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Glow for it The power of custom lighting

Here comes the bride… and groom Unique entrances by carriage, trolley and more

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Contents Features 54 Let them eat… pie?

Delicious nuptial desserts that really take the cake!


57 Glow for it

The power of custom lighting

Featured Venues 62 Wachusett Country Club 66 Beechwood Hotel

Planning Guide 68 You’re engaged! Now what?

Top 12 things to do first

70 License to wed

How and where to get it


72 Changing your name?

30 B&G Q&A

74 Tips on tipping

Bonardi’s Formalwear

32 Boys night out

Boston boasts a plethora of hot spots for a guys-only gathering

38 Here comes the bride… and groom

Make a unique entrance by carriage, trolley and more

46 A toast!

Selecting the right wine for any wedding-related function

50 Honeymoon registries

How to do it tastefully

Honeymoon 80 Rocky Mountain highs

A honeymoon in Alberta, Canada


How to do it

How much and when

76 Invitations Tips, tricks and basic rules

of etiquette

78 Wedding timetable

What to do and when

In every issue


12 Letter from the Editor 14 Tying the Knot

Recently engaged local couples

Nearby Nuptials 22 Danielle St. Martin

& Kevin O’Connell

26 Lyndsay Saulnier & Mike Hommé

Directories 82 Function Facility Guide 86 Wedding Resources Guide

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There’s nothing like wedding planning to get the creative juices flowing. As the editor of B&G for the past dozen or so years, I’ve talked with many couples and seen my share of wedding photos, and it still amazes me how the same basic elements found in most wedding receptions—flowers, linens, music, food, photography—can be customized to make each event as unique as each couple. With that in mind, this issue features some great think-outside-the-box ideas. First up on p. 54 is the pictorial “Let them eat... pie?”, which has some terrific alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. In “Glow for it,” on p. 57, you’ll learn about how techniques in lighting design can transform a space,

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In keeping with those surroundings, Danielle and Kevin created a unique seating chart using two old (and beaten-up) windows. After priming, painting and lightly sanding them, the windows were hinged together so they could stand upright; guest’s names were written on the glass. At each table, the evening’s menu was displayed on framed chalkboards that Danielle created using cardboard and chalkboard paint. Centerpieces consisted of lanterns, moss, gerbera daisies and mini chalkboard signs with table numbers, all artfully arranged on slices of wood. “We obtained the tree rounds from a local business that creates them from trees that have fallen or been damaged by the weather,” said Danielle.

Danielle St. Martin and Kevin O’Connell July 2012 Worcester, Massachusetts How they got engaged After dating for six years, which was long distance for more than half of that time, Kevin planned his proposal for Danielle’s birthday, the day before Valentine’s Day, in 2011. That morning, Kevin prepared and served a special breakfast (which was a surprise as he rarely cooks). After clearing the dishes he brought out a tray of pastries. As she was deciding on which muffin to take, Danielle saw a ring box tucked behind some tasty treats. When she turned around, Kevin was kneeling next to her proposing.

Details For this couple, their wedding was going to be all about the details—the more personalized the better. During their 18-month planning period, Danielle and Kevin collaborated on singular ways they could be creative and make their day “their own,” working with their families who also shared their insights, opinions and perspectives.

and strength to help me walk down the aisle with their love and support,” said Danielle. As her gift to her attendants, Danielle presented each of them with a monogrammed, white button-down shirt to wear during the hair and make-up preparations. Inside each shirt pocket was a pearl necklace and matching earrings to be worn that day. The venue’s polished and intimate country atmosphere lent itself perfectly to the couple’s theme of rustic summertime elegance.

Utilizing the summer season as the backdrop for their theme, they incorporated a color palette of cornflower blue (like the summer sky) and bright pink, yellow and orange (as seen in a summer sunset). Danielle’s bouquet of white calla lilies was wrapped in blue ribbon. She carried the flowers with an Irish lace handkerchief that was a gift from Kevin’s mother and an angel pin given to her by a close friend who wanted her to have blessings on her big day. For her “something blue,” Danielle wore blue shoes. As she was getting ready that morning, she had mothers, bridesmaids, grandmothers, etc. sign the soles. “They all left personal, heartfelt messages that served as inspiration

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The Particulars Ceremony: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College, Worcester Reception: The Harrington Farm, Princeton Photographer: Ericson-Wolfe Photography, Northborough Cake: Gerardo’s Bakery, West Boylston Florist: Holmes-Shusas, Worcester In lieu of a traditional guestbook, the couple had their guests sign their names on a wedding tree. “By the end of the night, the tree had gone from completely bare to completely full of leaves and signatures.” For favors, Danielle and Kevin made donations to the American Cancer Society and the 9/11 Memorial Fund. Both charities have personal significance to the couple; each of them has had friends or family who have been impacted by cancer, and Kevin’s family is from New York. Wristbands from the American Cancer Society were placed at each place setting and a brick inscribed with a personal message was laid at the World Trade Center memorial.

Guests’ comments “Many family and friends told us how touched they were by the amount of details we had worked on,” said Danielle. “They thought many elements were truly unique and they could really feel the love in the room. That was one of our biggest goals: to make it personal and warm.”

Advice “Have a blast, enjoy each other and take a few minutes to look around and take it all in,” said the couple. “It all goes by so fast so you should definitely stop and breath it all in to feel the love and excitement your guests bring.”

Music: The Piano Man DJ Productions, Latham, N.Y. Transportation: AA Transportation, Shrewsbury; Silver Fox Tours, Millbury Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero from DeAnna’s Bridal Boutique, West Sand Lake, N.Y. Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bill Levkoff from The Bridal Corner, Chicopee Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse, Worcester Invitations: Purple Ink Press, Millbury Hair: Gina Joubert Hair Design, Shrewsbury Make-up: Make-up & Esthetics by Kimberly, Shrewsbury

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Tying the knot was something that longtime couple Lyndsay and Mike had discussed for several years. One day, they just decided to start planning. “We skipped the engagement and got right down to becoming husband and wife,” said Lyndsay. This couple also skipped having an extended engagement, making all of the arrangements for their wedding and reception at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in just three months. “It wasn’t easy, but we decided on having a small wedding, so that took quite a bit of pressure off.” Tower Hill caught their eye because of its distinctive atmosphere, particularly the Limonaia space, which had opened the year before and offered a beautiful backdrop for photos.

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Since they both wanted something unique, when they learned 11/11/11 was available they jumped at the chance to make that their wedding date. For their intimate affair (immediate family only), Lyndsay and Mike decided on a “theme” of old Hollywood glamour. “Everyone wore hats or fascinators,” said Lyndsay. “And the attire was black and red” (except for the bride). As for the rest of the décor, this couple let the space speak for itself. “The garden is full of such amazing flowers and vegetation; we didn’t really have to decorate too much.”

The tables were accented elegantly with floral centerpieces by the French Bouquet Florist in Worcester and featured favor cards embedded with wildflower seeds that could be planted. As lovers of gardening, Lyndsay and Mike, who took landscape design courses in school, fully enjoyed incorporating many botanical elements to their day. As for advice to today’s soon-to-be-weds, this no-nonsense couple offers this: “It’s your day and you should make it special and unique to the two of you,” they said. “Just remember to relax and have fun, and focus on those details that matter most to you.”

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Ninety years ago, Bonardi’s Formalwear was founded as a fine menswear specialty shop in downtown Worcester. “It was said, you could always tell a Bonardi suit,” said Gina Ann Lehner, whose father bought the business in 1978 and transferred the top-of-the-line concept to rental formalwear.



Now Lehner, her sister, Dana M. Luzzo, and their brother, James Chirchigno, are co-owners and are continuing the heritage of the Bonardi name. The three have expanded the business, adding stores in Auburn, Framingham, Milford and Sturbridge.

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What are current trends in tuxedos for weddings?

“Color is the big trend and gray is hot. We carry both charcoal gray and silver gray tuxedos, which are very popular,” said Lehner. “Chocolate brown is also very big. Close behind is a deep shade of navy blue that is increasingly the choice when the groom is in the armed services and wears his dress uniform.”

If groomsmen need help figuring out how to fashion a bow tie or adjust a vest and cummerbund, Bonardi’s staff will show them how. “We want the men in our bridal parties to look their best and feel comfortable too,” Lehner said. If there’s a last-minute adjustment needed, Bonardi’s can do it; the Worcester location also houses Bonardi’s facility for alterations as well as dry cleaning and laundry. Outstanding customer service is another area where Bonardi’s excels.

New fabrics are trendy, especially the super 120 (thread count) wool tux. “It’s very soft and comfortable—not at all like the typical rental suit,” Lehner noted. A modern, slim fit is also gaining in popularity (picture Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet).

“We get to know the whole bridal party. We sit and talk to the bride and groom, get a sense of what they want and what the wedding will be like so we can advise them on the best choices,” said Luzzo. “Sometimes the bride and groom have a certain tux in mind. But when he tries it on, if it doesn’t look good on him, that’s when we can help with suggestions and substitutes.”

“We’re seeing more grooms who are very aware of fashion and who have a good idea of the look they want,” Lehner added. “We understand that the groom’s look is just as important as the bride’s. We want people to notice what he is wearing, too.” For less formal weddings, Bonardi’s also rents suits. “We are the only store in Central Massachusetts that does,” Luzzo said.


