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get the look... daily fix editor’s letter ask carley haute hues top picks 8 gorgeous garden venues secrets from real couples expert advice love stories checklist local lowdown marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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Imagine saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden. We have your perfect destination and the complimentary services to help you through the process. Explore nearly 2000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality! Trust the experts who have created amazing destination celebrations for over a decade.

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CONTENTS

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playing for keeps mix up your look with edgy silhouettes and whimsical details

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match game find the perfect attire and accessories to complement your venue

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fashion countdown dress deadlines you don’t want to miss

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ageless style tips to helping mom pull off a sophisticated look

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maid for each other find bridesmaid dresses that are both affordable and fabulous

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the well-groomed groom a guide to helping your guy look (almost) as good as you

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making the grade how to determine which diamond is right for you

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veils, unveiled discover the prettiest styles, from traditional to trendy

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paper trails

health & beauty 255

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foolproof products to take you from your engagement to wedding day

style 132

paper trails

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let your locale inspire your invites

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petal talk the most asked about wedding flowers

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secrets to the #bestdayever give your guests something to talk about

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style your soiree with these fresh ideas

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outdoor occasion

how to look and feel your best

a wedding that’s totally you set the vibe you want for your day

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the dos and don’ts of do-it-yourself a helpful guide to avoid potential DIY disasters

color done right down to the last detail

the real deal on wedding cakes

8 healthy habits

answers to all your frosting, flavor and topper questions

avoid these common color mistakes

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beauty awards

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too pretty to eat (well, almost) edible favors that are sure to leave a lasting impression

how to celebrate in the open air

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veils, unveiled

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CONTENTS

r  eal weddings 64 kat & marshall july 25, buxton, me

68 jeanna & dan april 9, boston

72 tryn & matt august 8, westerly, ri

78 nanako & shaun february 27, burlington, vt

84 erin & tyler september 26, newport, ri

90 tanya & tony october 11, harwich port, ma

94 daniela & joseph may 21, washington, ct

98 ashley & joe october 10, jefferson, nh

102 samantha & jamar june 12, wellesley, ma

106 gabriel & pavana

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108 shannon & geoff

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110 sarah & atang may 28, stowe, vt

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112 brooke & zach september 19, woodstock, vt

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116 kim & pete august 29, new milford, ct

120 chrissy & mike

317  the ultimate guide

write your vows one word at a time

to cookware

register for these pots and pans

how to manage your budget

124 danielle & patrick

291 eat, drink and be married

april 25, newport, ri

128 kate & lauren may 30, kennebunkport, me

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130 andrea & jordan 2 80 kendall & andrew

325 snap happy find a photographer that clicks

a sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option

335 marry melodies

 hat not to overlook w before you book

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create your perfect song list

ask these crucial questions

august 29, boston

the caribbean decoded find the best oasis for your getaway

304 vineyard vows

may 2, islamorada, fl

tips to having your nuptials among the grapevines

r  eal wedding budget key

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host your destination affair close to home at one of these hotels

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look... ON HER Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $895, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com

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ON HER Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $3,500, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, socks, $10, Tommy Hilfiger, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

CAROUSEL CREW Jane’s Carousel, with its vibrant colors and whimsical details, felt like the perfect backdrop for our celebratory fashion shoot in this issue. Here, our whole team (including The Knot cofounder Carley Roney) strikes a group pose in front of the landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.

ON HER Top and pants, $4,150, Rosa Clará at Estée Bridal, EsteeBridal .com (East Greenwich, RI), La Reine Bridal, LaReineBridal.com (Waltham, MA), Musette Bridal Boutique, MusetteBridal.com (Boston); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $98, KateSpade.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE RAUSSER FASHION STYLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: ELOISE CHEUNG USING T3MICRO AT KATE RYAN INC. MAKEUP: LEANNE HIRSH USING VAPOR ORGANIC BEAUTY AT SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY PROP STYLING: SAM COOK AT KATE RYAN INC. FLORALS: TIN CAN STUDIOS LOCATION: JANE’S CAROUSEL, BROOKLYN, NY

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

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Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

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Tracy Everding

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

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Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR STYLE EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR PLANNING EDITOR NEWS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS SENIOR COPY EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, PLANNING SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS

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Lauren Kay Stephanie Cain Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Avery Hutchinson Margaret Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Love ASSOCIATE ONLINE PHOTO EDITOR Barrie Tovar MARKETING AND EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Stefany Arias

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

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, ACTIVATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS Alexis Jonnson PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Kristin Savilia, ksavilia@xogrp.com (212) 515-7455 GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com, (646) 430-4799 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lise Lahood, llahood@theknot.com (844) 886-4255

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot New England is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2016 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot New England are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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Browse the top weddings from across America as part of our 50 Weddings, 50 States roundup. Our New Hampshire pick, Chrissy and Mike, infused their playful campground nuptials with overflowing florals, charming details and plenty of New England flair. It’s the ultimate local inspiration. 50

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Gather your dream team of wedding pros with the help of our newly launched Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your New England guides have everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, florists, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our Marketplace.

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Rather than focusing on small details, I worked hard to keep the camp’s gardens vibrant and the grounds beautiful.”

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

We’ve tested all of The Knot Beauty Award winners. (p. 255)

All your wedding cake questions answered. (p. 177)

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This painterly invite says “city wedding” in the most elegant way. (p. 132)

—GLORIA STEINEM

You’re getting married! Congratulations. We love filling your head with hundreds of inspiring ideas—like destinationinspired stationery (p. 132)—as well as the practical advice you need to get your planning done. From the most effective beauty products for every wedding-related event (p. 255) to a flower primer you’ll want to tear out and take with you to your first meeting with a florist (p. 139), this issue was created to help with all your to-dos and make you feel confident every step of the way. And when it comes to fashion, we’ve got brides and grooms covered. In “Playing for Keeps” (p. 200), we used a carousel, cotton candy and other playful elements to show how edgy silhouettes, unconventional hues and unique accessories can add a touch of whimsy to your wedding look. For the guys, check out our ultimate guide to looking great, from manscaping to choosing the right menswear (p. 237). In order to make all of your ideas come to life, of course, you’ll need to think about a budget that works for you—and we’ll help with that too (p. 285). Wherever planning takes you, be sure to share your favorite wedding details with us on Instagram (#TheKnot). Now, let the dreaming begin.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A feathery two-piece frock is perfect for dancing. (p. 200)

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

GOULD: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY

Pink peonies: the ultimate romantic flower, and one of my faves. (p. 139)

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

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EXPERT Q& A

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My wedding band and engagement ring are both platinum, but I’m thinking about wearing gold jewelry for my wedding. Will that work?

RUDE REMARKS A friend of ours keeps making comments about our wedding budget, wondering aloud how we’re paying for it—in front of other people. How can we deal with these types of comments? We know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let a guest with a negative or insensitive attitude affect your wedding. You shouldn’t have to defend yourself— plus, your budget is nobody’s business but yours, so don’t get into an argument about how much you are or aren’t spending. Instead, simply thank them for noticing the details of your wedding and let them know how you plan to pay for it is a personal matter between you and your families. Being polite yet direct (not to mention honest) is the best way to get your friend to drop the subject for good.

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MOM ON A MISSION My mom’s taken over our wedding guest list, but the chapel we’ve chosen for the ceremony is pretty tiny. How can we rein in her list without stepping on toes? Parents helping to pay for the wedding should have a say in how their money is spent, but there’s nothing anyone can do about how many people will fit in the chapel you’ve chosen. If your mother keeps expanding her list at the exclusion of those guests most important to you, speak up—but make sure you don’t sound like you’re placing blame. Start with, “I’m worried about the number of people we’re inviting and that the ceremony will be overcrowded. Is there a way we can compromise?” Hopefully she’ll understand the dilemma and rethink the large head count without too much pushback.

REQUESTING CASH How do we let our guests know we want to receive money instead of gifts? Asking for money as a wedding gift may seem taboo, but more couples are going that route instead of a traditional registry. We suggest using an online cash registry website like Tendr, which lets guests gift money gracefully and discreetly with a personal note of congratulations. Or you may decide you’d rather receive money to fund your honeymoon. Create an account on a website like Traveler’s Joy for guests to contribute to. Whatever route you take, post your registry preference and links on your wedding website. But keep in mind that some people still want to give you something personal or material, so give them the option to do so. >>

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You can absolutely mix metals on your wedding day. Your engagement ring and wedding band might be your most meaningful (and asked about) jewelry, but that doesn’t mean they have to stand alone or dictate your entire look. For a little fashion inspiration, let the color and details of your gown point you toward which baubles will work best for your wedding. Gold usually pairs beautifully with creamier ivory fabrics, while silver typically complements brighter whites.

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PLANNER PAINS I don’t think we can afford a wedding planner, but I’m drowning in details. I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed I’ll be on the actual day. What should I do? It’s no secret: Planning a wedding alone is hard, but hiring a planner can be pretty pricey. The good news? Most pros really can work with any budget. If a full-service planner—who’ll hold your hand through finding a florist to cutting the cake—is out of your price range, hire one either on a freelance basis (they’ll help lay the groundwork for you early on) or just as a day-of coordinator. The latter actually starts at least a few weeks before your wedding and costs a fraction of a full-service planner but is pretty priceless—the last thing you should be doing on your wedding day is worrying.

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of couples hire a professional wedding planner TRIAL AND ERROR Am I being too pushy if I bring photos of styles I like to my hair trial? Not at all. Most stylists actually love when you bring pictures for inspiration— plus, your idea of classic might be totally different from theirs. Same goes if you mention celebrities whose locks you admire. Stars change their looks so often, you might be visualizing a sleek redhead while your stylist sees a tousled blond. In addition to photos of styles you like, bring a picture of your dress along with the jewelry and hair accessories you plan on wearing, including your veil, to ensure everything works flawlessly altogether when it’s time to walk down the aisle.

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ALTAR UPGRADE We’re getting married in a church— what are some ways we can make the space feel special and personal? You don’t need much to dress up your ceremony spot, especially if the venue’s interiors are already beautiful to begin with. And remember: Your wedding party will be “decorating” the scene too. Start by checking with your church as it may have décor restrictions. If your congregation allows it, have your florist create two arrangements to mark the altar, and line the aisle with candles, small arrangements or topiaries. If flowers or candles are a no-go, a simple, personalized aisle runner can be enough to make it feel more you.

what would you do Is it necessary to list the groom’s parents on the invitation if they’re not contributing? Tell us what you think at TheKnot.com/talk ANSWER ANXIETY There are only two weeks left until my wedding and I still haven’t heard from a big portion of my guest list. What should I do? As the date draws nearer, there’s nothing wrong with following up with a quick phone call or email to get a definitive yes or no. If you’ve got a particularly trusted and helpful bridesmaid, relative or friend, ask them to help make the calls. Or have whoever added each guest to your list pitch in—if it’s your friend, it’s up to you to track him or her down; if it’s your mother-in-law’s coworker, she should make the call.

MOCKTAIL HOUR Is it appropriate to have a cocktail hour if we know a good portion of our guests don’t drink alcohol? Absolutely. A cocktail hour is a fun way for guests to pass the time between the ceremony and reception, especially if you’re planning on taking photos. In addition to a signature cocktail, you can also create a custom mocktail, which is always an unexpected and appreciated refreshment for nondrinkers. If you’re just serving beer and wine, make sure you have plenty of soda and bottled water on hand as well. Plus, you’ll definitely want enough tasty hors d’oeuvres for everyone to munch on while they sip and mingle.

76% of couples host a cocktail hour

HONEYMOON HITCH My fiancé and I have completely different ideas on the perfect getaway spot. How can we both get excited about choosing and planning the right trip? Your honeymoon should and will be special, but remember, this isn’t the only trip you’ll ever take together. Sit down and rank your top five honeymoon spots, then see if you have any overlap. Sure, your third choice might be his fifth, but chances are you’d both be happy with the locale. If you want to go rock climbing and he wants to lounge poolside with a good novel, find somewhere that offers both. Or, if you have enough time (and energy!), hop to multiple destinations to satisfy both tastes. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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Dress, $198, Allure Bridesmaids at Marry & Tux Bridal, MarryandTuxBridal .com (Nashua, NH), Bella’s Bridal Boutique, BellasBridalGowns.com (Worcester, MA), Dreams Bridal Boutique and Tuxedo Center, DreamsBridalME .com (Augusta, ME)

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Crisp Petals invitation, $254 for 100, Petite Alma, WeddingPaperDivas.com

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Eye shadow in Balsam, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com

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Ring, $4,250, EffyJewelry.com

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Rouge Volupté shine lipstick in Fuchsia Stiletto, $37, Yves Saint Laurent, Sephora.com

pleasing print

fuchsia + aqua

Robe, $40, TheKnotShop.com

blue notes

Mandarino Di Amalfi eau de parfum, $225 for 1.7 oz., TomFord.com

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Boho Ikat invitation, $234 for 100, Penelope Poppy, Minted.com

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Dress, $220, Hayley Paige Occasions at New York Lace, NYLace.com (Taunton, MA), Blushing Bride, BlushingBride.me (Peabody, MA), Allegria Bridal, AllegriaBridal.com (Belmont, MA)

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Amazonian Clay blush in Captivating, $28, Tarte, Sephora.com

bottoms up

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luxe touch Clutch, $895, Marchesa, Saks.com

Nail lacquer in Red, $28, Dolce & Gabbana, Saks.com

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Dress, $192, Wtoo at Vows Bridal Outlet, BridePower.com (Watertown, MA), Andrea’s Bridal, AndreasBridal .net (Portland, ME), Sposabella Bridal, SposabellaBridals.com (Hyannis, MA)

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2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA; (413) 551-5111; EdithWharton.org With its ornate architecture and formal gardens, Edith Wharton’s historic mansion exudes old-world grandeur. During the event, couples have exclusive use of the home’s gracious interiors and manicured grounds. Have your ceremony in the exquisite French Flower Garden, followed by cocktails on the terrace and a tented reception for 250. Don’t forget to invite guests to tour the mansion’s third floor and its historic rooms, which are said to be haunted.

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA; (508) 869-6111; TowerHillBG.org Set on 132 acres of land overlooking Mount Wachusett, Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers a tranquil oasis that feels a world away from the bustle of big city life. Make guests feel like they’ve been whisked away to the tropics with a reception at the Orangerie. The lightfilled greenhouse, with its cathedral glass ceilings and exposed brick details, can accommodate gatherings of up to 150, as well as small weddings for 70 guests during the off-season.

96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT; (860) 434-5542; FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org On the banks of the Lieutenant River sits this former boarding house for artists and a distinctive setting for affairs of up to 200. It’s not hard to see what esteemed landscape artist Henry Ward Ranger saw in the site, with its sun-soaked gardens, granite ledges and salt marshes. You can bring many of the details in, and the wellorganized event team will make sure your day goes off without a hitch. Plus, the views are so worth it. >>

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blithewold 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI; (401) 253-2707; Blithewold.org Make guests feel like they’ve been transported back to a simpler time with an alfresco fete at Blithewold. After exchanging vows in the North Garden, an exquisite spot with a reflecting pool and sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, enjoy signature sips and jazzy tunes out on the terrace. With free rein of the property, your guests can stroll with champagne in hand through 10 acres of perfectly manicured gardens.

556 Connecticut 169, Woodstock, CT; (860) 928-4074; HistoricNewEngland.org A far cry from the average banquet hall, the pink Victorian Gothic Revival home is situated on the village green, surrounded by impeccably groomed lawns and a carriage barn with a private bowling alley. Rental fees help support Historic New England’s mission to preserve and share New England heritage, and couples benefit from a complimentary oneyear membership, which includes free admission and exclusive discounts.

hidden pond 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME; (207) 967-9050; HiddenPondMaine.com Tucked away on 60 acres in a seaside town, you’ll find Hidden Pond. Here, simple elegance is the ultimate luxury—think: farm-to-table dining, a charming barn and manicured grounds that offer an unforgettable backdrop for your “I dos.” Host an intimate celebration for 80 in the barn, or celebrate with a tented blowout bash in the gardens with 200 of your closest family and friends.

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT; (802) 985-3346; ShelburneMuseum.org With its unique blend of fine art and natural beauty, this museum isn’t your typical venue. Set in the heart of Lake Champlain Valley, you and your guests will dance and dine against an extraordinary pastoral landscape with panoramic views of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain. With 20 gardens to choose from, including Bostwick Garden, and Brick House, there are endless options to make your wedding feel one of a kind.

900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA; (617) 933-4921; MassHort.org Open fields and impressive architecture are just a few of the things you’ll find at The Gardens at Elm Bank. Take guests on a tour of the property with a ceremony in the Italianate Garden, cocktail hour in Weezie’s Garden for Children and dinner in the 3,000-square-foot Hunnewell Carriage House that accommodates up to 225. Or for a bigger guest list, attach a tent to the event hall to allow 400 partygoers to take in the sights and fresh country air.

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Hiring a full-service planner can seem like a big investment up front, but it pays off. Your planner can draft a realistic budget, finda venue and connect you with the best local vendors that fit your needs. Every little detail is important, so we don’t get annoyed when a bride or groom insists on something seemingly silly. It all matters, and it’s our job to make it happen.

what red flags should couples consider when searching for their perfect venue? The biggest red flag is management’s response time and attention to detail. If a venue manager is slow to respond to your correspondence, that’s an early indication of what it will be like working with them for the duration of the planning process. You’ll waste a lot of precious time not being able to move forward when you’re waiting on critical input from your venue. do you have any wedding pet peeves? We have nothing major against a vintage croquet set, but we kind of cringe at cornhole. There’s just something about lawn games that says “backyard college barbecue.” what should every couple keep in mind throughout the planning process? Think of your wedding day as a true reflection of your personality. It doesn’t have to look over-the-top beautiful, nor does it have to follow ever-changing trends. F ind more planners from your area in our directory on p. 377

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how much, on average, do couples spend on their rings when they come to you? A pair of wedding rings can range from $1,200 for simple, 14-karat gold bands to $4,000 for platinum, diamond and custom designs. With many brides opting for the stack of simpler bands, every couple’s nuptial selection is unique—and we love that. do you find that couples come back to you postwedding to add to their rings? My couples are sentimental about their original rings, so they aren’t the type to “upgrade” them. But they do love adding an anniversary band or mother’s ring to their existing stack.

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In addition to ready-towear designs, this bespoke jeweler specializes in custom engagement rings and wedding bands meant to be worn daily and loved forever.

what metal types are best for bands? These days, most small jewelers are doing their best to use recycled metals. Many grooms are naturally drawn to matte-finished palladium rings because of their steely color and how they scratch up as you wear it, giving the ring more of an industrial look. Platinum is my favorite metal for setting large or small stones within women’s bands.

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@hiveevents what’s your favorite drink you’ve ever created? One of our recent favorites included celery-infused gin, lemon juice and Thai basil syrup. That, or an oak-barrel-aged Negroni.

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By the very nature of New England’s vast landscape, our Airstreams fit perfectly into celebrations at farms, barns and private estates. Think about what you like to drink. Oftentimes, couples are too worried about pleasing everyone—forget that. You want your guests to learn about the things you both enjoy. Chances are, they’ll love them too. It’s important that a cocktail complements the varying flavors on your dinner menu, yet stands on its own as a memorable part of the night. Use fresh ingredients that are in season and you can’t go wrong.

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what’s the most requested alcohol base? We typically create a cocktail menu that has at least a few options, but almost everyone wants to include a bourbon drink, which is quite fine by us.

what are a few ways couples can save on bar costs at their wedding? If you’re set on serving custom cocktails, opt for a smaller menu of specialty drinks instead of an open bar. When there is a full bar with no menu, guests tend to order their go-to drink instead of being delighted by something new—and who wants that? how have you helped couples put a local spin on their signature drinks? We’re quite lucky here in New England since there’s an incredible uptick in distilleries opening up in the surrounding area, meaning we have many great local products to choose from. In fact, we just created a local apple and ginger base for a rum cocktail that just screams New England fall.  iscover more tips and trends from D your area at TheKnot.com/newengland

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tell us a little about hive. Hive is one of the first mobile cocktail catering companies, born right here in New England. We provide full bar service out of two vintage Airstream trailers and offer a line of luxury glamping tents for those weekendlong celebrations.

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TRUE EVENT hosted a Hawaiian-inspired celebration at J HOUSE GREENWICH in Greenwich, Connecticut, using tropical florals, confetti-adorned pineapples and a punchy color palette of coral, yellow and orange.

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“We were inspired by Club Tropicana to celebrate the end-of-summer fun. Vibrant tropical flowers and greens were incorporated throughout the décor, from pincushion proteas and pink ginger to monstera and banana leaves.” —Yumiko Fletcher, Hana Floral Design

DETAILS WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and tech trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Connecticut’s winning look comes from True Event and The Confetti Bar, who teamed up to create DIY pineapple centerpieces made with a colorful mix of shredded paper, sequins and metallic pieces.

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Five couples share the sweet stories that led them to “I do.” BY LIBBY MACCARTHY

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After reaching the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park, a close friend asked if Emily and Robby would like a few photos together with the nearby mountains and lake in the background. That’s when Robby took the opportunity to drop to one knee. “I turned to face him, confused as to why he was tying his shoe and ruining the candid picture,” Emily says. “When I realized what was actually happening, I was in complete shock. I could barely make out the single word response, ‘yes!’  ” The ring: Kestenbaum & Weisner Jewelers >>

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Fourteen years after their paths first crossed in college, Jonathan surprised Evamarie with a whirlwind trip to California for her birthday. The pair lunched aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, and after added an engraved lock to the train station’s “lover’s bridge.” They then headed to a wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa, where Jonathan presented Evamarie with an emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. “The next day we returned to the Napa Valley Wine Train to engrave a second lock to mark our engagement,” Evamarie says. “We attached the lock to the one we added the day before. It’s nice knowing a part of us will always be in Napa.” The ring: Gayle O’Neill Antique Jewelry

dan & justin Cape Elizabeth, ME PHOTOGRAPH BY JUSTINE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

After falling in love with Portland, Maine, during their cross-country adventures, Dan (right) and Justin couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to put a ring on it. “We decided on a nontraditional engagement,” the couple says of professing their love for each other in a pre-planned proposal at Fort Williams Park. “We wanted to visit a romantic place where we could express our feelings and exchange engagement rings. Taking the pressure off of one asking the other to marry him made the moment much more special. We got to take our time telling each other how we really felt.” The rings: Todd Reed Jewelry >>

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Every winter, Dana and her family would spend a week at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont, reading in front of the Veranda Room’s fireplace while drinking cider and eating freshly baked cookies. Wayne knew this scenic setup would be the perfect spot to pop the question, so with the help of Dana’s parents, he planned a weeklong getaway to the inn. In front of a large picture window looking out into the quaint courtyard, Wayne got down on one knee, just as the snow started to fall. “I was so stunned that I didn’t answer,” Dana says. “He had to ask me twice!” The ring: family heirloom

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Whenever Bo and Eugene would argue, Bo would joke that she was waiting for her knight in shining armor to swoop in and rescue her. So when Eugene decided to propose, he did what any smitten man would do: Craft a horse and armor out of cardboard and yarn. After a romantic evening out, the pair headed to Bo’s apartment. “I told her I needed to get something out of the car,” Eugene says. “That’s when I took out the horse and armor, galloped up the stairs, burst through the door and got down on one knee.” Bo, of course, said “yes.” Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 378

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Kat carried an elegantly unstructured mix of garden roses, ranunculus and textured greenery accented with long blue ribbons.

THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Kat Rice, 28, a first grade teacher GROOM Marshall Wallach, 28, an MBA student HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Kat and Marshall combined Maine’s innate coastal elegance and country charm to bring their rustic-chic theme to life. —Libby MacCarthy

To play up the venue’s intimate rural setting, the couple filled the day with romantic, gardeninspired florals, wood accents and a color palette of blue, gold and green. The ceremony took place in a secluded clearing in the woods, where Kat and Marshall exchanged vows under a birch arch adorned with yellow blooms and cascading greenery.

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Floral flourishes and playful calligraphy-inspired lettering lent a whimsical, old-world feel to the couple’s invitation suite. After saying “I do,” the newlyweds and their guests celebrated on Flanagan Farm’s expansive lawn with signature blueberry Moscow Mules, live music and fresh local seafood.

Kat and Marshall opted for a cell-phone-free ceremony to heighten the occasion’s sense of intimacy.

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The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton, ME PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Delamater

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Seasons Events & Rentals Flora Fauna L’élite, Boston

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Flanagan Farm allowed the couple to give guests a taste of Maine’s picturesque fields and farmland.

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GOWN &

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SHOES Loeffler Randall

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Dutille’s Jewelry Design Studio EARRINGS BHLDN

HAIR &

MAKEUP Bei Capelli

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN MENSWEAR J.Crew; Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com SIGN-IN BOOK Crane & Co.

RENTALS

BBJ Linen; Maine Seasons Events & Rentals; One Stop Event Rentals DESSERTS The White Apron

CATERING & MUSIC Ceremony:

Rusty Belle; reception: Bob Wilson Productions TRANSPORTATION Bo-Mar Transportation

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Flanagan Farm

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Crate & Barrel; Simon Pearce; Target The reception unfolded under a vast open-air sailcloth tent, a nod to the wedding’s coastal locale. Brightly lit carriage lanterns cast a warm glow over the exposed wood farm tables, while bundles of loosely arranged florals in vintage glass vases popped against the backdrop of lush greenery.

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Airy layers of tulle and organza added an element of visual intrigue to Jeanna’s bridal look.

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BRIDE Jeanna Beals, 33, a senior account executive GROOM Dan Atchinson, 32, a sales trader HOW THEY MET At a friend’s engagement party WEDDING STYLE Clean lines, chic minimalist design and pops of vibrant jewel tones came together to give Jeanna and Dan’s wedding a modern vibe. —LM

With the Museum of Fine Arts as their venue, florals with flair were essential for Jeanna and Dan’s “I dos.” The pair exchanged vows in front of a showstopping wall dripping in roses. Candelabras displayed atop mirrored pedestals lined the aisle, adding to the dramatic décor.

The couple provided out-of-town guests with a list of must-see spots to visit during their stay in Boston.

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Towering black vases of white peonies and calla lilies stood at center of the escort card display.

A classic black-and-white color palette allowed the unique architectural features of the museum to shine through. Pink ombrĂŠ centerpieces filled with anemones, garden roses, peonies and ranunculus brought a playful pop of color to the tablescapes.

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CONSULTANT Mindy Home/ FLOWERS Marc Hall Design

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The biggest surprise of the night came during an unannounced gender reveal, when the expectant parents opened up a box filled with various baby blue items. “The lights turned blue and everyone celebrated with blue sunglasses and crowns,” Jeanna says. “It was, hands down, the most exciting moment of the night.”

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OFFICIANT Bob Atchinson (groom’s father) VEIL Vera Wang, Boston

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WEDDING RINGS

HAIR Jana Rago

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Tom James,

STATIONERY Gus & Ruby Letterpress;

escort cards: Jess Platt Co.

RENTALS Be

Our Guest Inc.; Port Lighting Systems; Tommy Wholesale Products of Fine Arts

CATERING Museum

CAKE Cakes to Remember

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Intermezzo

Chamber Players; reception: Beantown/ Stevens Productions Boston Coach

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ACCOMMODATIONS The

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REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Williams-Sonoma A live band played “Treasure” by Bruno Mars during the baby announcement.

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photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography at a private residence

French country chairs lent a hint of Provençal flair to the romantic reception décor.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Tryn Collins, 30, an artist and teacher GROOM Matthew (Matt) Kaelin, 34, a photographer HOW THEY MET At a housewarming party while studying for their MFAs at Hunter College WEDDING STYLE Tryn and Matt planned a charming celebration for their late-summer nuptials with a palette of rich berry hues and rustic, French-inspired touches. —LM

Drawing inspiration from Dutch still-life paintings, the centerpieces and bouquets included fresh fruit, wild greenery and full florals in dark shades of red, purple and pink. The couple built a temporary extension on the porch of Tryn’s family home for the wedding reception, filling it with their own furnishings to make guests feel at home.

Wispy ferns, wild greenery, and dahlias, ranunculus and scabiosa in dramatic shades of red filled Tryn’s bouquet.

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As the newlyweds exited the ceremony, guests celebrated by ringing bells that Tryn had spent months collecting.

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“I had a very specific idea of the kinds of flowers I was looking for—a wild, fecund feel with berries and vines,” Tryn says of the red and pink arrangements. The pair gave their wedding party free rein over their wedding day duds, having them don their own blue dresses and suits.

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TRYN & MATT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Weekapaug Chapel,

Westerly, RI RECEPTION SITE Bride’s family home, Westerly, RI Coconut pineapple cake with lemon filling was a sweet finish.

PHOTOGRAPHY Charlotte

Jenks Lewis Photography Hart Pictures

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CONSULTANT Ellen Elizabeth

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OFFICIANT David Collins (bride’s uncle) GOWN Carolina Herrera, Mark Ingram

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HAIR Bride: Twigs Salon;

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RENTALS La Tavola; Northeast Tent

Productions; Party Rental Ltd.; Spectrum Event Lighting & Décor Catering

CATERING Diane Browne

CAKE Confectionery Designs

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Trio; reception: Reggie Woods and the Soul Street Band/Hank Lane Music PHOTO BOOTH Photobooth Planet - New England

“I wanted my nephews to feel comfortable to dance and run,” Tryn says of her five ring bearers. “I had them wear white shirts, blue jackets and matching blue shorts with black Adidas sneakers. They’re just kids, so I wanted them to dress like it. “

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“With six pounds of tulle, it was like a beautiful, fluffy cloud of sherbet!” Nanako says of her ball gown.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nanako Tamaru, 34, works in international peace building GROOM Shaun O’Rourke, 35, a landscape architect HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Nanako and Shaun planned a rustic, winter affair that paid tribute to their love of Vermont and skiing. —LM

“We didn’t do anything too flashy or formal,” Nanako says. “We wanted the look and feel to emulate a ski lodge and make our guests feel warm and cozy.” The pair brought their vision to life with soft pinks, neutrals and organic accents.

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Nanoko donned a beautiful, hand-embroidered Japanese wedding kimono for part of the reception.

In lieu of a traditional string quartet, Nanako and Shaun had a bluegrass band perform renditions of their favorite songs during the ceremony. The couple kept the dĂŠcor simple, adding only a few lanterns and eucalyptus to the space, allowing the charm of The Ponds at Bolton Valley lodge to shine through.

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The newlyweds kicked off the reception with a grand entrance in neon 1980s ski suits, making a beeline straight to the dance floor where the band was breaking it down. “We had the bridal party create a cheer tunnel with ski poles,” Shaun says. “Our guests were floored!”

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Dress: David’s Bridal; ceremony lace topper: BHLDN; ceremony tulle skirt: Carousel Fashion, Etsy.com

VEIL DIY

SHOES BHLDN

ENGAGEMENT RING Brilliant Earth WEDDING RINGS Bride: Rebekah Brooks;

groom: Paul Zozem, Etsy.com JEWELRY Necklace: J.Crew; earrings: BHLDN Simplicity Salon and Spa

DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom

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BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Design: Simply

Fetching Paper, Etsy.com; printing: CatPrint CATERING &

CAKE The Essex Resort

& Spa DESSERTS Cold Hollow Cider Mill MUSIC Ceremony: The Tenderbellies;

reception: The Grippo Funk Band PHOTO BOOTH The Danger Booth; props: Shinesty TRANSPORTATION Ethan Allen Coachworks ACCOMMODATIONS Inn at Bolton Valley

The couple had their first dance to “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke.

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The newlyweds rolled into cocktail hour on the back of Tyler’s 1969 Triumph Bonneville.

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“We wanted our wedding to feel easy and unexpected, but put together and timeless,” Erin says. Exposed wood tables topped with lush green garlands, white flowers and colorful napkins set the tone for a fun, fuss-free fete.

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Fresh bunches of white flowers and greenery displayed in handmade rope vases dotted the tables.

Paired with lush flower crowns, the bridesmaid dresses where the epitome of bohemian chic. “I knew the only color we were using was navy, and that the napkins and tablecloths would be dip-dyed and shibori,” Erin says. “So when I came across the cotton shibori dresses at Anthropologie, I knew we found the dresses.”

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Erin and Tyler kicked off the festivities in a big way with a live band, mouthwatering New England eats (oyster ceviche, anyone?) and three signature cocktails, including an apple cider bourbon drink topped with a savory slice of bacon. One of the evening’s highlights? An unbelievable barbecue spread.

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The affair’s “Hella Wicked” theme nodded to the fusion of their East and West Coast backgrounds.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

estate, Newport, RI

PHOTOGRAPHY

Dana Curran and Zak Tavares/Henry and Mac

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Dev

Brumberger

FLOWERS Danielle Bernhisel

OFFICIANT Brad Phifer (friend)

Badgley Mischka, BHLDN

GOWN

VEIL Lilo Hats

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RING Anna Sheffield Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Bride: Anna Sheffield Jewelry; groom:

Marian Maurer Fine Jewelry EARRINGS Alexis Bittar

HAIR &

MAKEUP Natural

Creations Hair Salon

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Anthropologie

J.Crew

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS

C & S Portable Restroom; New England Country Rentals; Quality Rental

CATERING

Blue Ribbon BBQ; Island Creek Oysters DESSERTS Powder Mill Creamery

MUSIC

Reception: The DeathBed Confessions TRANSPORTATION Fisher Bus Inc. ACCOMMODATIONS Mill Street Inn REGISTRIES Heath Ceramics; Williams-

Sonoma; Zola.com

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BRIDE Tanya Mendis, 34, a journalist GROOM Tony Davenport, 33, works in distribution center management HOW THEY MET On MySpace.com WEDDING STYLE Modern elegance ruled supreme with shades of peach, romantic florals and glitzy details combining to infuse the couple’s seaside soiree with personality and panache. —LM

Having grown up visiting Martha’s Vineyard every summer, Tanya knew a similar locale like the Cape was where she wanted to tie the knot. In lieu of the expected nautical theme, the couple went all-out classic, filling the Wychmere Beach Club’s ballroom with cascading arrangements of garden roses and ranunculus in cheerful, romantic hues.

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The flower girls donned playful pink dresses with floral sashes and gold Mary Janes for the occasion.

TANYA & TONY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

In lieu of a traditional guest book, Tanya and Tony had a custom retro film poster made in a playful beach theme for their guests to sign. For an added dose of glam, Tanya accessorized her champagne lace gown with a headband, drop earrings and diamond tennis bracelet borrowed from her grandmother.

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Wychmere Beach Club, Harwich Port, MA

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Studio Atticus Forever Films

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FLOWERS Courtney’s

OFFICIANT Jeffrey Wilson

GOWN Vows Bridal Outlet, Watertown,

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STATIONERY The Pink Polka Dot BOARD Alexander & Co.

