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Getting hitched across the pond
54 Going Green
Gorgeous garden weddings
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Top 12 things to do first
70 License to wed
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76 Setting the right tone Questions for your band or DJ
32 Interfaith weddings
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How to make them work and be meaningful
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What’s trending in today’s bridal millinery
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LETTER from the EDITOR Glowing, gorgeous and… green? Yes, you read that correctly and yes, these words all serve to describe several key components of a memorable wedding. Really! In our last issue, we highlighted the many ways strategically placed lighting can give your reception setting a dramatic and warm glow. In this issue, we’re bringing to light the many ways by which you can achieve a glow that comes from within—that blush that many brides-tobe strive for as they prepare for their wedding day. See our story on p. 36 to learn about skin preparation options that can give any woman a luminous look for her wedding day. The word “green” is often synonymous with environmentally friendly these days, so we thought it would be fun to look at truly green environments: garden settings as locales for a wedding ceremony and/or reception. “Going green” on p. 54 showcases some of
New England’s most picturesque seaside, mountainside or countrified sites for today’s couples. As for gorgeous, well… that is often in the eye of the beholder (or, in the case of weddings, the planner) so we’ve prepared a plethora of tips and tidbits for you. For a look at what’s trending in bridal veils, turn to p. 50. Advice on how to plan for and execute a meaningful interfaith wedding can be found on p. 32 and a peek at just some of the options available for those who wish to have their weddings abroad is discussed on p. 42. We’ve also featured three fantastic local weddings in our Nearby Nuptials section beginning on p. 20. With each and every one featured in our pages, we marvel at how creative New England couples are when they plan their special days—and we are honored to share them with you.
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Nearby Nuptials Kelly Belvery and Daniel Prefontaine September 2012 Princeton, Massachusetts How they got engaged Kelly and Dan shared a long history before they decided to tie the knot—17 years, to be exact, having met when they were both in the same wedding party (one of her friends married one of his). When it came time to pop the question, Dan planned a summer weekend that would mimic their first date: testing their luck at one of Connecticut’s casinos and spending time on a Rhode Island beach. It was while sitting on a jetty in Watch Hill—one of their favorite spots—that Dan proposed. “Dan asked me for his water, which was in my beach bag,” said Kelly. “As I turned back from getting it, he was on his knee with a tiny black box in his hand. It was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. I dropped the water, put my hands to my mouth and asked him if he was really doing this right now. He laughed because I said yes before I even looked at the ring, which was perfect.”
Planning The couple decided to wed a little more than a year later in September, which is their favorite time of year as they enjoy warm, summer-like days paired with crisp, earlyfall nights. During the time in between, Kelly took charge of creating their perfect event. “I know Dan so well that I know what he likes and doesn’t like,” she said. “I did discuss things with him, though, and he was involved with the music selections and food choices—particularly the cake!” Overall, Kelly enjoyed planning their event and spent considerable time on various do-it-yourself projects. “The local craft stores loved me,” she recalled. “I did struggle a bit with seeing how each of my choices would blend together. It turned out that I’m much craftier than I thought I was.”
Details When establishing the theme for their day, Kelly utilized two elements that best represented this transitional time of year: sunflowers (her favorite) and apples. Wanting colors that “popped,” Kelly selected the colors of a sunset: deep reds and oranges. Centerpieces of red, terracotta and coral colored roses mixed with sunflowers and
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accented with candles were set off by black table linens and chairs adorned with black covers and apple-red sashes. Each table bore the names of the many varieties of this fall fruit, which were displayed on mini easels. Paper lanterns in assorted sizes and colors—black, red, orange, cinnamon and yellow—were hung at varying lengths above the dance floor. Displays of miniature red and green apples were placed strategically throughout the venue and, at the place card table, glass candle holders were hung from an arrangement of decorative Manzanita branches. The cake featured white fondant accented with red ribbon, raffia, roses and sunflowers to match the bouquets. The filling was chocolate and raspberry. “It didn’t quite go with our fall theme, but it’s our favorite so we had to go with it,” said Kelly. Kelly’s gown was accented with a red sash that matched her attendants’ dresses. The couple’s outdoor ceremony took place under an arbor at the end of an aisle where lanterns graced the first few rows. Their invitations, which featured black, white and red colors, set the tone for the entire event.
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Favorite part of the day Kelly readily admits that it is challenging to choose just one favorite part of the day, saying it was top notch from start to finish. “But if I had to choose, I would say it all came together when I stood at the arbor in front of my groom, looked in his eyes and took his hands,” she said. “It was at that moment that I had such a sense of peace and calm come over me. Although I knew it was right when I agreed to marry him, I had never felt the way I did when I looked at him at that moment. I knew love, felt love, could see love and I will never forget that magic. It took my breath away.”
The Particulars Ceremony and reception: Wachusett Mountain, Princeton Photographer: Wakeen Photography Cake: Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton, Auburn Florist: Holmes-Shusas, Worcester DJ: Champagne Toast, North Oxford Bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal, Natick Tuxedos: Perry Ellis from Bonardi’s Formalwear, Auburn
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Nearby Nuptials Maria Lekkakos and Marc Harris August 2012 Boston, Massachusetts The engagement On Christmas Eve 2010, Marc took Maria to dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in his native Boston. Afterward, Maria thought they were going to visit one of his three Bostonbased hair salons, which is located in the hotel. Instead, Marc took her to a suite that had champagne waiting and that he had decorated with rose petals and candles. Here is where he made his proposal.
Planning The following September, Maria purchased her wedding gown but planning for their late summer wedding didn’t begin in earnest until January 2012. August was the month of choice because it is the couple’s favorite month and because it held Marc’s birthday. “We wanted to celebrate both,” said Maria. “We also wanted to have a full year of being engaged before getting married.” Their date was selected based on the availability of the Boston Harbor Hotel. The couple made all the arrangements together and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. “It was an equally collaborative process between us,” Maria recalled. “We both love décor and design because that’s what we do in our businesses. In particular, we loved selecting what’s unique and new with weddings today and applying those ideas to our vision.”
Details Maria and Marc strove to create something that was modern and luxurious, and that imparted a sense of timeless, classic elegance. “We wanted to be able to look back in 30 years and it would still be current.”
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The reception ballroom featured black-andwhite décor. Tables were laid with black tablecloths and accented with silver crystal chargers and clear chairs. Centerpieces featured white orchids, roses and hydrangea with a little greenery and displayed in a mix of short and tall black vases set off by votive candles. Throughout the room, black and crystal chandeliers and wall sconces twinkled while long chains of white orchids were suspended from the center of the ceiling. All printed items (program, menu and place cards) were done on classic white paper with black lettering. Upon their arrival, guests were treated to having their photographs taken on a red carpet. Those photos were immediately framed in silver frames from Kate Spade and given as favors (they were wrapped in white boxes with black mesh bows). To honor Maria’s Greek heritage, several Greek traditions were incorporated throughout the day, including the ceremony, which was held in a Greek church adorned in gold, dark wood and crystal and featured a traditional Greek crowning.
Favorite part of the day For Maria, the ceremony was her most memorable moment because at that point, her marriage became real. “It’s when I officially trusted Marc with my heart.”
Guest comments “We had a healthy mix of both Greek and non-Greek guests,” Maria recalled. “Our Greek guests loved the fact that we had a traditional Greek belly dancer because it isn’t often done in the States. They also loved my traditional Greek solo dance. The nonGreek’s loved the money dance, where we throw money in the air. Everyone commented on how great the food was.”
Advice “Don’t be afraid to be independent and stay true to what you want. If it’s a color that you want to go with, then go with it rather than listen to anyone else,” said Maria. “If you listen to other people it will confuse you in your journey of planning and will cause you to stress out. Also, never tell your guests your ideas. The more open you are about your ideas then everyone will have an opinion. Keep it to yourself and stay true to your heart.”
The Particulars Ceremony: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, Boston Reception: Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston Photographers: Jean Hangarter Photography, Boston; Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, Boston; Stuart Garfield (red carpet), Lynn Cake: Montilio’s Baking Company, Brockton Florist: Winston Flowers, Boston Videographer: R.P. Video, Nahant Music: Groove Entertainment, Peter Souhleris, Boston Transportation: Russo Tux & Limo, Chelsea Bridal gown: Jenny Lee from Kleinfield’s, New York, N.Y. Goubata (Greek bridesmaid) attire: Badgley Mischka from Neiman Marcus, online Matron of Honor attire: Jim Hjelm from Cristina’s Bridal, Andover Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label from Barney’s New York, Boston Best man’s attire: Vera Wang Linens: Table Toppers of Newton, Newton Favors: Kate Spade, New York, N.Y. Invitations and printed items: ProPrint, Boston
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Nearby Nuptials Jacqueline Thibault and Ryan McMullen May 2012 Boylston, Massachusetts How they met Jacqueline first saw Ryan in January 2007 at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester during a college winter break. “He was playing with his band, Aralis, and when I saw him on stage I immediately felt like I ‘knew’ him.” However, when he got off stage, Jacqueline was too shy to introduce herself. Five months later, though, as she was about to graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Jacqueline saw Ryan’s profile on a dating website so she sent him a message. “We chatted by phone and online for a week and then he asked me out on a date.” That first date was magical; a week later, they agreed to be exclusive. “From that day on, we have been inseparable,” said Jacqueline.
The engagement Ryan surprised Jacqueline with his proposal on a Friday evening in February 2011. Upon arriving at their apartment after work, Jacqueline found a sign on the front door that read, “Follow the trail.” Confused, she entered their apartment and found it filled with candlelight and rose petals, and “Real Love” by the Beatles playing. Ryan called out to her from the bedroom, “Sweetie, follow the arrows,” which were affixed to the walls. The route was a veritable memory lane, with photos of the couple’s first apartment, their cat, Scuttle, as a kitten and images from vacations together throughout the seasons, all displayed on handmade posters.
