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Contents Honeymoons 81 It’s a natural Honeymooning in theVirgin Islands 85 Honeymooning on the South Carolina coast Catch the dreamy mood of the Lowcountry 58

Features Featured facilities 50 Wachusett Mountain 55 WachusettVillage Inn 58 Vintage glamour Taking cues from the past for your wedding inspiration

Articles 24 Best tressed Getting a great wedding-day hairstyle 30 Friend or pro? Why you might want to leave things to the experts

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Planning 101 65 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when

10 Letter from the editor

66 License to wed What you need to know

18 Nearby Nuptials Karen Preikszas and Rich Kelleher Carmen Oyola and Kyle Callender

14 Tying the Knot Engaged local couples

68 Changing your name? How to do it

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70 Tipping How much and when

89 Function facilities guide 93 Wedding resources guide

72 Music Questions to ask your band or DJ 74 Invitations 76 Transportation 78 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings

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36 Wrapped around your finger How to ring in your new life together with the right wedding band 42 Rehearsal dinners Ideas for every style and budget 46 Commuter marriages Keeping love alive across the miles

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(two!) to establishing charitable gift funds and requesting donations in lieu of gifts. Even their save-the-date notices were e-mailed, which was reported as being quite a departure from traditional royal formalities. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve likely begun to examine the ways in which you can personalize your wedding to make it unique. Our feature story on page 52â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vintage glamourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;demonstrates how some dramatic facets of bygone eras can be updated and utilized to make your wedding-day theme distinctive and memorable. The article Wrapped around your finger, on page 36, has tips and advice on how to find a wedding band that reflects your style, and the piece about rehearsal dinners on page 42 offers terrific ideas for planning a fantastic pre-wedding event. This issue also has something new: spotlight features on two reception facilities that are well-known in Central Massachusetts. Other Featured Facilities from across our region will be included in our upcoming editions. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about what happens after the weddingâ&#x20AC;Ś Of course, we mean your honeymoon! In this issue, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re featuring some wonderful spots with our neighbors to the south, as well as an overview of the Virgin Islands. Asalways,wehopethisissueof BRIDE&GROOMâ&#x201E;˘ Magazine is your constant companion as you plan your wedding.After youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tied the proverbial knot, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear from you. Please visit our website for information about how to submit your wedding for inclusion in these pages as a Nearby Nuptial.

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Karen. “We knew immediately that this was the perfect place for our reception.”

Planning As a professional event coordinator, Karen was in familiar territory. “I loved planning the day and making it personal for our family and guests,” she says. “It was loads of fun to watch my ideas come to life.” Karen and her mother handled most of the details during the year-long planning and Rich contributed his input for major decisions. “He visited venues with us, helped select the caterer and created the ‘must play’ list for the band,” Karen recalls. “He even secured an amazing white trolley that transported the wedding party on the wedding day, which was a huge hit with the group—especially the children attendants.”

Karen Preikszas and Rich Kelleher November 2010 Milton, Massachusetts How they got engaged The topic of Rich and Karen getting engaged was discussed often at gatherings with family and friends—not at all surprising since the couple had been friends for seven years before dating for five years. Even though it was top of mind, Rich wanted his proposal to be a surprise. So instead of planning it for a holiday (too common), or while on vacation (too typical) or during an anniversary (too obvious), he decided that Karen’s 30th birthday would be the perfect date. After a weekend full of celebrations, Karen woke up on the morning of her birthday to a family room bedecked with flowers in honor of the occasion. Rich presented Karen with a ring that belonged to her beloved grandmother, who had been one of the most important women in Karen’s life. Completely surprised, she immediately said yes.

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Native New Englanders and self proclaimed “fall and winter people,” Rich and Karen knew they wanted their wedding during that time of year. “In fact, we were secretly hoping for a few flurries on our wedding day,” says the couple, who love snow as much as the brilliant colors of autumn. More important than their wedding date, however, was the venue for their reception. One visit to the Milton Hoosic Club was all it took. “We instantly fell in love with the warm feel of the club, including its antique furniture, rich hardwood floors and grand fireplaces,” says

Karen and Rich wanted to infuse as much personalization and meaning as they could into their wedding, so wherever possible they incorporated traditions, heirlooms and meaningful items. Karen’s sister-in-law, Lisa, loaned Karen a handkerchief that both Lisa and her mother used on their wedding days. During the reception, the couple sipped from wine glasses hand-blown by their friend Dave and cut the cake with the knife Karen’s parents used at their wedding. And in honor of Rich’s Irish heritage, Karen’s childhood friend, who is from Ireland, read an Irish wedding blessing during the ceremony.

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For a theme, the couple decided on “a perfect pear” and featured a pear motif on the save-the-date cards, wedding program, seating chart and table name cards. The reception tables were named after different varieties of the fruit and their floral centerpieces included pears as well. In place of a traditional groom’s cake, warm chocolate chip cookies—Rich’s favorite—were served, with milk, to their guests.And instead of a traditional guest book, Karen created cards titled with the words wisdom, advice, thought and memory; guests could choose any card and write a personal note to the couple. In lieu of favors, Rich and Karen made donations to an organization that rescues and

Ceremony: The United Church of Christ, Medfield Reception: The Milton Hoosic Club, Milton Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering, Attleboro Photography: Afterglow Photos, Fairfield, Conn. Cake: Dessert Works, Norwood Flowers: Studio One Twenty Three, Quincy Music: Bock & Blu, N.Y. and Conn. Transportation: Kenny’s Coach, Weymouth Bridal gown: Martina Liana from Allegria Bridal, Belmont Bridesmaid dresses: Jim Hjelm, Occassions, from Allegria Bridal, Belmont Groom’s and groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse, Norwood Dance instruction: Out to Dance, Roslindale places Labradors, and to an organization that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. “We had adopted Sadie, our 6-year-old yellow Lab, six months before our wedding,” says Karen. “Just weeks later, my childhood Lab passed away and Sadie’s playful personality and loving nature helped ease our heavy hearts.The donations were made in her honor.” Karen and Rich had prepared for their first www.bridegroommag.com

dance by taking lessons along with their parents. “Our instructor taught our group two ‘steps,’ a couple of spins and gave us ideas for starting and ending the dance,” recalls the couple. “The philosophy was to give us the confidence to have fun and look natural, rather than choreograph each and every step.”

Advice “We received so much good advice before our wedding and all of it rang true,” says Karen. “However, I wish that someone told us that no matter how hard you try, you won’t make it around to every table.While all your guests are important and special, our advice is to prioritize the tables with friends and family who you don’t see all the time.” B&G BRIDE&GROOM Spring 2011

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Nearby Nuptials Carmen Oyola and Kyle Callender May 2010 Springfield, Massachusetts CARMEN AND KYLE, WHO

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in 5th grade, got engaged during the holidays in 2007. “It was a surprise proposal during Kyle’s family’s annual tree trimming party,” says Carmen. They set their wedding date for 5/28/2010, because it was just before a holiday weekend. However, when Carmen was researching bible verses to be recited during the ceremony, she discovered that in Deuteronomy, the 5th book in the bible, chapter 28 was entitled “Blessings for Obedience.” “I had originally planned to have verses from that chapter read at the ceremony, however we decided to keep it between us,” says Carmen.

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The bride thoroughly enjoyed planning the wedding with her mother. “I miss it! Colors, fabrics, styles, themes, seasons, venues… it’s all so fun,” she says.The groom and his mother pitched in as well, contributing to decisions for the menu and decorating ideas. Instead of settling on a specific theme, the couple incorporated a vintage feel to the event in the wedding party’s attire, which featured pewter-colored accents, and with some of the décor. Purple was selected as the main color, as it had been the color featured in both Kyle’s and Carmen’s parents’ weddings more than 25 years before. Centerpieces consisted of plum-colored orchids and floating candles, while Yankee Candle votives and match boxes printed with “Kyle & Carmen – a Perfect Match” served as favors. Orchids in white and plum, and candles were also featured in the church décor. Dark gray invitations were accented with a pewter-colored bow, and Carmen customized the ceremony’s aisle runner by painting the letter “C” on it. What was their favorite part of the day? “When we kissed and exited the sanctuary as husband and wife,” say Kyle and Carmen. Guests raved about the entire day and complimented Carmen, who sang to Kyle during the ceremony. When asked for what advice she would give to brides-to-be, Carmen offers this: “Pay attention to things that will last in the wedding photos, such as dress fittings, makeup and hair style. Also, make sure you have a professional and talented photographer, because you can never reenact those special moments.” B&G


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Next, collect photos of hairstyles from magazines and websites to bring to your stylist. However, keep in mind that even though your regular stylist is the best at color and cuts, that doesn’t mean she excels at specialoccasion styling. Ask her if it’s something she’ll do, and ask to see photographs of brides she has styled recently. If you decide to outsource your bridal hair design and styling, ask friends and colleagues

who are newly wed or have been in recent weddings for recommendations. The search for and ultimate booking of a hair salon is typically done around six months in advance of the wedding date.When calling or visiting salons, ask if your wedding date is available. If it is, set up a consultation. It’s critical that you and your stylist are on the same page so that your interpretation of an “elegant up ’do” is congruent with hers.

