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a delicate dance

IN EVERY ISSUE About the Cover

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Behind the scenes at our shoot.

Editor’s Letter

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Our editor in chief shares her favorite finds now.

Contributors

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The talented pros who made this issue possible.

Get Ready, Set, Plan!

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What to do, when, on your way to the altar.

Daily Fix

60

What’s hot on TheKnot.com, plus our favorite engagement ring Instagrams.

Ask Carley

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Colored wedding dresses, adults-only receptions, morning-after brunches and off-season events.

What’s New

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Haute color combos, script-style stationery and more.

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You can imagine we’ve heard a proposal or two.

Real Weddings

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Get inspired by these nuptials.

Last Look

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One couple’s stunning shot.

PLANNING Why Does This Cost So Much?

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We break down stationery printing prices.

You’re Not Allowed to Freak Out If... Don’t sweat the small stuff.

10 Ideas We Never Saw Coming

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Trends that prove weddings can (and should) be done differently.

gowns straight from the runway, 79

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The Social Norms

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Take note of these fun tech stats.

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How a Bridal Designer Gets Married Hayley Paige dishes on her wedding details.

Should You Assign Reception Seats? Experts weight the pros and cons.

10 Things Every Bride Should Have

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15 minutes with Sarah Jessica Parker

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Stone Fox Bride’s Molly Guy shares her day-of must-haves.

15 Minutes With Sarah Jessica Parker The fashion icon and designer talks shoes.

Planner on Call

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The answers to your wedding dilemmas.

Stylist on Call

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Fashion tips to make dress shopping a cinch.

Style Stalker

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Check out this bride’s gorgeous look.

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Who to Follow on Instagram You’ll “heart” these wedding pros.

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Wait, What? I Didn’t Know That!

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Ten things you won’t know until you start planning.

SHOPPING Wish List

find the perfect color for your bridesmaids, 192

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Our favorite unexpected “something blues,” accent plates, lipstick shades, colorful rings and fashion-forward shoes.

Where’d They Get That?

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Steal the looks of these real couples’ stylish details.

The Chic Spectrum

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Spanish Matador

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Opulent red, black and gold are having a fashion moment.

Haute Hues

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Charcoal, cinnamon and eggplant.

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BEAUTY Hot Hairstyles

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Steal these celeb-inspired styles for your day.

linens decoded

Collarbone Contour

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How to incorporate this beauty trend into your look.

All Hail the Kale

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Superfood products to add to your beauty routine.

FASHION Runway Report

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Our takes on the hottest dresses from fashion week.

A Formal Affair

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Opulence is making a major comeback.

The Perfect Touch

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Luxe and laid-back details create an unexpected style.

STYLE A Delicate Dance

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Classic ballets reimagined in confection form.

Southern Charm

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Find inspiration in this intimate, low-country fete.

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the secret to your perfect honeymoon

REGISTRY Mixing Metals

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Add a combo of matte and shiny metallics to your table.

Linens Decoded

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What you need to put on your registry.

HONEYMOON Honeymoon Trends

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Where to go, how to travel and other helpful tips.

Vacation Chic

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What to wear on your Bahamas honeymoon.

The Secret to Your Perfect Honeymoon Let your wedding colors inspire your trip.

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e know that what really sets your wedding dress apart are the special touches, like the lattice beading and floral appliqué on our gorgeous cover gown. Lucky for you, our fall issue is just as much about these little things as it is the big moments—it’s filled with tons of unique details that will make your wedding stand out. So turn the page and get ready to be inspired! Dress, $4,000, Temperley London, KleinfeldBridal.com; headpiece, $430, EricaElizabeth.com; engagement ring, price upon request, Forevermark.com; earrings, $130, ElizabethBower.com; cocktail ring, $12,395, LeVian.com

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1 1 This art deco–inspired sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring is the perfect twist on a classic solitaire. $4,950, Sylvie Collection.com 2 I loved every single look that came down the Isabel Marant Fall 2015 runway! 3 These playful mints are made with real sugar, peppermint and a touch of menthol, which gives a slight cooling sensation. Each is stamped with “Hug me” or “Kiss me”— how fun is that? $3, XOMints.com 4 Temperley London had this candle burning during Bridal

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6 5 Fashion Week, and I fell in love with the scent. It has top notes of rose and blackcurrant with just a hint of sandalwood, so it’s not too sweet. Grace bridal candle, $45, TemperleyLondon.com 5 I apply a couple pumps of this numbing cream to my heels before slipping on a pair of pumps or booties—it’s a total footsaver. $30 for 0.5 oz., SoleSerum.com 6 Clinique released a limited-edition collection of lipsticks called “Kiss the Bride.” So of course I had to try it! I love the color—just the right amount of pink. Lipstick in I Do!, $16, Clinique.com

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LYNN EASTON, WEDDING PLANNER

TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR “SOUTHERN CHARM” (P. 258). We were inspired by the secret gardens of Charleston, South Carolina—espalier walls, textural greenery and abundant blooms. We could just imagine our guests arriving through a fanciful, wroughtiron gate covered in crawling jasmine. They would find their beautiful table in a garden courtyard lit by the faint flicker of candlelight—a sublime Charleston-garden evening. @eastonevents

A behind-the -scenes look at the shoot!

PERNILLE LOOF, PHOTOGRAPHER

WHICH CAKE FROM “A DELICATE DANCE” (P. 248) WAS YOUR FAVORITE?

JAKE BAILEY, CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST

SARAH COOPER, WRITER

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE WHEN IT CAME TO PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?

IS THERE A “MIRACLE” PRODUCT YOU USE ON YOUR CLIENTS? Of course there is, but I have to keep some secrets to myself! All in all, though, most products are pretty comparable— it’s more about how you use them. I am, however, a longtime fan of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation: beautiful shades, great coverage and a lightweight look. @byjakebailey

It ended up being a huge bonding experience for my sister, mom and me. I knew they’d help, but I had no idea how excited they’d be—sometimes they were even more excited than I was! I’ll always cherish the extra time I got to spend with them during those months. @sarahcpr

LAUREN KAY, SENIOR STYLE EDITOR

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE KNOT? Basically, I cover everything pretty for The Knot (excluding fashion): flowers, cakes, stationery, favors, color, registry, DIY—the list goes on and on. They’re all my favorite things! I love to entertain, and a wedding is essentially a big, well-planned party. @laurenekay

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Here’s what to do, when, on your way to the altar.

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Think about when and where you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you two get engaged).

Plan the ceremony with your officiant; it’s the reason you’re having this party, so don’t wait too long. Discuss religious requirements, like premarital counseling.

Nail down a budget and go to TheKnot .com/budget. We’ll help you figure out how much you should spend on flowers, stationery and your day-of looks.

Have engagement photos taken so you can get comfortable with your photographer.

Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision! Need some help? See if our free venue concierge service is available in your area at TheKnot.com/concierge. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market.

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Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening! Ask your picks for bridesmaids and groomsmen if they’re up for being in your wedding party.

Reserve hotel room blocks. Easily book them on TheKnot.Jetaport.com. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him.

It’s time for the groom to choose his day-of look, and his groomsmen should also be told what to wear. Send out your save-the-dates. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order the invitations and thank-you notes.

Book your florist, photographer, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one.

Start your search for your dress. Get your engagement ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.)

Book your honeymoon. Thinking about Hawaii? Europe? Check out our fave trips at TheKnot.com/honeymoons.

Register for gifts (and put the links on your wedding website). Order your gown and veil and schedule fittings (for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding). Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have your bridesmaids order them.

Reserve venues for the welcome party, after-party and next-day brunch. Book a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner and a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule your beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie you need. FROM TOP: LISA HUBBARD; LORI PALADINO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Make a wedding website to give guests important info, like directions and where you have your hotel room blocks. Include some fun details too! Get a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding.

Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher.

Work on your ceremony vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company.

Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning).

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out). Complete your cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket. Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

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Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias?

Buy your wedding day accessories. Think: shoes, purse and jewelry.

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Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display.

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Finish assembling ceremony programs or pick them up from your stationer or printer.

Have your first dress fitting—bring your shoes and undergarments.

Put together welcome baskets for outof-town guests.

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Send out your invites for the rehearsal dinner.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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Arrange for day-of transportation for you and the wedding party.

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Have a blast at your bridal shower and bachelorette party! Finalize your playlist with your band or DJ. Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it legit. Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later). Finalize your ceremony details with your officiant.

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now! Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros to the site manager, like a table for the DJ. Print or write your escort cards or send them to your calligrapher. Have your last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time you’ll put on your gown).

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Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and wedding pros.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter.

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Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances.

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Steam your dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any last-minute details. Plan the processional/recessional. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and what time—and where—you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-oftown guests’ hotel rooms (the hotel staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Eat breakfast—you may forget to eat later, even if that never happens to you. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Hand off wedding bands to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver it after the ceremony.

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Write your wedding toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office).

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Get a final hair trim and color touch-up.

Get a fresh mani and pedi.

Arrange for transportation for outof-town guests who aren’t renting cars.

Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site.

Give tips for your wedding pros to an attendant (or planner) to distribute.

Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one detail you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have (a little!) fun at your rehearsal dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the star of the show tomorrow, remember?

