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Contents Features 56 Center Stage For one-of-a-kind, show-stopping centerpieces, think outside the box Featured Venues 60 Mechanics Hall 64 Harrington Farm Articles 28 B&G one-on-one Pronuptia Bridals on wedding gowns 30 New trends in edible favors Gourmet goodies your guests will love 36 Well-groomed Pampering for the main man (or men) 42 Planning with long-distance bridesmaids How to do it 46 Play that funky—or Blues, Classical or Rock-n-Roll— music Planning the soundtrack of your day 50 A wedding gift to savor Selecting fine wines today for the toasts of tomorrow

Honeymoon 78 Small ship, big honeymoon Cruising the Greek Isles

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Planning Guide 67 You’re engaged! Now what? Top 12 things to do first 68 License to wed How and where to get it 60

70 Contract considerations The basics 72 Budget tips Ways to save 74 Changing your name? How to do it 76 Wedding timetable What to do and when

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10 Letter from the editor 13 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples Nearby Nuptials 22 Chessie Henningfield and Pasquale Totaro 26 Rachel Rude and Michael Pollier

Directories 83 Function Facility Guide 86 Wedding Resources Guide 78

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D ETAILS , DETAILS , DETAILS . W HETHER couples take six months or two years to plan their weddings, sooner or later everyone gets caught up in the details. And why shouldn’t they? It isn’t every year they plan such festive and joyous occasions. Now that you’re engaged, you’re about to embark on that wild and wonderful ride known as wedding planning. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry… we’ve got you covered with our list on page 66 of the top 12 things you should do first. Our favorites? Number 7 (get organized), number 8 (get real) and number 9 (indulge in some daydreaming). Why? Being on task, knowing what those tasks are and when they need to be completed will help you manage the planning process with aplomb. But planning doesn’t need to be all about to-do lists and number crunching. It’s also a wonderful time to let your imagination run wild when thinking about the tone and

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Nearby Nuptials

Chessie Henningfield and Pasquale Totaro September 2011 Madison, Wisconsin October 2011 Grafton, Massachusetts How they met Pasquale, a native of New England, and Chessie, who hails fromWisconsin, met when they each attended Boston University’s School of Management. But their story really doesn’t begin until their senior year of college. “During the second semester, our groups of friends began to hang out together on a more regular basis,” Chessie recalled. “Initially all the girls saw Pasquale as their‘big brother,’ but there seemed to be something more between us.” It was on a boat cruise during their senior year that Chessie finally shared her feelings with Pasquale. “Five years later, people still debate who actually made the first move.”

How they got engaged The day after her birthday, Chessie was relaxing after work and preparing to meet some friends for dinner when she walked into the kitchen to find Pasquale on his knee. “I

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stepped back and was legitimately shocked,” said Chessie, who is known for her meticulous planning and scheduling. After the initial surprise, the couple happily called their parents and friends to share their news. They eventually made it to dinner, albeit a bit late, and continued their celebration with their close friends, Katy and Alan.

Planning Chessie’s heart was set on having the wedding in Madison, Wis., however that meant some family and friends would not be able to attend. As a result, the idea for a second reception was born and became known as the “Worcester Wedding.” “We wanted to pick a month that would provide cool weather,” said Chessie. “Spring would not have left enough time to plan, so we settled on September, which allowed us to have our Worcester reception in October.” During their 16-month planning period, Chessie worked closely with her mother Bonnie and Pasquale’s mother Barbara. “Pasquale really wanted to be in-

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volved inALL of the details...,” Chessie said. “…for about two weeks. After that, he couldn't comprehend how there was a never-ending list of things to be doing.” Chessie, a consummate project manager, was content to oversee the bulk of the details herself.However,Pasquale still wanted to contribute, so he focused on the tent and music—jobs he took quite seriously, researching vendors and narrowing it down to a short list before the final decisions were made. All in all, Chessie and Pasquale thoroughly enjoyed the planning process. “We felt like it deepened our already strong relationship.” Of all the planning tasks, Chessie’s favorite was co-designing their invitations with Bonnie. “What started as a way to save money—making everything ourselves— quickly became a part-time job for us,” she recalled. “There weren’t any cost savings, but the results were completely fulfilling and we had an amazing bonding experience.” Throughout the entire planning process, Chessie and Pasquale were amazed by everyone’s eagerness to help and be involved.

Details From the start of the planning, Chessie’s mom focused on establishing a theme. However, the couple preferred to move forward without one. Their design goals centered on fun and classic mixed with modern and personal.A“T” monogram was prominent while the color palettes used in both receptions—black and white in Madison, gray and sage in Worcester—acted as a guide. Family members were called upon to provide wedding pictures to display during the


reception and included photos of both sets of parents and grandparents, and even Chessie’s paternal great grandparents. “It was a real conversation piece and fun to see the changes in style,” Chessie said. “Furthermore it was a fun family bonding across the Henningfields and Totaros.” In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to place their thumb prints on an illustration of a tree, acting as the tree’s “leaves.” Guests were instructed to sign them, making a unique keepsake for the couple. Additionally, guests filled out one of three themed cards with topics such as, “What is your favorite memory of Chessie and Pasquale as a couple,” “A wife/husband should…” and “Where do you see us in 10 years?” Table numbers might have appeared random, but each one held a special meaning for the couple. For example, 992 is the number of miles between Boston and Chicago—the distance between them for part of their courtship; 155 is the number of hours between the times they each were born; and 17 is the number of apartments Chessie and Pasquale looked at before finding their current residence. Favors were individual “platters” of Italian cookies, a staple at Pasquale family weddings. Each platter was decorated with a photo of the wedding ceremony that took place the month before.

Favorite part of the day For Chessie and Pasquale, their reception in Worcester was relaxed and all about having fun. “The most memorable part, though, was honoring our parents and grandparents,” they said. Chessie’s parents were married 36 years and her grandparents have been married for 67 years. Pasquale’s parents celebrated 33 years of marriage on the day of the reception.

Advice An experienced project manager, Chessie recommends outlining your preparation tasks in detail. “List tasks by month from the start of your planning, however long after your engagement that may be, through to the month of the wedding,” she advised. “People really tend to underestimate the number of five-minute tasks there are and how quickly they can start adding up. Once you list them, you’ll see how beneficial it is to spread them out.” B&G

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How they got engaged Michael chose to pop the question on a Sunday afternoon while he was driving Rachel to his mother’s house for dinner. He stopped the car and asked Rachel to step out so they could take some pictures. Having just come home from a weekend away, Rachel wasn’t too keen on the idea and suggested they keep going. Little did she know that Michael’s real intention was to ask her to marry him during that “impromptu” photo session. Nearing his mother’s house, Michael quickly pulled into a library parking lot, citing a problem with the tire. “As I was banging on the window telling Rachel to get my tool kit out of the glove compartment, I tried to open the door,” Michael recalled. “Of course, it was locked.” When Rachel opened the door, she found Michael on bended knee asking, “How about we get married?” Still buckled into the pas-

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senger seat, Rachel wanted to be sure this wasn’t another of Michael’s jokes so she asked him if he was serious. Michael smiled sheepishly and said that he was, and asked what she thought of the idea. Rachel excitedly said yes. Meanwhile, Michael’s mother, who knew of his plans, was anxiously awaiting their arrival. During dinner they called many relatives to share the joyous news.

Planning After going back and forth on several dates, the couple finally settled on St. Patrick’s Day—a date that celebrated their Irish heritage and was just a few days before their nine-year dating anniversary. Rachel and Michael planned their wedding together. “Despite the usual bumps and stresses that come with the planning, we both enjoyed every aspect of it.” Rachel’s favorite part of the nearly 18month-long process was creating several of the details, such as the table names (Irish drinks), the escort cards (photographs) and their personalized Anam Cara ceremony. Michael particularly enjoyed making music selections, choosing the flavors and design of

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Both wanted to capture a St. Patrick’s Day theme but didn’t want things to be overdone.The color scheme was black and white with touches of green and purple. The invitations featured ribbons and embossed shamrocks. Flower girls spread shamrock petals during the ceremony that featured traditional Irish readings and a unity candle set in a holder accented with a Claddagh symbol. Michael and Rachel made their reception entrance to the theme song of the movie Boondock Saints, donning shamrock shutter shades and Celtic hats.Toasts were made with green beer, and the cake featured Celtic shapes and black and green ribbon around the base of each tier.The tags displaying the name of the drink on each table also included a recipe on the back. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Hospital of St. Raphael Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care to honor loved ones currently battling cancer. Rachel’s bouquet featured metal cancer ribbons so she could keep her loved ones close to her heart that day. In keeping with the black-and-white theme, Rachel’s maid and matron of honor wore black dresses and the best man and groomsmen donned black vests and ties. To stand out from his attendants, Michael wore a gunmetal grey suit. Rachel accented her gown with a black satin sash and black and white shoes.


