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T H E DAY YO U’ L L A LWAYS

REMEMBER DESERV E S A LOC AT ION

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Love has a way of taking your breath away, and at Omni we believe your wedding day should do the same. Bring your dream wedding to life at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. From sunset ceremonies under beautiful palm trees to ballroom parties exuding the warm elegance of California, our destination provides the perfect setting for your perfect day.

OmniHotels.com/LaCosta

ED G E PO O L ∙ O MN I L A COSTA RESO RT & SPA C A RLSBA D, C A LI FO RN I A

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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 20 24 28 40 56 62 66 72 75 81 315

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 animal sanctuaries for “I dos” expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL COSTELLO

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 162

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

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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stylist on call Gown guru Maradee Wahl gives bridal style advice.

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

beauty & wellness 189

sweating for the wedding

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Kick your fitness goals into gear.

style wedding themes 101 Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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wedding cakes by style How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

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

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

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works of art

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

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From this day forward the adventure begins.

Celebrate your special day with sunny days and picture perfect settings. From rehearsal to reception, cool poolside and pampering spa days, your destination wedding will keep you and your party jumping for joy. 9 RESORT CITIES. ONE BEAUTIFUL OASIS. palm springs | desert hot springs | cathedral city | rancho mirage palm desert | indian wells | la quinta | indio | coachella

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CONTENTS

real weddings 87

kara & soniko june 18, st. helena

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sirisha & justin august 12 & 13, san francisco

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julie & stephen october 29, livermore

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jeanne & beau june 4, yountville

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carolyn & scott october 8, san rafael

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kalya & mike september 6, san francisco

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larissa & timothy march 10, carmel-by-the-sea

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michelle & brett september 17, yosemite national park

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shaila & steve may 7, haiku, hi

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happy campers

julia & george

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stefania & derek july 9, burbank

planning

lori & brian

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kate & martin

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may 20, los angeles

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anne & kelli 246

carly & ian

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melissa & dennis october 9, silverado

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10 old-school planning rules you can break happy campers

september 17, san diego

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how to actually pay for your wedding

foodie faves that ship nationwide Add some hometown flair to your day.

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road to the altar

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engagement party basics Hosting etiquette you need to know.

please be seated New setup options for your ceremony.

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Stylish transportation options.

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

alyssa & matthew

the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

august 27, agoura hills

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Some traditions just don’t hold up.

october 15, palm springs

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destination by design Tips to make planning from afar a breeze.

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13 essential planning tips

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

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hottest honeymoon destinations Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

real wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

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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.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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bridal gowns mother of the bride bridesmaids GOWN: WATTERS

eveningwear accessories 18663 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 818.774.9700

2017

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames .com (Walnut Creek), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona del Mar); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal .com (Glendale), Marina Morrison, MarinaMorrison.com (San Francisco), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona del Mar); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Panache Bridal & Eveningwear, PanacheBridals.com (Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa & Pasadena); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

ON HIM

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

ON HIM

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

behind the scenes

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

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

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

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

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– PLANNING – FLORAL DESIGN – DÉCOR – KQELEMENTS.COM

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1307 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Elise Kneram, ekneram@theknot.com (877) 869-6042

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

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

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Andrea Eppolito is adored by her couples for serving as not only just their wedding planner, but as their advocate, confidant, and friend. As one of her exclusive couples, you are guaranteed undivided attention, unlimited access, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience as she guides you through celebrating life, luxury, and, above all else‌love. Vibrant, chic, and impeccably organized, Andrea can be found creating gorgeous weddings and stunning events worldwide.

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.com/california

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

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Golden State for local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Californian celebration is all about, like Marlyn and Armando’s glam nuptials in Los Banos. They even honored their Mexican heritages with traditional banda and a live mariachi band.

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

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 255) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 302)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 120). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 142) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 162) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 255). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 132) to where to register right now (p. 153), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 162)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 142)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 120)

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

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements such as premarital counseling.

MONTHS

Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 30). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 30). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

MONTHS

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

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Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. >>

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CHECKLIST

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

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

our planner app is a must-have!

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

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date: ______ /______ /______

Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart. Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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Photography by: EM Weddings

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

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Incredible Live Music for Your Extraordinary Celebration

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MOMENT. ENCORE is an award winning band known for its Elegant Fun, Audience Engaging Entertainment and Continuous Live Music. No two weddings are the same, so let’s create moments that are uniquely you. From your Ceremony through the Reception, ENCORE brings passion, excitement and a magic touch to your special day. Create the most memorable experience of your life together with our team of wedding music experts that will focus on you and your guests. More than just a great band, ENCORE creates moments you will cherish for a lifetime. Please visit us at encmusic.com and let the celebration begin! “Encore was by far the best choice we made in vendors for the entire wedding. I couldn't give them any higher praise for the stellar job they did and the magnetic energy they created.” - Bryn Kressin “Encore made our day so memorable, fun and amazing! All our friends and family are STILL raving about how great they were and how much fun our wedding was!” - Louis & Shanel “It was clear from the first time we met that they were dedicated to getting to know us and understanding what we envisioned for our wedding. Working with them throughout the planning process was not only easy, but truly enjoyable. I cannot recommend them enough!” - Jesse & Erin

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“Urban San Francisco is immediately what came to mind when I first walked into the space in the Dogpatch—think sweeping city views from the rooftop terrace, cement floors and white walls with 30-foot ceilings. I wanted that to come through in the design.” —E Events Co.

LOCAL DETAIL WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country, reporting on the hottest wedding style details brought to life by local wedding pros. Our favorite element at the San Francisco mixer—the custom perfume bar—comes from the team at E Events Co. Guests were invited to blend essences of base notes, middle notes and top notes into a personalized perfume they could take home. Talk about a unique way to showcase your florals!

THE TEAM VENUE Pearl SF PLANNER E Events Co. PHOTOGRAPHY Russ Levi

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LOCAL TREND ALERT Hawaii’s winning trend comes from Unveiled Hawaii: the Swag Station. Guests stepped up to the custom-made bar and filled branded bags with everything from votives to organic vodka and hangover kits. Unveiled Hawaii called it the hit of the evening.

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

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

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

SEATING STRESS

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

A HAIR AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wedding florists PARTY POSIES FLORAL AND EVENT COORDINATING PartyPosies.com “Party Posies by far exceeded the quality and prices of the other florists. We definitely knew we made the right decision.”

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bridal salons MON AMIE BRIDAL SALON MonAmie.com “Mon Amie is the most amazing salon, from the beautiful selection to the amazing staff. The staff made me feel amazing and knew what would be perfect.” BELLASPOSA BRIDAL & PHOTOGRAPHY THE BUSTLE JACLYN’S BRIDALS STYLED BY TC

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CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA CatamaranResort.com “I really could just go on and on about how beautiful, fun, amazing and easy our wedding day was because of the wonderful, helpful staff and beautiful accommodations.”

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500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara; (805) 962-5339; SBZoo.org Looking for a new twist on cocktail hour entertainment? Feed the giraffes, mingle with flamingos or take a leisurely train ride around the perimeter of this beloved 30-acre zoo in the heart of Santa Barbara. It’s home to more than 100 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and bugs. Invite up to 275 guests for a ceremony at the Palm Garden, then head to the epic Hilltop with incredible views of the American Riviera for the reception.

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great spirits ranch 33051 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu; (310) 975-5506; GreatSpiritsRanch.com Rescued horses, mini donkeys, ducks and llamas reside on this hilltop ranch in Malibu, which is ideal for an earthy event that honors everyone’s inner flower child. In addition to the one-of-a-kind views of the Ojai Mountains, couples can make their entrance on horseback, sign their marriage certificate in a traditional tepee, sip locally made wine with up to 300 friends and family, and glamp in a hillside yurt on their wedding night.

47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert; (760) 346-5694; LivingDesert.org This oasis, 30 minutes south of Palm Springs, offers nine spaces for celebrations, including the Tennity Village WaTuTu, a five-acre re-creation of a traditional North African village surrounded by palms, acacia and aloe gardens. Up to 1,500 guests can soak in romantic sunsets and starry skies on this expansive property, which is home to more than 450 animals from a range of desert regions, including dromedary camels, striped hyenas, Amur leopards, giraffes and Addax antelope. TIP Arrange a fun photo op with one of the resident porcupines.

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886 Cannery Row, Monterey; (831) 648-4800; MontereyBayAquarium.org The Monterey Bay Aquarium is legendary for its marine life and research. When sea lovers book its Ocean’s Edge galleries, up to 80 wedding guests can get an up-close look at the swaying kelp forest exhibit with its mesmerizing herd of leopard sharks. Larger parties (up to 120) can reserve the Open Sea galleries, where a 90-foot-tall aquarium wall displays swirling schools of fish, sea turtles and jellyfish.

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any tips for destination weddings? Go into the process with the right attitude. Know that things may be done differently than they are at home. Resist the urge to micromanage. Go with the flow—your guests will be in vacation mode, so you should be too. what trend do you wish would go away? Vintage furnishings and shabby-chic décor. I’ll always love approachable, California, laid-back design but I can do without grandma’s vintage china tea set on display. what’s your ultimate pro tip? It’s not just “your day.” A wedding is about bringing two families together and creating a new one. Learn to compromise with your fiancé. Contrary to what you might hear, it’s not all about you. Find more planners from your area in our directory on p. 330

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A Dry, Crisp Bubbly with a Hint of Blueberry As sparkling wine continues to grow in popularity, Blanc de Bleu is also winning fans for its taste. Made with grapes grown in Northern California vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes, Blanc de Bleu bubbly tickles the palate with a subtle hint of blueberry. “The base wine of cuvée for Blanc de Bleu is the same fruit I use in our high-end, methode champenoise programs,” explains

Bob Stashak, champagne master for Blanc de Bleu. “We add just enough blueberry flavor to make a subtle impact. People are more pleasantly surprised to find the wine dry and crisp, instead of being another overly sweet, flavored wine.” Blanc de Bleu’s beautiful blue color is different from what you will see in any other sparkling wine. The vision behind creating Blanc de Bleu was to give people a reason to celebrate. Elegant packaging for this dry, crisp sparkling wine inside a striking bottle has captured the fascination of couples everywhere. You should not be surprised when you see Blanc de Bleu at the next wedding or big celebration you attend.

Weddings Every Day, Everywhere “Every day, everywhere, someone is getting married. We want Blanc de Bleu to be the sparkling beverage of choice at all weddings,” says Fred Franzia, CEO of Bronco Wine Company, the worldwide producer and supplier of Blanc de Bleu. Blanc de Bleu is available in 750ml and 187ml bottles. www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com

Bronco Wine Company | 855.874.2394 | Sparkling grape wine with blueberry flavor and certified color. © 2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA | Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

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EXPERT ADVICE

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Elizabeth Nettles Urban Palate Catering

what are some creative ways to tell a love story through food and drink? Make the menu a personal reflection of your experiences, traditions and favorite things— guests appreciate an authentic menu. Find inspiration with ethnic heritages, serve appetizers of your favorite foods or from your first date, and create a dessert station with pies and cakes taken from old family recipes. You can also offer drinks from your top wineries, breweries and distilleries. any trend you want weddings to adopt? Inject some fun. A wedding is a celebration. Who says you can’t serve barbecue (I did at mine), tacos or a hot fudge sundae?

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The manager of special events at this DTLA–based catering company, Nettles works directly with couples to customize their menus. ON THE WEB

UrbanPalate.com

after-parties are practically standard, so what’s the best snack to serve? We love to serve homey, luscious bites that satisfy late-night cravings like sliders, chicken pot pies and grilled cheese sandwiches. what’s your top advice for all to-beweds planning their menus? My number one tip is to find that balance between being a thoughtful host and satisfying yourself. If you and your fiancé are relaxed and happy, the feeling will be contagious and guests will have a great time.

@urbanpalatela PRO TIPS

A mistake to avoid: trying to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs. If you’re on a budget, forgo a formal dinner and host a fabulous cocktail party with heavier bites. Guests can graze and mingle all night. Note that family style means more rentals (platters and bowls) for each table.

Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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let’s chat drinks. what’s a must-have for a successful bar setup? Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! Sparkling wine is always a crowd-pleaser, and nothing feels more like a celebration than champagne. But remember, it doesn’t have to be champagne. A crisp prosecco or a delicious rosé cava keeps spirits up and costs down. Plus, you can rent old-fashioned coupe glasses for extra flair.

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After a stint in commercial videography, Davis realized he could bring that high level of quality to weddings with his OC–based company. ON THE WEB

wow. what all does a couple receive when they book your videography services, beyond a short trailer? We also offer an Instagram teaser, 15- to 20-minute feature film, complete video of the ceremony and toasts, and drone coverage. We’ll also film the rehearsal dinner. We pick a licensed song that complements the couple and visual content for the soundtrack. tell us more about working with drones. We try and always get a wide, establishing shot of the venue and scenery. We stay away from guests and large groups of people and never fly when it would become a distraction. Drones are an amazing tool, but have to be used with caution. They can be dangerous, and many hotels are banning them for their guests’ privacy, so safety is our top concern.

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@cloudlessweddings PRO TIPS

When the wedding day comes, relax and trust the pros you have hired. Keep family photos concise to ensure you have enough time with just the two of you. Don’t wait until the last minute to secure a videographer—we book up!

you have a “non-invasive approach” to filming. What does that mean? We never ask the couple to act or redo anything. During the portrait time, we let the photographer take the direction. We’re always around the perimeter so the guests can experience the day. We use a variety of equipment to get a range of shot types. We have found the more we allow the couple to forget about us and enjoy their day, the more natural the film is. They let their personalities truly shine. now a bit about your work: describe the most emotional moment you’ve captured recently? A bride found creative ways to celebrate with her mother, who was sick and bound to a wheelchair—everything from hair and makeup to late-night dancing. so sweet! what about the funniest moment you’ve shot? There was a wedding where the bride and groom incorporated a fart machine in their ceremony! And I always love when a couple gets onstage and dances with the band. finally, what’s the best part of your job? I get to be a part of a couple’s happiest day. The mix of family and friends is one that will only happen once. Vows, toasts and interactions carry a lot of emotion that is best captured on video. This raw emotion tells the unique story of a couple and their wedding day. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/california

JOEL SERR ATO FILMS + PHOTOGR APHS

how does the conversation start with a videographer and couple? how should they prepare for the first meeting? When I first meet a couple, I want to get to know them, their story and their design aesthetic. I also educate them on our process and how we film their wedding day. Couples don’t need to prepare anything specific, but they often bring images of design inspiration.