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Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked when it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your wedding dress cleaned and/or preserved and return the tuxedo rentals. Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews. Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. And tell them all about the honeymoon! Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot.

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white out

Q I found my dream dress—and it’s green! Do I have to wear a white gown?

A People tend to think of the white wedding dress as a given, but it doesn’t have to be. This tradition was actually started by Queen Victoria in 1840. Before that, girls would buy gorgeous dresses in any color for their wedding. Also, don’t worry too much about the symbolic value of white. It’s more important that you love your dress and that it represents your style. Many of our favorite designers are sending colorful wedding gowns down the runways, so this trend is definitely catching on.

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I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but someone told me they’d look funny next to black tuxes. Is that true? There are a couple of ways to pull off the look. For the girls: Choose a shade of dark navy that’s closer to black than it is to blue. To do this, hold up a fabric swatch next to both true black and cobalt blue to see which hue looks better. For the guys: Consider going for ties and vests in something other than black to help lighten up the overall look and direct attention away from the tuxedos. But even if you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with mixing navy and black.

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two of the four traditional wedding requirements in one (your “something old” and “something borrowed”). If your neckline is unadorned, pin your brooch there. Or fasten it on a sash at the waist. If you don’t want to poke holes in the dress but still want extra sparkle, attach it to the ribbon wrap around your bouquet.

money talk

Q Is there a tactful way to ask our guests for money instead of traditional gifts? A Etiquette-wise, you never want to come right out and ask for cash. But one way to get around it is to set up a registry for your honeymoon so guests can contribute funds for activities, leaving you with more money in your wallet when you get home. >>

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dress rehearsal

Q I’m walking down the aisle with my

Is there anything I should know?

father and mother, so holding a bouquet could be difficult. Are there other options? A A pomander is a great pick if you’d prefer to have your hands free. This bouquet style features a ball of flowers that hangs from your arm by a thick ribbon. Depending on the blooms, a pomander can take as many as 200 individual stems, which can make it a pricey option. The good news: You can create your own by densely packing your favorite flowers (replace their stems with wires) into an Oasis foam ball. Get a DIY guide to pomanders at TheKnot.com/flowers.

A Whether you’re planning to change for cultural reasons or because your gown is too tight to dance in, it’s important to remember that the more time you spend changing, the less time you’ll spend eating, dancing and having fun! The trick: Be as prepared as possible before you head down the aisle. Take the second dress out of its bag; get it unzipped and ready to slip into. Oh, and grab a bridesmaid to help you zip up and give you a once-over (you know—so you don’t head out for the first dance with your skirt tucked into your Spanx).

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Q I want to change dresses for the reception.

morning after our wedding, but I’m not sure who should be on the guest list. If someone’s invited to the reception, should they automatically receive an invite for the brunch? A There’s no set etiquette, but the postwedding brunch is usually for the couple’s families as well as any out-of-town guests who are still around. But, if your budget permits, feel free to extend the invite to attendants and other friends. If you want to keep the brunch guest list on the small side, your other guests shouldn’t feel hurt for not being invited—a day-after brunch is certainly not required.

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miffed mommy

Q We’re having an adults-only wedding, but my friend refuses to attend without her infant son. What should I do? A Find out why she wants him there so badly. If she can’t get a babysitter, consider hiring one for her who will go to her home or take care of the baby in a space near the wedding. If she just can’t bear to be apart from him, maybe you’d prefer to celebrate with your friend some other time.

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wedding off-season

Q I’ve heard that in the off-season many venues offer better rates. What are considered the “off” months? A The slow months vary depending on where you’re getting married. In most parts of the country, the “deep” winter months— January, February and March—are the least popular for weddings. Because there’s less demand, you’ll likely get discounted rates on your venue and your wedding pros.

name-change etiquette

Q How do I politely let people know I’m

not changing my name? A Although many brides keep their maiden names these days, some people are still in traditional mode and assume you’ve changed over to your married moniker. Your best bet is to be patient and keep using your own name on letters, cards and the like, and, when it’s appropriate, point out politely that you’ve kept your name.

head table rules

Q Who else sits at the bride and groom’s table? A Whomever you’d like! One choice is to have the best man and maid of honor and their dates sit with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with all of their attendants, and some sit with their parents (if you choose this option, be sure to sit with both sets of parents to prevent favoritism; if your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives). And don’t forget the most romantic option: the sweetheart table.

capture the moment

Q My reception budget is tight. Do I really need to hire a videographer?

A You don’t need to hire a videographer, but we highly recommend doing so. Here’s why: Photos can’t depict sound and movement the way a video can, so you’ll miss hearing your voice quavering as you deliver your vows or seeing your ring bearer go from having dance fever to being tuckered out in a single song. You could ask a trusted guest to film your wedding, but a pro will make sure the sound and lighting are optimal to enhance the viewing experience later.

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of couples hire a videographer to record their wedding day

allergic to favors

Q We want to give something edible as favors, but I’m worried about our guests’ food allergies. What should we do? A It’s very thoughtful of you, but if a guest has an allergy, most will simply pass on the favor. Just carefully label what’s inside your edible treat: If you’re making cookies with nuts, write the name (Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin and Macadamia Nut Cookies, for example) on the favor tag. Better yet, steer clear of nuts altogether and stick with simple treats like personalized M&M’S, mints or chocolate truffles.

groomsmaids

Q Is it okay for the groom’s sister to stand with the groomsmen?

A Absolutely! If you’re not that close with your guy’s sister, or if she prefers to stand by her brother at the altar, then mix things up. More and more, brides are asking their brothers, male cousins or best guy pals to be “men” of honor, and the same goes for grooms looking to include female friends and family in their wedding party.

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Catch a glimpse of what it’s like jumping from show to show and see what trends, dresses and designers we loved most. 9 A.M.

Bright and early at The Knot Couture show. First stop: Maggie Sottero.

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Hand lettering adds an intimate quality to wedding invitations— it’s like you personally penned each one (only with amazing handwriting). The breezy quality of this brushstroke style strikes a delicate balance between elegant and casual, ideal for all types of celebrations. Custom lettering, from $350, OhMyDeerHandmades.com

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swooning for silk These plant-dyed silk ribbons add an elegant finish to your bouquet. With 40 different colors and endless design possibilities, they’re perfect for wedding programs, a flower girl sash or even a ribbon ceremony backdrop. Spools, from $27 each, SilkandWillow.com >>

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Add a pop of color to your bridal look. Choose a punchy red lip, carry a bold clutch, or don a daring shoe or vibrant drop earrings.

Incorporate your favorite shades into a plush lounge area. Rent a plum sofa or a vibrant accent chair, or accessorize with patterned pillows.

Trade the allwhite cake in favor of a more colorful design. Include your wedding hues or a cascade of bright, cheery blooms.

Swap rice with fun confetti for your grand exit. Try fabric pom-poms, multicolored rose petals or fragrant lavender.

shoe buzz bridesmaid style

Made from delicate chiffon and silk, these floral-printed gowns from Plum Pretty Sugar are not your average bridesmaid dresses. The new PPS Couture gown line features four whimsical prints in four silhouettes that mix and match perfectly—giving each of your girls a unique look. The gowns come with fun details, like pockets and detachable sleeves, and best of all, the pastel palette works with every skin tone.

Father of the Bride’s Annie Banks did it, and now you can strut down the aisle in sparkly sneakers too! Crushed glitter and satin-ribbon laces make these new comfy kicks wedding (or after-party) chic, and perfect for the heel-averse bride. Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Glitter Wedding shoes, $80, Keds.com

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digital printing This fast and affordable printing process is perfect if you’re looking to save some money on your invites. Here’s how it works: Digital printers spray the ink onto the paper rather than imprinting it, so the type is flat, but the colors are really vibrant. This is the way to go if you want a colorful wedding suite or if you plan to use any photos (like on a save-the-date or wedding program). Vintage Frame invitation and reply card in French Blue with charcoal ink, William Arthur, Crane.com >>

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thermography Thermography involves adding a resinous powder to the ink. The ink is then heated and dried, and the result is a slightly raised, glossy type. It’s roughly twice the cost of digital, but it’s less than engraving and has a similar look and feel. It’s fast too—most printing can be done in a week—making it a popular choice for everything from invites to day-of paper. Pearl Stripe layered invitation and reply card with graphite ink, Vera Wang, Crane.com >>

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Weddings have come a long way since The Knot was founded in 1996. While we can’t possibly name all of the genius wedding ideas and trends from the past 19 years in one article, we can tell you about a few of our standout favorites. Here are 10 new takes on traditions that prove weddings can (and should) be done differently.

1 wedding dresses that are anything but white It’s not to say that white dresses are out—they’re just not the only option. More women than ever are reinventing what it means to look like a bride, wearing anything from a ’70s-inspired column dress or crop top number to a blush mermaidstyle gown with matching pink ombré hair.

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4 next-level dancing 2 “we’re not taking our wedding too seriously” color palettes While we love a timeless blush and ivory palette, color—as in lots and lots of vibrant hues—is more than okay too. From funky hanging pennants to DIY altar decorations, weddings have never looked brighter.

3 unexpected venues, décor and more We’re going to guess that your grandparents didn’t get married in a barn, your parents probably didn’t use an Airstream as a backdrop for their cake, and it didn’t dawn on anyone older than you to use a typewriter in lieu of a traditional guest book.

