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

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

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

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

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beauty awards foolproof products to take you from your engagement to wedding day

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style 120

paper trails let your locale inspire your invites

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petal talk the most asked about wedding flowers

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outdoor occasion how to celebrate in the open air

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the real deal on wedding cakes answers to all your frosting, flavor and topper questions

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

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r  eal weddings 87 eliza & jason january 16, coronado

92 mia & dorell august 9, santa susana

96 lan & david november 7, laguna beach

102 colette & richie april 23, santa barbara

108 kj & kristel february 21, long beach

112 ani & david february 6, los angeles

116 chris & lou august 1, palm springs

118 amanda & thadd january 16, redondo beach

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259 rory & kevin

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268 kristina & gautam august 1, rutherford

217 savvy spending

274 rachel & andrew

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280 danika & frankie december 4, bakersfield

august 1, homewood

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know-how

290 joanne & john

create a fun, helpful page for guests

october 3, san francisco

r  eal wedding budget key

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

288 kristen & john

twist on tradition wedding customs to make your own

229  eat, drink and be married

october 10, pebble beach

247  for better or verse 253

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284 maggie & brad

tips to having your nuptials among the grapevines write your vows one word at a time

how to manage your budget

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marry away in the USA

find a photographer that clicks

303 marry melodies create your perfect song list

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your wedding week checklist what you need to get done before walking down the aisle

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

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Check out more playful styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/gowns. ON HER Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $3,500, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, socks, $10, Tommy Hilfiger, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

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

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

ON HER Top and pants, $4,150, Rosa Clará at The White Dress, TheWhiteDress .com (Corona Del Mar), Panache Bridal, PanacheBridals.com (Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Pasadena & Santa Barbara), Jinwang, Jinwang.net (San Francisco); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $98, KateSpade.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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

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MANAGING EDITORS

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Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

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Meghan Corrigan

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

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Kathy Nguyen

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

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

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

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

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Kristin Savilia, ksavilia@xogrp.com (212) 515-7455 GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1307 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Elise Kneram, ekneram@theknot.com (877) 869-6042

Stacy Brambila, sbrambila@theknot.com (855) 500-3149 Krystal Sossaman, ksossaman@theknot.com (888) 814-6321 Lisa Hamilton, lhamilton@theknot.com (855) 297-5668 Hillary Boyd, hboyd@theknot.com (877) 476-4317 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@theknot.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (866) 743-2278 FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (866) 347-3597 JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Danielle Wilson, dpelletiere@xogrp.com (844) 848-4639 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALIST Christina Frauendorfer, christinaf@theknot.com (877) 825-1806 VP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS Jennifer Perciballi, pr@xogrp.com DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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

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Browse the top weddings from across America as part of our 50 Weddings, 50 States roundup. Our Golden State pick, Rory and Kevin, let the beauty of Big Sur inspire their cliffside affair, which included cozy outdoor lounges and fragrant medleys of sage, lavender and rose. It’s the ultimate local inspiration. we d d i n g s

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We’ve tested all of The Knot Beauty Award winners. (p. 189)

All your wedding cake questions answered. (p. 143)

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This painterly invite says “city wedding” in the most elegant way. (p. 120)

—GLORIA STEINEM

You’re getting married! Congratulations. We love filling your head with hundreds of inspiring ideas—like destinationinspired stationery (p. 120)—as well as the practical advice you need to get your planning done. From the most effective beauty products for every wedding-related event (p. 189) to a flower primer you’ll want to tear out and take with you to your first meeting with a florist (p. 127), this issue was created to help with all your to-dos and make you feel confident every step of the way. And when it comes to fashion, we’ve got brides and grooms covered. In “Playing for Keeps” (p. 154), we used a carousel, cotton candy and other playful elements to show how edgy silhouettes, unconventional hues and unique accessories can add a touch of whimsy to your wedding look. For the guys, check out our ultimate guide to looking great, from manscaping to choosing the right menswear (p. 171). In order to make all of your ideas come to life, of course, you’ll need to think about a budget that works for you—and we’ll help with that too (p. 217). Wherever planning takes you, be sure to share your favorite wedding details with us on Instagram (#TheKnot). Now, let the dreaming begin.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A feathery two-piece frock is perfect for dancing. (p. 154)

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

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Pink peonies: the ultimate romantic flower, and one of my faves. (p. 127)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

76% of couples host a cocktail hour

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

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big daddy’s antiques 1550 17th St., San Francisco; (415) 621-6800; BDAntiques.com Celebrate your extraordinary love story surrounded by one-of-a-kind artifacts— just think of all the cool photo ops. In this 13,000-square-foot antiques wonderland in San Francisco’s posh Potrero Hill, up to 250 guests can say cheers to your nuptials beneath intricate mobiles and glittering crystal chandeliers hung from lofted ceilings. Life-size sculptures, towering Grecian-style pillars and fascinating vintage movie props are just some of the unusual elements that will add to the quirky ambience. TIP Big Daddy’s Antiques opened a second location for SoCal brides in Culver City.

2345 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo; (805) 595-2376; SeeCanyonFruitRanch.com Have a truly homegrown affair at this historic Central Coast fruit farm, which has been family owned for more than a century. Up to 250 revelers can enjoy the lush grounds, which boast an expansive (and sturdy) wood dance floor and are surrounded by picture-perfect oak tree groves and fruit orchards. TIP The farm’s homemade apple cider, honey, and fresh fruits and veggies can be harvested for the wedding feast or shared as favors.

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so how do you feel about trends? The idea of trends is limiting to brides and grooms because it sets an expectation of what weddings should be as opposed to letting it be a true reflection of the couple.

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what information should you put on the invitation versus the website? The invitation should include information about the wedding and any events. Reserve details such as travel, transportation, registry and things to do for the website. any other common mistakes to avoid? Order at least 15 extra invitations and weigh your suite at your local post office prior to purchasing postage. Tip: Ask more than one person there to chime in. finally, would you share one pro tip? Have fun. Stationery is the first part of your wedding you can see and hold. It’s exciting!

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Don’t be nervous or intimated by cocktails. Try everything. To save money, skip the champagne toast. No one drinks it. My philosophy: You should eat what you want and drink what you want.

let’s talk trends. what’s the most requested alcohol base? Bourbon, especially for old-fashioneds, is the current leader. But Moscow Mules are in a strong second place. one trend you want to see go away? Vodka soda is a meaningless drink. It tastes like nothing. what are some ways couples can still include craft cocktails if they’re on a tight budget? Be selective. Serve one or two specialty cocktails, beer and wine—that’s all you need. finally, it’s dinner time. how can a couple best pair their specialty drinks with food beyond the cocktail hour? You want complimentary feels and flavors, like sipping a mint julep with savory Southern food or having a cold, smooth Negra Modelo with spicy Mexican fare.  heck out more local wedding pros C at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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it’s wedding day. how do you deal with a surprise pimple? Don’t stress. Apply ice to it for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the swelling and redness. Avoid picking. Then let your makeup artist work her magic and conceal it. what about grooms? “Grooming” is becoming more common. Hairstyling will ensure the groom is just as perfect as his partner. Try powder for shine, concealer for discoloration under the eyes and definitely lip balm so the lips are ready for that first kiss. If your groom is hesitant, remind him that every man he sees on TV goes through the same process, even athletes. finally, three things to put in the clutch? Lipstick or gloss for touch-ups after kissing, blotting sheets for shine, and a hanky to dry the happy tears.  iscover more tips and trends from D your area at TheKnot.com/california

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“We took a different approach to nautical design while planning an event on the bay by incorporating unique textures, fun displays and an industry dream team of vendors. We loved creating an event reflective of San Diego style!” —White Lace Events & Design

LOCAL DETAIL WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on unique ways local pros are throwing weddings in their regions, and the hot details that go along with it. Our San Diego winner is White Lace Events & Design for its mix of rustic and industrial décor. Succulents, reclaimed wood and gold lanterns dressed up the gray-toned industrial space along the water, giving it a cozy feeling that felt approachable yet fresh and new.

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“I love creating spaces within an event that are all totally different but somehow fall together. We combined each space with performers to wow our guests’ senses. The mermaids in the pool, aerialist acts, contortionist, food, music and décor created the vibe.” —Kelsey Connelly, Kelsey Events

LOCAL TREND ALERT As The Knot editors jet-set around the US, we’re uncovering new trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Los Angeles’s winner—the amazing aquatic performers—comes from Revel Society and Kelsey Events. See if your poolside venue can include mermaid performers and contortionists in floating balls to surprise and delight guests.

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PURE LAVISH EVENTS hosted a tropical vacation-inspired alfresco party at MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH in Laguna Beach, using glam gold details, geometric accents, popular island cocktails and some seriously inviting cabanas.

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“We wanted the guests to party like they were on vacation! They did just that with cocktails sent down an ice luge, Polynesian dancers and live music. As the sun set over the water, guests relaxed in cabanas, laughing the night away.” —Pure Lavish Events

LOCAL DETAIL WE LOVE Orange County’s winning detail was the gold geometric accents by Pure Lavish Events. Gold accents in angular shapes, such as the coffee table in the lounge, tall vases and an elaborate dessert table, added a contemporary element to an otherwise tropical affair.

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“When I walked into the Payne Mansion, I immediately knew I wanted to go for an ‘old San Francisco’ vibe. You can feel the history within the space. I also loved the signature cocktail, which was a spin off of the classic Cable Car. It was only fitting that we included that as a nod to the city.” —Eileen Lacy, E Events Co.

LOCAL DETAIL WE LOVE We couldn’t get enough of E Events Co.’s modern calligraphy. From the watercolor banner over the fireplace to the laser-cut hashtag sign hanging from the greenery, various lettering styles that coordinate make for a modern soiree, even at a historic venue.

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Bridgette and Alex met as colleagues at DreamWorks Animation, where they discovered their mutual affinity for technology, great food and amusement parks. After three years together, Alex surprised Bridgette with a ring in front of Providence, a favorite local eatery. “I was overcome with excitement, jumping up and down in heels,” Bridgette says. In true Hollywood fashion, a team of young filmmakers, unknown to the couple, drove by and caught the moment as Alex got down on one knee. “Maybe we’ll show up in the background of some random YouTube video!” Bridgette says. The ring: James Allen >>

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With a shared dream to scuba dive at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Christopher (right) and Jeffery packed up their fins and set off to Oz. “Jeffrey had no idea what was coming,” Christopher says of organizing a proposal with the dive tour’s team. After two days of dives, Christopher suggested the pair take a selfie on the sun deck of the boat as they headed back to shore. “I had a ship staff member capturing the whole thing on video and ‘Marry Me’ by Train playing on my portable speaker,” Christopher recalls of dropping to one knee. “He was in shock for what felt like minutes, then I finally muttered something like, ‘so?’ And he said, ‘yes.’  ” The rings: Tiffany & Co.

