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Contents Honeymoons 87 Spa options for newlyweds 91 The natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies

Planning 101 52

Features 52 It’s personal Infusing your own individual style 60 Center of attention Unique ideas for table arrangements

Articles 26 Memorable meetings How to make a positive first impression with your future in-laws

66 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when

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68 Photography 101 Questions to ask

Departments

70 Cakes Terms you should know

10 Letter from the editor

72 Invitations The basics

14 Tying the Knot Engaged local couples

75 Topics of transportation Wedding-day travel

18 Nearby Nuptials Alexis Heos andWilliam Leahy Sarin Hanson and Jeremy Gendron

76 Changing your name? How to do it

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32 Dealing with a vendor disaster Planning ahead can be your best protection

80 Tips on tipping

40 Smooth sailing Charting a stress-free seating plan

82 License to wed What you need to know

44 Mid-life weddings Play it low key or go all out? Ideas and trends

84 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings

48 His stuff, her stuff Professionals and newlyweds share tips on how to merge living styles harmoniously

78 Flower Power Finding the right florist

95 Function facilities 100 Wedding resources

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including Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart; Megan Fox and BrianAustin Green; Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher; Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky; and Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Even Andrea Parrish and Peter Geyer received national media attention for their July nuptials. What… their names aren’t familiar to you?Well, their story just might be: they are the couple from

Spokane,Washington, who collected 400,000 aluminum cans as a means of paying for their July 2010 wedding (their Web site, www.weddingcans.com, has all the details). Aside from being in the spotlight, these weddings had something else in common: they were each unique. Parrish and Geyer were wed in a handfasting ceremony that took place outside (as did their reception); Ford and Flockhart held their casual wedding at the home of a friend; Fox and Green kept their Hawaiian beach nuptials extremely private, with only Green’s son and the officiant in attendance; Clinton and Mezvinsky wed in front of several hundred of their family and friends and celebrated in an extravagant affair; and Keys and Beatz, with their guests in tow, ventured to the French island of Corsica for their nuptials. Whether you prefer lavish or low key, have an unlimited budget or need to keep costs modest, there are many opportunities to infuse your personalities and unique sense of style into your wedding day. Our feature articles It’s Personal and Center of Attention offer up some great ways to create a distinctive and decidedly personal event. The local couples featured in Nearby Nuptials will also provide some great inspiration. In addition we have plenty of great advice on how to properly meet and introduce your soon-to-be in-laws, plan a wedding in mid life and how to protect yourselves from the unthinkable—when a wedding vendor goes out of business. Thanksforpickingupthisissue.Besuretocheck us out online at www.BrideGroomMag.com. Congratulations!

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Nearby Nuptials

Alexis Heos and William Leahy Boston, Massachusetts May 2010

How we met We met one sunny day at a party at Syracuse University (SU). Or, as Bill puts it: “A lovely fall afternoon in 2001 in Syracuse, NewYork, was being enjoyed by Bill and several of his friends during a gentlemen’s game of beer pong. After a lengthy stay at the table, Bill noticed a group of neighbors who happened to be ‘chicks.’ With the proper balance of Milwaukee’s Best and some courage, he approached the most attractive one in the bunch and introduced himself. As he was sporting an SU visor, Hawaiian shirt and a solid buzz, Alexis fell immediately in love.”

How we got engaged After six years of dating, Bill decided our seventh year would be the lucky anniversary. Approximately two weeks before the big moment, Bill took my father, George, out to lunch to ask permission—under the stipulation that he was not allowed to tell my mother, Harriet, prior to the proposal. (No evidence exists that my mother is able to keep a secret.) One night we were walking to dinner in Boston when Bill took me on a detour through the Public Gardens. After counting the pillars on the bridge over Swan Pond to ensure we were dead center, Bill got down on one knee amidst the tourists and asked me to be

his wife. For the first time ever, I was speechless; but I eventually managed to get out the phrase, “Hell, yeah, I’ll marry you!”

How long we planned the wedding

choices then Bill voted on his favorite option. (Although I had veto power when it came to colors since the groom is colorblind.) The whole thing was very “us” (low-key and fun) and we loved every minute of it, but we were happy to have our normal lives back.

Twenty months. Although, my mother works in the bridal industry so, technically, 27 years.

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How we picked the date Several reasons lead to our May 2010 nuptials. First, in Cabo San Lucas (our honeymoon destination) May is the best month for catching marlin. Second, neither of us was willing to give up our birth month (September and October). Third, we had both attended too many summer weddings where people had fainted from the heat. Fourth, you can’t get married in the Greek Church during Lent (February to April). And fifth, we didn’t want to get married around other major holidays in November and December. So that left January or May, and with so many people traveling to the event, May it was.

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We didn’t have a theme so we kept everything simple and bright with springtime colors (but not pastels so it didn’t look like Easter). My mother made monogrammed table runners and we had “SU” cupcakes on the dessert buffet in honor of where we met. We hired the DJ who plays at Celtics and Bruins games at theTD Garden (I am a former Celtics dancer).We also had the bar stocked with Harpoon Beer as Bill is the fine dining representative for the company. Also, Bill’s mom is a fantastic quilter so instead of a guest book, we had a quilt with blank spaces for people to sign and leave advice or messages. We had Lambathes (altar candles) and the stefana (crowns) brought in from Greece for the ceremony. Our centerpieces were small arrangements of flowers and Bouboniera’s (favors), which are a Greek tradition.They were provided by our Koumbara (wedding sponsor) and filled with an odd number of Jordan almonds (koufetta).The odd number is indivisible, as is the couple. Our ceremony programs explained the Greek ceremony and included translations


for all of the Greek terms, which was handy since Bill is Irish. Bill is also a big history buff, so we had a section listing important things that happened on our wedding date throughout history. Welcome bags awaited all guests at the hotel. Chinese food containers printed with our invitation’s logo were available at the reception so people could take extra desserts for late-night snacks.

Favorite part of the day Our favorite part of the day was sneaking off to a corner to observe our guests for a few minutes. You could just feel the love. Everyone was happy and excited and enjoying the party. And that party continued until about 5 a.m. back at the hotel, yet somehow everyone was up and at brunch around 9 a.m. About 200 of our more than 300 guests stayed at the hotel, which made this a truly big fat Greco-Irish wedding! B&G

The particulars Ceremony: Annunciation Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church, Boston Reception/catering: Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro Photography: A Brilliant Photo, Boston Cake: Party Favors, Brookline Florist: Brattle Square Florist, Cambridge Music: Dan McCarthy Productions, Boston Transportation: Above All Transportation Bridal gown: Kenneth Pool purchased at Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown Bridesmaids’ dresses: Nicole Miller purchased online at Nordstrom’s Groom and groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse & Tux Favors/Greek Wedding paraphernalia: Agora Whispers of Spring, Belmont Coordinator: Full Circle Events, Somerville Invitations and printed pieces: Designed by Laura Berman

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How they met One summer, Sarin’s brother Scott asked both Sarin and Jeremy separately (the two had not met) to work at Camp Carpenter Cub World in Manchester, New Hampshire. At the time, Jeremy already had a job and Sarin was living in Millbury so they were each resistant to the offer. As fate would have it, both agreed to take the jobs. “Little did we know that this is where we would begin our ‘happily ever after,’” says Sarin.

Sarin Hanson and Jeremy Gendron Millbury, Massachusetts February 2010

How they got engaged In November 2008, Jeremy’s original plan was to propose to Sarin in mid air—that is, while they were enjoying a hot air balloon ride in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, poor weather caused the excursion to be cancelled. Unfazed, Jeremy resorted to plan B, which was to take Sarin to the very place they met for the proposal. However, Sarin had other ideas: “I’m a bit stubborn and since I sensed that something was going on, I did not agree to go to Camp Carpenter,” she recalls. As Jeremy knew he wanted to propose on that particular day, he resorted to dropping down on one knee in the living room and whispering, “I would be honored if you would be my wife.”

Planning The couple had particular ideas when it came to selecting their wedding date. Having participated in summertime nuptials (they each have a sister who wed in August), they knew that the heat was not something they would enjoy. Autumn was considered, but because Sarin is a teacher and might not be able to get away easily at the beginning of the school year, it was ruled out. Ultimately, winter became their preferred season. “Since we both really enjoy winter, we chose it!” 22 Fall

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With more than a year to prepare, Sarin and Jeremy tackled the task together. “We both enjoyed planning the wedding because we were able to make decisions about it and make it our own,” Sarin says. “By planning it completely together, we were able to control costs and keep it where we needed it to be. We were also excited that we were planning the start to the rest of our life together.”

The details The couple capitalized on the winter season by incorporating hues of light blue and white in the centerpieces, linens, cake and flowers. “We thought those colors would fit well with a winter theme with snowflakes.” Setting the stage for the color theme were white invitations accented with a shade of periwinkle. At the reception, white place cards were adorned with snowflakes and the floral centerpieces were accented with glittering faux “ice crystals” that were sprinkled on the tables. Favors were either a combination of blue and white M&Ms or a snowflake candle holder. The bride also donned a fur-trimmed, white cape, which made the ideal accent to

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Favorite part of the day Jeremy’s favorite part of the day was standing at the altar with his bride during the ceremony. Sarin’s beloved moment was the couple’s first dance. “It felt like it really was only the two of us in the room.”

What guests commented on the most The majority of guests’ comments focused on the location Sarin and Jeremy chose for their reception. “They enjoyed the fabulous food, the constant friendliness and the amazing atmosphere,” says Sarin.

Advice When asked what advice they would give to engaged couples that they wished they had received, Sarin said: “There isn’t any advice we hadn’t been given!” However, they would encourage other couples to start their planning early, saying that it helps with managing the stress that often comes with arranging such an important event. B&G


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meet the parents. As a result, you may worry that this first meeting will turn into a scene straight out of a certain Ben Stiller movie. Of course, some parents are locked on to finding faults, but most truly want to be sure that their child is in love with a sensible, sweet person. The best way to boost the confidence of your future in-laws—and completely avoid the dreaded lie-detector test—is to ace the first “interview.”The secret to success is simple. Be natural and be on your best behavior, because those first impressions are formed fast and do last. Here are a few tips to make that all-important first encounter less stressful, more enjoyable and one that creates a positively memorable impression.