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CANDY TABLE The Pink Polka Dot MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Bruce

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May 21 • Washington, CT

daniela &

joseph engaged: 1 year

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photography by Angel Project Photography at The Mayflower Grace

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THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Daniela Gill, 31, an interactive and digital designer GROOM Joseph Lapke, 28, an industrial designer HOW THEY MET At a bar in New York City WEDDING STYLE Influenced by Impressionism and French country style, Daniela and Joseph pulled off a romantic spring wedding with a hint of gardeninspired elegance. —LM

After a bilingual ceremony in English and Spanish (Daniela’s family is from Venezuela) in the Shakespeare Garden, the couple and their guests made their way to the reception tent for dinner and dancing. The colorful space came alive with blush stemware, bundles of cherry blossoms and a floral installation suspended from the structure’s glass ceiling.

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“I was looking for a romantic, comfortable, yet very elegant silhouette with artistic details that would add a beautiful, luxurious vibe to my look,” Daniela says of her hunt for the ideal gown. She found it in an ethereal lace trumpet style embellished with glass beads and crystals.

DANIELA & JOSEPH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The

Mayflower Grace, Washington, CT PHOTOGRAPHY TJ Jeong/Angel

Project Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

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Angel Project Photography Allison Fodor

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Carlos Rivas

Interior Floral Design

OFFICIANT Fr. Alexis

Bastidas (family friend)

GOWN Lihi Hod,

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, New York City

VEIL Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

SHOES Sergio Rossi

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Direct Diamond Company HAIR &

MAKEUP Roberto Ramos

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Wedding Library,

New York City

MENSWEAR Groom: Tom

Ford, New York City; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse Oubly

STATIONERY DIY; printing:

RENTALS Fusion Productions

CATERING &

Grace

CAKE The Mayflower

MUSIC Carlos Estrella/Hank Lane Music

TRANSPORTATION Beverly Hills Limousine

of Connecticut The reception festivities kicked off with signature cocktails and live jazz music by the pool.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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REGISTRIES

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October 10 • Jefferson, NH

ashley &

joe engaged: 10 months

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photography by J. Harper Photography at Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place

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Airy fabric and bundles of white and orange blooms lent a softness to the rustic ceremony décor.

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The couple jazzed up their vanilla chiffon and maple mousse cake with a whimsical script cake topper.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Ashley Gonyaw, 30, a group sales and marketing manager GROOM Joseph (Joe) Wood, 33, a high school special education and language arts teacher HOW THEY MET On eHarmony.com WEDDING STYLE Ashley and Joe tapped into their creativity to pull off a whimsical wedding with a touch of autumnal appeal. —LM

Wanting to highlight the fall foliage, the pair selected a palette of bright peach, yellow and burnt orange, which they paired with wood accents and metallic touches. “We lucked out with what turned out to be a peak foliage weekend overlooking the White Mountains,” Ashley says.

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ASHLEY & JOSEPH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

Showstopping florals were essential for Ashley. The couple’s talented florists created a vibrant, hand-tied bouquet filled with garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, succulents, seeded eucalyptus, silver brunia and Icelandic poppies for the bride to carry down the aisle.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Bellevue

Barn at Carlisle Place, Jefferson, NH PHOTOGRAPHY Jackie Fox/J. Harper

Photography

FLOWERS All About Flowers

OFFICIANT Paige Crosby

GOWN Sincerity

Bridal, Needleman’s Bridal & Formal, South Burlington, VT Newburyport, MA

HAIRPIECE Pure Bliss, SHOES BCBG Max Azria

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Barmakian Jewelers EARRINGS Something Jeweled, Etsy.com

HAIR The Spa at

Carlisle Place MAKEUP Rebecca Carson BRIDESMAID DRESSES Pure Bliss,

Newburyport, MA

MENSWEAR Calvin

Klein, Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY

WeddingPaperDivas.com; calligraphy: Tanzen Designs

RENTALS Abbott Rental & Party Store

CATERING Bailiwicks Fine Restaurant

CAKE

Bentley’s Bakery and Cafe DESSERTS Auntie Dee Dees Homemade Vermont Baked Goods MUSIC Cocktail hour & dinner: Cause & Effect;

reception: Essential DJ Service Koozies Inn

FAVORS Totally

ACCOMMODATIONS Jefferson REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Heath

Ceramics; Macy’s

HONEYMOON Duck, NC

GUESTS 91 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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June 12 • Wellesley, MA

samantha &

jamar engaged: 14 months

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photography by BKB & CO. at The Gardens at Elm Bank

Jamar ditched the traditional tuxedo for a modern navy number and sleek suede loafers.

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Samantha’s bouquet was all-out romantic, filled with blush-pink peonies and classic garden roses.

THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Samantha Jeudy, 32, an agency director GROOM Jamar Tyler, 33, a quality engineer HOW THEY MET At a party in college WEDDING STYLE Samantha and Jamar captured the essence of the Gardens at Elm Bank with soft shades of blush and lush centerpieces overflowing with romantic blooms. —LM

English garden elegance could be found at every turn, from the couple’s towering cake to the laser-cut invitations and Samantha’s lace mermaid-style gown. Samantha and Jamar made the most of the venue’s perfectly manicured grounds, kicking off the festivities with an intimate ceremony in the gardens.

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SAMANTHA & JAMAR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Gardens

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at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Brittany K. Blando, Sarah Santos and Alyssa Wood/

BKB & CO.

BKB & CO. Motown tunes filled the air as guests mingled under a sailcloth tent. Chandeliers of wispy vines hung above the dance floor, and fresh purple and white flowers added a pop of color to the tablescapes, setting a relaxed, romantic tone for the evening.

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FLOWERS Orchids N’ Blooms

OFFICIANT Miliken Tyler (groom’s father) GOWN Galia Lahav, Los Angeles

VEIL

Aria, Los Angeles HEADPIECE Jennifer Behr SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Stein Diamonds

HAIR

Adir Abergel/Starworks Artists MAKEUP Mai Quynh/Starworks Artists

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Mori Lee, Cecile Rivoire’s, Sherman

Oaks, CA

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY Allure Invitations; programs

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RENTALS DesignLight; Peterson

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MUSIC Zachary Rochester;

DJ: Ricky Groov PHOTO BOOTH

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September 6 • Boston

gabriel &

pavana engaged: 2 years

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photography by Thuy Pham Photography at Taj Boston

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Underneath its showstopping facade, the cake featured vanilla and lemon flavors with Maine blueberries.

THEIR STORY GROOM Gabriel Willey, 39, a compliance manager GROOM Pavana Tiriveedhi, 38, a family physician HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE The Cali-based couple headed to the East Coast and the Taj Boston for a glamorous, formal fete that paid tribute to Pavana’s Indian roots. —LM

The pair combined Hindu and Western traditions to infuse their wedding with personal flair, starting with a custom ceremony they designed themselves. Pavana and Gabriel then kicked the celebration into high gear with a decadent menu of Indian street foods and modern cuisine, as well as a wedding cake in the shape of a traditional north Indian palace.

GABRIEL & PAVANA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Taj PHOTOGRAPHY Thuy

Pham Photography to Be Events

CONSULTANT Mint

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Gabriel (left) and Pavana changed for the reception, donning custom tuxes with classic Indian details.

FLOWERS Dogwood Floral

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Teno

MENSWEAR Custom, India

STATIONERY Complementary Design;

programs, escort cards & menu cards: Allure Invitations

RENTALS Boston

Sound and Light Company &

CAKE Taj Boston

CATERING

MUSIC Boston

Sound and Light Company OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Natraj Music

Alankar Boston

FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS Taj HONEYMOON Taj Lake

Palace, Udaipur, India; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jhodpur, India GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 29 • Boston

shannon &

geoff engaged: a year and a half

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photography by Zev Fisher Photography at Omni Parker House

Bouquets of bright peonies, ranunculus and hops popped against the gray lace bridesmaid dresses.

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CEREMONY SITE Old South Meeting

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SHANNON & GEOFF’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS House, Boston RECEPTION SITE Omni Parker House, Boston

PHOTOGRAPHY

Zev Fisher Photography Marrero Events Fresh Flower Design Bratlie

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Mimosa OFFICIANT Bjørn

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Vows

Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA Badgley Mischka

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Long’s Jewelers

HAIR

Stephanie Kowlski/Gorgeous Styles MAKEUP Demiche DRESSES J.Crew

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Natale’s

Men’s Clothier, Norwell, MA

THEIR STORY BRIDE Shannon Hickey, 29, a lawyer GROOM Geoff Sullivan, 30, a software engineer HOW THEY MET At a football game during their freshman year at Boston College WEDDING STYLE They reflected the spring season and Boston history with a color palette of jewel tones and neutral gray and ivory hues. —LM

“We love this city: It’s where our families are from, where we met and where we have since built our lives,” Shannon says. “The Old South Meeting House and the Omni Parker perfectly lend themselves to the historic Boston feel we love so much.” Ornate arrangements in shades of bright orange, yellow, lime green and raspberry pink made the stately, historic interiors come to life.

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STATIONERY

RENTALS Rentals Unlimited

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CAKE Omni Parker

C-Zone Entertainment

ACCOMMODATIONS Omni Parker

House

REGISTRIES Amazon.com;

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May 28 • Stowe, VT

sarah &

atang engaged: 7 months

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photography by Kelsey Regan Photography at Topnotch Resort

Sarah’s dress exuded classic elegance with an A-line silhouette, ladylike lace and touch of glitz.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Sarah Fieber, 27, a doctor GROOM Atang Gilika, 30, an economic consultant HOW THEY MET Salsa dancing during their freshman year at Macalester College WEDDING STYLE From gorgeous florals to animal place card holders, the beauty of Vermont and Botswana’s cultural traditions was woven through every aspect of Sarah and Atang’s spring wedding. —LM

To infuse their décor with one-of-a-kind flair, as well as pay tribute to Atang’s roots, the couple incorporated decorative details straight from Botswana. They visited local markets to source colorful fabrics and handmade wood animal figurines for their tables, and even used photos of animals they’d taken on safari in lieu of traditional table numbers.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Topnotch

Resort, Stowe, VT

PHOTOGRAPHY

Kelsey Crowley/Kelsey Regan Photography OFFICIANT

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FLOWERS Silver Toad

Laurence Fieber (bride’s uncle)

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SARAH & ATANG’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

GOWN

Martina Liana, Mariée Bridal, Scottsdale, AZ HEADPIECE Justin & Taylor, BHLDN SHOES Rachel Simpson

ENGAGEMENT

RING Angara WEDDING RINGS Pearce

Jewelers JEWELRY Tiffany & Co. &

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MAKEUP Topnotch Resort Spa BRIDESMAID DRESSES J.Crew MENSWEAR Groom: Blank Label,

Boston; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com;

escort cards: Dundas Designs, Etsy.com SIGN-IN BOOK Amazon.com &

RENTALS

CATERING Topnotch Resort DESSERTS

Ben & Jerry’s

MUSIC Ceremony:

Green Taylor Ensemble; reception: Peak Entertainment Inc.

FAVORS Botswanacraft

ACCOMMODATIONS Topnotch Resort REGISTRIES Simon Pearce; Williams-Sonoma GUESTS 106 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 19 • Woodstock, VT

brooke &

zach

Floral bow ties and sage khaki trousers gave the groomsmen looks a playful edge.

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states

engaged: a year and a half

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photography by First Mate Photography Co. at a private residence

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Dahlias, garden roses, sweet peas, and eucalyptus filled Brooke’s bright bridal bouquet.

THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Brooke Cunningham, 34, an information governance strategist GROOM Zach Seely, 32, head of strategy at Luma Pictures HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends on a trip to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast WEDDING STYLE Brooke and Zach highlighted the organic beauty of Vermont’s countryside with a bohemian fall fete that fused big-city flair and rustic appeal. —LM

Tucked away in Vermont’s rolling hills, Zach’s family estate, with its historic farmhouse, tranquil pond and lush forests, served as the inspiration for the décor. “Since we had this beautiful landscape to work with, we decided the details should accentuate the natural elements as much as possible,” Brooke says.

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BROOKE & ZACH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

residence, Woodstock, VT Long country tables topped with mismatched antique dinnerware and brightly colored wildflowers filled the open-air tent with an inviting ambience, while details like apple escort cards and printed linen dishcloths draped over each chair achieved Brooke and Zach’s rustic-chic vision.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Rebecca Hansen/First Mate Photography Co.

VIDEOGRAPHY Oliver Wyatt Lewis

CONSULTANT True Event

FLOWERS Jasper

& Prudence Floral and Events

OFFICIANT Matt

Henley (friend) Louboutin

VEIL Monique

GOWN &

Lhuillier, New York City

SHOES Christian

ENGAGEMENT RING Marisa Perry

Atelier WEDDING RINGS Barbara Seidenath HAIR Emily Reale/Beaucage Salon & Spa MAKEUP Gretchen Mauras DRESSES J.Crew

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Blazers: Knot

Standard; pants: Bonobos; bow ties: W.B. Thamm

STATIONERY Swiss Cottage Design

RENTALS New England Country Rentals; Rain

or Shine Tent and Events Co.; Rentals Unlimited CATERING &

Co.

CAKE Dandelion Catering

MUSIC The Sultans of Swing/Jerry Bennett

Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT The Bondville Boys Bus Service

TRANSPORTATION Butler’s ACCOMMODATIONS 506 On

The River Inn; The Shire Woodstock; Woodstock Inn & Resort

HONEYMOON St. Regis

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August 29 • New Milford, CT

kim &

pete

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photography by Love & Light Photographs at Candlelight Farms Inn

A champagne underlay added an element of warmth to Kim’s elegant lace trumpet gown.

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Kim and Pete kept the extras to a minimum for the ceremony, allowing the setting to take center stage.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kim Brady, 28, a recruiter GROOM Pete Aquilino, 33, a firefighter HOW THEY MET At the restaurant where Kim worked after college WEDDING STYLE Using a palette of rich purple hues, Kim and Pete planned a sweet summer celebration full of endless country charm. —LM

With breathtaking views of nearby Candlewood Mountain, the picturesque property set the tone for the couple’s late-summer soiree. “It had the rustic feel that we were going for, and everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery,” Kim says.

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Purple napkins and floral arrangements popped against the neutral linens on the round reception tables.

Sunflowers, Kim’s late grandmother’s favorite flower, were a cheery addition to her bridal bouquet. “I wanted to make sure that although she wasn’t there, she was with me in spirit,” Kim says.

KIM & PETE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Candlelight Farms Inn, New Milford, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Jessa Schifilliti/Love

& Light Photographs Floral Touch

FLOWERS Rita’s

OFFICIANT Paul Alcorn

GOWN Marisa Bridals

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS NAGI Jewelers NECKLACE Dogeared

Love NY

HAIR Shear

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Donna Morgan, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Elephant’s Trunk, Mt.

Kisco, NY Scribe

STATIONERY The King’s RENTALS Durkin’s Inc.

CATERING Event Caterers

CNT Entertainment

MUSIC

FAVORS Etsy.com

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August 22 • New Durham, NH

chrissy &

mike

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engaged: 17 months

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photography by Mon Petit Studio at Camp Birch Hill

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Chrissy carried a textured arrangement of roses, wildflowers, hydrangeas and mint.

THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Chrissy Morell, 28, owner of Camp Birch Hill GROOM Mike Carter, 32, a musician HOW THEY MET At a musician friend’s gigs, where Mike’s band would also play WEDDING STYLE The couple planned a laid-back, camp-inspired affair with bright seasonal florals and charming details that captured the beauty of summer in New England. —LM

Camp Birch Hill—the summer camp owned by Chrissy’s family, and where she and Mike live and work for six months out of every year—served as the backdrop for their wedding weekend. Highlighting the camp’s unique features, natural landscape and innate appeal was essential for the couple. “Rather than focusing on small details, I worked hard to keep our gardens vibrant, the buildings painted and grounds beautiful,” Chrissy says.

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The party kicked off with a lively cocktail hour on the lawn, complete with an Airstream cocktail bar and lawn games. To achieve a cozy country vibe, dinner was served in the camp’s rec hall. Farm tables and French country chairs dotted the room, while textured bundles of flowers brought the expansive space to life.

CHRISSY & MIKE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Camp

Birch Hill, New Durham, NH

PHOTOGRAPHY

Chris and Stella Poore/Mon Petit Studio CONSULTANT White Jasmine Weddings FLOWERS Cymbidium Floral

Joanna August Weddings

GOWN

HEADPIECE White Jasmine SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT RING Melissa Joy Manning WEDDING RINGS Bride: Melissa Joy Manning;

groom: Market Square Jewelers

HAIR

Crown and Halo MAKEUP Joya Beauty BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coralie Beatrix,

Etsy.com

STATIONERY Paper Heart

Company, Etsy.com Country Rentals Catering Co. Dale

RENTALS New England CATERING Portsmouth

CAKE & DESSERTS Emily

FAVORS Carriage Hill Honey

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“We purchased each vase to ensure we could create a truly oneof-a-kind setting,” Danielle says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Danielle Grossman, 29, a corporate event planner GROOM Patrick Flynn, 28, works in financial services HOW THEY MET They grew up in the same small town and were high school sweethearts WEDDING STYLE The Texas twosome let their creativity run wild, pulling off a chic spring soiree with cool shades of lavender and blue, custom patterns and plenty of texture. —LM

From the colored glass dinnerware to the custom-designed linens, each and every detail brought a unique element to the décor, helping to achieve the couple’s vision for an elegantly eclectic event.

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An arbor of ivory hydrangeas and wispy vines gave way to an expanse of sparkling blue water at the couple’s seaside ceremony.

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Hill Inn, Newport, RI

PHOTOGRAPHY

Erin McGinn Photography

EVENT

DESIGN Sayles Livingston Design OFFICIANT Rabbi Norman Cohen GOWN Anne Barge, Country Weddings,

Hingham, MA Espinosa Kay Beauty J.Crew

SHOES Carolinna

HAIR &

MAKEUP Jennie

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Brooks Brothers

STATIONERY Invitations: Goosefish

Press; escort & menu cards: Fine Wedding Calligraphy by Ted Clausen

RENTALS

Exquisite Events; Rentals Unlimited CATERING Castle Hill Inn

MUSIC

Night Rhythm Dance Band TRANSPORTATION ROCKSTAR

LIMO

ACCOMMODATIONS Newport

Marriott

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Pottery Barn; Williams-Sonoma “No two tables were the same thanks to a variety of pattern, color and height,” Danielle says. Personalization was a top priority for the pair, leading them to write their own ceremony and incorporate sentimental details throughout, like antique ginger jars that had once belonged to Danielle’s grandmother.

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HONEYMOON France GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Cascades of ivy and glass terrariums suspended from the barn’s ceiling brought an air of woodland whimsy to the décor.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kate McBride (right), 33, a surgical physician assistant BRIDE Lauren Updegrove, 33, a literacy specialist HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE Lauren and Kate’s nuptials were the perfect example of a whimsical, rustic affair, with plenty of handmade details and a quaint farm venue. —LM

The day unfolded with an intimate garden ceremony, followed by a lively celebration in Hidden Pond’s historic barn. Vibrant pops of yellow, woodland accents and handcrafted touches, including a custom directional sign and oyster shell ornaments, captured the couple’s fun-loving personalities and love of the great outdoors.

To keep their feet comfy all day long, the couple and their bridesmaids donned TOMS in the day’s color scheme.

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Shawn and Francesca Callan/Callan Photo FLOWERS Anniebells

Beck (friend) BHLDN

OFFICIANT Lisa

GOWNS Kate: J.Crew; Lauren:

SHOES TOMS

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Diamond House &

HAIR

MAKEUP Big Day Beauty by Christine

Haeger

BRIDESMAID DRESSES J.Crew

MENSWEAR Macy’s

Jones Street Press

STATIONERY

RENTALS One Stop

Event Rentals; Sperry Tents Seacoast CATERING &

CAKE Hidden Pond

MUSIC Ceremony: Evan Cuddy Music;

reception: The Music Man DJ Service REGISTRIES Pottery Barn; Williams-Sonoma GUESTS 96 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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jordan

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Floral lace appliqués added a touch of romance to Andrea’s trumpet-style gown.

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Modern lounges with harbor views provided the perfect backdrop for the cocktail reception.

ANDREA & JORDAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

“The Institute of Contemporary Art, set on Boston Harbor with the city as a backdrop, was the perfect blend of both our visions,” Andrea says. A palette of nautical-blue hues, lush arrangements of ivory hydrangeas and brightly lit lanterns infused the ICA with an undeniable seaside flair.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Kate McElwee Photography

FLOWERS

DIY; Kelley Wholesale Florist

OFFICIANT

Michael L. Backer

GOWN Maggie Sottero

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BRIDE Andrea Miner, 36, a pharmaceutical sales representative GROOM Jordan Romano, 36, a physician HOW THEY MET On JDate.com WEDDING STYLE Andrea and Jordan fused New England elegance and urban sophistication to pull off a modern nautical affair overlooking Boston Harbor. —LM

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Institute of

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THEIR STORY

VEIL The Special Event Bridal Shoppe,

Marlborough, MA

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Barmakian Jewelers EARRINGS Loren Hope HAIR Kara Hurston/Shag Boston MAKEUP Lauren Genatossio/Sarra MENSWEAR Groom: J.Crew, The Ludlow

Shop at Copley Place, Boston; shirt & tie: Vineyard Vines Art Publishers

STATIONERY New England RENTALS Be Our Guest

Inc.; Institute of Contemporary Art; Madison Floral

CATERING Wolfgang Puck/Institute

of Contemporary Art

CAKE Sweet Cupcakes

DESSERTS Batch Ice Cream Truck

MUSIC

Cara Campanelli Group PHOTO BOOTH The Danger Booth

TRANSPORTATION Uber

ACCOMMODATIONS Seaport Hotel and

World Trade Center

REGISTRIES Crate &

Barrel; Sur la Table

HONEYMOON South

America GUESTS 85 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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ANYTHING CAN I  NSPIRE YOUR  INVITATION, SO WHY NOT YOUR WEDDING LOCALE? B  Y LAUREN KAY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATE SEARS STYLING BY ELIZABETH MACLENNAN

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carry your invite theme into your wedding day paper! this dinner menu mimics the invite

Getting hitched in the Southwest? Choose a symbol or motif that suits, like this playful cactus illustration. A mix of graphic and elegant typography elevates the suite, making it perfect for any formality, from hacienda to casual ranch party. Cacti wedding invitations, $234 for 100, Cass Loh, Minted.com

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incorporate a recurring design in your escort cards too

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coordinating cactus postage is the pièce de rÊsistance

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include an accommodations card with travel details for any out-oftown guests

Tying the knot in a field of flowers? Incorporate some flora into your wedding paper. (Bonus points for adding the blooms to your bouquet too.) A monochromatic palette lends subtle sophistication to this illustrated design while a portrait (aka the new monogram) gives it bespoke personalization. Matching inserts coordinate the whole suite. Frankie collection invitations and envelopes, $582 for 100, ColorMeCarla.com

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Celebrating in the big city? Give guests a sneak peek of the party spot and generate excitement with a custom watercolor invitation backer— imagine pulling this out of an envelope. Add a glitzy paper liner, monogrammed reply card and handpicked vintage stamps for a unique invitation. Travis and Mario invitations, $2,850 for 100, RegasStudio.com >>

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Saying "I do" by the sea? Play with pattern. A tropical locale lends itself to a spirited use of color. Mix and match the details for a refined yet casual soiree on the beach—your guests will know to pack their dancing shoes.

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Tulum collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $2,075 for 100, Courtney Jentzen, BellaFigura.com

opt for a fill-in reply card so guests can pen you a note of excitement

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Making it official in a mountain chalet? Play up your chosen spot in big (hello, maps!) and small ways. A neutral palette is perfect for mixing motifs and typography, while gold foil details add a hint of formality and make each piece of the suite feel extra special. Haynes collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $1,990 for 100, Amy Graham Stigler, SmockPaper.com

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petal talk You know that big, pink, roselike bloom? What’s that called again? BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY HARRISON STUDIO

Sometimes trying to describe your favorite blooms to a florist is like trying to tell the car repair shop what sound your engine is making. Unless you’ve been around the block a few times, it’s hard to establish an extensive floral vocabulary. So we called on floral expert Jihyen Crowley of Gotham Florist for some help, and she shared the stems she’s asked about most often when it comes to wedding flowers. From anemones to garden roses and sweet pea, we’ve created a cheat sheet of perennial favorites, so you can brush up on the flower speak before meeting with your florist to choose your perfect petals. >>

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anemone This small bloom comes in a range of jewel-toned hues, but white may be the most popular color. It’s a shoo-in for formal black-and-white weddings because it’s one of the only flowers that naturally grows in that color scheme (white petals, black center). SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Expectation, protection PAIR IT WITH Anemones look great next to their floral cousin ranunculus. Ranunculus have very compact, layered petals that complement the open shape of anemones.

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blushing bride

dahlia

The pointy petals sported by this bloom are thanks to its roots in the protea family. We love the shape they add to an arrangement, and you can’t beat the name when it comes to your bouquet. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Courtship PAIR IT WITH Crowley recommends a big flowering bloom with lots of petals, like peonies, and florals with a smaller head, like ranunculus, to fill out the whole arrangement.

Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow up to 12 inches in diameter or be as small as a button mum. The petals can expand in a straight, spiky fashion or in a round, tube-like shape, and the colors range from pastels to jewel tones and monochromatic combinations. Basically, options. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Dignity, elegance PAIR IT WITH If your dahlias have large heads, they’ll likely take up more space in an arrangement allowing you to complement with greenery (think: dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus) and a few filler flowers. If you want to supplement with a similar-looking bloom, consider zinnias, which share the same architecture.

lisianthus The ruffled petals are similar to a rose, but the center of lisianthus is what separates it from the pack. The petals appear pulled away from the center, really exposing the pollen. It’s also a hardier flower, which makes it a great choice for warm-weather weddings. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING Flashy, showiness PAIR IT WITH Roses are a great choice since the two blooms look so alike, but for something more edgy and less sweet, include some lisianthus buds in the mix. Before the flowers bloom they have tall, slender buds that give texture to an arrangement. >>

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This sought-after hybrid (also know as a David Austin English rose) adds depth and fragrance to a bouquet. The petals are reminiscent of a peony while the shape maintains its traditional rose demeanor. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING This variety was bred too recently to have a symbolic meaning, but classic roses stand for love, joy and beauty. PAIR IT WITH These stems are universally loved. “They pair well with almost any flower,” Crowley says. “But we use them most often with anemones, tulips, dahlias and orchids.” >>

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peony

sweet pea

lily of the valley Royal brides like Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton have helped make lily of the valley an iconic wedding flower. Its little bellshaped blooms are clustered close together on a vinelike stem, making it the perfect choice to offset big-headed flowers in large bouquets. But, out of season, these tiny buds can really cost you. SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Humility, purity, sweetness PAIR IT WITH When peeking out from a cluster of lush peonies, lily of the valley is incredibly glamorous and charming. Stephanotis and tuberose are also good pairings—both sharing the vine structure and small white flowers.

peony Maybe the most requested of all wedding flowers, the peony definitely steals the show. There are hues for any season, like fall maroons or springy hot pinks. BEST SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Bashfulness, prosperity, romance PAIR IT WITH Peonies look amazing on their own or when paired with other large-headed blooms like double tulips or roses.

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sweet pea These ruffly, feminine petals are a popular choice because of their sweet aroma and sentimental name. Different colors bloom in different seasons, so if you’re interested in a specific hue, check with your florist about what’s available when. BEST SEASON Fall, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Blissful pleasure PAIR IT WITH Hydrangeas look incredibly lush and romantic with sweet pea. If you want something more understated, garden roses are equally as fabulous but with a bit less volume. >>

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ranunculus Though small in size, this petal-filled flower is used in a range of different-styled bouquets. It perfectly completes a round bouquet, or adds a sense of whimsy to a rustic-looking arrangement. And because of its size, it makes the perfect boutonniere bloom. SEASON Winter, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Charming, radiant PAIR IT WITH Gardenia petals grow in a beautiful spiral, which makes for a striking juxtaposition when placed next to the small heads of ranunculus.

thistle The distinctive shape of this stem (also known as sea holly) makes it a total standout. It has an interesting texture and is one of the few true-blue florals out there. The best part? No petals means no wilting, so it will last through any summer wedding. SEASON Summer, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Protection, strength PAIR IT WITH Thistle is very rustic, so keep the vibe going with wax flowers, Queen Anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus. Find your bridal blooms at TheKnot.com/flowers

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You’ve probably seen a lot of scabiosa pods in rustic weddings, but when the flower is in full bloom, it has a different appearance. The seed-dotted center gives the bloom an identifiable architectural element that stands out among other stems. SEASON Spring, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Admiration PAIR IT WITH For a totally romantic-without-fuss bouquet, clematis and anemones go amazingly well with this easy, breezy bloom.

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secrets to the #bestdayever

Okay, they’re not really secrets—just solid ideas that will give your guests something to talk about for weeks to come. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY IRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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plan an interactive food station

play a game

Your friends and family are expecting passed hors d’oeuvres, so give them trays of nibbles. But then put them to work with an interactive food station. Set up a make-your-own taco bar or a gourmet grilled cheese outpost where guests can pile ingredients, like apples, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes on artisan breads. You could also do this with beverages—hello, bubble bar. Offer up champagne with a variety of purées and fresh fruit, so guests can concoct their favorite sip. Or hire a wine enthusiast and offer tastes of a few varietals.

What’s a fun party without a little friendly competition? We’re not talking about pin the tail on the donkey—but close. Challenge guests to a game of horseshoes while they sip their drinks, or engage them in old-fashioned ring toss (how apropos). Table games, like trivia or Mad Libs, will encourage conversation among friends and strangers alike. Paint the game pieces in your wedding colors or use the same motif from your stationery for your trivia. Best of all, games are a great way to keep guests who don’t dance entertained throughout the evening.

put the cocktail hour before the ceremony

hire a flair bartender

Kick off the party preceremony with or without you two (if you’re superstitious or taking first-look photos, you may want to skip). A light libation will give guests an opportunity to mingle, well before finding their dinner seats. Best of all, no one will be late to the ceremony—if they get delayed, they’ll only miss a signature sip.

The skills of a flair bartender go way beyond mixing drinks. This is not your usual corner-bar Joe—they’re part mixologist, part showman, juggling bottles and manipulating flaming liquors with ease. In addition to getting a perfectly combined cocktail, guests will be treated to a series of cool tricks and maybe a joke or two. >>

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As you start to choose wedding colors and make decisions on formality, there’s a good chance a theme will emerge—maybe it’s “art deco glam” or “rustic barn elegance.” You want your guests to celebrate who you are as a couple, so pick something that shows off your style. Maybe you want to incorporate your shared love of movies or your individual cultural backgrounds. Whatever you choose, be strategic with your décor and special touches, so guests enjoy a well-designed and super-personalized day.

the don’t-do list

Some wedding blunders to avoid.

skip the insects

avoid over-personalizing

beware of recyclables

Despite how funny you are, there might be a few people who just don’t get it—your grandfather or the groom’s boss, to name a few. Save the witty details for a more intimate crowd at the rehearsal dinner.

Yes, this can be done. And yes, it can get very ugly. Be strategic with your monograms and motifs, and avoid adding the date to everything. Bottom line: Don’t brand every single detail.

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We love bees. We heart fireflies. We’re even into butterflies. But skip using ants, spiders and other multi-legged creatures as a motif. You’ll lose the elegant aspect with anything that comes across as slimy or gross.

Wearing your grandma’s brooch or mixing and matching glass vessels are lovely details, but don’t overdo it. There comes a point when a flea-market find doesn’t mesh with your style and it just looks out of place.

steer clear of sci-fi

We appreciate every last Star Trek fan, but remember: Your wedding has a lot of elements—including flowers and a cake. Before you commit to too many ideas, consider working your interest into one detail, like the save-the-date or favors.

sidestep a princess party

You should feel like royalty on your wedding day, but a fairy tale theme can appear a bit childish. If you must incorporate it, give it a grown-up, sophisticated spin.

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choose good music Did you and your fiancé have your first date at a jazz club? Maybe you’re both hooked on a specific style, be it ’90s or old-school Motown. There’s no reason to book a regular old band—have fun with it and we assure you, your guests will too. Find a unique band or DJ or hire a few different musical acts, from a soloist or bluegrass trio to a rock-and-roll band, to perform throughout your ceremony and reception. If you’re going with a DJ, solicit song requests via your reply cards (“We’ll dance to _________”), ensuring your guests’ favorite tunes play throughout the evening.

pick seats purposefully The main goal is to make sure guests have the best time, so if you’re assigning seats for dinner, be thoughtful about the table arrangements. A carefully planned seating chart leads to great conversation during your reception, which leads to a great dance party, which leads to—well, you get the idea. Seat guests with people they know, or people you think they’ll have something in common with, and be sure to seat all of the kiddos together for everyone’s benefit.

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have a kickin’ kid table If you’re including kids, invite a plus one—a babysitter. This will give parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor and really enjoy the party. To keep the little ones entertained throughout the night, set up an area specifically for them. Designate a couple of tables complete with finger food favorites and activities to keep them busy. Or arrange for the fun to go down in an adjacent room, where a sitter can keep them entertained until the last dance.

add a live performance Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the things guests don’t see coming. Surprise your friends and family with something totally unexpected, like a belly dancer, fire-eater or aerialist. Keep in mind: If you plan to hire one of these more daring acts, you’ll want to check with your venue and make sure there won’t be any safety issues or a need for a certificate of insurance.

overlooked spaces You’ve got your reception décor covered, but don’t forget these important areas.

the bathrooms

Pay a little extra attention to the restrooms. Go for subtle sophistication: A flower arrangement, personalized soaps and a great amenities basket will go a long way.

the bar

The bar itself is often a focal point so make it a showstopper. Top it with blooms, unique lighting and fun cocktail accents, like colorful napkins and striped straws. Or let the bar do the work: Set out rows of glasses on lacquered trays along with pretty pitchers filled with your signature cocktail.

the entranceways Wow your guests with a grand entrance. Floral wreaths on doors, colorful votive candles atop entrance tables, hurricane lanterns hanging from trees, luminaries lining the walkways and other embellishments will give guests a warm welcome.

the hallways

Use potted plants, trees, floral garlands and trellises to make an impact when guests enter and exit your space. Line the hallway to the bathroom with tightly packed blooms.

All eyes will be on you during your first dance, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to really wow your guests. Have you been taking lessons or practicing at home? Now’s the time to show off. Consider starting with something slow like “At Last,” and then suddenly switching to a fast, sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. It will set the tone for a lively dance party and encourage guests to join you on the dance floor right away. >>

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have a lounge at your reception

have an exit strategy

Maybe your seat picks were misguided or your friends are eager to mingle with a new crowd postdessert. A lounge space provides a change of environment and promotes conversation. And it gives your danced-out friends a place to kick back and enjoy a few cocktails while still feeling part of the party. Rent or borrow couches, chairs and ottomans, then stage with pillows and votive candles in your wedding colors. Consider serving a party snack in this space too. Your guests will thank you—trust us.

What’s a party without a festive send-off? Have your band or DJ play a lively, upbeat number to end the party on a high note. Then give guests toss cones filled with lavender, colorful pom-poms or traditional rice to shower you as you make your getaway. Confetti poppers are loads of colorful fun (with a bang) and nothing says “wild party” like pyrotechnics— think: sparklers or fireworks. If your venue is strict on clean up, opt for no-mess flags or even bubbles.

