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Sky’s Limit

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What you should know about tented weddings

Nearby Nuptials Three couples share their day

Accessories for the bride

Featured Facilities Chocksett Inn The

Harding Allen Estate

Wedding Websites 2.0 Tying the Knot 26 couples announce their engagements


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Contents Features 58 The Sky’s the Limit The risks and rewards of tented weddings 62 All the Trimmings Accessories for the bride Featured Venues 66 Chocksett Inn 70 The Harding Allen Estate 58

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34 Wedding Websites 2.0 Your online pre-nup presence is easy to create and update

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40 Girls’ Night Out Today’s top 5 bachelorette party themes 46 The A-to-Z Guide to Wedding Décor From aisle runners to zebra stripes, a plethora of ideas for personalizing your reception

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52 My (Un) Best Friend’s Wedding Keeping competition and jealousy at bay

Honeymoons 82 Sizzling on Florida’s West Coast

Planning 101 75 Wedding timetable Your guide for what to do and when 76 Changing your name? How to do it 78 License to wed How and where to get it 80 Preparing to Plan What to do first

In every issue 10 Letter from the editor 13 Tying the Knot Recently engaged local couples Nearby Nuptials 22 Christina Calvao and Roberto Medeiros 26 Jaclyn Asquith and Ryan McGreevy 30 EmilyVolkert and Josh Rosenfeld

Directories 87 Function facilities guide 92 Wedding resources guide 20

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Christina Calvao and Roberto Medeiros Devens, Massachusetts December 2010 The engagement Having dated for 11 years, Christina and Bobby knew they wanted to get married, but the timing didn’t ever quite seem right. “One of us always had something going on… a new job, school, etc.,” says Christina. “Then one day, Bobby said ‘Let’s go to the jewelry store,’ and I knew just what he meant.” Selecting the ring together was a fun and joyous adventure for them both. The couple spent hours looking at different styles; in fact, they stayed two hours past the store’s closing time before finding just the right ring. “Afterward, we walked out of the store hand in hand and didn’t let go of each other the rest of the night.”

The planning “If I was to change my profession tomorrow, I would become an event/party planner,” says Christina when asked whether or not she

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enjoyed planning her wedding. Coming from a large Portuguese family that had many wonderful family and holiday gatherings, Christina had plenty of experience planning large events. “I also wanted to include everyone in the planning process—my mom, stepmom, sister, aunts and cousins, as we are all very close.” After first consulting with Bobby on how he wanted to contribute, Christina assigned other tasks to her family. “This way, all of my loved ones felt included and I got all the help I needed for planning.” Although they originally planned a fall wedding for 2009, the event had to be postponed when Christina was laid off from

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her job early that year. Naturally she was upset and disappointed, however she was not deterred. “I did what I could to plan, save money and work on do-it-yourself projects,” she says. Luckily, she found employment the following year and she and Bobby rescheduled their nuptials for that winter. “It ended up being perfect as I love silver, gold and red, which are perfect for the holiday season. I also loved the idea of a winter ball with long gowns, satin dresses, big jewelry and fur coats.And where else in U.S. can you have a beautiful winter wedding but in New England?”

Details of the day Many of the unique details featured throughout wedding were made by Christina (with some help), including all of the printed pieces and a card box fashioned from hat boxes in the shape of a tiered wedding cake. Individual centerpieces consisted of vases, candelabras


and glass balls and were accented with dark red or white roses and green hypericum berries. Tapered candles and tea lights were used to create an intimate atmosphere. Place cards designed and printed by Christina were attached to gold colored Christmas ornaments and displayed on a tree decorated specifically for the reception. Guests were also treated to favors of home made anisette cookies baked by Christina and her mother in honor of Christina’s grandmother, who had baked them when Christina was a child. Non-pareils and chocolate kisses were included in the favor bags, which were assembled by the bride and her bridesmaids. The bride’s bouquet consisted of black baccara roses held together by a rhinestone cuff. Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white calla lilies and groomsmen each sported a single white calla lily as a boutonniere.

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Favorite moments Of the day’s many great moments, Christina is particularly fond of the instant Bobby first saw her during the ceremony. “His back was turned until I reached him and then he turned around,” Christina recalls. “The connection we experienced at that moment is something I will remember always.”

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themselves the “party planning girls.” Jaclyn decided to begin with finding the right dress, then go on from there. Because “the dress you love will be the dress you love no matter where you have your wedding.” Once Jaclyn had her dress, the couple selected The Harding Allen Estate for a September 2011 event. The party planning girls kept everything on track, and Ryan assisted with selecting the groomsmen’s attire and the venue, as well as with food and cake tastings.

Jaclyn Asquith and Ryan McGreevy Barre, Massachusetts September 2011

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How they met Jaclyn and Ryan met at Wachusett Regional High School in 1999 and started dating when Jaclyn was a junior and Ryan was a freshman. Although they had a deep connection, the two parted ways and Jaclyn eventually moved to NewYork City.While there, she had a son and quickly realized she wanted to be closer to her family. Shortly after returning to Massachusetts in January 2009, she and Ryan reconnected and have been together ever since. “It wasn’t just about finding the right man for me, it was about finding the perfect gentlemen for me and my son,” said Jaclyn. “Ryan is a amazing father to Aiden.We realized that no one else would make us feel the way we do about each other, so we decided to get married and become a family.”

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The proposal Before proposing in mid September 2010, Ryan asked Jaclyn’s parents for their blessing. He and Jaclyn had also been looking at engagement rings, but no specific proposal date had been set. On the morning of the day Ryan and Jaclyn were going to see Randy Travis in concert, Ryan got down on one knee and professed his love for both Jaclyn and her son. “I was so surprised,” recalled Jaclyn. “He had picked out a ring and already spoken to our parents with out me knowing. It was so beautiful and perfect.”

Planning Jaclyn and her mother love anything to do with event planning—so much so they call

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The wedding’s color palette centered on navy blue and soft pink, a combination that Jaclyn described as bold and beautiful. Bridesmaids wore navy gowns complemented by light pink shoes while Jaclyn donned navy satin shoes accented with crystals to tie everything together. The gentlemen wore black tuxedos, ties with hints of pink and navy, and pink—yes, pink—socks. In keeping with the vintage feel of the Estate, flowers were displayed in old fashioned typewriters, while miniature versions of those typewriters served as place card holders. The tables were draped with satin navy linens accented with ivory napkins. Vintage silver tea and coffee service sets served as centerpieces complete with floral arrangements. Table numbers were framed engagement photos of the couple with numbers displayed in a vintage typeset.


In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to write a note or some advice on 8"x8" pieces of pink fabric that were provided by Jaclyn’s mother-in-law and will be sewn into a quilt. “It’s something we’ll use over and over again and is so much better than a book,” said Jaclyn. The groomsmen’s gifts were personalized cufflinks made from vintage typewriter keys, which were purchased online at etsy.com. Other unique items found on etsy included Jaclyn’s garter, a special hanger for the wedding dress that said “I do,” and the wedding programs.

Decorations for the couple’s garden ceremony included draping the arbor in iridescent pink fabric and ivory hydrangea accents, and using antique white bird baths (with two love birds in each) in place of more traditional floral arrangements at the altar. “They are now special keepsakes for my me and my mom,” said Jaclyn.

Favorite part of the day “My favorite part of the day was the ceremony,” said Jaclyn. “Everything from my son running down the aisle to give Ryan his ring bearer pillow to the moment Ryan saw me to when we exchanged our vows.”

