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CONTENTS

The

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252 destination weddings

IN EVERY ISSUE about the cover

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Behind the scenes at our shoot.

editor’s letter

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Our editor in chief on how to get your dream wedding.

contributors

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The talented pros who made this magazine possible.

daily fix

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What’s trending on TheKnot.com and social, plus our favorite engagement ring Instagrams.

events

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Five inspiring ideas from The Knot regional parties.

checklist

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

ask carley

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Intimate affairs, bridesmaid help, tent rentals and more.

new & now

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Candy kebabs, engagement announcements, mani maintenance and lots of inspo.

looking back

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Honoring JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s 20th wedding anniversary.

PLANNING engagement party basics

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All you need to know about your first celebratory bash. how to plan the perfect engagement party, 163

anatomy of an invitation suite

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Your invite is so much more than just the day’s details.

15 minutes with sabrina dahan

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The designer and newlywed talks planning, dress shopping and the one accessory every bride needs.

the dapper groom

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Tim Gunn on what grooms should wear for every event.

big question

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The pros and cons of hosting a wedding on a holiday.

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Ethan Zohn from Survivor tells us about his nuptials.

stylist on call

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230 stylish swagger

Celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger answers your burning bridal fashion questions.

SHOPPING wish list

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Velvet accessories, pretty ring dishes, unique tie clips, gilded save-the-dates and east-west rings.

registry trends

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We’re crushing hard on all things marble.

look of the moment

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Let these enchanted garden details inspire you.

what to wear

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Attire ideas for mountain, garden and desert weddings.

honeymoon style

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Look cool on your Iceland getaway.

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Oxblood and sage, gold and flamingo, and dove gray and dutch blue.

BEAUTY & WELLNESS festive tips

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This signature nail art will up your #ringselfie game.

hot hair

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The best ’dos and products for every hair texture.

beauty beat

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Choose your perfume based on your wedding style.

makeup lesson

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Bold brows are here to stay. Find out how to make them work for you.

the right bites

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Useful food tips from pros to help you look and feel amazing for the moments that matter most.

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STYLE & REGISTRY stylish swagger

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A harmony of polish and panache is perfectly suited for two gentlemen.

modern muse

registry from a to z

239

The must-haves for your gift list.

REAL LOVE our favorite “will you marry me?” moments Six supersweet proposal stories.

SPECIAL SECTION: destination weddings

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Saying “I do” away from home may be the best thing ever.

grecian getaway

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Emilia Bechrakis and Ryan Serhant’s island-chic affair.

FASHION modern muse

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These “something blues” are sweet nods to tradition.

ring report

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From rose gold and delicate settings to stacking rings and wedding bands, find the right sparkler for you.

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unexpected escapes

HONEYMOONS honeymoon trends

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

unexpected escapes

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Book a getaway to an off-the-beaten-path locale.

real honeymoons

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Cambodia and Thailand, Montana and South Dakota, and Spain.

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was inspiring us at our fashion shoot: 1 Olivia Graham snapped a photo of the signature celadon green facade of Ladurée. 2 Delicious miniature cakes and blue sparklers were our on-set obsessions. 3 These bejeweled Oscar de la Renta heels added a luxe finishing touch to a feathery gown. 4 Our model posed with a towering, wedding-worthy croquembouche— a cone-shaped French pastry made of profiteroles and caramel.

into the blue

Our Just Engaged issue is full of ideas for creating a personalized look for your day. Your first source of inspo? Our fashion shoot.

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rom the delectable pastries to the elegant Parisian surroundings, Ladurée in New York City was the perfect backdrop for the stunning gowns and accessories in “Rhapsody in Blue.” And since this is our Just Engaged issue, what better way to celebrate all of the proposals happening over the holiday season than a truly personal take on a time-honored tradition? Dress, $1,165, Kenneth Winston, PLBGBridal.com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com; ring, price upon request, OmiPrive.com PHOTOGRAPHER: OLIVIA GRAHAM ST YLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: MIOK USING ORIBE HAIR CARE FOR JUDY CASEY INC . MAKEUP: ROBIN SCHOEN AT ROBINSCHOENMAKEUP.COM COVER DESIGN: TRACY EVERDING

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EDITOR’S LETTER

a toast to you! Here at The Knot, we spend our days thinking about you—our brides and grooms—and the best ways to share the most unique ideas, beautiful dresses and essential planning tools (plus so much more) to help you pull off a truly personal wedding. From sleek gowns shot in a stunning setting (“Modern Muse,” p. 294) to destination weddings that will have you seriously considering far-flung locales for your own day (p. 252), our Just Engaged issue is packed with the inspiration you need to plan the celebration of your dreams. And because we know that your many to-dos can seem overwhelming at times, we’ve added the most useful apps and mobile-friendly tools to our checklist (p. 68) to get you through your planning, happily. But your wedding day isn’t the only thing on our minds: We’ve also included 10 of our favorite surprising honeymoon spots (“Unexpected Escapes,” p. 432) as well as a guide to the gifts you’ll really want when you start your new life together (“Registry A to Z,” p. 239). While we’re often immersed in of-the moment details and the latest trends, like the hottest rings (“Works of Art,” p. 312), we never lose sight of what your wedding is really about—a commitment to a lifelong love. I hope you enjoy the issue and the months of planning ahead. Congrats!

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A sleek cape is a modern take on the classic cathedral veil. (p. 294)

This seaside wedding in Jamaica made for breathtaking photo ops. (p. 252)

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a delicate halo and diamond band feel timeless (p. 312)

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OLIVIA GRAHAM, PHOTOGRAPHER COVER AND “RHAPSODY IN BLUE” (P. 302)

WHAT WAS YOUR VISION FOR THIS SHOOT?

Our concept was a chic, stunning, sunny day in a Parisian café, incorporating gorgeous blue tones. Ladurée was the perfect location, but we had to shoot at 6 a.m., while it was still dark out, so I had to flood everything with light to make it look bright. @theoriginalgangsta

JOVE MEYER, OWNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF JOVE MEYER EVENTS “STYLISH SWAGGER” (P. 230)

Weddings should be a reflection of the couple’s style, personality and relationship, and this shoot was no different. The inspiration was more masculine with darker colors and natural details like wood and marble. I wanted to make this shoot mature, but to have elements of fun @jovemeyer as well.

MORGAN GIBBONS, FASHION STYLIST “MODERN MUSE” (P. 294)

ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHEN CHOOSING A DRESS? I’m a true believer that if you’re wearing the clothes and not letting them wear you, you can pull off anything. You have to feel it, rock it, own it, and everyone else will @morgangibbonsstylist love it too.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE STORY FROM THIS ISSUE? I literally want to dive into the destination weddings we featured. Talk about wanderlust! These couples found unique ways to honor their love stories, cultural backgrounds and personalities while also sharing beloved locales with the most important people in their lives. @stephncain

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@ILoveBeachMusic I’ve said a number of times that I wish I had donated my wedding dress 33 years ago. Instead, I had it preserved. Of course it’s out of style now and [my daughter] didn’t want to wear it. She did wear my veil—simple veils don’t really go out of style and can be easily reconfigured. I would say donate the dress, and preserve the veil. @MandTFebruary62011 My sister-in-law used the fabric of her gown to have christening dresses made for her twins. @Knottie1457468437 I plan on donating my gown. I’ve done the same thing with all my prom and bridesmaid dresses, and it was great. It’s so nice to enable another woman to enjoy her special day.

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4. CUSTOM CUPS Not just for backyard barbecues, these personalized cups are proof that plastic drinkware has a place outside of rowdy college tailgates. Just ask your stationer to create a logo for your wedding day, like Maxe Designs did for our Chicago soiree. 5. CHIC SWINGS F. Dellit Designs put a leafy twist on traditional seating by suspending verdant oversize swings from the ceiling at our Houston bash. Discover more ways to customize your reception at TheKnot.com/real-weddings

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date: ______ /______ /______

Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision and dream about your wedding—think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Research and reserve your ceremony and reception locations. Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. 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.)

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date: ______ /______ /______

Find a stationer and order your save-the-dates. Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker, caterer and other important pros. 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 the bridesmaids order them. Create a registry—this can be super fun.

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Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements, such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-thedates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a fullservice planner or a dayof planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location.

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Finalize all of your flower arrangements with your florist. Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher.

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license— you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

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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 vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting—bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart. Pass on requests from your pros to the site manager, like a table for the DJ. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for every situation. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

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Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.

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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.

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Our cofounder answers your questions.

late-night bill

Q Is it bad form to have guests pay for their own drinks at our after-party?

A An after-party is always a great way to continue the festivities. You’ve already spent a lot on the wedding, but keep in mind that most of your friends, especially those in your wedding party, have had to empty their pockets too. Chances are many guests will offer to pay for drinks at the bar, wanting to buy a round in honor of the newlyweds. But if you’ve sent invitations or made it an official part of the wedding weekend, it’s probably a good idea for you to cover the cost.

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Q Should I remove my engagement ring for the ceremony, or place the band on top of my ring? first on your ring finger, closest to your heart. To avoid an awkward switch at the altar, put your engagement ring on your right ring finger or stow it in a safe place (if you’re comfortable with that). On the way to the reception, return it to your left ring finger, above your new wedding band.

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I feel overwhelmed with planning and would love to have my bridal party pitch in. How much can I ask of them? Your bridesmaids are there to support you, but it’s still your wedding, so don’t give them duties that should fall to you, your fiancé and your families (like venue hunting). That said, ask them to go dress shopping with you, help address invitations and take control of day-of errands and chores, like manning the escort card table.

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Q What are some creative and tasteful ways to display our hashtag?

A There are many fun, elegant ways to share your hashtag with guests. Go bold with a chalkboard or wall sign with a sweet message and your hashtag in calligraphy or block letters, or place a painted wood sign near the guest book or directional signs. For a more low-key look, print your hashtag on your cocktail napkins, menus, table numbers, photo booth props or a pretty sign for the bar. >>

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Q How much of my wedding budget should I expect to spend on flowers?

A The sky’s the limit when it comes to flowers for your wedding, but realistically you can plan on spending about 8 percent of your overall budget. This covers the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and ceremony and reception arrangements. The ultimate cost will depend on many different factors, such as whether the flowers you choose are in season in your area, the size and complexity of the arrangements, how many you need, and how far the flowers have to travel to the venues.

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Q How soon should we order invitations? A It’s easiest to work backward from your wedding date. You should mail your invites at least six to eight weeks in advance, though nine to twelve is preferable if you have lots of out-of-towners. Then estimate the printing time—usually three to six weeks, but longer if your invites are highly customized. This means you’ll want to order invitations five to six months before your wedding date. (Of course, you can start looking earlier.) Need them sooner than six months from now? Ask stationers about their pricing for a rush job.

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Q How do I know what size tent to rent? A The size of your tent can definitely affect the overall atmosphere of your wedding. You don’t want to risk having guests squeeze into a tiny area or end up with a space so big it feels like nobody showed up. To find the right size tent for your wedding day, multiply the number of guests by 13 for the minimum size in square feet, or by 15 for the maximum. For example: 50 guests x 13 = 650 square feet; 50 guests x 15 = 750 square feet. So a comfortable size for a wedding with 50 guests would be a tent ranging from 650 to 750 square feet.

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Q My future in-laws haven’t offered to contribute to our wedding. Is it okay for me to bring it up? A You probably want to let your fiancé broach the subject. In general, each of you should approach your parents alone, since money is a notoriously touchy topic. Try a graceful but direct opener such as, “We’re working out our budget for the wedding, and we want to know if you’re planning to contribute and, if so, what amount you feel comfortable contributing.” If money is an issue for your in-laws, figure out nonmonetary ways they can help (researching vendors or reserving hotel rooms). Regardless of their response, be polite and patient.

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for my wedding? A Avoid a prewedding breakout by washing your face twice a day with a mild and oil-free soap, exfoliating with a gentle scrub and using toner on oily areas. Apply noncomedogenic moisturizer to drier spots in the morning and at night, regardless of your skin type, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. If a blemish pops up the day before, call your dermatologist to see if she recommends a cortisone shot.

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intimate wedding? A There are so many ways to pull off a lovely intimate wedding. Intimate can refer to the size of your wedding (fewer than 75 guests) and the style (more low-key than a Saturday night blowout bash). It could also mean you serve a champagne brunch instead of a sit-down dinner, or you invite 15 favorite friends and relatives to the Bahamas for a weekend-long celebration. While we love a large-scale party, a small wedding can be just as stylish and elegant.

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gifts of gratitude

Q My bridesmaids have been by my side through the entire planning process. Do you have any thank-you gift ideas? A Go for indulgent goodies they’ll love but wouldn’t usually splurge on for themselves (think: cashmere slippers or monogrammed stationery). Or go in another direction with a kit for a luxe night in: a bottle of prosecco, champagne flutes, gourmet snacks, a highquality face mask and a Netflix gift card. For a destination wedding, treat your bridal party to something on-site, like a day on the slopes or a trip to the spa. Another option you can’t go wrong with is to cover their wedding day hair and makeup—they’ll really appreciate it.

