To Have and To Hold: A Local Wedding in Newburyport On A Budget

Part 3: Putting Your Ideas To Work

By: Rebeccah Pearson

Pearson-2Getting engaged to my all time love was the most magical moment of my life, as well as his. The fun of starting the plans for your big day to celebrate your union with friends and family should be exciting and a wonderful experience. Deciding your venue, your flowers, your catering and more can be stressful … but in our case we looked forward to it. Living here in Newburyport we decided to go for a total 100% Newburyport Wedding. In hopes to help others find and utilize what our great city has to offer and hospitality you just won’t get from those chain stores, and unfriendly online services. Here you get the real deal with real people, that will make you and your loved ones big day special right until the cutting of the cake and the first dance as husband and wife.

Hair for Bridal Party: Every bride on her wedding day wants to look like something out of a fairy tale, and bringing that first step to life is with the hair style for your big day. Ana’s Hair Studio in Newburyport was my choice for doing just that. Ana and her fantastic ability for styling hair began in Boston, and now she is right here in Newburyport. She has been involved in many weddings; transforming everyday hair into a masterpiece of delightful and memorable focal points in your wedding wardrobe. Her prices vary on the size of your wedding party, but she will come to where you are and get you ready for your big day. ~ Ana’s Hair Studio, 10 Prince Place, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Justice of the Peace: There was only one choice for us without a doubt for a justice of the piece for our wedding. John Cena, Sr. has been marrying couples for many years. Bringing love, family, and friends together for your special day. From right here in West Newbury, Mr. Cena has a wonderful heart, and was the perfect man to marry us in October. Rates are amazing, experience outstanding, and overall experience simply wonderful! John Cena, Sr. Justice of the Peace.

Wedding Favors: The search for the perfect wedding favors ended quickly because we knew the perfect place to go. Simply Sweet in Newburyport is the best and only chocolate store in Newburyport that will not only help you make the right choice, but is a local, not a chain store, that takes the time to work with you and your ideas. We went for homemade milk chocolate in the shape of leafs wrapped in colored tinfoil in the most beautiful gold boxes with a burgundy ribbon. Simply sweet indeed. Simply Sweet, 12 Inn Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Dessert Table: Dianne’s Fine Desserts formally known as Alden Merrill Cheese Cake Factory here in Newburyport has an amazing collection of desserts. Manager Jeff Rowell and his crew will go over everything you could possibly want and need for your wedding dessert table. We opted for a small cake for us and our wedding party and to have a giant dessert table for our guests, so we picked some great items for everyone to eat and enjoy such as Tiramisu, Blonde Bars and Brownies for the kids, Lemon Italian Cream Cake, and my personal favorite the Ultimate Chocolate Cake. Dianne’s Fine Desserts, 4 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Wedding Photography: Jenifer Santarelli is a wonderful wedding photographer from right here in Newburyport. She does weddings, birthdays, holiday, family and other portrait photography. Her talent and eye for capturing wonderful moments with her camera really speaks volumes when you look at her portfolio! Contact her today to begin your memories on your big day! Jennifer Santarelli of Newburyport.

Your Table Top Accessories: Each of our tables we wanted to have something special. To us having cheese and crackers on a beautiful cutting board was just the key! But how to make it original? Well we found just that at Glitterati in Newburyport. Glitterati features artists from all over the USA, from MA to FL and across to CA. These talented artists have provided Glitterati with many unique and amazing pieces of their craft. You need to visit the shop to see what they have to offer and we were so happy we did. An artist named Lisa Hickey who has a company by the name of Caron Designs, her whimsical platter adds a touch of flair to any setting! A fused glass bottle that creates a one of a kind platter (wine bottles cut in half and the glass fused to a solid flat cutting board) keeping the shape of the bottle and comes with a spreader! They retail from $18-$22 depending on the size. Stop on by to Glitterati in Newburyport where they will sparkle their way into your heart with amazing accessories, gift ideas and table top. Glitterati, 1 Merrimac Street, Unit #5, Newburyport, MA, 01950. 978-462-1700.

One item we could not get. Only one thing was not able to be part of the shop local, 100% Newburyport Wedding that we strived to achieve, and with great sadness as well. On the search for a wedding dress I went into the only wedding dress boutique here in Newburyport where I was told they don’t carry my size as being a plus size woman, and they would be unable to order me one that would fit, and if they ordered one and I didn’t like it I would have to keep it, and I was really treated with disrespect. All in all we accomplished a wedding on a budget and look forward to our wedding in October, where we share with our friends and family our wonderful union together using and supporting local merchants to make our day special and helping those right here in the Newburyport area at the same time … sharing the love. To my wonderful fiancée I love you with all my heart and can’t wait to be your bride.