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Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

You want to celebrate your wedding day with all your loved ones – but what about your four-legged loves? Including your dog on your wedding is a wonderfully sentimental idea, but should be approached with careful thought and consideration. Does your dog do well with crowds? Will it be a hot day with little shade? Are they well-behaved? Are you getting married next to water and they love to swim? Are you willing to be flexible if your wedding doesn’t go perfectly? I ask because I’ve seen a ring-bearer-dog decide to take a number two in the middle of the ceremony. I’ve seen pups barking throughout a ceremony, and tiny guest-dogs hop on a dinner table, and a great dane put his paws on the cake table. Pets are great, but they’re also unpredictable.

Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine

That being said, it is your day, and you should do what – that will make both you and your pets the happiest. If you do decide to include your dogs, I highly recommend a designated wrangler to take care of potty breaks, water, and shade throughout the day. Practicing a walk down the aisle a few times might be a good idea too.

Including Pets In Weddings | Vermont Bride Magazine


Wedding Traditions | Vermont Bride Magazine

Tradition? Unique? Something in between? There are so many pulls regarding the choices couples make for their wedding. Choices regarding processionals, recessionals and other musical options can often feel like a muddle in the planning stages.  For most, there’s a decisive choice between either the standard, tried and true traditional options or something a little – or a lot - different. I often make the case for something unique, but for many couples the traditional choices are what make your ceremony right for you. I recently had an experience that brought home to me that the old standards can be particularly meaningful even after – or perhaps particularly after – many experiences of a particular tune.

Crying on hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” was a thought that was a complete mystery to me, back when I was in my teens playing it with the school band. When my own kids graduated from high school, it was a different story. And last month, when my daughter graduated from Vassar College, the very first strain of “Pomp and Circumstance” released quite a flood.  Is it the tune itself, or the association we have with this music from so many past experiences? And more to the point for this blog, when we’re in a position to make our own choices regarding music for our own wedding, are we seeking music that is itself inherently inspiring specific emotions regardless of our history with the music, or are we seeking something that reflects our own history back to us through familiarity with the music?


By Lisa Carlson

Photo by Larry Asam

This season’s wedding couples are currently nailing down their wedding music choices – with some interesting picks! It’s no surprise that the Mendelssohn Wedding March takes first place as a ceremony music choice, in my experience so far. And Pachelbel’s Canon in D is coming out once again as the top processional choice, and second ceremony music choice overall. But what surprised me is the current third place choice.

Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” seems to be taking a number 3 position in the list of top ceremony music choices for couples I’ll be working with in 2015! In one case, it will serve as processional for the wedding party, in another case as processional for the bride, and in yet another as recessional.

“How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.
And all along I believed I would find you.
Time has brought your heart to me.
I have loved you for a thousand years.
I’ll love you for a thousand more.”

The final choices are still being decided for many couples – stay tuned for updates on this season’s couples’ choices in ceremony music!

Lisa Carlson performs for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos of flute with harp, violin, piano, and more. She also teaches flute in Montpelier, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire.


White Rocks Inn, Photo by Letter10 Creative

Probably one of the single most important decisions to make regarding your wedding, after the actual date, would be what venue to host it at. For those that have day-dreamed about their wedding day, and already started planning it pre-engagement, this may be an easy task - but for most it is a difficult decision. Often guest count and budget come into play when narrowing down the options, but also the type of venue is an important factor to consider. Vermont has many different styles of venues and locations to choose from and the number of choices can be overwhelming.

If you live in Vermont, starting with venues close by can be an obvious place to start. However, don't let distance discourage you from venturing out beyond your 'burb. Many venues offer on-site accommodations which can be well worth the cost as it eliminates the need for other expenses, such as transportation, and all of your guests can stay at the same place allowing the party to extend later into the night and the entire weekend. Plus you have the added benefit of discovering a new part of Vermont and avoiding having your wedding at the same venue as all of your friends.

Echo Lake Aquarium, Photo by Rodeo & Co.

With so many venues to pick from, it can be hard to decide, but there are some basic factors that should go into your decision: