The Knot New England Fall/Winter 2020

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“There is something so magical about the Dome Room in the Lenox Hotel... the second that we walked into that room we were overwhelmed by its beauty and classic elegance. Location, convenience and flexibility were the top three things that we were looking for in a wedding venue and the Lenox Hotel checked off all of our boxes and more! From the all

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START YOUR STORY AT SEAPORT

We do “I Do” with a view. More outdoor venues than any place else in Boston. Beautiful ballrooms with spectacular city and harbor views. Seasonal and locally sourced cuisine tailored to your wishes and impeccable service. Plus your own dedicated wedding consultant from the moment you say I Will until you say I Do. It’s your day and at Seaport, we design it your way. Let us partner with you to create a signature celebration you and your guests will cherish forever. S

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IN THIS ISSUE

FALL/ WINTER

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GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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THE KNOT TOOLS

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

224 MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

212 COURT OF LOVE

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CHRIS CRAYMER

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where elegance and charm combine for an unforgettable celebration of love. •

theconnorscenter.com 617⋅552⋅9210 @theconnorscenter

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CONTENTS

REAL WEDDINGS 69

CHRISTINA + EDDIE October 12, Portland, ME

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FATIMA + BRETT September 1, South Kingstown, RI

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MICHAEL + MIKE September 7, East Burke, VT

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PAOLA + MICHAEL November 2, Waltham, MA

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HEATHER + JORDAN August 17, Weekapaug, RI

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ELIZABETH + MAC July 13, Dartmouth, MA

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ARI + A ARON July 13, Middletown, CT

STYLE + PLANNING 129

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EMI + DAN

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EMILY + TYLER September 8, Falls Village, CT

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DALE + MICHAEL September 21, Newbury, NH

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ALEXIS + JAMIE September 7, Boston

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SHADES FOR EVERY SEASON Upgrade your celebration with these fresh color palettes.

BOUQUETS YOU’LL LOVE No matter your style or location, there’s a bundle of blooms for you.

From upcycling to self-serve sips, our favorite trends and ideas.

May 11, Kennebunkport, ME

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING IN 2020

THE YEAR’S FRESHEST VENUES We introduce you to some of the hottest new venue options.

Get inspired by this destination bash with Scandinavian-style flair.

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PERSONALITY-PACKED EATS Use your menu to channel the details of your relationship. ››

TABLE: SANAZ PHOTOGRAPHY/SANAZ RIGGIO; COUPLE: SCARLET ROOTS

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Your happily ever after begins here!

Photo: Mr and Mrs Drew Photography

Arrange a private tour today!

andovercountryclub.com | 978.475.1263 60 Canterbury Street, Andover, MA

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CONTENTS

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OWN THE SPOTLIGHT Our psych-backed advice will banish wedding day anxiety.

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YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED Editor Louis Baragona answers top wedding planning questions.

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CROWD PLEASERS Real guests share the wedding details they’ll always remember.

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HOW TO PULL OFF ALL THOSE OTHER PARTIES

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

Foolproof party planning and etiquette tips.

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY Let your style soar with gorgeous engagement rings and bands.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE A firsthand look at the hottest prewedding beauty treatments.

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DRESS CODES DECODED How to find the right attire to complement your style and venue.

205 VEILS, UNVEILED

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COURT OF LOVE Break the fashion rules with fun details and unexpected silhouettes.

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RINGS: JOHNNY MILLER; FLOWERS: SARAH ANNE WARD

All the prettiest styles, from the traditional to the new and trendy.

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Suit in sizes up to 32, $2,517, Justin Alexander.com; earrings, $75, KennethJayLane .com; shoes, $425, Stuart Weitzman.com; dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; earrings, $295, LeleSadoughi .com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

In love with our gorgeous cover outfits? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $975, JimmyChoo.com

Behind the Scenes Chic in the City

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Yoichi Tomizawa for Bumble and bumble at Art Department MAKEUP Hector Simancas for Elizabeth Arden at Art Department PROP STYLING Kayleigh Snowden

Get a sneak peek of what went on at The Knot cover shoot

NYC City Hall Weddings

Fun facts about our shoot theme.

HAUTE MEAL Photographer Chris Craymer snaps a shot of our model snacking on a pretzel from a real food cart in downtown NYC.

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FOOTWEAR FETISH The best part about short dresses? The statement shoe moments, of course. We had upward of 50 stunning pairs on set.

SIP, SIP, HOORAY Our models had a blast shaking up several bottles of bubbly—and letting the corks fly—on the steps of city hall.

The New York City Marriage Bureau in downtown Manhattan hosts tens of thousands of weddings. A ceremony costs just $25 and requires no reservations.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF AUDREE KATE LOPEZ; COURTHOUSE ICON: PEDRO SANTOS/NOUN PROJECT

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COVER Suit in sizes up to 32, $2,517, JustinAlexander .com; earrings, $75, KennethJayLane .com; engagement ring, price upon request, Lauren Addison.com

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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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TRISHA CULLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Awarded TOP 10 WEDDING VENUE by Best Things Massachusetts

“I cannot express enough how amazing it was working with the team at Grand View. On the day of the wedding, Danielle and Gina were on fire! Every single detail was perfected and taken into account. Both were so attentive and genuine. They truly wanted the day to go as perfectly as my husband and I wanted and you could feel that attention with everything they did. Danielle accommodated all of my ideas and gave me ideas of things I would have never thought of, which made the day even more special. Overall, Grand View is highly recommended for anyone looking to have a beautiful and unique wedding, with staff who dedicates their time to your every want and need!!”

–Mr. and Mrs. Noonan 7.28.2019

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JESSICA MIRANDA PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHELE CONDE PHOTOGRAPHY

RANDALL GARNICK PHOTOGRAPHY

–Mr. and Mrs. Winrow 8.17.2019 STRANDS OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

TRISHA CULLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

“Wow! Where do we begin? The Grand View was a dream come true. It was our dream venue and the entire experience that followed after booking our date was nothing short of amazing. Danielle was our coordinator and was truly wonderful to work with. On the wedding day, Gina ran the show and made sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently. It was FLAWLESS. So many guests complimented the venue, food, and the staff and we couldn’t agree more about the perfection that Grand View delivered for our wedding. Oh, and did we mention how beautiful it is!? One in a million! Thank you Grand View and to the entire staff! :)”

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

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E D ITO R IN CHIE F

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Kristen Maxwell Cooper

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Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Louis Baragona Emma Gray Pitt Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sharlyn Pierre Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kristi Drago-Price

PRO D U C TI O N PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Jesse Hardy S E NI O R G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Katie Hover G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Nicole Daberkow PH OTO PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Carly Steier CO NTE NT E D ITO R Lois Brunnert Bethune

THE K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT MaryKate Callahan A S S O CIATE PH OTO E D ITO R , D I G ITAL Jessica Kane AS SO CIATE E DITO R , E- CO MME RCE Emily Platt A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims D IREC TO R , SO CIAL M E D IA Whitney Little MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper INFLU E N CE R MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Heather Kon MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker CO O RD INATO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Lucy Ferut S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO RS Davey Chin, Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G A S S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan

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The Knot New England is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2020 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: 10825 Farnam Drive, Omaha, NE 68154 (800) 843-4983.

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Creating picturesque New England weddings for over 245 years as a full-service destination wedding venue! Rustic Indoor Venue • Magnificent Garden Tent Venue • 3 Outdoor Ceremony Locations 2 Restaurants & Bakery • 6 Private Banquet Rooms • On-site Salon & Spa • Overnight Rooms On the Common, Route 131, Sturbridge, MA 01566 1 hour from Boston & Rhode Island & 45 minutes from Hartford 1-800-PUBLICK Ext. 287 • www.publickhouse.com • sales@publickhouse.com

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Willowdale Estate is one of the North Shore’s most inspiring

backdrops for hosting an unforgettable occasion – from a company event, to a family celebration, to a memorable starlit wedding!

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/newengland and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

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Colleen and Nate embrace their surroundings—and leave their mark. “We enjoy being tucked away in the woods,” Colleen says. The couple wanted to do just that for their wedding, so they welcomed guests to a weekend at Allrose Farm. The pair added playful, unexpected touches to the space, including red anthurium and neon signs. “I like when things look unrehearsed,” Colleen says.

BEST OF WEDDINGS

LOCAL LOWDOWN

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow.

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/newengland. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other local couples.

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Browse some bling, or snap a selfie with your sparkler. @courtneynicolebrannan

Post pics of your fave gifts, or get ideas for your registry asks. @tedandchelsea

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Keep up with everything weddings by following along with The Knot on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. You’ll get tons of tips and tricks to help with your planning journey, plus ideas and inspiration, the latest nuptial news and so much more.

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PICTURES of PERFECTION

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One-of-a-kind experience with limitless options. Nestled in historic Salem’s Pickering Wharf, The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites is your very own wedding village destination, overlooking Salem Harbor, with the ocean as your backdrop. Whatever your heart desires for your wedding celebration— vintage, modern, formal, whimsical, nautical, or casual— our goal is to create an event that reflects the true you.

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites (978) 740-8788 | 225 Derby Street | Salem, MA salemwaterfronthotel.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WE ’RE IN THIS T O G E T H E R

5 Y E A R S L AT E R

CELEBRATING LOVE FOR ALL It’s hard to believe the legalization of samesex marriage passed just five years ago. To think the inability to marry whom you wanted existed so recently in this country is staggering. And while there’s still much to be done to create equality for all, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a historic moment. Turn to p. 222 to read the touching stories of two couples married the same year as the monumental decision, and what it means to them.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

CAKE FOR ONE

Let’s just say sharing food isn’t my strong suit. This individual confection is just one of the fun ideas in the issue. (p. 129)

BAND TOGETHER FANCY FOOTWORK

I loved this bride’s genius solution to include her crowd-shy rescue dogs in the wedding. (p. 50)

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From rainbow stones to mixed metals, wedding bands are more unique than ever and we’re so here for them. (p. 187)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CRAYMER; MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER; SARAH PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY; ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed, and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands, our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic, and we’ll be here when the dust settles too. We’re all in this together.

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Lombardo’s has been providing the highest quality of hospitality and cuisine for over 55

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The Most Unique Venue in the Merrimack Valley Elegant, Contemporary Ballroom Outdoor Ceremony Area Dance Floor Scenic Veranda with Views of the Merrimack Valley Elegant Three-Course Plated Meal with a Split Menu Option or Custom Buffet Cake Cutting and Bartender Service Beautifully Landscaped Grounds for Outdoor Photo Opportunities Including Our Waterfall and Fire Pit Food Tasting for the Bride & Groom Complimentary Golf Foursome for Our Championship Golf Course Professional Staff to Assist You Throughout Your Planning and to be There on Your Special Day

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TOOLS

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Have final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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All your wedding plans at your fingertips, anytime.

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FIND YOUR WEDDING We know—you’re probably wondering where you should even start (totally normal, btw). First, download our app and take our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe, (think: industrial with bohemian details). We’ll generate your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). EDITOR TIP Think about what you love as a couple—are you

homebodies or always looking for an excuse to dress up and hit the dance floor? Your wedding should be a true reflection of who you are, so let your personalities lead your style.

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KEEP Not sure what to do when? Look no further than our totally customizable checklist. If you’re asking your future brother-in-law to officiate, you can cross “find an officiant” off your to-do list. Want to add extra entertainment? No problem. Bonus: Our budgeter will help you track your overall spending. EDITOR TIP Psst, it’s okay to go out of order or to not tick off

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Organizing all those details and a checklist? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

PLANNING WITH We’re here for you, every step of the way. Now, let’s get you married.

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We love a good meet-cute. Share your proposal story with us at HowTheyAsked.com

We’ve got 10-plus titles full of advice, inspo and DIY crafts to bring your day to life. TheKnot.com/books

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TOOLS

Take our Style Quiz in the app and we’ll help you create your very own Wedding Vision board. Use it to plan your #bestdayever.

PROS

COMPILE YOUR After sharing your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with recommended vendors. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got tons of award-winning pros (right where you are), plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. EDITOR TIP If you have your heart set on a master chef, a true

DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE You’ll start by swiping right on images you love—these will be added to your final board (you can always add more). There’s also room to add personalized, must-haves (think: taco truck, dog-friendly venue or room for a sangeet).

floral wizard or an epic cover band, book those pros first. Many in-demand vendors get scooped up early, especially in high season. Don’t panic: If your first choice is already booked, ask them for a recommendation. Chances are they have an industry BFF who can also help bring your vision to life.

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

REGISTRY

MANAGE YOUR People will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so a registry is a must-have. Build yours on The Knot Registry and add items from anywhere you shop with our universal registry tool. That means you don’t have to choose between bespoke Etsy finds and smart home tech from Amazon. Plus, your guests get a one-stop shopping experience—a win-win.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your inspo-packed vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. Your series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” really looks like.

EDITOR TIP The Knot Registry also lets you ask for cash

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for things like an epic trip to Bali or a down payment on a new home. Yes, you read that right: It’s okay to ask for $$$.

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PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE We’ll even suggest colors that match your wedding style. Not quite right? Change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

GUESTS

THINK OF YOUR A wedding website is clutch—for your guests and you. Fill your site with need-to-know info, like hotels and registries, then share it with your guest list. Your friends and family will be in the know, and you won’t be fielding “directions please” emails hours before you say “I do.” You can even stay on top of RSVPs with our handy built-in reply tool.

We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE We’ll send you helpful reminders along the way and create a day-of timeline to ensure smooth sailing.

EDITOR TIP Choose from free designs (coordinate

SHARE PHOTOS

MAKE IT LAST

Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary!

Keep the flame alive while planning and beyond with Lasting. Download the app for on-the-go relationship counseling. GetLasting.com

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LO O K FO R

with your Minted wedding invites), and even snag a custom URL for an extra touch of personalization.

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IS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways we can help you pull it all off, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

LIGHT BULB: HEADSOFBIRDS/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: LINSEED STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT; IDEAS: CREATIVE STALL/NOUN PROJECT; COLOR PALETTE: OLGA/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: PRIME ICONS/NOUN PROJECT; LIST: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT

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INDEPENDENCE HARBOR

Wedding and Event Venue “ O n e o f S o u t h e r n N e w E n g l a n d ’s M o s t S o u g h t A f t e r D e s t i n at i o n s f o r P r i vat e We d d i n g R e c e p t i o n s a n d G a r d e n We d d i n g C e r e m o n i e s” A c c l a i m e d C u i s i n e , C e l e b r at e d S e rv i c e , R e n ow n e d We d d i n g P l a n n i n g A f f o r d a b l e E l e g a n c e F o r G at h e r i n g s o f 1 0 0 t o 2 5 0 P e r s o n s

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ADVICE

Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE I really want a modern, fun invitation suite, but my fiancé is feeling something a bit more classic with calligraphy. Any design tips for picking invites that suit both of our styles? SARAH EVANS

Private vows allow you to express yourselves without an audience.