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Q I’m trying to lose weight before my wedding—should I wait to buy a dress? A We say buy the dress you love now. While it’s wonderful to be healthy and active before your day, your body probably won’t change so much that a dress you buy now won’t fit by the main event. And remember, your dress can definitely be tweaked at fittings along the way, and last-minute alterations are common, even expected.

Q Is a full bar a must if we’re serving a signature cocktail? A It’s fine to forgo a full bar, even if you’re having an evening reception. How much and what kind of alcohol you serve is your call, so it’s perfectly acceptable (and more costefficient) to offer only a signature sip. But steer clear of cash bars: Your guests are your guests and shouldn’t have to pay for anything. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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dylan lauren We got the scoop on wedding candy from the creator of Dylan’s Candy Bar (aka the modern day Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory).

how can you personalize candy for a wedding? Think outside the box! Wrap small chocolate bars with elegant paper, or tie lollipops with a pretty ribbon for escort cards. You can also surprise guests with tasteful sachets filled with mini candies fastened to each program—or gift favors of candy and sweet popcorn in cello bags for latenight munching.

what about the packaging? It’s exciting to select candies in wedding colors, or ones that are the couple’s favorites. Dylan’s Candy Bar’s Design Shoppe can customize candy favors with colors, fonts and graphics—you can even add your wedding date and a fun photo.

how much candy do you really need to pull off a candy bar? For a wedding of about 75 guests, plan on one pound of candy per person, give or take. Have a variety of vessels (such as apothecary jars): three for

gummies, three for chocolate and one with a fun surprise. The taller vessels can go in the back, and the shorter ones in the front for some height variety on the table. And don’t forget to also add a centerpiece or two.

what treat do you absolutely need to include? Using the classics on a candy buffet is always a great way to go—jelly beans, gumballs, gummy bears and chocolatecovered pretzels are top picks. An array of colors and textures is eye-catching, and it’s nice that there’s something for everyone as well.

how can you be mindful of guest allergies? I recommend having a small card next to each candy that lists ingredients and addresses allergy concerns, as well as having a separate scooper for each container to avoid contamination. It’s also smart to educate whoever is handling the candy bar to help answer questions your guests may have.

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Before word starts to spread—and it will—share your excitement with family and close friends. Nothing beats hearing the story in person, but if distance makes that next to impossible, pick up the phone. At the very least, send a personalized text message.

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If your fiancé hired a videographer to capture the proposal, share the highlight reel by email. Even a boomerang of your new ring will give this kind of announcement some sparkle.

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Celebrate in style with a party. People may have already heard the news, so make it official with an engagement party invite (and champagne, of course).

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For the first time ever, The Knot asked jewelry retailers to vote on their favorite engagement rings and bands. Check out the winning bling, below. 1. best vintage Art deco engagement ring, $2,400 (not including center stone), ParadeDesigns.com 2. best band Twist diamond pavé eternity band, $1,910, AJaffe.com 3. best classic Engagement ring with braided double shanks, $4,220 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. best rose gold Floral-inspired engagement ring, $2,975 (not including center stone), Noam Carver, CrownRing.com

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what it’s for People will want to congratulate you on your engagement, and a party’s a lot more fun than a phone call. It’s also a great time to introduce key people from your lives who are going to be seeing a lot of each other (and possibly helping plan your wedding together) over the next year or so. “It’s really the first time before the wedding when you have different groups of friends and generations getting to know each other in a much more intimate way,” says celebrity wedding planner Jung Lee of Fête in New York City.

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when to have it The engagement party should fall within a few months of the proposal, right in the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. So about 9 to 11 months before the wedding is the ideal time frame, and you’ll want to give guests about a month’s notice.

whose turf it’s on Say you live in New York but most of your family and friends are in Chicago: You may decide to have your party in your hometown (and enlist someone local to help you plan), host it in your current locale or even throw two parties. Also, when picking the party location, consider where you plan to have your wedding—you may not want to ask guests to travel twice. Just be mindful of how many invitations you’re sending out to your guests and bridal party before the wedding day arrives; they won’t feel left out if they’re not invited to one in a far-flung destination. “More of my clients are having

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multiple engagement celebrations because their friends and family are spread all around the country, and everybody wants to honor them,” Lee says.

where to have it Depending on how many people you want to invite, you can make an engagement party work almost anywhere—it’s really up to the hosts. To choose the venue, think about the atmosphere you want. If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might want to rent out a private space at a restaurant, country club or a bar. For something more low-key, a house, backyard or beach club might be a better choice.

who to invite It used to be that you weren’t supposed to invite anyone to the engagement party whom you weren’t inviting to your wedding, case closed. But now that so many couples live and host their nuptials far away from their families and friends, and the formality level of

engagement parties is evolving, expectations have changed. Engagement parties now often include people who aren’t invited to the wedding. If your friends want to plan an informal bar party and just email the invites a few weeks before, it’s totally fine to include people you aren’t sure will end up making the wedding guest list (coworkers, newer friends, college roommates). And if your parents’ good friends want to host a cocktail party at their home in your honor, let your parents invite mutual friends and business associates you might not have room for at your wedding. If, on the other hand, either you two or your parents are hosting, the old etiquette rule sticks. When the wedding hosts send the engagement party invitation, it’s considered one of the official wedding events and guests assume they’re invited to the wedding too. To avoid a sticky situation later, start working on your wedding guest list now with your families. Then trim the engagement party list down to your wedding party, immediate family and closest friends. >>

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Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the first official celebration. Then, the groom’s parents can throw their own party, or maybe both sets of parents will come together to cohost an event. But these days, more couples are throwing their engagement party themselves (but keep in mind that if you’re doing the inviting, it’s your responsibility to foot the bill too). Friends can also host (and may even volunteer to), but before you ask, be conscious of the financial responsibility they may be taking on.

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Feel free to keep the invitations simple and budget friendly. You can even make them yourselves or send out an email invite from sites like Paperless Post. If you’ve chosen your invitation designer already and want to go more formal, see if they’ll give you a special rate. Don’t worry if you haven’t settled on a color palette or don’t have a wedding date in mind yet—your engagement party invitations don’t have to match the rest of your stationery. Also, have your wedding registry started before the engagement party invites are sent out in case guests want to bring you a gift.

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There’s no need to plan a five-course meal with a four-hour open bar. Anything from passed appetizers or tasting menu stations to a buffet or casual cookout will work. Or get creative and serve dishes that share something about you. “I had a bride and groom known for having Sunday Mexican dinners, so of course they brought it back

6 ENGAGEMENT PARTY THEME IDEAS The key to throwing the perfect engagement soiree: Find a theme that fits the two of you.

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with margaritas, mini fish tacos and great guacamole—it just made sense and was a genuine touch,” Lee says. As for dessert, serve it if you’d like, but it doesn’t have to be cake. Consider gourmet ice cream sandwiches, assorted baked goods or seasonal treats like candy apples or cotton candy.

setting. A few small arrangements from your local florist can perk up any space (and it’s a great way to try out a potential florist for the wedding). Even if you want to keep the engagement party casual, a theme and coordinating color palette are an easy way to tie things together.

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While it’s fine for the décor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don’t feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match. The real trick here is you don’t want to upstage the wedding. If you’re envisioning a casual beach wedding with simple décor, a fancy cocktail party at a swanky hotel with over-the-top centerpieces might make that beach bash feel like a bit of a letdown. Consider choosing a style and theme that are completely different from your wedding day to mix things up. So if you’re planning a formal ballroom wedding, go for a laid-back beach theme for your engagement party, with vibrant tropical colors and an outdoor

Your wardrobe will depend on the setting of the party. For bride-to-bes, aside from the obvious (don’t wear an evening gown to a backyard bash), keep it simple enough that you don’t outdo your wedding look, but special enough that you still stand out. A sundress will work for an outdoor affair, and a cocktail dress for a fancier fete. As for the grooms, while you don’t have to wear a suit and tie or a tux—unless the venue calls for it— you should get as dressed up as your fiancé. And if you have a specific dress code for your guests, make a note of it on the invitation. Download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app to check off your to-dos.

BRUNCH Maybe it’s French inspired with mini bottles of champagne, macarons and quiche. Or more rustic with homemade granola and blueberry pancakes. Coffee and mimosas are musts.

WINE TASTING Oenophiles? Have plenty of wine glasses on hand, and hire a sommelier to guide the tasting. Make a spread of great cheeses, baguettes, fruit, hummus and olives for pairing.

COOKING CLASS Impress foodies with a cooking class hosted at a local culinary school or restaurant. Or hire a chef to teach the class at your home. Pick a starter, entrée and dessert that fits you as a couple.

MEXICAN FIESTA Mark your engagement with bold, bright table settings and pitchers of margaritas and sangria. Deck out your space in festive multicolored paper lanterns and pom-poms.

LEI’D BACK LUAU Use a tropical color scheme and accent with chic pineapple and palm tree décor. Mix up fun mai tais and blood orange mojito cocktails. Serve tangy barbecuestyle food like pulled pork.

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1. INVITATION Your invite provides all the essentials (your names, wedding date, place and time). And the design clues guests in to your wedding style. 2. ENCLOSURE CARD An insert alerts guests to a prewedding party or provides travel and accommodation details—it’s also the best place to display your wedding website.

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Telling a story through my dresses is an important part of my design process. I want to feel connected to the overall theme of my designs, and I think brides appreciate that personal touch. My own love story has definitely influenced me. My first collection was based on my engagement because my fiancé proposed three months after I started working on my own line. I wanted to include the city of Paris, where we were engaged, as well as an overall theme of romance. My second collection came to me while I was searching for my wedding flowers. I felt very inspired by all of the beautiful floral arrangements I was seeing.

do you have a favorite gown from your collections so far? It’s hard for me to choose just one of my designs because all of my dresses are so different and have such distinct personalities—I’ve grown attached to them all. However, a dress from my Spring 2017 collection called Renoir is where I had a design epiphany. The dress is a pale blush color with green and pink floral beading and has cutout side panels. I worried about how such an unexpected, colorful wedding gown would be received at first, but now I’m really glad I included it in the collection. Two of the dresses in that collection were colorful, and while it was definitely a risk to have two out of seven dresses in color for a bridal collection, I think it paid off.

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what was the best advice you got after getting engaged? Enjoy the time leading up to your wedding. I embraced the experience of wedding planning with my fiancé. I think it’s important to work as a couple and compromise. It brings you closer together and prepares you for your future as husband and wife. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but taking it one day at a time is key. I tried to stay as stress free as possible, but I know it’s easier said than done. I made lists of all the things I had to do and checked them off as I went. It helped me to focus.

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PLANNING

the dapper groom Project Runway’s Tim Gunn takes the guesswork out of what to wear for all of the groom’s wedding-related events.

engagement party DRESS CODE: DRESSY CASUAL For this sort of event, a pair of dress pants, a blazer and a shirt without a tie feel appropriate. The types of fabric

You should not wear a short-sleeve dress shirt—you will look like a barber (no offense to barbers!). Then finish the look with a pair of boat shoes, like a Top-Sider.

aren’t as important as long as the pant is crisp and clean. It could be cotton

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khaki, gray flannel or even a linen if

DRESS CODE: SEMIFORMAL/ COCKTAIL No question: A suit and tie is required for a dress code that states semiformal or cocktail. And for this occasion, it doesn’t matter what season it is, you should choose a darker suit. You can go anywhere from a light charcoal to a midnight—I just wouldn’t wear black. Then play with the shirt-andtie combo, and consider mixing patterns. It’s a celebration after all— you don’t want to look like you’re going to a funeral. When it comes to shoes, you should choose a dressier one and determine its color by the buttons on the suit jacket. This is also an occasion to wear socks. For more casual events it’s okay to skip them, but this is not one of them.

the season is right—but I wouldn’t wear denim. If you’re skipping a tie, you should never leave more than two buttons unbuttoned, and depending on the placement, one may be all that’s necessary. (Usually I only unbutton the top button.) If you prefer to wear a tie for this type of dress code, a madras one is appropriate for spring or summer, tweed works for fall or winter, and a knit

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couple’s shower DRESS CODE: CASUAL This is similar to dressy casual, just exclude the jacket. If it’s a substantial knit, and in good condition, I think a polo is also perfectly acceptable. One thing to remember about the casual

A khaki suit is perfect for spring or summer!

look though is if in fact it’s a shirt with buttons, it should always be long sleeve.

Find more advice from our experts at TheKnot.com

when the invite says... Tim explains the most common wedding dress codes.

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FESTIVE Personally, I ignore it and wear what I’m comfortable in, which means I’ll be dressed up. For conservative dressers, I think it’s about having fun with your tie and pocket square.

