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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

in this issue 12 get the look 20 theknot.com 22 editor’s letter 24 checklist 28 a moveable feast 30 ask carley 36 top picks 42 8 standout

museum spaces

46 expert advice 52 secrets from

real couples

55 haute hues 63 love stories

and wedding announcements 288 snapshot

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PHOTOGR APH BY LIZ VON HOENE

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fashion, beauty & wellness 157 beauty for hire All your makeup choices can be overwhelming—consider hiring a pro.

163 10 things bridal consultants

want you to know

From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

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169 treat yourself Splurge on some self-care.

175 how to avoid dress drama

180 avant garden

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Soft pastels, floral details and airy fabrics create a whimsical ambience.

high impact

style 122 high impact Vibrant fuchsia and sleek black team up for a dramatic, modern affair.

129 defining details Invitation accents for a memorable suite that will get guests excited for your day.

136 beyond the bouquet Floral accents to make every part of your décor stand out.

151 gift some green Delight guests with these nature-inspired DIY favors.

157

beauty for hire

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FROM LEF T: L AUR A MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY; ALEX ANDRE WEINBERGER/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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Tips for keeping your wedding party feeling happy and confident.

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From this day forward the adventure begins.

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

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CONTENTS

real weddings 69 marina & jose september 24, silverado

74 rachel & joshua february 19, burbank

80 dre & pitch

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august 20, burbank

your catering checklist

86 madhvi & daniel december 30, culver city

90 allison & wes december 10, goleta

94 chase & matt april 23, coronado

98 krister & kevin

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planning

marina & jose

213 get the picture

60 wedding talk 101

102 shailey & sammy

A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

june 9, dana point

105 marry away in the USA

116 courtney & john

249 your top venue issues, solved

Tips for an exciting stateside destination affair.

may 7, cancun

219 erika & anthony

Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

192 how to throw

june 25, tahoe city

255 party perfect

a beach wedding

224 pam & will

Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

april 23, san francisco

201 planner perks

230 livia & scott 236 stephanie & alex

265 this one’s for the girls

207 your catering checklist

october 15, santa rosa

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

240 alexis & tasha november 11, palo alto

Fun ways to entertain guests.

259 include your crew Wedding roles to make loved ones feel special.

Why you should hire a pro, plus the right type for you.

march 19, big sur

Advice from the pros to get photos you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

244 natalie & eric october 1, carmel

r  eal wedding budget key $ = $20,000 or less

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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$$$ = $40,001–$60,000

$$$$ = $60,001–$85,000

$$$$$ = $85,001+

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BREATHTAKING PICTURE-PERFECT

OCEAN VIEWS ON-SITE WEDDING SPECIALISTS

ELEGANT EUROPEAN

ARCHITECTURE EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE

NO DREAM IS TOO BIG, NO DETAIL IS TOO SMALL.

From your first step to your last, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will be there to guide you through your special day. Make the wedding of your dreams become a reality with your own per sonal touc hes. To plan an appointment, please contact our wedding specialist at (831) 645-4033 or weddings@montereyplazahotel.com.

– Refreshingly Classic –

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Marina Morrison, MarinaMorrison.com (San Francisco), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (Beverly Hills); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames.com (Los Angeles), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Panache Bridal, PanacheBridal.com (Beverly Hills & Pasadena), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress .com (Corona Del Mar); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, Brilliant Earth.com; shoes, $120, AldoShoes.com

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

With its spectacular grounds full of living sculptures, Ladew Topiary Gardens was a natural fit for our lighthearted fashion feature, “Avant Garden.� After all, what better place to shoot floral-print dresses and whimsical accessories than a lush location with a distinctly magical feel?

glam squad Hairstylist Alberto Guzman preps our model before she poses with a peacock topiary.

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

& Bumble at Ray Brown Pro makeup Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. fashion styling Shelley Brown prop styling Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House location Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Maryland

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Ari Simphoukham

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Stephanie Cain, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Toby Fox Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

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

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan

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

REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER ACCOUNT STRATEGIST

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 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (913) 499-6720 Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Christina Frauendorfer, christinaf@theknot.com (402) 596-8448

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 © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot California are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, 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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toes and Salty kisses

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.

RedondoBeachWeddings.org | 800.282.0333

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Imagine

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Forever

ed along nature’s greatest highways and byways.

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

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Browse weddings from the Golden State, including the 2017 winners of our 50 Weddings, 50 States. The pick for California, Lexi and Jordan, celebrated in a 1980s smog shop in Culver City. “We took inspiration from California’s mid-century modern style and tried to combine the natural and urban aspects that make up LA,” Lexi says of the day.

Organizing your wedding details and pros just got easier, thanks to the new digital planning tool from The Knot. Use it to help you and your fiancé define your style, book and communicate with vendors, and automatically create a personalized day-of timeline so everything goes off without a hitch. Try it by downloading our app or signing up at TheKnot.com.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/california. Your state directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace.

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JLM Couture shared this shot of an accessorized bride and pup for a recent #FashionFriday. @paigejonesphoto

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The Bustle Bridal Boutique

Extraordinary Experience. Award winning Service. Visit us in Del Mar, San Diego and enjoy ocean views while sipping champagne. The Bustle is Southern California’s premier bridal boutique serving Orange County and Los Angeles. FEATURED GOWN BY

BOOK ONLINE www.thebustledelmar.com 1011 Camino Del Mar Ste, 114 | Del Mar. CA | 92014 858.523.9254

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 180)

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 129)

Every relationship is unique. So every wedding should be too. This doesn’t mean you need an over-the-top element to make it truly special, but rather that your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple. It means you should forget the perceived “rules” and do what feels right. Are you less type A and more type “I never really thought about it?” A simple celebration at your family home might be right up your alley. Have you been dreaming of this moment since you were little? Then here’s your chance to go all out. Whoever you are and whatever you want, we’re here to help. So here’s to all of you—the planners, the procrastinators, the over-thinkers, the bridechillas, the groomzillas, the classic couples, the eclectic couples, the can’t-be-defined couples and everyone in between. Whether you’re having a religious service, a nondenominational ceremony, or a celebration for 20 people or 200, this is the moment to throw out the rule book and plan a wedding that’s as unique as you are.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com *Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the wildfires in California. The magnitude of this disaster was only being fully realized as we were putting the final touches on this issue. We understand many venues and pros featured in the Northern and Central California Real Weddings may still be working to rebuild, and we’ve noted this information whenever possible. We will continue to keep you and the entire California community in our thoughts.

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My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 136)

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The Wedding of your dreams

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CHECKLIST

download The Knot Wedding Planner app to get your custom wedding plan

This checklist will tell you what to do, and when, on your way to the altar­. Make sure to download our must-have app for virtual access to all the tools that will help you get there.

 12+ MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

 9-11 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

Take our style quiz on TheKnot.com to help narrow in on your wedding vision, including color palettes and décor.

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

Create your website with The Knot, then pack it full with need-to-know info like reception details and nearby hotels for the wedding weekend.

Determine where and when you’d like to tie the knot. Not sure where to start? Use our app to get personalized suggestions based on a few key details, like guest count and general location. Hire any pros you just have to have on your wedding team, like your photographer or planner. Start searching for the dress, jumpsuit, skirt or tuxedo of your dreams. If you haven’t already, get your engagement ring appraised and insured.

Propose to your wedding party.

6-8 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss any religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates.

Book your other important pros, like a band or DJ, florist or videographer.

Place an order for your invitations—and thank-you notes while you’re at it.

Order the gown and veil, and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. (A third fitting may be necessary.)

Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue).

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

Create your registry and start adding things to your wish list—a super-fun to-do.

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______

Mail your invitations. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Begin writing your vows. Go to your first formalwear fitting. Be sure to bring along whatever shoes, undergarments and accessories you’d like to wear on your wedding day. Finalize the cocktail hour and reception menu with your catering team. Solidify your Blueprint (aka your day-of timeline—see sidebar) and share with your vendors, spouse and wedding party.

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

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart.

DEFINE YOUR WEDDING ST YLE Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, then take our style quiz to zero in on the perfect vibe for your wedding. Once complete, you can easily share key details of your aesthetics with potential vendors at the click of a button, so pros know exactly what you mean by “rustic chic.”

COMPILE YOUR DREAM TEAM Receive personalized vendor suggestions based on your wedding style and budget, or browse hundreds of vetted pros in your area via The Knot Marketplace.

Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all your prewedding beauty appointments are scheduled.

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STAY ON SCHEDULE Track RSVPs and completed tasks, and perfect your day-of plan. Bonus: As you check off to-dos, your personal wedding planner (that’s us!) is working in the background to populate a wedding day Blueprint (the ultimate day-of timeline of who, what, where and when) so you can walk down the aisle with confidence.

DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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MAKE YOUR WEBSITE Give guests all the info they’ll need, like accommodation details, registry links and more, in one pretty package. Choose from our free and unique design schemes and colors. You’ll also get a reminder to update your site every time you make a big decision that impacts guests, like booking your reception locale.

DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

Pass off the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy the rehersal dinner with your favorite people. Breathe—and have fun!

CREATE THE ULTIMATE REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores, then share on your website for easy shopping. Already have everything you need? Our Newlywed Fund lets you ask for cash gifts you can put toward anything you like, from an epic honeymoon to a down payment on a home.

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DestinationWeddings.com/California Photography by: Marisol Alcarez

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

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WHITE LACE EVENTS & DESIGN hosted a roving dinner party at THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE in Rancho Santa Fe, inspired by the times of the day. The event transitioned from a playful daytime theme to a romantic twilight cocktail party and then to a celestial evening affair, complete with a sophisticated lounge-style after-party.

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“The movement from one lawn to another was invigorating. As each space progressed, it was like a new party had started. The cohesive elements throughout the event kept it familiar yet exciting—the music molded the energy.” —White Lace Events & Design

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DETAIL WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and tech trends brought to life by local pros. Live musicians are nothing new, but how about one hanging upside down? The aerial violinist from Encore Event Entertainment definitely kept the mood of the party looking up!