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Ryan, who was dressed handsomely in a suit and fedora, waited for her on a bent knee and surrounded by more candles and rose petals. “My jaw dropped,” said Jacqueline, who gave an enthusiastic yes. She learned later that her sisters-in-law-to-be, Lyndsey and Cortney, assisted Ryan with the proposal preparations.
Planning Selecting the time of year for their nuptials was a bit of a challenge at first, as Jacqueline and Ryan enjoy all times of year. (“We try to take a trip somewhere each season.”) After considering destination options in Vermont and on Cape Cod, they ultimately decided that having it locally was the best choice. They settled on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend—15 months after their engagement—so they could have a postwedding brunch for family and friends at Jacqueline’s parents’ home on the holiday. As Jacqueline had worked for Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering for many years, this Northborough-based company was the logical choice for this event. “I’ve always raved about how magical the weddings are when they catered them,” said Jacqueline. “So when my Mom gave us the go ahead, we, of course, had them cater our wedding.” Planning the logistics fell primarily to Jacqueline, her mother and her sisters. “Having my Mom as my wedding coordinator was splendid and she made sure everything was perfect,” said Jacqueline. However, the couple worked together to find the band and make music selections as well as determine the menu and create their ceremony. “Ryan was personally in charge of writing our table stories,” said Jacqueline of the narratives that were displayed on each guest’s table and described why a particular location held meaning for the couple. continued on page 26
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The groom was also in charge of signage. An English teacher at a vocational high school in Fitchburg, Ryan had some of his students craft several signs in wood shop, including the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs, a sign that read “McMullen’s Established: May 2012” (the photo seen here was used in the couple’s thank-you cards), and a five-foot, three-tier sign with arrows directing guests to the ceremony and reception locations at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Together, the couple painted and antiqued the signs during school vacations (they both work in the school system).
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Details For their ceremony, the couple incorporatTwo themes were in order for their wedding day: love birds, which the couple felt was fit- ed traditions from multiple world religions. ting for their summer garden wedding, and “Our minister, who was from the Unitarian Church of Marlboro and Hudson, helped us traveling. Elements of the former were found on the craft a beautiful ceremony that included an wedding cake, which included a pair of in- Apache blessing, a Hindu prayer, a group tertwined, porcelain love birds on top and blessing/meditation, Catholic wine ceremopart of a tree stump used as the cake base ny and the Jewish tradition of breaking the below. An antique bird cage served as the glass,” said Jacqueline. “We also selected a receptacle for wedding cards and the center- lovely poem titled ‘Thoughts In a Garden’ pieces consisting of faux birds nests. A hand- by R. Gerhardt and had a harpist perform painted canvas (courtesy of Jacqueline’s sis- Celtic songs.” But perhaps the most touching element ter) featured a tree on which guests could LeicesterCC_Spring 2013:Layoutas 1 the 3/1/13 3:30desserts PM Page 1was when Ryan, with his band, performed place their fingerprints leaves; a song he wrote himself as a surprise to Jacwere displayed on a piece of natural birch. The travel theme was implemented using queline. “It was a big hit,” she said. the aforementioned stories placed on tables, with some guests being seated at tables named for locations that were meaningful to them as well. (The sweetheart table was named Lisbon, Portugal, where the couple would honeymoon.) Jacqueline also displayed a scrapbook that highlighted the many trips she and Ryan had taken during their five years together.
Guest comments “Our guests made many comments,” Jacqueline recalled. “Some said the ceremony was their favorite part because it was so all-encompassing and serene. Others said dancing the night away and listening to Ryan perform were their most-loved moments.”
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Penny Eagleton started out simply enough: While growing up, she was the one to bake birthday cakes for friends and family. Eventually, she graduated to wedding cakes, creating her first for her sister’s nuptials 32 years ago. Today, through her home-based business Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton, she crafts beautiful, elegant and sometimes elaborate creations, including multi-tiered confections swathed in ribbons and bows, stenciled or dappled with flowers, brightly-colored or subtly shaded—even some shaped like footballs and depicting all manner of scenes with tiny fondant people. Then there are the flavors: dozens, from the classic white cake (made with egg whites and featuring a vanilla flavor) to Kahlua cookie, to dark chocolate raspberry Chambord. Her belief is this: Your wedding cake should not only look great; it should taste great, too. www.bridegroommag.com
What do you enjoy about creating wedding cakes?
What options are there for the healthconscious when it comes to cakes/desserts?
I find it very exciting to be able to sit down with a couple and put our ideas together to create their vision of the perfect wedding cake. I can do just about anything they ask, as far as design and flavor. I also enjoy hearing—whether it’s after the fact or at the tasting—that it was the best-tasting cake they ever had. I feel blessed to be able to make a living doing something I love to do.
Some guests may be sensitive or allergic to certain foods, but that doesn’t mean you can’t order that delicious peanut butter fudge cake. You may need to accommodate others by having a side cake or cupcakes. I offer vegan, gluten-free and allergyfree cakes (that is, cakes free of nuts, fruits or dairy).
What are some of memorable wedding cakes?
What are the biggest trends in wedding cakes right now?
Overall, we’re getting back to more of the detailed cakes with lacy ruffles, intricate designs and geometric patterns, as well as cakes featuring one big flower, stenciling and cake jewelry, such as rhinestone ribbons, pearls, crystals, pins or brooches that go right on the cake. Fondant cakes are definitely in, there’s no doubt, but many people still prefer buttercream icing. Often, I’ll put buttercream on the cake first then add a layer of fondant over it. That way, they get the taste and the look they want.
When planning for their wedding cake, what are the main factors a couple should consider?
Theme is important. For example, if it’s a beach-themed wedding, they may want
to use chocolate and fondant sea shells and brown sugar sand. I’ve even made bride-andgroom lobsters as a cake top. Next, the number of guests will determine the number of tiers for the cake. Typically, five tiers would be suitable for a reception of 250 people. Color scheme also plays a role as couples might want to incorporate certain hues into the wedding cake, whether it’s with ribbons or flowers. It’s also a good idea for couples to have an idea of what they want to spend before meeting the baker. For example, I have cakes that could be as low as $400 or as much as $1,500.
For one couple in October 2011, we decided that the design for their cake would be a recreation of their first date. It was a picnic scene: I created the grass and made a tree with leaves, all out of fondant. Figurines of the couple—complete with color printouts of their faces—sat on a burgundy plaid blanket. Her figurine wore a dress with little white flowers, and her hair and his hat were also done up in fondant. There was a bottle of wine, wine glasses, grapes and a
When should couples start having tastings and how far in advance should they place their order?
Nine to 14 months is common, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t call two or three months ahead of time, because your date may not have been taken yet. Call to see if a date is available and, if so, whether or not it can be held with a deposit.
As a baker, what is the best guidance you can get from couples to create their ideal wedding cake?
It’s helpful when couples research what is out there, whether through online searches, going to wedding expos or thumbing through magazines. That way they can see what really impresses them, which we can narrow down to what they really like. It can also help in customizing a cake by taking different aspects of various cakes they like.
picnic basket, all teeny-tiny. The bride called me from the wedding to tell me what a huge hit the cake was. Their guests, she said, were all just standing around in amazement. Also, I recently made a groom’s cake for a fan of mixed martial arts (the cake was
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shaped like an octagon). The figures were made of fondant, with the bride standing in her dress with a referee holding up her hand while the groom was lying on the mat, defeated. Another groom’s cake was for an avid fisherman. I made it in the shape of a fish and hand-painted it silver. I put a real hook in the mouth and wrote out the word “hooked.”
As for the tradition of saving the cake top for the first anniversary, what are some tips to maintain maximum freshness?
I provide a box for the cake top. Basically, they should wrap the top in plastic wrap, put it in the box and place the
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box in the freezer. The day before their anniversary, they should remove the plastic wrap then put the cake back in the box in the fridge overnight. That way it will thaw gradually. I’ve been told that the cake tastes as great as it did on the wedding day. Sometimes, couples will also keep their figurines; they’ll last for a long time if they’re kept in an airtight container.
Beyond the cake, what would be your main pieces of advice for a couple on the big day?
Enjoy yourselves and celebrate your new life together. Don’t let any minor setback spoil your day.
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ecisions, compromises and endless details are part and parcel of planning a wedding. Add two different religions into that mix and couples can become completely overwhelmed by stress. How can two people successfully blend separate religious traditions on their special day? With a little guidance, a lot of patience and a careful balance of respect and communication, interfaith couples can create a meaningful, inclusive wedding.