The particulars

Favorite parts of the day Michael and Rachel relished seeing every aspect of their wedding-day vision come to life. “We also loved having our entire families and closest friends there to celebrate with us,” they said. “Boogying on the dance floor to our favorite tunes was also fun.”

What guests commented on most “Our guests love the intimate feeling of the day, especially the personalized ceremony, escort cards, flowers and the four-tiered cake.”

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Advice “Stay true to yourselves and plan an event that represents you,” they advised. Their second recommendation is to include family members in the planning process wherever possible. “This makes it more meaningful and more significant for all parties involved.” Their third suggestion is to make sure you both stop to enjoy the individual moments that make up the entire wedding day. “This will help lock in the wonderful memories of the day and enable you to see all the hard work and planning come to life.” B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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q: What has been the biggest impact on your business over the years? a: The internet. It gives brides access to almost unlimited vendors online. Having a Susan Krasinskas, owner of Pronuptia Bridals inWorcester.

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website helps us when the bride and bridesmaids are from out of town or sometimes out of the country. It makes it easier for them to purchase the gowns. Problems sometimes arise from unethical websites. A bride will order a dress online and when it’s delivered she discovers it’s not the designer dress she was expecting. Sometimes

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the material or even the color isn’t what is shown online. We’ve been able to bail out a few of those brides. We hope brides realize that when they buy from a shop like ours, they’re getting personalized attention.We do our alterations right here in the same building. Reality shows, especially “Say Yes to the Dress,” have made another big impact. It really gives brides an accurate picture of what can happen when buying a dress.We have gotten to know the Kleinfelds (owners of the bridal store featured in the show) over the years through buying trips to NewYork.They are lovely people.

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Yes, we were on a segment of “Don’t Tell the Bride” where grooms are given $25,000 to plan their weddings. The brides don’t have a say in any of the details, including the dress. The groom we worked with, Joe Tagman, was the sweetest guy; his fiancée loved the dress he picked out at our shop. Having cameras here on the day he came in was exciting. People were lined up outside the store trying to peek in the windows.

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for a dress. Whether you’re getting married on a beach or in a church you’ll want a dress that’s right for you and for the occasion. Know your budget and don’t be shy—be upfront with the staff. It’s important for us to have a sense of where the wedding will be and what the budget is. Then we can do the best job for you. Also, keep an open mind. Sometimes brides have a vision and that’s great, but we’re experienced and can steer them in a direction of the right dress. Attempt to limit the number of people who will be with you when you try on wedding dresses. The more people there are, the

more opinions you will have to deal with.Try to restrict the crowd to your mother and bridesmaids. Plan to have a fitting eight weeks before the wedding, which will be followed by alterations and a final fitting two to three weeks before the big day. Also, realize that planning a wedding is a full time job so delegate. Brides shouldn’t think they have to do everything. You don’t want to be so stressed out that you just want the day to be over.

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For fall we’re seeing brides’ dresses with slits; we’ve never seen that before. Colors for bridesmaids’ dresses continue to be bright and jewel tones are still big. Strapless is still popular, though some brides have us add a cap sleeve. Bridal gowns are almost always off-white, either diamond white or ivory. One trend I don’t miss is the big sleeve of the 1980s gowns.They were so restrictive. Today brides want to be comfortable.

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hen it comes to bridal shower and wedding favors, the goal has often been to give guests something they will use. Now, the trend is to offer guests a favor that they will eat and enjoy. In addition to such perennial favorites as sugared almonds, chocolate truffles and a self-serve bar where guests scoop their own jelly beans and other candies, many creative tastes have popped up as the hot, new trends in edible favors. From chocolaty to crunchy, creamy to champagne-y, here are just a few of the top new flavors and crowd-wowing treats to consider for all of your wedding season parties. Cheesecake Pops: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like cake pops, but filled with rich, creamy cheesecake and dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate, with the possibility of the white chocolate being tinted pink, yellow, tangerine or any other color you dream up. Upscale NewYork City caterer Canard Inc. either serves these cheesecake pops in a take-home bar presentation or passes them out butler-style while

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Shortbread cookies: Also a favorite at bridal showers and as a sweet touch to the bride’s wedding breakfast, intricately designed shortbread cookies add a feminine flair to takehome treats. At Queen City Cookies in Cincinnati, Ohio, the bakers create their imprinted shortbread cookies using replicas of antique molds, some dating to the 14th century, and ice them in fine detail. Taste of Childhood: When you’re on the boardwalk or in a candy store and spot a candy from your childhood, it takes you back to your carefree days. Offering “retro” candies and treats is a welcome surprise and may be a trip back to the good old days for your guests as well. We’re talking Sno Balls, Malomars, Malomilks, Candy Dots and everyone’s favorite, Rice Krispie Treats, updated with mixed-in flavors and topped with white chocolate drizzle. Chocolate Bark: Easy to make yourself and definitely gourmet when you buy it from Godiva with mixed-in nuts or chocolate chunks, bark is a top take-home favor. These flat chocolate squares package up easily in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon, or placed in flat craft boxes with your recipe included. Seasonal Chocolates: In autumn, serve up maple-flavored truffles. In winter, indulge your guests with peppermint-tinged chocolates. In spring, purchase apricot, peach and vanilla truffles with pastel-colored drizzle on top from Godiva. And summer is the perfect time for a key-lime truffle or berry-filled chocolates. Popcorn Balls: Sugar Rush Candy Couture in the Phoenix, Ariz., area has taken the simple popcorn ball and styled it up with different colors and flavors, sprinkled with edible pearl luster dust. Macarons: Not to be confused with the traditional coconut and almond drop cookie macaroons, the macaron is the hottest favor trend right now. Commonly referred to as the “heir to the cupcake trend,” macarons are light and airy almond meringue sandwich cookies. The top layer is domed and the bottom layer is flat and the meringue gives the outer shell a tasty little crunch while the cake and fillings provide a creamy, soft taste. Traditional flavors include chocolate, raspberry, lemon and traditional almond, and bakers are whipping up gourmet flavors such as hazelnut and brown butter, chocolate banana,

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candied violet, pistachio rose, and even a peanut butter and jelly variation. Macarons are often brightly-hued. In fact, you may remember them from the Sophia Coppola movie Marie Antoinette. New flavors are launched each season just like new fashion trends are, making this fabulous little cookie perfect for the fashionista bride who wants her favors to reflect her style. Some additional edible favors that are sending guests home happy include tiny pots of organic honey with personalized labels; bottles of gourmet barbecue sauce; fudge squares in seasonal flavors; packets of spices; unique nut mixes such as Brazil nuts and macadamias; and, of course, a boxed mini cupcake, but with a cocktail-flavored kick such as champagne-flavored frosting, a mojito flair or even Guinness Stout for co-ed bridal showers. Not all edible favors are wrapped up with ribbons. Celebrity event planner Jung Lee of Fête in New York City says that more brides and grooms are arranging for food trucks to be parked outside of wedding receptions, with departing guests choosing from mini Cuban sandwiches, pulled pork sliders, gourmet fries in cones, shrimp po’-boy sliders, even Sprinkles cupcakes and much more. The last taste of your wedding makes the greatest, lasting impression on your very happy guests, and edible favors are a new “statement” treat for the perfect finishing touch to your big day or bridal shower. B&G Sharon Naylor is the author of more than 35 wedding books, including Your Wedding,Your Way and Bridesmaid on a Budget. www.sharonnaylor.net


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First, the essentials. “A haircut is a must,” saidVicki Manchester of Hey Good Look’N Salon and Relaxation Center in Lunenburg. Ultimately, a groom’s hair should reflect his “confidence, style and masculinity,” according to New Image Salon in Burlington, and without pulling attention away from his bride. And if the groom’s party comes along? Barbers can create a unifying look. Also worth consideration are the hands. If

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be’s nails and add a clear polish (don’t flinch… that’s totally optional) for around $10 (for guys who work with their hands, though, that cost will go up). Tu Moda’s “MANicure,” meanwhile, runs for $19 and similarly encompasses cuticle grooming, elimination of calluses and dead skin, and a massage and buff. If the groom is willing to go that far, he might also consider a pedicure. As it does for women, the process includes a whirlpool foot soak, scrub, callus treatment, moisturizing massage, and nail shaping and buffing. (Addons may include exfoliating and hydrating masks.) Prices range from $25 to around $50. “It’s very relaxing because feet hold so much tension,” Manchester pointed out. Another sure way to relax before the big day is with a massage, and at a spa you’ll have your pick: Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone and ashiatsu (during which a therapist grips ceiling bars and delicately walks barefoot on the client’s back).