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My partner and I are both major introverts— we don’t do PDA and hate being the center of attention—so a traditional ceremony seems really scary to us. Are there ways for us to rethink the structure to fit our personalities?

PRO TAKE

JOVE MEYER

Owner Jove Meyer Events Jove is an NYC-based event designer known for throwing celebrations that take personalization to new heights.

Your wedding ceremony should be true to both of you—that includes reflecting your style, love story and personalities. If you’re both introverts, you could consider a city hall ceremony. This allows you to bring a few friends, keeping things intimate and casual. But, if you go with a city hall wedding, a majority of your loved ones will miss out on your public commitment. As an alternative, rethink the day in a way that pulls the attention away from you. Maybe you could skip walking down a traditional aisle and instead hang out with your guests preceremony. Think: no processing, just getting married where you are, on your terms. You could also walk down the aisle with your partner or ask guests to process to you instead, meeting you, your partner and the officiant at the altar. Starting the ceremony together might make you more comfortable. In the end, the goal of the wedding ceremony is to make your commitment of love in front of those you care about most. This can really take place in whatever form feels most authentic to your relationship.

Marriage is all about collaboration and figuring out how to blend two individual styles. Here’s the good news: When it comes to stationery design, seemingly opposing tastes can actually complement each other nicely and really represent you as a couple. If your fiancé is nonnegotiable on calligraphy, try pairing hand lettering with clean, modern typefaces for a combo that won’t feel too stuffy. Give your suite an energetic vibe by experimenting with color and avoiding any fussy details that might not feel true to your combined style. Letting the script shine as the focal point can feel clean and bold but simple and timeless at the same time. Win, win! We’re trying to settle on a first dance song, but the classics feel too serious. Where can we find a first dance jam to start the party? S H A R LY N P I E R R E Assistant Editor, Research

Check out different radio stations or comb through Spotify, but keep this in mind: As you’re researching, don’t be afraid to explore different genres you might not always find yourself listening to. Try pop, hip-hop or even Afrobeats. If nothing makes you want to strut and shake something, enlist the help of your wedding party and ask for song recs or even a playlist—they’ll know what feels most like you both.

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Art Director

Find more advice on THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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Michelle Lange Photography

Molly & Victoria Co.

Michelle Lange Photography

Molly & Victoria Co.

Molly & Victoria Co.

Spectacular Lakefront & Barn Elegance Fresh. Hip. Relaxing. Perfectly perched at the base of Maine’s White Mountains in the lakes region of Waterford, our newly renovated modern farmhouse offers outdoor waterfront elegance and an authentic barn venue. Our weddings, receptions, engagement and rehearsal dinners are uniquely designed for you.

www.bearmtninn.com 207.583.4404

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RESCUE FLATS

WAVERLY OAKS GOLF CLUB

RescueFlats.com

WaverlyOaksGC.com

ALL THAT EVENTS DJ UP LIGHTING PHOTO BOOTH

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Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in New England as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

HARRINGTON FARM

HarringtonFarm.com

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TIFFANY BALLROOM AT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON NORWOOD

TiffanyBallroom.com

LABELLE WINERY

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wedding venues HARRINGTON FARM

HarringtonFarm.com “The venue is just perfect—every piece of the property is so vibrant and beautifully maintained, and the hall so elegant and warm. So wonderful!”

TIFFANY BALLROOM AT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON NORWOOD

TiffanyBallroom.com “The food was delicious and all of my guests enjoyed every minute! The vendors are amazing and included with the package, which makes planning a breeze.”

WAVERLY OAKS GOLF CLUB

WaverlyOaksGC.com “Waverly goes above and beyond to accommodate you and your guests. They certainly deserve the 5 stars and were the best people to work with.”

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photo booths FORT PHOTO BOOTH: VINTAGE CAMPER PHOTO BOOTH HIPSTR, INC. HOTSHOTS PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL PICTURE THIS WEDDING

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TAG DESIGN

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CORDIALLY YOURS INVITATIONS AND CALLIGRAPHY HAPPY FROG INVITATIONS INVYTATIONS JANICE LYNNE DESIGN SERIF AND SANS

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ANDOVER BEVERAGE CATERING COCKTAILS, LLC CONSIDER IT POURED BAR SERVICE THE TRAVELING TAVERN AND SNACK SHACK

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lighting + décor CREATING CARMICHAEL

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wedding florists BOTANICA WEDDING FLOWERS STUDIO CHERRYHILL FLOWERS EUPHORBIA FLORAL STUDIO FLORALS FROM THE HEART FRESH FORAGED DESIGNS GOLDEN GATE STUDIOS GREENLION DESIGN LESLIE LEE FLORAL DESIGN PAINTED ROCK DESIGNS ROBIN HOLLOW FARM SAYLES LIVINGSTON DESIGN WREN FLORAL DESIGN YOUNG DESIGNS

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officiants + premarital counseling FATHER LENNY NELSON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE STEVEN MARTINS REVEREND JOHN “SKIP” SWEENEY

transportation + valet ROCKSTAR LIMO

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bridal salons AMBER SPROTT BOUTIQUE

hair, makeup + wellness EGK ARTISTRY LLC MCFARREN MAKEUP ARTISTRY

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AMY BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY AMY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY ARIELLE THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY CASSIDY LYNNE CLOVE HITCH PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL SCHECHNER PHOTOGRAPHY DANIELLE ALLENDORF PHOTOGRAPHY ERIN MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY GREER CICARELLI PHOTOGRAPHY ILLUME BY PAUL REYNOLDS JENNA BRISSON PHOTOGRAPHY JULIA LUCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY KEITH MACDONALD PHOTOGRAPHY KORTNI MARIA, LLC LAKE PLACID PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY RAYMONDJACK PHOTOGRAPHY LKM STUDIOS | WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT STORYTELLERS LOVEBUZZ PHOTO & CINEMA MAPLE LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY MELISSA LYNN IMAGES MICHELLE FREHSEE PHOTOGRAPHY MOBILE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY MORIAH HOUNSELL PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL SAUNDERS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT GALLERY

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MUSIC OF OUR LIVES DJ JORDAN PAIVA

wedding florists BLACK SHEEP GARDENS BRAMBLE + BLOOM NANCY BISHOP FLORAL DESIGN

invitations INK WITH INTENT - KETUBAHS + WEDDING CERTIFICATES

officiants + premarital counseling ANNIE ALEXANDER-KRAMER

party rentals + service staff

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TRENDING

ROAD TO LOVE

SMALL WONDERS

JOEY + SCOTT CINCINNATI

“Our genius designer paid tribute to the thousands of miles we traveled when we were long distance,” Scott says. “The path on the ampersand is the highway we drove to get to each other on I-71 in Ohio.”

GET

Looking for a subtle way to personalize your suite? Try a custom wax seal in a favorite color, a meaningful stamp on the envelope or an illustration on the liner.

creative W I T H Y O U R

Set the tone for your celebration with a suite that’s as one of a kind as your story. Invites are an opportunity to take personalization to the next level, from custom illustrations of your abode to subtle tributes to your journey down the aisle. Ask your designer to create custom art of something special.

HOME SWEET HOME S I LV I A + M A R I O S A N A N TO N I O

“Oddly enough, we found our stationery when we moved into our home,” Silvia says. “I stumbled upon this handdrawn illustration as I was dusting and organizing our cabinets. I got copies printed and held onto them for a long time in the hopes of using them in the future. I never thought that the occasion would be our reception in the front yard of our home—but here we are.”

INCLUSIVE ‘I DOS’ CHRISTINA + JAMES PHILADELPHIA

“I created a version of our invitations in braille for my friends with vision impairment,” Christina says. “Not all people with vision impairments can read braille, so we also made sure the paper was white with a dark font to ensure a high contrast for universal legibility.”

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FURRY FRIENDS

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R A C H E L + K E V I N B A LT I M O R E

“It was always important for Kevin and me to include our pups in the ceremony,” Rachel says. “They’re rescues and don’t handle large crowds well, so this was my way of having them with me as I walked down the aisle.”

H AV E

Shoes aren’t the only accessory that can speak to your style. Rocking a suit? Try a custom bow tie or a bolo made from a special stone. If you’re wearing a gown, add extra meaning with jewelry or a veil.

fun W I T H Y O U R

Your wedding day is a chance to channel your personal style from head to toe—literally. These couples kicked their footwear up a notch by running wild with color, illustration and meaning, bringing a new definition to “happy feet.”

SEEING DOUBLE DANI + MIKE BEAVER, PA

GOOD LUCK CHARM RACHEL + FANGZHI CHICAGO

“I originally got these slides during a trip to my husband’s hometown of Yichang, China,” Rachel says. “I thought I’d wear them for our ceremony in China, but decided it would be even more special for them to serve as a nod to my husband’s family as well as a pop of color in our more modern Chicago ceremony.”

Channel your cultural identity with your accessories.

“I absolutely love wearing saddle shoes, and Mike is into the look too,” Dani says. “We wanted to do something a little different, and our wedding had a slight vintage flair, so these seemed like the right fit. We both felt stylish in a quirky, old-school way—not to mention confident and comfortable.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY; LINDSEY ZERN PHOTOGRAPHY; ALLIE IDRAC

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T he Cape has long been a dream wedding destination. And

Willowbend has long been the Cape’s most exclusive and celebrated wedding venue. The landscape here is one of rustic charm, while our ballroom is modern elegance personified. Visit Willowbend and meet with our on-site wedding specialist. You’ll see why Willowbend is the perfect place to create your dream Cape Cod wedding.

• On-Site Wedding Specialist • Elegant Clubhouse & Ballroom (up to 285 Guests) • Luxurious Overnight Guest Villas & Suites

Learn more at WillowbendCapeCod.com or call 508.539.5320.

• Private Rooms for Bridal Showers & Rehearsals • 27-Hole Championship Golf Course • Friday, Sunday & Winter Weddings Available

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TRENDING

STITCHED WITH LOVE

PUT DOWN ROOTS

MELISSA + DANE ALMA, KS

“After Dane’s mom passed away, a dear friend and Sioux elder wrapped and blessed him in a morning star quilt,” Melissa says. “At our ceremony, she blessed us together as a couple in the same piece.”

Embrace your inner green thumb and plant a tree together. Add a sentimental twist to the ritual by using soil from your family homes.

After their ceremony, Melissa and Dane hung their quilt up at home.

MAKE

meaning W I T H Y O U R

When it comes to saying “I do,” there are a myriad of ways to seal the deal. Though many couples choose to light candles or pour sand, you can also link your lives together by remixing rituals, whether they’re based in your faith, your family or your favorite midnight snack.

FRESHLY MADE CASSIE + ERIC SAVANNAH, GA

FAMILY TIES A N G E L A + B R I T TA N Y CINCINNATI

“It was important to us to involve our pastor—who has played a huge role in our spirituality—in our ceremony,” Angela says. “We also wanted to honor our diverse faith journeys and those of our guests. A handfasting struck that perfect balance for us.”

“A few days before the wedding in a hungry stupor, we decided to make guacamole in front of everyone to seal the deal,” Cassie says. “Our officiant explained to our guests why chips and guac stood as a strong metaphor for marriage as we delightfully smashed avocados and shared bites.”

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UNITY CEREMONY

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TRENDING DISCO DROPS Earrings, $38, Zaxie.com

BRING THE

drama W I T H

BOLD TIPS

EMERALD + BLUE

Gel Couture nail polish in Caviar Bar, $12, Essie.com

Get glamorous with a daring dose of jewel tones that will make any event feel luxe.

CROWN JEWEL Bobby pin, $82, JenniferBehr.com

DAPPER TOUCH Bow tie, $25, TheTieBar.com

INTO THE DEEP Saturated table number in Tidepool, $30 for 15, Erin Deegan, Minted.com

THE BACKSTORY

Dress in sizes up to 20, $280, TheiaCouture.com

PLUSH PERCH

KEEP CLEAR Clutch, $995, Edie-Parker.com

CANDY CRUSH Coffee crunch extra dark chocolate bar, $10, Compartes.com

SASSY STEPPERS Shoes, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

ARTSY VESSEL Libra blue and white vase, $15, CB2.com

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Food52 dinnerware by Jono Pandolfi, from $34 each, Food52.com

MOONSTONED Earrings, $495, KendraScott.com

KEEP IT

chic W I T H

GREIGE REIGE + CREAM STRAPPED IN

Shoes, $100, ChineseLaundry.com

Use tone-on-tone neutrals to lend an effortless and elegant appeal to your stylish celebration. TREASURE TROVE Keaton jewelry box, $40, KateSpade.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

MODERN MEMO Foil-stamped colorblow wedding invitation, $270 for 100, ArtifactUprising.com

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PEARL POWER SWEET SCENT

Candle in Chandelier, $36, Otherland.com

GLOW UP

Ambient Lighting finishing powder in Diffused Light, $48, Sephora.com

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POWDER: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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AMBER + RUST

COLORFUL TOSS Cactus silk pillow in Mustard Yellow, $60, CB2.com

BOW-TIFUL

Barrette, $138, JenniferBehr.com

SHINE ON

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter liquid eyeshadow in Copperazzi, $26, Sephora.com

Embrace all things fall with an unexpectedly cool palette that brings the warmth. VELVET TOUCH

Dress in sizes up to 24, $295, JennyYoo.com

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Natural shapes save the date, $129 for 100, PaperCulture.com

BUZZY FAVOR

BumbleBerry honey, $20, ShopTerrain.com

FUNKY FRINGE

DAZZLING DANGLERS

Cotton fringe napkins, $22 for 4, Creative Co-op, Amazon.com

Earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com

FESTIVE FIZZ

TOST beverage, $21 for 3, TOSTBeverages.com

Shoes, $1,245, ManoloBlahnik.com

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ON LOCATION

The first—and often hardest—decision you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. BY HANNAH NOWACK

CITY WINERY BOSTON BOSTON

GRADUATE PROVIDENCE PROVIDENCE, RI

COST

from $12,000 200 ABOUT This venue brings a wine country experience to the heart of historic Boston. Send guests home with a custom-labeled bottle of wine to continue to vino-inspired celebration.

COST

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ABOUT Located downtown

with its grand architecture and crystal chandeliers, all nine event spaces here are a must-see for couples with Art Deco and French Baroque styles.

FLOWERS

RENTALS

SKY ACRES WASHINGTON, VT COST

N E W OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT BRETTON WOODS, NH

GUEST COUNT

COST

from $2,300 150 ABOUT Exchange vows on the lawn with a backdrop of the Green Mountains before hosting guests for a woodsy reception inside. A stone fireplace and wooden beams keep the rustic vibe going.