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INSIDE SCOOP

“Consider a postwedding brunch. Everyone is finally relaxed, and it’s a nice way to cap off the festivities and say goodbye to guests.” —Manasi & Bill

—Chinny & Chike

—Karen & Mark

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

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

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“Supportive vendors are key. If you’re unsure during an initial consultation, listen to your instincts and move on.”

“LAUGH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE DURING WHAT WILL BE A CRAZY PROCESS. YOUR CURRENT SANITY IS PRICELESS.”

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REAL COUPLES

love stories

Five supersweet proposals from the Golden State. BY CAROLYN MEERS

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Roger planned his proposal to take place during a getaway to Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France—the first vacation out of the country for the pair. “I decided this could be a trip to remember— just the two of us driving around the French countryside capped with a proposal to my princess in front of a castle,” Roger says. After the couple settled into their hotel, Roger persuaded Jean to go out to see the sunset on the dam and gaze at the perfectly framed peak. There, he nervously popped the question. “I was so surprised and taken over with emotion,” Jean says. The ring: Victor Canera >>

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coree & darya San Luis Obispo PHOTOGRAPH BY MASON & MEGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Coree and Darya crossed paths as teenagers in their hometown. “There never really was a question about how we felt about each other from that moment on,” Darya says. On a road trip up the PCH, Darya pulled over and led Coree up a scenic bluff trail. At the top, he handed her a book outlining important moments in their seven-year-long relationship. “We used to give notes to one another on a regular basis,” he says. “It’s great to look back and see the silly things we would say as 16-year-olds.” On the last page, he asked Coree to marry him. “I felt the perfect mixture of anticipation and peacefulness,” Coree says. The ring: Brilliant Earth

laura & leah San Francisco PHOTOGRAPH BY AMANDA WEI PHOTOGRAPHY

“I remember we touched hands and the electricity between us was instantaneous,” Laura (right) says of meeting her “soul mate,” Leah. “It was like nothing I had ever felt before.” For Laura’s 30th birthday, Leah concealed a ring within a larger gift box and presented it to Laura when she arrived home to their apartment. “I kept guessing what she had gotten me: boots, heels, a handbag?” Laura says. “And she just kept smiling at me.” When Laura finally opened the box, Leah placed the ring on her hand. “I haven’t taken it off since!” she says. The ring: Brilliant Earth >>

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While attending college in Wilmington, North Carolina, Aaryn met Charles “one day shy of his 23rd birthday—happy birthday to him!” she says. Right before their five-year anniversary, Charles planned a proposal at Treehouse Vineyards south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charles led Aaryn away from a group wine tasting tour to a quiet lakeside spot. Just as the sun set, he presented the ring. “The proposal location was kind of a snapshot of our love: effortless, beautiful and fun,” she says. The ring: Diamonds Direct Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 330

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REAL WEDDINGS

NORTHERN & CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

COCO TR AN

These eight weddings celebrate the best of the two regions, including rustic ranches, dramatic city views, romantic vineyards and towering redwood forests.

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The groom and his groomsmen sported Bermuda formal attire: navy blazers, coral shorts and tall socks.

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Aqua runners and vibrant pink and fuchsia floral arrangements topped the wood tables.

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BRIDE Kara Fisher, 29, an insurance broker at Aon Bermuda Limited GROOM Soniko Thomas, 29, an assistant manager at Gosling’s HOW THEY MET As teenagers through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Bermuda-based Kara and Soniko brought island style to their vineyard venue to celebrate their love of the Golden State. —Carolyn Meers

“We were very keen to have Bermuda in our wedding although we were getting married in California,” Kara says of exchanging vows in the state where they both went to college. “All colors were inspired by Bermuda, its beautiful ocean and its pink sand,” she says of the navy blue, light blue and coral used in the ceremony and reception. “I also like the rustic outdoors, hence the farm tables and simple table design.”

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Kara and Soniko exchanged vows flanked by two wine barrels, a nod to the vineyards in the backdrop. Guests dined on traditional Bermudian fare, which included mini codfish cakes made with hot cross buns and, of course, dark ’n’ stormies made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum.

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“I always wanted our wedding to be a small, intimate backyard party, and it felt like that,” Kara says.

KARA & SONIKO’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

St. Helena

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch,

OFFICIANT Peadar Dalton

GOWN AmyKuschel.com

Stuart Weitzman

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Astwood Dickinson NECKLACE Alexandra Mosher HAIR &

MAKEUP Betten Chaston

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Donna Morgan MENSWEAR TABS Bermuda Shorts STATIONERY &

Tie That Binds

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS Bright Event

Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental; Peak Productions

CATERING &

DESSERTS Farmstead at Long Meadow

Ranch

CAKE Sift Dessert Bar

MUSIC Preceremony & dinner: Steel

Drum Connection; ceremony & reception: DJ Cams PHOTO BOOTH SpeechBooth FAVORS DIY

TRANSPORTATION

Royal Coach Limousine and Bus Service “We chose tropical, local flowers and wanted a mix to make it look wild and natural,” Kara says. Centerpieces incorporated pink peonies and king protea, while the cake was crowned with fuchsia blossoms. “They complemented the California landscape,” she says.

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ACCOMMODATIONS JC Room Blocks GUESTS 108 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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August 12 & 13 • San Francisco

sirisha &

justin engaged: 9 months photography by Lori Paladino Photography at Fairmont San Francisco & Asian Art Museum

Sirisha’s hand-spun gold and silver silk sari came from India’s historic city of Kanchipuram.

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BRIDE Sirisha, 30, an investment analyst GROOM Justin, 31, a consultant HOW THEY MET On Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app WEDDING STYLE To honor their respective family traditions, Sirisha and Justin held two ceremonies followed by two receptions on two consecutive days: a Hindu wedding in a hotel ballroom and a Catholic ceremony at a historic art museum. —CM

“For both days, we wanted the style to be classic and elegant,” Sirisha says. “We also wanted it to feel warm and intimate for guests.” For attire, the couple wore traditional Indian outfits for the ceremony under a white draped mandap, then donned western formalwear for the Catholic nuptials.

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At the Catholic wedding, the couple paired ivory, green and gold hues—including in Sirisha’s cascading bouquet of orchids and roses—with the European architecture. “The architecture fit well with Justin’s Italian and French background and the artwork, particularly the Hindu art, fit with my background,” Sirisha says.

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SIRISHA & JUSTIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES Hindu

wedding: Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco; Catholic wedding: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

PHOTOGRAPHY

Lori Paladino Photography Pure Cinema

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Mandy Scott Events

FLOWERS Bings Design

OFFICIANTS

Tall white arrangements and lace linens decorated the reception tables, while similar classic blooms adorned the tiered cake and pedestals flanking the ceremony aisle. To keep the formal, black-tie vibe, the bridesmaids wore long dresses to complement Sirisha’s timeless strapless lace gown.

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES Monique Lhuillier MENSWEAR Groom: Giorgio Armani;

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STATIONERY The

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RENTALS Classic

Party Rentals; Enhanced Lighting & AV; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental; Miranda St. John Wedding & Party Event Rentals Paula LeDuc; Vishnu Catering

CATERING CAKES

Inticing Creations; A Spoonful of Sugar MUSIC Hindu: DJ Salim Jaffer; Catholic:

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Corinthian Transportation; National Limousine Service

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REGISTRIES Gump’s; Williams

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“It was the perfect canvas with incredible natural beauty and country charm,” Julie says. “I knew I wanted the palette to play with the earthy tones of the ranch, so when it came to picking colors, I brought in a bunch of greenery, mixed white flowers and pops of plum to add depth to the arrangements.”

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During cocktail hour, guests grabbed beer and wine from a converted 1965 Airstream trailer turned bar, while a live country band played. Eucalyptus garlands, linen napkins and a small horseshoe gave a bit of flair to each place setting.

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The couple incorporated Western touches with subtle décor such as antique lanterns, mason jars and falsa blankets.

JULIE & STEPHEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Reinstein Ranch, Livermore PHOTOGRAPHY Jen Rodriguez

Photography Kindlewood Films Kao Events

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Sochietta

FLOWERS PJB Designs

OFFICIANT Deacon Greg Reynolds

(groom’s uncle) by Watters

GOWN Willowby

SHOES Kristin Cavallari

ENGAGEMENT RING Ritani &

MAKEUP DIY

HAIR

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LaneLoveDesign, Etsy.com SIGNAGE PlaidandPineCo, Etsy.com

CATERING

Sauced BBQ & Spirits

CAKE Cake

Creations by Bev Band Handwritten table assignments displayed within a recycled wood frame invited guests to the barn. “With worries of rain, we opted to move our reception inside, and it turned out to be a great decision,” Julie says. “Softening the picnic tables with eucalyptus garlands created a space that was intimate and cozy.”

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Abbey Party Rents SF

MUSIC Buck Ford

REGISTRIES Pottery Barn;

Target; Williams Sonoma GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“My bouquet was the most amazing thing I have ever seen,” Jeanne says of her collection of deep crimson dahlias, anemones and succulents.

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BRIDE Jeanne Spaich, 33, owner of California Packing Company GROOM Beau Baker, 34, a fiscal analyst HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE The couple put a darkly romantic twist on their wine country celebration, adding deep purple, black and metal accents to the indooroutdoor venue. —CM

“We wanted to be sexy and moody but appropriate for summer,” Jeanne says of the pensive color palette that adorned the garden patio, where they held an alfresco ceremony and reception, and the barrel room, which housed the postdinner dancing. Invitations were crafted on black card stock with gold calligraphy, guests sat on black chairs and Jeanne’s bouquet featured dark-hued blooms.

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Moody florals also filled vintage-inspired vessels, and mercury glass votives added warm candlelight to the garden reception. For a sweet ending to the meal, the newlyweds cut into a fondant cake covered in black anemones and inscribed with a song lyric Beau wrote for Jeanne.

Jeanne’s mermaidstyle ivory gown had tiers of ruffles and delicate lace details, which added to the romance of the summer day.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Vintage

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Nedjelko Spaich (bride’s brother) Berta, Bridal Galleria, San Francisco Badgley Mischka

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James Allen WEDDING RINGS Bride: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry; groom: Zales JEWELRY Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.; earrings: Nadri HAIR Sara Gutierrez/Mirage Salon & Spa MAKEUP Marissa Stacey DRESSES ASOS.com

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Ben Sherman; groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Yonder Design

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Classic Party Rental; Got Light; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

CATERING The Vintage Estate

CAKE Perfect Endings

MUSIC Boutique

DJS OTHER ENTERTAINMENT The Bosco FAVORS Etsy.com

The Vintage Inn

ACCOMMODATIONS

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HONEYMOON The Hanging Gardens

Guests dined on short ribs under a canopy of trees and took home bags of coffee as party favors. “Make sure to stop, look around and enjoy the scenery together,” Jeanne says of the eventful day. “It goes by fast, so take it all in!”

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“It was fun and festive and turned out to be a really memorable part of the design,” Carolyn says of the floating light globes on the backyard pool.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Carolyn Glidden, 31, a special education teacher GROOM Scott Worthington, 33, an MBA student HOW THEY MET As Peace Corps volunteers in Burkina Faso, West Africa (“There are no secrets in a village!” Carolyn says.) WEDDING STYLE Drawn to clean, modern design, the couple threw a sleek backyard wedding at Scott’s parents’ home. —CM

“We wanted the flexibility of a private venue and liked the intimate, low-key vibe of a backyard wedding,” Carolyn says of the at-home “I dos.” To keep the look modern yet elegant, the pair added neutral wood, crisp white and bright yellow.

Printed materials, including these place cards, featured various modern typefaces.

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“The flower girls requested dresses they could twirl in, which we gladly obliged,” Carolyn says. They accessorized with cheery flower crowns.

White Eames-style chairs were set up for the backyard ceremony, and neutral stone vases held pale yellow king proteas and lots of greenery. Scott echoed the color palette with his custom navy linen suit and yellow accessories, while Carolyn carried an overflowing bouquet of ferns and golden blooms.

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A mixology company served signature cocktails—a smoky Manhattan and a jalapeño-cucumber collins with edible flowers—from a retro wood trailer for cocktail hour. Guests then dined on dishes prepared by one of Carolyn’s oldest friends. “They sourced from local markets and put together a family-style feast.”

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Groom’s

family home, San Rafael

PHOTOGRAPHY

Keana Parker/onelove photography

PLANNER

Julia Heckathorn/L’Relyea Events Hawthorn Flower Studio

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Sarah Seven, San Francisco Chocolate Schubar

FLOWERS VEIL

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ENGAGEMENT RING

Rebecca Overmann WEDDING RINGS Bride: Rebecca Overmann; groom: Greenwich St. Jewelers JEWELRY Necklace: Anthropologie; bracelet: Whitney Staiger The Powder Room Various

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Suitsupply;

accessories: TheTieBar.com; shoes: Frye STATIONERY Invitations: Confetti Grey;

programs, escort cards & menus: L’Relyea Events

RENTALS Bright Event Rentals;

Classic Party Rentals; Got Light

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The Pixie and the Scout BAR Libations Unlimited DESSERTS Moustache Baked Goods DJs

MUSIC Vaughn Wooster/Boutique TRANSPORTATION Chariot Shuttle

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ACCOMMODATIONS Clift Hotel

HONEYMOON Minimoon: Montreal;

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Ghost chairs kept the airy feel of the venue, while bold linens and vibrant blooms added playful notes to the reception dĂŠcor.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kalya Paradis, 30, an occupational therapist GROOM Mike Shahindoust, 31, a mechanical engineer HOW THEY MET In Golden Gate Park WEDDING STYLE The couple honored their Persian and Jewish traditions with two ceremonies in the park where they met, followed by a reception filled with blue and pink. —CM

“We had a chuppah for the Jewish ceremony as well as a table called a sofreyé aghd with symbolic Persian items on it,” Kalya says of the ceremony. “Neither of us had imagined a large traditional wedding. But our families wanted that, so we decided to make it a really groovy party!”

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Francisco RECEPTION SITE California Academy Guests walked from the ceremony site to the museum set in the park. Playful menus and calligraphed stones greeted them at each place setting, while a bold lounge area created a comfortable spot for conversation. The couple’s favorite part? Cocktail hour in the aquarium.

of Sciences, San Francisco Janae Shields Photography Root Bound Productions Event Design

PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Glow

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GOWN Amy Kuschel Bride, San ENGAGEMENT RING Brilliant

Earth WEDDING RINGS Bride: Brilliant Earth; groom: D&H JBeautique

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Invitations: Union Street Papery; programs, place cards & menus: Alicia K Designs

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CATERING & DESSERTS Global

Gourmet Catering

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Nob Hill String Ensembles; reception: The 415’s/Entire Productions

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Destination Systems; Event Services Plus ACCOMMODATIONS The St. Regis; W Hotel

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Candles along a fallen redwood created an altar for the couple as they stood on a bed of white petals to share their personalized vows.

