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Six Stunning Wedding Cakes For A Winter Wedding

December 2016 Sid's Picks

When I think of a winter wedding, I envision snowflakes, glitter, icicles, glowing white tones, rich reds, and metallic accents - your basic winter wonderland. A wedding in December calls for a wedding cake that captures the icy atmosphere and injects a little warmth and romance. Choose dazzling seasonal cakes that embody the truly cozy kind of love we most associate with winter. I’m talking cakes topped with delicate sugar flowers, adorned with endless swirls of buttercream roses, covered in the palest pastel fondant, colored with Christmas-like red and green icing, and accented by rustic twigs and branches that evoke winter woods. Winter is uniquely suited to these kinds of cakes, so why not go all out?


December cakes should remind you of a fairy tale ice princess marrying her prince charming. Ice-blue fondant and ruffles call to mind early morning winter skies, while sparkly freshwater pearl detailing on the top three tiers look like icicles. Along with a white flower topper, I envision this the perfect centerpiece for a swanky city wedding in the heart of wintertime….this December, cake is the epitome of pristine.


Seasonal Cakes For A Fall Wedding

November 2016 Sid's Picks

Deciding on a fall wedding cake that is seasonal and stylish is surprisingly simple. From sweet confections adorned with berries and blooms to burlap-draped tiered cakes, there's an autumn-inspired wedding cake for every type of bride and groom.


To balance seasonal details, your best bet is to select just one or two fall-inspired accents to work into your cake. Wrap tiers in a simple burlap ribbon, top your cake with seasonal flowers like orange and burgundy mums, or incorporate autumn berries or fruit for a festive yet elegant look.


Fall confections are usually understated, so fill your cake's layers with delicious flavors associated with the season like apple, pumpkin or salted caramel.


Just remember not to feel pressured to choose a rustic wedding cake if it's not your style. While these details are always associated with fall, the cake you choose should reflect your wedding aesthetic, which is the most important thing.


To help you find the perfect wedding cake, I found 6 options bursting with autumnal details featured below.

Discover 5 Of The Most Unforgettable Places To Visit in Maine

October 2016 Sid's Picks



Maine is famous for it’s charming fishing villages, rustic mountain hamlets and roughhewn island charm. From historic York Village to metropolitan Portland, from Victorian Camden to the downeast charm of Bar Harbor, the romance of Maine is steeped in its simple elegance and genuine friendly people. We boast some of the most romantic spots on the east coast, perfect for once-in-a-lifetime wedding ceremonies or honeymoons. Compared to the rest of New England, Maine is a bargain, for unforgettable food & lodging, panoramic views & stunning vistas, pristine lakes, surf beaten beaches and island get-aways.


We introduce FIVE of the most unforgettable place to visit in Maine:



Bar Harbor, perched on Mount Desert Island at the gateway to Acadia National Park, is a historic resort town that has managed to hang on to its Victorian splendor of bygone days. Its streets are lined with magnificent Victorian-era mansions that have been converted into romantic B&Bs and elegant eateries.


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The island itself is the largest in Casco Bay and is a 25-minute water taxi ride from Portland. The impressive Greek Revival homes you’ll see on the island have all been restored and transformed into romantic inns, which overlook the ocean and feature unique furnishings and works of art from Maine artisans and artists. Couples can enjoy exploring the island and discovering gorgeous vistas, like those at Deer Point.


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The name Oqunquit means “beautiful place by the sea,” and it’s aptly named as the home of southern Maine’s most beautiful beach. Ogunquit is famous as the birthplace of summer stock theater, and its Ogunquit Playhouse is a must-visit, still thriving after more than eight decades. The town hosts numerous high-end inns & B&Bs, gourmet restaurants and is home to famous Perkins Cove & Marginal Way ocean walk.


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This pretty Maine beach town is renowned for its colorful eateries, and its historic district that’s steeped in local lore, complete with the romantic homes of sea captains and shipbuilders. Many discover that the highlight of their Kennebunkport experience is taking a scenic drive on the back roads, gazing at lobster traps piled high on Cape Porpoise, driving down Ocean Avenue with its blow holes, or taking in the amazing ocean vistas and views of former President George Bush’s summer home.


