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Contents Features

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54 Nautical Nuptials “See” worthy reception décor 58 The Bold, the Bright and the Beautiful Unexpected color combos for weddings that wow Featured Venues 62 Salem Cross Inn 64 PleasantValley Country Club

Articles 30 B&G Q&A Julio’s Liquors on wines and weddings 32 The Gift of Giving Instead of a dowry, how about a donation? 38 Up Close and Personal Intimate settings for small weddings 44 Last-minute Planning It can be done 50 Decorating with Words Unique ways to personalize your day

Honeymoon 78 The Magic of Branson, Missouri

Planning 101 66 Wedding timetable Your guide for what to do and when

In every issue 10 Letter from the editor 13 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples Nearby Nuptials 20 Brienn Lariviere and CraigWolfson 24 Tara Keegan and Matt Stacey 28 Portia Pshar and Brett Dion

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Directories 82 Function facilities guide 86 Wedding resources guide 30

68 Let Them Eat Cake Questions to ask and terms to know 70 Tuning Up A few notes about reception music 72 Pictures Please 20+ questions to post 74 Videography 101 What you need to know 76 Topics of Transportation

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Brienn Lariviere and Craig Wolfson August 2011 Farmington, Conn. How they got engaged After dating for a little more than three years, Craig proposed in late October 2010 at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn. “We were apple picking in the fields when Craig dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him,” said Brienn. “I was so surprised, I could barely utter the word “YES!!!” Neither one of them could contain their excitement.They stopped picking apples and starting calling everyone they knew to share the big news. But the fun didn’t end there— Craig had more in store for Brienn. The couple went straight to the Simsbury Inn, a quaint historic inn nearby. When they arrived, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a dozen roses were there waiting for them. Brienn was brought to tears when she read the accompanying card, which said: “To my bride-to-be and the love of my life. Love always, Craig.” The day concluded with a romantic dinner to celebrate their future together.

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Wedding planning It was very easy for Craig and Brienn to select August 20, 2011, as their wedding date, particularly because they both agreed to a summer wedding. “When we fell in love with our venue, there were only a handful of summer dates to choose from,” said Craig. “We picked August 20 because it was only a few days away from the anniversary of when we started dating. This way we could celebrate our anniversaries at the same time each year.” While this only allowed them approximately 10 months to plan their wedding, this couple had everything under control. “Brienn had been planning in her head for years so we had a head start,” joked Craig. “We already knew much of what we wanted, so we were able to get a lot of the planning done within the first couple months of being engaged,” said Brienn. Craig and Brienn wanted to ensure their wedding was a reflection of each of them equally and not focus solely on the bride, so

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they planned their wedding together. “We have similar tastes, so this was very easy,” said Brienn. “Craig’s favorite part of the wedding planning was the cake tasting. We picked his favorite, yellow cake with fresh strawberries and cream filling with butter cream frosting.” Overall, the couple enjoyed making their wedding preparations.“We really tried to have fun with it and not get too worked up over anything,” said Brienn. “Your wedding is supposed to be exciting, not stressful.”

Details While Craig and Brienn didn’t establish a specific theme, they did focus on having a wedding that was classic and timeless.“We wanted to be able to look back at our photos years from now and think it was a beautiful wedding,” Craig said. It was love at first sight when they came uponThe Country Club of Farmington.A classic New England country club founded in the 1800s, it had both the look and feel they were


looking for in a venue. “Our ceremony took place outside overlooking the golf course, which was only fitting since Craig is a big golfer,” said Brienn. Colors included creams, blues and greens. In particular, the flowers featured blue hydrangeas, which reminded Craig and Brienn of Cape Cod, one of their favorite places. Favors were truffles from a local candy shop that Brienn liked immensely.

Favorite part of the day “Our favorite part of the day was our entrance into the reception,” said Brienn. “We were both so excited to finally be married and be introduced as ‘Mr. and Mrs. Craig Wolfson.’ We had the biggest smiles on our faces.” Craig agreed, saying: “The stressful part of the day was over and it was time to celebrate as husband and wife with our closest friends and family.”

What guests commented on most The most common comment wasn’t about the food, the music or the décor... it was about the Craig and Brienn. “So many peopled noted how genuinely happy and in love we looked,” they said. “We couldn’t have imagined a nicer compliment.”

Advice “Enjoy every moment of your wedding because it goes by so quickly,” Craig and Brienn said. “Also, remember what the day is really about—the two of you.” B&G

The particulars Ceremony and Reception: The Country Club of Farmington Photographer: Alissa Dinneen Photography, Bristol, Conn. Cake: Truffles, Farmington, Conn. Florist: Stylish Blooms, Bristol, Conn. DJ: Total Events, Middletown, Conn. Bridal Gown: Lazaro purchased at Camille Bridal, West Hartford, Conn. Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff purchased at Argelia Novias Bridal, West Hartford, Conn. Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank, West Hartford, Conn.

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Nearby Nuptials

Tara Keegan and Matt Stacey October 2011 Barre, Massachusetts How they met Matt and Tara said they consider their official first meeting to have occurred when they were each 12 years old, when they were in the same CCD class at Christ the King Church in Worcester. So imagine their surprise when they learned that they had met even earlier. “When going through pictures with my future mother-in-law, we found a photo of Matt’s first communion class and there I was, standing next to him,” said Tara. Still, their true friendship was formed in their pre-teen years and lasted throughout high school. “We lost touch in college, but eventually reconnected right before I moved back to Worcester.”

How they got engaged While enjoying an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines in January 2010, Tara saw a ring that she really liked. “Since we had been talking about getting engaged, we decided to buy the ring, go home, and make it official in a few months or so,” she said. Instead, Matt surprised her by

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proposing that night by writing “will you marry me” on the bathroom mirror. “It was a shock to everyone when we came back from vacation,” said Tara.

The planning Tara and Matt selected October of the following year for their wedding date for two key reasons: first was that autumn is Tara’s favorite season, and second was that their wedding date was close to the time Tara’s father would be celebrating his 60th birthday. “Since his identical twin brother would be visiting for the wedding, we decided it would make a very good excuse for the rest of his brothers and sisters to come as well,” said Tara. “In the end, all of my aunts and uncles came from Drogheda, Ireland, to attend the wedding and we were so thrilled to have everyone together.”

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Wedding planning duties fell primarily to Tara, who enlisted assistance from her mother and sisters. “Matt was not really involved with the ‘fine details,’ but was happy assist with any tasks that I came up with for him—especially when it came down to the wire,”Tara said. Yet, even with help and having almost two full years to make the preparations,Tara readily admits that the planning experience was not one that she liked very much. “I have to say, I did not enjoy planning our wedding at all!” she admitted. “I think it was hard for me to decide on several things, such as flowers, invitations and wedding favors, mainly because I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted at the start. I wasn’t someone who spent a lot of time thinking about her‘dream wedding.’ Still, what we came up with in the end turned out to be exactly my dream wedding.”


The details While a specific theme was not utilized, the couple’s wedding centered around three general ideas: a modern vintage feel, royal blue and brown colors, and peacock feathers (“Who doesn’t love feathers?”).Working with “some pretty amazing vendors who were willing to listen to me to create exactly what we envisioned,”Tara managed to use peacock feathers in nearly everything, from the invitations and centerpieces to the bridal bouquet. “Even my bridesmaids wore peacock fascinators,” said Tara. Those centerpieces consisted of green spider mums, peacock feathers, varigated lily grass, blue delphinium, white freesia, curly willow, fiddle heads, bear grass and a few roses, while the bridal bouquet featured a short cascade of white and blue dendrobium orchids, a few peacock feathers and gardenia leaves. But perhaps the most unique—and possibly favorite—bloom in the entire bouquet was not actually a flower at all. “As a surprise, my aunt Maureen created a fabric rose from the fabric of my nana’s wedding dress to put in my bouquet,” recalled Tara. “It was a very sentimental moment for all of us.” In lieu of favors, Tara and Matt opted to make a donation to the MSPCA. “We had a hard time finding anything that we would personally want to take home after the wedding, so we decided on this instead,” said Tara. “We printed out notes to all of our guests and placed them on each of the guest tables.” The nuptial meal featured a menu of herb-encrusted beef tenderloin, chicken Véronique and penne à la vodka. And instead of having a traditional wedding cake, the couple decided to have a cupcake tree and a Viennese dessert bar.

