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Contents

FEATURES 18 Precious Metals What’s hot on him. 34 Beau Ties An American classic. 38 Raising the Bar What’s trending in wedding libations.

46 His Turn to Party Not your typical Bachelor Parties. 50 What’s Your Style? Fashion that suits you.

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42 Well-Groomed Looking great from head to toe.

64 Just the Two of Us Five ways to enjoy some mother & daughter time. 68 Hearths You’ll Heart Warm up with the perfect romantic getaway. 78 Selecting Your Signature Scent A guide to picking your perfect wedding perfume. 82 Sweetheart Tables Handcrafted, custom tables for the Mr. & Mrs. 86 Honeymoon in Vegas Romance and excitement awaits!

FEATURED VENUES 58 The Barn at Wight Farm 74 Harrington Farm

IN EVERY ISSUE 14 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples. 22 26 30

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Nearby Nuptials Claudia & Tony Erin & Sean Allison & David

90 B&G Picks

DIRECTORIES 100 Function Facility Guide 104 Wedding Resources Guide Cover photo: The Grovers; troygrover.com

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Precious metals What’s hot on him by Jennifer McNally Monac

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Q: Often when you think of jewelry and bling, it’s the women who come to mind, but I see you have a great selection for men, too. Can you tell us about that? A: Men don’t always wear a lot of jewelry, so it’s important for us to make sure what they do wear makes a statement. A man’s ring should be an expression of his personality, so we have an extensive selection of bands for the groom to choose from, traditional to contemporary. Alternative metal is very popular because of the extreme strength of the materials used. By simply changing the metal of a specific ring, it can alter the whole look and it becomes a real reflection of a man’s style.

“We have customers who have been coming to see us for thirty years and, in the end, it’s as if they all become our family!” Q: It seems like styles are always changing: gold, white-gold, platinum. Do you find one metal is more popular than another today? Are you seeing any other notable trends in bridal or wedding jewelry these days? A: As far as grooms go, one of the biggest trends we are seeing is with the alternative metal bands. In the past, gold and platinum were the most popular because choice was limited. Now, tungsten, titanium, seranite, and cobalt are all popular choices. In addition to the metals, there is a wide variety of finishes, too. We are proud to carry high-quality lines such as Lashbrook Designs and Endless Designs. At Maria’s we like to say, “Your promise is our promise.”

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“We specialize in beautiful and unique custom pieces, perfect for gift-giving.”

Q: Beyond the engagement rings and wedding bands, Maria’s Fine Jewelry seems like a terrific place to find memorable wedding gifts for bridal parties, as well as specialty gifts for the bride, from the groom, and vice versa. What are some of the most popular wedding gifts today? A: Here at Maria’s, my staff and I make our own unique jewelry, whether it’s for the bride or her bridesmaids, or even the mother of the bride. We make it right here on-site. Our customers come in and tell us exactly what they are looking for, and we help them get exactly what they want. We specialize in beautiful and unique custom pieces, perfect for gift-giving. Every woman should have something from Maria’s in her jewelry box! For men, we have cuff links, money clips, watches, and more. Q: They say finding a terrific jeweler is like finding a best friend; once you find one, you hold on to them forever! Do you find that a lot of your clients are repeat customers who started with engagement rings, yet they turn to you again and again for life’s big events?

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Claudia and Tony

June 19, 2015 St. Mary Parish, Wrentham, MA The First Encounter Ten years ago, an office romance sparked between Claudia and Tony. Claudia was new at the company and Tony was sent from another location to train her. From there, a friendship grew and eventually blossomed into a relationship. They were together for two years before Tony popped the question. Their engagement was simple and romantic. The couple enjoyed a bike ride through Colt State Park, found a quiet and serene place to relax, and the next thing Claudia knew, Tony was on one knee asking her to spend the rest of their lives together. Claudia felt that, “It was unexpected and perfect in every way.�

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The two were engaged for about a year and took their time so they could enjoy the planning process. Tony was just as involved in the process as Claudia and really enjoyed combining their tastes to create their magical day. Claudia described their wedding as an “extension of their personalities that highlighted the special things within our relationship.” The ceremony was held at the beautiful St. Mary Parish in Wrentham, MA. The newlyweds, family, and friends then celebrated the night away at Raffael’s Banquet Facility. Claudia and Tony decided to have a small intimate wedding, so they chose a venue that provided their wedding attendees with great food and a dance floor. The ballroom was decorated in gold and blush, which balanced out the couple’s classic and elegant style. Bridesmaids donned blush/mauve chiffon gowns with a gem neckline embellishment, while the groom and groomsmen sported charcoal tuxedos. continued on page 24

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One extra-special detail for the couple was their elegantly decorated cake, which was edged with rolled chocolate roses. All the small details added to the elegant affair, but the couple’s guests were the true highlight. The day was filled with the love and laughter of their closest family and friends. Family members flew in from all over the country to celebrate their union, and the couple could not have felt more blessed. Guests danced the night away

and took full advantage of the photo booth to create everlasting memories. Claudia and Tony made it their mission to enjoy the planning process. For newly engaged couples, they suggest doing the same. It’s important to have good memories from the planning process to help you look forward together to your big day! So take your time, make decisions together, and try your best to work with professionals that will make your day go smoothly.

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Erin and Sean June 26, 2015 The Harding Allen Estate Their Story Erin and Sean have had a connection since the day they met in 2009—they just didn’t know it. Erin’s sister, Colleen, was dating Sean’s best friend, Matt. For years, Colleen and Matt had been trying their hardest to set the two up because they felt that they were truly “perfect for each other.” But timing and relationships always seemed to get in the way—until the summer of 2012, that is, when the stars aligned and provided Erin and Sean with the chance to finally meet. They both knew immediately that Colleen and Matt had been right all along—they did have something special—and from then on, the two were inseparable.

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They have found a love that neither of them thought existed, and together they have enjoyed all kinds of adventures in travel, music, and everyday activities. Erin and Sean began talking about getting married at the beginning of their relationship, because they both realized that their love was the kind that lasts forever. It was never a question of if they would get married, only when they would get married. Sean popped the question in May 2014 in a manner that proved to be consistent with the nature of their relationship: thoughtful, sweet, and full of love. After a long red-eye flight home from California, the last thing Erin expected was a surprise pickup at the airport from Sean and an extended vacation. He whisked her away to the Cape, where they often enjoyed spending their free time. They arrived at Chatham Bars Inn where Erin was greeted with champagne, flowers, and an entire closet of new clothes. Wow! Sean proclaimed that this would be just a relaxing weekend of dinners, kicking back, and watching the Bruins game. Despite an initial suspicion that this might be “the� weekend, Erin started to think it really was simply a romantic impromptu getaway. Following dinner one night, Sean whisked Erin away to a private beach fire surrounded by two Adirondack chairs with wine and a cheese plate. Sean sat Erin down and explained the real reason for the trip. He told her that he had seen himself asking a certain question since they first started dating. It was then that Sean asked Erin for her hand in marriage. Just when she thought the surprises were over, Sean pointed into the distance and told her that there was also a photographer capturing every moment of the proposal. (A must do!) continued on page 28 www.bridegroommag.com

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Erin and Sean took a little more than twelve months to plan their June wedding. With a pretty tight budget and a knack for crafts, Erin created a lot of the smaller details herself. Because they had both grown up in Central Massachusetts, the couple wanted to keep the venue fairly local so that all of their loved ones could attend. A summer garden wedding was the inspiration for the affair, and the Harding Allen Estate seemed like the perfect fit. The color scheme was grey, white, and yellow with handmade details that kept the wedding contemporary chic. The yellow billy-ball boutonnieres and white and gray bouquets added to this theme. Even their dog, George, who was also in the wedding, was adorned with a yellow bowtie. The table numbers, made by Erin, which doubled as guest books, was one

“The color scheme was grey, white, and yellow with handmade details that kept the wedding contemporary chic.” of the couple’s favorite features at their wedding. The crafty details played a huge part in making the wedding a hit, but the most memorable moment was the honoring of the loved ones who could not be present. Both Erin and Sean took the time to honor those lost within the past few years. They set up a memory table, which featured photos of their loved ones on their own wedding days. What a beautiful touch!