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Consultations, which can last about an hour, aren’t necessarily a hairstyle trial— meaning you’re probably not walking out of the salon with an exact replica of your wedding day look. Instead, you’ll discuss all the possibilities. Bring pictures of styles you like as well as any hair accessories you’re considering, such as a tiara, hair pins, brooch, etc. If fresh flowers are a possibility, let your stylist know that as well. Armed with this information, the two of you can consider what will work best. Champagne notes that her more recent brides weren’t wearing as many hair ornamentations as brides past. In fact, some brides are choosing to marry without any headpiece or veil at all. Several, she says, wear a crown but want the hair to take center stage once the veil is detached after the ceremony. “No hair gems anymore, but brooches and feathers are more popular,” she adds. “It’s all about keeping the hair natural and soft.” The consultation with your stylist is also the best time to discuss what style will work best with your hair’s texture and what options might be available to help get the look you want. This may include making choices about extensions (clip-ins for the day or sewnin, fused, etc.). It’s also a time to see if your personalities mesh. Remember, this is the person with whom you’ll be spending the better part of your wedding day morning or early afternoon, so you should trust her implicitly and feel at ease around her.


Salons will also want to know—even if it’s just a rough estimate—how many in your bridal party will be getting their hair done with you. This can include bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and others close to the bride. If you’re more comfortable on your own or with just a close friend at hand to keep your nerves at bay, that’s fine too.The salon is simply trying to get a feel for the amount of resources

needed so that a schedule can be created to get everyone gorgeous with time to spare. When securing your appointment(s), it’s common for a salon to ask for a deposit in advance, typically up to half of the total cost. Like the reception venue booking, once the agreement is made and deposit is placed, you can relax until the date is closer at hand. This is also a good time to determine how your hair feels at its most comfortable and

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when it brings you the most confidence. Does it feel best when it’s swept off your face and shoulders and you don’t have to worry about it, or when it’s down and you can run your fingers through it? Also, what time of year will you marry and what are the expected weather conditions? Soft curls by the water’s edge can quickly turn limp with salt-soaked, misty air and whipping winds—the same with oppressive heat and humidity.These are all things to consider in the months and weeks leading up to your trial.You might have to be prepared to compromise depending on what Mother Nature may bring on your wedding day. Rely on the advice of your stylist, whose experience will be invaluable. With careful planning, thoughtful consideration and the treasured know-how of a professional, timeless, classic and elegant are all within reach. B&G Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, R.I., and is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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As cost effective as it may seem, however, this route may not be the best way to go. Talent is important, but so is experience and knowing how to â&#x20AC;&#x153;workâ&#x20AC;? an event. And what happens if the final product isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, well, very good? Here are some considerations to keep in mind for who you hire for photography, videography and music.

varied aspects of a wedding. Yet when all is said and done, the tangible memories captured in photos and on video are what remain with you. How you choose to document those memories is very important. With the abundance of economically priced, state-of-the-art digital cameras, everyone seems to have a friend or family member who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;intoâ&#x20AC;? photography. However, there is a distinct difference between a hobbyist and a professional.

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Consider that most amateurs may be inclined to spend much of the time near or in the company of the people they know, which could result in many photographs of a few particular people.The specialist will be moving constantly, capturing images of an array of people. Even if the professional you hire is a friend, his experience will keep him on track and not distracted by guests he knows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to splurge on anything for your wedding, it should be the pictures,â&#x20AC;? emphasizes Carley Roney, author of the The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner (Š1999, Clarkson Potter). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll preserve your memories better than anything else you purchase for the big event.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, professionals will see their attendance at your wedding as a service to you. Some amateurs may not. Wedding photographers want to capture perfect, spontaneous moments so they look for ideal positions to provide that photojournalistic opportunity.A videographer has similar goals, which require swift movement and a keen eye. If the amateur sees himself as a guest, rather than as a vendor adding to your total wedding experience, you may end up without some important images. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You cannot redo the wedding once it happens,â&#x20AC;? emphasizes Irena Clark, director of sales for The Harrington Farm in Princeton, Mass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want to do it once and do it right. One of the biggest pitfalls with hiring a friend, or a friend of a friend, is that even though it is budget friendly, it could end up costing them more.â&#x20AC;? The amateur photographer might also be unfamiliar with important wedding vendor etiquette.A


capture anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 images. Each one needs to be examined and either saved, discarded or tweaked, and usable images will have to be processed as well. With an amateur, it could be several months before you see your wedding photos. A professional, on the other hand, will have allocated time for your project and will deliver your photographs in a timely manner and in their best condition. Clark advises budget-conscious couples

professional, on the other hand, fully understands why he is there and will act accordingly.In addition, many wedding photographers regularly work with the same videographers.As a result, they have developed strategies allowing them to do their jobs without affecting the other person.Amateur photographers and videographers won’t have this level of experience, which can cause problems. If your budget is severely limited, hiring a friend to document your wedding may seem to be your only option. Keep in mind, though, that a professional will use high-quality equipment and will have a thorough understanding about lighting or the placement of multiple cameras and microphones. Even if your amateur photographer is sporting a decent camera, what happens if there is a malfunction? Experts always have at least one spare camera along with a selection of lenses, spare batteries, memory cards and other equipment suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor elements. Cindy Malone, a recent bride from Connecticut, knows all too well the pitfalls that can arise when hiring a friend instead of a pro to take wedding photos. She and her husband, Doug, employed a close friend who dabbled in photography to take their wedding pictures. “We wanted to save money on our wedding costs and this was one of the ways we thought we could do it,” she says. “It was a big mistake. Less than an hour into the reception, his camera malfunctioned and the backup camera wasn’t charged. We saw him taking pictures with his cell phone.” During an average wedding, which is about eight hours, a professional photographer will

against ruling out a professional photographer until they have consulted with one who offers the particular style of wedding photography they like. Most photographers have a variety of price points and packages. “It’s important to do your research,” she says. “You want someone who is up on the latest technology, whether it is a photographer, videographer or DJ.”A professional will have years of education, hands-on training and technical abilities, Clark points out.

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Mastering the ceremonies: The DJ Couples often trim their wedding costs by enlisting a friend or relative armed with an iPod® and a laptop to act as the DJ instead of hiring a professional to entertain their guests. “The DJ can make or break a wedding event,” says Clark. “As the master of ceremonies, he invites people to take their seats and provides flow to the event.Without a DJ, someone else has to handle those responsi-

bilities, and someone with an iPod programmed with predetermined music cannot replace the experience of a professional DJ.” “Whether you want the DJ to be interactive, reserved or something in-between, a professional can work with you to accomplish that,” says Dave Long, president and director of operations for Festive Events Inc. in Plymouth, Mass. While it’s always beneficial provide a list

of what songs you want played, the DJ will still have to mix them as well as play the proper songs at the right times to set a certain mood or effect. An experienced DJ also can sense when the energy is lagging just a bit and will put on just the right song to keep everyone moving and having a good time. “There is a lot of attention to detail when you are a DJ,” says Long. “There is a lot of pacing to the music. If the room is warm, for example, and I see people fanning themselves, I slow the music down.” In addition, a professional DJ will have microphones for the best man to use when making the toast. “Without a DJ, you will need to rent that A/V equipment,” Clark adds.