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indicated that guys needn’t be bashful, or go it alone. “It usually takes a companion the first time,” Alberts said. But then? “They usually end up coming back on their own.” For privacy’s sake, Hey Good Look’N has a secluded pedicure room, whileTu Moda has a Roman-themed couple’s suite outfitted with a Jacuzzi, murals and pillars. There are also couple’s packages that match spa dates with a lunch or dinner, which, in Hey Good

Look’N’s case, can include a night at the WachusettVillage Inn inWestminster (a package that costs approximately $425, according to Manchester). Hey Good Look’N is also putting together a special groom’s package that will include other activities, such as golfing at the Westminster Country Club and tours at Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster. Meanwhile, other spas, includingTu Moda, offer special men’s packages that pair up massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and lunches (ranging from $329 to $369 in Tu Moda’s case). But whatever you decide to do, the goal is simple: To relax and look your best on what will inevitably be one of the most memorable days of your life. As Manchester noted, even if men aren’t as involved in the intimate, nittygritty details of the wedding as their future wives might be, the decisions, conversations, costs and other details still weigh on them. “It stresses them out,” she said. “It’s nice to come in and relax before the wedding so they can enjoy it more with their brides.” “Many people get caught up with pre-wedding planning and they can tend to neglect the fact that it’s a day about them and their partner,” said Alberts. “Come in, relax and take some time to pamper yourself a little bit. It’s well-deserved. It’s important.” B&G Taryn Plumb is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Worcester.

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thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to happen if you have even one long-distance bridesmaid, let alone all of your attendants living in different time zones. Still, the distance shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get you down as todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology will come to the rescue, allowing you to meet virtually with your maids.You can even use online file-sharing options, which could add up to a far more organized planning process than if your bridesmaids all lived nearby. Here are the top ten ways to plan with your faraway friends: 1. Skype. Everyone has free access to a Skype account, which allows people to see and talk to each other in real time (regular phone rates may apply). By providing the chance to see each other, talk all together in real time, share ideas and share your enthusiasm, this is a wise meeting style. However, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect everyone to Skype in once a week, since everyone is busy and a too-rigid meeting schedule can soon feel like a chore. Ask them when the best day and time would beâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for example, once a monthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be happy knowing they had some say in the scheduling. 2. Online file sharing. Check your computer to see if you have Microsoft OneNote, a digital catch-all that will allow you to organize the many dresses and accessories that you, your maid of honor and bridesmaids will find. When you â&#x20AC;&#x153;dropâ&#x20AC;? a dress image into OneNote, the imageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s URL is automatically entered, so no more spending hours trying to find the originating site or store that had that one gorgeous dress that everyone loved. With a file-share site, bridesmaids can log in and place their dress suggestions, which may help them stick to their budgets, and enable everyone to see all of the options at once. As a plus, OneNote also gives you a place to drop emails, articles and other content that everyone should see. 3. Get together during a holiday weekend. If everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning to be in town for Thanksgiving or for your high school reunion, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great time to plan a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; day out. Take your gal pals out for breakfast or brunch, and cap off your girl time with some smart planning. 4.Send smarter emails.When you have a dress image to show your bridesmaids, send the URL of the site, not the dress image as an at-


tachment. Some image files can be quite large and can take up valuable memory space. 5. Set earlier deadlines. With everyone so far away, you won’t be an in-person reminder to send in their size measurements or dress deposits. Try setting their deadlines at least two weeks earlier than you need to, which may help keep everyone on point and your stress level low. 6. Don’t be shy about checking in. If a deadline is looming, it’s perfectly okay to send an email or call to say, “Hey, just a friendly reminder that the sizes and deposits are due next Monday. I have to submit the entire group’s order by then, and everyone would get smacked with a per-person rush fee if we miss the deadline.” The idea of being the late one, and costing others extra money, is often the greatest motivator possible. 7. Make sure all of the dresses are ordered in one place. Designers’ dresses are often manufactured at different production centers across the country and the world and, as such, colors can vary slightly.You can avoid such inconsistencies by ordering all of the dresses from one store. 8. Arrange for safe shipping on those dresses. If your or the dress shop’s plans are to ship dresses to each maid, be sure to get those packages insured and make sure they have tracking numbers so you (and she) can follow each parcel. Many brides pick up the shipping fee to give their bridesmaids a budget break. The same goes if you’ve arranged for the shoes to be dyed together in one lot. 9.Ask to see choose-your-own dresses. If you’re a bride who simply says, “Pick a black dress to wear,” be sure to request a photo of your bridesmaids in their dresses, or a link to what they wish to get.This will help you to ensure their choices coordinate and match the formality of the big day. 10. Be yourself first, bride second. Keep your pre-wedding relationship by asking them what’s going on in their worlds.You should call just to talk, connect via Facebook and support their goals. Friendships need to be nurtured across the miles, so make it a high priority to put wedding talk aside once in a while. B&G

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f music be the food of love, play on.” In the first line of his play Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare weaves together timeless themes. Music has the power to stir the soul, warm the heart and inspire us to celebrate. If only the soundtrack of your wedding could do all that. Whether you walk down the aisle to an Elizabethan madrigal, bop around the ballroom to the strains of the latest pop song or rock the house to a heavy metal beat, choosing the perfect blend of music to underscore your wedding day can be a challenge. “It all comes down to details,” said Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg, based in Fitchburg. “Some couples want a quiet low-key affair, others want high energy all the way through. Personal touches define the mood and influence the pace.”

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Fligg asks prospective brides and grooms to single out specific goals. For example, do they want a mellow playlist for their Sunday garden wedding or an all-out party vibe for their Saturday night reception? “Their music selections should reflect who they are,” he said. Recently, Fligg worked with a couple who are diehard sports fans and incorporated Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots theme songs into their wedding mix. Such splashes of creativity can really liven up the festivities.

Lauren and Josh Martunas enjoy video games, so for their April 2012 nuptials at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, they used orchestrated versions of video game music during the dinner service. “It was great to see guests get excited when they recognized a song,” Lauren recalled.Their dance set was geared towards a younger crowd, with“oldies”tunes reserved for the slow dances. As a result, “everyone complimented us on our choice of DJ and how much fun they had.”

