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Contents Honeymoons

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87 Pampering honeymoons in the Northeast 91 Getting off to a flying start

Planning 101 58

Features 58 Crazy for color Making a wedding-day statement

Articles 32 Truly special weddings Nuptial planning with special needs in mind 38 Raising the bar Jazz up your wedding with a singular specialty station 44 Organizing your wedding Tips from local wedding planners 48 Post-wedding blues Coping with the end of nuptial planning 52 Celebrating with style Bridal shower themes

66 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when 68 Preparing to plan Tips for getting started 70 Contract considerations What you need to know 72 Green weddings Earth-centric planning

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75 Topics of transportation Wedding-day travel

10 Letter from the editor 14 Tying the Knot Engaged local couples

76 Changing your name? How to do it

18 Nearby Nuptials Nicole Cooper and Jeffrey Lopes Jessica Stelmok and Dan Sabourin Kylah McNeill and Stephen Klinge Melissa LaFleur and Matthew Hadley

78 Tux talk Finding the right fit 80 Tuning up Reception music 82 License to wed What you need to know 84 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings

Directories 95 Function facilities 100 Wedding resources

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I don’t know about you, but I love shedding winter’s muted colors in favor of brighter, more vibrant hues. Whether it’s in the gar-

den, the wardrobe or even the living room, a splash of color has the power to transform not just your space, but also your outlook and your mood. Imagine what it can do for your wedding! That’s why in this issue of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, we’ve got a great feature on how to incorporate color into your wedding day. Crazy for color, on page 58, talks about how color can transform the mood of your event, and examines how easy it is for today’s couples to deter-

mine and implement an eye-catching palette for their special day. We also have a terrific article with handy planning tips direct from the professionals. Organizing your wedding, on page 44, features advice from local wedding planners that is sure to help you manage your preparations more effectively. As many married couples could tell you, the process of planning such an important event can sometimes be overwhelming. In fact, for many, once the wedding has occurred it can be difficult to transition back to “normal” life. Our article entitled Post-wedding blues, on page 48, discusses the emotional impact that wedding planning can have as well as ways to cope with such drastic life changes. In this issue we also feature four fabulous local weddings in our Nearby Nuptials section, which begins on page 18, as well as some wonderful Northeast destinations for a pampered and relaxing honeymoon. As always, we’re glad to be a part of your planning process. Congratulations!

Corrections to the Winter 2010 issue In the article “Fairy-tale castle weddings,” it was incorrectly stated that a dressing room was available and that photography was permitted inside Gillette Castle. Also, the rental fee should have been listed as $285. For Saint Clements Castle (shown below), it should have been stated that receptions in the Waterford Room can hold up to 220 people, and in the Prince Edward Ballroom up to 260 people, and that the price range is $84 to $125.

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for anniversaries. Not only did Jeff propose in October 2008 on the night marking the couple’s eighth year together, they also planned their wedding for the same date the following year. The proposal took place during a moonlit gondola ride on the Charles River following a romantic dinner at their favorite Boston restaurant. Halfway between Boston and Cambridge, the gondolier asked Jeff to pick a bottle out of the water. “Inside was a note on which Jeff had written the story of our meeting and our relationship, which he read aloud to me before proposing,” recalls Nicole. “We had picked out the ring the summer before, so while getting engaged wasn’t a surprise, I certainly had no idea it would be in a gondola!” Planning was a group effort with Jeff handling areas such as music and videography and Nicole and her mom focusing on dress fittings, florists and all things related to the “look” of the day. Cake and menu tastings, however, were attended by all three. “We all liked being involved in the process,” says Nicole. “Getting to enjoy the fruits of our labor on the wedding day was the best part.” The wedding’s theme was based on the décor of the reception venue. A newly restored Victorian brownstone on Commonwealth Avenue, The College Club’s vintage appointments provided inspiration for everything from jewelry to invitations. For example, Nicole spent the year of her engagement collecting decorative silver frames, which she filled with depictions of some of the couple’s most treasured memories (16 in all).All were artfully arranged with white rose petals and candles on the Club’s expansive mantle. Inspired by a bucolic mural in the Club’s main room, a subtle garden theme was infused throughout.Antique-inspired birdcages housed hand-written notes from guests in lieu 18 Spring

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of a traditional guest book.The pen used was custom made and included a dramatic feather for effect. Floral arrangements told a rich color story throughout the day. Navy, burgundy and burnt orange were the order of the day and were displayed through a variety of blooms. Nicole also wanted to create as many of the wedding’s details as possible, which included all of the paper elements leading up to and displayed at the wedding. “I created all of our invitations using paper, ribbon, stamps and embossing materials fromThe Paper Source,” Nicole says. “I wanted the invitations to evoke the otherworldly grandeur of the wallpaper inside The College Club, while also incorporating our color scheme.” Her efforts also produced all

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of the indoor signage, including the welcome sign and reserved sign, and the program. While formal pictures were being taken of the wedding party in Boston’s Public Garden, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour filled with an array of appetizers to suit a variety of tastes. Delectable morsels included cilantro and lime grilled shrimp skewers with sweet chili aioli,Asian mushroom spring sticks, vegetable samosas with honey-scallion sauce and Thai grilled chicken satay. The dinner menu featured an autumn greens salad, grilled garden vegetables, four-cheese agnolotti, panseared filet of salmon Florentine and a handcarved sirloin of beef. Other unique details included a mini Lego bride and groom that Nicole created, complete with her red hair and his “scruff,” to acknowledge Jeff’s favorite childhood toy. “Jeff loved them so much, he put them in his pocket for good luck that day.” Groomsmen also donned navy-colored argyle socks, which complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses. Overall, Nicole’s and Jeff’s guests enjoyed the unique venue (“truly a hidden gem!”) and appreciated the myriad of personal details. “From arranging our own ceremony to the photos lining the mantles, it was important to us to have this day be an expression of ourselves,” recalls Nicole. “We like to think we succeeded.” B&G


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How they got engaged Dan proposed early one morning before the couple left for work. Having hidden the ring under Jessica’s pillow while she was preparing breakfast, Dan told her the “ring fairy” had come the night before. Jessica only needed to turn over three pillows before finding her prize.

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Planning the wedding A summertime wedding was ideal for this couple as Jessica works at a local university and Dan is a teacher. Jessica, Dan and each of their mothers planned the event in 18 months. “Having that much time was extremely helpful as it seemed to keep the stress at a minimum.That made the planning much easier and more enjoyable,” recalls Jessica, who acted as the primary planner. “Dan was also really involved and helpful with making decisions.” Jessica’s mother focused on bridal attire—including the dress—flowers and the shower, while Dan contributed to most of the major details (“except the flowers!”). His mother assisted with invitations, favors and the rehearsal dinner.

Décor A palette of indigo, ivory and silver and a star theme set the tone for the day’s decorative elements. Centerpieces of blue hydrangeas made a striking contrast against ivory table linens. The favors—star-shaped bottle stoppers—were presented in blue organza bags, which were accompanied by smaller organza bags of silver that were filled with mint-flavored chocolates. Place cards, which were calligraphed in blue ink to match the hand-penned invitation envelopes, were displayed in star-shaped card holders. Outside, a white arbor used during the ceremony was adorned with silver strands, blue flowers and greenery. 22 Spring

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What guests commented on the most “Our guests remarked on the fabulous food and cake, my dress and the music,” says Jessica.

Advice While Jessica and Dan were given lots of planning advice, during the reception many couples suggested they spend 10 to 15 minutes alone together in order to “take in” the entire event. “I wish we had been given that advice before the wedding,” says Jessica. “We were so busy having fun and talking to family and friends that we never really got a chance to sneak off by ourselves.” B&G

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How they met Steve and Kylah met when they were students at Georgetown University. Kylah, who was quite shy, initially refused Steve’s advances. “Luckily, he was persistent,” she says. “Eight years into our relationship, he proposed. We always knew we would get married, but didn’t feel ready for that life stage until recently.”

The proposal Steve proposed after a meal at a Tapas restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston. “I cried for a long time before saying yes, and said yes before seeing the ring, which has the stone from my mother’s first wedding ring,” recalls Kylah, whose father passed away when she was young.

Planning Kylah and her mother handled most of the wedding planning during the eight month engagement, as Steve, a doctor, was working all-night shifts at the hospital and completing residency applications. Kylah most enjoyed planning the design elements, such as the flowers, stationery, cake and the vintagemeets-modern theme of the event. “I really enjoyed planning as a creative outlet,” says Kylah, who was less enthusiastic about coordinating the more logistic aspects of the wedding, such as estimating the number of tables needed and the tent size, coordinating the vendors schedules, directions, etc. “I had no idea how many moving pieces there would be. If I had it to do again, I might have tried to hire a planner.” Steve, who wished he could have been more involved, did contribute where he could, overseeing the beverage offerings and plans. “From the hospital, he sent an urgent e-mail to the caterer making sure there were enough oranges for the Blue Moon beer,” Kylah recalls. Steve also supervised coordi26 Spring

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Kylah McNeill and Stephen Klinge August 2009 Waltham, Massachusetts nation of the rehearsal dinner, transportation, groomsmen attire and presents. “He also insisted on changing the color of garden chairs from white to black, which really added a chic look to the tent.”

modern silhouette, yet accented with an antique-inspired appliqué. Table names were displayed in black and white with a simple geometric pattern, and were complemented by other stationery elements such as the program and placecards. For transportation to the historic Lyman Estate, the couple rode in a genuine London taxicab.

Favorite part of the day While Kylah loved seeing Steve for the first time at the end of the aisle, listening to the piano piece her brother composed and performed at the ceremony, and seeing people’s reactions to the slideshow of their childhoods and years together, her favorite part of the evening was the dancing. “Our live band brought down the house. We had to extend their time twice, and my caterer said she had never seen so many people dancing at the end of a wedding,” says Kylah.

