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6 Choose Carefully: Watch out for

42 New England: Welcome to quintessential

9 Hair and Makeup: An important

45 Jess & John: A Waterville Valley Wedding Story 52 Stress-Free Destination Wedding Planning: The Mountain Club On Loon

the top 10 mistakes that brides make with wedding photography detail often overlooked by brides.

10 Going Green: With just a little creativity, thought and research, your wedding can reflect the earth-loving couple that you are!

12 Transportation Motivation: What

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54 Sharing the Cost: paying for the wedding 58 Sandals Weddingmoons: Situated on some of

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14 New England’s Hottest Wedding Fashions:

Country Bridals and Formal Wear, A Day to Remember and Uniquely Couture Bridal

27 New England Venue Guide 48 Top 25 Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

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Choose Carefully Watch out for the top 10 mistakes that brides make with wedding photography

BY SHALLA MELTON AND MEGAN BROWN PHOTOS BY EYE SUGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

1. NOT VALUING THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. The amount of time and investment you have put into your photography package should reflect how important your photos are to you. Budget accordingly. You will never regret spending money on a great photographer, but you will regret not having amazing images of your wedding day. After your wedding ceremony is over, the food is gone, the flowers have wilted and the party ends, you are only left with three things: your dress, your ring, and your wedding photos. Let’s hope those photos have captured the excitement and emotion of the day! 2. NOT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. If you read #1, then this one is obvious. Your friend might have a great camera, but not knowing the ins and outs of getting the shot, lighting and handling the stress of a long wedding day can lead to disaster. Make sure your photographer is experienced and has the ability to consistently capture the moments of your wedding no matter what situations may arise. Truly amazing wedding photography is an investment. Remember the old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’? It’s 100% true. 3. NOT FINDING OUT IF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOU.  We recommend that you set-up interviews with photographers to help you find the perfect fit for your wedding day. Ask to meet the person who will actually take your pictures as some studios have large teams and you may be matched with a back-up shooter if their lead photographers are already booked for that day. It is important to 6 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

make sure that the photographer you select can capture the style in which you would like to have your day remembered. Ask to view several of the photographer’s full wedding albums as anyone (even your 90-year-old grandmother) can get one or two great images when taking thousands. Make sure the entire wedding looks just as fabulous as the few images you saw on the photographer’s website. Don’t forget personality; your photographer should make the process fun and not feel like a chore. Do you need someone with high energy or do you want a wall flower? Remember, it is important that you actually enjoy your wedding photographer as you will be spending just as much time with him or her as with your groom on your wedding day. 4. GETTING CAUGHT UP IN PHOTOGRAPHY TRENDS.  Classic photography stands the test of time and is valued by generation after generation. Trends come and go. If your photographer is heavily embedded in the trend-of-the-moment, then you may find yourself less than satisfied with your wedding images next year. Your photographer’s images should look great straight out of the camera. If your photographer has to spend oodles of time manipulating each image to make them look great (also known as photoshoptography), then you should question whether he or she will be able to do that to the hundreds of images from your wedding day. 5. WAITING TOO LONG TO BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHER.  Once you find the perfect photographer, don’t wait to book him or her. Good photographers book a year or more in advance. This is especially true if you are a September or October bride. CONTINUED ON PAGE 57


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Hair & Make-up An important detail often overlooked by brides.

Brides spend countless hours and thousands of dollars on the details of their big day – from choosing the right wedding dress to hiring the right photographer. Unfortunately, one important element often gets overlooked: planning for hair and makeup. The following is a suggested timeline for that perfect look on your wedding day. BY EDWARD D SHARON, JR.

12 Months Before the Wedding Most stylists do not specialize in the intricacies of design and dressing hair for formal events. You should interview salons and stylists and find the ones that regularly perform bridal services and who have a reputation in the community for this type of work. Look for a stylist who’s not only talented, but patient and creative. 9 Months Out After choosing a salon and stylist, book a consultation. Be prepared to discuss how you visualize the look for your wedding. This goes beyond a picture of the dress and veil. You need to decide the color, length, texture and particular style that can be realistically achieved. If length and thickness or volume can’t be achieved with your natural hair, talk to your stylist about using hair extensions. If budget is a concern, keep in mind that extensions can add another $1,000 to the overall cost. Other options include adding false/forms to the hair to increase volume and scheduling thermal keratin treatments to smooth down unruly hair. The key is to book the wedding party NOW. Brides or planners should call as early as possible to book any party of four or more people. Salons need to plan for success. Today’s quality stylists are typically “booked up” eight weeks in advance. Remember that most weddings occur on Friday evenings and Saturdays, so those are the two busiest days in the salons. Plan on up styles and makeup each taking an hour. Know when your bridal party’s hair and makeup must be fully completed and communicate that to your stylist. Factor in drive time to your next destination. Add another 30 minutes to any estimation. Surprises do come up and remember it is a mutual goal of both the bridal party and the stylists to achieve perfect hair for the photographs. It takes time to achieve this goal.

6 Months Out Continue your stylist’s maintenance program. The worst thing to do at this point is to change salons. Even if a stylist leaves a salon, a quality salon will have a “back up” bridal stylist as well as detailed notes on the goals of the bride. 3 Months Out Many brides will want to have an “island glow” or tanned skin look for their wedding pictures. It is at the three month mark that most people will want to start to tan indoors under the guidance and supervision of a salon so you don’t over expose the skin. Another alternative which is very popular is airbrush/spray-on tanning. This is a healthier alternative to UV light and can be combined with traditional bed tanning to give an even tone. It’s time to start thinking of hair accessories for the bridal attendants. Flowers, jewels, and even headbands can dramatically alter the look. 1 Month Out Plan to have your trial up style and makeup done the same day as your final dress fitting; this way you can see your completed look and make any necessary changes. It’s a great idea to have the bridal party start to save pictures of hair and makeup that inspires them. All should use a product like OPI Nail Envy to strengthen and grow the natural nails in time for the big day. Week of the Wedding The week before your wedding can be the most hectic and stressful week of your life. Plan on taking an entire day to have final ancillary services like a shellac manicure, pedicure, teeth whitening, waxing and hair color done prior to the wedding day. Only up styles and makeup should be done on your big day.