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Address the name issue Do not make the mistake of addressing your future in-laws too informally or by a name that they have not approved. This is especially true in certain cultures, where calling parents by their first name can be a sign of disrespect. The best solution is to simply ask how they would like to be addressed. “Different people have different comfort levels when it comes to these matters,” explains Peter Post, director of The Emily Post

Institute and author of five etiquette books. “Do a little planning ahead of your initial meeting.Talk with your intended about what to call his or her parents.” Be sure to address this issue right away, as there are few things that can cause an unpleasant scowl than a mispronounced or unwelcomed name.

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Dress to impress Meeting your fiancé’s parents for the first time is definitely not the occasion to dazzle them with your cutting-edge, Lady Gagainfluenced fashion sense. For the ladies, forgo the clingy miniskirts, too-casual sweat pants and stilettos. And for the guys, this means no torn jeans, concertT-shirts or leather jackets. Wear a comfortable outfit and make sure you are well groomed, getting a haircut or a manicure, if necessary. Looks count, Seto says, so go conservative this time around. Because you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

Give compliments Tell your fiancé’s mom how much you like her home. Or better yet, compliment her on the amazing child she raised. “Compliments automatically make people feel more comfortable and can often be a launching pad for conversation,” says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk (©2005, Hyperion).

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Politeness is vital when interacting with your future in-laws. Generally, you can go by whatever you learned in elementary school, such as not dominating the conversation; saying “please” and “thank you;” saying “yes” instead of “yeah” or “yup;” and being respectful. “If you do not demonstrate manners at this meeting, your marriage could be a big mess,” Fine emphasizes. Offer to help clear and wash the dishes and you will be golden in your future in-laws’ eyes. Remember, simple acts of consideration will loom large in their memories. And don’t forget that thank-you note. “It is important to let them know that you enjoyed meeting them and that you thought you got off to a great start,” Post points out.


It is also a wise idea to be nice to the slobbery family dog, bratty little brothers, nosy neighbors and whomever else you encounter during your visit.“How you act towards other people—even pets, who are often like family members to their owners—is one of the clues to what you are really like ‘off camera,’ ” Seto says.

Ask your partner to teach you how to say such niceties as “pleased to meet you” and “how are you” in your future in-laws’ native language. Seto also suggests that you commit the pronunciation of key words to memory.

and politics, will keep the conversation and the mood light. “That is not to say you should hide who you are,” Fine stresses. “But reserve those more comprehensive conversation topics for a more appropriate time.”

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Banish the Blackberry Taking (or making) cell phone calls while meeting with your future family is unmistakably rude. To avoid unnecessary calls, let your family and friends know that you are off the radar screen for a bit and that you do not want to be disturbed for anything but an emergency. Or, simply put your phone in silent mode.

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Control your cocktails Be sure to keep the imbibing to a minimum, Fine recommends. Consuming too much can lead to bad behavior, unsuitable remarks and embarrassing conduct that, unfortunately, you cannot retract. Remember, you want to be married forever, not leave a terrible impression forever.

Be yourself Do not try to be who you think they want

you to be. “Assert your personality in small doses, at safe junctures and sit up straight,” says Seto. “Some parents will want to test that you actually have a backbone.” And as hard as this might be, try to relax during this meeting. Keep in mind that everyone gathered there is going through a transition and that each of you is gaining new family members. However, some may perceive this as “losing” a child, so proceed with care.

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In-law introductions: When the parents and families meet If both sets of parents haven’t met, they’ll probably be eager for an “official” introduction. Even if they have already made one another’s acquaintance, each set will likely welcome an opportunity to get to know one another a little better before your big day. Conventional etiquette calls for the parents of the future groom to reach out to the bride’s family with a handwritten letter or phone call. If your mom and dad wish to contact your fiancé’s parents, ask them to wait a short while to give his side a chance to honor this custom. Another option is for you two to take the initiative. It’s increasingly common for engaged couples to organize their parents’ introductions; after all, you know best what kind of get-together will be the most convenient and comfortable for everyone involved. This is especially true if there are divorced parents and stepfamilies to consider. Separate meetings may be necessary to negotiate complicated family structures, but it’s up to you and your fiancé to keep everyone in the know. Furthermore, the hosts of the get-together and the nature of the occasion are really matters of preference rather than tradition, according to etiquette-expert Post. “While it is still appropriate for the groom’s family to make the first overture, do not stand on ceremony. Make the effort,” he advises. “When it comes to meeting your child’s future inlaws, do not get hung up on ‘who should call whom first.’ The important thing is for the parents to meet, even if over the phone first, and share in the spirit of excitement over the future union.”

Establish a game plan One set of parents may offer to entertain the group at their home, which is a gracious gesture. However, Fine recommends picking a neutral space—like your apartment or a nice, mid-priced restaurant—for this first encounter. That way you can better control the start and end times and determine who will be hosting in advance. Again, tradition says that the groom’s parents should foot the bill, but today that rule is flexible. Perhaps the families would prefer


to split the check, or the couple who lives closer wants to treat those who traveled. Even you and your fiancé may opt to cover the cost. However it works out, ensure everyone agrees upon the arrangement up front to avoid a potentially awkward situation.

Keep the conversation flowing Fill your family in on some interesting facts about your future family before the big meet and greet.Things such as occupations, favorite hobbies, and general likes and dislikes are good places to start. If you provide your folks with some specific insights, they will be more equipped with conversation clues. At the initial introduction, the burden is on you and your fiancé(e) to streamline your parents’ interactions. It is part of your job to facilitate conversations and make sure everyone is communicating. According to Fine, this is simple if you exhibit what she calls “host behavior,” which is all about preparation. “You two are familiar with your own sets of parents, so figure out commonalities beforehand and weave shared interests into the discussion,” she suggests. This avoids a frequent conversation pitfall of each person feeling like they are being interrogated by an FBI agent (Where do you live? What do you do?). “In essence, they are interviewing one another, but you do not want it to seem like that.” For instance, if one parent begins monopolizing the conversation (or taking it in a potentially controversial direction), solicit another parent’s opinion or ask a direct question to change the subject. And finally, remember that your and your fiancé(e)’s nonverbal cues will be contagious. If you appear relaxed and content, you will likely look around the table and see that everyone else is, too. After the meeting, send a thank-you e-mail to everyone and attach a picture or two.You’ll open up new lines of communication, giving everyone a chance to say anything they may have not had a chance to say. By tying up any loose ends, Fine concludes, you will certainly feel more comfortable tying the knot. B&G

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Dealing with a VENDOR DISASTER

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hristina Edler was just 13 days away from her October 2009 wedding when the unthinkable happened: She discovered that her venue, The Georgetown Club in Massachusetts, had gone bankrupt and shut its doors, leaving her without a place to host her 250-person wedding. “We were there less than 30 days before choosing our menu,� Edler says.

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Hearing the news through rumors and then having it confirmed by the club’s manager, Edler and her family immediately began making frantic phone calls to all the venues within a 20-mile radius, praying that someone had a last-minute cancellation and room for their large wedding. Eventually, they found a spot in Haverhill, Mass., and were able to have their wedding on the same day, notifying guests through word of mouth, Facebook and information in the program at the ceremony.

They still haven’t recovered their 25 percent deposit from the original facility. Having a venue shut down days before a wedding is every couple’s worst nightmare. But the truth is that, on occasion, vendors and even venues do back out of weddings, especially in a shaky economy. According to the Better Business Bureau, the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy was up 47 percent in 2009 over the prior year. There are, however, many things you can do throughout

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the planning process to help avoid the issue, or to figure out a resolution if it does come up. Read on to find out how to protect your event in various stages of the planning process. If you haven’t signed a contract Consider wedding insurance. According to the Insurance Information Institute, wedding insurance typically costs between $125 and $400.The coverage varies by plan, but an insurance plan can protect everything from a dress shop closing to a weather-related cancellation to a wedding nixed by health issues. Keep your deposits small, and use a credit card when possible. Using a credit card allows you to dispute charges for unsatisfactory service for up to 60 days, protection you’re not afforded when you pay with cash or a check. Research the vendor. Check out how long they’ve been in business and search the Internet for any discussions on online wedding boards. Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify whether or not any complaints have been made. You can also find out if the vendor belongs to any professional associations, like the Association of Bridal Consultants, Boston Wedding Group, New England Wedding Professionals,NationalVideographersAssociation or other local or national groups specific to their industry. Membership costs money, and means that the vendor is not only serious about his business but also has a network of trusted colleagues he can call on if for some reason he has to back out of your wedding. “It’s a good source of comfort to know that you have award-winning members to call upon for advice and help,” says Beverly Ann Bonner, president of wedding planning group The Wedding Beautiful, which provides wedding planning and coordination services in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Be comfortable with your contract. Look for clauses that address how and why a deposit would be returned, and ensure that you will receive a replacement if the vendor can’t carry out the service because of illness or any other reason. And make sure the contract is legal—it can’t be verbal or a handwritten agreement. Be sure to keep your contract and receipt for your deposit in a safe place.


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Consider a wedding planner. “Part of my job is weeding out people who don’t follow through and knowing which vendors are quality vendors,” saysAlexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of UniqueWeddings by Alexis, which provides wedding planning and consulting services in Greater Boston,the Cape and the islands, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Although wedding planners are an added expense, they can add an extra layer of protection to your vendor selection and negotiations.