BUSINESS FORMAL VS. BUSINESS CASUAL Both of these require a suit. Business formal means you should wear a tie, while business casual means an open shirt is appropriate.

BLACK TIE I’m not crazy about this dress code for weddings because so many people end up breaking the rules. It means a tuxedo for men, not just a dark suit. And it’s only meant for events after 5 p.m.

SUIT: DEVON JARVIS

a collar and sleeves and a placket for

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PLANNING

BIG QUESTION

holiday hitch

festive fete Having your wedding over a holiday lets you maximize time with your loved ones and gives far-flung guests a buffer day (or two) to travel and recuperate. Plus, it’s perfect for hosting a full weekend of festivities, especially at a resort or in a lively city. Just make sure to offer enough activities and amenities to entertain everyone—they may have turned down other plans to celebrate with you, after all. “If done right, a holiday weekend celebration gives you so many more priceless memories than a one-day party would,” says Lisa Pleasant of Lisa Pleasant Events in Charlotte, North Carolina. TIP Check if any local events, like parades, fireworks or concerts, will take place nearby, so you can plan accordingly. And give your guests plenty of notice (send save-the-dates eight months out), so they can pencil your wedding in their calendars.

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no way, holiday Logistically, a non-holiday wedding is often easier to coordinate. Holidays in general mean family time, so parents may decline your invitation, especially if your day is adults only. Religious holidays are particularly tricky since people tend to prioritize traditions and obligations. But beyond attendance, holidays increase hotel and airfare rates, and your ideal venue might not offer discounts—or be available at all—due to high demand. Finally, consider whether or not you’d mind having your anniversary overlap with a holiday each year. “I recommend a non-holiday wedding weekend,” says Jordan Payne of Jordan Payne Events in Dallas. “It’s a day you’ll cherish every year and you should have it all to yourselves.” TIP If you’re set on a multiday celebration, lean toward a nonreligious long weekend, like Memorial or Labor days.

Get more advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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There’s more to marrying on a holiday than simply taking advantage of the extra vacation days. Two planners weigh the pros and cons of hosting a holiday weekend wedding.

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PLANNING

what I loved about my wedding

Survivor winner, soccer player and philanthropist Ethan Zohn tells us about his rustic July nuptials to interior designer Lisa Heywood. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REGINA FLEMING PHOTOGRAPHY

locally sourced fare

Heywood wore a stunning lace Inbal Dror gown, and Zohn sported a custom ivory Aspetto suit

Heirloom Fire, our wedding caterers, were able to create a feeling of love through taste, atmosphere and attention to detail. The cooking was done outside on an open fire for the guests to watch and interact with. It was part theater, part food, and the entire meal was sourced within five miles of the location. There were chickens, legs of beef on a spit, fish in corn husks, cauldron-fried stone fruit fritters and much more.

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We took over every inch of the Historic Park-McCullough House [in Bennington, Vermont], from the spectacular Victorian gardens where our ceremony was held to the 19th-century carriage barn reception venue. Costumed guides even gave guests tours of the home. We also chose to have unassigned seats since we had indoor and outdoor seating and no formal activities, so guests could mingle and listen to the band all night.

nontraditional bouquet Lisa wanted something other than a classic bouquet, so she asked Apotheca Flowers to design floor-length flower bracelets. She was able to keep the flowers with her the entire night and have her hands free to dance and eat.

unplugged wedding We encouraged our guests to turn off their cell phones, unplug from social media and be present, which allowed for unforgettable moments throughout the night.

handmade details

the getaway vehicle, a 1963 Vespa, belonged to Zohn’s father, who passed away when he was 14

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Among other things, Lisa made 3,000 yarn tassels into garlands to hang in the windows, designed and beaded her own headpiece from gems and pearls my mom gave her, created a ring bearer pillow for my nephew to carry and sewed the chuppah cloth we were married under. Find more wedding ideas at TheKnot.com/inspiration

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Headbands, crowns and decorative hairpins are all the rage right now. Designers like Pronovias, Jennifer Behr and Gigi Burris make really beautiful headpieces that are fanciful and elegant. Adding a few fresh blooms to your hair is another way to think outside the box—just as long as they match your wedding color palette. I also love going full-on bohemian with a flower crown. If you’re getting married in a rustic setting like a vineyard or a having a coastal destination wedding, a wild flower crown is a gorgeous option. But don’t feel like you have to stick with one hair accessory for the whole day—switching them out is an easy way to change up your look.

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Pick accessories that match your overall vision for your wedding day. For example, if you’re going for a glamorous look, consider diamond drop earrings, metallic shoes or a sparkly hair accessory. If you’re after a modern, minimalist vibe, then maybe it’s all about a veil with a clean, raw edge and not a lot of glitzy extras. Whatever your personal style, it’s important to keep in mind how your entire look will come together. I’m a fan of gathering inspiration on Pinterest and mood boards to stay focused on your direction. That way, you won’t go crazy with accessories that don’t work. Find more expert style tips at TheKnot.com/fashion

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My biggest tip, which is also the advice I give to my clients for award shows and other red carpet events, is to be open minded. Don’t be afraid to try on a dress you might not normally. Gowns often look different on the hanger than they do on your body. This doesn’t mean you can’t have an idea of the kinds of gowns you’re interested in, but you may also realize some of the details you thought you liked in photographs don’t work for you. Be prepared to surprise yourself. My second piece of advice is to take lots of photos. Photograph the dresses you try on and take videos of you walking in them—it’s really helpful to see how the fabric looks and moves from every angle. Lastly, bring people you trust. Your shopping buddies should be honest with you about what looks good.

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eat, drink & be merry

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SHOPPING

EAST-WEST ENGAGEMENT RINGS, METALLIC SAVE-THE-DATES & ICELANDIC HONEYMOON STYLE

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velvet touch From pristine loafers to edgy chokers, this rich fabric will give your day-of accessories a super-luxe feel. Loafers, $600, StubbsandWootton .com; bow tie, $120, Lanvin, MrPorter .com; choker, $148, Dannijo.com; heels, $950, JimmyChoo.com; purse, $281, Serpui.com >> PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICIA HEAL

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SHOPPING

WISH LIST Charm school tray, $14, RosannaInc.com

Star sign dish, $14, Anthropologie.com

personalize with your zodiac sign personalize with your zodiac sign

Brass dachshund bowl, $118, JonathanAdler.com

Arrow ring holder, $10, CB2.com

PUT PUT A A RING RING ON IT ON IT Find a safe and stylish dish for your new bling—that is if you ever take it off.

Find a safe and stylish dish for your new bling—that is if you ever take it off.

Blush marble dish, $13, PaperSource.com

Mrs and Mrs dish, $13, CrateandBarrel.com Ring dish, $30, Kate Spade New York, Lenox.com >>

this trinket dish is perfect for corralling all your baubles

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Ceramic catchall, from $45, MarkandGraham.com

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SHOPPING

WISH LIST

FIT TO BE TIED

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1 Battleship clip, $30, JCrew .com 2 Best Day Ever clip, $18, TheKnotShop.com 3 Arrow clip, $15, TheTieBar.com 4 Enamel clip, $29, MarkandGraham .com 5 Multi-stripe clip, $65, PaulSmith.co.uk 6 Gold key bar, $68, BrooksBrothers.com 7 Walnut wood tie bar, $35, Ties.com 8 Copper bar, $40, CuffLinks.com >>

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A tie bar is a great “groom or groomsmen gift. Play up his personality!

–LAUREN KAY, SENIOR STYLE EDITOR

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SHOPPING

WISH LIST

THE MIDAS TOUCH

Add some shimmer and shine to your save-the-dates.

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WISH LIST

go glam with a diamond halo and pavé band

$3,710 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com

SET APART

Looking for something extra special? An east-west setting (where the center stone sits horizontally on the band instead of vertically) will make your ring feel one of a kind.

Price upon request, Kwiat.com

$5,900 (not including center stone), JackKelege.com

$2,830 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com

Price upon request, Forevermark by Jade Trau, Forevermark.com

Price upon request, DeBeers.com

Find more of our top picks at TheKnot.com

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This fun “setting is all about mixing up tradition. It’s perfect for the bride who wants to make a distinct yet elegant statement. – SHELLEY BROWN, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, FASHION & BEAUTY

BROWN: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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an octagonal halo gives this ring a vintage-inspired feel

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SHOPPING

REGISTRY TRENDS

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ON A PEDESTAL Fruit bowl, $50, CrateandBarrel.com

We’re crushing hard on all things marble. This natural element works with any décor, and we love that the veining of each piece is unique.

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Tic-tac-toe set, $195, JonathanAdler.com

ABOUT TIME

ROCK AND ROLL

Wall clock, $70, CB2.com

Rolling pin, $20, WilliamsSonoma.com

COME CLEAN Soap dispenser, $84, Restoration Hardware.com

GOLD STANDARD Side table, $399, WestElm.com

MUDDLE AROUND Mortar and pestle, $40, Pier1.com

Start your registry at TheKnot.com/registry

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SHOPPING

LOOK OF THE MOMENT

WINGED WHIMSY Hairpin, $375, JenniferBehr.com

PINK FLUSH Hot Lips lipstick in Liv It Up, $32, Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom.com

STATEMENT SHIMMER Clutch, $85, DuneLondon.com

FAIRY DUST

Earrings, $36, BaubleBar.com

BLOOMING BEAUTY Dress, $10,450, MiraZwillinger.com

DIVINE VINES

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Shoes, $1,500, RalphandRusso.com

SHEER MAGIC Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017 collection

enchanted garden

Fall under the spell of one of bridal fashion’s hottest trends with romantic florals, rosy hues and sparkly embellishments.

LUSCIOUS SCENT Cherry Garden perfume, $1,210, House of Sillage, NeimanMarcus.com

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CRYSTAL CLUSTERS

Dual-intensity eye shadow in Cassiopeia, $29, NARSCosmetics.com

PETAL PUSHER Ring, $2,190 (not including center stone), Noam Carver, CrownRing.com

Get more runway inspo at TheKnot.com/frontrow

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WHAT TO WEAR

Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK

get glam for a mountain wedding

DRESS, SUIT, JACKET, POCKET SQUARE: DEVON JARVIS; STYLING: JOHN OLSON FOR HALLEY RESOURCES; VENUE: ERICA ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Velvet jacket and pants, $125 to rent, shirt, $15 to rent, bow tie, $10 to rent, BlackTux.com

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Dress, $1,400, Sottero & Midgley, MaggieSottero.com

Jacket, $300, Helen Moore, BHLDN.com

Earrings, $38, OliveandPiper.com

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Heels, $750, JimmyChoo.com

Pocket square, $13, Bows-n-Ties.com

Shoes, $695, Ferragamo.com >>

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WHAT TO WEAR

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, CA

go romantic for a garden wedding

Suit, $160, CombatGent .com; shirt, $50, INC, Macys .com; tie $15, Bows-n-Ties.com

Dress, $1,485, CasablancaBridal.com

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DRESS, SUIT: DEVON JARVIS; STYLING: JOHN OLSON FOR HALLEY RESOURCES; VENUE: YVETTE ROMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Reflect your surroundings with an ivory lace dress and understated gray suit. Rose gold and floral-inspired accents add just enough whimsy to an outdoor affair.

Clutch, $95, DuneLondon.com

Earrings, $390, OscardelaRenta.com

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Heels, $585, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Zappos.com

Watch, price upon request, Hublot.com

Shoes, $90, Ben Sherman, JackThreads.com >>

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SHOPPING

WHAT TO WEAR

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Nothing says “modern minimalism” quite like a curve-skimming gown and slim-cut suit. Metallic touches create a look as vibrant as your venue. Dress, $1,899, Martina Liana, EssenseDesigns.com

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Suit, $700, shirt, $90, Calvin Klein, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com

Shoes, $400, ColeHaan.com

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Cuff links, $600, DavidYurman.com

Heels, $40, JustFab.com

Earrings, $48, BaubleBar.com

DRESS, SUIT: DEVON JARVIS; STYLING: JOHN OLSON FOR HALLEY RESOURCES; VENUE: MEL BARLOW & CO.

Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ

Clutch, $1,295, Edie-Parker.com

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SHOPPING

HONEYMOON ST YLE

SKIN SAVER Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 sunscreen, $38, Drunk Elephant.com

BLUE FADE Leggings, $98, Lululemon.com

FUNKY REFLECTORS Sunglasses, $16, ASOS.com

Visit Iceland from September to April to see the stunning Northern Lights.

