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NEW ENGLAND

FIND YOUR VIBE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

#YOUDOYOU

NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN UN FORG ET TA BL E B RUN C H BA S H

WEDDING D R E S S CO D E S DEBUNKED R E G I S T RY BY RO O M PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS F RO M T H E P RO S

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS

AND MORE! ➜

NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

BOSTON / CAPE COD / CENTRAL & WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS / MAINE NORTHERN CONNECTICUT / NEW HAMPSHIRE / VERMONT / RHODE ISLAND


How will you tell your story? Nicole Will +

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

We wanted a venue in the city that was unique but still classic and romantic. When we entered the lobby of the Lenox, it was love at first sight. We were blown away by the gorgeous dome room and how friendly and accommodating the staff was. The wedding package included everything we wanted and more! The day of the wedding, my bridal suite, the room for the groomsmen, the ceremony and reception all took place on the 2nd floor. This made logistics and planning SO much easier. One of my favorite moments was our first look on the rooftop of the Lenox. Being under the Lenox sign against a stunning city backdrop as we saw each other for the first time is pretty hard to beat!

Serving all of New England contacts@beancounterbakery.com

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

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YOUR DAY. YOUR WAY. It’s your moment. Make it perfect at Seaport Boston. Beautiful ballrooms looking out on

Boston Harbor and the city skyline, four-star cuisine and impeccable service, wedding bells and billowing white. You’ll even have your own dedicated wedding consultant for the day. At Seaport Boston, we vow to make your dream wedding come true. Dazzling venues | Beautiful outdoor spaces | Four-star cuisine | Easy access & parking

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CONTENTS

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice the wed thread haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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happy trails

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 177

bridal beauty, debunked Pros bust the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths.

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slice by slice

dress codes decoded The right attire and accessories no matter your venue or style.

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stylist on call Shoe queen Tamara Mellon gives us the scoop on choosing the best wedding shoes, plus trends she’s loving.

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happy trails Put the “glam” in glamping and channel the boho vibe of the great outdoors with these fresh wedding day looks.

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rental reboot

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We suited up and got the info on four companies’ rental services.

stylist on call

style 126

morning matrimony

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slice by slice Every cake detail you need—and want—to know.

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fresh flowers Get inspo from these of-the-moment twists on traditional florals.

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favors for every style Fresh ideas for your guests to take home—whatever your vibe.

A bright palette and plenty of personal details kick a daytime affair up a notch.

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registry by room Products for every corner of your newlywed nest.

FROM LEF T: JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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CONTENTS

real weddings 68

alex & corey october 14, buxton, me

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hannah & jp april 28, cambridge, ma

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laura & andrew june 24, boston, ma

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lindsay & sam august 5, south londonderry, vt

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janelle & julian june 17, newport, ri

211 the year’s freshest venues

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janelle & julian

planning 211

the year’s freshest venues The new twists on some old faves.

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personalized wedding day gifts

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Creative and considerate gift ideas from real couples like you.

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june 3, ipswich, ma

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julie & james hayley & aleks

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january 13, stowe, vt

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mary & brian paul

how to pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is a (fun) success.

september 30, harrisville, nh

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thoughtful wedding traditions A breakdown of a few sweet sentiments you may (or may not) already know.

august 26, thompson, ct

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picture perfect Use these photography tips for photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

laura & louis august 12, narragansett, ri

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

carolyn & erin

christie & emmanuel september 29, harvard, ma

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

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

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look Love our boho-chic cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Ceremony Bridal Shop, CeremonyBoston.com (Boston), Everthine, Shop Everthine.com (Burlington, VT); engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

COVER Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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COVER Dress, $3,300, RitaVinieris.com; vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

We a sked these campers about their fave moments on set.

glamping

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SCOUT Luca AGE 8 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.”

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SCOUT Brett AGE 7 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.”

SCOUT Tyler AGE 9 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.”

A trendy way to do outdoor nuptials that combines glam amenities (think: tricked-out décor) with more traditional camping elements.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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wedding of your dreams Photography by A Photographic Memory

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Arrange a private tour today!

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TRISHA CULLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Awarded TOP 10 WEDDING VENUE by Best Things Massachusetts

“We had our wedding in April 2018, and it was the most wonderful day. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined. The food was amazing, and all of the guests are still talking about it. There is nothing we would change, and we cannot say enough about our incredible experience at the Grand View! Thank you for giving us the most perfect wedding day!”

–Mr. and Mrs. D’Amico • 4.6.18

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JESSICA MIRANDA PHOTOGRAPHY

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about Grand View. My husband and I got married 8.18.18 and had an amazing experience throughout the planning process, all the way up to our perfect day. Our guests have raved about the food and how

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gorgeous the venue was. Thank you, Grand View, for giving us the wedding of our dreams!”

NICOLE CHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

STRANDS OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

–Mr. and Mrs. Masto • 8.18.18

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

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NEW ENGLAND

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Rachel Sylvester, Becky Murray Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR MaryLou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Betsy Anderson, banderson@theknot.com (617) 855-1378

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

Lisa MacDonald, lmacdonald@theknot.com (508) 541-2036 Amy Reynolds, areynolds@theknot.com (603) 488-1946 Katrina Hayes, khayes@theknot.com (856) 418-1785 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@xogrp.com (817) 927-3070 Jill Rothman, jrothman@xogrp.com (954) 753-4100 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (402) 596-8401 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

Carley Roney

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“I was super nervous about trying to find a wedding gown in a large size, and not only did they have over 100—yes over 100 PLUS-SIZE dresses to see—they had them to TRY ON, which is utterly amazing!” –Amanda, Google Review

We are New England’s only bridal salon with a plus-size wedding dress showroom located inside our store. Enjoy the comfort of finding your gown in spacious, private, mirrored fitting suites!

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“Everyone at Marry & Tux Bridal was so nice and welcoming. The selection of dresses was unlike anything I have ever seen! I knew when I walked in that I was going to find my dress that day!” –Danielle D., Review on TheKnot.com

Find your dress at Southern New Hampshire’s largest bridal shop with a boutique-like feel. Catering to all sizes, 0-32. New dresses arrive daily, with over 500 wedding dresses to select from!

Visit marryandtuxbridal.com or call 603.883.6999 to reserve your appointment

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across New England, including Alice and Alexander’s celebration at Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island. The early 19th-century mansion and manicured rose gardens provided a picturesque backdrop for their outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. A peacock-inspired color palette even found its way onto the ribbon that tied off Alice’s bouquet of dahlias, scabiosa, privet berries and greenery.

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On the Beach

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RESORT|CRUISES|DINING|EVENTS

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 126)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 192)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 46)

ON THE APP WE’VE INCLUDED THIS ICON throughout the magazine to indicate whenever The Knot app can help with a planning or inspiration task.

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 192), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 46), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 126). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me @kristenmax I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com

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COOPER: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; EMOJI: EMOJIPEDIA; BRIDE AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; BRUNCH COUPLE: JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY; COUPLE IN PINK: NERIPHOTO; CEREAL: ISTOCK

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Looking for a Special Place for Your Special Day?

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

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CONGRATULATIONS

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

BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot .com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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

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

PICK YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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

BUY THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe, swipe, swipe on images in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your wedding vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Family and friends are going to be looking to shower you with gifts all engagement long, so keep your wish lists full of options right from the app. Our universal registry tool makes it easy to add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between that handmade glass pitcher from Etsy and the badass grill from Home Depot. And if you’d rather ask for cash to put toward things like a home down payment or first-class tickets, register on The Knot Newlywed Fund. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Trust us—your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels, directions to the venue and your registries (we’ll help you along the way). Then share it with guests so your phone isn’t constantly blowing up with questions. You can sync it with your phone contacts to save time address hunting and stay on top of RSVPs. GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed wedding day timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying your mimosa and having a blast with your besties. >>

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What should we put in the welcome bags for our island destination wedding? HARMONY WALTON: For tropical vows, definitely include some sun essentials. Travel-size sunscreen and after-sun care, like aloe and moisturizing lotion, are both useful items for guests. Then, throw in some beach-themed gifts to give everyone a peek into the fun to come. Sunglasses (even better if they’re emblazoned with your hashtag), flip-flops, tote bags and anything local you can source, like island rum cake or a voucher for a water activity such as paddleboarding, all do the trick. DIY your favors, like an infused olive oil, for a sweet touch

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I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but I’m worried they’ll clash next to black tuxes on the groomsmen. Is this color combo a no-no? CARLEY RONEY: This rule has gone the way of “no white after Labor Day”—so don’t bother giving it a second thought. In fact, these colors can work for almost any type of wedding. Pair inky-blue dresses with classic black suits and rich eggplant florals for an elegant, moody affair. If your signature style is a bit more vibrant, throw in a pop of color, like flamingo pink or kelly green. For a modern celebration, brighten the palette with scarlet accents. Still not convinced? Consider choosing ties or vests in something other than black—that still coordinates with your wedding palette, of course—to lighten the overall look and shift the focus away from the tuxedos. And for your attendants, opt for a shade of navy closer to black than to blue. But trust us: You don’t have to worry about a color clash.

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My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

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What are some other terms we can use for our wedding party besides bridesmaid and groomsman? BRIT TNY DRYE: Gone are the days of ladies on one side of the aisle and guys on the other—today’s couples are having mixed genders on both sides on their wedding day. You shouldn’t feel limited by binary titles—instead, allow yourself to pick verbiage that best suits you and your loved ones. You can use more typical titles such as person of honor, bridesman, groomswoman and attendant. Or try giving your group a fun twist with broader labels, like ceremony squad or “ I do” crew. Having a themed wedding? Incorporate it into the wedding party title. For a travel-themed wedding, try adventure seekers, or for a camp celebration, go with counselors. B EAUT Y

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How do we choose the best signature cocktail for our reception? MARY CHATMAN: When picking a signature sip, you want to make sure it has great flavor and some personal significance to you and your partner. Tap a local mixologist to help you create a one-of-a-kind libation with your favorite spirit that guests will enjoy. It’s important to also consider the time of year you’re celebrating, so you can land on a drink that has the perfect balance of in-season flavors and colors—and is the right temperature too. When in doubt, go classic with a mojito, margarita or martini, and add a few ingredients to make it your own (think: lavender, herbs like basil or mint, edible flowers, jalapeño or fresh fruit like raspberries). These elements are also a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Then, just give your drink a creative name and you’re all set.

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What kind of undergarments should you wear to your wedding dress fitting? MARK INGRAM: You should plan to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built in corset and bust cups (or they can be added), so an additional bra isn’t really necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any items.

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For spring and summer celebrations, what ingredients are “musts” on a menu? Because we are a seasonal catering company, we work with local farmers for locally grown and sourced foods. In the spring, asparagus is the clear favorite. In the summer, there is so much to choose from, but, particularly, corn and tomatoes are king. We offer an heirloom tomato bar, which is a creative twist on the traditional raw seafood bar.

What should couples prep for their caterer? For the consultation, they should bring along any vendor contracts, especially the venue’s, which will detail any timing restrictions that the caterer would need to know for setting up and clearing out on the day of the wedding. Ahead of the tasting, we partner with couples to put together a working menu so that they can actually try the dishes they think they’d like to serve. If a couple hires us, we then make menu adjustments based on their feedback and plan a site visit to the venue to talk about setup and the overall vision. Is there a specific dish you do best? One of our signatures is serving proteins two ways on the same plate. For example, take the Chicken Duet: chicken breast alongside confit leg with different sauces for each. What desserts are you into right now in place of a traditional cake? Ice cream bars with toppings, like crumbled homemade cookies, are fun and elevate a classic favorite. Buttermilk biscuits with berries and housemade whipped cream are a great option when berries are at peak season. Passed milkshakes and classic Boston novelty treats like Hoodsie Cups are also always a hit.

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Can you share some common mistakes that couples make when planning their menus? “I know buffet is cheaper” is a phrase we hear a lot from our clients. However, the truth is a seated dinner might be more affordable. With a buffet and with stations, we can’t control how much guests will eat or which proteins they’ll choose, so we have to play it safe and prep more food than we’ll likely need. A couple should choose the dining style that’s right for them. Also, many couples are more concerned with what guests will want to eat versus what they would like to serve. My advice is not to sacrifice your own likes or dislikes because, after all, it’s your wedding day.

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THEIR STORY Early in their relationship, Hannah Friskey (31 and a creative director) and John-Paul Kwasie (32 and an operations manager) took long walks around Boston. Before crossing the Longfellow Bridge from their homes in Cambridge, they often stopped at the Commonwealth in Kendall Square for a sandwich and a beer. So, it was a fitting location for their 115-person wedding. “The restaurant is fun, spacious and, most importantly to us, special,” Hannah says. The bride and her parents designed a romantic, candlelit space in burgundy, white, and soft greens. JP, who caters weddings on the side, took charge of the seasonal menu, choosing roast chicken and duckfat fries, served family style. They dimmed the lights for dancing so that it’d feel like a night out in the city. —Rebecca Dalzell

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THEIR STORY The city of Boston was the starting point for Laura Renfro (27 and an investor) and Andrew Veroneau’s (28 and a VP of corporate development) luxe urban wedding at the Museum of Fine Arts. “Having a Boston-centric wedding was essential to us,” Laura says. “We absolutely love the city since it’s where our families are from and where our entire relationship has occurred.” Immediately following their Catholic church ceremony, the newlyweds and 300 guests traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts’s Koch Gallery for signature prosecco cocktails paired with chicken and waffles. Dinner followed in the nearby Shapiro Family Courtyard. “I had always dreamt of a fairy-tale wedding, so I was searching for a venue reminiscent of a castle in the city,” Laura says. —RS “Choosing that church was one of the best decisions we made,” Laura says.

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For New Yorkers Lindsay Thomson (29 and a management consultant) and Samuel (Sam) Brill (29 and a lawyer), the Green Mountains have long been a cherished retreat from city life, where they hike through fields of wildflowers and dive into hidden swimming holes. When it came time to marry, the couple wanted to share their special place with loved ones, hosting 185 guests at Lindsay’s family’s house in Vermont. “It’s full of happy memories,” Lindsay says. The couple brought nature into every detail of the day. During the lakeside ceremony, birch trees framed the jasmine-and-eucalyptus covered chuppah, made by the bride’s mother. In honor of the bride’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper played as Lindsay and Sam walked up the grass aisle. —RD

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The cake, a creamcheese-frosted take on morning glory muffins, was crowned with the bride’s grandparents’ cake topper.

