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SUMMER 2016

THE KNOT WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

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tradition with a twist

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fashion issue

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IN EVERY ISSUE about the cover

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Behind the scenes at our shoot.

real weddings

editor’s letter

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Your day, your way.

contributors

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The talented pros who made this issue possible.

events

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The Knot pro team of the year and a vow renewal for the books.

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, and when, on your way to the altar.

ask carley

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Seating assignments, groom’s cake questions and destination weddings.

new & now

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Cotton candy treats, wedding-worthy footwear, a plus-size bridal line and more.

last look

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One couple’s stunning shot.

PLANNING the dapper groom these dresses are hot off the runway, 91

117

Accessory advice for grooms from Project Runway’s Tim Gunn.

anatomy of a wedding band

120

Choosing a stylish mate for your engagement ring.

wedding planning with nastia liukin

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The Olympian gives a peek into her New England nuptials.

15 minutes with reem acra

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The designer shares dress shopping tips and trends.

big question

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Unplugged versus social-friendly weddings.

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fashion issue

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foodie nation

Bring a little hometown flair to your “I dos.”

stylist on call

130

290 all hail the veil

Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Atelier answers your fashion questions.

SHOPPING wish list

155

Blush lingerie, three-stone rings, party lipsticks and bridesmaid gifts.

what to wear

162

Attire ideas for art gallery, beach and estate weddings.

look of the moment

168

Bridal fashion’s hottest trends are under the sea.

honeymoon style

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Buy these finds for your honeymoon to Maui, Hawaii.

haute hues

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Blush and sage, raspberry and plum, and black and white.

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registry trends

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Sleek electrics to add to your list.

BEAUTY & WELLNESS marriage mantras

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How to enjoy small planning tasks and get through overwhelming ones with meditation.

hot hair

184

Get inspired by these celeb looks.

makeup lesson

188

All you need to know about highlighting and contouring.

beauty beat

190

Check out these Korean beauty essentials.

wedding party workouts

192

Join up with your attendants and add a little fun to your fitness routine.

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our favorite three-stone diamond rings, 156

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fashion issue STYLE & REGISTRY a painterly palette

198

Bright hues create a cheery summer soiree.

style by sign

202

Astrologist Susan Miller’s guide to letting your zodiac sign and personality inspire your wedding.

the art of setting the table Mix your plates for bespoke style.

210

REAL LOVE our favorite “will you marry me?” moments

230

Seven supersweet proposal stories.

real weddings

236

These couples personalized their day to a tee.

SPECIAL: celebrating same-sex weddings

210

FASHION

91

the art of setting the table

runway report

398

tradition with a twist

hottest honeymoon destinations

269

Two gorgeous weddings to commemorate the first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision.

The hottest gowns straight from Bridal Fashion Week, plus notes from the front row.

282

This season’s hottest dresses are a stunning combination of classic elements and modern details.

all hail the veil

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Let this accessory lift up your wedding look.

HONEYMOONS honeymoon trends

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

hottest honeymoon destinations Our annual list of the most amazing spots.

real honeymoons

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South Africa, Lake Tahoe and Morocco.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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GETTING PREPPED Stylist Laura Pritchard and makeup artist Brian Duprey add their finishing touches to our model before she hits the set in a gorgeous Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld Bridal gown.

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BLUE HEAVEN We couldn’t resist the unexpected, dreamy feel of this sapphire engagement ring by Coast Diamond.

Our fashion issue is full of fresh ideas for creating a one-of-a-kind look for your day. Your first source of inspo? Our cover shoot!

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e went with bright pastels to play up the cheerful vibe of this sunny, carefree season. And, since the following pages are all about fashion, we opted for a gorgeous halter dress complete with an oversize neck bow and bold earrings. After all, nothing makes a statement quite like bows and bling. Dress, $3,800, Dennis Basso, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $19,085, CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com

PHOTOGRAPHER: TOM CORBET T FASHION ST YLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: ELOISE CHEUNG FOR AVEDA AT K ATE RYAN INC . MAKEUP: BRIAN DUPREY USING MAC COSMETICS FOR JUDY CASEY INC . FLORALS: PUTNAM & PUTNAM

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TOO CLUTCH So many accessories, so little time! These stunning box clutches with opulent embellishments were our on-set obsession.

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executive editor

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art director

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real weddings photo director

Rebecca Crumley

senior style editor real weddings editor news & planning editor associate editor, fashion & Beauty associate editor, real weddings senior copy editor assistant editor, research editorial assistant, style editorial assistant, fashion & Beauty editorial assistant, news & planning social editor associate social editor executive assistant contriButing art director senior designer designer associate photo editor associate online photo editor

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photo director

Kathy Nguyen

Lauren Kay Stephanie Cain Ivy Jacobson Shelley Brown Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Avery Hutchinson Maggie Seaver Anja Winikka Jessica Molinari Stefany Arias Toby Fox Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Sarah Love Barrie Tovar

production vp, print & production Frank Dolphens managing editor Susan Berryman systems manager Sheryl Ziegler graphic production Kate Richter Quality assurance Lois Brunnert Bethune the studio @ xo head of studio Nick Fortunato deputy editor Elizabeth Roehrig style director Alexis Jonnson senior designer Amanda Kocis Gallagher producer Joanna Dedvukaj assistant editor Kelley Rowland executive vp, national enterprise group & puBlisher

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EDITOR’S LETTER

The floral dress from this real wedding (p. 236) was hand-painted in Colombia.

I remember

your day, your way!

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I wore a cathedral veil, so I immediately fell in love with this look on set. (p. 290)

the hunt for my dress as the most exciting and stressful part of planning my wedding. But in the end, I don’t think I chose my dress so much as it chose me, because the moment I put it on, my vision was complete! That’s how I want you to feel, and why I’m so excited to invite you into our fashion issue—where we share classic dresses with modern details (p. 282), wow you with new twists on veils (p. 290) and show off the latest dresses from the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 runways (p. 91). In fact, my favorite part of Bridal Fashion Week is imagining how you’ll make one of these dresses your own. Sharing real weddings—the unique ideas, traditions and styles—is at the heart of what we do, which is why we ask couples about their day in our annual Real Weddings study. I loved seeing that 75 percent have at least one signature element and that 19 percent are adding ethnic traditions. But what really thrills me is that we’re celebrating the first anniversary of legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, with a few special weddings. At The Knot, we believe everyone has the right to marry whom they want, when they want and how they want. After all, love is love.

WEDDINGS BY THE NUMBERS Each year The Knot surveys 18,000 people about their wedding day. Here are some of the results I found most interesting.

$32,641 average cost of a wedding in the US

October most popular month to get married

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average number of guests

49%

couples who are getting married 200 miles or more from where they live

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$1,469 14.5

average length of an engagement in months

Two of my favorite dresses at Bridal Fashion Week: Rosa Clará (left) and Mira Zwillinger (p. 91)

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KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Twitter @KellieGould

couples share their reactions to the decision almost a year ago (p. 280)

GOULD: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; ZWILLINGER: KURT WILBERDING

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Celebrate love.

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CONTRIBUTORS

MICHAEL PUTNAM (LEFT) AND DARROCH PUTNAM, COFOUNDERS, PUTNAM & PUTNAM “ALL HAIL THE VEIL” (P. 290) & COVER

PERSONALLY, WHAT’S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE LOOK FOR WEDDING FLORALS? Three words that perfectly describe our dream wedding aesthetic: organic, ethereal and romantic. @PutnamFlowers

SUSAN MILLER, FOUNDER, ASTROLOGY ZONE “STYLE BY SIGN” (P. 202)

yellow ranunculus lent a summery vibe to the cover bouquet

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Look into your heart. Your wedding should be about you and not what your parents, best friend or anyone else thinks it should be. You need to feel that your wedding is a perfect expression of you and a true celebration of your love for each other. @AstrologyZone

ELOISE CHEUNG, HAIRSTYLIST “ALL HAIL THE VEIL” (P. 290) & COVER

ALEX BEAUCHESNE, PHOTOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR “TRADITION WITH A TWIST” (P. 282)

WHICH HAIRSTYLE IS THE BEST OPTION FOR BRIDES?

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS SHOOT?

Any hairstyle that lets the bride feel like the best version of herself. It’s a long, important day with a lot going on, so you need to feel comfortable and at ease. Prewedding hair trials are a great way to help you gauge whether a style really suits you, photographs well and will last the whole day. @HairbyEloise

To create a dreamy look using natural light and a shallow depth of field. This technique produces soft, painterly backgrounds so our beautiful model really stands out. Shooting at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at this time of year was perfect.

KATHY NGUYEN, PHOTO DIRECTOR

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE KNOT? As photo director, I conceive and produce photo shoots, from covers to fashion features, and oversee all photography that appears in the magazine. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being on set at a shoot and seeing everything come together from start to finish!

PUTNAM & PUTNAM: NICOLE FRANZEN; MILLER: JESSICA ANTOLA; BEAUCHESNE: TOM CONCORDIA; NGUYEN: ARI MICHELSON

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR COUPLES STARTING TO PLAN THEIR NUPTIALS?

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EVENTS Couples danced for hours in Cipriani’s luxurious ballroom.

Shirley and Deacon Kenneth Radcliffe, married for 52 years

a little romance

Each couple got the chance to renew their vows with officiant Sandra Bargman.

The best way to celebrate our 20th anniversary? By honoring couples married more than 50 years, who are still head over heels in love. PHOTOGRAPHY BY IRA LIPPKE STUDIOS AND SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Jacqueline and Damon Carrubba, married for 59 years

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The wedding cake was encased in ivory and gold fondant.

Here at The Knot, we obviously love love (after all, we’ve been helping plan weddings for 20 years!), but for our milestone anniversary, we wanted to take it a step further and celebrate the stories that bind couples together for decades—long after the “I dos.” To start, we teamed up with Today and Ingrid Michaelson to shoot a sweet music video to her song “Little Romance,” which features several couples who’ve been married more than 50 years. The next day, we continued the fun: With help from some of our fave pros, we threw a Sweetheart Dance at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City for more than 40 couples who’ve also hit that half-century mark. Trust us—love never looked so good.

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Gorgeous pastel blooms from Rye Workshop brightened each table.

Doris and Ed Zeiser, married for 67 years Barbara Rose and Johnny DeSiato, married for 56 years

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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).

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

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

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

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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.

months

DATE: ______ /______ /______

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

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.

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. Send out your save-the-dates.

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.)

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

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.

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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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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 outof-town guests.

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

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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.

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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).

postwedding to-dos 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 for transportation for outof-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant (or planner) to distribute.

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?

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Print or write your escort cards or send them to your calligrapher.

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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blue taboo

Q I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but the groomsmen will be wearing black tuxedos. How can I make navy and black work? A Although once a major fashion don’t, navy blue and black is now a chic color combo and a sleek alternative to an all-black ensemble. There are a couple of ways your bridal party can pull it off and look amazing together. For the dresses, choose a shade of dark navy that’s closer to black than it is to blue. (To do this, hold up a fabric swatch of your chosen navy next to both true black and cobalt blue to compare hues.) For the guys, consider ties and vests in something other than black to lighten up the overall look and focus attention away from their tuxes.

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Everyone seems to have a different opinion on place cards. Are they necessary, or can we let guests choose their own seats?

There’s no etiquette rule that requires assigned seating, but we do recommend it, unless it’s a very small, casual affair. If you’re using long tables, for example, place cards help prevent seating confusion and awkward situations. You don’t want your parents stuck in the back while your coworkers get the best seats in the house.

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destination wedding and a big reception for when we return home. How can we do this without hurting feelings? A If you’ve always wanted a small destination wedding followed by a huge bash back home, go for it! You’ll want to send out two sets of invites: one to those invited to all events, and one to those only invited to the reception. Word the reception-only invites like this: “[Names of the couple] request the honor of your presence at a celebration of their recent marriage,” along with the party date and location. This way, your guests should understand that the wedding will have already taken place. If anyone presses you with questions, just explain that you’re having an intimate ceremony with limited space, but you still hope they can celebrate with you. >>

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neighborhood noise

Q I’m having my wedding outside

in my backyard. How should I deal with complaining neighbors? A Straighten out any issues in advance by simply paying your neighbors a quick visit. Be respectful and give them enough warning time so they can make alternate plans for the wedding day (they might want to plan a night out or a weekend away). If you aren’t inviting them for the ceremony and reception, consider asking them to stop by for dessert and dancing later in the evening. And if you make sure to obtain the proper permits (check your various local ordinances, from parking to noise curfews, to see what’s required), you’ll be able to assure any irritated neighbors that your party is officially approved and valid.