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

from $10,000 200 ABOUT An enclosed gondola ride to this property’s new mountaintop Crystal Hills at Rosebrook Lodge event space will take your guests’ breath away. GUEST COUNT

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION WYCHMERE BEACH CLUB HARWICH PORT, MA

from $15,000 320 ABOUT Located along the Nantucket Sound, serve cocktails on Cape Cod’s only rooftop event venue. Bonus: Couples get access to a private beach that’s perfect for ceremonies. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE CHARLES HOTEL CAMBRIDGE, MA

from $189PP 400 ABOUT Mere steps from Harvard Square, this is the quintessential Cambridge experience. Shaker-style renovated lodging reinforces the New England feel. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE RED BARN AT OUTLOOK FARM SOUTH BERWICK, ME

from $139PP 220 ABOUT A golf course for an idyllic lawn ceremony followed by a barn reception— this is a combination we can get behind! COST

GUEST COUNT

Wychmere Beach Club

THE LACE FACTORY DEEP RIVER, CT

The Lace Factory

from $35,000 225 ABOUT Locomotive enthusiasts, this space is for you. Couples can transport guests to this airy warehouse space by way of steam train. COST

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VISTA OF MAINE GREENE, ME

from $7,500 200 ABOUT Nature lovers: Choose between a ceremony in an apple orchard with a lake backdrop or one in the property’s vineyard with views of the White Mountains. COST

HIDDEN POND KENNEBUNKPORT, ME

from $31,000 80 ABOUT Highlight the woodland oasis experience for guests by encouraging them to stay on-site in a treetop lodge. COST

GUEST COUNT

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ON THE APP

D E F I N E YO U R D E S I G N Having trouble finding a venue that’s right for you? Take The Knot Style Quiz to discover your Wedding Vision, then create a short list based on our recs.

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Boston’s Premier Full-Service Bridal Salon 285 Belmont Street Belmont, MA 02478 617-489-1449 AllegriaBridal.com info@Allegriabridal.com

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

FLOWERS WHAT IS A COMMON MYTH ABOUT THE FLORAL DESIGN PROCESS?

OUR PRO Semia Dunne, founder and creative director of her eponymous studio, SEMIA, in Providence, Rhode Island.

TO P T I P Don’t be afraid of flowers typically thought of as commonplace. Even carnations and lilies can be used creatively.

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There is a misconception that picking in-season flowers is the most cost-conscious option. Don’t fret: While you may still pay a premium for seasonal blooms, there are other ways to trim costs. If you’re on a tight budget, focus on statement-making designs. What part of your day is most visually important to you? Prioritize your floral budget accordingly!

LOOKING AHEAD, WHAT FLORAL TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING COUPLES LOVING THIS YEAR? Couples are embracing color throughout their celebrations. We’re seeing palettes of rich, saturated autumnal tones paired with plenty of texture and the combination of fresh and dried florals together to create a unique look.

HOW CAN COUPLES REPURPOSE FLOWERS FROM THEIR CEREMONY THROUGHOUT THEIR RECEPTION SPACE? Any large-scale, free-standing arrangement can be used later on at your celebration as a statement décor element. Consider repurposing your ceremony arch behind the band, sweetheart table or dessert display for a visually compelling moment.

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It’s more important to know your color preferences than your favorite flower. Trust the pros to select blooms that complement your palette. ANY FLOWER TRENDS OR COLOR COMBINATIONS YOU PREFER TO STAY AWAY FROM? We tend to discourage couples from being too “theme-y” when it comes to hosting a holiday wedding, like the Fourth of July. There are plenty of ways to pay homage to the occasion without going straight to red, white and blue flowers. Instead, interpret the palette in a less literal way with tones of burgundy and smoky blue paired with whites and grays for a subtle nod to Independence Day.

WHAT’S THE ONE FLOWER YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DESIGN WITH BUT STILL HAVEN’T? We would love to incorporate more bougainvillea into our designs. A wedding comprised completely of bougainvillea branches and florals would be incredible.

HOW MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE SHOULD A COUPLE AIM TO BOOK THEIR FLORAL DESIGNER?

WHAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE DESIGNS YOU’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE? Recently, we got to work with a couple on their private estate wedding and the installation we came up with for them was especially memorable. They had an amazing vintage Ford pickup truck on the property that they wanted us to transform into an integral design element of the celebration. We created an overflowing flower “garden” in the back of the tailgate as a way to showcase the escort card display. Talk about bringing the wow factor!

FROM TOP: CHRISTINE CHITNIS; SARAH DEL BUONO

Generally, booking a year in advance is ideal for floral designers—this gives us time to chat about your wishes and ideate on the perfect look for your wedding.

Find a local floral designer at THE K N OT.CO M/NE WE N G L AND

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

HAIR + MAKEUP

ANYTHING A BRIDE SHOULD BRING TO HER FIRST APPOINTMENT OR CONSULTATION?

TO P T I P Keep your trial makeup on all day so you can be sure you really like the look.

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WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN BOOKING THEIR GLAM SQUAD? Booking without a trial! You should hire an artist who shares the same aesthetic as you and has the technical skills to create your dream look. The last thing you want is a surprise on your wedding day.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2021, WHAT BEAUTY TRENDS ARE YOU PREDICTING?

WHAT ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS FOR A BRIDE’S WEDDING DAY LOOK?

There will be a greater focus on clean beauty. People will continue to invest more in products that are mindfully created and produced without any toxic ingredients. Additionally, the beauty looks in 2021 will be very minimal; pared-down, neutral colors with clean and natural hairstyles.

A lipstick for touch-ups up as the day goes on. Pro tip: In a pinch, lipstick can also be used as a touch-up for blush.

WHAT ARE THE EASIEST AT-HOME BEAUTY TRICKS FOR A BRIDE DOING HER OWN MAKEUP FOR THE BIG DAY? To start: Gently massage your face before applying any skincare on your wedding day. And before you jump to applying foundation, make sure to use a primer—it will ensure your makeup stays in place throughout the day.

WHAT IS ONE HAIR STYLE YOU’VE WANTED TO TRY ON A BRIDE BUT STILL HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO? I would like to create some architectural hairstyles. If a bride were to forgo a headpiece or veil, intricate layers accented by a statement hairpin would look stunning.

HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD A BRIDE BRING WITH HER TO AN APPOINTMENT? I encourage people to limit their entourage to one or two people who they trust and have a similar aesthetic to. A close loved one, like your mother or best friend, will make the visit memorable.

PERFECT PREP These tips will ensure your complexion shines ahead of the big day. TOTA L T I M EL I NES S

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Begin prewedding skin prep one to two months out with facials, exfoliation and hair removal treatments.

Cut salt for one to two weeks before the big day to reduce puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.

Choosing not to imbibe the night before your wedding will prevent fatigue, puffiness and dull skin.

Apply a sheer foundation that is two shades darker than the groom’s skin color for a bronzed complexion.

FROM LEFT: ARIELLE DONESON PHOTOGRAPHY; TIFFANY VON PHOTOGRAPHY

OUR PRO June Leung, owner and stylist at Love Notes by June in Milton, Massachusetts.

You should have an idea of how you want to feel on the wedding day and a clear understanding of your personal style. Gather hair and makeup inspiration photos—creating a Pinterest board is especially helpful. Visual cues give the pros a better understanding of how subtle or dramatic you want to look.

Check out local makeup artists at THE K N OT.CO M/MARK ETPL ACE

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Real Weddings NEED A LITTLE INSPO? THESE COUPLES TOOK THEIR CELEBRATIONS TO NEW HEIGHTS BY FOLLOWING ONE RULE: YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

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Christina + Eddie PHOTOGRAPHY BY A.FOGARTY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Christina carried ranunculus, anthurium, protea, sea star ferns and, yes, flannel flowers.

THEIR STORY Christina Padavano (32 and a wedding planner) and Eddie Flaherty (28 and an experiential marketing planner) met while working at L.L.Bean, spent date nights exploring Portland restaurants and got engaged at Oxbow Brewery. “Our relationship grew in this city,” Christina says. The couple thought of their wedding as a chance to show off Portland to their out-of-town guests. They exited their ceremony in an L.L.Bean bootmobile, held their reception in the historic U.S. Custom House, served up local seafood cocktail-style and gave out monogrammed totes as favors. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

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FLOWERS Anthurium-studded arrangements decorated the reception. SANGRIA WALL “We didn’t have a sit-down dinner and the night’s schedule was relatively informal,” Christina says. “We wanted to create areas where guests could interact with the space, like a sangria wall, Polaroid photo booth and a cotton candy maker.” DESSERTS Guests chose from three cakes: confetti, lemon blueberry and chocolate peanut butter with cookies and cream frosting.

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MESSAGE BOARD The cheeky sayings on the old-school board changed throughout the day. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds danced to their favorite song, “You Make it Easy,” by Jason Aldean, which Eddie had playing when he proposed. DINNER “We wanted our guests to experience what Portland residents do all the time: epic food,” Christina says. The couple offered lobster rolls and clam chowder, plus pasta Bolognese in honor of Christina’s Italian father.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS

S I G N AT U R E S I P S

The evening’s cocktails included The Ron Bourbundy, a blackberry bourbon smash in honor of Eddie’s favorite movie, Anchorman.

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CEREMONY SITE St. Peter Parish, Portland, ME RECEPTION SITE U.S. Custom House, Portland, ME PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Libby/A.Fogarty Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Happy Camper Films EVENT DESIGNER & PLANNER Pinch Me Planning FLOWERS Yellow Twist Floral Design GOWN Anne Barge, Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH; cape: BHLDN TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Betsy & Adam, Dessy; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Maeghan French ENGAGEMENT RING Day’s Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Christina: Nell Ballard Designs; Eddie: Day’s Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress; menus: Chatty Press; signage: DIY; letter board: Oat Foundry RENTALS A Family Affair of Maine; Peak Event Services CATERING Big Tree Catering CAKE Bear Brook Bakery DESSERTS Le Petit Pouf; Suga Suga Portland OFFICIANT Father Kevin Upham MUSIC Groovin’ You FAVORS Tote bags: L.L.Bean TRANSPORTATION Maine Limousine Service; VIP Charter Coaches HONEYMOON Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Spain GUESTS 185 HASHTAG #foreverflaherty

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9.1 | SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI

Fatima + Brett PHOTOGRAPHY BY K ATIE SALERNO PHOTOGR APHY

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FA S H I O N

Fatima wore an embroidered lehenga made by a family friend in Pakistan.

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THEIR STORY After getting engaged on a hike in Greece, Fatima Rana (32 and a footwear designer) and Brett Maroni (33 and a biotech researcher) took inspiration from nature when planning their South County wedding. They collected flowers from their neighborhood, pressed them and included them as inserts in their invitations. “Each one was a little different and added a personal touch,” Fatima says. Abundant late-summer blooms and escort cards made of plantable seed paper carried the fresh garden party theme throughout the day.— R D

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DESSERTS

The couple served honey lavender, strawberry mint and vanilla jasmine cupcakes.

BAR CART

A vintage Piaggio Ape poured drafts of Whalers Brewing Company pale ale.

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CENTERPIECES

Zinnias, marigolds, dahlias, cockscombs, geraniums and mint decorated the tabletops.

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MENU “It was important for us to incorporate Pakistani-inspired food as a nod to my culture,” Fatima says. The couple dished out Eastern nibbles during cocktail hour, like samosas and mini chicken seekh kebabs with curried yogurt dip, then served up classic French cuisine for dinner. HENNA The wedding weekend kicked off with a traditional mehndi party, where guests could have henna applied. FAVORS Fatima and Brett gave guests woven fans handmade by a friend in Pakistan.

Fatima + Brett’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Farmer’s Daughter, South Kingstown, RI PHOTOGRAPHY Katie Salerno Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Anchor Productions FLOWERS Semia GOWN Taufiq Hussain, Pakistan TUXEDO Friar Tux, San Diego, CA HAIR Mayra Cardeno/SalonProv MAKEUP Jane Sincere/SalonProv VEIL Taufiq Hussain ENGAGEMENT RING Cecilia’s Fine Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Fatima: Heirloom; Brett: Nafees Jewellers STATIONERY Invitations & escort cards: DIY; menus: Plouf Plouf Gastronomie RENTALS Sperry Tents Marion CATERING Plouf Plouf Gastronomie; bar: Beer and Bubbles CAKE & DESSERTS Silver Spoon Bakery OFFICIANT Asad Rana (bride’s brother) MUSIC Ryan Tremblay LAWN GAMES The Farmer’s Daughter HONEYMOON Key West & Fort Lauderdale, FL & Freeport, Bahamas GUESTS 125

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9.7 | EAST BURKE, VT

Michael + Mike PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY

LO C AT I O N

Michael (left) and Mike held their celebration in a century-old horse barn.

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THEIR STORY As avid mountain bikers, Michael Gilmer (31 and an analyst) and Mike McGrath (31 and an attorney) visit East Burke, Vermont every summer to ride the Kingdom Trails, staying at the Inn at Mountain View Farm. So, when it came to their wedding, they wanted to share the area’s rugged beauty with loved ones. The couple sent invitations in envelopes lined with a trail map, organized a morning bike ride and exchanged vows under a birch tree arch overlooking Willoughby Gap. Post-vows, Vermont craft beers from The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Zero Gravity got the party started.— R D

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FASHION Michael and Mike wore custom suits and matching floral print accessories, watches and wingtip oxfords. CAKE The couple served a champagne raspberry and chocolate espresso blackberry cake with buttercream frosting. FLORAL DESIGN Dahlias, zinnias, nasturtiums, lisianthus, and dusty miller filled the reception centerpieces. “We wanted lots of greenery with pops of color to reflect the wild, untamed beauty of the Northeast Kingdom,” Michael says.

Michael + Mike’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Inn at Mountain View Farm, East Burke, VT PHOTOGRAPHY Jackie Fox/J. Harper Photography PLANNER DIY FLOWERS Tarrnation Flower Farm SUITS 9Tailors, Boston; ties & pocket squares: DAZIusa.com WEDDING RINGS Laura Preshong STATIONERY Modern Vintage Design Studio RENTALS Vermont Tent Company CATERING American Flatbread CAKE Autumn Nomad OFFICIANT Rob Maxim (friend) MUSIC Top Hat Entertainment FAVORS Custom Love Gifts HONEYMOON Australia & New Zealand GUESTS 84 HASHTAG #themichaels2019

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BOUQUET Paola carried a clutch of ranunculus, amaryllis, cosmos, carnations and ruscus.

1 1 . 2 | W A LT H A M , M A

Paola + Michael PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCARLET ROOTS

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RECEPTION

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Brass candlesticks, vintage bottles and amber goblets decorated the tables.

THEIR STORY Paola Ozuna (28 and a nonprofit program manager) grew up in the Dominican Republic and Michael Pelletier (31 and a digital marketing manager) hails from the Boston area, so they knew they wanted a wedding that blended their two backgrounds. To channel that mashup, the duo asked their mothers to read a poem in both Spanish and English, served food with Latin flavors and danced the hora loca. Other thoughtful details included their invitations, which were illustrated by a friend in Madrid, and music by a Boston youth band. — R D

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B O U TO N N I E R E

Michael pinned astrantia, viburnum berries and bay leaves to his lapel.

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S E C O N D LO O K

Paola slipped into a chic jumpsuit for the reception. “I knew I was going to do some serious dancing and wanted to be able to move easily,” she says.

