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Planning a Rustic Wedding
How to Plan a NH Rustic Wedding
Maggie Lord, Editor of Rustic Wedding Chic
Finding the right person is easy. But choosing a destination for your wedding can be a challenge. New Hampshire is an ideal location for the wedding of your dreams due to the many rustic regions of the Granite State. The White Mountains offer rugged adventure and pristine beauty while the Lakes Region offers wind swept pines and majestic sunsets. Maybe you have a Seacoast wedding in mind or are planning something near the Connecticut River Valley- either way the opportunities for a rustic wedding are endless in New Hampshire.
At Rustic Wedding Chic we hear from many brides looking for tips on how to plan the perfect rustic wedding and so we thought we would share some tips for planning a New Hampshire Rustic Wedding that would help you achieve the perfect wedding.
1. Find a location that suites your needs. Do you want both a ceremony and a reception at the same venue or are you simply searching for a reception space? Start by sketching out your ideal day together and find a place that fits your needs rather than the other way around. Also, make sure not to rule out spaces that you may think are not in season for your wedding. For example, ski resorts can be the perfect venue for a summer wedding. Farms, barns and estates can also offer the perfect event space for your big day.
2. Incorporate fun rustic touches to enhance the overall look you desire. Birch wood, mason jars, and twigs are just three examples of the decor that will bring the rustic look to life. Check out the Rustic Wedding Chic Wedding Store for rustic wedding favors, decorations and more.
3. Think local! Use local NH commerce to your advantage. Fill welcome baskets with local treasures, attraction guides, and maps to help your guest enjoy all that NH has to offer. Send guest home with favors from a local tree farm, cookies from a local bakery, or wild flower seed packets. Work with a caterer who will incorporate locally grown foods that are in season into your reception dinner.
4. Think of a unique way of transporting your guests & bridal party. For example, when having a wedding in or around the Portsmouth area, hire a trolly to shuttle guests to your destination. Or, if you are hosting a farm wedding somewhere along the Connecticut River Valley have an old pick up truck leave the ceremony filled with your bridal party.
5. Use the beautiful landscape of NH to your advantage when planning your wedding pictures. You don't have to have a wedding on the beach to use the coastline as a backdrop. Head down to the water for just a few moments in between your ceremony and reception to get some great shots or find a spot where the White Mountains will frame you and your new husband. Ask your wedding photographer for some ideas about good spots so you will be sure to get a classic NH backdrop in your pictures.