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Nearby nuptials Local couples share their day!

Back to Nature The allure of barn weddings

Featured facilities

Thank-you notes

Gift guide

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40 Destressing the Bride Author Holly Mosier’s latest book gives a new approach to reducing stress and losing weight

Features 50 Back to Nature The allure of barn weddings 56 Gift Guide Posh presents for your attendants Featured Venues 62 Charter Oak Country Club 66 Zukas Hilltop Barn

44 I Boo! Frightfully good sites for a Halloweeninspired wedding

Honeymoons 82 Married with a Mission The appeal of a volunteer vacation for your honeymoon

In every issue 10 Letter from the editor 12 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples Nearby Nuptials 16 Kerri Miller and Austin Ludy 20 Kristin McCarron and David McManus

Directories 87 Function facilities guide

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Articles 24 With Thanks A refresher course on thank-you etiquette in the age of social media 28 Something Old as Your Something New A pre-owned wedding gown can be an eco-friendly—and money saving— option 34 Park and Bride How to work with city and town parks for your outdoor wedding

92 Wedding resources guide

71 Wedding timetable Your guide for what to do and when

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72 Pictures Please What to ask a potential photographer 74 Changing your name? How to do it 76 Let Them Eat Cake Questions to ask and tasty terminology you should know 78 License to wed How and where to get it 80 Budget Buddies Ways to save

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in May, PrinceWilliam and Kate Middleton had just married and the international press was reporting every detail. Duchess Catherine dazzled in her wedding gown, Prince William looked regal in the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards, and everyone from Pippa to Prince Charles executed their roles beautifully. It was a momentous day, both for England and the royal couple, who endeavored—successfully—to make it so, particularly for themselves. Throughout all of the pomp and pageantry, the Duke and Duchess were each the picture of grace and cordiality, acknowledging those who supported them and emphasizing the importance of helping others by establishing a charitable fund in lieu of a gift registry. We’ve got a couple of great articles in this issue of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine that speak to those themes: With Thanks, on page 26, will provide you with a refresher course on thank-you etiquette in the modern age and Married with a Mission, on page 82, highlights ways you can turn your honeymoon into a volunteer vacation.

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This issue also has a great feature on page 52 highlighting barns as unique venues for weddings, as well as an information-packed article on page 36 that will tell you what you need to know when planning your outdoor wedding or ceremony in a public park. And since Halloween is right around the corner, we thought it would be interesting to showcase some frightfully fun ways to have a themed wedding around All Hallow’s Eve; see the article I Boo on page 46. We’re also working on a new item that will debut in 2012, and we need your help. Ask the Wedding Professional will have questions from you, our readers, answered by a panel of experts in our region. For our Winter 2012 issue, due out January 1, we will feature answers from wedding planners. In the Spring 2012 issue, we’ll have area DJs tackle your entertainment questions. And in the Fall 2012 issue, videographers will tell you what you want to know about digitally recording your day. Be sure to check out our website (www.bridegroommag.com), or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brideandgroom), in the coming weeks for information on how to submit your questions.

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“He was talking about how he was having the best time of his life on this trip and then about how much our relationship meant to him,” Kerri says. “All of a sudden, he was down on one knee, presenting me with a ring and asking me to spend my life with him. Of course, I said yes!”

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Boylston, Massachusetts October 2010 How they met It was a cold winter night in Worcester in December 2007 when boy met girl. Well, technically speaking it was when boy first laid eyes on girl… Each out with friends that evening, Kerri and Austin were close enough to glance at each other—several times—but not to actually meet or exchange words. The following spring, fate brought them together again. Only this time, they got to speak! Kerri had just moved back to Worcester and was dining out with her sister and Austin happened to be there, too. They each seemed familiar—enough to talk about it—yet neither knew why. It wasn’t until their first date, a week later, that their memories kicked in. “It was during some great conversation when Austin got out of his chair in disbelief and said that I was the girl he noticed that night

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back in December,” Kerri recalls. “I immediately knew what he was talking about.” You know what they say about first impressions.

The engagement Nearly one year after that highly successful first date, Kerri took Austin on a surprise trip to Ireland in honor of his 30th birthday. Little did she know that she would be getting a surprise of her own. During their travels throughout the south and east coasts of the Emerald Isle, they selected an elegant restaurant for dinner one evening. This was when Austin decided pop the question.

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As it is for many New England couples, fall was the season in which Kerri and Austin wanted to wed.Yet with only a few months between their engagement and the start of autumn, they decided to select a date the following year. “I liked the fact that we had a good amount of time to get things planned just the way we wanted,” Kerri says. With help from her mother and sisters, and support fromAustin, who handled tuxedo selection, Kerri took the reigns with planning—and loved every moment, from selecting the colors and styles of flowers to doing online research. “I just picked things that fit us and everything fell into place perfectly.”

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were laid with tablecloths of that same shade of orange, providing a vibrant splash of color. Shades of off-white and brown provided the ideal complement. Mini pumpkins accented with corn stalks served as place card holders—and were crafted by the bride with help from her mother, aunt and sisters. Current photos of Kerri andAustin, as well as shots of them as children, were displayed during the cocktail hour. Wedding photos of their parents, grandparents and great grandparents were also on view. Guests received CDs with some of the couple’s favorite songs; they also learned that donations had been made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Austin’s mother in lieu of favors.

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Favorite part of the day Kerri cites the end of the reception as her most memorable moment. “All of our family and friends gathered around us for the last song,” she recalls. “Dancing with my new husband and having everyone around us was an amazing feeling. I’ll never forget it!” B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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The details David and Kristin’s ceremony took place on the grounds of their reception facility adjacent to Cedar Lake. While they considered the ceremony to be non-religious, they incorporated various traditions from each of their faiths, including standing under a chuppah (Jewish marriage canopy), participating in the breaking of the glass and lighting a unity candle. In fact, the chuppah was handmade by the in-laws of David’s sister and was used when she married in 2008. David’s other sister also used this chuppah. A lighthouse theme was incorporated throughout the reception and featured accent colors of navy blue and yellow.They commissioned Jessica’s Design Shop on etsy.com to create a logo/monogram featuring a light-

Kristin McCarron and David McManus Sturbridge, Massachusetts August 2010 The engagement After dating for a little more than a year, David took Kristin on a weekend trip to Kennebunkport, Maine. On the way, he suggested they stop at Kristin’s favorite spot, the Nubble Lighthouse inYork, to take some pictures. While she was sitting on a rock, David expressed how happy he had been since they started dating, dropped to one knee and proposed. After a few moments of silence he said, “Well, I hope you’re going to say yes…” Kristin laughed and playfully said “No!” before continuing on to say “Of course I’m going to say yes!”

The planning Since Kristin is a teacher and the couple wanted an outdoor wedding, summer was the perfect season for their event. As luck would have it, the date they chose was exactly one year after they got engaged. During that year, Kristin managed the bulk of the planning with help from David, her

mother and her bridesmaids. “David was really involved with the big items, such as the venue, JP, photographer, DJ, etc.,” says Kristin. “I handled the smaller, and craftier, details such as organizing the candy buffet and the centerpieces, slicing wine corks for place card holders and creating our own version of Mad Libs for our guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour.” Both David and Kristin enjoyed making the preparations. Kristin especially liked working on the “smaller” details. “Sometimes they are the most noticeable details,” she says. “For example, the candy buffet and the Mad Libs were a huge hit with our guests!” house, which was used on the place cards and ceremony programs that Kristin made. The invitations featured a lighthouse that complemented the logo. The tables were decorated with candlelit lanterns accented with yellow and white rose petals and votive candles—all of which sat atop navy blue table runners. Those runners were also featured on the cake table, the candy bar, and the place card and gift tables. Kristin and David created a picture guestbook using mypublisher.com, which featured their engagement photo—taken at Nubble Lighthouse—on the cover. Inside, snapshots

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taken during their relationship were featured on one side of the book, with space on the other side for guests to write messages. In lieu of favors, the couple donated to two very personal charities: the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease, in honor of David’s father and Kristin’s grandmother, who both have a form of the disease, and to the Massachusetts Special Olympics, for which Kristin is a long-time volunteer.

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Favorite part of the day “Definitely the ceremony,” says the couple. “We helped write it and it was, literally, the perfect setting. The ducks quacked all throughout and the sun was just starting to go down, which provided the perfect glow.”