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General considerations Any professional and reputable wedding vendor operating in a public place should carry public liability insurance. Otherwise, if someone should trip over a camera bag or tripod, you may be held liable for any damage to the venue or anyone’s property as a result. If you do opt to hire a friend to perform any service at your wedding, be sure to have a signed contract, just as you would with a professional. It should stipulate exactly what you expect that individual to do at your wedding. Finally, remember that if a guest is doubling as a vendor for you, he will not be able to fully experience the festivities because of the “work” he is doing for you. B&G Cynthia Allegrezza is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She is a Worcesterbased freelance writer.


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WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER How to ring in your new life together with the right wedding band By Cindy Papish Gerber

Nothing says “We’re married!” more than a wedding ring. Exchanged when you recite your vows, these tiny bands are enduring symbols of love and commitment—an affirmation of your traditions and a representation of who you are as individuals and as a couple. Displayed on your hands for the entire world to see, they are perhaps the most emotionally significant pieces of jewelry you will ever purchase. With that in mind, the process of ring shopping can be quiet daunting. “It was all Greek to me,” admits James Huchowski. He discovered his fiancée Kerra’s preferences for white gold and diamond rings after receiving email hints from her referencing styles she found at the Hannoush Jewelers website. “I wanted my wedding band to be something different from my engagement ring,” Kerra says. “I strongly feel that they represent two separate, but important moments in your life.”

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James’ ring education progressed at full speed during a cruise vacation with Kerra and her family. On a shopping excursion in St. Martin, he found the ideal wedding band, however he was hesitant to make an impulse purchase. Instead, the couple presented Tony Bitar, manager of the Hannoush Jewelers store in Marlboro, Mass., with a challenge: to make a similar-looking ring. “We explained the ring to him and provided him with a photo,” says James.“The ring came out exactly the way we wanted and looked perfect.” “It isn’t a good idea to buy rings on vacation,” says Bitar. “You need to be familiar with gems, prices and quality.” Bitar also advises couples to do their research. “Know what your fiancé(e) likes, whether it’s white or yellow gold, traditional or contemporary, with or without diamonds, and whether it should match the engagement ring,” he advises. “Explore different ideas prior into walking into a store.” This process should typically be done three to nine months before the wedding, which

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allows for plenty of time to determine cost, style and any desired customization. Kris Kervick’s quest for his bride Tara’s ring involved a six-month-long journey that took him from Florida to Portland, Maine, and back home again. “I can’t help laugh about all the time I spent looking around, only to return to the first place I visited and choose the first setting I looked at: a low-profile, platinum band with pavé diamonds from Neal Rosenblum Goldsmiths, inWorcester [Mass.],” Kris says. After perusing a variety of designers for ideas and working with Chuck Rosenblum, Tara selected an elegant machine-brushed platinum band for her groom. Throughout his 39 years in the jewelry business, Rosenblum has seen grooms become increasingly discriminating. “They’re very specific about what they are interested in,” he states. To Rosenblum, wedding bands are wearable art. “Our clientele aren’t looking for cookie-cutter styles,” he says. “We mostly do custom work. Couples come in with ideas

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and we refine their concepts to offer a completely personal experience.” The store also provides designer jewelry and boutique lines. Chris Ploof is one of Rosenblum’s featured designers. Self taught, Ploof’s luxurious, artisanal rings are fabricated from alternative metals (including meteorite!) and are handcrafted in his Pawtucket, R.I., studio. “The benefit of choosing a custom ring is that you get something original created expressly for you,” says Ploof. “What it comes down to is that what you’ve chosen is exciting, unique and not mass produced.” The trend towards hi-tech, mixed or unusual metals has soared beyond the simple yellow bands of yore. “Since diamonds look better with white gold and platinum, a majority of women go in that direction,” says Karl Sachs of Sachs Jewelers in Shrewsbury, Mass. Tungsten carbide, titanium, cobalt and stainless steel are popular choices for men, especially when, as Sachs points out, “durability, comfort and skin sensitivity are a consideration.” Then there’s the engagement ring factor:


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Should the bride’s wedding ring curve snugly around it or make its own statement? Uniform bands may offer more versatility, but once again, the rules are subject to personal taste. “I wanted a wedding band to match my engagement ring,” offers recent bride Nancy Malek of Shrewsbury, Mass., who looked at several ring styles with her husband Joe before ultimately purchasing a custom design at Sachs. “Their staff allowed us to use our imaginations to design a ring for Nancy,” says Joe. Eric and Helen Thiboutot of Worcester, Mass., viewed 3-D virtual ring prototypes at Sachs using computer aided design (CAD) software. Being able to wear the wedding band alone was an important factor for Helen. Her dream ring—white gold with princess cut diamonds on all three sides—was rendered to her exact specifications. “When Eric saw me adding diamonds, he wanted them too,” Helen recalls. “A few years ago my Papa gave me my Nana’s wedding ring,” recalls Jaclyn Ross of Holden, Mass. When she marries Luke Boucher this June, her grandmother’s original diamond will be reset into a new design from Neal Rosenblum Goldsmiths. “We wanted to pick the right ring,” she says. “It is something that I will be wearing every day for the rest of my life.” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.

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Location, location, location One option is to hold your rehearsal dinner at the same venue as your wedding. Many hotels and inns feature a variety of private, smaller dining facilities in addition to their larger function rooms.

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“The Beechwood prides itself on customizing packages and events to cater to a variety of needs,” says Lynn Cheney, director of sales and catering at The Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, Mass. “We will coordinate every last detail and work with your budget.” With the opening of its new restaurant, Ceres Bistro, The Beechwood now has 12 distinctive spaces to choose from, including The Wine Room, which can accommodate

up to 60 guests and features floor-to-ceiling wine displays and steep curved booths; The Executive Room, featuring an intimate dining area for up to 30 guests; and The Club Room, ideal for smaller parties (up to 24 guests) and featuring glass doors that open onto a private patio. Jennifer and Michael Kruzewski of Worcester, were thrilled with their October 2010 rehearsal dinner at Ceres Bistro. “We were looking for something unique and com-

fortable,” she recalls. “Our wedding was in the Beechwood’s ballroom, so having the chance to dine in another space within the hotel was convenient for our overnight guests.” During Labor Day weekend 2010, the lawn of The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa in Old Lyme, Conn., was the setting for an authentic New England clambake. Seafood was served family style on red and white gingham accented with potted sunflowers—details that event planners Lauren O’Shaughnessy and Kristin Hagedorn of Bellafare, an event and wedding planning company based in New York, assembled for the rehearsal dinner of one Connecticut couple. “When Caitlin and Greg B.* approached us, we knew they wanted an atmosphere of casual, understated elegance,” says O’Shaughnessy of the al fresco feast they created as a prelude to the couple’s late summer wedding. As owner and innkeeper at The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa, Linnea Rufo sees her share of destination weddings and recommends crafting rehearsal dinners around a concept that either borrows from or contrasts with the main reception. For example, Rufo coordinated a make-your-own pizza party for the pre-wedding dinner of Jennie Fresa and Doug Jackson in December 2008. “The menu paid homage to my childhood spent in a family-run pizza restaurant,” explains Jennie. “For dessert, we went outside, gathered around a bonfire and had an amazing time, eating smores and sipping hot chocolate and cider.”

Cost considerations Whether your pre-nuptial gathering is at home, at the reception’s facility or at a nearby restaurant, there are a few costs to consider. For example, “backyard dinners can incur many hidden rental costs, like place settings, lighting, chairs, etc.,” says Hagedorn. “A restaurant already has these items.” Limiting alchoholic beverages to beer and wine, sticking to an ethnic theme, serving only cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or hosting a desserts-only party are inventive ways to trim expenses. “You can make it meaningful without sticking to traditional menus or seating,” says Hagedorn. *

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Final details Who should you invite? Valerie Perry and Nicholas Dilorenzo will keep their guest list to a minimum for their springtime rehearsal dinner at LA Roberts Dining and Drinks in North Attleboro, Mass. “We decided only to invite our wedding party, which includes our closest friends, brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents,” says Valerie. As for the style of the event, think unique. “Many brides like to surprise their groom with a custom-designed cake that celebrates his hobbies or interests,” says Alice Lombardi, owner of the Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery in Worcester. Lombardi’s bakers have made fabulous 3D creations representing sports teams, pets, guitars, boats, cars and even a poker table complete with cards and chips. When deciding on a motif for their March rehearsal dinner for 20 at the Union Station Brewery in Providence, R.I., Sabrina Solares and Jonathan Hand merged their backgrounds and interests. “We combined my career as an event director for a wine shop with his love of microbrews into an enjoyable theme,” says Sabrina.The eclectic menu of enchiladas and pub classics also reflected the bride’s Mayan heritage and the groom’s Irish background. The guests at Meaghan and Jason Sawin’s May 2010 rehearsal dinner were treated to a thoroughly Gaelic celebration. Held at the Celtic Tavern in Northborough, Mass., the fare, music and ambiance set the tone for the couple’s wedding theme and subsequent honeymoon in Ireland. “We had a simple, dinner with personal service, in a separate room,” Meaghan recalls. “Our motto was, ‘Don’t stress!’”—a theme she recommends for all couples. “Consider your rehearsal just a fun night out with friends and family to help wind things down.” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut. www.bridegroommag.com