THE TEAM VENUE The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe PLANNER White Lace Events & Design PHOTOGRAPHY The Youngrens VIDEOGRAPHY Le Rêve Films FLOWERS

Flowers Annette Gomez; Studio Fiore STATIONERY Whimsíque: Designer Invitations & Stationery CATERING MIHO Catering Co. DESSERT Sensational Treats DOUGHNUTS VG Donut & Bakery WINE Promise BEVERAGES Barçon Cocktail COFFEE Joes on the Nose RENTALS Classic Party Rentals; Platinum Event Rentals; To Be Designed San Diego CHAIRS The Chiavari Guys LINENS Luxe Linen BEAUTY The Face of Beauty BAND The Class MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Encore Event Entertainment LIGHTING San Diego

SociaLights PHOTO BOOTH The Luxebooth BACKDROPS Back Up Backdrops BALLOON ART Balloonzilla PAPER FLOWERS Esmeralda Luxury Paper

Flowers VALET Ace Parking FAVORS Kit: Parcel & Bloom; The Cravory; Darling Gourmet Biscotti; Sugar Mamma Caramels; Sweet Petite Confections

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E XPERT Q&A

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Our cofounder answers your questions.

How can we create a menu that will make all of our guests happy? When choosing the entrée options for your reception, consider possible dietary restrictions. Although you can’t account for every guest’s allergy and menu preferences, you can try to ensure everyone will enjoy something. Include a vegetarian option on your response cards, or ask your caterer if they can create a few special dishes. For a buffet, include allergenfree options, like dishes with no nuts, or allow your guests to garnish their own plates. For instance, if you’re having a sundae bar, offer plenty of gluten-free toppings like M&Ms and Haribo gummies.

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One of my bridesmaids won’t order her dress and I’m afraid she won’t get it in time for my wedding. What should I do?

Find out why she’s holding off. Is she trying to lose 10 pounds before getting her measurements taken? Has she been busy with work? Is she just being a little flaky? If it’s one of the last two reasons, call and ask her for her measurements so you can order the dress for her. If you find she’s hoping to lose weight, let her know she can order now and a seamstress can alter the dress a few weeks before the wedding. It’s much easier to take in a too-large dress than vice versa. So ordering her current size will actually save her money in the long run.

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I have no idea where to even begin when it comes to hiring a band for our reception. Help!

The first thing to do is get recommendations. Start by polling other couples—getting a referral from a pair who had the time of their lives due to their five-piece jazz band is priceless. Check out reviews online for invaluable advice too. Other great resources are reception venue managers or wedding planners. They’ve heard lots of different bands and can steer you toward some of the best options in the area based on your music tastes.

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SHOWER STRESS

The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (as well as your fiancé’s mom, sister and any other close female friends and family). You don’t have to invite every woman who’s invited to your wedding. As for more distant guests, sending a shower invite is a nice gesture even if you know they won’t be able to attend—it shows them they’re important to you.

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We’re not sure if we can afford a planner for our wedding, but we could definitely use the help. What are our options?

Good news! Most wedding consultants are willing and able to work within a variety of budgets, and because of their connections and expertise, they’re often able to save you a good deal of money too. And you don’t have to sign a consultant on for the whole planning process. Many couples hire someone to oversee the final details the evening before and day of the wedding. Some pros even offer their services on an hourly basis for short-term tasks. You can try the à la carte route and choose exactly which services you’ll need. Just make sure it’s clearly defined in your contract.

PARTY FOUL

Hopefully your parents will be able to put aside their differences during your wedding. You can try diffusing the situation by seating them in different places at the ceremony and reception—the less they interact, the less likely they’ll argue. If you’re really concerned about their behavior, then sit down with them and tell them it would make you happy if they could be civil for one day. They may be more willing to call a truce (at least for 24 hours) if you’ve verbalized how important it is to you.

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My partner and I have been invited to a good friend’s wedding, as well as the rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch—do we really have to go to all of these events?

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HAPPY FEET

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My fiancé and I want our first dance to be uniquely ours. What’s the best way to pick a song that isn’t played out?

If you don’t already have a song that’s decidedly yours, think back on the highlights of your relationship. What was playing the day you first said you were in love, or on the car ride to where he proposed? If you don’t have a song with history, consider creating the story. Do you have a shared favorite band or genre? Narrow it down to some options from there, and if the beat doesn’t quite lend itself to a first dance, see if there are acoustic options.

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8 standout museum spaces Santa Barbara Historical Museum 136 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara; (805) 966-1601; SBHistorical.org Located steps from State Street in the heart of the El Pueblo Viejo historic district, this 53-year-old Spanish-style museum is perfect for a relaxed fiesta. Book the property’s pair of interconnecting courtyards, which can host up to 500 revelers—they’re bursting with beauty, from bubbling fountains and pepper trees to verdant, vine-covered trellises. TIP For a special treat, rent out the galleries for tours during cocktail hour.

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What’s the key to finding the perfect venue? Any red flags to avoid? The overall vibe should feel reflective of the couple. I seek locations that are adaptable and flexible. I like spaces that are transformative, but if a couple is watching costs, look for a venue that is already reflective of their style. Be assured that any space can accommodate production and logistical needs, with ample time for setup, no strict end times or sound ordinances. And make sure you have privacy.

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Don’t get attached to what’s trending. Infuse your unique personalities into the day. Most budgets will not allow for everything to be equally important. Give your top three priorities the most attention and investment. Less is always more. One beautifully crafted, luxe tablescape is more chic than a gigantic arrangement looming over your guests.

You’re passionate about thinking out-of-the-box. What’s a recent twist you’ve put on a tradition? In lieu of floral centerpieces, I advocate for inspired décor. We lined one long feasting table set for 100 guests with a series of 50 antlers dipped in black automotive paint. It was based on artwork I noticed when visiting the couple’s home! What is one way to wow your guests? A successful event is built on discovery. When we can transition guests from one space to another, offering new sights, sounds and flavors, this heightens the guests’ excitement. Find a venue with separate spaces for events. Lastly, how is what you do both challenging and rewarding? I’m constantly innovating and creating unique designs. It’s my responsibility to discover each couple’s point of view and design something reflective of that. I believe that a mere color palette oversimplifies the rich complexities of any couple.

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How should a bride come prepared to her first appointment at the salon? We encourage brides to bring their closest friends and family whose opinion they value most. They play a big role in finding “the one.” We have heels, strapless bras and robes, but brides often bring their wedding shoes. What happens at the initial meeting? We introduce her to the store, her stylist and offer her drinks. She and the stylist then have time together to talk about the wedding design, colors, bridesmaid dresses, total vision for the day and, of course, the dress. Our stylist goes through the rack and pulls gowns, while the bride and her group look through dresses, if they like, or just relax! What’s the biggest mistake brides make? Although the opinions of the people a bride trusts are important, brides should trust themselves too. Always listen to the gut.

This pair stocks unique gowns by up-and-coming designers in their original Walnut Creek salon and recently opened shop in West Hollywood. They love celebrating with brides and their families and friends, plus serving mimosas.

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tent designer What inspired you to start Raj Tents? We saw that, despite plenty of high-end weddings in California, tenting was often strictly functional. Rather than seeing tents as an opportunity to enhance the décor, people treated them as a sad necessity. We wanted to turn that around and make weddings more beautiful with unique tents.

How do tents create a certain mood? Just as sharing food is an ancient ritual that brings people together, tents provide the setting for an emotional exchange. As social beings, how we share space is very important. Tents create a special setting that is secure and beautiful. The tent you are under is a big influence—you can use it create the effect and emotional environment you are after.

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Tenting is a great way to make your theme clear. Having a strong style makes the guest’s experience more definite, makes memories stronger and results in better photos. Don’t concern yourself with the practical considerations, like size, staking and sub-flooring. Those are better left to the pros. Go for what will make you happy.

What are the common mistakes you see couples making when renting? An important part of what we do is to make sure our clients avoid mistakes, but couples are constantly compromising in order to get their budget to go as far as possible. They do make some calls that they might think better of later on. Things that come up include size, flooring and lighting. If your guest list goes up by 20 percent, it’s going to affect how the space feels. The right flooring for the site and character of the wedding makes a huge difference, and good lighting should be seen as a necessity, not an add on. Finally, what is the process like when you first meet a couple to discuss tents? There are so many resources online and in print that couples tend to be well-informed when we meet. Anything a couple can bring that is inspiring the design, be it an old photo album, fabric swatches, a collection of shells or a story board, is good. The most important thing is for a couple to know what kind of end result they want. It’s our job to figure out the best way to get there.

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What is one of your top uses of tents? I like having multiple smaller tents for dining, bars, buffets and lounges. It adds interest and levels of detail and perspective. Guests want to be aware of the celebration and to feel connected to the big picture, but also to relish in the intimacy and detail of their immediate surroundings.

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INSIDE SCOOP

“Don’t be afraid to delegate and assign planning tasks to your friends and family members. If someone wants to help, take them up on their offer.” —Sabrina & Grant

—Katie & Trip

“It’s unlikely everything will work out the way you initially plan for it to, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great wedding day you’ll end up loving.” —Dana & Jordan

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“IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DIY, DO IT. IT’S WORTH THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR VENUE TO SEE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, ESPECIALLY KNOWING YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.” —Emily & Jovan

“If it rains, you’ll still get married and your wedding will still be pretty. You can’t do anything about the weather, but your hired vendors can.” —Jen & Tevje

“Hire pros you genuinely trust to be in control while you’re busy being the bride.” —Helena & Michael

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“TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN WEDDING. WHEN YOUR PARENTS SEE THAT YOU HAVE A VISION AND RESPECT YOUR BUDGET, THEY’LL BE MORE LIKELY TO LET GO OF THE DECISION-MAKING.”

“You only have a few short hours to take it all in. Be present and pause throughout the night to take a few mental pictures.” —Holly & Sara

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We tapped wedding pro Annie Lee of Daughter of Design to bring her Learn to Speak Wedding game to life. Here’s the lingo to know before you plan. ILLUSTR ATIONS BY ANNIK A HUET T

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The ideal choice for couples who may not want (or be able to afford) a full-service planner but still want a pro the day of the wedding to assure everything goes smoothly.