Erin and Sean advise other couples to enlist the help of family and friends, and try and make the planning as fun as possible. By assigning specific projects to certain family and friends, you will feel less stressed and get the chance to bond during such an exciting time.

The Particulars Ceremony Site: The Harding Allen Estate Barre, MA. harding-allen.com Photographer: Hitched Studios, Charlestown, MA. hitchedstudios.com Caterer: In house catering at The Harding Allen Estate Baker: On The Rise Baking Worcester, MA. ontherisebaking.com Florist: FIORI Franklin, MA. fioriflorals.com Videographer: Adam Metterville Video Productions. adammetterville.com Music: DJ Bob Solano Stoneham, MA. Transportation: AA Transportation Shrewsbury MA. aatransportation.com Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bridal gown- Designer- Paloma Blanca VOWS Bridal Outlet, Watertown MA bridepower.com Bridesmaid’s attire- Assorted locations Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Grooms Suit: JCrew- Ludlow Shop at Copley Place, Boston, MA. jcrew.com/wedding.jsp Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse menswearhouse.com

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Allison and David September 4, 2015 Niles Beach, Gloucester, MA Their Story Allison and Dave met at Endicott College where they both attended undergraduate and graduate school. Despite Endicott’s small size, the couple didn’t meet until the weekend before finals of senior year. Allison has always thought this was fate; they didn’t meet until they were supposed to meet. In fact, they have since realized that they sat in the same class freshman year, but never met!

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Allison first saw Dave at an intramural volleyball tournament the school was hosting. It just so happened that Dave’s team needed two girls to officially play, and from then on the pieces seemed to fall into place. Allison and Dave’s team won the tournament, and after that moment, they kept bumping into each other during senior week activities. The two instantly hit it off and quickly became friends. They soon realized they would both be returning to Endicott the upcoming fall for graduate school and were also both applying to be assistant resident directors. Their lives seemed to be taking the same path. Before they knew it, they were spending every moment together—from grad classes to having the same gym schedule, but more importantly, they were falling in love. On the day of their engagement, Allison noticed that Dave was acting strangely almost immediately. From the time they woke up, to eating breakfast, to the time he got home, she sensed something was going on. Dave suggested they go for a walk and get some ice cream, but Allison insisted they eat the meatballs she made for dinner before having any dessert. Dave willingly agreed and went upstairs to change. He came down in a much dressier outfit than expected. He claimed he wanted to break in his boat shoes, but couldn’t do so while wearing gym clothes. It just wouldn’t look right! The day ended up being cold and after getting ice cream, Allison didn’t want to get out of the car and go for a walk on the beach. Dave tried everything to convince her, saying he really wanted to test out his shoes in the sand. Allison caved, certainly not suspecting that two of her friends were waiting in the dunes to take pictures. Eventually, they made it to the destination for perfect pictures of the proposal. Dave said, “Stop, I have to tie my shoe!” He proceeded to pull out the biggest box ever! The rest was history. Allison and Dave started planning the day they got engaged (May 4, 2014), and set the date for exactly 16 months later on September 4, 2015. Allison had studied Hospitality Managecontinued on page 32

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ment with a concentration in Event Management, which made planning her wedding all the more exciting. She interned with wedding venues throughout her time at Endicott, so she was very excited to put that knowledge into planning her special day. Allison and Dave made a conscious effort to put their own personal touch on their wedding and to support small businesses. Their ceremony and reception combined to create the “best of both worlds.”

Since their reception was held at the Misselwood Estate under a “very fancy tent,” the couple wanted to balance that out with a comfortable beach ceremony. The wedding party went barefoot in the sand while guests sipped on fresh lemonade. Cocktail hour was spent playing yard games, and the comfort theme was carried through to the food at the reception: ribs, Louisiana corn bread, baked mac and cheese, and more! The two chose the Misselwood Estate at Endicott College be-

cause it was where their love story began. How sweet! The couple decided to forego many wedding traditions. They kept in the first dances, but instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had a delicious ice cream bar. They truly made this wedding their own. All of the centerpieces were handmade, and in lieu of wedding favors, the couple made a donation to Autism Speaks. The ampersand symbol was a recurring motif throughout their reception. During her planning process, Allison was inspired by the quote, “Ampersand: a joining and continuation of infinity. The ampersand tells a story of how two joined solidly together can unite forever.” This quote impressed Allison and Dave so much they included the symbol as a motif in their invitations, programs, and decorations. Their wedding day was filled with beautiful decorations and even more beautiful moments. Allison and Dave wrote their own wedding vows, which made the ceremony very personal. Dave creatively wove together many great love quotes in his vows to Allison. A truly memorable moment.

The Particulars Ceremony Site: Niles Beach, Gloucester, MA. Reception Site: Misselwood Estate, Endicott College endicott.edu/misselwoodweddings.aspx Photographer: Shannon Cronin Photography, Boston, MA. shannoncroninphotography.com Caterer: Creative Catering Beverly, MA. creative-catering.com Florist: Russell’s Florist Gloucester, MA. russellsflorist.com Videographer: Dreamlight Wedding Films Hopedale, MA. dreamlightweddingfilms.com Transportation: Michael’s Limousine Company, Peabody, MA. michaelslimousine.com Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bridal gown- Maggie Sottero Bridesmaid’s attire- Blushing Bride Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger, Men’s Wearhouse menswearhouse.com

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BEAU T IES An American Classic

B&G spoke with Weybridge 1761, President and CEO David Mutter about how to tie a bow tie, why he loves National Bow Tie Day, and adding a bow tie to your everyday look will be imperative for the upcoming season year. What are upcoming wedding trends for bow ties and neckties? “Two words: Bold or Classic. Wedding parties – and we have worked with thousands of couples over the last few decades – tend to pick one of two paths. Some couples are inspired by bold colors – Deep reds, purples or Burgundies. While other couples pursue a classic approach with rich silvers or blacks. Weybridge is special because we have quality solutions regardless of the approach.” Do all grooms wear bow ties? “No. We work with hundreds of grooms who prefer traditional four-in-hand (long ties). A crisp blue tie like our Londonderry Blue is a great example of a tie that looks great for a groom.” 34 Winter 2016

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Should the groomsmen’s accessories match the groom’s? “Please NO! A pocket square should enhance a tie and complete an outfit. It should never match a tie. I always recommend grooms and/or groomsmen wear a white pocket square. The suit should be a single color (e.g. black, dark gray, etc.), the pocket square should be white and the tie should provide the color. Simple. Always in style.”

Cambridge Pink Self Tie Bow Tie: “A pink tie with a sprinkle of blue and white, the Cambridge Pink is the ideal accessory. It makes a statement without being bold or pretentious. This is the tie groomsmen wear long after the wedding.”

Londonderry Blue Pre-Tied Bow Tie “Classic. A beautiful blue tie with rich detail and amazing quality, the Londonderry Blue is a timeless choice.”

Hancock Burgundy Self Tie Bow Tie: “There are some ties that just work during the winter, the Hancock Burgundy is one such tie. It’s deep reach color completes an outfit and provides warmth even when the temperatures are low. Londonderry Silver Pre-Tied Bow Tie: “I love the Londonderry Silver. It’s a traditional design with just a hint of contemporary character. Ideal for nighttime weddings.”

