Staying on Track With Your Wedding Planning Timeline

Wedding planning can be a pretty daunting task. There’s so much to do and so much conflicting information out there about the best way to get everything done. How do you stay on track with your wedding planning timeline? We’ve got a few tips to share.

 

Enjoy the Moment

 

If you’re newly engaged, take some time to just enjoy the new level in your relationship. It’s a special time, so don’t jump into the planning too fast. The most important take-away from the wedding planning process isn’t the wedding, it’s your marriage! Take some time to invest in that and enjoy some time with each other.

 

Make A List

 

Figure out what is most important to the two of you. Do you want to have space for conversations with your guests or do you prefer to host the dance party of the century? Make a list of the things that are most important to you before booking a date or any vendors. This can be an incredibly helpful tool in keeping you focused on what’s truly important throughout the process.

 

Breakdown the Tasks

 

Now that you know what your goals are, it’s helpful to breakdown the tasks by month. Having small projects to work on helps to keep the process fun rather than stressful. Once you have the tasks broken down, share it with your bridesmaid or someone else who is supporting you. Having others assist can take the pressure off and can help give you a little push if you do start to fall behind. Our friends over at Weddingwire have a great infographic to help you break down the best timing to book your vendors. After you’ve accomplished your tasks for the month, take some time to celebrate! You’re likely working a full time job and planning an amazing wedding at the same time. That is no joke. Treat yo’ self!

 

Check out the vendor booking timeline from WeddingWire below! And here’s some more inspiration from our friends at WeddingWire: RI Venue Inspiration | NY Venue Inspiration

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Ali and Eric | The Dorrance Wedding

The Blueflash team is gearing up for the full swing of wedding season. We’re thrilled to be a part of so many amazing weddings, so we’ll be reminiscing about some of the awesome weddings we were able to be apart of in 2016. You are absolutely going to love today’s wedding. It was featured in the 2017 Edition of Southern New England Weddings! Let’s check out Ali and Eric’s Dorrance Wedding! Emily and Brian photographed this gorgeous affair.

 

Ali started her morning off with Calma Salon who took care of every hair and makeup need! Our stunning bride and her bridesmaids finished off their wedding look by getting into their dresses! Ali wore a Stella York wedding gown from Ve’Lace Bridal, and she looked absolutely gorgeous! Now that the bridal party was officially dressed to the nines, it was time to set off for the ceremony at Our Lady of Rosary Catholic Church. The men stood in their proper places at the front of the church while the ladies got in order behind the doors. As Ali walked down the aisle to Eric, everyone watched with utter joy. Reverend Joseph Escobar officiated the wedding vows. Once the couple was officially wed, it was time to celebrate!

 

Now man and wife, Ali and Eric stopped to take a few pictures at Propect Terrace Park. The Providence skyline put on it’s best show for this wedding party. It was a truly beautiful day. While we took pictures, the guests headed over to The Dorrance. The already lovely reception space was tremendously transformed by the master creations of Toni Chandler Flowers & Events! Not only did they provide a gorgeous location for the reception but they also provided a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy! After everything sweet and savory was devoured, everyone was ready to jump on the dance floor with The Sweet Beats!

 

Thanks Ali and Eric for letting us tag along for the day!

 

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Venue Spotlight | Harbor Lights

The Venue Spotlight Series

 

Over the past few years we’ve photographed a lot of wedding venues. Like, a lot of venues. We thought that we’d bring something a little different to the blog to highlight some of these wonderful spaces. In the coming months, we’ll feature some helpful information and beautiful photos and videos of wedding venues around Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut that you are going to absolutely love. So, without further ado, here’s the next edition of our venue spotlight series: Harbor Lights!

 

Harbor Lights

 

Central location, pristine, manicured grounds, seaside ceremony arbor: Harbor Lights has got it all! To get all they offer, you might assume that your only choice is a Newport venue, but not so! This is definitely a venue to add to your visit list. The Grand Ballroom was recently renovated – it’s sleek, modern, and perfect. If you’d prefer to take advantage of the Bay view, they have some fantastic options for a tented event. One of our favorite parts about the property is the wide range of options for pictures. You can take your photos by the water, the marina, the trees, and there’s even a cute red barn to use a photo backdrop. There’s so much loveliness to choose from.

 

Want more than just a day of fun? They have options for an entire wedding weekend: golf, an infinity pool with a tiki bar, great dining options, they can even help arrange a harbor cruise. To help with all the options, Harbor Lights has an incredibly easy-to-work-with staff that will flawlessly execute your wedding. Trust us, you are in good hands at Harbor Lights.

 

Check out our aerial video of the grounds and some wedding highlights below! If you just can’t get enough, check out more weddings here: Lauren & Jonathan | Sophia & Justin | Samantha & Tim | Jessica & Andrew

 

 

 



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Mariel and Corey | Castle Hill Inn Wedding

 

We’re going to kick off our work week with a look back to Mariel and Corey’s Castle Hill Inn Wedding. Emily and Jamie handled photography. Caleb brought the Bluecube to capture a ton of fun memories at the reception!