The abbreviation RSVP is so well known that its actual meaning is what needs defining. In French, “répondez s’il vous plaît” translates to “please reply.” To avoid any last-minute guest list headaches, require your guests to respond “yes” or “no” at least two to three weeks before the wedding.

The most recognizable type of “formal” dress code, black-tie attire usually means the wedding is a fancy affair. Gentlemen in attendance should plan on wearing a tuxedo with a bow tie and patent leather shoes, while ladies should go all-out in a stunning floor-length gown.

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MAKEUP ARTIST MARRIAGE LICENSE Obtained from a state registrar’s office before your wedding, a marriage license grants you permission to legally wed. After the signed license is filed, you’ll receive a marriage certificate as record of your union.

Also often abbreviated as MUA, the makeup artist gets you wedding ready. Do a trial run (or two) to ensure you like the look they create. If possible, snap a few pictures to see if it photographs well, and then rock your trial look to find out how it wears throughout the day.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE Venues that include an in-house catering team often set a food and beverage minimum for prime event days like Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This “minimum,” also known as F&B, refers to the required menu and bar price or head count total necessary to rent the space.

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Slightly less formal than black-tie attire, a cocktail dress code states that men should wear a suit and tie, while women can wear a cocktail dress or dressy suit. It’s a great choice for venues like a city loft or tent.

BM, or best man, is generally the male friend or family member of the groom designated with leading all things groomsmen related. He stands beside the groom at the altar and gives a speech at the reception.

Wedding STDs are a good thing! A precursor to the formal invite, a save-the-date notifies guests to mark their calendars for your day. Etiquette suggests sending them out six to eight months before your wedding.

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CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE Also known as COI, it’s common practice for event venues to require any vendors working in the space—especially florists, photographers, caterers and musicians— to submit proof of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $1 million and to list the venue as additionally insured for the wedding date. That way, if anything goes wrong, neither the venue nor you is responsible.

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The PP that appears next to the pricing you see on your contracts indicates the cost per guest. You’ll want to keep an eye out for this type of pricing structure on anything that involves your catering or liquor choices.

A paper printing technique in which text, calligraphy or even a drawing is etched in reverse (think: mirror image) on a raised plate, which is then coated with ink and pressed into the paper.

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An escort card (also called a seating card) tells a guest at which table they’re seated, while a place card designates their exact seat at that table. An escort card is a necessary feature, whereas place cards are extra.

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The large decorative plate already at each place setting before guests sit down. It helps style and accessorize the table décor and is not actually used for food service—it’s just for show. The first course plate is typically placed on top of the charger plate, and then both are removed before the next course.

Unless provided by your caterer, many venues and caterers charge an opening fee per bottle of alcohol, wine or champagne that you supply. The price per bottle can range drastically, so ask ahead of time about your venue’s regulations surrounding alcohol. Then, factor the additional pricing into your budget if you plan to bring your own bottles of vino or are envisioning an elaborate champagne toast at the reception.

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MAID OF HONOR MOH is the abbreviation for maid of honor, the female friend or relative of the bride designated to lead all bridesmaid duties. If she’s married, the MOH stands for matron of honor instead.

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Sports fans probably already know this one. Like a football game, wedding receptions can go over the intended time frame and into overtime. If the wedding is extended, OT fees may apply for the venue, as well as the band, photographer or other vendors you’ve contracted on an hourly basis. Be sure any OT fees are spelled out clearly in your contracts so the rate will not be a surprise.

PROCESSIONAL AND RECESSIONAL The processional is the entry of the wedding party into the ceremony—the officiant, groom(s), attendants and/or finally the bride(s). The recessional is the exit.

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Five supersweet proposal stories from the Golden State. BY CAROLYN MEERS

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Brittany (right) planned to pop the question to Alicia during a trip to visit family in Kauai, Hawaii. She decided on the perfect setting: a beautiful sunrise on Baby Beach in Poipu. The couple took a morning walk, and while Alicia set up her camera to film the sunrise on time lapse, Brittany snuck down and wrote “Marry Me?” in the sand. “I didn’t realize it was real, because we often tell one another ‘marry me,’ ” Alicia says. But, as soon as Brittany pulled out a ring set with 10 round diamonds, Alicia knew it was for real—and, her camera caught it all. The ring: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry >>

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To propose to his girlfriend of four years, Shane planned a trip down memory lane, paying a visit to Shar’s family and the Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, where the couple had one of their first dates. As they boarded a hotel boat, Shane felt, among other emotions, “uncomfortably excited.” I had so many reasons why I wanted to get married to her,” he says. “I couldn’t help but feel like it was all coming down to this one moment.” When Shane got down on one knee on the boat holding a ring, Shar was floored. “I felt beyond excited for our future together,” she says. The ring: Houston Diamonds

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Marissa and Michael were settling in to their usual Saturday morning routine— breakfast tacos followed by a leisurely reading session in a nearby park—when Michael presented her with a gift-wrapped photo book. “This wasn’t out of the ordinary, since we make a photo book at the end of every year,” Marissa says. “What was odd was that he wrapped it as a gift.” As she flipped through, she saw a photo of him standing in front of the restaurant where they had their first date, holding a sign that read “Will you marry me?” “I was surprised and overjoyed,” she says. The ring: Eli’s Jewelry >>

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New York City holds a special place in the hearts of Alex and Chris—it’s where they met and fell in love. Five years later, Chris planned a special Christmas trip to their old hangouts. “It’s Alex’s favorite season because of all the window displays and holiday lights,” Chris says. “I wanted our engagement day to pay homage to experiences in New York that were uniquely ‘ours.’ ” When Chris discovered the garden where they met had closed, he opted for the next best landscape: Central Park. “It’s a lot more nerve-racking than it seems it will be!” Chris says of proposing. Friends arrived just in time to toast with champagne. The ring: Bachendorf’s Jewelry Co. R E A D M O R E P RO P O SA L S TO R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Marina Gonzalez, 24 GROOM Jose Juarez, 26, a student and barber HOW THEY MET At a grand opening for a casino in Sonoma County WEDDING STYLE Marina and Jose’s vibrant wedding incorporated Spanish and Catholic traditions—including a lasso ceremony and a kneeling bench— and romantic décor in warm blush, pink and blue tones. —Carolyn Meers “Rancho Las Lomas has beautiful architecture, with hand-painted tiles and murals from Portugal with endless gardens,” Marina says of choosing their venue. The pair added plenty of florals to up the romance for their rustic locale.

“I wanted all our flowers to pop with color and just really awe everyone!” the bride says of her pink-hued bouquet.

Marina’s godson served as ring bearer, carrying the jewerly in a Spanish-style book.

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Guests showered the newlyweds with deep pink petals, before stepping over to the cocktail area. There, they found their names on two large wood signs scrawled with white calligraphy while sipping drinks and listening to a mariachi band.

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Eye-catching pink, orange and blush blossoms cascaded down the three-tier naked cake. “We agreed that you never really remember wedding food, so we went above and beyond so that guests would remember ours,” Marina says of offering braised ribs, Chilean sea bass and a berry-flavored cake.

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“Instead of a veil, I designed a delicate geometric headpiece to go with my space goddess look,” the bride says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Rachel Koukal, 31, a designer for the Walt Disney Company GROOM Joshua Kirsch, 31, an artist HOW THEY MET At an art gallery where they were both showcasing their work WEDDING STYLE Rachel and Joshua’s backgrounds as kinetic light artists inspired the electrifying, modern aesthetic of their wedding in a Burbank studio, filled with custom neon signs. —CM “Everything centered around our neon light art installation,” Rachel says of their “Love & Light” theme. “We chose elements that either reflect or emit light, from the sequins on my gown to the neon hanging in the rafters.”

Rachel customdesigned the hexagonal, iridescent invitations.

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Before the wedding, Joshua solely crafted and installed the faceted aluminum backdrop for the ceremony.

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In place of a cake, Josh made a Krispy Kreme donut display reminiscent of a three-tier wedding cake. “He even animated the neon so it would flash like an old Las Vegas sign,” Rachel adds. On top sat two 3-D-printed body scans of the couple in nylon—procured from an industry fair.

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“Instead of table numbers, we thought it’d be fun to use neon sculptures as table designations,” Rachel says. “Using the sculptures as symbols, I designed the table chart.”

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Currie & Roxy Score INFINITY BOXES Matt Elson OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Simple Booth; props: Joymode Zola.com Rachel’s look at the reception reflected the neon theme—literally. “I created my second look by adding about 8,000 sequins to a generic black neoprene gown that I found at a discount store,” she says.

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Dre and Pitch brought the outdoors in to both the church and the reception space. The foliage reflected the lush Bay Area and linked to their custom monogram: a fusion of three different species of trees that symbolize locations special to the couple.

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“I had the perfect dress!” Dre says. “It was two pieces, including a hammered silk top that felt like a cloud.”

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“Both of our mothers come from Southern families, so in a nod to their roots, the chef made my mother’s recipe for German chocolate cake,” Dre says of their wedding confection. The reception felt like a “tailgate meets summer dinner party” with a cute reminder or university life: foam party hats.

A bacon station offered the pork cut in a variety of ways, including dipped in chocolate.

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“When guests feel the love in the room, that alone makes for an incredible evening,” Dre says.

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FLOWERS The Little

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Kolson, Brooklyn, NY

GOWN Jeana

HAIR Fiore Beauty

MAKEUP Marianne Kai WEDDING RINGS

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Madhvi opted for a traditional red lehenga and a maang tikka, but skipped the common mehndi.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Madhvi Rajani, 27, a graphic designer and owner of The Geofilter Shop GROOM Daniel Samimi, 27, an account manager for an entertainment media company HOW THEY MET As undergraduates at UCLA WEDDING STYLE Madhvi and Daniel’s three-day Indian wedding included a multicultural ceremony at a converted smog shop bedecked with pink and orange. —CM “We loved the rustic-romantic style of our venue and how intimate it felt,” Madhvi says. “The space made it easy for everyone to be a part of our ceremony.” The priest even sprung a request for impromptu personal vows on the pair.