Londonderry Red Pre-Tied Bow Tie: “Bold beauty. This Red draws both attention and admiration. It catches the eye and wins you over.”

Montgomery Green Self Tie Bow Tie: “You can never go wrong with a Montgomery Green tie. Such a classic. Every man should have this is in their collection. Wearing this tie makes you feel better.” weybridge1761.com continued on page 36

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Raising the Bar What’s Trending in Wedding Libations by Stacey Marcus

Looking to discover what’s trending in wedding cocktails? We assembled a team of experts to help you raise the bar in style. Classic Cocktails, Rye Whiskeys, and Rosé “Wedding parties have always been a mixed bag when it comes to drinks. We’ve seen a trend toward classic cocktails and rye whiskeys. From Sazeracs to Manhattans, even a simple rye on the rocks, there is definitely a push on brown spirits. Oh, and guys drinking rosé, that has been popular for whatever reason.” —Tom Dargon, Beverage Manager, BOKX 109 American Prime

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Sparkling Wine and a Fancy Flute “Momentous occasions, such as weddings, go hand in hand with sparkling wine and a fancy flute. At Bistro du Midi, we not only have selections of bubbles to fit any wedding budget, but we also work with the couple to put their signature spin on what can otherwise be a typical toast. One of the most popular selections at our nuptial celebrations is the Champagne Cocktail au Provence with Domaine Collin, Tradition, Crémant de Limoux, Brut, Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters and Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters.” — Randy Clutter, General Manager, Bistro du Midi

Blueberries, Beaches and Smores “In Maine, it’s all about lobsters, beaches, and blueberries. Brides come here for a quintessential Maine experience, so cocktails with blueberries or a beach theme are a must. A favorite that gives a nod to the beach is our signature S’mores made with Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, with the glass rimmed with graham crackers and chocolate—a grown up version of s’mores to enjoy at the fire pit, which is open all year long. Another popular beach cocktail—fresh lemonade with Maine’s Cold River Blueberry Vodka, blueberry puree, and blueberries is perfect—and for wedding continued on page 40 www.bridegroommag.com

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tail that is unique to them. For example, she recently helped a couple create a pear-infused cocktail, which they dubbed the “Perfect Pair.” Suzanne has also noticed a lot of brides are bringing back classic cocktails, namely Martinis. Sarah Santos, Mirbeau’s assistant director of food and beverage, has noticed an increase in popularity of fruit cocktails for outdoor weddings in the spring and summer months. Top choices include the Watermelon Hibiscus Margarita, Monet’s Garden Party Cocktail, Strawberry Lemonade, and the Passionfruit Mimosa.

DIY Champagne Bar guests who prefer to have it shaken, not stirred—the Blueberry Martini is always very popular at the bar.” —Justin Douglass, Food and Beverage Manger, Inn by the Sea

Signature Cocktails Suzanne Miraglia, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills’ director of sales, who works closely with couples to prepare for their big day, has noticed that couples are opting for signature cocktails to be served at the beginning of the cocktail hour/reception instead of the standard champagne. Couples work with Suzanne and a lead mixologist to craft a cocktail that infuses their favorite flavors and liquors for a cock40 Winter 2016

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DIY champagne bar cocktails create a beautiful color spectrum based on the liqueur that is added, making it easy for a bride to tie-in her cocktails to the party theme and tablescapes. Bartenders and beverage directors at hotels note that couples are gravitating to liqueurs because they are lower in proof and can transform a classic drink that people know well. One fun fact about The King’s Ginger Liqueur is that the bottle bears with pride two royal warrants, one from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and one from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It is the drink with which the royal family celebrates all occasions, such as the union of Princess Kate and Prince William.

Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

Wedding Drink Tips Susan Lueker, SIMI Winery’s director of winemaking, shares these unique wedding drink tips:

• A unique serving option is to have the servers pour the wines using decanters as opposed to bottles for special wines. This minimal swap is an easy way to add flare to your typical serving style—as long as the wines have not been decanted prior to pouring for too long.

• Wine on tap is becoming widely popular. It adds a simple yet elegant touch, and makes for quick serving using a new-age pouring system.

• For a personal touch, varietals can be sourced from a meaningful region, such as a place the couple has traveled, where they got engaged, or the home town of the bride or groom. • Incorporate wine into the menu. Wine-infused desserts are certainly a trend and another delicious way to layer in grapes for serious wine lovers. And for the wedding cake, red wine lends a beautiful coloring for frosting.


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Well-Groomed by Cindy Papish Gerber

Although the bride may command center stage, a well-groomed groom can bask in his share of the spotlight.

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oday’s grooms really care about making a statement,” says Gina Lehrer, president of Bonardi’s Formalwear. “They have definite opinions; some choosing what they want before the bride has input.” Throughout Lehrer’s 38 years of fitting, renting ,and selling formalwear she’s, “seen styles come and go. What’s changed is grooms use their attire to complement their wedding’s theme and vision . . . matching their look to their personality.” Timeworn “cookie-cutter black tuxedoes” have been surpassed by charcoal grey and navy suits, “paired with brown shoes” she notes. “This look is very hot right now.” Vests, bowties, suspenders, and socks in an array of textures and “fun, bold colors are big,” says Orlando Sousa, the New England zone operations manager for Men’s Wearhouse. “Personalized pocket squares and boutonnieres can range from dressy to rustic.” Boxy and baggy is out; slim fit is way in. “A tighter fit and thinner, nontraditional lapels” in grosgrain fabrics are trending. “Men aren’t looking for shine,” Sousa maintains. “The overall style is modern, somewhat subdued, a bit less formal and totally individualized.” continued on page 44

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Grooms wishing to invest in their own formalwear can do so through the Men’s Wearhouse Joseph Abboud line. Ben Rosol, the manager of the MW store in Hamden, CT, enjoys taking customers through this process. “They choose from a wide array of “fabric, fit, and details” of their suits, sport coats, or separates,” he explains, “produced in the Joseph Abboud factory located in New Bedford, MA.” What’s selling lately? “Lots of wool, in midnight blue—a touch richer than navy.” He adds, “Edged lapels, classic linen for beach weddings, plain white French cuff shirts, and NO ruffles or wing collars.” Bow ties, which have completely overtaken long ties as THE choice in neckwear, can become scarce during peak wedding season. So, plan ahead!

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“The overall style is modern, somewhat subdued, a bit less formal and totally individualized.” Another “big influencer” is the red carpet. What celebrities are wearing—and therefore posting, pinning, and tweeting across media platforms has a huge ripple effect. “Even NFL football players aren’t afraid of having a perfectly manicured look,” says Kristie Lee Laskes, owner/esthetician of Nkd in Worcester, MA. “Guys don’t worry about being labeled ‘metro’ anymore. Well-groomed is part of being professional.” Mustaches and beards” are all over social media; selfies and wedding photos are going viral.” Chris Then and his bride, Ivanna Mercedes, were delighted by the outcome of their Nkd pre-wedding makeup/grooming session. “I’ve always liked to dress well and look my best.” Chris recalls, “On the most important day of my life, I wanted to make sure I looked just right.” Men comprise 25% of Terri Radley’s clientele at the European Wax Center in Westborough, MA. “Waxing is definitely becoming more popular” she says, “especially for eyebrows. It’s the first thing people see . . . and will see in wedding pictures forever.” For similar reasons, some men do their nose and ear hair; others

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s there any such thing as a typical bachelor party? Not according to Dimitri Petrosian, a professional VIP host, nightlife/event planner and partner with Boston’s 6one7 Productions. He finds, “that the ‘standard’ bachelor party associated with gambling, gentleman’s clubs and drinking marathons etc.,” has become atypical. “Just focusing on New England,” he says, “there are definitely plenty of options out there.” At 26, he’s attended a few “small, mid- and large-sized bachelor parties,” including two out-of-town destinations: “Vegas (see p. 86) and “an outdoorsy North Carolina weekend where we attended a NASCAR race!”