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If the to-be-weds each have different music tastes, compromise can often produce harmony. “My fiancé and his friends enjoy country music, but I’m not a fan,” admitted brideto-be Allison Reardon. But after watching them kick up their heels to country songs at other receptions, she is now “completely on board” with adding a C&W flavor into her May 2013 wedding to Steve Bowker.The pair has also started to compile playlists in several categories, including “Please Play,” “Play if Possible” and “Please DO NOT Play,” which they will provide to their music specialist, Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting. Their final song choices are, “a work in progress.” For his clients, Bedard outlines four simple rules for song selection. Rule number one is, “Trust your DJ.” According to Bedard, an experienced DJ or band leader will know how to read a crowd. Rule number two is, “Don’t use pre-programmed lists” while rule number three emphasizes choosing songs that “you know will make you or your guests dance.” And rule number four encourages couples to be realistic about the number of songs that can be played at a reception. “Most receptions allow for 30 to 40 songs, which equates to approximately two-and-ahalf hours for the open dance floor,” Bedard said. “It’s very easy [for couples] to end up with way more [songs] than that.” Marcella Corcoran and Jim Lynch successfully combined their list of their favorite and most-often-played songs from their iTunes list with Bedard’s music portal during their June 2012 wedding at The Harrington Farm in Princeton. Marcella also recommends “keeping mental notes of favorite songs heard on the radio.” Dave Long, president and director of operations for Festive Events Inc., based in Plymouth, has worked with couples who wanted lots of winter-wonderland music for holiday-themed weddings as well as those who simply banned all seasonal songs. One memorable bride insisted on having “endless” Grateful Dead dance jams. “There is no right or wrong,” said Long. “One person’s idea of perfection may be another’s nightmare.” Lest we forget the more formal aspects of the wedding soundtrack: those for the ceremony, cocktail and dining hour, entrances


and specialty dances, such as the bride and her father. “Couples are getting away from traditional options,” Long said. “Instead of walking down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ I’m seeing brides go with Natalie Cole, Jason Mraz and other contemporary artists.” For bridal party entrances, “songs relating to the occupations or hometowns of the individuals are popular.” For their 2011 NewYear’s Day wedding at The Biltmore in Providence, R.I., Steve and Shannon Luttge’s bridal party intros were set to different one-hit wonders. “This was the only time that many of them would be paired… sort of their own ‘one’ hit,” said Shannon. Having soft jazz played during dinner allowed guests to converse. “We had been to a wedding before ours where they played dance music, very loudly, during the meal,” added Steve. “It was impossible to have any sort of conversation.” Shannon and Steve’s music specialist, Rick Lataille of Arpeggio Wedding Disc Jockeys in Smithfield, R.I., customized their soundtrack to suit their needs. Lataille often matches music to the couples’ interests or heritage as well as the season or the venue. “For example, cocktail music will set the tone for the rest of the reception. Music by Frank Sinatra or easy listening works well for hotels or banquet facilities,” Lataille said. “Beach weddings call for a Jimmy Buffett or Bob Marley feel. Our philosophy is to play whatever the bride and groom wants us to, but if they want to go

in a direction that is not going to work, we will let them know.” “We wanted music that our friends and family were familiar with,” said Kathryn Favulli who married Brad Kozub in March 2012 at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. “Our playlist had a wide range. It was helpful to Google‘music hits,’ which gave us more songs to choose from.” Sometimes, nothing can replace the thrill of hearing live music. “Performers can truly

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producer. Its pink-colored sparkling wine almost glows in a clear glass and the label, featuring gold, salmon and magenta print on white, makes a beautiful presentation. For a fifth anniversary gift the choices become a bit more challenging. Most white wines will have a hard time lasting for five years unless they are stored in near-perfect conditions, but most of France’s better white Burgundies, such as Meursault, Chassagne or Puligny-Montrachet, would be great choices.

Louis Latour, Louis Jadot and Olivier Leflaive are all larger Burgundy producers who make consistently good white wines that will last at least five years.White Burgundy wines are made from the chardonnay grape, but are a bit lighter and drier than their California counterparts and have a unique minerality in their flavor profile from the limestone soil in which the grapes are grown. For red wines, a Pinot Noir from Oregon or California would be a wonderful selection.

After the release of the movie Sideways, Pinot Noir became one of the more popular reds and today, many produced on the West Coast are the best they have ever been. Look for Hartford Court from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Etude from Carneros in Napa Valley, Goldeneye from Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, Chalone in Monterey County and Fiddlehead in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita Hills. The Willamette Valley in Oregon has also become known for quality Pinot Noir. Some of the more well known, high quality producers are Sokol Blosser, Archery Summit and Penner-Ash. Argyle Winery in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley has a reserve level and single vineyard Pinots that are some of the best anywhere in the world outside of Burgundy France. When selecting wines to be enjoyed on the 10th anniversary, the choices get even slimmer and usually somewhat more expensive. As a general rule, the more expensive the wine the older it should be when it is consumed. So, if you are thinking of getting a California Cabernet Sauvignon you will most likely select a reserve wine from one of the better vintages from Napa Valley. In 2007, Robert Mondavi, Beringer and Chateau Montelena (of the movie Bottle Shock) all made high-scoring and great wines, but a favorite is Beaulieu Vineyards “Georges de Latour” 2007 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If the lucky couple prefers white wine, the 52 Fall

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choices are limited even more. Other than a White Burgundy, some of the few white wines that will last 10 years are from France’s Alsace or RhoneValley regions. Hermitage Blanc and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from the Rhone Valley, for example, start to show really well at about 10 years of age.Two additional wines to consider are Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blancs from Domaine du Vieux Telegraph and Chateau de Beaucastel. Another great choice is Trimbach’s Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile

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from the Alsace region. This is a dry, single vineyard Riesling whose lifespan exceeds 20 years and is a great foil for lobster and other crustaceans. Italy’s Tuscany is another fantastic region for wine and will provide plenty of great choices for a gift to be savored. Chianti Classico Riserva as well as Brunello di Montalcino are just starting to show their best traits as is Rufino, a very well known and reliable producer. Other favorites include Castello Vicchiomaggio, Il Molino di Grace, Castello di Monastero, Canonica a Cerreto, San Felice and Monsanto. Brunello di Montalcino will be a step up in price and quality from Chianti Classico Riserva and maybe just slightly more romantic as well.These wines are made from grapes harvested from the slopes of the hilltop town of Mantalcino in southern Tuscany, which is one of the most popular medieval walled cities in Italy and the source of one of its best wines. Perhaps the top three choices of Brunello are Banfi, CastelGiocondo and Siro Pacenti. Another option from this part of Italy would be the “Super Tuscans” from producers such asAntinori, Ornellaia or Sette Ponti. These wines are highly sought after and, stylistically, tend to be more of a cross between French and Californian wines rather than traditional Italian. Whether the lucky couple enjoys just white wine or all wines, there are plenty of options at several price levels. A wedding gift of wine for the first, fifth and 10th anniversaries as a three bottle set from the producers mentioned here will average in price anywhere from $100 to $400 plus packaging. The wines described here are only a few of the many options available to you. Everyone has different tastes in wine and there is definitely wine for everyone’s tastes. It just takes a bit of searching and sampling to find the right selection. B&G Tim Korby has been selling wine one way or another since January 1976, working in retail stores (as he does now), restaurants and for wholesale wine companies. He has trained many retail and restaurant staff and has taught college wine courses.Tim travels the world regularly to keep his wine knowledge up to date and his wine relationships strong.


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nce the vows are exchanged and you’re showered with an overwhelming bouquet of congratulations, it’s time for you, your wedding party and adoring guests to settle in and break bread in honor of your nuptials. Small or tall, sensational or subtle, the centerpieces may be the single most important décor element that will set the tone for your wedding day design scheme. Crafting table arrangements with a dynamic look and feel can be achieved with a well-thought-out plan and a talented hand.

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Staying contained While flowers in vases will always create ambiance, many of today’s extraordinary centerpiece designs incorporate the most unexpected elements and containers, including birdcages, lighthouses, mason jars, cake plates, wooden crates and more. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Look for inspiration in magazines and on wedding-related websites, as well as content sharing sources such as Pinterest. Most florists will be able to locate or rent a variety of containers, but brides on a budget often start months ahead of time, scouring tag sales and thrift shops for the perfect finds at bargain prices. Joan Moreschi, the tenured wedding specialist at Hebert E. Berg Florist in Worcester, said brides are increasingly approaching her with their own unique containers, which she is delighted to transform into ericaewingphotography.com eye-catching centerpieces. “Sometimes they’re all different sized containers, but we carry the same theme throughout,” she said, which can be accomplished via the same flowers or colors to create a distinctive but cohesive look. Moreschi more recently worked with a bride who collected different types of mason jars to fashion a shabby chic tablescape that merged both elegance and charm. Another added benefit of “bring your own” containers is that wedding guests can bring home the centerpieces to enjoy and reuse after the big day. “I wanted my guests to be able to take the centerpieces home and appreciate them,” said Lauren Culley, who married husband Matt this past June at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston. “If you aren’t too worried about having matching containers for your centerpieces, yard sales and flea markets can be great places to pick up unique glassware.” The couple created terrarium centerpieces from apothecary jars to complement the surroundings of their venue. If you’re taking the DIY route, Lauren suggests using coupons for local craft stores to acquire materials at good prices, as well as looking for greenery and plants at local nurseries or hardware stores. “I used moss and rocks to add a more natural element to my terrariums,” she added.

