Wedding Menu Cards – Rhode Island Invitations

That moment when you first walk into your reception is a truly magical and mesmerzing experience. For a few moments you may lose your breath at the sight of just purely decadent, jaw-dropping beauty all around you – as you take in every last indulgent detail that you worked so hard on putting together for your special day. Sparkling intricacy and blissful elegance encompass the very essence of Emily’s Enchantments’ stationery. Whether you have chosen a simple, sophisticated menu card with a touch of glitz or an ornate, luxury wedding menu bound-book with personalized names of each guest – you will find pure enchantment for every taste.

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Bride & Groom chairs – custom designed for the perfect sweetheart setting at an elegant wedding reception.

Gold chivari chairs with shimmery wedding menu cards at each setting create unmatched sophistication for any special event.

 

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Personalized wedding menu cards provide a unique greeting to each guest as he or she takes a seat at a breathtakingly beautiful reception table.

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If you love lace as much as we do, you would know why we enjoy wedding menus, wedding programs and rehearsal dinner invitations such as these with touches of matching lace on each!

 

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Signature cocktails should always be featured on shimmery card stock bar signs with a touch of glimmer.

 

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While each guest may have his or her own bound personalized wedding menu, the bride & groom have their own reception menu that pays tribute to their first dinner as “Mr. & Mrs.”

 

Wedding Table Numbers – Rhode Island Invitations

Table numbers are a small detail for the wedding decor, but they can make a significant impact and accent your theme. I chose to have table numbers that matched our wedding menus and other colors used in the wedding – very shimmery, sparkling, and elegant.

A growing trend is to use “table names” instead of numbers, which is creative way to make your wedding unique to you. Some couples may choose names of their favorite cities, restaurants from memorable dates they’ve had together, or perhaps just sweet words and phrases like “love” and “joy.” I saw a wedding that was French themed and each table was named a city in France. The fun part about the table numbers and place cards is that you can really get creative and add some pizzazz to your wedding in an easy, simple way.

You can make Table #s like these using chipboard, shimmery cardstock, ribbon, and rhinestone  buckles 🙂 Display on an easel or personalized stand!

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Don’t forget to include something cute for your sweetheart table!

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Rhode Island Wedding Invitations – Pink, Coral, Orange

What is it about weddings that we find so enchanting? Maybe it’s the way the groom looks when his face lights up as his bride first appears at the end of the aisle on dad’s arm, or the way the bride’s incandescent, glowing smile and glistening eyes trigger little joyful droplets on everyone’s face. There are so many moments in a wedding that make it truly magical. Sending the save the date or invitation to your guests is the very start of it all – it’s where all the enchantment begins. Emily’s Enchantments is a Rhode Island Wedding Invitations company that enchants brides and their wedding guests across the globe. If you’re going to make the first impression to your guests with the invitation, and the last impression with the thank you notes, and everything in between – why not choose a stationer whose paper products evoke enchantment? After all, this is your wedding day – the most magical day of your life. 

Take a peek at some new favorites – pink, orange, coral, and lace!

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Rhode Island Wedding Venue Review: Mount Hope Farm

Peaceful waters and pristine grounds. Rustic charm and oceanic elegance. Mount Hope Farm is a quintessential Rhode Island gem that makes for a breathtakingly beautiful venue for your wedding.  On a mildly warm November weekend, I was able to spend an overnight at this historical Bristol site that is truly magical.

In January 2012 (nearly two years ago), I considered Mount Hope Farm (MHF) for my fall 2012 wedding. At the time of my Rhode Island venue searching frenzy, I met with John, the farm’s event coordinator at the time. You may recall from my first RI venue review that my original impression of the farm was not a very favorable one.  But, I hope you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was to learn some wonderful new things about this historically charming venue.

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My first greeting was by David Rubino, innkeeper and events manager, who not only provides a warm welcome and delicious breakfast to guests staying at the inn, but also plays a vital role in a bride’s wedding day. He’s the person there to save the day if a dress rips or something goes amiss. With his devoted passion for Mount Hope Farm, and its beauty and rich history, David provides impressive, unmatched hospitality to his guests.

