How to Help Mothers of the Bride/Groom Look Perfect!

In the wedding planning process and shopping experience, there’s a bit of a “pecking order.” The bride choosing her gown is the obvious first step, but what all the other steps? Well, next should be the bridesmaids. The bride’s gown sets the tone for the wedding and then her bridesmaids’ gowns help reinforce that tone or theme. The next step should be the mothers of the wedding, but there’s some etiquette to that as well!

According to tradition and wedding etiquette, the mother of the bride should choose her dress first and the mother of the groom second. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with shopping together, either, especially if they want to coordinate their looks for photos. But, speaking of how to coordinate their looks, it’s important to remember that:

Neither the mother of the bride nor the mother of the groom is part of the overall wedding design and because of this they are under no obligation to coordinate or match the colors of the wedding. With regard to color there is really just one rule for both of them to follow: choose the color that flatters them the most without upstaging the wedding party.

You’re probably wondering, “If the mothers aren’t part of the wedding party, what roles do they play?” Well, it’s pretty simple if we’re talking traditional roles, which for the purposes of this blog post, we totally are.

The mother of the bride is the hostess of the wedding. She should be the second-most-formally dressed person at the wedding, with the bride being the one person more formal than her. She should be more formal than the bridesmaids and definitely more formal than all the guests. It’s easiest if you think of it like this: when a guest walks into the reception and sees all the people in the room, they should be able to identify who the mother of the bride is simply by how she looks. In other words, she should look fabulous!

As for the mother of the groom, she is considered to be the “most honored guest.” She should be more formal than all the other guests, and less formal than the mother of the bride. So, if the mother of the bride has chosen a long gown, the mother of the groom may also wear long. However, she may also wear tea or knee length. On the other hand, if the mother of the bride is wearing a dress that is not floor length, then the mother of the groom should also wear a dress on the shorter side- either knee or tea length, depending on what the mother of the bride has chosen.

But again, in either case, the color they choose should be a color that flatters them and makes them feel beautiful! It’s a good idea to stay away from anything that will clash with the décor, but again, they have no obligation to fit into the wedding décor color scheme. And it’s always a good idea to avoid colors that will pull focus from the bride. Red is a great example of a color we think most mothers ought to avoid for the wedding day.

All other details can be gleaned from the wedding itself- the time of day, the venue (and its formality level), etc. and of course from the taste of the mother herself. Does she prefer sleeves or a particular neckline? Would she like to wear a shawl or a jacket for the ceremony, but take it off for the reception? Does she prefer a specific type of fabric?

Just like looking for your wedding gown, it’s a great idea to start on a website like Pinterest, saving images of dresses that have the overall feel that she’s going for. And then, as you know from shopping for a bridal gown, trying them on is very important, too! Dresses may look one way on the hanger, but once you put them on, they are completely different from what you expected!

Ultimately, our advice to brides is to help your mom feel as beautiful as possible. How she feels in her dress will reflect in the photos and in how she feels throughout this very exciting and important day. And wouldn’t you want her to feel beautiful, confident and relaxed while she’s by your side all day?



How to Create Your Wedding Hashtag

Let’s face it- everyone wants their wedding to be unique and modern. No one sits down to plan a wedding and thinks, “I’d really like this day to feel totally dated and cookie-cutter.” So, couples are finding all sorts of fun and interesting ways to make their day stand out. One really fun detail that seems to have caught on in the last couple of years is the wedding hashtag.

A wedding hashtag is awesome for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a cute little way to add a touch of your personalities to any wedding-related social media post before, during and after the wedding. Second, it’s an awesome way to find photos from the wedding day that your friends and family may have posted. You just search your hashtag and voila! There they all are!

But how do you make the hashtag to begin with? Here are our tips and tricks for making a totally unique, super cute wedding hashtag!

1. Start with your names. This may seem obvious (and it is), but the unique combination of your names make it easy for friends and family to remember. Think not only of the obvious first name combinations (#brangelina), but also of how your last names and even nick names might mesh. Add something wedding-related to it, especially if your names are fairly common, like wedding-related phrases. Think: tie-the-knot, get-hitched, newlywed, kiss-and-tell, etc.

