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BRIDE&GROOM Magazine

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Winter 2010

Winter 2010

NEARBY NUPTIALS‌ and engagements!

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Contents 10 7

Honeymoons 72

103 Islands in the Sun 107 Baja

Planning 101 Features 66 Fairytale weddings Your castle awaits 72 Stealing the show Exceptional enhancements to make your wedding day truly unforgettable

Articles 30 Wedding worries Overcoming those planning jitters 34 Just us girls A look at the next generation of bachelorette parties 40 Wedding entertainment Start on a good note 46

79 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when 80 Preparing to plan Tips for getting started 82 Interviewing reception facilities More than 25 essential questions 84 Getting a great cake What you should know 87 Topics of transportation Wedding day travel 88 Photography 20+ questions to ask 90 Changing your name? How to do it 92 Invitations A guide to proper etiquette

Departments 10 Letter from the editor 14 Tying the Knot Engaged local couples 18 Nearby Nuptials Theona Harwood and Anthony Scola Sarah Morris and David Mondeau Tara McClintock and Kristopher Kervick

Directories 111 Function facilities 116 Wedding resources

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94 License to wed What you need to know 46 Fabulous favors Thinking outside the box 54 Defining the moment One groom’s perspective on the planning of his Cape Cod wedding

96 Ways to save Budgeting tips 98 Flowers Finding the right florist 100 News you can use

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I T S D E B U T I N 1982, BRIDE&GROOM™ M AG A Z I N E H A S endeavored to bring Central New England brides and grooms the best planning information available within our region.Therefore it was only fitting that, in 2003, we began to highlight the weddings of area couples in Nearby Nuptials, our local wedding feature. Most recently, we have found our new local engagements section,Tying the Knot, has proven to be just as popular. As the second decade of the 21st century gets underway, we want to include you—particularly your planning stories, your advice and your photos—even more.That is why we hope you will contribute to the articles we have planned for upcoming issues. After all, who better to share insight and ideas than you, the brides- and grooms-to-be of today? For example, if you have a unique design concept for nuptial programs, innovative theme ideas for a bridal shower (either for one you are planning or one you have attended) or have conceived of a knock-out color palette as the backdrop for your wedding—and want to share them—we have a great opportunity for you. Our upcoming Spring 2010 issue will be featuring each of these topics (and more). Dramatic centerpieces will be the subject of a pictorial planned for our Fall 2010 issue, and we will be sharing stories about second- and third-time weddings.We also thought we would lighten things up a bit by taking a humorous look at wedding-day mishaps. If you are interested in submitting photos or comments about any of these topics, we would love to hear from you! Please contact me via e-mail at editor@bridegroommag.com before January 30 for the Spring issue topics and before April 30 for the Fall topics. Of course, your submissions for Tying the Knot and Nearby Nuptials are always welcome; submission guidelines, along with a complete list of upcoming articles and an electronic version of B&G are available on our Web site. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this current issue.

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Tying the knot Local couples set a date

Karen Carlson and Derek Lambert, Worcester, MA

Rebecca Karagozie, Billerica, MA and Jason Miller, Weymouth, MA

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Christina Paskalis, Worcester, MA and Arthur Rogan, Auburn, MA

Victoria Harding, Grafton, MA and Christopher Wakeen, Worcester, MA

Amanda Charest, Auburn, MA and Donald O’Keefe, Worcester, MA

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Kelly Young, Shrewsbury, MA and Paul Gomes, Worcester, MA

Lindsey Hadden and Michael DeFilipi, Agawam, MA

Jessica Linden and Dwyane Camper, Auburn, MA

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Jennifer Waice and Lee Pappas, Worcester, MA

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Nearby Nuptials

Theona Harwood and Anthony Scola August 2009 Boylston, Massachusetts

ing dinner menu ideas, he was the one who suggested having a summer clambake. This is how the vision of our wedding began.” Tony’s passion for music also came in handy for the song selection for the couple’s first dance, as well as the song list for the band.

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How they got engaged Tony and Theona’s relationship began when they met at Salem State College. After graduating in 2005, they commuted between Worcester and Bradford, where they each were living. Two years later, for Valentine’s Day, Tony took Theona back to their alma mater to reminisce about their courtship. It was during this visit that Tony proposed on bended knee in a spot they used to frequent. “I was shocked and extremely happy, of course,” recalls Theona.

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This couple knew early on that they wanted a summer event on a Saturday evening at a venue replete with natural beauty;Tower Hill Botanic Garden fit the bill. “The ceremony took place in The Secret Garden, which was perfect because of its privacy and beautiful features,” describes Theona. “Large arbors stand tall over a peaceful fountain with a large stone stairway opening to the lawn, which made for a dramatic entrance.” To honor the memory of Tony’s grandparents, who had both passed away recently, the couple released sixty butterflies during the ceremony. Afterward, guests were guided to the Farm House Patio for cocktails before moving to the reception in The Orangerie, which was illuminated magnificently. A modern interpretation of an 18th-century-style greenhouse, this structure also acts as the winter home of many of Tower Hill’s lush foliage, making the facility a year-round horticultural experience. Live entertainment played a key role throughout the day. A classical guitarist and flute player were on hand for the ceremony while a jazz duo entertained during the cocktail hour.And as a surprise for the bride, who was born in Hawaii and has many relatives there, Theona’s mother, cousins and aunts sang the Hawaiian wedding song a capella, while another aunt performed the hula. “This is a beautiful Hawaiian tradition that most of our guests had not ever seen or heard. Everyone was amazed and touched by my family’s heartfelt gift, and it was so special to have a part of my Hawaiian culture at my wedding,” says Theona.

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The meal had a distinct seafood theme with offerings of New England clam chowder, steamed littleneck clams with drawn butter and steamed Maine lobster as the main course. “With so many relatives visiting from out of state, we thought having lobsters would be such a treat. It was so much fun seeing them donning lobster bibs, just digging in!” Salads made from fresh native vegetables were also served. Place cards that coordinated with the wedding invitations were displayed in terra cotta pots filled with wheat grass that Tony and Theona had grown themselves. Lobster-claw wine stoppers personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date complemented the culinary and regional theme.

Favorite part of the day While it was difficult for Theona to settle on one moment as the most memorable, she was particularly excited about her and Tony’s introduction as husband and wife. “It felt so amazing to run into the room after the band introduced us,” she recalls. “Seeing our friends and family clapping and cheering was truly special.” Running a close second was the moment she and Tony first saw each other that day. “We chose to take our photographs together prior to the ceremony so we would be able to spend time with our friends and family during cocktail hour. We met in one of the gardens at the Tower Hill.The photographers helped to position Tony and even cue him to close his eyes as I snuck up on him!”

Advice “My advice to other couples is that they do whatever they want,” suggests Theona. “Forget about what’s typically done or what is traditional.Your wedding will be truly memorable if it genuinely reflects you—the couple everyone is there to celebrate.” B&G


The particulars Ceremony and reception: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston Caterer: Tastings Caterers, Framingham Photography: A Brilliant Photo, Boston Florist: Holmes-Shusas Florist Inc., Worcester Music: Shine, Boston Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero purchased at Elegance by Carbonneau, Worcester Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung purchased at The Ultimate Woman’s Apparel, Saugus Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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Sarah Morris and David Mondeau August 2009 Rehoboth, Massachusetts

Their story Sarah was set up with her future husband by her uncle, who also happened to be in the Army National Guard with Dave. Sharing a mutual enthusiasm for Harley Davidson motorcycles, the couple really hit it off. After Dave’s proposal at the conclusion of a Kid Rock concert, which happened to fall between Sarah’s birthday andValentine’s Day, the couple quickly decided on marrying during the upcoming summer for two important reasons. “We met in the summer, so it seemed appropriate to marry then,” says Sarah. “We also wanted to be married before Dave’s deployment the following January.”

Planning With just six months to plan, Sarah enlisted the help of a “committee” that included a professional planner as well as her mother, sisters and Dave. “I tried to include him as much as possible, if not for final decisions then at least for his opinions,” recalls Sarah. Originally planning for a Saturday night, the couple opted to move their event to a Friday evening in order to secure the facility and music vendor they wanted.

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example, was shaped like a Claddagh ring, which was also used in the couple’s wedding bands. Adjacent to the cake were the toppers from Sarah’s shower and the rehearsal dinner cakes, both motorcycles. Dave complemented his beige linen suit with an orange Harley Davidson tie and a pair of brown Converse sneakers while Sarah’s custom-made dress featured “flames” appliquéd onto the back. The bride’s bouquet was fashioned with purple and white daisies as well as orange lilies, which tied in with the orange of the Harley Davidson logo. The wedding program was also adorned with purple daisies. As one of the couple’s photographers from Shooting Star Photography has a signature photo of a newly-married couple riding away on a motorcycle, Sarah and Dave were excited at the prospect of creating a similar shot for their wedding album. As Dave’s motorcycle was in need of repair, Sarah had hoped to have the bike fixed in time for their wedding.

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Unfortunately, it was not possible. Knowing how much it would mean to them to have this photo, two of the couple’s vendors—their wedding planner and invitation provider, who are members of the New England Wedding Professionals group—worked together to arrange for another motorcycle to arrive at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Favorite moment For Sarah, turning the corner with her father and seeing Dave was a memorable moment. “As we were about to walk down the aisle, Dave and I locked eyes—at least until the guests stood up and blocked the view!” laughs Sarah.

Advice “My advice would be to listen and be open to suggestions,” says Sarah. “Your mom and the wedding planner have been there before, so guess what? They might just know what they are talking about!” B&G


The particulars Ceremony and reception: Hillside Country Club, Rehoboth Planner: Something Borrowed, Something New Events, Uxbridge and Natick Photography: Shooting Star Photography, Franklin; Artistic Expressions, Bellingham Cake: BellaCakes, Marlborough Florist: Herbert Berg Florist, Inc., Worcester Music: Ra-Mu and the Crew, Providence, Rhode Island Invitations: So Chic Events, Mendon Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy, Uxbridge Bridal gown: Emazanti Creations, Plainfield, Connecticut

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Tara McClintock and Kristopher Kervick June 2009 Worcester, Massachusetts

The proposal One-hundred and forty-five days.That’s how much time Kris took to arrange the perfect proposal. Nantucket would be the place, as he and Tara had spent much time there during their courtship, and May would be the date. But the actual when and how would require careful planning so that Kris could make this as wonderful as it could be. “I decided on the date, but there was so much to do,” recalls Kris. “I also had to ask her parents’ blessing, design the ring and buy the stone. It was a journey, to say the least.” That journey culminated with an elaborate proposal involving several days, a decadent restaurant, a beach, a boat and some books—including a journal that documented the proposal plans as a keepsake for Tara, and three planning-related guides. As the phrasing of this all-important question needed to be just right, Kris practiced over and over and over.“I must have rehearsed it 1,000 times in the shower during those months leading up to the proposal,” he recalls. Yet even with so much attention to detail, Kris still found himself making last-minute adjustments the night before. “I had planned to propose at a restaurant, but thought that if we had some time alone on the beach first she would have time to pull herself together before we got town.” So, on the drive to the restaurant Kris suggested they stop at the beach to take some pictures, never expecting to come across multiple roads being repaired. Undeterred, he found a way to Surfside Beach, where he sur26 Winter

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prised Tara with a heartfelt and emotional proposal. “She had no idea and was caught off guard. I asked her to please say yes because she never looked at the ring and just started crying!” Once she accepted, phone calls to waiting parents were made before part two of the proposal plan was put into effect: a private, scenic boat ride (“the sunset was unreal!”) to TheWauwinet for a romantic dinner.The crying had stopped by then, but only temporarily as one look at the engagement ring brought more tears of joy to Tara’s eyes. After settling in at a table by the fire, the couple regrouped. Kris then presented his now bride-to-be with the keepsake journal, which prompted a few more emotional moments, the planning books and even a tentative date for their wedding—almost one year to that day.“I understand that the bride should be taking the leading roll when it comes to planning,” says Kris. “But we know each other so well, I knew that’s what she would have wanted, and I wanted to make a splash. It was a moment in my life I will never forget.”

tackle this task successfully. “The logistics of the day were the toughest part to plan out, but besides that everything was fairly smooth.”

