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Our cofounder shares her top gown shopping tips.

The talented pros who made this issue possible.

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Tweet, post and pin us.

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Wedding Timeline Expert Q&A

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

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Tattoos, weddings rings, thank-yous and guest lists.

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Money Matters What’s New

Top tips for newlyweds from expert Alexa von Tobel.

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Hot registry items, marbled invitations and fun, inexpensive wedding ideas.

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Cut the Drama—and the Cake

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real weddings

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From Bachelorette to Bridal Designer Wish List

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Desiree Hartsock shares her wedding planning secrets.

Our favorite statement earrings, lingerie and box clutches.

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Gotta Have It 

Steal the looks of these real couples’ stylish details.

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By the Numbers Editor’s Picks

Take note of these engagement and wedding stats.

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What’s hot and new right now.

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10 Things Every Bride Should Have

Monique Lhuillier dishes on her bridal must-haves.

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 in every issue Brides-to-be show off their engagement rings.

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Look of the Moment Real Style

Incorporate feminine ballet touches into your day.

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Find inspiration in this bride’s look.

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15 Minutes With Rony Vardi The Catbird founder talks rings.

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Why Does This Bridesmaid Dress Cost $310 The Big Question Veil versus no veil.

Materials, patterns and designer names add up.

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Stylist on Call Color Report

Answers to your fashion dilemmas.

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Colors from the designer’s spring collection influence these stylish details.

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Hollywood Redux

Balance glitz and glamour for a wedding that recalls Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Here are some very distinctive spots to get you thinking about your venue.

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 Fashion & beauty Bridal Fashion Week The hottest gowns, bridesmaid dresses and beauty trends straight from the runway.

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Beauty Buzz

Wedding-worthy hairstyles, applying false lashes and the must-have rose beauty products.

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Twelve couples star in a year of amazing style.

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Register for these anything-but-boring utensils.

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What to wear on your Hawaiian honeymoon.

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The Sexiest Hotel Suites Real Honeymoons

Booking a love nest for your honeymoon is a must.

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the sexiest hotel suites in the world

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Spain and Portugal, Utah, and Morocco.

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Bridal fashion feels more ready-to-wearinspired than ever, so it’s no surprise we fell in love with this unexpected sweater and skirt combination for our cover. After all, if there’s one day where you should express your style and add personal touches, it’s your wedding day. We kept the flowers and accessories simple with this look and let the gorgeous crystalembellished cashmere and billowy tiers speak for themselves. Sweater, $98, Aqua, Bloomingdales.com; skirt, $2,600, Watters.com; ring, $60, ColetteMalouf.com Photographer: K atrine Rohrberg/ Tomorrow Management Fashion Styling: Annie Cavallo for Ennis Inc . and WellStyled Events Makeup: Gitte Guldhammer/ Tomorrow Management Hair: Eloise Cheung at WSM using Phyto Paris Flowers: Brittany Asch of BRRCH

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desiree’s wedding plans Not only did The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock unveil her gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding dress collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week (with editor in chief Dolgin and fiancé Siegfried in the front row), but she’s also planning her own “I dos.” We got the scoop on everything, from their small guest list to which celeb weddings inspire her (p. 190).

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dress shopping! Buying your wedding dress is one of the most fun parts of planning (seriously, how hard could trying on gorgeous gowns be?), but there can be some potentially stressful situations (hello, sticker shock!). Here are the tips I give all my friends when they’re about to start shopping. this one has more embellishments so it requires extra labor (left, $1,148; right, $2,998)

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Brainstorm your style Consider your date, venue and what shapes flatter your figure.

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have a small, positive posse Avoid bringing your entire entourage or well-known critics of your personal style (I’m looking at you, Grandma!).

It’s Not just About The Dress You’re already shopping for a gown—keep up the planning momentum! Our new mini-book box set (perfectly sized for reading on the go) is full of amazing photos and ideas for your cake, flowers, details and vows. ($20, Amazon.com)

Pack heels and a strapless bra Trying on a strapless white gown with a regular black bra and Vans isn’t going to be much help.

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Go on a Tuesday If you walk into a bridal salon on a Saturday afternoon, it can be super-busy—and insanely nerve-racking. Take a half day off and make an appointment during the week.

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Trust your gut Just like they say about your spouse, when you find “the one,” you’ll know.

Eat breakfast Being “hangry” is not helpful when trying on tons of dresses.

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let the salesperson do her job A dress may look better on you than on a hanger. Go to a shop with experienced pros and try on their suggestions—you may be surprised! (Hanger, $22, TheKnotShop.com)

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Get your groove on If you’ll be dancing a ton on your day, test out your moves in a potential pick.

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Contributors

ANNIE LEE, EVENT PLANNER AND DESIGNER

What’s your favorite trend at the moment? And any you wish would take a rest? My favorite trend right now is negative space. I love a clean, open design—opposite to all the tchotchkes of years past. It’s great for a tight budget because less stuff is needed to fill up a table. And I’m ready for the muted era to sit down for a little while—I miss color. @daughterofdesign

Lee’s color palette pops with coral and amber, p. 282

MONIQUE LHUILLIER, DRESS DESIGNER

What was your own wedding gown like? I chose a very traditional dress. It was a silk white duchess satin dropped-waist gown, off the shoulders, with lace appliqués and a bustled skirt. I also had a long cathedral veil to match. It was the third dress I tried on! @m_lhuillier

NANCY RONES, travel contributor

ALEXA VON TOBEL, CEO OF LEARNVEST

Where did you go on your own honeymoon? We bounced around France. The highlight was the cobblestone village of Eze on the French Riviera. It charmed us the most, with its storybook looks and amazing views of the Mediterranean. The Montmartre district of Paris came in a close second. @nancyrones

Check out this Pa risian suite, plus more sexy sp ots on p. 538

What did you splurge and save on at your own wedding? Music is really important to my husband, so we splurged on a great band. Flowers were less of a priority—we opted for simple arrangements and lots of candles. We also used credit cards (responsibly) where we could, which gave us the benefit of points to use toward our honeymoon flights. @alexavontobel

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How beautiful is this vineyard wedding view? That sky is picture perfect. And we especially love a collection of mismatched bridesmaid dresses—full of texture, sparkle and individuality. follow our editors on Instagram! Carley Roney @carleyroney Samantha Roberts @samantharoberts Lauren Kay @laurenekay Anja Winikka @anjawinikka Rebecca Crumley @rebecca_crumley Shelley Brown @shelley_brown_

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

months DATE:

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Think about when you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you get engaged). 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. While you’re in organizational-planning mode, download The Knot Wedding Planner app. It’s a super-cool way to research venues, keep your contacts and inspiration boards updated, draft your guest list and take it all with you. Visit ceremony and reception locations. This is the first big decision; you’ll be amazed at how everything else falls into place once you check it off your list— including the definite date and time.

Book your florist, photographer, videographer, musicians, cake baker and other pros, such as a rental company. 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.

9 to11 months DATE:

Order your gown and your veil and schedule fittings (for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding). It’s also time for the groom to choose his clothes. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Salon days are a hard part of planning (not!). Have engagement photos taken so you can get comfortable with your photographer. Start planning your honeymoon. Thinking about Hawaii? Florida? Check out our fave trips ever at TheKnot.com/honeymoons. Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have your bridesmaids order them and schedule fittings. Groomsmen should also be told what to wear. Set aside blocks of rooms at nearby hotels.

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Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him/her. Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates (this is really happening!). If your venue doesn’t have an inhouse caterer, research and interview candidates and select one. Register for gifts. (This is another really good reason to put together a wedding website: It will discreetly tell guests where you’re registered.) Ask your picks for bridesmaids and groomsmen if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Start your search for your dress.

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Create your wedding website to give guests important info, like which hotel you’ll have a room block at and directions from the ceremony to the reception. Include some fun details too, like your proposal story. (Get a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.) Book any pros you just have to have, like a top-rated DJ or wedding planner. Get your engagement ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.)

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Send save-the-dates at the six-month mark. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. 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). Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. (Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias?) Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher for her to finish. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company. Book your honeymoon, and don’t forget to also reserve a room for the night of your wedding. 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). Schedule your beauty trials and book hairstylist(s) and makeup artist(s).

Send out wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark (RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding). Work on your ceremony vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Buy your wedding day accessories— it’s time to check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Order or start DIY-ing your ceremony programs. Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display. Confirm your hotel room blocks. Have your first dress fitting—don’t forget your shoes and underwear. Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later). Do a food tasting (yum!) and finalize the menu with your caterer.

