In this post I’m going to share with you one idea that will instantly improve your wedding ceremony experience. It also has the benefit of improving the wedding ceremony experience for your wedding guests. It’s so simple, yet I find it gets overlooked or people don’t know about this tiny tweak that makes a huge difference. After reading this you are now in-the-know and hopefully can share this tidbit with your friends when they get married.Read More
This blog post is for couples who drink alcohol, who have friends who drink alcohol, or who have family members who drink alcohol. Does that describe you? Good, then please keep reading.Read More
I’ve been officiating weddings long enough to know the number one mistake couples make that makes their wedding stressful, upsetting, and not a lot of fun. You might think it has something to do with the budget or making sure there’s enough food, but from what I’ve seen it’s something less obvious and more insidious. Read on to find out the number one mistake couples make at their wedding.Read More
In order to achieve the fun and festive atmosphere you want at your wedding, there are a few things that you should never do. Actually, these are things that should never be done by anyone on wedding day, not your wedding vendors, wedding party, family members or anyone. In the past, I’ve talked about how to create a calm, relaxed environment on wedding day and how to calm your nerves on wedding day, but today I’m talking about three things to definitely avoid doing.Read More
Your wedding day is filled with festivity, joyful chaos, and lots of emotions. Most married people remember recall their wedding as a delightful blur that flew by too quickly. You will likely have spent months and sometimes the better part of a year or more to plan for your wedding weekend, so there’s a lot of anticipation leading up to the big event. I’ve seen couples who have spent 18 months or more planning their wedding and then get so caught up in every little detail on wedding day that they weren’tRead More
I recently officiated a wedding for two of the most relaxed people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. They, along with their families, had done an incredible job of planning the wedding. Having all those details worked out ahead of time definitely reduced their stress on wedding, but something else was going on...Read More
I have only one regret about my wedding. No, it's not the man I married nor the vows I took. It's not the date we chose nor the location. It's not the timeline nor the food. My only regret about my wedding is that we didn't hire a videographer.
At the time, we felt like hiring someone to film the wedding would just be a wasted expense; a luxury. We hired a very talented professional wedding photographer and felt confident in that decision. We knew that the wedding photos would be the only thing that would really last after the wedding, and so we splurged on two photographers (which wasn't customary at the time) and the leather bound album.
While I'm so grateful we have photos from our wedding (and I do look at the album), what's really missing from my memory are all the wonderful things our guests said and all the other sounds of the day. I don't remember who stood up to toast us, let alone a word of what they said. I don't remember the music our friend wrote for our processional or what our officiant said during our ceremony. I would love to see how people enjoyed our wedding while we weren't with them. Did they have fun? What did they laugh about? Who did they meet? What did they feel and think about the day?
Please learn from my one regret and hire a wedding videographer to film your Maine wedding! And if you need a little push, here are my reasons why to hire a Maine wedding videographer.
7 Reasons to hire a filmmaker for your wedding
You think you'll never forget your wedding, but you will.
You'll get to hear your partner pledge eternal love and devotion.
You'll get to hear the sounds of the fun party you spent so long planning.
You know how hard you worked on your beautiful, meaningful ceremony? Don't you want to hear it again? And again? And again?
It all goes by in a blur, video can slow it all down so you can savor the feelings, emotions and memories.
You'll get to see what your guests were doing while you were busy.
A wedding film, along with a wedding album, will give you the full picture of your day.
To help you find the videographer that's right for you, I made a list of some of Maine's best wedding videographers. Find a way to prioritize your wedding budget to include a videographer, you will never regret it!
We Maine wedding professionals field a lot of inquiry emails, especially during “inquiry season” which is Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. You want your inquiry email to stand out, to have some personality and to catch the attention of the wedding vendor that you're hoping to work with, right? To help your email stand out from the crowd think about using some of the following suggestions.Read More
Are you looking for ways to honor special people in your life with roles during your wedding? It's common to choose bridesmaids or groomsmen or bridesmen and groomsmaids to stand with your during the ceremony. Of course, most people choose their very dearest friends and siblings for this honor, but what if you have a huge family and a ton of friends? How can you include them and make them feel special? Here are a few ideas for including those special people in your wedding.
Roles in Your Wedding for Special People
Usher - The peson(s) responsible for assisting the elders, or just special people, to their seats. traditionally groomsmen do double duty as ushers, but think about picking other folks to be ushers if you want to include more people.
Ring Bearer - The person responsible for the ring and can guide the ring through the ring warming, if you doing that. this doesn't have to be a young child anymore.
Flower Girl - This person goes down the aisle right before the bride (in a traditional wedding) and drops flower petals for her to walk on. aw! again, this doesn't have to be a young child.
Greeter - This person can greet the guests, answer any questions about the seating/ceremony, and hand out programs. it's nice to have at least two greeters.
Reader - Someone who comes up during the ceremony to read a poem or other bit of writing. typical topics: love, marriage, friendship, family, the couple's love story.
Singer - A person with a great voice, who has sung in front of crowds, who sings you a lovely song during your ceremony.
Musician - A friend or family member who is a professional musician to play your processional and recessional music.
Huppah Holder - If you're having a huppah, you can choose four special people to hold the corners of the structure. this is a great way to include a lot of people in your wedding!
Candle Lighter - If you're having any candles on your "altar," use someone to come up and light them before the ceremony begins.
Witnesses - In Maine you need two people to act as witnesses to your wedding who sign the marriage license after the wedding. witnesses can be anyone, of any age, as long as they understand the implication of a marriage
Map Holder - Consider having someone hand out maps or directions to the reception site after the ceremony.
Water Boy/Girl - This person ensures the couple getting married always have and regularly consume water during the wedding day. it's crucial the couple stay hydrated throughout the day and they often forget to drink water.
Point Person - Sometimes it's nice to assign someone the role of point person for all your wedding vendors. Ideally this would be a professional wedding planner. This should be a very responsible person who knows your wishes and can make decisions for your so you're not bothered during your wedding. It may seem more like a job and less like an honor but: 1) You need someone to do this if you don't have a wedding planner, and 2) It really is an honor since that person is in charge in your stead.
Gift Monitor - The person who makes sure the gifts get to your after the wedding. Many couples forget to assign this job to someone and then have to scramble at the last minute to make arrangements for gifts, especially if you're leaving for your honeymoon the next morning.
Guest Book Monitor -This person stands at your guest book and encourages people to fill it out. This is especially important if you have a unique guest book that requires a little more work than just a signature.
Candy Station Monitor - This lucky person gets to help the party-goers with their candy fix.
Dance Starter - T can't underestimate the role of this person. getting the dance party started must be assigned to someone. Once one person starts everyone else will feel comfortable getting out there.
Tip Giver - Consider assigning someone the job of handing out the tip envelopes to the vendors near the end of the reception. I had all the tips in sealed and labeled envelopes so it was a pretty easy job, but someone needs the responsibility so you don't have to worry about it.
See if this sounds familiar, you got engaged and immediately started wedding planning. Heck, you've been thinking about your wedding for years now and knew just where you wanted it to take place. You secured the wedding venue, hired the caterer, photographer, florist, and officiant, maybe even started wedding dress shopping. You were feeling really good about yourself. Look how much you already accomplished is such a short time! You even thought, "i don't understand why people say wedding planning is so hard, it's really not that bad."Read More