Advice From Jaclyn: “When the planning gets crazy, stay focused on what the day is really about: two people making a commitment of love and a life B&G together.”

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Emily Volkert and Josh Rosenfeld Shrewsbury, Massachusetts July 2011

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of a challenging assignment with Teach for America in Nashville, Tenn., and the groomto-be was starting a new job in Denver, Colo., when they got engaged, so planning a wedding in Central Massachusetts in less than four months would prove to be quite the challenge for Emily Volkert and Josh Rosenfeld. They definitely succeeded—family and friends are still talking about how much fun the wedding was—with help from me, Emily’s mom, and the internet. Emily found her wedding dress at J.Crew’s online store and utilized a Nashville-based

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seamstress, found through yelp.com, for custom tailoring. Meanwhile, I went online to research venues, florists and caterers, so that when the couple arrived for a whirlwind fiveday pre-wedding visit in March, they would be able to nail down the details for their July wedding. Emily and Josh chose July 9 as their wedding date “because we liked the sequence of numbers: seven-nine-eleven,” Emily joked. “It also gave me time to move to Denver at the end of the school year and have some time with Josh before my second year of teaching started at the end of summer.”

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The couple met when Emily joined the wait staff at a jazz café in Boston when she was a student at Northeastern University. Food and music have been important to them, and so has travel. In the eight years they’ve been together, Emily and Josh have lived in 11 locations, including Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Bend, Ore. and Seattle,Wash. They spent a year in Chilean Patagonia teaching English and, after their return to the U.S., both were accepted into teaching programs in Nashville. Josh surprised Emily with


a proposal and an amazonite engagement ring that he designed with Ricardo, a jeweler the couple had known in Patagonia.They also designed and created the couple’s wedding rings of white gold, as well as a necklace of amazonite and lapis lazuli for Emily. Emily and Josh’s travel experiences reinforced their appreciation for the outdoors. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and skiing are favorite activities and they wanted their wedding to reflect their love of travel and the outdoors. For example, instead of table numbers, guests at the reception sat at tables named for the places in which Emily and Josh have lived. Photos of the couple from each location were set in pots of herbs that served as centerpieces. Good food and music also were important for their celebration. During their time in Boston and at a guest ranch in Bend, Ore., Josh and Emily learned to appreciate sustainable and local ingredients and they wanted

their wedding menu to reflect this as well. Josh, who majored in music at Cornell University, expanded Emily’s taste to include a wide range of musical styles and genres. Instead of a DJ for the reception, Josh tapped into his extensive library and created a sixhour playlist that was both eclectic and meaningful. Emily relinquished her first and second concepts for a wedding site—a big field and my backyard, respectively—in favor of venues that offered shelter in case of rain, which was a concern of mine. Searching online, I found that the Hoagland Pincus Center in Shrewsbury satisfied their desire for an outdoor ceremony and my own worries about the possibility of rain. The Center’s spacious grounds provided a scenic backdrop for the ceremony and the patio space was comfortable for the cocktail hour that followed. The guests then moved indoors for a buffet dinner and dancing. www.bridegroommag.com

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More research and a referral from a trusted and experienced event planner led me to Tastings Caterers, a Framingham-based catering company owned by Sue and John Zahner. Sue got our concept right away. We wanted our guests to be wowed by the food, although we were working within a limited budget. She immediately suggested ways we could get the most from what we had to spend. The menu included grilled beef, salmon and veg-

etables from local farms. The catering staff set up grills behind the Hoagland Center and cooked the meal on site. Another benefit to our budget was the caterer’s inclusion of table settings and napkins in the wedding package, as well as the wedding cake, baked by Sue, a pastry chef.The cake included three differently flavored layers; slices were plated with accompanying sauces after the bride and groom cut the first piece. The highlight, of course, was the wedding

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Some sites make this easy by allowing couples to precisely match their wedding colors, while others partner with invitation companies so a couple’s online presence can be perfectly synchronized with save-the-dates and invitations. As for the content? Every personal wedding website, at a minimum, should include basic information about the ceremony and reception, particularly the when and where. Directions are important, too, and whether you decide to go very basic or super-customized with your design, photos are a must, according to experts and planners. Most couples also include information about accommodation options, things to do around town and various services, such as daycare. Some online tools enable couples to take this a step further by including links to hotel reservation pages or by integrating apps for sites such as Hotels.com, Orbitz.com or Google Maps. Ultimately, a personal wedding website “can help answer many questions about the big day,” said LinneaTangorra, a wedding planner with offices in Boston and Newburyport,

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Mass. “After all, this may be the first glimpse of the wedding that guests will have.” In some cases, this may also be the first glimpse of one half of the couple. According to Scrofano, one of the most-viewed pages on a personal wedding website is the “About Us” or “Our Story” page. General interest in the couple aside, many longtime friends, former roommates or distant members of either side of the family may not know both halves of the to-be-wed couple. In keeping with this getting-to-know-us theme, couples will sometimes include the story behind their engagement. “That really helps bring people together,” said Scrofano. “You can really create a narrative for your wedding.” There are also several interactive options, such as videos, blogs and updates that can be posted throughout the planning process, as well as bridal party communication pages, Facebook integration and functions allowing visitors to sign guest books and upload their own photos. As for the convenience factor,some design tools include online RSVP options that can save money on postage and limit the impact on the environment, as well as links to registries.

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try of even the world,” said Amy Ruocco, president and CEO of Marblehead-based Wedding Window, Inc., who described wedding websites a type of centralized storage. To facilitate any online communication with guests, be sure to have your site set up by the time you send out the save-the-dates, according to Scrofano. How long should a wedding website be “live”? According to Scrofano, most couples stop using them two or three weeks after the wedding, although some will post honeymoon photos or encourage guests to post comments or upload their own photos from the wedding and reception. Before you get started, experts advise that you check out all of the website options available, as there are a variety of free and feebased sites, all offering various templates, designs, tools and customization. Because, in the end, your wedding and your website should be as unique as you are. B&G Taryn Plumb, who writes fromWorcester, Mass., is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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The Celebrity VIP Spa Party. Superstars have spa soirées all the time, where ladies lounge by the pool with mimosas or bellinis in hand, as everyone takes turns visiting the hot stone massage tent for a blissful bodywork session with warmed-up river stones. It’s an indulgence few people get for themselves, which makes this bachelorette party theme stand out as an upscale treat for all. If you don’t have access to a friend’s poolside lounge area, you can arrange to have spa experts such as manicurists and professional eyebrow shapers (wax or threading) come to your house. Menu: Finger sandwiches, crudités, hummus with pita triangles, marinated vegetable salads, spring rolls, sushi and other fresh, healthy treats. Dessert: Cupcakes with champagne-infused frosting, cupcakes from Sprinkles.com (a celebrity favorite) or fresh tropical fruit slices. Drinks: Champagne, champagne cocktails, mimosas, bellinis, mojitos. Décor: Minimalist floral designs, such as single gardenias in bud vases, bamboo in planters or all-white floral arrangements. The Private Fashion Show.You’ve seen it on the Real Housewives of NewYork: A chic department store hosts a private fashion show and shopping party for champagne-sipping guests. On a budget, you can book a similar style of VIP party at a local fashion boutique. After hours, a shop can be transformed by lining up a row or two of rented white chairs to form a “runway.” Staff members or your