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Finalize your ceremony details with your officiant, including your vows. Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter (keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want). Finish assembling ceremony programs (or pick them up from your stationer or printer). Create a day-of schedule. Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning). Put together welcome baskets. Buy some fun books and cute new clothes for your honeymoon. >>

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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. Order wedding favors (go to TheKnotShop.com). Purchase any special lingerie you need. 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). Arrange for day-of transportation for you and the wedding party. FROM TOP: TREVOR DIXON; GISEL FLOREZ

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now! Once you’ve got it, share your final head count with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing up 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 your gown on). 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. Write your wedding toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange for transportation for out-oftown guests who aren’t renting cars.

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. Give tips for your wedding pros to an attendant (or planner) to distribute. Steam your dress or suit if wrinkled. Give gifts to your parents and each other. 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. Deliver welcome bags to out-oftown guests’ hotel rooms (the hotel staff will usually hand them out at check-in). Hand off wedding bands to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee (and deliver it after the ceremony).

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Q Do I need to cover my tattoo? A Not if you don’t want to. Occasionally, a house of worship or officiant might ask you to cover tattoos out of respect, but these days that’s pretty uncommon. That said, if you decide to cover yours, do it either with clothing or makeup—a yellow-based scar concealer, like Dermablend, works well. Then just wash it off before you head to the reception.

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We’re getting married in the Bahamas in August and it’s going to be insanely hot. What can my fiancé wear instead of a tux? Ask the coordinator for your venue what other grooms have worn in the past. One classic option is a light linen suit—it’s a super-stylish, cool and comfortable pick for the tropics. If he’s worried about wrinkles, a light cotton suit is another good choice; it won’t crease nearly as easily as a linen one.

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A It’s a personal choice, but making your last names match is a great way to show off your new union to the world. You can hyphenate your two last names, come up with a new, mutual last name using the letters from both of your names or just pick something that best represents your new family. >>

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Q Are all-inclusive resorts really a better deal than a traditional resort? A It depends on the resort—and you. Sometimes, all-inclusive really means it includes everything, from each item you eat and drink to all the activities you do. Other times, resorts will still charge you for top-shelf liquor, higher-priced food items (think: lobster and steak) and extras like motorized water sports. Not only do you want to look for a resort that includes all the stuff you want to do, you should also consider how much you really drink or eat. If you’re more likely to order a salad or burger and a glass of house white or a beer rather than the surf and turf with a bottle of champagne, you might be better off going to an à la carte resort. This is particularly true if you don’t drink alcohol.

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Q My friends say because I’m an older bride (I just turned 32) I should have a smaller wedding. Is that really true? A Um, your friends are kind of rude—and a little wrong! You’re not actually an older bride—the average age today is 29 for a bride and 31 for a groom, and that number is growing every year. But regardless of how old you are, your age should have no effect on the size of your guest list. In fact, you may have a bigger budget because you may have more money to contribute as a couple.

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A The key is to be totally up front about it from the beginning. Bring your bridesmaids dress shopping with you, and when you’re looking at a particular dress, ask if you think it would be out of their budget. If you’re genuinely concerned that being in your wedding might be a financial burden for someone, look for dresses that are relatively inexpensive, or choose a color you like and have them select their own dresses in the same shade, so they can spend as much as they want.

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Q What age do you consider too young— or too old—to be a flower girl? A As a rule of thumb, flower girls should be between four and eight years old. Sometimes “mature” two- and three-yearolds pull it off quite charmingly with a parent escorting them down the aisle. Trust us—even goofs like dumping all the petals at once or falling asleep make for pretty adorable photos. If the girl is a bit older, you might consider making her a junior bridesmaid. She can wear a dress in the same (or similar) style as the bridesmaids, walk down the aisle in the procession and stand at the altar with the other attendants.

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Q Years ago, my dad said he wanted to pay for my wedding. Now that it’s here, my fiancé and I both make a better salary than he does. Should I still ask him even though I feel guilty about taking money from him? A Budgeting for your wedding is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. You should have a heart-to-heart with your dad, telling him how much you’d appreciate anything he’d want to contribute but that you also have conflicting feelings about it. He may really want to help foot the bill for your wedding, or may feel comfortable letting you pay for it yourselves entirely. The most important thing right now is to talk about it and figure out exactly what everyone is contributing so you can set a budget—and get started with the more fun parts of planning!

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Q When is the best time of day to shop for our wedding rings? A In the afternoon or evening. You definitely don’t want to finalize your wedding ring size first thing in the morning (because you retain salt from the night before), after you’ve just worked out or walked a lot (your fingers may swell), or when you’re extremely hot or cold. When you’re calm and relaxed (aka not after paying your catering deposit) and when your body temperature is normal is the best time to try on wedding bands.

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Q Our friend says he wants his reading to be a surprise. Should we be worried? A Maybe. Let him know you’re working out the specifics of the ceremony, like how long it will run, and ask if he can give a loose overview of what he’ll be saying. If you’re concerned he may recite something totally inappropriate (and it sounds like you are), request that he speak with your officiant about the reading prior to the ceremony. Tell him you don’t want to ruin his surprise, but say something like, “Reverend Smith likes to have some control over his ceremonies.”

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Q If only I attend the shower, should the thank-you notes be from just me or should they come from both of us? A Yes, the notes should be from the two of you. Whether or not you both attend the shower, these gifts will be used by each of you in your home. The exception might be for any gifts that are very clearly just for the bride, like a ring holder.

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Q Who sits next to whom at the wedding party table? Is it boy/girl, or all the bridesmaids on one side and all the groomsmen on the other? A Traditionally, the bridal party head table is seated boy/girl, starting with the best man next to the bride and the maid of honor next to the groom. But you definitely don’t have to do it that way. You could seat all the women on the bride’s side and all the men on the groom’s, or just let everyone sit wherever they want.

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Q What’s the first step to buying a home? A Plan to save enough money to put 20 percent into a down payment for a home. “Once you know your dream home’s approximate cost, you can divide that total by the number of months until you’d like to purchase a home to find your per-month savings goal,” says von Tobel. “You can also set up automatic savings from your paycheck, so funds go straight into your home-ownership savings account.”

Q When should we start investing? A It’s simple: once you’ve tackled credit card debt, built an emergency fund of cash to last you six months and are on track for retirement savings. “Consider opening up an account at a discount brokerage and look out for low-fee funds, like ETFs (exchange traded funds),” von Tobel says.

Q Do we really need to tell each other exactly what we’re spending? A Yes, yes, yes. While you don’t have to dish about every single lunch out, larger purchases should always be talked about. “Forty percent of couples aged 25 to 55 say financial honesty is more important than being truthful about fidelity,” von Tobel says. Now’s also the time to talk about your goals and dreams— and how you’re going to pay for them. Q Should we get a joint bank account? A You should do what feels right for you two. The main advantage of having a joint account is you can easily pay shared expenses (from small ones, like your groceries or morning coffees, to big ones, such as a mortgage). You may also avoid minimum balance fees, since you’ll have more cash in one place. On the downside, you’re sharing your money. If your spouse wants to make a big purchase without talking to you, he or she can. Many couples do both—put some money into a joint account while also retaining separate ones.

Q What are the pros and cons of cosigning a credit card together? A “With a cosigned card, any debt your partner incurs will affect your personal financial record,” says von Tobel. “That said, if you and your partner both have high credit scores and no prior history of debt, cosigning a credit card could be an easy way to pay for joint expenses, while also earning rewards or cash back.” Simply being married won’t affect your credit—but your partner’s low credit score could hurt your ability to get a loan (including a mortgage) together. Q Should we pay off our student loans before we get a mortgage? A Don’t sweat student loans, says von Tobel. “Not all debt is created equal,” she explains. “Student loan debt is considered ‘good’ debt because it’s meant to help increase your earning power and have low interest rates.” Credit card debt and car loans, on the other hand, have high interest rates and are considered bad debt. Make it a priority to pay those off fast.

Q Do we really need a financial planner? A “When someone is helping you make progress and holding you accountable, it’s like having a personal trainer for your money,” says von Tobel, whose company LearnVest offers access to certified financial planners. But whether you use an in-person pro, a digital tool (like LearnVest or Mint.com) or DIY, the only thing that matters is that you keep track of your expenses and continue to budget and plan for the future.

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bustier bodices Sometimes less is more. Designers like Heidi Elnora, Melissa Sweet, Victor Harper and Justin Alexander paired stripped-down bustier bodices with embellished skirts for a fresh, sexy look.

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Lip gloss in Chihuahua, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

Brow Wiz pencil in Granite, $21, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sephora.com

Lip gloss gets a bad rap for being too sticky or messy, but it actually gives lips a pretty shine that goes perfectly with natural makeup. The trick is to prep your lips. Use a sugar scrub to remove dead skin, then apply your favorite lipstick and a thin layer of gloss for extra dimension. Skip toosparkly ones to avoid a juvenile look.

