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WA LT O N IDEAL FOR “I DO” In South Walton, Florida, you can truly have it all. With an idyllic setting, distinctive venues and convenient amenities, there’s nothing standing between you and the wedding of your dreams. These 16 unique beach neighborhoods are filled with opportunities to create lasting memories. With great year-round weather, any season is perfect for starting your ‘happily ever after.’

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FROM THE EDITOR

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT The hardest part is complete, you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now you’re ready to start the wedding planning! The team at Atlanta Style Weddings is truly honored to be a part of the memorable journey you are about to embark upon. And I’m excited to join the Atlanta Style Weddings team myself! I’m Alexandra Dillard and I’m the newest Editorial Director here at Atlanta Style Weddings. Most of my career has been in magazine publishing and I’m thrilled to now be focusing on the most magical niche of publication topics: weddings. The self-proclaimed president of the “cries at weddings” party, I can’t get enough of the pure magic of nuptials. I’m honored to be here by your side as you plan a wedding worthy of happy tears. The planning process ahead of you will be filled with excitement and important decisions. And to be honest, you might be facing some decision paralysis at times. There’s a lot of options out there, and all of them are fabulous! We’ve taken it upon ourselves here to help guide you through those decisions and assist in making your special day come to life. Every page of this magazine is carefully curated to bring you the best and brightest in Atlanta and beyond. From planning tips to timelines to budgeting — our essential planning resource will help you find everything you need to execute the perfect celebration. But you don’t have to rely on just us, as we’ve partnered with the most talented, timeless and experienced vendors in the business to share advice and how-tos. These trusted experts will take you from engagement ring to wedding band without a hitch! In your hands is quite the collection of inspiration to go off of, but we encourage you to take hold of these blueprints and make the day truly your own. My advice? Your wedding is a celebration of you, and some rules are made to be broken. Have fun, laugh through the process, and take at least one unexpected risk. So whichever venue, cake or salon you pick for your big day, you’ll be in good hands. We’ve dedicated ourselves to sorting through all the industry has to offer so that all you have to do is celebrate your love. That’s what this is all about, after all! Still need more ideas and inspiration? No problem! Check us out online at atlantastyleweddings.com, follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page. We are here for you.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Dillard

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GROUP PUBLISHER & CEO Barbara Krause VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLICATIONS Becky Peck EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Alexandra Dillard ASSISTANT EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Shelby Rowe Moyer DIRECTOR OF SALES & ACCOUNT SERVICES Denise Bruscher DIRECTOR OF SALES & ACCOUNT SERVICES Barb Montagano DIRECTOR OF SALES & ACCOUNT SERVICES Laura Wrasman ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Jerriann Mullen ART DIRECTOR Lauren Harrigan GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ashley Duchemin DIGITAL EDITOR Kristen Rouse SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Kristin Dvorak COMMUNITY MANAGER Jerriann Mullen ACCOUNTING Kristin Hovestol NEWSSTAND SALES CONSULTANT JK Associates

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IN THIS ISSUE 2022 EDITION

Fashion 18

Wed Essentials

24 A Few of Our Favorite Things – Fashion Forward 26

Bridal Beauty for All

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Sensational Style

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Beauties in Bloom

Beauty 40

Find Your Glow

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Hello, Gorgeous!

GOWN Anne Barge | STYLING Styled by Ariana HAIR Every Kind of Beautiful Beauty & Bridal | MAKEUP Impressions by Laura FLORAL HAIR ACCESSORY Bird & Bumble PHOTOGRAPHY Rachael Schirano Photography PHOTO COURTESY OF INES DI SANTO SEE MORE FROM PORTRAITS OF FANTASY ON PAGE S-4. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WALTER CHIN


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IN THIS ISSUE 2022 EDITION All in the Details

Photography

Real Weddings Cont’d

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Brooke & Andy

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Holly & Brad

How Much Does It Cost?

Picture Perfect

Celebration Locations

Planning & Prep

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12-Month Planning Checklist

Resources

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Obtaining a Marriage License

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About the Covers

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Sample Wedding Budget Breakdown & Tipping Guide

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The Perfect Spot

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Questions to Ask your Vendors

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Celebration Locations

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Your Wedding Architect 144

Advertisers’ Index

An Affair to Remember

Culinary Services 112

Creative Cuisine

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Takes the Cake

Entertainment 121

Fine Tuning

Floral & Décor 109

Power to the Petal

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Real Weddings

Venue Features Ceremonies & Receptions

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Allison & James

Spotlight on Style

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Joy & Eric

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Nestled in Nature

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Madison & Brandon

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Multicultural Victorian Garden

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Therese & Donald

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Boho in the City

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Hannah & Austin

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Celine & Shawn

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New to the Scene

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Camellia Bridal 125 W. Duffy St. | Savannah, GA 31401 912.201.3815 | camelliabridal.com After working with several established bridal shops in Savannah selling her creations, Nicki O’Connell is delighted to realize her dream of opening Camellia, her own bridal shop. She offers exquisite gowns and accessories at reasonable prices and provides excellent customer service throughout the process. Camellia, like the hostess city of Savannah, offers bridesto-be something special. The charming shop is located in an historic 1870 building in the Victorian District of Savannah, where Nicki and her staff will show you the meaning of Southern hospitality!

Simiraj Styling & Consulting, LLC Atlanta, GA 678.753.5533 | simiraj.com Gani Shittu, the founder of Simiraj Styling & Consulting, decided to transform her passion for bridal fashion into a rewarding career as a Bridal Stylist and Consultant. Services can include shopping for the perfect dress, coordinating hair and makeup, and selecting hair accessories, jewelry and shoes. Simiraj can also attend dress fittings and help the planner and photographer with wedding day photo staging and schedule. Simiraj acts as the bride’s special attendant with regards to her overall look and ensures she is dressed to perfection and ready to walk down the aisle. Fola Lawal Studios

Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing 135 Dr. Smith Rd. | Carnesville, GA 30521 404.216.3554 | mulberrychapel.com Handcrafted and timeless, the newly built Mulberry Chapel offers couples a picturesque hilltop setting with sweeping views. Nestled in the heart of a family farm, the open-air chapel was designed and built by the family using locally sourced wood cut on the family sawmill and adorned with a gleaming artistic steeple and antique brass bell. It accommodates up to 175 guests. A separate cottage on the site is outfitted with additional amenities. The venue offers exclusive weekend packages to savor your special event with family and friends: rehearsal, ceremony, reception and more.

Hotel Colee, Atlanta Buckhead, Autograph Collection 3377 Peachtree Rd. | Atlanta, GA 30326 687.500.3100 | hotelcolee.com Recently opened, Hotel Colee is Buckhead’s first Autograph Collection Hotel under the Marriott brand. Whether you’re treating your squad to a bachelorette brunch or hosting a party on the rooftop bar, Hotel Colee is the perfect backdrop for your big day or special night. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, exclusive events, you name it, Hotel Colee is here for it. Their expert team of planners will pull your event together without a hitch!

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PLANNING & PREP

ONE YEAR ___ Create your budget. ___ B egin researching wedding vendors. (Go to atlantastyleweddings.com to get started.) ___ C hoose a date and time for your ceremony and reception. ___ S elect and book your ceremony location and reception venue. ___ Choose your attendants. ___ Begin wedding dress shopping. ___ D ecide on an officiant, and meet with him or her to learn about any premarital requirements. ___ B egin planning the guest list to get a rough idea of head count. ___ D etermine your wedding theme, colors and décor.

TEN TO TWELVE MONTHS ___ Finalize your guest list. ___ M ail save-the-dates, if you are having a destination or holiday wedding. ___ C hoose your dress and accessories, and schedule the delivery date and fitting(s). ___ S elect dresses for bridal attendants. ___ M eet with and make final decisions on your team of vendors: wedding planner, stationer, floral and décor provider, caterer, musicians, photographer, videographer, DJ, transportation vendor, etc. ___ G et a facial and start your pre-wedding skincare routine. ___ G et engagement photos taken.

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Planning Checklist

ou said “YES!” but now what? With plenty to do before you walk down the aisle, our 12-month planning checklist will help you stay organized without experiencing the occasional mini-breakdown. By using our easy-to-navigate guide, you will be able to plan your big day, while also enjoying every moment of your exciting new chapter. GOWN Lillian West via Camellia Bridal

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PIECE OF CAKE While choosing the perfect dessert for your wedding can seem like a cakewalk, select your cake designer around nine months before your wedding. Not Your Nana’s Bakery


SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED Mail your invitations two months before your wedding so you have enough time to collect the RSVPs, follow up with stragglers, then tabulate the responses to deliver a final guest headcount to your vendors two weeks prior to the big day. PHOTO Brianna Marie Photography

NINE MONTHS

TWO MONTHS

___ B egin to plan groom’s and groom’s attendants’ attire.

___ Mail your invitations.

___ Register for gifts. ___ R eserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. ___ Reserve any rental equipment, such as tables, chairs and tent (if necessary). ___ C hoose a cake designer for your wedding cake and groom’s cake.

___ D evelop a system for organizing RSVPs. ___ Begin to write wedding vows. ___ P rep for bachelor and bachelorette parties. ___ C onfirm details for rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.

ONE WEEK

___ Select hair and makeup vendors.

ONE MONTH SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS

PLANNING & PREP

SPARKLE & SHINE Be sure to sparkle on your big day. Get your rings polished a few days ahead of your wedding. PHOTO Forever Love Photography, LLC

___ Pick up rings and check engraving.

___ G ive assignments to your wedding party members and remind them of rehearsal details. ___ Obtain your marriage license.

___ Mail your save-the-dates.

___ R esearch local marriage license and name change requirements.

___ Start planning your rehearsal dinner.

___ Have your final dress fitting.

___ C onfirm timelines and details with all vendors.

___ C hoose wedding favors for your guests.

___ C onfirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers and officiant.

___ A ssign an attendant to collect gifts and cards.

___ M eet with your officiant to plan ceremony details.

___ H ave a trial run for full hair and makeup.

___ S tart planning your honeymoon (obtain passports/visas if necessary). ___ S ecure transportation to and from the ceremony and reception.

___ P urchase gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancé, parents and anyone else who helped make your wedding extra special.

___ P repare tip envelopes for vendors and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of the wedding.

___ P urchase wedding bands and arrange for engraving.

___ A ttend bachelor and bachelorette parties.

___ R eserve groom’s and groom’s attendants’ attire.

___ Plan for floral and dress preservation.

___ Schedule hair and makeup trials.

___ D ecide who will do readings and toasts. ___ Finalize wedding vows.

THREE TO FIVE MONTHS ___ M eet with your caterer to discuss menu details.

TWO WEEKS ___ Finalize seating arrangements.

___ Perfect your wedding vows.

ONE DAY ___ Get a manicure and pedicure. ___ A rrange to have welcome bags delivered to hotel rooms. ___ H ost rehearsal dinner and hand out special gifts to the wedding party. ___ E nsure dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories are all ready to go. ___ P ack overnight bag if you are staying at a hotel the night of your wedding.

___ P lan welcome bags and dayof stationery including signage, programs and menus.

___ G ive your caterer and venue a final guest count. ___ Break in your wedding shoes.

WEDDING DAY

___ C hoose the ceremony music, and discuss reception music with your band or DJ.

___ G et your last pre-wedding haircut and color.

___ A rrange to get checked in and have luggage delivered to your hotel.

___ Practice your wedding vows.

___ Relax and enjoy the day!

___ C onfirm out-of-town guest accommodations.

Visit atlantastyleweddings.com/planning-tools for more tips, tools and inspiration.

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Obtaining a Marriage License Though the steps and requirements needed to get a marriage license might feel overwhelming, it’s actually fairly simple. Here’s an overview of what you need to know, but keep in mind that, depending on which state and county you get married in, there might be some different requirements, so check with the county clerk beforehand. Planning a destination wedding in Florida? We’ve got you covered, too!

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FLORIDA

Who May Apply? Unmarried people who are at least 18 years of age (or emancipated) and are not blood relatives can apply for a marriage license. If at least one applicant is a resident of Georgia, then you can get a license from any county in the state. If neither applicant is a Georgia resident, then you must get your license from the county where the ceremony is being held.

Who May Apply? Unmarried people who are at least 18 years old and are not blood relatives. In some cases, a person under the age of 18 can get a marriage license; check with the county clerk for the regulations and requirements.

What to Provide Both partners must be present at the time of application and will need to bring documentation that proves they are of age. Accepted documents include: birth certificate, driver’s license, passport or armed forces identification card. If either party was divorced or widowed, you may need to provide a divorce decree or the date of the former spouse’s death. Check with the county clerk for requirements.

What to Provide When applying, each person must bring one form of identification, which can include: driver’s license, state ID card or valid passport. Both people will also need to provide their social security numbers (the physical card won’t be needed). Before you go, contact your county clerk to verify which documents they accept, as the requirements may differ. If either party is divorced, they must provide the official date the divorce was granted. If your previous marriage ended due to annulment or death of your previous spouse, you would need to write that on the application.

Cost A marriage license fee differs depending on the county and ranges from $16 to $76. Each county offers a discount for completing a premarital education course. Check with your local probate court for restrictions on payment.

Cost The license fee ranges from $32.50 to $93.50, depending on whether you’ve completed the Florida pre-marital course. Proof of course completion must be provided.

Waiting Period/Expiration of License Georgia doesn’t have a waiting period before the license can be used. In some counties the license doesn’t expire, but in others the license expires after six months. Also, verify how many days you have to return the license for filing. In Fulton County, for example, the marriage license should be returned within 30 days.

Waiting Period/Expiration of License As a Florida resident getting married in Florida, there’s a threeday waiting period to get your license, and the ceremony must be performed prior to the 60-day expiration. If you’ve completed a Florida pre-marital course, the waiting period is waived.

Looking to get married somewhere other than Georgia or Florida? Visit atlantastyleweddings.com/planning-tools to learn about marriage license laws in other areas of the Southeast.

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PLANNING & PREP

Sample Wedding Budget Breakdown There are so many options when it comes to allocating your money. Whether your funds are limited or infinite, many couples find themselves overwhelmed at the prospect of putting together a budget for their big day. After agreeing on your total, here’s a good starting point to break down your budget.

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2% Beauty (hair, makeup, spa services) 3% Cake (sweets, dessert bar) 2% Ceremony (venue, officiant) 7% Entertainment (DJs, bands, orchestras) 9% Floral & Décor (bouquets, boutonnieres,

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40% Reception (venue, food, beverage, rentals) 3% Stationery (invitation suite, programs, menus, thank-you notes)

2% 12%

Transportation (limousine, trolley, classic car) Wedding Consultant

Tipping Etiquette Guide Aside from contracts that include it, tipping is never required. Although, when a vendor goes above and beyond, tipping is greatly appreciated. But how much is enough to thank those who made your big day extra special? We’ve got you covered with a starting point for tipping guide etiquette!

THANK-YOU NOTE MAXE Designs

15% 15-20%

Bartenders, of bar invoice Catering Managers, of catering invoice

$1-2

Coat Check Attendants, per guest

15%

DJ

10%

Florist

15-20%

Hair & Makeup Artists, each

15-20%

Limo Driver

$20-50

Live Musicians, per member

$100-300 Officiant, additional to be donated to their institution

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Photographer & Videographer, each Valet Attendants, per car Venue Coordinators

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Gown Esé Azénabor Ring Tiffany Victoria Vine Ring via Tiffany & Co.

Tuxedo Garçon Couture Planner The Kairos Moment

blue love Lace Garters LoveForeverBridal via Etsy

Shoes Sophia Webster

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Bracelet Chatelaine via David Yurman

Handpicked by... GANI SHITTU FOUNDER/HEAD STYLIST, SIMIRAJ STYLING & CONSULTING, LLC

Bridal styling becomes a unique service for each and every bride, especially when there’s a request for incorporating their “something blue.” Let your bridal stylist assist with your vision.

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Tuxedo Savvy Formalwear

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Cake Confections Perfection Photo Keith Hammock Productions

Let’s face it: more cozy, intimate weddings are in, and rich, opulent jewel tones are taking over, from emerald green to plush plums. Whether you favor shades of emerald, sapphire, ruby or turquoise, incorporating jewel tones into your wedding aesthetic evokes a feeling of elegance.

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Hurricane Lanterns West Elm Earrings BHLDN

Velvet Loafers Stubbs and Wootton

written in the stars Invitation Minted

Handpicked by... ALEXANDRA DILLARD EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, ATLANTA STYLE WEDDINGS

Count your lucky stars, you’re having a wedding! A celestial wedding offers a new and modern way to incorporate gold and glitz into your big day. The universe is vast and magical, just like your love. So celebrate your nuptials with the constellations shining down on you.

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A Few of Our

Favorite Things FASHION FORWARD

Modern Fairy Tale

If a voluminous floor-length ball gown is your dream dress, this is your season. For a regal and grand walk down the aisle, this modern empire waist with a beaded lace sleeved bodice creates an understated elegance. The simple luxury of beautiful fabrics and a structured fit sets the stage for the best day of your life. GOWN Rivini

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Details, Details

Accessories are the perfect way to incorporate a certain style or era into your wedding day. For a vintage-inspired look, the birdcage veil (a short veil that can cover part of the face) is making a comeback. Add some elbow-length satin gloves for even more of a retro vibe. And don’t overlook your shoes (elegant heels, flip flops, sneakers), they can help complete your look! SHOES Bella Belle BIRDCAGE VEIL & GLOVES Anne Barge

Short & Sassy

Whether you’re rocking a thigh high hem or a more modest tea-length, you can’t go wrong with a short style. From a micro wedding to a casual affair or even for the reception, they radiate an undeniably youthful charm, and scream fun and flirty. When formal is not your style, hike up the hem. ROMPER Retrofête

Texture that’s Trending

Float down the aisle with frothy layers full of movement. Volume that’s light and dreamy is romantic, whimsical and makes a statement. Frothy texture in particular is on trend this season and comes in a variety of silhouettes, including mermaid and ballgown. And what’s more fun on the dance floor than twirling around in a full skirt cascading in ruffles? GOWN Nicole + Felicia Couture

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Bridal Beauty for All NAVIGATING WEDDING GOWN SHOPPING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

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inding your dream wedding dress can feel daunting, regardless of your size or body shape. After all, this will be the dress you want to remember as nothing less than perfect. For petite brides, there is the challenge of finding a dress that can be shortened and frustration of finding the right proportions, and for curvy brides, navigating the high-fashion world of wedding gowns can feel downright impossible. We understand the apprehension that often accompanies shopping for a bridal gown, but we also believe every woman should feel empowered when shopping for her big day. The key is having the right mindset, confidence and support system to overcome any barriers to finding your dream dress.