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The couple’s chocolate lab, Nellie, walked down the aisle and sat through the ceremony. Garlands and wildflowers brought the outdoors inside the sailcoth tent, with farm table arrangments made from eucalyptus and local mountain ash. “We wanted the wedding design to celebrate and complement the setting,” Lindsay says.

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Seating cards were nestled in moss-filled card catalog trays, a fitting touch for a couple who met in grad school. Tasting spoons of crème brûlée were among the temptations on the dessert table. The couple swayed to Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” for their first dance.

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JUNE 17

• NEWPORT, RI

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“We lost our breath when we walked into Belle Mer because it was so gorgeous,” Janelle says.

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THEIR STORY The city of Newport set the stage for Janelle McKenzie (29 and an assistant property manager) and Julian Edlow’s (30 and a sports journalist and communications specialist) glam waterfront wedding at Belle Mer. The two wed under a modern chuppah overlooking the harbor, while Julian donned a white dinner jacket and nautical bow tie and Janelle rocked a fitted lace gown. After recessing up the petal-lined aisle to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You,” the newlyweds boarded a traditional New England trolley car for photos. —RS

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JANELLE & JULIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Belle Mer,

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A refined palette of blush, white and gold brought romance to the ballroom reception, where guests dined at tables set with gilded chargers and champagne-colored linens. Buttercream icing covered the couple’s red velvet and lemon cake that was finished with fresh blooms and a custom topper.

PLANNER Ashly Whalen EVENT DESIGNER

DIY FLOWERS Edward J. Dillon & Sons GOWN & VEIL Kleinfeld Bridal, New York

City HAIR Bride: Nyoka Lee/Hairsherocks; bridal party: Beauty by Janelle MAKEUP Jocelyn Mariah SHOES Christian Louboutin ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Homsy

Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Various STATIONERY Invitations: Minted; programs:

SimplyFetchingPaper, Etsy.com; escort cards: Amanda Field RENTALS PEAK Event Services CATERING & CAKE Longwood Venue CAKE TOPPER Ever Laser OFFICIANT Pastor Kenneth

H. Moales Jr. MUSIC DJ Nate Tracks PHOTO BOOTH NEON SIGN Echo Neon FAVORS

Custom Ink TRANSPORTATION Viking Tours of Newport REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel; Wayfair HONEYMOON Barbados & Miami GUESTS 160 (see key, p. 8)

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Carolyn (left) and Erin married on the grounds of the stunning seaside venue The Crane Estate.

JUNE 3

• IPSWICH, MA

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“We both love the ocean and find beauty and peace in being near the water,” Carolyn says. “The view from The Crane Estate is hard to beat.”

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THEIR STORY As an editor at America’s Test Kitchen, Carolyn Grillo (27) knows a thing or two about good food. So when it came time to plan her wedding to Erin Deadmon (24 and a project specialist), she honed in on the menu. A cocktail hour with Wellfleet oysters and zucchini fritters segued to peach-andburrata salad, beef tenderloin and a confetti cake made by a colleague. Meanwhile, Erin focused on the music, bringing in an eight-piece band to play Motown and oldies. For the couple, who met while Carolyn was walking her dog Ollie, their first dance song was apt: “Coming Home,” by Leon Bridges. Even after hours surrounded by delicious recipes Carolyn says, “the best part of my day is coming home to Erin and Ollie.” — RD

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CAROLYN & ERIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Cool blues coursed throughout the event, from the invitations—with Boston map envelope liners—to the hand-dyed table runners, coffee bag favors and bridesmaid dresses. “We chose three colors for the bridesmaids to wear, so the look was related but not overly styled,” Carolyn says.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Crane

Estate, Ipswich, MA PHOTOGRAPHY Erin McGinn Photography VIDEOGRAPHY readyset[film] PLANNER KG Events & Design FLOWERS Wildfolk GOWNS Carolyn: Lela Rose, Mark Ingram Atelier,

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AUGUST 12

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Laura enlisted the help of a local seamstress to transform her mother’s wedding dress into a V-neck gown.

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Illustrator Happy Menocal designed a custom suite that incorporated lemons —a nod to the groom’s Italian heritage.

THEIR STORY

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Having both grown up on the water, Laura Dunn (31 and a director of business development) and Louis Cona (27 and a manager of forensic services) were naturals at pulling off a cool coastal celebration in Narragansett, Rhode Island, using shades of hunter green, chartreuse and coral. “We wanted our wedding to feel like a summer vacation in New England that wasn’t overly formal or stiff,” Laura says. They outfitted their beachfront venue with hunter-green candlesticks, bamboo lamps and leafy arrangements of cosmos, dahlias, monstera and ferns. The result: a carefree fete that evoked the vibe of a wild, seaside garden. —RS

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Laura surprised Louis with neon lyrics from their first dance song, Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” “If a detail didn’t encourage our guests to go barefoot, have that extra glass of wine or let loose, we didn’t include it,” Laura says. Guests sipped Del’s Lemonade before the ceremony and took home canvas bags stocked with sentimental swag, like snacks the couple grew up with, koozies with their wedding crest and a personalized weekend guide. “We’ve noticed many of our friends and family are still carrying the bags, so mission accomplished,” she says.

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Club, Narragansett, RI PHOTOGRAPHY Chad Hansen/First Mate Photography Co. FLOWERS Flowers by Semia GOWN Alterations: Crystal Thompson HAIR Mark Anthony Tajas MAKEUP Jane Sincere VEIL Family heirloom SHOES Loeffler Randall BRIDESMAID DRESSES Eliza J, Lord &

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The bride wore a tulle ball gown and carried scabiosa, sweet peas, mint and garden roses.

AUGUST 26

• THOMPSON, CT

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THEIR STORY High school sweethearts Julie Alvord (27 and a director of real estate development) and James Lothrop (26 and a business development executive) imagined a romantic wedding, but were overwhelmed by the thought of planning one. “When we first turned onto the long drive to Lord Thompson Manor, it felt as though we’d stepped into someplace intimate and special,” Julie says. It also had an expert team to handle all the details. This freed up the couple to focus on the fun parts, like sampling grilled tenderloin for dinner and organizing an after-party around the fire pit. They chose a cream-and-blush palette with varying shades of purple that would pop against the lush green grounds, creating an ambience that, Julie says, “looked like a watercolor.” —RD Bridesmaids clutched spray roses, ferns, blushing bride protea and astrantia roma.

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“We wanted people to feel at home, with everything as comfortable and accessible as possible,” Julie says. Low centerpieces made for easy conversation, while mini chicken and waffles with strawberry, lime and pepper honey added a playful touch. “They were a huge hit,” James says.

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• STOWE, VT

hayley & aleks PHOTOGR APHY BY J. HARPER PHOTOGR APHY

Hayley carried baby blue eucalyptus, silver brunia and calla lilies down a candle-lined aisle.

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Onlookers stoped to clap and cheer as Hayley made her way through the hotel lobby to meet Aleks for their first look. “It was an unexpected moment I’ll never forget,” she says.

THEIR STORY

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Having always dreamt of a winter wedding, Hayley Kuhn (30 and a physician) knew fresh snow was absolutely necessary to bring her alpine vision to life. “The only place I could guarantee snow was at a ski resort, where they could make it snow if necessary,” she says. Hayley and Aleksandar (Aleks) Durovic (34 and a machine technician) landed on Stowe Mountain Lodge. Icy shades of blue and champagne paired with pops of maroon played up the lodge’s ballroom. Seventy guests dined on local staples like Vermont cheddar-ale soup and chocolate fondue. “We wanted an elegant yet natural design with lots of candlelight to showcase just how beautiful winter really is,” Hayley says. —RS

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Guests gathered around an outdoor fire pit to roast s’mores during the reception.

HAYLEY & ALEKS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Toward the end of the evening, the couple’s DJ played the traditional Serbian Kolo in honor of Aleks’s European upbringing. “Only our Serbian guests actually knew the dance, but everyone else had fun laughing together as they tried to figure it out,” Hayley says. Hayley gifted bridesmaids handmade mittens stiched with personalized buttons.

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Shane Co. BRIDESMAID DRESSES Azazie MENSWEAR Azazie; Men’s Wearhouse FLOWER GIRL PinkPrincess.com RING BEARER ATTIRE Walmart STATIONERY

Invitations: MagnetStreet; menu cards: Stowe Mountain Lodge RENTALS Vermont Tent Company CATERING & DESSERTS Stowe Mountain Lodge CAKE Birchgrove Baking OFFICIANT Mitzi McInnis MUSIC DJ Ramzy FAVORS AroundTheHomeDecor, Etsy.com TRANSPORTATION Snowflake Taxi REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Target HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS 70 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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SEPTEMBER 30

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A close friend made Mary’s vintage-linen wrap dress that the bride paired with a floral crown.

Bridesmaids carried craspedia, ferns and pincushion protea.

THEIR STORY New Hampshire natives Mary Potter (27 and a floral designer) and Brian Paul O’Neill (28 and a welder) fell for the 170-acre grounds of Aldworth Manor at first sight. “I was enamored by every inch of the property,” Mary says. Located in the groom’s hometown, it was the ideal spot to gather 140 guests. The groom made the invitations, wedding bands and wood bar, while the bride dyed the cheesecloth draped on tables. With the help of friends and family, they crafted an intimate garden party that reflected their love for the Granite State. —RD

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Wanting to carry the secret-garden feel of Aldworth Manor into the reception tent, Mary and Brian Paul tied dried flowers to napkins and asked for loose, natural centerpieces. Their first dance brought the couple, who met in middle school, full circle. “He was the first boy I ever slow danced with,” Mary says.

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Eucalyptus, globe thistle, gloriosa lilies, roses and winterberries filled antique compotes.

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The couple taught themselves choreography to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” for their first dance.

THEIR STORY

CHRISTIE & EMMANUEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Fruitlands

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Nature lovers Christie Wang (23 and a pilates instructor) and Emmanuel Runes (25 and a technical lead) envisioned an outdoor wedding in the Boston area, where they met in college. Just outside the city, Fruitlands Museum fit the bill with rolling fields and expansive views. “It was the perfect mix of a rustic feel with amazing catering and impeccable service,” Christie says. Sharing an eye for detail, the couple planned an event that focused on the little things. Slate blue, blush pink and rose gold accents created a casually refined look, from the ceremony programs to the table number frames. “We wanted it to feel like us, formal but not stuffy,” the bride says. At the end of the night, guests enjoyed beignets and ice cream, then took home some of the 300 cookies Christie and Emmanuel packaged themselves. —RD

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bold backdrop Couples portraits are more fun against an oversize Toucan Sam mural. How can you resist? Dress by ChristianSiriano.com

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suite or savory Skirt tradition with wedding stationery that’s more fun than formal. Here, graphic fonts, bright colors and playful lingo all add up to an invitation suite that screams, “mimosas for all!” Who wouldn’t want to attend that party?

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disco “I dos” For a space worthy of a celebration (your vows, duh), pump up the volume with colorful enamel stools, eye-catching florals and, of course, a ’70s-inspired disco ball.

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Three-stone rings— extra popular now thanks to Meghan Markle—represent the past, present and future. >>

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Play up the retro breakfast vibe with custom menus attached to bright red clipboards at each setting.

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altar twist For a more modern ceremony scene, swap the traditional arch with two metal pillars draped in florals.

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We’re serving up every delicious cake detail you need to know. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 135

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must-read wedding cake tips Keep these pointers in mind to get the tiered confection of your dreams.

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Nail down your style, then choose your cake. You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, the two styles may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out certain specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

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Consider the size of your space (and guest list). When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and 100 guests, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers (yes, that’s a thing!) to up the height and make your cake proportional to your space.

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Budget for the flavor and details you want. Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This goes for decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate, hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

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Don’t forget to finish it off. Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is a traditional choice, but more and more couples are using the cake topper as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite action heroes or a monogrammed acrylic sign.

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have your cake and eat it too (even a year later) The 411 on saving your sweet for your first anniversary.

There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice (or two!) while at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask your planner or caterer to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy later that evening. Then, set aside the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one-month anniversary and opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one-year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

top it off Cake toppers didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

cut it right Cutting the cake—and feeding your spouse—is a timehonored wedding tradition. Here’s how it should go down.

The ceremonial cutting of the cake has remained popular with newlywed couples. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 85 percent of couples include a formal cake cutting in their reception. Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets, check with your baker or caterer for instructions on how to make the first cut—they may suggest you cut from the bottom tier or help you avoid a Styrofoam one. Once cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces. How you feed each other is up to you, but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think guests expect it. >>

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fresh trends Some of the “it” ways bakers are creating standout cakes this year.

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

3-D textures Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics you love, like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the look on your cake’s exterior.

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

Hand-painted patterns Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet.

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Celestial details Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration— literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a goldflecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged. >>

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Semi-naked Totally naked cakes had their moment—now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn in the spotlight. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a classy balance between rustic and refined.

local love: lovely cakes The Connecticut baker shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Renata Papadopoulos is the owner and cake designer behind Lovely Cakes in Stratford. She bakes each cake from scratch with a focus on premium ingredients and custom designs.

Having metallic accents on your wedding cake has been big for a few years now, but swapping in rose gold for traditional gold or silver is a great way to give it a fresh spin. We’re also loving marbling.

I always talk to my clients about the vibe they want for their wedding, and try to match their cake style to that. The cake should feel cohesive with the other elements and the formality of the day.

A lot of my inspiration comes from my couples— we’ll use their invitations or wedding outfits as a jumping-off point for their cake. Your favorite sport, place or hobby could all become an inspiration.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to flavor combos—there’s no wrong answer. We make over 30 different fillings, but lately my favorite is strawberry cake with Nutella buttercream.

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pastry passport Get inspiration for your cake with these traditional wedding sweets from around the world.

great britain

A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping.

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Here are the details on every delicious finishing touch.