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friends will make great models, showing off fabulous dresses, posh pashminas or stunning accessories. After the show, your special guests get to shop the entire store for a modest discount. Menu: Cocktail party fare of the non-greasy variety (to keep oil stains off hands and store items), such as stuffed cherry tomatoes, sushi or fruit on spears. Dessert: Finger food, mini cupcakes and cake pops, Chantilly cream mini tartlets, mini pastries or truffles. Drinks: White wine, champagne or martinis. Inquire as to whether or not your site has to get a permit to serve alcohol, since some towns have strict rules. Décor: The décor is already in store, with sparkly displays and the store’s artistic touches. Extra touch: Provide favor bags with fun fashionista items such as packs of fabric tape,


neutral-colored headbands and fashion magazines. The boutique may even throw in some little freebie treats as well. The Rustic Getaway. While lots of bridal parties fly off to Vegas for a wild weekend of partying, this new trend takes the girls-only road trip to a quaint country locale. Imagine a trip to wine country, with winery-hopping as part of your itinerary. Or a sojourn to a popular touristy shore town with Victorian bed and breakfast establishments, where you can all enjoy a gourmet breakfast, bike rides down tree-lined streets, antiquing and lots of great shopping.You may be able to book all of the rooms at a single bed and breakfast (search BnBFinder.com to locate ones at your destination). If the fall colors are vivid and if you find great rivers and streams to hike or bike around, you’ll get great photos with your girls. Menu: Take in the local cuisine! Desserts: Local fare might include the region’s signature maple vanilla cookies, cabernet-infused cupcakes or gourmet blends of gelato. Vow to try unusual choices of sweets and coffee flavors.

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Drinks: If you partake, try local wines and ciders as well as microbrew beers—and be sure to bring a case home for your sweetie. Extra touch: Have a great welcome bag filled with goodies available for each of your guests in their hotel rooms.

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choices, as are those classic ice cream sundaes. Drinks: Wine is fine at this party, as is a Mudslide in place of the more traditional chocolate milkshake. Décor: Hang up boy band posters from your younger days.And even if you don’t play, putting out a Twister mat sets the mood and makes for great photos. Special Touch: You can book a male dancer dressed as a police officer who rings your doorbell to tell you keep the noise down. Take a Twirl on the Pole. For a decidedly adult theme, check out a pole-dancing studio where professional dancing artists will teach you the basics.This is a top trend these days, with brides booking professional burlesque dancers to come to their homes to teach them the art of alluring dance. Menu: After class, go to a favorite restaurant. Or if you’re at home, serve classic cocktail party fare. Desserts: Red velvet cupcakes, a cake decorated with a sexy red shoe on top, indulgent chocolate truffles or aphrodisiac chocolates with raspberry sauce and lots of fresh whipped cream Drinks: Sexy red cocktails such as martinis and cosmopolitans. SpecialTouch: Send each guest home with her own pair of elbow-length gloves to use when B&G she’s dancing for her sweetie at home. Sharon Naylor is the author of The Smart Guide to Bachelorette Parties and more than 35 additional wedding books, www.sharonnaylor.net

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Looking to create the perfect setting for your wedding rehearsal dinner, after-party and all other bridal bashes with fabulous, trendy accents and pretty motifs? Here’s our all-inclusive guide to today’s top wedding décor elements.

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Aisle Runners: Forget the all-white aisle runner rolled out before you. Today’s aisle runners come in vibrant colors.You can also have your names or monogram and wedding date silk-screened onto the fabric, as well as pretty bursts of butterflies, birds or a simulated rose petal carpet. At The Original Runner Company, a new trend is metallic fabrics with lots of sparkle and, of course, non-slip backing.

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Blooms: Flowers, flowers—place them everywhere! Whether they’re traditional bridal roses and gardenias or exotics like Birds of Paradise and hibiscus, put them in your centerpieces, on windowsills and mantels, and even strung on wires cascading down a chuppah or a tree at an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Cameras: Kodak’s one-time use cameras come in a variety of floral designs such as blue, red, purple and traditional ivory to accent any guest table décor.And, according to a new photography survey by TheWeddingReport.com, a big trend is to place some one-time use video cameras on guest tables as well.

The Domes: For your centerpieces, set florals, succulents, fruit, stones or other pretty natural items under a glass pedestal dome or in a lidded apothecary jar.

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Elevated florals: This style is making a comeback, featuring dramatic flowering branches and arching blooms held up by candelabras or wrought-iron stands dripping with crystal strands.

effects you can have your names or a design (such as a snowflake at a winter wedding) projected onto the dance floor, tent walls or the side of a building at your evening outdoor wedding.

Floating lights: In any water feature,

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grandparents’ or in-laws’ cake topper on your cake, or display ornately framed family wedding portraits to incorporate a sentimental tone to your day.

Gobo lights: Using customized lighting

Ice sculptures: Commissioned ice sculptures crafted in your choice of design, from wedding doves to a giant heart, a butterfly, a castle or even your names, will customize the look of any buffet or dessert table.

Jewels: Bling is in for accents on your table runners, chair seat covers and around your chuppah or ceremony trellis. For even more drama, consider having a “wall” of crystal strands hung behind your sweetheart table. Kalanchoe: These tiny-bloomed, colorful flowers will bring a garden wedding feel to your day and add extra—not to mention affordable—pops of color to your centerpieces.

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Linens with shimmer: Tablecloths and runners with a subtle shimmer will reflect the flickers of candlelight in the dimmed lighting of your evening reception setting.

Metallics: Gold, silver, bronze and copper are hot in fashion as well as in wedding dĂŠcor. Select dishes, goblets and champagne flutes with thin metallic rims, or include a gold or copper charger plates at each place setting. Napkin art: Add a touch of visual interest to your guest tables with napkins folded origami-style into swans, flowers or other shapes. Organic elements: Honor the earth by using locally grown or organic flowers in your wedding dĂŠcor. Using plenty of river stones, moss, Manzanita branches and bamboo in your arrangements will also impart a natural, earthy feel.

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bles and dessert bar.The up-and-down effect will make it appear as though there is more food, as well.

Quotes: Decorate with words! Wooden signs printed with lovely quotes found at QuoteGarden.com are a great accent for the guestbook and gift tables. Quotes can also accent your menus or table number cards. Rustic: The relaxed, country feel of a

rustic wedding calls for lantern lights, wildflowers, wood accents and outdoor settings. Even Prince William and Duchess Catherine wedding had a bit of that rustic, garden-country feel.

Seating: Guests love to grab a seat and some private time with friends, so try expanding standard seating arrangements. Incorporate couches and ottomans indoors and out, including gardens or poolside areas. Adirondack chairs are also a great option for a relaxed, outdoor wedding.

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Up-lights: The mood of a room or an outdoor setting can be transformed with the strategic placement of amber or blush colored lights. Set them to angle upward in corners, behind tree groupings and anyplace your lighting expert advises for a chic, club-like glow.

Views: More couples are choosing locations that provide gorgeous views of gardens, ocean vistas or a snowy paradise, rather than celebrating in a windowless room. Water features: Water fountains in hotel atriums often provide a great backdrop for

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photos, and now you can have tall, wall-length water fountains brought into your reception room. Tall glass vases filled with water and submerged roses or other flowers also provide fresh color to your setting.