What guests commented on the most Kristin’s and David’s guests also thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. “They loved that it was so touching and that we wrote our own vows,” says Kristin. The Mad Libs that Kristin created were also a big hit. Based on the stories of how Kristin and David met, their first date and how he proposed, the Mad Libs were given out during the cocktail hour for guests to fill out during the reception. “They could feel free to be silly or try to guess the real stories,” says Kristin. “People were very creative—many entries were hysterical. We saved them all.” B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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A refresher course on thank-you etiquette in the age of social media by Andrea E. McHugh

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increasing rate, modern brides and grooms are connected. Vendor inquiries are sent via email, appointments are made on smart phones and favorite florists are followed on Facebook. The bride may also be instant messaging her dress shop to see if they are ready for her next fitting and Tweeting with other brides across the globe. For her shoes? There’s an app for that. With life moving at what seems to be breakneck speed, traditional etiquette can easily fall by the wayside.The thank-you note—whether for a shower gift or a wedding gift, to your bridal party, vendors or anyone who has been kind and generous to you during this special and stressful time—will never be passé.

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A timeless tradition, the thank-you note is a sign of good manners and demonstrates an appreciation for proper etiquette. Because so many people now rely on email to communicate, a petite piece of elegant snail mail is a refreshing change. Your first opportunity to send out a wedding related thank-you note may come after an engagement party or other celebratory get together.Your message should, of course, be personalized and thank the giver specifically for the gift. Include a sincere anecdote about how you plan to use the gift or why you both like it so much and thank the giver for sharing in the enthusiasm about your forthcoming nuptial. Nationally known etiquette expert Mindy Lockard, aka The Gracious Girl (www.MindyLockard.com), says that even your first formal correspondence with your guests, whether it be a save-the-date or invitation, needs careful consideration in an electronic age. “Things are changing. With so much now available on the Internet, there are many tempting options to replace paper with a press of a button,” Lockard says. “If there is one item that it would be okay to send via the web, I’d suggest that it’s the save-the-date.” She is quick to add, though, that doing so also requires diligent follow-up as email doesn’t always land where you imagine it will. “Keep in mind that many times this type of communication is lost in a spam folder or sent to someone who has yet to master the art of the web,” she says. The next event is likely the shower, which may even be a surprise. For many, the bridal shower can be overwhelming in a euphoric way: Reuniting with family and friends from far away and being “showered” with beautiful gifts will have you on cloud nine for weeks. Lockard advises that the best way to tackle the time-consuming task of shower thankyou notes is to get started right away. “You’ll really feel better and once you get to writing, it doesn’t take anytime at all,” she says. If your shower isn’t a surprise you can get a head start by sitting down with the guest list and pre-addressing and stamping envelopes before the shower. If you have an outstanding honor attendant or shower host, this task may be done for you—especially if you didn’t know also the shower in advance. “This way, you are ahead of the thank-you game,” says Lockard.


Once your wedding invitations reach guests, the UPS truck may begin making frequent visits to your house. Guests who are either unable to make the wedding, traveling a distance to get there or who simply enjoy the convenience of online shopping will have gifts shipped directly to you or your fiancé(e). Naturally, you’re perplexed: Do you open them right away or save them until you open the rest of your gifts? Do you send a thankyou note now or later? “Not only is it appropriate to open them right away, it is helpful to the thank-you process,” Lockard says. Sending a note upon receipt of the gift is also the best way to let the gift giver know the package has arrived safely. “Not only is it gracious, but it helps keep the notes from piling up, which can add stress to what’s already an overwhelming task.” By the time you say “I do,” you should be an old pro at thank-you notes.Take a cue from the shower and prepare ahead of time by preaddressing envelopes. In fact, you may want to do this as the RSVPs come rolling in. Some couples work on their thank-you notes while traveling for the honeymoon, or while on the beach with their toes in the sand and a fruity cocktail festooned with an umbrella in hand.Whether that’s your style or if you prefer to undertake the task once you’re settling into married life, be sure to send your notes our sooner rather than later. “There’s an old wives tale that the couple has one year to write these notes. This is no longer the case,” cautions Lockard. “It stems from when newlyweds would take a honeymoon that required months of travel. With today’s modern travel, this amount of time in no longer necessary.” Lockard suggests completing your notes within three months of the wedding. “This way, your gratitude is still fresh in your heart and your wedding is sill fresh in the mind of the recipients.” The best thank-you notes, she says, are written from the heart. Open with a kind sentiment followed by a gracious word about the gift and close with a thought or two recognizing your relationship with the gift giver. B&G

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The appeal Buying someone else’s wedding dress was once considered taboo. Dresses sold secondhand were often available only because of divorce or a canceled wedding, which had bad-luck connotations. However, eco- or money-minded brides have realized that buying and selling consignment gowns can save money and time—not to mention make a positive impact on the environment. “It’s the essence of recycling,” says Jackie Martin, owner of Over the Rainbow in North Beverly, Mass., which has sold preworn bridal ensembles for two decades. “It’s one less wedding gown that has to be produced.” Almost always, wedding gowns available through consignment have been cared for meticulously. In fact, some are brand new and never worn: Samples from bridal shops are common, as are dresses from brides-to-be who invested in multiple ensembles either because the first dress simply didn’t look right once it came in, the venue or date changed, requiring a completely different look, or, unfortunately, because the event was called off. In other words, consignment can be “a great way to buy a dress that’s basically still new,” says Christina Caulfield, owner of

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Clever Bride Consignments in Holliston, Mass., which started out as an online retailer but opened a brick-and-mortar store in February 2011. One advantage to shopping via consignment is that you can buy “right off the rack,” says Martin. Dresses in sizes from 0 to 28 are generally on hand, so unlike trying on a toobig sample, there won’t be too much guessing regarding actual fit. Due to that very reason, Caulfield bought three dresses before her own wedding. Afterward, she sold two of them through consignment. Still, she advises, once you have your date set, it’s a good idea to start looking so you can get an idea of what you like, assess the available inventory and allow enough time for alterations (she suggests three months). Another advantage of buying a consignment gown is that big-ticket alterations, such as bustling, have likely already been done. This leaves more room in the budget for smaller alterations, such as removing full sleeves, putting in cap sleeves or adding spaghetti straps. Caulfield also noted an interest in consignment gowns for “trash the dress” photos, which means brides can take part in the rite of passage without actually ruining their own treasured dresses.


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At the online and local consignment outlets that have proliferated recently, dress prices can range anywhere from $50 to a few thousand dollars. Designer name, style and whether or not the dress has been worn are all factors in pricing. Options can be quite varied: Styles may include strapless, empire and sheath, as well as sweetheart necklines, goddess one-shouldered gowns, mermaid and color-accented trains, and lace or embroidered detailing. Designer brands, such as Alfred Angelo, Vera Wang and David’s Bridal, among others can be found, and mother’s, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, along with veils, shoes and other accessories, may also be available. As with almost all consignment retailers, all sales are final so be sure to choose wisely.

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Selling tips If you decide to sell a dress, be sure the condition is “like new”—no rips, stains or odors. Typically, dresses that have been sitting in a closet for years and have yellowed or smell of moth balls won’t be accepted at consignment shops, says Caulfield. Even if you’re just considering the idea of selling, whether online or in a local shop, clean your dress as soon as possible after the wedding.This will ensure that any stains won’t have

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a chance to set.Then, if you can’t part it with it immediately, you can store it by hanging it in a dry location in a protective bag. In the end, though, don’t leave it lingering for too long. “It can be an emotional thing to let go of a wedding dress, because there are such wonderful memories attached to it,” Caulfield acknowledges. As for timing, Martin suggests putting the dress up for sale in the fall, as many engagements occur around the holidays. If you decide to list online, be sure to provide lots of photos, DiNunzio advises, and be active in terms of pricing: If you’re not getting a response at a certain price, lower it incrementally until you do. Ultimately, Caulfield says, while some styles are timeless it’s best to sell a gown within a three-year period so that it is still in style and will attract a buyer quickly. “You want to make sure it’s current,” Martin agrees. According to DiNunzio, some forward thinking brides-to-be are choosing to pre-sell their gowns—in some cases, lining up a buyer before they’ve even worn the dress at their own wedding. In the end, the money saved by buying a consignment gown can be put toward other wedding-day elements. For newlywed brides who sell their gowns, the proceeds may fi-


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which to host both wedding ceremonies and receptions, but they can also prove to be the most complicated. Some prohibit weddings outright while others require numerous permits that can be challenging to secure. As these sites do not have designated wedding coordinators like reception venues do, you may not get answers as soon as you’d like. Here are some of the considerations you’ll need to think about before setting your sights on a public al fresco location.