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the past six years, Mary Kay, 34, a personnel director in Washington, D.C., has commuted to a house in Cincinnati, Ohio, that she shares with her husband Phil, 38, a newspaper managing editor. “On Friday, I leave the office by 4:10 p.m. and get to Cincinnati by 6:40 p.m.,” she says. “Monday, I catch a 6:40 a.m. flight and I’m back at my desk by 8:30 a.m.” With work playing more of a central role in the lives of both men and women—and job opportunities becoming less abundant in many areas of the country—commuter marriages are often necessary. When Loral, 34, lost his job as a human resources manager in Minneapolis, Minn., and couldn’t find another position in theTwin Cities area, he took a job in Detroit, Mich., and commuted back and forth every other weekend. His wife Jane, 35, a personal trainer, stayed in Minneapolis to start a freelance business and to sell their house—projects that took eight months to achieve. “Commuting allowed us to sustain two careers and survive a tough financial time,” Loral says. Because there was no fixed time when the arrangement would end, though, it was hard to deal with. “You have to know why you’re living apart and set certain goals,” he admits.

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a relationship voluntarily or due to extenuating circumstances, it does impart certain benefits not always available in a traditional marriage. “It gives you the chance to focus on ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’ ” says Karen Shanor, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C., and author of How to StayTogether When You Have to Be Apart (©1987, Warner Books). “You have time to concentrate on your career, hobbies and friends, and you can ask yourself questions such as, ‘What things do I like to do and how can I enjoy them by myself?’” Dr. Shanor adds that commuting can also strengthen communication between spouses. To keep the relationship alive, you have to really listen to your partner and resolve issues immediately. “Otherwise, you’ll go crazy,” Shanor says, citing one couple whose phone disagreement ended when the wife hung up on her husband then turned off her cell phone. “He drove six hours to their home to patch things up.”

Making it work To sustain a commuter marriage, “you have to be very determined and a bit of a maverick,” notes Shanor. “There’s no room for ‘This isn’t the way our relationship should be.’” She advises couples to “avoid conflict by objectively noting what goes on when you separate and when you join together.” And she says you should first acknowledge the period of reentry—the time required to adjust from being by yourself to being with your


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partner.The time it takes to feel comfortable together is dependent on how long you’ve been apart. Next, recognize what you both do to get back in sync. One of Shanor’s clients noticed that when her husband—who commuted— was home, he would check the refrigerator for spoiled food and look to see if furniture was moved. Only when she realized that this was his way of taking control and of reclaiming his territory in the home, could she stop taking his actions personally. Finally, try to understand what happens when you separate. One partner may withdraw emotionally in an effort to make saying goodbye easier. “With these relationships, you have to try harder,” Shanor concludes. “You have to know each other well and you have to be realistic. Don’t assume that you’re going to commute forever.” B&G Sandra Gordon is a journalist specializing in health and nutrition, and is a frequent contributor to many national magazines, including Parents, Fitness and Prevention. She is also the author of The Reunion Diet, with Lisa Dorfman, RD.

What drives a commuter? Some people are better suited for handling a commuter marriage than others. The following is a list of personality traits that are conducive to this kind of arrangement: • Having independence or a willingness to team to be more independent. • The ability to be by yourself for a substantial amount of time. • A willingness to do the unconventional; emotional strength to overcome negative reactions from your peers. • The capacity to make a commitment; a willingness to openly express feelings. • A realistic view of the world; a knowledge that it takes a lot of hard work to make something happen. • Confidence that you can be successful in reaching a goal you’ve made for yourself, despite obstacles. –SG

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“Not only is there a breathtaking view of the mountainside, but there also is a glow to the Granite Room when the lights are dimmed,” says Banks.The Spruce Room, on the second floor of the base lodge, is well-suited for small dinner parties or luncheons. Again, guests have a room with a view—this time around it’s of the mountain pond. The Main Lodge, which includes the Coppertop Lounge and the resort’s popular Black Diamond Restaurant, is available for private parties during the spring, summer and fall; it is home to skiers and snowboarders the remainder of the year. Outside, deck and custom-tented areas are used for barbecues, pig roasts, clambakes and other recreational activities. For smaller groups of 15 to 30, the Mountain Suites are ideal. The rooms—located on the second floor and described as “Your Skybox on the Slopes!”—all have a mountain view, with each suite offering catering services or

Black Diamond Restaurant service. You can also opt to have the in-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your choice of beverages and snacks. Couples can exchange wedding vows at the resort and a “pond-side” ceremony is one of the more popular locations in spring and summer. Surrounded by a lush lawn and evergreens on one side, special seating for guests and a spot for musicians are set-up nearby. Afterward, guests move inside, or to an outside deck area for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A special draw during any cocktail hour is the skyride (chairlift) to the top of the mountain. “Everyone loves it,” says Banks. “Bridal parties often have photos taken at the top.” The ride may be awesome, but so is the idea that you will be able to see the Prudential Center in Boston when you arrive at the top, weather permitting.

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Wachusett Village Inn boasts 74 guest rooms and suites among its main building and cottages. Sixteen rooms feature working fireplaces, and each of the inn’s guest rooms is elegantly decorated with colonial-style furnishings. According to the inn’s website, the décor is reflective of the nearby city of Gardner, known nationally as the “Furniture Capital of New England.” Guest cottages are conveniently located within a short walking distance from the main building. Built in the early 1950s, they have been renovated and upgraded, although some of the original tiles have been preserved, adding charm to the spaces. The resort’s courtyard and brick patio areas are considered the center of activity, especially in warm weather, when the well-manicured grounds in and around the space are transformed by a magnificent display of color once the fragrant flower gardens are in bloom. Low, white picket fences are a classic accent to this landscape.

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The Cathedral room, which is attached to the main building, features exposed posts and beams, hardwood flooring and a wooden cathedral ceiling. This warm and inviting space can seat up to 200 people for wedding receptions and features a wall of glass doors that open onto a spacious deck, providing a great view of the gardens. Also available for up to 200 guests is the ballroom. This versatile space can be divided into four smaller rooms to accommodate a range of functions. Fireside ceremonies or social events, such as bridal showers, can also be held here. The tented courtyard is an obvious choice for weddings that take place from May through October. The space is ideal for parties of up to 450 and features a frame tent rather than one with poles, which gives guests an uninterrupted view of the ceremony and reception. www.MecoPhotography.com

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Numerous wedding packages are available to suit individual budgets and styles, and can include everything from napkins and linens to a chocolate fountain with fresh assorted fruit and biscotti, to a “quiet area” for the bridal party during cocktail hour. “All the function packages can be customized,” says Kupfer. An overnight suite for the newlywed couple is also available, as are discounted rates for overnight guests and an anniversary dinner for two in the resort’s restaurant. The resort also provides a list of preferred vendors. For extracurricular activities, Wachusett Village Inn features hiking trails to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., which, according to Kupfer, is about four miles away. Westminster is also one of the many New England towns on the Johnny Appleseed Trail of North Central Massachusetts, which spans along Route 2 between the historic Freedom Trail and the popular Mohawk Trail. The inn is an ideal location for retreats (i.e., scrapbooking and quilting) of 20 to 60 people from November through March. The resort, which is operated by members of the Crowley family, also offers skiand-stay packages during winter months. The café and restaurant are open daily to the public for lunch and dinner. B&G www.MecoPhotography.com

Any function held at Wachusett Village Inn utilizes the on-premise catering. Main dinner entrées may include selections of eggplant mascarpone, chicken cordon bleu, chicken Madeira, butternut squash ravioli (a great seasonal choice), roast pork tenderloin, seafood Mornay, grilled New York strip and filet mignon, among many other mouthwatering delights. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres range from mini beef or chicken Wellington en croute to chicken, artichoke and sun-dried tomato skewers. A buffet dinner menu will include accoutrements such as soup, salad, pasta and side choices in addition to its main entrées. A signature dish also is available on the buffet menu with other beef, chicken and seafood dishes.