Eye brows pencil in Lingering, $16, MACCosmetics.com

Brow Tech to Go pencil in Brunette, $27, Smashbox.com

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inbal dror Israeli designer Inbal Dror isn’t exactly new on the bridal scene (her collection launched in 2011). But after arriving stateside in 2013, she’s become one of the most sought-after designers, thanks to her daring gowns with one-of-a-kind details.

LAKUM Sathya Balakumar and Heather Green of Lakum, based in Brooklyn, New York, go a step beyond the traditional wedding dress with a chic “suite of looks” for the whole wedding weekend, from the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch.

Kelly Faetanini If you want a twist on the classic bridal gown, Kelly Faetanini’s line is elegant but edgy. Faetanini uses unexpected color and textures (like silver leather) and customizable embellishments for a look that feels totally unique.

Houghton Inspired by modern style icons like Carrie Bradshaw, Katharine Polk of Houghton mixes minimalism and high-quality fabrics. Consistently cool, she was one of the first bridal designers to debut separates (think: tulle skirts and sweaters).

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the new “it” flower Move over succulents, there’s a new bloom in town. King protea, with its large flowering head, is finding its way into bouquets and centerpieces alike (thanks in part to its long vase life). “Pair with other strong desert elements, since king protea is native to warm climates,” says Sarah Brysk Cohen of Blossom and Branch, who designed this centerpiece. And a word to the wise: “They’re very heavy to carry, so you’ll only want three or so in your bouquet— or your arms will be sore on your honeymoon.” >>

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Everyone needs a time-out from wedding planning—make yours a date night at the movies. The Wedding Ringer (in theaters January 16th) stars Josh Gad, a lovable groom-to-be without a wedding party. Before he marries dream girl Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, he hires Kevin Hart, owner of The Best Man Inc., to provide him with a few good men. You can guess where this is going, right? Hilarious charades and an unexpected bromance make this a perfect (romantic) comedy for to-be-weds.

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pairing off You’ve found your other half, now it’s time to find the things that will make your house a home. Check out these new registry duos. True Blues Add hints of navy to every room. Go for luxe sateen bedding, like this collection from Langdon and RL, for your bedroom (from $115, Macys.com). Or stock up on its new entertaining collection. These cheery stripes on the Cote D’Azur dinnerware collection will brighten up your dining table ($80 for 4 pieces, Macys.com).

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“Take a look in your families’ homes. Find things that are personal and memorable to you and then incorporate them into your day. From family photos on the welcome table to heirloom pieces, like a cake topper or toasting flutes, the possibilities are endless.” —Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events

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+ Chef’s Special Chef Thomas Keller—of French Laundry fame—just launched his own line of cookware with All-Clad (4-piece foundation set, $800, Williams-Sonoma.com). And you can even master his best dishes with The Complete Thomas Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook & Bouchon ($100, Amazon.com).

“If you have someone in your life who plays an instrument, recruit them to play at your ceremony instead of using an iPod.” —Shannon Dexter and Vikki Marsee of All You Need Is Love Events

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+ Retro Replicas Add a fun touch to your kitchen with a vintage Smeg design. Opt for a new smaller appliance, like a four-slice toaster ($190, SmegUSA.com). Or you can go big and invest in a ’50s-style fridge. The Smeg retro Fab28 refrigerator is available in 13 vibrant colors, so you’re sure to find a hue to fit your style ($2,000, SmegUSA.com).

“If you have a craft itch and a little spare time, make a simple backdrop to hang at your wedding. Include a sign that says ‘Selfie Booth’ and your hashtag. Guests can take selfies and post them on social media for all to see—and envy.” —Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design

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“Honor your wedding party by naming drinks after them at your cocktail hour and displaying a menu at the bar. If your maid of honor, Brynn, is known for getting red in the face when embarrassed, the ‘Blushing Brynn’ would be a fun homage to your friendship.” —Kristin Polhemus of ReverieMade Events

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pretty pink pucker A natural pink lip complements every complexion, making it the perfect wedding day choice. Get the look with one of these glossy hues (in every budget). 1 Almay Color + Care liquid lip balm in Blooming Balm, $6, Almay.com 2 MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks, $20, MACCosmetics.com 3 Bobbi Brown illuminating nudes lip gloss in Almost Pink, $25, BobbiBrown.com 4 Dolce & Gabbana ultrashine lip gloss in Cotton Candy Pink, $31, Sephora.com 5 YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in N. 8 Pink Hedoniste, $40, YSLBeautyUS.com

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Style icon Eva Mendes is launching a new wedding collection with New York & Company this spring, and the designs are geared to the unsung wedding heroines—the bridal party. Dresses, shoes and fashionable accessories, like baubles and jeweled belts, will be available in multiple colors and styles. The designs range in price from $79 to $119, leaving your girls plenty of cash for a cute dress for your rehearsal dinner or bachelorette bash.

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best gift ever Want to give your bridesmaids something they’ll love (and actually wear again)? This chic gold bangle is it. Best of all, this arm candy doubles as a flask— it can hold up to 3 ounces of your favorite spirit. $365, CynthiaRowley.com

Create a custom keepsake of your wedding with a Moleskine + Milk Photo Album. Upload your photos and arrange them to tell the story of your day. You’ll get a digital version too, which you can add video footage to and share. Bonus: Your album comes with an expandable pocket (just like the classic notebook) for keepsakes, like handwritten vows or your handkerchief. From $150, Milkbooks.com

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Fork It Over Silverware doesn’t have to be silver. Try this modern substitute. Shiny copper flatware, $27 for a set of 3, CB2.com

UNDEr Fire Friends will gather around this outdoor fire pit like moths to a flame. Don’t forget the s’mores! Hammered copper fire pit, $272, Target.com

coveting copper Add some rosy shine to your registry with this “it” metal.

mix it up This mixer is made to handle serious (commercial-size) batches of chocolate-chip cookie dough. KitchenAid Professional 620 stand mixer, $1,000, Williams-Sonoma.com

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Working Art Make a decorative statement on your coffee table (or ripen your bananas) with this copper glass bowl. Kosta Boda large basket bowl, $175, Bloomingdales.com

On a Copper Platter No room for a bar cart? Corral bottles on this lustrous tray. Copper tray, $175, MarkandGraham.com

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Start with the iPhone 6’s handy timer mode (which gives you a few precious seconds before snapping a couple of options in a “burst”) and selfie-sharing apps, like Shots. Then, pack an extension tool—for selfies that don’t look like selfies (LooqSystem.com, from $35).

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The über-luxe Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort just opened in August 2014. It’s one of only a handful of resorts at Disney where the focus is on luxury (think: Evian spritzes at the infinity pool) as opposed to Mickey and Goofy sightings (from $399 per night, FourSeasons.com/orlando).

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farm to bed We all know about the farmto-table movement on the restaurant scene. Now it’s hitting resorts, with luxe properties like Turtle Island in Fiji and Hotel Wailea in Maui, Hawaii, serving produce and herbs primarily grown on-site and fish caught by local fisherman. Find more awesome and fun honeymoon ideas at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

We love Clare V.’s old-school backgammon ($222) and chess-andcheckers ($318) sets. They’re leatherbacked and pack easily (ClareV.com). Another way to personalize your games: a custom deck of cards ($20, Shutterfly.com).

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“my   biggest wedding regret” Even A-list nuptials aren’t always like a Hollywood movie. Here’s what celebs would change if they redid their day. Skipping the first dance “I do have one regret…not having a first dance. I refused to have a first dance ’cause I can’t dance and don’t like dancing in front of people. But everything else was just perfect.” —Chrissy Teigen on her wedding to John Legend

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Standing too close to the sparklers “My wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers… It was just so heartbreaking… Later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, ‘Isn’t that beautiful?’ and he pointed to the burn. He said, ‘You’ll always remember that moment…’ Now that’s my favorite part of the dress.” —Blake Lively on her wedding to Ryan Reynolds

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Wearing black “White it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn that day.” —Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a black gown when she wed Matthew Broderick

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Letting the GROOM SKI “I said, ‘I don’t think you should ski,’ and he said, ‘No, I’m a good skier—I’ll be fine.’ That day, of course, he broke his nose going over a jump!” —Katherine Heigl on her wedding to Josh Kelley

“I had two and my second one was the one of my dreams. I wouldn’t change a thing!” —Celeb planner Mindy Weiss, who planned Ashlee Simpson’s wedding


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Even though I work in the bridal business, I needed help. Being in the industry actually made planning more difficult—you know too much. Our planner, Steven Moore of Sinclair & Moore Events, has helped me get started by sharing his knowledge of flowers and what will work best for my vision.