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A traditional guest book is a nice keepsake for the couple, but it can get lost in the reception shuffle (especially at a super-fun one). Come up with an alternative, like a photo booth stocked with goofy props. Or create a puzzle from a silly photo of you two and ask guests to sign the pieces. If you’re oenophiles, consider having guests sign bottles of wine you’ll open on your first, fifth and tenth wedding anniversaries (choose wines that will age well).

Even if you’ve given them a night to remember, send guests home with something great. Your favor should be one of two things: practical or edible. Are you both into bubbly? Give guests a split of champagne. Or maybe you’re hosting a destination wedding: Remind them of their trip with leather luggage tags or a regional specialty, like jalapeño jelly. Or share a piece of your heritage by giving out tins of Asian cookies or authentic olive oil from the region of Italy where your ancestors were born. Wrap the favor in packaging that suits your wedding style (a burlap bag for a rustic celebration, tulle for a classic affair) and attach a tag thanking guests. Expert tip: Resist the urge to put your wedding date and monogram on everything, except for your packaging.

keep your dancers fueled If you want to ensure an all-night crowd, arrange for your catering staff to bring out trays of late-night munchies, like mini cheeseburgers or French fries as the evening wears on. Stick with things you’d love to eat at that time of night (read: comfort foods). Or offer a coffee bar complete with special syrups and toppings to keep them well caffeinated for the after-party.

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using every color in the rainbow keep it simple With a few exceptions (see our next fix), you should pick two to four colors that go well together and really stick to them. Using the same colors throughout your wedding décor will help create a cohesive look, so every detail blends nicely. Narrowing your palette to a few colors will also keep elements like your invitations or your centerpieces from looking chaotic. If you prefer a more relaxed look, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same hue. This will add depth without looking messy. Or, for an especially striking style moment, go monochromatic with a bold shade, like a royal blue or a creamy neutral. The idea is to keep the look tailored for maximum impact. MISTAKE THE FIX

limiting yourself to only two distinct colors THE FIX choose your colors wisely We’re so over the strict color combo rule. Many gorgeous weddings have a variety of colors—sometimes up to four— that work well together. The way to pull it off is to add more than one neutral, like ivory and a metallic, to your color palette, or go for multiple shades of the same color to create a tonal scheme. We love the idea of a summery color palette inspired by hydrangeas, for example. Combining sapphire, sky blue, white and gray with a few pops of sunny yellow make for a bright but sophisticated scheme. A color palette with three or four colors can also help you solidify a specific theme or style—like an English garden with green, yellow, pink and red, or fall in New England with orange, rust, yellow and gold.

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choosing predictable colors mix up the shades Certain color combos have obvious connotations. Think about what comes to mind when you combine red, white and blue— or red and green. Keep your colors from reminding guests of their favorite holiday by subtly tweaking your hues. The trick is to switch up at least one shade to downplay the resemblance. Instead of your standard patriotic mix, try chambray and eggshell with poppy-colored blooms. Or opt for forest green and pale pink if you’re worried about your wedding looking like Christmas in July. Adding another color like a neutral or metallic will also downplay the combo. Yellow dresses with red bouquets might conjure images of a popular fast-food restaurant, but breaking up the hues with white details, like lace or pearls, is a simple way to add elegance. If you’re set on a recognizable pairing, introduce a pattern like stripes or a brocade design into the mix. This will add dimension and help refine your overall palette. MISTAKE THE FIX

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choosing trendy colors THE FIX skip fads It’s easy to get carried away with ideas you see in other weddings, magazines and inspiration boards, but just because you love a fresh and unexpected idea on paper doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your wedding. Your palette should be one that you won’t mind living with for a long time. Remember: You’ll be filling albums with photos of this day. If you’re drawn to a color that’s hot right now, consider using the trendy hue sparingly, like in details, instead of making it a main color. Think about the colors and patterns you really love and surround yourself with daily. The simplest meaningful objects, like a favorite sweater or even a throw pillow, have inspired some of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen. MISTAKE

using the wrong ratios balance your brights One of the biggest pitfalls in color selection is not considering the eye’s need for a little white space. Just because you have two dominant colors in your palette doesn’t mean you should use them equally. Decide which hue will take center stage and which will follow. This distinction will affect your decisions from linens to lighting, so choose early. If you love bright orange, pick a more muted shade for your secondary color, like pale blue or navy instead of a vibrant aqua. You want your colors to be complementary to your décor, not distracting. Thoughtfully balancing them is the key to making even the craziest combinations look chic. Another option: Pick a few shades that are in between colors, like coral instead of bright orange and plum instead of amethyst. >> MISTAKE THE FIX

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ignoring texture coordinate with purpose Two colors that go together may not look right when put side by side in different textures. A burlap table runner with red satin linens doesn’t work as well as wood planters on maroon cotton tablecloths, even though the colors are the same. Mixing textures in the same hue can add more drama and depth to your wedding style than combining a slew of colors. Patterns like stripes or florals will help break up bold colors, so a shade like bright yellow or black doesn’t overwhelm your tables. Bottom line: Think of texture as another “color” or element in your palette— mix it wisely in everything from stationery to linens. MISTAKE

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ignoring your venue colors pick a priority (colors or venue) Think about your favorite colors and decide whether you want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect palette—sometimes you can have both. When hunting for the right spot, look at details like wall coverings, carpeting and art. A color scheme of lime green and hot pink will clash in a country club ballroom with navy and maroon carpets—there’s really no way around it. (Try to pull it off anyway and you’ll end up spending twice what you would normally in décor to cover it up with drapery and flooring.) That’s not to say you have to choose a venue where your colors perfectly match the décor, but keep it in mind when settling on a scheme and a place to say “I do.” MISTAKE

not coordinating your paper elements include some color in your invites Your invitations set the stage for your event, so let them introduce your wedding colors and evoke the right tone from the start. Coordinating the invitation colors with those of the wedding can be as easy as choosing a colored font, ribbon or monogram, or as elaborate as lining envelopes with a bold pop of your hues. Don’t sacrifice readability for style—that means the type should contrast with the paper, so balance brighter shades with neutrals and avoid light-colored fonts. And ask your designer about typeface techniques like letterpress or foiling to make sure your text stands out. Also consider that invites are a dress code cue for your guests. Don’t send out formal ecru cards with copperplate calligraphy unless you’re expecting guests to dress up for your wedding. MISTAKE THE FIX

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trying to match the flowers don’t force matchy-matchy Your flowers don’t have to be in your wedding colors, but if they work, great! If not, it’s okay. For example, if blue is in your palette, you’re going to have a hard time sourcing stems (very few flowers are naturally blue). Instead of insisting your bouquets and centerpieces match perfectly, ask your florist to choose complementary neutral flowers that will add visual variety to the color scheme (not to mention great texture). Then let your nonfloral elements, like the centerpiece vases and bouquet ribbon wraps, show off your palette. >> MISTAKE THE FIX

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choosing the wrong dress color pick the most flattering hue or a neutral When it comes to dressing your bridal party, choose the most flattering color in your palette and use it (look to neutral colors if you’re at all unsure). Shades like burnt orange and olive green might look great on details like your stationery, table linen overlays and glassware, but they aren’t exactly wearable. The days of the perfectly matched bridesmaid dresses are over too. Aim to have your besties’ dresses complement your palette. A neutral caramel may only be a supporting color in your palette but the perfect choice for your ladies. If you really want your bridesmaids to wear a bolder hue, choose accessories in that color instead, like a belt, pretty necklace or shoes. Stick to universally flattering colors like jewel tones, navy, blush, ivory or black. Bonus: These hues look best in photos too, and happy bridesmaids mean great pictures. MISTAKE THE FIX

choosing colors that don’t fit the mood lighten or ramp up your color palette Though yellow may be your favorite color, it might not be the ideal shade for an evening wedding on New Year’s Eve. Likewise, shimmering metallic silver might not set the right tone for an afternoon garden reception in a small New England town. If you’re set on a color you don’t think will work with the atmosphere you’re trying to create, think about your accent colors. Adding lots of navy can make yellow seem more refined and formal, while pairing it with another pastel takes it in more of a whimsical direction. Your color scheme plays a role in the vibe of your wedding, so determine which emotions you want your celebration to evoke (a relaxed backyard bash or a formal, bow-tie encouraged affair, for example) before you pick your palette. MISTAKE

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Narrow your colors down to exact shades. Instead of green and pink, choose lime green, Kelly green, sage green or forest green. Add rose, fuchsia or bubblegum pink. This distinction will simplify all your other décor choices.

not giving visual examples to your wedding pros get specific with your colors Narrow your colors down to exact shades. Instead of green and pink, choose lime green, Kelly green, sage green or forest green. Add rose, fuchsia or bubblegum pink. Create an inspiration board to make it easier to communicate your vision with all of your wedding pros and help you stay focused when choosing décor. Anything can inspire your palette, but paint company websites are a good place to start—so many choices. Use an interactive color wheel or get inspiration from other weddings you like (a bouquet could inspire the whole scheme, for example). If you have access to a Pantone color book, use it to select your shade the same way graphic designers do. Many invitation designers mix ink to match the colors in this book, and a lot of cake bakers use Pantone numbers as a reference when creating dye for frosting. MISTAKE THE FIX

limiting yourself to seasonal color rules think seasonless It’s time to forget about outdated seasonal color rules—there are no rules. Pastels aren’t just for spring weddings, and you can totally have an orange and yellow soiree in seasons other than fall. Pick a color palette you love and then tailor it to the particular season with accent colors, texture, florals and décor. The way to pull off a pastel winter wedding is to swap out rosy pink for a more muted blush and use dusty sage instead of seafoam or mint green. Love brights for autumn? Add in some jewel tones and texture to warm up the combo. Pairing your color palette with flowers and seasonal-inspired décor elements, like evergreens and faux-fur chairbacks for a winter wedding, or peonies and boxwood in spring, will actually make your wedding style effortlessly complement the season without seeming overly themed. MISTAKE THE FIX

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Whether your historic venue won’t let you bring in a big installation, or you want to be selective about your décor choices, these 15 doable ideas will turn any reception space into a personalized celebration that gets noticed for all the right reasons.

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drape the ceilings It’s amazing what you can do with a little fabric. Keep it formal and elegant with drapery in a neutral hue, or if you’re after a more carefree vibe, opt for a bright color like yellow or a pattern. If you take this approach, you can go light on the table décor (your guests’ eyes will be looking up) and you’ll still get the same decked-out reception look.

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pick up patterned pillows If you have a lounge area in your reception space (or are making one with some rental furniture), get yourselves to a housewares department for some pillows. Cover with your favorite fabric for a few pops of festive color and pattern. Bonus: You can reuse the pillows in your newlywed digs.

create an escort card display Instead of the old escort card table idea, create an oversize board of seating assignments and display it near the entrance of the reception space. Best of all, you won’t have guests squinting at tiny tented cards trying to decipher their table numbers.

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hang your flowers Think flowers are just for your bouquet or centerpieces? Think again. Suspending lush arrangements a few feet above your guests’ dinner plates is a fun way to create a more intimate environment in a big open space like a loft or barn.

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make chalkboard signage Chalkboards in a photo booth are pure fun, but they’re also a great way to decorate an entrance or jazz up the cocktail bar. Personalize it by thrifting an old frame and spray-painting it to match the rest of your décor. Drape with greenery or a flower garland and chalk away.

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use table lamps Create height on tables using lamps. This trick will help guests feel at home and create the effect that they’re at a chic dinner party. You can even install dimmers so guests can see their food during dinner, but come time to dance, the mood is set. If you go this route, you can skip florals altogether or surround lamp bases with greenery to disguise cords.

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add a sprig of herbs Just because you’re having a formal wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your décor. Herbs like rosemary or lavender add a fragrant touch to place settings. Or if you’re going for a more casual vibe, include potted herbs on the table (which can double as centerpieces or favors).

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rent colored glassware Instead of pouring your entire reception décor budget into the centerpieces, consider saving a little for rental extras like colored glassware. It will make your tables pop in an instant and is a fun way to dress up a signature sip.

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infuse the celebration with calligraphy Choose a stylish script and customize your escort cards, menus or wedding day signage. If your budget doesn’t allow for 200 professionally calligraphed place cards, post the task in your local college’s art department and test out a few students for the job. >>

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rethink your tables Who says you have to use numbers to identify tables? Get creative with names (think: your favorite vacation spots or beloved novels), or use unique vessels like wine bottles, lanterns, moss topiaries or festive pennant flags to display numerals.

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design en masse mood lighting When paired with dramatic uplighting and luxe fabrics, the addition of tall taper candles or floating tealights can turn your space into a magnificent scene of illumination—not to mention set an über-romantic vibe. Consider having sequined table linens to reflect the light to make the space seem even brighter.

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use a table runner that pops Look for modern table décor inspiration, like a patterned table runner. Instead of big floral centerpieces, space stems out in smaller bud vases that span the length of the runner (and show off the design). This colorful detail will make your white rental china really stand out too.

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construct a photo backdrop Create a stunning focal point that doubles as a photo backdrop. Layers of colors and shapes will give guests different elements to gush over. Consider materials that are easily customizable like tissue paper tassels, ribbons, balloons, garlands of greenery or paper flowers.

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hang (a ton of) paper lanterns We know—paper lanterns are nothing new. But multiply the number of lanterns you usually see hanging in a reception space by 100 and it’s a different story. Find more ideas to steal at TheKnot.com/style

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make a family photo wall A wall of family photos is the perfect, easy conversation starter. Devote a row to your fiancé’s family and one to yours, or you can just mix them all up altogether. You can use only wedding photos or have a variety of portraits and candids. Alternative idea: Showcase your (new!) family tree.

the wow factor Turn up the volume on your celebration.

expert tasting station

Whether it’s a beer, wine or whiskey tasting, bring in an expert to guide guests through an interactive drink experience during cocktail hour.

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professional performers From ballroom to belly dancing, book professional dancers for a portion of your reception. The visual treat will inspire guests to get on the floor—and hey, they might learn a thing or two.

live art

Hire an artist to capture the reception scene in oil or acrylic on canvas. Guests will love checking in on the progress and you’ll have an incredible keepsake.

fireworks

Give your guests a lasting impression of your day with a fabulous send-off. Your display can be individually crafted to match your wedding’s colors, theme or motif.

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There’s something special about getting married surrounded by the familiarity of your childhood backyard, the beauty of a romantic botanical garden or the crispness of an ocean breeze. As gorgeous as these sites are, don’t forget the legwork that goes into an alfresco celebration. Follow these tips to pulling off a flawless outdoor affair.

choose the right spot Think about your perfect wedding: Is it a on a sandy shore? A lush mountainside? A picturesque desert ranch? A rustic vineyard? As you visit top contenders and consider your options, it’s important to consider the potential negatives as much as the positives. It may be stunning at sunset, but can your guests get there easily? Will it be noisy or windy? (Visit at the exact time your wedding will take place to get the full effect.) Will it cost you a fortune and a lot of coordination to bring in everything you need, like a catering kitchen and portable bathrooms? Will passersby be able to walk near your event? Some of these concerns have solutions, and some may not—in the end, choose a place that has the ambience and natural setting you’re looking for, along with the convenience your guests will appreciate.

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We’ve got our fingers crossed for blue skies too, but it could rain, or there could be a hail storm, or a bug infestation. Although all of these things may be unlikely, it’s important to prepare for the worst-case scenario while hoping for the best. The ideal outdoor wedding location needs to come with a plan B you love just as much. Many venues offer indoor and outdoor options or a mix of the two, just in case a rain storm blows in before the ceremony. Have a room on reserve for any unexpected events that threaten your picture-perfect day. Or arrange for a tent with sides that roll up or down, which allows you to be outside while staying dry.

get permission (or a permit) If you’ve decided to wed on public property, you may need written permission to do so. Some venues will require a site fee to hold an event on their property, while others will only need appropriate documentation from the city. You may also require an additional certificate of insurance (say, for a museum or historic building) in case of damages. Ask your venue for assistance in applying for permits, or contact your city parks department or other local government agencies to ensure you’re well prepared to say “I do.” >>

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l et nature lead the way You’ve no doubt chosen to get married outside to soak up the surrounding beauty, so let Mother Nature guide your wedding style. Consider the hues occurring naturally in the setting—be it sea blue or garden green—and build your palette around them. Keep the season in mind too, as it will largely dictate the color and types of flowers available. Then highlight the best part of the surroundings (a clear-top tent to show off a super-starry sky or a ceremony arch overlooking a rolling vineyard) and supplement with corresponding décor or florals, like driftwood for a seaside celebration or moss terrariums for a woodland affair.

transport your guests If you’ve picked a spot that’s off the beaten path, give guests a ride. Arrange for buses, trollies or vans to shuttle them from area hotels to your wedding location (this will also ensure they’ll have a safe way home). At the very least, provide excellent directions—even GPS coordinates if you’re in really rural territory. You don’t want guests arriving late, and frustrated, because of unmarked roads.

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b  e the ultimate host It’s your day, but your friends and family have made great efforts to celebrate alongside you, so make sure they’re comfortable. Sunny and hot? Have ice-cold water at the ready, print your programs on fans or offer up parasols for those seeking shade. A bit chilly? Prepare guests ahead of time so they come dressed in layers and serve up something warm, like hot cocoa or a hot toddy. If temperatures call for it, bring in fans or heaters. And if bathrooms aren’t available on-site, you’ll need to arrange for high-end porta-potties. (Figure one stall for every 35 people, so your guests spend their evening on the dance floor and not in line for the bathroom.)

i nform the attire If you’re planning to hold your nuptials in the grass or sand, clue your guests in—no one wants a ruined pair of shoes. Make attire recommendations based on the location and the temperature. Let the locale dictate the formality too. If you’re hosting an afternoon wedding in a garden, request suits but not formal black tie. Same goes for your bridal party—select seasonally appropriate fabrics that will keep your attendants comfortable. >>

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your venue

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a favorite item

A single element, like something you collect, a painting you love, a favorite flower or a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress, could set the tone for your day.

the seasons

The time of year can influence your wedding location, (especially an outdoor celebration) food, music, flowers, favors, decorations and even wardrobe.

your passions

Nature? Movies? Sports? Travel? Think about what hobbies and interests reflect your true self, and then share those passions with your guests.

pretty hues

Color is a unifying factor among all your wedding elements. Let a couple of your favorite shades shape the day, like natural elements for an outdoor celebration.

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You’ll want to arrange your ceremony according to the sun, so your photographer will be able to capture your “I dos” without camera flare and your guests can witness your vows without squinting. And be sure to take advantage of the “golden hour,” when the lighting is said to be at its best for portraits.

Choose a caterer who has experience cooking and serving guests in an outdoor setting. Confirm the proper electricity is present to keep your caterer cooking in real time and up to code. Keep your menu choices in mind too—will guests want to wolf down a heavy dish, or will they be craving light bites? And don’t forget the cake. Talk to your baker about the elements, so you choose something that works outside—you don’t want a beautiful buttercream masterpiece melting in the sun.

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create ambience When tying the knot outside, there’s a good chance you’ll need uplighting—even indoor weddings do. Consider stringing market lights above the dance floor or hanging lanterns in the trees to frame the two of you as you say your vows. Candlelight is a great and totally romantic solution to a lack of electrical outlets, as long as it’s bright enough for your guests to see their dinner.

in good favor If you’re providing extras for guests to use while they celebrate, like flip-flops or pashminas, those can also double as favors. Or, send guests home with a location-specific token (think: a coral bottle stopper or small potted plant).

keep guests safe Clear leaves or any obstructions prior to your nuptials. Steps to well-traveled areas, like to the restroom or parking lot, should have handrails and walkways and be well lit for elderly guests.

turn it up Crashing waves are peaceful, but no one should have to strain to hear you deliver those beautiful vows. Use mics so guests can feel a part of the ceremony. And double-check that your band or DJ has enough power for their equipment.

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do I have to have a wedding cake? Technically no, but we think the tradition is definitely worth keeping. If you decide to forgo a cake, offer your guests some other kind of sweet treat, be it a plated dessert or passed chocolates. If you’re skipping the cake solely to save money, consider scaling back instead. Keep your add-ons and decoration requests simple— the less ornate the design, the less time-consuming (and costly) to make. Avoid exotic fillings, such as fresh guava, and instead order classic flavors that can easily be sourced. If you still need to come down on price, ask your baker about having two cakes. Order a small one- or a two-tier confection you can cut, then supplement with a sheet cake in the kitchen.

Sort of—the cost of a bowl of buttercream is less expensive than rolled fondant. But generally speaking, labor is a big indicator of the price of your cake, no matter what kind of frosting you choose. If you’re asking for a super-detailed design, like a smooth finish with several sugar flower clusters and a patterned motif, plan to pay for the baker’s time. Same goes for shapes—a twisty, stacked style could take up to three days to create and frost. For a less costly option, try a simple design and add a dramatic cake topper or fresh blooms. Besides being a showpiece, your cake should also be delicious. Choose the frosting that tastes best or allows your baker to design your dream cake. >>

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do I have to have a vanilla-flavored wedding cake? Remember: In addition to being unique and stunning, your cake has to taste good too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try a lot of flavors. Don’t be afraid to shy away from classics like chocolate or vanilla in favor of something less traditional such as carrot or lemon. And sample the available fillings—sometimes this layer is the most flavorful part of the slice. Many bakers are working with complex pairings like rose, hazelnut or lychee. Some will even whip up something custom for you. Choose the flavor you and your fiancé like best—after all, it’s your wedding cake.

I love the look of fondant, but I heard it tastes terrible—is that true?

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Terrible is a stretch, but it’s not quite as tasty as a buttercream or meringue. The upshot of using fondant is the virtually limitless design possibilities. Want a ribbon that matches your bouquet wrap? No problem. Want a smooth surface that can easily incorporate geometric designs or a ton of gum-paste roses? You got it. If you’re worried about the taste, ask your baker to add a layer of buttercream between the cake and the fondant (most do this anyway) to offset the flavor. Or speak to your cake designer about your vision and see if it can be accomplished or modified to work with a different type of icing.

is a naked cake right for my wedding? It all depends on the kind of celebration you’re planning. Naked cakes are essentially unfrosted confections. These designs tend to have a more natural and organic feel, since they don’t really lend themselves to gum-paste flowers or metallic dust. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be reserved for casual weddings though. A naked cake garnished with some lavender sprigs would be well suited for a vineyard affair, for example. If you like the naked look, talk with your baker about ways to tailor the design to the formality of your celebration.

are fresh flowers safe to put on a cake, and do they cost less than the sugar variety? Generally speaking, fresh flowers will cost you less than anything made from sugar, mostly because of the time and effort required to create each delicate petal. If you want to use fresh flowers on your cake, speak to your florist in advance. They’ll need to source the requested blooms and make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. If you have your heart set on a particular bud, check to see if it’s in season. In some cases, it might be less costly to fashion a peony in the kitchen than to source one in February.

my fianc´e and I prefer savory or lightly sweetened desserts—is buttercream teeth-achingly sweet?

will a buttercream cake be fancy enough for my black-tie wedding?

Most buttercreams are made of the ingredients you’d expect: creamed butter and sugar. But they aren’t all created equal. Some are meringue based while others use custard or oils (making them better for fillings or decoration). Talk with your baker about sweetness preference and taste samples. Bottom line: You can achieve a spreadable cream without risking a cavity. You may even want to opt for a cream cheese frosting, which is a mix of savory and sweet that you and your guests will enjoy.

Absolutely—just ask cake icon Sylvia Weinstock, who only frosts with buttercream. This fluffy icing can be applied in a smooth appliqué, giving it a flawless finish similar to that of fondant. An assortment of sugar flowers dresses things up even more. Buttercream’s consistency also allows it to be easily shaped or piped into swags, borders and flowers (perfect decoration for less formal celebrations). The only real downside to buttercream is it’s not ideal for transfers, stencils or embossing. >>

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do we have to have two cakes, including a groom’s cake? One cake is all you need, but if you like the idea of serving a second dessert or getting your groom involved, go for it. The tradition of the groom’s cake has evolved over time—a slice of this second cake used to be given to guests as a favor when they headed home for the evening. The groom’s cake is usually much smaller than the couple’s wedding cake and is decorated to reflect the interests of the groom (think: hobbies, favorite sports team or even a childhood superhero). There are no rules to the flavors and fillings, but, like the design, they typically reflect his favorites.

if I don’t want a traditional cake topper, do I have to have one? You have free rein to top your cake with whatever you’d like— or nothing at all. If you have an heirloom piece, like your grandparents’ vintage topper, work with your baker to add it to your top tier (it can even double as your “something old”). Many wedding cakes are so decorative or colorful that a topper could actually detract from the design.

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I’m planning an outdoor wedding—will a buttercream cake melt? The biggest downside to buttercream is its sensitivity to heat. Most buttercreams will stand at room temperature for hours, developing a pretty iredescent shine, but it’s good to have a designated refrigerator at your venue for storing the cake before the reception begins. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, you can still have a buttercream cake—just take a few extra precautions. Chill the cake leading up to the reception and opt for an early cake cutting, before you sit down to eat. If it’s too hot or humid, the cake can be removed and chilled until it’s time to serve your guests.

cake décor glossary Learn some lingo before meeting with your cake baker.

basket weave

A piping technique that has interwoven vertical and horizontal lines.

beading

A border along the edge of tiers that resembles tiny pearls.

cornelli

An elaborate piping technique that yields a lacelike pattern.

Adds sparkle or sheen to a cake.

piping

Decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket-weave patterns and flowers.

pulled sugar

Edible colored sugar balls used for decorative purposes.

A technique in which boiled sugar is manipulated and pulled to produce flowers and bows.

ganache

royal icing

dragees

A sweet, rich chocolate, denser than mousse but less dense than fudge, which can be used as icing or filling.

gum paste

This paste of sugar, cornstarch and gelatin is used to mold realisticlooking fruits and flowers to garnish a cake.

latticework meet the expert: maggie austin Former ballet dancer turned cake designer Maggie Austin creates detailed works of (delicious) art. The process of designing a wedding cake can begin a year or more in advance with Austin and the couple discussing elements of the reception in great detail, resulting in a unique design. The cake is typically made and decorated the day before delivery, but she works on sugar flowers and other delicate details well in advance. MaggieAustinCake.com

petal dust

A crisscross piping with an open pattern.

marzipan

A paste made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites used to mold edible flowers to decorate the cake. Marzipan can also be rolled in sheets, and used as icing.

Made of egg whites and confectioners sugar, this icing is a soft paste piped from a pastry bag to create flowers, beading, bows and latticework.

swiss dot

A piping technique that forms tiny dots in random patterns that resemble a fine dot Swiss fabric.

torte

A dense cake that does not use leavening agents like baking powder or baking soda.

whipped cream Heavy cream beaten to achieve a thick consistency.

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a  wedding that’s totally you Settling on an overarching concept and sticking to it is crucial for a wedding that feels unified and looks like you—and trust us, it will make your life a lot easier as you weed through all the options in the months to come. So before you try on a single gown, book your band or taste a bite of cake, determine the style and vibe you want to set on your wedding day. >>

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think big The beginning of the process is the dreaming phase—don’t worry about how something will work or how much it will cost. Don’t even consider what your mother will think. Picture your dream wedding. What do you see? Here are a couple of questions to consider while everything is coming together in your head. • Big (everyone you know) or small (close friends and relatives)? • Outdoors or indoors? • Home (one of your hometowns or your current city) or away (hello, destination wedding!)? • Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or all-out glam? • Fancy, casual or somewhere in between? • Spring, summer, winter or fall?

To get a better idea of what you want (and definitely don’t want), spend some time checking out bridal magazines, books, blogs and real wedding photos. But don’t limit yourself to browsing just the obvious sources—something as unlikely as a wallpaper pattern or a pretty perfume package design can spark an idea. Fabrics, color chips, stationery and trinkets are all great starting points too. Collect your ideas on an inspiration board—it’s one of the best ways to keep everything organized. It will also help you identify common threads and visualize how various elements will look together. bonus: Build yours on TheKnot.com/boards and easily share them with your wedding pros as you plan.

figure out the formality How fancy or casual do you want to go? Do you want to see your guests all dressed up at a sit-down dinner? Or will it be more casual with informal seating and stations? The setting of your wedding can also dictate the vision—a beach wedding calls for a more laidback vibe, while a ballroom may require a more classic and elegant ambience. And don’t forget about your own personal styles and the kind of atmosphere that best speaks to you two as a couple. Do you like hosting intimate dinner parties, or prefer a low-key poolside picnic? You’ll want to carry the formality through every aspect of your wedding, from the stationery to the parting favor. >>

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gather and save inspiration

ways to bring your style to life Add a personal touch to your day with these details.

colors

Once you’ve settled on a style and theme, choose colors that complement it. If you’re having a seaside celebration, consider blue with a pop of coral, or a clean white and tan look. For a vintage wedding, take inspiration from antiques, like a pale blue or dusty lavender with patterns and mismatched details.

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Your invitation will set the tone for your celebration and be your guests’ first hint at the theme of your wedding. Incorporate your motif into the design, like an acorn for a fall affair or a custom illustration of you two. If you’ve already selected your colors, incorporate them as well in your text or even your envelopes or stamps.

food and drink

From a signature sip to a locally inspired menu, play up your style in your food and drink options. If you’re having a nauticalthemed wedding, serve seafood favorites like baked clams and shrimp cocktail. Celebrating down South? Offer guests spiked sweet tea to give them a taste of the local flavor.

flowers

Your blooms can help convey style too. If you’re having a more casual celebration, opt for a bouquet of undone wildflowers in varying colors. If you’re celebrating in a location known for a particular flower, try and incorporate it into your arrangements—you’ll save on the stems too.

favors

Your parting gift to guests should represent you and your wedding theme. If you’ve opted for a retro celebration, give friends and family a “record” of tunes from the wedding. Or send them off with a food favor that’s reflective of the location or of your family’s heritage, like a bottle of olive oil or a bag of fortune cookies.

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The more specific you get with your vision, the easier it will be for you to choose your details and convey your ideas to your pros—the tighter your theme, the better. Instead of stopping at “glam,” decide whether you want art-deco glam or old-Hollywood glam. Your theme can be anything from a favorite era, hobby or place to your heritage or culture. To help shape the style, think of interesting hobbies you and your fiancé have in common. Maybe you both love golf or share an appreciation of art. Or perhaps there’s a place you two hold dear, like the mountaintop where you got engaged or the vacation locale where you fell in love. a word of caution: Don’t load up on too many ideas. It’s great if you love Broadway musicals and your spouse-to-be is into drag racing, but trying to combine both on your wedding day could lead to a weird, disjointed affair. Do your best to compromise on one concept and stick to it. Or if you have two competing themes, save one for a prewedding bash or the after-party.

Color is a unifying factor among all your wedding elements, from the invitations to your bridesmaid dresses. Take a look at a color wheel to determine which shades you’re drawn to. The easiest way to make all of your wedding elements come together is to stick with one main color and an accent color, or two equally prominent complementary colors (colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, like green and pink or yellow and purple) for a bright contrast. But don’t feel limited to just two colors—adding neutral or metallic accents will make your palette robust. You could also choose an analogous scheme, putting together three colors that fall side by side on the color wheel, like blue, periwinkle and violet, to bring out the subtle nuances of one color family.

don’t forget the vibe As you’re planning, remember that the theme obviously affects the look of your wedding, but it can also set the tone. An evening wedding in a gilded ballroom meant to conjure the Roaring ’20s will ramp the chic quotient up a notch, while a clambake on the beach will have guests kicking off their shoes and enjoying a beer right out of the bottle. Either is great, as long as it feels right to you. You want your personalities and passions to shine through, which is what ultimately makes your wedding stand out and feel special.

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master the motif A motif is the last flourish that can tie together the overall look of your wedding—it can show up anywhere from the invitation to the cake. It’s typically a pattern, shape or insignia that conveys your style (think: family crest, toile pattern or leaf icon). Whatever you choose should reinforce the mood you’re trying to create. A cute crab is a fun way to celebrate by the beach, while a monogram may be a better fit for a formal ballroom affair. keep in mind: Use your motif purposefully—three or four places is usually the right amount. Any more than that will feel forced or look too matchy-matchy. Find even more inspiration at TheKnot.com/style

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the dos and don’ts of do-it-yourself

Before you decide to tackle any wedding projects, read our helpful guide to avoid potential DIY disasters. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY DEVON JARVIS

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Making things yourself is a great way to add personal touches to your wedding. But fair warning: Some projects are tougher than others, and what you thought would be a super-simple activity could turn into an undertaking worthy of a world-class crafter.

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table numbers

With the tally of wedding guests averaging about 140, table numbers are a manageable DIY project—you’ll only need to make 14 to 20, depending on your seating configuration. If you’re setting round tables, consider dual-sided numbers, so they can

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photography

Yes, Instagram filters make photos look amazing, but your pictures are among the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding day. All of your loved ones may promise to capture every moment, but what happens if they get distracted or arrive with a low battery and no backup? Photography is a real skill—a professional photographer will ensure all the details are well documented.

be read from all angles as guests make their way to their seats. Opting for long feasting tables? Divide the rectangle into smaller “tables,” grouping numbers by six or eight guests. Clue your florist in on your craft plans—she can help coordinate the rest of the table décor and offer design suggestions. DIY DON’T

catering

Catering a large-scale party is a huge undertaking. You’d be

favors

A small takeaway or memento is always charming and worth the extra effort. You can go all the way and actually make cute coasters or delicious homemade brownies, or you can simply assemble premade treats, like chocolates from a local sweet shop. Buy colorful boxes, ribbon and tags to package them up nicely. DIY DON’T

day-of coordination

You’ve organized every little detail up to now, so why shouldn’t you be in charge on the wedding day? Because you won’t be able to relax and enjoy the party you’ve spent months planning! Hiring a coordinator for the day can be a lifesaver. While you’re getting pampered, they’ll be setting up and averting (or handling) any crises. They’ll help with the flow of the day and the coordination of your pros. When everything isn’t going perfectly, you’ll have no idea. Trust us—peace of mind is worth a little extra expense.

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hard-pressed to make enough delicious food for a hundred-plus people (and keep it hot). Once the meal is ready, you need a reliable group of waitstaff to serve it. Caterers are trained to make it all happen. They have the support staff to serve you and your guests in a timely manner, and their station setup or the way they circulate the hors d’oeuvres is like a well-choreographed ballet. DIY DON’T

cake

Unless you’re a pastry chef—and even if you are—you don’t want to take on this project. Whether it’s a missed teaspoon of baking powder or a tilted tier, a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix. Plus, transporting a wedding cake is a serious task best left to someone who knows what they’re doing, has a refrigerated van and, most importantly, doesn’t have their own wedding to be enjoying. Be wary about accepting a friend’s or family member’s offer to bake as well—a wedding cake is best left to the experts. >>

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save-the-dates

Save-the-dates are fun—seize this opportunity to be creative. Computer programs and a good printer can get the job done with little fuss. Consider using an engagement photo to create a custom postcard. Want to get really crafty? Send a calendar page with a heart on your wedding date, or a map marking where your nuptials will take place. And stick to the pros for your invites. DIY DON’T

floral centerpieces

Centerpieces are among the first things guests notice when they walk into your reception. Granted, flowers can be expensive depending on your choices and the season, but they’re a big part of the budget for a reason. Like your bouquet, these living beauties need to be assembled the morning of your wedding or the evening before, when you’ll be enjoying yourself. Call in a pro or opt for some nonfloral centerpieces such as vintage books, fresh fruit, pillar candles or a location-specific option, like coral.

