Historic Kent Manor Inn sits at the end of a mile-long tree-lined drive on 220 acres along the shores of Thompson Creek. Located on Kent Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the inn is just 30 minutes from Annapolis. The historic manor presents the perfect opportunity to make your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception an occasion that will shine in your memory for decades to come.”
Imagine a waterfront ceremony and a reception in the glass-enclosed octagonal Garden House and a complimentary bridal suite. The elegantly decorated space, designed specifically to accommodate a variety of events, has an elevated dance floor, a built-in bar area and table seating for up to 150 people. Additional space is available on the adjacent South Lawn for rented tents which can accommodate up to 300 guests.
An experienced “day-of” wedding coordinator will help organize your special event from rehearsal dinner to reception as well as work with all of your vendors, and assist in any decor to bring your day vision to life. It’s all designed to create a worry-free wedding.
Just as the wedding and reception budgets are made you also need to have a budget set aside for your honeymoon. Are you looking for a short weekend getaway, a tropical island, a drive along the California coast or a site seeing tour in Europe.
Depending on how much money you have to spend, there are so many deals and packages available. You must set time aside to research the Internet and see what flight and hotel packages are offered. I know first hand that there are many ways to save on travel. Many times, it is best to book the flight and hotel separately. Call the hotel directly because they may be offering a in-house promotion that the 1-800 center may not be aware of. Always ask if there are any specials or upgrades for “honeymooners”.
If you are booking a honeymoon that is not all inclusive then budget how much money you may spend on accommodations, meals, car rental, tours, gratuities and tax. If you find a hotel with a small kitchenette that will certainly reduce your meal expenses. If you are doing an all-inclusive trip you will not require a lot of cash leaving your pocket since all your food and beverage is included at the resort.
Sign up for a honeymoon registry where your guests can actually contribute to your trip. You will be surprised how quickly this will add up and just maybe you won’t have to pay anything in the end!
Ensure all your travel documents are in place and you have a copy of your marriage license. Purchase travel and out of town medical insurance in the event something should happen to you while away. Many credit cards and the companies you work for offer this already so investigate this first before purchasing travel insurance with the tour operators. This alone will reduce your bill by a couple hundred dollars.
Always remember that the best prices are usually last minute or in off season. If your wedding falls into this time frame then you are sure to get a better deal. Last minute may be a little tough as you want everything in place far in advance but don’t count it out. If you are willing to go anywhere the last minute deals are then great.
Final note, once you have selected your destination make it a promise that the two of you will go back to the same location for your 5th wedding anniversary. It’s only something to look forward to and will bring make many wonderful memories.
When you are newly engaged so many thoughts go through your mind. You may know exactly what you want in terms of theme, colors, and venue. As you start to book your vendors, the one item you really want to be perfect is your wedding dress. Do you want a straight line, southern bell, lace, beading, off the shoulder, v-neck, white or color? Today’s dresses are stunning and the selections are endless from vintage, traditional and modern.
You know your style and your body shape and want to find a dress that will compliment both. You can purchase wedding books and go online to see the hottest and latest trends. Once you have an idea in mind you should start shopping at various wedding boutiques in search of that perfect dress. Don’t be too quick to make a decision. You want to try on an assortment of styles to see what suits you best.
Always remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress very lightly as you will be trying dress after dress. It is recommended not to wear make-up or lipstick . The dresses are beautiful and it would be a shame to have lipstick or make-up on them especially if you find “that perfect dress “.
The most important tip is don’t do this alone. Bring your bridesmaids, mom and mother-in-law to help sort through dresses offering extra helpful hands so they can look through the racks while you are trying them on. Bring your camera and have someone take pictures so you can look at them again. Make a night out of it so you can go out for dinner and look at the selections you made.
This one shopping outing you should enjoy and remember for a very long time.
Is tradition changing? For years we have seen the long straight head table set up for the bride, groom and bridal party. It can be a bit more difficult to communicate with the entire bridal party especially if it is one large long table. Now, we are seeing more brides looking at different options for their head table. Many want a more intimate, restaurant feel as if they are spending the evening out with their friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere (which they are of course).
Over the last couple of years I have seen some unique head table setups. Many brides want to avoid the long table look and opt for “out of the norm”. It is surprising to hear a few couples mention how shy they are and don’t want to be in the spotlight while eating their meal. Others just want to be different and make their wedding their own style.
Here are a few ideas:
Restaurant style: How about one round table in the centre of the hall with color linens and centerpieces entirely different from all of your other guest tables. It would be quite evident that is the “head table”. You can even ask your decorator to hang crystals or paper lanterns from the ceiling that will be only over your table.
Modern Twist: Boardroom or U-shape “King table” as it is called is set up in the centre of your venue by using 8 tables in a square formation. This is one of my favourites as you can accent the centre of the tables filled with many candles, a water pond which is really cool, or floral arrangements.
Not So Traditional: If you still like the look of the traditional head table in front but want to change it up a bit, then try round tables placed side by side instead of using long banquet tables. You can seat 6 people at one round facing the guests. You will still have a traditional head table look but with a little more shape in character. Place spot lights under each round and see how beautiful the head table shines at night.
You will know which style is best for you. Always remember though the size of your bridal party and venue space can make a huge difference from what type of head table you choose. Make sure if you want a “king table” it will fit in your venue or you will be very disappointed to find out closer to the wedding it won’t work.
Grab a piece of paper and pencil and start sketching!