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Paddling across one of the Rangeley Lakes region’s many waterways, you’ll not only get to enjoy peaceful solitude and tranquility, but the chance to spot moose, eagles, and herons, which are all found in abundance in this area. Rangeley Lakes consists of six major lakes, as well as hundreds of smaller lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.


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Attention brides, grooms, mother's of the bride, bridesmaids, maids of honor, best men & groomsmen! Gay Weddings In Maine would love to design for you a fabulous personalized wedding gift as a keepsake, or to display at a wedding reception!


The “regular" size (30x24) fits perfectly in a standard poster frame size, while the “wide" size (36x24) has more room on the left and right-hand sides of the heart for writing signatures and personal messages to the happy couple. So choose your sized based on whether or not you plan to have people write messages on the poster.


The full color Heart Photo Poster comes ready to fit standard poster frames available at most craft stores. No matting is required. Frame and easel are not included.


You send us a few details about the event (date, location and name of couple), and a variety of your favorite 40 electronic photos (20 horizontal / 20 vertical are ideal) to use in the heart shape! We will turnaround a one-of-a-kind personalized wedding gift for you... sure to be a huge hit!


An electronic Proof will be provided to you for your final approval before printing begins. Because all items are unique to you and one-of-a-kind, we do not offer refunds or returns. We look forward to making your wedding gift. Available to order on Etsy.

Maine Wedding Gift: Heart Photo Poster

September 2016 Sid's Picks

Refreshing Maine Summer Cocktails Featuring Ice Pik Vodka

August 2016 Sid's Picks

You have already put so much thought into the details of your wedding — from the attire to the location to the vows — so don’t let the bar become an afterthought. Keep the beer and wine flowing, but when it comes to making a real “just married” statement, it’s all about the Signature Cocktail.


With clever names and seasonal flavors, we have three cocktail recipes – specially designed just for you - by the development team at Maine’s own Ice Pik Vodka.


Maine summer cocktails is what Ice Pik Vodka is all about at this time of year! Trust me, this is the one personal touch that both of you have been looking for to make your wedding reception truly yours! Sean Corbett from Ice Pik Vodka designed three signature wedding drinks for the wedding vendor summer mixer on Peaks Island, making it the perfect choice for the August 2016 Sid’s Picks.



Alcoholic version of an Arnold Palmer made with vodka & peaches


1.5 oz Ice Pik Vodka

2 oz Iced Tea

2 oz Lemonade


Garnish with peach wedges



The name says it all


1.5 oz Ice Pik Vodka
3 oz club soda
Garnish with lemon, lime & mint


A sweet summery taste of Maine


2 oz Ice Pik Vodka
1 oz Orange Liquor
½ oz Captain Eli’s Blueberry Soda
¼ oz fresh lime
Garnish with Maine blueberries

Perfect Maine Summer Wedding Recipe: Bacon Lobster Bites

July 2016 Sid's Picks


1 pound cooked lobster meat (knuckles, claws & diced tail meat)

10 slices bacon, cut in half

Fresh ground black pepper

½ lemon

Maple syrup (Maine maple syrup)


Preheat the broiler to high. Take a chunk of lobster and wrap in a piece of bacon (hold together with a toothpick). When they’re all assembled put them on a cookie sheet. Broil for 6-7 minutes on the middle shelf (turn them once midway through or when bacon starts to crisp). When done lay them out on a serving platter and drizzle with lemon and maple syrup and serve. Serving makes about 20 pieces.

10 Ways to Turn Your Maine Wedding Into A Foodie Fantasy

June 2016 Sid's Picks

Are you a pair of foodies who are getting hitched? If so then check out the tips I’ve come up with to make sure that your wedding shows off your food personality. From kitchen bouquets to dessert bars, I’ve come up with 10 things that will turn your Maine wedding into a fun foodie fantasy.