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Start by having a heartfelt conversation about what’s important for you and your intended. “Most clergy will not marry interfaith couples without counseling,” said Rabbi Joyce Siegel, who runs workshops for engaged interfaith couples in conjunction with The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts. “It’s so important to have open, honest discussions since situations, issues and questions will arise.” In these workshops, couples consider what their upbringing was in terms of traditions and values, and learn to navigate the differences in their cultures and rituals. Discovering what’s permitted under different religious guidelines is another part of the process. “They learn there are certain things they cannot say and do; how their vows should be a little different,” Siegel said. “How much do they want in Hebrew and in English? Do they want two clergy members to co-officiate?” Some rabbis, like Siegel, will perform interfaith weddings but won’t co-officiate with non-Jewish clergy. “The real key,” she added, “is to find clergy you are comfortable with and proceed from there.” Reverend Walter Cuenin, Catholic chaplain and coordinator at the Interfaith Chaplaincy at Brandeis University in Boston, has officiated weddings for more than 30 years. When he co-officiates with a rabbi, “we will usually divide things up, with a word of welcome from both at the beginning.” Then, the rabbi “explains the chuppah (wedding canopy), followed by readings from Jewish and Christian scriptures.” If the rabbi does the blessings over the wine, the priest leads the vows and lights candles. If the rabbi performs the ring exchange, the priest recites a sermon, and so on. Biblical readings from both faiths and recitations from family members are often included. To close, Cuenin and the rabbi will say a dual benediction and the rabbi helps the groom break the glass. To achieve a balance, Cuenin suggests holding interfaith ceremonies “in a neutral space and not a church.” When planning the reception, couples may also need to consider restrictive dietary laws (which could rule out serving pork or shellfish) and include traditional music (hora or tarantella, anyone?). This will
encourage everyone to get up and dance. Although religious issues usually loom larger for the parents, “an interfaith wedding is not as big a problem as it was many years ago,” Cuenin said. “People are more used to this.” Rabbi Lev Baesh has officiated at weddings throughout greater Boston and beyond that merge Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Native American rituals. He’s also the director of the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy at InterfaithFamily.com,
a nonprofit organization for interfaith couples and families who are exploring Jewish life. This website is chock full of practical and philosophical information, including guidelines for designing interfaith wedding programs, contracts, activities and readings, as well as clergy referrals and helpful advice. “I always suggest that couples bring their parents to a meeting with both clergy members,” Baesh said, indicating that doing continued on page 34
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The Most Beautiful Brides Come From… represent what we wanted.” Interfaith couples looking for a neutral, non-denominational ceremony without religious rituals should seek out a Justice of the Peace (JP). “I performed my first interfaith wedding 25 years ago,” said JP Marion C. Biando, who is based out of Central Massachusetts. “Within the last five years, I’ve seen a growing trend.” She steers couples toward making their parents feel important. “I always recite a paragraph to thank the parents for nurturing their children over the years.” Biando likes to include rituals, such as handfasting (tying ribbons around the clasped hands of couples) or a unity sand ceremony, that symbolize the union of the families. Above all, she advised, “Choose what you want to do together, make it meaningful, and have faith in one another.”
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Connecticut in February 2013, Rev. Cuenin and Rabbi Lev Baesh co-officiated. “We wanted a ceremony that represented our faith as a couple and the way we plan on leading our lives,” said Jillian. That includes “observing and respecting” both of their faiths (she’s Jewish, he’s Catholic) “from a modern-day standpoint.” The couple gained confidence after meeting with both clergy members. “We trusted them so much with the ceremony,” Jillian said.” We knew they would
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by Andrea E. McHugh
ll brides have a one-of-a-kind glow on their wedding day. And while that radiance often emanates from the sheer bliss of saying “I do,” there’s a well-kept beauty secret among in-the-know brides that promises big day beauty—that kicking your skincare practices up a notch, as you might your pre-wedding workouts, will have you looking and feeling your best for your walk down the aisle and beyond. “We usually recommend for the bride to start her skincare routine as soon as possible after her engagement,” said Bella Krashenny of Bellisimo European Day Spa in Worcester. Problem skin is common among stressed-out brides who are anxious about everything from getting deposits in on time to where to seat the loving but curmudgeonly Aunt Marge. Rosacea, adult acne and sun damage are just some of the conditions Krashenny specializes in remedying at her spa with a series of skincare steps.
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“If she has problem skin, it takes time and considerable effort to bring her to her wedding day with a flawless, glowing complexion,” she said. But it can be done. “We design a special treatment protocol for each person. It usually incorporates deep pore cleansing facials, a variety of organic peels and microdermabrasion.” However, just as eating right is a critical component of obtaining a fit figure, it is only one factor. Spa visits alone don’t promise a perfect complexion. “It is very important to adhere to a healthy and simple home care regime in between visits,” Krashenny explained. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. “We guide the bride every step of the way and address all kinds of issues, such as diet, exercise and skincare products.” While do-it-yourself centerpieces and weddingday details can result in unique designs and substantial cost savings, think twice before taking the same approach with your complexion. One walk past the beauty counters at department stores or even the local drug store can be overwhelming given the countless number of products they sell. “One of the most common misconceptions is using over-the-counter products and believing that they will eliminate your skin problems,” said Krashenny. Commercials, celebrity spokespeople, the promise of perfection—it can all be very seductive. According to this pro, though it can also be very misleading and harmful. “The best way to avoid all kinds of wrong steps is to put yourself in the hands of a good aesthetician who has a lot of experience.”
Even the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, who is well-known for her flawless, rosy complexion, reportedly sought out organic skincare treatments prior to saying “I do” to her prince in front of the eyes of the world. Of course, some practical, at-home skincare guidelines can greatly aid in achieving that bridal glow. “Make sure you are using a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer and do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening,” said Brittany McGlone, who co-owns with Ashleigh Labossierre Beauty in Motion, which offers traveling hair and make-up services. The Sturbridgebased team of licensed makeup artists and hair designers travel to brides, photo shoots and fashion shows throughout New England. “Always remove your make-up at the end of the day. Going to bed with your make-up on causes the breakdown of healthy collagen, resulting in fine lines, and can also clog your pores.” Technique also plays a critical role. “You don’t want to scrub your face as it can spread bacteria and can also remove the good, protective oils from your skin,” McGlone continued. “Instead of scrubbing your face, try steaming, which helps to free any dead cells, dirt and bacteria.” According to these experts, plenty of sleep and hydration will also steer your skin in the right direction. Of course, skin changes as you age so what might have served you well 10 years ago may not be working the same now. Just ask Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT grad who launched her Massachusetts-based and nationally praised Bona Clara agebased skincare line. “Many women are concerned about the appearance of their skin but don’t understand that many of the changes they are noticing are occurring as we age, due to biological changes happening beneath the skin’s surface,” said Aganovic. “Our products have been tailored to the complete needs of your skin from a biological perspective.” Each of Bona Clara’s four unique lines, geared for your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50+, has a range of customized products formulated with natural ingredients to fight many skin problems as well as to enhance a youthful, beautiful bridal glow. “We studied the needs of skin by age and created comprehensive formulas to fight fine lines and wrinkles, as well as fulfill all the other needs of your skin, such as radiance, hydration, etc. Our formulas give your skin everything else it needs so that it is at its most healthy and radiant.” continued on page 40 www.bridegroommag.com
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Proper skin prep makes for a clean, clear canvas on your wedding day whether you’re looking for a dramatic look or something more natural. If the latter is your preference, you may not expect that a professional makeup application will still be beneficial. For example, Labossiere and McGlone start with a hydrating primer to achieve an even tone and then work to conceal any redness, problem areas or under eye circles. Next, foundation or tinted moisturizer is applied. “We use a mineral airbrush make-up on our clients,” said McGlone.
Use of soft colors on cheeks followed by a bronzer to contour the face, paying close attention under the cheekbones and on the temples, adds to the look. As for the eyes, McGlone advises to keep eye shadow colors neutral and use eyeliner sparingly. “Mascara, on the other hand, is a must,” she said. “After applying, use a clean, disposable wand to gently comb through the lashes to avoid spider lashes.” She also suggests exploring the option of fake eyelashes. “There are hundreds of styles out there and most look very natural and
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fabulous in pictures.” Krashenny agreed, indicating that having masses and masses of eyelashes is one of today’s hottest trends. For brides looking for a little more drama, trends are leaning towards vibrant, pronounced eyes, which are achieved with welldefined eyeliner contrasted with soft pink or coral lips. The Beauty in Motion team has seen many clients embrace this style. “Don’t be afraid to express yourself with eyeliner. Heavy liner on the top lid is everywhere right now.” While creating new looks with make-up is a girly-girl’s favorite pastime, leave it to the pros on the big day. “We know how to highlight your best features,” said McGlone. Make-up artists typically schedule a trial run so you can both work together to create a look you love. In most cases, you and your artist will collaborate to fashion a plan that has you looking like your very best self. “The impact of a polished, professional make-up application cannot be overestimated,” said Krashenny. “You will look fabulous, your make-up will be photo ready and it will last all day and all night.” Andrea McHugh, a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, writes from Newport, R.I.
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Destination: Getting hitched across the pond by Geri Bain
From ancient castles and bucolic country estates to chic city hotels, a European wedding can be the picture of romance. Imagine having your rings delivered by owl at Dalhousie Castle in Scotland, exchanging your vows on the terrace of the Chateau Eza, perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the French Riviera, or having the Michelin-starred chef of Germany’s Hotel Die Sonne Frankenberg cater your wedding in the fairytale medieval town square. These are just a few of the romantic weddings that can be arranged throughout Europe.
Picking a place Many couples select European sites that connect with one or both of their heritages, while others are drawn to the romance of specific cultures or locales. Mallory and
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Jenaro Cardona-Fox, who live in Boston, always knew they would have a destination wedding. “We both have older siblings who had done the big traditional wedding at home. Those weddings are wonderful, but they are more for the family,” said Mallory. “A destination wedding is more your wedding… more fun, more intimate.” They started by looking through bridal magazines for ideas and thinking about places that were special to them. Jenaro had grown up in Colombia, Argentina, Paris and the U.S.; Mallory had been born in the U.S., but spent most of her childhood in Wassenaar, Holland, about 26 miles from Amsterdam. In the end, Amsterdam was their choice. “We liked the feel of the city and the fact that it is so
easy to fly to from the U.S.,” Mallory recalled. After researching hotels on the internet, the couple went to the city in person and agreed on The Dylan (www.dylanamsterdam.com). “It’s chic but fun and they have a gorgeous courtyard that is very intimate, so you’re in a garden in the city,” she said. For their 60 guests, the couple planned a series of events, from a traditional rijsttafel dinner and a Heineken brewery tour to biking around the city. Jenaro especially loved the hotel’s canal boat, which they used for a relaxing, post-wedding celebration cruise with the wedding party. “And our wedding planner helped work out every kink,” recalled Mallory. “It is hard doing it from such a distance, but I felt like she understood, so I had no worries.”
