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Contents 54

Honeymoons 87 91

Caneel Bay Eco-friendly destinations

Local couples 14 Tying the Knot Area couples set the date

Features 54 Hidden gems New-to-you New England reception sites

18 Nearby Nuptials James Doyle and Jennifer Moss

60 The great outdoors Weddings au natural

Planning 101 67 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when

Articles

10 Letter from the editor

22 Sweet treats Cutting edge cake trends

68 Receptions 101 The basics

28 Wedding “wed” casts Your wedding can be an online sensation

71 Topics of transportation Wedding day travel 72 Finding your photographer 20+ Questions to ask

34 Pearls Words of wisdom about this precious gem

74 Changing your name? How to do it

40 Rent for less How to get everything you need for your wedding and save

Departments 64 Fashions The light stuff

Directories 95

Function facilities

100 Wedding resources

76 Contract considerations What you need to know 78 License to wed What you need to know

46 May I show you to your table? Creative seating assignments

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80 Flower power 82 Videography Important factors

50 Destination celebration Marrying far from home? Let the location be your inspiration for a post-nuptial party

84 News you can use 91

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Tying the knot Local couples set a date

Melissa LaFleur, Whitinsville, MA and Matt Hadley, Leicester, MA. Wedding date: September 26, 2009

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Alexis Heos, Boston, MA and William Leahy, North Salem, NY

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Maureen Vancelette, Worcester, MA and Mark Veau, Worcester, MA

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Keri LaPrade, Leominster, MA and Matt VandenAkker, Uxbridge, MA

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Nearby Nuptials

James Doyle and Jennifer Moss Cohasset, Massachusetts October 2008

How they met James and Jennifer became high school sweethearts when he was a senior and she was a junior. After meeting at a football game, James, who was in the band, invited Jennifer to attend a post-game party. Together ever since, this couple even attended the same college together.

How they got engaged While on vacation in Puerto Rico, James surprised Jennifer with a romantic proposal on a moonlit beach following a special dinner.

The planning For Jennifer, wedding planning was a labor of love. “I was so overjoyed to be marrying James that planning the day was a true pleasure,” she recalls. “I also thought it was a lot of fun to plan out how the entire event would look and feel.” With help from her mother and mother-in-law-to-be, she handled all the details, with James weighing in on major decisions such as music, location and the menu. “He acted like planning wasn’t his thing, but when we got into it he’d get really excited.”

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fied palette,” says Jennifer. A cornucopia of oranges, reds, browns, yellows and ivory set the stage and complemented their reception site perfectly. “The room was so beautiful we felt it didn’t need too much additional décor.” The ceremony took place under an ornate chandelier and in front of a dramatic stairway, each step illuminated by candlelight.Tulle and white lights were strung throughout the room and accented with clusters of flowers resembling the bridesmaids’ bouquets, creating a decidedly romantic mood. Tables were donned with tower-like centerpieces of hydrangea, roses and calla lilies with berries inside the vase as an accent. Decorative tins containing fall-colored jelly beans and marked with a personalized label served as favors. Menus and programs were designed in fall colors as well, with place cards presented on miniature pumpkins.

Favorite part of the day “Marrying James was truly the greatest blessing in the world,” says Jennifer. “I really

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enjoyed the ceremony more than anything else. It was a dream come true. We worked closely with our priest to make sure our vows were exactly what we wanted to say. That really made the ceremony our own.”

What guests commented on the most By far, the location and the music were guest favorites. “Everyone kept gushing about how great they were,” Jennifer recalls. “The band kept the dance floor packed and the energy level high all night!”

Advice for bridesand grooms-to-be “I know it’s easier said than done, but try not to stress,” advises Jennifer. “The most important thing is that your are getting married and starting a new life with your partner. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family; they will be happy and honored to help with your big day.” B&G


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Anything goes When it comes to wedding cakes, “the trend is that there is not a trend,” says Alina Eisenhauer, executive pastry chef for Sweet inWorcester. “There are no rules. Cakes are very personal and it is about the couple.There is no right or wrong. Absolutely anything goes.” “Brides want their cakes to be different from those they have seen at other weddings,” says Dianne Rockwell, custom wedding cake designer and owner of Dianne Rockwell

The Cake Lady in Lancaster. “There is no such thing as a traditional wedding cake. Couples want something special and personal. They want a showstopper,” she emphasizes. One example of a personal touch is a cake design that mimics the bridal gown fabric or detailing. Other designs can be whimsical, such as having blush-colored frosting punctuated with tiny silver-dusted polka dots or pale blue fondant studded with chocolatebrown sugar flowers.

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A classic design is a stacked square or round wedding cake. For a twist on tradition, local couples are opting for cakes with added shape. Consider a three-tiered round cake finished off with a petal-shaped bottom layer or mix and match square and round layers for a bold, funky look. Though round tiers are still the handsdown favorite, square, octagon and hexagon confections are gaining popularity. Atypical shapes give the tower of tiers a sophisticated feel without frilliness. For a multidimensional appeal, cake designers are pairing differently shaped cakes together, such as round tiers on square tiers, and are either placing each layer directly on top of one another or separating them with fresh berries, sugared fruits or thick bands of sugar paste flowers, creating a lush, voluptuous appearance.

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More and more, cake designers are experimenting with allover texture. These days, frosting is embossed with unique designs such as the motif from a wedding invitation or the lace from the bridal gown. Also, pretty calligraphy is no longer just for stationery, as couples are opting to have sweet nothings written on their cake such as “love” and “promise,” their wedding vows, a favorite poem or verse, or words capturing their wedding theme. As a result, cake creators are turning out confections fashioned with eye-catching lettering that can mirror 24 Fall

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Light blush, ice blue, pale pistachio, rum pink and lavender are colors splashing across the wedding reception scene, along with shades of butterscotch and café au lait. Popular sources for these colors are bridesmaids’ dresses, rather than the bride’s gown. “We are seeing a lot of black, silver and chocolate browns, punched up with red, fuchsia and bright teal blue,” says Lombardi, who recently made a silver-covered cake accented with pink brushed embroidery flowers. Shades of blue are also dominating the latest wedding décor palette. Cakes saturated in turquoise, periwinkle or even navy are being embellished with complementary colors such as silver, white, gray lavender or yellow. Many designers are also fielding requests for cakes that incorporate two tones of the same color: snow white fondant tiers wrapped with textured white ribbon or topped with white calla lilies, or candlelight butter cream adorned with eggshell-colored roses or champagne-hued scrollwork. Ivory on mocha and white on ivory are great twotoned options, according to Rockwell.

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even the most formal wedding invitations. Simple embellishments, such as Swiss dots, single rose petals, curving scrollwork and family monograms continue to be very popular, says Rockwell. Alice Lombardi, owner of the Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery in Shrewsbury agrees. “Contemporary decorations, such as clean lines, polka dots and brushed embroidery are more in demand. Streaked fondant and brocade fondant styles are cutting edge.” Fondant is the type of icing that drapes smoothly over a cake. “Fondant is huge,” says Eisenhauer. It allows her, among other options, to apply metallic gold paint or do elaborate scrollwork. “A wedding cake can be sleek and simple or totally elaborate with fondant.”

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owner of Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton in Auburn. “French vanilla with strawberry filling, Kahlúa cookie cake and raspberry cake with a dark chocolate truffle filling are being applauded by guests.” Many couples are opting for a designer’s signature flavors, such as Lombardi’s white chocolate with fresh strawberries and chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, or Eisenhauer’s chocolate cake with a peanut butter or raspberry filling and an Earl Grey

(yes, tea!) cake with a lemon-flavored butter cream frosting. Other couples, according to Lombardi, are creating their own flavors such as banana toffee or peppermint white chocolate. Flavor selections can also coordinate with the seasons. For example, Rockwell says popular cake selections include carrot or pumpkin for the fall, lemon for the summer and red velvet for the winter. Delicate pistachioflavored filling has gained in popularity as

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have fabulous fruit flavored fillings such as pineapple, wild cherries, passion fruit, mango and blood orange mousses. Frostings infused with unusual flavors such as amaretto, champagne, hazelnut, Kahlúa, mocha, rum and strawberry cream are also finding their way to the dessert table.

Bold blooms, striking colors Flowers will always be timeless, but trendy to-be-weds and cutting-edge cake designers are going beyond the classic cascade of roses. The most of-the-moment cakes are accented with supersized blooms such as orchids, anemones, dahlias and mums. “Big, bold appliqués of flowers with ribbons to match the wedding colors are popular,” says Eisenhauer. Sugar paste flowers still hold their own and are gracing the tops of wedding cakes in lieu of yesterday’s staid bride-and-groom toppers. Incorporating color is another great way to add character and individuality to your wedding cake. Some couples choose their cake color and decoration based on the time of year they are marrying, such as a beautiful mocha cake decorated with autumnal-colored sugar leaves for a lovely fall wedding. For a springtime wedding, you might consider a cake with light yellow fondant and an array of pastel tulips.

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personal detail about the bride and groom, for many couples “the cake becomes edible artwork,” according to Lombardi. Case in point: one cake she created incorporated the couple’s love for their three cats. “I designed a three tiered cake with a tree covering the tiers, depicting beautiful edible fall leaves in vivid colors, with some leaves on the tree and some on the ‘ground.’ In the tree, were the silhouettes of the three cats playing,” she recalls. Sometimes the couple’s honeymoon destination determines the cake design. “A couple may request a cake with passion fruit or coconut if they are honeymooning in a tropical place,” says Eisenhauer. Eagleton once created a whimsical confection of stacked suitcases for a destination wedding cake for a bride and groom who love to travel. Under the less-is-more category, Rockwell recently designed an understated cake with simple beading accented with a cascade of red sugar orchids and little butterflies. Ultimately, today’s talented cake designers can create anything to reflect your unique personality and palate. There are no boundaries, so speak up and share your sweet confectionary dreams. The possibilities for them coming true are endless. B&G Cynthia Allegrezza is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and is a Worcesterbased freelance writer and editor. www.bridegroommag.com

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ust days before one of the most cherished events of his life, Brian Mazzone got some crushing news: his mother would be unable to attend his Connecticut wedding. Ill and confined to a hospital bed, her absence would leave an empty spot on his side of the aisle and at the head table; she would not get to enjoy any champagne, cake or the mother-son dance. Still, Mazzone just couldn’t let her miss it. So as he clasped hands with his bride, Kelly, at the altar at St. Patrick’s Church in Enfield, Connecticut, his mother Mary gasped and

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cried right along with the guests seated in the pews—she watched it all, in real time, on a big-screen TV from a private hospital room. Since she couldn’t be there, Mazzone brought his Fourth of July wedding to his mother via an Internet Webcast. “It meant a lot to us that she was able to see it,” says Mazzone. “She said she felt like she was there, that she didn’t miss anything.” Right in line with sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Hulu and YouTube, wedding

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Webcasts—or, more appropriately, Wedcasts —are a growing virtual niche for brides and grooms whose guest lists exceed the contents of their wallets, or in cases where distance, time or illness keep friends and relatives off the seating chart. After all, the Internet has become our television, newspaper, mall and socializing spot all at once, so why not attend weddings there, too? “It’s not a replay, you hear and see the couple say ‘I do’ in real time,” explains Philip Ly,

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managing partner of theTolland, Connecticutbased “I Do” Stream, which specializes in broadcasting nuptials online, and handled Mazzone’s Webcast. As with regular online video streaming, all that’s required is a computer equipped with high-speed access to the Internet and a camera. Virtual attendees can log in to a secure server—which is password protected and by invitation only, so couples need not worry that their intimate moment is being viewed by strangers—and watch, literally, in the coziness of their pajamas or from their favorite armchair. Current service options range from do-it-yourself to deluxe packages, with pricing from $149 to $1,500 depending on complexity. Couples can rent equipment and set it up themselves (an economical option) or have a tuxedoed videographer on hand to manage everything. “You can learn it in less than two or three hours of training over the phone,” explains Ariel J. Andres of Webcast My Wedding, a Georgia-based company that empowers brides- and grooms-to-be to tackle the complexities and perplexities of Internet streaming. “We show them what they need to know in order to do what they want to do.” Ultimately, adds Andres, it is a skill that can be used for other life events, such as graduations, parties and baby deliveries. Afterwards, videos are typically archived online for 30 days, allowing the bridal party to catch the nuances they may have missed as well as enabling family and friends who were absent from both the live and Webcast event to catch it on their own time. But perhaps the greatest advantage is the ability to tune in from anywhere, whether from down the block or halfway around the world, so long as there is Internet access. Online guests to “I Do” StreamWebcasts have hailed from India and all over the U.S. According to Ly, one wedding was broadcast all the way from New Zealand. “Virtually any location that you can think of, we’ve done a Webcast to and from,” Ly says. Since launching in 2008, his company has enabled online video streaming of about 250 weddings. Typically, tropical locales provide the backdrop as they are a popular spot for destination weddings. An Internet search will