Rules and regulations Even parks that welcome weddings can have substantial time and capacity restrictions. Most park rules are in compliance with other city or state agencies, including environmental protection departments, so asking for a special favor, such as more guests than you’re allowed, likely won’t be granted. Other parks require proof of liability insurance, which can also be challenging to secure. For example, at the famed Boston Public

Garden, managed by the City of Boston, small wedding ceremonies are permitted as are having photographs taken. However, a Special Event Permit is required for a fee ($50 for city residents, $100 for others). An application for that permit has to be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the wedding, and only a cashier’s or bank check is accepted. Oh, you wanted to do a little run through before the event? Sorry… rehearsals are not allowed.Also, don’t look to the city for a rain date or alternate location if the weather isn’t cooperating—they don’t offer either. Did you picture saying “I do” at sunset? Again, sorry… at many parks, including the Public Garden, your event must conclude by 5:30 p.m. Also, sensitive environmental concerns, including if the park is a breeding ground for animals or waterfowl, might render the park off-limits for a specified length or period of time.

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According to Alexandra, “you always have to have a ‘Plan B’” for an outdoor event. Even the management at the Boston Public Garden strongly suggests having a back-up plan. So unless there is a permanent covered pavilion where you’re planning to exchange vows— most parks don’t have one and those that do are often littered with permanent picnic tables—you’ll need a tent on standby if you’re planning to hold a reception in a park. No matter what your budget, there’s nothing you can do to control Mother Nature, especially in New England where she’s known to have a mind of her own. However, renting a tent often costs more than people expect. “But the good news is you’re given a time frame to cancel without penalty,” Alexandra points out. So if the forecast looks dreadful, you can decide to cancel. No matter what your Plan B is, she advises that you make sure your guests are in the know. In fact, you might want to consider an inclement weather notice on your invitation that clarifies the location of your alternate site should the weather be uncooperative. Alexandra once planned the wedding of Boston couple who had their heart set on an outdoor ceremony followed by a reception at a nearby ballroom. When the weather looked ominous, Alexandra had to have “the


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“I was determined to find a way to live and eat that would bring back my vitality and happiness,” she says.“Something that would allow me to enjoy the foods I loved and yet still give me the body I wanted. But I was discouraged because I thought that by then, in middle age, my time for this was past.” Happily, she was wrong. A medical practice attorney, Mosier was adept at researching medical studies. She started exploring diabetes studies, which led to information on

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obesity and stress. She noticed a gap in the approach to weight loss and found that overabundant stress hormones can create real psychological cravings for high fat, sugary and salty foods. “It wasn’t my imagination or lack of willpower,” Mosier says. And while developing stress reduction techniques, she discovered quickly that a big part of her stress was caused by a too-busy schedule. Work, home, husband, schedules and demands—it was all too much. Mosier couldn’t “catch a breath.” “It was the unrelenting, frenetic activity that our culture encourages that blocked my efforts to find peace,” she says. So that she could catch her breath, Mosier decided to consciously “opt out of the craziness.” She started by not agreeing to do everything that was asked of her, and found that saying “no” was magical. It gave her reasonable time to move and breathe throughout her day, and she was able to consistently use the stress reduction tools she had developed, such as the four-count breath and some 10minute yoga sequences. Brides, she says, are particularly vulnerable to an overabundance of stress. “They are subject to a horrific amount of activity in planning their weddings and honeymoons all while trying to maintain their jobs and relationships,” Mosier says. “Some cannot fully enjoy these moments because they are being tugged in so many directions. How many brides have you heard say they don’t remember most of their wedding? Too many.” Women, as research has shown, experience greater stress than men. According to Mosier, this is because women have a “diffuse awareness,” entertaining multiple thoughts, emotions and tasks simultaneously. “Even if we are talking on the phone, we can do the laundry and dishes while still having a deep conversation,” she says. “Men don’t do that. Have you noticed that when a man talks on the phone, that’s all he does?” Mosier emphatically argues that brides can de-stress, and it starts with the opting out mentality. For example, if a bride can let go of an expectation that her wedding must be of a certain size, she will be able to plan and participate in her day without the anxiety of not meeting a specific ideal. “You will not only fully experience and


enjoy your day, you’ll find you have compassion for others,” Mosier says. “You’ll be calm and focused and kind, and this makes for a wonderful day for the bride and groom, as well as their family and guests. Everyone will walk away inspired by the joyful atmosphere, and it all starts with the bride.” She indicates that being more mindful of your state of mind is well worth it, particularly when starting a new phase of life. “It will set the stage for how you face the challenges in the years ahead,” she says. “It can be an exhilarating thing to undertake something of this magnitude with a sense of peace, calm and joy alongside your excitement.” Mosier’s approach to dieting is centered on the premise that a “balanced, fit body is the result of a balanced, fit mind. And a balanced, fit mind and body create a healthier life.” This is a diet that doesn’t force people to give up their favorite foods, or make people feel ravenous much of the time. Mosier swears that readers will never return to the old habits of eating and stressing that “brought you to an unacceptable weight in the first place.” In addition to reducing stress to complement weight loss, Mosier says the other benefits are endless: “We become kinder, more loving people and are nicer to those we love,” she says. “One of the first things I noticed very soon after I started working with my stress reduction tools is that I became a better wife. I was more patient, more compassionate and more tolerant. That, in turn, inspired my husband to treat me like a queen. I’m not kidding.” The recipes in the book were inspired by Mosier’s own concoctions. Foods such as pizza, nachos and French toast were favorites, so she found healthier ways to make them. “I looked at recipes for my family’s favorite foods and started omitting one ingredient at a time to see if any flavor or savory quality was lost,” she recalls. “I was shocked to find that most of our favorite foods could be made with five ingredients or less, and they were still delicious, yet had a better balance of proteins, carbs and fats to meet my weight loss goals and maintain my weight.” B&G

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The Old Burying Point (also known as the Charter Street Cemetery) is the oldest resting place in Salem and also a popular spot. Another favorite locale is the Hawthorne Hotel. Built in 1925, the building’s library and several of its rooms are believed to host spirits, attracting many paranormal groups as well as an investigation by the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters” program. While the hotel offers a handful of wedding packages, it can’t actually host nuptials on All Hallow’s Eve. That particular night is reserved for the hotel’s annual Halloween ball, which attracts nearly 1,000 people, according to Sales and Marketing Director Kristie Poehler.You can still plan a wedding right around the spooky holiday, though, and you just might make some metaphysical memories, as well as matrimonial ones.

tumed revelers each year, Salem has a bevy of locations for nuptials with an unnatural twist. Some horror-loving couples take it upon themselves to dress up and hold small civil ceremonies around the “witch city’s” notorious historical sites, such as the Howard Street Cemetery beside the old Salem Jail. Filled with old gravestones—and spirits, some say—this bone yard is believed to be haunted by Giles Corey, who was crushed to death during the city’s world-famous witch hunt. 46 Fall

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Spooky spots If Salem and its host of sites aren’t quite scary enough, how about Lizzie Borden’s house? Couples with an appreciation for the macabre can exchange vows in the sitting room of this Fall River, Mass., Victorian home—right in front of the sofa where wealthy businessman Andrew Borden was found on the morning of Aug. 4, 1892, with his face mutilated by an ax.

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Now a bed and breakfast, the setting of the sensational and headline-grabbing Borden murders typically hosts small and intimate ceremonies.According to co-owner and manager Lee-ann Wilber, some couples play it up by dressing in Gothic costumes. Others are quite traditional, with brides wearing white and pink and men donning tuxes. “It’s a typical wedding,” Wilber quips, “it just takes place in a room where a man was murdered.” Couples and their guests brave enough to spend the night have their pick of several rooms—the inn sleeps up to 18—including Lizzie’s bedroom, her sister Emma’s bedroom or the very room where the spinster sisters’ stepmother, Abby Borden, was found facedown with her neck nearly severed. Overnight visitors have reported several strange and unexplained occurrences, and Wilber herself has described objects moving and doors opening and closing seemingly of their own accord, as well as creepy noises and shadows. “It’s a very active house,” she says. If such intimate encounters with the supernatural would make for the wedding of your “nightmares,” you might also explore these purportedly haunted backdrops: Belcourt Castle in Newport, R.I.; The Orleans Inn on Cape Cod, which was also featured on “Ghost Hunters;” Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H.; and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass. But that’s just a sampling— almost every historic inn in New England has