A homecoming When Andrea and Micah Wimmer got married about five years ago, they didn’t have any guests or friends witness their exchange of vows. The couple promised each other they would have a “real” wedding when they could afford it. Last year, the couple decided to have that wedding in Gosau, the small Austrian Alpine village northeast of Salzburg where Andrea had grown up (www.austria.info and www.gosaunet.at). “It was a full-on legal wedding,” noted the groom, a Connecticut native. “Andrea had always wanted a church wedding where her parents and grandparents had been married, and I agreed.” The couple was joined by Andrea’s entire village as well as Micah’s best friends and step-
mother. Micah’s groomsmen wore traditional lederhosen outfits and Andrea and her bridesmaids wore dirndls. “It was like being in costume, except all the men are dressed this way so you’re not different, and my groomsmen really enjoyed it,” Micah noted. Similarly, women at the wedding of Mallory and Jenaro in Amsterdam honored the Dutch tradition of wearing hats with feathers and fascinators.
Local touches Dressing in traditional attire, such as grooms donning formal kilts for weddings in Scotland, is just one of the many ways to get into the spirit of the place. Many couples also incorporate local customs into their nuptials. Guests at Mallory and Jenaro’s wedding still talk about the couple’s officiant and flowers. “The Dutch are more whimsical with bouquets,” said Mallory. “And our Dutch officiant was very personal, very touching and like a comedy show at times.” Andrea and Micah had a very traditional Austrian wedding. In fact, while the service included English, the vows did not, so Micah, who does not speak German, had to practice. One of the highlights for this couple was leaving the church to find the street lined with Andrea’s former kindergarten and grade school classmates, who handed them flowers as they walked by. Micah also enjoyed learning to waltz for their first dance and meeting so many of the village residents. “People would pull me aside and say, ‘I continued on page 44
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went to school with your wife,’ or ‘I was her teacher and I want to wish you well,’” Micah recalled. According to Andrea, in this little town the locals love to go on “Wedding Watch.” “They partake in the mingling prior to the service, then watch the service in the church. We took our pictures and served Prosecco during that time.” Even couples without any European connections can find romantic and symbolic customs that are fun to incorporate. For example, according to Ruth Larraz Genoves,
wedding planner at the Hotel Arts Barcelona (www.hotelartsbarcelona.com) in Barcelona, grooms traditionally write a poem that the best man delivers to the bride along with her bouquet and a handkerchief for her tears. The bride and groom also ceremonially present their cake topper to the next person to get married. Wedding receptions in the Czech Republic begin with a plate being broken at the feet of the bride and groom, which they must sweep up together, reported Michaela Karabcová of the Aria Hotel (www.ariahotel.net). This
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tradition, also practiced in Germany, proves that the newlyweds will be able work together and that their marriage will therefore be harmonious. At Czech weddings, the couple is also covered in a large cloth, symbolizing unity. They also eat a bowl of soup using one spoon and share one loaf of bread to symbolize cooperation. Irish weddings often include popular folk traditions as well. These include having a happily married woman put the veil on the bride, ringing wedding bells to keep evil spirits away, drinking a toast of honey-based Bunratty Mead to ensure fertility and having a guest toss a shoe over the bride’s head after the wedding to bring good luck to the pair, according to the staff of two facilities in Ireland that are popular with U.S. couples: Dromoland Castle (www.dromoland.ie) and Castlemartyr Resort (www.castlemartyrresort.ie). And in Belgium, a bride is given a handkerchief that is hand-embroidered with her name and those of her ancestors, which she waves around during a special dance. Traditionally, the handkerchief is then passed on, with a name being added with each wedding. If you’re not Belgian, it’s a nice tradition to start. As exotic as they are, European destination weddings tend to have fewer guests and often cost less than larger weddings close to home. And the logistics can be far easier to handle than most people think. Destination wedding planners based in the U.S. can help select a locale and create the wedding of your dreams, while most castle resorts and hotels that specialize in weddings have dedicated experts on hand to help you plan. Geri Bain is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.
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Making it legal Most wedding planners and couples who have planned weddings in Europe advise having your legal wedding in the U.S. and having the ceremonial part of the wedding overseas. Most countries have “residency” requirements of seven days or more, and in many countries it is impossible or very time consuming for non-natives to have a legal wedding. “The more I do this, the more I recommend that couples not bother with the overseas bureaucracy,” said wedding consultant Lisa Light (www.lisalightltd.com). In fact, in France and many other countries, the legal marriage and celebration of the vows are treated separately.” “I did mine legally and wasted a good part of a day getting toted around and waiting on line,” said Quentin Carmichael III of DestinationWeddings.com, which plans more than 3,000 weddings per year. “My sister learned from my experience and took care of the legalities at home for her wedding. We are seeing a growing acceptance of symbolic weddings.” Adds Mallory Cardona-Fox, who recently was married in Holland: “You have to be Dutch to wed in Holland. I was a resident for long enough that we were able to, but it would have required much more legal work so I figured, what was the point? We got married before we left.” –GB Studio Monde Fotografie
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A Perfect Place
The lowdown on locating the right site for every wedding-related event by Andrea E. McHugh
ngagement parties, showers, bachelorette dinners, bridesmaidsâ€™ luncheons, the day-after brunchâ€”even the wedding itself. There are many events that celebrate the union of two people. Determining where to host any of them, no matter the size, can be an overwhelming task for any bride, groom, honor attendant or parent given the plethora of venues available.
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But, with a little know-how, you can find the right site for each event to ensure distinct affairs to remember. What follows are some guidelines to work with.
The list First things first: The number of guests for each event will dictate both the spaces that can accommodate your wedding-related parties and the projected budget. In most cases, the bride’s and groom’s preferences are discussed at some point (although some pre-wedding events are kept top secret). This will enable friends and family to plan fabulous fêtes that suit the couple’s tastes—and comfort levels. Ultimately, though, many nuptial-related events are contingent upon THE guest list—that’s right, the one for the wedding. For example, the engagement party is an event that typically indicates a wedding invitation will follow, so if you’re planning to coordinate this particular celebration it’s best to begin with the couple’s wedding-day guest list. (If you’re the couple being feted, when compiling your list be sure to cross check it with both sides of the family so that everyone is on the same page and an accurate ballpark figure can be agreed upon.) The same would hold true for the guest lists of any pre-wedding showers, bridal teas or brunches, or bachelor/bachelorette parties. Another key wedding-related event is the rehearsal dinner. While the actual rehearsal can be kept simply to immediate family and the bridal party (a.k.a., those participating in the ceremony), the meal that follows can be a way to include out-of-town guests as a thank-you for making the trip. If budget is a concern, a less formal affair, like a soirée with heavy hors d’oeuvres, may allow for more guests to be included in the rehearsal celebration.
The look When planning any wedding-related event, the vision being considered is important. For parties that are not the main affair, Lo McShay of Boston-based LoLo Event Design suggests juxtaposing the look and feel of each one to offer guests memorable, diverse experiences that will give them a true sense of the couple and their shared life together. “Most of my formal wedding receptions—the black tie, high-end—will have a much more informal rehearsal dinner,” McShay said. For example, a chic, elegant wedding can be preceded by a flip-flops-required, traditional New England clambake while an indulgent five-course chef’s tasting menu at the rehearsal dinner is a nice contrast to a casual beach wedding to follow. “Some of my clients are doing pub crawls or tours of their favorite spots so they can show their out-of-town guests their hometown, or they will throw an after [the wedding] party,” she continued. “It’s all to show their guests a glimpse of their everyday life.” continued on page 48
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Regardless of the festivity, finding the perfect place can be challenging due to the sheer number of venues available. As an event designer, McShay empathizes with couples who are overwhelmed by this and all the information that comes with each one. “I think that there are just so many possibilities,” she said. Marlo Fogelman, founder of the Boston-based PR and marketing agency, Marlo Marketing/Communications, created Marlo Venues, a site matchmaking service to help couples work through this. “We connect folks looking for venues with the venue,” she said. The service, which is complementary to couples, offers a comprehensive venue directory which offers the “nuts and bolts” information to narrow down choices. “Each listing offers photos, capacity, amenities, sample menus, etc., so it’s a great resource to cull down one’s options without having to make dozens of calls,” Fogelman explained. Though venues in the Greater Boston area comprise the bulk of the portfolio, Marlo Venues also has profiles a select number of stunning locations on Nantucket, Cape Cod, Maine and beyond. When working with her clients on the wedding reception, McShay conducts a methodical process that includes reviewing common considerations, such as budget and headcounts, with the couple and presenting other factors that can greatly shape an event. “Policies, rules and regulations, such as when amplified music has to end, if the venue serves beer and wine only or can have a full-service bar—and if those bar costs are per person or based on consumption—are all very important pieces of the puzzle that can really contribute to the overall cost of the day,” she cautioned. Creating a wish list for any wedding-related event sets helpful parameters. But McShay also indicated the need to make room for compromise. “When it comes to the venue, I always equate it to shopping for an apartment or a house. You’re weighing the pros and cons of every venue, and there isn’t the ‘perfect’
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perfect place,” she said. “It’s about weighing the options to find where you can get the most of what’s on your wish list.” Once finding several venues that have most of what is on a couple’s wish list, McShay will take them on site visits—but no more than three in one day, otherwise it can be too much to process. The benefit of working with a pro, McShay explained, is that he or she can visualize a space’s potential. “I think sometimes people have a hard time imagining the possibilities,” she said. Whether you decide to go pro or to tackle this key wedding-related component on your own, many often wonder when is the best time to secure space at a favorite place. Far in advance is ideal, according to Fogelman, but planning on short notice can be done. “We book events a year out and a week out,” she said. But, if possible, start the venue search as early as possible so the rest of the planning can begin.