Wedding day details Kylah wanted a very chic, Gatsby-esque look with lots of black, white and green, with touches of deep pink and slate blue. Invitations and ceremony programs were done in black and white in a modern shape and accented with a vintage vine design. Taking cues from Cary Grant, the tuxedos were classic with just suspenders and pocket squares—no boutonnières, no vests and no cummerbunds. Kylah’s gown was a decidedly

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Guests comments “Our favorite compliment from guests was that we looked so incredible happy—that they’d never seen a happier bride or groom,” says Kylah. “We’ve been through a lot together—the death of Steve’s mother, my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes and three years of long-distance dating—and we were just so happy to be married and with all the people we love.We were also glad to have some time together; Steve is always working, as am I, and we have to live in separate states for a while because of our jobs.”

Advice Kylah’s advice is to schedule some time off during the wedding planning. “I had a week off at the end, but, in hindsight, that week might have been better about a month before the wedding, when planning was at its peak.” B&G


The particulars Ceremony: St. Irene Roman Catholic Church, Carlisle Reception: Lyman Estate, Waltham Caterer/cake: Swartz Catering, Somerville Photographer: Agnieska Wormus of A Brilliant Photo, Boston Musicians (ceremony): Organist, Chuck Navien; Trumpeter, Nick Francese; Singer, Lauren Sprague Music (reception): Modern Manners Band, Boston Florist: Jen Cahill of The Tangled Web, Pembroke Videographer: Dick Osso of Digital Video Productions, Hanson Transportation: Black Tie Limo, Haverhill; Sunshine Taxi, Hudson Bridal gown: Marisa purchased online at Fairytale Visions Bridesmaids’ dresses: Watters and Watters purchased at RK Bridal, New York Groom and groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse, Burlington Stationery: Lindsey Ryan, Etsy.com Hair and makeup: Natalie and Dee at Moodz Salon, Acton

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Setting the date Melissa wanted to complete her master’s degree before tying the knot, so the wedding date was set for September 2009. “We love the fall and the date we selected also happened to be our fourth anniversary together, so it was perfect,” says Melissa. The bride and her mother took full advantage of the 21 months available to plan. “I would love to be a wedding planner, especially after planning my own,” she says. “Having that much time to plan really allowed me to make careful decisions and incorporate all the little details that I wanted.”

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Wedding day details A vintage theme was the order of the day for this nuptial event. “Growing up, my mother always collected antiques, so I knew that I would want a vintage-inspired wedding,” says Melissa. “But it really started with my engagement ring, which has a vintage look to it.” Vintage elements were found in everything from the gown, which had lace accents, to the card box, which was made from a vintage trunk and wrapped in tulle. In fact, many of the elements came from the mother-ofthe-bride’s personal collection, including the jewelry worn by Melissa and her bridesmaids, and the vases that held the floral centerpieces. In addition, the ring bearer carried a pillow that Melissa’s grandparents had used 51 years before.

The wedding cake featured a topper from the 1940s as well as a stunning vintage brooch. An aged sign hung from a tree at the end of the Spencer Country Inn’s driveway directed guests to the reception. Shopping in antique stores also proved to be fruitful: Love-themed postcards were purchased to display table numbers, and an antique invitation served as inspiration for the couple’s own. For the favors, Melissa had always wanted

to make a donation, yet she still wanted her guests to take away something from the event. “Giving Trappist Preserves from St. Joseph’s Abbey fulfilled both of these requirements.”

Favorite part of the day “It may sound cliché, but exchanging our vows was one of my favorite parts of the day,” recalls Melissa.“I was diagnosed with MS in February, so the ‘in sickness and in health’ portion of the vows really struck a chord.” B&G

The particulars Ceremony: First Baptist Church, Worcester Reception: Spencer Country Inn, Spencer Photographer: Jodi Carmignani of Enchanted Moments Photography, Medway Cake: Crown Bakery, Worcester Florist: Clementine Floral at The Perfect Package, Worcester Videographer: Breaking Branches Pictures, Slatersville, Rhode Island DJ: Curtis Knight Entertainment, Billerica Invitations, menus and programs: Curry Printing, Worcester Tuxedos: Bonardi’s Formal Wear Inc., Worcester Gown: Alvina Valenta purchased at Yolanda’s, Waltham Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy by Aftersix purchased at Bridal Reflections, Watertown Favors: Jars of Trappist Preserves from St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer

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Joe*, who is also blind as well as paralyzed from the waist down, married his lovely bride Kim this past October in a Connecticut banquet hall. “Our florist, who built a custom arbor for the ceremony, came to our house for planning meetings,” he says. “Our photographer also met us at a restaurant, since his office was not wheelchair-accessible.” For the ceremony, Kim (who is able-bodied) was seated next to Joe so their heights would match.

Last September, Dennis and Jessica Starling were married by a justice of the peace in an uncle’s backyard in Jewett City, Connecticut. They met atThe Arc of New London County, a program that supports people with intellectual disabilities. “It was stressful to get everything together, but everybody pitched in,” remembers Jessica. Relatives, friends and neighbors cooked a pot-luck feast, decorated the garden, took photos and produced a CD of the couple’s favorite music.

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Choosing a proper venue was essential to Stacy Rogers, who married Christopher Hart in grand style at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza in October. “Not in terms of glamour, but in terms of proximity to public transportation as well as accessibility and distance between the wedding and reception site,” says Stacy. Surrounded by the Copley’s ornate beauty, their wedding on wheels was, according to Stacy “amazing… the right choice for us.” “Our story is not some sappy romance, but one of two successful young adults who share a passion for helping people with disabilities lead independent successful lives,” says Christopher. The Copley’s staff worked on accessibility requirements for the guests, who came with strollers, crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Tables were broadly spaced; tenperson tables held a maximum of eight; and ramps allowed Stacy and Chris to roll side by side. Since Stacy couldn’t put her orthotics in dress shoes, the couple decided sneakers would do the trick—and be a recurrent theme. Sneakers were everywhere: on the return address labels; worn by guests, as was requested on the invitation; and even on the feet of the female reverend who married them. Kelly Ann Bucchere, who will celebrate her one-year anniversary with husband Shaun in May, felt fortunate to have found a historic 19th-century church—St. Bernard’s in Rockville, Connecticut—equipped with stationary and portable ramps to accommodate their wheelchairs. “I wanted to be able to enter through the same door as everyone else and proceed down the aisle with my dad,” says Kelly. For the banquet hall, The Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, proved to be perfect. “There were ramps where we needed to go and they provided a room for the bridal party that was big enough for wheelchairs to navigate,” Kelly recalls. “They even planned ahead for seating of guests in wheelchairs.” For Nicole Lomerson’s upcoming May wedding, Old Sturbridge Village fit her needs. “I’ll be walking down the aisle,” says Nicole, who, despite her cerebral palsy, can navigate short distances with forearm crutches. “We will be having a ceremony *Last name withheld


where everyone will be seated. This is a really important detail, as I wanted to sit so I could concentrate on our ceremony without worrying about falling or tripping in front of our guests.” Nicole’s planner, Elizabeth O’Neil, of Red Ribbon Events in Millbury, will make sure

Special needs = special costs? The institution of marriage may have financial ramifications for the disabled. “A decision that people with disabilities have to make—one that people without disabilities don’t even have to consider—is whether to legalize the marriage,” says Stacy Hart Rogers, a youth transition specialist with the Boston Center for Independent Living. Rogers often counsels people like herself about these issues. “Marriage has different implications on benefits such as SSI, SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), housing, state health insurance and the PCA (Personal Care Assistance) programs than do other living arrangements,” she says. Stacy and her husband Chris decided to marry at the last minute, even though it affected their housing options, health insurance and PCA services. Joyce Armstrong, a benefits specialist at the Bureau of Rehabilitation in Connecticut explains further. “Anyone on state and/or Social Security benefits should check to see if their benefits will be impacted by getting married,” she says. “Programs that provide cash benefits may be affected. Also, anyone who is on Medicaid needs to check on the effect that marriage will have on their benefits. In some instances, they may lose their eligibility because of the income and/or assets of a spouse. Housing subsidies can also be affected by spousal income.” Although benefits can fluctuate depending on what the person currently receives, special needs couples should definitely do their homework before taking their wedding vows. –CPG

things run smoothly. “Before selecting a location, it’s best to be clear what your needs are up front,” she advises. “For example, I have a client who asks me to go into the bathrooms at each location to be sure the doors and stall doors are large enough.” O’Neil recommends finding a skilled tailor or seamstress who can either alter an existing gown or suit, or make something in order to accommodate any special needs. “A dress altered to be shorter in the back will make it

more comfortable for sitting in a wheelchair and maneuvering around,” she maintains. Kelly Ann Bucchere’s bridal gown, for example, was customized at Mariella’s Creations in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, so that it would not have a train, bustle or crinoline. Shaun needed a tuxedo that would accommodate vastly different jacket and pants sizes, “His legs are much smaller than his trunk,” explains O’Neil. “Luckily, Macy’s was able to sell him a jacket and pants that

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were different sizes.” Stacy and Christopher found matching attire for themselves and their attendants at David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse, which a tailor altered to suit. Hiring photographer TateTullier for their upcoming June wedding at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Rhode Island was a priority for Nat Balsley and Allison Bradley, who are both deaf, as are members of their immediate families and many of their friends. “It helps to have a deaf photographer who has extensive

experience working in both hearing and deaf weddings,” says Allison, who will also have a sign-language interpreter at the event. “There will not be any communication barriers.” “I am very lucky. I married my best friend and the most wonderful man I know,” gushes Kelly Lavoie about her husband Jeff. Their September wedding ceremony at St. Rita Church in Hamden, Connecticut, followed by a reception at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven was “accessible, unique and fun.”

Vendors were accommodating and reassuring, allowing Kelly to focus on other things. “I went into therapy to learn to walk with braces and crutches, so that I could dance with my father,” she says. “He would have danced with me sitting, but it was so important to me to be able to look at him in the eye. I spent about a year building up enough strength in my hips to be able to ‘walk.’ I did dance with my father standing, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place!” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.

