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Winter 2015

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Contents

FEATURES 34 Creative Confections Alternatives to a traditional wedding cake. 38 Curvy & Confident Finding the perfect fit. 42 Live Vibe Making your wedding one to remember with live music.

48 Weddings in the Woo Worcester’s wedding venues. 54 A Farm-Fresh Fête The romance of farm-to-table weddings. 58 From Me to You Gifts for your wedding party.

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70 Lucky in Love Casino weddings at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. 76 Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Insuring your wedding day. 80 Holiday Themed Weddings How to do it tastefully. 94 Unconventional Honeymoons Non-traditional getaways.

FEATURED VENUE 66 Holiday Inn Boxborough

IN EVERY ISSUE 12 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples. 20 B&G Q&A European Wax Center. 22 26 30

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Nearby Nuptials Lindsay & Michael Christen & Wade Kristina & Derek

92 B&G Picks Product reviews for Winter 2015.

DIRECTORIES 100 Function Facility Guide 104 Wedding Resources Guide

Our winter cover features Ashley Herndon & Winthrop Barrett on October 29, 2011 at Race Brook Lodge. Eric Limon Photography maweddingphotographers.com

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Briana Stanton and Carl Vermette Worcester, MA Wedding date: July 22, 2015

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European Wax Center “Walk in,

Strut Out”

B&G

q&a

by Jennifer McNally Monac

European Wax Center (EWC) has 411 locations nationwide, and nine right here in the Bay State, but currently, only one is located in Central Mass and it is owned an operated by a unique woman with a very unique story to tell. We sat down with Terri Radley of European Wax Center in Westborough, asking her to bare all about waxing and how she made a smooth transition, leaving behind a prickily career past, to now creating one that empowers her mission to enhance, beautify and support women. Here’s what she had to say...

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q: I understand European Wax Centers

• Ingrown Hair Serum ($25) – has tea tree oil and lavender oil to prevent ingrown hairs • Calming Cream ($17) – has aloe for calming irritated skin and reducing redness • Gel Exfoliate ($38) – uses pineapple and papaya extract to remove dead skin to leave only softness behind. We also have an entire line of products to enhance the eyebrows: • Brow Powders – unique shades to fill in and enhance brows • Shape-It – alcohol free to shape/tame brows for all day hold • Restore-It – helps brows grow!

are independently owned franchises. What made you decide to be a part of this particular aspect of the beauty industry as a franchisee?

a : For more than 25 years my career

was in the legal field working as a Law Firm Administrator running the business of the law firms. I grew increasingly unhappy with how the legal field was evolving and I found my one time enthusiasm for the profession waning. Much of my recent years were spent working with lawyers doing divorce and family law. I found myself in the unenviable position of having to collect money from women who were going through the worst time in their lives. I was working at a firm in Norwood and found the Dedham European Wax Center. And I loved the experience! I could book online. I could get a reservation last minute. It was quick, clean and efficient too! One day I started talking to the manager of that location at the front desk and she suggested I look into a franchise opportunity. Then I saw the slogan on the door “Walk in, Strut out,” and that was it! I was done beating up my own gender and decided to make a life change to do something to enhance, beautify and support women instead! We opened our doors on July 17, 2014 and I haven’t looked back.

q: Wow, your story is inspirational!

In addition to what you bring to the table, what exactly sets European Wax Center apart from other salons?

• Women can choose from a bikini line, eyebrow, or underarm wax. • Men can receive a complimentary eyebrow, ear, or nose wax.

q: So,

you service both women and men at European Wax Center. What’s the ratio?

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Our guests are 75% women and 25% men.

q: That’s great, are all of your employees aestheticians?

a : Yes, absolutely!

All of my wax specialists are licensed with the State and have completed a 600 hour program, or more with an accredited school. In addition, all wax specialists complete a 7 day in-house training program at European Wax Center to immerse themselves in the procedures, products and culture of EWC.

Tell us about the special products a : Waxing at other places (nail salons q: and services available at European Wax

or hair salons) is a secondary service. At EWC we don’t call ourselves a salon... rather a waxing center. Waxing is all we do and we are experts in the field. We use an exclusive Comfort Wax™ which is a hard wax – 100% bee’s wax from Europe. At European Wax Center, our guests are our first priority. We strive to accommodate their preferences, goals, time and budget. New guests are able to receive their first wax with us absolutely free!

Center.

a : We have an entire line of products

designed to enhance the waxing experience. All of our products are reasonably priced with the most expensive product being $38. • Body Wash ($20) - the body lotion has jojoba beads for gentle everyday exfoliation • Body Lotion ($20) – film free to cleanse the skin never leaving residue behind

q: Do you ever schedule whole bridal parties?

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I would love to schedule wedding parties! We can set aside a special time for the wedding party to come together to have exclusive access to the wax center, including appetizers and mock-cocktails. It will be fun!

q: Speaking

of fun, has anyone ever asked you wax them in a fun shape? Do tell!

a:

Let’s just say, the Wax Center is a fun place, but I don’t wax and tell. Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

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Lindsay and Michael May 24, 2014 Salem Cross Inn

Their Story It all started on a farm. Michael Manning and Lindsay Manning first met at Randall’s Farm in Ludlow, MA. Lindsay spent her time scooping ice cream while Michael worked on the farm. Working in close corners brought the two together, and it was destined from there. Michael put in a lot of time on making sure the proposal went perfectly. Michael designed the ring and had it delivered to his parents’ house where he was living. He tricked his soon to be fiancé and said he was waiting for a delivery of car parts for his brother. Unfortunately, Lindsay was with him that day and they ended up missing the delivery of the package. Michael was so upset; it turned out the door bell did not work. After many attempts of contacting FedEx they were able to get the delivery to the house a few hours later. Michael knew he had some ground to cover so he suggested they grab lunch and go to a local reservoir site. But he had other plans in mind.

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Instead of heading toward the reservoir, he pulled into the driveway of a house they just put an offer in for. He said, “I want to see how the sunset looks from the front porch.” After they finished their lunch, Michael led Lindsay to the porch in an attempt to distract her. He pointed out minor flaws in the porch and a wind chime. When Lindsay turned back around, Michael was down on one knee with a ring in hand. Michael said, “I am not sure if this house is going to work out, but I know this is what I want to do with you. Will you marry me?” After some tears and laughing and of course accepting his proposal, Michael revealed that all day they were not tracking down a car part, but rather this engagement ring.

Planning The couple got engaged on January 26, 2013 and began the planning process right away in February. It took around 18 months to finish the process but it was worth it. The process got a little overwhelming at times. With the passing of Lindsay’s mother just a few years earlier, it made it quite an emotional experience. But Lindsay’s girlfriends, godmother, mother in law and father in law turned her experience into a positive one.

Details Michael and Lindsay chose to wed at Elms College Chapel. Lindsay had attended nursing school at Elms College so it was a perfect and sentimental venue. The couple wanted a cozy, barn setting for their reception. An intimate backyard wedding with a rustic feel was their ideal theme. The Salem Cross Inn fit perfectly into this inspiration. The overall wedding had a rustic charm theme in which was seen all throughout the wedding. They had a distressed chalk board that Lindsay made from an old mirror with information from the wedding along with cute sayings & fonts. Homemade raspberry jam with burlap tops & handmade tags saying “Spread the love” in small mason continued on page 24

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jars lined the reception tables. Michael and Lindsay even tied in old wedding photographs of both their parents, grandparents & great grandparents in vintage frames. Flowers bloomed in antique mason jars and on hand cut runners of burlap on the tables with DIY table numbers with lace & wooden numbers. This couple thought of everything from the wooden hand painted props at the photo booth to the bridal gifts wrapped in burlap and twine. They even had mason jars set up for donations that went to a breast cancer foundation called Rays of Hope in memory of Lindsay’s mother, raising nearly $900. The rest of the wedding was spent devouring their delicious spice cake with buttercream frosting roughly frosted on the edges with flowers matching the bouquets & centerpieces to complete the rustic look. After devouring came the dancing! Michael & Lindsay had planned their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The way you look tonight”. They danced in private for about 5 months with Lindsay’s childhood dance teacher Deb Bednarz who choreographed the dance. Only Lindsay’s father knew about the dance, which was completed with waltzing and some great lifts & dips. 24 Winter 2015

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Advice “If you have a do-it-yourself décor at the reception, have friends designated for a “clean-up crew” ”. Lindsay, Michael and their families had to carry out the chalk board, shutters, etc. at the end of the reception and had to find people at the last minute to get things into their cars because they did not have their own. “You don’t want to stress at the end of your fun time!”.