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Unveiling the possibilities What’s trending in today’s bridal millinery by Stacey Marcus
t was no surprise when the former Kate Middleton, known for her fashion flair and her hair, donned a spectacular, cathedral-length lace silk tulle wedding veil when she married Prince William in 2011. Three decades earlier, Princess Diana’s cathedral-length veil trailed 25 feet down the aisle at Westminster Abbey.
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To be sure, veils have been showcased in many styles— from bouffant to birdcage and beyond—for many, many years. Yet while styles inevitably change, the images of brides and their veils remain timeless. Still, it begs the question: Why do brides choose veils and what other choices do they have today? We asked area experts to unveil both traditional options and today’s trends. According to Heidi Nicholson, co-owner of Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers, many brides choose more traditional veils for religious reasons. Not only are they widely accepted by many faiths, they will also modestly cover a bride’s shoulders during the ceremony, which is handy when gowns are sleeveless. “In addition to any religious traditions, a veil just finishes off the look,” Nicholson noted. “It makes a woman look and feel like a bride.” “Right now, brides are drawn to one-tier veils in any length for their simplicity and elegance,” said Patricia Dufour, store manager of David’s Bridal in North Attleboro. “Fascinators and Russian tulle are enjoying a season of popularity as well, and there is some interest in having crystal and lace embellishments.” Dufour has also seen an uptick in requests for mantillas, a traditional lace-edged veil that originated in Spain. “It’s a very romantic look,” she noted. According to Dufour, more than half of the brides she sees choose to wear veils. There are many options available, including a variety of lengths from cathedral to fingertip to elbow length, and several details, such as lace, beading or embroidery. “Half of our brides like the traditional veils and the other half lean toward more fashion forward trends, such as fascinators or flowers embellished with crystals and feathers,” she said. Dufour also noted that styles have changed over the years, leaving today’s brides with plenty of choices for expressing their individual styles. “Up until the late 1990s, veils and headpieces were attached,” she said. “Since then, the two pieces have separated allowing for a greater variety of mixes and matches. No bride is limited to just one bridal style.” Ultimately, this affords each bride with opportunities to create a unique and timeless look using veils, tiaras, combs or flowers—and one that fits her budget. continued on page 52
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This detachment of the veil from the headpiece also opens up the number of options for the latter. According to Dufour, headbands with beading to match the bridal gown, whether it be pearls, crystals or even colored stones, are quite popular. “Glitzy combs and lush flowers can add just as much romance to an up-do as a veil.” As with many aspects of modern weddings, there is no set veil protocol, therefore a bride has the freedom to reflect her personal style and wishes. Nicholson and her colleague, Lisa Almeida, have encountered brides who opt for something other than the traditional veil—usually something that will impart a more playful or unique look, or enable them to be sophisticated with a modern twist. Here are a few options they’ve seen of late: Blushers: Imparting an old-world sophistication, this option is not as cumbersome as the veil, as it just covers the face. Headbands: This option can be easily— and nicely—incorporated into the bride’s hairstyle as an accent piece. Flower clips: Used often for a soft, feminine touch. They can coordinate with the design of the gown. Feather clips: Sassy and fun, feathers are a hot trend right now. Hair pins/combs: Both can be adorned with flowers, jewels, rhinestones, etc., for a bit of understated bling. Both Nicholson and Dufour have seen brides opt for a dual look: a traditional veil for the ceremony and a more modern alternative for the reception. “One bride
chose a classic cathedral veil for her church ceremony and then changed it for a trendy fascinator at the reception,” said Dufour. “Today’s brides like to switch it up a bit and often swap out the traditional veil for a more stylish headpiece once the ceremony is over,” said Nicholson. “It gives them a fresh look for the reception and is often easier to manage.” A bride certainly has lots of decisions to make when thinking about veils and headpieces. But whether she opts for a classic style or a feather or flower clip, each woman can unveil a little slice of her personal style when making her selections to top off her bridal look. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.
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Stephanie and Clifton enjoyed a stroll in the luscious late-summer gardens at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury during their August wedding.
Gorgeous garden weddings
ucolic. Pastoral. Breathtaking. Idyllic. Many a to-be-wed couple yearns for a nuptial backdrop that only Mother Nature can provide: a scenic garden setting. Luckily for New Englanders, this region is replete with backdrops—be they in the country, at the seaside or atop a mountain—offering milieus that give new meaning to the phrase “environmentally friendly.” Here are just a few of the many outdoor sites local couples set upon to say “I do.”
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Top: Jen and Chuck gathered before family and friends for their August wedding at Jiminy Peak in Hancock. Left: The gardens of the Harding Allen Estate in Barre were the setting of choice for Jess and Joe, who wed there in the spectacular autumn month of October. Above: Thereâ€™s nothing like a sunny summer day in Scituateâ€”especially for wedding photos, as you can see from this shot of newlywed Katelyn at this seaside garden spot. She and her then-new husband Brian held their reception there in June.
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Top: The grounds of Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston are the epitome of garden gorgeousness, as seen here at the nuptials of Lindsay and Matt in June. Left and above: Spectacular outdoor settings also serve as divine inspiration for a variety of wedding-day dĂŠcor, such as the fruit display and the lantern-style floral arrangement shown here. Right: The naturalized setting at The Publick House in Sturbridge was the place to be for Amy and Peter when they wed there in July. kristingriffinphotography.com
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t truly is all-in-oneâ€”and it truly is dedicated to weddings. The Colonial Hotel in Gardner is a sprawling, grand Federal-style facility where you can stage not only your wedding and ceremony, but virtually everything else having to do with the big day, from the rehearsal dinner to lodging to the post-wedding brunch. Even your hair, make-up and other spa services can be taken care of on site.
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“There’s nothing that you could need for your wedding that we can’t provide,” said General Manager Nicole Moorshead. “Everything is right here.” The hotel boasts three elegant locations for your nuptials and ensuing celebration, including the graceful ballroom, with its soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and arching palladium windows—a large enough space to accommodate your entire affair from start to finish; the pagoda, after which a reception would be held in either the ballroom or a spacious tent lit by chandeliers and billowing with elegant white fabric; and the patio area in front of the tent, which would be followed by the festivities within. The tent can hold 300 people; the ballroom 350. Aside from the pagoda, the site also includes a bevy of attractive locations for photographs, including its grand staircase and the main entrance. A trio of event packages is also available: Magical Moments, starting at $33 per person; Classic Elegance, starting at $53 per person; and Champagne and Lace, starting at $78 a person. Each includes five-hour use of the facility, a professional wedding consultant, champagne and hors d’oeuvres for the wedding party during pictures, a champagne toast, four-course dinner, coffee service, cake knife, guest book and champagne glasses for the bride and groom, all bartender and cake fees, a suite for the bride and groom, and special overnight rates for guests. Classic Elegance and Champagne and Lace packages also include a cake, fresh floral centerpieces for all tables, a choice of three unlimited hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour, a choice of two entrées for dinner and wine service. The top package, Champagne and Lace, further enhances the experience with a fully stocked open bar for the cocktail hour, ice carvings, upgraded chairs and floor-length linens, and a candy or coffee station with chocolate truffles and chocolatecovered strawberries.
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Food choices for these packages are numerous. The hotel is best known for its baked stuffed chicken with mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, tenderloin and, in the fall, its apple pecan pork. Further emphasizing its all-in-one reputation, for those couples who select either of the top two packages, the hotel will coordinate all the details related to flowers and cakes. (A list of preferred DJs, photographers, justices of the peace and tuxedo and limo rental companies is also available.) Couples also have an opportunity to see and meet a variety of vendors at an annual tasting event held at the hotel. All this ultimately results in “really very little work for the bride and groom,” said Moorshead. “Once they book, it’s very smooth-sailing. “The most rave reviews we receive are related to the facility and the quality of service couples receive here,” she continued, describing the hotel’s hospitality and attention to detail, and the dedication of wedding planner Mary Whitman, who has been with the facility for more than 10 years. And the hotel is continuously upgrading to cater to the needs and wants of couples. Recent enhancements include the installation of a spa facility and a fitness center with a pool; the tent, patio and a covered walkway; a new restaurant and pub for pre- and post-function events; and an addition to the ballroom. “We continue to evolve and grow and change,” said Moorshead. So as opposed to being simply a hotel with a banquet room, the Colonial Hotel is much more of a “wedding facility with guest rooms.” “We really feel like we have catered to and mainstreamed the facility to accommodate couples,” said Moorshead. Taryn Plumb is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Worcester.
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Devens Common Center by Taryn Plumb
or many, the perfect trifecta for a wedding is this: classy, affordable, accessible. And that is exactly what youâ€™ll get if you opt to host your nuptials and ensuing celebration at the Devens Common Center. The large, flexible space on Andrews Parkway in Devens can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 350 guests and can serve as a one-stop shop for everything from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner, as well as the ceremony, reception and the postnuptial brunch.
