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Why you need a planner for your Maine destination wedding

December 10, 2016

Planning your own wedding is time consuming, even if it's in your backyard. When you add the extra challenges of being “from away”, it can easily become a full time job! If you’re planning on a destination wedding in Maine, you’ll want to read these 3 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner who has experience planning amazing weddings in the picture perfect setting of Vacationland.

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1. Less research + wasting valuable time

When you’re planning from afar, you’re probably relying on Google searches, WeddingWire, and The Knot to find wedding vendors and caterers for your big day. A wedding planner can help you focus your vision and make a shortlist of trusted and reputable vendors they have worked with who can execute your design and bring your wedding vision to life. If you’re career driven, your life is busy and your schedule is full, this can save you hours of headache.

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2. Access to someone local (who is in your corner)

Yes, you may still have to make a few pre-wedding trips to Maine, but they’ll be a lot less chaotic and more focused. Having someone local acting on your behalf to schedule your appointments, plan your days, and help you get from place to place is such a life saver. Some couples ask a local relative (or friend) for help and quickly find that getting the details second-hand from an aunt — who didn’t ask the right questions or take the best notes — means they’re spending too much of their own time sorting everything out.

A wedding planner, on the other hand, understands your vision and your needs, so she’s able to make sure your potential vendors can achieve your dream before wasting your time booking a consultation with them. She’s also able to get in touch with your vendors during the workweek, when they are most available (and you’re not).

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3. The guest experience

You chose to have a wedding so you could celebrate your special day with your closest friends and family. If most of your guests are traveling from out of state, you’ll want to make their journey to Maine easy, free of stress, and worthy of their vacation money.

The wedding season in Maine is short: most happen between Memorial Day and Columbus Day which is not-so-coincidentally prime vacation season. A Maine wedding planner knows the ins and outs of summer travel during this busy season. She’ll help your guests get from the airport to their local accommodations to your venue (and back). It’s important for your guests to have the best Maine experience while here for your wedding and a wedding planner will help you give them it.

Your wedding planner is invested in you having the wedding of your dreams with the least amount of hassle and overwhelm. Leveraging her knowledge, connections, and insight will save you time and money.

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Signature Cocktail ideas to sweeten your Maine wedding.

October 11, 2016

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Having a signature cocktail is a fun way to make your celebration unique and share your personalities with your wedding guests. Since Maine is home to one of the best craft brewing industries in the country, why not give yours a local twist? Inspired by the crops grown in Maine, we’re sharing tasty recipes for your signature wedding drink.

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10 Signature Cocktail Ideas for Your Maine Wedding

Wild Blueberries

What would summer in Maine be without blueberries? You'll easily be able to incorporate this summertime treat with recipes like the Blueberry Lemon Drop, the Wild Blueberry Mojito, and the Blueberry Moscow Mule

Maple Syrup

We love the idea of pairing some whiskey with Maine maple syrup for an autumn wedding. Try the Maple-Bourbon Smash, or, if you’re daring, the Maple Margarita with a hint of lime.

Cranberries

The cranberries of Downeast Maine are the most versatile for your signature cocktail. It's perfect for summery drinks like the Cranberry Limeade or the Cranberry Raspberry Margarita, or, dress it up with Champagne for an elegant evening refreshment like the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.

Potatoes

Vodka made from potatoes? Yes! Meet Cold River Vodka, who distills genuine, handcrafted American spirits. They even have a blueberry flavored vodka to combine the best of Maine’s harvests.

Apples

We love apple picking in the fall at our local apple orchards (especially the cider donuts) which makes an apple-inspired drink perfect for a wedding in October. Combine apples and cranberries to make the spicy, ruby Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria.

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Classic Coastal Maine Wedding

September 15, 2016

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Today, I have the pleasure of sharing the wedding of Nicole + Tom, a couple who warmed their way into my heart with their kindness and fun-loving attitude toward life. Nicole + Tom were married in the charming coastal town of Camden, Maine on a warm sunny (not a cloud in the sky!) summer day in June. After considering a few venue options, they decided to marry in the Camden Amphitheater, a perfect setting for their “I-dos”. With views of multi-masted schooners and sailboats in the harbor while surrounded by the lushness of the trees and gardens, the Camden Amphitheater made for an ideal location for their classic coastal Maine wedding. After being introduced as Mr. + Mrs. to their friends and family, Nicole + Tom walked across the street to board the launch boat, The Ambassador, for a boat ride to Camden Yacht Club where they celebrated their marriage with friends and family.