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ICELAND

PARADISE PRINT Swimsuit, $130, ModCloth.com

CERULEAN SUIT Bikini, $245, Stella McCartney, Net-APorter.com

HEAVY METAL Jacket, $110, Gap.com

INSTA NOSTALGIA

COOL QUENCHER Water bottle, $35, SwellBottle.com

magic mud BLUE LAGOON, A GEOTHERMAL SPA IN REYKJAVIK, OFFERS WHITE MUD THAT SHRINKS PORES AND CLEARS SKIN. BLUELAGOON.COM

Find your perfect honeymoon spot at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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JACKET: DEVON JARVIS; BACKGROUND, ICELAND: ISTOCK (2)

Instax Mini 8 camera, $70, Fujifilm, Target.com

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HAUTE HUES BOLD BAUBLE Ring, $65, JulesSmith Designs.com

LUSH LINER Eye pencil in Khaki Driver, $31, Guerlain, Sephora.com

VAMPY MANI Nail polish in Jezebel, $18, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora.com

BERRY KISS Lipstick in Seadragon, $53, TomFord.com

FRESHEN UP

Dress, $221, Belsoie, JasmineBridal.com

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This earthy, rich combo gives off seriously luxe vibes.

A filigree pattern adds sophistication to this design.

WELL HEELED Heels, $995, PaulAndrew.com

CENTERPIECE: LACIE HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY; CAKE: DEVON JARVIS

FLOWY FROCK

oxblood + sage

Giulietta eau de parfum, $68 for 1.7 oz., Tocca, Sephora.com

SET IN STONE Earrings, $145, Lele Sadoughi, Charmand Chain.com

BIRDS OF A FEATHER Whimsical peacock invitation, $234 for 100, Ksenia Phillips, Minted.com >>

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PINK POUT

LOOKING GOOD

Silky satin lipstick in Pluminette, $90, ChristianLouboutin.com

Compact, $20, TheKnotShop.com

NEW CLASSIC

WING IT Clutch, $2,750, Nancy Gonzalez, NeimanMarcus.com

gold +

SWINGING CHANDELIERS Earrings, $38, BaubleBar.com

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flamingo

PRETTY SLEEK Lela Rose, $250, Dessy.com >>

Whimsical pink puts a fun twist on this opulent palette.

GOLDEN TOUCH Ornate Filigree invitation, $254 for 100, Lady Jae, Wedding PaperDivas.com

BOUQUET: KELLY SWEET PHOTOGRAPHY; CAKE: KT MERRY PHOTOGRAPHY; LIPSTICK: ISTOCK

Tory Burch eau de parfum, $95 for 1.7 oz, Sephora.com

STRAPPY STEPPER Shoes, $80, AldoShoes.com

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SHOPPING

HAUTE HUES ICE, ICE BABY Earrings, $290, Oscar de la Renta, LordandTaylor.com

SUBTLE SHIMMER

SERVE IT UP Serving set, $40, BHLDN.com

Dress, $240, AllureBridals.com

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Mediterranean Honeysuckle rollerball, $28, AERIN.com

TASSEL PARTY Heels, $995, Marchesa, AKH-GRP.com

BLUE RIBBON Banque invitation, $608 for 100, Crane and Co., PaperlessPost.com

HARD CANDY GRAY OUT Nail polish in Now and Zen, $9, Essie.com

FINISHING TOUCH Cake topper, $15, TheKnotShop.com

Find your palette at TheKnot.com/wedding-colors

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BRIDESMAIDS: CHRISTOPHER & NANCY

Clutch, $1,595, Edie-Parker.com

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gilty pleasure Gilded geometric designs give a shimmery powderblue mani a modern edge. Engagement ring, $7,000 (not including center stone), Karl Lagerfeld, 888-209-5120; diamond fashion rings, $3,740 for 3, SylvieCollection.com >>

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

on the rocks

Crystal embellishments aren’t just for your dress. For megawatt sparkle, apply several rows of iridescent 3-D crystals to a glossy nude base. The end result is totally glam but not too over the top. Engagement ring, price upon request, Kwiat.com >>

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If you love a classic French manicure, consider this très chic update. Pale pink, heartshaped tips are the perfect combination of feminine and fashion forward. Engagement ring, $1,450, EffyJewelry.com; pearl ring, $550, VictoriaSix.com

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To pull off bold, bouncy curls on your wedding day, use hydrating products to keep your strands smooth and moisturized. Dry oil or leave-in conditioner, curl-defining gel and liquid shine spray are a good place to start.

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1 Leave-in conditioner, $9, As I Am, Target.com 2 Ultra defining gel, $22, DevaCurl.com 3 Curl Control mousse, $23, MoroccanOil.com 4 Kendi dry oil mist, $25, Bamboo Smooth, AlternaHaircare.com

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If you have a lot of straight hair, pull it back into a high bun. It makes your locks feel more manageable—and you don’t need to use a bun shaper to get a glam, voluminous end result.

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1 No Frizz shampoo and conditioner, from $25 each, LivingProof.com 2 Imperméable antihumidity spray, $39, Oribe.com 3 Treatment masque, $32 for 8 packets, Ouai, Sephora.com 4 Featherweight Luxe 2i hair dryer and barrel brush, $250, T3Micro.com

Find 150+ hairstyles for your wedding at TheKnot.com/hair

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS BEAUT Y BEAT

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Fragrance is a memory trigger, which is why it’s a fun idea to invest in a new scent for your day. Here, a guide to choosing the right perfume for your wedding style.

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If flower crowns and garlands are essential to your wedding décor, consider intense notes like bourbon, black currant and pine needles. They’re equal parts rustic and unforgettable.

Planning an island getaway? A crisp combination of zesty citrus and lush greens (think: basil and tarragon) is just made for beachy nuptials or a tropical honeymoon.

NIRVANA BOURBON, $85 for 50 ml, Elizabeth and James, Sephora.com; GYPSY WATER, $150 for 50 ml, Byredo, Barneys.com; SÌ, $92 for 50 ml, Giorgio Armani, Ulta.com

CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE, $78 for 50 ml, Chanel.com; EAU PAPAGUÉNA, $250 for 50 ml, Elisire.com; BASIL AND NEROLI, $130 for 100 ml, JoMalone.com

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Flowers and weddings go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise floral perfumes are a bridal staple, whether it’s a liquid bouquet of romantic roses, clean lavender or unexpected violet.

For a modern vibe that’s also sophisticated, opt for an intense, sultry scent with exotic ingredients like patchouli and sandalwood.

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FLOWERBOMB, $115 for 50 ml, Viktor&Rolf, Nordstrom.com; DAISY, $80 for 50 ml, Marc Jacobs, Sephora.com; FLEUR DE PARFUM, $105 for 50 ml, Chloé, Sephora.com

PARCO PALLADIANO VI, $295 for 100 ml, Bottega Veneta, BergdorfGoodman.com; SANTAL BLUSH, $225 for 50 ml, Tom Ford, VioletGrey.com; BLACK OPIUM, $90 for 50 ml, Yves

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BROW ESSENTIALS These must-haves will keep your brow game on point.

Slant tweezer, $23, Tweezerman.com Ready, Set, BROW! clear brow gel, $24, Benefit Cosmetics.com

Pro Sculpting brow pen, $27, Makeup Forever.com

brow know-how one Visualize the brow shape you want to achieve. The front of your brow (also called the “sprouts”) should line up with your corresponding nostril, your arch should hit around the outer edge of your iris and the tail of your brow should end at your temple.

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Using a brow pencil, fill in your brow starting at the sprouts. Draw short, hairlike strokes and follow your natural brow shape, filling in any especially sparse or bare areas. To create a sculpted arch, hold tweezers at an angle between the front of your brow and your arch and pencil in any extra space.

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Bold brows are here to stay. Follow these tips to pull them off.

six Repeat the same techniques on brow number two. For a symmetrical look, the tops of both of your arches should be at the same point. Don’t worry if your brows don’t look perfectly identical—it’s normal to have slightly different brow shapes.

seven Dust translucent powder over your brows to soak up natural oils. Sweep clear brow gel through brows for extra hold.

Light Reflecting loose setting powder, $37, NARSCosmetics.com

Get more day-of tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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Useful food tips straight from the pros to help you look and feel amazing for the wedding moments that matter most. From your engagement photo shoot to the last dance, every bride wants to feel incredible from the inside out. While it’s no secret that beauty and nutrition go hand in hand, it’s not always clear what foods to choose and when. Ever wonder what to eat before dress shopping? Or which bites promote glowing skin and silky, bridal-ready hair? We went to two pros— Amy Gannon, program manager and chief coach of eCoaching at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, and Robyn Youkilis, wellness expert and author of Go With Your GutÑfor advice on what to eat (and what to avoid) before these five important events leading up to “I do.” >> SARAH ANNE WARD/THELICENSINGPROJECT.COM

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wedding dress fittings GOAL To maintain your weight and shape from previous fittings (and avoid severe dress alterations) WHAT TO EAT This one’s all about sustainability and applying a few small, subtle changes to your eating habits to achieve a larger, gradual goal, which really is doable. Choose lean proteins, healthy fats and quality carbohydrates, Gannon advises. Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, chicken, fish, avocado, oatmeal, quinoa and plain, low-fat dairy are all fair game. TIP Skip the crazy crash diets that severely limit or cut out entire food groups. They can cause rapid weight loss, which is both unhealthy and not ideal between fittings, or they can actually lead to weight gain, since they’re so difficult to stick with long term.

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GOAL To energize, and promote both clear skin and a healthy, natural, camera-ready glow WHAT TO EAT Produce like oranges, bell peppers, broccoli and cantaloupes have tons of vitamin C, which is important for collagen production for healthy skin and tissues. Foods like salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds offer omega-3s that are anti-inflammatory and benefit your complexion. Another friend to skin, hair and nails are healthy fats found in avocado, eggs, coconut and fatty fish. Most importantly, drink water. “Hydrated skin is glowing skin, and water does it all,” Youkilis says. Add fruit, mint or cucumber slices for extra flavor. TIP External benefits won’t occur instantaneously. “Eating salmon and broccoli the night before your shoot is great, but you should start choosing nutritious options early to prep for the camera,” Gannon says.

wedding dress shopping GOAL To look and feel naturally bloat free WHAT TO EAT Probiotics (found in fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha and kimchi) and fiber (in fruits and veggies, beans and legumes, and whole grains) work wonders to fend off bloating. But there is such a thing as having too much fiber, so be wary of going overboard. “Shoot for the recommended 25 grams per day,” Gannon says. “Instead of a heaping bowl of bran cereal, opt for low-fat Greek yogurt with berries for a good mix of lean protein and fiber.” TIP Steer clear of excess sodium before trying on gowns. According to Gannon, 75 percent of sodium intake in the US comes from packaged and restaurant food, so be extra careful when snacking or eating out. Gravitate toward the most simply prepared, least-processed foods.

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wedding day GOAL To look and feel bloat free, reduce stress and sustain a calm, blissful state WHAT TO EAT The day before your wedding, go with what you know. In other words, this is not the time to experiment with anything new or exotic—it might have an unexpected effect on you. Make sure your rehearsal dinner menu includes healthy and satisfying selections that cater to your bridal mind and body, which means lean protein, brown rice or whole grains, and lots of vegetables. On the day of your wedding, take the same approach and stick with your usual breakfast, whether it’s a green smoothie, toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal. TIP Even if you have the jitters and a lengthy to-do list the day of, don’t forget to eat. Keep nutritious snacks and bottled water on hand for energy and hydration during the final countdown. Youkilis also highly encourages carving out “me time.” It could be as simple as a 30-minute workout, a five-minute meditation session or enjoying a cup of tea and the newspaper in your favorite chair. Find more health tips and advice at TheKnot.com

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GOAL To fortify against indulgent treats and late-night festivities, and to detox and bounce back post-party WHAT TO EAT Before the fun begins, eat a balanced meal that includes a hearty protein source like meat, fish, lentils or beans. (While you’ll still feel the buzz, you’ll absorb the alcohol more gradually—a nicer way to get the job done.) The morning after, have a satisfying brunch that also does damage control: an omelet with avocado, whole-grain pancakes with diced fruit, or veggie hash with sweet potatoes and eggs. Add greens for a kick of key vitamins and to help detoxify your blood and liver. TIP Help prevent a hangover by alternating between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks throughout the party. You can also choose cocktails like wine spritzers or vodka sodas that replace some of the alcohol with water. Then start the next day with another big glass of water to rehydrate. Youkilis recommends a squeeze of lemon for a vitamin C boost and to stimulate and detox your digestive system.

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dapper details Natural elements like wood, marble and metallics pair with a moody palette of greens to give this wedding a refined, masculine vibe. Napkins in playful patterns add to the celebration, while a collection of unexpected stems gives an element of softness and romance to the table. “A napkin takes up a large portion of the setting, so opt for custom ones— if not for all your guests, for at least the head table,” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York. Bonus: You can use them for postwedding dinner parties. Dressing the part means staying authentic to your style, Meyer says. A unified palette gives these mismatched ties and shoes a cohesive, styled look.