Here are some examples for our fictitious couple “Jane Grey” and “Jack Black”:





2. Get punny with the names. First name, last name, nick name- it hardly matters if there is a fun pun you can use to have a fun twist on your names. Getting back to our fictitious couple Jane and Jack, and assuming that Jane is planning to take Jack’s last name after the wedding, their hashtag could be one of these:


It’s current, it’s cute and if the couple is a fan of OITNB, it’s even more apropos, right? Which brings me to my next piece of advice:

3. Think of your mutual interests and try to incorporate one of them. Maybe they’re both Beyoncé fans:


Or maybe they’re obsessed with Game of Thrones:


Sports fanatics?




Whatever you’re into, see if you can incorporate it! It will make your hashtag more unique, but also more personal! Maybe you have a really unique theme for your wedding that would translate perfectly into a hashtag- don’t hesitate to use it!

Finally, a couple of technical tips to keep in mind:

  1. Capitalize the first letter of each word. It makes it easier to read so people will know what it says SO much easier and you’ll avoid a lot of confusion.

    #ThisIsEasyToRead #thisisnoteasytoread

  2. Help others avoid misspellings- if one of you has a really long name or a name that’s difficult to spell, beware. Try using a nickname instead of a hard-to-spell given name.
  3. Search the hashtag. Google it, search it on Instagram, on any platform where it may be used. If it already exists, you’ll want to consider tweaking it a bit to make it more unique. Otherwise someone else’s posts could end up mixed in with your wedding posts. OR you may learn that one of the words or names you used in the hashtag actually translates to something obscene or totally random that also happens to trend regularly like the name of some fabulous dish at a famous restaurant? My point is simple: try to make your hashtag unique to avoid it getting mixed up with another person’s.
  4. Spread the word. Start using your hashtag as soon after you are engaged as possible. This will help friends and family get used to it and possibly start using it themselves in the days leading up to the wedding. Speaking of the wedding…
  5. Make sure you have signage letting people know what the hashtag is and that you want them to use it!

Some of our own brides have come up with some really clever, creative hashtags and we think they’ll help inspire you to create your own. Our bridal stylist Kristin was having trouble coming up with a hashtag, but then her fiancé Matt had a great idea. His last name was the inspiration:


Our assistant store manager Renée happened upon hers while shopping for a cake topper. She saw a lot of toppers that said “Happily Ever After.” Her fiance’s name was also part of the inspiration as it rhymed perfectly with “Happily” and so she just replaced “Happily” with his name:


One of our brides, Liz is going to be taking her fiance’s name, Pardo. Their hashtag is totes adorbs:


Get it? Like, “It’s Party Time!” So cute!

Another of our brides came up with this clever hashtag that we’re totally in love with:


Like, what’s better than Cloud Nine? Cloud Nasuti!

And then there’s Corie who went the rhyming route with her fiancé for their hashtag:


Of course, rhyming isn’t always easy, so why not try a little creative spelling and alliteration? It works for our bride Molly and her fiancé:


Do you have a clever hashtag for your wedding? Share it with us- we’d love to know what it is and how you came up with it!

Princess Bride Inspiration

We’ve offered some fun, inspiring blog posts in the past for the BOHO bride and the beach bride, but today it’s all about the PRINCESS Bride!

The Princess bride is someone who isn’t afraid of a little DRAMA, but she also totally loves ROMANCE! These gowns are perfect for her! First of all, the silhouette is what really makes the princess bride feel special- it’s gotta be a ball gown! So, whether you like lace, satin, or tulle, whether you prefer it embellished or simple, all of these gowns should make you feel like a perfect princess!


Martina Liana #884- This gown is both glamorous AND romantic with the soft skirt and beaded top!


Lazaro #3662- This photo does this gown NO justice. It’s the most EXTRA of all Princess gowns out there!