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prewedding tresses

Q What can I do to get my hair in weddingworthy condition?

A First, maintain the beauty routine you’ve already got going. Even if you’re growing your hair out, getting regular trims about every six weeks removes damaged ends and keeps your cut’s shape. If you want, add a weekly or biweekly conditioning treatment or hair mask. And for extra oomph, ask your stylist about a gloss treatment you can do a week or so before the wedding.

questionable questions

bouquet debate

Q We’re trying to trim our budget. Is it

Do I have to carry a bouquet down the aisle?

okay to skip the videographer and ask my uncle to shoot our wedding instead? A The truth is there’s really no substitute for a professional videographer—keep in mind that you’re always going to get what you pay for. Our suggestion? Keep the expert but rethink the package. Hire your videographer for a limited number of hours. This way, your pro can leave at a particular time, but won’t miss the big moments: while you’re getting ready, during the ceremony and the start of the reception.

A Flowers are hardly the only option for accessorizing on your wedding day. Some brides make arrangements of feathers or brooches or carry a single candle (perfect for a wedding at dusk), while others simply choose to clasp their hands on their way to the altar. Another popular option is to hold something with religious importance, like a rosary, prayer book or Bible. You can also carry a volume of poetry from which you’ll recite your vows.

split decision

Q My fiancé’s parents and my parents have generously agreed to split the cost of the whole wedding and reception. How do we figure out who pays for what?

A Today, the division of wedding financial duties is far more fluid than it used to be. Maybe one side feels strongly about the cake and the flowers, while the other is more opinionated about the food and the band— so go ahead and divide it that way. But when it comes to allocating budget responsibilities, it can be tricky to satisfy everyone. If their assigned expenses don’t add up evenly, and you’re worried it’ll cause tension, we suggest splitting the budget right down the middle as the fairest option.

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professional preference

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Q How do I let a vendor candidate know

asking when we’re going to have kids! How should we answer such an intrusive question? A Questions like these are pretty much inevitable. Your best bet is to take a deep breath and say something like, “Planning the wedding has us both so busy, so we’re dealing with one life-altering decision at a time.” The choice to have kids is a big (and private) one, so you shouldn’t let nosy acquaintances put the pressure on you before you’re ready.

I’ve decided to hire someone else? A While you’re not obligated to contact potential wedding pros after meeting with them, it’s a courtesy they’ll appreciate. Quickly call or email them thanking them for their time, and say while you enjoyed meeting them, you’ve decided to move forward with someone else. If you’re comfortable answering questions about your decision, be honest and concise.

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Q I’ve never been a huge flower person.

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housing the girls

Q My bridesmaids are coming from far away. Am I supposed to pay for their hotel rooms?

A As the bride, you’re not obligated to pay for their accommodations. That said, they’re probably spending a decent amount to be part of your wedding, so your help will always be appreciated. Make it clear which hotel rooms you’ve reserved and pass along any useful local info, like if they’ll need to budget for car services. Also, consider welcome baskets to show your gratitude.

groom’s cake conundrum

Q We’re serving two cakes since I love vanilla and my fiancé is obsessed with chocolate. Who gets to design the groom’s cake? A Despite its name, the groom’s cake doesn’t have to be only the groom’s responsibility. In fact, choosing the designs and flavors for both cakes should be a joint effort. The groom’s cake can be anything from a singlelayer re-creation of his go-to candy bar to a triple-decker tribute to his college sports team. Some couples forgo themes altogether and just focus on the flavors by incorporating their favorite sweets, fresh fruits and more. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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Inspired by the opulence of the Victorian era, Kelly Faetanini wowed the crowd with an overthe-top, goose-feather bodice painted with 14-karat gold.

Talk about a grand finale! Christian Siriano closed his very first Bridal Fashion Week show at Kleinfeld Bridal with this insanely gorgeous, bright pink ombré ball gown.

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It’s no secret the ’90s are back—even in bridal fashion! Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Rivini and Houghton gave a nod to the decade and sent stunning bejeweled chokers down the runway.

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sugar clouds From interactive food station to favor on wheels, this vintageinspired cotton candy cart is guaranteed to give guests instant nostalgia (and a sugar rush). Le Puf can live-spin grown-up flavors like organic raspberry and lemon at your after-party, or create packaged favors for a bridal shower soiree. Cotton candy cart rental, from $395, LePufOrganicCottonCandy.com >> Photograph By BURCU AVSAR

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Buy your dream dress at this bridal boutique that donates 50 percent of the profits of every gown sold to wish Upon a wedding, a nonprofit that grants weddings for couples facing life-threatening illnesses. BridesforaCause.com

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find your shooter through this network of pros who donate a portion of proceeds to charities like Doctors without Borders and Save the Children. fearlessPhotographers.com

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add an extra layer of intrigue and romance to your wedding invites with laser-cut artistry. Customize preexisting designs with unique color palettes and monograms, or create something completely one of a kind that reflects the details of your wedding day, like the lace from your gown. Custom laser-cut invitation suites, from $3,000, atelierisabey.com

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Somewhere between “yes” and “i do,” amid finalizing your budget and your to-do lists, you may need a mental time-out. enter the latest trend in Zen: adult coloring books. Sharpen your colored pencils and reconnect with your inner child (you know, the one who has been planning this wedding for decades). Color Me Married, $12, amazon.com

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give your centerpieces and ceremony blooms a second life with this national floral service. it will pick up used arrangements and recycle or donate them to patients in hospitals, shelter facilities and treatment centers across the country. repeatroses.com

thank your guests with an edible treat. a portion of the proceeds of these truffles go to a charity of your choice—either local or national, such as PawS Chicago or the american Heart association. trufflesforaCause.com

Create a charity registry in lieu of a traditional bedding and wine glass wish list. or do both! Perfect for honoring a loved one or championing a cause that’s important to you. iDofoundation.org >>

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foxy brides Stone fox Bride and plus-size fashion e-tailer eloquii teamed up to launch a bridal capsule collection especially for curvy brides. launched in april, eloquii for Stone fox Bride features five gowns codesigned by Jodi arnold, creative director for eloquii, and Molly guy, creative director for Stone fox Bride. the dresses range from boho-chic to sleek and modern and are available in sizes 16 to 24. from $4,350, StonefoxBride.com

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what bridal trends are you loving now? Crisp silhouettes with embellishments, embroidery and beaded details.

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practical elegance Decision fatigue is a real thing—especially when you’re planning a wedding. these registry launches offer an already curated selection of home goods.

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the new way to say “thank you” getting gifts is awesome! writing thankyou notes? Slightly less fun. tackle your list with these handy helpers.

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Keep it classic with a paper card, but customize your notes with insta-snaps from the wedding or your favorite honeymoon selfies. each set is a mix of 10 pics. artifactUprising.com

viral gratitude Create and send customized video messages in minutes. Choose from unique “card” designs complete with envelope and music choices. you can even add photos to your note. thankView.com

app assistant Pen thank-you notes while waiting for your connecting flight to Bora Bora. this trusty app allows you to create and send digital and paper cards (they mail them for you!) to loved ones with just a few clicks. redStamp.com

SNOWE Minimalists rejoice! a one-stop shop for luxe, neutral basics for your home (think: white plates, classic glassware and plush towels). SnoweHome.com

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MAXWELL RYAN COLLECTION the apartment therapy founder teamed up with Canvas Home to launch a line of dishes and mugs. CanvasHomeStore.com

PARACHUTE Made from fine egyptian and turkish cotton, these sheets and towels are super-soft and free of synthetics and dyes. ParachuteHome.com

if you don’t think a colored center stone sounds bridal, think again. a deep purple spinel ring, designed by tony nemyer of grimball Jewelers in Chapel Hill, north Carolina, won first place at the agta’s Spectrum awards for Bridal wear. from the mixed platinum and yellow gold setting to the hexagonal accent diamonds, this bold engagement ring is sure to set you apart from the crowd. >>

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maid to save if your bridal party is on a budget, bridesmaid dress rental company Vow to Be Chic is here to help. Bridesmaids can rent designer dresses online, and simply return them after the festivities.

more weddingworthy rentals! the online rental craze isn’t just about bridesmaid dresses. Xedo.com the new formalwear site offers made-to-measure tuxes starting at $95 for a jacket and pants and $170 for a complete look with a vest and tie.

From left: Dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo and Donna Morgan

HappilyEverBorrowed.com if you’re in the market for designer duds but don’t want to break the bank, this site has everything from veils to art deco baubles for a fraction of the cost.

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fancy feet Stuart weitzman and SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker are expanding their bridal collections. Stuart weitzman’s revamped line comes with customized shoe linings, while SJP is bringing seven exclusive styles to Kleinfeld Bridal.

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massage serum in with this applicator 1 love a good makeup sponge? odds are, you’ll fall for this mechanized version, which uses sonic pulse technology to apply foundation and promises coverage that lasts for eight hours. automatic foundation applicator, $68, Color Me, net-aPorter.com 2 the key to a great look is starting with a great canvas. this vibrating facial trainer stimulates forehead and jawline muscles for a smoother complexion. trinity facial trainer, $325, Mynuface.com 3 if your eye cream isn’t doing the trick, consider adding an eye massager to your routine. this one combats dark circles and bags. iris eye massager, $139, foreo.com 4 Clinique’s sonic face brush now comes with a nifty serum applicator that works with any formula. Sonic System purifying cleansing brush and massaging treatment applicator, $125, Clinque.com Find other trends and news at TheKnot.com

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Enjoy the ocean views poolside at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa.

GET PERSONAL Show your significant other some love—and signify your trip—with Ray-Ban’s engravable Remix collection (Ray-Ban.com). Along with a short sentiment, you can add the brand’s new heart design (ryan kate or hawaii 2017—you can take it from here).

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This Mexico hot spot was devastated by Hurricane Odile two years ago, but the area— famous for sun and spas—has emerged better than ever, with well-known resorts rebuilding and full-on fabulous newcomers hitting the scene. A few for your short list:

Long established as a celebrity magnet and refuge for romance, the redone Esperanza, an Auberge Resort (Esperanza. AubergeResorts.com), offers a new ceviche bar and guest rooms with private infinity-edge hot tubs.

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The JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa (JWMarriottLosCabos.com) boasts the 21,000-squarefoot Jasha Spa and The Griffin Club, the property’s “hotel within a hotel” where guests receive VIP service— think: butlers and chefs.

Leaning more hip than most of Cabos’s luxury lodgings, The Cape (ThompsonHotels.com/ the-cape) resides on surferhaven Monuments Beach and earns bragging rights for prime views of the iconic rock formation El Arco.

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Destinations are changing the face of souvenirs, giving travelers the chance to handcraft keepsakes with local pros. At Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy, guests work with an artist to design ceramic pieces like vases, while The Peninsula Tokyo will arrange a class for crafting traditional handblown-glass wind chimes.

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tim’s tie tip Once tied, the tip of the tie should hit the top of the belt—not above it and not below it. But ideally, your jacket will be buttoned, hiding the end of your tie.

suspenders

Whether you choose a cummerbund or vest, suspenders are essential because you can’t wear a belt. I’ve made the mistake of wearing a tux without suspenders—I thought the pants fit well enough, but I ended up tugging at them all night.

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I firmly believe that if you’re wearing a tuxedo in any color—black, navy or gray— the only way to accessorize is with a white shirt and black silk bow tie. This goes for a white dinner jacket as well. Never wear a white bow tie—it’s only appropriate if you’re wearing a morning suit, and they’re mostly reserved for the royal family. For suits, I almost always prefer a tie, tied in a Windsor knot, over a bow tie. But if the textile is heavier, a Windsor knot isn’t going to work. In that case, I’d suggest a half-Windsor. The double Windsor is something that’s made its way into people’s vocabulary, but it’s a misnomer— it doesn’t really exist! The only time a bow tie does feel appropriate with a suit is if you’re going for a more playful look. Then I could see a madras, linen or seersucker bow tie working, depending on the season and location of the event. Although, I would stick with darker colors—people feel more comfortable and dressed up.

