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THE KNOT WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

The Best Dress for Your Body Type + Our Favorite

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WEDDING DAY HAIR & MAKEUP IDEAS

Romantic Dresses

THE 2016 BEAUTY AWARD WINNERS

Plan Your Wedding at Work

THE MOST RELAXING HONEYMOONS

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Behind the scenes at our shoot.

editor’s letter

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Our editor-in-chief on our first-ever beauty issue.

contributors

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The talented pros who made this magazine possible.

events

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Five inspiring trends from The Knot regional parties.

daily fix

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

checklist

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

ask carley

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Ring care, next-day brunch invitees, unity candles and floral choices.

new & now

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Signature sips, new designers to watch, DIY marble coasters and more.

224 real weddings

last look

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One couple’s stunning shot.

plannIng how to plan your wedding at work

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Get all those to-dos checked off your list without falling behind on your nine-to-fiver. learn how to make these marble coasters, 98

anatomy of an emergency kit

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Wedding day essentials you shouldn’t be without.

the dapper groom

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Project Runway’s Tim Gunn shares his grooming advice.

15 minutes with aerin lauder

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The beauty icon talks luxe living and her fave products.

big question

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Should you pay for hair and makeup for your bridesmaids?

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wedding planning with david tutera

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how a planner and bridal designer says “I do.”

stylist on call

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Stars of TLC’s Curvy Brides answer your bridal questions.

figure flattery

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Get the best dress silhouette for your body type.

shoppIng wish list

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Gilded heels, bridesmaid gifts, colorful rings—and a purse that takes the cake.

honeymoon style

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Buy these finds for a wine country honeymoon.

gray matter

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Decorate your home with the “new” neutral.

haute hues

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Amethyst and pale green, mist and amber, and cardinal red and pineapple.

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Get in on the menswear-inspired bridal fashion trend.

what to wear

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Attire ideas for library, rooftop and barn weddings.

Beauty & Wellness 2016 beauty awards

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under the illusion

Foolproof products guaranteed to take you from your engagement party to your wedding—beautifully.

hot hair

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The coolest ’dos from the red carpet.

makeup lesson

188

The tips and tricks for dramatic, fluttery lashes.

foodie beauty

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everyday foods to keep you healthy and gorgeous.

5 simple sleep solutions

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our favorite gold statement heels, 138

Real fixes to help you get your precious beauty rest.

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the new romantics

beauty and the bride

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Check out these five makeup and hair looks that are sure to turn heads on your day.

style under the illusion

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A mix of fun and fancy gives this celebration edge.

blue streak

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A classic blue and white color palette goes luxe with touches of gold and pretty plumage.

regIstry register by style

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Will you go classic, modern or natural?

real love our favorite “will you marry me?” moments Six supersweet proposal stories.

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Celebrating love from downtown LA to Jamaica—plus The Knot Dream Wedding couple.

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a royal romance

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Alyssa Campanella and Torrance Coombs’s regal affair.

FashIon the new romantics

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Tell a love story that’s all your own in a dress with whimsical details, blush hues and delicate fabrics.

honeymoons honeymoon trends

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One-of-a-kind experiences from around the world.

000 the sexiest hotel suites in the world

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2016 beauty awards

honeymoons to restore your mind, body and spirit Take a trip to relax and recharge.

real honeymoons

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Mexico, US West Coast, and New Zealand and Fiji.

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his issue is about celebrating all kinds of beauty—from every body type to cutting-edge bridal hair and makeup. For our cover look, we went with a sleek, skin-baring gown and understated accessories to put all the focus on our model’s natural beauty. After all, feeling beautiful on your wedding day isn’t just about wearing makeup—it’s about feeling like the best version of yourself, inside and out. Dress, $4,620, Amsale.com; engagement ring, $22,995, MarkBroumand.com; earrings, $75, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; jacket, price upon request, Victor Costa, NewYorkVintage.com

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. ” —COCO CHANEL For our first-ever beauty issue, we thought a lot about how to help you be your most beautiful self on one of the most important days of your life. We started with a guide to the best weddingworthy beauty products (The Knot Beauty Awards, p. 173) that stand up to tears, photos and lots of kissing. How to put them to use is another story, and we’ve got you covered there too with “Beauty and the Bride” (p. 278), which features five inspiring hair and makeup looks. It was important to us to look at beauty from all sides, so we’ve also shared the best beauty foods (p. 190) and sleep strategies (p. 192), plus we’ve made it easier for you to choose a dress that flatters your figure (p. 130). Speaking of dresses, we feature the season’s most stunning gowns in a breathtaking setting at Wave Hill in Bronx, New York. The result: an all-out ode to romance (p. 286). And I couldn’t write this letter without sharing the celebration of our Dream Wedding couple, Asha Joyce and Devon Still. Their story of love and strength as Devon’s 6-year-old daughter, Leah, fought—and beat—pediatric cancer is inspirational. The emotional ceremony, with Leah as their flower girl, and reception at The New York Public Library was a reminder to us all that dreams do come true.

Leah and I before she modeled her flower girl dress (designed by Hayley Paige) on Good Morning America

I’ve always loved Fresh products, and I was happy to find out you do too: The Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask won one of our Readers’ Picks awards. Find more of our wedding beauty favorites on page 173.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

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CONTRIBUTORS

ANNIE LEE, OWNER & PRINCIPAL PLANNER, DAUGHTER OF DESIGN “UNDER THE ILLUSION” (P. 202)

WHY CHOOSE A WEDDING THEME INSTEAD OF JUST WEDDING COLORS?

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The concept of this shoot was to create five totally unique and gorgeous looks to show brides how many options they have when it comes to wedding day makeup. My favorite was “boho.” It all came together— the natural light was beautiful and the @thoravikar model was stunning.

ALYSSA HERTZIG, FREELANCE BEAUTY EDITOR “2016 BEAUTY AWARDS” (P. 173)

WHAT’S YOUR TOP BRIDAL BEAUTY TIP?

Don’t try to do something drastically different. Instead, think you—but better. Your wedding makeup should be a bumped up version of your regular look. You’ll feel more comfortable and be less likely to look back at your photos years from now and go, “What was I thinking?” @alyssahertzig

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1. OvergrOwn FlOwer wall Created by Whim Florals in Austin, Texas, this vibrant display of lush blooms provided pops of color and made for an enormous, Instagram-worthy backdrop. 2. cOttOn candy cOcktails Charleston, South Carolina’s Pure Fluff Co. garnished glasses of bubbly with spun sugar for sweet signature sips.

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

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

While you’re in organizational-planning mode, download The Knot Wedding Planner app. It’s a cool way to research local pros, keep your contacts and inspiration board updated, draft your guest list and take it all with you.

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Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market.

9 tot 11 months

Reserve hotel room blocks. Easily book them on TheKnot.Jetaport.com. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him or her. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Start your wedding website to keep guests in the know. Include important info—such as hotel room blocks and transportation options—and some fun details too. Create a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

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

DATE: ______ /______ /_____

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening!

Choose the formalwear and give groomsmen instructions about what to wear.

Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one.

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

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

Send out your save-the-dates. Register at TheKnot.com/registry, and then put the links on your wedding website. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have bridesmaids order them.

BOUQUET: KATE MATHIS; WEDDING WEBSITE COUPLE: MAHEUX STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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.

Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order 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). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie. Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out).

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Complete your cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one.

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

Purchase or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want. Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

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

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

Put together welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

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

Send out your invites for the rehearsal dinner.

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Have a blast at your shower and bachelor or 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.

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments.

Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later).

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

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

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now. Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros to the site manager, like a table for the DJ.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any important details.

day of DATE: ______ /______ /______

Eat breakfast. You may forget to eat later— even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotels (the staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Go to the last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time the gown will be worn).

DATE: ______ /______ /______

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 pros. Write your toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange transportation for out-of-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant or planner to distribute.

postwedding to-dos

1 day before

Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked that it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your dress and formalwear cleaned and/or preserved and return any rentals.

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Get a mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the stars of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews at TheKnot.com/marketplace.

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Hand off your wedding rings to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot. Get more planning tips and to-dos at TheKnot.com/checklist

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Our cofounder answers your questions.

maid management

q One of my friends keeps hinting about being a bridesmaid, but I’m not planning to ask her. How do I break the news gently? A Avoiding the question isn’t the answer, because eventually she’ll hear it from someone else. If you’re hosting a small wedding, explain that you’re asking very few women to be your bridesmaids or that you’re only including relatives. If your bridal party is larger, phrase the truth as kindly as possible: something like, “I have so many incredible women in my life—including you—but I had to limit my list to five.” You can also say you want an equal number of attendants on both sides, and that you and your fiancé agreed on a certain number to be able to do that.

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My dress is pure white, so I don’t want to carry white flowers too. Will dark red roses be a good complement? We love the contrast of light and dark. Talk to your florist about how to keep the blooms looking fresh and vibrant—especially in photos, as some lighting can make them appear gloomy and tired. For texture, add smaller spray roses in the same color family, or accent the deeper blooms with pale pink or dark purple ones throughout.

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professional backing out on our wedding day? A Absolutely. Written contracts and wedding insurance can save your day and, most importantly, protect your finances. First of all, you should document all wedding preparations as well as sign a contract containing key dates, deadlines, cancellation policies and instructions with each individual professional you hire. The contract should explicitly state what will happen in the event that either party breaks it. Wedding insurance can also protect your investment. If one of your pros is a no-show, the insurance will often cover either postponement or cancellation. The key is to get wedding insurance as soon as possible, and always read the fine print on every vendor contract before you sign. >>

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q My husband and I are invited to a good

host a morning-after brunch for us, but whom should we invite? Do I automatically have to include every reception guest? A There’s no set rule, but the postwedding brunch is usually for the couple’s families, attendants and any out-of-town guests who are still around. But if your budget permits, feel free to invite any friends you’d like. If you prefer to keep the brunch list on the small side, your other guests shouldn’t feel hurt for not being invited, as brunch isn’t really required.

expensive. Is there a way to make this flower fit my budget? A We hear you—we love orchids too. Our first suggestion is to choose similar, more affordable varieties like oncidium and dendrobium then accent with reasonably priced blooms like roses or gerbera daisies. Or fill tall, slim cylinder vases with single stems of orchids. This simple, chic arrangement makes for an unexpectedly lovely centerpiece look.

friend’s wedding, including the rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch—do we really have to attend every event? A Attending the ceremony and reception are obvious musts, and you should do your best to make the rehearsal dinner. The afterparty is really for those guests in the mood to keep the celebration going after the reception, so don’t feel bad about passing on that one. And the postwedding brunch is a lovely send-off, but if it conflicts with travel plans, it’s okay to politely decline.

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wedding day fresh? A Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep your rings completely blemish free, but to minimize damage, avoid wearing them while doing hands-on work, playing sports—you could nick or scratch it— and while in contact with concentrated chlorine, which causes pitting and discoloration. For regular maintenance, schedule a semiannual visit to your jeweler for a cleaning and buffing to keep your bands in top shape.

guest distress

q We’re having a small wedding and one of my college friends has a reputation for getting pretty rowdy at parties. Is it okay to invite others in our group but not him? A Not including him may seem like the easy way out, but consider this question: Will leaving him off the guest list give you true peace of mind, or just make you feel guilty later on? It’s your wedding after all, not a frat party, so the formality of the occasion should imply he’ll be on his best behavior. But if you really can’t trust him to hold it together, ask a mutual friend to help keep him in check throughout the party.

