Blog Hop


Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!

This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from 12. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Today I am sharing with you my Ceremony Outline Guide. I give it to all my couples and find that it does answer a lot of questions and takes the stress out of ‘what actually happens at a ceremony?’ Click on the link to download a free printable .pdf file of the Guide.


You can also pick up one of my other guides over at Lulu, just click on the icon to purchase one.



The next stop is  14. Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning on Natalie’s Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!

Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  3. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  4. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  5. Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs 
  6. Andie Freeman  at Andie Freeman Photography 
  7. Brenna Fields Taylor at An Elegant Affair LLC
  8. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  9. ……
  10. Tessa Marie at Tessa Marie Weddings
  11. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  12. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  13. Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe << You are here!
  14. Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning
  15. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  16. Amber Peterson at Cheers Wedding & Event Planning
  17. Maggie Evans at Maggie Evans Designs :: handmade bridal couture
  18. N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
  19. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
  20. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  21. Kimberly Parks at KP Photography
  22. Simone R. Ross at Lil’ Tux N Tiara’s Event Sitters & Entertainment
  23. David Osborne at Sound Insight Productions
  24. Nicole Hill at Flora Bond
  25. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  26. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
  27. Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel
  28. Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast 
  29. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design
  30. Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography
  31. Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
  32. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  33. Andrea Freeman at Andrea Freeman Events
  34. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  35. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  36. Christine Ringuette at Down The Aisle Wedding Planning & Design
  37. Myiesha Antwine at Kiss and Tell Weddings
  38. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  39. ………
  40. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
  41. Lydia Wells at Writer Mom
  42. Melissa Pepin at Melissa Pepin Photography

Nashua CERT Training


I spent this weekend at a fantastic training course that was offered by the Office of Emergency Management. It’s a free course and all it costs you is 20 hours of your time. The Intro was on Friday night from 6pm to 9pm and then classes all day Saturday and Sunday. You do have to register as the places are limited – no turning up unannounced on the night.

I’m not a particularly robust person but I was encouraged by the fact that they clearly state that no one is asked to do more than they are comfortable with. If you don’t like blood and guts, you can opt for an admin role or logistics. They need people in many roles.


This was the 9th such class in Nashua and the biggest so far. Almost 50 people registered for this one. That’s a lot of people to have moving around at one time. One thing that I loved about the course was how much information they packed in to such a short time and how relaxed and non stressful the whole thing was. No sugar coating about events. Truthful and honest depictions of scenarios and the types of injuries you would expect to see. Not one boring moment.

I highly recommend you to sign up for one of these courses in your area. There is no obligation to attend emergency call out situations once the course is completed. You can, of course sign up to your local CERT team and become an active member. You are expected to attend a measly 4 incidents a year, and those include local events and educational programmes. If you simply do nothing else than learn how to prepare and protect yourself and your family in an emergency, this course is fantastic.

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Upon graduation you get a certificate from CERT and another arrives later from the Fire Fighting Academy [for Nashua] and you are then offered the ability to take more training courses with both teams. You are given a ‘go bag’ which contains your basic equipment. Hard hat, wrench, gloves, dust mask, and other odds and ends. You are encouraged to customise your kit according to your needs. You also get to take home your course materials and handouts to refer back to if needed.

All in all, go do this. You will feel better about situations such as bad storms, outages and emergencies because you will know how the system works. You will be able to be prepared and take care of your family, your neighbours and your community. If the emergency services are overwhelmed and cannot respond to your needs immediately, how much better is it if you can cope with the life threatening 3 Killers [medical first aid] and how to disconnect your utilities. What if you need to know to remove debris from a trapped person, and most of all, how to keep calm because you KNOW how to do those things.

The Wedding Adventures of Oak and Willow



Meet Oak and Willow. This lovely couple have decided to renew their vows after 30 years together and will be traveling around looking at beautiful places and venues to hold their ceremony. 

They’ll be posing for pictures in their favourite spots and sharing them with you. If you have a space that you love and would like to have them check it out, please leave a comment below or go to the Facebook page and share YOUR pics. 

They would love some New Hampshire locations to visit, but are also looking forward to seeing photos of where YOU guys got married, so they can steal borrow your ideas. 

Wedding Event – Londonderry, NH – September 7th 2014

I’ll be spending some time at a lovely event in Londonderry hosted by the fabulous Harrington Flowers – come along and see me and book your wedding event. Or just chat and ask for advice on your wedding ceremony planning. Check out the event page on Facebook



The Wedding Circle


I’ve seen a  lot of interest in having a spiral or circle layout for your wedding ceremony. I think it’s a fab idea, particularly for those who have issues with ‘sides’ in seating. This is ideal for the wedding where one person has way more friends and family than the other. It’s very mingled and also affords a great view of the ceremony. If done well, this can be perfect. I’ve had experiences where it has not worked quite as well as I would have liked. Here’s what to watch out for.

Full circle or spiral seating layout.

Issue – Guests have to file into place one by one and tend to leave gaps of one seat between groups. No-one can get to that seat without the ‘move one down please’ shuffle. 

Issue – Someone in the middle suddenly needs the bathroom. They are stuck, cinema seating style, having to get past everyone to get out. Not too bad when they are seated only a short time, but in some cases they can be out there for 30 minutes to an hour. 

Issue – The elderly can’t always walk that distance to work their way down to see their Grandchildren get married. 

Issue- People will take out chairs to short cut to their group or party and bypass the filing into place.

Issue – Someone is behind the Officiant. [ I heard one camera person saying ‘get out the way Rev’ while they were trying to take pics] Not conducive to good photos and of course they cannot see YOU getting married. In the picture above there is really no place for the officiant to stand without obstructing the view and people will get frustrated. 

The Solution – It works really well if you leave a gap [as in the picture below] so that the officiant will have no-one behind them. This allows everyone to see you and also makes allowances for people rushing into their seats at the last moment, or needing to get up and move, without disrupting everyone else.

You need processional space of a sufficient width to allow you all to get down the aisle without cramping your style or your dress. The gap behind the officiant needs only to be one chair wide to fix all the aforementioned issues. If you are having a chuppah, try making four arc sections instead of the full circle. You get the same feel, but no one gets a chuppah leg in their view. 

I do love this layout for many reasons, but please be aware of how important it is to your guests to both see and hear your ceremony. 


wedding circle