Madhvi used a red lip and warm eyeshadow to complement her outfit.

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“We felt the bright color scheme and florals added to the already awe-inspiring surroundings,” the bride says of the décor. Embroidered umbrellas hung from the ceiling, while orange and pink arrangements topped a mix of square and circular tables. The mandap featured an ombré-inspired installation of suspended pink carnations.

MADHVI & DANIEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE SmogShoppe,

Culver City

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FLOWERS Enchanted

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Velvet tablecloths, taper candles and French country chairs added warmth to the indoor greenhouse.

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The bridal bouquet mixed cream garden roses, white peonies, flannel flower and astilbe with various types of eucalyptus and pepper tree.

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BRIDE Allison Heimberg, 31, VP of operations at Oasis Collections GROOM Wesley McRae, 36, cofounder and CEO of Entrusters .com HOW THEY MET While they were both living in Buenos Aires WEDDING STYLE The couple didn’t focus on a specific theme. “We wanted something unique and unconventional,” Allison says. Instead, they made the day about having their family and friends celebrating together. —CM “It was unique, natural, beautiful and had the indooroutdoor combination that we wanted,” Allison says. “We got married outside on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, and then had the party inside a beautiful glass greenhouse surrounded by massive oak trees covered in lights.” Several king protea blooms popped from the chuppah’s foliage and framed the couple against the backdrop of ocean views.

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Wild medleys of eucalyptus, proteas and ivory chrysanthemums accented the reception, and contemporary wicker furniture offered a lounge area. “Take moments as a couple to look out at all the important people in your life celebrating together,” Allison says. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Allison donned a dress by an Israeli designer, while Wes wore cuff links from his grandfather.

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Kalaydjian JEWELRY Earrings: Alexis Bittar MENSWEAR Sid Mashburn

The Stationery Collection Blue Sky Papers Rentals

RENTALS Classic Party

CATERING Seasons Catering

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HONEYMOON Los Cabos, Mexico

GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY GROOM Chase Amos (right), 28, a deputy sheriff GROOM Matthew (Matt) Thompson, 36, an employee of the US Department of State HOW THEY MET At a friend’s birthday dinner WEDDING STYLE The grooms chose the iconic Hotel del Coronado to host their modern classic event with plenty of chic touches. —CM “It was the only place we considered,” Matt says of their venue. Their palette was a sophisticated combo of gleaming silver and gold paired with navy blue and dark gray accents. Although they generally skipped florals in favor of greenery, a few blooms graced the cake and reception tabletops.

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“Take mental snapshots of all of your friends and family in one place,” Matthew advises.

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Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Postceremony, guests mingled on the lawn and relaxed on posh lounge areas sectioned off by tall hedges while sipping the signature drink, a spin on the Moscow mule dubbed the “matrimony mule.” At the reception, rustic whitewashed wood tables were set with black plates and gold flatware.

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Photography Events Studio

PLANNER Luxe

FLOWERS Isari Flower OFFICIANT Brent Jarkowski

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Gentleman Cartier

WEDDING RINGS

GROOMSMAID DRESSES

RenttheRunway.com Brightly Designed Coronado Donut Bar

STATIONERY

CATERING Hotel del

CAKE CAKE DESSERTS MUSIC Spags Music

ACCOMMODATIONS Hotel del

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HONEYMOON Maui, HI

GUESTS 101 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The couple’s two Australian cattle dog mixes sported floral collars and served as the ring bearers.

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BRIDE Krister De Guzman, 31, a financial analyst GROOM Kevin Agorrilla, 31, a business systems analyst HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE Krister and Kevin wanted a fun and comfortable experience for their guests, so they aimed for a “playful and loud vibe.” —CM A rainbow of vibrant colors and bold black-and-white stripes served as the palette for the modern event. The courtyard ceremony included ghost chairs, a crisp green turf aisle runner—a nod to Kevin’s love of golf—and a polished wood altar piece topped with the couple’s initials.

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Krister’s rose and anemone bouquet exemplified the day’s vibrant range of colors. Guests signed a PAC-MAN-themed poster in lieu of a guest book and, during cocktail hour, were surprised by a strolling magician performing close-up magic. Food was front and center: the chef’s specialty poke, fried-chicken and waffle skewers with spicy maple syrup, lobster risotto and boba tea for dessert. Everything came served in a martini glass to “feel more like a party.”

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SHOES Nordstrom

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Earth; 2ndStreetRingCraft, Etsy.com JEWELRY Bride: Nordstrom; groom: Pura Vida Bracelets BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Sung MENSWEAR Macy’s

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Invitations: Appy Couple; programs & menu: TheLovebirdPress, Etsy.com; place cards & signage: Margarita Creates Beyond Signatures

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RENTALS La Tavola; CATERING &

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Channeling their sense of humor, the couple sent guests home with fortune cookies that read “the fortune you seek is in another cookie.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Shailey Lewis, 25, a medical assistant GROOM Sammy Collier, 31, a VP of Warrior Fuel supplements HOW THEY MET Shailey sent Sammy a DM on Instagram WEDDING STYLE The coupled honored Sammy’s Samoan heritage during their intimate gathering on a beach. —CM “I’ve always loved California beaches and I wanted something somewhat private for our day,” Shailey says. “It was such a beautiful location—very intimate and calming.” The hand-painted elopement announcement included a watercolor map of their journey from Utah to California. Then, they decorated the day with Polynesian leis, tropical flowers and bright, romantic colors.

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HONEYMOON California

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Colorado Thanks to Rocky Mountain backdrops and elegant ski towns, the Centennial State has all the ingredients for an unbeatable destination wedding. Here are some of the state’s “I do”-worthy lodges and family-owned ranches.

WHY HERE Fresh from a multimillion-dollar investment, the 285-room Hotel Talisa—formerly the Vail Cascade Resort—just reopened. Ideally located close to town, the property is surrounded by hiking trails and evergreens, with a view of Vail Mountain, and has ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. The collection of ceremony and reception sites range in size (the Talisa Balloom can fit 900) and offer indoor and outdoor settings. An on-site event planner can help you add some special touches, such as local 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company cocktails or bouquets incorporating Colorado’s famous wildflowers. (Ceremony fee, $2,000; reception packages from $189 per person; HotelTalisa.com) PERFECT PAIRS Who doesn’t love champagne—and french fries? Treat your guests to midreception Flutes and Frites: glasses of bubbly paired with house-made fries and a range of dips.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch WHY HERE Reception venues on this 6,000-acre property range from the rustic-chic Broad Axe Barn (up to 200 people), anchored by a stately stone fireplace, to the 50-person Timber House, with 150-year-old hand-hewn beams and walls of windows overlooking the Continental Divide. Guests can start their days horseback riding or fly-fishing before a wedding ceremony set in a meadow (time to don your cowboy boots) or on a stone patio with a mountain backdrop. During the reception, sip Colorado vodka cocktails and dine on Wagyu burgers made from the ranch’s own herd of cattle. And your wedding party will thank you for the range of accommodation options, including the $100-a-night Bunkhouse (shared bath) and the Ridgetop Cabins, from $399 a night. (Site fee from $3,000; food and beverage packages from $10,000; DevilsThumbRanch.com) R AINY DAY PLAN The ranch sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year, but if you happen to catch an afternoon shower, don’t fret. Corral your guests into the game room—complete with a bowling alley—or the 37-person movie theater.

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C Lazy U Ranch WHY HERE “Brides and bridesmaids often start the morning with a horseback ride,” says Brady Johnson of C Lazy U Ranch, a luxury, all-inclusive dude ranch. And why not? With more than 8,500 acres to explore, not to mention the scenic Continental Divide setting, it’s the ideal way to relax, connect with nature and snap a few memorable photos along the way. Ceremony sites dot the grounds (the Woodsie Overlook, on the banks of a reservoir overlooking the Rockies, is the most popular) and three reception venues can be dressed up with chandeliers and chiavari chairs or kept casual with rustic fire pits and picnic tables. (Site fee from $10,500; accommodation, activities, meals and nonalcoholic beverages from $245 per person per night; CLazyU.com) QUALIT Y SERVICE Along with luxurious accommodations (couples can spend their wedding night glamping under the stars or in the cozy Aspen Cabin, aka the honeymoon suite), what sets C Lazy U apart is its staff, who get to know ranch guests by name, and memorize their activities and any preferences. ­>>

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Florida Famous for its Latin vibe and see-and-be-seen beaches, Miami is a welcome escape for a destination wedding. Whether you’re interested in a toes-in-the-sand ceremony, an art deco affair or a striking urban setting, the Magic City has the venue for you.

WHY HERE When considering a Miami wedding, most couples think beach, but the city’s glittering downtown is home to some of its most impressive hotels, restaurants and clubs. The InterContinental Miami is a 641-room tower in the heart of the city that recently emerged from a $30 million renovation with refreshed rooms, stunning public spaces outfitted in original art and signature restaurant Toro Toro, led by chef Richard Sandoval. His custom menus, which lean on Latin fusion cuisine such as lomo (beef loin) empanadas and chipotle miso Chilean sea bass, are a favorite among couples. And no other venue in downtown Miami can compete with the Bayfront Room with its panoramic windows that open up to Biscayne Bay. (Ceremonies from $1,000; receptions from $142 per person; ICMiamiHotel.com) PHOTO OP Plan a wedding party shoot on the fifth-floor deck that overlooks the cityscape and bay.

Freehand Miami WHY HERE Freehand is an upscale hostel housed in one of Miami’s classic art deco buildings in the heart of South Beach. Designers Roman and Williams—of the Ace Hotel in New York fame—are behind the property’s 81 rooms, which range from shared quads to private king rooms and apartments. Guests can play ping-pong and bocce in common gardens or bike to the beach just blocks away. Original event venues include 27, a two-story restaurant, or the Broken Shaker, an outdoor patio shaded by palm trees and strings of twinkling lights that can fit up to 300 guests. (Venue buyouts from $10,000; FreehandHotels.com)

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SIGNATURE SIP Start the night with a Broken Shaker favorite: Mary’s Garden punch made with cucumber and parsley grown on-site, Bombay dry gin, Dolin Blanc vermouth and hopped grapefruit bitters. And don’t miss the artichoke fries.

