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Winter 2011

Playing HOUSE

Villa rentals for a home-style honeymoon

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marriage

How to avoid the five most common newlywed mistakes

24 Local Couples Featured

Magazine

invitation TRENDS for 2011

WELL STRUNG Ceremony music to reflect your unique style

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Contents Honeymoons 87 Hot honeymoons in the High Desert 91 Playing house: Villa rentals for a home-style honeymoon

Planning 101 60

Features 60 Invitation trends Standout styles for 2011

Articles 26 Post-wedding photo shoots Scheduling your formal photos may offer more flexibility 32 Money and marriage Five common mistakes newlyweds make and how to avoid them

66 Wedding timetable B&G’s guide for what to do and when 68 License to wed What you need to know

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70 Preparing to plan Tips on how to get started

10 Letter from the editor 14 Tying the Knot Engaged local couples

72 Changing your name? How to do it

18 Nearby Nuptials Tara Strand and Daniel Balunis Jr. Shreevani Suvarna and David Fox

75 Reception 101 Questions to ask 76 Flower Power Finding the right florist

40 Well strung Ceremony music to reflect your unique style

78 Ways to save

48 Countdown-to-yourwedding-day diet A healthy and delicious pre-nuptial eating plan, including recipes

84 News you can use Info on local vendors/offerings

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Directories 95 Function facilities guide 100 Wedding resources guide

80 Videography 101

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Tara Strand and Daniel Balunis Jr. Cape Cod, Massachusetts July 2010 How they met Dan and Tara have a mutual friend to thank for their introduction, which took place in Seaside, N.J. Dan was living in New Jersey at the time while Tara was in Massachusetts. The distance was not a deterrent to their relationship. “We traveled back and forth, which was a three-hour drive, for more than two years,” recall the couple, who said the quality time they spent together on the weekends made the long journey worth it. “We prided ourselves on seeing each other every weekend during that time.” Eventually, Dan, a Yankees fan, moved to Massachusetts to be closer toTara, who is, of course, a diehard Red Sox fan.

Wedding planning After getting engaged during a Caribbean cruise in August 2009, Tara and Dan spent almost one year planning their nuptial event. Because they had been to many weddings and Tara had read a plethora of bridal magazines, they had a good idea of what they did and didn’t want for their big day. Since all of their guests would have to travel for this wedding, the couple chose to tie the knot during the summer on Cape Cod so that guests would have the opportunity to plan a mini-vacation during their visit. “I had vacationed there every summer since I was a child and had taken Dan there when we were dating,” saysTara, who is also a teacher and would have the summer off. “It seemed like the perfect destination.” The couple worked together on all of the 18 Winter

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major decisions, such as ceremony, reception, music, photography, cake and flowers. For the smaller details,Tara coordinated those with help from her parents and matrons of honor.Yet when crunch time hit, Dan happily assisted with the last-minute details, such as putting together centerpieces.

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decorate the pews in the St. Pius X Church and the elegant staircase at The Sea View, as well as the place card, cake and sweetheart tables. Tara and Dan love to travel and have been to many exciting places together, which was reflected in the table names at their reception. On each table was a vase filled with sand, shells and sea grass, and also featured a picture representing the particular location for which the table was named. Favors were unique to each table’s name: for example, the Maryland table had chocolate crab lollipops and the Mexico table had bottles of hot sauce. In addition to the travel theme there was also a sand dollar theme. Save-the-date notices were magnets, which portrayed the sand dollar and beach theme along with the wedding information. Invitations were hand-made byTara and donned a silver sand dollar charm. Rehearsal dinner invitations were printed on sand dollar-themed stationery and the wedding cake boasted a few white chocolate sand dollars. Place cards included guests’ names and table locations on tags that were attached to sand dollars, which were placed standing up in a tray of sand that was made by Tara’s father. And lastly, each napkin at the reception had a sand dollar placed on it.Tara’s father had also skillfully handmade a lobster trap, which served as the cardholder.


with each other, as well as our family and friends.” Their most notable memories include a crowded dance floor and exceptional weather. “We were able to take pictures at a harbor and at the beach before the reception. Afterward, we took special sunset pictures on the beach.”

What guests commented on the most The unique table names and favors were a big hit. “People really enjoyed seeing all of the places we had been and taking home a unique favor from that location. It also served as a conversation starter at the table, and led to great conversations as we visited everyone.”

Advice Favorite part of the day “We don’t think we could pick just one favorite part,” sayTara and Dan. “It was amazing to see all of our planning come together so perfectly.We really enjoyed spending time

“The big day goes by quickly, so take some time to take in all of the details,” recommend Tara and Dan. “Also, if something goes wrong, just go with it. It will all work out for the best.” B&G www.bridegroommag.com

The particulars Ceremony: St. Pius X, South Yarmouth Reception: The Sea View, Dennis Port Photographer: Sedman Photography, Braintree and North Easton Cake: Dottie Lovely the Cake Lady, South Yarmouth Florist: Fancy Flowers, Orleans Music: DJ Martin Foley, Worcester Transportation: Kon Limousine, Osterville; White Tie Limousine, Falmouth Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero purchased at Pronuptia Bridals, Worcester Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung purchased at Pronuptia Bridals, Worcester Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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Shreevani Suvarna and David Fox May 2010 Boston, Massachusetts

Planning their wedding For Vani and David, who met in the neighborhood where they each lived in Providence, R.I., planning was relatively straightforward and only took five months. Setting their date, however, was no small task as they found it was a complex challenge with many variables. “First, we were happy to pick a date that is auspicious for the Hindu calendar and corresponded to a holiday that is good for new beginnings,” say Vani and David. “We also negotiated family commitments and availability as well as venue and vendor availability. Since we were planning the wedding on fairly short notice, there were a number of constraints.” Once the logistics were in place, the bride and groom did all the planning themselves. “We had an image of a celebration in our heads, and we were working toward making that vision a reality,” they recall. Event planner, Kerry Lynch, then with

Radius Restaurant, played an important role. “She provided invaluable help conceptualizing the entire event. She had great ideas about the celebration space, decorations, menu, schedule and how to deliver on our desire to have a celebration that we would enjoy as much as our guests. Kerry’s calm demeanor and attention to details made our wedding an event to remember.”

The details While Vani and David did not have a particular theme or motif for their wedding, they did bring a personal touch to the wedding favors and place cards. Vani found a supplier of “loaded” dice and had their names printed on the winning faces. “We enjoyed watching people opening the favors and rolling the dice to find that ‘Vani & David’ always came up.” In keeping with this slight gambling theme, oversized playing cards were used as table markers and guest names and table numbers were printed on regular-sized blank playing cards.

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were in one venue, there was a seamless transition from pre-wedding mingling to dancing and cake. “From the moment our guests first arrived, there was an opportunity for drinks, food and conversation. We felt this was the best way our event could be a success, and it was.”

What guests commented on the most More than one guest said this was the best meal they have had at a wedding and asked for a list of the wines that were served. “Radius provided a menu worthy of its executive chef’s credentials. The menu had a broad selection of meat and vegetarian options and included desserts that added nouveau-Asian flavors. The sommelier also selected three wines that paired perfectly with the meal.”

Advice First and foremost, this couple wanted to enjoy the celebration with their guests, so they planned accordingly by setting up a few guiding principles. “We recognized that it is impossible to please everyone, so we focused on our own priorities,”Vani and David recall. “We decided that we wouldn’t spend money on things that didn’t matter to us, but also, that we wouldn’t skimp on the things that did. Our advice to other couples is to focus on what is truly important to them and to make those things memorable.” B&G


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ewlywed couples, regardless of their personal style, are likely to agree on one thing about weddings: the day flies by in an instant. And when hosting friends and family not seen in what seems like forever, that dossier of must-take photos can easily take a back seat. To remedy this, many brides and grooms are opting to have their official photos taken after the wedding, enabling them to enjoy their well-planned event rather than worry about missing their party and their guests. Whether it takes place the next day or after the honeymoon, a post-nuptial photo shoot can result in a more relaxed couple. True, many are opting to have photos taken before the ceremony gets underway, but even with that option, there may not be enough time to visit desired sites. Start with creating a timeline of your wedding day. When booking key appointments, such as hair, nails and makeup, be sure to include enough time for transportation. Once you see the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full plan, you may realize that your photography session might be better suited for another day.