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traditional, multi-course meal will always take center stage at weddings. But these days, chefs and caterers are reinventing the wedding-day dining experience. As an alternative to a sit-down banquet, or when combined with dinner stations, specialty bars are jazzing things up.Whether it’s a serve yourself or made-to-order approach, these micro-dishes flirt with new flavors, leaving room for a culinary adventure that is sure to intrigue, and please, the palate.


Barbara Cotter,owner of Struck Catering in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been delighting diners and impressing wedding guests across Central Massachusetts for the past decade, and has seen many trends come and go. This seasoned caterer says specialty bars and stations often work best during the cocktail hour or in an après dinner setting. Cotter has created sushi bars for weddings and says they pair well with a stir fry station. Pleasing the carboholic in every crowd,

Struck Catering has also created mashed potato bars with an alluring presentation. “We’ll serve them in a martini glass,” says Cotter, “and offer white, whipped or sweet potatoes with different toppings such as lobster, beef or pulled pork in addition to the standard chives, butter, sour cream and cheese that people love.” Decidedly casual, this effect may work best in a less formal setting. Cheese and crudité displays are standard fare during the cocktail hour, but consider

reinventing this reception regular with a gourmet cheese cart and charcuterie bar. Guests will savor the quality of a fine Cotswold cheddar, memorable Spanish Manchego and a domestic and delightful Maytag Blue in lieu of a waterfall of ambiguous cheese cubes; sampling wondrous Wild Boar Cacciatorini or other cured meats is also a welcome surprise. However, Cotter cautions couples to think wisely when planning a cocktail-hour menu. You definitely want the main entrée to take center stage—and, of course, for there to be plenty of room for dessert. For brides and grooms, all too often the reality is that their guests enjoy the spoils of their menu more than they do. The cocktail hour is often dedicated to greeting friends and family, especially those from out of town, and toasting your nuptials rather than sampling the tasty morsels being served. That’s why Carol MacGregor of Happy Gatherings Photography in Wayland, Massachusetts, makes a point to capture fun food presentations before the masses arrive. “Couples will warn me ahead of time about a fabulous martini bar, a wild dessert bar or other specialty setup, so while I’ll be doing the heavy-duty portraiture, my assistant will photograph the food and décor,” says MacGregor. “The key is to get in early and photograph it beautifully.” Here in New England, perhaps more than anywhere else, guests will gravitate toward a raw bar. One of the specialties of the Captain Linnell House in Orleans, Massachusetts, is the Cape Cod Raw Bar. A celebration of their coastal locale, this bar featuresWellfleet oysters, Pleasant Bay littleneck clams and Maine shrimp, or smoked salmon displayed with champagne caviar, sour cream and potato latkes (pancakes). Courtney Church, a partner at Bostonbased Corinthian Events, has helped produce countless weddings and special events and says specialty bars are simply presenting food and drink in a new and exciting fashion. “You can do, say, a caviar and vodka bar served by Russian models, or create an

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ice bar that serves different flavored vodkas,” she suggests. Church says for couples who enjoy the bubbly, a champagne bar makes a splash. Reinventing the champagne waterfall of yesteryear, guests can swirl, sniff, sip and sample various champagnes and sparkling white wines, and, in the process, may even find a new favorite. This unequivocally indulgent bar is an interactive experience; bartenders play sommelier and friends and family be-

come insistent on which is the best bubbly. Instead of a stationary bar, Church has organized events where the end of the evening is met with servers circling the room with hot and fresh Kobe beef sliders and surf-and-turf sliders—the perfect midnight snack to satisfy the appetite worked up on the dance floor. Many specialty bars lend a sleek and contemporary aesthetic. Prepared sushi can be served over a bed of grass, or be presented with a sushi chef working his magic behind

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Too much of a good thing Terri Altergott, of Something Borrowed, Something New Events in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, counsels newly engaged brides against going overboard. To do this, Altergott suggests keeping things simple instead of accumulating ideas from endless sources. “Pick one item that you absolutely love and weave it through the entire wedding,” she advises. “From the invitations, the flowers, your dress and even the cake, that one unifying theme will make your wedding elegant and memorable.” Similarly, Erica Kates, owner of Ambiance Chic Wedding Designs in Manchester, Connecticut, recommends that brides “create a four-color palette for the entire wedding design.This will allow your wedding to feel cohesive and pulled together. If you have trouble creating a color palette, a visit your local home improvement store to pick up a pre-coordinated color card from the paint section will help you to complete your designer look.” Kates also advocates for steering clear of


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high-contrast colored napkins, as they may distract from your centerpieces. “If you don’t have another option, use white or ivory— but ask your venue to fold them so they fit onto your dinner plates,” she adds. Putting all of your design ideas onto an “Inspiration Board” is another valuable tip. “Whether a bride creates this on paper, or on a computer file, seeing the design ideas in one place can help to make sure everything flows and makes sense.”

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your contact information with friendly vendors who make you feel comfortable,” says Kim Grant of Affordable Green Weddings.com, which is based in Cumberland, Rhode Island. “Do your research, ask for testimonials, read contracts thoroughly and follow your intuition.”

Advice and consent “Weddings by committee don’t work,” Altergott says. “The more opinions that enter into the mix, the more confusing the process becomes. While it is appropriate to respect everyone’s opinion—particularly if they’re helping to pay for the wedding— some decisions need to be exclusively the domain of the bride and groom.” At the same time, it’s okay to ask for assistance. “Many brides have found that bridesmaids, maids of honor and other family members are more than happy to help with tying ribbons, gluing, wrapping and other things that can be too labor-intensive for one person,” offers Erica Jones, director of wedding design at Massachusetts-based Events by Sharon’s Daughter. To eliminate any last-minute oversights, preparing a detailed timeline in advance works wonders for Jacqueline Gumm’s clients. As a lead wedding planner at Ambiance Chic Wedding Designs, Gumm advises brides to use every available resource. “Don’t try to micro-manage everything and everyone,” Gumm warns.“Delegating and putting faith in others will help to relieve stress and decrease your to-do list so you can enjoy the days leading up to the wedding.” This advice especially applies to the on-site coordinator. “Share your ideas so that she will also be excited about your wedding.” Lucia M-I Cordone, of Guiding Star Events in Bradford, Rhode Island, agrees. “Hiring a wedding planner can relieve many headaches, especially with the ‘day-of’ coordination when tension is high,” she says. “Do not be afraid to lean on that planner or ask for extra help.”

The budget crisis Overspending is a bride’s worst enemy and planners have seen couples make too many unfortunate compromises because of budgeting. “Remember the big picture,” cautions Kates. “Think about what you may need


before hand, use online tools to help you create a list, and make sure you have funds allotted for all areas of planning.” While buying in bulk or wholesale can save money for do-it-yourselfers, that approach can sometimes backfire. “The last thing a couple needs is to end up paying as much or more for an item or service that a seasoned professional could have done,” says Kates. “The key is to budget wisely and to not take on more than you can handle.”

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Before, during and after Dunn recommends taking detailed photos of a staged dinner and reception card table, plus composing a thorough inventory of key elements to ensure a stress-free wedding day. “When items are dropped off, a master list containing the description and quantity of items will make it easier for setup, but will also keep items from becoming lost,” Dunn says. What else should brides remember? According to Dunn, “So much emphasis is placed on getting to the wedding that brides can forget to think beyond the party. After a magical reception, have a plan as to who is going to transport gifts and key people.” And finally, even the most scrupulous brides sometimes forget to consult their grooms. “Talk to your fiancé,” Dunn suggests. “If you know where he stands now, it will make things easier later.” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.

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Other experts agree that post-bridal blues are real and, if you’re not careful, they can get out of control. Samantha Goldberg, a television personality and celebrity event planner based in Summit, New Jersey, says postbridal depression is more common than many people realize. “Most of the time, one might say these emotions are just because you have had so much on your plate,” says Goldberg. “We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make this day ‘perfect.’ Since everyone has their own idea of what perfection means, some take planning their wedding to another level, allowing every task to be first priority. They cannot focus on anything else but the wedding, so once the day is over, they crash.” However, not everyone experiences that post-nuptial collapse. According to Goldberg, many brides are happy to be freed of the stress of wedding planning, and the opportunity to focus on their lives with their new husbands. But those who might have been a bit too consumed by getting their nuptials in order are more likely to feel empty when it’s all over. “When you are in a place where nothing matters except the upcoming wedding, I call this a ‘bridal coma,’” she says. “This person may be so obsessed with the wedding that she cannot focus on anything else. Once the wedding is over and all attention goes by the wayside, it’s a pretty quiet time, which may come as a shock to the system. It may make one feel that there must be something wrong with the relationship, because the excitement is gone. “ New York-based psychotherapist Irina Firstein says a post-wedding funk can manifest itself in many ways. Bummed brides can become angry, restless, and emotionally and sexually distant. “Usually there is conflict and fighting that go on between new spouses,” says Firstein. “The despair can even manifest itself in extreme behaviors such as insomnia and overeating.” So how do you pull yourself out of a postwedding tailspin? Start by trying to prevent it in the first place during the planning period. Goldberg suggests putting a limit on the amount of time you spend on wedding planning, to try spending only a certain number of hours each week on wedding tasks (yes, we know there’s a lot to do, but we did say “try”).