What are some tips to follow in renting a tuxedo for a wedding?

a “Don’t wait until the last minute,” Luzzo advised. “Grooms should be thinking about their attire at least six months in advance of the wedding. “There’s a lot to consider… How will the rest of the wedding party be dressed? Think about including tuxes for the fathers of the bride and groom, stepfathers, grandfathers and anyone who will be in your pictures.” Another important tip is to consider how a tux will add to the appearance of the bride.

“We say the groom is the bride’s best accessory,” Luzzo said. “If she’s wearing a gorgeous gown, the groom should be in a tux. If he’s wearing a suit, it just downgrades her formal dress.”



What are some tips on tux etiquette?

“After 5 p.m., a dinner jacket with a shawl collar is appropriate,” said Luzzo. “No white jackets after 1 or 2 p.m. The cutaway coat, also called the morning coat, is appropriate only for morning weddings. Usually the groom doesn’t wear a color; he matches the bride. His shirt should be the same color as her gown.”


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said Luzzo. “We are not a catalog operation.” For example, the reception area at Bonardi’s Highland Street, Worcester, location is deceptively cozy. Behind the scenes hang long rows of tuxedo jackets, pants and vests in every measurement from toddler to size 70. All rental customers are assured of a custom fit. “They can try on different sizes and mix and match,” said Lehner. “We customize the attire for every wedding, even down to matching the color of the vests to the bridesmaids dresses. There’s never been a color match that we have not been able to make.”


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“We love helping the men in the bridal party to look their best,” said Lehner. “Sometimes grooms are reluctant, but once they try on the right tux, they see how great they look. We catch them sneaking glimpses of themselves in the mirrors; they look like they’re wearing a custom-made suit.”

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Boys Night Out

Boston boasts a plethora of locales for a fun guys-only night out by Andrea E. McHugh Bachelor parties have long had a reputation for inviting a barrage of high-octane hijinks, and the blockbuster film The Hangover (and its sequels) helped solidify their mischievous reputation. But not all “say-goodbye-to-singlehood” soirées need to be scandalous. Good friends, good food and good drinks can guarantee a great time—and with these sophisticated spots, what could be an “ordinary” bachelor party will, instead, be an extraordinary one. Where to Stay Because a few drinks might be in the night’s mix, being walking distance to some key points of interest is imperative, and staying in style is the way to send your best bud off to a life of marital bliss. The Hotel Commonwealth, nestled in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, is just steps from the country’s oldest and this region’s most beloved ballpark, Fenway Park. And it was certainly apropos when the hotel introduced a luxury baseball suite just two years ago. A nostalgic look back at American’s favorite pastime, rare collectibles that depict baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson pepper the posh suite (including a 1967 World Series program when the Boston Red Sox took on the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway, and a collection of vintage

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trading cards). The suite features a living room with masculine, vintage-style furniture evocative of the 1930s and 1940s, plus a 50-inch plasma TV and a DVD library of more than 40 classic baseball films. Toast the party at hand with one of the hotel’s custom crafted, baseball-inspired cocktails, like the Big Papi or the Green Monster. Best of all, the hotel concierge can arrange for guests to tour Fenway and secure game-day tickets.


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cocktails with competition at Jillian’s Boston/ Lucky Strike Lanes, where you can organize a private party with pool tables or bowling lanes all to yourself.

Where to Hang What man doesn’t love the movie Scarface? The bachelor party can channel their inner Tony Montana at a Boston cigar bar such as Stanza dei Sigari, Churchill’s Lounge at David P. Ehrlich Company (est. 1868) or Cigar Masters, which also has a location in Worcester. Secure a private room and swap

some stories of days gone by, all while trying première cigars from around the world. If the bachelor is more of a sports fanatic, you’re in the right place. Take in a Red Sox game (plan your outing around a day or night game), a Celtics match-up at the TD Garden, a Patriots game at Foxboro (easy-in/ easy-out via the game day MBTA train) or one of the many college games—there’s some form of heart-pumping action almost any time of year.

The Morning After Homeruns might be hit just steps away, but there’s a chance not everyone is going to feel like they knocked one out of the park the morning after the big party. A recovery brunch at the Eastern Standard, also steps from Fenway Park, may be just what the (hangover) doctor ordered. Start on the veranda for a dose of fresh air and order made-from-scratch Bloody Marys or classic Harvey Wallbangers. Next, go the traditional breakfast route with eggs benedict, or skip ahead directly to lunch and sink your teeth into a house-made pastrami on pumpernickel.

Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, R.I., and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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Fairytales really do come true. That is, at least they did for Heather Ackerman, who made her way to her October wedding at Hollow Brook Farms in Brimfield in a horse-drawn Cinderella Carriage. Heather was instrumental in helping Hollow Brook owners Ron and Linda Weston—who are also her parents—with buying a replacement carriage after the previous one was destroyed by a tornado. Heather was the first bride to use this fiberglass and steel, all-white reproduction (circa-1800s) pumpkin-shaped coach. “It was a very special moment for me,” Heather said of her happily-ever-after moment. According to Weston, the Cinderella Carriage will be available from March through November. “Custom decorated with flowers and complete with driver and footman, and pulled by two white horses, it’s guaranteed to make any bride feel like a princess.”

couples looking to add a dash of elegance to their celebration. “Photographers love taking old-time classic shots with a timeless car as a backdrop,” he said. “The resulting photos will add a special touch to your wedding album.” For those looking for a more whimsical option, consider the two-wheeled variety of transport. When Ilene Chen Fang and her husband Jeff settled on a bicycle theme for their wedding, they knew that a grand entrance by tandem bike would be the obvious way to go. “Biking is one of the special hobbies that Jeff and I love doing together,” Ilene said.

If a royal Hollywood treatment is more your style, then imagine arriving in a vintage Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. “This right-hand drive, 1963 beauty makes quite an impression,” said Steve Gray of Gray’s Limousine in Boylston. For more than 20 years, Gray has been renting this dapper vehicle to Jules Bianchi Photography

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This fun-loving Boston-educated couple, who now reside in sunny California, rode to their reception on a cherry red tandem bike with a “Just Married” sign attached to the back. “We didn’t practice beforehand,” Ilene said. “I just hiked up my wedding dress and balanced on the bike with my five-inch heels. We were lucky that we didn’t crash!” This fanciful, upbeat entrance truly symbolized the excitement they felt about embarking on a new journey together. Another out-of-the-ordinary alternative is a trolley. Boston-based photographer Aram O. said his experience photographing Manny and Monique DeBarros with the attendants as they rode by trolley from the church to the reception at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers was a standout.

“They were a unique couple, full of energy and smiling ear to ear,” Aram recalled. “With 45 minutes of formal photos in the trolley, the group even had a ‘photography battle’ (men against women), to see who could take funnier photos.” “It was the right combination of fun, family and creativity,” said Monique. “The trolley ride really captured the setting and spirit of Boston, which was important to us, and provided us with some intimacy with our bridal party before we arrived at the huge reception for 300 guests.” Photographer Kevin Trimmer, based in Providence, R.I., labeled Cynthia and Jonas’* arrival by rowboat to their S. Dartmouth, N.H., wedding as “super unique.” Both avid sailors, the couple’s wooden rowboat was, “actually handmade by family friends,” said Trimmer. *Last name withheld

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“Leading up to the ceremony, I took some pictures of them at her parents’ property and then took a car up the road to a neighbor’s house, where the boat was ready and waiting,” Trimmer said. “Once they boarded, I jumped in the car and headed back to capture them coming into the dock.” To top things off, Cynthia sounded a vuvuzela (South African horn) to announce their arrival. For their Hindu-American fusion ceremony, Kyle J. Menze and Shivank Gupta made a grand entrance at their June 2012 wedding at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham that started with drums and Shivank’s arrival on a white horse. Their Bollywood-style DJ helped them locate this specially trained horse from a N.Y. area stable. “Everything went great,” said Kyle. First, Shivank rode in majestically on horseback along with his 2-year-old nephew, who was adorably dressed in an outfit that matched the groom’s. Next, Kyle’s dad led her down the aisle to an outdoor gazebo called a Mandap, where the ceremony was held. Shivank was elated to see “everyone dance and celebrate” during his dramatic entrance.

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A Toast! Selecting the right wine for any wedding-related function


by Tim Korby

our wedding day is your day to shine and, as such, you will want

your guests to enjoy themselves and the wonderful food and wine they will be served. You will likely have an opportunity to carefully select the nuptial fare, but what about the wine that will accompany it? If your wedding is taking place in Napa Valley, Tuscany, Bordeaux or even the Finger Lakes region, then the selection of wine for your event is pretty simple—anything local to the area that fits in the budget will do. If you were lucky enough to have gotten engaged in one of the world’s finest wine producing areas, then there is inspiration aplenty for the theme of your wine and food.

