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Contents Features

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54 City sites Weddings inWorcester

80 Changing your name? How to do it

60 The spice of life Ethnic wedding traditions personalize the big day

82 Getting a great cake Questions to ask, terms to know 84 Spreading the news Engagement and wedding announcments

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86 Tuning up A few notes about reception music

24 Blending beliefs Planning your interfaith wedding ceremony

88 Tips for tipping Who and how much

30 Bridal beauty The pros and cons of laser hair removal 36 Enclosed within Top wedding invitation inserts 42 Keeping the peace Maintaining strong friendships while planning your wedding 46 New trends in mothers’ dresses Stylish options abound

90 License to wed What you need to know

Honeymoons 94 A majestic honeymoon The Canadian Rockies 98 Delicious honeymoons Celebrating the good things in life

Near-by Nuptials

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14 Michelle Lee Pollier and Michael Meloche 18 Caroline Ramian and Justin Hagenbuch

Planning 101 75 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when

92 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings

Departments 10 Letter from the editor 66 Fashions Short and sweet styles 68 Health & fitness Walking your way to your wedding-day fitness goals

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

76 Contract considerations What to know before you sign

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78 Interviewing reception facilities Questions to ask

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LE TT ER from IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT A WEDDING RECEPTION—regardless of size or cost— is made up of certain basic elements. In order to celebrate with your family and friends you’ll need, at the very least, a venue, food, entertainment, transportation and invitations. Since this is such a momentous occasion for the two of you, it’s likely you’ll want to set a specific backdrop or mood that embodies your style (decorations and/or flowers), as well as document the occasion (photography and videography). And let’s not forget that you’ll have need of some non-usual, elegant attire as well. Unfortunately, the need for these fundamental components also means that weddings can be viewed as cookie-cutter events lacking in originality and personality. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the throes of the planning process, you and your fiancé(e) felt the same, even if only for a moment. So how do you keep from succumbing to these feelings of discontent and maintain your anticipation and enthusiasm? The key is to remember that it’s what you do with those necessary elements that will create a distinctive celebration. This issue focuses on a great source of inspiration for an exceptional wedding: your heritage.The feature on page 60, The Spice of Life, highlights how you can incorporate various ethnic traditions into your reception, while the article on page 24, Blending Beliefs, concentrates on planning options for interfaith ceremonies.We’ve also got great pieces on the latest trends in wedding invitation inserts and style options for mothers’ dresses, and we’ve spotlighted some of Worcester’s finest reception venues in City Sites on page 54. Be sure to check out our regular fashion section on page 66, which shows off some fabulous short styles for brides and maids, and our Nearby Nuptials on pages 14 and 18.These regular features are chock full of great ideas. As always, we’d love to hear about the unique things you’re doing for your wedding and share them with our readers. Go to www.bridegroommag.com for more information.

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Michelle Pollier and Jeremy Meloche Spencer, Massachusetts May 2008

How they got engaged Jeremy selected his own birthday as the day to propose. Having planned to go out that evening (a Friday) to celebrate, Michelle had given Jeremy his gifts the night before. Early on his birthday morning, Jeremy surprised Michelle, who had been nursing a cold all week, by saying that she could give him one more thing for his birthday… “I thought he was being a jerk, but when I turned around he was on one knee with a ring in his hand,” recalled Michelle. As the reality of the proposal sank in, Michelle gleefully accepted. Ironically, there was snowstorm that evening, so the birthday dinner was canceled.

How they chose their wedding date Initially wanting to enjoy being engaged for a while, the couple quickly selected a date based on the availability of their preferred justice of the peace. “I was surprised at how quickly vendors book up,” said Michelle. Luckily that date was in the spring, which was their season of choice.

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quets of light pink and ivory roses, white roses adorning the chairs for the ceremony, arrangements of purple roses at the seating card table and lantern centerpieces accented with rose petals. Also movie fans, tables were named for the couple’s favorite flicks, including My Best Friend’sWedding (Michelle’s) for the bridesmaids and their dates, and The Goonies (Jeremy’s) for the groomsmen. Photo holders resembling a movie clapper board held the table name cards. As an avid scrapbooker, Michelle had always wanted to design and create her wedding stationery. During her summer break from teaching, she worked with her close friend and fellow “scrapper” Lisa to research ideas. Upon deciding on a color scheme (mint green, light pink and purple), together they designed the save-the-date cards, invitations, programs, seating and favor cards, and table markers. “I had a rubber stamp of a lantern made so that we could incorporate the lantern theme into the stationery,” Michelle said. Once all the materials were in place, Michelle, her mother and three friends gathered to create everything by hand in one day. “Many people couldn’t believe that everything was scrapbooked, even though everyone knows what a big scrapbooker I am,” recalled Michelle. The guestbook was also a scrapbook of sorts: blank pages, each with a picture of the bride and groom, were avail-

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able for guests to sign.At the end of the night, each page was put into a protective sleeve, completing the book. Handmade stationery was only a part of the personalized touches this couple integrated into their day. “We gave members of the wedding party monogrammed bags, as well as a children’s book relative to the relationship we have with them,” explained Michelle, who is a teacher. “For example, Jeremy’s good friend Nick, a hockey enthusiast, got Z is for Zamboni,” she continued.“Since we’ve known them since we were all children, it seemed appropriate.” For favors, donations were made to the American Diabetes Association and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Favorite part of the day “Our favorite part was the overwhelming feeling of having all of the special people in our lives together in one room,” recalled Michelle. “It was an amazing feeling to look around and know that every single person in the room had impacted our lives in some way.”

What the guests commented on the most The cupcake tree wedding cake was definitely a big hit, with guests commenting on how fun it was to each get their own cupcake. They weren’t the only ones; Michelle ordered extras to share with her fifth grade class a few days after the wedding. B&G


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Nearby Nuptials cards and the guestbook was a scrapbook chronicling the journey of our relationship. The programs for the church included Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road on the cover. We also had a color theme of meadow green and white, represented in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the invitations (green and white striped), favor boxes, flowers (green hydrangea and white and green roses) and the cake, which was decorated with white frosting daisies with a green center.

Caroline Ramian and Justin Hagenbuch Spencer, Massachusetts June 2008

I think I was in love with Justin before he so much as uttered a word. I first saw him during a training session at a local chain restaurant in Marlborough. I had just left my first “real” employment after only a year because my heart just wasn’t in it.The less-than-ideal restaurant job was so I could pay my bills. “Just think,” one of my best friends said the morning I started work, “maybe you’ll meet the man of your dreams.” It wasn’t until a few weeks after training that Justin and I struck up a conversation during a night shift. Within those first days, we discovered a mutual love of travel; soon we were off on shared adventures to places like Seattle and various countries in Europe. It was during a trip to Iceland in February 2007 when Justin proposed. We had been in Reykjavik for three days when he suggested we go back to the national church of Iceland, which has spectacular views of tiny European houses and a magnificent blue ocean.While I had been hoping an engagement was what he had in mind during that trip, I was still caught off guard when it actually happened on that cold, windy Wednesday.

Favorite part of the day

My mom was a big help with the planning, perusing invitation options, using paint samples to determine color combinations and listening to what I’m sure was a seemingly endless diatribe of wedding jargon. Others also helped with everything from calligraphy to filling out seating cards to tying ribbons just days before the wedding. The groom, on the other hand, took a decidedly more laid back approach. While he was extremely helpful when it came to deciding cake flavors, menu choices and a mustplay list for the DJ, he generally left the big decisions, the phone calls and the appointments to me.

Planning our big day Having conducted a lifetime love affair with weddings (notes in the margins of my sixth grade notebooks will attest to this), I began planning from almost the very moment that ring was on my finger. I knew I wanted a reception at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Massachusetts. They had limited availability, so an open Saturday in June determined the date without much question. Luckily, Justin’s church was also available. 18 Winter

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Details As a nod to our common love of travel, we decided it would be our theme. Save-the-date magnets were designed like “tickets” issued in our names, “Departing for a life journey together.” Seating cards were replaced with clear plastic luggage tags with the person’s name and their “destination,” a table named for a place we had been together.An old-fashioned steamer trunk was the repository for guests’

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Considering I have overheard Justin describe our wedding as “the best time he has ever had,” I have difficulty pinpointing one moment that topped any other—aside from when the minister pronounced us officially married. However when we talk about the day, we laugh about the best man’s hilarious speech, the fabulous dessert buffet created by Zukas (our guests are still talking) and Justin’s version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the dance floor. I adored my dress (it’s still hanging in our office, begging to be worn) and that we chose Adam Sandler’s, “IWanna Grow Old withYou,” from TheWedding Singer for our first dance. I loved that all of our guests began (and ended) our night of dancing with a rendition of Sweet Caroline on the dance floor.

Looking back I’m sure everyone has a different experience with their wedding, but if I could share any advice it would be to enjoy everything. Huge dessert lovers, we weren’t going to share just one tiny bite of cake; instead, we took ten minutes feeding one another and eating an entire slice (each) in the middle of dance floor. Justin also has some advice for any bride (like me) who doesn’t like to procrastinate: “In the end it will all work out,” he said. “Even if you haven’t booked a honeymoon ten days prior, don’t worry. It’ll all be fine.” Did I mention that the honeymoon was his only responsibility? Fortunately, he was right. After an amazing wedding we headed off to Mexico… and it did all work out. B&G


The particulars Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester Reception: Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer Photographer: Jamison Wexler, Framingham (with the help of Andree Kehn from Andree Kehn Wedding Photography) Cake: The Crown Bakery, Worcester Florist: Holmes-Shusas, Worcester Videographer: A Moment in Time Video, Northbridge Music: DJ Don Place for Champagne Toast Entertainment, North Oxford Transportation: AA Transportation, Shrewsbury Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero Limited Edition from Loren’s Bridal, Sturbridge Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor Celebrations Collection, from the Chestnut Hill Mall Tuxedos: MW Tux, Worcester Printing: Simply Designs & Printing, Northbridge Invitations: Celebrations! Invitations, Shrewsbury Bride hair and makeup: Jess Mansfield, 126 Post Salon & Spa, Worcester

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When you fell in love with your fiancé(e), you may not have been concerned with your individual religious beliefs. Perhaps you didn’t even talk much about religion until you decided to get married. Only then did you discover that because you are of different faiths, you face more decisions than other couples. Do you have a religious ceremony? If so, which religion do you choose? Do you try to blend the two? Do you have two different ceremonies or do you opt for a completely non-religious ceremony so no one—family members included—will feel slighted? While there are many questions to answer,

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Reach a compromise Not every couple is able to blend two religions so seamlessly—especially when their families have strong opinions about how the wedding should be performed. Heather Lazar originally planned to have a wedding that incorporated both her and her new husband’s religious backgrounds, but found it was more challenging than she anticipated. Lazar married Rajen Subba, who is from Nepal, in April 2007 in Chicago. “Religion was always a big issue from the time we started dating,” says Lazar. “I’m Jewish and my husband is Hindu, and as a Jewish person you’re expected to marry someone who is also Jewish.” The couple dated for about a year before her parents became comfortable with the idea that she was serious about a non-Jewish man; they were married by a rabbi two years later. “Partly because of the faith and cultural issues, I didn’t want something big or formal, I wanted something really different,” says Lazar. However, her mother is a wedding planner and wanted a traditional Jewish wedding for her daughter—and her mother’s wishes won out. “Because she’s a wedding planner, I gave her a lot of the decision-making power,” says Lazar. “But there were things with the faith aspect that I felt really strongly about.” For example, she created the marriage ceremony program herself, which included a Hindu marriage proverb and a Jewish marriage proverb on the front. “For me, that was kind of a symbol of being able to acknowledge that there were two cultures.” Still, she says for the most part it was a “pretty traditional Jewish ceremony,” except that half the people wore Indian saris. “Part of it is distance, too, because they don’t live here so it was very difficult to integrate cultures into this completelyWestern thing,” she continues. “As it got closer, I kind of regretted that there wasn’t any representation of Hinduism or of his culture.” Recognizing that, the couple is planning a Hindu wedding in Nepal where Lazar will learn more about her husband’s culture and faith.

