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Fall 2016

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Contents

FEATURES 24 What’s the Best Season to Get Married in New England? The pros and cons of each season. 28 Stocking the Bar A four season primer.

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36 Planning an Off-Season Wedding? Things you should know. 40 10 Things Brides Forget to Do the Week Before the Wedding Tips to remember on the days leading up

to your wedding.

50 Rainbow Rocks Facts about fancy colored diamonds.

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54 Steampunk Weddings Marrying science fiction with Victorian fashion. 60 Season’s Best New England chefs share seasonal dishes. 72 Vera Wang Fall 2016 WHITE Collection. 86 Beauty For All Seasons How to look your bridal best.

FEATURED VENUE 66 The International

IN EVERY ISSUE 14 B&G Q&A A Beautiful Bouquet 18 32 44 82

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Diana & Michael Stephanie & Michael Amanda & Trevor Jess & Chris

DIRECTORIES 92 Function Facility Guide 96 Wedding Resources Guide

Our fall cover features Diana and Michael Whelan who were married at The Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut. Check out their wedding starting on page 18. Photo: Melanie Haney of simplymella.com.

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ydrangeas and dahlias and orchids, oh my! With so many dreamy blooms to choose from, it’s no wonder you’re overwhelmed with wedding flowers. Luckily, Jenifer and Gerry Gaudet are happy to help. They’re the owners of A Beautiful Bouquet in Leicester, MA, and as their name suggests, they make some beautiful arrangements. We got the inside scoop on how this home-based flower shop got started, all the styles to look out for, and what to keep in mind when deciding on flowers—from centerpieces to bouquets and beyond.

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q: How

did you get into the flower

business?

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Flowers have always been a love of mine. I went to agricultural school in Danvers for floriculture and worked in flower shops for years. But about seven years ago, it was time to be on my own. There was certainly a learning curve—I only took one business course in college! But with the help of my husband and the Internet, we figured it out.

q: What’s it like working side by side

creating arrangements for other couples?

a:

For the most part, I’m the creative force, but Gerry’s there running vases to the table—and he always has to make sure everything is perfectly centered! We balance each other out in a yin-and-yang way. Gerry also takes care of most of the back-end stuff while I do the pricing and design.

q: Do you have a certain style you’re

partial to, or do you always customize your designs?

a:

We always want to make sure we do whatever the bride is looking for, and I always like to add in her favorite flower, if she has one. (I always ask at the beginning of each appointment.) Contemporary style (something modern and minimalist) is a little difficult—I’m more comfortable with a “natural garden style,” as I like to call it. If I’m giving my free hand, I usually go with whatever’s trending at the moment.

q: So what is trending right now? a: Lots of natural elements! Things like greenery, berries, and pods. Nowadays, I get so many requests for trailing greens or all garland and no flowers—the look is beautifully natural and neutral. Also, bouquets and boutonnieres have become much more refined. They used to be very one-dimensional and now people like them more layered.

What steps can couples take to ensure they choose the right flowers?

a:

Pinterest is a fabulous resource—but it’s important to remember it’s global. You can bring in a pin that’ll say something is a “fall flower,” but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a fall flower available in New England—maybe in California or Europe! It’s always helpful to do your research beforehand. Nevertheless, pictures definitely help so I can get an idea of the style the bride is looking for.

q: What’s your favorite part of your job? a: I had a bride last summer who I

remember was waving her hand in front of her eyes, teary-eyed when the flowers were brought in, and her mom was gushing, saying that they were perfect. Everyone was oohing and ahhing. That’s how I want to end my day every day. That’s my favorite part.

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there anything else you’d like to share with couples choosing their wedding flowers?

q: How much money do you recom a: Go with your heart. Find what mend a couple put towards flowers? makes you happy. I sat with a girl the a: A typical recommendation is about other day who brought three people with 10% of the budget, but it varies. For example, if you’re having a rustic wedding in a barn, you’ll likely be spending less than a wedding at a high-end hotel with ceilings 15 feet high. Typically, flowers are geared towards the theme of the wedding. And always get a few quotes from more than one florist. An average bouquet cost might be $200 at one place and $100 at another! Since we don’t have overhead costs because we work from home, we’re able do things at a lower cost than a typical brick-and-mortar store. So you get a lot more bang for your buck.

her—and I don’t think any of them had the same opinion as her. Bring someone who’s the same style level as you. Essentially, if you don’t agree on styles with your mom, don’t bring your mom to the flower shop!

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Diana and Michael Whelan October 10, 2015 The Riverview in Simsbury, CT Diana Bierman and Michael Whelan wed on October 10, 2015, at the Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut. The two met in 2008 at a college party while attending the University of Hartford, and have been inseparable ever since. On February 15, 2014, the couple gathered their close friends and family to celebrate Diana’s birthday, but Michael had more in store than a small birthday celebration. Unfortunately, a snowstorm left the couple feeling nervous that their friends would not be able to make the trek for the celebration.

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Despite the awful weather conditions, Michael made sure all of Diana’s friends were present before revealing his big surprise. He stepped towards the center of the room and proposed a toast to Diana, which caught her by surprise. Her heart skipped a beat as Michael continued, “That’s not the only reason I got up here.” Before getting down on one knee, he explained in front of all their friends that he had made a promise to Diana on their first anniversary: to love her forever. The two knew from the very beginning they were meant to be together! They were engaged for about 20 months and spent every moment enjoying the planning process. They chose the Riverview after exploring venues in both Diana’s home state of New York and Michael’s home state of Massachusetts. But because they had met in Connecticut during college, it only seemed fitting that they should get married there. The two decided to emphasize their favorite season—fall. They played off the gold chandeliers from their venue and created an elegant fall motif. Diana dressed all ten bridesmaids in gold Adrianna Papell dresses. The favors were gold-foil matchbooks and gold leaves were placed in the centerpieces and bouquets. These subtle hints of gold gave the wedding a more elegant feel continued on page 20

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than the typical rustic fall wedding, which was just what the couple wanted!

“They played off the gold chandeliers from their venue and created an elegant fall motif.” Right after their ceremony, Diana and Michael danced down the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” then spent the next few minutes alone, taking in the overwhelming joy they felt because they were finally husband and wife. Although the entire day felt like a dream, taking those few minutes to themselves to soak up the “we’re officially married” moment was the best part of the day. Diana and Michael also wanted to share the following advice with all of our readers: “Splurge for that amazing photographer and videographer. Photos and video are the only real lasting memory once the day is over. Trust us, after the wedding, all you’ll want to do (besides grin ear to ear) is relive the day!”

The Particulars Ceremony site, reception, caterer and baker: The Riverview, Simsbury, CT. riverviewcatering.com For her “something blue,” Diana chose a thin blue line garter to represent Michael being a police officer.