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q I want to get my makeup done for my wedding, but since I never wear much, I’m worried I won’t recognize myself. How can I avoid looking too done up? A Most importantly, just relax—you’re going to be gorgeous—but to make sure you love your makeup, a professional trial is a must. Take photos to see how you look, then adjust your makeup accordingly—the way you appear in the mirror is often different from how you photograph. Other minimalist makeup tips: Use sheer or neutral-toned products (think: a nude palette, tinted moisturizer instead of foundation and a lip stain instead of lipstick).

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table talk

q What exactly is a sweetheart table? Don’t the newlyweds sit with the wedding party at the reception dinner? A A sweetheart table is a small reception table set up just for the newlyweds. The couple sits together, facing their guests, while the wedding party and relatives sit nearby. If you prefer, have a head table that consists of you, your spouse and your wedding attendants, or your parents, siblings and grandparents. Or you can mix it up completely. It’s your wedding, so feel free to play with the seating.

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family vs. fiancé

q My fiancé and mother got along great before our engagement, but now they’re clashing over wedding plans. How can I smooth things out? A Letting your fiancé and mom butt heads can cause problems that last long after the wedding, so it’s best to defuse tension as soon as you can. Keep in mind that this is ultimately you and your fiancé’s day. Try to act as a buffer and negotiate compromises when necessary, but in most cases, it’s probably safe to side with your fiancé on the really big planning issues.

candle query

q Who lights the unity candle, and when? A The couple lights the unity candle together from two separate “family candles,” representing the union of their families and the beginning of their new family. Typically, the mothers light the family candles at the beginning of the ceremony. Later, during the unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom hold their family’s flames to light the unity candle together. This often occurs right after the vows, but there’s no strict time frame. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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rosa Clará, the Spanish bridal brand known for handmade craftsmanship and gorgeous lace details, is making its foray into bridal accessories with a new line of shoes and bags. From sparkly box clutches to lace platforms, the collection features a little something for every bride. From $150, rosaClara.es

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new designers Keep an eye out for these hot bridal lines. 1. lihi hoD a mix of sexy and carefree, this israeli designer is all about the boho-glam trend. 2. franCeSCa MiranDa airy silhouettes and playful details define this Salvadoran designer’s debut bridal collection in the uS. 3. Sabrina Dahan perfect for the romantic bride, dahan’s statement gowns bring whimsical and traditional elements together.

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These marble coasters are multipurpose: a chic escort card, a place to rest a signature sip during dinner and a fun take-home favor.

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how to 1 Separate 4-inch hexagon tiles (we got ours from Marbleonline.com) from mesh backing and trace on cork board. 2 using an X-acto knife, cut cork and glue to the back of the tile with adhesive spray. let dry. 3 if you have killer handwriting, freehand guests’ names on the front of the tile using a paint pen. or cheat like us: Choose a fun typeface and print guests’ names on paper. using transfer paper, trace names on tiles with a pencil and then retrace with paint pen. 4 Flip coasters over and add guests’ table assignment to the cork (this makes for a fun “game” at the escort card table). 5 Finally, spray the tops of tiles with a sealant, so the condensation from a cold glass doesn’t make the paint run.

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Say so long to the “bridezilla”—the girl whose demands and sky-high expectations suck the fun out of planning and the wedding itself—and meet the “bridechilla.” She wants her bridesmaids to be happy and for everyone to have fun (think: “pick out a dress you like” and “i don’t care where we go for the bachelorette”). but if she doesn’t make decisions, she’s actually making it harder on her besties. She’s too chill. our take? aim for somewhere in the middle—make choices, not demands. >>

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what attracted you to bridal fashion? i love the idea of bridal being in a dreamy, fantasy world. a wedding is a time where you can take risks and wear an elegant evening gown or an over-the-top ball gown.

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what trends are you loving right now? even though i love a big ball gown, i also really love the clean, minimalist look. The minimalist bride is an important bridal fashion trend.

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phone it in The latest in guest books has a nice ring to it. record your guests’ well wishes with the help of an antique telephone. Choose from more than 20 styles, ranging from Victorian to mod. The audio recordings are assembled and delivered via a downloadable file, so you can relive the memories for years to come. rentals from $199, FeteFone.com Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld bridal

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a royal adventure Follow on the heels of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the eastern Himalayas earlier this year and escape to the mystical Kingdom of Bhutan, which was closed off to tourists until 1974. Copy Will

to lock and unlock your luggage, check your bag’s weight and track its location. There’s a USB charger too. (From $449, Bluesmart.com)

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of archery—Bhutan’s national sport—and trek to Tiger’s Nest, a sacred monastery.

tracker. (From $435, Trunkster.co)

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how to plan your wedding at work Flowers and pretty dresses are so much more fun than spreadsheets and presentations, right? Even with a team of professionals, planning your wedding can feel like a full-time job, and chances are you already have one of those. Here’s how to get all those to-dos— invitations, music, menus and more—checked off your list without falling behind on your nine-to-fiver. >> PhotograPhy By Pernille loof call caterer

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time it right the first trick to balancing your new job and the one you actually get paid to do is knowing what tasks to do when. Many wedding professionals keep the same office hours as you do, and their weekends and evenings (aka your free time) tend to be spent working on-site at events. in other words, wedding planning isn’t just a night-and-weekend-only job—some things will have to be done between nine and five. the key to making it all work is knowing what to-dos can be done during your weekends and evenings, and the wedding tasks that need to be snuck in during your lunch break.

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finding pros: daytime researching pros online is a perfectly smart way to spend those spare 10 minutes you have before running to a meeting. Check out listings on theKnot.com marketplace to read reviews from other couples and look over

portfolios. one caveat: turn off the volume on your computer—if Mendelssohn’s “wedding March” starts blasting, you’re so busted.

perusing for after-hours, when getting distracted will make you miss the end of Empire—not a deadline.

making lists: anytime thanks to mobile apps, cloud storage and helpful online tools (like our wedding Guest list Manager), you can access, update and share checklists, guest lists and to-dos with your pros or planner—anytime, anywhere.

executing: between meetings Use any 5-to-10-minute pockets of downtime at the office for coordinating and executing the ideas you gathered during your free time. place orders, schedule appointments and send reminders to your bridesmaids (and fiancé)—you’d be amazed at how much you can get done during the day.

finding inspiration: free time the more you see, the more likely you are to have an aha moment. Just beware: while finding an example of the bouquet wrap you want may require only five minutes in theory, it’s easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole. spend coffee breaks knocking off tasks you can do online, like looking up what flowers will be in season. (schedule a calendar alert to remind you when your planning break is up.) But save all pinterest

vetting pros: free time as you get deeper into planning, you may start to use your lunch break to pick up invites from the stationer or look at linens. But save the initial pro meetings for days off or weekends. that way, you and your fiancé can interview them together. More importantly, you won’t have to rush so you can get back to the office. picking the right pros is key to your whole planning experience, so take the time to get a good feel for a candidate’s work and personality. diy tasks: nighttime Diy projects are definitely an at-home activity. Kick back with a glass of wine and the latest episode of Scandal while you fold 200 sheets of vellum (maybe with some help from your bridesmaids).

make every minute count Juggling two jobs is no joke. to stay on top of both without sacrificing sleep or your sanity, take advantage of every unscheduled moment to squeeze in some wedding to-dos. with some smart strategizing, you can check off enough tasks during the week to even enjoy some fun, wedding-free weekends. that may not sound like a big deal now, but when you’re in the throes of planning, you’ll need the occasional time-out to connect over something other than centerpieces.

during your commute planning doesn’t always have to take place during 10-minute breaks at your desk. Mobile apps like the Knot wedding planner make it easy to get important things checked off your list on the go. >>

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Use your smartphone when you’re in line at starbucks or running errands at lunch to check in with some pros. on the subway? read wedding magazines or go over your lists. on the train or bus? Email pros and attendants, browse inspiration boards or make appointments from your ipad or smartphone. Driving? record any sudden bursts of inspiration with the voice notes feature on your phone. no matter how you commute, you can always plug in earphones to preview potential ceremony or first-dance tunes—if you’re stuck in traffic, crank up pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.”

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“Devote a couple lunch hours a week to check in with pros.” during your lunch hour plan to devote at least a couple of lunch hours a week to check in with your pros and run wedding-related errands. the key is to make a list of what you want to cover before you head out of the office, so you can be quick and efficient (and still have time to grab lunch before going back to work). at the gym Don’t just watch talk shows while you’re pedaling away on a stationary bike. instead, distract yourself with wedding reading on your tablet. if you go to the gym at the end of the day, that’s also a good time to read back over your to-do lists, check off what you’ve completed, and make a list of what you need to do next. while making dinner whether you’re waiting for the oven to preheat or unwinding while your fiancé shows off his or her skills in the kitchen, use the time in between prep work and sitting down to dinner to hop online. a watched pot never boils anyway, right? Check out potential pros’ portfolios or

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peruse real wedding photos online to discover ideas for your day.

fly under the radar we know—it’s very hard to focus on work when you have visions of peonies and tulle dancing in your head, but slacking off at the office as soon as that sparkler lands on your finger won’t win you any extra days off for your honeymoon. if it’s blatantly obvious your work time has become wedding planning time, you risk the wrath of your coworkers or, worse, your boss. you’ll need to be resourceful and keep any nine-tofive planning under wraps. stay on task

sure, you might need to finalize the guest list today, but don’t do it at the expense of an important work project. Edit the list of attendees during the time you would have spent discussing the latest episode of The Bachelor with coworkers. the key: stay on top of your work, and don’t let wedding planning affect your performance. go online Do not—we repeat, do not—bring your wedding binder to work. a notebook full of reception décor ideas and fabric swatches is way too obvious (unless perhaps you’re an event planner). save ideas and articles to a digital notebook or jot things down in a planner you keep in your purse. strike a balance while some wedding tasks have to be done during the work day, you don’t want to give the impression that wedding planning is your new career path. look up your company’s policy for computer use, and be mindful of who may be overhearing your wedding-related phone conversations. avoid leaving bridal web pages up on your screen when you leave your desk. and if you’re asking your coworkers for wedding advice— even something simple like if they prefer periwinkle or peach—make sure they’re on your invite list to avoid any hurt feelings.

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Create deadlines for each of your wedding tasks on an online calendar and set up alerts to receive reminders when things are due.

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to avoid getting sidetracked by other things (or letting wedding tasks distract you from your responsibilities), block off one day or evening each week just for wedding planning.

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Use online planning tools like the Knot mobile checklist and download apps such as stayFocusd, which keeps you from lingering on time-draining sites.

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set up an email account reserved for wedding-related correspondence, so messages from pros don’t get lost.

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store all receipts, contracts, correspondence and paperwork in an online folder (scan any hard copies) using cloud storage (like Dropbox or Google Drive) for easy access.