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Under all circumstances, cuff links should be silver. Unless you are some sort of royalty, gold just feels too flashy. Some men choose mother of pearl cuff links, but I don’t think they give enough punctuation to the shirt— they just blend in. In that case, buy a shirt that has a placket that hides the button. Get more expert advice at TheKnot.com/planning

I think you should always wear a pocket square—it dresses everything up. For a tux, regardless of the color, your pocket square should be white and folded into a crisp rectangle with no flourish. When it comes to a suit, you can experiment a bit more with colors and patterns. Just keep in mind that your tie and pocket square should never be an exact match, but they should complement each other and be in the same color family. A rectangle fold is always appropriate, or you can add a flourish with different folds, like what I call “the ghost.” Hold the pocket square in the middle and let it drape, then place it into the pocket—it has a nice, organic shape.

shoes For a tuxedo, you must wear tux shoes. Regular dress shoes will look out of place, so if you don’t own tux shoes, rent them. There are two textiles I would suggest you choose from: black patent leather and black velvet. Which one you pick is really just a matter of taste. A great dress shoe is all you need for a suit. The harder part seems to be deciding whether to wear black or brown. In that case, look at the color of the buttons on the suit. They are almost always either black or brown, and that will dictate what color shoes you should wear.

tim’s pocket square tip Silk pocket squares are slippery and, due to gravity, will disappear into your pocket by the end of the evening. I’ve found that if you take a piece of paper towel and stick it behind the pocket square, it will actually keep it from slipping.

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ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, an eternity band has identical stones (usually diamonds) set in a continuous line. Besides providing super-luxe sparkle, the unbroken circle of diamonds also symbolizes endless love.

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COLORFUL ACCENTS A wedding ring with colored stones can complement a nontraditional engagement ring or stand alone as a statement piece. Sapphires and rubies give off a vintage vibe, while colored diamonds have an edgier feel.

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CONTOURED BAND Besides looking modern, a contoured band matches the curvature of an engagement ring. For a perfectly flush fit, consider a band with a special notch in the contoured area to secure your engagement ring.

CONTOURED WEDDING BAND WITH DIAMONDS SET IN PLATINUM, $2,250, AJAFFE.COM

DIAMOND PAVÉ The French word for “paved,” a pavé band is covered in small diamonds, creating the illusion of a continuously sparkling surface. One of the most popular wedding ring styles, this classic look is glamorous but still subtle.

gold

Whether you pick white or yellow, the advantage of gold over platinum is price. Gold is less expensive; platinum is rare and not mined in large quantities.

PAVÉ WEDDING BAND WITH DIAMONDS SET IN WHITE GOLD, $2,530, SIMONGJEWELRY.COM

rose gold

Rose gold is back in a big way. A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys lends a romantic feel to this metal. Another plus? Its pink hues are flattering on everyone.

platinum

This resilient material is naturally white and is one of the purest precious metals. It won’t change color and it’s hypoallergenic— perfect for sensitive skin.

Shop more wedding rings at TheKnot.com/rings

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As soon as we got engaged, Matt and I decided we didn’t want to get married in our hometowns of Dallas and Boston. When we started exploring, we both fell in love with Newport, Rhode Island. The charm and character of the city truly sealed the deal.

making our guest list might be the hardest thing about planning

Liukin and her fiancé

Pink florals are inspiring the décor.

I’m not Pinterest obsessed But I definitely have a secret wedding board that I add things to occasionally. I’m excited about the decorations and colors...

We’ve become friends with so many people throughout my gymnastics career and Matt’s hockey career. I’m an only child and have no cousins, so Matt’s list is a little longer— must be the Italian family! We wish we could invite everyone, but drawing a line is a must, which will be hard.

...while Matt is more excited about our amazing menu

I can’t wait to have new sisters

We’re lucky we picked a venue that has just about everything in house, minus the flowers, band and photographer. So we’ll work closely with that team to make our dream day a reality.

Growing up as the only child, I’m so excited to have two sisters, Lisa and Michelle.

Reem Acra will be designing my wedding dress Reem Acra dress

gowns, it did alter a bit. I finally fell in love with a dress, but I wanted to change and add a few things. I’m so thrilled Reem Acra saw my vision clearly and will be helping to create my dream dress.

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We’re going to have a raw bar with clams, oysters, shrimp and lobster tails—a true New England experience!

we opted not to hire a wedding planner, thanks to our venue

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DRESS: MARIA VALENTINO/ MCV PHOTO; FLOWER: DEVON JARVIS; LIUKIN: JENNA KUTCHER; NEWPORT: ISTOCK; OYSTERS: SHUTTERSTOCK

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what inspires your designs? I always think about the type of women who will potentially wear my creations. I aim to make gowns that have universal appeal and can be worn by a bride no matter where she lives in the world or what her traditions are. I try to keep all tastes and body types in mind and design dresses that will make all women feel beautiful on their wedding day.

your runway shows always have unique accessories (like bedazzled selfie sticks and headphones!)— is there a specific accessory every bride needs? Bring flats and a shawl in case your feet start to hurt or the temperature drops. I’m very fond of sparkly sneakers right now.

do you have an all-time favorite gown or collection? All of my designs are special to me, as they each represent a piece of who I am. I enjoy going back and reviewing past collections. They remind me of different stages of my life.

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are there any bridal trends you’re loving right now? I like lightweight, airy gowns and dresses that are modern and sexy but delicate— it feels very new.

which bridal trends do you think will stand the test of time? If you want a timeless wedding gown, look for exceptional craftsmanship and handmade details, such as intricate embroidery and beadwork— they’ll never go out of style. Dress, $7,500, ReemAcra.com

Reem Acra inspecting a gown before it hits the runway.

what should brides keep in mind when searching for their dress? It’s extremely important to focus on what will make you look and feel confident on such a special day. Don’t focus too much on seasonal trends, and be true to yourself.

do you have any veil shopping tips? I believe brides should have fun with all of their accessories, and the veil is no exception. Do some research on the kinds of veils you like before you go shopping, and know your sense of style. You want to choose a veil that feels unique and personal to you.

what’s the best wedding advice you’ve heard over the years? Remember to enjoy the day. Find more fashion tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Many couples encourage a tech-friendly soiree by displaying a wedding hashtag on their website or cocktail napkins, so guests can feel free to snap and upload photos on social media throughout the celebration. “Couples who choose to have a pluggedin wedding can relive the day through their guests’ Instagram photos,” says Krystel Tien of Couture Events in San Diego. “Moments will be captured from all different angles, so the couple can see what their guests were most interested in.” Another perk? Being able to view photos instantly, rather than waiting for your photographer to send proofs. TIP The earlier you reveal a hashtag, the more guests will use it on social media, which means your shower, engagement and wedding pics will all be in one place.

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However irresistible wedding hashtags might be on social media, many couples are preferring to forgo digital trends in the hopes of creating a more intimate, authentic experience. Here, two wedding planners talk pros and cons of unplugged and social-friendly weddings.

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Texans don’t mess around when it comes to their barbecue—so most can agree that The Salt Lick, based in Driftwood, Texas, is the not-to-miss choice for pit-smoked brisket, ribs and other meats (the recipes date to the mid-1800s!). HOW TO GET IT Different barbecue packages start at $35 and are shipped via UPS Next Day and 2nd Day Air. Shipping cost is calculated according to the weight of the product and the shipping address’s zip code. WHERE TO GET IT SaltLickBBQ.com

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ben’s chili bowl Open since 1958, this DC landmark on U Street is home to some seriously legendary secret-recipe chili, half-smoke hot dogs, burgers and other fun diner-style fare. HOW TO GET IT Meat, chili and sauces are shipped via FedEx 2Day and FedEx Home Delivery from $10 to $75, and products range from $40 to $160 per pack and pint. WHERE TO GET IT BensChiliBowl.com

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Order live crawfish (or the pre-boiled and seasoned variety) from the Louisiana Crawfish Company for a true Cajunstyle feast, complete with corn on the cob, potatoes and andouille sausage. HOW TO GET IT Shipping is via FedEx and UPS or through cargo with Southwest Airlines for an airport pickup. Pricing is based on volume and season. WHERE TO GET IT LACrawfish.com OREGON

giordano’s If thin-crust pizza isn’t going to cut it at your after-party, let Giordano’s deep-dish, stuffed pies take the lead. Its famous Chicago-style pizzas offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach topping choices. Heart-shaped pies are even available! HOW TO GET IT Pizzas priced from $59 for a 2-pack to $119 for a 6-pack include shipping charges for FedEx Ground (additional charges will apply for FedEx Express). WHERE TO GET IT Giordanos.com

Add some signature Portland brew to your reception from Sterling Coffee Roasters coffeehouse, where the beans represent a true Pacific Northwest style of coffee that’s light to medium with a sweet finish. HOW TO GET IT Shipping is free via USPS Priority Mail, with coffee ranging from $13 to $17 per 10-ounce bag. WHERE TO GET IT Sterling.Coffee Find local caterers in your area at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Widmer’s Cheese Cellars cheesemakers have been handcrafting world-class brick, Colby and cheddar cheese since 1922, making it easy for Wisconsinites to show their state pride anywhere. HOW TO GET IT Products ranging from $4 to $67 are shipped via UPS with various charges. WHERE TO GET IT WidmersCheese.com

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Brides often say a gown appears too simple and forget that adding multiple accessories can easily complete the look. Headpieces, belts and jewelry, like statement necklaces and drop earrings, will bring texture and dimension to your gown. A veil also adds a new layer of interest to your dress, so even if you’re not a traditional bride, don’t count one out just yet! If you do opt for a veil, be open to trying on different styles and lengths to see what you feel comfortable in. In addition to your dress, keep your venue and wedding style in mind when choosing your accessories. A cathedral-length veil won’t work for a casual affair on the beach.

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I want a gown that stands out and feels like “me,” but I’m also on a tight budget. What are some ways to save on a wedding dress?

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Like in every aspect of the wedding, you should determine what details are important to you. If you’re more about intricate embellishments, like lace appliqué, beading and embroidery, look for a gown that’s made from a less expensive fabric, such as a silk or polyblend, that includes all of the details you love. If having a wellmade, tailored gown is more important, go for a simpler gown that highlights the high-quality fabric and the cut of the dress without any extra ornamentation. Find more expert tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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While fun and exciting, planning a day that’s reflective of you and your spouse-to-be has its stressful moments. pile on expectations of parents, your new in-laws and friends and the stress can go from manageable to overwhelming. When anxieties start to get the best of you, it’s worth taking five minutes to sit quietly, be still, refocus your energy and take several full, long breaths— otherwise known as meditation. “not only can a meditation practice help you reduce and prevent stress while planning your wedding, it can help you truly savor each moment of your big day,” says colleen carey, a yoga instructor and wedding officiant in new York city. “practicing meditation is practicing presence and awareness—it’s learning to slow down your thoughts, feelings and experience.” here are six things practicing meditation can help you do, so you can shape your wedding into the day you’ve always wanted and enjoy the process too.

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Organizing your dream guest list is fun, but add in your future mother-in-law’s huge family and the price per head and this happy time can turn stressful. “Meditation can help you take a step back and enjoy the big picture with a bit of detachment,” says Lynne Goldberg, a meditation coach in toronto and founder of OMG. i can Meditate! You’ll also be able to deal with others’ perspectives a little easier. after all, getting to know how each other’s families communicate (and realizing your own biases and perspectives) can be helpful as you navigate all of the relationship dynamics you encounter while planning.

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it can be hard to think clearly and make decisions that are true to your vision (even if they seem easy!), especially when everyone is adding their two cents. But if you take five minutes a day to meditate, your mind has a chance to settle down. “When you shake a snow globe, all you see are flakes of snow. But when you let it sit for a minute, it clears up and you can see the landscape underneath—the true picture. Much in the same way, meditation gives us a bit more clarity,” Goldberg says.

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clarity also leads the way to creativity. With a clear mind, complicated topics can be met with innovative fixes. “When the time comes to make the often-complex seating arrangements, for example, your brain will light up with all sorts of ingenious solutions,” says Will Schneider, a corporate mindfulness coach in new York city.

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it’s no revelation that planning your wedding is all about the future— everything leads up to that day, which leads up to your life as a married couple. it’s so easy to get caught up in the anticipation of those exciting times in the future that the moments you’re experiencing right here, right now are often forgotten. “We’ve all heard from brides and grooms about how fast the wedding day comes and goes—how quickly all that future planning turns into a memory,” Goldberg says. “Meditating during this time will help you enjoy it as it’s happening.”