SIZING Let’s start with one of the toughest parts of shopping for a wedding dress — the sizing. When you buy a pair of jeans or a dress off the rack at a run-of-the-mill clothing store, chances are good that the manufacturer employs vanity sizing. To make matters more complicated, stores all use their own sizing systems, so it’s entirely possible to wear a size 10, 12 and 14 in jeans that come from three different stores and brands. Your waist obviously doesn’t change from store to store, but rather the number assigned to your clothes has little correlation to the actual measurements of the garments.

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know which size is ultimately ordered. (If you are opting for this strategy, simply ask for the size information to be removed from any receipt you need to sign and ask a friend to cut out the tag when you receive your dress.) While this may sound dramatic, if the size of the dress will influence how a bride feels in it, it may be totally worth it to keep that negativity out of mind.

SHOPPING The experience of shopping for a wedding dress can be a thrilling rite of passage or an overwhelming or sometimes even disappointing day. The key to success is choosing the right place to shop and inviting the best group of trusted friends. In choosing where to shop, first do some research. We’ve got many incredible bridal boutiques in this issue who offer a range of specialties and services. Some brides may opt for a shop that carries a wide variety of plus sizes in stock, while others may be looking for expert in-house alterations that will be able to accommodate, say, a long or short torso.

One of the most important considerations is who to invite along. It’s best to go with at least one other person who can give feedback and make the experience feel more special. One strategy for success is to create a support squad who will give a boost of confidence and an honest opinion without any underhanded or judgmental comments. Many brides choose a close friend, parent or family member as their plus-one. Alternatively, other brides find strength in numbers. Regardless of the number of supporters invited, make sure each person included brings only good vibes — invite those people you know will build you up and make sure you feel beautiful.

ALTERATIONS MATTER Because every body is different, virtually every bride will choose to have her wedding dress altered to fit her unique shape, so be sure to plan for the expense and time of tailoring. A skilled tailor will have a toolbox of tricks to ensure that nearly any dress will fit any body appropriately. Make sure the tailor understands any specific

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Now here’s where bridal shopping can be even more challenging. Wedding dresses are typically made following high-fashion sizing, which is based on European measurement charts. Because of this, no matter what your American size, you should expect your wedding dress to be one to two sizes (or more) larger than your usual size. For brides who have a difficult relationship with their American size number, having to go up in number can sometimes feel soul-crushing. Brides who struggle with this have different options for dealing with the emotional impact of their wedding dress size. Some choose to mentally prepare themselves for the size to be bigger, acknowledging the fact that wedding dress sizing runs small and, therefore, accepting the size of the dress as a reality that doesn’t affect how they look or feel. Another option is to simply choose not to know which size dress is being ordered for you. The sales associate can take your measurements and order a dress size based on those measurements, but you don’t have to


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concerns about the fit as well as any desired changes. For example, you may find the perfect ball gown except that it is just too full for you. In that situation, a skilled tailor can remove several layers of tulle or crinoline during the alterations.

be when compared to ordering one and paying for significant alterations. Your wedding gown is one of the most important aspects of how you will look and feel on your big day, so don’t be afraid to spend the time and money necessary for the right dress.

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Beyond the basics, there’s a wide range of customization available when it comes to wedding gowns. A bride may find a dress that checks all of her must-haves, except for the neckline. If this happens, don’t despair! See if there is a way to change up the look, like deepening a V-neckline or adding lace sleeves to a strapless design. Significant changes are possible. For particularly discerning brides or brides with body measurements outside the standard, it may be best to opt for a custom-designed gown. Research designers and tailors who specialize in gowns that appeal to your specific tastes and body type. Don’t be dissuaded by the potential price tag — many brides are surprised at how comparably priced a custom dress can

Curvy women come in all sizes. But historically, finding gowns in sizes larger than 12 has been challenging. That trend is slowly changing, and today more brands are including and even catering to the plus-size market. This means that with a little research, curvy brides can go to a salon and try on gowns in their sizes, something that was once nearly impossible, and there are more styles available than ever before. No one style of dress is better or worse. It’s a matter of personal taste, and how the cut and design of the dress works on each unique body. However, one thing for curvy brides to keep in mind is comfort: strapless dresses, for example, may necessitate significant foundational undergarments or come with stiff built-in boning.

FOR TALL BRIDES Brides who are six feet tall or more may need to order a dress with extra fabric to ensure a true floor-length gown. Most wedding dress brands will offer this option. However, it’s important to note that the extra fabric is added entirely to the length of the skirt, so for tall brides with average-length legs and long torsos, the extra fabric will not necessarily help the fit. Because of this, it’s best to find a dress with a bodice that works regardless of the promise of added length. Alternatively, if a tall bride falls in love with a dress that does not offer the option of extra fabric, a skilled tailor can often find creative ways to add length with a subtle lace panel or new layers.

FOR PETITE BRIDES For brides who are shorter than five feet, four inches, it can be helpful to buy a gown that is cut for their shorter stature. Many brands offer a petite version of their dresses, and in this case, it usually means that the entire dress is scaled down proportionally for shorter frames, not just that the skirt is shortened. However, the challenge for shorter brides is that salons rarely carry petite sizes in stock, so the petite bride is left to try on a gown that is too long overall and hope that the problem will be solved by ordering the petite version. This can occasionally lead to some fairly extensive alterations when the dress arrives, so plan accordingly.

FOR ATHLETIC-BUILD BRIDES Wedding gowns are generally designed with the classic dress-form mold in mind — think curves in the bust and hips, and a narrowing at the waist. Brides with an athletic build who do not have these pronounced curves may struggle to find a wedding gown cut for their straighter proportions. One trick is to look for gowns in a fabric with a little stretch that will accommodate different shapes. For athletic-build brides who have a dream of a specific fabric or style of gown but are having trouble finding the right fit, a custom design may be the best option, as the designer can tailor everything to the bride’s specific measurements.

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Everyone deserves to feel incredible and look amazing on her big day. During bridal appointments, it can be helpful to have an idea of styles you like, but it’s not required. No matter what your body type, forget any notion of certain styles you aren’t “allowed” to wear. Bridal options are extensive: the most important thing is for each bride to find a gown that makes her feel beautiful on her wedding day. For most of us, our wedding day is our most photographed day. With that in mind, it’s of the utmost importance that you are in love with the way you look in your dress. No two brides are exactly alike: what may appear off-putting on the hanger may fit like a glove once you try it on. Think of finding a dress like its very own chapter in your wedding book. Go into this chapter with an open mind to ensure that you are giving yourself every opportunity to fall in love. For brides planning to lose weight before the wedding day, it can be tempting to put off dress shopping until you drop a few pounds, no matter your starting size. However, don’t wait too long! Most wedding dresses take at least eight months to arrive, and alterations will then require another one to two months, so plan accordingly. It is advisable to buy a dress that fits your current size and not a future goal that you set. Don’t put extra pressure on yourself to squeeze into a dress that is two sizes too small. Planning a wedding can be stressful enough, so why add the stress of weight loss into the mix? Your partner loves you exactly as you are. Never let your beauty be defined by a number.

body type will help you identify styles you like and make you feel more comfortable when you try on a gown and look in the mirror for the first time.

CELEBRATE In a one-hour salon appointment, brides typically try on eight to 13 gowns. Once you have seen a sufficient number, narrow the options down to your favorite three to five dresses, then make your choice from these. Be honest about your preferences and don’t let anyone pressure you into

buying a gown you don’t love. Make sure the dress shopping experience is fun, successful and enjoyable by setting the right tone and mood, and going into it with a positive outlook. Every bride will eventually find a dress that works! It might not be what you expect, so always keep an open mind when trying on different styles. At some point, you will slip into a gown that feels just right and makes it easy to imagine walking down the aisle. When that happens, pop some bubbly and celebrate. ■

INSPIRATION One clever way to increase your confidence about your own appearance is to surround yourself with images of women with a body shape like yours. If you are petite and athletic, seek out images of similar brides. If you are curvy, find images of beautiful curvy brides. Don’t build Pinterest boards of dress inspiration that only feature thin, professional models. Find bodypositive photos of real-life brides. Seeing gowns on women with a similar

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LOCATION The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Find Your Glow FROM FACIALS TO MANICURES — ESTABLISHING YOUR PRE-WEDDING BEAUTY REGIMEN

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o one wants a blemish or dried-out hair on their wedding day. You need that gorgeous newlywed glow! Follow these simple steps to achieve a radiant complexion, fabulous hair and a dazzling wedding day look.

FACE THE FACTS If you really want to clear up any skin blemishes in time for your big day, it’s best to consult a dermatologist at least six months before your wedding. They’ll be able to give you the best advice on what to do — and what not to do — to prep your skin. A great esthetician will also be able to recommend the ideal facial treatments for you. We suggest getting a few

facials before the day-of, but be sure to schedule your last one at least two weeks before the wedding. TIP: The simplest way to improve your skin is to drink tons of water. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference getting your eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day will make.

BOLD BROWS If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the eyebrows are your curtains. Make sure they are neat and tidy. Waxing is great for fine hair, because it gets all those tiny little spots you can hardly see. It can be a bit intense for sensitive skin,

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TIP: Try your method of choice a few months before the wedding to see if you like the shape and effect. We suggest getting your last service about a week before your events, just in case.

PERFECT PEARLY WHITES Everyone wants gorgeous, white teeth in pictures. Start with regular cleanings at your dentist. Specific whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are a also a good starting point. Strips or gel can be harsh on sensitive teeth but are usually more effective. If you’re okay with a splurge, ask your dentist about professional whitening options. TIP: If you have your teeth professionally whitened, we recommend having the process done a few months in advance, then supplementing with less intense whitening agents as necessary.

HAIR CARE Even if you’re growing your hair out, regular cuts are a must. Get rid of those split ends. While you’re at the salon, talk with your stylist about your hair type and the look you’d like to have on your wedding day. They can give you tips on the best products to use to enhance your natural shine and make sure your locks look luscious when the big day rolls around. TIP: To avoid those pesky, wispy, tiny hairs, avoid daily washing and heated styling products. If you’re too far gone, try a deep conditioning treatment about a month before your big day.

TIP: For any of these processes, talk with your stylist about the best colors for you. Mention the color of the dress and whether or not you plan to use a bronzer on your skin before the big day.

BRONZED GODDESS If you want a tan without the safety risks, check out lotions and makeup that contain bronzers. They give a similar effect without the damage. However, it can take a few tries to learn to apply these without streaking. It also takes a couple applications to build the perfect color. Start testing your options a few months out to make sure you’re a pro by the time the wedding comes along.

enjoy being engaged. Plan date nights with your betrothed and vow to not talk about anything wedding-related. Try yoga or meditation to quiet and focus your mind. You’d be surprised what a little bit of focus can do when it’s time to make all the important decisions. TIP: When planning a wedding, the best thing you can do for yourself is to just unplug. Shut off Pinterest, silence your phone and take a break from electronics. When you return to planning, you’ll be a brand-new person! ■

TIP: Definitely do not apply self-tanning lotion on the morning of your wedding. If it doesn’t have sufficient time to dry, you could stain your wedding gown.

NAIL SMART More people will ask to see your ring than you could ever imagine, so we highly recommend regular manicures and pedicures leading up to the wedding. And your nails need to look good if you’re going to post an awesome ring selfie on Instagram. Make sure you are prepared to care for and maintain your look between appointments TIP: Pedicures lead to more than just pretty toes. Well-hydrated feet resist blisters better than dry, cracked feet. Also, you get to relax while someone gives you a foot rub. It’s a win-win.

YOUR SOUL You pluck and primp your body to perfection, but don’t forget about what’s inside. Make sure you take time to

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though. Threading is a great alternative, and tweezing is always a solid option, especially for last minute touch-ups.


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Hello, Gorgeous! It’s important to establish a healthy regimen for your skin, hair and nails well before the invites drop in the mail. Eating healthy and drinking lots of water is a great way to start working on your glow. Quality cleansers, moisturizers and serums are key to achieving the fresh face you want for all of those important wedding events and photos. With so many products on the market, it can get overwhelming. So we’ve compiled a few suggestions to help get you started.

PRO TIP: If your hair is thin, consider extensions. They can add volume for a fuller look. EXTENSIONS Halo Couture | FINISHING SPRAY Surface Bassu Shine Spray | BRUSH Aveda Paddle Brush | STYLING CRÈME Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother

PRO TIP: Be careful with lotions or makeup with shimmer as they can reflect light and create an undesirable effect in your wedding day photography.

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MOISTURIZER Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Great 8 Daily Defense Moisturizer | PRIMER Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Hydrating Makeup Primer | FOUNDATION Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation | HAND LOTION Tokyo Milk Bon Bon Shea Butter Lotion

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PRO TIP: Improve your skin by getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water. Also consider incorporating a sleep mask into your nightly routine. SLEEPING MASK Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask | SERUM The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | APPLICATION SPONGE Beautyblender Nude

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PRO TIP: Book your makeup trial with your stylist at least a month before your wedding. Bring a few images for inspiration and let them take it from there.

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LIPSTICK Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Original | EYESHADOW Natasha Denona Biba Eyeshadow Palette | CONTOUR POWDER Dior Backstage Contour Palette

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An Affair to Remember 12 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION STAND OUT FROM ALL OF THE OTHERS

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our reception should be the pinnacle of your perfect day! Whether you’re hosting an intimate affair or a massive celebration, the reception is where your guests get to let loose and enjoy themselves. There are multiple ways to make your party unique — try one of our suggestions or come up with something that fits even better with your soirée. Mixing it up will leave your guests with extra-special memories of their time celebrating you and your big day.

START WITH A BANG Have you ever arrived at a wedding reception and felt a bit awkward at first? Maybe you weren’t quite sure where to hang

out, where to put your purse or what you were supposed to be doing. This is not the time to get a slow start on the fun — this is your chance to make sure your guests immediately feel welcomed, engaged and ready to party! One way to make a good first impression for your guests is to ensure the music is scheduled to start before anyone arrives and that bar service is up and running from the getgo. You want everyone to feel like they have arrived at the peak of the party even though it’s just started. Also provide clear markers or signs to let people know what they have the opportunity to do. For instance, you could kick off the evening with a sip and sample of local brews or you could

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GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR TABLE ARRANGEMENTS Who said you had to go with the traditional round tables? A lot of venues now offer rectangle or square tables, and this opens up so many possibilities for how to arrange your space! Set rectangular tables up endto-end for long banquet or “feasting” tables, or put two tables together by their long side to form a big square. An alternative table arrangement can even help you create seating pods for family groups to encourage social distancing in a creative way. Do you want everyone to feel like they’re close to the action? Set all of your tables along the edge of the dance floor by making L-shapes or a U-shape so that nobody has to be relegated to the back corner of the room. Rectangular table arrangements

also allow for unique centerpieces and décor, like long table runners or statement candles. Or you can even talk to your florist about featuring hanging florals or swagging fabric above the tables for a whimsical effect. Don’t let your imagination stop with the tables. You can even re-think the typical banquet chairs as well. Check with your venue or rental company about different options — depending on your aesthetic, you may like wooden chiavari chairs, modern acrylic or vintage metal. Although they’re often overlooked, chairs are certain to be visible in any reception photos and will be in the background while people dance. A little attention to these details really pays off!

CREATE A LOUNGE SPACE Sometimes your guests may want to take a break from the excitement and noise of the dance floor for a more intimate conversation. Perhaps there’s a little down-time between your ceremony and reception. Or maybe your grandma just doesn’t want to stand for the entire cocktail hour. Whatever

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the reason, creating a lounge area for your guests is a really nice touch. You want people to feel comfortable, and sometimes that means giving them a place to take a breather. Scout your venue for tucked-away corners or small side rooms. Create your own VIP lounge by roping off a quiet corner with fabric or folding screens. Does your venue already have a couch or two you can use? Ask which items can be moved to your location of choice, or check with your rental company for more seating options. Going for something unexpected? If the climate allows, host your lounge area outside! Encourage your guests to enjoy the fresh air by creating a comfy space on the lawn, in a courtyard or at any outdoor space your venue has to offer. An open-air lounge is a great place to include a cigar bar. Or maybe you’re going for a rustic farm feel, and you can offer fire pits and lawn games outdoors. The sky’s the limit!

PROVIDE PHOTO OPS Everyone loves taking photos at weddings — they are dressed to the nines and they’re having the time of their lives with some of their favorite people! Photo booths have been a staple at weddings for a while, and the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Think about ways to make your photo booth props personal. Create signs with your wedding hashtag or life-size cardboard cut-outs of you two or your pets. The laughs will be worth it! Another swoon-worthy photo moment could come from a statement backdrop, like a dramatic flower wall or custom neon sign. Does your venue offer a gorgeous view? Take advantage of it by providing a wooden arch to frame the picturesque scenery behind it (you could even repurpose your ceremony arch). Help people look their best by providing photo-ready lighting, like setting up an iPad with a ring light attached to the stand for pictureperfect group selfies.

CRAFT CULINARY DELIGHTS Think outside the box when it comes to food. Late-night snacks are a fun surprise for your guests, who are


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bound to be hungry after a night of dancing. Celebrate Atlanta by offering snacks like hot dogs from The Varsity, a cart from King of Pops or bite-size mini peach pies. Or remind people of your love story by offering cuisine that recalls special moments in your relationship, like the dish you shared on your first date or the dessert you enjoyed from your favorite restaurant the night your partner popped the question.

PERSONALIZE IT Do you want your reception to be oneof-a-kind? There’s no better way than to have some personalized elements for people to enjoy and take with them when the night is over. Whether that looks like favors featuring custom engraving or a monogrammed dance floor, these little touches add a personal element that will not go unnoticed. You could also mix up some custom cocktails with a personal backstory based on you and your partner. Be sure to give your custom cocktails creative names and display an inviting sign for the “drink specials” of the night.