Photographer: Melanie Haney at Simply Mella Photography, Manchester, NH. simplymella.com Florist: Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events, Rocky Hill, CT. terrikrisavage.com for centerpieces and ceremony décor. Jessica Gallagher at FakeItFloral, Bellingham, MA for bouquets facebook.com/Fakeitfloral Videographer: NST Pictures nstpictures.com Music: After Hours DJ, afterhoursdj.com Bride’s and bridesmaids’ attire: The bridesmaids wore Adrianna Papell, purchased online. The bride wore Madison James, purchased at Aleana’s Bridal in New Jersey, aleanasbridal.com Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: menswearhouse.com (Vera Wang) Additional vendors: Etsy for favors. etsy.com. Minted for invitations/menus/ programs. minted.com

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What’s the Best Season to Get Married in New England? by Connie Jeske Crane

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hile we tend to associate weddings with the warmer months, New England is actually a fabulous place to hold wedding celebrations all year long. If you’re still pondering what season is right for your special day—a summer seaside affair or a sparkly, snowy getaway—here’s our look at the pros and cons for each season:

SPRING Pros Spring and weddings are made for each other, agrees Elizabeth Quill, of Elegant Aura Wedding & Event Planning in Boston. “Everything is coming alive, things are turning green again, and everyone’s in a great mood. It’s a great time to have a celebration.” Among other pluses, says Quill, “Even when it’s overcast or a rainy day, photographs come out amazing.” Cons While days are getting longer, Quill says, spring weather can be unpredictable. Not to mention, it’s wildly popular. “A lot of graduations happen during that time, so you’re competing for rentals, especially for tents. Around that time of spring moving into summer we have to be careful of beach traffic on holiday weekends, too.” Tips • Reserve ahead for everything from venues to tents to hotel rooms. • For outdoor weddings, prepare a solid rain plan.

SUMMER Pros Summer offers the chance to play. Sarah True, of True Event, in Madison, CT, says, “Warm summery days allow for the pros of being able to do a wedding outside—sometimes by the water—so you gain a lot in terms of location.” You can also treat your out-of-town guests to “all that New England is famous for in the summer—having lobster and

clambakes,” adds Quill. And speaking of your wedding menu, Meaghan Sinclair, co-founder of Booze Époque bartending service in Somerville, says, ”Summer and fall are the best seasons for using fresh produce.” continued on page 26 www.bridegroommag.com

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Cons Like spring weddings, summer weddings are popular, requiring early planning. Plus, there’s heat and humidity. Tips • Consider timing and the position of the sun for outdoor weddings. • Offer guests umbrellas or tent options as relief from the sun and for your rain plan. • Give guests cues beforehand on appropriate attire and footwear. • If you want to marry at sunset, start on time to maximize daylight. Weather is also a risk, says True. “The end of August and early • For men in the wedding party, consider replacing tuxedos September months, the threat of hurricanes is sometimes great with suits in lighter fabrics like silk and linen, and/or er than the threat of winter storms in winter.” omitting vests. • Menu-wise, think lighter. Tips • Plan ahead and book early. FALL • Consider wedding insurance to mitigate weather-related Pros In this season, nature takes center stage with harvest bounty risks. and breathtaking foliage. True says, “I think one of the greatest • Find elegant ways to incorporate a fall theme into your perks is that you have warm days and cooler nights, and it really wedding—feature fresh produce and spices and incorporate is an extension of summer where you can still do a lot of things fall colors into your decor and photography. • If you’re planning an outdoor cocktail hour, remember that outside up until October.” the days are getting shorter. Cons Popularity remains an issue. While June through September WINTER used to be New England’s busiest wedding season, True says Pros “now it is definitely September—it’s off the charts—every vendor, Quill says winter weddings can be very romantic and have a completely different feel. True agrees saying, “You can really every venue is completely jammed.” host an intimate gathering—if your vision is snow-covered yards and pathways, if your vision is to have burning fireplaces. I think those are some of the pros of having a winter affair.” And Quill says, “Typically you can have your pick of vendors, because everyone else is booked in the summertime.” “You can usually get better pricing at some of the venues,” adds True. Cons “The cons are weather-related,” says True. “Worrying about storms affecting travel, and preventing travel, or possibly having to cancel due to a blizzard. Another big con is that you really are limited with venues—you really have to be inside.” Tips • Consider wedding insurance and talk to vendors about contract provisions for cancellation due to weather. • Consider having your ceremony, reception, and accommo dations at the same site, so that if bad weather hits after arrival, everyone can remain at the venue. • Play with the theme. Add cozy shawls or cashmere wraps for the bridal party, serve luxurious comfort food, and feature dramatic winter backdrops in photography. Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media.You can visit her at www.conniejeskecrane.com.

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Stocking the Bar A Four-Season Primer by Connie Jeske Crane Some things never change. When it comes to beverage service—no matter what the season—lots of your wedding guests are going to want tried-and-true favorites. That means wine and beer and a hit of coffee at the end. But while you’re covering the bases, you can also elevate your beverage service from basic to brilliant. All it takes is a few little extras. “It’s nice to work out a personal touch, having one or two signature cocktails available that reflect the personality of the bride and groom and their guests,” says Meaghan Sinclair, co-founder of Booze Époque bartending service in Somerville. Want to amp things up? Here are our four-season tips for doing just that:

Warm Weather “A lot of what we do at Booze Époque is try to use fresh ingredients when they’re available locally,” says Sinclair, adding that this seasonality is a great inspiration for signature drinks. In spring, says Sinclair, “Strawberry, basil, rhubarb—all of those flavors are really popular—those very bright flavors early in the season. And then, as summer rolls along, you start getting many berries, so blueberry cocktails with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. Tiki-style drinks are another fun twist for summer, says Sinclair. But she cautions to balance that with a less fruity option, “Not everybody is going to love pineapple and coconut.” Finally, she says, “In late summer and early fall, stone fruits come into season and you can do peach cocktails, a peach cobbler cocktail with bourbon, and then some ice and a simple syrup.”

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Beyond alcohol, Frank Martino, owner of Black Tie Espresso in Topsfield, says it’s nice to elevate other aspects of your bar too. In warm weather, he likes to create infused waters (think mint and cucumber), and Italian sodas, using Italian syrups and a soda gun to deliver customized flavors like cherry or raspberry-lime.

Fall and Winter “In fall and winter, we’re using a lot of baking spices—cinnamon, allspice, and cloves— some of those darker richer flavors,” says Sinclair. “Something we really enjoy doing is taking the fresh fall fruit and making a muddled cocktail,” she adds. “There’s also a lot of really beautiful pear brandies, and/or an apple spirit, so layering those flavors, fresh pear with an apple spirit, or fresh apple with an apple spirit.” Sinclair says local ciders can add flavor, too. “A lot of people might go towards heavier drinks and spirits in the winter, along the lines of a Manhattan or Old Fashioned, and drinks with spirits like

bourbon or rye,” says Sinclair, adding that another trend is warmth. “Maybe a hot apple cider with some rum and spices and apple slices and different mulling spices to get the flavor of the season.

We’ve worked with people who’ve done a hot chocolate, like you’d do with coffee, where you could add spirits, such as a cognac or spiced rum.” continued on page 30

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And with coffees, Martino adds, “Fall is huge. You see a ton of specialty drinks.” He lists pumpkin spice, Nutella, peppermint patty, and chai lattes, and also suggests finishing touches such as biscotti, mini cider donuts, peppermint sticks, or splashes of Baileys, Kahlúa or sambuca.

clair says, wedding drinks often reference the festive atmosphere. “We’ve definitely seen a call for different champagne cocktails, so Prosecco, champagne, sparkling wine, and then different syrups, juices, spirits.”

the holidays, but I think punch can actually be a year-round thing.” Sinclair suggests seasonal touches: berries during summer; apples, cider notes, and rich spices for fall. “You can slice apples lengthwise and you get this beautiful star shape and it floats.”

