Personalizing Your Vermont Wedding
As you begin to plan your Vermont Wedding, keep these three questions in mind:
How can we make it feel like us?
How can we make it unique?
How can we make our guests completely comfortable?
Build Excitement for Your Guests
A few weeks before the wedding, send each of your guests a teaser via mail to get them excited for the upcoming events. Some ideas: a map/guidebook with the location of your wedding ceremony and reception highlighted/bookmarked or include a gift that’s super-specific to your destination: maple syrup, Lake Champlain Chocolates, gourmet roasted coffee fromVermont Coffee Company or a bottle of local wine or beer from one of our local breweries, Long Trail .
Help Guests Pack for Your Wedding
Add a section to your wedding website that makes prepping for the trip a piece of cake. In addition to giving guests a heads-up about all the special events they’ll be attending, include dress-code information and a list of things they won’t want to leave home without, such as sneakers, hiking boots or snow boots (if you have any hikes planned), a bathing suit and sunscreen (for a day swimming in one of Vermont’s pristine lakes), ski boot and skis (for a day of winter fun on the slopes) and a shawl for Vermont’s cool summer nights . It is a great way to lend a helping hand while giving your friends and family a sneak peek at the events you’re planning.
Connect Wedding Guests with One Another
Create a “Looking for Someone” directory to help your guests track someone down throughout the weekend. Make some extras and give them to your wedding party, family, and wedding planner to have on hand wherever they are.
A newsletter will fill in your guests on everything they need to know about the wedding weekend, timeline of events, local hotspots and special activities they won’t want to miss.
Stock Your Guests’ Rooms
You don’t have to go overboard, but a few bottles of water and a handful of snacks that satisfy guests’ sweet and salty cravings is a thoughtful touch. And don’t forget the kids, milk and cookies and crayons and coloring books will definitely be well received. A local map, guidebook and a disposable camera will help create a great memento of the trip.
Serve a Bag Lunch
Work with a local restaurant to coordinate bagging up portable picnics that guests can enjoy on a hike or tote to a daytime excursion. Keep the fare simple, a sandwich, drink, snack and dessert that will not spoil. Toss in a handwritten “Happy Picnicking” note plus a napkin that matches your wedding palette.
Thank Your Wedding Party
If possible, take your bridesmaids and groomsmen on a surprise excursion, a kayak/canoe adventure, ride the gondola to the top of a mountain and have a picnic lunch waiting for you, mountain biking, fly fishing or perhaps a balloon ride overlooking the exquisite vistas of Vermont as a thank you for being in the wedding. Don’t have the time? Give them something they can use again and again. For the groomsmen: a fabulous barbecue set. Simon Pearce has exquisite hand blown glass that your bridesmaids will love.
Say “Good Night” to Your Guests
Arrange for hotel staffers to leave a different sweet treat on guests’ pillows every night. Think chocolate, truffles to dark chocolate chevre brownies (Bobby Flay’s Favorite!). Lake Champlain Chocolates, Laughing Moon Chocolates and Vermont Brownie Company are just a few of my favorites. For the kids, adding a gift of a different storybook each night is a sweet touch.
Postcards Instead of a Guest Book
Instead of a guest book, give your guests pre-addressed postcards before they leave for home. Ask them to jot down their favorite moment from the weekend, then mail the cards your way while you’re honeymooning. You will return home to a mailbox full of memories.
Thanking Your Wedding Guests
Friends and family have traveled a long way to celebrate with you and putting your personal stamp on everything they touch is a way of letting them know how much you appreciate their being there. Taking the time to incorporate a few of our ideas is a wonderful way to say “Thank You”.