MUSIC SETS THE MOOD Music sets the tone for your entire evening. Hiring a live band can be an elegant option for those hosting a glam celebration. You’re not only treating your guests to a nice meal, but you’re also inviting them to an incredible concert! People are guaranteed to dance when live music is playing. If you choose a DJ, make sure you find a really good fit. A good DJ will help control the flow of your whole celebration, act as an emcee for announcements and react to what’s happening to set the pace for a perfect party. Choose music everyone will enjoy, no matter their age. If you really want to bump and grind, save that for the later part of the night when many older guests have already called it quits. Or you can even ask for guests’ song requests on their RSVP cards so that they’re sure to get really fired up when you play “their” song.

GET YOUR GAME ON Is your family really not the dancing type? Or maybe you want to entertain your guests while encouraging social

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distancing? No matter the size or scope of your wedding, you can find unique ways to keep your guests busy with activities or a live performance. You could feature alternative entertainment like a stand-up comedian, an illusionist act or a group of aerialists. If keeping people happily in their seats is the goal, you have plenty of opportunities to delight your loved ones from afar. Would you like to give your guests ways to play a part in your celebration? Scatter interactive elements throughout your venue to offer fun activities everyone will want to take part in. Display a “Words of Wisdom” box and ask your loved ones to write down marriage advice or date ideas. Set up a scavenger hunt with clues to various items or information that guests need to collect before the night is over. You could even turn it into a photo scavenger hunt and encourage people to post their pics to social media with your wedding hashtag. For fun-loving couples who want the games to take center stage, try hosting a trivia or bingo tournament. Your DJ could ask trivia questions about you and invite guests to call out their answers. Who knows the couple best? Or set up a few rounds of wedding bingo with personalized boards. Think of prizes to offer the winners, such as a special dance with the couple, a shoutout from the DJ or a deluxe version of your wedding favors.

GO ALTERNATIVE WITH YOUR GUEST BOOK Gone are the days when couples ask guests to simply write their names in a book. When will you ever look at that again? Instead, give your partygoers the opportunity to help create a keepsake or piece of home decor that you will actually cherish! You could instruct your guests to sign a piece of fabric that you plan to turn into an heirloom quilt. Or have them write a note on a painted wooden wall sign that commemorates your wedding date or your new last name. Take your guest book idea to the next level by incorporating photos and video. Ask your friends to leave a video message on an iPad that you have set up by a picturesque background. Place

a few Polaroid cameras around your venue — they’re not only fun to use but they also leave you with memories of the day that you couldn’t have captured on your own. You can even make a scrapbook or other display with them afterward! Make sure you instruct your guests to write a little note on the back so you’ll always remember who captured the special moments.

INCORPORATE SPECIAL DANCES In addition to the traditional parentchild dances and your first dance as a couple, there are other ways to create memorable dance moments. See who’s been in love the longest by asking everyone to get on the dance floor. Then instruct your DJ to shout out anniversary years (“if you’ve been married more than five years, stay on the dance floor”) and keep going up until the longest-married couple is still standing! This is a cute way to celebrate the couples in your lives who have walked this road before you and are still just as in love as ever. Some religious and cultural traditions include special dances as well. With the “Money Dance,” guests will shower the couple with cash in order to dance with the newlyweds. In the Jewish tradition, guests celebrate the couple by dancing the “hora” around them while lifting the new spouses up on chairs. The “Sangeet” is an Indian tradition which entails an entire pre-wedding celebration revolving around a dance-off between the couple’s families. Pump up your party and elevate the dancing!

KEEP THE PARTY GOING Who said the party has to stop when the reception is over? When guests have traveled long distances, they don’t just want to go back to their hotel room when they still have energy to party. Many couples set up an official afterparty following the reception. The best part is that you can duck out whenever you feel like it! Catching an early plane for your honeymoon the next morning? Show up to say hello, then head back to your room for some much-deserved R&R while your guests dance into the wee hours of the night.



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Fuel your guests for a long day of celebrating with a personality-filled food truck – no silverware or linen napkins necessary. Presentation is key when it comes to culinary elements. Why serve treats on a table when you can serve them from a food truck? Trucks aren’t reserved for street food anymore — go wild and serve s’mores, champagne or cake pops from a truck. You can even keep your impressive food element a surprise for a big wow moment when you finally unveil it! If you and your partner are the type to keep it casual, the food truck route could be for you. Forego the tried-and-true buffet line or plated meals and opt for a food truck! Food trucks and cocktail carts are laid-back and a satisfying addition to an easygoing affair. Depending on the size of your wedding, you can keep things simple with just one food truck, or for a larger crowd, sprinkle in variety with trucks offering different cuisines. Whether you’re craving seafood, soul food, Cajun style, tacos, pizza, vegan options, ice cream or a mixture of many cuisines, Atlanta is home to food trucks offering just about anything. An added bonus? Food trucks make for picture perfect photo-ops! The obligatory “I went to a wedding” social media post can only go so far. And it’s not every day your guests get to pose all dressed up in front of a picturesque truck with a smile and full belly. Lastly, before pulling the trigger, make sure your venue allows for mobile food carts and that there is space for one or two. Once you confirm the option is on the table, your choices are endless.

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Where is the best place to plan an after-party? If you’ve organized a wedding block, the hotel where most of your guests are staying is an obvious choice. That means people won’t have to drive once they’ve had a few drinks, and it also allows people to sneak back to their rooms to freshen up. Most hotels with guest accommodations can convert their ballrooms into a space for a late-night party. If you’re looking to help your guests loosen up a bit and really have fun, hotel parties are among the safest and easiest options. A bar or club can also be a perfect location for after-party festivities. Maybe there’s a pub where you always hang out as a couple. If you’re regulars somewhere, they’d probably be happy to host your after-party — they may even offer you drink specials or wristband service. It’s even better if they have bar grub for late-night munchies. Just make sure your favorite joint can comfortably accommodate a large group, or cap the guest list and make it an exclusive invite-only event.

OFFER VIRTUAL FESTIVITIES Will you have some guests who are not attending your celebration in person? Bring the reception to them so everyone feels included! Send a customized mini bottle of champagne so they can raise a glass, or mail a party package filled with individually-wrapped versions of your wedding dessert. You could even have your florist ship them a bouquet that matches yours so that your guests can set up a beautiful remote “reception.” Or send a cardboard cutout of you and your honey so they can still take pictures with the happy couple! Any way you can make your far-away family members feel close is a priceless gesture they’ll never forget.

REFLECTING YOUR STYLE IS MOST IMPORTANT Your wedding is all about inviting your closest loved ones and friends to join you in celebrating your most important day. Incorporating unique elements will just elevate the vibe you’ve chosen! When your soirée reflects your personality as a couple, your guests are sure to have a night to remember. ■


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When deciding on the perfect venue for your wedding celebration, there are a host of items to keep in mind. The good news – the Southeast offers an almost endless list of options for you to choose from. Keep Atlanta Style Weddings nearby during your research process to help you choose a venue that reflects your personality as a couple. Read on, we’ll guide you to the perfect spot for your party!

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Agnes Scott College 141 E. COLLEGE AVE., DECATUR, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Imagine celebrating your special day surrounded by the beauty of lush

green gardens and the dignity of the traditional collegiate architecture surrounding our chapel. Agnes Scott offers rental space in a beautiful campus setting with a variety of rooms and lecture halls featuring advanced technology. We also provide catering services and the personalized attention you need for a successful event. Every event is unique and we are here to help you make it a success! The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel is available for your special day. Your ceremony can take place in our stunning yet intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired chapel, designed to allow its natural setting to enhance special occasions. The chapel is approximately 1,100 square feet with seating for up to 140 people. Multiple indoor and outdoor event facilities that seat up to 425 guests are available for your special occasion. For an unparalleled celebration filled with charm, beauty and modern conveniences, reserve your date today with Agnes Scott College in historic Decatur.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Historic site, Picturesque campus, Event lawns, Garden, Hardwood floors, LEED-certified buildings, located six miles from downtown Atlanta

CONTACT — 404.471.6043 | SPECIALEVENTS@AGNESSCOTT.EDU

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 400 VENUE STYLE: Historic Site, Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, Linen and China PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary On-Site Parking

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The Candler Hotel 127 PEACHTREE ST. NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — The Candler Hotel Atlanta Curio Collection by Hilton offers a beautiful event space and multiple facilities to make your special occasion as stress-free as possible. For wedding ceremonies and receptions, The Heritage Ballroom is the perfect event space that can hold up to 130 guests. The Ballroom maintains vintage features from its historical past but also blends in luxurious decor. The hotel’s 265 guest rooms are thoughtfully designed to be artistic, modern and comfortable. Couples and guests can get the best of both worlds, enjoying contemporary amenities set within a historic building. At The Candler Hotel, we provide a historic, southern setting that has been completely transformed into a brand new opulent hotel. We offer the sophistication and personalized service that you expect from a Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel, yet a unique style and individualized personality that you want for the backdrop of your special day. Your wedding will be handled expertly and innovatively by our dedicated sales and catering team, with an array of dining options and stylish venues to make your party unforgettable.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Built by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler in 1906, the Candler Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Classic style and art deco glamour infuse our hotel.

CONTACT — WALTER COTSON | 404.523.1200 | WCOSTSON@THECANDLERHOTEL.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 130 VENUE STYLE: Historic Landmark Hotel, Ballroom, Indoor Event Space CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: Chiavari Chairs, Tables, House Linens PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available

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The Georgian Terrace Hotel 659 PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Atlanta’s modern classic located in the heart of the city’s cultural district, The

Georgian Terrace Hotel is a midtown icon that delivers a brand of service rarely found, even in the South. We don’t just fulfill, we anticipate needs, and with a host of new and improved amenities we aim to exceed our guest’s expectations. Once you take a look at all we have to offer, from our three classic ballrooms to our spacious penthouse suites to our award-winning catering, you’ll start to relax. We’re also home to Livingston Restaurant + Bar, a one-of-a-kind venue for private and semi-private dining with a kitchen admired for its fresh, innovative American cooking. Romantic, historic, artistic and fun, with wonderful architectural elements, practical amenities, and bend-over-backwards service, The Georgian Terrace Hotel has it all. Planning to stay in Atlanta for your celebration or wedding? Our spacious penthouse suites are modern oases, beautifully appointed and offering great cityscapes.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Historic property, Crystal chandeliers, Classic charm, Floor-to-ceiling windows, On-site rehearsal dinner venues: Livingston Restaurant + Bar and Edgar’s Proof and Provision

CONTACT — (404) 898-8300 | INFO@THEGEORGIANTERRACE.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 225 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Ballroom, Historic Location CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, Chiavari Chairs, China, Flatware, Stemware, House Linens PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available

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The Fox Theatre 660 PEACHTREE ST. NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Weddings made magical. Experience the wedding of your dreams come to life at the Fox Theatre! Positioned at the corner of Peachtree and Ponce on the Midtown Mile, the Fox Theatre’s grand arcade entrance, crowned with the iconic marquee, is the perfect atmosphere to welcome your guests for a fabulous first impression. With two distinct event spaces featuring majestic architecture, The Fox offers options for both ceremony and receptions, along with an outdoor rooftop terrace. SPECIAL FEATURES — Our grand Arcade entrance, crowned with the theatre’s iconic marquee,

is the perfect place to welcome your guests for a fabulous first impression at your event. Rentals include dance floor and lighting in the Egyptian Ballroom.

AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 2

CONTACT — AFFAIRS AT THE FOX | 404.881.2062 | AFFAIRSATTHEFOX@AFFAIRS.COM

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MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 350 VENUE STYLE: Historic, Ballroom, Theatre CATERING CHOICES: Preferred Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Nearby Parking Garages

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Hotel Colee

3377 PEACHTREE RD. NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Whether you’re treating your squad to a bachelorette brunch or hosting a party on the rooftop bar, Hotel Colee is the perfect backdrop for your big day or special night. Weddings, birthday dinners, exclusive events, you name it, we’re here for it. Our expert team of planners will pull your event together without a hitch! Whether your gathering is large or small, we can house it all. Our Show Room is big enough to give everyone safe space for a small, intimate wedding, and our airy outdoor terrace, with two patios, is the perfect place to raise a toast and savor the moment.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Rooftop bar, outdoor terrace with two patios, outdoor infinity pool overlooking Peachtree Road and 24-hour fitness center.

CONTACT — COLLEEN CAVAN | 678.500.3100 | COLEEN.CAVAN@HOTELCOLEE.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 7 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 300 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant, Rooftop, Unique / Alternative CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, China, Flatware, Stemware, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available

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Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead 3300 PEACHTREE RD. NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Located in the heart of the chic Buckhead neighborhood, Grand Hyatt Atlanta offers a luxurious city center retreat for you and your guests. Our Japanese gardens and 30-foot waterfall will add romance and grandeur to your ceremony. For your reception, our bold interior design adds a touch of sophistication with rich mahogany, luxurious tall ceilings and twinkling crystal chandeliers. Whether your wedding reception is large or small, our unique venues will enhance the spirit of your event, while our passionate culinary team delivers a memorable dining experience expertly crafted to your vision. Our inclusive reception packages and complimentary benefits make planning your wedding easy, exciting and rewarding. Contact us to learn more!

AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 14 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 650 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Garden, Hotel and Rooftop CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, Chiavari Chairs, China, Flatware, House Linens, Stemware and Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available

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SPECIAL FEATURES — An icon of Buckhead for over 30 years, Grand Hyatt Atlanta is renown

for our wedding expertise, passion for service and dramatic modern spaces, including two outdoor terraces set amid our Japanese gardens and 30' waterfall.

CONTACT — TIA YOUNG | 404.364.3956 | ATLGH.RFP@HYATT.COM

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The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel 374 E. PACES FERRY NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Mid-Century Gem: Our Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta Welcome to Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, an unexpected oasis in Atlanta’s Buckhead area, aka “The Beverly Hills of the South.” We’ve transformed a sprawling 1950s residential building into a boutique enclave. Mid-century style and modern-chic design cavort effortlessly throughout the space, from the supper club-style restaurant to the cheeky rooftop bar. Outside, nearly 5,000 square feet of gardens lure you with hidden nooks, plus a sparkling pool. Here, just steps from high-style shopping, dining, galleries and nightlife, Georgia hospitality is warm and festive all at once

SPECIAL FEATURES — Boutique design with intimate ballroom space. Unique rooftop and garden space.

CONTACT — ANNIE BRADLEY | 470.531.8933 | ANNIE.BRADLEY@THESYLVANHOTEL.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 200 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Garden, Hotel, Restaurant, Rooftop, Unique / Alternative CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, China, Flatware, House Linens, Stemware, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available

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The Wimbish House 1150 PEACHTREE ST. NE, ATLANTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Historic Charm, Glamorous Ballroom, Southern Elegance. An unforgettable setting for the day you’ll always remember. This lovely, fully restored Victorianera home features high ceilings, period furnishings, hardwood floors, steep gables, intricate detailing and massive stone masonry ornamentation. A graceful, curved staircase allows for memorable entrances into a grand parlor. Formal reception rooms are accented by tall archways and columns, and flow into the elegant dining room, sunroom and restored 1920’s ballroom. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events, such as engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. LAURA ST ONE PHOTO

AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 250

SPECIAL FEATURES — Grand pianos, antique crystal chandeliers and fireplaces. A covered veranda provides an outdoor space for ceremonies, cocktail hour or photos. CONTACT — KARIN HOLBEN | 404.870.8833 | KARIN@THEWIMBISHHOUSE.COM

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VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Ballroom, Mansion / Historic Site CATERING CHOICES: Preferred Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES: Chiavari Chairs, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: See Website

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Meadows at Mossy Creek 3216 HWY. 75 S., CLEVELAND, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Modern meets mountains. Meadows at Mossy Creek is an industrial

farmhouse meets modern wedding venue, the perfect blend of rustic and new-fashioned southern flair. Nestled on over 100 sprawling acres, sweeping views set a stunning backdrop for your perfect day. Offering multiple ceremony and reception options, we truly have the ability to bring your vision to life. Our concrete floors, string lighting and exposed beams offer a dreamy feel with an industrial touch and we also feature a moveable fern wall along with stunning floral hanging box displays. Both the bride and groom are taken care of with special places for each to get ready and relax before they walk down the aisle. Our team strives to create the day you’ve always dreamed of by wowing you and your guests with a gorgeous setting and a truly memorable experience.

SPECIAL FEATURES — The massive amounts of windows streaming in natural light with the tall ceilings and white walls is a photographer’s dream, which is code for perfect conditions to obtain stunning wedding day photos.

CONTACT — KARSON & CALAH COKER | 888.662.7335 | KARSON@MEADOWSMOSSYCREEK.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 1 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 275 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Industrial Farmhouse, Unique/Alternative, Modern CATERING CHOICES: All Caterers Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, Bridal Cottage & Groom’s Room TAYLOR HANDTE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Pine Knoll Farms, LLC 6001 WASHINGTON ROAD, APPLING, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Pine Knoll Farms is a secluded beauty with elegant barns, an open-aired chapel, and farm animals peacefully grazing on grassy, rolling hills. A Saturday wedding includes Sweet Daddy’s Barn for the rehearsal dinner on Friday night and location for the groomsmen to dress on Saturday, the Kelly Chapel with an old church bell, the Magnolia Barn for the reception, a catering kitchen attached to the Magnolia Barn with a deck that seats 54, and a Bridal suite for the bride and bridesmaids to dress. We also have eight guest rooms on the property for rent. Enjoy elegance in a quiet country setting. SPECIAL FEATURES — A beautiful open-aired chapel overlooking the pastures is our favorite feature. Make your day magical when you arrive to your ceremony in a beautiful horse and carriage available for rent. CONTACT — 706.836.1020 | EVENTS@PINEKNOLLFARMS.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 240 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Barn, Chapel, Garden CATERING CHOICES: All Catering Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs and Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary On-Site Parking

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Berkeley Hills Country Club 2300 POND RD., DULUTH, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Berkeley Hills is one of Atlanta’s

premier country clubs specializing in beautiful events and corporate functions. The available event spaces are able to accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 300 people. Offering customized menus, exceptional service, elegant facilities and personalized attention, our team of professionals will turn your ideas into a truly extraordinary occasion. Your guests will enjoy the perfect entertaining area with great cocktails and conversations before proceeding into our grand ballroom, complete with vaulted ceilings, large picture windows and a beautiful wrap around covered veranda overlooking our incredible golf course.