a spooky story or a mysterious guest who never seems to check out, so there’s no shortage of choices. For Mandi Garrison, Longfellow’sWayside Inn turned out to be the ideal place for her wedding held near Halloween last October. Reports of unidentified footsteps, perfumed scents and music—particularly in rooms nine and 10—have abounded throughout the inn, leading some to believe a former innkeeper’s sister, Jerusha, still walks its halls, according to the inn’s website. Even so, Garrison didn’t opt for the location for that reason, and she didn’t even initially have plans to marry on Halloween. She and her then husband-to-be, Jason McMahan, did want an intimate and laidback autumn wedding, so when she heard Halloween weekend was open, she jumped on it. Ultimately, the setting and its rumored ghostly happenings made for an interesting and dramatic event with 75 guests. Inspired by the holiday, Garrison accented an ivory Jessica McClintock gown with touches of black lace and ribbon, black lace gloves and a black birdcage veil, while her husband dressed in black. Floral bouquets consisted of deep purple roses and lilies, and black lace worked its way throughout the day’s decorations. “Halloween is a very fun time of year,” says Garrison, noting the seasonal change and the darkening days. “There’s something different about the atmosphere, and the idea of doing a wedding at that time, I thought, was dramatic and something I could have fun with.” For brides-and-ghouls-to-be who prefer to embrace the kitsch of Halloween, they can take their themed wedding to a whole different level, complete with ghosts, zombies, crazy clowns, vampires and the like. Local Halloween attractions, including Spooky World/Nightmare New England in Litchfield, N.H., can provide quite the horrific backdrop. At Spooky World, which will begin offering weddings this fall, packages are customized based on budget and preferences. The basic option includes a private tent with a bar and picnic-style seating, catered dining and V.I.P. access to a “midway” teeming with the walking dead, blood-suckers and other ghouls, as well as the park’s seven haunted attractions. Events can consist of several hundred guests, according to spokesperson Katie

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Stinchon. Some add-ons include having wait staff and bartenders dressed in ghastly costumes, and in lieu of a limo or a carriage, hearse transportation is available for the happy couple, which Stinchon jokingly refers to as the “final ride.” “It’s definitely fun, unique and something that your wedding party and guests will remember forever,” she says. “The possibilities are really endless when you open up to this kind of creativity.”

Creepy creative touches Wherever you decide to hold your event, you can get imaginative with your own macabre flairs, taking the theme as far as you want. For example, consider Elvira or Lily Munster-like gowns for the bride and vampire getups for the groom. Attendants can be given broomsticks or capes and your guests can be invited to attend in costume. Musical accompaniment for the walk down the aisle could be the theme music for the

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movies “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th.” Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” is also a nice touch, as is “The Monster Mash” or any Type O Negative song for your first spin on the dance floor. Set up foggers and cauldrons for atmosphere, serve Bloody Marys or offer dessert tables featuring candy and caramel apples.You might even add to the festivities with Halloween trivia, pumpkin-carving contests or bobbing for apples. Ultimately, it’s your day, so make it as much of a spooky spectacular as you like—and have fun scaring the heck out of your guests in the process. B&G Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, Mass., is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

For more information The Hawthorne Hotel 18 Washington Square Salem, MA 01970 978-825-4358 www.hawthornehotel.com/weddings For other options in the “Witch City,” contact Destination Salem 877-SALEMMA www.salem.org Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast 230 Second St. Fall River, MA 02721 (92 Second Street is the historical address) 508-675-7333 www.lizzie-borden.com Longfellow’s Wayside Inn 72 Wayside Inn Road Sudbury, MA 01776 978-440-9982 www.wayside.org/weddings Spooky World/Nightmare New England 454 Charles Bancroft Highway Litchfield, NH 03052 603-913-9098 corporateevents@funwaypark.com www.spookyworld.com


Post-and-beam Smith Barn is adjacent to the Brooksby Farm in Peabody Mass. Rebecca Norris-Bell and Lorne Bell wed here in May 2011.

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Interior of the barn at the Inn atValley Farms in Walpole, N.H.

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Brass Heart Inn’s restored 19th century barn in Chocorua, N.H.

The barn is “a classically American building,” says Ian MacLaren of Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Conn., which hosts wedding receptions in its mid-19th century Chestnut Barn. “They’re wistful in a sense. When you think of New England, the barn is one of those iconic images that come to mind.” Unfortunately, many New England barns have been neglected over the years. Just drive through any rural, agricultural area and you’re bound to see many that are rickety, withering and barely standing. “These buildings are very hard to come by,” MacLaren says. In fact, only a dozen or so in the region are suitable—and available—for weddings.Their rarity, and the uniqueness of the setting, adds to the appeal.

A barn wedding “is not a cookie-cutter wedding,” according to Sheena Harte, coowner of The Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua, N.H., a family-owned inn that has been operating since the late 1800s.The inn’s traditional red barn, which dates to the pre1800s and was restored in the 19th century after a fire, can accommodate up to 200 for wedding receptions. Typically, a ceremony is held either in a nearby church or just outside the barn where sweeping views of fields and grazing animals make an idyllic backdrop. The dancing and festivities follow in the agricultural building. “This is very different,” says Tammy Messina, function manager for the FeltonSmith Historic Site adjacent to Brooksby

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Farm in Peabody, Mass. Weddings there are hosted in the Smith Barn where “you open up the barn doors and look out over 250 acres of apple orchard. It’s kind of like stepping back in time.” And in more ways than one—oftentimes, the original materials from which the barns were made, as well as the methods by which they were crafted, are long defunct and therefore unique. For instance, the eastern chestnut tree that was cut and planked to create the barn at Tyrone Farm long ago died of blight, says MacLaren, who described the wood as “mottled with age” with a “really distinct color, almost caramel.” “These buildings were built by individuals who harvested local wood and put everything together by hand, using wood pegs to connect everything,” he says. “They’re just really beautiful structures.” Kate Ringelstein and her husband Kevin were certainly in awe of the Brass Heart Inn’s barn, where they held their April 2011 wedding reception.They noted a pleasing variety of colors and textures, from the red exterior to the “wonderful patterns and warm shades of tans and browns” of the wood inside. The down-home wagon wheel light fixtures were a delight and, according to Kate, when the barn was lit up at night, it was “magical.” It “was natural, warm, unique, homey, yet at the same time we were able to make it elegant,” says Kate.“That’s the great thing about a barn: It starts off as a very natural venue and you can get as creative and as elegant as you like.” 52 Fall

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The bride and groom, who are both in the navy and hail from Atlantic Beach, Fla., welcomed 140 guests to their spring nuptials. In keeping with the light feeling of the setting, Kate wore a lace ivory Pronovias gown with a simple flower in her side-swept hair, while Kevin came in his white Navy service dress uniform. For the reception that followed a ceremony at a church in Moultonborough, N.H., the couple decorated the barn with wildflowers, mums, lanterns and votive candles. “We were able to make it personal yet it was still authentic and had a ‘real’ quality to it,” Kate explains. That authenticity exists for a reason. In nearly all cases, stewards of the barns have worked diligently to maintain the structures, or at least refurbish them to the integrity of the originals, with added upgrades, of course. For example,Tyrone Farm’s 60-foot by 40foot New England bank-style barn remains relatively unchanged.Stalls and some haylofts were removed and an adjacent woodshed was converted to house a staging kitchen. Air conditioning, heating, bathrooms and dimmable lights were also added.The building that was once home to cows and other farm animals now hosts approximately 20 to 25 weddings a season, says MacLaren, whose family has owned the 175-acre, circa-1742 farm for 60 years. Equestrian events and concerts are hosted here and acreage is rented to a local dairy. “We let the barn speak for itself,” he says, noting that most brides and grooms don’t even decorate because the building is distinct in and of itself.