Allure #9353- Lace ball gowns are hard to come by, but this one is so perfectly romantic and dramatic!


Christina Wu #15584- Not much says “princess” more than a beaded bodice ball gown. #nailedit


Romona Keveza #L7171- One of the great things about this gown? Romona Keveza makes it with pretty much every neckline imaginable- strapless, sweetheart, one-shoulder, bateau- seriously, whatever neckline you like, we’re pretty sure this gown comes in it!


Hayley Paige “Londyn”- This gown has the three “P’s.” Preppy. Princess-y. And PERFECT.


Watters- “Maelin” top and “Nori” skirt- yes you can feel like a princess in separates!


Hayley Paige “Pippa”- Not all princesses want sleeveless, so don’t rule out Pippa! She’s got the most gorgeous sleeves, like, EVER.


Obviously, this is just a sampling of the gowns that we think inspire the idea of being a princess, but there’s lots more where they came from! Book your appointment now to find your dream princess (or any other) gown!

The Awesome Benefits of Buying a Sample Dress

shutterstock_454710727Here at Madeleine’s Daughter, we sell gowns to brides based on the sample they see here in the store, which means that 90% of the time, the brides here order a new gown, often in a different size or color from our sample. The sample is there to try on, but the majority of brides order new.

 So, what would be some good reasons to consider buying a sample instead of ordering a new gown? This whole idea can be a bit confusing, so let’s break it down for you.

  1.  COST: Designers set the prices on gowns, not the store where it’s sold. And, they have strict rules about how much stores are allowed to discount their designs. So, if a bride has a budget of $1,000, but she’s in LOVE with a gown that’s over her budget, the best way for her to get that dream dress is to buy the sample at a large discount. Samples are discounted anywhere from 20%-70% off, depending on the style, how long it’s been in the shop, the overall condition of the dress, etc.
  2. TIME: Not everyone takes a whole year (or more) to plan a wedding. In fact, lots of couples want much shorter engagements- 6 months or even less! Since brand new bridal gowns often take 5-6 months to come in once ordered, a sample is a great way around that little headache when you want to have a shorter engagement.
  3. NOT WONDERING ABOUT SIZE: Whether the sample fits you perfectly, or needs some minor tweaking like adjusting the straps, or taking in the bust, you’ll know from the get-go what you’re in for where alterations are concerned. Most brides have to wait until their size dress comes in to even begin to think about what alterations are needed, but brides who purchase a sample, not only leave with the dress, they leave with peace of mind!

 Of course, there can be cons to buying a sample- it may be a little shop-worn, or even damaged. It has been tried on by several other brides, and that bothers some people, but at the end of the day, the benefits far outweigh anything negative. So, no matter your budget, if you are even remotely close to sample size, let your stylist know that you’re open to a sample because it might open up an opportunity you might not have otherwise!


What’s the Deal With Wedding Colors??

It happens every day here- a bride or bridesmaid or mother of the wedding will come in or call asking about the color of the dress, usually because she is shopping for accessories and trying to make sure they match.

But there’s something important to note with color and how it works in the bridal industry and it’s this:


What do we mean by that? Well, what it boils down to is the fact that “Ivory” by Maggie Sottero and “Ivory” by Anne Barge could be two completely different colors. The same is true for fabric. “Ivory” lace and “Ivory” shantung could be completely different colors from each other.

These are both called ivory!!

 Confusing, right? Don’t even get me started on bridesmaid colors! Why can’t all the designers agree on exactly what shade constitutes “Navy,” right? Or “blush” or any of the popular wedding colors. But alas, this is not how our industry works.

 So, what’s our advice for making sure the veil, and all the other accessories are the right color? I mean, if the dress designer and the veil designer aren’t working together to make sure that all “ivory” dresses and veils are the same, then what is a bride to do? Well, our advice is to not worry about the NAME of the color. Worry about how the color looks. You may purchase a “diamond white” veil to wear with your “light ivory” wedding gown. There’s nothing wrong with the NAME of the color not matching!