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After a lovely morning breakfast at the Governor Bradford House inn, I met with Jennifer Bristol, the new executive director of Mount Hope Farm, who was incredibly wonderful, friendly and professional as she took us on a tour of the site. We not only were shown the 2 areas of the grounds in which brides can choose to have their celebration, but we were also given some of the powerful history that is sewn into the 127 acres of this magnificent property. Jennifer also gave us some updated pricing and guideline information too!

So remember when I was told there was “no dancing in the barn”? Well, we should set the record straight from here on out – there IS dancing allowed in the barn at Mount Hope Farm and lots of it!!! Celebration is greatly encouraged! And the new prices are very reasonable.

1) The Barn:

MHF describes it best by saying that it is “charming yet polished” because it is truly that. When you step inside and walk across the varnished wooden floors and experience the fireplace ambiance you can envision your rustic wedding elegance come to life. Now, if you’re thinking “barn” you were probably like me at first, instantly picturing a tight, small space and not sure how your 6 foot something, semi-claustrophobic future hubby is going to hold up in a venue like this. But the barn at Mount Hope Farm is quite the opposite. It is spacious, open, and airy with a very tall ceiling and large authentic barn door that opens up to give you a refreshing view of the gardens and Governor Bradford House. You can also set up little stations outside of the barn like a cigar bar, candy bar, ice cream station or even a horseshoe game section so that guests can move between the different ares of the property and yes, they can definitely dance!!

Priced at $4,000 for a Saturday night for most of the year (and $2,500 in the winter months), the Barn is quite a bargain for a 5-hour rental on a property that feels completely your own for the day. If you’ve been doing your wedding research in Rhode Island, you already know that it is impossible to find something on the East Bay for a better price, let alone a unique and timelessly beautiful one like this.

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2) The Cove Cabin:

Your other option for a wedding at Mount Hope Farm is down at the cove. You’re greeted by a jaw-dropping view of the Mount Hope bridge and a little pathway of crushed seashells that lead to the cabin’s stone steps. While the inside of the cabin is suited for small parties up to 60 guests, there is a large lush grass area that is perfect for setting up a tent overlooking the water. Jennifer mentioned that many couples are having rehearsal dinners in the cabin too.

Since it isn’t heated inside, this cabin is available May-October at $5,000 for a Saturday evening which again is unbeatable if you consider the water view, rustic charm, and peaceful privacy of this location. The best part is that Jennifer stressed how separate wedding events will be from each other so that if a bride is getting married at the Barn and you are getting married at Cove Cabin, you will both still feel like it’s just your place for the day and the event staff work diligently to direct guests and traffic accordingly.

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Another great fact to learn about Mount Hope Farm was that they are now going to be exclusively partnered with Russell Morin Fine Catering. This makes things so much easier for a busy bride because you have the vendors already working well together and essentially taking on the role of wedding planner so that you don’t have to stress over all the little details. One thing I really appreciated from my own wedding was the fact that our coordinator already knew the caterer and florist and they had a great synergy between them which helped me immensely when it came to organizing everything in the whirlwind at the end (if you think it won’t be a whirlwind at the very end you are just kidding yourself – trust me it happens to the best of us, even those of us who are extremely Type A!). So if you have Jennifer, David, Alicia (the hard-working liaison between MHF and Russell Morin Fine Catering), and MHF’s close relationships with two highly reputable tent companies, you will have the BEST support for your bridal whirlwind moments and will get to enjoy every moment of your wedding day.

So brides to be, go out there and check out Mount Hope Farm for your wedding and be prepared to fall in love. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend an evening at this precious little piece of rustic, Rhode Island heaven.

Check out some other photos of the grounds and inside the inn that I took while I was there! 🙂

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Have a peaceful little moment with your groom inside this cute little house on the property right outside the barn and Governor Bradford House inn.

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I was so excited to capture a photo of the swan in the pond! How precious is that?

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Lace Wrapped Wedding Invitations – Rhode Island Invitations

There’s something special about lace that just makes us smile. Maybe it’s the textured, elegant fluidity or its graceful sweetness. Maybe it’s the swirls of joyous patterns that bring us to a state of enchantment when we see lace. Or maybe it’s the timeless sophistication that evokes unmatched exuberance.

Whatever the reason – we all tend to gravitate toward lace and ribbons. What better way to send an invitation to your closest family and friends for the most magical day of your life than with one wrapped in lace?

