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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Unique and local gift registries

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Contents Features 54 Made to measure Small weddings with big style 60 Topping it off Customized accents for crowning your cake 60

Honeymoons 94 98

Taking your hearts to San Francisco Rolling the dice: Casinos

Near-by Nuptials 18 Marla Frissora and Jason Aufiero 22 Tara Walpert and Michael Levy

Departments

Planning 101 75 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when 77 Photography 101 Questions to pose 78 Tuning up A few notes about reception music

Articles

80 Tux talk Finding the right fit

24 Investing affordably in the future with art

82 Changing your name? How to do it

28 50 ways to keep your wedding budget on track A little planning can go a long way

84 License to wed What you need to know

34 Green weddings Tips and trends

86 Spreading the news Engagement and wedding announcments

40 Wedding insurance What you need to know

88 Topics of transportation Wedding day travel

44 Bridal brews Who says the bubbly has to be champagne?

82 Tips on tipping

10 Letter from the editor 66 Fashions The drama of draping 68 Health & fitness Get more results in less workout time

Directories 103 Function facilities More than 45 sites listed 108 Wedding resources Everything from bagpipers to tuxedo shops

90 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings 54

48 Thinking outside the box Local shops offering unique wedding gifts... and registries

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your wedding, as well as how to get the most value for your dollar. So if saving is first and foremost for your planning needs, we’ve got a list of 50 ways to keep your budget on track on page 28. Should protecting yourself against unforeseen wedding-day mishaps be high on your list, our article on page 40 tells you what you need to know about wedding insurance. And if you’re thinking of downsizing your guest list but still want to have an extraordinary event, our feature article on page 54 has some great suggestions for how to have a smaller wedding that is big on style. As part of our regional slant, we’ve included a great list of local gift shops that offer unique wedding gifts and registries in the article on page 48, as well as our regular Nearby Nuptials feature highlighting recent local weddings. And speaking of local couples, beginning with our Fall 2009 issue we’ll also be spotlighting regional engagements in a fun pictorial called Tying the Knot. We hope you’ll submit your names and photos; information on how to do so can be found on page six.Who knows… maybe you’ll see yourself on the pages of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine some time soon!

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Nearby Nuptials Marla Frissora and Jason Aufiero Boston, Massachusetts October 2008

How they got engaged Jason secretly planned his proposal for the fifth anniversary of their first date in early February. Because it was also two days before the couple would be taking a celebratory trip to New York, Marla was none the wiser. In fact, when Marla arrived home that evening she broke her routine and started to prepare dinner, rather than changing out of her work clothes. Needless to say, Jason was a bit uneasy until Marla went to the bedroom to change, where she found the bed and floor covered with rose petals, glowing candles, champagne and chocolate strawberries. “For a moment I was truly confused. Was this myValentine’s Day present?Anniversary?” recalled Marla. “Then I noticed a Build-ABear in the corner with instructions that read ‘press my hand’ and my heart began to race as I thought ‘Is this IT?’”

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Upon pressing the bear’s hand, she heard, “Marla, I love you with all my heart, will you marry me?”When she turned around to say yes, she found Jason on one knee with a ring box.

Wedding day details Marla had always wanted a fall wedding, citing it as the best time of year in New England. To set an elegant tone against the vibrant autumnal backdrop, Marla worked with a color palette of ivory and gold that incorporated accents of gold leaf and crystal. Large floral arrangements of white and ivory roses and hydrangeas set atop crystal stands graced each of the tables and were adorned with gold leaves and gold-painted branches with hanging crystal ornaments. Favors of monogrammed note cards trimmed with a gold leaf pattern were placed on a gold charger plate at each place setting. Guests found their leaf-shaped place cards under a tree from which crystals and gold leaves dangled. And in lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were encouraged to write their good wishes on small notes cards and hang them on gold-painted branches that were artfully arranged in a crystal-filled vase.

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Programs were designed to complement the couple’s scrolled wedding invitations, and menu cards were placed in frames painted by Marla’s mother; the ornate leaf pattern on the frames was mimicked on the cake. At the start of the festivities, guests were enticed by a variety of cooked-to-order appetizers, including duck tacos, mini lamb chops and shrimp shooters as well as a gourmet cheese display, fresh pasta station and chicken skewers.The six-course nuptial meal that followed consisted of a trio of soups;salad;parmesan risotto with prosciutto-wrapped monk fish; pear chardonnay sorbet; filet mignon and shrimp with whipped potatoes and fresh vegetables; and champagne wedding cake. Dessert also included a special “chocolate creation,” consisting of whole chocolate covered apples; chocolate tacos with strawberry/mango salsa; mini chocolate burgers with sweet cinnamon fries and strawberry ketchup; strawberry/chocolate caviar spoons; white chocolate soup with mascarpone grilled Panini sandwiches; chocolate mousse parfaits; mini molten cakes; and much more. Keeping the comfort of their guests in mind, Marla and Jason provided a basket of gold-beaded slippers for guests to use if their feet were sore from dancing. “A picture of our dog Bella accompanied the basket with a frame that read, ‘As Dog-of-Honor it is my duty to make sure you dance the night away, so if your dogs are barking grab a pair of slippers and return to the dance floor!’” said Marla. A 12-minute video Marla and Jason created to lovingly spoof their families was played before the couple’s introduction as husband and wife.

Favorite part of the day For Marla, the almost-70 degree, cloudless day was a big favorite. Running a close second was being able to have unique photos taken in the street outside the church. “A friend of ours who works for the city arranged to have the street blocked off as a surprise to us,” recalled Marla. “This gave us a great opportunity to, literally, run up and down the street to capture once-in-a-lifetime photos. It was unforgettable and truly amazing.”

Advice “Enjoy every single minute of the planning as B&G well as the actual wedding day!”


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Nearby Nuptials Tara Walpert and Michael Levy containers resembling blocks of ice and silver place cards, menus and programs, designed by one ofTara’s sisters, served as decorative accents. In lieu of favors, the couple made a contribution to The Sagoff Centre at Faulkner Hospital in Boston.

Boston, Massachusetts January 2008 The proposal While Tara and Michael had planned to get engaged and selected a ring together, the timing of Michael’s proposal was a surprise. In May 2007, he popped the question at their New York City apartment before whisking Tara off to a dinner out and one-night getaway at the Saint Regis Hotel before meeting up with her family for the brunch the next day. “The evening made me feel like a princess,” recalled Tara. Interestingly, both Tara and Michael are graduates of Harvard University and have several mutual friends, yet they ended up meeting online and not until well after graduation. Having strong ties to Boston (Tara is also a native) as well as many family and friends who were either residents or would welcome a chance to visit, the couple decided to take their vows there.

The planning As the couple decided on an indoor event, they elected to celebrate the fun and romance of a New England winter wonderland and settled on a January date just eight months after the proposal. Tara and her mother Ellen were the primary planners. “We took the strategy of picking good vendors and then letting them work their magic, which turned out pretty well,” said Tara. Michael did pitch in as well. “While he originally claimed not to be interested in much of the detail, he both stepped up when needed and had more opinions than he’d originally expected. Sometimes they were welcome, other times not so much,” she recalled with a smile.

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Favorite part of the day Tara and Michael agreed that the ceremony was extremely memorable. “The rabbi was wonderful, warm and witty, and she involved the crowd so that we could really feel the presence of our friends and family,” said Tara. “There are few instances when you can get everyone you love in the same room for a happy occasion, and we found that moment incredibly moving.”

What guests commented on the most Guests also raved about the ceremony as well as the setting created by the floral arrangements and The State Room, with its spectacular views. The ethereal feel of Tara’s gown and her bridesmaids’ dresses were also notable elements.

Advice “Don’t let fretting about the details get in the way of enjoying the process and the event itself,” advisedTara. She also suggests that you and your new spouse take the time to step back and soak in the moment. “Mike and I went to a balcony that overlooked our reception and really enjoyed the impact of seeing all of our friends and family celebrating,” she recalled. “The photographer caught a shot of us up there from down below and it is one of my favorite photos from the day.” B&G


The particulars Ceremony and reception: The State Room, Boston Photography: Daniel Doke Photography, North Reading Florist: Winston Flowers, Boston Videography: Mark Willand Videography, Douglas Music: Stardust Band, Boston Bridal gown: Priscilla of Boston Groom’s attire: Corneliani, Saks Fifth Avenue Groomsmen attire: Ralph Lauren, Men’s Wearhouse

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Investing affordably in the future with

ART by Stephanie Stambaugh

As soon-to-be-newlyweds consider their futures, some might be looking for an affordable investment that will give them something to show for their money later in life. Many consider investing in art. Naysayers may think that art is too risky or too costly—especially in challenging economic times. But rest assured, that isn’t necessarily the case. Investing in art has actually been a long-standing opportunity for average, hard working people for generations. In fact, since art is so varied in form, function and price, investors have the ability to acquire just one piece or build an entire collection, making art an affordable asset available to everyone.

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most visual and emotional gratification. The second most important question is about how much you can realistically afford to invest. These questions may seem simple, but they do not always have easy answers—especially when two people have differing opinions on what type of art to buy or how much to spend. Also, many people do not consider that the piece of art they purchase is one they will live with for a long time. And just like any other

investment, a couple must budget such a significant purchase in consideration with all other expenditures.

Don’t rush it Once you have decided to take the plunge, do not do it lightly; treat this just as you would any other investment. Once you know what type of art you want to buy, find out everything you can about it by studying similar artworks in art books at the library, going to

museums and local galleries, and exploring Internet sites devoted to the type of art you are considering. Next, compare prices of similar artworks currently for sale and learn what you can about the artists that created them.This type of research will give you the knowledge to help you feel confident about your decision to buy, and it will give you the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the value of the artwork, the processes artists use to create their works, as well as the artistic vision behind them.

It’s all about price Be assured that art is affordable.Whether it is photography, paintings, sculptures, glass objects, textiles or custom furniture, you can find prices that vary from as low as $30, to items in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. But don’t get discouraged by pricing. Artists are more prolific and diverse now than any other time in history, so the market is wide open to every budget. Also the item’s size, the material from which it is constructed, and the prominence of the artist or the providence of any previous ownership can all affect pricing.

Where to find the art you want

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Artworks are mostly sold through dealers or art advisors who often offer fair prices. However, you will find the most affordable art when you eliminate the middle man and purchase directly from the artist. Opportunities for direct contact can come from an open workshops or studios, art fairs or galleries run by artist co-ops. Other places that many buyers overlook include small auction houses, high school and college art shows, local restaurants, coffee houses and Internet cafés, which often display works of local talent, providing one-onone interaction with the artist.You can also visit community areas where art is often on display, such as local government buildings, recreation centers or parks. Such locations often show art throughout the year making them great locations to discover what is available in your community.

Buyers beware The Internet is a great way to learn about what


art is offered, however it is not necessarily the best place to purchase. Two common sales scams to watch out for are the sale of limited edition prints and the requirement to pay for art before the work is delivered. First-time buyers should avoid prints completely unless buying directly from the artist, and when you buy an original artwork do not pay for the piece until it is in your hands and you have been given the opportunity to inspect it. So by all means, use the Internet as a research tool, but be sure to call or visit the artist or dealer to discuss the artworks that interest you.

Great places to find art Cambridge Art Association Exhibits and Art Fairs, Cambridge, MA, www.cambridgeart.org Cambridge Artists Cooperative, Cambridge, MA, www.cambridgeartistscoop.com Natures Gallery and Art Collaborative, Brimfield, MA, www.naturesgalleryandstudio.com North Adams Artists’ CO-OP Gallery, North Adams, MA, www.berkshirevisualarts.org/naaco Sturbridge Pottery, Sturbridge, MA, www.sturbridgepottery.com The Westboro Gallery, An Artist’s Cooperative, Westborough, MA, www.westborogallery.com

I bought it… now what? If you are wondering whether or not the art you purchase will give you any immediate financial reward, the honest answer to the average art buyer is “no.” Yet rest assured that is not a negative. Many of us will never have the money to buy a Picasso, but that does not mean we cannot own the Picassos of the future. Art should first and foremost be considered as a long-term investment—one that will increase in value over time with the possibility of being sold later at a higher price or used as a tax deduction if donated. Business Week has reported that a NewYork University study found “art handily outperformed bonds and Treasury bills going as far back as 1876.” Just remember to keep all purchase receipts and learn as much about all previous owners, as this information can increase the selling price. Finally, keep in mind that your investment is initially for you and your future family to treasure for its beauty. And ultimately, your purchase and subsequent care of the artwork will be a gift of conservation for future generations. After all, if not for art patrons of centuries past there might not be any museums or collections of art today. One investment now could provide not only the possibility of a future lucrative return for you or your family, but also an immeasurable gift for the preservation and recording of art in the B&G 21st century.