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Professionally, he’s “encountered a TON of Boston bachelor parties, which usually involve renting a hotel room, going to dinner, then a cigar bar, and a nightclub.” Through it all, Petrosian maintains, “the focus is all about organizing something you think is best for the bachelor.” Traditionally arranged by the best man, brother(s), and maybe a few BFFs, key organizers need to plan the major aspects of the groom’s last hurrah: who, when what, where, and how much to spend. According to Evite.com, “All of the guys in the wedding party get an invite, but you can also include other close friends and family; just ask the groom to put together a guest list. Etiquette even allows inviting guys who aren’t in the wedding party, but don’t let the guest list get too long unless the groom specifically requests it.” Next, send out a group email to determine everyone’s availability and choose a convenient date. When appropriate, Evite suggests, “inviting the bachelor’s dad and future father-in-law to the dinner portion of the evening.” The same applies to younger, college-age guests. “Montreal is a popular destination for younger [18 plus] bachelor parties, or those with a few younger group members who they don’t want to leave behind,” says Rob Ciulla,

president and owner of Montreal Party Weekends. “There’s little to do in Boston for the under-21 crowd, which is a reason our travel packages are very popular throughout New England. Plus, “it’s just a short bus ride away, making it an attractive option for a quick getaway.” The entertainment, dining, music scene, nightlife, culture, year-round activities (skiing, golf, water sports, hockey) and the très bon US-to-Canadian dollar exchange rate all add to Montreal’s appeal. continued on page 48

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The Boston-based Bustonian is “a one-stop shop for all bachelor parties—a nightclub on wheels,” says Matt Robitaille, president and owner of both the Bustonian and Boatonian. “The bus goes from bar to bar around Boston (for six hours plus with three to five stops). We pick up and drop your group off at a designated spot and set you up with clubs and bars so there’s never any cover charge or lines.” During May through October, seafaring bachelors can set sail from Rowe’s Wharf on the Boatonian, which functions as “a floating, three-hour booze cruise with live music.” Dan Fallswood raves about the “great vibe” of the July 2015 Boatonian bachelor bash he attended. “The live band was amazing, it was easy to buy tickets online, we had plenty of room to dance, and it was definitely a fantastic alternative to the regular bars and clubs,” he recalls. “I would absolutely do this again, bachelor party or not.” “My Boston pick is the Stage Nightclub,” says Chris Haddad, editor of Massnightly.com. “They have an exciting, private show called Viva La Vaudeville, boasting a one-of-a-kind burlesque/circus performance.” After-hours, Stage turns into a nightclub. “Their VIP service for a bachelor is the best in the city.” At the cutting-edge, Shrine Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, “We offer a variety of customizable VIP packages for any bachelor parties looking to celebrate the occasion with us,” says David Bolton, After Dark Promotions co-founder/operations and marketing manager. “More information about Shrine can be found on our website at www. shrinefoxwoods.com.” Luckily, there are some VIP (Very Incredible Places) right in downtown Worcester. Chris Haddad recommends organizing a Shrewsbury Street bar crawl. “Start with a great steak at the 111 Chop House or Via Italian Table, sample beer at Brew City, stop in at the Flying Rhino, and end with a dessert nightcap at Sweet.

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“You can get more creative,” state the editors at The Plunge, a comprehensive online guide created just for bachelors. Their “how-to” list covers every possible aspect of planning your last night as a single man. Sooooo . . . party on, dudes! Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

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choose from, The Barn at Wight Farm is fairly new to the scene, yet it’s quickly standing out from the crowd. Outstanding service, gracious hospitality, unique styling, and an amazing culinary approach are at the heart of why this new establishment was conceived by the Table 3 Restaurant Group. Table 3 is a game-changing ensemble of three Sturbridge-area restaurants: Cedar Street Grill, Avellino and The Duck— each offering their own unique style and fare, from bistro food, to traditional Italian. All the group’s restaurants offer a comfortable atmopatrick o’connor photography

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Even though they are run by a single management group, each restaurant stands on its own merits. Collectively, these three restaurants have raised the bar when it comes to dining in Sturbridge, keeping true to the vision: “A restaurant meal should be among life’s most memorable experiences.” The Barn at Wight Farm aims to follow in those footsteps and early indications say they are succeeding, with more than 40 weddings booked before the group even opened their doors to the public in June 2015. “It was a highly anticipated venue, which is a testament to the Table 3 reputation,” said Dakota Tunley, the

Farm’s sales manager. Beyond the exceptional food, attention to detail and personalization are cornerstones of the wedding experience at The Barn at Wight Farm. From the moment a bride and groom meets with the group, they notice the difference. There are no cookie-cutter packages; instead, there are broad templates used as guides in the meal selection process. Couples are encouraged to build their own tailored wedding and dining experience, adding what’s appealing and omitting what isn’t. “We work closely with brides and grooms to customize their event. We invite individual couples into our restaurants for tastings

to experience dinner, plated exactly as it would be on their special day. It’s intimate and personalized as they select each aspect of the meal,” said Tunley. She went on to say, “Before we even get started, the chef comes out from the kitchen to personally meet the couple, and I join them as they dine, with my computer in hand, asking them not only how it tastes, but also how they feel about each dish.” From creative cuisine to traditional, The Barn at Wight Farm aims to please and loves a culinary challenge. Want locally sourced foods or something not on the menu? They can do that. Need vegetarian or gluten-free options? No problem. One couple was so specific in their requests, they had the Table 3 chefs recreate the exact meal shared on their first date! “It’s about accommodating people’s needs to the best of our ability and being happy to do it!” From start to finish, brides and grooms craft the components they desire, including choosing linens and napkins from a palette of 74 colors. Each event at the Barn at Wight Farm has a completely different vibe, and each wedding is reflective of the specific couple. continued on page 60 www.bridegroommag.com

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The venue itself is exceptional, too. The Table 3 Restaurant Group owns the entire property, which has beautifully manicured grounds dotted with traditional New England structures, situated alongside maples and oaks that color the landscape. There are also gardens and stylish hardscapes, including a stone patio with a satellite bar and a gas-lit fire pit, adding to the comfort and ambiance of evening weddings. The building itself is a stunning post-and-beam structure, which has been recently remodeled. The main room of the barn retains a feeling of historic tradition, while providing the contemporary ambience today’s brides and grooms are looking for. The venue boasts high ceilings, a large dance floor, and tables and chairs that match the dÊcor perfectly; the space accommodates 175 guests. Presenting its own unique charm, The Barn at Wight Farm is described as being modern-rustic, without being antiquated. Additional amenities include a private bridal suite on the lower level. Each couple is assigned a staff team who anticipate the couple’s every need, keeping the entire event on track, and providing exceptional service from start to finish.


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Another great thing about the Barn at Wight Farm is that guests are rewarded for their loyalty . . . couples who book a wedding at the facility can receive additional discounts for booking showers, rehearsals, or other wedding-related events at any of the groups’ three restaurants. It’s a valuable perk! To learn more, the group produces its own Table 3 newsletter once a month and there’s also a Facebook page dedicated to the Barn, which is packed with information and images of previous events. It’s a terrific resource for getting ideas and keeping your finger on the pulse of wedding trends at the Barn!

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Just the two of us Five ways to enjoy some mother and daughter time by Stacey Marcus

The moments, days, and months leading up to your wedding can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. While you take steps to move closer to your one and only, you need not leave behind the woman who will be forever in your heart, your mother. We’ve created a list of five fabulous ways for mothers and daughters to take a break from wedding planning frenzy and enjoy life’s simple pleasures together.