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likely find companies specializing in this service from the Cayman Islands to Myrtle Beach to Hawaii. In some cases, according to Steve Nichols, owner of LiveVows, based in Panama City, Florida, wedding Webcasts have become the stuff of Super Bowl parties, with family and friends huddling around the TV with a spread of snacks to watch the ceremony. Aside from being an option for destination weddings, Webcasting is still in the niche

stage, relegated to a last-minute consideration or an emergency back-up, according to Ly and others. However, as the Internet becomes ever more integrated into our lives, it is a service that can only become more prevalent—especially, says Ly, with younger generations who have grown up with social networking Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook. “They have so many virtual friends, all over the place,” says Ly. “When you get married,

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who are you going to invite? This is one way to invite them without breaking your wallet, so to speak.” Amidst increased concerns about green lifestyles, Webcasting also allows couples to minimize the impact of travel, food preparation, etc. Continued interest in virtual vow exchanges will come with improved access; right now, high-speed Internet capability can be spotty, says Ly. As that expands, his goal is to eventually stream in high definition. Other Webcasting companies plan to launch setups allowing viewers to run their own mini casting booth of sorts from their computer, complete with flipping between various angles such as wide shots, close ups or aerial views taken with multiple cameras. For the Mazzones, though, their Webcast was high-tech enough. It not only allowed the mother of the groom the opportunity to attend, but let other guests participate in the experience as well. With a large and dispersed family— Mazzone’s mother is one of 11, which equates to 27 first cousins for Brian—guests tuned in from Alaska and Toronto, and a friend in the navy even watched from his tidal outpost. All told, Mary was one of approximately 25 to 30 virtual guests. Everyone who tuned in via the Internet got to witness the entire ceremony as well as the cocktail hour and the first half of the reception, encompassing speeches and ceremonious first dances. “A lot of people felt badly that they couldn’t be there,” Mazzone explains. “It was fun to get them involved.” Mary, for her part, proudly took in the proceedings alongside friends from her hospital room. They all celebrated with champagne and cake, and even helped her get dressed up for the occasion. During the cocktail hour, guests also offered well wishes and heartfelt messages to the camera; between the ceremony and the party, Brian and Lisa stopped by to check in and get pictures. Overall, it made the cherished day all the more memorable. “It was awesome,” Mazzone recalled. “Originally we thought she would miss the whole day.” B&G Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based inWorcester, Massachusetts. She is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM Magazine™.

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Pearls

Words of wisdom about this precious gem by Johanna Lolax

Bridal fashion photos everywhere are showcasing precious pearls as a focal point for any bride’s ensemble, turning up in sparkling tiaras, embroidered gowns, and romantic necklaces and earrings. Often given as a treasured symbol of love intended to last a lifetime, today’s pearl jewelry is both fashionable and traditional. But how do you get the best value? Whether your style is romantic, classic or fashion-forward, you’ll want to know a little something about pearls before you invest in jewelry made with the legendary Queen of Gems.

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The key is to research bargain price points and value factors with a visit to the most modern of marketplaces—the Internet— before you buy. Type the keywords “pearl jewelry” into any search engine and you’ll find an explosion of Web sites enticing you to buy everything from romantic chandelier-style earrings and classic studs to the long strands Sarah Jessica Parker made famous in Sex and the City. Sorting through the wealth of inventory can seem daunting, but it’s easy with these simple steps. Look for three or four sites that specialize in pearl jewelry and have Better Business Bureau (BBB) Online Accreditation listed on their home pages. Investigate their payment systems.Are they secure, like PayPal? Also, what are their shipping and return policies? Even if you don’t intend to buy online, customer-friendly policies signal companies offering reliable information about pearl products. Search the sites for styles you like. Hint: Many will have special bridal sections to get you started. Jot down pricing on the styles you find appealing, noting the type of pearls (Akoya, Freshwater, South Sea or Tahitian) and the pearl quality listed such as A, AA or AAA (more on this later). Write down other important information such as pearl size and color, the length of the jewelry you want, if applicable, and the company’s phone number and other contact information. Internet-based pearl jewelry companies, as well as retail jewelry stores, often employ pearl experts who can show you several examples in a variety of styles and price points. These experts can answer also your questions about pearl prices and authenticity, helping you get the best value for your money.

Spotting the real thing Gem-quality pearls are organic gems that grow deep in the bodies of only 20 species of saltwater and freshwater mollusks. Pearl farmers induce these mollusks to form pearls through a kind of grafting process, during which a small mother-of-pearl bead, or a bit of flesh from a donor mollusk, is placed inside the shell or body of another mollusk. The creature then covers the irritation with


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soothing circles of nacre (NAY - kur), the gem-quality material that forms the pearl. Reputable online and brick-and-mortar jewelry stores will take pride in selling you the real thing, but if you ever have doubts, gently run your fingernail over a pearl’s surface. Even a virtually flawless real pearl will feel a bit “grainy” or sandy under your nail. Imitation pearls usually feel perfectly smooth, slippery or glassy. Don’t bite a pearl to test

it, though, as your teeth will ruin a real one.

Natural versus cultured pearls Real pearls today are both cultured on pearl farms and grown naturally in the wild. Pearl culturing was likely developed in several Asian regions many centuries ago, but was perfected in Japan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Kokichi Mikimoto, a Japanese entrepreneur. He was the first to

produce and market beautiful, white cultured pearls in large quantities successfully for the world market. Culturing made pearl jewelry more affordable, more consistent in quality and helped to preserve mollusk populations nearing extinction due to over-fishing. Natural pearls of good quality can still be found in the wild today, but their rarity often puts their price beyond the reach of most.

Pearl quality Pearls are graded, valued and sold according to seven factors: size, shape, surface quality, nacre quality and thickness, color, luster and matching. Round is traditionally the most valued pearl shape and a clean, white, highly lustrous surface is the most prized. Natural colors such as silvery-blue, peach, lavender and black are popular and make bridal party accessorizing a snap (check with your pearl expert about any dyes used, which must be disclosed). The following grading terms are used commonly in the pearl industry for freshwater and saltwater pearls to help consumers judge quality: AAA Quality: Represents the top one percent of the harvest. These choice pearls are round, with thick nacre and excellent luster, and with surfaces that are 96 percent or more blemish-free. In strands and other pearl jewelry, they should appear excellently matched. AA+ Quality: A slightly lesser grade, this represents the top five percent of the pearl harvest.The pearls are round with thick nacre and excellent luster, but they may have a few small blemishes on close examination. AA Quality: Represents the top 20 percent of the harvest. The pearls are oval or nearround, with medium to thick nacre and very good luster. Their surfaces are 80 to 90 percent blemish-free. Whatever your style and taste, the value of pearls has the potential to increase with age: Mikimoto cultured pearls selling for $300 just after World War II are valued at as much as $30,000 today. Now there’s an investment even Wall Street can’t ignore. B&G Johanna Lolax, a GIA Pearls Diplomate and freelance writer based in Holden, Massachusetts, has examined thousands of pearls.

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Rent for less by Sharon Naylor

How to get everything you need for your wedding and save

ccording to an annual survey, spending on rental items such as tents, tables, chairs, china and linens for weddings is up 84 percent.Why the increase in an uneven economy? More couples are planning weddings at home, at outdoor settings and at unique locations such as museums, alumni clubs, bed and breakfasts and art galleries—all places that can cost significantly less to rent than full-service function facilities, but are without these basic items. Couples on a budget have learned that in many cases, renting these wedding essentials can lead to significant savings. 40 Fall

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2. Know exactly what you need. Don’t search for rental items until your location and guest list numbers are set.Then start with tables, adhering to this golden rule: for round tables, allow for 12 square feet of space per guest; for square tables, allow for 10 square feet of space per guest. This equation helps you and your rental vendor determine the size tent you will need to provide ample space for dining and dancing, without going too big and too expensive. Allow for six to eight cocktail party plates, wine glasses and drinking glasses per guest. If that number seems low to you, increase it to ten.Your rental expert will advise on the different types of glasses and plates needed to fulfill your cocktail party, dinner menu and drink items such as martini glasses, beer glasses and so on. 3. If you’ll be having your ceremony and reception at the same location, decide how many chairs you will need for each site. One popular cost-saving option is to have the chairs do double duty, with volunteers moving them from the ceremony to the reception.

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not at the colored strobe effects taking place beneath your feet. 6. Skip the cliché rentals such as chocolate and wine fountains. These are “been-theredone that” so if you don’t have to, eliminate spending hundreds on faded fads. 7. Choose simple, basic white rental plates over fancy designer or monogrammed dishware. Add elegance to your tabletop design with your floral centerpieces, sprinkled rose petals and pretty table linens.



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May I

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fter friends and family have wiped the tears shed during a heartfelt ceremony and refreshed themselves with a cocktail and some savory hors d’oeuvres, they are ready for the main wedding-day event. But before the ballroom doors swing open or the dockside tent is filled, your guests’ official welcome will be conveyed through the place or “escort” cards you provide to them. Sure, the standard but less-than-spectacular folded white card with names and table numbers on one side will satisfy the requirements, but today’s brides and grooms are offering creative alternatives that do more than just direct guests to tables… they capture the aura of the event.

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“Place cards can sometimes get overlooked or cut from a paper suite as they are one of the last components of the wedding process, often when a couple is running low on their budget,” says Kate Lemish, designer and owner of Katlem Design & Invitations in Middletown, Rhode Island. She also says the bulk of most wedding paper budgets are set aside for invitations and coordinating items while place cards, which actually perform a function, regularly become last minute considerations.

“Having assignments should also make the process of seating after the cocktail hour go faster. As we all know, we want to maximize the time during the reception so there is plenty left over for dancing,” says Lemish. As guests gaze through the names in search of their own, they also amble around the assignment display looking to see who will be joining them at their table.This is an ideal opportunity to complement your wedding theme, celebrate a sentimental idea (includ-

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ing an ethnic touch or shared hobby), toast your wedding locale or even simultaneously offer the wedding favor. For a recent wedding by the sea, Lemish lightened the formal mood in an amusing and imaginative way. Guest names and table numbers were printed on a strip of light paper card stock and folded around the stem of tropical drink umbrellas in a variety of bright shades.Then she lined a large tray with foam so the umbrellas could stand up, and covered that base with sand to fashion a cool, inviting vignette for guests to enjoy. Place card display and design is a wonderful way to tell your guests about yourselves as a couple. In fact, many ideas can be simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects. For example, if you have spent much of your courtship seeing the world together and exploring new places, or if you had a long-distance relationship, consider escort cards that showcase the many miles covered over the journey of your love. Print guest names and table assignments on simple squares of off-white card stock, cover them with international postage stamps (often available in bulk, and cancelled) and ink stamps to create a classic, vintage feel. They can be arranged on shredded Excelsior, a soft wood used to line the bottom of gift baskets, inside a vintage or vintageinspired suitcase.This concept can also be used to highlight the upcoming honeymoon. When many of your guests will be traveling to your wedding, your place cards can be used to showcase the destination. In lieu of


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individual place cards, one couple who recently wed in Newport created a table assignment board with a dozen photos of the famed Newport mansions. Guests simply had to look at the display to see which mansionnamed table they were assigned to and learned a bit about what makes the City of Newport famous. It doesn’t all have to be about zip code, though; be inspired by your reception locale. Lemish created wine bottle place cards two seasons ago for a winery reception. “It was a combination favor and place card,” she says. “We made a custom label for the front and added the place card tag to the top.” Also, most wineries can create and adhere custom labels, as well as arrange the bottles arranged for the big day. If you’re marrying a sports fanatic, place cards can also be an opportunity to boast a bit about the favorite team—or tease a bit about a playfully heated rivalry. Baseballs, for example, can be purchased in bulk and affixed with clear labels printed with names, table assignments and your favorite team’s logo. As you can see, place cards provide a wonderful opportunity to share your life with your guests. Be inspired by one another, your professions, your passions or your travels to create one more warm and welcoming element on your wedding day. B&G

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we knew immediately what type of wedding we both wanted: an intimate beach ceremony in Jamaica. Not wanting to leave family and friends out in the cold while we ran off to the tropics, however, we dutifully planned a traditional wedding reception to be held upon our return. As we planned a decidedly formal event, I was vaguely aware of my own lack of enthusiasm. Then one day, it hit me: the tone of it was all wrong. From the black-and-white invitations to the traditional table centerpieces to the wedding band窶馬othing reflected the mood of the intimate, tropical wedding we were so excited about.