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These can be big or small, depending on the amount of information you want to share (cultural traditions, members of the bridal party, deceased relatives). If you can fit everything onto one to three pages, programs can be created on your computer, printed yourself or at the local print shop, and assembled at home with thin ribbon. DIY handwritten signs or chalkboards set at the venue entrance are other options in lieu of a program. If you’re hosting an outdoor celebration, consider letting your program double as a fan or a sign for guests to wave as you recess down the aisle (hello photo op!).

music

An iPod—even one loaded with the greatest songs of all time— is no substitute for a band or DJ. Music pros are pros for a reason, and they’re trained to read the dance floor and engage the crowd. They can slow it down while dinner is served and speed it up when it’s time to get everyone grooving. Having someone else responsible for the entertainment ensures guests are enjoying every minute of the party.  ant the supply list and how-tos for these DIYs? Check out W TheKnot.com/diy for these projects—and more!

diy favor kit packaging and ribbon

Whether you’re gifting delicious cookies, picture frames or a beautiful plant, you need a container that fits everything and matches your wedding style. Uline.com offers padded mailers and burlap pouches at bulk prices, while SpecialtyBottle.com is the go-to source for any bottle, jar or glass container­—limoncello anyone? PaperMart .com is the best resource for gift boxes, bags and gorgeous ribbon—you can get luxe satin and grosgrain in bulk for a steal.

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good-quality paper

a good pen

custom stickers

custom stamp

Skip a flimsy favor tag and invest in a nice medium-weight paper. PaperPresentation.com and PaperSource .com are great resources for colored mini-envelopes and various papers.

Add a personal touch to your favors or welcome bags with a monogrammed sticker. TheKnotShop.com has various colors and sizes with customization options.

If you’re freehanding tags or favor signage, pick up a new pen that will have enough ink to do the whole job. Visit Blick.com for pens, tips, ink, nibs—everything you need to make your handwriting look its best.

Personalize favor tags with a stamp (think: your monogram, wedding date or a motif). RubberStamps.net offers custom stamps with a quick turnaround time.

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Couples take note: Edible favors never (okay, rarely) get left behind. And while favors aren’t required, they’re a nice way to show your guests you appreciate their support and attendance. And if they traveled to celebrate, an edible token means instant gratification— no packing something extra in the suitcase for the trek home. Just like your invitation sets the stage for your wedding, your favors leave a lasting impression, so pick something fun that speaks to your wedding theme, the locale or your personality as a couple. Are you two always on the hunt for the best macarons? Or maybe you’re popcorn gurus or cookie connoisseurs? Treat your guests to an indulgence you both love. Whether you’re after something sweet, foodie-approved or ridiculously Instagrammable, we’ve got you covered with nine edible favors that ship nationwide.

6. cake pops

1. chocolate-covered pretzels

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2. whoopie pies These aren’t just any old whoopie pies. With their creative flavors (fig honey goat cheese, anyone?), these treats are fit for a foodie. And if your guests aren’t that adventurous, stick to classics like double chocolate and vanilla Funfetti. $16 FOR 10, BATTERANDCREAM.COM

3. b’day cake truffles Allow us to introduce you to the ultimate truffle: vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. Mind blown.

A bite of cake on a stick is the perfect grab-and-go fix. And with sparkly frosting, these cake pops can double as décor—they can even be styled to look like a mini wedding cake or a bride and groom (perfect for a prewedding celebration too!). Have a bowtie-clad waiter stand by the exit to send guests off with something sweet in a grand way. FROM $39 FOR 12, SHOPNYCAKEPOPS.COM

7. mini tubs of cookie dough Perfectly safe to eat or bake—if you can wait that long—this cookie dough is available in 21 varieties, including confetti, fluffernutter, chocolate dream and signature chocolate chip. Bonus: Most of them can be made vegan or gluten-free. We guarantee there won’t be a single one left behind (maybe to the newlyweds’ dismay).

8. personalized macarons These tasty little treats come in fun flavors, like mint chocolate, chocolate lavender, passion fruit and white chocolate cherry. And you can personalize the cookie with a custom illustration of the two of you or even your wedding date—total win. $5 FOR 2-PIECE FAVOR BOX, BYWOOPS.COM

go edible

“Sweetly packaged s’mores, a pretty cookie wrapped in cellophane or a jar of honey—those are things guests will want.” —Patricia Fratto of Perfectly Coordinated in Arlington, MA

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4. cake in a jar Surprise your guests with a take-home dessert that’s as pretty as it is delicious. The exposed cake and frosting layers mimic a naked cake, but in a travel-friendly container. Choose from classic flavors like cookie dough and fudge brownie as well as seasonal specialties. $30 FOR 3, JARSBYDANI.COM

5. popcorn tins You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who wouldn’t want to take home this iconic popcorn. A delectable combo of caramel and cheese—Garrett’s signature mix—is both a savory treat and a dessert snack in one. $189 FOR EVENT PACK WITH 24 POPCORN BAGS, GARRETTPOPCORN.COM

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9. marshmallow sandwich cookies Not only are these marshmallow cookies totally unique, they’re also made with fair-trade ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Pick from flavors like raspberry hibiscus, spiked espresso, vanilla and caramel, and peppermint chocolate. Thinking of keeping guests toasty at your winter nuptials with a hot chocolate bar? Station these next to the cocoa for a perfect pairing. Customize the packaging for an ultra-personalized wedding favor. FROM $5 FOR 4, MALVIMALLOW.COM

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Who says you have to stick to conventional hues for your wedding? A dreamy mauve gown and crisp khaki suit are fresh and totally on trend. Dress, $6,000, Hayley Paige at Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal Salon, MadeleinesDaughter .com (Portsmouth, NH), Cristina’s, CristinasBridal .com (Andover, MA), Flair, FlairBridesmaids.com (Boston); engagement ring, $995, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, $345, NaeemKhan .com ON HIM Suit, $600, Bar III, Macys.com; shirt, stylist’s own; bow tie, $110, Olch.com; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; socks, $28, HappySocks .com; shoes, $1,195, ChristianLouboutin.com >>

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A sleek pantsuit with a flouncy top is the best of both worlds: It’s fashion forward but still feels bridal. Add a veil for a look that’s all your own. Pantsuit, $4,150, Rosa Clará at Estée Bridal, EsteeBridal.com (East Greenwich, RI), La Reine Bridal, LaReineBridal .com (Waltham, MA), Musette Bridal Boutique, MusetteBridal.com (Boston); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney .com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta .com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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Turn heads in a dress with a trendy high-low hemline. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off amazing shoes, without sacrificing the drama of a train. Dress, $8,490, Ines Di Santo at L’elite Bridal and Bridesmaid Boutique, Lelite.com (Boston); earrings, $325, Simone Rocha, NewYork. DoverStreetMarket.com; pink tennis bracelet, $65, gold tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; stacking rings, $3,740, Laurence Bruyninckx, LX-Antwerp.com; shoes, $1,090, OscardelaRenta.com >>

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flirty skirt Lace sleeves and a tutu-inspired skirt make this short frock anything but simple. Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; stacking ring, $6,935, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

party plumes Planning to change it up for your reception? A feathery cocktail dress is made for dancing the night away. Top, $4,280, skirt, $3,180, LihiHod.com; engagement ring, $2,360 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; wedding band, $1,590, ring, $4,450, HeartsOnFire.com; earrings, $198, LeleSadoughi.com >>

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While pastel florals are classic, a bold, vibrant bouquet instantly adds a celebratory vibe to your wedding. Top, $550, pants, $605, IvyandAster.com; necklace, $245, CZbyKennethJayLane.com

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daring details All minidresses aren’t created equal. Abstract embellishments give this little white dress a dose of avant-garde appeal. Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com; bracelet, $6,750, HeartsOnFire.com; shoes, price upon request, ChristianSiriano.com ON HIM Suit, $595, shoes, $230, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com

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So you’ve already hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bridesmaids to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure the two of you show up dressed to the nines. For your five-star event, only a gorgeous gown and traditional black tux will do. FOR THE BRIDE This is the ultimate Cinderella moment. Make it count with a dramatic dress that really sparkles. We love a ball gown that gets the full-glam treatment with a crystalencrusted bodice or just a hint of subtle blush in the skirt. As far as accessories are concerned, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair elegant drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Store your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or two) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some strappy metallic sandals for an ultra-luxe look. FOR THE GROOM Though he’d certainly be dapper in any suit, a classic tuxedo will guarantee he looks at home at your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs (those little doodads that cover the shirt’s buttons), dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead opt for a trendy notch collar and a pristine bow tie. Also, stick with a slim-fit style. A sleek satin lapel couldn’t hurt either. If your groom is more daring, try a tux with a black velvet jacket—they’re everywhere on the red carpet and look just as luxurious as they feel. To up the sophistication quotient, choose equally streamlined accessories, like understated silver cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes. If he wears a watch, go for one that will blend in with the rest of his outfit. >>

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Stash your day-of essentials in a colorful blue clutch. Try a navy minaudière for a formal event or a silver or pearl-encrusted clutch with a light blue lining.

Save your “something blue” for your spouse’s eyes only. Find a lingerie set in a romantic cornflower shade. Or choose one with blue accents, like bows.

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Why limit this color to just your wedding? You can wear it long after the day when you choose a wedding band lined with blue sapphires.

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We’re not suggesting you get a crazy, neon-blue manicure for your wedding, but you could try a powder-blue polish for a subtle and soft nod to this wedding tradition.

Have your attendants represent your “something blue” in navy. A major plus of this plan: Your friends will look amazing in this flattering shade.

your shoes

For just a hint of blue, wear a pair of heels with a blue sole. You can also personalize the bottom of your shoes with a blue marker. Add your new monogram, the words “I do” or your wedding date.

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If you’ve been dreaming of a destination wedding or stylish backyard ceremony (something that feels intimate and homespun) since the second he popped the question, then casual wedding day attire will work best for you. FOR THE BRIDE Keep it simple with a chic, short wedding dress, but don’t skimp on the details. For instance, textured lace shows off your high style with little fuss. Great heels and statement accessories are the perfect finishing touch for this low-key look. FOR THE GROOM A less formal gown calls for a casual suit. Picking a preppy style gives him a more laid-back attitude that still feels polished. Try a khaki suit with a patterned pocket square, and fun, novelty cuff links that match the vibe of your wedding. If he’s going for an edgier, more personalized feel, consider a printed tie or a handmade lapel flower—they’re all the rage right now.

Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a luxe feel. Whether it’s in a modern museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal soiree is sophisticated and cultured without the strict formality of a more traditional setting. Opt for a wardrobe that’s every bit as chic and cutting edge as your wedding. FOR THE BRIDE A structured, classic silhouette is best for your one-of-a-kind affair. A strapless, satin, fit-and-flare dress is fancier than your average cocktail look but still more understated than a ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a waist-slimming black sash and matching pumps (ones with some embellishment will create a cohesive style). Skip extra baubles and finish it off with a statement clutch (we love lucite). FOR THE GROOM Why not look as fresh and trendy as the venue? Pair a gray suit with quirky accessories, like a patterned shirt, pocket square and bow tie. This is a great opportunity to show a little personality, so don’t shy away from a good novelty pattern. >>

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how to tie a bow tie It’s just like tying your shoelaces— well, kind of. Master the bow tie: 1. Put the dress shirt or tuxedo shirt on. Button it to the top and stand in front of the mirror with the bow tie in hand. Place the bow tie around the neck, making sure that the right end falls 1.5 inches lower than the left. 2. Holding both ends, cross the longer end over the shorter one.

3. Loop the longer end up through the neck hole. Adjust the tightness of the tie for a comfortable fit. 4. Putting the longer end aside by flipping it up over the shoulder, double the shorter end at the widest part so it resembles a bow and lays sideways across the collar.

If it wasn’t already obvious from the swanky invitations, rooftop locale, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature martinis, your wedding wardrobe will surely solidify the fact that you’re hosting an elegant event. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and clean, modern accessories for both of you. FOR THE BRIDE Find a gown that feels dressy but not over the top for your cocktail soiree. Skip the dramatic full skirt and romantic embellishments and consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: the column gown. A sleek style still feels classy but also gives just a hint of va-va-voom. Want to make more of a glam statement? Play up your gown with sparkly metallic accessories. FOR THE GROOM A classic black tuxedo may feel too traditional. Instead, try a slim-cut dark suit in black, charcoal gray or navy with a lighter shirt in a neutral color. A skinny tie will go best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of his suit (regularwidth ties can appear too bulky or wide). For a consistent modern style, opt for a pair of dress loafers. They may have a reputation for being old-fashioned, but new designs are actually the perfect in-between shoe: not as fancy as a lace-up oxford, but more put together than, say, your average pair of slip-on sneakers. Find your wedding look at TheKnot.com/fashion

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5. Holding the bow shape with one hand, retrieve the other end and pull it down over the center of the bow with the other hand. At this point, the tie resembles a bow tie from the front. 6. Bring the sides of the bow together in front with one hand. Pinch and pull. This creates a hole behind the bow.

7. Use the other hand to make another bow with the longer end of the tie by doubling it like the first bow.

8. Push this bow through the hole.

9. Pull on the folded ends of each bow to tighten the knot of the bow tie.

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set your gown budget Maybe you have $4,000 set aside for your look. That doesn’t mean you can buy a $4,000 wedding dress. You’ll need to add on taxes, alterations and possibly shipping. And don’t forget to set aside part of that budget (10 to 20 percent) for extras like your shoes and veil.

hanger appeal Even if a dress doesn’t wow you on the hanger, trust that your consultant knows what styles will look amazing on you.

choose your shopping mates Bring either your mom or a trusted friend when you dress shop, but limit your entourage to two or three people. go wedding dress shopping There’s a reason you need to get a jump-start on your gown search: You’re not buying off the rack, so your wedding dress is essentially custom made for you. This means it will take months of work to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. Schedule your appointments early, since salons can get booked up fast. When you go for your bridal salon appointment, bring photos of dresses you like so the consultant will be better equipped to help you. If you know you want to wear a specific designer, see if they’re having a trunk show at a salon near you.

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8 months buy your dress Now it’s time to make a final decision and place the order. You’ll know it’s “the one” when you don’t want to take it off. When you buy your gown, you’ll have to sign a contract and put down a deposit, which is usually 60 percent of the price of the gown, says Mercedes Cueva, bridal stylist at The White Gown. This is because your one-of-a-kind dress takes manpower to create, so designers need a down payment to start production. Before you sign the contract, make sure all the information is correct. Ask the salon when they expect your gown to arrive—on average it’s 16 to 20 weeks from the day you place your order, Ingram says—and confirm they’ll call you when it comes in.

5 months shop for your undergarments Get your under-the-dress essentials before your first fitting. Whether you’re planning on wearing a strapless bra, slipping into a body-slimming shaper or going braless, the slightest switch in your undergarments can change the fit of your dress, so you should select a couple options. choose your hair accessories It’s also time to find your veil or headpiece (if you’re wearing one), so you can get an idea of your entire look, from head to toe, when you have your gown fitting. For a casual dress, go with a complementary birdcage veil or flower crown. If you’re wearing a ball gown, you might want to choose something more dramatic and grand, like a chapel- or cathedral-length veil. select your shoes Take the height of your heel into consideration, and don’t opt for shoes that pinch, rub or feel too tight (no matter how fabulously stylish those stilettos are). You’ll be on your feet for most of the day, so make sure your toes can handle it. >>

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do your research Before you start shopping, figure out what style you’re looking for. Your venue can help you narrow that down, suggests Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Atelier. If you’re having a beachside wedding, you’ll probably want a flowy, unfussy gown. Getting married at an upscale hotel? A formal ball gown could be your dress. Also find out what silhouettes best suit your body shape. Then look through pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines, and tear out or save your favorite styles. The Wedding LookBook by The Knot app is a great place to begin—you can search thousands of gowns by style and price and find local salons that carry them. Or browse our wedding dress marketplace for a list of salons in your area. Just remember: While lots of research can help narrow down your options, keep an open mind. An experienced consultant can help you find the right dress for your budget and body type—and the style of dress you end up loving might even surprise you.

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have your second fitting Your first fitting is where the heavy lifting happens: adding sleeves, switching up the neckline and so on. The second fitting is your chance to make smaller tweaks to your wedding dress, like taking in the bodice a bit or perfecting the hem length. You’ll also want to move around the salon in your gown and practice some dance moves. This will help you test that the fit is right so you can easily move around. You’ll be wearing your dress for 8 to 10 hours on your wedding day so it has to feel good.

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have your first fitting You’ll most likely have three fittings to get your dress altered to fit you just right. It’s important to time each of the alterations correctly. Bring your gown in too early and you might not end up with a proper fit. (You may lose or gain weight after your gown is altered.) Bring your gown in too late and you might not have enough time to make all the changes. Most gowns will need at least some sort of alteration. Some salons charge a flat fee, while others charge per item. The costs range from $200 for a simple hem to more than $1,000 for major adjustments. And remember: Don’t bring just your gown—also take your undergarments, shoes and accessories to your fittings. Your undergarments and shoes will help determine the fit and length of your gown, and trying on your hair accessories or veil with your dress will give you an idea of how you’ll look on the actual day. If you don’t have the exact shoe you’ll be wearing, bring something similar in height. While your seamstress is fitting your gown, take a close look at the way the material falls and notice how the waist feels and how the chest area fits (is there any funny bunching, puckering or bulging?). Speak up if you see anything you don’t like. This is the time to ask questions, so give into any perfectionist impulses.

6 weeks decide on your “something old, new, borrowed and blue” If you want to include these customs in your ensemble, you may want to have them before your final fitting. For instance, if you’re planning to sew a blue ribbon or keepsake pocket to the inside of your dress, you can ask your seamstress to do it while she’s making your other alterations. Or, if you’re wearing special blue shoes or a headpiece with blue embellishments, bring them with you, so you can see how they work with the rest of your ensemble.

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have your final fitting You may want to have a box of tissues on hand for this final trip to the seamstress. This is where you’ll get to see your gown the way it will look when you walk down the aisle. Bring at least one family member or friend to share this moment with, and so you have someone there to learn how to do the bustle (if you have one). pick up your wedding dress Once your gown is ready, you’ll need to find a place to store it where your fiancé can’t sneak a peek. Inspect the dress when you get it to make sure everything looks right. Keep it in a breathable opaque—not clear—garment bag (just in case your partner stumbles across it in the closet). If your veil is in the same bag, make sure it’s wrapped in its own piece of plastic so it doesn’t snag.

1 day stash your stuff Buy a handheld steamer and put together an emergency kit (safety pins, fashion tape). Make sure you have all of the parts of your ensemble (dress, accessories and shoes) in one place—especially if you’re switching venues after your makeup and hair are done.

wedding day have fun Happy wedding day! Just a couple of to-dos left: Give your dress a final steaming and schedule about 30 minutes to get dressed (a bridesmaid should help you). Then relax and enjoy the moment. Looking for your dress? Download The Wedding Lookbook by The Knot app to find “the one.”

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practice walking in your shoes Strut around in your shoes at home to make sure they aren’t too high or too stiff. This way, you’ll have enough time to break them in, buy a new pair or snag a second, more comfortable pair.

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is there a trick to wearing bright colors or prints without clashing? It depends on the wedding location and time of day. For example, with a tropical destination or beach wedding, the environment calls for a vibrant color or bold pattern. It just looks more natural in those surroundings than something very neutral and understated. Whereas for a formal wedding (say, one at a grand hotel or estate), you might want to be a little quieter in terms of color, but have some dramatic detail, like metallic embellishments on the dress, sparkly statement earrings or other glitzy accessories. The term “mother of the bride” doesn’t have to mean super conservative or old-fashioned. It’s important to remember that the mother of the bride is really an attractive woman in the prime of her life, who loves fashion and wants to look great on a very special day. In fact, this dress or outfit is probably the second biggest expenditure women will make after their own wedding gown. There’s no reason a mother of the bride can’t look fashion forward or wear a vibrant print and glamorous accessories, as long as it works with the rest of the wedding.

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what about pulling off statement jewelry? It depends on what the dress looks like. For instance, there’s this relatively new line I like called Needle and Thread. It has beautiful embroideries and it’s quite reasonably priced. With dresses like that, there’s no need for a lot of jewelry because the dress has so much detail. I would keep it very delicate if she’s wearing a dress that’s elaborately beaded or embroidered. But on the other hand, if she’s wearing a one-shoulder, asymmetric dress that’s just a wisp of a thing, she could wear an arm full of bracelets or drop earrings. Accessorize specifically for the dress and for the occasion.

should comfort always come first where shoes are concerned? It’s all about the overall feel of the wedding. If it’s on the sand, or in the garden on grass, you and your guests certainly don’t want to be in heels that sink. In cases like those, I’d go with a wedge. There are tons of strappy sandals that are very delicate looking in the front but have a chunky solid heel that will keep your mom grounded and comfortable. It also depends on how much the shoes are going to show. With a short dress, I think shoes are very important. In that case, she can’t go wrong with Manolos or Louboutins—they’re a splurge, but both lines offer a gorgeous range of heels in varying heights. She shouldn’t wear super-high heels that are uncomfortable. There’s nothing worse than seeing everyone with their shoes off on the dance floor. It’s better to choose a comfortable, feminine shoe to begin with rather than end up in flip-flops or bare feet. >>

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It’s really up to the bride, in my opinion. If she wants her mother or husband-to-be’s mother to conform to the color palette, it will probably look nice and more cohesive in pictures. You don’t want her to be distracting or out of place in group photos. But I don’t think it’s necessary to be super matchy either.

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what mother of the bride dress trends are you loving right now? In general, off the shoulder is really big, and it’s very wearable for most women. Nearly everyone has good shoulders. That’s a very welcome trend, because it’s sexy and feminine but not too revealing. I’m also seeing a lot of dresses with asymmetric necklines. I don’t think there are any big color trends per se, but it’s now completely acceptable to wear black at many weddings, and that used to be considered a major faux pas. Almost all fashion rules have been challenged in this day and age. I’ve seen mothers of the bride wear all sorts of outfits, including pants on rare occasion. A beautiful pantsuit with elegant jewelry can look so chic.

straight talk “It’s really important to remember that the mother of the bride is an attractive woman in the prime of her life, who loves fashion and wants to look great on a very special day.” —Cindy Weber-Cleary

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Arm coverings can be attached to almost any dress if you’re looking for more coverage or you’re having a conservative or religious ceremony. Wearing strapless? Your tailor can even sew on a sheer illusion neckline for a subtly sexy look.

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what if you disagree with what your mom, or future mom, wants to wear to your wedding? You have to tread very carefully. You don’t want to start off your wedding on the wrong foot, especially if it’s concerning your mother-in-law. It’s really all about the way you express yourself. As long as you’re polite and respectful of that person’s feelings, you can try to steer them in a different direction. But if you can’t change their mind, it’s not worth fighting about. You want everyone to feel happy on your wedding day, and if a certain dress makes your mom really happy, then let her wear it. I can’t imagine anyone would question it, or even remember. There shouldn’t be so many rules where wedding fashion is concerned—it should be about having fun. I understand brides are under a lot of pressure and they want everything to be perfect, but the idea of what you want your wedding to look like shouldn’t harm relationships. What’s really important is the joyful feeling of your wedding day and the commitment you’re making. Remember: Everyone will have a good time. Even if your mother or mother-in-law isn’t wearing exactly what you wish, take a deep breath and go with the flow.

Having difficulties finding the ideal bra for your gown? Build one into it. Your seamstress can add foam cups, or ask her to sew in a corset to act as a strapless bra. Problem solved!

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Skirt savers, like hooks, pins or buttons, secure a long train so it just grazes the floor (a definite must for dancing—you don’t want anyone tripping over it).

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Fell in love with a floorlength gown, but want a dramatic train for the ceremony? Consider creating a train that can be secured to (and removed from) your gown with snaps. Order it with the dress, or create an overlay using satin or tulle.

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A patch of matching fabric or lace is sewn (or snapped if you want to detach it) into the bustline of a gown, making even the most plunging neckline look demure. Or add one to a gown with a low back—it’s an easy way to hide a bra.

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Chances are, you have a couple of old bridesmaid dresses collecting dust in your own closet. And now that it’s your turn to pick the dress, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s both budget friendly and figure flattering for all of your attendants. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Read up on how to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune but will look gorgeous on all your girls.

let them choose the dress Just hear us out on this one: Letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress proves you want everyone to look their best and shows you trust in their fashion sense. The trick to pulling off the mismatched trend is setting color and fabric guidelines so your whole party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a don’ts list, with requests like no miniskirts or super-plunging necklines. >>

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for flower girls THE SKINNY The parents traditionally pay for the flower girl’s attire, so unless you plan on making a gift of it, be up front about this cost when you ask to include her in your wedding day. THE FORMALITY There are two schools of thought when it comes to dressing the flower girl: She should match the bride, or she should match the bridesmaids. Another option is to put her in a white dress with an accent or sash that matches the bridesmaid dress color. THE STYLE No matter what your wedding style, flower girl dresses nearly always have a fuller skirt and are tea or floor length.

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or pomander is probably plenty for her to handle. Consider her age and maturity level: What’s she really able to wear or carry? If you know that floral crown is going to be pulled off her head within minutes, you may want to reconsider it.

for ring bearers THE SKINNY Same deal as the flower girl—when you ask his parents if he can be in the party, you’re also assuming they’ll pay, so bring it up right from the beginning. THE FORMALITY Look for a tiny tux if you’re

having a black tie affair. If your style is more casual, there are tons of cute options for these little men: A lightweight cotton or linen suit, shortalls in a matching hue or a sailor suit all work well.

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touch for this pint-size party member is the ring pillow, so choose one that complements your theme without clashing with the ring bearer’s outfit.

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THE STYLE Unless he’s wearing a full-on suit or tux, the ring bearer doesn’t need to match the groom or groomsmen perfectly. Give him a bit more color and flair than you would the rest of the groomsmen.

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bridesmaid reprieve Here are a few things your girls shouldn’t have to worry about on your wedding day.

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avoid gowns that need alterations Bridesmaid dresses, like wedding gowns, don’t run true to size and are ordered using the largest measurement as a guide. Chances are, your bridesmaids will end up with dresses that are a size or two larger than what they normally wear. Depending on the dress and on the body types of your bridal party, alterations can cost anywhere from about $30 (for a simple hem) to about $150 (taking in, hemming, adding straps). Suddenly, a small price tag becomes a small fortune. Stick to flowy silhouettes, which will require fewer alterations (think: A-line over clinging sheaths), or styles your bridesmaids can buy in their regular sizes from department stores to decrease the chance that alterations will be necessary.

go for basic black Of course there are the obvious reasons a black dress is an excellent choice—it’s slimming, works on any skin tone, looks great long or short, and is easy to accessorize. The best argument for black? Whether it’s to a formal event or cocktail party, your girls can definitely use another LBD.

pick up the tab One of the most common gripes you’ll hear about bridesmaid dresses is the price. Even if you’ve been considerate by finding budget-friendly options, the dress still contributes to a long list of expenses (think: travel costs, shower gift, bachelorette party, wedding gift—you get the idea). If you have room in your budget, consider gifting your girls their dresses—it’s a super-thoughtful way to thank them for being part of your day. >>

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You’re expected to pay for your attendants’ personal flowers, which is something to consider when you’re thinking about how many bridesmaids you want. The bridesmaid bouquets (and the groomsmen boutonnieres) are factored into the floral budget along with the bride’s bouquet, centerpieces and other various décor.

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While you don’t have to order a car service to pick up each and every one of your bridesmaids, you should make sure they have a ride to the wedding and from the ceremony to the reception, especially if your two venues are far apart or in an unfamiliar area (say, you’re having a destination wedding). You can hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask a few local guests to give the out-of-towners a lift.

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Despite the name, this is actually an event thrown by the bride for her bridesmaids as a way to show her appreciation to her bridal party for the many things each girl has done to make her wedding special. This sit-down lunch or brunch is typically held the afternoon of the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a “thank you” to your girls for supporting you on your day.

hair and makeup Your bridesmaids are already paying for dresses, travel, the shower and more. If you want your attendants to have their hair and makeup professionally done for the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. Otherwise, trust your girls to do their own hair and makeup if they’d prefer not to pay for a professional stylist.

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Choosing a knee-length dress will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Sure, your bridesmaids may still need to hit up the tailor for other minor tweaks, but they won’t have to worry about tripping over their dress. A shorter hemline is also a great opportunity to show off killer heels.

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

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

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

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Our best formula for a seamless shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all of your bridesmaids together for manicures and pedicures (bonus points if you’re treating) and some relaxation and bonding time. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with lots of light dishes that won’t leave your friends feeling too full or bloated. But don’t skip the mimosas—relaxed bridesmaids are more likely to fall in love with your dress choice. And finally: the bridal shop. Pick your preferred styles ahead of time to make the selection process less overwhelming. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show— it will be a fun, memorable way to narrow in on their favorites.

We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses can lack support; to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps seem overwhelming) but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of itch-free fabric? Or a flowing gown that won’t cling to the midsection? Small details like fabric choice and silhouette can make a world of difference where dress wearability is concerned. Bring on the dancing and the wedding cake!

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It’s no secret brides follow strict wedding prep before the wedding day—but what about the guys? These days, groom style is about so much more than just a tux. From manicuring his facial hair to choosing the right accessories to complement his perfectly tailored new threads, here are four easy ways to pamper your groom and give his wedding day style a little extra polish.

Odds are, your groom is going to wear either a suit or tux, but that doesn’t mean all menswear is created equal. Consider a slim-cut tux or suit to up the style factor. And, this may be surprising, but slimmer-cut suits actually work for every body type. “Sometimes guys think going for a boxier shape will make their body appear slimmer, but it actually has the opposite effect,” says Andrew Blackmon, cofounder of The Black Tux. You’ll know a slim-cut (not to be confused with skinny) suit has the right fit if it meets the following criteria: shoulders that are close to his body but not constricting, sleeves that are long enough to show a quarter- to a half-inch of his shirt while his arms are at his sides, and a jacket length ending at the base of his thumbs. Even if your groom is happy with the general fit of his suit, don’t skimp on the tailoring—it’s even more important if it’s a rental. After all, you wouldn’t skip your wedding dress alterations. He’ll typically have three fittings: one for chalking, one to try everything on and one to make final adjustments. He should give himself a month or so for alterations to avoid any last-minute fixes.

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If you want your groom to totally change his facial hair, flip through magazines and collaborate on a new style together. But don’t go too crazy. You still want him to look like the man you fell in love with—maybe just a little bit more put together.

upgrade his accessories Standout accessories are the simplest way to give your groom’s look a personal touch. If his groomsmen want in on the action, make sure they don’t match each other perfectly—complementary accessories will create a cohesive look without being too cookie cutter. Consider adding one or two of the following options for a more unique twist on the standard suit and tie combination.

pocket square A pocket square gives just enough personality to a formal look without going over the top. Choose patterns that go together without being matchy-matchy, like a floral-print tie and a gingham pocket square. boutonniere While we love florals, they aren’t your guy’s only option. A customized boutonniere, like a brooch or lapel pin, are perfect for the edgier groom. “It’s a fun way to add to your look without the formal association a classic boutonniere can bring,” says Allyson Wicha Lewis, vice president of merchandising at The Tie Bar.

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novelty belt Belts in unexpected fabrics, colors and textures are the hottest new accessory for men. A stretchy braided herringbone belt in blue or gray is perfect for a nautical wedding, while a wool belt with subtle plaid accents feels just right for a casual winter affair. The best part? A belt with elastic, as opposed to all leather, has more give and will still be comfortable after hours of wear. socks A pair of statement socks (think: novelty patterns or bold prints) is an understated way for your groom to inject some personality into his look. “Because only a portion of the sock shows when you’re sitting down, it’s perfect for guys who are generally averse to bright color to wear it subtly,” Wicha Lewis says. To pull off this trend, your guy should stick with socks that are grounded in his pant color, with just a hint of something bold. >>

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pamper him in private Your guy may not be into spa days, but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a relaxing professional massage. “As great as weddings are, they’re a high-stress event,” says Tamim Ghilzai, a Zeel massage therapist based in San Francisco. “A massage will help your groom relax and take his mind off any worries.” On-demand massage companies like Zeel deliver professional massages to your door, without the frills of scented candles and cucumber water your groom may not care about. “Men are just more comfortable in their home—they’re in their own environment,” Ghilzai says. “Some feel awkward sitting in the waiting room wearing a fluffy robe and slippers.” Another idea: Because of close-up ring shots on your wedding day, you’ll want your groom to consider what’s recently been coined “handshake maintenance,” or a manicure for men. If your guy doesn’t know his way around an emery board, opt for a professional job to clean up his cuticles and buff his nails to a healthy-looking shine. To maintain his newly manicured nails at home, he should invest in an all-in-one nail file and buffer to smooth out any ragged edges that appear over time. And have him apply a fragrance-free hand cream at night before bed to stave off callouses and keep his hands nice and soft. Get more menswear tips at TheKnot.com/groomsmen

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mix-and-match groomsmen ideas Pick one or two of these styling tips for a totally dapper (but not cookie cutter) entourage.

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Instead of opting for multiples of the exact same necktie color, start with a bold hue and select slightly lighter colors for each groomsman. (This works for bow ties too.)

mix up the boutonnieres

Give each guy in your party a different bloom in your signature hue for unique-looking lapels.

get fancy with your folding

Pocket squares are always a dapper add-on. We love the idea of snagging identical ones but folding each of them differently.

skip the matchymatchy shirts

Patterned shirts will make the most basic suit feel funky. Match the color but choose a different design for each guy. Think: flowers, stripes, plaids or polka dots for a fun twist on tradition.

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Be particularly playful by opting for sneakers. Choose a specific style and let your gents pick the color. Or go for mismatched socks in novelty prints for a fun look that’s a little more understated. ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

If he’s considering changing his facial hair before your wedding, make sure he has at least a three-month head start. “It’s better to live with the style for a bit prior to the wedding to make sure this is the look you want to have in your photos,” says Troy Harris, a master barber at The Art of Shaving. Once he’s decided whether he’ll be clean-shaven, bearded or mustachioed, consider treating your groom to some must-have products to kick-start his prewedding skin-care regimen. Start by swapping his bar of soap for an actual facial wash plus a scrub for a smoother shave. If he’s bearded, have him mix facial wash and scrub together. “This helps remove dry skin under the beard hair to keep his skin from feeling dry and itchy,” Harris says. Applying a shave oil (yes, it exists) before shaving is another way to step up his routine—it prevents razor burn and scratchy first kisses. Your groom should also have at least one professional shave before your wedding day, according to Harris. If he’s clean-shaven he’ll want to make sure he reacts well to a close shave to prevent irritated skin in your wedding photos. If he’s bearded or in the process of growing a beard, a barber can help shape the lines of his facial hair, taking the guesswork out of shaving.

