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Romantic. Classic. Elegant. Family owned and operated, our unique properties offer award winning excellence at the most desired settings on Boston’s South Shore.

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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 20 22 24 30 42 48 52 58 61 67 320 322 324

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let the good times roll

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 quintessential new england venues expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of an emergency kit maid to order marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL COSTELLO

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Introducing Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut, a sparkling wine with an added hint of blueberries, is a delicate wine reserved for memorable celebrations. It offers seductive flavors and fresh aromatic effervescence—vividly pasteled with blueberries. All of this is contained in an impressively sexy bottle with tasteful flair. The fruit for Blanc de Bleu is grown in select vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes—ideal conditions for the exclusive grapes and soils that accentuate the profoundly flavorful characteristics.

www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com Sparkling grape wine with blueberry flavor and certified color. Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

Bronco Wine Co. | www.broncowine.com | 855.874.2394 | ©2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 196

let the good times roll High-low hems, feathers and fringe make for a fun, flirty bridal look.

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

beauty & wellness 225

sweating for the wedding

style 142

wedding themes 101

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How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

Our glossary has everything you need.

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colors by season Let nature’s hues guide your palette.

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hot trends to make your own The ideas we’re loving this year.

wedding cakes by style

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the front-end favor A twist on the traditional parting gift.

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where to register right now The nitty-gritty on our favorite retailers.

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works of art

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FROM TOP: VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY; YASU + JUNKO

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Kick your fitness goals into gear.

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CONTENTS

r  eal weddings 72 alle & tim july 30, brooklin, me

76 rachel & justin september 18, boston

80 holly & adam august 27, landgrove, vt

86 erica & shantanu july 30, essex, ct

92 samantha & enrique september 10, south dartmouth, ma

98 phebe & michael

happy campers

september 24, jaffrey, nh

104 cj & patrick

p   lanning

september 12, nantucket, ma

110 francesca & matthew

233 10 old-school planning rules

july 3, stow, ma

you can break

Some traditions just don’t hold up.

october 30, newport, ri

240 happy campers

120 lemise & beau

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

october 8, newport, ri

249 how to actually pay for

124 claire & joe may 29, cambridge, ma

Little things you can save on, big things you can sacrifice and how it all adds up.

september 17, boston

255 please be seated

132 ingrid & charlie

New setup options for your ceremony.

august 20, lyndonville, vt

261 13 essential planning tips

136 aly & keven

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

january 24, chittenden, vt

267 the big picture

138 kyla & struan

nationwide

293 road to the altar Stylish transportation options.

2 99 8 wedding planning

mistakes—and how to deal Don’t sweat the small stuff.

303 engagement party basics 308 hottest honeymoon Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Add some hometown flair to your day.

july 2, watertown, ma

r  eal wedding budget key

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day-of surprises

destinations

275 foodie faves that ship

140 jane & frank

287 no one can prep you for these

Hosting etiquette you need to know.

Ask your photographer these questions.

september 3, portland, me

Mistakes not to make with your band or DJ.

Some things you don’t find out until your wedding day.

your wedding

128 lauren & john

281 face the music

W   e know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $20,001–$40,000

$$$ = $40,001–$60,000

$$$$ = $60,001–$85,000

$$$$$ = $85,001+

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$ = $20,000 or less

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FIRAS YOUSIF ORIGINALS 35 NEWBURY STREET BACK BAY, BOSTON 617.262.0100 FIRASYOUSIFORIGINALS.COM

FACEBOOK.COM/FIRASYOUSIFORIGINALS FIRASYOUSIFORIGINALS FIRASBRIDAL

2016 Voted “Best Bridal Dresses” by the Boston A-List 2015 Winner Improper Bostonian “Best Bridal Designer” PHOTO BY CHERYL RICHARDS

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ALISHA MARIA PHOTOGRAPHY

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OTOGRAPHY

“After planning this once-in-a-lifetime day for so long, you’ll be happy with your choice in Grand View. We are so thankful.”

–Jenn * August, 2016

“Grand View was the perfect venue for us. The grounds are beautiful and elegant—both inside and out—and there was plenty of room for our 180 guests. It really looks exactly like the pictures—gorgeous. The food was delicious, and the bar was great too. The staff is very friendly and helpful.”

REDWOOD & RYE PHOTOGRAPHY

–Caroline * August, 2016

REDWOOD & RYE PHOTOGRAPHY

REDWOOD & RYE PHOTOGRAPHY

508-422-1000 6 Nipmuc Drive Mendon, Massachusetts www.grand-view.com info@grand-view.com

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Musette Bridal, MusetteBridal.com (Boston); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at L’élite Bridal and Bridesmaid Boutique, Lelite.com (Boston); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Nordstrom Wedding Suite, NordstromWeddings.com (Natick, MA); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond.com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com

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ON HIM

EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

ON HIM

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com

behind the scenes

MODEL BEHAVIOR Design director Tracy Everding and photo assistant Alex Darsey scout locations.

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JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for our fun and flirty fashion feature, “Let the Good Times Roll.” After all, what better place to shoot party dresses and statement accessories than a city known for its one-of-a-kind, celebratory vibe?

photography: Paul Costello fashion styling: Audrey Slater hair: Miok for Wella Professionals

at Judy Casey Inc. makeup: Brett Jackson using NARS Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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Andover COUNTRY CLUB

C E L E B R AT E YO U R LOV E W I T H T H E

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Concepts by Catherine Photography

weddings & events

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Arrange a private tour today!

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We are the ultimate destination for brides of all sizes, 0 - 30 With 9,000 sq. feet and 6 showrooms spread across 2 floors, each dress we stock is uniquely different from the rest.

Enjoy the comfort of finding your gown in spacious, private, mirrored fitting suites!

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Curvy Bride? …Then we have your dress! We are the region’s only bridal salon with an entire showroom dedicated to the plus-size bride-to-be.

Experience for yourself why brides from all over tell us, “…it’s worth the drive!”.

100 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, New Hampshire 03060 marryandtuxbridal.com 603.883.6999

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K NEW ENGLAND

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR DIGITAL EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS

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Esther Lee Shelley Brown Ivy Jacobson Stephanie Cain Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Love ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR Barrie Tovar EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Kate Richter SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Daryl Wills, Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lisa MacDonald, lmacdonald@theknot.com (866) 218-3743

Betsy Anderson, banderson@theknot.com (855) 465-7594 Katrina Hayes, khayes@theknot.com (617) 982 0610 Amy Reynolds, areynolds@theknot.com (855) 488-1946 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (877) 342-9676 FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kristy Newquist, knewquist@theknot.com (877) 927-3070 JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Nikki Spangler, nspangler@xogrp.com (877) 771-3019 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Jill Rothman, jrothman@xogrp.com (855) 753-4100 DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALIST Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (888) 869-5071 DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot New England is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot New England are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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For more than 100 years, Barmakian Jewelers has delighted customers with exquisite jewerly and personal, attentive service. Framingham 508.872.5454

Nashua 603.888.7800

Boston 617.227.3724

www.barmakian.com

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PIECE OF MIND NOW THAT’S A WEDDING VOW This is a day when only perfection will do. That’s why thousands of brides have trusted their wedding day to Gourmet Caterers.

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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from New England for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Northeastern celebration is all about, like Bryan and Josh’s Hawthorne Hotel nuptials in Salem, Massachusetts. Their day included savory locally sourced eats like lox and lobster rolls.

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Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your New England directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, florists, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our ever-expanding local marketplace. Happy planning!

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 249) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 308)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 142). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 174) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 196) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 249). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 164) to where to register right now (p. 187), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 196)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 174)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 142)

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Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF LOCATION; LIBBY VANDERPLOEG; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY; PERNILLE LOOF; PAUL COSTELLO

Congrats, You’re Engaged!

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Toast to True Love in Boston’s Most Spectacular Wedding Venue Enjoy a simplified approach to your wedding day at the Taj Boston with our special wedding packages. This iconic Boston hotel has been hosting discerning travelers and elegant affairs since 1929. Located on the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets and across from Public Garden you and your guests will experience the privacy, sophistication and charm that only the Taj Boston can offer. Our experienced Wedding Specialists and Culinary Team will attend to every detail to ensure that your special day is memorable and care-free. Let the festivities begin! For a consultation please email sinem.atahan@tajhotels.com, call 1.617.598.520 or visit us at thetajboston.com. 15 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116 | 617.536.5700 | thetajboston.com

Photo Credits: (A) Eric McCallister; (B,C,D) Leah Haydock

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

This checklist will tell you what to do, when, on your way to the altar­—but make sure to flip the page for our must-have apps and the online tools that will help you get there.

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision 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? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). 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.

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

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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-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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CHECKLIST

4-5 MONTHS

MONTH

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Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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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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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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date: ______ /______ /______

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, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

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date: ______ /______ /______

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.

K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

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

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.

our planner app is a must-have!

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Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. SC STOCKSHOP

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KG EVENTS & DESIGN hosted a sustainable soiree at ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY EPICENTER in Boston using gauzy linens, marble details, loosely gathered florals and upcycled accents.

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“We recently became Green Wedding Certified, which inspired us to incorporate as many sustainable elements as possible into the event. We wanted to showcase the vast assortment of local, eco-friendly wedding options and prove that beautiful, elaborate events can be planned in a way that’s responsible.” —Kristen Gosselin, KG Events & Design

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LOCAL TREND ALERT The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and tech trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Boston’s winning trend comes from Rabbit Rabbit Design House and KG Events & Design, who teamed up to create custom place cards using upcycled marble tiles.

THE TEAM VENUE Artists for Humanity EpiCenter PLANNER KG Events & Design PHOTOGRAPHY Fournier & Malloy VIDEOGRAPHY BZGibson Productions FLOWERS The Wild Dahlia STATIONERY Silk & Willow RENTALS Bespoke

Affairs; Chase Canopy; Drape Art Design; New England Country Rentals LINENS New England Country Rentals; Silk & Willow LIGHTING Billy

Voss Entertainment; Perfect Nantucket Events CATERING Gourmet Caterers BAR BRIX Wine DESSERT Gourmet Caterers; Whipped Urban Cupcake Co. ENTERTAINMENT Band: Vineyard Music and Events; DJ: Billy Voss Entertainment SILENT DISCO HEADPHONES Party Headphones ARTWORK & PRINT DESIGN Rabbit Rabbit Design House RENTED DRESSES Best Dressed Style for Rent RENTED JEWELRY Gilded Lace Jewelry MAKEUP Virginia Elizabeth Aesthetics FAVORS Wicked Wine Candles

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony.

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I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start?

SEATING STRESS

One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try not to pile on too many pieces or you’ll be headed for a fashion faux pas. But if you want to achieve glamgirl status, feel free to add a big, bold necklace to your embellished dress, plus a crystal clutch. Is modern more your style? Then a sleek column gown with a pair of sexy metallic shoes and a haute headband will do the trick. For a more vintage look, go for lace and heirloom-like details such as gloves and a brooch.

A HAIR AHEAD

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If my bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done, do I go before or after them?

It usually takes a pro about two to three hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. More time may be needed if they have to make lots of adjustments or start over (which hopefully won’t happen, but you should prepare for it anyway). To save time and stress, ask bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, and then have your professional touch them up. Or, preferably, hire a separate person for your attendants and mom. If the pro will be working on both you and the others, you should go last so your look is nice and fresh for pictures.

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Who else sits with my fiancé and me at the reception? Do we have to sit with the wedding party?

You can sit with whomever you like. One choice is to have the honor attendants and their spouses or dates seated with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with their whole wedding party, while others choose to sit with their parents. If you go with the latter option, both sets of parents should be at your table to prevent any appearance of favoritism. If your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives (to prevent any awkwardness). Want to use dinner as a chance to steal a moment for just the two of you? You can decide on the most romantic option: the sweetheart table. >>

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I’m an out-of-state bridesmaid who can’t attend the bachelorette party. Should I still be helping the maid of honor pay for it or any related expenses? Unlike a shower where there’s usually one host responsible for footing the bill, the bachelorette party is slightly different. It’s quite common (and totally acceptable) for the maid of honor (or party organizer) to ask for contributions. Maybe offer to contribute the amount the other bridesmaids will be paying, or at least a portion. If you’re off the hook for those costs, call ahead to one of the spots where the party will be and order a bottle of champagne or some other treat for the group—on you.

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My fiancé and I secretly love the “Macarena,” but will our guests hate us if we make them do it?

One of the reasons people aren’t the biggest fans of organized dances is the song seems to go on forever. If you have your heart set on doing the “Macarena,” play 60 seconds of it, then smoothly transition into 60 seconds of “YMCA” and cap it off with 60 seconds of the electric slide. Switching songs keeps fewer people on the sidelines without slowing down the party. Ask your DJ ahead of time if they can make this dance mix. Plus with you two having so much fun, guests will be happy to join in.

EXTRA HANDS

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Could I recruit my wedding party to help me put our favors together, or is that expecting too much from them?

Consider your squad before seeking help. Tying dozens of tiny bows might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But you might have a few friends who are game to help. Use the task as an excuse to get together and sip champagne, or test out your signature cocktails. Everyone will have a better time if you turn ribbon tying into a fun hangout rather than a chore.

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How soon do we have to have our wedding hashtag? It seems couples have them ready to post as soon as they’re engaged— are we late to the game if we don’t?

Couple hashtags are the best way to see all photos relating to your wedding festivities, but you certainly don’t have to be ready with one as soon as the ring is on your finger. While some to-be-weds may have found it fun or amusing to play around with different combinations of their names before they were even engaged (don’t worry—we won’t tell), it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t even have to have a hashtag—but if you decide you do want one, don’t stress about creating it. Sometimes couples get lucky and have the perfect names for a fun play on words, but you can always use simple phrases like #SarahAndAshleyGetHitched2017 or #AndersonPartyOfTwo. Just check the hashtag before and make sure it doesn’t already have hundreds of photos attached. Tip: Adding the date always helps separate your hashtag from the rest.

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

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I don’t have any sentimental jewelry—what’s another option for a “something old”?

There are so many different ways to play with this tradition, so let your creativity run wild. Second dresses are much more common these days. You can wear your mother’s wedding dress for one half and a new gown for the other. If you would rather include a passed-down dress without actually wearing it, you could use the fabric to make a stunning clutch or chuppah, or place a nostalgic patch under your own skirt. An antique family car can be your getaway transportation, or you could use your parents’ wedding cake knife. And your bouquet can be wrapped in any heirloom fabric, from a close friend’s veil to a piece of a beloved grandmother’s favorite shawl. Or get innovative with your hair accessories. A vintage hairpin can be a nice touch or replicating your mother’s wedding hairstyle would make a lovely tribute.

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wedding venues ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB AndoverCountryClub.com “The Andover Country Club was extremely professional and helpful throughout every detail of our wedding. The grounds and Andover Room were beautiful.”

HARRINGTON FARM HarringtonFarm.com “Compliments on the entire day, from the ceremony by the arbor to the cocktail hour under the beautiful sperry tent, to the even more amazing reception.”

THE OCEANVIEW OF NAHANT OceanviewofNahant.com “The best place you could EVER get married at. Thank you for making our dreams come true! Our vision of a fun, beautiful beach wedding was PERFECT!”

SALEM WATERFRONT HOTEL & SUITES SalemWaterfrontHotel.com “Caitlyn is so professional and organized. The chef is incredible, and the food was delicious! I highly recommend this establishment for your wedding!”

WAVERLY OAKS GOLF CLUB WaverlyOaksGC.com “My reception at Waverly Oaks was absolutely perfect! From the staff to the food and décor, I could not have asked for a better experience.” APPLE HILL FARM ATKINSON RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB BUTTERNUT FARM GOLF CLUB CANOE CLUB BALLROOM CENTRAL BISTRO THE COMMONS 1854 CRUISEPORT GLOUCESTER DANVERSPORT FRUITLANDS MUSEUM GROVELAND FAIRWAYS HAWTHORNE HOTEL ON THE COMMON HIDDEN HILLS ESTATE HYATT REGENCY BOSTON HARBOR LABELLE WINERY LAKEVIEW PAVILION THE LANTANA LEICESTER COUNTRY CLUB

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AMY MCLAUGHLIN LIFESTYLES BOSTON EVENT DIVA’S DAY COORDINATION & FLORAL DESIGN DESTINATIONWEDDINGS.COM DREAM WEDDINGS BY ILLUMINATION DESIGNS LLC EFD CREATIVE–EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN ELEGANT AURA JODI RAPHAEL EVENTS KG EVENTS & DESIGN MARRERO EVENTS PERFECTLY COORDINATED TANGORRA WEDDING PLANNING TWIN LIGHTS WEDDING DESIGN WITHOUT A HITCH BOSTON

photographers JIM CANOLE PHOTOGRAPHY JimCanole.com “There is only one chance for your wedding photos to be what you dreamed and hoped they would be. With Jim Canole, they exceeded every expectation.” 21SUMMIT STUDIOS 617 WEDDINGS A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY ALICIA SCHNEIDER PHOTOGRAPHY AMY MAE PHOTOGRAPHY AMY SPIRITO PHOTOGRAPHY BELLAEVA PHOTOGRAPHY BENOIT & MCCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHY BERRYPHOTOS BKB & CO. BLUSH WITH KIM LYN PHOTOGRAPHY BUNNELL PHOTOGRAPHY CARLY MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS DAN AGUIRRE PHOTOGRAPHY DRAGONFLY PHOTOGRAPHY EBERSOLE PHOTOGRAPHY GREG BRETT PHOTOGRAPHY HANCER PHOTOGRAPHY

videographers ADAM QUINLAN FILMS FILMS BY ANDY MCELROY WEDDINGS NEXT LEVEL FILMS SHUTTER AND SOUND FILMS

photo booth VIRAL BOOTH (VIDEO PHOTO BOOTH RENTALS & UPLIGHTING) VideoPhotoBoothRentals.com “Amazing! Everything from the props, the ease of use, the scrapbook and the video clips was great! This is much better than a regular photo booth.” ALL THAT EVENTS HOTSHOTS PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL SUPREME PHOTO BOOTH XO PHOTO

bridal salons GRANDASIA BRIDAL & FASHION Grandasia.com “To accomodate my travel arrangements, the owner not only opened the store for me in the middle of a blizzard, but also got my alterations done in 24 hours!” ALLEGRIA BRIDAL ANGELA’S BRIDAL BLUSHING BRIDE THE BRIDAL SECRET

BRIDE-N-BELLE BOUTIQUE BRIDEPOWER & VOWS BRIDAL OUTLET CANDICE WU COUTURE J-LINE BRIDAL MADELEINE’S DAUGHTER BRIDAL SALON MARRY & TUX BRIDAL PRECIOUS MEMORIES BRIDAL, FORMAL FASHIONS & TUXEDOS SHOES TO DYE FOR & MORE TULLE BRIDAL DESIGNER OUTLET UNIQUELY COUTURE BRIDAL USABRIDE VE’LACE BRIDAL YOUR DREAM BRIDAL

tuxes & men’s attire THE BLACK TUX CLASSIC TUXEDO

hair, makeup & wellness MAKEUP BY ASHLEY CHRISTINE MakeupbyAChristine.com “I cannot thank Ashley enough for how wonderful she made me feel and look on my wedding! Ashley gave me a natural look with a little spice.” AIRBRUSH MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLES BY CHARLOTTE & CO. ALI LOMAZZO BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL FACES BY JANIS BLUSHING BRIDES BOSTON EVER AFTER CASSANDRA VAZQUEZ OF NARCISSO: A BROW & BEAUTY STUDIO CHRISTY & CO. DANIELLE KEEFE ARTISTRY FLAWLESS MAKEUP & BEAUTY LOUNGE GET GLAM! BY DAWNA HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY NATALIE JENNY LUU HAIR+MAKEUP KERRI HERLIHY–BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST LADY LUXE BEAUTY LYNDSAY SIMON BEAUTY MADE YOUR LOOKS MAKE ME UP BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP MAKEUP BY FRANCESCA MAKEUP BY JILLIAN MAKING YOU GLOW PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST STACEY FRASCA RED CARPET READY BY SARAH S.R. ARTISTRY SPECIAL EVENT BEAUTY SWOONE BEAUTY TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL TRAVELING BEAUTY THE TRUE YOU, MAKEUP ARTISTRY BY RENEE LEBLANC

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TiffanyBallroom.com “The most amazing venue with the most incredible people! I can’t say enough about the Tiffany Ballroom. Everyone still raves about the wedding and the food!”

wedding planners

HOLLY REDMOND PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY MOLONEY PHOTOGRAPHY JILL MARKLEY STUDIOS JULIA BYKOWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY LLC JULIE LIPPERT PHOTOGRAPHY KAREN GEAGHAN PHOTOGRAPHY KAREN SPARACIO PHOTOGRAPHY KEARSTEN TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY KELLY ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTEN JANE PHOTOGRAPHY MA CHERIE STUDIOS METZGER STUDIOS MICHELE ASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY MICHELE CONDE PHOTOGRAPHY MIND ON PHOTOGRAPHY MORGAN O’NEIL PHOTOGRAPHY THE POUTING ROOM SCOTT ZUEHLKE PHOTOGRAPHY SHANE GODFREY PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO NOUVEAU SUE LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY THE TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER TAYLOR PAIGE PHOTOGRAPHY THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP THOMSON AND THOMSON PHOTOGRAPHY TODD WILSON IMAGES UNDRESSED MOMENTS VICTORIA REILLY PHOTOGRAPHY ZEV FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE LENOX HOTEL THE LOG CABIN & DELANEY HOUSE LORD THOMPSON MANOR NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM PINEHILLS GOLF CLUB “THE PAVILION” RACE BROOK LODGE RENAISSANCE BOSTON PATRIOT PLACE HOTEL THE RITZ-CARLTON, BOSTON SALEM CROSS INN SAPHIRE ESTATE TEWKSBURY COUNTRY CLUB THE VILLA WILLOWDALE ESTATE

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AllThatEvents.com “OMG. Had them for our DJ, uplighting, photo booth and our photographer—everything that we needed to make our wedding our dream day!” 617 WEDDINGS A TOUCH OF CLASS DJ’S ALLSTAR ENTERTAINMENT AND UPLIGHTING BALTAZAR ENTERTAINMENT BEAT TRAIN PRODUCTIONS BREEZY DAY PRODUCTIONS C-ZONE ENTERTAINMENT CHAMPAGNE TOAST DJ DAVE’S MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT DJ EDUARDO ALVES DJ KEN DREW DJX STUDIO DMD3 ENTERTAINMENT E.C.F. ENTERTAINMENT DJS & LIGHTING ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPTS ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALISTS EPIC ENTERTAINMENT BOSTON FINE TUNE ENTERTAINMENT FIRST CLASS WEDDINGS JACOB SOUND ENTERTAINMENT MARX ENTERTAINMENT MASS RHYTHM ENTERTAINMENT MIKE’S MUSIC MIX MURRAY HILL TALENT NUIMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PETE CHAMBERS ENTERTAINMENT SIAGEL PRODUCTIONS, INC TC’S DISC JOCKEY SVC TIME OF YOUR LIFE DJ SERVICE & ENTERTAINMENT TSG WEDDINGS UNIQUE SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT & EVENT PROFESSIONALS WICKED GOOD ENTERTAINMENT

bands BEARFIGHT–LIVE BAND & DJ PACKAGE BOSTON COMMON BOSTON PARTY MACHINE BRICK PARK BUSINESS TIME CLOCKWORK COVER STORY ENTERTAINMENT EAST COAST SOUL GROOVE AUTHORITY/ THE PARTY FACTOR WEDDING BANDS HANK AGENCY

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HONEY TRAIN IN SESSION MURRAY HILL TALENT RIPCORD SILVER ARROW BAND SWEET TOOTH & THE SUGARBABIES BAND THE SWEETBEATS & THE JAZZLANDERS VIBRANT THE WARD EIGHTS WILSON STEVENS PRODUCTIONS, INC. YOUNG LOVE AND THE THRILLS

ceremony musicians ATLANTIC STRINGS BOSTON HARPIST LIZARY RODRIGUEZ KEROS STRING QUARTET | KEROS ENTERTAINMENT THE MOZART ACADEMY OF MUSIC SPEECHLESS

favors THE NATURAL BEAUTY FACTORY RESCUE FLATS TALARIA FLATS

wedding florists POPPY FLORAL PoppyFloral.com “Meghan is AMAZING! She really made my vision a reality! She listened to everything I said and incorporated it all!” ANDREA D’AMELIO FLORAL DESIGN BLOOMS OF HOPE CENTRE PIECES DESIGN DANIELSON FLOWERS DUROCHER FLORIST EVANS FLOWERS FLAIR! FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN FLEUR EVENTS FLEURISHING FLOWERS FLORAL LAB FLOU(-E)R FLOWERS BY DARLENE/ NORTH SHORE FRUIT BASKET JERI SOLOMON FLORAL DESIGN JN FLORAL DESIGN JUDY’S VILLAGE FLOWERS, INC. KARLA CASSIDY DESIGNS LADYSLIPPER DESIGNS MADISON FLORAL PETALS STEMS IN STYLE

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caterers

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BG EVENTS AND CATERING CAPERS CATERING J & L CATERING TIMOTHY S. HOPKINS CATERING VINWOOD CATERERS

DANCE IN BOSTON

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invitations CORDIALLY YOURS INVITATIONS AND CALLIGRAPHY CordiallyYours.com “Cordially Yours was so wonderful to work with and made the process of finding the perfect invitations so easy! Rhoda is extremely knowledgeable.” FIZARA WEDDING ALBUMS INVYTATIONS ROBINSON PRESS SKO DESIGNS TAG DESIGN

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honeymoon & travel A GIRL’S GOTTA GO AGirlsGottaGo.com “Our entire travel experience was flawless, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing! It was truly the most amazing honeymoon we could have ever imagined.”

wine, champagne & liquor COCKTAILS, LLC

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wedding venues THE NONANTUM RESORT NonantumResort.com “The moment we visited, we felt the warmth of the staff—one of the main reasons we chose The Nonantum. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding weekend.”

UNION BLUFF MEETING HOUSE UnionBluff.com “We keep hearing fiver-star reviews from all of our guests. We can’t thank the UB enough for a incredible, memorable and perfect wedding day!”

