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Destination Weddings: Spotlight on Maine

Posted by Sarah PeaseMay 21, 2015

Our amazing planner, Sarah Glick, recently took a trip to Maine hosted by the The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau. While there, she got to check out a number of charming wedding venues. All the highlights of her trip are detailed below!

The first stop on the trip was the Nonantum Resort, a gorgeous resort that sits right on the coast of Kennebunkport, ME. Along with a number of beautiful options for wedding spaces, the resort offers an adorable trolley to take guests to and from the after party bar down the street!

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The next stop on the tour was the Westin Portland Harborview. This hotel is a fantastic option for the couple who wants to get married in Maine but still wants a modern feel. The rooms are sleek and urban but still have waterfront views. One of the highlights of being in Portland was getting to go on a Land and Sea Tour. Getting an up close view of a lighthouse was fun! While in Portland, the group also stopped at the Regency Hotel. If you are looking for a more central location in Portland for your venue, this hotel is the perfect choice!

Next, the group stopped to enjoy the view at Point Lookout Resort. This waterfront venue overlooks Penobscot Bay. Guests stay in quaint, rustic cabins and the view from their most popular ceremony space is unparalleled.

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Following a full day of venue scouting, the group made a stop at Café Miranda in Rockville, ME. They work with nearby farms to make sure everything they serve is local and fresh. Their dedication to quality definitely shines through – the food was absolutely delicious and they have an extensive menu with over 150 options so everyone can find something they love!

The next day, we headed to French’s Point. This gorgeous estate is located in Stockton Springs, ME and it’s the perfect spot for couples looking for the full wedding weekend experience. When you book a wedding here, the estate is exclusively yours for the weekend, giving it the true destination feel. You can bring in your own caterer and there are several outdoor ceremony sites including a permanent tent for ceremony or reception. They also have the cutest farmhouse right next door for your guests to stay in!

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The final venue of the trip was the Black Point Inn. This venue is located on Prout’s Neck, right outside of Portland. This venue truly has it all. From stunning views of Mt. Washington to a nearby beach and cliff walk, the hotel has a true New England vibe. They even keep their fireplace burning year round for an extra cozy element!

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Finally, one of the most fun parts of the trip was getting to partake in one of Art Night Out’s art parties. Their jewelry class would definitely be a perfect event for a bachelorette party!

The best part? Making new friends while getting to see some of the most spectacular parts of Maine!

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Sarah Glick on Wedding Paper Diva’s Small Talk Big Day

Posted by Sarah PeaseMay 13, 2015

Our superstar wedding planner, Sarah Glick, sat down with Amber Harrison of Wedding Paper Diva’s Small Talk Big Day to give some awesome tips on proposal must-haves!

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Check out the full video:

Spotlight on Creatively Cass Designs

Posted by Sarah PeaseApr 09, 2015

Sometimes we like to shine a spotlight on a new and upcoming vendor we love. In this case, it’s Etsy vendor Cassie Byers of Creatively Cass Designs. She creates downloadable/printable designs to add a little extra flair to your wedding day. Her designs include custom wine bottle labels, menus, save the dates, engagement and bachelorette party invites as well as an array of cute cards for any and all holidays. Check out all of her awesome designs here!

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Recent Favorites: Table Numbers

Posted by Sarah PeaseMar 27, 2015

The often-forgotten art of table numbers! We love it when our clients let us get creative with the details of their wedding, these clients were no exception.

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Photos by: Jennifer Davis Photography, Brian Dorsey Studios, Elizabeth Medina Photography, Christian Oth Studios.

Tips on Public Speaking

Posted by Sarah PeaseMar 27, 2015

Best Man, Maid of Honor, work conferences, meetings — we all know that there’s nothing worse than a boring or unprepared speech.  I’ve given talks in front of hundreds of people at industry conferences but the toughest and most important speech that I ever made was as Matron of Honor at my sister’s wedding. These tips are for anyone giving a speech or presentation  of any kind.  Click on the video at the bottom to see if I managed to hold back the tears during my Matron of Honor speech.

Did I miss any public speaking tips? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Sarah Maid of Honor Speech

1. Tell a Story.  Everyone loves a great story and it’s much easier to remember a story than a list of facts and figures. Interweave the facts portion of your speech with parts of a compelling story or a series of compelling stories that illustrate your point. Here’s a good example from Malcolm Gladwell.

2.  Practice.  I find it offensive when people “wing it” at wedding speeches. It’s a special day for your loved one and you will have the attention of more people than you may ever for the rest of your life. Maybe that sounds harsh, but I’ve seen far too many awful, train-wreck or downright boring speeches. It’s also frustrating when I attend a conference or event and it’s clear that the speaker hasn’t rehearsed.

3.  Stand in 3 Places.  It’s distracting to wander around the stage and can become a nervous habit. Choose up to three landing points on the stage and move between those three. Sheryl Sandberg does a decent job of this here.

4.  Intonation.  Use different tones of voice. Vary your pitch up and down. Mix it up with some loud parts and some almost-whispers. You’ll feel like a fool practicing it but it’ll make for a more engaging presentation.

5.  Words on Slides. Don’t do it.  Instead of words, use just images. You know why TedTalks are so engaging? Because they don’t read bullet points off of slides. When you have words on the slide, viewers are reading the words instead of listening to you. Let’s hope this applies only to conference-type speeches and not wedding speeches.

6. Better yet…no slides.  Seriously. Try it.

7.  Memorize It (maybe).  For smaller-scale, emotional speeches like a Best Man or Maid of Honor speech, you should read from your notes. But for a large conference-style speech, you need to know it from memory. Here’s my memorization process:

+write out the speech and interweave stories that I tell that I already know by heart (no new memorization required for that part)

+practice reading it a zillion times: to myself and out loud

+write down the first sentence of each section on an index card

+practice going start to finish without stopping using just the index card…regardless of if I make a mistake

With this approach, I know the order of things, and once I get started with the section, I remember what part of the story I’m telling. When I’m nervous, I tend to go blank at transition points, so having the first sentence of each section reignites my memory.

8.  Technical Difficulties.  There are bound to be technical difficulties with any presentation. Always travel with your own adapters, arrive super early to test your slides, and don’t rely on a solid internet connection – save your presentation and any audio or visual onto your desktop. When something inevitably goes wrong, do like Steve Jobs and have a funny story to stall while the tech team fixes it.

Amy and Justin Featurette from Best Man Media on Vimeo.

 

 

 

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