The Miami Beach Edition WHY HERE “This hotel is perfect for couples who want everything

at their fingertips: direct beach access, upscale restaurants and nightlife,” says Jen Schwartz, president of Miami’s CaliJen Events. The property went through a top-to-bottom overhaul before opening as a luxury boutique hotel complete with a destination spa and Jean-Georges restaurant. Have your ceremony on the fourth-floor terrace overlooking the Atlantic before heading to a contemporary ballroom, which holds up to 540 guests. And don’t worry about curfew—the Edition can accommodate late-night revelers in Basement, its downstairs club, which has table service, a bowling alley and even an ice skating rink. And the hotel hosts only one wedding a night, so you’ll get the VIP treatment. (Menus from $199 per person; ceremony fees from $2,000; EditionHotels.com) SPECIAL CEREMONY Want to get married right on the beach? The Edition will happily make all the arrangements for a sandy ceremony, including necessary permits. >>

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California The Golden State is full of wedding-worthy locales, thanks to its beautiful beaches on the Pacific, hip desert cities and elegant coastal havens that have long been favorites of jet-setters. The Saguaro Palm Springs

WHY HERE This playful Palm Springs property, painted in 14 bright colors inspired by California desert wildflowers packs an entire weekend with memorable events. Start with boozy bocce games in the property’s aptly named hammock village, and wrap up with a poolside wedding brunch. As for the main event, envision an evening wedding ceremony, as the sun sets behind Mount San Jacinto, followed by an outdoor dinner on the Saguaro’s pop green event lawn (up to 200 guests). All 245 rooms are stocked with organic bath products and have balconies or patios. Request a room with moutain view. Site fees from $750; family-style dinner from $60 per person; TheSaguaro.com) WELLNESS WIN Resort guests have access to desert cruiser bikes, a 24-hour gym and an in-house underground spa. Try the Desert Essence Poultice Massage for an authentic Southwestern rub.

Hotel Californian WHY HERE Your wedding will be one of the first at this new Santa Barbara hotel just blocks from the beach. The property’s 3,500-square-foot Mirador rooftop deck is a beautiful spot to exchange vows—and take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The ballroom and adjacent plaza create an indoor-outdoor ambience, welcome anytime of year on the central California coast. And a farm-to-table menu with a heavy emphasis on fresh local produce plus craft cocktails will delight all your senses. Bonus: Couples can treat themselves to a little prewedding R & R with a massage for two in the Moroccaninspired spa. (Venue price varies; cocktail reception and dinner from $200 per person; TheHotelCalifornian.com) SPECIAL TOUCH Hit up the Hotel Californian’s Aromatherapy Design Bar to create your event’s own signature scent made from essential oils sourced from artisanal farms.

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L’Auberge Del Mar WHY HERE Thanks to its priceless perch above the ocean and elegant gardens brimming with white roses and succulents, this classic SoCal resort, just outside San Diego, feels like a private estate. Start the wedding weekend in the charming beach-housestyle spa (the Eye Rejuvenation treatment is especially popular on the morning of the wedding) or surfing the ocean waves. After a Pacific sunset ceremony, guests can drift from a party-ready patio overlooking the water to one of two ballrooms for dinner and dancing. Couples are greeted with champagne, strawberries and wedding cake in their room after the festivities. The honeymoon suite was recently updated—along with all 121 rooms—in contemporary California décor by renowned West Coast designer Barclay Butera. (Ceremony fees from $2,500; reception packages from $165 per person; LAubergeDelMar.com) CELEBR ATORY HOPS San Diego is known for its craft beer scene. Pay tribute to the locale by hosting a “beer garden” at your reception. Set up a satelite craft bar and highlight some the city’s best breweries, like Del Mar’s new Viewpoint Brewing Co. >>

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North Carolina The Tar Heel State is full of Americana-inspired destinations from densely forested mountains and barrier islands to charming towns, all of which make for great year-round wedding escapes.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa WHY HERE Located in the Highlands of North Carolina, this property’s elegant European design is matched only by its stunning Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Rooms and cottages are dressed up with oil paintings, antiques and Persian rugs, and many have private porches. The Old Edwards is also steps from the town’s main street, meaning guests can park their cars for the entire weekend and easily stroll to shops, cafés and hiking trails between wedding events. Tuck into the on-site spa for day-of pampering with your bridal party, or arrange an outdoor adventure. Foodies take note: Ingredients from the property’s five-acre gardens are the stars of the menus. Consider incorporating elderflower in drinks like gin and tonics, a nod to the rare type of juniper berry that grows only at this elevation. The indoor/outdoor Barn and Pavilion, which seats up to 275 guests, is a frequent request thanks to its heart pine flooring, stone fireplace and Adirondack-style furnishings. (From $178 per person; OldEdwardsInn.com) SUITE PERK The Old Edwards treats brides and grooms to a complimentary dinner in its restaurant, Madison’s, as well as a free honeymoon night in a coveted room.

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WHY HERE Couples can get married on the beach or even in a gazebo over the water at this classic Outer Banks resort—think cedar shake siding and big, inviting porches—located on North Carolina’s Currituck Sound. Venue options include the indoor Event House (up to 80 people), with a patio and a new fire pit, and the tent-ready Event Lawn, which has its own observation deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s cuisine, rooted in a S.O.A.L. (sustainable, organic, artisanal and local) philosophy, includes options like an “I heart bacon” station and Carolina blue crab cake dinner plates. (Ceremony fees from $1,500; Sanderling-Resort.com) LOCAL FLAVOR Consider adding local favorite Duck Donuts to your dessert table. Its cinnamon sugar and lemon icing with raspberry creations are a guaranteed show-stopper.

The Mayton Inn WHY HERE Southern hospitality is second nature to the staff at this 45-room Georgian-style property just outside Raleigh. Staff members are happy to arrange wine tastings in a penny-floored cellar or prepare a classic Southern Sunday brunch, complete with chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, for a wedding weekend send-off. There are four event venues to choose from, including a 3,000-foot terrace that overlooks Cary’s brand-new eight-acre Towne Center Park, plus a stand-alone wedding suite, complete with a double-sided fireplace and a Victorian bathtub. (From $60 per person; event-space fees are waved with a food and beverage minimum; MaytonInn.com) PREWEDDING ACTIVIT Y Sign your wedding party up for a cocktail-making class and learn to make the inn’s signature drinks such as the bubbly Mayton Mimosa. >>

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe WHY HERE Dating to the 1920s, this grand lakeside lodge is designed in rich leathers, rough-hewn beams and handsome granite details. Accommodation options range from queen rooms to suites to waterfront cottages with fireplaces. The property has a variety of reception options like the intimate Water Gardens (up to 70 people), the outdoor Lakeside Cottage Green (up to 300 guests) and the Regency Ballroom (up to 500 guests), which has 15-foot ceilings and haute lighting. Between wedding events, guests will stay busy thanks to the resort’s boat, Jet Ski and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided hikes and mountain-biking trips. Postadventure, they can kick back at Cutthroat’s Saloon with a glass of aged bourbon. Being on the Nevada side of the lake also has its perks—the property is home to a 24-hour casino with over 250 slot machines and 16 game tables. (Ceremony fees from $4,000; reception fees from $10,000; LakeTahoe.Regency.Hyatt.com) SPECIAL SEND -OFF Couples can arrange to leave their reception by boat on Lake Tahoe—a dramatic exit and an opportunity for a romantic starlit trip on the water.

W Las Vegas WHY HERE In Sin City, the hotel competition is fierce, and thanks to a first-class renovation, this 289-room property is setting a new standard. Phillipe Starck-designed public spaces are awash in midcentury glamour with conversation-starting details, including an elevator lobby lined with playing cards from the original Sahara casino, plus a resident fortune teller. There are three floors of event space, seven venues, the Living Room—a popular bar with original neon artwork by Keith Lemley—and a rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip. (From $125 per person; ceremony site fee upon request; WLasVegas.com) SWEET DEAL Brides and grooms receive a complimentary upgrade to the Mega Suite for the wedding night, as well as a bottle of bubbly and chocolates upon check-in.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Courtney Caplan, 38, an event planner GROOM John Young, 30 HOW THEY MET Through working events—and had to keep their romance a secret from coworkers! WEDDING STYLE Taking inspiration from the natural surroundings, the oceanside affair had shades of taupe, blush, black and mixed metallics. —ER “I’ve been planning weddings for 17 years,” Courtney says. “It was time for me to plan my own.” The bride chose a blush dress accented with peonies, beach waves fit for the venue and her grandmother’s bracelet from 1927. The couple even paraded down the beach alongside fire dancers and a drum line.

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Your invitation suite (including, but not limited to, your invite, response card, reception card and accommodations/directions card), is often the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so it’s important to pay attention to the message your paper goods are sending. Whether your vibe is streamlined and classic, natural and aged, or bright and modern, adding these trendy accents to your correspondence will make it stand out and will help set the mood for all your unique wedding day celebrations to come.

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Watercolor illustrations Turn your invitation suite into a work of art worthy of display (even if it’s just on the fridge) by hiring a painter or artist to create a stunning scene for your invites, RSVP card or save-the-date. Pastoral or landscape scenes are growing in popularity as more couples choose to make the destination of their wedding, like sprawling vineyards, the focus of their design. If the idea of nature doesn’t fit your wedding style, look to your venue—or you and your partner’s life together—for inspiration. A portrait of your beloved pups, a monochromatic rendering of your first date spot or even a new family crest dedicated to your interests are all great ways to personalize the painting. Then, make the most of your investment by reusing the imagery throughout other parts of your event, like imposing it on lounge pillows, sticking labels on goodies in your welcome bags or having a vinyl version made to attach to cornhole boards. You can even frame an oversize version and hang it in your newlywed nest as a sweet reminder of your wedding day.