The Particulars Ceremony: Elms College Chapel, Chicopee, MA. elms.edu Reception: Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA. salemcrossinn.com Photographer: Christopher David Photography, Keene, NH. christopherdavidphoto.com Caterer & Baker: Homemade food & cake from Salem Cross Inn Florist: Ladyslipper Designs Sturbridge, MA ladyslipperdesigns.us Music: DJ Stephan Western/Central Mass. stephandj.com Transportation: Lizak Bus Service (shuttle service for guests) Warren, MA. lizakbus.com Deluxe Limosines (limos for wedding party) Agawam, MA. westernmasslimo.com Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bride: Eden Bridal Designs: The Gold Edition Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung: The Dessy Group---purchased from Pearl Bridal Holyoke, MA. Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank- Longmeadow, MA. & Winsor, CT. www.bridegroommag.com

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Christen and Wade July 19, 2014 White Cliffs Country Club Their Story Instead of love at first site, the story between Christen and Wade Zawatsky was accusation at first site. The couple met their sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island. Christen returned to her dorm room one day to find her laptop missing and was furious. She heard through the grapevine that the suspected thief was a redhead and she accused the closest one to her, which just so happened to be Wade. He was shocked anyone suspected him of ever taking something from anyone, but the accusation caught his interest. Wade asked her on a date shortly after, and their relationship blossomed. Note: they’re both redheads! 26 Winter 2015

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Growing up, Christen spent her summers visiting Nantucket with her family. She has such a connection with the island and when the couple planned a weekend away to her favorite place she was thrilled. One day they were walking around the scenic Lilly Pond, Wade turned to Christen, kneeled down on one knee and told her that “He had always known that I was the girl for him�.

Planning After their precious proposal on June 8, 2013, Christen and Wade eagerly started making plans right away. At the beginning of the planning process, Christen was still in shock, it was all a dream. She enjoyed the picking of the venue and shopping for the dress. She then grew overwhelmed with invitations and the little details. But her family was tremendously helpful through each step of the way. Her father was in a band so he was a huge part of the band and music continued on page 28

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selection process. Christens two sisters served as her maid of honors. One is a New England Patriots Cheerleader and the other a professional model, so her makeup artist and photographer were found easily.

Details With the couples love for the beach, a seaside wedding was a must. Sand dollars were used as the place card settings, and the ceremony and reception were filled with beautiful hydrangeas. The cake was decorated with white chocolate sea shells and dusted with light brown sugar to represent the sand. The desert table was a huge focus with a large ice sculpture of an anchor bringing in the attention of the guests. The couple enjoyed their big day at the childhood summer home, on the beach Christen spent many years swimming, and looking for seashells. The theme was something very sentimental to the couple after the countless years by the water. Christen and wade even got to enjoy see-

ing Christens father take the stage with the band and play the rendition of Mustang Sally just for them.

Advice “Be true to yourself. It’s YOUR day”. Whether it be small or large, summer or fall, nautical or heart themed, it has to be special to you. Christen and Wade definitely made their wedding as unique and sentimental to their desired taste. Most importantly, just enjoy your day!

The Particulars Photographer: Eric Andrew Photography Nashua NH. ericandrewphotographynh.com/ Caterer: The reception was at White Cliffs Country Club and the food was prepared by Micheal J. Beriau Cake: Dessert Works Westwood, MA. dessertworks.net Florist: JN Florist, Plymouth, MA. jnfloraldesign.com Videographer: Derrick Guzelf Wilmington, MA. Music: First Class Band and Concetta firstclassband.com Brides Gown: Chryssie’s Bridal Canton, MA. chryssies.com Bridesmaids Gowns: Alfred Angelo, alfredangelo.com Hair and Makeup: Kiara Mooney, Amore Salon North Reading, MA. amoresalon246.com Groom and Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse menswearhouse.com Father of the Bride Tux: Reed and White Needham, MA.

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Kristina and Derek April 11, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milford, MA Their Story Kristina Wirth and Derek Ferreira first met at a pub in the buzzing city of Providence while out with friends. Kristina immediately had an interest in Derek and after a few months of their initial meeting she got the chance to see him again. She took the opportunity to invite him to an air show the following day. They spent the next day sitting in hours of traffic laughing the whole time. From then on she just knew he was the one. The engagement had two parts. Typically the couple carpool to work and usually when he comes to pick Kristina up, she is nowhere near prepared to leave the classroom.

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So, Derek’s first plan was to pick Kristina up, wait in her classroom, and when she inevitably left to make photocopies, he would write “Will you marry me?” on the board, and be on one knee when she returned. But of course, the day Derek planned to do this, she was ready to leave on time. The couple then went out to dinner and on their way home, Derek asked if she wanted to go for a walk around the pond at their complex. Kristina agreed and was surprised when he had slowed down, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him in front of a gorgeous gazebo.

Planning The couple took a little over 12 months to plan their big day. Kristina is a teacher so it was crucial to fit in their honeymoon during a school vacation. They settled on April before the hot weather would kick in. Kristina primarily planned the wedding but she enjoyed the fact that Derek and both families came together to help plan their special day. continued on page 32

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Details Kristina lost her mother to pancreatic cancer just three months before their wedding. It was important to the couple to make sure her presence was felt during that day. Kristina wore her mother’s necklace, and on her right hand she wore the ring her father bought her mother the day Kristina was born. Her cousin Molly also made charms for her bouquet that had photos of her mother, grandmother and grandfather. The couple also dedicated a memory table for those from both families that could not be with them on their big day. All of the calligraphy was done by Kristina herself. From the save-the-dates to the invitations were all personally hand crafted. She also spent some time to create DIY table numbers. They had decided on 11 tables and found pictures from each age of each other to place on the tables. What a personable touch! All of the guests were raving about how beautiful and intimate the ceremony was. The couple really wanted to focus on involving all of their family and guests into the ceremony. One of the most unforgettable moments of their wedding day was when they finally said their vows. “The whole ceremony flew by but that moment kind of froze in time”. 32 Winter 2015

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Advice Kristina felt that during her planning process it helped to create checklists and space out your “to-do’s”. Tackling a task each week with the help of friends and family was one thing that really helped to seem the process move a lot smoother for the couple. Kristina’s last piece of advice was to “let it go” if something goes wrong on the day of. Stressing will just make the situation worse. Take a breather, and simply enjoy the day of celebration as a married couple.

The Particulars Ceremony: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Hopedale, MA. frontpage.shchopedale.org Reception: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Milford, MA. boston.milford.doubletree.com Photographer: Kristin Griffin Photography, Halifax, MA. kristingriffinphotography.com Cake: Confectionism, Hopedale, MA. confectionism.net Bridal Gown: Wishing Well Brides, East Providence, RI. wishingwellbridal.com Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, North Attleboro, MA. menswearhouse.com


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Creative

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Miniature Brown Sugar Lemon Meringue Cones served on sticks

by Stacey Marcus

long with the myriad decisions couples have to consider for their wedding and beyond, this debate was a point that couples felt they had to negotiate. There is much folklore about the origin of this ritual ranging from good luck to fertility and dominance, but some couples today are opting out of the traditional cake. What would a wedding be without the traditional cake-in-the-face ending? Here are some deliciously inventive ideas!

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At Hidden Pond, a luxury resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, one couple decided to opt instead for made maple sugar cotton candy, caramel corn, vanilla and chocolate milk shakes and apple cider doughnuts. “It is always fun to work with clients who want to do something a bit out of the box and special for their wedding. It lets us explore our creative side and pushes us to expand our boundaries to make something that not only delights guests, but leaves a lasting impression. You’ll remember the wedding with the cotton candy for dessert, but maybe not the traditional wedding cake, ” says Danielle Walker, General Manager (and wife of Chef Justin Walker). At Brooklyn Winery, the urban winery in Williamsburg, which doubles as a popular wedding venue on the weekends, the team provides a spread of three mini dessert bites, as an alternative to a traditional cake. It is presented with beautifully appointed antiques and candles and accompanied by coffee and tea service. The idea is to provide guests with a quick sweet treat that won’t take away from their dancing reception. As an enhancement to the set menu, Brooklyn Winery offers a special ice cream options from local ice creamery Luca & Bosco including Boozy Ice Cream Floats and an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Additionally, at Wolfgang Puck Caterers, which has a strong clientele in the Boston market, has a number of unexpected wedding dessert options, that provide a playful touch during that portion of a reception.

Strawberry Short Cake Push Pops

Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Chocolate Mousse served in Golden Egg Shells


Brooklyn Wineries Brownie Bites and Petite Brown Butter Financiers

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Curvy & Confident

Julietta by Mori Lee 3164 A traditional bridal look featuring a fit and flare silhouette with halter neckline. Embroidered lace appliques on net with diamante trim add subtle sparkle.

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Finding the Perfect Fit by Jamie Santa Cruz

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he hunt for the perfect dress is often one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. But the search can also be intimidating, especially for fuller-figured brides, who sometimes worry they won’t be able to find great dresses in their size. To help you navigate the search, here’s the plus-size bride’s guide to finding the perfect fit.

Starting the search When you’re browsing online for dress ideas, look for designers who cater especially to fuller-figured women. “They’re going to have that structure built in that feels good,” says Kelly Michalczyk, co-owner of Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique in Auburn, MA. For example, one of the lines she and her daughter, Jaclyn Asquith McGreevy, carry in their shop is Callista, which starts at a size 16 and goes up from there. “When it’s made for a fullerfigured bride, [you’re] going to tell the difference when [you] put it on,” says Michalczyk. If you fall in the plus-size range, you’ll likely discover that some stores don’t stock samples larger than a 16 or 18, says Michalczyk. But don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of shops—both bigger stores and boutiques—that do have plus sizes in the store. The key: just call around to various shops and ask what they have for plus-size brides.

