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BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS Venues, Florists, Photographers

plus MORE COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

YOU’RE ENGAGED!

EYE CANDY

GOWNS YOU ’LL LOVE

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Here’s What to Do Next

11 NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

Boston / Cape Cod / Central & Western Massachusetts / Maine Northern Connecticut / New Hampshire / Rhode Island / Vermont


How will you tell your story? Nicole Will

We specialize in creating customdesigned and award-winning wedding cakes. Our professional team of pastry chefs, cake artists, and bakers create edible works of art. Only the finest and freshest premium-quality, all-natural ingredients are used. Cupcakes, pastries and desserts available. Private tasting and consultation by appointment.

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“Our wedding day was so unbelievably perfect and that is in large part due to the Lenox hotel and their amazing staff. They truly went above and beyond to make our day so special. We can’t recommend the Lenox enough!”

Serving all of New England contacts@beancounterbakery.com

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Want to learn more? Visit our wedding page on: lenoxhotel.com

HOTEL 61 Exeter Street at Boylston | Boston, MA | 617.421.4927

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HUNDREDS OF RINGS TO CHOOSE FROM...

Antique, Modern and Classic—All Timeless.

More Diamonds, More Choices, More Value, More Helpful. 387 Washington Street, 4th Floor, Boston

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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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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist fresh fall fete ask the knot squad top picks inside scoop expert advice the wed thread haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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fashion & beauty 197

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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maid for style Get inspired by the hottest dress trends to ensure your bridesmaids look, and feel, flawless on your day.

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bling on a budget The insider ring shopping tips you should definitely know.

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best hair day ever How to hire the best pro for your gorgeous bridal ’do.

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Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 147

shades for every season

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The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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all in the details These tiny touches are the key to hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration.

decadent desserts Mix up traditional wedding day sweets.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

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20 things we’re loving right now Get inspired for your best day ever with our annual list of fresh ideas.

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a matter of time

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FROM LEF T: REBECC A YALE PHOTOGR APHY; KENNETH WILL ARDT/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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CONTENTS

real weddings 76

caitlin & peter september 30, boston

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bridget & ganesh august 12, buxton, me

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funmi & francis august 19, norway, me

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chantal & michael

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september 9, middletown, ri

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joe & scott

your just engaged to-dos

september 17, dorset, vt

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becky & jesse june 17, oak bluffs, ma

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moriah & reed

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paige & chris 253

danielle & mike june 10, middletown, ct

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the new (and old) etiquette rules

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how to throw a daytime wedding

protect your day What to do if disaster strikes, and how to insure your wedding from the start.

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Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

rory & pedro

picture perfect The right photography style for you and your celebration.

All the protocol you’ll want to follow.

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Tasks you can do right now.

september 30, manchester, vt

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your just engaged to-dos

The Knot registry awards Over 50 must-haves for your registry to complete your newlywed nest.

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lillian & matthew june 24, westerly, ri

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arden & brock august 27, grand lake, co

real wedding budget key $ = $20,000 or less

We 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.

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L A K E V I E W PAV I L I O N Award-W inning Venue / Distinctive Setting / Breathtaking Views Waterfront Location / Moder n Design / Contemporary Elegance F O X B O R O U G H , M A | W W W. L A K E V I E W P A V I L I O N . C O M

CARLY MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

EMILY TEBBETTS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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CORI-LYNNE FORBES

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ABOUT THE COVER

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get the look

1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at L’élite, Lelite.com (Boston), Madeleine’s Daughter, Madeleines Daughter.com (Portsmouth, NH); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix.com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion. With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at L’élite, Lelite .com (Boston); earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at L’élite, Lelite.com (Boston); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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Andover COUNTRY CLUB

Photography by A Photographic Memory

Weddings & Events

New Wedding Packages Year-Round Ceremony & Reception Spaces 24 Luxury Hotel Accommodations

Arrange a private tour today! andovercountryclub.com 978.475.1263 60 Canterbury Street, Andover, MA 01810

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Awarded TOP 10 WEDDING VENUE by Best Things Massachusetts

“My wife and I looked everywhere to find the appropriate venue for our wedding and found ourselves in love with Grand View. We couldn’t be happier with the results. The venue, food and everything was absolutely amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you, Grand View.”

–Jackie and Francois Karam, 2017

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“From start to finish, to the little details, great communication and absolute stunning grounds, Grand View made our wedding a day we will remember forever.’

–Kasey and Matt Tocchio, 2017

Grand View • 6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA • 508-422-1000 • www.grand-view.com • info@grand-view.com

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL EDITOR, SOCIAL CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexandra Ramey 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 MaryLou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Betsy Anderson, banderson@theknot.com (617) 855-1378

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot New England is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2018 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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“I do�

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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© Alexsandra Wiciel Photography

We know chemistry.

E n g a g e m e n t Pa r t i e s · B r i d a l S h o w e r s · Vo w R e n e w a l s

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Let the Museum of Science and Wolfgang Puck Catering take care of every detail. Plan your dream wedding today! 617-589-0125, events@mos.org

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Browse weddings from across New England, including Kat and Marshall’s charming coastal wedding at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine. The reception unfolded under an open-air sailcloth tent, where partygoers celebrated with signature blueberry Moscow mules, live music and fresh local seafood. Carriage lanterns cast a warm glow over exposed farm tables, which were topped with vintage vases.

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SAY “I DO” IN THE HEART OF GLOUCESTER!

ON THE WATER

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930 978.282.9700 BeauportCruiselines.com

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ON THE BEACH 55 Commercial St., Gloucester, MA 01930 978.282.0008 BeauportHotel.com

ON THE WATERFRONT 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930 978.282.9700 CruiseportGloucester.com

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 230). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

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Editor in Chief @kristenmax

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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 1.617.598.5202 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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A wedding at The Haven is both romantic and festive. The beautiful, carefully tended grounds provide an inspiring backdrop, while the warm and capable service of our expert staff ensures that everything runs like clockwork. Impress your guests with a customized menu prepared by our award-winning culinary team. We are pleased to work with families and with wedding planners to help make that special day as magical as it deserves to be. Contact us at info@thehavencountryclub.com

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Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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complete your team Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

buy the rings Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

choose a point person If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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get the marriage license Pick up this must-have document at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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The planning and hard work is behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

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Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get a personalized Wedding Vision.

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead you’ll get a series of words that describe your wedding vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping right will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part—you can always change them up as you plan.

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CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

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I’ve tried on so many different dresses and I’m feeling really overwhelmed—what should my next step be? MARK INGR AM: Relax! Sometimes women put too much pressure on themselves to find “the one.” You already found your perfect person, so finding the dress should be a joyful part of the planning process. Start by recalling the styles you were first drawn to—did you love every cap-sleeve dress you tried on? Focus on this silhouette next time you shop, and plan to go with just one or two people whose opinion you really trust, as too many can confuse you. A lot of brides actually find it easiest to make their final decision while shopping alone. Beyond that, consider your venue and what will work with the location, style and theme you’ve planned. Most importantly, focus on what makes you feel good.

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My fiancé and I come from two different cultural backgrounds and are planning a fusion wedding. What’s the best way to honor traditions from both sides? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are so many ways to combine traditions, so have fun and think outside the box—whether that means choosing fashions from both cultures or choreographing a dance to music from each background. Start by looking at your families’ heritages to see if there’s any overlap between the two. If so, this can be a sweet shared ritual to showcase on your wedding day. Or choose one of your favorite customs from each side. Practice both or combine the two with a modern twist for a unique spin all your own. If you’d rather keep it simple, include a cultural element in traditional “I dos,” like adding Indian kundan jewelry to a classic white gown. Don’t be afraid to break the rules—do what feels right for you both.

I’ve heard a lot about airbrush makeup— should I consider it for my wedding? BRIT TANY LO: Airbrush is a popular option for bridal makeup, but it’s not for everyone. It really depends on your skin type. Consult with your makeup artist during your trial and see if they would recommend it for you. Then use your trial as a way to test the look. How do you feel about it initially? How do you think you look in it? How does it wear throughout the day? Both traditional and airbrush foundation should last all day, so try both to figure out which is best for you. In general, if you have normal to oily skin, airbrush may be a great choice, but if your skin tends to be dry, the makeup could get flaky. Another thing to consider is while airbrush application can be quicker, it can be harder to touch up after all those emotional happy tears. T R AV E L

What’s a US spot for my bachelorette party that isn’t been there, done that? HARMONY WALTON: While the tried-and-true boozy bachelorette weekend is always a hit, for a unique trip, seek out a locale that can pamper your group and offer fun activities a bit different from the typical beach day. For instance, Park City, Utah, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, have summer and winter activities that mix spa treatments and shopping with a bit of adventure. Skiing and snowshoeing will get your heart racing (and make a decadent hot chocolate taste even better), while an afternoon spent rafting and horseback riding is a good reason to enjoy a massage.

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bands HANK AGENCY SILVER ARROW BAND WAVELENGTH

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bands COVER STORY ENTERTAINMENT SILVER ARROW BAND

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officiants & premarital counseling ANNIE ALEXANDER-KRAMER WEDDINGS BY REVEREND LOVEJOY

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bridal salons

AN AMAZING DAY WEDDING OFFICIANT DOUBLE RINGS JP NORM

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Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

8 charming new england hotels 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 280 at the on-site pavilion. Have a lengthy guest list? The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600.

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Woodstock Inn & Resort

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

14 The Green, Woodstock, VT; (802) 332-6853; WoodstockInn.com Nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Woodstock Inn is a landmark resort and four-season retreat that’s home to 142 rooms and suites. Host an intimate celebration 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 isn’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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Bedford Village Inn 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH; (603) 472-2001; BedfordVillageInn.com Nestled on a 10-acre estate located 15 minutes south of Manchester, this tranquil New Hampshire inn is picturesque and practical for receptions of all sizes. Seal the deal in an alfresco ceremony in the Grand Falls Gardens—a manicured space that can easily be flipped for cocktail hour—before shifting the celebration to the Great Hall, where up to 210 guests can dine and dance into the night. TIP Planning a reception for fewer than 80 guests? The inn’s newest venue, the Charolais Room, is equipped with a private bar, grand fireplace and outdoor terrace.

77 Easton St., Nantucket, MA; (508) 228-4747; TheNantucketHotel.com Take your nuptials from the beach to the ballroom at The Nantucket—where the premier wedding packages include an intimate ceremony at Brant Point Lighthouse followed by a timeless reception for up to 220 at the resort’s Grand Ballroom. The morning after, boat over to the resort’s sister property, Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Vineyard, for a much-needed minimoon.

Stowe Mountain Lodge 7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT; (802) 760-4700; DestinationHotels.com Magnificent mountain vistas and a cozy, après-ski aesthetic are just a few of the things you’ll find at Stowe Mountain Lodge, which boasts over 12,000 square feet of event space for occasions of all kinds. Fall is the ideal time for an outdoor ceremony on the Terrace, with the open-air space giving way to lush green slopes ablaze in rich autumnal shades.

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Spring House Hotel

Cliff House

52 Spring St., Block Island, RI; (401) 466-5844; SpringHouseBlockIsland.com Having played host to the likes of Mark Twain, Spring House Hotel rightly earns its status as one of Block Island’s most elegant historic landmarks. With its red Mansard roof and wraparound veranda, the hotel exudes 19th-century elegance, not to mention endless ocean views and unparalleled vistas of the Block Island foothills. Invite up to 300 partygoers for dinner and dancing in The Grand Dining Room, which features quaint chandeliers, tall windows and innate Victorian charm.

591 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, ME; (207) 361-1000; DestinationHotels.com With both indoor and outdoor venues offering sight lines of the southern coast of Maine, Cliff House is a scenic setting for rustic-chic celebrations and formal fetes alike. Start with a waterfront ceremony at sunset amid aromatic rose bushes before moving the party inside to the Atlantic Ballroom, which boasts panoramic windows for unobstructed ocean views, beamed ceilings and waterfront terraces dotted with fire pits. On-site culinary offerings include Maine flavors and menus that epitomize coastal New England fare.

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What’s the easiest way for couples to personalize their wedding blooms? I love incorporating sentimental touches into the flowers we choose, such as a bloom that might have been in a mother’s bridal bouquet, or a flower that the bride’s father grew in the garden of their childhood home. Obviously keeping seasonal availability in mind is important as well, as Mother Nature can be a very fickle lady.

What styles are currently trending? More couples are leaning toward timeless and subtle styles and colors—think: watercolor arrangements versus flowers that provide a pop of color. I’m also seeing a lot of foliage and ferns for a fresh-from-the-garden feel. The greenery trend is nice because it brings a bit of intimacy into both modern, industrial spaces and historic, formal ballrooms. MEET

Andrea Halliday Table & Tulip ABOUT

Bespoke floral “environments” are the focus of this Bostonbased design studio. WEBSITE

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Are there any unique flower pairings you’d like to see more of? I absolutley love combining graphic, tropical leaves with more traditional flowers like garden roses and dahlias. They complement and contrast each other in a really fresh way. How can couples repurpose flowers from the ceremony to the reception? I try to repurpose pedestals or tall trumpet arrangements behind the head table, or display them in front of the band’s speakers, since the sound equipment isn’t always the prettiest.

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The changeability of each season keeps me inspired year after year—I’m always seeing fresh color combinations and textures. Pinning flower ideas is helpful for sourcing inspiration, but it prevents new and innovative ideas from being developed.

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Aside from using lace, what are some other unique ways to wrap a bouquet? Lately we’ve been using a lot of raw silk, velvet ribbon and fabric pieces like Belgian linen or Dupioni silk. For a rustic barn wedding last August, we wrapped the bride’s bouquet in burlap. What’s the one comeback flower you want to put on everyone’s radar? I expect that the baby’s breath resurgence will give way to flowers that have a similar airiness with a just-plucked-from-the-garden feel, like Queen Anne’s lace or waxflower.

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What should a couple bring to their first consultation with you? I love to see photos of attire, fabric swatches and even images of a client’s favorite place to vacation—your favorite hotel lobby can tell me a lot about your personal style! I also take design cues from a couple’s venue. You choose a space for a reason, and creating a cohesive look that takes the room into account will ultimately elevate the design.