Wedding-day details As a nod to their special engagement, Tara and Kris wanted to bring a Nantucket theme to their wedding without being to beach-y. Colors were white, silver/grey and fuchsia. Names of Nantucket towns were used to designate each table while sand dollars and shells (collected by the couple) were incorporated with the flowers. The card table was artfully arranged with grass and rocks to impart a natural outdoors feeling under the tent.

Favorite part of the day According to both Tara and Kris, their favorite part of the day was when they made their vows. “We never looked away from each other and said them without error,” says Tara. “The sun started to shine brightly on the altar when we were reciting them to one another. It was quite an emotional experience.”

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Making preparations was a true family affair, with everyone from the couple to their mothers to the bride’s sister having an equal share in the planning. “Kris, in particular, loved being a part of things, in both budgeting and working with outside contractors,” says Tara. And with several planning books already in hand, they were well equipped to

“One of our best friends gave this advice to us and it paid off,” Tara recalls. “‘Never leave your spouse’s side. Everyone wants to talk with you and will try to pull you away from each other. If you make an effort to stay together, your overall experience will be heightened by your common and shared memories.’” B&G

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The particulars Reception: Worcester Country Club Photography: The Feds Studio, Braintree Cake: Worcester Vocational High School Florist: Bloomers Florist, Worcester Music: Locomotion, Connecticut Transportation: Gray’s Limousine and Joey’s Limousine, Worcester Bridal gown: Pronuptia Bridals, Worcester Bridesmaids’ dresses: Priscilla’s of Boston, Charlestown Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein suit purchased at Macy’s Groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse, Worcester

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omething could go wrong. Dreadfully wrong. You feel it so acutely it’s keeping you up at night. The flowers might not arrive on time. Heck, the groom might not arrive on time... or at all, and then you’ve got bigger problems than the flowers. Sarah (Puccio) Bouchard’s groom did show. But when you ask her if the planning process for the wedding was filled with anxiety, she gives an emphatic, “Yes!” Married this past September in Cotuit, Massachusetts, the reception was held at The Overbrook House on Buzzard’s Bay. Originally wanting a backyard type of wedding, the Bouchards did the next best thing and rented an incredible house to throw a party replete

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with a clambake and dancing in a rustic hall. While it turned out to be a beautiful and fantastic event, it wasn’t always smooth sailing to get to Buzzard’s Bay. “This wedding was arguably the most anxious time of my life,” says Bouchard,“And what is so striking to me about this fact is that I was so resistant to stress in the first place.We chose a wedding that was, by default, casual, fun and unpretentious. We never presumed that it would be ‘the most perfect day of our lives’

or expected the kind of gilded flawlessness that so many brides hedge their bets on.”

Things to consider Planning a wedding, as anyone who has done it will tell you, is creating a party of a lifetime, or at least one of its bigger ones. For most, it’s an event they have been thinking about for years, even before meeting the loves of their lives. The bar is high for this event to be picture perfect, so for many, the

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anxiety over hitting that bar can create issues and complications that weren’t part of those childhood dreams. “People may say they realize that the ceremony is not the marriage,” says Shel Miller, PhD.“However, perfectionism about that special day can create stress.” Dr. Miller, who is a marriage, family, divorce and executive coach practicing in Boston, specializes in building relationships that restore joy and meaning. “I have seen many couples whose issues range from mild to bad,” says Miller. “It can be both physically and emotionally exhausting to plan [a wedding], especially without either physical or financial help from extended family.” Sometimes, planning a wedding can stir up all sorts of malfunctions within our psyche. A history of fainting, fears of throwing up or being in front of crowds, or even panic attacks often contribute to anxiety, according to Jeffrey Brown, PsyD, an instructor at the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. Clients who come in specifically around wedding planning fall into two categories, according to Carmen Brenes Jette, PhD, a clinical psychologist with a practice in Newton, Massachusetts, and a teacher for Culture InSight: There are those who have lived together, or have who have dated for a long time, and those with more “challenging” issues. For example, Dr. Jette has dealt with same-sex couples who are not yet “out” to their extended families. Other couples with different faiths may be anxious about the “how” and “if ” scenarios a wedding can present. Second marriages, which blend families, sometimes include dealing with an ex-spouse or require sensitivity for the children and family of a deceased spouse.

How to combat the stress The stressors that may be weighing you down are not insurmountable.Therapists use a variety of techniques to help their patients alleviate the burden that anxiety can cause. Talking is often the biggest step to facing, and sorting out, issues surrounding the impending wedding. According to the experts, it can immediately eliminate the isolation that worry tends to instigate. Also important is keeping details in perspective.


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“I often hear complaints that the ceremony or honeymoon plans are changed, rearranged or added to right up until the wedding, just so they’ll be perfect,” says Dr. Brown. “It’s helpful to set wedding plans in motion, including meeting deadlines, while leaving room to enjoy days or even weeks before the ceremony.” Countless magazine articles and books now promote the ways to combat anxiety through calming techniques, such as taking long, deep breaths. Brown reminds us that basic cognitive skills such as visualization, relaxation and self talk can be extremely useful coping mechanisms during the actual ceremony and rehearsal.Take a moment to slow down and tell yourself that everything will work out fine. Another beneficial way to beat stress is to rehearse specific components of the event that are particularly concerning, such as the dance or the vows, on a regular basis. Practice will make perfect (or close to it) and will add confidence. “This can be a great antidote to some anxiety or fears,” says Brown. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, Brown says to take a personal inventory to see if there is absolutely any other reason you are not ready to get married. “It’s normal to have doubts or feel hesitant,” he says. “Really, you are changing your life forever. It’s a good idea to understand where those thoughts and feelings come from if you can.” Miller concurs, “We are talking about an iconic day that, unbeknownst to many, represents the metaphorical release of one’s single adolescent years and freedoms, and the transferring of emotional loyalties to one’s partner away from one’s prior significant others. So any unfinished business from the past will often be projected onto the new partner and patterns you are recreating from the past.” B&G

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as the thought of planning a wedding made you want to get on a plane and chill for a long weekend with your gal pals? Sound impossible? Not today. Traditionally, bachelorette parties consisted of you and your best girlfriends enjoying a night out on the town. Fast forward to 2010, where creative celebrations include exotic destinations and at-home spa luxuries—and with them, memories that last a lifetime. 34 Winter

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Party hearty Michele Vaccarello, a maid-of-honor who recently planned a party in Cincinnati, Ohio, says this was the main goal for her friend and bride-to-be. “We wanted to give her one last weekend with her best friends before we call her ‘Mrs.’ Here, she could be the center of attention and remember those college days when everyone was single and when dancing


with your hands flailing over your head was the sexiest thing around.” The festivities included a retro prom night themed cocktail party, beach volleyball competition, selfdesigned handbag party and dinner at a dueling piano bar.This was a way for the bride to bond with her wedding party and reconnect with old friends who had scattered across the country after college. Susan Southerland, president of Just Marry!, a wedding coordinating company

based in the Southeast, says the trend of elaborate and destination bachelorette parties has emerged among the latest generation of brides walking down the aisle. “Their friends are actually more influential than their families because they’ve spent so much time with them,” she explains. “This trend is an extension of that—the fact that the bride wants to go away, enjoy the company of her wedding party and friends, and be able to have a good, relaxing time.”

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Getting personal The stereotypical bachelorette party is becoming passé as brides are opting for more personalized celebrations. Recently, one group of friends combined parties to form one huge bash. Martina Rodriguez, a bridesmaid who returned from a party in Dallas, Texas, recalls a group of 10 who reunited during a weekend of power shopping, dinner and drinks, and a night of dancing. “Two of the other girls were also getting married, so we combined the celebrations, relaxed and just had fun!” Themed parties are also gaining popularity. Southerland planned a Sex and the City party for a recent client. “The bride flew her wedding party, mom and mother-in-law to New York City and visited the various locations from the show—the stores, restaurants and clubs.” Another option is to stay closer to home. Some companies now offer several types of “experience” gift certificates, with the most popular themes including at-home spa days, where you can sip champagne while being pampered with facials, pedicures and manicures; wine tasting parties; and for those adventurous types, white-water rafting. For real dare-devils, a NASCAR training session will let you take the wheel at speeds of 160 miles per hour. Several companies, such as ExtravaGift and Great American Days, provide all accommodations and services and pride themselves on providing creative alternatives to the “typical” bachelorette events.

Jet-setting Besides themed options, brides are using their bachelorette party as a choice getaway to relax. Bride-to-be Liz Dawson is currently planning a trip to Acapulco for her group of friends. “I’m using the opportunity to spend time with my girls and have a little fun before the stress of wedding planning takes over.” Hawaii is another popular destination for girl getaways. Aqua Hotels & Resorts offers “Divine Diva” packages that include threeand-a-half hours of total pampering at the spa each day, daily breakfast and special gifts for all the gals. If you’re game, you can even take in a surfing lesson with one of Honolulu’s offduty city firefighters. Then there’s Las Vegas. “It’s not the old Vegas that was centered on gambling,” says


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Howard Green of Moonrings, Inc., a destination travel company focused on wedding travel. “Vegas is still one of the most appealing places because it is still a little crazy and there is plenty of entertainment for everyone—with fine restaurants, top-rated shows and sightseeing.” Anything goes when it comes to planning a bachelorette party. A recent Moonrings client booked a trip for 10 to Amsterdam as a finale to single life. It was a combination of culture, food and wine, and non-stop fun. When planning a trip of this magnitude, however, it is important to make sure everyone is comfortable with the destination and each other.As one bride-to-be explains, “There are so many people involved from different areas of my life, that I want them to come together…so that I can enjoy their company and be less stressed about planning a wedding.” Whether a themed party at home or a celebration abroad, Green agrees, “The bachelorette party is no longer that last night of freedom, but a celebration with a more mature vision.” Remember this is a celebration of friends and family… who needs more reason than that? B&G Freelance writer Jill Russell Qualizza is a newlywed who enjoyed the perfect bachelorette bash—a themed Italian party with great wine and food— prior to her perfect fall nuptials. Her women’s health, fitness, nutrition and wellness articles have appeared in several national and regional magazines.


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Wedding entertainment by Jill Russell Qualizza

Start on a good note Your wedding-day entertainment sets the tone for love, joy and celebration, whether it is for the ceremony, reception or even the rehearsal dinner. Following a few guidelines and tips will help ensure that the choices you make will be just right. Preceding the procession Ceremony music is an integral part of the wedding, as it reflects the many emotions of the day, and may require selections for the prelude when guests arrive, including the processional when you make your entrance, the interlude for any important moments, and the recessional when you take your first official steps as a married couple. In deciding what type of music is right for you, take a look at your location. A church or hall would provide a great atmosphere for an organ or piano, while a smaller indoor or

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outdoor setting might be more tailored for a cello or harp. Although tradition does play a key role, keep in mind what you like; if you’re not one for the organ pipes, booking a string quartet might suit your personality better. “Good entertainment will advise you on what usually works best, but will not be too influential,” says Dave Zeger, owner of Dave Zeger Entertainment in Houston,Texas. “The key is having music that reflects the couple’s personality.”