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That night, my fiancé and I sat up late discussing the alternatives; by morning, we were brimming with excitement about our new plans.We would replace our traditional flowers with Calla lilies and tropical arrangements, swap the sit-down meal for a buffet of Caribbean-inspired dishes and tropical fruits, cancel our formal invitations in favor of something brighter and more vibrant, and hire a reggae band. As it turned out, we were not alone in our

thinking. More and more couples are marrying at resorts or other destinations, then celebrating back home with family and friends. But instead of traditional-style receptions, they’re mixing things up by hosting parties that commemorate the locations of their destination weddings.

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tion with your guests. “I’ve seen many themed receptions,” says Jodi Paris of Seacoast Weddings in Salem, Massachusetts. She suggests naming each table after a town from your destination in lieu of traditional table numbers. When guests find they are seated at the Miami or Waikiki table, they will be immediately caught up in the spirit of the event. “As your budget allows, have your favors represent the location you visited,” adds Paris. Other ways to lend a bit of flair include scattering shells or replicas of famous landmarks along the tables; decorating the walls with travel posters; honoring special guests with a flower lei; adding postcards to place settings; or bouncing an inflated beach ball around the dance floor during a fun song.You can even kick off the evening with a video or slideshow of your nuptials, which will set the tone of the night and satisfy guests anxious to view your big day.

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Still, many couples worry that their non-traditional reception might alienate older relatives or business associates. “We got married in Hawaii, then planned a big luau in the back yard of a friend’s house. It was simple; casual dress and a barbecue,” recalls Janine Martinson of Boston. “It was exactly what we wanted, but I worried. My fiancé is a professor and we had invited several of his co-workers, some quite a bit older. We didn’t know what they would think when we blew into a conch shell to announce our entrance!”


“Most guests will embrace what a couple wants,” says Paris. “Even the most rigid will often be happy to be a part of it. And they can always decline if they don’t want to attend.” If you’re worried about a particular guest, perhaps a great aunt who may feel your event is too informal, Paris suggest honoring her with a corsage or special seating.

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Announce it with flair The right invitation will set the tone for the event before it begins. Look for something that expresses the mood and spirit of your celebration. Since your reception is not tied to your actual wedding, plan to mail the reception invitation about six weeks prior the date. As with the event, be creative with your invitations. If many guests don’t know of your plans, summarize them in a fun way. (We’re having our wedding in Aruba! Please celebrate with us back home on April 25…) Even if your affair is casual, include a response card to minimize your own effort at tracking down responses, and request replies well before you travel. If you have one, use your weddingWeb site to share information about where you are going. Be sure to include the URL on the invitation and encourage guests to check for photo updates before and after your wedding date.

Keeping the party going Music is one of the biggest factors that will create the right mood, so choose your band or DJ carefully. Don’t make a selection unless you are completely sure they understand your event and the type of music you want. Listen to them before booking, having them play a selection of songs that embrace your theme. Once chosen, work with your DJ or musicians to create a play list that has some variety. By all means, go ahead and make reggae or Gaelic music the rule for most of the evening, but throw in a few contemporary songs to break things up a bit.

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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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If a destination wedding at an exciting location is your dream, it can be yours. Following it up with a fun, themed celebration at home is a wonderful way to share that vision with your loved ones. All you have to do is let your imagination guide you. B&G Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer based in Westford, Massachusetts.

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Hidden GEMS

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t was a blending of souls and cultures at Kate Dornbush and Simha Reddy’s wedding. In the Indian tradition was a presentation of garlands; in the Christian custom, the lighting of a unity candle. Bach interludes gave way to holy water purification, while the spreading of a blend of cumin seed and brown sugar atop the couple’s heads represented bittersweet life experiences. Sanskrit prayers to Lord Ganesha and the Goddess Gowri precluded English vows of the love, hardship and happiness to come. Afterwards, guests nibbled on curry-laden hors d’oeuvres and seafood main courses, then danced to Bollywood hits and American pop. “It was absolutely spectacular, from start to finish,” gushed Sharon MacIsaac Dornbush of Weston the proud mother of the bride and the meticulous wedding planner. “It was everything I’d envisioned. Just exquisite. Breathtaking.” There is no other word for this venue but “luxury.” This 424room, three-year-old hotel, bathed in rich marble, burgundy leather and red velvet, commands a spectacular view of the Boston waterfront and is befitting of lavish and elegant nuptials. A traditional-sized ballroom accommodates up to 240 guests; larger groups can spread out in a more expansive ballroom with capacity for up to 600. Both spaces encompass floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The glistening watery backdrop, as well as the Rose Kennedy Greenway and hotel-front gardens bursting with roses and daffodils, are ideal scenery for photos. Yet luxury is nothing without service, noted Paul Melino, director of social events. With each wedding, two coordinators work closely with brides and grooms to help plan every aspect of the ceremony and reception. Such attentiveness extends beyond the couple to the actual wedding day, where there is a ratio of one waiter to every 10 guests. “The quality of service sets us apart,” says Melino, who

describes the Intercontinental as dramatic, versatile, contemporary, creative and inviting, with “sumptuous food.” A group of on-staff chefs craft the latter, and their skills can appease various palates. Two specialize in Indian and Kosher cuisine, and an executive chef can handle French, Italian and Spanish styles, among others. The diverse fare draws a wide range of couples, including Indian, contemporary Jewish and Orthodox Jewish, to name a few. Meanwhile, the desserts will make you drool. Recent offerings have included monogrammed Oreos dipped in chocolate complemented with a shot of milk; miniature ice cream cones; and candy stations hearkening back to the old five-and-dime stores. As for the Dornbush-Reddy wedding, it was unique all over. The mandap—a canopy with four pillars representing the love and support of the couple’s parents—comprised garlands and unity candles and offerings of puffed corn to a roaring fire (for the groom’s longevity). The couple also took seven steps forward representing prosperity, strength, wealth, happiness, children, longevity and companionship. Flickering candles along the aisle and under the mandap set a twilight atmosphere. All told, 206 guests, including two dozen who had traveled from India, gathered to watch the eclectic fusion of Christian and Hindu rituals. Adjectives certainly weren’t in short supply. Fabulous, magnificent, enchanted, sophisticated, fairytale-like, majestic, exquisite, a masterpiece and “the most beautiful wedding ever attended,” were just a few, recalls MacIssac Dornbush. In the end, it etched crisp memories. “It’s just as clear today as it was that night,” she notes.

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his is a site where ambience abounds.The walls within the sealed-stone mansion, which has stood along the banks of the Charles River since the early 1900s, are crafted of mahogany and the floors are fashioned of oak. French doors lead to outdoor terraces; sunlight bathes a sweeping main staircase; in the winter, fireplaces crackle. Outside, the grounds roll with rainbows of gardens, terraces, stone walls, fieldstone paths, birch trees, contemporary outdoor art and religious sculptures. “It’s incredible,” says General Manager Susan Burton. “Anyone who visits is in absolute awe.” Owned and operated by Boston College, the 55,000-squarefoot mansion situated on 80 acres has a religious past as it was formerly the site of St. Stephen’s Priory.Yet it started as a homestead. The wealthy Davis family built it on 200 acres between 1902 and 1909. From then until the 1940s, it was known as the Gracestone Farm and was renowned for its formal gardens. In 1949 it was acquired by the Dominican Order, which established it as St. Stephen’s Priory and welcomed 41 novices. Later, a 70-room addition filled out the original building, and the friars remained until the novitiate moved to Cincinnati in the 1980s. Until 2005, when it was purchased by Boston College, the site offered retreat ministry and sabbatical programs for religious women. Connors Retreat

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Today, the soon-to-be-wed can embrace this holy past by hosting their vows in an on-site Catholic chapel. Non-secular ceremonies, meanwhile, can take place among the flowers at St. Cecilia’s Garden, in an outdoor pavilion framed by stone arches or elsewhere on the expansive grounds. Wherever they stage their nuptials, couples can nix their decoration budgets, according to Burton, who states that the architecture is stunning enough as a backdrop. “It’s just so beautiful as it is,” she says. “It’s a unique and special place, extraordinarily elegant. Everyone is absolutely stunned by it.” And the 100-year-old manse embraces its slightly-concealed reputation. As Burton puts it: “Everyone calls it a hidden gem.”

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t’s all yours. Whatever day you choose to clasp hands and hearts with your betrothed, you and your guests are free to roam the full 20 acres of the aptly-named Independence Harbor. Unlike country clubs or hotels, that means you won’t see golfers swinging at tees far out on the greens as you trade your vows, and your guests won’t share the powder room with tourists or attendees of other weddings. Instead, just one event is booked per day, providing absolute privacy. “There are very few places that do one wedding at a time,” notes Connie Dunning, director of wedding sales. “People say it’s like having a wedding in the backyard. It’s elegant but with a lot of personal touches.” Nestled along the banks of the Assonet River, Independence Harbor has emphasized such solitude for brides and grooms for 33 years. Before a maximum of 250 guests, couples can wed among seemingly endless gardens that are “always immaculate,” and cascading with plants and flowers. Even indoors, the view is divine. Winter (or rainy-day) nuptials unfold before a glistening fireplace. At the reception, guests can take in the bucolic and colorful view from a dining room beset by picture-window walls. Describing the site as “captivating” and “magnificent,” Dunning stresses the accomplished chefs and stellar service. “We spend a lot of time with the brides and grooms,” she says. “We’re here to listen to them. It’s personal, one-on-one.” Add versatility to that, too. The venue has handled a panoply of weddings for various traditions and nationalities, including Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jehova’s Witness, Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and African-American, as well as same-sex couples. Ultimately, the goal is ease. “Couples don’t have to worry about a thing, they just show up and have a good time,” says Dunning. “It’s about making them feel comfortable and important. And in the end, people come away and say, ‘The day was magical.’” B&G Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center 20 Glen St., Dover, MA 02030 617-552-9210 www.bc.edu/offices/retreat/home.html Reception rental fees start at $3,500 for a five-hour period; ceremonies are an additional cost. Overnight accommodations include eight suites and 60 singleuse bedrooms.

Independence Harbor 10 Narrows Road, P.O. Box 118, Assonet, MA 02702 508-644-2225 www.ihweddings.com Facility rental fees start at $1,500; ceremonies start at $800. Appetizer buffets start at $4.95 a person; hot hors d’oeuvres (per 100 pieces) range from $150 to $200; full-service dinners begin at $25.95 per plate; buffets at $27.95 per person. Couples get their pick of any five-and-a-half hour period from noon to midnight, Thursday through Sunday and on Monday holidays. A minimum number of guests are required to reserve the facilities, starting at 75, depending on the day and the time of year.

Intercontinental Boston 510 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02210 617-747-1000 www.intercontinentalboston.com Couples receive a complimentary suite overlooking the waterfront for two nights, as well as a threemonth complimentary membership to the hotel’s gym and spa prior to the event. Weddings costing $15,000 and up are eligible for a prepaid Intercontinental American Express card (up to $2,000) that can help defray ceremony, reception or honeymoon costs.

