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{VENUE SPOTLIGHT} The Chatham Bars Inn

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

The Chatham Bars Inn is by far one of the prettiest venues on Cape Cod.  Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, family outing or just a vacation it’s a little slice of heaven.  A four diamond resort and part of the Leading Hotels of the World, CBI (as the locals refer to it) is hard to beat when it comes to view, location and service. In New England you have a choice of four seasons and CBI does not have an unfavorable one.  No matter what time of year you chose to visit I am positive you will want to stay and never leave.




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Not Just a “Guestbook”

Written by Tania Atkinson

If you find yourself wanting to put your own personal stamp on one particular corner of your wedding that showcases the fun and creative side of your personalities, make it your guestbook.  The guest book has come a long way from the days of signing an oversized photo album embossed with the couples’ initials.  Check out these fun ways of collecting and saving the names of all who attended your big day!

Show your guests your playful side with a little Jenga.  Guests can take a tile (without knocking down the stack, of course), then after successfully removing it, sign it with a funny comment or words of advice. Every time you play the game, you will be reminded of your special day and everyone who attended!


We all like to be recognized and feel important, even though as guests, weddings aren’t really about us! A birthday calendar is a great way to keep track of all your friends’ birthdays, and it makes your guests feel special too!

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Guests love to give newly weds suggestions and tips they have learned over the years.  Why not take a cute jar, some popsicle sticks and  have your friends and family fill the jar with date night ideas.  It’s  a fun and interactive way to collect all of your guests names, and you have a full jar of ideas to put on a sofa table or bookcase to tap into whenever you are looking for a fun night out!  A “message-in-a-bottle” is another way to capture words of wisdom from those experienced at love and marriage.

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If you just feel that you need that guestbook, in actual “book form”, why not try this modern, yet rustic twist on the traditional guest Book.  This book is made of carved Pine wood with recycled brown paper, ideal for the more eco-friendly couple.  Each book is hand carved, making it that much more special.

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For the fun loving, comical couple looking for the complete opposite of a traditional guestbook, there are “Guest Libs.”  Guestbooks don’t come any more interactive then this! Have each of your guests fill out a Guest Lib card, and put them all in a fun, decorative basket.  When you return from your honeymoon, grab a glass of wine, sit by a fire and the two of you have a howling good time reading through them all!

Guest libs

Remember that your wedding day is a representation of the two of you.  Whether it’s just the guestbook, or every aspect of your ceremony and reception, make sure there is something that is all about you!

Tradition and Charm

Written by Tania Atkinson

Planning Jenny and Patrick’s wedding was such a pleasure because so many of the details of their special day were full of tradition or emotion.

The Ceremony took place on the grounds of the historic Groton School, in Groton, Massachusetts, where Jenny was a graduate of.  St. John’s Chapel needed little by way of decoration as its original stonework, vaulted ceilings and ornate choir lofts set the style all on its own.  As she walked down the aisle with her mother and father, Jenny carries a gorgeous bouquet of cream, white and soft peach colored blooms with just a hint of fall color – a perfect compliment to the colors of the fall leaves on the campus grounds on that mid-October day, her former choral director played the Bridal March on the chapel organ.

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The bridesmaids wore royal blue dresses in various styles, and carried simple bouquets of lavender and white loosely tied blossoms.  Hymns were not sung by hired professionals, rather the brides mother and former classmates sang The Rose.  Following the exchange of vows and signing of the marriage certificate, Jenny and Patrick excited the chapel to the sounds of the chapel bells being rung, just as they had been heard years ago when the bride was a young student.  After spending some time touring the campus and reminiscing high school stories – even visiting the old “School Room” on campus, the guests and bridal party headed off to  the gorgeous Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Massachusetts.


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Upon arrival, guests walked passed almost two dozen wedding photos of both Jenny’s and Patrick’s relatives, providing a continuous source of conversation throughout the night! Guests found their escort cards attached to miniature white ghost pumpkins which created a lovely fall look for the place card table.  The ballroom tables were adorned with simple, yet elegant centerpieces of deep fall reds, oranges and bright yellows.  Jenny and Patrick found a creative way of displaying table numbers by using photos of themselves at the age of the table number. These also allowed for lots of reminiscing among guests!

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Before the party really got started to the sounds of “District 21” the bride and groom found another way of using tradition and charm in their wedding celebration.  Instead of the typical wedding cake, Jenny and Patrick cut a traditional apple pie with Patrick’s grandmother’s antique wedding cake topper on the pie as a way to honor his family.

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Guests kicked off their heels and danced late into the night reuniting old school friendships and enjoying the laughter and company of new faces.  Jenny and Patrick captured the charm of New England, the fondness of school memories and the warmth of family all on their wedding day in Massachusetts.

To the mother of the bride, Maryanne, who made this process such a joy, we can’t thank you enough.


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