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polished perfection The details should feel special—start to finish. A marble design is the perfect canvas for romantic copper calligraphy and lime edging. “The envelope liner is the first thing guests see when they open the invitation. We wanted to make sure they knew it was going to be a party,” Meyer says of the Jackson Pollack–inspired splatter liner. A not-quite naked cake gets a style upgrade with a decadent drizzle of caramel and a floral topping. This rich, multilayer dessert is the exclamation point of this sophisticated soiree. Stationery, KatieFischerDesign.com OPPOSITE PAGE Cake, LuckyBirdBakes.com >>

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bespoke elements A guest book doesn’t have to be a book. Ask friends and family to sign bottles of wine you can open on milestone anniversaries. And when it comes to favors, go for edible. “Many guests travel to weddings, and some keep partying after, so steer clear of tchotchkes and go for something guests can eat right then and there,” Meyer says. The best part of same-sex weddings? “Creating traditions together. There’s no rule book for gay weddings, so couples can do what feels right to them,” Meyer says. Opt for matching rings or choose something authentic to your personal style. Copper cuff links reflect each groom’s first name as well as their shared monogram, a chic symbol of their coming together. Favors, JamJarNY.com; gold band and black diamond band, AnnaSheffield.com; cuff links, BlockandHammer, Etsy.com

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BAR CART This ultimate entertaining accessory is clutch for serving drinks. Choose a versatile piece that can roll from living room to dining room with ease. Style with your new barware and favorite specialty sips. Don’t forget fun extras like cloth cocktail napkins and swizzle sticks.

APPLIANCES Register for that luxe stand mixer you’ve had your eye on, or upgrade a toaster oven or coffeemaker with a new model. After all, appliances are a cook’s best friend. 5-qt. stand mixer, $600, KitchenAid.com

DUTCH OVEN

Enamel-coated cast iron retains heat and is extremely durable—you may never have to replace this lidded pot. Braise a chicken or stew chili. It even goes straight from oven to table. Cast iron coq au vin, from $250, Staub, Williams-Sonoma.com

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Celebrate the time-honored tradition of registering for wedding china. Older relatives will be delighted, and you’ll be able to start your own collection of heirlooms. Choose a pattern that can be easily mixed and matched over time. (Hint: We love metallics.) Renaissance Gold Collection, from $15, Wedgwood, Macys.com

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EVERYDAY DISHES Good news: You can register for more than one set of plates. If you’re adding fine china to your registry, opt for a set of casual dinnerware too. Stoneware, porcelain and bone china are all good choices—just be sure it’s

microwave and dishwasher safe. We recommend service for 12, so you’re always party ready. Casual dinnerware is often sold “open stock,” meaning you can load up on plates and skip cups and saucers, if you prefer.

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Silverware is the jewelry of your table. Invest in a set that’s perfect for everyday use but can elevate place settings for a special occasion (think: your boss coming to dinner). Malmo rose gold, $90 for 5-piece setting, Kate Spade New York, Macys.com

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Load up on drinkware. Register for 8 to 12 of every type of glass (water, wine, cocktail). You’ll be well stocked for entertaining, and if a glass breaks you’ll have a backup on hand. Look for durability and versatility—you’ll likely use wine glasses for both informal and formal entertaining. Optical gold champagne glass, $25, Optical gold wine glass, $25, Elegante grid double old-fashioned glass, $65, Vietri.com

HONEYMOON FUNDS Have everything you need? Nowadays it’s totally acceptable to register for your honeymoon. Sites like TravelersJoy.com allow guests to contribute to your ultimate getaway wish list, including lodging and activities. A stay in a luxury tent on a safari? You got it. Couple’s massage on the beach? Add that to the list too. Best of all, it’s free—there are no setup fees for you or transaction charges for gift givers. >>

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ICE BUCKET

The versatility of this registry pick makes it a total must-have. Fill it with ice for mixed drinks or use it to chill a bottle of champagne. An ice bucket can double as a large vase and is great for collecting corks from memorable bottles of wine.

JUICER Squeeze the goodness out of your favorite fruits and vegetables with the help of a juicer. This powerhouse electric crushes ingredients into vitamin-rich juices and smoothies. And making a pitcher of fresh margaritas has never been easier (just saying). Look for a compact model that stores well when not in use and has dishwasher-safe parts, since juicing can get messy.

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Ignore the old superstition that registering for knives is bad luck. Sharp blades are the unsung heroes of every kitchen. Test a few before adding to your registry— grip and feel are important. Ikon blackwood chef’s knife, from $180, Wüsthof, Williams-Sonoma.com

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One of the best postwedding perks is the honeymoon. Use this once-in-a-lifetime trip as an opportunity to upgrade your luggage. An ultralightweight polycarbonate case is super durable and easy to hoist into an overhead bin. Register for two carry-ons, a garment bag and a large suitcase for longer journeys. Luggage, from $225, AwayTravel.com

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MIXING BOWLS

Even non-bakers can benefit from a set of mixing bowls. They’re perfect for cook prep and can double as serving dishes. Look for a set that nests to save on cabinet space. Striped mixing bowls, from $6, CrateandBarrel.com

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Invest in good cookware. Some pots and pans can last a lifetime with proper care. Choose a prepackaged set or just the essentials like a stockpot, medium-size sauce pan, and large and small pans for frying and sautéing. M’Tradition Bain Marie, $325, Mauviel, Bloomingdales.com >>

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QUILTS

Load up on layering pieces for your bed. A lightweight quilt is perfect for shoulder seasons. And don’t forget to register for a few throw blankets too—they look great draped over a sofa or arm chair. Coverlets, from $38, Bluebellgray, Macys.com

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Upgrade your overused towels with some plush bath sheets—in this case, bigger is better. Figure four sets (washcloth, hand towel and bath towel) for every bathroom. Don’t forget extras like kitchen and beach towels. Bath towels, from $8, Fouta, SerenaandLily.com

ROASTING PAN Maybe you don’t have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, but chances are you will someday. Roasting pans are great for other meats like rib roast and chicken too. And their deep-dish proportions make them perfect for lasagna. Be sure to register for a rack—it will allow your meat to sit above the drippings and aid in plating your masterpiece.

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SHEETS

Good sheets lead to good sleep—okay, at the very least they enhance the comfort and look of your bed. Register for two sets for every bed in your home. Consider adding some cozy flannel sheets to your list too. Cameron blue sheets, from $230, Oake, Bloomingdales.com

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VACUUM Housekeeping is way more tolerable with efficient (and stylish) supplies. Invest in a good vacuum that can be used to clean floors and upholstery like your sofa or drapery. Some models even minimize allergens, while others are great for combating pet dander.

UTENSILS

Request a set of matching kitchen utensils—you’ll never be stuck mid-recipe searching for a slotted spoon again. Not to mention, a coordinating set looks fab corralled in a marble cylinder on your countertop. Whisk, $10, CrateandBarrel.com

WINE FRIDGE

This splurge-worthy pick is a need for any oenophile. Look for a dual temperature fridge that will keep your whites and reds chilled at optimal degrees. Newer models are energy efficient and compact, allowing your collection of pinot to age well, even in your apartment.

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Keep the hugs and kisses coming—register for dates! A gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, a membership to a museum or season tickets to a local sports team will make the first year of your marriage memorable (and romantic).

Want a kitchen gadget that packs a punch? Register for a Microplane zester grater (trust us). This slender tool adds instant flavor to any dish. It zests citrus, makes garlic paste, shaves chocolate and even grates Parmesan cheese to top your spaghetti and meatballs. Best of all, it’s dishwasher safe.

YOURS, MINE, OURS Share everything, while still claiming “yours” and “mine.” Festive drinkware looks great on a bar cart and is perfect for toasting milestones in your future. Two of a Kind drinkware, from $50, Kate Spade New York, BedBathandBeyond.com Ready to make your wish list? Get started at TheKnot.com/registry

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Since Lila and Kham spent their first couple’s getaway at the Bacara Resort & Spa, Kham knew the Santa Barbara resort would be the perfect place to propose. He coordinated with the hotel to trick Lila into thinking they had won a free stay on the weekend before Christmas. Once at the resort, the couple set out on a predinner stroll on the beach to watch the sunset when Lila heard her favorite song, “Spooky Couch,” playing from the hotel’s speaker in the distance. That’s when Kham grabbed her hand and got down on one knee. “We watched our first sunrise there and we fell in love there,” Lila says of the seaside spot. “Kham knew the next time we’d leave, it’d be as an engaged couple.”

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With plans to shop for an engagement ring the following weekend, Jackie and Zach set out to purchase their first Christmas tree together. But as the two searched for the perfect pine to bring home for the holidays, Zach let Jackie know they wouldn’t be ring shopping anytime soon. “He asked, ‘What would you do if I already bought one and it’s in my pocket?’ ” Jackie recalls. “I had tree-cutting gloves on, so it took a moment before I could toss them over my shoulder and put the ring on!”

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One day while working at her event rentals company, Stephanie received a call to meet a client at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. Little did she know that her boyfriend of four years, Drew, had concocted a proposal with the help of her crew. There, she found a suit-clad Drew in an outdoor lounge with champagne and a computer to play a video. “The beginning of the video was Drew telling me about the day he decided to marry me,” Stephanie says of watching the film—just before Drew pulled out a ring. “There was one last surprise on the video: clips of our family congratulating us.” >>

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“Matthew asked me if I wanted to go on a sleigh ride in the snow through the Rocky Mountains,” Haley says. “Of course I said, ‘yes.’ ” That conversation kicked off Matthew’s secret proposal idea for their upcoming ski trip. After taking in the wintry landscape on the sleigh, the couple pulled up to an alpine cabin for dinner. The driver asked the pair to pose for a quick picture in front of the horse, which cued the professional photographer hiding by the cabin to get ready. “Matthew took my hands and started talking about our story,” Haley says. “My jaw dropped. I was already saying ‘yes’ before he could finish the question.”

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Despite becoming close friends and later coworkers, it took three separate attempts for Tim to convince Lisa to go on a date. “I finally agreed and it was the best decision I ever made,” she says. Three years later, the pair traveled to Traverse City, Michigan, to celebrate Lisa’s birthday. Tim took the chance to propose as the two sat on a dock overlooking Spider Lake. “The sun was setting when he got down on one knee,” Lisa says. “This time, he didn’t have to ask more than once.”

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After a dating website said they were 99 percent compatible, Chaz (right) and Grant met over burgers and beer in New York City’s Madison Square Park. “We fell fast and hard for each other,” Chaz says. Four years later, the couple spent a routine Saturday at a yoga class before taking their dog on a walk. “I asked Grant to spend the rest of his life with me on the corner of State and Hicks,” Chaz says of proposing in their Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. “I think Grant took the ring out of my hands before I could get the words out of my mouth!”

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eaving behind the bustle of New York City, Brooklynites Karen Saah (44 and an attorney) and Mark Price (39 and an investment banker) set out to their favorite vacation resort in Jamaica for a Caribbean-infused wedding weekend. Tropical hues of pink and turquoise, along with a playful pineapple motif, created a lighthearted atmosphere that complemented the beachside location. “We wanted to include Caribbean elements, such as flowers with deep colors, coral pieces, textured fabrics, Caribbean food and an ocean backdrop,” Karen says. That started with the invitation suite, which featured a map of the island, custom logo and, of course, pineapples, and ended with steel drums at the farewell brunch. “We made sure to honor the beautiful country of Jamaica,” she says.

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fashion Karen based her elegant look—a sideswept updo, classic makeup and statement earrings—on a blend of Michelle Obama and actress Lupita Nyong’o. “I would keep in mind, ‘What would Lupita do?’ ” she says. Mark opted for an understated trendy style that included a pink-andblue tie and a floral-print lining in his suit jacket. reception A plexiglass cover transformed the pool into a dance floor and stage for the live band, and later, the late-night DJ. advice “Laugh as much as possible during what will be a crazy process,” Karen says of planning. “Your current sanity is priceless.”

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aren and Mark coordinated with the staff of Half Moon, where their guests stayed, to provide wedding-themed hotel key cards for each room. The cards featured the couple’s custom logo in their wedding colors of pink and turquoise, and ended up being one of Karen’s favorite parts of the destination celebration. “It was a wonderfully personalized touch we added to customize the feel from the start,” says planner Shannon Leahy of Shannon Leahy Events in San Francisco. “Ask the hotel what system they use and order online.”

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Embrace local customs. Book a fun reggae band, use bold colors and serve jerk chicken, rice and plantains.

Don’t rely on shipping. Pack highly important items in your suitcase. If you must ship, hire a local customs broker to help with the process.

Store your cake inside. For outdoor weddings in the heat, keep your cake cool until cake cutting time, and cover it with mosquito netting to deter bugs.

Prepare for rain. Unpredictable rain is normal for the island so have a plan B. Sunshine is not a given.

Island time is real. Things tend to take a lot longer than you would expect. Be firm on times and tell everyone you need something done two hours before you actually do.

Remind guests to pack a passport, sunscreen and bug spray. Give a heads up to guests by listing what to pack on your wedding website. Reminders by phone or email to bring travel documents are a good idea too.