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When booking your entertainment specialist(s), stick to what, or rather who, you know. Take recommendations from friends, family and your contacts at your reception location. Once you have decided on the type of music and on a performer (after listening to them live, of course), set up an appointment to determine the details, including start time, attire, song selection and any special requests that would have to be learned prior to the date.

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Another key tip, according to Zeger, is to plan the music at least six weeks in advance and have the performers arrive at least an hour before the ceremony. The most common mistake brides and grooms make on the big day that affects the music, is not starting on time. “This makes the music playing harder and we often run out of music and repeat pieces,” Zeger says.You can expect to pay from between $700 to $900 for a string quartet for a half-hour worth of guest seating and a 45-minute ceremony. A safe guideline to remember for cost is $150 per instrument piece.

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The reception is the time and place to celebrate and play the music that reflects who you are as a couple while allowing your guests to relax and have fun.Your first decision here is your preference for a band, DJ or simply recorded music. DJs can cost less than a band, however, the quality usually determines pricing. JimWeisz of Discovery DJs in Dallas,Texas, advises budgeting for entertainment based on priority, as you would with the rest of your wedding planning. “If having fun at the reception is important to you, entertainment should be near the top of your list,” he says. “You should be ready to pay for quality entertainment.” Whether you decide on a band or DJ, there are several key points to consider, such as what type of entertainment you would like— interactive with games and props or little interaction with the entertainer simply announcing important events during the reception. Once you’ve booked an entertainer, walk through your reception plan and make any changes, which can include the order of traditional moments such as the first dances, cake-cutting and the bouquet ceremony. Weisz says it is important that your entertainment coordinates with the photographer, videographer and hall manager on the big day. “This will eliminate the possibility of the photographer being out the room when you are cutting the cake, ruining a perfect photo opportunity.” Dinner entertainment is also a key talking point. One trend is to show a video or photo montage set to music during dinner. If this is


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an option you plan to have, ask your entertainer if a screen and projector can be provided. Another trend is to create a lounge environment with the background music during the cocktail hour and dinner. It is also important to provide your entertainer with the names of everyone in your party, complete with pronunciation and their relationship to you, for your entrance announcements. This will help keep the reception flowing without interruption. As with

your ceremony, discuss entertainment attire, time of arrival and, most importantly, make sure they fit your personality and understand their level of interaction during the event.

Song selection Once the reception order and dinner preferences are settled, the song selection for the dancing portion is your next challenge. According to Susan Criner of Gulf Coast Entertainment in Houston, Texas, the music



of Motown continues to be popular and gets all ages on to the dance floor. “Although we’ve recently seen an increasing number of requests for ’80s hits and cover bands,” Criner says. Most DJs or bands will have a song list from which you can make your selections, and often will offer to find or learn a specific song for the event if notified in advance. Although most entertainment companies will allow you to select songs, some may limit the amount of songs they have to play. Others, however, allow you to personalize your entire reception song by song. If there are songs you absolutely don’t want to hear, be sure to include those, too. One hiring option is to consider working with an agency.Agencies not only provide the music, but also take care of any stages required, electrical needs, hospitality for the band, room access and more. Samantha Baker and Trent Walker booked a band through an agency and only needed to send in special song requests for their wedding celebration. “For those who don’t want to worry about the band’s needs while worrying about the ceremony and trying to enjoy the day, an agency is definitely the way to go,” Baker says. “Everything was taken care of and we just needed to arrive and have fun.”

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but what about your guests? Other than sending out thank-you cards, is there a way to leave them with a lasting impression of your special day? A perfectly chosen favor serves as a token of appreciation to those who cared enough to share in your celebration. Whether, practical, eco-friendly, decorative, edible or just plain fun, your guests will enjoy taking home a momento that commemorates your once-in-a-lifetime event. If it’s the little things that make a fantastic wedding, then favors are no exception. Favors can say much about the bride and groom— where they come from, where they are going as well as their tastes, hobbies, careers and passions. These parting gifts can also evoke a wedding theme or setting, and cap off the end of a reception like the grace note of a perfect sonata. “Here in New England, it is easy to put together something that reflects the four seasons,” says Susan Sambrano of Elegant Venues in Merrimack, New Hampshire. “Very personalized, small gifts that reflect the venue, the couples’ interests, history or hobbies are extremely popular.” Among her sug-


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gestions are magnets, buttons, coasters or mirrors that include photos of the couple’s home towns; memorabilia from their favorite movies, TV shows or sports teams; music or photo CDs that tell a story about the bride and groom—the more specific the better. For a keepsake that is both whimsical and nostalgic, AFavor4U, located in Cromwell, Connecticut, will transform childhood photos of the bride and groom into a “LilSweetHearts Portrait” to adorn labels,

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Favors with flavor If home-baked treats aren’t an option, you can still fill personalized boxes with cookies touted by the National Press and Food Critics as “The most delicious cookies in the World.” Geoff & Drew’s Incredible Cookies in Malden, Massachusetts, have gotten nods from Gourmet Magazine, The NewYork Times and The Today Show among others. The beauty and fun of their yummy products is that they can be customized. “Since it is the bride’s special day, we think she should do whatever she wants. From shortbread designs, flavors, color schemes, ribbons and gift bags, you name it, we have done it,” enthuses Carol Spickler, president and “chief cookie girl,” who is also proud of their custom chocolates.

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Favorable giving Perhaps the most meaningful favors are the ones that give back. More and more couples are choosing to make donations in lieu of favors. In honor of your guests, to pay tribute

to a loved one or to contribute to charity close to the couples’ heart, a tastefully designed scroll or tented card at every place setting will ensure that everyone at your wedding learns about your genuine expression of kindness. The Children’s Hospital Boston Special Occasion Favor program works with couples who want to make a charitable gift to this very worthwhile cause. Consider this: You wedding favor will be the very first gift you give as a couple. So, whatever option you choose, remember to have it say “Thank-you” in your unique, personal, outside-the-box style! B&G Cindy Papish Gerber is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.

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I learned the differences between Wampus Kitty and the Side Hill Hoofer. I knew that red-eyed gravy was made with coffee, that grits were both a breakfast food and an acronym (Girls Raised In the South) and that the plural form of y’all is all y’all. Having mastered those regional nuances, I figured planning a wedding in our Cape Cod town ofWellfleet would be a walk in the park. So Angela and I chose early spring, a time of rebirth, growth and development. To us, everything made sense… that is, until we announced our idea to family and friends. “Good call,” my friend said,“gray and rainy, just after mud season. I hope Angela will be wearing a brown wedding dress to hide the dirt.” “The Cape opens after Memorial Day. Nothing is open off-season.” “What hotels are open then? Where will we stay?” From the sounds of it, I would have had an easier time finding Sweet Tea in the North than planning an off-season wedding on the Cape.Yet after successfully navigating through the pitfalls of a long-distance and regionally diverse relationship, there had to be a way to resolve these issues. The answer was as simple as this southeastern conference motto: keep a winning game plan, change a losing game plan. Our strengths were diverse—in a nutshell,Yankee ingenuity and Southern charm—so we played to them, starting with what we knew best. Angela and I were already members at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, so

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asking our friend and pastor Ken Roscoe to officiate was the first order of business. A fringe benefit was that the church itself is as old and as beautiful as any. Add to that a couple of incredibly talented musicians from our church choir, organist Brad Williams and harpist Thom Dutton, and the sacred part of our wedding was covered. We’d even get to ring the bells to announce our marriage. Next, we wrote our own invitations and announcements.With the help of Pastor Ken, we

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also composed our wedding vows and customized our ceremony in keeping with liturgical traditions.We even created our programs so our guests could follow along.After all, those English degrees had to be good for something. We wanted our reception to have a view of the water, and the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club was the perfect location. An added bonus was that my friends and I could see one of our favorite fishing and hunting spots through the window. Reven

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Oliver, director of operations, was practically our wedding planner; in addition to coordinating our reception, she recommended Shannon Mahoney of Sumptuous Catering and Kim Reilly at Studio K Photography. Our off-season wedding now worked to our advantage as our vendors had plenty of free time to spend with us. The caterer prepared an array of delicious appetizers, including maki rolls, grilled baby lamb chops with minted garlic oil, and scallion crepes with roasted duck, followed by an entrée of grilled lobster tails and tenderloin. In keeping with our natural surroundings we chose to adorn the church and reception hall with items found locally, namely sand dollars, sea stars and sea scallop shells.With help from Sheila at Kelley’s Flowers we added Sweet Peas, Delphiniums, Asters and Hydrangeas to the wedding décor and for replanting later on. Many of these flowers now grow in our yard. Tradition calls for a white wedding cake, but we were conflicted. Our love of chocolate knows no boundaries, so we turned to Marc at the Cottage Street Bakery to disguise true chocolate decadence with a classic butter cream frosting. In essence we had our cake and ate it, too. Angela is thoroughly high-tech, which was a distinct advantage when it came to music for dinner and dancing. She downloaded tracks ranging from classic Big Band, Swing and Classical to Rock and Pop, and arranged playlists thematically with all phases of the reception in mind. With no lodging available and lots of outof-town guests, we turned to our friend Judi Peters, owner of Wellfleet Real Estate. She found us an enormous cottage overlooking Wellfleet Harbor that was perfectly suitable for entertaining and accommodating. For our rehearsal dinner, we planned outdoor guest activities that would do double duty: Everyone dug and shucked oysters and littlenecks that were later served as fried clams and oysters, and at a raw bar.We added scallops wrapped in bacon, clam chowder and appetizers of pasta with white clam sauce.You get the picture. When it came to the wedding day, we favored a natural approach to photography. Yet the week before our wedding,Angela had a portrait taken in a variety of seaside settings complete with fancy hair, her wedding dress and cowboy boots.


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For example, rehearsal dinners used to be limited to just immediate family and members of the wedding party—and they can still be. But many couples are now extending invitations to all out-of-town guests or, in some cases, the entire wedding guest list, making this a significant occasion for well-traveled friends and family to reunite before the official nuptial celebration. To design a memorable rehearsal dinner, start by determining the “feel” of your wed-

ding reception and its setting. Is it a formal bash in a ballroom? A seaside affair in a tent? A white-tie gathering in a mansion? Contrast the look and feel of the big day with a rehearsal dinner completely opposite in design. Here are a few ideas.

Down-home barbecue Whether hosted in your or a friend’s backyard, a hotel or event space, or a restaurant, the casual nature of this American tradition

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will make everyone feel welcome.With classic red and white checkered tablecloths, a selection of sauces in six-pack beer holders (include everything from a sweet Kansas City variety to bitter, vinegar-based East Carolina renditions) and a dash of Southern-inspired hospitality, your guests will be in hog heaven. Design a menu including tried-and-true favorites, including cornbread, fried green tomatoes, mashed potatoes and, of course, deep, rich smoky barbecue. For personal touches, consider custom-labeled sauces, custom-printed cloth or disposable bibs and, for special guests, branding irons with their initials. Don’t forget… no Southern barbecue would be complete with out a heapin’ helpin’ of peach cobbler!

New England clambake They are the iconic images that lure millions to this little corner of the world every year: church steeples rising above the foliage, the sweeping sea and a bright red lobster with hot, melted butter nearby. For couples welcoming a large portion of their friends and family to our neck of the woods, nothing beats a toast to our heritage with a traditional clambake. Your guests will marvel at the history of this longstanding tradition. Most local clambake companies or caterers make quite an ordeal of the cooking process, which includes lobsters, steamers, crabs or mussels baked in the ground on a bed of seaweed. When it is time for the ceremonial unveiling, the chef or “bakemaster” will often explain the history of this more than 400-year-old ritual.

