Let's take a trip down memory lane and look back at Bethany & Jeff's 2020 private home micro-wedding!
Bethany and Jeff wanted a big, fun party, where their guests felt important and welcomed and felt strongly that they incorporate thoughtful details. Even though COVID changed their plans, the emphasis on guest experience and having the event be a reflection of their relationship did not.
Their stunning florals by Leslie of Leslie Lee Floral Design stole the show at their ceremony and under their intimate Sperry Tents. The rentals from True North Event Rentals added the perfect touch of home with the farm tables and willowware inspired china, a nod to Bethany’s grandmother.
Andrej from Cape Cod Private Dinners worked with Bethany and Jeff to create a customized menu for their guest list of 18. And due to COVID, they decided to treat their guests to customized masks from Modern Vintage and hand sanitizer from Truro Vineyards. A true sign of a 2020 wedding! Lynne Reznick captured the day in stills and Harborview Studios was there to capture the memories in motion.
Florals - Leslie Lee Floral Design
Tent - Sperry Tents
Rentals - True North Event Rentals
Catering - Cape Cod Private Dinners
Masks - Modern Vintage
Hand sanitizer - Truro Vineyards
Photographer - Lynne Reznick
Videographer - Harborview Studios
Let's take a look back at Elizabeth & Alex's gorgeous 2017 wedding at a private home in Yarmouth!
Elizabeth & Alex (or El & Al) hosted 160 of their family and friends at a property along Bass River in the summer of 2017. The couple had a lot to juggle in 2017, including moving across the country, but they made the time to plan their bright, fun, laid back yet wonderfully romantic wedding day with Stephanie’s help along the way!
The wedding venue had a rustic Cape feel with grey shingles, antique furnishings, vine wrapped structures and hundred year old moss covered trees. Elizabeth & Alex chose handmade tables, bars and crossback chairs from True North to sit below their airy Sperry Tent. For a fun twist for their July wedding, they chose the blue star tent for their bar area!
To brighten up the spaces, Elizabeth & Alex picked bold summer florals expertly arranged by Flowers by Semia. They filled their day with sentimental touches like using the antique fountain in the garden for their ceremony arbor, using mix and match furniture from the house for their ceremony seating and having both of their fathers officiate their wedding!
Tent - Sperry Tent
Rentals - True North
Florals - Flowers by Semia
Photographer - Janet Moscarello Photography
Today we're looking back at Carly & Jon's 2017 wedding at Wychmere Beach Club!
Carly & Jon celebrated their wedding back in July of 2017 at Wychmere, one of our favorite locations on the Cape!
Their wedding was filled with pops of red, which was inspired by the red dress that Carly wore to her engagement shoot. We love a pop of color and red was a really fun, bright color to use in July! With over the top florals from Winstons, which included a pop of red on the tables, and the custom monogrammed napkins, this wedding was filled with beautiful details.
In the Harbor Room at Wychmere, Carly & Jon decided to have a long head table with white crossback chairs from True North and also brought in other special rentals from Peak Event Services like chargers and glassware.
Florals - Winstons
Table & chairs rentals - True North
Other rentals - Peak Event Services
Today we're revisiting Caroline & Teddy's wedding at Highfield Hall in 2015!
Set at the historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, this wedding was filled with greens. From the scenery at their venue to the bridesmaids dresses and the beautiful florals from Designers Touch - even the trolley from Cape Destinations was green!
Caroline and her mom worked together to pull together beautiful touches - we loved the potted plans on the tables that the guests were able to take home that evening. And as a surprise, Caroline's mom had us place a scratch ticket with a penny at every guest's seat!
Kate Murphy captured the day perfectly! Especially the surprise guest at end of the event! View all of the details on our website!
Are you looking to incorporate greens in your wedding? Check out our feature on Confetti Day Dreams for more inspiration!
Venue - Highfield Hall
Florals - Designers Touch
Trolley - Cape Destination
Photographer - Kate Murphy
Today we're taking a look back at Annie & Brian's 2017 wedding at Chatham Bars Inn!
Annie and Brian tied the knot back in 2017 at Chatham Bars Inn. It was a perfectly overcast day on the South Lawn for ceremony and cocktails and under a beautiful Sperry Tent for their reception and dancing.
True North Event Rentals provided their super cool boardwalk for the aisle as well as many of their tables and chairs for the guest seating.
Patrice Milley worked with bright yellows, the bride's favorite color, to bring a pop of color to this spring fling! Christine and Andy from Bello Photo captured every detail - from the M&M escort card favors to the yellow guest book skis!
The wedding weekend was full of fun activities from their rehearsal dinner at Borsari Gallery to their welcome party at the Beach House Grill and finally the brunch, under their same tent Sunday morning, their guests truly enjoyed a wonderful Cape escape!
Venue - Chatham Bars Inn
Tent - Sperry Tent
Rentals - True North Event Rentals
Florals - Patrice Milley
Photographer - Bello Photo
Excited to start sharing some of our fabulous weddings on our blog this year! Today we kick it off with Katherine & Jonathan's wedding at Wychmere Beach Club from May 30th, 2015!
Katherine and Jon’s #classicblue Cape Cod wedding at Wychmere Beach Club was full of effortless New England style and fun, personal details.