The vendor backs out with months to go… but a deposit has been put down With a few months leading up to your wedding, a cancellation usually means you have the time to find a replacement vendor. But you may have difficult recovering your deposit, especially if the business closed or filed for bankruptcy. Here are some tips from the pros on getting that deposit back. Talk to the vendor.The news that a vendor has shuttered may be met with a tremen-

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dous amount of emotion from a couple planning their wedding, but Eliopoulos O’Mara suggests that if they can, the couple should calmly try to contact the vendor before doing anything else, and that they start out by giving the vendor the benefit of the doubt. “Don’t expect the worst,” Eliopoulos O’Mara says. “Don’t attack the vendor. Ask them if they have a resolution. See if you can come up with a payment plan so they can get your money back to you.” File a complaint. If the vendor isn’t accommodating or is unreachable, there are several outlets for a complaint.Your first stop should be the Better Business Bureau, where a filing might prevent this from occurring to another couple. Bonner also suggests that, if you feel your vendor isn’t following through on your contract, contact a group like the Association of Bridal Consultants, which has a dispute resolution service. “Each side explains what happens and a third party—a member of the association—will make suggestions on how to diffuse the situation,” she says. A vendor flakes out with days or weeks to go If the worst happens—your venue or vendor closes with very short notice, or doesn’t show up at all—there are options to save the wedding. Turn to your other vendors for help. The wedding industry is a tight-knit one and vendors may have worked with someone who can help on short notice.Your venue also likely


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has a roster of preferred florists, bakers, photographers and other service providers that it often works with—and can maybe pull some strings to get a last-minute replacement. See if there’s a backup plan. Often when vendors and venues close, they try networking to find replacements for any weddings they’ve scheduled. If you can reach your closed vendor or venue, find out if they have a contingency plan in place. Have a planner pinch hit. Many wed-

ding planners will consult on an hourly basis in the event of an emergency like this one, making calls and tracking down replacements. This means you can capitalize on their connections and expertise. Check out the alternatives. When you’re calling photographers, if they aren’t available ask if they know of any assistants who might be looking to pick up an extra gig. Another option is to post a notice on craigslist.org. Even if it’s last-minute, you



might find a professional-grade amateur photographer with availability. Employ your army of friends and family. Eliopoulos O’Mara suggests putting your thinking cap on and getting down to business. If the cake doesn’t show up, send someone to a local bakery for cupcakes or pie so you can still have a cutting. If the dress shop is closed up, get to a place like David’s Bridal to pick up something off the rack, and find a local seamstress and cleaner who will work with you on short notice. Let go. Designate a time limit for stressing and problem solving, and then take a deep breath, go get your hair and makeup done, and accept the fact that the wedding is moving forward, with or without all the vendors who were supposed to be there. Having a vendor not show up or shut down is a horrible thing, but it happens. How the bride and groom handle it could change the tone of the day.“If they grin and bear it, guests will do the same,” says Eliopoulos O’Mara. “If they let it ruin the day, then the guests pick up on that vibe, too.” B&G

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SMOOTH SAILING Charting a stress-free seating plan by Andrea E. McHugh

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t’s a challenge that, for many engaged couples, can stop fun-filled wedding planning dead in its tracks: the seating plan. Limited space, delicate egos and family feuds can make the task of accommodating everyone—and happily—seem like an insurmountable feat. But if you are fortified with some sage advice and a boatload of patience, making a plan that (almost) everyone can be pleased with may be easier than you think.

The case for assigned seating Plate in hand, wandering aimlessly for any recognizable face, making a move only to be told that the seat is saved… This may sound

like someone in the middle of a school lunchroom nightmare, but it can easily be the experience of one of your guests if a seating plan is not in place. Most weddings have some sort of assigned seating, whether designated chairs for each guest or simply assigned tables, to keep the reception organized and running smoothly. The truth is, your wedding will bring together friends and family from all avenues of your life, from first-job cronies to fraternity brothers.While you or your fiancé(e) may be the common denominator, it doesn’t mean your guests will want to spend the evening with unfamiliar table mates.

Unassigned seating can also break up couples or groups.This can be uncomfortable for someone who has to sit alone or at a table full of strangers because there wasn’t room to accommodate everyone at another table. It can also cause hurt feelings, especially if a parent of the bride or groom is forced to sit somewhere with an obstructed view or where it is difficult to hear meaningful toasts.

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Starting point First, make another visit to your venue. Whether it’s an historic ballroom, hotel or function hall, your site coordinator should have a few layout ideas—and even some tricks up her sleeve—for accommodating your guest list successfully. If working with a venue that supplies tables, find out what kinds and what sizes are available and how many people can sit comfortably at each. Round tables, for example,

come in sizes that can generally seat from eight to 12 people. Using varied sized tables can provide more flexibility for seating arrangements. Next, mentally map out where the VIPs— the two of you, your bridal party and your parents—will sit. Options include celebrating the evening surrounded by your attendants at a head table, or savoring the intimacy of being newlyweds at a sweetheart table by yourselves. In some cultures, a newly married cou-

ple traditionally sits apart from their guests, taking in all of the surrounding celebration. When considering the head table option, keep individual bridal party members in mind. Are most of them married? Do they know one another well? Would it make more sense for them to sit with their significant others? Explore the different layout scenarios your venue has available to see what options are workable within the space.

Making it work Making seating plans can be one of the more mentally exhausting tasks on the wedding todo list. Some tackle it with a click of the mouse, thanks to special computer software. For others, the most effective method is one that is tried and true: sticky notes. “Sit at a cleared table and literally create a mock up of the venue, including the tables, dance floor, DJ/band, buffet tables, dessert station, bathroom, outside view, etc. Then look at your guest list and decide who needs to be accommodated first,” says Stephanie Frazier Grimm of Couture Parties in Rhode Island, who plans weddings and events throughout New England and beyond. “Once those people are placed, the rest of the guests can be seated accordingly. “It is also an easier process when you assign just the tables and not the actual seat they will sit in. If there are some guests you know need to be seated far away from others, you can certainly assign their seats,” Grimm says. Depending on the size of your wedding, you can seat both parents at one table or each set at different tables. No matter what you decide, the table(s) should be a place of honor (as in, closest to the head table). Grandparents should be at their respective family tables as well. Seating divorced parents, however, can be tricky. It may be easier to have each parent host his and her own table surrounded by family or close friends. From there, start with the first with the easiest guests on your list: Group college friends and spouses, friends who know one another, friends from places of employment then work acquaintances. Consider tables for younger children and teens, as they are likely to have the same interests in common. One way to accommodate different-sized parties is to have more than one type of table. “I once had a bride who had round tables that 42 Fall

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could seat 10 interspersed with square tables that could seat eight,” says Grimm. “Tuscanstyle tables (long banquet tables) are very popular right now. The look is amazing, and it is much easier to sit fussier people away from one another.” This was the perfect solution for Karen Laird and Alex Gunz, who had been inspired by the comfortable setting created by banquet tables at a party they attended years before tying the knot. “Our conversation just flowed down the table.You never felt like you were stuck talking just to the person on one side of you,” Laird says. “When we were planning our wedding, we kept remembering that party and asking how we could recreate that space.” The banquet arrangement also inspired the couple’s caterer, who suggested serving the various courses family style with platters of food shared among four people.To create ambiance without taking up precious space, the couple avoided showy centerpieces and used simple candles to illuminate three long rows of tables each linked by the head table. “This style beautifully suited our outdoor winery reception,” Laird recalls. “Overall, we loved the intimate feel of having our guests literally connected in the dining space.” Another added benefit of Laird and Gunz’s modern seating arrangement was that it eliminated the oft-occurring feeling that guest tables are positioned, however unintentionally, by order of importance. Though physical restrictions of some venues may impose a certain setup, one way to prevent an obvious pecking order is to name tables instead of numbering them. Coastal lighthouses, vacation spots, wines, bands—whatever topic works for the two of you, this simple trick ensures that table 21 doesn’t feel like the last table in the room. Grimm admits that trying to keep all of your guests happy can make the seating arrangements a very difficult task. “Also, RSVPs don’t always come in a timely manner, so the seating charts are usually the last thing to be done,” Grimm points out. As your final guest list comes together, be sure to triple check it to ensure there is a place for everyone. B&G Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Rhode Island and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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Play it low key or go all out? Ideas and trends by Cindy Papish Gerber

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’Cel Pizzaro and Kevin Cedeno met 21 years ago in Puerto Rico when she was 18 and he was 19. When they say their wedding vows this September at the Leicester Country Club X’Cel (pronounced Shell) will be 39 and Kevin will be 40. After almost two decades of living very separate and different lives, their paths had crossed unexpectedly, and once again in Puerto Rico. “One day two years ago, I was having dinner with my kids in a restaurant when I saw Kevin,” says X’Cel. “He was at another table. I was astonished!” One thing led to another, which eventually led to a surprise marriage proposal from Kevin. The following day, the couple immediately went full speed ahead with their wedding plans. “This is my second wedding but his first,” X’Cel explains. “So, we are doing everything as if it was our first wedding—because it is our first wedding.” “Also, our priorities are well established,” she continues. “We have kids, need a bigger home and want to take a honeymoon. We don’t need anything too glamorous or expensive.We just want to celebrate our love, commitment and a formal union of our family.” Like most mid-life couples, they are footing the entire bill.Their elegant event for 60 guests will be enhanced by incorporating X’Cel’s son and daughter into every detail. Other personal touches will include lighting four unity candles, which represent the cou-

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“Older couples really want to do it up nicely,” says Shusas. “It’s often more important for a second-timer to outshine what was done for the first wedding. Even if the guest list is smaller, they are looking for an ample amount of flowers.” Like fine wine, their tastes have become sophisticated. “Younger brides and grooms are not as well heeled as well as those who have been working for 20 years,” he adds. “The biggest trend with older couples is that they are booking full-service weddings,” says Elizabeth Dunderdale, who, along with Adrienne Duys Mendonca, runs Gracie Lou Events in Stoughton.They recently designed and coordinated a lavish sit-down dinner for 90 guests for one mid-life bride.“I don’t think there are any rules to follow,” says Mendonca. “At any age, everybody deserves a chance to have a beautiful experience.”

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PatriciaWhite and Tom Davis chose one of the most distinguished settings in Millbury for their June 2008 wedding: the AsaWaters Mansion, which was where her parents wed in 1947 and celebrated their 50th anniversary. “This venue held much personal history,” says White. Noted for its stunning Georgian architecture, the venue provided a stately, yet intimate atmosphere for this young-at-heart couple, who were both born in 1950. As a professional party planner for Simply done… in Sutton, White’s creativity went into every detail. The mansion’s décor was enhanced with tulle and ribbon, vases of pink flowers, mosaic mirrored pillars, antiques and carved swans. Celtic themes reflected the couple’s Irish heritage. “We wanted a real wedding, but without many of the flourishes one would expect for a younger couple,” White recalls. The cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss were nixed in favor of personally written vows and readings by children and relatives. In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to make charitable donations. A self-proclaimed “hopeless romantic,” White longed for a dress that would both flatter her figure and inspire awe in the eyes of her intended. She was thrilled to find it—a Maggie Sottero gown from Loren’s Bridal in Sturbridge. “The look Tom gave me as I came down those stairs was worth waiting a lifetime for.”