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Couples could also create a seasonal wedding punch. “It’s super popular during

“What’s really popular today is to also offer something that has a lower alcohol content,” says Sinclair. For example, you could create a cocktail or punch with only one ounce of alcohol per serving. “Mocktails” and non-alcoholic options—say a summer watermelon lemonade—are also trending, she adds. “It allows people to slow down a bit.”

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Explore Local Brews Finally, New England’s local craft breweries offer amazing seasonal options. Sinclair says, “In the spring, you’re going to get a lot of really bright, crisp, fresh flavors—a lot of pilsners.” In the summer, you could serve a watermelon beer that plays with the bitter and sour flavors of the rind, she says. “Jack’s Abby, which

is in Framingham, does a lot of seasonal stuff. They do an awesome smoked beer called Smoke & Dagger, which is really delicious for fall and winter. Actually, I like it anytime!” Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media.You can visit her at www.conniejeskecrane.com.

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Stephanie & Michael Johnson October 31, 2015 Leicester Country Club

Stephanie and Michael met at her workplace, Head’s Up Barbershop; he was her customer for more than six years. During that time, they were friends and they often spoke about going out together, but for whatever reason, it just never worked out. One night they decided they would never know what could happen if they didn’t give it a try. They went on their first date, and they knew that night they would be married.

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“Planning the wedding was so much fun because it involved everything Halloween, which is the couple’s favorite holiday.”

Stephanie and Michael attended Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park on Halloween night in 2014. Michael told Stephanie he had lost his keys shortly after they arrived. While he was off allegedly looking for his keys, a man dressed as Michael Myers caused a commotion as he ran through the park with a knife. Security guards chased after him yelling, “Sir, you can’t be in here with a costume on.” The man grabbed Stephanie, put the knife to her throat, and then turned around and opened his suit to reveal a shirt printed with the words,“Will you marry me?” Michael got down on one knee and asked

Stephanie to marry him! The couple planned the wedding in exactly one year. Planning the wedding was so much fun because it involved everything Halloween, which is the couple’s fa-

vorite holiday. Although it was a little tricky to find Halloween items in January and February, the planning process was just as exciting as the big day. One of their memories is hunting for a black spidercontinued on page 34

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web fabric to use as an overlay, which they eventually found at Joann Fabrics. The various fabrics used for their wedding came from all over the United States. Leicester Country Club was the first and only place the couple looked at for a venue. They loved that they could have the ceremony and the reception at the same location. Stephanie and Michael took the theme wedding to a whole new level—the wedding party even had their photos taken at a nearby cemetery! Although guests were asked not to wear costumes, Stephanie did make some wardrobe changes to the classic white dress. She customized her dress for the ceremony with dark purple accents, and she changed into a short black-widow dress for the reception. Both dresses featured a spider accent headpiece. The ceremony itself was very beautiful, without many Halloween touches at all. The bridesmaids wore black dresses with dark purple accents, and the beautiful flowers were black with spiders and crystals. At the reception, things got very scary— in a good, Halloween kind of way. Guests

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were escorted upstairs for cocktail hour and walked into something truly amazing. A huge moon was suspended over the middle of the dance floor and many bats were suspended from the ceiling. There were purple lights everywhere. Creepy Halloween music played in the stairway and in the bathrooms. The curtains and bar were covered in spider webs and the bartenders placed fake teeth in everyone’s drinks. Each table had a dark purple table cloth with the aforementioned black spider-web overlay, and the centerpieces varied from table to table—some had five creepy taper candles, some had lanterns, and some had cute black Halloween trees. A red hard candy apple sat on everyone’s plate as a wedding favor. The cheese and cracker station was decorated with pumpkins and included some dry ice to give it an eerie atmosphere. The entire wedding day was filled with Halloween excitement, but the couple’s favorite memory was their surprise guest! The wedding party had just been introduced and the couple was about to have their first dance, when the music abruptly stopped and the lights flickered and went out, giving the effect that the power had gone out. Purple lights suddenly came on and machines began to generate fog. Stephanie and Michael were escorted off the dance floor and a Michael Jackson interpreter, along with ten to fifteen zombie dancers, came out and performed “Thriller.” What a fun way to spice up a wedding!

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Planning an Off-Season Wedding?

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by Connie Jeske Crane

ovember nuptials or a ceremony on a Thursday night are not for everyone, but there’s a slight rise in couples booking weddings off-season or on nontraditional days of the week. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported on the trend: “. . . why compete for space and vendors in the popular month of May if you’re more likely to score a coveted location at a discount in the off-season?” If you’re weighing the pros and cons of an off-season wedding, here’s our rundown on what you need to know:

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What Is Off-Season? Sarah True, of True Event, an event planning company in Madison, CT, defines the wedding season this way: “For most of New England, it’s pretty seasonal between May and October, and then the months surrounding that you’re going to see much smaller numbers.” But there are exceptions—special days like Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day are popular for weddings and not considered off-season. As for less popular days of the week, True says, “Because of the volume of people wanting to get married between May and September/October, Fridays and Sundays don’t offer the same type of value that they have in the past. Often they’re still considered peak days today. I think it depends on the venue.” While it’s possible to get a deal at some venues on a Friday or Sunday, True says, “I would say it’s more off-season that you’re going to see value.”

The Pros

about doing something like that off-season is that you still have the destination—the accommodations. And the experience for guests is still five star.”

The Cons The biggest drawback is undoubtedly weather. Quill says couples must plan carefully as travel is harder for out-of-town guests. “Take a lot of consideration for guests who are travelling.” Allow more time for connections, have a backup plan, and consider wedding insurance, she adds. “Because you never know what could happen here. The winter of 2016 around here was crazy.”

“Special days like Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day are popular for weddings and not considered off-season.”

Cost savings are one of the major pros here. Elizabeth Quill of Elegant Aura Wedding & Event Planning in Boston, says: “Not only do venues modify their pricing off-season, many vendors As for off-days in the week, these can be harder for guests may also take that into consideration.” She explains: “We’re all too because of work schedules, says True. “We’ve seen over kind of slow during those winter months, so there might be the last few years, people doing things during the week, services that we add or . . . a special rate.” Wednesday, Thursday. However we find those to be much Sometimes you don’t have to go far into the off-season to smaller affairs, not your traditional big wedding.” save. Quill says, “We had a client get married this year at the continued on page 38 Glen Manor in Rhode Island and their season changed on May 1. The couple had the wedding on April 30, so they had the benefit of off-season pricing!” The slower season means that planning— and maybe even your wedding—just might feel less hectic, too. “We had a client who selected a Thursday night specifically because they were Chinese and it was a good day on the Chinese calendar,” says True. “They had their pick of vendors because none of us really work on a Thursday night. It was really • Professional Disc refreshing actually, because it felt different. It Jockey Service felt more relaxed.” One final benefit is a certain uniqueness. • Reverend services As True says, “We do a lot of weddings at (for your vows) the Ocean House in Rhode Island. We did • Up-lighting around one in November that was exactly that: It entire room was much more intimate. It was obviously a • Picture Slide beach wedding, but a totally different experi Shown Presentations ence than doing it there in the summer.” She • Quality & says this wedding had a smaller guest list Affordability and seasonal touches like the bride wrapped 401-765-1240 Find us on in a white fur stole on the beach. “It was e-mail: djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com absolutely gorgeous. I think the nice thing Website: djbuddyd.com

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Finally, be aware that some services—restaurants, florists— might be closed or have reduced hours during the off-season.