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baker

What are some creative ways to save money on your cake design? The best way to save is to set out a smaller display cake of two to three tiers with “kitchen” cakes, or sheet cakes, that are simply decorated and less expensive. When cakes are stacked, they’re more expensive, so single-tier cakes will help you save. How do you feel about the tradition of freezing a cake’s top tier? I can’t imagine that a cake that’s been frozen for a year is going to taste good. However, a lot of couples treat that tradition as somewhat of a good luck charm. Personally, I’d rather have a couple come back to me on their anniversary so I can bake them a fresh cake. What are some of your most popular cake flavor combinations? We have a few signature flavors, including our chocolate blackberry espresso cake, which is soaked with espresso ganache and filled with homemade blackberry sauce before being finished with an espresso buttercream. One of our newest flavors, the London Fog, is a honey cake soaked with Earl Grey tea, lavender, honey simple syrup and filled with slightly sweetened mascarpone.

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Located in Jackson, New Hampshire, this cake studio and café churns out custom confections and catering for all occasions. WEBSITE

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Aside from a cake, what’s another must-have wedding dessert? Dessert bars that include cookies, whoopie pies and pies are a popular option. We offer a wild Maine blueberry pie and maple molasses cookies baked with local maple syrup. Both are great dessert options when you want to treat out-of-town guests to local eats.

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Finishing a modest cake display with fresh greenery and candles provides a wow-factor without breaking the bank. Let your pros do their thing. Each vendor takes pride in what they do and will do their best to give you exactly what you hope for.

We have to ask: Can vegan and glutenfree cakes really taste as good as the real thing? Absolutely—there are so many great vegan and gluten-free recipes available now. To bake a delicious cake, it comes down to the right combination of filling, fresh fruit and a delicious cake base. Sweet sauces and fillings, like our homemade raspberry and blackberry sauces, help with the overall taste, along with using high-quality ingredients from the start.

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What should a potential client bring to their initial meeting with you? They should bring their appetites, although I don’t recommend scheduling their food and cake tasting back-to-back. Aside from that, I like to see examples of invitations, flowers and any décor a couple plans on using the day of. Those elements help me get to know them and make the design process much easier.

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Your Wedding, Our Venue Manchester Country Club

We’ve been celebrating the greatest love stories since we opened our doors in 1923. It’s easy to say, that we LOVE love, and care about your wedding being the most special day of your life. With space to accommodate up to 260 guests, our modern Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows provides a beautiful backdrop to your celebration. Our place is yours; with only one wedding a day, you decide when you’d like your six-hour reception to begin. After all, this is a day you want to take in; there’s no rushing here.

LOVE IS FOR EVERYONE; MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO HOST YOUR WEDDING HERE.

Bedford, NH – ManchesterCountryClub.com – (603) 624-4096

Photos courtesy of: Dachowksi Photography, Kristen Phelps Photography, Gil Talbot Photography & Ashley Helen Photography.

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MY SHOES WERE DEFINITELY A ‘TREAT YO’SELF’ MOMENT, BUT WHAT BETTER EXCUSE DO YOU NEED TO BUY AN OUTRAGEOUS PAIR OF HEELS?” —Anna R.

“We converted a vintage 1973 Volkswagen bus into a photo booth.” —Kate M.

“Our wedding rings. We each chose three bands we liked, and then we went back separately to purchase our favorite for the other person, so the rings were a surprise on our wedding day.” —Megan N.

“A trolley to transport the wedding party and our second-line performers to the reception in style.” —Abby V.

“The food. My partner used to be a chef, so his menu expectations were very high. We served a five-course dinner that our guests loved.” —Stacey W.

“Our venue. We found exactly what we wanted in a locally owned and operated winery with exposed beams, brick and wine barrels throughout. It’s everything we hoped for without being over the top.” —Samantha P.

“Individually pressed flower coasters etched with our guests’ names—they doubled as escort cards and favors. The coasters were displayed against a shelved white wall dressed in floral garlands.”

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS SET UP A FULL ESPRESSO BAR. AFTER THE MEAL, GUESTS COULD ORDER A DRINK OF THEIR CHOICE.”

—Cheyenne S.

—Deborah D. J O I N T H E W E D T H R E A D AT Facebook.com/TheKnot

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HAUTE HUES

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“The flowers and lanterns made the space feel like we had just stumbled upon it,” Caitlin says of their overgrown altar.

THEIR STORY Boston was the basis for Caitlin O’Malley (28 and an MBA candidate) and Peter Maglathlin’s (32 and en entrepreneur) lavish museum nuptials. “The city of Boston holds a special place in our hearts,” Peter says. “It’s where we met, fell in love and got engaged.” A sophisticated “secret garden” theme spurred the day’s verdant design, which called for ivy-trailed arbors and a subtle fern motif. “It was important that the design didn’t feel too over-the-top,” Caitlin says. “I wanted it to look subtle, messy and magical.” —Rachel Sylvester

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Bridesmaids rocked printed black gowns, while Caitlin donned an ivory crepe sheath complete with a dramatic yet delicate train. “My favorite part of my dress was the train,� she says of borrowing lace from her gown to trim her timeless veil.

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Over 300 guests gathered to watch Caitlin and Peter wed in the museum’s outdoor courtyard before dinner and dancing commenced in the nearby rotunda, which boasted a massive bar. “The bar was amazing,” Caitlin says. “It was as long as the room, meaning no one had to wait for a drink.”

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The groom elevated his go-to everyday accessory by having an alabaster hat custom made by a Texas-based hatter.

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Former roommates Bridget Lenahan (32 and a boutique owner) and Ganesh Dass (35 and an entrepreneur) hosted the ultimate bohemian bash inspired by desert hues and muted Georgia O’Keefe paintings. Vintage Persian rugs were scattered throughout the barn venue, along with velvet linens, copper lanterns and gauzy peach table runners. “Our whole philosophy was to throw a big party celebrating the people we love most,” Bridget says. —RS

A delicate half floral crown complemented Bridget’s boho bridal style.

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Cozy sheepskin throws and velvet armchairs lent an air of ease to the tented fete.

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The bride’s love of vintage botanticals inspired the dahlia-adorned invitation suite. When it came time to wed, Bridget and Ganesh sealed the deal in a Navajo wedding vase ceremony that signified the blending of their families. “The vase is now a family heirloom we’ll pass down from generation to generation,” she says.

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Floral chandeliers and copper lanterns created a dinner space design the bride describes as “textured, loose and layered.”

BRIDGET & GANESH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Flanagan

Farm, Buxton, ME Vanilla buttercream and blue thistle covered the couple’s blueberry-lemon cake, and partygoers took home jars of local blueberry jam. Postreception, the party continued with the help of an acoustic Grateful Dead cover band, who performed fireside underneath the tent.

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Delamater Photography Reel Maine Company Toscano Design Studio

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Lani

FLOWERS Field Floral

OFFICIANT RC Whitehouse

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GOWN Ceremony: Mara

Hoffman; L’élite, Boston; reception: Jenny Packham, L’élite, Boston HAIR Meghan Harrington

Elise Pierce

MAKEUP

SHOES Maryam Nassir Zadeh

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Monique Péan

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Joanna August

MENSWEAR Bonobos;

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RENTALS A Family Affair

of Maine; The Event Light Pros; Heartwood Essentials; La Tavola Hunter’s Bend

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CAKE Scratch Baking Co.

MUSIC Kenya Hall; The Workin’ Dead OTHER ENTERTAINMENT The Maine

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GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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AUGUST 19

• NORWAY, ME

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THEIR STORY Unparalleled views and a stellar on-site team were just two reasons Funmi Giwa (29 and an advisory consultant) and Francis Baffour (31 and a radiologist) booked the pastoral Granite Ridge Estate & Barn in southern Maine. “The owners were incredibly hospitable from the first moment we contacted them to the weekend of our wedding,” Funmi says. Shades of blush, silver, olive and lavender played up the barn’s wood-lined interior, resulting in a look that Funmi describes as “urban rustic.” “We loved the idea of mixing our diverse urban upbringing with lush greenery, cascading plants and romantic florals,” she says. —RS

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FUNMI & FRANCIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Granite Ridge Estate & Barn, Norway, ME PHOTOGRAPHY Jaimee Morse

A savory spread of mini lobster rolls, oysters and crab cakes stayed true to the Maineinspired menu. The couple’s signature cocktail—a Pear Car—was inspired by a drink Funmi and Francis discovered during one of their first dates at a Philadelphia restaurant.

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SEPTEMBER 9

• MIDDLETOWN, RI

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Driftwood gates flanked the waterfront altar, providing guests with picturesque views of the ocean.

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THEIR STORY With a stylish, nautical design in mind, Chantal D’Alfonso (25 and a nurse) and Michael DiSarro (30 and an entrepreneur) filled their airy beachfront venue with geometric details, acrylic accents and palm leaves reminiscent of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel. “I wanted something modern, while Michael wanted a beach wedding,” Chantal says of booking a space that blended both of their desired styles. “We were able to get married on a terrace overlooking the ocean without having to be in the sand.” —RS

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CHANTAL & MICHAEL

CHANTAL & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Newport Beach House, Middletown, RI

Whitewashed tables and rose gold flatware juxtaposed verdant tropical centerpieces, while a boxwood backdrop and bespoke neon sign played up the “Beverly Hills Hotel” vibe. To signal the end of the evening, guests gathered around the couple as they swayed to Kenny Chesney’s “She’s From Boston.”

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Eileen Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

James Winterhalter

COORDINATOR

Newport Beach House

FLOWERS Rachel

O’Neil Event & Design

OFFICIANT

Christopher Poli (groom’s cousin)

GOWN

Ceremony: Berta Bridal, Alexandra’s Boutique, Fall River, MA; reception: BHLDN

HAIR

The Dollhouse MAKEUP Makeup by Janet Choup

VEIL Ansonia Bridal Veils,

Alexandra’s Boutique, Fall River, MA SHOES Sam Edelman

ENGAGEMENT

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Adrianna Papell; Amsale; Monique Lhuillier MENSWEAR Bonobos; Express; Men’s

Wearhouse

STATIONERY Calligraphy:

Pink + Peach; escort cards: Antea Amoroso Design; invitations: Minted.com

RENTALS

Antea Amoroso Design; Element Productions; PEAK Event Services

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Longwood Culinary Arts; topper: Ever Laser DESSERTS Ma’s Donuts

MUSIC Costa

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ACCOMMODATIONS Newport

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GUESTS 144 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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SEPTEMBER 17 • DORSET, VT

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Both grooms looked dapper in matching suits, ties and twine-wrapped wheat boutonnieres.

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Scott arranged the centerpieces himself using dried flowers and mason jars. “We chose dried flowers over fresh ones to symbolize how long our relationship will last,” he says.

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THEIR STORY Newlyweds Joe DiMaria (34 and works in education) and Scott McInerney (29 and works in market research) planned the ultimate autumnal affair with the help of tree-themed tables, moose-adorned stationery and clusters of seasonal squash, pumpkins and hay bales. Rather than walk down the aisle seprately, the duo escorted each other to the altar to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” “We did that as a symbol of our journey together,” Scott says of their sentimental processional. —RS

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Jars of homemade apple pie jam doubled as edible place cards and heartfelt favors.

Joe—an experienced baker—created the maple-walnut cake himself, finishing the confection with sweet maple buttercream and a rustic topper. Guests sipped warm apple cider and whiskey during cocktail hour, where games like bocce and cornhole were arranged on the lawn.

JOE & SCOTT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Dorset

Inn, Dorset, VT

PHOTOGRAPHY Lara

Woolfson/Studio Nouveau

DAY-OF

COORDINATOR The Dorset Inn

Dried Flowers Forever Rev. Mary Stone

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT

MENSWEAR Banana

Republic; Macy’s; Michael Kors SHOES Bass Jewelers Nordstrom

WEDDING RINGS Long’s GROOMSMAID DRESSES STATIONERY Katie Cannella,

Twisted Cinnamon Designs The Dorset Inn

CATERING

CAKE DIY; cake topper:

RebeccaLaneGraphics, Etsy.com PIE Mother Myrick’s Confectionery

MUSIC

DJ Robert Balewicz/Evergreen Entertainment ACCOMMODATIONS The Dorset Inn REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Macy’s; Williams

Sonoma; Zola.com

HONEYMOON Iceland

GUESTS 70 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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JUNE 17

• OAK BLUFFS, MA

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Indulgences included a naked confetti cake, apple fritters and locally sourced ice cream from Mad Martha’s.

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THEIR STORY Boston natives Becky Katz (30 and director of public relations at SoulCycle) and Jesse Davis (30 and works in sales) traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for their mid-summer affair with 200 guests and an electric hip-hop violinist in tow. “We flew the violinist in from New York to rile up the crowd,” Becky says of their unconventional entertainment choice. As a nod to the newlyweds’ first dance song— Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing”—guests posed for photos in front of a custom moss installation that depicted the tune’s title in neon. —RS

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Golf Club, Oak Bluffs, MA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jocelyn Filley Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Brighter Lights Media

COORDINATOR Megan

Leonard Productions Cocktail hour called for fresh sushi and a well-stocked rosé bar, while dinner took place underneath a Sperry tent draped with pink foxglove and olive branches. Wood farm tables and cross-back chairs made for a French country–inspired setting, which was complete with whimsical, hand-illustrated menu cards.

Farm Avenue

FLOWERS Tea Lane

GOWN Carolina Herrera, Saks Fifth HAIR &

MAKEUP Sea Spa Salon

VEIL Saks Fifth Avenue

Olympia

SHOES Charlotte

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Private jeweler

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Miltons

Hasson; Happy Menocal Tent and Party Rentals Neck Golf Club

STATIONERY Allie RENTALS Big Sky CATERING Farm

CAKE Momofuku Milk Bar

DESSERTS Back Door Donuts; Mad Martha’s

Ice Cream

MUSIC Electric violinist: Svet;

reception: The Sultans MV Sightseeing

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

Winnetu Oceanside Resort

REGISTRIES

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SEPTEMBER 30

• MANCHESTER, VT

Moriah swapped her intricate lace cape for a blush fur stole after the ceremony.

moriah & reed PHOTOGR APHY BY

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ASHLEY SAW TELLE PHOTOGR APHY

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The bride baked both a chocolate-raspberry confection and a chocolate-saltedcaramel groom’s cake for the occasion.