“There is no rule of thumb regarding what a ‘second time bride’ should or should not wear,” says Lois Dunlop, co-owner of Loren’s. “The styles can be as individual as each bride.” With meticulous planning, Dawn Barlow and Christopher Cuomo were able to stay above stress and under budget for their June garden wedding in Wakefield, Rhode Island. A do-it-yourselfer in her mid-thirties, Barlow was busy baking and freezing dinner rolls, hand painting wineglasses and making centerpieces right up until the big day. Cuomo, who was thrilled to become an instant step dad to Barlow’s two children, hung paper lanterns that cast a magical glow over their sunset reception. “We hired a day-of coordinator and a fantastic DJ, but everything else was planned, made and set up by us,” Barlow says. “It was interesting planning a wedding as an ‘encore’ bride and mother of two. We explored the fundamentals of grand-scale entertaining and applied them to who we are at our core. We learned so much.” B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.

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Professionals and newlyweds share tips on how to merge living styles harmoniously by Cindy Papish Gerber

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E LIKES CONTEMPORARY, SHE LIKES COUNTRY;

her piano is in the living room, his drum set is in the basement; and they both own new dining tables. Between their two apartments and the bridal shower and wedding gifts, how can newlyweds harmoniously marry their styles and their stuff, and where will they put it? “It is important in a marriage that you combine your tastes so a living space brings out the best in both of you,” says Cary Benjamin, owner/manager of Carroll CutRate Furniture in West Haven, Connecticut. Benjamin, who recently marked 28 years in the business, has guided countless newlyweds through their first big purchases, often advising them to use one style to accent the other. “Try having a living room with a floral or stripe and a contemporary leather chair as the accent piece,” he suggests. “A wedding photo in a nice traditional silver frame will tie it all together.” As for that living space, should new spouses rent or buy? “If they can afford it, why not start building equity?” asks Jody Roberge of Janice Mitchell Realty in Holden. Before signing a lease or negotiating a mortgage, Roberge urges couples to think about how long they will stay in their new place. “Space requirements, budget and commute time should also be considered,” she adds. Kim Mulligan, an equestrian trainer/stable owner in Stamford, Connecticut, lives 85 miles away from her fiancé, Joseph Mangione, a manufacturing leader in West

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Hartford, Connecticut. Before their May 2011 wedding at Amarante’s Sea Cliff in New Haven, they will select a mutually commutable address. “We may end up moving to my hometown, which is half way between our jobs,” says Kim. “We both are pretty laid back and will have fun decorating together.” Kim already has several antiques, and living room furniture and a big screen television rank high on their wish list. “You can work around that big TV,” assures

Linda V. Turgeon of Inspiring Solutions Staging & Redesign Group, in Sutton. “Respect what each of you owns and take inventory. Stop and think about what you would put in those rooms. Take your time, make a floor plan and work first with what you have.” Even if you’re already established in an older rental, it’s easy to make changes. “Bring in something to distract your eye from that horrible tile or rug,” says Turgeon. “Play it up with a new paint color to make you feel re-

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laxed and happy.” Ambitious couples can also select individual rooms to decorate. But in order to avoid a mismatched look, Turgeon recommends hiring a professional to create a truly inspired design. With an occasional tip from her interior designer mom, and inspiring ideas from magazines and catalogs, Katie Ostman and her husband Per enjoyed collaborating on the décor of their Back Bay condominium. “We make decisions together and have complementary tastes,” says Per. For example, installing a Murphy bed and built-in wall unit allowed this couple to make the most of their space.When it came to decorating, Katie’s fondness for keepsakes and “splashes of color” balanced nicely with Per’s affinity for sleek modernism. “He tends to de-clutter,” says Katie, although she does note one exception: his Red Sox collection. “It takes up much of the bookshelf in our living room. But, it works just fine with our books and memorabilia, and stays nicely organized.” Since Jill and Garrett Quinn’s August wedding reception at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy incorporated a movie theme, it’s no surprise that the walls of their Cambridge apartment are adorned with film posters.“We also collect magnets from wherever we travel,” says Garrett. “Our freezer door is completely covered, and we’re now working on the fridge door!” Creating a display for their sports caps and soccer scarves is next on their agenda. Jill, who loves cooking, was relieved to find room for her kitchenware and cookbooks. “Seeing our items all around the apartment is a nice reminder that our lives are moving forward as one,” she says. Emily Schimelman excitedly reveals how she and her husband Ben came by their home furnishings: “I helped Ben pick out our current furniture on our first date!” Even later, when he was in the process of moving from New York to Connecticut, Ben eagerly accepted Emily’s offer to accompany him (twice!) to IKEA. But when it came time to create their wedding registry, Ben was hesitant. “He had trouble with the idea of replacing the old with the new,” Emily recalls. “He kept saying, ‘We already have glasses, plates, towels, etc.,’ but I reminded him that it would be special to re-


ceive new items that would represent our beginning as a family. He agreed and now we enjoy using all our wedding gifts.” As you begin to plan your new home, consider quality along with style when making major purchases.“Couples should think about buying new, high-quality and even ‘green’ items that they don’t have to replace,” says Ray Menice, owner of Royal Prestige Northeast, in Norton. “Spending now means savings later.” According to professional organizer Michele D. Matties, owner of no worries professional organizing services in Framingham, the skills required for a strong marriage—communication, negotiation and compromise—are the same ones necessary for merging two households. “Every couple must consider a staggering number of variables,” says Matties. “It is not about the stuff. It is about how the ‘stuff’ supports you in your life.” Ultimately, before his stuff and her stuff can become “our” stuff, plans and goals must be established. “Once accomplished, you will have built a common ground on which to build your future,” says Matties. B&G A freelance writer based in Connecticut, Cindy Papish Gerber is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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How to infuse your wedding with individual style by Andrea E. McHugh

EVERY COUPLE WANTS THEIR WEDDING DAY to feel like a one-of-a-kind event, but without even realizing it, too many brides and grooms fall into the cookie-cutter trap.Years ago, anything labeled “custom” usually translated into more dollars. Today, however, with advanced graphics computer programs, fewer rules and a creative eye, couples can craft a wedding day with personal—and memorable—style.

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From the start Some maintain that, as the first piece of wedding correspondence, save-thedate notices need to set the tone for the nuptials to follow. Others insist they are simply a courtesy and don’t require any special treatment. Either way, you can abandon convention by personalizing your save-the-dates in a myriad of ways. Include an engagement photo that epitomizes your personalities or one that provides a sneak peek of the wedding’s locale with an iconic or playful image. For example, if the reception will be held at a golf or country club, take some shots of you both with a pair of clubs in hand or behind the wheel of a golf cart. Promo your wedding by the sea with a shot taken on the docks, or for a wedding in a city, include a photo of its stunning skyline. Carolyn Perlow, who plans weddings across New England through her company, Carolyn Perlow Eventmakers, worked with one couple who created a save-the-date DVD that revealed how they met and gave details about the engagement. “It really told their story,” Perlow says. “The guests said they had never seen anything like it before.” Finding ways to reach out to each of your guests individually is another way you can impart that personal touch. For example, invitations that include a wrapper or seal can be customized with each guest’s name. Whether hand done or computer generated, the gesture is an extraordinary way to let friends and family know you truly look forward to their attendance. When everyone arrives for the big weekend, welcome bags or boxes filled with practical sundries, useful

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information and regional flavors can be presented to guests at hotel check-in or be waiting for them in their rooms. Most tourist/attraction information is available through the area’s convention and visitor’s bureau at no cost—just place a call ahead of time for mass quantities. According to wedding planner Raina Dieterle of Raina Dawn Events, a Manhattan, New York, wedding and event planning company serving Boston; Newport, Rhode Island; NewYork; and beyond, adding a personal note of thanks to those welcome bags adds a special touch.You can also share any suggestions for local dining, sightseeing and shopping, and be sure to mention if any of these places played a role in your relationship (i.e., your favorite dinner spot, the scenic overlook where he popped the question, or the best “chowda” in town). “We’ve also included personalized itineraries in the welcome bag,” Dieterle says. “It’s a great way to let people know if you’re having more than one event and give transportation information, such as whether or not you’re providing it, as well as the address and directions to places they’ll need to be.” Dieterle says this is an inexpensive project that can be simple or jazzed up with decorative ribbon. She also suggests including a CD of your favorite tunes or of the music that will be played at the wedding, which would make an unexpected and lasting keepsake.

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Rites of passage As guests begin to arrive at the ceremony location, have two or more close friends or family members with outgoing personalities welcome each attendee with a program. When possible—especially in more casual settings, such as outdoor locales—the greeting should be followed by a brief introduction. In the program, be sure to include a one- to two-sentence description of each wedding participant, from the bridal party to readers, orators and greeters. Chances are friends and families have heard about your college roommate, your best childhood pal or that cousin who has spent the last few years backpacking through Europe. Not only do people like putting names with faces, having this information will initiate conversations later in the day. For the readings and songs you’ve selected for the ceremony, indicate the reasons for your selections. Oftentimes couples will choose an ethnic or sentimental song that guests may not recognize but would appreciate knowing more about. A traditional aisle runner can incorporate a creative twist by having a custom-created motif or monogram designed on it. It can stand on its own in your signature colors, or can include a meaningful religious passage, quote or song lyric. And depending on your religious affiliation, you may or may not be able to write you own vows. If you do have the option and the idea appeals to you, yet sounds too intimidating, use traditional vows as a template and weave personal sentiments or anecdotes throughout.

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Get the party started Once vows have been exchanged and the pressure is off, the celebrating can begin. So why not start off by arriving in style? While limos and trolleys are certainly suitable, why not consider more unorthodox methods of transportation such as a Vespa scooter in honor of your awaiting European honeymoon? You can also speed off in a friend’s classic convertible or hop into a pedi-cab. While they await your arrival, guests can

partake in a custom-named signature drink that is passed out on trays.The name can be a play on words of your merged names or initials (Karen + Alex = the K & A-tini) or your location (“Blushing Boston Bride” or “Worcester Whiskey Sour”). A classic cocktail can also be renamed so that wait staff can easily say what it is when guests ask.You can do something similar with wines by having servers pass glasses of Married Merlot, “I Do” Pinot Grigio, John & Renee Cabernet, etc.