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When Imran first asked Lisa out, she said “no.” “I continued the pursuit because I knew there was something there,” Imran says. Three years later, Imran planned a proposal in a Temecula vineyard during Lisa’s 30th birthday trip. But wearing heels at the time, Lisa refused to venture into the dirt. “After much pleading, she finally agreed to walk ‘20 feet maximum’ into the vineyard,” Imran says of finally gifting her a birthday card listing “all the reasons I loved her.” The final lines asked Lisa to turn over the card, which read: “Will you marry me?” “This time, she said, ‘yes,’  ” he says. The ring: Private designer >>

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Three years after meeting at a Newport Beach music venue, Emily and Andy set out on a road trip through the Sequoia Mountains. To cap off the adventure, they stopped at Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley. “As we entered an area encircled by large oak trees, Andy proceeded to get down on one knee,” Emily says of first seeing the vintage 1940s-era ring. “Although I didn’t cry at the moment, the event became much more emotional when we started calling friends and family to share the news.” The ring: The Vault Fine Antiques & Estate Jewelry

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After meeting in a West African drumming class, Melody and Jon spent six years traveling around the world, including moving to Taiwan to get to know Melody’s family there. One day, the two embarked on a hike up Mount Tamalpais, where John surprised Melody with a ring passed down from his grandmother. “We were both nervous, so while Jon said he had prepared several things to say, he ended up just blurting out the question,” Melody says. “I was so eager to hug and kiss him that he never had a chance to put on the ring!” The ring: Family heirloom Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 338

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BRIDE Eliza Stevens, 25, a graduate student GROOM Jason Przybyla, 26, a financial analyst HOW THEY MET In elementary school WEDDING STYLE Eliza and Jason decked out their breezy beach wedding in timeless organic hues. —Carolyn Meers

“I wanted to look back at my pictures in 30 years and have everything still be in good taste,” Eliza says. “I have always loved simple neutrals, and I knew that was the way to go.”

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“Even though San Diego has beautiful weather all year-round, we were worried about our guests being cold on a January night right on the beach,” Eliza says. Just in case, the couple had plenty of outdoor heaters and provided each guest with a monogrammed blanket.

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“I always wanted to be married in Coronado,” Eliza says of the seaside town where she often vacationed growing up. “It’s the most special place in the world to me.”

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To create a special memento, Eliza and Jason enlisted an artist to do a live painting of their reception. The finished product now hangs in their living room. “It reminds us every day of our perfect wedding,” Eliza says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Mia Lee, 29, an entrepreneur GROOM Dorell Wright, 28, an NBA player HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Lush blooms and polished tones of plum, gray and champagne brought Mia and Dorell’s chic outdoor wedding to life. —CM

The wedding’s theme, “The Wright Love Story,” was a playful but heartfelt nod to Mia and Dorell’s life together. “We’re both very aware of our nontraditional journey to marriage,” Mia says. “After seven years together, a son and the outside judgment—finally reaching that place of wanting to be married was meaningful and sacred to us both. It was our perfect love story!”

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Mia and Dorell’s son, Devin, wore a custom blue Waraire Boswell tux to match his father for his duties as ring bearer, and Mia’s goddaughter served as flower girl. The bride’s all-white bouquet consisted of more than a dozen white English roses, a stylish substitute since her favorite blooms, peonies, were out of season.

“The mountainous backdrop and gleaming lake couldn’t have been a better complement to the super moon nature offered us that evening,” Mia says.

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Mia and Dorell’s reception included a live band, DJ and performance by rapper YG, plus a nod to Mia’s father’s New Orleans roots: a traditional second line complete with lace parasol. Between dances, guests could play with oversize dominos, hit the photo booth or nosh on the marble chocolate chip cake.

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REGISTRY MyRegistry.com

HONEYMOON Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The middle layer of the couple’s three-tier cake was hand-painted with a whimsical floral design.

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BRIDE Lan Phan, 35, works in environmental protection GROOM David Park, 38, works in finance HOW THEY MET Through Lan’s brother WEDDING STYLE Lan and David tied the knot in an intimate seaside celebration with plenty of showstopping florals. —CM

“We knew we wanted something that wasn’t too formal and polished but also still elegant, natural and classic,” Lan says of their wedding vision. “I work in environmental protection and I love nature-inspired design, so that really informed our theme and style.” Dusty pink, purple and green tied it all together, while pops of navy and aubergine called out the autumn season.

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Lan’s bridal party included two bridesmen, who donned grey suits with brown shoes.

Seating assignments were printed on squares of paper with purple watercolor backgrounds and strung from a wood frame crowned with a garland. Rustic centerpieces topped the cocktail hour tables, as each guest sipped a Dark & Stormy.

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“We wanted a venue in Southern California, where we’re both from and where our families live,” Lan says of flying west from New York City for their destination nuptials.

LAN & DAVID’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Lan and David’s sweetheart table was nestled under an arbor draped with purple blossoms and eucalyptus. Hannah Shin, the same artist who created the couple’s escort cards, crafted original watercolor designs for their invitation suite. “It was absolutely gorgeous,” Lan says.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Montage

Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY

Brandon Kidd Photography Cotton Love Studios Event Consulting

VIDEOGRAPHY

CONSULTANT SPark FLOWERS Jaclyne

Breault, Heavenly Blooms Mack Harris/ Wholly Ignited

OFFICIANT GOWN Nicole

Miller, Jenny Yoo, New York City Sara Gabriel

VEIL

SHOES Hey Lady Shoes

WEDDING RINGS BlueNile.com JEWELRY

Lugano Diamonds Joyce Luck Style J.Crew

HAIR &

MENSWEAR Canali

Hannah Shin

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES STATIONERY

RENTALS Chiavari Chair

Rentals; Found Vintage Rentals; Town & Country Event Rentals; Wildflower Linen

CATERING

Montage Laguna Beach; late night: In-N-Out CAKE M Cakes Sweets

MUSIC Ceremony:

Karla Ross Productions; reception: Prokreation Productions PHOTO BOOTH Mobile Photo Booth

ACCOMMODATIONS Montage

Laguna Beach

HONEYMOON Montage

Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, HI GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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April 23 • Santa Barbara

colette &

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“I loved our venue and wanted to incorporate as much from the Biltmore as possible,” Colette says of highlighting the terrace’s details with her décor.

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Blush and cream pastels paired with the navy bridesmaid dresses.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Colette Taylor, 24, a perioperative registered nurse GROOM Richie Seaberry, 25, an employee benefits broker HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends while attending UC Santa Barbara WEDDING STYLE Using the venue’s color palette and its ballroom wallpaper as inspiration, Colette and Richie blended vintage tropical details with old-Hollywood glam. —CM

After a traditional church ceremony, the couple celebrated on the reception venue’s terrace overlooking the Pacific. Sequined, gold-leaf-patterned linens and centerpieces with peach roses and orchids dressed the tables, while gilded palm leaves decorated the cake.

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Colette kept her bridal look classic, with a silk gown featuring an illusion back and her hair in a low bun. “I wanted an understated look that would keep with the old-Hollywood theme,” she says. Upon arriving to the garden for cocktail hour, guests picked up escort cards made of Cádiz shells.

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Hawaiian songs by the Kaleo Na’ea Band provided the sound track for cocktail hour.

COLETTE & RICHIE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Old Mission Santa

Barbara, Santa Barbara RECEPTION SITE Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara PHOTOGRAPHY Joel Serrato Films +

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Photographs Films Events After nibbling on appetizers like calamari shots with pink aioli and rosemary beef kabobs, guests sat down to a seaside fish dinner and vanilla chiffon cake with chocolate buttercream. “We were able to eat dinner next to the ocean, which has always been a dream of mine,” Colette says. To kick off the dance party, Colette and Richie took a spin to the eight-piece band’s cover of their favorite country song, “Late to the Party” by Kacey Musgraves.

VIDEOGRAPHY Johnny B.

CONSULTANT Jessica Kuipers/Bijoux FLOWERS Ron Morgan Designs

OFFICIANT Rev. Anthony Sauer

GOWN

Amsale, Marina Morrison, San Francisco HEADPIECE Marina Morrison

Sarah Jessica Parker

SHOES

WEDDING RINGS Cresalia

Jewelers EARRINGS Gump’s

HAIR Bride: Juan

Juan Salon; bridesmaids: Chi Beauty Artistry MAKEUP LunaBella

Bella Bridesmaids .com

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR TheBlackTux

STATIONERY Invitations, escort cards

& menu cards: Union Street Papery; programs: D.D. Van Lobin Sels

RENTALS Bella Vista

Designs; Classic Party Rentals; Elan Event Rentals; La Tavola

CATERING &

Seasons Resort The Biltmore

CAKE Four

MUSIC Cocktail

hour: Kaleo Na’ea Band; reception: NDemand/ Jordan Music Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Angie Major Barbara Trolley

TRANSPORTATION Santa ACCOMMODATIONS Four

Seasons Resort The Biltmore; The Fess Parker DoubleTree; Montecito Inn

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Gump’s; Williams-Sonoma HONEYMOON Australia & New Zealand GUESTS 222 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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After the ceremony, Kristel (right) surprised KJ with a 1968 white Porsche, which they drove to the reception.

To set the tone of the celebration, the pair handcrafted laser-cut wood invitations for their 90 guests.

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BRIDE KJ Ticehurst, 31, a musician and realtor BRIDE Kristel Gibson, 34, a hairstylist HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend while KJ performed at a local restaurant WEDDING STYLE Wanting a refined, earthy event, KJ and Kristel exchanged vows under a pair of Moreton fig trees that date back to the 1800s, then celebrated with craft cocktails at a local Latin-inspired restaurant. —CM

“We didn’t want anything to upstage the energy of the day,” the couple says of the organic meets modern aesthetic. Guests sat on rugs and shag poufs during the ceremony, while a six-foot macramé dream catcher hung from one of the fig trees as a ceremony backdrop.

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The guests watched the sunset from the rooftop reception while sipping cold-brew coffee, kombucha and signature cocktails at tables topped with stoneware plates and copper flatware. As a fun treat to end the night, the pair served their favorite San Francisco ice cream sandwiches—IT’S-ITs—instead of cake.

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Cerritos, Long Beach RECEPTION SITE Padre, Long Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY

Shauntelle Sposto/Sposto Photography CONSULTANT Arielle Azoff/LVL

Weddings and Events Petals & Pops

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Kevin Cape

(friend) ATTIRE KJ: Klein Epstein & Parker; Kristel: Daalarna, Bride Boutique LA, Los Angeles

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT RINGS KJ: McCarty’s;

Kristel: Single Stone WEDDING RINGS Eleven Arrows Jewelry MAKEUP Marlaine Reiner

HAIR & RENTALS

Emily Formentini; Modi Supply CATERING Fine Feathers Kombucha

Co. DESSERTS IT’S-IT Cory Clark DJ ForYourParty.com To surprise Kristel, KJ sang an original song during the reception.

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Hotel Maya

MUSIC

FAVORS Amazon.com; ACCOMMODATIONS

REGISTRIES West Elm; Zola.com

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

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LIKE LOVE, THE VIEW GOES ON FOREVER Create your own one-of-a-kind celebration at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Get lost in the moment with breathtaking views, golden beach, rolling surf and a gentle sea breeze. From ceremonies on the sand, to the lush garden patio and in our elegant event spaces—your special day awaits.

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Mirrors topped tables to reflect the tall floral arrangements of roses and crystal candelabras.

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The five-tier cake featured hand-drawn vintage flowers on the ivory fondant.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Ani Davtian, 29, an accountant GROOM David Martinyan, 32, a business owner HOW THEY MET On vacation in the Dominican Republic WEDDING STYLE Ani and David’s contemporary event in a 30th-floor penthouse incorporated soft peach and pink, impressive florals and views of the Los Angeles skyline. —CM

“We wanted some pops of color to add more character, but keep it soft and classy at the same time,” Ani says. Their modern space featured floor-toceiling windows and an unforgettable panorama. “It was breathtaking,” she adds. To keep the room feeling light and airy, white orchids covered the chuppah and white rose blooms floated in acrylic containers lining the aisle.

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“Don’t let the planning get in the way of your relationship,”Ani says. “Enjoy every minute of it!”