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What if your downtown wedding is everything you ever dreamed it could be, but you always envisioned a laid-back photo of you and your new spouse at the ocean’s edge? According to Robert Nunez of Artistic Expressions Photography in Bellingham, Mass., planning a post-nuptial photo session allows a special kind of freedom outside the confines of the wedding day. “The nicest thing about it is that you’re not under the gun,” he says. “You can go out and

take your time, and select any backdrop.” Couples looking to have a post-wedding photo session can visit the beaches of Cape Cod or even pose as far away as picturesque Martha’s Vineyard, all without time constraints. “He can rent a tux and you can get another bouquet or silk flowers,” Nunez suggests. The rest is simple. While every couple, planner and photographer should have a handy back-up plan for photo locations when Mother Nature does-

n’t cooperate, it doesn’t mean that an al fresco location has to be lost forever. Ceil Doros of Doros Photography in Shrewsbury, Mass., who works alongside her husband Bill, says they once worked with a couple who, unfortunately, encountered nothing but storms on their wedding day, resulting in an indoor shoot. After the event, the couple requested to have an outdoor photo session. “We had three hours to work, without having to rush to get to the reception,” says Doros. “It was really nice.” When planning your post-wedding photo session, it’s important to think about the feeling you want the photos to convey, as well as the additional costs that might be incurred. According to Henry Montville of HJM Photography in Auburn, Mass., couples thinking about a post-wedding photo shoot should consider additional rental costs for the tuxedo as well as other services. For example, if you want formal photos that duplicate the wedding day, you may need to book another round of hair and make-up appointments. Less formal images, which may include a softer look (barefoot, no veil, hair down and your own makeup) might be easier on the purse strings. If a post-wedding photo session sounds like the best option to meet your needs and schedule, discuss it with your photographer ahead of time.As most offer wedding packages, they might be able to customize one that includes both day-of and post-wedding coverage—not to mention other amenities, such as an engagement session or the au courant “trash the dress” photo shoot. Next, think about the locations you’re hoping to visit. Most historical and cultural sights have restricted hours and may not allow photography on certain areas of the property, so call ahead to see what would be available. Also, most of these types of locations—museums, historical estates, libraries and even some gardens—require a fee or donation that goes toward maintaining the site. With some thoughtful planning and careful considerations, a post-wedding photo shoot can potentially relieve a lot of stress and free up time in your wedding day schedule. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine,Andrea McHugh writes from Newport, R.I.

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1. Keeping money secrets Preparing for your wedding and honeymoon is certainly important, but so is your financial future. Waiting until after you’ve made the trip down the aisle to discuss your individual financial situations can be a big mistake, and is one many couples make. “If you look at the statistics, 47 percent of couples do not discuss money before marriage. That’s nearly half,” says Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, author of Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Conquering the #1 Relationship Wrecker (©2008, Hudson Street Press).

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2. Living without a budget How will you handle daily spending decisions once you’re married? One of the first tasks newlyweds should tackle is creating a budget. This is particularly important if you’ll be living together for the first time or if you haven’t shared expenses before, according to Caroline Tiger, author of The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual: Essential Information, TroubleshootingTips and Advice for the FirstYear of Marriage (©2010, Quirk Books). “After you get married, it’s like a whole new universe because now you’re sharing a lot of expenses, such as housing, utilities and groceries, that you may have paid for on your own before,” says Tiger, who suggests listing your shared monthly expenses and individual expenses, and then discuss how you’re going to pay them. “Hopefully, you know how much money you each spend and on what. If you don’t, then before you get married is a perfect time to figure it out,” says Scott Palmer, co-author of First Comes Love,Then Comes Money:A Couple’s Guide to Financial Communication (©2009, HarperOne). “Think through every regular expense you have and write it down. Combine those totals to see how much you will spend together and compare it to your joint income. If it looks like you have some wiggle room, great. If you’ll be spending more than you’re earning, you’ll have some budget decisions to make.” When itemizing your expenses, identify those that are fixed, such as rent or a mortgage, car payments, insurance premiums and student-loan payments, and those that are flexible, such as utility and phone bills, groceries, transportation, trips to the ATM and miscellaneous purchases. “Track your actual spending for a couple of months to see where your money really goes,” Palmer suggests. “Building a budget is a great way to set common spending and saving goals, identify problems and work together to fix them.” For example, one of those saving goals could be to contribute regularly to savings or investments, as if you were paying a fixed bill each month. Talking about how much you each earn is also a must, as it will help you plan accordingly. “It’s amazing how many people do not really know how much their spouses are paid,” Palmer says.


No matter how you divide the responsibilities, Palmer suggests having a monthly “money date” to discuss the budget, review savings progress and discuss upcoming expenses. Make sure each of you knows where to find all the different account information, including Web sites, passwords and bill due dates.This will ensure that you’re both in the loop and that no one is left in the dark about your financial situation. Also, if you choose to combine your fi-

This is also an ideal time to discuss how much each of you can spend without consulting the other.You probably don’t want to discuss every $10 purchase, but you also don’t want to unexpectedly find a new sports car in the driveway, either. “Financial autonomy is a must. If you don’t have this financial independence, one spouse starts feeling like a parent and other like a child,” says Jean Chatzky, author of numerous books on money, including Pay It Down! From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day (©2004, Portfolio). “That said, it helps to set a limit for how much you can spend without consulting your partner. Maybe $100 at the mall is okay, but a new television is not. Your threshold is going to vary based on what you can afford, but the point is that you agree to always discuss significant purchases.”

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your marriage in the red. Student loans, car loans and credit card balances are often the culprits. However many newlyweds make the mistake of going too far into debt to pull off the wedding of their dreams, set up an exotic honeymoon or buy brand new furniture and state-of-the-art appliances for their home. Before you dig too deep, determine which expenses are necessary and which are worth a splurge, and cultivate a plan to pay for it all before you spend it.

Regardless of how debt was accumulated, if one of you brings it to the marriage, it is a problem for both of you—whether or not you combine your finances. However, you should never officially commingle your debt. Doing so could hurt the other’s credit score and make it difficult for one or both of you to get credit later. “There is no substitute for an honest conversation about paying off your debt,” says Palmer. “If you are in debt, tell your partner

about it. Figure out how the two of you will pay it off, how it will impact your finances for the next few years, and how you can work together to manage it. Figuring out your finances involves being honest and real.” Start with the balances that carry the highest interest rates and find out what it will take to pay them off. “Also, consolidating your own student loans to lock in low rates is a good move,” says Palmer. ”But, don’t merge your loans with your spouse’s. The comingled debt would be nearly impossible to untangle should you ever divorce, and if one of you were to default, the other would be left holding the bag.”

5. Failing to plan for an emergency Of course, no one likes to think about bad things happening, but in all the excitement of your engagement, wedding planning and beginning your married life together, it’s easy to overlook this important aspect of financial planning. First, assess your emergency stash of cash. According to financial experts, every couple should have enough money available to cover three to six months’ worth of living expenses. You never know when one of you will lose a job or have an unexpected medical bill. Then, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage, including health, auto, renter and homeowner. Keep in mind that adding your spouse to your health insurance may be cheaper than maintaining separate plans. Combining your auto insurance coverage will probably also save you money, and you’ll want make sure your homeowner’s or renter’s policies will protect your combined possessions. If you already have life insurance, either privately or through an employer, you may want to change your beneficiary information. The bottom line is, with communication, some financial savvy, common sense and an open mind, love and money really can mix. Set aside the time now with your fiancé(e) to determine your financial priorities as a couple so both of you can plan for your future hopes and dreams. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, Cynthia Allegrezza is a Worcester-based freelance writer.

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WELL STRUNG Ceremony music to reflect your unique style by Andrea E. McHugh

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hen footage of a Minnesota couple boogeying down the aisle with their bridal party to Chris Brown’s “Forever” hit YouTube, it became an instant sensation. The viral video was even reinterpreted on TV when Jim and Pam of NBC’s “The Office” tied the knot. Needless to say, many soon-to-bewed couples are likely thinking about their choice of music for their stroll to the altar. And while you certainly don’t have to make your entrance doing a choreographed number, you do have to select music that will be meaningful or reflect the style of the day.