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THEIR STORY “We wanted to share the magic of Vermont with our family and friends,” Moriah Tulier (26 and a baker) says of exchanging vows with Reed Newton (37 and works in digital advertising) in a quaint Manchester church. The pair embraced an autumnal vibe for their black-tie affair, relying on shades of burgundy paired with bistro lights, tapered candles and mirrored furniture. Cocktail hour called for a jazz trio and a falconry display, where guests handled falcons as they flew through an open-air courtyard. —RS

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MORIAH & REED

MORIAH & REED’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE First Congregational

Church, Manchester, VT RECEPTION SITE 1811

The evening before their rehearsal dinner, Moriah and Reed recruited friends to help them bake over 100 chocolate chip cookies that doubled as delicious DIY favors. “We were up until 1 a.m., but it was a fun moment we’ll always remember,” Moriah says of the sweet treat.

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House, Manchester, VT

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ashley Sawtelle Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Justin Joslin Wedding Films We Tie The Knots Nora

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FLOWERS Flora by

OFFICIANTS Reverend Dr. Gordon

McClellan; Lori Hanau (groom’s mother) GOWN & CAPE Monique Lhuillier, New York

City

HAIR Michael Max Gierl

Eduardo Martinez

MAKEUP

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Vintage WEDDING RINGS Baron Jewelry EARRINGS Baron Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Dress the Population,

Nordstrom

MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo

Boss; Louis Vuitton

STATIONERY Escort

cards: Whimsy Design Studio; invitations & programs: Lana’s Shop; menu cards: Minted.com RENTALS Rain or Shine Tent and Events Co. CATERING The Equinox; Hound Dogs

Wildflower Cake Boutique

CAKE

MUSIC Silver

Arrow Band HAWKTAIL HOUR Green Mountain Falconry School Zola.com

FAVORS DIY

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Bora Bora

GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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OCTOBER 7

• MEREDITH, NH

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“The thought of spending our wedding day anywhere else was truly never an option to us,” Paige says of marrying on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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THEIR STORY Immediately after getting engaged, Paige Yerry (30 and an account manager) and Christopher (Chris) Liston (29 and works in commercial real estate) knew just where their nuptials would take place. “We both grew up spending our summers at Lake Winnipesaukee, and we’ve created thousands of memories there as a couple,” Paige says of hosting their vows on New Hampshire’s largest lake. The couple’s waterfront wedding was made that much more sentimental with the inclusion of 140 guests, who looked on as Paige and Chris wed under a birch wood arbor draped with fabric. —RS

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Watercolor invitations depicted the picturesque private estate.

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PAIGE & CHRIS

PAIGE & CHRIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

residence, Meredith, NH

PHOTOGRAPHY

Paige accessorized her strapless silk gown with her mother’s cathedral-length veil that was rescued from storage after nearly four decades. “We were nervous about how it would hold up after 38 years, but the veil stood the test of time,” Paige says. “It was in perfect condition.”

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Erika Follansbee Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Ryan Denning Creative

PLANNER Private

Weddings and Events

FLOWERS Lotus

Floral Designs (family friend)

OFFICIANT Paul Cardinal GOWN Romona Keveza,

Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH HAIR &

MAKEUP The Galleria Salon

VEIL Family heirloom

Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING

RINGS The Jewelry Vault EARRINGS Family

heirloom

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale,

Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH MENSWEAR Indochino

Wide Eyes Paper Co. Tent & Event Man Inn & Spa

STATIONERY

RENTALS Lakes Region

CATERING The Common CAKE DIY DESSERTS Flour

Bakery + Cafe; Tatte Bakery and Cafe

MUSIC

Ceremony: Paul Luff; DJ: Matt Perez/Main Event Entertainment Activity Center Williams Sonoma

TRANSPORTATION EKAL REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; HONEYMOON Australia

GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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JUNE 10

• MIDDLETOWN, CT

danielle & mike PHOTOGR APHY BY ALICIA ANN PHOTOGR APHERS

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DANIELLE & MIKE

Danielle donned an embroidered red silk qipao during the Chinese tea ceremony.

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THEIR STORY “The moment we drove up the oak-tree-lined driveway, I was done for,” Danielle Wong (27 and a sales operations analyst) says of venue scouting with now-husband, Mike Cavanaugh (27 and a social worker). The massive Wadsworth Mansion— with its sprawling lawn and stark-white exterior—was a natural fit for the couple’s vision of a Gatsby-inspired garden party. “The venue is surrounded by a state park and it’s tucked away, so it was perfect for us,” Danielle says of the 16,000square-foot estate. —RS

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Bridesmaids wore dusty rose gowns, while Danielle’s reception dress featured blush fabric and layers of Chantilly and alençon lace. Shades of forest green, blush and gold were woven throughout the day’s design, along with signs bearing the couple’s favorite song lyrics and literary quotes. As a sweet way to express their thanks, Danielle and Mike sent partygoers home with locally sourced honey and homemade cookies.

DANIELLE & MIKE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Wadsworth

Mansion, Middletown, CT

PHOTOGRAPHY

Alicia Daw/Alicia Ann Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY StopGoLove

MONTH-OF

COORDINATOR Double G Events

Stems Flower Design

FLOWERS

GOWN Anne Barge,

Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Walnut Creek, CA HAIR &

MAKEUP Simply Gorgeous by Erin

HEADPIECE BHLDN

Mischka; L.K. Bennett

SHOES Badgley ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS James Allen JEWELRY

Heller Jewelers Revelry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY DIY; invitations: The Wedding

Shop by Shutterfly David Alan Catering

RENTALS &

CATERING

CAKE JCakes

MUSIC

Michael Simonetta PHOTO BOOTH Viral Booth FAVORS David Alan Catering; Full Bloom

Apiaries

ACCOMMODATIONS Courtyard

Hartford Cromwell Hotel Williams Sonoma

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Scandinavia

GUESTS 108 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• Friday, Sunday & Winter Weddings Welcome

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After saying “I do” on the steps of city hall, the newlyweds and 120 guests kicked off the celebration with cocktails in the museum’s Avery Court. Dinner was served in Morgan Great Hall among the museum’s European art collection, followed by dancing in the Gengras Courtyard under the stars.

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Photography

FLOWERS Whim Events

OFFICIANT Wildaliz Bermudez (family

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GOWN Theia, The White Dress

by the Shore, Clinton, CT

HAIR &

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SHOES Betsey Johnson

ENGAGEMENT RING Lux Bond & Green WEDDING RINGS Vintage EARRINGS

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MENSWEAR Hugo Boss

STATIONERY Hartford Prints!

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Connecticut Rental Center; Northern Lights; PEAK Event Services Catering

CATERING MRG

CAKE AMOR Plant Based

MUSIC David Allan Rivera

Hartford Prints! The Goodwin

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ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRY Zola.com

GUESTS 120 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Rustic Elegance The Barn at Wight Farm is the picture-perfect choice for a Sturbridge wedding and reception. The Barn offers couples a rustic elegance unmatched in the area. The Barn is a fully renovated post and beam structure hosting receptions up to 175. Our new Alpheus Wight room is ideal for brides seeking a climate controlled on-site ceremony and also offers a rustic feel with a floor recovered from an old New England mill. The Alpheus Wight room is also a great choice for your shower or rehearsal dinner. The Barn and the Alpheus Wight room are set on nearly four acres of manicured grounds in a colonial village setting which includes a patio, fire pit, and gazebo. A spacious bridal suite in The Barn is included with all weddings which provides the bride the opportunity to have special pre-wedding photographs and a beautiful setting to start the most important day of her life. 420 Main Street | Sturbridge, MA 01566 | 774.241.8450 thebarnatwightfarm.com | facebook.com/t3chefs

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THEIR STORY For Lillian Wilson (27 and a broadcast news producer) and Matthew Pascale (35 and a senior hedge fund analyst), a flight delay and significant sleep deprivation set the stage for their meet-cute at the New Orleans airport. “We sat next to each other on a flight home, and two days later, we had our first date,” Lillian says. Two years later, the couple celebrated their union with a lavish destination wedding in Westerly, Rhode Island. “The hotel is a magnificent site that had so much to offer us and our guests, who had traveled from all around the world to be with us,” Lillian says.

Guests journeyed down the rabbit hole in a whimsical Alice in Wonderland–inspired bridal luncheon brought to life by playing card place mats; punchy, painted teapots; and black-and-white checkered accents. “My mom made all of the centerpieces and props, including a wearable model of the Ocean House for those guests who ‘grew’ after drinking a magic potion,” Lillian says.

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THE WELCOME PARTY The festivities kicked off with a spirited, footballthemed welcome party at Weekapaug Golf Club the Thursday before Lillian and Matthew’s “I dos,” where all 175 attendees were asked to sport their team colors. Multihued pom poms and miniature footballs served as playful centerpieces, and partygoers feasted on traditional tailgate fare.

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Bistro lighting, lanterns and Wedgwood-blue silk runners made for a simple yet sophisticated rehearsal dinner overlooking Quonochontaug Pond at the picturesque Weekapaug Inn. Lillian’s printed Monique Lhuillier dress hinted at the theme of the approaching reception, as did her monarch butterfly headband.

THE BEACH BBQ Flip-flop casual was the dress code of choice for the couple’s wedding day barbecue, which took place in lieu of a farewell brunch. “We opted for a lobster and clam luncheon the day of our wedding since our guests’ travel plans were so varied,” Lillian says. In anticipation of the evening’s festivities, over 200 family members and friends gathered on the beach for an afternoon of sun, sand and seafood.

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Outfitted in a breezy silk chiffon ball gown paired with a traditional cathedral-length veil and pearl drop earrings, Lillian married Matthew at the Watch Hill Chapel—a historic church that dates back to 1875. “I loved how I felt when I tried on that dress,” Lillian says of the Carolina Herrera design. “The embroidered flowers and dots remind me of summers spent on the Rhode Island shore.”

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LILLIAN & MATTHEW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Watch Hill Chapel,

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FLOWERS Hana

Floral Design

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an energetic aesthetic to the reception tent, where Swiss dot linens and moss frames bedecked dining tables. “The butterflies were a nod to the fact that Matthew and I met at an airport,” Lillian says.

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THE RECEPTION Thousands of prismatic butterflies and over 60,000 feet of pastel ribbon lent

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Moss LIGHTING & DESIGN Ryan Designs RENTALS La Tavola; PEAK Event Services;

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CATERING Ocean House;

Weekapaug Golf Club; Weekapaug Inn CAKE Ocean House

MUSIC Élan

Artists DANCE LESSONS Fred Astaire Dance Studio & bags: Terry Town

FAVORS Beach towels ACCOMMODATIONS

La Quinta Inns & Suites; Ocean House REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Zola.com HONEYMOON Ireland & Italy GUESTS 216 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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ARDEN & BROCK AUGUST 27 • GRAND LAKE, CO

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The Dallas-based couple chose Grand Lake, Colorado, as a destination because Brock’s family has spent their summers there for five generations. There’s even a waterfall named after his great-great grandfather. With a sunset-pink palette for the ceremony and a nautical-inspired reception, they put together a fun day that never lost its elegance.

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Arden’s look set the tone for their day: The engagement ring, a mine-cut diamond originating from the 1800s, was passed down in Brock’s family, and her blushcolored gown’s versatile styling options allowed for dancing (of which there was plenty). Postceremony, the couple took a lap around the lake on a vintage boat.

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ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE

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One Longfellow Square is a one-of-a-kind venue for one-of-a-kind weddings. An intimate, untraditional setting for your wedding. The space is completely transformable, allowing you to really make it your own and create the wedding experience of your dreams. onelongfellowsquare.com

Everything you need for an unforgettable island wedding is just a mile away. Located on the beautiful island of Great Diamond awaits this breathtaking Oceanside venue. Exquisite food, impeccable views and enough memories to last a lifetime. diamondsedgerestaurantandmarina.com

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Indulge in incredible cuisine and experience impeccable attention to detail at an elegant wedding venue with a team that’s dedicated to making your wedding vision come true. The Westin Wedding Specialist will ensure you are free to focus on the vows you take and the memories you make. westinportlandharborview.com

“The room was set up so gorgeous, the attention to detail from the staff was incredible…60 people and not one had a complaint about anything. Location, Staff, Food, just everything was perfect!!!!” —Danielle P., 2017. Contact Dawn Whittemore for your dream oceanfront wedding. sniYorkHarborME.com

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HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY

The Nonantum Resort is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award for being chosen as The Knot Best of Weddings Pick for five years. This full-service resort is only 90 minutes north of Boston. nonantumresort.com

From Intimate to the Unexpected, Holiday Inn By the Bay Will Host Your Reception on Your Wedding Day

Holiday Inn By the Bay

“From the intimate to the unexpected,” Holiday Inn By the Bay can make your most important day exceptional. An elegant ballroom, superb food and impeccable service will make your wedding a day full of beautiful innbythebay.com H O L I D AYmemories. INN 8 8 S P R I N G S T R E E T P O RT L A N D, M E 0 4 1 0 1 • Largest reception facilities downtown with full-ser vice catering

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CEREMONY SITE A private residence RECEPTION SITE Grand Lake Yacht Club,

Grand Lake, CO During cocktail hour, an oyster shucker roamed among guests. Later, the couple took their first dance to “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, a song they both grew up listening to. “The lyrics are silly but also incredibly romantic,” Arden says. “The intimacy of the evening is something I’ll cherish forever.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel

Havel Photography Films

VIDEOGRAPHY ByDesign

PLANNER Emily Clarke Events

FLOWERS Bows and Arrows

Pastor David Heil

GOWN &

OFFICIANT VEIL Monique

Lhuillier, Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas

HAIR &

MAKEUP Dana Rae Ashburn/Dana Rae Makeup SHOES Tabitha Simmons

WEDDING RINGS

Dallas Auction Gallery JEWELRY Warren Barrón Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo

MENSWEAR Groom: Knot Standard; Neiman

Marcus; groomsmen: Gitman Bros; Knot Standard STATIONERY Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper;

programs, escort cards & menus: The Detail Department; calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher

RENTALS Event Rents; Pink

Monkey Solutions; P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS Epicurean Group MUSIC The Nation

Department Marina

FAVORS The Detail

TRANSPORTATION Grand Lake ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb.com

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; The Ivy House;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Abercrombie

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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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winter dramatic and daring slate, mauve, eggplant, ink

If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move onto a beachfront pavilion or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more.

Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with luxe chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments for them, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this over-the-top, the sky’s truly the limit.