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Let’s face it; your budget is the most important element of wedding planning.To create a reasonable financial plan requires knowing what you can afford to spend, deciding what matters most to you and then applying your dollars appropriately. Regardless of the size of your budget or the type of wedding you’re planning, it should be the beauty and joy of your wedding day you hold onto forever, not the bills. Making some smart decisions up front can help keep costs—and your stress levels— under control.To help you achieve this, here are 50 practical ways to keep your wedding budget on target as you prioritize and plan for your big day.

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Food and beverages 1. Consider using expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d’oeuvres rather than in your main course. 2. The type of food service at your reception does affect the price. For example, French service, in which guests are served by waiters from a platter at the table, and regular plate service are the most expensive. An economical alternative is family style, where diners help

themselves from serving dishes brought to the table. 3. Ask your caterer to use local fruits and vegetables that are in season. They will taste fresher and be more reasonably priced. 4. Eliminate a separate dessert course. Simply present your special wedding cake as dessert with coffee and tea to end the meal. 5. If your caterer’s contract permits it, hire



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an outside baker to provide the wedding cake. Even though a cake-cutting charge will apply, chances are you will pay less overall by working with a separate baker. 6. Order two cakes for the reception: a large sheet cake and a smaller fancy one for display and the actual cake-cutting ceremony. The sheet cake can be less elaborately decorated than the other and then sliced and plated in the kitchen. 7. A punch-and-cake reception held in the late morning or early afternoon is the least expensive type of party. To make it special, serve several cakes of different designs and flavors, or serve punch in colors that coordinate with your weddingday palette. 8. Order a moderately priced, plainly decorated cake and let the cake topper be the focal point.Vintage bride-and-groom figurines, wedding bells, a basket filled with fruit, or a pair of doves (from an antiques shop or even handmade) are all classic symbols that can make a cake memorable. 9. Keen on a tall wedding cake? Consider having your baker make only the amount required to serve each guest one slice. Additional tiers can be made of Styrofoam and iced to match the others. 10. Serve a signature drink, such as a punch or favorite cocktail, instead of providing a full bar. 11. Limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer. 12. Breakfasts, brunches and afternoon teas are usually more affordable than evening receptions. Because they are shorter in time and early in the day, the fare is lighter and guests tend to consume less liquor. 13. Buy your own wine wholesale.You’ll pay your caterer a corkage fee to pour it, but wine purchased through a third party can often increase the cost. 14. Most merchants offer a 10 percent discount for buying wine by the case, and they may increase the savings if you purchase several cases at once. 15. Look for wines sold in magnums (bottles double the size of regular ones), which cost less per ounce.And because the corkage fee goes twice as far, you’ll save on two counts.


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31. For a destination wedding, book a date that is not as popular for travel in that region. 32. Check out cruise lines’Web sites for discounts or offers of free airfare during slower travel times. 33. Fridays and Sundays are generally less expensive than Saturdays for renting a venue. 34. With nearly 70 percent of all weddings taking place May through October, vendors may be more likely to reduce fees if you choose a winter or off-season date. Keep in mind, however, that this will not apply during holidays. 35. Before signing a contract with a vendor, try to negotiate a lower, yet still reasonable price. 36. Having a small wedding party means you’ll spend less on gifts and flowers. 37. To minimize the guest list, refrain from inviting children and coworkers. Include your friends’ significant others but not casual dates. 38. Ask talented friends or relatives to help with your wedding. An artistic friend, for example, might design your stationery, or a baking enthusiast could make cupcakes or cookie favors. 39. Borrow accessories from family and


friends instead of buying them. This can also provide your “something borrowed.” 40. A disc jockey may be less costly than a live band. 41. When hiring a live band, inquire about having a few of its musicians play during the ceremony and cocktail hour as well as at the reception. 42. Pay wedding costs with a credit card to earn frequent-flyer miles toward your honeymoon. However, be certain to pay off the balance in full each month to avoid incurring interest charges. 43. Often the nicest wedding sites, such as parks, museums and public gardens, may be the most affordable venues. Be sure to inquire about usage fees. 44. Consider eliminating reply cards and have guests handwrite a note instead. You’ll save on stationery and postage, and the responses will become great keepsakes. 45. Use a personal car rather than a limousine to get to and from the reception. 46. Shop sample sales, trunk shows and outlets for dresses. Sign up for some designers’ sample-sale listings online. 47. Consider wearing your mother’s gown; if it is in good condition, the costs of cleaning and alterations will likely be far less than the cost of buying a new one. 48. Hire a videographer to work only from your ceremony through the first dance rather than for the entire wedding. 49. Arrange to donate your flowers to a hospital or nursing home after the wedding; it’s both thoughtful and a tax deduction. 50. Prioritize aspects of the wedding that are most important to you. Compromising in some areas will enable you to afford to splurge on others. If you do notice your estimates approaching your budget limit, remind yourselves of your goals for the wedding day. Certain details that seem indispensable at first may never be missed in the end. Moreover, there’s something to be said for beginning your lives together without the burden of added debt and maybe even some cash to spare. B&G Cynthia Allegrezza is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and aWorcesterbased freelance writer and editor.

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Harrison spent hours looking online for environmentally friendly wedding ideas, supplies and vendors. Her dedication paid off in the end, as she amassed hundreds of sources for her green needs. In fact, she ended up with more information than she needed for her own wedding, which took place about a year ago. In an attempt to spare other brides the leg work of seeking out socially conscious wedding ideas and resources, Harrison penned The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-

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perience for the couple,” said Harrison. “It puts the wedding in the context of the greater world.” Alexandra Kennaugh agrees. Kennaugh, director of green living initiatives for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group based in NewYork, said she has seen a greater interest in eco-conscious weddings as people learn more about the world around them. “Americans became aware of how powerful nature is with the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina,” Kennaugh explained. “They started asking the question, ‘Are we contributing to the planet’s plight?’” This question may have led many people to change the way they do typical activities, including planning weddings. “Greening your wedding is a perfect way to share the things that are important to you with friends and family,” Kennaugh continued. “As everyone comes together to celebrate, let them know that you care about our natural resources and that everyone can take simple steps to help protect our world.” So what can you do to make your nuptials eco-friendly? Fortunately, there are “green” choices you can make for nearly every facet of your wedding, starting with the dress. Harrison said the average wedding gown costs between $1,000 and $2,000, and most brides only wear it once before putting it in storage. Both Harrison and Kennaugh recommend borrowing a dress from a family member or friend. Not only do you save costs and give an old dress a second use, you can walk down the aisle wearing part of your family’s history. Or, buy a second-hand dress. Though some brides balk at this option, Harrison said, there are plenty of beautiful dresses to be found this way, and it lowers your wedding’s price tag while upping its green factor. “You can find an incredible gown for a fraction of the price, and it’s a form of recycling,” she said. If you must buy new, look for dresses in eco-friendly fabrics, like silk, Kennaugh advised. And share the wealth:Though it might be difficult, donating your dress is a great way to make sure it doesn’t go to waste. Harrison, for example, gave hers to Brides Against Breast Cancer (www.makingmemories.org), which utilizes the proceeds from the sales of donated gowns to fulfill the wishes of metastatic breast cancer patients.


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Other ways to save the planet while planning your nuptials is to cut down on paper. “Consider skipping the save-the-date cards and send your regular invitations three months in advance,” Kennaugh advised. Or, set up a weddingWeb site with all your details (you can set one up for free at a variety of wedding planning sites, such as www.MyWedding.com) and e-mail your guests with the URL address. “It’s a great alternative to sending out traditional paper invitations,” said Kennaugh.

If you do send paper invitations, seek out options that are printed on recycled paper. Thankfully, said, these are much simpler to find today than they were in the past. “For my wedding five years ago, I had to look hard for invitations made from recycled paper,” Kennaugh recalled.“But today, even your local copy shop will have at least one or two recycled paper options available.” While we’re on the subject of invitations— which typically tell guests the stores at which

you are registered—you might also think about environmental wedding gift options. Renee Loux, host of the Fine Living Network show “It’s Easy Being Green,” said to consider registering for environmentally-conscious gifts, such as sheets and towels made of organic products. Not only are these products eco-friendly, she said, they’re also “as highquality as it gets.” And, you don’t have to go far to register for green-leaning gifts: Most major department stores and chain stores, such as Crate and Barrel, offer lines of environmentally-friendly home goods. All you have to do is ask. Plus, it’s a relatively easy way to help protect the planet. “Every time I use my organic towels, it feels like I’m doing something good,” Loux said. On the big day itself, the experts said there are lots of things you can do to make it ecoconscious as well—aside from walking down the aisle in an environmentally friendly gown. Kennaugh suggested holding the reception and ceremony at the same location.That way, “you won’t have to decorate two spots or travel from one location to the other.” As for those decorations, why not forgo floral centerpieces, which are usually thrown away, and opt for something longer lasting, like hurricane lamps with candles inside.You can even get creative by having a centerpiece you can eat, such as a bowl of seasonal fruit or candies. Other ways of “greening” your reception include choosing a caterer who offers local and/or seasonal items, or making your wedding favors sustainable and usable, such as food or a donation to an environmental charity. According to Loux, you can even “green” the bathroom: If you’re planning to put a basket of toiletries in the powder room of reception site, consider natural products such as Burt’s Bees. “There are all sorts of organic lotions and sprays out there,” she said. Yet with so many options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed—especially if couples feel they need to go totally green or avoid that option completely. But, according to Loux, even the little steps you take to making your wedding eco-friendly can make a difference. “It’s not about having to do it all or not at all.” B&G Amanda Cuda is a freelance writer based in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Every couple wants their wedding to be perfect and, chances are, you have done everything you can to insure your special day is wonderful in every way. But there are some elements that even the most organized, detailoriented bride can’t control. For instance, what if your beloved flower girl decides at the last minute to slather your wedding dress in finger paint? Or what if a vendor doesn’t show up, leaving you (and your guests) without a particular service or product? Or what if you, your groom or someone else essential to your wedding day is suddenly sidelined by a serious illness or injury? Is there any way to prepare for the

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Financial Services in New York, which started offering wedding packages a few years ago when it began to see a demand for such policies. “Wedding insurance is definitely on the rise primarily due to the escalating costs of weddings,” said Tracy L. Brown, the company’s financial advisor. “People are more prone to want coverage in case of mishaps beyond their control. Additionally, having the insurance can give couples peace of mind.”

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That type of coverage can include a wide range of nuptial snafus, such as lost rings, severe weather, stolen gifts, loss of photos or videos, and military call to duty.Yet it may not include wedding issues that one or both of the marrying parties can control; for instance, if the groom changes his mind about the marriage at the last minute. However, some policies do offer “change of heart” insurance for circumstances like this. Also, situations that may make the wedding unpleasant, but does not ruin the event, such as a bad but not catastrophic thunderstorm, likely won’t be covered. Be sure to ask what coverage your prospective insurer specifically provides. Travelers Insurance, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has offered wedding insurance since 2007 and like William Tell, covers a variety of disasters. “Wedding insurance can cover many mishaps that are out of a couple’s control,” said Travelers Insurance spokesman Matthew Bordonaro. “These can include a damaged dress, lost deposits, severe weather, ruined photos, damaged gifts and additional expenses that you hadn’t planned for.” Some reception venues also might require you and your fiancé(e) to have your own liability insurance.You can include that in your policy as well, depending on what agency you use (both Travelers and William Tell offer liability). Still, you might wonder what the odds are that you will actually need something like this. They are higher than you might think, according to Erron Al-Amin, senior marketing director of personal insurance for Fireman’s Fund Insurance in Novato, California, which has offered wedding insurance for about 20 years. Though the company’s policy isn’t to give out statistics on claims, Al-Amin said more than a few people have “called in” their wedding insurance. These include one couple who had to move their wedding reception from one venue to another after their original site experienced a power outage, as well as another whose photographer didn’t appear at their wedding as planned. In the latter instance, the entire event had to be restaged so that photos could be taken. This meant paying—again—for tuxedo rentals, flower arrangements, a wedding cake and travel for the wedding party. It is cases like these where wedding insurance can be beneficial.