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On the big day, your guests will arrive to a perfectly manicured entrance replete with the flowers of the season. Should you choose to host your ceremony on site, you’ll trade vows (weather-permitting) on the front patio or pavilion, or in the ballroom, which can be re-set in an hour for the reception, according to Jennifer Roy, social sales manager and the center’s wedding planner. As you and your party pose for pictures inside the spacious building or out on the grounds, your guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the grand foyer, which features an elegant staircase, piano lounge, waterfall fountain, patio, fireplace and deck. Or, as an alternative, you can have your shots snapped before the bucolic backdrop of the bridal garden. For the reception, the center’s grand ballroom lives up to its name: at 6,500 square feet, it is swathed with burgundy curtains, has a sizeable dance floor and features elegant wall sconces and globed overhead lights that will bathe your celebration in warmth. According to Roy, there are three general packages ranging from $32 to $67 per person; each can be adjusted to suit your taste or budget. All include on-site planning from Roy, a taste panel from which to select your menu and a five-hour timeframe for your vows and celebration. The top-tier (and aptly-named) Simply Decadent package consists of a cheese, fruit and cracker display and a choice of two hot or cold hors d’oeuvres delivered by white-gloved butlers during your cocktail hour; a four-course dinner; a champagne toast with strawberry garnish; china, glassware, silverware continued on page 66
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and your choice of colored napkins and floor-length linens to compliment your tables; a private bartender; a choice of wedding cake; and a night in the hotel’s bridal suite. Accommodations are provided by the attached Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, where guests can access discounted rates. As for the food, displayed hors d’oeuvres, which cost anywhere from $3.50 to $7 per person, range from shrimp cocktail to baked raspberry brie garnished with roasted almonds. Butler-passed cold and hot offerings range from $110 to $250 per 100 pieces and include Boursin-stuffed cherry tomatoes, Spanakopita and mini beef Empanadas with salsa ranch dipping sauce. For the main course, the hands-down favorite is the slow-roasted prime rib, made to mouth-watering perfection by Chef Michael Keoseian. Other selections include grilled New York sirloin, grilled filet of beef, chicken cordon bleu and chicken piccata. (Please note that vegetarian options are available.) Accompaniments include various appetizers, soups, salads, vegetables and starches. Add-ons, meanwhile, feature such choices as a raw bar (at market price), a sweets buffet ($8 per guest) and a decadent chocolate fountain ($9 per guest), among others. There are also numerous options for hosted, cash and other customized bar packages.
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Ultimately, according to Roy, the hallmark of Devens Common Center is the service. Brides and grooms note its accommodating and respectful staff, as well as its flexibility. “This venue made my dream wedding come true,” said bride Carla on a popular wedding-planning website about her October 2012 wedding at Devens. “There is absolutely nothing that could have been better.” She went on to describe Roy as responsive and reassuring, and indicated that her guests raved about the event. “People always say it’s upscale and warm,” said Roy. “The staff and the services that people get make their event a complete success.” Packages can be cutomized to include special details or to fit within a budget, and Roy will assist couples and their families throughout the process. Taryn Plumb, who writes from Worcester, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.
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Planning Guide You’re engaged! Now what? Top 12 things to do first
Announce it. If you’re like most couples, you’ll be hard pressed to keep this news to yourself for too long. Traditionally, parents and close family are the first to get the news (directly from you, either in person or by phone) followed by close friends. Just be sure that those closest to you are in the know first, particularly before you change your Facebook status or start Tweeting. Certain neighbors, coworkers and other people you see everyday will catch on quickly once they espy your new accessory.
especially when schedules are already maxed out. Once you have an idea of what type of wedding you want, consider getting some help, whether from a wedding planner or from family and friends.
Indulge in some daydreaming. You’re about to begin a detailed and intensive planning process that will be guided largely by budget, so why not let the sky be the limit, even if only in your mind? By spending some time letting your imagination run wild, you may come up with some unique ideas that could turn out to be more doable than you think. In this case, creativity may be the mother of invention.
Insure it. If your betrothed put a ring on it, make sure you get it appraised and added to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy a.s.a.p. Set a “date.” After “Congratulations!” the most common thing people will say is, “Have you set a date?” Finding the right venue can take some time, but you can still provide a good-enough answer such as, “We’d love to get married in the fall, so we’re looking at available dates.”
Get going on the guest list. Knowing how many people you want present on that soon-to-be special day will help you determine other important planning tasks, like finding an appropriate venue and setting a budget. Even starting a preliminary list will help get your planning started.
Determine who will pay. Whether it will be your parents, your fiancé(e)’s parents, both sets of parents or simply the two of you, before any planning can seriously begin you’ll need to determine who is financing the event.
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Set a budget. Once the financing has been settled, you’ll need to set a budget. Be as realistic as possible as it will make for easier planning and decision making later on.
Get organized. Whether your wedding will be large or small, local or at some far-flung, fabulous destination, there will be many details to coordinate. Starting off with an organizational plan in place will make the process easier and more manageable.
Get real. Is planning your forté? Are you known as an effective project manager? Do you have a way with people? Even the most organized and savvy of us need help every now and again,
Get the scoop. If some of your friends have recently gotten married, they will be wonderful resources. Be sure to ask them about their experiences—what worked or didn’t work and why—as it may help you to avoid some pitfalls along your way.
Relax. From the amount of details to trying to satisfy all the personalities involved to the time it takes to put everything together, wedding planning can be tiring. Be sure to carve out a little time for yourself and your betrothed as you move forward. The healthier and more relaxed you are, the better able you will be to handle it all.
Enjoy it! This is a happy time. Celebrate your love and your committment to one another by savoring the moment.
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Planning Guide License to wed Sure you need a hall, a photographer, and some fancy duds... but do not forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license!
Massachusetts Both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made in the clerk’s office in any city or town in the commonwealth. Where you apply is where the marriage certificate will be filed. There is a waiting period of three days. This includes Sundays and holidays, but not the day upon which the application is submitted. The license is valid for 60 days from the date you file and can be used in any city or town in Massachusetts.
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There is a state fee of $4.00 for the license, but each town is allowed to set their own fee in addition to that. Check with your town clerk’s office for cost information. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Some towns may require proof, such as a birth certificate.
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Information specific to same-sex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at www. glad.org/rights (click on the Massachusetts link) and www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/ about/gaymarriage.html.
Rhode Island Individuals marrying in Rhode Island must apply for a marriage license at a city or town clerk’s office. If one party is a resident, the application must be made in that party’s town of residence. If neither party is a resident, the application must be made in the town where the ceremony will take place. Both parties must apply in person and sign the application in the presence of the city/ town clerk or the clerk’s assistant. The cost of the license is $24.00. 70 Spring 2013
The license is valid for three months after the issuance date. The marriage must take place in the presence of the officiant and two witnesses age 18 years or older. Detailed marriage requirements for the state may be found online at: www.health. ri.gov/records. Please note: The requirements and information listed here are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. If you’re marrying in another state (or having a destination wedding), be sure to check out the requirements for that area. Because those requirements will differ per location, it’s best to take care of this early in your planning.
Town/City Clerks Here is information on clerk’s offices in some larger towns in Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (For those with URL’s, look for direct links to the clerk’s office, or a department listing). To find other offices, check your local phone book for listings.
Central Massachusetts Auburn 104 Central St. 508-832-7701 firstname.lastname@example.org www.auburnguide.com
Leominster 25 West St., Room 5 978-534-7536 www.leominster-ma.gov
Brookfield 6 Central St. 508-867-2930 ext. 12 email@example.com www.brookfieldma.us
Marlborough 140 Main St. 508-460-3775 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marlborough-ma.gov
Fitchburg 718 Main St. 978-345-9592 www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us
Millbury 127 Elm St. 508-865-9110 www.millbury-ma.org
Framingham 150 Concord St. Room 105 508-532-5520 www.framinghamma.gov
Natick 13 East Central St. 508-647-6430 email@example.com
Holden 1196 Main St. 508-829-0265 www.townofholden.net Hopkinton 18 Main St. 508-497-9710 www.hopkinton.org
Sturbridge 308 Main St. 508-347-2510 www.town.sturbridge.ma.us Worcester 455 Main St., Room 206 508-799-1121 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ci.worcester.ma.us
Rhode Island Bristol 10 Court St. 401-253-7000 ext. 3
Newport 43 Broadway 401-846-9600 ext. 326 www.cityofnewport.com/ departments/city-clerk/ home.cfm
Lincoln 100 Old River Rd. 401-333-1100 www.lincolnri.com/ Providence Department departments/townclerk.asp of Vital Statistics 25 Dorrance St. 401-421-7740 ext. 701 www.providenceri.com/ vital-statistics
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Planning Guide Changing your name? To make official, legal changes to your name after marriage you’ll need a certified copy of your marriage license. To obtain one or more, contact the clerk’s office where the license was filed for the required procedures. (You will either have to make the request in person or submit a written request. A processing fee generally applies.)
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Traveling with your passport on your honeymoon? If so, the name on your tickets must match the one on your passport. Since you most likely bought the tickets before your wedding, it’s best to wait until after your return to make the change on your passport. To make the name change, you must complete the proper amendment form and submit it, along with a certified copy of your marriage license, your previous passport and two photos, to the National Passport Processing, P.O. Box 90107, Philadelphia, PA 19101-0107. Forms are available online (www.travel.state.gov) or by calling the public passport agency near you (generally either a post office or courthouse). Service fees may apply if your passport is more than one year from the issue date. See their website for details.
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Same-sex marriages and name changes
A party in a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts can legally change his/her surname with the Social Security Administration and on his/her driver’s license. According to the web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (www.glad.org), the U.S. Department of State changed its policy recently regarding recognition of name changes. “Since Massachusetts has a statute that allows the Notice of Intention of Marriage to create a legal surname change, the Passport Agency will honor a Massachusetts marriage certificate for the purpose of changing your name on the passport.” More information about same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and other New England states can be found on the GLAD web site. Please note that this information may be subject to change so please confirm with your local sources. www.bridegroommag.com
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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 photo- graphers,whichonewill 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.
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 nega tive that makes large prints sharp and clear.)
5. What type of proofs will I receive, prints or electronic files? 6.
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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.)
If electronic proofs are provided (either from scans or original digital files), will they be posted online or sent to me on a disc? If proofs are made available online, can I share them with family and friends? Will they be able to order prints from that site?
What is included in the packages offered? (This can mean the number of proofs, number of final album pages, style of album, sizes of photos displayed in the album, parentsâ€™ albums, engage- ment 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?
