New England Wedding Planning with Love Affair Planning Suite


With so many brides-to-be, planning a wedding usually goes from the most exciting time in their life to the most stressful.  And it’s no wonder. Picking a date, selecting a venue, finalizing vendors,  finding the perfect gown and – oh yeah, the biggest element of all – figuring out the budget!  Let’s face it – it’s a lot to sort through.

Most brides I have talked to over the years agree on one thing – selecting wedding vendors may be the most difficult part of wedding planning.  There are thousands of wedding vendors in New England – photographers, videographers, bands/DJ’s, ceremony musicians, florists, hair and make-up artists, bridal stores, caterers, transportation, wedding cake bakers, you name it!  On one hand, it’s great because just about everyone has a website these days and a social media presence.  But how much weight does that really carry?  After a while, their service offerings may look all the same and you begin to feel overwhelmed and unsure of which wedding vendors you should select.  And oftentimes, the worst mistake engaged couples make is simply choosing the least expensive wedding vendor option.

Love Affair

Luckily, wedding planning in New England just got a heck of a lot more fun and dependable.  If you haven’t heard about it already, I am thrilled to be the one to introduce you to Love Affair (gosh, don’t you just LOVE the name?).  Love Affair is a one-stop-shop for all things wedding related in Portsmouth, NH.    It was created by local wedding professionals Elizabeth Dirom (owner of fab bridal shop Madeleine’s Daughter) and Leslie Barbini (owner of The Wedding Belle -wedding and event planning).  With many years working in the New England wedding industry, Elizabeth and Leslie have come to know the best of the best wedding vendors around.   Looking for vendors who are reputable, dependable, creative and simply the best around?  Are you looking for vendors who have successfully worked well together throughout the years?  Well, these two pros can recommend them to you.  And that’s what they do.  Elizabeth and Leslie have pulled together resources for New England brides to simply the wedding planning process.  Basically, these ladies have done all the work for you.  What’s not to love?

Owners Barbini and Dirom

Elizabeth and Leslie have pulled together all the resources you need in planning your wedding.  At the Love Affair suite, you will find binders and iPads with a plethora of wedding information, all organized by category.  The trusted vendors will all be listed there.  (See?  Like I said, Elizabeth and Leslie have done all the work for you!).  You can take your time and browse through all the categories.  See a vendor you like?  You simply save it and can go back to it afterwards.  Once you have gone through the categories, clients attend “Vendor Nights Out” where you can meet all the different vendors, talk to them about their services, availability, local wedding trends, you name it.  This isn’t your traditional conference-center bridal show of the past.  Envision a casual evening mingling, networking, and learning.  It’s here that you learn as much as you can about the vendors you are interested in.  When you are ready to select your vendors, you simply return to the suite and finalize contracts.  Yes, it’s THAT simple.  Think of it as Elizabeth and Leslie introducing you to new friends they have loved and trusted for years!


They offer several packages to choose from and you learn more about them here.

Love Affair is located at 51 Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH.   (603) 319 – 8280

Their hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10AM-5PM and 5PM-8PM by appointment only
Saturday: 10AM-5PM

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Happy planning!


Boston Bachelorette Parties With City Wine Tours!

Boston brides – if you are approaching your wedding date, chances are your bridal party and closest friends will soon be asking you what type of bachelorette party you would like to have.  Most brides seem to at least know what type of bachelorette party they don’t want (hey, it’s a start, right?).  If you are like any mature and modern Boston bride, the idea of the perfect bachelorette party would simply involve a great night out with your best gal pals.  Until recently, the options for Boston bachelorette parties were pretty limited and only seemed to involve dance clubs.  And honestly, it may not be your scene.

I have had the pleasure of planning a few bachelorette parties for some of my best friends – theses are the girls I would consider sisters and would do anything for, so I wanted their parties to be perfect.  I remember the initial conversations:

Me:  “So, what do you want to do for your bachelorette party?’

Bride:  “Um, I don’t know.  What do you think?”

Me:  “Well, there isn’t much to do in Boston.”

Yes, it’s true!  There isn’t much to do in Boston.  In fact, I somehow convinced my own best friends to travel to NYC for my own bachelorette party because I was afraid Boston couldn’t offer much.

Fortunately, things have changed in this great city.  I am so thrilled to be telling you about City Wine Tours.  I love, love, love this concept.  (Where were they a few years ago when I needed them???  I would have been all over this!)


City Wine Tours are walking tours that focus on specific Boston neighborhoods where tour guests receive wine tastings at select locations – restaurants, lounges, hotels, you name it.  Each stop involves a wine tasting, a little bit of wine history, and suggestions for wine pairings.   The neighborhoods that are highlighted are Harvard Square, the South End, Back Bay, and the North End.  These are all pretty awesome neighborhoods, and honestly, if I had to pick one, I would have a tough time.   Each tour lasts about 2 hours.  It’s perfect because it’s just enough time to relax with your friends, and if you want to, there is still time in the evening to grab dinner and hit some dance floors too!


I love this concept because I love wine and I love enjoying wine with friends.  And it goes without saying, a night of wine and girlfriends will lead to a ton of laughs, a lot of fun, some great pictures, and without a doubt – great memories.  And a bachelorette party with City Wine Tours is absolutely private.  Rest assured,  your party will just be you and your friends.

To learn more about Boston City Wine Tours and their fab bachelorette parties, click here.


Have fun and Happy Bachelorette Party!




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