A night in Havana For a celebration with some international flavor, recreate the heat of Havana, Cuba. Start with colorful invitations inspired by the Cuban flag to get guests excited and encourage men to don traditional (and comfortable!) guayaberas and ladies their dancing shoes. Set the mood with cigar box centerpieces and the sounds of salsa music in the air. Consider hiring a tabaquera, or cigar roller, like Marcia Weaver of the Boston Cigar Company to delight your guests with cigars rolled by hand and wrapped with a custom cigar band. The menu options can be just as hot with savory traditional Cuban sandwiches, plan-


tain chips, moros y cristianos (black beans and rice) and of course, mojitos. Don’t forget the rum cake finale!

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Other festive pre-wedding options Prior to the big day, a relaxed and enjoyable activity can bring families together and strengthen bonds. Courageous Sailing Center in Boston Harbor, for example, often charters sailing trips for wedding parties. Let one of their expert skippers take the helm so you and your guests can sit back and enjoy the view. Or, you can make this a team-building exercise that will teach everyone how to hoist the main or set the spinnaker, all in a day’s work. A less weather-risky adventure is to charter a tour of local landmarks. See Boston by land and by sea during the city’s famous Duck Tour, conducted in amphibious vehicles with a spirited “conducktor.” From Faneuil Hall to Bunker Hill to Cheers, first-timers and natives alike can appreciate this historic city. Closer to home, perhaps, you can rent a trolley for a one-hour trip around your locale with the two of you playing tour guide, pointing out the places that mean the most to you as a couple. As your group of bridesmaids is often a mix of friends from different facets of your life, a bridesmaid’s tea the day before the wedding makes for an indulgent girl’s day out. Interpret this idea literally, with a very Victorian afternoon tea including tea sand-

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wiches, tea breads, scones and truffles (pinkies out!), or consider a spa outing for pre-wedding mani/pedicures.

Post-nup parties By now your bridal party, friends and family are well acquainted, and by the end of your fabulous wedding they may be looking to continue the party—especially if you are hosting a daytime wedding. Planning an afterparty can be as detailed as issuing invitations,

offering “pub grub” hors d’oeuvres and lots of flowing local brew, or by simply choosing a designated spot to meet up afterward. Either way, let the restaurant or bar know ahead of time so they can be prepared for the crowd; they might even be able to rope off a VIP area for your party or assist you in the planning process. Though some couples can’t wait jet off to their much-anticipated honeymoon, others take the opportunity to spend as much time

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as they can with friends and family.The truth is, the wedding will fly by in the blink of an eye, and you may not have the chance to chat up that former college roommate or West Coast aunt and uncle. Day-after brunches are increasingly popular and many restaurants and hotels are catering to these special gatherings (some offer discounts if the wedding was there or if you reserved a room block). Your guests will agree that omelet and waffle stations, a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and mimosas are just about the perfect way to start off the day. Consider your vision for your wedding weekend, how you want to welcome and celebrate guests, and what kinds of events best reflect that vision. The opportunities are endless! B&G Rhode Island-based freelance writer Andrea McHugh is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™.

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Newport, Rhode Island FAIRY TALES CAN AND DO COME TRUE AT BELCOURT CASTLE, an impressive 60-room chateau built in 1891 in mansion-laden Newport, Rhode Island, during the Gilded Age. Originally designed as a stately bachelor pad for owner Oliver Belmont, this 17th century, King Louis XIII inspired hunting lodge replica exudes the romance of a bygone era throughout its ballrooms and banquet halls. As you enter the gates and stroll through the beautiful halftimbered courtyard, it is easy to see why Belcourt Castle was built for entertaining. Inside, the soft-colored candle light and beautiful chandeliers illuminate ivory walls and gorgeous drapery throughout. As they are escorted to their seats, wedding guests are treated to a swift history lesson with a guided tour of the castle’s art. Even music sounds better when the harps, a pipe organ and pianos are played within this sanctuary, adding to the overall charm and ambience of this historic mansion. There are several options for accommodating your wedding event and guests. The French Gothic Ballroom is an ethereal setting for a candlelight ceremony and reception for up to 250 guests, while the center courtyard and first-floor rooms are well-suited for a cocktail reception. The Christian Chapel can accommodate up to 40 seated guests for your ceremony, and the magnificent antique crystal chandeliers in the Italian Banquet Hall create a glittering atmosphere; reception fare is served on striking antique tables. The main reception room features Gilded Age “King” and “Queen” chairs for the bride and groom. A breathtakingly beautiful Russian crystal chandelier sparkles at the center of the room along with eight smaller Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers.What’s more, the indirect lighting in the Versailles Room—now a dining room with elegant French Empire columns and large mirrors, mirrored doors and shutters that open up to breathtaking ocean views—was

installed at the suggestion of Thomas Edison in 1894. Rental fees range from $2,500 to $7,200 depending on the day, month and length of your celebration, exclusive of catering costs. Couples are advised to plan on and additional $85 to $125 per person for food and beverages. At no extra charge, the castle will schedule a one-hour rehearsal the day before the wedding and will coordinate planning meetings with florists, musicians, caterers and family members, as well as the ceremony.The castle event planners can provide an extensive list of preferred vendors your consideration.

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Connecticut River in East Haddam sits Gillette Castle. The former home of actor and playwright William Gillette, infamous for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage in the late 19th and 20th centuries, is a massive field stone mansion is reminiscent of a medieval castle. Today it is part of a 184-acre Connecticut state park. Although wedding festivities cannot take place inside the mansion, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection does sanction the use of the grounds surrounding the castle.The terrace, which 68 Winter

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directly overlooks the river, can be used for wedding ceremonies and the property is often used for pictures. Impressive stone walls and arches line the entrance to this former estate. There are some stipulations for tying the knot at this captivating place: Ceremonies can only take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. and the guest list cannot exceed 50 people. The current rate to rent the terrace/porch area, which is available from June through September excluding holiday weekends, is $285. Guests taking the Chester-Hadlyme ferry ($3 per vehicle) across the Connecticut River to access the castle will be able to watch its grandeur rise before their eyes and have captivating views of the valley as well.


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nuptials, look no further than the Hammond Castle Museum. This impressive Gothic-style castle, once a home to prolific inventor John Hays Hammond Jr., an avid collector of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance artifacts, is an idyllic setting for a 15th century-inspired nuptial gala. “There is not much you have to do here for a medieval-style wedding,” says Linda Rose, the museum’s functions director. “The atmosphere for such an event is already in place.” Couples married here have often encouraged their guests to don period attire. Recently, one bride’s parents were dressed as royally as a king and queen. Some grooms and groomsmen have been known to wear medieval-inspired outfits—even a suit of armor!—and brandish swords while brides have personalized a modern-day gown by donning an elegant cape for the reception.The castle theme is easily conveyed through other elements, such as placecard holders and even the wedding cake. Keep in mind that you will be renting a fully-functioning museum with regularly scheduled hours and events, so your wedding festivities can begin no earlier than 6 p.m. and must end by 11 p.m.The rental fee for inside the castle or use of the ocean-side lawn is $950 per hour (three-hour minimum), Friday through Sunday. An interior rental includes use of the resplendent great hall featuring a colossal pipe organ, a tastefully appointed Renaissance dining room and a lovely indoor courtyard.The guest capacity at the museum is 90 for a sit-down dinner or buffet, 100 for a cocktail reception and 120 for a seated lawn reception.The rental fee also includes one half hour of rehearsal time if your wedding ceremony is scheduled at the castle. Hammond Castle is closed during the winter months. THEIR

Searles Castle at Windham Windham, New Hampshire

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EVERY WOMAN SHOULD FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS on her wedding day and there’s no better place to receive such imperial treatment than at an authentic English Tudor castle. Fortunately, you do not have to sail across the ocean to find it; instead, just head north to New Hampshire. Built in 1905 in the style of an English manor, the Seales Castle at Windham is furnished with imported marble and artifacts from England and features elegant details, such as carved wooden balconies and a marble fireplace that originally stood in Tuileries

Palace under Louis XIV and Napoleon. The sprawling 180-acre wooded estate was built under the direction of Edward F. Searles, an interior decorator and antique collector. He is said to have employed the finest masons and woodworkers to construct the castle. Examples of the fine work he commissioned are found in the carved oak balcony and the marble fireplaces. Specializing in elegant tented weddings within the privacy of a gated, granite-walled courtyard, Searles Castle atWindham is a fullservice facility that hosts only one wedding per day and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Two formats—station and plated— for your dinner service are available with a variety of menus to suit every palate and budget. Perhaps Edward Searles had wedding cerwww.bridegroommag.com

emonies in mind when he designed the classy courtyard grotto. Circular in shape, with a raised ceremonial area in a wooded backdrop, the castle grotto provides a lovely backdrop for taking your vows. There are also plenty of picturesque areas for wedding photos, including a brook and a medieval-looking stone bridge. For an additional fee, a bride and her entourage may arrive 90 minutes early to avail themselves of the luxurious second-floor master suite for last minute touch-ups, dressing and a special photo session. A Searles Castle bridal consultant escorts the bride and her attendants to the wedding location where the nuptial festivities will commence. The event planners at Searles Castle are adamant about accommodating prospective brides and grooms with the wedding of their dreams in these challenging economic times. They encourage any interested couples to consult the castle’s planners to discuss what options are available to realize those dreams. BRIDE&GROOM

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Saint Clements Castle you are immediately transported to a place exuding old European charm. A classic example of French Tudor and Bavarian architecture, Saint Clements Castle is the former manor home of Howard Taylor, a wealthy solicitor who began constructing this estate on an 82-acre plot of land along the Connecticut River in the late 1800s. While the basic architectural design of the home began with the influence of the 16thcentury castles of Europe, a NewYork architect pulled together various influences and traditions that resulted in the present structure. For instance, the roofs of the manor house are inspired by homes in the Bavarian 70 Winter

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Alps while the long balcony was modeled after the Inn of William the Conqueror at Divers, France, and the living room was fashioned after the Great Hall of the Chateau of Langeais. For couples interested in the total castle wedding experience, Saint Clements is an obvious choice to stage your special day. It is easy to imagine yourself arriving in a vintage car or, after the ceremony (complete with flower petals strewn all along the wedding aisle) you and your new spouse arriving at the reception in an elegant horsedrawn carriage driven by a groomsman in top hat and tails. Regarding ceremonies, Saint Clements Castle offers a variety of settings depending

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upon the time of year or the size of the guest list.You may choose the intimacy of the Art Gallery, the natural splendor of the back lawn overlooking the Connecticut River, or the elegant formality of the Sunken Garden. Receptions held at Saint Clements Castle generally occur either in theWaterford Room or Prince Edward Ballroom; both locations showcase the castle’s unique collection of art and antiques and can accommodate up to 220 and 260 guests respectively. Couples may choose one of several in-house prepared dining options (averaging $84 to $125 per person), from an elegant sit-down dinner to a reception with gourmet stations.


Should a castle be the ideal setting for your wedding, be sure to consider these five notable and noble establishments. They will certainly deliver on romance and ambiance, proving that fairytales do come true. B&G Cynthia Allegrezza is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and is a lover of castles and all things regal and romantic.