Put a twist on tradition Having two ceremonies is an option for many couples, though some decide to stick with just one for convenience. Sayli Wadgaonkar, a

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Hindu woman, who married Mike Moskowitz, who is half Jewish and half Catholic, in New Orleans in June 2007, discussed the possibility of two separate ceremonies to reflect their religious beliefs. “Everyone was open to having more than one ceremony if we needed to, but my husband actually said he’d rather have one ceremony as long as we were considered married in the end,” says Wadganokar.The couple had a traditional Hindu wedding but incorporated some American cultural traditions into it such as having bridesmaids and groomsmen. “I was born and raised in the U.S. so there were certain things I wanted to do,” she says. “We also exchanged rings. In the Indian ceremony, the girl gets a wedding necklace, so he gave that to me, and then right after that we exchanged the rings.” Throughout the ceremony, the Hindu priest told guests in English what was happening, and the couple created a custom program explaining the significance of the different wedding elements. Both of the couple’s families were fine with their choices for the ceremony—in fact, Moskowitz’s family all wore saris and were excited about participating in a Hindu wedding. Keeping their parents in the loop was important. “Early on, whether or not you want to have two ceremonies, make sure that’s clear up front,” she advises. “Plan ahead of time so that the expectations are clear, and make sure you involve the parents and that they agree with one ceremony or two.”

Advice for the interfaith couple In fact, planning well in advance is crucial as it can take extra time to find clergy who will perform interfaith weddings. In addition, don’t make any unilateral decisions that the two of you can’t agree on. “The biggest thing is that the lines of communications stay open,” says Julie.“It’s between you and your fiancé(e) to make sure you get the ceremony you really want.You have to be able to say, ‘I’m really not comfortable with going that far’ one way or another.” Once you and your fiancée have agreed, keep your vision in mind—even when faced with family pressures. “It’s your wedding, not your mom’s, or future-mother-in-law’s, or grandparents’,” says Bryan. “It’s the couple’s wedding.”

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“You can’t lose yourself in the family in either side, because you have to remember what’s important to you as a couple,” agrees Lazar. “I think there were many points where I just gave in and probably my husband did too to appease in my mom, and in a way we lost what we were about. It’s hard because you want to make your families happy, but I think it’s really important that you adhere strongly to your beliefs as a couple because you can easily get torn apart on both sides.”

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But once the ceremony is planned, things tend to fall in place.That’s why you shouldn’t worry about who will be happy (or unhappy) with your wedding when it arrives.“It doesn’t matter what people are wearing or what their beliefs are. As long as the people get along and are happy, the things that you worry about don’t happen,” concludes Lazar. “It’s the spirit of the people, and if people are happy and loving, which was the case at our wedding, B&G it’s beautiful.”

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Create your own ceremony Today, many interfaith couples look for ways to incorporate both sets of beliefs in their weddings. “You can look at the wedding as an opportunity to honor both of your traditions, and also be inclusive of all the family members and guests,” says Micah Sachs, online managing editor of www.interfaithfamily.com. (The site’s “wedding ceremonies guide” page is the most popular.) Here are some ideas to create your blended ceremony: Give yourself plenty of time to locate a clergy person willing to perform the ceremony you want. Read up on interfaith ceremonies, and decide what feels right for you as a couple. Helpful books include Celebrating Interfaith Marriages, Creating your Jewish/Christian Ceremony, by Devon Lerner (©1999, Holt Paperbacks) and Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations—A Practical Guide for Couples, by Susanna Stefanchi Macomb (©2002, Atria). Talk to your families about the ceremony and why it’s important that both traditions be represented. Give guests a program explaining the ceremony. “If you combine the traditions but don’t explain them, one half [of the guests] doesn’t understand one side, and the other guests don’t understand the other!” says Sachs. Include traditions that are familiar to both people’s backgrounds but unlikely to offend someone. For example, in a Jewish/Christian ceremony, couples could light a unity candle or stand under the wedding canopy, called the chuppah. –KJE


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The pros and cons of laser hair removal by Cynthia Allegrezza

The months leading up to your wedding is the ideal time to pamper yourself with appointments for spa treatments, hair styling and make-up sessions. If getting rid of unwanted hair is something that has crossed your mind, you may have considered laser hair removal as a way to eliminate the hassle of shaving, plucking, waxing or bleaching— especially in time for the big day, not to mention your honeymoon. And why not? Laser hair removal is reportedly less painful than electrolysis and more permanent than shaving, plucking and

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zapping away unwanted hair on the face, bikini line, legs, arms and even underarms. In most cases, laser hair removal slows hair re-growth, but it can take several treatments to provide an extended “hair-free� period. However to be successful, the laser must target the hair when it is in its growth cycle; since all hairs are not in the same cycle at the same time, repeated treatments are necessary. In addition, different people react differently to the procedure. So before you rush off to make your first appointment, read on for the low down on laser hair removal.


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What it is During a session, typically performed by a technician who is supervised by a dermatologist, a laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed by the melanin of the hair.That energy is transformed into heat that ultimately destroys the hair follicle and leaves the surrounding skin unaffected. Each laser pulse lasts a fraction of a second and affects several hairs at once.

Blond, gray and red hair will not respond as well as dark, coarse hair. Also, since hair has active, resting and dormant growth phases, only hair follicles in the active growth phase will be affected, which means multiple treatments may be necessary to remove all of the unwanted hair. Therefore, you may need to devote several weeks—or even months, depending on the type and amount of hair you want to remove—in order to have your desired results in time for your wedding.

How many treatments are needed? The number of sessions depends, of course, on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. In many cases, experts say significant changes for legs, underarms and bikini line can be seen in as few as four to five treatments; the face usually requires eight to nine treatments to become hair free. For best results, schedule treatments six to eight weeks apart to allow time for dormant hairs to grow out. “Three or four treatments, six to eight weeks apart, may be needed to achieve a meaningful reduction in the amount of hair on legs or elsewhere,” says Michael J. Wheatley, MD, an Oregon-based plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.“After that, you will need to wait a year to see the full effect of the treatment. Hair growth cycles are about six months long, so it is best to wait through two growth cycles to see the final results.”

How long is a treatment and will it hurt? The length of a laser session may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Make sure that your practitioner provides you with safety eyewear, usually goggles, to protect your eyes from the laser light during each session.You may feel a slight discomfort with the laser, which is sometimes described as feeling like a rubber band being snapped on the skin. Some areas are more sensitive than others, so ask your practitioner about using a topical anesthetic prior to the treatment and/or applying ice to the area afterward. “I was a bit nervous about undergoing laser hair removal, but I wanted a permanent solution to all of my unwanted facial hair after years of bleaching and waxing,” recalls newlywed Denise Pershing of Worcester. “I was amazed at how quickly each laser session went, and that it was not as painful as I thought it would be.” After nine months of laser treatments, Pershing sported a hair-free, smooth face when she took her vows. She was able to raise her toasting glass last May without any fear of an unsightly “five o’clock underarm shadow,” having also opted to treat her

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underarm area. “I was going to wear a strapless wedding gown and my underarms are prone to ingrown hairs, razor burn and irritation from deodorant,” she says.

What are the side effects? You may experience a temporary rash or sunburn-like reaction after a laser hair removal session. Most skin discoloration will go away quickly, however, some people have reported permanent skin discoloration and blotchiness

in the treated area. It is important to listen to the practitioner carefully and apply posttreatment creams and ointments as directed. Keep in mind that tanned skin can be treated, but sunburned skin cannot. Sunscreen is recommended for areas exposed to the sun. After a treatment you can return to normal activities immediately. However, between treatments you should not wax, pluck or bleach the remaining hair; only shaving will not harm your end results.

What is the cost? The average cost for a single laser hair removal session is $100. Most insurance companies consider laser hair removal to be a cosmetic procedure and do not offer reimbursement. Although that may seem like a steep price to pay for a beauty procedure, consider this: A recent study indicated that women spend between $10,000 and $22,000 on shaving and waxing related products and services over the course of their lifetimes. Because laser hair removal offers a potentially permanent reduction in unwanted hair, it may be considered a time and cost saving alternative.

Is it permanent? The only way to permanently reduce the amount of unwanted hair is to damage the hair follicle to a point where it is unable to produce hairs. Multiple treatments can prolong the duration of hair loss, but hair may return. “Laser hair removal works by destroying the hair follicle,” explains Dr. Wheatley. “Expect to undergo six to eight treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart to achieve good reduction of hair and slowing of hair regrowth. Then, you will likely undergo periodic maintenance treatments.”

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Do your homework before choosing a center. Call potential candidates and check out their Web sites, if available. Ask questions about the procedure and evaluate the kinds of responses you receive. Inquire about the types of lasers used, how long they have used them, the number of patients treated at the center, and whether the first consultation is free. “You can find out a lot through this initial research, but you should still plan on visiting the center you are considering before making any final decisions,” advises Wheatley. “Make sure the facility is clean and the staff treats you professionally. Also ask who your laser technician will be and insist that he or she sees you during the initial consultation.” B&G Cynthia Allegrezza is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and a Worcesterbased freelance writer and editor.

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Top wedding invitation inserts by Sharon Naylor

Whether you’ll be buying your dream invitations or making them yourself, you’re probably wondering about the latest trends in invitation inserts. You know those extra pieces that provide direction, reception and hotel information, not to mention the response card and envelope. How many cards are too many?What’s new in the world of proper invitation etiquette? What’s a 36 Winter

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waste of time and money? We have your answers right here. Before we get into the lists of traditional must-haves and those items that recently burst onto the invitation scene, keep a few essential rules in mind. • Make sure you choose font styles that are clearly legible, no matter what size you use. If you’re ordering professionally-made


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inserts, ask to have a real proof mailed to you as it will show how the print will actually appear on your selected paper far better than a PDF sent to your e-mail address will. If you’re creating your own inserts, focus on how clear your fonts are—that the 7 doesn’t look like a 1 or that the P doesn’t appear to be a T. Also, print a copy of each card and proofread carefully to ensure there aren’t typos before you print out the real thing. • Use lightweight paper stock for inserts

to cut down on the weight of your invitation packet and, thus, the postage. Ask your invitation designer/supplier about papers that complement your invitation.You can order professionally-made invitations and then make your own additional inserts (such as those in the New Must Have’s category below); not everything in the envelope has to match exactly. In most cases, directions and hotel cards are usually printed on slightly different papers, so guests will not be con-

fused to find different colors or types of stock in one envelope. • Match the formality of your invitation as best you can, but don’t worry about spelling out all words and numbers on hotel or directions cards as you would on the response and reception cards. Just keep with the same tone throughout. Inserts that say “Come party with us ’til dawn at our after-party!” would be too casual for a formal invitation and should be sent separately to guests on that particular guest list. • Skip the glitter. It’s very 1980s. • Do not insert any confetti in your invitations. It just makes a mess. • A new trend of note is an invitation with a pocket in which inserts sit securely.You’ll see these offered at professional invitation suppliers and Web sites.You can also craft them yourself, using specialty papers and pochettes that can be used to hold your inserts.

Traditional Must Have’s Response Card: The traditional response card for a formal invitation reads: The favour of a reply is requested by (date) M________________________ ___ will attend ___ will not attend You might choose to take some creative license with your response card, such as writing “regretfully will not attend” or “will happily attend.” On this same card, you might wish to allow guests to indicate their entrée choice. Since meal descriptions can be quite long, it’s perfectly acceptable to use the back of the response card for this information. Today’s foodie culture appreciates a descriptive menu, especially guests who have dietary restrictions. It’s a wonderful idea to leave some blank space at the bottom of your response card’s front panel so that guests can pen in a brief congratulatory message to you. When packaging your invitations, tuck this card just under the flap of its matching return envelope, which was pre-printed with your mailing address and affixed with the proper postage. Be sure to bring a complete response card set and a full invitation packet to the post office to be weighed for the appropriate postage amounts on each.You may find that your response card will cost less than a standard stamp to mail. 38 Winter

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Reception Card:A separate reception card is standard for most wedding invitations, although some couples are choosing tri-panel invitations so that they can include reception information and eliminate one insert. (However, this is an option only if all of your guests will be invited to both the ceremony and reception.)Your reception card wording will convey the place and time of the reception, such as this for a reception immediately following the ceremony: Reception immediately following the ceremony Or Reception to follow immediately (Location name) (Street Address and City) If there will be a block of time between the ceremony and the reception you can indicate it on the insert as follows: Reception to follow at 6 p.m. (Location) (Street Address and City) Some guests do skip the ceremony and just go to the reception if that suits their travel time and babysitter schedule, so your mention of the reception start time will be quite appreciated. Printed Directions: Several years ago, printed maps were all the rage, with some couples even hand-drawing their own versions, complete with illustrations of landmarks. Today, most houses of worship, banquet halls and hotels will provide you with pre-printed directions cards to use as inserts. They’re most often as small as your response cards, and some sites will offer them in white, ivory, pale pink and other hues to coordinate with your invitation packet. Even though many guests have a GPS to guide them to your wedding sites, it’s still a must to include these printed inserts. Visit www.weddingmapper .com to customize your own locations on a fun mapping system that allows you to print out driving directions; include a link on your personal wedding Web site so that guests can easily find directions to the hotel, nearby coffee shops and other points of interest.

