End of Year Survey 2022

Can you believe that 2022 is nearly over? This is one of the most exciting times of the year for us here at Vermont Weddings for a few reasons. The first is our Best Of Vermont Weddings series; it’s like a little time capsule that highlights the very best celebrations and details from the year. I’ll have more details on that very soon — and, I’ll need your help!

Kris Lenox Photography

End Of The Year Reader Survey

The second reason we get excited for the end of the year is our annual survey. Your support is what makes Vermont Weddings possible, so I want to check in and make sure we’re creating content that you love
 
If you have a few minutes, please complete the survey below (or click here to open it in a new tab).  I read each and every response, and I use your feedback when planning for the following year. Your input influences the stories we publish on the blog and updates we make to our website. 
 
For taking time to do this survey, you’ll be entered to win a gift! Three lucky readers will get a little special something from me as a thank you for your time and honest feedback. 

Most importantly, I want to wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday and new year. Thanks for sharing your celebrations with us, and allowing us to be a part of your special moments! 

Rock & Roll Themed Wedding at Old Lantern Inn and Barn

Kari and Patrick’s 1970s rock & roll themed wedding at Old Lantern Inn and Barn can only be described as an epic and wild event!  The vibrant colors, remarkable details, and personalization of this wedding is one we will NEVER forget! 

Old Lantern Inn and Barn Summer Wedding

There are so many notable details to mention for this summer wedding! Old Lantern Inn and Barn was the perfect venue to host this awesome couple and their guests. Kari and Patrick are both musicians and made sure to incorporate many unique details and vendors, while still honoring classic wedding traditions. 

Their outdoor wedding ceremony was unforgettable. Kari walked down the aisle to a live electric guitar solo of “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos. Kari’s father had sadly passed away nine years earlier, so a seat was saved for him in the front row along the aisle. They made sure to include her father’s memory during the ceremony by being wrapped in his tallis by the officiant. The moment Patrick and Kari kissed as husband and wife, the DJ blasted “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince as the couple geared up for the breaking of the glass, a Jewish ceremony tradition. Then, the whole wedding party danced it out! 

Rock & Roll-Themed Wedding Details

The reception decor was out of this world! They went all out with the 1970s rock n’ roll theme! First, their card box was an open guitar case and the guest book was known as the “Groupie Book.” Instead of table numbers, all guests sat at band tables labeled by vinyl record centerpieces. Along with a vinyl record on each table, the centerpieces had a bouquet of flowers with the couple’s favorite love lyrics from the table’s specific band. For their photobooth, Patrick drew a rock n’ roll cow. His dad enlarged his illustrations up onto wood panels to create stand-up face-hole cutouts!
 
Their first dance was to “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop and it was unlike any other we’ve seen! The choreography was complete with lifts and Patrick playing Kari’s leg like a guitar. Kari and Patrick then performed their own cake-cutting song on guitar and bass (with a friend drumming). They got married on July 3 so they changed the lyrics of “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago to “Sunday in Vermont…the day before the 4th of July!”
 
Everyone was on the dance floor for the rest of the night! The hora was one-of-a-kind, arranged by a musician friend that sampled 17 rock songs represented by the bands labeling each guest’s dinner table. A guest brought a Dave Grohl cardboard cutout (Patrick loves the Foo Fighters) and he crowd-surfed when “Times Like These” played at the reception.
 
Instead of a sparkler send-off, Kari and Patrick had a lighter send-off. All guests were given lighters like at a big rock concert and waved them around as Kari and Patrick left the barn as “I Would Do Anything For Love” by Meat Loaf played. 
 
This epic wedding goes to show the small details and meaningful music selections can be incredibly memorable!

Vendors

Venue/Caterer: Old Lantern Inn & Barn, Photographer: Julia Luckett, Flowers: In Full Bloom, Dress Design: Sarah Dixey, Makeup Consultant: Alex Leshkevich, Graphic Design: Marielle Rousseau, Chuppah: Sutton Farm Woodworks, DJ: Top Hat Entertainment, Cake: Gerardo’s Italian Bakery, Hora Arrangement and Live Music: Andrew Whitebeck, Maple Syrup Party Favors: Carman Brook Farm, Bride’s Earrings: Kelly Teal Jewelry

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How to Create Free Online Save the Dates

The date is set and your wedding venue has been secured! Now it’s time to start gathering a guest list and thinking about your Save The Dates.

While these notices aren’t required, they are widely popular and very helpful for out of town guests who will need to make travel plans. According to the Emily Post Institute, Save the Date cards are typically sent four to eight months prior to the wedding, but up to a year for destination weddings. That’s a wide range, and we would definitely recommend erring on the side of caution by giving your guests as much notice as possible. 

Electronic Save the Dates have become increasingly popular in recent years. These provide the same information a traditional, printed card, but have some unique benefits. 

Continue reading to learn more about online Save the Dates to see if one is right for you, and how to create your own! 