Check out their work. Most photographers will have portfolios ready for you to browse through. Also ask to see all the proofs from a recent wedding as well as current albums they have just completed. 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 musthave shots well in advance.
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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Planning Guide Setting the Right Tone Questions for your band or DJ Music is a powerful medium. Hearing a song that you loved in high school can instantly bring you back to that time. The same can be said for the music played on your wedding day. If the song you’ll select for your first dance isn’t special to you already, it certainly will be for many years to come. When looking for a band or DJ for your reception, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right group for your gig. Here are some questions to help you narrow things down. Some are generic enough that they apply to both; others are specific to one or the other. We’ve provided a range for you here.
1. How many songs do you have in your library? 2.
Will you take requests from guests during the reception? If so, how many will you take? Is there an extra charge?
3. I would like to help create the song list. How many requests can I make? 4. Do you provide music for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour? 5. How much time do you need to set up your equipment? 6. What type of attire will you wear for the reception?
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7. How many breaks will you take? How long will they be? 8. Will you require a meal? 9. Do you have a travel fee? 10. Will I be able to meet with the DJ/ band members who would perform at my wedding before I sign a contract?
11. Do you use a wireless microphone? Can you provide one for any speeches? 12. Will you work overtime? If so, is there a charge? 13. How many weddings perform at in a year?
14. How long have DJ/musician?
15. Have you performed at events of this size before?
16. What format is the music (MP3 or 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?
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 a backup staff available in the event of illness?
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?
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Planning Guide This guide begins when the wedding date is set and the location has been booked, using a timeframe beginning 12 to 18 months before. As your event may be in less (or more) time, this guide can be used as a handy checklist for what to do first (and second, and third...).
12 - 18 months
• Research and interview potential vendors, including photographers, bands/DJs, caterers, bakeries, florists, videographers, transportation, etc. Keep in mind that many book events a year or more in advance. • Decide on any theme/decorative elements for your reception. • Begin shopping for wedding dress and accessories (veil, headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, etc.) • Renew your passports (if necessary) if your honeymoon trip will be outside of the U.S. • Select wedding party. • Start a wedding website or blog and share the link with your family and 6 - 9 months friends. • Select and order groom and ushers’ • Attend a wedding expo. attire. • Select and order invitations. 9 - 12 months • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to • Go over ceremony details/ideas with address invitations. officiant. • Plan honeymoon. • Order wedding dress and schedule • Experiment with hair and makeup fitting/delivery dates. styles. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/ and flower girl dresses. bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Reserve all major vendors and have • Shop for and order wedding rings, signed contracts in place. leaving enough time to have them • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town engraved. guests. • Decide on any extras for the ceremony 4 - 6 months and reception (i.e., programs, favors, • Order and/or begin to make favors and menus,etc.). other wedding-day extras. • Finalize guest list and obtain updated • Check marriage license requirements. addresses. • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Send save-the-date cards. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Post details on your wedding website • Finalize mailing list for invitations. or blog. • Create music play (and do-not-play) lists.
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2 -4 months
• Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Confirm honeymoon details. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner. • Schedule final dress fittings and pick-up times.
6 - 8 weeks
• Mail invitation. • Start/maintain records of RSVPs and gifts received. • Write and send thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding. • Get marriage license. • Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. • Confirm final arrangements with florist, bakery, limo service, etc.
2 - 6 weeks
• Confirm ceremony details with officiant. • Discuss and confirm special requests with photographer. • Give wedding-day itinerary to the wedding party and to necessary vendors. • Start the seating chart. • Arrange for a hold on your mail.
• Pick up wedding attire. Last check for fit. • Do a final guest count and submit to reception facility/caterer. • Pick up tickets for honeymoon. • Confirm final details with vendors, such as time and place of delivery/arrival. • Check weather report.
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“We are the number one domestic destination for honeymoons within the continental U.S.,” said Korri McFann, marketing director for Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons. “We have a lot of amazing things to do that couples may not have ordinarily have experienced, even if they have been here as a child.” According to McFann, by purchasing a customizable “Magic Your Way” package, which includes accommodations to suit every taste and budget, park admission, recreation, dining and other personalized touches, “newlyweds can create a tailor-made
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honeymoon just for them. Couples can split up their day before visiting a single park attraction,” she said. Options include relaxing on the beach, watching the boats go at the Polynesian Resort, playing golf, taking a safari at The Animal Kingdom, riding horses at Fort Wilderness or visiting Epcot to “travel the world” and sample the cuisine of 11 countries. “Afterwards, couples can return to their hotel, get a spa treatment and then head into the park at night to experience a bit of adventure.” Watching fireworks while dining al fresco from a private yacht is
yet another incredibly romantic option. “With so much do and see, you can have any kind of honeymoon imaginable.” “My favorite part about our honeymoon was just being able to experience all of the ‘classic’ Disney things with my husband,” said Julie Henry, a lifelong WDW fan. “It’s such a magical place.” However Julie’s husband Josh, who hadn’t visited the parks as a youngster, was initially reluctant to honeymoon at this “just for kids” destination. As expected, he was completely won over. “Josh’s favorite part was Epcot,” Julie said. “He was mesmerized by Spaceship Earth and really enjoyed trying the unique beers from the different countries in The World Showcase.” Julie will never forget sitting with Josh “on the curb, in front of Cinderella’s Castle and watching the Main Street Electrical Parade.” The couple arranged for a private WDW photo shoot to preserve these special moments. As soon as they returned to their home in Erie, Penn., Josh immediately began planning their next WDW trip. “Music to my ears!” Julie exclaimed. According to Jennifer Hodges, director of public relations at Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, in addition to the exciting nightspots, clubs and restaurants of Universal CityWalk, a theme park honeymoon combines the fun and excitement of Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the world-class service, recreation and award-winning dining offered in the on-site hotels. “Couples can experience la dolce vita—the sweet life—when they stay at our Italian-themed Loews Portofino Bay Hotel; be treated like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel; or relax in a tropical paradise at Loews Royal Pacific Resort,” said Hodges. “Our hotels create three very distinctive experiences and, best of all, our guests get exclusive benefits in the Universal Orlando theme parks, including early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at
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Universal’s Islands of Adventure and free unlimited Universal Express ride access.” Such access means guests can skip lines and still have time left to relax by the pool. What’s more, all three hotels have won numerous awards from travel publications, websites and consumers. “Universal Orlando was conceived with grown-ups in mind,” said Kelly Monaghan, owner and publisher of The Intrepid Traveler and creator of the website theOtherOrlando.com.
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For starters, there are heart-pounding thrill rides, such as The Hulk Coaster, Dragon Challenge and Doom’s Freefall. Yet it isn’t all thrills and chills. According to Monaghan, within Universal Orlando there are also several areas for resting and recharging (and stealing a few special moments with your new spouse), such as the park between Hollywood and World Expo. Carrie Hayward met her husband Patrick just hours after she made a wish at Disneyland in California. “He eventually proposed in Disneyland’s Court of Angels, so we knew we wanted to have our wedding in a Disney park,” Carrie said. Their subsequent dream wedding and honeymoon at Walt Disney World in Orlando included, a full reception, boat ride and dessert party with fireworks “in a place that meant so much more to us than any hotel ballroom or country club.” Inspired by everything she learned while planning her own theme park nuptials, Carrie proceeded to write the guide book PassPorter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoon and launch the podcast and website Disney Travel Babble to help spread the word to other couples. “Disney offers a variety of accessible, unique experiences all rolled into one place, from resort shopping, private tours, beaches and water parks, to traveling to every country in the world—including the future”, she said. “And by purchasing a Disney ‘Added Value Package’ that includes annual park passes, couples can start with their honeymoon… and return for their anniversary.” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Connecticut.
Sources Disney Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons disneyweddings.disney.go.com PassPorter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoon /Disney Travel Babble disneytravelbabble.com/disney-weddings/ passporters-disney-weddings disneytravelbabble.com Universal Orlando universalorlando.com/hotels uomeetingsandevents.com/hotelweddings The Intrepid Traveler/ The Other Orlando intrepidtraveler.com
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FUNCTION FACILITY P L A N N I N G
G U I D E
Grouped alphabetically by region: Worcester, East of Worcester, South of Worcester, West of Worcester and North of Worcester
Types of Functions
Package Plan Available
Min/Max Room Capacity
(Held at one time)
E, B, D, W
Number of Events
Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover) 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 453-1112 • Fx: (508) 754-0731 email@example.com www.beechwoodhotel.com
Exchange vows in the authentic Victorian chapel, entertain guests on the terrace and dance the night away in the magnificent grand ballroom. Contact: Yvonne Caole.
Mechanics Hall (17)
E, B, D, W
321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mechanicshall.org
Celebrate your wedding surrounded by historic Victorian elegance. Our spacious facilities accommodate intimate gatherings or grand celebrations. Contact: Sharon Onorato.
Worcester Art Museum (48)
E, B, D, W
55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 793-4327 • Fx: (508) 798-5646 www.worcesterart.org
Magnificent architectural spaces abound in the expansive Renaissance Court for your historic event. Ceremonies are romantic in the Chapter House, Garden Courtyard or on the Grand Staircase. Contact: Janice Potter.
East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (87)
E, B, D, W
$30 - $50
181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 303-1788 • Fx: (508) 480-9343 email@example.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.
Charter Oak Country Club
E, B, D, W
(Inside Front Cover) 394 Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 • Fx: (978) 562-0198 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charteroakcc.com
Doubletree Hotel (38)
$35 - $115
E, B, D, W
$30 - $50
Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Shauna Drake.
Holiday Inn Boxborough (69)
E, B, D, W
Stow Acres Country Club (52)
Experience a wedding of extraordinary elegance when you select Charter Oak Country Club. Our grand ballroom offers unsurpassed service and culinary excellence. Contact: Weddings at ext. 610.