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The policy you select will depend on how much coverage you want. Travelers, for example, offers 10 different levels of wedding insurance ranging in price from $160 to $1,350 and providing anywhere from $10,000 to $220,000 in coverage for cancellations, postponements, additional expenses and lost deposits. Travelers also offers the option of $1 million liability insurance at all coverage levels. William Tell, on the other hand, has one standard policy but offers brides and grooms the option of attaching various riders, depending on what they want covered. Your best option is to ask potential insurers what they offer, then discuss different variables, such as cost and your biggest wedding concerns, with your fiancé(e). Some companies even offer tools that can help you select a plan. For example, Travelers offers a calculator on its Web site to provide prospective customers with an estimated premium. Insurance can also cover a plethora of problems that stretch beyond the actual wedding day. “In some instances, if the honeymoon has to be rescheduled you can obtain coverage for that as well,” Brown said. Still, some couples might not consider event insurance as it adds an extra cost to an already pricey day. Others may find the concept unromantic; after all, who wants to confront the idea that their special day might not turn out as planned? But according to Brown, when you insure your wedding you’re purchasing something very important—a little bit of security. “All you need to do is turn on the television and watch some of the wedding shows, like ‘Married Away,’ ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway’ and ‘Bridezillas,’ to know that any number of mishaps can occur and send the wedding into a tail spin,” she continued. “One of the benefits of having insurance is that it can cover expenses you may have lost, even if you can’t control your vendors or your circumstances.” B&G

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Imagine, if you will, arriving at a reception following a wonderful wedding ceremony and sauntering up to the bar to enjoy a pre-dinner libation. The bartender offers you a complimentary glass of what, at first blush, appears to be champagne. Wonderful! However, your first sip reveals a flavor not unlike lemon bread, with hints of coriander and clove—nothing like any champagne you have tasted before. A glance around the reception hall indicates that you are not alone in your wonder. Just what is this alluring golden beverage that has all the bubbles of champagne yet the flavor of a fine craft beer? In fact, what you have been treated to is a glass of beer, in this case Malheur Brut Reserve, an 11% alcohol by volume (ABV) bière de champagne (champagne beer) made by Brouwerij de Landtsheer of Buggenhout, Belgium. Champagne beers—indeed, craft beers in general—are quickly rising in popularity among beer drinkers and are popping up at celebratory gatherings across the country.

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co-author of He Said Beer, She Said Wine (©2008, DK Publishing), pointed out that beer has always had a place at weddings. “The term ‘honeymoon’ comes from the ancient tradition of serving mead at weddings as it was believed to bring about fertility on the first night of marriage,” said Calagione. The logic behind selecting craft beer for a wedding reception is rather simple. Generally speaking, craft beer is less expensive than wine of comparable quality, contains less alcohol and

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pairs well with food. “You can serve Belgianstyle wheat beer with light fish and salads all the way through to imperial stouts with desserts,” stated Oliver. “And, in some cases, you can get some of the best beers in the world for a tiny fraction of the price of decent wine.” But what to serve? Let’s start with the champagne course. In certain areas of the country, the Malheur mentioned earlier is tricky to locate, and at $25 a bottle it can be rather pricey. Journalist and beer guru Lew Bryson suggests a low-cost alternative.“Duvel (8.5%) is an easy call. The bubbles and foam are huge, you can get it in the magnum bottles, it’s available all over and it’s delicious— a real desert island beer,” enthused Bryson. He also recommends Saison Dupont (saison, 6.5%), Chimay White (Belgian tripel, 8.0%) and Unibroue Inc.’s Eau Bénite (Belgian strong pale ale, 7.7%). Getting your guests to pair their beer with dinner isn’t always easy. “Ninety-nine percent of the time wedding guests won’t make food and drink pairing decisions in the same way they would at a fine dining restaurant,” said Greg Koch, chief executive officer of Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego, California. “The options are limited. As such, I recommend serving the largest variety of craft beer possible. Interesting ones. Bold ones.” According to Calagione, if you are familiar with pairing food with wine, then pairing food with beer should be relatively easy. “The most basic rule is that ales are more like red wines—bold and fruity—and go well with meats, while lagers are like white wines, mellow and refined and complementary with chicken and fish dishes, or anywhere a white wine would be paired.” Every beer has a favorite food. Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale (5.0%) pairs well with almost any preparation of chicken, as will Belgian-style wheat beers such as St. Bernardus Witbier (5.5%). Heavier meat dishes do well alongside darker beers such as Mayflower Porter (5.5%), or with crisply hopped ales such as Tröegs Hopback Amber (6.0%). Lighter fare, such as white fish or vegetarian dishes, do well with Czech-style pilsners such as Buzzards Bay Pilsner, or lighter ales such as Anchor Steam Beer (4.9%). And let’s not forget dessert! This is where the fun really begins, with stout beer as the star of the show. “I’ve hosted over 500 beer


dinners in 10 countries and I’ve never seen anyone fail to enjoy an imperial stout with a good chocolate dessert,” recounted Oliver. Koch agreed: “One great aspect of the style is that it really tends to turn a lot of heads.You can hear comments like, ‘I never knew beer could even taste like this… or this good!’” With rich chocolate desserts, serve a complex imperial stout such as Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.8%) or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (10.6%). Stout isn’t the only thing that pairs well with dessert. For a festive flair, try serving a Lambic such as Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise (raspberry Lambic, 5.0%) with chocolate or dense white cake. For fluffy yellow wedding cake, Bryson recommends Geary’s London Porter (4.2%), although something a bit more assertive such as Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch Elixir (9.0%), would work just as well. All this talk about beer pairing can be enough to make a person’s head spin before opening a bottle. But don’t worry about selecting beers that are too fancy for your guests. “Everyone has an Uncle Joe who ‘only drinks’ XYZ Light Beer and they feel that they have to accommodate that preference,” said Koch. “I ask this: Are you also going to serve Uncle Joe’s baloney sandwiches, chips and processed cheese at your wedding? Heck no.” Oliver agreed.“I think you would insult your guests by serving supermarket white bread, socalled American cheese, and jug wine at your wedding.Why the attitude towards beer should be any different is beyond me. Serve things that represent your good taste. Chances are, some of your guests will leave your reception as newly-minted fans of craft beer. “Over the years, I’ve served craft beers to people from 21 to 85 years old, from the very sophisticated to those with simple tastes,” continued Oliver. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that almost everyone can appreciate the good stuff, even if it’s sometimes a bit outlandish.” As for getting your reception hall to serve off-menu beers, Koch stresses the importance of communicating with the caterer or banquet manager. “Inform the venue prior to signing the contract that you have special beer and wine desires,” advised Koch. B&G Matthew Shaw is a freelance writer based in Westborough, Massachusetts. www.bridegroommag.com

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gift, or even registering for your own, it has become almost compulsory to head directly to a well-known department store. And why not? Recognized retailers are certainly easy to maneuver, offer countless choices and have options for ordering online and shipping. But if you’re looking for something less mainstream and more noteworthy or outstanding—a gift that is unique or handcrafted—then you’ll

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have to venture a bit off that well-traveled retail path to find it.What may surprise you is that you likely won’t have to go too far. The number of locally-owned stores offering gift registries or specializing in non-standard wedding gifts is indeed eye opening.And by locally-owned we mean right here in central Massachusetts. Bhadon Gift Gallery in Worcester, for example, has offered a gift registry for at least 20 of the 32 years it has been in business.According


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to owner Jackie Ford, whose mother opened the store, before the big conglomerates gained in popularity there was a time that shops such as hers were the place to go.Today they still get their share of registries. In terms of how Bhadon’s registry works, Ford says a bride will first decide on a color scheme and then, usually, will take photos of some favorite pieces. Everything is written down and kept track of at the register. Bhadon is sectioned thematically into six rooms and offers a large selection of pottery items. Ford says one of the most popular potters isTexas artist Bridget Houser, who “does everything” from casserole dishes to bowls to pie plates. “Some potters don’t do all the place settings,” said Ford, “but she does everything from soup to nuts. She even does vases.” Another draw at Bhadon is potter Nora Fleming, whose pieces include pasta bowls, platters and more that are all white and feature a small hole at the top for specialized accessories. “There are toppers for everything… Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah,”described Ford. “That’s been a great wedding gift.When you give someone a piece, then every occasion you can offer a topper.”

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Another popular spot that has been offering a variety of weddingrelated gifts for many years is The Grafton Country Store located off the Grafton Common. However, it wasn’t until just recently that owners Andy and Tina Sontag decided to offer customers the opportunity to create a wedding wish list. “Now, we’re just making it more official with an actual registry,” said Andy. Items available to list on that registry include picture frames, clocks, jewelry, various household items, china, serving ware, entertaining pieces and more. Separated by tables the store is arranged seasonally, offering sections for Mother’s Day, spring, Christmas and the like. “We’re a good sized store… deceivingly large,” said Tina. “Part of the nature of the store is that it is old time New England shopping. The floors still creak, and it looks like it did 100 years ago.”

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Back in Worcester on Park Avenue is Artworks, a cornerstone of the arts community that opened in 1979 and has been at its present location for 16 years. Owner Jane Morgan sees many shoppers looking to add something personalized to the wedding gifts they are purchasing from registries with larger retail outlets. According to Morgan, items such as lamps, candlesticks, vases, decorative bowls and clocks add style and personality to a couple’s home, and to their registry.Artworks also carries unique gems such as bride-and-groom wine and champagne glasses by Leandra Drum (one glass with a pewter stem shaped like a bride, the other a groom); “Wedding Month” color etchings by Carol Collette; colorful, hand-painted ceramic platters and bowls by Droll Designs; a variety of wedding-themed photo frames as well as albums by A.I. Paper Designs; and a selection of handmade, découpage wedding platters by Carol Cohen. “Undoubtedly, there will be guests who prefer giving more traditional gifts, so it’s wise for couples to choose a mix of national and local retailers to better accommodate their guests,” said Morgan. “While traditional gifts like china, tableware and linens are always in style, today’s couples often register for more non-traditional items such as artwork and home décor as well.” Nearby on Highland Street, The Prints and the Potter Gallery has helped identify this cultural hot spot in Worcester. Opening 30 years ago as the co-op Chandler Street Crafts, it ultimately changed names Charlene Arsenault

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When walking into Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton, you instantly become a privileged spectator to the careful production of its signature hand-painted chalkware figurines.This is a far cry from massproduced assembly line products, as each collectible fashioned from vintage chocolate molds is lovingly and painstakingly hand painted. It just feels special. “Everything we have has been made in small quantities so you’re not going to have seen it everywhere,” said co-manager Bette Keene. “It’s unique, and it’s for the more discerning eye.” Celebrating 25 years, Vaillancourt Folk Art has ridden waves of trends favoring mass-produced items, relying on its fine crafts and good name. In fact, owner Gary Vaillancourt has seen a shift in the past few years indicating that Americans are tiring of a “throw-away” mentality and that “they are looking for something special.” “We offer quality items that are around for generations,” said Gary. “We pride ourselves in doing some special things.” He mentioned a request the store fulfilled in recent years from a bride and groom who wanted a mold of a dove for everyone in the wedding party. They obliged, creating the doves and engraving with the person’s name. In addition to the aforementioned collectibles, Vaillancourt offers dinnerware and ornaments designed primarily by Gary’s wife and coowner Judi, including a dinnerware Christmas pattern produced by Harley Greens in England, which manufactures a line of creamware. Vermont-based Simon Pearce, maker of hand blown glass products, is also very popular on the registry, as are Bennington dinnerware sets.

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and moved to Park Avenue before settling at its present location in 1980. It is now solely owned by Norman Ringdahl. Bridal registries here account for a substantial part of business in the spring and fall seasons.The store carries an array of one-of-a-kind items, including dinnerware, pottery, artwork, jewelry, serving items and frames, supported heavily—if not exclusively—by American crafters, many local. “We’re very careful about price range and the quality we offer,” said Ringdahl. “I’m an advocate of supporting local businesses first. If we find that something such as jewelry is made offshore, we won’t carry the line anymore.” Since everything here is one-of-a-kind, if an item on a registry is sold before it can be purchased for that registry, Ringdahl will work hard to order a similar replacement from the same artist. “People can register for like patterns and some potters do dinnerware, for instance,” explained Ringdahl. “But everything is piece to piece with some being one-of-a-kind. “I don’t profess that this is for everybody, but I think people shop here because they don’t want the off-the-rack thing,” he concluded. “Everyone is different.”