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Buttercream Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

Ganache A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

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Fondant A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

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Swiss meringue Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made from layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, this sweet dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

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fresh flowers For an innovative twist on traditional wedding florals, look no further than these of-the-moment, personality-packed ideas. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY NATALIE BR AY PHOTOGR APHY

Flowers are the pretty exclamation point on your wedding day décor, and we rarely see a celebration without a bloom (or a fern or a branch) of some sort worked in. With all that inspiration out there, you may think it’s hard to come up with a totally fresh take for your day. Allow these new versions of wedding day flowers to prove you wrong. >>

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THE TREND

painted tropicals Island-worthy leaves and exotic flowers have been a big hit with couples for a few years now, but they’ve recently received an artistic upgrade, thanks to creative florists who are going for it and painting them in all colors of the rainbow. This edgy look actually makes the tropicals more versatile than you would think. For instance, instead of only feeling at home at a beachfront celebration, painted tropical leaves in metallics or dusty pastels (think: blush and lavender) are now a perfect match for an industrial celebration or even a romantic, feminine affair.

pretty in pink A hint of feminine pink paint on oversize tropical leaves makes a statement that’s both edgy and unexpected.

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THE TREND

hanging installations You’re no longer restricted to just the tabletops when it comes to placing flowers around your reception. In fact, the sky’s the limit— literally. Hanging installations are getting more grand, often taking the place of traditional centerpieces altogether. For a graphic, industrial look, try suspending long garlands of greenery in columns from floor to ceiling. Want a softer, more romantic style? Chandeliers of sweet peas and delicate jasmine will make any space feel like a lush garden. Just be sure to check with your venue before planning any large displays with your florist, as there can sometimes be restrictions on where or how you can hang florals or greenery. >>

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a ground arc The prettiest place to make it official is now inside a semicircle of flowers. Couples are trading the traditional floral-covered arbor or arc for a more, ahem, down-to-earth structure of blooms. Often made with sturdy-stemmed buds that will stand on their own (think: stock flowers, snapdragons and even pampas grass) and greenery, a ground arc is a pretty way to add a bit of romance to your altar. Marrying somewhere with picture-perfect views? This is a great solution for your ceremony—now you don’t have to decide between a beautiful display of flowers and obstructing a coveted peek at the water or mountains. Plus, the mechanics behind a ground arc are much more simple than that of a vertical display, so your florist may charge a bit less for the installation.

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THE TREND

ikebana-style arrangements Inspired by the ancient Japanese style of flower arranging that emphasizes shape and form, ikebana-style florals are becoming a big hit with minimalists and romantics alike. The practice is most commonly used with centerpieces, where florists will fill deep bowls with floral frogs (a spiked tool that helps stems stand up straight) to achieve a graphic shape. Another perk of the trendy look? Ikebana arrangements involve fewer flowers, so they’re a more cost-effective way to make the most of your floral budget without looking like you’re skimping on blooms. >>

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go wild You’ll need fewer stems overall for this look, so splurge on flower types that are serious stunners, like curvy ranunculus or tropical anthurium.

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An arc has a sweet sentiment to it—after all, circles go on forever, just like your love. Too cute.

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all in the details These little touches are the key to hosting a truly top-notch celebration.

A dramatic entrance First impressions talk—loudly. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance to your venue. Post up a steel drum band at the front of your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush flower wall to act as an entry photo booth.

Special signage Practicality aside, signs are a great way to aesthetically reinforce the overall vision or vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs with casual white calligraphy. Looking for a more modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way to the party is sure to get noticed.

An escort display Pros and their clients are getting more and more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the wedding day. Set up a scene of vintage lanterns with guests’ names for your

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Finding your seat becomes way more fun when you’re searching through bold blooms and greenery.

summer camp wedding, or have your display double as favors, with jars of honey tied with guests’ names and table numbers.

A beautiful bar Once it’s time to party, the bar is where the majority of your guests will be spending their night (besides

museum-worthy displays If you’re looking for a way to make your flowers truly the star of your wedding day, why not treat them like artwork? Florists are taking a page out of the museum curator’s handbook and encasing standout buds in Lucite or acrylic boxes, putting them on full display. The creative take is perfect for flanking the altar at your ceremony, acting as tables during cocktail hour or even serving as an eyecatching escort card display. To pull this off, dial up the color and ask your florist to choose large, graphic, saturated blooms so they make a statement behind glass or Plexiglass.

like a forgotten spot by dressing it up similar to the rest of the venue. Pile on the florals, use a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of the bar where you first met.

A posh powder room Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathroom stalls is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities is never a bad thing. Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the power room, and stock a basket full of necessities—like feminine products, mints, deodorant, tissues and more—alongside it.

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THE TREND

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F LO R A L S U G A R CO O K I E S Spread some extra sweetness with grab-and-go cookie bags that boast colorful blooms. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cookies, cellophane bags, hot glue gun, ribbon, gift tags STEP 1 Bake or buy floral cookies a week before your wedding day. STEP 2 Using small cellophane pastry bags, package up one to two cookies per guest. STEP 3 Fold a thank-you tag over top, securing to the bag with hot glue. Create a small bow using thin organza ribbon. Glue atop tag. Flower-pressed cookies, $48 for 12, LoriAStern.com; cellophane bags, $6 for 100, TR318, Amazon.com; 5/8� organza ribbon in Lavender, $12 per roll, BagsandBowsOnline.com; tag printing, Staples.com

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Easy. However, not snacking on the cookies is hard.

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PA I N T E D FA N S Outdoor weddings can get hot. Encourage guests to give themselves a Beyoncé-level breeze by placing these punchy-hued palm leaf fans at every seat. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Painter’s tape, fans, acrylic paint, sponge brush, gift tags, ribbon STEP 1 Using painter’s tape, section off various lines and shapes to paint on fans. STEP 2 With neon acrylic paint and a small sponge brush, add two layers of paint to your desired sections. Allow an hour of drying time in between each coat. STEP 3 Once dry, peel away tape. Tie a thank-you tag onto the handle with ribbon. Raffia fans, $16 for 4, Beistle, Amazon.com; neon glow acrylic paint, $2, FolkArt, Michaels .com; 1/4” satin ribbon in Shocking Pink, $5 for 50 yards, RibbonBazaar.com; Palm favor tag, $27 for 55, Kaydi Bishop, Minted.com

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Easy. But expect to spend a few days painting.

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BBQ SPICE RUB Big foodies? Add a bit of flavor (pun intended) to your wedding day with these dinner-ready test tubes. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Spice mix, test tubes, twine, gift tags STEP 1 Funnel store-bought spice rub (or your own personal recipe) into test tubes that have a cork or screw top.

baker’s twine adds a farm-to-table touch

STEP 2 Using striped twine, tie a narrow thank-you tag onto the top of each tube.

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Easy. Side effects include grilled meat cravings.

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these could be pizza slices, too— just sayin’

B O OZ Y WAT E R M E LO N P I Ñ ATA S Think of these as the adult version of your favorite childhood party game. Only replace candy with vodka. Win! WHAT YOU’LL NEED Pink and green tissue paper, scissors, hot glue gun, cardboard triangles, vodka nips, gift tags, tape, hole punch, black paper STEP 1 Cut strips of tissue paper horizontally 1/2-inch thick, then fringe them by slicing vertically into the paper. STEP 2 Using hot glue, attach fringed tissue paper onto the triangles, layering to create a piñata effect. STEP 3 Cut flap in the triangle bottom, insert vodka with tag, and tape shut. Using a hole punch, cut circles from black paper for seeds. Attach with hot glue.

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Tissue paper, from $7, A1 Bakery Supplies, Amazon.com; triangles, $6 for 2, ArtistCraftsman.com; vodka nip, $2, TotalWine.com; Single Swath favor tag, $27 for 55, Angela Marzuki, Minted.com

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About $250 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

Medium. A bit more crafty, but you got this.

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LU G G AG E TAG S Capture the wanderlust of a destination bash with old-school tags. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cricut machine, iron-on transfer paper, luggage tags, dish towel, iron, gift tags STEP 1 Using a Cricut or other cutting machine, design and cut phrases out of white iron-on transfer paper. STEP 2 Place each phrase onto a luggage tag, top with dish towel and iron for 30 seconds on low heat. Carefully remove adhesive back, ensuring the phrase has properly transferred onto the tag.

your suitcase will def be the cutest in the airport

STEP 3 Let cool, then insert a postcardinspired “thank you” into the luggage tag.

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Leather luggage tags, $8 for 2, Travelambo, Amazon.com; Cricut machine, from $150, Everyday Iron-on paper, $12 per roll, Cricut .com; A Faraway Destination favor tag, $27 for 55, Bumble Ink, Minted.com

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About $155 for 50 favors (excluding Cricut cost) DIFFICULT Y

Easy. As long as you don’t get distracted browsing travel Instas.

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YOUR STYLE BOHO

SMUDGE STICKS Keep the good vibes coming with smudge sticks that are as pretty as they are (spiritually) potent. Sage cleanses and lavender relaxes, while calendula flowers promote success and renewal. We’ll take it. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Sage wands, dried flowers, cord, gift tags STEP 1 Make a bundle of sage, dried herbs and flowers, packing together tightly.

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STEP 2 Wrap well using waxed cord twine. Finish by tying on an organic gift tag. Sage wands, $9 for 3, New Age Smudges and Herbs, Amazon.com; rosebuds, $13, ZaranSaffron.com; calendula flowers, $22, FeelGoodOrg.com; bamboo cord in Neon Pink, $6, Hemptique, Amazon.com; Floral Wreath favor tag, $27 for 55, Kelly Schmidt, Minted.com

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Easy. And may we say, even a bit relaxing.

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We surveyed the pros to uncover the truth about some of the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores), others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions—so you can focus on the important stuff before your day.

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MYTH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. FACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues such as acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple If you have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup for your wedding.

MYTH More is more. FACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer, and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

FACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right

now, promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

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FACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

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beauty to-dos before your “I dos” Five things to consider in the six months leading up to your wedding.

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Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

MYTH Dirty hair is easier to work with.

2 Hair Give yourself ample time to find the

FACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

Whether you’re going to do your makeup on

MYTH Pinterest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

this is the time to start trying out your look.

right stylist, and schedule two consultations prior to the wedding.

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Makeup

FACT While Pinterest does offer a wealth of fun beauty tutorials, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get—especially where makeup is concerned. “A lot of the beauty images on Pinterest are altered, filtered or way too dramatic for your wedding day,” says Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director of Laura Geller Beauty. “I always recommend finding your celebrity doppelgänger, looking to classic red carpet icons and other real brides as a source of makeup inspiration. That way, you can see how the looks you’re loving will photograph in real life—without lots of editing.” MYTH High humidity will melt off your makeup. FACT Even if you’re getting married in a tropical locale in the

middle of summer, that doesn’t mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

4 Teeth Ask your dentist whether you’d benefit from an at-home whitening kit. Also, make a cleaning appointment for a week before your wedding so your teeth are extra bright.

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Brows It’s not a bad idea to seek out a brow specialist and see what they have to say about your arch. The shape of your brows really can open up your whole face. SHUT TERSTOCK

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So you booked the venue and figured out the general vibe of your wedding—congrats! Now it’s time to find the right outfits and accessories. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APHY BY DEVON JARVIS

B L ACK T IE You locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bride tribe to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking snazzy. For the über-luxe event you’re planning, only a traditional tux and formal gown will do.

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FOR THE BRIDE It’s your day—celebrate it. Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-centric style with a ruffled skirt or lots of bling. When it comes to accessories, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Stash your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some bejeweled heels or strappy metallic sandals for the finishing touch.

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FOR THE GROOM Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a classic tux will guarantee you’ll be dressed for the part for 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 consider a trendy notch collar and a self-tie bow tie. Opting for a sleek satin lapel won’t hurt either. If you’re more daring, try a tux with a velvet jacket—they’re all over the red carpet. Equally streamlined accessories, like understated cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes, complete the polished look. >>

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Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a modern feel. Whether it’s a cool museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal affair is sophisticated without the strict formality of a traditional venue. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as cutting edge as your celebration. Hint: It’s all about structure and polished details.

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

A minimalistic silhouette will work for your one-of-akind nuptials, without being too conservative. A strapless, satin, mermaidstyle dress is fancier than your average cocktail look, but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a style with a cowl back or oversize bow on the back. Not only are they all over the runways, but they make for one heck of a dramatic exit. Finish off your look with sparkly earrings and a pair of elegant heels.

A classic black tuxedo might feel too stuffy. Instead, pair a charcoal or midnight-blue suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with standout accessories like a patterned tie or pocket square and statement cuff links. Another idea: Fun socks (like a classic argyle or a kitschy pattern) can bring in the theme and color palette of your wedding without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Keep your footwear simple—a pair of black leather oxfords or monk straps are polished without being too flashy.

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CO CK TA IL 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 a hip wedding. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and statement accessories for both of you. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Find a gown that’s dressy but not totally over the top for your cocktail soiree. Consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: a simple, fit-and-flare dress. A formfitting style with a plunging neckline or daring low back still feels classy but will also show off your curves for just the right amount of va-va-voom. Where bling is concerned, sleek ear crawlers or even a back necklace are fashionforward options. Complete your outfit with a graphic clutch (we love acrylic ones) and unexpected black heels.

Try a slim-cut gray suit for a look that’s sharp but still not trying too hard. A skinny tie works best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of your suit (regular-width ties can appear too bulky or wide). You’ll look more pulled together if your tie and belt are the same solid color, but a fun, colorful or printed pocket square will give your ensemble unique appeal. Keep the modern look consistent with a pair of dress loafers. They used to get a bad rap for looking dated, but new, trendier styles are actually the perfect in-between shoe. >>

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B E ACH FO R M A L Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand. And while you aren’t into the idea of wearing anything too formal, you still want to dress to impress. Relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and novelty accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off a beach-chic wedding style. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Dramatic silhouettes (read: ball gowns or dresses with long trains) and heavy fabrics aren’t exactly compatible with a seaside locale, but that doesn’t mean your dress shouldn’t show some personality. Beach wedding dresses can run the gamut from super-casual ones you could wear again to more romantic, Grecian-inspired gowns and lacy, boho numbers. As far as footwear is concerned, go barefoot to fully embrace your environment, or opt for metallic sandals or short wedges (heels will sink into the sand) for a fancier vibe.

Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton that will stand up to heat and humidity are a must where beach-appropriate formalwear is concerned. A darker suit could be too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for more casual asual surroundings. (Depending on how low-key your wedding is, you may even want to lose the suit jacket and roll up your sleeves.) To take your wedding theme up a notch, opt for nautical- or tropical-printed accessories (anchors and pineapples FTW). For shoes, bare feet, sandals and boat shoes are all acceptable choices—just make sure you and your partner are on the same page.

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DAY T IM E While a luxe venue plus fussy attire isn’t your thing, you’ve been dreaming of a stylish, backyard ceremony (well, at least something more intimate and homespun) since the second you got engaged. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Keep it simple with a short, midi-length or high-low wedding dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for embellished flats or more playful sneakers. For a whimiscal touch, add a birdcage veil or fascinator.

A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square (we love the idea of mixing gingham and polka dots) is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier and more personalized feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest, or adding colorful or patterned suspenders plus a custom lapel pin or bouttoniere— they’re all the rage right now.

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Stylist on Call

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The footwear guru gives us the scoop on choosing the right wedding shoes, plus the trends she’s loving now. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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If anyone knows shoes, it’s Tamara Mellon. In 1996, she left her post as an accessories editor at British Vogue to cofound a company with an East London cobbler named Jimmy Choo (maybe you’ve heard of it?). Over the next 16 years, she built one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, worn by fashion icons—both real and fictional—like Beyoncé and Carrie Bradshaw. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 and launched her eponymous direct-to-consumer shoe brand in 2016. Here, her tips on finding the best shoes for your day—without sacrificing your feet or the chance to dance the night away. >>

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make it personal “It’s a cute idea to get a professional calligrapher to personalize the soles of your shoes with your partner’s initials, your new monogram or your wedding date.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A BRIDE SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING HER WEDDING SHOES?

You’re probably going to be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your reception, so choose a heel height you feel comfortable and confident in. For instance, my perfect heel height for walking all day is three-and-a-half inches, but it’s different for every woman. Go with whatever feels best to you personally. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRIDAL FOOT WEAR

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TRENDS? I love classic silhouettes with a modern twist. My Belle shoe is a cross between a pump and an ankle boot, and my Siren pump has unexpected PVC (read: clear vinyl) details—both are standout, nontraditional options in white. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BREAKING IN NEW HEELS?

You should break in your wedding shoes at home so you don’t get them dirty or damage them. Wear them around the house at least a few times before your day. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, and you’re less likely to get blisters.

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WHAT ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR VENUES WITH UNEVEN TERR AIN, LIKE BEACHES OR VINEYARDS. ARE THERE KEY THINGS TO LOOK FOR? I recommend opting

for flats, block heels or wedges—anything but a stiletto heel, which will sink into the ground and throw off your balance. I especially love the idea of a block heel with a platform in the front that will evenly distribute your weight and take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot and toes. This style will give you some extra height, but won’t feel like you’re wearing a typical high heel.

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If embellishment isn’t your thing, keep it interesting with cutouts. Belle pumps, $525, TamaraMellon.com

KEEP IT CLEAR

These pumps with PVC details are just made for a bridal pantsuit. Siren pumps, $450, TamaraMellon.com

Flashy heels work for a glam wedding or a night on the town. Frontline sandals, $425, TamaraMellon.com

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Ceremony Bridal Shop, Ceremony-Boston.com (Boston); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie.com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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easy livin’ Calling all bridechillas. An embellished crop top plus a curve-skimming skirt feels effortlessly chic. Top and skirt, $5,430, Rime-Arodaky .com; engagement ring, $2,775, LizzieMandler.com; earrings, $29,000, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com; bracelet, $1,095, Ippolita.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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flower child If you’re feeling bold, consider a vibrant gown with floral embroidery. It’s equal parts romantic and fashion forward. Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; hat, stylist’s own; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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force of nature An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, RitaVinieris.com; vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche .com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

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stunning site Turn some heads (without trying too hard, of course) with a dreamy combo of delicate lace and sheer bell sleeves. Dress, $5,625, Claire Pettibone at Ceremony Bridal Shop, Ceremony-Boston.com (Boston), Everthine, ShopEverthine.com (Burlington, VT); earrings, $145, LuluFrost.com; opal ring, $3,940, JacquieAiche.com; boots, $199, MarcFisherFootwear.com

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perfect catch A bridal romper is a surprisingly versatile choice. Rock a sleek, belted style to your shower or morning-after brunch. Romper, $1,800, CatherineKowalskiBridal .com; engagement ring, $699 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; ear crawlers, $2,795, Ippolita.com; rain boots, $75, RomaBoots.com

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into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Ceremony Bridal Shop, Ceremony-Boston.com (Boston), Everthine, ShopEverthine.com (Burlington, VT); earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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An eyelet number with flutter sleeves is right at home in a rustic setting. Lose the shoes and go barefoot for an even more laid-back vibe. Dress, $240, DavidsBridal.com; engagement ring, price upon request, EvaFehren.com; earrings, $245, LuluFrost.com; cocktail ring, $4,315, JacquieAiche.com

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breezy beauty Casual doesn’t have to mean less stylish. An allover lace dress with a ruffled bodice is comfy and totally on trend. Dress, $650, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; engagement ring, $1,799 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; band, $1,716, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $352, Bounkit.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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Not sold on splurging on a tux for your wedding day? These four companies will change the way you think about rentals—and won’t break the bank. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY AMANDA NIPPOLDT PHOTOGR APHY

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It’s no secret tuxedo rentals have a bad rap for being ill fitting and outdated. Factor in the multiple trips to a rental shop to buy and later tailor your look (not an easy feat when you have an entire party to outfit) and the whole process can seem even more daunting. So what’s the good news? Brands like The Black Tux, Generation Tux, Men’s Wearhouse and Stitch & Tie are reinventing the rental game. With little more than a measuring tape, internet connection and spare half hour, you can pick out a tux or suit (plus shoes and accessories, if you’re so inclined) and have it all shipped directly to your doorstep. Below, our guide to the new way to rent formalwear.

The Black Tux THE SELECTION With the largest collection of the bunch, The Black Tux boasts 39 suit and tuxedo rentals guranteed to fit any and every wedding style with options in tried-and-true neutral shades, plus more fashion-forward colors and prints. THE FIT Most styles come in a range of sizes, for a made-to-order look. If you don’t know your size, use their Fit Formula to help find what’s best for you based on answers to a few questions like your height and weight. You can also visit any one of their 21 showrooms across the country to be measured in person. Your outfit will ship two weeks prior to your wedding, so plan ahead and secure your

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a matter of time Avoid costly rush-shipping fees by starting the rental process at least three months ahead of your wedding date. That will give you enough time to choose your look, schedule an at-home try-on, coordinate wedding party rentals and make minor alterations.

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rentals at least three months in advance. That will give you enough time to make alterations (should they be necessary). The Black Tux will cover minor fixes to jacket sleeves and pants, up to $15 with a receipt. If the thought of renting a tux or suit without first seeing it in person makes you nervous, take advantage of The Black Tux’s free, at-home try-on. You’ll get to test drive one of its rentals for up to 48 hours for peace of mind before you commit. THE PROCESS The six-step rental process takes about 25 minutes to complete, including adding your measurements. You’ll first choose your tux or suit, and a name for it (like groom). If you’re looking to differentiate your best man’s look from the rest of your groomsmen, this will help keep you organized. Next, build your outfit with a shirt, tie, shoes and accessories. Then add all your event details and enter your measurements. If you don’t know what your size is, use their guide. Shipping is free, unless you need it expedited, which can run from $20 to $40. Once your event is over, you have three days to return the rental with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE If you’re looking to make a serious fashion statement at your wedding (after all, it’s your day too!), The Black Tux offers plenty of unexpected suiting options like mixed tartan prints, gingham, oversize pinstripes and rose-colored jackets. PRICE From $95, TheBlackTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION While Generation Tux has a smaller lineup of

formalwear styles with a selection of 21 suits and tuxedos in classic shades like blue, gray and black, its extensive collection of accessories more than makes up for the difference. You can choose from an assortment of neckwear, socks, cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, belts, tie bars and even satin flower lapel pins in a range of colors and prints—you know, the trendy add-ons that will guarantee you and your guys look extra dapper. THE FIT Without a brick-and-mortar store, Generation Tux relies on its eTailor to determine your perfect fit with a few questions about your body profile, including height, weight and jean size. Order your rental three months prior to your wedding date and you’ll have plenty of time to flag any fit issues. Generation Tux will cover minor alterations up to $20, and if your suit requires more extensive fixes, they will send you a free replacement. THE PROCESS First order of business is creating an event on the website. Once that’s done, enter your measurements using the instructional videos. During this step, you can also set up a free at-home try-on if you want to touch and feel the suit you’re planning to order in person. Then you’ll pick out your tux or suit, add accessories and check out. The whole process takes under 30 minutes. Once you secure your own rental, you can then invite your groomsmen to get started on their orders. Generation Tux’s management system allows you, your partner or even your wedding planner to view the status of each groomsman. (So, if

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clean conscience Spilled some bubbly on your jacket? Lost a button while tearing up the dance floor? Don’t fret. Most rental sites cover dry cleaning and minor damages at no additional cost, so there’s no need to stress out or rush to the cleaners before returning your suit or tux.

one of your friends is seriously slacking and hasn’t been measured yet, you can follow up before it becomes a full-blown crisis.) And with friendly automated reminders of rental deadlines, all of the stress of managing (read: nagging) your wedding party is out of your hands. Another plus: When six or more of your groomsmen rent tuxedos through Generation Tux, your outfit is free. Your rental will arrive two weeks prior to your wedding. Once your receive your rental, you have 48 hours to flag any issues. After your event, return your rentals within three days with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE In addition to killer accessories, Generation Tux also offers a pretty decent selection of suits and tuxes in boy sizes—so even the most pint-sized members of your wedding party will look polished in photos. PRICE From $69, GenerationTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION Men’s Wearhouse is the go-to for off-the-rack designer suits for every style, but it also slays at rentals. There are 38 options to choose from, including looks for junior groomsmen and ring bearers. The selection is more traditional, with two- and three-piece suit and tux rentals in black, gray, blue and tan, plus a variety of accessories. THE FIT Men’s Wearhouse offers a range of sizes, lengths and styles in classic, modern and slim fits, depending on the suit or tux you choose. If you’re unsure of your size, you can use the site’s built-in Fit Evaluator or visit one of their nationwide locations to be measured by an in-store tailor. THE PROCESS Your rental will arrive seven days before your event, but you should place your order at least 15 days in advance (if you’re cutting it super close). Start by selecting a pre-styled outfit, or build your own look by choosing a suit or tux and adding accessories. Then specify the type of event you’re renting for and the date before entering your measurements and checking out. Similar to Generation Tux and The Black Tux, Men’s Wearhouse offers an online group management tool to help you keep tabs on your wedding party. And, if five or more of your groomsmen rent suit or tuxedo packages, you get a $400 shopping credit toward the balance of your outfit. After your event, you only have one day to return your rental, but you can either use a prepaid shipping label or return it to any store location. STANDOUT SERVICE Men’s Wearhouse hits the mark with their size-inclusive range of rentals, with jackets going all the way up to 70 long and pants that go up to a 70-inch waist. PRICE From $100, MensWearhouse.com

Stitch & Tie THE SELECTION Stitch & Tie has a collection of 27 suits and tuxedos in traditional shades, as well as a couple of bolder options like red and teal. Unlike other sites, they also have a classic black tuxedo rental specifically tailored for women too. THE FIT Stitch & Tie offers a range of sizes in slim and modern cuts. To ensure an accurate fit, you’ll have to enter your specific measurements. If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, watch the instructional videos that make measuring yourself virtually fool proof. If your rental arrives and the fit is off, they’ll send you a replacement if you contact them within 48 hours or reimburse you up to $15 for minor alterations. For added peace of mind, try the at-home trial service and borrow a suit or tux for 48 hours for $40, which is later applied to your final costs if you decide to take the plunge.

find your fit Choosing the right cut for your suit or tuxedo can make your rental look and feel custom-made. If you want a little extra room, opt for a classic fit. For a slightly more tailored look, choose a modern fit. If an edgier style with narrow sleeves and pants is your thing, go for a slim fit.

THE PROCESS To avoid rush-shipping charges, start shopping for your rental at least 21 days before your event. After creating your account, build your custom look or choose from a selection of curated outfits, enter your event date and then your sizes before checking out. Their group management tool can save different looks for each groomsman and even send out friendly reminders to place their orders. Your rental will arrive a week before your event date, and you’ll have 48 hours afterward to return it. If you need to keep it longer (or forget to pop it in the mail), there’s an extra fee. STANDOUT SERVICE No formalwear is complete without the right accents, and while Stitch & Tie offers the usual accessories to complete your outfit, its bespoke service is pretty innovative. It works like this: Mail in your fabric of choice, and it’ll send you a custom bow tie, tie or pocket square within four weeks. Let your groomsmen choose their favorite print, or send in a swatch complementary to your bridal party’s dresses to match. PRICE From $120, StitchandTie.com

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the year’s freshest venues

These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SAW YER BAIRD

If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn or on a vineyard, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, the two locales are consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good rustic barn celebration or refined vineyard affair, we’re also excited to introduce you to the new kids on the block. Score one of these venues and you’ll officially be that couple ahead of the curve. >> Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Goleta, CA

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Does the word “rustic” give you all the heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue on the market to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy vibe should look to greenhouses. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, plants, plants and more plants!), while the airy structure (think: floor-to-ceiling glass windows and so much light) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family. MAKE IT YOURS Go for custom botanical-inspired stationery to set the scene and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding location. On the day of, reinforce the natural vibes by asking your florist to go heavy on the vines and greenery to incorporate your tabletops or ceremony space into the surrounding scenery. Wood farm tables and chairs will add refined texture to the place, while strings of bistro lights will make dinner under the stars feel magical. SOME OF OUR FAVES Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH // The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, TX // Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, PA // The Greenhouses at Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY // Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, MI // Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle // Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI >>

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fun plans for out-of-town guests Keep your crew entertained all weekend long with these out-of-the-box activities.

Treat them to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation and friendships.

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

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

Arrange for a group tour

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

Host a postwedding brunch

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

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smart questions to ask before you book What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space?