The particulars Ceremony: Christ the King Church, Worcester Reception: The Harding Allen Estate, Barre Photographer: Heather Fuller Photography, Southbridge Florist: Kathy’s Flowers and Gift Baskets, Princeton Ceremony music: Dennis Ferrante, organist and director of music for Christ the King Church, Worcester, soloist Monica Hatch and trumpeter Clancy Martin Reception Music: DJ Bob Solano, Stoneham Transportation: Gray’s Limousine, Boylston Bridal gown: Galina for David’s Bridal, Framingham Bridesmaids dresses: Eden Bridals purchased at Alexi’s Bridal, Worcester Groom & Groomsmen attire: Ralph Lauren from Jos. A. Bank, Millbury Invitations: Bride Design, Rochester, NY

What guests commented on the most “Oh wow, this is a hard question,” said Tara. Ultimately, she said the food was a hit. “Also, a lot of people made it a point to say they really enjoyed the way we did our seating. It sounds strange, I know, but after you’ve planned your wedding you will very much appreciate that comment.” After the wedding, guests kept telling the couple that they had so much fun, “which was the most important thing of all.” B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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Portia Pshar and Brett Dion August 2011 West Brookfield, Mass. How they met The history of Brett and Portia begins in the spring and summer of 2003 when they met while working at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. “I was a nurse and he was a college student working part time,” said Portia. “He was so adorable and so young—we are about 4-1⁄2 years apart—so I didn’t pay much attention to him at first, but he kept talking with me. One of my co-workers slipped him my number and the next thing I knew we were on our first date.”

How they got engaged Brett and Portia were together for seven years before they got engaged. “We had a lot of fun as a couple before things got more serious,” Portia recalled. Brett decided to surprise Portia with his proposal in March 2010. “It happened in our kitchen of all places,” she said. “I was cooking dinner and when he got home from work I turned around to say hello and he was down on his knee. I was sold, said ‘yes’ while jumping up and down and felt like the happiest girl in the world because I was going to marry my best friend and soul mate.”

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The planning As August was the month in which they started dating, Portia and Brett knew they wanted a summer wedding. They also had good idea of what style they wanted for their event: country chic. “We love the country and we wanted the ceremony outside, surrounded by lush flower gardens with an amazing scenic backdrop,” Portia said. Portia and her mother joined forces to plan the event. “I will forever be grateful for having shared this experience with my mom,” Portia said. “We worked very hard to make every detail come to life and had lots of fun doing it. I will treasure those memories for a lifetime.” While Portia did enjoy planning her wed-

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ding, she found that it did have its moments. “I would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t stressful,” she admitted. “You have to just go with the ups and downs and keep telling yourself there will be an end in sight and that it will all be worth it.” Brett helped wherever he could and whenever he was asked, and always encouraged Portia to “do whatever makes you happy.” His only request?To be the one to select the songs played during the introduction of the wedding party and the couple’s entrance to the reception. “Our wedding party walked in to Ozzy Osborne’s ‘Crazy Train’ while we were announced to the sound of the goal horn heard at Boston Bruins’ games, followed by‘Zombie


Nation.’ It was a hit and really got the party started.”

The details Imparting an elegant country look with a vintage feel was the order of the day for this wedding reception. The simple and classic Mason jar was the focal point. A sketch of one filled with blue hydrangeas created by Portia’s father, who is an artist, appeared on the wedding invitation and place cards, among other places. “This became the heart and soul of our wedding-day motif,” said Portia. Centerpieces consisted of several Mason jars filled with blue hydrangeas, to represent Brett’s beloved Cape Cod, and an assortment of white and citrus green flowers, as well as blue and white stones. Small, black chalkboards hung from the necks of the Mason jars featuring table numbers written in white chalk. Outside, a large easel with a poster of the Mason jar sketch welcomed everyone to “Portia and Brett’sWedding.” That sketch also appeared on small index-sized cards for guests to sign in lieu of a guest book;The cards were placed in an antique trunk that once belonged to Brett’s great grandmother. There were several other handmade or personal touches featured throughout the event, including a wooden card box made by Brett’s uncle Wilfred that featured the couple’s initials and wedding date painted by Brett’s aunt Diane.The white chairs used during the ceremony were decorated with satin bows with white roses made by Portia’s godmother Bonnie. And the ceremony itself was officiated by a good friend of Portia’s mother, who is a justice of the peace. “The ceremony setting was a dream come true,” said Portia. “It had a white gazebo in front of the most amazing backdrop of rolling country hills.” Even the cows in the neighboring pasture lent themselves to the aesthetic. “Our guests noticed that, during the ceremony, the cows seemed to like the music [of the string quartet] as their tails swayed back and forth.” An arch covered with flowers and citrus green ribbon was placed in front of the gazebo. Inside, simple and complementary flower arrangements featuring the same ribbon were hung throughout the room alongside strings of white lights. B&G

The particulars Ceremony and reception: Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield Photographer: Tammy Tatro Fine Art Photography, Rutland Catering and Cake: Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield Florist: White Dog Florist, Ware DJ: B.A.S.S. DJ Entertainment, Oxford String Quartet: Classic String Trio, Sheila Reid Violinist, Worcester Photobooth and Favors: MA Photobooths, Fitchburg Bridal Gown: Sophia Tolli from Loren’s Bridal, Sturbridge Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Angelo from Elegance by Carbonneau, Worcester Tuxedos: Polo by Ralph Lauren from Bonardi’s Formalwear, Sturbridge Invitations and place cards: MBI Graphics & Printing Corp., Southbridge

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This—and the other beverages your guests will enjoy at your reception—should be an important part of the planning process, says Abraham Lerner, wine director at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, Mass. We recently caught up with Mr. Lerner to learn more about how to get the most for your wedding budget while simultaneously making the selection process enjoyable.

q: How did you get into this line of work? a: My mother encouraged my interest in wine and helped me develop my palate when we lived in Tallahassee, Fla. I came north and got additional training from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust through the Boston Center for Adult Education. I developed the fine wine programs at two of the Boston Sav-MoreWine and Spirits stores, and at Blanchard’s Wine and Spirits in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. I’m a certified sommelier and I am working toward achieving a master sommelier certification this fall. I’m also a co-founder of the Boston Sommelier Society, which meets in Worcester as well as in Boston.

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q: What’s your favorite part of your job? a: I love working with customers to find the perfect wines and beverages. I take pride in finding wines that will make them happy, sometimes surprising them with varieties they wouldn’t have found on their own.

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What’s the trend in wine and other beverages for weddings?

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Couples are more interested in what’s being served to their guests in that they want wines that are special to them. Champagne toasts are still very popular. For those, I recommend Moscato or Prosecco. If you want to buy something produced locally, Westport Rivers Winery in Westport, Mass., makes an outstanding Blanc de Blanc. I predict that southern New England will be renowned for its sparkling wines.

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How can couples get the most for their budget when buying wine and other beverages for their wedding reception?

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Contact your wine consultant early in the process. When you’re interviewing caterers or selecting invitations, you should also be tasting wine.The earlier in the process you contact a consultant, the better job he or she can do for you. Another advantage of involving a professional is that he or she can

how the staff will pour the wine.A five-ounce pour will equate to approximately five glasses per bottle, but if eight ounces is poured, the total number of bottles will have to be adjusted accordingly.

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work directly with your caterer so that your beverage choices complement the food. It can be a seamless process, but if you wait until the last minute, there’s only so much that can be done.

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How much wine should someone buy for a reception?