…but narrowing it down wasn’t the hardest part. clockwise from left: Kurt Wilberding; @weddingpr; giving tree; @deshartsock; kate mathis

It was choosing a date that worked for our bridal party, schedules and the venue.

I’m taking notes from two Kates— Moss and Middleton. I was inspired by Kate Moss’s wedding, with its ethereal look, and Kate Middleton’s classic, timeless and iconic one.

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I’m all about vintage style. My wedding is an extension of my personality. I’m always inspired by nature and vintage details. I like to keep things free-spirited with an effortless elegance.

We divided responsibilities. Chris is more realistic and logical, while I’m a dreamer. I’m good with the designing, and he’s better at budgeting.

Our guest list is surprisingly small… We plan on having 150 people. It was definitely more difficult for Chris to narrow down the guest list because he has so many friends from his [minor-league] baseball days. We didn’t want to invite anyone we hadn’t talked to in two years. Plus, having less people helps with budgeting!

We’re skipping some traditions. We won’t do the garter toss or a choreographed dance to “Y.M.C.A.”—ha!

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These table number holders are a seaworthy twist on “tying the knot.” Nautical cotton rope place card holder, $8 for 6, TheKnotShop.com

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hang-ups Colorful paper lanterns are a fun, easy way to brighten up any space. Paper lanterns, $2 each, TheKnotShop.com

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top toppers For a quirky touch, top off your cake with a wooden likeness of the two of you. Set of custom cake toppers, $120, Goose Grease, Etsy.com

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glass act Glass apothecary jars are stylish and functional. Tall glass apothecary jar, $16, TheKnotShop.com

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grooms who have the actual rock in their hand when they pop the question (81% on bended knee).

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Average cost of a wedding dress. (Number of seconds spent picturing its debut down the aisle: 8,204,203 .)

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88% months before the wedding most brides buy their dress.

wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and rings you can browse right now on the Wedding LookBook by The Knot app (on iTunes.com). One bride viewed 1,132 dresses in a day. A record!

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weddings that are semiformal. Makes sense: It works anytime of day, whether you’re having a loft party or country-club fete.

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1 Honeycomb hearts are great, no-fuss décor. String a dozen together to make a festive photo booth backdrop. Visionär decoration, $4 each, Ikea.com 2 My John Hancock in gold! Doesn’t get more personalized than that. $295, BrevityJewelry.com 3 This leather pouch is my go-to for all the stuff that ends up at the bottom of my bag. It holds essentials and can double as a clutch in a pinch—extra points for coming in my favorite color. $40, Baggu.com 4 I’m not usually a bracelet person, but I love this one from the new Tiffany T collection. There are rings like it too. $3,000, Tiffany.com 5 Planning to write your wedding vows? Very brave. These pocket-size books are perfect for hanging onto during the ceremony (don’t you feel less nervous when your hands are doing something?), and they make great keepsakes. $28 for a set, TheKnotShop.com 6 Spring showers are inevitable. This cheery, blue-sky umbrella makes them a little more bearable. Sky umbrella, $48, MoMAStore.org 7 Upgrade your calendar—this gold foil one is my fanciest desk accessory. $56, SugarPaper.com 8 I’m usually a coffee drinker, but I’m willing to convert to tea just to use this fab Victorian-inspired kettle! $200, Williams-Sonoma.com


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Personalized TableS Be creative! Make your guests feel special with personalized seating cards or table names.

Costume Change Short second dresses are a huge trend—it’s the whole reason behind my Ready to Wed collection.

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Swan Song The Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake

Gilded Wreath Headband, $298, JenniferBehr.com

Flirty Tulle Alberta Ferretti Spring 2015 runway

Pretty Petals Pink peonies are timeless.

b   eautiful b   allet Fluttery, feminine looks are hot right now. Couture Confection Cascading roses make for a dramatic cake.

check out this perfect ballet bun! Haute Tutu Gown, $5,995, ReemAcra.com

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Delicate Sparkle Odette the Swan engagement ring, $2,400, CatbirdNYC.com ballerina bun: Elizabeth Messina; bouquet: Yunhee Kim; cake: Kate Mathis; degaS, swan lake: getty images

stunning Slippers Satin flats, $563, ArunaSeth.com

Ornate Adornment Enamel and crystal comb, $440, BHLDN.com

Artful Elegance Dancers at Rehearsal by Edgar Degas

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uniquely feminine   “My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t find a dress that was different enough from the ones my friends wore,” says Amanda, a public relations manager from New York City. Even though she’d always envisioned herself in a mermaid silhouette, she knew she’d found her match the moment she saw her frothy Monique Lhuillier ball gown. “It just stood out,” she says. “The sexy corset bodice against the feather-organza skirt was like nothing I had ever seen.”

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You might not recognize the name Catbird, but you’ve probably seen the knuckle ring trend the 10 -year-old brand invented. Now, Catbird is getting noticed for its seriously stunning wedding bands and engagement rings. We recently sat down to chat with founder Rony Vardi.

We love your engagement rings and bands— they’re so unique. And congratulations on opening a second shop and the new wedding annex! What made you focus on bridal jewelry? That part of the business grew organically as the creative, artsy neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, that we’re in grew up around us. The same people who were already shopping with us were now getting married, and they wanted rings that were nontraditional. So in 2008, we started carrying wedding rings, and then last year we launched our own engagement ring line. CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT Bands, from

Ring sizing can be kind of confusing. What’s one great tip all couples can use? If a ring is set with diamonds inside the band, get it a little bigger because it can never be resized—but you can always put in a sizing ball. Over time your fingers may get bigger, whether you get pregnant, move to a warmer climate or just eat a lot of potato chips.

$3,400 each, Polly Wales; Kira ring, $1,150, Digby + Iona; Fairy Light eternity band, $1,300, Catbird; wedding bands, from $270 each, Catbird; Swan Queen ring, from $5,800, Catbird. All available at CatbirdNYC.com

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What’s your best ring selfie tip? What’s a new piece in your engagement line that you can’t help but swoon over? The Swan Queen, a limited edition piece. It’s a salt-and-pepper pavé band of pink diamonds flanking either side of a center ice one. My buyer Leigh Plessner and I handpicked the stones. It’s something we could only do as we added expert jewelers to our studio, and we now have 17. Wash your hands with cold water first. Then put lotion on and let it sink in. Shake your hands out because the tendency is to stiffen your hand. Make sure your pinky is tucked close to your ring finger, so you’re not doing that weird Star Trek thing. Keep your wrist in the shot—that elongates the perspective. Or just take a photo of the ring in the box, propped at a nice angle. And early afternoon sunshine is the best light. Finally, take 5,000 photos and post the one good one on Instagram!

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having a designer pattern “Generally, the more expensive the dress, the more time is spent on making it,” says designer Amsale Aberra. An expertly crafted pattern— including time-consuming steps like hand-tucking and pleating—is the key to a unique look and a flattering fit that flows beautifully on a variety of body shapes. After the pattern has been created by a designer, it’s fitted in a showroom on a model (to make sure every seam is completely perfect), shown on the runway, and then finally goes into production.

using pricey materials All fabrics are not created equal, and the cost will vary depending on quality. More expensive chiffon, like the one this dress is made of, is crafted from silk. It’s sheer and flows easily as you move. Polyester chiffon, a budgetfriendly option, tends to be a bit more opaque and stiffer. The same goes for tulle and lace—some variations will be pricier depending on quality and construction.

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wed without one Yes, a wedding is pretty much the only time you could wear a veil, but that shouldn’t be the only reason you do it. “If you have a really special accessory, you may not want it hidden under a veil,” Sabatino says. And if you’re totally low maintenance and want to minimize every single potential source of stress throughout the wedding planning process, you’ll probably be relieved that you don’t have to find a veil to match your dress or add one more item to your budget. “Plus, you won’t need a hairstylist to help you take out the veil to avoid ruining your updo, or rely on a bridesmaid to do it properly,” Sabatino says. Bottom line: If a veil doesn’t feel right, skip it. Trust us—all of your guests will still be perfectly aware of who the bride is, even if you aren’t wearing a veil.

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Tools 1 set of false lash strips tweezers scissors 1 tube of lash glue (pro pick: Duo adhesive, $6, Ulta.com) cotton swabs eyelash curler mascara (try: Diorshow waterproof mascara, $25, Sephora.com) liquid eyeliner (our pick: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes liquid liner, $20, Sephora.com)

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Hot HIghlighter

Blend all five shades together and sweep onto cheekbones for a perfect pearlescent glow. Shimmer Brick compact, $44, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

everything’s coming up The latest beauty products put a new twist on a floral classic.