ANI & DAVID’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE AT&T

Center, Los Angeles

PHOTOGRAPHY

Matthew Ruppel and Jacqueline Benthuysen/ Whiskers and Willow Photography VIDEOGRAPHY

Alan Larsen Films

CONSULTANT Before I Say I Do Events FLOWERS Celio’s Design

GOWN Martina

Liana, Lovella Bridal, Glendale Bridal

SHOES Tom Ford

VEIL Lovella WEDDING

RINGS Bride: Daniel & Greg Jewelry; groom:

Cartier JEWELRY Earrings: Nadri; bracelet: Daniel & Greg Jewelry

HAIR Mary Avetisyan

MAKEUP Rebecah Janian

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Badgley Mischka

MENSWEAR

Groom Studio

STATIONERY Invitations:

Zazzle; escort cards: Party City

RENTALS

CMC Event Rentals; Revelry Event Designers CATERING Ladybugs Catering and Events CAKE Rafi’s Pastry & Cakes

MUSIC

Ceremony & cocktail hour: LA Quartet; reception: DJ Switch

FAVORS See’s Candies

TRANSPORTATION Abraham Lincoln

Limousine

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

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Sheer peach draping and midsize trees added intimacy to the open space without detracting from the natural light. During the reception, guests dined on a family-style meal and pistachio-rose-flavored cake, then danced to Armenian music to honor the couple’s heritage. The night ended with burgers and fries.

HONEYMOON Moana Surfrider

Westin Resort & Spa, Honolulu GUESTS 280

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“He had a smile that wouldn’t quit!” Lou (right) says of first meeting Chris. “I first fell in love with his mind, then I fell in love with his heart. He’s the most compassionate person I know.”

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For a quirky and sentimental touch, the couple honored Chris’s Mexican heritage with sugar skull cake toppers.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Air

Museum, Palm Springs

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Randy + Ashley

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After watching the grooms exchange vows next to a vintage airplane, the guests moved inside to a hanger decorated with Edison bulbs, hanging driftwood and paper ornaments that the couple dubbed “desert chic.” “It was a totally new experience for our guests,” Lou says of the unexpected venue.

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THEIR STORY GROOM Chris Cueva, 35, a business owner and flight attendant GROOM Lou Rodriguez, 27, a business owner and flight attendant HOW THEY MET Passing each other in Logan International Airport in Boston WEDDING STYLE The pair’s aviation theme started with a paper airplane. “It’s a special symbol for us,” Lou says of their motif. “Paper airplanes represent playfulness, aviation and creativity, much like us.” —CM

FLOWERS

Arrangements Floral & Party Design OFFICIANT Andrew Childers MENSWEAR Suits: Hugo Boss, Saks

Fifth Avenue; ties: Michael Costello SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo

WEDDING

RINGS Honolulu Jewelry Company STATIONERY DIY

Azul Mexican Grill

CATERING Río CAKE Over the

Rainbow DESSERTS Skynny Kitchen BAR Mint Bartending

MUSIC Ceremony:

Rhett Price; reception: Audio Flow Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION &

ACCOMMODATIONS Riviera Palm Springs GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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amanda &

thadd engaged: 15 months photography by Mary Costa Photography at Portofino Hotel & Marina

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“I convinced Amanda that if her girls could wear lots of color, then the guys should, too,” Thadd says of his look.

Thadd designed the rainbow-hued, ombré invitations, which Amanda describes as “classy but unexpected and fun!”

AMANDA & THADD’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Portofino Hotel & Marina, Redondo Beach VIDEOGRAPHY New Classic Films CONSULTANT Shelley Berry/Portofino Hotel FLOWERS Kathy Buffandeau/

Macuga (friend)

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GOWN Ceremony: Mori Lee,

The Bridal Boutique, Columbia, MD; reception: WHITE by Vera Wang, The Bridal Boutique HEADPIECE Twigs & Honey

Kate Spade New York

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Claydon Jewelers JEWELRY

Earrings & bracelet: Nadri

HAIR Bianca

Ecklund MAKEUP Kimberley Nicol Artistry Makeup

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Lela Rose,

Bella Bridesmaids Dockers

RENTALS &

Hotel & Marina

MENSWEAR Pants: CATERING Portofino

CAKE

Torrance Bakery

MUSIC DJ: Dream Team Entertainment

& Events; band: Saved by the 90s OTHER

THEIR STORY BRIDE Amanda DiPiazza, 29, a television executive GROOM Thadd Williams, 30, a freelance producer HOW THEY MET At Emerson College WEDDING STYLE Playful pops of pink, teal and yellow combined with personalized details (like a bow-tie-clad pup) illuminated the lighthearted seaside affair. —CM

“We were most inspired by the look of our venue and wanted to bring lots of color into the reception to complement the beautiful ocean vistas,” Thadd says of highlighting the Portofino, which is just minutes from the couple’s home. “We looked for all our vendors right around us in Redondo Beach.”

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ENTERTAINMENT Photo Booths for Parties DANCE LESSONS You Can Dance Studio ACCOMMODATIONS Portofino Hotel

& Marina

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel;

Macy’s; Princess Cruises

HONEYMOON

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATE SEARS STYLING BY ELIZABETH MACLENNAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Get your tent pitched and your plan B ready. Here’s how to celebrate in the open air. BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEN LYNNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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your venue

Getting married on a beach or in a historic barn? Let the location help define the style details of the day, like your stationery, menu and parting favors.

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a favorite item

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

the seasons

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

your passions

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

pretty hues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Want more inspo? Beach or backyard, vineyard or mountaintop, we’ve got tons of ideas to personalize your day. The Knot Outdoor Weddings, $40, Amazon.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

basket weave

A piping technique that has interwoven vertical and horizontal lines.

beading

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

cornelli

An elaborate piping technique that yields a lacelike pattern.

Adds sparkle or sheen to a cake.

piping

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

pulled sugar

Edible colored sugar balls used for decorative purposes.

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

ganache

royal icing

dragees

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

gum paste

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

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

petal dust

A crisscross piping with an open pattern.

marzipan

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

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

swiss dot

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

torte

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

whipped cream Heavy cream beaten to achieve a thick consistency.

Search hundreds of real wedding cakes by color at TheKnot.com/cakes

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Send guests home with a sweet treat that will leave a lasting impression. Here are some of our favorite edible favors for your wedding day. >> BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATE SEARS

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

6. cake pops

1. chocolate-covered pretzels

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

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

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

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

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

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“Personalize the packaging: A simple goody can be made more sophisticated by wrapping it in individual boxes or bags.” —Lindsay Wiggins of Bliss Productions in San Clemente

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

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

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

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Who says you have to stick to conventional hues for your wedding? A dreamy mauve gown and crisp khaki suit are fresh and totally on trend. Dress, $6,000, Hayley Paige at Blush Bridal Couture, BlushBridalCoutureOC .com (Tustin), Bridal Galleria, BridalGalleria .com (San Francisco), Haute Bride, HauteBride.com (Los Gatos); engagement ring, $995, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, $345, NaeemKhan .com ON HIM Suit, $600, Bar III, Macys.com; shirt, stylist’s own; bow tie, $110, Olch.com; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; socks, $28, HappySocks .com; shoes, $1,195, ChristianLouboutin.com >>

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Weddings are a time-honored tradition, but that doesn’t mean you have to look traditional on your day. Mix it up with edgy silhouettes, whimsical details and accessories that are totally you.

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A sleek pantsuit with a flouncy top is the best of both worlds: It’s fashion forward but still feels bridal. Add a veil for a look that’s all your own. Pantsuit, $4,150, Rosa Clará at The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona Del Mar), Panache Bridal, PanacheBridals.com (Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Pasadena & Santa Barbara), Jinwang, Jinwang .net (San Francisco); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta .com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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Turn heads in a dress with a trendy high-low hemline. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off amazing shoes, without sacrificing the drama of a train. Dress, $8,490, Ines Di Santo at The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona Del Mar), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), M Bride, MBrideSalon.com (La Jolla); earrings, $325, Simone Rocha, NewYork .DoverStreetMarket.com; pink tennis bracelet, $65, gold tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; stacking rings, $3,740, Laurence Bruyninckx, LX-Antwerp.com; shoes, $1,090, OscardelaRenta.com >>

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

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

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While pastel florals are classic, a bold, vibrant bouquet instantly adds a celebratory vibe to your wedding. Top, $550, pants, $605, Ivy & Aster at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Pasadena), Archive Bridal, ArchiveBridal .com (Carlsbad); necklace, $245, CZbyKennethJayLane.com

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

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Follow these rules for bridesmaid dresses that won’t break the bank—but will make your friends look fabulous. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE HOLSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

styling your smallest attendants Everything you need to know to outfit the little ones in your wedding party

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

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

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

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

THE ACCESSORIES The most important extra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

schedule a shopping trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

go gradient

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

mix up the boutonnieres

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

get fancy with your folding

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

skip the matchymatchy shirts

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

select fun footwear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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birdcage Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a chic and minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and is finished with flirty accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less-traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. PAIR IT WITH Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip gowns. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a more modern look.

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blusher A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened on the crown of your head. PAIR IT WITH A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

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

waltz Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably dance and walk in—hence the name. PAIR IT WITH This style pairs well with formal yet fitted floorlength gowns and dresses without trains. >>

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

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

elbow Slightly shorter than the fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. PAIR IT WITH An elbow-length style is perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but are wearing a gown with beautiful details on the lower half (like intricate buttons or tiered ruffles) they don’t want to cover up from view.

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

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

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

juliet cap There are two ways to wear this über-romantic style. You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel. Add some blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect. S earch for more veils, headpieces and other wedding day extras at TheKnot.com/fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Perfect Luminous liquid foundation, $61, DolceGabbana.com It’s got just enough coverage, but isn’t overly opaque. And its dewy finish looks amazing in photos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRUSHES

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

PALETTE

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

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

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

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BRONZER

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

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

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

$ BUDGET PICK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DRY SHAMPOO

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

HAND CREAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sponge whisks away polish quickly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting mask, $92, Fresh.com When your skin needs some extra TLC (say, after your bachelorette party), call on this hydrating treatment.

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

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

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

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

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Embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

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

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

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CLASSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOUR SEASONS LANAI WHY HERE Set on a rocky red cliff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ceremony Laura and Star performed a traditional Hawaiian lei exchange as part of their vows. entertainment Native hula

dancers kept the celebration going as they led partygoers through a few moves during the alfresco reception. centerpieces Vibrant arrangements of pink plumeria, hibiscus, calla lilies and ferns topped wood tables along with punchy pink linens and dinner menus. setting “Maui is a sacred place to me,” Laura says of returning to the island’s small town of Makena to say “I do.” “My dad grew up in Hawaii, and I’ve spent my whole life coming back to visit with my family.”

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de´cor Guests dined under bistro lights and canopies draped with fl ower leis. cake The newlyweds cut into a modest, two-tier cake

topped with ranunculus blooms before sending guests home with party boxes filled with cookies. flowers “I wanted my bouquet to look like I had walked through a fi eld of wildfl owers and scooped some up,” Laura says. guests The couple kept their guest list to a minimum, inviting only 35 family members and friends to join them for their intimate affair.

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Jonathan stuck with a soft palette of ivory, blush and green with touches of gold for their ceremony and reception. florals Roses and peonies filled the tall centerpieces, bouquets and even a boxwood flower wall at the reception.

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attire Ethel paired her formfitting lace gown with a friend’s veil as her “something borrowed.” Jonathan added a cultural element by wearing a Chinese-style suit. ceremony Rose petals lined the aisle for Ethel’s entrance to Etta James’s “At Last” on the terrace of the Bellagio’s nightclub Hyde. “It screams Vegas,” Ethel says of exchanging vows with the casinos in the backdrop.