Leather detailing Heads up: Leather details are the new “it” wedding texture, and they’re the perfect choice for couples or to-be-weds looking to incorporate a bit of edge into their invitation suite. Leather that’s been debossed (meaning it’s been stamped so it’s indented with wording) is great for smaller accents like an insert card, program binding or as a belly band to hold the whole suite together. Or make the material the star of the show by seeking out a stationer who specializes in leather pressing and have them craft your actual invite using leather as the “paper.” Keep in mind that a heavier style like that may double or triple your postage costs. >>

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Give guests a special surprise by lining envelopes with an eye-catching design. Logistically, envelope liners serve to make envelopes a bit heartier so they stand up to mailing, and also ensure you can’t see through to the inner contents. Practicality aside, they’re also a great place to work in color or design. Think of liners as the wallpaper of your envelope—the underside of the flap is one of the first things guests will see. You want something attention-grabbing that will give guests a taste of your party personality. Task your stationer with designing a liner that accents—not competes with—the rest of your invitation suite. A bold geometric pattern falls perfectly in line with a modern city loft wedding, while soft pastel watercolor blooms are an ideal accent if you’re hosting a romantic garden affair.

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The ancient art of calligraphy (available in a variety of styles, like traditional copperplate and modern script) has long been a go-to for wedding invitations, giving them a special, more formal feel. While it’s often reserved for addressing the inner and outer envelopes of invitation suites, you can incorporate it on other details as well, like escort cards, menu cards, ceremony programs and favor tags. Pros also use spot calligraphy in their invitation designs. An entirely handwritten invite can be difficult to read and also expensive, but using script in a few key spots (like your and your partner’s names) is a great compromise. Calligraphers are also turning to metallic inks, like iridescent golds, coppers and silvers, to give an invitation a truly celebratory feel.

Next time you’re scouring local antique shops for blue and white ginger jars for your centerpieces, keep an eye out for vintage stamps that match your invite suite as well. Hunt down styles that somehow complement your wedding palette or invitation suite, either in color or by the images they depict, then add them to the exterior envelopes for some old-school charm. Your stationer is a great resource for this, but you can also check out vendors like VintagePostageShop and LittlePostageHouse on Etsy.com. Whether you choose to accent your envelope with bold blues or all blooms, head to the post office before you buy. You’ll want to have a sample envelope (filled with your complete suite) weighed first so you know how much postage will cost. Vintage stamps are worth less, so you’ll likely need five or more per envelope to ensure it will ship. >>

Vellum paper You’ve likely seen this thin, waxy paper popping up in your inspiration feeds lately, either layered atop a printed invite or serving as the invitation itself. Known as vellum, this material is typically made from a rag or plasticized cotton blend, and has an opaque, nonreflective finish that feels a bit softer than plastic. It’s sturdy enough to be printed or written on with calligraphy (and looks especially great in a monochromatic palette, like black or white) making it a cool, modern solution for envelopes, liners or invitation paper. Work it into your suite for an edgy twist, then carry it throughout the rest of your wedding décor by using it everywhere—think: vellum menus, place cards, ceremony programs, favor tags and confetti bags. It seriously does it all.

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Deckle edging Unique texture can bring a little something extra to even the simplest invitation suite design, and there’s no better way to do that than by choosing a paper style with deckle edges. In manual papermaking, a deckle refers to the removable wood frame used to size the sheet of paper and keep the wet paper materials within the shape. Once pressed and released from the frame, the edge of the paper can be feathered and slightly irregular, resulting in its characteristic torn look. Also popular in old-school bookmaking, deckle edges have become a coveted addition to invitation suites, especially if the couple is looking to infuse their design with a vintage, bespoke charm. Paper featuring deckle edge detailing pairs most naturally with equally organic design accents, like a soft neutral color palette, flowy handwritten calligraphy, hemp or twine bundle ties, and a casual or rustic wedding day venue.

Wax seals For the perfect finishing touch, go old school with a wax seal. Traditionally used to close envelopes and letters before the handy glue strip was commonplace (the practice dates to before medieval times) wax seals are experiencing a renaissance thanks in part to their popularity in wedding invitations. Keep it simple with a traditional fleur-de-lis-style seal or explore the offerings on sites like BacktoZero.co or Stamptitude.com, where you can browse unique options or customize your own styles. With dozens of colors to suit any palette and even more ways to use them, wax stamps are becoming a must for practically any event. Supply your stationer with one featuring your new initials to seal a ribbon onto your invitations, stamp them onto welcome bag tags or invest in several numbers to use them in an unexpected table card display.

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Perfect for romantics at heart, raw silk ribbons are a great way to introduce texture, movement and a dusting of color to any invitation suite. Often seen tied around a stack of materials or used as the binding in wedding programs, silk ribbons add an effortlessly whimsical finishing touch. Sites like StellaWolfe.com, SilkandWillow.com and Tono-Co.MyShopify.com specialize in hand-dyed, raw silk ribbons, which gives the material its signature desaturated colors and fluttery feel. Ask your stationer to work some ribbon into your suite, then carry the finish throughout your wedding by tying ribbons onto your bridal bouquet or looping them around the napkins at place settings. Order an extra spool to hand off to your photographer on the day-of—it’s a great accent to add to those gorgeous flat lay shots you’ll want of your stationery suite.

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Cindy Chi is a calligrapher and stationer based in California. She specializes in creating heirloomquality paper goods and lettering for fine art weddings and events.

I’m a lover of anything that feels organic and personal, so my favorite trends continue to be handmade papers, vintage postage, wax seals and hand-dyed ribbon. They make invites stand out.

One of my favorite things to create is venue illustrations. Some have so many pretty architectural or botanical elements that can be illustrated and incorporated throughout the rest of the suite.

I always start with a mood board filled with images of the couple’s venue, colors, florals and other design elements they’ve already decided on. Then we move to tactile elements, like ribbon and paper.

More people are embracing an organic style of calligraphy that’s delicate and sometimes even a bit messy. It’s my favorite script to write in, and it never looks computer generated.

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Instead of a traditional vessel centerpiece, have your florist create a diverse arrangement of blooms, greenery and fruit that guests can feast their eyes on as they dine. This statement-making version includes cacti, pomegranates, roses, orchids and tropical goodies like lychee, papaya and dragon fruit. Prairie porcelain charger plate, $77, Vista Alegre, JungLeeNY.com; Melamine dinner plate, $10, Lulie Wallace, Anthropologie.com; gilded rim white wine glass, $22, Anthropologie.com; Mykonos satin stitch napkin in Orange, $24, JonathanAdler.com; copper-handled flatware, $40 for 5-piece set, PotteryBarn.com; Josie double old-fashioned glass, $4, CrateandBarrel.com >>

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ROMANTIC HAIR PIECES

Your bridesmaids will feel extra beautiful with bud-covered combs to tuck into their updos. >> CREATED BY POPPIES & POSIES, PoppiesandPosies.com

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Make every lucky guy feel like a VIP with bundles of blooms for them to wear throughout the night. Have a florist create enough for the groomsmen and any standout helpers, like ushers or your officiant. Ribbon, from $8, StellaWolfe.com >>

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MODERN CUFF

Throwing a chic city affair? Swap bridesmaid bouquets for sleek succulent cuffs that have an of-the-moment spin. Extra wide statement cuff, $54, AatelierAndrea, Etsy.com >>

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Attach a swag of blooms and greenery to the backs of your and your partner’s chairs. Guests will know where to find you (if you ever leave the dance floor!). Bonus: If you decide to rock a backless dress, this is a great way to call even more attention to the stunning silhouette. American classic European dining chair in Gold, $123, Commercial Seating Products, Wayfair.com >>

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BOHO ESCORT CARDS

Point guests in the direction of their table with a display of oversize palm leaves, calligraphed with their names. Attach them to a hanging macramé with gold pineapple pins for an escort card display that doubles as décor. Pineapple pin, $18, DanielaSigurd, Etsy.com

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Enchant guests with beautiful handmade favors they wouldn’t dream of leaving behind. With plant-based ideas from DIY pro Lia Griffith, there’s a gift for every celebration. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY AND CR AFTS BY LIA GRIFFITH

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Place herbs in bottle, then fill with oil and let infuse for at least two weeks. Tie circle of fabric over bottleneck using ribbon. Finish with personalized “thank you” labels (for similar labels, go to TheKnotShop.com). >>

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• Gold leaf kit • Stemless wine glasses • Succulents or air plants • Small river rocks • Soil • “Thank you” tags • Binder clips HOW TO

Gold leaf the base of wine glasses according to package instructions. Let dry, then fill with small river rocks or soil and succulents. Attach “thank you” tags to rim with clips. >>

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Lia Griffith is a DIY designer and creative expert. For more of her work, see the crafts she dreamed up in our new book, Yours Truly: Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding ($25, Amazon.com), and visit LiaGriffith.com.

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If the idea of putting on eyeliner makes your hand shake, you may want to hire a pro to do your makeup on your wedding day. >>

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Whether it’s strobing, contouring, a smoky eye or a statement lip, when it comes to your wedding day makeup, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a makeup aficionado, all those choices can make your head spin. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day will take the stress out of making sure you’re photo ready. We tapped beauty guru Brittany Lo, the founder and CEO of Beautini, for her tips on finding and working with a makeup artist.

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Get inspired You’ve spent months tearing pages out of wedding magazines and pinning everything you can find for your wedding décor and dress, but your inspiration hunt shouldn’t stop there. The easiest way to ensure your makeup turns out exactly the way you envision it is by using a reference photo. “Pinterest or bridal magazines and blogs are a perfect place to start,” Lo says. “Finding photos that reflect a bride’s vision is helpful for an artist to fully understand the desired direction for the look.” Did a celebrity have a major beauty moment on the red carpet you’ve been dying to re-create? Was there a makeup look on the runway that caught your eye? Take those pictures and file them away for your makeup artist to reference. And if you don’t have a specific image in mind, that’s okay too. Just knowing the shades you’d like to incorporate or the feeling you’d like to evoke can help your makeup artist lock down a look you’ll love.