X-tra vivid colors: Pastels are being replaced by sunny yellows and bright citrus hues. Fuchsia, cinnamon and vivid purples are also popular on their own or in tandem with jewel tones of sapphire, emerald or cranberry. The new, hot neutral to serve up with it all? Slate gray. You: Personalized elements such as photos and video of the two of you, even quotes from the two of you, will make your day unique.

Zebra stripes: Once again borrowing from the fashion runways, zebra and animal stripes or spots add fun and funky design motifs to any wedding dĂŠcor. Use them in small touches, such as in your menu card borders or on the edges of buffet dish ID cards, to B&G avoid going too far with the trend. Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including 1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding. www.sharonnaylor.net

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n the 2011 movie Bridesmaids, actress Kristin Wiig hilariously portrays a jilted, out-of control maid of honor. Funny to watch on the big screen, sure, but in reality, a jealous bridesmaid can instantly burst your happiness bubble.To prevent a bridal party from becoming unhinged by resentment and envy, a wise bride will be prepared to nip that little green monster in the bud before it rears its ugly head.

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The bride/bridesmaid situation can put even the best friendships to the test. One tiny affront can fester, resulting in a permanent grudge, a damaged relationship or the dreaded “dismissal” from the wedding party. If you detect negative vibes from one of your bridesmaids, it’s probably not your imagination—a wedding is an emotional time for all involved. Getting to the root of the problem, and addressing it gently, firmly and with compassion can be done.

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“Maybe she was avoiding me, maybe she was just busy…who knows?” Once Amanda realized that her friend was planning a much smaller wedding than her own, she initiated a heart-to-heart chat with the bride’s sister to clear the air. “I told her that I didn’t expect to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding,” which turned out to be a revelation that was much appreciated. “Now I can concentrate on dancing on my friend’s big day,” said Amanda.

A Bride’s Guide In a chapter of her new book, Emotional Freedom (Random House), psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Judith Orloff provides useful strategies for combating jealousy. “First of all, a bride should focus on the beautiful radiant women [her bridesmaids] are,” said Dr. Orloff. “She has a choice and she can control her thoughts, rather than just reacting. If she can focus on affirmation, rather than on what she doesn’t have, that’s a good start. Make everyone feel special and loved. Jealously comes from insecurity and lack of self esteem. Keep your eyes off other people, do your best to wish them well and don’t feed into their negativity.” B&G Cindy Papish Gerber, a freelance writer based in Connecticut, is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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First Things First As with any venue search, your first step should be to create a guest list so that you’re working with a ballpark figure of attendees. This will help determine how much space you’ll need to accommodate dining tables, bars and dance floor, space for the band or DJ, and areas for a cake display table, a guest sign-in table, a gift table and more. Next, even if you and your fiancé(e) haven’t confirmed a specific date, you’ll need to know what time of year you plan to wed, even if it’s just the month, as you might need to take into account the need for heaters or cooling stations. With all this in mind, you’ll be better prepared to speak to the event coordinator at the outdoor venue about your options. A seasoned wedding planner can be beneficial to help facilitate the tent rental, site negotiation and additional rental needs. “I work closely with rental companies and caterers to determine exactly what is needed for a successful wedding,” said Stephanie Frazier Grimm, owner of Couture Parties, which orchestrates weddings and events throughout New England. “I also provide my couples with a worksheet listing the elements they will have to consider when placing their rental order. If you do not have a wedding planner, speaking with your caterer will help the rental ordering process be much easier. Most caterers already include basic china, serving pieces and what

they will need to serve food within their proposals, but make sure you ask about what is included.”

Determining a Vendor Many venues require couples to work with a specific tent rental company or a list of recommended vendors. While this may seem limiting at first, in most cases, these tent vendors have been preapproved based on a history of well-orchestrated events, familiarization with the property and most likely, insurance and liability requirements. The truth is, a lot goes into assembling a tent that is both solid and safe, and venue or host properties want to make sure you and your tent are in good hands. If you feel skeptical about a vendor, set up a face-to-face meeting to learn more about their process and ask for referrals.

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Which Tent is Right for You? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the selection of tents out there, and just as easy to fall for what you deem the prettiest, but tent selection has much more to do with function than fashion. Here’s where your headcount plays a pivotal role. While you might consider a century tent with its dramatic, magnificent peaks and swooping, plunging lines that are the fairest of them all, if you have an intimate affair this may seem cavernous and sparse. The grandeur of this tent is best suited for larger groups. It also has the advantage of having window side walls (often available with either solid white or cathedral window designs), which will protect you and your guests from the elements. You also need to be sure not to choose a tent that is too small. “I know you’ve heard the phrase ‘bigger is better,’ and in the tent world, it is,” said Grimm. “Don’t get a smaller tent to try and save money. Creating areas in your tent is a perfect way to keep all types of personalities happy. A lounge area, dessert station, cigar bar, large dance floor, dining area, gift table, caterer’s tent, a bar or bars

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should all be taken into consideration for your wedding experience.You will fill the space, don’t worry.” Central Mass Party Rentals, in Worcester, Mass., carries the popular tube frame tents, considered to be some of the strongest, most durable types of tents. This free-standing tent is without center poles and boasts 20-foot spans without a side pole, creating an open and uninterrupted celebration space. As such, these tents are considered some of the best for weddings and special events than any others on the market. The rental company will perform a site review before a tent is raised to determine the best set-up to maximize space, convenience and views. Central Mass Party Rentals also creates digital floor plans for couples and their event coordinators in advance. This provides a three-dimensional visual picture of the tent’s layout, including guest seating, décor and ceremonial event locations.The interior aluminum framework can easily be covered with elegant swaths of fabric. One of the newer tent models sought after by brides and grooms is the Tidewater Sailcloth Tent, constructed of a durable sailcloth material. Particularly in New England, these nautical-inspired tents are a hit as they include sculpted peaks that are similar to the century tent but offer the


translucency of the sailcloth fabric. Natural light is filtered in during daytime affairs and evening events take on a dramatic glow.

This Will Floor You Once you’ve decided what is right for you overhead, it’s time to choose what you’ll want underfoot. Options include flooring under the entire tent, just the dance floor or a combination of the two. If you’ll be including a lounge area or special food and drink stations like a specialty martini bar or cigar rolling area, you’ll need to decide on flooring for these areas as well. As it can be customized to fit any area, you’ll need to make some decisions on what works best for your design scheme and budget. Newlywed Charlotte Snowden McGregor and her husband Ian tied the knot overlooking Narragansett Bay and celebrated with a tented wedding reception that had Newport’s historic Fort Adams as the backdrop. “I wanted Fort Adams as the venue above anything else, and wanted to be on the water,” said Charlotte. She worked with her caterer, McGrath Clambakes, of Newport, R.I., which organized the tent rental as well as the chairs, tables, place settings and everything else the couple needed to produce an elegant, seamless affair. The couple chose raised flooring for the band and dance floor while guest tables were situated on the natural grass surface, imparting the natural, organic ambiance the couple desired. “Tents are a cool way to personalize your wedding,” added Charlotte. Her advice to couples? “Find a caterer or vendor who does multiple [planning] aspects because it’s such a time saver and will save you headaches in the long run.”

