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By Caroline Castigliano


Your Guests Won't Forget



Planning Ensures Wedding Success



Food Bars to Die For



Traditional Outfits for 2020



Elegant, Charming, Sparkle



For That Special Dance

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Intimate Weddings With Smaller Quest Lists







What Will It Cost?


HOW DO I DRESS MY BRIDESMAIDS? Pastel Designs by Watter

Elements That Hold Special Memories

SIMPLY WHITE WEDDING CAKES White on White Cake Designs


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Managing Editor Suzanne Polk Fox

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Production Claire Thomas

Contributing Writers Brandi Everett Rebecca Gutknecht Julie Maddock Shirin Mehdi

Copy Editor Chad Ruiz

Design Claire Thomas

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Destination weddings are high in demand as luxury is more attainable than ever. Places like Hawaii, Mexico, and California continue to impress and stun from afar. If you were already dreaming about a honeymoon filled romantic views, why not go all in and bring your wedding to a dream location? Skip the stress of airports, packing, and overnight travel emergencies. After the wedding, you and your spouse will be able to slip into paradise without hassles. With the honeymoon already in tow, you will find yourself relaxed and stress-free. Not only that, you will be in paradise with friends and family. Often times, destination weddings are more intimate. Instead of throwing a huge party for a couple hundred people, you have the option to go small and choose those who are closest to you and your spouse. With hundreds of exotic locations around the world, destination weddings are hard to beat. Picture turquoise beaches, pristine mountain scapes, or tropical jungles.Transport yourself into another world. Culture and local cuisine is at your fingertips. Certain customs or traditional ceremonies will feel even more authentic. Destination weddings can be tailored to fit your every desire. BY REBECCA GUTKNECHT

Mendocino, California

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The golden state has much to offer with rugged cliff sides, ocean views, and natural beauty immersed in modern cities. Mendocino, California is one of the most beautiful communities in the United States with towering redwoods and crystalline beaches. It is a 6,385 square foot hideaway with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an award-winning chef ’s kitchen, as well as other fanciful luxuries. Modern beauty awaits.


Cabo, Mexico

A beautiful Mexican villa with stunning ocean blue views await you. Tucked into one of Mexico’s secluded beaches is Casa Bellamar, Baja’s hidden gem, decorated with exquisite interior and exterior modern designs. There is nothing more intimate than a destination wedding on a private beach surrounded by peaceful waves and dreamy skies. The property can accommodate 150 guests, with a private suite and salon for the bride. The main house is accompanied by four guest casitas, sleeping eighteen total guests. Beach views are visible 100 meters across, along with a mosaic heated pool, two palapas, a swim-up bar, solar tennis court, and a plethora of beach activities. Cabo is the place to be for beauty and serenity.


Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii is synonymous with tropical luxury; palm trees, heliconia, and plumeria make up the allure of the landscape. Hawaiian Archipelago is just one of many gorgeous resorts on the Mauna Kea Coast. The idyllic property boasts 5,358 square feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two halfbathrooms. It is complete with a state-of-the-art gym, private tennis court, art collections and PGA golf course. It is the perfect wedding destination for island lovers.

From Cabo, Mexico to the Big Island, Hawaii, Destinations in Paradise offers pure bliss in luxury villas. Nothing is short of perfection with five-star accommodations and unparalleled service. Expect to be pampered with provided transportation, an in-house butler, house-cooking, and private chefs. The luxury retreat company is now providing the opportunity for destination weddings. Lush nature and private beaches with the benefit of world-class services and amenities makes for paradise. From anything like weddings to intimate receptions or vow renewals, Destinations in Paradise gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. Your marriage deserves an unforgettable experience filled with love and laughter. You can bring your dreams to life in paradise. For booking inquiries and more information, please visit: Destinations in Paradise. 7

Tablescapes Captivating



It’s going to be a dazzling decade!

And your one-of-a-kind love story deserves its own unforgettable moment at your wedding reception. What’s trending in 2020 tablescapes? The “Wow” factor. A mixture of bold, modern, and simplistic style. Whether a sweetheart table just for the couple, head table for the entire wedding party, or the guest tables—it’s all about telling a story, creating a mood, letting your personal taste shine through.

Breaking All the Rules

The only rule you need to abide by is to be true to your personal style. Integrate your forward-thinking approach to life by mixing dark colors and a bold pattern. Add an overhead installment of white lights or hang string lights vertically behind the head table for added drama. Adding delicate flowers in clear glass vases provides a visually softening effect.