A tinted balm with sunflower extract moisturizes and plumps dry lips, leaving behind a subtle pink sheen. Rose lip balm, $30, Aerin.com

Soothing Solution

This new formula glides on glossy and distributes a long-lasting rosy hue. Hydrating tinted lip balm in Benebalm, $18, Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora.com

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Liquid Bouquet

Grapefruit adds a refreshing zest to this crisp scent. (And the gorgeous canister is reusable!) Yuzu Rose Stonecrop candle, $18, Voluspa.com

Pretty Package

Love the original Chloé fragrance? Hints of rose and bergamot give this new one a super-light, feminine feel. Roses de Chloé eau de toilette, $95 for 1.7 oz., Nordstrom.com

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roses: getty images; calligraphy: fleur de letters

One-of-a-kind ingredients, like rose stem cells (yes, we’re serious), gently even out skin tone. Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair gel mask, $45, Peter Thomas Roth, Sephora.com

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your dress or pick a hue that ties into your wedding party. That way, if you want to drape it over your shoulders for some photos, you’ll complement your bridal party or stand out with your own pop of color. Maybe your jacket is even your “something blue!” The best time to shop for a cover-up is around the end of summer or winter, when transitional pieces for fall and spring collections hit stores.

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My wedding dress is short and flowy and I want to wear heels, but I’m a little taller than my fiancé. What should I do? This is a really common question. Consider a kitten heel or a sweet ballet flat, Cavallo says. Your dress sounds “casually elegant,” so your options are pretty endless. If you go with a heel, look for a two-inch one; it will still elongate your silhouette, but you won’t tower over your partner. 1 $375, Benjamin Adams, TheKnotShop.com 2 $250, Something Bleu, TheKnotShop.com 3 $307, HarrietWilde.com

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1 A peacock boutonniere is a fun, unexpected touch. 2 White lettering against a teal background creates an elegant contrast. $214 for 100, WeddingPaperDivas.com 3 We love the modern feel of these drop earrings. $248, ThomasLaine.com 4 A jeweltone charger looks amazing with gold table accents. $40 for 24, KoyalWholesale.com 5 These printed paper straws aren’t just cute­ , they’re also biodegradable. $7 for 25, TheKnotShop.com 6 Want to jazz up a plain white wedding cake? Try a fondant ruffle. 7 A strapless monochromatic gown stands out in this luxe hue. $230, Donna-Morgan.com 8 Make a funky statement with a floral print clutch. $135, TedBaker.com 9 These slinky heels give just the right pop of color. $398, StuartWeitzman.com >>

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Set a chic table with dazzling china, gilded flatware and exquisite florals. Flowers, Florisity.com; menu card, RegasStudio.com; dinner and dessert plate in Syracuse, from $210 each, Robert Haviland, MichaelCFina.com; charger, $95, Anna Weatherley, MichaelCFina.com; flatware in Refined Gold, $140 for a 20-piece set, Skandia, HamptonForge .com; white wine glass, $30 for 2, Spiegelau.com; linens, NuageDesigns.com

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p   attern play Couldn’t commit to a china pattern? Gussy up simple plates with eye-catching flatware. 4 Laser-etched plaid is a contemporary twist on a classic pattern. Skandia plaid, $80 for a 20-piece set, HamptonForge .com 5 This hammered-metal motif is a nod to the industrial period. Gotham, $85 for a 5-piece place setting, MichaelAram .com 6 Can’t decide between shiny or matte? This checkered design has a little of both. International silver checkered frost, $45 for a 20-piece set, Pfaltzgraff .com 7 This scalloped-shell design was inspired by St. Tropez, the French beach town. Tropez, $65 for a 5-piece place setting, Scalamandre, Lenox.com >> 6 7

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by heirloom silverware (like the kind your grandma has). Antique silver, $45 for a 5-piece place setting, PotteryBarn.com 5 These diamond-like acrylic handles are actually dishwasher safe. Faceted acrylic, $105 for a 5-piece place setting, Kim Seybert, Barneys.com 6 Navy is the new black—casual and sophisticated all at once. Ronan in Navy, $55 for a 5-piece place setting, Ralph Lauren, Macys .com 7 The pierced handle is fashioned after copper cookware. Cooper, $80 for a 20-piece place setting, Oneida, BedBathandBeyond.com >>

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Statement flatware can give your classic china edge or turn your modern table into a bold, avant-garde affair. 1 Subtle twists, squared-off ends and a polished mirror finish give this design stylish appeal. Twist, $45 for a 5-piece place setting, CrateandBarrel.com 2 A lustrous finish highlights the sleek facets of this geometric setting. Cable, $60 for a 5piece place setting, YamazakiTableware.com 3 This modern-meets-minimal set is named after the leading Scandinavian architect Arne Jacobsen, who was of the less-is-more camp. Arne Jacobsen, $95 for a 5-piece place setting, Georg Jensen, GraciousHome.com 4 Want a blend of classic and modern? Look no further. This swirled design by flatware giant Oneida is made to last. But just in case, it’s a lifetime pattern (so it’s always available for replacement). Satin Aquarius, $63 for a 5-piece place setting, Oneida, Macys.com

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You don’t have to fly 150 guests to Italy to get that destination vibe. Instead, check out our fave stateside venue with a foreign flair: Bella Collina. With one look at its rolling hills and rustic fieldstone facade, you and your guests will think you’ve been whisked far, far away—and it’s just 30 minutes outside of Orlando. Flanked by Italian cypress trees, the reflection pool is perfect for an alfresco cocktail hour or intimate reception (facility rental from $3,500, BellaCollina.com). >>


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Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

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When it comes to timeless sophistication, ballrooms can’t be beat. Make your way to the intersection of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue for a taste of old-world New York and one of the greatest ballrooms ever. Every inch of this iconic spot (of Eloise and The Great Gatsby fame) has been restored to all its original, French Renaissance–style splendor. The hotel’s crown jewel is the gilded 4,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can seat 500 (ThePlazaNY.com).

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Haiku Mill, Haiku, Hawaii

Outdoor weddings are a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere, but they can get a little predictable. That’s why we love this little slice of paradise. Abandoned in 1879, the former sugar mill was forgotten for nearly 100 years as the surrounding tropical rain forest moved in and took over. Now, all that remains of the original structure are the thick, vine-covered stone walls, creating an open-air sanctuary in the middle of the rain forest (facility rental from $3,500, HaikuMill.com). >>


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A lush outdoor setting is a welcome change from the typical city wedding. An elevated oasis in the heart of bustling Midtown Manhattan, this private indoor-outdoor space in Rockefeller Center is available for intimate events for up to 120 guests. In the winter, you have unmatched views of the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink and Christmas tree in all their holiday glory. The manicured garden has a reflecting pool and fountain and can be tented year-round. The loftlike indoor space is equally scenic with its floor-to-ceiling windows (RockefellerCenter.com/private-events).

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Who says a city hall wedding can’t be spectacular? This landmark has been destroyed by fire and earthquake in the past but is just as magnificent as ever. The Rotunda, with its grand marble staircase and soaring, 24-karat-embellished ceiling, is its most stunning feature. Invite guests to mingle on the second-story balconies while they enjoy incredible views of the party below (SFGSA.org). >>

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The Blue Dress Barn, Benton Harbor, Michigan Nothing says “country elegance” quite like a weathered old barn. At The Blue Dress Barn, you could say your vows in the gardens, then move the party under the open timber roof of the 4,600-square-foot dairy barn—one of the largest standing in Michigan. In fact, many argue that this is the venue that launched the barn wedding craze. The rustic space, which can seat up to 250 guests, comes dressed with wrought-iron chandeliers, twinkling lights and paper lanterns (facility rental from $3,800, BlueDressBarn.com).

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There’s no way around it—this Gilded Age icon is an absolute showstopper. Modeled after the opulent Grand Trianon in Versailles, France, Rosecliff is the only Newport Mansion available for weddings, and one of our all-time favorites. Floor-to-ceiling French doors in the ballroom open onto a terrace with views of an elegant fountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The ballroom seats up to 220 guests and the adjacent salon fits 80 (NewportMansions.org/explore/rosecliff). >>

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A glimmering 48-foot chapel made of 425 windows is probably the last thing anyone would expect to find nestled beneath a canopy of trees in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. And that’s exactly why we love it. Thanks to 6,000 square feet of glass, this one-of-a-kind ceremony space completely blurs the line between outdoors and in for a result that’s truly spiritual. Speaking of spiritual, a full-time minister is also available to perform your service—for up to 100 guests—at no additional charge (facility rental from $595 for a 90-minute ceremony, Thorncrown.com).