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FIRST DANCE The newlyweds surprised guests with two first-dance songs, switching from “At Last,” by Etta James to a fast-paced merengue number, “La Dueña del Swing,” by Los Hermanos Rosario. “The room broke into excited cheering and applause,” Paola says. “It was unforgettable.” DRINKS Paola and Michael served hot apple ciders, old fashioneds and gin and tonics. VENUE The wedding took place in a 19th-century former textile mill on the Charles River.

Paola + Michael’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham, MA PHOTOGRAPHY Julianne Lesinski/Scarlet Roots VIDEOGRAPHY JayNandez Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Jillian Doherty FLOWERS Table & Tulip GOWN Ceremony: Theia, Head Over Heels, Mashpee, MA; reception: ASOS.com SUIT Indochino; tie: Hermès; handkerchief: The Tie Bar WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE ASOS.com HAIR Paola: DIY; Michael: Tribe Barber MAKEUP Jammika Dorcelus ENGAGEMENT RING Catbird WEDDING RINGS Paola: Ila; Jennie Kwon Designs; Michael: Catbird STATIONERY Invitations: Taína Almodóvar; place cards: AmyTarahDesigns, Etsy.com; menus: UnmeasuredEvent, Etsy.com RENTALS DesignLight; Peak Event Services CATERING Forklift Catering DESSERTS Le Petit Pouf; Union Square Donuts OFFICIANT Marta Pagan-Ortiz (friend) MUSIC Cocktail hour: Zumix; ceremony & reception: DJ Case PHOTO BOOTH The Danger Booth HONEYMOON Quebec, Canada GUESTS 98 HASHTAG #paolaandmichael4ever

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8.17 | WEEKAPAUG, RI

Heather + Jordan PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEILA BREWSTER PHOTOGRAPHY

CEREMONY

Heather and Jordan married on a private beach under an arch of monstera leaves, proteas, roses and tropical orchids.

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THEIR STORY Heather Wakeman (28 and a global education director) and Jordan Brown (31 and an educational travel consultant) met in Saint Martin while working for a student travel program. “We developed a strong relationship with undeniable chemistry while doing what we both love: traveling, sailing and spending time in the Caribbean,” Heather says. When it came to their wedding four years later, they brought that same tropical vibe to Heather’s family home in Weekapaug, Rhode Island. Watercolor invitations set the scene for the tented affair, which featured lots of palm leaves and plenty of rum punches. — R D

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HEAD TABLE A hanging display of monstera leaves, palms, proteas, anthurium and orchids marked the head table, while rattan lanterns hung overhead. RETRO RIDE Heather’s cousin drove the newlyweds to the reception in her grandfather’s 1915 Model T. SEATING CHART Personalized luggage tags pinned to a wood board directed guests to their seats and doubled as favors. “It was special because we both work in travel and met abroad,” Heather says.

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FIRST DANCE The couple swayed to “Gravity,” by Leo Stannard.

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DESSERTS Heather and Jordan served a chocolate and champagne cake with raspberry filling, plus Caribbean rum cake and Plantains Foster. CENTERPIECES Roses, ranunculus, orchids, anthurium and tropical foliage topped tables. DESIGN “We wanted to put the island in Rhode Island,” Heather says. Tropical house music, passed jerk chicken pâté canapés on driftwood trays, rattan chargers and a coral, green and white palette did the trick.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Weekapaug Inn Beach, Weekapaug, RI RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Weekapaug, RI PHOTOGRAPHY Leila Brewster Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Shutter and Sound Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR KH weddings and events FLOWERS Hana Floral Design GOWN Amsale, The White Gown, New York City TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Amsale, Brideside, New York City; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Uptown Salon & Spa VEIL The White Gown ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Shreve, Crump & Low STATIONERY Save the dates: YourWeddingProject, Etsy.com; invitations: Bohemian Mint; menus: Minted.com; signs: AtTheRedBarn, Etsy.com RENTALS Peak Event Services; Pranzi Tents; Ryan Designs; Sperry Tents; True North Event Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS Watch Hill Catering CAKE Zest Fresh Pastry OFFICIANT Rev. Dr. Wayne Eberly MUSIC Seth Isaacs/Beat Train Productions FAVORS Luggage tags: CurrysLeather, Etsy.com; custom cups: CustomInk.com TRANSPORTATION Joshua’s Limousine HONEYMOON Dubai & The Maldives GUESTS 165 HASHTAG #JHhitched

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FA S H I O N

“I loved that my dress was cotton and comfortable and looked like me, but still felt special,” Elizabeth says.

7.13 | DARTMOUTH, MA

Elizabeth + Mac PHOTOGRAPHY BY K. ENGEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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S E AT I N G C H A R T

Elizabeth designed all of the day’s stationery, including drawing flowers and insects for the escort cards, which unfolded into dinner menus.

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THEIR STORY “Tradition wasn’t very important to us,” Mac Stanton (30 and a teacher) says of his wedding to Elizabeth King (29 and an artist). Case in point: The pair got ready together, walked down the aisle hand-in-hand and served ice cream sandwiches for dessert. The couple also focused on sustainability, working with local vendors to source all of the food from nearby farms, like fried chicken with hot honey, herbed corn and beet sauté. — R D

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FIRST DANCE

The newlyweds took a spin to “Everywhere,” by Fleetwood Mac.

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WINE Elizabeth and Mac served three wine varietals from Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, located 15 miles away in Rhode Island. NAPKINS Elizabeth silk-screened drawings of wildflowers and vegetables onto cotton tea towels that doubled as favors. “We wanted to give guests something handmade that they could reuse,” she says. CENTERPIECES The couple enlisted friends to help them arrange snapdragons, roses, dahlias and feverfew in Mason jars ahead of the wedding.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Round The Bend Farm, Dartmouth, MA PHOTOGRAPHY Kendra Engel/K. Engel Photography DAY-OF COORDINATORS Desa Van Laarhoven & Heather Zine/Round The Bend Farm FLOWERS Weatherlow Farms; wholesale flowers: Skinny Dip Farm GOWN Zimmermann SUIT J. Crew; tie: Dorset, Flora-Style HAIR & MAKEUP Stephen & Co. ENGAGEMENT RING Vrai WEDDING RINGS Elizabeth: Melanie Casey; Mac: Zales STATIONERY DIY RENTALS Round The Bend Farm CATERING & DESSERTS Paladar Catering & Meal Service OFFICIANT Jay Goldrick (friend) MUSIC PK and the Mighty Seven FAVORS DIY TRANSPORTATION Tremblay’s Bus Company GUESTS 90

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Wed at Ocean Edge A ceremony on a private Cape Cod beach. A kiss under an aged linden tree. A first dance in a glittering ballroom. Don’t Dream It... Live It.

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7.13 | MIDDLETOWN, CT

Ari + Aaron PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI + JULIE

BOUQUET

Ari carried roses, dried palm leaves, strawflowers and wildflowers.

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THEIR STORY When Ariadna (Ari) Garza (43 and an artist) and Aaron Novik (44 and a musician) met, they bonded over their interest in music and tarot. Another good sign: The first card Ari pulled for Aaron was the four of wands, which represents a long-term relationship and possible marriage. A few years later, they used the card’s design as inspiration for their letterpress invitations and made spirit board reply cards. The ceremony music was equally personal: The pair’s recessional song was “Love in Outer Space,” by Sun Ra and his Arkestra, whom they heard in concert on their second date. — R D

CEREMONY

Ari made the macramé helix knot for the wedding lazo, as a nod to her Mexican heritage.

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CAKE Sugar flowers and watercolor fondant decorated the chocolate raspberry and vanilla coconut cake. TABLE NUMBERS Ari and Aaron used their own Ophidia Rosa botanical deck to make the tarot card table numbers, which they framed with pressed flowers. DESIGN The couple set tables with dusty rose napkins, terra-cotta vases and pieces of quartz and amethyst from their minerals collection. “We wanted a romantic, magical vibe,” Ari says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS

FIRST DANCE

The newlyweds danced to “Send One Your Love,” by Stevie Wonder.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, Middletown, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Alison Lassiter and Julie Burbank/Ali + Julie VIDEOGRAPHY Mark Brown Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Connecticut Wedding Group FLOWERS Jakkelyn Iris GOWN Rue De Seine, Everthine Bride, Madison, CT SUIT Brooklyn Tailors, New York City WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Laura Dyer MAKEUP Erica T. Martell VEIL Diana Deane, New York City ENGAGEMENT RING Mociun WEDDING RINGS Ari: Wwake; Aaron: Marian Maurer STATIONERY Save the dates & invitations: DIY (design), Reb Peters Press; calligraphy: Order She Wrote; escort cards: DIY RENTALS & CATERING The Barns at Wesleyan Hills CAKE Nine Cakes DESSERTS Lyman Orchards OFFICIANT Pat Singer (friend) MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Charles Overton Group; reception: DJ Joe Lopez/Beat Train Productions OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Beat Train Productions; tarot card readings: Donna Phillips FAVORS Crystals & minerals: StoneBridge Imports HONEYMOON The Maldives GUESTS 120

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5 . 1 1 | K E N N E B U N K P O R T, M E

Emi + Dan

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMIE MERCURIO PHOTOGRAPHY

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S TAT I O N E R Y

The pair’s watercolor invitations included a map with local attractions like Nunan’s Lobster Hut.

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THEIR STORY Emiko (Emi) Suzuki (30) and Daniel (Dan) Sutton (32), both lawyers, hoped their wedding would feel like a mini New England vacation for their 85 guests. Everyone stayed at Hidden Pond, where they had a seafood bake welcome party and watched the couple exchange vows in a birch forest. A soft blue and gray palette, family-style dinner and loose arrangements of garden roses, peonies and anemones kept the vibe relaxed. — R D

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TABLESCAPE “We wanted our wedding to feel like a romantic spring garden party,” Emi says. The couple decorated tables with patterned linens, bud vases, blue water glasses and rattan chargers. COCKTAIL HOUR Guests grazed on pork belly slices, lobster rolls and mac-and-cheese balls ahead of the main meal. SWEETS Personalized wood peg dolls topped the lemon and vanilla buttercream cake. Emi and Dan brought out s’mores for the after-party.

G E TA W AY Emi and Dan cozied up in a 1956 Ford station wagon.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, ME PHOTOGRAPHY Jamie Mercurio Photography PLANNER Pinch Me Planning FLOWERS Watershed Floral GOWN Daalarna Couture, Spina Bride, New York City TUXEDO Black Lapel WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR Aphrodite Salon MAKEUP Adore Rouge ENGAGEMENT RING Brilliant Earth WEDDING RINGS Emi: Tiffany & Co.; Dan: BlueNile.com STATIONERY Invitations: Anticipate Invitations; menus: Minted.com RENTALS Griffin & Griffin; La Tavola; Peak Event Services; Sperry Tents Seacoast CATERING Hidden Pond CAKE Let Them Eat Cake CAKE TOPPER LovebirdsGoods, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Nicholas Fedewa (friend) MUSIC DJ Jon WELCOME BAGS Totally Promotional GUESTS 85

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BOUQUET

Emily carried geranium foliage and a variety of colorful dahlias.

9.8 | FALLS VILLAGE, CT

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THEIR STORY Grad students Emily Sellman (28) and Tyler Dratch (27) first met while working on a Jewish organic farm for a summer. Five years later, they returned to the same Berkshires retreat for their wedding weekend with friends and family. “We hiked, kayaked, toured the farm, did yoga and had a bonfire with our guests,” Emily says. The celebration itself was rustic and whimsical, with flower boxes lining the aisle, a bright color palette inspired by dahlias and a sustainable kosher menu. — R D

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DINNER Emily and Tyler served butternut squash lasagna and braised ribs with plum and cherry pepper bomb glaze. All the meal’s vegetables were grown on-site. SEATING CHART Seed packets hanging from chicken wire directed guests to their tables. DESSERT The couple didn’t want to leave the dance floor to cut a cake, so they let guests help themselves to pies, brownies and berries. TENT Greenery-covered gold hoops and white lanterns hung from the tent.

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Emily’s tulle gown had a lace top with floral appliqués. “I chose it because I loved how it twirled,” Emily says.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Lacey DellaPace and Chris DellaPace/Lacey Gabrielle Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Creative Image Productions PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Sharlene Sherman Events FLOWERS Tiny Hearts Farm GOWN Nouvelle Amsale, Nordstrom SUIT Suitsupply WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Allure Traveling Beauty VEIL Nordstrom ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Barmakian Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations: Papers Plus; escort cards: Hudson Valley Seed Company RENTALS Blondell’s Accent on Events; Events Unlimited Tent & Party Rentals; Table Toppers CATERING & DESSERTS Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center OFFICIANTS Rabbi Joel Sisenwine (Tyler’s uncle); Cantor Avi Albrecht MUSIC Soulfarm DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray WELCOME BAG The Candy Store Online HONEYMOON Patagonia GUESTS 250 HASHTAG #EmTystheKnot

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Dale carried an arrangement of dahlias, ranunculus, roses, lavender and seeded eucalyptus.

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THEIR STORY Though Dale Bishop (29 and a chief of staff) and Michael Stockert (29 and a strategic operations manager) married at an elegant historic estate on Lake Sunapee, their celebration was decidedly unstuffy. They made sure guests had drinks in-hand for the ceremony, which Dale’s cousin and her husband jointly officiated, and shared laughs during their vows. The casual mood continued during the father-daughter dance, when Dale’s dad stopped the band and jokingly asked for a faster tune they could swing dance to. — R D

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LOUNGE Guests kicked back in a cozy seating area by the fireplace, where baskets held blankets in case it got chilly. DESIGN Dale and Michael echoed Lake Sunapee and the venue’s gardens by incorporating lush greenery, potted plants, a dusty blue palette and exposed wood. MENU The couple served Manhattans, which Dale’s dad makes for anyone who visits their house on the lake, and a barbecue dinner of pulled pork as a nod to Michael’s Texan roots.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, Newbury, NH PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Donohue Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Latimer Studios PLANNER, EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS The PRISM House GOWN Modern Trousseau, Lily Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY; belt: Essense of Australia SUIT Suitsupply; tie: The Tie Bar WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Melinda Brandt Hair MAKEUP Making Faces Weddings VEIL Dareth Colburn ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Aura Diamonds STATIONERY Invitations, programs & menus: Lulu & Roo Design Boutique; escort cards: The PRISM House RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.; Ryan Designs CATERING Refined Catering DESSERTS Autumn Nomad, Cakes & Cafe OFFICIANTS Courtney and Chris Crowell (family) MUSIC Kahootz Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Grace Limousine & Shuttle HONEYMOON New Zealand & Fiji GUESTS 205

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THEIR STORY The Institute of Contemporary Art is one of Alexis Burbank’s (32 and a healthcare consultant) favorite places in Boston, so when she and Jamie Marino (32 and works in media content acquisition) decided to marry on its waterfront plaza, their day’s design took cues from the museum. “We focused on neutral colors and natural elements to let the ICA speak for itself,” Alexis says. A palette of green, white and blue was accented by modern details for a chic celebration. — R D

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GREENERY Southern smilax hung over centerpieces of Italian ruscus, Queen Anne’s lace and umbrella ferns.