Where to find them Belcourt Castle 657 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 401-846-0669 www.belcourtcastle.com Gillette Castle Gillette Castle State Park 67 River Road Hadlyme, CT 860-526-2336 or 860-526-2015 www.ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp (type Gillette Castle into the search box) Hammond Castle Museum 80 Hesperus Avenue Gloucester, MA 978-283-2080 or 978-283-2081 www.hammondcastle.org Museum is shown by appointment only.

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Creative keepsakes, candy and ice cream bars, a late-night delivery from Krispy Kreme… Today’s weddings don’t always follow the rules. In fact, sometimes they’re filled with unexpected elements that are both fun and memorable. If you are seeking ways to set your wedding apart from all others, have we got some suggestions for you!

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Fun and games One attractive amenity at mansions and estates available for rent are the sprawling lawns with uninterrupted views. While guests may be entertained aplenty by a captivating vista, there’s nothing like some lawn games set up during cocktail hour to turn up the intrigue. And at such a festive occasion, jovial games including croquet, bocce, a sandbag toss or horseshoes will add a dash of whimsy to the affair. (In the spirit of lighthearted competitiveness, chances are your groomsmen will be the first to pounce on some of the fun.) Remember, your wedding is also the time that many of your guests are reuniting and games are a great way to encourage them to mingle and socialize. Keeping guests occupied will also reduce the mad


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rush to the bar at the beginning of cocktail hour. Be sure to ask the caterer to pass wine, beer or perhaps a signature cocktail around the game sites.

Picture perfect True, a standard guestbook is a great way for friends and family to share congratulations and some marriage wisdom, but why not consider a more hands-on approach that will keep them entertained as well? Photo booths have become an increasingly popular wedding-day element that provide lasting images that will forever make you smile.

“We saw photo booths set up at our friend’s parties and events and people always had lots of fun, so we decided to have one at our wedding,” say newlyweds Fei and Kevin Jolly. The couple turned to their photographer, Jen Zenobia of Zenobia Photography Studios in Rhode Island to create a live “photo station” in a hallway between the dinning room and dance floor that guests could visit throughout the reception. Zenobia stocked the simple white fabric-covered space with costumes and accessories, including cowboy hats, fedoras, fans, boas and mustaches, for guests to play with. “We loved the mustaches,” recalls Fei. “Guests were going nuts with the costumes and we all had a blast.” The photos were mounted in a guestbook and guests were able to obtain copies online after the wedding. “It is not only a great idea to add fun things to do at the party; it is also a great

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way to have pictures of guests, which made our guestbook so much more special.” Boston Photobooth Rental delivers, programs, manages and removes their oldfashion style photo booth at events, including weddings, throughout New England. “It has that feel of when people used to get in a photo booth on the boardwalk; people like the squeezing in part,” says owner Sean Cruise. “It always makes for some interesting candids.” After your photo session, the booth prints a 4" x 6" with three images on either side of the couple’s name and monogram or design motif. “We work with each client to create an insignia that’s tailored to them,” says Cruise, who can either create a look complementing the wedding or use pre-existing graphics, such as a monogram or icon, direct from the invitation or save-the-date card. One side of the strip then gets placed into a keepsake scrapbook for the couple, and the remaining strip with the design is kept by guests as a favor. A booth attendant takes care of the scrapbook and guests are invited to visit the booth as many times as they want during the wedding.


first dance, many times to “Can’t Help Falling in Love� or The King’s famed “Hawaiian Wedding Song.� Adding Elvis to your wedding is sure to leave friends and family, all shook up.

The finer things Wedding planner Raina Dawn Dieterle has worked with brides and grooms who have considered hiring a live painter for their wedding. “I think a live painter is a fabulous,‘outof-the-box’ idea that provides not just an

amazing keepsake, but an experience for the guests,� says Dieterle. Consider commissioning a local artist, such as Boston-based Dianne Panarelli Miller, to capture the ceremony or reception on canvas. He or she can set up in plain view and will certainly be a conversation piece for friends and family. “Usually at the wedding, the guests are stunned and totally entertained.They love it,� says Miller, who has traveled regionally to cap-

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Center stage Oftentimes, throughout the lunch, brunch or dinner courses of the reception, light music is played by the DJ or bands take their break.As time is tight at a reception, this “down time� is perfect for running that slide show you’ve worked on. Or, you could even include a cultural celebration. Think Irish step-dancers, Chinese dragons, a taste of Bollywood or lederhosen-clad German dancers. Whatever is meaningful to you will be exciting to share with your guests. Not every performer, however, needs to have a poignant meaning. Jeff Jarvis, a professional DJ, is also an Elvis impersonator whose performances always get the party started. “During dinner, it is often soft music or I’ll sing. But when people aren’t paying attention, I’ll run in the back to don the sideburns and the flashy outfit before announcing, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis is alive and performing here tonight!,’� says Jarvis. “The reaction is, well, it’s controlled insanity.At weddings, you have so many different age groups, and this is a way to appeal to all of them.� While Jarvis pulls out all the stops— scarves, gold-rimmed glasses and ubiquitous teddy bears—he is quick to point out that the show is not him but the bride and groom, and this type of performance is what breaks the ice. Brides have also hired him for their grooms and vice versa. Sometimes he “performs� a wedding service, complete with mock wedding vows that keep everyone in stitches. “I’ll say something like, ‘Do you, you hunka-hunka burnin’ love, take so and so,’ or, ‘If there are any suspicious minds who object, speak now or forever hold your peace,’� says Jarvis. Couples have also asked him to sing for their

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ture weddings. “When they see me painting the first one, it is almost finished and looks great. I then set up the second so they can see me paint it from a white canvas. It is a blast to see their excitement as it gets finished.” For an arguably less refined artistic element that is no less intriguing, have a caricaturist capture the joy of your guests throughout the night.This fun-filled addition is not only lighthearted and enjoyable, but can also provide creative wedding favors guests will treasure.

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requests many couples are making. For example, some of Baker’s more non-traditional “bars” have included a raw bar with Asian flavors, a bruschetta bar with assorted toasted garlic breads and an array of toppings, a tapas bar and even a griddle cake station. To appeal to the sweet tooth crowd, many couples provide a self-serve candy bar with color coordinated sweets, or present a Viennese table with cakes, cookies, pastries and mousses accompanied by a coffee station. While wonderful, consider making this sugary surprise an interactive display. One recently-wed couple hired their favorite ice cream shop, Cold Stone Creamery, to set up shop at their Newport, Rhode Island wedding. With their signature frozen granite slab and a bevy of “mix-ins” to choose from, guests swooned once they realized a delectable custom creation from one of America’s most loved brands could be theirs.You can also hire Cold Stone or even Ben & Jerry’s to bring an ice cream cart to the wedding filled with premade frozen treats. For a wedding on a warm summer day, you can surprise your guests with a visit from one of New England’s best loved refreshments: Del’s Lemonade. The legendary lemonade trucks that have sought out thirst beachgoers since 1948 will today pay a visit to weddings. “You can have a Del’s Truck pull up to the front of the house or venue, you can have a Del’s Cart roll up in the venue or you can purchase the soft frozen lemonade and cups and have it served on trays,” says planner Dieterle, who recently worked with one of her brides to secure a Del’s cart visit to surprise her groom. “The guests are all going to be wowed and the groom will be so surprised,” she says. “It will be a big hit and such a special touch that no one will forget.”

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For many couples, extras touches like these are a way to reveal more about their personalities, whether it’s a lighter side, a sweet tooth, a love of art or photography or all of the above. Extraordinary experiences create memories for newlyweds—and their friends and family—for years to come. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine,Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, Rhode Island.

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

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

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

6 – 9 months • Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Have all of your major vendors reserved. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for ceremony and reception (i.e. programs, favors, menus, etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding Web site.

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

• Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved.

2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 94). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Organization The best way to keep things running smoothly and stress levels manageable is to have some type of organizational system to sort out your planning information.Whether you use dedicated file folders, a binder or even just a single box, make this the place to keep all wedding-related data. But remember, this will only work if you are committed to it. Having a timetable may also help.We’ve provided one for you on p. 79.

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

The deciding factor So what really determines the size and scope of your wedding? For some, cash is king when it comes to decisions about size and location. For others, a particular artistic or thematic vision may determine the place and cost. Whatever the driving force, you might find that you’re addressing the first three tasks listed here simultaneously. Don’t panic: There’s no specific method for making these decisions. Your best bet is to keep a list of what’s most/least important to you. By prioritizing (and, in some cases, re-prioritizing) your wants and needs, you’ll be more equipped to make the “tough” choices. B&G

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Interviewing reception facilities THE CORNERSTONE TO PLANNING any wedding is the reception location. To make the most of your site visits and interviews, consider these questions: 1. Do you have any package plans? If so, what do they include? 2. Is there a separate rental fee for the site? 3. Do you have liability insurance? 4. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date? 5. What is your cancellation policy? 6. What is the maximum number of people you can accommodate? The minimum? 7. Is there a minimum charge we must pay regardless of the number of people we have? 8. Is there a kitchen on site? 9. Do you provide catering services? 10. If you do not provide catering services, do you have a list of approved caterers? Can I hire someone that isn’t on the list? 11. Are tables, chairs, china, linens, flatware and glassware available/included? 12. Are there open/cash bar options? 13. If a bar isn’t available—and you have a liquor license—can I have a bar set up? 14. Will a staff supervisor be available on that day to oversee my event? 15. How far in advance will you need a head count? Meal count?

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17. What size tables do you have? How many do they seat comfortably? 18. Do you offer a variety of floor plans? 19. How long will I have the site? Are there additional charges for overtime? 20. Will there be other events or weddings happening in concurrence with mine? 21. Will there be another party before or after mine? If so, how will this affect my event? (i.e., Will there be any overlap? Will there be time to change over the room?) 22. Are there any restrictions regarding how long music can be played? The type of music (live or DJ)? 23. Can I see photos of previous wedding receptions? Can I see the room set up for an upcoming wedding? 24. Is there a separate room for the bride/ bridal party? 25. How many restrooms are there? Is there a coatroom? Are there attendants for each? If so, is there a charge? 26. Is there parking? If so, is there a charge? Do you have or can you provide valet services? 27. Is your facility handicap accessible?

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7. Will I have an opportunity to taste various flavors of cake, filling and/or icing? 8. What size cake is best for the number of guests I am planning to have? 9. Will the cake be fresh or frozen? How far in advance of my wedding will the cake be made? 10. Will you deliver the cake? If so, at what point during the day will you do it? Is there an additional delivery charge? 11. Will you set up the cake at the reception location? If so, is there an additional charge? Will you need any special considerations from the facility (such as refrigeration)? 12. I’d like my cake decorated with fresh flowers.Will you work with my florist to obtain them or will I have to provide them?