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reception “We love karaoke,” Ethel says of the music inspiration behind the reception. The newlyweds’ first dance song, “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, is her favorite duet with Jonathan, and the DJ got a group sing-along going to Backstreet Boys hits. “My mother took her heels off by the end of it!” she says. food Since the couple loves food, Vegas’s numerous offerings meant they could put together the ultimate menu, including lobster, beef tenderloin and a red velvet wedding cake covered in gold fondant. THE COLOR PALETTE:

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Ceremony Site Hyde at Bellagio, Las Vegas Reception Site Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas Photography Chelsea Nicole Photography Consultant Scheme Events Flowers Layers of Lovely Gown Berta, Audella Bridal House, Hong Kong Veil Inbal Dror Shoes Christian Louboutin; Schutz Hair & Makeup TING Makeup & Hair Bridesmaid Dresses Zimmermann Menswear Groom: Blanc de Chine; groomsmen: TCNY Stationery She Paperie Rentals Classic Party Rentals; Dirty Dishes; La Tavola; RSVP Party Rentals Catering & Cake Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Music DJ Mike Fox & Company Favors Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Transportation Bell Limousine Accommodations The Cosmopolitan Honeymoon Amangiri, UT Guests 60 Budget $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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

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

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

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plan to go over budget If you account for budget overages, then you never actually blow your budget. Try to earmark 5 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs. These are some areas where you might go over: flowers You may realize that something you hadn’t considered needs to be decorated, or you might need an additional boutonniere or corsage. weather-related expenses It’s best to be prepared for any unforseeable weather on your day. Have umbrellas for a rainy day, space heaters if it’s unseasonably cool and additional shade if it’s particularly hot. small accidents Life happens! Your gown may need a last-minute spot removal or something could break. Bottom line: Have room in your budget for emergencies.

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be smart with your budget Take advantage of budgeting and money management tricks along the way. Put all your wedding money in one separate account, so you can easily track it without getting it confused with the rest of your day-to-day funds. Pay for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that gives you benefits. Make sure everyone making purchases (your fiancé, your mom and so on) are all on the same card system, so you can easily track your purchases. HILTON PASADENA 168 South Los Robles Avenue I Pasadena, CA 91101 | t: +1 626 577 1000 pasadena.hilton.com I facebook I twitter 

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

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what not to overlook before you book When you think you’ve finally found the place you’re going to get married, it’s easy to breathe a sigh of relief, pop some champagne and sign a contract. But before you do, take a step back and make sure you don’t look past these crucial questions. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY

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is there enough space?

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

If you’re marrying during the day, make sure your hall has plenty of windows—because who wants to spend six hours in a dark room when the sun is shining? If it’s an evening event, confirm the room isn’t too dim, or that the lighting can be controlled for the big entrance, dinner and dancing. If you’re marrying outdoors at dusk, ask if you can set up candles to provide a soft glow. It’s also helpful to visit the site at the time of day you’ve planned your wedding. A candlelit ballroom may look romantic at night, but you may be surprised by the sight of that 30-year-old brocade carpet during the light of day.

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

are you allowed to BYOB? If you want microbrews or wines from the vineyard in California you visited on that amazing vacation, ask about the BYOB policy now. That way, you won’t be disappointed when they say you’re not allowed to choose your brands or bring in your own bottles. >>

4 unexpected places you can actually get married For a memorable event, consider a ceremony or reception venue that’s entirely out of the norm.

converted buildings

Wedding venues are popping up all across the country in buildings that at one time had an entirely different use, like former warehouses, monasteries and factories—even airplane hangars and Civil War hospitals. Some converted buildings are now run by event companies that have all the amenities built right into your contract. TIP If you’re working in a space where events aren’t typically held, consider hiring an event designer or coordinator to help pull off your vision and all of the elements, like deciding where the dance floor will go, which would usually be taken care of by venue staff.

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tree houses

Yes, you read that right. You can actually get married in a tree house. Typically, these are cottages on stilts in the middle of a forest with lodging for a few people and stunning views of the woods from up high. Talk about taking the woodland wedding theme to new heights! The perks of getting married in a tree house (aside from the fact you get to tell people you got married in a tree house) are the intimacy and seclusion of saying your vows way out in the woods— and all the photo ops, of course. TIP Plan a rustic camping-inspired wedding weekend full of activities, like hiking and campfires.

historic libraries

It’s time to change any associations of libraries with long, boring study hours and the constant clicking of fingers on keyboards. Iconic libraries make the perfect backdrop for a timeless wedding. Getting married in a library offers historic charm with the added bonus of being surrounded by thousands of classic romance stories. TIP Take inspiration from your favorite novels to plan your library wedding. It doesn’t get more glamorous than a ’20s art-deco affair inspired by The Great Gatsby, or channel the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age from Toni Morrison’s Jazz.

antique store venues

If you spend your weekends antiquing and your house or apartment is filled with fleamarket finds, then an antique store might be the perfect spot for your wedding. Think about it: All that kitschy-cool décor you’d buy or rent anyway is built right in. Be prepared to find the unexpected, like mannequins and disco balls, but that’s what makes getting married at an antique store all the more fun. TIP Mix and match everything on your reception tablescapes— from the centerpiece vessels and chargers to the flatware, napkins and glassware—to fit the day’s laid-back, vintage vibe.

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Sure, you can cover a myriad of monstrosities by bringing in temporary flooring, rugs and drapery, but all of this can get crazy expensive—fast. Why not start with a space that goes well with your wedding colors and style, or at least doesn’t totally clash?

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

will there be enough privacy? If you’re having a daytime event in an outdoor public space, such as a park or beach, be prepared for strangers trekking past. If this would upset you, opt for a lawn on a private estate or golf course. Or hold the reception at a restaurant or gallery that will allow you to buy it out (as in, guests only). But realize even indoor spaces, like hotels, often hold more than one affair at a time. If there are other events going on in rooms close to yours, you may hear karaokeloving guests giving their best Katy Perry impressions through the walls or meet them over the hot-air dryers in the powder room. A good way to get the lay of the land is to visit the site on a dualparty night to see how the sound carries—and how often (if at all) guests attending the different events bump into each other. Search for scores of lovely venues in your local area on p. 326

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reception sites: points for your contract Your biggest expense will likely be your venue, so you’ll want to get it right. Make sure your contract covers these key points. N  ame and contact information for you and the venue D  ate and time frame of your reception (the average dinnerand-dance reception is about four hours— longer if it includes the ceremony) E  xact names of specific room(s) to be used A  detailed description of your reception space, including the décor (color of walls, type of flooring, chandeliers), plus any amenities, like a stage or bridal suite

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

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

raw bar

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

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

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

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

crepe table

Cooks flip and fill sweet (from sugar and lemon to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

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 vegetables, fresh basil and grated parmesean.

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omelet or waffle stand

cheese table

Dishes are made to order, with chooseyour-own add-ins and toppings from applewood-smoked bacon to fresh berries and whipped cream.

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farmers market strawberries or creamy Nutella.

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key go-tos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too.

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Chefs slice and assemble fresh maki rolls.

• Fewer people are in the mood to party at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. • Without all the dancing, your wedding may feel like less of a big celebration (but that may be exactly what you’re after). • If you’re not immediately jetting off on a fabulous honeymoon, you might wonder what to do with yourselves for the rest of the day, after your ceremony and brunch are over. >>

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cocktail fare

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

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

THE PROS

• G  uests will be impressed by your mellow sophistication—so much so that no one will realize that tea is far less than a full meal. • You two get the entire evening alone together. • Finger food is always fun, and you can include as many sweet or savory options as you like. THE CONS

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

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• I t’s a classy but typically lower-stress, more party-friendly option than a sit-down dinner. • It can save you money, depending on what you serve, how long it lasts and the décor. • It’s easier: You don’t have to worry about setting up dozens of tables, complete with centerpieces, chairs, favors and place cards. • You can still have a band and dancing. THE CONS

• The  standing-and-chatting approach may be less comfortable for older guests than a seated meal. If you go this route, make sure to provide plenty of seating. • Cocktail receptions aren’t always a money saver. Guests may drink more than they would at a full meal, so liquor costs could be higher, and to ensure you have enough food, you may order more than you would for a plated dinner when portions are preset. >>

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

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

THE CONS

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

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

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THE PROS

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

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

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

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

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

serve it up Once you know which meal you’re having, decide on a serving style.

A buffet offers your guests a full meal and the chance to choose exactly which foods and how much of them they want. You might have catering staff creating crepes or pasta dishes while guests watch, or just have food set up in large serving dishes. Be sure to have a variety of offerings, including vegetarian and even gluten-free dishes.

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food stations

It’s like a wedding food festival. Guests are invited to sample foods from various stations in a buffet-like manner. Make each station have a theme and offer a moderate assortment of cuisine. This style works best for cocktail receptions or dessert receptions, but couples often have stations at their cocktail hour, followed by a seated meal.

seated meal

The traditional reception meal is a sit-down, four-course dinner consisting of an appetizer, soup, entrée and dessert, though a threecourse dinner is perfectly acceptable too. Additional courses may include salad, pasta, and fruit and cheese. If you’re a foodie couple and want to make dinner a more luxurious part of your reception, this is the way to go.

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wedding website know-how Follow these tips to create a fun and helpful page that will keep your guests in the know and get them excited about your wedding day—or wedding weekend. BY BRITTANY FULLER AND IVY JACOBSON

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do be clear about dress code Whether it’s black tie, black tie optional, formal or casual, your guests will want to be dressed appropriately. The same goes for if you want guests to wear a certain color to any of your parties throughout the weekend. And if you’re getting married in, say, a vineyard, your guests will appreciate knowing what kind of footwear will be best for the day. Or if you’re saying “I do” in a barn in July that doesn’t have the best ventilation, they’ll want to know to wear attire that’s cool.

don’t choose a wedding website rsvp only No matter how techie you and your fiancé are, you should always mail a traditional wedding invitation to ensure each guest is accounted for. Plus, this way you won’t mix up people who aren’t on your guest list but may RSVP anyway (it does happen!).

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do list recommendations for out-of-towners Provide recommendations for food and lodging for out-of-town guests who might not be familiar with the area, especially if you’re having a destination wedding. Also list transportation information, like shuttles or Uber, for them to get around. Mention if you’ve made special arrangements and/or hotel blocks in the area, or if you’re providing transportation to the reception for guests. Always provide links and contact information so guests can plan ahead.

don’t use acronyms Avoid using acronyms guests may not understand. Try not to use confusing wedding abbreviations, like MOH for maid of honor, or regional expressions like LIE for the Long Island Expressway.

do set your social media guidelines It’s up to you if you want an unplugged or tech-friendly wedding. If you’d rather guests keep their phones put away, let them know on your wedding website. But if you want them posting photos of your day, include your wedding hashtag and tell them to feel free to share.

don’t include exclusive events Don’t list any events that are meant for close family members and the wedding party only—think: the bachelorette party, your bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner and so on. This will help avoid confusion and any awkward encounters. But do talk about any other wedding-related events, like a welcome party or farewell brunch, where all guests are invited.

plugged in wedding Bring your wedding into the 21st century.

prep vows virtually

Instead of using a crumpled sheet of notebook paper for your vows, scroll through your promises on an easy-to read tablet or smartphone. Toting vows in digital form lets you practice at random times and makes composing them easier, since you never know when inspiration may strike.

fiancé in the spotlight

For a modern twist on the “quiz the bride” shower game (in which she tries to predict how her partner will answer questions), get her fiancé in person—sort of. Maids armed with video cameras record the responses, then press “play” during the shower.