Simplistically Bold

Couples are choosing to infuse their own creative touch and whimsy to every aspect of their wedding. And creating a truly unique and dazzling tablescape can easily be achieved on a budget. A bold pop of color can be stunning when set against a neutral background. Inexpensive, yet rich in drama: Pair a white table and place settings with bright red zinnias, roses, or hibiscus. The singular red splash of color, although simplistic in style, conveys a modern elegance.


Festive Flare

Mix and match orange and pink napkins and vibrant flowers to create a festive yet uncomplicated tablescape. Colors can create the mood you want for your reception— upbeat, happy and ready for fun. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! To add an artfully contrived flare to the tables, push multiple tables together to create a “snake” shape or curve. Or, arrange them into an “X” or the first letter of your last name. Forget the “rules”—this is your day to let your imagination run wild; let your friends see your style and voice shine through. It’s time to let your inner artist and architect out of the box and guide you in designing the wedding reception of your dreams!




Daisies Just in case you are planning a traditional wedding, daisies are the perfect flowers for you. They are simple, delicate and are available in various colors. The themes of purity and innocence associated with daisies make them spectacular.


Carnations If your wedding theme is vintage, the ruffled texture of carnations will add an excellent touch. If you are going for a monochromatic look and don’t want to break the bank by getting a centerpiece made of only roses, you can add a couple of carnations. The rich mix of pink and green carnations will give a warm touch to your wedding. You will be saving some money and still get the best of both worlds.

A subtle mix of painted leaves and succulents will add life to your bouquet: A little deviation from common practice can make a brilliant addition to your flower bouquet. A couple of gold or silver painted leaves will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your collection of flowers. 13

Orchids These exquisite flowers are your go-to flowers for nuptials. Their delicateness and unrivaled beauty make them perfect for your wedding. If your eyes are a shade of green, you can carry a full arrangement of green orchids to accentuate your regal look.

Calla lilies The beauty of calla lilies cannot be overemphasized. Just a handful will make an exquisite bouquet on your wedding day. They are associated with good luck charm for a happy home. So, you might want to grab a couple of calla lilies just before you say your vows. They come in different colors ranging from white, yellow, red, pink, purple and black.


Tulips A delicate arrangement of long stemmed tulips can make the whole difference in your wedding ensemble. They are not too big or small, they are perfect. Red, purple, yellow or white tulips have striking color patterns and they are enchanting in their simplicity.


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BY SHIRIN MEHDI Wedding cakes today can be the focal point of your wedding, but did you know that this opulent centerpiece has a long history? A reflection of the tiered cake we know today was first seen only in the 1900s. In this day and age, couples go all out to make a memory out of this age-old tradition. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with wedding cakes.

This year is all about simplicity and sophistication as things take a more modern approach from the rustic theme that dominated 2019. A traditional cake is the first and the best choice, but 2020 is all about monochromatic themes. The all white on white cake is back and it’s making a statement. White cake, white pearls, white flowers, white piping are all going to be the must-haves for your show-stopper cakes this year.


Fun Fact: The origins of the wedding cake were seen in ancient Rome where the groom crumbled a piece of bread over the bride’s head as a symbol of fertility. All the guests would take a piece home for good luck. 18

Fun Fact: Layered cakes probably evolved from the idea of a stack of spiced buns served at weddings in Medieval England. It is said that if the bride and groom could share a kiss over these buns, they would enjoy a lifetime of togetherness.

Fill them with the flavor trends for 2020 like pistachio, lime, pink champagne and earl grey and your guests are going to be talking about your wedding cake for years to come.


Spring Bridal


The Difference Between Looking Good &




Embroidered lace gown with bustier bodice and a full circle lace skirt.

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The Mariah gown has a timeless silhouette; a fitted Silk Satin classic corseted bodice is paired with a full circle, layered Silk Organza skirt featuring side pockets. Photography by Jason Yeoman and Andy Mac


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Italian Crepe gown featuring a striking off-theshoulder cuff and a figurehugging soft fishtail skirt.


Italian Jacquard floral gown with pleated skirt and low backed fully boned corset.


Corded lace, stretch-corseted gown with camisole shaped neckline and a full lace circle skirt.


FAvors Your Guests Won't Forget

BY JULIE MADDOCK The wedding favors! Your guests can’t wait to discover what little take-home treat or gift you have prepared especially for them. And you certainly don’t want to disappoint them. But, with literally hundreds of ideas to pick from and a budget to be mindful of, how do you choose a wedding favor that will make a lasting impression? Simplicity, creativity, and a personal touch is all that is needed. It’s time to indulge your inner artist and raise DIY to the next level. You can choose to incorporate the overall theme of your wedding into the party favor. Or, let the favor represent you and your partner’s personal interests, a glimpse into what makes the two of you happy. Thoughtfully made, organic gifts are keepsakes that you and your guests will cherish long after the last dance.