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This is just the sort of environment that engenders the laid-back feel that many couples are looking for. “People who like that are low-key,” says Harte. Jackie Caserta, innkeeper at The Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, N.H., agrees. Brides and grooms “want more of a relaxed setting,” she says. “They want friends and family to get together for the weekend.” In many cases, as with The Inn at Valley Farms, which has been in operation since 1774, the barns aren’t just for show. They’re either still used or sit on farmland that remains active. For example, ceremonies can be held in the working barn at The Inn at Valley Farms. However, the farm doesn’t allow receptions in the traditional red-with-white-trim structure because it is sometimes home to baby


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turkeys and chicks, as well as goats and beef cattle (although, according to Caserta, they’re outside most of the time during the spring and summer). “We are a working farm, first and foremost, and a wedding venue second,” Caserta says. “And that’s actually what appeals to a lot of people.” Also alluring is the opportunity to partake in a bounty of fresh goods produced by the farm and its surrounding orchards, as well as from nearby ice cream and cheese makers, wineries and the world-famous L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates. “Here, it’s green rolling hills and farmland. It’s very productive, very quiet and very peaceful,” Caserta says, noting that they can accommodate 75 guests for weddings, and can sleep 28 at the inn. In Groton, Mass., The Barn at Gibbet Hill sits on a 500-acre preserved property that is a working Black Angus cattle farm. Its 1906 barn, which once housed cows, was refurbished in 2004 and now holds weddings of up to 225 guests all year long, according to Sales Associate Ashley Littlefield. Gibbet Hill Farm produce is used in meals at weddings and other events held on the property, as well as in their restaurant, the Gibbet Hill Grill. The Peabody-owned Brooksby Farm, for its part, is also a 250-acre working apple or54 Fall

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chard. The post-and-beam Smith Barn adjacent to it, which is owned by the Peabody Historical Society, still has its apple ladders from the early 1900s, according to Messina. Smith Barn provided the perfect backdrop for the nuptials of Rebecca Norris-Bell and Lorne Bell in May 2011.The Cambridge couple’s traditional Jewish ceremony and reception welcomed 130 guests, with the bride carrying on a family tradition of wearing her mother’s veil, her grandmother’s engagement ring and her great-grandmother’s wedding gloves. The couple chose this setting because it was reflective of their personal style.

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“We’re relaxed, fun and mellow,” Rebecca says. “Everyone was commenting that it was a very comfortable, homey feeling.” A barn setting can certainly impart a feeling of relaxation for a down-home yet elegant celebration. It’s worth repeating that these unique venues are not particularly common, so they book up fast. Event coordinators suggest making arrangements at least 12 B&G to 18 months in advance. Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.


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Customization is key at Gemvara.com, where you can choose the letters, gems, metals and chains to create a made-toorder piece. Prices vary depending on the gemstone and metal combinations. Shown: the initial pendant “a” in sterling silver for $113; the gem initial pendant “A” in sterling silver with white sapphires for $303.

Make a statement Statement jewelry works fantastically for wedding-day attire and these pieces from JoJo Loves You (www.jojolovesyou.com) are no exception. Each piece is handmade by JoJo, a Boston based jewelry designer.White turquoise bauble bracelet with gold retails for $22, as does a version with a silver round rhinestone rondelle finished with a heart tag. Small flat pearls twist necklace retails for $120.

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hether your wedding is to be elaborate or elegantly simple, the graceful Georgian-style Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson, Mass., provides an intimate and magical setting for any nuptial event. As you approach the main drive, you’ll see this impressive facility’s well-manicured lawns and edged flowerbeds. Stone walls wind through the woodlands and decorative urns, overflowing with flowers in warmer weather, frame incredible views of the road leading to the clubhouse. Water bursts high into the air from a fountain nestled within lush greenery. Inside, the Grand Ballroom is just that—an impressive space that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors and crystal chandeliers with room to amply accommodate entertainment, dancing and schmoozing for up to 275 guests. “One of the great things about the ballroom is that it has no obstructions,”

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says Lynnell Schiela, the club’s new director of sales and catering. “There is plenty of space for a 10-piece band, and the room acoustics are terrific.” The Living Room is where guests usually mingle for appetizers and cocktails before dinner. Adjacent to the ballroom, it is a comfortable and welcoming space with upholstered furniture and a large fireplace—a cozy and intimate setting in the chilliest seasons, particularly when it is decked out in holiday splendor. Several balconies provide ideal locations for socializing and enjoying the view. This room can also be booked for special functions and rehearsal dinners.


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Specialty cuisines featuring an Asian theme may include sesame chicken, teriyaki beef sticks, crab rangoons, vegetable spring rolls or fried wantons, and made-to-order chicken or beef stir fry. For those craving regional fare, the New Englander boasts baked scrod and the classic clam chowder. Other reception enhancements are available. Displays of fresh fruit and antipasto may be incorporated into your menu, as well as a New England raw bar and Mediterranean delights such as hummus and baba ghanoush with pita chips, marinated olives and stuffed grape leaves with mint raita. Dessert options include stations for chocolate fondue and bananas foster, full and miniatureViennese displays, a candy bar and a selection of international coffees and cappuccino. Charter Oak offers wedding packages to meet a variety of budgets. All include hors d’oeuvres, salad, one or more plated entrée or entrée station selections, coffee and tea. All packages also include open bar service for one hour, a champagne toast, a display of international cheeses and garden cruditiés, two bottles of wine per table (cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay), damask gold floor-length linens, napkins and overlay, and the services of a personal wedding coordinator.Weddings booked from January through March will receive a 25 percent discount off of package selections; weddings booked on Fridays and Sundays from April through December will receive 10 percent off.

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For the rest of your wedding planning needs, look to the club’s preferred vendor list, which includes contacts for cakes, florists, photographers, videographers, DJ services, hotels, bands and limousine rentals.A bridal suite is available at the clubhouse and the staff will work closely with clients to arrange nearby hotel reservations for guests. Charter Oak Country Club was established in 2000 by a Worcester County businessman.The private club is open to the public for weddings, special functions and golf outings, which usually take place Mondays. Menus are available for business meetings and banquets. The club offers its members an 18-hole championship golf course, three tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, adult Jacuzzi and baby pool, and workout fitness facilities. B&G For more information, call 978-562-0800 or visit www.charteroakcc.com.

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by Barbara M. Houle ny time of year, Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Mass., is a beautiful and natural venue for any wedding. Located at the end of a quiet country road, this privately owned 200-acre farm imparts a sense of serenity. Tucked within a picturesque country setting, visitors are treated to wonderful views of the New England landscape complete with open fields, a farmhouse, fruit trees and floral and herbal gardens. Owners Peter and Lynn Zukas have created a true getaway for any celebration. The Zukas family originally owned the property and operated it as a dairy farm for many years. Peter and Lynn, themselves, lived in the farmhouse for a time after their wedding 28 years ago before turning the farm into a stunning venue for weddings and other events—a natural evolution from Lynn’s off-site catering and wholesale business. The first function was held at the farm on Dec. 3, 1999—a date they’ll always remember as it was also the day of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire. More than 10 years later, Zukas Hilltop Barn hosts more than 100 weddings each year. “It was all by word of mouth when

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we first started to have weddings at the farm,” Lynn says. “Pete and I are still amazed at how much the business has grown. When we’re at a wedding, we still look at each other and ask ourselves, ‘When we first started out, did you ever think it would get to this point?’” With only one wedding held per day, couples can choose the five hours they prefer for the use of facility and grounds. From May through October, a 40'x100' white tent that can accommodate up to 250 guests is available, complete with tiny white ceiling lights and a black and white dance floor. Round tables complemented by padded white wooden chairs, fine china, stemware, flatware and linens are all provided by the facility, as are heaters and attachable sidewalls for the tent during inclement weather. Guests can enjoy passed appetizers and cocktails in the banquet room of the main building, which was once the


dairy barn, before moving into the tented area for dinner. This room is also used for receptions of up to 140 guests from November through April. A centrally located, double-sided fieldstone fireplace gives this space and the nearby Oak Room a cozy feel, while an oak bar, red maple flooring and oak ladder back chairs add to the banquet room’s rich country atmosphere. Spacious dining rooms also may be used for cocktail receptions. On site for every wedding, the Peter and Lynn are downto-earth and work closely with an attentive staff. As chef, Lynn oversees the kitchen, which uses local produce whenever possible. In fact, vegetables, raspberries, blueberries, herbs and flowers are grown on the property, which also features apple, peach, plum and pear trees. Dining options run the gamut from complete packages to a` laa carte menus. Featured entrées may include tender duck breast drizzled with a port reduction, butternut squash ravioli sautéed with sage brown butter pecan sauce, portabella mushrooms stuffed with quinoa and vegetables, prime rib or beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce, baked stuffed haddock with a lobster sherry cream sauce, or herb marinated boneless chicken breast with seasonal fruit salsa. Packages are available and include a champagne toast with strawberry garnish, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, choice of salad, pasta course and choice of two entrées, among other options.Also included is a classic three-tiered

wedding cake baked on the premises with eggs collected from chickens raised on the farm. A selection of three flavors is available and the cake can be decorated with fresh flowers upon request.The a` laa carte menu includes assorted breads, garden salad or classic Caesar salad and a choice of vegetable or starch. Knowing how important it is to protect the environment and give back to customers, the Zukas’s have ensured their facility is as “green” as it gets. Composting is a function of the kitchen and menu options, such as certified Angus beef and French-cut boneless breast of chicken, are antibiotic and hormone free. Leftover food is donated to Mary Queen of the Rosary Church in Spencer, which distributes the food to families and the elderly in the area. The farm’s picturesque grounds provide a perfect background for photography and video. In summer and fall, the gazebo at the top of the hill is a popular spot for ceremonies. Nearby, a pair of swans inhabits a small pond frequented by a blue heron. According to Lynn, some couples even like to pose for wedding photos on the tractor parked next to a small barn on the property. Others prefer the swing set, which was used by the Zukas’s two children when they were growing up. Peter and Lynn also coordinate with a New Hampshire company to present an unforgettable fireworks display as

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the finale to a wedding or function. “The fireworks definitely light up the sky,� says Lynn. Newly added to the facility is an outside gas burning fire pit and Lynn also expects to have a greenhouse on the property next season. A bridal suite and full-service spa are located in the farmhouse. Shuttle service from hotels in Sturbridge can be arranged. Other functions and meetings can be scheduled at the facility, which is closed for the month of January. For more information, call 508-885-5320 or visit www.zukas.com. B&G

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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…).

• Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. Break in shoes.

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.

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).

Once the date is set 9 – 12 months • Research and interview potential vendors, such as photographers, bands/DJs, caterers (if necessary), bakeries, florists, videographers, transportation, etc. Keep in mind that many book events a year or more in advance. • Decide on any theme/decorative elements for your reception. • Begin shopping for wedding dress and accessories (veil, headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, etc.). • Renew your passports (if necessary) if your honeymoon trip will be outside of the U.S. • Select wedding party.

6 – 9 months • Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/ delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Have all of your major vendors reserved. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for ceremony and reception (i.e., programs, favors, menus, etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding Web site.

4 – 6 months • Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon.

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• Experiment with hair and makeup styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved.

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

• 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.

Wedding day Have fun!

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.

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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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Changing your name? TO

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to your name after marriage you’ll need a certified copy of your marriage license. To obtain one or more, contact the clerk’s office where the license was filed for the required procedures. (You will either have to make the request in person or submit a written request. A processing fee generally applies.) The following are the likely places you will want/need to make your name change, and instructions on what you will need to do.

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

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A great place to kick-off a bachelor or bachelorette party!

pleted License and ID Update Form (found online at www.mass.gov/rmv/forms) and $25.00.

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.

Let Brew City Grill & Brew House plan that special event for you and your wedding party. Featuring over 150 beers, including 3 cask conditioned ales, 18 TVs, KENO and a great menu. 104 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA So sit back, relax and enjoy – 508-752-3862 | www.Brew-City.com Brew City will take care of the rest. Cheers!

Don’t forget these • Employer (for payroll purposes) • Post office • Credit card companies or any other bills • Voter registration • Any legal documents such as mortgages, leases, insurance policies, etc.

Same-sex marriages and name changes A party in a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts can legally change his/her surname with the Social Security Administration and on his/her driver’s license. According to the Web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (www.glad.org), the U.S. Department of State changed its policy recently regarding recognition of name changes.“Since Massachusetts has a statute that allows the Notice of Intention of Marriage to create a legal surname change, the Passport Agency will honor a Massachusetts marriage certificate for the purpose of changing your name on 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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will be the primary dessert or just something sweet to send home with your guests, it is usually a noteworthy focal point of the nuptial feast. As you talk with prospective bakers, ask these key questions—getting the cake you want will be as easy as pie. 1. Do you have a range of prices? Are they per slice or are they flat fees? What is included in each price? 2. Do you have a selection of cake styles? 3. Will you custom design a cake? If so, do additional fees apply? 4. Is a deposit necessary to hold the date? If so, what does it cover (i.e., pillars and stands)? 5. Are you licensed by the state health department? 6. How many varieties of flavors—for the cake, filling and icing—do you have? How many combinations of cake and filling flavors are available? 7. Will I have an opportunity to taste various flavors of cake, filling and/or icing? 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 76 Fall

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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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Massachusetts Both parties must apply for the license together and in personâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made in the clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. If one party is a resident, the application must be made in that partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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

508-842-8992 - Shrewsbury, MA www.danielsonflowers.com

L e o m i n s te r

104 Central St. 25 West St., Room 5 508-832-7701 978-534-7536 clerk@town.auburn.ma.us www.leominster-ma.gov www.auburnguide.com

M a r l bo r o ugh

B ro o k fi e l d 6 Central St. 508-867-2930 ext. 12 llincoln@brookfieldma.us www.brookfieldma.us

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

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718 Main St. 978-345-9592 www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us

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

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150 Concord St., Room 105 508-532-5520 www.framinghamma.gov

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

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1196 Main St. 508-829-0265 www.townofholden.net

308 Main St. 508-347-2510 www.town.sturbridge. ma.us

Hop kin ton 18 Main St. 508-497-9710 www.hopkinton.org

W o rc e s te r 455 Main St., Room 206 508-799-1121 clerk@ci.worcester.ma.us www.ci.worcester.ma.us

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10 Court St. 401-253-7000 ext 3

43 Broadway 401-846-9600 ext 326 www.cityofnewport.com/ departments/cityclerk/home.cfm

L i nc o l n 100 Old River Rd. 401-333-1100 www.lincolnri.com/ departments/ townclerk.asp

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You have worked out a preliminary guest list and are taking a hard look at your available funds. But are the numbers crunching the way you would like them to? Don’t worry… a terrific wedding can be had, even on a budget. Here is a list of 20 ways you can save in all aspects of your wedding. Basics 1. Track your expenses regularly to see how the numbers work with your budget. That way you will know if costs are getting out of control. 2. Plan far in advance. Time, as they say, is money. So the more time you have, the more money you can save. 3. Get married in the “off season.” Popular times of year are often more expensive than others. Look to the months of winter and early spring for available dates and discounted pricing. 4. Get married during the week. This is a great option for a small, intimate reception. For example, a Thursday night will likely be more available than a Friday or Saturday— and may offer better rates. 5. Look to your own backyard (or someone else’s). Whether it is for a ceremony and/or reception, you know the owner so there will not be any rental fees! 6. Cut the list.This is probably the toughest action to take, but reducing your head count is a sure-fire way to save big. 7. Ask your reception facility or caterer where you can trim costs. Options such as a beer/wine-only bar or fewer hors d’oeuvres and desserts can yield significant savings. 8. Ask your baker about making a smaller cake to display at the reception and sheet cakes to be cut and served. 9. Ask your photographer and videogra-

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pher about decreasing the amount of coverage. Important things like the ceremony and formal photos can be covered by the pros; you can leave the reception shots to your friends and family. 10. Share your ceremony flowers with another couple marrying the same day in your house of worship. 11. Look into using potted plants or dish gardens as centerpieces. They may end up being less expensive that cut flower arrangements. 12. Costs of live bands can rise due to the number of musicians. Look to bands that can vary the size of their ensemble. 13. If you are using a DJ and all you want is music, ask about eliminating the extras such as laser lighting and/or smoke machines, and inquire about limited emcee duties. 14. Simplicity is key. Consider doing without little details such as napkins with your names and wedding date, which can be costly when added to the other small details. Bridal attire 15. Borrow a dress. Whether it is your mother’s altered to suit you or a friend’s gown that is just your size, working with an alreadyworn gown can make a substantial impact to your budget. 16. Buy a sample dress. Many bridal salons will sell, at discounted prices, the samples they have used in the store. 17. Check out bridesmaid dresses. Available in a variety of colors—including white and ivory—this option will cost considerably less and will likely be delivered in a shorter time frame. Details 18. Keep postage costs down by limiting the number of inserts and using a lightweight invitation paper. Directions can be provided through your wedding website. 19. Bargain shop for favors. Buy in bulk wherever possible to save on the per unit costs. 20. Get help from talented family and friends who are crafty, artistic, musical, etc. It will make your wedding day more personal and fun and save you a few bucks! B&G


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Honeyteer couple Liza and Charlie sit in front of a house they helped build in the Dominican Republic.