Location Ideas “Our ballrooms at the hotels in the city—I would say the majority around the area will have off-season rates from January, February, March, and sometimes even into April, ” says Quill. She also adds, “I do love places that are near the ocean like

Wychmere Beach Club, and Belle Mer, which is in Rhode Island. They have both indoor and outdoor spaces so you can go outside if it’s nice and you have the ability to be inside. Picking a venue that has indoor/outdoor flexibility is great for off-season.” Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media.You can visit her at www.conniejeskecrane.com.

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10 Things Brides Forget to Do the Week Before Their Wedding by Claire Swinarski

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he week before the big day, you have a lot on your plate. Accomplishing these tasks can make a huge difference in your state of mind before your wedding.Tracey Goldstein at Polka Dot Events in NYC and Sara Kovel at Sara Kovel Events in the Boston area share ten tips to remember on the days leading up to your wedding:

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1. Make sure you have a meal plan. “Ordering breakfast and lunch for hair and makeup time is important because it’s often the only time brides are going to eat all day before the reception, so make sure to schedule a food delivery,” Tracey said. “A good meal will give everyone a good start to the day.” Either arrange for food to be delivered or assign someone to drop something off so that you and your bridesmaids can fill up—you’re going to need your energy.

8. Send a schedule to the wedding VIPs. “For every wedding we coordinate, we create a VIP schedule for the wedding party, parents, and other family members or friends who need a summarized schedule of the wedding day so that they know to be there for things like the pre-ceremony photos. Those important events are not included on the invitation, so giving a few select people a schedule makes it easier for everyone,” Tracey said.

2. Prepare a list of photos for the photographer. Wedding photographers appreciate a little guidance about which photos are must-haves, particularly if they’re outside the box. If you want photos with extended family or you found awesome bridal party shots on Pinterest, send the photographer a list of shots a few days ahead of time so that they’re prepared.

9. Buy sunscreen. If you’ll be taking a lot of outdoor photos before your ceremony, don’t forget the SPF. Getting super red right before you’ll be standing in front of all of your family and friends is not ideal. If you’re getting married in spring or summer, be conscious of your skin all season long—try to avoid crazy tan lines and remember that burned skin often peels. If you want to look sun-kissed, opt for a spray tan instead.

3. Have your groom wear his wedding shoes around the house. “Brides are pretty good at remembering to do this, but reminding your groom to break in his wedding shoes is a good thing to remember,” said Sara.

10. Create a getting ready playlist. Having fun music to play while you’re getting your hair done will get you and your bridesmaids excited—as well as calm your nerves.

4. Have your engagement ring cleaned. It should be nice and shiny for your wedding ceremony. Take any other jewelry you’re planning to wear as well so that everything looks good as new. 5. Find someone to handle the gifts delivered to your home. “Many brides forget to arrange for someone to bring in any wedding gifts that they may receive via UPS or FedEx while they’re on their honeymoon and or away for their wedding weekend,” said Sara. “Check in with a neighbor to see if they can hang onto any packages for you while you’re celebrating your new marriage.” 6. Prepare tip envelopes for your vendors. Counting cash or hunting down your checkbook isn’t the best way to spend your reception. Pack tip envelopes ahead of time and assign a point person to hand them out. 7. Pack for your honeymoon. You don’t want to have to wake up the morning after your big day and have to decide what you want to wear on your vacation. Have your suitcase packed and ready to go—including your updated passport, if needed.

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Amanda and Trevor McHugh September 26, 2015 Carter and Stevens Farm in Barre, MA On September 26, 2015, Amanda and Trevor McHugh wed at Carter and Stevens Farm in Barre, MA. Their story began when they first met in elementary school and continued when they rekindled their relationship four years ago while playing in a coed softball league. Trevor proposed to Amanda in the simplest yet romantic way possible—in the comfort of their own home. After a long day of work and the couple sat down to relax on the couch. Amanda noticed Trevor was behaving strangely and she grew suspicious. The next thing she knew, Trevor was kneeling on the floor asking to spend the rest of his life with her.

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“It was the perfect proposal for us—no crowds, no crazy planned-out event—just the two of us in the place where we’ve built a life together, with our spoiled cat in attendance”. The couple took about eighteen months to plan their wedding, but with Amanda working in the wedding industry, the planning came easily. They secured their favorite vendors early in the planning process, which made it easier for them to pay it off over the next year and a half. Amanda took matters into her own hands when it came to the color scheme, invitations, decorations, etc. Working as a graphic designer and an artist, Amanda enlisted the help of her college roommate and bridesmaid to help design their invitations and programs to match. She also handlettered all the chalkboard signage for the day, including a welcome sign, bar sign, food menu, seating chart, and 225 place cards. A mint and gold color palette was splashed throughout the wedding decorations. The couple even grew their own flowers for their wedding, while Molly DuBois, owner of Carter and Stevens Farm, designed the centerpieces, bouquets, and other arrangements. Along with beautiful handcrafted decorations, Trevor and Amanda considered the food a huge priority for their wedding day. The couple and their guests devoured continued on page 46 www.bridegroommag.com

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dishes from a caterer out of Monson, MA, who specializes in local, seasonal dishes. Amanda also owns a bakery, so it was only fitting that she made her own wedding cake, which included a four-tier cake with four different flavors, and a singletier gluten-free cake for her and Trevor to cut. She also made hundreds of lemon and lime shortbread cookies, gluten-free cake pops, gluten-free cream puffs, and mini carrot-cake cupcakes. Along with the mouthwatering desserts, food, and elegant atmosphere, the couple’s favorite memory from the day was their method of transportation. Amanda was transported in her uncle’s Ford Model A car, and Trevor and his groomsmen breezed in on a 1960s Airstream bus. What a fun way to arrive at your wedding!

The Particulars Ceremony and Reception Venue: Carter and Stevens Farm Barre, MA. carterandstevensfarm.com Photographer: Gumula Photography Providence, RI. gumulaphotography.com Caterer: Great Grapes Catering Monson, MA. mygreatgrapes.com Baker: The bride\owner of Cakes by Amanda Barre, MA. customcakesbyamanda.com Florist: Molly DuBois and the bride Barre, MA. carterandstevensfarm.com Ceremony & Reception Music: DJ Ra-Mu & the Crew Providence, RI. ramuandthecrew2014.com Cocktail Hour Music: The bride’s aunt and uncle, the Harper and the Minstrel, East Freetown, MA. theharperandtheminstrel.com Bride and Bridesmaid Attire: Bride; David Tuterra, Bridesmaids; Bill Levikoff, Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Auburn, MA. elizabethannsbridal.com Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis, Bonardi’s Formalwear Specialists, Worcester, MA. bonardis.com Wedding Planners: Ruthie and Lauren of Eutopia Events Greenfield, MA. eutopiaevents.com Wedding Jewelry: M. Pope & Co. Fine Jewelers, Worcester, MA. popejewelers.com

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ountry crooner Carrie Underwood sports a canary yellow diamond. Actress Blake Lively wears a pretty pale pink sparkler. Thinking about joining the lovely ladies who don fancy colored diamonds? Here are some facts to consider:

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Fancy colored diamonds are rare. “Natural fancy colored diamonds are very rare, and it is absolutely awe-inspiring how such beauty can be formed naturally in the earth. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds created naturally will be a fancy colored diamond. Rarity equals value. With ‘white’ diamonds in the normal D to Z color grading range, value is based on the absence of color, because colorless diamonds (a D on the color scale) are the rarest. Fancy colored diamonds march to the beat of their own drum. Fancy colored diamonds are any diamond with a color falling outside the normal color grade range. Even very slight color differences can have a big impact on value. It is helpful to know that many natural fancy diamond colors are muted to the naked eye rather than strong and pure. Every naturally formed diamond is as individual as the commitment shared between two people,” says Sue Davidson, graduate gemologist and sales associate at Long’s Jewelers.