SPECIAL FEATURES — The clubhouse door terrace stretching the length of the clubhouse, and both indoor and outdoor venues spaces.

AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 300 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Golf Club CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, Linens, China, Silverware, Glassware and Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary On-Site Parking, Valet Available 70

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Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing 135 DR. SMITH RD., CARNESVILLE, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Centered within a family-owned 450-acre farm, the post-and-beam

chapel is artfully crafted by locally-sourced wood, cut on the family sawmill and adorned with a gleaming artistic steeple and antique brass bell. It is the perfect serene setting for a wedding, tucked away in the dogwoods where the bluebirds and blue skies welcome you, and the sunsets quietly melt away the day. The open-air venue includes live edge maple benches, with additional seating and tables available upon request. A separate cottage on the site offers a changing room, sleeping loft, kitchenette and restroom facilities. A large, picturesque meadow provides space for activities beyond the chapel grounds. If you are looking for a private and awe-inspiring location to soak in your dream weekend, Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing welcomes you.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Hilltop chapel, reception tent, charming brick courtyard, fire pit, sweeping vistas, rolling green fields, old-growth hardwood forests, nature trails.

CONTACT — CAROLEE COKER | 404.216.3554 | CROCKETTCREEKCROSSINGFARM@GMAIL.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 175 VENUE STYLE: Outdoor Event Space, Barn/Farm, Chapel, Outdoor, Unique/Alternative CATERING CHOICES: All Catering Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary, On-Site Parking

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Phase Events

12150 MORRIS RD., ALPHARETTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Phase Events is a premier event venue located in the heart of Alpharetta,

offering a unique culmination of venue options designed to accommodate both large and intimate weddings. In addition to our state-of-the-art Legacy Theater, our facility also encompasses indoor/outdoor spaces, on-site rentals, bridal suites and a catering kitchen. The 5,700 square feet comfortably seats up to 300, and includes a stage for live band or DJ, a cocktail hour hall and an outdoor ceremony space that you can choose to incorporate into your special day.

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SPECIAL FEATURES — State of the art audio and visual equipment, 40 ft. LED Wall. On-site bridal suite and groom’s lounge. Separate pre-function area for cocktail hour. CONTACT — MICHELLE SED | 470.298.7579 | MICHELLE.SED@PHASE.CENTER

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MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 300 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Unique / Alternative CATERING CHOICES: Preferred Caterers, All Catering Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary, On-Site Parking

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In the Woods

2173 CARTERSVILLE HWY., ROCKMART, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — In the Woods is an all-inclusive style Wedding and Event Venue nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Northwest Georgia. Say your “I dos” in our stunning Outdoor Chapel overlooking the lake. Dine, Dance and Celebrate in the 5,200 sq. ft. Reception Hall that is filled with rustic charm, including an outdoor cocktail area with Bar and stone fireplace. In the Woods also offers separate Bridal and Groom Suites with everything you need. Stay overnight with us in the adorable Honeymoon Suite with beautiful views overlooking the lake. In the Woods offers all-inclusive style packages including, but not limited to, your Wedding Coordinator, DJ for ceremony and reception, and Floral package. We are here to make sure your day is stress-free and everything you have ever dreamed of! SPECIAL FEATURES — Large Outdoor Chapel overlooking the water with views to die for. Rolling hills, beautiful greenery and lush woodlands, a fairytale location CONTACT — CATHERINE CASTLEBERRY | 770.634.3216 | CATHERINE@INTHEWOODSEVENTS.COM

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 1 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 250 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Banquet Hall, Chapel, Outdoor, Waterfront CATERING CHOICES: Preferred Caterers, All Catering Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, House Chairs, China, Flatware, Stemware, House Linens PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary, On-Site Parking

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Stanley House Mansion 236 CHURCH ST., MARIETTA, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — The Stanley House shines as the classic Southern venue for all-inclusive

wedding packages near Atlanta. Exquisite and unique, this grand Victorian mansion impresses with its high ceilings, elaborate woodwork, heart-pine floors and dreamy crystal chandeliers. Our all inclusive packages include a hotel buyout for you and your closest friends and family, so you have the entire house to yourselves. Waking up the next day to all have breakfast together is an unexpected but memorable moment that you will cherish forever.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Belvedere terrace (indoor outdoor structure) and a picturesque white

gazebo.

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Douglasville Conference Center 6700 CHURCH ST., DOUGLASVILLE, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Nestled in historic downtown Douglasville, the new Conference

Center is uniquely equipped to offer everything you need to stage a spectacular event. Whether planning an intimate or large-scale affair, the Conference Center can accommodate groups from 15 to 500 guests. Along with its exquisite architecture and beautiful landscape, the conference center includes a 7,672 square foot ballroom that can be divided into five separate rooms, in addition to a business center, bride and groom dressing rooms, two pre-function areas and a 150 seat auditorium. The Conference Center also features a breathtaking rear terrace that overlooks Douglasville’s charming historic district. The unique blend of elegance and advanced technology equipped rooms makes the new Douglasville Conference Center the perfect choice for weddings.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Rear terrace, O’Neal Plaza, located in the historic district, 30 minutes west of Atlanta including the airport, two bridal/groom suites CONTACT — JENNIFER JOHNSON | 678.715.6094 | DCCSALES@DOUGLASVILLEGA.GOV

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AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 500 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Complimentary On-Site Parking

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The Newnan Centre 1515 LOWER FAYETTEVILLE RD., NEWNAN, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — New Outdoor Gazebo Venue Now Booking! Beautifully appointed and nestled against a backdrop of trees, the Newnan Centre can accommodate an indoor wedding ceremony and reception for a maximum of 150 guests, or just a reception for up to 350 guests. Outdoor wedding ceremonies can accommodate more than 150 guests. A full service kitchen is available to your caterer, selected from the Centre’s approved catering list. Alcoholic beverages are available through the Centre’s bar services. FOREVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE HOLLINS

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CONTACT — PEYTON SHELNUTT | 678.673.5486 PEYTON@NEWNANCENTRE.COM

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Visit our website and discover Atlanta wedding vendors who are the perfect match for your unique celebration. From picking out a gown to planning your honeymoon, Atlanta Style Weddings is thrilled to join you on your journey to “I do.”

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Telfair Academy & Jepson Center 207 W. YORK ST., SAVANNAH, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Whether you are hosting an intimate ceremony or a grand affair, Telfair Museums offers the perfect event space to suit your needs. Historic, modern, artful or traditional–our unique sites each provide a distinct atmosphere to make your evening unforgettable. Pricing starts at $18,000. The Jepson Center offers a distinctive, contemporary museum designed by internationallyacclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. This distinctive building can accommodate large groups in its soaring, three-story atrium overlooking Telfair Square, and outdoor sculpture terrace. The Telfair Academy provides each event with a backdrop of world-class art and historic architecture. With its historical setting, romantic rotunda, classically beautiful sculpture gallery, and intimate galleries featuring works from rotating exhibitions and the museum’s own permanent collection, the Telfair Academy will make any size event truly memorable.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Telfair Museums is home to two historic sites and one contemporary art museum. These architecturally significant buildings become stunning venues.

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Savannah Riverboat Cruises 9 E. RIVER ST., SAVANNAH, GA

ABOUT THE VENUE — Based in Savannah, Georgia, couples can use Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a unique, waterfront venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties and bridal shows.

AT A GLANCE # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 MAXIMUM SEATED CAPACITY: 1,000 VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Boat, Historic Location, Outdoor, Restaurant, Unique / Alternative, Waterfront CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: Tables, House Chairs, China, Flatware, Stemware, House Linens PARKING OPTIONS: Nearby / Parking Garage

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Truly a one-of-a-kind experience, the spaces on the Savannah Riverboat Cruises vessels allow up to 300 guests on the top deck for a wedding, and up to 1,000 people in their grand ballrooms for a reception. The Georgia Queen, the newest vessel acquired by this company, has three ballrooms, a 5,000-square-foot open-air top deck, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and full bars on each of its three floors. While the vessel can accommodate 1,000 guests, for those who would like to charter a smaller space, the ballroom on the second deck has an off-set private parlor. The Savannah River Queen is a 600-passenger vessel with glassenclosed, climate-controlled dining on each of its three decks. The boats can be sectioned off to accommodate smaller wedding parties and receptions, and are wheelchair accessible.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Waterfront Wedding Venue, Waterfront, Paddlewheel Riverboat, Openair Deck, Ballroom, Boat, Picturesque skyline, Sightseeing, Cruise, Bridal Suite CONTACT — WEDDING SALES DEPARTMENT | 912.232.6404 | INFO@SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM

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The Don CeSar 3400 GULF BLVD., ST. PETE BEACH, FL

ABOUT THE VENUE — The Don CeSar’s proud heritage dates all the way back to 1928, but today, it’s the ideal setting for your big day. However you envision your wedding, The Don CeSar offers romantic ceremony locations ranging from our tropical courtyard to Gulf-front beach to our stunning indoor ballrooms. We also have eight elegant reception locations including beachside pavilions and outdoor terraces. Our seasoned wedding specialists will attend to every detail. If your wedding party needs makeup done, we have a full menu of services including special wedding packages at our own Spa Oceana. It’s no wonder that out of all the St. Pete hotels, only The Don CeSar has been named Best Wedding Venue by Visit St. Pete Clearwater each year since 2014.

SPECIAL FEATURES — Beach Ceremonies, Lush Courtyard Ceremonies, Elegant Ballroom Receptions, Rooftop Terraces, Beachfront Pavilion Receptions, Vintage Receptions

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VENUE STYLE: Indoor Event Space, Outdoor Event Space, Ballroom, Garden, Hotel, Restaurant, Rooftop CATERING CHOICES: On-Site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES: House Chairs, House Linens, Tables PARKING OPTIONS: Valet Available BORNWINNER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Celebration Locations CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS Location, location, location. Your celebration location should not only meet your basic logistical needs, such as timing and capacity, but also go above and beyond to celebrate you and your partner. From traditional churches to avant-garde museums to charming parks, there is a perfect match for you here.

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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS

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ATLANTA - INSIDE THE PERIMETER Agnes Scott College

404.471.6043 141 E. College Ave., Decatur

350

The Candler Hotel

404.523.1200 127 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

150

The Fox Theatre

404.881.2100 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

350

The Georgian Terrace Hotel

404.897.1991 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

250

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

404.364.3956 3300 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta

650

Hotel Colee

678.500.3100 3377 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta

300

The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

470.531.8900 374 E. Paces Ferry Rd. NE, Atlanta

120

The Wimbish House

404.870.8833 1150 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

250

Berkeley Hills Country Club

770.448.8353 2300 Pond Rd., Duluth

250

Honeymoons, Inc.

770.831.1800 6030 River Rd., Flowery Branch

200

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Meadows at Mossy Creek

678.446.8767 3216 Hwy. 75 S., Cleveland

275

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Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing

404.216.3554 135 Dr Smith Rd., Carnesville, GA

175

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Phase Events

904.203.5294 12150 Morris Rd., Alpharetta

300

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Booth Western Art Museum

770.606.5715 501 N. Museum Dr., Cartersville

250

In the Woods

770.634.3216 2173 Cartersville Hwy., Rockmart

250

Stanley House Mansion

770.426.1881 236 Church St., Marietta, GA

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Tellus Science Museum tellusmuseum.org

707.606.5715 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville

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SOUTHEAST Henry County Convention & Visitors Bureau

770.692.7954 1709 Hwy. 20 W., McDonough

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Pine Knoll Farms

706.836.1020 6001 Washington Rd., Appling

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Douglasville Conference Center

678.715.6094 6700 Church St., Douglasville

500

The Newnan Centre

678.673.5486 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan

350

Atlantis, Paradise Island

888.528.9758 One Casino Dr., Paradise Island Bahamas

500

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727.360.1881 340 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL

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912.638.9014 529 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island, GA

500

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912.234.2180 230 Barnard St., Savannah

120

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912.790.8864 207 W. York St., Savannah, GA

200

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Old Fort Jackson

912.232.3945 1 Fort Jackson Rd., Savannah

300

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Pin Point Heritage Museum

912.355.0064 9924 Pin Point Ave., Savannah

125

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912.232.6404 9 E River St., Savannah, GA

1,000

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Telfair Academy

912.790.8864 121 Barnard St., Savannah, GA

200

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Visit Savannah

912.644.6400 101 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA

300

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850.267.1216 25777 US Hwy. 331 S., Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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hoa. How many hours have you been on Instagram and Pinterest now? Wedding planning is all about the details, but it’s time to take a step back and start looking for trends and commonalities among all the beautiful inspiration images you’ve been accumulating. Have you saved a lot of industrial and modern reception looks? Is your bouquet board full of hydrangeas? Is there a particular color palette that’s standing out? By looking at your boards as a whole rather than focusing on your individual pins, you’ll be able to identify the overall look and feel you would like to achieve on your big day. Don’t forget to allow your cultures and joint interests to play a part in your overall aesthetic as well. Once you’ve decided your personal, unique wedding style — stick to it. By staying with color combinations and a theme, you will be branding your wedding and letting your personal style shine through. A cohesive look will turn your wedding into a whole experience. Use these pages as a starting point to find and execute a wedding that is true to you. There are so many choices out there, always be sure to choose what suits you!

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WEDDING PLANNER What tiers of planning do you offer and what are the details? Full planning, month of, day of?

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QUESTIONS TO ASK

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How often will we communicate and what is your preference: phone, text, email or via an online tool? Are there specific vendors you like to work with? What happens if you’re unable to be there on the day of our wedding? What’s the biggest wedding mishap you’ve ever encountered and how did you deal with it?

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nowing exactly what to ask vendors as you try to determine who will help make your big day an unforgettable one can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important ones. Let this guide your conversations as you assemble your wedding team and you can be confident in their abilities to make your day truly memorable. VISIT ATLANTASTYLEWEDDINGS.COM/PLANNING-TOOLS FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VENDORS

EVERY VENDOR Do you have our wedding date available? Can you work within our budget? Can you share with me what a reasonable budget is for my requests? What is my “out the door” quote including any additional expenses on top of base fees? Taxes, upgrades, etc.? What is the payment process? What are your cancellation and rescheduling policies? Are any fees refundable? What is the timeline for making final decisions during the planning process? For example — guest count, gown purchase, cake tasting? Do you carry personal liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance and appropriate licenses?

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FASHION Are appointments required to try on bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses? Approximately how long are the appointments and how far in advance should I book my appointment? How many guests can attend the appointment with me? Should I bring special undergarments, shoes or accessories? What is the cost and process of alterations? How long does it take for my dress to arrive?


FOOD & BEVERAGE

FLORAL & DÉCOR

Can you accommodate our desired seating capacity?

Do we have to use one of your preferred caterers?

Do you offer venue space for the ceremony and reception?

What are the details of the tasting process?

How do you transition the room from ceremony to reception and what is the floor plan?

Can we bring our own alcohol?

What is the length of time included in our booking?

What are the alcohol choices in the package and what are the upgrade costs?

Do you offer rental items (vases, trellis and decor) or must they be supplied by a rental company?

If needed, what are the alternatives for inclement weather?

Is there a specific minimum amount that has to be spent before the end of the reception?

How do items get returned after the wedding? Will you pick them up? What is your fee for pickup?

Can the wedding party get ready at the venue?

Are there any additional charges for bar staff, waitstaff or corkage fees?

What is your cost structure for delivery & setup?

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Do you provide mockup designs for centerpieces, bouquets and more? If so, what is the charge? Do you offer event design and styling?

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Is there an additional charge for the wedding rehearsal?

How late will the bar be open? Is there a charge for a bar extension?

Can you recommend seasonal flowers in our preferred color palette that would work within our budget?

CAKE & SWEETS

What is your style of photography: traditional or documentary?

What are the details of cake tasting and selecting flavors and fillings?

Will the photographer I book be the one to shoot my wedding?

What is your average cost per slice?

Are chairs and tables included in the cost? Do you offer china/cutlery/linen as part of the package?

What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the wedding?

What are the parking options for guests and what is the cost?

Will there be a second shooter?

What time can we gain access to set up? Can you store decor items for us prior to the wedding?

Is there easy access for the elderly and disabled? What time do we have to exit the venue?

What is included in your pricing — albums, hours of coverage, engagement session, etc.? How long after the wedding will the photos be ready?

Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from? Do you provide the cake stand? What is the process for mockup designs for cake, sweets and more? Is delivery included? What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit?