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I generally estimate one bottle per drinking couple, but that can vary.Your aunt Jane may only want a glass, while your college roommate will probably drink more. Check with your caterer or your venue to ask

How can couples get the most out of their budget when buying wine and beverages for their reception?

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Flexibility is key. Sometimes you can take advantage of specials or your wine consultant can suggest a variety at a better price point.You can also get a discount buying by the case. Be sure to ask if the store will allow you to return unopened bottles.

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Do you have any favorite wedding wine stories?

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One couple came to us and said, “We want mixed cases.” They didn’t want the same wine served at all the tables, so they wanted us to find a variety of good wines. Another couple wanted only chardonnay and merlot but they wanted the wines to be really good. I spent two months searching to find just the right wines for them.

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Be polite and realistic. If the first thing you say to your wine consultant is a demand for a discount, you’re not likely to receive super-friendly service. On the other hand, be honest and straightforward about your budget. We love wine and love to share good values with our customers.We will bend over backwards to make you happy, but it helps if everyone is enjoying the process! B&G www.bridegroommag.com

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option is a becoming an alternative for the hoi polloi, as well. “The whole point of our wedding was to just have our friends and families celebrate the day with us,” said Lisa Foley of Harvard Mass., who chose a charity registry for her June 2011 nuptials to Mark Lyvers.Through this option, they raised money for six causes. “We didn’t want [them] to give gifts.” Ages 42 and 56, respectively, it was the second marriage for each and, “at our age and

(in) our situation, we thought it was a great idea,” said Foley. “We have a house, we have the toaster, we have the towels, we have everything we need. The money would kind of be wasted on us. But it would not be wasted on charities in need,” she said. For couples who simply want to add charitable giving options rather than replace the traditional gift registry, their gift registries can be linked through sites like the I Do

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Foundation and WeddingChannel.com to selected charities, with a donation—in some cases up to 10 percent—made with each guest’s gift purchase. WeddingChannel.com offers this service at no extra charge, according to lifestyle editor Sarah Newell, with 100 percent of all donations going to more than 100 charities, including some recently added gay and lesbian nonprofits, such as GLAD. “With weddings you spend so much money, so it’s nice to give back a little bit,” Newell said. As for how and where you can share information about your charitable registry, traditional etiquette rules still apply, according to Newell. Whether your registry is a traditional gift registry, a listing of charities or a combination of both, it’s a no-no to include registry information on your invitation. Instead, share this information via wordof-mouth or your wedding website. The option for charitable giving extends the other way, as well. Instead of favors, couples can make a donation to their favorite charity in each guest’s honor, and notify them with place cards. Or, couples can choose to pass out charity gift cards as a way to thank their attendants. The I Do Foundation and WeddingChannel.com both offer this option, as do individual charities, including the American Diabetes Association. Couples can also make donations independently and buy donation favor cards through various online stationery and invitation vendors. As Culver noted, guests may come home with just place cards but such a gift will resonate much longer than knickknacks emblazoned with names and wedding dates that will collect dust on a shelf. “You’ll remember it as part of the couple’s choice for that day,” she said. “It’s another extension of their values, what they care about.” In the case of Foley and Lyvers, who exchanged vows at the Worcester Art Museum,


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nearly each charity they selected was an intensely personal choice.To honor certain relatives, they opted for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Central New England Chapter), the Alzheimer’s Association – Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter and the American Lung Association of Western Massachusetts. They also chose the American Red Cross in light of recent natural disasters, Save the Children and the National CASA Association

because Foley had worked with both programs previously. “All of them had a particular personal connection,” said Foley. Of course, it doesn’t always catch on with everyone. In the case of the 55 guests at their wedding, older folks and more traditional family members just “didn’t feel right coming without bringing something,” she said. Still, seven couples and a few individuals donated, and thought it was a “fabulous” idea.

“Some folks went with it,” she explained, “some didn’t.” Overall, though, guests are becoming more comfortable with the idea. According to Culver, the size of donations made by guests has gone up 6 percent to $82. And it’s catching the attention of more couples, too. About 10 percent of the engaged go to the I Do Foundation, according to Culver, and at least 3 percent more, year after year, are raising money in some fashion through their weddings. As for demographics? It’s a “really huge mix,” Culver said, from those in their 20s to those in their 50s. The average amount of money raised through each wedding, meanwhile, is $585, according to Culver. All told, during the past nine years, the foundation has helped more than 44,000 couples send more than $5.75 million to charities, including Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. WeddingChannel, meanwhile, launched its charity registry platform in 2004, and has seen more than 700,000 couples register in the past eight years, according to Newell. “More people are doing it, and more money is coming in,” said Culver. The RoyalWedding, for its part, ultimately raised £1,058,367, or more than $1.6 million, for 26 charities, according to its website. Foley and her husband didn’t come up with that much, but contributions did total about $800. Still, as Foley noted, “these organizations have $800 more than they did before our wedding. It’s not a substantial amount of money, but to us, it was huge.” That’s because it was more than the dollar amount, she said. The couple took pride and joy in the fact that their friends and family were generous enough to contribute. Ultimately, though, they didn’t do it for kudos or praise. “It was just a wonderful feeling,” she said. And that may just have been the best gift they could’ve received. B&G Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, Mass., is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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events—some, if they can effectively arrange or cordon off their space(s) so as to not appear cavernous or empty, can (and, more importantly, will) accommodate smaller-thanaverage parties. Worcester’s Tuckerman Hall is one example. Although the 1902, gold-glistening hall typically caters to nuptials teeming with around 150 guests, they’ve hosted events as small as 70, according to Executive Director Paul Levenson. In that case, “we made it look

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full with different decorations and greenery,” he explained. Also, for smaller groups gathered in a large setting such as Tuckerman, space between tables will tend to be “more gracious,” Levenson said.The number of people at each table will likewise be less, while the dance floor, by contrast, will likely be larger. Ultimately, Levenson noted, size is a personal decision that comes down to the couple. “They have to find the exact spot that’s right for them.”

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In doing so, consider your budget first, then think about the atmosphere you want to create for your “big” day.As for that ambiance, do you want it completely laid-back and casual? Semi-formal? An activity-packed gettogether? The Rookwood Inn, which requires that all of its 19 rooms be booked for weddings, has hosted receptions that were as casual as pizza buffets or lobster bakes. According to innkeeper and owner Amy Lindner-Lesser, smaller parties can also lend themselves to destination weddings: Guests and the couple can make a weekend of sightseeing and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. “Number one, it’s more personal,” she said. “The couple gets the chance to spend time with their guests, and enjoy their own party. Everything is much more intimate and tailored.” In other instances, couples can utilize appropriate indoor or outdoor settings to impart the feel of a garden party. For a wedding at Rockport’s Seaward Inn, which boasts a seaside location, couples and their guests can linger on the ocean-view landing to play croquet or bocce ball, according to owner Nancy Cameron-Gilsey. To further foster this casual feeling, many smaller weddings typically opt for buffets, she said. “The intimacy that you have at a smaller wedding is wonderful,” said Cameron-Gilsey. “Compared to 200 people coming together, it just doesn’t feel the same.” This air of casual ease is precisely what Tanya Hoffman and her husband Christopher were going for when they planned their nuptial event. The Gloucester couple wed on Sept. 10, 2011, at Seaward Inn before a casual assembly of 60 guests (they were originally planning on 50, Hoffman explained, but the number crept up a bit – read more on that later). With just two bridesmaids at her side, the bride wore a casual dress while her husband’s groomsmen were decked in linen suits and flip flops. “We wanted something small, quaint and New England-like,” Hoffman explained. “We really stayed true to ourselves.” Ultimately, Hoffman and others noted that one of the greatest benefits of having a smaller affair is the flexibility, whether it’s the basic details of the day or the ability to infuse that extra unique flair.


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“I think a smaller wedding lends itself to creative thinkers—those who don’t necessarily want to succumb to the ‘right’ or ‘traditional’ way to envision a wedding,” said Cameron-Gilsey. For Hoffman, it was all hands-on. She didn’t have a planner or coordinator, so everyone who could help, did. A family friend did her flower arrangements, Hoffman and her mother decorated and another friend helped organize the alcohol purchase.