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Most common decorations/icings Basket weave: A popular design using interlocking horizontal and vertical lines of icing that resemble a woven basket. Butter cream: A soft and creamy frosting made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, egg yolks and milk/light cream. Used as an icing, piping, filling or to make decorative borders. Can be colored and flavored; may melt in high heat or humidity. Dotted Swiss:A technique that decorates the wedding cake with small random dots of icing, resembling a fabric of the same name. Embroidery: A very detailed cake decoration that resembles embroidery done in needlework. Fondant: A sweet, malleable icing that can be swathed like fabric over a cake to create a smooth, porcelain-like finish. Often used as the base for designs and elaborate decorations. Gum paste: A moldable mixture of confectioners’ sugar, gelatin and starch used to create realistic-looking edible flowers, fruits and ribbons that are used as garnishes. Latticework:A crisscross pattern of icing applied to a cake. Piping: Method of decorating a cake with intricate patterns, bows, flowers, etc. Icing is squeezed through a pastry bag and applied with a decorative metal tip in the desired pattern or shape. Royal icing:An icing used to create latticework, flowers, beading, etc. Made from confectioners’ sugar and egg whites, it starts out soft then hardens when dry. B&G

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Planning 101

Finding your photographer 20+ questions to pose SECURING

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document your day will require a fair amount of research.To help you get started, here is a list of more than 20 basic questions you should ask prospective professionals. (If you have any special needs or requests, be sure to mention them during your interviews.) 1. What is the photographer’s style (i.e., traditional, photojournalistic, artistic or a mixture)? Knowing what you prefer ahead of time will help narrow the field. 2. How many weddings does the photographer/studio shoot in a year? 3. If the studio has multiple photographers, which one will shoot my wedding? Be sure you see samples of everyone’s work and that you’re comfortable with the style of the photographer you’re contracting. 4. What type of cameras are used: digital or film? If digital, how new/updated is the equipment? If film, is it 35mm or medium format? (Medium format is a larger negative that makes large prints sharp and clear.) 5. What type of proofs will I receive, prints or electronic files? 6. If print proofs are made from film, will those images also be put into an electronic format? (Some photographers will have their negatives scanned for printing and archival purposes.) 7. If electronic proofs are provided (either from scans or original digital files), will they be posted online or sent to me on a disc? 8. If proofs are made available online, can I share them with family and friends? Will they be able to order prints from that site? 9. What is included in the packages offered? (This can mean the number of proofs, number of final album pages, style of album, number of photos displayed in the album, 88 Winter

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sizes of photos displayed in the album, parents’ albums, engagement portrait, etc.) How many hours will the photographer be at my event? What is the payment schedule? What charges, if any, are there for overtime? Are there any charges (such as travel time, site visits, etc.) that are not included in the package price? How many shots will be taken at my wedding? Will an assistant be used? If so, is there an extra charge? What back-up plans are in place if the contracted photographer becomes ill? Will back-up equipment be available on the wedding day? Will the photographer be dressed in appropriate attire (tuxedo or suit)? Will the photographer (and any assistants) require meals? When will I have access to proofs? How long after I make my selections for the album(s) will it (they) be ready? What are the charges for reprints? Is there any discount for ordering multiple prints?

Extra tips 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 must-have shots well in advance. B&G

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Planning 101

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Basics 1. Track your expenses regularly to see how the numbers work with your budget. That way you will know right away if costs are getting out of control. 2. Plan far in advance. Time, as they say, is money. So the more time you have, the more money you can save. 3. Get married in the “off season.” Popular times of year are often more expensive than others. Look to the months of winter and early spring for available dates and discounted pricing. 4. Get married during the week. This is a great option for a small, intimate reception. For example, a Thursday night will likely be more available than a Friday or Saturday— and may offer better rates. 5. Look to your own backyard (or someone else’s). Whether it is for a ceremony and/or reception, you know the owner so there will not be any rental fees! 6. Cut the list.This is probably the toughest action to take, but reducing your head count is a sure-fire way to save big. 7. Ask your reception facility or caterer where you can trim costs. Options such as a beer/wine-only bar or fewer hors d’oeuvres/ desserts can yield significant savings. 8. Ask your baker about making a smaller cake to display at the reception and making sheet cakes to be cut and served. 9. Ask your photographer and videographer about decreasing the amount of coverage. Important things like the ceremony and formal photos can be covered by the pros;


you can leave the reception shots to your friends and family. 10. Share your ceremony flowers with another couple marrying the same day in your house of worship. 11. Look into using potted plants or dish gardens as centerpieces. They may end up being less expensive that cut flower arrangements. 12. Costs of live bands can rise due to the number of musicians. Look to bands that can vary the size of their ensemble. 13. If you are using a DJ and all you want is music, ask about eliminating the extras such as laser lighting and/or smoke machines, and inquire about limited emcee duties. 14. Simplicity is key. Consider doing without little details such as napkins with your names and wedding date, which can be costly when added to the other small details. Attire 15. Borrow a dress. Whether it is your mother’s altered to suit you or a friend’s gown that is just your size, working with an alreadyworn gown can make a substantial impact to your budget. 16. Buy a sample dress. Many bridal salons will sell, at discounted prices, the samples they have used in the store. 17. Check out bridesmaid dresses. Available in a variety of colors—including white and ivory—this option will cost considerably less and will likely be delivered in a shorter time frame. Details 18. Keep postage costs down by limiting the number of inserts and using a lightweight invitation paper. Directions can be provided through your wedding Web site. 19. Bargain shop for favors. Buy in bulk wherever possible to save on the per unit costs. 20. Get help from talented family and friends who are crafty, artistic, musical, etc. It will make your wedding day more personal and fun and save you a few bucks! B&G

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1. Know your own style. Sure, you like flowers… but how do you like them arranged? Are there any particular blooms that strike your fancy? Check out bridal magazines, friends wedding photos and the Internet to find the styles you like most and least. 2. Now that you know your style preferences, what about that of a potential florist? Does it mirror or complement yours? If she favors modern and cutting edge designs while you prefer more Victorian and traditional styles, it might not be a good match. Here are some ways to find out if you will see eye to eye: • Ask about her artistic philosophies/ preferences. What designs does she like to create and why? • Ask to see photos of recent wedding work. • Ask to see any bouquets/arrangements in progress when you are at the shop. There is nothing like checking out the real thing. • Look around the shop; how it’s decorated and arranged will give you a good sense of her overall style. • Show the photos you have collected of what you like. What is the reaction? If she isn’t as excited by the designs as you are, move on to the next designer. 3. Know your budget and be up front about it with your florist; it is as important as your artistic vision.The cost of your floral decorations can range from moderate to exorbitant, depending on everything from the amount of flowers used, to the types (orchids will be infinitely more costly than carnations), to the

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size of the bouquets and centerpieces, etc. Knowing your budget will give the florist the parameters within which she has to work, which will help her to give suggestions on how to achieve your aesthetic vision reasonably. 4.You should also find out how the florist and her shop handles weddings. Here are some key questions to ask: • How many weddings do you do each week? How many will be done the weekend of my wedding? • Have you done any weddings at my ceremony and/or reception site? If so, do you have any suggestions for the types/colors/sizes of arrangements that might work well for my wedding? • I have a small budget, yet I would like to have as much color as possible.What suggestions do you have for maximizing my options? • Does your price include set-up of the centerpieces (and other arrangements) at the reception site? Does it include decoration of my cake? Also, does it include any transportation of ceremony flowers to reception site? If not, what are the extra charges for these details? • Do you provide vases, arches, candelabras, etc. or do I need to provide them? If you do not and I am required to rent them, can you suggest a rental company? • May I provide my own vases, arches, candelabras, etc? If so, how will that affect the price? B&G


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Barbados The most easterly of the Caribbean islands, Barbados has acres of sugar cane fields, palmstudded, idyllic white sand beaches, and a variety of places to stay, play and dine. Resorts such as Sandy Lane, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Glitter Bay, the new five-star Hilton Barbados and Cobblers Cove Hotel, a discreet 40-suite luxury resort overlooking gardens and the sea, flourish on the island’s “Gold Coast” where the western shores are lapped by the Caribbean’s gentle turquoise waters. On the wilder east coast there is The Crane Resort & Residences where the beach spreads out below a rocky 70-foot cliff. There are also large, all-inclusive resorts like the adults-only Almond Beach Club & Spa, upscale chain hotels as well as plantation houses and villas, and intimate hidden retreats such as The House, a couples-oriented gem designed to function like a quiet, posh residence. Treasure Beach, with just 35 rooms, is known for its personal friendly service; Manager Hamish Watson may be running one of the best small hotels on the island. Barbados is the only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with internationally renowned chefs, artists who like to put signature spins on local favorites like flying fish and tropical fruits. Toast the sunset at cliff-hanging open air restaurants Champers and The Cliff where torches ring the balcony and ocean waves crash onto the shore just below. Lunch at Fisherpond Great House set in flourishing gardens amidst fields of sugar cane, or picnic on white sandy beaches like Smith Cove. www.visitbarbados.org

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Bermuda There aren’t many islands left on the planet quite like Bermuda. The warm turquoise sea washes up onto coral-tinged beaches. The semi-tropical climate is warm year round, even though the island is 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Everywhere you go, the sea is seldom out of sight.Traffic moves at the astounding speed of 23 mph. And for golfers, there are more courses for the island’s size than any other destination in the world. Bermuda maintains its sense of unspoiled beauty by limiting the number of cars, the number of houses non-Bermudians can purchase, the number of cruise ships that can come into port and the number of hotel rooms. Note that you will not be able to rent a car.Transportation is available by cab, but a 10-minute ride can cost you $15. Renting a bike or moped, or taking a moderately priced public bus or ferry, are less pricey options. Restaurants also tend to be expensive as do accommodations, but getting there is fairly reasonable with roundtrip airfare typically around $350 to $500 from the East Coast. Top on our list of romantic places to stay is The Reefs where every one of its 65 rooms/suites has a balcony and views of the sea, many with beds facing them directly. One-bedroom cottages are also available,

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as are infinity pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and three very different restaurants ranging from casual beachside dining to more elegant and dinner-club style options. Be sure to try a massage at La Serena, The Reefs’ new spa. Rates are from $369. www.thereefs.com At the western end of the island Cambridge Beaches has 94 cottages and suites, most with patios or balconies. Relax at intimate cove beaches, the clothes-optional sun deck or the infinity pool; indulge in a couples massage at Ocean Spa; and dine on French-inspired cuisine in the Tamarisk Room orunder a night sky in Breezes. Ask about the decadent pool suites and wedding package. www.cambridgebeaches.com For the big resort experience, the Fairmont Southampton Princess overlooking a neat par-3 golf course and the sea is popular with groups. Other places include cottage resorts Pink Beach Club, Arial Sands and the Pompano Beach Club adjacent to the Port Royal Golf Course. Elbow Beach Resort has one of the better, longer beaches and has recently renovated its bungalows. www.mandarinoriental.com/bermuda Although a small island, you will never run out of things to do. Follow the scenic Railway Trail that runs 21 miles along the coast from St. George’s Island to Somerset.There is also an array of water-based activities including sport fishing, whale watching, kayaking and snorkeling. www.bermudatourism.com

Grenada Grenada, a sprawling butterfly-shaped island rising high out of the sea, stretches like a string of beads southward from St. Vincent. Breathtaking in its lushness, everything seems to be built on a hill. After years of sleepy growth where the biggest tourism hits came from the cruise trade and a handful of small resorts, the island is getting a huge bump in hotel rooms, port facilities, shopping and spa facilities.The harbor has been revitalized as part of the Port Louis marina project, with a large marina, new hotels and residences and colorful shopping village taking shape. Mount Cinnamon, a brightlyhued new hillside boutique villa resort overlooking Grand Anse Beach just opened.A new