Whether your guests are flying to your exotic destination wedding or simply across the country to be present on your special day, a perfect way to convey your appreciation for their travel is a personalized luggage tag. These one-of-a-kind gifts will not only make a great impression, but they are quite practical and may inspire your guests to embark on their own travel adventures. Search online or at a fabric store for leather strips or shapes precut or larger genuine leather sheets that you can use to design your own luggage tag. Use a leather hole punch, rivets, and leather cord to finish off the tag. Ready to personalize it? Use acrylic leather or crafter’s paint to paint your favorite wanderlust quote. Or use letter stencils designed for leather crafting. Your creativity and attention to detail will make these gifts unforgettable!

After a night of dancing and celebrating, waking up the following morning will be a whole lot easier for your guests with a coffee bean gift bag. Purchase your favorite coffee beans from a local roaster or from a place that is significant to you (perhaps the city you first met or the country you will be honeymooning in). Within a day or two before the wedding, measure out two servings or more into individual food safe bags or tiny jute bags (you can easily make these yourself). Print your own custom stickers telling your coffee “story� and then seal up the bag. Can you think of a better way for your friends and family to start their day?


Deadlines & Details



12 months +

 Select date, time and place.Then reserve venues!  Decide on wedding size and style.  Hire wedding consultant (if applicable) and create wedding website.  Shop for gown.  Begin guest list.

9-12 months

 Research honeymoon destinations.  Book musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer and limousines.  Order invitations.  Purchase gown and begin alterations.  Ask friends to be in wedding party and order bridesmaid dresses.

6-9 months

 Finalize guest list and send save-the-date cards.  Book appointments for hair, nails and makeup.  Reserve attire for groom and groomsmen.  Order cake(s).  Purchase rings.

3-6 months

 Secure bridal accessories (such as shoes, jewelry, garter and mementos).  Give musicians a list of songs you want them to play (or to avoid).  Make food choices with venue.

2 months

 Mail invitations.

1 month

 Give photographer a list of pictures you want taken.

1 week

 Give final head count to reception venue.

The day before

 Hold rehearsal ceremony and dinner.  Deliver everything to site and work out any kinks.  Give marriage license to officiant.  Present gifts to wedding party, parents and any other honored guests.

The day of

 Give rings and officiant’s fee to best man.  Designate liaison for photographer to ensure all necessary pictures are taken.  EXHALE! NOTE: Larger cities have long waiting lists for wedding vendors so you may need to act sooner!


Meet Me At The

Tapas Bar



A tapas bar is a culinary mini moment! Vivid and colorful in presentation, offering a little something for everyone, this is a delicious and budget-friendly way to break bread with your wedding guests. It’s all about the presentation, flare and flavor. Whether it’s cocktail-hour hors d’oeuvres or an innovative alternative to a formal, sit down meal, tapas-style food bars offer your guests delectable treats and numerous small plate options to feast their eyes and taste buds on. Tapa bars lend themselves to relaxed conversation, a chilled-out atmosphere and the ability for guests to mingle about freely. Embrace a Venetian theme with a cicchetti bar. These bite-size delights are easy to eat while standing and moving about conversing with guests. Have an array of offerings: Six to eight pieces make a meal. But don’t be surprised if your guests sample more of these irresistible treats — crostini topped with gorgonzola, sliced pears, and walnuts, polpette (fried meatballs), slices of roast beef

with salsa verde, fig and ricotta, or crispy calamari with lime and chili salsa. Break tradition and say hasta la vista to cracker-and-cheese plates and surprise your guests with a festive Mexican themed guacamole bar. Provide crisp, sturdy tortillas for dipping and scooping multiple versions of guacamole — creamy,

chunky, or even spicy charred pineapple guac. Additional Mexican dip options such as chili queso, chipotle street corn dip with goat cheese, and hearty warm shredded chicken or beef nacho dip will keep this bar hopping. Don’t forget gluten free chips and lots of sliced green, red, and orange peppers to satisfy everyone.


GROOM'S STYLE Trends 2020

If you thought that planning a wedding mainly entails a quest for that perfect white dress, you might be wrong. It takes the yang to complete the yin and therefore the union of man and wife requires the groom’s outfit to be just as perfect as that pristine gown. Traditionally, the groom always opts for a dapper black tux, but today there are more than a few options available for men to get fancy at their wedding. With the onset of a new year and a new decade the style quotient only gets higher. Let’s take a look at how men can be trendy grooms in 2020.

