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.

Readers’ Poll

Cakes/BakeryJacques Fine European Pastries

Suncook

www.jacquespastries.com

CalligrapherEllen Greeley

Greenland

www.elscards.com

Caterer for Less than 100 GuestsThe Common Man

Various locations

www.thecman.com

Caterer for More than 100 GuestsThe White Apron

Dover

www.thewhiteapron.com

Ceremony Venue – IndoorsBedford Village Inn

Bedford

www.bedfordvillageinn.com

Ceremony Venue – OutdoorsSearles Castle

Windham

www.searlescastlewindham.com

Cosmetic DentistryGerber Dental Group

Manchester and Portsmouth

www.gerberdentalgroup.com

Custom DressmakerSew Special Designs by Debby

Londonderry

www.sewspecialdesign.com

Dance InstructorDance Because

Manchester

www.dancebecause.com

DJGet Down Tonight

Salem

www.getdowntonight.com

FloristFord Flower Co.

Salem

www.fordflower.com

Hair Stylist for Wedding DayThe Wingate Salon and Spa

Stratham

www.wingatespa.com

Honeymoon Spot in N.H.The Balsams

Dixville Notch

www.thebalsams.com

JewelerBellman’s Jewelers

Manchester and Portsmouth

www.bellmans.com

Justice of the PeaceMelanie Voros

Blissful Beginnings

Portsmouth

www.blissfulbeginnings.com

Lighting and Event StagingA Main Event

Londonderry

www.amainevent.com

Live Band – DanceThe Holycow! Band

www.holycowband.com

Makeup ArtistJoya Beauty

Dover

www.joyabeauty.com

Musicians – Mood/AtmosphereAprylle and Reed

Loudon

www.aprylleandreed.com

N.H. Bed and Breakfast for GuestsBedford Village Inn

Bedford

www.bedfordvillageinn.com

N.H. Bed and Breakfast for Wedding NightBedford Village Inn

Bedford

www.bedfordvillageinn.com

N.H. Hotel for GuestsWentworth by the Sea

New Castle

www.wentworth.com

N.H. Hotel for Wedding NightWentworth by the Sea

New Castle

www.wentworth.com

PhotographerGarone Photography

Sandown

www.garonephotography.com

Reception Site – OutdoorsSearles Castle

Windham

www.searlescastlewindham.com

Reception Site for Less than 100 GuestsZorvino Vineyards

Sandown

www.zorvino.com

Reception Site for More than 100 GuestsFratello’s Weddings & Events in the Millyard

Manchester

www.fratellos.com

Registry – Regional/NationalBed, Bath & Beyond

Various locations

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Rehearsal Dinner VenueFratello’s Weddings & Events in the Millyard

Manchester

www.fratellos.com

Rental CompanyTaylor Rental

Various locations

www.taylorrental.com

Shop for Accessories – TIEPuttin’ on the Glitz

Portsmouth

www.puttinontheglitznh.com

Madeleine’s Daughter

Portsmouth

www.madeleinesdaughter.com

Shop for Attendant DressesMarry & Tux

Nashua

www.marryandtuxbridal.com

Shop for FavorsMaine-ly New Hampshire

Portsmouth

www.mainelynewhampshire.com

Shop for Intimate Apparel/LingerieTop Drawer

Bedford and Exeter

www.topdrawerboutique.com

Shop for InvitationsGus and Ruby Letterpress

Portsmouth

www.gusandruby.com

Shop for Men’s Formal WearMarry & Tux

Nashua

www.marryandtuxbridal.com

Shop for Mothers’ ApparelMadeleine’s Daughter

Portsmouth

www.madeleinesdaughter.com

Shop for Wedding GownsMadeleine’s Daughter

Portsmouth

www.madeleinesdaughter.com

Spa for Bridal PartyThe Wingate Salon and Spa

Stratham

www.wingatespa.com

Tent RentalExeter Rent-All

Exeter

www.exeterrent-all.com

Travel AgencytravLBudi LLC

Bow

www.travlbudi.com

VideographerPrecious Moments Video

Hudson

www.preciousmomentsvideo.com

Wedding PlannerBlissful Beginnings

Portsmouth

www.blissfulbeginnings.com

Wedding TransportationGrace Limousine

Manchester

www.gracelimo.com

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 ZoĆ« & 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.

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