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When planning the music for your ceremony, take your first cue from the site in which it will be held. Houses of worship may have specific guidelines or restrictions on the number of musicians you can have, the vendors you can use and what songs may be deemed appropriate, so be sure to run any ideas by your ceremony coordinator before putting down any deposits. You’ll need to know a little about the space your musicians or vendors will be allotted as well. If you are

tying the knot outside, the world is your oyster, but the choir loft in that charming New England chapel may not be able to accommodate a six-piece ensemble. Second, consider who, if anyone, will be escorting you down the aisle, as it may affect your choice of music or song. When supermodel Gisele Bundchen wed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009, they walked arm in arm to the simple serenade of a solo guitarist. Massachusetts’ favorite “Desperate

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Housewife,” Marcia Cross, decided to walk down the aisle with both her parents to music performed by her sister Ellen, who played acoustic guitar and sang Paul McCartney’s “Only Love Remains.” Of course, elaborate accompaniments also make a grand splash.Trumpets, piano, organ, acoustic guitar or a harp are all popular options for ceremony music.You may also consider whether or not you’ll need to hire a vocalist (most churches, synagogues and secular sites should have a list of ceremony musicians they can recommend). Even though model/ actress Rebecca Romijn walked down the aisle to actor Jerry O’Connell at a private estate, she infused a bit of spiritual guidance by having a gospel choir do the musical honors. The bride made her way to her betrothed to a chorus of Foreigner’s classic, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” If considering a contemporary tune, look for songs with inspirational, romantic or sentimental lyrics, and good rhythm.Though she makes a living as comedy’s “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli, who tied the knot in October 2010 at a private club in NewYork City, chose the powerful “I Will” by the Beatles for her walk down the aisle. With these lyrics, it’s not hard to imagine why:

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One of the more popular songs to complement a wedding on or near a beach (or with a coastal theme) is the version of “Over the Rainbow” performed by Hawaiian artist Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole.This modern interpretation of the classic song, which was first made famous by Judy Garland’s recording for the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” is accompanied simply by a ukulele. There are much-loved jazz and reggae versions as well. A familiar instrumental can be equally as powerful during either a religious or secular ceremony. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” which does have lyrics but is more widely performed as an instrumental, “Ave Maria” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” are all uplifting songs that can be woven into different parts of the ceremony. On average, ceremonies have occasion for three songs—prelude, processional and recessional—to upwards of six and may include songs played during the parents’ seating, either as a continued part of the prelude or a subtle transition into a different tune; the wedding party entrance, which is usually a separate processional from the bride’s or is played at a softer volume; and during the lighting of a unity candle, the signing of a ketubah, a sand ceremony, throughout communion or during a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Other cultural celebrations may include rites and traditions, such as the jumping of the broom, the Lazo, the Arras and more, which may invite instrumentals or songs. In most cases, if you’re having your ceremony in a church, it’s best to start with the house accompanist to secure musicians and vocalists. They may also be able to suggest unconventional musicians, such as bagpipers, who may lead the recessional up the aisle. If you are having your ceremony and reception in one location, your reception entertainment, whether a live band or DJ, will often offer a package that includes ceremony music, so be sure to explore that option before booking other musicians. Finally, while handpicking a song for each component of the ceremony sounds right for some, remember, “Here Comes the Bride” and “The Wedding March” have served many couples quite well. B&G A frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine,Andrea McHugh writes from Newport, R.I.

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This mega-healthy, tasty eating plan will help you lose one to two pounds a week so you’ll look extra fabulous on your big day. This 1500-calorie per day, low fat diet, created by the worldrenowned Rancho La Puerta Spa inTecate, Mexico, features lots of delicious, peak-season fresh fruits and vegetables and enough Mexican flair to keep your taste buds happy. Best of all, it’s safe and healthy, so you can repeat it for as many weeks as necessary to get down to your goal weight. Just don’t forget that diet is only one part of the equation. Rancho La Puerta puts a strong emphasis on exercise as well. Besides eating healthfully, clients hike daily on the spa’s extraordinary desert trails and take classes in everything from horseback riding to Pilates to stress reduction. So make sure to hit the gym or get outside for a walk, run or bike ride at least three days a week while you’re on the diet. Bon appétit!

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Ground Rules 1.The calorie counts are roughly the same for each breakfast, lunch and dinner, so if you don’t like one of the meals and want to replace it with one from another day—or would like to repeat a meal two days in a row— that’s fine. Switching one breakfast, lunch or dinner for another won’t affect how much weight you lose. 2.You’ll be eating plenty of food at meals, plus one afternoon snack. But if you get hun-

gry at other times of the day, feel free to have a piece of fruit. 3. Drink as much water, seltzer or herbal tea as you like, but limit your intake of coffee, tea or diet cola to two or three servings per day. 4. Vegetarians can simply omit the meat from the recipes that call for it and substitute half cups of black, pinto, cannelloni or garbanzo beans instead.

5. For variety during the second week of the diet, swap any fruit in the plan for one from this list: blueberries, raspberries, papaya, mango, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, apple, orange, grapefruit or banana.Also, vary the bread. Try English muffins, pita pockets, tortillas or 100 percent whole grain rolls.

The Delicious 7-Day Spa Diet DAY 1 Breakfast 1 slice whole wheat bread 1 small wedge of honeydew melon 1 ⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt Lunch Spicy tuna pita (fill a half of a whole wheat pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, bean sprouts, 2 oz. tuna in water, red onion and celery, 1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise and a dash of Tabasco sauce) 8 oz. skim milk Snack 1 oz. string cheese 1 apple 4 wheat crackers Dinner Chicken Enchiladas (see recipe) 1 cup tossed green salad with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette 1 cinnamon-baked banana (Sprinkle 1 peeled banana with 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon with 1⁄4 cup orange juice; bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes) DAY 2 Breakfast 3 ⁄4 cup bran cereal 1 ⁄2 cup blueberries 8 oz. skim milk Lunch Turkey sandwich (2 oz. turkey, 1 oz. Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and 1 tablespoon mustard and/or fat-free mayonnaise on whole wheat bread) 1 nectarine Snack 3 ⁄4 cup raisins 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 1 cup nonfat yogurt 1 medium peach

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Dinner 4 oz. grilled or broiled sea bass, flounder or sole Tomato & feta salad (1 cup lettuce, sliced tomato, 1⁄2 oz. feta cheese, chopped shallots and 1 teaspoon capers) 1 ⁄2 cup brown rice 1 ⁄2 cup steamed green beans sautéed with 1 tablespoon sliced almonds 1 ⁄2 cup cherries DAY 3 Breakfast 1 low fat bran muffin 8 oz. skim milk Cantaloupe slices Lunch Niçoise salad (top lettuce with 2 oz. tuna in water, tomato slices and sliced olives and serve with oil and balsamic vinegar dressing) 2 breadsticks Red Zinger tea Snack 1 orange 1 ⁄4 cup dry-roasted almonds Dinner Pasta with Mushrooms (see recipe) 1 cup lettuce tossed salad with 1⁄4 medium avocado (sliced), 1⁄2 tomato (sliced) and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing 1 ⁄2 cup frozen yogurt DAY 4 Breakfast 1 Orange Corn Muffin (see recipe) 1 tablespoon peanut butter 8 oz. skim milk Lunch Veggie wrap (fill one whole-wheat enchilada wrapper with 3 oz. low fat Monterey Jack cheese mixed with lettuce and tomato and 1 tablespoon vinaigrette dressing) 8 oz. vegetable juice Snack 1 cup nonfat fruit yogurt 1 medium peach Dinner 4 oz. poached salmon or halibut 1 cup tossed salad with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

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DAY 5 Breakfast 6 oz. grapefruit juice 1 low fat bran muffin 1 ⁄2 cup strawberries 1 cup nonfat yogurt Lunch 1 cup vegetable soup Spinach salad with chicken or turkey (toss 1 cup fresh spinach, tomato and red onion with 3 oz. grilled or deli chicken or turkey breast slices and 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette) 1 sourdough roll Snack Jicama, celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons low fat Ranch dip Lemon tea Dinner Penne with grilled veggies (toss 1⁄2 cup cooked penne with grilled eggplant, red bell peppers and mushrooms and 1 teaspoon sautéed garlic, chopped basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese) 1 whole-wheat roll 1 ⁄2 cup strawberry sorbet DAY 6 Breakfast 8 oz. skim milk 3 ⁄4 cup oatmeal 1 ⁄2 cup fresh fruit Lunch Tomato slices and 2 oz. low fat mozzarella on baguette with 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 oz. skim milk Snack 1 ⁄2 cup fresh fruit 1 ⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt Dinner 4 oz. grilled chicken breast 1 cup sautéed vegetables 1 whole wheat roll Mini Blueberry Cheesecake (see recipe)