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For couples wanting to express their unique style and for guests looking for that extra special touch to their gift giving, patronizing a unique boutique shop is worth the little bit of extra effort. “The unusual or handcrafted gifts you get are the ones you always remember,” concluded Ford. B&G Freelance writer Charlene Arsenault is based in Auburn.

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MADE TO MEASURE Small weddings with big style by Andrea E. McHugh

Surrounded by family and just a few very close friends,Tracey Manzi and Timothy McNamara tied the knot overlooking Newport’s First Beach on the veranda of the luxurious Chanler at CliffWalk. Alternate Angles/www.alternateangles.com

Inspired by Nantucket’s whaling history, Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Paperie fashioned a hardcover whaler's journal wedding invitation complete with custom nautical illustrations, a monogram, hand lettered calligraphy and gold detailing on the book’s cloth cover.

Toula Portokalos, the notorious bride-to-be in the box office blockbuster, My Big Fat GreekWedding, wouldn’t have a prayer at pulling off what many engaged couples are doing these days: keeping their guest lists small to make way for more extravagant events. Intimate, boutique or cozy… no matter what you call these smaller gatherings, their more concise guest lists are allowing luxury-seeking couples to plan more lush weddings featuring multi-course menus, fine wines or elaborate event design, to name a few. So whether your desire is for an opulent event or simply for some lavish elements, the planning options a smaller guest list can afford are numerous. Here are a few. Accoutrements

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According to Karen Bartolomei, owner and creative director of Grapevine, a paperie and invitation design studio in Boston, interest is shifting toward wedding invitations that make a statement. “Recently, I have noticed brides are turning again to vintage artwork, mixing patterns with crests or monograms engraved in metallic inks on luxurious four-ply invitation cards with hand-painted edges, or deeply letterpressed in multiple colors on soft cotton rag paper with matching custom envelope liners,” she said. Though every bride and groom wants their wedding invitation to make an impression, those with a guest list of 20, 30 or 40 may find more flexibility within their wedding budget and, thus, opportunities to create jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind invites. “Many couples choose to personalize their intimate wedding celebrations through completely couture paperie suites starting with save-the-dates and invitations and finishing with personalized thank-you notes,” continued Bartolomei. “Though the fixed design and printing costs are spread out over a smaller number of pieces, which means the cost per piece is higher,

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the ‘wow’ factors such as hand beading, crystal and textile embellishments, and silk and paper covered boxes are less expensive in terms of quantity.” When Tracey Manzi and Timothy McNamara of Boston siphoned down their winter wedding guest list to just 44, they wanted each invitee to experience the regalia of their upcoming intimate event. Customdesigned invitations featured handwritten calligraphy and were tucked inside 8" x 10" gold painted wooden boxes.The boxes were placed on top of chocolate brown velvet pillows, “and were delivered in hand-wrapped paper resembling a gift,” recalled Manzi.

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With a modest number to host, couples planning smaller nuptial celebrations are privy to venue options often not befitting of larger gatherings. These brides and grooms are also able to think outside the box and consider unique, unconventional locales. Event planner Tasha Bracken of Simple Details Events in West Newton says many sites known to host larger weddings also have smaller, lesser-known spaces that can accommodate pared-down affairs. “Chatham Bars Inn, for example, has larger weddings in the main dining room or the Beach House, but also has The Boathouse, a smaller space that overlooks the ocean,” she said.This open, airy spot can accommodate up to 70 and boasts 20-foot vaulted cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors to capitalize on the uninterrupted seaside vista. In addition, Bracken points to better known highend hotels, saying staffs are often eager to work with smaller parties to help create a custom-tailored nuptial experience. Other artful, if eccentric, spaces for manageable groups include lofts, studio spaces and rooftop decks.

More meaningful menus While some couples embrace expanded entertainment, music and dancing for their intimate weddings, others forego that altogether to concentrate on providing their guests with an indulgent gourmet dining experience. According to John Lawrence, director of catering at Pepper’s Fine Food Catering in Northborough, for food aficionados, “the dancing part of the evening becomes less important, as a succession of www.bridegroommag.com

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Newlyweds Alexis and Joseph Allen used in-season summer florals to create smashing bouquets and boutonnieres while letting the natural ambiance of their historical setting speak for itself. Flowers byWeedweavers, Wakefield, Rhode Island.

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small-plate dining often goes on for 90 minutes to up to two hours.” A chef’s tasting menu, wine pairing or multi-course masterpiece created around your discerning tastes will surely give your nearest and dearest food for thought. Moreover, the budgetary flexibility your smaller guest list affords can mean higherend cuisine, such as a raw bar or sushi and caviar for savory starters; filet mignon or notoriously expensive surf and turf as main entrées; and of course, decadent desserts such as personal Godiva chocolate soufflés. “The smaller, more food-focused weddings we have done in the past have been from clients who are older and have achieved a certain level of financial success,” said Lawrence. “[They] have also traveled extensively, whereby they have experienced more adventurous foods.” This was the case for Manzi and McNamara, who after an intense search, decided on The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport for their wedding, revered not only for its posh environs, but for its culinary reputation as well. “Their signature restaurant, the Spiced Pear, is one of the best in the area, and since we’re big foodies, it definitely caught my interest in more ways than one,” said Manzi, calling the food and wine selected the wedding’s “focal point.” The small number of guests allowed Manzi and McNamara to create an eight-course tasting menu with a wine pairing, for which they turned to the collective wisdom of the Spiced Pear’s chef and sommeliers. “Some of our guests have said it was the best meal they’ve ever eaten,” recalled Manzi. The newlyweds described the cuisine as “spectacular, if not better, than some of the dining experiences we’ve had at some of the finest restaurants in the world.” Not only will you find caterers eager to build a memorable menu, but many restaurants have private dining rooms ideal for smaller gatherings. “I think what sets us apart is that we offer a more intimate setting than say, a hotel ballroom,” said Brian Dugan, coowner of Worcester’s TriBeCa restaurant. Using everything from local ingredients to the freshest catch, Dugan says TriBeCa attracts couples intrigued by the restaurant’s upscale menu, but is careful to note “we also work with couples to meet both their tastes


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and budgets.”Whether it’s hosting 100 in the dining room or up to 28 in the secluded function room, TriBeCa offers state-of-the-art audio/visual technology so you don’t have to sacrifice musical ambiance or a sentimental slideshow of the bride and groom.

Designer events Having only a few guest tables, the opportunity to upgrade your event design with fine table linens and fashionable place settings presents itself. Bejeweled tablecloths, beaded lamps, damask table runners, silk chair covers—these tasteful details ensure a lush event no matter what the size the party. Lawrence says smaller celebrations are ideal for longer tables that offer a family banquet feel. “These tables often have an elegant table runner along with floral arrangements,” he described.With only a few tables, centerpieces can be more elaborate and use an abundance of costly flowers including exotic orchids, gorgeous gardenias or dainty stephanotis.

The sizeable ballroom at Newport ’s Astors’ Beechwood Mansion did not intimidate Cindy Goodrich and Ben Riley for their intimate nuptials. The gathering of 55 guests enjoyed spurges including a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream bar!

Alternatives A small wedding and all the luxury it offers can certainly be enticing, but if you simply can’t imagine ever being forgiven for omitting some sentimental guests to your celebration, consider other opportunities to host the masses. Manzi and McNamara, for example, had an engagement party to celebrate with a wider audience of friends and family, which alleviated the pressure to later “invite everyone we knew just because we were getting married.” “We both decided that it was more important to have our most cherished relationships celebrate our wedding, so we chose quality over quantity,” said Manzi. “We wanted to have a spectacular event that reflected our tastes, our style and was on our own terms.” This may not be for every couple, but an intimate wedding does encourage creativity and can usher in more financial flexibility within your budgeted vendor categories. “Because our wedding was so small and we opted for off-season, we were able to create a spectacular event at a reasonable price for the selections we made,” Manzi concluded. 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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b y Ta r y n P l u m b IT’S ONE OF THOSE CLICHÉD EMBLEMS OF WEDDINGS: The plastic bride in white, groom in black, side-by-side with feet firmly planted into the summit of a cascade of frosting. But you’re not generic and nondescript, so why should your cake topper be? Instead, imagine yourself in miniature—the curve of your face, the drape of your hair, even the details of the very gown you’ll wear on one of your most memorable days. “You can have a monogram on a cake, but this is actually you,” explained Jeff Wolsky of the New Port Richey Florida-based HD Design Center, LLC, which offers real-life bobblehead likenesses of the soon-to-be wed. Nudging staid, factory-stamped brides-and-grooms off the top tier, tailor-made cake toppers give couples the opportunity to customize their biggest (and tastiest) wedding accessory. Typically hand-carved from clay, these toppers can represent the happy couple as comical caricatures, bobblehead dolls or lifelike figurines, right down to wrinkles and dimples. Conversely, these figurines can be as un-lifelike as their human models prefer. For instance, Carrie and Bruce Hale, who wed at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts last fall, were depicted cake-side as elegantly dressed skeletons gazing lovingly into each other’s hollow eye sockets. Although a bit macabre, the ceramic statuette, which was custom-made by Skellramics in Sherman Oaks, California did bear a remarkable resemblance to the flesh-and-blood couple: The cadaverous bride was decked with the same blood-red dress and purpleaccented hair, while her ghoulish mate was tailored with the identical black tux and red tie. And ultimately, however morbid, this fleshless couple reflected the joy of the day. “They’re smiling skulls,” said Carrie Hale. “They’re happy.” In the end, whether undead, comical or eerily lifelike, customized toppers end up as a keepsake and, very often, a work of art. “You’re getting a highly customized sculpture, not just a cake topper,” said Dawn Stubitsch, an artist who runs Thumbprint Kids, based in Somerville, North Carolina. With just seven-and-a-half-inches as their palette—roughly one-ninth the scale of full-sized brides and

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grooms—sculptors of these tiny likenesses get as realistic as possible with facial features and hairstyles. From there, the happy couples that serve as their muse can go as extravagant and as detailed as they wish. “Almost anything that anyone can think of, they can have sculpted,” said David Salgado, owner of Albuquerque New Mexico-based Designs by Dorian, which does about 100 figurines each year. Miniature brides and grooms can sit atop horses, dirt bikes, surf boards and motorcycles, or be decked out in navy, army, doctor, nurse, fireman and police uniforms (the latter complete with thimblesized handcuffs and inch-long guns). They can even be crafted to showcase your favorite sports teams and hobbies as well as include your beloved pets. Some of the most unique? Sculptors have represented brides and grooms as Adam and Eve covered by modest fig leaves, and Superman and Wonder Woman ready to save the world. One pair of radiology technicians even opted to include their disease detecting tool-of-the-trade: a miniature CT scanner. Other customized figurines have strummed guitars or wielded video game controllers, and have been surrounded by teddy bears, dogs, cats, iguanas, snakes, mice and ferrets. Thumbprint Kids

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“People can represent themselves to the umpteenth degree when it comes to this,” said Stubitsch. “You can pile quite a bit onto a seven-and-a-half-inch figure.” The level of detail determines the cost and the time frame, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and a few weeks to a few months, respectively. In all cases, sculptors advised to get your orders in several months in advance. Those couples looking to minimize the price tag, meanwhile, can opt for precast bodies with customized heads. Yet not all of these creations ascend 62 Spring/Summer

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delicately-layered tiers of buttercream. Wolsky has seen a growing trend of brides and grooms commissioning cake-topper sculptures of each individual member of their bridal party, which they gift at rehearsal dinners. Whatever your choice, one thing is vital: crisp, detailed photographs, which are required by each artist before they start fashioning you out of clay. Since you won’t sit for a formal portrait, you should provide several views from all angles of your face, so that the artist can “visualize in three dimensions,” said Salgado. Photos

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should also capture scale and height differences. Any extras, such as pets, logos or a favorite golf club, have to be just as well documented, as do all aspects of the attire, from the bouquet to the dress to the tux, including close-ups of details such as pearls, beads, jewelry, tiaras and veils. Overall, it’s quite a process and according to Stubitsch, who has been crafting such miniatures for nearly a decade, creating about a dozen per year, it’s well worth it. “You really can’t get much more unique,” she said.