Style guide Once you get to the store, keep an open mind on styles to try. If you’re fuller-figured, you might assume that certain dress shapes are out for you, but don’t be too quick to rule out options. Fitted dresses and ball gowns, for example, might seem like a no-go for plus-size, but McGreevy and Michalczyk have dressed plus-size brides in both styles with great results. “A bride’s a bride’s a bride,” says Michalczyk. “People will put a curvy bride in a certain box. We don’t believe in that.” Of course, there will be certain dresses that look more or less flattering on your particular body, but the important factor to consider is not your overall dress size but your body shape: are you heavier on top, heavier on bottom, or evenly proportioned? continued on page 40 Top: Provence by Callista 4234 Callistabride.com

Bottom: Sicily by Callista 4241 Callistabride.com

A line skirt in tulle and corded lace appliqué.

Corded lace appliqué and tulle ball gown skirt with beaded belt detail and tulle illusion neckline.

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For example, says Susan Krasinskas, owner of Bella’s Bridal Boutique in Worcester, MA, if you’re fuller on the bottom, you’ll likely find that empire waist or A-line dresses are a good bet. On the other hand, if you’re fuller on top, a ball gown or a dress with a full skirt can be flattering. Look for a dropped waist, says McGreevy, which will help accentuate your curves. Regardless of your body type, all our consultants agree that ruched styles are ideal for fuller-figured brides. Another great choice, no matter your shape? Corsets, which allow you to cinch your dress up in just the right places for a perfect fit. But all these style pointers are just general guides, and the biggest key to finding a great fit is to experiment with a variety of dresses. “You tried on lace, let’s try satin,” McGreevy says to her brides. “You’re not sure about satin, but sometimes you don’t know unless you put it on.”

Making the most of the experience Besides being flexible about style, there are a few other things you can do to up your odds of a happy dress-shopping experience. For starters, try to bring your own undergarments. “SPANX and a long-line bra are what most brides will end up wearing on the wedding day,” says Krasinskas, “and to get a good idea of what the dress is going to look like, it’s best to have those with you.” Final tip: trust the consultant at the bridal shop. McGreevy and Michalczyk always try to listen first to the vision a bride has for herself, but if they see that things aren’t falling together the way the bride envisioned, they’ll suggest a different direction. “Walk in and be open minded,” recommends McGreevy. Jamie Santa Cruz is a freelance writer based in New York City.

Tips for a plus-sized bridal party • Choose a style and fabric that are not too clingy or showy across the middle, says McGreevy. (Even smaller-sized bridesmaids will often appreciate this!) For example, try a ruche waist or a style in a flowy fabric like chiffon. • Better yet: allow some flexibility. Decide on a specific color for the dresses, suggests McGreevy, but allow each bridesmaid to select a dress style suited to her body type.

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Julietta by Mori Lee 3167 This strapless A-line gown features an elegant Alencon lace bodice, and detailed hemlace accenting the tulle skirt. Corset back, ensures the perfect fit.


Julietta by Mori Lee 3166 An A- Line silhouette combined with a lace bodice and cap sleeves, creates a classic bridal look on this organza bridal gown.

Julietta by Mori Lee 3165 Crystal beading, and embroidery on net accent this gorgeous mermaid gown. A beautiful satin waistband creates the perfect hourglass figure.

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Cover Story Entertainment

Live Vibe

Live music can be the key to making your wedding one to remember.

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by Andrea E. McHugh

ive music has been the hallmark of weddings and festive celebrations for centuries, and while many couples choose a DJ who can bring the fast pace and convenience of digital music to the dance floor, nothing, argue many, can top the experience and enthusiasm of a live, multi-piece band.

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Ultimately, when guests and the bride and groom reflect on a wedding, it’s about their experience, which is often in the hands of the entertainment.

There are typically three parts of a wedding where music plays a key role: the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. If marrying in a church, you may be required to work with musicians recommended by the administration. This may be a blessing in disguise as referred/recommended musicians are usually most familiar with the acoustics and audio capabilities of the church. If you have carte blanche to bring in any musicians you like, typically they will want to arrange a time to visit the church, meet the Musical Director or regular cantor and familiarize themselves familiar with the acoustics, amplification and audio capabilities in the space. Singer/songwriter Jennie Backstrom of Worcester is accustomed to performing at both church and secular ceremonies. “My first love is always singing ballads and ceremony music,” she says. “Usually they have their own cantor at a church but sometimes it’s not the style the bride and groom want, so I’ll work with maybe the cantor, and they’ll do the prayers and I’ll do the Ave Maria and How Great Thou Art. I’ll work with organist and musical director, and I will get the music if [the church] doesn’t have it.” Backstrom, who is multi-lingual, is also happy to learn a song for a couple if she doesn’t already know it. “I had a bride who wanted me to honor her mother’s heritage and sing a song in Spanish,” she says. “I have an ear for languages so I listened to the song over and over and over and it was really special to them. What I love about singing is my flexibility and making a song what they really want. “I really try to do whatever

it is the bride and groom want,” she says earnestly. Moreover, Backstrom says there’s just that human element, that human connection, which only a live singer can conjure. “People tell me ‘Your voice made my wedding’ or that I made people cry. It evokes an emotion with live music. You can really see the people performing and baring their soul.” Backstom, who can also play piano and guitar, relies on fellow musicians if a bride and groom would like a more comprehensive sound. “If they want a piano player I can bring in an accompanist; a harpist, keyboardist, guitarist. I have a network,” she says. The singer has also performed with friends of family members of the couple—that just takes little more organization. Another benefit of working with live musicians for the ceremony, particularly at a secular site like an outdoor venue, adds Chris Troxell, director of Everett-based Cover Story Entertainment, is that professional musicians like the ones he works with can set up wireless microphones for your officiant with a state of the art sound system. This ensures all guests can hear your commitment to one another without missing a word. continued on page 44 www.bridegroommag.com

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Troxell says most of Cover Story’s wedding packages include five hours of entertainment: live music throughout cocktail hour, acoustic music or a DJ during dinner, and 2-3 dance sets. “Typically there are five of us on stage, though we sound like a six or seven piece band,” he says. Should the bride and groom prefer, Cover Story can expand to as many as nine musicians, which may include, for example, a horn section. But Troxell says five is usually the magic number as larger bands require ample space. “When you start getting bigger, the client starts to worry about room,” he explains. Averaging 50-60 weddings annually, Cover Story is in demand as each band member is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. “It comes down to the energy and live songs and interaction with the crowd.” To make sure your favorite songs make the set list, talk to your band well before you wedding and provide a list—and be sure to include a “do not play” list if the idea of hearing the “Chicken Dance” or “YMCA” makes you cringe. For couples on a strict budget who also want a live band at their wedding, Troxell advises re-evaluating where other dollars are going. Ultimately, when guests and the bride and groom reflect on a wedding, it’s about their experience, which is often in the hands of the entertainment. Andrea E. McHugh is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Newport, RI.

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he Woo’s urban landscape, like any culturally diverse city, is full of gems both hidden and illustrious. That same diversity is also reflected in Worcester’s wedding venues—many of which have hidden gems of their own. Mechanics Hall, Coral Seafood, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Beechwood Hotel each represent a facet of the city’s history, culture, and top-notch food scene. Mechanics Hall Mechanics Hall, built in 1857 by Worcester’s burgeoning industrialists, is an elegant Main Street space that’s both beautiful and versatile. As a full-service venue for ceremonies, receptions, and pre- and post-wedding parties, the hall can host an intimate affair for 50 or a grand gala for 500. The space is undoubtedly one of the city’s most refined architectural wonders. Majestic red-carpeted staircases lead to the Great Hall on the third floor, which features a richly decorated coffered ceiling, Corinthian pilasters, and a balustrade balcony. 48 Winter 2015

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The Great Hall can be used for both ceremonies and receptions; when ceremonies take place, guests enjoy a brief reception in Washburn Hall on the second level (and the bridal party in a private room) while the Great Hall is transformed from chapel-style to a space for full reception. The facility has any number of stunning bridal photography options: on the grand staircases, at the pedestal of the magnificent Hook Organ, in the Washburn or Waldo lobbies, and on the balcony of the Great Hall.


