There has never been a better time to get married, fashion-wise. Whether you love traditional wedding dress styles or prefer edgier looks (like pants!), bridal fashion for 2018 has something stunning for everyone.
Portland is an awesome place to plan a bachelorette party. This city by the sea has everything you need to celebrate a bride's last hurrah, including party bus limos, fancy lingerie shops (try Aristelle and Etain), and fabulous bars (check out hot spots Top of the East, Grace, and Sonny's). But in addition to partying, Portland offers fun and sophisticated activities and tours that can make your bachelorette party a stand-out event.
Why should you preserve your wedding dress?
Choosing your wedding dress is a big decision. But you're not done yet! You also have to decide what to do with your wedding dress after your wedding ceremony. One of the most popular options, and the one we recommend to all our brides, is wedding dress preservation.
St. Patrick's Day might be the luckiest day of the year to get married.
St. Patrick's Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious event that celebrates the Irish culture with music, food, drinks and a whole lot of GREEN. Thinking of getting married on St. Pat's? We raise a glass to you! From green wedding dresses to green shoes, to lucky horseshoe cake toppers to shamrock suspenders, we searched Pinterest for awesome green inspiration for any wedding style. Because after all...
"There are only two kinds of people in the world—the Irish and people who wish they were."
If you're planning a wedding with a laid-back, hipster, or rustic vibe, food trucks are a great way to cater your event. In lieu of a formal sit-down dinner with a set menu, you can offer something for everyone with a range of cuisines that appeal to your most finicky guests. Does your crowd include both carnivores and vegans? No problem! You can easily accomodate thier tastes with a couple of different trucks. Plus, food trucks get your guests moving and mingling.
Portland is home to an awesome fleet of food trucks. We've singled our some of our favorite options, serving both savory and sweet fare. All of these food trucks are happy to cater, and will roll up to your event ready to please your guests.
Yellow is the color of happiness, optimism, warmth, sunshine and spring. That makes it a perfect wedding color, especially for spring and summer weddings. (But orangey, mustard-yellow also makes a glorious fall wedding color.) Yellow is balanced beautifully by cool, neutral, and sophisticated greys. Grey is also the color of compromise, an important element of any good marriage! Yellow and grey color palettes started trending in 2016, and we expect this fresh and modern look to be on-trend for the next several seasons.
Part Two: Mother-of-the-Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses
As promised, here's our follow-up to Maine Wedding Inspiration 2017 Part 1. This post features mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses from the photo shoot for Real Maine Weddings we took part in last May at Maple Rock Farm. Thanks to Brea McDonald Photography for providing the wedding images! (Don't miss the rest of the pictures and more details from the day in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings.)
Part One: Wedding Dresses
We were delighted to take part in a photo shoot for Real Maine Weddings on a chilly day last May. Our job was to steam, press, and perfect the wedding dresses and bridesmaids' dresses before the models put them on. While the models and stylists shivered outside, we were lucky enough to do our work inside the warm and cozy main house at Maple Rock Farm!
Wedding Dress Shopping Has Never Been More Fun
If you're getting married in 2017 or 2018, you are in luck! There has never been a better time to buy a wedding dress. Whether you love classic styles or go for modern cuts and metallic fabrics, you have an amazing array of dresses to choose from. Here are our top 10 favorite wedding dress trends that you're likely to see in every bridal boutique you visit in 2017. Happy shopping!
Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful and overwhelming for brides—and grooms, and family members, and friends—but what if it doesn’t have to be? For Alison, it was anything but. Not only did she not stress over wedding planning, Alison describes her wedding day as "absolutely perfect—better than I could have hoped." How can you achieve the wedding day of your dreams, without driving yourself crazy? Learn the art of wedding zen from Alison and her quintessentially "Maine" wedding story.
All images are courtesy of Peter Greeno Photography, based in Portland, ME.
The First Date
Alison met her now-husband, Jake, on a blind date arranged by their respective best friends—a couple who later became the officiant and best man at their wedding. On that first date, Alison and Jake walked his dog around Back Cove in Portland, then went for wings at Samuel’s on Forest Ave. When they said goodnight, Alison was sure she wanted to see Jake again, but didn’t know he was “the one.”