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Please enjoy our blog. We will be updating this blog periodically with stories, tips, fun facts, and photos from real weddings of couples from Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod, all of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to see the Canoe Club Ballroom in person, please set up a private tour.

Wednesday, January 31 2018





     Who says that that your reception should be the only fun part of your special day! We think you should personalize your ceremony just as much your reception, and make it exciting and meaningful! Now, when you start thinking about your big day, you’ll want to visualize how your friends and family will remember your big day, and think “Wow! That was so Katie & Josh”! We have gathered some fun ideas to make your ceremony a one to remember!

     First, you may want to consider making your program very unique and you! Pick out your favorite fonts and put fun facts about one another, even some history of how you two met and your journey together. Using an engagement photo on your programs is another wonderful way to make it personal. Another wonderful way to make it personal is to have your little ring bearer carry your rings in something unique, like personalized pillow or a memento box. For your sweet little flower girl, have her carry your favorite flower! If you are not having a religious ceremony, have someone from your family like an uncle or aunt, or a close friend officiate your ceremony for you! A really fun idea for your exit would be to place party store noisemakers on the ceremony seats, so when you the two of you exit, your guests can jam out! 



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Tuesday, January 23 2018










Cold weather weddings are beautiful, but getting dressed for the occasion can be tricky. You don’t want to underdress in fear of catching a cold. Overdressing may make you look like a giant marshmallow, and you don’t want that! We have come up with some great ideas on how to stay warm and stylish on your wedding day here at the Canoe Club Ballroom.


Let’s start with the obvious: wear layers! With the temps dropping over the winter months, layering is crucial to stay warm going from indoor to outdoor locations. We suggest wearing leggings, tights, or shapeware that will keep you warm under your gown.


You’ll want to upgrade your accessories for the chilly weather as well. If you are a classic bride, why not choose some bold accessories for your special. Glitter heels, feathers and pops of color will add touch of glamour to your look. If you are want something a bit more dramatic, a pair of leather gloves and a wide brimmed hat will be very chic!  


High necklines are not just in style, but they will keep you warm too! Have fun covering up, with a fur coat, or even better a faux fur stole! Some wrap alternatives you can choose from are a wool scarf or pashmina, or even an alpaca wrap that will add texture to your bridal look. 



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Posted by: Laura Mentink AT 11:37 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, January 16 2018




While Saturday evenings are the most popular time to hold a wedding reception. There are no rules saying that you can’t host one earlier in the day. Saturday daytime weddings are becoming more and more popular. If you choose to host a daytime wedding, not only can you start the celebration earlier, you have the potential to save a good amount of money doing so. Here are some thoughts we have when you are considering a daytime wedding! 


The biggest difference in having a daytime wedding is obviously the timing of the event. Typically, it can take a full day to get ready for an evening wedding, but with a morning wedding ceremony, you will have an early start. You want to give yourself at least two hours for your hair and makeup, keep in mind,this time does not include your bridesmaids getting ready. When it comes to the formality of the celebration, you can make it as formal or informal as you’d like. The groom can wear a nice navy or grey suit, and as for the bride, you can wear a   beautiful A-line silhouette which would be perfect for the daytime event.
Once the wedding reception is over, there are no rules that say you must continue to entertain your guests. However, as a nice gesture you can inform your guests of local activities, restaurants and bars that they will can enjoy on their own. 
As for the newlyweds, the sky’s the limit!  Set up a spa treatment at a local hotel, take a nap in your honeymoon suite. Then go out for a delicious dinner with your new spouse!



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Wednesday, January 10 2018






Today’s topic will be all about the groom’s attire! We can honestly say we have seen it all over the past four decades. We love the idea of the classic black tux, it’s dapper as well as timeless. We also love when we see a fresh shake up too! If you’re looking to add a little personal style to your grooms wedding day attire, we have gathered some inspiration for your soon to be hubby!


If he wants something a little different, but still wants to play it safe, we suggest a suit in a nice neutral. Beige or brown tones, mixed separates in blue hues, or a tux in a shade of grey are all wonderful choices. If he’s looking for a subtle punch, step up his game by opting for an ensemble that plays with both texture, and prints.


If the style of your wedding allows, he can skip the formal route. Forget the coat all together -try a vest, or even suspenders they look just as good. The key to creating a style for your groom is let his true personality shine on your wedding day, and of course that will go with your overall theme and venue!




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Wednesday, January 03 2018






Happy New Year, and congratulations to all of happy couples who will be getting married in the year to come! So, now that you're engaged, and you’ve told all of your loved ones, it’s now time for the celebrations to start! First up is the engagement party. Luckily when planning an engagement party, you and your significant other can help with the planning process without any raised eyebrows.

            Traditionally the bride and groom’s parents host the engagement party, but that’s not a hard and fast rule, anyone can throw you an engagement party, with that being said, the whoever does host should always check with the parents of the bride. Next you will need to pick a date, typically they are shortly after you are engaged, but if you are having a longer engagement, or if you have to travel home for the party, having a delay is totally fine. When choosing who will be invited to you’re party, whoever makes the list to the engagement party must be invited to your wedding. If you are unsure how many guests you will be inviting to your wedding, then you might want to have a more intimate engagement party with close friends and family. Finally, when you choose the venue for this special occasion, it can be as formal or informal as you want. A party at your parents’ home or your BBF’s back yard is great for an informal affair. 


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