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ceremony “I wanted it to be his dream setting to give away his little girl,� Sarah says of having her father walk her down the petal-filled aisle.

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REAL WEDDINGS attire Going for an “Italian glam” look, Sarah’s trumpet-style gown included almost 1,000 handmade fabric flowers and a 14-foot removable train, and Derek donned a classic tuxedo. The rosettes on the pink bridesmaid dresses inspired the blooms used at the ceremony. florals Blush and cream peonies and roses accented the garden and dressed the marble busts along the venue’s walls overlooking the coastline. cocktail hour After walking through a pine forest to the belvedere, guests sipped prosecco with wild berries while watching the sunset from the villa’s hilltop perch. THE COLOR PALETTE:

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iewing their wedding as one big family vacation, San Francisco–based Sarah Dihmes (32 and a psychologist) and Derek Collison (48 and a technology CEO) hosted a whimsical four-day affair along Italy’s Amalfi Coast that included a welcome party with a fireworks show, a traditional Italian rehearsal dinner complete with bottles of limoncello, a boat ride and even a white party at a beach club to celebrate Sarah’s birthday the day after their nuptials. The romantic ceremony and reception featured thousands of hanging strands of wisteria, glistening crystal candelabras, a five-foot cake and odes to Sarah’s Italian heritage. “It’s all about creating memories,” Sarah says. “We wanted to set the stage by having all our favorite people in one place for the very first family vacation.”

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reception “It was more dreamlike than one could imagine,” Sarah says of walking into the storybook-worthy setting. The illuminated crypt held two long tables topped with mirrors to reflect the low arrangements of blooms, gold votives and crystal stemware, while warm-hued uplighting accented the stone vaulting and hanging wisteria. advice “It’s not about a dress or cake, but honoring family, friends and mentors who were involved in the phases of your life by celebrating in one fabulous event,” Sarah says of her vision. “I focused on how I wanted the wedding and our guests to feel instead of how I wanted it to look.”

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lanner Diana Sorensen of Italybased Sugokuii Events surprised the couple by hanging garlands in the ceremony space to echo those planned for the crypt reception. She hired local climbers to scale the 500-year-old tree in the garden overnight and attach the florals to the branches. Similarly, she worked with an engineer to develop a special system for hanging wisteria from the crypt vaulting, since the historic space would not allow nails in the stone. “It was quite the challenge, but the effect was amazing,” Sorensen says. “It looked like the wisteria had been there for years.”

Hire local artisans. Italy’s home to all sorts of specialty artists and suppliers Collaborate with them to create custom décor, fabrics and favors.

Find a unique view. There are endless corners for one-of-a-kind backdrops like archways, lemon trees and the sea.

Beware of cobblestones. Note that certain types of shoes, like stilettos,are difficult to walk in on uneven stone pathways. Remind guests and bridesmaids to pack flats or wedges.

The most stunning spots are difficult to get to. The steep incline of the coastline means you might be hand carrying your luggage and décor up stairs or in a chairlift to the venue.

Italian vendors work differently. Not all vendors speak English or promptly respond to emails. Since many also like to meet in person, work with a planner you trust to be a local liaison.

True luxury is in the details. Find a location that you feel represents your personal style and you as a couple. — D I A N A S O R E N S E N, PL ANNER

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REAL WEDDINGS ceremony The oceanside pool became the focal point for the grooms’ cabana-style altar. The men walked in together to “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac. food After the couple exchanged personalized vows, the guests sipped spicy margaritas and noshed on tempura avocado and mini tacos under a giant palm tree. reception All 150 guests dined at one long feasting table topped with silver-beaded chargers and small bunches of gardenias and succulents. Markers named after the area’s beaches split the table into sections so guests could easily find their seats.

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attire Brad wore a black tuxedo and bow tie while Michael donned a complementary black three-piece suit. The groomsmaids added texture to the wedding party with dresses in metallic shades while the groomsmen sported gunmetal-hued ties. advice The grooms made a point to stick together all night, instead of splitting up. “One of our fondest memories was peeking out a window, high above the crowd, and watching our guests enjoy themselves,” Brad says. “We were overcome with emotion when we realized it was our love that brought everyone together to celebrate with us.”

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Not only does the gifting lounge create an unforgettable first impression for your guests, but it takes a lot of pressure off the couple getting married. Assembling welcome bags and delivering them to all your hotels can be exhausting and expensive on the days just before your wedding. Plus, the lounge creates a fantastic conversation starter as your guests mingle. — K A I T L I N KO LV ET, PL ANNER

Host outdoors. The temperate, Mediterranean climate of Montecito, known as the American Riviera, makes alfresco weddings comfortable for you and your guests. Take advantage of the weather by holding your ceremony, reception or both under the blue sky.

Provide shuttles. Private venues mean guests will be staying off-site. Offer shuttles to and from your events so guests can enjoy and have fun without worrying about transportation.

Be mindful of neighbors. Sleepy towns like Montecito combined with private residences create logistical challenges with neighbors. Be aware of noise restrictions, and if you want to revel beyond 10 p.m., head to a local after-party venue to dance until 2 a.m.

Note the traffic. Since most guests will likely fly into LAX, which is 90 miles south, warn them to avoid rush hour times on your wedding website.

Recommend things to do. Showcase unique activities for your guests during downtime, such as touring the Funk Zone urban wine trail, chartering a sailboat or renting kayaks.

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bridesmaids and four junior bridesmaids wore custom, floor-length chiffon and 6 organza gowns in a muted shade of blush. the entertainment After the first dance, guests were treated to a surprise performance by the USC marching band. “The doors opened and they marched right to the center of the dance floor,” says Casey. “It gives me chills just thinking about it!” the centerpieces Tall glass vases topped with overflowing arrangements of white 1 Tote, $25, TheKnotShop.com orchids and roses finished the tables. 2 Tuxedo, $110 to rent, Tall glass vases TheBlackTux.com topped with overfl owing La 3 Rancho arrangementsVina of white orchids and pinot noir, $50, Potek.com

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location “San Francisco had the perfect balance of authenticity, accessibility and, perhaps most importantly, tacos—the most amazing tacos!” Jess says of choosing the seaside town north of Puerto Vallarta. ceremony Framed by two arched palm leaves, Jess and Dave exchanged heartfelt and humorous personalized vows, including “promising not to go to IKEA together hungry.” attire The couple kept their looks as relaxed as their destination, with Jess in a simple sheath, mismatched earrings and flower crown, and Dave wearing a purple checked shirt and his typical kicks: Vans.

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Incorporate the culture. Include elements you’d expect at a fiesta, like colorful papel picados and margaritas.

Charter a boat. Take a tour to the Marietas Islands, one of two places in the world to spot the blue-footed booby. (The other is the Galapagos.)

Don’t plan a full agenda. Give your guests time to discover the town.

Hire a donkey. It’s a great photo op for guests during cocktail hour. He can even carry beer or margaritas.

Stick to local blooms. It’s extremely expensive to ship in flowers from another country, especially peonies.

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ceremony Aiming for an effortless look, the couple wed under a wood umbrella covered in leaves. “I wanted it to look like we were meant to be in that tropical scenery,” Vanessa says. attire Seeking comfort amid the humid weather, Vanessa wore a silk crepe dress that she accessorized with a turn-of-the-century tiara. surprises Ricky kept a few secrets from Vanessa, including a photo shoot in the butterfly gardens and the reception dinner in a historic hotel. “It was so much fun not knowing,” she says. honeymoon The couple stayed a few extra days in the rain forest to celebrate. THE COLOR PALETTE:

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eeking a pair of shoes that would blend into the Costa Rican environment, Vanessa discovered the perfect ones at her go-to store Anthropologie. With beige rattan, colorful printed flowers, gold studs and subtle butterflies, the flats made getting from venue to venue comfortable while also adding personality to her bridal look. But Vanessa did change into her burlap TOMS, a last-minute addition to her suitcase, for the photos in the jungle. “I needed them to survive the steps, rocks and water without falling,” Vanessa says. “They were lifesavers.”

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Check the distance. Lots of places in Costa Rica take longer to travel between than you might think. Plan for some extra time if you have more than one venue.

Book your honeymoon too. Costa Rica offers a wide range of landscapes and adventures. Stay a few extra nights for your honeymoon—no flight necessary.

Protect yourself from wildlife. Sure, bird-watching and gazing at butterflies may be pleasant, but beware of more dangerous wildlife like poisonous snakes and monkeys.

Note the downpours. Costa Rica’s rainy season runs from May to October. While there might be lower prices, prepare for storms.

Avoid Catholic holidays. Being an overwhelmingly Catholic country, Costa Rica shuts down for religious holidays like Christmas and Easter.

Make it a vacation. Grab your guests and take advantage of adventurous activities like volcano hikes and white water rafting. The photos are priceless.

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bohemian paradise PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY LAUREL EVENT DESIGN BY MAUI’S ANGELS DESTINATION WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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fashion Zach donned a slim-fit, navy blazer and classic bow tie, but added island flair with Hawaiian-print socks. Ali kept her look laid-back with a lace gown, fishtail braid crown, borrowed veil and bare feet. flowers The bride’s affinity for king proteas inspired her bouquet, which included three of the exotic flower, plus eucalyptus, dendrobium orchids, ferns and ranunculus. food Guests dined on bites of island poke, chicken sliders, macadamia-crusted mahi mahi, local vegetables and coconut-frosted, pineapple-flavored cupcakes. THE COLOR PALETTE:

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lush tones, tropical blooms, wood surfboards and a vintage Volkswagen bus photo booth echoed the classic Hawaiian vibe Alexandra (Ali) Dempsey (27 and a marketing associate) and Zachary (Zach) Thorstad (29 and a realtor) wanted for their Maui celebration, which featured a barbecue welcome party and chartered whale-watching tour. Steering clear of anything that said “luau,” the couple looked to Old Hawaiiana for inspiration, including giant palm leaves, bamboo chairs, Polynesian fare and a processional to “Better Together” by Hawaiian native Jack Johnson. “I grew up coming to Maui, and Zach and I came to Maui several times,” Ali says of inviting 120 guests to the Pacific island. “We wanted to relay the joy and gratitude we feel every time we’re here to our guests through our wedding.”

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Ceremony & Reception Site Olowalu Plantation House, Lahaina, HI Photography Wendy Laurel Videography Hi Light Films Event Design Lorrie Betsill Nielson/ Maui’s Angels Destination Weddings & Events Floral Design Mandy Grace Designs Officiant Crosby Beam Gown Willowby, The Dress Theory, San Diego Hair & Makeup I am U’i Beauty Engagement & Wedding Rings Custom Bridesmaid Dresses Various Formalwear Groom: Bonobos; ties: TheTieBar.com Rentals Hawaiian Style Event Rentals Stationery Invitations: Minted.com; escort & menu cards: Kate Paulson Catering Aloha Events Catering Cake Cake Fanatics Music Ceremony & cocktail hour: Jasmine Rice; reception: Maui DJ Services Photo Booth Aloha Photo Bus Accommodations Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger; RitzCarlton Kapalua; Westin Maui Resort & Spa Guests 120 Honeymoon Italy; Switzerland

Integrate Hawaiian details. Add personality with lei greeters, fire dancers and plenty of orchids.

Pick a beach. With hundreds of seaside venues to choose from, you’ll find one that fits your style.

Accommodate guests’ needs. Think about who your guests are. Some areas of the island are more family oriented while others offer five-star hotels, spas and restaurants.

Book a tent. If inclement weather is a top concern, place a hold on a tent for peace of mind.

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These islands boast some of the most magical and serene backdrops in the world. The aloha spirit is a huge draw for destination brides. —LORRIE BETSILL NIELSON, PLANNER

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Keeping with Greek tradition, Emilia and Ryan wore platinum bands on their right hands.

Ryan waited for Emilia on the church steps with her bouquet. Gold dust and fresh flowers accented the six-tier cake.

in the bride’s words The best thing about having a destination wedding was...

... everyone came together to bond in a weeklong vacation they’ll never forget. It was like spring break! Friends and family left with new, lasting bonds and friendships that have carried on. We got to see everyone throughout the week.

The couple share their first kiss in front of their 200 guests.

My favorite wedding day moment with Ryan was...

My top three must-have bridal beauty products were... Emilia helped design the handpainted invitations.

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... hydrating sheet masks by Erno Laszlo, Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish soft blotting powder and Le Volume De Chanel waterproof mascara. Find more real wedding inspiration at TheKnot.com/real-weddings

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... when I arrived on Pontikonisi Island. I walked up the stairs with my father and brother and saw Ryan at the top of the church steps. I felt like we were about to become a family and I was the happiest I’ve ever been. I couldn’t contain my smile.


