When my good friend, Courtney asked if I would help plan her wedding, there wasn’t even a question in my mind! Most of you probably don’t know that on the side, I do some wedding planning, or Day-Of Coordinating, if you will. Courtney and I both spent summers on the Cape, so we immediately clicked on the vision for her special day.
When you are planning a wedding that is not at a traditional venue, it is a bit more work since you have to coordinate ALL of the vendors. For example, many venues provide catering, cake, tables, chairs, linens, something so simple as bathrooms becomes another vendor you have to coordinate. When choosing the Turntide Estate as our venue, we knew we would have to do a little more work but in the end it was TOTALLY worth it.
Courtney and Brian wanted a nautical Cape wedding and were engaged in Ireland and wanted to tie that into their day as well. The bride & groom had so many amazing ideas of their own but we also went to Pinterest for some inspo.
Choose a theme and GO FOR IT! A theme will help bring direction to the details and design of your big day. Wedding themes are getting more unique every year so whether you are going nautical, rustic barn, great gatsby, or red, white, and blue, make sure you stick to it. You will be surprised how many of your guests pay attention to the details, rather than the big picture. Of course, they’ll expect a delicious dinner, and a fun band (or DJ), but to be honest, they won’t remember the color of the bridesmaids dresses, or the bouquet toss, or even your first dance. Many couples get hung up in the traditions and forget that the day should be representative of them. Here are some tips for pulling the details together for your theme!
keep it original, if not punny; you want your guests to share their favorite moments on social media so choose a hashtag based on the following criteria:
*originality– aka #SmithJones 2016 is not really creative. You want something that hasn’t been used before so all of your photos (not Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Idaho) show up in the same place
*make sure to include BOTH bride and groom, #TomGetsBombed is not really a good one…unless the bride’s last name is Bombed?
*relevant– see above : )
Choose a hashtag early on so you can spread the word. Include it on your wedding website, engagement announcement, save the dates, instagrams etc!
How many times have you been to a wedding where you remember the favor? Probably not many. The escort cards doubled as a favor, which was a wooden shark ornament made right in Chatham! Don’t waste your money on a favor that will go unnoticed- now your wedding guests will think of your special day every time they hang up the ornament! Make the favor relevant to your wedding day but no one wants to light a candle with your name on it for the next 6 months #sorrynotsorry?
Dessert bars and specifically, candy bars are always fun at wedding. Guests love to treat themselves to a sweet mid-dancing! We filled apothecary jars with salt water taffy, gummy sharks, swedish fish, and navy and white m&ms. We also offered a seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, as well as a traditional wedding cake and it was a hit!
The navy and white nautitcal theme was carried out with the paper goods in cocktail napkins and paper straws. Guests were offered hot apple cider to enjoy while listening to the bagpiper before they headed down the beach ceremony. Before guests were seated at the beachside ceremony, they stopped at a whiskey cart, to grab a glass to cheers after an Irish Blessing.
The full moon lit up the sky and guests danced all night to an amazing band, Rare Form. Courtney & Brian were glowing the entire night so it’s safe to say they enjoyed themselves and had a blast!
All the photos below are by the amazing Kelly Cronin Photography!
venue: turntide estate, chatham ma
photography: kelly cronin photography
flowers: jenn pizzutti
hair & make-up: ali lomazzo beauty
band: rare form
bagpiper: sheldon hamblin
catering: clambakes, etc.
cake: cottage street bakery
tent: american tent
rentals: rentals unlimited
farm tables: true north
invitation suite: zazzle
transportation: cape destinations