 This means being VERY cautious when purchasing something online or in a different store from where you bought your dress. In other words, just because your veil is ivory, doesn’t mean you should purchase a veil that is ivory. When shopping for a veil, we ALWAYS recommend doing so while WEARING your bridal gown. (It’s really difficult to choose a veil while you’re wearing a pair of jeans.) So, whether you shop here at Madeleine’s or elsewhere for your veil, do it WITH your gown. Even if you don’t put the gown on, it’s best to have it, or even a small swatch to make sure that the veil color matches.

The same is true for bridesmaids- if you can get a couple of swatches of the bridesmaid dress color, it will make shopping for everything else SO much easier. Take this swatch to your florist, to the baker for your cake consultation, to the venue, to the linen rental vendor- take the swatches everywhere. Because unfortunately, “Navy” or “Plum” or “Blush” aren’t universal standard colors. Sigh. If only everyone would just use Pantone as a standard, all our lives would be so much easier!

Hopefully this little bit of advice will make shopping for your wedding a little bit easier!


How to Help an Introverted Bride


You may remember our post from a few months ago about how to handle being an introverted bride, but what if you’re the super-outgoing maid of honor or friend of the bride and you just want to help her celebrate in the BESTWAYEVER!?!?!?!??!

Well, as much as we know your heart is in the right place for wanting to throw her a huge bridal shower and an extravagant bachelorette party, that might not be the best approach for your friend. As an introverted bride, your friend is already likely in full-anxiety mode over the many different events at which she’s going to need to be “on.” If you’re an extrovert, it’s hard to relate to this, but just take a moment to imagine whatever is most stressful and draining to you and that is every single typical wedding event she’s about to have in the coming months.

So, what do you do? Here are some fab tips on how to help your friend navigate these events in a way that will actually be enjoyable to her!

The Shower:

There are two main hurdles for the shower as an introverted bride. The first is the expectation to mingle among the guests throughout and the second is sitting in front of all the guests opening gifts for an hour or more. These are two very draining experiences for the bride. So, how, as her maid-of-honor, or bridesmaid do you help her?

First, think carefully about how the shower will be structured and try to plan some downtime for her. For example, if you choose to play games, perhaps letting the bride sit back while the “toilet paper wedding gowns” are constructed and letting her simply award the prizes at the end. If she’s feeling a bit overwhelmed after having mingled for the first hour, this will be a good opportunity for her to enjoy some of the food, have a glass of champagne and decompress a bit without actually leaving the party.

Second, why not relieve her of the whole opening-presents-in-front-of-all-the-guests part? Host an “open gift” shower where guests are politely asked to bring an unwrapped gift. When they arrive, there should be a clear space (usually a couple of large tables) for the guests to leave their gifts for the couple. This will actually allow the bride to mingle with her guests at a more relaxed pace since the majority of the event won’t be spent with everyone watching her open presents. And as an added bonus, she won’t have all eyes on her when she opens up the present full of wedding-night lingerie. (I think that everyone wins in that situation, not just the introverts!)


The Bachelorette Party:

The same concerns tend to pop up for the introverted bride, regardless of the event and the bachelorette party is no exception. Being the center of attention can be difficult and so can having a huge crowd of people around that you’re expected to get crazy with all night (or all weekend). How to help your girl get through it?

Consider if the standard wild & crazy night on the town is what she would want to do! Is your introverted bride the kind who might not actually enjoy being decked out in a plastic tiara, fake veil, feather boa, etc. while being paraded through town from bar to bar? Not every bride is super excited about that part of wedding planning, believe it or not.

Maybe your friend would enjoy a quiet experience with her best ladies, for example a day at a spa, enjoying pedicures, snacks and pampering by the pool or hot tub. Or, if she IS the kind to get into the wild & crazy, but wants a more intimate setting, consider bringing the party to a more familiar, comfortable location like a friend’s place.


