Your fourth-grade tormentor became your postcollegiate sweetie. Before graduating to just-married status, enlist the aid of the area’s matrimonial geniuses.
One Time, at Wedding Camp
For the big day, recreate that Runamuck magic at Camp Wing in Duxbury, a sprawling pondside retreat complete with archery fields and basketball courts (your event fees support campers’ scholarships). Or go upscale at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake in Maine (pictured above). The 125-acre wooded respite grants guests unfettered enjoyment of kayaks, sailboats, tennis courts, and hiking trails.
Ring Around the Rosie
It’s high time you learned to share. Over the course of an afternoon at the Wedding Ring Workshop, couples fashion wedding bands from a single piece of precious metal, with a professional on hand to avert casting disaster.
Wicked Bride Stationery’s Erica Morgan Long creates sassy invites that won’t get you thrown in detention; her School Days set comes complete with doodle font and an attendance record reply card.
Home ec was six months of unadulterated anguish (apart from that neat trick about Tang in the dishwasher). Forgo the appliance whatsits and register for a cellar collection at the Urban Grape. Owner TJ Douglas helps couples develop a low-to-high wine list from which guests can purchase via phone or email.
Think party foods then (quartered fluffer nutters, ants on a log) and now (shellfish, shellfish, shellfish). Island Creek Oysters will set up a raw bar smorgasbord of bivalves, little necks, and shrimp in a hollowed-out dory. On-site shuckers make sure the good eats never ebb.
Not only will Roslindale shutterbug Maureen Cotton bring candor to your wedding album — you’ve never seen such a joy-filled portfolio — but the certified Kripalu teacher also leads a stress-busting yoga class the morning of the big event. Savasana equals temper tantrum free.
And all aces.
Photos: Courtesy of Migis Lodge; Courtesy of Wicked Bride Stationery; Courtesy of Island Creek Oysters