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  • Photography: Meredith Perdue
  • Planning + Floral Design: Beehive Creative Events
  • Rentals: One Stop Events
  • Lighting: The Events Light Pros
  • Linens: La Tavola Linen
  • Catering: Camden Yacht Club
  • Bartending: Mainely Bartenders
  • Gluten Free Cake + Desserts: Sweet Sensations
  • Band: The Sultans
  • Ceremony Music: Bay Chamber Trio
  • Bridal Gown: Monique Lhullier
  • Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  • Bridesmaids: J Crew
  • Hair Stylist: Kim Doll
  • Make Up: Beauty Mark Spa
  • Groom + Groomsmen: Vineyard Vines
  • Ceremony Venue: Camden Amphitheater
  • Reception Venue: Camden Yacht Club
  • Guest Transportation: Country Coach Charters
  • Accommodations: Camden Harbour Inn + Bay Collection Hotels
  • Dinner Rehearsal: The Barn @Primo

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Chebeague Island Inn: A Real Maine Weddings Styled Shoot

August 9, 2016

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Chebeague Island Inn has all the charm and character of what one would envision for a quintessential Maine island inn. Perched on a hilltop, the inn offers sweeping views of Casco Bay, the distant mainland, and the island’s 9-hole golf course. It’s an idyllic setting for a Maine wedding. So, we were ecstatic when we received the call from Real Maine Weddings inviting us to style the scenes for the magazine’s fashion shoot for the July 2016 issue at Chebeague Island Inn.

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Last summer, a small group of us ferried out to the Chebeague Island Inn to scout locations on property for the September shoot. As we approached the Chebeague Island ferry landing, you can’t help but notice how the owners of the Chebeague Island Inn have done an excellent job maintaining the visual historical integrity with it’s classic and timeless architecture. The great room is welcoming with the stone fireplace and intimate seating areas. Walking onto the porch, I thought to myself – “now, this is what Maine living is all about”. The views overlooking the golf course and down the water are magnificent! With lobster boats and sailboats dotting the harbor and seeing fisherman on the wharf hauling in their daily catch, it’s a picturesque Maine island setting. All of which can be seen in the images captured by Brea McDonald Photography in the July 2016 issue of Real Maine Weddings. For more excitement from our day on Chebeague, be sure to check out the video produced by Matt Forcier of LMV Productions.

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Thank you to all the Maine wedding vendors who participated in the Chebeague Island Shoot… Photography: Brea McDonald Photography | Video: LMV Productions | Hair + Make Up: Fabu Salon | Jewelry: DAYS Jewlers | Fashon: Andrea’s Bridal; Bridals by Sandy; Henry’s Bridal; Maine Coast Weddings and Special Events; + Maria Antonieta Couture | Steamed + Pressed: Pratt Abbott | Floral Design: Bloom Flower Shop + Beehive Creative Events

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Why you should consider an unplugged wedding (and how to do it the right way).

July 12, 2016

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One of the latest wedding trends that we can get behind is the "unplugged wedding", where the happy couple asks their guests to shut off their cameras (and smartphones) for the ceremony. Since we are all a little too connected these days, an unplugged ceremony is a great reminder to be more present in the moment. Here's why we love this trend with tips on how to do this for your own wedding.

3 terrific reasons to have an unplugged wedding ceremony:

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It’s distracting.

If you’ve ever been in a meeting or class and someone’s cell phone starts to buzz, you know how loud it can seem in an otherwise silent room. Now imagine a dozen guests, with their cell phones at full volume, clicking their “shutters” to snap a photo. (Let’s not even discuss the selfie sticks in the aisle. Talk about distracting!)

You want your guests to connect to the moment.

And that won’t happen if they’re on the other side of their smartphone. Their energy and focus will be poured into a device and not your vows. Guests who are excited to share your day are also be tempted to caption and upload photos to Instagram and Facebook… while your officiant performs your ceremony.

It interferes with your wedding photographer.