Design and Décor One of the greatest aspects of a tented wedding is that, unlike ballrooms, museums and other traditional venues, the design potential is unlimited. “As a designer, I love tented weddings!” said Grimm. “It easily gives you decorating freedom. From ceiling

treatments to lighting to different dance floors, your options are endless in a tent. Most of my clients who book venues always feel they need to change something, whether it’s the drapes, the size of tables or the carpeting, or wanting more natural night, masking the ceiling tiles or changing the light fixtures.With a tent you begin from scratch and are able to create what ever atmosphere your budget will allow.” B&G Andrea E. McHugh is a freelance writer based in Newport, R.I. She is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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summer or fall wedding, a parasol provides a timeless and modern look to anyone’s special day. Made from 100 percent Dupioni silk, Penelope’s Parasols can be custom-ordered in any color, including noir, crimson and nutmeg. For more information, visit www.penelopeparasols.com.

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The controlled chaos of this messy pearl necklace from Marie Bruns is sure to turn heads. This necklace offers a signature knotted design, redone with handknotted tiny white baroque pearls and features a wrapped and knotted “bib” with looping fringes. Wonderful for deep necklines or to create dramatic looks (or even for adding a splash of drama to basic tops and tees). Available in winter white and peacock. www.mariebruns.com

There’s nothing like a long dramatic statement necklace. This one from Tejani Jewelry is lavishly adorned with seven strands of cubic zirconia and an optional crystal drop. Lobster closure. Length is adjustable up to 18" long. www.tejani.com

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Also from Tejani Jewelry is a long necklace featuring five strands of polished manmade pearls. Complementing this dramatic piece is a 1.5-inch side pendant adorned with pear and round-cut glass stones and cubic zirconia set in brass with rhodium plating (shown in silver finish). Lobster closure. Necklace length is adjustable up to 20" long. www.tejani.com

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When Edward and Janice Troisi built the inn in 1989, their intention was simply to accommodate overnight or long-term guests on business or vacation. They’ve come a long way since then. The newest addition to the Inn, the Laurelwood Ballroom, is a prized spot for wedding receptions. Accommodating 40 to 275 guests, this spectacular space boasts cathedral ceilings, a crystal chandelier and a private bar. The room’s décor features gold Chiavari chairs with ivory chair pads, as well as votive candles and mirrors that help enhance table centerpieces. Round tables are covered 66 Winter

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in ivory or white floor-length linens, and an assortment of house napkin colors can be matched to any wedding theme. There is ample room for dancing and the room can easily be divided into two sections to accommodate smaller functions. Daytime events are bathed in natural sunlight that streams into the room through large windows and glass doors that open to gardens across the way. A fireplace adds wonderful ambience to the room and is often used as a backdrop for a wedding ceremony. During prime wedding season, the Laurelwood


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Ballroom is used for day and evening weddings. According to Event Sales and Marketing Manager Paula Kwiatkowski, Saturday events are usually booked a year in advance. The space also can be reserved on Fridays and Sundays. Couples who would prefer to celebrate outdoors need to look no further than the Inn’s canopied deck. Located off the main building, this is a peaceful and charming space, complete with a babbling brook.Approximately 100 guests can be accommodated here. Should the weather not cooperate, the Brookside Room acts as the back-up plan. An outdoor ceremony in the Inn’s gardens is truly for romantics. Kwiatkowski describes the atmosphere there as being in a beautiful garden room surrounded by lush lawns and incredible seasonal flowers. A white gazebo serves as the backdrop for on-site ceremonies as well as for photographs. Tall green hedges around the area ensure complete privacy. An estimated 200 to 225 guests can be seated for a garden ceremony.

ter, salad, a vegetable, selection of potato or rice, and coffee and tea. Classic Elegance and Royal Prestige Packages are also available, and feature the additions of champagne and hors d’oeuvres for the bridal party during the photography session, and a range of cold and hot hors d’oeuvres.With the latter package, couples may select either having beer and house wine served during the cocktail hour, or partaking in a send-off breakfast for 25 guests the morning after the wedding. These two packages also include a first anniversary dinner for two at Chocksett Inn’s restaurant —an option used by many couples, according to Kwiatkowski. There are a variety of dishes available to personalize your menu—everything from tasty appetizers to specialty desserts that will make your wedding day memorable.

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A variety of options are available for the nuptial meal, including plated dinner packages and brunch buffet menus. For example, the Inn’s Traditional Package is available for events on Friday evenings that have a minimum of 100 guests, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a minimum of 50 guests. (A discount is given for winter weddings.) The menu includes a seasonal fruit and cheese display, a selection of two entrées, fresh baked rolls with but-

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Candace Gomez, the Inn’s wedding coordinator, helps couples plan a perfect celebration. Gomez collaborates with the chef to customize menus, which can include everything from vegetarian to allergen-free meals to a couple’s favorite comfort food, such as individual macaroni and cheese appetizers, sliders or a mashed potato bar. “The staff works very closely with our clients,” said Gomez, who attends every wedding at the Inn. “No request goes unanswered.”

Accommodations The Chocksett Inn also has bedroom suites available for guests, featuring spacious living areas, full kitchenettes and private baths. Guests have access to the on-site workout room and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. All rooms are non-smoking and room blocks also are available as part the Inn’s “Wedding Package at Special Rates.” Two bridal suites and a private hospitality room for the bridal party make preparing for the big day easier. Brides especially appreciate amenities such as the toasting flutes, cake knife and cake server that are provided for them. “We take care of all the special little details,” said Gomez. “We want couples to focus on enjoying their wedding, family and friends.”

Other details The Inn can provide a list of preferred vendors, including photographers, florists, musicians, cakes shops, beauty specialists and audiovisual services. The Inn also offers special discounts, especially for events held in the off-season. Couples are invited to bring any personal items they wish to have at their reception,

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such as family photos, a week before the wedding. “We set everything up just the way the bride wants,” said Gomez. The Fireside Dining Room and Pub at the Chocksett Inn is open to the public from Monday through Saturday for dinner.Traditional New England dishes are featured. B&G

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he timeless elegance of a stately and historic mansion is an ideal setting for any New England wedding celebration, andThe Harding Allen Estate in Barre, Mass. certainly fits the bill.The estate was built in the early 1900s for prominent businessman and philanthropist Harding Allen and his wife Carrie C. Allen. The estate has changed hands several times since Carrie Allen’s death in 1946, but present owners Grace and Carmine Gugliotti have diligently maintained the classic beauty of the mansion since purchasing it in 2004.

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When entering the mansion’s front door, guests will step into a grand foyer complete with spiral staircase and a magnificent, and breathtaking, crystal chandelier.The elaborate wood carvings, intricate moldings, ornate marble floors and antique light fixtures throughout the house speak to a period when style and opulence reigned. Receptions are held in the mansion’s Fountain View Ballroom, a climate controlled, all-season room that accommodates up to 275 guests. According to Grace Gugliotti, the room was designed with the ambience of a traditional ballroom.Yet it also has the open-air feel of a garden pavilion, as glass doors open to formal English gardens, fountains, sculptures and a lily pond.A patio area that overlooks the gardens provides seating for small groups. Each room in the mansion is unique. The living room, which is oak-paneled and decorated with artisan works, features a fireplace and a black walnut wood floor. The music room, also known as the reception room, is home to a piano player and is richly ornamented with gilded details on the wall, a herringbone pattern on the floor and a French-cut crystal lighting fixture. A short hallway paneled with mirrors, modeled after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, leads to the morning room, which features a floor of Italian marble with a marble fountain set in a corner.The walls boast inlaid canvas oil paintings. One of the prized rooms here is the Garden room, which serves as a bedroom. Five of the room’s eight sides overlook the garden and lily pond. Upstairs, the Spanish room contains elements of imported wood-carved figurines and stained glass windows. Much of the décor reportedly relates to Don Quixote, the character in a novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

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Outside is the estate’s Greek-style pergola. Built in 1920, this is a romantic and intimate setting for an outdoor ceremony. Also on display are the more than 220 perennials that bloom from spring through early fall— some of which are original to the garden. “The estate was well-renowned for its gardens when Carrie Allen owned it,” said Gugliotti. “She was a competitive horticulturalist.”