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While flowers have long been used for centerpieces and event décor, incorporating fruit into design schemes has become an increasingly popular trend. A bowl full of punchy yellow lemons adds a fresh, cheerful milieu. Lime or orange slices submerged in glass vases tied with raffia or ribbon make for an unexpected surprise. They can also be used in the vase as a colorful base for floating candles or bright blooms crowning the piece. Woven baskets also make for a charming container, as do wooden fruit crates—especially for a rustic, al fresco affair. Moreschi said apples are particularly popular centerpiece features in the fall. Fruit can also be blended into casual, less fussy centerpieces or dressed up for a more elegant appeal. Green or purple artichokes are not only delicious, but add volume, color and texture all at once. Experienced florists like Moreschi can incorporate them into pieces with flowers of complementary or contrasting hues. Pears are also widly popular (often placed with a fun play on words reminding guests that the bride and groom are the perfect “pair”). Fruits and vegetables in their natural state or on the vine lend an organic vibe. Grapes, lemons, apples and peaches all can be incorporated into centerpieces and also last longer than typical flowers. In addition to these aesthetic benefits, fruits and vegetables are often budget-friendly components. Of course, some centerpieces can be made for guests to devour throughout your festive fête. Edible Arrangements, known nationwide for fresh fruit baskets and fruit bouquets, makes colorful, completely palatable centerpieces. The company’s wedding collection, called “the perfect marriage of taste and style,” makes for a sweet alternative to traditional centerpieces. Choose one theme throughout, such as “daisies” constructed of fresh cut fruit, or a cacophony of flavors courtesy of fresh mango wedges, juicy kiwi slices, strawberries, grapes, pineapple daisies and cantaloupe all arranged in a mouthwatering display. For something decadent as a centerpiece or after-dinner delectable décor, consider gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries, bananas, fruit truffles and other sweet fruits. (This is another alternative to the trendy chocolate fountain.) triciamccormackphotography.com


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Setting the stage Whether consisting of a collection of floating candles, ostrich plumes en masse or whimsical wisteria cascading over candelabras, centerpieces are charged with setting the mood at the reception. For a vintageinspired wedding, consider making eye-catching antiques or an unexpected object the focal point of your centerpiece. A decades-old typewriter, an art-deco square crystal vase, an old-fashioned camera or even a shabby chic weathered coffee can festooned with ribbon or raffia and brimming with soft pink peonies would make for creative showstoppers with a one-of-a-kind twist. Moreschi recalled having a bride who wanted to use her collection of beautiful compote dishes that she collected from antique shops well in advance of the wedding day.The dishes were each distinct but lent a polished, authentic look and feel to the tablescape. Table shapes (round or rectangular), how many places setting at each table, colored or textured linens, bright or traditional gold Chiavari chairs, or chair covers—each component plays a role in the overall design scheme of the reception. “Linens are very important as they create the feel of the room,” said Joanna Thomas of Perro’s Flowers in Worcester. “We’ll go in with crystals, rose petals, candles, bud vases, sand and shells,” said Moreschi. “Feathers are also popular,” said Thomas. “We’ve incorporated them into a variety of bouquets and centerpieces.” These components are not relegated to just the centerpieces. Seating card displays, cake tables,Viennese tables, gift DIY favors to tables—all are areas that can be adorned with complement florals that compleDIY centerpieces. ment the centerpieces.

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The big picture Ultimately, the floral design is about more than just the centerpiece, Moreschi said. The entire table set-up, linens and chairs should work together to create a consistent presentation. Bride Lauren Culley agreed. “You aren’t likely to know what your centerpieces are going to be before you even select your venue, but once you choose a location for your wedding, I think having an appropriate centerpiece style will help other wedding details fall into place, such as place cards, linens and extra decor details.” Though admittedly a tough critic when it comes to her own work, Culley admits the end result was beautiful. “Especially when paired with our venue at a botanic garden,” she said. “Our other details, such as our green, earthy colors, hand-carved wooden place cards and birch bark table markers all enhanced the natural theme and feeling that our B&G wedding had.” Andrea McHugh, who writes from Newport, R.I., is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Where to find them Herbert Berg Florist 19 Blackstone River Rd. Worcester, MA 01607 www.bergflorist.com melissastimpson.com

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“It’s memorable, unique, versatile,” said Sharon Onorato, the Hall’s sales director. “It’s an historic building, but it’s also a living, breathing building.”And on your wedding day, she added, “it’s alive.” Built in 1857 by local architect Elbridge Boyden, this landmark Worcester building is a renowned setting for musical events of all kinds—and one that can also serve as an exquisite backdrop for your wedding and reception. The Hall hosts roughly 30 weddings per year in all seasons, any day of the week, and is more than an attraction for local couples: its majestic architecture and genuine class entice the soon-to-be-wed from all over the country. “It has become a site for destination weddings,” Onorato explained. “Brides are coming now from all over.” The charming site, which is a nonprofit owned and operated by theWorcester County Mechanics Association and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, can be rented for five-hour blocks during any part of the day (with an option to add time for an additional fee).Although the site doesn’t publicize its prices because they’re variable and subject to change, all weddings come with personal planning services, the use of professional bar and hospitality staff, a red carpet entrance, a champagne toast, free parking, coat check and security services, and essentials such as tables, chairs, seating cards, linens, napkins and towels. Couples and their guests likewise get use of the entire building.This includes the Great Hall, the Washburn and Waldo Lobbies, Washburn Hall and smaller spaces, such as the Board Room, the Green Room, the Dickens Room and the Boyden Salon. Mechanics Hall allows the caterer of your choice, although the vendor will have to comply with a catering contract, according to Onorato. Meanwhile, there are numerous choices for bar services, including a hosted bar or a cash bar, as well as the option of various audiovisual and lighting elements, and the use of a 20-by-20-foot screen in the Great Hall. Ultimately, the Hall can accommodate up to 450 with a dance floor, and up to 600 if you’re not planning on including dancing as part of your reception. But don’t feel that your event must have a guest list of hundreds; the site has hosted much smaller weddings, as well.

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“The room is almost like a chameleon,” said Onorato. “The size of your wedding really doesn’t matter.” Similarly, Mechanics Hall staff are wellversed in all manner of weddings, no matter the religious or ethnic influence, as the Hall has been host to large and lavish traditional Indian weddings, as well as more subdued Orthodox Jewish affairs. As Executive Director Bob Kennedy described it, the setting has the ultimate “wow factor” for any event. To begin, guests walk up a red carpet at the Hall’s front, street-side entrance; inside, they are greeted by tuxedoed ushers and classical music before making their way across wall-to-wall maroon carpets and up a luxurious main staircase. Guests who arrive through the Waldo Lobby at the rear entrance will marvel at the enclosed glass space showcasing the building’s former brick façade. A cocktail hour takes place in the second-floor Washburn Hall, which has three entry doors beset by original ticket booths. Inside is a small stage, a full-service bar and baby grand pianos. Up another set of stairs is the Great Hall, the setting for the reception and a marvel of Italianate architecture. This grand space features 40-foot-high ceilings, shiny oak floors, chandeliers and a balustrade balcony rimmed with portraits of historical figures, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield. Lest we forget the pièce de résistance: a 52stop, 3,504-pipe Hook Organ in62 Fall

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stalled in 1864, which happens to be the oldest, unaltered four-keyboard pipe organ in its original setting in the Western Hemisphere. Adjacent to the Great Hall is the Boyden Salon, with brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Dickens Room, named for the famous writer who visited the Hall along with many other illustrious guests. Should you choose to have your ceremony on site as well, you’ll exchange vows on the Great Hall stage, which will be set simply like a chapel. During the cocktail hour, the space will be transformed into your reception area. Meanwhile, the wedding party will have

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use of the Green Room, which features a long, full-length mirror and three dressing rooms, as well as the Board Room off the Washburn Lobby. As for photos? Take your pick of backdrops. “There are so many spots to get unique photos,” said Onorato. In the end, the staff’s meticulous attention to detail will help to ensure a truly memorable, hassle-free occasion. The newlyweds and their families “do not have to worry about a thing when they’re here,” said Onorato. In fact, she often tells couples, bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents to not even wear watches. “It’s all about them, and it’s all about making their memory here.” B&G Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. BellaArteImagery.com

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xchange rings and vows on a stone patio encircled by a bounty of colorful flowers. Enjoy a post-ceremony cocktail beneath a tent bathed in the warm light emanating from rice paper and copper lanterns. Celebrate, feast, toast and take your first dance as newlyweds in a banquet room with lofted ceilings, rustic posts and beams, and a field stone fireplace. This is Harrington Farm—a picturesque, bucolic and classic New England setting for your wedding, no matter the season.