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“The untouched natural beauty and wildlife made quite an impression on me,” Larissa says of first seeing the ceremony spot while photographing a wedding for work. With about two dozen guests, the couple said “I do” among a “cathedral” of trees and dined at a long table fit for a whimsical forest tale. “We were blown away by the stunning floral chandelier and artistic centerpieces,” she says. “I loved the romance.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY Josh Gruetzmacher

Photography Productions

VIDEOGRAPHY Elysium PLANNER Allison Weddings

FLOWERS Waterlily Pond

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Brian Lyke/Life Celebrations

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STATIONERY Yonder

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“I wanted to be outside and surrounded by large trees,” Michelle says of choosing the national park for their wedding venue.

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MICHELLE & BRETT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Cathedral Beach,

Yosemite National Park RECEPTION SITE Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite

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To focus on the natural elements, the couple kept the décor refined, with a simple white muslin aisle runner at the Cathedral Beach ceremony, nature-inspired florals and Michelle’s soft hair and makeup look. “Be true to who you both are,” Michelle says. “It is ultimately you and your groom’s day, so do what makes you both happy. That’s what matters in the end.”

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GOWN

HEADPIECE Flash Floozy

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Jewelers JEWELRY Free People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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modern A modern wedding is all about exquisite simplicity. City dwellers, urbanites and design lovers gravitate to this wedding style, which skews formal but has enough playful touches to keep it from feeling too stiff or stuffy. BUZZWORDS: graphic, contemporary, cutting edge WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect a mix and match of patterns in a playful but incredibly sophisticated fashion, anchored by a streamlined color scheme. The theme is reflected in every detail from the thoughtfully chosen table linens to the specialty cocktail. A modern monogram or cool logo may be used to personalize the menus and the dance floor, while the cake will be simple but extra delicious (think: foodie ingredients and crazy flavors). VENUE IDEA: loft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We’re all about a personalized wedding, but we also really love a good trend. So we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas to steal for an of-the-moment celebration. And yes, a few of these trends could blow your whole budget, but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from these ideas and spin them to match your style (and wallet).

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Animal lovers take note: The hottest wedding guests have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies to donkeys, couples are incorporating more than just their pets into their weddings. This is a trend to try if you’re hosting a rustic soiree or celebrating in a picturesque barn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

hire a food truck A food truck, arriving at the end of the night and waiting at the exit of your venue, is perfect for guests craving a late-night snack after tearing up the dance floor.

Let your personal favorites dictate the cuisine—anything is possible from waffles or tacos to snow cones. Or opt for something that’s representative of the local flavor, like lobster rolls and fries for a seaside celebration.

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

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

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global gifts Get inspired by traditional favors from around the world.

italy JORDAN ALMONDS These candycoated nuts are gifted in groups of five, representing health, wealth, fertility, happiness and longevity.

china DOUBLE HAPPINESS Display the traditional Chinese wedding character, which signifies a couple’s joy and love, on note cards or in the icing of a sugar cookie.

holland BRIDAL SUGAR Bruidssuiker, Dutch for “bridal sugar,” can be five pieces of any type of candy (chocolates, peppermints). The name comes from what these pieces mean: love, happiness, loyalty, prosperity and

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switzerland PINE TREE Newlyweds plant a pine tree in their backyard to represent fertility. Send guests home with their own seedlings.

korea DATES OR CHESTNUTS Traditionally exchanged between the groom’s parents and the bride, and symbolic of children,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at Jin Wang, JinWang .net (San Francisco), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue .com (Beverly Hills), A Bride By Samantha, ABridebySamantha .com (Los Angeles); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Mon Amie Bridal Salon, MonAmie.com (Costa Mesa), Mary Me Bridal, MaryMeBridal.com (Orange), Haute Bride, HauteBride.com (Los Gatos); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl.com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floralembellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), Marina Morrison, MarinaMorrison .com (San Francisco), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona del Mar); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames.com (Walnut Creek), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress .com (Corona del Mar) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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

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

Add some retroinspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Panache Bridal & Eveningwear, PanacheBridals.com (Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa & Pasadena); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie. $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

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

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

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

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

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

ask for recommendations

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

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finding “the one” comes with a lot of important decisions—and potential dilemmas. Fortunately, bridal stylist Maradee Wahl is an expert on all things wedding dresses. (She even styled for Carolina Herrera for over eight years.) Here, get the scoop on what you need to know to nail your perfect wedding day look. >>

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I definitely want to wear a veil on my wedding day, but I fell in love with a dress with a high-low hemline. Now I’m not sure a veil will work—what are my options?

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You don’t have to give up your dreams of wearing a veil on your wedding day. A style that complements the shape of the skirt is the best choice with a minidress or high-low hem. If the skirt is fitted or slinky, a narrow veil with few or no gathers works best. For a party skirt or pleated style, try a fuller veil with a blunt edge, or wear one higher on the head to create a more dramatic shape to complete the overall look.

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I found my dream dress but I’m not sure how to accessorize it, and I definitely don’t want to overdo it. Is there a musthave accessory every bride needs?

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I found a designer sample gown I love for just a fraction of the cost, but it’s a few sizes too big for me. Should I throw caution to the wind and buy it?

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Many samples can be reduced one or two sizes, but most samples lose their shape when attempting to bring them in. Depending on the style lines, making the gown smaller can disrupt the silhouette and proportions. Many brides are not happy with the end result and excessive cost when everything is completed. Get an estimate from a reliable seamstress before committing to a gown that seems like a great deal.

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My mom insists I need to add an embellished sash to make my dress look more complete—but I’m not totally convinced. When is a sash or a belt overkill?

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If your gown has a natural waistline or no waistline, a sash will help accentuate your waist, creating a more flattering silhouette—plus, it’s a nice personal touch. Consider all your accessories together, though. The sash may be too much with the veil for the ceremony, but it could be a fun extra for the reception after removing the veil and bustling your gown.

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I bought a simple, breezy dress for my upcoming destination wedding in Mexico. What’s the best way to transport a wedding gown on an airplane?

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When traveling with your gown, the best protection is the bag the gown arrived in—with an additional second bag. If the designer provided a breathable fabric bag, purchase an opaque plastic bridal bag to protect against dirt, rain and prying eyes. And never check your precious cargo. You should always carry on your gown. The airline will usually be happy to help you find a hanging space or a free overhead bin.

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I bought the first dress I tried on and now I’m having second thoughts. I felt sure it was the right gown for me when I put it on, but I’m having regrets. What can I do?

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Unfortunately, dress regret is a common problem— especially if you made a snap decision. This is a perfect time to hire a bridal stylist to solve this problem for you. Your wedding planner or recently married friends can help with a referral. A bridal stylist can suggest a styling change with new accessories, or redesign some elements of the gown to make it work for you. If all else fails, she can assist you in finding a new gown quickly. Definitely call in a professional before wasting time or money at this stage in the game. Get more expert style tips at TheKnot.com/fashion

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My pick for a must-have bridal accessory is a hair piece or fresh flowers. Many brides prefer a natural, undone hairstyle, and adding some sparkle or a floral element is the best way to look like a bride throughout the day—even without a traditional veil. Try a variety of different hairstyles and hair pieces while wearing your gown during fittings. It’s difficult to decide what looks best without all the elements in place.

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the 4 Cs A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system. CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

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CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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time before your ceremony. Although this is usually just a few days, it can be longer—France requires you to arrive at least 40 days before you marry.

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get help Type As, beware: If you’re hosting a wedding in a distant locale, you’ll need to entrust at least part of the planning to someone else’s capable hands. A wedding planner can shoulder the burden of researching and securing local vendors (especially valuable if said vendors speak English only as a second language), dealing with logistics like tent rentals and lighting, and handling any lastminute fires in the weeks leading up to your wedding. A planner can also be the behind-the-scenes guru, creating gift bags for guests, vetting special requests (babysitters, dry cleaners and so on), and getting you, your fiancé and all of your guests where you need to be—on time. Many resorts include a coordinator in their wedding packages, but it might be a good idea to set aside about 10 to 15 percent of your total budget for a

planner. Generally speaking, a local planner is your best bet, as they can be your man or woman on the ground when you can’t be there. But if you prefer to go with a planner from back home, make sure they have experience planning weddings in your chosen destination, and expect to cover the transportation costs for their planning visits and the actual wedding.

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remember you’re on island time Don’t keep a constant eye on the clock. Remember that many tropical islands run on “island time”—things happen when they happen—so don’t mistake a vendor’s laid-back attitude for incompetence. Schedule regular check-ins and then trust your vendors to work their magic.

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factor in extra expenses If done right, a destination wedding can cost no more—and maybe even less—than hosting the same party at home (depending on where you live, of course). For example, if you live in a US city where event facilities are in high demand, like New York City, then holding your wedding in Mexico will likely be less expensive than doing it at home, even when you factor in airfare, hotel expenses and planning trips. Still there are extra expenses you’ll need to consider, including importing key vendors and décor, welcome bags, additional activities for guests and travel costs for you and your immediate families (including the planning trips, not just the wedding weekend).

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hotel, and a car rental (if necessary) can really add up. And while your wedding is a mini vacation for you, it may not be the one they want to take.

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mind mother nature Don’t just assume the weather in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico is gorgeous year-round. Hurricane season lasts from June through November in the Caribbean and can put a major damper on your nuptials, while rainy season makes marrying in Hawaii dicey from November to March, and Italy can be uncomfortably hot in July and August.

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take care of guests In addition to arranging group rates for flights and rooms, list information for your friends and family on how to get to and from the nearest airport to your wedding locale, invite everyone to the rehearsal or welcome dinner and next-day brunch, and deliver welcome bags full of essentials for the trip, like sun tan lotion, snacks, water and bug spray.

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dress the part Consider the climate when picking your wedding dress—and everyone else’s attire. You’ll be swimming in sweat if you pair your satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking your groomsmen to wear tuxes in the heat is just cruel. Also, if you’re exchanging vows outside, you may want to reconsider a long train that will easily get grass stained or stilettos that might stick in the mud.

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strongly suggest making at least one planning trip to meet with potential pros.) If you must hire your vendors unseen, schedule a video chat so you can get a sense for their demeanor and personality before you sign a contract. You could also have your wedding planner meet with them on your behalf, and then brief you on your options. Another idea: Bring pros you trust from home to handle critical aspects such as the wedding photography, your hair and makeup, and the design (the lighting, flowers), and then work with local vendors in a supervisory capacity to avoid any communication mishaps. Just remember: You will have to cover their travel and lodging expenses.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Shaila Bahl, 35, an executive at teleSys Software GROOM Steve Cook, 30, works in finance and strategy at Salesforce HOW THEY MET Through their best friends, who are married WEDDING STYLE The California-based pair threw a lavish, tropical destination wedding that fused Shaila’s Indian background with her love of the island. “My family has vacationed in Maui since I was a toddler, so it’s special to me,” she says. —Carolyn Meers

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WELCOME PARTIES Since Shaila and Steve were hosting their guests at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, the couple had a series of prewedding events in the days leading up to the wedding weekend. “It allowed us to have all of our guests stay at the same place with us,” Shaila says of taking care of the accommodation costs. The fun celebrations included sunset cocktails, a traditional henna party and even a “Rosé All Day” shindig. “We paid homage to one of our favorite pastimes: brunch accompanied by endless rosé.”

THE REHEARSAL The couple’s rehearsal dinner doubled as their traditional Indian Sangeet. Guests arrived in customary South Asian attire, which added color to the tropical flowers, orchids and ferns that adorned the hotel’s restaurant, Spago. Shaila and Steven stood out in their designer duds—a playful Manish Arora lehenga and a vibrant teal Rohit Bal sherwani—as they dined on Asian fare like tandoori lamb chops and ahi tuna poke.

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“I wanted to enhance Haiku Mill’s natural beauty,” Shaila says of hanging delicate white curtains and white orchids in the luscious space. “My goal was to add opulence through the flowers and lighting.” Two crystal lamps flanked the stairs where the pair exchanged vows in a Western-style ceremony, then exited to a string quartet’s cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” Afterward, guests sipped four signature drinks including the tequila-based “Bee Sting” with Hawaiian chili peppers and pineapple.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Haiku

Mill, Haiku, HI

PHOTOGRAPHY

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VIDEOGRAPHY Ohana

PLANNER Brooke Keegan Special

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The spectacular on-site reception also channeled Shaila’s “more is more” mentality, with nine crystal chandeliers, bold orange and pink blooms, loads of candles and calligraphed place cards of green leaves. The Polynesian-inspired meal included Haiku tomatoes, Kauai prawns and pork satay, and the crowd danced to a DJ’s tunes accompanied by an electric string quartet. “Once we touched down on the island, I didn’t worry about anything,” Shaila says of hosting a destination affair. “I let it all go, and it showed.”

OFFICIANT Sanjay Bahl (bride’s brother) GOWN &

VEIL Monique Lhuillier,

Los Angeles

SHOES René Caovilla

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Tiffany & Co. EARRINGS Tiffany & Co. HAIR &

MAKEUP Ry-n Shimabuku

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Spoon Tailor

STATIONERY

Invitations: Ceci New York; escort cards, cocktail signs & table numbers: Miss B. Calligraphy; menu cards: Jen Simpson Design

RENTALS Island Rents; La Tavola;

Set Maui; Signature CAKE Cake Fanatics

CATERING Spago MUSIC Ceremony

& cocktail hour: Pacific Coast Strings; reception: Dash Entertainment PRODUCTION COMPANY K.H & Co. Consulting Group ACCOMMODATIONS Four Seasons Resort

Maui at Wailea

HONEYMOON Italy

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

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REAL WEDDINGS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

BALLESTEROS PHOTOGR APHY

With inspiration ranging from glamorous old Hollywood to scenic canyons and cliffs, these celebrations exude SoCal culture and pride.

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February 13 • Laguna Beach

julia &

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For the Christian ceremony, the couple added a new tradition: They planted a succulent garden to symbolize the work and rewards of marriage.

engaged: 14 months

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Julia Rothenbuhler, 25, a color stylist at Nickelodeon Animation GROOM George Garcia, 27, a marriage and family therapist intern HOW THEY MET In basketball class as undergraduates at Biola University WEDDING STYLE Lavender, mint green, blush pink and mixed metal accents provided a fresh palette for Julia and George’s seaside event at an iconic Laguna Beach spot. —Carolyn Meers

The pair wed under a wedding arch with a canopy of pastel roses and hanging lavender. “As the night went on the colors became more saturated,” Julia says. “By the time we got to the reception, we were surrounded by beautiful vibrant hues.”