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An added benefit is that these little tricks can reduce the mad rush to the bar as cocktail hour gets under way. Your wedding favor can pull double duty as an unconventional escort card. This is a prime opportunity to share your passions (and your palate) with your guests. Consider packaging a cultural, traditional or favorite culinary indulgence, such as a family recipe or regional specialty, for guests to savor after the big day. Granny’s homemade apple butter, Vermont maple syrup, locally made jam, salsa made with ingredients from your garden and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies hold more meaning than a simple name card. Decorate the offering with custom labels bearing charming sayings, such as “Spread the Love” or “Sweet Surprise.” “This is a great way to get the family involved,” says Dieterle. “I worked with one couple who focused on their Italian heritage, and before the wedding and the bride’s grandmother was filling little bags with traditional almonds.You could see that she just loved the tradition of it all.” Old-fashioned, fabric-covered Mason jars, decorative wrapping (perfect for cookies, candy apples or truffles) or favor boxes are the ideal size for these bite-size morsels. Be sure to include a small explanation on the display table if there’s a sweet sentiment behind the gesture. Extra images from your engagement session, fun photos from trips you’ve both taken, or pictures of pastimes or landmarks can make great table numbers or, as Dieterle suggests, a coffee-table style guest book (online sites such as Kodakgallery.com and MyPublisher.com offer inexpensive options). “Guests sign the pages and it creates this elegant keepsake.” Images aren’t the only way to


reveal yourself—using titles of your favorite movies or songs will work well also. Remember to include a short yet sweet explanation with each title or lyric so guests are in the know. Custom napkin rings bearing your new monogram or a specialty motif can be a simple, easy way to lend a personal touch to your tables. Card stock, properly measured, can be cut into strips, wrapped around the napkins and fastened with a printed initial or design. Couples are also including whimsical design elements such as personalized “bride” and “groom” chair labels at the head table. With a saucy tagline such as “The Perfect Pair” (with a pear icon) or “Happily Ever After,” these fun additions up the design ante. When it comes to the menu, work with your caterer to serve either a regional or ethnic dish. Chances are you will have out-oftown guests who will delight in sampling the local flavor or trying something new. Locally, New England clam chowder and Maine lobster are wonderful ways to toast regional fare, and most chefs are more than happy to work with couples to fashion a menu reflective of their tastes.Your culinary additions needn’t be dramatic: accompaniments can also be subtle, such as cranberry sauces for garnish or cranberry martinis. Ultimately, being unique doesn’t mean you have to abandon the established wedding infrastructure that has worked for decades. Embracing new ideas, however many suit your tastes, will keep things fresh and set your wedding apart from the rest. With a bit of thought and a lot of ambition, making your wedding one-of-a-kind will leave an impression for years to come. B&G

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Simplicity reigns supreme for arrangements in cylindrical vases. One showcases illuminated Mokara orchids accented with beargrass loop, while the other features Granny Smith apples accented with Sarbin Dendrobium orchid blossoms.

This compact arrangement (above) packs a punch with its dense compilation of blue and mini-green hydrangea, Supernova thistle, Green Trick dianthus and Cymbidium orchids.

A taste of autumn is brought indoors with this earthy arrangement of safflower, P.G. hydrangea, roses, Gerbera daisies, bronze mums and seeded eucalyptus set off with strewn rose petals.

Drama ensues with this illuminated collection of hydrangeas, Vendella roses and tulips.

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A story in architecture, these elevated centerpieces feature green hydrangea, Coral Charm peonies, Dendrobium orchids, snapdragons and Gerbera daisies. Branches and hanging amaranths add texture while hanging votive candles evoke a sense of drama.

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Silver boxes (Anniversary collection, at right) filled with the confection of your choice are tied with shimmering purple organza ribbons and arranged here atop a beaded silver pedestal platter and surrounded with a cloud of purple tulle (platter and tulle not included). Red Damask favor boxes (center) donning the color of love, luck and happiness in a damask finish make a striking display when arranged with coordinating floral accents. Nothing says summer better than bright lemons, oranges and limes. The Citrus collection of coral favor boxes (bottom right) features kiwi green and pink striped ribbons, making for a festive wedding-day arrangement. Invoking the tranquil hues of the Mediterranean, this eponymous arrangement (below) features gold and ivory striped boxes with azure-colored ribbons flecked with sparking gold accents is arranged atop a stylish ceramic urn in a topiary style.

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Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when This guide uses a timeframe of 12 to 18 months prior to a wedding date. As 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.

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• 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.


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2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 82). • 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.

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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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THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER TO

document your day will require a fair amount of research.To help you get started, here is 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, sizes of photos displayed in the album, parents’ albums, engagement portrait, etc.) 10. How many hours will the photographer be at my event? 11. What is the payment schedule? 12. What charges, if any, are there for overtime? 13. Are there any charges (such as travel time, site visits, etc.) that are not included in the package price? 14. How many shots will be taken at my wedding? 15. Will an assistant be used? If so, is there an extra charge? 16. What back-up plans are in place if the contracted photographer becomes ill? 17. Will back-up equipment be available on the wedding day? 18. Will the photographer be dressed in appropriate attire (tuxedo or suit)? 19. Will the photographer (and any assistants) require meals? 20. When will I have access to proofs? 21. How long after I make my selections for the album(s) will it (they) be ready? 22. What are the charges for reprints? 23. Is there any discount for ordering multiple prints? 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 have just completed.What feelings do you get from these pictures? If they have captured a fun, romantic and/or loving element, you will know it. Get some good vibes. Do you feel comfortable with this person? You will 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, 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

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8. What size cake is best for the number of guests I am planning to have? 9. Will the cake be fresh or frozen? How far in advance of my wedding will the cake be made? 10. Will you deliver the cake? If so, at what point during the day will you do it? Is there an additional delivery charge? 11. Will you set up the cake at the reception location? If so, is there an additional charge? Will you need any special considerations from the facility (such as refrigeration)? 12. I’d like my cake decorated with fresh flowers.Will you work with my florist to obtain them or will I have to provide them?


13. My budget is small, but I would still like you to make my cake.Are there any costsaving options you can suggest?

Most common decorations/icings Basket weave: A popular design using interlocking horizontal and vertical lines of icing that resemble a woven basket. Butter cream: A soft and creamy frosting made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, egg yolks and milk/light cream. Used as an icing, piping, filling or to make decorative borders. Can be colored and flavored; may melt in high heat or humidity. Dotted Swiss:A technique that decorates the wedding cake with small random dots of icing, resembling a fabric of the same name. Embroidery: A very detailed cake decoration that resembles embroidery done in needlework. Fondant: A sweet, malleable icing that can be swathed like fabric over a cake to create a smooth, porcelain-like finish. Often used as the base for designs and elaborate decorations. Gum paste: A moldable mixture of confectioners’ sugar, gelatin and starch used to create realistic-looking edible flowers, fruits and ribbons that are used as garnishes. Latticework:A crisscross pattern of icing applied to a cake. Piping: Method of decorating a cake with intricate patterns, bows, flowers, etc. Icing is squeezed through a pastry bag and applied with a decorative metal tip in the desired pattern or shape. Royal icing:An icing used to create latticework, flowers, beading, etc. Made from confectioners’ sugar and egg whites, it starts out soft then hardens when dry. B&G

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• The outer envelopes, which have a glued flap, should contain the guests’ full names and complete mailing addresses. Abbreviations should not be used, except for salutations such as Mr., Mrs., Jr., etc. Write out words like Street, Avenue, North and South. Also, write out all numbered streets (Seventeenth instead of 17th) and city and state names in full. • The inner envelope, which contains the invitation, response and direction cards, etc., is not glued and should list full names (complete with salutations) but not addresses. Only use names for those you are inviting. If you are inviting a couple and their children, include the children’s names by writing them after the parents in order by age (oldest to youngest). If you are not inviting the children, do not include their names on the inner envelope. Children over 18 should be included on both envelopes. • When inviting two unmarried people living at the same address, or a married couple with two different last names, send one invitation with their names written out on separate lines in alphabetical order. • Avoid writing “and Guest” wherever possible. Dates of your family/friends will feel more welcome if their name is on the invitation, too. • The return address may be written or pre-printed on the flap of the outer envelope.


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

Acceptable exceptions to some rules • Is it paramount that your guests’ full names with salutations appear on both the outer and inner envelopes? If the event is formal, the invitations should be as well. But if you

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

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

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

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mind when making your wedding-day travel arrangements. Need a lift? The bride and groom, their parents, bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers and grandparents are the usual suspects for limotype rides. Get a head count to determine the best vehicle to do the job (and accurate estimates on price). Your out-of-town guests, who are unfamiliar with the local terrain, just might need one also. Many car services offer shuttle bus options to take guests from their hotels, to the ceremony and reception, and back. 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.

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Passport Traveling with your passport on your honeymoon? If so, the name on your tickets must match the one on your passport. Since you most likely bought the tickets before your wedding, it’s best to wait until after your return to make the change on your passport. To make the name change, you must complete the proper amendment form and submit it, along with a certified copy of your marriage license, your previous passport and two photos, to the National Passport Processing, P.O. Box 90107, Philadelphia, PA 19101-0107. Forms are available online (www.travel.state.gov) or by calling the public passport agency near you (generally either a post office or courthouse). Service fees may apply if your passport is more than one year from the issue date. See their Web site for details.

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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 last 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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Flower Power FLOWERS CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT DECORATIVE element for your wedding day, depending on how elaborate you want it to be.To help you find that fabulous florist, here are a few tips: 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.

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2. Now that you know your style preferences, what about that of a potential florist? Does it 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 will see eye to eye: • Ask about her artistic philosophies/ preferences. What designs does she like to create and why? • Ask to see photos of recent wedding work. • Ask to see any bouquets/arrangements in progress when you are at the shop. There is 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 the photos you have collected of what you like. What is the reaction? If she isn’t 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 is as important as your artistic vision.The cost of your floral decorations can range from moderate to exorbitant, depending on everything from the amount of flowers used, to the types (orchids will be in-


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finitely 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 to give 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 and 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 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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A Special Setting for Your Special Event

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wedding budget will be for gratuities. A general guideline is to set aside 15 percent of your total budget for this purpose. However, keep in mind that tipping will apply to several of your vendors—but not all. Here’s the lowdown on who to tip, how much and when. Coatroom/restroom attendants and parking valets. This gratuity may be included in your overall reception costs (be sure to check your contract thoroughly). If it isn’t, you can request to have it included or opt to pay it in cash on the wedding day. Figure about $0.50 to $1.00 per guest for the attendants and the same per car for the valets.Whatever you decide, make sure the establishment knows that tip plates and jars are not to be put out. (Have a friend double check on the wedding day to be sure.) Delivery people. These are the folks who deliver (and possibly set up) your cake, flowers, party rentals such as chairs and tables, etc. Depending on how much actual labor is involved, budget about $10 to 20 per person. Maitre d’. If a service charge is not included in your contract, then figure about 15 percent of your total bill, or $1.00 or $2.00 per person. Musicians/DJs. Generally a tip is not expected, but if you want to acknowledge exceptional performance/service you can feel free to do so. Again, approximately 15 percent of the total bill is a good gauge.