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For a wedding that is closer to home, however, choosing wine for your rehearsal dinner, reception and toast will be greatly determined by where these events will take place and, potentially, by the venues’ rules for wine selection. In some instances, your options may be only of wine offered on their wine list (which is usually Bonardi's_F12:Layout the case) or you might be allowed to supply your 1 11/13/12 7:38 PM Page 1 own choices, enabling you to use a much higher quality wine for less money. If your selections will be made from the wines offered on a specific list, the first rule of thumb is to refrain from ordering the most affordable or the most expensive vintages on that list. In many cases, the most expensive is far too young to be enjoyed at its apex of development, while the most inexpensive is usually not very enjoyable to drink. Rule number two is to try to stay within the theme of your venue. If your rehearsal dinner is at an Italian restaurant, please don’t offer a California Chardonnay or Cabernet just because that is what you think everyone would prefer. Rather, select a wine from the list (which, in this case, would likely be of the Italian variety) that has had good success in the past (the event coordinator should be able to advise you). Then perhaps you’ll want to change it up just a bit by choosing a Frascati or Orvieto over the Pinot Grigio, and maybe select a Barbera or Montepulciano in place of the Chianti.

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Pinot Noir match very well with the variety of dishes on Asian menus. Keep it simple for the reception with two options each for red and white wines at the bar and a different two options for each with the meal. At the bar, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir from familiar wineries such as Sterling, Mondavi, BV or Estancia will work well. But the dinner wines should have a little more thought. As with the rehearsal dinner, you should serve wine that complements the theme of your menu at the reception meal. Rich sauces call

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for French wine, pasta calls for Italian wine and American food calls for American (or maybe South American) wine, and great values can be found on these varieties today. A good wine list should also have values such as Toscana Rosso from Italy, some vintages from France’s Rhone and Languedoc regions as well as some red and white varietals or blends from Chile and Argentina. Again, the facility’s events coordinator can advise, or tweak those selections a bit to reflect your personality and preferences. For the toast, instead of finding ways to cut costs on Champagne for the head table, buy what you’ll enjoy drinking the most. Perrier-Jouet, for example, has a Belle Époque Champagne gift set that includes a beautifully painted “flower bottle” and matching champagne glasses for about $130 per set (retail). This bubbly is light and flowery, and designed to rival Dom Perignon. For something with a bit of sweetness, take a look at Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec Champagne (about $55 per bottle retail), Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne (about $50 per bottle retail) or Mumm Napa Cuvee M (about $20 per bottle retail). When considering Champagnes that can work within a budget, one of the more affordable and delicious choices is a Cava from Spain called Jaume Serra Cristalino (about $8 per bottle retail), which is on the drier side.


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For something more fruity, Prosecco from Italy has become immensely popular over the last few years. Not as sweet as an Asti, Prosecco also doesn’t have the bite that many people dislike about Champagne and other sparkling wines. Two good and affordable Proseccos are Mionetto “Il” Prosecco (about $9 per bottle retail) and Ruffino Prosecco (about $11 per bottle retail). California also has two consistently good choices: Chandon and Mumm Napa, which retail around $18 per bottle and are owned by French Champagne houses that have specific knowledge of, and practices for, sparkling wine production. For those who prefer a good Brut Champagne, two options that retail for about $30 per bottle are Duval-Leroy and Nicolas Feuillatte.

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Ultimately, opportunities for choosing wines are available, even when working with venues that require selections be made from a pre-determined list. Simply ask for their recommendations, then buy a few of those options to take home and try—perhaps by hosting a wine tasting with family and friends. Doing so will be fun, providing a night of enjoyment with friends—not to mention some help in choosing the wines that best suit your nuptial events. Tim Korby has been selling wine one way or another since January 1976, working in retail stores (as he does now), restaurants and for wholesale wine companies. He has trained many retail and restaurant staff and has taught college wine courses. Tim travels the world regularly to keep his wine knowledge up-todate and his wine relationships strong.

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Honeymoon Registries

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by Cindy Papish Gerber You already have two blenders, a food processor, a vacuum, three crystal vases, barware, dinner service for 12 and enough bed linens to accommodate an army of weekend visitors. Since your household needs are pretty well met, a traditional bridal registry isn’t essential. But what about registering for a dream honeymoon? “A honeymoon registry is a great idea for couples who have already set up their homes and want to give family and friends wedding gift ideas that are not from a ‘typical’ registry,” said Susan Lange of Travel Solutions in Westborough. “There are reliable honeymoon registries available through travel agents, resorts and online sources where guests can contribute to spa treatments, tours, excursions and romantic dinners on the beach.”

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Lange guides couples through the registry process, including how to best explain this unique concept to wedding guests who may initially view it with skepticism. “I advise couples to know their families, and ask how they would feel about this type of registry as some may view it as ‘looking for money,’” Lange said. Her recommendations? “Engage your wedding party. Let them know this is what you’d like, so they can spread the word. You can even have a bridal shower with a honeymoon theme, where travel accessories and honeymoon registry items are the gifts of choice.” Most importantly, Lange cautions couples to set aside enough funds to pay for their entire trip, just in case the registry isn’t successful. But in most cases, guests enjoy contributing to a couple’s vacation in paradise.

“When we first introduced honeymoon registries a few years back, clients weren’t so sure about them. But now, they are well received and becoming very popular,” said travel agent Lori Franco of Global Excellence Inc. in Warwick, R.I. According to Franco, many brides and grooms select all-inclusive sites in the Caribbean or Mexico, or opt for combined air/hotel European or cruise packages. “If we book something like a Sandals honeymoon, the couple can register for upgrades and extras, so guests can specifically give them those,” she said. “A honeymoon registry allows couples to go all out and think big.” Until they consulted with Franco, Cassandra Rose and Justin England had never heard of a honeymoon registry. “My husband had bought

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As the business development director for Carnival Cruise Lines, Katie Gerhard sees a growing trend for couples who want to create a registry using Carnival’s Fun Ship dollars, which can be used toward the purchase of a cruise or as on-board credit, as well as for combined honeymoon/destination wedding packages. “The fun thing about doing a wedding in the port city of departure is that guests can come on board to attend the ceremony and reception, then leave the ship before it sails,” said Gerhard. “Or, the couple can sail with some of their friends and family, making it a long and memorable wedding.” Carnival Fun Ship dollars can be purchased in any amount through the booking travel agent, or through Carnival’s Bon Voyage department. Bridget Greene of Warwick, R.I., and her husband Robbie worked with their travel agent, Sue Rezendes of The Travel Connection in Cranston, R.I., to craft a registry for “the most amazing trip of our lives.” “We did a destination wedding at Secrets St. James Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in November 2011, where we had a wonderful time with our closest friends and family,” said Bridget.

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“Because we did a destination wedding, and our guests had to pay for their own trip, we did not want them to spend money on gifts,” Bridget continued. “So we sent a note with our invitations that said, ‘Your presence is our present.’”

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Sift Cupcake + Dessert Bar, which is based in California’s wine country, specializes in distinctive cupcakes and delightful desserts for weddings, as in the display shown here. They offer custom designs and flavors for any theme and color scheme, such as wine-infused cupcakes for a winery wedding or dessert bars with the couple’s favorite sweet treats.

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The wedding cake is a longstanding and beloved nuptial tradition (it even has its own song!), but what if this time-honored confection just isn’t your cup of tea? Well, since it is your wedding, that means you can have your cake—or, rather, pie, pastry, tart or cookie—and eat it, too.

Serving alternative desserts in lieu of cake, or perhaps in addition to it, has become a popular option among today’s brides and grooms. For those who are inclined to shake things up a bit, there are a plethora of delectable desserts to choose from to cap off your nuptial feast. Here are a few ideas. 54 Winter 2013


The Bean Counter Bakery of Worcester and Shrewsbury offers a range of delectable desserts for weddings, as seen on this page. Clockwise from top left: Pies make a wonderful dessert option for a fall wedding; cupcakes topped with sugar starfish and seashells will brighten any seaside or summer event; espresso explosion as a plated dessert; mini cherry cheesecakes; and mini key lime tarts. Opposite page: A berries brulee tart.

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Looking to enjoy a little pampering before your big day? Why not bring some friends along with you? Worcester Fitness, the area’s leading adult health and fitness club, is offering a free pass (a $25 value) to you and two friends for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at one of our two award-winning facilities in Worcester. Both clubs have the same warm and comfortable atmosphere you would expect for you and your friends. Also, if you purchase a one-hour massage during your visit you’ll receive a gift certificate for a second massage for half price. To claim your free day pass simply fill out the coupon in this ad and mail it to Worcester Fitness Membership Coordinator, 440 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605 by December 31, 2013. Your guest passes will then be mailed to you. This offer is limited to one guest visit per person. To find the Worcester Fitness closest to you, please call 508-852-8209.

Glow for it The power of custom lighting


Strategically placed lighting creates a warm amber glow.

by Andrea E. McHugh

here’s a reason why art galleries and well-appointed rooms in professionally designed interiors seem to glow—strategically placed lighting, intentionally affixed to emphasize specific gathering areas and design elements, can define the look and flow of a space. A wedding reception venue is no different. Whether your budget is best defined as “cautious” or “carte blanche,” enlighten your venue with a lighting plan that will wow your guests.

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For many couples, the first step in planning a design scheme for their wedding starts with choosing colors that will be carried out from the save-the-date notice to the thank-you note. The chosen hues are often the first hint of the wedding’s overall tone: creams and pinks that ring soft and romantic; pumpkin, crimson and eggplant reminiscent of an autumn harvest; lemon and lime for a punchy, perky vibe; black and white with a contrasting shade like fuchsia for a chic, contemporary appeal; bright pink and green for a Lilly Pulitzer-esque preppy, summertime air. The possibilities are seemingly endless, and the applications range from linens and flowers to bridesmaids dresses and cake design. For Marc Tarquinio of, which has offices in Boston, Newport, R.I., and Miami, Fla., discussing the color scheme with a to-be-wed couple is the first step in learning a little more about their aesthetic vision for their once-in-a-lifetime day.