Step aside chicken dance and electric slide—flash mobs and other choreographed party dances have practically reinvented receptions. Think surprise performances, synchronized wedding party cheers (complete with backflips) and outrageous mom-and-son dances.

5 fashion-forward grooms and groomsmen These days, brides aren’t the only ones focused on making their wardrobe memorable. That’s right—the men are also getting in on the fashion fun, donning boldly colored or patterned dress socks, bow ties, pocket squares and suspenders—not to mention out-of-the-box suits (even in surprising colors like purple!).

1. BLUSH DRESS: TARA BETH PHOTOGRAPHY; CROP TOP: KURT WILBERDING 2. JEN FARIELLO PHOTOGRAPHY 3. CARRIE PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 4. TWO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY 6. CORY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY 7. BAR: BRIAN DORSEY STUDIOS 9. JEN FARIELLO PHOTOGRAPHY 10. BRIDESMAIDS: KELSEY COMBE PHOTOGRAPHY

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6 let them eat cake...or not! Sure, tiered cakes are still a thing—but so are upside-down cakes (thanks in part to The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s out-of-this-world one from her New Year’s Eve wedding), deconstructed confections (aka naked cakes), pie towers, doughnut displays and even Belgian waffle bars.

8 weddings gone mobile (and social!)

7 souped-up cocktail hours and bars

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At today’s soirees even the cocktails are styled. A few of our favorite seriously creative bar setups: whiskey tasting tables, Moscow Mules in copper mugs and createyour-own champagne cocktails.

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Browse through more than 7,000 dresses using our Wedding LookBook app, find and connect with prospective venues using our Wedding Planner app, and capture all of the details of your day with a hashtag or social media concierge (yes, that’s a thing).

Photo booths were just the beginning of the extra entertainment trend. Cocktail hours are now filled with activities reminiscent of your childhood, like lawn games (anyone for cornhole?), wedding day bingo and giant Jenga sets.

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10 out-of-thebox bridesmaid dresses Bridesmaid dresses don’t have to match the tablecloths—they don’t even have to be dresses anymore! Nowadays, attendants walk down the aisle in an array of cool and unconventional outfits, including electric- or jewel-tone-colored jumpsuits and color-blocked shift dresses. Get more great ideas at TheKnot.com/wedding-themes

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how a bridal dress designer gets married Hayley Paige dishes on her engagement to fiancé Danny Wallis, plus their ceremony and reception details. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

we almost eloped—twice! Once at month one and again at month two, but we settled on a whirlwind engagement at month three. I swear, when we met, there was this sigh of relief, like, “Oh, there you are—I’ve been looking for you.”

we’re having two ceremonies… The first ceremony will be in a Catholic church, and the second is a nondenominational one outside. I may or may not have done this just so I could wear two different ceremony dresses. Sorry I’m not sorry!

…and I’ll be wearing multiple dresses

we hired a production team instead of a wedding planner We want production value, but we don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen. I am a very hands-on bride and have some rather offbeat ideas that require more out-of-the-box thinking. We went with an event-production company that will bring together those elements of art direction, set design and magic.

I designed our save-the-dates and invitations My art skills developed from my affinity for drawing comics as a child, and Danny has always made me feel cool about this little skill. I decided to sketch out our love story as its own comic and use it as a bookmark save-the-date. Lichtenstein was my inspiration for the comic artwork, so I continued that pop-art theme for the remainder of the invitation elements.

“I HAVE MY HEART SET ON A FEW WARDROBE CHANGES THAT WILL TRANSITION WELL WITH THE VARYING MOMENTS OF THE DAY.”

we’re serving slurpees We’re getting married in Lake Tahoe on 7/11, so my fiancé and I immediately thought about incorporating old-school 7-Eleven Slurpees into our specialty cocktail!

Find more answers from your favorite pros at TheKnot.com

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tell your guests where they’re sitting PROS Even if you don’t want to designate each person’s seat, assigning a table will help keep things organized, especially if you have more than 50 people attending. “It makes the dinner process run smoother and prevents gaps at every table,” says Jesse Tombs, senior event producer at Alison Events Planning and Design in San Francisco. “And to put it bluntly, guests like to be told what to do.” CONS “It can be very time-consuming to create a seating chart,” Tombs says. Assigning each guest a seat can also be emotionally draining, as it requires the couple to take into consideration every person and where each would feel most comfortable sitting.

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should you assign seats at the reception? let everyone choose his or her seat PROS “Letting guests sort out their own seats is so much easier for the couple,” says Jove Meyer, owner and creative director of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York. “It’s also better for the environment, and possibly your wallet, as no paper will be used for individual place cards.” If you have a younger crowd or if your reception is more casual, not having a seating chart can encourage mixing and mingling in a fun, natural way.

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CONS When everyone is jockeying for a seat, it actually makes the seating process harder for all guests. “Sometimes older guests get confused when they don’t have an assigned seat, while others sit in weird arrangements or become ‘clicky,’” Meyer says.

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SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE A sexy, delicious scent is as essential to every outfit as the perfect pair of shoes. Lately, I’m obsessed with Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance—a yummy mix of raspberry, bergamot, lychee, vanilla and more. It comes in a chic atomizer bottle with a black pump, and it can be engraved with your initials or name. $98 for 3.4 oz., Macys.com

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MEANINGFUL CEREMONY Don’t just stand there and say your “I dos”— have a friend officiate, sing a song or recite a cool poem. This is your big chance to express your love authentically. Make it count.

GOOD HAIR Whether it’s long and wild or a coiffed braid, the goal is to walk down the aisle in foxiness and style.

GRAND EXIT Go out with a bang. Have your getaway car waiting outside, adorned with tin cans, marigold garlands and a “just married” sign. Give your guests handfuls of rice, so your adoring fans can shower you with love as you jet off into the sunset.

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HEALTHY BREAKFAST Neglecting to eat can lead to a blood-sugar crash later on. Have a warm bowl of oatmeal with berries, almond milk and tea.

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what made you want to design bridal shoes? Well, to be honest, I didn’t know I did. When we launched the original collection just over a year ago, much to our surprise we kept hearing from our customers that they were using our shoes for their wedding. And I assumed at first they were talking about bridal parties, but people started sending us photos of themselves walking down the aisle wearing our shoes, and I sort of gleaned that there was this space for the unconventional bridal shoe. Either these brides were looking for shoes that didn’t fit the traditional idea of a wedding shoe, or they had just come upon one of ours and it excited them. Shoes, $585, SJP, Nordstrom.com

how would you describe the line? Slightly unconventional, with color playing an important role. We’ve taken classic silhouettes and presented them in a new way—but they still remain timeless. We want these to be shoes they’ll wear again.

which pair in your new bridal line can you not help but swoon over? I’m very poor at picking favorites, but there are some I think are really exciting. One of those is the Carrie in Moonstone—it’s just glorious. The color really blows my mind. It’s in a satin that’s iridescent. The shoes encompass this huge amount of color but feel really neutral and sort of fairy-tale-like.

we heard each shoe includes a “something blue.” Every single pair of shoes has a pale-blue grosgrain ribbon up the back, so the bride always has a “something blue.”

what do you think makes a good bridal shoe? I feel like it’s such a personal thing. I think a good bridal shoe is a shoe that makes a bride feel like the best version of herself on a day that’s one of the most important days of her life.

what shoes did you wear at your own wedding? I wore a pair of teal, velvet, round-toe heels— maybe a 70- or a 90-millimeter heel. I think they were Robert Clergerie for Barneys.

how do you feel about the bridal sneaker trend? It’s wonderful. A bride should feel like however she wants to feel like on that day, whether it’s funny or silly, whimsical or feminine, or beautiful. People should just wear what they want to wear. I think all options are thrilling—and I welcome them. Find more celebrity news at TheKnot.com

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Choose a destination that has significance to you and it will be easy to include subtle touches into your décor—and have it feel genuine. Try giving a nod to your locale in your savethe-dates (think a hand-drawn map) or a motif, like a mountain ridge, that you can use in details like the welcome bags, cocktail napkins and ceremony programs. Or give your guests a taste of the region—literally—with a signature cocktail or a menu item that’s specifically linked to

the location. “The place shouldn’t overwhelm your style, but rather be a fun accent,” says Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events. If other things inspire your style choices—the blue of the ocean, the architecture of the city, the music of the culture— that’s okay too. Just make the elements work in a natural way to avoid turning your wedding into a dreaded theme party. No matter where you’re saying “I do,” it should be about you two, Zabinski says.

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measuring and fitting, not just a chain store—you may find out you’ve been wearing the wrong bra size,” says Harper Della-Piana of Seams Couture. “In addition to a good strapless bra, purchase a longline corset with boning in the waist. This will give you extra support, so you can feel confident in the strapless gown you love.”

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Set yourself up for success by investing in shapewear before your salon appointments. “No matter your size, Spanx is always a must for creating a seamless look,” Viola says. Once you have your tummyshaping undergarments squared away, try to remember this general rule of thumb: Structure is your friend. Consider stiffer materials like satin, lace and organza for a smoother silhouette. “Some chiffons might be okay, but for the most part, clingy fabrics are not forgiving,” Viola says. Ruching or gathering on the bodice and a lace-up corset are also safe bets, especially if you want to disguise your tummy. “A lace-up bodice has more flexibility, so if you lose weight, you can still cinch in your waistline.”