 

To start off the perfect day, Mariel surrounded herself with her favorite ladies and a stunning glam team! Kevin Hadfield curled every lock of hair and Kerri Herlihy stroked each eyelash with the perfect amount of mascara. Our ladies now had the perfect hair and makeup for this wonderful day and were now ready to put on their dresses. Mariel wore a gorgeous Elizabeth Filmore wedding gown from Kleinfelds! Now that all the preparations had been completed, Mariel set off to surprise Corey with a first look! Once the two lovebirds spent a few minutes gushing over each other, it was time for the ceremony!

 

Even on a rainy day, Castle Hill Inn never fails to be the perfect ceremony setting. The bridal party stood in the proper places and anxiously waited for everything to begin. Jennifer Berkeley officiated the ceremony as Mariel and Corey exchanged vows to become man and wife. Now that everything was official, everyone was ready to celebrate! Castle Hill Inn provided a scrumptious meal that was followed up by delectable desserts from Confectionery Designs! Sayles Livingston Designs artfully created the lovely arrangements that graced the reception.  After all of the food was consumed, Mariel and Corey led their guests onto the dance floor with the help from District 21!

 

We had a blast spending the day with this happy on their special day! After checking out the highlights below, be sure to go over to Borrowed and Blue to see more of this dreamy Castle Hill Inn wedding! A big thanks and congratulations to Mariel and Corey!

 

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Erin and Keith | Hillside County Club Wedding

Hello, everyone! Today we’re going to be looking back to Erin and Keith’s Hillside Country Club wedding! Matt and Kearsten tagged along for the day to photograph this sweet couple!

 

Erin started her day surrounded by all of her favorite ladies. She also brought in a top notch glam squad: Hannah Kelly, hair stylist and Kelli Mae Beauty for makeup! Once everyone looked fabulous, it was time to help the bride step into her wedding gown! The bridesmaids wore beautiful Tiffany Blue dresses. Erin wore a stunning gown from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique. With each of the ladies looking flawless, it was time to set off for the ceremony at Holy Ghost Parish where the guests were waiting with glee.

 

Keith and his groomsmen took their places at the front of the church and the music began, letting everyone know that it was time for the nuptials to begin! As Erin was escorted down the aisle, Keith was smiling from ear to ear as he watched his glowing bride approach. Erin and Keith’s closest friends and families all stood by to witness these two lovebirds exchange intimate vows and officially become man and wife! Before Erin and Keith joined the guests for the reception, they stopped for pictures. Whitman Town Park provided a perfect backdrop!

 

Now that they were officially wed, it was time to celebrate at the reception! With the last of the guests filling into Hillside Country Club, the wedding party made their grand entrance. In Bloom Florist crafted beautiful floral arrangements to fill the room and enhance the majestic feel in the in the venue. After delicious treats from Pink Box Desserts, everyone stepped onto the dance floor with the musical assist from FB Events!

 

We’re so glad that we got to spend this special day with Erin and Keith! Make sure to check out the highlights from their wedding below!

 

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Sarah & Eli | Squantum Association Wedding

We hope your week is going well so far. Take a break with us and look back to Sarah and Eli’s Squantum Association wedding! Nate provided cinematography for the big day.

 

Ali Lomazzo spent the morning with Sarah and her bridesmaids as they gave the bride and her favorite ladies the perfect wedding look. We always love working with Ali Lomazzo team. With not a hair out of place, Sarah stepped into her gorgeous wedding dress. The bride looked absolutely glowing! Now that our ladies were dressed and ready to go, it was time to take off to the ceremony where Eli waited for his beautiful bride! Sarah and Eli’s closets friends and families filled in to find a seat before the ceremony began. Renee Werber officiated the wedding as Sarah and Eli exchanged precious vows and sealed them with a kiss. Now that our bride and groom were officially man and wife, they led their guests over to the reception! Grace Kim Floral & Event Design created glorious floral arrangements that transformed Squantum Association into the wedding venue of the newly weds dreams. After enjoying a delectable meal and scrumptious desserts from Montillo’s Baking Company, Dan Sky Music led everyone on to the dance floor to finish off the night in celebration!

 

Thanks for inviting us along for the day Sarah and Eli! Make sure to check out their wedding video down below!

 

 

 



Jess and Kip | Wedding at OceanCliff

Let’s take a moment to look back to Jess and Kip’s Wedding at OceanCliff! Emily and Fred joined this happy couple to photograph all the special moments. Josh joined them later at the reception with the Bluecube and uplighting!

 

With all of her closest friends and family surrounding her, Jess got ready with a little bit of help from New Leaf Hair Studio! Once Jess’s hair was pinned up into perfection, and the last stroke of mascara was applied, it was time for Jess to step into her stunning wedding gown. All of the girls were dressed and ready for the occasion, and now it was time for Jess to surprise Kip with a first look! After Jess walked up to Kip, he turned around with a look of utter amazement at the beauty of his wife to be. After exchanging a few words and a couple of kisses, the two love birds headed off to the ceremony!