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create a personalized wedding Web site providing links to your wedding site locations, hotels and registries, you can include a small insert with your invitation providing the URL to your site. It may look like this: Visit our weddingWeb site! www.sharonandjoe.wedstudio.com Read our engagement story, view our photos and find links to our wedding sites, hotels and other important information. An important note about etiquette: You

should not mention your registry links on this card. It’s in poor taste to mention gifts on or in the same mailing as a wedding invitation; ‘other important information’ covers it. Hotel information card: Provide three possibilities in different price ranges, including hotels where you have set up a discount room block for guests. For each hotel, list the complete and correct name (such as the Best Western Royal Plaza Marlborough instead of just the Best Western), full street address,

phone number and Web address. Include the prices for standard and deluxe rooms and the code or name your block is booked under, such as the Smith-Jones Wedding. Special needs card: Let guests know that your site will be happy to provide meals to suit dietary needs, such as vegan, gluten-free, kosher and the like. Indicate that the sites are wheelchair-accessible and that you can arrange special transportation for any guests who need assistance (such as golf cart transportation to the bluff overlooking the ocean where your ceremony will be). Invite guests to contact you with their special needs, which you’ll do your best to accommodate. If a handful of your guests have kids, you can let them know that babysitting services will be available at the hotel. B&G Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including 1000 Best Wedding Bargains. www.sharonnaylor.net



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The following inserts are now considered passé, since your wedding Web site provides far better information for your guests: • Maps • Wardrobe cards, such as those formerly instructing on white-tie or black-tie weddings. As we work to save paper, special wardrobe rules are printed on the bottom line of an invitation, as in Black-Tie Optional or White-Tie Preferred. • At-Home cards, providing your post-wedding mailing address and phone number. You can include this information on your wedding programs or in your thank you notes, both far safer options than including personal data on your Web site. –SN


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We’ve come a long way from poofy dresses with bows on the backside and fingerless gloves. Today’s bridesmaids are more than just a gaggle of your favorite gal pals—they are sophisticated women with styles all their own. But let’s face it, you’re not the only one stressed out about that walk down the aisle. Though their to-do list might be smaller than yours, your bridesmaids have a boat load of

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responsibilities, too. Here’s how to leave the chaos of matching nail polish and questionable up dos behind and plan a wedding that reminds them of why you chose them to be by your side in the first place.

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bridal party, but for the not-so-crafty, a heartfelt moment is all you really need. Whether it is in person or via a long-distance telephone call, allow the honor to resonate and remind your maids why they have been chosen— there will be plenty of time to chat specifics in the months to follow.

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gleefully accepted), it soon will be time for the first hurdle: the bridesmaid dress. Recently wed Jessica Nault mapped out three important criteria before setting out to find the perfect dress for her five diverse bridesmaids. “My mind was set. I wanted a dress that everyone would be comfortable in, tealength for springtime and wasn’t insanely expensive,” she recalls. Having been a bridesmaid many times before, Jessica knew both the emotional and financial commitment it entails. Though she knew her friends and her sister, who would serve as matron of honor, would be kind enough to comply with her preferences, it was important to Jessica that the dresses chosen would flatter each woman and make them feel confident—an admittedly big challenge. First, Jessica says she immediately ruled out strapless dresses as she knew wearing one would make one of her more well endowed bridesmaids uncomfortable. Second, the bride-to-be had to take into account something many brides might need to bear in mind. “One of my attendants was actively trying to start a family, so I had to consider that she might be seven to eight months pregnant on my wedding day,” says Jessica.A potential baby bump dashed her hopes for a dress style that included a colorful sash around the waist. Still, the group was thrilled when the happy medium was a complimentary halter top dress with an A-line silhouette of light weight material in a raspberry hue. Cost can also be a sensitive matter. While the wedding might be a carte blanche event for the bride, bridesmaids often are on a stricter budget. Bride Megan Albright was especially cognizant of her bridal party’s pocketbook while planning her recent August nuptials; her maid-of-honor is in law school and is a also a bride-to-be. Being a true friend, she simply announced to Megan, “As long as it’s not pink taffeta or a tutu, I’ll wear whatever you want.” After choosing a beautiful Melissa Sweet design, the entire bridal party was thankful and Megan was equally grateful. “It’s nice when someone wants to be your wedding,” reflects Megan. “They stand behind you and recognize who you were in your single life, and who you will be as a married woman.”


Communication There will undoubtedly be events planned around your big day—showers, a bachelorette party and possible other events feting the bride-to-be. It is important to remember that while your bridesmaids are your nearest and dearest, they are not mind readers. That is, if the idea of being caught off guard at a surprise shower without makeup and clad for a day of shopping at a discount store is your worst nightmare, be honest, upfront and request that you not be taken by surprise. A compromise can be deciding on the date together but letting your maids keep the details (such as color, theme and favors) under wraps. The bachelorette party can also become a point of contention if not done right. Some brides do not want a bachelorette party at all; some want a raucous “sayonara singlehood” bash; and others hope for a healthy medium. If you’re enthusiastic about one or dread another, communicate that with your bridesmaids.While it can be perceived as presumptuous to bring up a party being planned in your honor, and one you are not even sure will happen, a heartfelt, brief conversation can be all it takes to keep everyone happy. Christina Childress, married this past August, was excited about her hen’s night, but cringed at the thought of barhopping while sporting “suggestive regalia” in any capacity. A high school history teacher with a master’s degree, Christina mentioned her apprehension to her matron of honor and together decided on a day spent at a winery. She was later surprised with day trip to an OldWorld-style winery that merged her love of history with fine red wines (and a celebratory NewYork Style cheesecake!). Your wedding, with all the hoopla and celebratory events that surround it, is a time to be treasured—yet it can get a bit hairy. Remember, clearer heads prevail during some of the most stressful times. Just keep an eye on the bigger picture and be mindful of your friendships and family bonds during this life changing event; it should be smooth sailing ahead. B&G

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New trends in mothers’ dresses Stylish options abound by Sharon Naylor

There’s never been a better time to be a mother of the bride or groom. From a fashion standpoint, the doors have been thrown open; moms now have an endless array of stylish and sophisticated choices for their wedding-day attire, including choosing from designer bridesmaid dress collections.

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A great dress, after all, is a great dress— there aren’t any rules saying moms have to shop from limited collections (mostly of hohum suit dresses and blinding sequin jackets). Today’s mom has her choice. She can go traditional with a super-stylish suit dress, she can show a little skin with a strapless ensemble or choose a body-hugging gown to show off her fantastic figure.We’re far from the days of the dowdy dowager dress meant to fade mom into the background. Here are

the top new trends in moms’ dresses for the big day.

Fabulous colors Moms are still asked to steer clear of the color the bridesmaids will be wearing—and of course white and off-white—so the top new trends in colors for spring and summer range from flattering neutrals, such as taupe, to romantic soft pinks, blues and lavenders. In fall and winter, tones get deeper and keep

in step with the colors on the fashion runways, such as eggplant, burgundy, chocolate brown and navy. Metallics are extremely popular this year, offering skin-tone flattering bronzes, coppers, golds and gunmetal gray, which is a deep silver that flatters most olive skin tones. One big trend, with wedding day photographs in mind, is for the mothers to wear a color that is a few shades off of the bridesmaid dress color, such as a darker rose for the moms when the maids are in lighter pink, or a deep persimmon when the maids are in pale orange.

Breaking length rules Dress etiquette used to demand that moms wear long gowns to formal weddings. No more—all of the women in/at the wedding may wear cocktail length dresses for formal events, particularly formal afternoon weddings. Showing a little leg is also a top choice for moms who want to wear their dresses again.

Flattering silhouettes While some moms have hard-earned physiques worthy of showing off, the overriding trend for their wedding-day attire is to go a bit conservative so as not to compete with the bride’s look. That means stepping away from sheath dresses and mermaid skirts and choosing looks-good-on-everyone A-line dresses or column gowns that just skim the body.

Fabulous fabrics Moms with a preference for “green” living may opt for 100% silk or 100% cotton dress fabrics, while other trends lend themselves to rich fabrics such as satins with shine. Speaking of shine, look for dresses with a “hammered shimmer,” which provides a bit of sparkle in the fabric without being scratchy or over-the-top. Brocades are big for fall and winter weddings, giving a bit of dimension to a solid-color gown.

Feminine touch Just like brides’ and bridesmaids’ gowns, mothers’ gowns are returning to a softer, more romantic look with lots of ruffles, bows, ruching at the waist, pleating and

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tiered-effect skirts that have plenty of movement. Satin skirts with a soft, flowing overlay that moves when mom walks or dances gives her an ethereal look for the big event.

Sparkles While the gaudy, sequined jacket of weddings past is most definitely out, today’s mom may still want a bit of sparkle in her dress. It might be that hammered shimmer in the fabric itself, or tiny hand-sewn beading or crystals either on the bodice or as a belt effect around the waist. Remember, less is more; for a subtle look, consider having beading on the shoulder straps only, or have some sparkle on a removable jacket, with the rest of the dress unadorned.

Decolletage A great neckline is a top request by fashionable moms of today, since the neckline brings

Help, please! Moms on a budget are choosing to shop in department stores, where they have their pick of formal dresses and gowns at lower prices in many instances and, as an added VIP perk, can use the department store’s personal shopper service. In these free programs offered at such stores as Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor, among others, a personal shopper interviews you to get your measurements and color and style preferences, then pulls a range of dresses, shoes and accessories that are placed in a dressing room for you when you arrive. You get professional, VIP styling and perhaps the dress of your dreams. No matter where you shop, start early— at least nine months prior to the wedding—to ensure enough time for fittings. –SN

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the focus to the face. Plus-sized moms love this visual “trick” of directing attention up to that smile via a beautiful V-neck or square neckline showing just enough cleavage to be alluring, without crossing the line to trashy. Halter tops are a great way to show off great arms and shoulders, while still having ample coverage.

Arm coverage Women who would feel more comfortable with their upper arms obscured from view would likely skip the spaghetti straps and choose a cap sleeve, or ask their seamstresses to create a gossamer sleeve using illusion netting. Also providing arm coverage are sheer overlays in a jacket style that may be kept on during the reception or removed later in the evening.These overlays may be sheer organza or patterned lace, in a color to match or compliment the dress, such as a champagnecolored overlay with a taupe dress.

Jackets and wraps Women who love jackets and wraps often order extra lengths of their gown fabric to have a matching wrap as it is often the only way to match a hue perfectly. Embellishments on these wraps might include goldthread embroidery for a little bit of shine, or silk cord tassel edges.

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Shoes Today’s trend in shoes is to forgo dyeing the shoes to match the dress and instead wearing a metallic neutral such as silver, gold or even taupe to coordinate with the dress. Especially for cocktail-length dresses, moms can choose fabulous shoes that show off their great legs while still providing the comfort they need to dance all night. With so many options now available, mothers of the bride and groom can feel as radiant as the bride. And why shouldn’t they? It’s a special day for them, too. B&G Sharon Naylor is the author of over 30 wedding planning books, including 1000 Best Secrets For Your Perfect Wedding and The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner. www.sharonnaylor.net


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Tuckerman Hall The ornate white doors whisked open; the place was roaring. Wrapped in an oyster colored gown, Jennifer Chatelle strode into the gold-shimmering hall with her just-wed husband, Eric.The couple was flanked by bridesmaids and groomsmen in chocolate gowns and suits; burgundy and orange roses accented the entourage. “What I had pictured for a wedding for my entire life, that’s exactly what it provided,” says Chatelle, of Dayville, Connecticut, of her October 2008 gala at Tuckerman Hall. “The ambience was exactly what I was looking for.” It is a setting that can truly be described as regal. Designed in 1902 by Josephine Wright Chapman in a neo-classic style, Tuckerman Hall glistens with gold, featuring patterns of acanthus leaves, king’s heads and satyrs, eggs and darts, American bald eagles, Corinthian columns, swords and cornucopia. Wreaths trace the ceiling while leaves envelope overhead lights and an arched, curtained stage holds court. “It’s a very unique space,” notes Tuckerman’s Executive Director Paul Levenson.Weddings “give us a chance to show off the building.” And imagine the photo possibilities. In addition to the grandness of the hall, you’ll find fireplace-flanked suites in Moorish, Colonial, Renaissance revival and Dutch styles; a staircase accented with a palladium window; and a rustic, private room with Oriental carpets and a stuffed moose (a site that also doubles as a bridal home base). For outdoor shots, the turreted hall makes a stunning backdrop; couples can also take a short walk to the nearby Institute Park. All told, “when it’s over, what you’re left with are beautiful pictures and beautiful memories,” says Levenson. Chatelle can certainly say so. A Worcester State College grad, she first became enamored with the hall when she was required to take in a symphony there for a music class. After Eric slipped the engagement ring on her finger,Tuckerman immediately went on the list. And ultimately, it didn’t disappoint.

