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The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo by Ashley Largesse Photography

Everyone knows about the blazing reds, brilliant oranges, and yellows from their late September luminosity to their late October warmth, in our Vermont autumn. Everyone knows about the lush green of the Vermont mountains in summer, and the breathtaking billows of white in the Vermont winter. These are all great reasons to have a Vermont wedding, but I would like to suggest that the best reason of all to have a Vermont wedding is the hidden gold of the people of Vermont wedding industry. Not only do these Vermonters show a high level of excellence in their own area of expertise, but a cooperative spirit which I believe is unrivaled, and truly sets the stage for the very best day possible.

I’ve had numerous conversations over the years with wedding venders who have moved from out of state. They tend to progress along the same lines. The wedding industry in other states (I won’t be specific, but we’ve covered quite a few states in these conversations!) tends to operate more on a competitive level, with each person exclusively doing their own aspect of the job, with little or no consideration of how each person fits within the big picture. The focus is not so much on the totality of the day from the couples’ or families’ experience, but just on doing their thing and moving on to the next gig. On moving to Vermont, a whole new world opened up for these wedding venders – in getting to know the other folks around them who were working on the same weddings, they realized that everything is so much more enjoyable and works so much more smoothly when they know the other folks who are parts of the same overall picture of the day. 

The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine

Ashley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Ashley and Ibby's Christmas Eve engagement was the perfect, magical start to their wedding story. What began on a snowy evening transcended into a warm and lush, Vermont summer wedding. Ashley and Ibby celebrated in style with their wedding reception at the Catamount Country Club, dancing the night away with their friends and family. Read their entire Love Story in our Winter/Spring issue!

Ashley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Ashley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride MagazineAshley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Ashley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Ashley and Ibrahim | Real Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

June 20, 2021

DIY Wedding Favors

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

When planning a wedding you have taken the time to choose your guest list, design and mail your invitations, and finalize your registry items. Then in turn, your guests have to take the time to pick out an outfit, book a hotel room and make vacation plans on top of deciding what to gift you as your first present as a couple. So why shouldn’t your guest favors not be well thought-out too? It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but something heartfelt and/or handmade is a very special way for your guests to feel thought of in your celebration of love. Your favors could go along with the theme of your wedding, act as centerpieces to fill your tables, or incorporate an interest or hobby that the two of you share. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite DIY wedding favor ideas that I have seen while photographing weddings, including custom frisbees, handpainted ornaments for a Christmas themed-wedding, and table seating cards with family recipes – make it your own, and make it thoughtful!

Beverage containers have become more popular in the past few years. I love the idea of personalized cups that double as table seating, “cozies” for those couples that prefer their beverage from a can, and one couple even went thrift-shopping for glasses then custom decaled each one. Talk about a labor of love!

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you have a green thumb, mini plants make for an adorable gift, and can also double as table centerpieces. I’ve seen succulents in modern containers, violets grown in up-cycled baby food jars, and even mini trees.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

Using Wedding Hashtags | Vermont Bride Magazine

Wedding hashtags have become ever more popular in the past few years, and are a great way to follow your guests’ posts on social media. 

For those of you not “in the know,” a hashtag is essentially a label for content, specifically twitter and instagram, as well pinterest, facebook, and . It is an easy way for others to search on a specific topic, and is a phrase or a few words with no spaces, followed by the # symbol. The current most popular hashtag on instagram at the time of writing this post, is #fashion, being used over 213,000,000 times and counting.  Other popular hashtags include #friends, and #smile.

Using Wedding Hashtags | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you choose to create a wedding hashtag for your special day, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Why you want an unplugged wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

You’ve spent lots of time planning and paying for your big day, including researching and hiring a professional photographer to document your wedding. You want everything to go perfectly, and for your guests to have fun and enjoy each and every lovely moment. But when it comes time for you to walk down the aisle, instead of seeing your guests smiling and celebrating you in your awesome dress, you see cameras and phones instead of eyes and smiling faces. Bummer.

As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen this time and time again, or worse, had a guest ruin a perfectly framed picture by throwing their cell phone into the aisle, or hopping in front of me just before the kiss so they can get that “perfect shot” on their crummy cell phone. I guarantee my camera (and the operator) will be taking a better shot, so why not let the professional do their job? I could spend all day telling the tales of Uncle Bob ruining the professional shots, but instead I will offer up these two words of wisdom: UNPLUGGED WEDDING.

Vermont Bride Summer Lookbook | Digital Magazine

Our newest (and biggest and BEST) LOOKBOOK is live and now available for viewing online! Our exclusively digital publication, the Summer 2015 LOOKBOOK is packed with inspiration on every part of your big day - from flowers to favors to sparkler-infused send-offs. You will find great ideas and see the work of some of the best Vermont wedding professionals. The LOOKBOOK is an essential tool for helping you navigate the, sometimes daunting and stressful, task of planning a wedding. The best part is that it never expires! It will be available to view online for years to come, so you can keep coming back to it again and again to find the information you need.