Yellow and brown are the most common colors. Red is the rarest. “The colors available are red, purple, green, orange, black, gray, brown, fancy white, along with yellow, pink, and blue. Yellow and brown are the most common of fancy colors available today. The meanings of each color are interesting. Keep in mind they have always been just for fun and entertainment. Here are a few examples: Red colored diamonds show confidence and power; the color red often symbolizes good luck. Pink, like with roses, is representative of creativity, love, and romance. Brown or champagne colored diamonds are often

connected with nature; this earthy color may represent harmony and tradition. Orange colored diamonds symbolize energy and enthusiasm, while yellow colored diamonds show happiness and joy. Blue colored diamonds represent peace, spirituality, and good health. Black many times can be seen as a negative color, but a black colored diamond may represent sophistication,” says Davidson. Red is the rarest color according to Donna DePrisco of DePrisco Jewelers who suggests that you make sure a diamond is certified by the Gemological Institute of America before you make your purchase. continued on page 52

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“The difference in diamond color is primarily influenced by the trace minerals trapped during the formation of the diamond. A diamond is comprised of carbon. What makes a diamond yellow is the amount of nitrogen trapped in its atomic structure. Blue is formed by the presence of boron in the bonding of the diamond’s atoms. Pink is influenced by the result of extreme heat and pressure creating structural defects giving it its pink hue. Gray is formed from an excess of hydrogen. There are some colors that warrant more extensive laboratory testing to determine if the color is natural or a result of treatment,” notes Davidson.

Fancy Colored Diamonds Are Timeless “Fancy colored diamonds are always in style. They offer a strong sentiment of any occasion no matter what it may be. A fancy colored diamond ring is a keepsake that will live through the generations with a story of love so rare that very few have the opportunity of experiencing it,” says Davidson. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Steampunk Weddings Marrying Science Fiction with Victorian Fashion

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hat is Steampunk?

And, why is it such a cool idea for a wedding? Steampunk is a genre of science fiction/fantasy that incorporates aesthetic designs inspired by nineteenth-century industrial machinery. Also known as neo-Victorian, this style is rooted in the nineteenth-century perspective on culture, fashion, and art, and it is now making its way into the wedding industry. Steampunk is the perfect theme for any couple looking to create a fantastical and imaginative event to wow their guests. Rich reds and deep browns play along nicely with copper, a color that is a key element in the steampunk theme. Brides can incorporate this theme into the wedding gown and bridal party attire with Victorian-inspired dresses. The contrasting styles of industrialism and romanticism put a new spin on the traditional wedding. Dare to be different and check out this Wedding Concept Style Photoshoot!

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New England is home to a smorgasbord of delicious ingredients. Each season by Stacey Marcus

sprouts new reasons to keep your wedding reception menu brimming with fresh flavors from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to the top of the orchard fruit trees. We asked area chefs to share their favorite dishes.

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Winter: Spiced roasted chicken with squash, onions, pomegranate, lemon-ginger aioli, and dukkah warms the heart and soul. For winter weddings, Cory Seeker, chef de cuisine at Trade recommends the spiced roasted chicken with squash from Sparrow Arc Farms. The talented culinary team at Trade work closely with Sparrow Arc Farms of Central Maine, to offer Bostonians the freshest produce year-round. During the winter months, the squash patch at Sparrow Arc Farms offers squash that is sweet and perfect to accompany the citrus and spices for Chef Seeker’s dish. The spiced chicken will impress guests and take that classic banquet chicken entree to the next level. The flavors and brightness of the squash, onions, and pomegranate make this plate a showstopper. Spring: Blackened cod or escarole Caesar salad are delightful springtime favorites. Loews Boston Hotel/Precinct Kitchen + Bar’s executive chef Olivier Senoussaoui recommends blackened cod served with a garlic and herb puree and pan-fried new potatoes. “This dish isn’t as hard as people tend to think. I coat the cod in a black powder of dry ingredients and put it in a seasoned, French black steel pan. Good quality fish is important; I use cod from the Gulf of Maine—I think it tastes the freshest. The cod is light and fresh with a touch of heat from the seasoning, making it the perfect meal choice for a spring or summer wedding,” says Senoussaoui. For springtime weddings, Capo’s executive chef Tony Susi recommends escarole Caesar salad, the perfect dish to satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike. For couples looking to offer

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a simple yet intriguing salad, the escarole Caesar is a crowd pleaser. The dish features escarole fresh from Stillman’s Farm (New Braintree, MA), ricotta salata from Wolf Meadow Farm (Amesbury, MA) and (optional) anchovies. The escarole from Stillman’s Farm introduces a fresh new flavor to the classic Caesar salad, and the hearty green is more tolerable to high temperatures than lettuce, making it a fresher more flavorful option during warmer months. Bostonians and guests can pick up Stillman’s Farm and Wolf Meadow Farm produce at the recently debuted Boston Public Market. Summer: Savor locally sourced fresh heirloom tomatoes. For couples getting hitched in summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than crisp New England tomatoes. Chef Taylor Collis of Revere Hotel Boston Common loves to work with continued on page 62

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heirloom tomatoes from Allandale Farm (Brookline, MA). For a dish that is sure to satisfy all guests, Chef Collis recommends a burrata and tomato salad, which can be served as a passed appetizer or as a salad course. For a simple dish that highlights the fresh summer flavors of New England, Chef Collis prepares the heirloom tomatoes with fresh local burrata cheese and basil. For couples looking to keep it

simple and healthy, serve up the fresh tomatoes with a pinch of sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, for a refreshing dish with a pop of color. Fall: Fall in love with crispy cauliflower, savory roasted carrots, baked New England scrod, and apple desserts. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar Chef Matt Drummond’s crispy cauliflower with