Find the right pro The easiest way to find any pro for your wedding is by asking your friends—nothing beats word of mouth, especially in the world of weddings. Your photographer or hairstylist might also have great suggestions for a makeup artist, since most have worked with some in the past. Our online marketplace is also a great way to connect

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with makeup artists right in your area. You can search by city and state, read reviews from real brides, take a look at artists’ portfolios and save their pictures to your favorites. You can even contact the vendor directly through our site to get an estimate or check if they’re available on your wedding day. Be sure to ask for references before hiring any professional. Past clients will be able to tell you everything their portfolio can’t, like how they interacted while they worked and if they are punctual and easy to work with and have a positive attitude. Your makeup artist will be with you and your wedding party for hours, so you’ll want to know from past clients if they enjoyed working with them. “Having trust in your makeup artist is key,” Lo says. “It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what look you’re going for. But if you’re not working with specific inspiration images, it is important to trust that the makeup artist you’re working with can create something you’ll love.”

Schedule your makeup trial You should book your makeup trial immediately after you send your makeup artist your inspiration photos. You’ll want to know early on if the makeup artist you chose is the right fit and if the look you’ve been envisioning will work for you. “Bring inspirational photos of hair and makeup that you like as well as photos of yourself that you like,” Lo says. But remember, your inspiration photo should be just that—inspiration. Be open to suggestions from your makeup artist, especially if you don’t have specific images to reference. They can guide you to a beauty look that complements everything from your features to your wedding color scheme. Other essentials for your makeup trial? “Makeup products you love wearing on a daily basis and a lipstick that you are looking to incorporate into the look,” Lo says. >>

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real talk “You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.”

The ideal time to schedule your trial is around the time of day your actual wedding will be. If your ceremony is in the morning, have your trial early—that way you can see how the makeup looks in different lighting throughout the day. Take photos from different angles as well, and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the products they use. Is your mascara flaking off? Does your skin feel irritated or greasy from the foundation? Has your concealer completely disappeared? You want your makeup to be picture perfect, so don’t be afraid to voice all your concerns to your makeup artist—now is the time to do so. “Communication is extremely important,” Lo says. “You’re spending a lot of money for a trial. You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up about what you like and dislike. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.” If you don’t like your look after the trial, contact the artist or a representative from their company. Frequently, a company will offer a complementary or discounted second trial. Also, it’s a good idea to time your makeup trial. This way, you’ll have an estimate of how long it will take on the actual wedding day so you can plan accordingly. While you’re there, discuss wedding day logistics. If you’re traveling to your makeup artist, budget extra time. If they’re coming to you, make sure they have a clean space with surfaces to lay out their products and tools, as well as access to multiple outlets and (if possible) natural lighting.

Get made up On the day of your wedding, you should be as relaxed as possible— so leave plenty of time to get ready before the ceremony. It usually takes two to three hours to complete a bride’s hair and makeup. Something to keep in mind: If the makeup artist is also working with your bridal party, depending on the size of the party, you’ll need to set aside at least an additional two hours for their looks. If possible, it’s best to hire another person for your party or hire a makeup artist that has an assistant or a team that can work on all of you at the same time. If one pro is working on both you and your bridesmaids, go last so you’ll look fresh in photos. If your bridal party is doing their own hair and makeup, make sure you give general guidelines so they know what you’re envisioning.

ask away Before you book a pro for your wedding day beauty, get need-to-know answers to these questions.

Do you have a portfolio of your work I can look at?

Why you want to know: Whether it’s a traditional portfolio or their profile on Instagram, always look through a makeup artist’s past work before hiring them. This will help you get a feel for their skill level and the types of looks they specialize in.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them? Why you want to know: If you have specific brands or products you never stray from, or if you have allergies to certain products, using your own may be the best bet. For makeup brushes and other tools, a makeup artist will be using a clean brush of their own.

How do you charge?

Why you want to know: If you have a large wedding party, it’s worth looking into a makeup artist who doesn’t charge per person. Logistics like how they charge, the payment method they prefer and when they expect payment should be discussed early so there are no surprises on the day of your wedding.

Do you have a team of assistants?

Why you want to know: Depending on how big your wedding party is, you may need a makeup artist who works with one or more assistants. An artist who has a team can focus on you as the priority and have their assistants work on the rest of your party, minimizing the time it will take for everyone to get ready.

What will happen if you’re sick or have an emergency on my wedding day?

Why you want to know: Emergencies happen all the time, but does your makeup artist have a plan in place if they’re unable to make it? They might have another artist who will replace them or assistants who can take over their duties for the day. Also ask if they will give you a refund in the event they have to cancel.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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From your first shopping trip to your final fitting, here’s what the pros want you to consider before you hit the salon. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY ERIC KELLEY

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Shop early Take note: A designer wedding gown is custom made to your measurements. It will take months of work to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. In other words, it’s not the kind of garment you can toss into an online shopping cart and have show up on your doorstep two days later—which is why you should go to a bridal salon to shop for your gown. Book your first appointment 12 to 9 months before your wedding date. (Some designers can accommodate orders in six months or less, but even then, you’re cutting it close.) If you’re shopping closer to your wedding, you may be limited to samples or off-the-rack gowns. And smaller stores may not be able to accommodate last-minute orders.

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Do your research Before you start shopping, think about what style you want. Consider your venue and body type to narrow that down. Then look through pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines, and save the styles you like. The Wedding Lookbook by The Knot app (free, iTunes.com) is a great place to begin—you can search thousands of gowns by style and price, and if you find a few you want to try on, you can see which local salons carry your favorites.

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Hidden costs add up Your wedding gown budget includes more than the dress. Your veil or headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments and alterations (and in some cases, steaming and storing your dress) will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.

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Always book an appointment While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. Also, plan to play hooky to avoid crowds. Going in on a weekday will allow you to hit the stores while crowds are at a minimum. You’ll get much more attention from the sales staff if you shop on a slow Tuesday morning rather than a hectic Saturday afternoon.

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Victoria Hansen is the owner of Lace & Bustle Bridal, a bridal salon in Lafayette. The salon carries a variety of designers like Kelly Faetanini, Romona Keveza and Matthew Christopher.

We recommend shopping for your dress at least eight months before your wedding date to ensure the production and alterations can occur in a timely manner, without any added pressure.

The convenience of online shopping may sound great, but wedding dresses are complex. If you can’t make adjustments or contact the designer like you can with a store, that can be a big disadvantage.

For your first wedding dress shopping trip, bring a strapless bra and neutral-colored undergarments or body shapers so they don’t show through dresses with lighter fabric.

Typically there are three fittings during alterations. Give your tailor or seamstress about two months to have all the necessary adjustments made to your gown before your wedding day.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident. Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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Trust is key Even if a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look amazing on you. Be open to what an experienced consultant thinks will flatter your figure and work with your wedding style (after all, they’ve done this before). Bottom line: The dress you end up loving might be different than what you originally pictured, and that’s okay.

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You’re paying for an experience While shopping online for your dress may seem like the more convenient option, visiting a bridal salon is a once-in-alifetime experience with numerous benefits of its own. For starters, you’ll get face-to-face interaction with a wedding dress expert to help guide you, taking the guesswork out of finding your perfect size and silhouette. Additionally, you have the opportunity to touch and feel the dresses you’re considering, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Trust us, while dress photos may look dreamy online, there’s a huge difference between high-quality fabrics and embellishments and low-quality ones in person. Practical aspects aside, your salon appointment is first and foremost a special moment. It’s a chance to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, sip bubbly with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, opt for a dress that perfectly reflects your personal style.

Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Bonus: They’re on trend. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket or capelet.

Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custom made to suit the gown. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor, and they need to be carefully sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

Modify embellishments

You might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic finishing touch for brides looking for a dramatic back. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you think you might need extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway.

Make it personal

Find a creative way to incorporate “something old, new, borrowed or blue.” Stitch your loved one’s initials in blue inside your bodice, close to your heart, or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem.

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Microcurrent facial HOW IT WORKS: Is electricity the key to eternal youth? Microcurrent facialists think so. During this treatment, an aesthetician uses a microcurrent machine to apply a mild pulse of electricity to the face to stimulate circulation and collagen production, while lifting and toning the facial muscles. Think of it as a mini face-lift, without the surgery. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If lack of sleep or stress (say, from wedding planning) has your skin sagging, this is a noninvasive solution. “A microcurrent facial can help combat a number of issues, like loss of elasticity, wrinkles and puffiness,” says Cecilia Wong, a celebrity facialist and the founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: You’ll see immediate results after one treatment, but it’s a cumulative process. “It’s basically a workout for your face. The more treatments you get, the more your skin becomes toned and sculpted,” Wong says. She recommends brides get a series of six treatments leading up to their wedding. AVER AGE COST: $300 per treatment

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meaning to going under the knife. An aesthetician uses a sterile surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle, to scrape away dead skin cells and fine vellus hair (or peach fuzz) on the face and neck. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If your skin is dry or dull or just needs a prewedding boost, consider this alternative to regular exfoliation. “Dermaplaning immediately rejuvenates the skin by painlessly removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells,” says Oksana Shenker, the lead aesthetician at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York. “It’s also highly effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, and it leaves skin smooth and supple.” HOW TO TIME IT: While there is no downtime after dermaplaning (the treatment tickles more than anything), Shenker recommends scheduling your appointment two to three days before your wedding to make sure your skin won’t look irritated or flaky. AVER AGE COST: $300 for a 60-minute treatment

Laser teeth whitening HOW IT WORKS: A whitening gel made with hydrogen peroxide

bleach is smeared onto your pearly whites. A halogen light is then used to activate the bleach, which penetrates teeth and removes stains. “The whole process takes 45 minutes, and results last one to two years,” says Lana Rozenberg, a cosmetic dentist in New York. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: More effective than strips or gels, laser whitening removes surface stains on enamel, as well as deep stains, which occur as the dentin of the tooth naturally darkens over time.