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Going Green With just a little creativity, thought and research, your wedding can reflect the earth-loving couple that you are!

Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? While this may sound like “The Odd Couple,” it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day. The locale - Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. You may also wish to seek out sites that have made “going green” a priority, and are pro-active about reducing energy use and waste. Another green idea is to hold your ceremony in a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. Finally, having an outdoor ceremony in a beautiful setting will remind you (and your guests) why you make environmentally responsible choices. The food - Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and include a vegetarian or vegan option. Ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed. Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens. The paper - Save trees by going high-tech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For the paper you do use, stick with 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleum-based inks. The attire - Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. (For proof, visit the Hemp Weddings section of rawganique.com.) Another very green idea: recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress by investing a little time into alterations, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay. Throwing birdseed? - Standard birdseed mixes can include seeds for invasive plants that are not native to your area. If your wedding is in the city, or if you’ll be surrounded by manicured, non-wild

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yards, this is not a problem. If you’re in a natural spot such as a nature preserve or state park however, this could create problems in that ecosystem. In these cases, find eco-friendly alternatives such as blowing bubbles, ringing bells or tossing petals. Or, keep it simple, and let the chorus of loved ones shower their love and joy upon you as you leave the church. The gifts, favors, flowers - All those beautiful touches that make weddings special and unique can easily be turned green… and your first stop should be to idofoundation.org. Here you can include charitable donations on your gift registry, donate a percentage of gift registry sales to your favorite charity, and make a charitable donation in your guests’ honor in lieu of wedding favors. When it comes to your wedding flowers, find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers, and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. (This is also nice for your budget!) The day after the wedding, donate the floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty and all those gorgeous flowers don’t end up in the trash! The honeymoon - Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gas-guzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider a “green hotel” – environmentally-friendly properties. Start the search by visiting greenhotels.com. Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conserving the environment and improving the well being of local people. Visit ecotourism.org for more information. Get help - If going green is a big priority to you, consider hiring an eco-event planner, a specialist in green weddings. They will make your life easier, know the right vendors, get the job done and save you time, money, worry and stress – all while saving the planet.

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Transportation Motivation

What moves you to provide reliable transportation for your wedding party & guests? Often an after-thought, transportation is one of the single most important details of your wedding day, and its surrounding festivities. We recently sat with Heather Campbell MacKay, Events Coordinator with Grace Limousine, to gather some insight on the importance of choosing reliable transportation. PREMIER BRIDE: Are there any common misconceptions surrounding wedding transportation? HEATHER: Yes, absolutely! Often couples will assume that they do not need transportation if their ceremony and reception are being held at the same location. There are many other aspects of transportation that need to be considered. For instance, will they need guest shutting from a local hotel? Will they need bachelor/bachelorette party transportation? Honeymoon transportation to and from the airport? They may also want to consider providing safe transportation for the rehearsal dinner. Wedding festivities and drinking often go hand in hand, and couples should consider the importance of safety. Peace of mind is priceless, yet affordable! PREMIER BRIDE: You seem to be stressing the importance of guest shuttling. Can you give us an idea of how that might work? HEATHER: Of course. To start, I like to get an idea of the potential number of guests that might use the

transportation. Next, I want to find out where most of the guests are staying and where the wedding venue is located. Depending on the number of passengers, Grace Limousine can offer vans, luxury limo coaches, or motor coaches to accommodate groups of any size. Van service starts at around $300, and coach service varies depending on times and locations. Once I have the basic details, I do some homework and get back to them with a shuttling plan that will fit their budget. If the couple is offering an open bar for guests, they really need to have shuttling so that their guests can be transported safely following the reception. PREMIER BRIDE: Why should the couple call you to book the large shuttling vehicles, versus calling the motor coach companies directly? HEATHER: That is such a great question. At my company, Grace Limousine, we have been setting the standard for wedding transportation for the last 23 years. When we partner with another company, for instance a motor coach company, we are putting our name on the service. Over the years, we have used several companies in the area, and we are very aware of the ones that provide service to meet our standards. These companies offer us a discounted rate, which we are pleased to be able to pass on to the client.

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NEW ENGLAND VENUE GUIDE

CASTLETON BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham, NH 03087 603-898-6300 www.castletonbcc.com VENUE TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding and Event Center LOCATION OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 RECEPTION CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 PARKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Whether your wedding is large or small, our elegant function rooms can accommodate from 100 to 500 guests. Our Executive Chef, Function Coordinator and creative staff will ensure that the menu selections and room settings are tailored to suit your individual taste and will assist you with every detail. Our facilities include private bridal suites and formal photography rooms for your exclusive use. Enjoy cocktails in our large, beautifully decorated lobbies complete with a baby grand piano, Disklavier, and an indoor waterfall. Take in the sunset from one of our porticos overlooking picturesque Cobbetts Pond. So relax, enjoy the beauty of your day…and let your new life begin with your magical experience at Castleton!

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THE GIBSON ROOM AT CROTCHED MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB 740 2nd NH Turnpike North, Francestown, NH 03043 603-588-2923 www.crotchedmountaingolfclub.com VENUE TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Club/Function Hall LOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 225 CEREMONY CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up o 225 PRICE RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit our Website for details SERVING STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated/Buffet PARKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary This historic 1799 property maintains a long tradition of welcome and hospitality. Situated on more than 300 breathtaking acres, with lush manicured fairways and outstanding mountain backdrops, Crotched Mountain Golf Club invites guests to experience quintessential New England in all its charm. Forty minutes from Manchester and Concord and just 90 minutes from Boston this premier location provides personalization and customization of each event along with stellar service. A distinctive wedding choice with true New England charm, an elegant setting, impeccable service…perfect! An excellent beginning for your “Happily Ever After”.