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an intent, which is a positive principle you set for how you want your surroundings and yourself to be, is a valuable tool when it comes to wedding planning. For example, some intents could be: approach any challenge with a calm and positive manner, be present and mindful in the decision-making process, and look for the best in others. “What is the attitude and energy you want going into your wedding?” says tara Brach, a meditation teacher and wedding officiant based in the Washington, Dc, area. “Do you want to be openhearted? Mindful? Forgiving? clear? Focused? at ease? each morning, take a few moments to reflect on your intention in moving through your wedding planning.”

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Meditating doesn’t have to be a solo activity—when you both have time, you and your soon-to-be spouse can take a few quiet minutes to recharge. “First, meditate together for 5 to 20 minutes to relax and quiet your minds, and then take turns sharing whatever is challenging, exciting or important to you,” Brach says. “Speak and listen from the heart.” this ensures you’re both being honest and that you’re on the same page throughout the entire process—no matter what situations may arise.

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When you’re knee-deep in dress fittings and seating charts, it often takes just one word or look from a family member or your fiancé to set you off or make you feel anxious (we’ve all been there!). Meditation can help release any feelings of resentment. “Bring your attention and breath to whatever part of your body feels agitated, angry or vulnerable,” Brach says. “take a minute to breathe in healing energy, and when you breathe out, release your unpleasant feelings.” and if you’re feeling anxious, quickly inhale and exhale. Find more health tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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perfect Start by applying primer, which helps makeup last longer. Then, use concealer to fix any blemishes. Don’t try to cover blemishes with foundation—chances are you’ll end up using too much and it won’t look natural. Instead, apply foundation in the middle of your face and blend.

highlight Sweep a creamy highlighter across the bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes, the cupid’s bow, brow bone and center of the forehead. If you’re fair, using only a highlighter and no contouring shade (a technique called “strobing”) is enough.

contour Apply a contouring shade directly below your cheekbones. To find the right spot, suck in your cheeks and contour in the hallow. Other common contour spots: along the hairline from temple to temple and on the jawline and sides of the nose. Keep in mind the main idea: Darkness surrounding an area will make it appear to recede (or slim). If you’re using a powder, tap off the excess from your brush to prevent over-applying.

eyes Groomed brows will give your face natural definition. To open up the eyes, contour above the crease of the lid. Then, highlight the inner corners of the eye and brow bone.

HAC-ING ESSENTIALS Use these must-have products to sculpt and sharpen your features.

Sculpting powder in Medium, $44, Kevyn Aucoin, Sephora.com

finish Once you’re done blending, give yourself some last touches of color with a light dusting of bronzer and blush. If you feel like the contour looks too strong, correct it with a dab of foundation onto the shaded areas. This will blend and fade intense color. Finally, sweep on a finishing powder to set your makeup and help keep it in place.

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Highlighting and contouring, or HAC-ing, is all the rage right now for a good reason: It can make your face sharper and more photogenic, which will definitely come in handy in all of those wedding photos. Try these basic steps to master the technique.

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Part hydrator, part primer, this maple-tree-sapinfused serum creates a velvety base for makeup. Raw Sauce, $14 for 1.35 oz., May Coop, Sephora.com

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by storm, experimenting with K-beauty is the perfect way to get your skin in tip-top shape. Indulge in rich, caviar-infused night cream before your walk down the aisle, or slip a hydrating bamboo mask into your honeymoon luggage. No matter which one you try, this hot trend is all about bringing out the best in your skin.

BAMBOO CURE A bamboo-based treatment locks in parched skin’s natural moisture. Use as a mask or night cream when your skin is dry. Bamboo Waterlock mask, $43, Erborian, Sephora.com

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Spinning not only burns mega calories, but with killer playlists and disco lights, you’ll feel like you hit the club—with the added bonus of exercise endorphins. Book a private room and you can choose the songs and decorations. (From $30 per class, from $1,000 for a private class, 59 locations in 9 states, Soul-Cycle.com)

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Make like T­Swift’s squad and grab a spot in this star­-studded studio (Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Aniston are fans). The 55-­minute workout fuses Pilates, barre and cardio dance, so there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. ($350 for a private class for 5 to 20 people, NYC and West Hollywood; BodybySimone.com)

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The ultimate friend face-­off: Get a group together for some major team building as you cover 3.1 miles of obstacles, including mud slides and monkey swings over a swampy pit. You’ll never feel closer to your fiancé and friends than while you’re dragging them through the mud. (Prices vary, find a location near you at RuggedManiac.com)

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Who says you can have only two wedding colors? Bursts of reoccurring hues, like yellow, blue and red, give this celebration a carefree yet cohesive look. A hand-painted invite sets the stage for more artistic details, like a brushstroke cake design. Acrylic numbers and clear glassware blend into the tablescape allowing the vibrant colors to stand out. Invitations, YonderDesign.com; cake, TheWholeCake.com; flowers, StudioMondine.com; tabletop, CasadePerrin.com

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Jupiter, the giver of gifts and luck, will move into Libra, the ultimate sign of marriage, on September 9. This will be the first time in 12 years that Jupiter has made an appearance in Libra. And it will continue for 13 months, making the end of 2016 and most of 2017 an ideal time to wed! So why not let your sign influence your palette and style details?

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March 21 – April 19 assertive, self-starting, enthusiastic, risk-taking element Fire: creative and prone to starting new ventures ruler Mars flower American Beauty rose color Cherry red, deep rosy or pale pink, snow white

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element earth: your ideas turn into gems ruler venus flowers Lilac, tulip, tea rose colors Cherry blossom pink, pale blue, light green

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Your personalitY Your sign is the first of the zodiac, symbolizing life itself and the force of nature. Passionate, intense, sexy, spicy and saucy, you enjoy the thrill of the romantic chase. You’re not prone to wearing your heart on your sleeve like Pisces or Cancer. You’re competitive and like being considered the “prize.” That’s why you likely kept the courtship going for a while—it’s the fun part. (If two suitors were vying for your attention at the same time, all the better!) Now that you’ve found your mate, you’ll enjoy being a continual surprise, full of fun and fresh ideas of things to do together. Best source for inspiration A natural leader, you love to rally the team and pioneer areas that most fear to tread—can we say trendsetter? You’ll have no problem getting your attendants on board with your original ideas, and the wedding pros you hire will rejoice in your assertive decision-making. You won’t strictly follow fashion trends for your wedding—you’ll originate them!

Your personalitY Steadfast, realistic and practical, you’re the zodiac’s master builder and producer. Your earthy nature allows you to create a strong foundation on which to build your dreams—so often what you create lasts nearly forever. You have a sophisticated sense of taste, smell, sight and hearing, which gives you amazing style. You usually think of purchases as investments and choose the best quality item you can afford. You strive for a growing nest egg to feel secure. Best source for inspiration You’re likely to love the outdoors and feel settled in a gorgeous natural setting, which may have you searching for an outdoor location to say “I do.” You love flowers and may even have a green thumb, so choose your favorite stems for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces. If you need to think quietly, go outside. Try hiking or simply sit in a beautiful garden. Being alone in nature rejuvenates you. >>

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May 21 – June 20 sharply intelligent, alert, versatile, quickly adaptable Element Air: smart, probing and a master communicator Ruler Mercury Flower Wild rose, lily of the valley Color Lemon yellow

Your personality Home is so important to Cancer. You feel it should be a haven away from the sometimes-difficult world. You make a thoughtful, caring partner—no matter how much you’re carrying on your shoulders, you’re never too busy to listen and offer advice. You enjoy holidays and getting the family together. Not surprisingly, that’s often when you shine the brightest (Cancers are known to be great cooks). The job of your partner will be to cherish you and show you that sometimes you deserve to come first and be fussed over too. Best source for inspiration You need to be enveloped in white, your emblem, so getting the right white dress is paramount. Also, no matter what your ethnicity, the Cancer woman has translucent skin and a feminine décolleté. Silk will offset your magnificent features—you’ll radiate an inner luminescence. It drapes beautifully and will show off your complexion so well. You’re channeling the original 1940s celebrity: all glamour and heart.

Your personality Gemini likes to stay on top of trends. You like to read a lot—books, newspapers, the internet, magazines and social media—and you also tend to be a talented writer. You get bored easily so you like lots of change, but the process is joyful to you. Your many interests and witty sense of humor make you a dazzling kaleidoscope, always interesting to your mate. Your partner never knows what to expect from you—but what comes up is always fascinating. You like to eat right and stay fit, but you tend to act in a young, vibrant way too. Best source for inspiration Books—novels that keep you up at night top your reading list. You love words and listen acutely to how others use them as insight into their souls. In matters of love, you get in the mood when your sweetheart whispers all the right things to you. Consider writing your own vows or pulling your favorite passages from books to be a part of the ceremony readings.

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gemini: Kimberly Chau Photography; cancer: Jen Fariello; leo: Philip Ficks; virgo: Ely Brothers Photography

Element Water: emotional, highly intuitive, loving and giving Ruler The Moon Flowers Gardenia, white rose, paperwhite Colors Gray blue, tea green, sand white, whisper pink


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July 23 – August 22 creative in cultural and visual arts, stylish, proud

Your personality Virgo is one of the most misunderstood signs. Virgo is sexy, warm and devoted, and believes in keeping private things private. You are approachable, warm, funny—and memorable too. As a Virgo, you pay a great deal of attention to details. Your eagle eyes spot flaws in things quite easily—flaws others never see—which is why Virgo often gets an unfair reputation for being critical. It’s more an indication of your idealism and your need to reach polished perfection. Best source for inspiration Virgos are particularly dexterous, which is why you likely have hobbies that involve handwork, such as fashion design, illustration, sewing, needlepoint or tailoring. Use these for inspiration. You’re a superb communicator, and Virgos often work as writers, editors or researchers. When planning your wedding, keep a journal and visual board. While you’re working on a hobby, you can also find time to think—and presto, ideas emerge! >>

Your personality Stylish, regal and refined, you’ve mastered the art of the dramatic entrance and raised the bar. You effortlessly give off quite a bit of magnetic energy and everyone wants some of it, including your partner who will follow you wherever you go. Your interest in what’s around you is wide and deep, and culturally, your sign is worldly. Leos have a strong flair of color and design and are renowned for exceptional originality. Many members of your sign work in entertainment, in the arts, music, dance or theater. Leos are gregarious, exuberant and cheerful—no wonder you have such a loving following! Best source for inspiration Art—nothing thrills you more than seeing an exquisite presentation of music, theater or ballet or a museum exhibit. You return home energized and intent on creating your own work. You prize uniqueness and originality in all forms. Going to a museum will spark ideas for the colors, tone and style of your wedding.

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September 23 – October 22 relationship-oriented, diplomatic, fair-minded, refined

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October 23 – November 21 intense, passionate, magnetic, sexy, investigative Element Water: Your emotions run deep Rulers Mars and Pluto Flower Chrysanthemum Colors Burgundy, eggplant, black, deep jewel tones

Your personality You’re an exquisite blend of sensuality and class. Deeply determined and driven, you’re intense—but that’s precisely what makes you mysterious and completely unforgettable. Scorpio enjoys solitude to think, dream and strategize life’s goals. Large parties are not for you—you prefer smaller affairs, such as an elegant sit-down dinner party, where you can devote full attention to each person. In love, you are extremely loyal, and certainly not one to play the field. When you met your mate, you knew. Scorpio is considered one of the sexiest and most private signs of the zodiac. Best source for inspiration Going to the movies is fun for you, especially if it’s a romantic drama. Reading romance novels also gets your pulse racing. You know how to set the scene—rose petals and beautiful lingerie are all part of the seduction you’ll enjoy doing for your spouse, now and forever. Incorporate these sultry details into your wedding by wearing a sexy, low-back dress. Candlelight will help set the mood for an ultra-romantic reception.

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Your personality Libra is very social—you seem to know everyone and everyone wants to know you! This sign rules marriage, so not surprisingly, Libra is always happiest when coupled up. You enjoy playing matchmaker to others, not only for romantic purposes but in business too. You can be strong willed at times, but being ruled by Venus, you exert your opinions in a kind and subtle way. It’s easy to see why you usually get your way. The scales that symbolize your sign show an innate yearning in you for perfect proportion. Best source for inspiration Visit an upscale, traditional, Parisian-style pastry shop and study the Victorian-style confections. You may be so inspired, you start to take pastry classes. Going to one of these classy establishments would be a perfect outing to inspire the details of your wedding menu too.