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Though ballrooms can be beautiful and hotels luxurious, for some couples such formal locales aren’t their style. Rhode Island natives Joseph and Alexis Allen, for example, had an ambitious wish list for their ideal wedding venue. It needed to host the ceremony and reception in one location, offer grounds for an outdoor vow exchange as well as an alternate place to celebrate in case of uncooperative weather and provide ample parking—all in a unique setting with a dash of history. The tall order led them to Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm in scenic Narragansett, Rhode Island.Tobacco and real estate mogul Francis S. Kinney had the stately bungalow built in 1899 specifically for hosting parties, especially those following polo matches. Throughout the decades, the clubhouse was used for debutante balls and even as the summer rehearsal space for the famed American Ballet Theater. “It’s such a romantic space, and you can feel the history,” Alexis reminisces. “To have that elegant space but be surrounded by corn fields and a vegetable stand and to hear cows mooing provided an awesome contrast,” says Alexis of their late August celebration. “And they don’t call it Sunset Farm for nothing; the sunset during dinner was breathtaking.” Soon after Ken MacKenzie, a wildlife biologist, asked Beth Jzyk to be his wife, the two

outdoor enthusiasts also set out to find a venue that showcased their love of all things natural in a sophisticated setting. “As much as I hate to admit it, Ken had said all along we should look at Tower Hill,” says Beth, referring to Boylston’s Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the site of their September nuptials. But the bride-to-be ruled it out after learning that The Orangerie, the garden’s glass-encased ornate conservatory, was only available through mid-September. “I had my heart set on an autumn wedding,” she admits. The two settled on a more traditional venue for their reception, but were still determined to find an outdoor ceremony location to satisfy their al fresco needs. Eventually, they decided to pay a visit to the groom’s initial suggestion. “I knew from the minute I walked through the gazebo area and onto the grounds that this was where we had to get married, even if it meant admitting to Ken that he was right all along!” laughs Beth. One of the many benefits of an au-natural wedding is that surroundings can take the lead role for the theme and design scheme. When making site visits, ask the location’s special event coordinator what will be in bloom around the time of your proposed wedding date. If you are not set on a specific season yet, ask what each season brings in terms of annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs and bushes. Though Ken and Beth MacKenzie originally envisioned a midautumn wedding, they were so enamored with The Orangerie at

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the botanic gardens they moved up their intended wedding date by about a month. “Both of us absolutely love the fall, and even though mid September 15th was a little earlier then we had planned, we were definitely willing to compromise on the date by a couple of weeks for such an amazing location,” says Beth. As evening emerged, Ken and Beth exchanged vows in The Secret Garden, a sunken outdoor garden flanked by a pair of grand staircases. A fountain and pool acted as the serene focal point located between the two. Cocktail hour had backdrops of a stone fireplace in The Great Hall and an outdoor terrace boasting panoramic vistas of Mt. Wachusett and the Wachusett Reservoir, both cast in honey and amber hues courtesy of the day’s last light.The reception unfolded in The Orangerie under the cathedral ceiling of glass where only the twinkle of the night sky peered through. “The setting really speaks for itself,” explains Beth, who didn’t set a specific theme but coordinated the centerpieces color palate of chocolate browns, oranges, rusts and crimsons to match the early changes in the foliage and the flowers in the garden. “We did have some lanterns placed into the fountain gardens behind The Orangerie for some added ambiance that was beautiful,” she says. The Allens also let the season set the template for their décor. “Everything was lush and green at that point, so in getting married outside we used summer flowers to accentuate the arbor, which was surrounded by the L-shaped shrubs,” says Alexis. “It created this warm, intimate space to hold the ceremony. 62 Fall

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I think the beauty of the building itself and its surroundings made designing or decorating rather easy in that we basically let the space do the talking.” The couple also let the historic interior and period architecture make its own statement indoors,accentuating the hardwoods and brick fireplace with simple yet elegant floral arrangements throughout.The diversity of the space made for spectacular lasting images. “On the one hand you have this stately historical space, the beauty of which just cannot be overstated, and on the other hand, you have all these nooks and crannies outside to get some fabulous photos,” explains Alexis. In fact, candid pictures of the couple in front of oversized hay bales and ripened corn stalks turned out to be some of their favorite shots. There are some unique considerations to make when planning a wedding in a natural setting that are important to take into account. First and foremost, weather will almost certainly be your biggest concern. Ask the site coordinator about what back-up plans are in place. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, for example, has an indoor space for ceremonies normally held outdoors, but oftentimes, locations such as public parks do not. Renting an event tent, if allowed on the venue’s property, is a sure-fire way to be prepared, but may make a dramatic impact on your budget. As many outdoor locales are also public spaces, you may be confined to certain hours of availability. Ask about this up front so your dreams of a mid-afternoon wedding aren’t dashed late in the game. If the locale is pub-

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After Liz Ellsworth accepted Andy Brownlee’s proposal, she knew immediately where they should wed: the family farm. The couple tied the knot on a pondside grassy knoll surrounded by centuryold trees at Liz’s childhood home, and danced into the night under an open air tent adjacent to an in-bloom flower garden and small orchard. For Liz and Andy, an at-home wedding offered a unique milieu and an air of sentimentality, all while being gentler on the wallet.

paper and hang them on the tree,” the bride recalls.

When entertaining the idea of an athome wedding, there are some important considerations to make. First, there must be space for guests to park. You’ll also need to find out from your city or town hall about permits for entertainment (noise levels usually cannot exceed a certain decibel level and often have time restrictions) and, if desired, a tent. Catering will usually need ac“People truly enjoyed the wedding cess to the kitchen and rentals will need and had fun because it was familyto be secured for everything from lightfriendly with a very relaxed atmosing to table settings. The best way to phere,” says Liz. “They were able to enjoy get a realistic dollar amount is to stay being outside in a quiet, rural setting.” organized, get vendor quotes in writing and, like Andy and Liz did, see where The couple let nature serve as the incosts can be trimmed. Your caterer spiration for many wedding day details, should be the first point of contact and including invitations that looked as if Alternate Photography/www.alternateangles.com should also be a good source for rentals and other vendors. they were painted with water colors, a cake emblazoned with a The article on page 40 has great tips on learn how to get rental butterfly design and favors fashioned from packets of wildflower items for less. seeds. “We also had a wish tree where guests could write per–AM sonalized notes, wishes or advice on butterfly-shaped pieces of

lic, owned by a city, town or state, there are likely to be rules and regulations that may include restrictions on outdoor entertainment (noise ordinances) or serving alcohol, and there may also be specific fire codes (regarding items such as candles). If possible, ask if you can briefly observe a wedding already scheduled at the site. Even in a short period of time, you can get a sense of how your event might unfold. For example,

beaches are seldom private spaces, so if you want to wed with the sand between your toes, odds are there will be some lingering beachgoers gawking along with children running around and building sandcastles. Make a list of the pros and cons that you see; the more visits you make, the better sense of reality you’ll obtain for your own big day. Chances are you won’t be the first couple to wed in the setting, so let this be more of a checklist than a warning.

Finally, let your day unfold organically. In natural setting, guests may be more interested in exploring the grounds or gardens than taking to the dance floor right away. Embrace the unplanned and let nature take its course. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine,Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, Rhode Island.

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ACCORDING TO THE DESIGNERS at famed Priscilla of Boston, a hot trend for fall are gowns fashioned from lightweight fabrics in flattering cuts. Soft interfacings and multi-layered skirts offer a sophistication that is both formal and flowing, as shown here in the many lines of bridal styles offered by this well-known bridal gown retailer.Visit www.priscillaofboston.com for more information. Priscilla of Boston This silk satin-faced chiffon gown has a finely draped bodice and flowing skirt trimmed with crystal encrusted halter straps and waistband. Available in diamond white.

Jewel Bias cut, crepe-backed satin gown features slim spaghetti straps and a deep scoop back with an empire accent of crystals, rhinestones and pearls. Available in ivory.

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Priscilla of Boston This silk organza, strapless ball gown with a dimensional Alenรงon lace bodice is adorned with hand-cut organza petals and elaborate beading. Available in ivory and white.

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B&G’s guide for what to do and when This guide was set using a timeframe of 12 to 18 months prior to the wedding date. Your event may be in less (or more) time; use this as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third…).

At engagement • Discuss what size/type of wedding you want keeping style (formal or casual) and number of potential guests in mind. • Determine the budget, and who will be paying for what. • Book your reception location, making sure it coordinates with your ceremony (if it is being held elsewhere). • Attend a Wedding Expo.

Once the date is set 9 – 12 months • Research and interview potential vendors, such as photographers, bands/DJs, caterers (if necessary), 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.

6 – 9 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. • Have all of your major vendors reserved. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for 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 Web site.

4 – 6 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 make-up styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/bleaching, regular facials, etc.

• Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved.

2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 78). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner.

6 – 8 weeks • Address and mail invitations. • Start/maintain records of RSVPs and gifts received. • Write and send thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding. • Schedule final dress fittings and pick-up times. • Get marriage license. • Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. Break in shoes.

2 – 6 weeks • Confirm ceremony details with officiant. • Discuss and confirm special requests with photographer. • Confirm final arrangements with florist, bakery, limo service, etc. • Give wedding-day itinerary to the wedding party and to necessary vendors. • Start the seating chart. • Confirm honeymoon arrangements. • Arrange for a hold on your mail (while you’re away).

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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Planning 101

Interviewing reception facilities THE CORNERSTONE TO PLANNING any wedding is the reception location. To make the most of your site visits and interviews, consider these questions: 1. Do you have any package plans? If so, what do they include? 2. Is there a separate rental fee for the site? 3. Do you have liability insurance? 4. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date? 5. What is your cancellation policy? 6. What is the maximum number of people you can accommodate? The minimum? 7. Is there a minimum charge we must pay regardless of the number of people we have? 8. Is there a kitchen on site? 9. Do you provide catering services? 10. If you do not provide catering services, do you have a list of approved caterers? Can I hire someone that isn’t on the list? 11. Are tables, chairs, china, linens, flatware and glassware available/included? 12. Are there open/cash bar options? 13. If no bar is available—and you have a liquor license—can I have a bar set up? 14. Will a staff supervisor be available on that day to oversee my event? 15. How far in advance will you need a head count? Meal count? 16. When is final payment due?

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Where to? How many places do you have to go? To the ceremony from your house (or hotel) and from the ceremony to the reception is the typical service. Travel to any destinations after the reception is usually separate from the standard rental agreement. Fares and fees Most rental company’s fees are by the hour, with considerations made for the number of people to be transported and the type of vehicle rented. There may also be an additional travel fee (if the car is coming from far away), and a gratuity might be automatically applied to your bill. Be sure to get these things itemized in writing before you sign a contract. B&G

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Finding your photographer 20+ questions to pose SECURING

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document your day will require a fair amount of research. To help you get started, here’s a list of more than 20 basic questions you should ask prospective professionals. (If you have any special needs or requests, be sure to mention them during your interviews.) 1. What is the photographer’s style (i.e., traditional, photojournalistic, artistic or a mixture)? Knowing what you prefer ahead of time will help narrow the field. 2. How many weddings does the photographer/studio shoot in a year? 3. If the studio has multiple photographers, which one will shoot my wedding? Be sure you see samples of everyone’s work and that you’re comfortable with the style of the photographer you’re contracting. 4. What type of cameras are used: digital or film? If digital, how new/updated is the equipment? If film, is it 35mm or medium format? (Medium format is a larger negative that makes large prints sharp and clear.) 5. What type of proofs will I receive, prints or electronic files? 6. If print proofs are made from film, will those images also be put into an electronic format? (Some photographers will have their negatives scanned for printing and archival purposes.) 7. If electronic proofs are provided (either from scans or original digital files), will they be posted online or sent to me on a disc? 8. If proofs are made available online, can I share them with family and friends? Will they be able to order prints from that site? 9. What is included in the packages offered? (This can mean the number of proofs, number of final album pages, style of album, number of photos displayed in the album,


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sizes of photos displayed in the album, parents’ albums, engagement portrait, etc.) How many hours will the photographer be at my event? What is the payment schedule? What charges, if any, are there for overtime? Are there any charges (such as travel time, site visits, etc.) that are not included in the package price? How many shots will be taken at my wedding? Will an assistant be used? If so, is there an extra charge? What back-up plans are in place if the contracted photographer becomes ill? Will back-up equipment be available on the wedding day? Will the photographer be dressed in appropriate attire (tuxedo or suit)? Will the photographer (and any assistants) require meals? When will I have access to proofs? How long after I make my selections for the album(s) will it (they) be ready? What are the charges for reprints? Is there any discount for ordering multiple prints?