5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 Shauna.email@example.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com
242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1712 • Fx: (978) 266-9429 www.boxboroughweddings.com
$36 - $70
In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office. E, B, D, W
$30 - $65
58 Randall Rd., Stow, MA 01775 Ph: (978) 568-1100 x107 • Fx: (978) 562-4573 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (69)
E, B, D, W
167 Main St., P.O. Box 510, Northboro, MA 01532 Ph: (508) 393-3695 • Fx: (508) 393-0271 email@example.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.
$30 - $50
Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions
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Types of Functions
Package Plan Available
Min/Max Room Capacity
(Held at one time)
E, B, W
Under $30 - $50
South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (70)
Number of Events
92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 firstname.lastname@example.org www.arrowheadacres.com
An elegant Country Club style facility complete with “Chapel in the Pines,” decorative bridge, country stone wall locations and a beautiful fireplace for group photographs. Contact: David Morin.
Blissful Meadows Golf Club (71)
E, B, D, W
801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 email@example.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 (73)
E, B, D, W
100 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • Fx: (401) 567-5238 firstname.lastname@example.org www.crystallakegolfclub.com
Multiple wedding ceremony locations including lake-front pavilion and gazebo. Observation deck for cocktail reception available. Contact: Tracy Hill.
Highfields Golf & Country Club (53)
E, B, D, W
$35 - 50
42 Magill Drive, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (508) 839-1945 x.222 • Fx (508) 839-1940 email@example.com www.highfieldsgolfcc.com
Make an impression without saying a word. The Country Club provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony and reception or any other special occasion. Contact: Josie Billiel.
Lodge Restaurant (74)
E, B, D, W
146 Gore Rd., Webster, MA 01570 Ph: (508) 949-0000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.restaurantlodge.com
We accommodate weddings, dinner rehearsals, showers and other special occasions! Newly updated banquet facility for 2013 in our skyroom. Contact: Banquet Sales.
Pleasant Valley Country Club (53)
E, B, D, W
95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 email@example.com www.pleasantvalleycc.com
Southwick’s Zoo Function Facility (43)
$30 - $50
1 in each bldg.
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. E, B, W
$50 - $70
2 Southwick St., Mendon, MA 01756 Ph: (508) 883-9182 • Fx: (508) 883-0242 firstname.lastname@example.org www.southwickszoo.com
Southwick’s Zoo is the perfect venue for a unique and special celebration. Gaze at Zebra, Water Buffalo and Giraffe while enjoying the company of your friends and family. Let us take care of everything! Contact: Cindy Lavoie.
E, B, D, W
100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 email@example.com www.twinriver.com
$30 - $75 +
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.
West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (67) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com
Leicester Country Club (27)
E, B, D, W
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. E, B, D, W
$30 - $70
1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (35)
E, B, D, W
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 email@example.com www.osv.org
We started planning your wedding 175 years ago! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truely timeless, unforgettable, historic - and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept.
Overlook Catering & Reception Room (61)
E, B, D, W
88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 firstname.lastname@example.org www.overlookcatering.org
$50 - $75 +
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.
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West of Worcester cont.
Types of Functions
Package Plan Available
Min/Max Room Capacity
(Held at one time)
Public House (39)
E, B, D, W
$30 - $78
On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Fx: (508) 347-3313 x286 email@example.com www.publichouse.com
Built in 1771, the Public 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.
Sturbridge Host Hotel (37)
E, B, D, W
366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sturbridgehosthotel.com
Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com
Zukas Hilltop Barn (19) 89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546 email@example.com www.zukas.com
Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Catering Sales office. E, B, D, W
The Harding Allen Estate (45)
$57 - $102
Number of Events
$73 - $94
Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion - for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti. E, B, D, W
$30 - $60
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.
North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (6)
E, B, D, W
$50 - $75+
59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chocksettinn.com
The Chocksett Inn offers on-site private gardens, Laurelwood Ballroom, canopied deck and 25 guest suites. Experience the charm, elegance and hospitality for an unforgettable wedding. Contact: Paula Kwiatkowski.
Colonial Hotel (9)
E, B, D, W
$30 - $50
625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01440 Ph: (978) 630-2500 • Fx: (978) 632-0913 email@example.com www.colonial-hotel.com
Known to be the premier wedding facility in Central Massachusetts. All-inclusive packages make planning easy in our grand ballroom or courtyard tent. Contact: Mary Whitman.
Four Points by Sheraton Leominster (30)
E, B, D, W
$29 - $75
99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 840-5530 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fourpoints.com/leominster
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.
The Manor Restaurant (72)
E, B, D, W
42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 email@example.com www.ourmanor.com
Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (49)
$30 - $75
$30 - $50
31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 firstname.lastname@example.org www.devenscommoncenter.com
Discover your Dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact: Sales Office.
Wachusett Mountain (5)
E, B, D, W
499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-3175 • Fx: (978) 464-3185 email@example.com www.wachusett.com
Surrounded by magical and breathtaking vistas, the ideal wedding location. From ceremonies to receptions, our attentive staff is dedicated to serving you. Off-weekend discounts available. Contact: Melissa Banks.
Wachusett Village Inn (11)
E, B, D, W
$42 - $52
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.
Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions
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A simply elegant facility catering to a variety of special occasions. Nominated Favorite People’s Choice three years in a row. Contact: Sales Department. E, B, D, W
9 Village Inn Rd., Westminster, MA Ph: (978) 571-2524 • Fx: (978) 874-1753 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wachusettvillageinn.com
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough
Timeless, unforgettable, unique. So it’s finally your day … make it one you will cherish forever. From an elegant gala to a quaint ceremony, we can accommodate you with a celebration unlike any other. Get whisked away in our beautiful atrium courtyard, or embrace your love for one another in our vibrant and spacious ballroom. The choice is yours. Make the first day of the rest of your lives simply … perfect.
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone (508) 303-1788 Fax (508) 480-9343 email@example.com www.rplazahotels.com
Wedding Resources Bridal Shops
Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique (70)
Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (77)
1148 Main St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-8188 info@ElizabethAnnsbridal.com www.elizabethannsbridal.com
16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 firstname.lastname@example.org www.AuntyEllensCakes.com
A full-service bridal salon. Gowns for brides, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers of the bride/groom. Cocktail dresses, prom, pageant and Quinceanera gowns. Alterations and accessories.
From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie and pastry platters, and decadent desserts for any occasion.
Crown Bakery (61)
454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 www.lorensbridal.com
Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com
When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.
Hair & Makeup
Pronuptia Bridals (34)
Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.
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.
A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.
BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (62, 63)
500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393
Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com
334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 email@example.com www.originalweddingexpo.com
Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.
Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.
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 fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.
DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (67) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 firstname.lastname@example.org www.idofoundation.org
Wedding Internet Services 90
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 email@example.com www.joslin.org Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!
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The Jimmy Fund (38)
Ladybug Florist (8)
10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jimmyfund.org/cards
340 Main St., Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-2550 email@example.com www.ladybug-florist.com
Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.
Details, even the smallest are important. That is what it is all about. Our customer service is what sets us apart from the rest.
8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com
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. (74) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 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 (35) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.
ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (4) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 firstname.lastname@example.org www.festiveevents.com
Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe
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 (33) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 email@example.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.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (15)
Beauty in Motion
Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994
(508) 450-8707 firstname.lastname@example.org www.abbeautyinmotion.com We are a team of licensed hair and makeup artists who bring the salon to you! Specializing in up-do’s, airbrush makeup, eyelashes, extensions and more!
Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.
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.
P.O. Box 571, Millis, MA 02054 (508) 816-5064 email@example.com www.djkendrew.com
Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3) 269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mariasfinejewelry.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.
Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (76)
We are a 26-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.
Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 email@example.com www.brianfligg.com
LIMOUSINES Gray’s Limousine (31)
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.
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.
FLORISTS Danielson Flowers 660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 www.danielsonflowers.com
Herbert E. Berg Florist 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!
Hannoush Jewelers (15) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com
Ken Drew – DJ Service
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.
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!
OFFICIANTS Justice of the Peace Marion C. Biando (8)
5-2 Pioneer Lane, Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-8507, cell (774) 289-1771
MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (81) 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.
I perform ceremonies and renewal of vows. As a notary public, I often work on closing of homes with out-of-town customers and other notary signing.
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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (76) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brianfligg.com
MA Photo Booths (76) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 email@example.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.
Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.
TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (40)
Christopher Wakeen Photojournalist (67)
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
(508) 753-8920 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wakeenphotography.com “Chris is more than a ‘photographer.’ His artful, creative images captured the joy and beauty of our wedding day.” –Mr. & Mrs. JN, Worcester, MA.
Media Photo (76)
Dressing men for social occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.
(inside Holmes Shusas Florist) 1 Ararat St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 7757-7626 email@example.com
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Save your money for the honeymoon! Affordable wedding packages. Studio located in Worcester. We love what we do and so do our clients.
Paul S. Robinson Photography (44)
124 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-5383 www.centralmasspartyrentals.com
Central Mass Party Rentals
1033 Providence Road, Northbridge, MA 01534 (508) 278-5530 firstname.lastname@example.org www.robinsonweddingphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.
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 (13) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 email@example.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.
SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (4) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 84)
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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.
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Say ‘I do’ to the Beechwood Hotel A historic Victorian chapel, luxurious amenities, and superb American dining make the Beechwood Hotel the premier wedding destination in Central Massachusetts. Host your wedding with us and let our professional planners arrange every detail to ensure your wedding day is truly unforgettable. Celebrate into the night, rest and then reminisce with your family and friends over a hot breakfast, all under one roof.
363 Plantation Street • Worcester, MA • 800.344.2589 • beechwoodhotel.com
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