That can be easily accomplished, she noted, by choosing a complementary but contrasting color. Lavender, as she pointed out, can be well synchronized with a light and lovely amber hue. “I try to get as many details as I can. Do we match? Do we contrast? It’s a little bit of both; it’s coordinating,” said Tarquinio. “We see a big shift moving into the subtle tones (creams, for example), and blending with colors. I feel there was a trend toward bold colors before—electric blues and pinks—and now we’re going into soft colors.” Another factor to take into account before choosing the color or colors of the lights is the venue itself. “I always encourage the clients to consider the space they are in,” said Tarquinio. “If you are in a very modern, contemporary space, something bright and funky might work. Something with old world charm and character, like a museum or like the Boston Public Library, I would say use soft lighting like an off-white or amber.”

“We work very closely with couples,” said Tarquinio, “and lighting is probably one of the biggest things that can impact the vibe of the night.” Utilizing stationary up-lighting—that is, most often, lighting strategically placed around the perimeter of a venue casting an upward glow on the walls—is a great place to start. “It’s the biggest impact and biggest bang for your buck,” Tarquinio said. Gayle Gilberto, president and lead event designer at Art of the Event in Wakefield, Mass., agreed. “Up-lights have moved beyond trends; they are pretty much standard now.” However, choosing the up-lighting color might be a little more complex than you think. While the wedding may already have signature colors, be careful not to verge into “too much of a good thing” territory. “Say everything is lavender,” said Gilberto, citing bridesmaids’ dresses, centerpieces and linens or seat covers as examples. “It can get boring very fast. Use your colors to accentuate.”

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Gobo lighting projections add personality to your room.

In the Spotlight Couples are increasingly looking for elements to personalize their affair. A custom designed monogram consisting of the first letter of the couple’s first names as bookends to the first initial of their new shared last name is common and sometimes includes the wedding date. Utilized as a motif on the invitations, the menu, the cake top and more, the monogram can be crafted into a “gobo,” a lighting feature that casts the monogram in light on a wall, the dance floor or other designated spaces. The effect is both striking and artistic, when done right.

“You have to be a little careful,” Gilberto cautioned. “Unless it’s perfectly projected, it can be less than sharp.” Her advice? “Be a little flexible with your venue. [The gobo] might be better on a wall than the dance floor in some cases.”

Lighting greatly accentuates architectural details.

Awe-Inspiring Ambiance Parts of a wedding often read like chapters in a wonderful book. From the romance of the vows to the joy of the grand entrance as man and wife, from the romance of the first dance to the thrill of the last song, each part has its own distinct time and feel. Tarquinio said one of the best ways to define these specific moments and maintain a smooth flow throughout the event is through lighting changes. “When the whole room changes color, it sets a new vibe… a more dynamic feeling,” he said. For example, up-lights can be made dramatic to build suspense during the announcement of the bridal party and newlyweds, then return to a static hue for dinner. Something muted and subtle will set the tone for dining, “and when it’s time to cut the cake, maybe a champagne blush color—it’s one of my

favorites, especially when coordinated withthe emcee, it helps to get the attention of the guests,” said Tarquinio. “Later on, during the last couple of hours when people are really dancing, dimming the lights a bit can add another element—inhibitions are more easily lost and people let go.” Another opportunity to switch colors is if the bride has a dress change during the reception. Again, different lighting invites the attention of your guests. Gilberto says that with technological advances of LED lighting, different colors can be programmed to change easily. However, she warns that care should be taken here. “It can get a little nightclub-ish,” she said. “You can maybe scroll your color—doing a gradual shift during a different portion of the night, like when people get up to dance.”

Soft spotlights are also a way to illuminate guest table centerpieces. “People spend so much money on the centerpieces and when it gets dim you can lose seeing that,” said Tarquinio. Using light to draw more attention to the tables can create a warm and dazzling effect. Both Giberto and Tarquinio agree that while under-the-table lighting for every table was a trend a number of years ago, using it for just a few key tables can make a big impression today. “Now we’re noticing under-lit tables as an accent, maybe just the sweetheart table. That’s a nice way to attract attention to the couple,” said Tarquinio. He goes on to say that his company recently used underlighting for high-top tables during a cocktail hour on an outdoor patio at Boston’s Museum of Science. The effect, he said, was breathtaking.

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Gilberto said lighting below the bar area during the cocktail hour creates an equally dramatic effect. “And you can get a lot of bang for your buck that way,” she added. “The thing about lighting is thinking about the entire space,” said Tarquinio. While uplighting may create the overall look, defining specific spaces, including the cocktail-hour area, a patio, or any designated lounge or sitting areas can be done with different shades of the main hue or even a contrasting shade.


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Stone walls and flower gardens surround you as you walk down a lush, natural aisle and exchange vows under the shade of tall oak trees. The natural beauty of our Red Barn Patio nearby will be the backdrop for your cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception. Your wedding celebration will continue under our lighted tent, making the Publick House Historic Inn the perfect place for your garden wedding.

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“It’s very easy to bring lighting outside now because there is LED wireless,” Gilberto explained. “You can light trees around the table or you can hang paper lanterns around the area with lighting.” Gilberto does caution, however, that certain wireless lighting has just a five- to eight-hour life span, so your event planner or reception venue coordinator should plan accordingly. To that end, couples including lighting features for their affair should meet with their wedding planner or site coordinator along and the lighting professional early on in the planning stages to discuss all the power needs, power access, availability and any associated extra costs. Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, R.I., and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Where to find them


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“Cover all you bases, wherever guests may be,” advised Tarquinio. Gilberto indicated another way to design seating areas: casting light on sheer panels draped around the space. The sheers absorb the light and the space glows. Though lighting alfresco areas used to present a bit of a challenge, times and technology has changed.


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In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. You will be captivated by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls in our Atrium Courtyard, or you can choose our beautiful Grand Ballroom with the adjacent Terrace Bar. Specializing in custom menus and flexible wedding packages, the Holiday Inn Boxborough will meet your every need. Contact our Wedding Specialist 978-889-1715

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Wachusett Country Club


by Taryn Plumb

magine trading vows before a lush, sloping, emerald-green backdrop that widens to a view of a spectacularly blue reservoir; or in the presence distant hills blushed with the hues of autumn; or dashed with exquisitely white, fresh-fallen snow. Whatever the time of year, Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston provides a uniquely scenic setting for your most special of days.

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Owned and operated by the Marrone family since 1939, Wachusett Country Club offers wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year through flexible and affordable packages. On-site ceremonies are generally held on a spacious, 3,500-square-foot deck overlooking the greens and the Wachusett Reservoir, with Wachusett Mountain in the distance. In case of inclement weather, couples can tie the knot in the reception room or, if available, in another room at the club. As for the reception, two function rooms can accommodate both intimate and expansive parties: The larger Wachusett Room, complete with dance floor, fireplace and windows overlooking the view, can hold up to 375, while the cozier Frost Room caters to parties of 100. Cocktails are served in the Wachusett Bar, which is a subdued and luxurious space rimmed with windows. Ultimately, the club offers a variety of wedding packages and options. In addition to event planning and staffing, base fees include a champagne or wine toast; fruit, cracker and imported cheese hors d’oeuvres; ice cream and fresh seasonal berries to compliment the wedding cake; and ivory table linens with a choice of colored napkins. In addition to the view, another perk is the food. For the main course, a buffet menu includes a choice of four entrées—ranging from stuffed pork tenderloin to fire-grilled swordfish to baked vegetable lasagna—as well as a choice of salad, vegetable, potato and dessert.

The stations menu includes a choice of two carving stations with offerings such as grilled and marinated beef tenderloin, honey-glazed ham and citrus-roasted turkey breast, and a choice of three each of salad and pasta stations, with the latter including lobster ravioli or tri-colored tortellini with Asiago cream. This package also includes a choice of potato and vegetable, and an assorted dessert station. Extras feature butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and options such as crab cakes with a roasted red pepper cream sauce, sea scallops wrapped in smoked bacon, mini beef or chicken Wellington, and comfort food favorites such as Swedish meatballs and chicken wings. Or there is an option for a one-hour hors d’oeuvres package, which features lighter fare such as fresh fruit, pita wedges with hummus and a sampling of hot items. Other specialty offerings include open bar packages; a champagne fountain with strawberries or a cascading chocolate fountain; a late-night deli buffet; and a Venetian table with an assortment of mini pastries, cream puffs, chocolate eclairs and coffee. Couples can also choose from an ample stocked bar, and a wine and beer list.