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1. Breath Mints get your breath ready for that first kiss with mini mints. Smalls mints, $12 for a pack of 9, altoids, WrigleyShop.com

2. tweezers from stray hairs to clumped lashes, you never know when these will come in handy. ultra Precision point tweezer, $36, tweezerman, neimanMarcus.com

3. Blotting papers Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. Blotting papers, $8, Sephora.com

4. Clear polish Smooth out any unexpected chips for the

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perfect #ringselfie. Kur polish, $18, londontownuSa.com

thickening hair spray, $11 for 2 oz., BumbleandBumble.com

sudden spills. tide to go mini, $3, tide, BedBathandBeyond.com

5. lipstiCk touch up your lip

8. fragranCe Dab a scent on your pulse points to smell amazing all day. gelsomino nobile body cream, $95 for 5.25 oz., acqua Di Parma, Sephora.com

11. fashion tape a quick fix for falling hemlines—and plunging necklines. fashion tape, $9, hollywood fashion Secrets, ulta.com

often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. le rouge lipstick, $36, givenchy, Sephora.com

6. tissues for dabbing away happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point). on the go slim pack, $2 for pack of 3, Kleenex, Drugstore.com 7. hair spray Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.

9. faCe Mist Just one spritz of this spray infused with herbal essential oils refreshes makeup and calms skin. Beauty elixir spray, $18 for 1 oz., caudalie.com

10. stain reMover Pack a portable stain removing pen for any

12. Makeup Bag look for a larger bag to hold your day-of items. We love the sleek greige color of this one. leather travel case set, $110, cuyana.com Get more day-of tips at TheKnot.com

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Tim Gunn, fashion guru and mentor on Lifetime’s Project Runway, shares his grooming advice.

how can the groom keep his facial hair looking polished for the wedding day? I sincerely recommend going to a professional, such as a barber, who can look at him critically and objectively and trim him up. Have him make an appointment expert who will cut his hair or beard and give him grooming advice. It is his wedding, after all! Women will go and have their

dozens, if not hundreds, of family and friends. He should let a professional do this and learn from the experience.

when should the groom consider getting his hair cut before the wedding?

what are your thoughts on “hand-shake maintenance” or a men’s manicure for the wedding day?

I would say he should do it three to four days before the wedding to let it grow out a bit and not look quite so shorn. But it’s a matter of taste. If the groom has a military buzz-cut style, then he should probably do it the day before. In general, it’s about cleaning himself up while still being who he is. It’s not the

I think it’s probably fairly uncommon, but few things make me as queasy as men who have really poorly taken-care-of hands. It’s just not that hard to maintain them. Moisturize at night when going to bed, and watch your cuticles. I also think using an emery board is critical because it keeps everything smooth.

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what if he wants to go for a clean-shaven look? Again, see a professional. It’s the one time in his life when he really should look his absolute best. Think of all the photographs that are going to be taken that day. Plus, he’s going to be up close and personal with

TIM’S TOP PICKS Before he heads down the aisle, consider adding these products to your groom’s routine.

time for people to ask, “Who’s that groom?” He needs to look like himself.

“This treatment soothes, moisturizes, repairs and mattifies. It takes that gloss away for those of us who are inclined to look like glazed doughnuts.” Pro LS All-In-One face treatment, $30, LabSeries.com

“Almost everything I use is Lab Series. This takes care of fine lines— there’s no such thing as looking too young.” Future Rescue repair serum, $60, LabSeries.com

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“I actually use this on my cuticles to keep them moisturized. Honestly, I thought maybe this coconut oil business was a fad, but it’s actually quite great.” Regenerist Luminous facial oil, $26, Olay.com

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coming from a family of beautiful women, what’s your beauty philosophy?

how should a bride approach her honeymoon beauty and style?

The women in my family have this desire to make everything around them beautiful. We believe that beauty stems from confidence, and confidence stems from beauty. I see beauty as an extension of myself, my wardrobe, home and family. My grandmother used to say, “You only have one face—take care of it.” I take a feminine yet effortless approach to makeup. I always wear sunscreen and invest in high-quality products that help protect and repair my skin.

I try to focus on timeless essentials that can work for a range of occasions. A pair of jeans, a blazer, black pants, a maxi dress that could be dressed up or down, a light cashmere sweater and scarf, and ballet flats can take you almost anywhere. I always pack multifunctional beauty products too, like AERIN Rose Oil, which I use for both my skin and hair.

My favorite must-have skin care product is Advanced Night Repair from Estée Lauder—I use it every day. I also love the AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner. It’s a universal nude shade that works alone or adds a polished look over any lipstick. I have one in each of my handbags.

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aerin lauder We caught up with the eponymous founder of AERIN on luxe living and her approach to beauty, including the one product she can’t live without.

what should a bride keep in mind when thinking about her wedding style?

Choose items that will help you entertain: beautiful glassware, tabletop dishes, display bowls for snacks and vases for flowers.

My grandmother taught me that gold is the ultimate neutral. Every home collection we make incorporates gold as a signature of the brand, which also speaks to my heritage.

what’s the one thing that should be on every couple’s registry?

do you have a favorite bridal scent?

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any expert tips for registering couples?

what’s your favorite home décor trend?

Comfort is a key element in feeling beautiful and confident, so make sure you like and feel comfortable with your overall look, from the dress and shoes to the hair and makeup.

Fragrance is a personal expression. Pick a scent that has a special meaning or something that evokes a memory or emotion. Rose de Grasse is one of my favorite fragrances. I wear it for special occasions because it reminds me of my grandmother.

I love framed photos as gifts for both the bridesmaids and mother of the bride. It feels personal and special—you can never have too many photos of your loved ones.

an essential for entertaining

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Rose lip conditioner, $28, Elodie frame, from $275, Shagreen cocktail tray, $595, AERIN.com

A tray is a must-have—perfect for serving drinks or corralling magazines on your coffee table. The AERIN Shagreen cocktail tray is one of our best sellers. Find more inspiration at TheKnot.com/beauty

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what’s a memorable wedding party gift?

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bride’s treat If you want your girls to get their hair and makeup done professionally, it’s a thoughtful gesture to treat them. They’ll probably have paid for dresses, travel, lodging and prewedding events, so it can be considered unfair to drop this extra cost on them. “The bride should cover the cost of her wedding party’s hair and makeup—especially if she’s requesting or encouraging them to have it done,” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York, who mentions that most of his brides fund prewedding prep. TIP If you insist they get it done, but can’t swing full beauty services for everyone, offer to cover one (either hair or makeup), then let them decide to pay for the other or do it themselves. Another idea is to pay for both beauty treatments, but make that their bridesmaid gift.

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bridesmaid obligation As a bride, you may expect your ladies to cover their own day-of beauty services. Jordan Williams, owner of Ever After Planning in Dixon, Illinois, says she usually sees bridesmaids picking up the tab. The reasoning? It’s just part of the job. “Bridesmaids sometimes forget that upon accepting an invite to be in a wedding, they’re taking on financial responsibilities,” Williams says. “I would hate to see a bride pull back on her budget in other areas because her girls expect hair and makeup help.” The key is to be open with your bridal party from the get-go about your budget and expectations. TIP If you know hiring a beauty pro isn’t in the cards for you, have an honest discussion with your bridesmaids, then hatch a plan accordingly to avoid any surprises and tension when it’s time to primp on your wedding day.

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how does a wedding planner plan his own wedding? It’s the most incredibly exciting moment, but potentially the worst nightmare with all of the big expectations. I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but I also have to remind myself it’s for us. We’ve got some wonderful friends who’ll step in and help too.

depending on if we choose a reception venue close to it. There are a lot of details that are incredibly important, not just for me as a wedding planner, but for us. We’re doing a lot of things that haven’t been done before, and it’s important to me that we do it the right way—and our way.

how are you including Cielo? what are Joey’s thoughts about wedding planning? Joey is laid-back, but also very involved. We definitely have different opinions as to what’s important, which I like, so we can tackle parts individually and then collectively. For him, music is incredibly important, as is the food and venue, while I’m all about the visuals. We’re both having so much fun with it.

is there advice you always give your clients that you’re now telling yourself? There’s one thing I’ve always said to my clients, and now I’m really understanding it very clearly: You always want to tell a story of who you are as a couple. For me, that means telling our story a few different ways: This is my second wedding and Joey’s first; I have a 3-year-old daughter, Cielo; we’re a same-sex couple; and we hope to get married at our church,

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She was definitely a part of the proposal. She was the one who asked Joey, “Will you marry us?” She’s completely aware of the rings, so we’re going to get her a ring that we’ll exchange at the ceremony. She’s also going to be front and center with us at the altar and part of the formalities at the actual celebration. We’re even including special songs she loves at the reception. And I want her to be a part of wedding planning too— I don’t want her to miss any of it.

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a sweetheart neckline is universally flattering

brides walk in with an idea of what they want and end up with something totally different. Don’t be afraid to try on various styles of dresses, even if you don’t think they’ll look good on you. For example, many brides avoid a mermaid style, but it often looks better on a curvy body because it highlights the hips. Be prepared to be amazed at what your body can look like.

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hourglass CELEB BODY MATCH: Sofia Vergara Embrace those curves with a gown that really shows off your figure. A mermaid-style or dropped-waist dress is ideal, though pretty much anything with a fitted bodice (think: a corset top with boning and built-in cups) supports and smooths out your shape. If you want a less body-conscious style, a fit-and-flare silhouette still accentuates your curves without looking quite as va va voom as a body-hugging gown.

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If you’re smaller on top and curvier on the bottom, an A-line skirt that’s fitted at the waist and flows away from the lower body highlights your slender midsection. To really pull off this style, opt for more structured materials like Alençon lace or satin that won’t cling. Want to bring the drama with your wedding look? Consider a fuller skirt with cascading tiers or ruffles. Above-thewaist details like a one-shoulder neckline, embellished bodice or a wide sash will also work for you. >>

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Whether you regularly hit the gym or you just have a naturally muscular build, pick a silhouette that highlights your athletic frame. A halter neckline puts the focus on your toned arms while slimming your shoulders. If you have a defined natural waist, a dropped-waist gown shows off your svelte build (make sure the skirt has some stretch if you have muscular thighs). If you’re feeling daring, a crop top dress is a fun, fashion-forward way to flaunt (just a sliver of) your abs. RIVINI

petite CELEB BODY MATCH: Anna Kendrick To elongate your smaller frame, try a sexy formfitting sheath—its straight shape follows the flow of your body’s natural lines for an equally flattering effect. For a more traditional look, consider a modified A-line gown with a waistline that clings to your torso then flares out to form an A. As a general rule, high-sheen fabrics that cling to the body, like charmeuse, amplify your curves, while more voluminous fabrics, like organza, can overwhelm your petite figure.

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CELEB BODY MATCH: Taylor Swift Slimmer styles hug your body for a sultry take on the traditional wedding gown. Go for a classic column gown (we love one with delicate spaghetti straps) or a trendier slip dress to call attention to your lean shape. To create the illusion of curves, stick to more voluminous silhouettes like a full A-line or ball gown. And be mindful of the length of your hem: Make sure it does your statuesque frame justice and sweeps the floor, even when you’re in stiletto heels.

apple-shaped CELEB BODY MATCH: Mindy Kaling A classic trumpet or A-line gown that cinches at your natural waist and gradually becomes fuller draws the eye to the smallest part of your body. If your natural waist isn’t as defined, a dress with an empire waist that hits right below your bust is an elegant choice. And don’t be afraid to show some leg if you’re going for a more casual vibe. A shorter hemline, whether tea or cocktail length, instantly elongates your shape and is the perfect chance to show off killer shoes.