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VINTAGE GLAMOUR Taking cues from the past for your wedding-day inspiration By Andrea E. McHugh

T H E R E ’ S A R E A S O N W H Y J AC Q U E L I N E K E N N E DY O N A S S I S , Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly endure as some of America’s (and perhaps the world’s) best loved style icons. Consistently elegant, there was nary a time any one of them looked anything but exquisite—especially on their respected wedding days. Is it any wonder that brides often name at least one of these famed fashionistas as the inspiration for their nuptial look? Vintage, classic or Old Hollywood glamour, no matter how you describe it, capturing timeless elegance on your wedding day will wow your guests. 58 Spring

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Head to show At the beginning of the 20th century, American women were beginning to shed their über conservative style of dress and explore new ideas of fashion.The chorus girls of the famed Ziegfeld Follies and the flappers of the 1920s embraced shorter hemlines and fanciful hair adornments such as feathers or French lace. Today’s brides who are choosing birdcage veils—also called cage veils, cage blushers or face veils—to accent their nuptial ensemble are drawing their inspiration from these fashion trailblazers of the past.The veils can vary in length from just covering the forehead to extending over the eyes, the chin, or slightly below the neckline, and typically boast a diamond pattern netting. Some brides opt for a cage veil that simply adheres to the hair with a comb, while others are festooned with elaborate ostrich feathers and/or vintage-inspired brooches. This look was popularized by Reese Witherspoon, who wore one for her role in the film Sweet Home Alabama, and Katherine Heigl, who wore one at her real wedding to singer Josh Kelley in 2007. Even Drew Barrymore donned one on the red carpet of a recent movie première. While bridal shops carry a plethora of cage veil styles at varying price points, perhaps no one makes a better statement headpiece than Marie Galvin, an award winning Irish milliner

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based in Boston’s SoWa arts district. GALVIN-ized Headwear carries hats, hair adornments and fascinators, a fashionable hair accessory worn in place of a hat (think Kate Middleton, whose has worn fabulous fascinators to many occasions). Galvin has created eye-popping pieces for Hollywood actresses and her work has also been on the big screen in the fashion-forward flick, The DevilWears Prada. While the memorable blue, green and brown feather vintage headpiece Carrie Bradshaw wore to the wedding that never was in the Sex and the City movie wasn’t Galvin’s creation, think along those lines. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie, said in an interview that this piece was one of her favorite fashion items from the film. “If you want runway look, or if a bride wants to look the part of high fashion and high glamour, a cage veil is perfect,” recommends Janet Duquette-Corriveau of Pronuptia Bridals in Worcester, Mass.

“You have to have the right bride who doesn’t mind being in the spotlight.” Duquette-Corriveau says the look of a cage veil best complements a high end dress and upscale venue. The way a bride styles her hair can also work with a vintage theme. “I was inspired by Hollywood glamour,” says bride Charlotte Snowden about her plan for her tresses for her upcoming September wedding in Newport, R.I. “I love the look some of the stars have with a messy side bun.” Snowden will wed alfresco, overlooking glistening Narragansett Bay. “Fort Adams is a beautiful outdoor setting, so I wanted something playful and relaxed with some organic touches,” Snowden says. “My fiancé is Scottish so I’m incorporating some thistles and heather by the bun. My dress invokes old Newport and I wanted my hair to match.”

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It’s all in the details Ron Davis, owner of Shoes to Dye For in Natick, Mass., says the color of your shoes and accessories can be the trick to capturing that old Hollywood feel. Rhodium (or rodium), he explains, is part of the platinum family and provides a silvery-white finish to jewelry that suggests a vintage-style. “Typically, if you were working on that kind of color scheme, it’s best to keep that tone throughout the whole wedding,” Davis advises. Evening bags and shoes can be dyed to ensure the same vintage-inspired shade throughout while there is a host of jewelry with vintage inspiration (Shoes to Dye For can make custom bridal jewelry if you want to bring an original design to life). Ornamentations on shoes, from brooches to crystals, also lend themselves to a decidedly classic style. Another way to add detail is with gloves, even if only for the ceremony (think Jackie O., who was a huge fan of wearing gloves for formal occasions). There are generally three styles: elbow, which end at or slightly above the elbow; opera, which extend generously over the elbow; and wrist, the ultrafeminine version that simply cover the hand.

All dressed up One of the most sentimental and authentic ways to go vintage is by wearing your mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s or close family friend’s wedding gown. A good seamstress can tell you if the dress is in good enough condition to be worn again and if it can be tailored to your measurements. For those brides who don’t have this option, vintage shops are a good bet for finding a one-of-a-kind dress, and most likely at a very good price. www.bridegroommag.com

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But you don’t necessarily have to scour vintage shops to find a fabulous frock to fit your style needs. Many of today’s gowns have a distinctly vintage look, from fit-and-flare silhouettes with crystal adornments to gowns with ruches and delicate beaded lace appliqués. Any bridal shop’s consultant can steer you in the way of vintage-inspired designs. “Classic style should be the goal,” saysTasha Bracken, owner of SD Events with locations

in West Newton, Mass., and Newport, R.I. “I’m happy to see a move away from the standard strapless gown. I’m seeing more off-theshoulder and cap sleeves.” Bracken says that this classic look has been popular throughout Hollywood’s award season. “Vintage is a classic style that will always be around and people are gravitating towards because it’s simplistic but still beautiful.” A groom seeking to coordinate his duds with his bride’s vintage style should look for

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tuxedos that evoke a classic design, according to Dana Luzzo, owner of Bonardi’s Formalwear in Milford, Mass. “A black, single-breasted, two-button jacket with a notch lapel, a traditional bow tie and a vest with a crisp white tuxedo shirt is a very traditional look,” she says. For footwear, “patent leather, any time of day.”

Setting the scene The first opportunity to set the stage for your vintage-inspired wedding is with your savethe-date notice or wedding invitation. The Paper Source, which has locations throughout Massachusetts and the nation, has introduced a new “Vintage Marquis” wedding invitation suite that resembles a vintage poster. Scroll artwork dresses up the art decoinspired, one-of-a-kind font, while black and white paisley envelope liners add a dash of whimsy. For tables at the cocktail hour, Bracken suggests small centerpieces with peacock feathers or ostrich feathers, which are on trend right now. “They’re beautiful with crystals and can be a nice alternative to flowers,” she suggests. Main dining tables can be adorned with ostrich feather centerpieces in tall glass vases. White feathers make a glam impression, but other colors work too—just be sure to keep the color consistent for a cohesive look throughout the room. Consider using a mirror base for the vase or surround it with tea lights for added warmth. For even more drama, include vine lights inside the vase for soft illumination. To truly capture a vintage experience, book a big band like the White Heat Swing Orchestra, a nationally acclaimed swing band based in Boston that has played with Tony Bennett and Cab Calloway. Decked out in tuxes and playing behind elaborate stands and sure to get a dance floor hopping, the classic look of a full band with brass section can’t be beat. From subtle hints to a Gatsby-esque fête, fashioning a wedding with a vintage flair can be as fun as it is fabulous. B&G

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

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• 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.

• Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 66). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner.

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

6 – 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.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Coatroom/restroom attendants and parking valets. This gratuity may be included in your overall reception costs (be sure to check your contract thoroughly). If it isn’t, you can request to have it included or opt to pay it in cash on the wedding day. Figure about $0.50 to $1.00 per guest for the attendants and the same per car for the valets.Whatever you decide, make sure the establishment knows that tip plates and jars are not to be put out. (Have a friend double check on the wedding day to be sure.) Delivery people. These are the folks who deliver (and possibly set up) your cake, flowers, party rentals such as chairs and tables, etc. Depending on how much actual labor is involved, budget about $10 to 20 per person. Maitre d’. If a service charge is not included in your contract, then estimate about 15 percent of your total bill, or $1.00 or $2.00 per person. Musicians/DJs. Generally a tip is not expected, but if you want to acknowledge exceptional performance/service you can feel free to do so. Again, approximately 15 percent of the total bill is a good gauge. Officiant. If your officiant is from a house of worship, then a donation to that organization is appropriate and often expected or 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 his or her regular working hours.