“It wasn’t a typical wedding,” Chatelle says of her 189-guest reception. “It was just beautiful.” Generally, the main performance hall or the lower-level, circular-shaped dean hall serves as reception site; many bridesand grooms-to-be usually marry at one of the churches nearby, as did Chatelle, who chose Our Lady of the Angels parish. But couples who choose to (literally) stage their ceremony at the hall can take an actor’s role by clasping hands and hearts under a canopy on stage. Mechanics Hall This Worcester landmark embodies class.With an Italianate décor, a Hook Brothers organ and portraits of four of Worcester’s most influential women, this hall is definitely not the norm. “There is only one Mechanics Hall,” notes Sharon Onorato, director of sales and marketing at the Worcester landmark. “The bride who wants something that is so memorable picks us.” “What you remember is how it made you feel,” explains proud mother-of-the-bride BitzyWilson of Acton, Massachusetts, whose daughter MelanieWilson Cipar married her high-school flame, Jim Cipar, at Mechanics Hall in October 2008. “It totally exceeded our hopes and dreams for what we wanted for our daughter’s wedding. I’m still glowing about it!” And it isn’t just a local draw: since its inception, the hall has welcomed Teddy Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,YoYo Ma and Itzak Perlman, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. And brides? They have come from as far as California and Florida to wed here.The Cipars, for their part, came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All told, the hall hosts roughly 30 weddings/receptions per year within its ornate walls. Furthering its appeal, is the ability to accommodate anywhere from 85 to 500 people. “It’s like a chameleon,” Onorato says. Among this site’s distinct and elegant characteristics are commissioned portraits of Clara Barton, Dorothea Lynde Dix, Lucy Stone and Abby Kelley Foster.That organ we mentioned? It

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dates back to1864 and has 3,000 pipes. All of this is offset by the hall itself. Featuring a 49-foot ceiling and Italianate detailing accentuated by muted cream, tan and white walls, it provides an elegant backdrop for any nuptial event. And according to Onorato, “the room sparkles” due to the combination of balcony lighting and candles. “It’s just such a ‘wow,’” agrees Wilson. “It just has this wonderful feel.” Before a crowd of 128, the Cipars traded vows onstage; the stairway was accented with red vases bursting with silver dollar plants; bridesmaids wore dresses of burgundy and eggplant with matching flowers; an organist provided accompaniment that flooded the hall. Still, the breathtaking setting didn’t get in the way of the true meaning of the day. “You could feel the love between Melanie and Jim,” recalls Wilson. “They were truly mesmerized with each other. It was two people coming together in love.” Worcester Art Museum No need to pencil in a decorating budget at this locale… All the accents you need are in 51 centuries worth of art: Monet, Gauguin, Egyptian artifacts, Buddha statues and preColumbian urns. “There’s no other space like it,” says

Janet Rosetti, of Worcester Art Museum, for which she is director of special events and which holds about a dozen weddings/receptions each year. “It’s an opportunity to have your wedding surrounded by history.” Stunning art collections aside, the museum’s Renaissance Court, with its vaulted three story glass ceiling, is particularly dramatic and where the majority of ceremonies and receptions take place. Couples unite amidst various sculptures and wall mosaics and, at center, a glorious 500-square-foot Roman mosaic floor depicting various hunting episodes. Dated to the sixth century, this floor originally decorated the reception room in Antioch’s garden suburb of Daphne. A cocktail hour here is unrivaled as guests can explore the galleries on the lower and balcony levels, which feature Roman, Medieval and European art, while the bridal party participates in a photography session. If you wish to offer your guests access to other galleries, you may do so for a cost of roughly $200 each. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, other options include the museum café, Stephen Salisbury Hall and an atrium. All told, capacity at the museum ranges anywhere from 40 to 130 guests. In any case, Rosetti notes that most brides- and grooms-tobe recognize that it’s the right fit the moment they walk in. “It’s like seeing your dress for the first time, or your dream house for the first time,” she says. “You’ll say, ‘This is it.This is where I want to be.’ It’s visceral.” TheWorcester Art Museum

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Beechwood Hotel “Full package” is a decidedly over-used term, but in the case of the Beechwood Hotel, it’s an apt one.Worcester’s most luxurious hotel offers to-be-wed couples all the accoutrements— ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, morning-after brunch and lodging—in one stunning location. “Our big attraction is the all-in-one aspect,” says Emily Aghababian, catering sales manager at the hotel, which hosts approximately 40 weddings each year. On-site ceremonies are generally held in the Victorian-style Maria Gill Wilson Chapel, which was transplanted from Worcester City Hospital in 1999. Its stunning stained-glass windows provide a dazzling display of color and are an enticement for many couples, making it a “major reason people choose the Beechwood,” according to Aghababian. Alternatively, non-religious ceremonies can be held outside on the hotel’s lushly landscaped grounds. Receptions are staged in a 300-capacity, 4,200-square-foot ballroom with cathedral ceilings; yet despite the ample space, no one is far from the dance floor at the center of the room. Grand doors open onto a brick terrace lined with hydrangeas

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that is often the setting for the cocktail hour. As for pictures, there are several options. Many are taken behind the terrace or at the back of the hotel; another lovely option for inclementweather is the lobby’s fireplace. Given its all-inclusive capabilities, the Beechwood goes above B&G and beyond the traditional hotel wedding experience. Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based inWorcester, Massachusetts.

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AS COUPLES J O I N TO G E T H ER I N marriage, their union becomes a celebration of both their similarities and their differences. Brides and grooms often seek to share their respective ethnicities and heritages with guests by weaving elements of their faiths and traditions throughout their big day. Exploring these customs can be an exciting and educational journey; sharing them with one another and your guests will lead to an extraordinary and memorable wedding.

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Learning curve Soon after Patrick Curley asked Erin Soo Kelley to be his bride, they were committed to crafting a wedding day that would reflect who they are as individuals and as a couple. Adopted as a baby from South Korea, Erin Soo was raised by Irish Catholic parents. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she yearned to learn more about her Korean heritage, culture and language, and enrolled in language classes at a Korean church not far from the couple’s home near Boston. A teacher in Brookline, Erin also has had many young Korean students in her class. “As a result, she has been embraced by many Korean families over the last few years,” explains Patrick. After their engagement, the couple turned to these families for guidance in developing a ceremony and reception celebrating Korean traditions. Guests arriving atThe Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts, received a wedding program explaining the origins and meanings behind Erin and Patrick’s interpretation of certain Korean traditions.Though their ceremony was non-denominational, they participated in

the spiritual Korean unity ceremony of Hapgeunrye, in which the bride and groom drink alcohol from separate halves of a dried gourd to symbolize their destiny as husband and wife, as well as their harmony together. Using two halves of the same gourd further signifies that only together could they be considered whole. Midway through the reception, Erin and Patrick shed their American wedding garb for the Hanbok, silken Korean wedding clothes donned by Korean brides and grooms for more than 2,000 years. Next, a colorful, embroidered wedding cloth was brought out for the seed toss, where the mothers of the bride and groom traditionally toss chestnuts onto the cloth (the amount that lands on the cloth represents the number of children the couple will have). In lieu of chestnuts, the couple collected acorns from a tree at their new home to represent their future together. The tradition that yielded the most laughs, however, was when Patrick hoisted Erin onto his back for a piggyback ride, which in

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Above: Erin Soo Kelley admires an embroidered Korean wedding cloth. Middle, left: Erin Soo and Patrick participate in the Korean unity ceremony of Hapgeunrye.

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Korean weddings symbolizes their intimate journey into this new life. Reminiscing about the day, Patrick and Erin call the time between learning about these traditions to interpreting and taking part in them in their own special way a “whirlwind,” and an experience neither they nor their guests will soon forget. “It wasn’t about money, it wasn’t about impressing anyone… it was about feeling and emotion.Traditions don’t have a cost,” Patrick says poignantly. “It’s about the seeds of love.”

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Blending backgrounds Even with the Internet, learning about cultural wedding traditions can be a challenge.Turning to an ethnic church as Erin Soo did, even if you’re not a parishioner, can be a helpful resource. People active in cultural community clubs may also be eager to share their wisdom and experience when it comes to their roots. To share your newly blended cultures, consider planning traditional elements that will excite and include your guests. Margaret and Aditya Kudumala kicked off their wedding weekend with a fun-filled cricket game inspired by Aditya’s Southern Indian homeland. “It was a great way to begin the festivities while also introducing each side of the family with a long-standing pastime,” says Margaret. The Massachusetts native, a blend of Irish and French decent, gathered with girlfriends, mothers and extended family for female bonding before the big day for a traditional Mehndi party, an Indian custom dating back to the 12th century. “This is a time when all the women get together to prepare the bride,” explains Margaret. “It was so wonderful to see young and old (especially on my side) enjoying the new tradition.” When some might see hurdles in planning an interfaith ceremony, Margaret and Aditya saw beautiful possibilities. “Though the rites and activities occurring on the mandap [the wedding canopy used in traditional Hindu weddings] were all of the Hindu tradi-

tion and performed by a Swami, the presence and participation of a Catholic priest also made it a Catholic ceremony,” notes Margaret. “Toward the end, the Catholic priest said a few words about the traditions of wedding ceremonies in our cultures and confirmed that what had been witnessed was both a proper Hindu and proper Catholic ceremony.” Guests, Margaret says, were “fascinated by the traditions and cultural elements that they were exposed to,” adding that she and Aditya are “blessed with wonderful friends and families who are open to new ideas and traditions.” But the cultural elements were more than just outward symbols. “We view our union as a true blending of cultures and traditions.We practice both faiths at home, cook both cuisines at home, etc.,” says the newlywed. “We plan to do the same when we have children, bringing them up with good mix of our traditions.Therefore, we wanted our wedding to represent what wanted for ourselves going forward: a blend of both.” Though both Pakistani, Babur Mian and Sonya Adam wrestled with blending eastern and western traditions into one event. So they decided to participate in the traditions their families have celebrated for generations in Pakistan, then return to the U.S. for a celebration at The Crane Estate, where they shared a taste of their roots with their western wedding guests.The couple donned the traditional colorful wedding attire; served Pakistani food at one of the stations; had a cigar smoking session for men; employed a caricature artist; and served milk and cookies before everyone left. “We tried to make it elegant without being over the top,” explains Babur. “Our guests really enjoyed the evening and thought it was a nice mixture of east and west.”

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Alison Johnson helps to erect the Chuppa, a Jewish wedding canopy, which was hand made for her marriage to Meir Gottleib and will be passed down through their family for future weddings.

Many interfaith couples inspired by customs representative of their beliefs choose wedding traditions that have the most meaning to them. Justice of the Peace Alan Jardine Ulrich, who is based in Reading, Massachusetts, says it is not hard to incorporate fundamentals from differing religions into one, faithbased ceremony. “Candles, for example, are used in the [Jewish] Shabbat, and in the Christian tradition, they symbolize the light of Christ,” he points out, noting Jewish-Christian ceremonies are among his most popular. “There are a lot of options.” A whole new world Keep in mind when planning a multicultural wedding that this may be the first time some of your guests have witnessed or participated in these special traditions. Make everyone feel welcome by providing a detailed program. Offer explanations of the rites and rituals and, if in a different language, print the English version as well. Finally, if you are planning on serving traditional dishes, offer guests a menu explaining what is being served. Alison and Meir Gottlieb tied the knot in a Modern Orthodox Jewish wedding this past September at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Massachusetts. As Alison converted to Judaism before marrying, many of her guests had never experienced a Jewish wedding. So, the couple provided a program explaining not only the ceremony components—including the Chuppa (the Jewish wedding canopy), the reading of the Ketubah (the Jewish wedding contract signed before the ceremony) and the breaking of the glass (signaling the end of the ceremony and met with guests shouting “Mazel Tov!”)—but also indicating what to expect, and what is to be expected, by guests at the reception.