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FALL FLORALS Verdant Bouquet invitation, $203 for 100, Lady Jae, WeddingPaperDivas.com

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COMING UP ROSES Ricardo’s Bloom invitation, $159 for 100, Liberty, PaperlessPost.com

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Heels, $595, SophiaWebster.com

Cuff links, $20, Mont Pellier, Bows-n-Ties.com

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Diaphane loose powder, $40, SurrattBeauty.com Dust this translucent powder over skin to set makeup and stave off shine.

tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expertlooking swoop.

LIP GLOSS Color elixir lip color, $9, Maybelline.com The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with highend formulas. >>

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BRONZER

hoola matte bronzer, $29, BenefitCosmetics.com Sweep this sparkle-free powder across your chin, cheeks and forehead for a subtle, natural glow.

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sleek & shine antifrizz serum, $6, GarnierUSA.com Even the most humid honeymoon destination is no match for this frizz fighter. Work a few drops through hair to keep the fuzzies at bay for hours.

2 HAIR SPRAY superfine hair spray, $33, Oribe.com Mighty enough to hold an updo

in place, but still flexible enough for a down ’do, this ultrafine mist is our go-to spray for any hairstyle.

3 SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER perfect hair Day shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, LivingProof.com Whatever your hair type, this sulfate-free duo leaves it soft, smooth and full. One of our testers even called it “life changing.” We’re sold.

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4 VOLUMIZER luxurious Volume fine to full blowout spray, $10, JohnFrieda.com Want your hair to have Victoria’sSecret-model-level volume? Then this bodifying mist is for you. The fine-haired among us swear by it.

5 STYLING CREAM brilliant glossing crème, $20, Fekkai.com We’re obsessed with this cult favorite’s ability to hydrate,

tame and even add shine to the most unruly hair. Plus, the formula is super effective but won’t weigh down your locks or feel greasy.

6 CURL ENHANCER bb. Curl defining crème, $31, Bumble andBumble.com Curly girls, meet your new BFF. This rich, curl-defining cream will have you falling in love with your natural texture all over again. Just rake through your wet hair and go.

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DRY SHAMPOO Fresh start dry shampoo, $5, TRESemme.com One spritz at the roots and this light mist will perk up limp locks without any residue.

HAND CREAM shea butter hand cream, $12, LOccitane.com Prep your hands for all those #ringselfies with this intensely nourishing cream.

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BODY

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1 BODY SCRUB almond Coconut Milk scrub, $50, LauraMercier.com This thick scrub sloughs away rough patches and smells like dessert.

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outlast Xtend antiperspirant gel, $5, Secret.com Wedding planning stress is no match for this deodorant. Swipe it on for major odor control.

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Flash bronzer, $42, Lancome-USA.com The bronze-colored lotion lets you see exactly where to apply it, so there’s no danger of streaks.

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instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com Simply dip your fingertip inside and twist it back and forth. The built-in

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Formula X shine nail topcoat, $11, Sephora.com Keep your nails photo ready with this clear polish. It delivers a shiny finish that lasts for days.

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all about that base CC base coat, $20, Deborah Lippmann.com This nifty formula strengthens and primes nails.

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Complete salon Manicure Dry & go Drops, $8, SallyHansen.com These drops cut drying time dramatically—ideal for a busy bride.

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Crème abricot Fortifying Cream for nails, $27, Dior.com Oils can be messy but this cream keeps cuticles soft without a greasy residue. >>

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nail polish in ballet slippers, $9, Essie.com There’s a reason why this polish is a bridal staple: Its pale pink shade is universally flattering and works in any season.

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1 SUNSCREEN anthelios face sunscreen spF 45, $30, LaRoche-Posay.us Stay safe by wearing SPF every day. This one feels invisible on skin.

Get ready for your close-up. A gorgeous wedding day glow starts with these finds.

2 MOISTURIZER hydro boost gel, $19, Neutrogena.com This airy gel quenches dry skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid.

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yes to Cucumbers towelettes, $6, YestoCarrots.com These handy wipes whisk away dirt and makeup faster and more thoroughly than any fancy brand out there. >>

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Decadence, $95 for 1.7 oz., MarcJacobs.com An exotic combo of plum, saffron and amber, this perfume screams bachelorette party.

bergamot and gardenia feels like a destination wedding in a bottle.

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2 BEACHY Mediterranean honeysuckle, $110 for 1.7 oz., AERIN.com This lush, sexy blend of honeysuckle,

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la Vie est belle intense, $110 for 1.7 oz., Lancome-USA.com Floral notes are wrapped with spicy patchouli and a decadent twist of hazelnut for a warm scent that’s just a little bit mysterious.

4 FLORAL Knot eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 oz., BottegaVeneta.com This might be the perfect bridal scent. Notes of rose and peony are soft and feminine, mandarin adds freshness, and musk rounds it out with a sultry feel.

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embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

The fragrances in this trio (two shown) may cost only $30 each, but the combos are sophisticated and totally elegant.

6 FRESH lime basil & Mandarin, $65 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com Lime, basil and thyme make for the crispest scent ever.

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Coco Mademoiselle, $94 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com This distinct combination of citrus, floral and woodsy notes is luxe and totally unforgettable.

Read about our runner-ups, our editors’ fave products and more at theKnot.com/beautyawards

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BRAIDED PONY Get the best of both worlds with this fashion-forward style: sleek in the front and texture in the back. >>

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HIGH PONY A polished high ponytail is easy to pull off and seriously chic. Just add sparkly statement earrings to really shine.

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Thanks to their amazing versatility, braided updos aren’t going anywhere. Whether you choose a sophisticated chignon or opt for a boho-chic crown, this DIY-friendly style gives hair instant dimension.

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Full Blown Volume mousse, $20, Fekkai.com

TOOL KIT Get perfectly plaited tresses for your day—that won’t get frizzy or fall out—with these hairstyling essentials.

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falsies Synthetic lashes are glued to your lash line (or attached with tiny magnets, if you’re super high tech) in a solid strip, or added directly to your lashes in individual clusters. Keep in mind the individual style is the better choice for a bride, since they’re less likely to fall out. Strips don’t mix well with tears and could slip off when wet. If you do have a lash malfunction on your wedding day, missing some clusters is way less noticeable than a whole strip.

extensions A trained technician glues individual extensions to your natural lashes to lengthen and plump them. Extensions

are usually made from mink (either real or a faux silk blend), nylon or polyester. To get a more realistic look, consider splurging on mink—it’s softer and appears more natural. Schedule an appointment a few days before your wedding so you have time to get used to the feel of fuller lashes.

growth serum The active ingredient in most serums is bimatoprost. It was originally in a prescription drop that’s long been prescribed for glaucoma, but when eye doctors realized their patients all had significantly fuller, longer lashes, it was quickly repackaged with a fancy new name—Latisse, the only brand that’s FDA approved. Most nonprescription alternatives (like GrandeLASH-MD and RevitaLash) contain similar ingredients, with differing levels of concentration. As a general rule, the less expensive the growth serum, the less effective it is.

LASH LEGENDS Here, some of the most famous lashes of all time.

AUDREY HEPBURN Full lashes and winged liner helped define this style icon’s signature look.

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TWIGGY The ’60s model made drawn-on, graphic bottom lashes a hot trend.

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apple cider vinegar HealtH Benefit Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also encourage good gut flora. Beauty Boost Create an at-home topical solution by mixing one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. You’ll start to see skin that’s “just right”—not too oily or dry.

avocado HealtH Benefit Oleic acid, the healthy fat found in avocados, has been linked to better heart health and may help burn fat. Beauty Boost Avocado fatty acids can lock in moisture and replenish hair, says Lorna Jane Clarkson, certified sports nutritionist and founder of active apparel brand Lorna Jane. To get the benefits, mix an avocado with a quarter cup olive oil and a bit of lemon juice. Apply the mixture from root to tip. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.

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ground oats HealtH Benefit Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Beauty Boost Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea, Grigore says. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.

cucumber HealtH Benefit Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, both internally and externally. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases. Beauty Boost Cucumbers have vitamins C and K, which combat inflammation and aging. But it’s the gel in a cucumber’s center that has the most moisturizing benefits, making it perfect for use on your face, hands or body. “Cucumbers are inexpensive so it’s easy to whip up as much as you want,” Grigore says.

tea HealtH Benefit Green tea leaves contain theanine, an amino acid that has been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function, while black, white and green teas all contain healthy antioxidants. Beauty Boost “Black tea is a known astringent that will reduce under-eye puffiness,” Clarkson says. Just let the bags cool to room temperature after steeping and apply. If acne is your issue, the catechins in green tea are antibacterial and can help reduce breakouts.

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sticking to a daily fitness regimen should be a part of the planning process, says helene emsellem, MD, director of The center for sleep & Wake Disorders in chevy chase, Maryland. “exercise is an amazing stress reducer and also great for sleep,” she says. a spin class or evening run gets out nervous energy and will have you feeling tired come bedtime. in addition to workouts, set aside at least 20 minutes before bed to wind down. Take a warm shower, meditate or do some soothing stretches.

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if your mind is racing with to-dos, try a calming four-seven-eight breath visualization technique before bed, suggests sara Gottfried, MD, author of The Hormone Reset Diet. sit comfortably, with your spine lengthened and shoulders relaxed. visualize your wedding day—your gown, your hair, the flowers. Then inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of seven, then slowly exhale for a count of eight. repeat this three times. You can also use a guided meditation app such as headspace.

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Most couples roll right from their workday into wedding “work” in the evenings and on the weekends. But chronic multitasking puts you at risk for high cortisol levels, which can make you sleepless, short tempered and prone to meltdowns, Gottfried says. consider scheduling specific days for when you’ll work on wedding planning and when you won’t. This will keep you focused and free from multitasking-induced freak-outs or pulling all-night shifts.

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S E C R E T S PA PAG AYO C O S TA R I C A Newlyweds interested in a unique location with natural scenery will find it all at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica. Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica sits on volcanic sand beach which, when coupled with lush, mountainous surroundings, provides a striking backdrop for an intimate honeymoon. The resort also offers spacious suites with finely appointed amenities, a private terrace or patio and all the benefits of the Unlimited-Luxury ® experience. Our Secrets Eternity Honeymoon Package is complimentary when you stay 7 nights in the required room category or higher. It includes: > Sparkling wine, fresh fruit and flowers in room upon arrival > Romantic Mimosa breakfast in bed > Tension Release Massage for two > European Facial or a Salt Glow Scrub body treatment for two > A private beachfront dinner > Delicious petit fours each evening with turndown service > Complimentary anniversary nights!

The Eternity Honeymoon package is offered at all Secrets Resorts & Spas and is subject to change. Learn more about the selection of wedding and honeymoon packages at SecretsResorts.com.