That said, though, opting for the quainter end of the wedding spectrum does have its challenges. For instance, Hoffman noted, if your site is particularly small, you’ll probably have to get a bit creative with fitting everyone in comfortably, as well as with seating arrangements (if you go that route). But most notably, the guest list will be short, so you could potentially have some tough decisions to make regarding who gets invited and who gets “snubbed.”

“You have to learn to say ‘no’ to people, and that’s hard,” said Hoffman, noting that there were times during the planning process when both her mother and mother-in-law were upset with her because a certain person wasn’t invited. “Not everyone’s going to make the cut. There are going to be some feelings hurt.” In spite of those challenges, everyone who attended Hoffman’s wedding was a “core member” of her and her husband’s life. They only invited those with whom they had a deep personal (or longtime) connection, and there were no “plus-ones” unless the spouse or a significant other was someone they knew well. As a result,“there weren’t any random people we didn’t know,” she explained. “Every single person was someone we knew. ‘Intimate’ is just the best word I can use to describe it.” Whether it’s a big or small occasion, at least one thing will be the same for all soonto-be-weds:The anxiety of preparations, worries and day-of jitters. “Take a lot of deep breaths,” advised Lindner-Lesser. “And have fun. That should be one of the most important things.” “Relax, it will all come together,” agreed Cameron-Gilsey. “It will be a beautiful event.” B&G Taryn Plumb,a frequent contributor toBRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, writes fromWorcester, Mass.

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There are financial pros and cons to working within a more limited time frame as it often leads to less comparison shopping. “If they know their priorities and can forego personalizing certain items, such as favors or decorations, couples may be able to negotiate costs and have things work to their advantage,” Bonner added. “I’ve had brides call me a few months before their wedding in a panic saying,‘I’m still missing some things and I really need your

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Conn., planned an impressive wedding. Having family and friends make phone calls, run errands and babysit for her three girls made for smooth sailing. “Even with Chad’s boat going out for two weeks, it didn’t set us back,” said Melinda. Being from the area was an advantage. “I was able to pull everything together fast because I knew where to look to find things we needed.” When time is short, coordinating checklists and calendars is a must. “I’ve dealt with couples in the eleventh hour, grasping at straws hoping they can pull something off,” said Mickey Doherty, co-owner of B&M Catering in Pawtucket, RI. On any given weekend, his crews are expertly managing multiple events. “We once planned a wedding in less than a week because the groom was being shipped off unexpectedly,” recalled Doherty. The resulting casual barbecue for 100 guests took place in a relative’s backyard. Dave Morin, co-owner and co-manager of Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Mass., and his wifeVicki have expedited many nuptials at their 49-acre facility.“Recently, we received a call from a navy groom who needed to set a date during his leave time,” said Morin. “We will coordinate that entire wedding within two to four weeks.” The Morins, who met while volunteering with the Coast Guard, are attuned to the needs of military couples. “We know the strengths and weaknesses of our vendors, and which ones are more reasonably priced and equipped to respond quickly,” Morin said. “For example, one of our caterers stepped up to the plate with about three days notice.” Arrowhead also


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stocks silk floral centerpieces, arranges for speedy deliveries and will do their utmost to offer “just about everything a couple will need.” Erin Ethier, the Connecticut-based creator and editor of the Sparkle & Hay wedding blog suggests time-pressured couples rent or buy recycled wedding items. She urges brides to be flexible about,“vendors, venues and, perhaps most importantly, dates, which may have already been snatched up.” Networking with those vendors will eventually lead to referrals.

Patricia and Matthew Lurvey thought their nine-month engagement would allow for plenty of planning time. However, this Boston couple ended up scrambling to make last minute adjustments. “The band we [originally] wanted was booked through for 16 months!” Patricia recalled. Their favors (monogrammed water bottles), ordered three weeks prior to their wedding, did not make it as scheduled. “Instead, we gave out New England themed items like Green Mountain Coffee and Lake Champlain chocolates in gift bags,” she said. “Luckily, I had a patient aunt who offered to put the bags together.” “Knowing what you want before you even think about marriage is the key,” offers Hillary Ruggeri of Somerset, Mass., who became engaged to Sam Messier on the day he arrived home from deployment. Six months later, their wedding signified a celebration of life, love and commitment. “I wasn’t under too much stress with the wedding, but I was diagnosed with cervical cancer almost two months before I got married,” she revealed. “My advice to brides is to not worry. It’s a big day and you want it perfect. No matter if you have a huge wedding or small one, it will always be special between the two of you.” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber, a freelance writer based in Connecticut, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

Sources Arrowhead Acres Uxbridge, Mass. www.arrowheadacres.com B&M Catering Company Pawtucket, RI www.clambakeco.com Beverly Ann Bonner The Wedding Beautiful www.weddingbeautiful.com Diane Dezine’s & Event Planning www.dianedezines.com Erin Ethier Sparkle & Hay (wedding blog) www.sparkleandhay.com

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t’s been said that “words make the wedding,” meaning that the vows you recite to one another and the readings made during your ceremony consist of the deepest sentiments of your day. They reflect your promises, your gratitude for one another and, perhaps, your faith or culture’s deepest messages. But there’s another way to make words a special part of your day, and that’s decorating with them. Here are some of the top, trendy ways to use words, phrases and quotes within your wedding’s décor and special accents.

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such as a message of “So perfect together” or “An eternity of love awaits us…” After the wedding, the imprinted wording may be cut from the aisle runner and professionally framed for display in your home.

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ing the marriage proposal and more set to a sentimental soundtrack they’ve selected. Since all eyes will be on the oversized video screen, adding extra special personal touches, such as several full-screen quotes or even lines of poetry will make it even more meaningful to you and your guests. Even if you don’t plan to launch your reception with this type of video presentation, you can always show off your self-made video or slideshow at your rehearsal dinner or your bridal shower.Yet another twist on a video production is a slideshow of still photos with your special quotes in a digital photo frame or on your iPad. Set on a table set with your framed family photos, this makes a personalized display all the more touching and one that guests will love viewing.

Print out your chosen quotes or poetry on art paper, such as a classic tan parchment or butter yellow paper, to match your wedding’s color scheme, and display each in gorgeous silver frames. Mixed into the arrangement of family photos, or placed by your guest book is a great way to share your most heartfelt sentiments. At the guest book table, for example, you might display a quote or saying about gratitude and loved ones, such as, “The measure of a happy life is the number of friends and family you’re blessed to share it with,” or “The best part of today is that you are here with us!”


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Add your favorite poem or quote to your wedding program, such as this classic from Willa Cather: “That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.” Position your quote on the front or back page of the program or on a page you’ve designated as one for a thank-you message to your parents. Other print items perfect for a fabulous quote are menu cards. Ideal quotes for this essential piece include anything related to a

celebration, feast or supper. Great poets and authors of yore have left us a plethora of lovely sayings on the enjoyment of life, embracing the finer things and breaking bread with loved ones. Let their words express your appreciation for the celebration ahead of you. B&G Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including Bridesmaid on a Budget. www.sharonnaylor.net

Brides and grooms who wish to honor a departed parent, sibling or other loved one often set up special tribute tables, featuring a floral arrangement, a candle and a framed quote such as, “Always in our hearts… we love you, Daddy.”This display is enhanced by your chosen words, which is a lovely way to recognize those who are with you in spirit. In addition to framed quotes, it has also become quite popular to display a plaque with a special saying on it. It may be a long wooden sign crafted by an Etsy.com artist and imprinted with, “And they lived happily ever after…” or a carved wooden sign with the message burned into it, in rustic wedding style.These message signs may be placed on mantels, the gift table, the entryway table at your reception site, hung on door hooks or even displayed in your home at pre-wedding parties.