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Bon Puf served up fresh cotton candy at cocktail hour.

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“The reception was like walking into a Greek garden that was full of different types of flowers,” Julia says of the stunningly colorful pink, burgundy and violet arrangements at the reception. Guests dined on filet and halibut before dancing to a live band.

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At a whitewashed wood bar, guests enjoyed berry-lavender-infused cocktails to go with the day’s lavender theme. To end the night, the three-tier buttercream cake, decorated with gold confetti and fresh flowers, provided a sweet treat. “Don’t be so stressed,” Julia says. “This day is to celebrate with the ones you love—nothing else will matter.”

JULIA & GEORGE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel and Kari

Ballesteros/Ballesteros Photography; VIDEOGRAPHY DP Weddings

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Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

PLANNER Danae Grace Events FLOWERS White Lilac

Pastor Alastair Begg

OFFICIANT

GOWN Casablanca

Bridal, Costa Mesa

VEIL DIY

SHOES Kate Spade New York; Keds

Shoes

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Jewelry Art

1101 Makeup

HAIR &

WeddingtonWay.com Nordstrom

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Minted.com

RENTALS Amber Lighting; Found

Vintage Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental; Revelry; Signature; White Lilac

CATERING &

CAKE Montage

Laguna Beach DESSERTS Sweet and “This was a special bonding experience for us,” Julia says of taking lessons together for their choreographed first dance number.

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Saucy Shop; cotton candy: Bon Puf MUSIC Ceremony: Keith and Kristyn Getty;

reception: The Source PHOTO BOOTH Pacific Booth

HONEYMOON Maui, HI

GUESTS 300 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 9 • Burbank

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photography by the vondys. at Warner Bros. Studios Backlot

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The dramatic purple invitation suite was foil stamped in rose gold and designed with a subtle Chihuahua silhouette that invoked the Batman symbol.

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BRIDE Stefania Mitrano, 36, an eBook production manager at Pearson Education GROOM Derek Asaff, 37, a screenwriter HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE Aubergine with hints of onyx, charcoal and pewter set the tone for this vintage Hollywood meets sophisticated Gotham City gala on a studio back lot. —CM

After a ceremony at a lush on-set garden, butlers guided the couple’s guests to the openair reception, located amid brownstone buildings on the lot. “We wanted to give our guests a truly unique and authentic Hollywood experience,” Stefania says of choosing the venue. A subtle Batman motif provided further odes to the cinematic theme. “Warner Bros. quickly won the bid when they told us we could have as many Batmobiles at our wedding as we wanted!” she says.

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A moody lounge with billiards tables created a relaxing spot for guests to mix and mingle.

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White bouquets and intense purple lisianthus sat atop the long banquet table alongside textured mercury glass votives and vases. Vintage silver cloches held bat masks for guests to wear throughout the night. The superhero theme also parlayed into the menu: Guests dined on “Two-Face� surf and turf.

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STEFANIA & DEREK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Warner Bros. Studios Backlot, Burbank PHOTOGRAPHY Justin and Shannon

Vonderach/the vondys.

VIDEOGRAPHY

EVENT PLANNING

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R. Jack Balthazar

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“We designed custom movie posters that depicted Derek, our two Chihuahuas and me in movie parodies,” Stefania says of the reception area accent pieces.

OFFICIANT Vanessa

Pegram (friend)

GOWN Inbal Dror,

Panache Bridal & Eveningwear, Beverly Hills

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Jean Dousset WEDDING RINGS Bride: Jean Dousset; groom: BlueNile.com BRACELET Nadri

Beauty

HAIR &

MAKEUP Fiore

MENSWEAR Klein Epstein & Parker;

shoes: Ted Baker

STATIONERY Invitations:

Bliss and Bone; menu cards: Gold Image Printing

RENTALS Classic Party Rentals; Pretty

Vintage Rentals; R. Jack Balthazar

CATERING

Warner Bros. Special Events DESSERTS Sprinkles Cupcakes

MUSIC String quartet: Scott

Cummings Music; dinner & after-party: Cowling Band/West Coast Music PHOTO BOOTH Warner Bros. Special Events

TRANSPORTATION

Shofur; Warner Bros. Special Events The newlyweds made their grand entrance to the original Batman theme song in the 1966 Batmobile, which stayed parked behind their sweetheart table. “There are no rules to weddings,” Stefania says. “Don’t feel obliged to include things if they aren’t your style. It’s your day—make it your own.”

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ACCOMMODATIONS Loews Hotel Hollywood GUESTS 88 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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December 3 • Anaheim

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Lori carried a rustic medley of greens and white peonies. “I wasn’t picky with the types of florals—I just wanted to keep the look unfussy and organic,” she says.

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BRIDE Lori Anami, 32, a pharmacist GROOM Brian Lam, 36, an emergency preparedness coordinator at the Department of Water and Power HOW THEY MET On the dance floor in Vegas while celebrating their birthdays WEDDING STYLE The couple’s laid-back, rustic meets industrial event included loose florals, geometric details and natural elements like geodes and exposed wood. —CM

“It was big enough to house all of our guests, yet small enough to keep the wedding feeling intimate and personal,” Lori says of their venue. The pair chose a color palette of ivory, gold and dusty blue accents to brighten the indoor setting. “I wanted the look of the room to be dreamy, so I opted to lighten up the space,” she adds.

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Since they love sweets, the couple served a dessert bar complete with doughnuts, lychee panna cotta, green tea and vanilla cream puffs, and banana hazelnut mousse cups. Gold frames displayed calligraphy noting the desserts as well as the table numbers at the reception.

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When props went missing, the flower girl and ring bearers improvised their procession. “They held hands, which was just as cute,” Lori says.

LORI & BRIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS House, Anaheim The reception space had an enchanted garden atmosphere: Floral halos hung from the ceiling, and a mix of high and low centerpieces topped tables. Lori and Brian’s sweetheart table was framed with a romantic green garland and surrounded with gold hurricane lanterns.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Colony PHOTOGRAPHY

Christine Skari Photography

PLANNER

Kelley Gin/Picture Perfect Events Jina Choi

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Carlos Villega

(groom’s friend)

GOWN Wtoo by

Watters, Lovella Bridal, Glendale Lovella Bridal

VEIL

SHOES Louis Vuitton

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

The Lim’s Jewelry Co. JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Nadri

HAIR &

Mieko Ito/Kelly Zhang Studio DRESSES Adrianna Papell

Michael Kors

MAKEUP BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Minted.com

RENTALS 24 Carrots; Elevated Pulse CATERING 24 Carrots

CAKE Janice

Wong DESSERTS Donut Snob

MUSIC

Kristian Ocampo/Mass Movement DJs OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Photo

Booth N Joy; espresso bar: Serve Coffee FAVORS DIY

TRANSPORTATION

Uber SUV

ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton

Anaheim

REGISTRIES Macy’s; Williams

Sonoma

HONEYMOON Minimoon:

Maui, HI; honeymoon: Hong Kong & Thailand GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 20 • Los Angeles

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The bouquets included soft ivory and mauve blooms offset by dark merlot blossoms.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kate Lewis, 34, a president of sales GROOM Martin Ferrill, 34, a national account executive HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends in their hometown of Chicago WEDDING STYLE Striving for an “extremely romantic vibe,” the couple added mauve, gray and berry tones to their whimsical downtown LA venue. —CM

“We fell in love with the mix of rustic and glamour—chandeliers, exposed brick and wood beams,” Kate says. “These details were so beautiful.” An enormous flower wall provided the dramatic backdrop for the Kate and Martin’s nuptials, as guests looked on from Louis Ghost chairs.

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Instead of boutonnieres, the groom and his groomsmen sported custom pocket squares embroidered with their monograms.

Adding to the reception’s sultry vibe was the inventive drink menu, a light installation that projected Kate and Martin’s signature drink, a jalapeño margarita, along with other beverage options on the wall directly behind the main bar. The low lighting was enhanced with an abundant amount of candles spread throughout the space.

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KATE & MARTIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS The ceremony space transformed into the reception area, with the flower wall still providing a focal point. Linen-free table settings with square marble chargers and dozens of white candles created a warm glow. “We loved the mix of modern and rustic displayed throughout the night,” Kate says.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Carondelet

House, Los Angeles

PHOTOGRAPHY Valorie

Darling Photography & Co.

VIDEOGRAPHY Tim

PLANNER Leslie Kaplan/Encore Event

Design

FLOWERS Shawna Yamamoto Event

Design

OFFICIANT Pastor Dave Page VEIL Lazaro, JLM Couture,

GOWN &

Los Angeles

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Diamond Collection EARRINGS Shopbop HAIR Eduardo Ponce

Zavitz

MAKEUP Lyndsay

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo,

Bella Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Groom:

Trunk Club; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Emily Devitt Designs SIGN-IN BOOK Etsy.com

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RENTALS

CATERING & DESSERTS

CAKE Pavilions

MUSIC

Andy Rossi/Vox DJs PHOTO BOOTH Mirmir

TRANSPORTATION B&W

Transportation Andaz Hotel

ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRY Crate & Barrel

HONEYMOON Greece GUESTS 86 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 15 • Palm Springs

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The couple used the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass as a symbol of breaking down barriers between people of different beliefs and cultures.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Anne Friedman (above left), 46, a marketing and communications coordinator BRIDE Kelli Johnson, 41, a registered nurse HOW THEY MET At a meetup style event in Orange County WEDDING STYLE The couple anchored their alfresco ceremony and reception with bold tones of coral, navy and silver. —CM

Using the view of the mountains as a “gorgeous natural setting,” the couple said “I do” under a fruitwood chuppah adorned with succulents and orange and coral roses. The same fiery hues filled Anne’s bouquet, topped the cake and accented the travel-inspired stationery, which included a plane-ticket-themed invitation.

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Instead of assigned tables, the guests sat at high-tops and around lounge areas. “We did not want our guests to spend the evening watching us,” Anne says. “We wanted them to be enjoying the night with us.” Succulents and coral blossoms popped from square vessels, while a mix of lanterns and string lights kept the space lit and cozy.

Anne’s hand-tied bouquet combined orange garden roses, coral tea roses, seeded eucalyptus and succulents.

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The O’Donnell House, Palm Springs PHOTOGRAPHY Randy and Ashley

Durham/Randy + Ashley Studios PLANNER The Events Department FLOWERS Artisan Event

OFFICIANT

Sarah Newcomb (friend) ATTIRE Anne: Allure, Mon Amie Bridal Salon, Costa Mesa; Kelli: Sharpe Suiting, West Hollywood SHOES Anne: Apt. 9; Kelli: To Boot New York ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Tiffany & Co.

HAIR &

J. Russell! The Salon

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Adrianna Papell, Macy’s STATIONERY Printing: Richie Designs SIGN-IN BOOK Jenga

Artisan Event

LULU Catering & Events Desserts

RENTALS

CATERING & DESSERTS CAKE Exquisite

MUSIC DJ Oscar/Music

Media Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Michael Miller Dance

FAVORS DIY

ACCOMMODATIONS Triada Marriott

Autograph Collection

REGISTRIES

Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS 96 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“It was like I had a major crush—I couldn’t eat, sleep or work without thinking of that dress,” Carly says of finding her illusion neck gown but continuing to shop “just to make sure it was the one.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Carly Tsurudome, 27, a management consultant GROOM Ian Figarsky, 29, a medical student HOW THEY MET When Ian tossed Carly in a pool at a party as undergraduates at UCLA WEDDING STYLE Carly and Ian brought an elegant aesthetic to their ranch venue with lush garlands, classic florals, gold accents and even chandeliers. —CM

“We planned every little detail, from the programs that served as fans during the ceremony to the figs at each place setting with our hashtag and the handwritten notes on the back of each place card,” Carly says.

Modern calligraphy on a classic invitation suite set the tone for the event.

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“Sometimes an interactive food display can beat a filet mignon,” Carly says of guests loving the beer and pretzel combination. “Your menu item to remember doesn’t have to be gourmet!”

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Oak

“The banners were a fresh idea from the wood signs used at weddings,” Carly says of teasing out the drink and dining offerings. Their cocktail hour included beer flights, wine tastings with a local winery representative and a hanging soft pretzel bar. “Don’t be afraid to be creative,” she adds.

Canyon Ranch, Agoura Hills

PHOTOGRAPHY

Marlene and John Koman/Koman Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Light Up Video

Kate Carlson

PLANNER

FLOWERS Peony & Plum

OFFICIANT Jacob Marries

Lovely Bride, Pasadena

GOWN Watters,

SHOES Shoes of Prey

WEDDING RINGS Sam’s Jewelry EARRINGS

J.Crew

HAIR &

MAKEUP Nicol Artistry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Joanna August,

Bella Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Suit:

Zara; tie: Express; shoes: Ted Baker; tie clip & cuff links: 321SimpleCreations, Etsy.com STATIONERY Invitations: Twig and

Juniper, Etsy.com; programs: Wedding Sophisticate, Etsy.com; calligraphy: Upper Left Lettering, Etsy.com; banners: The Scribble Shoppe RENTALS Event Lighting Specialists; Oak

Canyon Ranch; Palace Party Rentals; Pretty Vintage Rentals

CATERING Lobo Castle

Productions DESSERTS Sweet and Saucy Shop

MUSIC DJ Ace/Flawless Entertainment

DJs PHOTO BOOTH A Marvelous Light TRANSPORTATION AA Valet Inc. HONEYMOON New Zealand & Australia GUESTS 110 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 9 • Silverado

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Melissa donned a removable tulle skirt for the ceremony, then allowed the fitted sheath dress to shine during the reception. “I could have two looks in one wedding!” she says.

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Cake flavors included sugar cookie with Nutella and tiramisu, while a dessert table featured more sweet treats like macarons and chocolate-dipped Oreos.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Melissa Christine Bantug, 26, an actress GROOM Dennis Geraghty, 35, a camera focus puller HOW THEY MET While working together on a movie set WEDDING STYLE Melissa and Dennis’s refined, bohemian affair drew inspiration from the global details of their venue and their own home’s interior design. —CM

“Our home has the same type of style, and I felt it best expressed who we are as a couple,” Melissa says of choosing the space. They accented it with cool tones of pink and purple, pops of gold and tons of greenery. For an extra-personal ceremony, the couple exchanged vows on a Moroccan wedding blanket from their home and ended the night by gifting their guests custom wine glasses.

