Sunday, June 20, 2010

One Week!

I can't believe we are just one week away! Yesterday Daniel and I spent the day in the cape meeting with our florist and our wedding planner finalizing plans. We can't wait to see everyone!!!

A lot of people have been asking us about our plans for Saturday, the day before the wedding. Yesterday we explored a few beaches, and we decided it would be great to invite anyone who'd like to see us on Saturday to join us in the evening to watch the sunset at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth (about 25 minutes from Sandwich). This is a west-facing beach, so the sun sets over the water. We'll be getting there around 7:30, and the sun sets around 8:30. There are no parking fees at the beach after 5 pm. Of course, if the weather is bad we'll have a back up plan.

A sidenote: we went to Craigsville Beach on the south shore of the cape yesterday as well. This is one of the more popular cape beaches because the water is warm and there are steady waves. But the water is also kind of mucky full of broken shells, so if you're looking for clear water and no crowds, steer clear of this beach! There are also other warm water beaches.

See you all soon!

Friday, June 4, 2010

What to Wear

A few have asked about appropriate dress, so I thought it'd be good to update the blog. If you're wondering what to wear to the wedding, it is a formal event, so Sunday best is appropriate.

Since the dinner is in the evening and is indoors and the ceremony is in the morning in the garden, the dinner is slightly more formal than the ceremony. It would certainly be appropriate to wear the same outfit to both the ceremony and the reception (I think most are), but you don't have to. It would also be appropriate to have different day-time and evening formal looks. The grooms and groomsmen will be in tuxedos, but we do not expect our guests to wear tuxedos or extravagant dresses.

Go ahead and be creative--We don't want anyone stressing about a dress code. We just want you to feel comfortable and to have a good time.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sunday Activity Ideas

Because our ceremony is in the morning and the reception is in the evening, there's about 6 hours of free time during the day. We're hoping everyone breaks up into smaller groups and finds things to do that they like. There are several options from beaches and wildlife preserves to shopping and art galleries. Here are a few ideas:

1. Walking Trails. If you want to walk around the Cape's beautiful scenery, I recommend looking at the Boardwalk Beach in Sandwich or Talbot's Point in East Sandwich. You could even rent a bicycle at ECO Tourz and ride around the town or the many bike trails. Sandy Neck Beach between Sandwich and Barnstable has nice trails through exotic looking dunes and is dog friendly. There are also gardens you can enjoy at the Sandwich Heritage Museum & Gardens nearby.

2. Swimming. If you want to swim, we recommend leaving Sandwich because the water in Sandwich is cold. Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is about 28 minutes away and has warm water, lifeguards, facilities, and concessions. Skaket Beach is about 38 minutes away in Orleans and is also warm and very shallow. You can walk out into the sea for a mile.

3. Historical Sites/Museums. There are several historical sites to visit like the Dexter Grist Mill and several restored houses. You may also want to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum or the Heritage Museum which both have local art and history. The Heritage Museum and Gardens has a functioning, antique carousel and a maze. If you have kids, they may like the Zooquarium in Yarmouth.

4. Shopping. If you want to bring home a souvenir or if you just like window shopping, you may want to try Lemon Tree Village in Brewster. It's about 30 minutes away and they have home decor stores, art and local craft shops, a pottery shop/studio, a specialty toy store, and an old fashioned sweet shop. There are also antique stores lining route 6A up and down the cape, and you can find a bunch of local art galleries in Falmouth.

5. Festivals. There is an art festival 20 minutes away in Barnstable called Art in the Village. There is also a dog festival in Falmouth called Hounds at Highfield from 11:30-4. There is a portuguese festival in Provincetown, but that is a good hour + away.

For more ideas, visit and download the 2009 Sandwich guidebook. We hope you have a great time out here in the cape!