Printed vs. Online Save The Dates

Benefits & Downsides of Printed Save The Dates

If you’re looking to go a more traditional route, printed save the dates are the way to go. (Who doesn’t love receiving something special in the mail?) Sending a postcard or magnet are two popular options our team has seen in recent years. With your wedding months away, it can be really fun to have something tangible to remind you and your loved ones of the fun ahead.

On the flip side, printed save the dates will require a bit more budgeting than a virtual save the date. Think: design costs (if any), printing costs, and postage will be are all things to be mindful of.

Benefits & Downsides of Electronic Save The Dates

Virtual save the dates are a great option if you don’t really need a save the date, but want one anyway, or want to reduce paper waste. Additionally, they are also a way to cut back on your budget so that you can make room for something else! Last but not least, online save the dates save you time. Planning a wedding is a big undertaking; a virtual save the date saves you time stuffing envelopes, writing out addresses and going back and forth to the post office — all you need are email addresses!

There are a few downsides we’d like to point out here for virtual save the dates. It’s possible that not every one of your guests will be tech-savvy. Thankfully, you will have your formal invite headed their way at a later time, but it may not hurt to check in with your grandparents to make sure they have your wedding date saved on their calendar. Some guests may also find virtual save the dates unprofessional or too informal.. and to that we say, it’s your day! How you want to inform guests is up to you as a couple (as is every other detail of your big day).

How To Create Your Own Online Save The Date For Free

Now that you know a bit more about electronic save the dates, it’s time to create one! You can use a website like Paperless Post, but be aware there may be costs involved with certain templates or sending to a large list size. Here’s a step by step guide (and video) on how to create a customized virtual save the date for free (or at least, super cheap).

  1. Login into a free design program like Canva or PicMonkey.
  2. Search “Invitation” or “Save The Date” to view templates already in the platform. 
  3. Customize the one you like most with your information, wedding colors, fonts you like, etc. This is also a great spot to incorporate some of those swoon-worthy engagement photos you have!
  4. Download your design and save it to your computer. Then, head to your email inbox and start crafting a brief message to accompany your beautiful save the date image.

Final Tips

  1. It will be easiest to have everyone’s email address before sending out your save the dates. If you plan on having a wedding website on a platform such as Zola, there are options to send wedding guests a link to a contact form that will collect their best email address that you can easily pull from. You can also compile a list in an Excel or Google sheet.
  2. Before sending your save the date, make sure you include some text to avoid getting trapped in the dreaded spam folder. It can be helpful to reiterate details like the date, location, and that there is a “formal invitation to follow”. You can also link to your wedding website if you have one. Don’t forget a friendly signature from both of you!
  3.   Blind carbon copy (BCC) everyone on the email and don’t forget to include your own email address to see the finished product!

Now that you know the differences between printed and online save the dates, it’s time to start working on the option that is best for you. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Winter Wedding at Lake Bomoseen Lodge

Vermont winter weddings are so magical! Angela and Matt planned their day at Lake Bomoseen Lodge with hints of vintage glamour and Vermont charm. Tipsy Tulip Designs created beautiful wintry floral designs and McNeil Reedy created a timeless look for Matt and his groomsmen. We always recommend hiring a videographer, and they chose Eightzero2 Productions to capture their wedding day perfectly (see their wedding video below)! 

Six years earlier, Angela and Matt attended a winter wedding together in Vermont. Even though they had initially never pictured a winter wedding for themselves, it was so beautiful and enchanting, they knew one day a Vermont winter wedding would be a part of their story as well. 

Gorgeous Winter Wedding Details

Velvet and burgundy details were perfect for this winter wedding. From the bridesmaid dresses to Angela’s red velvet shoes, to the groomsmen’s ties…the rich color looked incredible against the snowy backdrop! I loved that they added fur stoles to stay warm and add a vintage flare. 
 
 

Instead of a first look before the ceremony, Angela and Matt decided to do a first touch instead. Matt didn’t want to see Angela in her dress before the ceremony, but she knew her nerves could not withstand waiting until the ceremony entrance. They stood around the corner of the front porch on Pine Cottage and held hands, laughed, cried, and exchanged a couple of cheeky remarks. 

Romantic Reception at Lake Bomoseen Lodge 

After their ceremony, the couple headed out onto the frozen Lake Bomoseen to take portraits. With temperatures in the mid-teens, Angela came prepared with her fur shrug, snow books, and her “something blue”: Vermont Darn Tough boot socks

Right before their reception began they decided to do a private reveal of their reception space upstairs in the Loft. While everyone was downstairs in the Taproom wrapping up cocktail hour it gave them 10 minutes to just stop and be present with each other, and savor the bliss of finally being husband and wife. Like everyone says, the day flies by, so one of my biggest tips is to find a few minutes for just the two of you!

Taking these few minutes allowed them to take in all of the details of the reception space (without the blur of the music or people). It ended up being their favorite moment because the DJ was setting up and offered to cue their first dance song, “Joy of My Life” by Chris Stapleton, so they had an impromptu “unofficial” first dance just the two of them surrounded by romantic candlelight.  