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“I wanted my wedding dress to be the most special gown I would ever wear,” says Diana Wu, a chemist from North Carolina. “I looked for something unexpected that would still feel classically beautiful.” She fell in love with an Oscar de la Renta dress with a unique combination of timeless white lace and fashionforward ice-blue ruffles. “The skirt moved like waves when I walked. It was so elegant and romantic,” she says. At her last fitting, Wu knew she’d made the right decision. “I felt how I’d always wanted to feel in my wedding dress.”

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“I often ask a couple to show me pictures that inspire or represent them,” says celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss. “The best is when they invite me into their home—give me five minutes and I’ll present an idea.” Anything can inspire the design of your wedding, so why not a sofa? We used the deep blue as our anchor color and incorporated it into the centerpiece vessels, invites and favors. The chairs give a nod to the tufts in the sofa, while a filigree pattern on the escort cards pays tribute to old-English style. LOVE LINKS Find more reception inspiration at TheKnot.com/style

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From delicate ruffles to strikingly realistic sugar flowers, Maggie Austin’s designs are true works of art. You’ll be double-tapping every confection. See more of her beautiful cakes on page 248.

3 @mooncanyon If you like wild, totally untamed flowers, Kristen Caissie is your girl. The Los Angeles–based floral designer creates inspiring bouquets, centerpieces and wowworthy installations.

Straight fashion and no fluff, Reem Acra has your daily fix of gorgeous designs and glamour. Stunning gowns, accessories and backstage videos abound in this well-curated glimpse into her fabulous world.

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who to follow on instagram Instagram = instant wedding inspiration. Here are some pros to watch (and some “double-tap” worthy photos) to spark your planning.

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Hayley Paige designs some of the absolute hottest wedding gowns out there right now (think: studded harnesses and crop tops), and her feed is just as fresh as she is. If you’re a fan of unicorns, champagne and all things whimsical and fun, Paige’s photos will add some sparkle to your daily life.

6 @karentranevents Karen Tran knows how to dazzle— lush ceremony arches, gorgeous petal-lined aisles and unbelievable centerpieces fill this floral designer’s feed. Inspiration overload! >>

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8 @mindyweiss Mindy Weiss is one of the most creative and well-known names in the planning biz, and her Instagram is full of to-die-for events for lucky mortals as well as celebs.

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Whether she’s shooting in George Clooney’s go-to spot Lake Como in Italy or at a closer, but just-as-beautiful, affair in Florida, KT Merry’s wedding albums (and Instagram) are full of romantic, dreamlike images you’ll love.

10 @christiegraham photography Canadian shooter Christie Graham is known for her use of creative compositions and natural light for timeless portraits.

11 @corbingurkin The way Corbin Gurkin skillfully captures light gives all of her photos a soft, über-romantic feel that takes every single wedding she shoots from merely beautiful to downright breathtaking.

12 @detailsjeannie We love browsing Jeannie Savage’s behind-the-scenes snaps. From a USC marching band that served as reception entertainment to her fave lobster salad, she shows how weddings (and life!) are truly all about the details.

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DELTS AND TRAPS

how fabric affects color If your bridesmaids are wearing blue chiffon and the groomsmen ties are blue satin, they might look very different—and it will be frustrating.

WEDDING HASHTAGS ARE ADDICTING

For once you don’t have to worry about your hips or thighs, but you do have to tone your back. Did you know you have a trapezius muscle? Well, you do, and it will quickly become the only muscle you care about.

YOU NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO TRY ON YOUR DRESS Nope, you can’t just show up like they do in the movies.

BATH SHEET

You’ll discover that you can stalk the weddings of perfect strangers by looking up wedding hashtags on Instagram.

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Is it a sheet for taking baths? Or perhaps a way to clean your sheets? Fortunately it’s neither, because both would be weird. A bath sheet is an extra-large towel— you’ll definitely want two of them on your registry.

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From the entrance and first dance songs to the cake cutting, bouquet throwing, garter throwing and final dance songs, you’ll have many tunes to decide on.

Ten things you won’t know until you plan a wedding. BY SARAH COOPER

hairstyles have names There’s really a difference between cascading curls and vintage curls? Yes, yes there is.

HOW PAINFUL REGISTERING CAN BE In theory, running through a department store and tagging everything you want seems like so much fun! But in real life, you might be subjected to an hour-long pitch from an overzealous sales representative first, which means by the time you get the gift gun you’d rather take a nap.

You’ve spent so much time obsessing over what you, your bridesmaids, your groom, your groomsmen, and your and your groom’s mother will be wearing that you completely forgot the guests. Not to worry— they’ll remind you by asking, over and over again. See what else brides are talking about at TheKnot.com/talk

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1 LOTS OF INSPIRATION It’s important to have multiple pictures of the exact cut you want. This will help give your stylist a better idea of what kind of hairstyle and look you’re after.

2 REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Remember: The images you bring in are just guidelines for your stylist. Depending on your hair texture and face shape, your stylist may have to improvise a little.

3 AN OPEN MIND A stylist’s job is to give you his honest opinion. Don’t get defensive if he expresses concern over the look you’re requesting—hear him out and work on a fix.

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Dust your neck and chest with powder before applying a bronzer or highlighter. Powdered products will be more difficult to blend over an unpowdered surface. Translucence pressed powder, $31, Lancome.com

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Take your bronzing powder and dust it lightly just above and below the collarbone. Avoid contour products that contain glitter—they’ll look artificial on your skin. Brush, $36, Make Up For Ever, Sephora.com

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5. seal

To make sure you don’t transfer any makeup onto your white dress, spray the area with a light mist of hair spray. This will create a protective barrier between your skin and your dress. Elnett Satin hair spray, $15, L’Oréal Paris, Drugstore.com

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Use a large blush brush to apply a shimmery highlight powder on the collarbone and shoulders. Illuminator in Ritualistic, $9, NYXCosmetics.com

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MAD FOR PLAID OPPOSITE Whether you opt for a regular tie or a bow tie, or go for a colorful or monochromatic print, there’s no wrong way to do plaid. From left: Navy slim-fit suit, Tommy Hilfiger; navy slim-fit suit, Joseph Abboud; black pinstripe suit, Pronto Uomo Platinum THIS PAGE Look for a suit you can really move in and you’ll have no trouble making it to the altar on time—or rocking out on the dance floor later! From left: Men’s suits, same as above; boys’ two-button black tuxedo, Joseph & Feiss ON THE COVER Black two-button peak lapel tuxedo, Joseph Abboud

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JUMPING FOR JOY Who says a tuxedo has to be stuffy? A purple shirt and plaid tie make a formal style decidedly more low-key. Dress your ring bearer in the “mini-me” version of a big guy tux. From left: Black two-button peak lapel tuxedo, Joseph Abboud; boys’ twobutton black tuxedo, Joseph & Feiss

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Photo director and kale addict Kristin Giametta tested each of these good-for-you beauty products.

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This feathered confection proves a white cake doesn’t have to be simple. “A sleek, monochromatic design in white or ivory is another way to add understated drama,” Austin says. “The way the light catches the cake emphasizes its texture.” >>

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To create sugar flowers and sugarplums (for The Nutcracker cake) that look like the real thing, Austin uses gum paste. This paste is made of sugar, egg whites, vegetable shortening and tylose.

Layers of rice paper were used to create the shockingly lifelike feathers of this Swan Lake–inspired cake. Rice paper is made primarily from starch and thus totally edible.

Austin’s cakes are first covered in fondant, which can be painted and easily molded into different shapes. Fondant offers a smooth canvas for decorations like sugar flowers.

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Everything old is new again in this intimate, low-country celebration. BY LAUREN KAY EVENT PRODUCTION BY EASTON EVENTS FLORAL DESIGN AND STYLING BY FLOWERWILD

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sweet endings Swap the classic, multi-tier wedding cake in favor of a retro dessert, like these powdersugar-dusted bundt cakes. Make them extra special by offering each guest their own. Cakes, CannonGreenCharleston.com; china, The ARK by Kate Holt, Flowerwild.com

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petite posy Get the look of Lily of the Valley for less. A bridal bouquet of white muscari, foxglove and solomon’s seal is simple yet sophisticated.

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A feathered bow tie adds a touch of the South to the groom’s ensemble and it echoes the aviary theme of the wedding paper. Bow tie, GradyErvin.com; calligraphy, StephanieFishwick.com

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splendid silver Pull out the good stuff—set your wedding table like you would for a celebratory meal at home. An old-world knife rest and heirloom silverware give this place setting a refined feel. Silverware, SmallMasterpiece.com

appealing aperitif Pay tribute to a bygone era with your signature sip. This cucumber-mint gimlet puts a modern twist on a classic cocktail. Coupe, The ARK by Kate Holt, Flowerwild.com

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Let your invitation set the tone for the day. A polished invite of script and aviary illustrations evokes the ambience of a sophisticated Southern celebration. Stationery, PitbullsandPosies.com >>

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Greet guests in style by paying tribute to the locale. A note from the couple doubles as a paper fan, while fun extras, like playing cards and sweet and savory pecans, will help guests pass the time between wedding events.