All were invited on the dance floor as the leader of the Klezmir band, a traditional Israeli folk band, taught customary dances. “Israeli dancing mostly takes place holding hands and dancing in a train or a giant circle,” explains Alison.The bride says the traditions she and Meir shared with non-Jewish friends and families were a big hit. “Many of my friends said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to,” she says. “Other friends of ours said that they plan on using ideas from the Jewish customs in their wedding—and they are not even Jewish!” Whether you choose to interpret a custom or two, or opt for an ethnic wedding day from start to finish, select traditions that mean something to you and your partner. Sharing your ancestry with your wedding guests is an exciting opportunity to really show who you both are, where you both have come from, and the future that lies ahead as your lives blend into one family. B&G

Upper right:Alison greets guests before the ceremony. Left:Alison drinks from a Kiddush cup, which is used in Jewish ceremonies for the partaking of wine.

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ent things, and so we all need to cater to whatever our individuality requires. That usually means anything from your workout itself to what you wear when working out.” Whether your priority is shedding pounds, increasing your stamina or shaping up, we’ve got a walking workout to meet your needs. Select the one that’s right for you and do it at least three times a week for results in time for your wedding (you can also mix and match the workouts for variety’s sake).

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Figuring out what’s most important to you will help you pick a program customize to your needs.

Cunningham suggests using a scale of one to 10 where one is the level equivalent to doing nothing and 10 is sprinting as fast as you can. To warm up, stroll at about a three (windowshopping pace) and gradually warm up to a level of five (picture yourself being in a store seeing an item you must have). As you walk, focus on your technique: your head should be up, with your eyes forward and your arms swinging as you stride. As you walk, make sure you’re planting your heel first and then pushing all the way off with your toe; think of it as rolling from your heel to your toe.Your stride should be comfortable, but your pace faster than a mere stroll for maximum benefits.You want to keep your exertion level between five and seven or eight as you walk. (If it’s hard to maintain a steady pace, try walking a bit faster for a short distance and then easing back to a five. Just don’t drop down below that brisk pace during the walk.) Continue walking for 30 to 35 minutes and finish the workout by gradually slowing your pace and your stride during the last five minutes and cooling down.

Energy booster: Walking for vitality If you’re like many women, you may not have time to fit a long workout session into your already crowded schedule. But you can probably fit several energy boosters into your day, say one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to help you cope with the demands of your life and fight fatigue. These short walks may improve your outlook as well—a recent study found that even 10 minutes of cardiovascular exercise produced the same mood-


enhancing benefits as working out for a full 30 minutes. The key to the energy booster is interval training techniques.With intervals, you walk faster for a set period of time and then “recover� by slowing the pace for a bit and then repeating the cycle.This increases your blood flow, which makes you feel more invigorated and alert, and releases endorphins, which boost your mood, says Cunningham. To do an energy booster, warm up by gradually increasing your pace from a three to a five for two to three minutes.Then walk fast, at a level of seven or eight for one minute; during the next minute, slacken your pace to a level of five, and repeat for four cycles. If this is too difficult, extend the time of your “rest� intervals. Finish by cooling down and slowing your pace from five to three over several minutes.

Tighten and tone: Walking to shape up While walking is great for your heart and your mood, it doesn’t do a lot to sculpt your body. If your wedding fitness priority is firming up flabby muscles, opt for this workout that incorporates strengthening and shaping moves along with brisk walking sessions in between. Some of the exercises require exercise tubing, which you can simply tie around your waist or carry during the walking segments. Start warming up by walking for five minutes (go from a level three to a five), then begin the workout moves. Between each move, you should walk briskly (a level five) for two to three minutes, which will keep your heart rate up and make the workout more challenging. Start with one set of each exercise; as you get stronger, you can add a second. Lunges: Start standing up with your feet together. Step forward with your right foot, making a large enough step so that your shin stays perpendicular to the ground when you lower your body; push back up and return to your original position. Do seven to 10 reps leading with your right leg; then switch and repeat, leading with your left leg. Squats: Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, and put your arms out in front of you at shoulder height for counterbalance. Pretend that there’s a bench be-

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hind you that you’re going to sit on. Keeping your weight on your heels, bend your knees as if to sit down. While keeping your chest up, lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground; return to your original position. Do seven to 10 reps. Modified pushups: For this move, you can use a wall if you’re indoors or a park bench or fence rail outside. Stand about two feet from a wall and place your hands just wider than your shoulders at shoulder height. (If

you use a park bench or rail, grasp it with your hands, keeping them shoulder-width apart.) With a straight back and solid torso, bend your elbows and lower yourself toward the wall or bench, then push back up. Do seven to 10 reps. Biceps curls: Stand with both feet on the exercise tubing, bending your knees slightly. Holding onto the handles with your hands at your sides, bend your elbows and bring your hands up toward your shoulders, then slowly

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

6 – 9 months • Go over ceremony details/ideas with officiant. • Order wedding dress and schedule fitting/delivery dates. • Select and order bridesmaids’, mothers’ and flower girl dresses. • Have all of your major vendors reserved. • Block off hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Decide on any extras for ceremony and reception (i.e. programs, favors, menus, etc.). • Finalize guest list and obtain updated addresses. • Send save-the-date cards. • Post details on your wedding Web site. 4 – 6 months • Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon. • Experiment with hair and make-up styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved. 2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 90). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. www.bridegroommag.com

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

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ing both parties initial it. Or, if it’s clearer, write up an amended contract and sign it. Be wary of any vendor that doesn’t want to have a contract. It is designed to protect both parties and keep the details organized. Don’t be pressured into working without one. Consider looking for a new vendor if they refuse to use/sign one. If you have any difficulty in understanding the wording of a contract, ask to have it rewritten so that it is clear. If they refuse, look for a new vendor. Never sign an agreement if you’re not clear on the terms.Always ask for clarification (and have it written in when necessary) and always read the fine print thoroughly.

Other helpful tips Keep receipts for each transaction with all vendors. File them with your copy of the contract for easy reference. Use your credit card whenever possible. Most offer buyer protection services at no extra charge. Consider giving yourself extra protection by taking out wedding (event) insurance. Basic policies cover acts of god, vendorrelated issues (such as no-shows, bad equipment and damaged goods) and the like. For more info, check out www.wedsafe.com, and the site for the National Alliance of Special Event Planners, Inc., www.nasep.org. B&G

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wedding, be sure to have a contract for each one. It will protect you and your money, and will also help keep your many details organized. Contracts should include the basics: your name, wedding date, location of the event, name of the vendor, etc. Spelling counts, so be sure everything is accurate. All of the vendor’s services should be listed in this agreement, including their standard offerings as well as anything extra you may want (such as votive candles surrounding your centerpieces or that your extra wedding cake will be boxed as favors to take home). Be very detailed. Specify the vendor’s expected arrival time and where he/she should go (i.e., the limo should pick you up first, then your bridesmaids, and the photographer should meet you at the reception site). If they will be mingling with your guests, indicate what type of attire is (and is not) acceptable. Itemize all costs: everything from basic rates to additional fees for any extra services and/or overtime. Indicate what your method of payment will be, the amounts and when those payments will be made. It’s also a good idea to have the contract list the amount of any deposits made at signing. Specify what happens should you need to cancel the wedding. How much notice do your vendors require? How much money, if any, will you be expected to pay anyway?Will your deposit be refunded if you give them enough notice to fill the date? Indicate any penalties the vendors will face if they arrive late to your wedding.Also specify a cancellation policy for each of your vendors, such as they must give more than 30 days notice of cancellation and that they must help you find a replacement. Read each contract thoroughly before you sign it. If this means taking it home, then do so. Don’t let any vendor rush you into signing. Update your contract with any changes/ updates/additions/deletions made by either you or the vendor. This can be as simple as writing it on the original agreement and hav-

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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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Traveling with your passport on your honeymoon? If so, the name on your tickets must match the one on your passport. Since you most likely bought the tickets before your wedding, it’s best to wait until after your return to make the change on your passport. To make the name change, you must complete the proper amendment form and submit it, along with a certified copy of your marriage license, your previous passport and two photos, to the National Passport Processing, P.O. Box 90107, Philadelphia, PA


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Same-sex marriages and name changes A party in a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts can legally change his/her surname with the Social Security Administration and on his/her driver’s license. However, according to the Web site for GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders organization (www.glad.org), “the Passport Agency, citing the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, is refusing to honor the name change on the marriage license and is requiring couples to go through Probate Court to have their names changed.” Information on how to petition for a name change can be found at: www.lawlib. state.ma.us/name.html. B&G

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wedding announcement in your local newspaper has been a longstanding tradition for many soon-to-be and newly-weds. Now that most newspapers are also online, those announcements have also made their way onto the Internet. Many of the area’s major newspapers have new policies regarding the publication of celebratory/life event notices and now charge a fee to run them.Various options are available for small or large announcements, with or without photos. Some include online postings with the print, and those may include things like photo galleries, links to gift registries, etc. For the major papers in and around our area, we’ve collected the basic information (such as range of fees) and have provided key Website addresses that have more detailed and up-to-date information. Be sure to check with the specific newspaper directly for its most current policies and procedures. Worcester Telegram & Gazette Announcements for engagements and weddings are available for purchase for both print (T&G) and online (Telegram.com) publication. Packages for both range from $40 – $250.All options include a printed announcement in one Sunday edition and an online notice for that same week. For detailed information, go to www.telegram.com/ celebrations or call (508) 793-9226. 84 Winter 2009 BRIDE&GROOM

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

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MetroWest Daily News Engagement and wedding announcements are run in the print publication free of charge and in color. Some notices may be published online at www.metrowestdailynews.com/ celebrations. Request the appropriate forms by e-mailing metrowest@cnc.com. The Providence Journal The Sunday Journal publishes free wedding announcements every week involving present or former residents of its circulation area. They also publish announcements of public commitment ceremonies that involve people with substantial local ties. Forms are available online at: www.projo.com/weddings. They must be printed and mailed to: Features Department, The Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902. Digital photos may be submitted for publication (see back of form for details). Engagement announcements are also run, but for a fee of $3.68/line (minimum of eight lines). A B&W photo can be included for an additional fee of $74.54.Announcements can be posted online for an additional $21.20. See engagement form for details, available at: B&G www.projo.com/celebrations.

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wedding announcement in your local newspaper has been a longstanding tradition for many soon-to-be and newly-weds. Now that most newspapers are also online, those announcements have also made their way onto the Internet. Many of the area’s major newspapers have new policies regarding the publication of celebratory/life event notices and now charge a fee to run them.Various options are available for small or large announcements, with or without photos. Some include online postings with the print, and those may include things like photo galleries, links to gift registries, etc. For the major papers in and around our area, we’ve collected the basic information (such as range of fees) and have provided key Website addresses that have more detailed and up-to-date information. Be sure to check with the specific newspaper directly for its most current policies and procedures. Worcester Telegram & Gazette Announcements for engagements and weddings are available for purchase for both print (T&G) and online (Telegram.com) publication. Packages for both range from $40 – $250.All options include a printed announcement in one Sunday edition and an online notice for that same week. For detailed information, go to www.telegram.com/ celebrations or call (508) 793-9226. 84 Winter 2009 BRIDE&GROOM

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

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MetroWest Daily News Engagement and wedding announcements are run in the print publication free of charge and in color. Some notices may be published online at www.metrowestdailynews.com/ celebrations. Request the appropriate forms by e-mailing metrowest@cnc.com. The Providence Journal The Sunday Journal publishes free wedding announcements every week involving present or former residents of its circulation area. They also publish announcements of public commitment ceremonies that involve people with substantial local ties. Forms are available online at: www.projo.com/weddings. They must be printed and mailed to: Features Department, The Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902. Digital photos may be submitted for publication (see back of form for details). Engagement announcements are also run, but for a fee of $3.68/line (minimum of eight lines). A B&W photo can be included for an additional fee of $74.54.Announcements can be posted online for an additional $21.20. See engagement form for details, available at: B&G www.projo.com/celebrations.

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

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Coatroom/restroom attendants and parking valets. This gratuity may be included in your overall reception costs (be sure to check your contract thoroughly). If it isn’t, you can request to have it included or opt to pay it in cash on the wedding day. Figure about $0.50 – $1.00 per guest for the attendants and the same per car for the valets.Whatever you decide, make sure the establishment knows that tip plates and jars are not to be put out. (Have a friend double check on the wedding day to be sure.)

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Delivery people. These are the folks who deliver (and possibly set up) your cake, flowers, party rentals such as chairs and tables, etc. Depending on how much actual labor is involved, budget about $10 – 20 per person. Maitre d’. If a service charge is not included in your contract, then figure about 15% of your total bill, or $1.00 or $2.00 per person. Musicians/DJs. Generally a tip is not expected, but if you want to acknowledge exceptional performance/service you can feel free to do so. Again, approximately 15% of the total bill is a good gauge. Officiant. If your ceremony is in a house of worship, then a donation to that organization is appropriate and often expected/required (a dollar amount may be suggested). It is appropriate to give a donation to a civil servant, such as a Justice of the Peace, judge, city clerk, etc., however it should be done at a time that is outside of their regular working hours. Stylists for hair and makeup. Tip these professionals as you would for your regular appointments: 15% – 20% of the total bill.