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From the venue... “Everything about our chapel and farm is a celebration of nature’s beauty. For this shoot, wild grasses and flowers, natural fabrics, and wood accents match perfectly with the unique personality of this couple and this venue.” THE COKER FAMILY MULBERRY CHAPEL AT CROCKETT CREEK CROSSING

Vendor List VENUE: Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing

PHOTOGRAPHER: JC Rosewood Photography and Karlee Searcy

EVENT COORDINATOR: Carolee Coker, Mulberry Chapel at Crockett Creek Crossing

FLORAL: Bold Spring Blooms, Katelynn Newton Weddings

DÉCOR: Donald Seymour & Jane Coker

HAIR & MAKEUP: Lauren DeLozier

CAKE: Sweets by Jess To see more photos from this Style Profile, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/ style-profile

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From the planner & stylist... “Our team transformed the venue into a wildly beautiful vision with soft coral, mustard yellow, breathtaking blush pink garden roses and touches of gold details. Vintage gold flatware, blush and peach goblets, Venice cream china and gold chiavari chairs complemented the palette perfectly.” PANG KOU XIONG OWNER, PK FLORAL DESIGN LLC

Vendor List VENUE: The Castle at Wildwood Gardens

PHOTOGRAPHER: Bala Pham Photography

EVENT COORDINATOR: Sheng Ly Events LLC

FLORAL & DECOR: PK Floral Design LLC

MODELS: Kesiya Cherian and Hector Argueta

GOWN & VEIL: Sakred Bridal INDIAN COUTURE: Ritu Selects JEWELRY: Rajvi’s Heritage HAIR & MAKEUP: Beauty U Deserve

STATIONERY: Minted CAKE: Confection Perfection Cakes

CHAIR RENTAL: Atlanta Pipe and Drape

TABLEWARE & LINENS: T3 Event Rental

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From the planner & stylist... “Many couples (such as myself ) are opting out of a large wedding. Because of this, I wanted to create a concept for those who want to elope in the mountains but still have that city feel: a boho vibe, bold and vibrant colors, and the breathtaking skyline backdrop.” BRIANNA WALLACE OWNER, BRIANNA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Vendor List VENUE: Ventanas PHOTOGRAPHER: Brianna Marie Photography

EVENT COORDINATOR: Juliette Lovely

GOWN & FORMALWEAR: Bridals by Madison

HAIR & MAKEUP: Hair by Conor Sea, Makeup by Brianna Campbell

STATIONERY: Karly Kassey Calligraphy

CAKE: Acuna’s Custom Cakes CHAMPAGNE WALL: Events by Jessica P

FLORAL & DECOR: Weddings by Epic

TABLEWARE & LINENS: The Prissy Plate Company RINGS: DGeller and Son RING BOXES: Lovely Ring Boxes PLACE CARD CALLIGRAPHY: Lorelai Grassbaugh To see more photos from this Style Profile, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/ style-profile

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How Much Does It Cost? It’s no secret the millions of wedding inspiration photos on Pinterest are stunning. And, they’re helpful to a point, but not so much when it comes time to make all of those dreams come true. It’s best to know the reality of bringing it all to life while you’re wedding planning. We’re giving you all of the tea from the pros themselves on how much those beautiful details really cost so you’re better prepared to meet with your prospective vendors. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Forever Love Photography, LLC

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Green Vogue Italia Inspired Wedding Cake

$1,300 This cake is a luscious lemon flavor with smooth creamy layers of swiss meringue buttercream as a filling. It is covered in a combination of textured ivory and deep forest green fondant, accented by crackled edible gold columns to highlight the theme. If the wedding couple prefers to serve a variety of cake flavors to their guests, most bakeries will allow a couple to select one flavor per tier. SPECIFICS The four-tier cake pictured serves 160 guests. Most couples supply their own cake stand especially if they want to have it engraved or as a keepsake, however some venues provide them at no additional cost. BREAKDOWN $1,300 includes delivery and set-up. Additional desserts, such as cannoli or macarons: $3-$4 per piece

This modern Tuscan-inspired wedding cake highlights a deep luxe green hue paired with ivory stone textures and gold accents. These colors have been featured in recent weddings because they easily convey understated opulence. Brides are also embracing the trend of accompanying their wedding cake with a signature dessert such as cannoli or macarons. CHRISTINA BJORN CAKE ARTIST/OWNER, NOT YOUR NANA’S BAKERY

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Classic Black Tuxedo

$194+ It’s time to ditch the impractical rentals; nail your look with this tuxedo that’s yours to own. From the vows to the dance floor, SuitShop’s Classic Black Tuxedo lends a sleek, tailored look that’s sure to wow at any wedding. This timeless style is a true elevated staple that has you covered for any event. SPECIFICS Jacket: satin lapel, single-button front, nonfunctional four-button cuffs, chest pocket, flap pockets, interior pocket, double side back vent, fully lined Pants: satin waistband and side stripe, unfinished pant hem, split waist construction for easy alteration, zip fly with double button closure, slant front pockets, back button closure pockets, mid-rise, unlined BREAKDOWN SuitShop Classic Black Tuxedo: $194 Complete the look with: Classic Black Bowtie: $15 Classic Black Vest: $49 Patent Leather Shoes: $75 White Linen Pocket Square: $12.50

The Co-Founder Says: Whether you’re attending a black-tie optional wedding or another formal event, you can never go wrong with a Classic Black Tuxedo–it’s one of my favorite, most versatile looks. Grooms and guests alike can elevate their looks by adding a tuxedo shirt, pocket square, and black bowtie, or let their personality shine through by accessorizing with a vest or pop of color! DIANA GANZ CO-FOUNDER, SUITSHOP


Custom Watercolor Wedding Stationery

$1,500+ Watercolor artist Kelly Gallagher of Kelly Kristin Design works closely with couples during the planning process to develop a cohesive concept, which can be inspired by such things as the wedding venue, a favorite flower, even a beloved pet. She then hits the easel to create watercolor paintings for each piece. What couples receive is not only the original artwork to frame, but also a highly personalized and beautiful paper suite that they and their guests will cherish from beginning to end. SPECIFICS Includes a custom watercolor design, the original artwork, and printing. BREAKDOWN Wedding Invitations: $1,500 - $3,000 Custom Local Map: $500 Custom Table Numbers: $200 Reception Signage: $150 - $300

Stationery is the first impression your guests will receive, and is also the one element that is woven throughout the event. From invitations, to ceremony programs to reception pieces, even afterward to thank you notes, your paper is a visual roadmap to your wedding weekend, and should be given careful consideration. KECIA WILSON OWNER, THREE LITTLE BIRDS WEDDING

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Flameless Sparkler Machines

$600+ Many couples are surprising their guests with fireworks at their reception, both indoors and out! Add some dazzling flameless sparkler machines to highlight your grand entrance, first dance or cake cutting. Sparks add a memorable flurry of excitement for your guests and a beautiful photo memory to be captured of that special day. SPECIFICS Check with your venue to see what is allowed. Low lying fog, specialty lighting, bubbles, and more all can be incorporated into the experience. The ideas are endless, and are tailored to the couple’s requests. BREAKDOWN Price point starts at $600 and can be less or more depending on the package.

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Lighted Dance Floors Lighted Column Illuminated Cake & Bistro Tables Gold Gilded Chairs for Bride & Groom Carpet runners • Beautiful draping Confetti Cannons • Low Lying Fog Bubbles & many special effects Chandeliers & so much more!


Your Wedding Architect ENTRUST A WEDDING PLANNER TO CONSTRUCT AND MEASURE OUT EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR FESTIVITIES

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ight now your mind is swirling with all the unique things you want to pack into your wedding day. Your heart may be set on the grandest, most beautiful dress money can buy or a menagerie of whimsical peacocks performing a tightly choreographed show tune. But let’s just calm down here, set that aside, and take a step into the future for a minute. It’s likely that something small will go wrong despite your best intentions, but if you go with the flow and find the humor in it, you’ll come to appreciate the minor glitch from the day you got hitched. That said, you can still take action to limit the likelihood of potential regrets. Here’s how.

WHO’S THE BOSS? When it comes to a big, creative event like this, everyone has an opinion, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Listen to others while still keeping your own desires at the forefront of your planning. Family members often have their own ideas of how your wedding should go. Whether they envision something more traditional than you’d like or something built from their own imaginations, they need to know that you and your partner make the final decisions. Being direct will keep you from being pushed around, but be kind. Remember that they just want the best for you, and any “help” they offer is out of love.

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Formulating a solid guest list early in the process removes a significant amount of stress. Knowing how many people may attend your wedding makes it so much easier to design nearly every other detail. Your guest list can help determine how many tables and centerpieces you need, what size cake you want, how large your dance floor should be and what your budget is per plate. Getting the logistics down early saves a lot of time — and many headaches — in the long run.

HIRING THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE FAMILY Just because a family member owns a fancy camera, doesn’t mean they know how to use a fancy camera. Professionals have taken classes and honed their professional skills, and it’s in your best interest to hire one. Look at several photographers’ portfolios before you make a choice. Good framing and impeccable focus are one thing. Style is another. When you’re making a decision, look for someone whose style suits what you envision for your wedding. Whimsical, classic or bold, a portfolio is the best indication of what to expect on your big day. Also, keep in mind that it’s easier to boss around a hired stranger than your sweet uncle who changed your diapers and fed you when your parents wanted a date night.

WHO’S THAT LADY? It’s your day, and you have professionals lined up for your hair and makeup. The inclination is to go super glam and enjoy your transformation into a supermodel, but remember who your partner fell in love with and make sure that person is the one getting married. Unless it’s your daily style, you’ll look totally different when you opt for eyes smokier than the pits of hell or bright lipstick. When you get those professionally taken photos back and wonder who your spouse is dancing with, you may regret your decision. Natural hues that highlight rather than disguise your charms will keep your style yours with all the glam you need.

DON’T WEAR THE LAMPSHADE AT YOUR OWN PARTY You’ve been lost in a storm of planning, and the lead-up to this soirée has been only one stressful item after another on your already full plate. It’s easy to see the reception as the first time you really get to let loose and have a couple of cocktails. Go ahead. Have one. Have two. Then maybe slow down around three or four. Getting lit on your wedding day is not the ladylike or gentlemanly thing to do, and believe us, your guests will love reminding you about that time you drunkenly collapsed onto your own wedding cake. You’ve been preparing for this night for several months (or since you saw “The Sound of Music” when you were seven and immediately began making lists and diagrams). To celebrate the success of pulling it off, you should soberly swim in the sea of “oohs” and “aahs” and look around at the amazing show you’ve created. Your most vivid memory shouldn’t be the venue’s bathroom floor.

MAKE SURE IT’S A HAPPILY EVER AFTER In movies, the deliriously happy couple is whisked off at the end of the party to their honeymoon while their guests wave wistfully and dab at tears. In reality, the deliriously happy couple is also deliriously exhausted and burntout. They may not have spent much time with each other since they said their vows, and they may (if they didn’t take our earlier advice) be slightly inebriated. Starting your honeymoon the night of or morning after your wedding may seem like a romantic whirlwind of adventure, but let us tell you what’s not romantic: airport security. You don’t want to stand in that line, get frisked and then propel 33,000 feet into the air while there’s still tequila settling in your stomach and blisters on your danceworn feet. Besides, what’s the point of reserving an oceanside suite if you sleep through the first 48 hours of it? Spend a day or two at home or at a nearby hotel lavishing in the love you now legally share before tackling anything strenuous like trotting the

globe. Sleep off the pre-wedding anxiety, during-wedding adrenaline and after-wedding lushness. Your body and mental state will thank you for being refreshed and ready to enjoy your welldeserved time away.

HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER A wedding is really a complicated, full-scale party that requires hundreds of decisions and dozens of external vendors working together to pull off one fabulous event. Most of us don’t have the time, energy or expertise to put together a wedding completely on our own. But don’t despair, that’s when wedding planners enter to save the day. When you hire a wedding planner, you are hiring someone to oversee all the details of your big day so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party. Something like the electricity hookup for the catering staff is the last thing you need to think about before walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life. Do yourself a favor and take some of the wedding stress off yourself by hiring a professional. Besides, due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus public health crisis, and its resulting restrictions and safety precautions, event planning just got that much more difficult. Wedding planners have the knowledge and experience to build flexibility into contracts while pivoting and adjusting strategy with your vendors if an unforeseen circumstance impacts your big day in any way.

TIERS OF SERVICE Wedding planners generally offer different tiers of service, priced according to the amount of time involved and services offered in each category. Before hiring a wedding planner, you and your partner should decide how much of your budget you’re willing to spend, and how much help you truly need. Once you understand the volume of work you’re able to take on and how much you need or want to outsource, you can get to work finding a wedding planner who offers the type of assistance you need. Full-Service Wedding Planning: If you have an incredibly demanding

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selecting your vendors, including photographers, DJs, caterers, florists, rental companies and makeup and hair artists. With his or her knowledge and recommendations, you can save countless hours of scrolling through reviews. Furthermore, your planner attends all vendor meetings with (or for) you and handles pricing negotiations. Depending on the wedding planner you work with, you’re probably going to receive at least one wedding planning assistant in addition to your full-time event planner. Full-service wedding

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planning typically begins shortly after you get engaged and runs through the day of your wedding. Partial Wedding Planning: Wedding planners may have their own term for partial wedding planning, such as month-of planning, but it generally falls between full-service planning and day-of coordination. If you already booked a venue and have a general idea of what you want your wedding to be like, partial wedding planning services are perfect for you. You get help with establishing a wedding day timeline and narrowing down your design choices, while still maintaining control of the details. You’re probably going to have one or two sit-down meetings with your planner in the days leading up to your celebration, not to mention email access to your planner throughout the process. If you decide partial planning services are right for you, be prepared to make some big decisions (like where and when to host your wedding) on your own, but feel confident knowing you have a professional to help you with the details. Day-of Wedding Coordination: The term “day of” is a bit misleading, as no one could come in only on your wedding day, and effectively manage all of the details and vendors. Day-of wedding coordination usually begins at least eight to 12 weeks before your big day. Your coordinator meets with you once you hire all of your outside vendors, and takes over to finalize details and confirm coverage times for the actual day. You can expect your day-of coordinator to provide a timeline of events and manage the logistics of your wedding day. They also attend your rehearsal and coordinate any outstanding payments or gratuities.

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job, chose to have your wedding in a location where you don’t live, or feel completely overwhelmed and clueless about how to start planning such a big event, then a full-service planner is probably the best choice. The investment for comprehensive wedding planning generally ranges from 10% to 20% of your total budget. In return, your planner helps you pick a wedding date, secure a venue and hone in on the specific style and vibe you want for your big day. He or she guides you through

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Weddings tend to cultivate unique conflicts. Bringing together two families is inherently tricky and, when you throw in all the logistical details and personal feelings involved in a wedding, the situation can get sticky. One of the best parts of having a wedding planner on board is that he or she can act as a mediator. Maybe you’re too scared to tell your future mother-in-law that


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you think her favorite flowers are tacky and ugly, but your wedding planner can tactfully inform her that you’re using specific floral arrangements without it feeling personal. If you have a particularly challenging bridesmaid who questions every decision, you can direct her to your wedding planner who always has your back. Then there’s the plethora of advice you receive when you hire a planner. Not sure if a venue is big enough for the guest list you have in mind? Your planner can tell you. Can’t decide if you should have live music or a DJ? Your planner can give you the pros and cons of each, and help you make a decision. Completely lost when it comes to a wedding gown? Your planner has seen every body type walk down the aisle and knows what is going to impress. Wedding planners live in the wedding world — they know what is trendy, tacky and tasteful.

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WEDDING DAY DETAILS It may seem obvious, but perhaps the biggest service a wedding planner provides is coordinating the actual wedding day. From what time your hair and makeup should be completed to sending the wedding party down the aisle, a planner has the knowledge and skills to make your day run flawlessly. Hiring a wedding planner also frees up your family members to enjoy your day instead of working to make sure everything goes to plan.

THE VALUE OF TIME You are only engaged for a short amount of time and, as they always say, time is money. Do you want to spend that special season stressed out over 5,000 wedding decisions? Or would you rather spend your time creating memories with your partner and dreaming of your honeymoon? A wedding planner’s most valuable contribution to you as a couple is time. He or she spends time finding vendors, negotiating contracts and making decisions so you don’t have to. Hiring someone who can get things done while also reducing your anxiety and workload is one of the smartest decisions you can make, besides getting married, of course! ■

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ou know the invitations have to go out at some point. But that should be easy enough. After all, your guests just need to know the when and where of your big day, right? If only it were that simple. It’s time to demystify this crucial component of your wedding planning so that you are set up for success from the moment you put your first stamp on your save-the-dates until you sign the last of your thank-you notes.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? You want your wedding invitations to be a true reflection of your personalities and set the tone for your wedding

celebration. Your invitation suite is the very first element of your wedding that your guests experience. From the moment they open the envelope, your guests are already forming ideas about what your wedding may be like. In other words, your guests take a lot of cues from the kind of stationery you send them. Stylized script with a sophisticated flourish? They are bound to think formal. Distressed paper with floral prints and twine? Probably going to guess rustic chic. Your stationery can help clue your guests in about what they should wear and even their gift choice. Let the colors and themes of your wedding help guide your design.

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Start thinking about how big your guest list is going to be to get an idea of how much stationery you need. But remember, the number of invites you send out is not equal to the number on your guest list. If you’re inviting 150 guests, you do not need 150 invitations. You probably have a great deal of families and couples that only need one invitation per household. Also keep in mind, that it’s a good idea to have at least five to 10 extra invitations on standby. You never know when you may wake up one night in a cold sweat with the sinking realization that you completely forgot to invite dear Aunt Martha up in Minnesota. But apart from any last-minute stragglers, you also want to make sure you have a few copies of your stationery suite to save for yourself. When your wedding day finally arrives, don’t forget to grab one to be photographed at your venue!

TACKLING THE TIMELINE Traditionally, save-the-dates are sent out eight to 12 months before the wedding. Don’t send save-the-dates to guests unless you are certain that you are inviting them to your wedding. Your more formal invitations are typically mailed about eight to 10 weeks before the wedding — but this is not a hard and fast rule. If you are planning on having a destination affair, for example, informing your guests earlier is always appreciated so that appropriate travel arrangements can be made. Consult your vendors to see when they need a final head count and then tack on a few extra weeks to give yourself some leeway. As much as we would all love for people to RSVP on time, chances are you’re going to have to do some last-minute follow up with some of your less punctual guests.

WHAT’S INCLUDED? The shining star of your wedding stationery, the invitation suite, is a package that includes the design of your invitations, as well as all of the little details that make them uniquely beautiful (every tie, every ribbon and every stroke of the fountain pen). Your invitation suite includes an outer envelope, many times an unsealed

inner envelope, the invitation, a details card, a response card and a response card envelope. Additional materials like printed maps, menu cards and hotel information can also be included. It can be a bit overwhelming, so let’s break down the basics: Envelope – Use an outer and inner envelope to identify the invited guests. Invitation – Indicate the who, what, when and where of your big day. Details Card – Include hotel accommodation information, your wedding website and other guest information. Split into multiple cards if needed. Response Card – Give guests a way to RSVP to your wedding. It can also be used to gather dinner selections and the number of guests attending from each household. Response Card Envelope – Include postage for guests and the host’s address on the envelope. You want to make sure your guests can reply to your big day as easily as possible. After your invitations are sent, there are a few other elements you may want to think about, such as your ceremony programs, table cards, seating chart, menus, favor tags and thank-you notes. Work with your stationer to keep your overall design consistent throughout your big day.