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Element Air: intellectual and highly communicative Ruler Venus Flowers Rose, bluebell, jonquil, primrose Colors Creamy pink, powder blue, soft green


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November 22 – December 21 adventuresome, optimistic, outgoing

Your personality As the zodiac’s adventurer, your sign was born to travel far and wide, especially internationally. Your mind is very active and craves new experiences. Honesty is very important to Sagittarius. Your cheerful enthusiasm more than compensates for your frankness—it makes you a people magnet at any gathering. You’re often drawn to partners who have dissimilar ethnic or religious backgrounds, as acceptance of others is one of your most lovable traits. Best source of inspiration Travel—let your trips abroad serve as inspiration for wedding details. Sagittarius is a philosophical sign, always ready to tackle the deep questions of life. Have spirited discussions with your mate about how other cultures celebrate weddings. Then find ways to incorporate the customs that resonate with you both into your own wedding day.

Element Earth: a steady, cool demeanor makes you a good leader Ruler Saturn Flowers Hibiscus, jasmine Colors Navy, beige, snow white, caramel

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December 22 – January 19 ambitious, responsible, disciplined, realistic

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Element Fire: creative and adventuresome Ruler Jupiter Flowers Carnation, sweet william Colors Midnight blue, turquoise, rich purple

Your personality Saturn teaches Capricorn to be ambitious, practical, wise and ethical. You can be a bit of a workaholic, but you’ve convinced everyone that work is simply play you get paid to do. Capricorn is best known for having a fantastic sense of humor—most comics are born under this sign. In matters of love, you can be choosy, but once coupled up, you’re remarkably giving. Family and tradition is important to you, and you’ll always make time to attend special occasions such as children’s recitals and even your mate’s client dinners. Although the female Capricorn has an icy-cool “goddess” exterior, she can be amazingly passionate, earthy and erotic in the bedroom. Best source for inspiration Visit a comedy club or watch late-night TV to get your creative juices flowing. Incorporate a little laughter into your wedding day by tapping a funny groomsmen for a toast or adding a photo booth with some props to the reception. >>

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PiSces

February 19 – March 20 extremely creative, imaginative, poetic, artistic Element Water: emotional, loving with deep feelings Rulers Neptune and Jupiter Flowers White orchid, violet, narcissus, gardenia, white lily Colors Icy blue, pale lavender, snow white, aqua, sea green

Aquarius

Element Air: intellectual, questioning and one for analysis Ruler Uranus Flowers Orchid, tulip, hydrangea, daffodil, anemone Colors Fuchsia, turquoise, charcoal gray, iridescent blue

Your personality Aquarius is all things that start with “I”: individual, independent, imaginative, innovative and even a little idiosyncratic—and that’s what everyone loves about you. This sign is against social climbing of any kind, for it offends your democratic approach to life—“all for one and one for all.” While some would avoid being called an oddball, you wear your quirky label as a badge of honor. Others’ opinions of you don’t matter—you walk to the beat of a different drum. Aquarius is a fixed sign, meaning you like stability. Once your partner has your heart, you’ll likely stay loyal forever. Best source for inspiration The Apple store or another techy spot. Aquarius loves to be among computers, new software and products, especially if they’re electronic. Go with your partner and enjoy getting up to date on new offerings. You’re so good at using new technology that you’ll find ways to incorporate your knowledge into planning your wedding, from the invitations to the social sharing.

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January 20 – February 18 imaginative, innovative, charitable

Your personality Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and considered deeply compassionate, intuitive and spiritual. You’re best known for your vast and limitless imagination and your highly active subconscious, the latter of which becomes a reservoir of ideas. Although you enjoy being in the company of others, you also need time alone too. Members of this sign are highly philosophical and reflective—Pisces rules faith, which emanates purely from the heart. Best source for inspiration Go to a bookstore and peruse the poetry aisle. The symbolism of poetry speaks to your right brain and inspires you. You would also feel very centered in a quiet church or while meditating. Being away from others will help you come up with creative ideas for your many projects, including your wedding. Switching projects refreshes you, especially when you’re stuck. If you focus your mind on something else, your subconscious will still be working on your first project (the one that you’re not thinking about directly), and suddenly you’ll get a flash and unlock an idea.

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bone china vs. porcelain Fine china usually falls into two categories based on material: bone or porcelain. Bone china is often heralded as the best of the best, in part because it contains bone ash, which gives it a higher translucency and creates a warm ivory color. Porcelain is made with an ingredient called kaolin, which results in stunning bright-white china. Although it’s often fired at temperatures higher than some types of bone china, the two are almost equally durable. While most couples pick china based on design not material, convenience also plays a role. Some patterns are both beautiful and dishwasher safe, which means you’re more likely to break out the good stuff in between holidays. Bottom line, choose something you love that also suits your lifestyle.

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1. Antonia Blanc dinner plate, $100 for 5-piece place setting, Mikasa.com 2. Harrison salad plate in Black and Gold, $26, BbyBrandie.com 3. Zelda bread plate in Gold, $19, BbyBrandie.com 4. Molten flatware in Gold, $100 for 5-piece set, MichaelAram .com 5. Goldsmith dinner plate, $50, MichaelAram .com 6. Marble canape plate, $95 for set of 4, Prouna, Bloomingdales.com 7. Domo charger plate in Gold, $298, Vista Alegre, GraciousStyle .com 8. Divine dinner plate, $125, Bernardaud, MichaelCFina.com 9. Rosie Lee covered sugar bowl, $43, Ted Baker, Portmeirion.com 10. Alencon dinner plate in Platinum, $158, L-Objet.com 11. La Classica Contura salad plate, $28, Villeroy-Boch .com 12. Swan salt cellar and spoon, $135, L-Objet.com

5-piece place settings Chargers Accent plates Rimmed soup bowls Coffeepot Teapot Creamer Sugar bowl Gravy boat Serving platter Serving bowl Soup tureen

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P. 216 1. Langdon dinner plate in Black, $72 for 4-piece place setting, Ted Baker, Portmeirion.com 2. Orchid salad plate in Black, $120 for 5-piece place setting, MichaelAram.com 3. Zebras platinum china, $165 for 5-piece place setting, Scalamandre, Lenox.com 4. Bennington dessert plate, $19, RalphLauren.com 5. H Deco coffee cup and saucer, $150, Hermes, MichaelCFina.com 6. Opera flatware, $75 for 20-piece set, Skandia, HamptonForge.com 7. Sol Y Sombra dinner plate, $79, Christian Lacroix by Vista Alegre, SaksFifthAvenue.com 8. Jaguar napkin jewel, $165 for set of 4, L-Objet.com 9. Abstraction napkin, $84 for set of 4, KimSeybert.com

P. 211 1. Emerald dessert plate, $49, Vista Alegre, GraciousHome .com 2. Rosie Lee mint saucer, $43 for teacup (not shown) and saucer, Ted Baker, Portmeirion.com 3. Greenwich Grove green teapot, $150, Kate Spade, Lenox.com 4. Portraits Impressionnistes dinner plate, $350 for set of 4, Bernardaud, Bloomingdales.com 5. Green Apple Lace votive, $245 for set of 2 and tray (not shown), Mottahedeh, Bloomingdales .com 6. Constance Rim soup bowl, $114, Bernardaud, Bloomingdales.com 7. Voyage En Ikat emerald charger, $630, Hermes, MichaelCFina.com 8. Palm gold flatware, $110 for 5-piece set, MichaelAram.com

P. 214 1. Imperial dessert plate in Blue, $80, Mottahedeh, Bloomingdales.com 2. Harvard bread and butter plate, $24, Vista Alegre, MichaelCFina.com 3. Belvoir flatware in Gold, $75 for 5-piece set, Argent Orfèvres, HamptonForge.com 4. Fluted pepper shaker, $165 for set, OscardelaRenta.com 5. Truman porcelain charger plate in Navy, $53, BbyBrandie .com 6. Hibiscus salad plate in Blue, $44, Wedgwood, Macys .com 7. Hibiscus dinner plate in Blue, $72, Wedgwood, Macys.com 8. Alligator coupe plate, $198 for set of 4, Domenico Vacca by Prouna,

P. 218 1. Amazonia Anmut teacup, $31, Villeroy-Boch.com 2. Coralina dinner plate, $38, OscardelaRenta.com 3. Jemma Street 5-piece place setting, $139, Kate Spade, Macys.com 4. Zelda bread plate in Red, $19, BbyBrandie.com

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Seven supersweet proposals stories from across the country.

chelsea & shandi • Baltimore photograph by Sarah Kimble Photography

Chelsea (left) and Shandi would often meet each other after work and walk home together, but one warm April night, Chelsea decided to make it a bit more eventful by proposing to Shandi with the ring she had been hiding for four months. Chelsea blindfolded Shandi and guided her to a park, where candles, flowers and a view of the Washington Monument created the ideal romantic setting. “I remember holding her hand and watching her mouth move, but all I could think was, ‘I know what’s happening! This is happening!’ ” Shandi says, to which Chelsea replies, “To be honest, I don’t remember what I was saying either!”

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jordan & corey Sedalia, CO

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When Jordan tried—and failed—to set up her friend with Corey in college, it became obvious that she and Corey were the ones who actually shared a connection. Three years later after Corey moved to Colorado to play for the Denver Broncos, he planned a proposal for then-Texas-based Jordan. Corey flew to meet her for the weekend, and while out to dinner, popped the question over a plate of cheesecake. “Of course I said ‘yes,’ ” Jordan recalls. “I said it three or four times!”

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lauren & austin Danville, CA

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The first time Austin took Lauren golfing, he surprised her with a pair of cowboy boots and a riding lesson on his horse, Mulehide, at his ranch nearby. Two years later, he surprised her on the golf course again—this time with a diamond ring and a bottle of champagne. When Lauren turned around after grabbing a ball from the golf cart, she saw Austin down on one knee with a ring box. “In that moment he asked me, ‘Will you love Mulehide forever?’ ” Lauren says. “The question was so perfect, because it was so us.” The couple toasted right there on the fairway. >>

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After first meeting on the dance floor of a mutual friend’s wedding, Edward knew that Gina, a “lover of love,” would be all about participating in a flash mob—and a surprise proposal. Edward organized a special routine with the founder of Atlanta’s annual “The Big Fake Wedding” show and secretly invited their close friends and family to watch the performance. “At the end of the dance when everyone was supposed to be pointing up, everyone was pointing at me,” Gina says. “That’s when I saw Edward walking toward me. I fell to the floor in total shock and cried the most happy tears!”

meaghan & joe Paradise Valley, AZ

photograph by Sarah Love Photography

Joe met Meaghan at a Kentucky Derby party dressed to the nines, and three years later, he proposed with his grandmother’s ring in slightly more casual attire—pajamas! “I had a feeling it was coming, so I was prepared with planned outfits,” Meaghan says of the surprise proposal at her parents’ home just three days before Christmas. “But Joe waited until I was getting ready for bed. I was wearing a pizza-and-friespatterned sweatshirt!” The best part? The pair then celebrated with Meaghan’s childhood dog, Winston.

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During a sunny Sunday morning at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Irvin shocked Laura by dropping to one knee. With no ring in hand, he told her to turn around, where she found her best friends holding signs reading, “Will you marry me?” Then the pair’s pup, Wasabi, made his grand entrance in a mini tux with a ring box around his neck. “Somewhere during all the hugging and crying, a sparkling ring ended up on my left hand and a dozen red roses in my right,” Laura says. >>

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Less than six months after swiping right on Tinder, Shayla and John were engaged—a surprise to Shayla, who at the time wasn’t even looking for a serious relationship. But after hitting it off on a first date at a local café, he “quickly wore me down,” Shayla admits. “For those first few months, I had new flowers on my dining room table every week.” By the holidays, John had secretly organized a Christmas Eve proposal with friends and family. “They had champagne ready when I said ‘yes!’ ” she says.

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anging blooms, gemstone hues, flower crowns, folk music and margaritas created a whimsical atmosphere for Maggie Gelber (29 and a graduate student) and Joseph Meador’s (29 and a securities analyst) Independence Day affair. Focusing on sustainability, the couple included locally sourced ingredients on the menu, treated guests to a welcome bag full of farmers market provisions, printed the stationery on recycled papyrus and even exchanged recycled yellow gold wedding bands. “We wanted the wedding to be as local, sustainable and eco-conscious as possible,” Maggie says of the creative ways the couple kept their garden party environmentally friendly, including the hand-painted seed paper programs that guests could plant in their own home gardens. —Stephanie Cain

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the cocktail hour Since their first date involved “too many margaritas,” cocktail hour featured a margarita bar with summer-worthy flavors like jalapeño and watermelon, alongside shucked oysters and crab push-pops served on hemstitch napkins. the reception More than 14,000 stems of white wisteria hung from the ceiling of the dinner tent, while gold chairs glammed up the reclaimed wood feasting tables. After a choreographed entrance to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” Maggie and Joseph dined with guests on shrimp-garnished gazpacho and Lake Superior white fish. the sweets Though the couple opted for cookies instead of a cake, they did present three floral-topped cakes to their parents as a wedding day thank-you.