CORDIALLY YOURS INVITATIONS AND CALLIGRAPHY

MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON SUNDAY RIVER SHEEPSCOT HARBOR VILLAGE & RESORT

officiants & premarital counseling

photographers

BRIDAL CENTER JP FATHER LENNY NELSON– REFORMED CATHOLIC PRIEST FINE WEDDINGS JUSTICE ALAN W. ULRICH JUSTICE OF THE PEACE MICHELLE LYDON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRISCILLA GEANEY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE JERRY CIBLEY & COMPANY MASSACHUSETTS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE STODDARD MELHADO SUSAN Z. STAMOS, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

transportation & valet BLACK TIE LIMOUSINE ROCKSTAR LIMO

ALEXSANDRA WICIEL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS CLOSER NORTH DRAGONFLY PHOTOGRAPHY JESSIE FELIX PHOTOGRAPHY JULIE K. GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY MOBILE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY PETER GREENO ROBERT CASTAGNA PHOTOGRAPHY

photo booth MAINE TO BOSTON PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL

bridal salons ANDREA’S BRIDAL

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BLUSH BRIDAL & FORMAL MADELEINE’S DAUGHTER BRIDAL SALON

tuxes & men’s attire THE BLACK TUX CLASSIC TUXEDO

hair, makeup & wellness ADORE ROUGE ASHLEY MANDELL HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY JESSICA CANDAGE HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY

rings & jewelry BROWN GOLDSMITHS

djs

ceremony musicians

wedding planners

tuxes & men’s attire

CALLAGHAN MUSIC

ELEGANT AURA KG EVENTS & DESIGN

THE BLACK TUX

lighting & décor EVENT LIGHTING CONCEPTS

invitations E&H CREATES

officiants & premarital counseling ALL IN ONE WEDDINGS OF MAINE REV. ERIKA HEWITT

gown cleaning & preservation PRATT ABBOTT CLEANERS

DJ JERRY BAZATA DJ JODI ENTERTAINMENT DOUBLE PLATINUM CELEBRATIONS M.R.K.ENTERTAINMENT MIKE’S MUSIC MIX NORTHEAST EVENT DESIGN

bands

CAPE COD

wedding venues THE BROOKSIDE CLUB PINEHILLS GOLF CLUB “THE PAVILION” THE SEA VIEW WILLOWBEND WYCHMERE BEACH CLUB

ALEX PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY ALI B PHOTOGRAPHY ANGELA GREENLAW PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS COOK PHOTOGRAPHY CLICK CHICK PHOTOGRAPHY FOURNIER & MALLOY PHOTOGRAPHERS JENNI V PHOTOGRAPHY JULIA CUMES PHOTOGRAPHY KELLY CRONIN PHOTOGRAPHY LAUREL HILL PHOTOGRAPHY LISA ELIZABETH IMAGES MIND ON PHOTOGRAPHY MOBILE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL BLACKMORE PHOTOGRAPHY PETER GREENO PRICE|BURR PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY SHORESHOTZ WEDDINGS THOMSON AND THOMSON PHOTOGRAPHY TODD WILSON IMAGES VAGABONDVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

ALI LOMAZZO BEAUTY ARTWORX HAIR DESIGN BLUSHING BRIDES FACE FORWARD BEAUTY BY ANDREA KOOHARIAN KIMBERLY RICHARD COSMETIC ARTIST LISA V. GEORGE LYNDSAY SIMON BEAUTY MAKEUP BY JILLIAN STACEY KUEHN HAIR

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MERCURY PHOTO LOUNGE VIRAL BOOTH

BEACH PLUM FLORAL DESIGN DESIGNER’S TOUCH FLORALS

djs CAPE TUNES DJ DOUG FOLSOM MCVIE PRODUCTIONS RA-MU & THE CREW

bands SILVER ARROW BAND

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THE NONANTUM RESORT

UNION BLUFF MEETING HOUSE

NonantumResort.com

UnionBluff.com

ALL THAT EVENTS DJ UP LIGHTING PHOTO BOOTH CANDY BUFFET AllThatEvents.com

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GRANDASIA BRIDAL & FASHION

LABELLE WINERY

Grandasia.com

LaBelleWineryNH.com

VIRAL BOOTH (VIDEO PHOTO BOOTH RENTALS & UPLIGHTING) VideoPhotoBoothRentals.com

FANCY FLOWERS FLORAL REACTIONS J. SMITH FLORAL DESIGN KJ FLORAL DESIGNS WEDDING FLOWERS BY NICHOLE

caterers CASUAL GOURMET

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wedding cakes & desserts ARTISAN BAKE SHOP BEAN COUNTER BAKERY THE CHOCOLATE ROSE CAKE SHOPPE VERONICA’S SWEETCAKES

officiants & premarital counseling CAPE COD CEREMONIES– REV. FAITH LAVENDER WEDDINGS BY DESIGN WEDDINGS IN CAPE COD– REV. PATRICIA CONTE-NELSON

photographers

tuxes & men’s attire

ALEXSANDRA WICIEL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS ERIKA FOLLANSBEE PHOTOGRAPHY HILARY COLLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY HINKLEYPHOTO K. LENOX PHOTOGRAPHY KATE DONOVAN PHOTOGRAPHY KELLI MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY KISS THE BRIDE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MARK R. DUCHARME PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL CIRELLI PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE SEARS PHOTOGRAPHY MILLYARD STUDIOS NH IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY+VIDEO SHANOAH MADISON PHOTOGRAPHY SOLARE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WILTON BROTHERS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BLACK TUX CLASSIC TUXEDO

videographers NH IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY+VIDEO

NEW HAMPSHIRE

wedding venues LABELLE WINERY LaBelleWineryNH.com “This is one of those rare places that gives you all that comes with a highend venue with that family feel. Wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding day!” ATKINSON RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB HIDDEN HILLS ESTATE STEELE HILL RESORTS

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photo booth MAINE TO BOSTON PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL VIRAL BOOTH XO PHOTO

bridal salons MADELEINE’S DAUGHTER BRIDAL SALON MARRY & TUX BRIDAL MODERN BRIDE & FORMAL SHOP UNIQUELY COUTURE BRIDAL

hair, makeup & wellness ASHLEY MANDELL HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY BLISS STUDIO BLUSHING BRIDES CASSANDRA VAZQUEZ OF NARCISSO: A BROW & BEAUTY STUDIO CELECIA TAYLOR | NEW ENGLAND MAKEUP ARTIST MAKING FACES WEDDINGS STUDIO 90 ON FLEET

djs AARON DENNY AARON TOPFER ALL THAT EVENTS DJ BIG DADDY ENTERTAINMENT DJ JODI ENTERTAINMENT GET DOWN TONIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, INC. MAIN EVENT ENTERTAINMENT LLC PEAK ENTERTAINMENT INC. PETE CHAMBERS ENTERTAINMENT

bands COVER STORY ENTERTAINMENT

ceremony musicians ENSEMBLE AEVIA

wedding florists IN BLOOM WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

LYNDSEY LORING DESIGN SIMPLE BOUQUETS SUSANNE’S WEDDINGS

caterers CELEBRATIONS DISTINCTIVE CATERING

wedding cakes & desserts CHICKADEE HILL CAKES FREDERICK’S PASTRIES OOO LA LA CREATIVE CAKES

invitations INSPIRATION I DO THE WRITE PLACE

RHODE ISLAND

wedding venues HARBOR LIGHTS KIRKBRAE COUNTRY CLUB MEADOW BROOK INN PAWTUCKET COUNTRY CLUB THE PROVIDENCE BILTMORE REGATTA PLACE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET PRESENTED BY RUSSELL MORIN FINE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB WANNAMOISETT COUNTRY CLUB

wedding planners BLISSFUL EVENTS CREATIVE UNIQUE THEMED EVENTS

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hair, makeup & wellness

photographers

ALI LOMAZZO BEAUTY ALLISON BARBERA BEAUTY B LOVELY BEAUTY STUDIO BIANCA NASTARI HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNS BLUSHING BRIDES DANIELLE BISBANO MAKEUP ARTISTRY EDEN XO JACLYNN KATE HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY LYNDSAY SIMON BEAUTY MAKEOVER ARTISTRY MAWBEAUTY HAIR & MAKEUP STUDIO PETAL BLUSH BEAUTY STUDIO B, A SALON AND BEAUTY BOUTIQUE

ARTISTIC WEDDING FILMS DAYLIGHT WEDDINGS & FILMS MOVE MOUNTAINS CO.

photo booth AN AMAZING DAY PHOTO BOOTH MERCURY PHOTO LOUNGE SMASHING PHOTO & VIDEO BOOTH RENTALS SUPREME PHOTO BOOTH VIRAL BOOTH YOURS TRULY

bridal salons THE BRIDAL SHOPPE COUTURE BRIDAL CO.

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8 quintessential new england venues Give guests an authentic New England experience with a charming soiree at one of these inns or hotels. BY LIBBY MACCARTHY

14 The Green, Woodstock, VT; (888) 338-2745; WoodstockInn.com Nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Woodstock Inn is a landmark resort and four-season retreat. Host an intimate celebration for 60 on the Garden Terrace, or celebrate with a blowout bash under the stars in the South Garden with 300 of your closest family and friends. The serene setting and seemingly endless array of outdoor activities aren’t the inn’s only allure—the quaint resort is a foodie’s paradise, where farm-fresh ingredients and regional recipes reign supreme.

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gurney’s newport resort & marina 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI; (401) 849-2600; GurneysResorts.com Surrounded by picturesque Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort offers the seclusion of a private island just a short walk away from the charming cobblestone streets of Newport. Take advantage of the ocean views with a ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Newport Harbor Lighthouse, followed by an alfresco reception for 360 at the on-site pavilion. Have a lengthy guest list? The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600.

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297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA; (508) 945-0096; ChathamBarsInn.com Dotted with blue hydrangeas, the inn’s Main and South Lawns lend themselves to enchanting “I dos” overlooking the sparkling Atlantic. With four distinctive reception venues (all of which profit from waterfront views) to choose from, couples and their wedding guests are guaranteed a taste of coastal elegance whether they clink glasses in the Beach House or dance the night away in Stars, the inn’s esteemed farm-to-table restaurant.

231 Main St., Plymouth, NH; (603) 536-2200; TheCManInnPlymouth.com A far cry from your average banquet hall, this secluded Adirondack-style spot is rich in rustic elegance, with its natural wood accents and fieldstone fireplace. Between May and October, the Greenhouse and its surrounding gardens are in full bloom, providing a picturesque setting for your nuptials. Postceremony, gather guests around the fire pit to toast marshmallows and take in a stunning fireworks display.

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do you have any wedding pet peeves? The only trend that needs to go away is those weddings that aren’t representative of a couple. Every decision—from the stamps to the bouquet wrap—is an opportunity to incorporate meaningful touches your guests will see and appreciate. what three things should a couple bring to their first meeting with you? A budget, guest count and idea on what season they’d like to wed.

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what necessities are in your planning emergency kit? With everything from power tools to nail files, it’s more like an emergency bin! what’s the one detail you’ve always wanted to incorporate into a wedding but have yet to do? Nontraditional types of live entertainment are interesting if executed in a thoughtful and well-timed manner. We’ve produced events with live painters, animals, acrobats and synchronized swimmers but have yet to work those details into a couple’s wedding. share one pro tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know. Don’t be afraid to take risks with the design. Some of the most innovative and gorgeous wedding details come from creating something for the first time and combining new and interesting colors and textures. Always run your ideas by your team of pros, but be bold—after all, it’s your party. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Established in 2011, this cozy bridal oasis—with locations in Connecticut and Vermont—is committed to providing one-of-a-kind gowns to stylish brides. ON THE WEB

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Come into your first appointment with some sort of vision to help to narrow down your wedding style. Do your research and visit dress designer websites to see what gowns you’re drawn to.

do you have any tips on accessorizing? Keep it simple. Many of our gowns are showstoppers, so little jewelry is needed. You don’t want to take away from the beauty of the bride and the gown itself. how essential are dress alterations? Alterations are always needed to ensure a proper fit. Unless you’re ordering a made-tomeasure gown, you can expect your dress to need some sort of tailoring, which is why a great seamstress is crucial. what’s the craziest request you’ve ever received from a client? We often meet with brides who purchase their gown solo since their family and friends live out of state. On more than one occasion, we’ve been asked to host a second appointment with family included, in which we have to pretend we’ve never met the bride. share one pro tip all brides should know. Trust your stylist. There could be a gown that looks like nothing on the hanger yet comes to life the moment you try it on. Find more dress salons from your area in our directory on p. 346

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what’s the most creative boutonniere you’ve crafted for a couple? I once made a pocket square using mussel shells, but the most sentimental boutonniere was made with a locket that held a photo of the groom’s mother and sister who had both passed away from cancer. It was a surprise gift from the bride to the groom. aside from using lace, what are some other unique ways to wrap a bouquet? I’ve used pieces from the bride’s wedding dress to her grandmother’s gown and even a used pair of jeans. They were the first gift the bride had ever received from her groom, so we cut off the cuff since they were well-worn. A lot of brides give me heirloom jewelry to add to their bouquets, and I’m a bit obsessed with ribbon—I buy it from antique markets and wholesalers located all around the world.

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Bourgeois turned her passion for florals into a full-blown business based in Maine, specializing in lush wedding day blooms.

we’re curious: what really happens to all of the flowers postwedding? We always create a postwedding flower plan with our clients. If the couple doesn’t wish to keep the blooms, we donate them to local charities or nursing homes. I also have a composting area at my shop where we compost all of our fresh materials.

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Locally sourced flowers are always popular, but they can be very tricky to find in Maine since we have such a short growing season. Save money by renting vases and decorating tables with seasonal fruits and locally grown vegetables.

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SIGN UP FOR DANCE LESSONS. DANCING TOGETHER (EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL DUMB!) CONNECTS YOU TO YOUR PARTNER AND SERVES AS A REMINDER OF WHY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED.” —Amanda & Thadd

“The morning of our wedding, I handed my phone to a friend who answered phone calls and took a bunch of candid photos and videos throughout the entire day.” —Kate & Lauren

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After five years of dating, Matt popped the question during a photo shoot at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with the help of Katelyn’s favorite photographer, Annmarie Swift. “We’d done a couple of styled shoots with Annmarie in the past, so I knew Katelyn wouldn’t question it if Annmarie asked us to do another,” Matt says. A few minutes into the photo shoot, Annmarie had Katelyn face the museum, allowing Matt ample time to get down on one knee. “I was so completely overwhelmed with happiness that I had to ask Matt later that night if I actually said ‘yes,’  ” Katelyn says. The ring: Long’s Jewelers >>

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Inspired by the illustrated books Emily had made for him throughout their relationship, Ben decided to surprise her with a book of his own on their anniversary. Titled Em Is for Marriage, the e-book, which Ben presented to Emily on an iPad, told the story of their relationship—and ended in a proposal. “My first thought was the iPad was just an expensive gift I would never use,” Emily says of the surprise. “But as I read, I was in shock. I cried when I got to the part about him asking my dad for his approval, since he had passed away earlier that year.” The ring: Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry

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What Ashley thought was a surprise party for Tim’s birthday turned into the ultimate proposal she never saw coming. “I had my brother ask Ashley to help him plan a party for me,” Tim says of covertly coordinating a surprise of his own. The following Sunday, family and friends gathered as the couple took in the sunset from the Quabbin Reservoir. That’s where Tim gifted Ashley a notebook that documented relationship milestones, including the date of their engagement. “Suddenly Tim was down on one knee reciting words I don’t remember,” Ashley says. “I was overjoyed.” The ring: Hannoush Jewelers >>

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Four years after they hit it off at a Christmas bar crawl, Molly (right) and Niki purchased their first home together and set about exploring their new neighborhood. One evening they paid a visit to a nearby pond, and there, as the sun set, Niki popped the question, catching Molly completely off guard. “I had thought about the million ways in which I should propose, but at the end of the day, with just us on the water, the proposal was perfect in its simplicity,” Niki says. The ring: Long’s Jewelers

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BRIDE Alexandra (Alle) Weil, 31, a holistic nutritionist GROOM Tim Peper, 35, an actor HOW THEY MET At a café across the street from Alle’s New York City apartment WEDDING STYLE Alle and Tim combined their love of Maine’s coastal charm and Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork to bring their romantic, bohemian theme to life. —Libby MacCarthy

“We didn’t want a formal wedding,” Alle says. “We loved the idea of giving the day a more casual feel.” A palette of soft, earthy hues played up the serene setting, where Alle and Tim wed under a driftwood arch handcrafted by the groom. “Tim collected all of the wood with the help of our families,” Alle says.

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“I spent most of my childhood summers in Maine, so the location is very special to me,� Alle says of their sentimental venue, which came alive with untamed arrangements of wildflowers and king proteas. The couple worked with 44 North Coffee to create a custom blend that guests eventually took home.

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Antler details, natural stone escort cards and beds of moss infused the tented reception with woodlandinspired flair, along with vintage animal illustrations that acted as table numbers. After a farm-to-table feast that was served family style, partygoers indulged in a rosewater cake filled with mulberry honey.

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Rachel carried a textured bouquet of white japhet orchids and blush sweet peas.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Rachel Medow, 29, a nanny GROOM Justin Gilson, 31, a tax manager HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE Rachel and Justin’s fall fete was the epitome of classic elegance, thanks to towering, orchid-filled arrangements and a monochromatic palette of black and cream. —LM

Upon arriving at the ceremony, guests were greeted with glasses of champagne and a signature whiskey smash cocktail. As a nod to their Jewish roots, the couple honored the tradition of signing a preceremony ketubah before exchanging vows under a chuppah draped in gauzy white fabric.

The sleek, minimalist design of the couple’s ketubah mirrored their wedding’s contemporary yet classic theme.

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A duo of violinists set a lively tone for cocktail hour by performing upbeat renditions of popular hit songs. While the dĂŠcor boasted a decidedly traditional aesthetic, the couple took a bolder design approach to their jaw-dropping cake. The five-tier, confetti-flavored confection featured marble fondant adorned with fresh flower petals for a look that was almost too good to eat.

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Jacquard linens gave way to towering centerpieces of ivory roses, orchids and hydrangeas. After a dinner of filet mignon and truffle mashed potatoes, an eight-piece band rocked the reception late into the evening. “Our only requirement was that everyone be on the dance floor all night,” Rachel says.

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“We really wanted to embrace the location and let it lead the way,” Holly says of decking out her family’s home in shades of blue and her favorite green hue. Prior to the start of the ceremony, guests selected flower petals from a pop-up bar and placed them in paper cups. As the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle, onlookers showered Holly and Adam with the blooms.

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Kearsley Lloyd and Albertine Press created a custom letterpress stationery suite complete with watercolor illustrations of Landgrove, a one-of-a-kind crest and an organic leaf motif. The groomsmen attire—most notably their forest-green trousers and cheerful yellow ties—borrowed heavily from Vermont’s lush natural scenery.

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The couple’s custom crest was displayed above an ornate wood bar adorned with verdant garlands. “All of the tables were topped with cornflower-blue runners and illuminated by candlelight,” Holly says of the sophisticated tablescapes. “It looked magical once the sun began to set.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Erica Annon, 30, a communications and marketing executive GROOM Shantanu Dhaka, 30, a tech entrepreneur HOW THEY MET On a blind date WEDDING STYLE The pair combined classic New England charm with Indian tradition to bring their relaxed summer soiree to life. “Our approach became ‘Connecticut meets India,’  ” Erica says. —LM

“We tried to keep each ceremony very distinct,” Erica says of sealing the deal in two separate ceremonies. For their Indian vows, Erica donned a hot pink lehenga before changing into a chic sheath prior to the start of their Western ceremony. “I wanted a classic silk gown,” she says of channeling Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s bridal style.

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Tassel escort cards directed guests to their seats at tables topped with ikat linens, rattan chargers and whimsical elephant figurines. After a savory dinner of polenta and salmon, guests indulged in chocolate truffles and treats from a shortcake bar. “The local fruit, biscuits and fresh cream were a huge hit,� Erica says.

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“Our family and friends loved experiencing the best of two different cultures in one weekend,” Erica says. Cocktail hour took place on the Connecticut River Museum’s Steamboat Dock, where the couple served rosé and IPA alongside fresh oysters, artisanal cheeses, vegetarian samosas and mini lobster rolls.

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Country Club, Old Lyme, CT; Western ceremony: Centerbrook Meeting House, Centerbrook, CT RECEPTION SITE Connecticut River Museum,

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Samantha Feingold, 30, works in marine science and policy GROOM Enrique Kassel, 30, works in aquaculture HOW THEY MET At the New England Aquarium WEDDING STYLE The couple’s playful garden affair featured vibrant florals and a cheery palette of yellow and pink. “The flowers were incredibly important to me,” Samantha says of incorporating dahlias into the design. —LM

The alfresco affair took place in Samantha’s parents’ garden, where more than 60 varieties of dahlias were in full bloom. “My parents put a lot of love and effort into the garden, and it’s my dad’s heart and soul. I can’t imagine a lovelier or more meaningful spot for such an occasion,” she says of their home venue.

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Layers of combed ivory buttercream and cheery, colorful blooms covered the strawberry-shortcakeflavored cake.

The beauty of the gardens carried over to the reception with details such as seed packet table numbers, seed paper menus and fresh dahlia centerpieces. The couple created a personalized “family tree� on the property by suspending colorful kites and photos of family members from tree limbs.

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Beach Verdant garlands, rustic flower pots and vintage votives topped farm wood reception tables, along with mason jars and plenty of candlelight. Dinner featured an array of local and seasonal flavors, including a caprese salad made with fresh tomatoes picked from Samantha’s father’s own garden.

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The couple took advantage of the Grand View Estate’s serene setting and panoramic views with an intimate ceremony on the lawn. A lush garland of eucalyptus and pale-pink blooms heightened the romance of the ethereal wedding arch that framed Phebe and Michael as they exchanged vows.

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Toni Chandler Flowers & Events Rev. William Beardsley

GOWN Allure, Precious

Memories, Malden, MA Memories

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

VEIL Precious

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Barmakian Jewelers JEWELRY Nordstrom HAIR Shear Physique Beauty

Pam Hair and Beauty David’s Bridal

MENSWEAR Ike Behar, Giblees

Menswear, Danvers, MA Paper Co.; Eight21 Studios Spade New York

MAKEUP Miss

BRIDESMAID DRESSES STATIONERY Blush SIGN-IN BOOK Kate

RENTALS Rentals Unlimited

CATERING The Porch Café by Hardy Foard

Catering

CAKE Jacques Fine European Pastries

MUSIC E.C.F. Entertainment

The custom stationery suite was complete with three custom monograms and floral flourishes. Following a family-style meal, the couple treated guests to three different flavors of wedding cake. “We were all about giving our guests options,” Phebe says of the sweets.

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September 12 • Nantucket, MA

cj &

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GROOM CJ Johnson (left), 30, a real estate property manager GROOM Patrick Crosetto, 34, CEO of a real estate company HOW THEY MET At a local eatery in Hoboken, New Jersey WEDDING STYLE Patrick and CJ fused New England elegance and urban sophistication for their chic waterfront affair on Nantucket. —LM

Many of CJ and Patrick’s guests had never visited the island, so the couple worked hard to ensure everyone walked away with the full Nantucket experience. Details like nautical stationery, a navy and red color palette, and a menu showcasing maritime fare offered a custom experience that truly tipped its hat to the one-of-a-kind town.

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The duo passed on a classic cake topper for their three-tier confection in favor of a playful pair of mustaches.

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The nautical theme was in full force during the reception. Guests took in striking harbor views while they sipped cocktails and tapped their toes to Cole Porter during cocktail hour. Ship signaling flags guided guests to their seats, and blue-and-white-striped linens brought a punch of panache to the reception tables.

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The reception kicked off with a bang: A trumpet player led partygoers to Nantucket Yacht Club to the tune of Pharrell’s “Happy.” Recognized as an iconic Nantucket bloom, prominent displays of colorful hydrangeas popped against tables lined with classic white linens.

CJ & PATRICK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE First

Congregational Church, Nantucket, MA RECEPTION SITE Nantucket Yacht Club,

Nantucket, MA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Crosby/Zofia & Co. Photography FLOWERS Flowers on Chestnut OFFICIANT Rev. Bill Stelman ATTIRE Suitsupply SHOES Antonio

Maurizi ENGAGEMENT WATCH Rolex WEDDING RINGS Tacori STATIONERY &

SIGN-IN BOOK

Swiss Cottage Designs DRESSES J.Crew

GROOMSMAID GROOMSMEN

ATTIRE J.Crew; Ralph Lauren

Nantucket Tents Nantucket Yacht Club Band House

RENTALS

CATERING MUSIC Fever

ACCOMMODATIONS Veranda REGISTRY Zola.com GUESTS

240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 3 • Stow, MA

francesca &

matthew engaged: 2 years photography by Ashley Caroline Photography at a private residence

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BRIDE Francesca Balboni, 28, an art history PhD candidate GROOM Matthew Flagg, 27, a biology PhD candidate HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE Francesca and Matthew pulled off a bohemian backyard bash with vibrant wildflowers, shibori-dyed linens and playful citrus hues. —LM

“We wanted the day to echo our life together: relaxed, easy and full of laughter, music and good food,” Francesca says. “The backyard itself went a long way in creating that feeling, so we wanted to let the natural surroundings shine.” Kilim rugs adorned with petals and wild arrangements of bright blooms served as the ceremony altar.

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The wedding party’s attire reflected the day’s vibrant, carefree feel, with Francesca’s bridesmaids donning short-and-sweet cocktail dress in shades of sunny yellow and grapefruit. “It was important to us that we write our own ceremony. Words have come to carry a certain weight for us,” Francesca says.

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Fare was passed around wood tables decked out with eucalyptus garlands and shibori napkins. For their first dance as newlyweds, the couple performed a choreographed routine that showcased their swing dancing skills. “We never anticipated the response we got,” Francesca says of shocking their guests.

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In addition to a coconut cake, guests snacked on a spread of chocolatepeanut-butterflavored cupcakes.

FRANCESCA & MATTHEW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Francesca’s family home, Stow, MA PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Caroline

Scavotto/Ashley Caroline Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Wendy

Harrop Events Design Studio

FLOWERS Forêt OFFICIANT Kevin

Flagg (groom’s cousin)

GOWN

Houghton, The Dress Theory, San Diego SHOES Maryam Nassir Zadeh; Rachel

Comey

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Mociun

Kacie Corbelle Various

HAIR &

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Bonobos

STATIONERY Hello Tenfold RENTALS NECR

Roasted Catering Confections

CATERING Fire CAKE Mayflour

MUSIC Search Party

DANCE LESSONS Dance With Liza TRANSPORTATION Dee Bus Service REGISTRY Zola.com GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 30 • Newport, RI

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Dominique Lee, 28, a senior project manager GROOM John Gregory, 34, a senior network engineer HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE From the candlelit ceremony overlooking the water to the black-tie attire, every aspect of Dominique and John’s fall wedding was drenched in modern glamour and romance. —LM

“We chose elements we loved without feeling the need to stick to a specific color palette. Instead, we focused on creating a mood and feeling,” Dominique says of their approach to planning. “The entire evening just felt completely effortless and intimate.”

Personalized votive candles guided guests to their seats.

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The couple struck the ultimate balance of modern minimalist and charm from bygone eras with white linens, crystal candlesticks and mercury glass accents. Guests dined on decadent dishes such as lobster mac and cheese and Kobe short ribs while taking in the surrounding ocean views. Instead of one towering confection, the couple opted for eight different single-tier cakes.

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DOMINIQUE & JOHN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Arthurs

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Andrew Abajian Stoneblossom Blanchette (friend) Romona Keveza

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Kyle GOWN &

VEIL

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

BlueNile.com JEWELRY Eddie Borgo HAIR &

MAKEUP DIY

MENSWEAR Cópa Menswear,

Providence, RI

STATIONERY DIY

SIGN-IN BOOK Paper Source RENTALS Rentals Unlimited CATERING Spiced Pear/The Chanler

at Cliff Walk Designs

CAKE Confectionery

MUSIC Ceremony: Luke

James Shaffer; reception: DJ Valentina DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance

Centers Cava; Lindt

FAVORS Codorníu Brut ACCOMMODATIONS

The Chanler at Cliff Walk Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Italy

GUESTS 75 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Indian Pond Country Club 60 Country Club Way, Kingston, MA (781) 585-9117 • IndianPondCountryClub.com

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October 8 • Newport, RI

lemise &

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A natural grass aisle sprinkled with flower petals led to a lush ceremony arch.

THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Lemise Dajani, 28, a human capital consultant GROOM Beau Hill, 28, a commodity trader HOW THEY MET As students at Wake Forest University WEDDING STYLE Lemise and Beau looked to natural moss accents and shades of green, cream and navy to pull off a secret-garden-inspired fete that reflected their relationship’s roots. —LM

With its lush, expansive property, ocean views and historic beaux-arts-style architecture, the couple’s venue provided a charming backdrop for the autumn soiree. A branch arch adorned with greenery, ivory flowers and stone urns overflowing with amaranth and hydrangeas infused the ceremony with English garden elegance.

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The party’s showstopping focal point was a live tree at the center of the reception tent, adorned with moss, ferns and twinkling fairy lights. “I wanted to create a vintage feel that looked as though a party from a 100 years ago was frozen in time, and a garden began to grow up around it,” Lemise says.

Newport Country Club, Newport, RI PHOTOGRAPHY Corinna Raznikov

Photography Events

PLANNER Exquisite

FLOWERS Robin Hollow Farm

OFFICIANT Steve Goyer

GOWN

Marchesa, Saks Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue

VEIL Saks

SHOES Angela Nuran

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Golda Jewelry JEWELRY Saks Fifth Avenue HAIR Jo D’Alan Salon

Visage-1 Studios

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR

Groom: Saks Fifth Avenue; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com Press; Papers

STATIONERY Highway

RENTALS Exquisite Events

CATERING Glorious Affairs

CAKE

Confectionery Designs DESSERTS Newport Sweet Shoppe

MUSIC Hudson/Night

Shift Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Sara Barker

FAVORS The Cookie Jar

TRANSPORTATION Viking Tours

Trolley

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Underwood Jewelers; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Fiji & New Zealand GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 29 • Cambridge, MA

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Claire Bowers, 40, a sales director GROOM Joe Carpenter, 36, a director of operations and sustainability HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE Claire and Joe translated their Scottish heritage and passion for eco-friendliness into natural décor and a palette of deep navy blue and green for their rustic-chic wedding in Cambridge, Massachusetts. —LM

Wood accents, potted plants and seasonal blooms brought the couple’s natural, eco-conscious theme to life. Trimmings from the bridesmaid bouquets were used to create a whimsical floral backdrop for their vows.

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The bouquets were filled with a textured mix of succulents, peonies, thistle and garden roses.

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CL AIRE & JOE Monogrammed cupcakes in flavors such as salted caramel and coconut doubled as favors.

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CLAIRE & JOE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Loyal

Nine, Cambridge, MA Joe ditched the traditional tuxedo, opting for a blue kilt, Argyle jacket and the traditional Scottish sgian-dubh for his walk down the aisle. Dedicated to New England culinary traditions and local, seasonal eats, the reception venue provided the perfect setting for Claire and Joe’s sustainable celebration.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Tiffany Von Noronha/Tiffany Von Photography

PLANNER Natalie

Pinney/Whim Events

FLOWERS Moira

Thompson/Whim Events Sarah Walker (friend)

OFFICIANT

GOWN Caroline

DeVillo, Country Weddings Bridal Boutique, Hingham, MA SHOES Audrey Brooke ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Leo

Carroll JEWELRY Natori

HAIR Shag

Boston MAKEUP Alexandra Dale Makeup Artistry Sung

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred MENSWEAR Lothian Kilt Rentals,

Dunedin, FL

STATIONERY Extras by

Alaina; Greenvelope; Paper Moss IN BOOK Jenga, Etsy.com

Rentals Unlimited

SIGN-

RENTALS

CATERING Loyal

Nine DESSERTS Georgetown Cupcakes MUSIC Ceremony: Josh Benson & Jen

Heller; reception: DJ Brian Delac/Murray Hill Talent PHOTO BOOTH Swoon Booth TRANSPORTATION Old Town Trolley

Tours

ACCOMMODATIONS Royal Sonesta

GUESTS 76 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 17 • Boston

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“We wanted a classic design that felt warm and inviting,” Lauren says of incorporating white orchids and sleek silver details throughout their day.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Lauren Hooley, 28, an accountant GROOM John Coppo, 28, works in sponsorship sales HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE Modern elegance ruled supreme with cool shades of silver and purple and cascading arrangements of orchids that seemed to take over Lauren and John’s opulent venue. —LM

Lauren tried on dozens of wedding dresses before falling head over heels for a timeless mermaid-style design. Her bridesmaids donned black chiffon gowns, while John and his groomsmen opted for classic black tuxes and bow ties.