You hired a professional photographer because you want to preserve your special day for years to come. When your guests are vying for the same snapshot as the professional, they may end up as the focus of the photo instead. (A well-meaning uncle jumping into the aisle to capture your first kiss may end up blocking the photographer’s camera instead.) If your ceremony is indoors, the flash from cell phone cameras can inadvertently affect the photographer’s image, too.

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Getting your guests to unplug:

Relay the message often.

Your wedding website is the perfect place to set the tone for a distraction-free ceremony. Some couples choose to include a note with their invitations. A polite sign outside of the church or at the beginning of the aisle with a note in your ceremony program will go a long way.

Be clear.

By nature, an unplugged ceremony and a wedding hashtag don’t mix, but it is possible to do both. Keep your hashtag a secret until the reception (that includes not sharing it on your wedding website). Include a note with your wedding hashtag at the entrance to the reception or on the guest tables. Be sure to have your wedding band or DJ mention it throughout the night.

Follow the rules.

If you’re asking everyone else to put their phone away, it’s probably a good idea to hide yours as well. You’ll enjoy so much more of your day if you hand it off to someone else, like your Maid of Honor, Best Man, or even your wedding planner.

Give guests an opportunity for photos.

You may wish to have your officiant acknowledge the unplugged ceremony before the wedding begins by telling guests that they're welcome to take a few snapshots at that moment. Another good time for an open photography call is after the pronouncement but before your recessional.

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Why live music equals a memorable wedding

June 14, 2016

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Chances are that you’ve been a guest at a wedding where the dance floor does its own hokey pokey: it’s packed with dancing guests but then it abruptly clears out because the DJ just played a song from three summers ago. The music for your wedding day is one of the most important pieces of a memorable night for you and your guests, which is why we love (and recommend to all of our clients) live entertainment. Be sure to read to the end to see our favorite bands for your wedding in Maine.

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The WOW Factor

After celebrating with you during your ceremony, your guests will be looking forward to the evening entertainment. They’ll instantly feel the energy when they walk into the reception space and see a 7- or 8-piece band onstage.

A Signature Style

A talented band with multiple singers is able to perform an incredible variety of music, from classics to recent hits, and it’ll sound nothing like what you hear on the radio. They’ll bring their signature, unique style to every song, and your night will feel like one seamless experience.

Personal Connections

A great band will be able to connect with your younger and older guests, so that your grandma and your college BFFs alike will be drawn in by the band’s personality and stage presence.

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Here’s a few of our favorite entertainers for your Maine wedding:

Flipside With an incredible lineup of talent, including 5 singers, you’ll love their variety. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Corin Ashley, lead singer and owner of Murray Hill Talent, many times and cannot give enough praise for this band.

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Splash! A Boston-based 8-piece ensemble, Splash keeps the dance floor packed all night long with their electricity on stage. They have a gift for interacting with the audience and getting the crowd excited.

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Bob Charest Band One of our favorite Maine wedding bands, BCB delivers an unforgettable evening that your guests will talk about well after your big day is over!

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Wavelength With a great mix of sounds, this Maine-based band covers music from Neil Young and The Beatles to Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

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Venue Spotlight: Samoset Resort

March 8, 2016

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As a Maine wedding planner, The Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, is one of our favorite Maine venues for weddings, and it’s easy to see why. With breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay and the Breakwater Lighthouse, and with 230-acres of oceanfront property, steeped rich in history, it provides wedding couples with idyllic coastal Maine scenery.

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Why do we love the Samoset Resort… It’s the perfect location for a Maine destination wedding, and for making the most of your celebratory wedding weekend! Whether you are envisioning an outdoor ceremony by Maine’s rocky coastline with a lighthouse in the backdrop or dancing the night away in a grand ballroom, the Samoset offers a number of locations to accommodate 10 guests or 300. The Opal Collection AAA four-diamond Samoset Resort, is able to house all of your guests, which I personally love! To me, wedding weekends are about maximizing the time you spend with your favorite people, and being under one roof makes it easier for camaraderie. You can arrange lawn games by the pool or lounge in the sun enjoying an afternoon libation while overlooking Penobscot Bay. Relax and indulge in a spa package with your bridal party or round up the ladies and gents to play 18-holes of golf on what is referred to as “The Pebble Beach of the East,” and if that’s not your type of golf, there’s also a disc golf course set up on the south lawn. This picturesque setting is the perfect place to host your guests and celebrate your love.

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