Centerpiece adornments Pretty floral centerpieces add lush color, bright beauty and gorgeous greenery to your guest tables. Give each of them an added bit of “oomph” with a quote printed on a paper “flag” fixed into the centerpiece with floral wire. For garden-themed weddings or showers, your quote might be one on the topic of nature, gardens or roses. Remember, not every quote has to be about love and marriage; themed quotes can also refer to the wedding’s ambiance and style.

Where to Find Quotes Visit www.quotegarden.com or www.brainyquotes.com to read classic and contemporary quotes and poetry, categorized by keywords such as ‘Love,’ ‘Marriage, ‘Friendship,’ ‘Together,’ ‘Eternity’ and other searchwords. –SN

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As with any well-executed event, the key to success is proper planning.There is a fine line between cute and kitsch, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all things starfish and stripes. If you’re working with a wedding planner, collect images from magazines or online sources to help best illustrate your vision. By looking at the bigger picture, your planner can help decide where to best allocate your décor budget. If you’re not working with a planner, discuss your ideas with your reception site coordinator. In addition to offering creative seating arrangements, such as banquet seating, various-sized rounds, rectangles or a collection of all these options, these event veterans have likely seen nautical themes carried out in several ways.

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hue. If you decide to stick with standard cocktails, dress up their presentation with cocktail stirrers festooned with sailboats, anchors, compass roses or nautical signal flags.You can even kick things up a notch with coordinating cocktail napkins. Fun finds can be found in brick and mortar stores as well as online, or you can create your own nautical stirrers with a simple do-it-yourself project by crafting festive mini-flags from a nautical map. Another whimsical dash is to have bottled beers in an ice-filled miniature dory (a small, www.bridegroommag.com

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plays, table assignments can embody a nautical theme. A simply tied strand of nautical rope, emblematic of “tying the knot,” can easily be woven through an escort card in crisp white, one that is white on one side and navy blue and white on the other, or even one made from nautical map paper. Consider arranging cards in rows on their own or wedging them into sand for an added touch. Though a little more of an investment, compasses also make for an unmistakably nautical entry. A less pricy alternative is the diecut paper compass rose.The most well-known of all seafaring icons, the compass rose is a symbol that adopts the same directional principle of the world’s ancient navigational tool. Another possibility is to have all table assignments consolidated onto one commemorative display with a compass rose background, which makes for a special keepsake. At cocktail hour, think creativity, comfort and convenience. High-top tables draped in a navy tablecloth and gathered simply with a tied white rope make for gorgeous gathering areas and provide a place to set libations while enjoying hors d’oeuvres are mingling. Top these tables with tea lights and small vases with rope tied around them, or with a single tall lighthouse candle lantern. Another option is to create a chic lounge area with white couches and chairs donned with signal flag, anchor or nautical map inspired pillows. Wicker also offers a nautical feel. As signing the guest book is often the last duty of guests before they take their seats, why not trade in the traditional guest book for an oar on which friends and family can inscribe their greetings and well-wishes?

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Permanent black marker works on natural finishes while a painted white (or weathered white) oar works well with any color (an idea—use your wedding colors). For a more modern twist, paint the oar a lime green or other bold blue, and for a larger wedding, provide a pair of oars.Whether you have one or two, an oar will definitely be an interesting design element in your home.

From Stem to Stern For an al fresco daytime wedding, a signal flag or nautical map pennant flags are easy do-ityourself projects that will instantly add visual interest, especially when they capture a soft, salty breeze. Or, consider creating your own custom burgee—a small, distinguishing flag displayed by yachts—with your monogram. For table number displays, glue rope to the outside of a frame and add a nautical-print fabric as the background to make the number pop. Monkey’s fist rope knots also make a great base for table numbers. Another option is to use nautical terms as table names. There are a myriad nautical phrases that can be included, such as “portside,” “starboard” and “breakwater.” Popular ports of call also make great table names, like Newport, St. Bart’s, Monaco and more. If space allows, navy blue and white


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Chinese lanterns, or lanterns with navy blue and white stripes, add a whimsical nautical flair.The two colors can also create the milieu on reception tables. Use these hues in your linens whether as a table square, as an accent or as the focal point. Natural linens also add a nautical touch, and natural fiber placemats can add drama at each place setting. Pull your motif—anchors, rope knots, compass roses—into the menu design. While traditional floral centerpieces will always proffer an elegant atmosphere, vases or vessels can be dressed up with blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon, raffia with a hanging brass anchor, or a simple signal flag representative of your last name initial. There are also many alternatives for a nautical creation that will have guests talking. Large glass vases, or a trio of smaller ones, can be filled with a candle anchored by some sand or seaglass and wrapped loosely with nautical rope. A ship’s model also makes for a fun nautical touch, while natural elements such as driftwood and shell balls in alternating sizes can boost the seaside charm. These

eye-catching elements can also be added to the cake or sign-in tables.

Captain & First Mate Whether seated at a sweetheart table or with the bridal party, festoon the chairs of the newlyweds with a nautical touch. “Mr.” and “Mrs.” life rings, anchors with initials, a life ring with “Just Married” hanging in front of the table—they all are fanciful ways to bring a smile to your guests’ faces. Sweets also seem to please, and the wedding cake or wedding cupcakes offer prime opportunities to embrace nautical inspiration. A lighthouse-shaped cake in soft colors is distinctly nautical; however, stripes are also usually a hit. Cupcakes can be funky or elegant when topped with sugary anchors, sailboats, signal flags—or actual toothpick flags can likewise make a sweet impression. B&G

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Here, shades of fuchsia and Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, make a striking combination suitable for any wedding event. Concept by Deni Phaneuf of Simply Weddings! Professional Wedding and Event Planning, Paxton Setting provided by Sterling National Country Club, Sterling

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Green and fuchsia bring a bit of spring to Kim and Jeff McKean’s wedding at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow. Flowers by The Frugal Flower, Sudbury Photography by Nora & Troy Photography at www.noraandtroy.com

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he Salem Cross Inn is where warm hospitality and New England charm unite to create the perfect year-round spot to celebrate any style wedding ceremony and reception. Featuring a restored antique house and barn, this venue offers wonderful settings within as well as spectacular outdoor sites ideal for weddings, bridal luncheons, sit-down dinners and other special occasion events.

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The 600-acre property in West Brookfield, Mass., is steeped in history. The original building was constructed by John White, grandson of Peregrine White, the first male child born on the Mayflower in 1620. In 1961, founders Henry Salem and his brother Dick followed their dream and turned what once was a rundown farmhouse into a thriving restaurant that now is a landmark for diners throughout New England and beyond. Considered one of the finest examples of colonial

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restoration in the United States, the current facility is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The brothers raised their families in the business, which was passed on to the next generation after they died.Today, the Salem Cross Inn is owned and operated by Henry Salemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children: Richard, John, David, Robert, Nancy and Heather Salem, and Martha Salem-Leasca. According to Nancy, who is the Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager, the family strives


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to continue the tradition of providing detailed and quality service to its guests, while at the same time keeping up with the trends. Indoor facilities include a variety of dining areas with seating capacities that range from 12 guests in the Corner Cupboard Room to 225 in the rustic-style Barn & Loft and everything in between. The main dining area of the restaurant accommodates about 120, and it can be used for weddings during the day on Saturdays. The Brookfield Room seats 60 people while the Chestnut Room seats 130 and the Peregrine White Room seats 40. Outside on the lawn sits a white gazebo ideal for ceremonies, particularly because of the backdrop provided by rolling hills and woodlands. Receptions can be held outdoors as well in a tent that can accommodate more than 200. In the warmer months, wedding guests often enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on an outdoor terrace overlooking an array of gardens featuring flowering heirloom plants and herbs. Hundreds of the garden’s prize-winning dahlias, some measuring more than 11 inches in diameter, are grown by Nancy Salem. The brilliant blaze of colors in summer and fall is breathtaking. Another special feature is the horse-drawn carriage ride for newlyweds. Horse-drawn wagon rides are also available for guests. Taking care of the details are the Inn’s in-house wedding coordinators who are skilled at customizing wedding packages to suit any style, theme or size of wedding. In fact, the restaurant does not offer a mixed bag of package deals; instead, the motto is “Create Your Own Package,” making each wedding a one-of-a-kind event. Food is paramount here and the centerpiece of any nuptial event.The popular 1700-Style Roast Prime Rib Dinner served at the restaurant’s annual “Fireplace Feast” is just one culinary option.The meal is a feast for the eye as well as the palate, where the prime rib is hand-rubbed with the Inn’s “secret” recipe of herbs and spices then slowly roasted over an open fire using an authentic roasting jack. Worth noting is that meals of prime rib of beef, the 1700-style roast prime rib and roast turkey dinners served at weddings come with seconds at no extra charge. This is also the spot for a taste of “New England’s Best Apple Pie.” For years, the Inn was host to the New England Apple Pie Contest, where contestants used the facility’s beehive oven to bake their pies.According to Nancy Salem,