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Mechanics Hall emphasizes attention to detail, thanks to a professional and awardwinning staff, as well as to the bride and groom. Unlike many wedding facilities, no other events are booked on a wedding day. Public Relations Manager Kathleen Gagne notes that the staff “will do whatever we can to make [the bridal couple] happy. If a couple asks for something we’ve never done before, we’ll find a way to accommodate”. The Mechanics Hall staff is also knowledgeable and very flexible regarding family and ethnic traditions, says Gagne. Choice and customization are at the heart of a Mechanics Hall wedding day. Couples may select their own caterer and other vendors, which means they can put their personal touch on everything from menu to accent décor—on whatever budget suits them. When asked which memories the wedding coordinator and crew hope the couples and their guests to walk away with, Gagne answers with an evocative description: “Magical elegance and fairy-tale happiness.” continued on page 50

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Worcester Art Museum “The Worcester Art Museum is not your typical four walls.” Event planner and wedding coordinator Janice Potter’s assessment of the romantic venue, which handles both wedding ceremonies and receptions, is an understatement. With its world-renowned collection of art spanning more than 50 centuries, the Worcester Art Museum has been one of the city’s most renowned treasures for more than 100 years.

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The “living room of Worcester,” as the sophisticated site is called, is home to some of the world’s most important works of art and has been the setting for some of the city’s most celebrated social events throughout the past century. There are several spots in the museum for celebrations, and each one is accented with visual splendor: the 12th-century Chapter House is a one-of-a-kind space with availability for up to 70 guests, and the 100-year-old Grand Renaissance Court. The Court can accommodate up to 120 guests (175 for a cocktailstyle event) and provides guests with access to the surrounding galleries on the first level of the Museum. In addition, warmweather months allow for ceremonies in the Stoddard Garden Courtyard, with its outdoor mosaic backdrop. Together with the Museum Café, the courtyard accommodates 30 to 150 guests. As far as additional services, the museum’s wedding coordinator provides a recommended list of vendors with whom they’ve partnered for numerous weddings, such as the four talented caterers they recommend who “’present delectable and artfully displayed cuisine”. Take, for example, Peppers Fine Foods and Catering, whose offerings include corn pudding, herbed risotto with edible flowers, or split roasted pork steamship with tomatoes, corn, and eggplant relish. The combination of incredible art and stunning architecture, as expressed by Potter, perhaps sums up a wedding at the Worcester Art Museum best: “surrounding your guests with visual luxury”.


Beechwood Hotel Although it’s not every day you walk into a ballroom and see a Victorian chapel, it is part of the wedding day experience at the Beechwood Hotel. “We preserve a part of Worcester’s history,” says Yvonne Caole, Sales and Marketing Manager, of the stained-glass, wood-beamed slice of nondenominational spirituality. The Marion Gill Wilson Chapel, built in 1872, was originally part of Worcester City Hospital. Named after a wife whose husband wanted to memorialize her, the chapel as wedding ceremony site (or simply a touch of reception splendor) seems most fitting. It’s adjacent to the reception room, which holds 250. The Beechwood Hotel is a full-service facility in every sense. Functions offered are ceremonies, receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners, after parties, post-wedding breakfasts/brunches, welcome receptions, and engagement parties. Home to the extraordinary Ceres Bistro, the hotel ensures fine fare at any event (appetizers such as grilled shrimp gazpacho with

cucumber relish and fresh lime or entrees such as stuffed chicken with spinach, pine nuts, mushrooms, fontina cheese and a port demi glaze, to name just two incredible options). And, of course, lovely accommodations are just a few steps away from any gathering. All of this, Caole points out, reflects the growth of the sur-

rounding community. “The hotel, like the city and the bio park where we reside, has grown from an empty field to the only 4-diamond hotel in Central Mass with an award-winning restaurant”. An expert veteran staff and a personal service are a highlight. Caole believes that continued on page 52

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Coral Seafood If you fancy a food-centric wedding on Restaurant Row, then stylish Coral Seafood may well please your palate. The Shrewsbury Street locale can accommodate up to 300 people. The balcony room, which has a modern, curved glass wall with an abundance of natural light, is where ceremonies take place. Receptions are held in the ballroom, where the décor is clean and simple: neutral earth tones with gold drapery and modern alabaster chandeliers. Coral Seafood prides itself on high-quality, well-priced food. Both sit-down dinner and buffet options are available. The function menu, owner Jim Voyiatzis notes, “is prepared to order, and we don’t offer any frozen stuffed entrees”. He adds that the

details like servers knowing when not to interrupt the guest experience—they don’t have to be told—are essential. Couples have one wedding coordinator to guide them from start to finish, and they meet with every manager who touches the event (e.g., room director, banquet chef, head server, etc.). The couple gets to know the team, the goal of which is to provide reassurance one wedding day so that they “walk into a room and know the staff—and know that they understand all the details”. Indeed, when asked what the best part of taking part in a couple’s wedding is, Caole says it’s witnessing their vision come to life: “That moment when they walk in or at the end of the night, when they’re clearly happy everything came together smoothly”. Coral Seafood

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Contact Mechanics Hall 321 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 508-752-5608 mechanicshall.org info@mechanicshall.org Diana Casavecchi dianac@mechanicshall.org Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 01609 508-793-4327 worcesterart.org worcesterart.org/weddings Janice Potter janicepotter@worcesterart.org Coral Seafood

restaurant works closely with some of the Woo’s best bakeries, DJs, photographers, and florists to provide couples with an excellent value for a comprehensive set of services. Add to that plenty of complimentary parking and an easy-to-get to location, and you have a venue that’s accessible in every sense of the word. When all is said and done, Voyiatzis hopes the bridal couple and wedding guests are impressed with the food and the service. He also hopes the couple feels confident knowing that “the business owner himself personally oversees the event”. Each of these four venues has a distinct vibe, to be sure. They also share one very

significant trait: Every one of them is, in some way, quintessentially Worcester. *Coral Seafood will change their name to The Urban in January 2015. The American Brasserie menu will feature local products with a seasonal flair. Visit their website for more information. Jodie Lynn Boduch is a freelance writer based in North Hampton, MA.

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A Farm- Fresh Fête The romance of farm-to-table weddings. by Connie Jeske Crane

The menu reads like a dream: “Northeast family farm Grilled Pork Tenderloin set atop vanilla-scented white sweet potato puree and laced with a local apple and brandy demi-glace sauce.” “Crisp New Bedford Scallop Cake with tomato ginger jam, micro green salad, and lemon vinaigrette.” “Duck Confit Cone, local cranberry, and shallot chutney.” These are just some of the offerings on the “Sustainable and Local” catering menu at Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering in Northborough, MA.

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If you are looking to serve locally grown, sustainably raised delights at your wedding, well, you’re not alone. The “locavore” wedding trend is hot and getting hotter. Whether you’re talking celebrities or everyday couples, more wedding celebrations are featuring beautiful and delicious locally sourced food, beverages, and more. “Younger couples nowadays, they’re really more socially aware, they’re environmentally aware, and they’re much more thoughtful in how they want their weddings personalized,” agrees John Lawrence, director of catering for Pepper’s. But going local isn’t just about environmental concerns and community pride. Going the locavore route usually indicates a certain level of “foodie” expertise. As Lawrence says, “The number-one thing is flavor,” says Lawrence. “You know once something has been picked, it starts to diminish in its flavor and its nutrients if it has to travel. So if I’m sourcing a local sweet potato, a local beet or a squash, the flavor is just amazing.” If you’re interested in adding some local flare to your wedding celebration, there’s great news: Local producers are stepping up with ever more unique and high-quality products. “It’s an exciting time to be in the wedding business,” says Lawrence. “The beauty is, it keeps growing. Massachusetts farms have really turned a corner.” For example, he says “Now we’re talking about continued on page 56

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getting local flour and local cornmeal. A year ago that was unimaginable.” Mindy Harris is in charge of marketing and events for Oleana Restaurant Group in Cambridge, MA. Oleana serves Middle Eastern style cuisine and handles smaller daytime weddings. The restaurant also has a dependable source of fresh produce—executive chef Ana Sortun is married to the owner of Siena Farms in Sudbury, MA. In the growing season, says Harris, “We get a wonderful delivery of

fresh produce every week from the farm.” Oleana also goes through quite a bit of lamb and other meats, adds Harris. “The purveyors that we work with are these small artisan purveyors that take a lot of pride in the production of their products and give us really high-quality things.” Besides meat, dairy, and produce, Harris sees lots of activity around craft beer as well, saying it’s becoming part of really good cuisine. “Massachusetts is one of, I would say, the leading states as far as craft

beer goes, and so we are very lucky that we can get some really, really wonderful offerings locally in New England.” So how do you get started bringing some local flavor to your wedding menu? A great way to start is by talking to a caterer like Peppers—or a venue like Oleana—that specializes in farm-to-table fare. All sorts of options abound. For example, Mezze Catering and Events serves the Berkshires, Southern Vermont, Hudson Valley, and surrounding regions. Their menus focus on seasonal and regional farm-to-table cuisine and can accommo-

Local Blooms According to the Boston Globe, environmentally conscious brides are sparking a trend towards locally sourced flowers. Here are some florists that stock local blooms:

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date small or large groups at luxurious locations like the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, MA, as well as the Mount, or the Winthrop Estate in Lenox, MA. In the mood for seafood? The New England Aquarium’s exclusive in-house caterer has stringent standards for sustainability and uses ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. One final note about local sourcing: Make sure you plan ahead so you can

confirm availability of the venue and/or caterer, and so you can get an idea of what foods will be in season at the time of your wedding. “Earlier is always better,” says Lawrence. Also, remember that you don’t have to stop at food service. You can support local businesses and artisans in many other aspects of your wedding, be it through favors, fashions, flowers, or décor for your special day.

