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New beginnings Young couples haven’t given up on weddings — they’re just rewriting the rules By Kimberly Kirchner A great many pearls have been clutched over the state of the American wedding in the last few decades. Have vow exchanges fallen out of fashion? Are bouquet tosses a thing of the past? Have we danced our last “Electric Slide”? The short answer: weddings are doing just fine. In fact, the CDC reports marriage rates have actually risen slightly over the past five years, from 6.8 marriages per 1,000 adults in 2012 to 6.9 in 2017, the last year for which data

is available. While there’s no easy way to track how many of those marriages were celebrated with a wedding, we can see what those weddings cost. A recent report by IBISWorld found weddings generated $72 billion in revenue in 2016. But if it seems like you’re getting less wedding invitations in the mail, there’s a reason. Contrary to popular belief, younger Americans aren’t forgoing marriage altogether — they’re just doing it later in life. In 1968, the average age at first marriage in the U.S. was 23.1 years for men and 20.8

for women. Fifty years later, those numbers have risen to 29.8 and 27.8, respectively. This is ultimately a good thing for the wedding industry. Older couples are generally more financially stable and able to spend more on their Big Day, a fact illustrated by data from The Knot’s annual Real Weddings Survey. Perguest spending has risen dramatically in past years, from $194 each in 2009 to $268 in 2017. Couples are no longer approaching weddings as bythe-numbers formalities, but as true celebrations designed

to showcase their personalities in the most entertaining way possible. A mere 16% of weddings in 2017 fell into the “formal” category, according to The Knot. Instead, couples are focusing their efforts — and spending — on lively entertainment, from photo booths and sparklers to games, bonfires and make-your-own dessert bars. The dress code has loosened up, too. Wedding planning site WeddingWire found 20% of brides chose a dress in a color other than white, according to their 2017 Newlywed Report,

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and 63% of grooms said “I don’t� to the tuxedo. In what will surely be a relief to future bridesmaids everywhere, only 41% of brides asked their party to wear identical dresses. 40% of wedding parties included bridesmen and/or groomsmen, and 61% walked down the aisle to non-classical music. All in all, the definition of “wedding-appropriate� has gotten a whole lot wider in the past decade, and businesses around the county are stepping up to provide for a new generation of newlyweds. From museums and theaters transform-

ing themselves into reception venues, to local farms feeding a hunger for farm-to-table catering, the Berkshires continue to stand as one of the nation’s premier wedding destinations, even in the face of rapidly changing trends. Well, there is one tiny bit of bad news: for those wondering, "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)" now sits at number six on’s list of songs couples ban from their wedding receptions. Sorry, line-dancing dads — time to brush up on your “Cha Cha Slide.�


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Taking the stage As wedding venue trends shift towards the unconventional, Berkshire cultural institutions reap the benefits.

Tables await wedding guests on stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Theatre Group.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 By Kimberly Kirchner In 2017, couples funnelled an average of 55% of their total wedding spending into securing a venue, according to The Knot’s annual Real Weddings Survey. With the average American ceremony and reception ringing up at over $27,000, venue rentals are a serious business. And now, thanks to the explosive popularity of “statement” venues, cultural institutions across the county have a chance to earn their own slice of the wedding industry cake. For decades, traditional event spaces have hosted the majority of wedding receptions in the U.S., but like many things in the wedding industry, those numbers are changing. In 2009, per The Knot, banquet halls, hotels, resorts and country clubs claimed 58% of all receptions; by 2017, that number had dropped to 39%. Why the change? “Couples want their weddings to feel as singular as possible,” said Jodi Joseph, Director of Communications at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The Knot reports 64% of couples surveyed listed “personalization” as a major concern in their wedding plans. Non-traditional venues, with their unique histories and distinct character, offer couples another opportunity to reflect their own interests, stories and personalities. “People are drawn to the raw, industrial spaces, with the scars of manufacturing, the patinaed window sills with dramatic lighting,” Joseph explained. “It’s an art-drenched, light-filled space.” “Each wedding has a specialness about it,” said Vicki Saltzman, Director of Communications for the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. “It’s fun to see their personalities blend with the personality of the building.” Some couples choose the Clark because of a personal affiliation with the

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The wedding party on stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Photo by JacPfef Photography, courtesy of Berkshire Theatre Group.


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new partnerships, from decor to tent rentals, lighting, wedding coordinators, and so on,” Escobedo said.