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your event. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a summer camp (or a spot dedicated to adults-only weekends) means

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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2 As you plan, going above and beyond to ensure guests’ comfort is paramount—just because you’re hanging in the woods doesn’t mean everyone wants to rough it. Trust us—no one will feel their party best if you forget the bug spray or they haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in three days. YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A COUNTRY CLUB Book a country club locale to bottle a preppy meets timeless vibe. From immaculately maintained greens to tailored interiors, a country club is a posh and practical choice. Not only will you have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, but country clubs often have the added perk of having everything you need for your wedding day already included (an in-house catering team, tabletop rentals, bar setup, dance floor and so on), so you can dedicate less time to planning the nitty-gritty (must-have) details of your day and more time concentrating on the fun stuff, like coming up with signature sips and fun signs, or ways for you to work in your family’s tartan. You can reinforce the country club feel by hiring an artist to draw up your own couples’ “crest” and put the insignia on everything from cocktail napkins to your dance floor (and use it throughout your home postwedding).

Is the venue near any hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

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These little touches are the key to hosting a truly standout celebration. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY MARY COSTA WEDDINGS

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A dramatic entrance

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WHY First impressions impress. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance of your reception venue. Whatever you choose will set the stage for what’s to come—whether you’re throwing a swanky soiree or rowdy revelry. Let your entrance create excitement for the evening. MAKE IT YOURS Post up a stylish jazz trio at the doorway to your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush statement wall to double as an entry photo booth. Big or small, you want to dream up something that gets your guests energized and ready to keep the celebration going all night long. >>

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disguise these venue eyesores Quick fixes for your décor problems. THE PROBLEM

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Terrible flooring THE FIX First, keep in mind that your dining tables will likely cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question. If it still bothers you, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the space in the same material as your dance floor. Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate backdrop.

An oversize space THE FIX You can up the cozy factor of a sprawling room in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables for dining—they’ll take up more space than round tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more intimate. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work and give guests a spot to chill out.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX If your venue’s chair offering is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. If you can’t justify such a large added expense, make the current style work with a few clever solutions, like picking out a fabric to have sewn into cushions or tasking your florist with creating swags of greenery for the backs.

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Jarring columns THE FIX Disguise any posts with a clever greenery addition. This is a great moment to go big, so ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX Create another world within the room by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) to neutralize the space.

Clashing colors THE FIX Instead of fighting the present palette, embrace it. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your current color scheme with pretty napkins or a seat cushion to make it all coordinate.

THE DAY

Wedding planning can be overwhelming—between the cake tastings, floral appointments and venue tours, it can be hard to remember to also plan for those little moments that make an event feel truly like you and your partner. We’ve rounded up seven can’t-miss details that will leave guests talking about your amazing wedding (and your love story) for weeks to come.

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An escort card display Having all the seating arrangements in one spot will simplify things for your guests (no roaming around the ballroom or playing musical chairs) and ensure your reception starts on time. MAKE IT YOURS Pros and their clients are getting more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the day. Set up a scene of wooden sailboats with guests’ names for your beachside “I dos,” or have your display double as your favors with jars of honey tied with each loved one’s name and table number. >>

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The invitations

Your paper goods are your first chance to introduce your event, so think beyond simply including your color palette. Add a map of the area where you’re getting married, trivia about you and your soon-to-be spouse or even a fun RSVP card.

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The promises you make to your partner are the reason the wedding day is happening, so put your heart into it. If you’re unable to pen your own promises, write something together and have your words printed on the programs.

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Your ride

Customize your wedding wheels by leaving your event in something that speaks to you as a couple, like a vintage city cab, a sleek mint-green Vespa or a stunning sailboat.

Your first dance

Think about your song choice and go for one that really means something to the two of you—but don’t stop there. Your wedding dance can be even more meaningful if you put a little tango into that two-step. Take dance lessons and have an instructor help you choreograph a unique first dance that’ll be a true showstopper.

The menu

Make your meal true to you by serving local cuisine or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries if you were engaged in Paris). As a lasting impression, pass around a personalized treat at the end of the night, like your grandmother’s famous chocolate-chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

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WHY You’ll want to make sure guests can easily find their way from the ceremony to the reception or navigate the grounds on the way to the restrooms, so clear signage is a no-brainer. MAKE IT YOURS Practicality aside, signs are a great way to reinforce the overall vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs. Looking for a modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way is sure to get noticed.

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A posh powder room WHY Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathrooms is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities, like flowers or a lightly scented potpourri, is never a bad thing. MAKE IT YOURS Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the powder room and stock a basket full of necessities (feminine products, mints, deodorant and more) alongside it. Want to go the extra mile? Include a fun personal touch, like a sign, favorite lotion or decal on the mirror that says “Get back on the dance floor!”

Luminous lighting WHY Lighting is one of the most valuable tools you have when it comes to transforming your space. Use it to evoke a certain mood, warm up a cavernous room or give guests a glow in photos. MAKE IT YOURS When deciding how to light your reception, look for styles that suit your overall vibe. Strands of vintage-inspired Edison bulbs would look right at home in an industrial loft space, while candlelit Moroccan lanterns are well suited for a boho bash.

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A beautiful bar Once party time hits, the bar is probably where the majority of your guests will be spending their time (besides the dance floor, of course). Make sure it doesn’t feel like a forgotten moment by dressing it up like the rest of the venue. MAKE IT YOURS Pile on the florals, task a vendor with creating a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of a real watering hole (like a sleek wood bar and high-top tables where guests can perch). If you’re stuck with your venue’s plain style, look into having vinyl stickers made for it, or use a peel-and-stick wallpaper pattern to decorate the facade.

Personal touches You want your wedding to be memorable, right? Well, in a sea of vows and garden roses, it’s the unique, couple-inspired moments that will truly make your day stand out from the crowd. MAKE IT YOURS While you’re planning, dedicate some time brainstorming a few of your favorite things to do as a pair and figure out a way to work them into your wedding day. Love spending Saturday nights playing board games at home? Create an oversize Scrabble board for guests to duel on during cocktail hour. Are you self-described bookworms? Name every drink on your menu for one of your favorite fictional characters. Whatever aspect of your love story you choose to play up, the goal is the same—you want guests to leave your bash exclaiming, “That was so them!” WHY

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Mix up your wedding day sweets with these delicious, creative additions. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CASSIDY CARSON PHOTOGR APHY

Cake is a wedding standby, and for good reason—there’s no dessert more universally appealing (or delicious) than a pretty tiered confection. But more couples are diversifying their wedding day dessert options by accompanying their cake with other creative après-dinner bites. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fresh ideas to inspire your sweet tooth. >>

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Make it mini Shrink the size of something and it’s instantly more appealing— it’s just a fact. Tiny treats are always a big hit with guests, so consider adapting some of your favorite desserts into bitsy bites. Apple hand pies are a great alternative to slicing and dicing a full pie, while mini cupcakes, brownies and even petite doughnuts are all just as delicious as their larger counterparts. Another bonus? The smaller size gives your guests an opportunity (or let’s say, excuse) to sample more of the dessert options on display, guilt free.

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There’s no rule that says you have to douse your guests with sugar at the end of the evening if sweets aren’t your thing. While you should still try and work in a few crowd-pleasers (like chocolatechip cookies), you can also opt to serve up several more savory options with coffee and tea. Create a popcorn bar filled with decadent flavors like cheddar jalapeño or brown butter sage, have your caterers craft up a cheese and jam spread or set out a buffet of artisanal honey for your guests to sample. Cake flavors are getting more creative too, so if your taste buds skew more savory than sweet, see if you can find a baker who will play with unique aromatic flavors like goat cheese, chai or ginger. >>

4 alternatives to a sit-down meal Formal plated dinner service isn’t the only way to feed your guests. Here are four other ways to satisfy everyone.

1 Family style Top tables with main dish platters (think: proteins like fish, chicken or steak) and a slew of scrumptious sides. Guests can pass plates among each other and help themselves.

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European family style Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects and is served their main protein by waitstaff (like at a plated dinner) and only the side dishes are on the table for guests to pass and share.

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Action stations For a meal that feeds and entertains, create a culinary circuit of action stations guests can choose from. Opt for interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, wood-fire pizza, sushi and more.

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Pair bites with booze Dessert service can become a secondary cocktail hour when you marry up your sweet selection with boozy sips. Work with your caterer to devise duos with flavors that pair well, like chocolatechip cookies with Nutella-infused liquor, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts with apple cider old-fashioneds or fruity pops soaked in champagne coupes. Guests will still get a sweet kick at the end of their meal, and the cocktails will keep the party going.

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Get guests up and moving with do-it-yourself sweet stations. Select a few easy-to-customize desserts like sundaes, waffles, s’mores or even a candy bar, then set up tables around your reception where guests can make their own creations. It’s an easy way to keep them entertained throughout your reception—add cute to-go containers and the desserts instantly become a charming favor.

Know your (sweet) stuff by mastering these terms.

Buttercream

A smooth, creamy icing that stays soft so it’s easy to cut through. It can be colored or flavored and is often used to create piping, swags and other borders, or as filling. It’s made from butter, so keep in mind it may melt in high heat or humidity.

Fondant

Ideal for creating intricate accents or an especially smooth exterior, fondant is icing made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that’s then rolled out and draped over a cake or used for detailing.

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Ganache

A sweet, rich chocolate, thicker than mousse but less dense than fudge, it can be used as icing or filling. Because it’s made of chocolate and heavy cream, it will soften in humid weather.

Pillars

Separators used in a tiered cake design. They can be made of plastic or wood in several lengths to achieve the desired look or height.

Piping

A decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details can include leaves, borders, basketweave patterns and lifelike flowers.

Fillings

Flavoring added between the layers of cake. They can be made from flavored buttercream, a ganache or even jams and fruit compotes.

Sugar flowers

Often used in place of real flowers or as a sash on the cake front, sugar flowers are created using food coloring and a sugar syrup that hardens.

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If you and your partner aren’t fond of a traditional cake, work with your baker to dream up an alternative that suits your tastes better. You can easily translate your joint love of Rice Krispies Treats, cinnamon buns or pies into the shape of a tiered cake if you want to have that traditional cake-cutting moment. Most bakers are happy to customize something for you, and the personalized moment will make your reception more unique to the two of you.

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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peony Brides love peonies for their lush, fluffy petals. They stand for love and a happy marriage, the perfect sentiment for the most romantic day ever.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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orchid The symbol for beauty, refinement and fertility, orchids are both a delicate and eye-catching choice.

refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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playful and pretty Use accessible (and inexpensive) dusty miller leaves to add softness and a touch of sage green to any bouquet. Here, they offset a colorful display of pink spray roses, white ranunculus and scabiosa.

Representing happiness and delicacy, dusty miller is a well-loved filler thanks to its sage hue and velvety soft leaves.

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garden rose singular and sweet Gorgeously delicate and available in a range of pretty pink and burgundy shades, astilbe is a great (and inexpensive) stand-alone flower for your bridesmaids to tote down the aisle.

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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Also known as false goat’s beard, it stands for dedication to a loved one, making it totally wedding worthy.

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A perennial favorite thanks to their stunning shape and range of hues, dahlias are packed with a variety of meanings, including strength and grace under pressure.

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dramatic and daring Rich dahlias look right at home alongside other inky, eye-catching buds, like chocolate cosmos and navycentered anemones, which symbolize good luck and protection against evil. >>

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For a combo that’s so you, try an everyday pick, like sunflowers, with an “out there” variety, like orange pincushions or a king protea. Bonus: The spiky tropical stem stands for change and transformation— kind of like going from Miss to Mrs.

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sunflower Standing for adoration and dedication, a bouquet filled with cheery yellow sunflowers practically says your vows for you.

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Shawna Havenga is the floral designer behind The Wild Dahlia. A design fan from a young age, she loves being able to utilize her creativity on a daily basis to help clients design their dream wedding day.

I always ask my couples what feel they’re trying to evoke for their day. For instance, if you’re going for a relaxed environment, I’d shy away from more typically formal elements, like tall centerpieces.

The bridal bouquet is something really personal. Most of them take me over two hours to create, and we set aside only the most beautiful blooms for the bridal bouquet—it’s hard not to use them all.

Consider an alternating table design. You can still create a cohesive look without centerpieces on every table. Just be sure to never skimp on items that will be in photos you frame, like your bouquet.

In 2018, I think we’ll see a lot more earth tones, like taupe and cappuccino hues. The koko loko rose has become increasingly sought after and pairs perfectly with darker hues like plum or berry.

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Transform a space with this floral alternative. Create balloon garlands or suspend an installation above a table for a playful twist on a classic centerpiece.

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Black, navy and gray will always be in style, but guys are stepping out in more fashion-forward alternatives (burgundy, dark green and even dusty mauve) especially when it comes to the jacket. Textures like tweed and herringbone are making their way down the aisle too.

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Signature sips are almost expected, so instead couples are claiming the food. Ask guests to choose from “his” or “hers” entrée options, or name passed hors d’oeuvres. “Food will continue to be the real centerpiece of the reception,” says Annie Lee of Daughter of Design in New York City.

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Want to honor a loved one at your ceremony, or simplify your attendant bouquets? Single flowers are making a comeback—and a statement. Opt for a sculptural stem, like an oversize tropical leaf, or a big-headed bloom, like a peony or dinnerplate dahlia, for maximum effect. >>

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A RETURN TO COLOR “It’s been an era of neutrals but now couples are inspired by jewel tones and are playing with patterns like floral prints,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charleston, South Carolina. Choose a palette that represents the vibe of your wedding celebration and your personalities or tastes.

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THE WEDDING PARTY REIMAGINED

Who says you can only have bridesmaids and groomsmen? Mix up your attendants with bridesmen and groomswomen. Or honor certain relatives in other special ways—flower grandmas anyone?

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PASSED CAKE BITES “Let’s face it: By the time the cake is cut, everyone is on the dance floor—so bring the cake to them,” says Madison Lee of Madison Lee’s Cakes in New York City. Have your baker make a gorgeously decorated, mostly fake cake for the cutting and photo op, plus bite-size pieces to pass as guests get down. >>

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From caps and bells to barely there lace, the bridal fashion runways were filled with sleeved silhouettes. This ultra-flattering trend is sure to upstage the long-standing strapless gown.

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Invite guests to find their seats with an Insta-worthy installation. “It’s a great place to incorporate your shared interests or play up a fun wedding theme,” says Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events in Dallas.