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.

Local Brews Want to pour some unique brews for your guests while supporting local breweries? Here are a few suggestions:

Wormtown Brewing Company Worcester, MA wormtownbrewery.com Wachusett Brewing Company Westminster, MA wachusettbrew.com Berkshire Brewing Company South Deerfield, MA berkshirebrewingcompany.com Jack’s Abby Brewing Framingham, MA jacksabbybrewing.com Night Shift Brewing Everett, MA nightshiftbrewing.com

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Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Somerville, MA prettybeer.com

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our big day is right around the corner and almost everything is set, from flowers to favors and cake flavors. Chances are, you couldn’t have done it all if not for the help of your supportive entourage—your wedding party, parents, and others who stood by your side along the way. The best way to show them the appreciation they deserve is a little thank-you gift which can go a long way. One thing to keep in mind when selecting presents: “Keep it special, keep it affordable, and keep it personal,” says Karen Hyde of Great Beginnings Events, East Falmouth, MA. Read on for your ultimate gift-giving guide:

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For the gals… Clothing or jewelry. Whether a shirt, robe, or pajama set, apparel to wear pre-wedding will make for happy bridesmaids (and cute pictures!). Jewelry can be worn during the wedding as well as for years afterwards. Just be sure to keep it simple and timeless. Monogrammed wine glass. Or any personalized drink ware, like tumblers or shot glasses. Some ideas for the engraving: Their name and your relationship to them, the role they played in your wedding, a friendship quote, or an inside joke. Gift basket. After their large role in planning, your ladies will likely need some time to relax post wedding. A basket filled with wine and gourmet chocolates and cheeses will please any palate. Really want to put them at ease? If budget allows, throw in a robe or gift certificate for a spa or massage. For the men… Drink and barware. If your best dudes like to party, consider a flask, beer mug, mini whisky barrel, or hand blown carafe set. Engravings can often be done on sites like amazon.com or etsy.com for free or a minimal fee. Cufflinks. The guys can wear these the day of—and again and again. Consider purchasing different cufflinks for each groomsmen to match their unique styles or personalizing them with their initials or your wedding date. continued on page 60

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Money clips. A chic way for men to store credit cards, money, and other wallet items, money clips are always a favorite.

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For the parents… A toast or letter. “A very simple and affordable way to thank both sets of parents would be a special toast during the reception,” Karen says. Another recommendation: “A hand-written note,” a tradition she says is “almost gone with the wind,” but sure to be cherished. Wedding photos or video. Once your pictures are developed, fill the pages of a photo album with memories from the wedding or pick a special frame for your favorite photo. And if you hired a videographer to record your day, a DVD of the highlights also makes For the kids… Jewelry. A small engraved bracelet for the flower girl or a dog tag necklace for the ring bearer are stylish tokens that will make them feel proud for helping with the big day. Photo frame. Help the little ones remember that they made your big day special with a memorable photo from the wedding. A digital photo frame with preloaded pictures also makes for a meaningful gift.

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary Wedding. You will be captivated by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls in our Atrium Courtyard, or you could choose our beautiful Grand Ballroom with adjacent Terrace Bar.

Flower girl/ring bearer book. A story relaying their wedding-day duties will let the youngsters know how much you appreciate their hard work. Try 10 Neat Things About Being a Flower Girl and 10 Neat Things About Being a Ring Bearer, by Penelope C. Paine. For a personal touch, write a note on the inside cover. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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hite glove service. Unmatched hospitality. A one-of-a-kind setting. All of that and more is in your reach at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, one of New England’s supreme wedding venues. Conveniently located right off Route 495, this full-service wedding facility offers a combination of unique features that universally appeal to all wedding hopefuls.

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Couples can exchange rings and vows in the picturesque atrium courtyard atop a wooden gazebo, under illuminated circular lamps. Able to accommodate up to 200 guests, the room boasts intricate wood-beam ceilings, tropical plants, and cascading indoor waterfalls. The lampposts and lit greenery give the venue an outdoor feel all year round. After the “I dos,” guests can make their way to the large, private bar. For the reception, the once nuptial gazebo becomes an exclusive dance floor for the evening. “It’s by far the most popular [space] for couples to hold their wedding and reception,” says Jayme Iarussi, Catering Sales Manager. The Holiday Inn’s grand ballroom, able to hold up to 300 people, is also a ceremony and reception option, which features beautiful ornate lighting fixtures and elegant crown moldings. Attendees can grab a drink at the attached terrace bar (which offers a full bar and cocktail reception area outside of the ballroom space) and then dance the night away on the spacious dance floor. Three flexible wedding packages, all of which can be customized to meet specific wants and needs, are available. First up is the Ruby Wedding package, which includes a champagne toast, an elaborate cheese display during cocktail hour, a four-course dinner, mirrors and votive candles, napkins and full-length linens, and more.

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A step up is the Sapphire Wedding package, where you’ll receive everything in the Ruby Wedding Package, plus fresh floral centerpieces; wedding cake of your choice; engraved toasting glasses, a cake knife, and server; monogrammed placecards and cocktail napkins; and additional hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. The premier package, the Diamond Wedding package, offers all the bells and whistles: In addition to the aforementioned items, included is an ice sculpture, enhanced gazebo lighting, chair covers, as well as a one-hour open bar for house brands during cocktail hour and four cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres. Every package includes a complimentary stay for the bride and groom in a suite the night of the wedding (with champagne!), breakfast the next morning, and a free one-night stay and dinner on the one-year anniversary. You’ll also receive a wedding coordinator to help ensure everything is planned perfectly and executed smoothly. Depending on the package plan, brides and grooms have their pick from a variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, entrées (offered in either a plated or buffet selection), and desserts. 68 Winter 2015

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party and out-of-town guests, the facility allows couples to block allotted rooms at a discounted price. All told, the Holiday Inn staff’s meticulous attention to detail will help guarantee a truly memorable, hassle-free occasion. “We have an outstanding staff that are here to make your dreams come true,” assures Jayme. “From our banquet staff to the front desk agents, everyone will do everything in their power to make your day extra special.”

A sampling of the passed or stationary cocktail hour appetizers to choose from include bacon-wrapped bay scallops, assorted mini quiches, and pesto tortellini skewers. A buffet dinner menu includes a selection of two entrées—from beef bourguignon to roasted pork loin and authentic New England haddock—freshly baked rolls and butter, a variety of salads, soups, a vegetable, selection of potato and rice, and a dessert. Choosing a seated dinner? Guests will enjoy a salad, a starch, a vegetable, and a decadent dessert, such as chocolate-covered strawberries or a raspberry mousse chocolate shell. Entrées include meals for every palate, whether it’s delicious chicken dishes, filet mignon and other meats, fish, and vegetarian options. “Our on-site chef and catering team will wow guests with their food, presentation, and service,” says Jayme. “And we offer the ability to customize a menu to work with any budget.” To ensure an above-average special day, the Holiday Inn offers a number of additional personalized touches—for example, midnight snacks like late-night pizza or a cookies and milk station. In addition, welcome bags for overnight guests, chair covers and sashes, a post-wedding breakfast, and personalized wedding accessories can all be taken care of by staff. To further accommodate the wedding

Take the first step towards the wedding of your dreams, and visit www.boxboroughweddings.com/for more information. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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Casinos aren’t just for gaming anymore and playing the cards. Hot spots like Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut have become popular places for “non-destination” destination weddings and even bachelor/bachelorette parties. From the elegant ballrooms, restaurants and spa salons as well as decadent bar-hopping, and gaming options, these resorts have everything you’ll need for a fun filled wedding weekend. Each resort is a destination in itself. Both offer winery tours, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium trips. Perfect for unique bachelor and bachelorette parties. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum, is one of the most popular wedding venues for those who want convenience for their guests. The museum is minutes from Foxwoods Resort. Erika London and Matthew Kranz envisioned their wedding site as “extraordinary and breathtakingly memorable,” Erika said. “The second we walked into the huge (65,000 square foot) glass-domed atrium at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, we knew we’d found it.” The museum offers a variety of diverse spaces, from a rooftop garden to an area overlooking a recreated 16th century Native American village. Erika and Matthew chose to exchange their vows on a large balcony overlooking the atrium just before sunset. “The sun started setting during the ceremony and the romantic natural light flooded the room making it a truly magical moment,” Erika said. The reception was held on the atrium’s ground floor. “The glass-enclosed space sits in a forest, surrounded by trees. You feel totally isolated from the world and immersed in nature,” she said. One of their favorite memories was sneaking up to the balcony in the middle of the reception. “We watched all our friends and family having so much fun and realized they were all there for us. It made us feel incredibly lucky to have each other, be so in love and have all these people in our lives to celebrate that with,” she said. Their guests raved about the remarkable venue, the vodka shot ice luge and the casino, she said. “It was as perfect as we had imagined. The space is incredible and Stacy (the museum’s event planner) can make any vision you have come true. We took full advantage of the lighting. People pay a lot to create lighting schemes and moods and the museum has all this in-house capability and Phil (the lighting expert) can make anything happen.” Boston residents Rubina Pothiawala and Colby Cook held two back-to-back wedding events in the glass-domed atrium, each a blend of Indian and Western culture. “By changing the décor and color schemes, the two evenings looked like they were held in completely separate venues,” said Rubina.