Keeping the balance The amenities at non-traditional venues vary as widely as their primary functions. Berkshire Theatre Group is a full-service venue, taking advantage of its existing theater staff to handle everything from light and sound to catering and bartending. Jacob’s Pillow offers on-site housing in the same cabins used for its dance residency program. The Clark boasts specially-designed event spaces, and MASS MoCA allows couples to marry in the galleries, surrounded by art. In all cases, however, the institution’s mission comes first. “The collection and the activities of the Clark are by far the most important thing we do here,” Saltzman said, stressing that the wedding business

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“don’t touch” policy. Performance venues like Jacob’s Pillow are careful to keep weddings from dominating the schedule. “Jacob's Pillow is a year-round arts organization and our efforts will always be mission-driven,” Escobedo said. “Most of the major pre-

senting of dance that Jacob's Pillow does takes place during its summer festival (May-September) so we don't allow for any weddings during this time, even though there is a demand.” When all is said and done, the wedding venue is just the

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money because they hadn’t communicated about it. It’s not a couples thing, it’s a human thing. When was the last time your parents sat you down to discuss your inevitable inheritance and introduce you to their most trusted financial advisors? I’m guessing never. You need to break that cycle and learn to communicate about. Not talk about it once and check it off the list – communicate about it. Not because it’s meant to be some sort of reveal that will make you change your mind about the wedding, rather because communicating about it will help keep you out of divorce court.

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Money is the number one cause of stress in relationships. Having financial arguments is the top predictor of divorce, but the good news is that couples who trust each other in regards to finance feel more secure, argue less, and even have better sex lives. So it’s important to get it right from the beginning. Couples can be open and intimate with one another yet never broach the subject about income, savings, debt, credit, etc. And it’s not surprising – you get it from your parents. Your parents fought about

Surveys cite that 38% of couples are not aware of their partners’ debts and 43% don’t know how much their partners make. Yet 72% of couples say they communicate exceptionally well or very well about financial matters. Oh, really? Couples who communicate about finances have better sex, so let’s talk about having fun in the sheets. Balance sheets, that is. Rare is the new couple who talk about assets and debt, or even how much they make. Maybe he has this great little condo in the city, but is he under-

Get on the same page Not all money fights are about getting into financial trouble. Successful relationships occur when people grow together. A wedge in that growth can happen when they have different goals: where to live, how many kids to have, career aspirations, vacation plans, etc. You should know from the beginning how you’ll approach purchases, paying down existing debt, what new debt you’ll accept (a new house or new convertible), when to start saving and how much. One can argue what may be the best way and amount to spend and save, but it’s just as important that you do so in a way that each of you can agree to, and that you agree you can revisit later. Your plan doesn’t need to be etched in stone; it just needs to be communicated.

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Registries give back Traditionally, wedding registries were a way for young couples, just striking out on their own, to outfit their first home. However, today’s engaged couples tend to be older, more financially stable and more likely to have lived together than in previous generations, and therefore less likely to need registry staples like serving platters and hand towels. 88% of couples established a wedding registry in 2017, according to The Knot’s most recent Wedding Registry Study, but the contents of their wishlists have changed dramatically over the past few years. Cash registries, once frowned upon, are now popular, up 50% in popularity in a single year. Couples ask guests to donate toward a large financial

goal, like buying a house or furthering education, or towards honeymoons and other experiences. Established couples are also using the registry tradition as a way to fund charitable causes. In just one year, the number of couples asking for charitable donations on their registry rose 233% according to The Knot, with a full 10% of couples offering guests at least one option to give. Multiple services have popped up to streamline the donation process, many providing wedding-specific designs to make the process as smooth and elegant as possible. Couples should be careful to read the fine print before signing up, however, as most services subtract a small percentage to cover credit card fees and other administrative costs. The amount of money that is actually passed on to the charity varies, so a little research is in order to find the best option. Many charities already have the infrastructure in place to

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Green is the new black (tie)

Today’s wedding menus are low-key and low-impact. By Kimberly Kirchner Modern weddings have a reputation for excess, from big rings and big dresses to big parties with even bigger price tags. With issues like climate change and waste reduction looming large in the public consciousness, however, couples are increasingly planning weddings with an eye on ethical consumption. Current catering trends reflect the desire for a greener reception, with a focus on sourcing food locally and cutting down waste.

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Weddings are an ideal target for the farm-to-table movement, which advocates for purchasing food directly from local producers. Th e benefits are numerous: shorter delivery distances cut down on fuel consumption and provide fresher product; profit is funnelled directly back into the community rather than being spread out over a long chain of suppliers; and smaller, organic farms offer higher quality produce and more humane treatment for livestock than their factory-scale counterparts. The Berkshires are a particularly strong option for a farm-to-table wedding. “You can eat the landscape here,” said Brian Alberg, Vice President of Culinary Development for Main Street Hospitality Group and Executive Chef at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. Thanks to the region’s lively agricultural scene, fresh, locally-sourced ingredients are readily available. Alberg’s catering menus also take advantage of the region’s artisan economy, drawing on Berkshire-made offerings from cheese to baked goods. Main Street’s Director of