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DAY 7 Breakfast 6 oz. orange juice 1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites, scrambled 1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon jam Lunch Black bean salad (mix 1⁄2 cup cooked black beans, diced tomato, diced red bell peppers, red onion and scallions with 1⁄2 cup diced papaya, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 4 tablespoons vinegar; serve over greens) 1 flour tortilla Snack 1 Orange Corn Muffin (see recipe) 1 tablespoon peanut butter Dinner Shrimp scampi (sauté 6 oz. cleaned shrimp with chopped onion, garlic and 3 ⁄4 cup white wine) 1 ⁄2 cup steamed rice 1 ⁄2 cup steamed broccoli 1 pear

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THE RECIPES Orange Corn Muffins 2 oranges, zested then peeled (reserve zest) 1 ⁄4 cup honey 2 cups all purpose flour 1 ⁄2 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 cup brown sugar 4 egg whites

1 cup buttermilk ⁄2 cup mashed banana Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Cut oranges into six slices each and remove all seeds. Place a teaspoon of honey into each muffin cup; top with an orange slice and set aside. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine sugar, egg whites, buttermilk, bananas and 2 tablespoons zest; mix well. 1

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté onion and pepper with the chicken for three minutes in a medium pan that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook five minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove pan from the stove and fold in oregano and chili flakes. If necessary, drain excess liquid in a strainer; mixture should be moist but not too wet, or tortillas will be soggy. Fold in the feta cheese. Over low heat, warm a dry frying pan and heat each tortilla separately.Transfer tortillas to a plastic bag to keep warm. Remove them one by one and coat both sides with salsa. Place 2 tablespoons of the chicken-vegetable mixture on tortilla and roll up carefully. Place enchiladas seam side down in an ovenproof dish lightly sprayed with nonfat cooking spray and cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until filling is hot and bubbling. Makes six servings. Nutrition information per serving: 160 calories, 18 carbohydrate, 4 g. fat, 14 g. protein.

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Cook pasta in a large pot of according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, sauté onion in oil until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add stock and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes, basil and nutmeg, and cook 1 minute, stirring. When pasta is done, drain well and return to pot. Toss sauce with pasta and serve immediately. Makes six servings. Nutrition information per serving: 366 calories, 75 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. fat, 14 g. protein.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an individual ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.To make the crust: Put graham-cracker crumbs in a small bowl; add apple juice and stir with a fork until the crumbs are moist but not sticky. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of ramekin. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden. Set on a wire rack to cool completely. To make filling: In a small saucepan, bring apple juice to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle gelatin over juice and stir until gelatin dissolves. In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, ricotta, brown sugar, lime juice and gelatin mixture and process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl and fold in three-fourths of the blueberries. Pour into crust and smooth with a spatula. Top with remaining blueberries. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Makes one serving. Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories, 51 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fat, 9 g. protein. B&G

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You are cordially invited… Wedding invitation trends for 2011 b y Ta r y n P l u m b

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aspect of your wedding. Sure, there’s the dress, the floral displays and stylistic flourishes. Not to mention the music, reception, food and, most importantly, the ceremony. However, no one’s going to know about any of that—or experience it, for that matter—without first receiving the invitation. Beyond being an obvious essential, the invitation also serves to establish the mood and spirit of your big day, beginning with the moment your guests slip it from its envelope. “There’s so much inspiration behind the invitation; it isn’t just a piece of paper,” says Laura Ching, co-

founder of the online stationery store Wedding Paper Divas. While a classic ivory paper with raisedrelief lettering is always in fashion, invitations can be as stylish and personalized as the couples who choose them. And with so many options and resources available for invitation design, the sky’s the limit. “Brides and grooms today really want to tell a story,” says Kerry Amidon, product manager with the West Boylston-based Checkerboard invitation company. “They want to add their own personality to their wedding, starting with the invitation.” So what style is right for you? Invitation experts offer a range of options.

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Karen Herzig, lead wedding designer for William Arthur, a stationery company based inWest Kennebunk, Maine, recommends design choices that will inform your guests of the formality of your event, be it traditional and black tie, or laid-back and intimate. For example, if you’re planning a rustic, backyard-style wedding, Ching suggests an invitation featuring a simple, airy, whimsical or hand-drawn design. Some couples have started to include photos on their invitations in order to convey their personalities or a feeling of intimacy. Photo selections can range from snuggly portraits to closeups of clasped hands. To set a romantic mood, Ching suggests utilizing watercolor designs with soft streaming colors and “elegant” brushstrokes.

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Artistic use of color is a great way to impart a mood or theme. And while color options are vast and varied, the most popular preferences are forever in flux, and are very often influenced by fashion trends or the colors a couple has selected for the reception or bridesmaids dresses. For 2011, particularly trendy tones include bright, eye-catching oranges, purples, teals, limes and navy, according to Amy Grace, customer service manager and copywriter for InvitationBox. Amidon, meanwhile, describes a growing interest in violets, yellows and tinted metallic accents. Ching, for her part, notes that “yummy” colors such as oasis blue, eggplant and orange sherbet are catching the eyes of some couples. Experimentation is kept in check as couples tend to stick with two or three colors.The creativity often comes with unexpected pairings. However, Ching notes that muted colors, such as taupe, are just as popular. Herzig has also noticed an interest in a variety of blues, including navy, teal, indigo and robin’s egg. Accenting those, typically, are shades of plum, raspberry, yellow, mandarin and gold. The latter, although a traditional color, is “still very strong, and always will be,” Herzig says. www.bridegroommag.com

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In addition to an array of colors and color combinations, there are flourishes such as floral designs and trimmings of feathers and crystals. In terms of floral motifs, once-traditional tulips, roses and hydrangeas have evolved into snaking vines or an architectural styling of buds and petals, according to Grace. Embellishments of peacock and ostrich feathers or Swarovski crystals are also popular, as are ribbons, which add their own flair of color and can be customized with names or motifs. Other style statements include damask backings, layers of different colored paper, gilding, or embossed or beaded borders. “There’s a lot of interest in texture,” says Herzig.

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As for what invitations can be printed on, papers with square or round corners are emerging and oversized cards are making a comeback. In fact, Herzig indicates thatWilliam Arthur has reintroduced a few products it discontinued several years ago. But once-popular paper styles aren’t the only things being recycled. Overall, there’s increased interest in eco-friendly products. William Arthur, for its part, offers bamboo paper and its regular papers are sourced entirely from sustainable forests. Meanwhile, Snail’s Pace, a new wedding line from Indiana-based Abbey Press, works almost exclusively with 100 percent post-consumer waste products and soy-based inks.While they don’t offer wedding invitations at this time, their line does offer bridal shower invitations, wedding congratulatory cards, scrapbook papers and gift bags. As far as designs and colors are concerned, product director and designer Ashley Verkamp says that ecofriendly products “have as much flexibility as traditional papers.” But while interest in going green is increasingly piqued these days, Grace says that many couples do stick with tradition by selecting a heavy paper stock.

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Tradition often reigns supreme in how invitations are worded. Grace finds that couples very often defer to the standard wedding etiquette of their parents announcing the event in a very straightforward and conventional manner. Still, some soon-to-be-wed couples are getting experimental with their invitation prose. Some examples Checkerboard highlights include: We invite you to join us as we are married with spirit, laughter and dancing until dawn. We will begin the life that we’ve dreamed of together with all of you beside us. Our two families invite you with happiness and excitement to come together and celebrate. “Couples don’t have to have an invitation that says,‘You are cordially invited to an event on this date,’” says Amidon. “They can be less generic and more touching.” However you decide to word your invitations, though, Grace emphasizes that you should convey your information clearly and concisely. When it comes to the actual printing, Herzig often sees the trend of at least two ink colors being used on the invitation, with the current favorites being coral, taupe and celery. Highlight and accent colors appear frequently as do monograms, often emphasized with larger or different colored fonts than the rest of the type. Calligraphy has also enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. “It’s really designing with font these days,” Herzig says.

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budget. Costs for invitations can vacillate widely, anywhere from $1 to $7 apiece. “Plan ahead and figure out what you can afford,” Grace advises. In fact, once you have your date and location set, start looking at the design possibilities. Amidon suggests sending invitations out about three months in advance, so be sure to purchase them about a month prior to that. Also, experts advise having a friend or two proofread a draft before printing. Because today’s weddings often go far beyond one-day events, determine early on what extra information you want to provide to your guests. For instance, additional pieces inserted into the invitation can alert guests to rehearsal dinners, after parties or morning-after brunches. Maps and direction cards, a list of nearby accommo-

dations or even itineraries can also be included. But those extra pieces can inevitably create clutter, so the pocketed invitation has emerged as a dominant trend. According to Herzig, “they’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years.” Essentially, the invitation features pockets that keep things neat and tidy. “It creates a beautiful presentation for the guests,” says Herzig. “It’s like a gift, an experience, rather than just opening up an envelope.” And don’t forget the save-the-date notice. While rare just a few years ago, Herzig finds they’ve become a necessity. Most often, they’re informal, including pictures of the happy couple on postcards or business cards. Designers suggest sending them out nine months to one year in advance. –TP www.bridegroommag.com

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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.

