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.
LWD (Little White Dresses) For the Bride-to-be
Brides no longer just need one dress. Now there’s bridal shower dresses, bacheloret party dresses, rehearsal dinner dresses, reception/dancing dresses, there’s easily half a dozen times a bide-to-be can wear a LWD. With hundreds of adorable options, who can refuse another dress! Which of these sweet little numbers do you like best?
For more LWD’s, see our Pinterest board, Little White Dress.
Eliza J, Alfred Sung, Jenny Yoo,
Classyside, Glamradar, ModCloth
Harper’s Bazar, Banana Republic, BHLDN
Rainbow Colored Shoes for the Bride
White isn’t the only color for brides. With the whole rainbow to choose from, who not go for fun and show some color with your footwear? Pink or red, blue or green, there are as many choices as there are colors in the rainbow. Take your pick!
Ocean House: A Venue Dream Come True
Ocean House is one of the most beautifully situated resorts in Rhode Island. Like something out of a movie (oh wait, it already stared in American Aristocracy) from the first moment guests walk across the property they are met cool breezes, warm smiles, and an overwhelming sense of calm. With five-star and five-diamond ratings, this beautiful estate is sure to please. Ocean House first opened its doors in 1868. This symbol of Victorian luxury continues to thrill guests with graceful elegance and sweeping ocean views.
Couples have their choices of using the luxurious Seaside Ballroom (180 pp), Private Beach, East Lawn, or South Lawn, or the intimate Drawing Room (60 pp). The Watch Hill Chapel is available for ceremony use, and the croquet lawn, beach front fire pit, and putting green are available for guest fun. The Bridal party and guests can relax before the big day at the 5-start Oh! spa or enjoy a meal at the 5-star Seasons restaurant.
Ocean House is like a dream; a dream come true for couples looking for a luxurious happily every after by the sea.
It’s The Little Things
Couples can spend years planning the best day of their life. They focus on every detail down to the smallest things. These are our 10 favorite little things couples have done to make a guests experience enjoyable.
Weddings can be long, and hot, and tiring, Help guests cool off with custom labeled water bottles. If you include a coozie, guests can take home another reminder of the big day!
Have a painter on site at your ceremony to capture the events on canvas. Not only will guest love to look at the piece during the reception, but you have a one-of-a-kind art piece for your home!
Create a “Wall of Fame” celebrating your two families. Guests will love to see you both as children and your journey to each other.
Help guests feel comfortable by making a “His” and Hers” basket in the bathrooms with just a bit of everything.
If each table has a champaign or wine bottle, why not make the ice cubes something to marvel at with frozen flowers?
Small children can get bored at a wedding. With a coloring book (bride and groom pictures of course) and crayons, they are sure to be quiet and content!
Custom gold foil printed napkins make cocktail hour a glamourous affair.
Encourage guests to tag their wedding pics with your custom hashtag. (Many wedding websites have features where you can automatically bring in any picture from Instagram that has a specific hashtag.)
Dancing can really wear you out! These cute (and easy to make) paper fans will bring guest some relief when their breaking it down on the dance floor.
Speaking of dancing, guests will love these flip flops for their tired feet. Easy to buy cheep in bulk, it can be a fun favor, or just an extra!
16 Awesome Non-floral Boutineers
Not ever bride needs flowers. Maybe feathers, maps, antique keys, or comics are more your things. Confused? See if these 16 non-floral boutonnieres give you any ideas.
Castle Hill – Epitome of a Newport Sea Side Venue
Castle Hill is the venue on the hill for the city by the sea. With historic old-world charm and all the grace of an upscale Newport venue. Surrounded by ocean views and sweet breezes, Castle Hill perfectly combines the effortless charm of a backyard party with the elegance and formality of a 5 star hotel. It’s the best of both worlds. Surrounded by hydrangeas and perfectly weathered shingles Castle Hill is the epitome of New England perfection.