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FORSTER’S WEDDINGS & EVENTS 349 Mt Hunger Rd, Henniker, NH 03242 603-428-3825 ftfweddings@gmail.com www.forstersweddings.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Tree Farm LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Plated, Buffet, or Family Style PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valet Forster’s Weddings & Events are held at Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm set on over 130 private acres with spectacular panoramic mountain views. Forster’s holds weddings and other catered events from May to mid-October. Our focus is to provide elegant weddings and tented receptions in a most spectacular setting. Our event coordinator and our chef will work with you to ensure your wedding or special event is unique and exquisite. Unlike other outdoor venues we handle all the details. Our packages include everything necessary to ensure your event is unforgettable.

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INDIAN HEAD RESORT 664 US Rte 3, Lincoln, NH 03251 1-888-343-8000 www.indianheadresort.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception/Honeymoon CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75-160 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75-160 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated/Buffet PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Call For Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary 180 acres of scenic splendor in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the White Mountains and our own private lake. All of us take pride in providing unforgettable hospitality and dining experiences for all of our guests. At Indian Head Resort, our goal is to allow you to thoroughly enjoy your event. Whether you are planning your wedding, reception or honeymoon at the Indian Head Resort we’ll provide you with exceptional meals and friendly personal service. PHOTOS BY PHILBRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE INNS AND SPA AT MILL FALLS 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH 03253 866-613-8178 www.millfalls.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 230 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 230 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit website PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Onsite Parking Available Let the classic beauty and quiet grace of Lake Winnipesaukee provide the perfect setting for your special day. Our waterfront banquet facilities accommodating 50 to 230 guests, experienced event planners, full service spa, designer decorated guestrooms and our unsurpassed attention to guest service are sure to amaze you and your guests.

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MANCHESTER COUNTRY CLUB 180 S. River Road, Bedford, NH 03110 603-624-4096 www.manchestercountryclub.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Club with Ballroom LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 300 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 300 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary We care about your wedding day being the most special day of your life. That’s why we host only one wedding at a time so we can focus entirely on you. You will enjoy personalized and creative service, and we will tailor every small detail of your day, including the menu and room setup, to suit your style and tastes. Your wedding consultant will work with you from the planning stages right through the last minute of your reception, making sure we keep our promise to you...that your event will be a reflection of you. Opening in May 2013, Manchester Country Club’s new ballroom is a perfect venue for your wedding day. The renovations will include a new 300-seat ballroom, open-air veranda and covered patio for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and a redesigned bridal suite. To learn more about how you can make the new space yours, please visit our website. And, as always, membership is not required to have your special day at the Manchester Country Club. http:/ / gettag.mobi Get the free mobile app at

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MOUNTAIN CLUB ON LOON RESORT & SPA 90 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, NH 03251 800-229-7829, www.mtnclub.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Country Club/Banquet Facility LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE FUNCTION ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Event Venues RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gibson Room - Up to 225 CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summit & Terrace - Up to 225 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated, Buffet PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$500-$2000 PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On-Site We offer everything the Bride & Groom are looking for. Exquisite views of a “Summit Ceremony” on the top of Loon Mtn. via a relaxing 12 min. Gondola Skyride, beautiful décor of the Seasons & Hancock reception rooms, exciting girls day at our own Viaggio Spa and luxury in our newly renovated guest rooms. We offer fun catering menus to kick off with a themed rehearsal dinner on Friday night in our Greenhouse or choose to host a dinner reservation for family and friends in our Black Diamond Tavern. Feature wedding packages to fit every budget as well as custom options for Showers, Rehearsal packages, Bridal Teas, Conferences, Outings and Receptions of all types

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RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES CHELMSFORD 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824 978-256-0800 www.radisson.com/chelmsfordma www.weddings-chelmsford.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE FUNCTION ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Ballrooms CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 CEREMONY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Featuring a blend of elegance, culinary expertise and impeccable service. The Grand Foyer with its sweeping Double Grand Staircases invites breathtaking photos. We offer a variety of wedding packages to make your wedding planning a breeze. Sit back and let a professional experienced staff take care of the details. Located 10 miles from the New Hampshire state line the Radisson Hotel & Suites provides a dynamic setting to your wedding celebration! Call 978-367-3158 to additional information and prices. Get the free mobile app at

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RADISSON HOTEL MANCHESTER 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101 603-625-1000 www.radisson.com/manchesternh VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 700 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 700 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attached parking facility The perfect setting for your special event! Allow the Radisson Hotel Manchester to assist in planning every detail for your memorable day. Along with our delectable menus, luxurious accommodations, and impeccable service, we offer a range of packages to accommodate any budget. We will approach your wedding with a creative flair, and you will notice it in every detail!

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RADISSON HOTEL NASHUA 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 603-888-9970 www.radisson.com/hotels/nhnashua VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE BANQUET ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Ballrooms NO. OF MONTHS TO SCHEDULE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 months CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-450 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated, Buffet PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 or more The Radisson Hotel Nashua encourages you to customize your wedding package! Our experienced staff is devoted to making every event a spectacular success. We are pleased to offer a 15% discount for any wedding booked for a Friday evening, or a 20% discount for a Sunday wedding*. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Radisson Hotel 603-579-3268. *This offer is valid for all new weddings booked and held in 2012.

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WATERVILLE ESTATES 562 Winterbrook Road, Campton, NH 03223 603-726-3082 www.weddingsnh.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reception Facility LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 250 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 250 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary The best kept secret in the White Mountains! Waterville Estates specializes in the extra options you desire and deserve, including personalized menus to suit every taste and budget, a professional staff that truly care about making your wedding day memories last forever, and spectacular mountain view ceremonies at no extra charge!

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WATERVILLE VALLEY RESORT 1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley, NH 03215 603-236-8311 Ext 6005 www.weddings.waterville.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 1,000 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 1,000 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varies. Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Waterville Valley offers the perfect romantic backdrop for your nuptials. Towering mountains embracing a lush valley. A charming New England village. Waterville Valley is more than a wedding venue. It is a 4-season destination resort with countless activities to keep your wedding party and guests relaxed and entertained – a gift for you and your guests to enjoy and remember for a lifetime. From golf & tennis, to hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, skiing and ice skating. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, Waterville Valley Resort’s professional staff can make your wedding and reception as natural as the surrounding mountains, or as elegant as you dreamed.