At the very least, don’t make the wedding your primary topic of conversation. Try to talk about other subjects when out with family and friends. If you’re hooked on the high of gabbing about your approaching big day, Goldberg suggests shifting to a substitute activity to get that same buzz. “If you like to exercise, this is a great way to raise natural endorphins,” she says. “You won’t rely on wedding talk to give you the same feel.” If the wedding is almost over and you already feel a post-bridal crash coming on, you can get through it. “The first step is to acknowledge that it’s okay to feel this way,” says Moir-Smith. And keep in mind that not only has the project you’ve dedicated months of your life to come to an end, but that you are also a “new” person.You aren’t just you, you’re Mrs. You. “It’s an identity change,” says MoirSmith. “And maybe you were too wrapped up in the wedding to consider the marriage, so the post-wedding time is a blank canvas.” That can be scary, but if you embrace this change in your life, you might be able to lessen your blues. Moir-Smith suggests using your new, seemingly vast, free time to work on your identity as a couple and the shape you want your new life to take. As for the rest of that time left empty by the completion of such an extensive planning project, Goldberg says there are ways to fill it. Again, she suggests exercise, but also walking your pet, hanging out with friends and family, or just finding ways to get out for some fresh air. “It also helps to make plans in advance, such as going to the movies, concerts or dining out with friends,” she says. “This will give you things to look forward to.” Of course, some people experience postbridal sadness more severely than others. If your feelings of grief and anxiety are overwhelming or are preventing you from enjoying everyday activities, you should seek professional help. “The worst thing you can do is ignore your inner feelings,” says Goldberg. “You’re not alone, and obtaining advice from an unbiased B&G party might be the right fix.” Amanda Cuda is a freelance writer based in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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he’s your sister; your daughter; your best friend.You’re going to be there for her on one of the most cherished days of her life. And before she takes that ceremonial walk down the aisle, you want to celebrate her. These days, you’re not restricted to the traditional format of brunch heralded by a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” as gifts are opened and passed around (unless you prefer that conventional style, of course). Much like weddings these days, bridal showers can be as creative or unique as their organizers’ imaginations will allow. “There’s definitely a different flair nowadays,” notes Melissa Banks, director of corporate and social sales at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Massachusetts. For starters, it’s okay to neglect the backyard patio or parlor. “Having the shower at home is starting to fall by the wayside,”

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says Paula Kwiatkowski of the Chocksett Inn in Sterling, Massachusetts, which hosts bridal showers as well as weddings. No doubt, organizers might shudder at the thought of the preparation time required for an at-home shower, not to mention the clean-up afterwards. Kwiatkowski notes that in some cases, “it’s more cost-effective to let someone else do the work.” If you want to move even further away from the conventional, here’s something else to consider: Going co-ed. Local venues are seeing more showers celebrating both brides- and groomsto-be, urging guests of both genders, rather than just the female half, to come bearing gifts appropriate for the couple.

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“Guys are definitely involved more. It’s almost like an engagement party,” says Banks. “There’s not a lot of structure, but there is a lot of mingling.” According to Banks, these types of events are typically more social and are often held on Friday or Saturday nights. “It’s more of an evening out than the typical Sunday brunch.” Gifts also tend to be reserved for the privacy of the soon-to-be-wed. So unlike typical showers, the unwrapping isn’t a spectator

sport. Following this modernized trend, showers can also be geared more around martini bars and hors d’oeuvres, instead of tea and cake.

Fêtes with flair Unless, of course, having a tea is right up your alley. Chocksett Inn, for example, has put together “Alice in Wonderland” theme showers with a Mad Hatter tea party, complete with Mad Hatter-style cakes with

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bright colors and asymmetrical tiers, and fanciful cups and teapots. Speaking of flair, showers can be full of it in many ways. At Wachusett Mountain, wedding shower revelers will often use the sky ride, adding a bit of the unusual to the festivities. But if the bride prefers a more vintage feel, wine could be the muse. Kwiatkowski has seen showers geared toward the increasing number of oenophiles (or wine lovers), with showers featuring wine trivia (with gift certificates to local wineries granted to the most knowledgeable); wine bottles emblazoned with pictures of the bride and groom; and favors of etched wine glasses. If you prefer to go more traditional, consider gearing the event around the kitchen. Guests can be guided toward kitchen-themed gifts, and can play a game of name-that-gadget during the event. Or, for a simpler party, stage a gift card-only shower, which can cut down on time and also save shy brides from the spectacle of being put on display as she unties every last bow. All told, themes can “range from quirky to fun to original,” Kwiatkowski notes. But if your bride is the more conventional type, don’t be alarmed. Many area venues, from pastoral farms to historical estates to elegant restaurants, offer the archetypal shower.We’re talking about something really traditional, such as a classic, old-world-style tea party. The Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts, specializes in refined and cultured tea tastings, with a menu featuring a variety of teas accompanied by scones, fancy finger sandwiches and berries blended with homemade whipped cream. These graceful parties are set against a backdrop of colonial-era decor in the 1716 Inn, which once belonged to the family of Henry David Thoreau. Fittingly, attendees sometimes come dressed in their Sunday-best dresses and hats. But it goes far beyond the social: The tea parties also provide a dollop of education. “Every table is its own presentation,” explains Steven Jones, the Inn’s director of sales. Tea is made tableside, where guests essentially receive a history lesson on the very teas they sip, as well as the origin and evolution of tea in general. “There’s a little bit of education in the worldwide importance of having tea,” Jones notes.


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But it’s really not as prim and proper as it may sound. “It’s comfortable, but elegant,” Jones says. “It’s also very flexible.” The Salem Cross Inn inWest Brookfield, Massachusetts, likewise highlights its historical aspects with more traditional celebrations. Most are luncheons, with an outdoor cocktail hour (weather permitting, of course), hors d’oeuvres, a seated meal and the ceremonial opening of gifts, according to Martha Salem. Shower hosts will often accentuate

the Inn’s colonial interior with lanterns and historic-style trimmings.

Décor As for decorations, consider matching the shower colors to that of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Banks suggests. Another fun element would be to name the tables based on where the couple plans to honeymoon, says Salem. Also, coordinating with the wedding colors is always a sure bet, according to Kwiatkowski,

who describes bright orange and hot pink, and bright red and orange combinations as some of the more popular pairings this season. “People are carrying the bold colors of the weddings into the showers,” she says.

Entertainment Meanwhile, how do you keep your guests entertained? Think about games, wedding bingo or questionnaires/trivia about the bride and groom. Include questions about how the couple met, how the proposal occurred and the location of their honeymoon. You can also suggest that everyone bring a recipe that they can share, or that each person stand up at the shower to share how they know the bride or groom (great for funny or touching stories). Speaking of shower organizers and guests, Salem notes, “they’re definitely into activities.” But however you choose to revel in the day, remember that it is, ultimately, a celebration of love. Keep in mind that “this is the first part of their journey of becoming a married couple,” says Banks. B&G Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based inWorcester, Massachusetts, and is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™.

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Whites, creams and ivories will never go out of style at a wedding,

but many of today’s brides and grooms are making a statement with bold colors and textures that truly capture their wild side. “We’re seeing that couples are much more daring,” reveals Irena Clark from A Perfect Setting in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, of color trends in today’s weddings. This fullservice event planning company has a complete showroom of linens in vibrant hues and 58 Spring

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luxurious textures that, Clark says, attract brides- and grooms-to-be, even if they came in envisioning a muted palette. “They want a little edginess, whether the color is displayed at through their linens or their centerpieces or accent ribbons,” she says.

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While she also says that white and ivory will always have a place on the wedding color wheel, even couples who use it as a base will often infuse a dash of eye-catching color congruently through their color scheme. Clark says now, more than ever, various shades of purples and greens are hot along with metallics, most notably silver. “And Tiffany blue,” she laughs. “You may find a bride here or there that says Tiffany blue is ‘out,’ but that’s not what I’m seeing. It’s the color with staying power.” This isn’t a bad thing at all, she notes, as the immortal robin’s-egg blue hue is undeniably bright and cheerful. One way to be as precise as possible in achieving this signature color is by enlisting guidance from the company that virtually created professional color standards for the design industry: Pantone. Its newly createdWeb site,www.dessy.com/ PANTONE, and coordinating color swatch cards by Pantone Wedding, are sure to point you in the right direction, no matter what color scheme you crave. “Weddings are a big event, and one of the most important things about setting a mood is color,” explains Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone’s Fashion, Home and Interiors Division. Pressman says Pantone has long been the industry color go-to guide, but the company was looking for a way to make the color standard available to the bridal consumer. Nearly 50 years ago, Pantone created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors. Last September, the company partnered with The Dessy Group, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaids’ dresses and bridal gowns that includes lines in their eponymous collection, as well as dresses by Lela Rose, After Six and Alfred Sung, to form Pantone Wedding. Color selection and coordination is made easy for brides and the wedding party with online interactive tools. Inspirational style boards also help brides choose their wedding colors and accompanying gowns and dresses—of which there are more than 200 shades. “It’s a whole different world out there,” says Pressman, referring to online resources that brides and grooms utilize when planning their big day. “We wanted to make the planning process easier and more efficient.” Paper swatches and Dessy fabric swatches

make working with dress shops, rental companies, cake designers, florists and other vendors easier and ensure that your interpretation of a “bubble gum pink” rose bouquet arrives looking just the way you think it should. Supporting Irena Clark’s assertion thatTiffany blue remains one of the most popular shades for weddings—Pantone named their 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue similar to Tiffany’s signature shade, 2010’s Color of theYear. www.bridegroommag.com

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White complements just about any shade, but fun color combos, such as pink and green, charcoal and light blue, blue and green, or orange and pink will surely garner some attention. Too much? Go with a white, ecru or off-white invite with a bold border. A formal toile pattern is instantly made fun and flirty in an unexpected shade, such as amethyst, mustard or cabernet. Florist Paul Shusas, longtime owner of Holmes-Shusas Florist in Worcester,

Massachusetts, describes the trend toward brighter, bolder hues as exciting. “Mixing oranges, reds, yellows and purples—you would have never seen these colors blended years ago,� says Shusas. He credits the growing palette of bridesmaid dress options as part of the impetus for the color explosion.“Brides are looking for stronger, fresh flower bouquets, that, depending on the time of year, can be bold,� he continues. “Some want to keep it monochromatic while others add in

