Best of Bride 2010
More than 1,400 people voted in our second annual online poll that determined which wedding professionals voters felt provide the best quality, service and artistry. The poll, conducted from April 1 to June 30, is in celebration of the excellence and commitment of the wedding industry in New Hampshire.
Cakes/BakeryJacques Fine European Pastries
Caterer for Less than 100 GuestsThe Common Man
Caterer for More than 100 GuestsThe White Apron
Ceremony Venue – IndoorsBedford Village Inn
Ceremony Venue – OutdoorsSearles Castle
Cosmetic DentistryGerber Dental Group
Manchester and Portsmouth
Custom DressmakerSew Special Designs by Debby
Dance InstructorDance Because
DJGet Down Tonight
FloristFord Flower Co.
Hair Stylist for Wedding DayThe Wingate Salon and Spa
Honeymoon Spot in N.H.The Balsams
Manchester and Portsmouth
Justice of the PeaceMelanie Voros
Lighting and Event StagingA Main Event
Live Band – DanceThe Holycow! Band
Makeup ArtistJoya Beauty
Musicians – Mood/AtmosphereAprylle and Reed
N.H. Bed and Breakfast for GuestsBedford Village Inn
N.H. Bed and Breakfast for Wedding NightBedford Village Inn
N.H. Hotel for GuestsWentworth by the Sea
N.H. Hotel for Wedding NightWentworth by the Sea
Reception Site – OutdoorsSearles Castle
Reception Site for Less than 100 GuestsZorvino Vineyards
Reception Site for More than 100 GuestsFratello’s Weddings & Events in the Millyard
Registry – Regional/NationalBed, Bath & Beyond
Rehearsal Dinner VenueFratello’s Weddings & Events in the Millyard
Rental CompanyTaylor Rental
Shop for Accessories – TIEPuttin’ on the Glitz
Shop for Attendant DressesMarry & Tux
Shop for FavorsMaine-ly New Hampshire
Shop for Intimate Apparel/LingerieTop Drawer
Bedford and Exeter
Shop for InvitationsGus and Ruby Letterpress
Shop for Men’s Formal WearMarry & Tux
Shop for Mothers’ ApparelMadeleine’s Daughter
Shop for Wedding GownsMadeleine’s Daughter
Spa for Bridal PartyThe Wingate Salon and Spa
Tent RentalExeter Rent-All
Travel AgencytravLBudi LLC
VideographerPrecious Moments Video
Wedding PlannerBlissful Beginnings
Wedding TransportationGrace Limousine
Editor’s PicksWe asked our editorial staff to recommend wedding professionals who excel in ways that don’t fit into a category. Here are their picks.
Unique Venue: For an out-of-the-ordinary wedding location, try the turn-of-the-century country estate in the heart of the White Mountains. The Rocks Estate (www.therocks.org), now a 1,400-acre protected reserve in picturesque Bethlehem, offers great views.
Chocolate Aphrodisiac: The makers of this special chocolate, Unbridled Chocolates (www.unbridledchocolates.com) in Marlborough, say it creates “an interesting effect” for both men and women. The herbal mixture contained in the chocolate was created by a licensed herbologist.
Wedding Night Attire: When the big day is over and it’s time for just the two of you, look beautiful and sexy in lingerie from Zoë & Co. (www.zoeandcompany.com) in Concord.
Make-Your-Own Wine: If you want a special wine, one that’s just yours, for your wedding day, Vintner’s Cellar (www.vintnerscellarnh.com) in Bedford is the place to go. It’s a micro-winery where you become the wine-maker – you blend it, bottle it and create your own label.
Use of Local Food: If you order a green salad at The Wentworth (www.thewentworth.com) in Jackson Village, chances are the ingredients were grown right in the inn’s garden. And that’s not all – the chefs buy their produce, meat, fish and cheese from local or regional vendors whenever possible.
Bridesmaids’ Gifts: You want a keepsake for your attendants and Elizabeth’s on Elm (www.elizabethsonelm.com) in Manchester has many to offer. A perfect pick – trollbeads.
Sunlit Ballroom: The floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom at the Brookstone Park Event Center (www.brookstone-park.com) let in the warm glow of natural sunlight, adding to the magic of your special day. Open the ballroom’s French doors and you’ll find a terrace that overlooks a fabulous fountain.
Old World Charm: Warm wood, period artwork and subdued lighting combine to create a salon-like setting at the Hanover Street Chophouse (www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com) in Manchester. The private dining rooms are perfect for an intimate reception or rehearsal dinner.
Heirloom Rings: If you want an engagement or wedding ring that’s unique, artisan Lia Gormley (www.liagormley.com) is the person to create it for you. She uses traditional goldsmith techniques that mean her rings will stay beautiful for generations.
Allergy-free Cakes: For people with allergies, cakes from Hippie Chick Bakery (www.hippiechickbakery.com) in Kensington are a godsend. They make them gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free and vegan – also soy-free and corn-free by special order.
Unique Wedding Gifts: If you’re looking for something that will be long-remembered, go to one of the eight League of N.H. Craftsmen stores that dot the state (or to the annual August crafts fair in Sunapee). You’ll find gifts that are beautifully hand-crafted – and distinctive (www.nhcrafts.org).
Bridal Party Party: Treat your bridesmaids to some girl time at Anna Street Studio (www.annastreet.com) in Greenland. There you can design and create custom bags (choose from more than 200 fabrics and ribbons) that will be a memento of your big day.
Champagne Glasses: When you and your now-husband toast to your future, make the occasion even more special with beautiful hand-blown champagne glasses from North Country Glass (www.northcountryglass.com) in Hillsboro.
The 3rd Annual Best of Bride online poll will take place next year from April 1-June 30. Visit www.bridenh.com to vote.