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WYNDHAM BOSTON ANDOVER HOTEL 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810 978-975-3600 X6172 www.wyndhamandover.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hotel with Ballroom LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 500 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 450 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary onsite parking available Choose our old-fashioned gazebo for pictures, the newest innovations in lighting design, and even borrow a few ideas from our seasoned Wedding Consultant. It will all add up to something truly memorable. Weddings with an international flare are our special passion! Our chef will create authentic dishes that your guests will swear came from the old country. Or, create a custom menu from local ingredients like filo flowers with blue cheese and cranberry, sirloin steak, and seared salmon with dill chardonnay. Contact our professional Wedding Specialist, Jaymi Amaral. You’ll see for yourself the unique beauty of our space, and we’ll get started discussing how we can make your big day truly memorable.

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*Reward is not legal tender. No cash back. Registrant will receive a Reward valued at Ten Percent (10%) of the total purchases made from Registrant’s Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry (“Registry”) from the date of the Registry creation through and including the Registrant’s wedding date. The Reward is earned on the amount of eligible customer purchases from your Registry after all applicable discounts are applied and before tax is imposed (excluding gift wrap and/ or shipping fees), with a maximum Reward value of $200. Eligible customer purchases include sale-, regular- and clearance-priced Registry merchandise, excluding Gift Cards, provided that your Registry is credited at the time of purchase. Reward can be redeemed with any other offer, but cannot be redeemed for cash. Reward will be applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts. Kohl’s Reward coupon may not be redeemed (1) on purchases of Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items; (2) to reduce customer’s Kohl’s Charge or any third party charge account balance; (3) as price adjustments on prior purchases; or (4) to purchase Gift Cards. If merchandise purchased earning a Reward coupon is subsequently returned or price adjusted during the ninety (90) days following Registrant’s wedding date, the value of the Reward previously earned may be reduced to reflect any unearned value. Return value of merchandise purchased with a Reward coupon may also be subject to adjustmen tO. ffer is nontransferable.

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New England Welcome to quintessential New England and the Gibson Room at Crotched Mountain Golf Club.

Situated on more than 300 breathtaking acres with lush manicured fairways and outstanding mountain backdrops, Crotched Mountain Golf Club in Francestown, NH invites guests to experience quintessential New England in all its charm. Located forty minutes from Manchester and Concord and just 90 minutes from Boston, this premier location is tailor made for wedding receptions and all of life’s special events. Step into the past at the historic Gibson Room at the Crotched Mountain Golf Club. Built in 1799, the former Gibson House and Tavern has a long tradition of providing gracious hospitality. The main house evokes a romantic charm with antique fireplaces and a sophisticated ambiance perfect for smaller affairs, rehearsal dinners, bridal teas, and showers.  New in 2013! Cross the threshold from old to new with an expanded 225-seat gala room that offers spectacular views and features that will make your special day unforgettable. “Par Excellence” is the motto here.  Crotched Mountain Golf Club features custom, culinary dishes using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, individually tailored to match personal traditions and preferences. As you plan your special day at the Crotched Mountain Golf Club, you will get to experience all of the fine options, from food tastings of the chef’s menu delights, right down to the selection of table linens.

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This venue gem offers all the necessities to help make lifelong wedding memories: Enchanting surroundings, romantic views, and three distinct wedding packages to fit every budget.  Each package includes crisp linens, complimentary display of domestic and imported cheeses, champagne toast and a delectable four course dinner.   For a complete and even more exquisite experience for the bride, groom and wedding guests, the club’s exclusive “Par Excellence Package” is a popular selection. This superbly priced inclusive package offers white glove service, outstanding cuisine, cocktail and dinner string serenade, an elegant tiered wedding cake, fresh floral arrangements, DJ, complimentary golf for the entire wedding party, and overnight accommodations for the bride and groom. The Crotched Mountain Golf Club provides a distinctive wedding choice with true New England charm, elegant setting, impeccable service, and personalization and customization of your event. The Crotched Mountain Golf Club – an excellent beginning for your happily ever after.


We offer a classic New England setting! Gently rolling hills, mountain views, lush golf course, streams, ponds and covered bridge offer a spectacular backdrop for your special day. If you are looking for a breathtaking setting to exchange your vows and celebrate the first day of forever, then Crotched Mountain Golf Club may be precisely what you are searching for.

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“Happily Ever After” starts here…

From the first toast to the last dance, our wedding team will take care of all the reception details. Springtime gardens, stunning fall foliage or a crackling fire on a snowy winter evening - elegant to casual –we’ll help bring your wedding vision to life! We offer an experienced culinary team and exceptional wedding packages to fit every budget. Let our historic tavern and award winning golf course set the stage for an unforgettable experience!

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how to make your big day last all weekend... Welcome Reception with friends & family

Sunday Brunch overlooking Snow’s Brook

Resort activities included for your wedding weekend

Cozy up under a blanket in a horse-drawn sleigh

Contact our wedding planner to schedule your visit and discover Waterville Valley Resort, 603-236-8311 x6005. *Resort activities included for Valley lodging guests. Photos courtesy of Philbrick Photography, Ron Kolias Photography, and Tara Photography.

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1 hour from Concord 2 hours from Boston


Jess & John A Waterville Valley Wedding Story BY JESS BRODIE

It was 2001 and the first weekend of my freshman year at the University of New Hampshire. I’d moved into my room in Christiansen, the freshman-only dorm. I met the other girls on my floor and we were hanging out when a group of three guys walked down our hallway and introduced themselves. Little did I know at the time, but I was introduced to the guy who would become my future husband, John Brodie, along with his good friend, Bryan Corrigan, who would be the best man in our wedding. While at school we did all the typical things that college couples did: drink beer, go to parties, never sleep, argue, etc. We also shared a love of the outdoors and enjoyed skiing, hiking, wakeboarding, riding horses, and more. We did not know it then, but during those four years we built an amazing foundation for our relationship to last the rest of our lives.