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“We have large families and needed a venue that would accommodate over 300 guests. Plus, we were looking for something unconventional,” Lauren says. “We stumbled across Boston Symphony Hall and fell in love.” Layers of white fondant and clusters of white roses lent a sophisticated look to the couple’s cake.

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CEREMONY SITE St. Ignatius Church,

Chestnut Hill, MA RECEPTION SITE Boston Symphony Hall, Boston PHOTOGRAPHY Jill Person

and Laurén Killian/Person + Killian Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Boston

Wedding Films Events

PLANNER Rafanelli

FLOWERS Winston Flowers

OFFICIANT Fr. Jack Butler

GOWN

Ines Di Santo, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City

VEIL Bergdorf Goodman

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Jemma Wynne HAIR Darren Lee

Marc Harris J.Crew

MAKEUP Salon

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Tom James

STATIONERY Cheree Berry Paper;

Rafanelli Events

RENTALS Be Our

Guest Party Rental Gourmet Caterers Remember

CATERING CAKE Cakes to

MUSIC Veronica Martell

TRANSPORTATION Old Town Trolley

Tours of Boston

ACCOMMODATIONS

Fairmont Copley Plaza

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Find Your Something Blue … On Boston’s Waterfront

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August 20 • Lyndonville, VT

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Stacked tiers of locally sourced cheese served as a savory alternative to a classic wedding cake.

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BRIDE Ingrid Bengtson, 31, an architect GROOM Harry “Charlie” Reed, 33, partner at Atlantic-ACM HOW THEY MET At a downhill ski racing league WEDDING STYLE Ingrid and Harry drew on the character and beauty of Vermont’s natural landscape to execute their elegant yet pastoral design. —LM

From a metta meditation ceremony led by the groom’s sister to watercolor stationery that served as a nod to the bride’s love of birds, Ingrid and Harry put a personal spin on as many elements as possible. “We had a personal connection to every vendor we worked with,” Ingrid says. “I used to figure skate with our coordinator, and the cheese monger and photographer were high school friends of mine.”

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A first dance to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” kicked the evening’s festivities into high gear.

INGRID & CHARLIE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Pavilion in the Pines, Lyndonville, VT PHOTOGRAPHY Jackie Fox/J. Harper

Photography

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DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Jennifer Layn

FLOWERS All About

Flowers; FiftyFlowers.com Abby Pollender

OFFICIANT

GOWN Mikaella by

Paloma Blanca, Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH Simmons

SHOES Tabitha

ENGAGEMENT RING

Tiffany & Co. WEDDING RINGS E.B. Horn EARRINGS Alana Douvros BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Allen Edmonds; Giorgio

Armani; Hermès

STATIONERY

AlphaGraphics; Kendall Press Abbott Rental on Mill

CAKE Jasper Hill Farm

MUSIC Patrick Ross

Hill Farm Bus Service

RENTALS

CATERING Bailiwicks FAVORS Jasper

TRANSPORTATION Butler’s ACCOMMODATIONS The

Stepping Stones Inn; Wildflower Inn REGISTRY Zola.com

A “wedding bard” wielding a fiddle led guests to a forest clearing for cocktail hour, where they indulged in seasonal, locally sourced fare. Bundles of fresh eucalyptus filled the reception barn with an organic, earthy scent, while flickering candles and strands of fairy lights cast a warm, ambient glow throughout the space.

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Bridesmaids bundled up in plaid wraps in a hue that complemented their floor-length gowns.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Aly Arnone, 32, an accountant and CPA GROOM Keven Lang, 32, a sales manager HOW THEY MET At their friends’ wedding WEDDING STYLE Aly and Keven planned a rustic-chic celebration marked by winter-worthy details that ranged from a birchwood altar to custom mug favors. —LM

Stunning mountain vistas, a quaint on-site barn and a location that lent itself to skiing, sledding and cozy fireside chats instantly led the couple to book their mountaintop resort venue. Details like long farm tables, plaid wraps and garlands of lush greenery amplified the barn’s country charm.

ALY & KEVEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, VT

PHOTOGRAPHY Leah Haydock

Films

VIDEOGRAPHY SP

PLANNER Caitlin Layne/

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Sacha Field (friend)

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GOWN Nicole Miller, Madeleine’s

Daughter, Portsmouth, NH

VEIL

Toni Federici, Madeleine’s Daughter SHOES Badgley Mischka; Sorel JEWELRY Margaret Elizabeth; Nadri;

Swarovski

HAIR &

MAKEUP Five

Elements Salon & Day Spa

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Monique Lhuillier, Bella

Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY TheApothecaryBee, Etsy

.com; Minted.com

RENTALS Jasper &

Prudence Floral and Events; Mountain Top Inn & Resort

CATERING Mountain

Top Inn & Resort Cakes by Design Events

CAKE Irene’s MUSIC Boppers

TRANSPORTATION &

ACCOMMODATIONS Mountain Top

Inn & Resort

REGISTRY MyRegistry.com

HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS 105 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 3 • Portland, ME

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photography by Mat & Ash Photography and Cortney Vamvakias Photography at Grace

A dramatic sideswept braid upped the romance of Kyla’s lace wedding gown.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kyla Fraser, 32, a client service representative GROOM Struan Smith, 31, a lawyer HOW THEY MET In elementary school WEDDING STYLE This Canada-based couple headed south of the border for an intimate, fun-filled celebration with their closest family and friends. —LM

Kyla and Struan made the decision to wed in Portland, Maine, despite having only visited the locale just once before. “We wouldn’t have been able to have a small wedding if we got married back home,” Struan says. Both the ceremony and cocktail hour took place at The Press Hotel, and the pair celebrated with dinner at Grace restaurant before hosting an after-party at Bayside Bowl.

KYLA & STRUAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE The Press Hotel,

Portland, ME RECEPTION SITE Grace, PHOTOGRAPHY Cortney

Vamvakias Photography; Mat Garber/ Mat & Ash Photography

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A rooftop ceremony offered stunning views of Casco Bay Harbor and the Portland skyline.

PLANNER

Paula Cano/A Family Affair DAY-OF COORDINATOR Ashley Valentine

Goodier

FLOWERS Broadturn Farm

OFFICIANTS David Smith; Merton

Browne

GOWN &

VEIL Mikaella by

Paloma Blanca, Bella Promessa, Moncton, New Brunswick

SHOES Tahari

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

La Mine d’Or Jewellers EARRINGS Le Chateau Beauty .com

HAIR &

MAKEUP Akari

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Boohoo MENSWEAR Joseph Abboud,

Moores, Moncton, New Brunswick STATIONERY Kwik Kopy Printing;

Vistaprint

RENTALS A Family Affair; One

Stop Event Rentals The Press Hotel

CATERING Grace;

CAKE The Holy Donut

ACCOMMODATIONS The Press Hotel GUESTS 32 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 2 • Watertown, MA

jane &

frank engaged: about 1 year

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THEIR STORY

JANE & FRANK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Commander’s Mansion, Watertown, Bell jars that sat atop antique cake stands served as centerpieces.

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BRIDE Jane Lee, 27, a sixth grade ESL teacher GROOM Frank Ng, 31, an engineer HOW THEY MET At a bar during a night out with friends WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane and Frank planned an outdoor affair laced with old-world elegance. —LM

PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel

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bash. This could happen with any of your pros—florists, bakers or caterers. Visuals help, of course, but it’s also important to know you’re speaking the same language. Enter our wedding theme dictionary. We broke down every theme, from alternative to whimsical, with descriptions and buzzwords for each—arming you with the basics, so to speak. Remember: Style is totally up for interpretation, so these aren’t rules. Think of them as jumping-off points or guidelines. Once you know what

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Make your wedding all about you—it is your day after all. You want your guests to leave saying, “That was so them!” vintage A typewriter adds instant nostalgia to a classic guest book. art deco Sparkly dresses shout celebration. romantic Hanging florals and ambient lighting ooze romance. nautical An anchor motif paired with sailing rope sets the scene for a seaside affair. alternative A colorful celebration complete with quirky sneakers and a rainbow of blooms is sure to be remembered.

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art deco Evoking the American 1920s, especially art deco architecture (such as the Chrysler building), this wedding theme is all about spunky glitz and glam—after all, they were the roaring twenties. Energetic jazz music was the life of every party, so we highly recommend a live band to get your guests on their feet. BUZZWORDS: flashy, metallic, opulent WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Pluming white ostrich feathers spilling from centerpieces, sequined tablecloths and geometric designs decorate any art deco soiree. Arguably, the most important detail of one of these throwback parties is a champagne tower. VENUE IDEA: historic museum (bonus points for art deco architecture)

bohemian Boho style has this way of looking incredibly chic, with minimal effort. It’s the “I woke up like this” of wedding themes. The décor is humble but eye-catching and the palette is one that can be found living harmoniously in nature. BUZZWORDS: tribal, hipster, nomadic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect mismatched bridesmaid dresses that don’t look too put together and bouquets of wispy and wild florals. The reception would definitely feature a cozy lounge area, complete with tepees and poufs. The finishing touch? A naked cake covered in fresh blooms. VENUE IDEA: open field >>

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Alternative seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and we’re here to change that. Having an alternative wedding just means your style is unique and can’t be boxed in with other categories. These themes are often representative of subcultures such as Burning Man, Steampunk, Renaissance or Marvel comics. BUZZWORDS: quirky, creative, unique WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The bride may wear a traditional white dress, but the bouquet or accessories would be all her own. Or she might opt for something totally different, like a multicolored gown or handmade cocktail dress. There’s definitely a themed cake with a nod to shared interests (think: your favorite Marvel character). Expect lots of quirky touches, from centerpieces to favors. VENUE IDEA: renovated movie theater

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Infuse your theme with details big and small, like a motif on your invitation or the overall vibe of your reception. alternative Let your personalities shine with a nontraditional altar or a barefoot, seaside celebration. art deco Look for a beaded gown with intricate detailing or put a twist on the signature sip with a champagne tower. bohemian Embellish your outdoor ceremony with textural elements, like macramé dream catchers, and opt for unique entertainment, like a bluegrass band.

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This is your day—make the details really reflect who you are as a couple. classic Upgrade elegant table settings with place cards and fresh stems, or choose timeless attire ensembles, like black tuxedos. country Pick a bucolic place to host your celebration (like an old barn) and add pastoral touches. Wildflower bouquets, antique trucks and cowboy boots fit the bill. DIY Create your own bunting using printed fabric in your wedding colors, or add DIY elements to your invitation suite.

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Imagine a venue filled with monochromatic décor, from the linens to the floral arrangements. There may be metallic or pastel accents, but overall the palette is light and airy with different textures thrown in to mix things up. BUZZWORDS: traditional, timeless, elegant WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Classic weddings are usually more on the formal side—they’re clean-cut affairs. That means there may be a champagne cocktail hour, chargers at each place setting and understated (but beautiful) décor like tealight candles or arrangements made up of a single floral variety. VENUE IDEA: ballroom

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Personifying the American West, country weddings are full of flavor and overflowing with charm. This style is all about celebrating your hometown and maybe throwing in some Americana flair for good measure. BUZZWORDS: Western, homespun, rural WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Cowboy boots will definitely make an appearance, and don’t be surprised if camo comes along with them. More traditional items might be swapped for ones with a stronger hometown spin (like pies from your local bakery instead of a tiered wedding cake), and a strong send-off is a must. We love a good vintage car getaway, and an old Ford pickup would be perfect for the job. VENUE IDEA: ranch

diy You can see the personalization in every detail of a DIY wedding. Whether it’s a hand-sewn pennant flag banner, homemade cookies or handwritten escort cards, the couple’s style shines through. BUZZWORDS: handmade, charming, personalized WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Details have a homemade, imperfect quality about them: a customized stamp that prints the couple’s monogram on each invitation, a handcrafted paper flower bouquet or favors packaged with personalized notes of thanks. Have a make-your-own food station (whether it’s in place of or supplementing a sit-down meal) at the reception. Think: sliders with a variety of toppings, a crepe bar or fireside s’mores for dessert. VENUE IDEA: backyard >>

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The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate

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nautical A celebration by the sea calls for some serious Cape Cod and Nantucket inspiration. A seafood bar, like an oyster shucking station or fresh shrimp cocktails during cocktail hour, is sure to send the right message. BUZZWORDS: preppy, navel, beachy WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Nautical hues play a huge role (everything from navy to sand is free game). Breezy linens, lighthouse décor, sea shell escort cards, fishing line lighting installations and relaxed (but slightly preppy) attire make this theme really come alive. VENUE IDEA: waterfront yacht club >>

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You can have more than two wedding colors—really! Add an accent hue or a zesty pop to any palette. glamorous Go grand with a multi-tier cake covered in pastel sugar flowers, or opt for a more monochromatic palette of white and cream. modern Bright colors mixed with a pattern makes a bold statement, while mid-century furniture is perfect for a lounge. nautical A celebration by the ocean screams maritime, especially if you include rich blue hues and a pop of coral in your color scheme.

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retro It’s Mad Men meets Grease in this drive-in, sock hop, American Bandstand–era celebration. Even if your guests can’t jive like dancers back in the day, that’s what the vibe should feel like—and everyone should be on the dance floor. BUZZWORDS: nostalgic, old-fashioned, moxie WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: This was a time to be bold and express your style, so a bright color scheme of teal and cherry red or neon pink and yellow sets the stage. A few throwback details like Coke served in its signature glass bottles are just right to round out the décor. Borrow an heirloom cake topper or scout one from a vintage shop. VENUE IDEA: old theater

Romantic weddings are all about celebrating romance with barely there colors, soft lighting and ethereal details like flowing dresses with airy fabrics. Elaborate cakes, candlelight (to set the mood) and tons of florals are usually present too. BUZZWORDS: delicate, feminine, luxurious WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: We love the idea of a preceremony cocktail hour kicking things off, complete with light appetizers and flutes of sparkling rosé. The final detail: A beautifully tiered cake with an elegant cascade of sugar flowers followed by a grand exit in a classic car or a horse and carriage. VENUE IDEA: castle

rustic Rustic can mean many things, but we like to streamline it with a simple farm-to-table baseline. Textures, especially natural ones like wood and stone, are staples of this theme. BUZZWORDS: local, minimal, raw WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Low, sprawling centerpieces with flowers that look fresh from the field dress up bare wood tables. Mixed glassware styles give a hint of glamour, but the eclectic collection still feels hand-curated. Market lights create ambience while a naked cake with fresh berries tastes as good as it looks. VENUE IDEA: renovated barn >>

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Hosting an alfresco wedding? Work the landscape into the details. retro Make a memorable exit in an oldfashioned car. romantic An elegant gown with a full skirt is ultra-feminine. rustic Cream-colored draping adds a softness to a tented outdoor celebration.

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southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation

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This “of-another-time” theme is often confused with retro. The biggest differences are in the eras: Retro is more about a specific period in time while vintage alludes more to antiques and Victorian details in the general sense. BUZZWORDS: antique, throwback, heirloom WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Instead of cloths or runners, tables might be draped with delicate layers of lace. Old furniture makes the best statement, so a lounge area with classic armchairs or love seats would create the perfect ambience. A gown with lace sleeves or a three-piece suit is a nice nod to the fashion of the time. VENUE IDEA: historic courthouse

whimsical Think of a whimsical wedding as a hybrid of rustic and boho, topped with a flower crown. It’s a little more on the storybook side, but in the most tasteful way. BUZZWORDS: fanciful, enchanting, eclectic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Think: garden party mixed with Alice in Wonderland. Introduce this theme with a quirky motif on the invitations. Day-of details like mismatched bridal party dresses and thrifted china will make everything feel unique to you. VENUE IDEA: botanical garden

Personalized touches make any wedding extraordinary. southern Dress your party in elegant monochromatic gowns. vintage Choose attire that hearkens back to another era, like a beaded gown. whimsical Go for a wow factor with playful statements, like a wall of greenery.

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Use nature’s hues to guide your wedding day palette. BY LAUREN KAY Choosing wedding colors is no small task—with so many distinctive shades, deciding on the perfect duo (or trio) can be a bit overwhelming. To narrow the playing field, look to Mother Nature and let the season of your celebration influence your picks. From a spring soiree to a winter fete, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite hues. Pair them together or mix them with neutrals or metallics for a winning color scheme. >>

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french blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This gorgeous rich hue is bold enough to stand on its own. And it also pairs well with most shades, making it work for virtually any style (rustic, romantic, modern) celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, blush, emerald, mushroom, burgundy TIPS TO TRY: Ink your invites in blue or dress your bridesmaids in this flattering shade—they’ll look stellar in photographs.

peach WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pinkish-yellow hue was

a hallmark of art deco design—it can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of your celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, lilac, dove gray, pale yellow, blush TIPS TO TRY: Start the party with a celebratory sip, like a peach Bellini, or incorporate Juliet garden roses into your bouquet.

teal WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A blue-green hue feels equal

parts fresh and classic. Use it to add a pop of color. orange, fuchsia, silver, plum, black TIPS TO TRY: Play with details, like teal drink stirrers, ribbon and bridal accessories (which can count as your “something blue”). >>

spring sage WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Despite its softness, this pale green can lead or be a strong accent. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, lilac, butterscotch, spruce, cotton TIPS TO TRY: Use sage-hued greenery in your bouquet or delight your guests with a pistachio macaron favor.

lavender WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pastel hue is known for its

calming tendencies—it’s perfect for creating a relaxed vibe for your wedding day. PAIRS WELL WITH: silver, cream, eggplant, dusty blue, berry TIPS TO TRY: Have guests shower you in dried lavender after your first kiss as newlyweds or as part of your grand exit.

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scarlet WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An eye-catching shade, red is often associated with passion and joy. PAIRS WELL WITH: beige, copper, sky blue, lime, ash TIPS TO TRY: Add scarlet pillows to lounge furniture or cut into a rich, red-velvet cake for a surprising pop of color.

seafoam WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Perfect for seaside celebrations,

this greenish-blue hue is soft but gender neutral. ivory, coral, crimson, pewter, magenta TIPS TO TRY: You’ll be hard-pressed to find florals in this shade, so try incorporating it into your wedding party attire (bridesmaid dresses, pocket squares or bow ties). PAIRS WELL WITH:

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summer rose WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This soft pink screams romance—plus it pairs flawlessly with metallics and stronger hues, balancing its femininity. PAIRS WELL WITH: white, gold, chocolate, sky blue, peach TIPS TO TRY: So many stems come in this shade of pink, from tea roses to ranunculus. Adorn a naked cake with a few fresh blooms.

canary yellow WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A happy hue such as yellow gives levity and cheer to any color scheme. PAIRS WELL WITH: peacock blue, flamingo, navy, grape, teal TIPS TO TRY: For a bold hit, layer tables in yellow linens. Use the hue in your day-of paper or serve a lemon-flavored sip.

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WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This golden tone of orange is bright and playful, a great match for a casual or whimsical celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: hot pink, lilac, kelly green, rose gold, snow TIPS TO TRY: Include tangerines or other citrus fruits in your centerpieces for a tropical vibe. >>

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royal blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A cool, saturated hue is the

perfect match for cooler temps. It’s also a universally flattering shade to wear and looks great in décor. PAIRS WELL WITH: cherry red, silver, melon, steel, marigold TIPS TO TRY: Add colored glassware to your table settings or opt for watercolor or patterned escort cards.

hunter green WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This earthy hue transcends formality, mixing with neutrals for a rustic vibe or gold and cream for a more formal palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, caramel, amber, terra-cotta, azure TIPS TO TRY: Load your bouquet and centerpieces with fresh greenery, or include the hue in your welcome bags.

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fall WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This saturated hue adds instant

warmth to a wedding palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: eggplant, cream, butter, bronze, mint TIPS TO TRY: Play up this rich hue in your menu—from butternut squash to hot toddies, there are a plethora of seasonal choices.

maroon WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Deep reds make a bold

statement. Soften with a barely there blush or a more formal mix of sparkly metallics. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gold, topaz, navy, tan, lilac TIPS TO TRY: A velvet maroon jacket is an elegant look for him. Or berries can give your florals texture and depth.

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dark eggplant WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This jewel tone gives off sophistication, richness and warmth. PAIRS WELL WITH: ruby, sand, navy, charcoal, emerald TIPS TO TRY: Have a cascade of eggplant sugar flowers on your cake, or choose a patterned linen runner for dining tables.

silver WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This shade can go glitzy

(think: sparkly metallic) or be a luminous neutral. cranberry, sapphire, juniper, frost, pineapple TIPS TO TRY: Ask your bridesmaids to don a pair of glittery heels or accent your tables with candelabras or mercury glass vases. PAIRS WELL WITH:

steel blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An almost-neutral blue, this

hue is perfect for adding a hint of color to a celebration. pearl, garnet, slate, copper, sage TIPS TO TRY: Since blue florals are hard to come by, tie a cascading ribbon to the stems of your bouquet, include the hue in a custom monogram or use pillar candles on your dining tables. PAIRS WELL WITH:

winter ivory WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A timeless neutral is a total win—this one has warm undertones, which makes it perfect for winter nuptials. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gray, lapis, ebony, moss TIPS TO TRY: Don an ivory gown (more flattering than white for most skin tones) or opt for a classic ivory-frosted cake.

cherry red WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This happy hue is synonymous with romance and passion. PAIRS WELL WITH: fog, chartreuse, sky blue, gold, linen TIPS TO TRY: Tuck your invites into red envelopes to get guests’ attention, or mix red roses into your floral arrangements.

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Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading—flooded the bridal runways. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Also hot? Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses (think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza) have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder styles are making their way down the aisle as well. >>

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unique invitations Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning with wedding correspondence that stands out. Plexiglass invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are a few of the stationery trends we’re loving right now. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed.

grand getaways Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops.

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This deconstructed welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work—they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag (snacks, drinks, local treats) and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you (or your family or wedding party) can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

asking for what you really want From cash to mountain bikes and even museum memberships, we love that couples can ask for just about anything under the sun these days—including nothing at all. Charity registries are on the rise along with experiences, like a pottery class or private cocktail session with an expert mixologist. Don’t worry, you can still register for classic wedding gifts like fine china, upgraded cookware and that fancy espresso machine you’ve had your eye on for years. Or do both!

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Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular seating setup or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Cocktails before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with a celebratory sip. >>

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In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to croquet at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful detail will get your friends and family mingling.

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Décor trends are going au naturel. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.

a movable feast With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected.

fun food presentations Menus are being carefully curated with favorite eats and local specialties. But the presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations, like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with hors d’oeuvres, are instant wows. These interactive stations will give your friends and family something to do, and talk about long after the wedding has ended. >>

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The latest in lounge seating is swings. This playground classic promises to be a big hit with wedding guests both young and old. And it’s the perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Seating in general is trending, with couples opting for “king” and “queen” chairs at a sweetheart table, or mix-and-match options for outdoor ceremonies. >>

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image mapping Turn your indoor reception venue into an enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. You can change scenes too, giving your ceremony and reception each its own special vibe. On a budget? Use the technology on just your wedding cake.

double-duty escorts Escort cards are like the save-the-dates of your wedding day— they don’t have to match your theme or style. They’re the perfect place to be playful and infuse your celebration with your personalities or favorite things. Create a dramatic display that can double as a photo booth backdrop or cards that are also party favors, like splits of champagne or a boxed edible treat.

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Hanging accents are an instant wow factor, and they always get noticed. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters for added ambience. Hanging décor will get guests looking up too, which is handy if you’re trying to downplay the venue’s color-clashing carpet. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces continue to be popular table décor.

translucent cakes Not quite frosted, not quite bare, the almost-naked cake is a perfect blend of two styles, and ideal for a less formal celebration. These confections are usually packed with flavor, lightly iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake.

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party portraits We’re loving the new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Much like a photo booth, there’s a designated space and, in some cases, props. But instead of four rapid-fire shots, there’s a live photographer asking you to “vogue” for the camera. You get beautiful images of your family and friends and they get a stellar classic portrait, perfect for their gallery wall. Vintage-loving duos might opt for an illustrator instead, who can sketch guests in their finest duds. Meanwhile, Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social with photos at weddings (#duh).

Give your guests an evening they won’t soon forget with unparalleled entertainment. Think outside the box with an aerialist, a live painter or a choir belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. An artist can capture the scene and commemorate the day—fun entertainment for your guests and a keepsake for you. Or go the more traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance, like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale, host a silent disco: A DJ spins music, but instead of it blasting from speakers, your guests don a pair of headphones and dance (and sing along) in relative silence. We’re kind of obsessed. DOUBLE-DUTY ESCORTS

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TRANSLUCENT CAKES

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Make the pièce de résistance of your celebration— the cake, of course—mirror your wedding’s overall vibe and theme.

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SUGAR STEMS Nothing says “romance” quite like flowers, especially when they’re handcrafted in sugar and entirely edible.

Add color and panache to a simple round cake with a bevy of blooms. Choose stems found in your bouquet or centerpieces, or flowers that match your wedding palette. A single cascade makes a statement, while multiple floral sprays are a total wow. CAKE BY MADISON LEE’S CAKES

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classic A white cake is the perfect canvas for an eye-catching design. Guarantee yours steals the show by choosing a bold print, like this timeless yet whimsical blue floral motif. Pair with a topper of sugar flowers or your new monogram for an elegant look. CAKE BY BETTY BAKERY

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Love a detail from your stationery or the pattern of your wedding china? Let that inspire your cake.

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g   lam A mix of patterns, metallics and dimensions create an extravagant confection. Bold pops of color in the base (echoed in the sugar blooms) lend a bit of sophistication. Opt for varying tier heights— it will give your cake depth and a little opulence. A MIDAS TOUCH

CAKE BY A LOVE FOR CAKES

Metallics make anything feel instantly luxe—including cakes. Gold edging, bold brush strokes and a confetti speckled tier create intrigue and texture.

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modern Proof that a simple design can make a big impact, this marble-inspired cake pairs perfectly with any wedding palette. A classic red rose gives the top tier dimension. Add even more drama by having nontraditional layers like hexagons, squares or ovals. CAKE BY BUTTERFLY BAKESHOP

Flecks of gold combine with gray and black in a rolled fondant technique. This motif is equal parts elegant and edgy.

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rustic Not quite naked, not quite frosted, this hybrid look is focused on flavor. Vary the ingredients based on the season, like decadent dulce de leche in the winter or vanilla lemon zest in warmer months. Decorate with fresh blooms or nods to the flavors (think: berries or shaved chocolate). CAKE BY LUCKYBIRD BAKERY

EXTRA FLAVOR A caramel drizzle is a carefree finishing touch to translucent tiers—and another layer of rich flavor.

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the frontend favor

Traditionally, a party favor was a parting gift—not anymore. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JODI & KURT PHOTOGRAPHY

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You’ve planned a wedding full of thoughtful details and now you’re stuck on the perfect favor, something that will make your guests remember your day. “As we realize how much ‘stuff’ we all actually have, it’s just not something we need,” says planner Brian Worley of YourBASH! Instead, channel your favor budget toward something to be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding (or weekend if you’re hosting a destination party). Here are a few of our favorite no-fail options.

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welcome guests in style Hosting a weekend-long celebration? Treat guests to a plush welcome bag upon arrival. “The welcome bag is the first impression of the wedding weekend for guests,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events. In addition to making your loved ones feel, well, loved, you can quickly get them acclimated with your chosen destination. Include a welcome note, a few of your favorite things to do and see around town, and suggestions for nearby restaurants. Make the logistics fun by including a custom map or adding some wit to your recommendations (“Scoops is Tim’s favorite ice cream shop, but Meghan swears the rocky road is superior across the street at Mick’s—you be the judge!”). Don’t forget an itinerary of the weekend’s activities—but only include events or celebrations open to all guests (not the exclusive bridesmaid lunch). And last, but not least: snacks. Your guests have already traveled—don’t make them raid the minibar. Include you and your fiancé’s favorite goodies as well as local flavor, Easton recommends. If you’re packing it all in a tote you hope guests will reuse, you may want to think twice about adding your monogram or wedding date (they’ll be less likely to use it post-celebration). But do add your own custom logo to other details, such as water-bottle wraps or any itinerary information.

give something to the kids Let’s face it—the people who like party favors the most are the under-12 crowd. If you’re including kids in your celebration, consider packaging up something especially for them. Instead of waiting until the end of the evening, give them a treat early on (it can double as entertainment). For wee ones, create a custom activity book with pictures to color and easy puzzles to solve. Older crowd of tweens? Wrap up a disposable camera and send kids on a picture scavenger hunt (get a snap of you and your new spouse kissing, take a picture of someone older than you, capture a relative dancing). Your littlest guests will feel extra-special, and their parents will be eager to engage in adult conversation during dinner—a total win-win. >>

secrets to unforgettable favors Follow these rules and your gifts won’t get left behind.

Ask yourself: Is this something I would want? Consider something that’s practical like locally roasted coffee or a picture frame. You can’t go wrong with an edible treat like homemade cookies.

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skip the monogram try before you buy Personalize your packaging, not the gift itself. This will ensure everyone will want to use their favor long after your wedding day.

Once you’ve decided on a favor, do a trial run—you want to make sure the truffles taste as good as they look, or the handmade soaps are the right scent, before you order 200 of them.