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

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


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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.

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• Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 68). • Plan activities for out-of-town guests. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Coordinate ceremony and reception music with entertainment specialists. • Finalize guest list. • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. • Arrange for rehearsal dinner.

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

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

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


Detailed marriage requirements for the state may be found online at: www.health. ri.gov/records/about/marriagelicenses. Please note: The requirements and information listed here are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, contact your clerk’s office directly. If you’re marrying in another state (or having a destination wedding), be sure to check out the requirements for that area. Because those requirements will differ per location, it’s best to take care of this early in your planning. B&G

Town/City Clerks Here is information on clerk’s offices in some larger towns in Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (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. CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS A u bu r n

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

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

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


The Most Beautiful Brides Come From… Use these sources to find your ideal site: local bridal magazines (like B&G), the Internet and references from family/friends.

Organization The best way to keep things running smoothly and stress levels manageable is to have some type of organizational system to sort out your planning information.Whether you use dedicated file folders, a binder or even just a single box, make this the place to keep all wedding-related data. But remember, this will only work if you are committed to it. Having a timetable may also help.We’ve provided one for you on p. 66.

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

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

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to your name after marriage you’ll need a certified copy of your marriage license. To obtain one or more, contact the clerk’s office where the license was filed for the required procedures. (You will either have to make the request in person or submit a written request. A processing fee generally applies.) The following are the likely places you will want/need to make your name change, and instructions on what you will need to do.

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

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

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

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The Randall Estate at Stow Acres Country Club The site of your reception should be as memorable as your wedding. The Randall Estate’s distinctive atmosphere and gourmet food create the perfect setting for your day. Our team of experts have planned thousands of memorable weddings. They will guide you through the planning process and help make sure everything is perfect. If you are planning your wedding, The Randall Estate is a must-see location. Call today to schedule a tour or reserve your date.

Interviewing reception facilities THE CORNERSTONE TO PLANNING any wedding is the reception location. To make the most of your site visits and interviews, consider these questions: 1. Do you have any package plans? If so, what do they include? 2. Is there a separate rental fee for the site? 3. Do you have liability insurance? 4. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date? 5. What is your cancellation policy?

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8. Is there a kitchen on site? 9. Do you provide catering services?

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10. If you do not provide catering services, do you have a list of approved caterers? Can I hire someone that isn’t on the list? 11. Are tables, chairs, china, linens, flatware and glassware available/included?

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12. Are there open/cash bar options? 13. If no bar is available—and you have a liquor license—can I have a bar set up? 14. Will a staff supervisor be available on that day to oversee my event? 15. How far in advance will you need a head count? Meal count? 16. When is final payment due?


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

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

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

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You have worked out a preliminary guest list and are taking a hard look at your available funds. But are the numbers crunching the way you would like them to? Don’t worry… a terrific wedding can be had, even on a budget. Here is a list of 20 ways you can save in all aspects of your wedding. Basics 1. Track your expenses regularly to see how the numbers work with your budget. That way you will know if costs are getting out of control. 2. Plan far in advance. Time, as they say, is money. So the more time you have, the more money you can save. 3. Get married in the “off season.” Popular times of year are often more expensive than others. Look to the months of winter and early spring for available dates and discounted pricing. 4. Get married during the week. This is a great option for a small, intimate reception. For example, a Thursday night will likely be more available than a Friday or Saturday— and may offer better rates. 5. Look to your own backyard (or someone else’s). Whether it is for a ceremony and/or reception, you know the owner so there will not be any rental fees! 6. Cut the list.This is probably the toughest action to take, but reducing your head count is a sure-fire way to save big. 7. Ask your reception facility or caterer where you can trim costs. Options such as a beer/wine-only bar or fewer hors d’oeuvres/ desserts can yield significant savings. 8. Ask your baker about making a smaller cake to display at the reception and making sheet cakes to be cut and served. 9. Ask your photographer and videographer about decreasing the amount of coverage. Important things like the ceremony and formal photos can be covered by the pros; 78 Winter

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you can leave the reception shots to your friends and family. 10. Share your ceremony flowers with another couple marrying the same day in your house of worship. 11. Look into using potted plants or dish gardens as centerpieces. They may end up being less expensive that cut flower arrangements. 12. Costs of live bands can rise due to the number of musicians. Look to bands that can vary the size of their ensemble. 13. If you are using a DJ and all you want is music, ask about eliminating the extras such as laser lighting and/or smoke machines, and inquire about limited emcee duties. 14. Simplicity is key. Consider doing without little details such as napkins with your names and wedding date, which can be costly when added to the other small details.

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Attire 15. Borrow a dress. Whether it is your mother’s altered to suit you or a friend’s gown that is just your size, working with an alreadyworn gown can make a substantial impact to your budget. 16. Buy a sample dress. Many bridal salons will sell, at discounted prices, the samples they have used in the store. 17. Check out bridesmaid dresses. Available in a variety of colors—including white and ivory—this option will cost considerably less and will likely be delivered in a shorter time frame. Details 18. Keep postage costs down by limiting the number of inserts and using a lightweight invitation paper. Directions can be provided through your wedding Web site. 19. Bargain shop for favors. Buy in bulk wherever possible to save on the per unit costs. 20. Get help from talented family and friends who are crafty, artistic, musical, etc. It will make your wedding day more personal and fun and save you a few bucks! B&G

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SEEKING OUT A VIDEOGRAPHER ,

you’ll be looking for many of the same qualities and elements that you would in a photographer: style, quality of work, quality of equipment, etc. To help you in your search for the “right” videographer, here is a list of 25+ questions you should ask. 1. How long have you been documenting weddings? 2. Is this your full-time job? 3. How many weddings do you document in a year? 4. What is your style? Cinematic? Documentary? 5. Do you have references? (Quality, reputable experience is key.) 6. Do you belong to any professional organizations? If so, which ones and what are the criteria to be a member? 7. What size events have you recorded? (This will help determine if they have the equipment/staff needed to cover your day.) 8. Will you coordinate with my photographer? Have you worked with him/her before? 9. Do you have sample products I can view? If so, may I see raw footage of an event as well as its final cut? (Look to see if the camera work is steady, clear and well lit, and if the editing is smooth and seamless.) 10. How many cameras will cover the event? How many people? 11. Will you have backup equipment available on that day? 12. How much time will you need to set up your equipment? 13. What is your procedure for recording the ceremony?Are wireless microphones available? Do you use lighting (and if so, how bright is it)? 14. Do you charge by the hour or by a flat rate?


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15. Do you offer package plans? Do you have a payment schedule? 16. Are the costs of any assistants included in the price? 17. Is there an additional charge for overtime? 18. What type of camera and editing/ sound/lighting equipment do you use (digital or analog)? Is it commercial grade (high quality)? 19. If the equipment is analog, will I be receiving the final product on a VHS tape? If so, is a DVD version available? 20. Do you do the editing, or do you have a staff that does it? (Are you part of the process?) 21. Are special effects used in the final product? If so, how many? And may I opt to have those effects left out? 22. If background music is used in the final product, who selects it?

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

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Judy’s Village Flowers of Foxborough, Mass., offers a variety of wedding ceremony décor to suit styles for indoor and outdoor events, including three uniquely designed pieces that can be customized. All floral rentals include set up and removal. For more information, call 508-543-4400 or send e-mail to judysflowers@verizon.net.

Photography studio now offers bridal registry Clients of Paul S. Robinson Photography, located in Uxbridge, Mass., now have the option of registering their photography wedding packages online. Through this bridal registry, family and friends can purchase gift certificates for the couple that can be used toward payment of the photography package. PayPal is accepted, as are credit cards by phone or checks by mail. Gift certificates will be mailed within one week of purchase. For more information, visit www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com, call 508-2785530 or e-mail psrstudio@verizon.net.

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Creative Catering of Worcester, Mass., received a “Best Booth” award at the 24th annual New England Business Expo in Oct., which was sponsored by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Formerly located in Northborough, Mass., Creative Catering has been serving the Central Massachusetts and Metro West communities for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.theoriginalcreativecatering.com or call 508-873-8093.