Their classic blue foundation mixed with ivory and white washed tones was fresh and 100% coastal. Erin McGinn Photography captured the laid back yet romantic wedding day perfectly. Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers created a flawlessly elegant event showcasing arrangements of creamy peonies, hydrangeas and natural greenery sprinkled with cornflower blue blooms.
Maria Bond created a “wedding brand” that was chic, yet laid back and fun! The nautical knot wedding cake by the Casual Gourmet with their personalized cake topper made a perfectly sweet ending.
Planner - Cape Cod Celebrations
Venue - Wychmere Beach Club
Photographer - Erin McGinn Photography
Florist - Patrice Milley
Band - K2
Stationer - Maria Bond
Cake - Casual Gourmet
In case you missed it - one of our super fun, DIY weddings was featured on Every Last Detail last week! I love Lauren Grove and her team and was so thankful that she saw the beauty and originality in this event to include it on her beautiful website. Carin and Billy were such wonderful people, I was honored to be a part of their special Monday wedding at a private home in Harwich.
Check out the post for the details and a ton of fabulous pics from Channing Johnson!
We are super excited to share that one of our fabulous couples from this year was featured on EquallyWed.com! We absolutely loved working with Holly and Nancy and their story was just amazing! What a great group of vendors that worked together so well to pull off a fabulous evening of love, joy and fun!
Check out the video below from Harborview Studios as well - how can you not be so happy for this wonderful couple?! Just beautiful!
The week is finally here, you have arrived to the Cape and you have 7 days left to be sure everything you planned will be perfect come the weekend. Here are some items that you should do the week of your wedding to be sure the day will be smooth sailing.
1. Call all of your vendors to confirm. Get them a copy of your time line and review arrival and departure times. Be sure that you have taken care of all final payments as well.
2. Have a final detail meeting at your venue. Meet with your catering manager to finalize the food counts, time line, drop off all set-up items (escort cards, menu cards, favors, guest book, etc.), floor plan, back up plans, etc. If you have a wedding planner, be sure he/she attends this meeting as well.
3. Arrive to the Cape at least 3 days before your wedding. Allow time to get settled, deliver any welcome bags, check in with your venue, etc.
4. Touch base with all of your bridal party to confirm their arrival time to the Cape as well as send them a time line of events for them (where they need to be and when)
5. Have the guys pick up their suits/tuxes if renting
6. Deliver your welcome bags/baskets to your guests
7. Pack for honeymoon if you are travelling immediately after the wedding.
8. Bride & Bridesmaids to get mani/pedis.
9. Have rehearsal ceremony and rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding (or 2 nights before depending on options provided by the ceremony venue and when your bridal party can arrive)
When the morning of your wedding arrives, take the day one moment at a time. Be sure to stop a couple of times during the day and take a deep breath and a mental picture. You want to be able to remember as much as you can and every moment of your day is special. Have fun with your family and friends and relax!!
When planning your wedding, the destination is the first thing to consider. Do you want to stay local or travel to your favorite childhood vacation spot - like Cape Cod? If you are looking to travel, the real question is, is a destination wedding right for you?
How far away are you from your destination location? If you can easily drive 3 hours or less to your destination location, then it is definitely doable. When you have to travel by plane, or drive longer than three hours, it can be difficult to manage all of the details. Hiring a local wedding planner will assist in managing the vendors and details while you plan from afar.
Is your destination location easily accessible for guests? When selecting your destination location be sure that there are many viable options to get your guests to your wedding. Whether it be public transportation, rental cars, private shuttles or boats, be sure that your guests have all of their options ahead of time and that they all know the best and easiest way to get to your wedding. Using your wedding website to show all options is an easy way to get the word out. There are many options on Cape Cod, just be sure your guests are aware of them!
Are there a selection of different accommodation options for all budgets, family sizes, length of stay, etc? When choosing your venue, be sure that there are many different options for your guests accommodations. Your college friends may want the cheap hotel or a rental house and your parent’s friends may prefer a bed and breakfast or a fancier option. Be sure to call around to the hotels in the area to check their availability and to see if they can do a wedding room block for your guests. Also be sure to check on the minimum night stay requirements on weekends, as sometimes there could be a 2-3 night minimum depending on the weekend.
Are you comfortable on the phone? It sounds like a silly question, but since the invention of email lots of people have been putting down the phone in favor of email. If you are going to be planning a destination wedding, you need to feel comfortable picking up the phone and talking to your vendors. It will give the vendors a sense of who you are and instead of waiting around for an email to be answered you can make decisions more rapidly.
Are you taking into consideration busy travel weekends? When planning a wedding at a destination over a holiday weekend, especially on the Cape, you may want to take into consideration the travel details of getting your guests to your wedding. Some locations start their peak seasons over certain holiday weekends or school vacation periods. You do not want to make your guests deal with a ton of traffic getting to or from your destination or have them pay high prices for airfare or hotels rooms if you can help it.
How organized are you? Planning any wedding requires a bit of organization, but having a destination wedding means that you really need to be on top of everything. When living far from your wedding location, you only get so many chances to visit your venue and vendors. This means that you will have to be sure you get all of your questions answered and all of your vendor meetings in while you are there. It could include cake and food tastings, rental decisions, officiant/ceremony meetings, accommodation research, etc. Just be sure that you have a really good wedding binder to organize everything! Or once again, this is another great reason to hire a local wedding planner to manage everything for you!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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