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setting the table The new trend in table design: naked tables. Couples are choosing place mats and runners in favor of traditional tablecloths. Instantly elevate your setting with linen napkins and layered fabrics. 1 Grasscloth Graphite place mat, $6, CrateandBarrel.com 2 Fete pewter cotton napkin, $4, CrateandBarrel.com 3 Brushstroke napkin, $42, Kim Seybert, NeimanMarcus.com 4 Leather tassel silver pearl napkin ring, $19, Juliska.com 5 Jardins du Monde silver place mat, $29, Juliska.com 6 Washed linen table runner, $70, WilliamsSonoma.com 7 Small talk cocktail napkins, $20 for a set of 4, KateSpade.com >>

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LINENS: THE NITTY GRITTY fabric 411 EGYPTIAN COTTON is prized for its silky softness, durability and exceptional absorbency—it’s also one of the more expensive options. SILK is the thinnest and strongest of natural fibers. It’s soft, highly absorbent, wrinkle resistant, hypoallergenic and good in all climates. SATEEN is usually made from cotton and known for its silky touch and soft sheen. JERSEY KNIT is typically cotton (think your favorite T-shirt), so it’s naturally breathable and will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. ORGANIC COTTON is grown under highly controlled conditions and harvested with sustainability in mind—it’s also allergy friendly. BAMBOO is a sustainable resource and full of unique properties. It’s super absorbent (three times more than cotton), antibacterial, hypoallergenic, moisture wicking and odor resistant (perfect for wet towels).

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making sense of the monogram Traditionally, couples use first initials plus their shared last name initial, or just their last name initial. The bride’s initial comes first, followed by the last name initial, and finally his initial. If the couple has a hyphenated last name, the order stays the same, but the last name initial is two letters (ex: K-S). If the bride is keeping her name, it’s the same order, but the center or last name initial is two letters separated by an asterisk (ex: K*S). Double-check with the couple before adding initials to a gift.

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You can imagine we’ve heard a proposal or two. BY MEGHAN OVERDEEP

emily & mason • Florence, TX PHOTOGRAPH BY MINT PHOTOGRAPHY

After 10 years together, Mason gave Emily a world map so she could pin all the places they’ve visited. A month later, he told her to pack her bags for an impromptu trip and then went over to the map and pinned Venice, Italy. During the vacation, Mason scheduled a gondola ride and popped the question on San Giorgio Maggiore island. “I’m so excited to spend the rest of my life with the boy I’ve loved since I was 13 years old,” Emily says.

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Dating for almost four years, Dale went on a cruise with Allie and her family. Although they were all together, Dale planned a dogsledding excursion for the two of them in Skagway, Alaska. “After getting on the dogsled, Dale asked the musher to stop to take a picture— and it was then that he got down on one knee,” Allie says. “I was shocked!”

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Elyse and Avian had talked about a Christmas engagement, but Avian wanted the proposal to be a complete surprise. “He knew that if he stuck with our timeline I would figure everything out,” Elyse says. Instead, he picked a weekend in July when they were in Austin, Texas, visiting Elyse’s family. “He asked my mom for permission and then waited until my family could all be there to celebrate—I was a little freaked out because it wasn’t in line with our plan, but I knew I wanted to marry him so I said, ‘yes!’ ” >>

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Emily was hosting an improv show at the summer camp where she was working when Chris decided to make a surprise appearance. With the help of another employee, he made his grand entrance to one of Emily’s favorite songs: “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. In front of about 300 middle school kids, Chris presented her with a ring box he made with pages from “The Unbreakable Vow” chapter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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On Monet’s (left) last day of the bar exam, Sarah surprised her with a trip to Walt Disney World. Their first night there, they spotted a photo booth on their way to dinner. “Every time we pass a photo booth, no matter where it is, we always stop for photos,” Monet explains. Since they were a little early for their reservation, Sarah suggested they stop. As soon as the camera started snapping, Sarah asked Monet to marry her. Monet proposed back to her three weeks later at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Scott proposed on a ski trip with his family in Keystone, Colorado. After their first day on the slopes, they took a gondola ride to dinner at Alpenglow Stube, and his family started taking photos against the stunning backdrop. “When it was our turn, I walked out to the spot where we were taking pictures and turned around to find him down on one knee,” Taylor says. “Not expecting it at all, I screamed, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” >>

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It took some convincing (they had errands to do), but Jeremy got Amanda to join him for a picnic at Riverside Park. Little did she know, his friend was already there waiting to catch it all on camera. When they got to the park, Amanda set out a blanket and sat downâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which made it hard for him to get down on one knee! Drawing her attention to a boat in the water, he finally got her to stand up so he could take out the ring.

Have an inspiring proposal story of your own? Email us at editorial@theknot.com

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to be not only stylish but also a fun party that everyone would enjoy, ” Steven says. “A wine tasting the day before gave our guests a chance to get to know each other, so when it came to the actual wedding, folks were already friendly and ready to kick back.” the cake A cascade of purple and magenta flowers accented the couple’s modern buttercream cake. the bouquets Kimberly carried a posy of purple calla lilies, while her bridesmaids held rustic bunches with bold pops of fuchsia peonies.

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or their luxe Long Island wedding, Barbara Racanelli (28) and Trevor Ferguson (29 and an entrepreneur) were determined to make Hempstead House, a sprawling Gold Coast mansion, feel like home—and for their guests to feel like they were attending an intimate dinner party. To pull off their vision, Barbara and Trevor filled the vacant estate with vintage furniture dating back to the days when F. Scott Fitzgerald used to visit. They even incorporated Barbara’s grandmother’s dining room table and her mother’s vanity into the décor. With muted shades of gray, cream, blush and gold, they created a stylish aesthetic with just the right amount of glam to make Gatsby himself proud. —MO

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the cake The crown jewel of Barbara and Trevor’s gilded wedding cake? The golden crown topper made entirely of sugar. the bride’s style Barbara contrasted her fashion-forward gown with understated hair and makeup. “I wanted to offset it with a natural look,” she explains. “I love the idea of carefree hair and makeup with a fabulous ball gown. It’s all about balance.” the tablescapes Wooden farm tables were topped with delicate lace and overflowing floral arrangements of dahlias, scabiosa pods, dusty miller, roses and hydrangeas. “The centerpieces were important to me because I didn’t want them to feel typical,” Barbara says. The menus were letterpressed on vintage-looking, hand-torn paper.

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hat started out as a routine Sunday watching football at a New York City bar quickly turned into more for Brian Steinwascher (left, 31 and an attorney) and David Lederman (30 and an investment banker). It was then that the two became inseparable. Nearly two years later, Brian shocked David with a proposal that included a Rolex watch rather than a ring. “He later surprised me with the same watch under the reasoning that I should also have something to reflect our engagement,” Brian says. The New York–based couple looked west and planned a beach destination wedding on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. After ditching a set color scheme in favor of classic “old Hawaii” elegance, they incorporated muted linens, clean lines and plenty of dark wood accents throughout their ranch reception. With all of their details come together, the two created a timeless day that was both warm and welcoming. —Rachel Sylvester

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the reception Natural ivory linens topped each wood table along with a mixed variety of candles, lanterns and centerpieces in wood vessels. As for the ceremony maile leis? They doubled as chair decorations! the menu Guests sipped on two sweet signature cocktails: a classic mai tai and a tequila punch. “We wanted our menu to reflect our own tastes and the tastes of Hawaii,” the couple says. the centerpieces Lush tropical arrangements were created using orchids, ferns, tropical greens, proteas and even mini pineapples. the cocktail hour Canopied lounge furniture offered additional seating while guests mingled both inside and out of the main lodge. The biggest standout detail: three-foot-tall letters that spelled out “love.”

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hen Arsine Akopyan (an attorney) decided to attend a friend of a friend’s birthday party one night, she had no idea she would meet her future husband, Christian Grun (in marketing), there. For their wedding locale, the couple decided on Christian’s idyllic hometown in the German countryside, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. “Planning my wedding abroad in a country with a nine-hour time difference and in a language I did not speak was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Arsine admits. But we’re so happy she did! With the help of their US-based planner, they put together a romantic, old-world-inspired affair with a soft color palette of blush and ivory accented with pops of green and gold. —MO

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Christian said “I do,” guests threw handfuls of dried lavender at them as they exited the church. the welcome baskets Each guest was greeted with a woven basket full of local treats, fresh peaches, dried lavender and a schedule of the weekend’s events. the ceremony The couple was married in a historic church by a local clergy member. Following German tradition, family members from each side read psalms from the Bible. Arsine’s sister read one in English, while Christian’s mother and sister each read one in German.

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the place settings Arsine brought the gold flatware all the way from Los Angeles for the reception. the first dance “We didn’t have a first dance song until 10 minutes before our dance,” Arsine recalls. “We were so busy taking care of all the other details that we forgot to pick a song! Our DJ recommended a few and Christian chose one that ended up being perfect.” the favors Traditional party crackers doubled as festive favors. the cocktail hour The reception venue’s outdoor patio area provided the perfect space for alfresco sips.