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

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Wedding planner. As this person is working for a set fee, they generally do not expect a tip. But if you wish to show appreciation for a job well done, 10 percent of the total fee should suffice. How and when to tip Tips (cash) should be prepared ahead of time and organized in separate envelopes for each person or group. Traditionally, it is the best man who delivers these tips on behalf of the bride and groom to the appropriate person (generally the head of each group) on the wedding day. This task could also be delegated to a special friend or relative. For any tips that you give after the wedding, including a note of thanks is a nice touch. Remember Before organizing these tips, make sure you check all of your contracts to determine if a gratuity has been included in the agreedupon fees. If not and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to have this arrangement, ask for it to be included. Also, keep in mind that business owners should not be tipped if they are the ones also performing the service. B&G

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

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Invitations

COMPILING

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


feel more welcome if their names are on the invitation, too. • The return address may be written or preprinted on the flap of the outer envelope.

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

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Be organized • Before you start addressing the envelopes, compile your guest list complete with full names, proper salutations (i.e., Mr., Dr., Captain,etc.),correct addresses and zip codes. • Whether you are having the addresses printed electronically or handwritten, organize the information on a computer if possible.This will make things easy to read by anyone addressing by hand, and give you a usable electronic file if you decide to print from a computer (no need to re-key).

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

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mind when making your wedding-day travel arrangements. Need a lift? The bride and groom, their parents, bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers and grandparents are the usual suspects for limotype rides. Get a head count to determine the best vehicle to do the job (and accurate estimates on price). Your out-of-town guests, who are unfamiliar with the local terrain, just might need one also. Many car services offer shuttle buses 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. Fares and fees Most rental company’s fees are by the hour, with considerations made for the number of people to be transported and the type of vehicle rented. There may also be an additional travel fee (if the car is coming from far away), and a gratuity might be automatically applied to your bill. Be sure to get these things itemized in writing before you sign a contract. B&G


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Whether your honeymoon style draws you to a luxurious beach resort, a community of eco-tents or the cabin of a private yacht, the Virgin Islands offer you a version of bliss. These now peaceful islands were once inhabited by native tribes, settled by Spain, and overtaken by Holland, Denmark and France, among others.Today, they are divided into territories of the United States and of Britain. And while influences of many cultures emerge, these islands all have distinctly Caribbean flairâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in their food, their music and their friendly ways.

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Fly into St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and from there, islands of possibilities await. St. Thomas is by far the busiest of the Virgin Islands. Its lively and diverse beaches are lined with resorts, and its shores welcome cruise boats daily at two different piers. St. Thomas is also the Virgin Islandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hub for shopping, nightlife and ferry transportation to surrounding islands. For many, St.Thomas is the Virgin Islands. Considering the myriad of options for dining and dancing, postcard-perfect beaches, shopping from duty-free jewelers and local crafts markets, water sports from scuba diving to parasailing, and lodging ranging from the plush Ritz Carlton to $100-per-night condos, many find no reason to explore beyond this popular island. Here, you can choose from more than 40 white sand beaches for the Caribbean experience that suits you, from the gorgeous and tourist-frequented Magens Bay to the quieter strands of Hull Bay, Lindquist Beach or Secret Harbour. All beaches are public, even those at resorts, so find the one (or more) that suits you and settle in for some well-deserved relaxation. For other honeymooners, St. Thomas is simply a way station en route to the U.S. islands of St. John or St. Croix, the British islands of Virgin Gorda or Tortola, or one of many uninhabited islands explored by sailors and daytrippers. St. John attracts those looking for a quiet and natural getaway. The island, two-thirds 82 Spring

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This page: St. Croix of which is preserved as a national park, draws an earthy crowd: those who enjoy hiking amid the ruins of the Annenberg Sugar Plantation, discovering Native American finds at the archaeological dig at Cinnamon Bay or who are fascinated by a naturalist-led snorkel trip. However, this doesn’t mean that St. John is lacking shops or restaurants. In the town of Cruz Bay you’ll sway to the sounds of calypso, shop in colorful boutiques or gulp local beers in this most laid back of Caribbean ports. But those seeking a variety of nightclubs and an array of jewelry stores may stay elsewhere. In St. John, nightlife is a sunset cruise, an evening dive or a luxuriously slowpaced meal. If you want to experience the opulent side of St. John, check in to the Caneel Bay Resort. Originally owned by the Rockefellers, this 170-acre property is nestled amid the ruins of an historic sugar mill and is situated on a peninsula with beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its 166 guestrooms feature all the indulgences you’d want, as long as you can handle the tranquility that comes with the absence of telephones and televisions. Kayaks, sailboats and windsurfers are available as are tennis courts, watercolor lessons, rum tastings and the fabulous Self Centre—a wellness program featuring beachside meditation, yoga and relaxation programs. Dining is superb at the Turtle Bay Estate House and afternoon tea on the terrace is not to be missed.

Eco-tourists know St. John for its cabins and campgrounds at lush Cinnamon Bay and its environmentally friendly guest villages at Maho Bay and Concordia Estates. Cinnamon Bay features the island’s longest beach and nearby access to the town of Cruz Bay. Maho Bay, on the north shore, and Concordia, to the southeast, offer greater seclusion. Each boasts spectacular views of the turquoise waters, access to beautiful reefs, alluring beaches and lush hiking trails, as well as amenities such as onsite restaurants. Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay are widely known as some of the least expensive ways to enjoy the Caribbean’s astounding beauty. If you’ve carried along your passport, then a trip toVirgin Gorda orTortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an easy boat ride from the U.S. islands.Virgin Gorda is perhaps best known forThe Baths.At this appealing beach, room-sized granite boulders create sculptural spaces above ground and below the water. A playground for swimmers, rock climbers and photographers, this is a magical spot to explore. Virgin Gorda attracts yachters, birdwatchers, hikers and water sport enthusiasts. With accommodations from simple guesthouses to full-service waterfront resorts, the island’s best known lodgings are Little Dix Bay, a sister property to Caneel Bay, and The Bitter End, a luxury water sports resort. On Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, The Bitter End is a secluded spot accessible only by water. It takes a little longer to get there than most other Virgin Islands resorts, but www.bridegroommag.com

many honeymoon couples find the remote location part of the allure. With so many beautiful islands to choose from, island-hopping is a natural response to the question about which of theVirgin Islands to visit. Sailboat and yacht rentals, with or without staff, solves the problem for those who decide not to decide.Throughout the Sir Frances Drake Channel, islands that beckon to boaters include Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands and populated with fine restaurants and other services, as well as tiny outposts with nothing but palm-draped beaches. Among some 50 British Virgin Islands, many uninhabited, are the fancifully named Great Dog, Prickly Pear, Nanny Cay and Fallen Jerusalem Islands. Stop along the way for fishing, snorkeling, swimming, picnicking or appreciating a fine sunset. The Virgin Islands, both U.S. and British, offer shimmering beauty on land as well as in and on the water. With this honeymoon choice, it’s hard to go wrong. And if, by chance, you don’t like the view, the menus or your accommodations, you can always change islands. B&G Writer Janet Strassman Perlmutter first encountered theVirgin Islands when she and her husband honeymooned there nearly 20 years ago.

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The Santuary at Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island Getaways

HONEYMOONING ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST Catch the dreamy mood of the Lowcountry By Katharine Dyson A land of marshes, mosses, heat and water, South Carolina’s Lowcountry region stretches along the coast from about Pawleys Island all the way to Georgia, taking in Charleston, Fripp Island, Kiawah Island, Beaufort and Hilton Head. Well-known travel writer Larry Olmstead defines it as the region Kia Getaways Beach where you can easily find “Lowcountry cuisine,” such as shrimp and grits.Yet it’s also renowned for its historic sites and unique cultural heritage. This romantic part of our country is a place of gracious antebellum homes, sleepy mornings and walks on the beach in moonlight. Perfect for a low-key honeymoon.