THANKS SO MUCH Although it may seem like a tedious task, it’s incredibly important to send a thank-you note to all of your guests no more than three months after your celebration. Hand-writing every single thank-you note may sound like an endless endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be distressing. Try carving out some time each week to get a handful of them completed. While there is a lot involved in creating your wedding stationery, the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Find a professional stationer who can give you the customized invitation suite you envision. He or she can guide you through the process from concept to delivery. Set yourself up for success by getting a head start and taking things one step at a time, and you will be sure to get your guests’ seal of approval. ■

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Love Letters Before heading to the mailbox, read these helpful tips to avoid any costly missteps with your wedding stationery. INVITATION SUITE Not every couple opts to include all of these items, but this comprehensive list gives you a place to start. Add ribbon, wax seals and other details for a finishing touch. • Outer envelope • Unsealed inner envelope • Envelope liner • Invitation • Reception Details card • Guest Accommodations card • Custom map • Reply card • Reply envelope, with postage DAY-OF WEDDING STATIONERY Work with your stationer to create on-brand material for a cohesive look throughout your wedding. • Ceremony program • Seating chart • Favor tags • Menus • Table numbers • Place cards • Thank-you notes

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elieve it or not, your choice of flowers may be one of the most impactful aspects of your wedding décor. Flowers have the power to set the mood and evoke a magical atmosphere. But it’s not as simple as just picking out what you like. Did you know that there are several different shapes of bouquets? Which members of your wedding party get flowers? Your florist can walk you through all of these details, but coming in with ideas of what you may want is always helpful.

A SHAPE FOR EVERY STYLE First things first — what style of bouquet do you want? Your florist may tell you that there are many ways to customize

your bouquet to your style, and shape is one of them. Ask to see examples of different kinds of bouquets and look at plenty of pictures ahead of time to get to know your preferences. Bring several of your favorite inspiration photos to your floral appointment. You may not know the name of every flower or arrangement technique, but a picture is worth a thousand words! If you’re looking for a larger bouquet, there are several options to consider. For a dramatic look, choose the cascading style, which includes longer flowers and greenery spilling out and down from the center to create a voluminous waterfall effect. Another related style is the pageant

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(sometimes called presentation) style, which features long-stemmed flowers gathered together, meant to rest in the crook of your arm. You can also opt for the hand-tied style, which features a mix of flowers and greenery loosely tied together with a visible ribbon or twine, achieving an organic, “freshly picked” boho look. For the classic bride, the round shape is timeless, featuring one or two types of flowers gathered in an arrangement that looks good from any angle. Brides wanting a smaller bouquet can opt for the nosegay or posy style, which tends to feature just one or two types of flowers in a small rounded bundle that can easily be held in one hand. Shape is not the only physical element you have to take into account when thinking about your bouquet, but also how big the bouquet is in relation to your body. For taller brides, the sky’s the limit — go for a cascading look or an overflowing bundle, if you want. For shorter brides, it’s best to go for a smaller look. You don’t want your flowers to overshadow your face or cover up a large portion of your dress!

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MATCH YOUR LOOK Your bouquet never stands alone — it is always seen with your wedding gown as a backdrop. Because of this, it’s important to match your bouquet to the style of your dress. If you are wearing a more ornate dress, full of beading or intricately patterned lace, think about choosing a simpler bouquet so that your dress takes the spotlight. This may mean that you choose one color for the flowers or use fewer blooms. With a more modern, simple gown, you can either match the minimalistic look with a simple bouquet or you can go a bit more dramatic with the flowers. If you’d like the bouquet to take center stage, go ahead and mix many different kinds of flowers or use several colors together for added drama. When you meet with your florist, be sure to bring along fabric swatches or detailed photos of your wedding dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. That way, he or she can see the exact color palette. For instance, your florist may use a different shade of flower to match a champagne-colored wedding dress than he or she would for a bright white dress. And a pink bridesmaid dress may mean something quite different to you than to your florist. Besides matching your general aesthetic, you want your flowers to make sense given your venue and the time of day of your wedding. An outdoor daytime wedding is perfect for bright and sunny blooms. But if your wedding is indoors in the evening, you’ll want to take the lighting and decor of the venue into account when choosing flower types.

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No matter what aesthetic you are going for, the time of year that your celebration occurs will play a huge part in your flower choices. If you have your heart set on daffodils, hosting your wedding in the fall is not going to bode well for your floral hopes. While many flowers are available throughout a large part of the year, there are some specialty blooms that you can only get during one season. Talk to your florist about which flowers you have in mind, and be ready to take his or her suggestions for alternative blooms that will give you the look you’re going for. For instance, garden roses or hydrangeas

can often substitute for peonies, which are beautiful, but only available for a very short amount of time.

WHO GETS WHAT? After you decide on the shape, size and blooms for your bridal bouquet, you need to think about flowers for the other people who are helping you celebrate your big day. There are no hard and fast rules for this, so choose whomever you would like! But keep reading for some of the traditional guidelines.

BOUQUETS Typically, each bridesmaid gets a bouquet that mimics or takes inspiration from the bride’s bouquet. A small posy is a great option so they have one hand free to help the bride. If your flower girl doesn’t have anything else in her hands (like a basket or a sign), it’s a cute idea to give her a mini bouquet as well. She’ll love being your mini-me!

CORSAGES Corsages are meant for the women in your family or any woman you would like to honor, including ceremony readers and other guests who have a special place in your big day. Whether you give corsages only to immediate family members (such as mothers and grandmothers) or you offer them to all your important cousins and aunts, be sure you are consistent with providing them to relatives on both sides of your families. You don’t want anyone to feel left out. Women can wear corsages in different ways. Many women pin the corsage on the left shoulder of their dress, mimicking how men wear boutonnieres. But they may worry about snagging or ruining a delicate gown. An alternative is to opt for a bracelet-style corsage that is typically worn on the left wrist.

BOUTONNIERES Grooms and groomsmen typically wear boutonnieres, also known as buttonholes, which are pinned to their left lapel. But other men involved in your wedding can receive boutonnieres as well, including fathers and grandfathers of the couple, ushers, other family members and even the ring bearer. This is a special way to give a small thanks to the important men in your life.


It’s easy to overlook the way your bouquet is held together, but don’t forget the finishing touches. Most bouquet styles have visible stems, which mean that your wrap choice matters, and personalizing this part of your bouquet opens the door for creativity and allows you to show off what makes you unique. The standard option for wrapping your stems is a satin ribbon in the color of your choice. But why not go beyond the traditional look? Instead of a ribbon, try burlap or twine if your wedding is rustic, velvet if you’re going for an elegant theme or lace from your mother’s wedding dress for a personal tribute.

Another way to upgrade your bouquet is to attach glitz or family heirlooms to the wrap. Going for a glamorous aesthetic? Ask your florist to attach some sparkly accessories like gemstone brooches or blingy appliques. Or perhaps you’d like to honor your family history by incorporating some heirlooms into your bouquet. It could be a piece of your grandmother’s handkerchief, a locket passed down from generation to generation or even cufflinks from someone special in your life. After the celebrations are over, consider preserving your flowers so that you can insert them into a scrapbook or keep them as a token from your special day. Of course, there

are professionals who can preserve your flowers to ensure the best quality. Do some research for the best professional preservationist that can encapsulate your flowers and wedding day memories for years to come. Your bridal bouquet is one of the most visible aspects to your wedding day look, so take the time to think through all of your available options! Your florist can be a wealth of knowledge for you as you decide on all of the details and endless options available to you. Remember to take advantage of him or her as a valuable resource as much as possible. By putting in a little extra love and effort, you can add major floral flair to your big day. ■

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hile food is a central part of every wedding celebration, there are no rules that say you must offer the traditional plated meal or buffet. Many couples are beginning to reimagine the ways they can serve the meal, heightening the drama and creativity as well as being mindful of safety protocols as they offer a delicious culinary experience for their guests. New ideas for serving your spread may be necessary now, but those that are delightful and surprising are likely to endure. After all, isn’t the way to anyone’s heart through their stomach? Featuring unique food displays is just one approach to make your event an unforgettable affair.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DINNER There are many different ways to present the cuisine on your big day. When thinking of fresh ways to serve your meal, keep in mind how it will play into the overall vibe you’re hoping to create. Does your idea fit within your wedding aesthetic and work well at your venue? What makes sense for the number of guests you plan to invite? Would an entirely different type of event, like a luncheon or a brunch, be the best option for the group of guests you’re gathering? Many people don’t consider hosting anything other than a dinner reception. But as guest counts become more narrow and as intimate gatherings and micro weddings gain

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HAND-HELD BITES No matter what time of day you’re hosting your party, you’ll want to offer small bites that guests can snack on as they mingle. To keep things easy, try “walking” or hand-held varieties of your favorite delicacies! These treats can be served at a grab-and-go station as appetizers, late night snacks or desserts. Maybe your vibe calls for peach delicacies as a Georgia shoutout. Or perhaps you’d like to channel the festival feel with popcorn of different varieties. There are so many creative ways you can contain hand-held snacks so that they’re ready to snatch off the serving table and be enjoyed. Think tiny Mason jars, personalized paper cones, or even cocktail or martini glasses. Presentation is key! Don’t forget cute napkins, fancy skewers or tiny utensils for that extra special touch.

MAIN COURSE ARRANGEMENTS How will you structure your main course? Gone are the days when plated and buffet are your only two options. There are many serving methods that allow you to create an elegant atmosphere while also minimizing

touch points for your guests. You can be thoughtful in creating safe solutions while also letting your guests be a part of a special culinary experience. Plated meals: Plated meals served by trained waitstaff are classic and elegant. This option leaves the foodhandling to the experts and eliminates any need for sharing serving spoons. Made-to-order chef stations: Another way to serve the main course hands-free is to feature made-toorder stations. With this method, chefs will create a custom plate for each person based on their preferences. You can offer several stations that each highlight a different type of cuisine, like an Italian pasta spot or a meat-carving table with various sauces. Bento boxes: If you need to consider a meal plan that does not require waitstaff, bento boxes are a perfect solution. Your caterer will prepackage the main course into individual containers placed on guests’ place settings. Not only are these single servings safe and sanitary, but they can be really unique and fun. Family-style seating: Try breaking down the buffet to fit on each individual table. This allows guests the ability to serve themselves without having to share with strangers. Plus what’s more picture-perfect than a gorgeous spread and a beautiful mini wedding cake on each table? You’ll have to be sure about your guest list far enough in advance to plan this out, but family tables are a great way to keep social distancing in mind and include loved ones who may need to be extra careful.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE Whether your entire reception is being held outdoors or you just want to allow an opportunity for your guests to catch some fresh air, serving food outside can be a great option. But there are a few things you should think about in order to make al fresco dining a success. Check the temperature: The climate in your region and the time of year will have a big impact on the types of food you should consider serving outside. Try to think of items that could last over an hour at the average outdoor temperature and still be considered fresh and enjoyable.

You should also think through ways to keep the mosquitoes or bees away, like screen tenting or insect-repelling torches or candles. Food trucks: Want to add an epic Instagrammable moment to your night? Food trucks are not just for street food and they can be used to serve almost anything under the sun. Maybe your truck could be a pop-up bar for cocktails and local brews or a sweets station for donuts and mini Bundt cakes. Or it could be the perfect setting for your ice cream sundae station! Perhaps you don’t have the space for a full-sized food truck. What about a small cart pushed by a waiter? Think about a rolling freezer cart offering creamsicles or a portable chef station serving appetizers whipped up fresh for each guest.

DESSERTS AND SWEETS Maybe a large wedding cake isn’t your style. You can still cut a ceremonial cake while offering your guests individual treats they can grab whenever they feel like it. Set up a s’mores station or offer single-serving cups of melted chocolate, with marshmallows and fruit on a decorative stick. Create a photo-worthy dessert wall displaying donuts, cake pops or cupcakes. Seethrough containers like cocktail glasses or Mason jars are perfect for showing off decorative treats like parfaits, layer cakes, puddings or other desserts that look as good as they taste. Once you start thinking outside the box, you’ll realize that there are plenty of ways to jazz up your dessert course beyond the traditional slice of cake for every guest.

TELL YOUR STORY However you choose to serve your meals for your wedding, be sure that the dishes are meaningful to you and your partner. Your food choices are a great way to share your story with your guests. Maybe that means including some traditional dishes from your ethnic heritage or selecting foods that hold special memories. Don’t be afraid to be creative when it comes to the presentation. Surprising your guests with something delightful and unexpected is a perfect way to create a memorable culinary experience. ■

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steam, branching beyond the evening hours is becoming more common. Just because a celebration does not include a traditional dinner doesn’t mean it’s not a formal occasion. Have you thought about hosting a luncheon? Mid-day meals are the most flexible — you can dress them up or down to suit your preferences. You have the opportunity to serve a main course similar to what you might have offered at an evening party, or you can choose to go a more casual route. Or how about a brunch reception? You may never have attended a wedding celebration that included breakfast dishes before, but this option offers some delightful cuisine opportunities that are sure to make your guests say “wow.” You could feature crepes filled with fruit or chocolate with a dusting of powdered sugar, and no one would know if it was dessert or the main course. With brunch parties, everything can be sweet — the sky’s the limit!


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ake tasting is often a couple’s favorite part of preparing for their big day. Not only do you get to eat amazing samples of cake together, but it also checks off a wedding list to-do. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? With infinite possibilities of flavor combinations, shapes and sizes, many couples find the task of deciding on a wedding cake that is delicious, as well as visually pleasing, to be a bit daunting. Your cake is often the centerpiece of your reception decor, so it needs to complement your overall vibe and fit in with your carefully chosen color palette. Read on to ensure that you’re prepared to make the most of your cake tasting and selection experience.

PREPARATION In order to make your wedding cake tasting go as smoothly and successfully as possible, some upfront preparation is required. There are six key pieces of information to know before you reach out to a bakery and cake designer: 1. Wedding Date – Selecting your wedding date is crucial before you make plans with a cake designer, especially if your celebration falls on a busy holiday for weddings, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day or New Year’s Day. By rule of thumb, couples are advised to begin reaching out to bakeries at least nine months ahead of their big day. Give yourself enough time to research bakers and cake designers in your

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If your wedding is designed with elegance in mind, you may want to go with a wedding cake that is more traditional in style. This can include piped flowers like roses or real flowers as accents. Lighter colors are usually associated with elegance, so stick with a fair color that matches the rest of your wedding theme to make the cake the centerpiece of your reception. If your wedding is more modern, you may want to go with more vivid colors. An ombre cake, for example, can create an eye-drawing centerpiece. You can keep it simple, or spice it up with flowers and other decorations. Including bright, dramatic colors can ensure that your cake matches your contemporary theme. A rustic wedding may inspire you to pick a naked cake. Naked cakes usually include some type of filling, like fresh fruit, but aren’t fully frosted on the outside so some of the “naked” cake shows through. If you don’t enjoy the taste of icing, this may be exactly the cake for you! And bonus — less frosting means less of a mess! 6. Budget – Do your research to get a feel for what you may want in a cake and to determine what aligns with your allotted budget. After deciding on a potential vendor or two, set up a meeting. Keep in mind that most wedding cake tastings come with a fee of around $25 per session. However, this price is often credited to your cake purchase if you choose that specific designer. Always remain realistic about your budget, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. A cake designer may be able to help you achieve the look and feel you want with an alternate technique or product.

is then usually spent on everyone’s favorite part — tasting and rating the cake flavors and options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your cake designer is an expert and wants you to feel comfortable making decisions about your wedding cake. And you want to be comfortable with your final decision, so ask questions about processes you may not understand or if you have a special request. For example, many bakeries present the couple with a selection of their most popular cake flavors and fillings, as well as their seasonal selections. But if you have something specific in mind, it’s alright to ask for a different flavor. If you already have this flavor in mind prior to your tasting, ask ahead of time so the bakery can be prepared and have that flavor combination ready for you.

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For the cake designer, setting up a cake tasting appointment can take two-anda-half hours at the very least. However, on the day of the tasting, you can look forward to spending about an hour at the consultation. The first half of the meeting is typically spent confirming details and specifications, as well as going over the design of your wedding and any ideas you already have for your wedding cake. The last half hour

After your tasting, you should follow up to confirm your choices and any additional details. Overall, with a little preparation, every cake tasting can be a fun process, and get you one step closer to choosing the perfect cake designer for your wedding. While your wedding cake is only one aspect of your big day, the joy you will receive when you find the perfect slice is so sweet. Bon appétit! ■

THE LOGISTICS There’s a lot to consider once the cake leaves the bakery and makes its way to the venue. Leave the delivery up to the baker so you don’t have to worry about the cake arriving safely. Most bakeries service the immediate areas around them; however, if you live far away from the cake designer you really like, that doesn’t mean you can’t choose him or her. Simply ask what the charge would be to deliver to your desired destination. Also ask if the delivery is insured and if the delivery charges are included in the price of the cake. Plan to leave extra time for your cake designer to make last-minute adjustments prior to the reception. Most professionals suggest that getting the cake to the venue about an hour to an hour and half before guests arrive is the most ideal.

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area, schedule tastings and make your final decision. A word of caution: If you are planning on purchasing a cake with sugar flowers, plan to add on two to three months. Sugar flowers are beautiful additions, but as any cake designer can tell you, they are not built in a day. 2. Venue Choice – Your venue can influence the design of your wedding cake. As long as you choose a venue that fits your style, it will be easier to translate that style into the design of your cake. For example, a rustic barn or a chic, contemporary museum will deliver two very different cake designs. 3. Number of Guests – It is unlikely you have your final guest headcount by the time you begin your cake tasting, but a rough estimate can dictate how many tiers of cake you need in order to offer everyone a slice on your big day. 4. Flavor Ideas – Deciding on the flavor of the cake may be the most difficult part of the process. You want to find something that everyone loves, while making sure you still enjoy the cake as well. If you and your partner have different tastes, consider alternating flavor combinations by tier. You can pick something safe for the largest tier — think vanilla or chocolate — and then each choose a more personalized flavor combination for the remaining tiers. Consider choosing more daring flavor combinations, such as lemon raspberry, hazelnut praline, cookies and cream, coffee or salted caramel. Selecting unique, personalized cake flavors can help put a delicious twist on the final notes of your celebration. 5. Design Ideas – You and your partner should have rough ideas on the floral and décor, or the overall look and feel of your wedding before you go in for a consultation. Make sure you compile cake inspiration to share with your cake designer. Swatches of your gown, bridesmaid dresses or tapestry colors are also great visual tools to show your cake designer to create a cake that is a perfect color match. The more specific you are with your vision and examples, the more creative the cake designer can be with bringing your ideas to life.