“You can’t put a Swarovski Crystal monogram on top of a cake like that,” Carrie Hale noted with a laugh. Her advice for brides and grooms-tobe is that they shouldn’t feel like that they have to fit into the “white wedding” mold. “Make it however you want it to be.” Meanwhile, whatever veritable “minime” you choose, it should be well cared for after the big day has concluded, just like any keepsake. According to Salgado, the best way to do so is to keep the topper displayed under glass and out of the sun. Due to their delicate nature, care should be taken against dropping or bumping, and if they get dirty, refer to the sculptor’s cleaning recommendations. If treated right, Salgado said “they’ll last virtually generations.” And most of all, in the heart. B&G Freelance writer Taryn Plumb is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and is based inWorcester, Massachusetts.

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In some cases, these mini doppelgangers might ultimately dwarf their fullsized likenesses on the special day. “It’s a centerpiece to talk about, and it usually becomes the center of a party,” said Wolsky, whose company employs 46 sculptors crafting about 2,000 unique orders each month. Salgado agreed: “They’re personalized, they’re unique, no one else is going to have the same one.” And for some couples, custom-made simply turns out to be a better fit.With the Hales, for example, a traditional plastic couple in black-and-white would have looked odd, given the circumstances. Held just after Halloween, the theme of their wedding was “’Til Death Do Us Part.” Welcoming 350 guests— some dressed as flappers and mobsters—accoutrements included skull cufflinks, black invitations sealed with wax skulls-and-crossbones and a chocolate frosted cake comprising three coffin-shaped tiers.

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HEALTH & FITNESS Get more results in less workout time by Kelly James-Enger

Want to get in shape for your wedding day, yet your time is limited? Join the club. Fortunately there is a great way to exercise that takes less time yet burns lots of calories and helps sculpt sleek, sexy muscles that will look great on your wedding day— not to mention your honeymoon.The secret? Add interval training to your usual cardio workout. Doing intervals will not only make your workouts more challenging, you will also burn additional calories and improve your overall fitness in the process. And best of all, they can be fun!

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Interval Training: What is It? If you are like most people, you probably do the same cardio workout day after day. Maybe it’s 30 minutes on the stationary bike, 20 minutes on the stair climber or jogging a few miles several mornings a week. And while you are faithful about getting your time in, you may not push yourself all that hard. After all, you are supposed to be exercising aerobically. That usually means meeting the “talk test.” In other words, if you are able to talk

with some effort, you are probably working at an aerobic pace: about 60 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. When doing intervals, though, you purposely increase your workout intensity for short bursts of time. “Interval training is increasing your intensity systematically for relatively brief periods of time with interspersed rest periods,” said Tom LaFontaine, PhD, a registered clinical exercise physiologist and consultant in Columbia, Missouri. “Typically

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interval workouts involve going above 85 percent of your predicted maximum heart rate,” he said. Athletes usually use their VO2 max rate—the maximum volume of oxygen their bodies can consume each minute. But for most everyday exercisers, using your predicated maximum heart rate is sufficient. An even easier way to measure your intensity is on the Borg Perceived Exertion Scale, a systemic scale that lets you rate how hard you are working.You may have seen posters with it at your local gym; it is usually shown as a progressive scale between six (very, very light) and 20 (very, very difficult).When you get above a 15 or 16 you are usually exceeding about 85 percent of your max.

Just do it: But why? If you want to improve your fitness, you have to continually challenge your body.You can do that by increasing the time of exercise or the intensity at which you exercise. Extending the time of a workout is relatively easy.When you exercise aerobically, you can work out for longer periods of time—thirty or forty minutes, or even more when you’re fit. When you’re exercising at 85 percent or more of your maximum heart rate, however, you cannot maintain that level of effort for long.That is where intervals can be so helpful. “Interval training is designed so that you


can do a lot more work than what you could do normally if you did it all at one time,� said Professor Fritz Huber, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “That is the main purpose behind it—you are able to do high-intensity activity and then you have a rest interval, and then you do another burst of high-intensity activity.� By doing so, your body is forced to work much harder than it is used to, which is the whole point. According to Huber, it is designed to help athletes push themselves physiologically to develop the energy systems they use in competition. Your body has three energy systems: the “immediate� system that functions for extremely short bursts of speed (up to 10 seconds); the “anaerobic� system, which predominates periods of intense effort for up to about two minutes; and the “aerobic� system, which kicks in for activities lasting longer than two minutes. Athletes design interval workouts to match their needs. For example, short distance sprinters will do intervals of very short distances to target the immediate and aerobic systems while marathon runners would focus more on longer intervals.

Why it works While athletes use intervals to drop their times and win competitions, interval training pays benefits to even everyday exercisers. First, it forces you to use your fast twitch muscle fibers, said LaFontaine. Usually those fibers are only recruited when your slow twitch fibers are tired and depleted of their energy resources—like at the end of a very long workout—or when you increase the intensity of exercise. “Going about 85 percent of your max allows you to train those [fast-twitch] fibers, whereas if you just stay at 60 to 70 percent, you are probably not getting those trained very well,� said LaFontaine. “The benefit to that is you get more total conditioning.� Second, you stimulate your heart more because you are increasing your cardiac output and increasing your ability to use oxygen. “If you are at 85 percent, you are working on the central part of that system, which is basically the pumping capacity of the heart,� continued LaFontaine. “When you are going

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below that and working at a more comfortable zone, you are working more at the cellular level, the ability to take oxygen out of the blood and use it.” Confused? It’s simple, really: interval training helps make your heart a stronger muscle while exercising aerobically improves your ability to use oxygen efficiently. Interval training also burns calories at a faster rate than exercising at a slower pace. If you intersperse a few intervals throughout

your normal cardio workout, you will burn more calories during the exercise itself as well as afterwards due to the “after-burn effect.” “It is all related to intensity of the effort,” said LaFontaine. “If you work harder, it is a longer period of time before you return to your basal [metabolic rate]… so you may have a higher metabolic rate for a higher period of time.” Recruiting those fast twitch fibers means that you will start depleting the glycogen, or stored glucose, in those fibers,

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which will have to be replaced with carbohydrates—and that means you have to eat more as a result. Finally, interval training can also add a little spice to your usual routine. It is something new and different, and can be fun—especially if you are doing it with someone else.

Adding intervals to your routine Ready to try some interval training of your own? You can do intervals during your regular cardio workout, whether it is walking, jogging, cycling, rowing or climbing stairs. All you need is an exercise machine that displays the time elapsed, or a digital watch. As with any cardio workout, warm up first. You may also want to do some stretches after your warm-up, but do so before you begin the intervals. Remember that you will be working harder than normal and recruiting fast twitch muscles, so you may feel out of breath and your muscles may “burn” from a build up of lactic acid. If you are already doing cardio workouts but are new to intervals, start with equal amounts of effort and rest—a 1:1 ratio is usually a good place to begin. For example, you might warm up on a stationary bike for five minutes, and then pedal hard for one minute followed by pedaling slowly for one minute. Repeat several times, then finish the workout at your usual pace. As you get fitter, you can extend the effort times.Try pedaling hard for two minutes, then resting by pedaling more slowly for one minute. Or you may want to do your usual cardio workout for 20 minutes or so and then, at the end, add intervals (as they can be tiring). Intervals may be just what you need to get out of a fitness rut. Sure, they are challenging, but they also provide more benefits than if you strictly stick to lower-key cardio workouts. They will not only improve your performance and help you lose weight, they will also give you energy for juggling your wedding plans and everything else on your to-do list. So the next time you are in the gym, crank up the intensity and discover the benefits for yourself. B&G Kelly James-Enger is an ACE-certified personal trainer and author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (©2005,Three Rivers Press)


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Workout 3: Advanced intervals If you are used to doing high-intensity exercise, this is for you. Warm up for five minutes, then raise your intensity level to about 85 percent of your max heart rate for two minutes. Recover at an easier pace for one minute, then repeat four to six times. Finish the workout at your usual pace, then cool down.

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Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when This guide was set using a timeframe of 12 to 18 months prior to the wedding date. Your event may be in less (or more) time; use this as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third…) At engagement • Discuss what size/type of wedding you want keeping style (formal or casual) and number of potential guests in mind. • Determine the budget, and who will be paying for what. • Book your reception location, making sure it coordinates with your ceremony (if it is being held elsewhere). • Attend a Wedding Expo. Once the date is set 9 – 12 months • Research and interview potential vendors, such as photographers, bands/DJs, caterers (if necessary), bakeries, florists, videographers, transportation, etc. Many book events a year or more in advance, so start this process quickly. • Decide on any theme/decorative elements for your reception. • Begin shopping for wedding dress and accessories (veil, headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, etc.). • Renew your passports (if necessary) if your honeymoon trip will be outside of the U.S. • Select wedding party.

6 – 9 months • Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Have all of your major vendors reserved. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for ceremony and reception (i.e. programs, favors, menus, etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding Web site. 4 – 6 months • Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon. • Experiment with hair and make-up styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/ bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved. 2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 84). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list.

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• Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner. 6 – 8 weeks • Address and mail invitations. • Start/maintain records of RSVPs and gifts received. • Write and send thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding. • Schedule final dress fittings and pick-up times. • Get marriage license. • Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. Break in shoes. 2 – 6 weeks • Confirm ceremony details with officiant. • Discuss and confirm special requests with photographer. • Confirm final arrangements with florist, bakery, limo service, etc. • Give wedding-day itinerary to the wedding party and to necessary vendors. • Start the seating chart. • Confirm honeymoon arrangements. • Arrange for a hold on your mail (while you’re away). One week • Pick up wedding attire. Last check for fit. • Do a final guest count and submit to reception facility/caterer. • Pick up tickets for honeymoon. • Confirm final details with vendors, such as time and place of delivery/arrival. • Check weather report. Wedding day Have fun!

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11. What is the payment schedule? 12. What charges, if any, are there for overtime? 13. Are there any charges (such as travel time, site visits, etc.) that are not included in the package price? 14. How many shots will be taken at my wedding? 15. Will an assistant be used? If so, is there an extra charge? 16. What back-up plans are in place if the contracted photographer becomes ill? 17. Will back-up equipment be available on the wedding day? 18. Will the photographer be dressed in appropriate attire (i.e. tuxedo or suit)? 19. Will the photographer (and any assistants) require meals? 20. How long after the wedding will I have access to proofs? 21. How long after I make my selections for the album(s) will it (they) be ready? 22. What are the charges for reprints? 23. Is there any discount for ordering multiple prints?

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Hearing a song now that you loved in high school can instantly bring you back to that time. The same can be said for the music played on your wedding day: If the song you’ll select for your first dance isn’t special to you already, it certainly will be for many years after. When looking for a band or DJ for your reception, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right group for your gig. Here are some questions to help you narrow things down. (Some are generic enough that they apply to both; others are specific to one or the other. We’ve provided a range for you here.)

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Both 1. How many songs do you have in your library? 2. Will you take requests from guests during the reception? If so, how many will you take? Is there an extra charge? 3. I would like to help create the song list. How many requests can I make? 4. Do you provide music for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour? 5. How much time do you need to set up your equipment? 6. What type of attire will you wear for the reception? 7. How many breaks will you take? How long will they be? 8. Will you require a meal? 9. Do you have a travel fee? 10. Will I be able to meet with the DJ/band members who would perform at my wedding before I sign a contract? 11. Do you use a wireless microphone? Can you provide one for any speeches? 12. Do you do overtime? If so, is there a charge? 13. How many weddings do you perform at in a year?