With this LOOKBOOK we have added a new and exciting feature - on each advertisement featured in the magazine there is a pink button in the upper left corner. You can click on any of these buttons at any point in your browsing and it will take you to a page telling you more information about that particular wedding professional. It is just one more way we hope to make wedding planning easier and fun.

We also wanted to point out that you can share any portion of the LOOKBOOK on Facebook, Twitter, or even pin it to Pinterest! In the LOOKBOOK view screen there is a + sign in the upper right corner. Click on that and you can select any part of the page that you are viewing and choose how you want to share it. It's that easy!

Rustic Fall Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but soon the leaves of the green mountains will start to explode in vibrant shades or red, orange, and yellow. Autumn in Vermont is truly one of the most beautiful sights, so it is no wonder that many couples choose this time of year to have their wedding. Rustic red barns, exposed beams, candles, and festive pumpkins are just some of the elements that make this fall wedding the perfect inspiration for foliage season.

Laura and Jeremy used lanterns and votive candles to add warmth to the chilly September air, and the color palette of burnt orange, sage green, and apple red brightened the rustic, barn venue. Chinese lanterns lifting off at the end of the evening were a festive and unique alternative to the more summery sparkler send-off.

Laura and Jeremy | Rustic Fall Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sewly Yours Bridal Salon | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sewly Yours Bridal was a fixture on Church Street in downtown Burlington for over 20 years, delighting and enchanting brides (and every little girl that walked by the windows) with their exquisite selection of vintage and modern-day gowns and accessories. This past year owner, Debbie Wells, decided to close up the shop on Church Street and open a more intimate studio on her property in Milton. Tucked away among her colorful gardens, Debbie's new space gives her the peace and creative flow she yearned for during the many years on a bustling downtown marketplace. We spoke with Debbie about the transition, what it has meant for her business, and what the new studio space is like.

How long has Sewly Yours been in business? I helped my first bride 34 years ago - in 1981.  Officially became "Sewly Yours" in 1992

What is the story of how you became a seamstress and bridal gown boutique owner? I grew up a "Navy-brat" and moved very often growing up.  When we were close enough to visit Vermont, spend my school vacations visiting my grandmother and great-grandmother here.  I was obsessed with their crafting and sewing, and they were endlessly patient with me.  I made all my own clothes through school and very early started sewing for friends.  A very dear, and still a best friend, refused to "let" me continue sewing for free and insisted on paying me!  Through shopping in a local fabric store, became well acquainted with the owners and staff, and started making display dresses for the store and gained referrals for work, including local bridal salons that need seamstresses for alterations.  In the early 90's opened my first retail boutique, featuring my own designs, restored vintage gowns from my collection and a small selection of designer gowns.  In 2001 had the opportunity to move downstairs into my former location on the corner of Church and Pearl Street.

Sewly Yours Bridal Salon | Vermont Made Wedding Gowns | Vermont Bride Magazine

Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

You want to celebrate your wedding day with all your loved ones – but what about your four-legged loves? Including your dog on your wedding is a wonderfully sentimental idea, but should be approached with careful thought and consideration. Does your dog do well with crowds? Will it be a hot day with little shade? Are they well-behaved? Are you getting married next to water and they love to swim? Are you willing to be flexible if your wedding doesn’t go perfectly? I ask because I’ve seen a ring-bearer-dog decide to take a number two in the middle of the ceremony. I’ve seen pups barking throughout a ceremony, and tiny guest-dogs hop on a dinner table, and a great dane put his paws on the cake table. Pets are great, but they’re also unpredictable.

Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

That being said, it is your day, and you should do what – that will make both you and your pets the happiest. If you do decide to include your dogs, I highly recommend a designated wrangler to take care of potty breaks, water, and shade throughout the day. Practicing a walk down the aisle a few times might be a good idea too.

Including Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

Loft Wedding Inspiration | Modern Urban Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

With a laid-back, urban vibe and industrial feel, hosting your wedding in a loft style space can be the perfect way to acheive a modern, casual-chic theme. The bare bones architectural details of a loft are the perfect blank canvas for you to style and decorate in a million different ways. From a minimilist, all white pallette, to more intricate installations of flowering vines and hundreds of candles - it is open to your interpretation and inspiration.

Loft Wedding Inspiration | Modern Urban Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

Loft Wedding Inspiration | Modern Urban Weddings | Vermont Bride MagazineFeatured Professionals: Photography: The Light + Color Photography | Floral Design: The Village Green Florist Weddings and Events | Wedding Gown: Fiori Bridal Boutique | Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | Hair Styling: Brittany Degree from Bridge Street Hair | Food: Pingala Cafe | Location: Laughing River Yoga Studio

In the Summer 2015 Lookbook, we feature a light and airy styled photo shoot showcasing bright yellows, vibrant greens, and a concrete block centerpiece. Fun vintage furniture is placed for lounging and drinking, and the bright white accents shower the space with light and warmth. But this is certainly not the only direction you can take for loft decor. We gathered together some of our favorite inspiration from all over to show a few other options in loft wedding style.