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Bridal Shower Invitations: Love Birds – Rhode Island Wedding Invitations

This is the first time I’ve done a bird design on invitations. The maid of honor wanted these to have a some “bling”, ribbons, bows, and shimmery paper. The colors are a light shimmery coral, pearly white, and black. The love birds are embellished with Swarovski crystals and a thick satin band runs behind the coral paper. On the inside, little crystals are in between each phrase and a rhinestone buckle is the featured embellishment for the invitation. I’m excited to work with this maid of honor Cristina, and bride, Grace, for a Rhode Island wedding coming up in 2013! Congrats Grace & Federico.

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Rhode Island Wedding Venues – Places You Would Never Think to Look

In my post: Rhode Island Wedding Venue Reviews – Finding the Perfect Place, I reviewed several venues based on my experience trying to hunt them down and get initial, bare bones information from the coordinators with0ut having to schedule an on-site visit first. While I am 2 months away from having my wedding at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI, it occurred to me that there are many, many wedding locations that I had spent time looking at and investigating but I hadn’t mentioned them in my post. I was surprised that some of these places even hosted weddings and never would have thought to look there. I felt like it might help some of you New England or Rhode Island brides who are still looking for the right venue. I will share with you some of my notes from early-on in the wedding planning when I dedicated a few solid weeks to venue-hunting.

Here are some places that you may never have thought to look that would be worth checking out, depending on your wedding style, guest count, and what you have your heart set on.

1. The Lippitt House

This was one of the first places I thought about in Rhode Island. It’s old fashioned and unique and I was intrigued by its charm from the pictures online. It is very affordable to rent $2000 as of January 2012, and the entire building is yours for the day (no other weddings can take place the same day). It’s located right in the East Side of Providence which is very scenic and pretty. But visiting in person though changed my mind. I think the problem was that although there are multiple rooms,  you cannot fit many people in each room comfortably. This place is good for a rehearsal dinner, shower, or small wedding of no more than 50 people. The owner, Dave, says that more can be accommodated, but based on what I saw, no more than 50 would be good for this place. It is, however affordable and unique, and it is perfect for pictures. I also believe it was recently added as a Knot pick. If you are looking for a small wedding venue in Providence that is different from a hotel or your average place, I’d recommend checking out Lippitt House.

2. Aldrich House

This is not to be confused with the Aldrich Mansion located in Warwick, RI.  The Aldrich House is another lovely venue located on the East Side of Providence. I would say this one is a lot better for larger functions than the Lippitt House and you still get the same historical, charming feel. The Aldrich House can accommodate up to 200 guests, but I’d say that’s pushing it too. Realistically, it can hold about 130 comfortably. You probably have noticed that the Aldrich House doesn’t have many photos online and they don’t have much for a website. It’s hard to really get a feel for it over the internet (which makes it frustrating, especially if you cannot take the time to visit every single site in RI, I mean…can these wedding venues cut us busy brides some slack??). But I will tell you that it’s big enough for a medium size 120-130 guest wedding and has a beautiful interior. They are also reasonably priced at $2000 to rent as of January 2012 and they even offer discounts if you join the RI Historical society which ends up working out to your advantage because I think you save $500 by doing so. One thing is for sure – you really can’t rent this place if you are having a fall/winter wedding. It is ideal for summer months since you can really only accommodate guests by opening up the reception to the grounds (which will also require a tent rental, so keep that in mind).  Renata is a great coordinator and she’s really responsive by email so I don’t think you’ll have any trouble getting you questions answered by her. I got a good vibe from her.

3. Kinney Bungalow

If you live in Southern Rhode Island than I’m sure Kinney Bungalow is not one of those “places you never thought to look” but for city brides, this might be one of them. Honestly, I grew up in South County and had never heard of this place until I started the wedding venue search.

This venue is adorable and rustic but only for weddings taking place during the late spring – early fall months. Even though the space is large enough inside to have the entire reception indoors, it is not able to be heated, this means that if you had your heart set on a fall, rustic wedding – this is not the place for you. Lisa explained that they close up for the season after Columbus Day, so you’ll have to get your wedding in earlier in the year. The pricing is decent $2500 to rent as of February 2012 and they have ample parking and space for guests to eat, drink, and dance – something that Aldrich House and Lippitt House are lacking in. Everyone can be in one room for the reception and the grounds are really pretty for pictures. Also, it’s not too far from Scarborough beach or Narragansett beach, so you could also have a few wedding party photos over by the sea wall or down in the sand.