The Big Day:

The wedding day itself could be causing your introverted friend quite a bit of anxiety in anticipation of all that is expected of her, so the best thing you can do is help her get the quiet, downtime that she needs. Don’t be offended if she wants to have her hair & make-up done separately from the bridal party. Even though you want to party with her, don’t forget to give her space and time with her new spouse. And if you see her getting stressed or near-meltdown, step in and help her out of that situation. Whether it’s an exuberant uncle that you ask to dance to help her end the conversation or a sorority sister who insists she and the bride re-create their Greek Week flash mob dance that you need to distract with a cocktail, the best thing you can do for the bride is help her enjoy herself.


So, to sum up- just remember that not everyone loves being the center of attention and becoming a bride won’t magically change that about an introverted person. So, if you’ve got a friend who’s feeling a bit of anxiety for her upcoming nuptials, just remember that and do your best to help her through it and make it as enjoyable for her as you can. She’ll be incredibly grateful, trust me.


The Inevitable Truth about Weddings

Scared that something will go wrong on your wedding day? It probably will…but it won’t actually ruin your day, and you’ll have a great story to tell after. Actually being prepared for something to go wrong on your wedding day will really help you deal with it more easily when you find out what that thing is that goes haywire! Some people say that you can even expect up to three things to go wrong, but we’re pretty sure you can 100% count on at least one thing happening that isn’t part of your wedding day plan! We surveyed our own staff to find out what some mishaps were on their wedding days. Turns out everyone experience SOMETHING going wrong!

Kristin’s wedding fortunately had only minor mishaps. For example, when she arrived, the table linens were a different color than she had ordered from the rental company. What was her response? She was fine with it. “The colors still worked, even though it wasn’t what I had asked for. It still looked beautiful and that’s what mattered to me.”

McKenzie’s wedding was plagued with terrible weather. And we’re not just talking a little drizzle. Her mountain-top wedding was the windiest ever because of the tornado blowing nearby! “My veil blew right off my head the second I started walking down the aisle. As soon as the ceremony ended, it started to downpour! At one point, the weather got so bad that the caterer was threatening to leave! Fortunately, it all worked out. Every got to eat, and we danced the night away. And as for the rain on the ceremony, my favorite picture from the day is the photo of us kissing in the rain for the first time as a married couple!”

Lauren remembers being super excited for her cake. It was the “Tuxedo” cake from the Beach Pea, one of her (and our) favorite bakeries. During the reception, she remembers cutting the cake with her new husband for the photo op, but never saw (or tasted) the cake again after that! “To this day, I still have no idea what happened to my cake! Maybe some lucky wait staff got to enjoy it after we left, but none of our guests did!”

Brandie walked down the aisle with GREEN PAINT in the center of her veil. How did it get there? Even more than a decade later, the answer to that question is still a mystery. “It was not only in the center of my veil, but it was on the blusher layer! Right in front of my face! I have no idea how it got there, but once I saw Todd waiting for me at the end of the aisle, it didn’t even matter. We even laugh about it now- you have to be able to let these things go.”

Renée remembers all sorts of things going wrong. But perhaps the most memorable of the many mishaps was that the pianist played the processional way too fast and she had to practically run down the aisle. “I remember that I had perfectly planned the timing for everyone walking down the aisle to one of my favorite pieces by Debussy. I was very clear with the pianist about the tempo. He basically ignored me and I remember rushing down the aisle because I was afraid of the piece ending and having to walk halfway in silence!”

“So, what’s your point?” you’re asking right about now. Well, the point is that even though everyone experiences at least ONE mishap on their wedding day, that’s not what will define your day. And if you count on something going wrong, you won’t be as upset by it in the moment. Just expect something to go wrong and when it does, take a breath, let the professionals you’ve hired help fix it and remember that at the end of the day, if you’re married to your best friend, then it really was a perfect day.

Unveiled: Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, Stella York & Sorella Vita

Unveiling Essense of Australia wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include all of the many divisions including Martina Liana, Stella York and Sorella Vita! Yes, this amazing company creates gorgeous gowns at three different price points PLUS a gorgeous line of bridesmaid dresses, too! It’s understandable why they would be one of our favorite collections. Here’s a little about each division:

Essense of Australia:

Combining a superb fit with couture finishing, Essense of Australia brings an attention to detail that sets our wedding dresses apart from those of many other designer labels and makes your wedding truly memorable.