Hire a live artist. “It’s like a photo booth, but better,” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York. The artist will observe guests sipping champagne or catching up with friends, sketch them and then surprise them with a keepsake portrait.

COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS Ditch the seating charts for a standing soiree. By opting for a cocktail-style event, you’re giving everyone more opportunities to mix, mingle and party. Just be sure guests leave as full as if they enjoyed a sit-down dinner, and have a few seating areas sprinkled throughout the room. >>

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THE OTHER FIRST LOOK Your first look with your spouse-to-be is huge—but we bet there’s another VIP in your life (or five besties who stood by your side through months of planning) who might enjoy an official reveal too. Stage a second first look with your mom, dad, bridesmaids—anyone important—and bring your photographer along to capture their priceless reactions.

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PERSONALIZED PAPER When it comes to paper, “opt for the unexpected, like gold foil on deep jewel tones, or play with textures, like leather and suede,” says Heather Balliet of Amorology in San Diego. Illustrations continue to trend as a perfect way to personalize your invitation suite— anything from a monogram to furry friends is fair game.

16 FLAVORFUL CONFECTIONS Step aside vanilla and chocolate— what’s inside the cake is becoming just as important as the design. Flavors and fillings are getting a delicious update—think cookies and cream, confetti or even more exotic pairings like bourbon and whipped mocha. >>

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We love bending the rules, and switching up the order of events keeps guests guessing. Some couples are hosting intimate ceremonies on Friday night and celebrating with a party on Saturday, while others opt for cocktail hour preceremony.

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This budget-friendly stem of little white flowers is having a total renaissance—in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and is well-suited for flower crowns and other small hairpieces.

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Trade a classic altar for a circular design. Stand underneath an arch or be encircled by pampas grass for outdoor “I dos.” This fresh take is rooted in meaning too—circles symbolize eternity.

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Choose your companions wisely Most bridal salons are happy to welcome you and a few guests—but not your entire entourage. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to join your dress shopping journey. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Leslie DeAngelo is the owner of VOWS Bridal Outlet, a bridal shop in Watertown, Massachusetts. The salon carries top designers like Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta.

You should start shopping at least a year before your wedding date. Most designer dresses take four to six months to arrive in-store, plus an additional three to four months for alterations.

Wear nude, seamless underwear and any additional shapewear you plan to use on your wedding day. Bring your shoes (if you have them) to get a feel for your overall look.

Let your consultant guide you. Try on a variety of different styles—even if you don’t think they look that impressive on the hanger. What you end up loving could surprise you— and that’s okay.

If you buy a gown online, be sure to order from an authorized retailer. There are many counterfeit sites that use designer photos but the dresses are poorly made knockoffs that look nothing like the original.

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Bonus: They’re on trend. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket, capelet or dress topper. Some are even designed to look like part of your dress.

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

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Get inspired by the hottest bridesmaid dress colors, silhouettes and fabrics to make sure your girls look—and feel—flawless on your day. BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY K ATIE SHULER PHOTOGR APHY

Once you figure out what you’re wearing down the aisle, it’s time to focus on outfitting your bridal party. Whether you decide to go matchy-matchy, fun and eclectic, or something in between, finding dresses that pair well with the theme, season and location of your wedding (not to mention everyone’s various body types and personalities) can be a challenge. Not sure where to begin? Jump-start your search by reading up on the prettiest new dress styles. Here, eight hot trends to know before your first shopping trip. >>

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Halter necklines This ’90s throwback is back and better than ever. The perfect balance of sultry and modest, a halter-neck bridesmaid dress is a chic way for your girls to show some skin. The mix of a conservative collar and bare shoulders and arms instantly works for any outdoor spring or summer affair. But don’t think this style is just for warmer months; you can also pair it with a wrap or faux-fur bolero once the temperature drops. From left: Jenny Yoo; Jasmine Bridal; David’s Bridal; White Runway

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If lots of shimmer isn’t for you, skip the beading and opt for dresses with lace details instead. This fabric may be a classic bridal staple, but when done in new and unexpected ways, it feels fresh and modern. For a fun take on the mismatched bridal party trend, have your bridesmaids choose dresses with different lace elements (think: lace bodices or lace cap sleeves). Just keep the type of lace the same throughout for an overall cohesive look. >> From left: The Dessy Group; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal; Theia

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High slits Floor-length bridesmaid gowns are taking on an edgier vibe this season with thigh-high slits. Whether in the front or on one or both sides (for the truly daring), this sexy style is the perfect way to show off just the right amount of leg—and a killer pair of heels. To keep this sultry style from going too over the top, opt for dresses with more modest bodices, and skip curve-hugging fabrics like jersey. A flowy chiffon gown works best for casual nuptials, while more structured satin is perfect for a formal ballroom affair. From left: Allure Bridals; The Dessy Group; Jasmine Bridal; Wtoo by Watters

Move over skinny straps—the one-shoulder neckline is the new look of the moment. This versatile silhouette works for every wedding style and dress code. Another plus: It draws the eye upward, creating a slimming effect while flattering the neck and shoulders (what’s not to love about that?). Choose sleek satin for a modern vibe, or go with black for a red-carpet-inspired feel your girls can wear again. >> From left: David’s Bridal; Jenny Yoo; Bari Jay; Watters

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perfect timing Avoid the drama and be prepared with this bridesmaid dress timeline.

5 to 6 months ahead

Once you know the color and style of the dress you want your bridal party to wear, it’s time to start shopping. It takes two to three months for designer dresses to be ordered and delivered—and don’t forget about factoring in alteration time. To simplify the shopping experience, scout dresses ahead of time, so you don’t waste hours trying on lots of options.

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Once the dresses have arrived, alterations can take up to six weeks, depending on the type of changes needed. Remember, the more embellished the dress, the more time it will take to alter, and the more it will cost. If you’re renting dresses, you should start as early as two months out. They may take up to two weeks to arrive, so give yourself a cushion just in case.

1 month ahead

With only a few weeks left, it’s time to start finalizing details. Finish up any final fittings, and make sure you have your girls’ accessories picked out. This includes jewelry, shoes and any headpieces. If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own, give them guidelines (preferred colors, metals and styles) so your crew has a cohesive look in photos.

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Remind your girls to steam and hang up their dresses the night before so they don’t wrinkle en route to your venue. They should also show up with the appropriate undergarments, plus all of their accessories in tow. Put your maid of honor in charge of an emergency kit with safety pins, fashion tape and a handy stain-removing pen in case of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Power red There’s no denying that red is a statement color. You can have all of your ladies don the same red gowns, or take on the mismatched trend with a gradient of shades (we recommend sticking to darker hues for an elegant effect). But before you land on a red dress, it’s important to note that not every shade of this color will work for everyone in your bridal party. For lighter skin tones, opt for jewel hues like cranberry, while darker tones look best in orangey or plum reds. From left: Theia; Allure Bridals; Bari Jay; David’s Bridal

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Allover sparkle You’re the star of the show on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your bridesmaids can’t shine too. Gold sequin bridesmaid dresses have been hot for a while, but gorgeous shades of blue, silver and pink are our new favorites. If you’re throwing an evening wedding, nothing says “glam” like a bridal party decked out in dark navy sequin gowns. For a daytime affair, choose blush, rose gold or copper hues for a romantic feel. Since sequins are quite a statement on their own, it’s best to have your girls pare down their accessories— stick to strappy sandals and simple earrings. From left: The Dessy Group; Wtoo by Watters; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal

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It’s common knowledge engagement rings are pricey. According to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement study, the average ring costs $6,351. While that sparkler is an investment, shopping smart can lower the cost. Read on to get the most bang for your buck—without sacrificing your style. >>

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birthstone directory Find the jewel for your birthday month.

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Try minimalism The more elaborate the setting, the more a ring will cost. “If you’re on a tight budget, look for rings with daintier settings,” says Angela Karaguezian, vice president of Kirk Kara. Less metal means a lower price tag, so opt for a prong setting (which secures the diamond like a tripod above the band) over a bezel one (a metal ring that encircles the sides of the center stone to hold it in place). “If you still want to achieve a more glamorous look, consider design work like hand engravings, scrollwork or milgrain edging over adding extra diamonds,” Karaguezian says.

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Add a halo Don’t fret if your budget won’t allow for the giant diamond you’ve been eyeing. You can actually fake the look of additional carats by choosing a halo setting (a circle of small pavé or micro pavé stones around the center stone). “Halo settings continue to be a popular way to add more sparkle to an engagement ring because they create the illusion of a larger center gemstone,” says Beth Gerstein, cofounder of Brilliant Earth. While adding a halo to your setting will increase the cost of your ring, it’s far less expensive than opting for a larger rock. And, depending on the kind of halo you choose (think: round, square, hexagonal, colorful) it’s also a pretty way to personalize the design. >>

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Go for gold There are plenty of pros when it comes to platinum: It’s an extremely durable, natural white metal, so it won’t change color or fade, and it gives off a gorgeous white shine and silky polish. But all those good qualities unfortunately come with a price. “Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold and more difficult to extract from mines, which makes it more expensive,” says Amanda Winters, spokeswoman at Blue Nile. To get the same fashionable look as platinum, consider a ring with a white gold setting. While white gold is an alloy (read: a mixture of yellow gold and a white metal) and may need to be replated over time, it’s still a beautiful option.

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Get fancy Round diamonds are the most popular diamond for engagement rings, but there are actually lots of other pretty options called “fancy shapes,” a term used to describe every diamond shape that is not classified as round—and choosing one may save you some serious cash. “Fancy shapes typically cost less per carat because there isn’t the same demand for them in the marketplace,” says Sylvie Levine, CEO of Sylvie Collection. If you have your heart set on the look of a round diamond, Levine suggests opting for a similarly shaped cushion, elongated cushion or oval stone.

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Buy shy As you might have heard, shopping for a diamond centers around the “4 Cs”—cut, carat, clarity and color. When it comes to the carat size, you can save a considerable amount of money without dramatically changing the look of a stone by buying a loose stone just shy of a half-carat or a whole-carat weight. “Diamond prices increase disproportionately at the half-carat and whole-carat marks, so try to buy just a little bit shy of these levels,” Winters says. For example, instead of a two-carat diamond, look for a 1.8-carat one. Just a slight difference in carat weight can equal a potential savings of nearly 20 percent—but the difference in the diamond will hardly be noticeable, if at all.

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Find the sweet spot Similar to carat size, as clarity (how “clean” or free of internal inclusions and external blemishes a stone is) grades improve, diamonds go up in price. But the naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for perfection, you won’t see it. “We often advise valueconscious customers to focus on cut grade and color, with clarity as the last consideration,” Gerstein says. For excellent value, choose a near colorless, “eye clean” diamond—it will look perfect to the unaided eye while offering substantial savings.

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Opt for a shallow cut If having a center stone that looks large is more important to you than one with lots of sparkle or a perfect cut grade, choosing specific shallow-cut fancy shapes, like marquise and emerald diamonds, will create the illusion of a larger rock—without the hefty price tag. “These fancy shapes often appear bigger than other diamond shapes, like round or cushion, of equal carat weight,” Gerstein says. “This is because the elongated shape of these stones maximizes surface area, resulting in a larger appearance.” While opting for a shallower cut diamond does mean some light will “leak out” of the sides of the stone, reducing its overall brilliance, you’ll still get a beautiful-looking stone for a much lower price tag.

practically perfect The naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for a perfect clarity grade, you probably won’t see it.

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Shop with your band in mind Adding even a thin diamond eternity band to your stack will create megawatt shine—for a fraction of the cost of a blingedout engagement ring. “We love the idea of mixing a simple solitaire engagement ring with a diamond-accented wedding band,” Gerstein says. “This allows you to save on the engagement ring while adding all the sparkle you need.” Another thought: This may not work if you want to be surprised, but if you and your partner are going to shop for rings together, sometimes you can score a deal if you buy the engagement ring and the wedding band at the same time. You might even be able to get their wedding band as well for—you guessed it—an even bigger discount. >>

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Choose an alternative stone Colorful gems have long been the favored betrothal gift for royal families—we’re all familiar with Kate Middleton’s gorgeous 18-carat oval sapphire and diamond ring. Today, hued stones are even more on trend, catching on with celebs, like Blake Lively, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson, and everyday brides alike. Another bonus of going with a sapphire or other vibrant gem? They tend to be less expensive than diamonds, so you can afford a larger stone. “You can use an alternative center stone and still have diamonds in your setting as a halo or a pavé band—we see it all,” Levine says. “Pick a gem that complements your skin tone or opt for one with a sentimental meaning, like your partner’s birthstone or an heirloom stone.” Each gemstone also has its own special meaning (blue sapphires symbolize loyalty and honesty, while rubies signify passionate love), which is another fun way to personalize your engagement ring. Even if you’re not a fan of colorful gems, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options where this budget tip is concerned. Moissanite, gray sapphires and white topaz all look similar to white diamonds but cost considerably less.

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true colors A huge bonus of going with a sapphire engagement ring or other vibrant stone? They tend to be less expensive than diamonds. Pick a gem that flatters your skin tone or one with a sentimental meaning, like your partner’s birthstone.

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ring insurance 101 In the name of love, insure that precious ring. Here are the essential questions to ask before you choose a policy.

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accidentally or it’s badly damaged— or only if it’s stolen? • How will the company replace the ring? With a check? Will they require you to purchase a replacement through a specified jeweler or can you choose your own?

piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond—and that of a replacement, if needed—be documented? • Is the ring insured to the full cost you paid for it or a fraction of the cost? • Are there any geographical limitations to your coverage?

• How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?

• Are there any circumstances of loss or damage that aren’t covered? (What if your ring flies off at the circus and gets trampled by elephants, for example?) • Is it covered if lost, stolen or damaged while in someone else’s possession?

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When it comes to choosing the right bridal hairstyle, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a hair aficionado, all of those choices might make your head spin (no pun intended). Hiring a professional hairstylist will help take the stress out of getting photo ready on your wedding day. Not only can they help find the perfect style for you, they’ll also handle the hair-related questions you didn’t think to ask, like how to switch up your look for your reception quickly, or how to keep your hair perfectly coiffed once you remove your veil. Below, a foolproof guide to finding, hiring and working with a hair pro.