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arizona Saguaro Buttes Villa Siena

illinois Abbington Distinctive Banquets Chicago History Museum

new jersey The Bridgewater Manor The Brownstone Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran The Estate at Florentine Gardens The Flanders Hotel The Graycliff Liberty House Restaurant Lucien’s Manor Meadow Wood Manor The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House  Restaurant The Palace at Somerset The Reception Center at Saint  Clement Versailles Ballroom at The Ramada   of Toms River

oregon Ainsworth House & Gardens

california Falkner Winery Freedom Hall and Gardens Skirball Cultural Center

louisiana Southern Oaks Plantation

pennsylvania 1867 Inn at Leola Village Cescaphe Event Group Fireside Tavern RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve Riverdale Manor Susquehanna Club

maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club The Mansion at Valley Country Club

colorado Della Terra Mountain Chateau Wild Basin Lodge

massachusetts Andover Country Club Castle Hill on The Crane Estate The Commons 1854 Danversport Yacht Club Fairmont Copley Plaza Harrington Farm Independence Harbor Indian Pond Country Club Lakeview Pavilion The Lantana State Room The Villa

rhode island Glen Manor House Kirkbrae Country Club Meadow Brook Inn Providence Biltmore

connecticut Aqua Turf Club The Candlewood Inn Cascade Fine Catering The Fox Hill Inn The Inn at Longshore The Riverhouse at Goodspeed   Station Saint Clements Castle Saybrook Point Inn & Spa WoodWinds

new york Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Anthony’s Pier 9 Beckwith Pointe Bridgeview Yacht Club F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill Falkirk Estate and Country Club The Fountainhead Giorgio’s at Foxhill Glen Island Harbour Club Greentree Country Club Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations Mansion at Colonial Terrace Nicotra’s Ballroom Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf  Courses The State Room Villa Barone Hilltop Manor Villa Borghese VIP Country Club

south carolina Celebrations Catering & Events

tennessee CJ’s off the Square

texas Ashton Gardens Briscoe Manor Castle on the Lake The Driskill Hotel The Gallery The Inn at Wild Rose Hall Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa The Phoenix Texas Old Town Vintage Villas The Winfield Inn

florida Beachhouse Restaurant Carillon Weddings Casa Ybel Resort Historic Dubsdread Ballroom Jacaranda Country Club Loews Don CeSar Hotel Powel Crosley Estate The Royal Crest Room Sandbar Restaurant Sirata Beach Resort Sweetwater Branch Inn TPC Sawgrass

michigan The Captain’s Club at Woodfield The Iroquois Club Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center Waldenwoods Resort &   Conference Center Windmill Island Gardens

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missouri Berg Event Space Hawthorne House Longview Mansion Loose Mansion The Sawyer Room The Terrace on Grand

virginia Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn The Mill at Fine Creek

georgia Vecoma at the Yellow River Victoria Belle Mansion & Vintage  White Barn The Whitlock Inn

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elegant contrast “I like a little personality without disrupting the look,� says Annie Lee of Daughter of Design. This amber and apricot design flawlessly mixes animal prints with classic brocade for a rich look. Flowers, EmilyThompsonFlowers .com; linens, NuageDesigns.com

gilded adornments OPPOSITE PAGE Vintage-inspired accessories are a must for a 1930s style. Earrings, vintage; Tsarina brass clutch, KoturLtd.com; Eos brass tiara, JenniferBehr.com; dot bow tie and cuff links, BrooksBrothers.com; lipstick in Conquise, Chanel, NeimanMarcus.com >>

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musical menus “Pair each dinner course with a melody from the era to tell a musical story,” Lee suggests. The lyrics in the center of the diamond-shaped menu are from the couple’s first-dance song. Menus, CeciNewYork.com; chargers, BBJLinen.com; flatware and napkins, ClassicPartyRentals.com >>


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kourtney & connor • Odda, Norway photograph by Logan Jones

While visiting his brother in Norway, the couple made the freezing four-hour hike to Trolltunga—a rock that’s over 2,000 feet above a valley. After waiting in line for a photo at the tip, Connor took Kourtney’s shaking hand and they walked out together. She was smiling at the camera until he tugged her hand and she realized he was on one knee. “We were standing in one of the most beautiful places in the world and the man of my dreams asked me to marry him,” says Kourtney. “Life couldn’t get any better.” >>


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kristin & justin Larimer Square, Denver photograph by BRiAN KRAFT photography

It all happened when Justin tricked Kristin into thinking they were going to watch a new episode of New Girl—she had been complaining about missing it all week. But Justin actually snuck in a video he made himself. It started as the New Girl intro but transitioned into a montage of romantic clips from movies and TV shows. It ended with him on a knee, asking her to marry him. She said, “yes,” of course, and asked shortly after whether or not there was a new episode!

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julie & jason Fenton, MI photograph by LEAH MOSS photography

Jason spent weeks telling Julie he wasn’t able to visit her family on Thanksgiving, and she was pretty bummed. During a long walk in the woods a few days before the holiday, Jason stopped in the middle of a bridge and told Julie that he was indeed coming—so they both could tell her family in person they were getting married. “I was so surprised that I fell on the ground and rolled around a bit,” says Julie. “And Jason was so nervous he accidentally jammed the engagement ring on the wrong finger!” >>


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gina & kyle • Holland, MI photograph by Emily Jane Photography

During a trip to Germany with Kyle and his parents, Gina had no idea Kyle’s mom had something very special in her purse the entire time: an engagement ring. Although she had a hunch he might pop the question, Gina was still overwhelmed when he proposed at the top of Mount Jenner in the Bavarian Alps. “Kyle was able to play it cool the whole time because he knew the ring was safe with his mom,” she says. “They made my dream come true!” >>

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rachel & brad Minneapolis photograph by barclay horner photography

Brad proposed to Rachel in the bathroom, upholding a long family tradition. After saying he wasn’t feeling well (so she wouldn’t suspect anything), Brad called for Rachel to bring the plunger. “He pulled me in, started reading a poem written inside of a photo book he made and proposed,” Rachel says. “After staring into the sparkle of the ring, he told me there was another surprise and opened the door to reveal our families who had flown in to celebrate!”

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erica & steven Pittsburgh photograph by mecca gamble photography

Minutes after Steven asked Erica’s father for her hand in marriage, she got a text from him congratulating her—he didn’t know it was a secret! To ensure Erica was surprised on the actual day—and that she was thoroughly primped—Steven took her for a photo shoot on her birthday followed by a surprise party. “I consider myself a stylish guy, so I wore a fitted suit, but my pants were so tight, I couldn’t get the ring out of my pocket once I got on bended knee—I had to get down on both knees!” Steven says. >>


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Eleanor & Kevin May 4 The only thing cooler than her boho vibe was his fitted blue suit. On her: Claire Pettibone; on him: Reiss

Ashley & Steven May 12 Ashley went bold with a black sash— a fab complement to Steven’s classic tux. On her: Vera Wang; on him: J.Crew

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Jaimie & John September 5 John nailed the preppy look while Jaimie’s cap sleeves provided a gorgeous pop of bling. On her: Hayley Paige; on him: J.Crew

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Heather & Brandon October 12 Love how Brandon played up her vibrant look with a colorful bow tie. On her: Temperley London; on him: Hugo Boss

Kenna & Marcus August 4 A traditional veil plus a laid-back gray suit equaled the epitome of Southern elegance. On her: Enzoani; on him: Calvin Klein

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Melissa & Jason September 14 She brought the ballroom to the beach in a frothy blush gown, while he kept it casual in khaki. On her: Allure Bridals; on him: Lord West

Naomi & Rachel May 5 Pale pink never looked so rad as it did on Naomi and Rachel. Left: Alfani; right: Ines Di Santo

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Meghan & Richard January 25 Richard’s black suit and Meghan’s feather details were a perfect New York City–chic match. On her: Pronovias; on him: Canali


Flaunt your Favorites Who says you can’t wear the things you love on your wedding day? A lightweight cashmere sweater looks super-luxe with a fluttery full skirt. Sweater, $198, Aqua, Bloomingdales.com; skirt, $2,600, Watters.com; cocktail ring, $60, ColetteMalouf.com

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to-wear style and pair statement jewelry with a simple gown. It could even be some costume pieces from your grandmother, which hit both your “something old” and “something borrowed.” Dress, $4,500, RosaClaraBridal .com; engagement ring, $3,895, FredericSage.com; necklace, $735, Enchanted Atelier, KleinfeldBridal.com; handcuff, $155, ColetteMalouf.com >>