Charleston Awash in the glow of flickering gas lanterns, the mellow patina of lacy and pillared mansions, and the clip clop of horses pulling fancy carriages, Charleston is a warm, vibrant city of romance. Set on the coast, and with a history dating from 1670, Charleston was the former capital of the Carolina colony and, in the late 1700s, the Kiawah Island Getaways fourth largest port in the colonies. To get a good overview of Charleston, take a city tour, perhaps by horse and carriage.You’ll visit places like the Old Slave Mart Museum, which recalls a time when cotton was king and slave labor was used in the fields making their landowners very rich. The great mansions will www.bridegroommag.com

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be on view, as will Charleston’s Single House buildings, adaptations of English row houses suited to hotter climates and unique to Charleston. If you come to Charleston and don’t get on the water, you are missing a big part of the experience.Take a two-hour cruise aboard the 84 ft., 24-passenger Schooner Pride, a three-masted sailing craft that departs from Aquarium Wharf. Magnolia Plantation, the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public garden in America (circa 1870), is just a few miles from the city center. Charleston also has one of the most vibrant performing arts scenes in the country with venues such as the Dock Street Theatre, America’s first theater, and the Footlight Players. For shopping, be sure to see the King Street Corridor and look for the Lowcountry’s unique Sweetgrass baskets. The Charleston Place Hotel, an OrientExpress property, is arguably one of the finest hotels in the state. Its understated elegance is revealed in every detail of the exquisitely appointed rooms, complete with plush robes and slippers and Italian marble baths. Charleston’s major historic sites are just steps away, and you have access to a fine spa, rooftop pool and the splendid Charleston Grill. The Mills House combines Victorian flair and a valuable collection of art and antiques with modern amenities such as highspeed internet, a swimming pool and fine dining. Located in the heart of Charleston on Meeting Street, this luxury hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 150 years, including General Robert. E. Lee and President Theodore Roosevelt. Guest rooms feature rich colors and period furniture. All 21 rooms in the Wentworth Mansion have king-sized beds, whirlpools and fireplaces.This gracious and formerly private home was built during America’s Gilded Age.You need not go out to enjoy fine dining, as dinner is served in an intimate candlelit restaurant, Circa 1886, which boasts a wine list of more than 280 bottles. For a special indulgence, book a Couples’ Retreat massage in the treatment room. For an edgy, hip boutique hotel, try the new Restoration on King where 19th-century architecture and minimalist design set the tone. Its 16 suites feature exposed brick,

Woodlands Inn in Sommerville.

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polished wood floors, smashing contemporary furnishings, large stainless steel kitchens and apartment-sized open living spaces. Four poster beds and marble baths await you at The Planter’s Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property (circa 1884) overlooking the City Market. Dine at the award-winning Peninsula Grill where Chef Robert Carter cooks up some magic with local ingredients.

Kiawah Island Less than 20 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is a glorious sanctuary of marshes, tidal creeks, live oaks, beaches, ospreys, herons and other wildlife as well as golf courses, upscale homes and gated communities. Located in the heart of Lowcountry, its 10-mile beach is rated the “Second Most Romantic Beach in America” by National Geographic Traveler. If pampering is on your mind, The

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Sanctuary at Kiawah Island extends that low-key sense of privilege. Sanctuary rooms at this resort are dreamy perfection; its spa is a work of art. If you prefer the privacy of an apartmentstyle accommodation, a selection of condos or villas just steps away from the beaches are available from Kiawah Island Getaways. Each property comes with WiFi, CD player, TV/DVD players in each bedroom and living room, and a kitchen with basic supplies.

Summerville In Summerville, romance thrives in a gracious historic town. Settled by plantation owners who came here for its healthy climate, Summerville is known for its Flowertown Festival in April, a three-day colorful fair well worth experiencing. Be sure to take a walking tour (ask for the Trail of Homes and Flowers brochure at the


For more information TOURISM INFO www.lowcountry-sc.com www.southcarolinalowcountry.com www.Visitsummerville.com www.beaufortsc.com BEAUFORT LODGING Cuthbert House Inn 800-327-9275 www.cuthberthouseinn.com Rhett House Inn 843-524-9030 www.rhetthouseinn.com

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CHARLESTON LODGING Charleston Place Hotel 888-635-2350 www.charlestonplace.com The Mills House 800-874-9600 www.millshouse.com The Planter’s Inn 843-722-2345 www.plantersinn.com

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Restoration on King 877-221-7202 www.restorationonking.com Wentworth Mansion 888-466-1886 www.wentworthmansion.com HILTON HEAD ISLAND LODGING Hilton Head Mariott Resort & Spa 888-511-5086 www.hiltonheadmarriott.com KIAHWAH ISLAND LODGING Kiawah Island Getaways 843-343-7215 www.KiawahIslandGetaways.com The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island 800-576-1570 www.kiawahresort.com/ accommodations/the-sanctuary SUMMERVILLE LODGING Woodlands Inn 800-774-9999 www.woodlandsinn.com

Summerville Visitors Center on Main St.) where you’ll pass by many historic homes and gardens. If you’re looking for elegant traditional accommodations with four poster beds, fireplaces, rich fabric drapes and modern amenities like flat screen TVs and upscale toiletries and linens, stay at Woodlands Inn. Set on 42 acres of park land and gardens, the inn is located in a recently restored 1906 classic revival mansion with just 19 rooms and suites.There is a lovely heated pool with cushioned chaises, and one of the best restaurants in the South.

On the inter-coastal waterway at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound, and one of Carolina’s 200 barrier islands, Beaufort is steeped in Southern lore. Named one of the top 10 small cities in the country, it’s a very walkable, safe place where the pace is easy. Aside from eating good food, touring the National Historic District or taking a horse and buggy tour, you can also do some ecoboating and kayaking in the salty marshes, fish from the pier and browse the many art galleries and boutiques along Bay Street. Pack your bathing suit and a picnic and go over to Hunting Island State Park where you can relax on the beach and take long walks along this relatively undeveloped shoreline. Ace BasinTours on Coosaw Island offers pontoon boat tours through the marshes; at The Downtown Marina, you can hook up with Captain Dick for a dolphin cruise. Book a room in the wonderful Rhett House Inn (circa 1820) where Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges and Dennis Quaid have stayed. Each of its 16 rooms is beautifully appointed with a sophisticated mix of antiques and art. Luxuries such as duvets, down pillows, CD players and fresh flowers set the tone for romance. At the Cuthbert House Inn on Beaufort Bay, beautiful waterfront views, fine antiques, shaded verandahs, elegant parlors and scenic conservatories will put you in a mellow mood. At sunset, refreshments are served on the porches of this National Historic www.bridegroommag.com

Landmark or by the fire.You’ll also wake to a delicious Southern breakfast overlooking sailboat moorings.

Hilton Head Island Hilton Head is a well-manicured island with many golf courses, posh homes, gated communities and shopping areas. You won’t run out of things to do here. Although it doesn’t quite have the dreamy, laid-back ambiance of other Lowcountry areas—indeed it has more a tropical flavor with palms and hibiscus—if you love golf, water sports and action, this might be the place to be. Reservations made on selected dates at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa include a resort credit for purchases such as food and beverages, spa services, golf greens fees and merchandise at any resort shop.The tallest of the Hilton Head hotels with 478 rooms, its guest rooms are decorated in peppy yellows and florals and have a balcony where you can watch the sun come up while sipping your first cup of coffee. Hammocks are available next to the outdoor pool as are couples massages in their spa.

Local flavors Be prepared to indulge in superb Lowcountry cuisine, which includes just about everything from from Asia, Europe and other countries. Be sure to try some good regional fare, called “Gullah cuisine,” which began with African immigrants. Start with grits, biscuits and gravy for breakfast, then fish, crabs, catfish, oysters, sweet potatoes, okra and gumbo. Order Trigger fish or fried catfish over red rice with fried green tomatoes and a side dish of okra or collard greens Lowcountry boil, a bit milder than Cajun and Creole boils from Louisiana, usually includes shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes. For freshly steamed crabs, look for crab houses (also known as “crab shacks”) usually located along the shores. Wherever you go or stay, there is nothing like waking up to a Carolina morning in the Lowcountry. B&G Katharine Dyson is a freelance travel writer based in Connecticut. She is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. BRIDE&GROOM Spring 2011

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (66)

Yes

1–2

Yes

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

1/35

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1–2

No

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

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

El Basha Restaurant (48)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Leo’s Ristorante (73)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Mechanics Hall (31)

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

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

Tuckerman Hall (33)

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

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

Worcester Art Museum (88)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

Under $30

Under $30

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Varies

Varies

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No

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150/425

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25/250

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Types of Functions

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Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (64)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

25/700

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

Make all your wedding dreams come true! Our attentive and professional wedding consultants invite you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom. Contact: Christine Kelly.