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phone home

If a loved one isn’t well enough to attend in person, have your sound engineer hook up the stereo receiver through a cell phone’s headphone jack and let Grandpa give a blessing from home via FaceTime. Then pass the phone to a guest in the front row so he can watch the rest of the ceremony.

déjà vu

Have your videographer do a lightning-quick edit of your ceremony, and then show it to your guests at the beginning of your reception.

live stream your wedding

Stream in real time to a website that allows faraway friends to still feel a part of everything. You can even stream your wedding on Facebook live to share it with all of your friends!

Set up a projection screen that displays congratulatory texts and tweets from your guests, but make sure you have the right crowd. Some guests have been known to post inappropriate “best wishes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

raise your glass How to choose wine for your reception

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

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red, white or both?

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

do the math

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

bartender basics

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

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

read dozens of vow examples for inspiration

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

come up with as many promises as you want

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

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

• When have you supported each other?

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

• What challenges do you envision?

write it all out

• When did you realize you were in love?

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

• What do you most respect about

banish clich´es

• What specific qualities do you most

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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your wedding dress has to be white THE NEW TWIST You don’t have to go all

out—you could still wear a white or ivory dress—but don’t be afraid to add a pop of color with a sash, cardigan, pair of shoes or piece of jewelry. You could also do a light-colored skirt with a white or ivory overlay for a barely there hint of color. Feeling bold? Champagne, black, blush and pastel-hued dresses in mint, lavender or cornflower blue are totally on trend right now, adding an understated uniqueness to your ensemble. Or make a statement in a dress with a colorful print or pattern.

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about updating traditional ceremony customs and making them completely your own. Your unity ritual provides a great opportunity to add a fresh spin by incorporating some new materials in place of the classic candle lighting. We know of two chefs who mixed together spices and another couple who combined their favorite cocktails at the altar. Or you can try a lesser-known tradition, such as the wine box: Lock a bottle of wine and sentimental love letters in a box during the ceremony with the intent to open it on a predetermined anniversary date.

you should walk down the aisle to wagner’s “bridal chorus” THE NEW TWIST Sure, it’s a great standard, but it’s definitely not the only option. You could have a bluegrass band play an acoustic banjo version of your favorite pop song, or look to your cultural heritage to inspire your music: Caribbean steel drums, Scottish bagpipes, a Polish accordion or a Mexican mariachi band are all great ideas. Your musicians don’t have to stick to playing the classics either—anything from The Beatles to Beyoncé will do.

the ceremony program has to be formal THE NEW TWIST Programs should

include important info, like who’s in the bridal party and the meaning behind your cultural traditions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun with the design too. Turn your programs into a playful Mad Lib, crossword puzzle with clues about your relationship or make fortune-tellers with fun facts about your childhood. You could even have them serve double-duty as fans for your outdoor nuptials. Guests will love the idea—and they’ll appreciate having something to do while they wait for the ceremony to start.

you can’t see each other before the ceremony THE NEW TWIST This superstition has long been proven false, so there’s really nothing stopping you if you don’t want to wait until your walk down the aisle to see one another. Schedule a first-look photo shoot (you and your groom meet with just the photographer before the ceremony). This frees up more time after the ceremony so you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour—and it can also help soothe those prewedding jitters. >>

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you should make your exit in a shower of rice THE NEW TWIST There are so many more

exciting options than rice, from guests throwing eco-friendly confetti or paper airplanes to waving ribbon wands or ringing bells. You can even create a “toss bar.” Set out bowls of confetti, flower petals, popcorn (hold the butter) or herbs (like lavender) for guests to shower you with. Don’t forget a few paper cones or bags for them to fill.

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bridesmaids should wear matching dresses THE NEW TWIST While we love a pretty, matching bridal party, having a variety of dresses is a hot trend and fun way to mix things up. Plus it creates beautiful photos. Let your girls’ individual personalities shine by having each bridesmaid choose a dress that suits her own taste and figure. The trick to pulling off the mismatched look is to have one cohesive element, like the same fabric, color or length. Or let them personalize their look with accessories, like funky jewelry, boleros or patterned tights.

bridesmaids are female and groomsmen are male THE NEW TWIST Don’t confine your list of VIPs to your female friends (and vice versa for grooms). If your best friend in the world happens to be a guy, make him your bridesman, or your groom can ask his sister that he’s super close with to be a groomswoman. Coordinate their looks with the rest of the party with accessories like a colorful bow tie or sash.

your father should walk you down the aisle THE NEW TWIST Having your dad escort you can be a great moment for you both, but it’s by no means the only option.

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If you have a closer relative or friend (like a brother or your mom), it’s perfectly acceptable to have that person walk with you. Or you can have both of your parents walk you down the aisle (as is custom in the Jewish religion). Don’t have anyone in mind? You can make the trip solo or with your soon-to-be spouse—it’s a great symbol of starting your life together.

your guests must be seated on two sides THE NEW TWIST If you have the option, consider banishing the idea of a “side” for each to-be-wed with a nontraditional seating arrangement, like a circle or spiral around the altar. Everyone’s there to celebrate the two of you together, so it shouldn’t matter where they sit.

you should exchange traditional vows THE NEW TWIST There’s nothing wrong

with sticking with the same vows many couples have said before you, and a lot of to-be-weds like the “bigger-than-us” feeling of reciting traditional vows. But adding your own language can make the ceremony more meaningful to you. If you’re nervous about writing your own vows from scratch, work with your officiant to come up with something custom or just add a few tweaks to the traditional wording.

ceremonies take place in religious institutions THE NEW TWIST If you grew up attending worship services and have always dreamed of walking down that aisle, skip this and read the next tradition. Otherwise, pick a venue that’s meaningful to you both. It can be anywhere, from a park or backyard to an old theater or a hip downtown loft. Just check with your officiant ahead of time to make sure they’re comfortable marrying you outside of a religious space.

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engagement ring isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That said, if a classic ring, like a round solitaire or cushion cut, isn’t your style, then you should feel free to branch out to other color options or other types of stones and settings altogether. Antique jewelry is always a unique way to go, and ask your jeweler about alternative stones to diamonds, like sapphires, emeralds and morganite.

all in the details

Just because you’re planning a classic wedding doesn’t mean you can’t add your own personal twist. Special details that represent you as a couple are what guests will remember.

If you’re not really into the idea of singling out the singles, try one of these alternatives. Take your bouquet apart and present the individual flowers to your friends and loved ones, or have an interactive bouquet and boutonniere station, where guests can make their own. Another way is to announce a special anniversary dance celebrating all the married couples at your wedding. Here’s how it’s done: The DJ plays a song and gradually eliminates each couple depending on the amount of time they’ve been married. The last couple remaining is presented with the bouquet as a gift.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Aurora (Rory) Hughes, 31, a small business owner GROOM Kevin Kusterer, 31, an equity trader HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Excited that their venue was a “blank canvas,” Rory and Kevin worked with a planner to create a sophisticated alfresco wedding with rustic details and plenty of natural beauty. —Carolyn Meers

“The idea was to enhance the property’s natural beauty, not compete with it,” Rory says of the hanging greenery, white flowers and Edison bulbs on a U-shaped wood frame above the long farm tables. Gold flatware, cream table runners and succulents in brass containers added elegance to the tablescape.

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After the ceremony, guests took in views of the Pacific from artfully arranged vintage sofas and lounge décor in designated “comfort zones.” Rory opted for an “elegant yet effortless” updo to highlight the back of her dress. “I wanted to simply look like the best version of myself,” she says.

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Olive branches dressed the bittersweet chocolate and strawberry buttercream cake.

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The meal focused on local ingredients, from pork empanadas to a farmers market succotash and butternut squash filled with mushroom farro. The newlyweds ended the night on the dance floor with a silent disco (to avoid a noise ordinance) and cheesesteak sliders—a culinary ode to Rory’s hometown of Philadelphia.

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“It was the only wedding dress I’ve ever been personally drawn to and was actually discontinued by the time I got married,” Elise says. “I had to hunt one down.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Elise Everett, 27, a wedding planner GROOM Robert (Rob) Johnson, 35, an investment manager HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE Almost one year after they officially wed at city hall, Elise and Rob threw an industrial-chic celebration at an urban winery with seasonal blooms, glamorous touches and cocktail-style reception. —CM

“It was important to me to bring the outdoors in, so I created an urban garden with tons of greenery and plants,” Elise says. “I wanted the existing architectural elements to look as if they had been overgrown with vines.”

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“I loved this dress because it echoed the tulle in my dress and was so flattering on all of my beautiful bridesmaids,” Elise says. “My maid and matron of honor had delicate crystal belts to distinguish their looks.”

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Elise and Rob traded the traditional sit-down dinner for smaller, minglefriendly tables without seating assignments.

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Dressed in a tulle ball gown, Kristina nodded to Indian customs by decorating her hands with a traditional henna design.

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“I always knew I wanted an outdoor wedding in wine country,” Kristina says of choosing the well-manicured Beaulieu Garden. “There was so much green everywhere. We didn’t need to add much more to the existing beauty.”

The pink and cream garden rose bouquets complemented the coral-toned bridesmaid dresses.

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The day started with an Indian ceremony. Gautam entered on a decorated horse following a drummer. “We performed traditions such as walking seven steps together to represent seven marriage vows and circling the flame,” Kristina says. When the first ceremony concluded, the couple then began a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss.

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After sipping vodka-based “Guptinas,” guests sat at tables under a shady arbor in the garden decorated with vases of peach and pink blossoms. “My favorite part of the reception décor was the bubble vases hanging overhead at dinner,” Kristina says. “We had over 160 of them in the arbor of the reception.”

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CATERING Paula MUSIC Ceremony:

Dan Zemelman; drummer: Sukhdeep Singh; DJ: AMS Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Ceremony horse:

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April 9 • San Luis Obispo

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Rachel topped her ivory gown with a glittery bolero to add a touch of glamour.

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BRIDE Rachel Griggs, 32, a pediatric radiologist GROOM Andrew Berkovich, 32, a teacher HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE The LA-based couple headed north to the rustic Greengate Ranch for a carnivalthemed weekend, where guests could stay on-site. “The whole venue, which included two gorgeously decorated homes with enough beds for 18 people, was ours from Thursday through Sunday,” Rachel says. —CM

Rachel and Andrew’s lively red and white carnival theme played through their invitation suite, which implored guests to witness “the greatest love story on earth” with an admission ticket. Carnival games and a handcrafted kissing booth were some of the main attractions at the reception.

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Rachel’s bridesmaids matched her oldHollywood look with floor-length beaded and sequined gowns in shades of silver, gold and copper.

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“We rented a trackless train to transport guests from the parking lot to the ceremony site and then to cocktail hour,” Rachel says of the nostalgic locomotive. Later, guests enjoyed a three-tier cake topped with an edible gold carousel.

“For our grand entrance, the train conductor detached all but one passenger car, and gave us a private ride,” Rachel says.

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Ranch & Vineyards, San Luis Obispo PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Reiter/Anna

Gold and silver circus animals served as table number and escort card holders, while a floor-length gold sequined tablecloth, bountiful bouquets and miniature circus elephant statues dressed up Rachel and Andrew’s sweetheart table. During their recessional, guests showered the newlyweds with confetti.