MELISSA & DENNIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie Shuler Photography Jordan Design

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Jennifer

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Las Lomas, Silverado

OFFICIANT Chaplain Anthony Gasso

(friend)

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Los

Angeles

VEIL Jocelyn A Dungca Bridal

Designs and Alterations, Los Angeles SHOES Valentino

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Bunty’s Jewelry EARRINGS

Nadri

HAIR The House Salon

Justin LaMonte

Jen’s Pirate Booty Wearhouse

MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY Printing: Gold

Image Printing

RENTALS,

& DESSERTS 24 Carrots

Cake

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

CATERING

CAKE Paper Street

MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH The D’Jay

Company DANCE LESSONS West 3rd St Studio TRANSPORTATION SAMS EXPRESS Inc. ACCOMMODATIONS Ayres Hotel & Spa;

Ayres Suites Mission Viejo

REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Bed Bath & Beyond; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON London & Greece

GUESTS 160 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 17 • San Diego

alyssa &

“He made me laugh right off the bat,” Alyssa says of first meeting Matt. “We’ve been inseparable from that point on.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alyssa Robinson, 26, an executive recruiter GROOM Matthew Berardi, 32, a director of sales HOW THEY MET At a bar on New Year’s Day WEDDING STYLE Alyssa and Matthew added romantic garden details to their modern restaurant venue with views of the harbor. —CM

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“We were immediately drawn to the industrial canvas that Coasterra had to offer,” Alyssa says. “It had a floating event space for our ceremony, and its gray tones really allowed us to build the wedding in a unique space.” The pair wed under an arch dripping with white flowers before moving inside to dine at mirror-topped tables and dance under glam chandeliers.

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

While it’s true that weddings have a lot of traditions, times have changed—and some old-school rules don’t hold up anymore. BY MEREDITH BODGAS PHOTOGRAPH BY KIM FOX PHOTOGRAPHY >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You have to have a rehearsal dinner. NEW RULE Feel free to skip a rehearsal dinner. When couples lived apart before saying “I do” and engagements were a few weeks long, the rehearsal dinner was often the first time both sets of parents met. Since the parents of the couple would be responsible for introductions at the wedding the next day, they needed to shake hands first—not so today. Having a rehearsal dinner is still smart when your and your partner’s parents aren’t well acquainted, but if there’s no time or room in the budget, then it’s okay to skip it, especially if your ceremony rehearsal has to take place on a weekday or you don’t have a wedding party. It’s nice to treat out-of-towners to a welcome meal, or you can just gather your closest local friends and family for a prewedding dinner, a welcome party with drinks, or a dessert party, but nothing is mandatory

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

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

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5 wedding traditions you’ve never heard of See how couples marry around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

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

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

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

word games

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

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

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

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

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

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

frame tent

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

pole tent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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family finances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the photographer

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

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the dress

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

the music

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

the bouquet

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

the food

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

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please be seated Put a clever spin on tradition—or break the mold entirely— with new viewing options for your vows. >>

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

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

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

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

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

basics

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

special mention

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

added understandings

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

specific instructions

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

fun details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Couples overlook the importance of the guest experience. Your guests should feel appreciated and valued.” —Elizabeth Galloway & Krissie Simek of White Lace Events & Design in San Diego

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

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

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

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

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4–5 months before Nail down your date, time and budget, and compile the guest list. Book your venue(s) and vendors (planner, florist, photographer, band). Find flower alternatives (in your price range) if a specific bloom is unavailable on your wedding day; include unacceptable substitutions, if any. Choose your dress (off the rack). Order invites, and give travelers the date.

3 months before

Register and shop for wedding rings. Book your rehearsal dinner space. Plan the ceremony with your officiant.

2 months before

Send out invitations. Book the honeymoon. Hire hair and makeup artists.

5–7 weeks before Discuss playlists with musicians/DJ and shot list with photographer. Buy favors and gifts for attendants, parents and each other.

3–4 weeks before Plan the day-of schedule (including the ceremony and your vows).

1–2 weeks before

Put the seating chart together. Prepare your wedding toasts. Place cash tips for vendors in envelopes. Apply for your marriage license together. Have your dress pressed or steamed. Confirm vendor orders/delivery details. Get a mani-pedi. Give your officiant your marriage license. Rehearse the ceremony. LENS CAP PRODUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

artistic

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

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dramatic

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

lifestyle

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

classic

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

documentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Your photos are what you’re going to have to look back on for the rest of your life. Don’t skimp on this part—or you’ll regret it!” —Mary Satterthwaite of MKL Images in San Diego

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

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

practice smiling

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

get your look down pat

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

close your eyes

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

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

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

stand up straight

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

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

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

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

pasta station

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

waffle stand

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

sushi station

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

crepe table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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• Do you supply tables,

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• When is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

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

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

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widmer’s cheese cellars Widmer's Cheese Cellars’ cheese makers have been handcrafting world-class brick, Colby and cheddar cheese since 1922. HOW TO GET IT: The cheeses range from $4 to $68, and is shipped via UPS with various charges. WHERE TO GET IT: WidmersCheese.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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engagement party basics Whether you’re the hosts or guests of honor, our engagement party primer has everything you need to know about the first celebratory bash of many. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY MATHEW IRVING PHOTOGRAPHY

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what it’s for People will want to congratulate you on your engagement, and a party’s a lot more fun than a phone call. It’s also a great time to introduce key people from your lives who are going to be seeing a lot of each other (and possibly helping plan your wedding together) over the next year or so. “It’s really the first time before the wedding when you have different groups of friends and generations getting to know each other in a much more intimate way,” says celebrity wedding planner Jung Lee of Fête.

who hosts Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the first official celebration. Then, the groom’s parents can throw their own party, or maybe both sets of parents will come together to cohost an event. But these days, more couples are throwing their engagement party themselves (but keep in mind that if you’re doing the inviting, it’s your responsibility to foot the bill too). Friends can also host (and may even volunteer to), but before you ask, be conscious of the financial responsibility they may be taking on.

The engagement party should fall within a few months of the proposal, right in the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. So about 9 to 11 months before the wedding is the ideal time frame, and you’ll want to give guests about a month’s notice (or more if they’ll be traveling).

whose turf it’s on Say you live in New York but most of your family and friends are in Chicago: You may decide to have your party in your hometown (and enlist someone local to help you plan), host it in your current locale or even throw two parties. Also, when picking the party location, consider where you plan to have your wedding—you may not want to ask guests to travel twice. Just be mindful of how many invitations you’re sending out to your guests and bridal party before the wedding day arrives; they won’t feel left out if they’re not invited to one a plane ride away.

where to have it Depending on how many people you’re inviting, you can make an engagement party work almost anywhere—it’s really up to the hosts. To choose the venue, think about the atmosphere you want. If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might opt to rent a private space at a restaurant, bar or country club. Want something a bit more low-key? A house, backyard or beach club might be a better choice for you.

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who to invite It used to be that you weren’t supposed to invite anyone to the engagement party whom you weren’t inviting to your wedding, case closed. But now that so many couples live and host their nuptials far away from their families and friends, and the formality level of engagement parties is evolving, expectations have changed. Engagement parties now often include people who aren’t invited to the wedding. If your friends want to plan an informal bar party and just email the invites a few weeks before, it’s totally fine to include people you aren’t sure will end up making the wedding guest list (coworkers, newer friends, college roommates). And if your parents’ good friends want to host a cocktail party at their home in your honor, let your parents invite mutual friends and business associates you might not have room for at your wedding. If, on the other hand, either you two or your parents are hosting, the old etiquette rule sticks. When the wedding hosts send the engagement party invitation, it’s considered one of the official wedding events and guests assume they’re invited to the wedding too. To avoid a sticky situation later, start working on your wedding guest list now with your families. Then trim the engagement party list down to your wedding party, immediate family and closest friends. >>

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how to invite Feel free to keep the invitations simple and budget friendly. You can even make them yourselves or send out an email invite from sites like Paperless Post. If you’ve chosen your invitation designer already and want to go more formal, see if they’ll offer a special rate. Don’t worry if you haven’t settled on a color palette or don’t have a wedding date in mind yet—your engagement party invitations don’t have to match the rest of your stationery. Also, have your wedding registry started before the engagement party invites are sent in case guests want to bring a gift.

what to serve Anything from passed appetizers or tasting menu stations to a buffet or casual cookout will work. Or get creative and serve dishes that share something about you. “I had a bride and groom known for having Sunday Mexican dinners, so of course they brought it back with margaritas, mini fish tacos and great guacamole,” Lee says. As for dessert, serve it if you’d like, but it doesn’t have to be cake. Consider gourmet ice cream sandwiches, assorted baked goods or seasonal treats like candy apples or lemon tarts.

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While it’s fine for the décor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don’t feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match. The real trick here is you don’t want to upstage the wedding. If you’re envisioning a casual beach soiree with simple décor, a fancy cocktail party at a swanky hotel with over-the-top centerpieces might make that beach bash feel like a bit of a letdown. Consider choosing a style and theme that are completely different from your wedding day to mix things up. So if you’re planning a formal ballroom affair, go for a laid-back clambake for your engagement party, with vibrant, fun colors and an outdoor setting.

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

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

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

cooking class

Impress foodies with a cooking class hosted at a local culinary school or restaurant—or hire a chef to teach the class at home. Pick a starter, entrée and dessert that fits you as a couple, and share the recipe cards.

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

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Oenophiles? Have plenty of wine glasses on hand and hire a sommelier to guide the tasting. Make a spread of great cheeses, baguettes, fruit, hummus and olives for pairing.

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

beach clambake

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

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8 wedding planning mistakes—and how to deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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doing it all yourself We love nothing more than seeing the genius projects that couples come up with to make their weddings unique—but even we have to draw the line somewhere. There’s doing it yourself, and then there’s overdoing yourself. There are plenty of benefits to DIY, but rather than taking on too many projects, pick the one or two you’re really in love with and put your resources (both mental and monetary) into making those amazing. For the others, try to find a ready-made version.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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El Dorado County

Mendocino County

Sacramento County

San Joaquin County

Solano County

County Clerk-Recorder 1106 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 272-6362 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk-Recorder 360 Fair Ln., Bldg. B Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 621-5490 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

County Clerk-Recorder 501 Low Gap Rd., Rm. 1020 Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 463-4376 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk-Recorder 44 N. San Joaquin St., Ste. 260 Stockton, CA 95202 (209) 468-3939 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 675 Texas St., Ste. 1900 Fairfield, CA 94533 (707) 784-7510 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Monterey County

County Clerk-Recorder 600 8th St. Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 874-6131 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M–F; 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Th., (by appointment only)

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County Clerk 168 W. Alisal St., Fl. 1 Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 755-5450 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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San Mateo County

County Clerk 2221 Kern St. Fresno, CA 93721 (559) 600-2575 8:30 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.

County Clerk 2300 County Center Dr., Ste. B177 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 565-3800 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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County Clerk 900 Coombs St., Rm. 116 Napa, CA 94559 (707) 253-4247 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder 555 County Ctr., Fl. 1 Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 363-4500 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Amador County County Clerk-Recorder 810 Court St. Jackson, CA 95642 (209) 223-6468 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Calaveras County County Clerk-Recorder 891 Mountain Ranch Rd. San Andreas, CA 95249 (209) 754-6371 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Contra Costa County County Clerk-Recorder 555 Escobar St. Martinez, CA 94553 (925) 335-7900 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 255 N. Forbes St. Lakeport, CA 95453 (707) 263-2311 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Placer County County Clerk-Recorder 2954 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 886-5610 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

San Francisco County County Clerk 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., Rm. 168 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 554-4950 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Santa Clara County County Clerk-Recorder 70 W. Hedding St., Fl. 1 San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 299-5688 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Santa Cruz County Recorder 701 Ocean St., Rm. 230 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 454-2800 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.

Yolo County County Clerk-Recorder 625 Court St., Rm. B01 Woodland, CA 95695 (530) 666-8130 8 a.m.–4 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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Napa County

County Clerk 440 5th St., Rm. 206 Hollister, CA 95023 (831) 636-4029 8 a.m.–4:20 p.m.

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. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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Sacramento Bee

(916) 321-1000 PO Box 15779 Sacramento, CA 95852

Forms must be submitted by the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $55 to $125 with a photograph included.

San Francisco Chronicle

(415) 777-6024 Attn: Celebrations 901 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Submit one week prior to requested Saturday publication date.

Form: No Photo returned with SASE. Authorization form must be signed.

Fees range from $100 to $1,500.

San Francisco Examiner

(415) 359-2686 71 Stevenson St., Fl. 2 San Francisco, CA 94105

Submission deadlines depend on the desired publication date. Please call ahead for details.

Form: No

Fees vary depending on size of announcement and placement.

San Jose Mercury News

(408) 920-5984 750 Ridder Park Dr. San Jose, CA 95190

The required form must be submitted Friday at 3 p.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Yes Editors reserve the right to edit any information on the form.

Fees vary on length. Call for details.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

(831) 423-4242 1800 Green Hills Rd., Ste. 210 Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Must be submitted within 12 weeks of the wedding date. Announcements run on Sundays.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

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make it legal Southern California Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Southern California, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parental consent and court permission. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. A valid photo ID or driver’s license is required. Residency and blood tests are not required. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 90 days. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, he or she may be required to present the bureau with the divorce decree or death certificate. In San Bernardino County, these documents only have to be presented if the divorce occurred within the last year; in Los Angeles County, these documents must be presented if the divorce or death occurred within the last two years. Most offices are open Monday through Friday. Method of payment and fees vary. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Beverly Hills

Florence Firestone

Orange County

Registrar–Recorder/ County Clerk 9355 Burton Way, Fl. 1 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 288-1261 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Registrar–Recorder 7807 S. Compton Ave., Fl. 1 Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 586-6192 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Clerk-Recorder 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 834-2500 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

East Los Angeles

Los Angeles County

Registrar–Recorder 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022 (323) 260-2991 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.*

Registrar–Recorder 12400 Imperial Hwy. Norwalk, CA 90650 (562) 462-2137 8 a.m.–5 p.m.*

Riverside County County Clerk 4080 Lemon St., Fl. 1 Riverside, CA 92502 (951) 486-7000 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., M-Th.

San Bernardino County

Santa Barbara County

Auditor/Controller/ Treasurer/Tax Collector 222 W. Hospitality Ln. San Bernardino, CA 92415 (909) 387-8322 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (by appointment only)

Clerk Recorder 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 568-2250 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/ County Clerk 1600 Pacific Hwy., Rm. 273 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 237-0502 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ventura County County Clerk 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93009 (805) 654-2263 8 a.m.–5 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.