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all different colors.� Shusas points to shades of orange to create a stunning, if unexpected, impact. Mango-tangerine calla lilies invite a feeling of the tropics, while fuchsia mango callas juxtaposed with brilliant yellow ones and mixed with orange rose hips make a statement. All shades of blue, he says, are also increasingly popular. “Blue was really big a decade ago, but now there are more shades offered, from midnight to sky blue and everything in between,� he says. This can include fragrant hyacinths, the ever-popular hydrangea, delicate delphiniums and, for some textural interest, Sea Holly, a perennial herb known for its metallic spiny-toothed foliage and flower heads in a steel blue/gray hue. Shusas says the key to using color successfully is well-planned harmonization. “I always coordinate the color used in the ceremony with the reception colors,� he explains, “so that it looks like the bride is in control of everything.� Whether the ceremony is off site,at a church or at the same location as the reception, a cohesive color palette throughout the entire wedding’s design scheme is essential. Of course, this doesn’t mean matchy-matchy; it means that colors, if they aren’t monochromatic, should complement one another in terms of tones and intensity. Some of the most complementary arrangements are centered around


color combinations that might sound unlikely, but work together for a stunning look. On a tablescape, for example, consider the overall feel that you’re trying to convey: modern, vintage, classic, seasonal, bold. From linens to chargers, vases to stemware, color can be infused via many different angles. The key is to find what combinations work for you. Are you all-out bold and picture the whole table covered in a certain shade, or do light touches of color seem more your style?What kind of budget are you devoting to design? Of course, a black and white color scheme is always hip, but more wedding planners are steering couples toward infusing a dash of color with black and white patterns for that ultimate pop. For example, fuchsia, celadon green or a rich red will contrast with the popular color combination quite nicely. Up-lighting with color is one surefire way to capture your guests’ attention and create a cohesive look. It’s also a way to create a separate gathering area in one ballroom. Create a hip lounge space with purple or golden lighting for dancers to rest their weary feet, or fashion the illusion of a winter wonderland by drenching the room in a cool ice blue.This colorful effect can transform a mundane space into an effervescent one. Also consider including color in the most unexpected places. At one time, a bride’s greatest footwear dilemma was trying to perfectly align the right shade of white, off-white or eggshell to her gown. Today, many brides toss the rules to the side and embrace their inner Carrie Bradshaw by sporting a favorite pair of flamboyant heels. A bride can also use colorful accessories to create a personal, edgy look. An ostrich feather hair pin, sea glass necklace or bangle bracelets—your personal style can shine though with these types of subtle statements. As color trends have come and gone, it’s important to choose shades that ultimately reflect your personalities. Consider the venue and its potential, the season and what colors Mother Nature will be showcasing when you tie the knot. Let your choices set the perfect tone for your wedding. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine,Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, Rhode Island. www.bridegroommag.com

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Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when This guide uses a timeframe of 12 to 18 months prior to a wedding date. As your event may be in less (or more) time, use this as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third…).

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

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

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


4 – 6 months • Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon. • Experiment with hair and make-up styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved.

2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 82). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner.

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

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

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

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Need some help getting started? Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction. Begin with a budget How much money is available to spend? Who pays for what? Who makes the major spending decisions? When assessing these issues, make sure everyone involved is as clear, open, honest and—most importantly—as realistic as possible. The more that’s established and made clear now will make for easier planning and decision making later on.

Size things up The number of expected guests and the desired type of reception will set the tone for all other planning decisions, so it is important to get a handle on this early.The preliminary guest list should consist of the bride’s family and parents’ friends; the groom’s family and parents’ friends; and the couple’s friends. Since many locations may have requirements for the minimum and/or maximum number of guests, this information will be essential during your site search. Determine the specifications that will set the style of your party. Large or small? Formal or informal? Evening or daytime? Outside or inside? Winter, spring, summer or fall? Again, this information is a must-have for finding the ideal location (at the ideal time and price).

Location, location, location This mantra is as meaningful for weddings as it is for real estate.Whether your site is a fabulous hall or hotel, a beautiful park or your own backyard, options abound. It all depends upon the size of your reception and budget.


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Use these sources to find your ideal site: local bridal magazines (like B&G), the phone book, the Internet and references from family/ friends.

Organization The best way to keep things running smoothly and stress levels manageable is to have some type of organizational system to sort out your planning information.Whether you use dedicated file folders, a binder or even just a single box, make this the place to keep all wedding-related data. But remember, this will only work if you are committed to it. Having a timetable may also help.We’ve provided one for you on p. 66.

Help Yes, it is your wedding but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. Family members and close friends will most likely volunteer their services for any weddingplanning task.As a savvy project manager you will, of course, take them up on it.You may even ask them before they ask you! Keep in mind that delegating doesn’t mean compromising your vision; it means achieving it with less stress.

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


sign it. If this means taking it home, then do so. Don’t let any vendor rush you into signing. Update your contract with any changes, additions or deletions made by either you or the vendor. This can be as simple as writing it on the original agreement and having both parties initial it. Or, if it’s clearer, write up an amended contract and sign it. Be wary of any vendor that doesn’t want to have a contract. It is designed to protect both parties and keep the details organized. Don’t be pressured into working without one. Consider looking for a new vendor if they refuse to use 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.

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

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choose personal care products with fewer synthetic (made from petroleum) chemicals. Remember to read labels. If the ingredient list on a product shows a long list of “hard to pronounce” chemicals,try instead to choose something that has more natural ingredients. Bridal gowns • Consignment shops are great places to look for previously loved wedding gowns.You may even find some that have never been worn! Chances are either kind have been cleaned and are in good shape. • Look for new gowns that are made from all natural fabrics such as silk, tencel, organic cotton/silk or hemp/silk blends or check for manufacturers that use fabrics that are bleached with a less toxic, non-chlorine mixture. Flowers • Look for florists who are willing to use locally grown, organic or in-season flora. • There can be more to bouquets than cut flowers. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and grasses can make lovely additions or substitutions, as do beads or berries. • Make arrangements to donate large bouquets or centerpieces to local nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Reception location • If you’re planning an indoor function, consider a pavilion or facility with lots of indoor vegetation (plants filter indoor air pollution). Making use of a special place of worship or a historical landmark promotes the concept of maintaining older buildings, rather than tearing them (or trees) down to build new ones. • If a natural outdoor environment strikes your fancy, look for botanical gardens and/or parks that use few pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic to wildlife, plants and wedding guests, or are organically maintained locations.

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Gifts that keep on giving • Shop at planet-friendly online stores, such as www.vivaterra.com and www.vivavi.com, for gifts made from eco-friendly materials. Online


shopping also saves gas, emissions and time. • Register for gifts with eco-conscious merchants such as www.gaiam.com. Transportation • Try a non-petrol option such as a horsedrawn carriage. • Car pool. Arrange for transportation for all of your out-of-town guests staying at your local hotel or B&B. It will be easier on them (they don’t have to navigate in an unknown area) and on the environment (less cars on the road).

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Food • Serve organic or vegan food and drinks at the reception. • Ask for free-range chicken, vegetarian pastas or locally grown, seasonal food that isn’t genetically engineered. • Organic wine and champagne are also trendy choices. Look for labels from Bonterra or Frey. Or consider wines from local wineries to support local businesses. • Bakeries are getting better and better at providing options that are organic and whole-grain. • Arrange to donate leftover food through a local food bank. (See Resource Directory on p. 101 for more info.) Favors • Send your wedding guests home in ecochic style with a small bag of organic chocolates or a packet of wildflower seeds. Honeymoon options An eco-tourism destination that’s local, national or international is the perfect get-away after you’ve tied the knot. It’s unique, memorable and you will be doing a good thing for the local economy too. The primary focus of Ecotourism is to experience nature, local culture and adventure all while caring for the environment. A green get-away doesn’t necessarily mean flying off to South America for a rafting trip down the Amazon (although if you can swing it, go for it!). Here are just a few ideas: • Snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Winter lodges can be lovely and romantic. • A biking or hiking vacation in your favorite national forest during the summer. • If your honeymoon brings you to a city, make sure that you are staying in a green hotel. There are B&Bs, inns, motels, state parks and eco-lodges for a more low key earth-friendly adventure. B&G

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

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

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Body basics Tall and thin.Your even proportions make just about any style jacket, single or double breasted, right for you. Double-breasted styles will make you appear bulkier up top, so if you’re leaning toward the thin side, keep that in mind. Tall and husky/ broad. Your substantial upper body will be best suited with a trim, neat look. Try a jacket with a shawl collar, as it gives a clean line. Wearing a full vest might also help in that regard.Avoid cutaway jackets, which will be too short in the front, and any shirts with too much detail (i.e., pleats). Short and husky/broad. As with your taller counterparts, stick with a simple, clean style such as the thin line of a shawl collar, especially on a single-breasted jacket. Opt for natural instead of padded shoulders to downplay excessive broadness. Short and thin. Single-breasted coats with two or three buttons will add length to your torso, while notched lapels will add the illusion of width at the upper chest.You might do well with a double-breasted jacket, although it could end up looking too big for your frame. Tuxedo terminology Cutaway Jacket (a.k.a. Morning Coat). Short in the front and tapers into a long, wide “tail” in


back. Colors are either gray or black. Worn with matching striped trousers for formal daytime weddings. Dinner Jacket. A white or ivory jacket cut like a tuxedo jacket and worn with black, satin-striped trousers. Full Dress Tailcoat. Usually for formal evening weddings, this is a full dress coat with two long skirts or “tails” that taper in the back. Stroller (a.k.a.Walking Coat). This semi-formal jacket is traditionally worn by groomsmen for daytime weddings. Cut slightly longer than a traditional jacket, in gray or black this jacket is usually worn with matching striped trousers. Tuxedo Jacket. Can be either single- or double-breasted with a variety of button options (one to four or more for the single, two to six or more for the double). Can be worn at formal or semiformal events. Each style can have any type of lapel and is worn with black, satin-striped trousers. Lapels Notch. A triangular indentation that is cut where the lapel meets the collar. Peak. A broad, two-piece lapel that is V-shaped and points up and out (toward the shoulders) just below the collar line. Shawl. A smooth lapel without a notch that forms a continuous line from the neck down the front of the jacket. Usually made of a contrasting material such as satin. Helpful hints Timing. Unlike a bride, you won’t need months to seek out and find the perfect tuxedo. Just make sure your selections are ordered at least three months or more before the wedding, and that you and your wedding party are scheduled for fittings five to seven weeks before. Be comfortable. This is a suit you’ll be wearing for at least eight hours, so make sure you like wearing it. Is it roomy enough? Does it move well? Is the fabric too light or too heavy for the season of your wedding.? Check, check and triple check. When you and your guys pick up the tuxedos, check the labels to ensure you’ve got the right size. Better yet, try the stuff on. Also look at the buttons, hooks, clasps and whatnot to make sure they’re sewn on tightly. B&G