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Whether you choose to give one favor per guest or per couple, always have backups ready. Plan for 10 extra for every hundred guests in case something happens to get lost or broken in transit.

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Personalized packaging and a thoughtful display goes a long way. Match your packaging to your wedding theme. If you’re gifting something edible, choose a box or bag that won’t absorb grease.

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hire a food truck A food truck waiting at the exit of your venue is perfect for guests craving a late-night snack. Let your personal favorites dictate the cuisine—anything is possible from waffles or tacos to snow cones. Or opt for something that’s representative of the local flavor, like lobster rolls and fries for a seaside celebration.

make a memory Photo and video booths have been around for decades because, well, they’re fun! Roll in an old-fashioned photo booth, or try for a more modern GIF or slow-motion version. Everyone will love sharing the photos on social media (and you’ll get copies too). If you really want to do something special, hire a caricature or silhouette artist to live-capture your guests. They’ll head home with an exceptional memory and a keepsake.

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Unless you’re opting for a receiving line, you may not have a chance to personally greet your guests until you’re making your rounds mid-meal. And even still, your time with each person is likely to be limited. Let your friends and family know just how much their presence means to you by penning a handwritten note to each guest. Enclose in envelopes and print names and table numbers on the outside. This personalized escort card will be a lovely keepsake for your older relatives and a special detail that will not go unnoticed by even your college pals. If you have a large guest list, this can still be accomplished—start early and create a template for your note (thank them for coming, share a personal memory and close with a promise to meet them on the dance floor later).

entertain them Treat your guests to a special performance—we’re not talking your typical band or DJ, but something extra. It’s not a traditional favor, but we guarantee your guests will remember (and really enjoy) the marching band you hired to perform your alma mater’s fight song or the synchronized swimmers who take over the pool. They also contribute to the overall “awesome-time” vibe you’re channeling for your wedding. Opt for a performance that has some significance to you or the place you’ve chosen to wed—a mariachi band for a Mexico wedding or a jazz serenade for the couple who shared their first date at an underground club. Your guests will be delighted and your entertainment choice will personalize your celebration.

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treat them to breakfast If you really want your guests to leave the party with a tangible token of your gratitude, edible favors are the way to go. “Sending your guests off with a tasty treat for the ride home or the following day is the new party favor,” Worley says. If you’ve already indulged guests in a five-course meal, consider gifting them breakfast to go. This is an especially nice touch if you don’t plan to host a day-after brunch. Instead of a candy bar, set up big glass jugs filled with your favorite cereals. Include wood spoons with your wedding date or custom hashtag. If you want to bake something, package homemade muffins or chewy granola bars for guests to enjoy with their morning coffee (while they relive all the fun they had at your wedding, of course). Presentation is key here—include a clever message like, “Thanks for sharing in the most important day of our lives. Don’t let tonight’s party keep you from skipping the most important meal of the day tomorrow.” S earch hundreds of favors by style and season at TheKnot.com/favors

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write them a note

There’s no rule that says you have to give your guests a favor. If you like the tradition of giving guests “a little something extra,” channel your budget toward a gift that can be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding.

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From the big players to boutique options, here’s the nitty-gritty on the pros and cons of our favorite retailers. >> BY EMMA BATY PHOTOGRAPH BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

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It seems like there are a million places to create registries (yes, plural—we recommend making a wish list at two or three stores) and the idea of having to play favorites between beloved brands can leave you feeling exhausted. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it, compiling the ultimate guide of places to register. And when you register with The Knot (TheKnot.com/registry) we’ll aggregate all of your wish lists in one spot, allowing guests to purchase gifts with just a few clicks—a total win for you both.

amazon WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Amazon has a universal registry program,

anthropologie WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Anthropologie believes registering is one

of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Your wish list will stay available for up to a year after your event, and you can enter two different shipping addresses to accommodate for moves and other big changes during your engagement and after. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Anthropologie has plenty of products with an eclectic spin, perfect for the trendy couple—but you may not find what you’re looking for in terms of simple, minimalist designs or the basics. BONUS PERKS: Your guests can have your gifts wrapped for $4 a box or include a gift message for free.

bed bath & beyond WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You can make an appointment to visit a

store and build your registry with a consultant. Or you can look to a curated online collection to help you create your wish list. For example, the “build your bar” one has the best bar essentials on one page—and you can add one product or the entire collection straight to your registry in one click. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bed Bath & Beyond is known for affordability, which means high-end luxury brands are limited.

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Family and friends can contribute to your registry by giving recommendations for particular products they love. There’s also a discount offered postwedding to scoop up any items you really wanted that no one purchased. Guests can also use those awesome 20 percent off coupons on (most of their) purchases.

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belk WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The Belk app lets you scan items directly

with your smartphone and add them to your registry. It also has checklists and a thank-you note feature to keep you on track. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Belk only has physical stores in certain states (mostly the Southern US), but you can always register online. BONUS PERKS : Belk has engagement parties in its stores twice a year where you can create a new registry or add to an existing one. It also holds two 10-day completion events during the year where couples can get 20 percent off on select items.

best buy You can register for the technology and gadgets that make life easier (think: big-screen TV, smart fridge). All the products on your registry will be eligible for free shipping, with no minimum purchase requirement. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: We’re pretty sure Best Buy won’t start selling fine china or 400 thread count linens anytime soon, so you’ll need to register elsewhere too. BONUS PERK: For more expensive items on your registry, like those noise-canceling headphones you’ve been coveting, or the surround-sound speaker set, there’s a group gifting option. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

bloomingdale’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Bloomingdale’s has consultants that work

strictly on wedding registries, so they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too—10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times. >>

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which means you can add items to your registry that aren’t on Amazon.com using a browser extension. Also, you can shop Amazon Smile and support your favorite charities. There’s even a thank-you note feature that allows you to track which guest gave you what (and if you actually sent that thank-you note). POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You don’t have the option for a traditional walk-through-the-store-with-a-scan-gun experience or the advantage of seeing things in person before you list them. BONUS PERKS: You can browse curated selections of items, like “dinner and serve ware” or the top 100 items people register for. Or you can also check out products from third-party boutique options, such as the MoMA Design Store.

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POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bloomingdale’s offers a huge variety of items, but most are at a higher price point. BONUS PERKS: Bloomingdale’s also gives discounts to registry couples for certain clothing items too. For example, when you start a registry, you get 25 percent off a single regular-price men’s purchase of $500 or more, perfect for a new suit

boscov’s Boscov’s has registry consultants in every store (and online) to help you build your dream wish list. They can help you mix and match china patterns or tell you the pros and cons of cookware. They’ll also monitor your registry and notify you when you’re running out of gifts, or when something goes out of stock so you can replenish. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Boscov’s only has stores in six states and they’re mostly on the East Coast. BONUS PERKS: You get a 15 percent shopping pass discount just for registering. You’ll also get 10 percent back on every gift your guests purchase from the registry, which you can use to buy the remaining items. And on top of that, it gives you a 10 percent completion discount on almost all the items left on your registry. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

cb2 Update your registry on the go through the app and updates go “live” within 15 minutes—perfect for adding additional gifts down the line or for changing your mind. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: CB2 is like Crate & Barrel’s little (and more modern) sister. It only has brick-and-mortar stores in five states, so if your friends and family are the type who like to shop in store instead of online, this could be tricky. BONUS PERKS : CB2 will make it easy on your guests by including gift wrapping and a personalized gift message for free.

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the container store This organizational mecca lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. It also has a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Registering here means you’ll need to create a wish list elsewhere too (it doesn’t have things like sheets, towels or dinnerware, for example). BONUS PERKS: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry—like the makings for a custom closet. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can contribute to a more expensive group gift (like said closet). WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

private registry events for one-on-one attention and advice. It also gives a 10 percent discount not only on registry items, but on other items in stores and online for six months after your wedding. Just in case you’re moving or want to store your stuff elsewhere, you can add two shipping addresses when you create your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : You may end up registering for too many gifts—it has everything from furniture to shower curtains. BONUS PERKS: Guests receive free shipping on items more than $99, and your registry stays open for 18 months after your event.

gearys Whenever a guest buys a gift off your registry, you get an email that allows you to digitally “unwrap” the present and see the value. The value is added to your registry account as store credit. Then, whenever you’re ready, you can make final decisions and purchase what you really want with that flexible account. You can even choose items that weren’t on your original registry. The money in your registry account never expires, so if you change your mind about your china pattern three years down the road, you could use your remaining credit to buy a new set. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Gearys only has store locations in California—you need to live in the Golden State to take advantage. BONUS PERKS: You’ll receive a personal registry consultant to help you select the perfect items. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

gump’s Gump’s, a San Francisco department store, allows you to build your registry in stores or online. It offers two registry selections: the more traditional version in which you select your gifts and they’re shipped as they’re purchased, and a “gift notification” program where you’re notified as guests purchase your gifts and you pick a date for Gump’s to ship them all to you at one time—perfect if you’re hoping to upgrade your space after “I do.” POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one physical Gump’s store and it’s in California. BONUS PERKS: If you choose the notification option, you’ll get an email when someone makes a purchase from your registry, so keeping track of who gifted what for thank-you notes is a breeze. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

jonathan adler Jonathan Adler hosts its registry feature on MyRegistry.com, a site that combines all your registry items from different sites onto one list. You can manage it on its app too (and take advantage of the scanning feature). >>

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BONUS PERKS: You can send your guests a 20 percent discount to

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macy’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Macy’s offers a newlywed discount so you

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lets your guests donate to a charity instead of buying you tangible gifts. You can fundraise for one charity or multiple, and you can set a fundraising goal with an optional deadline. JustGive sends the donations directly to the charities for you, so you don’t have to worry about any of the logistics, and all guests receive an email receipt for tax deduction. JustGive has every 501(c)(3) charity in the country, so regardless of how big or small, every cause is included. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may need another registry. As much as we love the idea of being charitable, you might also want to treat yourselves to something special. BONUS PERKS: You can send a custom thank-you note to accompany each guest’s tax receipt. JustGive also has a guide for charities, so if you know you want to be philanthropic, but don’t know which cause is for you, it can help you find your match.

kohl’s The Kohl’s program allows you to manage your registry in stores or online. You can get started by browsing through the catalog, which can help guide you through the process. And you can earn Kohl’s rewards (that you can use in store) on gifts purchased from your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You’ll be able to register for every home category (dishes, appliances, linens and so on), but you may not be able to find those unique statement pieces to complete your new abode or extras like furniture. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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pottery barn Three words: free design services. When you create a registry account you’re given access to Pottery Barn’s team of design specialists who can help you curate the exact aesthetic you’re looking for. Guests also have the option of sending you gift cards that are redeemable at Pottery Barn and its sister stores, Williams Sonoma and West Elm. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Pottery Barn doesn’t have an app, so managing your registry on the go isn’t quite as easy. BONUS PERKS: You get a postwedding discount of 10 percent off remaining registry items for up to six months. It also offers a thank-you tracker service so you can accurately track gifts received and thank-you notes penned. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

scully & scully At Scully & Scully, the registry program is a “hold all gifts” format. So instead of receiving gifts as guests purchase them, you actually accumulate credit from those purchases, and you can use that money however you want within the store. So if a guest buys you a $200 bedspread from your list, you can use that $200 on the comforter or something else. This makes selecting the products for your registry seem a lot less final. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one Scully & Scully store in the country and it’s located in New York City. BONUS PERKS: If dinner parties are important to you, Scully & Scully has a wide selection of tabletop items (china, glassware, flatware). You can have a one-on-one consultation to see different patterns and experiment with how to mix and match. >> WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Jonathan Adler is more suited to the modern, boundary-pushing couple. If you love trendy and fashionforward décor, this designer is for you. BONUS PERKS: Your Jonathan Adler registry stays open for a year after your wedding, giving guests plenty of time to shop. You can register in stores or online, then manage your wish list through MyRegistry.com.

can get an extra 20 percent on most of the items on your registry, and that discount lasts for six months after your nuptials. Plus, its Registry Star Rewards program allows couples to earn points as people shop for them. So when you receive a gift or buy something from Macy’s (like a rehearsal dinner outfit), you earn points that translate into a gift card—total win. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Macy’s has so many products that you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of registry potential. BONUS PERKS: Macy’s hosts Sip & Scan events during the year. Couples can visit a store, enjoy refreshments and get started with the help of a personalized registry consultant.

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For the couple who loves to spend their evenings in the kitchen, Sur La Table not only lets you manage your registry online, it also gives you a registry concierge who helps you through the entire process. There’s even a comprehensive online guide to exclusive brands. It offers a 10 percent completion discount with no exclusions as well. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Sur La Table is a kitchen specialty store, so you’ll definitely need a separate wish list elsewhere to complete the other rooms in your home. BONUS PERKS: You can get extra gifts just for registering, or when certain items on your registry have been purchased.

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to return any gift from your registry. There’s also a 15 percent completion code for whatever’s left on your list. Friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts through its group gifting program. You can also find inspiration in the Wedding Shop, which includes gifts for your wedding party or faves from Target’s home style expert Emily Henderson. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may not be able to register for that luxe, cashmere blanket you’ve always wanted, but you’ll be able to get practically everything else. BONUS PERKS: Target has a feature called Add From Anywhere. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn’t carry, like a handmade item from Etsy, you can still put it on your Target registry—simple and easy.

traveler’s joy WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Traveler’s Joy is a registry service that lets

you collect money toward your honeymoon in lieu of traditional gifts. You create an account based on your honeymoon destination and the activities you want to do, and Traveler’s Joy lets your guests contribute lump sums toward your trip. The “gifts” you ask for can be experience based or practical. Let’s say you’re taking a cruise: You can add extra excursions like scuba diving to the registry or more tangible products like sunglasses and sunscreen. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There are some service charges involved. Traveler’s Joy charges a small fee for things like credit card processing, hosting fees and so on. BONUS PERKS: Unlike other honeymoon registry sites, Traveler’s Joy lets you book your trip through whomever you’d like—you don’t have to use a specific travel agent or company. It also lets you split up the cost of an item, so if your couples massage is going to be $200, you can turn that into four gifts of $50.

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Pottery Barn and West Elm, plus it has its own home line. Any gift cards you receive from your registry can be used at any of the stores. Williams Sonoma also offers product help after your wedding, so if you can’t figure out how to use that high-tech juicer you registered for, someone can step in and show you. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Although Williams Sonoma does have furniture and linens, its specialty is kitchen equipment. You may want a wish list at one of its sister brands or elsewhere too. BONUS PERKS: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a registry specialist or attend a private shopping event with experts who can help you craft the perfect registry. After you’re official, complete your registry with a 10 percent discount on everything left for a full six months.

zola Zola is an online registry with a curated selection of products for your home (from brands you’ll recognize), but you can also create fund registries too, like a honeymoon wish list. You can even register for experiences, like a cooking class, wine tasting tour or even a handyman to help you hang a gallery wall of wedding photos. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Zola has so many registry options (like being able to add any item on the internet) that it’s almost a little daunting. There’s also not a brick-and-mortar retail option, so you’ll have to trust your gut and click to add. BONUS PERKS: Zola has a button you can install in your browser to let you choose items from anywhere, so if there’s a boutique in your hometown that you really love that doesn’t offer a registry service, Zola has you covered. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

z gallerie Z Gallerie is a member of the MyRegistry .com family, which means when you create a registry from this trendy home goods store, it will be synced with any other registries on the platform making it easy for your guests to shop. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Z Gallerie has stores across the country, but not one in every state. Also, MyRegistry.com is an online service that doesn’t offer in-person help, so it can feel a little less personal than other options. BONUS PERKS: MyRegistry.com does allow you to register for cash gifts as well as more traditional gifts—a total win if you want both or have registry indecision. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

Start your registry today at TheKnot.com/registry

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Your wedding is a party. Why not dress for the occasion? Whether you go for fringe or feather details, or a flirty silhouette, choose a one-of-a-kind dress that plays up the celebratory vibe of your day.

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Shake Your Feathers A sheer column gown goes from sexy to showstopping with cascading plumes. Dress, $9,800, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; sapphire engagement ring, $50,000, CoastDiamond.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at L’Êlite Bridal and Bridesmaid Boutique, Lelite.com (Boston); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curve-skimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Bridal Garden, BridalGardenRI.com (East Greenwich, RI), Bella Bridal Shoppe, Bella-Bride.com (Amesbury, MA), Beautiful Bride Boutique, BeautifulBrideBoutique .com (West Boylston, MA); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl.com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal.com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarterHotelGroup.com

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floralembellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at L’élite Bridal and Bridesmaid Boutique, Lelite.com (Boston); engagement ring, price upon request, Uneek Jewelry.com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo .com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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Play It Cool Give a sweet, polka dot ensemble some cool-girl edge with hot pink slides and a studded clutch. Dress, $3,400, Christos Costarellos, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,830 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; cocktail ring, $1,995, EffyJewelry .com; clutch, $65, AldoShoes.com; shoes, $895, Manolo Blahnik, Saks.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Peter Patout’s private residence

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and offthe-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini. at Musette Bridal, MusetteBridal.com (Boston) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com SHOT ON LOCATION AT New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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Romp Around Feeling brave? A romper with a detachable overskirt is equal parts sophisticated and unexpected. Romper with overskirt, $8,150, Mark Zunino, KleinfeldBridal .com; tourmaline engagement ring, $9,390, CoastDiamond .com; opal drop earrings, $110,000, gold huggie earrings, $1,700, EricaCourtney .com; clutch, $350, Moyna, BHLDN .com; shoes, $995, JimmyChoo.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Harry’s Corner

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Flirt It Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc.

Add some retro-inspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Nordstrom Wedding Suite, NordstromWeddings .com (Natick, MA); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie, $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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Getting ready on the day of your wedding should be a breeze. >> BY AMANDA ELSER PHOTOGRAPH BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

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make the room cozy Once you have the essentials figured out, it’s time to set the mood. Make your bridal suite as relaxing as possible—right down to scented candles or aromatherapy spray. Getting ready on a tight schedule is stressful, but a calming aroma can reduce the tension.

unpack first thing Lay out all of your accessories right away so you’ll know immediately if you left anything behind or are missing any necessities. That way, if something’s forgotten, you can send someone out on an errand before it’s too late. Double- and triple-check that you have your panties, bra, other undergarments, garter, heels, veil, hair accessories and jewelry. Put your accessories in a separate area, away from your bridesmaids—you don’t want your extras to get mixed up or lost during the day.

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hang your dress with care Putting on your wedding dress is a moment you’ve been anticipating for months, so you should give it a place of honor in your bridal suite. Hang it in a spot where no one will accidentally step on it, bump it or wrinkle it—and, obviously, far away from the food table and hot curling irons that could potentially burn it. You know your photographer will want to get a picture of your dress while it’s hanging up, so choose a spot with soft lighting—maybe in front of a window or next to a full-length mirror. Your gown may have arrived on a plastic or dry-cleaning hanger, and while this is practical, it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Check out sites like Etsy where you can get a custom hanger created, or see how you can DIY it on TheKnot.com for a sweet photo op. >>

your hair and makeup pros How to assemble the perfect people for your day-of beauty team.

If you can, use your tried-and-true aesthetician, makeup artist and stylist. They know your hair, skin type and personality, which eliminates any possible room for error.

ask for recommendations

Want a new pro or don’t have a favorite yet? Browse local magazines and websites for lists, like The Knot Best of Weddings, to get the scoop on the pros in your area.

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study each trial run

Put your potential pro to the test. Schedule trial runs, and take pictures and notes of each hair and makeup session. Then use your cheat sheet to narrow down your choices and pick a favorite.

search for a one-stop shop

Choose a salon or spa where you can get everything done at one time. This way all your beauty pros can be on the same page.

stay on top of new trends

Talk to your professional crew about incorporating the latest and greatest treatments and products into your bridal primping routine.

keep an open mind

Even though you may have a clear vision of what you want, a seasoned stylist will know what works best. You’ll be surprised how much you like their ideas.

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A scented candle, a few bottles of champagne, some snacks and a fun playlist can totally transform your bridal suite—and make getting ready on a timeline a less stressful experience for your whole bridal party.

keep track of special accessories Put one bridesmaid or friend in charge of your “something old,” “something new,” “something borrowed” and “something blue” during day-of prep. These are often valuable and meaningful pieces or heirlooms, and you’ll rest easy knowing one person will be keeping an eye out all day. Tell your friend you want her to keep them somewhere safe, but not so well hidden that you forget to put them on during the hectic rush to get out the door.

Skip the inconvenient trip to the salon and have your makeup artist and hairstylist come to you. If you’re planning on getting ready at home, pick a room that has windows for lots of natural light and wall outlets for multiple hair dryers and curling irons. The room should also be big enough to hold your entire makeup and hair team (on average two to three people), plus your bridal party. Bring in mirrors and be sure to have at least one full-length mirror. If you plan on getting ready at a hotel, visit the bridal suite in person ahead of time so you can gauge its size, lighting and general setup.

pack some backups Planning ahead will help the day run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for a few hiccups. Bring umbrellas, wraps and jackets just in case of rainy or cold weather. Umbrellas are a good idea for sunny days too—they help shield you from the sun while your photographer stages your bridal photos. Get more day-of beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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what to ask Six questions to ask the pros during important prewedding appointments.

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WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

ARE YOU PLANNING ON USING FAKE

Everyone’s skin is different, so no matter how well a product was reviewed online, it still may not be the right one for you. Your derm can recommend products that will treat your particular skin type and keep it healthy.

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

hair colorist

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HOW DO I KEEP MY COLOR VIBRANT?

DO I NEED TO BRING MY VEIL TO MY

Hair color is a fickle thing and depends on whether it’s been colored before or not. Your colorist can give you step-by-step instructions to care for your hair so it won’t fade.

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a little lash boost, then consider eyelash extensions before your wedding. That way you won’t have to worry about falsies falling off or drooping into your eyes throughout the day.

veil to see how it works with your hairstyle. At the very least, you should bring a photo or a similar style borrowed from a friend.

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SHOULD I BE CLEANSING? Juice cleanses are a very hot topic and are often up for debate. If you’re considering a cleanse before your wedding, talk to your doctor to determine the healthy way to go about it.

spray tan technician CAN YOU CONTOUR MY STOMACH AND LEGS? Ask your aesthetician if they can contour your abs or thighs for some added definition that you’re sure to appreciate once it’s time to slip into that nightie you packed in your honeymoon bag.

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maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without any drama. PHOTOGRAPH BY BEN AND COLLEEN: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

You’ve probably heard, “You’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a dress that’s budget friendly, flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? It’s actually totally doable. Stick to these rules to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune and will make your girls feel gorgeous. >>

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keep costs in mind If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids generally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable price range, or select a color you like and let them pick a style off the rack that won’t require a lot of alterations. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway let your girls choose from gowns by popular designers (like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo) in a range of styles—for a fraction of the cost.

Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, start the day with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much— take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they actually have to wear the dress.

stick to a timeline It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your bridesmaids ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially in more popular sizes. If you’re renting, it usually takes at least two weeks to receive your order, so plan accordingly.

find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is planning to lose weight and wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. If the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one or deal with even more costly alterations, and you’d hate for that to happen. >>

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flatter their figures Styles for every shape in your bridal party.

a-line

This style extends out from the waist in the shape of an “A” (as the name implies). BEST FOR Almost every figure, and bridesmaids who prefer a more classic silhouette.

empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with smaller chests. It’s definitely a must for pregnant bridesmaids.

dropped waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt flares at the hips. BEST FOR Bridesmaids with hourglass figures— this silhouette will show off every curve.

bubble

These skirts have fabric bunched together at the hemline. Knee-length options are usually the most flattering. BEST FOR Ladies with larger hips—the poufy skirt will draw attention to their waistline.

trumpet

This style hugs the body around the waist and thighs and then flares out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Women with curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

pencil

This skirt style is fitted, starting from the waist and going to the knee. BEST FOR Petite bridesmaids—the minimal fabric won’t overwhelm them.

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do a test run Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a room full of friends and family too. When choosing a style, don’t ask your friends to wear something you wouldn’t yourself. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does the fit make you feel selfconscious? Is the fabric itchy? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

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select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—oxblood and teal—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—lavender and blush—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss, go for a classic color, like blue, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched effect. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider printed or heavily embellished gowns (floral-print and sequined bridesmaid dresses are hot right now). Just remember: Patterns and metallics work best in smaller wedding parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or you could flout tradition and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton or Solange Knowles, for an unexpected look that’s crisp and chic.

start strong

If you’re taking the whole gang bridesmaid dress shopping, begin the day with a leisurely brunch to make sure your girls are feeling relaxed.

find complementary colors Think about choosing a hue that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and gray, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try universally flattering metallics, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re opting for a standout print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or, alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a printed dress and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors.

consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (think: strapless, one shoulder or thin straps), your bustier bridesmaids may need some extra support. Trust us— even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’ve been dyed a specific color. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic heels they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

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By letting each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re encouraging her to express her personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid feel more like herself.

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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 surrounds 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. PAVÉ 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 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 pear-shaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.com

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t  he 4 Cs 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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Want to look your best for your nuptials but don’t know where to begin? These tips from fitness pros will help kick you into gear. >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

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get moving Is there better fitness motivation than wanting to look your best for your wedding and honeymoon? “It’s not about discipline, it’s about desire,” says Doug Rice, bridal fitness expert and founder of Bridalicious Boot Camp. “Take advantage of this rare window of opportunity to be super-driven. There may never be another time like this in your life.” Desire is greatest in the months leading up to your day, so put that motivation to good use.

start early Wedding planning is stressful enough, so don’t add more anxiety and frustration to the mix by procrastinating on your fitness routine. The earlier you can put your workout plan into effect the better. Get started at least six months before the wedding, especially if you’re looking to drop a few pounds or tone specific areas. Inevitably life happens, so you’ll have wiggle room to still hit your target on time. “We all lose focus at times and might have a few bad days—or weeks,” Rice says. “Also, once you shed any weight, you’ll want enough time to tone up and sculpt your physique so you look absolutely fabulous in that dress.”

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aim for balance Of course you’ll want to focus on the parts of your body that will be on display in your gown, but don’t neglect other areas. The most successful fitness plans balance nutrition with exercise. “Many brides just want to focus on their upper body because of their gowns, but you want to work on your entire body to create symmetry and balance,” says Cynthia Conde, celebrity trainer, creator of Bridal Bootcamp and founder of The Fitness Loft. “Don’t forget—eventually, the dress comes off.” Plus, too much time in the gym can actually backfire. Build recovery days into your plan by taking a meditation class or treating yourself to a spa day.

know what it takes If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results, Rice advises. Want to make more progress? Then prepare to push yourself a bit harder, try a new type of activity or work out more often. Rice recommends a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though that will need to be adjusted depending on your goals. If you want to lose weight more rapidly, you’ll need to kick your cardio up to five or six times per week. Don’t stress over the thought of cardio though. Rice is a proponent of short bursts of high intensity activity over steady state cardio. Add intervals of sprints during a fast-paced walk or up the resistance for short spells on a spin bike. >>

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our favorite apps for tracking your progress Keeping tabs on your fitness journey is easier said than done. Try these apps for quick and stress-free ways to monitor your goals—with workouts too.

nike+ training club

HOW IT WORKS: Created by a team of pros (the Nike master trainers), this app has a cache of over 100 workouts, with something for every fitness level. Each one comes with a video tutorial, so it’s no big deal if you’re a total beginner. And it’s super simple to use. Choose a program (“get toned,” “get strong,” “get lean” and “get focused”) and it’ll give you tailored, easy exercise plans—built-in rest days included. (Free, iOS and Android)

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HOW IT WORKS: Just have this app running (pun intended!) while you pound the pavement. It will record your mileage via GPS, telling you your overall pace with splits per mile. Save your route at the end of each workout so you can see your progress through the week. MapMyRun will send you weekly emails with your results and congratulate you for reaching new milestones. (Free, iOS and Android)

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HOW IT WORKS: This handy app is literally a yoga instructor inside your phone, soothing voice and all. Take your pick from a variety of practices, adjust your time and difficulty level, then roll out your mat and begin. The Zen vocal tone guides you through the poses as if you were in a studio class, even telling you when to inhale and exhale. ($3, iOS and Android)

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set small goals Nothing makes you feel more motivated to keep going than actually hitting your goals. The key, Rice says, is to keep them small and specific. Write them down in a journal and make a note as you reach each milestone, keeping a record of your successes. He gave a few examples: WEEK ONE: Work out at least twice and strength train. Do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes. WEEK TWO: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts. Cut out all soft drinks for the entire week.

lose fat, not muscle Your body has a cap of how much fat you can blast at any given time. Greg Doyle, founder of Wedding Gym and fitness author, explains you can try to lose more weight, but it may not be from fat. “The weight you lose may be from muscle, which isn’t good because losing muscle means messing with your metabolism,” he explains. To stay in the healthy zone, he says to follow this guideline: If your weight loss goal is 20 pounds, don’t try and rush to lose that amount in a month. Instead, aim for losing one percent per week to keep your body healthy and on track.

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feel the burn Conde recommends boosting the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. “Brides shouldn’t be afraid of increasing the weight load,” she says. “This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau. And no, increased strength training does not necessarily equal a masculine physique.” If you’re not sure how much weight will work, consider investing in a few personal training sessions so a professional can set you up with a regimen that will help you get toned without bulking up.

be realistic Setting a big fitness goal can help keep you on your game, but be careful. If you aim too high you may be setting yourself up for failure. “Not every bride must be a size two on her wedding day,” Conde says. She suggests realistically evaluating what your ideal weight should be and if you’re capable of getting there in a healthy way. Once you have an attainable goal in mind, be prepared to do the amount of work in the time it will take to reach it. “I sit down and walk people through their goals,” Doyle says. “I’ll tell them, ‘That would be a five-pound loss every week in your time frame— have you ever lost five pounds per week consistently?’ Then we have a serious conversation about whether or not they’ll be willing to work that hard.”