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ture of goodwill is the language that unites them. After work, they share meals with the villagers and play soccer with the children. For five days the town’s sandy streets are their own. It’s an experience most people rarely have, even fewer on their honeymoon. Volunteer vacations like this one aren’t new. Conde NastTraveler and MSNBC once polled 1,600 people and discovered that 62 percent of them were interested in participating in one.To their credit, 20 percent of people in this group had previously enjoyed one, with most of them wanting to do it again. Many couples who have previously vacationed at traditional places are now looking for something new. And turning a honeymoon into a volunteer experience—called a honeyteer—is a trend growing in popularity. Because most volunteer host organizations are in areas off the main tourist track and beyond the airport and posh resorts, couples on a honeyteer will see more of a country. They don’t mind trading in that standard hotel for the opportunity to experience daily life there by working with local people and other volunteers. Rick and Michelle are looking forward to their honeyteer this year. “This will provide us with an experience beyond the typical tourist vacation,” says Rick. “It’s important for us to start our life together as a married couple in a way that reflects our values of community support and helping others,” adds Michelle. “And we’re excited about making a deeper connection with the communities we visit.” There are many advantages to choosing a honeyteer instead of a traditional honeymoon. “For a newly married couple, participating in a cause greater than themselves may offer the perfect balance to their wedding,” says Michael Organ, executive director of Charity Guide (www.volunteerguide.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism. “Some newlyweds find it especially meaningful to start their lives together by giving back. They like the release it offers them after being caught up in some of the self-absorbing nuances of wedding planning, such as choosing the fonts for the invitations or the color of the cocktail napkins.” Not all trips are labor intensive and couples can chose from a variety of destinations in the U.S. or abroad.Whether it’s coaching soccer in the Caribbean, caring for lion cubs in South Africa, assisting with turtle nesting in Mexico or maintaining hiking trails in Utah, the possibilities are vast. There are many sites available online to help plan volunteer vacations. For example,Hands Unpacked (www.handsunpacked.com), of South Norwalk, Conn., customizes trips for private groups and individuals. Honeyteers are also a specialty. “I work closely with each couple to meet their preferences and desires,” says owner and company founder Lynn Spreadbury. “Choosing a honeyteer doesn’t mean losing the pizzazz of a honeymoon. Either before or after the project, I make sure there’s plenty of time for relaxation and romance.” Spreadbury recalls one couple who stayed at a little-known getaway that was literally carved into the side of a volcanic mountain and accessible only by boat. There they swam,


kayaked, spent a few days at a local spa, walked up a volcano and visited with a Mayan spiritual leader before topping it all off with a ride on the local chicken bus. This was their reward after a week of hard work helping out at a fair-trade organic coffee plantation benefitting 40 local families with small farms. “I give the couples an unusual packing list,” Spreadbury says, “Sunglasses, cameras, lingerie, leather work gloves, boots…” Spreadbury is well-suited for giving firsthand advice. A globe trotter herself, she’s been to almost 50 countries across five continents. And for the past seven years, she’s designed and led volunteer vacations to developing countries, helping dozens of families in need. Recently Spreadbury spent two months in Central America researching non-profits as potential partners as well as researching charming hideaways and partaking in local activities to recommend to her clients. If going on a honeyteer sounds appealing to you, there are several practical factors to consider. Contrary to what one may think, this isn’t a free honeymoon as most volunteer programs cannot fund travel expenses. Many may ask couples to pay for their room, board and other supplies, but this amount of money is usually on a par with, or less than, the cost of a traditional honeymoon. In most cases, the cause should be selected first and the destination second. Volunteer programs are available in multiple countries and some have scheduled starting and ending dates that may or may not coincide with your wedding date. You’ll also be asked to commit a certain amount of time to your project, which can vary from a few days to several weeks. Some organizations, such as Hands Unpacked, can help you navigate these details to build a customized trip that would suit your preferences. Choosing to go on a honeyteer allows couples to intertwine the romance of a honeymoon with the rewards of volunteer service.“There’s no doubt these are special couples,” Spreadbury says. “They deserve the best and should feel proud as they start their new lives together by giving back.” B&G

Finding the right trip An online search for “volunteer vacations” yields so many listings of programs and companies offering a range of trips, it could make your head spin. We found these terrific articles providing either information on how to find the right trip or lists of 10 or 15 well-known programs. Volunteer Vacations: On your next trip, give of yourself… Independent Traveler www.independenttraveler.com (type “volunteer vacations” into the search box) Top Ten Volunteer Vacations National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/ 2009/06/17/top_ten_volunteer_vacations This is an older post, but we thought it was still worth a look. Be sure to check out their other posts under the Voluntourism category. How to find the right volunteer vacation USAToday Travel http://travel.usatoday.com/news/2010-08-14volunteer-vacation-programs_N.htm 15 Eco-Friendly Volunteer Vacations the daily green: a consumer’s guide to green from GoodHousekeeping.com www.thedailygreen.com/environmentalnews/latest/eco-travel-volunteer-vacations50022309 Also an older post, and also worth a look.

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

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

E, B, D, W

$39+

Yes

Yes

250 Max

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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 (75)

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.

El Basha Restaurant (33)

E, B, D, W

256 Park Ave., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 795-0222 www.elbasharestaurant.com

Beautifully appointed, fine dining facility. Ideal for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and wedding receptions. Contact: George Sakat.

Leo’s Ristorante (33)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Mechanics Hall (29)

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.

Tuckerman Hall (36)

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

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.

Worcester Art Museum (88)

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

Exquisite spaces amidst 50 centuries of art make your special day a masterpiece. The Museum creates the perfect ambiance for an exceptional gathering. Contact: Janice Potter. E, B, D, W Varies Yes No 25/250 Yes 1 N

Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

Under $30

Under $30

Varies

Varies

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

50/120

25/125

150/425

Max 250

25/250

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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1–2

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No

No

No

No

No

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Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (70)

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 invite you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom. Contact: Christine Kelly.

Boston Marriott Newton (95)

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.

Buca di Beppo (37)

E, B, D, W

7 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Ph: (508) 792-1737 • Fx: (508) 792-1891 mcohen@bucainc.com • www.bucadibeppo.com

Buca di Beppo is an authentic family style Italian restaurant that offers fresh, flavorful Italian dining in a fun, celebratory atmosphere. Contact: Mandy Cohen.

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East of Worcester

Charter Oak Country Club (Inside Front Cover) E, B, D, W

$75 +

$30 – 50

$35 – 115

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

10/700

0/145

30/275

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

1

1

1

Yes

Yes

No

No

Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 lschiela@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 unparalleled level of service and culinary excellence. Contact: Lynnell Schiela.

Doubletree Hotel (26)

E, B, D, W

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

Experience the Doubletree difference from our first meeting to the last dance. Schedule your private tour of our contemporary ballrooms. Outdoor patio available for cocktails and ceremonies. Contact: Nicole Perron.

Grafton Inn (48)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 70

$20 – 40

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/550

30/150

Yes

Yes

2

1

Yes

Yes

25 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA 01519 Renovated historic inn serving the finest foods on the beautiful Grafton Common. Let our caring staff make your event one Ph: (508) 839-5931 • Fx: (508) 839-3999 thegrafton25@yahoo.com • www.thegraftoninn.com to remember always. Contact: Nancy Jewel.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (61)

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. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office.

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (39)

E, B, D, W

23 Pond St., Ashland, MA 01721 Ph: (508) 820-0999 • Fx: (508) 820-8779 jenn@il-forno.com • www.ilfornocatering.com

Boasting a beautiful new restaurant with large function room or small intimate room. We do it all! Call us for all your wedding and catering needs! Contact: Jennifer Timm.

Stow Acres Country Club (42)

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 (86)

E, B, D, W

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: Sales Office.

Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

$36 – 70

$30 – 50

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2/400

20/120

50/250

30/350

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

E, B, D, W

$30 – 70

Yes

Yes

20/300

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West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (59) 1430 Main St, P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 ext. 16 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com • www.worcester-wedding.com

Old Sturbridge Village (61) 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org • www.osv.org

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (35) 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 info@overlookcatering.org • www.overlookcatering.org

Periwinkles Garden Court (72) 892 Southbridge St., Rt. 20, Auburn/Oxford Line, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.periwinkles-giorgios.com

Publick House (38) 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

Salem Cross Inn (74) 260 W. Main St. (Rte. 9) W. Brookfield, MA Ph: (508) 867-8337 • Fx: (508) 867-0351 info@salemcrossinn.com • www.salemcrossinn.com

Sturbridge Host Hotel (96)

Yes

2

No

2

No

Two beautifully appointed function rooms lined with windows and outside decks that overlook a garden gazebo and picturesque New England covered bridge. Contact: Sales Office. E, B, D, W

$50 – 75+

Yes

Yes

0/250

Yes

We started planning your wedding 175 years ago! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truly timeless, unforgettable, historic – and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept. E, B, D ,W

Varies

Yes

No

15/200

Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

Yes

90/250

Yes

1

No

For 90+ people (in Café Room), included in the per-person price are: liner, cake cutting, setup/breakdown charges, and the cost of serving two different meals. Contact: Arnold Villatico, Jr. E, B, D, W

$30 – 78

Yes

Yes

Max 240

Yes

Varies

Yes

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. E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

6/225

Yes

1

No

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

$57 – 102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

2

Yes

366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA • Ph: (508) 347-7393 Fx: (508) 347-3824 •cmooney@sturbridgehosthotel.com Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention www.sturbridgehosthotel.com and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Courtney Mooney.