Vendors 

Venue: Lake Bomoseen Lodge, Videographer: Eightzero2 Productions, Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs, Formal Wear – McNeil & Reedy, Photographer: Ever After PhotographyHair & Makeup: Hillary Fay Studios, Music & Entertainment: Big Handsome EntertainmentCake & Desserts: Dream Maker Bakers

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The Best Christmas Gifts For Couples Who Have Everything from The Vermont Flannel Company

We all have those people on our holiday shopping list – the ones who seem to have everything they need. And when it’s a couple, it can be even trickier, since you’re shopping for not just one but two people. That’s why finding the best Christmas gifts for couples who have everything can turn even the most festive person into a confused Scrooge!

A great guideline to follow for couple’s gifts is to look for something that’s unique, useful, and can be enjoyed together. No matter the occasion or holiday, The Vermont Flannel Company has a variety of gift ideas perfect for the hard-to-shop-for couples on your list.

Why Vermont Flannel Has the Best Christmas Gifts for Couples

The holiday season is extra busy for everyone, and a gift that promotes relaxation and connection is sure to be appreciated by anyone on your list. And really, is there anything more relaxing in the winter than cozying up with your partner in flannel?! 

The Vermont Flannel Company is the leading name in ultra cozy, premium flannel. Vermont Flannel is committed to quality and comfort. Their flannel is produced with 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and their products have been handcrafted in the US since 1991. The flannel is double-brushed to ensure maximum softness, and made with yarn-dyed, tightly woven fabric. That means your flannel will look and fit as good after the hundredth wear as the first.

Matching Lounge Pants: The Ultimate Holiday Gift for Couples Who Need a Cozy Night Together

Vermont Flannel’s lounge pants are the ultimate cozy night uniform. Slip on a pair of these unisex pants to instantly set the mood to unwind together.

Made with the premium flannel the company is known for, these pants will be a staple in the couple’s wardrobe for years to come. (And, if their family grows, it’s good to know they come in youth sizes too!) A quality pair of lounge pants isn’t something everyone thinks to buy for themselves, which is why it’s the perfect gift for the couple who has everything. These pants are an everyday luxury that will invite relaxation into a couple’s busy lives. 

Creating the Best Gift Bundle:

  1. Make it a set and pair the pants with flannel henley shirts.  
  2. Create a kit for a cozy date night, complete with a list of suggested holiday movies, popcorn and other treats, and the couple’s favorite beverage.
  3. Tuck a pair of lift tickets in the pants. Your favorite skiers will be excited to get warm in these pants after a day on the slopes!

A Vermont Flannel Blanket: The Best Holiday Gift for Couples Who Love Adventure

A Vermont Flannel Stadium Blanket is an amazing gift idea for couples who have everything, especially if they love adventure. This blanket is built with exploration in mind! This cozy two-sided blanket has Vermont Flannel on one side and anti-pill fleece on the other. It’s perfect for picnics, sporting events, tailgates in the car…or cuddling on the couch post adventure. 

The Luxury Patchwork Blanket is an awesome option for newlyweds or couples moving into their first place together. It’s so comfortable, we promise the couple will want to snuggle up under it all season long. 

Both blankets are high quality, and will be a treasured part of the couple’s home. They’re beautiful, practical gifts that couples will enjoy for years to come, wherever their adventures take them!

Creating the Best Gift Bundle:

  1. Wrap up tickets to the couple’s favorite sporting event inside the blanket.
  2. Include some coffee or tea, and a new book or magazine subscription to inspire lazy mornings reading on the couch.
  3. Tuck a gift card to a favorite local restaurant inside so they can pick up takeout and enjoy a picnic together. 

Engaged? Vermont Flannel Makes Excellent Wedding Favors and Wedding Party Gifts!

For the engaged couples reading, we didn’t want to forget to mention that Vermont Flannel makes amazing favors and wedding party gifts!

The flannel beer hugs are equal parts adorable and useful (especially when paired with your favorite Vermont brew). You can even customize the label with your wedding details. These are excellent wedding favors! 

A Vermont Flannel shirt is a classic Vermont wedding party gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen alike. You can mix and match the color and fit options to find the right look for everyone in your wedding party. These shirts make for great photos for your wedding morning, and will be loved long after the weekend ends!

And, if you want to wrap your friends in a hug, even when they’re far away, we recommend a Vermont Flannel blanket. You can even add a custom label to personalize it for your wedding.

Win a Romantic Weekend in Burlington (Vermont Flannel Giveaway)

Looking to get away together? Planning a Vermont wedding (or maybe having already celebrated your own) and looking for an excuse to get back to VT? Vermont Flannel is currently hosting a giveaway for a 2 night stay at Hotel Vermont in Burlington and two Vermont Flannel robes! You can enter the contest and read the official rules here. Don’t forget to enter by December 31, 2022.

Checking the Couple Who Has Everything Off Your Christmas Shopping List

We hope these unique gift ideas from The Vermont Flannel Company have helped you check off all the couples on your holiday shopping list. Don’t forget to mark your calendars: the deadline to order your gifts to meet holiday shipping deadline is December 19, 2022 at 9am EST! 

Thank you to Vermont Flannel for sponsoring this blog post. We’re excited to partner with and share this Vermont business!