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MODERN MIXED MEDIUMS Wispy ostrich feather cuffs add a luxe texture to a minimalist gown. Dress, price upon request, Pronovias.com; engagement ring, $5,440 (not including center stone), KirkKara.com; earrings, $65, Mejuri.com Nickel Couch by Johnny Swing >>

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HAUTE LINES Not into veils or heavy trains? Consider a detachable bridal cape. The end result is equal parts dramatic and fashion forward. Dress, $4,115, RosaClara.es; bracelet, $1,750, DavidYurman.com Concrete Spheres by Grace Knowlton PREVIOUS PAGE

SIMPLY STATUESQUE Flatter your figure and elongate your frame with an angular, asymmetrical neckline. Dress, $5,890, RomonaKeveza .com; engagement ring, $8,250 (not including center stone), Furrer-Jacot.com; earrings, $495, Rebecca de Ravenel, shop similar styles at BergdorfGoodman.com Suspended by Menashe Kadishman >>

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CLASSICAL INFLUENCE A gown with an elegant draped back gives off serious goddess vibes. Plus, your grand exit will be just as impressive as your walk down the aisle. Dress, $2,199, Martina Liana, EssenseDesigns.com

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PERFECT FORM Get ready to turn heads in a curveskimming column gown with a crystal-encrusted illusion bodice. Dress, $4,170, AnneBarge.com; engagement ring, $2,190 (not including center stone), Ritani.com The Pietrarubbia Group by Arnaldo Pomodoro >>

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ARTFUL OPULENCE Modern doesn’t have to mean basic. An embellished high collar and sheer sleeves are the perfect combination of glamour and elegance. Dress, $5,900, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, price upon request, DavidYurman.com Four Corners by Forrest Myers

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STRUCTURED SUITING Pair slim-cut slacks with a matching jacket for one chic, wedding-worthy ensemble. Jacket, $1,800, top, $800, pants, $2,000, Lakum, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $1,895 (not including center stone), ScottKay.com A Moment in Time by Chakaia Booker

STORY: SHELLEY BROWN FASHION STYLING: MORGAN GIBBONS AT TRICIA JOYCE INC. HAIR: VIVI LAPIDUS MAKEUP: LEANNE HIRSH FOR PERFUMERA CURANDERA AT SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY FLORALS: SAIPUA LOCATION: STORM KING ART CENTER IN NEW WINDSOR, NY Planning your own modern affair? Storm King Art Center is hosting weddings for the first time in its 56-year history. The sprawling grounds offer stunning natural surroundings and contemporary art pieces. StormKing.org

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Whether it’s your dress, accessories or even your cake, just a touch of “something blue” on your wedding day is a sweet nod to tradition.

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Playful plumes and shimmery spangles add just enough whimsy to a lapis-colored gown. Dress, $16,990, NaeemKhan .com; engagement ring, $8,500 (not including center stone), EricaCourtney.com; band, from $1,318, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $3,400, DavidYurman .com; shoes, $1,190, Oscardela Renta.com; hat box, $225, TrousseauandCo.com

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bejeweled beauty In the market for a sparkly “something blue”? Whether they’re costume or real, aquamarine-and-sapphire-tinted danglers are seriously elegant ear candy. Dress, $1,165, KennethWinston.com; earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com >>

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retro chic Put a nostalgic twist on a romantic lace gown with a fun pair of cat-eye sunnies. Dress, $2,136, Watters.com; sunglasses, stylist’s own; earrings, $1,210, CoastDiamond.com; blue topaz ring, $1,195, EffyJewelry.com >>

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belle of the ball Twirl the night away (and make an unforgettable statement) in a powder-blue ball gown and matching Swiss dot gloves. Dress, price upon request, SarehNouri.com; earrings, $150, Atelier Mon, BHLDN.com; gloves, $40, LaCrasiaGloves.com

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blue notes Give a time-honored tradition a personal feel with a cornflower-blue ombrÊ birdcage veil, a bedazzled novelty clutch or a stunning sapphire cocktail ring. Another idea: Have your groom sport a dapper navy suit. Clockwise from top left: Birdcage veil, $475, GigiBurris.com; earrings, $1,425, EffyJewelry.com; sapphire ring, $60,900, ParadeDesign.com; dress, $2,136, Watters.com; sunglasses, stylist’s own; bow clutch, $5,995, Judith Leiber Couture, BergdorfGoodman.com >>

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boudoir moment A sultry gown with a thigh-high slit is the perfect opportunity to show off a delicate garter. Dress, $6,050, Rivini.com; engagement ring, price upon request, OmiPrive.com; earrings, $8,000, DavidYurman.com; garter, $155, MamieandJames.com; shoes, $1,095, ChristianLouboutin.com

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très femme Dainty touches like cascading floral appliqué and a silk sash make a feminine, flouncy gown stunning from every angle. Dress, $7,855, MoniqueLhuillier.com; earrings, $100, KennethJayLane.com; cocktail ring, $4,700, EfvaAttling.com STORY: SHELLEY BROWN ST YLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: MIOK USING ORIBE HAIR CARE FOR JUDY CASEY INC . MAKEUP: ROBIN SCHOEN AT ROBINSCHOENMAKEUP.COM LOCATION: LADURÉE SOHO IN NEW YORK CIT Y

From delectable cakes to macaron pyramids and elegant wedding favors, Ladurée’s bridal offerings are almost too pretty to eat. Treat your guests to its unique Parisian pastries on your day. Laduree.com/us

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1. FLORAL DETAILS Diamond-encrusted blossoms and vines add just enough whimsy. $7,175 (not including center stone), ScottKay.com 2. MODERN GEOMETRY Play off an angular center stone with sleek, channelset baguettes. $39,995, MarkBroumand.com 3. COLORFUL ACCENTS A pink diamond halo is a pretty contrast to a white metal ring. Price upon request, JackKelege.com 4. VINTAGE INSPIRED This art-deco-looking setting has instant heirloom quality. $2,520 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com 5. FANCY SHAPES Retro pear-shaped diamonds are making a comeback. $11,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com

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1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. Price upon request, Forevermark.com 2. THREE STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. Price upon request, JBirnbach.com 3. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounding the perimeter of the center stone, holding it in place. This modern setting is ideal for protecting

softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVƒ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

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4. ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, this band has identical stones set in a continuous line. The unbroken circle symbolizes endless love. $5,525, MartinFlyer.com 5. ALLOVER PAVÉ Similar to a pavé engagement ring setting, a band covered in tiny diamonds adds subtle sparkle. $2,420, SimonGJewelry.com 6. TRIANGULAR BAND A statement all on its own, this edgy band also complements a pearshaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.com

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A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system.

CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

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CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals

Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

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

gown silhouette styles trumpet gown

mermaid gown

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

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

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

a-line gown

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

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

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

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wedding party 101 The least you need to know to coordinate your wedding party’s look.

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

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

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

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

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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. 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

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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. 3

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. 4

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. 10

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

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

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

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he flagship Sandals, set on Jamaica’s best, private white-sand beach in Montego Bay, is where the beach goes on and the party never stops. Nine gourmet restaurants make you think, it doesn’t get any better than this, and a Red Lane® Spa renews you. Wedding bells ring at a nondenominational chapel. For those who prefer glamorous seclusion, the Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service provide 877-SANDALS privilege and butler service along a beautiful stretch Sandals.com of beach.

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

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

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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Go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest-rated beaches in the western hemisphere. 4 Turks & Caicos is less developed and more upscale than other Caribbean islands.

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2 Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancún, Cozumel is relatively quiet: Only 3 percent of this 189-square-mile island with clear waters, beautiful reefs and white-sand beaches has been developed. 3 If you like nightlife, discos are popular in Acapulco; they’re open 365 days a year, from 10:30 p.m. until 4 or 5 a.m. 4 The “Corridor” near Los Cabos is a gorgeous string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and white-sand beaches. 5 Big ocean-side resorts in Cancún are a good home base for exploring ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba and Chichen Itza.

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

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

6 The best place to start a scuba dive along the coral walls is the beach at Anse Choiseul, a hotel on the southwest coast. 7 Some of the coral walls plunge 200 feet deep! Keep your eyes peeled for barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. 8 Try local favorites like saltfish, green fig and Creole barbecue. While you’re in Castries, try Jimmie’s or Bang, two can’t-miss restaurants.

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

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.

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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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unex ected escapes why go One of the wine world’s

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best-kept secrets is found not in Napa Valley, California, or Bordeaux, France, but in Canada, on the shores of Lake Ontario. There, the stellar wines of Prince Edward County (not to be confused with Canada’s Prince Edward Island, which is famous for its mussels) can be sampled in the touristfree tasting rooms of 30-plus wine estates. Organic farms, hiking trails and loads of small-town charm complete the picture. Icy-cool hues and roaring waves crashing against snowy shores make winter just as alluring as the warmer months (happily, some of the wineries stay open year-round). where to stay When the Drake Devonshire Inn opened two years ago in Wellington, a two-hour drive from Toronto, it brought a welcome creative edge to the sleepy lakefront town. The vibe is summer camp meets art gallery, with a permanent collection that showcases works from

Brooklyn, New York–based street-art duo Faile, and rotating exhibits from printmaker Mackenzie Browning and other artists. Each of the 11 rooms and two suites has a distinct personality. The beautifully crafted A-frame Owner’s Suite (from $549, DrakeDevonshire.ca) boasts a mesmerizing water view and private stargazing terrace. Now, if you could only stop gazing into one another’s eyes. what to do The soil and climate are very similar to that of Burgundy, France, so excellent (and affordable) chardonnay and pinot noir reign supreme. Make stops at Hubbs Creek Vineyard to taste the pinot, Hinterland Wine Company for sparkling wines and Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard for chardonnay. can’t miss moment Pick up one of your new favorite local bottles of vino and enjoy it after a sunset hike on one of the three spacious, sandy beaches in Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. It’s Canada, but it looks like the Caribbean—how cool is that? >>

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from London’s Waterloo Station, the New Forest feels straight out of a fairy tale, complete with free-roaming ponies grazing in the woods. A designated national park, the New Forest is perfect for hiking and biking, and its coastline boasts picturesque beaches like Calshot and Milford on Sea. Charming villages like Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, with their artisanal food shops and family-run boutiques and cafés, are made for enjoyable wandering. where to stay Experience a farm-to-table fantasy at The Pig, a 30-room country house hotel in Brockenhurst that combines homey charm with luxe touches. Feel free to stroll through the sprawling kitchen garden and greenhouse, or visit the five resident pigs in the paddock. With menu headings that include “literally picked this morning,” expect seasonally topped flatbreads from a wood-fired oven as well as heartier fare like

roast New Forest pigeon with foraged oyster mushrooms. You’ll want to stay (forever) in The Pig’s cleverly designed new freestanding Berts Box (from $510, ThePigHotel.com/ brockenhurst). Deceptively small looking, this lodge encompasses all you need: a kitchen, living room, bath, bedroom and magical forest right outside. what to do The Pig’s sister property, Lime Wood, is just 10 minutes down the road. Spend a day at its acclaimed spa, the Herb House, where a Together in the Forest treatment starts with a skin-softening mud application followed by Ayurvedic therapy tailored especially for you. Post-pampering, head to the Lime Wood’s rooftop garden for a glass of juice or wine. Horseback riding and sailing are nearby activities to enjoy as well. can’t miss moment Accompany The Pig’s forager on a trip through the forest or along the coast. The shellfish, salad greens and other wild edibles you’ll find are what you’ll soon eat for dinner.

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may be called the Croatian Ibiza, thanks to the packed dance clubs of the famed party beach Zrce, but venture a bit farther afield and you’ll find some of the prettiest beaches and coves in all of the Adriatic, not to mention vineyards, olive groves and breathtaking pastoral views. where to stay Anthony Bourdain put the 11-room Hotel Boškinac (from $145, Boskinac .com), in the town of Novalja, on the map when he enjoyed lunch during a taping of No Reservations. Request a table overlooking the hotel’s vineyards and settle in for modern versions of island specialties. A private wine tasting will introduce you to Croatia’s delicious yet underrated wines, including Gegic, a dry white. Each of the hotel’s rooms has its own color scheme, and the suites have views of the gardens, vineyards and sea. what to do The narrow medieval streets of Pag are lined with palaces and churches. Stop in at the Benedictine monastery of St. Margaret, where the traditional preparation of aromatic dried breads called baškotina still takes place. can’t miss moment Pag is one of the 1,000plus islands (66 are inhabited) off the Croatian coast, and island-hopping is the best way to explore everything from nudist beaches to old fishing villages, or arrange a sail through Hotel Boškinac to deserted beaches for snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.