“You’re five minutes from Worcester and you’d never know it,” said Mark Zenevitch, wedding and banquet sales manager, and function coordinator. But talk to Zenevitch or any Wachusett Country Club staffer and you’ll hear an oftrepeated theme: No bride or groom is just a name or number. “You get a personal experience here,” said Manager Cara Cullen (who celebrated her own marriage on-site), noting the staff’s and facility’s flexibility and well-established reputation for service. Zenevitch agreed, saying that the process is all-encompassing, from “inception to completion, from the first phone call to when they walk out the door.” He described himself and other staff members as responsive and attentive throughout that process. “We try to keep it simple, to keep the stress level down,” he said, by streamlining and simplifying the process. All told, “we really build a relationship.” Taryn Plumb, who writes from Worcester, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Despite the club’s ability to cater to all tastes and budgets, every couple and their loved ones benefit from its constants: seasoned staff, top-notch service and a beautiful view. Nestled in West Boylston’s hills, the Wachusett Country Club has a bucolic, far-away feel yet it’s just a short drive to Worcester, and 45 minutes from Boston.

For more information Wachusett Country Club 187 Prospect Street West Boylston, MA 508-835-2264

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onsider it an all-in-one: Your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, after party, night-of lodging and next-day brunch all wrapped neatly into one elegant location. “It’s definitely a one-stop shop,” said Laurie Parks, sales manager of the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester—a majestic “hidden gem” for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

On-site ceremonies are typically held in the nondenominational Maria Gill Wilson Chapel, which is accented with high ceilings, carved wood embellishments and stained glass windows. Originally from

Rated a four-diamond luxury boutique hotel by AAA, the Beechwood offers an array of wedding packages, with a goal of flexibility and personalized service.

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Worcester City Hospital and restored when the Beechwood underwent renovations in 1999, the Chapel itself holds 80 but the space can be extended to accommodate up to 200, according to Parks. Couples also have the option of exchanging their vows on the hotel’s spacious terrace, which is rimmed with a stone wall and flowers, and can hold roughly 200 guests. This space is also the location for the prereception cocktail hour. Afterward, guests move into the grand ballroom, which accommodates 240 and is set with a parquet dance floor. “It has a very elegant feel,” Parks said of the ballroom. “It’s sleek and modern, and goes with any color palette.” All packages include a five-and-a-half-hour reception (with an extra half-hour added for on-site ceremonies); choice of linens and napkins; a custom-designed wedding cake from The Bean Counter, Konditor Meister or Bistro Bakery; a champagne toast with strawberry garnish; a private, pre-wedding hospitality room with champagne and a choice of hors d’oeuvres for the bridal party; and overnight accommodations for the bride and groom (as well as reduced room rates for guests), with complimentary continental breakfast the following morning. Parks will work with couples from the first phone call to the final details, coordinating with vendors and being on-site during the big

event. Ultimately, she said, that helps simplify the experience because “the couple only has to deal with one person.” As for food, packages include two stationary hors d’oeuvres displays and five passed hors d’oeuvres selections. The former includes seasonal fruit skewers with raspberry white chocolate anglaise dipping sauce and an antipasto display with cured meats, cheeses and roasted vegetable tapenades, or imported and domestic cheeses served with French breads and assorted crackers (among many other lighter options). The latter includes anything from assorted caviar canapés to miniature shrimp cocktails, beef tartare to mini beef wellington, or white truffle macand-cheese bites, among numerous other selections. As for the main meal, carving stations or plated dinners are available and include an appetizer or soup (or both for an additional $5 per person), salad, entrée, starch, vegetable and dessert. Ultimately, according to Parks, menus can be tailored to any taste or ethnicity, with the couple getting the opportunity to work closely with banquet chef Diana Gallant. And if you’re looking for more, the Beechwood’s “A Grand Affair” package includes a onehour open bar during the cocktail hour and a choice of chair covers.

includes five hours of open bar, an upgraded cake amenity and choice of chair covers, as well as upgraded damask or Armani swirl linens. Still, Parks described all packages as a starting base, as the hotel’s staff “really can customize, tailoring it to whatever (the bride and groom) want.” Other add-ons include a New England raw bar station, passed raw bar items, a chocolate fountain, linen upgrades and wine service with dinner (price dependent on consumption), as well as numerous bar options. Couples can also rent easels, LCD projectors, a 27-inch TV with a DVD/VCR and a sevenfoot screen to complement their day with personal messages, photos and videos. All told, the Beechwood is a deluxe, comprehensive and, ultimately, unique location for your nuptials. “There are different styles and many aspects in one beautiful property,” said Parks. “Our hotel doesn’t compare to anything else in the area. It’s really everything you could want in a venue.” Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based in Worcester who is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

For the ultimate in luxury, meanwhile, the aptly-titled “Event of a Lifetime” package

For more information Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605 508-754-5789

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Planning Guide You’re engaged! Now what? Top 12 things to do first


Announce it. If you’re like most couples, you’ll be hard pressed to keep this news to yourself for too long. Traditionally, parents and close family are the first to get the news (directly from you, either in person or by phone) followed by close friends. Just be sure that those closest to you are in the know first, particularly before you change your Facebook status or start Tweeting. Certain neighbors, coworkers and other people you see everyday will catch on quickly once they espy your new accessory.

maxed out. Once you have an idea of what type of wedding you want, consider getting some help, whether from a wedding planner or from family and friends.


Indulge in some daydreaming. You’re about to begin a detailed and intensive planning process that will be guided largely by budget, so why not let the sky be the limit, even if only in your mind? By spending some time letting your imagination run wild, you may come up with some unique ideas that could turn out to be more doable than you think. In this case, creativity may be the mother of invention.

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Insure it. If your betrothed put a ring on it, make sure you get it appraised and added to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy a.s.a.p. Set a “date.” After “Congratulations!” the most common thing people will say is, “Have you set a date?” Finding the right venue can take some time, but you can still provide a “good-enough” answer, such as, “We’d love to get married in the fall, so we’re looking at available dates.


Get going on the guest list. Knowing how many people you want present on that soon-to-be special day will help you determine other important planning tasks, like finding an appropriate venue and setting a budget. Even starting a preliminary list will help get your planning started.


Determine who will pay. Whether it’s your parents, your fiancé(e)’s parents, both sets of parents or simply the two of you, before any planning can seriously begin you’ll need to determine who is financing the event.

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Set a budget. Once the financing has been settled, you’ll need to set a budget. Be as realistic as possible as it will make for easier planning and decision making later on.


Get organized. Whether your wedding will be large or small, local or at some far-flung, fabulous destination, there will be many details to coordinate. Starting off this process with an organizational plan in place will make the process easier and more manageable.


Get real. Is planning your forté? Are you known as an effective project manager? Do you have a way with people? Even the most organized and savvy of us need help every now and again —especially when schedules are already

Get the scoop. If some of your friends have recently gotten married, they will be wonderful resources. Be sure to ask them about their experiences—what worked or didn’t work and why—as it may help you to avoid some pitfalls along your way.


Relax. From the amount of details to trying to satisfy all the personalities involved to the time it takes to put everything together, wedding planning can be tiring. Be sure to carve out a little time for yourself and your betrothed as you move forward. The healthier and more relaxed you are, the better able you will be to handle it all.


Enjoy it! This is a happy time. Celebrate your love and your committment to one another by savoring the moment.


Ideal setting enduring memories The Randall Estate at Stow Acres Country Club The site of your reception should be as memorable as your wedding. The Randall Estate’s distinctive atmosphere and gourmet food create the perfect setting for your day. Our team of experts has planned thousands of memorable weddings. They will guide you through the planning process and help make sure everything is perfect. If you are planning your wedding, The Randall Estate is a must-see location. Call today to schedule a tour or reserve your date.

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l 25 miles from Boston, inside Route 495 l Distinctive cuisine l Seating for up to 250 l Elegantly manicured grounds l We take care of the details

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We will be happy to provide you with tribute cards, personalized or pre-printed, that you may provide for your guests at each place setting. – 978-568-1100 ext. 107 58 Randall Road – Stow, MA 01775

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Planning Guide License to wed Sure you need a hall, a photographer, and some fancy duds... but do not forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license!

Massachusetts Both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made in the clerk’s office in any city or town in the commonwealth. Where you apply is where the marriage certificate will be filed. There is a waiting period of three days. This includes Sundays and holidays, but not the day upon which the application is submitted. The license is valid for 60 days from the date you file and can be used in any city or town in Massachusetts. There is a state fee of $4.00 for the license, but each town is allowed to set their own fee in addition to that. Check with your town clerk’s office for cost information. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Some towns may require proof, such as a birth certificate. Information specific to same-sex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at: www. (click on the Massachusetts link), and about/gaymarriage.html.

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Individuals marrying in Rhode Island must apply for a marriage license at a city or town clerk’s office. If one party is a resident, the application must be made in that party’s town of residence. If neither party is a resident, the application must be made in the town where the ceremony will take place. Both parties must apply in person and sign the application in the presence of the city/ town clerk or the clerk’s assistant. The cost of the license is $24.00. The license is valid for three months after the issuance date. The marriage must take place in the presence of the officiant and two witnesses age 18 years or older.

Detailed marriage requirements for the state may be found online at: Please note: The requirements and information listed here are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. If you’re marrying in another state (or having a destination wedding), be sure to check out the requirements for that area. Because those requirements will differ per location, it’s best to take care of this early in your planning.

Town/City Clerks Here is information on clerk’s offices in some larger towns in Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (For those with URL’s, look for direct links to the clerk’s office, or a department listing). To find other offices, check your local phone book for listings.