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The right ring By Kimberly Kirchner Late one night in 1947, copywriter Frances Gerety jotted down four words that would redefine the modern wedding proposal for decades to come: “A Diamond is Forever.” The slogan, created for diamond-mining behemoth De Beers, reinvented the entire tradition of proposing to revolve around one tiny stone. While the first recorded use of a diamond engagement ring dates back to 15th-century Europe, the concept didn’t begin to catch on until the Victorian era, when newly-discovered diamond mines in Africa made the stones cheaper and more accessible. Even then, diamond engagement rings were regarded as an aristocratic luxury. The financial hardships of World War I severely diminished demand; the American Great Depression did even more damage. By 1940, only 10% of firsttime brides in the U.S. wore a diamond wedding band, according to De Beers’ own research. Half a century later, thanks to one of the most suc-

cessful marketing campaigns in American history, that number was 90%. Diamonds are still the engagement ring stone of choice for the majority of American couples. The Knot’s 2017 Jewelry and Engagement Study found 89% of brides said “yes” to a diamond ring, but the percentage opting for alternative stones seems to be growing. Online fine jewelry retailer Brilliant Earth reported that only 66% of those surveyed preferred a diamond as the center stone on their engagement ring. Couples are turning to non-diamond engagement stones for a number of reasons. Gemstones are generally cheaper than diamonds, which appeals to young couples with limited disposable income. Others are wary of the diamond industry’s violent history, while still others are simply looking for a ring that better expresses their own personality. Whatever the reason, gemstone options are more plentiful than ever. Not all gems are created equal, however, and couples

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should carefully consider their lifestyle and willingness to keep up with regular maintenance before choosing a stone. Diamond is the hardest naturally-occurring substance known to man, capable of withstanding the bumps and scrapes of everyday life without any visible damage. Other gems vary widely in strength, and many are prone to scratches and other wear if not carefully handled. Checking the gem’s strength on the Mohs hardness scale gives a good sense of durability. Most jewelers recommend a hardness of at least seven on the Mohs scale if the ring is going to be worn daily. It’s also important to know if the gem has been treated in any way to enhance color, as some treatments can cause fading under extreme heat or sun exposure. An experience jeweler will be able to help you choose the right

stone for your needs. Buyers should also avoid ruling out diamonds altogether. Companies have begun using blockchain technology (the same system that powers Bitcoin and other virtual currencies) to track a diamond’s conflict-free status from mine to jewelry counter, providing an extra level of assurance that the stone was ethically sourced. Lab-grown diamonds are another option for sociallyor budget-minded shoppers, as are imperfect “salt and pepper” diamonds, which are both inexpensive and unique. On the next page, check out ten alternative gem options worth visiting your local jeweler to meet in person.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 containing emerald and aquamarine) named after noted gem aficionado J.P. Morgan. The peachy tone is unique but subtle, and looks especially good in a rose gold setting. At a 7.5 on the Mohs scale, it is significantly softer than a diamond, but a bezel setting or diamond halo can help protect the edges from chipping. The stone is also prone to clouding, which can be kept at bay with regular cleaning.


Sapphire S

Mohs scale hardness: 9.5 Color: Colorless (lab-created colored versions are available)

M Mohs scale hardness: 9 h Color: Deep blue C iis typical, but a v variety of other c colors are available

First discovered in a meteorite in Arizona by Henri Moissan, moissanites are made up of silicon carbide grains most often originating from asymptotic giant branch stars — in other words, they are literally made of stardust. Naturally-occurring moissanite is incredibly rare, so most stones on the market are lab-made, but the stellar origin story is worth retelling. Moissanite is most often sold as a direct diamond substitute; it is just half a point down from diamond on the Mohs scale, and actually outperforms diamond in some visual tests.

Morganite e Mohs scale hardness: 7.5 Color: Pale peach to bright purplish pink Morganite is a member of the beryl family (alsoo

Sapphires are tthe most common n non-diamond eengagement stone, aand for good reason. They are nearly as hard as diamonds, and come in a wide range of colors beyond the typical blue, including a particularly striking and sought-after pink-orange tone known as padparadscha. The sapphire engagement ring saw a spike in popularity in 1981, when Prince Charles proposed to then-Lady Diana Spencer with a 12-carat sapphire ring, and again in 2010, when Diana’s son, Prince William, offered the ring in his proposal to Kate Middleton.