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Feel Like You’re in the French Countryside at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills in Plymouth is a great place for mothers and daughters to unwind. In this gorgeously appointed, fifty guestroom spa retreat, supremely talented executive chef Stephen Coe whips up sensational seasonal delights and goes a step beyond by hosting delicious events like an exquisite Oyster Dinner. You’ll have a blast learning about oysters and delighting in a beachfront dinner featuring some of the tastiest food on the planet. Next on the agenda is some spa time. Spend the day in the warmth of the resting room, delighting in the heated foot pool, indulging in a soothing spa treatment or taking a yoga or fitness class. No need to travel to France to enjoy a Monet-infused paradise, just pop over to Plymouth. mirbeau.com

Paint the Town A visit to the Paint Bar is a divine way for mothers and daughters to share time together. Mother/daughter team Jill Kerner Schon and Jackie Schon launched the Northeast’s original Paint Bar five years ago in Newton and have added locations on Newbury Street and in Falmouth. Channel your inner Picasso while sipping a pinot noir. Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, the class is so much fun that you just let loose and, voilà, you magically created masterpieces and memories. You each go home with your own canvas to covet. thepaintbar.com continued on page 66

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Enjoy Tea for Two Enjoying afternoon tea at the Taj in Boston is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Guests feels utterly royal under the chandeliers sipping tea and delighting in scrumptious finger sandwiches and delectable desserts. Add in a harpist and a window seat overlooking tony Newbury Street, and you’ve got an enchanted escape for two. tajhotels.com

Meditate at the Mayflower Grace Looking to escape to a country retreat and be wrapped in a blanket of luxury? Head to the amazing Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut, and enjoy the splendor of the Relais & Châteaux property. It won’t be easy to leave the sumptuous comfort of the beautifully appointed room (think fireplace, antique four-poster bed and heavenly pillows), but the trip to the spa is well worth the walk across the gorgeous grounds. Indulge in the Deep Blue Lavender Embrace that includes a lavenderinfused steam, body buffing, and massage. Retreat to the spacious meditation room, a sea of white furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, where the world melts away. gracehotels.com/mayflower

Take a Beauty Break What could be more bonding than a beauty break? Sign up for a seasonal beauty trend event like Nordstrom Beauty Trend week where you can learn about the latest trends and products, get insider tips, enjoy skincare and fragrance consultations, and snag great gifts. nordstrom.com Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Sounds like a perfect romantic getaway! But baby, it’s cold outside. Hello fireplace. These honeymoon hearths will warm your hearts. Some are by the sea; others are for city slickers or mountain lovers. Maybe you’d rather not stoke a fire or you’d rather not worry about embers burning throughout the night. No worries—there are plenty of gas fireplaces that put out plenty of heat and kindle just as much romance. 68 Winter 2016

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Maine At the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, you’ll find the real deal—a wood-burning fireplace in many of the guestrooms. For a unique experience, check into the Thos. Moser Suite, outfitted in Thos. Moser Cabinetmaker furniture, which includes a pencil-post queen bed, wood-burning sandstone fireplace, and a whirlpool bath. Walk to L.L. Bean and Freeport’s many other shops and then enjoy the award-winning Lobster Sunday Brunch or the lobster stew in the Broad Arrow Tavern. Complimentary afternoon tea is served in front of the fireplace in the lounge, and the outdoor fire pit, where you can enjoy a hot toddy and s’mores, is stoked year-round. Cape Elizabeth’s Inn by the Sea features gas fireplaces in many of its stylish rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites. Some of the suites even feature outdoor fireplaces to enjoy on your furnished deck with an ocean view. An added bonus is the outdoor fire pit off the resort’s lounge area, which helps to warm up the conversation with other fun-loving guests. Dine on local seafood in front of the lounge’s fireplace or in the Sea Glass restaurant and you’ve got one hot honeymoon in the middle of winter. Bundle up for a stroll on the mile-long beach and indulge in a massage in the SPA’s couples treatment room. This pet-friendly inn not only puts out the welcome mat for your dog, but it also fosters dogs in partnership with a local Portland shelter. If you meet a dog you fall in continued on page 70

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Boston It’s all about the Loft in the Hotel Commonwealth, a homerun shot from Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in the country. Not only is there a gas fireplace in the Loft suite, there’s also a pool table in the oversized living room. Yes, a pool table! How fun is that? Use a remote to unveil wall-to-wall windows with city views. This is one fun honeymoon hideaway, and the fireplace is the eight ball. hotelcommonwealth.com If you have your hearts set on a woodburning fireplace in town, the Lenox Hotel is where you’ll want to stay. Book a corner room (these are the rooms with fireplaces) in this historic Back Bay hotel that dates to 1900 and make a little history of your own. lenoxhotel.com

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signature junior suites also feature private outdoor private pits, and the Round Cove Suite features a gas fireplace. wequassett. com Sitting pretty on Pleasant Bay, Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa has been warming hearts for 100 years. Take a brisk walk into the darling town of Chatham or walk along the beach, then warm up in front of your own private fireplace. You’ll want to book one of the luxury cottages or one of the spa suites for an in-room fireplace. Or, go for the ocean-view presidential suite in the Main Inn which flaunts three fireplaces. chathambarsinn.com

Rhode Island A hip, eye-candy boutique hotel, The Break in Narragansett features sixteen

sexy beach-and-surfer-inspired rooms, each with a gas fireplace. Enjoy cocktails and locally sourced dinner (Narragansett mussels, Point Judith calamari, lobster rolls) in the Chair 5 restaurant (be sure to ask to be seated by the fireplace) then retreat to your room upstairs and let the warm glow of the fireplace work its charm. thebreakhotel.com

New Hampshire Check into a romantic one-bedroom suite with a gas fireplace in the immaculate 161-room Wentworth by the Sea, on the island of New Castle. This sprawling resort has many things going for it, including a lovely marina setting, class-act service, and fun-loving Portsmouth just miles away. Enjoy the wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, too. wentworth.com


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f you’re looking for a wedding venue that boasts true New England charm, quintessential rustic elegance, and surpassing country glamour, then look no further than Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA. Located on a quiet country road winding around the base of Wachusett Mountain, Harrington Farm dates back to 1763 and combines classic farmhouse elements with sophisticated modern features to create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your special day. maureencottonweddings.com

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Surrounded by lush gardens in the summer and spring and golden foliage in the fall, the farm’s outside ceremony space is as picturesque as they come. Exchange vows beneath a white arbor, among the venue’s manicured grounds that span 60 acres. The tranquil ponds, floral gardens, and breathtaking mountain vistas add to the idyllic atmosphere, offering the perfect setting to say your “I dos.” Cocktail hour is held under a chic sailcloth Sperry tent, complete with stylish lounge seating and whimsical floating lanterns. In September and October, Harrington Farm sets up heaters inside the tent to ensure everyone is comfortable. Plus, the stone walls and nearby rustic sheds provide spectacular photo options. After cocktail hour, guests can make their way to the main reception room, which can accommodate weddings of all sizes, from intimate parties to large gatherings of up to 220 people. The room stuns with rustic ceiling beams, elegant chandeliers continued on page 76

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and sconces, and a stone fireplace. During the colder months, the fireplace provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, and the staff will even light a real wood fire to add to the cozy atmosphere. And the large wood dance floor provides the perfect space to dance the night away—from your first-dance dips to breaking it down for the very last song. When you book your wedding at Harrington Farm, you’ll be introduced to five packages: Seasonal, Monday–Thursday, Classic, Signature, and Luxe. Each package includes use of the facilities and grounds, private wedding suites, your very own event coordinator, and many other features to make your planning seamless. Your wedding package includes a five hour reception with a choice of décor options, including the ever-popular Chiavari chairs, framed table numbers, votive candles, and an amazing thirty-six color options for your linens and napkins. Whether you’re a foodie or enjoy the basics, Harrington Farm has every kind of palate covered. For the adventurous eater, hors d’oeuvres such as New England apple and brie puff pastries with sweet brandy cream or pork tenderloin skewers with big Great Hill blue cheese and port sauce might appeal. Or, for simpler tastes, mini mugs of clam chowder or sizzling chicken quesadillas provide equally delicious options, without straying from your comfort zone. All packages include Butler passed and display station hors d’oeuvres, there are more than a dozen choices. “The food is honestly amazing—it’s definitely not your typical wedding food,” says Traci Swenson, director of sales. “We also source our meats, cheeses, and seafoods from as local as possible vendors and a lot of our produce & herbs is grown on site in our organic garden.” 76 Winter 2016