4. Centro Restaurant

Ok fellow RI brides, this place is AWESOME. So here’s what I love about it that makes it so different, unique, and chic:

  • It is a lounge – this means that instead of those same old chivari chairs or garden chairs that you see at everyone and their mother’s wedding, this place has real, comfortable lounge furniture making your venue look like a high-end, celebrity-like event.
  • It’s a restaurant, but you have the option of having the entire place to yourself for the evening – I mean, what restaurant would actually consider that?
  • There is plenty of space to sit, eat, drink, and DANCE
  • It is in the Westin hotel, so your guests don’t have to drive anywhere after the party ends

Only down side…it’s pricey (about $150-$200 per person when it’s all said and done – including alcohol) But, I will say that honestly, it doesn’t come out to that much more than if you rented a venue and had a reputable caterer do all the food and alcohol. That’s about what’s all going for these days. Honestly though, if you can do it and are turned off by the attitude from Scott (the wedding coordinator at the Biltmore), and don’t want to do just your average hotel wedding, I would highly recommend this place. It is gorgeous, unique, and screams city-luxe. Love, love, LOVE it.

5.  Tallulah on Thames

Reservations at Tallulah on Thames in Newport, RI

This came up in one of my many wedding searches when I went through a restaurant venue phase (this was before the guest list exceeded 75 people). I had never heard of this place but was intrigued since it said it was in Newport.

Here is what I like about this place:

  • Excellent food and great Yelp reviews
  • Looks gorgeous inside and has a quaint, bright, sunny appearance
  • Great for a vintage style wedding of around 40-50 guests
  • Right in Newport on Thames St. close to touristy places and shops that your guests can enjoy if they are from out of town
  • Affordably priced and a unique wedding venue choice

What I didn’t like….is that it’s right on Thames St and the outside looks kind of… disheveled. I was surprised at first when I walked by the place and had to do a double take and say “That’s Tallulah on Thames??” But in all honesty, the inside is pretty and food is great. And Thames St isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To avoid having your wedding guests stuck in tourist traffic, waiting to have your wedding here after the busy season. I’d recommend fall after Columbus Day. Even though most tourists depart after Labor Day, don’t forget about those Tall Ships! You can’t catch a little breather in Newport until at least mid or late October.

6. The Radisson Hotel Warwick

Ok, so you are probably thinking…Really Emily? The Radisson?? I know, I know. This isn’t exactly “unique” but hear me out on this.

  • The wedding coordinator at this place, Linda Martin, is awesome. You want to talk about someone who is willing to go above and beyond for your wedding? I could tell from the very first email I sent that she is one of those people who just takes extra special attention on brides. She went out of her way to send me tips for bridal dress hunting and ideas for centerpieces – even though I wasn’t a booked & paid for client. Usually you expect people to start paying attention to you once you’ve put down the deposit, but Linda takes interest in everyone and is just a really diligent person. I got a really great vibe from her and I’ve heard nothing but the best reviews of her from personal friends who have had their wedding there.
  • The Radisson is actually really pretty inside and it’s close to the airport (making it great for out of town guests)
  • It’s very affordably priced and Linda provides SO many options for decorating and really works with you every step of the way.
  • Sure, it’s not unique like a little restaurant tucked away in Newport or a historical house on the East Side, but it’s a beautiful hotel location and you get a site coordinator who can take the place of any wedding planner you come across in the state of Rhode Island, hands down. If you want a hotel wedding and were turned off by some of the city prices, I highly recommend that you check this out.

7. The Meeting House, Tiverton

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So if you like Mount Hope Farm in Bristol but hate John’s attitude and the fact that he has dozens of rules like “no dancing in the barn” and what have you, then I would recommend checking out The Meeting House in Tiverton, RI. This is a beautiful location for that rustic, vintage, backyard style wedding. It is absolutely adorable and located in a beautiful area of Tiverton (which is rather redundant since, what part of Tiverton isn’t beautiful?)