Events The estate hosts one wedding or function at a time in standard time slots during the regular season, which runs from the last weekend in April to the first weekend in November. (Ask about off-season discounts.) According to Gugliotti, about 98 percent of weddings held here include on-site ceremonies. There are two ways to plan a banquet meal at the Harding Allen Estate:You can choose from one of many Elegance & Ease packages, or design a custom menu. Designed to make it easier for people to plan for their weddings, the Elegance & Ease estate rental package is standard with any of the wedding menu packages and includes all taxes, services, etc.

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“The formula in place helps clients compare packages, and couples never have to worry about getting hit with sticker shock as their wedding approaches,” Gugliotti said. “The inclusive package works for everyone.” This rental package includes wedding time (five hours), a wedding coordinator to help plan the ceremony and reception, a parking attendant and front-door greeter, the player piano for entertaining guests during the reception, silk floral decorations for the foyer,

a decorated reception table and use of the estate’s gardens, grounds and mansion for formal photographs. A dance floor, Chiavari chairs, white table linens and napkins are part of the package, as is private cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service for the bridal couple and bridal party during the photo hour. The Harding Allen Estate is a no-tip facility. Overnight accommodations are available in the mansion. Guests can use the estate’s common areas after the reception will receive free continental breakfast. Grace and Carmine are very involved in the daily operation of the business. In fact, you will often find Grace, who is a former chef, in the kitchen during wedding functions. Carmine can be found in the front of the house during functions, and their son and daughter will help out when they are home from college.

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Tidbits • The Mille Grazie Bakery at The Harding Allen Estate offers Italian specialty cookies for events, or they can be ordered online and shipped nationwide. Cookies are made from family recipes. • In 2010, The Harding Allen Estate was honored as a finalist for the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Award presented by Northeastern University Center for Family Business in Boston.

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

• Finalize details of rehearsal dinner. • Purchase all bridal accessories. Break in shoes.

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.

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).

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

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

4 – 6 months • Select and order groom and ushers’ attire. • Select and order invitations. • Hire calligrapher or schedule a printer to address invitations. • Plan honeymoon.

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• Experiment with hair and makeup styles. • Consider extras: teeth cleanings/bleaching, regular facials, etc. • Shop for and order wedding rings. Have them engraved.

2 – 4 months • Order and/or begin to make favors and other wedding-day extras. • Check marriage license requirements (see page 78). • 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.

• 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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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.

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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.

Social Security Number To obtain a new card with your new name, you must complete and submit form SS-5, which can be found online (www.social security.gov) or at your local Social Security Office. Call 800-772-1213 for more information or to locate an office near you.There is no fee for this service.You will also need to show proof of your U.S. citizenship or immigration status and your identity.

Driver’s License Take your new social security card to a fullservice RMV branch office along with a com-

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We welcome all couples for pleted License and ID Update Form (found online at www.mass.gov/rmv/forms) and $25.00.

Tuscany Room

any wedding related occasion.

We can accommodate 25–150 guests. Your hosts,

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.

T he T uro Family T he inviting decor of wood and brick create an atmosphere that is warm and comfortable. Photos courtesy Ericson Photography

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Continental Room

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Ample free parking

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.

A great place to kick-off a bachelor or bachelorette party!

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

Let Brew City Grill & Brew House plan that special event for you and your wedding party. Featuring over 150 beers, including 3 cask conditioned ales, 18 TVs, KENO and a great menu. 104 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA So sit back, relax and enjoy – 508-752-3862 | www.Brew-City.com Brew City will take care of the rest. Cheers! www.bridegroommag.com

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License to wed

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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. 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

L e o m i n s te r

104 Central St. 25 West St., Room 5 508-832-7701 978-534-7536 clerk@town.auburn.ma.us www.leominster-ma.gov www.auburnguide.com

M a r l bo r o ugh

B ro o k fi e l d 6 Central St. 508-867-2930 ext. 12 llincoln@brookfieldma.us www.brookfieldma.us

140 Main St. 508-460-3775 cityclerk@marlboroughma.gov www.marlborough-ma.gov

Fi t ch bu r g

M i l l b ur y

718 Main St. 978-345-9592 www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us

127 Elm St. 508-865-9110 www.millbury-ma.org

Fr a m i ng ha m

N a ti c k

150 Concord St., Room 105 508-532-5520 www.framinghamma.gov

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

H o l de n

S t u r b r i dg e

1196 Main St. 508-829-0265 www.townofholden.net

308 Main St. 508-347-2510 www.town.sturbridge. ma.us

Hop kin ton 18 Main St. 508-497-9710 www.hopkinton.org

W o rc e s te r 455 Main St., Room 206 508-799-1121 clerk@ci.worcester.ma.us www.ci.worcester.ma.us

RHODE ISLAND B ri s to l

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10 Court St. 401-253-7000 ext 3

43 Broadway 401-846-9600 ext 326 www.cityofnewport.com/ departments/cityclerk/home.cfm

L i nc o l n 100 Old River Rd. 401-333-1100 www.lincolnri.com/ departments/ townclerk.asp

P r ov id e n c e D e p ar t m en t o f V i ta l Sta t i s ti cs 25 Dorrance St. 401-421-7740 ext 701 www.providenceri.com/ vital-statistics

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Preparing to plan “The Manor in West Boylston, come experience something new!” Specializing in Weddings, Quinceañeras, Engagements, Showers and Rehearsals

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 Seating for 25 to 400 guests

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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).

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

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THE PERFECT GARDEN ROMANCE TENT WEDDING

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. 75.

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

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

Celebrate your wedding Stone walls and flower gardens surround you as you walk down a lush, natural aisle and exchange vows under the shade of tall oak trees. The natural beauty of our Red Barn Patio nearby will be the backdrop for your cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception. Your wedding celebration will continue under our lighted tent, making the Publick House Historic Inn the perfect place for your garden wedding.

The Publick House

has been creating picturesque New England weddings for over 237 years. Our magnificent cathedral ceilings and antique colonial chandeliers are just the beginning of a perfectly romantic reception. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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by Katharine Dyson

HotHoneymoon

For your honeymoon you’re thinking bikini-hot weather, rustling palms, white sandy beaches, places to eat by the sea and activities such as deep sea fishing, golf and kayaking. Sure Hawaii and the Caribbean may come to mind… But the thing is, you don’t want to fly very far.You may even want to drive. We know just the place: Florida’s west coast, which offers just about every kind of warm weather escape there is. Think endless beaches, old Florida-style villages and posh, modern high rises, chic boutiques, sidewalk cafés and theaters, plus incredible water sports and designer golf courses.