 

With the last of Jess and Kip’s guests finding their seats on the oceanside venue, the bridal party took their proper places and the music started its captivating melody letting everyone know that the wedding had officially started! Jess walked down the aisle that was magnificently adorned with gorgeous flowers from Botanica Wedding Flowers Studio. A close friend officiated the vows.Now that they were officially wed, the newly weds led their guests over to the ceremony. OceanCliff created an outstanding feast for everyone followed by the tastiest desserts from Scrumptions! With not a bit of food left in sight, everyone set off for the dance floor with Epic Entertainment to finish off the night of celebrations for the newly weds!

 

Thanks to Jess and Kip for letting us join you on your special day! Best of luck to the two of you! Make sure that you take a look down below at the highlights of their wedding!

 

 

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Featured in Borrowed and Blue: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/newport/weddings/jess-kipp

Nikki and David | Providence Biltmore Wedding

We all dream of our fairytale weddings and pour ourselves into every detail once it is time to start planning. Today, we’re going to look back to Nikki and David’s fairytale wedding at the Providence Biltmore! Matt and Emily joined them for photography and Dan took care of cinematography!

 

With anticipation coursing through the room, Nikki and her favorite ladies spent the morning in pampering bliss! With the perfect amount of blush applied, and the last curl of the curling wand, it was time to get dressed! The glowing bridesmaids stood by Nikki’s side as she stepped into her beautiful wedding gown from Chantilly Place. Nikki looked absolutely incredible! Our bridal squad had now completed every step of bridal preparation and was ready to set off to the ceremony!

 

Nikki and David’s loved ones settled into the pews at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul while the bridal party took there places. Nikki walked down the aisle with utter joy to David who looked absolutely elated! In front of their closest family and friends, Father Walter Riley officiated the vows. Now that our bride and groom were officially hitched, it was time to celebrate! After taking a few pictures all around our states capital, we all headed to the Providence Biltmore for the reception!

 

Golden Gate Studio transformed the venue into a beautiful dreamscape with the most beautiful floral arrangements! The Biltmore provided a delicious meal for the newly weds and their guests.  Wrights Dairy Farm made the most delicious desserts for us to feast on afterwards! After a perfect meal and dessert, everyone made their way over to the dance floor with the sounds of DJ Corey Young to help finish the night off with even more celebration!

 

We had a blast celebrating with Nikki and David! Be sure to check out the highlights from their special day below!

 

 

Providence Biltmore Wedding | Bride's dress and shoes

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Providence Biltmore Wedding | First Kiss at the Cathedral

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Providence Biltmore Wedding | Bride and groom at the Statehouse

Providence Biltmore Wedding | Wedding Party on the steps of the RI state house

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Maura and Michael | OceanCliff Wedding

Today, let’s look back at Maura and Michael’s OceanCliff wedding! Nate did cinematography and Abby handled the Bluecube.

 

Maura started off her wedding day with a tremendous glam squad from LaLaLux Salon! They expertly took care of hair and makeup for the lovely ladies. Once our bride was absolutely glowing, her friends helped her slip into her Victor Harper wedding gown from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique. With the ladies all set and ready to go, we took off for St. Mary’s Church for the ceremony! As Maura walked down the aisle, Michael waited with excitement as his gorgeous bride approached him.

 

After sharing vows and a kiss to make everything official, the newly weds led their guests to OceanCliff to celebrate! Sayles Livingston created beautiful floral arrangements, and everything looked breathtaking! THe team at Sayles Livingston alway goes above and beyond. At the reception, the guests indulged in a perfect meal provided by OceanCliff and tasty desserts from Sin Desserts! After all the food was gone, the last thing left to do was hit the dance floor with the new Mr. and Mrs.! Search Party brought the party to life!

 

Thanks for letting us be apart of your special day! Check out Maura and Michaels wedding highlights below!



Kristin and Rob | Tupper Manor Wedding

Happy FriYay, friends! That’s right, it’s Friday, you have officially made it to the weekend! To start this holiday weekend off right, were going to take a peak at Kristin and Rob’s Tupper Manor wedding. Emily and Brian photographed the day and Dan and Caleb joined in for cinematography!

 

Karma Hair Salon joined Kristin and her bridesmaids to take care of all of their hair and makeup needs! Once every hair was in its place, and the wedding dress was on, we all set off for Sacred Heart Parish to get married! Rob looked absolutely smitten as his bride walked down the aisle towards him. Father Paul Flammia officiated the sweet nuptials. Each made their own promises to one another and sealed their vows with a kiss. Leaving the wedding bells chiming behind them, Kristin and Rob lead their guests to Tupper Manor for the real party!

 

Celia’s Flower Studio transformed the venue with their beautiful floral arrangements. Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal provided by Tupper Manor and then indulged in delightful desserts from Cakes For Occassions! Now, to burn off some of those calories from all of that food, DJ Dane from 617 Weddings helped everyone on the dance floor to dance the night away!

 

We had an awesome time with Kristin and and Rob, best of luck you two! Take a look at the highlights and wedding film below!

 



 

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