14. How long have you been a DJ/musician? 15. Have you performed at events of this size before? DJ 16. What format is the music (MP3, CD, tape, record)? 17. How many people will you use to cover the event? 18. Do you offer lighting effects? If so, are they included in the price? What do you charge for upgrades? 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 www.bridegroommag.com

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Planning 101

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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+ for the single, two to six+ 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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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. However, according to the Web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (www.glad.org), “the Passport Agency, citing the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, is refusing to honor the name change on the marriage license and is requiring couples to go through Probate Court to have their names changed.” Information on how to petition for a name change can be found at: www.lawlib. state.ma.us/name.html. B&G

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


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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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wedding announcement in your local newspaper has been a longstanding tradition for many soon-to-be and newly-weds. Now that most newspapers are also online, those announcements have also made their way onto the Internet. Many of the area’s major newspapers have new policies regarding the publication of celebratory/life event notices and now charge a fee to run them.Various options are available for small or large announcements, with or without photos. Some include online postings with the print, and those may include things like photo galleries, links to gift registries, etc. For the major papers in and around our area, we’ve collected the basic information (such as range of fees) and have provided key Website addresses that have more detailed and up-to-date information. Be sure to check with the specific newspaper directly for its most current policies and procedures. Worcester Telegram & Gazette Announcements for engagements and weddings are available for purchase for both print (T&G) and online (Telegram.com) publication. Packages for both range from $25 – $261.All options include a printed announcement in one Sunday edition and an online notice for that same week. For detailed information, go to www.telegram.com/ celebrations or call (508) 793-9100.


The Boston Globe Announcements for engagements, weddings and other celebratory events are available for purchase for print (The Boston Globe) and online (Boston.com) publication. Packages for engagement and wedding announcements range from $149 – $249.All options include a printed announcement in one Sunday edition and inclusion on Boston.com’s Celebrations for one year. For detailed information, go to www.bostonglobe.com/advertiser/mediakit /celebrations.aspx. Lowell Sun Engagement and wedding notices are run. Text-only announcements cost $31, $46.60 with photo and includes 14 days on the Internet. Original black and white photos are preferred for publication or a clear, high contrast, color close-up. If you would like the photo returned, write your name and address on back of photo and include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Forms can be found online at: www.lowellsun.com/forms.

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MetroWest Daily News Engagement and wedding announcements are run in the print publication free of charge and in color. Some notices may be published online at www.metrowestdailynews.com/ celebrations. Request the appropriate forms by e-mailing metrowest@cnc.com. The Providence Journal The Sunday Journal publishes free wedding announcements every week involving present or former residents of its circulation area. They also publish announcements of public commitment ceremonies that involve people with substantial local ties. Forms are available online at: www.projo.com/weddings. They must be printed and mailed to: Features Department, The Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902. Digital photos may be submitted for publication (see back of form for details). Engagement announcements are also run, but for a fee of $3.90/line (minimum of eight lines). A B&W photo can be included for an additional fee of $79.01.Announcements can be posted online for an additional $22.47. See engagement form for details, available at: B&G www.projo.com/celebrations.

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Need a lift? The bride and groom, their parents, bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers and grandparents are the usual suspects for limotype rides. Get a head count to determine the best vehicle to do the job (and accurate estimates on price). Your out-of-town guests, however— unfamiliar with the local terrain—just might need one also. Many car services offer shuttle bus options to take guests from their hotels, to the ceremony and reception, and back. Where to? How many places do you have to go? To the ceremony from your house (or hotel) and from the ceremony to the reception is the typical service. Travel to any destinations after the reception is usually separate from the standard rental agreement.

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is to set aside 15% of your total budget. However, keep in mind that tipping will apply to several of your vendors but not all. Here’s the lowdown on who to tip, how much and when. Coatroom/restroom attendants and parking valets. If not included in your overall reception costs request to have it included or opt to pay it in cash on the wedding day. Figure about $0.50 – $1.00 per guest for attendants and the same per car for valets. Delivery people. For those who deliver (and possibly set up) your cake, flowers, party rentals such as chairs and tables, etc., budget about $10 – 20 per person. Maitre d’. If a service charge is not included in your contract, then figure about 15% of your total bill, or $1.00 or $2.00 per person.

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Musicians/DJs. Generally a tip is not expected, but to acknowledge exceptional performance/ service, 15% of the total bill is a good gauge. Officiant. Ceremonies in a house of worship, donation to that organization is appropriate and often expected/required (a dollar amount may be suggested). It is appropriate to give a donation to a civil servant, such as a Justice of the Peace, judge, city clerk, etc., however it should be done at a time that is outside of their regular working hours.

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Stylists for hair and makeup. As you would for your regular appointments: 15% – 20%. Transportation drivers. 15% – 20%. Waitstaff and bartenders.If not already included the same percentage you would tip in a restaurant: around 18% of the total food bill for waitstaff. How and when to tip Tips (cash) should be prepared ahead of time and organized in individual envelopes. Traditionally, the best man delivers these tips to the appropriate person (generally the head of each group) on the wedding day; although, you could also delegate this task to a special friend or relative. B&G

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New function space available Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club in Westborough, MA, has opened. Nestled in a natural 70-acre setting, the lush greenery creates an idyllic setting for ceremonies. Inside, this 20,000 square foot clubhouse facility has four unique event spaces that can accommodate a lavish reception for up to 500 as well as provide an intimate setting for 20. Acacia’s culinary team creates gourmet meals using seasonal and domestic ingredients and will design unique and specialty menus to complement the style and flavor of any event. Acacia is conveniently located on Route 9 in Westborough and can be easily accessed from Routes 20, 290, 495 and the Mass Pike. Visit online at www.acaciafunctions.com for more information.

When designing your wedding bouquet at The Occasional Florist in Clinton, you’ll be given many options including a line of fully customizable bouquet holders. These tailormade items can be crafted in hundreds of different fabrics, colors, shapes and sizes. For those brides looking to create a show stopping masterpiece, inquire about a jeweled bouquet holder, which is covered in over 700 rhinestones. Each handcrafted holder photographs beautifully and offers each bride a keepsake couture wedding piece for herself, her bridesmaids and future generations. Book now and receive a free throw bouquet (offer ends December 31, 2009). 978-660-7818; www.theoccasionalflorist.com

ps … A print studio located inside The Paper Store The Paper Store at the Charles River Center, 257 Hartford Avenue in Bellingham offers custom printing services to fit your style and occasion. Stationery specialists can assist you with selecting invitations, offer design advice, help with wording, timelines and, of course, work with your budget. 508-966-0847; www.thepaperstore.com

Special reception package offers Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson is offering a 10 percent discount on all package prices—in addition to $1,000 off of a room rental fee (usually $2,000)— for weddings booked on Fridays and Sundays. In addition, they are offering a special winter package of a 25 percent discount on all package prices from January through March. This includes room rental fee of only $1,000 for Saturday weddings. Visit www.charteroakcc.com for more information.

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Worcester eatery offers new entertainment space Tribeca Restaurant at 92 Shrewsbury Street in Worcester has converted its former “Bistro” Dining Room into a special occasion and live entertainment venue. Equipped with a small stage for a DJ or live band and large dance floor area, this renovated space can accommodate up to 75 guests and is perfect for special occasion celebrations such as bachelor/ette parties, birthday and engagement parties, or small weddings. Go to www.tribeca92.com for additional information.

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With its function room updated and all new packages available, the romantic, country setting that is Pine Ridge Country Club in North Oxford is once again available for weddings. Now accommodating intimate events of up to 125, a brand new facility for up to 300 is currently in the planning stage. For more information: www.pineridgegolf.net; 508-892-9188.

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Correction The phone number for Spiro J. Efstathiou, Justice of the Peace, was listed incorrectly in the Winter 2009 issue of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. The correct phone number is 508-826-7775.

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midable Alcatraz Island, and the selfguided brochure directs you from the former penitentiary’s dock to its cell house. Evening tours, led by park guides, are also available on this island-of-no-escape. Undoubtedly San Francisco’s quintessential cable cars are also tourist-y, but they are one of the most enjoyable ways of getting around the downtown and Fisherman’sWharf areas. For a unique tour of the city take the California Street line, which runs from the Financial District through Chinatown and over to historic Nob Hill. The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines both end near Fisherman’s Wharf. A one-day passport ($9) provides unlimited riding on cable cars as well as streetcars and buses. A dragon draped archway at the intersection of Bush and Grant streets announces the entrance to San Francisco’s famed Chinatown, where the streets teem with fish and vegetable stalls, herbal shops, temples and eateries. Learn how the fortune actually gets into the cookie and other secrets at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Stroll over to North Beach, San Francisco’s café-rich Italian neighborhood, for a snack. The espresso is strong and the cannoli are sweet at Caffe Trieste, and century-old Molinari’s deli can certainly appease hungry honeymooners. Be sure to stop by City Lights Bookstore, a mecca for Bohemians and serious book-lovers alike. Picture postcard-worthy views can be had at Alamo Square, where San Francisco’s

Colorful and cosmopolitan San Francisco invariably charms visitors, beginning with its signature attraction: the 1.7 mile-long Golden Gate Bridge. One of America’s top 10 construction marvels, this graceful span (which connects to picturesque Marin County) is an unforgettable icon to drive, walk or cycle across. Nearby Golden Gate Park is one of the largest public parks in the world. Within its thousand-plus acres are lavish gardens, lakes, bridal and walking paths, Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden. Originally part of the 1894 World’s Fair Exhibit, the refined tea garden is a romantic spot to sip tea while overlooking a waterfall and pond delicately framed by fragrant wisteria or stroll hand-inhand among the bonsai trees. One of San Francisco’s best museums, the Exploratorium is a fun, quirky museum of science, art and human perception that features some 650 “please touch” exhibits. Its pitch-blackTactile Dome may just inspire you and your partner to approach challenges— including those to come in your married life—in a whole new way. For devotees of modern art, a must-see is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This landmark museum in a wonderful post-Modernist setting in the burgeoning South of Market neighborhood features permanent collections, including major works by the most important 20th century European and American artists, extensive photography holdings (one of the museum strengths) and cutting-edge digital multimedia installations. Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the city’s most popular destinations, overlooks San Francisco Bay and provides incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. This historic waterfront still serves as a working fishing pier, so be sure to sample the fresh seafood at area restaurants. Although nearby attractions such as Pier 39, The Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square are tourist-y, they can be as irresistible the sea lions lounging, sunning and barking along the pier. A short ferry ride from Pier 41 aboard the Blue and Gold Fleet deposits you on the for-

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Top left: Fairmont Hotel San Francisco lobby Top: Fairmont Sonoma Spa

circa-1900 Victorian homes are juxtaposed against the towering backdrop of the downtown’s skyscrapers and Lombard Street, the world’s most crooked street. Its vertiginous path winds past ornate houses and descends steeply offering charming views of North Beach.

Romantic spots Located in historic Jackson Square is the Bubble Lounge, a very upscale, multiroomed champagne bar that features about 300 “bubblies” on its list. The main room is quite beautiful and there are lots of cozy corners accented with subdued lighting. For a romantic dinner, try the Garden Court in the Sheraton Palace Hotel on New Montgomery Street. The stained-glass ceiling and marble columns make this one of the most dazzling restaurants in the city (and the food isn’t too shabby either). If you crave views of crashing waves and stunning sunsets while you dine, your best bet is the Cliff House, perched atop a breathtaking and wild coastal setting along the Pacific Ocean.At the Acquerello on Sacramento Street, the black truffles are said to be an aphrodisiac. A notable travel tip: If you want to try one of the city’s top restaurants, make a reservation well before you leave home.

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Benziger Family Winery tram (top); “The Cave” (middle); and the Insectary (far right)

For more information Acquerello www.acquerello.com Alcatraz Cruises www.nps.gov/alcatraz

nomenal views of the Bay, nestled in one of the city’s unique neighborhoods or right in the heart of all the downtown action. Two notable hotels are the luxurious Mark Hopkins InterContinental and the opulent Fairmont, both located in historic and palatial Nob Hill. Rates here are on the high end (hundreds of dollars per night), but every amenity and comfort imaginable is provided. Do inquire about package plans, as you may be able to score breakfast included in your room fee. Consider the Stanyan Park Hotel located in the heart of Golden Gate Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this notable Victorian has been receiving guests since 1904. Elegantly decorated in period style, its 36 rooms are in the $100 to $200 range per night, which includes breakfast and afternoon tea.