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Know how to hire Before you hire a stylist, you need to decide a few things: Do you want them to come to you on your wedding day, or would you rather go to the salon? Will they only do your hair or your bridal party’s as well? Do you want them to stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and reception? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depends on your budget and their time limitations. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to hire, put down a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. You should also create a formal contract with your stylist. List everything you expect on the wedding day, including the agreed upon time of arrival, the location, pricing and any other pertinent details like a contingency plan if something comes up. In the event of an emergency, you should also have their cancellation and refund policy in writing. Pro tip: Your hairstylist may also be a helpful resource for other pros you’ll need for your wedding. Don’t forget to ask if they know or work with any makeup artists. Chances are, they’ll have at least one or two awesome recommendations.

Come prepared As experienced as your hairstylist may be, just describing what you want won’t be enough for them to properly execute the style. Bring multiple inspiration images of hairdos you like from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. You can even bring photos of yourself with a look you’d like to re-create—anything that will give them a clear picture of the kind of style you’re after. And while it might be tempting to try a drastically new style for your wedding, choosing a trendier ’do can result in a dated look down the line. Another idea: Wear a shirt with a neckline similar to that of your gown to your trial, since different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Bring along any hair accessories you plan to wear, whether it’s an elaborate headpiece or veil, or at least show your stylist some photos so they know what to expect the day of. >>

match game Your hairstyle should complement, not compete with, your wedding dress. Here are the best dress neckline and hairdo pairings.

Halter

Showcase a high neckline with a style that pulls the hair off your face and shoulders completely, like a classic chignon, boho halo braid or high ballerina bun.

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Whether it’s a twisted low bun, high volume ponytail, or effortless, beachy waves, this versatile neckline will work with virtually any ’do you want to try.

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Sideswept styles, like a Brigitte Bardot–inspired French twist, curly low ponytail or retro finger waves with a deep side part, visually balance an asymmetrical gown.

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This neckline draws the eye up and elongates the neck and torso, so choose a hairstyle that does the same, like long, loose waves or a romantic fishtail braid.

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Dresses that highlight your neck, collarbone and décolletage are more impactful when paired with swept-back hair, like in a tousled half-updo or sleek topknot.

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Document it Once the stylist finishes your requested looks, ask them to snap photos from four different angles: front, back and both sides. That way, you’ll get a 360-degree view of your hair and a better idea of how it will look in your wedding photos. If there’s one particular style you like, ask them to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since your hair trial can take place months before your wedding date, it’s important to take notes and photos so you both remember what worked. When scheduling your trial, consider making your appointment in the morning. You’ll have a better idea of how your hair will hold up throughout the day and how much maintenance it will require once it’s styled.

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Clock it Pulling off great hair on your wedding day comes down to timing. Schedule your appointment too early and your ’do could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but do it too late and you’ll feel rushed. Time your initial hair trial to see how long it takes to get your hair looking perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half hour of leeway on the day of. And schedule your hair appointment for as late in the day as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled for 4 p.m. and your hair takes an hour, make your appointment at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to factor in your bridal party if they’re also having their hair done. We recommend 30 to 45 minutes for each bridesmaid. If you can, look for a stylist who has an assistant or two. The assistants can work on your bridal party at the same time your stylist is getting you aisle ready. This will also cut your prep time in half and ensure no one feels rushed.

Do the ’do When your wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-down shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress once your hair is done and your veil or headpiece (if you’re wearing one) is in place. If your stylist is coming to you, set up a place for them next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so they’ll have easy access to your hair. Make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy. If you start to worry about how the stylist’s vision for your hair is different from your own, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help—that’s why you hired a professional—but you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns. Don’t forget to also ask for upkeep tips. They should let you know how to remove your veil or headpiece without disturbing the rest of your hair, keep your ’do in place while getting down on the dance floor and refresh your look for photo ops throughout the evening.

ask away You’ll want to ask these important questions before booking your hairstylist.

Do you have a portfolio of your work?

See visuals of their past work to get a feel for their style and ability, especially if you have a different or challenging hair texture. Looking through their portfolio will give you a good idea of whether or not the hairstylist can work with your hair type.

Do you have a list of references I can call?

While perusing their portfolio is essential for gauging their expertise, actually speaking with past clients can help you get the inside scoop on things like promptness, attitude and professionalism. If possible, speak with at least two to three references.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them?

Most hairstylists will bring a kit with them containing all of the essentials they may need to style your tresses. But if they won’t, you’ll want to know early on, especially if that’s a deal breaker. If you prefer to use your own tools and products, communicate this with your hairstylist to see if they’re game.

How do you charge— by the hour or per person?

Every hairstylist prices their work a bit differently. Before you sign a contract, have a clear understanding of the packages they offer and what’s included in each one. You’ll also want to know how they would like to be paid. Cash is most popular, but these days, more individual vendors are taking credit cards. Whatever their preference, the more you know about the logistics of paying them, the smoother the day will be.

Will I have to travel to you or do you work on-site?

Why you need to know: Not all hairstylists will work on-site—some may ask you to travel to their salon or studio. You should consider how far the salon is from where you’ll be getting dressed, determine if it will work in your wedding day schedule and build in extra time accordingly. You don’t want to be rushed.

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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a sheer highlighter is perfect for spring

Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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sugar-coated style A glaze of allover beading gives a classic tea-length dress a glam update. Dress, price upon request, Naeem Khan, MarkIngramAtelier .com; engagement ring, $2,750 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $5,873, tanzanite bracelet, $855, EffyJewelry .com; tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $945, Paul Andrew, MatchesFashion.com

couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at L’Êlite, Lelite.com (Boston); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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cotton candy crush Pastel embroidery plus a two-piece silhouette is both dreamy and totally on trend. Dress, price upon request, MiraZwillinger .com; engagement ring, $65,000, MarisaPerry.com; earrings, $2,310, Anabela Chan.com; cocktail ring, $68,000, EricaCourtney .com; pouf seats, $99 each, DylansCandyBar.com

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opposite A cape and killer heels lend a sophisticated touch to a playful polka dot number. Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at L’élite, Lelite .com (Boston), Madeleine’s Daughter, Madeleines Daughter.com (Portsmouth, NH); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; pearl ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at Blush Bridal & Formal, BlushBridalFormal.com (Portland, ME), The Bridal Garden, BridalGardenRI.net (East Greenwich, RI), Cristina’s, CristinasBridal .com (Andover, MA); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at Allegria Bridal, AllegriaBridal.com (Belmont, MA), La Reine Bridal, LaReineBride.com (Waltham, MA), EstĂŠe Bridal, EsteeBridal.com (East Greenwich, RI); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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conversation hearts Get people talking in a frothy dress embellished with giant hearts. Dress, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; morganite engagement ring, $1,610, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $125 each, JenniferFisherJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $1,540, SheBee, Swoonery.com

delicious details opposite Bows are a bridal staple, but oversize ones feel fresh. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at L’Êlite, Lelite.com (Boston); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry .com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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You’ve said yes—so now what? Kick off your trip to the altar with these tasks. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY LUXE PHOTOGR APHY

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, something sparkly on your finger, and you and your partner are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your planning journey with these items and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Remind yourself there’s still a wedding to enjoy

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Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event. Try to create a different mood for your engagement party while maintaining a style that’s true to you and your partner. You won’t want to force a casual cookout if you (and your guests) favor formal parties, and vice versa.

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find your “I do” locale

Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

Map out your budget While it’s not the most fun conversation, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods to make up for it). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

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3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here are the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

5 While cleaning

Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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the new (and old) etiquette rules The look of weddings may have changed a lot over the years, but proper etiquette never goes out of style. Here, all the ways you need to mind your matrimonial manners on your way to the altar. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY BURCU AVSAR

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Whether it’s about dishing out plus-ones or hunting down missing RSVPs, there are tons of hidden etiquette rules you should follow while on your planning journey. We’ve simplified every scenario to keep your next few months drama-free.

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Cutting your invite list is a common planning pain point—follow this guide to help condense your head count (and minimize stress).

Make an A-list and B-list

You’re probably bursting at the seams to share your engagement with the world. While a social media post may be the most efficient and far-reaching way to get the news out, it’s not the most personal. Before you hit “publish,” make sure you and your partner have told everyone in your inner circle. You likely already have a good idea as to who would appreciate to hear the news directly, but as a rule of thumb, your parents, grandparents, siblings and close friends should all be clued in before your ring hits Instagram.

Your A-list consists of the must-have invites you can’t imagine not being at your wedding, like family members and close friends. Anyone not essential should be added to the B-list. These are people you’d enjoy having at your wedding but who cannot be extended an invite in the first round. If you start getting RSVPs and it turns out you have enough “regrets,” then start sending invites to your B-list in order of importance.

Keep the ring details private

If neither you nor your spouse has ever spoken to, met or heard a person’s name before, don’t invite them. Second, leave out anyone neither of you has spoken to in three or more years. Finally, if there’s anyone on your list who’s only included because you feel guilty, cut them.

Posting a ring selfie is totally fine, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty details of your new accessory, keep those to yourself. It’s in poor taste to boast about the size of your stone or how much your fiancé spent—or worse, comment on your dissatisfaction with the chosen bauble. Share a few pictures, but if anyone inquires as to how much it cost or the carat size, politely change the topic.

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pick paper A tangible paper invitation is so much more special and exciting for your guests to open in today’s tech-based world. If there’s one occasion that calls for a splurge, it’s a wedding.

Send out traditional invites It’s fine if you and your partner would rather send out digital mailings for any of your prewedding festivities (like an engagement party or shower), but when it comes to the main event, paper invitations are a must. In today’s tech-based world, your guests are likely inundated with hundreds of emails each week, so your virtual wedding invite could easily get lost in the shuffle of a packed inbox. Plus, a tangible paper invitation is much more special and exciting for your guests to open—if there’s one occasion that calls for a splurge, your wedding is surely it. But with so many options out there these days, choosing to go with paper wedding invitations doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. From one-click stationery sites to custom, hand-painted suites, there’s a paper solution out there for every couple and every budget. >>

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Set cutting rules (and stick to them)

Go adults only

Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding, whether it’s a budget issue or more a matter of atmosphere. Just be careful to not make exceptions and allow family or close friends bring their kids to the reception while others can’t. Guests might get offended if it looks like you selected which children to invite.

Exclude coworkers

Even if you’re close to your colleagues, you might consider cutting them from the list if you’re in a pinch. The easiest way to avoid a headache is to not invite any at all, but if you’re close to just a few of your coworkers (you socialize outside the office and regularly text or call them) and everyone knows it, it’s fine to invite them. Just don’t hand them their invites at work.

Be firm about plus-ones

You should offer plus-ones to anyone who’s married, engaged, living together or in a long-term, committed relationship. Extending a plus-one to everyone in your wedding party is a courteous move they’ll definitely appreciate. Guests who are casually dating, coworkers or single friends whom you’re not especially close to (and will know other guests) don’t require a plus-one.

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Invite (and respond) in a timely manner You’ll want to give loved ones ample time to plan for your day, so be conscious of sending out both your save-the-dates and invitations in a timely manner. Send your save-the-dates out between six to eight months ahead of time, giving guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make any necessary travel arrangements. As for invitations, they traditionally go out six to eight weeks before your wedding. If you’re a guest at upcoming nuptials, pay the couple the same respect and send in your RSVP in a timely manner (preferably a few days before the “RSVP by” date). Be sure to answer any prompts on the reply card (like what you’d like to eat) and refrain from texting or emailing the couple about whether or not you’ll be attending. The RSVP cards are there for a reason.

You’re bound to ruffle a few feathers in your planning journey, but make life a bit easier by coming up with some hard-and-fast rules to apply to all guests, no matter the circumstances. If you’ve decided on an adults-only bash, don’t make an exception for the children of one or two close friends—other guests will notice and end up feeling like you singled them out on purpose. The same concept goes toward plus-ones. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most will understand that the absence of “and Guest” or another name on the invite means they don’t have a plus-one, but if they send back an RSVP for two, call and explain that due to budget and/or space constraints, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest.

Create a reasonable registry Gifting is a huge part of the to-be-wed experience (trust us, your guests want to buy you things!), but it can also come with its fair share of uncomfortable moments. You’ll want to set up your registry pretty soon after you’re engaged, especially if you’re planning on having an engagement party. As you get closer to your wedding, check back in on your list and update it periodically to ensure it’s stocked with enough options to suit different price points. It’s good to have a healthy mix of items in the $100, $50 and under categories, as well as a few splurge pieces for those guests who really want to treat you.

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out-of-the-box activities for out-of-town guests Keep family and friends entertained all weekend long with these fun ideas.

Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the surrounding city while there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour to some of the town’s best landmarks. Whether it’s a coastal boat trip, bike ride or walking tour, a unique experience will have them loving your destination as much as you do.

Treat guests to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local restaurant or café if it offers cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun during your wedding weekend. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene, and a good meal is almost always guaranteed to bring about conversation.

Host a cookie and coffee reception

Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception after dinner for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for mingling and catching up with everyone before the wedding.

Plan a postwedding good-bye brunch

Extend the celebration one more day and bid guests adieu with a morning-after brunch. They’ll appreciate a hearty meal before hitting the road, and it gives you a chance to connect with anyone you didn’t get to spend time with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans (and serve lots of coffee!).

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

Pick your top three areas of importance (like your gown, catering, and flowers) and allocate a little extra money toward them. Likewise, choose the three things that come lowest on your priority list, and budget accordingly.

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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Emily Starr Alfano is the founder and creative director of mStarr Design, a boutique studio specializing in creative direction, design and styling services for events and other projects.

The most important thing is you feel comfortable with your planner. They need to be someone you can bounce ideas off of and share concerns with and feel they’ll be received well.

Turn to your planner to recommend vendors and services that are going to fit your budget and aesthetic. Trust that they’ll introduce you to the right people and streamline the hiring process for you.

It’s the little nuances that make a wedding feel extra special and meaningful, like baking-inspired favors for a pastry chef bride or “Christmas cracker” escort cards to honor a groom’s tradition.

I love taking the time to reveal the reception space to our couples before the night starts. Months of planning and trust go into this one day, and seeing the look on everyone’s faces makes me so happy.

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Gather inspiration The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one—just get inspired! Spend some time pouring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avant garde French movie posters. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The off-the-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what you like photo-wise, the easier it will be for you to identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

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Decide on a “feeling” When you’ve figured out what inspires you, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner, and how you envision your album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has their heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-the-wall images that bottle a moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp and contrast-y editorials of a blogger, then you might want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the dramatic. >>

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Now’s the time to hit the web to find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers in your area and price range, then peruse their online portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’re a good fit. How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out the reviews of past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio. Be sure to spend some time chatting and getting to know each other on a personal and professional level. You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you’ll want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotionally intimate moments.