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mma Gardner (31 and works in marketing) and Nish Mani (31 and works in finance) let their mutual love of the outdoors and their cultural backgrounds inspire their mountainside, Indian-Southern fusion celebration at Emma’s father’s home. Orange marigolds hung from Aspen trees, Colorado wildflowers popped from hammered gold bowls, and a sitar player strummed during the sunset cocktail hour. The couple even served Emma’s beloved fried chicken alongside lentils and naan. “We didn’t want to follow a script or any set tradition, but it was important to acknowledge our different backgrounds,” Emma says. “We wanted to infuse these elements into a personal and unique event.” —SC

the vows Since Emma and Nish wed in a traditional Hindu ceremony the week before, the couple wrote their own vows for their Western wedding, adding a thank-you to their parents. But to honor the religious aspect, a close friend read aloud the Seven Steps (Hindu marriage vows). “We loved being able to share those more broadly with our family and friends,” ecor A chai tea station Emma says. the d´ topped a table covered in sari fabrics, while fresh Aspen blooms filled gold bowls and Asianinspired vases. Escort cards dangled on marigold garlands. “It was a work of art,” Emma says. “No one wanted to take their card.” The color palette:

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the attire Emma and Nish each included Indian touches in their wedding styles. Emma’s twopiece dress had a gold sequin top, which she accented with a gold tikka (headpiece) and gold bangles. Nish added a crimson red silk dupatta (scarf) and pocket square to his black Nehru-collar suit. the reception The couple performed a Bollywood-style first dance in the lantern-filled tent. “Your wedding night is a really great opportunity to get over your fears, come out of your shell, and do a crazy dance to show your love for one another,” Emma says.

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azel Joseph (33 and a senior coordinator of human resources) had one main requirement for her and Ian McArdle’s (27 and a property manager) wedding: “I wanted flowers to be everywhere!” After a church ceremony, guests gathered at Ian’s parents’ backyard for a tented reception along Maryland’s eastern shore. A floral archway covered in garden roses, dahlias, peonies and blooming branches framed the dock, and the same blend of florals topped the feasting tables and decorated the escort card installation, which hung on a nearby tree. A botanical illustration even adorned the paper goods, from the invites to the paper table runners. But all the sweet blooms didn’t stop the couple from sparring with a bit of Big Ten rivalry: Their signature cocktails were “The Penn Stater,” an ode to Hazel’s basketball days and alma mater, and “The Buckeye,” for Ian’s beloved football team. —SC

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the meeting On their first blind date, Hazel and Ian quickly realized they were set up based on one not-so-small fact: They’re both over six feet tall! “We’re complete opposites,” Hazel says. “But three years later, it’s clear the combination is a perfect match.” the ceremony “I always wanted to get married in a church and have the reception under a tent in the backyard, just like Father of the Bride—my favorite movie,” Hazel says. the looks Hazel and Ian both opted to keep their attire classic for the Methodist church ceremony, with Hazel in a paisley lace strapless gown and a cathedral-length veil and Ian in a slim charcoal-gray suit with a pink tie.

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the food Since Hazel’s family hails from Louisiana and Ian’s from Maryland, the couple incorporated Southern and Eastern Shore foods like mini crab cakes with Old Bay aioli, grilled local rockfish, and shrimp and grits with creole sauce. the dessert After cutting into a three-tier buttercream cake, guests snacked on “Buckeye” ice cream cones, custom made by a local creamery. the first dance Ian chose Shania Twain’s “From This Moment” for the couple’s first dance, telling Hazel that he “felt like the lyrics were written for us.” As a sweet surprise, Hazel had “from this moment 9-6-15” engraved on the back of his gold wedding band.

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elsey Rahn (32 and a freelance designer) and Joe Sortland (32 and a writer) sure know how to add spunky personality to a wedding celebration. The Brooklyn, New York– based couple, who met in kindergarten, returned to their hometown to throw a Minnesota State Fair meets retro funk affair. Their day included a ceremony in a grafitti-filled courtyard of a boxing gym, a cocktail hour with mini corn dogs and a reception featuring a vintage Volkswagen bus photo booth and souvenir pennies for guests. Letting their personal style rather than trends guide them, Kelsey and Joe created a festive atmosphere with a focus on the small details and “basically every color!” The pair flip-flopped the best man and maid of honor, with Kelsey’s best friend serving as “man of honor” and Joe’s sister standing beside him as “best woman,” and they chose outfits that fit the informality of the athletic space. They also added color everywhere, with plates in bold hues, bright orange stools, a green mid-century sofa, saturated florals and, of course, the classic red punching bags. Kelsey even sported a fun play on the traditional “something blue.” “It was a Babe the Blue Ox temporary tattoo that I illustrated,” she says. —SC

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miss the State Fair by a few days, she knew she hit the inspiration jackpot. Appetizers arrived on sticks (fried cheese curds, anyone?) and a hot dog cart satiated guests on the dance floor. Lounge furniture even had a flea-market vibe, and the couple sat at a vintage Eames dining set. the bus Guests shuttled to and from the venue in an orange, vintage Minneapolis city bus, which also took the group on a photo tour of the city the day before. the stationery Kelsey set the tone for the party from the start with watercolor invitations that later influenced the day’s bold paper goods.

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the tablescape Since her mother always used Fiestaware when hosting parties, Kelsey

knew the iconic plates would make guests feel like they were coming over for dinner. Kelsey designed the menus to look like those from her favorite roadside spot, Phoenicia Diner in the Catskills. the “first look” Kelsey and Joe defied tradition and got ready together in their Airbnb before the wedding day commenced. “It was relaxing and intimate in the final moments before the craziness began,” Kelsey says.

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the bridal party To echo Deana’s lace gown, the four bridesmaids wore matching lace sundresses. the reception Guests feasted on simple Italian dishes like grilled fish, fresh salads and, of course, pasta. the planner Deana swears that her planner, Joy Proctor, who flew to Europe from California, kept her sane while putting the wedding together. “There are simply too many things to worry about when organizing a destination wedding,” Deana says of an overseas event. “Bringing Joy on board really took the stress out of it all, so we could focus on the things that mattered.”

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Ceremony & reception site Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Italy photography Kate Holstein Photographs event design Joy Proctor Design Flowers Kelly Kaufman Design officiant Rabbi Larry Shain gown & veil Vera Wang hair & Makeup Frank Giacone shoes Jimmy Choo wedding rings Cartier bridesmaid dresses Zimmerman Formalwear Groom: P. Johnson Tailors, Sydney; groomsmen: Indochino stationery Written Word Calligraphy rentals Preludio Catering & Cake Nicolai Ricevimenti Music Benny Fadlun Band transportation Sprintage honeymoon Amalfi Coast, Italy Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to share your wedding! Go to theKnot.com/submit

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The 4-year-old flower girl made quite the entrance after being told “to toss the petals in the air” for her role. “She tossed the whole basket of petals in the air in one grand gesture as soon as she got out the door!” Paul says.

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hosted guests at their beloved local spot with burnt orange and gold décor, which played up the rustic venue, and seasonal fall cuisine like woodroasted half chicken and veal meatballs. the attire In addition to suit jackets and colorful cuff links, John and Paul rocked the same custom Converse sneakers in both cities.

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linens, farm tables, hay bales and a fire pit kept the mood laid-back as guests sipped on tipples from a bourbon bar and snacked on freshly made vodkainfused doughnuts. the cake The fondant confection featured the New York skyline on the bottom, Atlanta’s cityscape on the middle and their neighborhood’s silhouette on the top!

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Ceremony Site Library Hotel, New York City Reception Sites Tribeca Grill, New York City; Restaurant No. 246, Decatur, GA; couple’s home, Atlanta Photography Cathi Milanés/Milanés Photography Videography Love Brain Films Event Design & Flowers Sara Skinner/ Scarlet Plan & Design Officiant Rev. Louis Olivieri Attire Jackets: Tallia, Macy’s; vests: The Modern Gent; cuff links: Burberry Shoes Converse Wedding Rings Chris Ploof Designs Stationery Paper Daisies Stationery Catering Madison & Vine; Restaurant No. 246; Simply Catering; Tribeca Grill Cake HH Desserts Dessert Buttercup Cupcakes; Cinnabon; Prohibition Bakery; Sweet Dreams Gourmet Mini Donuts Rentals Goodwin Events; Library Hotel; Restaurant No. 246; Simply Catering Music Ceremony: New York Virtuosi; reception: Lethal Rhythms Registries Lost-N-Found Youth; Macy’s; No Kid Hungry; Target; Williams-Sonoma Accommodations Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown; Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown; Courtyard New York Times Square; Library Hotel Don’t forget to share your wedding! Go to TheKnot.com/submit

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Joyce and Lisseth named their tables after concerts they attended together and topped them with music memorabilia and “trinkets” from their travels. They honored loved ones with travel signs indicating some of the 20 states and four countries of their invitees. the dance party Joyce’s old friend DJ Motion Potion took control of the booth and ignited a silent disco when the clock hit 11 p.m. “It was magical to watch people dancing!” Joyce says.

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the rehearsal dinner To kick off the weekend, Joyce and Lisseth threw a Bohemian gypsy-themed

rehearsal dinner, where they donned elaborate headdresses inspired by Beetlejuice and Maleficent. Guests dined on food truck provisions, relaxed in a rustic-modern lounge outside of a barn and watched both a hula dance and burlesque performance before live Latin music got the crowd on the dance floor. the advice “Your day will fly by, so spend some moments just the two of you reflecting and admiring,” Joyce says of stealing peaceful time together with her new spouse.

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KELLI & NICHOLE APRIL 12 • DALLAS Just more than two months after their classic Texas wedding, Kelli (left) and Nichole broke down in tears when the news came out. “The first year has been filled with a great sense of security knowing you have someone to spend the rest of your life with,” the couple says.

“Kelli couldn’t get to the DMV fast enough to change her last name on her license!” —NICHOLE

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Bart (left) and Ozzie, who married almost a year prior to the decision, recall their first reaction: “It’s about time!” Ozzie says. “To feel equal and be given the right to be with the person we love legally is unbelievable. This is something we will not take for granted.”

“Marriage is a wonderful right. Appreciate it and appreciate each other.’” —OZZIE

ANNA & KRISTIN MAY 9 • PACIFIC, MO Shortly after their spring nuptials and honeymoon in Italy, Anna (left) and Kristin heard the news that “truly changed our lives,” Kristin says. “We believed it was going to happen in our lifetime, but we were surprised and happy it happened so soon!”

“We don’t feel any different than before, other than we file our taxes together!” —KRISTIN

NATHAN & ROBERT NOVEMBER 1 • LOS ANGELES Though Nathan (right) and Robert are finally used to calling each other “husband,” the couple still marvels at the reality of the Court’s decision. “We’re grateful that our children and future generations will never know a world where same-sex marriage didn’t exist,” Robert says.

“We’re excited to say we’re in the midst of the adoption process to expand our family.” —NATHAN

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For generations, the gay community has advocated for equal marriage rights, but the past 30 years have really charted the course.

1996 Congress passes the Defensive of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans same-sex marriage in the US.

2000 Vermont passes legislation to become the first state to allow same-sex civil unions.

2008 California grants some 18,000 same-sex couples the right to marry, but in November bans it with the passing of Proposition 8.

2013 DOMA is declared unconstitutional, and five states, including California, allow same-sex marriage.

2014 Several US District judges strike down state bans on samesex marriage. Appeals reverse that decision in four states.

2015 On June 26, in a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all states.

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

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

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

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

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t the Bahamas’ most elegant resort, experience a cultured European ambience with island warmth—with two epic oceanfront pools, a posh Red Lane® Spa and 10 gourmet restaurants. The modernized Windsor Tower accommodations are spacious and luxurious, now including Sandals iconic Swim-up Suites. The Balmoral Oceanfront Village has luxurious rooms, some with oversized balconies. Just offshore, an island beach club 877-SandalS offers two secluded beaches, a pool with swim-up bar, a Sandals.com restaurant and chic bonfire parties during the night.