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“It’s very fairy tale, very private,” saidTraci Swenson, wedding planner and senior sales executive for the 20-acre site nestled away onWestminster Road in Princeton. “It’s beautiful up here, even in the dead of winter. Each season has its charm.” The site, which dates to 1763 and was once a working dairy farm, can accommodate 220 guests and offers four packages for your most celebrated of days. All options provide for a five-hour reception and a half-hour ceremony (should you choose to wed on site), and if you need or want additional time, you can purchase it, according to Swenson. During whatever block of time you choose, this beautiful, pastoral site is all yours. To begin, the wedding party can gather in several rooms on the second floor of the white farmhouse, which features a wrap-around turquoise porch, to make their preparations. For the ceremony, you’ll cross the impeccably landscaped and emerald green grounds


rimmed with rock walls to a round patio set with large Goshen stones. This patio can fit 200, according to Swenson, and in summer is swathed in flowers—marigolds, petunias, hydrangeas, cosmos, dahlias and more. Willows, birches and dogwoods stand nearby in quiet repose and down below is a natural pond with a waterfall. Across the street, a giant field rustles in the breeze. Should inclement weather be a factor, backup options are available: A ceremony may be held in front of the banquet hall’s fieldstone fireplace. After the “I Dos,” guests can make their way to a Sperry tent (made from sailcloth) that boasts a full wood floor and is set with a bar, tables, couches and chairs. Cocktail hours can be held in the tent from May to October. And if it gets chilly, the sides are clear so it can remain closed, keeping your party warm while still allowing everyone to enjoy the pastoral view.

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For the reception, guests will move inside to the spacious, 4,000-square-foot post-andbeam style banquet hall. Some of its flourishes include elegant chandeliers; a 20-footby-20-foot dance floor; a brand-new bar crafted from reclaimed Cypress; and side doors that open to a blue stone patio surrounded by greenery. For even more of a rustic feel, couples can opt to rent custom made Black Walnut farm tables that seat 10. All the packages—Seasonal, Classic, Signature and Luxe—offer a dizzying array of options for food, drinks, flow, décor, linens, stemware and dinnerware. Per-head prices range from $62 to $185, while standard site fees are from $450 to $900, and on-site ceremonies are from $450 to $850. All packages have a guest minimum of at least 80. Ultimately, customization is encouraged, with Harrington Farm staff helping to arrange details with preferred vendors such as florists, bakers, DJs, and Justices of the Peace. “Everybody wants their wedding to be unique and different,” Swenson said, “So we’ll help you do whatever it is you want to do.” One of the most important parts of your reception is undoubtedly the food and the

mouth-watering choices here are made fresh from ingredients grown nearby or right on Harrington’s grounds.The farm’s organic garden bursts with numerous herbs such as chives, scallions and garlic, which executive chef Wendy Rennie works into her unique and inspired dishes. The garden also features a bounty of tomatoes, zucchini, jalapeño peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, parsnips and sugar snap peas. Meanwhile, Harrington sources its other ingredients from various New England farms, including Grafton Village Cheese and Misty Knoll Farms, both in Vermont, Northeast Oceans inWoburn, and North Orchard Farm in Monson. The special couple has their pick of various hors d’oeuvres, salads and entrées—including chicken, duck, pork, beef, seafood and vegetarian options—ranging in number and variety, and offered up in their choice of plated or buffet/station selections, depending on the chosen package. Some of the more popular choices include chilled honeydew

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shooters with organic mint and ginger ale; mini mugs of clam chowder; mini beef sliders; sliced beef tenderloin with a green peppercorn and whiskey sauce; pan-seared chicken breast with prosciutto, spinach and aged provolone with mushroom Marsala; and, at the carving station, free-range cider-glazed turkey with roasted garlic and sage aioli, or steamship of pork with spiced rum baste and port sauce. Brides- and grooms-to-be can also choose to add deluxe dessert stations or dessert embellishment plates for an additional fee, while those who sign on for the Signature and Luxe packages will get a custom-designed wedding cake. As for the drinks? “We probably have some of the most flexible bar packages available,” said Swenson, who noted that Harrington’s bar is stocked with top-shelf scotches, cognacs, tequilas and cordials, as well as a variety of domestic and imported beers, mixed drinks, seasonally inspired cocktails and nonalcoholic options. If you want to go all out, select the Luxe package. In addition to numerous food choices, it includes the use of crystal glassware, your pick of any available linens (Damask, faux silk and Dupioni, among others), use of Chiavari chairs and a five-hour open bar, as well as wine service during dinner. But whatever the package plan, a wedding here is sure to be a beautiful, unique and unforgettable experience. As Swenson noted of the site and its packages, “there’s nothing around that’s even comparable.” B&G Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.


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You’re engaged! Now what? Top 12 things to do first  Announce it. If you’re like most couples, you’ll be hard pressed to keep this news to yourself for too long. Traditionally, parents and close family are the first to get the news (directly from you, either in person or by phone) followed by close friends. Just be sure that those closest to you are in the know first, particularly before you change your Facebook status or start Tweeting. Certain neighbors, co-workers and other people you see everyday will catch on quickly once they espy your new accessory.

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Insure it. If your betrothed put a ring on it, make sure you get it appraised and added to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy a.s.a.p.

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Set a “date.” After “Congratulations!” the most common thing people will say is, “Have you set a date?” Finding the right venue can take some time, but you can still provide a “good-enough” answer, such as “We’d love to get married in the fall, so we’re looking at available dates.”

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Get going on the guest list. Knowing how many people you want present on that soon-tobe special day will help you determine other

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important planning tasks, like finding an appropriate venue and setting a budget. Even starting a preliminary list will help get your planning started. Determine who will pay. Whether it’s your parents, your fiancé(e)’s parents, both sets of parents or simply the two of you, before any planning can seriously begin you’ll need to determine who is financing the event.

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

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

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Get real. Is planning your forté? Are you known as an effective project manager? Do you have a way with people? Even the most organized and savvy of us need help every now and again—especially when schedules are already maxed out. Once you have an idea of what type of wedding you want, consider getting some help, whether from a wedding planner or from family and friends.

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only in your own mind? By spending some time letting your imagination run wild, you may come up with some unique ideas that could turn out to be more doable than you think. In this case, creativity may be the mother of invention. Get the scoop. If some of your friends have recently gotten married, they will be wonderful resources. Be sure to ask them about their experiences—what worked or didn’t work and why—as it may help you to avoid some pitfalls along your way.

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

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Planning Guide License to wed 

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

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

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


place in the presence of the officiant and two witnesses age 18 years or older. Detailed marriage requirements for the state may be found online at: 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.

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 Auburn

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25 West St., Room 5 978-534-7536 www.leominster-ma.gov

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

Hopkinton 18 Main St. 508-497-9710 www.hopkinton.org

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Worcester 455 Main St., Room 206 508-799-1121 clerk@ci.worcester.ma.us www.ci.worcester.ma.us

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


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

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

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Planning Guide Ways to Save Budget tips  The planning has officially begun. You’ve worked out a preliminary guest list and are taking a hard look at your available funds. But are the numbers not crunching the way you’d 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.

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Track your expenses regularly to see how the numbers work with your budget. That way you’ll know right away if costs are getting out of control.

