Bridal Guide 2012
Planning a wedding often seems like a daunting task and with all the excitement surrounding the engagement announcement you may be tempted to sit back and try to bask in the glow of the moment. But soon questions will start coming from friends and relatives wanting to know the details of the big day to come.
Today’s brides have a multitude of options for how they can plan their celebration. Budgets usually structure the reality of what a bride and groom can do. But with so many new and exciting ideas on how to make your dream wedding come true a little research and some legwork can ensure every bride will have the wedding of her dreams.
Setting a budget is the most important starting point for all of the planning. Although traditionally the bride’s parents pay for most of the wedding day, most families now try to share the costs. Talking about money can be difficult but keep in mind that this helps determine the size of the guest list and often times the date and location. Where you want to have the ceremony and reception will also play a factor in your plans. Today’s brides and grooms opt for everything from an informal gathering with a justice of the peace to an elaborate religious ceremony followed by a reception at a hall or resort. Other details in the early stages of wedding planning should include the wedding and bridal party dresses. This can be great fun but remember, many dresses have to be ordered early and then be fitted. Be sure to check on the timing that your dress shop recommends to avoid extra stress and cost.
Then there is a period of waiting. If you have a year or longer engagement there is a stretch of time that requires very little attention to the planning. If you have booked your vendors early you can enjoy this quiet time. As the date gets closer you will have details that require your attention to ensure everything is completed on time. These can include invitations, finalizing the guest list, ordering flowers and cake, setting the final menu, ordering tux rentals, purchasing bridal party gifts and determining the time, place and type of rehearsal dinner you would like to have.
There are so many resources both found in bookstores and on the web that offer lists, guidance and ideas. Take the time to peruse these resources with your fiancé, tap into the childhood dreams of your big day, chat with your family and most of all enjoy the journey to your big day!
Awesome Blossom and Starfish Events now located at The Gardner’s Choice
408 Washington St., Pembroke
(781) 829-9886, (877) 324-2752
We offer only the highest quality fresh flowers from around the world. Specializing in Wedding, Parties, Memorials, Custom Silk Flowers, Gourmet Gift Baskets Plants and Hostess Gifts. Corporate Clients Welcome. Thursday: Recycle your glass, Friday get out of the Dog House Specials, Saturday Rose Specials.
21 Barker Rd., Scituate
For over thirty years, The Barker Tavern has hosted the most romantic and memorable wedding receptions south of Boston. Overlooking Scituate Harbor and centrally located between Boston and Cape Cod, the Barker Tavern is a unique 17th century restaurant and modern ball room nestled within the fabric of a quaint New England coastal village with atmosphere rich in beauty and charm.
Beauty & Main
92 Derby St., Hingham
Beauty & Main is the premier source for cosmetics and skincare on the south shore. Whether it is make-up, skincare, a fragrance, or hair care we carry all the products you need to pamper yourself. We pride ourselves on a unique selection of artisan products and a knowledge staff of professionals, dedicated to helping you reach all of your cosmetic goals.
790A Chief Justice Hwy.,
Cohasset Jewelers presents the highest quality handcrafted gemstone jewelry, engagement and wedding rings, watches and clocks - ALL at Surprisingly Affordable Prices! When you need to find the perfect engagement ring, let the experts at Cohasset Jewelers show you the ropes. Shopping for fine jewelry should be a truly memorable experience. Our knowledgeable and personable staff will help guide and assist you in making a rare and exceptional selection.
65 Main St.,
Gem-Wear carries a large assortment of handcrafted semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Whether you’re looking for special occasion jewelry or every day wear Gem-wear is sure to have it. To our future brides, bridal is our specialty! Come by and meet with our jewelry designer and we will custom create a piece that is uniquely you.
Historic Winslow House
634 Careswell St., Marshfield
Seasonally, the Winslow House barn room, tearoom, terrace, and grounds are available for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties, showers, classes, or business meetings. Our large kitchen facilities, historic setting, picturesque landscape, location, and ample parking make the site an ideal and unique place for your next event.
10 Narrows Road, Assonet
A twenty-acre private estate unequalled in beauty, reserved exclusively for one wedding, one of Southern New England’s most sought after destinations for private wedding receptions and garden wedding ceremonies. Acclaimed cuisine, celebrated service, renowned wedding planning, affordable elegance for gatherings from 100 to 250 persons. Close to Boston and Providence, Independence Harbor offers wedding packages accommodating all wedding styles, sizes and budgets.
Linda Collins Catering
Linda Collins Catering, serving the South Shore Communities with style. Linda has owned her catering company for seventeen years. Her spirit, enthusiasm and love of what she does are reflected in her work. Her dishes are deliciously unique using fresh local ingredients. Linda is a very result oriented and takes pride in the end result. Make your event stress free with Linda Collins Catering.