St. Cyr Salon in Worcester, Mass., now offers a private suite for brides and their bridesmaids in which they can relax as they prepare for the wedding day. The bridal lounge includes a private bath, balcony terrace, music, TV and many other amenities. For a complete list of services or to make reservations, visit www.StCyrSalon.com or call 508-752-2222.

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other world. Its 16 log cabins are rustic, but comfortable with charming porches. Organic fruits and vegetables grown on site are used in breakfasts and dinners, which are included in rates starting at $245 per night for two. This is the place to be if you want a peaceful respite without any fuss, as there aren’t any televisions or phones.There is, however, great hiking, fishing in the canyon and scrumptious eating. Romantic Highs: Peace and quiet along with yoga in the outdoor pavilion and massages in your cabin.

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Scottsdale, Arizona Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned at the legendary Arizona Biltmore, the spot where, inspired by the spectacular sunsets, a bartender created the now famous Tequila Sunrise cocktail. Set on 39 acres of gardens and lawns, the Arizona Biltmore is a full-service resort, with many places to eat and drink, ranging from elegant to casual. The spa is extensive and there are eight pools (the Catalina Pool was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite), two golf courses and seven tennis courts. Romantic Highs: Sip a Tequila Sunrise while relaxing around the outdoor fire pits; enjoy dinner on the patio at Frank & Albert’s restaurant; relax in the spa; and stroll the grounds, enjoying the statues and gardens.

Sedona, Arizona In Sedona, the majestic cliffs of Boynton Canyon burn fiery red against a cobalt sky. No wonder this oasis inspires the work of more than 200 resident artists. Toast your new life together on the terrace of your private hacienda at the Enchantment Resort. Casitas are decorated in natural colors accented with reds and blues, and your room may have a lofty beamed ceiling, beehive fireplace and deck. On-site activities include tennis, the Mii Amo Spa and a pitch ’n putt golf course, while hiking and biking trails meander along the walls of a canyon to native American ruins and caves. The spectacular canyon landscape is also in view—180 degrees worth—when you dine in theYavapi dining room. Romantic Highs: Here it’s all about the views while spirituality kicks in with the Native American program’s Talking Circle, Walk to the Ruins and Medicine Walk. 88 Winter

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For a more intimate Sedona experience, check into El Portal, a 1920’s hacienda with just 12 unique luxury suites that is steps away from the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Furnishings, many antique, are authentic to the early 1900s with wonderful Native American art and weavings, stained glass and carved wood pieces. Each room is different. The Arts & Crafts room has a king bed, beehive fireplace and French doors that lead to a private courtyard, while the Grand Canyon room has a heavy log beam ceiling, stained glass window enclave with a king bed and a private patio. Romantic Highs: King-sized beds, some handcrafted from juniper, are covered with cashmere blankets and Egyptian cotton sheets; two-person showers; a river-rock fireplace; and gourmet breakfasts served in your room or in the dining room or courtyard. Crossing over a bridge into Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge is like an escape into anInn on the Alameda

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Rancho de los Caballeros is a historic dude ranch resort on 20,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert, about 55 miles northwest of Phoenix, Ariz. Think cookouts under the stars, horseback riding with a choice of mounts from a 100-horse corral, and jeep tours through the hills. This is a place where everyone knows your favorite horse and you can unwind in their spa with a Desert Oasis Massage or a Hohokam massage using oils of juniper, sage, cypress, lavender and cedar wood.You can bunk down in one of the rooms in the historic hacienda or in one of the casitas. Meals, as at most dude ranches, are included in the rates and feature items like Achiote-rubbed pork tenderloin and grilled Black Angus steak. Men will need to wear jackets or western-style vests at dinner for they are, after all, standing in for the “caballeros,” or gentlemen, who explored and settled these parts. Romantic Highs: The Maricopa suites are perfect for honeymooners, featuring king beds, spa tubs and wet bars.


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rated to evoke the Southwest, featuring light wood cupboards and handmade armoires, hand-woven rugs, decorated tiles, wrought iron and fabrics in Native American motifs and soft textures.There are private balconies or patios, Egyptian cotton linens and thick terry robes. Romantic Highs: Get a crash course in margaritas at Maria’s, then, back at the Inn, relax and fire up the Kiva fireplace in your room.

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Where to find them Arizona Biltmore: www.arizonabiltmore.com Casa de las Chimeneas: www.visittaos.com Dude Ranch Association: www.duderanch.org El Portal: www.elportalsedona.com Enchantment Resort: www.enchantmentresort.com Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge: www.garlandslodge.com Inn on the Alameda: www.innonthealameda.com Rancho de los Caballeros: www.sunc.com

Sante Fe, New Mexico High Desert magic definitely weaves its spell around Santa Fe. Cactus flowers abound, brilliant cobalt skies and the blue Sangre de Cristo Mountains envelop you, and the Rio Grande beckons. There is an incredible variety of art work ranging from silver and turquoise jewelry to fine pottery and stone animal fetishes of the Zuni Native Americans. Keshi, a co-op for Zuni arts and crafts, contains a fantastic collection of these authentic hand-carved fetishes. In the midst of one of Santa Fe’s most historic and artistic areas is The Inn on the Alameda, a small Pueblo-style hotel where two-story adobe buildings are arranged around garden courtyards for an intimate, private experience. Each of the 71 rooms and suites are decowww.bridegroommag.com

The intimate Casa de las Chimeneas (House of the Chimneys), a bed and breakfast in Taos just a few blocks from the heart of town, is an exceptional small place offering an oasis for travel-weary visitors. Set behind adobe walls in beautiful High Desert gardens, Case de las Chimeneas has its own spa, hot tub and rooms with private courtyards and fireplaces, plus a beautiful Great Room filled with Indian pottery and artifacts. Some rooms have private sitting areas, sunken tubs, skylights and fireplaces; all have colorful collections of woven tapestries and bed covers and high beamed ceilings. La Sala de Patron features a massive carved headboard, fireplace and two-person jetted tub. Romantic Highs: Relaxing in the hot tub under the night skies; spa showers; private entrances; couples massages; and incredible breakfasts. As one famous cowboy, John Wayne, once said, “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” This happens in the High Desert. B&G Katharine Dyson is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. BRIDE&GROOM

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“Staying in a privately owned luxury villa is like living the life of the rich and famous,” says Jennifer Lawrence, owner of Casa Bay Villas, a Connecticut-based company specializing in vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “It’s completely different than staying in a hotel. It’s living in a fantasy.” Lawrence helped Nicole Markel and Ben McMillan of Los Angeles, Calif., select Casa Aventura, a six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom, 7,000square-foot retreat for their May 2010 wedding and honeymoon. “Casa Aventura is amazing, with sweeping views of the ocean, jungles and an incredible staff,” Nicole raves. “Our immediate family stayed at the villa, while the rest of our guests stayed nearby.” A cook prepared two sumptuous meals each day for the honeymooners and guests. And, when anyone wanted to sample the dining and nightlife scene of downtown PuertoVallarta, a concierge arranged for taxis. “This was our first time renting a villa,” Nicole says. “We don’t think we can ever go back to hotels. It was a far superior experience.” For the fifth consecutive year, Conde Nast Traveler has named Marilyn Pulito, owner of the Massachusetts-based Villas in Paradise, as one of its Villa Rental Specialists for the island of St. Martin. “Privacy is the number one reason more honeymoon couples are