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why go It’s hard to believe that

just 90 minutes outside New York City you’ll find a bucolic rolling landscape dotted with quaint towns and farmland. City dwellers who have relocated upstate have brought a hipster edge and creative energy in the form of craft breweries and distilleries, art studios and farm-to-table restaurants— both humble and haute. where to stay It’s no surprise that Hotel Tivoli (from $210, HotelTivoli.org) feels like a modern art collector’s country retreat: Opened in 2014 by New York artists Helen and Brice Marden, the tiny hotel has been carefully curated on every level. The stylish bar with its dramatically veined Fior di Pesco marble and vintage pink Murano glass pendant lighting wouldn’t feel out of place in Milan, and the excellent cocktails come from

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Manhattan’s famed mixology den Employees Only. Its restaurant, The Corner, with Mediterranean-inspired dishes like porchetta with polenta, has become an area favorite. what to do The lush seasonal bounty and outstanding roster of suppliers found in the Hudson Valley have made it a foodie mecca. Pick your own fruit at Mead Orchards, a family-run farm that grows nearly 40 varieties of apples. Or book a table at the nose-to-tail restaurant Fish & Game, in the town of Hudson, where the talent behind the stove includes James Beard Award–winning chef Zak Pelaccio. can’t miss moment Laced with a network of scenic trails, the Hudson Valley is a hiker’s dream, particularly in fall when the trees are a blanket of riotous colors. Time a hike along Poets’ Walk—an easy 2.4-mile loop with great views of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and plenty of benches and gazebos—at sunset.

that combine vibrant urban energy (stylish boutiques, funky art galleries and seriously good restaurants) with some of the most otherworldly landscapes on the planet. where to stay Work from renowned Bolivian artist Gastón Ugalde (the Andy Warhol of the Andes) is on display throughout the 53-room Atix Hotel, which opened in August (from $229, AtixHotel.com). Each of the six floors takes inspiration from a Bolivian ecosystem, like the Amazon or Lake Titicaca. In the evening, retreat to the rooftop bar and take in panoramic city views while South America’s star mixologist David Romero makes you an exceptional cocktail, or two. what to do An hour flight puts you at one of the most surreal spots you’ll ever see—Salar de Uyuni, a salt flat that stretches into infinity (more than 4,000 square miles). And just 20 minutes from downtown is Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), where centuries of wind have eroded the mountains into a maze of beautiful jagged peaks, spires and canyons. can’t miss moment Claus Meyer, the innovative cofounder of Copenhagen’s Noma—one of the world’s best restaurants— is reshaping Bolivia’s food scene. At Gustu, poached paiche (an Amazonian fish) and smoked bagre (sea catfish) with pintaboca (one of Bolivia’s 1,200 potato varieties) are just a few of the unique dishes you’ll find. >>

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Coast) feels like Portugal’s version of Big Sur, California. The ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline starts just south of Porto and runs an hour north of Lisbon. Great surf, wild countryside and untouched beaches lure free-spirited nature lovers looking for an offthe-beaten-path escape as well as pristine seafood and culture in the form of storybook castles and monasteries. where to stay Areias do Seixo, an eco-chic beachfront retreat less than hour from Lisbon (from $295, AreiasdoSeixo.com), has just 18 rooms and villas, each whimsically decorated with driftwood furnishings, Moroccan lanterns and fireplaces. At night, sip local wine around a bonfire on the beach or from your own private terrace. what to do Take advantage of Areias do Seixo’s complimentary bikes and explore the coastline on two wheels. Bike to the picturesque Santa Rita beach, and while en route, stop for a detour to view the ruins of Penafirme convent. Lunch at Grão d’Areia, a beach bar known for its octopus salad, is just what’s called for after a few hours of sun and surf. can’t miss moment Leave it to Areias do Seixo to arrange a romantic candlelit dinner for two lakeside or in the forest, under a canopy of pines. Dishes highlight ingredients harvested from the hotel’s kitchen garden and greenhouse and are paired with Portuguese wines.

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much culture and incredible cuisine as its more tourist-saturated neighbors—Thailand and Vietnam—minus the selfie-stick-wielding crowds. From the turn of the century through the 1960s, Kep was Cambodia’s seaside resort of choice for the colonial French elite and Khmer royalty. Today the town’s unhurried pace allows you to linger over spectacular sunsets. You might also enjoy eating at one of its famed crab shacks, embarking on a sailing excursion or visiting the nearby national park and local villages. where to stay Knai Bang Chatt’s five Le Corbusier–inspired villas feature 18 rooms furnished with teak beds, local antiques and Khmer relics (from $188, KnaiBangChatt .com). Rooms with views of the Gulf of Thailand are the most popular—request one with a private terrace. Guests can rent

motorbikes, kayaks or Hobie Cats at the adjacent Sailing Club, then relax with a massage, just steps from the water, and a three-course meal that might include fish amok and green peppercorn crab stir-fry. what to do Traveling the coastal road by tuk tuk is a great way to lose yourself in the rice-paddy-dotted landscape. Knai Bang Chatt can arrange guided trips that include stops at a local pepper farm, the colorful Keo Krosang Pagoda and Chamcar Bei village, where artisans make traditional loom-woven kramas (scarves). can’t miss moment Journey by private fisherman’s boat to the remote sandy beaches of Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island). Lounge in a palm-shaded hammock or snorkel in the calm shallow waters while a private chef prepares a seafood barbecue feast paired with ice-cold Angkor lagers. You could really get used to this. >>

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gansbaai, South Africa

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for a traditional safari, head to the coast to experience the Marine Big Five: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. The Garden Route, one of the world’s most scenic drives, spans 125 miles between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, and it’s easy to tack on a stay in dynamic Cape Town. where to stay Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a 2,500-acre eco-paradise with views of Walker Bay (from $325, Grootbos .com). Stay in the Garden Lodge or Forest Lodge, nestled amid ancient milkwood trees. Owner Michael Lutzeyer is a welcoming host, happy to share his knowledge of native shrub during a 4x4 flower safari as well as his passion for South African wines. what to do Take advantage of Grootbos’s stable and explore the Cape Floral Kingdom on horseback. Play your cards right and a sunset ride can end with a champagne picnic on the beach. If that sounds too tame, there’s always cage diving with sharks. can’t miss moment The cliffs of Walker Bay are the best land-based whale-watching in the world. Or take in the marine life from above: Grootbos has its own airstrip and offers scenic flights over Walker Bay.

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vast open tundra and dramatic fjords provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for those looking to escape. The western edge of the Alaska Range offers both adventure and laid-back experiences. What’s more romantic than cozying up to watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky? where to stay Only accessible by float or ski plane, the family-run Winterlake Lodge offers luxury in the wilderness (from $960 per person, WithintheWild.com). The five cabins feature handmade log beds and castiron wood stoves. You’ll be spoiled by wine and cheese tastings, a cocktail hour with nibbles like king crab beignets, and dinner offerings such as reindeer tenderloin with duck fat potatoes. Counter your indulgences with yoga in the main lodge. what to do A snowmobile excursion rewards you with an unobscured view of Denali (North America’s tallest mountain). Toboggans for sledding and a snowy picnic of hot cocoa and cookies will make a soak in the lodge’s hot tub all the more memorable. can’t miss moment Time your visit to watch the Iditarod, the legendary dog-sled race, in March. Or learn to drive a team yourself with the lodge’s expert and his 20 huskies.

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Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas transports you far back in time the way nearby touristy Cuzco no longer can. It’s a tranquil base from where you can make trips to archeological sites like Moray and Pisac. And while Lima put Peru on the global food map, you’ll find delicious food here too. where to stay Set in the very heart of the valley, Hotel Sol y Luna feels like Eden, with its exotic gardens that attract 35 species of birds. Local architecture inspired the resort’s clay-and-stone casitas on this Relaise & Châteaux property (casitas from $350, HotelSolyLuna.com). Fireplaces and private terraces with Jacuzzis make the premium casitas worth the splurge. what to do Book a couple’s Andean Experience at Sol y Luna’s spa. A salt-andessential-oil-infused hydrotherapy session is followed by a steam bath and massage. can’t miss moment An excursion on one of Sol y Luna’s Peruvian Paso horses allows you to experience one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Find more getaway inspiration at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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Three months after saying “I do,” Jillian and Adam ventured to Southeast Asia to soak up the sights across two countries and four cities. Wandering through a local market

National Park,” Jillian says. From there, the newlyweds traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, just in time to witness Yi Peng, or the Festival of Lights, which occurs annually each November. “It was truly a sight to see,” Jillian says of taking in the fireworks and flying lanterns under a full moon. “We danced all night like college kids the first day we arrived in Chiang Mai.” Their final stop included a four-night stay in Phuket, where Jillian and Adam toured a local jungle via riverboat before getting up close and personal with elephants and sea turtles at a wildlife sanctuary. “The entire trip was affordable, yet it felt beautiful and luxurious,” Jillian says. —Rachel Sylvester

“We’re both adventurous and wanted to explore throughout our entire honeymoon,” Jillian says of her and Adam’s trip to Cambodia and Thailand following their nuptials. After making the 20-hour trek to Bangkok, the pair settled in for two days of temple tours, couple’s massages and river taxi rides. “Wat Pho was one of my favorite temples in Thailand,” Jillian says. “We spent hours there, got massages and the entrance fee was very cheap.” Next up: Siem Reap, Cambodia. “We had a candlelit dinner for two by the pool at Mane Boutique Hotel and hiked to a waterfall at Phnom Kulen

BOOK IT Bangkok: Bandara Suites Silom Bangkok; Siem Reap: Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa; Chiang Mai: Zensala Riverpark Resort; Phuket: Paresa Resort >>

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Newlyweds Laura and Chris hit the road for an unforgettable drive through three national parks. Laura scanning the Badlands

Laura and Chris headed west from Howell, Michigan, for a camping road trip to South Dakota with stops in three scenic parks. “We both love the outdoors,” Laura says. “I’m a writer and Chris is a photographer, so we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to document a cross-country trip in words and photos.” Sixteen hours into their adventure, the pair stopped at Badlands National Park to stargaze in the hollowed-out amphitheater at Cedar Pass Campground. “We left the rain flap off the tent one night just to look up at the stars,” Laura says. “It was beautiful.” Next, it was on to Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills, where the couple encountered bison and the occasional prairie dog. Additional stops included a scenic drive to man-made Sylvan Lake, a locale that Laura remembers as “one of the most romantic places I’ve ever seen,” along with a memorable meal at Two Sisters Cafe just outside of Montana’s Glacier National Park.

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“Don’t let the lavender exterior of the restaurant dissuade you,” Laura says. “They served the best slice of huckleberry pie I’ve ever had.” Another indulgence that Laura notes: a stay in the luxury cabins at Cedar Pass Lodge in Badlands National Park. “It was pricey but worth it,” she says of upgrading their tent accommodations to a cozy lodge equipped with Adirondack chairs, two porches, an oversize bed and big-screen television. But despite the amenities, the car ride was perhaps Laura’s most cherished part of the experience. “Chris and I spent the ride talking, planning, eating, getting lost and finding each other. It was wonderful.” —RS BOOK IT South Dakota: Cedar Pass Lodge >>

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every day on our way to sightsee,” Alyssa says of touring the city’s oldest sherry bar and a towering Ferris wheel. Their last stop, Madrid, included separate trips to the Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de San Antón, where Alyssa and Andrew tasted spicy olives, empanadas and curry chicken sushi. “Our best meal was at La Brunilda in Seville,” Alyssa says. “It was well worth the hunt and the wait.” —RS BOOK IT Seville: Hotel Casa de Colón; Granada: Suites Gran Vía 44; Malaga: Barceló Málaga; Madrid: Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel

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Fantastic sights, sounds and fare were the three honeymoon must-haves for Alyssa and Andrew, who traveled to Seville, Spain, to kick off a two-weeklong, food-filled excursion. “We wanted to visit a destination we both hadn’t seen before,” Alyssa says of their first stop in a restored, 17th-century hotel situated just steps away from the Cathedral of Seville. There, the couple indulged in gelato and spent four days roaming Seville on foot, which is how they stumbled upon Aire de Sevilla—a tranquil bathhouse tucked away in the city’s tightly wound streets. “It was so magical that we went twice!” Alyssa says. Next, they made their way to Granada, where they dined at a flamenco show and discovered Los Italianos, an ice cream parlor marked by dessert technicians wearing white lab coats. During their stop in Pablo Picasso’s birthplace of Málaga, the couple crashed at Barceló Málaga, a hotel that boasts a slide that ends at a bar. “I slid down it

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remembering an iconic couple John F. Kennedy Jr. & Carolyn Bessette September 21, 1996 Cumberland Island, GA PHOTOGR APHY BY DENIS REGGIE

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hen Denis Reggie photographed John Jr. and Carolyn exiting a rural, candlelit chapel after they said “I do” 20 years ago, he captured this loving gesture, and his image became known around the world. He recalls the emotions that went through his mind as he clipped on the shutter to his Hasselblad camera during this intimate moment.

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“She is as caught off guard as I was, when he reached for her hand and brought it to his lips as they walked out of that simple, rustic setting,” Reggie says. “Love exudes from every aspect of this image. It was so refreshing for the reality to shine through. It wasn’t about grandeur but about what is far more important: their love and the commitment they made.”

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