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When you begin searching the perfect engagement ring (and for that secret Pinterest board, of course) the word “overwhelming” may come to mind. Before you even make the purchase, a number of factors, from budget to style, have to be considered. And while a lot of the old rules no longer apply when choosing an engagement ring—like having to buy one with a more traditional setting— there are some guidelines you should always keep in mind when shopping for a diamond. If you’re thinking of a buying a white diamond, the four Cs—cut, color, clarity and carat—are important to consider before settling on a ring. Editor’s note: No standardized quality grading system exists for colored gemstones, so if you’re on the hunt for a colorful center stone, these rules don’t apply.

cut The cut of a diamond isn’t actually the shape (think: round, oval, pear), but how well the angles and proportions of the stone interact with light. Since diamonds start as rough stones and not faceted gems, the cut grade of a diamond is the only one of the four Cs that’s not determined by nature, making it the most important aspect to consider. In other words, a bad cut can ruin an otherwise perfectly good stone. If the diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, it will leak light on the sides, giving it a duller appearance, which will reduce its value and brilliance. A well-cut diamond will have three factors: brightness, fire and scintillation. If that jargon is confusing, here’s a quick breakdown: Brightness is a “white light” reflected both internally and externally; fire is the presence of colorful (or rainbow) sparkle; and scintillation is the amount of sparkle a diamond produces in general.

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color A structurally perfect white diamond has no hue. The degree of a diamond’s colorlessness is measured under controlled lighting and graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), with colorless stones being the most valuable. As a general rule, a colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (like green or red diamonds).

clarity The fewer impurities or inclusions a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes in the earth’s mantle. While there are treatments that can create a clearer stone, a “flawless” diamond is extremely rare. Similar to color, the clarity of a diamond is also measured on a scale. Diamonds that are graded in the SI1 and SI2 range are included but their imperfections are invisible to the naked eye.

carat Carats refer to the weight of the diamond. As the carat size increases, so does its rarity and price tag. But a diamond that has a bigger carat weight doesn’t necessarily mean it will look bigger. A diamond with a smaller carat size but a shallow cut may look larger than a diamond with a bigger carat size and a deeper cut. Size depends on not only the shape of the diamond, but the different mountings you choose—a halo will make a smaller stone appear larger, and so will a shape with more surface area, like a pear or emerald. Find out more about your diamond at TheKnot.com/rings

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Veils and other headpieces are an easy way to express your style. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you? We broke down all the different styles, including the latest trends, with tips on how to wear them so you can uncover (sorry, we had to!) the perfect veil for your wedding look. >>

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birdcage Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a chic and minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and is finished with flirty 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. PAIR IT WITH 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 gowns. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a more modern look.

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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 on the crown of your head. PAIR IT WITH 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.

mantilla This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features an intricate lace edge. Its circular shape is designed to gracefully drape down and frame the face on either side. To wear it the traditional way, attach it with an ornamental comb, or edge it up with a flower crown or tiara. PAIR IT WITH Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and wear this romantic veil with sleeker silhouettes, gowns that have a minimal amount of adornment or embellishments, or dresses that have small touches of matching lace.

waltz 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 dance and walk in—hence the name. PAIR IT WITH This style pairs well with formal yet fitted floorlength gowns and dresses without trains. >>

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veiled intentions

Did you know the bride originally wore a veil because the groom wasn’t supposed to see her before they were married? And not just in the hours before the wedding, but not once before they said “I do.”

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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. PAIR IT WITH 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 cathedralor chapel-length veil—that way you can remove the longer one for the reception and leave the shorter, top layer in place.

Like its name implies, the fountain (also called a waterfall) is made up of several layers and gathered at the crown of the head to create a billowy, cascading effect around the face. Though you can find it in a variety of lengths, it works best when it grazes the shoulders or elbows. Since this style can add a few inches of height to your frame, petite brides might want to give it a try. PAIR IT WITH A bit more casual and fun, this statement-making option will go great with flirty dresses and shorter hemlines. Because it creates a lot of volume on top, you may also want to consider balancing that out with a fuller, more voluminous skirt.

elbow Slightly shorter than the 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. PAIR IT WITH An elbow-length style is perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but are wearing a gown with beautiful details on the lower half (like intricate buttons or tiered ruffles) they don’t want to cover up from view.

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halo One of the latest trends to hit the bridal runway is the halo, which drapes over your entire head and torso. Keep in mind you won’t be able to clip or pin the veil into your hair, so to keep it from sliding off you’ll need to weigh it down. Try a wreath or headband of florals or greenery for a romantic, boho effect, or top it with a jeweled cap for a super-glam, art deco vibe. PAIR IT WITH Since this style completely envelops you front and back, it tends to work best with a simple, elegant gown without a lot of bling or back detailing. Subtle woodland-inspired accents, like tiny florals or vines, also make for nice romantic touches. >>

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Whether you wear your hair down and flowing or in a formal updo, you want a final detail to tie your whole look together. If a veil isn’t for you, there are plenty of other pretty options, from jeweled headbands and tiaras to a bohemian floral wreath or flirty fascinator.

bandeau This hot newcomer is a sexy take on the birdcage veil. Instead of covering the whole face, this narrower version of the cage masks only the eyes. Generally made from wide net, this unique style attaches to both sides of your head with decorative clips. Since it’s such a dramatic statement across your face, it looks best with a pulled back hairstyle like a low bun or chignon. PAIR IT WITH A gown that’s just as seductive as this look will do the trick—try one with sheer details, a plunging neckline or slinky silhouette. Or if you’re going for a retro look with an edgier vibe, a bandeau is just the right blend.

juliet cap There are two ways to wear this über-romantic style. 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 to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel. Add some blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect. S earch for more veils, headpieces and other wedding day extras at TheKnot.com/fashion

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7 flattering accessories Finally, a little retail therapy that can help elongate—and slim—your frame.

linear earrings

Shoulder-skimming danglers can lengthen and thin out round or heart-shaped faces.

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Every inch in heel height is equal to losing about two pounds. We did the math: Three-inch stilettos will shed six pounds off your frame— just make sure you can walk in them.

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Draw attention to your natural waist with a darker sash. This trick works with any color of gown but is especially waist-defining on a white one.

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A bold necklace draws the eye to your center in a long, slimming line so you appear taller. Pendants are particularly flattering when they’re paired with gowns that have wide straps.

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Fingertip- and elbow-length veils are a beautiful choice for any bride, but keep in mind they can cut your body in half. If you’re looking to lengthen your figure, go for chapel- or cathedral-length styles that hit the floor instead.

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If you’re pear shaped and want to minimize the lower half of your body, a well-placed pin at your neckline will keep all eyes upward and focused on your best asset. Plus, vintageinspired brooches are hot right now.

strap-free sandals As we already mentioned, high heels will elongate your legs. The one caveat? Make sure to skip heels with ankle straps—they’ll make the lines of your legs appear shorter. In other words, those Mary Janes are definitely out.

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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 princesses including Diana—this style falls about three and a half yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and long train. Looking for something not quite so dramatic? Go for a chapel veil instead, which falls only two and a half yards from the top. PAIR IT WITH The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to a billowing ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you’re wearing a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedral- or semi-cathedral-length train. For a chapel veil, go with a chapel-length or sweep train.

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Here are the very best ways to get lush lashes (that will stand up to happy tears), kissable lips and camera-ready skin. 1 WATERPROOF MASCARA

Voluminous waterproof mascara, $11, LorealParisUSA.com Don’t worry about tearing up during your ceremony: This mascara delivers tons of drama without the fear of raccoon eyes.

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Powder blush, $22, MACCosmetics.com The compact is generously sized and the shade selection doesn’t disappoint, with more than 50 options ranging from romantic to bold.

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Individuals, $5, ArdellLashes.com Forget the strips! Add a few of these in a cluster along the lash line instead for a natural-looking way to fake it.

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Intensify Me liquid liner, $9, CoverGirl.com The paddle-shaped

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Eye shadow, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com These silky powders glide on lids, then stay put without creasing or fading.

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Pop lip colour and primer, $18, Clinique.com Brights for the bachelorette, pinks for the wedding, corals for the honeymoon—this line is packed with shades that last.

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Sculpting eyebrow pencil, $29, Chanel.com Many pencils can look harsh, but not this one. The blendable color appears almost like a powder once it’s on.

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Amazing concealer, $42, Amazing Cosmetics.com It’s thick enough to obliterate dark circles and has enough staying power to keep stubborn zits hidden.

EYELASH CURLER

Relevée lash curler, $30, SurrattBeauty.com Squeeze, hold for a few seconds, then release to get a longlasting curl with zero tugging or pinching.

BRUSHES

Sonia Kashuk brushes, from $11, Target.com These sleek tools may be budget friendly, but trust us: The ultra-soft bristles hold their own against any brand out there.

PALETTE

Illume Sheer Color trio, $62, Hourglass Cosmetics.com We instantly fell for these three creams: a natural-looking bronzer, a peachy blush and a flattering highlighter. It’s an all-in-one, honeymoon-friendly compact.

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Diaphane loose powder, $40, SurrattBeauty.com Dust this translucent powder over skin to set makeup and stave off shine.

tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expertlooking swoop.

LIP GLOSS

Color Elixir lip color, $9, Maybelline.com The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with highend formulas. >>

READERS’ PICK

BRONZER

Hoola matte bronzer, $29, BenefitCosmetics.com Sweep this sparkle-free powder across your chin, cheeks and forehead for a subtle, natural glow.

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TALK ABOUT BEAUTY AND BRAINS: A PROFESSOR AT MIT HELPED DEVELOP THIS HAIR CARE LINE

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1 ANTI-FRIZZ SERUM

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Sleek & Shine antifrizz serum, $6, GarnierUSA.com Even the most humid honeymoon destination is no match for this frizz fighter. Work a few drops through hair to keep the fuzzies at bay for hours.

2 HAIR SPRAY Superfine hair spray, $33, Oribe.com Mighty enough to hold an updo

in place, but still flexible enough for a down ’do, this ultrafine mist is our go-to spray for any hairstyle.

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Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, LivingProof.com Whatever your hair type, this sulfate-free duo leaves it soft, smooth and full. One of our testers even called it “life changing.” We’re sold.

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Luxurious Volume fine to full blowout spray, $10, JohnFrieda.com Want your hair to have Victoria’sSecret-model-level volume? Then this bodifying mist is for you. The fine-haired among us swear by it.

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Brilliant Glossing crème, $20, Fekkai.com We’re obsessed with this cult favorite’s ability to hydrate,

tame and even add shine to the most unruly hair. Plus, the formula is super effective but won’t weigh down your locks or feel greasy.

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Bb. Curl defining crème, $31, Bumble andBumble.com Curly girls, meet your new BFF. This rich, curl-defining cream will have you falling in love with your natural texture all over again. Just rake through your wet hair and go.

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DRY SHAMPOO

Fresh Start dry shampoo, $5, TRESemme.com One spritz at the roots and this light mist will perk up limp locks without any residue.

HAND CREAM

Shea Butter hand cream, $12, LOccitane.com Prep your hands for all those #ringselfies with this intensely nourishing cream.

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Almond Coconut Milk scrub, $50, LauraMercier.com This thick scrub sloughs away rough patches and smells like dessert.

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Dry Oil Moisture nourishing body wash, $6, Dove.us The tiny bursts of argan oil in this rich formula leave skin super hydrated, so you won’t need to use lotion afterward.

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Outlast Xtend antiperspirant gel, $5, Secret.com Wedding planning stress is no match for this deodorant. Swipe it on for major odor control.

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Flash bronzer, $42, Lancome-USA.com The bronze-colored lotion lets you see exactly where to apply it, so there’s no danger of streaks.

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Ultra Sheer DryTouch sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Neutrogena.com This fast-absorbing protector won’t leave a ghostly white residue behind. >>

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Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com Simply dip your fingertip inside and twist it back and forth. The built-in

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Formula X Shine nail topcoat, $11, Sephora.com Keep your nails photo ready with this clear polish. It delivers a shiny finish that lasts for days.

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All About That Base CC base coat, $20, Deborah Lippmann.com This nifty formula strengthens and primes nails.

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Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops, $8, SallyHansen.com These drops cut drying time dramatically—ideal for a busy bride.

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Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails, $27, Dior.com Oils can be messy but this cream keeps cuticles soft without a greasy residue. >>

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NAIL POLISH

Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $9, Essie.com There’s a reason why this polish is a bridal staple: Its pale pink shade is universally flattering and works in any season.

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Anthelios face sunscreen SPF 45, $30, LaRoche-Posay.us Stay safe by wearing SPF every day. This one feels invisible on skin.

Get ready for your close-up. A gorgeous wedding day glow starts with these finds.

2 MOISTURIZER   Hydro Boost gel, $19, Neutrogena.com This airy gel quenches dry skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid.

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Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask, $42, OleHenriksen.com Loaded with sugar, pomegranate and pumpkin, this scrub sloughs off dead skin like nothing else.

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Acne spot treatment, $18, Murad.com Here, two acne fighters (sulfur and salicylic acid) team up to destroy zits.

THIS SUGARY SCRUB DOESN’T JUST SMELL AMAZING, IT INSTANTLY BRIGHTENS SKIN

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Yes to Cucumbers towelettes, $6, YestoCarrots.com These handy wipes whisk away dirt and makeup faster and more thoroughly than any fancy brand out there. >>

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A Spectacular Setting for your Perfect day!

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Decadence, $95 for 1.7 oz., MarcJacobs.com An exotic combo of plum, saffron and amber, this perfume screams bachelorette party.

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Mediterranean Honeysuckle, $110 for 1.7 oz., AERIN.com This lush, sexy blend of honeysuckle,

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La Vie Est Belle Intense, $110 for 1.7 oz., Lancome-USA.com Floral notes are wrapped with spicy patchouli and a decadent twist of hazelnut for a warm scent that’s just a little bit mysterious.

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Knot Eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 oz., BottegaVeneta.com This might be the perfect bridal scent. Notes of rose and peony are soft and feminine, mandarin adds freshness, and musk rounds it out with a sultry feel.

5 ROMANTIC $ BUDGET PICK

Embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

The fragrances in this trio (two shown) may cost only $30 each, but the combos are sophisticated and totally elegant.

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Lime Basil & Mandarin, $65 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com Lime, basil and thyme make for the crispest scent ever.

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Coco Mademoiselle, $94 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com This distinct combination of citrus, floral and woodsy notes is luxe and totally unforgettable.

Read about our runner-ups, our editors’ fave products and more at TheKnot.com/beautyawards

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Another tip: It’s perfectly okay to ask for help leading up to your wedding. You may have a type A personality, but enlisting friends and family can make the process easier and more meaningful. Your loved ones will likely be thrilled to give their opinions and help out, so don’t be afraid to speak up.

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love your locks Before you meet with your hairstylist, have a consistent plan in place to ensure your hair will be wedding ready. “The last thing you want is a cut that doesn’t look the way you envisioned it, highlights that don’t work with your skin tone, or a conditioning treatment that leaves your hair greasy,” says Samantha Lawrence, owner of Chromatique Salon. Use a high-quality shampoo, conditioner and hair mask to give your locks the luxe treatment, and get regular trims to prevent split ends. >>

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maintain your focus with meditation “Practice meditation to stay present and enjoy each moment,” says Jane Ehrman, a mind/body medicine specialist and owner of Images of Wellness. There are no rules for where and when to do it—just focusing 10 minutes a day on your breathing (which is called mindfulness meditation) can make positive changes and improve your concentration. “Meditation is called a practice because it’s not going to be perfect every time,” Ehrman says. “It teaches you to focus on one thing, be patient with yourself and get out of your own head.” When you’re focused and calm, you don’t run the risk of missing those special wedding day moments you want to remember.

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keep your nails ring-selfie ready “Lots of brides start picking at cuticles when they get stressed,” says Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and nail polish designer. To resist the urge, she suggests getting weekly manicures with polish. And for can’t-stop-won’t-stop nail biters, keep a grooming kit with a file and buffer in your bag. After all, you’re going to want to show off that sparkler every chance you get.

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get that glow Make an appointment with your dermatologist early in your engagement (six months is reasonable) to achieve that bridal glow. “You don’t want to wait until the last minute if you’re dealing with acne, enlarged pores or sensitive skin,” says Michele S. Green, MD, a board-certified dermatologist. “Make sure you have enough time for several treatments if need be.”

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remove these three Ds from your vocabulary Looking and feeling your best while planning shouldn’t involve crash dieting, detoxing or depriving yourself. “Wedding planning is stressful enough, and you don’t want your eating habits to add to it,” says Amy Gannon, MEd, RD, LD. “Taking a healthy, balanced approach to eating doesn’t have to mean changing up your diet all at once—that’s hard to keep up. Stick to specific goals, like incorporating more whole grains or adding in a vegetable to every meal.” Lean protein, fruits, whole grains and starchy vegetables are your best bets for feeling satisfied and keeping your energy up. Find more tips for feeling your best at TheKnot.com

zen zone have a daily reflection of intent

take a step back

An intent—a positive principle you set for how you want your surroundings and yourself to be—is a valuable tool. Some intents could be: Approach any challenge with a calm and positive manner, be present and mindful in the decision-making process, and look for the best in others.

Wedding tasks, like putting together your guest list, can get stressful. “Meditation can help you take a step back and enjoy the big picture with a bit of detachment,” says Lynne Goldberg, a meditation coach in Toronto and founder of OMG. I Can Meditate! You’ll also be able to deal with others’ perspectives a little easier and get to know how each other’s family communicates.

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It can be hard to think clearly, especially when everyone is adding their two cents. Take five minutes a day to meditate to give your mind a chance to settle down. “When you shake a snow globe, all you see are flakes of snow. But when you let it sit for a minute, it clears up and you can see the landscape underneath—the true picture,” Goldberg says. With a clear mind, complicated topics can be met with innovative fixes.

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Try not to get caught up in what’s ahead and take in moments you’re experiencing now. “Meditating during this time will help you enjoy it as it’s happening.” Goldberg says.

When you both have time, you and your soon-to-be spouse can take a few quiet minutes to recharge. “Meditate together for 5 to 20 minutes to relax and quiet your minds, and then take turns sharing whatever is challenging, exciting or important to you,” says Tara Brach, a meditation teacher and wedding officiant. “Speak and listen from the heart.” This ensures you’re both being honest and that you’re on the same page throughout the entire process—no matter what situations may arise.

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PLANTERS INN WHY HERE Situated in the heart of the Historic District, this restored 1844 building (the only Relais & Châteaux property in South Carolina) is brimming with romantic relics. Each of its 64 rooms are outfitted with four-poster beds, custom crown molding and etchings by the late Charleston native Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. Along with the intimate Charleston Room and the fabric-paneled Garden Room, which is large enough for 120 guests, it’s also the only hotel in the city that has a bloom-filled courtyard Planters Inn

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available for private events ($2,500 venue fee for Garden Room and Courtyard, $500 ceremony fee, PlantersInn.com). SWEET DEAL The hotel’s velvet-walled Peninsula Grill is famous for its 12-layer coconut cake. Do right by your guests by serving the scrumptious confection at your reception.

head up to the rooftop terrace at sunset for stunning 360-degree views of the city (ceremony fee from $250 depending on guest count, WentworthMansion.com). SPECIAL SEND-OFF Let the in-house wedding coordinator arrange a horsedrawn carriage to take you on a private ride through Charleston’s historic streets after the reception.

WENTWORTH MANSION WHY HERE This brick beauty, built by a cotton baron in 1886, was meticulously renovated in 1997 and now has 21 uniquely decorated rooms, some with original gas fireplaces and plush daybeds. Gather up to 50 of your nearest and dearest and marry outside on a storybook lawn shaded by a massive oak tree. For smaller events,

THE SANCTUARY AT KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT WHY HERE Despite opening a mere 12 years ago, this 255-room resort has the feel of a centuries-old seaside mansion. It’s located on a barrier island, just 21 miles outside Charleston, and is known for its unspoiled beaches and peachy-pink sunsets. The property’s waterfront grounds are dotted with towering live oak trees, and its ceremony and event sites, which can accommodate up to 350 people, seem limitless. Looking for a casual indoor setting? Check out one of the golf course clubhouses, some of which have wraparound verandas perfect for cocktail hour. Have a fancier affair in mind? Go with one of The Sanctuary’s three lavishly appointed ballrooms. For alfresco vows, you can’t do better than the resort’s slip of private beach right on the Atlantic (from $1,500 for rental space; $4,000 food and beverage minimum, KiawahResort.com).

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Visit this genteel Southern belle of a city, and you’ll swear you’ve stepped back in time. Pastel-colored 19th-century mansions line cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages sweep past lush, magnolia-draped gardens. But the city is hardly stuck in time—hip boutique hotels, innovative restaurants and a serious cocktail culture have made Charleston one of the most coveted wedding spots in the country.


ACTIVITIES GALORE The Sanctuary also excels at organizing private outings for you and your guests, including kayaking trips through surrounding sea grasses, a nature walking tour and some precious R&R time at the resort’s spa.

florida The pulsating Latin beats of sultry Miami. The quiet, untouched islands off the scenic Gulf Coast. The childlike wonder of Walt Disney World. It’s not an overstatement to say that the Sunshine State has something for everyone, brides and grooms especially.

FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH WHY HERE Embracing a mantra of “sunny days and sexy nights,” Faena opened to much fanfare in late 2016. Housed in the former Saxony Hotel, a posh Hollywood hangout in the ’50s and ’60s, this latest

reincarnation has retained some of that movie magic: The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin were tapped to create a theatrical, old-Hollywood ambience throughout the property’s 169 rooms (think: art deco furnishings, blue-tiled bathrooms and red velvet curtains). The hotel also has an impressive art collection, and to that end, couples can wed in front of the buzzy Damien Hirst sculpture “Gone But Not Forgotten,” a 10-foot-tall gilded woolly mammoth skeleton. Afterward, move everyone inside the opulently appointed Faena Theater for dinner and dancing (from $325 per person, Faena.com). SIGNATURE SIPPER During cocktail hour, serve the hotel’s Faena Spritz, made with vodka, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, Aperol, rose water and hibiscus. Not only is it delicious, it also has an apropos romantic rosy hue. Cheers! Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD WHY HERE A decidedly elegant, grown-up resort in the heart of Disney, the massive 443-room property boasts an adults-only swimming pool, state-of-theart spa, scenic golf club and no less than six restaurants (including the excellent rooftop steak house Capa). Say “I do” in one of two sunlight-flooded ballrooms or next to a lagoon on the well-manicured lawn outside ($199 per guest, max of 550 guests, FourSeasons.com). MAGIC MOMENT Thanks to the Four Seasons’s close relationship with Disney, they can arrange private character meetand-greets, so Mickey and Minnie could pop by your reception.

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back Gulf Coast, this 471-room resort on Captiva Island (once home to a Key lime plantation) overlooks turquoise waters and a boat-filled marina. Also on offer at the 330-acre property: nearly 20 swimming pools, waterfront trails made for bicycling, and group adventures such as fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Whether you wed in a toes-inthe-sand ceremony or a black-tie bash in the indoor-outdoor reception hall, be sure to take advantage of the spectacular photo ops on the palm-tree-studded King’s Crown Lawn (site fees from $2,000; $175 per guest, SouthSeas.com). >>

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DAY TRIP Captiva Island boasts more than 250 species of shells, and the socalled “shelling concierge” at the resort will arrange leisurely treks along the two and a half miles of mollusk-abundant beaches for your party ($20 per person, SouthSeas.com).

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hawaii Tropical jungles, magical ocean vistas, a deeply rooted island culture—these are just some of the reasons why couples should consider a Hawaiian wedding. The Aloha State’s relaxed vibe might also relieve prewedding jitters, so much so that your day will feel like the beginning of your honeymoon—for you and your guests.

your wedding day with macadamia-nut pancakes, drizzled with coconut syrup, and whale-watching from your balcony. Or maybe it’s the list of activities and excursions—bamboo-pole and thrownet fishing classes, horseback riding and sunrise yoga—available to your guests. In any case, couples have their choice of awe-inspiring backdrops from which to say “I do,” from an ocean-facing garden to a sleek open-air lanai (events from $2,500, plus $100 food and beverage minimum per guest, Travaasa.com).

TRAVAASA HANA WHY HERE In décor and atmosphere, Travaasa honored Hawaii’s golden era before massive, U-shaped hotels with little relationship to their lush surroundings dominated the coastline. On this 66-acre Maui resort, fresh from a $12 million renovation, cottage terraces, an infinity pool and yoga pavilions open up to the mighty Pacific. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this property so alluring, especially for to-be-weds. It could be kicking off

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PREWEDDING PREP Sign up for the Hana Couple’s Escape package for some prewedding prep and indulge in an organic saltwater foot soak, full-body massage and invigorating scalp treatment.

ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT WHY HERE Maui’s latest property impresses from the moment you step foot into the lobby. The minimalist, Asianinspired aesthetic immediately draws your eyes to the open-air back wall overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where you can take turns gazing at the distant islands of Lanai and Molokini through a telescope. For an equally breathtaking setting for your vows, marry on the Nohea lawn, which faces the resort’s tiered infinity pools and the sparkling waters of the Pacific. As for dinner, count on a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce from nearby Ono Organic Farms. There are 297 rooms, but couples looking for a private hideaway should book one of the resort’s villas, outfitted with plunge pools, oceanfront lanais and soaking tubs. There’s also a VIP concierge and, on request, a private chef (from $8,500, Maui.Andaz.Hyatt.com). LOCAL FLAVOR After hitting the dance floor, guests will love cooling off

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with a shaved ice. Andaz partners with island retailers, such as the locally loved Ululani’s, to set up a food station dedicated to the fruit-syrup-flavored treats.

FOUR SEASONS LANAI WHY HERE Set on a rocky red cliff

amid its own golden-sand beach, the Four Seasons is the first luxury property to open on Lanai, once called Pineapple Island for its former isle-spanning pineapple plantation. There are 217 rooms, each with beautifully designed mahogany floors and lanais or balconies with ocean or garden views. More than 10 event spaces, including an elegant library, tropical gardens and the stunning Hulopoe Ballroom, are available for weddings (from $8,500, FourSeasons.com). WEDDING PARTY BONDING Arrange a morning yoga class on the beach with your bridal or groom party.

california wine country If your idea of a destination wedding centers around family, friends, good food and lots and lots of vino, this sliver of the West Coast was made for you. Lovely hotels and resorts are planted among vinecovered vistas, and winery tours, smalltown main streets and fir-shaded hiking trails make the region an enticing option for outdoor lovers.

making it official on the ranch’s picturesque grounds, dine under the stars with up to 150 guests at long tables set beneath strands of twinkling lights. Rent out the whole property for the weekend—the ranch can accommodate up to 16 overnighters (from $12,500, BeltaneRanch.com). WINE AND DINE Engaged couples can look forward to a bottle of Beltane Ranch wine, fresh flowers grown on the property and a seasonal selection of local cheeses in their rooms.

cheese-making class or a hot air balloon ride high above the valley’s vineyards ($8,000 site fee for Saturday, discounted site fee rates for Friday/Sunday, $200+ per person for food and beverage, SolageCalistoga.com).

SOLAGE CALISTOGA WHY HERE Laid-back luxury is the

name of the game at this resort in Napa Valley, where 89 earth-toned studio suites with French doors are scattered across 22 acres. The Solage has a multitude of event spaces—including a poolside patio, trellised terraces and an expansive lawn framed by the Palisades Mountains—that can hold anywhere from 10 to 200 guests. Cocktail-hour bites and dinner menus come courtesy of chef Brandon Sharp, who helms the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Solbar. Activities abound too: Facilitate wedding guest bonding with a

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complimentary cruiser bikes decorated with a hand-painted “Just Married” sign for a sweet portrait of you and your new spouse.

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BELTANE RANCH WHY HERE This quaint bed-and-breakfast in Sonoma Valley is surrounded by idyllic acres of orchards, pastures and gardens. Foodie couples will have a blast coming up with the reception menu, which highlights the wine, olive oil and produce that’s created on-site. Give the owners plenty of notice and they’ll plant fruits and vegetables of your choosing that can be harvested before your wedding. After

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them into private cottages and Provençeinspired maisons, and an iconic hotel was born. Today, it’s still one of the area’s most elegant and exclusive places to rest your head, with 33 sunlit acres awash in olive groves, and rooms appointed with fireplaces and private terraces offering sweeping views. Up to 120 guests can watch you wed on a wood terrace with panoramic views of Napa Valley before heading to one of the fabric-draped private dining rooms (from $5,000, AubergeDuSoleil.AubergeResorts.com). LATE-NIGHT SNACK Before calling it a night, have the hotel set up a s’mores station with house-made graham crackers, French marshmallows and dark chocolate displayed on a dramatic fire table.

nevada Sure, you can design a wedding weekend in Las Vegas that kicks off with poolside spritzers and ends with a craps-tablebound after-party. But you can just as easily plan a more refined affair with tasting menus, wine pairings and a 12-piece band. Whatever your vision, the magic makers in Vegas can make it happen. If you’re more the great-outdoors type, head north to Lake Tahoe—the 122,624-acre lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains make for a jawdropping setting to tie the knot.

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THE COSMOPOLITAN WHY HERE This Sin City skyscraper may have nearly 3,000 rooms, but get married here, and you’ll feel like the only party in town. Perhaps that’s because of The Cosmopolitan’s crew of wedding managers who make it their mission to plan unique, avant-garde nuptials. Say your “I dos” on a balcony overlooking the city lights or inside at the twinkling Chandelier bar. When it comes to nuptials, the venue encourages creativity, like adorning wedding arches with giant paper flowers or showcasing live music performances instead of the wedding march (from $3,500, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com). FUN FAVORS Request the hotel’s signature wedding treats—miniature handcrafted chocolate wedding dresses— as a sweet send-off to guests. The Ridge Tahoe

for creating atmospheres of serenity, and nowhere is this more true, surprisingly, than Las Vegas. While it’s located in the city’s newer and eco-minded CityCenter complex, the Mandarin Oriental is a non-gaming, smoke-free property, so it’s ideal for couples who want access to the Vegas scene while marrying in a hotel known for its refinement. Celebrate by the eighth-floor pool, or plan a formal dinner party that starts with passed champagne in the 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar and moves to the ballroom overlooking the neon lights of the Strip (from $240 per person, MandarinOriental.com). PHOTO OP Looking for an Insta-worthy photo backdrop? Request pictures in front of the resort’s infamous gold wall.

THE RIDGE TAHOE WHY HERE Set on a ridge in the Sierra Nevadas near the lake’s south shore, Ridge Tahoe is a scenic mountain escape any time of year. The property has 302 rooms, ranging from one-bedroom units to two-bedroom condos, as well as a health club (free for guests), indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa. Say your vows from the perch of a 7,500-foot-high deck or head to the water for a shoreside ceremony. Or hold your wedding in the Castle Rock Event Space, which just underwent a $2 million renovation (from $4,695, RidgeTahoeResort.com). WINTER WONDERLAND Book the venue during colder months and marry under evergreens heavy with snow. Greet guests with peppermint sticks and Belgian hot cocoa so they’ll stay toasty.

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motif Pineapples popped up on everything from the invitation suite to the tabletops, while lawn flamingos held signage around the resort venue. flowers To accent the blackand-white patterns on the linens and signs, Kendall requested magenta, deep red and dark green blooms and foliage. “Our florist did the most amazing job of having our flowers both blend with the natural surroundings yet pop in bouquets and on display tables,” she says. ceremony Kendall and Andrew married under a wood pergola next to the ocean in a traditional ceremony officiated by the bride’s uncle. “Mother Nature provided the most beautiful backdrop,” she says.

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get a wedding budget system Put your accounting skills to the test by deciding on a budgeting system to track all the money going in and out for your wedding day. The easiest way? The Knot Budget Calculator, which automatically estimates how much you should be spending on everything from music to bridesmaid gifts, and allows you to track all your payments and their due dates. Or you can put all your info in an old-fashioned spreadsheet. Just make sure you record every payment you make and who you owe what.

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explore hidden wedding costs and extras Knowing all of the costs for your wedding up front will guarantee your budget can actually cover all the details. But remember: There are extras you may not think about until you’re closer to the day. Here’s what you should consider: avoid overtime If the party’s hopping, those extra 45 minutes after your reception was supposed to end may whiz by, but you’ll probably pay dearly in overtime costs for everyone from the photographer and the caterer to the venue manager. If you suspect the wedding may go long, work overtime costs into your budget— if you don’t use it, it’ll be a nice surprise chunk of cash. factor in tips From the sexton who cleans the church to the hotel steward who delivers your welcome bags, even conservative tipping can add hundreds to your wedding cost. Make sure to account for these tips in your initial budget. remember that trials aren’t always free A florist’s demo may be gratis the first time, but if you make repeated changes, you risk being billed. Also, take your trial hairstyle into consideration. It’s going to cost you, so make sure to include it in your hair budget. don’t forget the little stuff Things like stamps for the RSVP cards, ribbons for the favors and marriage license fees seem so small that you can shrug them off, but like any costs, they add up. Going just over budget in a couple categories with a vague plan of making it up somewhere else can push you past your limit. >>

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band equipment An extra-large venue may call for additional (and pricey) speakers.

postage stamps

Oversize and oddly shaped invites can cost a lot more to mail.

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Union rules may dictate the number of people needed to work it as well as their fees.

rental deliveries

Drop-off and pickup fees usually aren’t included in the price for table and chair rentals.

gratuities

The service fee your venue may charge you is in addition to the tips you should be giving banquet managers and service staff.

cake-cutting fee

Your venue’s servers have to cut and plate each slice, which can be an additional cost.

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Some hotels might tack on a fee of several dollars per bag delivery.

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plan to go over your wedding budget If you account for budget overages, then you never actually blow your budget. Try to earmark 5 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs. These are some areas where you might go over: flowers You may have a last-minute realization that something you haven’t considered needs to be decorated, or there may be a request that an additional family member wear a boutonniere or corsage. weather-related expenses It’s best to be prepared for any unforeseeable weather on your day. Have umbrellas for a rainy day, space heaters if it’s unseasonably cool and additional shade if it’s particularly hot or humid outside. small accidents Life happens! Your gown may need a last-minute spot removal, something could break in the days before the ceremony, or your menus might get damp and need to get reprinted. Bottom line: Have wiggle room in your budget for emergencies.

Take advantage of budgeting and money management tricks along the way. Put all your wedding money in one separate account, so you can easily track it without getting it confused with the rest of your day-to-day funds. Pay for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that gives you benefits. Make sure everyone making purchases (your fiancé, your mom and so on) are all on the same card system, allowing you to benefit from the rewards and also from the easy tracking of your purchases. Use The Knot Budgeter tool at TheKnot.com/budgeter

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where not to skimp All the places that are worth the splurge.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album filled with blurry photos. A good professional photographer knows what moments to capture: the rings, the cake, the classic photo of the two of you holding hands. They’ll also be able to work the crowd.

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You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a dress to look beautiful on your wedding day, but your gown should fit you like a glove. Find a good tailor to ensure the ideal fit and flaunt all of your best assets.

the music

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

the food

Serving cafeteria food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options—the food at your wedding should be about quality and not quantity.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on—it will be your most photographed arrangement. Consider it a part of your look, which means that it shouldn’t be a scaled down version of what you really want.