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S E C R E T S P L AYA M U J E R E S G O L F & S PA R E S O RT Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is located in beautiful Playa Mujeres, complete with famous white sandy beaches and stunning ocean views in a privileged gated community. This brand-new, adults-only, all-suite resort is only 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Cancun. Enjoy the convenient location adjacent to an 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf course, shopping centers, beachfront restaurants and nightlife in the area. This Unlimited-Luxury ® resort welcomes its guests at an elevated club house with spectacular views of the ocean, just steps away from some of the resort’s gourmet restaurants, fitness center and spa. Open-air spaces make it ideal to enjoy the warm ocean breeze. It features a protected mangrove located between the reception area and the main pool section where some of the region’s flowers and birds can be seen and photographed. Secrets Playa Mujeres offers guests 424 luxurious, comfortable suites complete with finely appointed amenities, swimout access or spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, private balconies or terraces, and beautiful décor featuring local wood elements. Make your dream wedding into a reality with: > Wedding gazebo and other romantic settings > A beautiful bridal suite > Online wedding calendars to see if your date is available > Glamorous reception décor > Wedding themed Pinterest boards from each resort > Have questions? Visit the Online Wedding Chat found on each resort’s wedding page > Create your complimentary Bridal or Honeymoon Registry Contact resort’s wedding coordinator for additional information.

Complimentary Anniversary Night program is offered at all Secrets Resorts & Spas and is subject to change. Learn more about the qualifying wedding and honeymoon packages at SecretsResorts.com.

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S E C R E T S A K U M A L R I V I E R A M AYA Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya lies along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal, fusing elegant and original design with nature’s elements. This adults-only resort offers a truly magical Unlimited-Luxury ® experience for couples starting with elegant suites, limitless gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits and exciting live entertainment. Located nearby the centuries-old Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba and the mystical cenotes of the area, the resort’s natural surroundings astound honeymooners. Sea turtles swim freely among snorkelers and waders just meters offshore, allowing guests to experience the reason why Akumal translates to “Place of Turtles” in Mayan. Relax on a pristine beach or by one of the sparkling pools, join in on many of daily activities offered or indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia ®. A whole new world awaits at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. Free nights toward your first anniversary: > Stay a minimum of 7 nights with your qualifying wedding or honeymoon package at any Secrets Resorts & Spas and earn complimentary nights toward your return stay for your rst anniversary! > Stay or more nights over your rst anniversary date and receive 2 additional nights free, OR > Stay nights over your rst anniversary date and receive 1 additional night free

Complimentary Anniversary Night program is offered at all Secrets Resorts & Spas and is subject to change. Learn more about the qualifying wedding and honeymoon packages at SecretsResorts.com.

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S E C R E T S P U E RTO L O S C A B O S G O L F & S PA R E S O RT Secrets Puerto Los Cabos offers 500 luxurious guest suites, featuring a king-size bed (or two double beds), full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, private and furnished terrace or balcony, complimentary minibar and much more. It offers romantic packages with abundant options to personalize, find the perfect wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or even engagement package, then make it your own. Pop the Question Engagement Package Planning a proposal? Let Secrets Puerto Los Cabos be the picturesque backdrop for the most important question you will ever ask. > Romantic rose petal and candle “path” decoration leading towards the proposal spot on the beach > “Will you marry me?” message carved in the sand > 1 bottle of sparkling wine > 1 bouquet of roses > 1 door band: “Just Engaged!” > Engagement photo shoot with 5 photos included

Secrets Resorts & Spas’ amorous locations and adults-only settings make wedding, honeymoon and anniversary dreams come true. The Unlimited-Luxury ® experience—where everything is included—grants couples and their guests limitless access to gourmet-fare dining; premium cocktails; 24-hour room and concierge service; daily adventures and nightly entertainment. And with perfectly designed wedding and honeymoon packages (some of them complimentary), little extras like Wedgwood Vera Wang Love Knots toasting fl utes and other unique touches add the “wow” factor. Secrets Resorts & Spas are the perfect destinations for your most special events. Experience Unlimited-Luxury ® for all-adult romance in Costa Rica Dominican Republic: Cap Cana (Nov 2016) • Punta Cana | Jamaica: Montego Bay | Mexico: Akumal Cancun • Cozumel • Huatulco • Los Cabos • Playa Mujeres • Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Cancun

To find out more about all of the Secrets Resorts & Spas, visit SecretsResorts.com

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you can have a lighthearted and polished wedding—really. Start with a unique element like a paper vase overlay, then infuse the celebration with bold colors. “if you want to retain a certain elegance in a fun table design, make sure your colors don’t get too crazy,” says Annie lee of Daughter of Design in new york city. “try mixing deeper shades with lighter ones to give a little weight and a slightly more serious tone to the tablescape.” And elevate the head table by setting it with your wedding registry items. “it’s such an important night—i feel like a couple should be drinking from their fine crystal, not rentals.” OPPOSiTE Wall design, Jade White, tinsel & twine; florals, tinsel.nyc; chair covers, lavieEnblanc.net THiS PagE paper vases, Serax.com; linens, luxelinen.org; parker place plate, $38, Kate Spade new york, lenox.com; hotel collection flatware, $171 for 20-piece set, Macys.com; menu, SwisscottageDesigns.com >>

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Delight guests with inventive takes on classic wedding elements, like a twist on the ring bearer pillow or unexpected additions to the table. fashion lends itself to fun. “i have a three-shoe rule,” lee says. “brides need one pretty, new pair to be photographed and worn for the ceremony, a second pair of wellloved heels that are the same height your dress was hemmed for, and flats for when your feet have had it and you just want to dance.” And don’t skimp on the invitation design—if you’re having a playful wedding, make it known. “it’s the first thing guests see, so it should reflect the tone of your event,” lee says. ClOCKWiSE FROm TOP lEFT Je te Mangerais Dans la Main plate, $740 for 6, bernardaud.com; Daisy salt and pepper shakers, $30 for set, Kate Spade new york, lenox.com; nouveau heel, $398, StuartWeitzman .com; high-top, $50, Maison Dumain bE&D; ceremony program and invitation, SwisscottageDesigns.com >>

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“for anyone debating between serving cupcakes or having a wedding cake, you can have both in one,” lee says. your cake is the exclamation point of your reception and should reflect your personal style and tastes too, so feel free to have fun with its design. “Even if your wedding is more traditional, there are plenty of places to include a witty element,” lee says. the favor is usually given at the end of the evening (you could even give it its own designated table), which makes it the perfect detail to push the envelope a little or deviate from your color scheme. Edible favors are rarely left behind—consider giving guests a sweet or savory treat as they leave the dance floor. OPPOSiTE cake, butterflybakeshop.com THiS PagE vintage typewriter favor boxes, $9 for 10, theKnotShop.com

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blue ribbon day It’s all in the details—give a personal touch to big and small moments throughout your ceremony and reception. Drop fruit-and-herb-infused ice cubes into signature sips for a hint of sophistication and zesty flavor. Set the head table with your wedding china, glassware and flatware (it’s the ultimate special occasion, after all), and fill the menu with your favorite flavors. In addition to offering “his” and “hers” cocktails, choose two desserts like a fruity passed treat and a chocolate-layer wedding cake for twice the deliciousness. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT All event rentals, SouthernEventsOnline.com; menus, PaperPlaceNashville.com; limoncello cheesecake, BeyondDetails.com; cake, TheFrostedAffair.com; suit, ManuelCouture.com

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Calling all traditionalists: This style is elegant and refined with moments of opulence. It celebrates the beautiful and relishes in timeless details. Fill your registry with the expected—crystal, china, sterling silver—and unexpected yet equally luxe, like copper cookware or a brass frame. You’ll love these pieces now and years down the road.

COPPER BOTTOMED Not only does copper look striking on your stovetop, it also enhances heat conductivity for better results. Martellata 5 qt. copper covered casserole, $180, Lagostina, BedBathandBeyond.com

COZY UP Perfect for cuddling, and adding a hint of color to your neutral sofa. Gia Italian herringbone throw in Cherry Blossom, $98, LuluandGeorgia.com

GOLD PLATED A charger plate is the ultimate upgrade for a formal table setting. Rufolo glass charger, $48, Vietri.com

STATELY SIPS PICTURE PERFECT A must for showing off your amazing wedding photos. Brushed brass 8x10 frame, $40, CrateandBarrel.com

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Urbanites and design aďŹ cionados gravitate to this sophisticated style with playful touches, which keep it from feeling too stark. Two words sum it up perfectly: exquisite simplicity. Register for functional pieces that are striking enough to double as dĂŠcor, like a blackand-white clock or sleek kitchen electric.

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BIG TIME Wake up happy with the help of this chic and graphic clock. Snooze alarm clock, $40, Oliver Hemming, Target.com

STEMLESS STYLE These contemporary, elegant flutes are also dishwasher friendly. Tour stemless champagne glass, $10, CrateandBarrel.com

EAT UP Set the table for company with modern stainless steel flatware. Matte black flatware, from $140, WestElm.com

FRESH SQUEEZE Turn fresh vegetables and fruits into instant power smoothies. Retro â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s slow juicer, $600, Smeg.com >>

LEADING LIGHT Add some style and illumination to any room with this abstract lamp. Hand-painted brush stroke lamp in Fuchsia, $485, ShopWaitingonMartha.com

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Lovers of nature have an appreciation for the neutral palette and textures (think: wood, stone) of the outdoors. This style skews casual—it’s seemingly effortless but curated with intention. Register for a cake stand that can be used on your wedding day and for years to come. Or seek out original artisans for a one-of-a-kind look.

TOAST OF THE TOWN Bagel-size slots, four heat settings and it looks good on your countertop. Market toaster, $49, WestElm.com

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Proudly display homemade cakes and pies. Walnut cake stand, from $155, AHeirloom.com

TOWEL OFF Turkish towels that get softer with every wash. Fouta beach towel, $48, SerenaandLily.com

Steak lovers take note: These knives are game changers. Ikon steak set, $300 for set of 4, Wüsthof, WilliamsSonoma.com

FAIR SHARE The perfect addition for your bar cart. Ours decanter set, $118, LoveandVictory.com

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Six supersweet proposal stories from across the country.

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Five and a half years to the day they became boyfriend and girlfriend, Raephael proposed to Tuyet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, with a sunset backdrop. But despite his efforts to plan every detail, Raephael’s nerves set in, leading him to stumble through his planned speech in front of the crowded landmark. “Then it hit me—the ring, the flower petals, the music—none of it mattered,” Raephael says. “I had spent the last 48,000 hours laughing, crying, arguing and making memories with the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I must have done something right to be blessed with the chance to share a life with her.”

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Ian kept the engagement ring hidden for a year before finding the perfect moment to ask Katie to marry him on New Year’s Eve. When friends and family gathered in the living room for the final countdown, Ian grabbed Katie’s hand. “Oblivious to his intentions, I began dancing, singing and counting down to the bottom, ‘Three, two, one—midnight!’ ” Katie says. That’s when Ian dropped to one knee and the crowd yelled, “Say ‘yes.’ ” “All I could do was laugh,” she says. “He hadn’t even asked me yet.”