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Transportation drivers. If your driver arrives and delivers his/her passengers on time, is dressed appropriately (either a tux or suit with tie) and is courteous then a tip is definitely in order. Figure on 15% – 20%. Waitstaff and bartenders. Again, determine whether or not this is already included in your contract. If not, one good rule of thumb to follow is the same percentage you would tip in a restaurant: around 18% of the total food bill for waitstaff. If you have an open bar, 10% of that total cost would be appropriate for the bartenders. (FYI: These amounts would be divided among those staffs.) Or, you could simply decide on a set dollar amount per person and multiply by the number of staff. Wedding planner. As this person is working for a set fee, they generally do not expect a tip. But if you wish to show appreciation for a job well done, 10% of the total fee should suffice. How and when to tip Tips (cash) should be prepared ahead of time and organized in separate envelopes for each person or group. Traditionally, it is the best man who delivers these tips for the bride and groom to the appropriate person (generally the head of each group) on the wedding day; although, you could also delegate this task to a special friend or relative. For any tips that you give after the wedding, including a note of thanks is a nice touch. Remember Before organizing these tips, make sure you check all of your contracts to determine if a gratuity has been included in the agreedupon fees. If not and you’d prefer to have this arrangement, ask for it to be included. Also, keep in mind that business owners should not be tipped if they are the ones also performing the service. B&G

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B&G Planning 101

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rapher and some fancy duds… but don’t forget the most important must-have item for your wedding—your marriage license! Here’s what you need to know to get the legalities in order for your big day. If you’re getting married in Massachusetts, both parties must apply for the license together and in person—whether or not you are a resident. Applications are made by both parties (in person) in any city or town in Massachusetts. Where you apply is where the marriage certificate will be filed. There is a waiting period of three days.This includes Sundays and holidays, but not the day upon which the application is submitted. The license is valid for 60 days from the date you file and can be used in any city or town in Massachusetts. There is a state fee of $4.00 for the license,

but each town is allowed to set their own fee in addition to that. Check with your town clerk’s office for cost information. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Some towns may require proof, such as a birth certificate. Please note:The requirements and information listed here are subject to change and may differ for same-sex couples. For the most upto-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. Information specific to same-sex weddings in Massachusetts can be found at: www.glad.org/rights (click on the Massachusetts link under the Publications heading), and www. lawlib.state.ma.us/gaymarriage.html If you’re marrying out of state (or having a destination wedding), be sure to check out the requirements for that area. Because those requirements will differ per location, it’s best to take care of this early in your planning. B&G

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. You will be captivated by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls in our Atrium Courtyard, or you can choose our beautiful Grand Ballroom with the adjacent Terrace Bar. Specializing in custom menus and flexible wedding packages, the newly renovated Holiday Inn Boxborough will meet your every need. Contact our Wedding Specialist, Stephen Guay 978-889-1715 | sguay@hiboxborough.com www.boxboroughweddings.com

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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. Auburn 104 Central St. (508) 832-7701 clerk@town.auburn.ma.us www.auburnguide.com

Marlborough 140 Main St. (508) 460-3775 cityclerk@marlborough-ma.gov www.marlborough-ma.gov

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 (508) 532-5520 www.framinghamma.gov

Northampton 210 Main St., Room 4 (413) 587-1224 cclerk@northamptonma.gov www.northamptonma.gov/ cityclerk

Holden 1196 Main St. (508) 829-0265 www.townofholden.net Leominster 25 West. St., Room 5 (978) 534-7536 www.leominster-ma.gov

S pringfield 36 Court St., Room 123 (413) 787-6094 www.springfieldcityhall.com S turbridge 308 Main St. (508) 347-2510 www.town.sturbridge.ma.us

Lowell 375 Merrimack St., W orcester 1st Floor, Room 31 455 Main St., Room 206 (978) 970-4161 www.lowellma.gov/depts/clerk (508) 799-1121 clerk@ci.worcester.ma.us www.ci.worcester.ma.us


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Limousine company has new wedding offerings To expand their transportation offerings, Gray’s Limousine of Boylston, Massachusetts, has added two new Lincoln Town Car limousines to its existing fleet, which consists of Cadillac Escalade and H-2 Hummer stretch limousines and vintage Rolls Royces. In addition, BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine readers can take advantage of Gray’s special Friday and Sunday Wedding rates. For more information: www.grays limousine.com, 508-756-7477.

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Performing arts theatre now available for receptions The newly renovated and historic Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, Massachusetts, offers five unique function spaces for weddings both intimate and grand: the lobby, the Promenade overlooking the lobby, the private Mezzanine, the intimate Franklin Square Salon and the amazing HanoverTheatre stage (holding up to 270 guests). Wedding packages are available. Call Meghan Patrick at 508-770-0179 for more information. Get wedding photos… fast! To get instant access to photos taken at your wedding by your guests, try Canditto. A small, easy-to-use machine made available at the reception, Canditto instantly copies memory cards from your guests’ cameras.


Trash the Dress photo sessions available Before you send your dress to the cleaners, why not get all dressed up again, have some fun and get more great images of the biggest day of your life? The Imagery Studio in Worcester, Massachusetts, is now offering Trash the Dress photography sessions. This fun and relaxed session provides more time to explore the creative side of photography, without worrying about schedules to keep or the dress getting dirty before the ceremony. Each bride determines how much to “trash” her dress. Images of recent Trash the Dress sessions can be viewed at www. theimagerystudio.com.

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A majestic honeymoon The Canadian Rockies by Cynthia Allegrezza

IF YOU FANCY THE OUTDOORS AND APPRECIATE the romance of natural beauty, consider honeymooning in the magnificent Canadian Rockies.These northwestern Rocky Mountains are simply amazing and will make for a trip and place you won’t soon forget. Begin by visiting Banff National Park, a 2,564-square mile area in Alberta, Canada (about a 90-minute drive west from Calgary), that encompasses some of the world’s most magnificent scenery: Jagged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and hidden canyons all contribute to the dramatic setting. But topping it all are the area’s unearthly bright blue-green lakes, which 94 Winter

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Afternoon tea at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

prompted one travel writer to describe them as “so beautiful they look fake.” Whether you and your new spouse want to ski by day and cuddle up by a fire at night, or spend your time exploring hundreds of hiking trails, caves and glaciers, you will find no shortage of activities and amenities here.There are many accommodations in Banff National Park ranging from romantic B&Bs to extraordinary resorts and hotels with views guaranteed to take your breath away. Two picturepostcard towns—Banff and Lake Louise—cater to park visitors year round. With its quaint shops and notable restaurants, Banff does get busy during its summer

season—July and August—while the rest of the year is quieter. Lake Louise, northwest of Banff along the scenic TransCanada Highway, sits astride its namesake lake; regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is rivaled only by nearby Moraine Lake for its sheer beauty. North of Lake Louise, one of the world’s great mountain drives, the Icefields Parkway, begins its jaw-dropping course along the Continental Divide to Jasper National Park, a stunning counterpart to its sister park, Banff. If you crave winter sports, three worldclass winter resorts—Ski Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise—start up their lifts during low season when hotel rates are reasonable. If you tire of downhill skiing and snowboarding, try cross-country skiing, iceskating or snowshoeing; take a romantic sleigh ride; soak in a hot spring; or go heli-skiing. Lake Louise is the largest ski resort in Canada, and is rated the best in North America for scenery and second best for value by Ski Magazine. Remember, ski season can run through May in these parts. Unless you and your mate are diehard skiers or snowboarders, summer is definitely the best time of year to visit as crowds decrease exponentially in the weeks before and after July and August. Although June and September are wonderful times to visit the park; in June, wildflowers start blooming and the wildlife (elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep www.bridegroommag.com

and even black bears) is abundant while September boasts perfect temperatures for hiking along the park’s picturesque lakes, accented by the turning leaves at their peak of color. In either month, discounted accommodations are a welcome bonus.

Where to stay Castles and cabins Located on a terrace above a bend in the Bow River is one of the largest, grandest and most opulent mountain-resort hotels in the world: the Fairmont Banff Springs.This turreted 20th century castle boasts 770 rooms, 12 eateries, four lounges, a luxurious spa facility, a huge indoor pool, elegant public spaces, a 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, horseback riding and enough twisting, turning hallways, boardwalks, towers and shops to warrant a detailed map. During the summer, rates for a regular Fairmont room can run $650 (all prices quoted in this article are in Canadian dollars), discounted to about $350 thereafter. Bed-and-breakfast connoisseurs will enjoy the Country Cabin Bed & Breakfast, which is within easy walking distance of downtown Banff.The log cabin has a separate bedroom with log and tile features surrounding a jetted tub. Summer rates of $150, $85 for the rest of the year, include a continental breakfast delivered right to your door. If you opt to stay in Lake Louise, two noBRIDE&GROOM

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table accommodations include the Fairmont sister property, Chateau Lake Louise. Voted by the Discovery Channel as one of the top ten honeymoon destinations in the world, this is easily North America’s most romantic and scenic resort, nestled at the junction of jagged mountains and a pristine lake in a captivating shade of blue. With its take-your-breath-away views of the Lake Louise, this historic 500-room hotel can run close to $830 per night for a room with a lakeview.IfyoubookaroomaspartofaFairmont package—either at www.fairmont.com or through a travel agent—you may end up paying $400 for a room in the peak summer season. Rates do drop to about $250 per night outside of the summer months. The idyllic lake setting makes Chateau Lake Louise a popular honeymoon spot in the warmer months, when guests can take advantage of the resort’s outdoor activities, including horseback riding, whitewater rafting and hiking. If you do not stay here, plan on dining in the Fairview Dining Room. As the chateau’s signature dining room it enjoys the best views and offers the most elegant setting

Above: Room at the Post Hotel and Spa. Far right:Winter view of the Post Hotel.

with its sparkling china, silver and crystal that sets off its fine, locally inspired cuisine.When you make your reservation, mention you are on your honeymoon and you may be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne. Another lodging option in Lake Louise is the Post Hotel, a Canadian lodge setting along the Pipestone River. It may lack the views of Lake Louise, but it is charming in a modern, yet woodsy way. Each bungalowstyle room (rates start at $400 per night in high season) is furnished with Canadian pine and has a balcony. Other facilities include a spa, indoor pool, steam room and the fabulous Post Hotel dining room. The chef here specializes in European cuisine, but the Alberta beef, Pacific salmon and Peking duck are incredible. Tea is served each afternoon and it is a delightful way to relax, share some quiet time together and ease into the evening.

What to do Hot springs and cold glaciers There are number of hot springs in the Canadian Rockies, with the most accessible being in town at the Banff Upper Hot Springs, which are fed by Sulphur Mountain. Even if you are staying in a hostel without a hot tub, you can pay a small fee and soak to your heart’s content in this outdoor mineral water pool that is naturally heated to 104ºF. Bring a bathing suit and remember that you

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Banff Upper Hot Springs 403-762-1515 won’t be alone as the hot springs are popular. There is a day spa on the premises offering aromatherapy and various kinds of massage for a fee. If you love these mountains, you’ll want to thank the ancient glaciers that carved them out. The Columbia Icefield is the largest glacier field (125 square miles) in the Northern Hemisphere. A relatively short drive from Banff, it consists of six major glaciers. A remnant of the last glaciations that covered Canada

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20,000 years ago, it has survived because of its elevation (6,230 to 9,190 feet above sea level), cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls. A number of tour companies will fly you over the icefield or take you by all-terrain vehicle to the center of a glacier where you can learn how to walk on moving ice. Do dress warmly, and in layers. The Canadian Rockies offer a romantic setting with incredible scenery and the opportunity for intimate solitude. For summer- and

Cynthia Allegrezza, a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, vacationed in the Canadian Rockies last summer.According to Cynthia, Lake Louise is unequivocally the most beautiful place in the world.

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Delicious honeymoons Celebrating the good things in life by Katharine Dyson

If capping off a great day with a fine meal can be the start of a delicious evening, imagine the tone it will set for your honeymoon. Here are some post-nuptial spots we found where food and wine is wonderfully seductive.