Delores Photography Kristie Lacy Growers

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Skyline Flower OFFICIANT Justin Foster

(couple’s friend)

GOWN Cristiano Lucci,

Nolte’s Bridal, Overland Park, KS

VEIL

Nolte’s Bridal HEADPIECE Beloved Sparkles SHOES EllieWrenWeddingShoe, Etsy.com ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jacob

Jewelry EARRINGS Nolte’s Bridal

HAIR

John of Italy Salon MAKEUP The Queen’s Bees

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Tuxedo Junction

STATIONERY

Invitations & programs: LittleMountainTop, Etsy.com; escort cards: BelleHanahPaperie, Etsy.com

SIGN-IN PRINT SpecialPrints,

Etsy.com

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CATERING Field to Table

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CAKE Cake

MUSIC Epic Entertainment OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT Caricature artists: About

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December 4 • Bakersfield

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The couple brought the outside in by topping long farm tables with eucalyptus branches, succulents and wood table numbers.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Danika Youngblood, 22, a real estate agent GROOM Frankie Hurtado, 22, a nursing assistant and student HOW THEY MET As athletes at CSU Bakersfield WEDDING STYLE The pair opted for a romantic event with earthy details in Frankie’s parents’ backyard. —CM

Danika used deep, wine-inspired red as the primary hue, accented with lots of greenery, wood details and chandeliers. “I wanted an elegant wedding that was still natural and rustic,” she says. To keep the focus on nature throughout the evening, the couple rented a clear tent for the reception. “It looked beautiful, especially at night,” Danika says.

“I love the rustic look of a naked cake, and it makes an extremely light dessert,” Danika says of her almond buttercream confection topped with fresh blooms.

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Guests found their tables on a calligraphed chalkboard before sitting down for dinner, which included tri tip and mashed potatoes. They sipped the couple’s rumbased signature drink “Better Together” as the pair made their grand entrance to Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.”

The newlyweds’ first spin on the black-andwhite dance floor was to Brian McKnight’s “Back at One.”

DANIKA & FRANKIE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Frankie’s parents’ backyard, Bakersfield PHOTOGRAPHY Mariel Hannah

Buller/Mariel Hannah Photography CONSULTANT &

Hough Events

FLOWERS Shannon

GOWN Justin Alexander,

Enchanted Bridal Boutique, Bakersfield VEIL Enchanted Bridal Boutique SHOES Macy’s

NECKLACE Enchanted

Bridal Boutique Lisa Raper

David’s Bridal Warehouse

MAKEUP

MENSWEAR Finos STATIONERY Matinae

Design Studio Lewis

HAIR &

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

RENTALS Walker-

CATERING NV Catering

Cakes by Dorene

CAKE

MUSIC Reception:

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October 10 • Pebble Beach

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White garden roses and greenery filled Maggie’s elegant bouquet.

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BRIDE Maggie Hoak, 31, director of development at the Steward School GROOM Brad Jones, 31, sales director at Buckingham Slate HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Maggie and Brad’s vibrant, at-home event boasted bohemian-inspired patterns, boldly colored accents and coastal motifs, including an octopus graphic that adorned the invitations, favor bags and dance floor. —CM

“In college as a studio art major, I did a whole series on octopus, and in our home, we currently have a large octopus triptych,” Maggie says. “This was just another way we were able to tie our home into the weekend.” Other nods to the nautical environment: Brad’s navy blazer and blue-and-white polka-dot bow tie. “The groom loves bow ties,” she adds.

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CEREMONY SITE Church in the

Forest, Pebble Beach RECEPTION SITE Bride’s family home, Pebble Beach “It was important that our wedding reflect a homelike experience,” Maggie says. She chose to accent the lounges with cool blue fabrics that coordinated with the blue linens of the tables and blue hydrangeas decorating the cake. Sunny pink and orange brightened the reception space.

PHOTOGRAPHY Larissa Cleveland

Photography Films

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CONSULTANT Katie Crow/Collins

Coordination

FLOWERS Jackson Durham

OFFICIANT Ken Feske

GOWN &

VEIL Carolina Herrera, Dallas

Jimmy Choo

RINGS Charles Schwarzschild &

MAKEUP Maitee Miles

DRESSES Various

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SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING HAIR

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Brooks

STATIONERY Ellis Hill

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CAKE Layers Cake

MUSIC Ceremony: Hillet Botha; cocktail

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August 1 • Homewood

kristen &

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John chose to make a bold entrance to the ceremony, arriving to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” while Kristen, who loves classic rock, walked down the aisle with her father to Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kristen Wallace, 31, works in e-commerce at Oakley GROOM John Ohail, 30, a sports marketing journalist at Oakley HOW THEY MET On the ski slopes during an Oakley company snowboarding trip WEDDING STYLE After falling in love with the beauty of the lake and mountains during a vacation to Lake Tahoe, the pair returned to throw an alfresco affair where nature inspired the décor. —CM

“We love the picturesque backdrop of the lake and mountains and wanted to highlight it as much as possible,” Kristen says. “We incorporated lots of greenery, natural textures and greens, browns and tans.” Bridesmaids donned floral-print dresses, while fresh figs topped the champagne-flavored cake.

KRISTEN & JOHN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE West Shore PHOTOGRAPHY

Melina Wallisch Photography Chair7 Films

FLOWERS Three Branches Floral

OFFICIANT Todd Grossman (groom’s

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Café & Inn, Homewood

GOWN A La Robe, LOHO Bride,

San Francisco

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT RING, WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY Happy Jewelers

HAIR Renee

Newquist MAKEUP Stephanie Evans Makeup and Hair Reformation

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Suits: Jos. A.

Bank; shirts & ties: Nordstrom &

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Abigail Christine

Design TABLE NUMBERS & SIGNAGE Sweet Carolina Collective Celebrations Rentals; La Tavola &

RENTALS CATERING

CAKE West Shore Café & Inn

MUSIC

Ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner: Ike and Martin; reception: Drew Pierce/The People’s DJ OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Cornhole: Victory Tailgate TRANSPORTATION The Wild Goose II REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bloomingdale’s;

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October 3 • San Francisco

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JOANNE & JOHN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The

James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco PHOTOGRAPHY Jesse Leake VIDEOGRAPHY Wade Koch/Shark

Pig

CONSULTANT Lauren Geissler/

Downey Street Events Waterlilly Pond Ma (friend) Hong Kong

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Vincent

GOWN Noel Chu Atelier, VEIL Jennifer Behr

SHOES

Miu Miu WEDDING RINGS De Beers MAKEUP Alexis Simonson DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Tuxedo:

E-Rave, Hong Kong; bow tie: Lanvin STATIONERY DIY

THEIR STORY BRIDE Joanne Liu, 32, works in public relations GROOM John Thurtle, 32, an architect HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE “It was important for us to use the classic structure as a foundation to juxtapose something contemporary,” Joanne says of her and John’s focus on bold florals, modern typeface and playful twists on tradition for their wedding in downtown San Francisco. —CM

Japanese floral artist Azuma Makoto’s chaotic yet controlled botanical sculptures inspired the couple’s whimsical blooms while Joanne’s cake design background led to a topsy-turvy confection to end the night. “Our cake was more of an installation than a dessert,” she says. “We didn’t want it to be too serious.”

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Light; La Tavola Zlatchin Catering MUSIC DJ Cams

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snap happy Hiring the right shutterbug isn’t rocket science, but it does take careful consideration. Follow our lead, and rest assured you’ll find someone who clicks with both of you. PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER GRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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“Photos can take longer than you think, so add in buffer time. And if you don’t need it, you get extra time at cocktail hour!” —Shelly Anderson of Shelly Anderson Photography in San Diego

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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dig deep into portfolios

the portrait list

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

the happy couple

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

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the wedding party

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

immediate family

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

guests

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

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make sure your personalities are a match

confirm who will be there the day of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You want your wedding music to hit just the right note, from the processional to the last dance, so it’s important to know all the facts before planning the perfect song list. >> BY LAUREN KAY

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

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

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

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

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

not all sound systems are created equal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

blues guitarist

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

jazz combo

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

string quartet

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

flutist

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

harpist

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

vocalist/choir

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

keyboardist

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

trumpeter

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

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

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Even though your floral contract is signed and sealed, you still need to make sure those flowers get delivered. Here, the top to-dos for your wedding week. >> BY IVY JACOBSON PHOTOGRAPH BY KT MERRY

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Trust us, we know you’re so ready to say “I do”—but with a week to go, there are a few seemingly small but important tasks you need to check off your list You don’t want to be at the altar ready to break the glass—and there is no glass!

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To make sure everyone is on the same page, call every single wedding vendor and confirm, then re-confirm each arrangement you have with them, including, but not limited to: • Giving reception site/caterer the final head count—including pros, such as the photographer or DJ, who expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will be able to prepare for your vendors. • Supplying location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist. • Giving ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers. • Calling the limo or car rental company to confirm the pickup times and locations.

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You don’t want your caterer calling you while you’re getting your makeup done. If you don’t have a planner or day-of coordinator, designate point people for every situation, including: • Ceremony items: If you’re having a unity candle or breaking glass during the ceremony, have an attendant make sure all items are at the altar ahead of time. • Money: Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually parents) about any balances to be paid at the reception. • Reception questions: Introduce your site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for any problems that may come up during the party. >>

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Five essential to-dos to help you get organized.

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download our planning app Use The Knot Wedding Planner app to create and track deadlines for each wedding task.

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do your research Don’t forget about your marriage license! Find out your state’s legal requirements at least a month before your wedding.

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5 tips to relax and unwind Take a minute (or two) for yourself while planning.

get a massage Relieve tension with a massage. The hottest technique (literally) is a Thai massage. Hot herbal poultices (basically giant tea bags filled with detoxifying goodies) get pressed into tired muscles. It’s combined with more traditional deep tissue massage techniques for a totally invigorating result.

take a yoga class Or sign up for a package of yoga classes a month or two before your wedding. If you’ve never taken yoga before, choose a beginner class. The breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and postures will have you totally centered

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soak in the tub A nice, hot bath will relax your muscles and your mind. For optimal stressquenching results, add a bath salt that moisturizes your skin and smells great.

get outside Take a brisk walk or jog outside to clear your mind. You don’t have to get off the beaten path—even a circuit around your neighborhood will work. Tune out what’s going on around you (but still watch out for traffic!) and concentrate on the rhythm of your strides.

read a book There’s no better time to score a pageturner than the few months before the wedding day. A good book can take you to another world for a while and give your tired brain a rest.

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• Miscellaneous questions: Provide all wedding vendors with an emergency number to call on the day of—usually your maid of honor or a bridesmaid.

make sure your welcome baskets get delivered Whether it’s you or an attendant, deliver your welcome baskets for guests to the hotel concierge. Make a list of names, instructions and any additional information you have to prevent any mix-ups. The hotel staff may be willing to deliver these to the rooms or hand them to guests at check-in (there may be a fee).

take the time to pack properly Whether you’re getting married five minutes down the street or you’re leaving for your honeymoon a day after the reception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event that week is crucial. Do you have your beauty emergency kit? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you have everything you need will definitely minimize any stress.

arrange help for any guests who may need it Show your love by making sure any ill or elderly guests have proper transportation to and from the airport and your wedding events, and that they have a comfortable place to stay. Ask family members, friends or attendants to help with pick-ups and drop-offs, or arrange transportation that will be easy for them.

hand these items off Getting married also means having a lot of important things to distribute among your family and attendants. • Give your officiant your marriage license. (You really don’t want to forget this one!.)

• Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. • Present parents and each other with gifts. • Give wedding rings to the honor attendants to hold during the ceremony. • Give the best man the officiant’s fee, to be handed off after the ceremony.

have your wedding attire ready to go Get your wedding dress steamed at your bridal salon or a cleaners. Store it in the garment bag from the bridal salon and hang it in a closet in a smoke-free and petfree room. Ask an attendant to pick up the groom’s and groomsmen tuxes.

take time to unwind While you may still have some to-dos to check off the week of your wedding, take some “me” (or “us”) time to remember what this day is all about.

schedule any beauty appointments Your fingers will likely be texting all week, which makes it even more crucial to keep your nails fresh. Make any minor beauty appointments you want done that week—a mani-pedi, wax, massage and facial. This goes for your groom too— make sure his hair is trimmed and face is shaved (if that’s the look he’s after). Any experimental beauty treatments, like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts, should be done a few months in advance, just in case they don’t turn out exactly how you envisioned.  ownload The Knot Wedding Planner D app for all your to-dos.

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make it legal Northern California Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Northern California, you must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license. Those under 18 must have parents present and a court order to apply. The bride and groom must apply for the license together and provide proof of age and identity (a driver’s license or a valid photo ID). If previously married, a divorce decree or death certificate may be required in some counties. There are no blood test or residency requirements. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, and once issued, it is valid for 90 days anywhere in the state of California. The cost of public and confidential licenses and acceptable methods of payment vary from county to county. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Alameda County

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.

Fresno County

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)

Sonoma County

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

San Benito County

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.

Lake County

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.

Marin County

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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County Clerk 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm. 234 San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 499-6152 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

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

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your ceremony vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

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

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

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

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

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

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

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

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

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

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

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

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

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

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

Send out your invites for the rehearsal dinner. Buy some fun books and new clothes for your honeymoon. >>

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

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

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

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now. Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any important details.

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Eat breakfast. You may forget to eat later— even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotels (the staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Go to the last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time the gown will be worn).

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Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and pros. Write your toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange transportation for out-of-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant or planner to distribute.

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Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked that it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your dress and formalwear cleaned and/or preserved and return any rentals.

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Get a mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the stars of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews at TheKnot.com/marketplace.

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Hand off your wedding rings to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot. Get more planning tips and to-dos at TheKnot.com/checklist

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A brand-new property from Meritage Collection, this Huntington Beach hotel offers oceanfront ceremony and reception venues, including a ballroom with floor-toceiling windows and a 14,000-square-foot lawn with spanning vistas of the Pacific. Additionally, wedding packages include on-site salon services, spa treatments for the wedding party, a newlywed suite and 250 guest rooms with ocean views for your friends and family.

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A fun honeymoon hideaway, the new 2,200-square-foot Parachute Hotel loft sits above the eco-friendly home brand’s showroom on Rose Avenue, just blocks from the beach and beloved bistros. Rates start at $600 per night, with concierge services, discounts at local cafés and spas, and a spacious outdoor patio overlooking one of Venice Beach’s coolest streets.

This historic NoCal hideaway, which once served as a recording space for Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow, can now host a 20-person ceremony with food, a photographer and an officiant starting at $8,000. After the festivities, up to six wedding guests can spend the night at the rehabbed 1920s schoolhouse and others at the nearby Little River Inn.

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The Hyatt Carmel offers midweek weddings for half the price. Snag a spot at Northern California’s scenic seaside venue from Monday through Thursday and enjoy a team of professional planners, a fourcourse custom menu and complimentary guest rooms for newlyweds.

Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, this boutique hotel, open winter 2016, features 35,000 square feet of event space, including a rooftop pool and lounge, beer hall and grand ballroom with enough space for 700 wedding guests. Hint: Check out the social club for your after-party.

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This dreamy 45-acre desert wedding destination is revamping its menu with the help of chef Andrew Cooper. Get hands-on with his cool, customizable cuisine to help make your wedding a truly delicious desert oasis. The Culinary Institute of America graduate can bring couples along on trips to Palm Springs farmers markets to gather fresh items for their wedding day meal, from fresh Coachella Valley–made cheeses to savory olives, sweet figs and more.

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Prewedding stress, be gone! In the months leading up to the on-site nuptials at this Santa Monica resort, brides can Get Fit With It—a package that grants unlimited complimentary classes to the property’s Exhale Mind Body Spa, which offers yoga, Bridal Bootcamp and more. After the “I dos,” newlyweds can celebrate their first anniversary in style with the One Year Later program, which reserves a free night in a premiere suite for couples who want to relive the special day.

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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 For over 35 years our scenic property, inclusive catering packages and experienced team have provided it all for your wedding day. This garden-style venue provides picturesque views for your ceremony and reception. At Auburn Valley, we are by your side! capacity 220 | price $$

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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 $$$

black gold golf club

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

the bodega harbour yacht club

PO Box 368, Bodega Bay, CA (707) 875-3519 avineyard@kempersports.com BodegaHarbourGolf.com Celebrate your wedding surrounded by the splendor of the Pacific Coast. We offer beach or cliff-side ceremonies and waterfront receptions for up to 300. Plus, we have a beautiful and unique venue for your

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5540 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA (619) 267-1103 EXT. 17 n.maynard@bonitagolfclub.com | BonitaGolf.net At Bonita Golf Course, we take pride in creating celebrations that become treasured memories. The stunning layout of our banquet room is grand. Sweeping panoramic views of the golf course make BGC the perfect setting. Nestled in the San Miguel Mountains, BGC is truly one of South Bay’s hidden treasures. 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 $$$

california center for the arts, escondido

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA (760) 839-4140 | vjohnson@artcenter.org ArtCenter.org Whether you long to say “I do” on stage with theatrical flair, outdoors with grass beneath your feet, with classic elegance in a stylish ballroom or in the chic setting of a modern art museum, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, has a space that’s perfect for you to create your dream day. capacity 600 | 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 375 guests in our gardens, West Wing or Ballroom venues. Please visit our website for more information. capacity 400 | 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 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. capacity 200 | price $$$

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 $$

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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 $$$

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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.

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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 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 $$

galway downs

38801 Los Corralitos Rd., Temecula, CA (951) 303-0405 | weddings@galwaydowns.com

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168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA (626) 577-1000 | Hilton.com Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley, Hilton Pasadena is a boutique hotel bringing your vision of the perfect wedding to life. Awaiting you and your guests are luxurious rooms, delectable restaurants, complimentary shuttle service, onsite parking and partnerships with the premier wedding resources. 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 $$$

the inn at rancho santa fe

5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (858) 381-8278 | events@theinnatrsf.com TheInnatRSF.com As you look forward to your wedding day, enjoy the marvelous transformation into our new era. The spirit of 1923 welcomes modern luxury in newly enhanced guest rooms. Also new, The Spa at The Inn infuses indigenous ingredients purposefully and personally—ideal for bringing out your natural beauty. capacity 250 | price $$$$

jeh ranch

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

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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 $$$

lakehouse hotel & resort

1025 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos, CA (760) 744-0120 | LakehouseHotelandResort.com Your happily ever after begins at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. Our affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages feature newly designed modern-rustic venues, a lakefront ceremony site, golf course views, gourmet catering and more. With over 200 acres of choices, Lakehouse will capture your down-the-aisle style! capacity 250 | price $$

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39990 Anza Road, Temecula, CA (951) 694-6699 EXT. 4 | LorimarWinery.com Lorimar Vineyards and Winery is one of the most romantic, picturesque locations in the Temecula Valley—the ideal place to celebrate your special day. With two distinct locations on the property, the bride and groom can choose between the Barrel Room and Vineyard Lawn to make their dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$

manchester grand hyatt san diego

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 Georgian-

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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 manicured outdoor wedding gardens. Receptions are adorned with waterfalls, grand staircases, panoramic mountain views and antique mission bells. Function space accommodates large and small weddings. Beauty and romance prevail, allowing couples to create the Southern California wedding of their dreams. 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 $$$

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 $$$

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 $$$

the ridge golf club and event center

2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn, CA (530) 888-7888 EXT. 640 | RidgeGC.com Nestled in the foothills of Placer County, The Ridge Golf Club and Event Center is the ideal location for your wedding. Lavish greens, rolling hills and cascading oak trees paint the perfect backdrop for your intimate ceremony. Our ballroom and outdoor terrace provide fine dining with breathtaking views. capacity 350 | price $$$

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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 $$$

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 $$$$

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34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA (866) 994-6379 | (951) 587-9463 EXT. 5285 cmagon@wineresort.com SouthCoastWinery.com Nothing tops the romance charts like a winery wedding. Our all-in-one five-star resort, tucked away in Southern California’s Wine Country, turns each occasion into a celebration. Let our talented wedding specialists and the magical splendor of our vineyards transform your wedding dreams into unforgettable memories. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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 $$

the sternwheelers

998 West Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA (858) 539-7720 | bahiacatering@bahiahotel.com Sternwheelers.com Imagine yourself aboard our elegant sternwheelers, The Bahia Belle and William D. Evans, as they cruise the sparkling bay. A perfect backdrop, an unforgettable location and unparalleled service. capacity 400+ | price $$$

taglyan cultural complex

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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. capacity 500+ | price $$$

tahoe mountain club

13051 Fairway Dr., Truckee, CA (530) 550-5094 specialevents@tahoemountainclub.com TahoeMountainClub.com With four breathtaking venues to choose from, Tahoe Mountain Club provides intimate, four-season settings, just moments from Lake Tahoe. Located in Truckee, Tahoe Mountain Club’s team of professionals is dedicated to giving you the wedding you have always dreamed of. capacity 200 | price $$

temecula creek inn

44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, CA (855) 420-9910 | tciweddings@jcresorts.com TemeculaCreekInn.com/weddings We say “we do” to your big day. Our beautiful Temecula Valley wine country location makes us your ideal wedding spot. Our team will make sure your wedding day is just as you dreamed it would be. Ask us about our Stone House, The Meadows and other beautiful settings. capacity 300 | price $$

tivoli terrace

650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA (949) 494-9650 | TivoliTerrace.com Tivoli Terrace, Tivoli Too and The Hacienda are three great locations for romantic weddings and receptions. We provide complete wedding packages to help make your wedding dreams come true the easy way—without stress.

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 $$

the venetian® and the palazzo® las vegas

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV (702) 414-7109 | weddings@sands.com Venetian.com/weddings Getting married at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas brings the old-world charm of Italy to your wedding. Set your ceremony in the unique ambiance of one of our beautiful wedding locations. Our dedicated planners will assist you in creating one of the most memorable occasions in your life. capacity 650 | 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 $$

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 $$

wedgewood wedding & banquet center

Serving California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Illinois (866) 966-3009 | WedgewoodBanquet.com Choose from the affordable, all-inclusive and fully customizable wedding package options at Wedgewood’s collection of gorgeous wedding venues. We’re celebrating 30 years of award-winning Valservenience™. capacity 250 | price $$

the westin mission hills golf resort & spa

71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA (760) 770-2185 The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa features two championship golf courses, a desert resort spa, three swimming pools, 75-foot waterslide, amazing dining, nearby shopping, fitness center and more. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the westin monache resort, mammoth

50 Hillside Drive, Mammoth Lakes, CA (760) 934-0400 | sales@westinmammoth.com WestinMammoth.com Intimate weddings are perfectly suited to The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth. An escape to the mountains and 2,000 square feet of function space over three elegant rooms provides inspiration to every attendee. All visitors will enjoy an utterly refreshing stay in the 230 luxurious guest suites. capacity 150 | price $$

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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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flowers by coley

Serving San Diego, Irvine and Orange County (800) 488-8114 | weddings@flowersbycoley.com FlowersbyColey.com Flowers are a key part of creating wedding memories that will last forever. Combining our expertise, passion for flowers and flair, we will create the dream wedding you have envisioned. Please call to set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation with our specialist.