1. Rent Out Your Favorite Restaurant For Your Wedding -  Rent out your favorite Maine restaurant or hire your favorite chef, whether it's your favorite hole-in-the-wall, wine bar, local brewery or elegant eatery. Plan in advance and be prepared to pay the cost of closing down the restaurant for the evening.

2. Turn Your Wedding Invites Into Menus - Present your invites and wedding programs as fancy multi-course menus.

3. Serve Sentimental Dishes On Your Big Day - Choose several dishes that you love, and when they come out to the tables, make a short speech explaining why you chose the dish (such as we ate this on our first date). Also consider keeping your cultural heritages or favorite family recipes in mind.

4. Go All Out on Wedding Reception Dessert - Do you love dessert more? Skip the formal meal and do a dessert reception. Follow it up with a selection of sandwiches later in the evening.

5. Keep Your Wedding Food Fresh and Local - If you're in Maine, why not host a giant New England clambake? Love BBQ? Find someone who will roast the meats for you all day. If possible, think about sourcing your food locally from our abundant farmer’s markets. If it's important to you, you will easily find a caterer who will comply.

6. Wedding Favors That Fit the Foodie Theme -  Choose wedding favors that will remind folks of a kitchen theme. Heart-shaped whisks, cookie cutters, and measuring spoons are cute, as are wine stoppers and corkscrews.

7. Use Food as Wedding Decor - Create unique centerpieces. If you're into wine, fill large wine glasses with corks. If you love chocolate, fill vases with your favorite chocolates. Love fruit? Try edible floral arrangements instead.

8. Offer a Tasting Bar For Your Wedding Guests - Offer up a tasting bar. In addition to your regular meal, choose a favorite food and do a tasting bar of it. For example, if you love cheese, create an area where a cheese tasting can be held.

9. Kitchen Utensil Wedding Bouquet - If your friends know you as the one who does all the cooking, consider doing an untraditional bouquet consisting of whisks, spatulas and wooden spoons. It's a bit unconventional, but could be totally cute!

10. Have Your Friends Bring the Wedding Food - If your venue allows it and your friends and family are game, consider a potluck reception. Assign dishes to your guests, or have them bring their favorite. If your friends are foodies, they'll know where to go to get the best food, or they'll just make it themselves

I love food! I mean, who doesn’t? I also consider myself a foodie as I’m sure lots of you do. And being a foodie, I’m sure food is pretty important for your wedding, right? Once the vows are over and everyone’s had a good look at the dress, your guests will turn their attention to one thing: the food. Impress your guests with a delicious spread and it will go down in wedding history as a success.

3 Historic Maine Barns You Are Going to Love

May 2016 Sid's Picks

Romantic Maine Wedding Barns ~ Where Rustic Meets Chic! Offering three fully restored historic Maine barns with panoramic views, exceptional amenities, outstanding service and historic features, I am pleased to showcase these exceptional sites for the country barn wedding of your dreams. These barns hark back to another era, and in their rural surroundings, one can easily forget their close proximity to Portland, Bangor & Lewiston. Whether elegant, casual, grand, intimate or something in between, you will be excited by the variety of options. All three are truly rare places. These stylishly preserved centuries-old structures make for an idyllic and unforgettable rustic chic wedding destination, complete with stunning fields, meadows, forests and mountain views.











Minot, Maine  --  Rustic elegance at its best! Maine Wedding Barn & Event Center is all inclusive!  Wedding Lawn with Gazebo ceremony overlooking 108 acres. Spacious beautiful barn for receptions, tables, classic white wedding chairs, white linens, accent lighting all included and of course their gorgeous sunsets of the western Maine Mountains! Looking for that rustic yet elegant authentic barn that offers everything?  The Maine Wedding Barn & Event Center is where rustic and elegance meet to sweep you off your feet!