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Imagine sipping a glass of Quails’ Gate Family Reserve Pinot Noir or topping off a dinner of house-cured wild salmon with a sweet Reisling Ice wine in the dining room of the Harvest Golf Club, which has views of the incredibly deep blue Okanagan Lake spread out below the vineyards. This is the stunning Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada, home to more than 80 vineyards, deep blue lakes and tall pines set between the Rocky and Cascade mountains. But it isn’t just the wine that seduces… A bottle of extraordinary Cipes Brut at Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Sunset Bistro becomes all the more delectable with hand-crafted, sweet and nutty aged cheese from Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan dairy. Much of the food here is grown in Sunset’s own organic gardens; the organic crust pizzas or the garden chard-wrapped Pacific halibut are good choices. A craftsmen-style villa or lodge suite at the secluded Predator

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Ridge Resort makes a perfect nest for your stay. Fireplaces, balconies, down duvets set the stage for romance. Or book a lakeside room at Hotel Eldorado, one of Kelowna city’s boutique hotels. Some bedrooms in the Heritage wing come with claw-foot tubs, vintage radios and other Okanagan memorabilia while newer rooms in the Eldorado Arms wing boast lovely large windows, duvets, deep soaking tubs and custom woodwork.The Eldorado has an indoor pool, spa and exercise room; kayak rentals are available nearby. www.eldoradokelowna.com The Okanagan Valley is an outdoor playground as well, with white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and kayaking, along with wine tasting and cultural events. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Predator Ridge; the Okanagan Golf Club’s Quail courses; Gallagher’s Canyon; the Harvest Golf Club, which winds through vineyards; and spectacular Tobiano, a new course set upon canyon-cut ravines overlooking Kamloops Lake north of Kelowna. www.totabc.com


Various delights at the Bedford Springs Resort. Bottom right: Cooking with Chef Meier.

Bedford Springs Resort Cooking your own dinner in the banquet kitchen of a major resort then sitting down at a table surrounded by huge vats of steeping stock and stainless steel pans may not sound like a recipe for romance. But if you’re into cooking—or want to do it together—it definitely can be. At Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania, you can have your own private Chef’sTable dinner where you’ll do more than just eat:You’ll work alongside Chef Conrad Meier and his staff to prepare things like grilled crab cakes, seared beef filet and risotto, and chocolatedipped strawberries. First you’ll chop, braise, mold and dip; then you’ll eat. You’ll also be amazed at how easy it seems to prepare a meal that tastes out of this world. And the recipes go with you. Now if only you could bring the chefs home… For a change of pace, Bedford Springs can set you up in their outdoor grotto for a dinner under the stars or in one of their private tavern dining rooms. The sprawling property is a destination unto itself, featuring a historic golf course, biking and hiking trails, billiards, spa, beautiful indoor and outdoor pools with cozy cabanas and a Jacuzzi, and its own private fishing preserve at Red Oak Lake. Rooms and baths are beautifully decorated; the cushion-top mattresses are topped with feather beds, duvets, super soft cotton sheets and comfy down pillows. As evening approaches, settle into the rocking chairs on your balcony and watch the sun go down. www.bedfordspringsresort.com

Bedford Springs Resort

Santa Fe, New Mexico Savor the tastes and flavors of the Southwest in Santa Fe where art saturates everything from the sky to the mountains, to the cliffs to the food. In New Mexico’s colorful cuisine, chilies—especially green chilies—are used in everything, including sauces, stews, soups and salads. Most regional foods also feature lots of corn and calabacita (squash); margaritas come in a variety of flavors and colors from citrus yellow to turquoise blue.

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The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa’s Corn Maiden restaurant feature innovative cuisine inspired by traditional cooking methods with selections of slow-cooked skewered meats and terra cotta-baked veal. At the Anasazi Restaurant in the Inn of the Anasazi, the focus is on Native American fare, such as grilled corn tortilla and lime soup; foods from northern New Mexico, such as chayote-sweet potato hash; and dishes of the American cowboy, such as Montana buf-

falo osso bucco with a red wine reduction and ancho-basil polenta. For great sandwiches with a southwestern flair, head to the super casual La Cantina on the rooftop of the Coyote Cafe for a mango avocado chicken sandwich and tostadas; or for Santa Fe’s version of fast food, head to Bert’s Burger Bowl for a chili cheeseburger or burrito. Then rest your heads at the Inn on the Alameda. Surrounded by garden courtyards, it features handmade furniture,

American Indian motifs and kiva fireplaces, all setting a decidedly southwestern mood. Five minutes outside Santa Fe is the historic Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa. Nestled below the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on 450 desert acres, you can reconnect with your spiritual side at SháNah Spa and Wellness Center. If you’re all about the outdoors—hiking, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, skeet shooting and more— this is the place to be. www.santafe.org

New Orleans

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You cannot talk about southern romance, food and jazz without mentioning New Orleans. It’s been more than three years since Hurricane Katrina and yes, the lower lying wards are still not rebuilt. But historic Bourbon Street, which stood on higher ground, was not flooded leaving the heart of the Crescent City still beating strong with sounds of jazz from nightclubs like the Funky Club Jazz Bar and Preservation Hall. Where else can you sink your teeth into a mouthwatering beignet in the morning, sip Plantation mint juleps in the afternoon, eat some fantastic Cajun and Creole food in the evening and listen to great jazz into the wee morning hours? Still, if you do nothing else, be sure to order a dish of hearty gumbo at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, one the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants, and cap it off with K-Paul’s famous sweet potato pecan pie. Just off Bourbon Street, dine on a pile of seafood at New Orleans

Ever changing shades of blue offered by a perfect sky and an endless sea of pure inspiration.

Bucuti Beach Resort featuring the Tara Beach Suites & Spa Eagle Beach, Aruba • Dutch Caribbean • Telephone 297.583.1100 • www.bucuti.com

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The Royal Sonesta Hotel, located on Bourbon Street, features a variety of amenities and dining experiences.

the Acme Oyster House, known for its oyster and catfish plates. Or fill up on hamburgers and chili at Café Maspero and savor Cajun dishes at Bon Ton Café made from treasured old recipes. Go to G.W. Fins for great fish and seafood, Cooter Brown for crawfish… the list goes on. Food is truly celebrated in this city; indeed, Zagat named New Orleans the 2nd most affordable restaurant city in America. One morning walk over to the Café du Monde for a delicious beignet amply topped

with confectioner’s sugar. In fact you’ll fine this powdery stuff everywhere—on the tables, the floors, peoples’ faces—and everybody’s smiling. For a change of pace, contact Chris Smits of Cajun Pride Tours (800-4670758) who runs tours of the city, the plantations and even alligator boat trips into the watery Manchac Swamp. There are several small inns with a great deal of charm like the Royal St. Charles

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Hotel and the Queen & Crescent Hotel as well as larger hotels like the historic Omni Royal Orleans and the gleaming and polished Royal Sonesta Hotel, both in the French district.The Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street, is a grand hotel with a swimming pool, outside patio, French doors, gables windows and wrought-iron-lace balconies. The twostory suites are especially grand. www.sonesta. com, www.neworleansinfo.com B&G Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Romance has a home in the Caribbean: the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Here, couples are whisked away to Renaissance Island, with the only private beaches on Aruba. Nature’s beauty swims with style and attitude, creating the perfect atmosphere for any exchange of vows. Gourmet dining, indulgences at the spa, and cocktails by the water are just a few of the touches that make memories that last a lifetime. Discover for yourself an experience that is Uniquely Renaissance.SM

To plan your wedding, call 011-297-583-6000 ext. 6406 or email weddings@arubarenaissance.com


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:

Reception Facility

E - Engagement Parties

Contact Person

Types of Functions

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

$65+

Yes

Yes

0/250

W - Wedding Receptions Number Overnight Ceremony of Events AccommoSite (Held at one time) dations

Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Inside Front Cover)

Emily Aghababain E, B, D, W

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

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (45)

Michelle Frieswick

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

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

Higgins Armory Museum (92)

Rentals Office

100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA 01606 Ph: (508) 853-6015 x 26 • Fx: (508) 852-7697 rentals@higgins.org • www.higgins.org

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

Mechanics Hall (13)

Sharon Onorato

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

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

Pepper Corns (71)

Tom Oliveri

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

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

Tribeca (20)

Steven Greene

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

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

Tuckerman Hall (34)

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 (83)

Special Events

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

Yes

Varies

Yes

Varies

Yes

$13 – 30

$30 – 50

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Under $30

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1/35

1/250

Yes

No

Yes

1–2

Yes

1–2

No

1

No

150/425

Yes

1

No

20/60

Yes

2

No

15/120

No

1

No

Max 250

Yes

1

No

25/120

Yes

1

No

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA Rent exquisite spaces for your next important social occasion, and allow the special Ph: (508) 799-4406 x3077 • Fx: (508) 799-4767 specialevents@worcesterart.org • www.worcesterart.org events staff to help you create the event of your dreams.

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Reception Facility

Contact Person

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Sales

E, B, D, W

$29 – 65

Yes

Yes

50/600

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

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (107) 181 Boston Post Rd., West, Marlboro, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 303-1782 Fx: (508) 480-9343 msmith@rplazahotels.com • www.rplazahotels.com

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

1 or 2

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

2

Yes

30/600

Yes

3

No

0/54

No

1

No

1

No

-

No

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 (53)

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.

Conord’s Colonial Inn (50)

Paul Jones

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

Our historic inn offers a quaint setting for your wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner. Celebrate in one of our 7 individually appointed event rooms to host your special event.

Doubletree Hotel (76)

Linde Schwartz

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (90)

Stephen Guay

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

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

Marlborough Country Club (92)

Ann-Marie Busby

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

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

Nashoba Valley Winery (10)

Penny Sullivan

100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Bolton, MA 01740 Ph: (978) 779-5521 • Fx: (978) 779-5523 email @ nashobawinery.com www.nashobawinery.com

Nestled in the heart of apple country, Nashoba Valley Winery offers an ideal choice for weddings. A wedding reception at the winery combines country charm with refined elegance.

Radisson Hotel & Suites (79)

June Wellington

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

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

Riverview (70)

Angela Weagle

13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 568-1541 • info@riverviewhpc.com www.riverviewhpc.com

A newly built, Mediterranean style function hall with its elegantly classic design provides a perfect ambience for any special occasion.

Romaine’s Wood Grille and Bar (92)

Bonny Dalrymple

299 West Main St., Northborough, MA 01532 Ph: (508) 393-8889 • Fx: (508) 393-8886 info@romaines.biz • www.romaines.biz

Warm, personal service with an atmosphere to match. Enjoy creative American food while every need is provided for.

Stow Acres Country Club (44)

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 (33)

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

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$75+

$30 – 75+

$30 – 70

$30 – 50

Under $30

$50 – 75

Varies

Varies

$30-50

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

130/275

10/100

50/550

2/400

Max 180

62/160

25/250

50/250

100/350

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

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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

Leicester Country Club (31)

Sales Office

E, B, D, W

$30 – 70

Yes

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

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

Old Sturbridge Village (20)

Alexis Conte

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

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

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (33)

Sales Office

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

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

Periwinkles Garden Court (69)

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.

Publick House (27)

Catherine O’Brien

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

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

Salem Cross Inn (49)

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 (43)

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.

Reception Facility

West of Worcester

The Harding Allen Estate (51) Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 (978) 355-4920 • www.harding-allen.com

Grace Gugliotti or Gloria Barry

E, B, D, W

E, B, D ,W

E, B, D ,W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75+

Varies

Under $30

$30-78

$30 – 50

$79 – 129

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

20/300

Yes

2

No

0/200

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

Varies

Yes

15/200

Yes

90/250

Yes

Max 240

Yes

Yes

No

6/225

Yes

Max 350

Yes

Max 300

No

2

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

Yes

1

No

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (3)

Lynn Zukas

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

E, B, D, W

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.

South of Worcester E, B, W

$30 – 60

Under $30 to 50

Yes

50/250

Arrowhead Acres (73)

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.

E, B, D, W

Catherine Elliott

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

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (81)

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.

Indian Ranch (84)

Anne Beck

E, B, D, W

$20-$40

Yes

Yes

No

50/500

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

Under $30

No

Yes

Asa Waters Mansion (85)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

Max 85 (inside)

No

No

50/175

75/400

200 Gore Rd., Webster, MA 01507 Picturesque setting overlooking scenic Webster Lake. Outdoor gazebo, large indoor banquet hall with full bar, in house catering, and two outdoor Ph: (508) 943-3871 banquets@indianranch.com • www.indianranch.com covered pavilions. Central location off Route 146, 1 mile off route 935.

