Wedding Season in Newburyport II

Kelsey Raymond, Michelle Boland, Hilary Larson, Jessie Neelon and Ruth Forsander Listro of Eat Cake!

By: Rebeccah Pearson, June, 2014

To Have and To Hold A Local Wedding in Newburyport On A Budget Part 2: Putting Your Ideas To Work

Getting engaged to my all time love was the most magical moment of my life, as well as his. The fun of starting the plans of 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 one’s big day special, right until the cutting of the cake and the first dance as husband and wife.

Where to have your wedding: Securing the date and the hall/location is good to do first, then you know your time frame and can work out all the other details from there. Our wedding is a good size of 100 people. Not to grand, and not that small. The beach on Plum Island is amazing, and there we found a great hall just perfect for us to say our vows. Pita Hall sits in the main downtown area on Plum Island, steps from the beach, and a local liquor store in case you are doing a BYOB like we are. The hall comes with tables, chairs, a full working kitchen if needed for your caterer, a side room for a bridal room, two restrooms, and ample parking for your guests.

The hall is so perfectly priced at under $400 for the whole day! I’ll repeat that …the WHOLE DAY, set up at 9am and you can have the hall until 11pm. So like I said, perfectly priced to make your wedding so affordable! So our date on November 25th was a breeze to secure! For more information please visit them for prices and contact information:

Wedding rings: M.K. Benatti Jewelers in Newburyport. Matt Khatib and his wife, Karyn, owners of this wonderful jewelry store, have a selection that is supurb, and their fitting station was amazingly comfortable. With state of the art new technology, you too can have a one of a kind ring to make your union complete for the person you will spend the rest of your life loving unconditionally. M.K Bennati Jewelers, 1 State St., Newburyport, MA 01950.

Wedding Cake: With a name like Eat Cake! how could you go wrong. Eat Cake! located in Newburyport focuses on one of a kind, memorable cakes for all occasions. We set up an appointment, and arrived to be greeted with a smile and led to this amazing table. Hilary Larson, owner of Eat Cake! had designed two sample cakes for us to try. I must say, not sure what she puts in that buttermilk frosting, but it is truly the most mouth watering, delightful, and intoxicating frosting I have ever eaten in my life. She designs and creates all cakes along your price range, and will deliver your cake on your wedding day if it is local or in the surrounding area! Best cakes around, best prices around, and best one on one personal care you could imagine while picking out your cake. Eat Cake! ~ 6 Inn St., Newburyport, MA 01950

Bridal & Maid of Honor Bouquet: The bridal bouquet is one of the most important accessories for the bride’s attire. The bridal bouquet not only highlights the gown, but should tie into the colors of the wedding.

Our wedding is in the fall, so the bouquet is a beautiful fall arrangement of flowers. Denise’s Flower and Gift Shop, located in Newburyport, was my first pick. Her arrangements are always amazing and Denise always takes very good care of her arrangements for occasions such as weddings. When she saw the flowers I chose, her face lit up and I knew she was the one. Bridal bouquets can be expensive, anywhere from $300 dollars and up, but at Denise’s Flower and Gift Shop, it was only $150. Amazing price for a timeless bouquet that will be tossed to the next to get married after the wedding. ~ Denise’s Flower and Gift Shop and Gifts, 35 Pleasant St. Newburyport, MA 01950

Wine: Grand Trunk Imports is the wine and cheese shop here in Newburyport. Their selection of wines from vineyards around the world, paired with cheeses that compliment any meal, made our choice for a complimentary bottle of wine and cheese on every table easy to do and easy to accomplish.

Owners Jeremy Kirkpatrick and Angela have superb customer service, and their knowledge of every bottle that adorns their walls makes you feel like you’re in the heart of Italy where it all begins. Grand Trunk Imports and Old World Market, 53 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA

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