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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. 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.

bellasposa

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!

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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

beglammed 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, CA (949) 324-1574 | welcome@thedirtycookieoc.com TheDirtyCookieOC.com Your special day deserves a special touch. The Dirty Cookie blends sophistication with a shot of excitement in our signature Cookie Shot. We wouldn’t limit ourselves to one cookie or shot—would you? Take advantage of The Dirty Cookie’s forte in catering experiences that you will never forget.

and sip on bubbly while we provide you and yours a true Parisian soiree. After all is said and done, you won’t walk anymore—you’ll float.

731 ½ N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (323) 954-6900 | CanCanParleur.com For the belle de jour and her closest friends, the Can Can Parleur offers a luxurious way to kick off your heels and indulge yourselves. Sit back, be pampered

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.

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!

helen miller bridal boutique

3326 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 658-7339 | HelenMillerBridal.com Comfortable. Affordable. Stunning. Our boutiques offer four gorgeous collections from Helen Miller Bridal, unavailable in commercial stores—including Fleur, Green, Sweet and Sky. From elegant to edgy, contemporary to classic, you’ll find the perfect style and fit for the look you desire to achieve.

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.

ink rethinking

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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.

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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.

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3191 Casitas Ave. 121B, Los Angeles, CA MindFlowHypnosis.com Weddings take a lot of work and sometimes add a lot of stress! We can help release some of the stress and worry, from basic fears all the way to phobias or concerns about the future! With our custom programs we can also help you shed some unwanted pounds while you’re at it! We offer free screenings!

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Southern CA (310) 860-9221 | panachebeverlyhills@gmail.com PanacheBridals.com Panache Bridals’ full service bridal salons provide the largest collection of bridal gowns on the West coast. With four locations we showcase over 85 designers. Our friendly and experienced consultants are ready to help you find all of your wedding day needs.

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!

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!

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.

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Serving all of California and Boise, ID (415) 987-5946 | perfumesoiree@gmail.com PerfumeSoiree.com Primadonna Makeover Bridal Hair & Makeup On Location is a mobile service that comes to you for any occasion. Perfume Bar Soiree is a unique new fragrance bar where you smell, blend, bottle and name your own perfume. It’s a unique, interactive, unforgettable experience to offer at your next event.

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.

queen esther hair covers

beverly hills jewelers

st. james the salon

chasing victory

statusalon

the collector fine jewelry

(310) 849-1814 sales@queenestherhaircovers.com QueenEstherHairCovers.com Our company was established 38 years ago in the United States. Our heritage goes back to Queen Esther in the Old Testament. We design a unique line of women’s accessories for both the fashion industry and weddings. Contact us today for your wedding shawl, kippah or chuppah. 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. Northern California and destination (925) 980-8479 | bride@statusalon.com StatuSalon.com Status Salon Agency will handle all of your bridal hair

259 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 888-7725 | shawn@bhjewelers.com BHJewelers.com For over 40 years Beverly Hills Jewelers has been educating clients about diamonds, engagement rings, wedding rings and jewelry purchases in a friendly, pressure-free environment. We listen to your needs and offer a diamond selection within your budget that cannot be paralleled by any other store. 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. 912 South Live Oak Park Road, Fallbrook, CA (760) 728-9121 | info@collectorfinejewelry.com CollectorFineJewelry.com We specialize in colored stones and handcrafted

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- Freelance hairstylist traveling all over the Bay Area and beyond - Specializing in bridal and special event hairstyling - Available for engagement shoots, photo shoots and boudoir

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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.

krizanti

550 S. Hill St., #1512, Los Angeles, CA Krizanti.com Krizanti represents our jewelry crafting at its finest. Decades of expertise go into the design and creation of every piece. Simply put, Krizanti jewelry is of the highest quality possible. We invite you to browse our collection online and see the Krizanti difference.

rogers jewelry

Serving California and Nevada (800) 733-1874 | contact@thinkrogers.com ThinkRogers.com Family owned since 1937, Rogers Jewelry has offered the area’s best and largest selection of engagement and wedding rings, along with men’s bands. Whether your style is trendy and fashion-forward or classic and timeless, Rogers has the perfect jewelry for you.

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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.

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.

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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.

lucky devils band

(786) 210-9501 | brian@luckydevilsband.com LuckyDevilsBand.com Tired of boring old wedding bands? The Lucky Devils Band is different—young funky musicians, who play alongside the likes of Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Prince to name a few. Best of all, they are self-managed, so you pay a fraction of the price for a band in this quality bracket.

quantum party productions

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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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 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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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!

david n. sachs photography

(949) 874-4073 | david@davidnsachs.com DavidNSachs.com Our team specializes in creatively capturing the romance and joy of your wedding. We custom build each package to fit your unique needs, offering photography, videography, photo booth rentals, flush mount albums and wall-worthy prints.

la rousse weddings

Los Angeles, CA (805) 501-0501 | kate@laroussephoto.com LaRousseWeddings.com La Rousse Weddings specializes in photographing intimate weddings of 75 guests or less. Located in Los Angeles and available for worldwide travel, Katie also offers engagement and boudoir sessions, as well as a full line of albums and coffee table books. Artistic. Authentic. Alluring.

entertainment

social monograms

SocialMonograms.com From engagement to honeymoon, Social Monograms has everything to personalize your wedding—registry, shower, bridal party gifts, bachelorette party, paper products, jewelry and accessories, and more! Let us monogram your wedding!

where’s the party?

270 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA (949) 722-1803 | info@wheresthepartyoc.com WheresThePartyOC.com We feel that each occasion is a very special one, one that is to be remembered for weeks, months and even years, if not a lifetime. That is why we offer such customized printable wedding/party invitations. Either way, we help you make the memories of a lifetime.

specialty services

dolce vita events

PO Box 12705, Newport Beach, CA (949) 514-8939 EventsbyDolceVita.com Dolce Vita Events offers full and partial wedding planning, coordination packages, event design and more. Let us expertly plan and handle every detail

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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

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine— a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine made with organic

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camelot party rentals

152 Coney Island Dr., Sparks, NV (775) 355-9004 | CamelotPartyRentals.com Camelot Party Rentals has been the party equipment provider for the region’s most memorable special events. We have quality equipment and professional service to set the stage for almost any occasion imaginable.

premier bridal shows

(714) 572-1363 | PremierBridalShows.com This is Southern California’s largest upscale bridal shows since 1997, with bride expos in Orange and Los Angeles counties, South Bay and the Inland Empire. Spend the day discovering the best options to make your dream wedding come true!

white feathers events

(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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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Garden Court Hotel

310

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

86

Garré Vineyard & Winery

258

Avensole Winery

245

Grand Hyatt San Diego

195

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

323

GrandView

315

Beer Park

207

The Hacienda

150

Black Gold Golf Club

173

Hexx

207

Bonita Golf Course

249

Hilton Pasadena

220

The Bridges Golf Club

283

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

19

California Center for the Arts

236

Hotel Corque

243, 323

Casa Del Mar Hotel by the Sea

20

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

246, 323

Casino San Clemente

183

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

149

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

49

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

329

Charter Yachts Newport Beach

231

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

331

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

207

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

167

Cliff House

29

JEH Ranch

327

Cohn Restaurant Group

22

Jurupa Hills Country Club

255

Commodore Cruises & Events

319

La Jolla Shores Hotel

111

Concord Clarion Hotel

317

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

235

County of San Diego

222

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

47

Crooked Vine Winery

335

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

251

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown

53

Marina Village

141

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro L.A. Waterfront

257

Montage Laguna Beach

129

Dream Palace Banquet Hall

105

Monte Verde Estate

279

Electra Cruises

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

305

Fazeli Cellars

80

Mount Palomar Winery

139

The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

39

Noor

77

The Freedom Hall & Gardens

337

Oceano Hotel & Spa

307

Galway Downs

233

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

219

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Wine & Roses

287

Pala Casino, Spa & Resort

199

The Yacht Club at Bodega Harbor

321

Pala Mesa Resort

197

Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn

71

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Portofino Hotel & Marina

231

24 Carrots

233

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

315

Canyon Catering

135

The Ridge Golf Club & Event Center

311

The Dirty Cookie

235

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

185

LRE Catering

14

Seven-Degrees

145

Made by Meg Catering

153

Shutters On The Beach

20

Madera Kitchen

60

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

228

Mills Wine Group

295

Spanish Hills Country Club

27

Night & Day Productions

10

Taglyan

162

Tahoe Mountain Club

301

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort

299

Bottles & Blooms

147

Tivoli Terrace

150

The Faux Bouquets

227

Tivoli Too!

150

Flowers by Coley

179

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

216

Jennifer Cole Florals

142

Trump International Hotel & Tower

211

Little Hill Floral Designs

218

Venetian Weddings

215

Posh Peony Floral & Event Design

165

Viaggio On The River Estate & Winery

277

Venn Floral

273

Visit Camarillo

133

W San Francisco

324

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Wayfarer’s Chapel

246

Amanda Rae Beauty Hair & Makeup Artistry

222

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center

99, 271

beGlammed

239

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

225

Bellasposa Bridal & Photography

73

The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth

55

Can Can Parleur Organic Hand & Foot Spa

252

Wiens Family Cellars

170

Cupertino Dental & Facial Esthetics

331

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Omni Resorts La Costa

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Dr. Jeremy Korman

225

Chasing Victory

85

Elegant Lace Bridal

25

The Collector

75

Girl With A Curlingiron

319

Icing On The Ring

Insert

Helen Miller Bridal Boutique

317

Krizanti

69

The Hydration Room

251

Rogers Jewelry Co.

32

Ink ReThinking

216

Timeless Pearl

83

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

35

Lili Bridal

9

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Long Flirty Lashes

236

A Good Affair

115

Lovella Bridal

323

Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events

50

Mary Me Bridal

45

Destination Weddings

31

Mind Flow Hypnosis

252

Dolce Vita Events

249

Moein Surgical Arts

239

E Events Co.

308

Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Cover

KQ Elements

101

The One Bridal

321

Nicole Alexandra Weddings

175

Panache Bridal & Eveningwear

1

Pure Lavish Events

16

Polished Perfect by Twila True

245

Redondo Beach Weddings

126

Primadonna Makeover Perfume Bar Soiree

335

Queen Esther Hair Covers

254

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Second Summer Bride

79

Andy Lu Wedding Photography

323

St. James The Salon

333

byDesign Films

323

Status Salon

327

David N. Sachs Photography

7

Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie

255

Eivan’s Nationwide Photo & Video, Inc.

323

Tay C Styles

337

La Rousse Weddings

227

Shelly Anderson Photography

323

JEWELRY

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Barons Jewelers

63

ENTERTAINMENT

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Beverly Hills Jewelers

13

Atmosphere Events

180

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Bobby Jo Valentine

292

Luxe Bridal Show

Insert

Fantasy Sound Event Services

333

Premier Bridal Shows

243

Lucky Devils Band

36

Town & Country Event Rentals

42

Quantum Party Productions

329

White Feathers Events

256

Revel Society

107 INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

PAGE #

The Green Bridal Boutique

228

AFR Event Furnishings

187

Social Monograms

221

BEST-VIP Chauffeured Worldwide

169

Where’s The Party?

131

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Cover, 67

XO Mints

323

Brea Bridal Show

257

Camelot Party Rentals

339

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

PAGE #

Got Light

297

Gearys

41

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mandy & eric WALNUT GROVE

“We love to laugh with and at one another,” Mandy says of this playful shot just after she and Eric cut their wedding cake. “A romantic, serious moment turned silly—it’s the perfect epitome of who we are as a couple.”

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