roasted beet and goat cheese puree, pea greens (from Eva’s Garden in Dartmouth, MA), and citrus, sunflower seeds. Eva’s Garden provides Boston’s top chefs with more than 200 uncommon herbs and greens. One of Eva’s most popular items is her pea greens, which Chef Drummond features in a variety of dishes to give them a leafy yet flavorful freshness. For fall couples looking for a taste of autumn without the heavy flavors that often accompany the cold weather season, Chef Drummond’s crispy cauliflower is the perfect seasonal veggie side to accompany dinner, or it can be served in small portions as an appetizer. For the foodie-focused brides and grooms, The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA, offers the chance to create a custom menu for their most special occasion. With the colorful foliage and light, crisp air, fall is arguably the perfect time have a classic New England wedding. Abiding by his “fresh and honest” culinary philosophy, Chef Peter Davis of Henrietta’s Table will work alongside couples to bring a touch of seasonality to their wedding. This fall, Chef Davis imagines creating menus composed of classic New England favorites with a modern twist, such as savory roasted carrots, baked New England scrod and apple tarts with caramel ice cream, paired with a caramel apple Manhattan. Ending Elements Nancy Thomas of the Mezze Restaurant Group in the Berkshires shares these tasty treats to cap your celebration: Winter: warm chocolate cake with caramel sauce Early spring: apple rhubarb crisp with whipped cream Spring: strawberry shortcake with fresh whipped cream Summer: lemon pound cake with blueberries and whipped cream Autumn: pear almond cake with vanilla ice cream Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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magine an elegant wedding destination offering all of the customized amenities today’s couples are looking for, in an inclusive and spectacular natural setting you have to experience to believe. Just 25 miles northwest of Boston in the quaint little town of Bolton, Massachusetts, The International is a “lifestyle destination� that blends well with the local farming and apple community and beautiful natural surroundings. A world-class golf and special events destination, The International is recognized as one of the absolute best wedding venues in New England. 66 Fall 2016

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Steeped in history and tradition, The International also boasts 700 hundred acres of natural beauty and wildlife amidst lush wooded areas, rolling hills, and world-class golf courses. Amazing views await from every perspective. Even nongolfers are carried away by the tall pine vistas and vintage New England stone walls found throughout the landscape. This incredible backdrop sets the scene for each of The International’s three romantic wedding locations on site at the club: the Grand Ballroom, the club’s premium venue, large enough to host 400 people inside a stunning room, where guests can also venture out to a spacious patio; the Fireplace Room, known for presenting intimate, boutique-style weddings with space for 125 guests seated for dinner; and the Grand Room at the Lodge. This massive room is located in the on-site hotel, with space to accommodate 200 people for buffet-style weddings. If indoor space isn’t what you had in mind, the club is known for its variety of tented options, as well. No matter what destination brides and grooms choose, they’ll find exemplary service and style in venues that feature abundant natural light and the fantastic scenery that punctuates

the space, a space that was designed specifically to be flexible for entertaining, and dedicated to fun and the creation of longlasting memories. “Beyond the views, every sight, smell, taste and sound found at The International is rooted in our passion for the land we share with the nature around us,” said Dan Weadock, Chief Creative Officer and a Principal Partner of The International. “It’s an amazing place and it is our

“It’s an amazing place and it is our pleasure to share it with couples on one of the biggest days of their lives.”

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pleasure to share it with couples on one of the biggest days of their lives. We create amazing experiences and life long memories here at The International!” This passion includes fresh, farmto-table menu options with seasonally available produce supplied from local area farmers, including produce from the Schultz Farm, located right there on The International property. They want their guests to feel connected to it all and they are dedicated to making it happen. In fact, The International has been hosting weddings for the past 30 years, and they hold between 40 and 50 receptions (often ceremonies, too) per year, so couples can trust that their special day is in the hands of the experts. But don’t confuse experience with cookie-cutter business as usual. At The International, staying on top of trends, embracing change, and working with each couple individually to help them design and create a unique wedding experience that accommodates their wants and needs are the goals of this very special organization. There’s no wedding too big or too small for them. Couples work directly with specialist Bob Reynolds, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry. Bob is a member of both the Association of Bridal Consultants and The International Live Event Society, so he takes his job seriously and knows that there are two sides to orchestrating every event: there’s the planning side of the wedding, and then there’s the “running” of the actual event— Bob excels at both.

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While Bob carefully choreographs the process, including food tastings, recommending only the best outside vendors, and coordinating meetings prior to the big day to anticipate a couple’s every need, he is joined by a The International’s event manager and a bridal attendant as well. All three are on-site and are actively involved on the actual day of the reception. They work seamlessly as a team, executing the wedding details from start to finish like a well-oiled machine, focusing on each couple’s unique concept. As a rule, The International does just one wedding a day, allowing them to focus solely on a single bride and groom, and making the experience a superb one. In addition to providing a first-class wedding venue, The International also has overnight accommodations, with 53 rooms available to family, friends and wedding guests far from home. It also features a Honeymoon Suite, which is a complementary feature included in wedding packages, so the newlyweds don’t have to go far from the event or their guests. They’ve truly thought of everything in this very special wedding destination,

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The Fall 2016 bridesmaid collection intoduces new modern styles both short and long silhouettes.

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Jess and Chris Baker October 16, 2015 The Public House in Sturbridge, MA Jess and Chris Baker wed on October 16, 2015, at the beautiful and historic Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. Jess and Chris first met through her cousin at a graduation party, although timing didn’t play in their favor when they first met. But two years later, the couple found each other at a bonfire and have been inseparable ever since. Chris proposed to Jess shortly after their four-year anniversary at one of Jess’s favorite hiking spots. Simple, yet so romantic!

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Jess and Chris took their time planning their wedding, working together to create a custom ceremony that highlighted both the joining of their families and the commitment they were making to each other. They chose readings from Corinthians and another passage from Louis de Bernières, which expressed what both Jess and Chris believe love to be. After a heartfelt ceremony, the couple adjourned from the church to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder to kick off their first night as husband and wife. continued on page 84 www.bridegroommag.com

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The night was spent dancing alongside close friends and family, thanks to their talented DJ, Paul Lirange of Champagne Toast. “He did a great job keeping the party going and keeping everyone out on the dance floor.” Along with the great music and dancing, the food was another great addition to the night. Playing off of their fall wedding date, the couple chose to go with an autumn-inspired menu with butternut squash bisque for a first course and a turkey dinner as an entree. The highlight of their wedding day had to be the moment their guests joined them on the dance floor to dance to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” During that moment, Jess and Chris felt so much love in the room creating an everlasting memory of their special day.

The Particulars Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Publick House Sturbridge, MA. publickhouse.com Photographer: Kara Emily Krantz Photography Worcester, MA. karaemilykrantz.com Dress: Wedding Embassy Watertown, CT. theweddingembassy.com Hair/Makeup: Hair Gallery Salon & Spa Sturbridge, MA. thehairgallerysalonandspa.com Flowers: Michele Bernard Boston/Sturbridge, MA Cake/Dessert: The Publick House Sturbridge, MA. publickhouse.com Music: DJ Paul Lirange of Champagne Toast, North Oxford, MA. champagnetoast.net

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Beauty

for All

Seasons How to Look Your Bridal Best by Debbi K. Kickham

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Dry, dull skin. Brittle lashes. Limp hair. Who needs it? We interviewed leading beauty experts to discover the latest and greatest ways you can look over-the-top radiant on your wedding day—no matter what season it is.

