Ok, so your engagement session is coming up and you’re freaking out! What do you wear? How do you do your hair? What do you do with your hands? (Notice the same feelings as a first date…) Kim Lyn is one of our fav #bossbabe photographers and she has ALL the tips on how to look your best in your engagement session!
We’ve all seen the glamorous pictures on Pinterest of the beautiful bride surrounded by her loving bridesmaids while all the gals get their hair and makeup done. What those pictures don’t show you is the insane chaos that comes with so many women trying to get ready in a single bridal suite at the same time!
We talked to Courtney, the Spa Manager for the Newport Marriott’s luxurious spa located on the street level facing Newport harbor. After years of working with Brides and bridal parties of all sizes, she’s seen it all and has some insider knowledge on what works, and what doesn’t. Courtney has three main reasons brides should consider getting ready someplace other than their hotel room and we agree with all three!
A girl only gets 1 wedding day and you’ve got to make the most of it! We have some experience in this area, (just a bit 😉 so we want to share our experience and what our brides have learned so you can have the best possible wedding day.
Choosing your bridal party can be as stressful as choosing the perfect dress. Don’t let the gals get you down. Use our 5 tips and choose the best bridesmaids and hopefully it’s smooth sailing from there!
Let’s face it. As amazing as your wedding day is, it can also be stressful. Thankfully, with a few simple tricks the stress fades and you can be calm cool and collected. Above all, remember to just try and have fun! What really matters is that you’re marrying the love of your life. Everything else is just frosting. 🙂
If you’ve ever taken a public speaking class, you’ve probably heard about the 5 second rule. When you get up to do your thing, take 5 seconds before you start speaking to settle yourself and create a calm feeling for the audience. This great advice applies not only to public speaking, but also to your wedding. Weddings are hectic and emotionally charged. It’s important to make the most of every second of your special day. The best moments to stop and savor are below. #3 is especially important!
When I first drew up a guest list my side alone had over 200 people and my then fiance’s about the same. We hadn’t even set a date but we had 400 people on the list. Between immediate family, extended family, friends from college, friends from work, amazing neighbors, family friends, parents friends, and childhood friends; the first draft guest list was a little overwhelming. Actually, make that a LOT overwhelming. Breaking through the chaos of a guest list takes patience, humility, and the 10 year test.
Kathleen Geasy happens to know a thing or two about catering weddings; especially ones pertaining on the island she calls home. Tourists spill into Newport during the summer months and through the fall, enjoying all the wonderful foods it has to offer, from traditional gourmet seafood, to decadent meats. Kathleen works for Russell Morin Catering, one of the top catering companies on the island. They know a few things about what it takes to get the best for the big day. We sat down with them in an interview and asked for their tips to get the best catering.
1. Choose foods that are in season for optimum freshness. The main suggestion to really think about is the season, and choosing foods that are appropriate for the event. We a wide variety of different venues for different styles of weddings but some remain timeless like filet and lobster. We also love to offer twists of customary foods, like a Newport lobster bar – where we had four different kinds of lobster: Lobster rolls, lobster bisque, as well as, miniature lobster tacos. The idea of this is taking something traditional and giving it a little twist! The best tip I would recommend though, is matching your venue to the season and style
2. Make it personal. We did some very upscale burgers – simple but elegant. Another favorite we did once for a couple was a lobster dish in a Thai coconut curry sauce.. It was to die for! The more personal, the better!
3. Make sure your caterer has a style that matches your own. You definitely want to meet and make sure they’re style and value matches what you have in mind. Make sure they are listening to you, and what’s important because people put in different values on different things. Important to make sure caterer doesn’t pigeon hole you and surpass little touches. Definitely keep in mind their response time and check references or read reviews. Specially speak to references make sure they can handle what you are asking them to. We pride ourselves on being flexible but we also want to make sure we are being realistic with our clients.
Photo Credit: Summer Wedding at the Whaling Museum, http://www.morins.com/blog
Post created by The Newport Bride intern Juliette Livingston