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sneak in something special Plaid accents are hot on the runways, and a tartan sash is a great way to add a touch of heritage too. Dress, price upon request, Pronovias .us; jacket, $88, Lucy Paris, Bloomingdales.com >>

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find your sole mate Printed high-tops feel sporty and fresh. These ones also come in white! Dress, $3,650, ChristosBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,200 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; shoes, $165, DKNY.com

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Subtle sequins, a feather trim and sleek wedges make a daringyet-sophisticated statement for your second dress. Dress, $1,700, Melanie Harris, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $2,050, wedding band, $1,782, CatbirdNYC .com; cocktail ring, $5,640, PasqualeBruni.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com >>


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Birdcage veils were huge in the ’40s; now they’re a whimsical way to top off a vintage look. Dress, $700, Oleg Cassini, DavidsBridal.com; veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $8,800, SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $4,290, LaurenHarperCollection.com; cocktail ring, $4,097, LeVian.com


Over-the-top touches like a sweeping side train call back to the extravagance of the ’80s, but a sleeveless top and a droppedwaist silhouette tone down the dramatic full skirt. Dress, $5,850, KennethPool.com; earrings, $1,980, SimonGJewelry.com

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

gown silhouette styles empire-waist 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.

trumpet gown 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.

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

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

sheath 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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finding the right white skin tone Dark go for Stark white, or almost any shade 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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wedding party 101 The least you need to know to coordinate your wedding party’s look.

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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groom & groomsmen • Brush up on your tuxedo terms and take a peek in your own closet before you begin suit shopping. This will give you an idea of what style you like best—notched or shawl lapel, standard or spread collar. • The groomsmen should dress around the groom. A consistent look is great, but the groom should sport some detail (a boutonniere, tie or pocket square) that differentiates him from the pack. shawl lapel notched lapel

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• The tuxedo is classic, but consider all your options. Marrying by the beach? Try a more casual jacket and trousers. Having an ultra-formal wedding? Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trousers, gray vest and ascot. peaked lapel

flower girls & ring bearers • Flower girls and ring bearers don’t have to match the adults perfectly, but they should certainly fit in with the formality of the event. The only exception: Tuxedos aren’t necessary (and may not be available) for tykes under six. Our trick—substitute a black suit and a bow tie. • Be sure to dress your flower girl or ring bearer appropriately for their age. Strapless or halter dresses may be too sophisticated for the little ones (even with a cardigan), while overly froufrou tulle dresses might not look right on, say, a 10-year-old.

• Should you rent or buy? If you don’t attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go. If you’ll have three or four more good uses for a tux, the suit will pay for itself.

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Rosewood Mayakoba The best part of the gorgeous Deluxe Overwater Lagoon suite is the supersecluded, serene outdoor shower. The second-best part? The private plunge pool on the suite’s terrace, which overlooks picturesque mangroves. Your butler (trust us—it will feel like he knows what you want before you do!) will bring you anything you need, from homemade guacamole and a refill on your room’s supplied bottle of top-shelf tequila to chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne (from $700, RosewoodHotels.com).


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Shangri-La Paris Starting at $25,519 for the night, this suite is a super-splurge—but we just had to show it to you. Amour already seeps out of Paris’s pores, and the elegant 1,175-square-foot one-bedroom Suite Chaillot room—situated in the former mansion of Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-nephew—takes romance to scandalous heights with in-your-face views of the city’s iconic symbol of love, the Eiffel Tower. In what feels like your own Parisian apartment, you can gaze at the monument (and each other) snuggled beneath a cloud-like feather duvet or while sipping champagne on your corner terrace. It sure beats standing in its mile-long lines—so not romantic (Shangri-la.com/paris). >>


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at Cocoa Island b   y COMO Picture this: The two of you are dropped off by boat onto Cocoa Island, one of the tiniest, most unspoiled Maldivian islands in the far-flung Indian Ocean. You quickly check into one of the fabulously sexy rooms, like the Dhoni Suite that juts over a turquoise lagoon, providing infinite water views, complete privacy, a truly unique ambience (each suite is styled after local dhonis, or fishing boats) and luxe details that you might not expect from the rusticchic exterior (think: an all-white Balinese daybed, 42-inch plasma-screen satellite television, in-room Wi-Fi access and airconditioning). Then get ready to connect like castaways (from $850, ComoHotels .com/cocoaisland). >>

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Palms Casino Resort Christian and Anastasia of Fifty Shades of Grey could have more than a little bit of fun in this totally over-the-top, extremely evocative room (appropriately named The Erotic Suite) in the Palms’s Fantasy Tower—and so would any newlyweds with a healthy, um, imagination. Go ahead and suds up in the unique shower that comes with sexy mood lighting, then take a spin on the room’s round rotating king bed with a mirror overhead (we couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried!). Remember: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas (from $3,000 per night, Palms.com). >>

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 Halekulani hotel Discreetly tucked off the shores of honeymoon hot spot Waikiki Beach, the ocean-level, 2,365-square-foot Orchid suite allows newlyweds to completely relax in a personal tropical paradise (there’s a private lanai and garden) with an almost-too-prettyto-believe postcard view of the majestic Diamond Head crater. If that’s not enough to entertain you two, you don’t have to leave the room just yet—have your coziest date night ever in the luxe home theater (from $7,000 per night, Halekulani.com).

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The Caves Hovering over the Caribbean Sea on dramatic cliffs, the quiet and quaint Butterfly Suite at The Caves resort is a serene second-level hideaway. Even though it’s an all-inclusive resort (perfect for honeymooners looking to avoid thinking about, well, anything other than each other), you won’t find any over-enthusiastic entertainment staff trying to get you to join in on pool games. But cliff jumping into the ocean is definitely an option (from $560 per night, IslandOutpost.com).

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Twin Farms Set within 300 serene woodsy acres, this all-inclusive resort’s contemporary Aviary Cottage is stylishly outfitted with floor-toceiling windows, a sleek red-leather king bed and an indoor stone hot tub and fireplace (seriously, you could legitimately spend your entire honeymoon here—and we wouldn’t blame you one bit!). Relax after wedding planning (and finally laugh about that crazy thing your cousin did at your reception!) over a glass of vino in summer or a spiked cocoa in winter (all-inclusive rates from $2,475 per person, TwinFarms.com). >>

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 Nayara Springs Secluded by the lush jungle foliage of Arenal Volcano National Park, the überprivate Springs Villa at this adults-only boutique hotel will instantly transform your honeymoon into a luxe Tarzanand-Jane fantasy vacay. Inside, you’ll find a dreamy four-poster bed swathed in netting and strewn with rose petals by your private attendant. Outdoors, you’ll enjoy the personal hammock for lounging with your better half, friendly resident monkeys and a plunge pool fed by nearby mineral hot springs (from $590, NayaraSprings.com).

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St. Regis Bal Harbour South Beach has its fair share of white-hot hotels, like the Delano and Fountainbleau, but if you’re not looking for the South Beach club scene (or to venture out of your room at all), head north to the St. Regis. Specifically, book the ultrachic Grand Luxe oceanfront room that towers over the bustling, jet-set coastal playground of Bal Harbour (on the northernmost tip of Miami Beach). Seductively glam metallic décor, 400-count luxurious bed linens, a supersize oceanfront balcony off the bedroom and the ability to call on the resort’s super-capable—and always attentive—team of butlers 24/7 will make leaving your room seem like a crazy concept (from $729 per night, StRegisBalHarbour.com).

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5 things you need to know Antigua sits smack-dab in the center of the Caribbean Islands. The island has 366 chalky white public beaches. Some of the best include Dickenson Bay (for restaurant-hopping and people-watching) and Half Moon Bay (for windsurfing). 3 Clothing is optional at Five Islands Peninsula! 4 The Antiguan climate is one of the most idyllic in all of the Caribbean, thanks to constant sea breezes and trade winds. The hot season runs from May to November. 5 Don’t leave without spending Sunday afternoon at Shirley Heights Lookout, a restaurant perched on a bluff on the south side of the island. You’ll get a stunning panoramic view of English Harbour and the island of Montserrat, not to mention some lip-smacking barbecue.

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There are 800 miles of sandy beaches stretching across the island. At a Glance languages spoken

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 all-inclusive resorts, the 21-mile coast is lined with coconut palms.