The Friday event was reflective of a traditional Henna night with a home-style Indian buffet, family members performing traditional dances from India and a henna artist on hand. Saturday, their fusion wedding ceremony was moved indoors to the atrium balcony due to weather. “It was really nice because there was a bit of echo in the atrium which sounded almost mystical,” Rubina said. After a cocktail reception overlooking the museum’s recreated Native American Village, they moved to the atrium for dinner and dancing. continued on page 72 www.bridegroommag.com

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Troon Golf’s Lake of Isles is also popular nearby site for wedding parties and as a wedding site. Its lakefront deck, overlooking 900 wooded acres, is a lovely spot for warm weather weddings or cocktail receptions. The gorgeous ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake, is an ideal romantic spot for yearround wedding receptions “Free shuttles bring guests to and from Foxwoods,” noted Sheila Graham, director of catering. Couples who want to tie into the casino theme can arrange for a private room with roulette tables for a cocktail reception where guests can play for prizes or just for fun. And accommodations choices include a pet-friendly inn that is separate from the resort casino complex. Group hotel packages can also be customized with gift bags and other amenities. Less than 20 minutes away by car, Mohegan Sun brings a whole new set of options. The most popular wedding spot is the Mohegan Sun Golf Club, which pairs nicely with accommodations at the main resort. Another couple who married there in winter was Darlene and Bill Buckley. “We’ve been fans of Mohegan Sun since it opened. We love the restaurants, the music and entertainment and I love the shopping,” Darlene said. “We thought of getting married at the resort but from the moment we walked into the Golf Club, it felt right. The scenery is beautiful and 72 Winter 2015

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when Joan (Stearns, the onsite planner) showed us how the wedding and reception could be done right there with catering, décor and everything included, we booked it on the spot.” “You know how you sometimes have a picture in your mind? They made it happen,” she said. For their February 14th wedding, they wanted the décor to be elegant, with subtle nods to Valentine’s Day. “We used small red boxes of chocolate for favors and the Club added red roses in a vase by the entry, which made it feel very homey.” Everyone still talks about how much fun they had and how great the food was,

Darlene said. “No one left that night until the very end and the celebration continued the next day at Mohegan Sun where everyone met for breakfast and a day of gambling, shopping and hanging out.” And that, perhaps, is the best thing about a casino-resort wedding--it’s a destination wedding with everything you and your guests could want at your doorstep. For more information, visit www.foxwoods.com and www.mohegansun.com and well as www.lakeofisles.com and www.mohegansun.com/golf. Geri Bain is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.


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Pre-Wedding Flings The casinos, spas, golf courses and wide variety of dining and entertainment venues make both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun hot spots for bachelor and bachelorette parties as well as shower and engagement parties. Both have restaurants and clubs to suit every style and budget from dressy and sophisticated to party spots and laid-back pubs. You can also catch a big name act and stay overnight, or come for a weekend shop-and-play spree. “You can set up gaming lessons for groups for skill levels from novice to highly skilled with insider tips at no charge as well as a private room or private table that can serve as a home base for partiers,” noted Karen O’Connell, director of resort sales at Foxwoods. Similarly, groups headed for one of the resort’s pools or spas should ask about reserving a private area by the pool or a cabana, she said. “You can order food from room service and it really feels like a private party.” Lots of people think it’s going to be very expensive to plan a gathering at the casino resorts, but the wide array of choices mean there’s something for everyone. “Give us your budget and what you’re looking for and we’ll figure out a fun weekend or event!” said Alisha Cadoret, leisure sales specialist at Mohegan Sun. VISTA Lounge at Wombi Rock inside Mohegan Sun www.bridegroommag.com

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Insuring your Wedding Day. by Cindy Papish Gerber

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uying a car without insurance is unthinkable. Similarly, savvy consumers wouldn’t think twice without insuring their home, apartment, boat, artwork, antiques, jewelry and trips. Shouldn’t the same logic apply to your wedding?

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“There were no words to describe the look on everyone’s face when the cake table collapsed.” In 2014, the average cost of a U.S. wedding was $29,858. Even if your budget is much smaller, “wedding insurance is the only way to protect the investment you are making”, says Allison M. Sleeves, Account Executive of Shoff Darby Companies Trumbull, CT. “It can provide coverage because of an unforeseen circumstance-such as severe weather, sudden illness, commercial transportation shutdown, or the venue being damaged before your event.” Different tiers of coverage are available depending on the type of policy a couple needs for their wedding. Coverage can cost as little as $160. Coverage amounts range from $7,500 to $175,000. These policies cover deposits, additional expenses, costs related to repairs, or missing, defective and stolen items. “You can also purchase liability coverage which protects the hosts in the event of an injury to a guest, or damage to the venue.” Although it’s best to buy insurance during the early stages of wedding planning, many policies can be obtained well after putting down any deposits. Whether you end up choosing an independent agent, purchasing online, or with a large agency, Steeves recommends choosing, “a carrier that is ‘A rated’ or better—preferably, one “that specializes in event insurance.” Any experienced agent can explain policy types, terms, costs and coverage. “Buyers need to be aware of what they are purchasing, understand the conditions or limitations and carefully read through all quotes and policy wording”, she cautions. This will “ensure you are getting the policy that meets your needs. It is important to let your agent know what specific areas of concern you may have.” continued on page 78

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“I just entered the church when… I found out the rings were missing.”

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Weather, long-distance travel, vendor-reliability and the health of key wedding participants are common concerns. But what if a pending “I do” develops into an “I don’t”? A ‘Change of Heart’ option, which is currently offered through Wedsure.com must be purchased one year before your event and only by third-party financiers (typically the bride and groom’s parents). Last minute cold feet cannot be compensated for. As the editor-in-chief for MAWeddingGuide.com for over 14 years, Dawn McGrath recognizes how, “Mother Nature has been known to throw a few curve balls– and has definitely impacted many couples’s plans. If the mere memory of last year’s endless winter gives you the shivers, then buying a snow insurance policy is a smart move. Allison Steeves recalls one “particular father of the bride” who was shelling out $50,000

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“One week before the big day, I went to pick up my dress and the bridal shop lost it.”

to cater his daughter’s winter wedding on Long Island. Afraid that a snow storm would prevent his guests from getting to the reception, he purchased snow insurance to cover the catering bill. “Of course because he did,” adds Steeves,” there was no snow!” Most wedding suppliers and venues either have built-in liability protection, or offer it as an add-on. According to the popular web-based personal financial management service Mint.com, sites that are not” typical hosts for events, such as parks and museums, often require liability insurance that will protect the venue against property damage and claims from guests or others who might be injured.” Attorney Mark W.* bought general liability coverage approximately one month in advance of his daughter’s fall 2013 wedding, which was held at municipal beachfront park on the Connecticut shoreline. “I’m a lawyer, I understand risk”, he offers. “Guests would be driving to and from the reception and alcohol was being served”. Thankfully, there was no need to file a claim. Overall, buying a little insurance for your Big Day will provide a great deal of reassurance. McGrath offers sage advice: “Many couples insure the engagement ring, so why hesitate on the actual wedding day… which costs far more than the ring?!” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut. www.bridegroommag.com

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HolidayThemed

Weddings: How to do it tastefully by Diana Bierman

Tacky holiday weddings? It’s a myth! Find out how holidays can serve as the inspiration for a super chic wedding. Who doesn’t love New Year’s or Thanksgiving? Holidays are some of the happiest days in the year—a reason some brides and grooms choose to incorporate their favorite festivities into their wedding theme.

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While there can be some stigma associated with holiday nuptials, there’s good news: “Hosting a wedding over a holiday does not have to make for a tacky event,” promises Mandy Connor, owner, Hummingbird Bridal and Events, Cambridge, MA. “There are gorgeous and unique color palettes and décor concepts that serve to celebrate and pay homage to the holiday in a more refined and elevated way to allow you and your significant other to shine.” So how does a couple go about pulling off a holiday-themed wedding—in a sophisticated, personalized, and unique way? Check out Mandy’s suggestions:

New Year’s Colors: A warm or rose gold, blush, and crisp white palette makes for a cozy yet chic New Year’s nuptial. “Add glitter touches wherever you can, which creates a lively party atmosphere,” Mandy says. Favor ideas: Mini champagne bottles or personalized noisemakers tie in to the theme nicely. Another option: Tiny trees ready for planting are a great way for guests to enjoy their favor for years to come. Décor: Use vintage clocks as a centerpiece to indicate a countdown to your big moment. Other unique touches: Forgo a guestbook and ask guests at each table to write advice or wishes for each year of your marriage. For example, table one can write a note that you can open on your first anniversary, and so on.