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Three years after first meeting Maryam, Nabeel began planning a proposal with a little help from Pinterest. “We had talked about marriage, but I made sure the proposal was a surprise,” Nabeel says. One night, while making s’mores with friends, Nabeel handed Maryam The Exceptional Experiences of the Exceptional Us—a custom-made book chronicling their lives together. “She turned to the last page and stuttered in shock when she read, ‘That time I asked you to marry me,’ ” Nabeel says. “I had practiced a speech for weeks in front of a mirror, but in that moment, I forgot everything.” >>

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While on an European trip, Todd (right) planned two surprises for his boyfriend of four years, Brandon. The first? A stay in Brandon’s dream hotel: Hotel du Cap-EdenRoc in France. The shock of the luxe digs threw Brandon off to the secret proposal Todd had organized with the hotel staff. One evening, the hostess led the couple to a private beachside table set with roses. “Brandon was focused on the waiter as my tears started to fall,” Todd says of the moment just before he popped the question with a Cartier watch and champagne. “Once he saw the red box, his jaw dropped.”

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After spending the day zip-lining in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with Sean’s family, the whole group went out for dinner at a local restaurant. That’s when Sean launched into a speech in front of the entire table with “all the things you hope to hear from the person you love,” Caroline says. He pulled out an engagement ring and slipped it on Caroline’s finger. “I looked around and realized all of us were teary-eyed and giddy,” Caroline says. “That was a beautiful moment for me. I felt so lucky to be a part of his life and family.”

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After Callie and Trey met during a spring break trip, he let his mom know he had found the girl he was going to marry. Three years later, the couple set out for a dinner date and quick stop at Trey’s law school happy hour at the Houstonian Club. But before they walked in, he pulled her aside to the club’s gazebo and asked, “What would you think if we got married in here?” Before she could answer, he had dropped to one knee. “I was so surprised, I don’t remember what he said,” Callie says. “It was the best day of my life.”

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the ceremony Carmencita’s mother escorted her down the aisle. “My mother raised me, so this was her day as much as mine,” Carmencita says. The couple said “I do” at an altar flanked by candles before stepping into the property’s chapel for a private prayer ceremony led by the bride’s 94-year-old grandmother. the florals Centerpieces featured anemones with deep blue centers, peonies and roses, while Augustine’s boutonniere included Carmencita’s favorite bloom: ranunculus.

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armencita Whonder (39 and works in fashion) and Augustine Saylee (41 and works in hospitality) set out to create a different sort of islandinspired wedding weekend for their nuptials in her native Jamaica. “I wanted to create an experience that was new,” Carmencita says. “Easy elegance in an old-world setting in one of the most unspoiled locations in the Caribbean—that not only sums up our style but also our personality.” Heading to the north shore of the island, the couple hosted a stylish black tie affair in a seaside castle, and incorporated plenty of Jamaican charm: steel drums, jerk spices, rumsoaked black fruit cake and a surprise concert by local Grammy Award–nominated singer Freddie McGregor. Augustine’s midnight-blue tuxedo was even inspired by James Bond, Jamaican resident Ian Fleming’s famous character. —Stephanie Cain

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the welcome party To honor Augustine’s Liberian heritage, the couple wore customary silk caftans adorned with African lace to a white party celebrating the arrival of their 100 guests.

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festive atmosphere in the middle of the park. Square gold vases and geometric décor lined the tables, where guests noshed on tacos, burgers and fried chicken. the hot dogs “We had the most fun with the hot dogs,” Julia says, referring to the three kinds: a Chicago, where Michelle is from; an LA, where Julia is from; and, a New York, where they met. the advice “We thought about eloping, but our wedding is an amazing memory that we will have forever,” Julia says. “We felt a huge outpouring of love from our friends and family, and felt like our most beautiful selves.”

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ropelled by the father of the bride’s love of trains and the couple’s backyard dinner parties, Samantha Marshall (32 and an attorney) and Phillip Hurst (33 and an attorney) headed south from Washington, DC, to a railroad museum in Savannah, Georgia, for their destination nuptials. The smoke stack and mechanics yard of the depot set the stage for the ceremony, which blended Jewish and Christian traditions and included a playful recessional to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” The couple found sweet ways to honor their families, like displaying family photos on the side of a train car, and added a touch of home by placing turquoise Hazel-Atlas vintage glasses on the tables and hanging Edison bulbs—the type of décor they use for entertaining. “We wanted to make it as personal as possible,” Samantha says. “We even wrote notes on the menu to every single guest.” —SC

the location Samantha often visited the museum as a child with her parents, so she knew it would make a great destination for their friends and family. “We gave our guests orange bracelets so they could find each other in the small town and introduce themselves,” she says of encouraging guests to explore Savannah. the flowers Samantha added punch to the fall-inspired florals with pops of purple and pink in the arrangements and on the rustic chuppah. As an ode to her love of cooking, she included herbs, grapes and an artichoke in her boldly hued bouquet.

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the food Instead of cake, the couple served Phillip’s family’s favorite holiday desserts: pie and banana pudding. Prior to the sweets, guests dined on whimsical bites like foie gras “PBJ” and sipped sweet potato old-fashioneds in vintage cocktail glasses. the favors Guests left with baskets filled with biscuits, honey, butter, jam and a dish towel that featured family recipes. the twist on tradition “Phillip had the idea that we could all break glass after we learned that lightbulbs are the easiest glass to break and relatively inexpensive,” Samantha says of incorporating all the guests in the Jewish tradition. “It was my favorite moment of the ceremony.”

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Ceremony & Reception Site Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA photography Kelli Boyd/Kelli Boyd Photography videography Tweed Video Event Design Posh Petals and Pearls Flowers Harvey Designs officiant Hon. Roy W. McLeese III Gown Oscar de la Renta, Mark Ingram Atelier, New York City hair & Makeup Bride’s Side Beauty Shoes Gianvito Rossi Engagement & Wedding Rings Mark Patterson Earrings Gellner; Von Bargen’s bridesmaid Dresses Various Formalwear Groom: Hickey Freeman, Barneys New York; groomsmen: BlackTux.com Stationery Cheree Berry Paper Rentals JLK Events; Polished!; Savannah Special Events; Savannah Vintage Rentals Catering Salthouse Desserts Adam Turoni; Pie Society Music Ceremony: New Arts Ensembles; reception: Mo’ Sol Favors Belle & Union Co. transportation Oglethorpe Gray Line Trolley Accommodations River Street Inn honeymoon Thailand Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to theKnot.com/submit

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ngelina Yao See Mun (33 and a stock portfolio manager) and Howard Chu (33 and an investment banker) traveled from the Maldives to Japan before settling on Jeju Island in the East China Sea for their intimate garden wedding overlooking a cliff. “I wanted the ceremony to feel spiritual and to evoke feelings of pure joy,” Angelina says of the venue search throughout Asia. The couple played off the elegance of the walled courtyard and lush vegetation with neutral colors, seasonal blooms, crystal chandeliers and, for Angelina, a host of outfit changes through the course of the wedding weekend. “I really went all out searching for dresses that celebrate life, love and a woman’s body,” she says. —SC

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pearl mermaid-style gown for the ceremony and an embroidered silk papillon gown inspired by the butterfly sanctuary on the property. “I reinterpreted the Chinese tradition of wearing a red qipao,” she says of the whimsical dress. She donned it for the traditional door games the couple played the morning they exchanged vows. the de´cor Since Angelina grew up with chandeliers in her home, she wanted that hint of opulence. Her florist’s team built supports to hang a chandelier above each square reception table. the tablescape Silver candelabras, crocodile-patterned chargers in gold, and urns full of flowers and greenery created a magical aura.

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the florals The couple wanted their florist to only use seasonal flowers, which included loose bunches of pink and white blooms, to keep the vibe as natural as possible. the first dance Angelina custom designed a short, white lace dress for her and Howard’s spin to Regine Velasquez’s “Shine.” the menu The couple’s signature drink, a combination of bourbon, grapefruit juice and honey, was named The Matchmaker to honor the friend who set them up. They also served “excessive portions” of abalone, a local shellfish specialty of the island and a favorite of Angelina’s from her childhood in Hong Kong.

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Ceremony & Reception Site The Shilla Jeju, Jeju Island, South Korea photography Corbin Gurkin videography Mayad Studios Event Design Beth Helmstetter Events Flowers Helena Flower Seoul officiant Silas Xu (close friend) Gowns Oscar de la Renta, Trinity Bridal, Hong Kong; Claire Pettibone, Elysian Bridal Couture, Hong Kong; Monique Lhuillier, Shopbop.com; custom, Tina Classic, Hong Kong hair & Makeup Jessica Chan Makeup veil Oscar de la Renta Shoes Jimmy Choo; Yves Saint Laurent Wedding Rings Bride: Cartier; groom: DeBeers bridesmaid Dresses Adrianna Papell Formalwear Raja Fashions, Hong Kong Stationery Simply Jessica Marie Rentals La Tavola Catering The Shilla Jeju Music Reception: Watercolor Accommodations The Shilla Jeju honeymoon Amalfi Coast, Italy Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to theknot.com/submit

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or Chicago-based Talen (Tally) Mack (27 and vice president of Bravo Systems and Buya.com) and Sam Ray (28 and a criminal prosecutor), a Napa Valley destination wedding meant amazing food, wine and weather—the perfect recipe for a romantic affair with nods to Tally’s Jewish roots. Taking inspiration from her sister’s handmade dream catchers, Tally and planner Shannon Leahy decorated the wine country ranch with delicate gold-tipped feathers, loads of macramé and pops of navy, light blue, pale pink and maroon. A country band with a signature bass kept the mood laid-back during the ceremony and cocktail hour, while a family-style, all-pescatarian meal at wood feasting tables invited guests to mix and mingle over food and wine. “The turning point was when the DJs put on ‘Get Low’ by Lil Jon,” Tally says. “Everyone came sprinting from the bar to the dance floor, and our reception ended with all our guests chanting ‘one more song!’ ”—SC

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the venue The indoor-outdoor flow to the space allowed guests to enjoy the sunshine but also have the intimacy of a barn-style reception. the menu “The line at the oyster bar was longer than the booze bar,” Tally says of the seafood offerings. In addition to local wines, the drinks included a signature twist on the Moscow mule and kegs of California craft brews. the tablescapes Tally and Sam painted gold tips on 140 feathers to top each place setting, which featured light blue stoneware, wood flatware and glassware for multiple varieties of wine.

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early one year after NFL defensive lineman Devon Still (26) promised to give fiancée Asha Joyce (26) the wedding of her dreams in a speech at the ESPY Awards, The Knot quite literally helped make his statement come true. This year’s The Knot Dream Wedding couple has been through thick and thin, supporting each other while Devon’s 6-year-old daughter, Leah, battled neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. News of her remission 14 months prior made their nuptials a truly heartfelt and joyous event, and the best wedding pros in the business came together at The New York Public Library to give the family of three and their 180 guests an unforgettable day. Every detail was meaningful, from Leah’s flower girl dress she created with designer Hayley Paige to tearful family vows at the altar. Even the couple’s registry took a personal twist by benefiting multiple pediatric cancer research foundations including Devon’s own charity, the Still Strong Foundation. —Ivy Jacobson

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the first dance The newlyweds’ first spin on the dance floor became a family affair with a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk.” the florals White blooms and greenery set an elegant tone for the evening. the cake Sylvia Weinstock’s signature sugar flowers stood out on the five-tier buttercream confection. the lounge Sleek accents, like metallic throw pillows, mirrored tables and glowing candles, complemented the modern décor. the hors d’oeuvres Cheeseburger sliders were just one of the delicious appetizers that were served throughout the night.