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most newlywed couples like to serve this delicious dessert to their guests personally, complete with a topping of freshly whipped cream. “It gives them an opportunity to greet each person who goes through the dessert line,” she said. Salem Cross even provides the aprons. When it comes to food preparation, the chefs pride themselves in using fresh ingredients, which, in season, are grown at nearby farms. Herbs are picked from the restaurant’s kitchen gardens. The Inn also has a florist and baker the premises, where all wedding cakes are made from scratch. The Inn also supplies white linens, brass candleholders, silver-plated flatware, china and glassware at weddings. A preferred vendor list for other services is available. And don’t be surprised if you encounter one or more members of the Salem family during your wedding day. Many are actively involved in the front and back operations of the restaurant, and some even take part making hors d’oeuvres—from scratch, of course. B&G bunnellphoto.com

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leasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass., is a diverse facility offering a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options. Located 15 minutes south of Worcester and 30 minutes north of Providence, R.I., Pleasant Valley is a private club, however sponsorship is not necessary to hold a wedding function here. In the summer and fall, ceremonies can take place in the midst of magnificent gardens awash with colorful flowers, complete with a white arbor. A dedicated horticulture staff maintains flowering plants, which are grown in a greenhouse on the premise. Yet if Mother Nature decides to be a bit wild with the weather, an indoor location boasting floorto-ceiling windows is available. It is important to note that outdoor tent receptions are not an option at this facility. Receptions for large parties are held in the spacious Grandview Ballroom. Adjacent to a private guest cocktail lounge and accommodating up to

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400, this function room features an outdoor patio area and a separate bridal party reception area. It also overlooks rolling hills and the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picturesque golf course. More intimate gatherings for up to 100 people take place in the Greenside Ballroom. Much like its larger counterpart, this space has an outdoor patio area and garden views. Both the Grandview and Greenside ballrooms are in separate buildings, each with its own entrance and kitchen. The club does not charge room rental or ceremony fees. Couples can select from one of four flexible wedding packagesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. All packages include use of a hospitality


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room for the bridal party, complete with a cheese and fruit display; a cheese and fruit display for guests; champagne or wine toast; white or ivory table linens and selection of colored napkins; services of a professional wedding coordinator and a banquet manager on day of wedding; ficus trees decorated with white lights; complimentary cake cutting; complimentary food tasting for the couple; complimentary valet and coat check services; and discounted overnight accommodations at local hotels. Three of the wedding packages have additional features. The Gold package also includes passed hors d’oeuvres, wine service during dinner, a custom-made wedding cake, floor-length table linens, and centerpiece mirrors and tea lights for each table. The Platinum package includes chair covers and bows to enhance the décor, fresh floral displays for each guest table and the head table, and a round of golf for four. And the Diamond Package kicks it up a notch with the addition of one hour of bar service.AWinterWonderland Package (100 person minimum) is available Nov. 1 through April 1. The club also has extra enhancements available, including ice sculptures and chocolate fountains, as well as Chiavari chairs, late night snacks and a vendor referral list. All wedding packages feature variety in the wedding-day menu. Banquet chef Raymond Merchant will cater any menu to meet specific needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Station and buffet-style services also are available. One of the club’s most popular wedding meal entrées is chicken prosciutto, which features a stuffing of prosciutto, fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese finished with a complementary sauce. Hors d’oeuvres are also a favorite and there are many delicious choices available. “We pride ourselves on unique and customized wedding ceremonies and receptions,” said Michelle Violette, director of sales and catering. “We work with couples every step of the way to ensure all aspects of their day is exactly how they imagined it to be.” Pleasant Valley Country Club was purchased in 2010 by John Magill. Renovations to the club, commonly referred to as PV, are ongoing. Once a year, the club hosts a Bridal Tasting Day for couples who have already booked the club. Champions Restaurant at Pleasant Valley is open to the public for lunch and dinner from April to December.There is a patio for outside dining. B&G

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

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

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

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


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7. Will I have an opportunity to taste various flavors of cake, filling and/or icing? 8. What size cake is best for the number of guests I am planning to have? 9. Will the cake be fresh or frozen? How far in advance of my wedding will the cake be made?

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10. Will you deliver the cake? If so, at what point during the day will you do it? Is there an additional delivery charge? 11. Will you set up the cake at the reception location? If so, is there an additional charge? Will you need any special considerations from the facility (such as refrigeration)? 12. I’d like my cake decorated with fresh


flowers.Will you work with my florist to obtain them or will I have to provide them? 13. My budget is small, but I would still like you to make my cake.Are there any costsaving options you can suggest?

Most common decorations/icings Basket weave: A popular design using interlocking horizontal and vertical lines of icing that resemble a woven basket. Butter cream: A soft and creamy frosting made with butter, confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar, egg yolks and milk/light cream. Used as an icing, piping, filling or to make decorative borders. Can be colored and flavored; may melt in high heat or humidity. Dotted Swiss:A technique that decorates the wedding cake with small random dots of icing, resembling a fabric of the same name. Embroidery: A very detailed cake decoration that resembles embroidery done in needlework. Fondant: A sweet, malleable icing that can be swathed like fabric over a cake to create a smooth, porcelain-like finish. Often used as the base for designs and elaborate decorations. Gum paste: A moldable mixture of confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar, gelatin and starch used to create realistic-looking edible flowers, fruits

and ribbons that are used as garnishes. Latticework:A crisscross pattern of icing applied to a cake. Piping: Method of decorating a cake with intricate patterns, bows, flowers, etc. Icing is squeezed through a pastry bag and applied with a decorative metal tip in the desired pattern or shape. Royal icing:An icing used to create latticework, flowers, beading, etc. Made from confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar and egg whites, it starts out soft then hardens when dry. B&G

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

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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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document your day will require a fair amount of research.To help you get started, here is a list of more than 20 basic questions you should ask prospective professionals. (If you have any special needs or requests, be sure to mention them during your interviews.) 1. What is the photographer’s style (i.e., traditional, photojournalistic, artistic or a mixture)? Knowing what you prefer ahead of time will help narrow the field. 2. How many weddings does the photographer/studio shoot in a year? 3. If the studio has multiple photographers, which one will shoot my wedding? Be sure you see samples of everyone’s work and that you’re comfortable with the style of the photographer you’re contracting. 4. What type of cameras are used: digital or film? If digital, how new/updated is the equipment? If film, is it 35mm or medium format? (Medium format is a larger negative that makes large prints sharp and clear.) 5. What type of proofs will I receive, prints or electronic files? 6. If print proofs are made from film, will those images also be put into an electronic format? (Some photographers will have their negatives scanned for printing and archival purposes.) 7. If electronic proofs are provided (either from scans or original digital files), will they be posted online or sent to me on a disc? 8. If proofs are made available online, can I share them with family and friends? Will they be able to order prints from that site?