John and I both graduated college in 2005. After graduation we ended up doing what most college students do now-a-days and moved back home! Surprise mom and dad! We both got jobs and started our “real” lives together, only apart. John lived in Pelham, NH and I lived in Plainville, MA. We spent every weekend together doing the things we loved, while we worked and did our own things during the week. We originally thought this life scenario was temporary, but temporary ended up turning into five years. Those five years ended up being some of the best five years of our lives though. We hiked at least half of the New England 4,000 footers in one summer, took up road biking together, skied at almost every

mountain in New England, and many more great adventures! As time went by, people started asking us the inevitable question, “When are you two FINALLY going to get married?” The truth is though, John and I knew we loved each other but were not rushing into marriage for a few reasons. 1) We were poor, and 2) We wanted to wait until the time was right for us. Every couple is different and we simply wanted to enjoy our lives together while we were young in our 20’s before we “settled down” together for the rest of our lives. After ten years of dating, John and I decided to buy a house together in May, 2011. Closing on our first house was amazing, but John soon had an even bigger surprise for me. The first night in our new house we had a pizza picnic on the living room floor with our dog since we had no furniture. After dinner John surprised me with the sweetest and most heartfelt proposal! Friends always joked that John would probably propose to me on top of a mountain; but, asking me on the first night in our new house together was such a surprise and so very special. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.

So there we were, engaged in the spring of 2011 and planning our wedding. John and I wanted a wedding location that would represent our relationship and the type of people we are. We wanted a beautiful, quiet setting in the mountains, with reasonably priced hotels on site for all guests and fun things to do nearby that would keep our guests busy. We knew we wanted to get married in New Hampshire www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 45


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where we met, but wondered if we would be able to find the perfect location that was also affordable. We spent the entire summer of 2011 touring various wedding facilities around the state. We looked into venues from UNH, to Lake Winnipesaukee, and all the way up past Mt. Washington. It was actually the last stop on our list that we would end up choosing for wedding location. Waterville Valley, NH. Waterville Valley is truly like a small fantasy land. It is beautiful year round, convenient to get to, yet far enough away, and has the friendliest people in town. It is different from most ski resort wedding venues because of the amazing village in the town’s center. Getting married in Waterville Valley is like having your own magical, mountain village for an entire weekend for you and all your guests. John and I were blown away with the number of options available to us when we met with the wedding coordinator on our first tour. We knew we had found the perfect place to say our vows to one another! From planning the menu, to organizing the seating chart, the staff at Waterville Valley helped us every step of the way. They helped make our wedding OUR wedding and a weekend we will never forget. Whitney Meister, Waterville Resort’s Wedding Coordinator, was an enormous help to John and I during the year leading up to our wedding. Prior to being engaged I was a horse riding, mountain hiking, skiing girl who knew nothing about weddings aside from being a professional wedding guest. Whitney helped me every step of the way with checklists, outlines, and tips on what to do next. She was so easy to work with and was always there when we needed something. I realized through the planning process that the people you work with at your wedding venue can truly make the most amazing difference on your actual wedding day. The entire staff at Waterville Valley made our day truly special. After a year of planning, preparation, and excitement our wedding day had arrived. From the moment we arrived at the resort on the Thursday before our wedding to when we left on Sunday, everyone at Waterville Valley made us feel like the king and queen of the town. Whitney helped us with all our decorations, planning, and anything else we needed throughout the entire weekend. John and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by all the friends and family we were close to in such a beautiful and magical place. It was truly everything we had hoped for in a wedding venue and Whitney and her staff made it possible to spend time with all our guests instead of stressing over the details.

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John and I were able to be married on the side of a mountain as we had always d r e a m e d of. Shuttles transported our guests to the side of Snows Mountain, which provided the most amazing vista overlooking Waterville Valley, where exchanged our vows and ultimately started our lives together. The most amazing thing about Waterville Valley and why we chose it as our wedding venue is that it is not just a venue; it is a special place that will always be there. The town and the mountain will forever mark the start of our lives together. Our wedding day turned out to be truly amazing and everything we could have asked for after dating for ten years. From the ceremony, to the reception, to the cake cutting, to the dancing, and to the after party, Whitney and the rest of the Waterville Valley staff made our wedding not just a special day, but an entire weekend of special memories that John and I and our guests will remember forever. We received so many great compliments from our guests after our wedding about the location and the overall setting and flow. We truly must thank Waterville Valley, Whitney and her staff, and all the local businesses in town for all of their hard work. Every wedding day will be special for those getting married, but ours turned out to be magical and we are forever grateful to everyone that was involved!


Waterville Estates

ThE bEST kEpT SECRET in ThE WhiTE MounTainS Waterville Estates is a four season vacation destination located in the heart of the White Mountains. The multi-million dollar community center is a main attraction and host to many amenities such as: basketball court, tennis courts, tanning, locker rooms, saunas, game room, private pond with sandy beach, paddle boats, fishing, playground, ice skating pond, state-ofthe-art fitness room, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, picnic areas, 2 indoor pools, hot tubs, and our gorgeous outdoor pool and poolside pavilion.

Waterville Estates is equipped with two restaurants and three full service bars. The Summit Lounge and Restaurant, the Mountain View Lounge, and our private Ski Mountain which is home to Campton Mountain Grill and Tailspin Lounge. With its grand cathedral ceilings and walls of windows showcasing the spectacular mountain vistas, the Summit Lounge at Waterville Estates is our main dining and function facility the perfect location for weddings, corporate events, anniversary parties, rehearsal dinners, and functions of all types. Get the free mobile app at

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Do take advantage of Internet technology. Plan your wedding using search engines and e-mail to create your special celebration. There are several Internet sites dedicated to wedding planning that allow you to take advantage of the wealth of information at your fingertips. (Visit our website at www.premierbride.com, for more help). Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, select flowers and review menus online. Don’t seat older guests near the band or the speakers as it may be hard for them to hear anything else. Don’t forget to pamper yourself. Treat your mom and maids the day before the wedding with an afternoon at the spa. You’ll enjoy facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. It will make you feel more relaxed and beautiful.