The Harding Allen Estate (22) Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

Zukas Hilltop Barn (15) 89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546 zukasfarm@aol.com • www.zukas.com

E, B, D, W

$73 – 94

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion — for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti. E, B, D, W

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

50/250

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

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (10) 92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com • www.arrowheadacres.com

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (27) 801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com • www.blissfulmeadows.com

Crystal Lake Golf Club (32) 100 Bronco Highway, Mapleville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com

Pleasant Valley Country Club (31) 95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 dsales@pleasantvalleycc.com www.pleasantvalley.com

Twin River (60) 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 dwing@twinriver.com • www.twinriver.com

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

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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. E, B, D, W

Under $30

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No

50/175

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1

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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. E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

No

50/200

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1

No

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

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

20/400

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1 in each bldg.

No

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

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

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

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On-Site Catering

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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: Candace Gomez.

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Courtyard by Marriott, Fitchburg CoCo Key Water Resort and Central Massachusetts Expo Center (78)

E, B, D, W

150 Royal Plaza Drive, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 602-1933 • Fx: (978) 343-4006 melissavaillancourt@cyFitchburg.com www.CourtyardFitchburg.com

Weddings by Courtyard, unlimited possibilities. The perfect mix of elegance, style and service. Our Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is capable of accommodating events for 2-2000. Contact: Melissa Vaillancourt.

Cyprian Keyes (7)

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Contact Person

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

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North of Worcester

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

$30 – 50

$30 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/275

25/500

2/2000

2/220

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1–3

1–3

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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

Harrington Farm (55)

E, B, D, W

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

Mount Pleasant Country Club

E, B, D, W

369 Cross St., Boylston, MA 01505 Ph: (508) 869-2326 Fax: (508) 869-3197 DBonci@mountpleasantcc.org www.mountpleasantcc.org

Mount Pleasant Country Club is situated on 200 pristine acres in Central Massachusetts. The clubhouse ballroom is the perfect venue for showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Contact: Don Bonci.

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (47)

E, B, D, W

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

$50 – 75

$50 – 75

$40 – 70

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/225

30/225

100/325

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1

1

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (3)

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 (45)

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.

E - Engagement Parties

Under $30

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

No

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/150

300 Max

10/400

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Yes

Yes

Yes

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No

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.

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November 20, 2011 NEW Newton, MA EXPO! www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com

January 29, 2012 NEW Burlington, MA EXPO! Presenting the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest

Bands Beauty Consultants Bridal Accessories Bridal Registries Cakes Caterers

Disc Jockeys Favors Flowers Formalwear Gowns Invitations

Jewelry Limousines On-line Wedding Sites Photographers Reception Sites and more!

Discount tickets available on-line

Huge Gown Sale!! Try on and buy ÂŽ

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BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Crown Bakery

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc.

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.

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.

BRIDAL SHOPS

Costumes

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Donation Services

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Entertainment

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Florists

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Gifts

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Hair & Makeup

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Honeymoon Spots

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Invitations

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Jewelry

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Limousines

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Massage

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Photo Booths

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Photography

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Reception Facilities

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Rentals

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334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (888) 774-3976 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

Shoes

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CAKES

Tuxedos

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Wedding Internet Services

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Elegance by Carbonneau (49) 292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 • www.mydress4less.com Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

Loren’s Bridal (14) 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.

Pronuptia Bridals (43) 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.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (18, 19)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (77) 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.

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

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

Gerardo’s Italian Bakery (11) 339 West Boylston St., West Boylston MA 01583 (508) 853-3434 gerardositalianbakery.com Specializing in custom wedding cakes, mini Italian pastries and Italian cookies. At $2.50 per slice, we have more than 50 different cake favors to choose from.

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

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (39) 27 Airport Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 345-2511 www.Ilfornocatering.com Specializing in catering, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties. 2 private function rooms. Gourmet menu design. Call our experts for planning advice.

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (39) 65 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583 (508) 835-3700 www.Ilfornocatering.com Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers. Custom gourmet menu design. Private function room for up to 100. Wedding Receptions. Call our experts for planning advice.


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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (8)

GIFTS

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.

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.

Blackstone Valley Baskets (39)

COSTUMES

FLORISTS

Halloween Costume World (47)

Danielson Flowers (79)

HAIR & MAKEUP

480 Water St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 343-6666 www.halloweencostumeworld.com Themed parties and weddings are the new trend. Thousands of costumes and accessories. 10 passenger stretch limousine available at discounted price for your themed wedding party.

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

Image Hair Salon (73)

Herbert E. Berg Florist (35)

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (43) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

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

The Jimmy Fund (94) 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 (72) 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. (93) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (76)

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!

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. 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.

Perro’s Flowers (27) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com • www.perrosflowers.com By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride's individuality.

P.O. Box 34, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 735-2325 info@blackstonevalleybaskets.com www.blackstonevalleybaskets.com Blackstone Valley Baskets provides hand-crafted favors, welcome baskets and other items that add a touch of elegance to your special day.

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.

St. Cyr Salon (37) 235 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 752-2222 dblain@stcyrsalon.com www.stcyrsalon.com As Worcester’s premier salon since 1965, we provide the ultimate salon and spa experience. Reserve our bridal suite for yourself and your bridesmaids.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (83) 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.

A chocolate lasts a moment, a smile lasts a lifetime. Help Why Me keep children smiling while facing the fight of their life. 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, personalized or pre-printed, that you may provide for your guests at each place setting.

474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (6) 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.

To place your order, contact:

Robyn Lewis (508) 757-7734 r l ewi s @whym e. or g Or v i s i t u s onl i ne a t www. whym e. or g

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INVITATIONS

MASSAGE

RECEPTION FACILITIES

The Paper Store (2)

Massage Theory

(see page 87)

20 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!

P.O. Box 395, Fiskdale, MA 01518 (717) 676-1654 higginsmassage@gmail.com Treat Yourself and your bridal party to a pre-wedding massage. Relaxing…Rejuvenating…Reinvigorating. Massage gift cards make a great gift for your bridal party!

JEWELRY

PHOTO BOOTHS

Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (1)

MA Photo Booths (8)

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!

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.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY Doros Photography (23)

RENTALS A Perfect Setting (41) (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.

Central Mass Party Rentals 124 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-5383 • www.centralmasspartyrentals.com Central Mass Party Rentals can provide professional planning, support and some of the finest special event equipment available. “We’ve got you covered.”

Elegant Linens Ltd. 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.

LIMOUSINES

315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com • www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 20 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299 to $6,000.

AA Transportation Co., Inc. (80)

HJM Photography (65)

Elegance by Carbonneau (49)

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.

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.

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!

Michelle Ghazal Photography (31)

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.

A Limo Affair, Inc. (8) 208 Main St., Oxford, MA (508) 731-0226 admin@limoaffair.net • www.limoaffair.net Your Vision, Your Day. Put your trust in us. Come see our White Wedding Trolley, Escalades and our ZEBRA Hummer. Providing excellent service and the best chauffeurs.

189 Parker St., #1 Lowell, MA 01851 (978) 804-7273 michellegazal@mac.com • www.michelleghazal.com.com Specializing in wedding’s classic, modern and photojournalistic photography style. We capture all moments of your special day and customize a package that meets your needs.

Paul S. Robinson Photography (39)

Gray’s Limousine (69, 86) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

2 South Main St., Unit 102 Uxbridge, MA 01569 (508) 278-5530 • psrstudio@verizon.com www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.

Photography by Eric Michael Klein (58)

Le Limo (59) 224B Cherry St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (800) 287-8970 info@lelimo.com • www.lelimo.com Ou award-winning service provides chauffeurs trained to create the best experience possible. We host an open house every Saturday from 12-3p.m.

24 Newland Ave., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 381-8586 Ericmkleinphotography@photo.net www.ericmkleinphotography.com Exquisite portrait photojournalism using professional grade Nikon equipment and the highest quality techniques. Prices from $1,350 to $4,000. Please send email to request sample photographs.

On your wedding day, include a cause that’s close to your heart. Our favors are a perfect way to honor your guests and help fight cancer.

jimmyfund.org/favors

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SHOES

Shoes to Dye For (25)

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (22) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

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Fall 2011  

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