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9. What is included in the packages offered? (This can mean the number of proofs, number of final album pages, style of album, number of photos displayed in the album,sizes of photos displayed in the album, parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; albums, engagement portrait, etc.) 10. How many hours will the photographer be at my event? 11. What is the payment schedule? 12. What charges, if any, are there for overtime? 13. Are there any charges (such as travel time, site visits, etc.) that are not included in the package price? 14. How many shots will be taken at my wedding? 15. Will an assistant be used? If so, is there an extra charge? 16. What back-up plans are in place if the contracted photographer becomes ill? 17. Will back-up equipment be available on the wedding day? 18. Will the photographer be dressed in appropriate attire (tuxedo or suit)? 19. Will the photographer (and any assistants) require meals? 20. When will I have access to proofs? 21. How long after I make my selections for the album(s) will it (they) be ready? 22. What are the charges for reprints? 23. Is there any discount for ordering multiple prints?

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Extra tips Check out their work. Most photographers will have portfolios ready for you to review.Also ask to see all the proofs from a recent wedding as well as current finished albums.What feelings do you get from these pictures? If they have captured a fun, romantic and/or loving element, you will know it. Get some good vibes. Do you feel comfortable with this person? You will be interacting with him for a significant portion of your wedding day, so getting along will go a long way. Also, do you get a sense that he enjoys what he does? Do you get a feeling of confidence from him? Make sure you get all your requirements in writing, everything from how many shots will be taken that day to any special effect shots they may take. Lastly, be sure to provide a list of must-have shots well in advance. B&G

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14. Do you charge by the hour or by a flat rate? 15. Do you offer package plans? Do you have a payment schedule? 16. Are the costs of any assistants included in the price? 17. Is there an additional charge for overtime? 18. What type of camera and editing/ sound/lighting equipment do you use (digital or analog)? Is it commercial grade (high quality)? 19. If the equipment is analog, will I be receiving the final product on a VHS tape? If so, is a DVD version available? 20. Do you do the editing, or do you have a staff that does it? (Are you part of the process?) 21. Are special effects used in the final product? If so, how many? And may I opt to have those effects left out?

22. If background music is used in the final product, who selects it? 23. If providing a DVD, will the final product be sectioned into chapters for easier navigation? If not, is this an option I can request/purchase? 24. Is there an additional charge for extra copies? 25. Who keeps the original footage? 26. Can I buy the original unedited (raw) footage? 27. What are your criteria for selecting which “occurrences” to record? 28. Do you plan to interview guests during the reception? (If this is something you don’t want, let them know.) B&G

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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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f you’re seeking a captivating honeymoon locale, be sure to check out Branson, Missouri. One of the top vacation destinations in the country, this cultural hot spot is known to many as the “Live Music Show Capital of America.” You will barely scratch the surface of all there is to see and do here as there are more than 50 live-performance theaters, not to mention a plethora of museums, lodging and dining options, shopping and outdoor excursions. SIGHT Set in the hills of the Ozarks with lakes, pines, deep-cut ravines and streams, Branson is a tableau of memorable scenery whether you’re overlooking Table Rock Lake with the majestic Ozark Mountains as a backdrop or taking in the views from atop the 230-foot-

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Located in the southwestern part of the state, Branson tilts west. Some folks wear cowboy hats and boots. Many go fishing on Lake Taneycomo, hiking and rock climbing. Others enjoy hubcap-sized pancakes at local favorite Billy Gails Café. This is definitely a spot that can fulfill all five senses.

tall Inspiration Tower. The woods and waterfalls of Dogwood Canyon are so unspoiled, you can imagine a time when Native Americans lived here. This is a good place to explore on foot or on horseback. Get an up close and personal view of the lake aboard the triple-decker paddle wheeler, the Showboat Branson Belle.While on board have a three-course dinner and enjoy some rousing entertainment. Another amazing sight is the Waltzing Waters display, where fountains shoot 120foot geysers into the air and fire canyons, all choreographed to light and music. Watch from the Branson Landing Courtyard and stroll on the 1.5 mile boardwalk along the shoreline of Lake Taneycomo.

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Golfing couples will enjoy grand mountain vistas at Payne Stewart Golf Club, Branson Creek Golf Club and Thousand Hills—just a few of the many good tracks in the area.

SOUND The more than 50 theaters located along the “Branson Strip” (Hwy 76) are easy to reach, but not “in your face.”Your only problem will be deciding which shows to see. Will it be classic icons like Andy Williams, The Presleys, the Osmonds, The Platters, Shoji Tabuchi, the Gatlin Brothers and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede or the high energy Haygoods? Six—a.k.a. The Knudsen Brothers—will leave you wondering how they create their sounds from rhythmic percussion, toe-tap-

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TASTE With its Western flair, Branson certainly has its share of steakhouses and barbecued ribs, yet there is still variety when it comes to dining. The upscale Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Convention Center Hotel in Branson Landing is sophisticated and smart. Its specialty is steak, although the pan seared Hawaiian AhiTuna appetizer, calamari and the luscious Missouri Butter Cake dessert are just as good. For casual fare, Cantina Laredo has a great

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bar, super margaritas and scrumptious avocado dip and Mexican dishes.The Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse serves up burgers, fries, salads and other hearty food all within view of those aforementioned flaming fountains. For a grand experience with views of woods and Table Rock Lake, book a table at Devils Pool Restaurant & Buzzard Bar in Big Cedar Lodge. Here you’ll sit under exposed rafters and bark-covered beams and dine on Southern fare, including hickory smoked prime rib, smoked trout or steaks.

FEEL Go whizzing through the treetops on a Branson Zipline Tour. No experience is required, just a sense of adventure. Up for more thrills? Dare to ride the Vigilante Ziprider at Shepard of the Hills. Here you’ll


push off from the top of Inspiration Tower and soar over the 160-acre homestead. Indulge your inner child on the many awesome rides at Silver Dollar City amusement park, which also features the famous limestone Marvel Cave.You’ll also enjoy plenty of Ozark regional foods and be able to check out more than 100 demonstrating craftsmen, including glassblowers, potters and quilt makers, and numerous live shows. At the Titanic Museum, you can experience the feel of this grand ocean liner by walking down the Grand Staircase and visiting the bridge and 20 other “rooms,” which will leave you feeling as though you visited the famous ship. An audio tour features stories told by actual survivors. (Bonus: the museum is also a popular venue for getting married.)

SMELL Swirl, sniff, sip and swallow wines at the Mount Pleasant Winery Wine Class 101. While you’re at it, learn about cheese and chocolate pairings and take home mementos of your honeymoon: a 150th anniversary goblet and wine bottled by you.

WHERE TO STAY Branson boasts a range of romantic places to stay from modern hotels to private cabins. A smart hotel in the center of all the action downtown, the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing features roomy accommodations with comfortable beds and showers big enough for two. Big Cedar Resort on Table Rock Lake is in the style of National Park lodges, featuring log cabins, lake-view cabins and a waterfront

marina. Owned by Bass Pro Shops, a wilderness theme is carried throughout (as in, stuffed bears, otters and other creatures). For romantic digs on the more elegant side, check into the Chateau on the Lake, also on Table Rock Lake. Here you’ll find French Country furnishings, a stunning spa, marina, pool, three places to eat and drink and a variety of activities. An unusual choice, but one well worth considering, is The Mabee Lodge in the College of the Ozarks’ Keeter Center. This exceptional facility is staffed by students who work in various jobs in lieu of tuition. Big Cedar Lodge The lodge-style lounge and rooms evoke a first-class ski lodge rather than hotel, which is why we like it.The Keeter Center is also a land vistas.There is also a pool, hot tub and a popular place for weddings. wood-burning fireplace in the Bear’s Den. On the cozier side, the Bradford House The Anchor Inn on the Lake is located B&B is a sprawling house in the center of in a secluded corner of Table Rock Lake just Branson with 20 rooms. Known for their 17 miles from Branson.A honeymoon favorite Bradford Beds covered with high thread count is the Mediterranean Lighthouse Room, a linens, the rooms here have period furnishtwo-level suite with a king canopy bed, dimings, many from the Victorian era, and all mable lighting and massage tub for two. have private baths. There’s even a fitness room, decks with views Your king bed at Gaines Landing B&B of the lake and a lawn leading down to the features a pillow top mattress and your room water. It’s worth the drive. B&G has a private entrance.This is a modern-style Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to home has large windows overlooking wood™ BRIDE&GROOM Magazine.