Sizzle on Florida’s west coast

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Starting at the southern end of the Gulf Coast is Naples, one of the most affluent resort areas in the country. Naples is informally divided between Old Naples, with its grand waterside estates, and New Naples, featuring fancy high-rise condos overlooking mangroves and Pelican Bay. In Old Naples you’ll find fisherman casting their lines into the sea from a long weathered pier as well as chic shopping neighborhoods that will entice you to sip cappuccino and dine on shrimp salad or risotto at outdoor cafés. On trendyThird and Fifth Avenues, you can browse a seemingly endless collection of exquisite boutiques and art galleries.


Indeed Naples is one giant playground. There are more than 70 golf courses in the area, including Bonita Bay East, Twin Eagles and the Naples Beach Club.You can also dive into water sports, go deep sea fishing or take a stroll in the Naples Botanical Gardens, where you just may catch a concert on the grounds. A sunset cruise aboard the Naples Princess is a must.You’ll pass by pricey waterfront estates and yachts the size of doublewides before cruising into the open ocean to watch the sun go down. This three-decker boat is modern and comfortable, featuring lounges, sofas and a bar. Dinner at Naples Tomato is an experience you won’t soon forget. On the culinary cutting-edge, this eatery boasts a “mozzarella bar” offering five mozzarella choices along with antipasto items such as marinated mushrooms, roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes with pesto and Italian meats. Enjoy a glass of wine using a unique self-service system where all you need is a credit card; pour yourself wine from a choice of bottles in graduated amounts. The Dock at Crayton Cove on the water in South Naples is another popular place with a lot of local buzz. Funky and casual, this establishment serves great seafood and fish dishes with a creative twist. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller frequents Randy’s Fish Market on Immokalee Road. Make a stop there and you’ll understand why:You’ll never eat fish that is more perfectly cooked (check out the sautéed hogfish). Randy’s only cooks up what is in-house and fresh, and their key lime pie is well liked.

Naples beach

Other fun places to eat includeYabba Island Grill, where you can start out with one of their great rum drinks followed by delectable shrimp, and The Fish House, located on the water and known for great fish tacos and grouper sandwiches. Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa at the south end of Naples is a destination all its own. In addition to the Rookery Golf Course, the 727-room Balinesestyle resort comes with decadent pleasures such as a 3.5-milelong powdery sand beach, balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and several places to eat and drink. Amenities include minibars, plasma televisions and luxury linens. There is a tennis center, amazing pool, cycling tours, game room, “Dive-In” movies, parasailing, Everglades excursions and a wonderful spa. Other good hotel bets include The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, the Hilton Naples and Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. A smaller, more casual (and less expensive) place to stay is the Inn of Naples.

Boca Grande Going north, Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island has three big things going for it: its beach, tarpon fishing and its location. Off the main north-south route, Boca Grande is all about eating seafood, lazy days on the beach, fishing, boating and bike riding. This quiet place has a small, eclectic shopping area where you can buy everything from Lily Pulitzer to Orvis fishing gear. The historic architecture is pure old Florida and there are no traffic lights or high-rise buildings. For breakfast head to the Outlet at the Inlet, Café Boca or the 3rd Street Café. The Grapevine Gourmet or Hudson’s are good bets for a quick lunch while more extensive menus are on tap at the Pink Elephant, PJ’s Seagrille, Miller’s Dockside or the Beach Club at the Gasparilla Inn. And for a bit of libation, be sure to check out The Temp—just look for the martini glass neon sign featured in the 2003 flick Out of Time starring Denzel Washington. The main game in town when it comes to hotels is the Gasparilla Inn. This grand and gracious gem dates back to 1916 and features an airy lobby and sprawling porches. In each of its 63 rooms and suites you’ll find Tempur-Pedic mattresses and upbeat décor. Its cottages and villas come with a kitchenette and may have a fireplace or screened lanai.

Sarasota Many know Sarasota as the winter home for several major league baseball teams, others find its cultural diversity appealing, with its seemingly endless number of art shows and performances along with theVanWezel Performing Arts Center and the Ringling Museum of Art. The city is an eclectic mix of Spanish and traditional Florida architecture graced by tall palms and flowering shrubs.You can always find a good place to visit, shop and dine.

Naples boardwalk

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Long Boat Key Club and Resort

Those looking for sand and sun can find it just off shore. Connected by causeways and bridges to the mainland, the barrier islands of Casey Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands and Longboat Key are characterized by pristine beaches and charming village centers like St. Armand’s Circle and Siesta Village, where the tempo kicks up when the sun goes down thanks to lively bars, restaurants and music. The beaches never seem too crowded. Casey Key, the southernmost key in Sarasota, is mostly residential with beautiful homes set along the narrow road that follows the curves of the island. There are a handful of motel-style places such as Beachcomber and the Gulfside Beach Club, that offer quiet, sand-between-your-toes holidays. One of the top beaches in the world lies on the barrier island of Siesta Key. Although the white powdery sand of this threemile expanse is soft on the feet, the sand near the water is still firm enough for that early morning run. Accommodations on Siesta Key are mostly low-rise condominiums, which stretch along Midnight Pass Road running the length of the beach.The Hyatt Siesta Key Beach offers highend condos in a mid-rise beachfront building. Along with really spacious rooms, you get complimentary continental breakfasts, a well-equipped kitchen, huge baths and the use of the fitness center and pool. The hotel has some great water toys like paddle boards and kayaks. Farther north, Lido Key and St. Armand’s have a number of hotels right on the beach including Holiday Inn Lido Beach and Helmsley Sandcastle. Longboat Key, a wider island than Siesta and large enough area to accommodate golf, has more fine beaches. The Longboat Key Club & Resort, a traditional favorite, epitomizes understated luxury. Balconies overlook the sea and rooms include wonderful beds, plasma screen TVs, wet bars, microwaves and refrigerators. Guests have access to 45 holes of golf, a private white sand beach with cabanas and the Island House Spa.

Innisbrook

Innisbrook North of Tampa in Palm Harbor, Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, is a self-contained playground with four superb golf courses, several pools and restaurants, and the Indaba Spa. Settle into your own condominium where you can sleep late, grab midnight snacks from your kitchen and log some serious pool time. Bring your best appetite to Packard’s Steakhouse, as the steaks there are big enough to feed four. There are five other restaurants on the premises, but since you have your own wellequipped kitchen, you can also dine in on takeout from Market Salamander. Once you arrive, you won’t need a car either. Innisbrook offers complimentary shuttle service throughout the property, including its beach club. Just relax and enjoy. Florida’s west coast is a definite for honeymooners looking for sun, sand, warmth and lots of things to do. Keep in mind that the farther south you go, the warmer it is. Tampa is generally 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Naples, and the good news is you can drive there as well as fly into Naples, Ft. Myers orTampa airports. B&G Katharine Dyson is a frequent contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine.

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Function Facility P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

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

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

E, B, D, W

$39+

Yes

Yes

250 Max

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

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

Brew City Grill & Brew House (77)

Yes

1–2

Yes

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.

Leo’s Ristorante (77)

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

Yes

No

25/125

No

1–2

No

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

Mechanics Hall (19)

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 (50)

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

Varies

Yes

Varies

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.

Viva Bene Italian Ristorante (63)

E, B, D, W

144 Commercial St., Worcester, MA 01608 Ph: (508) 799-9999 • Fx: (508) 753-0434 www.vivabene.com

Visit our elegant function room. We will cater to your event with exceptional food and attentive service. Mention this ad and receive a “special gift.” Contact: Keivon Mizrahi.