*All LA County offices are open from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.

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

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

(909) 987-6397 PO Box 4000 Ontario, CA 91761

None

Form: No

Fees vary on word count, column size and photo.

The Press–Enterprise

(951) 368-9460 Attn: Wedding Announcements PO Box 792 Riverside, CA 92502

Info should be received no later than eight weeks after the wedding date.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Crestline Courier-News

(909) 337-6145 PO Box 2410 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Must submit info by Friday before the desired Thursday publication.

Form: Yes; submit online only at Mountain-News.com

Price is $8.60 per inch of text.

San Bernardino Sun

(909) 889-9666 4030 N. Georgia Blvd. San Bernardino, CA 92407

Submit info by Tuesday prior to the desired Friday publication.

Form: No; submit to brenda .fletcher@inlandnewspapers.com

Price is a $155 flat rate.

Los Angeles Times

(800) 234-4444 202 W. 1st St., Fl. 10 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Must submit info by 10 a.m. on the Sunday prior to the desired publication date.

Form: Yes; available online at LATimes.com

Prices start at $195 for basic to $295 for premium.

The Orange County Register

(714) 796-4973 Attn: Celebrations 625 N. Grand Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Submit info by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online at OCRegister.com/celebrations

Prices vary from $65 to $715 with photo depending upon size.

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BlackGoldGolf.com Our clubhouse provides views of Orange County, golf course vistas, and waterfalls. With vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall windows, our banquet room can accommodate up to 220 people. Our executive chef will prepare a culinary teaser of your taste buds. Contact Elizabeth Mahler. capacity 220 | price $$$

ace hotel & swim club

701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (760) 325-9900 | sales.ps@acehotel.com AceHotel.com/palmsprings Our event spaces are big, airy and teeming with possibility. You can have a bohemian-style wedding or a traditional ceremony, a brass band or balloons and bubbles. Under the shadow of the sun rising and setting over the San Jacintos, it’s a palette ready for all stripes, always filled with love. capacity 175 | price $$$

auburn valley golf club

(530) 269-2775 events@auburnvalleygc.com AuburnValleyWeddings.com Delivering beautiful, stress-free wedding days for over 35 years, our scenic property and experienced team provide it all for your ceremony and reception. From primping and prepping in our bridal suite, through your picturesque ceremony, all the way until you can’t dance anymore—we are by your side!

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avensole winery

34567 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA (951) 252-2003 EXT.315 weddings@avensolewinery.com AvensoleWinery.com Avensole is Temecula’s newest crown jewel, neatly framed by vineyard vistas. The new property boasts a beautiful winery, ceremony lawn and reception site with an abundance of stone patios, manicured park and a pond. Avensole is the perfect venue for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. capacity 200 | price $$$

avenue of the arts hotel

3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA (714) 442-8603 tcollins@avenueoftheartshotel.com AvenueoftheArtsHotel.com Avenue of the Arts Hotel, Costa Mesa, lies on a beautiful lake surrounded by the renowned Theatre Arts District and South Coast Plaza. Modern yet traditional character provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding ceremony, reception and all of your special event needs. capacity 230 | price $$$

black gold golf club

17681 Lakeview Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA (714) 961-0253 EXT. 107 emahler@blackgoldgolf.com

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bonita golf course

5540 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA (619) 267-1103 EXT. 17 l.markey@bonitagolfclub.com | BonitaGolf.net Bonita Golf Course takes pride in creating celebrations that become treasured memories. The contemporary layout of our newly renovated venue with sweeping panoramic views of the golf course makes the perfect setting for any event. Nestled in the San Miguel Mountains, BGC is truly a South Bay hidden gem. capacity 300 | price $$

brea community center

(714) 990-7140 | facilityrentals@cityofbrea.net BreaFacilities.com With an elegant ballroom, an outdoor arts garden and a catering kitchen, this one venue has it all. With the flexibility to bring in your own catering and beverage service, the true vision of your event will come to life. Free parking and childcare services are available. capacity 300 | price $$

the bridges golf club

9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd., San Ramon, CA (925) 735-4253 EXT. 3 | TheBridgesGolf.com/tk Defined by our majestic surroundings, The Bridges has been described as a slice of Tuscan beauty in the heart of Northern California. Our professional staff will cater to your every need to ensure your vision for this most special of occasions is an unforgettable celebration. capacity 300 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 | groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic. Now that’s amoré! price $$

the casino san clemente

140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA (949) 369-6600 | info@thecasinosanclemente.com TheCasinoSanClemente.com Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and stars galore have enjoyed the seaside air from this historical ocean-view locale in San Clemente, newly re-opened to the public. We can accommodate up to 300 guests in our gardens, West Wing or Ballroom venues. Please visit our website for more information. capacity 300 | price $$

catamaran resort hotel and spa

3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA (858) 539-8720 catamarancatering@catamaranresort.com CatamaranResort.com Start your life together in a unique and beautiful tropical paradise at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. You’ll be surrounded by everything you could wish for and expect in a world-class resort—picture perfect settings, the utmost in friendly personalized service, and exquisite cuisine. capacity 300 | price $$$

charter yachts of newport beach

(949) 515-1950 | charteryachtsnb@gmail.com CYNB.com CYNB has been an industry leader for producing intimate, first-class experiences on the waters of Newport Harbor for over 20 years. We offer yachts as well as a bayfront venue for weddings and receptions. Professional wedding coordinating services to make your life easy and your day special. capacity 150 | price $$

cliff house

1090 Point Lobos, San Francisco, CA (415) 666-4027 | virginia@cliffhouse.com CliffHouse.com The Cliff House features a private room called the Terrace Room that has a private outdoor terrace showcasing views of the Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beach. The Terrace Room seats up to 120 people for a truly unique event or up to 150 people for a cocktail reception suiting any type of occasion. capacity 100 | price $$

commodore cruises & events, inc

2394 A Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, CA (510) 337-9000 | events@commodoreevents.com CommodoreEvents.com Always exceeding expectations, we have the finest fleet on San Francisco Bay. Offering 6 luxury yachts, servicing 17 Bay Area ports, we tailor each event to your dream. We can provide cake, flowers, DJ, photo booth, a personalized menu and Captain to officiate. We look forward to making your dreams come true! capacity 350 | price $$

concord clarion hotel

1050 Burnett Avenue, Concord, CA (925) 566-8820 | sales@concordclarion.com ConcordClarion.com The newly renovated 6,000-square-foot combined luxurious space at the Concord Clarion Hotel is rich, dynamic and functional for all occasions. Our full staff, including our on-site wedding coordinator, is knowledgeable and accommodating to provide you with your flawless function at the right budget. capacity 400+ | price $$

crooked vine winery

4948 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA (925) 449-0458 | events@crookedvine.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. CrookedVine.com Crooked Vine Winery is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard. We are located in the beautiful Livermore Valley Wine Country and offer a uniquely intimate winery setting for your special event. Our facility and award-winning wines ensure that your event will be truly remarkable.

FPDTR.com Imagine your wedding ceremony at the beach with reception, dining and dancing under the stars. Our experienced team will guide you from A to Z with a variety of indoor, outdoor, ocean-view and beach locations for both intimate and large celebrations. capacity 500+ | price $$$

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doubletree by hilton los angeles downtown

120 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA (213) 629-1200 gloria.guiles@hilton.com LosAngelesDowntown.DoubleTree.com Host your unforgettable wedding at DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown and Kyoto Gardens. Create an experience that is uniquely yours by exchanging your vows in our dramatic rooftop garden. We can accommodate between 50 to 250 guests in over 14,000 square feet of flexible banquet space. capacity 250 | price $$

doubletree by hilton san pedro l.a. waterfront

2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, CA (310) 514-3344 | irene.fitting@hilton.com SanPedro.DoubleTree.com The DoubleTree San Pedro is a Mediterranean-style resort nestled between the picturesque Cabrillo Marina and peaceful Cabrillo Beach. For a venue that is both romantic and relaxing, the DoubleTree provides a unique and comforting atmosphere for your once-in-alifetime event.

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electra cruises

(800) 952-9955 | (949) 723-1069 aboardelec@aol.com ElectraCruises.com Imagine the wedding of your dreams aboard one of Southern California’s most romantic yachts. Set sail under the sun or the incredible starry night sky with the Newport Harbor as your backdrop. Not only do we have a fleet of five stunning yachts, but we have a full-service bridal consulting firm. capacity 300 | price $$

fazeli cellars

37320 De Portola Rd., Temecula, CA (951) 303-3366 | sarah@fazelicellars.com FazeliWeddings.com Fazeli Cellars offers an exquisite setting—the perfect backdrop for the romantic wedding of your dreams. The stunning architecture—a village-like configuration connected by covered walkways and arches flanked by elegant towers, and a double-grand staircase—provides picturesque photo opportunities. capacity 200 | price $$

the fess parker, a doubletree by hilton resort 633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA (805) 884-8515

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the freedom hall & gardens

(408) 379-FREE (3733) FreedomHall.com We offer the perfect alternative to high cost weddings. Tour our beautifully landscaped grounds for garden ceremonies and spacious elegant banquet hall for up to 225 guests. The hall is Santa Clara’s newest wedding facility with packages starting at $7,950.00. capacity 250 | price $$

garden court hotel

520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA (650) 323-1912 | eventservices@gardencourt.com GardenCourt.com Luxury boutique hotel nestled in downtown Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets. Ideal for romantic European-style weddings, contemporary-chic design, indoor and outdoor events for 25-300 guests, luxurious amenities, attention to detail and a spectacular location. capacity 300 | price $$$

garre´ winery & martinelli center

7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore, CA (925) 371-8200 | garre@garrewinery.com GarreWinery.com Create an enchanting wedding at one of Garré Winery’s two beautiful venues. Bella Rosa is our premier wedding and event venue. Martinelli Center is a beautiful ceremony and reception site, complete with courtyard and ballroom. Both feature stunning vineyard views, award-winning wines and cuisine. capacity 370 | price $$$

greater palm springs

70100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA (800) 967-3767 | info@palmspringsoasis.com VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com/weddings Whether you want a glamorous ceremony set against a backdrop of mountains, an all-inclusive affair at a beautifully manicured resort or something unique at one of many mid-century modern homes, planning your wedding in Palm Springs offers endless possibilities for your big day. capacity 400 | price $$$

hilton san diego resort & spa

1775 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA (619) 275-8919 | weddings@missionbayhilton.com SanDiegoHilton.com Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is the quintessential California resort and retreat. White-sand beaches, lush greens and arching tropical palms provide a number of gorgeous and unique backdrops for the special day of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$

hotel corque

400 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA (805) 686-8632 | HotelCorque.com What is more romantic than a Wine Country wedding? With its lovely vineyards, spectacular scenery and picture-perfect weather, it’s no surprise Santa Ynez Valley is one of the more sought-after wedding spots. Hotel Corque is the essence of Wine Country, making it an ideal venue for your wedding day. capacity 300 | price $$$

hyatt centric santa barbara

1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA (805) 879-1335 | krista.kurosaki@hyatt.com SantaBarbara.Centric.Hyatt.com Begin your forever with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Our ballrooms are designed to showcase Santa Barbara’s natural beauty—the perfect destination for your beachside wedding, rehearsal dinner, brunch and accommodations. Our catering team is dedicated to making your dream a reality. capacity 225 | price $$

hyatt regency indian wells resort & spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA (760) 674-4045 IndianWells.Hyatt.com Couples will experience a romantic and captivating desert oasis when they plan their wedding at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Whether it is an intimate occasion for 20 or a grand banquet for 400, the bride and groom will enjoy a magical event that reflects their unique vision. capacity 400 | price $$$

hyatt regency lake tahoe resort

111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village, NV (775) 886-6693 | tvllt-rfp@hyatt.com LakeTahoe.Regency.Hyatt.com Create memories to last a lifetime at North Lake Tahoe’s most luxurious lakefront resort. Choose from a romantic winter wedding with snowcapped mountains in the distance, a beachside sunset wedding, intimate garden ceremonies and more. capacity 500 | price $$$

hyatt regency sacramento

1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA (916) 321-3520 | sacramentoweddings@hyatt.com Sacramento.Hyatt.com It’s the biggest day of your life. Let the wedding professionals at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento cater to your every need—engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, accommodations for out-of-town guests and, of course, the big event. At Hyatt, no detail is too small for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

jeh ranch

10421 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield, CA (661) 399-0588 | meredith@jehranch.com JEHRanch.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. This riverfront property features a beautifully appointed main house and backyard, a barn and riding arena, spacious grass areas and a walking path. Other highlights include a quaint and stylish cigar bar, western saloon with period décor, honeymoon cottage and food and beverage services. capacity 250 | price $$

la jolla shores hotel

8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, CA (888) 965-1709 ljshcatering@ljshoreshotel.com LJShoresHotel.com/weddings La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the only hotels to offer wedding ceremonies directly on the beach in San Diego. It’s the perfect destination for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners, featuring both indoor and outdoor banquet venues with spectacular oceanfront views and a variety of activities. capacity 180 | price $$$

lorimar vineyards and winery

39990 Anza Road, Temecula, CA (951) 694-6699 EXT. 4 LorimarWinery.com Lorimar Vineyards & Winery blends rustic charm and classic elegance. We create intimate settings with spectacular vineyard views and sunsets over the mountains. Our Tuscan-style winery offers two distinct locations on the property—the Barrel Room and Vineyard Lawn. Build your all-inclusive package today. capacity 300 | price $$

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1 Market Place, San Diego, CA (619) 358-6635 | grandhyattsdweddings@hyatt.com ManchesterGrand.Hyatt.com This iconic waterfront hotel and wedding venue is centrally located in the heart of downtown next to San Diego’s top attractions and pristine beaches. Both reception venues and guest rooms offer Pacific Ocean and city skyline views that will leave you and your guests breathless. capacity 800 | price $$$

marina village conference center

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA (619) 222-1620 | specialevents@marinavillage.net MarinaVillage.net Waterfront settings featuring banquet rooms and lawn areas overlooking beautiful Mission Bay. Use our on-site caterer or bring your own. Banquet rooms accommodate groups of up to 350. Located near Sea World, within minutes of 8 and 5 freeways and recreational hotels. Abundant free parking. capacity 350 | price $$

monte verde inn

18841 Foresthill Rd., Foresthill, CA (530) 888-8123 | MonteVerdeInn.net The Monte Verde Inn is a six-bedroom 1936 Georgianstyle manor, surrounded by over six acres of manicured gardens, lawns and forest. We provide a unique combination of individual attention and the perfect

