Maine Event Planner Blog

sneak peek: jamie + alex

more to come!

Maine Event Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: Inn at Ocean’s Edge
Catering: Trillium
Florist: Coco Design
Photographer: Theo Milo 
Hair / Makeup: Studio 90 on Fleet
Band: Encore 
Rentals: Wallace Event Rentals

inspiration: maine engagement picture locations

Another great way to explore the amazing views, landscape, lighthouses, rocky shorelines, and mountains in Maine is during your engagement pictures. Below are some fun options for you to explore!

you’re engaged, now what?

  • celebrate + enjoy just the two of you!
    • Pop some champagne! The next few hours / days are going to be a stream of phone calls, texts, and social media comments. Take some time to savor the moment with your newly minted fiancé! You both will be feeling such a high, whether you knew it was coming or not — you’ll remember this moment and those feelings for a long time to come.
  • share the news
    • Chances are you will be on an emotional high, not sure if you should laugh or cry, and certainly won’t be able to stop smiling. Time to share the news with loved ones – pick up the phone and call (or Facetime) parents, siblings, other family members, and friends before posting anything to social media.
  • think big picture
    • I can bet when you share your engagement news, people will inevitably ask “when’s the wedding?!”. While they may be jumping the gun on setting a date, you and your fiancé should begin to think big picture – what visions do you both have? What are your current tastes, dreams, and interests? At the end of the day, your wedding should reflect both your personalities, look to Pinterest for inspiration, but don’t lose yourselves or personal style.
  • set a budget
    • While not the most glamorous part of wedding planning, it’s a big factor that needs to be addressed before you can start with the fun stuff – a venue, flowers, food, etc. You and your fiancé will need to figure out how much the two of you plan to contribute, as well as any parents and/or other family members.
  • draft a guest list
    • While thinking big picture – do you envision your wedding day to be “small”, “medium”, “big”? What do those words even mean? What does 100 people even look like? Start by drafting a list – a good starting point is to create a Google Doc with three tabs – one for each family and another for friends. This is by no mean your final list – but get an idea of what your numbers look like – you’ll need this when you begin to look at venues.
  • hire a wedding planner
    • When it comes to the planning process, people will range from what the heck am I doing to maybe wedding planning is my calling – whatever camp you are in a wedding planner can help in a multitude of ways. One of the most important being – we will do whatever we can to make this process as stress-free as possible. Your wedding is the biggest day of your life, it should also be the most memorable and we are here to help.

real talk with meli: Thinking back to that day, I can still remember every emotion I felt — mainly not knowing whether to laugh or cry, and not being able to stop doing either. I can attest that numerous people will ask you when the wedding is, craft a generic response – that you’re thinking next spring or the following year. 

jenny & doug 8.13.16

August brought us back to Marianmade Farm for the Maine wedding of Jenny and Doug. We spent quite a bit of time at Marianmade Farm this wedding season, it’s easy to understand why so many couples want to tie the knot there. The farm is a working lavender and flower farm situated in Wiscasset overlooking the Sheepscot River, giving guests views of both the water and the ever growing flower fields.

We love seeing how each couple makes the space their own. Jenny and Doug were so thoughtful in their decor, making it resonate with who they are as a couple. Each table adorned with wooden trays filled with succulents and moss, fresh flowers in clear glass bottles while the table numbers were postcards from their travels along with a picture from the trip. Each postcard had a note about their favorite part of the trip was. Their love of travel carried through to the escort cards, mini passports! Guests were treated to some of the best food Maine has to offer, Fire & Co. Think chicken and waffles, brisket, jalapeno mac and cheese – we heard so many rave reviews on the food. Guests danced the night away with DJ Chris Estrela, taking breaks to enjoy s’mores and gelato!

Thank you Kivalo Photography for these!! 