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Band 19. Will you provide music while on breaks? 20. Do you perform ethnic music? (Especially important if you’re incorporating your heritages into the day.) 21. Will you have backup staff available in the event of illness? Practical advice • When meeting with prospective entertainment professionals, find out if they will be able to perform (audition) for you. Getting some references might also help you with your decision. • Just as you know what song is best for your first dance, so too does your DJ or band leader know what will get everyone’s toes tapping. Still, there may be some songs that you’d rather not have played. By all means, give your expert a list; just keep in mind that some may be just what your guests would want to hear. Stay flexible.Would it be so terrible if one or two tunes were played by a guest’s request? B&G

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rapher and some fancy duds… but do not forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license! Here is what you need to know to get the legalities in order for your big day. If you are getting married in Massachusetts, both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made by both parties (in person) in any city or town in Massachusetts. Where you apply is where the marriage certificate will be filed. There is a waiting period of three days.This includes Sundays and holidays, but not the day upon which the application is submitted. The license is valid for 60 days from the date you file and can be used in any city or town in Massachusetts. There is a state fee of $4.00 for the license, but each town is allowed to set their own fee in addition to that. Check with your town clerk’s office for cost information. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Some towns may require proof, such as a birth certificate. Please note: The requirements and information listed here are subject to change and may differ for same-sex couples. For the most up-to-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. Information specific to samesex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at: www.glad.org/rights (click on the Massachusetts link), and www.lawlib.state.ma.us/ subject/about/gaymarriage.html If you’re marrying out of state (or having a destination wedding), be sure to check out the requirements for that area. Because those requirements will differ per location, it’s best to take care of this early in your planning. B&G


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

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

Marlborough 140 Main St. (508) 460-3775 cityclerk@marlboroughma.gov www.marlborough-ma.gov Millbury 127 Elm St. (508) 865-9110 www.millbury-ma.org

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

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

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

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Shoes to Dye For on the Move! Shoes to Dye For has announced that it will be in new location beginning this June. Located between Skipjack’s and Fresh City, across from the Natick Collection, at 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, eastbound side) in Natick, Mass., this space will showcase a larger selection of jewelry, headpieces and accessories than ever before. For store hours and directions, go to www.shoestodyefor.com.

DaSilva Jewelry Design Moves SUPERSAVER Discount on 2010 Bookings at Fruitlands! Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass., offers panoramic views of the Nashoba River Valley and a beautiful sunset each evening, making it an ideal backdrop for your wedding. Premium 2010 dates are available, and couples who mention seeing this notice in BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine will receive a 50 percent discount off of their facility rental. Ceremonies at Fruitlands can be held in a variety of settings, including in a magnificently appointed tent, under a garden arbor, beside a quiet fountain or in front of the Fruitlands Farmhouse. Pristine grounds and historic New England buildings and statues on this 200-acre property offer opportunities for exceptional photography as well. To receive your 2010 discount, book an appointment with Lucille Lee at 978-456-3924 ext. 294, or visit www.fruitlands.org.

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

The 1761 Old Mill offers a unique serene atmosphere that is unsurpassed by most. Get married on our grounds listening to our flowing falls and then proceed with a delightful dinner in our classic New England surroundings. The Old Mill makes a perfect setting for your extraordinary day.

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

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Pampering Honeymoons in the

Northeast by Janet Strassman Perlmutter

or many, a key component of honeymooning is relaxation, recovering from the buzz of activity that wedding planning—and the wedding celebration—can often entail. Do you yearn for a honeymoon in which you won’t have to work too hard, well, for anything? For couples who want to chill out and be taken care of, even pampered a bit (or more), we’ve got some ideas for you.

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Taj Boston Service is a specialty at the Taj Boston, a stately hotel overlooking the Public Gardens. Formerly the Ritz Carlton, many stop in for silver-service afternoon tea, complete with tiny cucumber sandwiches, cherry scones with Devonshire cream and a cup of jasmine tea or a glass

of sherry in The Lounge. But if you check in at the Taj for a honeymoon stay, that luxuriant attention is yours at nearly every turn. Staying in a fireplaced-suite? Contact the Taj Fireplace Butler for a selection of aromatic woods to light up your cozy hideaway. Seeking a just-right night’s sleep? Consult the pillow menu and select from more than half a dozen choices to suit your preference. Need to connect? The Technology Butler is at your service.And of course, there’s 24-hour room service to satisfy your appetite any time of the day or night. If you do choose to venture out, you’ll find it well worth leaving your opulent room for champagne brunch in the Dining Room, a Sunday specialty. Stunning views of the gold-domed State House, Beacon Hill and the

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Boston Common are rivaled only by the exquisite array of culinary treats. It’s an international festival of tastes with Indian stews, Asian salads, French cheeses and Belgian waffles with fresh berries as well as sushi, pasta, an abundance of local produce, and a decadent selection of intricate pastries and chocolate artistry. Rooftop dancing at the Taj on summer nights is not to be missed. A Boston tradition, The Roof inspires with live music, phenomenal views and a sophisticated club atmosphere. Reservations are necessary, and can be made through dining services. The Taj is well-situated for an easy walk to the art galleries and boutiques of Newbury Street, theater and theatrics such as touring Broadway productions and the antics of Blue Man Group, summer concerts on the Esplanade and winter skating at Frog Pond. Or, ask the concierge about complimentary

car service in the Boston downtown area. No matter what your activities of choice are, leave time for the special indulgence provided by the Taj Bath Butler. This gratifying amenity includes an attendant to run your bath with a choice of body oils, sea salts or aromatic bubbles and a carafe of herbal tea, hot chocolate or a glass of champagne, along with a snack from the hotel bakery.Your needs attended to, the butler then leaves you in comfort to soak as long as you choose before slipping off to bed, gazing at your lush surroundings, or setting out on your next Boston adventure.

meet the sumptuous treats of a 3-diamond resort. Migis Lodge offers all the simple pleasures of summer camp—pine-scented air, a waterfront stocked with boats and a schedule of cookouts, fishing, waterskiing and tennis—while delivering all the indulgences a honeymoon couple might want. Private cabins outfitted with fine linens, handmade quilts, fresh flowers and romantic fireplaces are attended by daily maid service. Activities, depending on the season, include wine tastings, golf and a scenic excursion on

Migis Lodge If it’s rustic pleasures that soothe your soul, consider a honeymoon at Migis Lodge on Maine’s spring-fed Sebago Lake. Here, the verdant delights of the country Migis Lodge

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a lobster boat. Afterward you can refresh and revitalize with a sauna, massage, yoga class or tai chi. Evening cocktail receptions, beachside dining and gourmet events in the more formal dining room all feature local fare with an international twist. Maine lobster headlines the menu along with Atlantic salmon and swordfish, venison and sirloin steak. Regional treats include Gulf of Maine crab cakes, soups of chilled wild berries or Vermont cheddar and ale, wild mushroom calzone, strawberryrhubarb cobbler, Maine-brewed beer and much more. Just 40 minutes from Portland, Maine, Migis Lodge presents an escape both memorable and easy. Greeting guests since 1916, the family-owned resort has a high rate of return, and you, too, may find yourselves booking anniversary stays year after year. Summer is especially busy with family vacationers, while fall is the quieter season for couples. The resort is open mid-June to mid-October annually.

be the first to gawk as you arrive; the long, lightfilled room is quite eyecatching with its stately pillars, warm chandeliers and graceful staircase. Enjoy the regal charm of the historic hotel, the wealth of outdoor activi-

MountWashington Hotel

Mount Washington Hotel If your version of nirvana entails mountain views with classic New England comforts, the Mount Washington Hotel is just waiting to welcome you. Hosting international royalty, U.S. presidents, movie stars and other members of the glitterati since 1902, this extensive resort retains the grandeur of its original Spanish Renaissance architecture. Updated for the times and renovated to assure guests’ pleasure, Mount Washington Hotel was winterized for yearround comfort in 1998. More recently, the original Donald Ross golf course was restored according to its original plans. Many resorts tout themselves as “grand,” but you understand that about the Mount Washington even before you enter. A long driveway along the expansive front lawn leads to the iconic white hotel with shining red roof, which is framed by the impressive Presidential Mountain Range. The view is nothing short of breathtaking. Valets at the entrance know how to make guests feel like royalty. While they handily store your skis or other athletic gear just off the portico, the bellmen manage your luggage allowing you to enter the hotel’s majestic Great Hall unencumbered.You wouldn’t

For more information Taj Boston 15 Arlington Street Boston, MA 617-536-5700, 877-482-5267 www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/ Taj Boston,BOSTON/default.htm Migis Lodge PO Box 40 South Casco, Maine 207-655-4524 www.migis.com Mount Washington Hotel Route 302 Bretton Woods, New Hampshire 603-278-1000 www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/ BrettonWoodsMountWashington.aspx

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ties or, as this resort so comfortably allows, move fluidly between the two.A shuttle from the hotel brings guests to hike or ski at Bretton Woods, just across the street.This mountainside complex offers a Zipline ride or extensive tree canopy tour. Winter activities include dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, tubing and guided alpine snowshoe tours. More temperate weather brings horseback riding, rock-climbing, mountain biking and fly fishing.Year round, guests enjoy indoor and heated outdoor swimming. Recently added is Mount Washington Resort’s extensive spa, offering pampering in the form of mud wraps, body polishes, peppermint pedicures and a golfer’s massage, among other temptations. The outdoor hot tub, with mountain views, is ecstasy itself. Whether you spend your days in a blur of activity or simply appreciating the scenic vistas, you’re likely to appreciate the transformation that occurs when you arrive for your evening meal at the elegant Dining Room. Linen-clad tables surround the dance floor while a live band plays. Dance cheek-to-cheek with your new spouse as you await courses of innovative New England cuisine, such as grilled scallops with truffled barley or seared duck with maple-shitake bread pudding. Who says theYankee mentality is all about practicality, frugality and restraint? A nourishing honeymoon in any of these New England gems may give you a whole new outlook on regional history—while getting your marriage off to a magnificent start. B&G Janet Strassman Perlmutter, a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, is happy to be pampered in settings rural, urban or in between. BRIDE&GROOM Spring 2010

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The ultimate beach, breezy, sunny days. Your Divi Aruba All Inclusive honeymoon getaway lets you choose from 9 dining options, 7 bars, snorkeling, biking, non-motorized watersports, live entertainment nightly and more. Plus, all guest rooms are just steps from the sand and pools. • Guaranteed Oceanview or Beachside accommodation with patio or balcony and king-size or queen-size bed • Use of the facilities and features of the adjacent Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

• Candlelight dinner • Remembrance gift • Wedding packages available • Free night first anniversary certificate

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


HONEYMOON TRAVEL

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in London.