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To get the most out of your photography investment, consider several points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services—including full day-of coverage, digital proofs, second shooters, tangible prints and gorgeously assembled albums—and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the details. Present your photographer with your budget and see how far it will take you. The number of hours they spend at an event or shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now’s also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. >>

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Ask about any additional fees that could accrue, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date so you know exactly when to expect your shots.

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Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your day-of timeline, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (such as a picture with each of your bridesmaids or the flower girl) and let them do their thing. Ahead of the wedding is also the perfect time to give them a heads up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents, a grandmother that needs to remain sitting for portraits, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding day published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer ahead of time. This way, they can put some extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding aesthetic truly stand out in the photos.

Be relaxed and ready You’ve put a lot of work into finding the right photographer so, like with all your pros, put your faith in them come the wedding day. In the week leading up to your wedding, confirm all the important details (your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner), then chill out. It’s time for you and your partner to enjoy yourselves and get married. F I N D YO U R P H O T O G R A P H E R AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Inclement weather, unforeseen natural disasters, a flaky pro or major damage to your venue— you just can’t plan for some wedding day troubles. Here’s what to do if disaster strikes your day, and how to protect against it from the start. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY

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No one wants to imagine something going wrong at their wedding they’ve spent months planning, but the fact of the matter is, it can happen. Whether your area has been hit by raging wildfires or your dream venue unexpectedly goes out of business, you and your fiancé will want to do all you can to protect your investment. Prep ahead of time with our wedding insurance primer and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

Wedding insurance 101 Just like you’d insure your car or home, a wedding is something you’ll be putting a lot of money toward—and, therefore, something you should insure in case of any incidents beyond your control. Having wedding insurance can protect you against everything, including a lost dress on the way to your destination wedding, a major hurricane that unexpectedly destroys key parts of your venue, or a baker who suddenly gets sick and can’t fulfill their duties. In addition to insurance covering your and your partner’s investment in your wedding day (and setting your mind at ease), it can also sometimes be deemed a legal necessity by the venue you choose. Many locations are already self-insured, but may require couples to take out an additional liability insurance policy (in case there’s a medical emergency or damage occurs during your wedding) to rent the space for their event. Before signing on the dotted line, ask your venue (or any major vendors) if insurance is required—and plan accordingly.

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prep ahead Wherever you opt to get your insurance from, go into the conversation armed with essential information, like your budget, approximate guest count and venue. This way, you can obtain a quick and accurate quote for coverage.

How to shop Consider several key things when seeking out your day-of coverage. First, look for a company that’s well versed in offering true wedding day insurance. The more familiar they are with to-be-weds, the more likely they can help you choose a comprehensive package that leaves you without worry. Wedding-centric companies, like WedSafe, cater specifically to couples on their way to the altar and have policies like cancellation insurance that protect against occurrences like a sudden illness or vendor bankruptcy. If you already have an insurance policy on your home or physical property through a company like Allstate, you could also add wedding insurance via a rider or additional liability policy. No matter where you opt to insure, go into talks armed with a general idea of your budget, guest count and venue so you can obtain a quick and accurate quote. Policies can start as low as $200, so it’s an easy (and affordable) way to safeguard all the time, energy and, yes, money you’ve put into your day. >>

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What can it cover? Before purchasing a policy, check in with each of the outside companies you’ve hired for your day to see how well they’re covered. Ask your vendors for a copy of their policy, then work with an insurance pro to figure out where you aren’t fully covered or where you’d like to expand your coverage. A few common scenarios that wedding insurance often encompasses include: SITE OR VENUE MISHAPS Cover the cost from an unavoidable cancellation, such as damage or inaccessibility to the ceremony or reception site. If your venue is unable to honor your booking because it has experienced a fire, a power outage or just closed down, you’ll want to know your investment is covered. INCLEMENT WEATHER The majority of policies protect against

VENDOR NO -SHOWS You trust your team of experts—and that’s essential—but life happens, and if an integral vendor (think: your caterer or officiant) fails to show up, wedding insurance can cover the cancellation or postponement of the wedding for this reason. Couples can also take out supplemental policies to defend against various other vendor-related “damages” that may occur, such as the loss of original photography negatives before delivery. GIFTS Whether they’re mailed to your home or handed to you at your shower or on your wedding day, valuable items like gifts (hello, KitchenAid mixer!) are something you may want to consider insuring. Gift coverage pays to repair or replace nonmonetary gifts that are lost, stolen or damaged, with a few stipulations. A police report is usually required to make a claim on any stolen gifts, and the damage or theft in question generally has to have taken place within a limited time period before or after the wedding in order to be covered (so your shower six months before may not count). AT TIRE Coverage on your wedding attire pays to repair or replace your gown, suit or other special items when they are in your possession and are lost, stolen or damaged. Special attire usually includes clothing and accessories bought or rented that the couple and their attendants wear at the ceremony. You can also look into insuring your wedding bands and engagement ring, if you haven’t done so already. (Hint: You should do that ASAP!)

Prep beyond insurance coverage Electing to have insurance coverage is a huge step toward a safe and secure wedding day, but it’s smart have a few “doomsday” procedures in the back of your mind just in case disaster (man made or nature made) strikes. First and foremost, you should always have a good handle on every wedding-related contract you’ve signed. Keep them all at the ready so you can reference them at a moment’s notice if necessary. The fine print will lend insight into stipulations like whether your venue is allowed to reschedule your day with little-to-no notice, or if your photographer is required to provide you with a backup vendor in the case of a cancellation. If you’re afraid Mother Nature may rear her ugly head and force the cancellation of your wedding day, save yourself the headache of answering 100 phone calls from guests and designate a phone number your “wedding weather hotline” for the weekend. That way, you can keep guests up-to-date on the wedding plans via voice mail message. Send out a mass email to your guests letting them know they can call that number at any time over the weekend for info on the wedding plans. Lastly, if you haven’t already, consider hiring a planner (or at least day-of coordinator) to act as your human insurance policy. While they can’t provide you monetary coverage, their expertise in any and every type of wedding situation is invaluable, and they’ll often be able to solve problems big and small without you even knowing (or worrying) about them in the weeks leading up to your day.

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FANCY FLATWARE Sterling silver is a family-heirloom-worthy splurge. 18th Century sterling silver flatware, -piece setting, Reed & Barton, $850 for 5-piece BedBathandBeyond.com

HOME BREW Your morning cup of joe

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SWEET DREAMS Sleep Number’s newest mattress model boasts updated SleepIQ technology, which adjusts your mattress position, firmness and temperature for a dreamy night’s sleep. Sleep Number 360 i7 smart bed, from $3,299 for queen, SleepNumber.com

SMART ASSISTANT Your favorite household helper, Alexa, just got a visual upgrade. Echo’s latest version touts additional screen-savvy features like recipe browsing, video calls, camera monitoring and more. Just say the word.

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GUARD GADGET Fit this smart lock over your existing dead bolt and control your door via a smartphone, Amazon Echo and more. You can even grant virtual keys to guests, and an activity log tracks who’s coming and going. Smart lock, $229, August.com

PICTURE PERFECT A modern aesthetic makes this digital frame one you won’t be embarrassed to display. Bonus: It holds unlimited photos and will create and update albums of people and places you shoot most frequently. Digital photo frame in Ivory/Rose Gold, $399, AuraFrames.com >>

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HOUSE WARMING Live a bit greener with help from this thermostat. It studies your home life, then adapts temps to reflect common habits, like turning the heat down when you leave for work. Learning thermostat, $249, Nest.com STANDOUT SCREEN Paper thin and with picture quality you have to see to believe, this television is a total splurge gift that sports fans and Netflix addicts can both agree on. LG Signature OLED TV W-4K HDR Smart TV, from $8,000, LG.com

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CHORE TRIMMER Bid farewell to weekends spent mowing the lawn. RoboMow gets the job done for you and avoids destroying your garden beds along the way. Which is more than you can say, right?

CLEVER COOKER Try your hand at the new “it” way of home cooking with this sleek, smartphonesynced sous vide tool. It will make dishes like steak and creme brulee perfectly every time.

RS622 mower, $2,199, RoboMow.com

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LET IT GLOW Translucent capiz shells give these candleholders a romantic, intimate light. Scalloped capiz hurricane pillars, from $88 each, SerenaandLily.com

CHEESE, PLEASE Hosting a wine and cheese night for your wedding party? Break out this pretty marble board for a restaurantworthy presentation. Scalloped marble serving board, $108, ShopTerrain.com TIP YOUR GLASS These double old-fashioned glasses make for an especially stylish happy hour. They’re dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze.

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PICNIC ESSENTIAL Use these customizable cornhole boards at your outdoor reception. Then, break them out later in your backyard. Cornhole set, $229, Dash and Ash, DenyDesign.com

RETRO TOUCH Spin tunes like your parents did with this record player, which has built-in shock-absorbent feet in case the dance party gets rowdy. C10 turntable, $430, CrosleyRadio.com

PARKING LOT HERO Achieve tailgate master status with this cult favorite cooler, which has plenty of space for beverages and food. It will keep everything cold until the final touchdown and beyond. STATEMENT VASE This glass-and-copper vessel will make even grocery store blooms stand out.

Tundra 45 cooler, $350, Yeti.com >>

Tank vase, $135, Tom Dixon, JungLeeNY.com

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DO-IT-ALL CART Channel your inner Don Draper with a tiered gilded bar cart that gives any spirit top-shelf status. Terrace bar cart, $399, WestElm.com STYLISH SERVER This oversize bowl is the perfect place to display fresh fruit or serve up an impressive pasta salad to guests.

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LIGHT THE FLAME Cuddles come easy alongside this cozy portable fire pit. It’s equipped with a sizable copper bowl, where you can burn wood or charcoal—perfect for roasting s’mores.

PREPPY POUR Mix up predinner cocktails for two in style with this timeless nickel-plated and embossed saddle leather cocktail shaker.

Crimson copper charcoal fire pit, $270, BirchLane.com

Cantwell cocktail shaker, $350, RalphLauren.com

DECADENT DECANTER Pour your favorite spirit into this art-deco-inspired piece to class up cocktail hour. Ford decanter, $35, CB2.com INITIAL IMPRESSION Show off your new monogram on this acacia wood tray.

NAMESAKE NAPKINS These linen cocktail napkins come embroidered with your initials in cool thread colors. They’re the ideal housewarming gift—to yourselves.

Striped square wood tray, $69, MarkandGraham.com

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SOFT SHEETS Minimalistic and modern, these simple banded sheets (made from 100 percent organic cotton) are bound to become a bedroom staple. Banded sheet set in White/Shore, $250 for queen, BollandBranch.com

BLOOMING ACCENT Add a pop of pattern with a watercolor floral throw pillow. CHIC TOSS This cozy throw has a subtle herringbone weave and is a perfect accent to your bedroom’s chill vibe.

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SCENT-SATIONAL The key to getting a good eight hours may be in this essential oil diffuser. Add it to your bedroom to diffuse a relaxing oil blend and fall asleep to its built-in sound machine. Aria ultrasonic diffuser, $297, YoungLiving.com BATH TIME Plush doesn’t even begin to describe these iconic towels from Matouk. Paola bath towel, $89, Matouk.com

SPRITZ THIS Keep everything, from clothing to bedding, smelling fresh (like clean laundry, to be exact) with this refreshing fabric mist. Classic linen spray, $16, TheLaundress.com

GET SOME SHUT-EYE Personalized sleep masks are a charmingly cheeky way to get some shut-eye. Bonus: The kit comes with ear plugs in case your sweetie happens to be a snorer. Mr. Jet Set travel kit, $58 each, JonathanAdler.com >>

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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)

Maine Marriage License Requirements

WHERE TO APPLY 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.

Kennebec County

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.

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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.

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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make it known New England Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting.

Boston GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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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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New Hampshire GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

FEE

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

Manchester Union Leader

Concord Monitor

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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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the 228 in sterling

228 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA (978) 563-9228 | The228inSterling.com We offer a formal indoor gathering 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. capacity 230 | price $$$

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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 $$

avenir (formerly raffael’s of walpole)

1601 Main Street, Walpole, MA (781) 784-2400 SaphireEventGroup.com This spacious venue features a luxurious domed ballroom, opulent chandeliers, outdoor ceremony space and a large dance floor that can accommodate up to 350 guests. Your guests will enjoy the view of the surrounding woodlands with all the benefits of an indoor space in our windowed cocktail terrace. capacity 350 | price $$

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 an unmatched rustic elegance— quickly becoming one of the area’s hottest choices for picturesque weddings. The Barn has beautifully landscaped grounds and a private bridal suite. Our new Alpheus Wight room is also available for on-site climatecontrolled ceremonies and functions. capacity 175 | price $$

battery wharf hotel boston waterfront

Boston, MA (617) 994-9008 BatteryWharfHotelBoston.com Exchange your vows oceanside on the Harborwalk. Our brand new Harborview Ballroom features floorto-ceiling windows and a private balcony overlooking Boston Harbor. Contact our wedding specialist today! capacity 150 | price $$$

85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, NH (603) 362-8700 | AtkinsonResort.com This elegant facility features wedding suites, reception rooms with outdoor terrace and beautifully landscaped gardens for on-site ceremonies and formal photos. Weddings intimate to grand include on-site event planning services. The resort features guest rooms, golf courses, restaurants and a golf academy. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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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 $$$

beechwood hotel

363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5789 BeechwoodHotel.com Happily ever after starts at the Beechwood Hotel— the only AAA Four-Diamond boutique property in central Massachusetts. With breathtaking settings, world-class cuisine, distinguished hospitality, luxury accommodations and 8,000-plus square feet of event space, your day will be magically orchestrated. 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 $$

black swan country club

258 Andover Street, Georgetown, MA (978) 352-7926 | events@blackswancountryclub.com BlackSwanCountryClub.com Our reputation for consistency and excellence will dazzle and delight you. Nestled in a traditional New England setting with the ambiance of a luxurious country club, we offer two ballrooms accommodating 50 to 350 guests with walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, huge dance floors and outdoor balconies. capacity 350 | price $$

the bayside of nahant

One Range Road, Nahant, MA (781) 592-3080 | info@baysidefunctions.com 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 $$

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beauport hospitality group

Gloucester, MA (978) 282-9700 | BeauportHospitality.com Enjoy a new level of hospitality on the water, on the beach or on the harbor. Our award-winning venues, Beauport Cruiselines, Beauport Hotel Gloucester and Cruiseport Gloucester, are the perfect spot for your dream wedding. capacity 300 | 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 has to offer. Create your dream wedding with us. capacity 350 | price $$$

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”

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boston park plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington St., Boston, MA (617) 457-2281 BostonParkPlaza.com Celebrate your love in Boston’s most beloved iconic ballroom. Your special day deserves an equally special backdrop—an enchanting setting that will transform your wedding into an unforgettable occasion. Whether your party is intimate or grandiose, we attend to all your needs—every step down the aisle. capacity 300+ | 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 $$$

boylston rooms

122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA (413) 548-4852 | BoylstonRooms.com The Boylston Rooms has two venues seating up to 175 and 300 guests, with an outdoor patio, private bridal suite and an amazing vista for photos or an outdoor ceremony.