Do contact the church or synagogue where you will perform your ceremony and ask about any rules or guidelines regarding music. Some require that you use their organist. Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adults-only reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children. Don’t forget to involve stepparents in your ceremony in some way, perhaps a reading during your ceremony or an invocation before dinner.

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Do remember when purchasing a gown to be realistic about your expectations for losing weight. A gown can always be taken in, but rarely can it be let out without leaving stitch marks for all to see. Do consider table visits during your reception. It is a grand display of appreciation and respect when the bride and groom spend a few moments visiting their guests at each table. Looking for a gift for your wedding party? Do consider a monogrammed piece of estate silver, such as a flask for the groomsmen or make-up compacts for the maids.

decorating chairs in a 10 Donewconsider way such as black, silver, white

get your skin in shape for your 16 Towedding day, don’t forget to start

six months prior to your wedding and practice make-up techniques.

forget that the best way to 17 Don’t let people know where you are registered is to have family and friends spread the word. Although it’s impolite to mention the registry on wedding invitations, a hostess may do so on shower invitations.

select the ceremony and 18 Do reception locations nine to 12

months before your wedding. If you’re getting married in popular months like May or June, select these locations as soon as possible.

or traditional gold. Transform an ordinary room or site into a ballroom. Chair covers completely change the look of your reception.

finding the right caterer 19 Make and baker a priority. Great

photography continues to gain in popularity.

wedding party taken before the ceremony.

food is critical to the wedding celebration. Interviews and tastings are a must.

discussing photo packages, 11 When don’t forget black and white and waste time getting to your 20 Don’t sepia tones. This classic style of reception. Have photos of the

remember that the hour of the reserve your photographer 12 Doceremony 21 Do is an indicator of the nine to 12 months before your consider having your entire 13 Dowedding at a full-service hotel. The formality of the reception.

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convenience of having the ceremony, reception and guest lodging in one place is incomparable, especially for a complicated event.

When renting a stretch limo, do remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.

remember to return rental items 15 Doon time and undamaged.

wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

forget to send an invitation 22 Don’t to your officiant and to all of your

pick up your invitation 23 Do envelopes as soon as possible so wedding party.

that you can begin addressing them.

consider having two bouquets, 24 Do one to keep and one to throw. check with your church or 25 Do temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.


Indian Head Resort

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the White Mountains and our own private lake. All of us take pride in providing unforgettable hospitality and dining experiences for all of our guests. At Indian Head Resort, our goal is to allow you to thoroughly enjoy your event. Whether you are planning your wedding, reception or honeymoon at the Indian Head Resort we’ll provide you with exceptional meals and friendly personal service.

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Manchester Country Club is building a beautiful new Ballroom, a perfect venue for your special day. Opening May 2013 The renovations will include a new 300-seat ballroom, open-air veranda and covered patio for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and a redesigned bridal suite. To learn more about how you can make the new space yours, please visit our website. And, as always, membership is not required to have your special day at the Manchester Country Club.

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Stress-Free Destination Wedding Planning The Mountain Club On Loon Introduces… The Wedding Suite

“Once we decided to have a destination wedding, I found myself so lost and hassled that I could hardly think straight. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into!” Sound familiar? How does one-stop shopping with a professional wedding planning team for your destination wedding in the White Mountains sound to you? “DON’T CHOOSE A VENUE… CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCE!” “The Mountain Club on Loon offers a spectacular destination wedding venue,” declares Weddings Director Kelly. “But without perfect execution, and that extra effort and creativity that includes those special touches that make unique weddings so personal and memorable, all you have is a beautiful room with a view. The Wedding Suite Team provides you with a memorable experience that includes exceptional design, creation, and management, along with that extra effort they put into everything they create for your wedding.” - ORAL L. KELLY, WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

“When first starting your destination wedding planning, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of things you need to organize,” notes Oral L. Kelly, Weddings Director. “That’s why The Mountain Club on Loon is introducing the newest concept in helping you choose your White Mountain nuptial venue … The Wedding Suite… here to make your life a lot easier by organizing your wedding ideas into a logical time-saving process.” This destination resort’s planning professionals and preferred vendors are here to help from start to finish with a wealth of wedding information, and White Mountain resources for finding 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

the best menus, beverage distributors, florists, photographers, videographers, limousines and more … for ease in planning the perfect wedding ceremony here at the Mountain Club on Loon, and creating a most memorable affair. And, while The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team fully supports the do-it-yourselfers, they also realize that sometimes it’s easier to let wedding planners manage the stress. It doesn’t matter if the bride is making the plans on her own, or meeting with a wedding consultant, The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team has got answers, making destination wedding planning… stress-free! YOUR WEDDING SUITE TEAM • Oral L. Kelly, Weddings Director… is hospitality professional with experience in resorts, fine dining, and catering, bringing a wealth of customer service and hospitality knowledge to his role, having served in similar positions at the AAA Four Diamond Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, MA, and for Celebrity Cruise Line. • Lisa M. Tetreault, Group Sales Director… is a hospitality professional with decades of business management experience, who has a personable hands-on business approach to hospitality, making each of her events memorable, as well as cost-effective. • Matthew Holland, CEC, CEPC, Executive Chef … is American Culinary Federation (ACF) certified, he trained at The BALSAMS Grand Resort, and

apprenticed at the AAA Four Diamond Colonial Williamsburg Inn, VA; and at the AAA Five Diamond Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. • Kellee Pfeuti, Personal Wedding Consultant… is a veteran of the New England weddings market place, a high-energy problem-solver, and she is a results-oriented planning professional, with the accolades from her hundreds of happy brides to prove it. EXPERT GUIDANCE “While this is an exciting time in your life, making so many important decisions can be overwhelming,” continues Weddings Director Kelly. “The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team is here to guide you through the entire process. From choosing mountaintop venues and gourmet menus, to finding the best local photographers and florists, to arranging transportation and accommodations for you and your guests, your Wedding Suite Team helps to ensure that every last detail is perfect, and just as you desire.” AAA FOUR DIAMOND SERVICE These specialists have years of professional experience in planning weddings, and have helped countless brides realize their dream of a truly exceptional wedding celebration here in the spectacular White Mountains. As a AAA Four Diamond hotel, their goal is to exceed your expectations with outstanding service and amenities. It is your time to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your time to pamper yourself at the


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on-site Viaggio Spa on your wedding day, and let the Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team take care of all the details.

high-quality weddings designed by people who really care, the Mountain Club on Loon is your …”GO-TO” Wedding Team.