Spring Forward One of the biggest beauty problems in spring is dull hair. A great solution is color, highlights, hair masques, and balayage—a French method of lowlights and highlights painted onto the hair. Spring makeup also presents problems. Springtime brides want fresh, dewy skin in rain and wind. Try an exfoliating glycolic peel, a recovery mask or an intensive serum mask. All will offer a flawless finish. Make Summer Spectacular

The biggest problem for summer bridal hair is humidity. Counteract frizz and limp waves with keratin treatments, human hair extensions, or braids. They’ll make your hair easier to pin up and are all the rage. Summer skincare can also be problematic. Try using SPF 15 primer, powder blush, shadow sticks, and eye paint. Eye and face makeup for summer brides should be light, yet long-lasting.

Prime 2017 & 2018 Dates Available

Autumn Elegance In fall, after months of sun and chlorine damage, trim the dead ends from your hair and apply conditioning treatments. Cutting chic bangs is also recommended to take years off your face and soften your image. For autumn complexion perfection, try a recharge cream, which instantly revives tired skin, and a bronzer, which is great for a dewy, radiant finish. Look Wonderful in Winter Winter hair color is inspired by nature—caramel and chocolate colors and golden blonde tones. With cold weather, brittle eyelashes and sparse brows can become a problem. A great solution is lash and eyebrow extensions. Other options include a waterproof eyebrow gel or a twenty-four-hour stain, both of which will instantly define and darken brows. Any Time of Year Say “I Do” to some or all of these beauty techniques, and everyone will say “Wow!” on your wedding day. Now, smile for the camera! Debbi K. Kickham is a former editor of Robb Report Magazine, and author of The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide (www.GorgeousGlobetrotter.com), which hit number one on Amazon in the “Honeymoon Travel Guide” category.

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FUNCTION FACILIT Y P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

Grouped alphabetically by region: Worcester, East of Worcester, South of Worcester, West of Worcester and North of Worcester

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1

Yes

Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover) 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 453-1112 • Fx: (508) 754-0731 sales@beechwoodhotel.com www.beechwoodhotel.com

Exchange vows in the authentic Victorian chapel, entertain guests on the terrace and dance the night away in the magnificent grand ballroom. Contact: Elizabeth Lane.

Mechanics Hall (53)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442 info@mechanicshall.org www.mechanicshall.org

Celebrate your wedding surrounded by historic Victorian elegance. Our spacious facilities accommodate intimate gatherings or grand celebrations. Contact: Sharon Onorato.

Worcester Art Museum (27)

E, B, D, W

55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 793-4327 • Fx: (508) 798-5646 janicepotter@ worcesterart.org www.worcesterart.org

Magnificent architectural spaces abound in the expansive Renaissance Court for your historic event. Ceremonies are romantic in the Chapter House, Garden Courtyard or on the Grand Staircase. Contact: Janice Potter.

Varies

Yes

No

25/175

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester DoubleTree Hotel (95) 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 Oliver.knight@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

Grand View (11-13, Inside Back Cover)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

30/500

Yes

2

Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Catering Sales Manager. E, B, W

$75+

Yes

Yes

150/350

Yes

1

Yes

6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA 01756 Ph: (508) 422-1000 • Fx: (508) 478-1480 info@grand-view.com www.grand-view.com

Grand View is a premiere venue. Breathtaking waterfront location. Beautifully landscaped grounds and exquisite interior design, nestled within a spectacular setting to celebrate your wedding. Contact: Sales Office.

Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Marlborough

E, B, D, W

170 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 573-9901 • (508) 573-9903 ccampus@csmcorp.net www.bostonmarlborough.hgi.com

New hotel opened June 2016, can accommodate up to 150 guests. Available for weddings, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Also private dining area. Contact: Donna Libby.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (31)

E, B, D, W

242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1712 • Fx: (978) 266-9429 www.boxboroughweddings.com

Riverview & Hudson Portuguese Club (8) 13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 567-1929 • (978) 763-9205 xt.2 contactus@riverviewhpc.com www.riverviewhpc.com

$30 - $50

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

50/150

2/400

No

Yes

1

2

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No

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office. E, B, D, W

$35+

Yes

Yes

50/600

Yes

Varies

We are a Mediterranean function/banquet hall facility providing a perfect ambiance for any special occasion. Picturesque landscape overlooks river. Restaurant/lounge on site. Contact: Sales Office.

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

South of Worcester Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover) 273 Wrentham Rd., Bellingham, Ma 02019 Ph: (508) 883-9888 Thecoachmenslodge@gmail.com www.coachmenslodge.com

The Coachmen’s Lodge is the perfect venue for any type of event. From intimate showers to bridal event, inside or outside. Contact: Sarah Doolan.

Twin River

E, B, D, W

100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 dwing@twinriver.com www.twinriver.com

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

Twin River promises to create the wedding of a lifetime. Distinctively unique. Custom designed wedding packages and menus. Attention to detail. Ideal location. Contact: Donna Wing.

West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (87) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

La Salle Reception Center (85)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

Yes

1

No

For 90+ people (in Café Room), included in the per-person price are: liner, cake cutting, setup/breakdown charges and the cost of serving two different meals. Contact: Arnold or Jason Villatico. E, B, D, W

$20 - $40

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

1

444 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 Ph: (774) 318-8083 Margef911@aol.com Lasallereceptioncenter.com

La Salle Reception Center is noted for being simply elegant, affordable, easy to reach from all major highways with ample parking. Contact: Margaret Farrand.

Leicester Country Club (52)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $70

Yes

Yes

20/300

Yes

1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com www.worcester-wedding.com

Two beautifully appointed function rooms lined with windows and outside decks that overlook a garden gazebo and picturesque New England covered bridge. Contact: Sales Office.

Old Sturbridge Village (80)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

No

2

No

2

Yes

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org www.osv.org

Let your future begin in our past! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truly timeless, unforgettable, historical–and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept.

Publick House (42)

E, B, D, W

On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Fx: (508) 347-3313 x286 sales@publickhouse.com www.publickhouse.com

Built in 1771, the Publick House Historic Inn maintains its 18th-century ambiance and warm hospitality. Outdoor tent and gazebo, old fashioned bake shoppe and beautiful grounds for picture taking. Contact: Catherine O’Brien.

Salem Cross Inn (48)

E, B, D, W

260 W. Main St. (Rte. 9), West Brookfield, MA Ph: (508) 867-8337 • Fx: (508) 867-0351 donna@salemcrossinn.com www.salemcrossinn.com

Sturbridge Host Hotel (70) 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824 info@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

The Barn at Wight Farm (39)

$35 - $68

$30 - $60

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Varies

Yes

Varies

Yes

1

No

Authentic 1705 farmhouse, spectacular scenery, complimentary wedding planning, established reputation as one of the finest restaurants in New England. Contact: Donna Bennett. E, B, D, W

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

2

Yes

Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Catering Sales Office. E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

420 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (774) 241-8450 info@T3Chefs.com www.T3Chefs.com

Table 3 Chefs & Catering can come to you or host your event at our beautiful post and beam facility. We also provide a personal chef for all types of events. Contact: Dakota Tunley.

The Harding Allen Estate (65)

E, B, D, W

Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

No

Yes

Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion–for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti.

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

Yes

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (9) 59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 weddings@chocksettinn.com www.chocksettinn.com

The Chocksett Inn offers on-site private gardens, Laurelwood Ballroom, canopied deck and 25 guest suites. Experience the charm, elegance and hospitality for an unforgettable wedding. Contact: Marissa Dunn.

