On Jan. 2, 2012, Marry ME Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue hit magazine stands throughout Maine. Filled with pertinent information to assist engaged couples in planning a Maine wedding and published by the Bangor Daily News, the magazine debuted last summer.
The Spring/Summer 2012 edition incorporates beautiful imagery provided by 18 Maine-based wedding photographers, planning tips from other wedding professionals, and dresses provided by Maine bridal shops. All wedding photos, including the cover photo, were taken in Maine.
In August, the Marry ME staff traveled to Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick for the cover shoot, which featured products supplied by Maine businesses. Maine model Kelsey Curtis wore a Jim Hjelm gown provided by Spoil Me in Falmouth, while Nastassja DeLoge looked precious in a flower girl dress provided by Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formalwear in Bangor. Flowers were designed by Portland florist Fleur de Lis, and hair and makeup were done by Erica Cole. Jewelry was selected by Day’s Jewelers in South Portland.
“We wanted the cover to reflect the move towards sustainable or ‘green weddings’,” said Debra Bell, assignment editor. “By tapping the experience of Maine businesses, we know that this is truly a Maine product, reflecting the unique trends found in the state. All of the vendors we tapped for this cover were wonderful to work with and extremely talented. It’s amazing to see just how much talent Maine has. I’m sure brides will agree with that.”
The first issue of Marry ME Magazine hit newsstands in August 2011 and became an important Maine-based resource for couples planning a wedding. Every Marry ME Magazine is unique with different content from previous issues.
“That’s very important to couples, because they might pick up one of our magazines in January, but not be getting married until July of the following year,” Bell said. “By providing new content for each issue, couples are maximizing their planning and research dollars. And we all know how important that is.”
Content was another crucial part of the magazine’s design. Content needed to be timely and pertinent. Maine businesses were tapped to provide items to use in illustrations, such as the new issue’s affordable dress feature. Marry ME Magazine uses local writers, love stories with ties to Maine, and Maine wedding experts.
But when it comes to planning a wedding, it’s not all about the bride (sorry, ladies). The groom and his guys also have planning they need to do, and that’s why every issue of Marry ME Magazine contains something for the guys.
“There is no wedding without the groom,” Bell said. “He’s probably one of the most overlooked parts of the wedding, and it’s his Big Day, too. We wanted to be sensitive to that and give him something that is ‘his’ to read in the magazine.”
Wedding professionals have taken note of the magazine as well. In just six months, the magazine added 32 pages, making it 84 pages strong this issue.
“We’re thrilled to add more wedding professionals to this magazine and that they believe in it enough to contribute and advertise,” said Nicole Stevens, BDN Custom Publications Sales Manager. “We think that Marry ME has a tremendous amount to add to the Maine wedding magazine market, and we’re hearing that they believe it, too.”
Marry ME Magazine has an online presence at www.marrymemagazine.com, also launched last August. The Web site is another resource for Maine couples.
Marry ME Magazine can be found online, on Facebook, and at Hannaford, Rite Aid, and other magazine racks throughout Maine and at the Bangor Daily News. The magazine costs $3.99.
Marry ME Magazine will be the major sponsor of the Paradis Foster Bridal Expo at the Bangor Mall on Feb. 11-12, as well as the media sponsor for the Green Wedding Giveaway at Clay HIll Farm.