Getting off to a flying start by Katharine Dyson

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he bouquet has been tossed and it’s time to let the honeymoon begin. But before you can sink your toes into a sandy beach or push off for a run down a ski slope, you have to do a bit of traveling. No small feat these days, when just getting through airport security can be hard work. Not to mention that the good old days of included meals, pillows, blankets and, in some cases, snacks have gone by the way side. Don’t despair; there are ways around these now-commonplace hassles. Here are some suggestions.

Consider upgrading For extra-long flights, such as one from the East Coast to Hawaii, upgrading can make a huge difference. Real meals, wine, champagne and wider, more comfortable seats, are just for starters. Because business and first class passengers use different, shorter lines, it may also mean less waiting for security and boarding. For example, booking upper class passage on Virgin Atlantic means the VIP treatment begins on the ground when a complimentary limo whisks you to the airport. Then, it’s on to the Virgin Clubhouse in Boston, and some other major cities, to await your flight. www.bridegroommag.com

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Upgrading can be costly, so use frequent flyer miles to upgrade. Don’t have any? Call a friend who does. Some programs allow members to pass on their points. Or, if you’re flying en masse for your destination wedding, explore special group package options. Air Jamaica, for example, offers upgrades to couples if they are in a group of 22 people traveling together.

Lounge scene

and the like are available in the Cowshed Spa and Gym.You can even try out the St.Tropez tanning booth, get your hair cut in Bumble & Bumble, dine on delicious gourmet selections or challenge your new spouse to a game of pool. Enjoy big-screenTVs while lying back in reclining loungers; take a sauna or a steam; or soak in the spa pool. Sounds great, but what if you aren’t upgrading? Flying economy doesn’t mean you are restricted from using an airline lounge. More and more airports are offering one-day passes and some services, like Priority Pass, sell packages ranging from one-day to multiple admissions to participating lounges. For example, Air Jamaica’s all-day pass to its Lovebird Executive Lounge allows its

Access to an airline lounge makes waiting in the airport infinitely more relaxing—especially during delays or long layovers. Besides comfortable seating, internet access and television, free food, beverages and a range of entertainment options are also available. Upper class passengers on Virgin Atlantic can refresh in the Revivals lounge at Heathrow Airport with hot showers in personal bathrooms, fresh shaves or mini manicures at the salon.You can even get your clothes pressed. Virgin’s 8,000-square-foot Clubhouse mentioned above has so many services and amenities, you may want to arrive early to Finnair Business Class service. take advantage. Facials, massages 92 Spring

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economy passengers full access to lounges at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Purchase the pass at the Air Jamaica airport check-in counters or from travel agents in Jamaica. Lovebird Executive Class tickets include access to the lounges at no additional charge. Porter Airlines may not be on the tip of your tongue, but it should if you’re heading to Canada. All passengers have access to lounges at downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa Airport, as well as complimentary in-flight services. Modern and comfortable Porter lounges feature leather seating, free wireless internet access and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks.

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Singular seating Fully reclining seats are another reason to upgrade. The new Finnair Airbus A330’s Contour Vantage seats recline to a fully horizontal position, and a new configuration offers more privacy and personal space. Nearly 90 percent of passengers have direct access to an aisle, and there is more storage space for hand luggage and clothing; onethird of business class passengers can select a lie-flat seat without another seat beside it. And what seats they are: Each upper class suite comes with a luxurious leather armchair, which flips over into a separate bed with a memory foam mattress and proper pillows, duvets and sheets.The cabin crew even provides turn-down service. For the ultimate in coziness, slip into an ultra-soft sleep suit and kick off your honeymoon with matching pajamas at 35,000 feet above ground.

Fly the fun airlines When you have a choice, selecting a “fun” airline can add value to your trip. Jet Blue, for example, provides a private, in-seat video with a selection of real-time TV shows to all fare classes, as well as snack baskets of Terra

Blue chips and other munchies (and they’re not stingy about handing them out). With Air Jamaica, the beat is on. This airline boasts colorful interiors and staff uniforms, as well as reggae music and Jamaican snacks of plantain chips and other island flavors. Tuning in to the Island Stylee video will really get you in the mood. Virgin Atlantic’s upper class cabin evokes a five-star hotel with an onboard bar and gourmet Freedom menu, inviting you to order what you want, when you want it.Yes, that means coq au vin, pumpkin ravoli or even cheese and tomato ciabatta topped with a berry pavlova or a selection of great cheeses—all served with a grand selection of wines. Premium economy passengers get priority boarding and baggage claim, and seats are the largest in their class. All food and drinks are complimentary, along with ice cream, and an extensive selection of personal entertainment options. Porter Airlines provides premium snack and beverage service on all flights, including wine and beer, served in real china and glassware. Comfortable leather seats are configured in a two-by-two layout, which means extra leg room and no middle seats. www.bridegroommag.com

Several airlines now charge fees for the first checked bag for economy class travel each way within the U.S. If these new policies offend your frugal flyer sensibilities, pack carefully, limit your color choices and don’t bring two dozen pairs of shoes. If you plan on bringing large sports equipment, such as skis, surf boards or golf bags, make sure overall dimensions are 62 inches (length + width + height) and weight is under 50 lbs. or extra fees could soar. Luggage polices will continue to change, so check with your airline in advance to avoid surprises at the airport. And if you’re heading to Europe and plan on renting a car, understand you will probably have less trunk/storage space than you are used to in the U.S. One good rule: if you can’t carry it all yourself at one time, don’t take it and don’t check it. It may sound tough, but why be weighed down by unnecessary baggage? Think freedom. And be sure to heed the security requirement for any carry-on containers to be 3.4 ounces or less. All containers should fit in a one-quart plastic bag and be available for screening at security. Large bottles should be put into checked luggage or left at home. One plus for carrying your bags it is that you have more flexibility. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you can easily shift to another available flight on a different carrier (not so with checked luggage). Also, keep in mind you will probably pick up souvenirs and gifts along the way. Leave extra room in your suitcase or plan to ship your treasures home separately. B&G Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. BRIDE&GROOM Spring 2010

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Function Facility P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

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

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

W - Wedding Receptions

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

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Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover)

Emily Groccia

E, B, D, W

$65+

Yes

Yes

250 Max

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

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (78)

Michelle Frieswick

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

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

Coral Seafood (80)

Jim Voylatzis

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

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

Dino’s Restaurant (81)

Jay Evangelista

Reception Facility

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

Worcester

B, D

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

$30 – 50

Yes

Under $30

Yes

Yes

1/35

No

30/300

Yes

25/60

Yes

1–2

Yes

1–2

No

Yes

3

No

No

1

No

No

13 Lord St., Worcester, MA 01604 Dino’s Restaurant has been serving the finest northern and southern Italian cuisine and variety of American foods for more than 60 years. Ph: (508) 753-9978 jevange171@hotmail.com • www.dinosrestaurant.biz Ample parking, handicap accessible. All major credit cards.

Higgins Armory Museum (78)

Rentals Office

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

E, B, D, W

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

Leo’s Ristorante (23)

Lee Hanson

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

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

Mechanics Hall (29)

Sharon Onorato

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

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

Tribeca (43)

Aaron Hammond E, B, D, W

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

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

Tuckerman Hall (35)

Paul Levenson

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

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

Worcester Art Museum (86)

Janice Potter

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Under $30

Varies

$30 – 50

Varies

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1/250

No

Yes

25/125

No

1–2

No

150/425

Yes

1

No

15/120

No

1

No

Max 250

Yes

1

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

No

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E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (64)

Victoria Collins

E, B, D, W

$29 – 65

Yes

Yes

50/600

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

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

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

W - Wedding Receptions

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Charter Oak Country Club (Inside Front Cover) Christine Mazri

E, B, D, W

$40-75

Yes

Yes

130/275

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1-3

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

Yes

Yes

3

No

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

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn (66)

Steven Jones

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

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

Doubletree Hotel (56)

Linde Schwartz

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75+

$30 – 70

Yes

Yes

50/550

Nancy Jewel

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

Highfields Golf & Country Club (67)

Terri Juliano

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (74)

Sales Office

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

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

Piccadilly Events (71)

Erin Phillips

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

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

Radisson Hotel & Suites (73)

June Wellington

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

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

Riverview (70)

Gerry Leandres

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

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

Stow Acres Country Club (72)

Karen Giles

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

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

White Cliffs Function Facility (94)

Phyllis Joseph

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Under $30

Varies

Varies

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/100

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

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Grafton Inn (68)

E, B, D, W

$20 – $40

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

30/150

0/220

2/400

20/150

25/250

30/600

50/250

100/350

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Leicester Country Club (55)

Sales Office

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

20/300

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (94)

Alexis Conte

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

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

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (24)

Sales Office

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

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (82)

Arnold Villatico, Jr.