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LAUREN & JAMES OCTOBER 11 • CANANDAIGUA, NY

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auren Sands (27 and a law student) said if her future husband did an overthe-top proposal, she would know he wasn’t the one—and James Ryan III (27 and a CFO consultant) listened, proposing during an intimate ski trip. The pair then enlisted Simply Beautiful Events to help achieve their vision of an equally personal affair that reflected their mutual love of art. “Miller Nurseries on Canandaigua Lake is a special place to both of us and has wooded trails that open into a stunning clearing overlooking the lake,” Lauren says. “I’d always dreamed of getting married there, and knew I’d need help with all the logistics with only seven months to plan!” From Lauren’s overflowing wildflower bouquet to the tented reception complete with an organic floral installation, an enchanted, whimsical tone was carried throughout the day. A green, burgundy and ivory color palette warmed the celebration, and 1,000 hanging candles created an ethereal glow. “It was like gazing at the beautiful starry night,” Lauren says. —Lauren Levy

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the lounge A custom balcony was built off the tent and decorated with vintage furniture for additional seating. “As guests stepped out onto the terrace overlooking the lake with fall foliage, they sipped prosecco from my family’s vineyards in Tuscany,” Lauren says. the cake A big foodie, Lauren is usually disappointed by traditional wedding cake. As an alternative, the couple opted for stacked cheese wheels, homemade candy bars and doughnuts. the invitations A formal gold script contrasted with playful plum typography to create an unexpected yet formal stationery suite.

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the cake Elizabeth and Philip served a five-tier carrot cake finished with cream cheese frosting and fresh flowers. “We wanted a cake that was delicious in addition to being beautiful,” Elizabeth says. “I only wish I had gotten to finish my piece!” the entrance The couple arrived at the reception in a vintage ride. the reception After a ceremony in the formal boxwood garden, the festivities moved to a nearby hilltop for the tented reception, where guests watched the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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IMPERIAL BODICE All hail the queen of ball gowns. The dramatic deep V, the jawdropping beading and the dreamy full skirt—what’s not to love? Dress, $9,570, InesDiSanto.com; engagement ring, $130,000 (not including center stone), Premier Gem,Forevermark.com; crown, $4,700, Mordekai.com >>

A FORMAL AFFAIR DRAMATIC SKIRTS, OPULENT EMBELLISHMENTS AND STATELY SLEEVES— THESE SHOWSTOPPING TRENDS ARE MAKING A MAJOR COMEBACK. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARRA FLEUR ABOU-EL-HAJ

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PLUSH PLUMES A mix of unconventional and traditional, this feather gown and high-collar cape are perfect for a trendsetting bride. Dress, $6,250,KellyFaetanini.com; cape, $1,750, Madeleine Fig, LondonandLaceBridal.com

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CHIC CORSET A curve-hugging bodice paired with a billowy skirt creates a sexy contrast. Dress, $4,950, Lazaro, JLMCouture.com; engagement ring, $1,670 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $800, LaSoula.com; bracelet, $750, LionetteNY.com >>

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GRANDIOSE GOWN Embrace all of your inner fashion desires in layers and layers of tulleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and draped silk. Dress, from $4,500, RosaClara.es; engagement ring, $3,400 (not including center stone), DiamondIdeals.com; earrings, $140, DeepaGurnani.com

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REGAL BLOSSOMS Sometimes it just takes a hint of color to make a statement, like the soft watercolor design on this flowy ball gown. Dress, price upon request, RomonaKeveza.com; engagement ring, $2,945 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; tiara, $595, JenniferBehr.com; feathers, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own; knuckle ring, $140, KerenWolf.com >>

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STUNNING SILHOUETTE

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The combination of a low back and long, elegant sleeves creates a striking shape. Dress, $2,099, Martina Liana, Essense Designs.com; engagement ring, $4,590, SylvieCollection.com; headpiece, $665, EricaElizabeth .com; feathers, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own

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DISTINGUISHED DETAILS Opt for a dress with intricate beading and impressive design work for a style that’s accessorized all on its own— no jewelry required. Dress, $3,000, JustinAlexander.com; veil, stylist’s own >>

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NOBLE NECKLINE

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A high collar can be just as big of a head turner as a deep-V neckline when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paired with gilded accessories. Dress, $7,995, LelaRose.com; engagement ring, $13,480 (not including center stone), ScottKay.com; crown, $825, JenniferBehr.com; earrings, $475, AlexisBittar.com

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ELEGANT ILLUSION Go for head-to-toe adornments with a dress that’s dripping with embellishments. Dress, $13,000, MoniqueLhuillier.com; engagement ring, $4,635 (not including center stone), ScottKay .com; feathers, stylist’s own

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the perfect

touch

Set your bridal style apart with an unexpected mix of luxe and laid-back textures. photography by Eric Kelley

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cozy cover-up

Wrap a lace dress with an oversize shawl for chic comfort. Dress, $3,950, Liancarlo.com; shawl, $1,150, JuliaRamseyKnitwear .com; engagement ring, $5,500 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com >>

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Intricate embellishments and lattice beading add just the right amount of texture and sparkle. Dress, $12,000, Dennis Basso, KleinfeldBridal.com; earrings, $65, ElizabethBower.com

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lots of layers Not into veils? A white linen hat and long lace coverlet give instant drama to a sparkly mini. Dress, $475, Needle & Thread, BHLDN.com; jacket, $800, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $2,600 (without center stone), Sylvie Collection.com; hat, $30, Zara.com; bracelet, $2,916, DovesJewelry.com >>

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Fashion forward from head to toe, this beaded sheath has a sheer train for a classy look with a sexy finish. Dress, $5,900, Rivini.com; engagement ring, price upon request, H.J.Namdar, Forevermark.com; necklace, $545, cocktail ring (right hand), $195, AlexisBittar .com; cocktail ring, $2,072, DovesJewelry .com; shoes, $555, StuartWeitzman.com

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cool couture

An elegant silhouette in jacquard is equal parts casual and classic. Dress, $4,950, Amsale.com; veil, $1,425, Blossom, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, price upon request, HenriDaussi.com; earrings, $65, Sorrelli, BHLDN.com >>

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fanciful fringe

This fun detail gives new meaning to the phrase “party in the back.” Dress, price upon request, Pronovias.us; engagement ring, $4,255 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $140, SamanthaWills.com

boho beauty

OPPOSITE Throw a fuzzy mohair sweater

over a soft tulle gown to transition from an indoor ceremony to an outdoor reception. Dress, $2,120, slip, $1,280, sweater, $1,765, DelphineManivet .com; engagement ring, $3,199, Neil Lane, Kay.com; statement necklace, $1,105, Erickson Beamon, ThomasLaine .com; draped necklace, $195, Ben-Amun, ThomasLaine.com; shoes, $135, Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom.com TEXT BY: AMANDA ELSER ST YLING: ANNIE CAVALLO FOR ENNIS INC . AND WELLST YLED EVENTS HAIR AND MAKEUP: LORA KELLEY

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LOCATION: RIVEROAKS CHARLESTON IN AWENDAW, SOUTH CAROLINA

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wedding gowns 101 We know your first priority—finding the (other) one—your dress.

gown silhouette styles trumpet gown

mermaid gown

The skirt in this gown style extends from the bustline. It’s a great choice for pear-shaped brides because it disguises the hips.

The skirt in this style flares out just below the hips, creating a semi-full skirt (shaped like the bell of a trumpet) without extra volume and bulk.

This gown is a bit more fitted and flares out at the knee (or lower). It’s a great silhouette for showing off curves.

a-line gown

ball gown

sheath

This universally flattering style hugs the torso and has a flared skirt in, you guessed it, an A-shape.

The ball gown has a fitted bodice and a dramatic full skirt. Busty brides will love this shape because it creates balanced proportions.

This slim, form-fitting silhouette hugs the body from head-to-toe. It’s the perfect look for casual, intimate weddings.

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empire-waist gown

finding the right white skin tone Dark go for Stark white, or almost any shade

gown shopping pointers HEAD TO A TRUSTWORTHY SALON Don’t know where to begin? Just scan the QR codes on the bottom corners of the Look Book pages to find local salons that carry our featured designers, along with the addresses of bridal salons in your state.

skin tone Medium with olive tones go for Champagne or diamond white skin tone Medium with yellow tones go for Off-white or creamy ivory skin tone Fair and pink-toned skin go for Ivory

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alfred angelo $$$ on the knot theknot.com/alfredangelo on the web alfredangelo.com collection sapphire styles 801, 950

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allure couture

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alyne by rita vinieris

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$$$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$$ on the knot theknot.com/alyne on the web alynebridal.com collection alyne by rita vinieris styles alexa, lola

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bonny bridal $$$ on the web bonny.com collection essence collection styles 8510, 8517

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brides by demetrios

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$$$ on the knot theknot.com/demetrios on the web demetriosbride.com collection demetrios 2016 styles 618, 619

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$$ on the web clv.com collection camille la vie & group usa styles 41790/6422w, 41790/6421w

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casablanca bridal $ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$ on the knot theknot.com/casablanca on the web casablancabridal.com collection casablanca bridal styles 2216, 2204

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casablanca bridal

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$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$ on the knot theknot.com/casablanca on the web casablancabridal.com collection casablanca bridal styles 2213, 2220

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casablanca bridal $ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$ on the knot theknot.com/casablanca on the web casablancabridal.com collection casablanca bridal styles 2215, 2217