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There are just as many choices when it comes to entrées, including a wide variety of chicken, duck, pork, beef, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. In addition to the entrées, each package also offers an array of food options for the cocktail hour, appetizers, and dessert. The staff is more than willing to help you pick which package is right for you as well as customize it to your liking. And in terms of planning your wedding as a whole, the staff at Harrington Farm’s are true experts at what they do—and, perhaps most importantly, they love what they do. “Our commitment to quality means you’re in good hands,” Traci says. “We do everything in our power to ensure your wedding is 100% flawless.” Take the first step toward the wedding of your dreams, and visit harringtonfarm.com for more information. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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Selecting Your Signature Scent A Quick Guide to Picking Your Perfect Wedding Perfume by Stacey Marcus

Picking a perfume for your wedding is a very personal and sensual experience. The fragrance will linger throughout your lifetime, circling you back to the wonder and excitement of your wedding day. How does a bride go about the selecting a signature scent? We asked area experts to “spritz� a little light on the subject.

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New Scent for Wedding How does the process work? “Working with a fragrance expert who can help guide you through the selection process is your best bet. He or she may ask you simple questions such as what kinds of scents appeal to you (floral, fruity, woody, clean, etc.). In many ways, it may truly come down to whether or not you like how the fragrance smells—sometimes, it’s that simple! Trying the fragrance on your skin is suggested so you can get a sense of how the different layers and fragrance notes will bloom on your skin. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices, get a sample of each fragrance so you can take time to fall in love with one of them and make a final decision,” notes Nordstrom’s East Coast beauty director Laksmi Sam. I made an appointment with Katherine Stanner, beauty ambassador of Jo Malone and certified fragrance specialist at Nordstrom, to walk me through the field of fragrance. Jo Malone is an ideal brand for brides (and grooms) because they offer more than twenty-five different scents that can be layered or worn alone. Stanner taught me how to select a “bespoke” scent, one that is tailored to personal style as well as to the event. Popular wedding scents include Orange Blossom, a symbol of everlasting love and fidelity, and Peony and Blush Suede, a luxurious and seductive scent. I shared my wedding details, which included a seaside ceremony at the beginning of June. Katherine took into account my personal style, which is casual. She suggested layering Wood Sage Sea Salt (think sea salt spraying on rocks) with Wild Bluebell (imagine a field of freshly picked flowers still wet with morning dew). Selecting a bespoke frangrance is truly an enjoyable experience. Eric Buterbaugh, A-list celebrity florist to the stars and perfume maker shares a few tips for brides:

I think the scent should be different than your everyday scent. It should be very special and classic, setting the mood for a new beginning.

Where to Apply Perfume Perfume should be applied to pulse points, such as your wrists, behind the ears, the crook of your arms, and behind your knees.

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When my wife and I were planning our wedding, I wanted to contribute something handcrafted that would have a permanent place in our home. I focused on the significance of the dinner table as inspiration. The table I crafted became our “sweetheart table”—the table where we sat alone during our wedding reception—our first night together as a family. This was the first in a long line of our family dinners. Now, four years later, my eight-month-old daughter sits at this same table and nibbles on fruit as my wife and I enjoy a relaxing Saturday breakfast and talk about our plans for the day. Windswept Ltd. specializes in crafting these one-of-a-kind tables according to the specifications of the customer. Wood has the ability to take on an heirloom quality like no other material. It takes on a uniquely individual character that can only come from years of being handled. The essence of the sweetheart table is enriched by the idea that somehow it’s essence is preserved in the ineffable luster of the wood. Wood, by nature soaks in its environment, and a dinner table takes on the glow of shared meals and laughter, just as a workbench gradually takes on the patina of years of tools, oil, and paint.

The dinner table is to the family what the wedding bands are to the couple. Windswept strives to achieve an heirloom-quality piece in two ways. First, the tables we craft are meant to endure the winds of time, built to be passed down to future generations. It is with this goal in mind that we craft our tables using traditional methods such as hand planing; mortise and tenon joinery; and minimal use of glues, metal fasteners, and high-build finishes. Secondly, we encourage the incorporation of a family heirloom into the piece that may have outlived its style or purpose. For instance, we created a one-of-a-kind dinner table from a client’s grandparents’ solid maple bed frame, thereby, imbuing the significance of the old into the new. The dinner table is to the family what the wedding bands are to the couple. They are material items that symbolize something greater. The sweetheart tables I craft at Windswept Ltd. make an excellent centerpiece for the reception and are worthy to host the newly formed family that day and every day, for as long as they both shall live.

Photography: Joe Santa Maria

Windswept LTD. Traditional American Craftsmanship Paxton, Massachusetts windsweptwoodcraft@gmail.com Ben LefebvreMaster Carpenter/Owner windsweptltd.com

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The Devens Common Center For All New Brides and Grooms, Say “I Do� with Sophistication, Elegance & Style Receive a 10% discount on your wedding reception when you mention our ad in Bride and Groom Magazine. *Restrictions apply.

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Honeymoon in Vegas by Cindy Papish Gerber

Romance and excitement awaits!

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e‘re definitely familiar with the slogans and nicknames: “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas,” “Sin City,” and “Entertainment Capital of the World.” This once-reputed playground for the Mob and Rat Pack; center stage for Elvis and his impersonators and backdrop for iconic films, books, and TV series—Las Vegas, Nevada, is also known as the “Marriage Capital of the World.”

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So, it comes as no surprise that Facebook ranked this glittering desert city as 2014’s most popular honeymoon spot. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms, luxury spas, innumerable attractions, museums, shopping, entertainment, dining, gaming, 24-hour nightlife, fabulous scenery, and warm weather—no matter what kind of experience you are seeking, “Las Vegas has options,” says Joel Peterson, leisure sales executive with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “You can have a relaxing spa getaway, high-end or resort experience, stay on the Strip where the action is . . . or choose a combo of those things.” Besides trying your luck at the casinos, there are concerts, comedy shows, magic acts, sporting events, dancing, drama, musicals, eight different Cirque Due Soleil shows, and much more. Couples can ride on the giant High Roller Ferris wheel, zip and zoom across downtown Fremont Street on the SlotZilla zipline, hike, bike, play golf or tennis, drive racecars, or laze by the pool. Fans of the Warner Bros comedy hit The Hangover can actually relive it and get hitched in a replica of the film’s Best Little Chapel set at Madame Tussauds’ The Hangover Experience. You can visit

the chaotic hotel room (with roaring tiger!), drink Jägermeister shots, and say your vows before an Elvis-type minister. “This is the only place in Las Vegas” says marketing manager Cole Kouvaris, “where Bradley Cooper as Phil and Zach Galifianakis as Alan can be there as special witnesses.” Embarking upon a no-passport-required, 24-hour-long Vegas “vacation within a vacation” is achievable. Take a romantic gondola ride in “Venice” at the Venetian, go to the top of the “Eiffel