QUALITY The care taken when designing your wedding, or the professional techniques used may not be obvious. But the results are the same: peace of mind and happy brides. The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team annually receives hundreds of accolades because they create the highest quality wedding memories.

The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team… is dedicated to making your wedding celebration everything you want it to be. Your hopes and dreams for your big day are ours, too.

UNIQUENESS Looking for “Outside-the-Box”? Need to express your individual style? The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team is highly creative, absolutely inventive…and extremely cost-effective. They are often the inspiration for the styles that others can only look to imitate. Look here for the original, and the “yet-to-be-discovered.” CUSTOMER SERVICE… WITH YOUR ”GO-TO” WEDDING TEAM The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team understands that you have a monumental “to-do” list, and that you might be running behind schedule. The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team takes care of you. They often go out of their way to make little miracles happen so that you have the wedding day that you’ve always dreamed of. So when you are looking for unique,

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it, usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect. Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore. The Bride’s Responsibility: Personal stationary Wedding ring for groom Wedding gift for groom 54 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

Gifts for attendants Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) Her physical examination The Groom’s Responsibility: Bride’s ring Honeymoon Wedding gift for bride Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party Mother’s corsages His physical examination Gifts for the best man, ushers Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party Marriage license Lodging for out-of-town attendants (opt.) Fee for clergy or judge. The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility: Wedding gift for the newlyweds Entire reception Rental of sanctuary or chapel Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau Invitations, announcements and postage

Engagement and wedding photographs Organist, soloist or musician fee Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs Bridesmaid’s bouquet Flowers for reception Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception Security and insurance for gifts The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: Traveling expenses and hotel bills Wedding clothes Rehearsal dinner (optional) Wedding gift for the newlyweds Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home. Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best--and less stressful--for you.

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The busy fall months book up first for photographers in New England. It is crushing to finally find the photographer of your dreams only to find out they just booked your date last week. An added bonus for booking early is that many photographers offer early booking discounts or bonus items. They also can help recommend other wedding vendors, which can save you time and in some cases money due to referral discounts. 6. FORGOING AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT.  Engagement shoots should be fun! They are an excuse to dress up, hug, smooch, and go out on a hot date with your man. But the best part of an engagement shoot is that you and your fiancé can get comfortable in front of the lens in a no stress atmosphere. Your photographer will help you find the angles where you look best and help you learn the poses that are their staple favorites for couples, which means moving faster on your wedding day and cutting down on the open bar time during cocktail hour! Most guys hate getting their picture taken, so hopefully you have found a photographer that will make it a fun experience and leave you both excited about the amazing images they will capture on your wedding day. 7. OVERWHELMING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WITH IDEAS.  You hired your photographer based on their talent and creativeness. Trust them! It is always nice to hear from clients about a new image that they saw in a magazine or blog, but overwhelming your photographer’s inbox on a regular basis is not productive. Be realistic in what you can accomplish in the time you have allotted your photographer. Accomplishing your entire pin board of every image you have ever seen is nearly impossible. If you trust your photographer’s style, then let them run free. When your photographer is inspired to come up with something new and exciting it gets them more pumped to capture your unique wedding day! 8. ASSUMING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER KNOWS WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.  Let your photographer know the key people in your life and who has helped make your day so special. Your photographer knows that you would like a photo with your parents and your grandparents, but does your photographer know the other important people who should be a part of your family photo time? Provide a list of all of your family combinations that should be captured. Don’t forget to mention anything out of the norm like your divorced parents who refuse to be photographed together. And don’t forget the details. While most photographers will take photos of your wedding favors, if your sister handmade them, then let your photographer know so he or she can capture her in the midst of all her hard work. Bring an extra invitation. Let your photographer know of any heirlooms that are part of your day. Tell your photographer about anything else that is important to you and your immediate family. 9. NOT CREATING A TIMELINE FOR PHOTOS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.  Most likely you have selected a wedding package that includes a set number of hours for your wedding photographer. It is imperative that you determine what your priorities are in that time frame. Would you like them to capture you getting ready? The final dance and goodbye? Are there moments you could live without? If you haven’t created this timeline, there is a chance your photographer could depart before something important happens that you really wanted them to capture. That list of group photos referred

to in #8 will help you determine how much time to allot for family photos. Most importantly, stick to your timeline. Timing is very important for lighting. If you want outdoor photos, running an hour late can make or break your images. 10. SKIPPING A FIRST LOOK.  Last but not least is skipping the first look (aka taking your couple photos before the ceremony). A ‘first look’ is so much better than trying to rush your portraits after the ceremony, especially if your ceremony runs a bit over (and most do). First look sessions help you get the jitters out, allow you to touch and tell each other just how fabulous you each look, and get that ugly cry out of the way. Don’t worry. You will still feel all the excitement and awe of walking down the aisle....you’ll just feel a little more relaxed. The first look can be intimate with just the two of you (and the camera) or include your family and friends. Now that you have seen each other at the first look shoot, you get as much time as you want to pull off those amazing couple shots that you have been waiting for. on-site Viaggio Spa on your wedding day, and let the Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team take care of all the details.