If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

Is the venue near hotels?

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

If you like a vineyard, try a ranch If you love the foodie vibe a vineyard lends (plus all that wine), think about looking into ranches. You’ll score a stunning private property with added perks like activities for your guests (think: kayaking or lasso lessons) and even live animals. The best part? Some ranch venues are fully functioning and can accommodate overnight guests, so you and your whole crew can call it home base for the weekend and make the most of your time together. MAKE IT YOURS Play up the surrounding scenery with accents that tie together the whole vibe of the joint, like terra-cotta pots overflowing with just-picked wild flowers and leather charger plates. For eats, this is the perfect time to go for high-end BBQ, so see if you can find a caterer who will grill up guest favorites right in front of you. Finish the night with dancing and toasting around a big bonfire. S’mores are optional but of course encouraged. SOME OF OUR FAVES The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT // Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX // Bayshore Ranch in North Fort Myers, FL // Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA // Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, CO // Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ // Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, PA >>

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

What kind of services do you offer?

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

What restrictions do you have?

There are a few kinds of limits to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions or permits. Some venues may not have a liquor license, and some may not let you stock the bar yourselves. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whoever you want. Ask whether there are any décor restrictions, like confetti or open flames. Also check to see if there’s a noise ordinance after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to dance until midnight.

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If you like a loft, try a distillery If your style is more industrial than glam, a loft wedding is probably at the top of your list. For a similar feel with added personality, seek out a whiskey or spirit distillery in your local area. You’ll get a lot of the same lust-worthy industrial features (like exposed piping, brick walls and metal windows), plus the added bonus of a space that isn’t totally a blank slate. Translation: You probably won’t have to worry about bringing in essential things like tables and chairs and can instead focus on the fun stuff, like what killer set of flatware goes best with the distillery’s copper equipment. MAKE IT YOURS An oversize venue is the place to go big with high-impact design accents, so opt for a massive Lucite escort card display or statement-making suspended arrangement of graphic branches. Pair the raw feel of the space with hits of metallic gold, copper and inky black for a color palette as chic as it is sophisticated. At the end of the night, send guests packing with bottles of whatever spirit is the house specialty, customized with a signature wax seal featuring your wedding crest or monogram. SOME OF OUR FAVES Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI // Westland Distillery in Seattle // McClintock Distilling in Frederick, MD // O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY // Union Horse Distilling Co. in Lenexa, KS

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Couples looking for a classic or glam environment to host their wedding should look no further than an old manor or stately home. The authentic space will pack in all of the opulence of a traditional ballroom setting, while still feeling unique and special to your event. Plus, a private home or manor means you’ll likely be the only duo saying “I do” on the property, so you won’t have to worry about running into other weddings that weekend. MAKE IT YOURS Reinforce the refined dinner party atmosphere by sprinkling your reception tables throughout the main floor of the home so each guest gets their own unique dinner surroundings. Old homes mean lots of vintage fabrics or wallpapers, so keep your other décor accents neutral and opt for streamlined tabletop textiles, flowers and paper goods. Work in lots of candlelight (real or fake) to set a romantic mood and hire a string quartet or jazz trio to fill the home with live music that sets a celebratory mood. SOME OF OUR FAVES Rixey Manor in Rixeyville, VA // Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY // Decatur House in Washington, DC // The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Covington, GA // Benachi House & Gardens in New Orleans // The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI // The Manor House in Littleton, CO

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What you give your new spouse to commemorate your wedding day can be as unique as your love story itself. Need some inspiration? Read the deets of these 14 creative, thoughtful, swoon-worthy gift ideas from couples just like you. >>

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A Rolls-Royce getaway car “Jacob has always wanted to own a vintage car. He’d comment on any retro car that drove by us on the highway, so I thought it might be fun to surprise him by booking a vintage getaway car for our wedding. When he saw the 1958 Rolls-Royce outside our reception, he was so eager to hop in and didn’t want to get out—it was worth every penny to see him so happy and excited.” Jordan and Jacob, Indiana the gift

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An embroidered handkerchief “Kerron’s grandfather passed away years ago. For our wedding, I wanted to give him something that acknowledged how much his grandfather meant to him, and how much we all missed having him there. The handkerchief was embroidered with his grandpa’s favorite biblical verse, and was a tangible way to remind him that he was with him on our wedding day.”

A live first dance painting “We had been taking dance lessons leading up to our wedding, and it was always a fun date night for us. At our wedding, my husband surprised me with a live painting of our first dance, done by the artist Tesh Parekh. It was a beautiful way to capture such a memorable moment, and it now hangs as a centerpiece in our living room.”

FLYING LESSONS ON A WW11 PLANE “When we first started dating, my husband shared many stories about his grandfather, and it was clear to me just how much he had meant to him. He had been a decorated pilot, and so many of Drew’s favorite times with him involved plane rides to Florida alongside his cousins and siblings. For our wedding, I wanted to give him a gift that tied in his family history and included a little fun and adrenaline for my fastpaced husband. We had agreed that instead of gifting a ‘thing,’ we were going to gift an experience. He had never actually flown a plane himself before, so I started there. I ended up finding a company called Cloud 9 Living that offered WWII plane flying lessons. I chose a flight path over Baltimore, since we have friends in the area and he could fly over the water. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked. He even asked if I thought they’d show him how to roll the plane!”

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A box of letters “On the day of our wedding, my husband, Casey, gifted me a box that included 12 cards with instructions for when to open them. They were all tied to different life events—our wedding day, our first married Christmas, when he moved to start his

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residency, our first anniversary, our first child, our first big fight and more. He wanted to give me something that would remind me at little and big moments how much he loved me. With him moving away to start his medical residency and me being a year out from my doctorate, we knew we had some tough times ahead. It was so

special to have something from him to turn to when I was having a hard day. Reading the card titles, I found myself falling in love with him all over again in that moment, and, looking back on it now, the gift of these letters embodies so many of the reasons why I married him to begin with.” Alicia and Casey, Washington >>

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An engraved guitar pick “Sam and I are both musicians—we met in music school and started a band together, so it’s a big part of our story. He’s obsessed with guitar picks (he has hundreds of them) so gifting him a pick engraved with our initials and wedding date was a no-brainer!”

Three chickens “I’ve always wanted chickens of my own. When my husband heard this, he was adamantly opposed—after all, he had worked on a 500-plus chicken farm and despised them. Unbeknownst to me, however, he had posted online in search of chickens before our wedding. The day of

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our rehearsal dinner, I made an unexpected stop at home and found him hammering away on a surprise chicken pen, surrounded by three chickens in storage tubs. It was the best gift I’ve ever received. I named them Erma, Barbara and Queenie—each one has a different personality, and they’re so entertaining. Since then, our flock has grown to 11 hens and one rooster!”

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A STAR WARS CAKE “My husband, Dave, is a huge fan of Star Wars—he actually wanted us to dress up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for our wedding, but I put my foot down and gave him a surprise groom’s cake instead. It was made by Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, and I loved the way it turned out. Plus, it was super tasty. Dave was really surprised and excited—he had a hard time deciding where he wanted to cut, if anywhere!”

A visit from a college mascot “My husband and I met while studying abroad in Spain through Michigan State University, so MSU has always been a huge part of our lives. When we walked down the aisle at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, it felt like everything had come full circle. I thought it would be amazing for our mascot, Sparty, to show up at our wedding, and Abdul’s groomsmen helped me pull it off. During the reception, our DJ announced we had a special guest arriving. Abdul looked confused until they started playing the fight song and Sparty came bounding into the reception wearing a tux. We even ended up having a dance-off with him—it was amazing.”

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A custom cigar box “In all the time we’d dated, I had never seen my now-husband Tim smoke a cigar. But he’d mentioned a couple of times that he likes to have one on special occasions, which is how I came up with the idea to gift him a bunch at our wedding and attach each to a special occasion. Some of them were tied to specific dates (like our wedding day and our one-year anniversary), others to goals (like finally taking a trip to Iceland) and others were simply funny—neither of us want kids, so one jokingly said ‘Our First Child (Better never smoke this one!).’ ” Ashley and Tim, North Carolina

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A $2 bill “A few years back, my grandma gave me some $2 bills for my birthday, and I’ve just held onto them because I know they are rare. The night I met my husband, Nolan, he offered to buy me a drink. The bartender got my order wrong so Nolan ended up drinking that drink and ordering me another one. I felt bad, so I gave him one of my $2 bills to help cover the cost of the drink. Fastforward a year later and we are at dinner getting ready to pay. Nolan pulls out his wallet and I see a $2 bill. Forgetting I gave it to him, I remark that I have some of those too, to which he responds, ‘I know. You gave me this one the night we met. I kept it because it reminds me of you.’ I was at a loss for words. When planning our wedding, we joked about using the $2 bill as our ‘something old.’ You can imagine my surprise, then, when he sent it over with a groomsman on the day of our wedding, having written our wedding date on it. I put it in my shoe and kept it with me the whole day. We plan to pass it down to our kids so they can use it as their ‘something old’ at their own weddings someday.” Samantha and Nolan, Utah

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HISTORIC BEER HOPS “One of Phil’s favorite hobbies is brewing beer. He reads books, does research, writes his own recipes and even makes custom labels for the really good batches. He’s also a history buff, and had expressed interest in making a more historic beer recipe. Well it turns out, during the Colonial era, my hometown was the center of hop production. That’s when the pieces began to fall into place in my mind: What if I could give Phil a bit of my history and something he’d love? The hops wouldn’t be mature to pick until August or September (after our June wedding), so the plan became to gift him the plants, and go back to pick them together later. I printed out photos, wrote a note explaining the gift and folded it into the card I gave him at our wedding. Not only was it special because it was a historic variety of hops from my town, but it was also a new adventure for him in brewing.” Melissa and Phil, Massachusetts the gift

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A Slaughterhouse-Five book “I got Henry a Kurt Vonnegut–signed copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, his favorite book. When we met, he told me he lent his copy to a girl and she never returned it. I wanted to be the girl who gave it back—but even better.”

Paul McCartney tickets “T and I have been best friends since we were 12. There is only one man I have loved for longer, and that is Paul McCartney. So, the gift of the concert tickets was his way of honoring my ‘first love.’ ”

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding day vision with these fun, creative and easy tips for a totally-you celebration guests will remember for, like, ever. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY NICHOLS PHOTOGR APHERS

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Figuring out your signature style for your wedding day is no easy feat. With so much pretty to choose from, landing on just a few favorites is a tough task, but we’ve got your back. Nailing down your look and feel, deciding on the right venue, picking out florals—we’ll help you through the brainstorming so you can get started on the really fun stuff (um, hello, cake tasting!).

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First, take our style quiz We promise—this is a fun pop quiz. Open up The Knot Wedding Planner app, or head to TheKnot.com, and spend a few minutes with your partner going through our style quiz. You’ll answer questions pertaining to wedding day specifics (like whether you’ll be hosting your ceremony in a religious setting) and get to choose from photos to help you decide on everything from the look of your flowers to the design of your tabletops. The result? A seriously valuable vision board that includes everything from helpful descriptors (like luxe garden party) to the perfect color palette, vendor suggestions and must-have celebration essentials you may not have even thought of. And here’s the best part—your board will live in your app and online all throughout your ON planning process, so you can refer back to it, tweak it or pass it THE APP along to vendors whenever you need. How easy is that? >>

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Now that you have the helpful visuals and words to describe your ideal wedding day look, it’s time to do a deep inspo dive. This is the “dreaming” phase of your planning, so don’t worry too much about the cost of an idea or whether it’s a good fit for a certain venue— your vendors can help you figure all that out. Right now just focus on getting a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want. Instagram and real weddings (like those on TheKnot.com) are crazy-valuable sources of inspiration, but don’t stop there. Practically anything can inform your wedding day vibe, so be on the lookout for unusual sources of inspiration. Love a pattern you see on a dress while shopping at Anthropologie? Snap a pic of it. Touched by the sweet china pattern on your mom’s plates at Thanksgiving? Model your invitation suite after it. The more unique places you can pull inspiration from, the more true to your DNA your wedding will feel.

Nailing down certain specifics for your day can make imagining it (and executing it) much easier. Once you think you’ve compiled a good amount of inspiration, start to narrow in on a few of the most important factors for your day, such as which season you prefer to get married in, a general radius or location, and the size and formality of celebration that feels right to you. A lot of times, your season or your setting can dictate your vision, so you want to firm this up ASAP. Have your heart set on a beachfront wedding? You’ll likely want to say “I do” during warmer months, and a sandy spot may mean a more casual feel overall. Likewise, the desire for a moody, glamorous affair may point you in the direction of a fall ballroom wedding. Once you have certain guidelines sketched out pertaining to your whole vision, it will be much easier to find vendors, details and products to help you execute it flawlessly. >>

fun ways to personalize your day Make your wedding truly feel like your wedding with these touches.

The invitations

Think beyond just coordinating your paper with your color palette. Instead, include unique details as well, like finishing the envelope off with vintage stamps from the states where you both grew up, shutting it with a custom wax seal depicting your initials or incorporating a favorite piece of poetry onto the back of your details card for guests to frame.

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Your vows

The promises you and your partner make to each other during your ceremony are the whole reason this party is going down, so put your heart into it. If you’re too nervous or shy to do anything super personal, think about including a special sentiment in your wedding programs instead, like additional vows, a favorite poem, quote or inside joke.

The menu

Serve solely local cuisine, or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries, if you got engaged in Paris). Midnight snacks are also becoming increasingly popular, so keep the dance floor packed by having waiters pass around your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

Your transportation

Leave your ceremony or reception in a vehicle that’s totally #couplegoals. Take a ride in a vintage cab to nod to your love of New York City, scooter away on a super-sleek mint-green Vespa if you’re honeymooning in Italy, or say your final farewells to your coastal reception venue aboard a luxe sailboat. It will be a farewell to remember.