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TABLESCAPE Wooden tables, linen runners and marble chargers brought an organic look to the modern glass building. DESSERT Alexis and Jamie served strawberry rhubarb, lemon meringue and caramel budino jar pies. GUEST BOOK Friends and family signed their names or left a fingerprint on enlarged sheet music from “Bridal Chorus.” FASHION Alexis wore a plunging crepe dress and pearl-and-gold headpiece, while Jamie sported a shawl-collar tux.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston PHOTOGRAPHY Lena Mirisola Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Erica Clemons/The Catered Affair FLOWERS Poppy Floral GOWN & HEADPIECE Sarah Seven, New York City TUXEDO Bonobos WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Lyndsay Simon Beauty ENGAGEMENT RING MGR Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Williams Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; guest book: SaraAart, Etsy.com RENTALS PEAK Event Services; The Catered Affair CATERING & DESSERTS The Catered Affair OFFICIANT Whitney Burbank (bride’s sister) MUSIC Ceremony: Anima String Quartet; reception: Young Love & the Thrills FAVORS Saltwater taffy: The Goldenrod HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 143

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A WYNDHURST WEDDING Let the bucolic, rolling hills of the Berkshires provide the perfect backdrop for your celebration. Our Gilded Age hilltop mansion is the centerpiece of 380 majestic acres, boasting extraordinary views of the Berkshires.

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Infuse your signature cocktail with symbolic ingredients, like Scandinavian lingonberries.

HAPPY HOUR Your cocktail space deserves love too. Here, chic seating and patterned linens set a festive scene.

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Delight guests with a treat that leads them to their seats, like these stunning floral-topped cookies.

S W E E T S E AT Calling all dessert lovers: Play up your sweet tooth with mini cakes at each place. Clockwise from left: Furniture rentals, EventRents.com; linens, LaTavolaLinen.com; paper goods, SweetZionPaperie.com; cookies, SweetFleur.org; florals, PremaStyle.com

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Your invites are the first look guests have into your wedding style, so let them shine. Here, muted tones and classic Swedish florals make for a stylish and thematic suite.

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TO W E R I N G T R E AT Your cake is a great place to lend a cultural touch, like this kransekake, a cookie tower typically stacked atop a champagne bottle for the couple to drink during the reception.

Smilax vine and sweet blue tweedia flowers tie the cake into the bouquet.

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C LO U D O F B U D S Draw the eye up with sprawling florals. This bright arrangement features dahlias, anemones and more.

BLUE BUNDLE This bouquet of blue tweedia boasts a hidden meaning: peace and harmony. Very Scandi, no?

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Carry similar patterns throughout your event (like bitsy blue florals) for a cohesive look.

A retro Airstream trailer adds to the ski town aesthetic—and can double as a photo booth for guests.

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Looking for something totally fresh that will take your celebration to the next level? We’ve got you. Here are our favorite of-the-moment ideas. B Y L A U R E N

Go for the wow! Instead of stretching your décor budget to include all. the. things, narrow in on one or two true heart-stoppers, like hanging florals, a neon installation that doubles as a ceremony altar or unique rentals. Your guests will be sure to remember this standout detail, especially if it’s so “you guys.”

FLORAL REMIX

Unexpected and totally on trend!

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Greenery is still hip, but this year it’s getting a colorful makeover. Spray-painted branches, greens and grasses are adding texture and unnatural color—think: neon, frosted pastels and metallics—to arrangements and bouquets (knuckle posy, anyone?). Dip-dyed petals are also a fun way to add an unexpected dose of color into the mix. Looking for a low cost, big impact floral moment? Two words: color blocking.

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TRENDING COLORS We recommend settling on your vibe first (for help, take our Style Quiz on The Knot Wedding Planner app), and then find a way to add a pop to your party. Lucky for you, color is trending in 2020. Expect to see a lot of neo mint, a.k.a. the new millennial pink; cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that’s equally fresh and serene.

MICRO WEDDINGS

Good lighting gets your details noticed and doubles as décor.

This trend is designed to keep things small—think: 40 people or less. But like any exclusive party, this celebration delivers big. The cost per guest is higher, meaning people are treated to bespoke touches, elaborate meals (read: tasting menu) and tons of personalization.

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SELF-SERVE SIPS We’re not talking a cooler full of cold ones. This wedding trend dresses up the actual serving of a signature sip. An artfully created wall-mounted dispenser, a trickedout bar of pour-over drinks or a slew of specialty garnishes allows guests to create their perfect cocktail. Bonus: You’ll need one less bartender to pull it off.

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EDIBLE BLOOMS Whether frozen in ice cubes, tossed in salads or sprinkled on top of dessert, edible flowers are on point. This pretty #extra is perfect for floral-loving duos and an easy way to elevate virtually anything from infused water to classic vanilla cake. Pair the petals with even more stems for an über-romantic party.

Veils aren’t going anywhere, but tiaras have given way to the latest in hair jewelry— barrettes and combs. These accessories are often adorned in pearls, rhinestones and colorful enamels. They’re great for holding back natural curls or creating a second style for your wedding reception.

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FALL modern moody

Saying “I do” in autumn is all about embracing the dramatic atmosphere of the season, so concentrate on working with colors that pack on the saturation. Traditional fall shades like inky navy blue and rich burgundy get a very 2020 upgrade with help from of-the-momenthues like coral, mauve and fiery orange. HOW TO USE IT When working with a palette as unexpected as this one, it’s only right to keep the surprises coming. Instead of focusing all the color attention on your tabletops, why not turn to your florals to bring that wow-factor? Painted or dyed botanicals like baby’s breath, feather ferns and dried blooms are a great way to add a dose of unexpected (and other-worldly) color. From there, you can complement the look with a modern mix of signage or paper goods printed on colored paper, a bold menu and seasonal sips.

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WINTER icy pastels

There’s no better way to embrace the snowy nature of (most) winter climates than to add a subtle layer of “frost” over all your favorite pastel shades. Slightly whitewashed hues like pale blue and soft lavender still feel lively while not seeming completely out of place for the season. The best part? This pretty palette helps to keep your celebration from skewing too “holiday,” which can often be a struggle in winter. HOW TO USE IT Good news: You’ll be able to find tons of florals in these shades, even during the depths of winter, so that’s a great jumping off point for your palette. From there, layer on extras like table linens, bridal party attire and more to help set the scene. Just keep in mind: You’ll want any fabrics and or textures to uphold a seasonal feel, so opt for heavier-weight materials like wool and velvet over lighter options like silk. WHY IT WORKS

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SPRING natural retro

This unique combo marries the best of mid-century design with a modern feel totally fit for any of-the-moment celebration. Think of this palette as neutrals-but-better— calming shades like nude and olive green set the foundation for more zesty picks like mustard yellow, coral and soft mint. The end result? A look perfect for a boho, nature-inspired spring soiree. HOW TO USE IT These shades beg to be mixed and matched, so start by decking out your wedding party in looks that range in color, texture and saturation. From there, set the scene at your reception with funky lounge furniture and interesting tablescapes. Don’t shy away from embracing the retro feel of this palette—you’ll be able to find tons of cool couches, chairs and even rugs in shades perfect for your party. Then, bring everything together with an eclectic mix of buds.

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SUMMER posh palm springs

West Coast is the best coast—at least when it comes to summer wedding palettes. For a bright and cheery warm-weather bash, look no further than the citrus-inspired shades of colorful Palm Springs. A range of orange, yellow and fuchsia will practically create the party atmosphere for you—plus they’ll all pop amazingly in your photos. HOW TO USE IT When you’re going this bright with your palette, more is more. Look to create photo-ready installations, like paper lanterns or a standout floral wall that doubles as a photo booth backdrop. You can also have some cheeky fun with oranges in this palette by incorporating the real-deal fruit into your decor. Think: blood oranges slices used as a table runner, clementines in your salad appetizer and even orange-blossom buttercream on your cake.

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If wedding planning is going to be a process that puts stress on you, your family or your relationship, hire a planner and trust them to do what they do best. This should be fun!

I always tell my couples that there are “musthaves” and “nice-tohaves.” You need a venue, so start there. And don’t forget—your budget is affected by guest count.

To personalize your day, pull details from your love story. Did you adopt a dog? Name your signature cocktail after your pup! You want guests to walk in and say “This is so them.”

One of my favorite trends is grazing boards: They are becoming must-haves for menus. Between charcuterie boards and epic dessert spreads, guests can satisfy every craving.

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THE YEAR’ S FRESHEST VENUES If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the rustic locale is consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good barn celebration, we’re also excited to introduce you to some of our favorite new kids on the block. Score one of these unique venues and you’ll officially be that ahead-of-the-curve couple.

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ARTIST RETREAT If your dream day includes having your friends and family in one spot for the duration of your wedding weekend, look no further than a nearby artist retreat. It has all the perks you’ve come to know and love from more traditional “summer camp” settings, like accommodations for the majority of your guests, access to the sprawling grounds for the whole weekend, privacy and plenty of space for fun extras like outdoor games or midnight bonfires. However, it swaps the rustic cabins and dirt for more refined buildings and event spaces, with an architectural and artistic edge that will make couples totally swoon.

MAKE IT YOURS Focus on modern details with a bit of a bespoke touch to play into the artistic DNA of the space, like lots of greenery, matte-black accents and even artfully plated food for dinner. If you’re open to it, look into local designers or artists that utilize the space and see if you can incorporate some of their work into the design of your day, like in your stationery suite or signage. Be sure to take advantage of having all your favorite people in one spot with a wedding weekend itinerary that packs in the fun (think: a Friday night barbecue followed by a family field game showdown and brunch on Sunday).

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What’s the driving distance from your ceremony to your reception 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 your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour. A good general rule of thumb is to keep the ceremony and reception space within 30 minutes of each other—and give guests at least an hour to get between the two. Is the venue near 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.

What kind of services do you offer? You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included (some venues may even ask that you hire specific companies), and whether there’s an on-site coordinator. Don’t assume that anything is included.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if the venue or your guest count is more important.

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Does the word rustic give you heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy feel can look to a ski resort. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, snow-covered pines and wood beams!), while the cozy atmosphere (think: stone fireplaces and leather couches to lounge on) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family—you can even plan to hit the fresh powder. MAKE IT YOURS A ski resort is made for a winter wonderland wedding. Channel those snow bunny vibes with décor that brings the cozy thanks to rich colors and luxe textures, like faux fur, wool blankets and more. A snowy scene doesn’t need much to make it stand out, so focus your efforts on adding ambience with candlelight, roaring fires and floral arrangements that bring the outdoors in (like boughs of pine or snowy-white blooms). Vintage ski gear can be a charming (and thematic) addition, so see if you can rent an old-school chair lift to double as a photo booth setting. Finish the night with hot toddies—because duh.

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HISTORIC RUINS The edgy, “forgotten” appeal of a cavernous loft or industrial space appeals to many couples—and for good reason. Not only does it boast tons of character (and probably history), but it acts as a blank slate upon which you can design your dream day. Capture that same appeal by taking the detritus outdoors and booking historic ruins as the setting for your “I dos.” Not only is it a super-unique spot (we can almost guarantee none of your guests have been to a wedding among crumbling buildings before), but it allows you to bring a bit of beauty and life back to a once-forgotten space. Love that. MAKE IT YOURS First things first, friends: We are not suggesting you stumble into any old pile of rubble and say, “Hm, a wedding here, I think.” Safety comes first, so do your due diligence when it comes to selecting the “ruins” that will host your wedding day. Most legit spots will likely be listed with a historical preservation society, so that’s a great place to start. From there, focus on décor that accents, not competes with, the grounds. Sprawling vines and florals, simple neutral colors and lots of glowing candlelight will help lend a romantic, untouched atmosphere.

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FUN PLANS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Treat them to a cooking class Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation, easy mingling and new friendships. Host a bonfire reception Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Hold a bonfire reception afterward (complete with s’mores, of course) for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

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Arrange a group tour Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the city while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour, like a coastal boat trip, bike ride or food crawl. A unique experience will have your guests loving your city just as much as you do.

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Opt for a postwedding brunch End a weekend of celebrating on a high note with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate getting a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with any friends and family you didn’t get to spend QT with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans.

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If you want all the timelessness and elegance that comes with a ballroom—without the history of 20 of your closest Facebook friends already getting married there—then look no further than an upscale restaurant. You’ll be able to bottle that same sophisticated feel with a few added perks that are sure to have any couple rushing to sign on the dotted line. Just think of it as a very stylish dinner party with all your favorite people, only you don’t have to do the dishes afterward. If you score a spot big enough, you can host dancing there too—if not, look to a local bar or club for an after-hours get-down.

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MAKE IT YOURS Restaurant décor is often more of-the-moment and updated than the traditional ballroom, so chances are you won’t have to bring in much to make your chosen venue stand out. Keep the big things the same (think: the table and chairs) and add a pop of color with rental linens or bold blooms. When it comes time to eat, you’ll want to make dinner the star of the show. Work with the chef ahead of time to create a custom tasting menu for your guests based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. You can even consider serving up the food family style so each table gets to sample it all.

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t’s no secret that wedding food can sometimes feel a little one-note. But if the two of you are

big foodies and looking to create a memorable meal for yourselves and your guests, “good enough” just isn’t going to cut it. While any meal cooked up by a pro catering team is bound to be delicious, you shouldn’t feel, ahem, married to the traditional (and, typically, expected) steak, fish and chicken way of doing things. Instead, use your wedding day menu as means of illustrating the ins and outs of your truly unique love story, with a meal packed with foods that unite your cultures, harken back to your first date or make you feel like you’re at Grandma’s dinner table.

First up is the fun part—daydreaming! When it comes to the big meal, the possibilities are endless, so cast a wide net when gathering inspiration for your menu. For a personalized dinner, think of ways you can tell your story through food (you can explain the deets on your paper menus!). Are you and your partner from two different cultural backgrounds? Serve up traditional eats from both sides for a fusion menu that will have guests feeling like they just hopped on a plane to a different world. If a love for cooking runs in your family, consider compiling a few signature recipes (like Aunt Mary’s mac and cheese or Mom’s chicken tikka masala) and using those as a jumping off point for the day’s spread—most catering teams are willing to adapt a family recipe if you just ask. Or, design a menu that calls to mind your first date at that holein-the-wall taco joint or a memorable trip you took to Italy for your anniversary. Whatever the inspiration, a meal deeply ingrained in your couple history is sure to be a big hit with the hearts—and the stomachs—of your friends and family.

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FIND THE RIGHT TEAM Once you’ve settled on your perfect menu, it’s time to find your dream team. If you’ve already chosen a venue that has an in-house catering staff, make an appointment to sit down with the team and talk through your vision. Remember, just because what you’re asking for isn’t “typical” of their client offerings, doesn’t mean they can’t make it happen. Just be prepared to compromise if necessary— there’s a chance your unique asks may up the cost per person from what you were originally quoted, or they may only be able to fulfill a few of your culinary wishes. If you’re hosting your day at a

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venue that requires you bring in your own catering team, then you’re in luck— this is going to make it easier for you to handpick the crew that can best execute your menu. Our advice? Let your pro do what they do best. Just because you fall in love with the drool-worthy Instagram feed of a local barbecue team, doesn’t mean they’re the right people to pull off your Italian-meets-Asian menu. When in doubt, hire a team within the culinary culture of your choosing—not only will that guarantee you’ll get delicious eats, but you’ll know that there will be less of a risk for day-of surprises that could derail your whole dinner.