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cb couture

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$$ on the knot theknot.com/cbcouture on the web cbcouturebridal.com collection cb couture styles b088, b096

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christina wu $$$ on the knot theknot.com/cwu on the web houseofwu.com collection christina wu styles 15580, 15585

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cosmobella

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$$ on the knot theknot.com/demetrios on the web cosmobella.com collection cosmobella 2016 style 7746

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cristiano lucci

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$$$ on the knot theknot.com/cristianolucci on the web cristianolucci.com collection cristiano lucci styles 12948/naomi, 12946/annette

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david tutera for mon cheri $$$ on the knot theknot.com/moncheri on the web davidtuteraformoncheri.com collection david tutera for mon cheri styles 215265-katharine, 215278-florine

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davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal $$$ on the knot theknot.com/davidsbridal on the web davidsbridal.com collection davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal styles wg3742, wg3750

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davinci bridal

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$$ on the knot theknot.com/davinci on the web davincibridal.com collection davinci bridal styles 50330, 50331

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demetrios

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$$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$ on the knot theknot.com/demetrios on the web demetriosbride.com collection demetrios 2016 styles 611, 639

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enzoani $$$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$$ on the knot theknot.com/enzoani on the web enzoani.com collection enzoani styles jasmine, justina

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enzoani $$$ on the knot theknot.com/beautiful on the web enzoani.com collection blue by enzoani styles haleyville, henley

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essense of australia $$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$ on the knot theknot.com/essenseofaustralia on the web essensedesigns.com collection fall 2015 styles d1932, d1910

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galina signature at davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal $$ on the knot theknot.com/galina on the web davidsbridal.com collection galina signature at davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal styles swg719, swg690

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impression bridal

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$$$ on the knot theknot.com/impression on the web impressionbridal.com collection impression bridal styles 10364, 10337

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jewel at davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal $$ on the knot theknot.com/davidsbridal on the web davidsbridal.com collection jewel at davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal styles wg3752, wg3754

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jordan fashions $$ on the knot theknot.com/reflections on the web jordanfashions.com collection reflections by jordan styles m406, m400

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justin alexander

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$$$ on the knot theknot.com/justinalexander on the web justinalexander.com collection justin alexander styles 8796, 8807

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kenneth winston

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$$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$ on the knot theknot.com/kennethwinston on the web kennethwinston.com collection kenneth winston styles 1600, 1589

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madison james

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maggie sottero $$$ on the knot theknot.com/maggiesottero on the web maggiesottero.com collection maggie sottero styles 5mb657, 5mt654

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martina liana

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$$$ on the knot theknot.com/martinaliana on the web martinaliana.com collection fall 2015 styles 721, 734

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mikaella $$$ on the knot theknot.com/mikaella on the web mikaellabridal.com collection mikaella styles 2017, 2003

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moonlight $$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$ on the knot theknot.com/moonlight on the web moonlightbridal.com collections moonlight couture, moonlight collection styles h1288, j6361

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mori lee by madeline gardner $$ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $$$ on the knot theknot.com/morilee on the web morilee.com collections mori lee by madeline gardner, af couture styles 2788, 1354

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paloma blanca $$$ on the knot theknot.com/palomablanca on the web palomablanca.com collection paloma blanca styles 4614, 4601

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pnina tornai

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simone carvalli $$$$ on the knot theknot.com/simonecarvalli on the web simonecarvalli.com collection simone carvalli styles 90251, 90242

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bridesmaids • For a modern, but still put-together look—pick the color and fabric, but consider letting your bridesmaids choose the neckline and silhouette. • When shopping, bring one or two bridesmaids—maybe the maid who has the body or coloring that’s most similar to the rest of the bridal party, or the maid who is the most difficult to fit. • Ask for your maids’ advice, but make the final decision yourself. You’re the one who knows the big picture—overall look, formality and people’s budgets—best. • The bridesmaids should try to place their orders at the same time to ensure that the dresses will be made from the same dye lot. • Allow three months’ delivery and alteration time for the dresses. • Don’t forget the extras. Should the maids all have the same shoes, jewelry, hairstyles, handbags or wraps? Communicate your desires clearly to your maids. Email works great for this.

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2 The water is so clear in the Bahamas that divers experience visibility of up to 200 feet.

The biggest eyefuls of coral are off Andros (home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world—it has 140 miles of coral and cathedral-like caves), Bimini (where you can also find dolphins and sea turtles), Eleuthera/Harbour Island and the Exuma Islands. 3

4 Nassau, the capital city, is extra-crowded during March and April, when spring-breakers invade. It is also one of the busiest cruise ports in the world.

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7 The Abaco islands are famous for sailing and bird-watching, while the Exumas and Pelican Cays feature incredible land and sea parks. 8 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, wahoo and grouper—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. 9 Boats are available for chartering or group tours, including Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar Racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair. 10 The Bahamas are just a 35-minute plane trip from Florida, making them a quick trip for destination weddings and honeymoons alike. SHUTTERSTOCK

5 Grand Bahama Island, the fourth-largest island in the chain, is only a 35-minute flight from Miami and exudes an airy, spread-out feel compared to busy Nassau. Take diving lessons or browse dutyfree bounty at International Bazaar in Freeport.

Looking for excitement? Don’t miss Junkanoo, a Bahamian costume parade in which people dance to copper cowbells, goombay drums and whistles. The parade goes from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. (yeah, you read that right) on December 26 and January 1. 6

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The Dominican Republic is a four-hour plane ride from New York City and a nine-hour ride from Los Angeles. 2

3 Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most popular destination. In addition to its allinclusive resorts, the 21-mile coast is lined with coconut palms. 4 The beaches on the north and northeast coasts are the least populated. 5 The DR is the world’s largest producers of cigars, and the historic Museo del Tabaco in Santiago is a great tourist spot for both smokers and nonsmokers to learn a piece of the island’s history.

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his heavenly retreat is aptly named Sanctuary Cap Cana. Set on a pure white-sand beach, this stunning property has 176 suites and villas in 14 unique categories ranging from oceanfront villas with private pools to swim-out suites. The five restaurants and four bars are a resort highlight. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana Airport, you’ll be in paradise right away. The resort will be 844-413-2657 converting to adults only December 2015. SanctuaryCapCana.com

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1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)– licensed taxis.

Montego Bay is definitely a must-see. Located near the airport on the northwest side of the island, “MoBay” is perfect for golf getaways and short honeymoon trips. Ever since Sandals opened the first all-inclusive resort there, it’s been the top destination for young newlyweds. 2

Bob Marley’s birthplace, Kingston, is perfect for honeymooners seeking their reggae roots or even just a starting point for spa trips and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 3

Many popular Jamaican destinations are between one and two hours from the Montego Bay airport by car. Make sure you bring Dramamine if you’re at risk for motion sickness, as taxi drivers take the curvy roads at quite a clip. 4

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5 The Blue Lagoon was filmed in Port Antonio, called the “most exquisite port on Earth.” It’s a less-developed gem on the northeast side of the island.

To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 6

7 Reggae lovers should wait until August for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8 While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour. 10 Take our word that in Negril, dirty dancing is the norm, so don’t be afraid to whip out some moves your man’s never seen before!

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et go and let loose because Negril invented “chill.” Located on the widest and best stretch of Jamaica’s famous Seven-Mile Beach, Beaches Negril is an upbeat, family-friendly resort where three shimmering pools, nine superb gourmet restaurants and an exclusive Red Lane® Spa are a few of the many heavenly temptations. Here you’ll sway to the beat of Bob Marley played by an authentic Mento band and 877-BEACHES stroll lush tropical gardens—a paradise where no Beaches.com building is higher than the tallest palm tree.

ascading down from the lush St. Ann Mountains to the romantic beach of Ocho Rios, this newly renovated family golf and beach resort offers something for everyone. Unwind at one of five pools, or get revved up at the Pirates Island Waterpark and the chic 18-and-under Liquid nightclub. From beach bonfire parties and a Red Lane® Spa to gourmet dining at seven world-class restaurants—plus the lavishly 877-BEACHES appointed rooms and suites—Beaches Ocho Rios is Beaches.com for lovers of luxury and sun-kissed fun.

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ick back on the best and longest stretch of Jamaica’s famous SevenMile Beach and experience the very chic and slightly playful side of Negril. Unwind poolside or at the Red Lane® Spa. There are seven gourmet restaurants, including our signature dining experience, Barefoot by the Sea. Breathtaking Swim-up Suites are on the edge of a lagoon pool with the beach in view and exquisite Millionaire Suites include private 877-SANDALS outdoor pools and gardens that wrap you in luxurious Sandals.com seclusion while personal butlers attend to your needs.

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iscover European grandeur on the undiscovered South Coast of Jamaica. Located on an uninhabited 500-acre nature reserve, an oasis of extraordinary proportions unfolds along two miles of beach that span the entire property. You’d have to travel around the world to find all the indulgences included here, from the magnificent seven gourmet restaurants to all ocean view accommodations in three European-themed villages: 877-SANDALS Dutch, French and Italian—all surrounding a magnificent Sandals.com Venetian piazza and inspiring passionate romance.

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The Barbadian capital city of Bridgetown was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the crude bridge that was constructed over the river by early Indian settlers. 3

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4 First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found the favor of many English sailors.

Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks. 5

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1 Curaçao is the largest of the six islands comprising the Netherlands Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea between the islands of Aruba and Bonaire. 2 Activities include scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing, quad tours, horseback riding, mountain biking and golfing.

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4 Famous attractions include Hato Caves, Christoffelpark and Curaçao Sea Aquarium. The historic buildings in and around Willemstad earned the capital a place on UNESCO’s world heritage list. 5 Curacao’s beaches are its best-kept secret. Many of the best beaches are found at the west end of the island, which is fittingly named Westpunt, or “west point”.

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River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest functioning distillery in the Caribbean, is a must-see for visitors. BEST MONTHS TO GO Using only locally sourced sugar cane, January to May the rum is handmade by the same process (and on some of the same equipment!) that was used when the distillery first opened in the late 1700s. You can even sample the rum at the end of your tour.

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1 Seemingly carved out of a jungle, Cancún sits at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and beautiful palm beaches. 2

Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancún, Cozumel is relatively quiet: Only three percent of this 189-square-mile island with clear waters, beautiful reefs and whitesand beaches has been developed. AT A GLANCE

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3 If you like nightlife, discos are popular in Acapulco; they’re open 365 days a year, from 10:30 p.m. until 4 or 5 a.m. 4 The “Corridor” near Los Cabos is a gorgeous string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and whitesand beaches.

5 Big ocean-side resorts in Cancún are a good home base for exploring ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba and Chichen Itza.

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ocated just 12 miles from Cancun International Airport and minutes from the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, Now Jade Riviera Cancun provides newlyweds with over 2,600 feet of pure crystal-white sand and refreshing azure waters. Featuring 24-hour room service, delicious gourmet restaurants, festive bars, complimentary greens fees at Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Club and all the finest in 877-NOW-9953 Unlimited Luxury® , guests will find the same beauty, NowResorts.com sensuousness and serenity that Jade possesses here.

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2 Some say the Historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is the spot where Columbus landed in 1492. Take a walking tour through the town. 3 Grace Bay beach is one of the highestrated beaches in the western hemisphere. 4 Turks & Caicos is less developed and more upscale than other Caribbean islands. 5 Only 8 of the 40 islands are inhabited, which gives it an intimate feel.

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enowned for its sparkling turquoise waters and the longest, most coveted stretch of Grace Bay’s 12-mile white-sand beach, “The Last of the True Exotics” is perfect for romantic getaways and family-friendly escapes. This includes underwater adventures at one of the top diving destinations in the world. Enjoy 21 fabulous restaurants, and sip tropical drinks at 13 bars. Plus, choose from four spectacular villages: French, 877-BEACHES Caribbean Seaside, Italian, and the Key West Luxury Beaches.com Village—all boasting stellar accommodations.

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1 Avoid St. Lucia’s rainy season, which runs from June until November. 2 Make sure you check out Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rugged mountains located on the island’s southwest coast; they’re among the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks. 3 You’ll need a guide to enter the island’s restricted rainforest region, so sign up for a tour to walk through the dense foliage and swim in one of the tropical waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

7 Some of the coral walls plunge 200 feet deep! Keep your eyes peeled for barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. 8 Try local favorites like saltfish, green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Jimmie’s or Bang, two can’t-miss restaurants.

If you rent a car, make sure you keep to the left side of the road (like you would in the UK). You can also make your way around via ferry, bus or cab.

9 Gros Islet, a small island on the northwest shore of St. Lucia, is known throughout the Caribbean for its Friday night jump-up. Street-side music blares as locals jam to the sounds of reggae, soca and calypso.

5 Visit the hopping Saturday market in Castries, the island’s capital. The vendors sell everything from fruits and local spices to crafts.

10 If you or your groom loves jazz music, plan your trip around the four-day St. Lucia Jazz Festival, held every May.

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rand panoramic views add to the grandeur of this palatial resort set on its own spectacular peninsula with the ocean on both sides. The most discerning guests will be impressed by indulgences such as eight gourmet restaurants including a British Gastropub, the signature Barefoot by the Sea and Gordon’s on the Pier for Butler Elite guests. Five magnificent pools and the island-inspired Red Lane® Spa invite total relaxation. 877-SANDALS Spectacular accommodations include lagoon swim-up rooms Sandals.com and circular Rondoval suites with private plunge pools.

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igh glamour rises to new heights of luxury on the legendary La Toc estate, which includes a half-mile cove beach, a nine-hole golf course, nine impressive gourmet restaurants and a stunning Red Lane® Spa. Dramatic two-story villas atop Sunset Bluff, with private pools and butler service, are the pinnacle of indulgence. Exclusive Millionaire Suites with private pools are the summit of prestige at the cliff’s 877-SANDALS peak with 180-degree ocean views, while elevated Sandals.com privileges include personal butler service.

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YOUR STYLE IS Elegant and luxurious. WHY IT’S PERFECT The getpampered possibilities are endless at this Italian escape. Between unbelievable eats and some of the world’s best wine, prepare to sit back, relax and indulge. WHERE TO STAY Feel like you’ve escaped to your own sprawling Tuscan estate at the luxe 41-suite Castello di Casole (a restored Italian castle from way, way back). Admire views of the vineyards while lounging by the infinity pool, or take in the city sights with a day trip to nearby Siena

(from about $380 per night, CastellodiCasole.com). WHAT TO DO Sneak off to the cavernous spa, transformed from the estate’s original wine vault, for a couple’s Tuscan Romance Ritual (a bath and massage that incorporates local herbs, scents and oils.) Then, like true jet-setters, get behind the wheel of a flashy Italian sports car with the hotel’s Ferrari Experience. After training with the Ferrari team, the two of you can cruise around Tuscany, stopping for lunch at a romantic café, or haul it over to the coast to capture the Instagram-worthy sea views. >>

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on-site restaurants, or get moving up a huge rock climbing wall or across the water on a kayak or aqua trike. Rooms in the Riviera Seaside area are closest to all the action, while the all-butler Riviera villas provide ultimate privacy (from $230 per person, per night, all-inclusive, Sandals.com). WHAT TO DO After dark, catch the resort’s weekly island-flavored Reggae Night and beach parties with fire dancers. During the day, get a rush linking hands with other daredevils while ascending the 600-foot Dunn’s River Falls, a waterfall that leads to gorgeous natural pools. The views at the top will make it totally worth it.

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grand lobby’s stone fireplaces and enjoy craft brews and farmto-table fare on Edison’s outdoor terrace with a spectacular Blue Ridge backdrop (mountain view room from $259 per night, OmniHotels.com). WHAT TO DO Park near one of the trailheads along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and start hiking (a fave for 360-degree mountain views is Craggy Pinnacle trail at Milepost 364). Go for an adrenaline-raising white-water rafting trip on the French Broad River with Nantahala Outdoor Center (there’s an outpost in The Omni Grove Park Inn).

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YOUR STYLE IS Nature loving. WHY IT’S PERFECT Hugged by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this artsy, relaxed locale in Western North Carolina lures outdoor enthusiasts with endless trails (biking, hiking, horseback riding), swimming holes, rivers for rafting and panoramic vistas (major entertainment in themselves). Along with eco-minded residents, you’ll appreciate talented area chefs and their delish local dishes. WHERE TO STAY The Omni Grove Park Inn is a stunning, historic mountain resort full of personality. Ride the antique elevators concealed inside the

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in a private villa in Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Oh, and a private chef is included (customized five-night cultural trip including villa stay, transfers and flights, and tours starting from $3,550 per person, BlackTomato.com). WHAT TO DO Cruise the city in a vintage car with a local guide (could be an architect, artist or writer) to see sights that fit your interests. Gain access to the home of a Rumba musician for a private concert or attend a rehearsal of the Cuban National Ballet at its practice studio, all arranged by your own tour guide.

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YOUR STYLE IS Modern and trendsetting. WHY IT’S PERFECT Off-limits to most American tourists until recently, this Caribbean island nation is a fit for the trailblazing couple (like you!) to break from the traditional honeymoon mold. Walking cobblestone streets, witnessing the characterful and culturally rich capital city of Havana will earn you major bragging rights—and “likes” on your Instagram photos. WHERE TO STAY Luxury travel company Black Tomato will create a personalized itinerary, where you’ll take up residence

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boasts newly coiffed rooms with the five-star turquoise ocean views you’re envisioning. Plus, your private veranda (or lanai) lets you get that much closer to the crashing waves (from $299 per night, TurtleBayResort.com). WHAT TO DO Hook up with Turtle Bay’s on-site helicopter tour company for a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the entire island of Oahu. And, of course, a classic Hawaiian experience isn’t complete without a luau. Try authentic local eats like kalua pork, poi and lomi lomi salmon at the Ali’i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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YOUR STYLE IS Classic. WHY IT’S PERFECT Hawaii has long set the standard for the quintessential honeymoon paradise, and the iconic island of Oahu, home to legendary Waikiki Beach, has all the reliably romantic elements to back up that reputation. Traditional couples expecting gorgeous beaches and waterfalls, swaying palms, a surf culture (participation optional) and a welcoming Aloha spirit will not be disappointed. WHERE TO STAY Fresh off a $45 million revamp and positioned atop a peninsula on the unspoiled North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort

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