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Zoëtry AguA PuntA CAnA erfectly located along a 400-yard stretch of pristine beach with crystal waters, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana is sure to ignite romance! Indulge in Endless Privileges® granting limitless access to à la carte restaurants, bars and lounges and in-suite private dining. Plus, enjoy a welcome bottle of rum, fresh fruit basket, Bvlgari® bath amenities and complimentary spa treatment. The romance is endless, and with no 888-4ZOËTRY check-in or check-out time, your honeymoon ZoetryResorts.com can be too!

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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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barbados 5 things you need to know K 558 1 With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature is balmy, ranging between 84-88 degrees. 2 Shorts, t-shirts, wraps and sundresses are your best bet for daytime wear and elegantly casual wear for evenings. Swimwear should be kept for the beach and suitable attire should be worn when shopping or dining out.

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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 4 First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found the favor of many English sailors. 5 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.

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SandalS BarBadoS urrender to endless sunshine and calypso rhythms. The only resort in Barbados exclusively for couples, this paradise is an idyllic refuge to reconnect and recharge. Find inner peace at the newly built yoga and fitness center. Embrace cool Caribbean waters at three sparkling pools or by diving into the vibrant coral reefs. With 11 specialty dining venues and 280 luxurious rooms—all overlooking the exotic 877-SANDALS gardens and ocean—there’s a magical story just Sandals.com waiting to be told.

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the bahamas 5 things you need to know 1 Seven hundred islands make up the Bahamas, tossed across the lower Atlantic between Florida and Cuba. Only 30 are inhabited.

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The water is so clear in the Bahamas that divers experience visibility of up to 200 feet. 2 3 Popular cuisine includes locally grown guava, mangoes, papaya and plantains with conch, kingfish, and wahoo—all washed down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. 4 Nassau, the capital city, is extra-crowded during March and April, when springbreakers invade. It is also one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. 5 Grand Bahama Island, is only a 35-minute  ight from Miami and exudes an airy, fl spread-out feel compared to busy Nassau.

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n idyllic setting for a tropical honeymoon, Resorts World Bimini boasts miles of white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters you’ve always dreamed of—all conveniently located just 50 miles east of South Florida in The Bahamas. Blending the intimacy and charm of Bimini with world-class accommodations, the resort features luxurious guest units as well as multiple dining outlets and amenities. With 888-930-8688 easy travel from South Florida, your honeymoon to RWBimini.com paradise has never been more attainable.

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he Luxury Included® Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas is an oceanfront resort set along a pristine one-mile beach boasting some of the world’s clearest waters, a Greg Norman-designed golf course and a world-class marina. The resort includes specialty dining at seven á la carte restaurants, premium brand liquors, and unlimited land and water sports—plus gratuities and airport transfers. The 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® 877-SANDALS Spa further enhances this 500-acre resort, set on one Sandals.com of the Bahamas’ most beautiful Out Islands.

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5 things you need to know 1 The best way to get around is in Jamaican Union of Travelers Association (JUTA)–licensed taxis. 2 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. 3 Bob Marley’s birthplace, Kingston, is perfect for honeymooners seeking their reggae roots or even a starting point for spa trips and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 4 Many popular Jamaican destinations are between one and two hours from the Montego Bay airport by car. Bring Dramamine if you’re at risk for motion sickness, as taxi drivers take the curvy roads at quite a clip. 5 While shopping in Montego Bay, don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent.

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Beaches Negril resort & spa 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, eight superb 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 stroll lush 877-BEACHES tropical gardens—a paradise where no building is Beaches.com higher than the tallest palm tree.

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Beaches OchO RiOs a spa, gOlf & wateRpaRk ResORt 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 specialty 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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estled between the St. Ann Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s hippest resort features three extraordinary destinations in one: the chic Ochi Beach Club and Riviera Seaside, the lively plantation-style Great House, and the exclusive All-Butler Village, with 98 pools and romantic Romeo & Juliet Suites. Enjoy 15 restaurants, nine bars, a nightclub, live entertainment at a cutting877-SandalS edge amphitheater and two Red Lane® Spas. Sandals.com

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he “flagship” Sandals, set on Jamaica’s best, private white-sand beach in Montego Bay, is where the beach goes on and the party never stops. Eight restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at a non-denominational chapel—exclusively at this Sandals location. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the Bay Roc Beachfront Estate 877-SandalS Butler Village provides privilege and butler service Sandals.com along a beautiful stretch of beach.

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lassic Georgian architecture welcomes you to a place reminiscent of the grandest British manor houses. At the main resort, the noblest of British refinement blends with Jamaican charm. Feast at eight tantalizing restaurants including an authentic British pub. Breathtaking Swim-up Suites place water’s allure at the edge of your patio. Then venture to an exotic offshore island and discover a private 877-SandalS island—Sandals Island—with a Thai restaurant, Sandals.com ® secluded beach and Red Lane Spa escape.

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uilt in the glamorous 1950s and luxuriously appointed in the 21st century, this serene sanctuary for adults still maintains its stellar reputation as one of Jamaica’s most exquisite resorts. Sandals Royal Plantation sits on a bluff 25 feet above the Caribbean Sea, granting each of its 74 suites heartstopping views of the ocean and exclusive butler service. Bask blissfully on the spectacular twin beaches where you can spend 877-SANDALS hours sunbathing or partake in exciting water sports Sandals.com including scuba diving or snorkeling.

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SANDALS WHITEHOUSE EUROPEAN VILLAGE & SPA 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 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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rom indigenous art to chic design, Secrets Wild Orchid takes its inspiration from the island’s gorgeous surroundings. Couples discover a vibrant, adults-only, hip locale with exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury®, beginning with 24-hour room service, seven restaurants, nine bars and lounges, the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia and championship-caliber golf nearby. Ask about the complimentary Secrets 866-GOSECRETS Eternity Honeymoon package and how to earn free SecretsResorts.com nights towards your first anniversary return stay.


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grEnada 5 things you need to know 1 The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. 2 International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue have only a short hop by inter-island charter to Lauriston Airport in Carriacou.

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The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day. At a Glance 4 If you want to drive in Grenada you must obtain a local driving permit. Most Language SPOKEN English, French car rental firms issue local permits. Note that driving is on the LEFT. 3

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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. 5

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world-class resort in Grenada has finally emerged. Introducing Sandals LaSource Grenada, an unsurpassed, all-inclusive luxury experience on the seductive “Spice Island.� Exotic elements of the South Seas are infused with bold, contemporary design resulting in a first-class resort unlike any other. Guests revel in pools that float in the sky, a living room that floats inside a pool and Tranquility 877-SandalS Soaking Tubs that offer endless ocean views from Sandals.com magnificent balconies.

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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.

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 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.

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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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ecrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is tucked away on secluded Maroma Beach—voted the World’s Best Beach by the Travel Channel four years in a row. This Unlimited-Luxury® haven provides twelve pools, including an infinity pool, gourmet dining and endless cocktails in chic restaurants and bars. Add in an adults-only ambiance and a lavish Secrets Spa by Pevonia and you’ll find the ultimate in 866-GOSECRETS wedded bliss! SecretsResorts.com

ouples with a refined palette will delight in the sommelier-led wine tastings of some of the world’s finest wine collections at the adults-only, Unlimited-Luxury® Secrets The Vine Cancun. With wine the signature element and a “wine wall” of over 3,000 varieties, toasts to happiness and the future will be limitless. And with its prime location in the heart of Cancun, access to nightlife, fabulous 866-GOSECRETS shopping and so much more is just steps away! SecretsResorts.com

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turks & caicos 5 things you need to know 1 Look out for the “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light can sometimes happen along the horizon on a clear day. 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 20 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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St. Lucia At a Glance languages spoken 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.

10 things you need to know 6 The best place to start a scuba dive along the coral walls is the beach at Anse Choiseul, a hotel on the southwest coast. 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. 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. 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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5 Visit the hopping Saturday market in Castries, the island’s capital. The vendors sell everything from fruits and local spices to crafts.

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SandalS Grande St. lucian Spa & Beach reSort 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 such indulgences as eight restaurants including a British pub, 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. Spectacular 877-SandalS accommodations include lagoon swim-up rooms and Sandals.com circular Rondoval suites with private plunge pools.

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waken your desires for romantic temptation in the true Garden of Eden. Quintessentially Caribbean with classic island architecture and charm, this intimate seaside oasis is blissfully serene. Enjoy six restaurants, including Kelly’s Dockside, which extends out over the ocean and offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Laid back and casual, this is Saint Lucia’s ultimate beach resort—with exchange 877-SANDALS privileges between all three Sandals Resorts in Sandals.com Saint Lucia.

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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 restaurants and a stunning Red Lane® Spa. Dramatic twostory 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 peak with 877-SANDALS 180-degree ocean views, while elevated privileges Sandals.com include personal butler service.


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