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Extra tips Check out their work. Most photographers will have portfolios ready for you to browse through. Also ask to see all the proofs from a recent wedding as well as current albums they’ve just completed.What feelings do you get from these pictures? If they’ve captured a fun, romantic and/or loving element, you’ll know it. Get some good vibes. Do you feel comfortable with this person? You’ll be interacting with him for a significant portion of your wedding day, so getting along will go a long way. Also, do you get a sense that he enjoys what he does? Do you get a feeling of confidence from him? Make sure you get all your requirements in writing. That’s everything from how many shots will be taken that day to any special effect shots they may take. Lastly, be sure to provide a list of must-have shots well in advance. B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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Don’t forget these • Employer (for payroll purposes) • Post office • Credit card companies or any other bills • Voter registration • Any legal documents like 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 (www.glad.org), the U.S. Department of State changed its policy earlier this year 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 your passport.” More information about same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and other New England states can be found on the GLAD Web site. B&G

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wedding, be sure to have a contract for each one. It will protect you and your money, and will also help keep your many details organized. Contracts should include the basics: your name, wedding date, location of the event, name of the vendor, etc. Spelling counts, so be sure everything is accurate. All of the vendor’s services should be listed in this agreement, including their standard offerings as well as anything extra you may want (such as votive candles surrounding your centerpieces or that your extra wedding cake will be boxed as favors to take home). Be very detailed. Specify the vendor’s expected arrival time and where he/she should go (i.e., the limo should pick you up first, then your bridesmaids, and the photographer should meet you at the reception site). If they will be mingling with your guests, indicate what type of attire is (and is not) acceptable. Itemize all costs: everything from basic rates to additional fees for any extra services and/or overtime. Indicate what your method of payment will be, the amounts and when those payments will be made. It’s also a good idea to have the contract list the amount of any deposits made at signing. Specify what happens should you need to cancel the wedding. How much notice do your vendors require? How much money, if any, will you be expected to pay anyway?Will your deposit be refunded if you give them enough notice to fill the date? Indicate any penalties the vendors will face if they arrive late to your wedding. Also specify a cancellation policy for each of your vendors, such as they must give more than 30 days notice of cancellation and that they must help you find a replacement.


Read each contract thoroughly before you sign it. If this means taking it home, then do so. Don’t let any vendor rush you into signing. Update your contract with any changes, additions or deletions made by either you or the vendor. This can be as simple as writing it on the original agreement and having both parties initial it. Or, if it’s clearer, write up an amended contract and sign it. Be wary of any vendor that doesn’t want to have a contract. It is designed to protect both parties and keep the details organized. Don’t be pressured into working without one. Consider looking for a new vendor if they refuse to use/sign one. If you have any difficulty in understanding the wording of a contract, ask to have it rewritten so that it is clear. If they refuse, look for a new vendor. Never sign an agreement if you’re not clear on the terms.Always ask for clarification (and have it written in when necessary) and always read the fine print thoroughly.

Other helpful tips Keep receipts for each transaction with all vendors. File them with your copy of the contract for easy reference. Use your credit card whenever possible. Most offer buyer protection services at no extra charge. Consider giving yourself extra protection by taking out wedding (event) insurance. Basic policies cover acts of god, vendorrelated issues (such as no-shows, bad equipment and damaged goods) and the like. For more info, check out www.wedsafe.com, and the site for the National Alliance of Special Event Planners, Inc., www.nasep.org. B&G

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rapher and some fancy duds… but don’t forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license! Here’s what you need to know to get the legalities in order for your big day. If you’re getting married in Massachusetts, both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made by both parties (in person) in any city or town in Massachusetts. 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. Please note: The requirements and information listed here are subject to change and may differ for same-sex couples. For the most up-to-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. Information specific to samesex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at: www.glad.org/rights (click on the Massachusetts link under the Publications heading), and www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/ gaymarriage.html If you’re marrying out of 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. B&G


Timeless Elegance Exquisite spaces amidst fifty centuries of art. Town/City Clerks Here is information on clerk’s offices in some larger towns in Central Massachusetts. (For those with URLs, look for direct links to the clerk’s office, or a department listing). To find other offices, check your local phone book for listings. Andover

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375 Merrimack St., 1st Floor, Room 31 (978) 970-4161 www.lowellma.gov/depts /clerk

Auburn 104 Central St. (508) 832-7701 clerk@town.auburn.ma.us www.auburnguide.com Brookfield 6 Central St. (508) 867-2930 ext. 12 llincoln@brookfieldma.us www.brookfieldma.us

Marlborough 140 Main St. (508) 460-3775 cityclerk@marlboroughma.gov www.marlborough-ma.gov

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Millbury 127 Elm St. (508) 865-9110 www.millbury-ma.org

Fitchburg 718 Main St. (978) 345-9592 www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/ cityclerk.htm

Natick 13 East Central St. (508) 647-6430 jkuhn@natickma.org www.natickma.org

Framingham 150 Concord St., Room 105 Northampton 210 Main St., Room 4 (508) 532-5520 www.framinghamma.gov (413) 587-1224 cclerk@northamptonma.gov Holden www.northamptonma.gov/ cityclerk 1196 Main St. (508) 829-0265 www.townofholden.net Springfield 36 Court St., Room 123 Hopkinton (413) 787-6094 www.springfieldcityhall.com 18 Main St. (508) 497-9710 www.hopkinton.org Sturbridge 308 Main St. Leominster (508) 347-2510 www.town.sturbridge.ma.us 25 West. St., Room 5 (978) 534-7536 www.leominster-ma.gov Worcester 455 Main St., Room 206 (508) 799-1121 clerk@ci.worcester.ma.us www.ci.worcester.ma.us

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1. Know your own style. Sure, you like flowers… but how do you like them arranged? Are there any particular blooms that strike your fancy? Check out bridal magazines, friends wedding photos and the Internet to find the styles you like most and least. 2. Now that you know your style preferences, what about those of a potential florist? Do they mirror or complement yours? If she favors modern and cutting edge designs while you prefer more Victorian and traditional styles, it might not be a good match. Here are some ways to find out if you’ll see eye to eye: Inquire about her artistic philosophies/ preferences. What designs does she like to create and why? Ask to see photos of recent wedding work. Can you see any bouquets/arrangements in progress when you’re at the shop? There’s nothing like checking out the real thing. Look around the shop; how it’s decorated and arranged will give you a good sense of her overall style. Show her the photos you’ve collected of what you like. What’s her reaction? If she’s not as excited by the designs as you are, move on to the next designer. 3. Know your budget and be up front about it with your florist; it’s as important as your artistic vision.The cost of your floral decorations can range from moderate to exorbitant and will depend on everything from the


amount of flowers used, to the types (orchids will be infinitely more costly than carnations), to the size of the bouquets and centerpieces, etc. Knowing your budget will give the florist the parameters within which she has to work, which will help her with suggestions on how to achieve your aesthetic vision reasonably. 4.You should also find out how the florist and her shop handles weddings. Here are some key questions to ask: How many weddings do you do each week? How many will be done the weekend of my wedding? Have you done any weddings at my ceremony and/or reception site? If so, do you have any suggestions for the types/colors/ sizes of arrangements that might work well for my wedding? I have a small budget, yet I would like to have as much color as possible.What suggestions do you have for maximizing my options? Does your price include set-up of the centerpieces (and other arrangements) at the reception site? Does it include decoration of my cake? Also, does it include any transportation of ceremony flowers to the reception site? If not, what are the extra charges for these details? Do you provide vases, arches, candelabras, etc. or do I need to provide them? If you do not and I am required to rent them, can you suggest a rental company? May I provide my own vases, arches, candelabras, etc? If so, how will that affect the price? B&G

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SEEKING OUT A VIDEOGRAPHER , be you’ll looking for many of the same qualities and elements that you would in a photographer: style, quality of work, quality of equipment, etc. To help you in your search for the “right” videographer, here is a list of 25+ questions you should ask.

1. How long have you been documenting weddings? 2. Is this your full-time job? 3. How many weddings do you document in a year? 4. Whatisyourstyle?Cinematic?Documentary? 5. Do you have references? (Quality, reputable experience is key.) 6. Do you belong to any professional organizations? If so, which ones and what are the criteria to be a member?

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7. What size events have you recorded? (This will help determine if they have the equipment/staff needed to cover your day.) 8. Will you coordinate with my photographer? Have you worked with him/her before? 9. Do you have sample products I can view? If so, may I see raw footage of an event as well as its final cut? (Look to see if the camera work is steady, clear and well lit and if the editing is smooth and seamless.) 10. How many cameras will cover the event? How many people? 11. Will you have backup equipment available on that day? 12. How much time will you need to set up your equipment? 13. What is your procedure for recording the ceremony?Are wireless microphones available? Do you use lighting (and if so, how bright is it)? 14. Do you charge by the hour or a flat rate? 15. Do you offer package plans? Do you have a payment schedule? 16. Are the costs of any assistants included in the price? 17. Is there an additional charge for overtime? 18. What type of camera and editing/sound/ lighting equipment do you use (digital or analog)? Is it commercial grade (high quality)? 19. If the equipment is analog, will I be receiving the final product on a DVD? 20. Do you do the editing, or do you have a staff that does it? (Are you part of the process?) 21. Are special effects used in the final product? If so, how many? And may I opt to have those effects left out? 22. If background music is used in the final product, who selects it? 23. Will the final DVD product be sectioned into chapters for easier navigation? If not, is this an option I can request/purchase? 24. Is there an additional charge for extra copies? 25. Who keeps the original footage? 26. Can I buy the original unedited (raw) footage? 27. What are your criteria for selecting which “occurrences” to record? 28. Do you plan to interview guests during the reception? (If this is something you don’t want, let them know.) B&G


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Central Massachusetts Inn re-opens under new management. The historic Grafton Inn, continuously run since 1805, has re-opened under the management of building owner John Pardee. For information regarding events booked prior to this change, call 508-839-5931.

Men’s Wearhouse and Tux New name, new merchandise! Well-known national men’s clothier Men’s Wearhouse proudly brings you Men’s Wearhouse and MW Tux. Each of its 10 Massachusetts stores is stocked with new men’s wear and tuxedos, from suits to jeans, dress shirts to casual t-shirts, shoes and more. Visit www.menswearhouse.com for more information.

Garden romance The Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, introduces a new “Garden Romance Tent Wedding Package,” available May through October.Your dream wedding can begin with a ceremony at the romantic garden gazebo, followed by a cocktail reception on the brick patio of the Little Red Barn, and completed with dinner and dancing under a magnificent, lighted tent. For more information and to learn more about winter and spring wedding specials, visit www.publickhouse.com or call 508-347-7323 ext. 286.

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Caribbean island is preserved by law, thanks in part to legendary founder Laurance Rockefeller. He claimed this land as one of the first and leading eco-conscious wildlife and nature preservations. The least commercial and quietest of the islands, St. John is accessible only by boat or ferry, making it the island most removed from the noise of daily life and, thus, attractive to honeymooners andA-list celebrities who crave a recharge and a romantic getaway. It’s an escape to an unspoiled natural resort inhabited by free-roaming herds of deer and spotted fawn, wandering giant iguana and the island’s protected packs of wild donkeys. Daily spottings of this local wildlife, as well as gracefully strutting heron on the beach, provide a much welcome change from the everyday.