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adjust your eating habits The best way to get the most out of any exercise routine is to pair it with healthy eating habits. “You can lose weight through diet alone, but it’s exceedingly difficult to lose body fat by leaving your diet the same and trying to exercise it off,” Rice says. The simplest way to get started? Eat more vegetables. “I’ve had clients who decided to eat more vegetables and within a week, their body fat dropped 2 percent and their abs started to show,” Doyle adds. If you’re worried about feeling hungry, focus on superfoods like broccoli, eggs and walnuts, which fill you up faster, keep you feeling full longer and help you lose weight.

create a visual diary Snap a selfie! Doyle recommends taking pictures of yourself regularly as a means of tracking fitness progress since you’re likely losing fat but adding muscle. Since muscle, which is dense, takes up half the space of fat, it means the scale may indicate that you haven’t lost much weight. Don’t get too caught up in what the scale says, though. A picture will let you see how much better you’re looking in your clothes, the definition that’s starting to show in your stomach or how toned your arms are in your strapless gown. “You’re not walking down the aisle with a number on your forehead,” Doyle says. “Your guests aren’t going to see how much you weigh. They’ll see how great you look.” >>

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change perspectives Instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, try to see your workout sessions as time you have control over, Conde says. It’s a place you can escape from the day-to-day drama of wedding planning and spend time with yourself. Turn off your cell and forget about your list of to-dos. Focus on pedaling that bike, enjoying the breeze as you run or challenging yourself in a new yoga pose. And have fun! Take a friend to a dance class, design playlists of your favorite songs for your next workout or shop for a new outfit to keep your excitement up. It’s also a great opportunity to rally your wedding party. Grab your bridesmaids for a get-fit session instead of bonding over drinks, and plan date night with your fiancé at a boxing gym instead of going to the movies. “With all the chaos around planning a wedding, it’s comforting to know you have control over how your body will look in your wedding gown and on the honeymoon,” Conde says. Find more fitness tips at TheKnot.com

recovery day at the spa Give yourself a break! Reward your body for its hard work with one (or all) of these total-body treatments.

1 hydrotherapy massage You’ll slip into a bathing suit and unwind in a water-filled tub infused with ingredients that detoxify and remineralize the skin. The treatment uses water jets to melt away tension before a massage therapist works out kinks in your muscles.

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earthing This spa offering refers to anything that gets you more in touch with Mother Nature, by allowing your bare feet to touch the earth’s surface and help you feel more grounded. Walking on stones promotes increased energy while strolling meditations in forests calm the mind. The treatments can also include a massage in open-air huts.

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You must invite everyone with a guest. NEW RULE If they’ll know others, skip the plus-one. It’s still polite (and very appreciated) to invite guests’ significant others, but if you’re inviting a group of coworkers, for instance, and two or more of them are single, they should have no problem attending solo. It’s only mandatory to let guests who won’t know anyone aside from you and your fiancé bring a date—and the same goes for your wedding party (they’re shelling out big bucks for your day).

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Your registry should consist entirely of housewares for your new home. NEW RULE You can register for anything from honeymoon hotel accommodations to skiing equipment—and even cash. Lots of couples live together before they get married and may have all of the towels and cookware they’ll ever want. You can request upgraded versions of home items you already own, but nothing should stop you from creating a honeymoon or otherwise “nontraditional” registry. These are your gifts and you should be happy with them. To avoid unwanted presents, register at two to three places, including a national retailer with brick-and-mortar stores, plus an e-commerce site, at TheKnot.com/registry. And feel free to include a ping-pong table for your basement or a flat-screen television on your wish list if you don’t need (or want) yet another kitchen appliance or set of sheets.

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Brides must wear a long, white gown. NEW RULE Wear whatever you want. Sure, most brides go the long white or ivory dress route, but for your wedding day attire, anything goes—from a retro short dress to a silver, slinky sheath or a black pantsuit. We’ve seen tons of couples put their own twist on their dresses and suits. Make it colorful, make it casual—as long as you feel fabulous in your outfit. You can even skip the veil. >>

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should you do a first look? How to decide whether to take photos before you walk down the aisle.

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• You won’t miss a second of precious time with guests— including your cocktail hour (when couples traditionally take portraits). You put thought into that signature sip, and we don’t blame you for wanting to try it.

• You’ll get a few minutes alone to soak in the moment and prepare to walk down the aisle. You’ll have all eyes on you when you’re about to say your vows, so if there are things you want to say to each other beforehand, this is a great time to do it.

• You don’t have to worry about makeup touch-ups in case you shed a tear. Trust us: Even if you don’t normally cry, the waterworks might come on when you exchange vows.

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• You miss out on that “gasp” moment, when the ceremony venue doors open and your partner (and guests) see you for the first time. If you crave the spotlight, this can be pretty incredible.

• You’ll have to be ready even earlier for photos. Know yourself: Do you seriously hate being rushed or need tons of time to get ready for a regular night out? You might want the extra hours on the day of.

• You’re superstitious and you believe seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck. (We don’t agree—but it’s your day.)

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The bride’s parents pay for the wedding. NEW RULE Every couple funds the festivities in different ways. Maybe your parents want to pay for every single thing, but unlike in the past where the bride’s family was expected to foot the whole bill, they’re in no way obligated to now. Grooms’ parents and couples themselves chip in nearly as often as brides’ parents do—it just depends on your family’s situation. If you’d like your partner’s parents to help, he or she will need to ask for it—not you, and certainly not your parents. Just remember: Whoever pays gets a say. If you know your mother-in-law will insist on an in-church ceremony if she contributes and you’ve got your heart set on exchanging vows on a sandy beach, you may be happier cutting your guest list than asking her to contribute funds.

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Your mom can’t throw you a shower. NEW RULE Anyone can throw your shower. People used to think it was rude for the bride’s mother to host a party where the sole purpose was for her daughter to get gifts. Other close family members were similarly forbidden from hosting too. We never really agreed with this idea—and, luckily, today’s mothers of the bride are ignoring the passé etiquette. So, encourage your mom to throw you a party if she wants to. Your bridesmaids may be itching to plan something too (multiple showers are normal), so make sure everyone coordinates before finalizing the plans—you don’t want to invite the same guests to every party.

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The first time you see your partner on your wedding day should be at your ceremony. NEW RULE You can spend every minute with your partner before the ceremony. We promise it’s not bad luck if he or she catches a glimpse of you in your wedding attire on the wedding day (but why not make it a surprise if you can both hold out?). Many couples who decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other would’ve preferred to have the emotional experience in private rather than in front of all of their guests. More couples are having a first look before their “I dos” and taking photos too—that way, you don’t have to miss your cocktail hour. Do what feels right to you.

Ceremony seating is based on a bride’s side and groom’s side. NEW RULE Guests can choose to sit wherever they want. It used to be that guests of the bride sat on the left side at the ceremony and guests of the groom sat on the right. Even now, plenty of your guests will go by this guideline to find their seats. But if your partner’s family is huge and yours is tiny, your ceremony will look a little weird if most people are seated on one side. And at Jewish weddings, the sides are flipped anyway. If you’re having ushers, ask them to direct your VIPs, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the like to prime seats toward the front of either side and instruct your other guests to sit in any open seat. No ushers? No problem. Place a sign in the area and have it read something like, “Choose a seat, not a side—we’re all family once the knot is tied.” >>

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Looking for a wedding perfume or cologne? In Sweden, grooms sew small pockets of herbs, like thyme, into their clothes for good luck. But if you try it, beware: You may smell like Thanksgiving dinner.

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You must walk down the aisle. NEW RULE You don’t have to walk anywhere. Perhaps you’re a flats-wearing gal and your trip down the aisle may turn into a real trip in your wedding heels. Or maybe you’d prefer to skip all the hoopla that’s associated with that long walk. Whatever your rationale, it’s your prerogative. Your partner is already going to be up at the altar, so why can’t you be too? Who says you have to have a processional at all? Yet, for Jewish weddings, it’s strongly suggested that brides (and grooms too) walk down the aisle. That’s because they each make their way to the chuppah with both of their parents. If you want to skip the walk, but still want to honor your mom and dad, present them with flowers during your ceremony. And if you’d rather just walk with your partner, that’s fine too.

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You have to leave for your honeymoon right after your reception. NEW RULE You can go on a honeymoon whenever you want. Heading straight to your honeymoon sounds romantic, but it can be a logistical nightmare. Think it over: You’d have to pack for your wedding and honeymoon at once (no small feat if it’s a destination affair) and arrange for your luggage, passport and plane tickets to be in the trunk of the getaway car at the appropriate time). But even if you’re an organizational whiz, you’ll be so exhausted from your whirlwind day that you’ll want nothing more than to just veg out for a while with your new spouse after the wedding. When you take a honeymoon is entirely up to you two (and maybe your boss). Get more wedding advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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Before a Serbian wedding, the groom’s father fills a flask with his best brandy and sets out to personally invite all the guests to the wedding. He offers each a drink, they offer a small gift and together they toast to the new couple.

gate of honor

Before some Danish weddings, a “gate of honor,” an arch constructed from pine branches, evergreens and florals, is erected in front of the bride’s home (attached to the front door). It may reappear for the silver anniversary.

signature shoes

Before a Turkish bride walks down the aisle, her single bridesmaids and relatives sign the soles of her shoes. After a night of dancing and prancing, the signature that has faded the most will be the next person to marry.

tree toppers

In Bermuda, bakers top a cake with a small cedar sapling, which symbolizes the couple’s growing love and is usually replanted after the ceremony. Today, modern couples will sometimes incorporate a tree planting ritual into their wedding ceremony.

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Pull off an awesome camp wedding, complete with color wars, bonfires and fabulous food. (Just don’t forget the bug spray.) BY MAGGIE SEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something about the fresh outdoors, a relaxed vibe and a nostalgic first look on the dock of your childhood summer camp that makes for an unforgettable wedding. For the ultimate celebration, bring your loved ones together for a few days of camp-inspired activities like capture the flag, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Exchange vows at sunset, then dance the night away amid fireflies and a chorus of crickets. And who doesn’t love a round of s’mores? But before you spear any marshmallows, you’ve got some planning to do. We went to two pros, Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events, who know all about pulling off a fabulous camp wedding, rain or shine. >>

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do a little research First things first: Make sure the campsite you’re dreaming of is available on your preferred wedding date. A working summer camp will most likely only be available during its off-season, so months like June, July and August could be off-limits. Also keep varying seasonal climates in mind. “Camps can often be in cooler mountainous locations, so their seasons can differ from what you’re used to at home,” Jacobs says. “Often, nights are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than average temperatures at higher elevations.” As gorgeous as your natural camp setting already is, you’ll probably want to add personal wedding touches (especially if you’re hosting a large group for a few days), whether it’s an entire tent, your floral ceremony arch or a photo booth. So when it comes to picking a date and talking with pros, factor in time to set up and break down. Freeman recommends leaving anywhere from two to seven days for setup, and one to two days for cleanup.

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dress accordingly (and tell your guests to do the same) This probably isn’t the venue for a long gown with lots of volume and multiple undergarments, but if you just can’t part with the idea of a dramatic dress, you have a few options. “A great bustle will usually do the trick—just discuss it with your seamstress beforehand,” Jacobs says. “Otherwise, I say stick to shorter trains and get the drama with a removable tulle overskirt paired with a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and fun pair of wedges.” Speaking of footwear, you won’t want to deal with stilettos sinking into the grass, so Freeman recommends flats (or at least flat-soled shoes). Just make sure your dress is altered to avoid letting extra fabric drag. >>

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“Stick to shorter trains with a removable tulle overskirt for a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and a fun pair of wedges.”

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

Croquet and horseshoes are favorites perfect for a rustic fete. Cornhole is a lawn and beach party staple. Custom sets are available online—even with your wedding date or faces printed on it. Buy (or DIY) these games in your wedding colors.

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

This is a simple DIY project: Use masking tape to make your cocktail tables into giant tic-tactoe boards. Provide wooden or colored cardboard Xs and Os, and then people can get to know each other over drinks.

word games

Whether it’s a personalized crossword puzzle, a word search on a giant chalkboard or a set of trivia questions about the couple displayed on your cocktail napkins, games that make your guests think could have them thinking your cocktail hour is pretty great.

checkers or chess

You can either set up your cocktail tables as built-in game boards or purchase a life-size set (think: extra-large Jenga), which is fun for board game aficionados of all ages and great for large families attending your wedding.

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have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainyday activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”

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budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case the camp can’t sleep everyone or you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard—you’ll definitely want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water (especially if drinks are being served).

prepare electrical backup A rural or far-removed site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the electrical situation with the campsite director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves. >>

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types of tents Celebrate your wedding inside one of these sturdy shelters.

frame tent

Small versions of these tents are typically used on residential patios in the summer. They have no interior support poles that obstruct the view or limit the options for furniture layouts, but the frame tends to be visible from inside the space.

pole tent

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Good for all types of affairs, the roofline on this tent peaks in the middle and supports sloped panels extending from either side. Translucent fabric is a popular option, and side panels are available to help protect guests from inclement weather.

These tents have mountainlike peaks in the center, plus one or two rows of interior poles, creating that lofted shape (something to consider when mapping out tables and the dance floor). They’re often used for formal affairs, and also work well with vibrant ceiling lighting.

pergola

gable end

tepee

A fancier version of a frame tent, this kind of structure has fabric panels with a scalloped edge that caps each end, creating a formal entryway into the tent.

These structures offer a nice option for outdoor receptions. Although they’re open to the elements, a perimeter of pillars supports overhead crossbeams, and an open lattice creates a feeling of shelter while offering views of the sky and surrounding landscape.

Add a playful décor element to your wedding with these triangular tents, perfect for housing different activity stations (and a fun touch for kids).

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offer fun activities

take care of your guests

Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities to the fullest and don’t let your guests get bored, but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted and crabby for the wedding.

Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag in their rooms filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, this definitely isn’t the time to skimp on necessities. Make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication—better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

keep food simple, relaxed and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and barbecues. She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules. You might have to work with a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your campsite staff can generally point you in the right direction, especially if they’re accustomed to holding events. Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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how to actually pay for your wedding The little things you can save, the big things you can sacrifice and how to make it all add up for your wedding. BY RACHEL TORGERSON ILLUSTRATIONS BY LIBBY VANDERPLOEG

Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

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use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year. Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable.

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family finances

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget—and that fancy cake you have your eye on.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping during the months you’re saving or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” A dollar here, three dollars there—it adds up over days and weeks. Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning. >>

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make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.

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use your credit cards—realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner). Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

where not to skimp All the places that are worth splurging for your wedding day.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album full of blurry photos to realize a pro is worth it. Your friend who took up photography last year might take great photos of his dog running on the beach, but that doesn’t mean he’s a cheap alternative for your wedding day. A professional photographer knows what to capture—the rings, the cake, the details and candid moments. They’ll also be able to work the crowd and direct you and your new spouse in order to get the best shots.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend a ton on a dress to look beautiful on your day, but you do need to have it fitted by a good tailor.

the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges only $40 an hour or recruiting your friend’s garage band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and your guests dancing all night is truly money well spent.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on. Consider that as a part of your overall look—it’ll be photographed like crazy. Opt for more expensive blooms for your bunch and scale back on centerpieces.

the food

Serving unappetizing food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options, but maintain the quality.

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in the round Chairs in a circle (a symbol of everlasting love) allow all guests to feel closer to the ceremony—even a large group. Arrange a few aisles so guests can get in and out, and for a dramatic entrance, parents, attendants and the couple can all walk down the different openings. During the ceremony, the couple stands in the center, and the wedding party can position themselves in the aisles.

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amphitheater As in ancient Greek theater, guests are seated in semicircles around the altar. The rows are staggered like stadium seats, and typically there’s a center aisle and smaller aisles on each side breaking up the rows. This affords guests, even those in the back, a better view and lends a momentous feeling. But it’s hard to create if your site doesn’t have built-in seating for it, and you’ll need to figure out a place for attendants to stand, either in the aisles or on the stage.

picnic At a casual garden or lawn ceremony, place pretty blankets, colorful rugs and oversize floor cushions on the ground, picnic style. Just be sure to communicate to friends and family that they’ll be getting down and possibly a little dirty. Use a picnic basket and blanket as your motif on the invite, or cute wording like “life’s a picnic,” so they’ll know to dress appropriately. To accommodate older guests or others who aren’t comfortable on the ground, place a few chairs or benches on the outskirts of the setup, curving around the space so they don’t block anyone’s view.

lounge Vignettes of comfy, coordinated furniture are a great option for relaxing during the reception, but the look also works for ceremonies (bonus: repurpose the seating as an after-dinner lounge space). Soft, white leather sectionals, banquettes, ottomans and poufs grouped in cool configurations let friends and family get cozy during your nuptials, almost like you’ve invited them into your ultra-chic living room. >>

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get with the program Invite your guests to read along with a well-planned ceremony program.

basics

Include your names, wedding date and the location of the ceremony. Most programs then provide a chronological list of musical selections, names of the wedding party and their relation to the to-be-weds, and titles of any readings.

special mention

Many programs feature a thank-you note to the couple’s parents, plus one to guests for sharing the day. The program is an appropriate place to explain the symbolism of any tributes too.

added understandings

For guests from different cultures, it’s helpful to offer details about rituals that’ll take place. Explain the origin of a custom and print the words of a blessing or prayer so guests can join in.

specific instructions

Avoid postceremony confusion by writing detailed directions for your guests on the program. After the recessional listing, add something like, “Please find bubbles under your pew and help us create a memorable exit!”

fun details

Recount how you met or the story of your proposal, or describe the members of your wedding party in a witty way that highlights their most interesting qualities. (“Our groomsman Jake Jones nearly missed today’s service with a broken foot from rock climbing. Ladies, tread carefully if you dance with him!”) It gives guests something to read during downtime, and it provides an easy way to break the ice later at the reception.

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Form rows into a semicircle or V-shape instead of a straight line. When your venue only has one entrance to access seats, shake up the seating. Each row is slightly angled, anchored by a center aisle. As with in-the-round seating, you still have the feeling that everyone’s curving around you. Plus, you’ll be able to have fewer rows, as the setup allows for longer ones (and more chairs) toward the back of the layout. Curved seating feels romantic, while the sharper angles of the chevron give it a modern vibe.

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Pews typically found in a house of worship are especially charming when placed outside. These custom rentals (available through many antique furniture companies) can get expensive, so to cut the budget, consider having pews in just the first few rows and using wood chairs behind them. For a similar feel, wood benches blend well with the natural colors of the outdoors. Benches are extra sturdy in sand or grass, and they don’t detract from the view because they’re lower to the ground. For a modern look, pad them with cushions, which also makes them more comfortable and allows for guests to truly be in the moment while witnessing your vows (your older guests will definitely appreciate it).

For a brief, intimate service, ask guests to join hands and surround you in a circle as you say your vows. The cozy ring makes attendees and your wedding party feel like they’re actually participating in the exchange, not just watching it. Just try to limit the ceremony to less than 20 minutes, and make sure everyone in your group is aware they’ll be on their feet for that amount of time.

bales of hay For a barn wedding, carry out the theme with bucolic bundles of hay (just beware of allergies). Affordable, rustic and all-natural, hay ties perfectly into an idyllic country celebration. Arrange the bales in rows and dress them up with quilts or simple white canvas cloth (use a heavy fabric so guests don’t get pricked). Then reuse them later as lounge seating by the dance floor.

mix and match An eclectic assortment of chairs and couches mixed nonchalantly adds quirky character. Use a little imagination to style bistro seats, benches and ottomans in rows or groupings to take on the feel of an enchanted tea party. Shop vintage markets and yard sales for inexpensive finds to mix with rented wood folding chairs.

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themed options Use your ceremony locale to set the tone for unexpected seating that will wow guests and make for great photos. Getting married with your feet in the sand? Arrange rows of simple, chic, creamcolored beach chairs that blend in nicely with the shore. For a garden or mountain wedding, seat guests on tree stumps. Tying the knot in a modern, industrial-style space or rooftop? Sleek, metallic-hued chairs will look great in photos.

switch sides Traditionally, the bride’s family and friends sit on the left side and the groom’s on the right side (although in Jewish tradition, it’s swapped). For a new twist, let the first few rows switch sides for a better view—when the bride is standing on the left and her parents are on the right, the angle helps them to see her face. More couples are also asking guests to simply pick a seat, not a side, as stated on pretty signs at the ceremony location. Get more ceremony tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you really need to know. If you’re worried you missed something (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our planning advice and put your mind at ease. >>

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put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor. Nobody wants to feel cramped or overheated.

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listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs (gnats, flies and mosquitos) also swarm during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

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manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office, especially in large quantities. Save yourself some scouting time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes— and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes too.

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pay it forward Listen to your pros­and one vendor can lead you to another— plus, they know what they’re talking about. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.

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make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.

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get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

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prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans).

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tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time (or in large quantities), consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.

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release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start to look for hotels in a wide variety of price points. Many allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special wedding block and a reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels you contact insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>

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express engagement timeline Have just five months? Here are your essential to-dos.

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keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a certain vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.

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help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. This could range anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.

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be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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learn about marriage licenses You can check your state’s license requirements online, but confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when they’re open. Even if it’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may issue marriage licenses only during slower times like, say, Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Give a copy of your marriage license to your officiant or honor attendant (just in case you lose yours during the final days before your wedding).

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Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.

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Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.

artistic

The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.

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dramatic

Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

lifestyle

This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.

classic

Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.

documentary

Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” ­the opposite of classic style.

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shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.

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fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

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Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

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Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

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What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

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The sophisticated Grande Ballroom at Cotalí Mar hosts events for up to 275 guests, and offers a private bridal suite for relaxing. The old-world Wine Cellar is another unique venue for a celebration of up to 100 guests. Our stunning property also features an impressive Courtyard with a marble fountain and cozy stone fireplace… the perfect setting for your cocktail hour or outdoor ceremony. Cotalí Mar has a reputation for impeccable service and unsurpassed cuisine.

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

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

illinois giordano's If thin-crust pizza isn't going to cut it with your after-party crowd, let Giordano's deep-dish, stuffed pies take the lead. Its famous Chicago-style pizzas offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach topping choices. You can even order a heart-shaped pie! HOW TO GET IT: Pizzas are priced from $65 for a 2-pack to $119 for a 6-pack, including shipping charges for FedEx Ground (additional charges will apply for FedEx Express). WHERE TO GET IT: Giordanos.com >>

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raising the food bar Live preparation stations are as entertaining (and on trend) as they are delicious.

raw bar

Oysters are shucked and kept on ice. This is an equally appropriate option for a seaside soiree or formal fete.

pasta station

Guests choose their sauce (marinara, vodka, Bolognese) and watch as their pasta is tossed just for them with tasty mix-ins like caramelized onions, roasted veggies and fresh basil.

waffle stand

This breakfast dish is made to order, with tasty add-ins. Blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raspberry syrup and whipped cream, anyone?

sushi station

Chefs slice and assemble fresh sushi rolls from maki to tuna, paired with ginger and fresh wasabi.

crepe table

Your guests will love sweet (from sugar to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

s’mores bar

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farm-fresh strawberries or Nutella.

cheese table

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key gotos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too. ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

milk bar Famed New York City bakery Milk Bar, founded by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, upped the ante for wedding cakes everywhere with its signature naked cakes in a variety of delicious flavors—chocolate chip, birthday, dulce de leche and salted pretzel are just some of the options. Can’t decide? Have a cake tasting package mailed to you and try them all. HOW TO GET IT: Cakes are shipped via UPS Next Day Air with a $250 handling fee and an overnight shipping fee (typically $100 to $200), and range in price from $400 to $1,200, depending on the size and number of tiers. WHERE TO GET IT: MilkBarStore.com

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maine hancock gourmet lobster co. It doesn't have to be summer to enjoy a lobster roll—Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. ships the iconic Maine treat fresh year-round. Lobster pot pies and lobster mac and cheese can be sent too. HOW TO GET IT: Lobster products, from $40, are usually shipped via UPS 2nd Day Air with various charges. Large orders (20+ cases) are shipped by frozen truck. WHERE TO GET IT: HancockGourmetLobster.com

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questions for the caterer Ask these questions before you book your food pro.

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Showing your hometown or college state pride is a unique way to personalize your wedding, and what better way to do it than with food?

louisiana louisiana crawfish company Order live crawfish (or the pre-boiled and seasoned variety) from the Louisiana Crawfish Company for a true Cajun-style feast. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is via FedEx and UPS or through cargo with Southwest Airlines for an airport pickup. Pricing is based on volume and season. WHERE TO GET IT: LACrawfish.com

oregon sterling coffee roasters Add some signature Portland java to your brunch from Sterling Coffee Roasters coffeehouse. The beans represent a true Pacific Northwest style of coffee that’s light to medium with a sweet finish. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is free via USPS Priority Mail, with coffee ranging from $13 to $17 per 10-ounce bag. WHERE TO GET IT: Sterling.Coffee Find your caterer at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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(This means the caterer has met local health-department standards and carries liability insurance.) • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend?

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• W  hen is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

• How much time do you need to set up? • Do you set out place cards and menus? • On the day, who oversees it all? • Do you arrange the food prettily on plates and at the buffet?

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there an extra charge? Do you provide waitstaff? How many waiters are included? If you provide a bar, what sorts of packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? What’s the fee for extras? (Aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Do you provide alcohol or do we need to handle the bar separately? Can I supply my own alcohol? Is there a fee (like corkage) for it? Do you provide a wedding cake, and if so, do you have a portfolio of designs? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in the package?

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The music is definitely one aspect of your day you don’t want to overlook—and we’re here to help. BY SIMONE HILL PHOTOGRAPH BY JILLIAN MITCHELL

Whether you consider yourselves music people or not, the tunes at your wedding are super-important—and a great band or DJ can be the difference between a fun wedding and an unforgettable one. Avoid these mistakes and you’re guaranteed to have a packed dance floor all night long. >>

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dismissing the idea of a band or DJ This is your first music decision to make, and it’ll narrow down your options by half. Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have less to spend or dozens of songs you’d like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your best bet. But don’t dismiss either because you think a band will automatically be out of your budget or a DJ will be cheesy. MUSIC MUST Do your research (check out amazing DJs and bands at TheKnot.com or Gigmasters.com to get started) and get recommendations from friends. You’ll see there’s a lot of variety—from mash-up artists to barbershop quartets—among both types of entertainers. You may want even want to hire a band and a DJ.

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starting the ceremony in silence Most guests will arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to sit there in silence. Book your ceremony musicians to start no later than 20 minutes before you begin your walk down the aisle. MUSIC MUST Having music before and during the ceremony will also help signal to guests when it’s time to be seated or be quiet by upping the volume or tempo.

offending your officiant Getting married in a house of worship? When it comes to ceremony music, many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have rules that could affect your choice of ceremony tunes, like prohibiting certain secular songs. It may be your wedding day, but unfortunately it’s not technically your church, so you’ll have to respect the religious regulations.

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Eat, Drink, Be Married. It’s a good idea to speak to your officiant before you book musicians to play a classical version of The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” composed for your ceremony and can’t get your deposit back.

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skipping a sound check Depending on your venue, there may be limitations (like power supply, sound amplification or certain time-of-day restrictions) to the type of music you can have. Even without regulations, it’s still a good idea to ask your venue manager what type of music typically works best for that space (for example, a soloist may feel tiny for your grand ballroom reception, or a six-piece band may crowd the dance floor). MUSIC MUST Plan for your band or DJ to do a walk-through if they haven’t worked in the event space before. While you might not realize that crashing waves could easily drown out a string quartet or trio of flutes, a pro can solve any situation with a sound check.

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Want to know exactly what your music might sound like in real life, rather than a recorded sample? Take in a live performance. Checking this task off your list can actually be a lot of fun. Go to a showcase if that’s an option. Make dinner reservations, grab your fiancé and make a date night of it. While you’re there, notice not just the tunes, but also how the band or DJ emcees, whether they take requests and how well they get the audience going. If possible, talk to the DJ or bandleader at some point, or set up another time to meet face-to-face. This person will be your emcee, so you want to have an easy rapport. MUSIC MUST Make a note of the names of the particular musicians or DJs you like, so you’ll be sure to book the same exact people for your party. >>

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forgetting to talk through your selected songs Don’t assume your band knows how to play the most important songs of the night—we’re talking your first dance number and any songs for the dances you’ll both have with your parents—or the DJ has them in their set list. If it’s a band, talk to them before you book, since they may have to learn a song or two. MUSIC MUST If the group is missing some of your favorites from their repertoire, ask whether there are any fees associated with adding the additional tunes to the song list for your celebration.

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Your reception isn’t the place for nightclub-level volume. It’ll only frustrate your older family members and make it tough for them to talk to one another and enjoy the party. And you don’t want your guests to wake up with sore throats from having to yell to each other all night. MUSIC MUST When going over your timeline with your DJ, you can make volume requests. Ask for low volume during cocktail hour and dinner (like instrumentals and soft ballads) and louder for dancing and the final song (yes, you can go all out for “Sweet Caroline”). On the wedding day, ask a bridesmaid or your day-of consultant to alert the band or DJ if there are any volume issues.