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Halloween Colors: Classic blacks or reds will do just fine, but rich purples, cream, coffee, muted gold, and smoky grey can make a Halloween motif both glamorous and elegant. “Deep purple ranunculus, wheat, and white gourds are a more refined substitute for the traditional mums and orange pumpkins often used during this season,” Mandy says. Favor ideas: Keep the quote “No tricks, just treats” in mind. For instance, caramel-coated Granny Smith apples or apple cider donuts allude to the holiday—and they’re tasty to boot. Décor: “Wrap a few stalks of wheat and cinnamon or lavender together with a soft grey ribbon, and place each stalk on top of folded linen napkins for a beautiful tablescape,” says Mandy. Other unique touches: Everyone loves a dessert bar, and mini pies with vanilla ice cream or Halloween caricature cake pops (like bats, witches or ghosts) are seasonal and delicious. “Add some Bourbon to hot apple cider for an adult twist on the holiday,” Mandy suggests.

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Christmas Colors: Nix the ordinary red and green color palette that most people associate with Christmas and consider crisp white with pops of rich green, gold, and silver. Favor ideas: To offset the freezing weather, give something warm and cozy, like homemade cookies or a monogrammed blanket. Or donate to a charity on behalf of your guests, to emphasize the giving season. Décor: “Candles are a must,” Mandy notes. Also, greenery, like mistletoe or green boughs, can help illuminate what can be a dreary wintry landscape. Brides can add a decorated piece of green winter foliage to their hair, or grooms can use it as a boutonniere.

Other unique touches: “Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Bars are a favorite with guests,” Mandy says.

Valentine’s Day Colors: Instead of just red and white, which can become monotonous, use a montage of pinks, reds, whites, purples, and ivory. Favor ideas: Search Etsy.com or other craft websites for useful items shaped as a heart that your guests can use—for example, a heart-shaped mug, beer opener, cutting board, etc. You also can’t go wrong with gourmet chocolates, macarons, or truffles, or monogrammed champagne glasses filled with sweet candies and confetti. Décor: Floating candles with multicolored rose petals inside are an attractive way to enhance tables. Also, lace and roses—doilies adorning the plates and petals garnishing tables—are dainty and romantic. Other unique touches: “Use photos of couples attending the wedding as escort cards and pay homage to the longest marriages and relationships in attendance with special songs, dances, or photos,” suggests Mandy. “Think Grandmom and Grandpop who have been married for 50 years.”

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Fourth of July Colors: Red, white and blue can be overdone when it comes to Independence Day, so Mandy recommends “rustic Americana”—colors like muted reds, faded blues, bronze and cream. “Think New England barns, antique barn stars, sparklers, and summer fun,” she says. Favor ideas: A package of s’mores makes a delicious favor no guest will complain about. For the DIY bride, fill mason jars with gumballs or other candies to match your color theme. Décor: Patriotic ribbon streamers are a simple and budget-friendly way to embellish chairs, tablescapes, and ceremony archways. Other unique touches: If your venue allows for it, consider hosting a clambake or refined barbeque. “Invite guests to kick off their shoes for a wedding on a soft lawn, decorated with inseason, locally-sourced florals that complement the summery surroundings,” Mandy adds. The biggest thing to keep in mind: Traditional holiday concepts shouldn’t overpower what makes a couple shine. “Use the holidays as inspiration, but not as a list of rules for how you must decorate and celebrate, and put your own spin on the day,” Mandy explains. “A wedding day should ultimately be reflective of you and your significant other.” Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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1. 2. 1. Flash Tattoos

Having a beach or boho themed wedding? Flash Tattoos will add a perfect touch of glam to your wedding look. These jewelry inspired tattoos are the best way to dazzle on your wedding day without the hassle of wearing jewelry. Flash tattoos take a new twist on jewelry and body art. Get yours at flashtat.com

2. Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lip Gloss

Whitening Lightning has launched a line of lip glosses that helps your pearly whites glisten. The glosses are made with flattering undertones to help your teeth appear whiter and brighter. What bride wouldn’t want that? For easy application there is a built in LED light inside the tube that illuminates onto your lips. Head on over to whiteninglightning.com to try yours out!

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A fabulous new bridal trend is the debuting of the new monogram. It is becoming more and more popular that brides are debuting their new monogram as a married woman on their wedding day. Moon and Lola makes great custom monogram jewelry ranging from the most popular script necklaces to bracelets, earrings, etc. To order your new monogram for your big day, check out moonandlola.com

4. Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation

Not every bride is keen on a full face of makeup. On your wedding day you want to look natural with a hint of glam. The new Bare Skin brightening serum foundation is a lightweight, tone correcting foundation that leaves the skin brighter and with a more youthful appearance. Formulated without oils, silicone and parabens in order to help enhance your skin. This product is perfect for the bride who simply wants to be the best version of herself on her wedding day. bareescentuals.com

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5. City Grill

Have you and the fiancĂŠ recently moved in together? Is it tight on corners? City grill has created a grill for all those couples out there with apartment style living. No need for outdoor space to use this grill, it is designed for small living quarters and still gives you that nice grilling experience. To learn more about the City grill from Kenyon International, check out CookWithKenyon.com

6. Vintage Marquee Lights

Let your love shine with Vintage Marquee Lights! These rustic, antique-inspired creations are the perfect way to add that unique flair to your celebration, and best of all, after the wedding you can take them home for the perfect addition to your mantle, bedroom, or patio. vintagemarqueelights.com

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Honeymoons

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by Janet Strassman Perlmutter

ou’ve seen more than your share of rose petal-strewn honeymoon suites, canopied beds, and soaking tubs for two. Nothing wrong with those predictable amenities, but what if you’re looking for a post-wedding getaway that doesn’t look like the expected accommodations? What if you and your sweetie relate more to the offbeat, the non-traditional, or the unorthodox? Master bedroom in the Beaver Lodge at Winvian Resort

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Rose Island Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay

It’s your honeymoon, after all; do what pleases you! Opportunities abound, even within the seemingly staid New England states. So don’t let someone else’s notion of honeymoon “shoulds” interfere with your experience of honeymoon bliss.

On the Waterfront Is waterfront your passion? You don’t have to settle for the typical beachfront resort. Check out lighthouse lodgings, including Rose Island Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay near Newport, RI for great fishing, kayaking, and bird watching. Or Wings Neck Light on upper Cape Cod with both a private beach at the edge of Pocasset as well as easy access to the delights of Cape Cod dining, arts, and entertainment. Guidebooks and guests tout Isle au Haut, a tiny island in Maine, as an unsurpassed romantic setting, featuring the Keeper’s Inn at Robinson Point Lighthouse Station. Websites such as NewEnglandLighthouses.net list more than a dozen lighthouses with overnight accommodations.

Do the Time You might fit right in at The Liberty Hotel in downtown Boston, where a luxury hotel has been created out of the former Charles St Jailhouse. Clever architects integrated the original stonework, catwalks, even portions of the jail cells with modern and restful decor, including vast windows revealing striking views of the Charles River continued on page 96 www.bridegroommag.com

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The Liberty Hotel lobby

and Boston skyline. Renowned bars and restaurants are playfully named Clink, The Yard, and Alibi in testimony to the historic prison. Cape Cod offers The Belfry Inn and Bistro, in Sandwich, a stunning inn and restaurant set in a (de-sanctified) 1902 church. Magnificent stained glass and soaring ceilings help create a romantic sanctuary which is simultaneously fanciful and elegant. Accommodations are also available in the former rectory, an 1880’s “painted lady” Victorian, complete with turret and gables and all the requisite nooks and crannies.

Berkshire Bliss Two of New England’s finest centers for personal renewal draw visitors to the spectacular beauty of these Western Massachu-

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setts Mountains. Consider Kripalu, in Stockbridge, MA, which bills itself as a “center for yoga and health,” or Canyon Ranch, a luxury health resort, in nearby Lenox as romantic destinations. Yet each in its own style brings individuals and couples a type of serenity and relaxation which is exquisitely hard to come by. Both of these retreats are known by their group activities in yoga, meditation, and other wellness practices. Kripalu, across from Tanglewood Music Center, occupies a Frederick Law Olmstead-designed property known as Shadowbrook, once home to industrial magnate Andrew Carnegie. Their newest lodging is a striking model of environmentally-sensitive architecture featuring lots of glass and wood. Activities vary week to week and can include painting, writing, singing, boating, circus


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arts, relationship-building, couples massage, as well as many approaches to yoga and other forms of movement. Canyon Ranch (not a ranch at all) centers around the former Bellefontaine Mansion and features rolling lawns and easy walks to the local town and within the tranquil property. Activities include cooking demonstrations, drumming, beading, tennis, basketball, dance, and so much more. Both retreat centers offer extensive and highly acclaimed spas, and each is surrounded by the cultural and natural gifts of the Berkshires.