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Four Seasons and the island’s first golf course are in the works. Spice Island Beach Resort, located along the long stretch of Grand Anse Beach, is one of the more luxurious resorts. Some of the one- and two-story cottages have walled private gardens with patios and garden pools.Enjoy Creole cuisine at Oliver’s restaurant; dance to live island music; and indulge in a massage at Janissa’s Spa. www.spicebeachresort.com LaLuna is one of the trendy boutique hideaways for young movers and shakers. Sixteen hillside Balinese-style adobe cottages have knock-out sea views and feature chic, minimalist Indonesia-meets-Italian style. Cottages come with decks, private plunge pools and funky open showers. The palm-fringed beach is very private. www.laluna.com Mount Cinnamon’s white villas with red tiled roofs and arched balconies overlook the sea and Grand Anse Beach is just a fiveminute walk away. Sunny hues of lemon yellow, fuchsia and lime green abound while whimsical touches, local art work and adobe walk-in showers will make you smile. The Spa is small, but designed to evoke the senses with lots of candles and subdued lighting. www.mountcinnamongrenadahotel.com Off the tropical tourist radar screen is Carriacou (“Care E ah cou”), an island of

just 13 square miles just off the coast of Grenada. Here, it’s all about fishing and boat building. Pop over for the day to explore the main town with its handful of art boutiques, bakeries and restaurants. Or stay a while on the island at one of its small guest houses such as Ade’s Dream House or Bogles Round House Cottage, which is a piece of art in itself and just 60 feet from the beach. Beneath the waters that surround Grenada is a treasure trove for divers and snorkelers of all skill levels, including vast coral reefs and walls, a medley of colorful fish and barnacle-incrusted wrecks. www.grenadagrenadines.com

Peter Island Resort, BVI As Peter Island Resorts’s private launch pulls up to the pier, you may think you are hallucinating. You aren’t. Those deserted,

white sandy beaches, coconut groves and low hills covered with cactus and bougainvillea are for real. After a 20-minute complimentary boat ride from Tortola, you will have landed on an 1,800-acre private island where there are but 52 rooms and suites strung along the beach overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Five private beaches, including Honeymoon Beach, more than 20 coves and a boatload of water and land toys will keep you as busy as you want to be. Cool activities include sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking. Dive down to the Wreck of the Rhone, site of Peter Benchley’s The Deep; play tennis; have a picnic on a secluded beach; dance under the stars; and go to the far side of the island and sip champagne as the sun sets. As the only game in town, Peter Island provides all modern amenities along with garden showers, king beds, private terraces and mini bars. Villas have private pools, Jacuzzis and stunning views. Ask about honeymoon packages. www.peterisland.com B&G

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

• Remembrance gift

• Bottle of champagne

• Free night first anniversary certificate

• Wedding packages available

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

207-594-7888

info@diviaruba.com

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


by Janet Strassman Perlmutter

Eliana Perlmutter

“HOW DID YOU EVEN HEAR OF THIS PLACE?” friends asked when I described Las Animas Wilderness Retreat. That’s your first clue that this is a great choice for a restful honeymoon. Las Animas, on the Sea Of Cortez about one-third of the way down western Mexico’s Baja peninsula, is so far from any road that you are unlikely to find it on a map. Search for Bahia de Los Angeles and you have found the general area, even though this tiny village is a 40-minute ride by motorized boat from the retreat’s quiet cove.

Yet before you even arrive, you know why you have come: the peace. Baja shares the desolate beauty of the desert with the peacock blue of the sea, all framed by pink and taupe mountains and the caldera of volcanoes gone by. Nothing obscures the eye-catching sights. The most common conveyance seems to be fishing boats. Aside from that it is you and the pelicans, blue-footed boobies and cormorants that nest on craggy rocks, soar over the deep blue, and dive into the fish-laden waters.

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With vistas so clear, you see the splash of dolphins long before their sleek bodies near the boat. They frolic in the sea, in twos and threes, arriving by the dozens, then hundreds, leaping and gliding behind and ahead of the small boat. Here in the Sea of Cortez, schools of dolphin often stretch a mile long and half a mile wide, according to our naturalist guide. He estimates the school that seems to be welcoming us at 1,000 grey dolphins or more. We and they travel side by side for fifteen minutes or so until we part ways. The Sea of Cortez is a long channel, separating the 700-mile Baja, California peninsula from mainland Mexico. Home to massive whales and raucous sea lions, graceful rays and friendly sharks, every excursion between the town and the retreat is another opportunity to meet our water-bound neighbors. Giddy with excitement about our welcoming committee, we arrive at the place we will call home for six days. Above the gentle, crescentshaped cove of tawny sand sit nine yurts—spacious, round canvas-sided structures modeled after the traditional yurts of Mongolia. Not to be confused with any camping tent you’ve seen, these are the size of a grand living room, sleeping up to five in the larger yurts, with a loft, and more than ample room for two in the smaller structures. All include living room furniture, a private bathroom, comfortable platform beds, a broad waterfront porch, zip-down windows and a dome-shaped skylight; each is decorated with Mexican blankets, wall hangings and a few framed prints. This is a honeymoon as active or as laid back as you’d like. With rarely more than 12 guests at a time, your naturalist hosts tailor the 108 Winter

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day’s itinerary to guests’ interests. Warmer months encourage more swimming and snorkeling, cooler months (a relative term) allow more hiking and whale watching. As no roads lead to this resort, all explorations are by boat or by foot. Skim along the channel on the lookout for rare whale sharks— large, spotted creatures with the rounded head of a whale but truly a species of shark. While not as playful as dolphins or whales, neither are they as dangerous as most sharks. Guests and guides take turns swimming alongside the huge creatures when lucky enough to encounter them.Whales abound in this channel in the winter, yet on our summer trip we were treated to a visit by a blue whale so long we were sure, at first, that we had spotted two immense mammals. Fishing is a prime activity in the Las Animas area. Even novice anglers reliably catch fish, thanks to waters rife with sea life and the skillful boat captains who have been fishing this bay all their lives.With conditions like these, fresh caught yellowtail, cod and cabrilla provide lunch or dinner most days of our stay.Yellowtail sashimi, just minutes off the boat, makes even your favorite sushi restaurant pale dramatically in comparison. A morning’s hike brings tasty appetizers as well. Close to the retreat is a mangrove swamp prized as a nursery for young sea life. We slosh through the briny stream, watching for tiny fiddler crabs and larger blue crabs, distracted a bit by the reddish egret that seems to enjoy this hike as well. Just before the stream meets the sea, our guide stops and invites us to go clamming. The rounded shells, striped and speckled in shades of crimson, ochre and burnt orange are easy to


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find, barely masked beneath the sand’s surface. Even with temptations like these, sometimes the most inviting spot is the hammock-for-two in front of Las Animas or the cushioned lounge chairs on the wooden deck. Local beer and soft drinks are always on ice and available to guests. Grab a Baja travelogue, a regional history through the eyes of John Steinbeck or flip through the retreat’s guidebooks on local flora and fauna. Of course you’re welcome to bring your own escape literature, but from the porch of Las Animas you’re not likely to wish yourself anywhere else. The views here are nothing short of magical. Lavender skies burst into warm yellow hues as the sun rises from behind the mountains each morning. In the evening, the comfortable deck seems a 360-degree theater, as a fiery red sunset blazes across the desert in one direction and the moon rises, huge and full on the horizon. Stars peek out; planets glow, and the Milky Way galaxy stretches across the sky until there are more stars in view than you have ever seen at one time. No wonder guests often bring their mattresses out to their decks at bedtime, watching the skies glitter, lulled to sleep by the lapping of the waves. This is a honeymoon both dramatic and simple all at once.The sights are breathtaking and the wildlife rare; the tranquility is rarer, still.Yet, it is a trip arranged to make travel and enjoyment nearly effortless. Baja AirVentures takes care of all Las Animas guests from arrival at the small airport south of San Diego to the private flights into Mexico and the water transport direct to the retreat. Guests need to bring little beyond sun protection and a few changes of clothes. After that, Las

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Animas provides fresh food prepared by local cooks, juice and water all day, and margaritas each evening.They provide the guides and whatever guidance is needed, whether you find your bliss in a sunrise kayak, a sunset hike or a face-to-face swim with the neighboring sea lions. It is hard to imagine a honeymoon so very full at a resort that comprises little beyond a peaceful cove and nine canvas yurts. Still, there isn’t any sense of deprivation or sacrifice. The spectacular pleasure of this vacation is in what is absent as well as in the presence of nature. No phones or e-mail, no traffic or sirens, no TV or movies. In fact, it is quiet enough to hear the occasional spout of a whale and the nightly barking of the sea lions. Las Animas offers a type of relaxation and renewal hard to come by in this hectic world. There is barely anything there at Las Animas, and suddenly you realize, it is everything you need. B&G Travel writer Janet Strassman Perlmutter is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.When not swimming with sea lions, she lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

IFYOU GO: For more information or reservations, contact www.BajaAirventures.com e-mail bajaair@cox.net 800-221-9283. www.bridegroommag.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, West of Worcester, East of Worcester, South of Worcester and North of Worcester Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

W - Wedding Receptions

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Beechwood Hotel (Inside Front Cover)

Emily Groccia

E, B, D, W

$65+

Yes

Yes

250 Max

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

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (96)

Michelle Frieswick

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

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

Coral Seafood (38)

Jim Voylatzis

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

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

Higgins Armory Museum (56)

Rentals Office

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

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

Leo’s Ristorante (51)

Lee Hanson

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

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

Mechanics Hall (28)

Sharon Onorato

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

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

Tribeca (37)

Aaron Hammond E, B, D, W

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

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

Tuckerman Hall (32)

Paul Levenson

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

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

Worcester Art Museum (10)

Janice Potter

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

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

Reception Facility

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

Worcester

B, D

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

Varies

$30 – 50

Varies

Under $30

Varies

$30 – 50

Varies

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1/35

No

30/300

No

1/250

No

Yes

25/125

1–2

Yes

1–2

No

Yes

3

No

Yes

1

No

No

No

1–2

No

150/425

Yes

1

No

15/120

No

1

No

Max 250

Yes

1

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Sales Office

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

No

50/350

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

W - Wedding Receptions

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

East of Worcester Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club (87)

Yes

2

275 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 366-6526 • Fx: (508) 836-0233 info@AcaciaFunctions.com www.AcaciaFunctions.com

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

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (45)

Victoria Collins

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

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

Charter Oak Country Club (120)

Christine Mazri

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

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn (81)

Steven Jones

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

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

Doubletree Hotel (78)

Linde Schwartz

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$29 – 65

$75+

$30 – 75+

$30 – 70

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

130/275

10/100

50/550

2

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

Yes

1

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1-3

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

Yes

Yes

1

No

-

No

Yes

2

No

Yes

1

No

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (86)

Sales Office

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

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

Piccadilly Events (82)

Erin Phillips

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

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

Radisson Hotel & Suites (89)

June Wellington

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

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

Stow Acres Country Club (48)

Karen Giles

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

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

White Cliffs Function Facility (86)

Phyllis Joseph

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Varies

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2/150

Yes

Nancy Jewel

Yes

Yes

50/600

25 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (508) 839-5931 • Fax: (508) 839-1592 pardsjoh@aol.com

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Grafton Inn (80)

E, B, D, W

$30 – $75

Yes

2/400

20/150

25/250

50/250

100/350

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (43)

Darlene Colby Guevara E, B, D, W

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (53)

Alexis Conte

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

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

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E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

$50 – 75+

www.bridegroommag.com

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

20/300

0/200


Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (39)

Sales Office

E, B, D ,W

Varies

Yes

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

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (94)

Arnold Villatico, Jr.

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

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

Reception Facility

West of Worcester (cont.)