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Stylists for hair and makeup. Tip these professionals as you would for your regular appointments: 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. Transportation drivers. If your driver arrives and delivers his/her passengers on time, is dressed appropriately (either a tux or suit with tie) and is courteous then a tip is definitely in order. Figure on 15 to 20 percent. Waitstaff and bartenders. Again, determine whether or not this is already included in your contract. If not, one good rule of thumb to follow is the same percentage you would tip in a restaurant: around 18 percent of the total food bill for waitstaff. If you have an open bar, 10 percent of that total cost would be appropriate for the bartenders. (FYI:These amounts would be divided among those staffs.) Or, you could simply decide on a set dollar amount per person and multiply by the number of staff.

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Wedding planner. As this person is working for a set fee, they generally do not expect a tip. But if you wish to show appreciation for a job well done, 10 percent of the total fee should suffice. How and when to tip Tips (cash) should be prepared ahead of time and organized in separate envelopes for each person or group. Traditionally, it is the best man who delivers these tips for the bride and groom to the appropriate person (generally the head of each group) on the wedding day; although, you could also delegate this task to a special friend or relative. For any tips that you give after the wedding, including a note of thanks is a nice touch. Remember Before organizing these tips, make sure you check all of your contracts to determine if a gratuity has been included in the agreedupon fees. If not and you’d prefer to have this arrangement, ask for it to be included. Also, keep in mind that business owners should not be tipped if they are the ones also performing the service. B&G

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rapher and some fancy duds… but do not forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license! Massachusetts Both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made in the clerk’s office in any city or town in the commonwealth. Where you apply is where the marriage certificate will be filed. There is a waiting period of three days. This includes Sundays and holidays, but not the day upon which the application is submitted. The license is valid for 60 days from the date you file and can be used in any city or town in Massachusetts. There is a state fee of $4.00 for the license, but each town is allowed to set their own fee in addition to that. Check with your town clerk’s office for cost information. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Some towns may require proof, such as a birth certificate. Information specific to same-sex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at: www.glad. org/rights (click on the Massachusetts link), and www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/ gaymarriage.html. Rhode Island Individuals marrying in Rhode Island must apply for a marriage license at a city or town clerk’s office. If one party is a resident, the application must be made in that party’s town of residence. If neither party is a resident, the application must be made in the town where the ceremony will take place. Both parties must apply in person and sign the application in the presence of the city/ town clerk or the clerk’s assistant. The cost of the license is $24.00. The license is valid for three months after the issuance date. The marriage must take place in the presence of the officiant and two witnesses age 18 years or older.


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

Town/City Clerks Here is information on clerk’s offices in some larger towns in Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (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. CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS A u bu r n

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Rhode Island facility offers new function space Arrive in style Have you dreamed of making a grand entrance to your wedding ceremony? Your dream can become a reality at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, Mass. Five antique cars are available to rent, including the 1930 Ford Fordor shown here. A driver is available to chauffer you to the gazebo ceremony site, and the car will also be made available for photographs before or after the ceremony. To view all of the antique cars available, visit www.blissfulmeadows.com or call 508278-6110 to learn more.

Central Massachusetts ski resort offers new w edding amenities Wachusett Mountain Ski Area offers a unique wedding site for ceremonies and receptions, highlighted by its unique SkyRide chairlift to the mountain summit—one of the most unusual wedding opportunities in Massachusetts. Recently, the resort made some improvements, including the creation of two new, handmade wooden arbors for outdoor wedding ceremonies; set up of brand new wooden decks surrounding the base lodge; and the addition of new wooden flower planters on the main deck. For details on weddings and receptions, contact Melissa Banks at missy@wachusett.com, or visit www.wachusett.com.

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This past May, Crystal Lake Golf Club in Mapleville, R.I., completed the addition of the new Cocktail Room to its facility. Featuring its own bar, hardwood floors, and beautiful oak trim and painted walls, it can be rented for the cocktail hour preceding a wedding reception. It is also ideal for showers, birthdays, anniversaries and other smaller functions. For more information, contact Tracy at 401-467-4500 ext. 14.

Worcester vocalist available for w edding ceremonies Yuanyuan Li is a trained vocalist with extensive performing and musical teaching experience. Her repertoire includes, but is not limited to, Ave Maria, Let Bright the Seraphim and Panis Angelicus. For more information, call 508-283-3500 or e-mail fmzcx@yahoo.com.

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The whirlpool at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The Boulders, luxury high desert resort in Carefree Arizona goes over the top for honeymooners.

and jetted bath. Up for more? Try the club’s Bubbles of Fun bath for two or the Island Romance offering where your bath is filled with flower petals and bubbles while candlelight and aromatherapy oils enhance the mood. At the new Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain just outsideTucson,Arizona, the Massage Mentoring for Two is a 60-minute, hands-on lesson given by a skilled Ritz-Carlton Spa massage guide, and includes a take-home an aromatherapy kit. Dove Mountain also has indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, and the Skystone Suite for couples, which boasts a 88 Fall

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fireplace, shower, hydro tub and terrace. From the outdoor serenity pool terrace you can see ancient Native American art etched into nearby rocks. Instructions in massage techniques for couples, along with massages for two, are also available at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. Its spa has 16 treatment rooms, a 60-foot pool overlooking the Berkshire Mountains and a menu offering treatments such as hot stone massage, which delivers the deep, penetrating warmth of heated stones along with warm oil and aro-

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matherapy—perfect for sharing in the couple’s massage suite. Near Albuquerque, New Mexico, sits the Hyatt RegencyTamaya Resort and Spa. Built on sacred lands belonging to the Tamayame, the Native Americans of the Santa Ana Pueblo, everything about this adobe-style hotel respects the spirit of this peaceful and industrious nation. Even its Tamaya Mist Spa infuses a deep sense of spirituality; the treatments offered celebrate the ancient traditions of healing while utilizing nurturing massage, oils, gentle exfoliation and heat. A special couple’s room features an outdoor patio ideal for post-treatment relaxation. For the ultimate indulgence, book the Couples Escape package, which includes the Native herbal wrap, Swedish massage and Three Sisters Scrub. In an outdoor courtyard, couples can lounge and enjoy healthy spa cuisine. History buffs can marry their love of the past with the relaxation and rejuvenation of spa treatments at a variety of resorts. For example, inVirginia, ColonialWilliamsburg boasts a world-class spa featuring experiences inspired by five centuries of healing practices, including European, African and American Indian cultures, from the 17th century to today. A favorite among couples is the sideby-side massage in the Rose Garden Suite, which also has a soaking tub for two.The 17thcentury Hot Stones Spa Experience, using herbs and heated stones, and the Spa Day for Two are other top winners. Near historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s oceanfront Sanctuary Hotel and the Sanctuary Spa appeal to those looking for an over-the-top resort experience. Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the best hotel spas in the United States, the Sanctuary Spa offers Suite Seclusions, a package with a private suite ideal for couples and featuring two treatment tables, a relaxation area and a Riverbath whirlpool. Choose from a variety of massages including classic, foot reflexology, sports, deep tissue, signature or hot stone.The Couples Retreat package begins with a private soak for two in the Riverbath whirlpool tub, followed by candlelight classic massages. In Arizona, surrounded by behemoth rock formations, The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders was inspired by the ancient Honjin inns of Japan where weary travelers sought


At theWildflower Spa at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, the Peach Pecan scrub is wonderfully relaxing.

S PA FA C T S Aromatherapy: A massage with oils from plant and flower essences designed to relax skin’s connective tissues.

Mud wrap: Using warm mud to cleanse pores and lift impurities.

Balneology: The study and practice of traditional water-based treatments.

Pilates: Movements designed to add strength and flexibility to the body.

Body polish: Using large sea sponges to smooth, cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate the body. Fango: A mud pack or body coating designed to promote the release of toxins and ease pain. Herbal wrap: Wrapping the body in hot linens, plastic sheets and blankets to enhance herbal essences and warmth applied to the skin. Hydrotherapy: Underwater massage and other water-oriented treatments.

sanctuary. Except here, elements of the surrounding desert and Native American lore create unique settings such as the labyrinth (path to tranquility) and an interior rock and sand garden. There are 24 treatment spaces, a fitness center, mind/body and movement studios, a spa café and meditation areas. A couples massage can be aromatherapy, or LaStone and enjoyed in the serene couples suite, which has sweeping views of the desert gardens. A private whirlpool enhances the experience. Not that far from the Alamo or Riverwalk in San Antonio, the feeling of a casual Texas ranch blends with a big-time hotel at the

The romantic Skystone spa suite at the new Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, just outside Tuscon,AZ

Swedish massage: Using stroking, kneading, friction, tapping and vibration to relax muscles.

Reiki: An ancient method using laying on of hands and mental and spiritual balancing to relieve acute emotional and physical conditions. Reflexology: Massaging pressure points on feet, hands and ears to relieve tension and help heal internal organs.

Thalassotherapy: Using seaweed, salt water, algae and sea air to improve well being. Watsu: Underwater treatment blending deep tissue massage, acupressure, shiatsu and yoga.

Salt glow: Coarse salt is used to cleanse skin.

Vichy shower: Lying on a cushioned waterproof mat and being showered by jets of water.

Spinning: Using stationary bikes and various resistance levels in group sessions.