Over the Top If you’re going to splurge, consider the high end Winvian Resort in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills where lodgings include a Sikorsky helicopter-turned-sumptuous suite, a treehouse complete with wood-burning stove and Jaccuzzi, and guest cottages created as an art studio, greenhouse, or musical playground, among other

themes. Bicycles are available on site, as are wine tastings, cooking classes with the resort’s chef, an organic garden, and farm-totable dining. Off-site adventures include hot air ballooning, auto racing school, glass-blowing, and snow tubing in the winter or river tubing in summer. So pick your pleasure, and start your married life with an escape designed just for you. You’ll be delighted by the unique memories you and your sweetie create when you go your own way, with a honeymoon that expresses your passions, interests, and style. Janet Strassman Perlmutter is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She and her husband honeymooned in a cinder block cottage just yards away from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

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FUNCTION FACILITY 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: Yvonne Caole.

Mechanics Hall (63)

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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 (11)

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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

25/250

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester Charter Oak Country Club (19)

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394 Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 • Fx: (978) 562-0198 sales@charteroakcc.com www.charteroakcc.com

$35 - $115

Experience a wedding of extraordinary elegance when you select Charter Oak Country Club. Our grand ballroom offers unsurpassed service and culinary excellence. Contact: Weddings at ext. 610.

DoubleTree Hotel (103)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

30/300

30/500

Yes

Yes

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2

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

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.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (60)

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

Stow Acres Country Club (49) 58 Randall Rd., Stow, MA 01775 Ph: (978) 568-1100 x107 • Fx: (978) 562-4573 kgiles@stowacres.com www.stowacres.com

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

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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

$30 - $65

Yes

Yes

50/250

Yes

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Our recently restored Victorian clubhouse features fireplaces, a large oak dance floor, and many windows. Enjoy cocktails on our wrap-around porch and brick patio. Contact: Karen Giles.

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

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, W

Under $30 - $50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (46)

Number of Events

92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com www.arrowheadacres.com

An elegant Country Club style facility complete with “Chapel in the Pines,” decorative bridge, country stone wall locations and a beautiful fireplace for group photographs. Contact: David Morin.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (88)

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801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com www.blissfulmeadows.com

Country setting in converted historic barn. Outdoor gazebo for ceremonies and picture taking. Oversized deck for cocktail hours. Easy access to Worcester and Providence via 146. Contact: Melissa Laskowski.

Crystal Lake Golf Club (8)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Under $30

Yes

Yes

No

No

50/175

50/200

Yes

1

Yes

No

1

No

100 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • Fx: (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com www.crystallakegolfclub.com

Multiple wedding ceremony locations including lake-front pavilion and gazebo. Observation deck for cocktail reception available. Contact: Tracy Hill.

Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

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 (14) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

La Salle Reception Center (IBC)

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 (90)

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 (57)

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 (79)

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 (25)

E, B, D, W

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (29)

$35 - $68

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

6/225

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

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

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.

The Harding Allen Estate (87)

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

Yes

Yes

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

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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: Alicia Clayton.

Colonial Hotel (6)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Yes

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

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (47)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

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 (13)

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 Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (75)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $100

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1-3

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 (64)

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: Jay Foster.

Shaker Hills Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (17)

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

No

2

1

Yes

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. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 socialsalesdevens@truenorthhotels.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.

Sterling National Country Club (33)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

40/225

Yes

1

Yes

No

33 Albright Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-0275 Melissap@sterlingcc.com www.sterlingcc.com

A picturesque setting, beautiful Ballroom and stunning area for outdoor ceremonies along with first-class cuisine and a professional staff to ensure dreams come true. Contact: Sales Office.

Wachusett Country Club (62)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

No

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

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

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.

Wachusett Village Inn (45)

E, B, D, W

9 Village Inn Rd., Westminster, MA Ph: (978) 571-2502 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 tianna@wachusettvillageinn.com www.wachusettvillageinn.com

$42 - $60

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

2

BRIDE&GROOM

Yes

Design your destination wedding weekend! Full service with salon and spa services. Contact: Tianna Dionne.

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

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Photo above is prior to new renovations

At DoubleTree by Hilton™, we know your wedding is the most important day of your life. So whether you’re dreaming of an Intimate Affair or a Grand Indulgence, we’re committed to getting every detail just right.

After all, a romance like yours deserves a wedding just as special. Please contact our Social Catering Sales Manager at 508.616.7436

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

104

Cakes

104

Catering

104

Donation Services

104

Entertainment

105

Florists

105

Honeymoon Spots

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Jewelry

resources

BEAUTY

CAKES

Beauty in Motion (77)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (10)

(508) 450-8707 brittanymcglone@yahoo.com www.abbeautyinmotion.com

16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com

We are a team of licensed hair and makeup artists who bring the salon to you! Specializing in up-do’s, airbrush makeup, eyelashes, extensions and more!

European Wax Center (51)

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.

Crown Bakery (90)

290 Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581 (774) 512-0095 Terri.Radley@waxcenter.com Waxcenter.com

Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com

Prepare to strut, glow, and feel fabulous. We believe luxurious waxing is for everyone who wants gorgeous skin, whenever they desire.

NKD Waxing, Lashes & Makeup (64) 12 Portland Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 581-0881 kristielee@nkdworcester.com www.nkdworcester.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.

Culpepper’s Bakery 500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393 A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.

Make your day picture perfect, with experts that help with decisions such as, hi-def or airbrush makeup and lashes that last a day or weeks!

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton (87)

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BRIDAL SHOPS

Limousines

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Bella’s Bridal Boutique (46)

Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

Photo Booths

105

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

Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com

CATERING Buggy Whip Catering

Photography

105

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.

Pre Bridal Events

106

Elegance by Carbonneau (4)

Reception Facilities

100

292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 www.mydress4less.com

Rentals

106

Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

DONATION SERVICES

Shoes

106

BRIDAL SHOWS

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

Specialty Lighting

106

Tuxedos

106

Videography

106

Wedding Internet Services 106

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The Original Wedding Expo (86) ™

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.

343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458 www.buggywhipcatering.com The Buggy Whip Catering Service has been serving traditional American fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.

I Do Foundation

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.


Joslin Diabetes Center

Perro’s Flowers (56)

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

284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com

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.

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

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 Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (53) P.O. Box 1612, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 765-1240 djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com www.djbuddyd.com Professional Disc Jockey Service, reverend services, picture slide show presentations, Up-lighting, 32 years wedding experience, latest in audio and lighting, superior rates.

Festive Events (98)

By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride’s individuality.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (99) 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.

LIMOUSINES Gray’s Limousine (89) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (78)

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

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

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

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.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (78)

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video 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.

J. Lo Photo 45 Lebanon St., Malden, MA 02148 (781) 321-5100 jlophotovideo@gmail.com www.jlophotovideo.com J. Lo Photo offers New England brides the finest in modern photography and videography. We love what we do and you will too!

JMK Portraits 333 Prospect Street, West Boylston, MA 01583 (508) 735-0476 jmkportraits@gmail.com jmkportraits.smugmug.com JMK Portraits is a local photography business specializing in weddings, special events and portraits. We offer affordable wedding photography packages starting at only $1400!

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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.

FLORISTS Herbert E. Berg Florist 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com Simple, elegant, extraordinary. From your engagement party to your wedding day; from your first anniversary to your 50th, we make your floral dreams come true.

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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (78) 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.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (69) 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 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 (61)

Kristin Griffin Photography Po Box 84 Halifax, MA 02338 508) 320-2670 Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com www.kristingriffinphotography.com Creative and personalized photographs are an investment you make in the memory of your wedding. Trust your day to an award-winning photographer. Photojournalist, artistic, memorable.

Leslie Boudreau Photography (65) Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com

RENTALS Ambiance Linens & Print Design 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.

Central Mass Party Rentals 124 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-5383 www.centralmasspartyrentals.com

Relive the moments of your once-in-a-lifetime day for years to come with Leslie Boudreau Photography. Timeless and simple. Yours.

Central Mass Party Rentals can provide professional planning, support and some of the finest special event equipment available. “We’ve got you covered.”

New Life Photography

Elegant Linens Ltd. (18) 296 Providence Rd., S. Grafton, MA (508) 839-9332 www.elegantlinensltd.com

Worcester, MA (508) 963-3457 NLPwed@gmail.com www.NLPwedding.com Stunning & affordable photography for the modern bride. Traditional & artistic styles to capture every moment. Free engagement session.

Robinson Wedding Photography (91) 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.

PRE BRIDAL EVENTS Just Paint (59) 386 West Boylston St. Worcester, MA 01605 (508) 277-6986 justpaintstudio@gmail.com www.justpaintma.com Paint, Sip & unWINE Hand Painted Weddings, Live Event Paintings, Bridal Showers, Jack & Jill Showers, Ladies Night Out.

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If you’re planning a wedding, call Elegant Linens today for an appointment. See the difference our special touch can make for your special day.

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (74) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (98) 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.

www.mwtux.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 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.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official website! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (86)

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

WedAlert.com (93)

WedAlert.com’s mission is to match the local Bride & Groom with wedding professionals in their area, saving the couple valuable time and money with their wedding plans.

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