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leaving out must-play and do-not-play lists Sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and go through your favorite songs together to create must-play and do-not-play lists. If you decide to use a band instead of a DJ, give them plenty of time to review your picks, in case they have to add a track to their mix. Once you’ve handed over the lists, leave the rest to the pros and don’t micromanage (that’s why you hired them). MUSIC MUST If your must-play list gets too long (say, more than 10 songs), create a third list. This can be more of a wish list of songs you’d like to be played only if your guests respond positively to them.

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You won’t be able to please everyone, but ask that your DJ or band keep it at least PG-13 during the reception. When it’s just you, your college besties and adult cousins at the after-party, feel free to play the songs that weren’t appropriate while your grandparents, toddler nieces and boss were around earlier in the night. MUSIC MUST Beyond blatant profanity, really consider the song’s lyrics and meaning. There may be a very innocent inside joke behind your choice of a raunchy song, but most guests will be on the outside.

sticking to one genre You both may love ’90s grunge, but five full hours of Nirvana might drive some guests to leave early. You’re sharing this day with family and friends, so save your more obscure favorites for the honeymoon and play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy. MUSIC MUST Give your parents a shoutout with their favorites. Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a few classics.  et more music tips at G TheKnot.com/music

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Mountain Magic Weddings

What to ask before you book them to play your wedding. • What’s your specialty? (Asking a swing band to play electronic dance is looking for trouble.)

• How would you describe your style? • Do you know our reception space and its acoustic, power and amplification requirements? If not, will you check it out beforehand?

• Was the recording you gave me produced in a studio? Is the sound enhanced?

• Can you play the songs that are important to us, such as A, B and C?

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• How many hours are included in the package, and how many breaks will you need? What happens while you’re on break?

• Can you act as master of ceremonies? • What will happen if the bandleader or other key member of the group is sick the day of the wedding?

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no one can prep you for these day-of surprises No matter how many weddings you’ve attended before, or how many times you’ve been a bridesmaid, there are some things you just don’t find out until your own wedding day. (What, you didn’t expect your face to hurt from smiling all day long?) >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHANIE ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Talk to anyone who’s gone through it before and they’ll tell you that your wedding day absolutely flies by. You’ll be so busy going from one thing to the next that before you know it, you’ll be cutting the cake. Besides the logistics—review every vendor contract point and make sure to pack a stain remover—there are so many intangible, special moments that make up the wedding day itself. These are just some of the surprises and truths that may happen on the day of that no one can prepare you for.

you’ll definitely cry Okay, this one might not be such a secret. What is it about weddings that makes everyone so teary? All we can say is crying is basically inevitable. And since you already know the waterworks are coming, the best thing to do is be prepared. Wear waterproof makeup (or even get eyelash extensions), keep some mascara and lipstick readily available for quick touch-ups, and store some tissues nearby—you’ll need them.

ten minutes before the ceremony is the most nerve-racking part of the day The time leading up to the walk down the aisle will involve the most jittery moments you’ll ever experience. And it makes sense: You’re about to make a life-changing decision in front of all the people you love and care about the most. Just remember that your other half is waiting for you at the end of the journey, and you’re going to have a huge party to celebrate (not to mention the reason why you said “yes” in the first place).

your face will hurt from smiling so much Thousands of pictures aside, you’ll be smiling all day because it’s going to be the best day ever. You’re marrying your best friend, after all. Between finally “making it official” with your partner and dancing all night with your friends and family members, there’s literally no reason to frown (even if it rains).

the ceremony will be the best part There’s something truly amazing about the wedding ceremony. The traditions, the vows and all your friends and family members combined will make this one of the most emotional moments of your life. Our advice? Take it all in and savor it. You’ll want these memories to last a lifetime.

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you’ll be amazed by the love and support of your family and friends They all showed up for one reason—you. You and your soonto-be spouse will get all—and we really mean all—of the attention. You may not even be able to eat dinner, since you’ll have so many people to talk to and so many pictures to take. Between the pinches on the cheek from your grandma and the bear hugs from your college pals, you’ll be overcome by the love, support and happiness of those around you. >>

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Plan your rehearsal dinner at The Stockyard.

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you’ll want a little alone time In fact, you might be so overwhelmed that you may want to take a few moments just for you, or the two of you. Some of the most special minutes of the day are the few you get to spend alone—getting excited for what’s to come—or together with your new spouse, taking it all in. Try a time-out, post vows. you’ll be exhausted... But you won’t care. You may not get too much sleep the night before your wedding, between any last-minute stress over the seating chart or just overall excitement for the day to come. Exhaustion is inevitable, but you’ll find a way to soldier on and sleep when you can. (Under-eye concealer will be your best friend.)

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the most magical moment will be when you least expect it We promise that the most special moment of the day or weekend is going to be something you never expected. A stolen minute or two with your soon-to-be spouse, a gift from your dad or an impromptu speech could end up meaning the world to you. it won’t all go as planned Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run? Are your guests still having fun? Are you having fun? If these questions are easily answered, then don’t sweat it—just keep enjoying your celebration, and delegate tasks to planners and relatives so you don’t have to deal with drama. you’ll feel different Even if you and your other half have been living together for years, once you’re legally wed, things will feel official. It could just be a slight shift or a more noticeable change, but it will definitely seem like the real deal­—because it is. Find more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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family feels Expect these people to be emotional on your day.

your parents

Your wedding means a lot to your parents. Whether they played a large or small role in your life, no parent is ever fully prepared for the day their child gets married. While you’ll always be a part of their family, you’ll be starting your own family too.

grandparents

Grandparents have a special place in their heart for their grandkids, so don’t forget to give them a little extra love and attention throughout planning and on your wedding day.

children

Bringing kids into a marriage creates an entirely new vibe—your child might not feel like they’re the most important person in your life anymore. This marriage means a new person is permanently in their lives, so they might need some time to adjust to this change.

siblings

Like your parents, siblings have a unique attachment to you, and a wedding can feel like they’re losing a member of the pack. So don’t be surprised if they’re more emotional than you expected.

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Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to soldier on and think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run?

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The Hilton Boston-Dedham in Massachusetts is a convenient weekend getaway located 12 miles outside Boston. The Fairbanks Ballroom can hold events up to 250 guests. The Junior Ballroom can accommodate up to 150 guests, and the New England Ballroom accommodates 75 guests, both of which overlook the patio, gazebo and fountain area—perfect for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours. 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026 | 781-407-1633 | www.bostondedham.hilton.com

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Before you jump in and take off, make a grand entrance or an unforgettable getaway with these tips. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIANNA WILBUR PHOTOGRAPHY

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keep an open mind Let’s say you’re the types who just can’t bear the thought of speeding off in anything that doesn’t come with a minibar—and your local limousine service has tons of souped-up options. Take the time to test-drive other options, like a classic white Rolls-Royce, a stretch SUV and a super-luxe convertible limo-bus. And don’t think your getaway vehicle has to be white—a shiny black limo offers some snazzy appeal too.

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Not into a limo? There are lots of other options that’ll zip you off in style. You can go for something with personality—a vintage VW Microbus, a Harley-Davidson or an old-school trolley. Or slip into something a little more racy—a cherry-red Lamborghini, a jet-black Camaro SS or a silver BMW Z3 roadster.

save in sneaky ways You don’t have to blow your budget to ride in style. For example, think about renting a car for only a one-way trip. If you’re making a grand entrance, rent a vehicle for the arrival and drive your own wheels home. On a similar note, if you’re going to take off with the whole party watching, it’s fun to get a fancy set of wheels for the farewell. Save by signing up for an hourly rate, rather than an entire evening. That way, you’ll pay for the car and driver combo only when it’s actually being used—and not when it’s just sitting idly in the parking lot at the reception.

know the owner Trust us: It’s a good idea to know who actually owns the vehicle you’re renting. If the transportation company you’re dealing with doesn’t have the car you’re looking for, they might “borrow” a car from another vendor (and basically pay them a rental fee). Since you’re one more vendor away from the wedding car of your dreams, there’s a possibility for lateness or, even worse, a no-show—and that’s the last thing you need to be worrying about before saying “I do.” If you have your heart set on a particular car, you’ll be better off finding a vendor that owns the one you’ve got in mind. >>

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what’s your ride? Find the wheels that suit your style.

convertible

Modern and understated chic characterize you and your partner’s style best. Both of you are always ahead of the trend. Rent a car that’s a little out of the ordinary but streamlined enough to fit your style, such as an Audi convertible, a VW bug or even a Vespa for some cute exit photos.

vintage truck

As a couple who loves a good time, what’s the last thing you want? Fuss. A turquoise vintage truck for a casual wedding will speak volumes about your style. You could even do a tandem bicycle. Want to add a personal touch? Incorporate some fun DIY décor, like a paper garland or a few classic tin cans and streamers.

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You’re a romantic at heart, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a princess carriage. Instead, go for an antique car. You can find one at specialty rental car companies in your area. If that’s too much for you, then stretch out in a rented limo or a sleek black town car to take you to and from the reception.

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You’re a couple that’s certainly not afraid of flash. While we’d like to recommend a helicopter, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, choose a ride (on wheels) that will still make an impact, like a bright red sports car or a sporty SUV limo with cool lighting and a fully stocked bar. DIAMOND EYES

Many transportation companies offer more than just the wheels and will pull out all the stops for you and your partner with their wedding packages. Often, you can choose a “red-carpet treatment” in which the driver will literally roll out a red carpet to your door. You can also request that your favorite playlist be cued up in the car’s entertainment center. Many companies will also stock the vehicle with chilled champagne and snacks of your choosing.

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You shouldn’t feel limited to automobiles. For example, if you’re looking for an all-out storybook experience, go for a horse-drawn carriage. If riding the waves is more your thing, sail away on a boat or canoe. Love biking on the weekends together? Use a bicycle built for two to make your grand exit.

We never tire of saying it: Don’t even think about hiring your transportation vendor without getting everything in writing. And we mean everything: arrival time (pad an extra 20 minutes just in case); reception departure time; all relevant addresses to minimize any wrong turns; the size, color and model of the car (with the license plate number if you’ve chosen something specific); the name of the driver you want; gratuity; plus any special requests that you have (like avoiding a certain highway that’s packed at 5 p.m.). You’ll have peace of mind—and a piece of paper—to ensure it all goes smoothly.

add variety Why be a one-car couple? If you can’t decide between the stretch Hummer and a sleek Corvette, choose one to take you to the wedding and one for the ride home. Don’t think that you have to get the same type of car for everyone in the wedding party either— maybe indulge your wedding party in some 4-wheel-drive action, but have your parents roll up in a sweet midnight-blue Porsche.

take care of your guests While you’re relaxing in all-out style, let your guests in on some of the transportation fun. A luxury charter bus (which can seat up to 75) has become a popular—not to mention a super-safe—way to transport family and friends between the ceremony and reception. There’s no drinking-and-driving worries, and no guests will get lost between the two locations, which could hold things up for your reception dinner.

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stock the car If you’re traveling with your wedding party to your after-party, make sure the vehicle is stocked with waters, spirits and light bites to keep the festivities going. And if your exit is just the two of you, enlist a bridesmaid to assemble a small package to fortify you as you make your getaway. Have her include leftovers from dinner to eat because—trust us—you’ll be hungry (some couples barely have time to eat at their reception) and something to drink (water, soda or champagne to have a private toast). Get more transportation advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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(508) 548-2700 FlyingBridgeRestaurant.com The Flying Bridge is a unique waterfront locale for a truly memorable occasion. The Flying Bridge combines a cosmopolitan culture with the excitement of a dockside cafÊ. The dining room opens to wraparound decks and a stairway that leads to the boardwalk—a very romantic setting!

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Eight private, pastoral acres for your family and friends. The charm of an old country barn coupled with modern amenities. Romance and relaxation abound with the ceremony, photos and reception at one spacious venue. We welcome your custom requests.

Floral Lab is an international award-winning floral and event design studio located at Fort Point for personal and business settings. Our floral art is for those who must have something of extraordinary beauty and exclusivity. Floral Lab will work with you from concept to creation to make an unforgettable wedding event.

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8 wedding planning mistakes—and how to deal

Mishaps and miscommunications are inevitable while planning a wedding, so try not to sweat it. Here’s a heads-up on the most common ones so you can avoid them from the start.

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freaking out because someone else has your gown Since wedding day personalization is so important to couples, it’s easy to lose it if another pair chooses the same fashion, favors or food. But before you have a meltdown, consider a healthier way to deal. Instead of worrying about someone else’s wedding looking the same as yours, think about how to make the similar detail different. If a friend chooses the same gown as you, find accents to personalize yours. Accessorize with a brooch, add a sash, embellish the train with some embroidery or pick a unique veil to set yours apart.

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When you started planning, you thought you knew what you wanted, but after scouring Pinterest, you’ve completely changed your mind. It’s not the best realization, but don’t worry—your wedding style can still be salvageable (but it may cost you extra, contractually). Unsure about the color scheme? Work with your florist to change your bouquets and centerpieces—adding new blooms in all of your arrangements will introduce a new color throughout the room. Don’t love your linens? Spice them up with bright table runners or overlays. If you start freaking out, remember—you’re committing to your partner, not your wedding colors. >>

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We know you’re so excited to be engaged and plan an amazing wedding. You can’t wait to choose your save-the-dates, book your venue, select your flowers and taste cake flavors. But hold on—one of the most important factors that goes into wedding planning is your guest list, which essentially determines your budget. It’s what also shapes most of the other elements of your wedding, from the venue to the catering. It’s not the easiest part of planning, but you shouldn’t make any decisions before you have your list pretty firmly in place. Why? You don’t want to put down a nonrefundable deposit on a cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law’s additions bump your list to over 200. Once you’ve discussed numbers with your partner and families, then you can move forward. That said, this means you and your fiancé can almost immediately start thinking about what you want the atmosphere of your wedding to be: an intimate affair with close friends and family, or a bash with 300-plus people (or maybe somewhere in the middle).

We know you’re excited to plan, but there’s only so much anyone can take when confronted with an infinite array of invitation choices and unfamiliar floral terms. In order to keep wedding talk (and potentially irritated moods) at bay, designate one night a week to sit down with your significant other and discuss every aspect of the wedding. Use this time to try to get a concrete idea of their interest in the various details. If invitation suites just aren’t their thing, resolve to leave them out of that decision. No need to drag anyone into something they don’t care about. But also listen for things they are interested in. Chances are you’ll find yourself a willing helper, at least in one area. Moving forward, try to make all other nights wedding-free. Catch up with each other, go out with friends, watch TV—anything. You’ll both be so happy to know the person you fell in love with is still there, and definitely appreciate the breather from planning.

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You’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, but it’s not quite a perfect fit on the real-life you. If your plan is to order the dress two sizes too small and do whatever it takes to make it fit, pause for a moment. Making a commitment to exercise often and eat a nutritious diet is great at any stage in your life, not just your wedding. On the other hand, crash-dieting and chaining yourself to the treadmill for a few months is a course likely to end in disaster—and an ill-fitting gown. Instead of losing more sleep than weight, find a dress you love and order it in your current size. If you want to work on your body during your engagement, that’s great—just be sure to make your goals manageable (toning up but not dropping 20 pounds, for instance). You’re more likely to stick with a routine that doesn’t require superhuman willpower. And if you still find that you’re worried about your figure, just remember that you’re about to get married to someone who can’t get enough of the way you look right now. If you plan to lose a few extra pounds, the slow-andsteady approach will help you big time (and help you keep it off long term)—and you should do it before your second fitting. If your body goes through any big changes after that, you may be lighter, but your alterations bill could be pricey—we’re talking hundreds of dollars. Your final fitting should be for last-minute tweaks, not a total overhaul.

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The place cards just came back from the printer and the color of the ink is a little off from the print hue on your invites. Let’s face it—even the most perfectly planned wedding will hit a few bumps along the way. When you’ve worked so hard for months on details, it can be tough to manage when you find a flaw. The key is when you spot one, you’ll need to take a breath and think: How important is this really going to be to me in a year? Most mishaps that are causing you agitation won’t matter to you at all once you’re at your wedding. If it’s a serious snarl, deal with it. But if it’s a minor mess-up, try to move on.

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Once you’ve realized you can’t do it all yourself, you enlist someone you trust to double-check with the caterer and the florist, steam your veil and make sure the limo company has directions. Most brides turn to their moms (or sister or maid of honor) to make sure things go as planned on the actual day. These people are usually happy to help in any way they can, but don’t forget they came to celebrate with you too (and they’re working on a volunteer basis). No matter how worried you are, most wedding day (and day-before) chores can be trusted to any competent adult, and aren’t there a slew of them coming into town just for your wedding? So before you hand your mom or maid of honor a mega-task list, consider splitting jobs among a larger group of people—friends, cousins, aunts. They’ll be glad to lend a hand (and likely flattered you asked), and it’s a great way to include more people in your celebration. If you’re worried about losing track, simply take the to-do list you already have and note who’s doing what next to each task. Check in with each person at some point, then check off the chore from the list. You also have the option, if budget permits, to hire a wedding coordinator for the final weeks before the wedding (or even just the day-of). They’re experts at making sure those last-minute tasks get done, and having the extra hands will help you relax before your wedding and on the day of.

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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.

who hosts 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.

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 (or more if they’ll be traveling).

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 a plane ride away.

where to have it Depending on how many people you’re inviting, 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 opt to rent a private space at a restaurant, bar or country club. Want something a bit more low-key? A house, backyard or beach club might be a better choice for you.

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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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how to invite 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 offer 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 in case guests want to bring a gift.

what to serve 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 with margaritas, mini fish tacos and great guacamole,” 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 lemon tarts.

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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 soiree 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 affair, go for a laid-back clambake for your engagement party, with vibrant, fun colors and an outdoor setting.

what to wear Your wardrobe will depend on the setting of the party. For bridesto-be, aside from the obvious (don’t wear an evening gown to a backyard barbecue), keep it simple enough that you don’t outdo your wedding look, but special enough that you still stand out. As for the grooms, while you don’t have to wear a suit and tie or a tux, you should match your partner in formality. And if you have a specific dress code for guests, make a note of it on the invitation. Download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app to check off your to-dos.

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6 engagement party theme ideas The key to throwing the perfect engagement soiree: Find a theme that fits the two of you.

brunch

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

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 home. Pick a starter, entrée and dessert that fits you as a couple, and share the recipe cards.

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Use a tropical color scheme and accent with chic pineapple and palm tree décor. Mix up fun mai tais and blood orange mojitos. Serve tangy barbecue-style food like pulled pork and fried plantains.

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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.

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

beach clambake

Host a clambake or fish fry, or go upscale with a seafood spread of grilled shrimp, lobster and scallops. When it comes to the sides, stick to the classics, like corn on the cob and coleslaw.

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Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

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the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

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WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.

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Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.

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WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

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WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>

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resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.

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get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>

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WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

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is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>

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Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

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flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>

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DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

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SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs.  lan your perfect adventure at P TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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5. LIPSTICK Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. Le Rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy, Sephora.com

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SHOE SNAFU As editors of The Knot, we know better than anyone that being a bridesmaid can have its ups and downs. On one hand, you get to play a role in the biggest day of your friend’s life. On the other, there are expenses coming at you left and right, and combined with many personalities, it’s hard to know what you’re in for. Our relatable pet peeves will remind you that you’re not alone in this. Brides, take note!

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“My biggest pet peeve is being forced to wear the exact same shoes. Not everyone’s feet are the same shape, and we all favor certain heel heights, brands and styles. They might not be comfortable for dancing either. Also, never seeing the professional photos is another issue. Since we’re in the shots, we want to see them and keep them for our memories too.” —Stephanie Cain Real Weddings Editor

CHAMPAGNE CAMPAIGN “Plan your time accordingly. I was in a wedding where the ceremony was at 5:30 p.m. but we were all up for hair and makeup at 6 a.m. Not only were we done getting ready by 11 a.m. we then had to wait around another three hours before we started taking photos. The best part: The bride was anti-mimosas. For the sake of your bridesmaids, at least provide us with a little bubbly and some much-needed bagels to tide us over.”

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“When you’ve already spent money on a bridesmaid dress, engagement party, bachelorette party, shower, gifts and travel, it’s one more thing to have to pay for your own hair and makeup the day of the wedding. Your bridesmaids have gone above and beyond for you on your day, so make them feel special too by covering this expense.”

“Be conscious of how much your friends are spending. If you’re planning a lavish destination bachelorette party, it’s probably best not to ask for gifts in addition to those splurge-worthy events. Remember: Your wedding party is there to celebrate and support you, but it shouldn’t cause them additional stress or force them into debt.”

“Give her a plus-one. Between the cash she’s shelling out and the enthusiasm she’s maintained through dress shopping and envelope stuffing, she deserves it.”

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—Shelley Brown Fashion and Beauty Associate Editor

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make it legal Boston Area Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Massachusetts, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parents present and obtain a court order if 16 years old. Neither residency nor blood tests are required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days in the state of Massachusetts only. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must know the dates of the divorce or death; official documentation is not required. In Massachusetts, you can apply for a marriage license at any town or city hall. Below is a list of various locations throughout Massachusetts. Offices are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. Fees generally range from $15 to $50, and methods of payment vary. Call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Barnstable County

Dukes County

Hampden County

Nantucket County

Plymouth County

Worcester County

Barnstable Town Hall 367 Main St. Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 862-4044 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Edgartown Town Clerk 70 Main St., Fl. 1 Edgartown, MA 02539 (508) 627-6110 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Springfield City Clerk 36 Court St. Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 787-6094 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–W, F; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Th.

Nantucket Town Clerk 16 Broad St. Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 228-7216 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Plymouth Town Clerk 11 Lincoln St. Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 747-1620 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M, W, Th.; 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., T

Worcester City Clerk 455 Main St., Rm. 206 Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 799-1121 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., M; 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., T–F

Middlesex County

Dedham Town Clerk 26 Bryant St. Dedham, MA 02026 (781) 751-9200 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., W (by appointment only)

Bristol County

Essex County

Fall River City Clerk 1 Government Ctr., Fl. 2 Fall River, MA 02722 (508) 324-2220 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Salem City Hall 93 Washington St., Rm. 3 Salem, MA 01970 (978) 745-9595 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–W; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.; 8 a.m. – noon, F

Cambridge City Clerk 795 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 103 Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 349-4260 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., M; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., T–Th.; 8:30 a.m. – noon, F

Norfolk County

Suffolk County Boston City Hall 1 City Hall Sq. Boston, MA 02201 (617) 635-4179 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, Th., F (closed Wednesdays)

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GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Maine, you must be 18 years old to obtain a marriage license without parental consent. If under 18, you must have a parent sign and if under 16, you must have written consent from a judge. There is no blood test required and nonresidents can obtain a marriage license in any municipal office. If the bride or groom reside in the state of Maine, the couple must obtain a marriage license with that resident’s municipal clerk. Photo identification and certified copies of birth certificates are required. Previously married persons must provide documentation that their marriage ended. Marriage licenses in Maine cost $30. The license if valid for 90 days in the state of Maine.

WHERE TO APPLY Androscoggin County City Clerk’s Office 27 Pine St. Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 513-3000 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cumberland County Town Clerk’s Office 28 Federal St. Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 725-6658 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City Clerk’s Office 389 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 847-8610 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Penobscot County

City Clerk’s Office 16 Cony St. Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 626-2310 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City Clerk’s Office 73 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 992-4220 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Hampshire Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New Hampshire, the legal age to obtain a marriage license is 18 years old without parental consent. Females ages 13 to 17 and males ages 14 to 17 require a waiver from a parent or guardian. Residency is not required to marry in the state of New Hampshire. A couple wishing to marry in the State of NH may complete a marriage application at any NH city/town clerk’s office and once a valid marriage license is issued, the couple will be free to marry within any city/town in New Hampshire. Marriage licenses range between $45 and $60, payable by cash. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. Valid photo identification and social security number are required. A New Hampshire marriage license expires 90 days after the issue date. If widowed or divorced, death certificates and divorce decrees are required.

WHERE TO APPLY Hillsborough County Nashua City Clerk 229 Main St. PO Box 2019 Nashua, NH 03061 (603) 589-3010 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Manchester City Clerk One City Hall Plz. Manchester, NH 03101 (603) 624-6455 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., M, W, Th., F; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., T

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Rockingham County

Strafford County

Concord City Hall– Clerk’s Office 41 Green St. Concord, NH 03301 (603) 225-8500 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M–W; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Th.

Derry Town Clerk 14 Manning St. Derry, NH 03038 (603) 432-6105 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., W

Dover City Clerk 288 Central Ave. Dover, NH 03820 (603) 516-6018 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., M–Th.

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Rhode Island Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Rhode Island, you must be 18 years old to marry without parental consent. Men younger than age 18 and woman younger than age 16 also must have court permission. Residency is not required to marry in Rhode Island, however, nonresidents must register for a marriage license in the city/town that they wish to marry in. Marriage and civil union licenses cost $24. If divorced or widowed, final divorce papers and death certificates are required. The marriage license is valid for 90 days. Proof of birth and valid identification is required.

WHERE TO APPLY Kent County

Newport County

Providence County

Warwick City Clerk Vital Statistics 3275 Post Rd. Warwick, RI 02886 (401) 738-2000 x6033 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Newport City Hall 43 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 (401) 845-5351 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cranston City Clerk 869 Park Ave. Cranston, RI 02910 (401) 461-1000 x3197 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pawtucket City Hall 137 Roosevelt Ave. Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 728-0500 x225 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Office of Vital Statistics 25 Dorrance St. Providence, RI 02903 (401) 421-7740 8:30 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Vermont Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Vermont, you must be 18 years old to marry without parental consent and 16 years old to marry with parental consent. No one under the age of 16 is permitted to marry. There is no blood test and non-residents can obtain a license by any town clerk. If you are a resident of Vermont, the marriage license must be bought in either the bride or groom’s town of residence. It costs $55 to obtain a marriage license in Vermont.

WHERE TO APPLY Chittenden County

Rutland County

Washington County

Burlington City Hall Clerk’s Office 149 Church St. Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 865-7000 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City Clerk’s Office 1 Strongs Ave. Rutland City, VT 05701 (802) 773-2528 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

City Clerk’s Office 6 N. Main St. Barre, VT 05641 (802) 476-0242 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Montpelier City Clerk 39 Main St. Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 223-9500 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

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The Boston Globe

(617) 929-1452 Attn: Living Arts Department PO Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205

Must submit info two Wednesdays before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $149 to $249.

Boston Herald

(617) 619-6407 Attn: Announcements One Herald Square Boston, MA 02118

May submit up to 4 months after the ceremony. Published on a first-come, first-served basis.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Cape Cod Times

(508) 775-1200 319 Main St. Hyannis, MA 02601

Must submit info two Tuesdays prior to the preferred Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $49 to $99.

Gloucester Daily Times

(978) 283-7000 36 Whittemore St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Must submit info within three months of the wedding date.

Form: No; submit only to celebrations@eagletribune.com.

There is no charge for this service.

South Boston Tribune

(617) 268-3440 314 W. Broadway South Boston, MA 02127

Must submit info by 4 p.m. on the Monday before the desired Thursday publication.

Form: No

The cost is $11 per column inch.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

(508) 793-9226 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 15012 Worcester, MA 01615

Must submit info on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication date. To be published, the wedding must have occurred fewer than three months prior.

Form: Yes

Prices range from $25 to $261.

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Kennebec Journal

(207) 621-5661 36 Anthony Ave. Augusta, ME 04330

Wedding announcements will be printed in Sunday papers.

Form: Yes; available online. .

Prices range from $25 to $75 depending on photo and article size.

Bangor Daily News

(800) 432-7964 491 Main St. PO Box 1329 Bangor, ME 04402

Journal Tribune

(207) 282-1535 457 Alfred St. Biddeford, ME 04005

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

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Wedding announcements are printed every Sunday in print and online. Once an email is received, a sales representative will inform you of fees and when the article is run.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees vary.

(603) 668-4321 x757 Union Leader Corp. PO Box 9555 Manchester, NH 03108

Must be in before noon on Wednesday to be printed in the Sunday paper.

Form: Yes; available online.

$50 for a wedding announcement.

(603) 224-5301 x324 1 Monitor Dr. Concord, NH 03301

Article can be submitted whenever, online. If approved, the article could be posted online and in print.

Form: Yes; available online.

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Providence Journal

(401) 277-7278 Attn: Weddings-Features Department 75 Fountain St. Providence, RI 02902

To be published the Sunday following the wedding, the form must be sent in two weeks in advance.

Form: Yes; available online.

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Newport Daily News

(401) 849-3300 Celebration Page PO Box 420 Newport, RI 02840

Should be submitted two weeks prior to Saturday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $50 to $175 depending on package.

The Westerly Sun

(860) 495-8223 99 Mechanic St. PO Box 520 Pawcatuck, CT 02891

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

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The Nashua Telegraph

(603) 594-6550 17 Executive Dr. Hudson, NH 03051

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The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

(802) 479-0191 x1158 Attn: Weddings-Sunday PO Box 707 Barre, VT 05641

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

Rutland Herald

(802) 479-0191 x1158 Attn: Weddings-Sunday PO Box 668 Rutland, VT 05702

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

Brattleboro Reformer

(802) 254-2311 62 Black Mountain Rd. Brattleboro, VT 05301

Form: Yes; available online.