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own music while relaxing or swimming.” Courtney loved it as well. “The house had every imaginable amenity,” she says. “We could see the house, which was built into the side of a cliff, from the beach. Unlike a hotel, where even a large suite is barely more than a room or two, we had this entire luxury home to ourselves.” Robyn Shepherd and Alex Drolet of Westport, Conn., held their Barbados wedding and honeymoon at Mullins Mill Villa, a converted 17th-century sugar mill on a private beach surrounded by tropical gardens. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip,” Robyn says. “We wanted to be in place that was special for our intiNicole Markel and Ben McMillan mate wedding and have a house as a arranged their wedding and honeyvery personal home base.” she says. moon at the villa Casa Aventura in The rental agency they used, Bajan PuertoVallarta, Mexico, through Casa BayVillas in Stratford, Conn. Services, which specializes in Barbados villa rentals, referred the Sydnie Kohara choosing villa rentals,” says Pulito. “Having couple to wedding planner Malissa Blackman your own space is a definite advantage.” (Weddings by Malissa). “She not only deFor example, Pulito directed Courtney and signed the most beautiful wedding, but found Damon Sturniolo of Houston, Texas, to the most unbelievable chefs, maids and garchoose Nid d’Amour, for their honeymoon deners. We became so spoiled with this villa on St. Martin. Damon recalls a romanlifestyle.” tic, two-bedroom villa that provided all the As this couple no doubt realized quickly, comforts of home.“It afforded us the freedom Barbados is a popular location for villa rentals. to make our own meals,” he says. “We also “There are more than 2,400 villas for rent in had our own private pool, which meant that Barbados,” says Averil Byer, director of marwe always had the best deck chairs and lisketing for the Barbados Tourism Authority. tened to our “Most are beachfront, or set on golf courses within resort complexes or on private estates.” Byer also indicates that Barbados is known as the “Dining Capital of the Caribbean.” Couples can eat out, hire a chef and even arrange for their villa to be stocked with goodies. For Michael and Courtney Kennedy, complete control over their Caribbean honeymoon was a must. After researching several options with WIMCO Private Villa Rentals, these Greenwich, Conn., newlyweds choose SIB TOR, a newly built, oneMichael and Courtney Kennedy of Greenwich, bedroom villa on St. Barts that allowed total Conn., spent their honeymoon in St. Barths, freedom. “We could eat where we wanted to BritishVirgin Islands, at the Sib Tor villa, which was arranged throughWIMCO Private eat, play where we wanted and had enough Villa Rentals. space to completely enjoy our days,”

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Courtney recalls. The couple awoke each morning to a panoramic view of the surrounding islands, and at dusk, they “had cocktail hour on a remote beach, watched the sunset from our own infinity pool and hoped each day would last forever.” Following an August wedding on Cape Cod, David Tordi whisked his Boston bride, Daria Huber, back to his native Italy. There, on a private estate just 20 minutes outside of Florence, the honeymooners hosted their closest family and friends in a celebration of their nuptials. As one of the three partners of Teseotur, a travel agency specializing in villa, home and apartment rentals in central Italy, David handpicked the Villa il Vigneto for its magnificent setting, skillfully restored interiors and easy access to touring the Chianti hill towns. Simply put, “We had the best of both worlds.” Dr. Lisa Romagnoli and Gonzalo Gioni of Wellesley, Mass., became engaged during a trip to Italy last July. “We rented through ParkerVillas and enjoyed it so much we returned for our honeymoon,” says Lisa. Owner/operator Mario Scalzi takes great

pride in personally choosing every Parker Villa property. “Our true talent has always been the ability to bring each traveler’s dream of Italy to life,” says Scalzi. His Web site provides every possible detail for a villa vacation, including advantages, décor, costs, creature comforts and comparisons to hotels. “If you look at each day as an adventure and find yourself excited with the prospect of being on your own, a villa is a good bet.” For their 12-day honeymoon in October, Lisa and Gonzalo re-rented their engagement villa, Alabastro, in Volterra, Italy, as well as a second villa, Albero, on the Italian Riviera. “We would recommend this to couples looking to experience Italy at their own pace,” she says.

Lisa Romagnoli and Gonzalo Gioni enjoyed part of their 12-day Italian honeymoon at the villa Alabastro in Volterra, where they had gotten engaged.

Relaxing in a beautiful home away from home and savoring your time together is an ideal way to spend a honeymoon—what more could newlyweds want? B&G A freelance writer based in Connecticut, Cindy Papish Gerber is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

1/35

No

1–2

No

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

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

Dino’s Restaurant (81)

E, B, D, W

13 Lord St., Worcester, MA 01604 Ph: (508) 753-9978 jevange171@hotmail.com www.dinosrestaurant.biz

Under $30

Yes

Yes

25/60

No

1

No

Dino’s Restaurant has been serving the finest northern and southern Italian cuisine and variety of American foods for more than 60 years. Ample parking, handicap accessible. All major credit cards. Contact: Jay Evangelista.

El Basha Restaurant (52)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Leo’s Ristorante (76)

E, B, D, W

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

Under $30

Under $30

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

50/120

25/125

No

No

1–2

1–2

No

No

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

Mechanics Hall (31)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Tuckerman Hall (35)

E, B, D, W

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

Worcester Art Museum (103)

Types of Functions Offered:

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

150/425

Max 250

Yes

Yes

1

1

No

No

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

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

Varies

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

Exquisite spaces amidst 50 centuries of art make your special day a masterpiece. The Museum creates the perfect ambiance for an exceptional gathering. Contact: Janice Potter.

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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D - Rehearsal Dinners

W - Wedding Receptions

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On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (64)

E, B, D, W

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

25/700

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

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

Boston Marriott Newton (54)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Buca di Beppo (82)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Reception Facility

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

East of Worcester

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

$75 +

$30 – 50

$40 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

10/700

0/145

130/275

Yes

Yes

2

1+

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

No

No

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

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

Doubletree Hotel (34)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Grafton Inn (57)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Highfields Golf & Country Club (51)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (82)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (47)

E, B, D, W

30 Lyman Street, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 366-1955 • Fx: (508) 366-7253 www.ilfornocatering.com

We specialize in full service wedding planning, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers etc. Contact us for menus, pricing and other services we provide! Contact: Jennifer Timm.

Riverview (72)

E, B, D, W

13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 568-1541 sales@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. Contact: Gerry Leandres.

Stow Acres Country Club (74)

E, B, D, W

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

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

White Cliffs (93)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 – 70

$20 – 40

$30 – 50

$36 – 70

Under $30

Varies

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

50/550

30/150

0/220

2/400

10/100

30/600

50/250

30/350

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Yes

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

1

3

1

-

No

No

No

No


Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

E, B, D, W

$30 – 70

Yes

Yes

20/300

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

West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (59) 1430 Main St, P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 ext. 16 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com • www.worcester-wedding.com

Old Sturbridge Village (55) 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org • www.osv.org

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (43) 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 info@overlookcatering.org • www.overlookcatering.org

Periwinkles Garden Court (80) 892 Southbridge St., Rt. 20, Auburn/Oxford Line, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.periwinkles-giorgios.com

Publick House (45) On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Ph: (508) 347-3313 x 286 sales@publickhouse.com • www.publickhouse.com

Salem Cross Inn (69) 260 W. Main St. (Rte. 9) W. Brookfield, MA Ph: (508) 867-8337 • Fx: (508) 867-0351 info@salemcrossinn.com • www.salemcrossinn.com

Sturbridge Host Hotel (53) 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA • Ph: (508) 347-7393 Fx: (508) 347-3824 •lsoper@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (17) 89 Smithville Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Ph: (508) 885-5320 • Fx: (508) 885-5546 zukasfarm@aol.com • www.zukas.com

Yes

2

No

2

No

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

$50 – 75+

Yes

Yes

0/250

Yes

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! Contact: Event Sales Dept. E, B, D ,W

Varies

Yes

No

15/200

Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

Yes

90/250

Yes

1

No

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

$30 – 78

Yes

Yes

Max 240

Yes

Varies

Yes

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

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

6/225

Yes

No

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

$57 – 102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

Yes

2

Yes

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

$73 – 94

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

1

Yes

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

$30 – 60

Yes

Yes

50/250

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

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (67) 92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com • www.arrowheadacres.com

Asa Waters Mansion (77) P.O. Box 421, 123 Elm St., Millbury, MA Ph: (508) 865-0855 www.asawaters.org

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (78) 801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com • www.blissfulmeadows.com

Crystal Lake Golf Club (56) 100 Bronco Highway, Mapleville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood (29)

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

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

Varies

No

No

Max 85 (inside) 150 w/tent Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

No

50/175

Yes

1

No

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

Under $30

Yes

No

50/200

Yes

1

No

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

$30 – 75+

Yes

Yes

50/450

Yes

2

Yes

1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062 Complete wedding packages make planning easy. Choose from our Tiffany Ballroom or new Zachariahs for your reception. Ph: (781) 255-3159 • (781) 440-0430 Elegant and grand or intimate chic, it’s always better to have a choice. Contact: Catering Sales. contact@fourpointsnorwood.com • www.thetiffanyballroom.com

Twin River (58) 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 dwing@twinriver.com • www.twinriver.com

E, B, D, W

$30 – 75+

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

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

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Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Chocksett Inn (4)

E, B, D, W

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

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

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

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

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

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

E, B, D, W

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

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

Fruitlands Museum (70)

E, B, D, W

102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978) 456-3924 x294 events@fruitlands.org www.fruitlands.org/weddings

Fruitlands Museum offers a breathtaking setting and personalized service. Fruitlands’ tradition of impeccable service affirms the distinguished New England custom of hospitality and captivating charm. Contact: Sales Office.

