'Tis the season...for engagements!
Engagement season is on! From Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day the holidays are the most popular time to pop the question. And for everyone who said ‘yes’, it’s time to start planning how you are going to celebrate true love. 2019 will usher in a wealth of new wedding ideas from food to flowers and Christina DiOrio, Inn by the Sea’s wedding and social planner, shares insight into what she already sees trending for the upcoming wedding season so you can celebrate in style.
Décor & flowers Relaxed elegance with greenery and garlands bringing nature inside, with a natural back drop and organic vibe, often replacing traditional flower arrangements. At Inn by the Sea we expect to see a seamless transition from seaside lawn reception to table greenery in tents or inside function spaces.
Starters and Entrees Sit down meals for weddings, large and small, remain popular but couples are straying from a full menu of classic staples to being selective with the food they offer. Personalization is key. The addition of special courses or a food station with unique offerings such as an oyster bar, or unexpected taco stand reflect the tastes of the bride or groom. Couples might also request a custom cocktail that holds special significance to them through both ingredients and name.
Place cards offer more than a table number Couples are opting to do more with whimsical place markers that have meaning , or support the sense of place or season. Everything from tiny pumpkins for fall in New England, to local food such as small bottles of Maple Syrup, to gifts with an emotional tie show couples are putting a lot of thought into getting their guests to the right table.
Our Way Personalization rules.Whether including your best furry friend in the wedding party, creating unique welcome baskets for guests or drawing up distinctive invitations, couples will opt to do it their way in 2019.
Inn by the Sea hosts weddings, elopements and social tented events for up 200 people on their seaside lawns, or inside for up to 70 people, year round at 40 Bowery Beach Lane in Cape Elizabeth. Located on Crescent Beach with spectacular ocean views as back drop, the Inn offers elegant hospitality to visiting guests and locals. Christina DiOrio will be happy to help plan your special occasion, please call 207.799.3134 www.innbythesea.com
Photo: Emily Delamater Photography