BY SHIRIN MEHDI 1. PICK A PLAYFUL TIE It’s a big day! While it is all formal and solemn, it is also fun and exciting and this 2020 trend perfectly reflects that emotion. You can pick any color you like and then let loose with the choice of patterns – dots, flowers, stripes, checks – or a combination of them all, and you are all set to take the center stage.


2. WORK WITH CONTRASTING VESTS It’s a big day! While it is all formal and solemn, it is also fun and exciting and this 2020 trend perfectly reflects that emotion. You can pick any color you like and then let loose with the choice of patterns – dots, flowers, stripes, checks – or a combination of them all, and you are all set to take the center stage.

3. AMP UP THE LUXE FACTOR WITH VELVET Velvet was cool in the ’80s and it is cool today! If you are not comfortable with wearing a velvet blazer, wear a velvet bowtie instead – but you must give your wedding attire a sprinkle of velvet. It is a little “extra”, but then it’s your wedding.

4. PICK JEWEL TONES Want to break from traditions? To add a little twist and a modern edge to your wedding day add some color to your wardrobe. A rich burgundy, a deep maroon, or an emerald green are great colors to pick – this will definitely add to the pomp of your wedding and make you feel extra special.

5. STAY GROUNDED WITH NAVY If you are a traditionalist and want to stick with the classics, you needn’t be disappointed with this list. Navy is the color of the year for a groom’s tuxedo. You can never go wrong with a crisp blue suit.


s e i r o s s e c c A ELEGANT


In 2010, grace loves lace founder Megan Ziems had an idea. Disillusioned with the structured, traditional wedding “uniform” that dominated the market, SHE SET OUT TO CHANGE THE INDUSTRY. She believed that quality shouldn’t be dictated by a price tag, that A WOMAN SHOULDN’T HAVE TO SACRIFICE STYLE FOR COMFORT and that brides of today deserved better than average…


Grace Loves Lace’s new La Bamba collection has a full range of veils & hair accessories, necklaces & back pieces, and anklets perfect for the trailblazing bride. Grace Loves Lace has always been dedicated to sustainable fashion, but they have taken it to a creative new level with their latest collection titled “La Bamba”. In addition to stunning new veils (all under $490) accented with sparkle tulle, floating pearls, silk burnout and delicate lace, they have made use of extra fabric to create a line of matching accessories. Their collection of scarves and anklets (ranging from $80 to $240) playfully re-purpose formal ceremony veils into unique, fun accessories at the reception. These complementing styles allow the bride to make multiple fashion statements throughout her special day while maintaining cohesive look all night long. Shimmy Veil: She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten! This exquisite exclusive sparkle tulle has been hand-crafted into a show-stopping veil–designed for visual impact. Chantilly Hair Bun: Soft. Charming. Elegant. Channel your inner Parisienne in new hair buns!

Shimmy Sock: Show off your ‘party feet’ in the Shimmy socks! These luxurious socks are crafted from sparkle tulle which captures the light in the most magical way. Shimmy Anklets: Nothing says ‘party feet’ like tulle anklets! Pearly Anklets: The pretty and playful pearly anklets are crafted from ivory pearl tulle. Mata Backpiece: Handmade in Australia by Salita Matthews, exclusively for Grace Loves Lace, the Mata back piece is an art-deco inspired, statement piece crafted from pearls and brass beads, and finished with an elegant pearl tassel tail. For more information on the handcrafted laces and wedding gowns by Grace Love Lace, go to

Pearly Blusher Veil: This striking short layered version of the pearl veil will fall effortlessly over your train and allows you to wear a front over-theface unveiling. Loyola Pope Silk Scarf: Contemporary. Feminine. Glamorous. Wear your hair sweptback or ‘half-up’ and secure with the Loyola pope silk scarf for a look that’s effortless and timeless at once.




he first dances at a wedding are some of the most memorable experiences of the evening for both you and your spouse. Imagine looking into the eyes of the person you love most in the world and getting completely lost in the moment and the music. Nothing beats the feeling. It’s like Disney’s​ Sleeping Beauty when Aurora and Prince Phillip dance off into the clouds, unaware of the world below. Dreamy and magical. That’s the kind of moment you want with your beloved. Dances are just as special for mom and dad too. With this list of top 10 first dance wedding songs, you’ll be giving all of your guests, friends and family alike, the sweetest memories.