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

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

Publick House (69)

Catherine O’Brien

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

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

Salem Cross Inn (51)

Donna Bennett

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (99)

Lise Soper

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (16)

Grace Gugliotti

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

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (33)

Lynn Zukas

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

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

Reception Facility

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

West of Worcester

E, B, D, W

E, B, D ,W

E, B, D ,W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

South of Worcester E, B, W

$50 – 75+

Varies

Yes

Yes

Under $30

$30 – 78

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$73 – 94

$30 – 60

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

15/200

90/250

Max 240

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

Varies

Yes

6/225

Yes

Max 350

Yes

275

50/250

2

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

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.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (79)

Melissa Laskowski

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.

Crystal Lake Golf Club (42)

Tracy Hill

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

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

E, B, D, W

E,B,D,W,

Under $30

Yes

No

50/200

Twin River (7)

Donna Wing

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

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

www.bridegroommag.com

50/1200

Yes

1

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

No

50/450

Yes

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

Yes

Yes

50/175

Catering Sales

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

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

E, B, D, W

$30-$75+

Yes

50/500

No

David Morin

Under $30

Yes

0/200

2

Arrowhead Acres (78)

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

BRIDE&GROOM

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1

Spring 2010

No

Yes

Yes

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E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Chocksett Inn (4)

Paula Kwiatkowski

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

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

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

Mary Whitman

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

W - Wedding Receptions

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

25/250

25/425

Yes

1–2

Yes

Yes

1–3

Yes

1

No

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

Fruitlands Museum (63)

Lucille Lee

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

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

Four Points by Sheraton (24)

Renee Denno

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

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

Harrington Farm (11)

Irena Clark

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

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (40) Kerri Landry

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$75+

$30-$50

$50 to $75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Available

Yes

0/200

20/500

50/225

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

2

No

25/375

Yes

2

No

300 Max

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

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

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

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (86)

Kristy Ashley

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

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

E, B, D, W

Under $30

No

Yes

10/150

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (36)

Janet Fotiadis

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (57)

Melissa Banks

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (21)

Michelle Kupfer

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$20 – 60

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

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

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

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www.bridegroommag.com

Yes

1

100/325

Yes

3


Experience a New England Tradition The Sturbridge Host Hotel on Cedar Lake offers exemplary service in the New England tradition. Choose from one of our all-inclusive Wedding Packages or customize a package to suit your specific needs. Whether you’re in our lakeside tent, outdoor gazebo, indoor garden terrace or Grand Ballroom, warm and personal attention awaits you and your guests. Also available for Showers and Rehearsal Dinners.

On the Shores of Cedar Lake Ask about our special overnight group rates for out of town guests.

(508) 347-7393 366 Main Street • Sturbridge, MA • 01566 Email: info@sturbridgehosthotel.com Visit our web site for all of your wedding needs. www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

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W

edding

R

esources

Books

100

BOOKS

Bouquet Preservation

100

Bridal Registry

100

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

Bridal Shops

100

Bridal Shows

100

Cakes

100-101

Thomas E. O’Brien (103)

BOUQUET PRESERVATION Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (17) One Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 www.Holmes-Shusas.com Specializing in freeze dried wedding bouquets since 1989. All preservations done on site. Four styles to choose from. We can include your invitation! Visit us online.

Catering

101

Donation Services

101

Entertainment

101

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Florists

101

Royal Prestige Products (62)

Hair & Makeup

101

Honeymoon Spots

101

Invitations

101

BRIDAL SHOPS

Jewelry

101

Bridals by Rochelle

Limousines

102

Photo Booths

102

Photography

102

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

Pre-wedding Services

102

Couture Bridal Co. (65)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (83)

577 Tiogue Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (401) 615-5470 couturerentals@aol.com www.couture-bridal.com www.couture-designs.com We strive to truly be your one-stop bridal and event resource. We are proud to offer a full-service bridal salon, event rentals, and services.

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

Real Estate

102

Reception Facilities

95

Rentals

102

Shoes

103

Tuxedos

103

Videography

103

Wedding Internet Services 103

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

Elegance by Carbonneau (25) 292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 • www.mydress4less.com Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

Loren’s Bridal (6) 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.

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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™ (12, 13) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (888) 774-3976 • Fax: 508-770-0065 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show. Featuring seven expos in January, March, April, September and November.

CAKES

Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (23) 288 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 Allow Bean Counter Bakery to work with you in creating your dream wedding cake. We offer elegant designs and exquisite flavors.

Cakes by Chris Gadaire 81 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA (508) 867-0101 cgadairecakes@aol.com • www.cakesbychrisgadaire.com Creative custom designed wedding cakes, unique and delicious. Many styles available or create your own special design. Consultations by appointment.


Crown Bakery (74)

The Jimmy Fund (70)

Image Hair Salon (77)

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.

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.

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

Rachel’s Table (76)

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90)

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (31) 39 Jolma Rd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-3100 jules@creedonandco.com www.creedonandco.com Family operated business providing personalized catering, tent, and equipment rentals since 1985. Our motto, “Your Style Is Our Style” reflects our commitment to a memorable event.

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (8) 43 Hudson St., Northboro, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 www.pepperscatering.com Your dreams and our experience... the taste and imagination of great catering. Over 16 years of experience with innovative cuisine and custom event design.

Struck Catering (76) 130 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-5953 info@struckcatering.com www.struckcatering.com Elegant, Whimsical... Simply Delicious! Let Struck Catering bring your ideas to the table. Please call for our full wedding package.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (68) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

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

HONEYMOON SPOTS

Why Me, Inc. (103) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 • www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provide Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (73) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost four million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (2) 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.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (75) 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.

INVITATIONS Celebrations! Invitations (67) 12 Stonybrook Lane, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 845-3676 celebrations@townisp.com www.celebrations-invitations.com Choose from our extensive line of engagement and wedding announcements, invitations and favors. Mention this ad and receive a 20% discount.

Ever After Postage (80) www.EverAfterPostage.com • holly@everafterpostage.com Ever After Postage offers designer U.S. postage, envelope seals, save the date cards and much more to make your happily Ever After even more memorable!

The Paper Store (47) 24 locations in Massachusetts 1 location in New Hampshire (978) 500-0967 adv@thepaperstore.com • www.thepaperstore.com There’s a print studio located inside the Paper Store! Custom printing services & more to fit your style and occasion— perfectly!

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

Herbert E. Berg Florist (46) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (17) One Ararat St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 hshusas@aol.com • www.holmes-shusas.com The Bride’s Choice for 30 years. Wedding packages and freeze dried floral preservation. Call for a free color brochure. Visit us online.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (50) 335A Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 756-7791 For the ultimate in chic weddings, let our salon staff coordinate your entire bridal party’s hairstyles and makeup. Even color coordinate your hair color, too.

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

Sachs Jewelers (3) 180 Route 9 East, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 792-2300 www.sachsjewelers.com Specializing in diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Our showroom boasts Worcester County’s largest selection of diamonds and the latest styles, brands, and custom-designed bridal jewelry.

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LIMOUSINES

Media Photo (34)

A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (86)

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

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

RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (53)

Gray’s Limousine (16, 49) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 756-7477, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (75) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com • www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you'd want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic Expressions Photography (1) 1353 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 883-8940 bobn@photoae.com • www.photoae.com We’re not just your wedding photographer, we are your graphic designer and publisher for your one-of-a-kind wedding album. We can customize a package that meets your needs.

Doros Photography (10) 315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 17 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299. to $6,000.

HJM Photography (37) 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.

Lasting Images Photography (63) 351 Main Street, Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-5171 weddings@lipphoto.com • www.lipphoto.com Your job is to plan the wedding of your dreams. Our job is to capture your special day the way you planned it using two photographers to capture the memories of your day.

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

PRE-WEDDING SERVICES Engaged Encounter (47) (508) 852-3048 It is a weekend designed to give couples planning marriage an opportunity for an intensive and honest look at their commitment to one another.

REAL ESTATE Jody Russell Roberge, Realtor of Janice Mitchell R.E. Inc. (75) 1023-25 Main Street, Holden, MA 01520 (774) 535-2657, (508) 829-6315 x04 jrus1980@aol.com Buyer and seller representation. Call me today to begin your free customized home search in MLS or for a free, no obligation market analysis of your home.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 95)

Looking for that unique touch to your important day that says something meaningful about you and what you care about?

You are invited to celebrate a special moment with Joslin.

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

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RENTALS A Perfect Setting (45) (888) 830-7887 info@aperfectsetting.com www.aperfectsetting.com A Perfect Setting provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

Couture Bridal Co. (65) 577 Tiogue Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (401) 615-5470 couturerentals@aol.com www.couture-bridal.com www.couture-designs.com We strive to truly be your one-stop bridal and event resource. We are proud to offer a full-service bridal salon, event rentals, and services.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (31) 39 Jolma Rd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-3100 jules@creedonandco.com www.creedonandco.com Creedon and Co. provides personalized catering, tent and equipment rentals. Our motto, “Your Style Is Our Style,” reflects our commitment to making every event memorable!

Elegant Linens Ltd. 296 Providence Rd., S. Grafton, MA (508) 839-9332 www.elegantlinensltd.com If you’re planning a wedding, call Elegant Linens today for an appointment. See the difference our special touch can make for your special day.


SHOES

Men’s Wearhouse (Inside Back Cover)

Elegance by Carbonneau (25)

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.

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

Shoes to Dye For (20) 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.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (43) 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.

BOOK IT!

VIDEOGRAPHY 4 Star Productions (39) Brian LeClair 17 Summer St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 343-2693 fourstarvideos@aol.com • www.fourstarprod.com With over 10 years experience in special events, we offer wedding videography, decorative lighting and expertise that will make your wedding memorable. We also offer audio/visual rentals/storage.

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

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com (55) BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official Web site! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (85) Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. 2-for-1 passes available for download. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

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

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

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BRIDE&GROOM

Spring 2010

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Spring 2010 Issue  

The Spring 2010 issue of Bride & Groom Magazine

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