Tower” at the Paris, stroll hand-in-hand through “Central Park” at New York, New York, and enjoy an evening boat ride on “the Nile” at the Luxor. From lavish non-gaming hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, and Vdara Hotel & Spa, to the aquatic-themed Mandalay Bay Hotel, which features an 11-acre beach, wave pool. and shark reef aquarium, “many hotels tie into the romance theme,” notes Peterson. “The Bellagio is recognized for luxury, romance, gourmet dining, incredible continued on page 88 www.bridegroommag.com

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shopping, beautiful décor, and most importantly, unparalleled service,” says Olivia Brown, general manager of Bellagio Resort & Casino. “It’s a place where memories are made. Our spectacular fountains are a big part of that. We have restaurants that overlook the beautiful choreography of the dancing Fountains of Bellagio, an ideal setting for a celebratory meal with the one you love.” While dining at GIADA, the namesake debut restaurant of Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis, you and your honey can take in a sweeping view of those fountains, Caesars Palace, and Bally’s Grand Bazaar. Located in The Cromwell boutique hotel, GIADA reflects De Laurentiis’ vision. “When guests come to GIADA, I want them to feel like they are coming to my house for dinner,” she says. “Between the breathtaking view and the delicious food, I hope my guests will feel that GIADA captures the kind of atmosphere that brings that Vegas energy to life.” Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Tom Colicchio . . . practically every 88 Winter 2016

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celebrity chef has a Vegas outpost. But foodies in the know are heading off to the Strip to sample creative cuisine in restaurants located in the hip downtown district.

One such place is Carson Kitchen. Originally developed in 2014 by the city’s first true local celebrity chef (the late Kerry Simon), the menu at this American gastro-


“Honeymooners have an incredible opportunity to enjoy all the excitement and amenities Las Vegas has to offer in a truly relaxing stay”. lounge has already received rave reviews and awards, including “Best New Restaurant 2015” by Best of Las Vegas. Venturing beyond the Strip definitely has its appeal. “There are Lake Las Vegas properties with breathtaking views,” Joel Peterson points out, “and beautiful spa resorts at Red Rock Canyon.” At the Red Rock Resort, “honeymooners have an incredible opportunity to enjoy all the excitement and amenities Las Vegas has to offer in a truly relaxing stay—away from the crowds and noise that are often part of the Strip experience,” says Lori Nelson, APR-vice president of corporate communications with Station Casinos. By using the LCVCA website or consulting with a savvy travel agent, planning a winning Las Vegas honeymoon is a sure bet. And the odds are even greater that you’ll return soon . . . to renew your vows! Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

Sources Bellagio Resort & Casino www.bellagio.com Carson Kitchen carsonkitchen.com GIADA caesars.com/cromwell/giada#. Vi1d4SsqbpU Red Rock Resort redrock.sclv.com Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority lvcva.com Madame Tussauds Las Vegas madametussauds.com/LasVegas

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B&G’s Picks

WINTER 2016

Grooms Editions Parker River Knife: Whether you need a gift for your groom or something to surprise your groomsmen with, Parker River Knife can customize any type of knife to suit your needs. Add your groomsmen’s name, or date of the wedding for a personal touch! Looking to order? Find them at parkerriverknife.com.

1. 2. Frank & Oak: The new way for men to shop. Frank & Oak is an online clothing service that provides men with a box of trendy new items that fits their style and needs. Frank & Oak will send you a variety of pieces where you pick and choose from what you like. Send the rest back after choosing and that’s that! As the groom, or groomsmen, you’ll have plenty of events to attend where your style will need to be on point. Choose Frank & Oak and check them out at frankandoak.com.

Ménage a Trois Vodka: The “Household of Three” vodka hit shelves this summer. The “threesome” includes Straight, Triple Berry and Triple Citrus. This distilled vodka created in California is the perfect way to kick off a bachelor or bachelorette party. All three bottles are 80 proof and just $24.99!

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4. GoPro: The new and innovative way to capture all the special moments on your big day. The GoPro camera not only allows you to catch every moment of your wedding day but GoPro also makes for a great wedding gift! Is your soon to be husband a photography fanatic? Surprise him with this the morning of your wedding and be sure to catch all of the action! Order yours at gopro.com.

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Groom facts /a nswers We asked you! The best ways to keep your groom happy, involved and thought of during the planning process. Planning your dream wedding can be difficult but hopefully these questions and answers help make the process go a little smoother!

^ Q: I have already picked my bridesmaids and my groom keeps dragging out the task to pick his groomsmen. How do I get him to speed up the process without being pushy?

A:

Maybe your groom is having a tough time deciding between all of his friends. Sit him down and talk out his game plan. If he’s confused on who to pick, suggest choosing family members that way no friend gets hurt.

Q: My fiancé and I are going on an adventurous honeymoon around Asia and I want to surprise him with a fun gift for the big trip. What do you suggest? A: Surprise him with a GoPro camera! Give him the gift at the start of the honeymoon that way you two can capture all your favorite memories from your trip, start to finish! Q: My groom is really looking to help out with the planning, but I’m not quite sure what type of tasks to give him and how many?

A: Give your man some tasks that you know he will enjoy doing. Set up a to-do list of a few items he’ll be in charge of. Let him be in charge of the alcohol or finding entertainment for the guests!

Q: He wants to pick out his and his groomsmen’s tux’s, but I’m a little apprehensive to do so. How should I compromise? I want us both to look our best without his attire clashing with our wedding theme! A: Share with him the vision you had and let him take it from there! If you give your groom an idea of some of the styles you like, you can both find a tux that suits your needs.

Q: My groom is asking to register for tech items like a new TV, but I am looking to register for more household/ kitchen items we can use in our future home! Where should we register? A: When registering, think of some universal places where both of you can find items you’ll like AND use. For example, Best buy! Another great option is to create a wish list through Amazon. You can pick out items you both like, share the list with your guests, and they can pick from there.

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Select a cake design of your choice or custom design one together.

Call for an appointment! 81 New Braintree Road West Brookfield, MA 01585 508.867.0101 cgadairecakes@aol.com cakesbychrisgadaire.com

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Prevent wedding gift theft Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life – you are marrying the love of your life and all of your friends and family are gathered in one spot to help you celebrate. The last thing on your mind should be the threat of your wedding gifts being stolen from a wedding crasher or worse yet, an invited wedding guest. Unfortunately, snatching gifts is easier than you may think, and it is becoming more common in today’s society. The good news: there are some easy steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of this preventable crime. 8 easy ways to prevent your wedding gifts from being stolen at your wedding: 1. Create an online registry – Make it your goal to have as many gifts delivered directly to your home as possible. By creating an online registry, guests can shop and ship directly through the store’s website. This allows for the gift to arrive safely at your door without ever being brought to the reception. 2. Be conscious of the gift table placement – The best location for a gift table is far away from all exits, in a corner of a well-populated area; because, in theory, the more populated the area, the harder it is to snatch gifts. You may consider combining the gift table with a candy or snack bar, so guests are frequently in and around the gift table area. 3. Say good-bye to the gift table altogether – Don’t allow wedding gift thieves any opportunity to spoil your day. Instead make a note on your invitation (or post a sign by your Guest Book), that there is not a gift table. Mention that you will personally visit each table during the reception. If guests choose to bring a card or gift, they may hand it to you at that time.

Enjoy the Moment Make your event one that your guests will remember. Ambiance Linens will provide you with personalized service, free design consultation, and quality linens, all at affordable prices.