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Traditionally, most wedding meals are served one of three ways—buffet style, where guests get up and serve themselves; family style, where platters of food are placed on each table and passed around like at a dinner party; and plated, where waitstaff will place an individual plate in front of each guest. As you can imagine, all of these options ring in at different price points—but they also boast different vibes too. Once you’ve booked your team and have a general idea of what you’ll be serving, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving. A casual Tex-Mex menu of tacos, guac and street corn may not necessarily jive with a whiteglove plated dinner, so consider mixing up the service style to better complement the overall feel of your menu. From food stations to a slew of roaming servers, the right combo can take your meal to the next level.

Chances are, you’ve already put a bit of thought into how your reception tables will look—after all, they’ll be the design focal point of your event and are a great way to contribute to the overall energy of your day. If budget allows, think beyond basic linens and white dishware, and explore some truly unique rental options to help your menu come alive. Ask your catering pros to weigh in on what color plates will make your main meal pop, or complement your traditional cultural dinner with accessories suited to that style (think: handmade Moroccan lamps and bespoke napkins to pair with your Middle Eastern menu). One more important thing to note? Specialty plates and utensils! If you’re having an out-ofthe-box meal, chances are your typical place setting won’t suffice. Be sure to rent things like chopsticks, seafood forks, bamboo steamers or whatever else you may need to ensure your dining experience is complete.

At this point, you’ve put a lot of love and care into crafting a menu that feels unique to you and your partner—so you obviously want guests to notice, right? That’s where your paper goods come in. When designing day-of items like your menus or cocktail hour food cards, it’s important to take the time to explain the backstory behind some of your yummy selections. If you’re opting for a seated meal, consider creating a little booklet to walk guests through your love story and what each dish means to you as a couple or to your families’ cultures (this is especially important if the majority of guests will be eating dishes unfamiliar to them). Or, if you’re serving up a lot of family-favorite dishes, include a few of the best recipes in the welcome bags for the weekend so guests can re-create their favorites at home. Whatever you choose, letting guests in on the fun story behind your menu will help tie the whole occasion together seamlessly.

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Being the focus of attention doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. If the thought of a few hundred of your closest friends and family watching and celebrating you fills you with the bad kind of butterflies, you’re not alone. Instead of letting social anxiety ruin your wedding day (and let’s be honest, the months leading up to it), tackle it head-on with these easy and actionable tips from psychologists. We’ll promise you this: There’s none of that “picture people in their underwear” advice in here.

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GO EASY ON YOURSELF Your first order of business when it comes to wedding day anxiety? Cut yourself some slack. Whether it’s the first time you’re experiencing this level of social anxiety or it’s a problem you’ve dealt with for years, know that what you’re going through is extremely common. “Anxiety is very prevalent, with 20 percent of the population experiencing it at some time or another,” says Jennifer Shannon, licensed therapist and author of Don’t Feed The Monkey Mind. “Social anxiety and a fear around public speaking is the most common way anxiety manifests itself for most people.” The days and months leading up to your wedding are sure to be packed with a lot of decisionmaking, a lot of commitment and a lot of opinions, so it’s only natural they stir up feelings of anxiety or fear. “Weddings push the anxiety hot buttons of public speaking fears, body image anxiety, performance pressure and more, as well as the fact that you’re making a lifelong commitment,” adds Alice Boyes, PhD, author of The Anxiety Toolkit. “They’re also incredibly expensive, so people want the money spent to be worth it.” Before you do any of the work to get a handle on your social anxiety, it’s important you stop fighting yourself (or worse, punishing yourself) for it. Accept that it’s a natural reaction to this stage in your life, and taking steps to control it will become much easier.

CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS It’s unrealistic to think you’ll head into your wedding day without a trace of nerves, especially if you’re someone who’s typically vulnerable. Instead of setting lofty expectations for your day, Shannon suggests anxious to-be-weds should aim to hit the target, not the bull’s-eye. “People with social or performance anxiety have what I call ‘social perfectionism,’ ” Shannon explains. “Instead of holding yourself to unreasonable standards, make a list of realistic, not perfectionist, goals.” Swap the thought that you will need to look completely poised and confident on the day of and not stutter over your vows with the more realistic (and human) goal of showing up and allowing signs of anxiety or nerves to show, and just focus on making eye contact with your loved ones and smiling. By eliminating the expectation that everything (or you) will be perfect from the get-go, you’ll remove a lot of the pressure that could cause you to ruin your own day. “The cost of perfectionism is your wedding will be disappointing on some level, as perfect is impossible,” says Eric Goodman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, anxiety disorder specialist and author of Social Courage: Coping and

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Keep calm and carry on through prewedding chaos with these actionable, stress-relieving tips.

1 Have a tech-free night With emails from vendors, calls from your wedding party and constant Instagram inspiration, escaping the digital stress of wedding planning can seem impossible. Chill out and reconnect with your spouse-to-be by observing at least one tech-free date night a week—no phone, no email and no social media. Trust us, you will both appreciate the extra attention and quality time together a digital detox can grant you.

2 Learn to meditate These days, it seems like everybody’s learning meditation to feel Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside 5 to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners: Get accustomed to the practice by using a guided meditation app (like Buddhify or Headspace) until you’re a relaxation pro.

3 Pamper yourself Instead of splurging on a day at the spa, treat yourself to some at-home pampering. Indulge in a mud mask, light some scented candles (lavender is soothing) and run a bubble bath to take your mind off of the epic to-do list that is planning for a little while. Your body and mind will thank you for the self-care, and you’ll feel refreshed when you inevitably get back to business.

4 Make time to sweat Being active is proven to boost your mood, lower stress levels and help your overall health, so make a point to maintain a consistent workout routine throughout the planning process. You’ll feel powerful and motivated—extra points if you include stress-combating yoga.

5 Get crafty Satisfy your inner artist by immersing yourself in a creative project that has nothing to do with your wedding (that means no DIY party favors allowed!). Put together a relationship scrapbook, paint with watercolors or take a pottery class— anything that helps get your mind off everything wedding-focused. Adult coloring books are another great option that can help you zone out and scribble away the stress.

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Thriving with the Reality of Social Anxiety. “The more you’re willing to allow expectations to fall away and anxiety to be just another guest at your wedding, the less of a threat it has to be. Focus on what you want the day to be about, rather than making it about trying to chase off anxiety.”

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SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS Half the battle of dealing with anxiety of any kind is setting yourself up for success along the way. One of the best ways to do that is decreasing your stress with a series of mindful exercises in the months leading up to your wedding. “Consider developing a meditation or yoga practice,” suggests Marra G. Ackerman, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychology. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a deep-breathing exercise, mantra or progressive muscle relaxation—knowing what works for you and having practiced ahead of time is key.” Boyes agrees, noting that two to three minutes of slow breathing per day can develop the skill into something you’re able to tap into the day of if anxiety starts to bubble up. “Slowing your breathing is the fastest way to slow down your heart rate and control the other body systems involved in an anxiety response,” Boyes says. Another good idea? Tap a friend familiar with your anxiety struggles to be your go-to throughout the wedding. Having at least one person (beyond your spouse) that’s aware of your struggles can give you a reliable support system.

PLAN A RIGHT-FOR-YOU AFFAIR Weddings aren’t one size fits all, and that rule rings even more true when one of the to-be-weds suffers from anxiety. Just

because your parents envision a boisterous affair with 200 guests, doesn’t mean that’s what’s right for you, so decide what will make you both comfortable and plan accordingly. “You, not anxiety, plan your wedding and make all relevant decisions,” Goodman explains. “Devise a wedding that’s based on your and your partner’s core values, like a small, intimate gathering with your closest friends.” That “us first” mentality can extend to lots of decisions throughout the process, like the venue you choose (a private garden is more closed off than the grounds of a hotel, which can have unwanted onlookers) and your pros. “Surround yourselves with a photographer, makeup artist or officiant whose vibe you find calming,” Boyes suggests. You’ll feel good about your picks and take one more step toward managing anxiety from the get-go.

PRACTICE AHEAD OF TIME Experts agree exposure can help improve your anxiety, so do what you can to “call to mind” anxiety-inducing scenarios leading up to your wedding as a way to test your response. “Seek out opportunities to practice being the center of attention, like hosting dinner parties and making the toasts,” Goodman suggests. “By facing your social fears ahead of time, you’ll see that, despite what your anxiety may tell you, nothing catastrophic happens if you’re imperfect socially. Plus, you’ll build up your anxiety-tolerance muscles.” Tackling everything from public speaking and displays of affection to dancing in front of a crowd ahead of time will help those anxiety-ridden elements lose their power ahead of your wedding day, leaving you more calm and relaxed for your moment in the spotlight.

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TOP 10 most common wedding planning questions. Let’s do this!

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AWKWARD QUESTION: DO I TIP MY VENDORS? WHO? HOW? HELP!

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MY WEDDING PARTY HAS BEEN SUPER PICKY ABOUT OUTFITS, AND THEY’RE NOT INTO ANYTHING I LIKE. HOW CAN I PLEASE EVERYONE?

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Okay, we got this, but remember: You can’t please everyone! I know, I know, groundbreaking stuff here, but if there’s ever a day on which this sentiment should be remembered, it’s your wedding day. You and your partner’s style and preferences should reign supreme for your event. Does that mean you need to rule with an iron fist? Um, no. Instead, think of ways you can compromise with your wedding party without abandoning your vision. Try giving your besties a color swatch and a few rules (aka no sparkle), and let them go wild (subject to veto!).

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Nothing awkward here, friend. You’re talking to someone who blacks out every time they’re asked to do simple math, so I get it. Who you tip (and what you tip) depends on the vendor in question. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Caterers, beauty pros, transportation pros and DJs should all get 15 to 20 percent of the total bill amount for their services. If you’re hiring servers, tip them around $20 each (or more), and same goes for musicians. Some pros don’t expect or require tips at all (floral designers, event planners and photographers, for example). When in doubt, head over to our site—TheKnot.com has your back with an extensive tip list.

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YOU ASKED, ANSWERED! MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED, AND IT’S NOT EXACTLY AMICABLE. HOW DO I KEEP THEM FROM STRANGLING EACH OTHER AT MY WEDDING?

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I’m sorry you’re in the position of worrying about this. The best thing you can do here is overcommunicate, even when it’s hard. Remind your parents that it’s your day—not theirs—so a peace treaty is necessary. Talk logistics and comfort levels. Can they sit next to each other at the ceremony? What about posing for family photos? Be considerate of their feelings, but not at the expense of your own.

I THINK MY PRO IS GHOSTING ME. WHAT DO I DO? Okay, okay. Before you send off that fiery email, let’s keep one thing in mind: Things happen, and depending on your timeline, your pro might have other clients who are getting married sooner and are getting their attention. If the amount of time is absolutely unreasonable (think: weeks with NO response to emails or calls, but meanwhile they’re still active on Insta), it’s time to check out your contract and begin considering your options. After all, you’re paying your vendors—get your money’s worth.

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WE MET ONLINE, BUT OUR FAM DOESN’T KNOW—AND WE’RE NOT SURE IF OUR WEDDING IS THE TIME OR PLACE FOR US TO GET OUTED. WHAT DO WE DO? You legend, you. I think you first need to ask yourself why exactly you wouldn’t want your family to know that you met via swipe, spark, tap, woof or whatever else I may or may not have done to find love on an app. At this point, you’re probably in the clear—you’re about to seal the deal! If you’re really nervous, give anyone toasting you a heads up, but I say you be honest and tell the story of your appily ever after.

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Uh, I get it—thinking about bills makes me want to cry. Budgets are stressful, but money needs to be something you can discuss openly with your partner. Consider this talk a little practice for your financial future. Bring up your wedding spend in a way that doesn’t feel accusatory, set boundaries (no raised voices, no low blows, etc.) and work together to come up with a list of priorities—costs included.

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HOW MANY SPEECHES OR TOASTS IS TOO MANY? I’m a sucker for a good toast, but even I can agree there’s such a thing as too many. You don’t want to keep guests from mingling and dancing just to hear the whole wedding party wax poetic about your love. I say you choose a rep from each side (typically an MOH and a best man, but gender is made up, my loves) and allow for parents to toast at their discretion. Somewhere around four to five short (think: around six minutes) toasts feels just fine to me. From there, get the party started.

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NEITHER OF US WANTS TO WRITE OUR OWN VOWS, BUT WE WANT OUR CEREMONY TO FEEL PERSONAL. ANY IDEAS?

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You’d be shocked by how many people have this same issue. Writer’s block can be a beast, and some of us just aren’t cut out for public declarations of love. Whatever your reason, you could replace traditional vows by reciting a poem you both love, repeating the lyrics to a song that means a lot to you, or taking part in a personalized unity ceremony. (My fave I’ve seen: a guac-making ceremony. *Drools.*)

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MY ____________ IS CONTROLLING AND WANTS A SAY IN EVERY DECISION. HOW DO I MAKE SURE THIS WEDDING ISN’T THEIR “I DO” TAKE TWO? I’m #TeamCompromise, but to a point. Is this person dictating major choices and expressing disapproval for the details too? Is this turning into a wedding you don’t even recognize? Hard stop. Form a united front with your s/o and talk to this person about the importance of your vision. If they have a financial stake in the game, you might need to make some tough compromises—prioritize accordingly.

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CROWD-PLEASERS SOMETIMES, THE WEDDING MOMENTS THAT MEAN THE MOST AREN’T FILLED WITH GORGEOUS FLORALS OR O V E R -T H E -T O P F I R E W O R K S . W E TA P P E D 1 4 G U E S T S T O LEARN ABOUT THE DETAILS, ADD - ONS AND P E R FO R M A N C E S ( Y E S ! ) T H E Y ’ L L A LWAYS R E M E M B E R . I L LU ST RAT I O N S BY A M Y B L AC KW E L L

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At one wedding I attended, the couple created a mini booklet to put in our welcome baskets that included info on every guest in attendance. It had pictures of each person or couple, a bio about them, details on their relationship with the couple and some memories or fun facts. I thought it was so unique and super thoughtful, and it was great to flip through it before the wedding to familiarize ourselves with who else would be there.