Day trips Exploring nearby Napa and Sonoma valleys, especially in September and October when the beauty of wine country is at its best, is a worthy day trip. To sample some of the best wines in the world, Napa offers Joseph PhelpsVineyards in St. Helena for an intimate, comprehensive tour and knockout tastings.The Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley is a low-volume, high-quality winery that offers visitors an exceptional self-guided tour. For amazing views of rolling hills, be sure to take the 40-

minute tram tour through the pastoral grounds of this organic, biodynamic winery. For a more spiritual getaway, head to nearby Muir Woods National Monument. This 550-acre woodland is a sacred home to one of the few remaining firstgrowth groves of towering redwoods. These majestic woods—named in honor of John Muir, a 19th century conservationist—are well worth the trip. If you only want to escape the bustle of the city for a short time, hop on a Red-and-White Ferry for a 30-minute ride to Sausalito from Fisherman’s Wharf. The panoramic view of the bay is spectacular, and Sausalito’s inviting outdoor cafés and small shops overlooking the city are utterly charming.

When to visit Any time of year is a good time to visit San Francisco, but the nicest months are September and October when the days are warm and sunny, with temperatures from the high 60s to the 80s. As San Francisco is a seductive city, chances are you will want to stay as long as possible, but a week will allow you to take in all the major sights; two weeks will leave enough time to explore the coast and wine country. B&G Cynthia Allegrezza, a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, readily admits to falling in love with San Francisco… and just may have left her heart there. www.bridegroommag.com

Benziger Family Winery www.benziger.com Cable Cars www.sfcablecar.com California Welcome Center www.visitcwc.com Cliff House www.cliffhouse.com Exploratorium www.exploratorium.edu The Fairmont San Francisco www.fairmont.com Garden Court/Sheraton Palace Hotel www.gardencourt-restaurant.com Golden Gate Bridge www.goldengate.org Golden Gate Park www.golden-gate-park.com Mark Hopkins InterContinental www.markhopkins.net Muir Woods National Monument www.nps.gov/muwo Joseph Phelps Vineyards www.jpwines.com San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com San Francisco Museum of Modern Art www.sfmoma.org Stanyan Park Hotel www.stanyanpark.com

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ROYAL Mandalay Bay

Honeymoons and the high life by Katharine Dyson

Playing the slots at the Bellagio

C A S INOS , AC TION, WE DDING CHA PEL S … Quick, what’s the first thing you think of? Las Vegas! From the time you step off the plane, your senses instantly tune into the jingle of slots and the flashy screens advertising the latest shows. But Vegas is just the beginning when it comes to action-packed, casino-centric honeymoons. Just like in Blackjack, you have choices... and surprises. Las Vegas Everyone has heard of “The Strip,” the place where colossal casino hotels rise and fall, where the fountains of Bellagio send water spewing high into the air and an erupting volcano announces The Mirage. Here, wedding chapels range from Elvis tawdry to the MGM Grand’s elegant mirrored baroque rooms with white pews edged with gold. 98 Spring/Summer

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In Las Vegas everything is over the top, but it isn’t always all about glitter. THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, for example, is a boutique hotel that boasts 1,117 suites and reflects understated Asia-style luxury—with no trace of glitz whatsoever.Your room offers sweeping views of the city, yet huge curtains effectively block out the lights when you want to cuddle up and skip breakfast.Watch a movie

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on your 42-inch plasma screen TV or the 24hour shark channel, which tunes in to what is going on in Mandalay Bay’s on-premise shark tank. In keeping with its understated and minimalist elegance,THEhotel’s Bathhouse spa is pure art with steam rooms, rainfall corridors and cool-to-hot pools. Then there is the pure luxury of the Bellagio and its magnificent marble, chan-


deliers, soaring ceilings and crystal, not to mention a glass flower petal ceiling sculpture by Dale Chihuly and exuberant indoor gardens. And yes, this is the home of the world-famous dancing fountains seen in movies such as Ocean’s Eleven. Vegas at night has endless choices for smashing entertainment, nightclubs, Cirque du Soleil, bars and of course the sprawling casinos. Popular nightclubs include Tangerine at Treasure Island, a burlesque bar recalling the speakeasy style of the 1920s; Light at Bellagio; Studio 54,Tabu Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand; Coyote Ugly and bar at Times Square; and the newly opened JET at The Mirage. The MGM properties also offer a range of places to stay along with massive indoor “cities” like New York, New York Hotel & Casino where the streets of the city have been replicated inside and outside 12 New York-style skyscrapers house 2,023 rooms. Irish pubs, sidewalk cafés, theaters, shops… it’s all here. Places to eat and drink abound as well. Some favorites include Isla, a Mexican kitchen and tequila bar in Treasure Island and Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery. For great views high atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, have dinner at Mix, chef Alain Ducasse’s fine restaurant; for innovative contemporary cuisine, try Fix in the Belligio.

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Lake Las Vegas, Nevada While the lights and glitter of the Las Vegas strip entice, just 17 miles and a 20-minute drive away Lake Las Vegas beckons. Just 20 years ago, this heady oasis was a mere 3,592-acre plot of land in the sage-strewn desert.Today lush greenery, exuberant flowers and the largest privately owned lake in southern Nevada set the backdrop for a 40,000 square-foot casino, multi-million dollar celebrity homes, resorts and the mellow yellow MonteLago Village, a cobblestone Tuscan-inspired pedestrian town. Lake Las Vegas has a lot going for it: private casinos, free entertainment, helicopter tours, spas, gourmet restaurants and a fullservice marina. Explore the lake via a gondola ride like those in Venice or by kayak on www.bridegroommag.com

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your own steam. Nearby you’ll find river rafting, the Grand Canyon, hiking, mountain biking and The Valley of Fire. Spread out in one of the suites in MonteLago Village Resort (check out their Romantic Gondola on the Lake Package, which includes one night in a suite, gondola cruise, chocolate and champagne for approximately $200-$250 per night) or check into Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort or the luxe Ritz-Carlton.

Foxwoods Resort Casino Foxwoods Resort Casino’s three towering hotels and six casinos rise like the lost city of Atlantis out of the green Connecticut landscape.This “city undercover” has just about everything you’ll need for a honeymoon filled with fun and excitement: great spa, soaring atrium lobby and endless shop-

ping and dining venues, plus two stunning golf courses just across the street. New luxury digs—the MGM Grand at Foxwoods—bring you Las Vegas glamour without the long commute. Here, everything is “grand,” including the Grand Spa and the Grand Salon. Rooms are decorated in soft creams, chocolates and beiges with a hint of color, and most importantly, the beds are extremely comfortable and dressed in fine linens.The bathrooms are also spacious with rain showers and marble vanities. The casino here is the largest in the U.S., boasting a mind-boggling two million square feet, 7,000 slot machines and 400 gaming tables. For that special dinner, book a table at Paragon, try the fresh local seafood at Cedars or savor great southern Italian cuisine at Al Dente.There are plenty of other choices for ethnic (Mexican and Chinese) or

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more casual fare (Ahard Rock Café or Fuddruckers).

Turning Stone Resort & Casino Set in a rural landscape of forests, blue Harvestor grain silos, red barns and grazing cows, this resort and casino in Verona, New York (just east of Syracuse) is a destination unto itself. Happily coexisting with casino action and designer golf courses are major entertainment complexes, shopping and dining options and the fabulous Skana spa, one of the best spa facilities in the state. Here you’ll find a Roman-style coed mineral pool, 12 treatment rooms, a VIP suite, and a full range of services and treatments such as the Ritual of the Standing Stones and a Sage and White Pine Hot Towel massage. Rooms at the resort are fairly large and beds and linens get high marks.You’ll love


French Lick Resort

For more information French Lick Resort www.frenchlick.com Foxwoods Resort Casino www.foxwoods.com Lake Las Vegas www.lakelasvegas.com Las Vegas www.visitlasvegas.com Loews Hotels www.loewshotels.com MGM at Foxwoods www.mgmatfoxwoods.com the large walk-in showers with two swivel shower heads. But if you’re seeking more space and luxury, book a suite in The Lodge, which is adjacent to the Tower and connected to the main hotel complex by a security-protected walkway. Many dining options are available here with 11 places to eat.You’ll love the soft elegance of Pino Bianco, a fine Italian-style restaurant serving dishes like fresh trout almandine and oreganata rack of lamb, and the table-side carving at Rodizio, a Brazilian restaurant. But if the resort’s bars seem a bit empty to you, there is a reason:Turning Stone doesn’t yet have a liquor license.You can, however, bring your own champagne or drink of choice and the staff will provide you with glasses, a bottle opener and a bucket of ice. If golf is your game,Turning Stone has three of NewYork State’s top golf courses: Kaluhyat (ga-LU-yut); Atunyote (uh-DUNEyote) and Shenendoah.There’s also a par 3, Sandstone Hollow, which is perfect for a gentle introduction to the game.

tucked into the hills and wide lush fairways, while the Oaks is graced by wetlands, ponds, sprawling bunkers and rolling fairways. Check into the Silver Star Hotel & Casino or the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino and bring extra change for the 5,000 slot machines, 115 table games and 14 poker tables. Book some serious spa time at the Spa at Silver Star, which has everything you could want: saunas, steam baths and a full program of treatments. For your evening entertainment, start in the Luna Lounge on the top floor and order their signature frosty pineapple cocktail, then dine at one of the many restaurants on site. If you crave good Italian food with a nod to the “old country” try Remo’s, which serves traditional favorites like lasagna and eggplant parmesan. For great steaks cooked on a hardwood-fired grill, stop in at Miko; for drinking and dining the night away, head to Ground Zero Blues Club. Play-and-stay packages start at $119 including room, golf cart and breakfast.

French Lick Resort Pearl River Resort For a slower tempo and hospitable prices that won’t have you singing the Blues, head south to Pearl River Resort near Jackson, Mississippi—an ideal locale for couples who want to combine night action at the tables with daytime fun on two superb golf courses (they’re just across the street).The Dancing Rabbit’s Azaleas course evokes a sense of Augusta National with its flowering shrubs

Maybe you don’t know where French Lick is and maybe you think it even sounds kind of naughty. But this Indiana resort, set on 3,000 beautiful acres, has a grand history dating from 1845 when guests used to come here for the soothing mineral springs. You have a choice of two hotels: French Lick Springs Hotel and the quieter (albeit a tad more expensive) West Baden Springs Hotel, where the six-story domed www.bridegroommag.com

MonteLago Village www.montelagovillage.com Pearl River Resort www.pearlriverresort.com Ritz-Carlton www.ritzcarlton.com Turning Stone Resort & Casino www.turningstone.com atrium (circa 1902) was once the world’s largest free-span dome and caused the hotel to be called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Historic gardens frame the resort with year-long color and charm. Both hotels have natural spring water spas (called Pluto mineral waters) where you can indulge in a full range of healing massage treatments. Gaming action takes place in the 51,000 square-foot casino, and links action can be found on one of three golf courses: the newly-restored Donald Ross course, a stunning new Pete Dye course and the original nine-hole Tom Bendelow.You will also plenty of other activities, including tennis, bowling, big-name entertainment, a terrific fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and restaurants. In the Mood for Love packages that include a one-night stay, dinner and massages start at $466 at the French Lick Spring Hotel and $506 at West Baden Springs Hotel. B&G Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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

• Candlelight dinner at the Sunset Beach Bistro, including transfers

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

• Remembrance gift

• Bottle of champagne

• Free night first anniversary certificate

• Wedding packages available

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

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


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

Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

Contact Person

Types of Functions

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D - Rehearsal Dinners

Price Range

On-Site Catering

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Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Inside Front Cover)

Emily Aghababain E, B, D, W

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

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (86)

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.

Higgins Armory Museum (88)

Rentals Office

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

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

Mechanics Hall (13)

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.

Pepper Corns (71)

Tom Oliveri

455 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01610 Ph: (508) 752-7711 • Fx: (508) 752-1151 peppercorns@verizon.net • www.epeppercorns.com

A local favorite for over 10 years, now offering full catering & banquet services with renowned Chef Tommaso Gargiulo at the helm.

Tribeca (29)

Steven Greene

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 (32)

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 (85)

Special Events

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 799-4406 x3077 • Fx: (508) 799-4767 specialevents@worcesterart.org www.worcesterart.org

Rent exquisite spaces for your next important social occasion, and allow the special events staff to help you create the event of your dreams.

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15/120

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1

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1

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25/120

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1

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B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Sales Office

E, B, D, W

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Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

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East of Worcester Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club (31) 275 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 366-6526 Fx: (508) 836-0233 info@AcaciaFunctions.com www.AcaciaFunctions.com

Yes

Victoria Collins

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

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

Charter Oak Country Club (112)

Christine Mazri

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

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn (26)

Jennifer Clouthier

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

Our historic inn offers a quaint 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 (90)

Linde Schwartz

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (76)

Stephen Guay

242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1715 • Fx: (978) 266-9429 sguay@hiboxborough.com 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.