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Plan well in advance. Time, as they say, is money. The more of it you have, the more money you can save.

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Get married in the “off season.” Popular times of year are more expensive than others. Look to the months of winter and early spring for available dates and discounted pricing.

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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 provide better rates.

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Look to your own backyard (or someone else’s). Whether it’s for a ceremony and/or reception, you know the owner so there won’t be any rental fees!

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If you’re 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 limiting emcee duties.

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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.

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Cut the list. This is probably the toughest action to take, but reducing your head count is a sure-fire way to save big.

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Ask your reception facility or caterer where you can trim costs. Options such as a beer-and-wine-only bar or serving fewer hors d’oeuvres or desserts can yield significant savings.

Borrow a dress. Whether it’s your mother’s altered to suit you or a friend’s gown that is just your size, working with a previously-worn gown means that you’re paying for alterations only. Just be sure to get a qualified seamstress to do the job.

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Buy a sample dress. Many bridal salons will sell, at discounted prices, the samples they’ve used in the store.

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Check out bridesmaid dresses. Available in a variety of colors— including white and ivory—this option as your wedding dress will cost considerably less and will likely be delivered in a shorter time frame.

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Lower postage costs by eliminating inserts and using a lightweight invitation paper. Refer your guests to your wedding website for directions and hotel information.

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For DIY favors, buy in bulk wherever possible.

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!

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Ask your baker about making a smaller cake to display at the reception and making sheet cakes to be cut and served.

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Ask your photographer and videographer about decreasing the amount of coverage, perhaps focusing solely on the must-have, important shots from the ceremony and formal photos.

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

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

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

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Same-sex marriages and name changes A party in a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts can legally change his/her surname with the Social Security Administration and on his/her driver’s license. According to the Web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (www.glad.org), the U.S. Department of State changed its policy 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 samesex weddings in Massachusetts and other New England states can be found on the GLAD website.

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Wedding timetable This guide begins when the wedding date is set and the location has been booked, using a timeframe beginning 12 to18 months before. As your event may be in less (or more) time, this guide can be used as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third…).

12 – 18 months

6 – 9 months

6 – 8 weeks

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

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

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

9 – 12 months • Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Reserve all major vendors and have signed contracts in place. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for the ceremony and reception (i.e., programs, favors, menus, etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding website or blog. 76 Fall

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B&G’s guide for what to do and when  4 – 6 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements. • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Finalize mailing list for invitations. • Create music play (and do-not-play) lists.

2 – 4 months • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Confirm honeymoon details. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner. • Schedule final dress fittings and pick-up times.

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2 – 6 weeks • Confirm ceremony details with officiant. • Discuss and confirm special requests with photographer. • Give wedding-day itinerary to the wedding party and to necessary vendors. • Start the seating chart. • Arrange for a hold on your mail.

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

Wedding day • Have fun!


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The Greek islands look so much like postcards that once arriving, it takes time to believe they are real—particularly when you’re sitting at a beachfront table for two watching the sun melt into the Aegean Sea, or when you’re strolling down narrow alleys of whitewashed buildings accented with cherry pink bougainvillea blooming overhead. Reliably found in most top-ten lists of desired honeymoon destinations, Greece beckons with rich culture, friendly people, tempting food and internationally acclaimed nightlife. By day, Greece is a delight for lovers of his-

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tory and archaeology, as well as sun seekers and shopping enthusiasts. As the sun gets low and the evening cools, people fill the streets, parks and cafés. Even young children enjoy the playgrounds well into the night. Locals gather at outdoor restaurants, huddled around a television as they share a beer and watch a soccer game. But it seems the night is owned by the young adults who practically flood the streets on islands like Mykonos and the hotspots of Athens, crowding the clubs, dancing and partying until morning hours. Cruise ships offer the most convenient and, often, the most well-priced way to enjoy this country of islands and peninsulas. Surprising to some, however, is that a cruise on a 50-person yacht doesn’t have to cost much more than taking a similar route on a 5,000-person mega ship.


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Small-ship cruising with AdventureSmith Expeditions boasts numerous itineraries around the Mediterranean, traveling on familyowned Variety Cruises, including the delightful HarmonyV. AdventureSmith, a Californiabased outfitter, specializes in sustainable travel and intimate cruise experiences. If you’re willing to forgo the climbing wall, the casino and the company of a few thousand other travelers, you may find that smallship cruising is for you. Service is highly personalized and the atmosphere is one of casual luxury. These 180-foot motor yachts include sun decks fore and aft, indoor and outdoor dining, a staffed bar and even a small spa with a talented massage therapist. Cabins all offer window views, flat-screen TV’s and private en suite bathrooms. Ships are staffed with a hotel manager to oversee on-board services, a cruise director to arrange shore excursions and tours, and the captain and his staff to navigate the ship. A delightful option is the seven-night Classical Greece cruise, which departs the glittering port of Piraeus (near Athens) each week from April through October. The first evening the ship stops in Kea, a small island in the Western Cyclades. Popular among Athenian families for weekends at the shore, this quiet spot offers a low-key beachside village, a Venetian fortress for exploring and stunning views. Mykonos is this ship’s second port, allowing for a morning excursion to the archaeological island of Delos. Mythology holds that this sacred island was the birthplace ofApollo; history shows that up to 30,000 residents filled the small island in its heyday.Today, only archaeologists are in residence at this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is widely regarded as the most extensively excavated site in the Mediterranean. Back in Mykonos, the next challenge is choosing a beach.Water taxis, as well as public buses and cabs, deliver beachcombers to locales such as Paradise, for a more raucous scene, or Kalu Livadi, for a quiet afternoon in a pleasant, sandy cove. Among the most popular of the Greek isles, Mykonos is also among the most recognizable. With its classic, whitewashed adobe structures and lines of windmills atop the hills, almost every view catches the eye. Dinner is typically served after sunset and

often features fresh-caught fish. While many of the recommended eateries face the water, Kounelas Fish Taverna is tucked into a little whitewashed alley.A deservedly popular spot, the best seating here is in the garden and reservations are welcome. Like most seafood restaurants in Greece, diners are invited to inspect the fish and choose what they’d like prepared for them. Fish is gloriously fresh and grilled simply with herbs. Prices are moderate by Mykonos standards and the restaurant is busy but friendly. Late at night, the Harmony V departs for Santorini, an island of black sand beaches, cliff-top villages, cable cars and donkey rides. Frequent buses deliver travelers to a choice of beaches or to the colorful village of Oia, known for opulent resorts, charming shops and jaw-dropping views of the inky-blue waters below. After dinner, the ship cruises south to Crete, the largest of the Aegean islands, docking in the city of Rethymno. With just a bit of orientation it is easy to explore this city by foot, from its beaches to its marinas, from traditional bakeries to modern cafés. Take time to watch the fishermen fix their nets and sell their catch, as well as the phyllo maker—known simply as George—stretching his dough to prepare flaky baklava. Pastries are a specialty here and the little pies filled with spinach, cheese or wild greens are not to be missed. The island of Kythira is so small that no


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large cruise ships dock there. This little gem offers a tiny beachfront village, quiet swimming (sometimes with sea turtles) and the remnants of a Venetian fortress. Nearby Monemvassia, on the Peloponnesian peninsula, has a look all its own as each building is constructed from centuries-old stone in various shades of golden brown.This compelling village, surrounded by astoundingly clear waters, includes fine restaurants, winding passageways, and both a lower and upper castle to explore. Here, locals and visitors alike swim off rocky coves on one side of the little bridge at the base of the Byzantineera town, or at a sandy crescent across the way. For a memorable meal, stay left across the bridge, pass the larger restaurants and choose a seaside table at family-owned Scorpio or Aragonia, both toward the end of the waterfront path. Delicious food and welcoming Greek hospitality make these perfect places to relax over lunch or dinner. Traveling around the southern tip of the Peloponnese, take in beautiful craggy mountain views along the not-too-distant shores and delight in the playful dolphins that escort the ship. Napflion is the next destination, boasting attractive city squares, sparkling waterfront hotels and the charming Old Town lanes.The beach is a quick walk from the town center. Concluding the week is an evening in Hydra. Once considered a “hidden gem,” this car-free island has grown in popularity among

the rich and famous, as well as Athens weekenders and island-hopping tourists. Scenic and peaceful, it is enough for many to simply wander the winding passages between the white stucco houses and blossoming gardens. Sit beneath the trees in an outdoor tavern such as Xeri Elia (meaning Dried Olives), a traditional restaurant owned by the same family for nearly 200 years.The food is fresh and authentic, and the atmosphere is vibrant and entertaining. Too soon, of course, the cruise returns to Piraeus, but your explorations can continue with a few days in Athens. Formerly known as a dirty, polluted city, Athens cleaned up its act for the 2004 Olympics and has instituted anti-pollution measures that have proved highly effective. Enjoy a stay at the intimate Eridanus Art Luxury Hotel, which is not far from the Plaka. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and views of the Acropolis from the hotel’s romantic rooftop lounge are unforgettable. Modestly-priced, room costs include a bountiful breakfast with an exceptional cheese tray, pastries, fresh fruits, delicious coffee and much more. From here, you can venture out to the renowned Acropolis Museum, various archaeological parks or the city’s famed nightclubs. Greece not only promises the honeymoon of your dreams, but it delivers—over and over again. B&G