The adventure begins When your plane lands on St. Thomas, your adventure begins with a safari jeep ride to the dock at Charlotte Amalie where Caneel Bay’s sleek, white ferry awaits you. You’re welcomed aboard by the captain and crew in crisp white uniforms, who hand you an icy

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rum punch or fruit punch cocktail to enjoy during the breaktaking 35-minute ride to the island. Members of the hotel’s staff greet you at the dock with a steamy, hot hand towel while the bell staff transports your luggage to your room. You’re free to lunch immediately at the Caneel Beach Bar and Grill, the resort’s casual, open-air restaurant featuring large-screen TVs, a breezeway bar and a menu of delectable bar snacks such as burgers, chicken sandwiches and wraps, salads, nacho platters, buffalo wings and more. Before this or any menu from the five diverse restaurants on the grounds entice you—and they will—it’s check-in time.

Accommodations Caneel Bay offers 166 accommodations spread out over the grounds, with each section situated on or near one of the beaches or overlooking gardens. The premium beachfront rooms on Scott Beach open up to your own private terrace, and the beach is just steps away. Honeymooners consider these rooms to be their top choice, since Scott Beach is designated as a child-free zone, making it blissfully quiet and secluded. Here, on an arch of private beach, is where you might float on rafts together, snorkel or read in peace, free from the noise and traipsing guests often found at other Caribbean resorts. The rooms themselves reflect the eco-conscious lifestyle of the island, featuring natural woods, native stone work and handmade furniture authentic to the island’s culture. Plush towels are provided for your beach use, as are luxurious his-and-hers waffle-weave robes. There are no phones or televisions in the rooms, but you can still connect to the world using the island’s free Wi-Fi, or with a visit to the resort’s office center filled with computers and a printer. Twice-daily room service ensures that you have all you need, and nightly turn-down service delivers what is perhaps the most charming detail of your stay: a pair of island shells and an inspiring quote printed on a card. And that complimentary bottle of rum on your counter, usually situated next to the complimentary bottle of champagne and two toasting flutes, doesn’t detract from your special honeymooner VIP treatment during your stay.


What to do Snorkeling is the number one activity for honeymooners, as it is easy to set your own pace, choose your own snorkeling spot and dive in from early morning til dusk when the turtles seem to be most present. At the dive shop, you’ll also discover that Caneel Bay provides single and dual kayaks, Sunfish sailboats and introductory scuba clinics without a charge. Also free is a rum tasting event led by the resort’s longtime resident mixologists, who invite you to taste the different island rums and learn the joys of a heavenly BBC—a banana colada. Daily, you’ll find afternoon tea service at the Estate House complete with scones, muffins, cookies and other snacks giving your 5 p.m. break from the sun a traditional Caribbean touch.And weekly, you’re welcome to attend the free manager’s cocktail reception featuring a carving station, shrimp, guacamole and hummus with chips or toast points, and the accompaniment of steel drum music as you enjoy the chance to mingle with guests and the management of the resort. To work off that guacamole and the mouth-watering entrées at the dinner buffet, hiking is a surreal experience on the grounds of Caneel Bay.You could venture off the resort for a paid, higher intensity hike on the Reef Bay Trail. But your time might be better spent saving four hours off of that ranger-led hike (if you don’t like educational tours, this one is not for you) and simply exploring the mapped trails on Caneel’s property, leading you to scenic overlooks and memorial park benches for photo opportunities. Knowing you’ll want to capture your honeymoon adventures for posterity, the resort’s management now offers the free use of a new Flip camera, an easy-touse, cell-phone-sized video recorder with one hour’s memory and plug-in capabilities for you to upload your footage directly to your personalized wedding Web site or onto your Facebook accounts for sharing with friends and family.

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wedding group, you might wish to dine in the Wine Room at Turtle Bay, the Caribbean’s only temperature-controlled wine room featuring over 265 vintages, served with a wine pairing menu.

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Romantic dining While every eatery at Caneel is superb, don’t miss the chance to book a private “room” in the sugar mill ruins, a structure rich with history. When you reserve one of several completely private sections of these ruins, which are without ceilings and have partial stone walls, you’ll find a candle-lit scene with one formally-set table and your own waiter delivering your two-pound lobster, salmon or other gourmet meal selections along with fine wines or champagne.You can also arrange for a solo dining table to be set and surrounded by tiki torches on the beach, complete with a jaw-dropping sunset and dessert under the stars. If you’re visiting as part of a destination

Passports are not required in the Caribbean, but they are advised as an easy form of identification, or if you wish to take a day trip to the nearby British Virgin Islands or to Puerto Rico (via seaplane). A gem in the U.S.Virgin Islands, St. John is reached quite easily, the local currency is the U.S. dollar and it’s in the Eastern Time Zone. Attracting visitors from across the United States and Europe, the resort’s world’s-best status is on display in every detail.Your stay is sure to be an unforgettable mix of upscale lavishness and natural, eco-friendly focus where you can be as secluded or as social as you wish on your dream honeymoon. Visit www.caneelbay.com for reservations, meal plan descriptions and additional information. B&G Sharon Naylor is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, and the author of over 35 wedding books including The Bride’s Survival Guide. www.sharonnaylor.net

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The ultimate beach, breezy, sunny days. Your Divi Aruba All Inclusive honeymoon getaway lets you choose from 10 dining options, 7 bars, snorkeling, biking, non-motorized watersports, live entertainment nightly and more. Plus, all guest rooms are just steps from the sand and pools. • Guaranteed Oceanview or Beachside accommodation with patio or balcony and king-size or queen-size bed

• Candlelight dinner at the Sunset Beach Bistro, including transfers

• Use of the facilities and features of the adjacent Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

• Remembrance gift

• Bottle of champagne

• Free night first anniversary certificate

• Wedding packages available

Contact your travel professional or 1-800-554-2008 www.diviaruba.com

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Restrictions apply. Facilities and features are subject to change without notice. Additional charges apply for wedding packages, Windows on Aruba and spa treatments.

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honeymoon, you might not be considering “green friendly” criteria. But there are many reasons why you should. More than just supplying a tent card in the bathroom asking you to hang up your towels if you’ll be using more than once, resorts built and run by those who are good stewards of our planet are spending extra time and money on conserving water and energy, recycling and using locally grown ingredients for cooking. If these hotels are willing to spend more to do this, imagine the extra care and time they’ll spend on you as their guest. So what should you look for in a green friendly hotel or resort? Using locally-grown produce and meats is one way hotels and resorts are going green. “The name ‘Vermont Fresh’ says it all. We use the freshest, highest quality ingredients, all grown or produced right here in Vermont, which customers have long recognized as quality” says Patti Clark, innkeeper at the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe. “We offer diners food choices with meaning, value and a true taste of Vermont.” Hotels thoughtfully built can earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. For example, the 161-room Hotel Carlton was LEED certified when it became the first

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by Katharine Dyson solar-powered hotel in San Francisco in 2008. The new Woodside Cottages at Hershey Resort in Pennsylvania have also been constructed according to LEED specifications; in clearing the land, live, mature trees were relocated to an area behind the cottages. Other awards such as the Audubon Green Leaf™ EcoRating identifying environmentally responsible lodging facilities are coveted by resorts like the Golden Arrow on the shores of Lake Placid, New York, which recently attained a Green Leaf rating of four (out of five). In addition to practicing recycling and other eco-friendly programs, the Golden Arrow converted a large, unappealing flat roof into a 3,400-square-foot “Green Roof ” garden providing a habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and a variety of plants. It also provides a beautiful sight for dinners looking out from the second-floor restaurant. www.golden-arrow.com Here’s a more detailed look at some other eco-minded resort and hotel properties.

Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort Protecting the rain forest in Costa Rica is a priority at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort. Located in La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano, it is home to a vast rain forest and wildlife such as howler monkeys, coatimundi, white-faced www.bridegroommag.com

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monkeys, three-toed sloths, snakes, toucans and more than 200 species of birds.The resort’s new pesticide-free gardens produce much of the food for the resort while an ongoing program of planting trees is designed to minimize the carbon footprint of guests arriving by car or bus. More than 50 percent of the 750 acres at Tabacón is protected rainforest where hunting or removal of endangered plants is strictly prohibited. Energy-saving lamps and fans are used throughout the resort and water is heated by the volcano; mineral water comes from the volcano and natural springs. Recipient of a 4-Green Leaf rating, the resort has committed to becoming carbon neutral in 2009, ahead of Costa Rica’s goal of becoming the first C-neutral country by 2021. The Grand Spa has 11 outdoor treatment bungalows, each with private Jacuzzi; a Yoga bungalow; and an extensive menu of indigenous treatments including Watsu in outdoor thermal river pools andVolcanic MudWraps. A three-unit Temazcal is surrounded by the energy of the nearby Arenal volcano where you can escape in your own private bungalow. www.tabacon.com

Punta Cana Resort Just off the beach of the Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic, there is a winding dirt trail behind the original hotel. Follow it and you will soon come to one of seven crystal clear limestone pools. Some have wooden docks and steps inviting you to jump in for a refreshing dip surrounded by lush tropical ferns and palms. The water is invigorating, the experience private.

Maintaining these pools as close to how nature created them is just the beginning of Punta Cana’s commitment to the environment. Fifteen years ago, Punta Cana founded the Ecological Foundation to protect the Dominican coral reefs, reduce pollutants, replant mangroves and maintain the health of the coastal ecosystem. The winner of the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Award in Destination Stewardship given at the Ninth Global Travel & Tourism Summit, Punta Cana—a wildly romantic spot with sweeping white beaches and spacious ocean front villas—is home to a tropical paradise of birds, trees and flowers in its 1500acre Ecological Reserve and Ecological Park. www.puntacana.com

Sundance Resort Inn at Sawmill Farm At the idyllic Inn at Sawmill Farm in West Dover, Vermont, you’ll hear the sounds of frogs and birds, the soft rustle of reeds and leaves and take in the splashes of wild flowers and gardens.This inn has taken green-friendly seriously, implementing many energy-saving measures in their cottages overlooking the ponds and hills and in rooms set in converted barns. Those include having lights on timers, using local produce in their cuisine, recycling cooking oil for use in the “Moover,” a local bus decorated with cows, installing several fast-flush toilets and using well water. www.theinnatsawmillfarm.com

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort Golf resorts like the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania have also been part of the big

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An hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, Utah, Sundance’s rustic simplicity is graced by 6,000 acres of protected wilderness at the base of 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, with its cottages discreetly tucked into the mountainside. Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, Sundance is committed to the balance of art and nature. It’s also one of the few resorts that offer guests access to a fulltime naturalist on staff, who can lead you on nature hikes to Stewart Falls, Scotts Pond and other breathtaking locations. There is also skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and a variety of cultural programs. Others include the Sundance Ski Ecology program, a guided history and ecological tour of the mountain, and the Nordic Center’s Night Owling. Sundance buys wind-generated power through Utah Power’s Blue Sky program and uses hybrid vehicles on the property. The glassware used here was created in Sundance’s glass blowing facility from recycled bottles and discarded glass; rooms are cleaned using non-toxic cleaning supplies; and recycling is part of the status quo. The treatments at the resort’s spa are based in Native American traditions, such as the Neroli body polish which incorporates the Orange blossom. Natural products from AVEDA and Sundance’s own organic soaps made in the Art Shack are room amenities. www.sundanceresort.com B&G Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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eco picture. In fact, this property has earned numerous awards, including the Save our Planet Award, for its ongoing efforts. On the course, natural areas are maintained for the wildlife, mowed grass clippings are put back into the ground, electric carts are used in place of gas, the electric fence is solar with posts are made from fallen trees. Slowrelease organic fertilizers are used and several acres, including the vegetable garden, are pesticide-free. Even plants that have natural disease repellants are used—all equating to less chance of being irritated by strong fertilizers and greater joy of enjoying the increased presence of birds and other wildlife. www.shawneeinn.com

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Signs of a green-friendly hotel or resort

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• Eco-Recognition such as one to five-star Green Leaf Rating and/or LEED certification. • Water-saving toilets and showers. • Energy efficient appliances. • Locally-grown organic food. • No pesticides used. • Energy-saving compact fluorescents and outdoor light sensors. • Lighting timers. • Recycling for newspaper, glass, paper, plastic and cardboard. • Uses eco-friendly or chemical-free products for maintenance and housekeeping. • Makes purchasing decisions based on “green” products. • Filtered water machines in common areas instead of bottled water. • Carpets made from post-consumer recycled material. • Converts waste cooking oil to useable fuel. • Transplants native plants elsewhere on the property. • Encourages reusing of towels and linens. • Harnesses solar, hydro and/or wind power. • Staff training in green practices. • Works with community to educate about environmental preservation. • Good waste reduction, such as using reusable glassware and utensils rather than throw-away plastics. • Local transportation systems using alternative fuel sources like bio fuels or electrical-powered vehicles to mitigate emissions. • Eco-friendly construction such as breezy, open-air spaces with natural lighting to reduce energy consumption, and use of natural wood from a sustainable farm as well as local building materials and local labor. • In-room sensors (for air conditioners, power sources, etc.) to determine if electricity can be conserved in an empty room. Other information: www.greenlodgingnews.com

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MECHANICS HALL Unforgettable.