Marlborough Country Club (78)

Ann-Marie Busby

200 Concord Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 485-1660 ext.14 • Fx: (508) 460-8932 marlborocc@aol.com www.marlboroughcountryclub.com

We offer three rooms of various sizes with sophisticated ambience and professional decor. Daytime and evening functions decorated as informally or as elegantly as you choose.

Radisson Hotel & Suites (84)

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 (72)

Angela Weagle

13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 568-1541 • info@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 (43)

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 (29)

Phyllis Joseph

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

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

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$75+

$30 – 75+

$30 – 70

$30 – 50

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$30 – 65

$30 – 50

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50/600

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1

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1 or 2

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2

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

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2

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3

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50/250

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130/275

10/100

50/550

2/400

Max 180

25/250

100/350

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Yes

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2009

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

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Min/Max Room Capacity

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Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Leicester Country Club (69)

Sales Office

E, B, D, W

$30 – 70

Yes

1430 Main St., Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 ext.16 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 saleslcc@charterinternet.com • www.leicestercc.com

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

Old Sturbridge Village (76)

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 (37)

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 (90)

Arnold Villatico, Jr.

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

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

Pine Ridge Country Club (15)

Sales Office

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

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

Publick House (73)

Catherine O’Brien

On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK, (508) 347-3313 x286 sales@publickhouse.com www.publickhouse.com

Rehearsal dinners to showers to overnight guest rooms, the Publick House makes every event special with a unique mix of location, charm and warm hospitality.

Salem Cross Inn (47)

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 (58)

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 (35)

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 (7)

Lynn Zukas

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

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

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Varies

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$50-$75

$30-78

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$73 – 94

$30 – 60

Under $30 to 50

E, B, W

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

20/300

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2

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0/200

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

No

15/200

Yes

90/250

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25/125

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Max 240

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Yes

Yes

Yes

6/225

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Max 350

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

20/400

Yes

1 in each building

No

2/150

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

David Morin

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.

Catherine Elliott

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

150 w/tent A beautifully restored, historical mansion with a charm and elegance rarely found today. Estate grounds feature a 19th century style bandstand for ceremonies and photographs.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (87)

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.

Pleasant Valley Country Club (53)

Michelle Violette or Kerry Bardon

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Under $30 to $50

No

Yes

Yes

No

50/500

Asa Waters Mansion (86)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Max 85 (inside)

No

Yes

No

Yes

50/250

Yes

50/175

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

Our magnificent views, elegant dining and attention to every detail will make your special occasion a day to remember. Accommodating events from 20–400 guests.

The Grafton Inn (70)

Kate Loughan

25 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (774) 293-0478 • Fx: (508) 839-1592 wahlgrenk@aol.com • www.thegraftoninn.com

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

Twin River (107)

Donna Wing

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

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

E, B, D, W Under $30 to 75

E, B, D, W

$30 to 75+

Yes

Yes

www.bridegroommag.com

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

Varies

2

Arrowhead Acres (88)

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

50/1200

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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

E - Engagement Parties

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

25/250

Yes

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.

Susan Piper

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club (25) P.O. Box 1099, 284 E. Temple St., Boylston, MA 01505 Ph: (508) 869-9900 • Fx: (508) 869-0096 susanp@cypriankeyes.com www.cypriankeyes.com

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

2/220

Yes

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

Harrington Farm (39)

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.

Hidden Hills - Four Star Catering (79)

Mark Hagemeyer

202 Rindge Rd., Rindge, NH 03461 Ph: (603) 899-5001, (800) 698-5002 • Fx: (603) 899-2037 fourstarcatering@prodigy.net www.fourstarcatering.com

Beautifully decorated indoor and outdoor facility serving up to 600 guests. Customized menus and services based on your complete satisfaction. All we need is you!

Mitch Marron

Mount Pleasant Country Club (36) 369 Cross Street, Boylston, MA 01505 Ph: (508) 869-2326 • Fx: (508) 869-3197 mmarron@mountpleasantcc.org www.mountpleasantcc.org

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Under $30

Yes

Available

50/225

1

Yes

Yes

3

No

No

1

No

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Nearby

25/375

Yes

2

No

300 Max

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

50/600

No

30/250

Yes

Mount Pleasant is situated on 200 pristine acres in Central Massachusetts. The Clubhouse ballroom is the perfect venue for showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions.

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (10) Kerri Landry

E, B, D, W

$50 –75

Yes

Yes

100/325

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (78)

Lana Visbeck

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

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 85

Yes

Yes

15/230

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (82)

Janet Fotiadis

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (45)

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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Books

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Bouquet Preservation

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Bridal Registry

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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BOOKS Thomas E. O’Brien (91) 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.

BOUQUET PRESERVATION Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (20)

Catering

109

Destination Weddings

109

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.

Donation Services

109

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Entertainment

109

Cakes

108-109

Macy’s (Back Cover)

Hair & Makeup

110

(800) 568-8865 www.macysweddingchannel.com Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry provides couples and guests with the ultimate registry experience with over 400 stores nationwide, a toll-free number and 24-hour online services.

Honeymoon Spots

110

Royal Prestige Products (71)

Invitations

110

Jewelry

110

Limousines

110

Officiants

110

Florists

Photography

109-110

110-111

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

BRIDAL SHOPS Elegance by Carbonneau (59) 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!

Pre-wedding Services

111

Reception Facilities

103

Rentals

111

Shoes

111

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.

Tuxedos

111

Pronuptia Bridals (8)

Videography

111

Wedding Internet Services 111

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Loren’s Bridal (12)

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.

BRIDE&GROOM www.bridegroommag.com

The Special Event Bridal Shoppe (42) 114 Broad St., Marlboro, MA 01752 (508) 624-9392 • www.specialeventbridalshop.com Specializing in wedding gowns and party dresses for special occasions. Call for an appointment at your convenience.

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

CAKES Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (83) 288 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 Allow Bean Counter Bakery to work with you in creating your dream wedding cake. We offer elegant designs and exquisite flavors.

Crown Bakery (37) 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.

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 (35)

New England Conservatory Music Referral Service (32)

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.

290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 585-1170 • MRS@newenglandconservatory.edu www.newenglandconservatory.edu/MRS Bring the joy of music to any special event! NEC’s Music Referral Service provides artistic excellence and exceptional value. Perfect for any distinguished occasion.

Dianne Rockwell – The Cake Lady

Sarah Cassell, Soprano (109)

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

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

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. (80) 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.

Karen’s Dishes By Design Serving Worcester county and beyond. (508) 868-7564 karen@karensdishesbydesign.com www.karensdishesbydesign.com A personal chef service specializing in showers, parties, and rehearsal dinners. Customized delicious and healthy meals in the comfort of your own home.

PepperCorns Catering (71) 455 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 752-7711 peppercorns@verizon.net • www.epeppercorns.com A local favorite for over 10 years, now offering full catering and banquet services with renowned Chef Tommaso Gargiulo at the helm.

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (46) 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 (33) 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.

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Young’s/American Express Travel (96) Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialists. 31A Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 721-2600, (800) 873-9686 info@youngstravel.com • www.youngstravel.com Exclusive custom designed destination weddings and honeymoons. Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy and TOP 20 romance destinations. WORRY-FREE planning with our certified specialists. Voted “Best of Worcester.”

DONATION SERVICES

Sonic DJ (51)

I Do Foundation (84) 1202 Delafield Place NW, Washington, DC 20011 (202) 841-1563 info@idofoundation.org • www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples an opportunity to raise donations for charity(s) of their choice in a variety of ways.

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

FLORISTS

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

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.

The Jimmy Fund (78)

Herbert E. Berg Florist (30)

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.

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

Rachel’s Table (111) 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

Why Me, Inc. (110) 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 (80) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (14) 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.

Lufko’s DJ Service (33) 315 Main Street, Rutland, MA 01543 (774) 239-2295 lufko@charter.net Lufko’s DJ Service provides personalized service from a professional radio and mobile DJ. Serving all of New England. “Your day, your way.”

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Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (20)

INVITATIONS

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.

C.C. Lowell (8)

The Occasional Florist (27) 82 Cedar Street, Clinton, MA 01510 (978) 660-7818 janice@theoccasionalflorist.com www.theoccasionalflorist.com Through our custom service and artful design, we will create your wedding masterpiece. We make every event special.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (91) 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.

Image Hair Salon (88) 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.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (102) 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.

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

Celebrations! Invitations (79) 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 (81) 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 (51) 23 locations in Massachusetts 1 location in New Hampshire (978) 500-0967 adv@thepaperstore.com www.thepaperstore.com There’s a print studio located inside the Paper Store! Custom printing services & more to fit your style and occasion— perfectly!

JEWELRY Sachs Jewelers (11) 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.

LIMOUSINES A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (77) 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.

OFFICIANTS Spiro J. Efstathiou, Justice of the Peace Looking for a wonderful way to show your guest how much you love them? Instead of giving a token gift, honor your guests with a charitable gift of love by helping children in your community with cancer. On your special day, pay tribute to your guests by making a charitable donation in lieu of favors to Why Me & Sherry’s House. For over twenty years, Why Me & Sherry’s House has been providing love and support for Central New England families of children with cancer. We will provide you with Tribute cards that you may hand to guests or put on display at each place setting.

To honor your guests on your special day, give the gift of love.

For details on how you can honor your guests by bringing special happy memories to kids with cancer, contact Irma Gennaro at 508-757-7734, email to igennaro@whyme.org or visit us at www.whyme.org

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PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic Expressions Photography (2) 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 (38) 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 (74) 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.

Media Photo (73) 63 Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-4716 mediafoto@aol.com Save your money for the honeymoon! Affordable wedding packages. Studio located in Auburn, MA. We love what we do and so do our clients. Love & support for families with childhood cancer

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

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RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (41) 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.

The Wedding Photographers (82) 50 Elm St., Suite 7B, Worcester, MA 180 Boulder Dr., Suite 114, Fitchburg, MA (508) 757-4850 theweddingphotographerscm@yahoo.com www.weddingphotographersNE.com If you’re looking for creative photojournalistic and classic wedding photography, see The Wedding Photographers - now at two locations in Worcester and Fitchburg.

PRE-WEDDING SERVICES Engaged Encounter (43) (508) 852-3048 It is a weekend designed to give couples planning marriage an opportunity for an intensive and honest look at their commitment to one another.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 103)

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

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (15) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St. • (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St. • (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West • (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St. • (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd. • (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

VIDEOGRAPHY 4 Star Productions (31)

(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.

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.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (80)

Davagian Video Productions

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!

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.

Elegant Linens Ltd.

McDonald Productions

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.

Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 845-9101 john@mcdonaldvideography.com www.mcdonaldvideography.com A professional videographer with over 20 years experience using the latest digital technology to capture the magic of your wedding. HIGH DEFINITION (HDTV) now available.

RENTALS A Perfect Setting (49)

SHOES Elegance by Carbonneau (59) 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

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

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES

Brides

Donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless Shelter!

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for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (89) Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. 2-for-1 passes available for download. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

VowBids.com (3) 146 West Boylston Dr., Suite 202 Worcester, MA 01606 (877) 372-0676 ido@vowbids.com • www.vowbids.com VowBids.com brings complete wedding planning right to your fingertips. The only place where vendors of the wedding industry compete over your business.

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Rachel’s Table will deliver for you! Spring/Summer 2009

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ever after WEDDING & GIFT REGISTRY

Shouldn’t your true love be rewarded? Join Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry Star Rewards Program today! Discover the first registry with this unique rewards program. At Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry, you earn 10% Rewards on eligible Macy’s Star Rewards Card† purchases throughout the store and 5% Rewards on eligible gift purchases your guests make from your registry. Plus, Macy’s Completion Program will save you 10% on your remaining registry items. It's easy to enroll and start earning rewards. Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry is a coast-to-coast love affair! We provide couples and their guests with the ultimate registry experience with over 800 stores nationwide, a toll-free number, 1-800-568-8865, and 24-hour online services!

†Subject to credit approval. See a Bridal Consultant or Sales Associate for details and restrictions.

Bride & Groom Magazine Spring 09 Issue  

Spring 09 Issue

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