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A sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option. From cocktail fare to midnight snacks, these chic ideas will satisfy any palate. >> BY KRISTIN KOCH PHOTOGRAPH BY WENDY LAUREL

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No matter how you’re celebrating, an amazing meal is central to your wedding reception. But before you choose the menu, you need to know which meal you’re serving. Your options are nearly endless—from a formal, seated dinner or a festive brunch buffet to nothing but a fivetier fondant couture cake.

brunch Brunch can be served buffet style or as a seated meal (or you could even do a combo). The other alternative is a cocktail brunch, where guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres (like scrambled-egg tartlets and mini French toast sticks) and cocktails (such as mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys) as they mingle among a mix of lounge furniture and tables. THE PROS

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• Y  our liquor costs will be lower than they’d be for an evening affair, and often, site-rental fees are less expensive during the day. • Sunrise ceremonies definitely up the romance factor. • It’s a great choice if you’ve invited lots of guests’ children. • It’s more conducive if you’ve chosen not to have any alcohol at all at your wedding celebration. • You can leave after the event and wake up at your honeymoon. THE CONS

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• I f you’re imagining more of a festive atmosphere, keep in mind that fewer people are in the party mood at 11 a.m. • Without all the dancing, your wedding may feel like less of an all-out celebration—but that may be exactly what you’re after. • If you’re not immediately jetting off on a fabulous honeymoon, you might wonder what to do with yourselves for the rest of the day, after your ceremony and brunch are over. >>

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afternoon tea Display pretty pastries, finger sandwiches and scones on tiered stands that double as centerpieces. Offer three or four types of tea, plus coffee and sparkling sodas. Background music—anything from a string quartet to a bluegrass band—is a nice touch. You can also use the tea theme to create a whimsical wedding cake. Think: Alice in Wonderland or a royal tea party. Personalize the tea offerings by including a blend of your and your fiancé’s favorites and giving it a unique name that’s personal to you as a couple. THE PROS

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• I f you want hours of dancing, a tea reception is probably not the right type of party for you. • The idea of a tea party may be too “precious” for some crowds. • Guests may leave hungry (note “tea reception” on your invites).

cocktail fare Offer hors d’oeuvres while guests stand and chat. Similar to a cocktail hour, food is either set up in stations or passed by waiters, but a mix of the two will keep everyone mingling and well fed. THE PROS

• I t’s a classy but typically lower-stress, more party-friendly option than a sitdown dinner. • It could possibly save you money, but it depends on what you serve, how long it lasts and the décor. >>

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• I t’s easier: You don’t have to worry about setting up dozens of tables, complete with centerpieces, chairs, favors and place cards. • You can still have a band and dancing without a full meal. THE CONS

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• The  standing-and-chatting approach may be less comfortable for older guests than a seated meal. If you go this route, make sure to provide plenty of seating for those who especially need it. • While people often think cocktail receptions are generally a money saver, that is often not the case. Your guests may drink more than they would at a party with a full meal, so liquor costs could actually be higher, and to ensure you have enough food, you may order more than you would for a plated dinner when portions are preset.

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The most popular wedding meal is, of course, dinner, fitting in perfectly after a sunset ceremony, photos and a festive cocktail hour. It could be set up as a buffet, stations, or a formal or familystyle seated dinner. THE PROS

• A  seated dinner gives you an opportunity to truly treat your nearest and dearest, and you won’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry. • A full meal lasts the longest (it typically includes a cocktail hour too), so you’ll have plenty of time to mingle with all of your family and friends. THE CONS

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• I f your style is less formal, it may feel stuffy unless you host a family-style feast or buffet. • Dinner tends to be the most expensive option—there’s more to plan and pay for (tables and chairs, and linens and centerpieces for each table). >>

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cake and champagne Cake-and-champagne receptions can take place anywhere from a gorgeous backyard to a chic restaurant or sophisticated loft. In addition to bubbly and cake, consider a dessert spread. THE PROS

• I t’s the most economical way to go. • It’s appropriate at any hour of the day. • You’ll have less to prepare and coordinate. • It’s great for second marriages or to keep the celebration low-key. THE CONS

• T  here’s less pomp and circumstance, so you’ll be disappointed if you want everyone to make a fuss over you for the whole day. • Guests may leave hungry (list “dessert reception” on the invites).

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midnight snacks If you’re only inviting locals and want something elegant and edgy, have a 9 p.m. ceremony followed by delicious late-night treats. THE PROS

• It’s a unique and festive way to celebrate. • It’s an affordable option on par with a cake-and-champagne reception, but guests are more likely to dance at midnight than they are in the late afternoon or early evening. • You won’t need formal place settings or a full waitstaff. THE CONS

• I f you’re inviting kids or older guests, it’s not the best choice—they won’t make it to the reception. • If you and your guests aren’t night owls, it may be a bit hard to get the party going, and it could fizzle after just an hour or two. S earch for caterers near you at TheKnot.com/caterers

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is there enough space? This may seem incredibly obvious, but who hasn’t been to a wedding where guests could have used just a little bit more elbow room? It’s worth noting that just because the space officially holds 150 people, that doesn’t mean it will have enough room for 150 people to comfortably eat, drink and dance (especially once the buffet, bars and other equipment is set up). The best venues have separate areas for you to have your ceremony (if you’re having it at the same place as your reception), cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and possibly a low-key area to lounge. The best way to accurately assess the size of a site? Ask to take a peek at the space when another wedding (with an equivalent guest list size and style of party—sit-down, buffet, and so on) is all set up. Two general rules of thumb to follow: Leave three to five square feet for every person expected on the dance floor at one time, and have one bar set up for every 50 people (although you can get away with fewer if the bars are long and you have more than one person serving at each). Of course, if you’re dreaming of having your wedding at your favorite cozy little Italian restaurant (with one bathroom, three booths and approximately two feet of extra floor space), you can always work backward and tailor your guest list to match.

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If you’re marrying during the day, make sure your hall has windows—because who wants to spend six hours in a dark room when the sun is shining? If it’s an evening event, confirm that the room isn’t too dim, or that the lighting can be controlled for the big entrance, dinner and dancing. If you’re marrying outdoors at dusk, ask if you can set up candles to provide a soft glow. It’s also helpful to visit the site at the time of day you’ve planned your wedding.

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is there enough parking? Make sure the site has or is near a spacious enough parking lot or garage, or a big, empty (safe) street where it’s legal for your guests to park. If parking is a problem, look for other ways to get everyone to the party, like shuttles.

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is there enough power and outlets, and are there great acoustics?

Will the band need to bring extension cords? How are the acoustics, and will they work with the kind of music you’re planning on having? If you’re concerned about any of these, have your band or DJ stop by your venue (preferably while an event is under way) and give you their opinion before you sign a contract. >>

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One thing you’ll notice right away is the effect of flooring on sound: In general, a tile or wood floor will help amplify it, while a thick, plush carpet will do the opposite and muffle it.

are sparklers or open flames allowed? Okay, so a lot of places won’t want you setting off a fireworks display for a serious send-off after the last dance. But some spaces will have specific policies outlawing sparklers and candles too. Better to ask now, so you can come up with some awesome alternatives (think: have your guests wave colorful ribbons instead of sparklers). Or, if the rules are just too restrictive for the type of event you want to have, you can look for another location that is more flexible.

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If you’re having a daytime event in an outdoor public space, such as a park or beach, be prepared for strangers trekking past. If this would upset you, opt for a lawn on a private estate or golf course. Or hold the reception at a restaurant or gallery that will allow you to buy it out (as in, guests only). But realize even indoor spaces, like hotels, often hold more than one affair at a time. If there are other events going on in rooms close to yours, you may hear karaoke-loving guests giving their best Katy Perry impressions through the walls or meet them over the hot-air dryers in the powder room. A good way to get the lay of the land is to visit the site on a dual-party night to see how the sound carries—and how often (if at all) guests attending the different events bump into each other.

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vineyard vows There’s a lot more than just a great vino selection to consider when your wedding venue is a winery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re saying “I do” among the grapevines.

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Delicious wine, lush green leaves and a rustic setting— wineries make for unforgettable wedding venues, so what’s not to love when planning a vineyard wedding? There’s more to the process that you have to plan for: Grapes aren’t always on the vines for pretty photos, and pastoral vineyards don’t always show up on even the most high-tech GPS devices. That’s why we consulted Madeleine McQuarrie, event planner at Chateau St. Jean winery in Sonoma, California, who gave us the lowdown on all of the logistical ins and outs you might not have considered. Cheers!

check the local sound-ordinance rules Usually, rural counties (in which most wineries reside) are strict with their sound ordinances—in some cases, music must be turned off by 10 or 11 p.m. Just be sure to doublecheck any rules in the area and confirm what time your entertainment will wrap up. “This shouldn’t deter you from booking your wedding at a winery,” McQuarrie says. “In most cases, you’re able to add more time to the beginning of your event to maximize your time at the venue.”

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Since some vineyards are used to doubling as wedding venues, they may have access to equipment that a large event requires, like microphones, extension cables, speakers, linens, tents and tables. But if it’s a vineyard that’s not full service, you may have to rent everything you need from a vendor—even electricity. “If your site doesn’t provide electricity, you must rent generators,” McQuarrie says. “The generators will provide power for all of the basic wedding essentials, including lighting.” If that’s the case for you, ask the venue if it has a vendor list to see what you have to work with, and consult a local wedding planner—they’ll know all the local vendors specializing in vineyard events.

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make sure your eats can be prepared Vineyard weddings are all about delicious wines, cheeses, fruit and more—but just make sure your caterers will have everything they need in terms of available food-prep areas. If your venue doesn’t already have a commercial kitchen, your caterer may need to bring in a remote kitchen. “This is a very common occurrence—caterers are pros when it comes to vineyard weddings,” McQuarrie says. “With careful communication and planning among you, your wedding planner, the venue and the caterer, this will not negatively affect your event.” >>

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While vineyards are typically in gorgeous, bucolic settings, some of them may be a little hard for modern technology to find. Picture winding, unpaved roads that are somewhat off the beaten path. “The easiest way to ensure the safe and timely arrival of wedding guests is to provide them with transportation from their hotel to your venue,” McQuarrie says. “There are so many fun options available now to fit your budget and theme, and not just stretch limos. You can charter luxury SUVs and school buses.” And if you don’t have any room for transportation in your wedding budget, it’s a great idea to give guests extremely detailed driving instructions on how to get to your event venue, along with approximate travel times, since GPS devices often won’t work way out in the vineyards. Your wedding website is a great place to share this information with friends and family who might not be familiar with the area.

harvest may affect your wedding plans For most venues, the summer season just means warm weather. But for a vineyard, summer means vibrant green vines, which is why it’s so important to know how seasons may impact your planning and aesthetics for your day. “Deciding on the season and date of your wedding is major, so you must do research for the region that you are looking into,” McQuarrie says. “Do you want the vines to be green and full of grapes? Then early summer may be your target date. Do you prefer burnt oranges and reds as your vineyard canvas? Late September and October may be the best months for you. During the winter, vines will become dormant, so you won’t have any foliage on the vines, and in some regions there may even be snow. All seasons make for beautiful wedding photos—it’s up to you and your vision for your wedding.” Most vineyard venues also have fully functional wineries, so during the harvesting season of your region (usually August), there may be some commotion (think: large trucks, grape picking and unexpected smells). This is because the grapes are very delicate, and when the vineyard manager decides it’s time to harvest, nothing can stand in the way. Talk with your planner or your venue contact to make sure the vineyard will have the look you want on your wedding date. Otherwise, if you’re set on a photo with grapes growing in the background but your wedding is in the fall, you’ll likely run into some issues.

make a plan if your vineyard is public Lots of wineries that host weddings are also open to the public and give tours and tastings and have restaurants, bars and shopping options. “If you’d like a private wedding, communicate that to your site and ask if it’s able to close one part of the property to public guests,” McQuarrie says. “Or plan for an evening or morning wedding—something that’s outside of normal operating hours. Most vineyard venues will be accommodating as they’re excited to be a part of your day.” Of course, you’ll need to make sure that private wedding pricing fits into your budget. You can also ask if there are any off-season or less busy weekend options that may make reserving the entire winery more affordable. >>

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ask about the liquor license Having an open bar? Remember that just because a vineyard produces alcoholic beverages doesn’t mean it’s licensed to serve liquor too. A wine license and liquor license are two very different permits, so before you start planning your signature cocktails, see what the vineyard’s licenses allow. “Many wineries function under a permit that regulates them to producing and serving wine only,” McQuarrie says. “Often, this means that just beer, wine and sparkling wine may be served. Check in with your venue to determine its alcohol policy as this will vary.”

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Sometimes a rustic setting means the floors are rustic too, so aside from posing in the soil near the grapes and vines, you may be walking on wood, pebble or dirt floors. “Many of our clients use the term ‘vineyard formal,’ ” McQuarrie says. “This helps rule out stilettos that may sink into the ground or long dresses that may get dirty.” Of course, you’ll have a dress code that fits your personal wedding aesthetic, but just communicate to your guests on your wedding website what they should anticipate from your venue so they can dress accordingly.” You may also want to provide flip-flops for your female guests, so they can slip them on at your reception and not ruin their heels.

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“If your venue is not full-service, you may need to bring in additional restrooms,” McQuarrie says. “For a five-hour event, with a guest count of around 150, you’ll need at least four to five restrooms. There are portable rental restrooms that have granite countertops, running water and multiple stalls that are perfect for weddings.” A tent-rental company can also cover the restroom area to have it blend in with the wedding space. Fresh flowers, air fresheners and amenities baskets with mints, antibacterial hand lotion, hair spray and aspirin are also game changers.

raise your glass How to choose wine for your reception

variety is the spice of life Don’t feel like you have to stick with the most familiar types of wine. “You can have a large variety of wines to choose from, so you can wow your guests with something just a little different. Viognier, anyone?” says Margo Van Staaveren, head winemaker at Chateau St. Jean.

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red, white or both?

It’s nice to offer both white and red wine, no matter the season. A good rule of thumb is a lighter white wine for the reception. “Think pinot gris, pinot blanc or fume blanc,” Van Staaveren says. It’s also nice to add a pinot noir because it can pair with lighter fare (chicken, fish and salads) but can also stand up to heavier foods.” Cabernet sauvignon or malbec is good for guests who enjoy a more robust red wine.

do the math

When planning for the quantity of wine, keep in mind that each 750 ml bottle will pour approximately five glasses. It’s safe to assume each guest will have one glass of white and one glass of red. “It’s easy to do the math with your guest count from there,” Van Staaveren says.

bartender basics

Instruct bartenders not to open every bottle of wine at the beginning of the reception. They should open the bottles as they go so wine isn’t wasted. “Most bottles should be consumed the day they’re opened,” Van Staaveren says. If you have unopened bottles at the end of the evening, stock your personal bar with them.

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So you thought it would be great to write your own wedding vows, but now a healthy dose of writer’s block (not to mention stage fright) is looming ahead. Don’t know how to transform your meaningful, life-altering feelings into a string of coherent words? You’re not alone—but don’t worry, your goal is well within reach. Here’s the homework you need to do to create perfectly personalized wedding vows.

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Decide how you want your vows to come across. Will they be humorous? Poetic and romantic? Go over the logistics too. Will you write them separately or together? Will they be completely different or will you make the same promises to each other, as you would with traditional vows? Some couples do a little of each. Finally, will you share them with each other or keep them a secret until the wedding day?

come up with as many promises as you want

how do I love thee? Answer these questions to help shape your vows. Before you dive into writing, jot down notes about your relationship and take some time to reflect on your partner. Think about how you felt when you first met, what made you fall in love and when you knew you wanted to get married. Here are some questions to get you started:

• W  hy did you decide to get married? • W  hat hard or difficult times have you gone through together?

• When have you supported each other?

They’re called vows for a reason, so the promises are the most important part. A tip: “Include promises that are broad in scope, such as ‘I promise to always support you,’ as well as very specific to the two of you, like ‘I promise to say ‘I love you’ every night before bed,’  ” says Christopher Shelley, wedding celebrant.

• What challenges do you envision?

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• When did you realize you were in love?

Now that you have notes, it’s time to establish a structure and write your first draft. Speechwriting expert Robert Lehrman suggests a four-part outline: Affirm your love, praise your partner, offer promises and close with a final vow. Another way to organize it is to start with a short story and then come back to it at the end.

• What do you most respect about

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• What specific qualities do you most

Now that you have your first draft, it’s time to make edits. Borrow from movies, books and spiritual texts, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. And if you find yourself relying on cliché phrases, try to think of a more genuine or specific way to express your sentiment. >>

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• What do you want to accomplish together? • What makes your relationship work? • W  hat did you think when you saw your partner for the first time?

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• What about them inspires you? • W  hat do you miss most about them when you’re apart? admire in each other?

• How does your partner make you feel?

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Start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, and others as well to see what strikes a chord with you. You can incorporate these into the original words you write, or just use them as a jumping-off point for your custom vows. Once you’ve found a few you love, consider what it is about the style that draws you to those vows in particular.

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take out anything too cryptic or embarrassing You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words. “Think about how your vows will sound to you 10 years from now,” suggests wedding celebrant and author Maureen Pollinger. Have a friend or family member read it over ahead of time for feedback, if you’re okay with sharing your vows before the wedding day.

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Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on for what feels like an eternity. “When you say something in a very meaningful way, you don’t have to say it over and over,” Pollinger says. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, do a thoughtful edit. Even though you may love your “how-we-met” story or have known each other since you were in the first grade, your vows aren’t the time to take a long stroll down memory lane. Put some of the more personal thoughts in a letter or gift to your partner for the morning of your wedding and save any crowd-pleasing topics for your toasts at either the reception, rehearsal dinner or engagement party.

practice out loud (seriously) It might sound weird, but this really is the best way to prep. “When you practice, don’t just do the same thing over and over. Listen each time—then do it better,” Lehrman says. Your vows should be easy to say and sound conversational. As you recite them, listen for any tongue twisters and super-long sentences, and cut them to avoid any stumbles. This is also the time to practice the delivery. “Stand straight and look at your spouse,” Lehrman adds.

make a clean copy for yourself The paper you read from should be legible, so even if you’re working on it right up until a few moments before your ceremony, use a fresh piece of paper free of cross-outs, arrows and notes. And give some thought to the presentation too, because “it will end up in the photos,” says Annie Lee, wedding planner and founder of Daughter of Design. “I suggest a nice note card that matches the wedding colors or a little notebook or pad. You can handwrite it or cut and paste the computer print to fit within that.” (And it also makes a nice keepsake for later on.) Have a backup plan too. Pollinger points out that some couples find themselves too emotional to speak (it happens), so have your officiant either prompt you by quietly saying the vows first or read the vows on your behalf. Get more vow inspiration at TheKnot.com/planning

nondenominational wedding vows No matter your faith, these heartfelt vows are fail-proof.

“I choose you, ________, to be my wife/husband, as my friend and love. On this day I affirm the relationship we have enjoyed, looking to the future to keep and strengthen it. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together, we will dream, and live as one while respecting one another. We will stumble but restore each other and we will share all things. I will cherish, comfort and encourage you, be open with you, and stay with you as long as I shall live.”

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“________, I promise to be faithful, supportive and loyal and to give you my companionship and love throughout all the changes of our life. I vow to bring you happiness, and I will treasure you as my companion. I will celebrate the joys of life with you. I promise to support your dreams, and walk beside you offering courage and strength through all endeavors. From this day forward, I will be proud to be your wife/husband and your best friend.”

“________, will you take ________ to be your wife/husband? Do you commit yourself to her/his happiness and self-fulfillment as a person? Do you promise to love, honor and trust her/him in sickness and in health, in adversity and prosperity, and to be true and loyal to her/him so long as you both shall live?”

“I, ________, take you ________, for my wedded wife/husband from this day forward, to have and to hold as equal partner in my life, to whom I give my deepest love and devotion. I humbly open my heart to you as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, where you may come and find a refuge of love and strength. I will love you enough to risk being hurt, trust you when I don’t understand, weep with you in heartache, and celebrate life with you in joy. I will receive you as my equal throughout all of our days.”

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take stock If you’re a seasoned cook or have been living on your own for a few years, you likely have a couple of pots to your name. Take inventory of your cookware and see if anything needs replacing— a scratched-up frying pan could be swapped out or maybe a bigger stockpot will help you win the chili cook-off. If you like everything to match, it may be time to upgrade your whole collection. Most cookware is sold as “open stock,” meaning you can purchase the pieces you want individually and over time if you choose. If you’re new to cooking, a prepackaged set is a safe bet—you’ll get all the basics. Just remember: The number of pieces in a set includes pots, pans and lids, so that 10-piece box may only have six pots.

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examine your cooking style Pots and pans come in a variety of sizes—what size is right for you depends on the crowd you’re cooking for. Weeknight dinners might be prepared for two, but if you plan to do some entertaining now or down the road, it’s wise to invest in larger pieces or multiples of frequently used pans (like an 8-inch and 12-inch frying pan). Think about what you like to cook too—if your specialty is your grandmother’s tomato sauce, you’ll want to look for a nonreactive pan; if brunch is your go-to, invest in a griddle.

consider your stove Your stove top shouldn’t change your cookware choices dramatically, but there are a couple of things to consider before adding your favorite stockpot to the registry. If you have an induction cooktop, cookware made from aluminum or copper won’t work on its own. You need something with a magnetic-based material like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. If you have a smooth-surface range, you must use a flat-bottomed pan (a rounded-bottom wok is trouble). If you’re in a rental with outdated appliances (read: uneven heat output), you may want to invest in some durable cookware, like cast iron, which is less prone to scorching and staining. Since it’s likely you’re looking at cookware as an investment that will outlast your current home—we hear you—choose pieces that check a couple of boxes to be safe. >>

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1. sides

The sides of the pan make it suited for specific types of cooking. High sides are good for simmering, short sides allow you to toss pasta, and flared sides aid in evaporation of liquids— perfect for reducing.

2. rim

The rim or edge of the pan factors into its use—a rolled rim allows you to pour liquids with ease, while a straight edge will keep vegetables in the pan while cooking.

3. core

Lots of stainless steel pans feature a core (inside the pan, used to generate heat), which is the bonding of heat conductive metals like aluminum and copper.

4. body

The main cooking surface of the pan. Choose a cookware material that’s compatible with the type of food you’re preparing.

5. rivets

These small welds or screws connect the handle to the pot. Look for flush rivets, which will keep food out and make for easier cleanup.

6. handle

Most pot handles are metal or silicone coated— some are plastic. If you want your pan to transition from the stovetop to the oven, look for a compatible handle that can withstand the heat.

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Having the right kitchen equipment is essential—it saves prep time and ensures your hard work and efforts to follow recipes pay off. Pots and pans are no exception, which is why they end up on most wedding registries. But will that $200 pot make you a better cook? What’s the difference between a coated pan and a clad pan? Cookware can be confusing, not to mention an investment, which is why you should learn a few basics before you scan a single frying pan. Read on for all the details.

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Choosing the right type of pan or the best size pot is only half of the equation. The cookware material is a big determiner of recipe success. Eggs are best scrambled in a nonstick pan, for example, while sautéed foods should be prepared in a pan that transmits heat quickly. If you cook sauce every Sunday, you’ll want to avoid an aluminum pan as those acidic ingredients can react with the metal. Bottom line: Pick a cookware material based on your most frequently used cooking techniques. Here are the most common materials and the pros and cons of each:

1. aluminum This material is extremely durable and second to copper in heat conductivity, making it a favorite in restaurant kitchens. Anodized aluminum has been electrochemically treated so the surface is hard, scratch resistant and will not react with food acids—a valuable upgrade. PROS Great heat conductivity, affordable, resists corrosion and rust, lightweight, usually oven and dishwasher safe CONS Can react with acidic foods unless treated 2. cast iron One of the oldest and most durable materials on the market, cast iron heats slowly and evenly, retains heat extremely well and can be used to cook a variety of foods. If you care for it well, it can last for generations—and it gets better with each use. Enamel cast iron has a colorful exterior that protects pans from nicks and rust, and looks nice on your dining table. PROS Affordable, excellent heat conductivity, works on any cooktop (including a camp fire), extremely durable, oven safe CONS Requires seasoning (especially if you want to cook with acidic ingredients), super heavy, must be handwashed and often requires some serious scrubbing to get the job done

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3. copper Hands down the best material for conducting heat, these pans get hot quickly and cool down in a flash. This makes copper an excellent choice for everything from searing to simmering. Look for heavy gauge copper (at least 1/16-inch thick) for long-term use. PROS Looks amazing on display (can go from oven to table with ease), leading in heat conductivity CONS Expensive and requires a bit of upkeep—new pots need to be polished, old ones need re-tinning, and don’t even think about placing it in the dishwasher 4. nonstick A specialized material coats pans making them nonstick, perfect for preparing eggs or cooking with little or no oil. This is great for healthy cooking and clean up. PROS Cook with little to no butter or oil, a breeze to clean (most nonstick pans are dishwasher safe too) CONS Not ideal for cooking sauces, coating can scratch easily with heavy use or metal utensils, avoid health concerns by choosing a PFOA-free or PTFE-free coating 5. stainless steel One of the most preferred materials in cookware, durable stainless steel is a kitchen workhorse. Look for a pan that’s made with bonded aluminum or copper, which ensures optimal heat conductivity. (Stainless steel on its own isn’t great.) PROS Great conductivity, durable, scratch and rust resistant, doesn’t react with acidic foods, usually magnetic (compatible with induction cooktops), transitions from stove to table nicely, often dishwasher and oven safe CONS Can be pricier than other materials; you may need a little extra elbow grease to clean the pan >>

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coated vs. clad The difference between coating and cladding can be confusing, especially if you’re looking at a “coated” nonstick pan. Coating means the surface of raw aluminum has been treated, making it more durable and less reactive to acidic or alkaline foods. Cladding is the fusion of metal, most often the case with stainless steel cookware. Stainless steel is a durable material, but isn’t a good conductor of heat on its own—when fused with aluminum or copper, it’s excellent.

don’t forget the lids If you’re registering for a cookware set, most will contain lids that work with both sauce pots and pans. You don’t need a lid for every piece in your collection, but it’s good to have a few on hand. Look for “universal lids” that will work for multiple pots and pans and save space in your kitchen cabinets. And glass lids (especially break resistant) are good for keeping an eye on what you’re cooking without breaking the heat seal.

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Choosing the right type of pan or the best size pot is only half the equation. The cookware material is a big determiner of recipe success—and there are pros and cons to each.

visit the store Shopping online is a huge convenience, but nothing beats an in-store visit. Handle cookware at least once before putting it on your registry—some pans are heavier than others (we’re looking at you, cast iron) and every handle feels a little different. Cookware can be a hassle to return too, so vet your selections before adding them to your wish list.

keep it clean With proper cleaning, most cookware will last for years. It may sound silly, but read the owner’s manual before firing up the stove—cast iron, for example, needs to be seasoned with oil before its first use, while stainless steel shouldn’t be soaked for long periods of time. Stock up on a few cleaning essentials too, like Scotch-Brite scour pads, which are great for caked-on food but gentle enough to use with most cookware, and Bar Keepers Friend, a great cleanser and polish.

essentials and extras Load your registry with the cookware you’ll use most (plus a specialized pot or pan).

the basics

You don’t need to register for a 10-piece set, but you do want to have the basics covered for daily cooking.

specialty picks

If you’re a seasoned cook or want to really load up on cookware, consider a few of these specially designed pans.

 rying pan: Also F known as a skillet, this is the MVP of the stove, great for frying, searing and browning.

 raiser: Like a Dutch B oven, this pan is great for cooking meats over time in a small amount of liquid.

 auté pan: Essential S for deep-frying vegetables and searing meats. (It’s deeper than a fry pan.)

Crepe pan: A shallow pan with flared sides, designed for making the traditional French pancake treat.

Sauce pan: This versatile pan is a must-have for making sauces, rice and boiling eggs.  tockpot: A large S workhorse, perfect for boiling pasta, cooking lobster or making your famous chili. Griddle: This nonstick pan is the go-to for brunch staples like pancakes and bacon.  oasting pan: A R large baking pan made specifically for roasting turkeys and other meats.

Fondue pot: An insert keeps melted cheese and chocolate warm and ready for dipping—great for gatherings.  aella pan: This P shallow pan is used to cook the rice dish by the same name. Pressure cooker: This large pot has a locking lid that seals tightly, allowing pressure to build up and raise the boiling point of liquids inside. The pressure quickens the cooking time.  ok: This roundW bottomed pan is great for stir-fry lovers— add a lid and you have a great vessel for steaming veggies.

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Unlike the work that your other wedding vendors produce (music, flower arrangements, the cake), photos aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. That makes it extra-important to train a critical eye on any pro you’re considering, taking into account their experience, artistic style, even their personality. Knowing what to look out for, and which questions to ask, will ensure the memories of your wedding are just as beautiful as the day itself. >>

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settle on a style First on your to-do list: deciding what style of photography you want. All photographers specialize in a format and style, and knowing up front whether you prefer film to digital, or candid shots to posed ones will go a long way in determining the right person for the job. Before you send that initial introductory email, familiarize yourself with the most common methods.

documentary: Expect spontaneous, in-the-moment pictures of people and décor. Typical shots might include a close-up of your bouquet, your fiancé’s motley crew of cousins tearing up the dance floor or your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. When you hire someone schooled in photojournalism, you’ll rarely see people looking straight at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

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portraiture: If you prefer the kind of posed shots that populate your parents’ 1980s wedding album, go with someone who specializes in portraiture. You’ll get pictures of the two of you and your wedding party, friends and family in front of various backdrops. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity. It’s true that many photographers shoot in expected places (think: the church altar or the lawn of a country club). But just as many push the artistic limits of portraiture, embracing dramatic compositions, like situating the couple on a lounge chair in a hip hotel lobby.

edgy and bold: This style, an offshoot of fine art, is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles, called Dutch angles, and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple saying their vows at the altar, the photo might look a little slanted, with an object like a flower arrangement or candle in the foreground. Or, the photo of the bride having her makeup done might be shot from above, with more of an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face. Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be framed so her face appears in only the bottom right portion of the photo, with the rest of the space taken up by the wall or whatever else is behind her. Although they might prefer a particular technique over another, many photographers offer a mix of styles, blending portraiture with documentary-type shots, and black and white with color images. But if there’s a specific look you absolutely love, seek out only those pros who practice it.

do your homework fine art: Similar to documentary style, this format allows the shooter greater artistic license to impart their particular point of view—the shots reflect reality, but it’s the photographer’s reality. The results, usually shot on black-and-white film, are dramatic and gorgeous, with a grainier, softer appearance that keeps the subject in focus and the background slightly blurred. That said, with the right gear and lens, a pro can use a digital camera and still capture this style. One note: Not all fine-art photographers take formal portraits, so if that’s important to you, make sure yours does both.

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Once you know what kind of photos you want, start your search: Comb through the local marketplace on TheKnot.com, and read reviews from recent brides and grooms. Go to photographers’ websites and blogs and check out their portfolios of the weddings they’ve shot to get an idea of their style. The design of the website may also clue you in to their personality and sensibility. If available, scope out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too. Also consider the feedback from other couples and clients: Is it generally positive? And how does the photographer herself respond to it? >>

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set up interviews This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone—you must meet your potential photographer in person. If you like what you see on their sites—and their fees are in your ballpark range— call to see if they’re available on your wedding date. If they’re already booked, ask if they have an associate or can recommend someone else with a similar style. Schedule in-person meetings with three to five photographers to look at more of their work and to see if your personalities mesh. Then, talk shop: Tell them about your venue, your overall wedding style and what you and your partner have in mind for your photos.

Don’t base your decision solely on what you see on a photographer’s site—that work is essentially a highlights reel, with the photographer promoting only the best shots from a variety of weddings. To get a more complete feel for their style, look through two or three full galleries from weddings they’ve captured start to finish. If you see that the full-gallery shots are just about as good as the ones chosen for their online portfolio—that is, they’re all so good it was impossible for them to choose—then you’ve got a consummate pro on your hands. Finally, ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours. For example, if you’re getting married indoors with dark lighting, don’t just look at weddings that were shot outdoors in natural sunlight. Likewise, if you’re planning to say “I do” on a beach at sunset, you’ll want to see examples of similar setups.

know what to look for Think about the kinds of shots you want for your own wedding, and then scour the photographer’s work to see how, or if, they captured them. For example, did they get photos of the bride and groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also, look at how they composed the shots and whether the framing works or if there is too much clutter in a picture. Consider how crisp an image appears and what the lighting is like. Beware of washed-out photos where small details are blurred—unless that’s the style you’re after. One last thing to be on the lookout for: how the photographer captures emotions. You want to see people looking relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights. >>

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These are the don’t-miss moments that you’ll want to display forever.

the happy couple

Stunning snaps of the two of you should be the priority. Consider doing a “first look,” where you and your fiancé come together before the ceremony to see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. You’ll be less nervous walking down the aisle and won’t miss cocktail hour.

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the wedding party

Your loyal friends and family who have stood by you in life— and in wedding planning— should also take center stage in your wedding album. You’ll want shots of you two with the entire bridal party as well as ones with each individual attendant. Some couples get creative with a mix of fun group shots (jumping, goofing around) and more traditional posed compositions.

immediate family

You may be eager to get to the reception, but your mom will never let you hear the end of it if you don’t take the time to have at least a few portraits of you with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably also want to get a photo of both families together, which makes for an extra-special framed photo later—after all, it symbolizes the merging of two lives, and isn’t that what this whole thing is about?

guests

If your photographer’s setup allows for it, one huge group photo of you two with all of your guests can really capture the joy and spirit of the day. The default for most couples is to take pics with smaller groups—college and high school friends, cousins, and so on. But a big group shot is a novel reminder of all the special people who took the time to celebrate with you.

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make sure your personalities are a match

confirm who will be there the day of

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer—that part is crucial. Are they excited about your vision for your wedding when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or do they come across as timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting to you? The best photographers will ask lots of questions and be good listeners. To get outstanding photos, go with a pro who not only has a firm grasp of social graces but is also bold enough to go on the hunt for great images. Above all, you’re looking for someone who puts you and your fiancé at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way. Remember: Your photographer will be shadowing your every move on your wedding day, and the more comfortable both of you are, the better all of your photos will turn out. And, obviously, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy your guests but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive, subtle way. In a nutshell: Your photographer should be assertive enough to seek out the really great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force throughout the day.

Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day. Since every professional has a different style, technique and personality, double-check that the one you interview and click with will be the same one who works your wedding. Also, include specific stipulations in the contract about who will cover for the photographer should something happen on the actual day. Check whether they will bring any assistants to your wedding, and if so, how many? If you have room in your budget, consider hiring a second shooter. Many top-notch photographers already include this in the contract, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to ask about the possibility. The main benefit to having two photographers, of course, is that you get twice as much coverage. For example, during your formal photo session, one photographer can capture the formal photos, while the second one can get behind-the-scenes, shots, like of guests mingling. If you’re having a large wedding (250 guests or more), you might even ask about using three shooters so the event can be captured from all angles. >>

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compare packages You won’t be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you’re sure of how many hours of coverage you want and how many albums you need. Packages typically range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus for a high-profile photographer. Ask about what’s included in the standard package and the price of any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, for example. In particular, find out exactly how many hours of coverage are included. Ideally, you want your shooter there for the entire day, from when you’re getting ready to after you’ve made your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony primping through your final farewell. If you’re on the fence about booking them for a longer period, err on the side of caution and go for it if your budget allows—overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate.