Zen Shiatsu: A Japanese acupressure art to relieve tension and balance the body.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Complete with 500 rooms, 300 acres, 27 holes of golf and a four-acre water playground, the Hyatt also has a wonderful spa. The Wildflower Hill Country Spa is tucked away under trees with a private pool for spa guests and an incredibly soothing atmosphere featuring natural, weathered wood and earthy colors that set the perfect backdrop for rituals and treatments designed to soothe body and soul. In Wildflower’s couple’s suite, you can receive a sunshine glow scrub and relaxation massage, or a two-and-a-half-hour Tribal

Ritual, which calls on the heritage of the nomadic Tuareg and Berber tribes of southern Arabia and north Africa for its skin-renewing exfoliation. Get wrapped in warm linens followed by a gentle massage, then extend your time together at the garden pool. You may find Wildflower so relaxing you’ll want to spend the day. Many do. B&G Katharine Dyson is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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The ultimate beach, breezy, sunny days. Your Divi Aruba All Inclusive honeymoon getaway lets you choose from 9 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 • Use of the facilities and features of the adjacent Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

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Canadian Rockies by Janet Strassman Perlmutter

Honeymooning in natural beauty

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ith their majestic beauty, the Canadian Rockies make an ideal backdrop for an adventure honeymoon—and getting there can be more than half the fun. Could there be a more relaxed, romantic way to arrive than by luxury train? Depart Vancouver aboard the Rocky Mountaineer’s “Journey through the Clouds,” and the city will quickly give way to lumber mills, cow country and, finally, to the rounded, tree-covered Coastal Mountains. You’ll follow the swirling Fraser River only to suddenly find yourselves in the desert, with grey-green tufts of sagebrush rolling along dusty clay rocks. The train will run through tunnels, go over bridges and pass pine trees that grow from the clefts in sand-colored hills inhabited by bighorn sheep. www.bridegroommag.com

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Guided hiking programs, and many other activities are offered at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

In the meantime, you’ll dine on hot cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs with leek cream sauce and caviar at breakfast, and native salmon steak, fresh greens and fine chocolates at lunch— all while, outside your window, osprey are nesting on aged telegraph poles and waterfalls are streaming down cliff sides. Passengers will spend the night in the quaint town of Kamloops and will re-board trains destined for Jasper or Banff and Calgary in the morning. By mid afternoon, the train will reach the Rocky Mountain Trench, the valley that runs along the majestic peaks. Mount Robson, the highest elevation in the Canadian Rockies, awaits and as the train rounds the bend, the white-capped giant shines. From here on in, snow-topped mountains appear at every turn, into Jasper, where this train disembarks, and for miles beyond.

Jasper National Park Whether you arrive at Jasper National Park by train, plane (via Calgary or Edmonton) or automobile, you are sure to be awed by the incredible vistas, array of activities and bountiful wildlife. Adventure seekers can enjoy heli-hiking, mountain climbing and rafting in moderate weather, or ice climbing as winter descends. But you needn’t be athletically inclined to visit the mystical Maligne Canyon with its deep gorges, powerful waterfalls and sculpted rocks that transform into a crystal wonderland when the glacial waters freeze over. Take a boat ride on a glacial lake to Spirit Island, go fishing or hike the alpine meadows. Winter brings skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and more. For an especially lavish honeymoon, consider Jasper Park Lodge. One of the original Canadian Pacific hotels, it is one of the 92 Fall

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famous lodges created by the railroads to bring tourism to the mountains. It’s the most rustic of the Canadian Rockies triumvirate, now all Fairmont hotels, including Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel. The main lodge and cabins overlook the inky blue-green waters of Lac Beauvert. In the background stands snow-kissed Mount Edith Cavell, one of many peaks etched in clean lines against a cloudless blue sky. Jasper Park Lodge is summer camp with a champagne twist. Paddle a cherry red canoe across the crystalline waters, toast marshmallows over a stone fireplace at the lake’s edge and listen for the sound of loons at dusk. Play golf at Canada’s most acclaimed golf course, dance to the strains of a jazz trio and dine on gourmet Canadian cuisine at the Moose Nook restaurant. Jasper is the largest of the Canadian National Parks, abutting the expansive Banff National Park. Travel from one to the other along the Icefields Parkway and it will be hard not to “ooh” and “aah” at every new spectacle—particularly when glaciers appear at every turn, more than 100 in view on a clear day. Rocky Mountaineer offers bus tours along the parkway, stopping at the magnificent Athabasca Falls and the breathtaking Peyto Lake. A stop at the Columbia Icefields, a series of flowing glaciers, allows for exploration of Athabasca Glacier, one of the most visited glaciers in North America.

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And beyond… Jasper National Park ends just past the icefields, but the parkway and the jaw-dropping views continue into Banff, the largest of the Canadian national parks. Before continuing on, the bus will stop at Lake Louise, a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by Victoria Glacier and other mountains. The regal Chateau Lake Louise will appear dollsized against the glacial backdrop. Up to 20,000 visitors per day come just to take in the stupendous view, but there are those who also stay to experience the splendor of the hotel. Reminiscent of the luxurious mountain resorts of Europe, Chateau Lake Louise was named the most romantic hotel in Canada by Gourmet magazine. Handpainted, wood-carved chandeliers grace the lobby; sumptuous tapestries adorn the grand staircase; and elegant accommodations and impeccable service mark the entire resort experience. Relax over afternoon tea, enjoy fondue or raclette at the Swiss Walliser Stube Wine Bar, or partake in some casual dining in the Poppy Room. Winter brings skating parties, dog-sledding and alpine skiing to Lake Louise, the largest ski area in the country. More temperate weather allows guests of the three Fairmont Rocky Mountain resorts to engage in the Mountain Heritage Program, an array of expertly guided interpretive walks, hikes and, at Chateau Lake Louise, mountaineering programs that enhance guests’ experience


The Fairmont Banff Springs spa pool.

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of the nature, history and culture of the Canadian Rockies. The palatial Fairmont Banff Springs, almost a city in itself, is located 45 minutes away in the town of Banff, the largest development within a national park anywhere in the world. For those looking for the awayfrom-it-all mountain experience it can be a bit startling. But it doesn’t take much to get out to the alpine meadows, glacial lakes and mountain ranges of the Bow Valley. The once-famous Banff Hot Springs now feed a large swimming pool (open to the public). But for a more elegant opportunity to take to the waters, Banff Springs Hotel offers an incredible spa sporting hot and cold indoor waterfalls, a mineral pool with underwater music, aromatic massage, mud wraps and facials, personal fitness training, and much more. Choices for fine dining abound at Banff Springs Hotel, with Italian, Japanese, Bavarian and California-themed gourmet restaurants as well as the exclusive Banffshire Club. The town of Banff offers theater, galleries, shops and restaurants, a summer arts festival, and the creative Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, recently featuring bears in art, culture and natural history. So much to see. For more information, contact the tourism department for the Canadian Rockies at 800-ALBERTA or www.travelalberta.com. Janet Strassman Perlmutter is based in Central Massachusetts and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Exterior view of Jasper Park Lodge in the evening.

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

Types of Functions

Reception Facility

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Number Overnight Ceremony of Events AccommoSite (Held at one time) dations

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (46)

E, B, D, W

$39+

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1–2

Yes

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

1/35

No

1–2

No

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. Contact Michelle Frieswick.

Dino’s Restaurant (81)

E, B, D, W

13 Lord St., Worcester, MA 01604 Ph: (508) 753-9978 jevange171@hotmail.com www.dinosrestaurant.biz

Under $30

Yes

Yes

25/60

No

1

No

Dino’s Restaurant has been serving the finest northern and southern Italian cuisine and variety of American foods for more than 60 years. Ample parking, handicap accessible. All major credit cards. Contact Jay Evangelista.

Higgins Armory Museum (79)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact the Rentals Office.

Leo’s Ristorante (67)

E, B, D, W

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

Varies

Under $30

Yes

Yes

No

No

1/250

Yes

25/125

No

1

1–2

No

No

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

Mechanics Hall (25)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Sharon Onorato.

Tribeca (74)

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. Contact Aaron Hammond.

Tuckerman Hall (28)

E, B, D, W

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

Worcester Art Museum (86)

Types of Functions Offered:

$30 – 50

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

150/425

15/120

Max 250

Yes

No

Yes

1

1

1

No

No

No

Tuckerman Hall’s dazzling Gilded Age elegance makes it one of the finest facilities in America for weddings and other social occasions. Contact Paul Levenson. E, B, D, W

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

Varies

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

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

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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D - Rehearsal Dinners

W - Wedding Receptions

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (58)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

25/700

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

Boston Marriott Newton (46)

E, B, D, W

2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466 Ph: (617) 630-3553 • Fx: (617) 969-8464 patty.nagle@marriott.com www.newtonmarriottweddings.com

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

Charter Oak Country Club (Inside Front Cover)

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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. Contact Christine Mazri.

Concord’s Colonial Inn (57)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Steven Jones.

Doubletree Hotel (56)

E, B, D, W

Reception Facility

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East of Worcester

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

$75 +

$40 – 75

$30 – 75+

$30 – 70

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/700

130/275

10/100

50/550

Yes

Yes

1+

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

2

1 or 2

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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. Contact Linde Schwartz.

Grafton Inn (50)

E, B, D, W

25 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (508) 839-5931 • Fx: (508) 839-3999 pardsjoh@aol.com • www.thegraftoninn.com

Renovated historic inn under NEW ownership, serving the finest foods on the beautiful Grafton Common. Let our catering staff make your event one to remember always. Contact Nancy Jewel.

Highfields Golf & Country Club (43)

E, B, D, W

42 Magill Drive, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (508) 839-1945 x222 • (508) 839-1940 terri@highfieldsgolfcc.com www.highfieldsgolfcc.com

Make an impression without saying a word. The country club provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding receptions or any other special occasion. Contact Terri Juliano.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (73)

E, B, D, W

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

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. Convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact the Sales Office.

Riverview (76)

E, B, D, W

13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 568-1541 sales@riverviewhpc.com• www.riverviewhpc.com

A newly built, Mediterranean style function hall with its elegantly classic design provides a perfect ambience for any special occasion. Contact Gerry Leandres.

Stow Acres Country Club (72)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Karen Giles.

White Cliffs Function Facility (74)

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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. Contact the Sales Office.

$20 – 40

$30 – 50

$36 – 70

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$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Yes

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Yes

No

30/150

0/220

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30/600

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30/350

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Leicester Country Club (35)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

20/300

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (16)

E, B, D, W

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@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! Contact Event Sales Dept.

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (39)

E, B, D ,W

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. Contact the Sales Office.

Periwinkles Garden Court (82)

E, B, D ,W

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. Contact Arnold Villatico, Jr.

Publick House (69)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Catherine O’Brien.

Salem Cross Inn (51)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Donna Bennett.

Sturbridge Host Hotel (64)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Lise Soper.

The Harding Allen Estate (37)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Grace Gugliotti.