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QUALITY The care taken when designing your wedding, or the professional techniques used may not be obvious. But the results are the same: peace of mind and happy brides. The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team annually receives hundreds of accolades because they create the highest quality wedding memories. UNIQUENESS Looking for “Outside-the-Box”? Need to express your individual style? The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team is highly creative, absolutely inventive…and extremely cost-effective. They are often the inspiration for the styles that others can only look to imitate. Look here for the original, and the “yet-to-be-discovered.” CUSTOMER SERVICE… WITH YOUR ”GO-TO” WEDDING TEAM The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team understands that you have a monumental “to-do” list, and that you might be running behind schedule. The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team takes care of you. They often go out of their way to make little miracles happen so that you have the wedding day that you’ve always dreamed of. So when you are looking for unique, high-quality weddings designed by people who really care, the Mountain Club on Loon is your …”GO-TO” Wedding Team. The Mountain Club on Loon Wedding Suite Team… is dedicated to making your wedding celebration everything you want it to be. Your hopes and dreams for your big day are ours, too.

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Sandals Weddingmoons

Situated on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Sandals® Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing the most romantic vacation experience in the Caribbean. Designed for two people in love and home to 14 luxurious resorts, the couples-only properties are located in four distinct Caribbean islands-Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia and the Bahamas. Family-owned Sandals Resorts has long been recognized as a leader of destination weddings. Throughout the company’s 31 years in the industry, it has introduced several innovative ideas including it’s exclusive WeddingMoons® the concept of celebrating your wedding and honeymoon in the same beautiful location. Today, Sandals has answered to the demands of millennia! brides by introducing the first fully customizable destination wedding. Sandals’ WeddingMoons® Your Wedding, Your Style gives couples the option to select every element of their wedding celebration including the resort destination, accommodation type, wedding decor, and color palettes, as well as floral and cake designs. The customized wedding program was designed to eliminate the “cookie-cutter” wedding package and give couples the option to add an array of touches to make their special day a reflection of their individual tastes and personalities-resulting in a truly personalized Caribbean wedding experience. Because of Sandals’ ongoing flexibility, beautiful settings and the ability to fully customize destination weddings, the romantic resorts have received continuous recognition. Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas was chosen as “Top Resort Caribbean 2011” and Sandals Resorts, “Top AllInclusive Brand for Honeymoons 2011” by BRIDES magazine, the number one bridal publication in the country. Moreover, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa has been named the World’s Most Romantic Resort at the World Travel Awards for 14 years in a row. Couples seeking breathtaking backdrops for the moment they say “I do” will find Sandals Resorts offers a range of stunning locations to choose from. Choices range from a beautiful ceremony held in a European Wedding Garden surrounded by tropical flowers and a reflection pool, to an intimate kiss shared under a stunning beachside gazebo or a ceremony in an elegant ballroom with a cocktail hour overlooking the crimson sunset, just to name a few.

To help brides and grooms organize the details of a destination wedding that is uniquely theirs, the luxury brand has also debuted the Sandals Destination Wedding Designer, a cutting-edge online design tool. The Sandals Destination Wedding Designer is simple to use and offers a plethora of ideas. Couples begin by building their profile and selecting their wedding location, among the four Caribbean islands where Sandals properties are located. Using the Sandals Destination Wedding Designer’s interactive tool, couples choose their color palette from ten distinct shades, including a variety of corals, pinks, blues and greens. After selecting a palette, couples can easily browse through over 1,000 wedding ideas for flowers, decor, wedding cakes, entertainment, and more. Traditional or tropical? Modern or romantic? Every design style has been included to give couples unlimited options and help them find what they’re looking for, down to the last detail. Sandals even offers six expertly designed decor themes that couples can select or customize as they wish. Curated galleries within the Sandals Destination Wedding Designer cover every facet of the wedding: bouquets and boutonnieres, ceremony details, reception, cakes, specialty dinners and bars, photography and videography packages, and bridal salon appointments for pre-wedding beauty treatments. With endless options to choose from, brides and grooms can also enhance their guests’ experience with a variety of creative decor and entertainment options, including fire dancers, tiki torches, candy buffets and steel drum bands. After they’ve created their ideal dream wedding, couples can even share their vision with family and friends. CONTINUED ON PAGE 60

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In addition to offering a fully customizable destination wedding, Sandals provides couples with the essential expertise of personal wedding planners to help them plan every detail of their ceremony and reception-including decor options, venue choices and even honeymoon add-ons. And when the big day arrives, the resort provides an onproperty wedding team to ensure every detail of their wedding celebration is meticulously carried out to the couples’ specifications. Couples staying 6 nights or longer enjoy the option of a free Beautiful Beginnings WeddingMoon® Ceremony. Considered the best free wedding in the Caribbean, the Beautiful Beginnings WeddingMoon® is a reflection of elegance and simplicity. Alternatively, couples can choose to add personal touches to enhance the theme with a variety of new a Ia carte options. For those who choose the latter option, Sandals is currently offering $500 towards the custom wedding they’ve always dreamed of having. Whether newlyweds decide to fully customize their special day, choose the Beautiful Beginnings wedding or mix and match, they will be wowed by the brand’s commitment to exceed guests’ expectations. One of the best features of Sandals WeddingMoons® is that the honeymoon begins as soon as the bride tosses her bouquet. “Second to a wedding, a honeymoon is one of the most special moments in a couple’s new life together,” says Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of Romance for Sandals Resorts. In addition to offering options to customize their wedding ceremony and reception, Sandals Resorts also offers brides and grooms a multitude of choices to personalize their honeymoon celebration. Completely dedicated to two people in love, Sandals Resorts boasts beautiful beachfront locations, luxurious accommodations, a wealth of activities and friendly Caribbean staff, making it an ideal honeymoon retreat. Newlyweds can relax and unwind after the big day at one of Sandals’ signature Love Nest Dream Suites, coined the most romantic and uniquely designed suites in the Caribbean . Defined by exclusive amenities, these luxurious sanctuaries and villas create the ultimate escape and heavenly seclusion. Rondoval Suites, for example, are dramatic circular retreats that showcase soaring 20-foot conical ceilings, travertine marble floors, a private pool and even a hammock for two along a garden courtyard. While Millionaire Suites are the epitome of luxury, featuring louvered retractable doors that offer breathtaking panoramic views, an

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