Central Massachusetts Auburn 104 Central St. 508-832-7701

Leominster 25 West St., Room 5 978-534-7536

Brookfield 6 Central St. 508-867-2930 ext. 12

Marlborough 140 Main St. 508-460-3775

Fitchburg 718 Main St. 978-345-9592

Millbury 127 Elm St. 508-865-9110

Framingham 150 Concord St. Room 105 508-532-5520

Natick 13 East Central St. 508-647-6430

Holden 1196 Main St. 508-829-0265 Hopkinton 18 Main St. 508-497-9710

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Sturbridge 308 Main St. 508-347-2510 Worcester 455 Main St., Room 206 508-799-1121

Rhode Island Bristol 10 Court St. 401-253-7000 ext. 3

Newport 43 Broadway 401-846-9600 ext. 326 departments/city-clerk/ home.cfm

Lincoln 100 Old River Rd. 401-333-1100 Providence Department departments/townclerk.asp of Vital Statistics 25 Dorrance St. 401-421-7740 ext. 701 vital-statistics



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The following are the likely places you will want/need to make your name change, and instructions on what you will need to do.

Social Security Number

To obtain a new card with your new name, you must complete and submit form SS-5, which can be found online (social security. gov) or at your local Social Security Office. Call 800-772-1213 for more information or to locate an office near you. There is no fee for this service. You will also need to show proof of your U.S. citizenship or immigration status and your identity.

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To make official, legal changes to your name after marriage you’ll need a certified copy of your marriage license. To obtain one or more, contact the clerk’s office where the license was filed for the required procedures. (You will either have to make the request in person or submit a written request. A processing fee generally applies.)

Take your new social security card to a full-service RMV branch office along with a completed License and ID Update Form (found online at and $25.00.


Traveling with your passport on your honeymoon? If so, the name on your tickets must match the one on your passport. Since you most likely bought the tickets before your wedding, it’s best to wait until after your return to make the change on your passport. To make the name change, you must complete the proper amendment form and submit it, along with a certified copy of your marriage license, your previous passport and two photos, to the National Passport Processing, P.O. Box 90107, Philadelphia, PA 19101-0107. Forms are available online ( or by calling the public passport agency near you (generally either a post office or courthouse).

Service fees may apply if your passport is more than one year from the issue date. See their website for details.

Don’t forget these

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• Employer (for payroll purposes) • Post office • Credit card companies or any other bills • Voter registration • Any legal documents such as mortgages, leases, insurance policies, etc.

Same-sex marriages and name changes

A party in a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts can legally change his/her surname with the Social Security Administration and on his/her driver’s license. According to the web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (, the U.S. Department of State changed its policy recently regarding recognition of name changes. “Since Massachusetts has a statute that allows the Notice of Intention of Marriage to create a legal surname change, the Passport Agency will honor a Massachusetts marriage certificate for the purpose of changing your name on the passport.” More information about same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and other New England states can be found on the GLAD web site.



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Planning Guide Tips on Tipping An important line item in your wedding budget will be for gratuities. A general guideline is to set aside 15 percent of your total budget for this purpose. However, keep in mind that tipping will apply to several of your vendors —but not all. Here’s the lowdown on who to tip, how much and when. Coatroom/restroom attendants and parking valets. This gratuity may be included in your overall reception costs (be sure to check your contract thoroughly). If it isn’t, you can request to have it included or opt to pay it in cash on the wedding day. Figure about $0.50 to $1.00 per guest for the attendants and the same per car for the valets. Whatever you decide, make sure the establishment knows that tip plates and jars are not to be put out. (Have a friend double check on the wedding day to be sure.) Delivery people. These are the folks who deliver (and possibly set up) your cake, flowers, party rentals such as chairs and tables, etc. Depending on how much actual labor is involved, budget about $10 to $20 per person. Maitre d’. If a service charge is not included in your contract, then estimate about 15 percent of your total bill, or $1.00 or $2.00 per person. Musicians/DJs. Generally a tip is not expected, but if you want to acknowledge exceptional performance/service you can feel free to do so. Again, approximately 15 percent of the total bill is a good gauge. Officiant. If your officiant is from a house of worship, then a donation to that organization is appropriate and often expected or required (a dollar amount may be suggested). It is appropriate to give a donation to a civil servant, such as a Justice of the Peace, judge, city clerk, etc., however it should be done at a time that is outside of his or her regular working hours. Stylists for hair and makeup. Tip these professionals as you would for your regular appointments: 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. 74 Winter 2013


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Transportation drivers. If your driver arrives and delivers his/her passengers on time, is dressed appropriately (either in a tux or suit with tie) and is courteous, then a tip is definitely in order. Plan on 15 to 20 percent. Waitstaff and bartenders. Again, determine whether or not this is already included in your contract. If not, one good rule of thumb to follow is the same percentage that you would tip in a restaurant: around 18 percent of the total food bill for waitstaff. If you have an open bar, 10 percent of that total cost would be appropriate for the bartenders. (FYI: These amounts would be divided among those staffs.) Or, you could simply decide on a set dollar amount per guest and multiply it by the number of staff. Wedding planner. As this person is working for a set fee, she generally does not expect a tip. But if you wish to show appreciation for a job well done, 10 percent of the total fee should suffice.

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At Highfields Golf & Country Club we make every occasion shine. The club provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. We will customize packages to suite every taste. Create lasting memories in our elegant ballroom.

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How and when to tip

Tips (cash) should be prepared ahead of time and organized in separate envelopes for each person or group. Traditionally, it is the best man who delivers these tips on behalf of the couple to the appropriate person (generally the head of each group) on the wedding day. This task could also be delegated to a special friend or relative. For any tips that you give after the wedding, including a note of thanks is a nice touch.


Before organizing these tips, make sure you check all of your contracts to determine if a gratuity has been included in the agreed-upon fees. If not and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to have this arrangement, ask for it to be included. Also, keep in mind that business owners should not be tipped if they are the ones also performing the service.



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photojournalistic styles, capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments. Compiling your guest list and sending out invitations is a simple thing, right? Yes, but there is more involved than you may realize. Get it done quickly and easily by following these tips.

Basic rules of etiquette

• The outer envelopes, which have a glued flap, should contain the guests’ full names and complete mailing addresses. Abbreviations should not be used, except for salutations such as Mr., Mrs., Jr., etc. Spell out words like Street, Avenue, North and South. Also, write all numbered streets (Seventeenth instead of 17th) and city and state names in full.

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• The inner envelope, which contains the invitation, response card, direction cards, etc., is not glued and should list full names (complete with salutations) but not addresses. Only use names for those being invited. If you are inviting a couple and their children, include the children’s names by writing them after the parents in order by age (oldest to youngest). If you are not inviting the children, do not include their names on the inner envelope. Children over 18 should be included on both envelopes. • When inviting two unmarried people living at the same address, or a married couple with two different last names, send one invitation with their names written on separate lines in alphabetical order. • Avoid writing “and Guest” wherever possible. Dates of your family/friends will feel more welcome if their names are on the invitation, too. • The return address may be written or preprinted on the flap of the outer envelope.

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• Must each envelope be handwritten? This rule has been “bent” quite a bit thanks to the ready availability of calligraphy machines and home printers. Calligraphy done by hand is an art form that will add extra elegance to any invitation. A friend or family member with exceptional penmanship is another way to go. But if your budget/ schedule will not allow for either, automated printing options do come in handy. Be sure to check with your stationery provider to see if the envelopes you are ordering are homeprinter friendly.


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Be organized

• Before you start addressing the envelopes, compile your guest list complete with full names, proper salutations, (i.e. Mr., Dr., Captain, etc.), correct addresses and zip codes.


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• Whether you are having the addresses printed electronically or handwritten, organize the information on a computer if possible. This will make things easy to read by anyone addressing by hand, and give you a usable electronic file if you decide to print from a computer (no need to re-key).

Helpful tips

• Order extra invitations. The cost to do so will be significantly less than having a second order printed. • Order extra envelopes. Mistakes happen, whether the addressing is being done by hand or electronically. • Bring one complete invitation—and by complete we mean everything from the invitation itself to all insertions (such as response and direction cards) in the final envelope—to the post office to calculate the proper postage. If your invitation is a nonstandard size or shape, extra postage may also apply.



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• Is it paramount that your guests’ full names with salutations appear on both the outer and inner envelopes? If the event is formal, the invitations should be as well. But if you are having a casual afternoon affair, then using first names on the inner envelopes is acceptable.


Acceptable exceptions to some rules


Planning Guide This guide begins when the wedding date is set and the location has been booked, using a timeframe beginning 12 to 18 months before. As your event may be in less (or more) time, this guide can be used as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third...).

12 - 18 months

• Research and interview potential vendors, including photographers, bands/DJs, caterers, bakeries, florists, videographers, transportation, etc. Keep in mind that many book events a year or more in advance. • Decide on any theme/decorative elements for your reception. • Begin shopping for wedding dress and accessories (veil, headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, etc.) • Renew your passports (if necessary) if your honeymoon trip will be outside of the U.S. • Select wedding party. • Start a wedding website or blog and share the link with your family and friends.

9 - 12 months

• Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Reserve all major vendors and have signed contracts in place. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for the ceremony and reception (i.e., programs, favors, menus,etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding website or blog.

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6 - 9 months

• Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon. • Experiment with hair and makeup styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/ bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings, leaving enough time to have them engraved.

4 - 6 months

• Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements. • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Finalize mailing list for invitations. • Create music play (and do-not-play) lists.