Worcester Art Museum (10)

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

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, B, D, W Varies Yes No 25/250 Yes 1 N

Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

B - Bridal Showers

Yes

No

25/100

25/250

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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Yes

1

1

No

No

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Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (74)

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 invite you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom. Contact: Christine Kelly.

Boston Marriott Newton (96)

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.

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 +

$35 – 115

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/700

30/275

Yes

2

Yes

1

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

No

Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 lschiela@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 unparalleled level of service and culinary excellence. Contact: Lynnell Schiela.

Doubletree Hotel (32)

E, B, D, W

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

Experience the Doubletree difference from our first meeting to the last dance. Schedule your private tour of our contemporary ballrooms. Outdoor patio available for cocktails and ceremonies. Contact: Nicole Perron.

Highfields Golf & Country Club (47)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (33)

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.

Stow Acres Country Club (44)

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 (86)

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

$35 – 50

$36 – 70

$30 – 65

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

50/550

Max. 220

2/400

50/250

30/350

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

No

2

Yes

1

1

No

No

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (8)

E, B, W

Under $30 to 50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 An elegant Country Club style facility complete with “Chapel in the Pines,” decorative bridge, country Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com • www.arrowheadacres.com stone wall locations, and a beautiful fireplace for group photographs. Contact: David Morin.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (51)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

No

50/175

Yes

1

No

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

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (38)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Pleasant Valley Country Club (54) 95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 sales@pleasantvalleycc.com www.pleasantvalleycc.com

Twin River

2012

BRIDE&GROOM

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

50/200

20/400

Yes

Yes

1

1 in each bldg.

No

No

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

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

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Under $30

$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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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 (39) 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 (63)

Overlook Catering & Reception Room (28) 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA 01507 Ph: (508) 434-2281 • Fx: (508) 434-2500 info@overlookcatering.org • www.overlookcatering.org

Periwinkles Garden Court (78) 892 Southbridge St., Rt. 20, Auburn/Oxford Line, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.periwinkles-giorgios.com

Publick House (81)

Salem Cross Inn (76)

E, B, D ,W

Sturbridge Host Hotel (65)

$50 – 75+

Yes

Yes

0/250

Yes

2

No

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. $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

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

No

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

E, B, D, W

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

2

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

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

Yes

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

6/225

Yes

1

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

366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA • Ph: (508) 347-7393 Fx: (508) 347-3824 •cmooney@sturbridgehosthotel.com Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention www.sturbridgehosthotel.com and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Courtney Mooney.

The Harding Allen Estate (24)

E, B, D, W

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

Zukas Hilltop Barn (15)

E, B, D, W

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

$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. $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.

Be sure to tell these advertisers you saw their ad in BRIDE&GROOM! Types of Functions Offered:

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

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Types of Functions

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: Candace Gomez.

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 Massachusetts. All-inclusive packages make planning easy in our grand ballroom or courtyard tent. Contact: Mary Whitman.

Harrington Farm (11)

E, B, D, W

178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222 traci@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: Traci Swenson.

The Manor Restaurant (80)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (79)

E, B, D, W

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Contact Person

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

$65 – 100

$30 – 75

$30 – 50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/275

25/500

50/225

10/400

5/500

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1–3

1

1-3

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 (3)

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 (35)

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

2

1

2

Be sure to tell these advertisers you saw their ad in BRIDE&GROOM!

E - Engagement Parties

B - Bridal Showers

D - Rehearsal Dinners

W - Wedding Receptions

Publisher and function facilities assume no responsibility for typographical errors. Prices are subject to change.

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Yes

No

No

Yes

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

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (42)

Types of Functions Offered:

Yes

www.bridegroommag.com

No

No

Yes


www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com

January 29, 2012 NEW Burlington, MA EXPO!

Best Western

ROYAL PLAZA TRADE CENTER

www.paulsrobinsonphotography.com

February 19, 2012 NEW Marlborough, MA DATE! Presenting the area’s finest

Bands Beauty Consultants Bridal Accessories Bridal Registries Cakes Caterers

Disc Jockeys Favors Flowers Formalwear Gowns Invitations

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

Discount tickets available on-line

Huge Gown Sale!! Try on and buy ®

Log on to www.originalweddingexpo.com or call 888-774-3976


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esources

Banks

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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Cakes

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BANKS

BRIDAL SHOWS

Bay State Savings Bank (43)

The Original Wedding Expo™ (20, 21)

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

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.

BRIDAL SHOPS

CAKES

Elegance by Carbonneau (95)

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (49)

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!

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.

Catering

93

Donation Services

93

Entertainment

93

Fitness

93

Florists

93

Hair & Makeup

93

Honeymoon Spots

93

Invitations

93

Jewelry

93

Limousines

94

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.

Photo Booths

94

Pronuptia Bridals (8)

Photography

94

Reception Facilities

87

Rentals

94

Shoes

94

Tuxedos

94

Videography

94

Wedding Internet Services

94

Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique (53) 1148 Maiin St., Holden, MA 01520 (508) 829-8188 info@ElizabethAnnsbridal.com • www.elizabethannsbridal.com A full-service bridal salon. Gowns for Brides, Bridesmaid, Flower girl and Mother of the Bride/Groom. Cocktail dresses, Prom, Pageant and Quinceanera gowns. Alterations and Accessories.

Loren’s Bridal (57)

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.

Crown Bakery (45) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 • www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

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

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

Gerardo’s Italian Bakery (29) 339 West Boylston St., West Boylston MA 01583 (508) 853-3434 gerardositalianbakery.com Specializing in custom wedding cakes, mini Italian pastries and Italian cookies. At $2.50 per slice, we have more than 50 different cake favors to choose from.

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

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Struck Catering (56)

FITNESS

Perro’s Flowers (54)

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.

Worcester Fitness (41) 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.

284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride's individuality.

DONATION SERVICES

FLORISTS

HONEYMOON SPOTS

I Do Foundation (79) 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 (94) 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.

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (83)

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

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.

Herbert E. Berg Florist (33)

INVITATIONS

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!

The Paper Store (7)

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

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

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (2) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994 Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

Rachel’s Table (56) 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. (93) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank (80) 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT

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

Festive Events (6) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com • www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (48) 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.

To place your order, contact:

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

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Hannoush Jewelers (2)

Elegant Linens Ltd. (24)

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.

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

SHOES

LIMOUSINES

Elegance by Carbonneau (95)

AA Transportation Co., Inc. (68) 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.

Gray’s Limousine (28, 73) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

Joey’s Limousine Service 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 more than 60 years. Call for an appointment.

Le Limo (45) 224B Cherry St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (800) 287-8970 info@lelimo.com www.lelimo.com Ou award-winning service provides chauffeurs trained to create the best experience possible. We host an open house every Saturday from 12-3 p.m.

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com • www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

HJM Photography (69) 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.

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

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 87)

RENTALS P.S. Event Rentals (1)

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (48) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you'd want at an affordable price.

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

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

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

jimmyfund.org/favors

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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!

Shoes to Dye For (12) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in-stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (72) WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for special occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

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

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com • www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

Eternity Productions, LLC (17) 56 Alpine Estates Dr., Cranston, RI 02921 (401) 437-6480 michaelmota@eternitypro.com www.eternitypro.com New England’s Premiere Wedding Videography Company. “A single day brings memories that last an “ETERNITY.” Voted Best of The Knot 2011.

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Bride & Groom Magazine  

Winter 2012 Issue

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