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Picture Perfect HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS “THE ONE”

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f there’s just one thing you want to get right when planning your wedding (other than, you know, selecting the person who will be standing on the other side of the aisle) it’s your wedding photographer. After all the champagne is gone, the flowers are wilted and the dancing shoes are in the closet, this is the guy or gal who will be entrusted with making sure every memorable moment was captured. When your big day winds down, the photos that were captured will be some of your most precious keepsakes for years to come. Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide who will be clicking the shutter on what will probably be the most photographed day of your life. (No pressure!)

1. HAVE A CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. One of the great joys of the Internet age is that you can click through the wedding photographs of practically anyone you want, within a matter of minutes. Do your research before meeting with photographers to get a clear sense of what style of photography you want: vintage, artsy, classic portraits, candid, edgy, documentary-style, tons of black-and-white. Then, once you know what you like (and, equally as important, what you don’t) make that known to any photographers you’re considering. They want you to

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love your photographs just as much as they do. So, if your styles don’t mesh, don’t worry, just be honest! While you’re reviewing styles of photography, also take note of any unique images you gravitate toward. By doing so, your photographer can have an understanding of what you’d like captured and confirm that your styles coincide. It’s also a chance for you to make a list of any photos you know you’ll want taken on your big day. Most photographers will ask you for this anyway, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. This way, you will be sure your photographs are as unique as your wedding day itself.

2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. We all know there is a chance of something going awry on your wedding day, so make sure you ask the hard questions and get the fine print up front. First things first, before you fall head-over-heels in love with the work of a photographer, decide your budget. Make sure you’re clear on what that budget actually is and how much you’re willing to budge for your dream photos. Then, be sure to take the time to meet for a consultation and interview a few photographers. Ask questions like: • What happens if the photographer becomes suddenly and violently ill on our wedding day? • What does a post-production timeline look like? • How long will it take to get the proofs back? • How many photos can we expect? • When can we anticipate receiving the wedding album? • What options are available for guests who want to order a few photos of their own? • Will there be an online photo album available for sharing? • What’s your policy on posting our wedding images to social media, etc? There are no stupid questions when it comes to finding the perfect wedding photographer, we promise. Also, while you’re meeting with the photographer ask to see photography samples in person. Of course, you have

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scrolled through dozens of pictures from their online albums, social media and blog posts! But, looking at images online doesn’t quite compare to looking at a printed piece. Now is also the time to ask and make note about the wedding album styles they offer and any large-print and canvas options they might have.

3. MAKE SURE YOU VIBE WITH ONE ANOTHER. You might be inclined to focus in on the photo-specific details right away such as: How many weddings have you shot? What is your creative aesthetic? But first, make sure the two of you click. While you hardly have to become instant besties or promise to name your firstborn after the fellow person snapping your wedding photos, it is important that you’re comfortable around one another. (This person is, after all, going to be snapping every kiss, slow dance and gooey-eyed gaze you share with your new spouse. You want to be able to be yourself in front of them). Pay attention to how you feel around them — what your energy is like, how comfortable you are cracking a joke or asking questions — and let that feeling help guide you.

4. BOOK YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. After meeting for a consultation to answer all of your questions about the investment, process and timeline, it’s time to book your engagement session with your dream photographer. This is the perfect way to get more familiar with your photographer —and for your photographer to get more familiar with you. They will be able to use that time to pick up on the subtleties of your relationship, as well as what lighting and poses look the best for the two of you. (If Instagram has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t underestimate the power of good lighting).

5. PRACTICE YOUR POSES. Posing is much easier said than done. It’s one thing to understand how your body should be posed, it’s another

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thing to actually do it. Don’t be fooled by the way models seem to effortlessly slide into crazy-photogenic poses. Remember that these individuals are trained professionals who make their careers out of being photographed. They had to work hard to make it look so easy. The truth about good posing is that it’s often uncomfortable. As many photographers will tell you: if you’re not sore, then you’re probably not doing it right. That idea might seem counterintuitive at first. But sometimes what feels awkward actually looks way more natural than you might think. The best thing you can do is to try to relax into the pose if possible. If you’re still not convinced, your photographer should be able to show you how the photos are looking as you go along. On the other hand, while some poses can be a bit uncomfortable, you should never be in pain! If your photographer poses you in such a way that is excruciating, don’t suffer in silence. Let them know so they can adjust and accommodate.

Also, if you are confused by what your photographer wants you to do, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. A good photographer should be able to give you directions that are easy to both understand and execute. One of the most common questions couples ask when being photographed is, “What should we be doing with our hands?” This is a very valid question. Many times, the instant you step in front of the camera, your arms suddenly feel like paperweights dangling uselessly at your side. You need to give them some purpose. But you don’t have to make it too complicated. In fact, it could be as simple as both of you using your hands to support the bouquet, throwing your ring hand out in front of you to show off your bling or even delicately resting your hands on each other’s shoulders or waists. Again, your photographer will guide and assist you, but the main takeaway is to always make sure your hands are engaged. Poor posture, along with being bad for your spine, is also very obvious

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in photos. A good remedy is to start developing better body awareness. In fact, you can start right now! Take stock of the position of your body. How are you sitting? Slumped forward with a curved spine and slouchy shoulders? That simply won’t do. Take a moment to draw your shoulders back, opening up your chest and lifting your chin. Draw your belly button to your spine to give yourself an instantly tighter stomach. Make a conscious effort to sit and stand up straighter. The sooner you make good posture a habit, the easier it will be to maintain when the wedding day jitters kick in. But maintaining good posture doesn’t mean you have to be tense. Occasionally, check to make sure you aren’t holding any unnecessary tension. Remember to relax your shoulders and unclench your jaw. Getting more comfortable in front of the camera with your photographer behind the lens will ensure that the photos they capture on your wedding day are picture-perfect. ■


Fine Tuning MUSIC SETS THE SCENE LIKE NOTHING ELSE. ENSURE THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LOVE IS RIGHT ON KEY

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usic has a powerful way of conveying feelings and emotions. You know that one song on the radio? The one that you have to stop what you’re doing to belt out the lyrics? Well, now it’s time to think about what song you want to turn on to take you back to your first dance with your new spouse. By working closely with the musicians or DJ, you can craft the perfect soundtrack for your special day.

PRELUDE Think of it as welcoming music that is played as your guests find their seats. You should plan for about 30 minutes of prelude music to play in the background before the first

person walks down the aisle. Many couples choose selections that incorporate harmonious music, instrumental tracks or soft acoustic songs. As you pick these melodies, remember that the prelude music will be among the first details to set the mood and tone of your big day.

WEDDING PARTY PROCESSIONAL This processional is played when your wedding party and certain family members, like parents and grandparents, walk down the aisle. The processional music not only helps build anticipation and excitement for your entrance, but also sets the tone for the entire ceremony. A classical song like “Jesu,

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Joy of Man’s Desiring,” for example, can set the stage for a traditional Christian ceremony. If you’re planning an upbeat, unconventional ceremony, you can go the route of a modern pop song. Try to make sure that whatever you pick is different enough from the prelude music so that everyone knows it’s officially time to start.

PRIMARY PROCESSIONAL The moment you first walk down the aisle is an immense one. A selection like “Canon in D” beautifully communicates a feeling of romance for both traditional and more contemporary ceremonies. The primary processional music does not have to be different from the wedding party’s processional. If there is one song that speaks to you for both, feel free to stick with it, but consider pinpointing a spot within the music (such as a big crescendo or a key change) that adds an extra “oomph” to your entrance.

RECESSIONAL The recessional song, which begins when you and your new spouse take

your first steps as a newly married couple, tends to be more celebratory and upbeat than the processionals. Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” is one of the most traditional tunes for this occasion. There are plenty of other directions you can take depending on your wedding style. For example, The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” is an equally joyful tune, and American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” is perfect for a contemporary twist.

you are as a couple. An upbeat ’90s classic, for example, can symbolize your quirky lightheartedness, while an emotional ballad may represent your enduring love. Perhaps a classic by Frank Sinatra is more your vibe, or you could choose an upbeat arrangement to show off your dance moves. If you are having trouble deciding, consider the overall vibe of your wedding and which of your favorites may fit best.

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Your first official introduction to your guests as a newly married couple is during your recessional, but your entrance to the reception heralds the true start of the celebration. For the rest of the night, your friends and family will take their cues from you, so if you are sending a message that says, “Let’s party and have fun!” they will heed it and join right in.

Just as the first song sets the tone for the reception, the feeling of the last song is what your guests may carry with them and later recall as one of the strongest memories of your day. You can choose to end the night on a romantic note with a sentimental ballad to represent your love. Or, you can conclude with a high-energy song to get everyone on the dance floor one last time, or you can pick a classic, such as “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Have fun and choose something that will send you and your guests off smiling. ■

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TRANSPORTATION

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FORM MEETS FUNCTION WITH THOUGHTFUL TRANSPORTATION CHOICES ON YOUR BIG DAY

rganizing wedding day transportation isn’t necessarily at the top of every engaged couple’s to-do list. But when the big day finally arrives, the last thing you want to be thinking about is how you and your entire wedding party are getting from the ceremony to the reception — and it’s not a detail you want to leave until the last minute. The good news is that wedding day transportation doesn’t have to be all about the logistics of getting from Point A to B. With a little thought and advanced planning, you can schedule wedding day transportation that is not only functional, but also fun.

GIVE YOURSELF THE VIP TREATMENT. If you’re planning a sleek and sophisticated wedding, arranging a fleet of luxury cars or a stretch limo to transport you and your wedding party from the ceremony to the reception may be just the ticket. The tinted windows and bubbly make for a relaxing and refreshing ride, the kind of break you need between saying “I do” and dancing the night away.

GO OLD SCHOOL. If your wedding has more of a vintage feel, then consider arranging the service of an antique automobile company. For

the car-loving couple, classic cars make for some one-of-a-kind wedding snapshots and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Plus, lots of classic car rental companies have props on hand (think red carpets, roses and parasols) for couples who want their wedding transportation to double as a creative photo opp.

TRY A TROLLEY. Wedding trolleys are fun, and if you’re trying to transport a lot of your guests at once (or have a lot of folks in the wedding party), a trolley may be the way to go. There’s plenty of space to start the party a little early — so be sure you have a couple bottles of champagne and your dancing shoes on hand.

DO SOMETHING TOTALLY YOU. Do you and your fiancé love riding motorcycles? Was your first date a tandem bike ride? Do you want to feel like royalty arriving in a horse-drawn carriage? Consider incorporating something unique and representative of the two of you into your wedding day transportation.

MAKE IT FUN! If your vendors allow, be sure to bring plenty of champagne, a playlist of your favorite tunes and anything else to make your journey from ceremony to reception a blast. ■

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o inspiration is quite like the real deal — from every day couples who understand the demands and delights of planning a wedding. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of weddings, but it’s the stories and special moments that never cease to amaze us. We’ve hand selected each of the following real weddings for their powerful love stories, unique details and sense of style. Look to these real weddings for ideas. Each features talented vendors and amazing imagery that are sure to help you envision your own big day and build your ideal vendor team to make it a reality. Remember to infuse your own personal style into your wedding to create a day that’s perfect for you and your love.

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ALLISON & JAMES A round of smoothies and a few games of Connect Four at a local coffee shop was all James and Allison needed to see the amazing connection they had. James said it was like a first date that never ended. Two years later, in September 2020, James proposed to Allison at the Longleaf Restaurant inside the Atlanta Botanical Gardens — a place where they share a lot of beautiful memories. Allison had always dreamed of getting married at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina, so it was an easy choice, after touring the venue, to select it as the place where they would host their entire wedding. The overall day had an air of intimacy and elegance with a wisteria, pink, silver and white color palette. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the wedding party moved into the Hyatt’s ballroom for the reception and James and Allison shared their first dance. “We danced on a cloud for the first dance,” James says. “It was like a scene from a movie. And the father/daughter and mother/son dances were truly special.” The father/daughter dance was probably Allison’s most memorable moment. “My dad really came to the party and showed his moves that day!” The DJ kept an energetic atmosphere with song choices that sparked “that’s my song” moments for people over and over again. For the meal, guests enjoyed a plated dinner of chicken or salmon served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. The whole day unfolded beautifully, and the couple honeymooned in Jamaica. NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 60 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.


VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: LaPorchae Thompson with Lasting Moments Events PHOTOGRAPHER: Danielle Brown Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Jonquil Creative VENUE: Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina ENGAGEMENT RING: Kay Jewelers WEDDING RINGS: Kay Jewelers (Allison) and Zales (James)

FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse GROOM’S SHOES: Johnston & Murphy BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: David’s Bridal HAIR: Victoria Alana, Beauté Boutique MAKEUP: Joyua Gibson, BeSimply Stunning INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted FLORAL & DÉCOR: Perfect Petals

BRIDE’S GOWN: David’s Bridal

CAKE & SWEETS: Confection Perfection

BRIDE’S SHOES: Badgley Mischka

ENTERTAINMENT: Exquisite Sounds Entertainment

BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES: Swarovski

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JOY & ERIC Joy and Eric met on a dating website and had instant chemistry. It wasn’t until roughly five years later, however, that they reconnected and started dating again. Even after all those years, the magic of that first date was still there, and they both knew they’d found “the one.” When it came time to organize their wedding, Joy and Eric gave their event planner one goal: to wow them. The team at A Conceal Affair certainly delivered. The couple had two spring ceremonies. They held a traditional Nigerian wedding to celebrate Joy’s heritage, followed by a modern American wedding at Fox Theatre, where the two love attending events. The Nigerian wedding was blooming with colorful, elaborate clothing; joyful music; a stunning performance by the Nigerian Dance Troupe; and authentic Nigerian cuisine. The American wedding had the aesthetics of a fairytale wonderland with florals cascading from oversized vases and an emerald, gold, ivory and blush color palette. The menu included wow-factor bites, like BBQ lamb ribs, beef wellington, crab cakes and salmon. The myriad entertainment elements — including a performance by Orchestra Noir to honor Eric’s Louisiana culture — kept everyone dancing all night. The couple said their most memorable moments were all about celebrating their love. Eric said he loved sharing their vows. For Joy, walking down the aisle toward Eric and the first dance as husband and wife were particularly special. “Our first dance was about being in the moment and basking in our love for each other.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 250 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: A Conceal Affair PHOTOGRAPHER: Milanes Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Thomas Vision Films RECEPTION VENUES: Grand Palais & Fox Theatre ENGAGEMENT RING: Rare Carat WEDDING RINGS: New York Jewelers BRIDE’S GOWN: (Nigerian) Patience Moseri Attire & Conceal Couture; (American) Amalia Carrara & Conceal Couture

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR: Conceal Couture & American Kimono Collection

GROOMSMEN FORMALWEAR: Kimono Collection BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Bridals by Lori HAIR: Linda Styles MAKEUP: Tomilola Biggles INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Conceal Papiere FLORAL & DÉCOR: Lily Events CATERING: (Nigerian) Rea Catering & Events (American) Affair to Remember

CAKE & SWEETS: Edith ENTERTAINMENT: Deejaytunes, Orchestra Noir, (Nigerian MC) Nwajeasus, (American MC) MC Milarito

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MADISON & BRANDON To mark a milestone in their relationship, Madison booked a couple’s photo session — loving the idea of looking back over the years to see how they had grown together. Brandon had a secret plan, though. Part way through the session, he spun her around and proposed. “I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough,” Madison says. Ready to tie the knot, Madison and Brandon planned their wedding in just under a year so they could exchange “I do’s” amid the vibrancy of the fall colors in an outdoor ceremony. The venue selection was easy, Madison says. Macon’s Place in Cataula, Georgia has a beautiful outdoor setting with space for a ceremony and reception. On the day of their wedding, Brandon watched Madison approach the alter as her two uncles walked her down the aisle. Tragically, Madison’s dad passed away two weeks before the wedding. To commemorate him, a memory candle was lit so he could “shine down on us” during the service. For the reception, Madison’s uncle catered the meal with slow roasted pork, baked beans and potato salad. For the cakes, Madison opted for a vanilla round cake with strawberry filling and buttercream icing and Brandon’s dessert was strawberry and traditional cheesecake. A few unexpected last minute errands made Madison wish she’d hired a wedding planner. But in the end, the day was basically perfect. “Don’t sweat the little stuff,” Madison advises to future brides. “The only thing that matters is you get to marry your best friend at the end of the day.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 100

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VENDOR LIST PHOTOGRAPHER: Forever Love Wedding Photography

VENUE: Macon’s Place OFFICIANT: Roger Newman ENGAGEMENT RING: Kay Jewelers WEDDING RINGS: Antlers and Kay Jewelers

FORMALWEAR: Wrangler BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Azazie HAIR & MAKEUP: Kaitlyn Elhard CAKE & SWEETS: Raven Cowart SIGNAGE: Southern Stroke Design ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Katastrophic Demand

BRIDE’S GOWN: Stella New York JEWELRY: Dillard’s

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THERESE & DONALD Persistence paid off in the story of how Therese and Donald started dating. When he initially messaged her on Match.com, Therese responded that she didn’t think they were a good match and wished him luck. Undeterred, Donald eventually wooed her with funny notes and check-ins until the two decided to meet — and it was amazing. A drinks date turned into dinner, and they ended up closing down the restaurant. Therese and Donald celebrated their love with a lavish New Year’s Eve wedding, ringing in 2020 with a formal black-tie ceremony. The winter wonderland theme made for photographic backdrops at every turn with dramatic florals and silver trees. “The décor was luxe with velvet and textured fabric,” Therese says. “There were lots of lights, full floral arrangements and several wow-factors throughout the wedding. This was meant not only to be visually pleasing to the eye but also to provide a sensory trigger for guests to touch and taste all the things that were put in their way.” After the sit-down dinner, guests went up to the rooftop of The Don CeSar hotel and watched the New Year’s Eve fireworks before heading into the couple’s after-party where a DJ kept everyone dancing for hours. Therese said she could not have done the wedding without their wedding planner and florist, who brought her dream to life perfectly. NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 150

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: Anna Christine Events PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathy Thomas Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Yamean Studios VENUE: The Don CeSar hotel ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS: Roman Malayev

BRIDE’S GOWN: Galia Lahav & Stephen Yearick JEWELRY: Roman Malayev of Forever Diamond GROOM’S FORMALWEAR: Custom suit GROOM’S SHOES: Cole Haan GROOM’S WATCH: Rolex BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: White Runway GROOMSMEN FORMALWEAR: Men’s Warehouse HAIR & MAKEUP: Carlos Giles & Timothy Clark INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Oda Creative FLORAL & DÉCOR: Raining Roses CAKE & SWEETS: Artistic Whisk ENTERTAINMENT: Firefly Productions

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HANNAH & AUSTIN After seven years of dating, Hannah and Austin decided to tie the knot with a ceremony that incorporated their love for the outdoors and bits of Kentucky culture (where the two of them attended college). Finding the right venue was a top priority. When they found Meadows at Mossy Creek in the north Georgia mountains, they knew they’d found the one. The seamless indoor/outdoor space allowed everyone to enjoy the majesty of the mountains. The softness of their wedding colors—white, champagne and blush—enhanced the beauty of the venue without detracting from the stunning views. “I wanted something timeless, light, romantic and natural,” Hannah says. She wore a dress by her dream designer, Sarah Seven, and added elements from her grandparents to feel closer to them on her special day. For “something old,” she wore her greatgrandmother’s opal, sapphire and diamond ring. To commemorate her grandfather (who passed away a few months before the wedding) she had one of his handkerchiefs embroidered in blue. One of the sweetest moments was Austin and Hannah’s first dance. When the two started dating, Hannah heard the song “The One” by Kodaline and knew one day it would be the song they danced to at their wedding. “In the song, the words say, ‘you make my heart feel like it’s summer, when the rain is pouring down,’” she says. “Crazy enough, our wedding day was full of rain showers. Although I did not anticipate having an outdoor wedding in the rain, it quickly became my favorite memory of our day.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 200 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: One Weddings Events

HAIR & MAKEUP: Erin Ryser

PHOTOGRAPHER: Georgia Miller Photography

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Paper Paper Co.