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brookmeadow country club

100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA (781) 828-4444 | 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, Brookmeadow can accommodate your every desire. capacity 230 | price $$

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 $$

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

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and natural beauty. Our Grand Ballroom is perfect for events ranging from 100-280 guests. capacity 280 | price $$$

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, The Charles Hotel is an ideal wedding location. Our team masterfully manages your day, allowing you to relax and revel in the moment.

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 $$$

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 500 | price $$

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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 | sales@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 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

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

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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 $$$

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 50 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 Our two customized wedding packages offer 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 Bella Vista, Chapel and The Chalet at Grand View.

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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 $$

harrington farm

178 Westminster Road, Princeton, MA

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(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 $$$

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 can accommodate a small intimate affair of 20 guests to an extravagant celebration of up to 500 guests. capacity 400+ | price $$

the haven country club

369 Cross Street, Boylston, MA (508) 869-2000 | TheHavenCountryClub.com A wedding at The Haven is both romantic and festive. The beautiful, carefully tended grounds provide an inspiring backdrop, while the warm and capable service of our expert staff ensures that it all runs like clockwork. Impress your guests with a customized menu prepared by our award-winning culinary team. capacity 250 | price $$$

hawthorne hotel on the common

Salem, MA (978) 825-4358 | HawthorneHotel.com At the Hawthorne Hotel, we have been helping brides fulfill their dreams with beautiful weddings since 1925. capacity 200 | price $$

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 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 $$

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 $$$

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 pièce—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, Foxborough, MA (508) 543-9099 LakeviewPavilion.com Experience our strikingly modern flair in a New England natural setting with waterfront views. With our meticulous attention to detail, cutting-edge cuisine and flawless service, Lakeview is sure to exceed all of your expectations! capacity 500 | price $$

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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 is the true essence of New Hampshire elegance. The pastoral setting creates an idyllic wedding venue. Spectacular perennial gardens surround the private estate, stunning event barn and covered pavilion. Couples have the flexibility to craft their own unique event. Schedule your tour today! capacity 200 | price $$

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Six Billings Street, Randolph, MA (781) 986-5000 | info@lombardos.com Lombardos.com The new Lombardo’s, with redesigned ballrooms, elegant lighting options and gorgeous furnishings. The best wedding packages in the Boston area just got better! Owned and operated by the Lombardo family since 1963. Check out Francesca’s wedding blog: Lombardos.com/francesca. capacity 400+ | price $$

manchester country club

Bedford, NH (603) 624-4096 ManchesterCountryClub.com We’ve been celebrating the greatest love stories since we opened our doors in 1923. It’s easy to say that we love love and care that your wedding day is the most special day of your life. Learn how our modern Great Room and outdoor space can be your unique wedding destination. capacity 260 | price $$$

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. capacity 350 | 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 of the Atlantic Ocean fulfill the ultimate outdoor wedding dream. capacity 200 | 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. capacity 300 | price $$$

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 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 $$$

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 $$$

newport harbor hotel & marina

49 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI (401) 847-9000 NewportHotel.com The Marina Lawn and deck will provide serene views of Newport Harbor and our marina. Incredible sunsets are the perfect backdrop for a seriously casual, laidback wedding, welcome reception or rehearsal dinner. Our refreshed guestrooms and harborside Saltwater restaurant add to our unbeatable location. capacity 150 | 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 $$$

osteria posto

99 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA (781) 622-1400 | OsteriaPosto.com Chef Joe Cassinelli of the Alpine Restaurant Group introduces Waltham’s premier event space, an expertly designed venue featuring chef-inspired, seasonal Italian classics and signature cocktails. capacity 150 | 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. capacity 300 | price $$$

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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 $$

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 $$$

the red barn at outlook farm

310 Portland Street, South Berwick, ME (207) 384-1010 | OutlookWeddings.com Authentic, barn-style post-and-beam construction, a grand entrance, working fireplaces, chandeliers, cozy sitting areas, an outdoor veranda and a wet bar are just a few of the unique features to be enjoyed inside the new Red Barn. capacity 200 | price $$$

the ridge club

70 Country Club Road, Sandwich, MA (508) 428-6800 | events@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 160 | 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 $$$

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225 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978) 619-1115 romalley@salemwaterfronthotel.com SalemWaterfrontHotel.com We’re dedicated and excited to make your wedding day the perfect beginning to your new chapter together! At your service, we provide personal, imaginative and discreet planning, flawlessly executed. Experience perfection on Pickering Wharf for your wedding day! 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.

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!

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!

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 $$$

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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 $$

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taj boston

15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA (617) 536-5700 | taj.boston@tajhotels.com TheTajBoston.com Featuring tradition, style and award-winning service, Taj Boston considers every detail, ensuring that your special day is even more spectacular than you imagined. Begin your life together at the city’s most prestigious address overlooking the Public Garden on the corner of Newbury and Arlington streets.

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 $$

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 | 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 $$

tupper manor at the wylie inn and conference center

295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (781) 867-1955 | info@wyliecenter.com TupperManor.com 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

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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 café. The dining room opens to wraparound decks and a stairway that leads to the boardwalk—a very romantic setting!

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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.

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warwick country club

394 Narragansett Bay Avenue, Warwick, RI (401) 739-0550 | WarwickCC.com Warwick Country Club is located on picturesque Narragansett Bay. Extraordinary weddings don’t just happen, they are planned. From the smallest details to the grandest event, imagine the possibilities and the lasting impressions we will build your dreams around. 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.

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 $$$

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 $$$

zukas hilltop barn

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 $$

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wedgewood pines country club

215 Harvard Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-1790 | trish@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 $$$

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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.

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!

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.

just desserts

1 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA (508) 807-0387 | justdessertsll@yahoo.com JustDessertsCafe.net Your special day should be filled with love, happiness and really delicious cake! It’s the rock every good marriage is built upon. Give us a call to schedule a tasting and get ready to be astonished at our super low pricing.

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!

mia’s catering

South Shore, MA (844) 400-0311 MiasCatering.net From start to finish, our experienced team provides your guests with delicious food and impeccable service. Our talented chefs offer a variety of stationary displays, hors d’oeuvres, buffets, plated dinners and desserts to enjoy on your special day!

montilio’s baking company

Serving New England (508) 894-8855 EXT. 210 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.

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 The charm of an old country barn coupled with modern amenities.  Located on eight pastoral acres. The whole property is for your exclusive use, inside and out.  Close to everywhere in central New England.  We welcome your visit and custom requests.  228 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA 01564  Located on Rte. 12 off I-190, exit 6 INQUIRIES: EVENTS@THE228INSTERLING

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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.

reflect your personality and vision. Personal service and attention to detail ensure eye-catching and distinctive wedding flowers.

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.

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flou(-e)r

Serving Metro Boston and Beyond (781) 305-3322 | info@myflouer.com MyFlouer.com Flou(-e)r is a forward-thinking specialty floral design company, fusing imagination and innovation to create unique designs for the discerning client who seeks a truly personalized floral experience. We design an experience with all the textures, colors and beauty to fully express your vision.

heritage flowers inc.

237 Main Street, Lakeville, MA (508) 946-1544 | flowersbyheritage@yahoo.com FlowersByHeritage.com We do custom weddings, invitations and favors.

jn floral design

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

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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 under new ownership as of 2010 and continues to offer brides fabulous styles for every budget. Please call to make an appointment with one of our style consultants.

bella bridal shoppe

New England (617) 610-4917 | BSGFlorals.com From field to vase, Julie is a farmer-florist bringing her beautiful flowers from her organically managed farm to your wedding or event.

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.

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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.

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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.

(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.

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.

jewelry

bridepower & vows bridal outlet

130 Galen Street, Watertown, MA (800) 831-8697 | vows@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!

hair and makeup by natalie

Boston and New England (781) 576-9004 | HairandMakeupbyNatalie.com Congratulations, gorgeous! Sit back, relax and let us travel to you on your special day. Our award-winning services make getting dolled up enjoyable and fun!

mane & mani

Four convenient locations (781) 479-2622 | ManeandMani.com Whether you’re hosting your next girls’ night out, sweet 16, bachelorette party or bridal shower, we’ve got the fix. You be the host, we’ll provide the style.

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 are 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 and wedding bands to make your celebration sparkle! #TheDescenzaDifference

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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 more patterns of fine china, flatware and crystal on display than anywhere in Boston.

new england gold & silver jewelers

1571 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI (401) 722-0466 NewEnglandGoldJewelry.com We specialize in custom-designed engagement and wedding rings as well as other fine Jewelry. With 30 years of experience, New England Gold & Silver Jewelers carries a large collection of engagement and wedding rings in platinum, white, yellow and rose gold. This store works hard for its customers.

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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.

bridal registries

kolbo fine judaica gallery

437 Harvard St., Brookline, MA (617) 731-8743 Kolbo.com Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find your Jewish wedding essentials, including kiddush cups, breaking glasses and ketubot with a variety of texts— egalitarian, interfaith, same-sex and others. Register for handmade candlesticks, menorahs, seder plates and more to celebrate holidays together.

invitations & details

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.

michelle carpenter photography

New England and beyond (401) 829-3018 MichelleCarpenterPhotography.com Together you are bold and energetic. Some days you will laugh loudly; others you sit quietly, knowing exactly what the other is thinking. Your style is your own—chic, edgy, playful. Ordinary wedding photography will not do, you need more. MCP has 20 years of experience making unique love stand out.

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.

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Franklin, MA (508) 479-1160 | WouldntItBeLovely.com Contact us for custom-designed wedding invitations, save-the-dates and other wedding day designs. Invitations and save-the-dates are just the starting point—we can carry through your design aesthetic in your place cards, menus, programs, custom wedding and event signage, art installations and more.

specialty services

a plus coach inc.

201 Whiting Street, Hingham, MA (877) 768-1700 | APlusCoach.com 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.

bespoke affair

Vineyard Haven, MA (508) 687-9555 | BespokeAffairMV.com Founded by Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Bespoke Affair offers a curated collection of event décor. Hand-selected by our award-winning design team, our inventory is full of on-trend décor, vintage finds and custom-made furniture.

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hancer photography

(617) 429-6869 HancerPhotography.com We provide exquisite, documentary-style wedding photography. Capturing your moment the way you imagined is our passion. We enjoy paying attention to every emotion and every detail, delivering beautiful pictures that are treasured for lifetimes. Happy couples. Happy memories. That is our business.

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athena and aphrodite

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-the-date purchase.

paper & pearl

Bristol, RI (401) 439-1272 | PaperandPearl.com Paper & Pearl is a full-service stationery boutique available to assist you at your convenience. We specialize in beautifully designed invitation suites, bridal stationery and day-of items. We will work with you to design the perfect suite to match your style and budget.

tag design

West Bridgewater, MA (508) 944-5481 | TagDesign.biz Your invitations are the first glimpse into your wedding day, and I can make that first impression a memorable one for your guests. Plus, I can design save-the-dates to thank-you cards and everything in between. I love what I do and want to help put a little sparkle in your wedding! Contact me today!

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marry in maine

Destination weddings in Maine weddings@visitportland.com MarryinMaine.com Whether you are planning an intimate destination wedding, a large family affair or eloping at a romantic getaway, consider Maine and its many extraordinary coastal, luxury and adventurous venues! Explore diverse wedding packages and browse through our listings for unique locations to say “I do.”

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.

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The Commons 1854

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The 228 in Sterling

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The Connors Center

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Aldrich Mansion

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Crowne Plaza Boston-Woburn

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Andover Country Club

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Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

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Apple Hill Farm & Country Club

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DoubleTree by Hilton Bedford Glen Hotel

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Atkinson Resort & Country Club

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The Essex Room

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Avenir

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

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Barker Tavern

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The Flying Bridge

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The Barn at Wight Farm Weddings & Events

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Fort Adams

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Battery Wharf Hotel

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Glen Magna Farms

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The Bayside of Nahant

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Grand View

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Beauport Hospitality Group

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Granite Links Golf Club

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Bedford Village Inn

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Hampshire House Beacon Hill

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Beechwood Hotel

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The Harding Allen Estate

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Black Rock Country Club

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Harrington Farm

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Black Swan Country Club

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The Haven Country Club

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The Bohlin Weddings & Events

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Hawthorne Hotel

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Boston Harbor Hotel

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Hilton Boston Woburn

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Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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Hotel on North

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The Bostonian Boston Hotel

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House of Blues Boston

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Boylston Rooms

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Independence Harbor

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Briar Barn Inn

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Indian Pond Country Club

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Brookmeadow Country Club

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The International

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Butternut Farm Golf Club

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John Carver Inn & Spa

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The Cape Club

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Kirkbrae Country Club

153

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

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La Pièce — The Room

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The Charles Hotel

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LaBelle Winery

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Charter Oak Country Club

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Lakeview Pavilion

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Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

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New England Aquarium

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Murray Hill Talent

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Sound City Entertainment

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Pinch Me Planning

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Bespoke Affair

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Joseph Gann Jewelers

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Marry in Maine

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Peak Event Services

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Stockton Springs, ME After an intimate dinner surrounded by their closest family members and friends, Kara and AJ escaped to the beach for a quiet moment on the coast. “I scooped her up because the rocks were slippery from the rain,” AJ says of carrying Kara across the terrain. “Our day was filled with smiles, laugher and happy tears.”

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