2 -4 months

• Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Confirm honeymoon details. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner. • Schedule final dress fittings and pick-up times.

6 - 8 weeks

• Mail invitation. • Start/maintain records of RSVPs and gifts received. • Write and send thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding. • Get marriage license. • Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. • Confirm final arrangements with florist, bakery, limo service, etc.

2 - 6 weeks

• Confirm ceremony details with officiant. • Discuss and confirm special requests with photographer. • Give wedding-day itinerary to the wedding party and to necessary vendors. • Start the seating chart. • Arrange for a hold on your mail.

One week

• Pick up wedding attire. Last check for fit. • Do a final guest count and submit to reception facility/caterer. • Pick up tickets for honeymoon. • Confirm final details with vendors, such as time and place of delivery/arrival. • Check weather report.

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ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blown away by your wedding and starting a new life together. What better way to keep the mojo going than by honeymooning in the spectacular Canadian Rockies, especially if you love the outdoors?

The diverse landscape of Alberta, Canada, is a rich repository of activities. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter what time of year you go, it just matters what you like to do. Alberta is a four-season playground offering just about every kind of outdoor pursuit except surfing. In winter, skiers take to fresh powder and groomed trails; spring attracts golfers, white-water rafters and hikers who head to Jasper, Kananaskis, Canmore and Banff.

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The 144-mile Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff takes you past glaciers cradled in rugged mountains, crystalline lakes and acres of lodge pole pine forests marching up the hillsides. Keep a sharp eye out for a bear or elk. You’ll be alerted when you spot a “bear jam” alongside the road: a group of cars will have stopped for a better look.

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On the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks, stop at Icefield Visitor Centre and learn how to take an interpretive Ice Explorer tour onto the Athabasca Glacier or walk up a path to get a closer look at a glacier. Fly into Calgary, rent a car and get ready for a trip of a lifetime.

On the Water

Turn up the adrenalin and go white-water rafting down the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures. Or tackle the Kananaskis River or Horseshoe Canyon with Inside Out Experience. It’s lovingly called shared terror. For more gentle souls, canoe and kayak rentals are available from companies like Blue Canoe at the Bow River Docks and at Fairmont resorts. A good paddle along the Bow River or Forty Mile Creek takes you into Vermilion Lakes Wildlife Habitat. At the end of the day, soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs watching the sun set over Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Perfect.

Biking Adventures There are plenty of places to rent bikes or join a group excursion. Bike ’N Hike Shuttle

takes you from your hotel to popular trails like the Canmore-to-Banff ride on Goat Creek Trail, Rundle Riverside Trail, the paved Legacy Trail and the Lake Minnewanka loop. Also ride the Divide on a downhill bike tour through the wildlife corridor arranged through the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. For a truly couple-like experience, rent a tandem from Ultimate Ski & Ride.

Hiking There are countless trails throughout Alberta. For those staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a hiking path meanders up the mountain 2.2 miles, leading to the Lake Agnes Tea House. At this lofty perch, you can linger to enjoy sandwiches, loose-leaf teas and homemade breads.

Horseback Riding Several ranches and outfitters offer guided trail rides as well as overnight trips. In Kananaskis, there is Boundary Ranch; in Banff you can take a western adventure with Warner Guiding and Outfitting. Many trails reveal panoramic views of the countryside. Join in a wilderness cookout with Holiday on Horseback, riding into Banff’s backcountry on horseback or by covered wagon to a campsite where you can chow down on steak, spuds, beans and BBQ. You do not have to be an accomplished rider to do this, as the horses and guides make it pretty easy; but it really helps to do some riding before you go to condition your body’s muscles. An hour or two should not be a problem, but longer rides can leave you stiff and sore.

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Golf Experiences If you love to golf, you’ve come to the right place. Alberta’s historic tracks, many designed by golf’s greatest architects like Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones, are located throughout the Rockies.

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If a romantic cruise on an alpine lake turns you on, check out Maligne Lake cruises in Jasper Park or a Banff Float Trip on the Bow River with Rocky Mountain Raft Tours. These trips are easy and relaxed, giving you time to take plenty of photos of the mountains and wildlife, perhaps an eagle or an elk.

In Banff, the classic Stanley Thompson Course at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course rolls up and down the mountain terrain with some sizable elevation changes. To try something unique, book the Heritage Golf Experience, featuring hickory clubs, old-style balls and wise advice from a caddy. An hour west of Calgary and close to Banff National Park is Silvertip Golf Resort. Located on the sunny side of the valley, Silvertip offers one of the most exhilarating golf challenges, combining 600 feet in elevation changes with mountain ponds and steep plunges up and down fairways. Running through the lush Kananaskis Valley are the Kananaskis Country Golf Courses Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd, named for the limestone peaks that serve as the backdrop. Here is a good overview of the creeks, ponds and fairways from the Village Rim Link Trail that leads from the Delta Lodge Kananaskis along a ridge high above the courses.

One of the most enjoyable and playable courses in Alberta is Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, a classic beauty. It won’t beat you up but it will give you and your new partner a really fun day of golf. The wellestablished Canmore Golf & Curling Club, a semi-private club founded in 1926, is a straightforward, pretty level layout you can easily walk. And yes, they curl here in the winter.

Lodging Depending on interests and budget, a range of lodging options is available, from fullservice Fairmont resorts to a small inn like A Bear & Bison, a charming luxury bed and breakfast in the old mining town of Canmore where elegant and rustic are not oxymorons. In Banff, the Fairmont Banff Springs evokes a Scottish baronial stone castle, rising out of the tall pines and mist towards the sky over the majestic mountains and hills. Built in 1888, this oasis of opulence is one very grand hotel, with its lounges graced by king-sized fireplaces, glittering chandeliers and woodpaneling. Here you get the wilderness experience—trail rides, hiking, biking and 27 great holes of golf—along with your luxuries. Set on 903 acres in Jasper National Park, the enclave of log cabins, cedar chalets and golf course of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge provide all the good things a Fairmont property promises: minibars, TVs, down duvets, king-size beds, modern baths, rich draperies, etc. Yet here, you also enjoy the thrill of a natural wilderness getaway retreat, with elk roaming about just outdoors. Walk hand-inhand along lakeshore paths and drift off to sleep with just the sounds of wind rustling the trees. Book one of the cabins and you’ll get all the privacy you could ever want—with a fireplace.

with two golf courses, mountain bike trails and white water rafting nearby. Your suite in the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis will be spacious and well appointed. Views of the mountains are pretty special too. If smart sophistication is what you crave, check into the Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore. This new hotel has 136 one- and two-bedroom suites, all smartly decorated. Most suites have kitchens with granite counter tops, stylish baths, Tempurpedic mattresses, Italian Frette linens and down duvets, as well as 40-inch LCD flat screen TVs with BluRay HD players. By pushing various buttons, all kinds of things happen in the steam shower, everything from multiple sprays to waterfalls. There’s even a “fun” button. If you are a techy, this is it.

For more information Alberta, Canada: Golf tours and packages A Bear & Bison – A Canadian Country Inn

The Canadian Rockies: An inspired start to your new life.

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis (click on Locations and select Kananaskis Village) Fairmont resorts in Banff Springs, Jasper and Lake Louise Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore

Katharine Dyson, who writes from Connecticut, is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is, rightly, one of the most coveted places to stay in the Rockies, with the stunning Lake Louise stretching out behind it with balustrade terraces and icy glaciers straight ahead. In the colder months, snuggle under cozy blankets in a winter horse-drawn sleigh ride, or in the summer, dip your paddles into the turquoisegreen waters and later relax on the hotel terrace overlooking the gardens and water. Wake up to an alpine high as breakfast is rolled into your room on a table draped with white linen. Later dine in one of the hotel’s eight restaurants or have dinner on your own private terrace. Kananaskis is remembered as the venue for the alpine events for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Now it can be your playground

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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

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Package Plan Available

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

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

Mechanics Hall (13)

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321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442








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

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (87)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50






181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 303-1788 • Fx: (508) 480-9343

Make all your wedding dreams come true! Our attentive and professional wedding consultants invite you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom. Contact: Christine Kelly.

Boston Marriott Newton (51)

E, B, D, W

$75 +






2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466 Ph: (617) 630-3553 • Fx: (617) 969-8464

The Boston Marriott Newton is an exquisite hotel providing flawless planning, outside cuisine and unparalleled service that will elevate your wedding into an unforgettable experience. Contact: Patty Nagle.

Charter Oak Country Club

E, B, D, W

(Inside Front Cover) Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800

$35 - $115






E, B, D, W

$30 - $50






5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950

Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Whitney McGee.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (61)

E, B, D, W

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

Stow Acres Country Club (69)

$36 - $70







E, B, D, W

$30 - $65






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

White Cliffs (24)

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167 Main St., P.O. Box 510, Northboro, MA 01532 Ph: (508) 393-3695 • Fx: (508) 393-0271



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

58 Randall Rd., Stow, MA 01775 Ph: (978) 568-1100 x107 • Fx: (978) 562-4573

$30 - $50








1886 Victorian mansion specializing in elegant wedding receptions, Bar Mitzvahs and prestigious corporate functions. Two beautiful ballrooms available. Ceremony space and flexible hours considered. Contact: Sales Office.