Emerald Mohs scale hardness: 7.5-8 Color: Pale to deep green

The most well-known of the beryl varieties, ss duraemerald is less phires ble than sapphires and rubies but ut can still make ke a striking engagement stone with the right setting and care. Emeralds were considered symbols of love and fertility by many cultures throughout history, including the ancient Eqyptians and Romans. In more recent history, then-Senator John F. Kennedy and fiance Jacqueline Bouvier chose an emerald and diamond Art-Deco design for what would become one of the century’s most iconic engagement rings. g

Ruby b Mohs scale hardness: 9 Color: Red Ruby, like sapphire, is a variety corundum distinguished by its red color. Tones can range from light pink to dark crimson, though in the U.S. any gem under a certain saturation level is considered a pink sapphire. Rubies share sapphire’s

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Citrine Citrin Mohs scale hardness: 7 hard Color: Light Co yellow to amber ye A striking but inexpensive b vvariety of quartz, llemon-toned citrine is a popular tr alternative to much alte pricier yellow diamonds. The vibrant golden color, traditionally associated with wealth and good fortune, is perfect for the fashion-forward bride looking to make a statement.

Tourmaline Mohs scale hardness: 7 Color: Varied Tourmaline is steadily increasing in

Thursday, January 10, 2019 popularity, due in large part to its spectacular color range. While black and brown stones are most commonly found in nature, the gem is also available in shades from pale pink to bright yellow and dark green. Two-toned varieties are also popular, particularly the “watermelon” type: a stone with distinct bands of hot pink and green. Tourmalines are fairly soft, so are best suited for occasional or gentle wear.

that pairs well with rich gold settings and geometric designs. At a 6.5-7 on the Mohs hardness scale, however, peridot is more delicate than some gems, and is best suited for brides looking to sport their engagement ring for special occasions only.


Garnet’s deep red hue makes it a darker, moodier alternative to rubies. While the stone is less durable than rubies and sapphires, it is also significantly cheaper, making it easier to replace should it be damaged. Garnet was particularly popular in Victorian times, and makes a sophisticated, timeless match for antique gold settings.

Mohs scale hardness: 6.5-7 Color: Olive green Olive-tone peridot has a retro charm

Garnet Mohs scale hardness: 6.5-7.5 Color: Most often dark red, but other colors do exist

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Alexandrite A Mohs scale hardness: 8.5 h Color: Dark green C or reddish-puple, o depending on d llight S Sometimes referred tto as “emerald by day day, ruby by night night,”” ale alexandrite is the grown-up version of a dollar-store mood ring. Thanks to a unique crystal structure and a quirk of human vision, the gem appears deep blue-green in daylight but purplish-red under an incandescent bulb. That novelty does come with a price, however. Alexandrite is incrediblyy rare,, with most cut gems weighing in at less than one carat. Currently, alexandrite is comparable to diamond in cost-per-carat, with price expected to rise as new stones become even harderr to find.

A quick guide to birthstones Looking for inspiration? Many couples opt for birthstones as their center gem or as accent stones. Keep in mind that not all gems are well-suited to the daily wear and tear of life as an engagement ring, so be sure to consult a jeweler before making your decision. The list below contains traditional birthstones as defined by the Gemological Institute of America.

November- Citrine (Yellow) and Topaz (Yellow-orange) December- Turquoise (Blue-green), Blue Zicon (Light blue) and Tanzanite (Dark blue)

And for the astrologically-minded, here are the traditional gems for each of the 12 zodiac signs: Aquarius, Jan. 21 – Feb. 18- Garnet Pisces, Feb. 19 – Mar. 20- Amethyst

January- Garnet (Dark red)

Aries, Mar. 21 – Apr. 20- Bloodstone

February- Amethyst (Purple)

Taurus, Apr. 21 – May 21- Sapphire

March- Aquamarine (Blue-green) and Bloodstone (Dark green and red)

Gemini, May 22 – Jun. 21- Agate (Brown)

April- Diamond (Colorless)

Leo, Jul. 23 – Aug. 22- Onyx (Various)

May- Emerald (Green)

Virgo, Aug. 23 – Sept. 22Carnelian (Brown-red)

June- Alexandrite (Green/red) and Pearl (White) July- Ruby (Red) August- Peridot (Lime green) September- Sapphire (Blue) October- Opal (Multi-color) and Tourmaline (Pink)

Cancer, Jun. 21 – Jul. 22- Emerald

Libra, Sept. 23 – Oct. 23- Peridot Scorpio, Oct. 24 – Nov. 21Beryl (Various) Sagittarius, Nov. 22 – Dec. 21Topaz (Various) Capricorn, Dec. 22 – Jan. 21- Ruby


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Veil & Vow 2019  

The Berkshire Eagle's annual wedding magazine looks at new trends and evolving traditions, from rings and registries to venues and menus.

Veil & Vow 2019  

The Berkshire Eagle's annual wedding magazine looks at new trends and evolving traditions, from rings and registries to venues and menus.