Maine Wedding Planner: Purple Orchid Events
Catering: Fire & Co.
DJ: Lost Art Collective
Ceremony Music: Southern Maine String Quartet
Florist: Blue Cloud Farm
Dessert: Fire & Co., Gorgeous Gelato
Photographer: Kivalo Photography
Transportation: Country Coach

julie & reg 7.9.16

Everything about this wedding was so elegant, romantic, and cultured. With the ceremony at the gorgeous Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland, guests were welcomed by Reg’s groomsmen, many (if not all) having traveled into our little state of Maine from South Africa! It was a family affair for bridesmaids – all four ladies standing for Julie were her sisters and two little nieces stealing the show as flower girls.

All of Julie and Reg’s visions came into place at 58 Fore Street – an industrial space that completely transformed to an elegant lounge & bar for cocktails and opening up into a beautiful, spacious room for dinner by Aurora Provisions. Their personalities shone through many different aspects of the evening – from South African wines to vintage cake toppers to tiramisu for dessert. It was a pleasure to experience the love between the newlyweds and share in the celebrations with their families and friends.

Maine Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Catering: Aurora Provisions
Dessert: Micucci Grocery
DJ: Double Platinum Celebrations DJ Services
Florist: Little River Flower Farm
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Officiant: Reverend Jack Perkins Davidson
Photographer: Ben Wheeler Photography
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals / Laurie Andrews Event Design / Lani Toscano Design
Transportation: VIP Tour & Charter Bus Company
Venue: Williston Immanuel United Church / 58 Fore | The Portland Company

jackie & phil | 8.20.16

This is a long overdue post, because well wedding season! We were so grateful to be apart of Jackie and Phil’s big day, the weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony at the East Wind Inn before heading to Phil’s parents house for their tented reception. The bridal party hopped aboard the family’s sailboat and sailed over to the reception site, talk about an entrance! Jackie and Phil’s decor rang true to New England, with lighthouses and rope knots donning the tables, Bean Boots filled with flowers, and mini lobster rolls and a raw bar for guests to enjoy. Guests were treated to an extra special surprise, fireworks were set off filing the sky with beautiful pops of color and the ooh’s and ahh’s could be heard through the tent. Thank you for having us, Jackie and Phil!









a very big thank you to Leah Fisher for all these photos — go check out her recap here

Maine Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Caterer: Trillium
Band: The Waiters
Rentals: Wallace Event Rentals
Ceremony Music: Midcoast Music Academy
Florist: Seasons Downeast
Officiants: Rabbi Bruce Benson, Paul Tunkle
Photographer: Leah Fisher
Videographer: Media Northeast
Transportation: Country Coach Charters of Maine
Hair / Makeup: Alison Bogannan
Portable Restrooms: New England Restrooms
Fireworks: Central Maine Pyrotechnics 

sneak peek: kate & joe

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more to come!

Event Coordination: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: Marianmade Farm
Catering: 111 Maine
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
DJ / Band: Revolution DJ
Ceremony Music: Boston Horns
Florist: Blue Cloud Farm
Photographer: Alexandra Roberts
Hair /Makeup: Ariel Johnson & Bonnie’s A Cut Above
Transportation: Country Coach Charters

unofficial kick off to summer

With Memorial Day Weekend in the books, we’ve hit the unofficial start to summer. Here in Maine we’ve begun to see signs of summer: flowers blooming, the warmth of the sun on our skin, the longer days, the smell of cookouts and cold Maine brews. We might be a little biased, but summer is our favorite season.

The excitement of the school year coming to a close is palpable, while families are loading the cars and readying themselves for lazy days spent at the beach full of laughter and ice cream, we here at  Purple Orchid Events are gearing up for the busiest time of all, wedding season. We’ve been busy creating master schedules, crossing our t’s/dotting our i’s, and gearing up to help give our couples their most memorable day.

And we couldn’t be more excited. We can’t wait to bring you along for the ride, be sure to come back and check out our newly launched blog series featuring all things weddings, from the glitz and glam to the “oh no you didn’t”, we will cover it and help you navigate through the planning process.

we thank those who gave their lives for our country and to those who continue to protect.

     we thank those who gave their lives for our country and to those who continue to protect.