Pleasant Valley Country Club (86)

Michelle Violette or Kerry Bardon

E, B, D, W

Under $30 to $50

Yes

Yes

20/400

Yes

1 in each building

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

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

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

Twin River (64)

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 to 75+

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

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

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

25/425

Yes

1–2

Yes

Yes

1–3

Yes

1

No

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

Susan Piper

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club (17)

E, B, D, W

25/250

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

2/220

Yes

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

Harrington Farm (47)

Irena Clark

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

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

Hidden Hills - Four Star Catering (89)

Mark Hagemeyer

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

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

Mount Pleasant Country Club (93) 369 Cross Street, Boylston, MA 01505 Ph: (508) 869-2326 • Fx: (508) 869-3197 mmarron@mountpleasantcc.org www.mountpleasantcc.org

Mitch Marron

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

$30 – 50

Under $30

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available

50/225

1

Yes

Yes

3

No

No

1

No

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Nearby

Yes

1

No

25/375

Yes

2

No

300 Max

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

Yes

50/600

No

30/250

Yes

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (82) Kerri Landry

E, B, D, W

$50 –75

Yes

Yes

100/325

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (78)

Lana Visbeck

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

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

The Pavilion at the Lancaster Fairgrounds (29) Rose Darden

E, B, D, W

E, B, D, W

$30 – 85

Varies

Yes

No

Yes

15/230

No

0/300

318 Seven Bridge Rd. (Rte 3, 117), Lancaster, MA 01532 Ph: (978) 365-7206 • Fx: (978) 365-2120 Nestled amongst 53 beautiful acres with rolling hills, mature trees and quaint country charm, pavilion@lancasterfairgrounds.org the pavilion is pond side complete with fountain. Quintessential New England at its best. www.lancasterfairgrounds.org

The Manor Restaurant and Function Facilities (72)

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 2008/2009.

Wachusett Mountain (41)

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 (37)

Michelle Kupfer

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

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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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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough

Timeless, unforgettable, unique. So it’s finally your day … make it one you will cherish forever. From an elegant gala to a quaint ceremony, we can accommodate you with a celebration unlike any other. Get whisked away in our beautiful atrium courtyard, or embrace your love for one another in our vibrant and spacious ballroom. The choice is yours. Make the first day of the rest of your lives simply … perfect.

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone (508) 303-1782 Fax (508) 480-9343 msmith@rplazahotels.com www.rplazahotels.com


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Sound O’ the Pipes (87)

Bouquet Preservation

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Bridal Registry

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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BOOKS

Cakes

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Thomas E. O’Brien (79)

Catering

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Destination Weddings

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Donation Services

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BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Entertainment

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Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (59)

Fitness

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Florists

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101 Turnpike Rd., Ashby, MA 01431 (978) 386-7797 www.soundothepipes.com Celebrate your special occasion with expert bagpiping. Over 30 years of experience, demo CD, four wedding packages, Scottish and Irish music.

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.

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.

Elegance by Carbonneau (58) 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!

Hair & Makeup

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Honeymoon Spots

110

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Invitations

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Kohl’s Bridal Aisle® Gift Registry (35)

Loren’s Bridal (12)

Jewelry

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Limousines

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For the Kohl’s store nearest you, call (800) 837-1500 www.kohls.com Kohl’s Bridal Aisle® Gift Registry. Visit our gift registry in store or online at Kohls.com today!

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.

Officiants

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Photography

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

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Reception Facilities

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Rentals

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Shoes

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Tuxedos

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(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.

Videography

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BRIDAL SHOPS

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Bridals by Rochelle (39)

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Royal Prestige Products (71)

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.

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Pronuptia Bridals (26) 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.

The Special Event Bridal Shoppe (45) 114 Broad St., Marlboro, MA 01752 (508) 624-9392 • www.specialeventbridalshop.com Specializing in wedding gowns and party dresses for special occasions. Call for an appointment at your convenience.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (22, 23) 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 six expos in September, October and January.


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Struck Catering (28)

Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (8) 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.

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.

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS

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.

Young’s/American Express Travel (96)

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 (16) 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 (78) 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.

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. (48) 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!

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (32) 43 Hudson St., Northboro, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 • www.pepperscatering.com Your dreams and our experience... the taste and imagination of great catering. Over 16 years of experience with innovative cuisine and custom event design.

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

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (93) 1202 Delafield Place NW, Washington, DC 20011 (202) 841-1563 info@idofoundation.org • www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples an opportunity to raise donations for charity(s) of their choice in a variety of ways.

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

The Marty Gilman Band (508) 752-4027 • mgband@charter.net www.martygilmanband.com Over 2000 great weddings! From three–seven musicians, featuring male/female vocalists and horns. Swing, classic hits, Top 40. This band gets everyone up dancing!

New England Conservatory Music Referral Service (27) 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 585-1170 MRS@newenglandconservatory.edu www.newenglandconservatory.edu/MRS Bring the joy of music to any special event! NEC’s Music Referral Service provides artistic excellence and exceptional value. Perfect for any distinguished occasion.

Sonic DJ (84) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com • www.OurWeddingDJ.com Discover four things you absolutely must know before you book a DJ for your wedding, plus secrets to a stress-free reception at our Web site.

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

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

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (6) 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.

Music Sensations New England’s Wedding Specialists Worcester, MA (508) 767-1173 roberta@music-sensations.com www.music-sensations.com The classy alternative to your ordinary DJ. Customized entertainment. Over 50,000 songs! 100% digital professional sound system. Fully insured. Member of American Disc Jockey Association.

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FITNESS Worcester Fitness (52) 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 Auburn Florist/The Oxford Branch 352 Southbridge St., Auburn, MA • (508) 832-3217 407 Main St., Oxford, MA • (508) 987-3330 www.auburnflirist.biz Simple... elaborate... anywhere in between! Assisting area brides for over 40 years. Now in two locations for your convenience. Stop in or call for brochure.

Danielson Flowers (10) 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.

Flor-Al’s 372 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 753-7005 aldeluca@flor-als.com • www.flor-als.com A creative and distinctive floral designer for classically elegant weddings and special occasions. Albert A. DeLuca AIFD, AAF.

Herbert E. Berg Florist (40) 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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Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (59)

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Artistic Expressions Photography (11) 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.

HAIR & MAKEUP

AVR Photography & Video (65)

D’Iorio’s Salon (80) 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.

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.

Image Hair Salon (73)

Christopher Wakeen Photojournalist (73)

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.

Celebrations! Invitations (39)

HONEYMOON SPOTS Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba (101) (800) 969-2310 reservations@amsterdammanor.aw www.amsterdammanor.com When the last notes of your wedding music fade into the night, your perfect Caribbean honeymoon awaits. Honeymoon Packages starting at 4 nights for $1,095.00 per couple.

Bucuti Beach Resort (100) Eagle Beach, Aruba (297) 583-1100 • www.bucuti.com Featuring the luxurious Tara Beach Suites & Spa, considered the most romantic resort in Aruba. On-site ceremonies and multiple honeymoon packages available.

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa (97)

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.

JEWELRY Sachs Jewelers (2) 180 Route 9 East, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 792-2300 www.sachsjewelers.com Specializing in diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Our showroom boasts Worcester County’s largest selection of diamonds and the latest styles, brands, and custom-designed bridal jewelry.

LIMOUSINES

(800) 333-3333 • www.radisson.com/aruba The Four-Diamond Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa with its pristine beach and lush tropical foliage features 354 elegant guest rooms and suites.

Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina & Spa (97) (800) 333-3333 stmartin@radisson.com • www.radisson.com/stmartin Paradise Revealed. Draped along the crescent-shaped beach of Anse Marcel lies the newest, hottest luxury resort in St. Martin.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (102) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 421-8188 • www.renaissancearuba.com Poised at the edge of paradise, but still in the heart of the action, rests an extraordinary retreat where relaxation is transcendent and pleasure is infinite.

INVITATIONS C.C. Lowell (73) 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.

A.A. Transportation Co., Inc. (77) 605 Hartford Tpke. (Rte. 20), Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 791-9100 www.aatransportation.com A full-service transportation company. From exotic 20-passenger Super Stretch SUVs to eight-passenger Lincolns. We have the limo to fit your needs.

A Perfect Limo, Inc. (1) Allan Weagle 27 Minuteman Way, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-5775 info@aperfectlimo.com • www.aperfectlimo.com Central New England’s only Wedding Trolley. Call us for a complimentary consultation of your transportation needs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Gray’s Limousine (21, 29) 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.

OFFICIANTS Spiro J. Efstathiou, Justice of the Peace P.O. Box 2279, Worcester, MA 01613 (508) 757-7734 • spiroje@yahoo.com Your connection for your special day. Justice of the Peace.

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178 Lincoln St., Worcester, MA 01605 (508) 753-8920 chris@wakeenphotography.com www.wakeenphotography.com “Chris is more than a ‘photographer.’ His artful, creative images captured the joy and beauty of our wedding day.” –Mr. & Mrs. JN, Worcester, MA.

Doros Photography (38) 315 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com • www.dorosphotography.com Exceptional husband and wife team with 17 years of experience specializing in portrait and photojournalist style weddings. Packages range from $1,299. to $6,000.

HJM Photography (74) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 753-2230 • www.hjmphotography.com The ultimate in professional photography. We offer a full service studio and in-house photography lab for customizing your wedding photos. Call for an appointment.

Media Photo (80) 63 Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-4716 mediafoto@aol.com Save your money for the honeymoon! Affordable wedding packages. Studio located in Auburn, MA. We love what we do and so do our clients.

RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (25) Russ Rheault 365 Main St., Oxford, MA 01540 (508) 987-5249, (800) 287-5249 russro@aol.com • www.russro.com Award-winning photographer with 30 years experience, specializing in personal service. Creative albums designed with you. Free travel throughout New England. All couples welcome.

The Imagery Studio (8) 172 Shrewsbury St., 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 579-8080 info@theimagerystudio.com www.theimagerystudio.com The most beautiful photos of your life on the day it matters the most. Let us tell your story in an artistic and elegant way.


TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (16)

The Wedding Photographers (50)

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.

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

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.

Twin Photo (92)

4 Star Productions (88)

9 Hamilton St., Clinton, MA 01510 (800) 956-3306 joe@twinphoto.net • www.twinphoto.net Twin Photo has an all inclusive sale package for $1175. It includes everything you need for your special day! Call now to reserve your date.

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.

PRE-WEDDING SERVICES

Men’s Wearhouse (88)

VIDEOGRAPHY

Engaged Encounter (82)

Davagian Video Productions

(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

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.

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McDonald Productions

RENTALS Elegant Linens Ltd. (51) 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.

United Site Services (31) P.O. Box 9131, Foxboro, MA 02035 (800) 442-1286 carolh@unitedsiteservices.com • www.unitedsiteservices.com For over 33 years, United Site Services has been providing premier restroom facilities. From Presidential trailers to deluxe restrooms, we have facilities for every event and budget.

SHOES Elegance by Carbonneau (58)

For a complete list of Expo show dates and locations, turn to page 23.

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

WEDDING CONSULTING New England Wedding Professionals (76) Robert Nunez Bellingham, MA (508) 883-8940 www.weddingnewengland.com NEWP is an association of New England’s finest wedding professionals who will make your day perfect, from your ceremony to your honeymoon and beyond.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES

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

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

Shoes to Dye For (7)

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (91)

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.

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.

Brides

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

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BrideGroomMag.com (69) BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official Web site! Log on

Rachel’s Table will deliver for you! www.bridegroommag.com

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HENRY R. S AL EM In Memoriam - August 17, 2008

BRIDE&GROOM Magazine remembers… If you visited the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, for dinner, the Drover’s Roast, a wedding or other function, you likely encountered or heard about “the welcome man.” Also known affectionately as the “whipped cream guy” or the “man with the cane,” Henry Salem along with his wife, Kay Kelly, their children, and his three brothers and their families, painstakingly restored a ramshackle farm house into the historic Inn we know today. He had great pride in the restoration and would often tell interested patrons about the history of the Inn and the local area. A friend, mentor and an inspiration to many, Henry will be missed.

Proudly carrying a bowl brimming with fresh whipped cream, Henry Salem, the “whipped cream guy,” would approach a table and ask “Do you like it or do you love it?” and would top homemade deep dish apple pie with a dollop to match the reply.

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Henry rests on a bench outside of the Salem Cross Inn, which dates to the early 1700s. Henry opened the restaurant with his brother Richard, in 1961; it sits on a working farm of over 600 acres of woodlands and hills dotted with grazing cattle and winding stone walls.


Returning to

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Returning to

Braintree, MA November 15, 2009 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Presenting the area’s finest Bands Beauty Consultants Bridal Accessories Bridal Registries Cakes Caterers

Disc Jockeys Favors Flowers Formalwear Gowns Invitations

Jewelry Limousines On-line Wedding Sites Photographers Reception Sites and more!

Exhibiting opportunities available.

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