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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough

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

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

Types of Functions

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On-Site Catering

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Min/Max Room Capacity

Varies

Yes

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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

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1

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

Mechanics Hall (37)

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.

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (82)

E, B, D, W

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 (12)

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.

$30 – 50

$75 +

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Yes

Yes

Yes

25/700

Yes

10/700

Yes

2

1

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Yes

Charter Oak Country Club (Inside Front Cover) Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749

E, B, D, W

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 an unparalleled level of service and culinary excellence. Contact: Lynnell Schiela.

Doubletree Hotel (8)

E, B, D, W

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

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

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$35 – 115

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

Yes

30/275

Yes

30/500

Yes

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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On-Site Catering

Holiday Inn Boxborough (53)

E, B, D, W

$36 – 70

Yes

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.

Stow Acres Country Club (16)

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 (32)

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.

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$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2/400

50/250

30/350

Yes

2

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

No

No

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (74)

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

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

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

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (71)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (44)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Pleasant Valley Country Club (75)

E, B, D, W

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

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.

Twin River

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

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

Under $30

Under $30

$30 – 50

$30 – 75+

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

50/175

50/200

20/400

50/1200

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1

Yes

Yes

1

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1

No

No

No

Yes

West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (35)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (24)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (53) E, B, D ,W

$30 – 70

$50 – 75+

Varies

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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0/250

15/200

Yes

Yes

2

No

2

No

1

No

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

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (48)

E, B, D ,W

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

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

Publick House (68)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Under $30

$30 – 78

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

75/260

Max 240

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Salem Cross Inn (72)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (41)

E, B, D, W

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (55)

E, B, D, W

Reception Facility

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

$57 – 102

$73 – 94

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

6/225

Max 350

275

Yes

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (19)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

50/250

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (4)

E, B, D, W

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

Four Points by Sheraton Leominster (34) 99 Erdman Way Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 840-5530 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 mpuim@fourpointsleom.com www.fourpoints.com/leominster

Harrington Farm (15)

The Manor Restaurant (49)

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (70)

Wachusett Country Club (33)

Wachusett Mountain (3)

Wachusett Village Inn (11)

Yes

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1–3

Yes

$29 – 75

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

2

Yes

$65 – 100

Yes

Yes

50/225

Yes

1

No

$30 – 75

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

1-3

No

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

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: Sales Office. $30 – 50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

No

Simply elegant and affordable. Exceeding brides’ expectations since 1939. Two beautifully appointed reception rooms with cocktail areas and outdoor deck overlooking Wachusett Reservoir and beyond. Contact: Mark Zenevich. $30 – 50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

No

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. E, B, D, W

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

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

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

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

E, B, D, W

187 Prospect Street, West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4484 x 223 mark@wachusettcc.com • www.wachusettcc.com

50/275

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

E, B, D, W

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

Types of Functions Offered:

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42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 info@ourmanor.com • www.ourmanor.com

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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.

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

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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. 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

$50 – 75

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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.

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B - Bridal Showers

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Crown Bakery (32)

Bay State Savings Bank (44)

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.

Banks

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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Cakes

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28 Franklin St., Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 890-9000, (800) 244-8161 www.baystatesavingsbank.com As a mutually owned savings bank, we strive to offer attractive, innovative and competitive products and services to meet the financial needs of our customers and communities.

Catering

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Donation Services

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Entertainment

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Florists

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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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Liquors

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Officiants

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Photo Booths

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Photography

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Quinceañera

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Reception Facilities

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Rentals

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Shoes

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Specialty Lighting

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Tuxedos

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Wedding Internet Services

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Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique (24) 1148 Main St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-8188 info@ElizabethAnnsbridal.com www.elizabethannsbridal.com A full-service bridal salon. Gowns for brides, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers of the bride/groom. Cocktail dresses, prom, pageant and Quinceañera gowns. Alterations and accessories.

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.

Loren’s Bridal (17) 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 (54) 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™ (20, 21) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (69) 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 shower cakes. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

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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.

Sir Loins Catering (45) 8 Williams St., North Grafton, MA 01536 (508) 887-9401 sirloincatering@verizon.net • www.sirloincatering.com Your premiere caterer, Sir Loins caters to all styles of weddings, from casual chic to traditional elegance and everything in between.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 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!


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Ladybug Florist (39)

INVITATIONS

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.

340 Main St., Oxford MA 01540 Ph: (508) 987-2550 Fx: (508) 987-7310 www.ladybug-florist.com info@ladybug-florist.com Details, even the smallest are important, that is what it is all about. Our customer service is what sets us apart from the rest.

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

Why Me, Inc. (87) 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 (39) 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 (31) 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.

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com Simple, elegant, extraordinary. From your engagement party to your wedding day; from your first anniversary to your 50th – we make your floral dreams come true.

Perro’s Flowers (45)

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!

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

Hannoush Jewelers (1)

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.

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.

HONEYMOON SPOTS

LIMOUSINES

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (79) 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.

Gray’s Limousine (25) 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.

Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting (35) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 795-3311 greg@djgregb.com www.djgregb.com Customized weddings, from music to lighting. Contact me for a no-obligation meeting to talk about ideas, details and expectations for your special day.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (40) 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.

FLORISTS

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.

Danielson Flowers 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.

Herbert E. Berg Florist 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!

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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Le Limo (51)

Paul S. Robinson Photography (74)

Rosemary’s Party Favors and Rentals (8)

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 12-3 p.m.

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

34 Cambridge Street Worcester, MA 01603 (774) 578- 3471 Rosemaryspartyfavorandrental@verizon.net Party favors and rentals for all occasions. Biscochos, cakes, flores, flowers, decorate. Lay-away plans available.

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LIQUORS Julio’s Liquors (52) 140 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-1942 laurette@juliosliquors.com www.juliosliquors.com Award winning 20,000 square foot store featuring world-class service, extensive selections of beer, wine, liquor and specialty foods with a full tobacco shop.

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

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Justice of the Peace Marion C. Biando (33) 5-2 Pioneer Lane, Auburn, Ma. 01501 (508) 832-8507, cell (774) 289-1771 I perform ceremonies and renewal of vows. As a notary public, I often work on closing of homes with out of town customers and other notary signing.

34 Cambridge Street Worcester, MA 01603 (774) 578- 3471 Rosemaryspartyfavorandrental@verizon.net Party favors and rentals for all occasions. Biscochos, cakes, flores, flowers, decorate. Lay-away plans available.

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RENTALS

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.

P.S. Event Rentals (7) (888) 830-7887 www.pseventrentals.com P.S. Event Rentals provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

Central Mass Party Rentals

PHOTOGRAPHY Doros Photography 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.

HJM Photography (47) 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.

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.

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

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (31) 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.

Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting (35) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 795-3311 greg@djgregb.com • www.djgregb.com Customized weddings, from music to lighting. Contact me for a no-obligation meeting to talk about ideas, details and expectations for your special day.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (40) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com • www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern, wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video, and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (38) 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.

On your wedding day, include a cause that’s close to your heart.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES

Our favors are a perfect way to honor your guests and help fight cancer.

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

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