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

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4 First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found the favor of many English sailors. 5 Hike along an inland trail or down a coastal pathway, laugh at a mischievous green monkey in the wildlife preserve or unwind in one of the numerous parks.

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

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

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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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1 Look out for the “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light can sometimes happen along the horizon on a clear day. 2 Some say the Historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is the spot where Columbus landed in 1492. Take a walking tour through the town. 3 Grace Bay beach is one of the highestrated beaches in the western hemisphere. 4 Turks & Caicos is less developed and more upscale than other Caribbean islands. 5 Only 8 of the 40 islands are inhabited, which gives it an intimate feel.

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enowned for its sparkling turquoise waters and the longest, most coveted stretch of Grace Bay’s 12-mile white-sand beach, “The Last of the True Exotics” is perfect for romantic getaways and family-friendly escapes. This includes underwater adventures at one of the top diving destinations in the world. Enjoy 21 fabulous restaurants, and sip tropical drinks at 14 bars. Plus, choose from four spectacular 877-Beaches villages: French, Caribbean, Italian, and the Key West Beaches.com Luxury Village—all boasting stellar accommodations.

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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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ndulge in a romantic escape at an adults-only resort with UnlimitedLuxury®—where everything is included—from spacious accommodations with 24-hour room service and gourmet restaurants to exciting activities and lively entertainment. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun offers the perfect mix of romance, relaxation and adventure, making it an ideal setting to start your life together. Ask about the complimentary 866-GOSECRETS Secrets Eternity Honeymoon package, and earn free SecretsResorts.com nights toward your first anniversary stay.

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ituated along a powder-white beach with views of the Caribbean Sea, Secrets the Vine Cancun offers an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® experience with gourmet dining options, nightly performances, activities, elite service and superior amenities. The signature element of the hotel is the extensive selection of fine wines stored in an on-site wine cellar or “enoteca” with tastings and pairing activities. Customize your 866-GOSECRETS Secrets honeymoon registry so family and friends SecretsResorts.com can gift you romantic dinners and spa packages.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Why Go Tuscany forces you to slow down

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and embrace la dolce vita. Wake up to the view of vineyards, get lost on country roads and dine on simple foods that rival any fancy, white-tablecloth restaurant meal. Where to Stay Castello di Vicarello (from $490, CastellodiVicarello.com) is a sevensuite castle set amid sprawling vineyards. What To Do Let co-owner Aurora Baccheschi Berti show you how to make homemade pasta during an intimate cooking lesson in her rustic kitchen in the castle. Memorable Moment If you can, time your visit to the olive harvest in November and partake in the pressing of the tangygreen oil. You’ll climb up ladders to pluck the ripest olives, and then watch as they’re crushed and finally pressed into liquid. Take home a few bottles for yourselves as a sweet souvenir.

seas, then retreat to your overwater bunga­ low and pretend you’re castaways in a tropical paradise. Where to Stay Maalifushi by COMO (from $650, ComoHotels.com/maalifushi) offers 65 villas and suites either on land surrounded by lush gardens or suspended over the water. The wellness-focused resort has delicious dining options and a spa with stellar therapists. What To Do The resort is host to an outpost of the world-renowned surf school Tropic Surf. Try to hang ten on glassy waves. Memorable Moment Let the staff arrange a castaway picnic on a deserted beach. Spend the day, just the two of you, on your own private stretch of sand. Skinny-dip in the turquoise-blue water and sip champagne under palms trees. When the sun starts to sink, radio the hotel for a pickup.

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krabi island, thailand Why Go The islands of Phuket and Koh Samui get all the attention, but Krabi is just as beautiful and still feels undiscovered— a paradise of limestone cliffs, Buddhist temples, jungles and white-sand beaches. Where to Stay Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property (from $478, RitzCarlton .com), has an über-romantic setting overlooking the Andaman Sea. Its four-to-one staffto-guest ratio ensures every need is met. What To Do A kayak excursion to Ao Thalane takes you beneath dramatic cliffs and through stalactite- and stalagmite-lined caves. One of the most stunning mangrove forests in all of Thailand, it’s the perfect romantic excursion when you need a break from the beach. Explore hidden lagoons, caves and small inlets and watch for monkeys in the trees above. Memorable Moment Phulay Bay’s baby elephant Koko is a rescued orphan who lives in a nearby reserve and comes to the Ritz twice a week at sunset. For the ultimate Instagram pic, get someone to snap a photo of you and your spouse feeding Koko bananas and pineapples.

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Why Go Cartagena is one of the best preserved walled cities in the Americas. Hidden behind whitewashed and terra-cotta walls, you’ll find fashionable bars and cafés, boutiques and art galleries. Where to Stay Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi’s ubiquitous mansion turned boutique hotel (from $240, TcherassiHotels .com) has just seven rooms, all with balconies that overlook Centro Historico. What To Do Spend a day exploring the lovely Rosario Islands, just off the coast of Cartagena. Boats depart from La Bodeguita pier in the historic center, and the ride to the 30-island archipelago takes about 50 minutes. Consider staying the night and book a room at Hotel San Pedro de Majagua (from $103, HotelMajagua.com) on Isla Grande, which has an on-site Padi Diving Center perfect for dive and snorkel excursions.

Why Go Relive the early days of your romance when every date was an occasion. Take in museums and shows, dine at ofthe-moment restaurants and idle away an afternoon in Hyde Park, exploring the many walking paths or simply enjoying the people watching. With the ease of the train system, you can even chunnel to Paris for a night or take a day trip to the British countryside. Where to Stay The Goring hotel (from $706, TheGoring.com) has always been a favorite of the royal family, and a recent renovation by British design stars has upped the cool factor of this sophisticated grand dame. What To Do The Goring’s veteran concierge, Big John, can help secure tickets to the hottest shows and museum exhibits and reservations at on-trend restaurants.

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way to experience the 6.8-mile walled city is by horse-drawn carriage. Catch a ride in Santa Teresa Square and explore the cobblestone streets overflowing with bougainvillea.

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a charming row boat and glide past swans on the Serpentine’s 40 acres of calm waters in Hyde Park. As your new spouse paddles, take in the lovely views of the park, and don’t miss the 150-year-old Italian gardens at the north end of the lake.

foodies napa valley, california Why Go Rolling vineyards and morning mist make Napa Valley one of the most picturesque wine regions in the world—not to mention the perfect setting to try cult cabs, visit intimate tasting rooms and indulge in farm-fresh meals. Where to Stay Fresh off a $60 million renovation, Meadowood (from $575, Meadowood.com) feels like your own private wine estate. Hiking trails, tennis courts and a three-star Michelin restaurant make it hard to ever leave this forested 25-acre oasis. What To Do The team at Meadowood

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can arrange a private tour and tasting at CADE Estate Winery, perched high on Howell Mountain, followed by dinner for two on the terrace. Memorable Moment Book the couple’s suite and the three-and-a-half hour vinotherapy treatment at its spa. Antioxidant-rich grape extracts are the key ingredient of the therapy, which includes a facial and massage. After, treat yourself to healthy snacks, like heirloom tomatoes with dandelion pesto, and drinks, like a carrot, ginger, lime and coriander elixir, while you lounge in your spa suite. >>

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Why Go The Japanese obsession with perfection has made Tokyo the culinary capital of the world. Restaurants are dedicated to just one single dish (ramen or artisanal tofu), kaiseki courses double as art, and sushi is a religion. Be warned: You may never want to eat sashimi again once you leave Tokyo—it’s that superior. Where to Stay The new Aman Tokyo (from $665, Aman.com) brings the luxury brand’s famed serenity to the bustling city. Rooms feature traditional Japanese furnishings, including furos, the deep soaking tubs used in the Japanese bathing ritual. What To Do Visit the Masumi brewery and have the brewmaster lead you in a sake tasting. Plus, get a tutorial on how the Japanese rice wine is made and traditionally served. Memorable Moment Ask the hotel concierge to arrange the ultimate foodie experience for you and your new spouse. Rise early to tour the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market with well-known chef Tsutomu Oba. Later that evening, settle into one of eight seats at chef Oba’s restaurant, Sushi Kokoro, and dine on sushi made from the morning’s shopping trip.

undergone a food revolution. Neo-bistros, hip craft cocktail bars and innovative pâtisseries have breathed new life into the food scene. Start each day with perfectly flaky croissants and spend lazy afternoons in quintessential Paris cafés. At night, restaurant-hop around the city’s buzzy new bistros or enjoy Michelinstar meals paired with vintage Bordeaux. Where to Stay The family-run Le Pavillon de la Reine (from $358, Pavillon-de-la-Reine .com) puts you in the bustling heart of the Marais district, in a courtyard just off the Place des Vosges. What To Do Visit the newly renovated Picasso Museum, located in the Marais, then head to Le Clown Bar for lunch. Local foodies adore this hip bistro for its all-organic wine list and creative dishes like turbot with razorshell clams and white asparagus. The belle epoque décor and zinc bar add to the charm. Memorable Moment Soak in sparkly 360-degree city views of Paris from a table at Le Jules Verne, Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse’s fine dining restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. After, stroll arm in arm down the 19th-century towpaths of Canal Saint-Martin.

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What To Do Take a guided three-mile walk along the white sands of Hazards Beach, then enjoy a picnic lunch featuring farmhouse cheeses, barbecued seafood, charcuterie and other artisanal goodies. Memorable Moment Visit a working oyster farm, don a pair of waders and slurp briny Pacific oysters while sipping bubbly at a table set in the middle of the water.

anguilla Why Go Anguilla is one of the few Caribbean islands where you can try a great restaurant every night. You’ll find casual shacks scattered along dreamy white-sand beaches, but also lengthy wine lists and fancy farm-to-table meals. Where to stay Relax in a room at the Kelly Wearstler–designed beachfront resort the Viceroy Anguilla (from $500, ViceroyHotels andResorts.com), where you can step out your door and skinny-dip in your private pool. What To Do Anguilla boasts 33 heavenly beaches, and the Viceroy is set between two of the prettiest—Barnes Bay and Meads Bay. Lounge in the sun, play in the surf and watch the sunset from a laid-back beach bar. Memorable Moment Charter a private boat to drop you at Sandy Island, where you can snorkel and hunt for seashells. A makeshift shack serves barbecued crayfish, which locals swear is sweeter than lobster, and the island’s famously potent rum punch.

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Why Go Find out why Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams fell for the slower pace and seaside bliss of the Florida Keys. Close to home, this archipelago offers pockets of history and hipness. Key West has experienced a renaissance thanks to the opening of new distilleries, craft breweries and cocktail bars. And, of course, there are the powdery sand beaches and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Where to Stay Little Palm Island ($1,190, LittlePalmIsland.com) is a tropical idyll with guest-pleasing perks, like a customized bar (tell the staff your favorite beer and booze and they’ll stock your minibar accordingly) and live music from talents such as Aaron Neville.

feels like a hidden utopia. Pastel-colored fishermen homes have been converted into hip boutiques, restaurants and hotels, but horses still roam the town green, which often doubles as a soccer field. Down below, you’ll find a long stretch of beach, dotted with teeny-bikini-wearing Brazilians who flock here to relax in the sun. Where to Stay The stylish cottages at Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa (from $340, Uxua .com) are hidden behind lush tropical gardens and decorated with headdresses, wood carvings and ceramics. Authentic touches extend to the exotic cuisine, like the moqueca, a local seafood stew.

What To Do Get an adrenaline rush and tandem skydive from two miles high over the Florida Keys with Skydive Key West ($265 per person, SkydiveKeyWest.com). When your parachute opens, you’ll float for five minutes above the Gulf’s colorful reefs. Memorable Moment Ask the hotel to arrange a full moon or starry-night sail aboard a 38-foot catamaran. Nothing pairs better with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne than the ocean breeze. >>

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What To Do Arrive by horseback to the red-colored cliffs of Taipe Beach for a natural couple’s spa experience. Paint your body in mineral-rich clay that has been used for centuries by the Pataxó Indians as a stressrelieving therapy. After basking in the sun, hop in the ocean to rinse away the clay. You’ll be left with baby-soft skin. Memorable Moment Spend a day at Espelho Beach, known for its mirrorlike waters, and lunch on fresh-caught fish and caipirinhas at Restaurante de Silvinha.