Nantasket Beach Resort
45 Hull Shore Dr., Hull
Nantasket Beach Resort is an ideal 105 room, oceanfront resort located in the picturesque seaside town of Hull. Imagine the bright stars glistening off the rippled waters of the Atlantic appearing as though they are dancing alongside you. Light breezes carrying through the grand oceanfront ballrooms, as you say I Do. Truly magical events are captured only with local flavor; this is the inspiration behind Nantasket Beach Resort. Experience our exemplary service, world class cuisine and superb white-glove treatment.
North East Tent and Party Rentals
114 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth
Everything you need for your special events. Northeast Tent and Party Rentals is an event rental company that provides everything from tenting, tables and chairs to china, flatware and linen. From large weddings and corporate events to graduations to home and garden parties. We have the products, service and attention to detail that will turn your event into one you dreamed of.
Phillips Candy House
818 Morrissey Blvd., Boston
South Shore Plaza, Braintree
Impress your guests with personalized favors from Phillips Candy House. Choose from a wide selection of creative and customized boxes of all sizes filled with your choice of creamy milk and rich dark chocolates, hand roasted nuts or flavorful candies. Our delicious gourmet chocolates, handmade in small batches, are a welcome addition to social and corporate events, as well as family celebrations.
Merchants Row Mall
Rte. 53, Hanover
Due to popular demand, this wonderful all occasion shop has open in Hanover. A place where we can get excited about dressing. Every woman wants to be noticed and feel attractive despite their body type, we cater to all sizes. Visit for everyday wear, prom dresses and that special occasion. One will find an abundance of fabrics, textures and an array of colors to compliment and create your special style.
1601 Main St., Walpole
274 South St., Hingham
(781) 749- 1720
Raffael’s offers you a private and intimate setting for your ceremony and reception. Upon entering our Grand Ballrooms, take a moment to catch your breath as the elegant surroundings are sure to steal it away. Whether you’re looking for country club sophistication or European elegance, we have the facilities to make your dreams come true.
South Shore Wedding Belle Ellen M. Clinton
Massachusetts Justice of the Peace
I have been a Justice of the Peace throughout the South Shore for 10 years. I am in awe each time I have the privilege to assist a couple with their special day. I have met wonderful couples and their families. I individualize each ceremony to reflect their love for each other. I take an active part with the couple in planning the ceremony months prior. But, after all is said and done, I have the last word and these words last forever.
Suzanne’s Home Furnishings
132 North St., Hingham
A unique gift boutique in the heart of downtown Hingham Square, that offers wonderful collections of fine gifts and home accessories. Choose gifts for your registry from such fine vendors as Vietri, Mariposa, and so much more! Brides and grooms are certain to find gifts that will delight them for many years to come. Complimentary gift wrapping and our friendly staff is ready to assist guests in making the perfect selection.
The Face Place and Spa
Merchants Row Mall
Rte. 53, Hanover
Relax, You Will Be Radiant! Our sanctuary of beauty and wellness will relieve all of your stress before your wedding day. Your pampering starts with your choice of Herbal Facial or Massage, followed by a Manicure, a Pedicure and much more! For details or to schedule your bridal services call us today (781) 871-7887 or visit our website.
The Roman Table
164 Front St., Scituate
The Roman Table is a purveyor of beautiful hand crafted European tableware and table linens. In addition, we carry a selection of colorful authentic Italian Terra Cotta Cookware. More than 30 distinctly different Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are available. Monthly olive oil gift subscriptions as well as cooking classes are unique ideas for wedding gifts and the perfect addition to your gift registry.
The Studio of Duxbury
25 Depot St., Duxbury
The Studio of Duxbury invites prospective brides to register their wedding gift preferences with help from the knowledgeable sales staff. A gift of Nambe’ Metalware, Juliska Tableware, Simon Pearce Glassware or pottery, Or Mariposa Entertaining and Serve ware will be admired and cherished forever. Stop in and visit today.
Trotting Park Designs
Trotting Park’s latest addition to its day, evening and special occasion handbags is a custom bridal collection inspired by Cape Cod and the Islands. Headquartered in Abington, head designer/owner, Trish Turner, brings her elegant
esthetic to each hand crafted addition to the wedding trousseau. In this new collection Trish references her experience designing wedding gowns for a prominent Newbury Street boutique.
1849 Ocean St.
Library Plaza, Marshfield
Veronica’s Sweetcakes has been delighting the South Shore’s discriminating hostesses. Whether it’s a multi-tiered, elegant wedding cake or birthday cake featuring your child’s favorite character, everyone loves Veronica’s cakes! Veronica has won many awards including The Best Of South Shore and a blue ribbon for her delicious carrot cake. When asked what makes her cakes so special, we use butter cream frosting and the same fresh ingredients that our mothers used.
White Cliffs Country Club
One East Dr., Plymouth
Our unique clubhouse sits atop a 175-foot cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Offering the most breathtaking view of the ocean and beaches stretching from Plymouth to the Cape Cod Canal, and all the way to Provincetown! We realize that this is the most important day of your life and for that reason we host one wedding reception a day!