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disguise these venue eyesores Not 100 percent in love with every corner of your reception space? No sweat—we’ve got a fix. THE PROBLEM

Terrible flooring THE FIX: Keep in mind, your dining tables will likely

cover much of the floor. But, if it still makes you cringe, price out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material as your dance floor, like hardwood or a chic checkered tile. Or, roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor. THE PROBLEM

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Figure out your priorities The key to making the most of your vision—and your budget? Sticking firm to your list of priorities. Before you and your partner spend one dollar or hire one vendor, sit down and prioritize each aspect of your wedding in terms of its importance to you both. Are you big foodies who couldn’t care less about wow-worthy floral displays? You do you, and allocate some of your floral budget toward a delicious catering team instead. Are over-the-top personalization moments your jam? Then splurge on that custom vinyl dance floor and save on something lower on your “must-have” list instead. You’ll find your dreams of a luxe venue, Michelin-starworthy meal or high-flying performing artists are more in reach than you think once you know what you’re willing to scale back on.

Tap your A-team One of your biggest assets when it comes to nailing down and pulling off your wedding day style is—you guessed it—your kickass vendors. Whether you’re working with a full-blown creative team (think: a planner, florist, photographer, stationery designer, glam squad—the works), or just a few essential members, trust your pros to help fine tune your style. Think of them as your inside look into the wedding industry—they know what’s trending and how to execute your biggest ideas in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t break the bank. Plus, real talk: If you’re going to a pro and just asking them to replicate a look you saw on Pinterest or their Insta feed, you’re not going to get their most creative work or an end result that’s unique to you. You’re hiring your team for a reason, so share your likes and dislikes, then leave them to rock it out and do their thing. Trust us, they’ll rise to the challenge.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX: If you can’t justify spending to rent new

chairs, try making the current style work for your needs with a few hacks. Pick out a pretty fabric to have sewn into cushions, or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for the chairbacks. THE PROBLEM

Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX: Create another world within the room by

covering the walls in drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) for a cozy feel. THE PROBLEM

An oversize space THE FIX: Up the intimacy by using rectangle tables for

dining—they’ll take up more space than circle tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work. THE PROBLEM

Jarring columns THE FIX: Conceal any posts with a clever greenery

addition. Ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to help disguise and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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picture perfect Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work during your engagement session and wedding day to get pictures you’ll love forever. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY THE POFFS

Your wedding day photos will ensure the memories of your “I dos” last a lifetime, so it’s important to hire the right pro and know how to get the most out of your time with them. We’ve tapped four industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything you should keep in mind for frame-worthy wedding shots. >>

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Don’t skip the engagement session Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Digital photography

Digital is the most typical way of shooting. The biggest advantage? Time—depending on how your photographer works, you could see snaps just days postwedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from when putting together your album.

Film photography

Images shot on film will have a soft, organic quality to them, which may fit your vibe. But shooting with film is more work and, therefore, more money. In addition to the price of film, your photographer will also factor processing and development fees into your final cost.

Classic style

Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos reflect reality, but they’re often infused with your photographer’s signature style or aesthetic.

Lifestyle

Think of lifestyle photography as the casual sister of classic photography. It’s candid, but with a dose of styling and direction. A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene for a relaxed, approachable result.

Artistic style

Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Think: unique angles, cool framing and contrast-y lighting and coloring.

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To start, hire a photographer who has the same vision for your day as you and your partner do. Whether you love a soft, romantic look, covet crazy candid dance floor shots or know you’ll want formal family portraits, partnering with a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re already off to a good start. “Intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments you want to see reflected in your own wedding photographs,” explains Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ask to see full wedding galleries (not just what they’ve posted online) so you can scope out how they’ll capture your entire day, and schedule a phone call to ask more about how they operate and whether they’ll do things like pose you and curate moments, or just act as a fly on the wall.

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Dress like you’re out on a date Choosing a look for your engagement photos can be almost as hard as picking your wedding day outfit, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they’d pick out for a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style—just be sure your outfits ‘match’ in the sense that if one of you is wearing something casual, the other isn’t in formalwear.” Worried you won’t know what to do when your photographer starts snapping? Set up a little wine and cheese picnic, go grab drinks at an outdoor bar or wander the streets of your city with ice cream cones in hand. Giving yourselves an activity will automatically make you more natural.

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Your pro has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them like your own personal vetting tool when it comes to whom else to hire for your dream team. More than any other vendor, your photographer will encounter every person involved in your day (from your planner to your florist and the DJ), so it’s in both your best interests that they feel confident with your choices. After bringing your photographer on board officially, provide them with a list of who else you’re considering to get their take before signing on the dotted line. While their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all of whom you choose, it’s a good place to start.

Create a solid timeline for the day of “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is essential if you want amazing images,” Fogarty says. To ensure your photographer doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action, pass them along a detailed outline of your day from start to finish. (Not sure where to start? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, and we’ll do the work for you.) Keep in mind, if you want pictures of everything from morning mimosas to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract, which can increase your costs a bit. Another thing to consider? Whether or not you want to do a first look together. “I always encourage my couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have a bit of alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually go to your cocktail hour and enjoy your guests.” Lastly, ask your photographer to shoot all those amazing details you spent months dreaming up, like your escort cards or your invitation suite (be sure to get and bring an extra copy). “Also allow your photographer time to capture a few reception details before the room is flooded with guests,” Ignatowski says. >>

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your picture-perfect kit Have these must-haves on hand the day of your wedding to set a pretty scene.

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your sparkler. Choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a rich burgundy velvet for a vineyard celebration.

Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your décor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos.

Invitation suite

Speaking of your stationery—bring it! You’ll want your photographer to get a shot of everything laid out nicely, so make sure you order an extra complete set for exactly that purpose.

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

Consider packing a few bonus items that are particularly reminiscent of you as a couple. Whether you wrote letters to each other your first year of dating, picked up a beloved brass figurine on a trip together or even want to include shells you’ve collected over the years, it’s a great way to add sentimental value to a shot.

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Plan for the light When plotting out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that covetable time of day photographers love to shoot during to capture incredibly romantic, glowy shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for your engagement shots and your wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “Start shooting about an hour and a half before sunset for an engagement session, and begin couple’s portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Your location, venue and day-of timeline can all impact how much time you’ll have during golden hour (if any), so loop in your photographer ahead of your wedding to plan out the most logical solution for your day.

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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Whether you’re already incorporating one of these touching traditions into your day or are on the hunt for a meaningful moment to add to your wedding, we’re explaining a few of the sweet sentiments you may (or may not) be familiar with. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

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chuppah A chuppah is the altar that Jewish couples stand beneath to exchange their vows. Made up of four corners and a covered “roof,” it’s meant to symbolize the new home the couple is building. Traditionally, the posts are held up by friends or family of the couple, but today, many duos simply have their chosen loved ones join them beneath it. The structure itself can be simple or fancy, ranging from a family heirloom fabric (like a tallit) to a large installation of blooms. >>

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tea ceremony A quintessential Chinese wedding ritual, the purpose of a tea ceremony is to show respect for family. Traditionally, after exchanging vows, a couple would serve tea to the groom’s family (with the bride’s family served later in the day after the bride’s home visit). These days, modern couples often choose to honor both sides of their family tree by hosting a joint ceremony for their whole crew, either post-vows or even the day after their wedding (think: a tea ceremony instead of a day-after brunch). Tea is served in order of seniority, with popular flavors being sweetened red or black tea. Those participating often bring a lai see, or lucky red envelope, usually containing money or jewelry, to gift the couple The tea ceremony is also when the Chinese wedding contract should be witnessed and signed with a traditional signature seal. INDIAN

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While Hindu weddings incorporate many rituals, one of the most recognized is the saptapadi, or seven sacred steps around a fire. “Each step represents a hope or wish for the couple’s future,” says Eleni N. Gage, author of Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. “The first is for the couple to provide nourishment for their household; the second, that they grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually; and the third, that they prosper. The fourth is a petition to grow in joy, love and trust; the fifth, that they have children; the sixth, that they enjoy a long life together; and the seventh, that they remain lifelong friends and partners.” Couples circle the agni (fire) together while reciting the vows and are pronounced officially wed after their final lap around the flames. >>

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veil and cord ceremony Filipino wedding traditions put a large emphasis on family (their processionals can sometimes include 50 people or more), and the cord and veil ceremony is no different. Couples looking to work in these rituals will first have to choose sponsors for both the veil and cord traditions (as well as the unity candle, which takes place last)—often these are godparents or other close family friends or relatives. During the ceremony, two sponsors drape a white veil over the couple’s shoulders as a symbol of unity. Another two sponsors then add a white cord (sometimes referred to as a yugal) atop the veil, further bonding the couple as they receive the officiant’s blessing. AFRICAN AMERICAN

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What better way to start married life together than to jump right in? Jumping over a broom is a symbolic action, meant to sweep away the past and show a couple embarking on a new life together. “It became popular in the United States before the Civil War, when slavery prohibited African American couples from legally marrying,” Gage explains. “They would hold their own ceremonies that involved placing a broom on the floor and jumping over it together while holding hands. There’s also symbolism in the idea of sweeping away the past and stepping into the future.” Today many couples continue to honor that tradition, choosing to “jump the broom” right after they’re pronounced wed at the altar, or at the reception as the wedding party enters. Make it your own by using a family member’s broom, decorating a new one to fit your wedding vibe or playing a signature song while you make the leap. >>

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Nature is symbolic in nearly every culture, which is probably why this ritual has gained such popularity among newlyweds. During their ceremony, couples can take turns covering a partially planted sapling with dirt—sometimes from a place that’s significant to them, like their joint alma mater or backyard. “To make it even more meaningful, pick a tree that’s rich in symbolism,” Gage says. “Orange trees represent fertility, olive trees symbolize peace and evergreens can remind you of everlasting love.” The rustic ritual is perfect for any couple hosting a nonreligious ceremony or outdoor affair— or really anyone who isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. Bonus points if you find cute gardening gloves. SOUTHERN

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Whether you’re from the South or not, chances are you’ve got your fingers crossed for sunny weather on your wedding day. Good news—you can think of burying the bourbon as a plea to Mother Nature. “The idea is to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at your wedding venue in the hope of influencing nature to give you good weather,” Gage says. “It’s a tradition in the Southern US, and, like a lot of rituals, was developed to calm anxiety. It makes you feel like you’ve done what you can to influence the weather, so you can stop worrying about rain ruining your day and just enjoy the celebration.” Splurge on the good stuff, get the bottle monogrammed for a personal touch and make sure it’s tightly sealed. After the ceremony, dig up the bottle and share it with your guests. P L A N YO U R C E R E M O N Y W I T H The Knot Wedding Planner app

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

Depending on your preferences and how your engagement went down (think: a surprise dinner with your besties), you and your partner may decide to have an official party celebrating your new status as to-be-weds. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, about 28 percent of couples have an engagement party. Hosted by your parents, a close relative, your sibs or even the two of you, an engagement party is meant to act as a casual get-together where friends and family can pass along their congrats and toast you with bubbly. We recommend keeping it informal—trust us, there will be plenty of occasions for you to rock black tie and cover everything in blush, but this doesn’t have to be it. Consider a low-key backyard barbecue or beachfront clambake, where you and your partner can focus on mixing and mingling with everyone you’re looking forward to celebrating your marriage with. And that brings us to the guest list. There is no “right” amount of people to invite to your engagement party, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether you decide you want to keep it small and intimate or make it big and boisterous, steer clear of including any guests you won’t be inviting to your wedding (that is, unless you’re planning to elope). It may result in guests being confused as to where they stand, or having their feelings hurt once they realize they’re not receiving an invite for the actual wedding day.

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

who gives a toast (and when) Smiles, laughs and happy tears—toasts are guaranteed to bring out the “aw” moments at your reception. Here’s who gets a turn at the mic.

The parents

If one set of parents is hosting the wedding, they’ll usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests to the celebration, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some muchappreciated words of wisdom for the new couple.

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The best man’s tribute kicks off the wedding party speeches. He’ll make the crowd laugh with stories of the groom’s glory days and tear up with surprisingly heartwarming words about his love for the couple.

The maid of honor

Why should the groom’s best friend have all the fun? The bride’s favorite gal (or guy) should take the stage to say a few sweet words as well, though if she feels like freestyle rapping instead, we say go for it.

The couple

While you can’t toast to yourselves, it’s always a good idea to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of your wedding party and parents and thank your guests for sharing in this special day with you. You can each say your own words or give a joint speech.

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two as a couple, constant toasting interrupting the party will get old fast—and your guests will appreciate you limiting the amount so they can hit the dance floor sooner. Keep the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family, and never pass it off to a guest who has indulged in one too many signature cocktails.

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

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twice as nice Fit in face time with everyone who’s in town for your wedding weekend by following up your intimate rehearsal dinner with a few hours of welcome drinks or another fun festivity, like s’mores around a bonfire.

time it right Stressing out about the ideal date? Here’s how to pick the perfect day to walk down the aisle.

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you first met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind. Then, share any significance of the timing with your guests by including it on your savethe-dates or in your ceremony programs.

Season

Weather can affect not only your wedding’s style and location, but also the mood. Consider what personality you want your wedding to have, then choose your season accordingly. The summer months are perfect for a free-spirited and fun day, while the cozy winter months are well-suited for an opulent, sparkly affair.

Price

Seventy-eight percent of weddings take place between the months of May and October, so prices are inevitably higher during that time. If you’re looking to save money, choose an off-peak month (like January or February) or even consider marrying on a Friday or Sunday.

VIP guests

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

Holidays

If you’ve always wanted a winter wonderland wedding or you’d love a heart-covered cake, you may be a holiday wedding couple. Plan your wedding around a specific time of year to bottle the holiday spirit already in the air. One thing to consider: Some guests may not want their actual holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

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Ahead of choosing your date, consider your can’t-getmarried-without-them guests and try to plan around their availability. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings and honor attendants. Keep it simple and don’t budge once the date is set.

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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)

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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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Form: Yes; available online.

Fees vary.

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

$50 for a wedding announcement.

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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Providence Journal

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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Newport Daily News

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

Should be submitted two weeks prior to Saturday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

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

The Westerly Sun

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

Form: Yes; available online.

Yes.