Ever dream of siting by the sea with your new spouse? Castle Hill has the perfect spot. A large lawn with adirondack chairs galore, bridal party and guests can relax with a drink and some ocean views. If you’re dreaming on an intimate 50 person party or a high-society 300 person gala, Castle Hill is your venue. Ceremonies can be held inside or outside. Their custom sail-cloth tent makes the outdoors feel as luxurious as indoors.
The fun doesn’t end with the reception, guests can reserve rooms or whole beach houses. Just a few feet from the sand, you and your guests can wake up, roll out for morning coffee by the sea, and get ready for the festivities. Sounds like perfection.
*Photos from the Castle Hill website
Red White and Blue Wedding
Is there anything better than the perfect 4th of July party? There’s great food, bright colors, sparkly decorations, and fireworks! Sounds like it would make a great wedding…
Why not have a 4th of July wedding! Friends and family often already have a 3 day weekend, everything is already decorated, there’s fireworks… if you love red white and blue, this is the weekend for you!
Friday Fav: Rescue Flats
We’ve all been there. You’re having a great time at the party but your adorable shoes are killing your feet. Do you yank them off and go barefoot or do you struggle through the night with blisters?
Our Friday fav solves the problem! Rescue Flats are pre-boxed wedding favor flats. How perfect is that?!
Their shoes come in metallic and black. Every box comes in a variety of sizes and depending on which box you choose, with enough shoes for 60-600 people.
This favor is truly useful and something your gusts are guaranteed to love. Their website even comes with free printables for sings to put on your Rescue Flats table.
Belle Mer – Modern Waterfront Venue
Belle Mer, located on Goat Island, is perfect for the couple . The manicured lawns on the edge of Narragansett Bay are perfect for million dollar photos. The lawn overlooks the harbor and the Newport Bridge. The Island house has a suite on the second floor, ideal for bridal parties getting ready.
What you need to know overall: Clean, white, and modern, Belle Mer is a venue for the modern Newport bride. The views are unbeatable and the scenery, to die for. The facility has a wistful casual elegance. Like the venue is just dying for a elegant summer wedding, with a rocking after party.
The Water Salon is the venue for indoor weddings held at Belle Mer. With retractable floor to ceiling glass Nana walls, guests experience a seamless flow between the lawn and the salon. The picture perfect view gives all guests a priceless take of the Newport Bride and harbor. Decorated with two fireplaces, many crystal chandeliers, and soft flowing white sheers, the space instantly feels both upscale and relaxed.
Things to know:
1,000 Guests for reception
520 Guests for dinner
280 Guests for dinner and dancing
The Island house with accompanying rose garden mimics the elegant yet casual feel of the Water Salon. Outside there is a fire pit, perfect for cool summer nights on the water. Two fountains decorate the garden area, and are accompanied by Vanderbilt style light posts. The structure, through tent like, is completely waterproof and can withstand the strongest gale. With indoor and outdoor reception options, your guests are sure to enjoy themselves with the flexibility of two spaces.
What you need to know:
500 Guests for reception
250 Guests for dinner
190 Guests for dinner and dancing
Ocean Lawn is ideal for an outdoor garden-style reception. From the moment guests enter the crushed shell path, they are sure to be swept away by the breathtaking views. The outdoor venue has oversized umbrellas to provide shade from the summer sun, fire pits for cool nights, and a ceremony circle, perfect for sea side ceremonies. The stunning sunsets are a beautiful way to end a special day.
What you need to know:
1,000 Guests for garden-style reception
Belle Mer Loft is a private space on the second floor above the Island Salon. With dramatic 360 degree ocean views, the loft is a restful beautiful space. The whitewashed floors, high ceilings and open layout keep the soft airy feel of the space below. There is a full bathroom and chef’s kitchen for private meal preparation. This space is sure to keep a bride relaxed and calm before her big day.
What you need to know:
40 Guests for private meeting
15 Guests for bridal party