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4. Appoint a gift attendant – Select a trustworthy friend or family member to act as your gift attendant. Ask this person to keep a close eye on the gift table as soon as guests start arriving to the reception. Once dinner begins, gifts may be moved to an alternate location, such as a locked room in the reception venue or the bride and groom’s suite. 5. Greet all guests personally – Although you only typically invite close friends and family to your wedding, there may be several ‘plus one’ guests in attendance that you have never met. Greeting everyone personally will allow you to have a better idea of who is at your wedding. If you feel uncomfortable with someone you met, don’t hesitate to ask your personal attendant (or friend or family) to ask them to leave. 6. The card box – Create or purchase a secure card box (with a lock) for guests to deposit cards into. Ensure that the box has only one slit at the top and will remain locked throughout the evening. Give the key to a member of your bridal party or a family member; request that they keep an eye on the box until the party is in high gear, when it can be moved to a safe area. 7. Call out a wedding crasher – If you see someone unfamiliar at your wedding, don’t hesitate to ask your wedding planner or venue coordinator to escort them out.

8. Purchase wedding insurance – Markel event insurance offers cancellation coverage, which includes protection against lost or damaged wedding gifts. Coverage also includes protection from other wedding nightmares, such as if a vendor goes bankrupt (or worse yet, just doesn’t show up on your big day), damaged photography or even if a hurricane causes you to have to cancel or postpone your big event. Policies start as low as $130, and can be purchased up to 14 days prior to your event. Markel also offers event liability insurance coverage, to help protect you if someone causes property damage to your wedding venue or if someone is injured at your event, for as little as $75. Purchase both event cancellation and event liability coverage and save up to 15%! If a wedding gift thief does strike, be sure to call the police immediately. Also ask if your venue has any security cameras to help the police identify the culprit. In addition, if you chose to protect your day with wedding insurance, don’t forget to call your wedding insurance carrier to file a claim for the stolen gifts. The threat of your gifts getting stolen is real, but if you follow some of the tips listed above, hopefully you will deter any mischief to enjoy your wedding day without worry.

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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: Elizabeth Lane.

Mechanics Hall (67)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

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

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

Worcester Art Museum (17)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester Charter Oak Country Club (21)

E, B, D, W

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

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 (91)

E, B, D, W

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

Grand View (11-13, Inside Back Cover)

$35 - $115

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

30/300

30/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

No

Yes

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

$75+

Yes

Yes

150/350

Yes

1

Yes

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (24)

E, B, D, W

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

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

2

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

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

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

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

Mansion at Bald Hill (25)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

25/275

Yes

2

Yes

29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281 Ph: (860) 974-3456 info@mansionatbaldhill.com www.mansionatbaldhill.com

The Mansion at Bald Hill is a historic landmark that has transformed into a premier wedding venue, a gourmet restaurant and Bed & Breakfast. Contact: Kendra Borders.

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 (41) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

La Salle Reception Center (103)

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 (80)

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 (56)

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 (39)

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 (66)

E, B, D, W

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (71) 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824 info@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

The Barn at Wight Farm (37)

$35 - $68

$30 - $60

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Varies

Yes

Varies

Yes

1

No

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

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

2

Yes

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

-

Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (99)

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

No

Yes

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

Yes

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (6) 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 (9)

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 (73)

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 (96)

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.

Harrington Farm (29)

E, B, D, W

$65- $100

Yes

Yes

50/225

Yes

We offer an elegant country ambiance with spectacular food and service while Mother Nature provides the panoramic views and scenic backdrops for your special day. Contact: Traci Swenson.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (57)

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

Yes

1

178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222 traci@harringtonfarm.com www.harringtonfarm.com

$35 - $100

Yes

No

1-3

No

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 (49)

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 (33)

E, B, D, W

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (85)

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

2

1

No

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.

Wachusett Country Club (84)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

Yes

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

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

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

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.

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

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Wedding BEAUTY Beauty in Motion (56) (508) 450-8707 brittanymcglone@yahoo.com www.abbeautyinmotion.com

Beauty

104

Bridal Shops

104

Bridal Shows

104

Cakes

104

Catering

104

Celebrant

104

Donation Services

104

Entertainment

105

Fitness

105

Florists

105

Honeymoon Spots

105

BRIDAL SHOWS

Jewelry

105

Limousines

105

334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com

Photo Booths

105

Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

Photography

105

CAKES

Reception Facilities

100

Rentals

106

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 290 Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581 (774) 512-0095 Terri.Radley@waxcenter.com Waxcenter.com Prepare to strut, glow, and feel fabulous. We believe luxurious waxing is for everyone who wants gorgeous skin, whenever they desire.

BRIDAL SHOPS Bella’s Bridal Boutique (32) Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.bellasbridalgowns.com 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.

The Original Wedding Expo™ (93)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (63)

Shoes

106

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.

Specialty Lighting

106

Cakes by Chris Gadaire (96)

Tuxedos

106

Videography

106

Wedding Internet Services 106

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

resources

Crown Bakery (41) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

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.

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

CATERING Buggy Whip Catering 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.

CELEBRANT Jo Maden, LifeCycle Celebrant™ 55 Fieldstone Drive, Dover, NH 03820 (603) 988-3137 jo@jo-celebrant-nh.com www.jo-celebrant-nh.com As a professional Celebrant I will create and officiate an original ceremony that truly celebrates your love and reflects your unique interests, beliefs and personality.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (84) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org 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 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu www.joslin.org 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 A Touch of Class DJ’s 318 Stearns Rd Marlborough, MA 01752 (508) 229-0009 (800) 480-3200 info@atocweddings.com Atocweddings.com Paramount quality in entertainment through nationally award-winning, TALENTED entertainers, custom computer sound systems, and unsurpassed client services. Best of Weddings & Couples Choice Award!

Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (20) 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 (97) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (49) 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.

FITNESS

PHOTO BOOTHS

Worcester Fitness

MA Photo Booths (98)

440 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605 (508) 852-8209 St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 363-7000 www.worcesterfitness.com

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

Personal training sessions for you. Small group personal training for you and your bridal party. Customized wedding prep. training programs that combine fun AND fitness.

FLORISTS Herbert E. Berg Florist (80)

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (72)

19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com

92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com

Herbert E. Berg offers creative floral designs and personalized service. Come in and take advantage of our 80th anniversary specials! Complimentary wedding appointments.

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.

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe

Kristin Griffin Photography

8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com

39 Madison Road, Halifax, MA 02338 (508) 320-2670 Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com www.kristingriffinphotography.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.

Perro’s Flowers (8) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com 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 (94) 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 (81) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com

Rock your wedding with Kristin Griffin Photography! Cutting-edge options like 3D imaging, time lapse and point-of-view video recording fused with creative portraiture.

Leslie Boudreau Photography (4) Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com Relive the moments of your once-in-a-lifetime day for years to come with Leslie Boudreau Photography. Timeless and simple. Yours.

Les Gardner Photography 212 Main Street PO Box 912 Sturbridge MA 01560 (508) 347-7177 les@lesgardnerphotography.com www.lesgardnerphotography.com Ask Les Gardner to capture the memories of your Wedding Day using his thirty years of experience. When”‘good enough” is not an option, you get more with Les!

M+K Wedding Studios 10 1/2 Washburn St., Apt 3 Worcester, MA 01610 (774) 230-7725 mkweddingstudios@gmail.com www.mkweddingstudios.com M+K Wedding Studios is committed to telling every couple’s love story through elegant, timeless imagery.

Prudente Photography 65 Gates Street, Boston, MA 02127 (978) 884-7677 Info@prudentephoto.com www.prudentephoto.com Romantic, fun, timeless! Prudente Photography is an award winning husband and wife wedding photography team based in Boston, MA. Capturing beautiful moments for real couples.

Robinson Wedding Photography (62)

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

1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com

ROCKSTAR LIMO (84)

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.

2 Commerce Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 (888) 725-7871 weddings@ROCKSTARlimo.net www.rockstarlimo.net ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider that not only has vehicles to match your style, but service beyond your expectations.

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RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 100)

RENTALS Ambiance Linens & Print Design (98) 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.

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (15) 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 (97) 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.

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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (49) 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 (45) 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 (10) 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 (72) 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 (93)

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

WedAlert.com

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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