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15 Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas You’ll Love

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As you plan your special day, you’ll want to find a unique way to remember the friends and family who shared it with you. For decades, wedding guest books have been a simple way to look back over the names of those who attended your wedding. However, in the past ...

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Wedding Social Media Ideas (Podcast)

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Lauren Muise, manager and wedding planner at The Essex Room in Essex, Massachusetts, talks about social media ideas for weddings, social media’s impact on the industry, and wedding etiquette for couples and their guests. John Maher: Hi, I'm John Maher. I'm here today with Lauren Muise, manager and wedding planner at ...

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Why Wedding Food Bars are the New Buffet

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Weddings are grand events, and the trend is for couples to create unique and memorable experiences for their guests. The betrothed couple’s families spend months – sometimes a year or more -- planning every detail from the dress, to the venue, to the feast. The center of any good party ...

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A Wedding Planner Plans Her Own Wedding (Podcast)

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Lauren Muise, Manager and Wedding Planner at The Essex Room in Essex, Massachusetts discusses planning her own wedding, including booking vendors, buying the dress, and sending save the dates and invites. John Maher: Hi, I'm John Maher, and I'm here today with Lauren Muise, Manager and Wedding Planner at The Essex ...

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What to Expect at Your First Bridal Salon Appointment

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The wedding dress is one of the most exciting aspects of getting married. Most people don't ever attend any other events where they get to wear something as fancy as their wedding dress, and of course, the best place to find the perfect gown is at a bridal salon. To ...

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Working in the Essex Room Kitchen (Podcast)

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Norman Lemcke from the Essex Room discusses what it’s like to work in the kitchen of a popular venue for weddings and other events, along with all of the people and food that make it such a success. John Maher: Hi, I'm John Maher. I'm here with Norman Lemcke of The ...

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The Groom’s Salon (Podcast)

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Maureen Woodman, a wedding planner for catered events at the Essex Room, talks about the groom’s salon, a room where the men in the wedding party get ready. John Maher: Hi, I'm John Maher. I'm here today with Maureen Woodman, a wedding planner for on and off site catered events at ...

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Stories from the Bridal Room (Podcast)

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Norman Lemcke talks about the bridal room at The Essex Room, where brides get ready for their wedding ceremonies, and where they can retreat to at any point during the wedding reception. He tells about how the bridal room is used, and some stories of things he’s seen over the ...

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Wedding Guest Books (Podcast)

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Maureen Woodman, wedding planner at The Essex Room, discusses the history of wedding guest books, modern interpretations that many couples are using, and whether or not she expects to see the tradition continue in the future. John Maher: Hi, I'm John Maher and I'm here today with Maureen Woodman, a wedding ...

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9 Critical Questions to Ask Your Wedding Cake Baker

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As exciting as it is to select cake flavors, fillings, and design, there’s a lot of stress that comes with ordering the perfect wedding cake. To ease the pressure and ensure your first bite as newlyweds is exactly what you want, here are 9 important questions to ask your wedding ...

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