North Yarmouth, Maine  --  The serene and beautifully manicured estate-like acreage of The Barn on Walnut Hill offers an intimate setting to host your event from May through October. Located just twenty-five minutes northwest of Portland in the quaint town of North Yarmouth, the custom-designed gardens and four green acres provide an enchanting setting for your celebration. The attached 19th-century barn and farmhouse have been painstakingly restored and renovated to capture the charm of time past while simultaneously offering modern amenities to facilitate flawless events.









 Herman, Maine  --  Morgan Hill Event Center was designed and built with grandeur in mind. Their facility houses two majestic granite fireplaces, as well as a three-sided grand balcony, which compliments its charming post and beam construction. The Ethan Room can accommodate your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one space. This room can host up to 300 guests. The Morgan Room is set up for a smaller more intimate wedding, and can host up to 60 guests. This is also a great room for extending your buffet or cocktail hour to allow your guest to mingle.

A benefit of keeping your wedding guest list short is you can marry in one of Maine’s most special spots - beaches, peaks & seaside overlooks that make for a picture-perfect exchange of vows but require a small wedding party.


If you are from out-of-state, and have never been to Maine, you will be happy to know that the state boasts spectacular and dramatic outdoor settings from the sea to the mountains. Couples can gaze down over the whole Moosehead Lake region or feel Acadia’s Sand Beach under their feet, or take in the spectacular views from Otter Cliffs, as they wed. The seriously nimble could even say “I do” on Mount Katahdin.


Creative planning makes all the difference to getting the perfect wedding spot in a state or national park in Maine. Early spring to mid-June, before school gets out, might work for a public but preferably intimate wedding ceremony, as might early morning or early evening, when the crowds are thinner. Public parks won’t allow you to bring in chairs, and they don’t want you to throw flower petals. Checking a park’s rules and restrictions would be advisable prior to the intended nuptials.


Small affairs, “mini, scaled-down weddings” are a reflection of the economy and the upsurge in the concept of “destination weddings” in vacation land.


Couples who want to be actually on the sea rather than next to it could charter a Maine Windjammer, or a sloop or one of the Casco Bay Ferries. Sloops typically hold six people, plus crew. For day rates around $1,000 per boat, couples could request a sail to a deserted island (or say, one on the Maine Island Trail) to be married on a beach. Why not charter a lobster boat, which takes customers out for a lobster bake on the shore (about $2,500 for a six-hour cruise).

The guest list has to be limited; some lobster boats have a capacity of 20 or fewer. Planning this kind of event is only for those who can hold firm on their numbers. Ferries on the other hand, have unlimited capabilities for those wanting a bigger wedding ceremony. Imagine cruising around Portland’s Casco Bay with 150 of your best friends & family, with a fully catered affair on the water.


Booking a group campsite at Lily Bay State Park is also an option. So is boarding the steamboat Katahdin for a cruise around Moosehead Lake. What about Mount Kineo, with those famed views? It is only about a mile hike, and an easy one at that, to the fire tower at the top of the mountain, which can hold a well-dressed couple and a handful or two of selected guests. It’s an astounding view with a 360-degree panoramic sweep of Maine’s largest lake.


For those who aren’t up for a hike, here’s a suggestion. Height of Land, the stunning outlook on Rte 17 near Rangeley, has undergone extensive enhancements in recent years. The state owns the outlook and parking area itself, which means that a small party can arrive in a couple of cars, get out and have an exchange of vows at one of the best vantage points in the state. And when you’re at a place so magnificent that it’s called Height of Land, who needs any more pomp & circumstance than the incredible backdrop of a drop-dead view!

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April 2016 Sid's Picks

Something Borrowed, Something New - How to Reuse an Old Wedding Gown

March 2016 Sid's Picks

One of the biggest & utterly creative trends in wedding gowns for 2016 is the collecting, salvaging, repurposing, reconstructing & redesigning of vintage bridal gowns.