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The Nashua Telegraph

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

Manchester Union Leader

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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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This elegant facility features wedding suites, reception rooms with outdoor terrace and beautifully landscaped gardens for on-site ceremonies and formal photos. Weddings intimate to grand include on-site event planning services. The resort features guest rooms, golf courses, restaurants and a golf academy.

brass accents and soft room colors to work with any motif. Our grand function room with cathedral ceilings, hardwood dance floor, and oversized windows overlooks the ocean! Let our professional staff work with you from start to finish. capacity 200 | price $$

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the 228 in sterling

228 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA (978) 563-9228 The228inSterling.com We offer a formal indoor gathering area, a covered patio with seating for outdoor enjoyment, a separate barbecue/picnic area with picnic tables and a covered shelter, and—last but not least—a beautiful gazebo for your on-site wedding ceremony and pictures. Parking is convenient and ample. capacity 150 | price $

aldrich mansion

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

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andover country club

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

avenir (formerly raffael’s of walpole)

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

barker tavern

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

the barn at wight farm

420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA (774) 241-8450 TheBarnatWightFarm.com The Barn offers couples an unmatched rustic elegance— quickly becoming one of the area’s hottest choices for picturesque weddings. The Barn has beautifully landscaped grounds and a private bridal suite. Our new Alpheus Wight room is also available for on-site climatecontrolled ceremonies and functions. capacity 175 | price $$

capacity 400+ | price $$

apple hill farm

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

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

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battery wharf hotel boston waterfront

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

beauport hospitality group

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

bedford village inn

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

beechwood hotel

363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA (508) 754-5789 BeechwoodHotel.com Happily ever after starts at the Beechwood Hotel— the only AAA Four-Diamond boutique property in central Massachusetts. With breathtaking settings, world-class cuisine, distinguished hospitality, luxury accommodations and 8,000-plus square feet of event space, your day will be magically orchestrated. capacity 240 | price $$

black swan country club

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

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the bayside of nahant

One Range Road, Nahant, MA (781) 592-3080 info@baysidefunctions.com BaysideFunctions.com Providing oceanfront views, our facility glistens with

boston harbor hotel

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA (617) 439-7000 catering@bhh.com BHH.com Your special day should be beyond compare—a day of pure romance, beauty and an unforgettable celebration

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the bostonian boston

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

boylston rooms

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

brookmeadow country club

100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA (781) 828-4444 BrookmeadowGolf.com Focusing on one wedding at a time, you can be certain that your day will be personalized to match your unique style and exceed your expectations. Whether you envision a formal and traditional wedding, or a casual yet elegant wedding celebration, Brookmeadow can accommodate your every desire.

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butternut farm golf club

115 Wheeler Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-3400 EXT. 65 hope@butternutfarm.com ButternutFarm.com The award-winning Heritage Room at Butternut Farm Golf Club has a new vendor-inclusive package to make wedding planning easier and features: a vaulted-ceiling ballroom, octagonal cocktail room, covered bridge and raved about food. We host one event per day and can accommodate up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

the cape club of sharon

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

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cape codder resort & spa

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

charter oak country club

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

colonial hall at rockafellas

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

the 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 essex room

125 Main St., Essex, MA (978) 768-7335 EssexRoom.com At The Essex Room your wedding will be everything

you’ve ever dreamed of! Our experienced team will ensure you and your guests create a lifetime of cherished memories. Enjoy our celebration-sized dance floor and scenic marsh and river views. Your day, your way—everything is possible with us! capacity 300 | price $$

fairmont copley plaza hotel

138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 867-8522 Fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston Our centrally located Back Bay luxury hotel is a romantic landmark. Whether you choose the palatial splendor of our Grand Ballroom, the opulence of the Oval Room or the elegant intimacy of the St. James Room, our wedding specialists are here to assist you in any way. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the flying bridge

220 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA (508) 548-2700 | FlyingBridgeRestaurant.com The Flying Bridge is a unique waterfront locale for a truly memorable occasion. The Flying Bridge combines a cosmopolitan culture with the excitement of a dockside café. The dining room opens to wraparound decks and a stairway that leads to the boardwalk—a very romantic setting! capacity 150 | price $$$

fort adams

90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI (401) 619-5801 | FortAdams.org Your event will be a royal one at Fort Adams, with its breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and spectacular settings for your ceremony and reception. No other location can offer a castle for you and your guests. It is a special day for you, so make it a unique one from all others—make it royal! capacity 300 | price $$$

glen magna farms

29 Ingersoll Street, Danvers, MA (978) 774-9165 GlenMagnaFarms.org Glen Magna Farms features a colonial revival mansion set on an 11-acre country estate. We can accommodate 50 guests inside the mansion and 200 guests with tenting. This is a beautiful location for the perfect garden ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$$

grand view

6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA (508) 422-1000 Grand-View.com Our two customized wedding packages offer inclusive essentials to fit your needs. In addition to our elegant venue and spectacular grounds featuring gardens, statuary, waterfalls and water fountains, we offer unique on-site amenities such as our beautiful Bella Vista, Chapel and The Chalet at Grand View. capacity 350+ | price $$

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granite links golf club

100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy, MA (617) 689-1900 GraniteLinksGolfClub.com At Granite Links, we understand how special this day is for you as well as your family and friends. With breathtaking views of the Boston skyline set against the lush green of the golf course, Granite Links provides an inspirational backdrop for your special day. capacity 350 | price $$$

hampshire house

84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA (617) 227-9600 HampshireHouse.com Relax amidst comfortable luxury and be pampered with attentive service, decadent cuisine and an exquisite setting that will make you feel like royalty. The Hampshire House will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience that is all your own. capacity 150 | price $$$

the harding allen estate

Rt. 122 off Beautiful Barre Common, Barre, MA (978) 355-4920 Harding-Allen.com Imagine a place where the grandeur of Newport combines with the beauty of Vermont in the heart of Massachusetts to create a day you will cherish for a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

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harrington farm

178 Westminster Road, Princeton, MA (978) 464-5600 HarringtonFarm.com A wedding at the Harrington Farm offers the rare combination of country charm and elegance. With breathtaking floral gardens and mountain vistas surrounding you, our setting adds a special element to any event. Our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations in ambiance, service and food quality. capacity 250 | price $$$

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 $$

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.

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

hawthorne hotel on the common

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

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la pièce—the room

322 West Main Street, Tilton, NH (877) 325-3927 | info@lapiece-theroom.com LaPiece-TheRoom.com La Pièce, of New Hampshire’s scenic Lakes Region, is a unique, private wedding and event venue. We provide you with thoughtful services and amenities. We offer planning and design packages to assist you with as few or many of the details as you like—our team ensures that your day is perfect! capacity 250 | price $$$

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

the haven country club

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.

the international golf club & resort

159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA (978) 779-1330 specialevents@theinternational.com TheInternational.com The International, located on 800 beautiful acres, boasts mountain views, two championship golf courses, on-site lodging and restaurant, a newly renovated ballroom and multiple outdoor spaces. Our seasoned planners will make sure you and your guests have the event of a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

kirkbrae country club

197 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI (401) 333-1330 EXT. 245 Kirkbrae.com/wedding Surrounded by the beauty of Blackstone Valley,

labelle winery

345 Route 101, Amherst, NH (603) 672-9898 | LaBelleWineryNH.com LaBelle Winery is the perfect venue for hosting your elegant and unique wedding. Part of an 11-acre property, LaBelle Winery features a tasting room, an elegant great room with a vaulted ceiling and private bar for celebrations of up to 230 guests, and a grand outdoor terrace with sweeping vineyard views. capacity 230 | price $$$

lakeview pavilion

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

the lantana

43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, MA (781) 961-4660 TheLantana.com Happily ever after starts here. The Lantana resonates with the pride of two generations and over 45 years of family ownership. We reflect on our proud past and look forward to being a part of your new beginning. capacity 500+ | price $$

the lenox

61 Exeter St. at Boylston, Boston, MA (617) 536-5300 LenoxHotel.com The Lenox creates an experience that blends impeccable service, world-class cuisine and thoughtful amenities amid beautiful surroundings. Bring historic character to your event and have an on-site planner, customized menus, function space on a private floor and gilded dome room for up to 150 guests. capacity 150 | price $$$

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locke falls farm

2531 Chinook Trail, Wonalancet, NH (603) 986-9164 LockeFallsFarm.com Locke Falls Farm is the true essence of New Hampshire elegance. The pastoral setting creates an idyllic wedding venue. Spectacular perennial gardens surround the private estate, stunning event barn and covered pavilion. Couples have the flexibility to craft their own unique event. Schedule your tour today! capacity 200 | price $$

the loft @ plainridge park casino

301 Washington Street, Plainville, MA (508) 576-4444 hillary.hansen@pngaming.com PlainRidgeParkCasino.com This gorgeous 7,500-square-foot banquet space boasts one whole wall of windows overlooking the Plainridge Park Race Course. Expect state-of-the-art furnishings and built-in audio/visual capabilities, plus an enticing array of menu options from our award-winning culinary team. capacity 300 | 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.

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manchester country club

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

misselwood events at endicott college

376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (978) 232-2128 Misselwood.com As a prime location on the North Shore, Misselwood offers a particularly beautiful setting for wedding celebrations and special events. The stunning grounds, walking paths, private lawns and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean fulfill the ultimate outdoor wedding dream. capacity 200 | price $$$

mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 MountainTopInn.com Set on 700 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, dedicated wedding coordinators, 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 (866) 320-5076 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.

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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Boston, MA (617) 973-5205 events@neaq.org | NEAq.org Capture the excitement of Boston’s historic waterfront when you plan your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. A variety of location, entertainment and catering options, with a backdrop of awe-inspiring ocean creatures, will make your event completely unforgettable. capacity 300+ | price $$$

newport harbor hotel & marina

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

ocean edge resort & golf club

Brewster, Cape Cod, MA (508) 896-9000 OceanEdge.com/weddings Our lush 400 acres includes a historic 19th century mansion, complete with views of the sea, and a private beach for wedding ceremonies. Enjoy the new Beach House Spa with a lounge dedicated to brides, elegantly appointed guestrooms and villas, and the Cape’s only Nicklaus-design golf course. capacity 350 | price $$$

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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 $$$

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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 $$$

osteria posto

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

pats peak banquet center

(603) 428-3245 PatsPeak.com Pats Peak will enchant you with romantic settings and affordable elegance. Personalized service is what makes Pats Peak a favorite wedding location. Your scenic wedding ceremony can be held at the base or summit of the mountain. Select from two rooms for your reception. capacity 200 | price $$

peabody essex musuem

Salem, MA (978) 542-1615 | PEM.org From a breathtaking atrium with a soaring roofline to stunning banquet halls and scenic gardens, the Peabody

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Essex Museum in historic Salem, Mass. offers a variety of settings to make your wedding distinctive, elegant and unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$$

pilgrim house provincetown

336 Commercial Street, MA (508) 487-6424 | PilgrimHousePTown.com Whether it’s crafting a signature cocktail that’s your own, a dinner made from local ingredients or providing a cozy home away from home for your guests in our Inn, Pilgrim House is Provincetown’s premier wedding venue. capacity 100 | price $$

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 $$

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.

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renaissance

377 Kenoza Street, Haverhill, MA (978) 241-6712 WeddingsatRenaissance.com Say “I do” in style! You and your party will marvel at our beautiful grand ballroom, stunning golf course, covered veranda and luxurious overnight accomodations. Our on-site wedding specialists and experienced staff are dedicated to ensuring that your every wish comes true on your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

the ridge club

70 Country Club Road, Sandwich, MA (508) 428-6800 events@ridgeclubcapecod.com RidgeClubCapeCod.com This Cape Cod destination wedding location, features a garden-style Pavilion with vaulted ceilings and wallto-wall glass sliders, and a landscaped patio—perfect for your cocktail reception or rehearsal dinner. The Ridge Club also provides a unique setting for outdoor ceremonies and smaller receptions. capacity 160 | price $$$

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the river club

78 Border Street, Scituate, MA (781) 545-1330 | TheRiverClubScituate.com We are Boston’s South Shore premier wedding venue, offering indoor and outdoor ceremonies, receptions with high ceilings and chandeliers, fireplaces, hardwood floors, a stage and a very big dance floor. A lighthouse and beach are nearby. capacity 300 | price $$$

salem waterfront hotel

225 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978) 619-1115 romalley@salemwaterfronthotel.com SalemWaterfrontHotel.com We’re dedicated and excited to make your wedding day the perfect beginning to your new chapter together! At your service, we provide personal, imaginative and discreet planning, flawlessly executed. Experience perfection on Pickering Wharf for your wedding day! capacity 220 | price $$

saphire estate

164 Massapoag Ave., Sharon, MA (781) 784-2400 info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Experience breathtaking lakeshore views, our romantic courtyard and charming manor house, plus an experienced, professional staff dedicated to helping you attain the personalized experience you deserve. Come see what makes Saphire Estate one of the most delightful settings on Boston’s South Shore. capacity 275 | price $$

sea crest beach hotel

Old Silver Beach, Cape Cod (508) 540-9400 SeaCrestBeachHotel.com A wedding where you can kick up your heels and then, kick off your shoes. No ocean can compete with the beauty of a bride, but it does join the celebration. All is bright, clear and joyful here at Sea Crest Beach Hotel, inside and out. capacity 300+ | price $$$

seaport hotel and seaport world trade center

One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA (617) 385-4212 info@seaportboston.com SeaportBoston.com For the wedding of your dreams, we propose panoramic harbor and city views, custom-designed menus, elegant ballrooms, white-glove service, and complimentary parking. Relax while our team of dedicated wedding consultants makes your unique wedding vision a reality. capacity 400+ | price $$$

spring house hotel Block Island, RI

(401) 466-5844 SpringHouseHotel.com The Spring House Hotel provides the most picturesque backdrop for your special day. Green grass, a shining white building and a deep blue ocean will be seen in photographs for years to come. Whatever your dream wedding may be, our entire staff will go above and beyond to ensure a beautiful event. capacity 300 | price $$$

the starting gate at greathorse

128 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA (413) 566-5158 TheStartingGate.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!