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monterey plaza hotel & spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA (831) 645-4033 | MontereyPlazaHotel.com Luxurious waterfront banquet rooms open to panoramic views and a piazza, ideal for your ceremony and reception. As faithful as your pledge, is ours to you: a commitment of service and hospitality. Begin your life together in a place as lovely and memorable as your vows. capacity 300 | price $$$

mount palomar winery

33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA (951) 676-5047 EXT. 17 | lauren@mountpalomar.com MountPalomar.com When you celebrate your wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, our unique blend of country vineyard charm and Old World elegance will make your special day unforgettable. capacity 350 | price $$

mt. hamilton grandview

15005 Mt. Hamilton Rd., San Jose, CA (650) 518-1043 GrandViewSanJose.com Whether your dreams include a large or small, intimate wedding, Mt. Hamilton GrandView can make your dreams come true. We offer impeccable attention to every detail. Celebrate your love above the glow of sparkling city lights and the Bay Area’s most glorious views and sunsets. capacity 150 | price $$$

noor

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA (626) 793-4518 | sales@noorevents.com NoorEvents.com Noor is Pasadena’s premier event space featuring two indoor ballrooms and two outdoor spaces. From intimate to extravagant, traditional to the unexpected, Noor is committed to designing a customized event that is uniquely yours. capacity 300 | price $$$

oceano hotel & spa

280 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-5400 | nancyn@oceanohalfmoonbay.com OceanoHalfMoonBay.com Just 30 minutes from San Francisco, with its spectacular location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, every wedding at the Oceano Hotel and Spa is one of a kind. From saying your vows directly on the beach to dancing under the stars in the Grand Ballroom, the Oceano is truly unique. capacity 350 | price $$$

pala casino spa and resort

11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA (877) 946-7252 | weddings@palacasino.com

PalaCasino.com Against the backdrop of the Palomar Mountains, the wedding of your dreams awaits. You’ll find a dedicated staff ready to customize your wedding plans. And with our fabulous restaurants, world-class gaming, and luxurious day spa, your wedding will be more than an event, it will be an experience. capacity 2,000 | price $$$

pala mesa resort

2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook, CA (760) 477-7240 | weddings@palamesa.com PalaMesa.com Vow exchanges take place in our wedding garden showcasing a mission-style pavilion with an antique bell. The receptions are held under an arched tent encompassing crystal chandeliers and drapery with surrounding lush trees, waterfalls and a fire pit. Pala Mesa is the perfect memory to last a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

ponte winery & vineyard inn

35053 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA (951) 694-9444 Experience 300 acres of romantic vineyards, a Top-10 hotel, award-winning wine country cuisine and views that will take your breath away. We invite you to see why Ponte Winery and Ponte Vineyard Inn offer the perfect location for your dream wedding. capacity 280 | price $$$

porter valley country club

19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge, CA (818) 360-1071 EXT. 231 julie.pittman@clubcorp.com PorterValley.com Our banquet rooms have been remodeled! Floorto-ceiling windows, a private terrace overlooking our beautiful golf course and romantic lighting are all waiting for you. Porter Valley Country Club has complete packages for ceremonies and receptions to make planning your big day a breeze. capacity 300 | price $$

the portofino hotel & marina

260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA (800) 468-4292 | (310) 379-8481 weddings@hotelportofino.com HotelPortofino.com The Portofino Hotel & Marina is nestled on a secluded peninsula with swaying palms, magnificent ocean breezes, and rich panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. We offer oceanfront ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid lunches, and farewell brunches. capacity 250 | price $$$

pullman san francisco bay

223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA (650) 508-7178 | stephanie.tourial@accor.com PullmanSanFranciscoBay.com Say “I do,” then dance the night away at the finest 4-star experience on the peninsula. Allow our professionals to execute the celebration of two people in love. From

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quail lodge & golf club

8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA (831) 620-8833 | weddings@quaillodge.com QuailLodge.com We know that your wedding should be memorable for all the right reasons. This is why we offer spectacular indoor and outdoor venues, event planners, seamless service, superb dining and catering, and legendary attention to detail. Contact us for our current specials! capacity 200 | price $$$

san diego zoo and san diego zoo safari park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA (619) 685-3259 SanDiegoZoo.org/weddings Imagine taking your vows overlooking a savanna while herds of rhinos and giraffes roam in the distance. Or perhaps you prefer a lush tropical setting on the edge of a lagoon. Our beautiful and exotic venues create the perfect backdrop for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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seascape beach resort on monterey bay

One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA (800) 929-7727 | SeascapeResort.com Located just south of Santa Cruz, Seascape Beach Resort offers an exquisite Monterey Bay backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Reception halls with sweeping ocean views and personalized menus and reception packages complete your perfect day. Let our team of professionals help you plan an extraordinary event! capacity 250 | price $$$

shutters on the beach & hotel casa del mar

One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA (310) 587-1737 kmoreno@etchotels.com ShuttersontheBeach.com Say “I do” on the brick-lined terrace against a backdrop of sea and sky, followed by a reception in one of our stunning venues. From the reception to the honeymoon, our professional catering and event staff brings imagination, thoughtfulness and expertise to make each wedding extraordinary. capacity 350 | price $$$$

south coast winery resort & spa

34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA (866) 994-6379 | (951) 587-9463 weddings@wineresort.com SouthCoastWinery.com Centered in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, we offer the perfect blend of magnificent views, impeccable service and sumptuous food in an array of venues tucked away in our rolling vineyards. Let our

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spanish hills country club

999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo, CA (805) 388-5000 | info@spanishhillscc.com SpanishHillsWedding.com At Spanish Hills you will enjoy the friendly warmth and elegance of a private club. Our thoughtful attention to detail will make your special day truly memorable. Elegant touches like our unforgettable synchronized table service have earned Spanish Hills a reputation for sophistication and fun! capacity 250 | price $$

taglyan cultural complex

1201 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA (323) 978-0005 | info@taglyancomplex.com Taglyan.com Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, you will find remarkable beauty teeming with detail, quality and sophisticated style. You will receive great care, personalized service and a superior value. We will make your special day a joyful memory to cherish for years to come.

w san francisco

181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 917-7884 wsf.salesleads@whotels.com WSanFrancisco.com Celebrate in style in 12,000 square feet of our avantgarde event and banquet space, from two glamorous Great Rooms with a pearl-white and silver color scheme to a dramatic Social Terrace with a bird’s-eye panorama of the city lights. We’ll help you express your individuality to create an iconic event. capacity 200 | price $$$

wayfarer’s chapel

5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (310) 377-1650 EXT. 1 joanm@wayfarerschapel.org WayfarersChapel.org Imagine your wedding in one of the most romantic and awe-inspiring places on earth —The Wayfarers Chapel, also known as the Glass Chapel. For over 50 years, The Wayfarers Chapel has welcomed couples from all religious backgrounds to celebrate their wedding in this natural sanctuary. capacity 100 | price $$

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torrance cultural arts center

3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA (310) 781-7150 | TCAC.TorranceCA.gov Choose your own caterer, décor, and create your very own dream event in a truly unique setting. From our intimate Japanese garden to our spacious reception halls, you’ll find everything you need to make your day perfect at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. capacity 400+ | price $$

whitney oaks golf club

2305 Clubhouse Drive, Rocklin, CA (916) 632-8333 EXT. 20 WhitneyOaksGolf.com When you choose the elegant setting of Whitney Oaks Golf Club for your wedding day, you pick a winner— from intimate gatherings to grand scale celebrations. Whitney Oaks Golf Club is the perfect venue for your dream wedding and reception. The diamonds are in the details—let’s make it sparkle together. capacity 200 | price $$$

viaggio estate & winery

100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo, CA (209) 368-1378 ViaggioWinery.com Where your journey to forever begins. At Viaggio we believe in magical, memorable, happily-ever-afters. Featuring 23 sprawling acres in Northern CA’s iconic Lodi Wine Country, indoor and outdoor options, gourmet catering, and stress-free accommodations, allowing you to celebrate in perfect bliss! capacity 350+ | price $$$

visit camarillo wedding venues and hotels

2400 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA (805) 484-4383 adriana@visitcamarillo.com VisitCamarillo.com With historic buildings, rustic barns and farms, lavish gardens, an intimate private airport, a Spanish-style library and idyllic country clubs, Camarillo’s diverse collection of 33 venues can fit any wedding style and budget. Out-of-town guests will feel right at home at the city’s luxury hotels. capacity 300 | price $$

wiens family cellars

35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA (951) 694-9892 | WiensCellars.com Located among the rolling hills of Temecula Valley, Wiens Family Cellars is the perfect place for your romantic winery wedding. Enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and celebrate with unforgettable food and wine in our fully enclosed event pavilion or intimate cellar room. capacity 200 | price $$

wine & roses

2505 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA (209) 371-6117 sales@winerose.com WineRose.com At Wine & Roses we have the picture-perfect venues to make your wedding dreams a reality. We also offer award-winning creative cuisine, exceptional service, luxurious hotel rooms and suites, spa services and gifts, a private bride’s changing room and over 20 years of wedding experience. capacity 350 | price $$$

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the faux bouquets

Serving worldwide (828) 329-2036 thefauxbouquets@gmail.com TheFauxBouquets.com The Faux Bouquets ships high-quality, artificial florals directly to you! Lifelike designs range from single bridal bouquets to fully coordinated wedding packages. Pre-made and custom options are available. Faux blooms are more durable, don’t wilt and won’t be tossed away at the end of your wedding!

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(714) 240-1691 WhiteFeathersEvents.com White Feathers Events specialty décor rental company is best known for crystal trees. Discover our exquisite centerpiece collection and transform your space into your dream wedding. We offer everything from simply setup and day-of coordination to elegant pipe and drape backdrops and full wedding planning.

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Southern California (661) 904-4336 info@amandaraebeauty.com AmandaRaeBeauty.com Amanda Rae Beauty is a team of skilled artists offering beauty services on location. We do more than just glam! We help time and plan every wedding day to keep things running smooth. We are trained not only in beauty techniques but how to be true professionals on location, catering to your needs.

art of beauty

Serving all of Northern California ArtofBeautyInc.com Our luxury boutique offers mobile makeup, hair and photography services in one package to save you time and stress so you can relax and enjoy one of the most memorable days of your life in the comfort of your own hotel suite. Already have a photographer? That’s okay—book our phenomenal makeup and hair team.

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Experience a romantic waterfront wedding with DoubleTree By Hilton San Pedro. We offer a variety of wedding packages offering these complimentary products and services: • Guestroom for the night • Custom wedding cake for reception • Chair covers and hosted bar • Hors d’oeuvres for pre-reception • Champagne toast • Parking for all guests • Votive candles and mirror bases to enhance centerpieces • Memories for a lifetime

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beglammed

Serving all of Southern CA, San Francisco and the Bay Area (844) 595-6773 bridal@beglammed.com beGlammed.com We provide hair and makeup for every occasion, including girls’ night out, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and the most important day of your life—your wedding! Call us today to speak with one of our expert consultants to learn more about our bridal and bridesmaid packages.

bellami

(844) 235-5264 info@bellamihair.com BellamiHair.com We provide our Bellas with luxury, high-quality 100 percent human Remy Hair Extensions at affordable prices, which you can shop for on our website. We also offer the Bellami Beauty Bar in the Los Angeles area, which offers a personalized experience to give you the full Bellami effect.

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11450 4th Street, #103-104, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (909) 758-0176 BellasposaWedding.com Your wedding day passes quickly, but your gown and photographs last a lifetime! Our 7,000-square-foot salon houses the latest designer bridal gowns and personal consultants to help you create your dream look. Our award-winning photographers capture the day to create happy memories for a lifetime!

cupertino dental and facial esthetics

10413 Torre Avenue, Ste. 600, Cupertino, CA (408) 865-1777 | admin@drsage.net SmileGallery.com We make it easy for you to look your best on your wedding day. From cosmetic dentistry and Zoom Teeth Whitening to Botox®/Dysport®, lip shaping, HydraFacialMD®, body sculpting, professional makeup and more, you’ll shine bright. We have been creating beautiful smiles for over 20 years.

dr. jeremy korman

4644 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 450, Marina del Rey, CA (310) 577-5540 JeremyKormanMD.com Jeremy E. Korman, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric procedures for weight loss. Dr. Korman offers a variety of weight loss services to patients in Marina del Rey and throughout the West Los Angeles area.

elegant lace bridal

1061 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA (408) 978-2230 | ElegantLaceBridal.com Visit our newly remodeled, full-service salon. We offer an exquisite collection of unforgettable designer styles—a style and price for every bride. Making brides look beautiful for over 30 years.

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girl with a curlingiron

girlwithacurlingiron@gmail.com GirlWithACurlingiron.com Bay Area-based stylist/artist Shawna Jarnagin provides stunning, professional, on-location bridal hair and makeup services to anywhere in California and is also available for destination weddings. Book your trial today!

the hydration room

404 Westminster Ave., Suite #4, Newport Beach, CA (949) 650-0866 TheHydrationRoom.com The Hydration Room is Orange County’s first customized vitamin IV and injection infusion clinic. Established by board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Brett Florie, DO, MD, The Hydration Room successfully integrates both allopathic and naturopathic medicine to keep patients looking and feeling their best.

janene’s bridal boutique

2418 Central Ave., Alameda, CA (510) 217-8076 | info@janenesbridal.com JanenesBridal.com We provide the best in bridal attire for today’s woman. We have a stunning collection of bridal gowns. We offer a full range of alterations and embroidery services as well as custom gowns. We have over 600 dresses for you to look at.

la mienne bridal

(888) 700-9487 | info@lamienne.com LaMienne.com/bridal Welcome to the world of La Mienne—beauty as you like it. From blowouts to manicures and makeup styling sessions, La Mienne helps you look lavish in less time. Email us for our special bridal packages.

lili bridals and formals, inc.