From pre-1920s antique to 80s glam and everything in between—sleek 30s, fairytale 40s, lacy 50s, early 60s ballroom and those oh-so-cool & hip flower child late 60s and early 70s creations, cost-conscious, green-leaning, sentimental & nostalgic brides–to-be are voraciously snapping up these gowns at second hand stores, thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales & vintage boutiques at bargain prices. These trailblazers appreciate their mothers’ and grandmother’s elegant vintage wedding apparel and are hell-bent on a dress that is anything but the latest trendy styles of the moment. In most cases, you would be hard-pressed to find a strapless gown in this list. But that is the thrill of the hunt and satisfaction of sweet victory of the perfect score! Maybe it’s the fabric that you’re drawn to, or the lace, or vintage tulle train or crinoline corset of silk organza in the perfect shade of antique ivory. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of wearing your grandmother’s 1947 princess style wedding gown, knowing full well that it is a family heirloom - worthy of preserving for future generations.

Once you have made the decision to go the vintage route, connect with a talented seamstress or creative tailor. Do a little research in your hometown and seek out referrals from professionals in the alterations business that can help you make your big day even more special. Seamstresses & tailors are a hot commodity to discerning brides as they consult for individualized attention on the vision of how a bridal gown can be redesigned. Because these are one-of-kind finds, brides-to-be need the ability to envision the transformation of a pulled-from-the-Goodwill rack bridal dress - into the perfect gown. Here’s your opportunity to turn a gown into something new, better, modern and exciting. Give the dress a new life. Make it uniquely yours! Remember you don’t have to be good at sewing to do this. All you need is a very good idea.

Working with your team of consultants – girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and local seamstresses, tailors, stylists & budding dress designers (think Art School grads), it’s easy to imagine any dress customized to fit a bride’s body & style. The Internet is overflowing with websites, blogs & photo galleries with vintage bridal styles & thousands of stylish ideas.

Under sound advice & careful tutelage, it is easy to envision sleeves and high necklines removed, lace tacked, straps added and more, as you inspect dozens of vintage dresses before finding the perfect one. With a few adjustments here and alterations there, it’s safe to say that you will look stunningly elegant on your wedding day.

Meticulous proper cleaning of your newly acquired pre-owned wedding find is the first step to the alteration process. We recommend our friends from Pratt Abbott Cleaners who specialize in preservation & cleaning techniques of delicate garments. Then archiving or storing your treasure from the romantic past is the next step to preserving your newly recreated dress for daughters & granddaughters to come. A comprehensive dry cleaner with gentle solvents, a track record of careful treatments & handling, and featuring acid free tissue & boxes, is an invaluable find. Do your research on line, ask questions, and find your answers, because you only get one chance on getting it right!

There are also a million fun ways to refashion, reconstruct  & upcycle not only wedding dresses, but bridesmaids, prom & formal gowns, as well, into new forms of clothing. Crafty fashionistas have turned thrift store finds into beautiful skirts, super cute cocktail dresses, stunning prom dresses, poofy party skirts, ball gowns, christening dresses, princess dresses for little girls, Halloween dresses, ruched tulle skirts, Christmas party dresses, elegant party dresses, and even everyday work dresses. And why stop there?

Maybe you have your mom’s wedding dress and it wasn't properly preserved and it's now damaged beyond repair. Don't fret. There are creative ways you can still use it in your wedding. While these suggestions mean cutting it up, keep in mind that you will be creating new heirloom pieces that can be used for generations to come.

Hello, ring pillow. Wedding gown fabrics make fabulous ring pillows.

Hankies and pocket squares. Depending on the fabric of your mom's gown, hankies and pocket squares for the wedding party are easy, elegant ways to repurpose the dress.

Bouquet wraps. Strips of fabric from a beaded bodice look stunning wrapped around the stems of your bouquet.

Harvest the lace and incorporate it into your own gown or veil.

Hair accessories! Cover inexpensive plastic or wire headbands with the fabric, lace, and embellishments. Use buttons and embellishments to create one-of-a-kind hairpins.

Make fabric flowers. How about a purse? How about something for the flower girls? Make a sash for your gown. Bib necklaces are super hot right now. If your mom's gown has embellishments grab them and create your own.