Zukas Hilltop Barn (20)

E, B, D, W

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

Newly built function room seating up to 130 guests. Contact Lynn Zukas.

Reception Facility

Number Overnight Ceremony of Events AccommoSite (Held at one time) dations

West of Worcester

Varies

Under $30

$30 – 78

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$73 – 94

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

0/250

15/200

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Max 240

6/225

Max 350

275

50/250

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

No

2

No

1

No

1

No

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

The perfect setting for a country wedding. Hilltop views, private location with personal attention to every detail.

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$50 – 75+

Yes

Under $30 E, B, W

to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

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

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

Asa Waters Mansion (80)

E, B, D, W

P.O. Box 421, 123 Elm St., Millbury, MA Ph: (508) 865-0855 www.asawaters.org

A beautifully restored, historical mansion with a charm and elegance rarely found today. Estate grounds feature a 19th century style bandstand for ceremonies and photographs. Contact Catherine Elliott.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (78)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (36)

E, B, D, W

100 Bronco Highway, Mapleville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com

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

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood (104)

E, B, D, W,

Varies

Under $30

Under $30

$30 – 75+

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Max 85 (inside) 150 w/tent

50/175

50/200

50/450

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1

1

2

No

No

No

Yes

1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062 Ph: (781) 255-3159 • (781) 440-0430 contact@fourpointsnorwood.com • www.thetiffanyballroom.com

Complete wedding packages make planning easy. Choose from our Tiffany Ballroom or new Zachariahs for your reception. Elegant and grand or intimate chic, it’s always better to have a choice. Contact Catering Sales.

Twin River (65)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

50/1200

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No

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E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Chocksett Inn (4)

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

The Chocksett Inn offers on-site private gardens, Laurelwood Ballroom, Canopied Deck and 25 Guest Suites. Experience the charm, elegance and hospitality for an unforgettable wedding. Contact Shauna Gendron.

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

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

Classic elegance, attentive service and wonderful food. Elegant grand ballroom accommodating 25 - 425 guests.

Fruitlands Museum (71)

E, B, D, W

102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978) 456-3924 x294 llee@fruitlands.org www.fruitlands.org/weddings

Fruitlands Museum offers a breathtaking setting and personalized service. Fruitlands tradition of impeccable service affirms the distinguished New England custom of hospitality and captivating charm. Contact Lucille Lee.

Four Points by Sheraton (94)

E, B, D, W

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 840-5537 • Fax: (978) 466-3400 rdenno@fourpointsleom.com www.leominsterweddings.com

Honest, uncomplicated weddings. Over 20 years of committment to quality and service. Relax knowing your professional wedding team is with you every step of the way. Contact Renee Denno.

Harrington Farm (27)

E, B, D, W

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. Contact Irena Clark.

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (42)

E, B, D, W

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

Contact Person

W - Wedding Receptions

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

40/275

25/425

Yes

Yes

1–3

$75+

$30 – 50

$50 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Available

Yes

0/200

20/500

50/225

100/325

Yes

Yes

3

Yes

Yes

1

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Discover your Dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact Kerri Landry. E, B, D, W

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

Under $30

$20 – 60

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/150

25/375

Yes

Yes

2

No

1

No

Come and enjoy our beautiful facility, elegant ballrooms, private hospitality rooms, undivided attention and accommodating service. Prime dates for 2010. Contact Janet Fotiadis.

Wachusett Mountain (99)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (49)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

300 Max

10/400

Yes

Yes

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

BRIDE&GROOM

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

2010

Yes

Spacious courtyard tent allows for picturesque ceremonies. Contact Mary Whitman.

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (86)

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (30)

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Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is the ideal location for your storybook wedding, surrounded by magical vistas and breathtaking views.

Conveniently located in the heart of Massachusetts

www.lemayphotography.com

499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 978 - 464-3175 ext. 3705 www.wachusett.com

Scenic mountain setting, perfect for your wedding portraits.

www.lemayphotography.com

Everything from beautiful summit vistas to a pond-side fountain.

Beautiful reception room with breathtaking views

www.71west.com

www.7west.com


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Bouquet Preservation

100

Bridal Registry

100

Bridal Shops

100

Bridal Shows

100

Cakes

100-101

R

esources

BOUQUET PRESERVATION Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (6) One Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 hshusas@ad.com 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

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BRIDAL REGISTRY

Donation Services

101

Royal Prestige Products (70)

Entertainment

101

Florists

101

Gifts

101

BRIDAL SHOPS

Hair & Makeup

101

Bridals by Rochelle

Honeymoon Spots

101

(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.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (12, 13) 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 January, March, April, September and November.

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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.

102

Elegance by Carbonneau (63)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (83)

Photo Booths

102

Photography

102

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!

Real Estate

102

18 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net • www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby showers. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

Invitations

101-102

Jewelry Limousines

Loren’s Bridal (2)

Rentals

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.

Shoes

103

Platinum Bridal Boutique (39)

Tuxedos

103

Reception Facilities

95

Wedding Internet Services 103

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CAKES

Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (68) 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. Winner: Best of The Knot 1010.

106 Southville Rd., Southborough, MA (508) 657-GOWN info@platinumbridalboutique.com www.platinumbridalboutique.com Our unique selection of designer bridal and bridal party dresses combined with unbeatable service makes the Platinum Bridal experience as unforgettable as the event itself!

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.

Pronuptia Bridals (29)

Culpepper’s Bakery

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.

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.

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Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton

FLORISTS

Auburn, MA (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.

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.

Danielson Flowers (78)

Herbert E. Berg Florist (38)

Helen’s Bakery (47) 246 Greenwood St., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-0164 We specialize in Italian cream and whipped cream decorated cakes. Types include yellow, chocolate, marble and carrot cake. Helen’s also offers their giant coffee ring.

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

CATERING

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (6)

Buggy Whip Catering

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.

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.

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (31) 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.

Struck Catering (75) 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.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (57) 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 (103) 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 (43) 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 (76) 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

Why Me, Inc. (102) 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.

Worcester County Food Bank (72) 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.

ENTERTAINMENT

Judy’s Village Flowers (3) 34 School Street, Foxboro, MA 02035 (800) 392-4525 judysflowers@verizon.net www.judysvillageflowers.com Judy meets with each bride to create custom wedding flowers that reflect individual personality and style. We have provided elegant flowers for over 2,000 weddings since 1990.

GIFTS American Sports Images (47) 108 Shrewsbury St. Suite 204 Worcester, MA 01604 (508)796-3939 info@AmericanSportsImages.com www.AmericanSportsImages.com A unique wedding party gift alternative! Custom sports and celebrity memorabilia. Prices starting at $29.95. Mention this ad to receive 10% off your total order.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (8) 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.

Festive Events (7)

Image Hair Salon (77)

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.

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.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (66)

HONEYMOON SPOTS

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

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

Yuanyuan Li, Vocalist (508) 283-3500 fmzcx@yahoo.com www.imagesinharmony.com Graduated with a Masters of music in vocal performance. Yuan’s extensive performing experience will offer you the beauty, ease and music delight essential to your wedding ceremony.

Celebrations! Invitations (67) 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.

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Ever After Postage (80)

Sachs Jewelers (17)

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!

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.

The Paper Store (10) 24 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!

JEWELRY Dasilva Jewelry Design (8) 64 Water Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 (508) 455-4717 dasilvajewelry@comcast.net We specialize in diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Our new showroom has a large selection of styles, and custom-designed bridal jewelry available.

Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (1) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994 Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

Hannoush Jewelers (1) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com Celebrate every special moment with the help of one of America’s premier family owned jewelers. From your engagement diamond, to wedding bands and PANDORA™ bridal gifts – trust Hannoush.

LIMOUSINES A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (103) 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 (35, 59) 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.

Joey’s Limousine Service (24) 76 West Mountain St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 754-9575 www.joeyslimousine.com Joey’s Limousine raises the bar for luxurious, personalized, courteous service… Offering rates that are competitive. We have been providing quality transportation for over 60 years. Call for an appointment.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (66) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com • www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you'd want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic Expressions Photography (11) 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 (16) 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.

HJM Photography (45) 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.

On your special day, honor your guests with the gift of love.

Looking for a way to show your guests how much you love them? Instead of giving a token gift, honor your guests by making a charitable contribution to Why Me Inc. and help provide love and support to children with cancer and their families. We will be happy to provide you with tribute cards that you may provide for your guests at each place setting. To place your order, contact: Paige Billings (508) 757-7734 pbillings@whyme.org or visit us online at www.whyme.org

Lasting Images Photography (71) 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.

Media Photo (34) 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.

REAL ESTATE Jody Russell Roberge, Realtor of Janice Mitchell R.E. Inc. (75) 1023-25 Main Street, Holden, MA 01520 (774) 535-2657, (508) 829-6315 x24 jrus1980@aol.com Buyer and seller representation. Call me today to begin your free customized home search in MLS or for a free, no obligation market analysis of your home.

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Bonardi’s Formalwear (37)

(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.

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.

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.

SHOES Elegance by Carbonneau (63)

Men’s Wearhouse (Inside Back Cover)

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

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.

Shoes to Dye For (21)

BrideGroomMag.com (94) 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 (85) 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.

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.

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.

508-791-9100 www.AAtransportation.com

Providing limousine, party bus and shuttle services throughout New England.

~ Casino Trips ~ Concerts ~ Proms ~ Special Events ~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Bachelor/ette Parties ~ Weddings ~ Proms ~

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

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES

~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Bachelor/ette Parties ~ Weddings ~ Sporting Events

TUXEDOS

A Perfect Setting (41)

~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Bachelor/ette Parties ~ Weddings ~ Sporting Events

RENTALS

~ Casino Trips ~ Concerts ~ Proms ~ Special Events ~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Bachelor/ette Parties ~ Weddings ~ Proms ~

Sporting Events ~ Concerts ~ Casino Trips

rickenglishphotographer.com

Sporting Events ~ Concerts ~ Casino Trips

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Elegant Grand Intimate Chic OR

It’s always better to have a choice

The Tiffany Ballroom and Zachariah’s Dining Room

781-255-3159

At The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel 1125 Boston-Providence Tnpk, Norwood • www.TheTiffanyBallroom.com


Well Groomed Proudly offering the best in service and designer styles at prices you’ll love, Men’s Wearhouse makes it easy to find the right tuxedos for your wedding.

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