VENUE: Meadows at Mossy Creek

FLORAL & DÉCOR: The Fresh Bloom

BRIDE’S GOWN: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory

CAKE & SWEETS: Cake Envy

FORMALWEAR: Jos A Bank

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Aetii from One Night ATL

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Fame & Partners

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CELINE & SHAWN Celine and Shawn knew they had something special when they met for a second time at a work event. At first, the conversation was business-related. But as they veered into other topics, they both realized they had an intense connection. Five years later, Shawn proposed on New Year’s Eve, and the couple officially tied the knot in May 2021. It was important to them that their wedding was true to who they are, so Celine and Shawn blended traditional and modern elements — like a Cord, Veil and Coin ceremony that’s traditional in Filipino weddings, and jumping the broom, which is customary in African cultures. Some of the other personal touches were subtle, like the champagne theme that appeared within their wedding colors, party favors and couple’s hashtag, but it “made the day feel like it was truly ours and no one else’s,” Celine says. To make sure their day felt even more intimate, Shawn and Celine decided to have a private first look so they could spend some time together before the festivities began. “Exchanging our own vows was another one of the highlights of our wedding,” Celine says. “It allowed us to bring our full selves to the ceremony.” As the day went on, two DJs kept the energy lively, and the dance floor was busy the entire night. Shawn DJ’s in his free time, so having a great one at the wedding was on his list of must-haves. Celine’s advice is to prioritize things that are important to you. “Don’t worry about what you’re ‘supposed’ to spend on,” Celine says. “Put your money into the things that bring you the most joy.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 127 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: Truly Ewers Events PHOTOGRAPHER: Fotos by Fola/Afolabi Sogunro VIDEOGRAPHER: Iris Films VENUE: The Georgian Terrace ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS: Sheryl Jones Jewelry

BRIDE’S GOWN: Anne Barge via Kleinfeld Bridal BRIDE’S SHOES: Dolce & Gabbana FORMALWEAR: Connaisseur Paris GROOM’S SHOES: Santoni GROOM’S CUFFLINKS: Ferragamo BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Alfred Sung HAIR & MAKEUP: Alee Artistry & Ashley Green INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted & Taylored Design Company

FLORAL & DÉCOR: Ornate Events CAKE & SWEETS: The Frosted Pumpkin ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Cosi & Emcee DJ Dane

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MOLLY & CAMPBELL Molly and Campbell were both working on different reality TV shows when their manager made it his mission to connect the two. The three of them went out for dinner, and Molly and Campbell ended up talking for hours after he left. Six years later, Molly proposed during a weekend getaway. She cut a hole in the side of a Nerf football and hid a candy ring pop inside for Campbell to find as they were tossing it back and forth. After hinting that something seemed wrong with the ball, Campbell pulled out the ring pop, and Molly got down on one knee with a real engagement ring in hand. A month later, Campbell surprised Molly by proposing during a hike. “That’s the awesome thing about being two women,” Molly says. “I was totally caught off guard.” The LA-based couple decided on a destination wedding to Savannah, Georgia — a place they’d visited and fell in love with a year earlier. The pair exchanged vows in front of a 300-yearold oak tree at Red Gate Farm and held the reception at the farm’s granary building. They planned special elements, like a photo booth camper for guests. For their first dance, Molly and Campbell selected “The Story” cover by Dolly Parton. And in addition to a two-tiered cake, they had an armadillo cake — just like in the movie “Steel Magnolias.” To end the night, Molly and Campbell exited through a sea of sparklers and boarded a trolley that took everyone back to their hotel, where they continued the party at the Alida’s rooftop bar. “Our wedding was exactly what we wanted,” Molly says, “a casual affair with all of our closest friends and family.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 90 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: Laura Morris of Coastal Vintage Events

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mollie Woody of Jeff & Mollie VENUE: Red Gate Farms ENGAGEMENT RINGS: Brilliant Earth & Tacori WEDDING RINGS: Brilliant Earth CAMPBELL’S GOWN: Willowby by Watters Hearst Gown

CAMPBELL’S SHOES: Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low in pink

MOLLY’S SHOES: DSW & Teva HAIR & MAKEUP: Bride’s Side Beauty INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted FLORAL & DÉCOR: Flower Child Floral Design CATERING: Delightful Catering CAKE & SWEETS: Kristen Mills Cake Design ENTERTAINMENT: Jordon Bala & Top Shelf Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION: Trolleys from Old Savannah Tours

MOLLY’S GOWN: Lovely Bride Chicago

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BROOKE & ANDY Brooke was in Atlanta the summer of 2011 visiting her sister when she met Andy at the local pool. Brooke’s sister, Alison, was working with Andy that summer and introduced them while Andy was on lifeguard duty. Andy remembers feeling completely smitten by Brooke, and they kept in touch over the next several years until Brooke moved to Atlanta, and the two eventually began dating in 2016. Andy proposed on their annual Christmas date, surprising Brooke on the rooftop of the Ponce City Market while she was chatting with her sisters. In Andy’s words, “It was nothing short of a Christmas miracle when she said yes.” The COVID-19 pandemic forced the couple to pivot their initial plans a few times, including the decision to have a more intimate guest list of close friends and family. Their wedding fell on the New Year’s holiday weekend, so they planned a late-night wedding for a party-like atmosphere. Everyone gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the King for the ceremony before going to the reception at The Little Cottage in Smyrna. Instead of a traditional sitdown dinner, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served. The decor for the reception was simple and romantic, with candles illuminating the space; greenery-decked tables; and a neon sign that read “It was always you,” gifted by Brooke’s sisters. The DJ kept the party going long into the evening and everyone ended the night with a drinking game. “The day was such a whirlwind,” Andy says. “But I think the most memorable moment was getting to do our first look with just us.” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 90 To see more photos from this real wedding, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/real-weddings.

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VENDOR LIST DAY-OF COORDINATOR: Stephanie Mulé with Endive

PHOTOGRAPHER: The Amanda Kate Co. CEREMONY VENUE: Cathedral of Christ the King RECEPTION VENUE: The Little Cottage ENGAGEMENT RING: Trumpet and Horn WEDDING RINGS: Etsy BRIDE’S GOWN: Jasmine Bridal from Aimee’s Bridal VEIL: Carrie’s Bridal BRIDE’S EARRINGS: J. Crew GROOM’S FORMALWEAR: Jos A. Bank BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Various retailers GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR: Vera Wang Black from Jos A. Bank

HAIR & MAKEUP: Tracey Wilson with Fringe Salon and Torianna Wilson Visuals

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted FLORAL & DÉCOR: Nicole Bishop with Atlanta Event Florals

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HOLLY & BRAD The reception announcement that introduces a newly married couple is always a memorable moment, but having the legendary Chuck Norris perform the task is on an entirely different level. Brad and Holly had bonded over Hollywood stories when they first met — Brad had lived in L.A. for a time and Holly was interested in film school — so, naturally, silver screen icons were woven into their special day. Holly even had her cousin impersonate Marilyn Monroe during dinner, walking from table to table to snap photos with guests. “Having been in the wedding industry for 12 years prior to being engaged, I knew the exact vision for my big day,” Holly says. “So, the challenge was how to mix traditional elements with some that were unexpected, unforgettable and very us.” Holly landed on a European glam theme. She wanted guests to feel transported to another time, so the atmosphere had an air of opulence. The ceremony aisle was adorned with candles and roses and the reception was decorated with layers of white, pink and gold. As beautiful and perfect as the setting was, the most special part of the wedding day was being with each other and sharing their vows. “Brad’s most memorable moment of the entire day was seeing me, his bride, for the first time,” Holly says. “He said he knew right then and there in that moment that he had made the best decision of his life. Swoon!” NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 130

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VENDOR LIST EVENT PLANNER: Susan Eiseman & Erica French

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Revelry

PHOTOGRAPHER: Bud Johnson Photography

HAIR & MAKEUP: Southern Belle by Maria Noel

VENUE: The Mansion on Forsyth

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Etsy

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS: KE Butler &

FLORAL & DÉCOR: Southern Graces

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Welcome to the Atlanta Style Weddings Fall/Winter supplement! We’ve added some bonus content to the issue to give you even more inspiration. Here you will find more gorgeous ideas, fantastic vendors and helpful tips for planning a beautiful wedding in Atlanta.

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Wildflowers: Stories from the Field

September/October

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DANIELLE BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

Ceremonies & Receptions

November/December

Advertisers’ Index Ceremony & Reception Locations

Photography

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WA LT O N IDEAL FOR “I DO” In South Walton, Florida, you can truly have it all. With an idyllic setting, distinctive venues and convenient amenities, there’s nothing standing between you and the wedding of your dreams. These 16 unique beach neighborhoods are filled with opportunities to create lasting memories. With great year-round weather, any season is perfect for starting your ‘happily ever after.’

W H AT ’ S B E S T F O R Y O U R G U E S T S This upscale yet relaxing destination was named one of “The World’s Greatest Places” by TIME Magazine. Your guests will enjoy excellent dining featuring Gulf-fresh seafood and upscale options for farm-to-table cuisine, as well as a wide variety of boutique shopping and championship golf, all with 26 miles of beautiful white-sand beach as your backdrop. Luxurious accommodations range from boutique hotels to beach cottages or full-service resorts. And travel is a breeze, whether by car or by plane. With non-stop flights from 28 U.S. cities, all major carriers service two convenient airports.

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LOCATION The Wildflower 301

Wildflowers

PHOTOGRAPHY & CREATIVE DIRECTION Lana Marie Photography

POEM Terri Haws

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STORIES FROM THE FIELD


See the colors as they come into view Bursting with life of every hue Filling the earth’s barren canvas spreading wide Individual wildflowers growing to abide Each one different and beautifully displayed The diversity of expression not hidden in shade With delicate petals that flutter in the wind A wild and gentle contradiction that goes without end Morning dew glistens like diamonds on graceful leaves Reflecting the sun’s light as the shimmer deceives

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Little Red Flower laying on the ground Fragile and downtrodden waiting to be found Little Yellow Flower blooming very tall It wasn’t that long ago you were scared and small Little Blue Flower swaying in the wind One leaf broken, your sadness will soon end Little Green Flower, petals a little frayed Kicked and stepped on, but your beauty still displayed The Wildflowers are not broken, they were made to bend Turned their petals toward the sun, to heal without end The Wildflowers are strong, they are made to adapt To grow and thrive, never to be entrapped Love is beautiful and a powerful force Love will find you all in due course

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In order to be loved, you must love yourself first Have faith in your abilities, keep quenching the thirst Wildflowers of red, yellow, green and blue Be patient and let the right love find you Little Red Flower look up to find Someone is there and they are kind Plucked with purpose to stand through time Happiness has found you, you will live sublime Little Yellow Flower still standing tall Life hasn’t always been good but you survived it all A new life awaits you, alone you will never be Standing tall together, for all eternity

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Little Blue Flower, sad from a broken leaf The scar it leaves will always remind you of the grief The break is not who you are, but will help you to be The wildflower worthy of love, your heart set free Little Green Flower with your petals frayed Worried about your beauty, don’t be afraid Each wildflower is beautiful in its unique way It’s the beauty of your soul, that will find love to stay. – Terri Haws

LOCATION The Wildflower 301 | PHOTOGRAPHY & CREATIVE DIRECTION Lana Marie Photography FLORAL Wonderstruck Florals | HAIR Lili Grace Hair, FaceIt By Mo | MAKEUP Bridgit Wilson, Olivia Martin ATTIRE Ever-Pretty, SHOWPO | JEWELRY Jessi & Jade Jewelry | CALLIGRAPHY Jessica Kelso | STATIONERY Invited By LamaWorks STAMPS Flourish Fine Writing | WAX SEALS Megan Bruce Designs | MODELS Megan Harris, Madina Korgan, Khaliah Daniels, Bridgit Wilson To see more photos from this fashion shoot, go to atlantastyleweddings.com/wildflowers.

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From This Day Forward WRITING AUTHENTIC WEDDING VOWS

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eyond all the pomp and circumstance and decor, what happens at the altar is the most meaningful part of your wedding. You’ll have an officiant to guide the ceremony, but when it comes to exchanging vows, this is your time to really focus on what matters most. You’ll enter your own bubble as you look into your loved one’s eyes and swear your best and worst days to them. Guests, musicians, officiant and wedding attendants will fade into the background as you have these few minutes to soak in what this celebration is all about. So how do you even start writing such an important collection of words? Let’s get started.

GET A HEAD START

While you’re likely busy with apparel fittings, cake tastings and RSVP collections, don’t wait until the last minute to write your vows. To make sure you’re not rushing and end up with something you’re not satisfied with, get started writing early. As you start brainstorming, set aside a notebook or create a document on your phone/computer to begin compiling tidbits you want to include in your vows. This can be as simple as a bulleted list or as complex as full sentences. By adding ideas and nuggets all along the way, when you finally sit down to perfect it all, you’ll have a good start.

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Some of the most special and unique vows include storytelling elements. It’s special to personalize your vows with inside jokes, memories together and uniquely “you” references. In your notebook, jot down stories about your first meeting or “the moment you knew” as the memories pop into your head. Include favorite songs, TV series and any other special connection you two share. These specifics can be just vague lists, but they will help you start to see patterns you might want to incorporate. The most important part is that you don’t have to do all of this in one sitting. Writing one or two notes down every few days or weeks is all you need! In this step of the process, it can be helpful to practice some freewriting. When you are in a good mood and have some time to spare, grab a pen and paper and just start writing. Freely write about your partner, your relationship, what marriage means to you, etc. These scribbled notes do not need to be perfect poetry, this is just your moment to write uninhibited. You’ll be surprised to find what lovely tidbits will come out of writing pressure-free. You don’t need to write perfectly, what’s important is that you get your thoughts out in front of you.

declaration. Both of these are great vow directions, but finding a middle ground will keep the ceremony cohesive while still including the best parts of you into the vows.

FIND EXAMPLES

If you’re feeling nervous about writing, use vow templates to help you get started. By looking at examples, your mind will automatically start putting things together. There are a lot of examples out there, from videos published on YouTube to written blog posts. Note what styles you don’t like and remember the parts that make your heart skip a beat. Feel free to mix and match your favorite elements from these examples to create something that fits you.

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SECOND SET OF EYES

When you are feeling comfortable about the state of your vows, show them to someone you trust. You likely have been so engulfed in the vows and every specific word that it’ll be hard to take a step back and look at them as a whole. Be open to honest feedback, it’s

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BE ON THE SAME PAGE

Likely, you and your partner have different personalities, which is why you’re joining together to bring out the best parts of each other! So it wouldn’t be a surprise that your approach to writing vows would be different. However, it can be a bit awkward when one partner reads a 10-minute, heartfelt speech, followed by the other sharing only a few (just as heartfelt!) words. To keep your vows on the same page, discuss with your partner what they are planning on writing. You don’t need to reveal specifics, but it is good to have that conversation and see eye to eye. It can be helpful to set a word count range or time limit so that the speeches are similar in duration. Just as important as length, make sure that you two match tones. One partner might fill their vows with jokes and lighthearted fun, while the other plans a tear-jerking and poetry-ridden

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better to receive that now than when you’re reading the vows in front of everyone! While getting a second opinion is useful, keep in mind that your vows are ultimately yours. Some people might disagree with a phrase or two, but if you feel something is important to your relationship, keep it. You know your relationship best and you know what vows will be the most special. Sharing your vows with a friend or family member is also a great way to practice reciting them. When you’re at the altar and nerves are high, you won’t want the words to feel foreign on your tongue. Play around with your delivery, pace and how you’ll express your emotions. Sometimes how you say something is just as important as the words themselves. As you practice, make notes to yourself like, “take a breath here” or “pause for laughter” so you don’t get tripped up.

THE WRITTEN WORD

Most couples don’t memorize their vows. Emotions run high during the ceremony and adding a memorized script to the mix can be intimidating. If you’re comfortable with doing so, go for it! But it is just as special to have your vows written down so you can ensure your thoughtful words are spoken as you intended. Some couples enlist their stationer or calligrapher to transcribe their vows into a beautifully designed memento. This can be your script for the ceremony, but also serves as an heirloom you can cherish for years to come. We’ve seen some beautifully designed vow booklets, scrolls and notecards. If you decide to have children, these keepsakes can maybe even help them write their own vows someday!

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No matter what direction you decide to go with your vows, the most important thing is to be true to yourself. You’re giving your authentic self to your partner and you want your words to come out naturally. But with the right preparation, you’ll be ready to speak from the heart and focus on what really matters: promising your commitment to the love of your life. ■


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DESTINATION South Walton, Florida

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