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 $$

tewksbury country club

1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA (978) 640-0033 EXT. 13 functions@tewksburycc.com TewksburyCountryClub.com We offer the perfect setting for your wedding, set on

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. over 50 acres of manicured grounds overlooking ponds, fountains and dramatic stone bridges. Our elegant Grand Sequoia Ballroom and Cypress Room offer beautiful outdoor patios, crystal chandeliers and warm wood finishes, making us the ideal setting. capacity 340 | price $$

the tiffany ballroom

Norwood, MA (781) 255-3159 | contact@fourpointsnorwood.com TiffanyBallroom.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 bouquets and more! Say “I do” on our new outdoor wedding pavilion. capacity 400+ | price $$

the tirrell room

254 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA (617) 847-6149 | carey@thetirrellroom.com TheTirrellRoom.com Imagine a private setting surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Blue Hills, and you have the perfect location for the wedding of your dreams. Our singular focus is to create the perfect wedding experience each and every time.

coupled with unparalleled cuisine and hospitality, makes for an unforgettable celebration. capacity 500 | price $$$

union bluff meeting house

York Beach, ME (800) 833-0721 UnionBluff.com The Meeting House offers breathtaking ocean views with a classic graciousness, both inside and out. With on-site hotel accommodations, pub and restaurant, the Meeting House is the perfect destination to make all your dreams come true! We can accommodate parties up to 200, and we’re open year-round! capacity 200 | price $$$

venezia restaurant

20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA (617) 436-3120 VeneziaBoston.com From the champagne toast to our custom designed wedding cake, your special day will be one of storybook elegance and style. Our waterfront ballroom overlooking the Boston skyline can accommodate up to 350 guests and our widely acclaimed chef will prepare a menu that will delight everyone. capacity 350 | price $$$

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tupper manor at the wylie inn and conference center

295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA (781) 867-1955 | info@wyliecenter.com TupperManor.com Overlooking the ocean, Tupper Manor offers the elegance of a bygone era while providing the amenities one expects from a first-class modern facility. The main floor boasts the glass-enclosed conservatory, ballroom, library, garden, and oval and billiard rooms.

229 Nubble Road, York, ME (207) 361-3261 ViewPointHotel.com/weddings As the premier wedding location on the coast, the ViewPoint offers a wedding experience like no other. You and your loved ones will be able to enjoy the scenic backdrop with breathtaking views of the ocean and the picturesque Nubble Lighthouse, while creating memories to last a lifetime! capacity 175 | price $$$

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tuscan kitchen, portsmouth

581 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH (603) 570-3600 TuscanKitchen.com Whether for an intimate rehearsal dinner or a largescale cocktail reception, Tuscan Kitchen, in the hub of New Hampshire’s Seacoast, has an elegant private event space and menu for any occasion. Limestone fireplaces and French doors that lead to an outdoor terrace make for a magical celebration. capacity 400 | price $$$

tuscan kitchen, seaport

64 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA (617) 303-7300 TuscanKitchen.com Overlooking the Boston skyline, Tuscan Kitchen’s event spaces boast limestone fireplaces, full A/V capabilities, and complimentary linens, floral centerpieces and candles. The elegance of the 14,573-square-foot venue,

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the villa at ridder country club

390 Oak Street, East Bridgewater, MA (781) 784-2400 | info@saphireeventgroup.com SaphireEventGroup.com Tucked away in the rolling greens of Ridder Country Club, The Villa boasts three unique event spaces. Whether you envision contemporary sophistication, rustic elegance or gardenside glamour, we have the perfect space for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. capacity 340 | price $$

wachusett mountain ski area

(978) 464-3175 sales@wachusett.com Wachusett.com Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is conveniently located in the heart of central Massachusetts and is the ideal location for your own storybook wedding, surrounded by magical vistas and breathtaking views. capacity 400+ | price $$$

waverly oaks golf club

444 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA (508) 224-6700 EXT. 107 mscully@waverlyoaksgc.com WaverlyOaksGC.com Nestled in the heart of 225 lush acres, the clubhouse at Waverly Oaks Golf Club affords spectacular views of our award-winning golf course. We offer excellent cuisine, exceptional service, and fine attention to detail. We look forward to hosting your event. capacity 250 | price $$

wedgewood pines country club

215 Harvard Road, Stow, MA (978) 897-1790 specialevents@wedgewoodpines.com WedgewoodPines.com Our facilities and staff can accommodate a multitude of requests, from a formal wedding and reception in the main clubhouse to a relaxed cocktail reception on our terrace overlooking the 18th green. Our beautiful landscaped grounds are the perfect place for photos in any season. capacity 200 | price $$$

white cliffs country club

Plymouth, MA (508) 888-8701 jen@whitecliffscc.com WhiteCliffsCC.com Our unique clubhouse with majestic white tenting sits atop a 175-foot cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Discover views of the ocean and beaches stretching from Plymouth to Provincetown. A gazebo within the award-winning maze of gardens creates the perfect setting! capacity 300 | 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 $$$

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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 $$

cakes & caterers

bean counter bakery

288 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA (508) 754-0505 BeanCounterBakery.com Only the finest and freshest premium quality, all-natural ingredients with no preservatives are used to create the best combination of taste and flavor profile. Your custom wedding cake will be created and ready just in time to be part of your celebration—fresh, exquisite, elegant, flavorful and perfect.

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capers catering

21 Emerson Street, Stoneham, MA (800) 465-6509 | (781) 279-5100 CapersCatering.com Full service catering and event planning services, infused with sparkle and imagination, to make your event shine!

heirloom fire

New England, New York and beyond (413) 344-5771 HeirloomFire.com Heirloom Fire is a sustainably minded, fire-based catering and events company located deep in The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Providing exceptional full-service wedding catering, event planning and design, Heirloom Fire has been known to travel wherever their fires will take them.

just desserts

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

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mia’s catering

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

bridal fashion & beauty

montilio’s baking company

Serving New England (508) 894-8855 EXT. 210 weddingcakes@montilios.com Montilios.com Montilio’s is known for exquisite cakes. This familyowned business is a New England favorite that has been enjoyed for generations. While traditional styles are always an option for a classic, elegant look, Montilio’s goes beyond traditional and creates both contemporary and customized designs to fit your needs.

the off the vine catering group

(781) 762-9770 OfftheVineCatering.com Since inception, Off the Vine Catering has earned a reputation for providing exquisite food, creative presentations, impeccable service and attention to detail. Our formula for success has been to infuse creativity and inspiration into all our catered events to provide a truly memorable experience.

party favors

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

339 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA (978) 388-4388 | sales@bella-bride.com Bella-Bride.com It’s your day. You want to look your best as you take center stage amongst family and friends. Here at Bella, we understand the significance of the moment. We pride ourselves on providing impeccable service, valuable experience, and of course elegant designer bridal gowns.

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!

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timothy s. hopkins catering

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

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.

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

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marry & tux bridal

100 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH (603) 883-6999 MarryandTuxBridal.com Marry & Tux Bridal is southern New Hampshire’s largest bridal salon at just over 9,000 square feet, featuring six showrooms spread across two floors. Located just 40 minutes from the heart of Boston, our customers tell us “it’s worth the drive”. Visit our website to tour our store!

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Bayside of Nahant

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (978) 682-9772 Nijoli.com Award-winning spa nijoli & salon will help create the perfect look on your wedding day with formal hairstyling, airbrush makeup application, spray tanning, eyelash extensions, natural and gel polish nail care. We invite you excitedly and are eager to share one of your most memorable days.

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.

studio, fusing imagination and innovation to create unique designs for the discerning client who seeks a truly personalized floral experience. We design an experience with all the textures, colors and beauty to fully express your vision.

heritage flowers inc.

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

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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.

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vows bridal

130 Galen Street, Watertown, MA (800) 831-8697 VOWSBridal.com VOWS Bridal offers special order collections and designer samples. Voted Best Bridal Shop in New England—it’s the place you keep hearing about!

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.

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.

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.

sound city entertainment

New England (888) 828-7664 party@soundcitydj.com SoundCityEntertainment.com Your photography and albums will always be cherished keepsakes. We keep this in mind as we capture your memories, your feelings and your smiles. Our photography incorporates both traditional and photojournalistic styles! We are motivated and move around your event, to be there for every moment.

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descenza diamonds bittersweet gardens

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

flou(-e)r

Serving Metro Boston and Beyond (781) 305-3322 info@myflouer.com MyFlouer.com Flou(-e)r is a forward-thinking specialty floral design

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Boston, Framingham, Hingham, Peabody (800) 253-0308 sales@descenza.com DeScenza.com We are your source for Forevermark diamonds—rare, beautiful and responsibly sourced to protect the natural world. Let our knowledgeable, friendly staff help you find the perfect engagement ring and wedding bands to make your celebration sparkle! #TheDescenzaDifference

joseph gann jewelers

387 Washington St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA (617) 426-4932 JosephGann.com Since 1933, Joseph Gann Jewelers has provided

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.

hancer photography

(617) 429-6869 HancerPhotography.com We provide exquisite, documentary-style wedding

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The Ridge Club is an exclusive private club located on Cape Cod—a destination wedding and event location. We take great pride in providing exceptional service and exquisite menu offerings. Our Clubhouse, comfortably accommodating up to 160 guests, boasts a classic Cape Cod–inspired venue, featuring a garden-style Pavilion with vaulted, wood paneled ceilings and brick flooring. Our wall-to-wall glass sliders allow you to step out onto our beautifully landscaped patio, perfect for your cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. We also provide a unique setting for outdoor ceremonies and smaller wedding events. We look forward to working with you on your special day to ensure a flawless experience.

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kolbo fine judaica gallery

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

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

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

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The Essex Room

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The 228 in Sterling

273

Events at The Loft Plainridge Park Casino

67

Aldrich Mansion

215

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

51

Andover Country Club

13

The Flying Bridge

283

Apple Hill Farm & Country Club

213

Fort Adams

48

Asa Waters Mansion

133

Glen Magna Farms

283

Atkinson Resort & Country Club

207

Grand View

14

Avenir

226

Granite Links Golf Club

245

Barker Tavern

169

Hampshire House Beacon Hill

271

The Barn at Wight Farm

231

The Harding Allen Estate

244

Battery Wharf Hotel

39

Harrington Farm

10

The Bayside of Nahant

279

The Haven Country Club

26

Beauport Hospitality Group

22

Hawthorne Hotel

131

Bedford Village Inn

47

Hilton Boston Woburn

234

Beechwood Hotel

117

House of Blues Boston

253

Black Swan Country Club

145

Independence Harbor

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Boston Harbor Hotel

161

Indian Pond Country Club

92

The Bostonian Boston Hotel

246

The International

255

Boylston Rooms

223

John Carver Inn & Spa

217

Briar Barn Inn

35

Kirkbrae Country Club

139

Brookmeadow Country Club

185

La Pièce — The Room

181

Butternut Farm Golf Club

111

LaBelle Winery

191

The Cape Club of Sharon

253

Lakeview Pavilion

9

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

217

The Lantana

167

Charter Oak Country Club

233

The Lenox Hotel

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Colonial Hall at Rockafellas

83

Locke Falls Farm

33

The Commons 1854

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Lombardo’s

188

The Connors Center

267

Manchester Country Club

55

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

217

The Mansion on Turner Hill

221

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187

Tuscan Kitchen

97

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

165

Union Bluff Meeting House

141

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

123

Venezia Restaurant

210

Nahant Country Club

173

The ViewPoint Hotel

153

Nantasket Beach Resort

121

Wachusett Mountain

248

New England Aquarium

108

Waverly Oaks Golf Club

237

The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

43

Weddings at Renaissance

155

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

249

Wedgewood Pines Country Club

73

Osteria Posto

134

White Cliffs Country Club

229

Pats Peak Banquet Center

261

Willowbend

247

Peabody Essex Museum

37

Willowdale Estate

34

Pilgrim House

209

Zukas Hilltop Barn

269

The Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

41

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm

171

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The Ridge Club

281

The Bean Counter Bakery

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The River Club

77

Capers Catering

85

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

31

Harvest Moon

107

Saphire Event Group

2

Heirloom Fire

259

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

147

Just Desserts Bakery & Cafe

284

Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

1

Mia’s Catering by Mamma Mia’s

281

Spring House Hotel

225

Montilio’s Baking Company

205

The Starting Gate at Greathorse

202

Off The Vine Catering

261

The Stevens Estate Special Event & Conference Center

101

Party Favors

257

The Stockyard

277

Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

275

Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House

242

Vinwood Caterers

267

Tewksbury Country Club

53

The Tiffany Ballroom

157

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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The Tirrell Room

137

Beach Plum Event & Floral Design

113

Tupper Manor

263

Bittersweet Gardens

269

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Flou(-e)r

159

Hancer Photography

149

Heritage Flowers & Balloons

264

Scott Zuehlke Photography

239

JN Floral Design

273

Zev Fisher Photography

95

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Allegria Bridal

21

Andrea’s Bridal

98

617 Weddings & Events

142

Bella Bridal Shoppe

45

Murray Hill Talent

175

Hair & Makeup by Natalie

263

Sound City Entertainment

218

His & Hers by Andrea’s Bridal

98

Mane & Mani

257

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Marry & Tux Bridal

18, 71

Tag Design

103

New York Lace

66

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely

25

Spa Nijoli & Salon

271

Special Event Beauty

275 264

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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To Make Beautiful VOWS Bridal

118

A Plus Coach, Inc.

277

Bespoke Affair

259

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 65

Barmakian Jewelers

17

Marry in Maine

79

DeScenza Diamonds

60

Peak Event Services

241

Joseph Gann Jewelers

29

Q Ballroom

279

Things Remembered

59

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Cruise Planners

91

Total Wine & More

57

We Tie The Knots

89

Wish Upon A Wedding

63

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Dan Aguirre Photography

182

Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery

255

287

JEWELRY

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ally & charlie

Cape Neddick, ME “If I could have sprinted down the cliff to Charlie, I would have, but that would have been risky in a wedding gown and heels,” Ally says. “As soon as I got to the bottom, I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around. The anticipation made our first look so romantic and intimate. I tried to absorb the moment amid all the excitement to come.”

F I N D M O R E R E A L W E D D I N G I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheKnot.com/maine-weddings

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We wanted a venue in the city that was unique but still classic and romantic. When we entered the lobby of the Lenox, it was love at first sight. We were blown away by the gorgeous dome room and how friendly and accommodating the staff was. The wedding package included everything we wanted and more! The day of the wedding, my bridal suite, the room for the groomsmen, the ceremony and reception all took place on the 2nd floor. This made logistics and planning SO much easier. One of my favorite moments was our first look on the rooftop of the Lenox. Being under the Lenox sign against a stunning city backdrop as we saw each other for the first time is pretty hard to beat!

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