any budget!
We will scour the Cape to find the most romantic, personalized location that fits your relationship style and play off of your memories together on Cape Cod. All of the proposal packages include a creative interview process, which helps us create personalized plans based off of your relationship, your history and your love of the Cape. They will think that you did all of the planning, but it will be our little secret!
Shoot us an email or give a call (508.737.6645) to learn more on how together we can impress her with the proposal, as well as the beautiful ring!
And thank you to Stacey Hedman for all of the beautiful images!
Although there are many very important vendors taking part in your wedding day, I would say that the photographer is right up there for one of the most important. The photographer will spend most of his or her day with you while you are getting ready all the way to the very end, and let’s face it, the photos taken the night of your wedding will be one of the only ways you can look back and see what a fun time you had.
When choosing your photographer there are many different aspects to consider, but here is a list of the top things you may want to keep in mind while researching.
Personality - As I mentioned above, your photographer will really be spending a lot of time with you the day of your wedding. Be sure that you feel comfortable with him or her and that your personalities mesh well. You want to meet your photographer in person before you book, or at the least talk to him or her on the phone to get a sense of who they are and start to build a relationship right off the bat.
Style - There are many different styles of photography that can be used to capture your wedding day. Photojournalistic, Traditional/Formal, Artistic and more. Be sure to research different types of styles to see what fits your vision, it will definitely make it easier to narrow down your options.
Package - Does their package include one or two photographers? It is great to have 2 on hand to capture every angle of the wedding, especially when you and your fiance are getting ready at 2 different locations. Do you get to have rights to the images and print them on your own? It used to be hard to come by, but now most photographers will give you all of your images on DVD a couple of months after the event so that you can print them on your own.
Cape Cod Knowledge - How well does your photographer know the Cape, your venue, and the great intimate locations for photos? Be sure that when you hire a photographer they are familiar with your venue, or that they make themselves familiar with it before shooting your wedding. They should know ahead of time where your formals will be taken, where they will get that quick sunset shot, etc. The last thing you want is for him or her to be trying to find locations for photos the day of the event while you and your bridal party are itching to get to cocktail hour.
Most brides are either one of two types - either very hands on, creative, organized and want to do everything themselves, or very hands off, busy with work and want someone else to do all of the research and creative thinking. No matter what bride you are, when it comes down to enjoying your wedding day it is nice to be able to hand it off to a professional. So why not take all of the pressure off with a wedding planner to help ease the process and be sure that your day runs smoothly?
Now I am not just writing about this topic because I am a wedding planner on the Cape, but rather because I take what my past brides, and even mother of the brides, say very seriously!
"I don't have a clue what people do without a wedding planner.” - Nancy C., Mother-of-the-bride
“We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, and I'm certain it wouldn't have run so smoothly without your help." - Nikita C., Bride
“She was the single best investment I made. Jamie was an integral part of ensuring that our wedding went off without any problems.” - Erin S., Bride
Many Cape Cod brides are planning from off Cape and working a full time job. Wedding planners can help you by being your main point person on the Cape for all of your vendors, assist you with your time line starting the day you arrive, come up with new creative ideas and be in charge of the set-up and details the weekend of your wedding. Cape wedding planners also have huge vendor lists and can assist you in finding the perfect setting for your ceremony, a photographer that fits your style, a florist that will work with your budget and so much more.
It is most likely that you have never planned a wedding or an event on such a large scale with so many moving parts. By letting a professional wedding planner take the reigns and work with you throughout the process, he/she will learn your vision and execute your wedding perfectly so that you and your family can enjoy the day. The last thing you want to be doing the day of your wedding is running around in the sand setting up your ceremony, putting together your DIY centerpieces or answering calls from vendors who just hit bridge traffic!
And even though it will cost you to hire a planner, it will save you a ton of time, money (hopefully the same amount you pay them!) and stress. Even if you think you cannot fit a planner into your budget, it never hurts to look into it and ask for all options! Why not make a vacation out of your Cape Cod destination wedding too?
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Karen and Sean over the past 9 months planning their wedding atOcean Edge and on May 5th their vision came together quite perfectly, with the exception of a little mist!
Their day began with hair and make-up for the ladies with Lisa George and her team (have I mentioned I love them?!) and Samantha, of Samantha Melanson Photography, arrived to take some photos of the girls getting ready.
With a last minute ceremony location change, to keep the guests out of the mist that would not go away, everything went off without a hitch! Thanks to Faith Lavender for officiating such a beautiful ceremony!
Behind the scenes my assistant Mandee and I were setting up all of Karen & Sean's fun details, from beautiful birch wood escort card holders and family photos, to golf ball lollipop favors and Cinco de Mayo props for late night dancing! Meredith Fancy provided all of the gorgeous flowers - bright pink peonies - I can't wait to show you photos of all of the details!
The night came to a close with a sparkler exit to Bayzo's Pub where guests were greeted with late night cookies and coffee! Too much fun and what a great group of people!
"You are unbelievable! I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!! We are so appreciative of your tireless efforts to manage all the details, logistics and your graceful versatility to ensure our day was PERFECT and SPECIAL. You are truly a master at your craft and exceeded all of our expectations. My friends, family, SEAN and I are sooo appreciative of you and your team. Thank you for all of your referrals and time. I will miss working with you and had the time of life!- THANK YOU"
- Karen & Sean, Ocean Edge, May 2012
Being a bridesmaid is a tough job! It includes everything from buying an expensive dress and shoes to assisting the bride in the bathroom in her wedding dress and everything in between! I have put together a list of important things to know and do as a bridesmaid, especially to a bride with a destination wedding planned.
- Call and/or email at least twice a month to check in on how plans are coming along, and offer to help of course!
- Travel with the bride to her wedding location if at all possible. It could be a long drive and she may want another eye besides her family and fiance.
- Assist with picking out the bridesmaid dresses, if you can, and be the first to be fitted and purchase your dress
- Help with travel plans for you and other bridesmaids
- Don't lose touch - the bride chose you to stand by her on her wedding day, one of the most important days of her life. You obviously mean something very important to her, so do not let that connection fade.
Weekend of the Wedding
- Be on time for everything and make sure everyone else is as well
- Assist in putting together and delivering welcome baskets
- Don't drink too much the night of the rehearsal dinner, it is mostly likely you need to wake up early for hair and make-up
- Keep her calm and make sure she has everything she needs
- If she does not have a wedding planner, put together an emergency kit for her
- Assist her with bathroom trips once she is in her dress
- Help with the bustle
- Keep her lipstick handy for reapplication
- Make sure she eats enough throughout the day, water too
- Have fun!
If all else fails, remember that it is HER weekend, the best weekend of her life, so do whatever you can to be there for her, just like she will be there for you, always.
I had the pleasure of working with Jessica and Alex for a year planning their wedding on Cape Cod. They choseWequassett for their setting and booked a great team of vendors (all from my preferred vendor list!) to complete their day.
It was a sunny, chilly day in Harwich, just perfect for an April Cape wedding. The couple worked with Sarah Fantom Photography for their pictures, Scott from Murray Hill Talent as their DJ, Patrice Milley as their florist,Dulce Press for their paper products, Trolleys by Tes for their transportation and Lisa George and her fabulous team for hair and make-up.
I don't have any sneak peeks of the professional photos yet, but here are some detail shots I took (on my phone!).
More to come on this event once we see the awesome pics from Sarah and her assistant Andrew!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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