Harrington Farm (25)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (50)

E, B, D, W

Types of Functions Offered:

Reception Facility

Contact Person

W - Wedding Receptions

Min/Max Room Ceremony Capacity Site

Number of Events

Overnight Accommo(Held at one time) dations

North of Worcester

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

$30 – 50

$30 – 75

$75+

$50 – 75

$50 – 75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available

Yes

40/275

25/500

2/2000

50/250

50/225

100/325

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1–3

1–3

1

1

1

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (99)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (49)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Under $30

$30 – 50

$42 – 52

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/150

300 Max

10/400

Yes

Yes

Yes

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2011

BRIDE&GROOM

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

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

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (86)

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1

2

No

No

Yes


Conveniently located in the heart of Massachusetts

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is the ideal location for your storybook wedding, surrounded by magical vistas and breathtaking views.

www.lemayphotography.com

499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 978 - 464-3175 ext. 3705 www.wachusett.com

Scenic mountain setting, perfect for your wedding portraits.

www.lemayphotography.com

Everything from beautiful summit vistas to a pond-side fountain.

Beautiful reception room with breathtaking views

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BOUQUET PRESERVATION

Bean Counter Cake & Pastry Shop (54)

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (104)

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. Winner: Best of The Knot 2010.

Bouquet Preservation

100

Bridal Shops

100

Bridal Shows

100

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

Cakes

100

BRIDAL SHOPS

Catering

100-101

Elegance by Carbonneau (11) 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!

Donation Services

101

Entertainment

101

Fitness

101

Florists

101

Gifts

101

Hair & Makeup

101

Honeymoon Spots

101

Invitations

101

Jewelry

102

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

Limousines

102

Pronuptia Bridals (71)

Orthodontists

102

Photo Booths

102

Photography

102-103

Real Estate

103

Reception Facilities

95

Rentals

103

Shoes

103

Travel

103

Tuxedos

103

Wedding Internet Services 103

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Loren’s Bridal (20) 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.

Platinum Bridal Boutique (43)

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

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (12, 13) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (888) 774-3976 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show. Featuring seven expos in January, March, April, September and November.

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (78) 18 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net • www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby showers. We also have cookie & pastry platters & decadent desserts for any occasion.

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

Crown Bakery (44) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 • www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

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

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton (30) Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlúa Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

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

Cardoos Gourmet Caterers (67) 79 Worcester St., North Grafton, MA 01536 (508) 839-2213, (877)655-3911 cardcater@aol.com • www.cardooscater.com Catering to the brides of New England for over 33 years. Voted best wedding caterer for 11 years in Metro West by Community Newspapers.

Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (47) 27 Airport Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 345-2511 www.Ilfornocatering.com Specializing in catering, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties. 2 private function rooms. Gourmet menu design. Call our experts for planning advice.


Il Forno Restaurant & Catering (47)

Worcester County Food Bank (71)

GIFTS

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

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

American Sports Images (51)

Pepper’s Fine Foods Catering (8)

Festive Events (41)

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.

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.

Struck Catering (28)

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (73)

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.

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

The Original Creative Catering

FITNESS

142 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 892-8001 info@theoriginalcreativecatering.com www.theoriginalcreativecatering.com Our Name Says It All! With over 20 years of experience creative catering offers high quality food with artistic presentations at a fair price.

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

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

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

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

Why Me, Inc. 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.

ENTERTAINMENT

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.

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

Blackstone Valley Baskets (86) P.O. Box 34, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 735-2325 info@blackstonevalleybaskets.com www.blackstonevalleybaskets.com Blackstone Valley Baskets provides hand-crafted favors, welcome baskets and other items that add a touch of elegance to your special day.

HAIR & MAKEUP D’Iorio’s Salon (66) 335A Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 756-7791 For the ultimate in chic weddings, let our salon staff coordinate your entire bridal party’s hairstyles and makeup. Even color coordinate your hair color, too.

Image Hair Salon (70) 533 Park Ave., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5588 Specializing in Wedding Day Image, hair styling, creative nails, foil highlighting, permanent waving & make-up. Human hair extensions. Featuring Motives customized makeup.

St. Cyr Salon (37)

FLORISTS Danielson Flowers (79) 660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 • www.danielsonflowers.com Let our experienced staff make your day beautiful. View our Web site for photos of our bouquets and information. See our private wedding area for ideas.

Herbert E. Berg Florist (42) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

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

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 • www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

Holmes-Shusas Florists, Inc. (104)

INVITATIONS

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.

Celebrations! Invitations (68)

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

La Jolie Fleur (67) 263 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 752-2272 www.lajoliefleur.com Enjoy a taste of France at Worcester’s newest boutique florist, La Jolie Fleur. Call for a free personalized wedding consultation with experienced designer Sean Maher.

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

Ever After Postage (76) www.EverAfterPostage.com • holly@everafterpostage.com Ever After Postage offers designer U.S. postage, envelope seals, save the date cards and much more to make your happily Ever After even more memorable!

The Paper Store (36) 24 locations in Massachusetts 1 location in New Hampshire (978) 500-0967 adv@thepaperstore.com • www.thepaperstore.com There’s a print studio located inside the Paper Store! Custom printing services & more to fit your style and occasion—perfectly!

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JEWELRY

Gray’s Limousine (65, 102)

MA Photo Booths (73)

Hannoush Jewelers (3)

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.

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

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

Sachs Jewelers (94) 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

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

ORTHODONTISTS Dr. Sam Alkoury (47)

AA Transportation Co., Inc. (86) 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.

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

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101 Pleasant St., Suite 210, Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-3173 Dra@simplyortho.com • www.simplyortho.com Serving the Holliston, Worcester and Webster communities since 2009, Dr. Alkoury is a Board Certified Orthodontist that specializes in Invisalign and Damon System Braces.

PHOTO BOOTHS Images Event Studios (8)

A Limo Affair, Inc. (10)

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Joey’s Limousine Service (39)

3 Claudette Dr., Milford, MA 01757 (617) 610-1188 info@imageseventstudios.com www.imageseventstudios.com Images Events Studios provides high-end, digital photo booths for special events in the New England area. Our “studios” blend photo booth fun with professional photography.

BRIDE&GROOM www.bridegroommag.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic Expressions Photography (1) 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.

AVR Photography & Video (46) 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. Photography & Video only $1,695.00.

Doros Photography (59) 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 (38) 107 Elmwood St., Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 753-2230 • www.hjmphotography.com The ultimate in professional photography. We offer a full service studio and in-house photography lab for customizing your wedding photos. Call for an appointment.


Lasting Images Photography (75)

Elegant Linens Ltd. (44)

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

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.

Media Photo (21)

SHOES

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

Elegance by Carbonneau (11)

Michelle Ghazal Photography (52) 189 Parker St., #1 Lowell, MA 01851 (978) 804-7273 michellegazal@mac.com • www.michelleghazal.com.com Specializing in wedding’s classic, modern and photojournalistic photography style. We capture all moments of your special day and customize a package that meets your needs.

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

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

Shoes to Dye For (7) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in-stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

Travel Solutions, Inc.

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

15 West Main St., Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 234-2370 susan@trvlsolutions.com Complimentary honeymoon planning session! Treat yourself to expert advice. Susan specializes in honeymoon and destination wedding planning. Working with an experienced travel consultant is priceless.

RussRo Photography & Portrait Studio (27)

TUXEDOS

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

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.

Jody Russell Roberge, Realtor of Janice Mitchell R.E. Inc. (73) 1023-25 Main Street, Holden, MA 01520 (774) 535-2657, (508) 829-6315 x24 jrus1980@aol.com Buyer and seller representation. Call me today to begin your free customized home search in MLS or for a free, no obligation market analysis of your home.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 95)

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

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

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TRAVEL

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REAL ESTATE

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Bonardi’s Formalwear (30)

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

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

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (83) Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. Buy discounted tickets online. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

www.bridegroommag.com

WOR CESTER A RT M US EUM Worcester, MA • 508.799.4406, x3077 www.worcesterart.org specialevents@worcesterart.org

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Winter 2011  

The Winter isue of Bride & Groom featuring Money and Marriage, Invitation Trends, Ceremony Music, and Local Engagements and Weddings.

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