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SWEETS TO SHARE

At a wedding reception I attended, the couple had a Pittsburgh cookie table. Not only did it look stunning (and taste delicious), but it allowed family, friends and the local community to contribute to the wedding by making batches of treats ahead of time. I had never seen anything like it before, and it was a beautiful way to incorporate loved ones into the day. At the end of the night, we got to box up cookies to take home with us too! — A N D I E JERSEY FUN

I went to a wedding where the couple surprised their guests with a live performance from the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Everyone was on the dance floor singing along to top-10 hits from the legendary The Four Seasons. It was an unbelievable touch that brought together guests of all ages. — C O L E T T E DANCING QUEEN (AND KING)

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A friend of mine got married a few months ago. Her dad had passed away two years prior, so her husband and his mom decided to join her and her mom for one big parent dance, rather than the traditional separate ones. They did a giant jig to Mamma Mia! and literally everyone there was singing along, laughing and dancing in their seats. It’s such a hard tradition to figure out with a big loss, and they made it so fun. — J E S S SUPPORT SYSTEM

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At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception, plus a stand-alone sax player who played along with all the songs, bopping around the perimeter of the dance floor the whole night. It was unexpected, hilarious and fun—and the only thing the groom felt strongly about having.

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My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select several loved ones to recite prayers. I was one of those selected, and it was so special to be included. Guests surrounded them in a circle at the request of their officiant, who wanted to create a sense of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. — M A N A L THE NEW WEDDING MARCH

I was recently at a wedding where the groom, who works as an audio engineer, wrote an original song for his bride

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to walk down the aisle to. They also had a few friends of theirs sing during the ceremony, and those two elements combined really reflected them as a couple. Oh, and the groom completely lost it when my friend walked down the aisle to his song. Swoon. — A N D R E A

It was on a ribbon, and when her flowers were delivered to the room before the ceremony, her mom gave it to her to wrap around her bouquet. There was seriously not a dry eye in the room—even the florist was tearing up! — S A M A N T H A

SOMETHING BORROWED

At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the fatherdaughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the

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When my best friend got married, her mom gifted her with a beautiful charm that had a picture of her father on it (he passed away when she was very young).

time to make a small speech in his honor, then explained she would be dancing with the men who have helped her throughout life. She danced with her uncle, her grandfather and, finally, her brother. When he stepped forward to cut in for the last dance, everyone was teary. It was emotional to witness the bond they had, and to feel their love and loss in one moment. — A N D Y LITTLE MONSTERS

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-andleather-clad backup dancers own the dance floor in an upscale ballroom, surrounded by their fairly traditional families (some of whom were probably attending their first same-sex wedding ever) instantly set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a blast! — S H E R R Y STEAMY SIPS

I attended an outdoor wedding in October, and it ended up being freezing that day. They provided hot apple cider for guests while waiting for the ceremony to begin. It was so thoughtful and helped everyone’s hands stay warm. — H A N N A H TRUCKIN’ ALONG

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At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. — M A T T G U E S T S O N PA R A D E

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I was at a wedding recently where the groom’s father had passed away a few years before. His dad had enjoyed fixing up vintage cars as a pastime, and the groom had inherited one of them that he hadn’t finished before he died. Little did he know, his mom secretly had it fixed up and parked in the front of the church for when the ceremony ended. The groom was floored when he came out—they drove to their reception in it! – S T E P H

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an eight-piece brass percussion band to lead guests from the venue to the after-party spot four blocks away. The musicians were instructed to play crowd-pleasing ’90s hits like Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” while all us guests trailed behind them. Everyone was too happy and wrapped up in the moment to even notice the freezing temperatures outside (it was the middle of winter!)—we were too busy reliving our glory days together. — E S T H E R

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Ensure every wedding-related bash is #goals with these foolproof planning and etiquette tips. B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O

We get it, you’re focused on planning the main event. And who could blame you? Pulling together a party for 100-plus of your closest friends and family is a big deal. But what if we told you you could have just as much fun throwing all the other events that go along with your wedding? We’re serving up the advice you need for each

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For argument’s sake, we’re going to refer to this next category as a shower, but this can really include any event leading up to the wedding day where one or both sides of your family join together to celebrate your impending nuptials, like a bridal shower, couple’s shower and more. Remember, a wedding (and any related events) are all about what feels right to you and your partner, so if you’re not so thrilled by the idea of a shower, just skip it. If you’re looking to stick with tradition, plan to hold your shower anywhere from one to six months ahead of your wedding. Keep in mind that showers are often coordinated by someone other than the bride or groom (think: your MOH or future mother-in-law), so be sure to tap your party people early on to give them enough time to plan. For a traditional bridal shower, women who are attending the wedding are the ones invited, while a couple’s shower or other celebration usually extends to include anyone on your wedding guest list and can be as big or small of a gathering as you’d like. Another important point: These events are when the majority of the gifting will happen, so stock your registry with plenty of options at least a month or two ahead of your party so guests have a variety of items (and price points) to choose from. Plus, you don’t want Aunt Sally going rogue, do you? We didn’t think so.

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E N G A G E MENT P ARTY Depending on your preferences and how your engagement went down (think: a surprise dinner with your besties), you and your partner may decide to have an official party celebrating your new status as to-be-weds. According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, about 27 percent of couples have an engagement party. Hosted by your parents, a close relative, your sibs or even the two of you, an engagement party is meant to act as a casual get-together where friends and family can pass along their congrats and toast you with bubbly. We recommend keeping it informal— trust us, there will be plenty of occasions for you to rock black tie and cover everything with florals, but this doesn’t have to be it. Consider a low-key backyard barbecue or beach clambake, where you and your partner can focus on mixing and mingling with everyone you’re looking forward to celebrating your marriage with. And that brings us to the guest list. There is no “right” amount of people to invite to the party, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether you decide you want to keep it small and intimate or make it big and boisterous, steer clear of including any guests you won’t be inviting to your wedding (that is, unless you’re planning to elope). It may result in guests being confused as to where they stand, or having their feelings hurt once they realize they’re not receiving an invite for the actual wedding day.

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Is there anything more fun leading up to your wedding than a weekend partying with your besties? We think not. A longstanding tradition for both sides of the aisle, bachelor, bachelorette and newly minted bachelorx parties are a chance to let loose, hang with your pals and make some memories. While typically organized by someone in your wedding party, virtually anyone can pull together this party, so feel free to ask your most organized college roommate or Pinterest-savvy cousin to do the honors. Steer clear of celebrating too close to your actual wedding date so you can feel free to let loose and enjoy all the revelry that goes along with this prewedding bash. One thing to remember: Make your party preferences known. While you’re free to have a weekend that’s as low-key or over-the-top as you want, your friends aren’t mind readers, so if there’s something that’s truly off limits, say so. Beyond that, try and choose a location that has a lot to offer no matter what the budget or what your buds are into. Cities like Nashville, Charleston and Portland all have a great mix of the classy, the rowdy and the understated.

The night before your wedding is bound to bring a few jitters, and there’s no better way to distract yourselves than wining and dining alongside your loved ones. Rehearsal dinners have become a pretty standard wedding weekend event, and are traditionally held the evening before the “I dos,” after the couple and their wedding party have walked through the run-of-show for the following day with their officiant. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your VIP guests in a relaxed environment, so keep the vibe fun, festive and comfortable. No matter who the official “host” is (it can be your or your partners’ parents, you two or even grandparents or godparents—whoever’s up for it), you should aim to book and solidify your rehearsal dinner plans four to six months in advance. As for the guest list, consider including your immediate families, members of your wedding party and their spouses or significant others, the parents of any child attendants and your officiant (they may not come, but it’s a kind gesture to invite them). Looking to see everyone coming to town? Host a traditional dinner, then open up the celebration to anyone already in the area for your wedding with a few hours of welcome drinks or some other night-before festivities (like s’mores and bonfires). While the structure is pretty loose when it comes to a rehearsal dinner (you do you!), there are a few things you may want to include, like passing along any gifts to your wedding attendants and opening up the mic to any toasts or well-wishes that won’t take place during the main event.

Swap stories over waffles with a postwedding brunch—the ideal way to wind down the weekend. Usually held at or nearby whatever hotel you and the majority of your guests stayed at, you can cast a wide net with your invite list, including anyone who spent the night and doesn’t have to sneak out too early the next morning. Don’t feel like you have to send formal invitations for a farewell brunch unless you want to—this info is fine to include on your wedding website, or on the details card within your invitation suite. You just threw a killer party the night before, so don’t overcomplicate this. The only things you need are hearty breakfast eats, lots of coffee and plenty of goodbye hugs.

FIT IN FACE TIME WITH EVERYONE WHO’S IN TOWN FOR YOUR WEDDING WEEKEND BY FOLLOWING UP YOUR INTIMATE REHEARSAL DINNER WITH A FEW HOURS OF WELCOME DRINKS OR ANOTHER FUN FESTIVITY, LIKE S’MORES AROUND A BONFIRE.

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PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity, platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. While it is the most expensive of the metals, when platinum scratches, there’s very little metal lost, so your ring will withstand years of wear. Also, since it’s a pure white metal, it won’t cast any tint onto your center stone.

YELLOW GOLD Besides the fact that yellow gold is on trend right now, the pure form of gold has plenty of other appeal too. It’s about as low maintenance as it gets (it’s easier to clean than white or rose gold) and it’s a fairly hypoallergenic metal as well, depending on its karat measurement. Not to mention, it’s typically priced slightly lower than other fine jewelry metals like platinum.

WHITE GOLD Yellow gold is turned into white gold when the surface is plated with rhodium (a white metal). If you want the look of a white metal setting but don’t want to splurge on platinum, white gold is a budget-friendly choice. Though it has a similar resemblance to platinum, it’s more widely available and, therefore, less expensive. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return the ring to its original yellow color.

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A S A B E A U T Y E D I T O R A T T H E K N O T, I'll try anything once. Sometimes this is a super perk (hello, fancy facials). Sometimes it’s risky, like the time I went in for trendy highlights and came out a peroxide blonde. For better or for worse, I’ve tested (almost) every buzzy beauty option out there. Here’s the scoop on some of the most popular prewedding treatments, so you can decide what to splurge on—and what to skip.

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W H A T I T I S If you have naturally thin or uneven brows or were an over-plucker like so many of us in the early aughts, this corrective brow treatment could be for you. A more sophisticated take on permanent makeup, microblading is a form of tattooing where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. The result is a series of naturallooking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S If there’s one big takeaway here, it’s that timing is especially important. Microblading is a process, not a quick fix. I recommend scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding date. After my initial microblading appointment at Better Brows & Beauty (BetterBrowsNYC.com) in New York City, I had to keep my brows totally dry for a full week while scabs formed—no easy feat if you’re into consistent exercise or showers. Once my scabs fell off, it took another couple of weeks before I could go in for touch ups to perfect the look. While it was a time commitment, it was also a game changer. I've shaved minutes off my morning makeup routine and I never worry about smudging or sweating off my brows anymore. I also feel comfortable without makeup because my face is more symmetrical now—no more cringing at glaring bald patches whenever I catch myself in the mirror.

LASH LIFT W H A T I T I S Swap falsies, extensions and even mascara for this quick curling and darkening treatment that amplifies what you’ve already got. Your lashes are wrapped around small silicone rods and secured with a medical-safe glue, then permed

with a curling solution and tinted (usually with a vegetable dye). It takes around 40 minutes, and the results last up to 12 weeks or the amount of time it takes for a new set of lashes to grow in. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Think of this as a substitute for a kick-ass mascara. It dramatically boosts what’s already there but won’t weigh down your lashes or come unglued, as can be the case with falsies and extensions. It also addresses a variety of lash woes (think: straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward or unruly lashes that stick out in different directions). My lash lift at Glo Skin & Laser in New York City (GloSpaNY.com) only took half an hour, and my annoyingly thick but straight lashes looked amazing for weeks—like, people on the street commenting on how good they looked, good. You should schedule your lash lift a week or so before your wedding in case you have a reaction to the lash dye or curling solution. I had to give up my favorite oil-based cleanser afterward (oil-based products reverse the effects of the treatment) but it was a small price to pay for gorgeous lashes I couldn’t cry or rub off.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL W H A T I T I S If you’ve been hitting the wine or salty snacks to combat wedding planning stress, you could find yourself dealing with a puffy face all of the contouring in the world can’t fix. Enter: your new BFF, the lymphatic drainage facial. A jade roller on steroids, this combination of various massage techniques (including gua sha, acupressure points, and manual lymphatic drainage massage) reduces inflammation by draining excess water and toxins trapped beneath the skin. The result? A contoured face and jawline, lifted and toned cheekbones and a brighter and clearer complexion overall. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Extra-dirty martinis are my guilty pleasure, so I’m no stranger to facial puffiness. I booked a lymphatic drainage facial with celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong (CeciliaWongSkincare .com) right around the holidays, when the martinis were flowing and the bloat was real. While part of the treatment was slightly uncomfortable (the massage portion of the facial requires pretty firm pressure to work), my face was noticeably firmer afterwards, especially around my jawline and cheekbones. If you can swing it, book a series of six treatments leading up to your wedding to look your most contoured. Schedule your last one a week or so before your day for a taut complexion that’s extra camera-ready.

W H A T I T I S Microneedling (also called collagen induction therapy if you're fancy) involves a mechanized device that repeatedly punctures the skin with tiny, sterile needles. The treatment creates microscopic "damage" in the skin, which activates your body's wound-healing processes and revs up collagen production. Without getting too technical, an increase in healthy skin cells and collagen can reduce fine lines, scars and hyperpigmentation. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I didn’t know exactly what to expect from my microneedling session at Better Brows & Beauty, but it was surprisingly painless. Since I was numbed beforehand, the process felt like using a gritty face scrub. However, there's no

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sugarcoating it: Immediately after microneedling, I looked rough. My face was blotchy, bright red and swollen. (You know that scene in Sex and the City where Samantha shows up to Carrie's book party looking like beef carpaccio? It was kind of like that.) Despite the initial shock of how I looked after, there was virtually no downtime—I even wore makeup the next day without any residual irritation. My skin started to peel about four days after my appointment, but was back to normal within a week. In the weeks following my microneedling treatment, there was a remarkable improvement in my skin. The treatment faded the hyperpigmentation on my top lip, my overall complexion was smoother and my pores even seemed smaller. Coworkers commented I look "refreshed" and a friend even asked what I'd done to amp up my skincare routine. Bottom line: Whether you want to correct severe skin issues in the months leading up to your wedding or just boost your glow with a one-and-done approach, this is one Instagram trend worth investing in.

W H A T I T I S There’s no shortage of peels out there, but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System (SkinCeuticals.com) is especially potent. Applied in layers, this higher concentration of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid deeply penetrates the skin in just 30 minutes, stimulating collagen and solving a myriad of skin issues like fine lines, acne, discoloration and scarring. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I’ve done tons of at-home peels but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System was the real deal. After the first layer of chemicals was applied, I could only feel a slight tingling, but once the second and then third layer kicked in, the stinging was squirming-in-my-chair levels of intense. Afterwards, my skin was bright red and felt hot to the touch. In the week that followed, my entire face peeled off in large sheets (lovely visual, I know). While you can wear makeup immediately after, I decided to forgo the cover-up and let my skin slough off without any poreclogging interference. Within 10 days, all the dead skin peeled off to reveal a much dewier complexion, but I was disappointed to discover my sun spots and fine lines remained intact. My results weren’t as dramatic as I expected, so if you’re looking to totally overhaul your skin, plan to get a few peels in the months leading up to your day. Give yourself at least two weeks between treatments to bounce back, especially if you have sensitive skin.