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ask about your rights Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, they can use them for promotional purposes. That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images that include their credit. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the photos yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the image rights.

get the postproduction details It usually takes at least a month, if not two, to get photo proofs back. Why? Your photographer is working with enormous files far bigger than your typical JPEG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct photos, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit them. It varies, but many photographers estimate an additional 40 hours spent editing images from a single wedding. Here’s what to ask: How many photos should I expect? Will they be high or low resolution? Will I be able to print them myself, or does the photographer retain the rights? Will the proofs I see be the retouched versions, or does that happen after I select the photos I want? Also ask about retouching options and special effects, which can range from light beauty retouching to stylized art effects like super-saturated colors, and the additional cost for both. —Special thanks to Duke Photography, Todd France, Jen Kroll Photography, Salvatore Cincotta Photography and Mel Barlow & Co.

need to know: photo contract checklist Mark these off to make sure your contract is airtight. All addresses, dates and starting times are listed Estimated number of hours to be worked Name of the photographer(s) Name of acceptable substitute(s) N  umber of cameras that will be used and which formats (digital or film) N  umber of photos to be shot (including color and black and white) N  umber of proofs you’ll receive and in what format you’ll receive them Number of prints included O  ther package details: number of completed albums, special-request shots Dates for proof/final package delivery Copyright details Detailed shot list you’ve agreed to Timing for breaks (schedule during dinner to avoid missing dance floor shots) Dress code stipulations (optional) Total cost D eposit amount and date paid Remaining balance and due date Any overtime, refund and cancellation policies

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Leah Still stole the show during the family’s first dance to “Uptown Funk”

you’ll need music even before you start your walk down the aisle

choosing your first-dance song seems like the most epic decision ever

This is easy to forget. Your bridal party has compiled a playlist of getting-ready music no doubt, so do your part and remember the guests who will be awaiting your grand entrance. Same goes for cocktail hour, when you may be off having your pictures taken. At a celebration, silence is never golden.

Choosing your first dance song is a big deal. You want something that will perfectly reflect you as a couple. Sounds tough, right? Try out a few different options and settle on one that resonates with both of you. Or if you really can’t seem to compromise, have your DJ or band create a custom mash-up of your two favorite tunes.

not all sound systems are created equal

you’ll feel like your first dance should be over one minute in

Your venue may have a sound system or speakers on hand, and while that’s great news, you should do yourself a favor and test them out (or better yet, have your band or DJ do a sound check). You want to make sure you aren’t looking for something with more oomph (or amp). Check out the equipment when there’s still time to rent additional pieces, just in case.

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You may have fallen in love to “Free Bird” but a nine-minute ballad is going to be painful to dance to, just the two of you. One minute is like an eternity when it comes to the first dance, so choose a song that clocks in at under four minutes. If you have your heart set on something longer, look into having it cut. You’ll thank us later. >>

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just because your friend plays the violin doesn’t mean she wants to play it during your wedding ceremony If you really want your friend (who must be an invited guest) to participate in your nuptials, ask her nicely and give her an easy out so she doesn’t feel obligated to do it. And put yourself in her shoes—it’s hard to say no to a friend. If she does agree, allow her plenty of practice time (in the months leading up to your wedding and the morning of) so she feels completely comfortable taking center stage during your ceremony. Then thank her with a handwritten note or a small gift to show your appreciation.

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you’ll rush to dance lessons every monday night for weeks There’s a chance you’ll get talked into dance lessons (by a recently married friend, your future mother-in-law or, more likely, your soon-to-be spouse). If you have the time and budget, we say go for it. Even if you loathe dancing, you’ll spend 45 minutes locking eyes with your other half—not bad at all. In fact, it may very well become your favorite part of planning.

there actually is such a thing as too much of a good thing You may both be ’80s fanatics, but five full hours of Duran Duran can be too much for even the most adoring fans. Be kind to your friends and family (and their ears) when developing your playlist. And keep your song choices PG-13 (profanity won’t go over well with the flower girl’s mom).

you’ll want to be the DJ You’ve hired a professional for the night, so let them do their job. Create a must-play list of about 10 songs and a do-not-play list of the forbidden tunes for your DJ or bandleader. Then, trust them to guide the music while you focus on tearing up the dance floor. Find your band or DJ at TheKnot.com/music

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musician options for your ceremony These pros can bring your ceremony to life.

blues guitarist

The sound of a slide guitar creates an allAmerican, down-to-earth atmosphere. Hire one to play a mix of blues, jazz and American classics.

jazz combo

Have a trio, duet or singer-and-standing-bass duet add some soul to your ceremony.

string quartet

Strings are perfect for classical compositions. They can also add romantic elegance to contemporary selections.

flutist

Usually paired with a piano or string instrument, the flute is romantic and peaceful.

harpist

The ideal choice for a small, romantic ceremony or springtime vows in a garden. For larger affairs, hire two.

vocalist/choir

Hymn, gospel and opera singers offer a wide array of feelings for the various ceremony stages.

keyboardist

A classical pianist or organist can do it all, from playing soothing preceremony tunes to supplying upbeat recessional music.

trumpeter

A soloist or a horn combo can add either regal solemnity or upbeat rhythms to your ceremony.

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do-not-play list Give your band or DJ a must-play list that includes the songs you want to hear—but don’t forget the equally important “play this at your peril” list. If “Sweet Caroline” makes you nauseous, your pro needs to know.

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the caribbean decoded Every island in the Caribbean is beautiful, which can make choosing a locale tough­—until now! We’ve done a deep dive into what makes each of these floating pieces of paradise special to help you find the best oasis for your getaway. >> BY NANCY RONES ILLUSTRATIONS BY BEE MURPHY

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GUANA ISLAND WHY GO This under-the-radar

private island resort in the British Virgin Islands maxes out at around 35 guests, granting couples an almost deserted feel. Find luxury style “roughing it”: Be dropped on a remote beach, with a boat on call, where you can have your fresh catch eagerly prepped by a skilled chef. WHERE TO STAY Go crazy over the view of electric-blue water from your cottage or villa. Start exploring and you’ll see that the grounds, which include a Garden of Eden for yoga and

outdoor movie screenings, are just as impressive. On the departure dock, guests are even photographed for the resort’s memento binder (all-inclusive rates from $695 per night, Guana.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Sign

up for the hotel’s Castaway Picnic and you can pretend to be shipwrecked on Bigelow or Harris beach (two of the island’s pristine seven beaches), snorkel, enjoy great food, and do whatever else comes to mind.

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ANGUILLA WHY GO The only thing better

than hanging in an island setting is adding a killer meal to the scene. No problem for Anguilla. From fine restaurants to roadside barbecue stands, more than 100 eateries dot its 35 square miles, leaving gourmands seriously satisfied. WHERE TO STAY A few decades back, cliffside resort Malliouhana put Anguilla on the culinary map by importing fine, French cuisine and a Michelin-starred chef to the island. Renovated and reborn as the chic, airy Malliouhana,

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an Auberge Resort, the icon is still spoiling guests with its epicurean magic (the main restaurant leans Mediterranean now) and in every other way possible (from $470, Malliouhana.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Troll the food

trucks in the island’s capital, The Valley (hunt for Hungry’s Good Food van and its exotic soups), or spend the afternoon dining on fresh seafood and drinking rum punch on one of the offshore cays, such as Scilly Cay (ScillyCayAnguilla.com). >>

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PROVIDENCIALES WHY GO There are beaches—

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Provo. Its beach butlers will fetch you drinks and food— just flash your personal flag (junior suite from $515 per night, GraceBayResorts.com/ gracebayclub). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Zone out during

an oceanfront couple’s massage, then enjoy a romantic, torch-lit, toes-in-the-sand dinner for two on Grace Bay Beach.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC When you want to really unwind, all-inclusive resorts offer the ease you need. The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, has an impressive selection of these value-conscious, amenitypacked properties. WHERE TO STAY Guests of the Barceló Bávaro Beach hotel, an adults-only retreat in Punta Cana, are granted full use of all amenities at the more bouncing Barceló property that’s part of the same resort complex. Between the two, you’ll have access to nine á la carte restaurants, a casino, WHY GO

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shopping plaza, golf course, nightly shows and multiple pools. Upgrade to a Club Premium room for special perks, like entry to the hydrotherapy spa (all-inclusive Club Premium room from $152 per person per night, BarceloBavaroBeachResort.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Filling your days and nights are easy here. Tee off on the resort’s championship P.B. Dye designed golf course (your first round is free), take kayaks out together, or check the activities board for cooking classes. After dark, hit a casino or thumping nightclub. >>

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under-the-sea adventure

GRAND CAYMAN WHY GO Besides its famed

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman has a following for its underwater thrills. Snorkelers and scuba divers are stoked by the water’s good visibility, warm temps, coral reefs and choice of about 240 dive sites. WHERE TO STAY Hang your flippers at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. It has top dive-operator Red Sail Sports

on-site, and snorkelers can see some colorful fish right off the beach. Set up the hotel’s honeymoon registry to score your excursions as wedding gifts (from $239 per night, WestinGrandCayman.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Raise your adrenaline with a dive around the USS Kittiwake, a rescueship-turned-dive-attraction sunk just off Seven Mile Beach.

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JAMAICA WHY GO Even with tourist

crowds and big resorts, this laid-back country’s colorful soul always shines through. The friendly locals, traditional street food, reggae music and abundance of natural assets keep Jamaica’s authentic rhythm on repeat. WHERE TO STAY Built on Negril’s cliffs, the boho-chic, 34-room Rockhouse is both architecturally stunning and big on embracing local culture and the community (the property’s foundation supports area educational projects that guests can visit). Plus, it can

brag that Bob Marley was once a guest. Don’t leave without a couple’s aromatherapy soak in its Holistic Bath House (stand-alone villas from $195 per night, Rockhouse.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME You’ll do as Jamaicans do when you feast on amazing jerk chicken and jam to live reggae at the hotel’s seaside Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. Climbing waterfalls is another island custom. Take a refreshing guided walk up Mayfield Falls, which tends to be less touristy than Jamaica’s other popular falls.

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let the planning begin! Here’s what to do, when, on your way to the altar.

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Think about when and where you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you get engaged).

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

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

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Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market.

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

Reserve hotel room blocks. Book them on HiSkipper.com/weddings/TheKnot. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him or her. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Start your wedding website to keep guests in the know. Include important info—such as hotel room blocks and transportation options—and some fun details too. Create a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

Choose the formalwear and give groomsmen instructions about what to wear.

Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one. Send out your save-the-dates.

Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.)

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

Register at TheKnot.com/registry, and then put the links on your wedding website. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have bridesmaids order them.

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While you’re in organizational-planning mode, download The Knot Wedding Planner app. It’s a cool way to research local pros, keep your contacts and inspiration board updated, draft your guest list and take it all with you.

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Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order invitations and thank-you notes. Reserve venues for the welcome party, after-party and next-day brunch. Book a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner and a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie. Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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

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Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias? Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company.

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Buy wedding day accessories. Think: shoes, purse and jewelry.

Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning).

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out).

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Complete your cake order—and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one.

Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display.

Purchase or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want. Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

Finish assembling ceremony programs or pick them up from your stationer or printer.

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

Put together welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

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

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Have a blast at your shower and bachelor or bachelorette party. Finalize your playlist with your band or DJ. Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it legit.

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments.

Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later).

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now. Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any important details.

day of DATE: ______ /______ /______

Eat breakfast. You may forget to eat later— even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotels (the staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Go to the last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time the gown will be worn).

postwedding to-dos DATE: ______ /______ /______

Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and pros. Write your toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange transportation for out-of-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant or planner to distribute.

1 day before

Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked that it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your dress and formalwear cleaned and/or preserved and return any rentals.

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Get a mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the stars of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews at TheKnot.com/marketplace.

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

Hand off your wedding rings to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot. Get more planning tips and to-dos at TheKnot.com/checklist

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Planning a destination wedding from afar? Imagine not having to take multiple trips to your venue before your wedding day to check off your to-dos. Yes, teleportation is possible at the DoubleTree Boston-Bedford Glen Hotel. The DoubleTree is one of the first hotels in the world to offer the iRobot Ava 500, providing couples with unique planning services they won’t find anywhere else. The Ava 500 allows you to explore the hotel and its distinctive event spaces, as well as experience the service without having to be physically at the venue. And if some of your close and friends and family members aren’t able to attend on the day, Ava 500 can transport them to the hotel, ensuring no one misses a single sentimental moment.

Four new and noteworthy venues and services for your New England fete.

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With a unique eye for design shaped by years of experience creating and executing high-profile interiors, Meghan Perlow, owner and founder of Poppy Floral, and her team of talented wedding specialists approach each event with passion and enthusiasm. Sourcing from local Massachusetts growers with an emphasis on organic blooms, Poppy Floral works with you to put together a customized design plan with thoughtfully combined colors and textures to create something extraordinary. The best part? There are options available for every budget. From full-service event design packages to a DIY centerpiece kit complete with highquality flowers, Poppy Floral’s impeccable styling and Perlow’s expertise will help bring your vision to life.

Tucked away in the picturesque town of Manchester, Vermont, this brand-new hotel offers couples impeccable service and a quintessential Vermont experience. Vintage touches, historic artwork and luxe furnishings draw inspiration from New England’s grand inns of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And when paired with the scenic setting and farm-to-table fare, it creates a breathtaking backdrop for formal and laid-back affairs alike. Celebrate in style with a cocktail hour on the Trillium Terrace, followed by dinner and dancing in the elegant 2,800-squarefoot Trillium Ballroom, or take advantage of Vermont’s iconic landscape with an alfresco soiree for 400 on the sprawling lawn dubbed The Green, where you’ll take in sweeping mountain views.

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Situated across 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff in the seaside town of Cape Neddick, Maine, Cliff House has reopened its doors to reveal over 25,000 square feet of flexible function space that includes a spectacular, 4,300-square-foot ballroom ideal for an unforgettable waterfront affair. The recent, large-scale renovation of the 144-year-old resort includes a full-service spa and fitness center, 132 redesigned rooms (complete with terraces that overlook the majestic Bald Head Cliff) and the addition of The Tiller Restaurant and Nubb’s Lobster Shack—an idyllic, oceanfront eatery that serves beloved Maine lobster rolls, fried clams, raw bar treats and local craft beers. Pair the brand-new additions with the resort’s breathtaking ocean views, 18-hole golf course and exceptional culinary selections, and you have the ultimate setting for an event with undeniable coastal flair.

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

WHERE TO APPLY Barnstable County

Dukes County

Hampden County

Nantucket County

Plymouth County

Worcester County

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middlesex County

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

Bristol County

Essex County

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

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

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

Norfolk County

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

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

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

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

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Penobscot County

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

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

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

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

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

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Rockingham County

Strafford County

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

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

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

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

WHERE TO APPLY Kent County

Newport County

Providence County

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE TO APPLY Chittenden County

Rutland County

Washington County

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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The Boston Globe

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

Must submit info two Wednesdays before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $149 to $249.

Boston Herald

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

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

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Cape Cod Times

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $49 to $99.

Gloucester Daily Times

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

Must submit info within three months of the wedding date.

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

There is no charge for this service.

South Boston Tribune

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

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

Form: No

The cost is $11 per column inch.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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

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

Form: Yes

Prices range from $25 to $261.

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Kennebec Journal

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

Wedding announcements will be printed in Sunday papers.

Form: Yes; available online. .

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

Bangor Daily News

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

Journal Tribune

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

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

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

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees vary.

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

$50 for a wedding announcement.

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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Providence Journal

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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.

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The Nashua Telegraph

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

Manchester Union Leader

Concord Monitor

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The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

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

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

Rutland Herald

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

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

Brattleboro Reformer

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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the beechwood hotel

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

black rock country club Hingham, MA

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

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Newport, RI (401) 619-7199 BohlinNewport.com Say “I do” in the heart of Newport Harbor. Our waterfront setting offers soft Atlantic breezes, unsurpassed harbor views and comfortable, casual elegance. Enjoy the intimacy of our private seaside retreat just steps from all that downtown Newport has to offer. Create your dream wedding with us. capacity 350 | price $$$

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

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

butternut farm golf club

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

cafe escadrille

26 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA (781) 273-1916 | events@cafeescadrille.com CafeEscadrille.com Cafe Escadrille has all the elegance, warmth and charm of a grand country estate­—just 15 miles north of Boston. White-glove service for up to 300 guests,

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cape codder resort & spa

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

central bistro boston

34 Summer Street, Boston, MA (617) 737-1777 CentralBistroBoston.com Central Bistro Boston is an affordable, romantic French bistro overlooking Boston’s historic Downtown Crossing. Award-winning Chef Eric Bogardus and HGTV’s Taniya Nayak are behind the delicious menu and elegant décor. We can accommodate up to 1,000 guests to make your day unforgettable. capacity 400+ | price $$

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

charter oak country club

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

chequessett yacht & country club

680 Chequessett Neck Road, Wellfleet, MA (508) 349-3704 | events@cycc.net CYCC.net Over the years, many couples have discovered Chequessett as the ideal location to have a true Cape-style wedding. From the beautiful backdrop of the private beach to the charm of the working boathouse and the comfort of the spacious clubhouse deck, many brides and grooms look no further. capacity 170 | price $$

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

the colonnade boston

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 424-7000 | lrubel@colonnadehotel.com ColonnadeHotel.com The Colonnade Hotel is the city’s premier setting for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, receptions, and special occasions. Our expert wedding planners pay attention to every detail. We offer innovative ideas whether ­creating an intimate, memorable ceremony for 10, or a lavish, traditional event for 400. capacity 400 | price $$$

the common man inn & spa

231 Main Street, Plymouth, NH (603) 536-2200 TheCManInn.com Celebrate your wedding with a setting that evokes classic charm and hospitality at the gateway to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Our Foster’s Hall accommodates up to 150 guests, with a raised dance floor and farmer’s porch. Our Event Hall holds up to 180 guests and includes a private terrace. capacity 180 | price $$$

the commons 1854

4 North Common Street, Topsfield, MA (978) 887-4100 info@thecommons1854.com TheCommons1854.com The Commons is ideal for a classic New England wedding. This historic venue offers superior personal service, giving your ­wedding historic elegance with relaxed comfort. Architectural details, elegant appointments, and modern conveniences make The Commons your number one choice. capacity 200 | price $$$

the connors center

Dover, MA (617) 552-9210 meet@bc.edu TheConnorsCenter.com Plan your wedding at The Connors Center, where elegance and charm combine for an unforgettable celebration of love. capacity 300 | price $$$

the coonamessett inn

311 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA (508) 548-2300 capecodrestaurants@gmail.com CoonamessettInn.com The Coonamessett Inn is Cape Cod’s prestigious getaway for special occasions. Our professional staff will help you plan an elegant reception or rehearsal dinner. Our new, spectacular dining rooms accommodate up to 400 guests, making

The Coonamessett Inn an excellent choice for any special occasion. capacity 300 | price $$$

cotal´ mar restaurante

1178 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA (508) 821-2627 | info@cotalimar.com CotaliMarRestaurante.com Cotalí Mar offers four unique venues: the Grande Ballroom for up to 275 guests with bar and bridal suite; the Wine Cellar for up to 100 guests with bar and Cigar Lounge; the Dining Room for up to 130 guests with fireplace; and the Outdoor Courtyard for up to 130 guests with fountain, fireplace and bar. capacity 275 | price $

country club of halifax

100 Country Club Dr., Rt. 106, Halifax, MA (781) 293-9061 | functions@halifaxcc.com HalifaxCC.com Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for inquiring about the Country Club of Halifax. Siblings, friends, guests and family members of past wedding receptions contract a very large percentage of our new wedding receptions. This is a fact that we are very proud of. capacity 300 | price $$

cranwell spa and golf resort

55 Lee Rd., Route 20, Lenox, MA (800) 572-8938 | Cranwell.com High on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Berkshires, Cranwell is an idyllic spot for unforgettable year-round weddings. Our magnificent Tudor mansion offers a setting for wedding banquets, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. Guests enjoy golf, spa, tennis, skiing and swimming. capacity 200 | price $$$

crowne plaza boston woburn

15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, MA (781) 935-8760 | HotelBostonWoburn.com After you say, “I do,” celebrate the wedding of your dreams at the Crowne Plaza Boston Woburn in one of our beautiful ballrooms. Choose one of our three packages with optional ceremony space to accommodate your personal style, taste and budget. Call our wedding consultant for a personal tour! capacity 200 | price $$$

cruiseport gloucester

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA (978) 282-9700 EXT. 1 CruiseportGloucester.com Imagine your dream wedding at Cruiseport Gloucester, the largest, most elegant and modern venue north of Boston. Our stunning ballroom overlooking historic Gloucester harbor will entice your guests to enjoy our waterfront views, calming atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and create lifelong memories.

the dan’l webster inn & spa

149 Main Street, Sandwich Village, MA (800) 444-3566 | DanlWebsterInn.com The sophisticated bride will enjoy exquisite grounds and

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devens common center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA (978) 757-3004 DevensCommonCenter.com Our full-service venue offers an ideal setting for weddings, ceremonies and social events. Connected to SpringHill Suites by Marriott by an enclosed bridge, we can accommodate your overnight guests too. We host an upscale atmosphere with gourmet food and first-class service. capacity 350 | price $$

doubletree by hilton boston-bedford glen

44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA (781) 275-5500 DoubletreeBedford.com Inspirational. Personalized. Memorable. Brilliantly landscaped terraces provide an intuitive flair for an outdoor ceremony or lavish cocktail reception. We offer an artful combination of elegant ballrooms, exceptional service and an award-winning culinary team ready to serve you. capacity 300 | price $$$

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125 Main St., Essex, MA (978) 768-7335 | EssexRoom.com At The Essex Room your wedding will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of! Our experienced team will ensure you and your guests create a lifetime of cherished memories. Enjoy our celebration-sized dance floor and scenic marsh and river views. Your day, your way—everything is possible with us! capacity 300 | price $$

the exchange

212 Northern Ave., Boston, MA (617) 790-1900 | info@emwcatering.com ExchangeConferenceCenter.com Located along Boston’s historic waterfront lies the city’s best-kept secret, The Exchange, by East Meets West Catering. Featuring dramatic architecture, high ceilings and spectacular panoramic views of the Boston Harbor through floor-to-ceiling windows, The Exchange is a perfect fit for any event. capacity 200 | price $$$

fairmont copley plaza hotel

138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 867-8522 Fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston Our centrally located Back Bay luxury hotel is a romantic landmark. Whether you choose the palatial splendor of our Grand Ballroom, the opulence of the Oval Room or the elegant intimacy of the St. James Room, our wedding specialists are here to assist you in any way. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the flying bridge

220 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA (508) 548-2700 theflyingbridge@yahoo.com FlyingBridgeRestaurant.com Located on beautiful Falmouth Harbor, The Flying Bridge Restaurant provides a unique waterfront setting for a truly memorable Cape Cod wedding. We can accommodate up to 250 guests for any special occasion, wedding, rehearsal dinner, business function or holiday gathering. capacity 150 | price $$$

fort adams

90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI (401) 619-5801 FortAdams.org Your event will be a royal one at Fort Adams, with its breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and spectacular settings for your ceremony and reception. No other location can offer a castle for you and your guests. It is a special day for you, so make it a unique one from all others—make it royal! capacity 300 | price $$$

the gardens at elm bank

900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA (617) 933-4921 | functions@masshort.org Masshort.org With over 30 acres of property and 12 stunning display gardens, our historic estate is sure to leave you and your guests in awe. Our restored Carriage House can accommodate seated receptions up to 225, and our Maple Grove can accommodate tented receptions of virtually any size. capacity 300+ | price $$

gatherings at brookmeadow country club

100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA (781) 828-4444 EXT. 12 BrookmeadowGolf.com Focusing on one wedding at a time, you can be certain that your day will be personalized to match your unique style and exceed your expectations. Whether you envision a formal and traditional wedding, or a casual yet elegant wedding celebration, Gatherings can accommodate your every desire. capacity 230 | price $$

inclusive essentials to fit your needs. In addition to our elegant venue and spectacular grounds featuring gardens, statuary, waterfalls and water fountains, we offer unique on-site amenities such as our beautiful Chapel and The Chalet at Grand View. capacity 300+ | price $$

granite links golf club

100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy, MA (617) 689-1900 GraniteLinksGolfClub.com At Granite Links, we understand how special this day is for you as well as your family and friends. With breathtaking views of the Boston skyline set against the lush green of the golf course, Granite Links provides an inspirational backdrop for your special day. capacity 400 | price $$$

hampshire house

84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA (617) 227-9600 HampshireHouse.com Relax amidst comfortable luxury and be pampered with attentive service, decadent cuisine and an exquisite setting that will make you feel like royalty. The Hampshire House will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience that is all your own. capacity 150 | price $$$

the harding allen estate

Rt. 122 off Beautiful Barre Common, Barre, MA (978) 355-4920 Harding-Allen.com Imagine a place where the grandeur of Newport combines with the beauty of Vermont in the heart of Massachusetts to create a day you will cherish for a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

harrington farm

178 Westminster Road, Princeton, MA (978) 464-5600 HarringtonFarm.com A wedding at the Harrington Farm offers the rare combination of country charm and elegance. With breathtaking floral gardens and mountain vistas surrounding you, our setting adds a special element to any event. Our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations in ambiance, service and food quality. capacity 250 | price $$$

glen magna farms

29 Ingersoll Street, Danvers, MA (978) 774-9165 GlenMagnaFarms.org Glen Magna Farms features a colonial revival mansion set on an 11-acre country estate. We can accommodate 125 guests inside the mansion and 200 guests with tenting. This is a beautiful location for the perfect garden ceremony.

hawthorne hotel on the common Salem, MA (978) 825-4358 HawthorneHotel.com At the Hawthorne Hotel or at the Peabody Essex Museum, we have been helping brides fulfill their dreams with beautiful weddings since 1925. capacity 400 | price $$

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grand view

6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA (508) 422-1000 Grand-View.com Each of our four customized wedding packages offers

hilton boston/dedham

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. guestrooms, choose the Hilton Boston Dedham for an event to be remembered. capacity 250 | price $$

ballroom and multiple outdoor spaces. Our seasoned planners will make sure you and your guests have the event of a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

hilton boston woburn

Two Forbes Road, Woburn, MA (781) 932-0999 BostonWoburn.Hilton.com As the day you’ve always dreamed about draws near, our catering staff stands ready to turn your vision into wonderful reality. We understand how important it is that your wedding day is perfect, so our planner will be with you every step of the way. capacity 400+ | price $$

hotel on north

297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA (413) 358-4741 HotelonNorth.com This is a unique venue space for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties and celebrations in the heart of the Berkshires. capacity 200 | price $$

house of blues

15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA (617) 960-8332 | hc.sales.bos@livenation.com We’ve got your something blue. Whether you are planning a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding shower, we can help you design your once-ina-lifetime event. capacity 300 | price $$

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independence harbor

10 Narrows Road, Assonet, MA (800) 287-8300 | (508) 644-2225 IHWeddings.com An extraordinary 20-acre estate, reserved exclusively for one wedding. One of Southern New England’s most sought after destinations for private wedding receptions and garden ceremonies. An intimate dining and reception facility accommodating from 100 to 250. Acclaimed cuisine, celebrated service, renowned wedding planning, affordable elegance. capacity 250 | price $$

indian pond country club

60 Country Club Way, Kingston, MA (781) 585-9117 IndianPondCountryClub.com A convenient distance from Boston and Cape Cod, Indian Pond presents the perfect setting for your special event. Our array of settings, including pool-side and terrace events, can accommodate a small intimate affair of 20 guests to an extravagant celebration of up to 500 guests. capacity 400+ | price $$

the international golf club & resort

159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA (978) 779-1330 specialevents@theinternational.com TheInternational.com The International, located on 800 beautiful acres, boasts mountain views, two championship golf courses, on-site lodging and restaurant, a newly renovated

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john carver inn & spa

25 Summer Street, Plymouth, MA (855) 209-5644 JohnCarverInn.com Enjoy the charm of a New England Inn with all the comforts of a contemporary hotel, including full service spa and luxury suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Newly renovated ballroom makes for magnificent wedding receptions. A great destination for your wedding – centrally located in historic Plymouth. capacity 200 | price $$

kirkbrae country club

197 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI (401) 333-1330 EXT. 245 Kirkbrae.com/wedding Surrounded by the beauty of Blackstone Valley, Kirkbrae’s tastefully decorated, state-of-the-art wedding facilities accommodate up to 400 guests. The facility is surpassed only by its award-winning planning services and cuisine—two hallmarks that make Kirkbrae one of the area’s premier venues. capacity 400 | price $$$

LakeviewPavilion.com Meticulous attention to detail, full-service planning and flawless service complement the cutting-edge cuisine prepared by our culinary team. We will have your guests raving for years to come. capacity 300+ | price $$

the langham, boston

250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA (617) 451-1900 EXT. 5133 tlbos.sales@langhamhotels.com LanghamHotels.com/boston Overlooking Norman B. Leventhal Park, The Langham, Boston provides a historic venue for a most elegant and memorable wedding day. Our wedding specialists coordinate every detail from beginning to end. Personalized menus, settings and ambiance to perfectly suit your taste. capacity 300 | price $$$

the lantana

43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, MA (781) 961-4660 TheLantana.com Happily ever after starts here. The Lantana resonates with the pride of two generations and over 45 years of family ownership. We reflect on our proud past and look forward to being a part of your new beginning. capacity 500+ | price $$

la pi`ece—the room

322 West Main Street, Tilton, NH (877) 325-3927 | info@lapiece-theroom.com LaPiece-TheRoom.com La Pièce, of New Hampshire’s scenic Lakes Region, is a unique, private wedding and event venue. We provide you with thoughtful services and amenities. We offer planning and design packages to assist you with as few or many of the details as you like—our team ensures that your day is perfect! capacity 250 | price $$$

labelle winery

345 Route 101, Amherst, NH (603) 672-9898 LaBelleWineryNH.com LaBelle Winery is the perfect location for your upcoming elegant and unique event. Part of an 11-acre property, LaBelle Winery features a tasting room, an elegant ballroom with a vaulted ceiling and private bar for celebrations of up to 225 people, and a grand outdoor terrace with sweeping views. capacity 225 | price $$$

lake pearl wrentham

299 Creek Street, Wrentham, MA (508) 384-3003 | LakePearl.com Choose from a variety of timeless settings and facilities located on 25 lushly landscaped acres—all overlooking beautiful Lake Pearl. Lake Pearl Wrentham can accommodate wedding receptions and on-site ceremonies for up to 550. capacity 550 | price $$

lakeview pavilion

45 Lakeview Road, Foxboro, MA (508) 543-9099

the lenox

61 Exeter St. at Boylston, Boston, MA (617) 536-5300 | LenoxHotel.com The Lenox creates an experience that blends impeccable service, world-class cuisine and thoughtful amenities amid beautiful surroundings. Bring historic character to your event and have an on-site planner, customized menus, function space on a private floor and gilded dome room for up to 150 guests. capacity 150 | price $$$

les zygomates wine bar and bistro

129 South Street, Boston, MA (617) 542-5108 | WineBar129.com At Les Zygomates, we take pride in wedding planning, from the initial contact to customizing all your desired wishes. From casual to formal, traditional or unique, Les Zygomates is here to provide you with all that you deserve and expect on your special day. capacity 150 | price $$$

lombardo’s

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

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. ManchesterCountryClub.com For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping brides create extraordinary weddings. Now, Manchester Country Club is better than ever. If you’re searching for a beautiful event backdrop, we invite you to learn about how our modern great room and open-air veranda can be your unique wedding destination. capacity 260 | price $$$

mandarin oriental, boston

776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (617) 535-8888 MandarinOriental.com/boston Steeped in the traditional values of its Oriental heritage, Mandarin Oriental, Boston delights guests with individualized style, sophisticated facilities and Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service. Surrounded by Boston’s vibrant cityscape, each space offers full-length windows with views of Back Bay. capacity 300 | price $$$$

the mansion on turner hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA (978) 312-3040 | ctravers@turnerhill.com TurnerHill.com Situated on 315 acres of manicured gardens and terraces, The Mansion on Turner Hill provides a peaceful setting for elegant weddings. The extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture features several working fireplaces, hand molded ceilings, vivid friezes, and hand-carved paneling and makes for a remarkable backdrop to your wedding. capacity 350 | price $$$

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mirbeau inn & spa

35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth, MA (877) MIRBEAU Mirbeau.com With gardens reminiscent of Monet’s in Giverny, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is the perfect venue for your romantic wedding. Be inspired by art-filled interiors, cascading ponds, a relaxing spa and culinary delights. You may be tempted to recite your vows en français. capacity 350 | price $$$

mockingbird restaurant

838 North Bedford St., East Bridgewater, MA (508) 378-4911 MockingbirdRestaurant.com We may be the South Shore’s newest wedding venue, but we have been serving award-winning food for 15 years. Enjoy the modern, simple elegance of our 220-guest ballroom reserved exclusively for one wedding. Our magnificent landscaped grounds surround our on-site ceremony area with a natural forest background. capacity 200 | price $$$

monponsett inn

550 Monponsett Street, Rte. 58, Halifax, MA (781) 293-2116 | events@monponsettinn.com MonponsettInn.com Renowned for achieving the most memorable, elegant and affordable wedding receptions anywhere on the South Shore. The waterfront gazebo provides an unsurpassed backdrop for perfect ceremonies and

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photography. Our standards of quality and service are amongst the highest in the industry. capacity 250 | price $$

the mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 | MountainTopInn.com Set on 350 acres in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains and overlooking a sparkling lake, you will find the perfect magical backdrop, regardless of the season. Enjoy luxurious lodging, a brand new spa and salon, on-site dining and tons of activities to create your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

mountain view grand resort & spa

Mountain View Road, Whitefield, NH (844) 510-8590 | MountainViewGrand.com Elegant views of spectacular White Mountain summits create the perfect storybook setting for your wedding and reception. Mountain View offers commanding views, spectacular venues and elegant dining. Wedding parties can enjoy the luxury in our award-winning spa. AAA 4 Diamond lodging and dining. capacity 250 | price $$$

nahant country club

280 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA (781) 581-0515 sales@nahantcountryclub.com NahantCountryClub.com Nestled in an ocean community twenty minutes from Boston and seconds from the beach, we host one wedding at a time. Our mansion is the perfect setting for your event. Our famed cuisine, unique venue and expertise in the industry combine to make a perfect celebration. capacity 200 | price $$

nantasket beach resort

45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull, MA (781) 925-4500 | info@nantasketbeachhotel.com NantasketBeachHotel.com Truly memorable meetings and events with an authentic local flavor—that is the inspiration behind the Nantasket Beach Resort. Experience our exemplary service, magnificent cuisine and superb white-glove treatment. After your celebration, retreat to your complimentary bridal suite. capacity 250 | price $$$

the neighborhood club of quincy

27 Glendale Road, Quincy, MA (617) 773-9300 NCQuincy.com The historic Neighborhood Club of Quincy has been the venue of choice since 1917. We provide an elegant, vintage backdrop to today’s modern wedding celebration. Get married on-site, either indoors in front of the grand fireplace or outside under the elegant pergola. Add your wedding to the legacy! capacity 200 | price $$$

new bedford whaling museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA (508) 997-0046 EXT. 133 | (508) 717-6833

specialevents@whalingmuseum.org WhalingMuseum.org The New Bedford Whaling Museum offers an exceptional and stunning venue for weddings, complete with amazing views of beautiful New Bedford harbor. Allow your guests to explore and discover the largest whaling museum in the world, dedicated to the global interaction of humans and whales. capacity 180 | price $$$

new england aquarium

Boston, MA (617) 973-5205 | events@neaq.org NEAq.org Capture the excitement of Boston’s historic waterfront when you plan your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. A variety of location, entertainment and catering options, with a backdrop of awe-inspiring ocean creatures, will make your event completely unforgettable. capacity 300+ | price $$$

ocean edge resort & golf club

Brewster, Cape Cod, MA (508) 896-9000 | OceanEdge.com/weddings Envision 400 lush acres including a historic 19th century mansion complete with views of the sea and a private beach for wedding ceremonies. Impeccable service, sumptuous cuisine, elegantly appointed guestrooms and villas and Cape Cod’s only Nicklaus Design golf course. capacity 350 | price $$$

the oceanview of nahant

Zero Willow Road, Nahant, MA (888) 581-1301 | info@oceanviewofnahant.com OceanviewofNahant.com Most known for our incredible ocean views, our secluded private-island feel and our unwavering commitment to making your wedding the event of your life, the Oceanview of Nahant invites you to come visit us and experience true New England flair for your special day! capacity 200 | price $$

pats peak banquet center

(603) 428-3245 PatsPeak.com Pats Peak will enchant you with romantic settings and affordable elegance. Personalized service is what makes Pats Peak a favorite wedding location. Your scenic wedding ceremony can be held at the base or summit of the mountain. Select from two rooms for your reception. capacity 200 | price $$

peabody essex musuem

Salem, MA (978) 542-1615 | PEM.org From a breathtaking atrium with a soaring roofline to stunning banquet halls and scenic gardens, the Peabody Essex Museum in historic Salem, Mass. offers a variety of settings to make your wedding distinctive, elegant and unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$$

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Monponsett Inn Monponsett Inn hosts on-site ceremonies just steps from the water on our lakeside property. Our banquet rooms feature waterfront views, a private deck, or a stone fireplace. We offer award-winning, affordable packages and cuisine, with an on-site wedding planner who listens and executes every intricate detail of your special day! Upon arrival our professional wedding coordinator will guide you throughout your entire ceremony and reception!