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the coast of Mozambique, Bazaruto puts an exotic spin on the traditional beach vacation. Where to Stay All of the 44 villas at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort (from $525, Bazaruto.Anantara.com) feel like private hideaways. Choose from beach, sea view or pool villas and book a treatment at the spa, which has some of the best views. What To Do The archipelago is home to more than 100 species of coral, making it a prime place to snorkel and dive. Memorable Moment A 40-minute boat ride drops you at the aptly named Paradise Island, where a private guide can show you crumbling ruins while a chef prepares a seafood feast paired with champagne.

bali, indonesia Why Go Bali provides a culturally immersed vacation. Take in Hindu temples or simply relax on its world-famous stretches of sand. Where to Stay Enjoy the three-mile white beach of Nusa Dua at The Mulia (from $590, TheMulia.com), an all-suite, beachfront resort with top-notch service. What To Do Attend a Devdan show at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre and be dazzled by traditional Indonesian dance. Memorable Moment Book a couple’s Coco Cup massage at The Mulia’s spa and let the combo of warm hands and coconut shells knead away stress as your therapists work energy points at the neck, shoulders and back.

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Why Go One of the most underrated wine

Why Go Greece has long been a honeymoon hot spot. Boutique hotels on Mykonos manage to be both budget and design minded, so you can afford to stay in style. Where to Stay The 32 minimalist rooms at San Giorgio (from $256, SanGiorgioMykonos.com) feature whitewashed walls and canopied beds. The hotel is a peaceful haven nestled between the popular party beaches of Paradise and Paraga, which are just a few minutes walk away.

regions, the Douro Valley is home to terraced vineyards, family-run wineries, incredible restaurants and, surprisingly, very few tourists. Best of all, it won’t break the bank. Where to Stay The new Six Senses Douro Valley (from $240, SixSenses.com) is set in a renovated manor house that overlooks vineyards and the river below. Wine is, obviously, a large part of the guest experience, so take advantage of the hotel’s port tasting in the wine library, visit nearby wineries or book a vinotherapy treatment in the 24,000-square-foot spa. What To Do If you plan your trip around harvest (usually September), you can partake in the age-old tradition of stomping the grapes to commence the vintage. Memorable Moment Take a private river cruise, while enjoying a bottle of wine, down the Douro River aboard the gorgeously restored 1950s wood boat Friendship I.

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a new beach club at the end of Paraga Beach, and dance to live music until sunrise. Memorable Moment Have the driver at San Giorgio whisk you 20 minutes away to Agios Ioannis, one of the best beaches in Mykonos to catch the sunset.

byron bay, australia Why Go The epitome of good living, Byron Bay exudes a hippie, surfer-cool vibe. The little town is lined with juice bars, organic restaurants and cute boutiques, while the beaches are perfect for a first-time surf lesson. Where to Stay Located opposite Byron Bay’s main beach, the groovy Atlantic Byron Bay (from $140, AtlanticByronBay.com.au) has a Hamptons-esque vibe. Clapboard cottages, beach shacks and shiny Airstreams will transport you back to the ’60s. What To Do Surfing is a way of life in Australia. Learn to fit in with the locals with lessons from the Byron Bay Surf School (from $65 an hour, ByronBaySurfSchool.com) at the Pass or Watego’s Beach. Your instructor will have you riding a perfect peeling right-hand wave in no time. Memorable Moment Hike up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then get a bird’seye view of the sand and sea while tandem hang gliding with a pro.

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todos santos, mexico Why Go Just 50 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas, this laid-back town offers art galleries, music venues, dangerously good taco stands and great surf spots. Where to Stay Set on 15 oceanfront acres, Rancho Pescadero (from $210, RanchoPescadero.com) is a romantic retreat with two pools, an on-site garden and its own cask-aged tequila. What To Do Baja Beans Roasting Co. has the best coffee in town. Visit on Sunday when they also host a farmers market and live music. Shop locally made crafts and jewelry then brunch on homemade croissants and veggie frittatas. Memorable Moment Enjoy a candlelit

dinner on the beach. A bonfire will keep you toasty and a beach bed can be set up for postmeal stargazing.

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the remote wilderness of British Columbia, but can still dine on gourmet meals and be pampered by skilled masseuses. Where to Stay Getting to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (from $3,640 for three nights, all-inclusive, WildRetreat.com) is half the fun, as it includes a 45-minute flight from Vancouver (complete with Instagram-worthy views of the Gulf Islands) and a 30-minute boat transfer from Tofino. Splurge on a Deluxe Outpost Tent, which boasts antique tea tables and vintage rugs, as well as modern touches like an en suite bathroom, Wi-Fi and a Thermostat-controlled propane wood stove. What To Do Go on a wildlife safari to Cow Bay and view grey whales and sea lions, and in summer, spot bears along the shore. Memorable Moment Clayoquot’s on-site helicopter can whisk you 4,500 feet above sea level to Cloud Camp, where you’ll sleep atop your own private mountain and a chef will prepare dinner under the stars.

central Vermont offers distinctive charms, patchwork-colored fall foliage, snowy winter mountains and wildflower-filled meadows in spring and summer. Where to Stay Twin Farms (from $1,500, all-inclusive, TwinFarms.com) wins over foodies with lemon soufflé pancakes at breakfast, cold-poached Maine lobster picnics and candlelit farm-to-table dinners. Request one of the 10 cottages, which feature a screened porch, fireplace, featherbed and a jigsaw puzzle for you to take home as a souvenir. What To Do Bike 10 miles downhill to the cute town of Woodstock, ice skate on the property’s man-made lake, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the property’s 300 acres, or explore nearby antique shops, covered bridges and general stores. When you’re finished, the Twin Farms staff will pick you up. Memorable Moment The staff can arrange a private twilight canoe or kayak across Copper Pond. >>

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included when you stay at this 6,600-acre ranch at the base of the John Long Mountains. Where to Stay Book a glamping cabin set alongside the creek at the Ranch at Rock Creek (from $1,800, all-inclusive, TheRanchatRockCreek.com). What To Do Spend your days riding and wrangling, and your nights at the Silver Dollar Saloon, where you can dance to live music, sing karaoke and shoot pool. Memorable Moment Embark on a private horseback ride for two. The ranch staff will leave you with a picnic and walkie-talkie to radio when you’re ready to be picked up.

Why Go A private 300-acre island lined with palms and white sandy beaches is your home base for romance and tropical relaxation. Where to Stay Jumby Bay (from $1,095, all-inclusive, RosewoodHotels.com/jumbybay-antigua) embodies island living with complimentary cruiser bikes and a stretch of beach with thatched huts and hammocks. What To Do Visit Shirley Heights in Antigua, an old military lookout turned restaurant, on a Sunday for sunset, followed by a barbecue and music by a steel drum band. Memorable Moment From June through November, hawksbill sea turtles lay their eggs on Pasture Bay Beach, and you can sign up to watch them at night.

maui, hawaii Why Go Why just drive Maui’s windy, 64.4-mile Hana Highway when you can base yourself in the sleepy town of Hana to explore Hamoa Beach and hike Waimoku Falls? Where to Stay Don’t expect to find TVs or clocks in your cottage at Travassa Hana (from $650, all-inclusive, Travaasa.com/hana). You’re on island time, and days here are filled with hula lessons and sunset soaks in the hot tub. What To Do Take a horseback ride along Hana’s secluded coastal trails—the only coastal horseback ride on Maui. Memorable Moment Make a lei from leaves and flowers from Travaasa Hana’s onsite garden, then exchange with your honey.

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offers nature—and adventure—at its most pure and wild. Hike across spectacular mountain ranges and glaciers, kayak in national parks, mountain bike single-track trails and, if you’re really daring, tandem bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge. Where to Stay Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses (from $410, HapukuLodge.com) is a peaceful eco-retreat located in Kaikoura, known as the “Maritime Serengeti” of New Zealand for its abundance of marine life. Book a tree house perched in a canopy of Manuka trees and wake to mountain and Pacific views. What To Do Spot sperm whales and dolphin pods by boat or from the sky during a 30-minute marine-viewing flight. Memorable Moment Kaikoura is a wellknown stargazing spot in the northern hemisphere. View the constellations and spot shooting stars during a private night sky tour.

arguably more beautiful, Chile’s Lake District is home to snowcapped volcanoes, ancient forests and pristine, pale-green lakes. Where to Stay Hotel Vira Vira (from $1,905 for three nights, all-inclusive, HotelViraVira.com) is set on a working farm, which means nearly everything you eat is grown or produced on-site. Large woodburning hot tubs are scattered throughout the property, so you can relax with a soak. What To Do Vira Vira’s guides are some of the best in the business. Have them lead you on a hike through monkey puzzle tree forests in stunning Huerquehue National Park. Memorable Moment Vira Vira can arrange a private 40-minute float trip down the Liucura River. When you reach the shore, you’ll be taken to an alfresco table for two and served a farm-fresh meal of house-made ricotta, Angus beef filet and Chilean wines. >>

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walking safari, Zambia is perfect for those not content sitting in a Jeep all day. Track elephants on foot with a guide, or paddle past hippos in a kayak. Upon arrival, you can now purchase a visa that allows access to both Zambia and Zimbabwe, so you can cross the bridge over Victoria Falls. Where to Stay Bush-luxe best describes Tongabezi (from $685, all-inclusive, Tongabezi .com), an 11-cottage property set on the banks of the Zambezi River. Large decks mean you can spot hippos while sipping wine in your bathrobe. What To Do Tongabezi offers five boat trips a day to Livingstone Island, the place where David Livingstone first set eyes on Victoria Falls—the world’s largest waterfall. Snap a pic soaking in Devil’s Pool, set just at the edge of the falls. Memorable Moment Spend a night in the honeymoon chalet on Sindabezi, a private island 30 minutes away by boat. There’s no electricity, so the island is lit by hurricane lamps and candles. Staff can also arrange dinner on a floating dock in the river.

still an undiscovered adventure playground for most Americans. Hike, bike, paraglide, raft, fish and kayak against a backdrop of castles and vineyards. Where to Stay Book a glamping tent or tree house cabin at Garden Village Bled (from $100, GardenVillageBled.com), set just up the road from Lake Bled. A giant bird’s nest serves as the sauna and an expansive garden supplies herbs and produce for the restaurant, which continues the garden theme with grass sprouting from the middle of wood tables and pots of herbs strung from the ceiling. You’ll feast on Slovenian dishes like ajdov krap, a buckwheat ravioli topped with tomato cream and spices, and get introduced to Slovenian wines. What To Do The impossibly green Radovna River runs through Vintgar Gorge. Hike the gorge’s mile-long trail past swirling pools. The narrow canyon ends at Šum waterfall, where you can cool off with a dip. Memor able Moment Have dinner at Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, located high above Lake Bled.

Why Go Fish, horseback ride or hike for miles on crowd-free trails. At night, cozy up with your partner by the fire pit with s’mores and wine. You’ll feel off the grid, but don’t fret, civilization (and the spa at the Broadmoor resort) is only a 35-minute drive away. Where to Stay Guests can arrive at the Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp (from $750, allinclusive, Broadmoor.com/cloud-camp), perched 9,200 feet atop Cheyenne Mountain, by Cadillac Escalade, mule or a scenic, yet strenuous, three-hour hike. What To Do Cloud Camp is a perfect base for exploring Pike National Forest. Grab a picnic lunch and hike the MacNeil trail, a 5.1-mile out and back route that leaves from camp. Memorable Moment Honeymooners should book the Fire Tower suite, situated atop a historic Colorado fire tower. Accessed by way of 145 steps, both levels of the two-story suite offer wraparound decks with 360-degree views and a secluded, copperand-cedar hot tub.

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The adventures began even before newlyweds Lauren and Ankeet got the chance to check into their South African hotel Tintswalo Safari Lodge at Kruger National Park—the first stop of four during their 14-day honeymoon. “We saw a group of elephants during the drive to the hotel!” Lauren says. After exploring the park, the couple visited a private game reserve camp before boarding a flight to Cape Town, where they climbed Table Mountain, a local landmark. From there, a tour guide drove the couple north to the wine country near the historic town of Franschhoek to relax at a vineyard. “Definitely pack a camera, but remember to take time to live in the

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“I could hear his sweet voice but I couldn’t see him— that was the hardest part,” Anna says of Gregory’s serenade of an original song he wrote for her before their first look. “I sang along with him between the tears.” Anna & Gregory; July 4; Portland, OR photograph by Benj Haisch Photography

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