Colonial Hotel (6)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Known to be the premier wedding facility in Central Massachusetts. All-inclusive packages make planning easy in our grand ballroom or courtyard tent. Contact: Mary Whitman.

Devens Weddings and Events (17)

E, B, D, W

27, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 Jen.Roy@marriott.com www.devenscommoncenter.com

Discover your dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact: Sales Office.

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (64)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5/500

1/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 534-9000 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 Kerry.Kirley@hilton.com www.leominsterdoubletree.com

Experience the most magical time of your life in our exquisite Grand Ballroom or beautiful garden pavillion. Call today to schedule a tour. Contact: Kerry Kirley.

Great Wolf Lodge (88)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

3

150 Great Wolf Drive Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 516-0139 newenglandsales@greatwolf.com greatwolf.com/meetings

Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect setting to start your new lives together. Our experienced staff will assist in creating the wedding of your dreams. Contact: Henry Tessman.

The International (79)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

159 Ballville Rd., Bolton, Ma 01740 Ph: (978) 779-1354 • Fax (978) 779-0031 Robert.reynolds@theinternational.com www.theinternational.com

The International is a world class golf and special event destination with its own boutique lodge and signature restaurant. Contact: Robert Reynolds.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (49)

E, B, D, W

42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 info@ourmanor.com www.ourmanor.com

Whether you’re planning a lavish or an intimate wedding reception, The Manor can tailor suit the perfect wedding package for you. Contact: Andrea Rotolo.

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (29)

E, B, D, W

69 State Rd East Route 2A, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914 1761oldmill@aol.com www.1761oldmill.com

The 1761 Old Mill offers the best of New England hospitality and charm. Our picturesque setting is the perfect location for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. Contact: Rhetta Guimond.

Shaker Hills Country Club (23)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $100

$30 - $50

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

25/400

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1-3

No

2

1

Yes

146 Shaker Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978)772-3330 ext. 307 rhi@shakerhills.com www.shakerhills.com

A blend of beautiful indoor and outdoor space. Ballroom and cocktail lounge with center fireplace. Stunning top decks overlook the velvet green golf course and 200 acres of natural setting. Contact: JoAnn Upham.

Wachusett Country Club (89)

E, B, D, W

187 Prospect St., West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4484 x223 Caracullen@aol.com www.wachusettcc.com

Simply elegant and affordable. Exceeding brides’ expectations since 1939. Two beautifully appointed reception rooms with cocktails areas and outdoor deck overlooking Wachusett Reservoir and beyond. Contact: Cara Cullen.

Wachusett Mountain (5)

E, B, D, W

499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-3175 • Fx: (978) 464-3185 missy@wachusett.com www.wachusett.com

Surrounded by magical and breathtaking vistas, the ideal wedding location. From ceremonies to receptions, our attentive staff is dedicated to serving you. Off-weekend discounts available. Contact: Melissa Banks.

$30 - $50

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

50/400

300 Max

Yes

Yes

2

1

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01440 Ph: (978) 630-2500 • Fx: (978) 632-0913 weddingsales@colonial-hotel.com www.colonial-hotel.com

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BRIDAL SHOPS

DONATION SERVICES

Bella’s Bridal Boutique (4)

I Do Foundation

Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.bellasbridalgowns.com

1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org

Bella’s Bridal Boutique is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

Elegance by Carbonneau (10)

Joslin Diabetes Center

292 West Boylston Street, Worcester MA (508).595.0400 www.mydress4less.com

1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu www.joslin.org

Cakes

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Donation Services

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Entertainment

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EBC offers expert bridal consultants and a large selection of bridal, mothers & bridesmaids gowns. Tuxedos, prom gowns, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Hair & makeup available onsite. Open 7 days, walk ins and appointments welcomed.

Fitness

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BRIDAL SHOWS

Florists

97

Honeymoon Spots

97

Jewelry

97

Limousines

97

Photo Booths

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Photography

98

Reception Facilities

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Rentals

98

Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Videography

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Wedding Internet Services 98

The Original Wedding Expo™ (76) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (43) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com

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Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

Rachel’s Table 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

The Jimmy Fund 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu www.jimmyfund.org/cards Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

Why Me, Inc.

From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie and pastry platters, and decadent desserts for any occasion.

1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org

Cakes by Chris Gadaire (38)

Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

81 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585 (508) 867-0101 cgadairecakes@aol.com www.cakesbychrisgadaire.com Beautifully custom designed cakes that are not only delicious but one that everyone will remember.

Crown Bakery (88) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

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Worcester County Food Bank 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.


ENTERTAINMENT

LIMOUSINES

Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (37)

AA Limousine Service (65)

P.O. Box 1612, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 765-1240 djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com www.djbuddyd.com

P.O. Box 639, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 791-9100 ext. 1 GeorgiaBrigham@aol.com www.aatransportation.com

Professional Disc Jockey Service, reverend services, picture slide show presentations, Up-lighting, 32 years wedding experience, latest in audio and lighting, superior rates.

Our professional detail-oriented drivers are trained to give you the best service possible. Specializing in weddings, bachelorettes, nights out, prom or any other occasion.

Festive Events (22)

Gray’s Limousine (77)

260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com

P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com

Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (62)

ROCKSTAR LIMO (42)

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com

2 Commerce Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 (888) 725-7871 weddings@ROCKSTARlimo.net www.rockstarlimo.net

Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider that not only has vehicles to match your style, but service beyond your expectations.

FITNESS dieZel fitness (41) 1097 Main St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-4348 andrea@diezelfitness.com www.diezelfitness.com dieZel fitness is the only comprehensive gym in the Holden area. Featuring the results driven metabolic conditioning dieZel training program and 24 hour access.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (97) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you’d want at an affordable price.

5 Great Massachusetts & Rhode Island Expos to Choose From

Show times 11 am - 3:30 pm November 6, 2016

Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI

November 13, 2016

Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

January 8, 2017

Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI

January 29, 2017 DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster, MA

April 9, 2017

Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI

FLORISTS A Beautiful Bouquet (30) 26 Pine St., Leicester, MA 01524 (774) 253-3941 Jenifergaudet@aol.com www.abeautifulbouquet.org A home based florist at about half the cost of a traditional shop. Let 20 years of experience create a Beautiful Bouquet for you.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90 & 91) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

JEWELRY Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3) 269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 maria@mariasfinejewelry.com www.mariasfinejewelry.com We are a 26-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.

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PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (81) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

Bourque Photography (16) Millbury, MA (774)276-0211 Bourque32@verizon.net www.bourquephotography.com Bourque photography’s mission is creating lasting memories with passion and enthusiasm. Each wedding is unique and every client is treated in a family manner.

Robinson Wedding Photography (63) 1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.

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Ambiance Linens & Print Design (80)

Bonardi’s Formalwear (78)

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42 Cricket Drive, Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-6430 Peggy@ambiancelinensonline.com www.ambiancelinensonline.com Take your event from ordinary to extraordinary with our specialty linens and custom designed menus. All rentals come with complimentary design consultation.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (22) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (62) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester: 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com

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OriginalWeddingExpo.com (76)

Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. Buy discounted tickets online. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

Dressing men for social occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

Men’s Wearhouse (71) www.menswearhouse.com With over 1,000 locations nationwide, including all Men’s Wearhouse stores, ordering, picking up and returning a tuxedo has never been easier.

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (81) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

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