Ceremony & reception site The New York Public Library, New York City event design David Beahm Experiences wedding planner & event Coordinator Francesca Events photography Joseph Lin, Joseph Li/Joseph Lin Photography videography Cloudless Films Flowers American Grown Flowers officiant Debra Todd gown Ceremony & reception: Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld Bridal, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City; cake cutting: Allure Bridals hair & Makeup MG Hair & Makeup Fashion styling The Stylish Bride veil Kleinfeld Bridal shoes Jimmy Choo wedding rings Simon G. bridesmaid dresses Allure Bridals bridesmaid gifts Teak & Twine Formalwear Groom: Martin Greenfield Clothier, Brooklyn, NY; groomsmen: Justin Alexander, Xedo.com groomsmen gifts Sean John Flower girl dress Hayley Paige stationery Atelier Isabey rentals Catering: Smith Party Rentals; furniture: Taylor Creative Inc. Catering Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning; champagne: Kobrand Wine & Spirits wedding Cake Sylvia Weinstock Cakes groom’s Cake Made in Heaven Cakes Music Élan Artists photo booth Studio Z Photo Booths lighting Luminous Designs registry Crowdrise Favors Fatty Sundays transportation Camelot Limos accommodations Andaz 5th Avenue; Dream Hotel Midtown honeymoon Secrets Resorts & Spas, Jamaica Media partner People our sponsors Allstate; Simon G.; Secrets Resorts & Spas Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to theknot.com/submit

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hen it came to Alyssa Campanella (26 and a fashion and travel blogger and former Miss USA) and Torrance Coombs’s (32 and an actor on CW’s Reign and ABC’s Still StarCrossed) wedding planning, it was a no-brainer as to what would inspire their nuptials. “Our theme was ‘a royal California wedding,’ ” Campanella says. “Everyone knows how much I love European royal history, so I think it came as no surprise to anyone.” The first step in bringing this vision to life was choosing the perfect venue. The couple fell in love with Sunstone Villa right away, since it reminded them of a villa they vacationed at in France. To match the elegant, sweeping space, the bride enlisted her close friend and designer Lauren Elaine to make her ceremony and reception dresses, which were inspired by royal brides like Grace Kelly. The white silk dupioni and French lace ceremony dress had a regal balloon skirt with illusion lace sleeves, and a special detail on the train. “Since Lauren knows how much

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I love Kate Middleton and her style, she had my wedding train be the same length as hers,” Campanella says. To top off her look, she chose a majestic bouquet of cascading blooms inspired by the ones carried by Princess Diana and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway on their wedding days. Every other detail, from the scroll ceremony programs with wax seals to the music, including their recessional of “Crown Imperial” from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, was chosen with their theme in mind. The couple’s 55 guests feasted on a five-course dinner, complemented by “his” and “hers” signature drinks appropriately named The King’s Cocktail (a pre-Prohibition martini) and The Queen’s Cocktail (a pomegranate Bellini). Thanks to their dream team of pros, headed by planners Christina Schneider and Erica Hartman of Cake and Punch Productions, the wedding day was “blissfully perfect,” Campanella says. “Our vendors were so positive and such joys to work with. They all had beautiful visions for our wedding.”

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top The maid of honor (Campanella’s sister) and bridesmaids (her stepsister and two best friends) also wore dresses designed by Lauren Elaine, made with silk chiffon. “Like Kate Middleton, I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear a light color, so I chose ivory for my girls,” Campanella says. above Coombs wore his own Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a gold bow tie to match the groomsmen gold ties and complement the wedding colors of white, gold and green. right Pink and white flowers and greenery cascaded down the dramatic staircase behind the ceremony altar, which was a wine barrel—a nod to the vineyard venue. Pretty green garlands also lined each side of the aisle. “Our ceremony décor was magical,” Campanella says.

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left Campanella and Coombs opted to have one long reception table, which they sat at the head of, to create an intimate, interactive setting for guests. below “As a unique twist for our place settings, we had menus, napkins and an herb bundle wrapped in silk at each seat with the guest’s name written in calligraphy,” Campanella says. Gold and white place settings and gold candleholders also gave the table a regal feel, while a lush green garland complemented the color palette.

Designer Lauren Elaine created Campanella’s ceremony and reception

and the bride wore... gowns, while her rehearsal dinner dress was a custom Rosa Clará two-piece.

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was traditional white and had delicate lace sleeves as a nod to Kate Middleton’s gown.

a beautiful silk chiffon cape overlay on the flowing gown that was perfect for dancing.

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above The wedding wouldn’t have been complete without the couple’s cats, Renly and Daenerys (pictured), who wore a mini flower crown. right The bride and groom have their own royal moment on a balcony. below right The four-tier naked wedding cake had vanilla bean and lemon cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting. below left Campanella’s sapphire engagement ring complemented Coombs’s clean and simple white gold band. bottom One of Campanella’s charities she worked with during her Miss USA reign was Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which funds pediatric cancer research. Guests were given chocolate chip cookies for favors with a note that said a donation had been made in their honor to the charity.

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ingredients Ceremony & Reception Site Sunstone Villa, Santa Ynez, CA Photography & Videography Danielle & Kevin Snelson/The Why We Love Planner Cake and Punch Productions Flowers Anna Le Pley Taylor Officiant Marriage With Meaning Wedding Dress & Veil Lauren Elaine Hair & Makeup The Blushed Company Shoes Valentino Wedding Rings INTA Gems & Diamonds Bridesmaid Dresses Lauren Elaine Formalwear Calvin Klein; Ralph Lauren Stationery Linen & Leaf Rentals Archive Rentals; Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals Catering Omni Catering Cake Frost It Cakery Music & Photo Booth Epic Entertainment Favors Frost It Cakery; Linen & Leaf Rehearsal Dinner Dress Rosa Clará Rehearsal Dinner Accessories Tiara: Eden Luxe Bridal; clutch: Kate Spade New York; shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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Get a dewy texture with sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer. Then, sweep neutral brown eye shadow all over your lids to make your eyes pop. Use your fingers to apply a creamy pink stain to your lips and the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush.

Layer three shades of gold eye shadow—light gold on the inner corners of your eyes, true gold in the middle and brownish gold on the outer corners—and blend thoroughly. Finish with a shimmery lip gloss to complement your metallic eye shadow.

Use a matte foundation to smooth out your skin. Next, apply plum shadow to your lids, sweeping extra shadow underneath your eye for a softer look. Use a berry-colored lip pencil plus lipstick to give your bright lips some staying power.

Apply nude eye shadow and then add false lashes. With liquid liner, draw a line that wings out at the end, keeping it as close to your lash line as possible. Then, apply matte, red lip liner and lipstick. As a final touch, dust bronzer along your cheekbones.

Les 4 Ombres eye shadow in Tissé Smoky, $61, Stylo Yeux waterproof liner in Noir Intense, $33, Chanel.com; Perfect Brow pencil, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

Sheer Glow foundation, $45, NARSCosmetics.com; Lip2Cheek stain in Demure, $36, RMSBeauty.com

Shimmer eye shadow in Goldfinger, $25, lip gloss in Turkish Delight, $26, NARSCosmetics.com; 5 Pan eye shadow palette in Bronze Amour, $50, Lancome-USA.com

Velvet matte skin tint, $44, Duo eye shadow in Charade, $35, Audacious lipstick in Vera, $32, Velvet lip liner in Belle Mare, $24, NARSCosmetics.com

Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, $27, bronzer in Laguna, $39, NARSCosmetics.com; lip liner and lipstick in Ruby Woo, $17 each, MACCosmetics.com

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

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

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

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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. Ever since Sandals opened the first all-inclusive resort there, it’s been the top destination for young newlyweds.

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

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

6 To see Jamaica at its best, go during Carnival, the highlight of the Jamaican year, in Kingston, Ocho Rios and MoBay each April and in Negril each May. 7 Reggae lovers should wait until August for the Reggae Sumfest, held in MoBay. 8 While shopping in Montego Bay, be polite and don’t hesitate to haggle. Sellers are insistent. 9 Coconut water—sold as “cold jelly” at roadside stands—and conch soup are said to heighten amour.

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

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

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2 Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancún, Cozumel is relatively quiet: Only 3 percent of this 189-square-mile island with clear waters, beautiful reefs and white-sand beaches has been developed. 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 white-sand beaches. 5 Big ocean-side resorts in Cancún are a good home base for exploring ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba and Chichen Itza.

6 Most of the Yucatán peninsula is great for water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. For underwater sightseers, check out El Chileno, an underwater preserve, or Bahia Santa Maria, a cove surrounded by cliffs, near Los Cabos. 7 People fall in love with Playa del Carmen equally for what it has (gorgeous beaches and rustic charm) and for what it doesn’t (the crowds and overbuilt beachfronts of some big tourist spots). 8 Located at the edge of the Sierra Madre range, Puerto Vallarta is full of old cobblestone streets and plenty of Mexican tradition (think: fiestas!). 9 San Jose del Cabo is an old Mexican village built around the Colonial-style church Iglesia San Jose and a charming town square. 10 The Riviera Maya parallels the Caribbean coast. It starts in Playa del Carmen and ends in Tulum.

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

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.

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

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and excursions including visits to Wat Plai Laem temple and vinyasa sessions at the ocean-facing yoga platform. restore your MinD The Relax & Renew package (all-inclusive for three nights from $1,700) promises to boost energy and quiet the mind. After a wellness consultation, experts will create your perfect stay full of days that revolve around intentional breathing classes, lotus scrubs at the spa, organic meals and sunsets by the infinity pool. Don’t Miss Every week the resort offers a cruise along the southern coast and neighboring islands. The Naga, a 98-foot sailboat, has therapists on hand for massages and snorkel equipment for exploring the clear waters of the bay of Siam.

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costa blanca, spain Why Go The Spanish Mediterranean Coast

exudes romance and relaxation. With one of the best climates in the world, the weather is always perfect for a day at the beach. Charming fishing villages like Altea appear trapped in time, while holiday hub Alicante has a glitzy buzz thanks to its seven beaches and lovely promenades. Where to stay just 45 minutes from Alicante, SHA Wellness Clinic (rooms from $308, SHAWellnessClinic.com) is a five-star wellness escape that radiates a Zenlike calm. Perched atop a hill, the sleek resort overlooks whitewashed villas, the bay of Altea, olive groves and the Sierra de Bernia mountains. The 93 rooms and suites are minimalist in design

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but feel like cocoons of comfort, and the SHA Life Learning Center hosts lectures from top health experts on a range of topics including sleep and macrobiotic foods. restore your MinD The SHA Wellness Clinic’s menu boasts more than 100 therapies. If you’ve already mastered yoga, try Ai Chi, a type of aquatic meditation that uses dancelike movement sequences and breathing techniques to increase energy and reduce anxiety. Don’t Miss The 23-station hydrotherapy circuit allows you to flow through jets, sprays, an underwater massage, sauna, steam and more.

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or shady daybeds, but try to pull yourself away and explore the surrounding island. Honeymooners can book a privately guided 2.5-mile kayaking or paddleboarding excursion through the mangroves of Bonny Creek.