321 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608 Tel: 508-752- 5608 ■ Fax: 508-754- 8442 info @ mechanicshall.org ■ www.mechanicshall.org Built in 1857 ~ National Register of Historic Places


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Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Inside Front Cover)

Emily Aghababain E, B, D, W

363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 453-1112 • Fx: (508) 754-0731 eaghababian@beechwoodhotel.com www.beechwoodhotel.com

The perfect marriage of elegance and simplicity. Magnificent Grand Ballroom, suited for small and large affairs. Luxurious overnight accommodations, plus unrivaled personal service.

Brew City Grill & Brew House (80)

Michelle Frieswick

104 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-3862 • Fx: (508) 890-5094 www.Brew-City.com

Let Brew City Grill & Brew House plan that special event for you and your guests. Call for specialty catering menus.

Coral Seafood (8)

Jim Voylatzis

225 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604 Ph: (508) 755-8331 • Fx: (508) 791-9900 jim@coralseafood.com • www.coralseafood.com

We take pride in offering our beautiful ambiance, exquisite food, and outstanding service that will make your special event one to remember and cherish forever.

Higgins Armory Museum (73)

Rentals Office

100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA 01606 Ph: (508) 853-6015 x26 • Fx: (508) 852-7697 rentals@higgins.org • www.higgins.org

Soaring ceilings, stained glass and tapestries, castle-like ambiance. Rent one of Worcester’s most unique venues for your special occasion.

Leo’s Ristorante (49)

Lee Hanson

11 Brackett Ct., Worcester, MA 01604 Ph: (508) 753-9490 • Fx: (508) 797-5123 leosristorane@verizon.net • www.leosristorante.net

A hidden jewel great for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Buffets, sitdown and family style meals available. Come and see for yourself.

Mechanics Hall (94)

Sharon Onorato

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

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

Tribeca (31)

Aaron Hammond E, B, D, W

92 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604 Ph: (508) 754-7600 • Fx: (508) 754-7601 tribeca4@verizon.net • www.tribeca92.com

Tribeca is one of the newest upscale restaurants providing excellent food and a beautiful, elegant setting for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.

Tuckerman Hall (82)

Paul Levenson

10 Tuckerman St., P.O. Box 20070 West Side Station, Worcester, MA 01602-0070 Ph: (508) 754-1234 • Fx: (508) 754-5329 www.tuckermanhall.org

Tuckerman Hall’s dazzling Gilded Age elegance makes it one of the finest facilities in America for weddings and other social occasions.

Worcester Art Museum (79)

Janice Potter

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 Ph: (508) 799-4406 ext. 3077• Fx: (508) 798-5646 janicepotter@worcesterart.org www.worcesterart.org

Exquisite spaces amidst fifty centuries of art make your special day a masterpiece. The Museum creates the perfect ambiance for an exceptional gathering.

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East of Worcester Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club (71)

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275 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 366-6526 Fx: (508) 836-0233 info@AcaciaFunctions.com www.AcaciaFunctions.com

Newly renovated facility with rooms overlooking the golf course. Perfect setting for romantic weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and corporate functions. Wonderful food, warm hospitality and conveniently located.

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (99)

Victoria Collins

181 Boston Post Rd., West, Marlboro, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 303-1782 Fx: (508) 480-9343 vcollins@rplazahotels.com www.rplazahotels.com

Make all your wedding dreams come true! Our attentive and professional wedding consultants are inviting you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom.

Charter Oak Country Club (104)

Christine Mazri

Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 cmazri@charteroakcc.com www.charteroakcc.com

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.

Concord’s Colonial Inn (48)

Steven Jones

48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA 01742 Ph: (978) 371-2908 • Fx: (978) 369-2170 sjones@ concordscolonialinn.com www.concordscolonialinn.com

Our historic inn offers an elegant and unique setting for your wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner. Celebrate in one of our seven individually appointed event rooms to host your special event.

Doubletree Hotel (45)

Linde Schwartz

5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7436 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 linde.schwartz@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

Welcoming all couples to experience the Doubletree personalized wedding experience. Customized packages available including complimentary menu tasting, candle centerpieces, white glove service and much more.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (58)

Sales Office

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

Newly renovated facility with lush greenery courtyard and gazebo or elegant Grand Ballroom with Terrace Bar. Convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages and menus.

Piccadilly Events (49)

Erin Phillips

380 Winter St., Waltham, MA 02451 Ph: (781) 890-4996 • Fx: (781) 890-6886 ephillips@piccadillypub.com

Our professional wedding planner will help create the wedding of your dreams. We offer a convenient location, customized menus, impeccable service, and stress free planning!

Radisson Hotel & Suites (72)

June Wellington

10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, MA 01824 Ph: (978) 367-3158 • Fx: (978) 250-5887 jwellington@radisson-chelmsford.com www.radisson.com/chelmsford

With a variety of wedding packages we feature a blend of elegance and impeccable service. The Double Grand Staircases invite breathtaking photo opportunities.

Stow Acres Country Club (42)

Karen Giles

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

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.

White Cliffs Function Facility (86)

Phyllis Joseph

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

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

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West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (37)

Darlene Colby Guevara E, B, D, W

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

Spectacular views, affordable prices, ample parking and seating for 20-300 guests.

Old Sturbridge Village (86)

Alexis Conte

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-0396 • Fx: (508) 347-0307 aconte@osv.org • www.osv.org

We started planning your wedding 175 years ago! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truly timeless, unforgettable, historical—and all yours!

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (45)

Sales Office

88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 info@overlookcatering.org • www.overlookcatering.org

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (70)

Arnold Villatico, Jr.

892 Southbridge St., Rt. 20, Auburn/Oxford Line, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.periwinkles-giorgios.com

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.

Pine Ridge Country Club (58)

Sales Office

28 Pleasant St., North Oxford, MA 01537 Ph: (508) 892-9188 • Fx: (508) 892-4509 pineridgecc@charter.net • www.pineridgegolf.net

Lovely reception room accommodating up to 125 guests in a country setting. All inclusive packages at year round affordable prices. Conveniently located overlooking golf course.

Publick House (53)

Catherine O’Brien

On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Ph: (508) 347-3313 x 286 sales@publickhouse.com www.publickhouse.com

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

Salem Cross Inn (27)

Donna Bennett

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (39)

Lise Soper

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you.

The Harding Allen Estate (33)

Grace Gugliotti

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

Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion — for when it has to be special.

Zukas Hilltop Barn (21)

Lynn Zukas

89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546 zukasfarm@aol.com • www.zukas.com

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.

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South of Worcester

Varies

Under $30

$50 – 75

$30 – 78

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$73 – 94

$30 – 60

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

No

0/200

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

No

15/200

90/250

25/125

Max 240

Yes

Max 350

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

20/400

Yes

1 in each building

No

40/250

Yes

1

Yes

No

1

Yes

50/250

Melissa Laskowski

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.

Michelle Violette or Kerry Bardon

E, B, D, W

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

275

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

95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 sales@pleasantvalleycc.com www.pleasantvalleycc.com

Yes

Yes

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (80)

No

Varies

2

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.

Yes

Yes

6/225

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

Under $30

Yes

Yes

David Morin

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

20/300

Arrowhead Acres (37)

Pleasant Valley Country Club (36)

E, B, W

$50 – 75+

Yes

50/500

50/175

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.

The Hotel Providence & Aspire Restaurant (24) Rhonda English

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75

Yes

Yes

139 Mathewson St., Providence, RI 02903 Ph: (401) 861-8000 • Fx: (401) 861-8002 renglish@thehotelprovidence.com www.hotelprovidence.com

80 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Providence Arts & Theater District. The Hotel Providence passion for the arts and passion for the art of Rhode Island cuisine.

Twin River (12)

Donna Wing

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

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

50/1200

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D - Rehearsal Dinners

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Types of Functions

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Chocksett Inn (4)

Paula Kwiatkowski

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 info@chocksettinn.com • www.chocksettinn.com

Country romance – featuring a stunning garden, canopied deck, elegant reception rooms, luxurious overnight accommodations, warm hospitality and fabulous food.

Colonial Hotel (9)

Mary Whitman

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

W - Wedding Receptions

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Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 60

Yes

25/250

Yes

25/425

Yes

1–2

Yes

Yes

1–3

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Yes

Classic elegance, attentive service and wonderful food. Elegant grand ballroom accommodating 25 - 425 guests. Spacious courtyard tent allows for picturesque ceremonies.

Courtyard by Marriott (26)

Rachel Jeannotte

150 Royal Plaza Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 602-1933 • Fx: (978) 343-4006 rachel.jeannotte@cyfitchburg.com

Courtyard Marriott Fitchburg, a brand new hotel with great amenities and warm hospitality. We’re located on the Johnny Appleseed Trail close to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, shopping, and entertainment.

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club (3)

Susan Piper

P.O. Box 1099, 284 E. Temple St., Boylston, MA 01505 Ph: (508) 869-9900 • Fx: (508) 869-0096 susanp@cypriankeyes.com www.cypriankeyes.com

E, B, D, W

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$30 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

20/400

Yes

2/220

Yes

Yes

Irena Clark

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

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.

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (78) Kerri Landry

E, B, D, W

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$50 to $75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Available

50/225

1

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Nearby

Yes

2

No

25/375

Yes

2

No

300 Max

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

100/325

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Yes

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (77)

Lana Visbeck

33 Albright Road, Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-0275 • Fx: (978) 422-8055 www.sterlingcc.com

Private club setting with panoramic views of championship golf course provides you with 200+ seating, an oversized dance floor, bridal room and award winning chefs.

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (67)

Kristy Ashley

Route 2A, P.O. Box 460, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914 www.1761oldmill.com

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

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$30 – 85

Under $30

Yes

No

Yes

15/230

Yes

10/150

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (76)

Janet Fotiadis

42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA Ph: (508) 835-5880 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 janetf@ourmanor.com • www.ourmanor.com

Come and enjoy our beautiful facility, elegant ballrooms, private hospitality rooms, undivided attention and accommodating service. Prime dates for 2009.

Wachusett Mountain (51)

Melissa Banks

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (23)

Michelle Kupfer

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

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$20 – 60

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

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.

Be sure to tell these advertisers you saw their ad in BRIDE&GROOM! Publisher and function facilities assume no responsibility for typographical errors. Prices are subject to change.

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Our classic Colonial-style clubhouse and exquisitely manicured grounds combined with our attentive staff, all come together to make yor special day perfect, right from the start.

Harrington Farm (7)

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

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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) 303-1782 Fax (508) 480-9343 msmith@rplazahotels.com www.rplazahotels.com


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Books

100

BOOKS

Bouquet Preservation

100

Bridal Registry

100

www.thomaseobrien.com A Master Storyteller. Author of crime and mystery novels gripping enough to keep you wanting to know more. Promised to be a book club favorite.

Bridal Shops

100

Bridal Shows

100

Cakes

100-101

Thomas E. O’Brien (84)

BOUQUET PRESERVATION Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (6) One Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 www.Holmes-Shusas.com Specializing in freeze dried wedding bouquets since 1989. All preservations done on site. Four styles to choose from. We can include your invitation! Visit us online.