Getting there Branson is readily accessible from just about anywhere, with its own Branson Airport close to the center of town and Springfield-Branson National Airport only an hour away.

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

Types of Functions

Reception Facility

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

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

Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover)

E, B, D, W

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (73)

Yes

1

Yes

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

1/35

No

1–2

No

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

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

Mechanics Hall (11)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (51)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Boston Marriott Newton (12)

E, B, D, W

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

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

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

$75 +

$35 – 115

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

25/700

10/700

30/275

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

1

1

Yes

Yes

No

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

Ph: (978) 562-0800 lschiela@charteroakcc.com www.charteroakcc.com

Doubletree Hotel (66)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Highfields Golf & Country Club (71)

E, B, D, W

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

Make an impression without saying a word. The country club provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony or reception or any other special occasion. Contact: Josie Billiel.

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$30 – 50

$35 – 50

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Yes

B - Bridal Showers

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Yes

No

30/500

Max. 220

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Yes

Yes

2

1

W - Wedding Receptions

Yes

No


Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Holiday Inn Boxborough (49)

E, B, D, W

$36 – 70

Yes

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

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

Stow Acres Country Club (46)

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 (35)

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.

Reception Facility

East of Worcester cont.

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2/400

50/250

30/350

Yes

2

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

No

No

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (8)

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

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

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

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (53)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (61)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Pleasant Valley Country Club (67)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Twin River

E, B, D, W

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

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

Under $30

Under $30

$30 – 50

$30 – 75+

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

50/175

50/200

20/400

50/1200

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

1 in each bldg.

No

1

No

No

No

Yes

West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (37)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (49)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (33) E, B, D ,W

$30 – 70

$50 – 75+

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

20/300

0/250

15/200

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

No

2

No

1

No

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

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (74)

E, B, D ,W

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

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

Publick House (68)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Under $30

$30 – 78

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

75/260

Max 240

Yes

Yes

1

Varies

No

Yes

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West of Worcester cont.

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Salem Cross Inn (72)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (39)

E, B, D, W

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (41)

E, B, D, W

Reception Facility

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

$57 – 102

$73 – 94

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

6/225

Max 350

275

Yes

Yes

1

2

No

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (15)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

50/250

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (4)

E, B, D, W

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

Four Points by Sheraton Leominster (57) 99 Erdman Way Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 840-5530 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 mpuim@fourpointsleom.com www.fourpoints.com/leominster

Harrington Farm (19)

The Manor Restaurant (76)

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (70)

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (10) Route 2A, P.O. Box 460, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914 www.1761oldmill.com

Wachusett Country Club (52)

Wachusett Mountain (3)

Wachusett Village Inn (45)

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$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1–3

Yes

$29 – 75

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

2

Yes

$65 – 100

Yes

Yes

50/225

Yes

1

No

$30 – 75

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

1-3

No

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

Yes

Discover your Dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact: Sales Office. E, B, D, W

Under $30

No

Yes

10/150

Yes

2

No

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. $30 – 50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

No

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

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

No

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

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

1

A simply elegant facility catering to a variety of special occasions. Nominated Favorite People’s Choice 3 years in a row. Contact: Sales Department.

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

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

E, B, D, W

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

50/275

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

E, B, D, W

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

Types of Functions Offered:

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

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.

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

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

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

$50 – 75

$42 – 52

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

2

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

B - Bridal Showers

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W - Wedding Receptions

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Bay State Savings Bank (67)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (69) 18 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

Bouquet Preservation

86

Bridal Shops

86

Bridal Shows

86

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

Cakes

86

BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Catering

86-87

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc.

Donation Services

87

Entertainment

87

Florists

87

One Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 hshusas@aol.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.

Honeymoon Spots

88

BRIDAL SHOPS

Invitations

88

Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique (41)

Jewelry

88

Limousines

88

Liquors

88

Photo Booths

88

Photography

88

Reception Facilities

82

Rentals

88

Shoes

88

Tuxedos

88

Wedding Internet Services

88

1148 Main St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-8188 info@ElizabethAnnsbridal.com www.elizabethannsbridal.com A full-service bridal salon. Gowns for Brides, Bridesmaid, Flower girl and Mother of the Bride/Groom. Cocktail dresses, Prom, Pageant and Quinceanera gowns. Alterations and Accessories.

Loren’s Bridal 454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

Pronuptia Bridals (34) 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™ (22, 23) 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.

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Crown Bakery (35) 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.

Gerardo’s Italian Bakery (27) 339 West Boylston St., West Boylston MA 01583 (508) 853-3434 gerardositalianbakery.com Specializing in custom wedding cakes, mini Italian pastries and Italian cookies. At $2.50 per slice, we have more than 50 different cake favors to choose from.

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

Sir Loins Catering (61) 8 Williams St., North Grafton, MA 01536 (508) 887-9401 sirloincatering@verizon.net www.sirloincatering.com Your premiere caterer, Sir Loins caters to all styles of weddings, from casual chic to traditional elegance and everything in between.


Struck Catering (36)

Ken Drew – DJ Service

Herbert E. Berg Florist

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.

PO Box 571 Millis, MA 02054 (508) 816-5064 information@djkendrew.com www.djkendrew.com Highly rated independent DJ Service. Wedding receptions perfectly planned and executed from start to finish. Happy, fun filled, memorable, elegant and stress free weddings.

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!

DONATION SERVICES

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (48)

I Do Foundation (76) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

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

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.

The Jimmy Fund (88)

The Flowering Vine

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.

541 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-3091 thefloweringvine@gmail.com www.thefloweringvine.net Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand gala, we have the creativity and experience to ensure that every detail will be simple but elegant.

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. One Ararat Street, Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-2550, (800) 638-1418 hshusas@aol.com www.Holmes-Shusas.com The Brides Choice for 30 years. Wedding packages with freeze dried floral preservation. Call for a free color brochure. Visit us online.

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

Perro’s Flowers (75) 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.

Rachel’s Table (74) 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

Why Me, Inc. (87) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (70) 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.

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A chocolate lasts a moment, a smile lasts a lifetime. Help Why Me keep children smiling while facing the fight of their life. Looking for a way to show your guests how much you love them? Instead of giving a token gift, honor your guests by making a charitable contribution to Why Me Inc. and help provide love and support to children with cancer and their families. We will be happy to provide you with tribute cards, personalized or pre-printed, that you may provide for your guests at each place setting.

Festive Events (85) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com • www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment & Lighting (33) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 795-3311 greg@djgregb.com www.djgregb.com Customized weddings, from music to lighting. Contact me for a no-obligation meeting to talk about ideas, details and expectations for your special day.

To place your order, contact:

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

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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.

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Le Limo (37) 224B Cherry St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (800) 287-8970 info@lelimo.com • www.lelimo.com Ou award-winning service provides chauffeurs trained to create the best experience possible. We host an open house every Saturday from 12-3 p.m.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (79) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

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

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (7) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994 Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

Hannoush Jewelers (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

LIQUORS Julio’s Liquors (40) 140 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-1942 laurette@juliosliquors.com • www.juliosliquors.com Award winning 20,000 square foot store featuring world-class service, extensive selections of beer, wine, liquor and specialty foods with a full tobacco shop.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (48) 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 Doros Photography 315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com • www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 20 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299 to $6,000.

HJM Photography (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.

AA Transportation Co., Inc. (56)

Paul S. Robinson Photography (42)

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.

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

RENTALS P.S. Event Rentals (6) (888) 830-7887 www.pseventrentals.com P.S. Event Rentals provides the quality wedding and party rentals that let you produce memorable events, styled with your personal taste.

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

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

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (2) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (8) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES

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

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