E, B, D ,W

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

90/250

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

No

Sales Office

Publick House (63)

Catherine O’Brien

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

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

Salem Cross Inn (83)

Donna Bennett

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (115)

Lise Soper

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (39)

Grace Gugliotti

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

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (2)

Lynn Zukas

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

South of Worcester E, B, W

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$73 – 94

$30 – 60

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 240

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

275

50/250

David Morin

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

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

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Catherine Elliott

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (96)

Melissa Laskowski

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

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (36)

Tracy Hill

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

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

Pleasant Valley Country Club (42) 95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 sales@pleasantvalleycc.com www.pleasantvalleycc.com

Michelle Violette or Kerry Bardon

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Max 85 (inside)

2

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

No

50/175

50/200

20/400

Yes

No

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

Under $30

No

50/500

Varies

Asa Waters Mansion (33)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

6/225

Arrowhead Acres (56)

E, B, D, W

Yes

25/125

1

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

$30 – 78

Yes

15/200

Pine Ridge Country Club (77)

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

No

Yes

1

Yes

No

1 in each building

No

Yes

1

Yes

No

1

Yes

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

The Hotel Providence & Aspire Restaurant (76) Rhonda English

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75

Yes

Yes

40/250

139 Mathewson St., Providence, RI 02903 Ph: (401) 861-8000 • Fx: (401) 861-8002 renglish@thehotelprovidence.com www.hotelprovidence.com

80 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Providence Arts & Theater District. The Hotel Providence has passion for the arts and passion for the art of Rhode Island cuisine.

Twin River (21)

Donna Wing

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

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

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D - Rehearsal Dinners

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Chocksett Inn (4)

Paula Kwiatkowski

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

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

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

Mary Whitman

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

W - Wedding Receptions

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

E, B, D, W

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

25/250

25/425

Yes

1–2

Yes

Yes

1–3

Yes

Yes

1

No

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

Courtyard by Marriott (84)

Rachel Jeannotte

150 Royal Plaza Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 602-1933 • Fx: (978) 343-4006 rachel.jeannotte@cyfitchburg.com

Courtyard Marriott Fitchburg, a brand new hotel with great amenities and warm hospitality. We’re located on the Johnny Appleseed Trail close to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, shopping, and entertainment.

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club (25)

Susan Piper

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

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E, B, D, W

$30 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

20/400

2/220

Yes

Yes

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

Four Points by Sheraton (65)

Renee Denno

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

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

Harrington Farm (35)

Irena Clark

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

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (50) Kerri Landry

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E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$30-$50

$50 to $75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available

Yes

20/500

50/225

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Nearby

Yes

2

No

25/375

Yes

2

No

300 Max

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (88)

Lana Visbeck

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

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

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (98)

Kristy Ashley

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

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$30 – 85

Under $30

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

15/230

10/150

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (57)

Janet Fotiadis

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (61)

Melissa Banks

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (31)

Michelle Kupfer

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$20 – 60

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

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

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

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Yes

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

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

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

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Books

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BOOKS

Pronuptia Bridals (62)

Thomas E. O’Brien (101)

Bouquet Preservation

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Bridal Registry

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

Bridal Shops

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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.

BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Bridal Shows

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The Special Event Bridal Shoppe (95)

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (11)

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

Cakes

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

Catering

117

Donation Services

117

Entertainment

117

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Fitness

117

Royal Prestige Products (85)

Florists

117

Hair & Makeup

117

Honeymoon Spots

118

BRIDAL SHOPS

Invitations

118

Bridals by Rochelle

Jewelry

118

Limousines

118

Photo Booths

118

Photography

118-119

Pre-wedding Services

119

Reception Facilities

111

Rentals

119

Shoes

119

Tuxedos

119

Videography

119

Wedding Internet Services 119

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

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

Couture Bridal Co. (49) 577 Tiogue Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (401) 615-5470 couturerentals@aol.com www.couture-bridal.com www.couture-designs.com We strive to truly be your one-stop bridal and event resource. We are proud to offer a full-service bridal salon, event rentals, and services.

Elegance by Carbonneau (55) 292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 • www.mydress4less.com Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

Loren’s Bridal (7) 454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

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

CAKES Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (38) 288 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 Allow Bean Counter Bakery to work with you in creating your dream wedding cake. We offer elegant designs and exquisite flavors.

Crown Bakery (65) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 • www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

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

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton (37) Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlúa Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.


Dianne Rockwell – The Cake Lady (93)

Rachel’s Table (87)

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (11)

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

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.

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

Sweet (79) 305 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 373-2248 alina@sweetworcester.com www.sweetworcester.com Wedding cakes, grooms cakes, cupcake towers, sugar cookie wedding favors and more. Specializing in fondant and sculpted cakes. “Best Bakery” City Living Magazine 2009.

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

Creedon and Co., Inc. (58) 39 Jolma Rd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 792-3100 jules@creedonandco.com www.creedonandco.com Family operated business providing personalized catering, tent, and equipment rentals since 1985. Our motto, “Your Style Is Our Style” reflects our commitment to a memorable event.

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (52) 43 Hudson St., Northboro, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 www.pepperscatering.com Your dreams and our experience... the taste and imagination of great catering. Over 16 years of experience with innovative cuisine and custom event design.

Struck Catering (90) 130 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-5953 info@struckcatering.com www.struckcatering.com Elegant, Whimsical... Simply Delicious! Let Struck Catering bring your ideas to the table. Please call for our full wedding package.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (80) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

Joslin Diabetes Center (118) 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 • (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu • www.joslin.org Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

The Jimmy Fund (89) 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu • www.jimmyfund.org/cards Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/treatment, and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

Why Me, Inc. (119) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 • www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provide Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (90) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost four million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (24) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com • www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Sarah Cassell, Soprano (117) Holden, MA (774) 571-2812 scassell815@yahoo.com Breathe deep & immerse yourself in the beauty of your ceremony. Elegant vocals by Sarah Cassell allow a respite from the whirling excitement of your day.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (97)

Judy’s Village Flowers (1) 34 School Street, Foxboro, MA 02035 (800) 392-4525 judysflowers@verizon.net www.judysvillageflowers.com Judy meets with each bride to create custom wedding flowers that reflect individual personality and style. We have provided elegant flowers for over 2,000 weddings since 1990.

The Occasional Florist (64) 82 Cedar Street, Clinton, MA 01510 (978) 660-7818 janice@theoccasionalflorist.com www.theoccasionalflorist.com Through our custom service and artful design, we will create your wedding masterpiece. We make every event special.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (71) 335A Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 756-7791 For the ultimate in chic weddings, let our salon staff coordinate your entire bridal party’s hairstyles and makeup. Even color coordinate your hair color, too.

Image Hair Salon (91) 533 Park Ave., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5588 Specializing in Wedding Day Image, hair styling, creative nails, foil highlighting, permanent waving & make-up. Human hair extensions. Featuring Motives customized makeup.

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

FAVORS The Candy Shoppe 19 Main St, Millbury, MA 01527 (508) 865-0085 • twillette@verizon.net Design your own favors from a selection of assorted chocolates. Choose from a large selection of designed boxes. Over 25 years of experience.

FITNESS Worcester Fitness (110) 440 Grove St., Worcester, MA • (508) 852-8209 St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA • (508) 363-7000 www.worcesterfitness.com Personal training - Fitness instruction - Massage - and more.

FLORISTS Danielson Flowers (82) 660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 • www.danielsonflowers.com Let our experienced staff make your day beautiful. View our Web site for photos of our bouquets and information. See our private wedding area for ideas.

Herbert E. Berg Florist (44) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 • www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 70th anniversary specials!

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HONEYMOON SPOTS

The Paper Store (88)

Gray’s Limousine (47, 77)

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (106) 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.

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

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

INVITATIONS

JEWELRY

Le Limo Limousine (92)

Sachs Jewelers (3)

C.C. Lowell (57) 258 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-7713 www.cclowellinvite.com Custom-designed, unique invitations to reflect YOUR style. Hundreds of decorative papers and stationery; fun, knowledgeable, creative staff! Visit our store or Web site for ideas.

Celebrations! Invitations (51) 12 Stonybrook Lane, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 845-3676 celebrations@townisp.com www.celebrations-invitations.com Choose from our extensive line of engagement and wedding announcements, invitations and favors. Mention this ad and receive a 20% discount.

Ever After Postage (33) www.EverAfterPostage.com • holly@everafterpostage.com Ever After Postage offers designer U.S. postage, envelope seals, save the date cards and much more to make your happily Ever After even more memorable!

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

224B Cherry Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (800) 287-8970 info@lelimo.com • www.lelimo.com Put our 25 years of industry experience to work for you on your very special day. “We are driven to exceed your expectations!”

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths

(877) PEARL-01, (877) 732-7501 tenderbeautypearls@yahoo.com www.tenderbeautypearls.com Discount pearl jewelry in a variety of styles, available online. For beauty at an affordable price, click on our website or call us.

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photobooths produce creative scrapbooks for a guest registry, while creating an instant party favor for each of your guests.

LIMOUSINES

PHOTOGRAPHY

A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (59)

Artistic Expressions Photography (6)

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

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

www.tenderbeautypearls.com (8)

AVR Photography & Video (13)

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

You are invited to celebrate a special moment with Joslin.

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

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92 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 • www.avrphotography.com Since 1985, AVR Photography & Video has been providing countless couples with precious memories to hold forever. Starting at $795 video or $895 photography.

Doros Photography (8) 315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com • www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 17 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299. to $6,000.

Edwards Photography 3 Dudley Road, Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987- 9616 mark@edwardsphotography.net www.edwardsphotography.net Classic & creative photojournalistic wedding photography. Three photographers with a combined 55 years of experience. We have packages to fit your budget, starting at $1395.

HJM Photography (20) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 753-2230 • www.hjmphotography.com The ultimate in professional photography. We offer a full service studio and in-house photography lab for customizing your wedding photos. Call for an appointment.

Lasting Images Photography (84) 351 Main Street, Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-5171 weddings@lipphoto.com • www.lipphoto.com Your job is to plan the wedding of your dreams. Our job is to capture your special day the way you planned it using two photographers to capture the memories of your day.


Les Gardner Photography

SHOES

VIDEOGRAPHY

113 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-7177 lesgardnerphotography@verizon.net www.lesgardnerphotography.com At Les Gardner Photography, our sincere desire is to capture the romance, the cherished moments and the special love you have for each other. We customize packages so you get the products you want at a price you can afford.

Elegance by Carbonneau (55)

4 Star Productions (Inside Back Cover)

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

Media Photo (75)

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

Shoes to Dye For (12)

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

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

RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (41)

TUXEDOS

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

PRE-WEDDING SERVICES Engaged Encounter (92) (508) 852-3048 It is a weekend designed to give couples planning marriage an opportunity for an intensive and honest look at their commitment to one another.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 111)

Bonardi’s Formalwear (53) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St. • (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St. • (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West • (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St. • (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd. • (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

RENTALS

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

Edmonds Video Elmwood Street, Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 755-8783 www.pedmondsvideo.com Edmonds Video has been serving Worcester County since 1990. We specialize in wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, and Quinceanera events.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com (43) BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official Web site! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (99) Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. 2-for-1 passes available for download. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

A Perfect Setting (29)

Looking for a wonderful way to show your guest how much you love them? Instead of giving a token gift, honor your guests with a charitable gift of love by helping children in your community with cancer.

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

Couture Bridal Co. (49) 577 Tiogue Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (401) 615-5470 couturerentals@aol.com www.couture-bridal.com www.couture-designs.com We strive to truly be your one-stop bridal and event resource. We are proud to offer a full-service bridal salon, event rentals, and services.

On your special day, pay tribute to your guests by making a charitable donation in lieu of favors to Why Me & Sherry’s House. For over twenty years, Why Me & Sherry’s House has been providing love and support for Central New England families of children with cancer.

Creedon and Co., Inc. (58)

We will provide you with Tribute cards that you may hand to guests or put on display at each place setting.

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

Elegant Linens Ltd. (78) 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.

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

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

Love & support for families with childhood cancer

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