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



Experience a wedding of extraordinary elegance when you select Charter Oak Country Club. Our Georgian-style private club setting offers an unparalleled level of service and culinary excellence. Contact: Lynnell Schiela.

Doubletree Hotel (44)

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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Overnight Accommodations

E, B, W

Under $30 - $50







South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (35)

Number of Events

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

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

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (73)

E, B, D, W

Under $30







801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (53)

E, B, D, W

Under $30





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

The Lodge Restaurant (49)

E, B, D, W

Under $30







100 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • Fx: (401) 567-5238



146 Gore Rd., Webster, MA 01570 Ph: (508) 949-0000

We accommodate weddings, dinner rehearsals, showers and other special occasions! Newly updated banquet facility for 2013 in our skyroom. Contact: Banquet Sales.

Pleasant Valley Country Club (77)

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95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276

Southwick’s Zoo Function Facility (40)

$30 - $50





1 in each bldg.


Our magnificent views, elegant dining and attention to every detail will make your special occasion a day to remember. Accommodating events from 20 - 400 guests. Contact: Michelle Violette. E, B, W

$50 - $70







2 Southwick St., Mendon, MA 01756 Ph: (508) 883-9182 • Fx: (508) 883-0242

Southwick’s Zoo is the perfect venue for a unique and special celebration. Gaze at Zebra, Water Buffalo and Giraffe while enjoying the company of your friends and family. Let us take care of everything! Contact: Cindy Lavoie.

Twin River

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

$30 - $75 +







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 (45) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978

Leicester Country Club (41)

E, B, D, W

Under $30







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

$30 - $70









1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331

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 (29)

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1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830

We started planning your wedding 175 years ago! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truely timeless, unforgettable, historic - and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept.

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (34)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +











88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500

The perfect setting for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners and other events. The Overlook Reception Room is located in Charlton, just minutes from Sturbridge and Worcester. Contact: Sales Office.

Public House (60)

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

$30 - $78



Max 240





Built in 1771, the Public 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.

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West of Worcester cont. Reception Facility Salem Cross Inn (74)

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

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$30 - $50







Number of Events

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (43)

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366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824

$57 - $102

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (15) 89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546


Max 350




Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Courtney Mooney. $73 - $94

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The Harding Allen Estate (37)








Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion - for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti. $30 - $60

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The perfect setting for a country wedding. Hilltop views, private location with personal attention to every detail. Newly built function room seating up to 130 guests. Contact: Lynn Zukas.

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (6)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+







59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187

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: Paula Kwiatkowski.

Colonial Hotel (11)

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$30 - $50







625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01440 Ph: (978) 630-2500 • Fx: (978) 632-0913

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

Four Points by Sheraton Leominster (42)

E, B, D, W

$29 - $75






99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 840-5530 • Fx: (978) 466-3400

Honest, uncomplicated weddings at their best. We strive to make each wedding reception a unique reflection of you. Over 20 years of commitment to quality and service. Contact: Mandy Puim.

Harrington Farm (17)

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$65- $100






178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222

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 (52)

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42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (48)

$30 - $75









A simply elegant facility catering to a variety of special occasions. Nominated Favorite People’s Choice three years in a row. Contact: Sales Department. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50






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

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 (72)

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$30 - $50








187 Prospect St., West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4484 x223

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: Mark Zenevich.

Wachusett Mountain (5)

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$30- $50



300 Max



499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-3175 • Fx: (978) 464-3185

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

Wachusett Village Inn (39)

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9 Village Inn Rd., Westminster, MA Ph: (978) 571-2524 • Fx: (978) 874-1753

$42 - $52





Design your destination wedding weekend! Full service facility with salon and spa services. Exclusive to our package is a horse drawn carriage and chocolate fountain. Contact: Michelle Kupfer.

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

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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough

Timeless, unforgettable, unique. So it’s finally your day … make it one you will cherish forever. From an elegant gala to a quaint ceremony, we can accommodate you with a celebration unlike any other. Get whisked away in our beautiful atrium courtyard, or embrace your love for one another in our vibrant and spacious ballroom. The choice is yours. Make the first day of the rest of your lives simply … perfect.

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone (508) 303-1788 Fax (508) 480-9343

Wedding Resources Bartending Services


BARTENDING SERVICES At Your Service Bartending, LLC

Bridal Shops


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Hair & Makeup


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Pronuptia Bridals is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.




Photo Booths




86 Rodman St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 241-4366, Private event bartending with over 20 years experience. Providing a portable bar, fountains, and more. Let us mix a little relaxation into your special day.

BRIDAL SHOPS Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique (29) 1148 Main St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-8188 A full-service bridal salon. Gowns for brides, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers of the bride/groom. Cocktail dresses, prom, pageant and Quinceanera gowns. Alterations and accessories.

Loren’s Bridal (3)

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 (24) Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458

Pronuptia Bridals (10) Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426

The Original Wedding Expo™ (64, 65) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.






Specialty Lighting


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Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.




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

454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222

Reception Facilities


Crown Bakery (34)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (71) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

Buggy Whip Catering

The Buggy Whip Catering Service has been serving traditional American fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.

Sir Loins Catering (53) 8 Williams St., North Grafton, MA 01536 (508) 887-9401 Your premier caterer, Sir Loins caters to all styles of weddings, from casual chic to traditional elegance and everything in between.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 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 Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

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The Jimmy Fund

Herbert E. Berg Florist (28)

Hannoush Jewelers (9)

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099

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

Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595

Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

Celebrate every special moment with the help of one of America’s premier family-owned jewelers. From your engagement diamond to wedding bands and PANDORA™ bridal gifts - trust Hannoush.

Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment, and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

Rachel’s Table (70) 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. (69) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 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 (52) 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 Festive Events (33) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting (37) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 795-3311 Customized weddings, from music to lighting. Contact me for a no-obligation meeting to talk about ideas, details and expectations for your special day.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (52) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 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 Worcester Fitness (56) 440 Grove St., Worcester, MA (508) 852-8209 St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA (508) 363-7000 Personal training - Fitness instruction - Massage - and more.

FLORISTS Danielson Flowers 660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 Let our experienced staff make your day beautiful. View our website for photos of our bouquets and information. See our private wedding area for ideas.

Ladybug Florist (36)


340 Main St., Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-2550

Gray’s Limousine (25)

Details, even the smallest are important. That is what it is all about. Our customer service is what sets us apart from the rest.

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 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 (49) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744

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

Le Limo (61) 224B Cherry St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (800) 287-8970 Our award-winning service provides chauffeurs trained to create the best experience possible. We host an open house every Saturday from 12-3 p.m.

LIQUORS At Your Service Bartending, L.L.C.

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

HAIR AND MAKEUP Beauty in Motion

86 Rodman St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 241-4366, Private event bartending with over 20 years experience. Providing a portable bar, fountains and more. Let us mix a little relaxation into your special day.

Julio’s Liquors (70)

(508) 450-8707 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!

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (81)

140 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-1942 Award winning 20,000-square-foot store featuring world-class service, extensive selections of beer, wine, liquor and specialty foods with a full tobacco shop.


Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008

Justice of the Peace Marion C. Biando (45)

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.

INVITATIONS The Paper Store (4)

5-2 Pioneer Lane, Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-8507, cell (774) 289-1771 I perform ceremonies and renewal of vows. As a notary public, I often work on closing of homes with out-of-town customers and other notary signing.


20 Locations in Massachusetts 1 Location in New Hampshire (978) 500-0967

MA Photo Booths (69)

There’s a print studio located inside the Paper Store! Customprinting services & more to fit your style and occasion—perfectly!

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (9)

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 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.

Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994


Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 753-2230

HJM Photography (21)

The ultimate in professional photography. We offer a full service studio and in-house photography lab for customizing your wedding photos. Call for an appointment.

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Paul S. Robinson Photography (76)

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (52)

2 South Main St., Unit 101 Uxbridge, MA 01569 (508) 278-5530

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354

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.

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




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

P.S. Event Rentals (19) (888) 830-7887 P.S. Event Rentals provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

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

Mark Your Calendar

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

Elegant Linens Ltd. (28)

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

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

Mimi’s Weddings & Designs (10) (79)

Shoes to Dye For (8)

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


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Men’s Wearhouse (Inside Back Cover)


From start to finish we strive to work within a budget to create the perfect decor that expresses your style.

Mechanics Hall

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.

296 Providence Rd., S. Grafton, MA (508) 839-9332

(774) 232-1136

Worcester’s Best Chef Competition

Bonardi’s Formalwear (47)

1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 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 (33) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting (37) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 795-3311 Customized weddings, from music to lighting. Contact me for a no-obligation meeting to talk about ideas, details and expectations for your special day.

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Say ‘I do’ to the Beechwood Hotel


A historic Victorian chapel, luxurious amenities and superb American dining make the Beechwood Hotel the premier wedding destination in Central Massachusetts. Host your wedding with us and let our professional planners arrange every detail to ensure your wedding day is truly unforgettable.


363 Plantation Street • Worcester, MA • 800.344.2589 •

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Bride & Groom Magazine Winter 2013  

The power of custom lighting; Unique entrances by carriage, trolley and more; Finding the right wine for your function; Let them eat...pie?

Bride & Groom Magazine Winter 2013  

The power of custom lighting; Unique entrances by carriage, trolley and more; Finding the right wine for your function; Let them eat...pie?


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