Catering

101

Destination Weddings

101

Donation Services

101

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Entertainment

101

Royal Prestige Products (69)

Florists

101

Hair & Makeup

101-102

Honeymoon Spots

(508) 285-5044 www.rpbridalconcepts.com Royal Prestige specializes in West Bend healthy cooking products, fine china, crystal, quality tableware, cutlery, water and air purification. Fifty-year warranties.

102

BRIDAL SHOPS

Invitations

102

Bridals by Rochelle

Jewelry

102

Limousines

102

Officiants

102

Photography

102-103

Pre-wedding Services Reception Facilities

103 95

32A South Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569 (508) 278-9166 info@bridalsbyrochelle.com www.bridalsbyrochelle.com Featuring the latest styles of wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, special occasion dresses and bridal accessories. See the difference personal service will make for you.

Elegance by Carbonneau (41) 292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 • www.mydress4less.com Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

Loren’s Bridal (20)

Rentals

103

Shoes

103

Tuxedos

103

454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

Videography

103

Pronuptia Bridals (52)

Wedding Internet Services 103

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Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.pronuptiabridals.com Pronuptia Bridals is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

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The Special Event Bridal Shoppe (73) 114 Broad St., Marlboro, MA 01752 (508) 624-9392 • www.specialeventbridalshop.com Specializing in wedding gowns and party dresses for special occasions. Call for an appointment at your convenience.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (16, 17) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (888) 774-3976 • Fax: 508-770-0065 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show. Featuring Seven expos in September, October, January, March and April.

CAKES Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (8) 288 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 Allow Bean Counter Bakery to work with you in creating your dream wedding cake. We offer elegant designs and exquisite flavors.

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


DESTINATION WEDDINGS

Sonic DJ (81)

Young’s/American Express Travel (88)

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com • www.OurWeddingDJ.com Discover four things you absolutely must know before you book a DJ for your wedding, plus secrets to a stress-free reception at our Web site.

Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialists. 31A Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 721-2600, (800) 873-9686 info@youngstravel.com • www.youngstravel.com Exclusive custom designed destination weddings and honeymoons. Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy and TOP 20 romance destinations. WORRY-FREE planning with our certified specialists. Voted “Best of Worcester.”

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (72) Culpepper’s Bakery 500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393 A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlúa Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

Dianne Rockwell – The Cake Lady 239 Sterling Rd., Lancaster, MA 01523 (978) 365-5092 cakelady@wwwisp.com • wwwisp.com/cakelady Custom designed wedding cakes, exquisitely decorated & available in dozens of delicious flavor combinations. Free local delivery. Consultations by appointment.

Sweet (10) 305 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 373-2248 alina@sweetworcester.com www.sweetworcester.com Wedding cakes, grooms cakes, cupcake towers, sugar cookie wedding favors and more. Specializing in fondant and sculpted cakes. “Best Bakery” City Living Magazine 2009.

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

1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org • www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

Joslin Diabetes Center (102) 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 • (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu • www.joslin.org Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

The Jimmy Fund (103) 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu www.jimmyfund.org/cards Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/treatment, and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

Rachel’s Table (71)

19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 • www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 70th anniversary specials!

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (6) One Ararat St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 hshusas@aol.com • www.holmes-shusas.com The Bride’s Choice for 30 years. Wedding packages and freeze dried floral preservation. Call for a free color brochure. Visit us online.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (30) 335A Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 756-7791 For the ultimate in chic weddings, let our salon staff coordinate your entire bridal party’s hairstyles and makeup. Even color coordinate your hair color, too.

Worcester County Food Bank (74) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost four million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

Festive Events (2)

130 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-5953 info@struckcatering.com • www.struckcatering.com Elegant, Whimsical... Simply Delicious! Let Struck Catering bring your ideas to the table. Please call for our full wedding package.

Herbert E. Berg Florist (44)

1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 • www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provide Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

ENTERTAINMENT

Struck Catering (74)

660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 • www.danielsonflowers.com Let our experienced staff make your day beautiful. View our Web site for photos of our bouquets and information. See our private wedding area for ideas.

Why Me, Inc.

39 Jolma Rd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-3100 jules@creedonandco.com • www.creedonandco.com Family operated business providing personalized catering, tent, and equipment rentals since 1985. Our motto, “Your Style Is Our Style” reflects our commitment to a memorable event.

43 Hudson St., Northboro, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 • www.pepperscatering.com Your dreams and our experience... the taste and imagination of great catering. Over 16 years of experience with innovative cuisine and custom event design.

Danielson Flowers (68)

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.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (43)

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (38)

FLORISTS

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

Sarah Cassell, Soprano (101) Holden, MA (774) 571-2812 • scassell815@yahoo.com Breathe deep & immerse yourself in the beauty of your ceremony. Elegant vocals by Sarah Cassell allow a respite from the whirling excitement of your day.

Elegant vocals for your ceremony c 774-571-2812 f 508-248- 7171 e scassell815@yahoo.com

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Image Hair Salon (75)

The Paper Store (73)

533 Park Ave., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5588 Specializing in Wedding Day Image, hair styling, creative nails, foil highlighting, permanent waving & make-up. Human hair extensions. Featuring Motives customized makeup.

23 locations in Massachusetts 1 location in New Hampshire (978) 500-0967 adv@thepaperstore.com www.thepaperstore.com There’s a print studio located inside the Paper Store! Custom printing services & more to fit your style and occasion— perfectly!

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

INVITATIONS C.C. Lowell (42) 258 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-7713 • www.cclowellinvite.com Custom-designed, unique invitations to reflect YOUR style. Hundreds of decorative papers and stationery; fun, knowledgeable, creative staff! Visit our store or Web site for ideas.

Celebrations! Invitations (68) 12 Stonybrook Lane, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 845-3676 celebrations@townisp.com www.celebrations-invitations.com Choose from our extensive line of engagement and wedding announcements, invitations and favors. Mention this ad and receive a 20% discount.

Ever After Postage (37) www.EverAfterPostage.com holly@everafterpostage.com Ever After Postage offers designer U.S. postage, envelope seals, save the date cards and much more to make your happily Ever After even more memorable!

The Print Shop 94 Fitzpatrick Rd, Grafton, MA 01519 (508) 839-6401 mfgoulet@aol.com www.formalaffair.com/printshop 25%–50% off all catalog invitations and accessories. Custom invitations, pocket folds, tip-on. Design your own invitation. We are the only invitation company that is an actual manufacturer of custom invitations.

JEWELRY Sachs Jewelers (13) 180 Route 9 East, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 792-2300 www.sachsjewelers.com Specializing in diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Our showroom boasts Worcester County’s largest selection of diamonds and the latest styles, brands, and custom-designed bridal jewelry.

www.tenderbeautypearls.com (44) (877) PEARL-01, (877) 732-7501 tenderbeautypearls@yahoo.com www.tenderbeautypearls.com Discount pearl jewelry in a variety of styles, available online. For beauty at an affordable price, click on our website or call us.

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A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (25) 605 Hartford Tpke. (Rte. 20), Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 791-9100 www.aatransportation.com A full-service transportation company. From exotic 20-passenger Super Stretch SUVs to eight-passenger Lincolns. We have the limo to fit your needs.

Gray’s Limousine (31, Inside Back Cover) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 756-7477, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

OFFICIANTS Spiro J. Efstathiou, Justice of the Peace Looking for that unique touch to your important day that says something meaningful about you and what you care about?

You are invited to celebrate a special moment with Joslin.

LIMOUSINES

Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors. Joslin will provide you with personalized Tribute cards that you may hand to guests or put on display at each place setting. It’s a beautiful way to share your special event with the millions of people touched by Joslin’s world-renowned diabetes research, care and education. To learn more about Joslin’s Tribute Program, please call (617) 732-2412 or visit www.joslin.org.

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P.O. Box 2279, Worcester, MA 01613 (508) 826-7775 spiroje@yahoo.com Your connection for your special day. Justice of the Peace.

PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic Expressions Photography (59) 1353 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 883-8940 bobn@photoae.com • www.photoae.com We’re not just your wedding photographer, we are your graphic designer and publisher for your one-of-a-kind wedding album. We can customize a package that meets your needs.

Doros Photography (32) 315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com • www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 17 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299. to $6,000.

Edwards Photography 3 Dudley Road, Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987- 9616 mark@edwardsphotography.net www.edwardsphotography.net Classic & creative photojournalistic wedding photography. Three photographers with a combined 55 years of experience. We have packages to fit your budget, starting at $1395.

HJM Photography (11) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 753-2230 • www.hjmphotography.com 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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SHOES

351 Main Street , Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-5171 weddings@lipphoto.com www.lipphoto.com Your job is to plan the wedding of your dreams. Our job is to capture your special day the way you planned it using two photographers to capture the memories of your day.

Elegance by Carbonneau (41)

Media Photo (69)

Shoes to Dye For (29)

292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 • www.mydress4less.com Largest selection of shoes & tiaras/veils. Unbeatable prices on: jewelry, engraveable gifts, headpieces, veils, invitations, and toasting glasses. M 11-5; Tues & Thur 11-7; Wed & Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-4

1 Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 757-7626 mediafoto@aol.com Save your money for the honeymoon! Affordable wedding packages. Studio located in Worcester, MA. We love what we do and so do our clients.

1 Apple Hill, Suite #5, Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com • www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in-stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (35)

TUXEDOS

Russ Rheault 365 Main St., Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-5249, (800) 287-5249 russro@aol.com • www.russro.com Award-winning photographer with 30 years experience, specializing in personal service. Creative albums designed with you. Free travel throughout New England. All couples welcome.

PRE-WEDDING SERVICES Engaged Encounter (78) (508) 852-3048 It is a weekend designed to give couples planning marriage an opportunity for an intensive and honest look at their commitment to one another.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 95)

Bonardi’s Formalwear (33) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St. • (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St. • (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West • (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St. • (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd. • (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

RENTALS

VIDEOGRAPHY

A Perfect Setting (47)

Davagian Video Productions

(888) 830-7887 info@aperfectsetting.com • www.aperfectsetting.com A Perfect Setting provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

612 Beacon Park Rd., Webster, MA 01570 (508) 865-4145 davagianvideo@yahoo.com • www.davagianvideo.com Utilizing high definition cameras and a fine eye for detail, we preserve the emotions of your wedding day in a memorable DVD keepsake. Demo available.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (43) 39 Jolma Rd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-3100 jules@creedonandco.com • www.creedonandco.com Creedon and Co. provides personalized catering, tent and equipment rentals. Our motto, “Your Style Is Our Style,” reflects our commitment to making every event memorable!

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

For a complete list of Expo show dates and locations, turn to page 17.

SAY “I DO”

Edmonds Video Elmwood Street, Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 755-8783 www.pedmondsvideo.com Edmonds Video has been serving Worcester County since 1990. We specialize in wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, and Quinceanera events.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com (70) BRIDE&GROOM Magazine’s official Web site! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy. ™

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (83) Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. 2-for-1 passes available for download. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

VowBids.com (1) 146 West Boylston Dr., Suite 202 Worcester, MA 01606 (877) 372-0676 ido@vowbids.com • www.vowbids.com VowBids.com brings complete wedding planning right to your fingertips. The only place where vendors of the wedding industry compete over your business.

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Choose among our elegant selection of wedding favors or personalize your own to inform guests that you have made a gift in their honor to support the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

View and order your favors online at jimmyfund.org/favors or contact Mary Bucci at 617-632-6099 or JFFavors@dfci.harvard.edu.

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4 to 6 Passenger Stretch Limo

11-14 Passenger Lincoln Towncar

6 to 8 Passenger Lincoln Towncar

14 Passenger Hummer

8 to 10 Passenger Cadillac Escalade

20 Passenger Escalades

Vintage Rolls Royce • 6, 10 and 14 passenger white Lincolns available • 14 passenger Hummer and Escalade Limo Complimentary champagne • Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties - Any Occasion

Better Business Bureau

Start with Trust

GRAY’S For reservations call 756-7477 • 869-6365 • Rte. 140 Boylston, MA Visit our website at www.grayslimo.com

Celebrating ~ 23 ~ Years


Bride & Groom Magazine, Fall 2009 Issue  

Bride & Groom is New England's wedding Planning resource.

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