BOTULINUM TOXIN W H A T I T I S Commonly referred to as Botox (Botox is actually a brand name of one of the most popular versions of botulinum toxin), this injectable also goes by the name Dysport and Xeomin. When used for antiaging purposes, it smooths out wrinkles caused by the repetitive activity of the facial muscles. Once injected into the face, it blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S While it’s easy to find injectables these days, it’s still important to go to an experienced professional (plastic surgeons and dermatologists tend to be best) who can inject you safely. I did my research and went to celebrity dermatologist Lisa Airan in New York City (DrLisaAiran.com). I was a little

nervous about sticking needles in my face, but she worked as quickly and as painlessly as possible while injecting my forehead and crow’s feet, which helped to put my mind at ease. Botox takes about three days to kick in, and I didn’t feel the full effects for about a week. After that, I noticed I had less movement in my forehead, my fine lines had disappeared and my brows even appeared slightly lifted. I looked, in a word, younger. The results lasted for three months. If you go under the needle before your “I dos,” make sure you still have some movement in your face— otherwise, you could end up looking emotionless in photos.

DERMAL FILLER W H A T I T I S Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some popular ones are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. Once injected into the face, filler (hyaluronic acid is the most popular kind) sits under the skin, plumping up hollow areas and smoothing wrinkles. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S This is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is effective. While luscious lips have never been on my wish list, the areas under my eyes have always been hollow, making me look permanently tired. The big downside to this particular issue is that no eye cream can fix it, so I took the plunge and got my under eyes injected with filler by Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a plastic surgeon in New York City (FacialArtistryMD.com). It was pretty painful (the skin around your eyes is very sensitive) and I was bruised and swollen at the injection sites for a week. But after the swelling went down, my results were nothing short of amazing. I looked instantly well-rested. The only drawback? Filler lasts for just six months, so the gorgeous effects were only temporary. Pro tip: Get filler around four months before your day so you won’t look less refreshed at your prewedding events.

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SUIT A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest or a pair of printed suspenders.

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DRESS Keep it chic with a short dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for glitzy flats or sneakers. Another thought: Add a fun hair barrette or birdcage veil to the mix.

CASUAL

If you’ve been dreaming of a courthouse ceremony, backyard celebration or even an intimate dinner party, this is the dress code for you. While casual dress usually means anything goes, you’ll want to look put together in your photos. To pull this off, a dress, separates or suit with a relaxed vibe—and extras with lots of personality—are key.

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DRESS Dramatic silhouettes, elaborate trains and thicker fabrics like satin and taffeta tend to look—and feel—too heavy for a beachy affair. Looser silhouettes, shorter hemlines and breezier fabrics like chiffon, lace and jersey won’t look out of place or weigh you down.

RUSTIC

Similar to beach chic, this loose set of rules is all about attire that works with your naturally gorgeous surroundings. A light gray or earth-toned suit or a romantic lace dress are made for a relaxed celebration at a farm, barn or vineyard. Swap stilettos for block heels or wedges, or go for more casual lace-ups or sneakers with sturdy soles that can stand up to any uneven terrain. If you’re game to really play up the rustic feel, consider adding botanicalinspired accessories.

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Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic island destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about making it official with your toes in the sand. And while beach-chic attire isn’t about wearing anything too over the top, it is about dressing to impress. Unstructured silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and nautical or tropical-themed accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off beachy wedding style. Where footwear is concerned, go for shoes you don’t mind getting wet—or just go barefoot.

SUIT A laid-back location calls for lightweight duds that won’t look too stuffy. Feeling bold? Mix up a light-colored ensemble with a floral jacket lining, vest or socks. Or, keep it easy with a printed bow tie and pocket square. DRESS A simple—but still stunning—lace dress with flutter sleeves won’t look out of place at a chill venue, but also doesn’t skimp on the romance. Give this effortless look a little something extra with statement earrings or hairpins.

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SUIT Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton are a must. A darker suit could feel too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for casual surroundings. Depending on how lowkey your wedding is, you may even want to lose the jacket and roll up your sleeves.

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The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code at the bottom of the invite or on a separate reception card. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. A traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas one with a playful font and bright colors speaks to a more casual vibe.

SUIT A tux or black suit is too fancy, while a khaki or light blue one is too relaxed for this (kind of) formal vibe. What’s a to-be-wed to do? Enter: the navy, bright blue or gray suit. A step above their more casual counterparts, sharply tailored formalwear in these trendy hues is versatile and just polished enough.

SEMIFORMAL

One of the most misinterpreted dress codes, semiformal attire is basically an outfit that’s dressier than what you’d wear to the office but not as much as an evening gown or formal suit. (Easy, right?) There are lots of ways to riff on this, but we love the idea of fitted silhouettes—whether a slimcut suit or fit-and-flare dress—plus bold accents.

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DRESS Heavily embellished or voluminous numbers are better suited for ultra-glam nuptials. A fit-and-flare or column dress with impeccable tailoring works for a variety of locales and wedding themes—and is easy to dress up or down, depending on how you accessorize it.

If your dress code is on the more obscure side (say, beach or rustic), your wedding website is the perfect opportunity to explain what you mean. If you’re feeling really extra, you can even link to Pinterest boards with outfit inspo.

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FORMAL DRESS A sleek evening gown in a high-shine fabric is made for a swanky venue. A satin, mermaidstyle look is dressed up but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Opt for one with a cowl back, oversize bow or one-shoulder neckline. SUIT A classic black tuxedo might feel too traditional. Instead, pair a charcoal, midnightblue or hunter-green suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with a sharp dress shirt and standout pieces like a statement tie, pocket square, socks or cuff links.

Also known as black tie optional, we like to think of this dress code as fancy but with a little less pomp and circumstance. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a cool museum, on a rooftop or in an art gallery off the beaten path, this kind of affair is definitely sophisticated—minus some of the strict rules of a blacktie event. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as put together—and also cutting edge—as your celebration. Structured outfits (think: a streamlined evening gown or a welltailored dark suit) plus polished accessories are easy fashion wins.

Pretty much as buttoned up as it gets (with the exception of über-formal white tie, which is essentially a thing of the past outside of royal and state balls), a black-tie wedding is synonymous with pulling out all of the stops. So, you locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your guests to wear their finest—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking appropriately snazzy. For the luxe event you’re planning, only a tuxedo or formal gown and opulent accessories will do.

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DRESS Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-forward style with cascading ruffles, 3-D florals or feathers. SUIT Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a traditional tux will guarantee you’ll dress the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs, dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a jacket with sleek, satin notch lapels and a self-tie bow tie. DEVON JARVIS

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Birdcage

Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a more minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and finished with whimsical accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. P A I R I T W I T H Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip dresses. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a suit or jumpsuit.

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Finger tip

One of the most popular lengths (even Kate Middleton sidestepped royal tradition and chose this shorter option), this veil falls below the hips and extends to—you guessed it—the fingertips. Secure this style, which is usually made up of several layers of tulle or netting, at the crown of your head, slightly behind it or, if your hair is up, just above your updo. P A I R I T W I T H This versatile veil is beautiful with a wide range of dresses, but it looks particularly pretty with ball gowns and, since it puts the focus on the torso, dresses with more elaborate bodices. You may also want to consider pairing it with a cathedral- or chapel-length veil—that way you can remove the longer one for the reception and leave the shorter top layer in place.

Juliet Cap

Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, old-world feel. This über-romantic style is typically made of sheer tulle or tulle with a lace-embellished edge. There are two ways to work it: You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil of your choosing to a separate cap. P A I R I T W I T H It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintageinspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extrasweet effect.

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Elbow

Slightly shorter than fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. P A I R I T W I T H One of the best things about this veil is you can pair it with just about any style. The elbow length is also perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but have a gown with details on the lower half (like intricate buttons, lace appliqués or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up.

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Mantilla

A chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features a wide, intricate lace edge. It should be positioned two inches from your hairline so its circular shape gracefully drapes down and frames your face on either side. For the traditional look, attach it with an ornamental comb (also called a peineta), or edge it up with a fresh flower crown or crystal tiara. P A I R I T W I T H Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and pair this romantic veil with sleek silhouettes that won’t compete with its shape. Skip the heavy embellishments as well and opt for a gown with small touches of matching lace instead.

Flyaway

A wispy, multilayered style that just brushes the shoulders, it’s considered less formal than other options. As the name suggests, the tulle used in this kind of veil usually has a stiffer quality that causes it to “fly away” from the to-be-wed, adding poufy volume to the top of the head. P A I R I T W I T H Due to its short and sweet feel, a flyaway veil works well with shorter, more casual dresses. If your gown is heavily embellished or has a sexy, plunging back, this simple style is also the perfect way to wear a veil without obscuring the details you love.

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Typically 90-inches long, this is a formal veil that extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It should sweep the floor, extending slightly past your gown. P A I R I T W I T H This simple style is often worn in combination with a sweep train (a veil that just brushes the floor) and blusher for extra oomph. It works with most dress silhouettes and styles but is particularly stunning when layered over a flowy or multilayered gown with a train. If you’re forgoing a train, a chapel veil can add drama without the weight or the hassle—no bustle required.

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Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably walk and even dance in—hence the name. P A I R I T W I T H This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

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Blusher

A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened to the crown of your head. P A I R I T W I T H A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

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Looking to make an entrance? This is the style for you. The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless members of the British royal family, including Diana and Meghan Markle—this style typically falls about three-and-a-half yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and a gown with a long train. It’s an especially great option if your ceremony venue has a long aisle to walk down. P A I R I T W I T H The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most overthe-top ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you choose a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedralor semi-cathedral-length train.

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Your gown can guide the type of veil you choose. A simple dress may be an opportunity to make a statement, while an ornate gown may call for something a bit more understated.

If your gown is heavily embellished on the back, take that into consideration. Your veil shouldn’t cover any special embellishments like beading, bows or illusion lace.

If you’re opting for a long veil and your dress has a long train, it’s a good rule of thumb to choose a veil that extends at least one foot beyond the edge of your train.

If you’re wearing a floorlength veil for your reception, consider having it bustled. That way, it’ll be swept up off the ground and you won’t have to worry about tripping over it.

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EQUAL

Five years after the US Supreme Court’s monumental decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, two of our real couples look back. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

2001 The year The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage

JOHN CHENG + PAUL CRAYTHORNE

2004

SEPTEMBER 17 | NEW YORK + ATLANTA “By the time marriage equality passed, we were already well into our wedding planning,” John says. “We deliberately chose to get married in New York City—not only because we both love it, but also because gay marriage was legal in New York state and we live in the South. Once marriage equality passed nationwide, our preparations took on a much more celebratory feel. We had that giddy sense of anticipation that you get between Thanksgiving and Christmas or on the day before you start vacation. Our wedding went from a necessary expense in order to get the protections afforded to legal marriage to the happy expense of a destination wedding.”

The year Massachusetts became the first state to support marriage equality

61%

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The evolution of marriage eqality.

“The day of the Supreme Court’s decision, we were so happy and overwhelmed with joy—though we were already married in our eyes, it was still emotional,” Nichole says. “I remember Kelli couldn’t wait to get to the DMV to finally change her last name on her driver’s license—and we celebrated by doing exactly that. Though the decision didn’t change or affect our relationship directly, it was an amazing feeling to finally be recognized as equals. We’re just happy and proud to have been alive to witness marriage equality nationwide, and since then, we’ve seen same-sex couples gain more acceptance in society. We even notice more and more same-sex couples represented on TV.”

The number of cohabitating American LGBTQ+ couples who married post ruling in 2015

10 MILLION The number of tweets in response to the decision, including the #LoveWins

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Recognize your community with queeraffirmative vows.

Choose a reading or music by a LGBTQ+ activist.

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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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

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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Maine PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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 1 Merchants Plaza 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.

N/A

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

FEE

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.

N/A

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.

GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

FEE

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

The Nashua Telegraph

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

Manchester Union Leader

Concord Monitor

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Rhode Island

Vermont PUBLICATION

CONTACT

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.

N/A

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Charter Oak Country Club

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Andover Country Club

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Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

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Andreas Bridal

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The Commons 1854

125

Apple Hill Farm Weddings & Events

73

The Connors Center

5

Aqua Blue Hotel

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Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

59

Arthur Murray Dance Centers

227

The Essex Room

9

Artists for Humanity

177

Events at The Loft Plainridge Park Casino

117

Atkinson Resort & Country Club

142

The Flying Bridge

180

Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport Hotel

211

Fort Adams

147

Barker Tavern

193

Four Oaks Country Club

26

Barmakian Jewelers

49

Glen Magna Farms

227

The Barn at Wight Farm

107

Gourmet Caterers

75

The Barn on The Pemi

196

Grand View

14

Bear Mountain Inn and The Barn

37

Granite Links

179

The Bedford Village Inn

195

Hampshire House

207

Beechwood Hotel

141

The Harding Allen Estate

201

Bittersweet Gardens

209

Harrington Farm

10

Black Swan Country Club

101

Hawthorne Hotel

98

Boston Harbor Hotel

139

Heritage Flowers

229

The Boylston Rooms

95

House of Blues Boston

229

Briar Barn Inn

19

Independence Harbor

34

Brookmeadow Country Club

145

Joseph Gann Jewelers

13

Butternut Farm Golf Club

76

Just Desserts Bakery & Cafe

225

The Cape Club of Sharon

167

La Pièce - The Room

111

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

59

LaBelle Winery

91

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Lakeside Villa

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Sara Kovel Events

60

Lenox Hotel

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Seaport Hotel

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Locke Falls Farm

65

Silver Arrow Band

33

Lombardo’s

25

Spring House Hotel

112

Manchester Country Club

183

The Starting Gate at Greathorse

122

Marry in Maine

190

Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House

136

Misselwood Events

156

Tewksbury Country Club

21

Montilio’s Baking Company

203

The Tiffany Ballroom

53

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

174

Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

225

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

97 The Tirrell Room

165

Tupper Manor

209

Union Bluff Meeting House

159

Ve’Lace Bridal

86

The Viewpoint Hotel

168

Vinwood Caterers

223

VOWS Bridal

173

Waverly Oaks Golf Club

121

Weddings at Renaissance

161

White Cliffs Country Club

31

Willowbend

51

Murray Hill Talent

171

Nahant Country Club

199

The Newbury Boston

29 103

Off The Vine Catering

207

Osteria Posto

81

Party Favors

211

The Pavilion at Pinehills Golf Club

223

Peak Event Services

55

Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

17

Q Ballroom

185

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm

89

Willowdale Estate

18

The River Club

85

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely

68

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

22

Wyndhurst Manor & Club

127

Saphire Event Group

2

Zev Fisher Photography

67

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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

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This was the moment right before our first look as I waited for Michelle, who’d been telling me for weeks that her dress was purple,” Tony says. “I was trying to look cool as I waited for a touch on my shoulder, but what you can’t see are the wings under my jacket thanks to all those butterflies.”

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