First Dance Timeless and beautiful. The first time you make an appearance with your new bride or groom needs to have a great opening song. Choose something that is both romantic and reminiscent of the quirks in your relationship. Go romantic with Taylor Swift’s “Lover”​​ or classic with Etta James’ “At Last.” Some couples go for a choreographed dance to wow guests. If that’s the case, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams will do the trick. Either way, pick a first dance song that is meaningful to you, and will swing you back into the memory of a perfect night years from now.  Perfect-Ed Sheeran  10,000 Hours-Dan + Shay feat Justin Beiber  Lover-Taylor Swift  Marry Me-Meghan Trainor  Beautiful Crazy-Luke Combs  A Thousand Years-Christina Perri  All of Me-John Legend  Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran  At Last-Etta James Happy-Pharrell Williams

Father Daughter Dance There is nothing sweeter than being whisked off your feet by your dad. This is the last time you will be his little girl, the last time to cherish that special bond as father and daughter. There are perfect songs dedicated to the beauty of this relationship. Steven Curtis Chapman gets it right with “Cinderella.” You will truly feel like dad’s princess again, maybe even remembering the last time you danced on your father’s feet when you were small. Give dad a blast from the past with one of these tender songs.  Daughters-John Mayer  My Little Girl-Tim McGraw  All You Need Is Love-Beatles  Make You Feel My Love-Adele C inderella-Steven Curtis Chapman  I Wish You Love-Frank Sinatra  I Loved Her First-Heartland  My Wish-Rascal Flatts  My Girl-The Temptations  Sweet Pea-Amos Lee

Mother Son Dance Your future mother-in-law deserves a chance to swing or waltz with her baby boy. It will be a night to remember with a sentimental melody or soft tune.You know she has been waiting for this moment, for the chance to hold onto her precious son before he goes off to become a husband. “What a Wonderful World” is always a big hit, but “Sweetest Devotion” can be just as charming. With these top 1o songs, you’ll be sure to see a few tears. W hat a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong  Sweetest Devotion-Adele  I Got You-Ciara  You’ll Be In My Heart-Phil Collins  You Raise Me Up-Josh Groban  Here Comes The Sun-Beatles  9 3 Million Miles-Jason Mraz  In My Life-Beatles  A Song For Mama-Boyz II Men  Unforgettable-Michael Buble



WEDDING BUD GE T Invitations & Stationery Save the Date cards Invitations, Reply Cards Postage Programs Menu Cards Place Cards Thank You Cards Calligraphy Miscellaneous TOTAL Bridal Attire & Beauty Gown Veil / Headpiece Alterations Shoes Lingerie Accessories Jewelry Makeup Hair Nails Miscellaneous TOTAL Groom’s Attire Tuxedo / Suit Shoes Cuff Links Grooming Accessories Miscellaneous TOTAL

Ceremony Location fee Officiant fee Marriage License Rings Music Miscellaneous TOTAL Reception Location fee Food Drink Rentals Wedding Cake Groom’s Cake Favors Music Security Gratuities Miscellaneous TOTAL Flowers Ceremony Reception Decorations Bridal Bouquet Attendant Bouquets Boutonnieres Flower Girl Parents Grandparents Miscellaneous TOTAL

Photography Photography Videography Albums Miscellaneous TOTAL Transportation Limousine(s) Miscellaneous TOTAL Gifts Wedding Party Parents Bride & Groom Miscellaneous TOTAL Honeymoon Airline tickets Accommodations Car Rentals Food Entertainment Excursions Souvenirs Passports Clothing Miscellaneous TOTAL Miscellaneous Wedding Consultant Gown Preservation TOTAL


How Do I Dress My Bridesmaids? PASTEL DESIGNS BY WATTERS

It is often said that friendship is not like love, and yet it is the best kind of love. It’s your big day. A day that you’ve replayed in your mind a thousand times. A day you celebrate love - all kinds of love. The love of family, an eternal love and the most underrated, yet extremely important, the love of your best friends! While they cheer you on as you embark on your love sojourn, you can’t wait to get them dressed for your wedding. Let’s face it dressing your bridesmaids is just as important as nailing that white dress – and we have got just the right place for you to shop for your best girls. But before we divulge that all-important source, let’s talk about the trends that reign 2020. • Silhouette: Sleek/Structured • Colors: Blush Pink/ Sage Green/ Icy Blue/ Dusty Rose/ Jewel Tones (sapphire, emerald, burgundy) • Necklines: Cowl/ Halter • Fabric: Silk/ Satin/ Lace Wedding watchers also ask that you look out for midlength hemlines and jumpsuits. Now let’s get down to business – these fabulous outfits are from Watters. Watters has been in the bridal business for over 30 years, and they specialize in gowns for the brides, outfits for bridesmaids, attires for special occasions. Although Watters is the flagship brand, they also house their subsidiaries – Wtoo by Watters, Willowby by Watters, and By Watters.



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