Influenced by the fashion houses of Europe and the fashion center of New York, every Essense of Australia gown is painstakingly imagined and created by our talented and highly experienced Australian design team.

At the heart of each signature Essense gown is luxurious fabric and exquisite beading. The wedding gown line offers a diverse compilation of elegantly crafted designer wedding dresses ranging from glamorous, draped Angel Satin to alluring laces and Satin Chiffon. The use of authentic Swarovski crystals and diamantés adds the perfect touch of shimmering, head-turning sparkle. Plus, with innovative couture finishing options such as a lace or zip-up back, a bride can customize her gown to best reflect her sophistication and unique style.

essense of australia

Martina Liana:

For the bride who radiates confidence, global glamour and impeccable style, there’s Martina Liana — the embodiment of exquisite couture bridal design.

The Martina Liana wedding gown collection has risen from the celebrated mind of Chief Creative Officer, Martine Harris, and our international design team to the heights of the world stage as a major international bridal fashion label.

Every cut, every embellishment, every consideration of a Martina Liana design is made with one idea in mind.

“A bridal gown is more than just something a bride will wear once. She will replay the memories of her day in her mind for years to come and pictures of her will be passed down for generations. A bride’s love story inspires us and this is why we love creating magical and unforgettable gowns,” said Martine.

This passion to create an enduring memory is exemplified in the couture craftsmanship of every Martina Liana gown.

You can see it in the way the luxurious fabrics flow as a bride glides down the aisle. In the handcrafted fit, that accentuates a womanly form. And in the heirloom quality detailing that will leave every guest in awe – and stir the heart of a husband-to-be.

“We had a vision to create a bridal fashion label that blended couture customization and quality with exquisite design. We are proud that this vision has been brought to life through Martina Liana. Each new collection is even more captivating than the last and we feel validated by the amazing response this label has received from brides across the world.”

When you select a Martina Liana creation, you wear something far more than just a wedding dress. You make a statement. One that exemplifies the style, the attitude and the elegance of the bride, and the woman, you are.

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Stella York:

Glamorous. Sexy. Extravagant. Stella York wedding dresses are more than just a designer label. It’s an indelible mind-set — with each creation a perfect complement to a bride’s attitude, style and spirit.

Wearing a Stella York gown, a bride will truly be as the name suggests — the stella, or “star” of her wedding day — adorned in a head-turning creation brought to life by the same Australian design team that brings elegance and sophistication to the designer wedding gown labels of Essense of Australia and Martina Liana.

Inspired by the world’s hottest red carpet trends, Stella York bridal gowns are imagined and handcrafted with stunning detail. Each gown is constructed to provide an exceptional fit and give the body perfect form, all at a competitive price.

Dressed in spectacular beading, glamorous laces and enchanting fabrics, the Stella York bride is assured to be the center of elegance and attention. Whether a bride is graced in soft organzas, chiffons and charmeuses or romantic satins and taffetas, the Stella York collection is an extraordinary accompaniment to her every desire.

And of course, this “unveiling” wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention Sorella Vita, the amazing bridesmaid dress collection!

stella york

Sorella Vita:

Few relationships are as meaningful or unbreakable as that between a bride and her bridesmaids. It is a bond formed out of love and respect, a friendship destined to last forever. Together they are sorella vita – “ sisters for life”.

The Sorella Vita bridesmaid collection is designed to bring the hottest runway styles and the latest red carpet trends to the aisles of the most fashion-forward weddings.

Imagined by the same Australian design teams that bring elegance and sophistication to life in the designer wedding gown collections of Stella York, Essense of Australia, and Martina Liana, Sorella Vita provides the perfect touch of personality and style to any bridal occasion and at prices for every consideration set.