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Elegant Setting Historic Mansion Exquisite Gardens (978) 774-9165 info@glenmagnafarms.org 29 Ingersoll Street Danvers, MA 01923

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The Ridge Club is an exclusive private club located on Cape Cod—a destination wedding and event location. We take great pride in providing exceptional service and exquisite menu offerings. Our Clubhouse, comfortably accommodating up to 200 guests, boasts a classic Cape Cod–inspired venue, featuring a garden-style Pavilion with vaulted, woodpaneled ceilings and brick flooring. Our wall-to-wall glass sliders allow you to step out onto our beautifully landscaped patio, perfect for your cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. We also provide a unique setting for outdoor ceremonies and smaller wedding events. We look forward to working with you on your special day to ensure a flawless, magical experience.

Lana M Packard, Events Director, 508.428.6800 EXT 513 lpackard@ridgeclubcapecod.com • ridgeclubcapecod.com

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Situated on a picturesque stretch of the Atlantic coast along Boston’s North Shore, Tupper Manor at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center provides a memorable setting for your special day. From the magnificent fountain to the elegant interiors, this historic mansion and grounds make an unforgettable impression. Coupled with expert planning, friendly service and gourmet cuisine, our Wedding Specialists will help make your dreams come true. KATE ROSE PICTURES

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Elegant facility featuring private bridal salons, outdoor balcony and terrace, and beautifully landscaped gardens, waterfall, gazebo and trellis area—perfect for on-site ceremonies and photographs. Dedicated event coordinators to customize chef-inspired menus and flawless event details. Guest rooms, golf course, restaurants and Golf Academy on-site. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the 228 in sterling

228 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA (303) 960-6070 The228inSterling.com We offer a formal indoor seating area, a covered patio with seating for outdoor enjoyment, a separate barbecue/picnic area with picnic tables and a covered shelter, and—last but not least—a beautiful gazebo for your on-site wedding ceremony and pictures. Parking is convenient and ample. capacity 150 | price $

aldrich mansion

836 Warwick Neck Ave., Warwick, RI (401) 739-6850 info@aldrichmansion.com AldrichMansion.com This private, air-conditioned mansion with panoramic water views allows one six-hour reception per day. An on-site Catholic chapel is available. Our European chef will customize your menu for up to 230 guests. The hosting party supplies all alcohol for the reception, served as an open bar to guests.

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andover country club

60 Canterbury Street, Andover, MA (978) 475-1263 discovermore@andovercountryclub.com AndoverCountryClub.com The Andover Country Club offers an elegant setting for your special day. The outdoor ceremony gardens provide unforgettable photos with magnificent views. Our chef’s gourmet cuisine and the classic ballrooms with panoramic golf course views are why we’ve been creating memories since 1925. capacity 400+ | price $$

apple hill farm

143 Joslin Street, Leominster, MA (978) 466-7804 AppleHillCC.com We proudly offer a unique New England setting with stunning views of rolling hills, 30-plus acres of orchards and farmland, and a newly renovated barn with a stately ballroom built in 2012. Farm-fresh produce and professional staff complement our venue, combining country chic with classic elegance. capacity 200 | price $$

atkinson resort & country club 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, NH (603) 362-8700 AtkinsonResort.com

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barker tavern

21 Barker Road, Scituate Harbor, MA (781) 545-6533 | (800) 966-6533 becky@thebarker.com TheBarker.com Overlooking Scituate Harbor, the Barker Tavern’s charm and elegance will take your breath away. Known for our exceptional cuisine and impeccable service, the Barker Tavern is just the right place to celebrate any occasion. Elegant dining and flawless wedding receptions for over 30 years. capacity 200 | price $$

the barn at wight farm

420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA (774) 241-8450 TheBarnatWightFarm.com The Barn offers couples rustic elegance that is unmatched compared to the area’s choices for weddings. Set on nearly four acres in a colonial village setting, The Barn has beautifully landscaped grounds including a patio, fire pit and a manicured field suitable for tent functions. capacity 175 | price $$

battery wharf hotel boston waterfront

Boston, MA (617) 994-9016 BatteryWharfHotelBoston.com Where the city and the water wed. With beautiful indoor and outdoor reception areas, exceptional catering and a stunning North End waterfront setting, your day will be one to cherish. Contact our wedding specialist today! capacity 130 | price $$$

the bayside of nahant

1 Range Road, Nahant, MA (781) 592-3080 BaysideFunctions.com Providing oceanfront views, our facility ­glistens with brass accents and soft room colors to work with any motif. Our grand function room with cathedral ceilings, hardwood dance floor, and oversized windows overlooks the ocean! Let our professional staff work with you from start to finish. capacity 200 | price $$

beauport cruiselines

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA (978) 865-3210 BeauportCruiselines.com Imagine your wedding aboard the North Shore’s most exciting wedding venue, the Beauport Cruiselines. Dine,

dance and enjoy your dream wedding with beautiful panoramic views of historic Gloucester Harbor and award-winning cuisine in true New England style. Come sail away! capacity 300 | price $$$

beauport hotel gloucester

55 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 282-0008 BeauportHotel.com With uncompromising service, a captivating oceanfront location and world-class amenities, Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the perfect setting for guests to celebrate a classic New England coastal wedding with family and friends. capacity 250 | price $$$

bedford village inn

2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH (603) 472-2001 bvieventteam@bedfordvillageinn.com BedfordVillageInn.com From the moment you step onto our nationally acclaimed, Four Diamond property, you know that this is the setting for your unforgettable wedding. Our beautifully landscaped 10-acre farm estate features wisteria-draped walkways or snow-capped silos, seasonal gardens and fountains. capacity 200 | price $$$

the beechwood hotel

363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5789 BeechwoodHotel.com Host your wedding with us and let one of our professional planners arrange every detail to ensure your wedding day is truly unforgettable. Celebrate into the night, rest and then reminisce with your family and friends over a hot breakfast, all under one roof. capacity 240 | price $$

black rock country club

Hingham, MA (781) 749-1919 EXT. 115 weddings@blackrockcc.com BlackRockCC.com South Shore’s most exclusive country club welcomes you to create the wedding of your dreams. Our stunning clubhouse, spacious ballroom and regal outdoor terrace offer picturesque views of the rolling golf course and breathtaking sunsets for those once in a lifetime photographic memories. capacity 180 | price $$

the bohlin at the newport yachting center

Newport, RI (401) 619-7199 BohlinNewport.com Say “I do” in the heart of Newport Harbor. Our waterfront setting offers soft Atlantic breezes, unsurpassed harbor views and comfortable, casual elegance. Enjoy the intimacy of our private seaside retreat just steps from all that downtown Newport

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boston harbor hotel

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA (617) 439-7000 catering@bhh.com BHH.com Your special day should be beyond compare—a day of pure romance, beauty and an unforgettable celebration for family and friends. What better setting to say “I do” than overlooking the gorgeous waterfront at the Boston Harbor Hotel. capacity 250 | price $$$$

the bostonian boston

26 North Street, Boston, MA (617) 523-3600 MillenniumHotels.com/boston Define yourself, define unique. Seasons Ballroom features floor to ceiling windows, walkout balconies and breathtaking views of Boston, a perfect location for weddings up to 150 guests. Our team will provide you with creative menus, personal service, and an attention to detail that is unmatched. capacity 150 | price $$$

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butternut farm golf club

115 Wheeler Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-3400 EXT. 65 hope@butternutfarm.com ButternutFarm.com The award-winning Heritage Room at Butternut Farm Golf Club features: vaulted ceiling ballroom, octagonal cocktail lounge, covered bridge and raved about food. We host one event per day and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our scenic 18-hole golf course and Wheeler Pond surround the Heritage Room. capacity 250 | price $$

cafe escadrille

26 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA (781) 273-1916 events@cafeescadrille.com CafeEscadrille.com Cafe Escadrille has all the elegance, warmth and charm of a grand country estate­—just 15 miles north of Boston. White-glove service for up to 300 guests, complimentary bridal suite and a personal wedding planner will make your wedding the day of your dreams. capacity 300 | price $$$

the cape club of sharon

Sharon, MA (781) 784-5991 EXT. 218 weddings@thecapeclubofsharon.com The Cape Club of Sharon (formerly Spring Valley Country Club) is a one-event facility nestled within a 200-acre private golf course, offering an exquisite culinary experience paired with impeccable service and natural beauty. Our Grand Ballroom is perfect for events ranging from 100-280 guests. capacity 280 | price $$

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cape codder resort & spa

1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA (855) 209-6036 CapeCodderResort.com Elegant weddings for 50-400. Our award-winning chef will dazzle you with creative menu selections. Luxury fireplace suites with Jacuzzis are perfect for your wedding night and accommodations for your guests. Full-service spa will cater to your wedding party with makeup, manicures, relaxation massages and more! capacity 400 | price $$

the charles hotel

One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA (800) 882-1818 CharlesHotel.com Whether you desire a formal reception in our ballroom, an intimate affair under the stars in our courtyard or a unique celebration in Henrietta’s Table or Rialto, The Charles Hotel is an ideal wedding location. Our team masterfully manages your day, allowing you to relax and revel in the moment. capacity 300 | price $$$

charter oak country club

Sudbury/Hudson, MA (978) 562-0800 EXT. 610 | sales@charteroakcc.com CharterOakCC.com Charter Oak is a 38,000 sq. ft. traditional Georgian style masterpiece. The exquisite manicured grounds and our championship golf course provide you with the ultimate romantic atmosphere. Impeccable service and superb food in our opulent grand ballroom will make a day of elegance and perfection. capacity 300 | price $$$

colonial hall at rockafellas

231 Essex Street, Salem, MA (978) 745-5415 functions@colonialhallatrockafellas.com ColonialHallAtRockafellas.com Colonial Hall, with its vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and gracious balconies, is the perfect setting for your wedding. This spacious ballroom with understated elegance allows you to create a wedding as unique as you are. capacity 250 | price $$

the colonnade boston

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 424-7000 | lrubel@colonnadehotel.com ColonnadeHotel.com The Colonnade Hotel is the city’s premier setting for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, receptions, and special occasions. Our expert wedding planners pay attention to every detail. We offer innovative ideas whether ­creating an intimate, memorable ceremony for 10, or a lavish, traditional event for 400. capacity 400 | price $$$

the common man inn & spa 231 Main Street, Plymouth, NH (603) 536-2200

TheCManInn.com Celebrate your wedding with a setting that evokes classic charm and hospitality at the gateway to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Our Foster’s Hall accommodates up to 150 guests, with a raised dance floor and farmer’s porch. Our Event Hall holds up to 180 guests and includes a private terrace. capacity 180 | price $$$

the commons 1854

4 North Common Street, Topsfield, MA (978) 887-4100 info@thecommons1854.com TheCommons1854.com The Commons is ideal for a classic New England wedding. This historic venue offers superior personal service, giving your ­wedding historic elegance with relaxed comfort. Architectural details, elegant appointments, and modern conveniences make The Commons your number one choice. capacity 200 | price $$$

the connors center

Dover, MA (617) 552-9210 meet@bc.edu TheConnorsCenter.com Plan your wedding at The Connors Center, where elegance and charm combine for an unforgettable celebration of love. capacity 300 | price $$$

the coonamessett inn

311 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA (508) 548-2300 capecodrestaurants@gmail.com CoonamessettInn.com The Coonamessett Inn is Cape Cod’s prestigious getaway for special occasions. Our professional staff will help you plan an elegant reception or rehearsal dinner. Our new, spectacular dining rooms accommodate up to 400 guests, making The Coonamessett Inn an excellent choice for any special occasion. capacity 300 | price $$$

cortina inn and resort

Killington, VT (802) 772-7118 CortinaInn.com Our family-owned resort, located on 32 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, has multiple outdoor locations with great natural views as well as cozy indoor ballrooms—or a mixture of both—for you to choose from! We can accommodate everything from your rehearsal dinner to a farewell brunch. capacity 200 | price $$

cotal´ mar restaurante

1178 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA (508) 821-2627 info@cotalimar.com CotaliMarRestaurante.com Cotalí Mar offers four unique venues: the Grande

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country club of halifax

100 Country Club Dr., Rt. 106, Halifax, MA (781) 293-9061 | functions@halifaxcc.com HalifaxCC.com Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for inquiring about the Country Club of Halifax. Siblings, friends, guests and family members of past wedding receptions contract a very large percentage of our new wedding receptions. This is a fact that we are very proud of. capacity 300 | price $$

crowne plaza boston woburn

15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, MA (781) 897-4058 | info@cpbos.com CrownePlaza.com/woburnma After you say, “I do,” celebrate the wedding of your dreams at the Crowne Plaza Boston Woburn in one of our beautiful ballrooms. Choose from three packages with optional ceremony space to accommodate your personal style, taste and budget. Call our wedding consultant for a personal tour! capacity 200 | price $$

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cruiseport gloucester

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA (978) 282-9700 EXT. 1 | CruiseportGloucester.com Imagine your dream wedding at Cruiseport Gloucester, the largest, most elegant and modern venue north of Boston. Our stunning ballroom overlooking historic Gloucester harbor will entice your guests to enjoy our waterfront views, calming atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and create lifelong memories. capacity 250 | price $$

the dan’l webster inn & spa

149 Main Street, Sandwich Village, MA (800) 444-3566 | DanlWebsterInn.com The sophisticated bride will enjoy exquisite grounds and elegant dining rooms complemented by selections from our award-winning menu. Finely appointed rooms and whirlpool, fireplace suites set the mood for a romantic honeymoon. Full service spa specializes in bridal parties, makeup artistry, and body treatments. capacity 150 | price $$

devens common center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA (978) 757-3004 | DevensCommonCenter.com Our full-service venue offers an ideal setting for weddings, ceremonies and social events. Connected to SpringHill Suites by Marriott by an enclosed bridge, we can accommodate your overnight guests too. We host an upscale atmosphere with gourmet food and first-class service. capacity 350 | price $$

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doubletree by hilton boston-bedford glen

44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA (781) 275-5500 DoubleTreeHotelBedford.com Inspirational. Personalized. Memorable. Brilliantly landscaped terraces provide an intuitive flair for an outdoor ceremony or lavish cocktail reception. We offer an artful combination of elegant ballrooms, exceptional service and an award-winning culinary team ready to serve you. capacity 300 | price $$$

the essex room

125 Main St., Essex, MA (978) 768-7335 EssexRoom.com At The Essex Room your wedding will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of! Our experienced team will ensure you and your guests create a lifetime of cherished memories. Enjoy our celebration-sized dance floor and scenic marsh and river views. Your day, your way—everything is possible with us! capacity 300 | price $$

fairmont copley plaza hotel

138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 867-8522 Fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston Our centrally located Back Bay luxury hotel is a romantic landmark. Whether you choose the palatial splendor of our Grand Ballroom, the opulence of the Oval Room or the elegant intimacy of the St. James Room, our wedding specialists are here to assist you in any way. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the flying bridge

220 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA (508) 548-2700 | FlyingBridgeRestaurant.com The Flying Bridge is a unique waterfront locale for a truly memorable occasion. The Flying Bridge combines a cosmopolitan culture with the excitement of a dockside café. The dining room opens to wraparound decks and a stairway that leads to the boardwalk—a very romantic setting! capacity 150 | price $$$

fort adams

90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI (401) 619-5801 | FortAdams.org Your event will be a royal one at Fort Adams, with its breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and spectacular settings for your ceremony and reception. No other location can offer a castle for you and your guests. It is a special day for you, so make it a unique one from all others—make it royal! capacity 300 | price $$$

gatherings at brookmeadow country club 100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA (781) 828-4444 EXT. 12

BrookmeadowGolf.com Focusing on one wedding at a time, you can be certain that your day will be personalized to match your unique style and exceed your expectations. Whether you envision a formal and traditional wedding, or a casual yet elegant wedding celebration, Gatherings can accommodate your every desire. capacity 230 | price $$

glen magna farms

29 Ingersoll Street, Danvers, MA (978) 774-9165 GlenMagnaFarms.org Glen Magna Farms features a colonial revival mansion set on an 11-acre country estate. We can accommodate 125 guests inside the mansion and 200 guests with tenting. This is a beautiful location for the perfect garden ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$$

grand view

6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA (508) 422-1000 Grand-View.com Each of our four customized wedding packages offers inclusive essentials to fit your needs. In addition to our elegant venue and spectacular grounds featuring gardens, statuary, waterfalls and water fountains, we offer unique on-site amenities such as our beautiful Chapel and The Chalet at Grand View. capacity 300+ | price $$

granite links golf club

100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy, MA (617) 689-1900 GraniteLinksGolfClub.com At Granite Links, we understand how special this day is for you as well as your family and friends. With breathtaking views of the Boston skyline set against the lush green of the golf course, Granite Links provides an inspirational backdrop for your special day. capacity 350 | price $$$

hampshire house

84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA (617) 227-9600 HampshireHouse.com Relax amidst comfortable luxury and be pampered with attentive service, decadent cuisine and an exquisite setting that will make you feel like royalty. The Hampshire House will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience that is all your own. capacity 150 | price $$$

the harding allen estate

Rt. 122 off Beautiful Barre Common, Barre, MA (978) 355-4920 Harding-Allen.com Imagine a place where the grandeur of Newport combines with the beauty of Vermont in the heart of Massachusetts to create a day you will cherish for a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

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harrington farm

178 Westminster Road, Princeton, MA (978) 464-5600 HarringtonFarm.com A wedding at the Harrington Farm offers the rare combination of country charm and elegance. With breathtaking floral gardens and mountain vistas surrounding you, our setting adds a special element to any event. Our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations in ambiance, service and food quality. capacity 250 | price $$$

hawthorne hotel on the common Salem, MA (978) 825-4358 | HawthorneHotel.com At the Hawthorne Hotel or at the Peabody Essex Museum, we have been helping brides fulfill their dreams with beautiful weddings since 1925. capacity 400 | price $$

hilton boston/dedham

25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA (781) 407-1633 | jenna.warren@hilton.com BostonDedham.Hilton.com Whether it’s the rehearsal dinner, the reception or the guestrooms, consider the Hilton Boston Dedham for a weekend to be remembered. capacity 250 | price $$

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hilton boston woburn

Two Forbes Road, Woburn, MA (781) 932-0999 BostonWoburn.Hilton.com As the day you’ve always dreamed about draws near, our catering staff stands ready to turn your vision into wonderful reality. We understand how important it is that your wedding day is perfect, so our planner will be with you every step of the way. capacity 400+ | price $$

hotel on north

297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA (413) 358-4741 | HotelonNorth.com This is a unique venue space for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties and celebrations in the heart of the Berkshires. capacity 80 | price $$

house of blues

15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA (617) 960-8332 | hc.sales.bos@livenation.com We’ve got your something blue. Whether you are planning a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding shower, we can help you design your once-ina-lifetime event. capacity 300 | price $$

independence harbor

10 Narrows Road, Assonet, MA (800) 287-8300 | (508) 644-2225 IHWeddings.com An extraordinary 20-acre estate, reserved exclusively

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for one wedding. One of Southern New England’s most sought after destinations for private wedding receptions and garden ceremonies. An intimate dining and reception facility accommodating from 100 to 250. Acclaimed cuisine, celebrated service, renowned wedding planning, affordable elegance. capacity 250 | price $$

indian pond country club

60 Country Club Way, Kingston, MA (781) 585-9117 IndianPondCountryClub.com A convenient distance from Boston and Cape Cod, Indian Pond presents the perfect setting for your special event. Our array of settings, including pool-side and terrace events, can accommodate a small intimate affair of 20 guests to an extravagant celebration of up to 500 guests. capacity 400+ | price $$

the international golf club & resort

159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA (978) 779-1330 specialevents@theinternational.com TheInternational.com The International, located on 800 beautiful acres, boasts mountain views, two championship golf courses, on-site lodging and restaurant, a newly renovated ballroom and multiple outdoor spaces. Our seasoned planners will make sure you and your guests have the event of a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

john carver inn & spa

25 Summer Street, Plymouth, MA (855) 209-5644 | JohnCarverInn.com Enjoy the charm of a New England Inn with all the comforts of a contemporary hotel, including full service spa and luxury suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Newly renovated ballroom makes for magnificent wedding receptions. A great destination for your wedding – centrally located in historic Plymouth. capacity 200 | price $$

kirkbrae country club

197 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI (401) 333-1330 EXT. 245 Kirkbrae.com/wedding Surrounded by the beauty of Blackstone Valley, Kirkbrae’s tastefully decorated, state-of-the-art wedding facilities accommodate up to 400 guests. The facility is surpassed only by its award-winning planning services and cuisine—two hallmarks that make Kirkbrae one of the area’s premier venues. capacity 400 | price $$$

la pi`ece—the room

322 West Main Street, Tilton, NH (877) 325-3927 | info@lapiece-theroom.com LaPiece-TheRoom.com La Pièce, of New Hampshire’s scenic Lakes Region, is a unique, private wedding and event venue. We provide you with thoughtful services and amenities. We offer planning and design packages to assist you with as few

or many of the details as you like—our team ensures that your day is perfect! capacity 250 | price $$$

labelle winery

345 Route 101, Amherst, NH (603) 672-9898 | LaBelleWineryNH.com LaBelle Winery is the perfect venue for hosting your elegant and unique wedding. Part of an 11-acre property, LaBelle Winery features a tasting room, an elegant great room with a vaulted ceiling and private bar for celebrations of up to 230 guests, and a grand outdoor terrace with sweeping vineyard views. capacity 230 | price $$$

lakeview pavilion

45 Lakeview Road, Foxboro, MA (508) 543-9099 LakeviewPavilion.com Meticulous attention to detail, full-service planning and flawless service complement the cutting-edge cuisine prepared by our culinary team. We will have your guests raving for years to come. capacity 300+ | price $$

the lantana

43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, MA (781) 961-4660 TheLantana.com Happily ever after starts here. The Lantana resonates with the pride of two generations and over 45 years of family ownership. We reflect on our proud past and look forward to being a part of your new beginning. capacity 500+ | price $$

the lenox

61 Exeter St. at Boylston, Boston, MA (617) 536-5300 LenoxHotel.com The Lenox creates an experience that blends impeccable service, world-class cuisine and thoughtful amenities amid beautiful surroundings. Bring historic character to your event and have an on-site planner, customized menus, function space on a private floor and gilded dome room for up to 150 guests. capacity 150 | price $$$

locke falls farm

2531 Chinook Trail, Wonalancet, NH (603) 986-9164 | LockeFallsFarm.com Locke Falls Farm offers a breathtaking pastoral setting, an ideal venue for your elegant wedding celebration. Whether you prefer full service or something in between, we pride ourselves on the flexibility to help each couple craft a package to meet their budget and unique vision for their special day. capacity 200 | price $$

lombardo’s

Six Billings Street, Randolph, MA (781) 986-5000 | info@lombardos.com Lombardos.com The new Lombardo’s, with redesigned ballrooms,

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manchester country club

Bedford, NH (603) 624-4096 | ManchesterCountryClub.com For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping brides create extraordinary weddings. Now, Manchester Country Club is better than ever. If you’re searching for a beautiful event backdrop, we invite you to learn about how our modern great room and open-air veranda can be your unique wedding destination.

of the Atlantic Ocean fulfill the ultimate outdoor wedding dream. capacity 200 | price $$$

mockingbird restaurant

838 North Bedford St., East Bridgewater, MA (508) 378-4911 MockingbirdRestaurant.com We may be the South Shore’s newest wedding venue, but we have been serving award-winning food for 15 years. Enjoy the modern, simple elegance of our 220-guest ballroom reserved exclusively for one wedding. Our magnificent landscaped grounds surround our on-site ceremony area with a natural forest background. capacity 200 | price $$$

and expertise in the industry combine to make a perfect celebration. capacity 200 | price $$

nantasket beach resort

45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull, MA (781) 925-4500 info@nantasketbeachhotel.com NantasketBeachHotel.com Truly memorable meetings and events with an authentic local flavor—that is the inspiration behind the Nantasket Beach Resort. Experience our exemplary service, magnificent cuisine and superb white-glove treatment. After your celebration, retreat to your complimentary bridal suite. capacity 250 | price $$$

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mandarin oriental, boston

776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (617) 535-8888 MandarinOriental.com/boston Steeped in the traditional values of its Oriental heritage, Mandarin Oriental, Boston delights guests with individualized style, sophisticated facilities and Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service. Surrounded by Boston’s vibrant cityscape, each space offers full-length windows with views of Back Bay. capacity 300 | price $$$$

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the mansion on turner hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA (978) 312-3040 ctravers@turnerhill.com | TurnerHill.com Situated on 315 acres of manicured gardens and terraces, The Mansion on Turner Hill provides a peaceful setting for elegant weddings. The extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture features several working fireplaces, hand molded ceilings, vivid friezes, and hand-carved paneling and makes for a remarkable backdrop to your wedding.

monponsett inn

550 Monponsett Street, Rte. 58, Halifax, MA (781) 293-2116 events@monponsettinn.com MonponsettInn.com Weddings and events are our passion! We will ensure every detail of your event surpasses your expectations! Our knowledgeable team will guide you through your entire fairy-tale vision. We invite you to join the thousands of happy couples who have had their cherished memories made at Monponsett Inn. capacity 250 | price $$

the mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 MountainTopInn.com Set on 350 acres in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains and overlooking a sparkling lake, you will find the perfect magical backdrop, regardless of the season. Enjoy luxurious lodging, a brand new spa and salon, on-site dining and tons of activities to create your special day.

35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth, MA (877) MIRBEAU | Mirbeau.com With gardens reminiscent of Monet’s in Giverny, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is the perfect venue for your romantic wedding. Be inspired by art-filled interiors, cascading ponds, a relaxing spa and culinary delights. You may be tempted to recite your vows en français. capacity 250 | price $$$

misselwood events at endicott college

376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (978) 232-2128 Misselwood.com As a prime location on the North Shore, Misselwood offers a particularly beautiful setting for wedding celebrations and special events. The stunning grounds, walking paths, private lawns and breathtaking views

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27 Glendale Road, Quincy, MA (617) 773-9300 | NCQuincy.com The historic Neighborhood Club of Quincy has been the venue of choice since 1917. We provide an elegant, vintage backdrop to today’s modern wedding celebration. Get married on-site, either indoors in front of the grand fireplace or outside under the elegant pergola. Add your wedding to the legacy! capacity 200 | price $$$

new bedford whaling museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA (508) 997-0046 EXT. 133 | (508) 717-6833 specialevents@whalingmuseum.org WhalingMuseum.org The New Bedford Whaling Museum offers an exceptional and stunning venue for weddings, complete with amazing views of beautiful New Bedford harbor. Allow your guests to explore and discover the largest whaling museum in the world, dedicated to the global interaction of humans and whales. capacity 180 | price $$$

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mountain view grand resort & spa

Mountain View Road, Whitefield, NH (844) 510-8590 MountainViewGrand.com Elegant views of spectacular White Mountain summits create the perfect storybook setting for your wedding and reception. Mountain View offers commanding views, spectacular venues and elegant dining. Wedding parties can enjoy the luxury in our award-winning spa. AAA 4 Diamond lodging and dining. capacity 250 | price $$$

nahant country club

280 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA (781) 581-0515 sales@nahantcountryclub.com NahantCountryClub.com Nestled in an ocean community twenty minutes from Boston and seconds from the beach, we host one wedding at a time. Our mansion is the perfect setting for your event. Our famed cuisine, unique venue

new england aquarium

Boston, MA (617) 973-5205 events@neaq.org | NEAq.org Capture the excitement of Boston’s historic waterfront when you plan your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. A variety of location, entertainment and catering options, with a backdrop of awe-inspiring ocean creatures, will make your event completely unforgettable. capacity 300+ | price $$$

ocean edge resort & golf club

Brewster, Cape Cod, MA (508) 896-9000 | OceanEdge.com/weddings Our lush 400 acres includes a historic 19th century mansion, complete with views of the sea, and a private beach for wedding ceremonies. Enjoy the new Beach House Spa with a lounge dedicated to brides, elegantly appointed guestrooms and villas, and the Cape’s only Nicklaus-design golf course. capacity 350 | price $$$

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the oceanview of nahant

Zero Willow Road, Nahant, MA (888) 581-1301 info@oceanviewofnahant.com OceanviewofNahant.com Most known for our incredible ocean views, our secluded private-island feel and our unwavering commitment to making your wedding the event of your life, the Oceanview of Nahant invites you to come visit us and experience true New England flair for your special day! capacity 200 | price $$

pats peak banquet center

(603) 428-3245 PatsPeak.com Pats Peak will enchant you with romantic settings and affordable elegance. Personalized service is what makes Pats Peak a favorite wedding location. Your scenic wedding ceremony can be held at the base or summit of the mountain. Select from two rooms for your reception. capacity 200 | price $$

peabody essex musuem

Salem, MA (978) 542-1615 PEM.org From a breathtaking atrium with a soaring roofline to stunning banquet halls and scenic gardens, the Peabody Essex Museum in historic Salem, Mass. offers a variety of settings to make your wedding distinctive, elegant and unforgettable.