  • It’s ideal for a wedding that is 100 guests or less
  • You can have your ceremony and reception all in one place
  • It is reasonably priced at $2500 for a Saturday night as of last checking Sept 2012.
  • It’s close to beaches, wineries, and other nice attractions that are great for out of town guests

8. Eden Manor

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Eden Manor is another South County favorite of mine. It is a beautiful estate and has beautiful grounds. It is located right near historic Wakefield and close to Rt 1 to access the beaches. The manor is reasonably priced and can accommodate small parties inside and larger parties outside. It has charming, quaint touches and the family who own the manor / bed & breakfast are very nice and helpful. You do have to rent your own tent if you want a larger party of around 100 guests (so that they can be outside) but this is a little Southern RI gem that isn’t your typical country club, hotel, or beach style wedding. Definitely check it out!

Other Ways to Find Unique Places to Having a Wedding in Rhode Island (or anywhere really):

  • Search historical sites on The RI Historical Preservation Society page and start emailing or calling up places that look interesting. Even if they don’t list that they have weddings on their website, it doesn’t hurt to ask! When I found Lippitt House, they were not yet on The Knot, and the only way I found them was through the RI Historical Preservation Society.
  • Instead of googling “wedding venues” you want to search for places that may not typically have weddings – like bed & breakfasts, museums, libraries, cottages, or rental houses by the beach.
  • Lots of restaurants and banquet halls can accommodate weddings and you may not necessarily be searching for “restaurants” since you are probably strictly looking for wedding reception places. But restaurants can be perfect for small weddings and best of all you know that their food is going to be as good as it always is. Lots of restaurants on Federal Hill have weddings and even Spain Restaurant in Narragansett, RI does as well.
  • Avoid Massachusetts Boston area if you can….unless you want to be hit up with either extremely high costs or lots of tight rules (particularly in regards to alcohol….Boston bartenders are maniacs about carding, even if your wedding party bridesmaid doesn’t have her driver’s license on her…I mean really? She’s a bridesmaid first of all, and she’s 30. Yes, I’ve seen this happen before while attending a wedding as a guest in Boston).
  • If you are having a rustic style wedding (which is a seemingly popular trend these days), your options are almost limitless. Look for camp sites and house rental sites with large enough yards that will allow you to host a back yard wedding (if your own back yard isn’t large enough to fit your needs). Whispering Pines is beautiful but remember (as I said in my previous post), they are EXTREMELY expensive ($5900 just to rent the place). Really charming, but really expensive.  And don’t forget that often times, back yard / at home weddings can really add up too with all the rental costs.

IMPORTANT!

  • If you end up renting a place that doesn’t provide food or end up having the wedding at home – I HIGHLY recommend that you choose Pranzi Catering. I doubt that I even have to tell you that because I’m sure that if you live in Rhode Island like me, you’ve probably heard nothing but the highest praises of Pranzi Catering and Lisa Mattiello (the owner). I’ve heard that she is the best of the best from not just friends and coworkers but even impartial acquaintances I run into and start striking up a conversation about my wedding and mention Pranzi. Even Bostonian friends I know have phenomenal things to say about Lisa and her business. If you want the best food in RI at the best price and with the absolute best caterer and coordinator – you HAVE to go with Pranzi. I don’t think I would be feeling so relaxed as I do now if I didn’t have Lisa and Pranzi on my side and knowing that they are going to treat us all like guests and take care of every detail. Don’t forget, you can also use Pranzi for showers, rehearsal dinners, and any other event!

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My biggest advice is to trust your gut. If you so much as have the slightest unsettling feeling about a place – whether it’s because of its size, style, or price tag, don’t do it. Your venue is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning. It makes or breaks it for your and sets the tone for everything else. Yeah, yeah, it’s important to fall in love with a wedding dress, but it’s even more important to have a love addiction with your wedding venue. Make sure it is special and unique to you and makes you feel proud to have the wedding there. Choose a place that makes you feel comfortable and will make your guests comfortable, but also at price that doesn’t make your stomach churn.

Take a deep breath! If you are still looking for your wedding venue then chances are, you are still in the baby stages of wedding-planning and are just starting to turn on your “bridal brain.” Don’t worry, you’ll find the perfect place before you know it and then the real fun will begin 😉 Happy planning RI brides!!!