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publick house historic inn

Rt. 131 On The Common, Sturbridge, MA (508) 347-7323 EXT. 287 | sales@publickhouse.com PublickHouse.com The Publick House has been creating picturesque New England weddings for over 240 years. Our magnificent cathedral ceilings and antique colonial chandeliers are just the beginning of a perfectly romantic setting. Create your own historical romance. capacity 250 | price $$

raffael’s banquet facility

1601 Main Street, Walpole, MA (508) 668-8071 | walpolesales@raffaels.com Raffaels.com Comfortable…unique…elegant…Raffael’s. Experience the ambiance of a European villa, beautiful garden gazebo, and elegant terrace. We offer complete shower and wedding packages. Our experienced coordinators will personalize your service from start to finish. capacity 350 | price $$

the red barn at outlook farm

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

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the ridge club

70 Country Club Road, Sandwich, MA (508) 428-6800 aburke@ridgeclubcapecod.com RidgeClubCapeCod.com From the moment you begin planning the celebration of your dreams to the departure of your last guest, every detail will receive personal attention from our dedicated staff. We look forward to making your day completely memorable with our unmatched ambience, impeccable service and signature cuisine. capacity 200 | price $$$

the river club

78 Border Street, Scituate, MA (781) 545-1330 TheRiverClubScituate.net Settled in the coastal town of Scituate, The River Club is a South Shore wedding dream come true. Take beautiful photos overlooking the river or at the beach a mile away. Come see our magnificent fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and outdoor spaces for indoor or outdoor ceremonies. We host one event per day! capacity 300 | price $$$

rosebrook event center

50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA (508) 322-9220 RosebrookEventCenter.com The Rosebrook Event Center overlooks beautiful cranberry bogs, providing a spectacular backdrop. Recently opened, the hotel and event center provide the perfect location to host your ceremony, reception and

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salem waterfront hotel

225 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978) 619-1115 kpelletier@salemwaterfronthotel.com SalemWaterfrontHotel.com Your spectacular wedding will require an equally spectacular venue. Your wedding is made perfect by our attentive staff, world class amenities and chandelier ballroom. Your palate is rewarded by our renowned chef and 4-star cuisines. Affordable elegance awaits you! capacity 200 | price $$

saphire estate

164 Massapoag Ave., Sharon, MA (781) 784-2400 | info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Experience breathtaking lakeshore views, our romantic courtyard and charming manor house, plus an experienced, professional staff dedicated to helping you attain the personalized experience you deserve. Come see what makes Saphire Estate one of the most delightful settings on Boston’s South Shore. capacity 275 | price $$

seaport elite private yachts

Boston, MA (888) 741-0285 | ElitePrivateYachts.com Nothing on land compares to a wedding on Seaport Elite, Boston’s most luxurious private yacht. Let us create the intimate, stunning celebration you’ve been imagining. Customized cuisine, entertainment and décor surrounded by breathtaking harbor views—this is the celebration you deserve. capacity 150 | price $$$

seaport hotel and seaport world trade center

One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA (617) 385-4212 | info@seaportboston.com SeaportBoston.com For the wedding of your dreams, we ­propose panoramic harbor and city views, custom-designed menus, elegant ballrooms, white-glove service, and complimentary parking. Relax while our team of dedicated wedding consultants makes your unique wedding vision a reality. capacity 400+ | price $$$

spring house hotel

Block Island, RI (401) 466-5844 | SpringHouseHotel.com The Spring House Hotel provides the most picturesque backdrop for your special day. Green grass, a shining white building and a deep blue ocean will be seen in photographs for years to come. Whatever your dream wedding may be, our entire staff will go above and beyond to ensure a beautiful event. capacity 300 | price $$$

spring valley country club

Sharon, MA (781) 784-5991 EXT. 218 weddings@springvalleycountryclub.com

SpringValleyCountryClub.com Spring Valley is a one-event facility featuring a beautifully appointed grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests with breathtaking views and oversized dance floor, adjacent indoor and outdoor cocktail areas, superb cuisine, attentive service, spacious bridal suites and valet parking. capacity 250 | price $$$

the starting gate at greathorse

128 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA (413) 566-8010 Greathorse.com Drive through a gated entryway to our mountainside stone and cedar venue with uncompromising views of the Connecticut River Valley. Our breathtaking views match our luxurious design. From an intimate gathering to an extravagant wedding, we can focus on your wedding details and bring your vision to life! capacity 300 | price $$$

stevens estate at osgood hill

723 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA (978) 682-7072 | joanna@stevensestate.com StevensEstate.com The Stevens Estate is a 33-room mansion set on a hill surrounded by 153 acres of lawns and wooded lands. We can host your dream wedding inside the mansion or on the grounds. We hold only one wedding a day. Complimentary bridal and groom suites. capacity 250 | price $$

stockyard restaurant

135 Market Street, Brighton, MA (617) 782-4700 StockyardRestaurant.com This is a great place to host your rehearsal dinner! From small and intimate to spacious and grand, we have the event space you’ve been looking for. With free parking and never a room charge, your rehearsal dinner could be as memorable as the big day itself!

stone house

122 Sakonnet Point Rd., Little Compton, RI (401) 635-2222 NewportExperience.com We are a luxury resort in the quaint seaside town of Little Compton, RI that features 14 guest rooms, restaurant, state-of-the-art spa, private beach and function space with outdoor terrace and water views. capacity 250 | price $$

stoneforge tavern & publick house

90 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA (508) 977-9840 rbanquets@stoneforgerestaurants.com StoneforgeRestaurants.com Whether planning a grand or boutique wedding, let Stoneforge attend to your every need with personalized service. Our elegant ballroom, cobblestone courtyard and outdoor fireplace provide a romantic and charming setting for your reception, cocktail hour or ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

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taj boston

15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA (617) 536-5700 | taj.boston@tajhotels.com TajHotels.com/boston The perfect “I do.” Featuring tradition, style and awardwinning service,Taj Boston considers every detail, ensuring that your special day is even greater than you imagined. Begin your life together at this historic hotel on Newbury Street. Experience the iconic sophistication and romantic heritage of Boston. capacity 350 | price $$$

tewksbury country club

1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA (978) 640-0033 EXT. 13 functions@tewksburycc.com TewksburyCountryClub.com We know how important your wedding day is. Our Grand Sequoia Ballroom is the ideal setting for your wedding, set on over 50 acres of manicured grounds overlooking ponds, fountains and stone bridges. We offer a variety of wedding packages and specials and will customize packages to best fit your needs. capacity 340 | price $$

the tiffany ballroom

Norwood, MA (781) 255-3159 | contact@fourpointsnorwood.com TheTiffanyBallroom.com Enjoy stress-free planning with complete packages— including unlimited hors d’oeuvres, four-course meal, champagne toast, centerpieces, cake and discounted guestrooms. Other options include one-hour open bar, DJ, flower bouquet and more! Say “I do” on our new outdoor wedding pavilion.

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the tirrell room

254 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA (617) 847-6149 | carey@thetirrellroom.com TheTirrellRoom.com Imagine a private setting surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Blue Hills, and you have the perfect location for the wedding of your dreams. Our singular focus is to create the perfect wedding experience each and every time. capacity 300 | price $$

tupper manor at the wylie inn and conference center

295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (978) 867-1800 info@wyliecenter.com WylieCenter.com/tuppersite Overlooking the ocean, Tupper Manor offers the elegance of a bygone era while providing the amenities one expects from a first-class modern facility. The main floor boasts the glass-enclosed conservatory, ballroom, library, garden, and oval and billiard rooms. capacity 200 | price $$$

union bluff meeting house

York Beach, ME (800) 833-0721 | UnionBluff.com The Meeting House offers breathtaking ocean views with a classic graciousness, both inside and out. With

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of requests, from a formal wedding and reception in the main clubhouse to a relaxed cocktail reception on our terrace overlooking the 18th green. Our beautiful landscaped grounds are the perfect place for photos in any season. capacity 200 | price $$$

venezia restaurant

20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA (617) 436-3120 VeneziaBoston.com From the champagne toast to our custom designed wedding cake, your special day will be one of storybook elegance and style. Our waterfront ballroom overlooking the Boston skyline can accommodate up to 350 guests and our widely acclaimed chef will prepare a menu that will delight everyone. capacity 350 | price $$$

the villa at ridder country club

390 Oak Street, East Bridgewater, MA (781) 784-2400 | info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Tucked away in the rolling greens of Ridder Country Club, The Villa boasts three unique event spaces. Whether you envision contemporary sophistication, rustic elegance or gardenside glamour, we have the perfect space for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. capacity 340 | price $$

wachusett mountain ski area

(978) 464-3175 | missy@wachusett.com Wachusett.com Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is conveniently located in the heart of central Massachusetts and is the ideal location for your own storybook wedding, surrounded by magical vistas and breathtaking views. capacity 400+ | price $$$

warwick country club

394 Narragansett Bay Avenue, Warwick Neck, RI (401) 739-0550 WarwickCC.com Warwick Country Club is located on picturesque Warwick Neck overlooking Narragansett Bay. With exquisite cuisine and an experienced staff, you are ensured the wedding of your dreams. Warwick Country Club can accommodate up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

waverly oaks golf club

444 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA (508) 224-6700 EXT. 107 cjames@waverlyoaksgc.com WaverlyOaksGC.com Nestled in the heart of 225 lush acres, the clubhouse at Waverly Oaks Golf Club affords spectacular views of our award-winning golf course. We offer excellent cuisine, exceptional service, and fine attention to detail. We look forward to hosting your event. capacity 250 | price $$

wedgewood pines country club

215 Harvard Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-1790 | kerri@wedgewoodpines.com WedgewoodPines.com Our facilities and staff can accommodate a multitude

wentworth by the sea country club

588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, NH (603) 422-7322 kmayes@wentworthbytheseacc.com Wentworth.com Fulfilling a bride’s seaside wedding dreams with a tented reception by a glorious oceanside location will amaze your guests. A ceremony on a lawn by the sea will be a romantic and dramatic beginning to your lives together. Unsurpassed food and service finish the picture. capacity 300 | price $$$$

white cliffs country club

Plymouth, MA (508) 888-8701 | jen@whitecliffscc.com WhiteCliffsCC.com Our unique clubhouse with majestic white tenting sits atop a 175-foot cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Discover views of the ocean and beaches stretching from Plymouth to Provincetown. A gazebo within the awardwinning maze of gardens creates the perfect setting! capacity 400 | price $$$

willowbend

100 Willowbend Dr., Mashpee, MA (508) 539-5320 WillowbendCapeCod.com Set on a 400-acre private championship golf course, our 46,000-square-foot clubhouse offers views of the maintained grounds, waterways and fountains from our ballroom, covered porches and beautiful stone terraces. This setting, combined with our exceptional staff, assures every minute of your wedding experience will exceed your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

willowdale estate

24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA (978) 887-8211 WillowdaleEstate.com Willowdale Estate is the North Shore’s most inspiring backdrop, where guests enjoy the character of the 1901 Arts and Craft Mansion, lavish grounds and whimsical gardens. Specializing in carefully crafted occasions with modern amenities and innovative cuisine, weddings here are impossible to forget. capacity 250 | price $$$

the woodstock inn & resort

Fourteen the Green, Woodstock, VT (802) 457-6647 | weddings@woodstockinn.com WoodstockInn.com The Woodstock Inn & Resort is New England’s most scenic, romantic and luxurious destination for a Vermont wedding. Our experienced staff, breathtaking facilities and charming ambiance create an exceptional setting for your special day.

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zukas hilltop barn

89 Smithville Road, Spencer, MA (508) 885-5320 Zukas.com Zukas Hilltop Barn is chef owned and operated. We can assist you with every detail in planning your wedding. We offer personalized service; experienced, professional staff and an on-site day spa. And, we book just one event per day to ensure your wedding dreams come true! capacity 250 | price $$

destination weddings

throughout southern New England for our signature style of blending international-infused cuisine with casual charm, our staff has been delighting New Englanders for over 10 years. Imagine the possibilities!

east meets west

212 Northern Ave., Boston, MA (617) 269-2662 info@emwcatering.com EMWCatering.com With 25 years of award-winning culinary and event management experience, EMW delivers the most memorable affairs. We strive to raise the bar on innovation with unparalleled food. Let our passionate event planners and sophisticated staff transform your dreams into reality.

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sirata beach resort

5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (855) 794-3278 weddings@sirata.com Sirata.com/weddings Sirata Beach Resort has on-site coordinators to assist you in planning a wedding with your toes in the sand or on a beachside deck overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Sirata also has several wonderful ballrooms and grotto settings, each tailored to accommodate various event sizes.

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becky’s bakery

441 Shore Rd., Monument Beach, MA (508) 743-5762 | MyCapeCodBakery.com We create Cape Cod’s finest wedding cakes and desserts.

capers catering

21 Emerson Street, Stoneham, MA (800) 465-6509 | (781) 279-5100 CapersCatering.com Full service catering and event planning services, infused with sparkle and imagination, to make your event shine!

the catering gourmet

333 Strawberry Field Road, Warwick, RI (401) 773-7925 | TheCateringGourmet.ne The Catering Gourmet is a full-service Rhode Island caterer known for custom menus that leave your guests wowed! Recognized

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New England, New York and beyond (413) 329-6522 HeirloomFire.com Heirloom Fire is a sustainably minded, fire-based catering and events company located deep in The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Providing exceptional full-service wedding catering, event planning and design, Heirloom Fire has been known to travel wherever their fires will take them.

konditor meister

Braintree, MA (781) 849-1970 | KonditorMeister.com At Konditor Meister, we have been baking the highest quality cakes, pastries, cookies and confections for over 25 years. We specialize in using the finest European traditions as well as creative new techniques to make unique treats that are both beautiful and delicious. Call today!

presentations, impeccable service and attention to detail. Our formula for success has been to infuse creativity and inspiration into all our catered events to provide a truly memorable experience.

party favors

1356 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA (617) 566-3330 PartyFavorsBrookline.com Since 1965 we have designed custom cakes and cupcakes for the clients in the greater Boston area and throughout New England. Delight your guests with a cake that is both beautiful and delicious. Make your wedding a total celebration with our complete line of elegant wedding accessories!

timothy s. hopkins catering

8 Scott’s Way, Essex, MA (978) 768-9990 | chris@tshcatering.com TSHCatering.com Timothy S. Hopkins Catering is a chef owned and operated business. For over 30 years, Tim and his partner Paul ten Hope have been the collective force behind some of the North Shore’s most elegant and fun events.

vinwood caterers

Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3273 info@vinwood.com Vinwood.com You’ve met the person of your dreams! Vinwood Caterers is here to ensure that your day will be executed flawlessly, with exquisite style and will exceed all of your expectations. Very Vinwood.

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lavishly dunn catering and event planning

New England area (617) 921-8993 info@lavishlydunn.com LavishlyDunn.com Through extensive training, experience and our sharp eye for detail, our staff will bring you wonderful food, breathtaking presentations and flawless service to make you the perfect bride and your wedding a success. We can provide everything from flowers and china to entertainment and photography.

montilio’s baking company

Serving New England (508) 894-8855 | weddingcakes@montilios.com Montilios.com Montilio’s is known for exquisite cakes. This familyowned business is a New England favorite that has been enjoyed for generations. While traditional styles are always an option for a classic, elegant look, Montilio’s goes beyond traditional and creates both contemporary and customized designs to fit your needs.

the off the vine catering group

(781) 762-9770 OfftheVineCatering.com Since inception, Off the Vine Catering has earned a reputation for providing exquisite food, creative

floral lab

326 A Street, Boston, MA (617) 413-9790 | FloralLab.com Our international award-winning floral and event design studio is located at Fort Point Channel for personal and business settings. Our floral art is for those who must have something of extraordinary beauty and exclusivity. We will work with you from concept to creation to make an unforgettable event.

flou(-e)r

Serving Metro Boston and Beyond (781) 305-3322 | (617) 514-3756 info@myflouer.com MyFlouer.com Flou(-e)r is a forward-thinking specialty floral design company, fusing imagination and innovation to create unique designs for the discerning client who seeks a truly personalized floral experience. We design an experience with all the textures, colors and beauty to fully express your vision.

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heritage flowers inc.

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

jn floral design

63 River St., Plymouth, MA (617) 840-3602 jnfloraldesign@hotmail.com JNFloralDesign.com As a boutique floral design studio specializing in weddings, we create custom designed florals that reflect your personality and vision. Personal service and attention to detail ensure eye-catching and distinctive wedding flowers.

poppy floral

67 Smith Place, Cambridge, MA (617) 955-7144 | PoppyFloral.com At Poppy Floral, each event is carefully managed and executed by the owner and put together in their full-service design studio in Cambridge. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation and get started planning and designing your ideal wedding day décor!

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rose hill garden

North Easton, MA (508) 238-9621 RoseHIllGarden.net Rose Hill Garden creates custom floral designs for weddings and events by getting to know you and your love story. We make life beautiful with handcrafted arrangements, wedding party gift baskets and our unique “finishing touches” service for your proposal, bridal shower and wedding celebration.

bridal fashion & beauty

andrea’s bridal

510 Congress St., Portland, ME (207) 772-5313 | AndreasBridal.net Andrea’s Bridal, located in the heart of downtown, is Maine’s premier bridal boutique. Andrea’s Bridal is under new ownership as of 2010 and continues to offer brides fabulous styles for every budget. Please call to make an appointment with one of our style consultants.

bella bridal shoppe

87 Main Street, Amesbury, MA (978) 388-4388 sales@bella-bride.com Bella-Bride.com It’s your day. You want to look your best as you take center stage amongst family and friends. Here at Bella,

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salon at just over 9,000 square feet, featuring six showrooms spread across two floors. Located just 40 minutes from the heart of Boston, our customers tell us “it’s worth the drive”. Visit our website to tour our store!

bella sera bridal & occasion

new york lace

85 Andover Street (Route 114) 2nd Floor, Danvers, MA (978) 774-4077 info@bellaserabride.com BellaSeraBride.com Whether you desire sophisticated, elegant, fun, or flirty, Bella Sera features an array of designer gowns. Every woman is unique in size and shape. Our boutique was designed with these thoughts in mind. We’ve chosen a collection of various sized samples intended to complement your taste.

bridepower & vows bridal outlet

130 Galen Street, Watertown, MA (800) 831-8697 | info@bridepower.com Bridepower.com Bridepower.com and VOWS Bridal Outlet offers hundreds of New York’s most exclusive designer wedding gowns at wholesale prices. Top name designer gowns without the designer price tags. Voted best bridal shop in New England. It’s the place you keep hearing about!

country bridals and formal wear

17 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH (603) 532-7641 info@countrybridals.com CountryBridals.com We pride ourselves on personal service in a relaxed atmosphere for all your wedding and prom needs. We carry the designers Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgely, Casablanca, Willowby, Allure Bridals, Allure Romance, Alfred Angelo, Bill Levkoff, Andrew Adela, David Tutera and more!

firas yousif originals

35 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston, MA (617) 262-0100 firas@firasyousiforiginals.com FirasYousifOriginals.com Firas Yousif Originals recently headlined during Boston Fashion Week, receiving rave reviews for his spectacular, elegant, one-of-a-kind 2016 bridal collection. Discover what makes you an original on the first block of Newbury St.—Boston’s most fashionable block. Hours are by appointment only.

grandasia bridal and fashion

1259 Hancock St., Quincy, MA (617) 328-6380 | (617) 328-1545 Grandasia.com At Grandasia you will find a great selection of wedding gowns, mothers/bridesmaid dresses as well as the traditional Chinese “Qipao.” We’ve been happily serving greater Boston, all of New England and beyond since 2004.

marry & tux bridal shoppe

100 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH (603) 883-6999 MarryandTuxBridal.com Marry & Tux Bridal is New Hampshire’s largest bridal

89 Main St., Taunton, MA (508) 824-6900 | info@nylace.com NYLace.com A full-service bridal salon, serving New England brides for over 100 years. Our staff of highly trained bridal consultants will ensure that the highest standards of exceptional service exceeds your expectations.

red carpet ready by sarah

Serving the New England area (617) 275-6933 | RedCarpetReadybySarah.com Sarah continually keeps her finger on the pulse of modern/cutting-edge trends as well as with sophisticated, timeless styles. She is always in tune with her clients’ wishes and preferences, striving to create their dream vision for that special day.

special event beauty

11 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA (617) 448-3080 SpecialEventBeauty.com | BeautyBoston.com Our team will travel to you on your special day. Our makeup artists utilize the latest products to create a beautiful, natural makeup including airbrushing, individual lashes and soft minerals. Our talented hair stylists will create a one-of-a-kind look that you have always dreamt of.

to make beautiful

Boston, MA (781) 454-8415 | ToMakeBeautiful.com This is not just a wedding—it’s your wedding. So, we personalize your makeup and hair exactly to your personality and your entire wedding theme, whether casual, glamorous or classic.

jewelry

barmakian jewelers

Boston, Framingham and Nashua (508) 872-5454 | diamonds@barmakian.com Barmakian.com There’s a reason we’re Boston’s best choice for engagement rings and wedding bands. We have the largest selection in New England and the best values, too. Our designers travel the world, and we manufacture custom jewelry on site. Thus, we’re able to pass along the incredible savings to you.

descenza diamonds

Boston, Framingham, Hingham, Peabody (800) 253-0308 sales@descenza.com

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joseph gann jewelers

387 Washington St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA (617) 426-4932 JosephGann.com Since 1933, Joseph Gann Jewelers has provided customers with the highest quality and best selection of engagement and wedding rings, including Ritani and Jabel. Handmade rings are a specialty. We also have more patterns of fine china, flatware and crystal on display than anywhere in Boston.

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destination weddings

(888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

jodi raphael events

Boston Area and Beyond (617) 467-4524 | JodiRaphael.com Count on Jodi Raphael and her team to seamlessly coordinate every detail of your wedding. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to our clients’ needs, desires and wishes, while being mindful of budget

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classic photographers

(877) 323-9398 ClassicPhotographers.com Our expert photographers will capture your special day, and it will be preserved forever in one of our incredible leather-bound, flush-mount, quality wedding photo albums—all at a price that makes great, affordable wedding photography.

click chick photography

Massachusetts, New England and beyond (508) 224-4442 | nanci@clickchickphoto.com CapeCodWeddingPhotographer.co You and the love of your life stand in front of the whole world and proclaim your love for each other. Every glance, smile and laugh deserves to be captured and held—to be remembered forever. I’ll photograph your wedding as the day unfolds, telling your love story!

Our small boutique agency operates with the belief that picking a wedding photographer should be as simple as possible. Our team consists of experienced, creative and unobtrusive professionals. All you have to do is pick the photographer you like, and the rest is easy!

scott zuehlke photography

Boston (774) 219-2757 | scott@scottzphotography.com ScottZPhotography.com You’re fun, you’re stylish and there is a good chance you get excited when you hear the song “Sexy Back.” You want your photographs to show how fun and stylish you are and want to hire the photographer that can capture that side of you.

(888) 828-7664 party@soundcitydj.com SoundCityEntertainment.com Your photography and albums will always be cherished keepsakes. We keep this in mind as we capture your memories, your feelings and your smiles. Our photography incorporates both traditional and photojournalistic styles! We are motivated and move around your event, to be there for every moment.

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zev fisher photography

Boston, MA (617) 797-9480 | ZevFisher.com Every couple celebrates their wedding in a unique way. My goal is always to capture the honesty and humor of your celebration through a mixture of artistic photojournalism, candid images, and traditional portraiture. Through my lens I document the tiny details and precious moments of your day.

entertainment

athena and aphrodite

Boston, MA (617) 431-8076 AthenaandAphrodite.com Athena and Aphrodite was created for brides and grooms who love science, engineering or mathematics and want sophisticated wedding invitations that showcase their passion. Custom colors, wording and fonts are included in every invitation or save-thedate purchase.

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dan aguirre photography

Boston, MA (617) 863-7562 DanAguirre.com There are never two weddings that are the same, and we treat each one with the care it deserves.

freebird photography

New England (603) 505-0953 WeAreFreebird.com We have a love affair with images that capture the essence of who you are and what you love. We work closely with our clients and pride ourselves on our open communication. Whether it’s over email, text, coffee or a cocktail—we’ll help you piece everything together so you can be relaxed the day of.

jim canole photography

Waltham, MA (781) 891-3579 | jim@jimcanole.com JimCanole.com Unobtrusive is the best way to describe my style. I let events unfold naturally and capture the moments with images that are distinctive, artistic and fun. The result is a collection of images that tells the unique story of your wedding day.

the photo agency

Serving all New England (401) 648-1000 studio@photoagencyus.com PhotoAgencyUS.com

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brian zutter productions

Serving New England for over 25 years (207) 712-2155 | info@brianzutterproductions.com BrianZutterProductions.com Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Brian Zutter Productions can help. We will listen to you and tailor the music and atmosphere to fulfill your dreams. Let’s make your day one to remember.

dj jaz music and entertainment

Serving New England and Greater Boston (207) 361-1085 | (617) 543-6499 jerry@mainediscjockey.com DJJerryBazata.com We customize our entertainment planning to fit your needs. We listen to you, find out what your vision of a perfect wedding reception is and help you make it happen. Having 20 years of experience and advice by your side will save you valuable time and money.

murray hill talent

(800) THE-BAND MurrayHillTalent.com We are New England’s top provider of live entertainment for weddings of every size. Our company has its finger on the pulse of today’s most sought after, innovative and reputable bands, soloists, disc jockeys and specialty entertainers in the industry.

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a plus coach inc.

201 Whiting Street, Hingham, MA (877) 768-1700 APlusCoach.com After months and endless hours of stress and planning, your wedding day has now arrived. Now let’s turn it over to the professionals to provide you the service that you deserve and expect.

arthur murray dance centers

Eight Convenient Locations (888) 766-0455 ArthurMurrayDanceClasses.com Every bride should have the first dance of her dreams! We offer a proven teaching system in a fun and easy learning environment, flexible studio hours and eight locations in the Greater Boston area. Visit our website to get started!

black tie limousine

25 Bond Street, Haverhill, MA (800) 624-9990 | (978) 373-9625 info@blacktielimo.com BlackTieLimo.com Thank you for considering Black Tie Limousine, Inc., for your wedding transportation needs. Our operation

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designlight

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extreme dancesport

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14 Hull Street, Randolph, VT (802) 728-3630 info@rainorshinevt.com RainorShineVT.com Rain or Shine Tent and Events Company is a premier rental company located in Vermont. We create beautifully composed and well-executed weddings and events throughout New England. For over 20 years we have been working to provide our clients with the highest quality products and services possible.

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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The Country Club of Halifax

363

Aldrich Mansion

196

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort

377

Andover Country Club

181, 355

Crowne Plaza Boston Woburn

351

Apple Hill Farm and Country Club

25

Cruiseport Gloucester

148

Atkinson Resort & Country Club

235

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

208

Barker Tavern

58

Devens Common Center

379

The Bayside of Nahant

337

DoubleTree by Hilton Bedford Glen

119

Beauport Cruiselines

324

East Meets West at The Exchange

219

Beauport Hotel Gloucester

190

The Essex Room

265

Bedford Village Inn

231

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston

41

Beechwood Hotel

343, 355

The Flying Bridge

269

Black Rock Country Club

365

Fort Adams

53

The Bohlin Weddings & Events

297

The Gardens at Elm Bank

334

Boston Harbor Hotel

347

Gatherings at Brookmeadow Country Club

375

Bostonian Boston Hotel

294

Glen Magna Farms

353

Butternut Farm Golf Club

51

The Grand at Bedford Village Inn

231

Cafe Escadrille

127

Grand View

10, 355

Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc.

269

Granite Links Golf Club

261

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

208

Hampshire House

343

Central Bistro

321

The Harding Allen Estate

298

The Charles Hotel

227

Harrington Farm

43

Charter Oak Country Club

141

Hawthorne Hotel

39

Chequessett Yacht & Country Club

373

Hilton Boston/Dedham

367

Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

156

Hilton Boston Woburn

195

The Colonnade Hotel

161

Hotel On North

321

The Common Man Inn & Spa

155

House of Blues Boston

361

The Commons 1854

138

Independence Harbor

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The Connors Center

339

Indian Pond Country Club

179

The Coonamessett Inn

269

The International

345

Cotalí Mar Restaurante

215

John Carver Inn & Spa

208

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Raffael’s Banquet Facility

233

´ La Piece—The Room

164

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm

105

LaBelle Winery

221

The Ridge Club

340

Lake Pearl

75

The River Club

251

Lakeview Pavilion

13, 355

Rosebrook Event Center

263

The Langham, Boston

37

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

242

The Lantana

287

Saphire Estate

2

The Lenox

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Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

228

Les Zygomates

211

Sirata Beach Resort

279

Log Cabin

246

Spirit of Boston

355

Lombardo’s

266

Spring House Hotel

189

Manchester Country Club

216

Spring Valley Country Club

333

Mandarin Oriental, Boston

19

The Starting Gate at GreatHorse

309

The Mansion on Turner Hill

169, 355

The Stevens Estate

193, 355

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

254

Stockyard Restaurant

329

The Mockingbird Restaurant & Martini Lounge

284

Stone House

271

Monponsett Inn

369

Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House

313

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

175

Taj Boston

21

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

187

Tewksbury Country Club

213

Nahant Country Club

97

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points By Sheraton Norwood

147

Nantasket Beach Resort

225

The Tirrell Room

290

The Neighborhood Club of Quincy

222

Tupper Manor at the Wylie Inn

349

New Bedford Whaling Museum

323

Union Bluff Meeting House

143

New England Aquarium

151

Venezia Restaurant

253

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

93

The Villa

2, 355

Oceanview of Nahant

334

Wachusett Mountain

302

Odyssey Cruises

249

Warwick Country Club

351

Pats Peak Banquet Center

377

Waverly Oaks Golf Club

295

Peabody Essex Museum

293, 355

Wedgewood Pines Country Club

349

Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

153

Wentworth by the Sea

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381

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Willowbend

167

Andrea’s Bridal

55

Willowdale Estate

77

Bella Bridal Shoppe

296

Woodstock Inn & Resort

199

Bella Sera Bridal & Occasion

27

Zukas Hilltop Barn

337

Bridepower & Vows Bridal Outlet

115

Country Bridals & Formal Wear

89

Firas Yousif Originals

9

Grandasia Bridal & Prom Emporium

145

Marry & Tux Bridal

14

Modern Bride & Formal Shop

300

New York Lace Bridal Salon

23

Red Carpet Ready by Sarah

315

Special Event Beauty

309

To Make Beautiful Bridal Beauty

319

JEWELRY

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Barmakian Jewelers

17

DeScenza Diamonds

49

E.B. Horn

28

Joseph Gann Jewelers

1

Marquis Jewelers

57

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Beswoon

245

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Bean Counter Bakery

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Becky’s Bakery

327

Capers Catering

329

The Catering Gourmet

123

East Meets West Catering

365

Heirloom Fire

331

Konditor Meister

159

Lavishly Dunn Catering & Event Planning

293

Montilio’s Baking Company

347

Off the Vine Catering

345

Party Favors

327

Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

333

Vinwood Caterers

371

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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floral lab

313

Flou(-e)r

33

Destination Weddings

5

Hana Floral Design

87

Jodi Raphael Events

301

Heritage Flowers & Balloons

353

Sara Kovel Events

323

JN Floral Design

319

Poppy Floral

363

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Rose Hill Floral Designs

339

Classic Photographers

307

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Click Chick Photography

371

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Dan Aguirre Photography

173

Athena and Aphrodite

367

Freebird Photography

340

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely

31

Jim Canole Photography

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The Photo Agency

331

A Plus Coach Inc.

375

Scott Zuehlke Photography

63

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

373

Zev Fisher Photography

81

Black Tie Limousine

307

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 61

CJC Event Lighting

310

DesignLight

101

Extreme Dancesport

369

Jenks Productions, Inc.

239

ENTERTAINMENT

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Brian Zutter Productions

310

DJ Jaz Music and Entertainment

83

Murray Hill Talent

35

Kadanse

361

Sound City Entertainment

163

Rain or Shine Tent & Events Company

315

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ali & rich RYE, NH “When Rich first found that blazer, he said ‘This is it!’  ” Ali recalls of her husband’s floral-print jacket, which he rocked during an epic processional via motorcycle. “The pattern matched our color scheme, so it was hysterical. That’s why I have a huge flower crown on my head—I wore it to take some attention away from that blazer.”

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