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for your mind continued... focus on activities such as yoga and the art of attention, and are taught by wellness rock stars such as yogi Elena Brower. In addition to Asian-inspired treatments like Thai Massage, Pizichil and Bhutanese hotstone baths, guests can also schedule a visualization session with renowned intuitive counselor Susan king. Don’t Miss It’s easy to snooze poolside all day in the white-cushioned loungers

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can be the perfect chance to rejuvenate your body—and mind—and Greenville County has many scenic spots, like Falls Park, to enjoy the great outdoors. Farm-to-table restaurants, museums and music venues are a short drive away in downtown Greenville or just over the state line in hip Asheville, North Carolina. Where to stay Rustic hardwoods, exposed stone walls and artisanal ironwork give Hotel Domestique (rooms from $295, HotelDomestique.com) the feel of a European chateau, while its setting amid vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it feel as if you’re in French wine country. Former pro cyclist and owner George Hincapie has created the ultimate getaway for those who love

good food, wine and cycling. Spend mornings pedaling scenic, car-free roads and afternoons lounging by the pool. restore your BoDy XD Cycling Camps are rides between 30 and 50 miles long, led by experts. Postride, smoothies await at the door. Daily yoga and massages ensure fresh legs, and evening meals at Restaurant 17 provide gourmet fuel such as smoked pork dumplings and bison hanger steak. Don’t Miss Caesar’s Head State Park is laced with a network of hiking trails. Couples looking for a challenge can tackle the 499-step

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guacalito de la isla, nicaragua Why Go Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast still feels

like an undiscovered paradise. Explore lush jungles, surf crowd-free waves and walk along deserted, white-sand beaches. If you and your new spouse are craving culture, you can visit the nearby fishing village of Gigante or spend an afternoon or early evening strolling the colonial town of Granada. Where to stay Hidden away on Playa Manzanillo, Mukul (rooms from $550, MukulResort.com) introduced a new level of luxury to Nicaragua when it opened in 2013. Each of the 37 rooms come with ocean views and is furnished with repurposed rum barrel headboards, carved teak tables and other pieces crafted by local artisans. Splurge on a bohio—621-square-foot houses set 300 feet high in the rain forest canopy. restore your BoDy Australian surf pro Gavin Potter oversees the resort’s Surf Shack and can arrange a variety of experiences, including lessons on a private beach—complete with video analysis—and expeditions

aboard the Spirit of Mukul yacht in search of the best swell. Don’t Miss The spa at Mukul features six domed, palapa-style buildings, including a healing hut and crystal temple. After a day of surf, treat paddle-weary shoulders to a deeptissue massage and sun-kissed skin to a calming and soothing facial.

south island, new zealand Why Go Rugged mountains and raw wilder-

ness have made New Zealand one of the world’s adventure meccas. World-class wine

regions and ample farmland mean you’ll be rewarded with stellar meals after every hike, bike and paddle. Where to stay Get off the grid and reconnect with nature at Aro Ha (all-inclusive for five days, from $3,100, Aro-Ha.com), a new wilderness retreat in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Days revolve around hiking, yoga, mindfulness and paleo-vegan meals. The hotel may be green (it’s run on solar and hydro power), but it offers plenty of modern comforts. Timber-framed rooms have been outfitted with New Zealand wool floor rugs, feather >>

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Sulphur Seduction at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort Couples are led into the rain forest where they’re slathered in natural, volcanic mud. Once it has dried, the spa therapist will loofah and rinse off the mud under a waterfall that’s been warmed from the volcano. $390, ViceroyHotelsandResorts.com

couples Kuyam at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa The word kuyam means “a place to rest together” in the language of the Native American Chumash people. Couples will soak in the effects of cleansing mud, dry heat and guided meditation in a Moroccan-tiled kuyam chamber. $230, OjaiResort.com

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hour trek through Mount Aspiring National Park will make you feel as if you’ve stepped right onto the set of Lord of the Rings. Don’t Miss Vegan meals may sound scary, but food is a high point of your stay at Aro Ha (seriously). Make time for an “un-cooking class” and you’ll learn new techniques like dehydrating and master dishes such as fennelcoconut muesli and sea spaghetti with fermented pine nut pesto.

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and crisscrossed with wind-blown prayer flags, the Himalayas draw both pilgrims and adventurers seeking spiritual awakening. Where to stay Escape the chaos of kathmandu and book a stay at Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel (rooms from $360, DwarikasDhulikhel.com). This holistic retreat is just 45 minutes from the capital and its rooms gaze out to snowy Himalayan peaks. Each suite has indoor and outdoor sleeping and living spaces, so you can fall asleep under the stars. Buddhist and Hindu masters helped design the property, from the Himalayan salt chamber to the meditation maze. Dwarika’s organic farm provides ingredients for its Zen Buddhist restaurant. restore your sPirit Dwarika’s wellness gurus include astrologers, naturopathy experts and visiting monks. A consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor will determine your body type (fire, air, water) and wellness program. Try a guided session in >>

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riviera maya, mexico Why Go The Yucatán Peninsula’s Caribbean

coast may be lined with all-inclusive, beachfront resorts, but it’s also home to cenotes (natural swimming holes), excellent dive sites and ancient remnants of Mayan civilizations. Where to stay Rosewood Mayakoba (rooms from $515, RosewoodHotels.com/mayakoba) is a destination unto itself. Suites are set on the beach or along lagoons and come with rooftop decks, plunge pools and huge terraces. You can have a different dining experience every night, from sushi at Agave Azul to Italian at Casa del Lago. restore your sPirit Sense, a Rosewood Spa, can arrange a half-day Healing Hands experience, which includes a private consultation

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with a shaman and a sunset ceremony accompanied by music from shells and Mayan chants. The shaman will then guide you through a rebirthing ceremony in a cenote. The experience ends with a Temazcal journey featuring a purifying bath of herbal water and volcanic rocks. Don’t Miss Escape the tourist crowds of Chichen Itza and instead visit the under-theradar ruins of Ek Balam.

sedona, arizona Why Go A haven for spiritual seekers and

wellness aficionados, Sedona offers stunning red-rock vistas and incomparable spas and healing centers. Plus, downtown you’ll find art galleries and authentic southwestern cantinas. Where to stay Inspired by its stunning natural surroundings, L’Auberge de Sedona (rooms from $395, LAuberge.com) is just a half-mile from uptown Sedona but feels farther away, tucked along the shady banks of Oak Creek. Recently redesigned guest rooms come with balconies or patios while cottages feature fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers. Dine creekside at a romantic, private table for two set beneath a canopy of vines and a chandelier. restore your sPirit Sedona is known for its swirling centers of energy that are thought

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to create spiritual awakenings for anyone who comes within a mile and a half of them. A morning hike to Cathedral Rock leads to a vortex that strengthens kindness and compassion. Don’t Miss L’Apothecary Spa’s signature Feet

in the Creek experience is a three-part connection among earth, nature and guests. The treatment begins with couples stepping into the creek and ends with a foot reflexology session. Find more getaway inspiration at theknot.com/honeymoons

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This California-based couple traveled south of the border to celebrate their newlywed status on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in Puerto Vallarta.

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Beachfront views from the resort

Excursions included zip-lining and hiking

In search of a honeymoon getaway that required very little travel time, Katrina and Paul headed south from their home in Playa del Rey, California, to the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “We were exhausted postwedding and wanted to quickly get to paradise,” Katrina says of the three-hour trip. But while most travelers equate Mexico’s sandy beaches with plenty of rest and relaxation, the newlyweds set out to make their honeymoon as adventurous as possible, complete with ziplining and rock climbing. “We went on three different outdoor excursions with Vallarta Adventures and they were all incredible in every way,” Katrina

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$4,000 Taking a waterslide down a mountain

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11 days travel time

3 hours from Los Angeles

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says. “Just remember to bring sneakers. Paul only packed flip-flops, so we had to buy new shoes.” The first adventure included snorkeling and hiking in the nearby town of Yelapa, while the second involved a trip to the Sierra Madre Mountains for cliff rappelling, zip-lining and riding down two towering waterslides. For their last hotel-led excursion, the newlyweds took a boat to Las Caletas beach, where they enjoyed an open bar on the ferry before sitting down to a candlelit dinner and tribal dance performance in the sand. “That was definitely the best part of our trip,” Katrina says of the evening, dubbed Rhythms of the Night by their hotel. “We were surrounded by candles and torches on the beach. It was an extremely romantic and surreal experience.” —Rachel Sylvester

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Dinner in the sand on Las Caletas beach

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Shelley and Ian packed up their car and their pup for an unforgettable drive down the coast of Oregon and California.

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Scenic view from an overlook

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Emmylou exploring the redwoods

enjoyed what Shelley describes as the best meal of the trip at the city’s Oxenfre Public House. “Looking back, we could’ve spent more time in Brookings,” Shelley says. After two days in their home state, the couple drove nearly 400 miles south to San Francisco, with stops in Gasquet and Arcata, California, on the way. “We stayed at such an eclectic array of places, from an off-the-grid hut in the forest to a tree house overlooking the

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beach,” Shelley says. “The prices ranged from $30 to $400 per night, but we enjoyed the selection and experiences of all of them.” Additional trips included Big Sur and Santa Cruz, before a final venture to the coastal city of Half Moon Bay. “We hiked the beaches and walked through the redwoods,” Shelley says. “Our honeymoon was ultimately about relaxing and spending time with each other, and our Emmylou.” —RS BOOK IT All cities: Airbnb.com >>

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Dog-friendly lodging was a must for Oregon-based couple Shelley and Ian, who brought along their dog, Emmylou, during their fall road trip. “Ian doesn’t care much for plane travel, so we decided to drive down the California coast and stay in Airbnb listings along the way,” Shelley says of their laidback approach to their honeymoon. The pair kicked off the first leg of their trip in Brookings, Oregon, where they

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Stacy and Jake on the Routeburn Track

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new zealand & fiji Shortly after saying “I do,” Stacy and Jake trekked to the South Pacific to take in the sights. Exploring New Zealand’s terrain

Newlyweds Stacy and Jake wasted no time when it came to their honeymoon—a trip that began in Queenstown, New Zealand, the day after their vows. “We arrived and Stacy still had some semblance of a wedding updo that had been slept on for 20 hours,” Jake says. Once the pair settled into their hotel on Lake Wakatipu, they joined a group of travelers on a private tour of the Routeburn Track. “The views were breathtaking,” Jake says. “We drank glacial water from the lake.” The couple also sipped on wine during their time visiting the vineyards in western New Zealand, before boarding a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for zip-lining and luging. From there, Stacy and Jake drove five hours north to Franz Josef, where they kayaked and took a helicopter to the top of a glacier.

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$15,000 time of year

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Afterward, the couple boarded a train from Greymouth to Christchurch, and later a plane to Fiji. “We got massages every day and fell asleep under the stars by the pool,” Jake says. “Can’t beat that.” —RS BOOK IT Queenstown: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection; Franz Josef: Westwood Lodge; Christchurch: The George; Fiji: Tokoriki Island Resort

12 days travel time

The Remarkables mountain range

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20 hours from New York City

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“From the moment I asked her to be my flower girl, she began calling me a queen and saying she was my princess,” Emily says of her best friend’s niece, Lily. “She loved being part of our special day.”

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