Featuring well-crafted details that are modern and eye-catching, colors that are rich and bold, and fabrics that are posh and glamorous, the dresses of the Sorella Vita collection bring confidence and style to each bridesmaid and every wedding day.

sorella vita

You can tell we’re big fans of all the various divisions because we carry each and every one of them in our shop! We love the diversity of styles, fabrics and price points that we can provide to our brides through this amazing company! Book your appointment today to come and try on Essense of Australia wedding gowns! We know you’ll find one you love!

How to Infuse the Seacoast Into Your Wedding Day

Let’s face it- the seacoast of New England is pretty spectacular. The scenery, the views, the vibe- it’s got a lot going for it. A lot of our brides might have moved away from the seacoast, but want to come back here for their wedding because of the nostalgia the location holds for them. And if they love it so much, it stands to reason that they want their guests to love it, too. So, how do you incorporate the seacoast into your wedding without it necessarily being a complete “theme?”

The answer is in the details, of course! But if you don’t want your wedding to actually feel like it’s on lobster boat, consider these detail ideas, and don’t forget to exercise restraint- choose one or two ideas to incorporate to keep it from feeling too much like a kitsch-y theme.


It’s a well-known fact that the invitations set the tone for your wedding day, and this makes perfect sense as they are likely the first taste of your wedding that your guests will experience. The feeling of your wedding, including its location can start to be conveyed through the invitation that you choose or design. Preppy and nautical, or bohemian and beachy, there is a design out there for every couple. The paper, the font, the background design- all of these elements can come together to start to help your guests experience the awesomeness that is a seacoast wedding.



You don’t have to deck the halls in anchors and blue and white stripes to have a bit of a nautical feel, but touches of those elements can add a little seacoast charm to your event.

Maybe a small anchor charm hanging around the centerpiece vases, or some oyster shells scattered on the tables along with driftwood. Small touches can be just as beautiful and sometimes a lot more tasteful than bold statement pieces.

Of course, if your event is actually located in a setting that features the gorgeous seacoast, letting nature serve as your décor can be the most impactful (and cost-effective) option available to you!



Guests LOVE taking home a little keepsake from the wedding day, so put some thought into your favor and see if you can incorporate the charm of the location into that item. Perhaps it’s a whale or lobster magnet or keychain. Maybe something edible is a better choice for you such as local maple syrup, jam or relish from Stonewall Kitchen? If you prefer a less perishable gift, a set of lobster crackers or a bottle opener from Smuttynose? Whatever suits your personalities the best!


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Of course, these tips work regardless of the location, although we’re obviously fond of our hometown location! If you need more wedding-planning advice, keep stopping by our blog- we’ve got plenty!


“Best Of” Lists for Brides

While we do consider ourselves experts in a lot of wedding-related areas, we also recognize that it’s okay for someone else to do some of the legwork for us. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of awesome articles, blog posts, etc. for you. Whatever it is that you need for your wedding, there’s a solution in at least ONE of the links below!

 First, here is a list from Refinery 29 of 25 of the best wedding-planning apps out there. Let’s be honest, couples are planning more and more of their weddings through their iPhones. So, it’s understandable that app developers would be getting on board that gravy train. Whether you need an app for finding the perfect color palate or managing your budget, we’re pretty sure it exists!


Second, here’s a fabulous list of the 14 best wedding website builders out there. Whether you prefer or appycouple, each couple’s wedding website should reflect the personality of their wedding, so it stands to reason that not every couple would use the same builder.


Finally, even though we’re living in a digital age, there are still some rules of wedding etiquette that are important to know. We’re not saying you have to follow all the rules, we’re just saying it’s a good idea to be informed. We think if you’re going to break a rule of wedding etiquette, you should do so knowingly, that’s all. So, take a look at this list of 24 wedding etiquette questions and their answers. Consider yourself the wedding Emily Post.


Of course, there are countless other sources available to you as a bride, but sometimes it’s nice to have some information consolidated for you. We hope these lists are helpful to you! Did we forget something? Leave a comment and let us know!