The sky’s the limit. Let your imagination run wild! Wedding & other formal dresses can be hard to recycle in the blue bin sense, but they offer a wealth of opportunities for reuse, upcycling and donation.

A Million Reasons To Have A Winter Wedding In Maine

February 2016 Sid's Picks

Is it just me, or do winter weddings seem as rare as hen’s teeth? For someone who loves Maine in the winter and all of the cozy warmth that comes with it…I’m here to argue that winter in Maine is not only a great time to get engaged (as 16 percent of brides will do), but it’s also a great time to tie the knot. Sure, you get some fringe benefits—you can usually get the venues & vendors that you want, and everything tends to be a lot cheaper—but there’s something magical about having your wedding pictures set in snow, which leads to some pretty damn romantic shots.

Even if the weather isn’t stellar - Maine winters are notoriously unpredictable – you’ve still got a golden opportunity to serve some delicious spiked cider, eggnog, and whatever else you can pour liquor into, not to mention finding cozy ways to keep warm at the reception.

Let’s talk about making a winter wedding personal to you. A fancy vintage fur stole? Yes! Plush winter accessories? Double yes. Since your backdrop will probably be white (aka snow), try some gold and rose quartz, or borrow from another season for your bridal bouquet. A winter wedding allows you to experiment with Maine-themed décor. An easy way to incorporate this is with natural components, such as frosted pine cones, pine needles, snowflakes, cranberries, or holiday lights & intimate candles to enhance your winter wedding wonderland.

Check out these gorgeous photos that’ll make a case for getting hitched in the winter in Maine. With all of the excitement of the day, the cold won’t bother you anyway. I promise!

4 Winter Wedding Planning Tips For A Perfect Maine Wedding

January 2016 Sid's Picks

I think I can count on one hand the number of winter weddings I’ve attended, but I think the winter time makes them all the more mysterious and intriguing. With a Maine winter wedding, you have a few great things going for you. Venues are often less expensive in the winter than they are in the summertime. Because winter weddings are less popular, you’re less likely to run into problems finding a venue for the date you want. Winter weddings can be challenging in décor & product availability, so there are considerations you’ll want to take into account when making your wedding plans.  Here are just a few details you’ll want to think about before you start sending your "Save The Dates:"


Maine winter days are shorter and darker and there’s no way around it. When you’re planning a winter wedding in Maine, make sure you consider the light for photographs during your wedding day.

Maine photographers suggest holding your ceremony earlier in the day, so you can ensure you have enough time after the ceremony for outdoor group shots. If you want glowy, bright wedding photos, talk to your photographer to make sure they think this is possible based on your winter venue.


If you love soft woolen sweaters, fur stoles & cashmere pashminas, a winter wedding in Maine is right up your alley. Maine’s weather is notoriously unpredictable in the winter, so you’ll need to keep that in mind. Check with the venue or church ahead of time to make sure the building will be warmed-up before your ceremony or reception. There’s nothing worse than freezing guests! If you expect a chilly draft, set out a few blankets for your guests to cozy up in.


Winter color schemes & décor can be beautiful, but the season has limited styles & colors. Lucky for you, Maine is full of pinecones & boughs. Use your imagination and think rustic, shabby chic or natural elements. For a truly magical winter wonderland wedding ceremony, use cranberries & pomegranates, blazing fieldstone fireplaces, snow flakes, horse & sleigh, warm glowing candles, icy blues & winter whites, shimmery silvers & glittering gold.


Certain flowers will be more expensive or impossible to get during the wintertime. But that doesn’t mean you’re completely limited. Talk to your Maine florist about what’s in season in the winter, and work from there. Greenery like white pine lends itself well to a winter wedding, and branches can be downright elegant (and inexpensive!) as centerpieces. And where you can’t go overboard with flowers, you certainly can go wild with candles. With the darker, shorter days, candles will make a cozy & warm setting for your wedding guests. So load up with candles of varying heights and light ’em up!



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