18663 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA (818) 774-9700 | sales@lilibridals.com LiliBridals.com Lili Bridals and Formals, a family-owned and operated salon since 1958, offers unparalleled service and attention. Our selection includes an array of wedding gowns from exclusive designers, the largest collection of bridesmaid dresses in So. California, and fabulous mothers’ gowns and eveningwear.

long flirty lashes

Serving LA County, Orange County, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley (661) 312-1206 | 4moraga@sbcglobal.net LetyMuA.com Specializing in airbrush makeup; loose, artistic updos; and romantic braids, I have over 20 years of industry experience. I started off in studios, working with celebrities such as Bruce Jenner and Heather Locklear. Now I’m pursuing my passion of serving brides, turning their wedding visions into reality.

makeup by anya baker visage (760) 574-0471 | bakeranya@yahoo.com AnyaBakerVisage.com

Trained for years in Dior and YSL makeup artistry, I have developed a keen sense of taste and an individual approach. I have a flexible style and will meet you at your location. I promise your makeup will stay with you through the whole day. You will be the best version of yourself everyone will remember!

maquillage

644 40th Street, Suite 308, Oakland, CA (650) 248-1482 | hello@sachabadame.com SachaBadame.com Maquillage has an editorial focus and takes a natural, romantic approach to bridal beauty. Our makeup and styling studio is located at MacArthur Annex in Oakland’s trendy Temescal District. We provide session artistry and mobile beauty services to a diverse clientele within and beyond the Bay.

mary me bridal

2922 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA (714) 744-1655 | MaryMeBridal.com Making our brides beautiful has been our tradition for 37 years. Our extensive collection of US and European designer gowns in various price ranges gives our brides the best selections of elegant gowns. Our bridesmaid department has the most extensive lines of bridesmaid collections.

moein surgical arts

2080 Century Park East, Ste. 1508, Los Angeles, CA (310) 694-4486 BalloonSurgery.com Dr. Moein, MD, is one of the very few surgeons in the country trained in weight loss surgery and cosmetic surgery. This offers patients a significant advantage and makes him uniquely qualified to provide the latest weight loss options in a caring and effective manner.

mon amie bridal salon

355 S. Bristol Street, Suite N, Costa Mesa, CA (714) 546-5700 | info@monamie.com MonAmie.com Mon Amie has served as the West Coast’s premier bridal salon since 1976. We present to our brides an unparalleled selection of designer gowns in our spacious boutique. We invite you to make an appointment to experience the new Mon Amie.

the one bridal

590 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 638-6956 service@theonebridal.net TheOneBridal.net Since 2004, thousands of brides have trusted The One Bridal. Using unique designs, handcrafted details, luxurious fabrications and flawless workmanship, our dedicated design and fit team is obsessed with creating gorgeous gowns at affordable prices. We also carry dresses and accessories for your party.

panache bridals

Southern CA (310) 860-9221 panachebeverlyhills@gmail.com PanacheBridals.com Panache Bridals’ full service bridal salons provide the

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polished perfect by twila true

103 E. 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA (949) 287-6563 flagship@polishedperfect.com PolishedPerfect.com Polished Perfect by Twila True is a full-service studio providing manicures, pedicures, blowouts, updos, makeup application, waxing, threading and men’s grooming in the Man Cave! Book your wedding party appointment for brides and grooms today. For locations, bookings and more, please visit our website.

primadonna makeover bridal hair & makeup

On location | PrimadonnaMakeover.com primadonnamakeover@gmail.com (415) 987-5946 perfumesoiree@gmail.com PerfumeSoiree.com Our Perfume Bar Soiree is a unique new fragrance bar where you smell, blend, bottle and name your own perfume. New for this year: Lipstick Lab bar parties, where you can create your own lipstick. It’s a unique, interactive, unforgettable experience to offer at your next event.

mysurvivoreyes@gmail.com SurvivorEyes.com SurvivorEyes is a BrowStyle Kit for perfect, long-lasting brows in a snap! Each kit contains 10 unique brow templates that will complement any face shape, a dualsided cosmetic applicator and high-quality cosmetics in three shade palettes that are ideal for all skin tones—an ideal gift for bridesmaids.

symmetry beauty

(818) 881-8735 info@symmetrybeauty.com SymmetryBeauty.com Symmetry Beauty is a boutique beauty team, catering to brides and private clients all over California and beyond. Our emphasis is to provide the highest quality of service, along with the most experienced and talented stylists available today.

tay c styles

Serving the Bay Area (310) 740-7555 taycstyles@gmail.com TayCStyles.com I’m an on-location hairstylist that travels all over the Bay Area and beyond. I specialize in bridal hair and special event styling including updos, blowouts and braids! I love styling hair and the creativity that comes along with it. It’s exciting to watch the magic happen on someone’s wedding day!

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1433 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA (916) 330-4422 secondsummersacramento@gmail.com SecondSummerBridesAC.com Second Summer Bride specializes in designer bridal gowns—boutique samples, resale, once-wed, consignment, new with tags and fine accessories. A full-service salon; catering to each and every bride with individual styling consultants to help bring knowledge and ease to the shopping process.

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st. james the salon

4851 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa, CA (707) 535-0636 StJamestheSalon.com We specialize in bridal hair and makeup in our bridal suite/salon and on-site for brides and bridal parties for their wedding day. We have offered quality services since 1995 in the Sonoma County Wine Country. Contact us today to schedule your trial or appointment.

4870 Dublin Blvd. in Hacienda Crossings, Dublin, CA (925) 452-1700 BARONSJewelers.com BARONS has been serving you since 1967 throughout the east Bay Area as the leading bridal jewelry store, with a fabulous collection of fine jewelry and watches. The staff at BARONS is committed to bringing you the finest high quality jewelry at affordable prices.

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chasing victory

Northern California and destination (925) 980-8479 bride@statusalon.com StatuSalon.com Status Salon Agency will handle all of your bridal hair and makeup services. We can accommodate any bridal party size and can travel to any location. With our elite team, our agency will ensure your wedding day looks fabulous. Call or email us today!

survivoreyes

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ChasingVictory.com At Chasing Victory each wedding and engagement ring is handcrafted using the finest exotic and domestic woods available. We use professionally graded gems and 100% recycled precious metals. Chasing Victory is about being your best, serving others and accomplishing your dreams.

the collector fine jewelry

912 South Live Oak Park Road, Fallbrook, CA (760) 728-9121 info@collectorfinejewelry.com

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george thompson diamond co.

309 W. Ventura Blvd. #D, Camarillo, CA GeorgeThompson.com With George Thompson Diamond Co.’s own design studio and Factory in Thailand, we’ve been So. Cal’s jewelry destination for the hottest designs since 1977. We cut out all middlemen, so our unique award-winning designs are 75 percent off. We have over 2,000 wedding and engagement rings available every day.

icing on the ring

607 S. Hill St., Ste. 316, Los Angeles, CA (888) 565-6150 info@icingonthering.com IcingOnTheRing.com Family-owned and family-operated, Icing On The Ring is located in the Los Angeles Jewelry District. With an emphasis on custom jewelry, friendly service, and competitive prices, our duty is to make your ringbuying experience as pleasant and fun as possible.

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special poetry jewelry gift-giving experience, and we stand behind each piece—ensuring its quality meets our high standards before sending to you. We make highquality, timeless jewelry affordable.

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ricardo basta fine jewelry

10307 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City, CA (310) 278-4792 RicardoBasta.com Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry is sought for our custom design, focusing on engagement and wedding rings, and restoration capabilities. Our design staff works one-on-one with clients, designing special pieces together. Become inspired for your own custom design or leave with a Ricardo Basta original.

timeless pearl

169 11th Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 365-0048 support@timelesspearl.com TimelessPearl.com Timeless Pearl is an online marketplace connecting the best pearl farms’ jewelry and customers. We create a

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1941 Jackson St., Oakland, CA (424) 522-2522 designerlg@thevccollection.com IAmVeryConceited.com Very Conceited is a luxury brand for women. We offer couture bridal gowns made just for you to have on your special day.

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hector maranesi photography

(714) 865-9968 | hector@hmmphotography.com HMMPhotography.com For over 40 years we have been committed to not only shooting pictures, but to capturing love, hugs and kisses, commitment, happiness, tears of joy and those romantic and special moments that will last forever as part of your family history. Please choose your photographer wisely.

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fantasy sound event services

(800) 660-3735 FantasySound.com Fantasy Sound offers exceptional DJ, event lighting, photo booth, coordination and videography services for weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay area. We take pride in the quality service that our experienced staff provides our clients when planning their wedding day. Experience for yourself the Fantasy Sound difference.

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padis jewelry

Serving four locations in the San Francisco area (415) 626-8288 | (888) 500-GEMS PadisJewelry.com As San Francisco’s most trusted jeweler since 1974, and with four locations, we are proud to offer designers such as Sylvie, Tacori, Verragio and Forevermark. As a multi-generational family-owned business, Padis Jewelry offers the highest quality diamonds, fine designer jewelry and engagement rings.

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destination weddings

(888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

111 Center Avenue, Unit M, Martinez, CA 51 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA (925) 586-8316 | (619) 890-6962 info@gotquantum.com GotQuantum.com Quantum DJs specialize in weddings. Our DJs mix music and perform as MC. We will play your music. Everything will be tailored for you, from what we wear to the music we play. Visit our showroom for a live DJ and lighting demo!

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kq elements

KQElements.com KQ Elements’ aesthetic is to bring drama and extravagance into the event’s ambiance and spirit. The in-house creative team applies the latest trends, which brings each client’s individual fantasy to life.

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redondo beach weddings

119 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 2, Redondo Beach, CA (310) 376-6911 | (800) 282-0333 info@redondochamber.org RedondoBeachWeddings.org Blessed with sweeping ocean views, ideal weather and venues overlooking Southern California’s breathtaking sunsets, Redondo Beach is always wedding-ready. Whether you live half a world away or call these shores home, our warm and picturesque beachside city can offer the destination wedding of your dreams.

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

camelot party rentals

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creative party design

CreativePartyDesign.Etsy.com Creative Party Design specializes in custom favor bags, custom favor boxes and custom labeling for special events. We are committed to creating beautiful, handmade items that are sure to impress. Visit our Etsy shop and let us create your perfect event.

friar tux shop

33 SoCal and Las Vegas stores FriarTux.com Nationwide online rentals StitchandTie.com As a leading suit and tuxedo retailer, we offer both rental and for-purchase collections for men, boys and women. Visit a showroom to meet with a stylist, view garments and get a custom fitting—or visit StitchandTie.com, our new online rental brand for 24/7 shopping.

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The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

35

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

233

The Freedom Hall & Gardens

157

Avensole Winery

277

Garden Court Hotel

151

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

229

Garré Vineyard & Winery

141

Beer Park

195

Grand Hyatt San Diego

289

Black Gold Golf Club

253

GrandView

187

Bonita Golf Course

295

Greater Palm Springs

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The Bridges Golf Club

55

Hexx

195

Buca di Beppo

77

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

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Camarillo

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Hotel Casa Del Mar

10

Casino San Clemente

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Hotel Corque

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Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

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Charter Yachts Newport Beach

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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

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Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

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Cliff House

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Hyatt Regency Sacramento

177

Cohn Restaurant Group

26

JEH Ranch

178

Commodore Cruises & Events

172

La Jolla Shores Hotel

286

Concord Clarion Hotel

155

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

314

Crooked Vine Winery

185

Madera Kitchen

38

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown

63

Marina Village

265

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro L.A. Waterfront

327

Montage Kapalua Bay

201

Electra Cruises

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Montage Laguna Beach

249

Fazeli Cellars

275

Monte Verde Estate

129

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Viaggio Estate & Winery

115

Mount Palomar Winery

269

Wayfarer’s Chapel

297

Noor

69

Wiens Family Cellars

74

Oceano Hotel & Spa

86

Wine & Roses

105

Omni Resorts La Costa

2

Pala Casino Spa Resort

219

CAKES & CATERERS

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Pala Mesa Resort

285

Canyon Catering

245

Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn

279

Contemporary Catering

14

Porter Valley Country Club

307

Made by Meg Catering

266

The Portofino Hotel & Marina

317

Pullman San Francisco Bay

159

JEWELRY

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Quail Lodge & Golf Club

188

Barons Jewelers

59

Ramekins

22

Chasing Victory

103

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

272

The Collector

225

Seascape Beach Resort

181

George Thompson Diamond Co.

37

Seven-Degrees

80

Icing On The Ring

21

Shutters On The Beach

10

Krizanti

73

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

321

Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry

217

Spanish Hills Country Club

25

Steve Padis Jewelry

135

Taglyan Complex

251

Timeless Pearl

111

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

137

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

313

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Trump International Hotel & Tower

197

Amanda Rae Beauty Hair & Makeup Artistry

301

333

139

K

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Anya Baker Visage

323

Second Summer Bride

109

Art of Beauty

85

St. James The Salon

178

beGlammed

313

Status Salon

159

Bellami

309

SurvivorEyes

295

Bellasposa Bridal & Photography

53

Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie

311

Cupertino Dental & Facial Esthetics

161

Tay C Styles

185

Dr. Jeremy Korman

292

VC Collection

157

Elegant Lace Bridal

41

Friar Tux Shop

259

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Girl With A Curlingiron

181

The Faux Bouquets

307

The Hydration Room

317

Soirée Design & Events

283

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

43 PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Allison Maginn Photography

257

Hector Maranesi Photography

325

Valorie Darling Photography

263

ENTERTAINMENT

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Encore Event Entertainment

32

Fantasy Sound Event Services

187

Quantum Party Productions

172

334

K

La Mienne Bridal Lili Bridal Long Flirty Lashes

177 9 314

Maquillage

175

Mary Me Bridal

57

Moein Surgical Arts

321

Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Cover

The One Bridal

161

Panache Bridal & Eveningwear

1

Polished Perfect by Twila True

292

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

PAGE #

Primadonna Makeover Perfume Bar Soiree

155

Creative Party Design

331

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Things Remembered

71

Whimsique Designer Invitations & Stationery

260

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

PAGE #

A Good Affair

44

Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events

18

KQ Elements

13

Maui’s Angels

192

Redondo Beach Weddings

Classic Event & Party Rentals

309

Destination Weddings

31

The Greek National Tourism Organization

65

Il Cuore Wines

191

Jake Duke Studios

301

223

Taylor Creative Inc.

83

White Lace Events & Design

241

Town & Country Event Rentals

204

White Feathers Events

329

SPECIALTY SERVICES

PAGE #

AFR Event Furnishings

271

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Cover, 67

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

PAGE #

Brea Bridal Show

327

Gearys

79

335

191

K

Camelot Party Rentals

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PHOTOGRAPH BY CALLAWAY GABLE

kacie & adam LOS ANGELES “Our lives and relationship are very quintessential LA, so having our wedding in the heart of city felt so right,” Kacie says of exchanging vows at Hinoki & the Bird. Just before greeting guests at the restaurant, the pair snapped this sunny shot. “We had the perfect LA weather, dancing, great drinks and even a late-night snack of chicken and waffles!”

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