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publick house historic inn

Rt. 131 On The Common, Sturbridge, MA (508) 347-7323 EXT. 287 sales@publickhouse.com PublickHouse.com The Publick House has been creating picturesque New England weddings for over 240 years. Our magnificent cathedral ceilings and antique colonial chandeliers are just the beginning of a perfectly romantic setting. Create your own historical romance. capacity 250 | price $$

raffael’s banquet facility

1601 Main Street, Walpole, MA (508) 668-8071 walpolesales@raffaels.com Raffaels.com Comfortable…unique…elegant…Raffael’s. Experience the ambiance of a European villa, beautiful garden gazebo, and elegant terrace. We offer complete shower and wedding packages. Our experienced coordinators will personalize your special event from start to finish. capacity 350 | price $$

the red barn at outlook farm 310 Portland Street, South Berwick, ME (207) 384-1010 OutlookWeddings.com

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the ridge club

70 Country Club Road, Sandwich, MA (508) 428-6800 lpackard@ridgeclubcapecod.com RidgeClubCapeCod.com This Cape Cod destination wedding location, features a garden-style Pavilion with vaulted ceilings and wallto-wall glass sliders, and a landscaped patio—perfect for your cocktail reception or rehearsal dinner. The Ridge Club also provides a unique setting for outdoor ceremonies and smaller receptions. capacity 200+ | price $$$

rosebrook event center

50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA (508) 322-9220 RosebrookEventCenter.com The Rosebrook Event Center overlooks beautiful cranberry bogs, providing a spectacular backdrop. Recently opened, the hotel and event center provide the perfect location to host your ceremony, reception and wedding guests at one property. Contact us for more information and to book your dream wedding! capacity 300 | price $$

salem waterfront hotel

225 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978) 619-1115 cward@salemwaterfronthotel.com SalemWaterfrontHotel.com Your spectacular wedding will require an equally spectacular venue. Your wedding is made perfect by our attentive wedding planners, world class amenities and chandelier ballroom. Your palate is rewarded by our renowned chef and 4-star cuisines. Perfection on Pickering Wharf awaits you! capacity 220 | price $$

saphire estate

164 Massapoag Ave., Sharon, MA (781) 784-2400 | info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Experience breathtaking lakeshore views, our romantic courtyard and charming manor house, plus an experienced, professional staff dedicated to helping you attain the personalized experience you deserve. Come see what makes Saphire Estate one of the most delightful settings on Boston’s South Shore. capacity 275 | price $$

sea crest beach hotel

Old Silver Beach, Cape Cod (508) 540-9400 SeaCrestBeachHotel.com A wedding where you can kick up your heels and then, kick off your shoes. No ocean can compete with the beauty of a bride, but it does join the celebration. All is

bright, clear and joyful here at Sea Crest Beach Hotel, inside and out. capacity 300+ | price $$$

seaport hotel and seaport world trade center

One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA (617) 385-4212 info@seaportboston.com SeaportBoston.com For the wedding of your dreams, we ­propose panoramic harbor and city views, custom-designed menus, elegant ballrooms, white-glove service, and complimentary parking. Relax while our team of dedicated wedding consultants makes your unique wedding vision a reality. capacity 400+ | price $$$

spring house hotel

Block Island, RI (401) 466-5844 SpringHouseHotel.com The Spring House Hotel provides the most picturesque backdrop for your special day. Green grass, a shining white building and a deep blue ocean will be seen in photographs for years to come. Whatever your dream wedding may be, our entire staff will go above and beyond to ensure a beautiful event. capacity 300 | price $$$

the starting gate at greathorse

128 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA (413) 566-8010 Greathorse.com Drive through a gated entryway to our mountainside stone and cedar venue with uncompromising views of the Connecticut River Valley. Our breathtaking views match our luxurious design. From an intimate gathering to an extravagant wedding, we can focus on your wedding details and bring your vision to life! capacity 300 | price $$$

stevens estate at osgood hill

723 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA (978) 682-7072 joanna@stevensestate.com StevensEstate.com The Stevens Estate is a 33-room mansion set on a hill surrounded by 153 acres of lawns and wooded lands. We can host your dream wedding inside the mansion or on the grounds. We hold only one wedding a day. Complimentary bridal and groom suites. capacity 250 | price $$

stockyard restaurant

135 Market Street, Brighton, MA (617) 782-4700 StockyardRestaurant.com This is a great place to host your rehearsal dinner! From small and intimate to spacious and grand, we have the event space you’ve been looking for. With free parking and never a room charge, your rehearsal dinner could be as memorable as the big day itself!

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stone house

122 Sakonnet Point Rd., Little Compton, RI (401) 635-2222 NewportExperience.com We are a luxury resort in the quaint seaside town of Little Compton, RI, that features 14 guest rooms, restaurant and function space with outdoor terrace and water views.

carey@thetirrellroom.com TheTirrellRoom.com Imagine a private setting surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Blue Hills, and you have the perfect location for the wedding of your dreams. Our singular focus is to create the perfect wedding experience each and every time. capacity 300 | price $$

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stoneforge tavern & publick house

90 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA (508) 977-9840 rbanquets@stoneforgerestaurants.com StoneforgeRestaurants.com Whether planning a grand or boutique wedding, let Stoneforge attend to your every need with personalized service. Our elegant ballroom, cobblestone courtyard and outdoor fireplace provide a romantic and charming setting for your reception, cocktail hour or ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

taj boston

15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA (617) 598-5250 taj.boston@tajhotels.com TheTajBoston.com The perfect “I do.” Featuring tradition, style and awardwinning service,Taj Boston considers every detail, ensuring that your special day is even greater than you imagined. Begin your life together at this historic hotel on Newbury Street. Experience the iconic sophistication and romantic heritage of Boston.

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tewksbury country club

1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA (978) 640-0033 EXT. 13 functions@tewksburycc.com TewksburyCountryClub.com We offer the perfect setting for your wedding, set on over 50 acres of manicured grounds overlooking ponds, fountains and dramatic stone bridges. Our elegant Grand Sequoia Ballroom and Cypress Room offer beautiful outdoor patios, crystal chandeliers and warm wood finishes, making us the ideal setting. capacity 340 | price $$

the tiffany ballroom

Norwood, MA (781) 255-3159 | contact@fourpointsnorwood.com TheTiffanyBallroom.com Enjoy stress-free planning with complete packages— including unlimited hors d’oeuvres, four-course meal, champagne toast, centerpieces, cake and discounted guestrooms. Other options include one-hour open bar, DJ, flower bouquet and more! Say “I do” on our new outdoor wedding pavilion. capacity 400+ | price $$

the tirrell room

254 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA (617) 847-6149

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tupper manor at the wylie inn and conference center

295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (978) 867-1800 info@wyliecenter.com WylieCenter.com/tuppersite Overlooking the ocean, Tupper Manor offers the elegance of a bygone era while providing the amenities one expects from a first-class modern facility. The main floor boasts the glass-enclosed conservatory, ballroom, library, garden, and oval and billiard rooms. capacity 200 | price $$$

union bluff meeting house

York Beach, ME (800) 833-0721 UnionBluff.com The Meeting House offers breathtaking ocean views with a classic graciousness, both inside and out. With on-site hotel accommodations, pub and restaurant, the Meeting House is the perfect destination to make all your dreams come true! We can accommodate parties up to 200, and we’re open year-round! capacity 200 | price $$$

venezia restaurant

20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA (617) 436-3120 VeneziaBoston.com From the champagne toast to our custom designed wedding cake, your special day will be one of storybook elegance and style. Our waterfront ballroom overlooking the Boston skyline can accommodate up to 350 guests and our widely acclaimed chef will prepare a menu that will delight everyone. capacity 350 | price $$$

the villa at ridder country club

390 Oak Street, East Bridgewater, MA (781) 784-2400 info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Tucked away in the rolling greens of Ridder Country Club, The Villa boasts three unique event spaces. Whether you envision contemporary sophistication, rustic elegance or gardenside glamour, we have the perfect space for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. capacity 340 | price $$

wachusett mountain ski area

(978) 464-3175 sales@wachusett.com Wachusett.com Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is conveniently located in the heart of central Massachusetts and is the ideal

location for your own storybook wedding, surrounded by magical vistas and breathtaking views. capacity 400+ | price $$$

warwick country club

394 Narragansett Bay Avenue, Warwick Neck, RI (401) 739-0550 WarwickCC.com Warwick Country Club is located on picturesque Warwick Neck overlooking Narragansett Bay. With exquisite cuisine and an experienced staff, you are ensured the wedding of your dreams. Warwick Country Club can accommodate up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

waverly oaks golf club

444 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA (508) 224-6700 EXT. 107 mscully@waverlyoaksgc.com WaverlyOaksGC.com Nestled in the heart of 225 lush acres, the clubhouse at Waverly Oaks Golf Club affords spectacular views of our award-winning golf course. We offer excellent cuisine, exceptional service, and fine attention to detail. We look forward to hosting your event. capacity 250 | price $$

wedgewood pines country club

215 Harvard Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-1790 kerri@wedgewoodpines.com WedgewoodPines.com Our facilities and staff can accommodate a multitude of requests, from a formal wedding and reception in the main clubhouse to a relaxed cocktail reception on our terrace overlooking the 18th green. Our beautiful landscaped grounds are the perfect place for photos in any season. capacity 200 | price $$$

white cliffs country club

Plymouth, MA (508) 888-8701 jen@whitecliffscc.com | WhiteCliffsCC.com Our unique clubhouse with majestic white tenting sits atop a 175-foot cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Discover views of the ocean and beaches stretching from Plymouth to Provincetown. A gazebo within the award-winning maze of gardens creates the perfect setting! capacity 400 | price $$$

willowbend

100 Willowbend Dr., Mashpee, MA (508) 539-5320 | WillowbendCapeCod.com Set on a 400-acre private championship golf course, our 46,000-square-foot clubhouse offers views of the maintained grounds, waterways and fountains from our ballroom, covered porches and beautiful stone terraces. This setting, combined with our exceptional staff, assures every minute of your wedding experience will exceed your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

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willowdale estate

24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA (978) 887-8211 WillowdaleEstate.com Willowdale Estate is the North Shore’s most inspiring backdrop, where guests enjoy the character of the 1901 Arts and Craft Mansion, lavish grounds and whimsical gardens. Specializing in carefully crafted occasions with modern amenities and innovative cuisine, weddings here are impossible to forget. capacity 250 | price $$$

the woodstock inn & resort

Fourteen the Green, Woodstock, VT (802) 457-6647 weddings@woodstockinn.com WoodstockInn.com The Woodstock Inn & Resort is New England’s most scenic, romantic and luxurious destination for a Vermont wedding. Our experienced staff, breathtaking facilities and charming ambiance create an exceptional setting for your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

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89 Smithville Road, Spencer, MA (508) 885-5320 Zukas.com Zukas Hilltop Barn is chef owned and operated. We can assist you with every detail in planning your wedding. We offer personalized service; experienced, professional staff and an on-site day spa. And, we book just one event per day to ensure your wedding dreams come true! capacity 250 | price $$

cakes & caterers

capers catering

21 Emerson Street, Stoneham, MA (800) 465-6509 | (781) 279-5100 CapersCatering.com Full service catering and event planning services, infused with sparkle and imagination, to make your event shine!

the catering gourmet

333 Strawberry Field Road, Warwick, RI (401) 773-7925 TheCateringGourmet.ne The Catering Gourmet is a full-service Rhode Island caterer known for custom menus that leave your guests wowed! Recognized throughout southern New England for our signature style of blending international-infused cuisine with casual charm, our staff has been delighting New Englanders for over 10 years. Imagine the possibilities!

heirloom fire

New England, New York and beyond (413) 329-6522 HeirloomFire.com Heirloom Fire is a sustainably minded, fire-based catering and events company located deep in The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Providing exceptional full-service wedding catering, event planning and design, Heirloom Fire has been known to travel wherever their fires will take them.

konditor meister

Braintree, MA (781) 849-1970 KonditorMeister.com At Konditor Meister, we have been baking the highest quality cakes, pastries, cookies and confections for over 25 years. We specialize in using the finest European traditions as well as creative new techniques to make unique treats that are both beautiful and delicious. Call today!

lavishly dunn catering and event planning

bean counter bakery

288 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 BeanCounterBakery.com Only the finest and freshest premium quality, all-natural ingredients with no preservatives are used to create the best combination of taste and flavor profile. Your custom wedding cake will be created and ready just in time to be part of your celebration—fresh, exquisite, elegant, flavorful and perfect.

becky’s bakery

441 Shore Rd., Monument Beach, MA (508) 743-5762 MyCapeCodBakery.com We create Cape Cod’s finest wedding cakes and desserts.

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New England area (617) 921-8993 info@lavishlydunn.com LavishlyDunn.com Through extensive training, experience and our sharp eye for detail, our staff will bring you wonderful food, breathtaking presentations and flawless service to make you the perfect bride and your wedding a success. We can provide everything from flowers and china to entertainment and photography.

montilio’s baking company

Serving New England (508) 894-8855 weddingcakes@montilios.com Montilios.com Montilio’s is known for exquisite cakes. This familyowned business is a New England favorite that has been enjoyed for generations. While traditional styles are always an option for a classic, elegant look, Montilio’s goes beyond traditional and creates both contemporary and customized designs to fit your needs.

the off the vine catering group

(781) 762-9770 OfftheVineCatering.com Since inception, Off the Vine Catering has earned a reputation for providing exquisite food, creative presentations, impeccable service and attention to detail. Our formula for success has been to infuse creativity and inspiration into all our catered events to provide a truly memorable experience.

party favors

1356 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA (617) 566-3330 PartyFavorsBrookline.com Since 1965 we have designed custom cakes and cupcakes for the clients in the greater Boston area and throughout New England. Delight your guests with a cake that is both beautiful and delicious. Make your wedding a total celebration with our complete line of elegant wedding accessories!

timothy s. hopkins catering

8 Scott’s Way, Essex, MA (978) 768-9990 chris@tshcatering.com TSHCatering.com Timothy S. Hopkins Catering is a chef owned and operated business. For over 30 years, Tim and his partner Paul ten Hope have been the collective force behind some of the North Shore’s most elegant and fun events.

vinwood caterers

Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3273 info@vinwood.com Vinwood.com You’ve met the person of your dreams! Vinwood Caterers is here to ensure that your day will be executed flawlessly, with exquisite style and will exceed all of your expectations. Very Vinwood.

flowers & décor

floral lab

326 A Street, Boston, MA (617) 413-9790 FloralLab.com Our international award-winning floral and event design studio is located at Fort Point Channel for personal and business settings. Our floral art is for those who must have something of extraordinary beauty and exclusivity. We will work with you from concept to creation to make an unforgettable event.

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237 Main Street, Lakeville, MA (508) 946-1544 | flowersbyheritage@yahoo.com FlowersByHeritage.com We do custom weddings, invitations and favors.

339 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA (978) 388-4388 sales@bella-bride.com Bella-Bride.com It’s your day. You want to look your best as you take center stage amongst family and friends. Here at Bella, we understand the significance of the moment. We pride ourselves on providing impeccable service, valuable experience, and of course elegant designer bridal gowns.

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63 River St., Plymouth, MA (617) 840-3602 | jnfloraldesign@hotmail.com JNFloralDesign.com As a boutique floral design studio specializing in weddings, we create custom designed florals that reflect your personality and vision. Personal service and attention to detail ensure eye-catching and distinctive wedding flowers.

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rose hill garden

North Easton, MA (508) 238-9621 RoseHillGarden.net Rose Hill Garden captures the magical atmosphere of your unforgettable event with uniquely gorgeous floral designs inspired by nature and personalized with your vision in mind. Our exceptional service sets us apart and guarantees that you end up with a one-of-a-kind wedding that’s truly memorable.

bridal fashion & beauty

andrea’s bridal

510 Congress St., Portland, ME (207) 772-5313 AndreasBridal.net Andrea’s Bridal, located in the heart of downtown, is Maine’s premier bridal boutique. Andrea’s Bridal is

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130 Galen Street, Watertown, MA (800) 831-8697 | info@bridepower.com Bridepower.com Bridepower.com and VOWS Bridal Outlet offers hundreds of New York’s most exclusive designer wedding gowns at wholesale prices. Top name designer gowns without the designer price tags. Voted best bridal shop in New England. It’s the place you keep hearing about!

firas yousif originals

35 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston, MA (617) 262-0100 firas@firasyousiforiginals.com FirasYousifOriginals.com Firas Yousif Originals recently headlined during Boston Fashion Week, receiving rave reviews for his spectacular, elegant, one-of-a-kind 2016 bridal collection. Discover what makes you an original on the first block of Newbury St.—Boston’s most fashionable block. Hours are by appointment only.

marry & tux bridal shoppe

100 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH (603) 883-6999 MarryandTuxBridal.com Marry & Tux Bridal is New Hampshire’s largest bridal salon at just over 9,000 square feet, featuring six showrooms spread across two floors. Located just 40 minutes from the heart of Boston, our customers tell us “it’s worth the drive”. Visit our website to tour our store!

modern bride & formal shop

200 Rte. 101, Bedford, NH (603) 472-4933 ModernBrideShop.com New Hampshire’s premier bridal showroom has the area’s largest collection of designer bridal gowns; bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and flower girl dresses; accessories; and tuxedos. We are the region’s only fullservice bridal shop with on-site seamstresses, ensuring the proper fit of your gown.

new york lace

89 Main St., Taunton, MA (508) 824-6900 info@nylace.com NYLace.com A full-service bridal salon, serving New England brides

11 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA (617) 448-3080 SpecialEventBeauty.com BeautyBoston.com Our team will travel to you on your special day. Our makeup artists utilize the latest products to create a beautiful, natural makeup including airbrushing, individual lashes and soft minerals. Our talented hair stylists will create a one-of-a-kind look that you have always dreamt of.

Boston, MA (781) 454-8415 ToMakeBeautiful.com This is not just a wedding—it’s your wedding. So, we personalize your makeup and hair exactly to your personality and your entire wedding theme, whether casual, glamorous or classic.

jewelry

barmakian jewelers

Boston, Framingham and Nashua (508) 872-5454 diamonds@barmakian.com Barmakian.com There’s a reason we’re Boston’s best choice for engagement rings and wedding bands. We have the largest selection in New England and the best values, too. Our designers travel the world, and we manufacture custom jewelry on site. Thus, we’re able to pass along the incredible savings to you.

descenza diamonds

Boston, Framingham, Hingham, Peabody (800) 253-0308 | sales@descenza.com DeScenza.com We’re your source for Forevermark diamonds—rare, beautiful and responsibly sourced to protect the natural world. Let our knowledgeable, friendly staff help you find the perfect engagement ring, wedding bands and gifts to make your celebration sparkle!

joseph gann jewelers

387 Washington St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA (617) 426-4932 JosephGann.com Since 1933, Joseph Gann Jewelers has provided customers with the highest quality and best selection of engagement and wedding rings, including Ritani and Jabel. Handmade rings are a specialty. We also have

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Boston Area and Beyond (617) 467-4524 | JodiRaphael.com Count on Jodi Raphael and her team to coordinate every detail of your wedding. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to our clients’ needs, desires and wishes, while being mindful of budget considerations, and we make it all happen seamlessly with creativity, beauty and professionalism.

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patspeak.com Henniker, NH

The Devens Common Center

Say “I do” with sophistication, elegance and style!

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Receptions Ceremonies Rehearsal Dinners Hotel Accommodations Showers and More

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click chick photography

Massachusetts, New England and beyond (508) 224-4442 | nanci@clickchickphoto.com CapeCodWeddingPhotographer.co You and the love of your life stand in front of the whole world and proclaim your love for each other. Every glance, smile and laugh deserves to be captured and held—to be remembered forever. I’ll photograph your wedding as the day unfolds, telling your love story!

31 Andrews Parkway Devens, MA 01434 • 978-757-3004 DevensCommonCenter.com

Boston, MA (617) 863-7562 | DanAguirre.com There are never two weddings that are the same, and we treat each one with the care it deserves.

freebird photography

New England (603) 505-0953 | WeAreFreebird.com We have a love affair with images that capture the essence of who you are and what you love. We work closely with our clients and pride ourselves on our open communication. Whether it’s over email, text, coffee or a cocktail—we’ll be your unbiased soundboard for everything wedding.

jim canole photography

Waltham, MA (781) 891-3579 | jim@jimcanole.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. JimCanole.com Unobtrusive is the best way to describe my style. I let events unfold naturally and capture the moments with images that are distinctive, artistic and fun. The result is a collection of images that tells the unique story of your wedding day.

scott zuehlke photography

Boston (774) 219-2757 | scott@scottzphotography.com ScottZPhotography.com You’re fun, you’re stylish and there is a good chance you get excited when you hear the song “Sexy Back.” You want your photographs to show how fun and stylish you are and want to hire the photographer that can capture that side of you.

zev fisher photography

Boston, MA (617) 797-9480 | ZevFisher.com Every couple celebrates their wedding in a unique way. My goal is always to capture the honesty and humor of your celebration through a mixture of artistic photojournalism, candid images, and traditional portraiture. Through my lens I document the tiny details and precious moments of your day.

rakis productions

912 Crescent Street, Brockton, MA (508) 369-4591 | TheBestBostonDJ.com Nikos Rakis will make sure your wedding is truly a reflection of both of you, from personalizing your wedding introductions to creating an amazing atmosphere using beautiful lightscaping designs. He will make sure your guests are having a great time from the moment they walk in until the very last dance.

sound city entertainment

New England (888) 828-7664 party@soundcitydj.com SoundCityEntertainment.com Your photography and albums will always be cherished keepsakes. We keep this in mind as we capture your memories, your feelings and your smiles. Our photography incorporates both traditional and photojournalistic styles! We are motivated and move around your event, to be there for every moment.

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brian zutter productions

dj jaz music and entertainment

Serving New England and Greater Boston (207) 361-1085 | (617) 543-6499 jerry@mainediscjockey.com DJJerryBazata.com We customize our entertainment planning to fit your needs. We listen to you, find out what your vision of a perfect wedding reception is and help you make it happen. Having 20 years of experience and advice by your side will save you valuable time and money.

arthur murray dance centers

Eight Convenient Locations (888) 766-0455 ArthurMurrayDanceClasses.com Every bride should have the first dance of her dreams! We offer a proven teaching system in a fun and easy learning environment, flexible studio hours and eight locations in the Greater Boston area. Visit our website to get started!

black tie limousine

25 Bond Street, Haverhill, MA (800) 624-9990 | (978) 373-9625 info@blacktielimo.com BlackTieLimo.com Thank you for considering Black Tie Limousine, Inc., for your wedding transportation needs. Our operation includes one of the largest and most diverse fleets in Massachusetts. Designed on a foundation of complete customer service, safety and affordability, we specialize in perfecting your wedding day.

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entertainment

Serving New England for over 25 years (207) 712-2155 | info@brianzutterproductions.com BrianZutterProductions.com Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Brian Zutter Productions can help. We will listen to you and tailor the music and atmosphere to fulfill your dreams. Let’s make your day one to remember.

After months and endless hours of stress and planning, your wedding day has now arrived. Now let’s turn it over to the professionals to provide you the service that you deserve and expect.

Boston, MA (617) 431-8076 | AthenaandAphrodite.com Athena and Aphrodite was created for brides and grooms who love science, engineering or mathematics and want sophisticated wedding invitations that showcase their passion. Custom colors, wording and fonts are included in every invitation or save-thedate purchase.

spun gold creations invitations

Wakefield, MA (781) 606-5667 | SpunGoldInvitations.com We specialize in luxury hardcover invitations with custom, ready-to-order designs and original bespoke creations handcrafted with premium materials and embellishments. Contact us for a quote for exactly what you want. We are happy to work with you to make your invitations as special as you are!

specialty services

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

cjc event lighting

30 Newbury Street, Boston, MA jim@cjceventlighting.com CJCEventLighting.com Use our professional theatrical event lighting to personalize your special day. Options include uplighting, gobo projection, textures, lanterns and pinspotting. Let us create an atmosphere for your event that guests will be talking about for years! We’ve been in the wedding business for over 25 years.

q ballroom

26 New Street, Suite 3, Cambridge, MA (617) 492-2122 info@qballroom.com QBallroom.com Dazzle your guests by dancing the timeless classics of the waltz, tango, or foxtrot. Or how about a cool swing or salsa to start the party? Learn to dance in a fun and friendly environment with professional instructors conveniently located at Fresh Pond.

murray hill talent

(800) THE-BAND | MurrayHillTalent.com We are New England’s top provider of live entertainment for weddings of every size. Our company has its finger on the pulse of today’s most sought after, innovative and reputable bands, soloists, disc jockeys and specialty entertainers in the industry.

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a plus coach inc.

201 Whiting Street, Hingham, MA (877) 768-1700 | APlusCoach.com

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Cortina Inn & Resort

243

The 228 in Sterling

298

Cotalí Mar Restaurante

274

Aldrich Mansion

189

The Country Club of Halifax

343

Andover Country Club

13

Crowne Plaza Boston Woburn

313

Apple Hill Farm and Country Club

251

Cruiseport Gloucester

232

Atkinson Resort & Country Club

159

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

257

Barker Tavern

273

Devens Common Center

347

The Barn at Wight Farm

47

DoubleTree by Hilton Bedford Glen

237

Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

224

The Essex Room

185

The Bayside of Nahant

305

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston

49

Beauport Cruiselines

307

The Flying Bridge

Beauport Hotel Gloucester

163

Fort Adams

57

Bedford Village Inn

180

Gatherings at Brookmeadow Country Club

333

Beechwood Hotel

328

Glen Magna Farms

327

Black Rock Country Club

301

Grand View

10

The Bohlin Weddings & Events

231

Granite Links Golf Club

229

Boston Harbor Hotel

109

Hampshire House

295

The Bostonian Boston Hotel

284

The Harding Allen Estate

282

Butternut Farm Golf Club

193

Harrington Farm

53

Cafe Escadrille

60

Hawthorne Hotel

51

The Cape Club of Sharon

331

Hilton Boston/Dedham

292

Cape Cod Resturants, Inc.

266

Hilton Boston Woburn

91

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

257

Hotel on North

339

The Charles Hotel

260

House of Blues Boston

315

Charter Oak Country Club

211

Independence Harbor

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Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

217

Indian Pond Country Club

119

The Colonnade Hotel

169

The International

307

The Common Man

212

John Carver Inn & Spa

257

The Commons 1854

7

Kirkbrae Country Club

271

The Connors Center

331

La Pièce—The Room

191

The Coonamessett Inn

266

LaBelle Winery

123

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Lakeview Pavilion

25

Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

206

The Lantana

263

Spring House Hotel

157

The Lenox

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The Starting Gate at GreatHorse

335

Locke Falls Farm

292

The Stevens Estate

171

Lombardo’s

280

Stockyard Restaurant

289

Manchester Country Club

71

Stone House

151

Mandarin Oriental, Boston

21

Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House

289

The Mansion on Turner Hill

186

Taj Boston

23

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

221

Tewksbury Country Club

269

Misselwood at Endicott College

135

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

254

The Mockingbird Restaurant & Martini Lounge

265

The Tirrell Room

279

Monponsett Inn

319

Tupper Manor at the Wylie Inn

328

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

223

Union Bluff Meeting House

235

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

103

Venezia Restaurant

154

Nahant Country Club

115

The Villa

2

Nantasket Beach Resort

101

Wachusett Mountain

286

The Neighborhood Club of Quincy

107

Warwick Country Club

341

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New Bedford Whaling Museum

337

Waverly Oaks Golf Club

239

New England Aquarium

131

Wedgewood Pines Country Club

337

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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

83

White Cliffs Country Club

248

Oceanview of Nahant

215

Willowbend

245

Pats Peak Banquet Center

347

Willowdale Estate

66

Peabody Essex Museum

97

Woodstock Inn & Resort

227

Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

167

Zukas Hilltop Barn

323

Raffael’s Walpole

209

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm

153

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Ridge Club

327

The Bean Counter Bakery

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Rosebrook Event Center

253

Becky’s Bakery

345

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

89

Capers Catering

127

Saphire Estate

2

The Catering Gourmet

259

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

173

Gourmet Caterers

18

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Heirloom Fire

317

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Konditor Meister

277

Jodi Raphael Events

285

Lavishly Dunn Catering & Event Planning

283

Montilio’s Baking Company

313

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Off the Vine Catering

339

Click Chick Photography

291

Party Favors

301

Dan Aguirre Photography

161

Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

333

Freebird Photography

297

Vinwood Caterers

302

Jim Canole Photography

247

Scott Zuehlke Photography

63

Zev Fisher Photography

183

ENTERTAINMENT

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Brian Zutter Productions

291

DJ Jaz Music and Entertainment

85

Murray Hill Talent

45

Rakis Productions

195

Sound City Entertainment

55

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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floral lab

298

Flou(-e)r

43

Heritage Flowers & Balloons

343

JN Floral Design

305

Poppy Floral

302

Rose Hill Floral Designs

335

Andrea’s Bridal

95

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Bella Bridal Shoppe

41

Athena and Aphrodite

321

Bridepower & VOWS Bridal Outlet

113

Spun Gold Creations

27

Firas Yousif Originals

9

Things Remembered

65

Marry & Tux Bridal

14

Wouldn’t it Be Lovely

33

New York Lace

31

Special Event Beauty

323

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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To Make Beautiful Bridal Beauty

295

A Plus Coach Inc.

315

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

317

JEWELRY

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Black Tie Limousine

321

Barmakian Jewelers

17

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

5, 69

DeScenza Diamonds

59

CJC Event Lighting

319

Joseph Gann Jewelers

2

Q Ballroom

341

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PHOTOGRAPH BY AMY SPIRITO PHOTOGRAPHY

kelly & reuben BOSTON “Although Acorn Street is famous, it’s a huge pain to walk on in heels,” Kelly says of the need for a helping hand on the renowned cobblestone road. “Reuben picked me up and was doing squats in the street in an effort to be funny. We’re a goofy couple and we live right in Beacon Hill, so this photo represents us in more ways than one.”

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