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Things You Should Know Before Planning a Wedding on a Holiday

This past week in addition to celebrating the 4th of July, some people were celebrating anniversaries and attending weddings! For some, the holidays are a time to celebrate more than just what happened in the past, but also a time to celebrate the future.

It’s inevitable, each year we get inquiries from brides-to-be that want to know what it’s like, or if it’s feasible to plan a wedding on or during a holiday. Short answer: yes! It’s definitely doable, and when done well, can be really special. Here are some tips on how to best incorporate the holidays into your wedding if you’ve chosen to have your wedding on a holiday. 

 The Brenizers

The Brenizers

Memorial or Labor Day 

These two holidays mark the unofficial beginning and end of the summer. Memorial Day offers the excitement of what’s to come, and Labor Day provides the opportunity to savor what’s left of the season. Either way, it’s a time to celebrate! Fan of BBQ? How about offering an upscale version either for the main dinner, or perhaps a BBQ bar with fan favorites for the after party for those late-night cravings. 

 Joe Mikos Photography

Joe Mikos Photography

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is often a popular wedding date but given that it’s already one of the biggest party days of the year, make sure you do something more than just hats and noisemakers for midnight. Instead, customize the celebration to you and your significant other so that your guests won’t just remember it as any old NYE, but rather your wedding night! How about small bottles of monogrammed champagne? It’s an “Instagrammable moment” and something that people will utilize – either that night, or another!

Another fun idea is to have everyone write down their New Year's resolutions and put them into a time capsule - seal it and plan to open it at a later date to reveal who kept their resolutions. This is a great way to keep the celebration alive for years to come! 

 Joseph Laurin Photography

Joseph Laurin Photography

July 4th

If it's the 4th of July and your budget allows, have fireworks! Sparklers are great too, and they provide a really fun, interactive (and inexpensive!) way to add a little pizzazz to your celebration.

 Joe Mikos Photography

Joe Mikos Photography

Father’s Day or Mother’s Day

If you’re having your wedding on the same weekend as Father's Day or Mother's Day, be sure to find a special way to acknowledge the parents who are coming. Perhaps with a little token gift such as a free manicure or hand scrub at the hotel spa for Mom, if there is one. Or perhaps a free round of golf for Dad, or beer at a nearby bar.


Whatever the holiday, your loved ones will be happy to celebrate with you and create some amazing memories. That said, there are some things to consider before finalizing those holiday celebration plans. 

  • Many plan family trips around the holidays, so check in with those most important to you that that this isn't issue and to prevent any hard feelings.
  • Before you sign on that dotted line and pop the bubbly to celebrate booking your venue, check into the local hotels in the area and make they have availability but also that the room rates aren't significantly higher than on a non-holiday weekend. And remember to ask about two-night minimum requirements!
  • Some vendors might charge more to work on holidays, especially New Year’s Eve.  (We're looking at you bands and DJs!) So, don't be shocked at the pricing and ask why they charge more and see if there is anything you can do to help. 
    • Pro tip: If they need accommodations, offer up one of the discounted rooms in your block! 

 

SD Style Look Book: Summer 2018

Summer is finally here! With a new season, comes a brand new crop of trends.  To keep up, we pulled together the SD Style Look Book highlighting some of our faves. Take a peek! See something you like? Drop us a note and let us know. 

Thanks to our amazing style partners for helping us create these looks! 

PEAK Event Services

SalonCapri

Lynn Graham Designs

Orly Kohn Floral Boutique

Alex and Bridget's Beautiful Cape Cod Wedding

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Bridget and Alex held their wedding at one of our favorite Cape Cod destinations, Chatham Bars Inn. The waterfront views from the Beach House Grill was the perfect setting for the bride's classic New England vision with beautiful accents of ivory, green, and gold. The couple had a wonderful clear-top tent over the dance floor with bright bistro lighting for guests to dance all night long!

Some of our favorite details from the evening? The aquamarine flower pinned in the bride's bouquet which came from a ring of her grandmother which was a beautifully touching piece. Elegant and beautiful floral centerpieces accompanied by candle lit tables and pops of gold! The dance floor under the wonderful clear-top tent was filled all night, allowing guests to enjoy the beachfront venue while dancing.

Congrats Bridget and Alex - here's to a lifetime of happiness!

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Special Thank You to our vendors

Venue: Chatham Bars Inn

Band: Eye 2 Eye

Ceremony Music: Anima Quartet

Florist: Lilacs

Hair Stylist: Lindsay Griffin 

Make-up Artist: Dani Wagner

Photography: Joe Mikos Photographers

Rentals: Be Our GuestTrue North Event Rentals

Videographer: JPod Films

Reception: Chatham Bars Inn

Transportation: Cape Destinations

Tent: Chase Canopy

Photobooth: Entertainment Specialists

Coordinator: SD Events

Countrified Chic Welcome Dinner

Love the fun details of this welcome dinner we helped create for one of our clients. The country chic ambience - complete with country band and line dancer- was a contrast to the formal, elegant wedding and "welcomed" guests to the weekend celebration.

Thank you Studio B for capturing all the details!

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Gorgeous Wedding at the Lake

Wow, it has been a while since we've blogged, but hopefully you've been catching up on all we've been up to on instagram and facebook.

We had to share a few images from a recent wedding on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee at the gorgeous Church Landing. Thank you to the Hinkleys for capturing the amazing images. Head over to their blog to see more photos! #shaerthelove

We worked with the families for almost a year and were fortunate to help coordinate not only the wedding, but the other weekend festivities. More to come!

Mazel tov to the new Mr. and Mrs. We will miss our talks!

 

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Love this image as our groom sees his bride for the first time.

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 Gorgeous design - we loved working with  The Wild Dahlia  on this event. You all are so talented and got the bride's vision!

Gorgeous design - we loved working with The Wild Dahlia on this event. You all are so talented and got the bride's vision!

 Bride dress change to dance the night away! Congratulations to Kristi-Anne and Dan,

Bride dress change to dance the night away! Congratulations to Kristi-Anne and Dan,