Boston Marriott Newton (11)

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

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

Buca di Beppo (40)

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

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

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

$75 +

$30 – 50

$40 – 75

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Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

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0/145

130/275

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Yes

2

1+

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

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No

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

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

Doubletree Hotel (34)

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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. Contact: Linde Schwartz.

Grafton Inn (67)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Highfields Golf & Country Club (75)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (53)

E, B, D, W

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

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office.

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (53)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Stow Acres Country Club (62)

E, B, D, W

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

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

White Cliffs (80)

E, B, D, W

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

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

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Types of Functions Offered:

$30 – 70

$20 – 40

$30 – 50

$36 – 70

$30 – 50

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

50/550

30/150

0/220

2/400

20/120

50/250

30/350

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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Types of Functions

Price Range

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Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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Yes

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West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (35) 1430 Main St, P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 ext. 16 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com • www.worcester-wedding.com

Old Sturbridge Village (47) 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org • www.osv.org

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (38) 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 info@overlookcatering.org • www.overlookcatering.org

Periwinkles Garden Court (76) 892 Southbridge St., Rt. 20, Auburn/Oxford Line, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.periwinkles-giorgios.com

Publick House (41) On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Ph: (508) 347-3313 x 286 sales@publickhouse.com • www.publickhouse.com

Salem Cross Inn (72) 260 W. Main St. (Rte. 9) W. Brookfield, MA Ph: (508) 867-8337 • Fx: (508) 867-0351 info@salemcrossinn.com • www.salemcrossinn.com

Sturbridge Host Hotel (49) 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA • Ph: (508) 347-7393 Fx: (508) 347-3824 •lsoper@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

The Harding Allen Estate (37) Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

Zukas Hilltop Barn (12) 89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546 zukasfarm@aol.com • www.zukas.com

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2

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2

No

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

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

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15/200

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

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Yes

90/250

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1

No

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

$30 – 78

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Yes

Max 240

Yes

Varies

Yes

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

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

6/225

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No

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

$57 – 102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

2

Yes

Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Lise Soper. E, B, D, W

$73 – 94

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Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

50/250

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

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (88) 92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com • www.arrowheadacres.com

Asa Waters Mansion (71) P.O. Box 421, 123 Elm St., Millbury, MA Ph: (508) 865-0855 www.asawaters.org

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (45) 801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com • www.blissfulmeadows.com

Crystal Lake Golf Club (28) 100 Bronco Highway, Mapleville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com

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

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

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

Varies

No

No

Max 85 (inside) 150 w/tent

Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

No

50/175

Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

No

50/200

Yes

1

No

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

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

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

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Chocksett Inn (4)

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

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

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Courtyard by Marriott, Fitchburg CoCo Key Water Resort and Central Massachusetts Expo Center (10)

E, B, D, W

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

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

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E, B, D, W

Reception Facility

Contact Person

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

$30 – 50

$30 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/275

25/500

2/2000

2/220

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1–3

1–3

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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

Harrington Farm (25)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Mount Pleasant Country Club

E, B, D, W

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

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (44)

E, B, D, W

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

$50 – 75

$50 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available

Yes

Yes

50/225

30/225

100/325

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1

1

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (3)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (23)

E, B, D, W

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

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

E - Engagement Parties

Under $30

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

No

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/150

300 Max

10/400

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

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BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Cakes by Chris Gadaire

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (2)

81 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585 (508) 867-0101 cgadairecakes@aol.com • www.cakesbychrisgadaire.com Creative custom designed wedding cakes, unique and delicious. Many styles available or create your own special design. Consultations by appointment. Find us on facebook!

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

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Entertainment

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Florists

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Gifts

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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.

Hair & Makeup

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Platinum Bridal Boutique (39)

Honeymoon Spots

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Invitations

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Jewelry

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Limousines

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Photo Booths

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Photography

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Reception Facilities

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Rentals

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Loren’s Bridal

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

Pronuptia Bridals (74) Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.pronuptiabridals.com Pronuptia Bridals is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (20, 21)

Shoes

95

Tuxedos

95

Wedding Internet Services

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

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (48) 18 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby showers. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

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Crown Bakery (63) 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 Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlúa Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

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

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (51) 27 Airport Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 345-2511 www.Ilfornocatering.com Specializing in catering, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties. 2 private function rooms. Gourmet menu design. Call our experts for planning advice.

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (51) 65 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583 (508) 835-3700 www.Ilfornocatering.com Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers. Custom gourmet menu design. Private function room for up to 100. Wedding Receptions. Call our experts for planning advice.

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Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (32) 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 (8) 130 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-5953 info@struckcatering.com www.struckcatering.com Elegant, Whimsical... Simply Delicious! Let Struck Catering bring your ideas to the table. Please call for our full wedding package.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (68) th

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (68) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com • www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern, wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video, and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

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

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

St. Cyr Salon (35) 235 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 752-2222 dblain@stcyrsalon.com • www.stcyrsalon.com As Worcester’s premier salon since 1965, we provide the ultimate salon and spa experience. Reserve our bridal suite for yourself and your bridesmaids.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (84) 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.

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

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

Joslin Diabetes Center

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (2)

The Paper Store (1)

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!

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.

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

The Jimmy Fund (95) 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu www.jimmyfund.org/cards Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment, and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

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

Why Me, Inc. (88) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (74) 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 (96) 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.

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Perro’s Flowers (45) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, Ma 01604 (508) 755-7744 (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride's individuality.

West Boylston Flower Shoppe (70) 235 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583 (508) 835-2207 westboylstonflowershoppe@yahoo.com www.westboylstonflowershoppe.com High energy, fresh style and a little something different…everyday, at this not so ordinary flower shoppe. By appointment only.

GIFTS American Sports Images (69) 108 Shrewsbury St. Suite 204 Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 796-3939 info@AmericanSportsImages.com www.AmericanSportsImages.com A unique wedding party gift alternative! Custom sports and celebrity memorabilia. Prices starting at $29.95. Mention this ad to receive 10% off your total order.

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INVITATIONS

JEWELRY Hannoush Jewelers (7) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com Celebrate every special moment with the help of one of America’s premier family owned jewelers. From your engagement diamond, to wedding bands and PANDORA™ bridal gifts – trust Hannoush.

LIMOUSINES AA Transportation Co., Inc. (88) 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.

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

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

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

HAIR & MAKEUP

Joey’s Limousine Service (43)

D’Iorio’s Salon (26)

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

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

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Le Limo (47)

RECEPTION FACILITIES

TUXEDOS

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

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Bonardi’s Formalwear (63)

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

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

Elegant Linens Ltd.

Men’s Wearhouse (Inside Back Cover)

P.O. Box 84, Southbridge, MA 01550 (508) 714-9112 Aperfectpic@gmail.com www.aperfectpictures.com Don’t get married without us…Smile, with Aperfectpictures.com. We focus on the entire image presentation, not just the technical details.

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.

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

SHOES

BrideGroomMag.com (80)

Doros Photography (40)

Shoes to Dye For (13)

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (68) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com • www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you'd want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY A Perfect Pictures Photography & Video

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 (17) 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.

RENTALS A Perfect Setting (6) (888) 830-7887 info@aperfectsetting.com • www.aperfectsetting.com A Perfect Setting provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

Central Mass Party Rentals

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

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

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

Media Photo (79) 1 Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 757-7626 mediafoto@aol.com Save your money for the honeymoon! Affordable wedding packages. Studio located in Worcester, MA. We love what we do and so do our clients.

Michelle Ghazal Photography (65) 189 Parker St., #1 Lowell, MA 01851 (978) 804-7273 michellegazal@mac.com www.michelleghazal.com.com Specializing in wedding’s classic, modern and photojournalistic photography style. We capture all moments of your special day and customize a package that meets your needs.

Paul S. Robinson Photography 2 South Main St., Unit 101 Uxbridge, MA 01569 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.

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

Photography by Eric Michael Klein (29) 24 Newland Ave., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 381-8586 Ericmkleinphotography@photo.net www.ericmkleinphotography.com Exquisite portrait photojournalism using professional grade Nikon equipment and the highest quality techniques. Prices from $1,350 to $4,000. Please send email to request sample photographs.

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