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HOW TO TIME IT: There is no recovery period with laser teeth whitening. “You can have it done during lunch and go back to work,” Rozenberg says. But you should avoid any dark staining food and drink for 24 hours after a treatment, so if you’re going to drink coffee or red wine on your wedding day, plan accordingly. AVER AGE COST: $675 per treatment

Laser hair removal HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area with a topical anesthetic, a specialist applies a professional-grade laser device to the skin. Concentrated beams of light target the root of hair beneath the skin’s surface. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light, ultimately destroying the follicles and preventing future hair growth. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Rid yourself of unwanted hair and ingrowns. Another unexpected plus? “Areas with shadows, like the underarms, will appear lighter once hair growth is stunted,” says Keiann Roberts, the lead specialist at Spruce & Bond in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Immediately following a treatment, you may experience slight redness (similar to a sunburn), which typically lasts two to three days. Roberts recommends using aloe vera gel or an anti-inflammatory cream for any residual irritation. For optimal results, plan on at least four to six sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. “For a summer wedding, I would recommend starting your treatments in the fall or winter to make sure you have smooth skin by your wedding day,” Roberts says. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $300 per session. The number of sessions required depends on your hair type and the area treated. >>

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Microblading HOW IT WORKS: This more sophisticated take on permanent

makeup is a form of tattooing, where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. First, a microblading artist will draw your desired brow shape onto your brow area and apply numbing cream. Once the brows are numb, a handheld tool is used to create tiny incisions, where pigment is implemented. The result is a series of natural-looking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Microblading can be used to correct patchy or uneven brows. “Many clients without serious brow issues even use it to create fuller brows than they have naturally,” says Kendra Bray, the founder of Better Brows in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Timing is especially important here. “Microblading is a process, not a quick fix,” Bray says. After your initial appointment, keep your brows totally dry for a full week while scabs form. Once the scabs come off, another couple of weeks are required to let the skin regenerate. At four weeks, you’ll need a touch-up to perfect any areas that didn’t retain pigment. Bray recommends scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding to allow enough time for healing. AVER AGE COST: $500 to $1,600

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Lash extensions HOW IT WORKS: Faux mink hairs are bonded to each natural lash with a surgical-grade adhesive. The entire process takes about 90 minutes and lasts from two to three weeks without touch-ups. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Lash extensions are a longer-lasting, more natural-looking alternative to falsies. “Brides love it because they don’t have to worry about mascara or strip lashes on their day,” says Mandy Jacobellis, owner of Makeup Mandy salon in Los Angeles.

HOW TO TIME IT: Try out a set of extensions a couple of weeks before your wedding. Jacobellis also recommends scheduling a touch-up right before your day to make any tweaks to your look. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $500

Infrared body wrap HOW IT WORKS: An aesthetician applies essential oils and

moisturizing balm from the neck down. You’re then wrapped in a plastic cocoon, followed by an infrared blanket, which slowly heats up to around 56 degrees Fahrenheit. “The warming wrap opens the pores, leading to faster absorption of hydrating oils,” says Anastasia Cupcea, an aesthetician at Daphne, a New York spa. It’s a sweaty process, but the result is smooth, intensely moisturized skin. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Combat dry, rough or flaky skin. “It’s perfect for the bride who just wants an allover glow,” Cupcea says. HOW TO TIME IT: Only one treatment is required to feel the effects, and there is no recovery time. AVER AGE COST: $195 for a 60-minute session

Underarm botox HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area, a physician injects 100 units of Botox into each armpit. “The solution paralyzes the tiny muscles around each sweat gland, which stops perspiration for around six months,” says New York plastic surgeon Norman Rowe. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Armpit injections may sound extreme, but brides suffering from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) are ideal candidates for this treatment. “You won’t have to worry about body odor, sweat stains or ruining your gown,” Rowe says. HOW TO TIME IT: Injections take one month to take effect and last for about six months. AVER AGE COST: $1,500 per treatment

beauty don’ts Just say no to these common pitfalls before your walk down the aisle.

Tanning beds

Aside from the obvious health risks, baking under UV lights in a tanning bed can actually make your skin look dull and flat. Consider swapping the tanning salon for a spray tan, a self-tanner or a body bronzer.

Popping pimples

It may be tempting to pop that whitehead on your face, but don’t even think about touching it. Instead of picking at blemishes, try drying them out with a overnight acne spot treatment or mask.

Drastically changing your hair color

Now is not the time to experiment. If you’re planning to touch up your color, play it safe and arrange for your salon appointment two to three weeks before your wedding.

Intense facials

Deep-cleansing facials often lead to breakouts as they bring impurities to the surface, while abrasive treatments like chemical peels can leave skin red and irritated. Opt for a gentler treatment instead.

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You’ve heard this line: “The best part is—you can totally wear this dress again.” So have your bridesmaids, but they may not be easily convinced. How can you really keep your girls looking and feeling fabulous? Here, bridesmaid dress rules for a happy, confident bridal party. >> PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY DEL AMATER PHOTOGR APHY

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Let them pick 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 their fashion sense. The trick to getting this mismatched look right is setting some guidelines (think: color, fabric and formality) so your whole bridal party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a list of don’ts with requests like no dresses with miniskirts, sky-high slits or super-plunging necklines.

Go for basic black There are obvious reasons why black dresses will keep major complaints at bay: Black is flattering on all figures, black dresses look great long or short (who couldn’t use another LBD?) and classic black never goes out of style. And if your wedding has a more formal vibe, black dresses have an instantly polished look.

Like wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses 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 the body types in 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. Choosing a knee-length style will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Also, opting for a simpler fabric, like chiffon, and skipping intricate lacy or allover beaded styles will make for less expensive alterations. The more elaborate the dress, the more expensive it is to change.

Keep costs in mind If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids generally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable price range, or select a color you like and let them pick a style off the rack that won’t require a lot of alterations. If you do fall in love with a pricey gown, offer to pay for your girls’ hair and makeup or alterations (if it’s within your budget) or allow them to opt out of getting you a wedding or shower gift. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider having your bridesmaids rent dresses. Rental sites like Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway let your girls choose from gowns by popular designers (like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo) in a range of styles—for a fraction of the cost. >>

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trends to try When it comes to bridal party fashion, there are no rules anymore. Try one of these fresh ideas.

Mismatched

Pull off this popular look by choosing one color or a palette and letting your girls pick their dress style. Just make sure you give them guidelines (specify formality and fabrics) so your bridesmaids still look cohesive.

Ombré

Get in on this pretty trend by choosing a color (like green), and assigning each of your bridesmaids a different shade in the same family (think: hunter green, emerald green and mint) for an ombré effect.

Allover embellishment

If you’re throwing an ultra-glam affair (think: art deco or old Hollywood inspired), consider having your girls don sequin or beaded gowns. The glitzy embellishments will give their dresses extra dimension—and look amazing in group photos.

Metallics

Similar to the embellished bridesmaid dress trend, this style is perfect for a more formal affair. Go bold with gold and silver or more subtle with rose gold or champagne.

All white

Take a cue from celebs like Solange Knowles and opt for all-white bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles. And don’t worry, even if your girls are also wearing white, you’ll still stand out as the bride.

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Be open to discussion

Our best formula for a complaint-free shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all your bridesmaids together for mani-pedis (bonus points if you’re treating) and some pampering. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with 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 salon. Pick your favorite styles ahead of time so your friends won’t feel at liberty to try on the whole store. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show for a fun selection process.

If one of your girls balks at the bridesmaid dress you chose, do your best to channel your inner bridechilla—and not your inner bridezilla—when it comes to hearing her concerns and exploring other options. Maybe the dress silhouette doesn’t work for her body type, the neckline makes her feel self-conscious, or the color isn’t flattering. Even if you just agree to disagree, an honest conversation can usually snuff out dress drama before it starts.

Do a test run Here’s the deal: Your girls don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a large audience, and they’ll be in lots of photos (and probably in many #tbt posts for years to come) too. The best way to prove that you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it flatter your body type? Is the fabric itchy? If there are any issues, move on. When you find one that you’d honestly love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem persuading your friends to get on board.

Choose something comfortable We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses are irritating, but to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps feel overwhelming), but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of soft, itchfree fabric like jersey? Or an empire-waist gown that’s easy on the tummy? Bring on the wedding cake and the dancing, please!

Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting they purchase a particular pair of silver strappy sandals may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but to your bridesmaids, it simply creates another expense—especially if you have your heart set on a high-end brand. And like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again either. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic dress shoes that they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own shoes means a night of blister-free dancing.

Have them bring the baubles By letting your bridesmaids select their own jewelry, you’re encouraging them to express their personalities (their personalities are the reason you chose them to be your bridesmaids in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid feel more like herself, even if she’s wearing a dress she might not necessarily love. If you’re worried about their jewelry clashing with their dresses, give them some guidelines about metal colors and general style, but don’t get too caught up in the accessories—in the grand scheme of things, they’re a pretty small detail.

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Discover a world of pure bridal fashion imagination with striking f loral-print dresses, lush textures and whimsical accessories. PHOTOGR APHY BY LIZ VON HOENE PHOTOGR APHED ON LOCATION AT LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS

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LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan, SabrinaDahan .com; earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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WORK OF ART

Express your personal style in a sequined, watercolor-print gown with an oversize shoulder ruffle. Dress, $6,600, Rivini at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames .com (Los Angeles); engagement ring, $2,850 (not including center stone), Monique Lhuillier, BlueNile.com; earrings, $15,920, FernandoJorge.co.uk; shoes, $1,495, ChristianLouboutin.com

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The Great Bowl

INTO THE BLUE Float down the aisle in a flowy nude gown embroidered with cerulean beading.

Dress, $8,800, Rivini at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames.com (Los Angeles); engagement ring, $3,700 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com; earrings, $11,997, Le Vian, Jared.com; tennis bracelet, $3,000, BlueNile.com

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PROPORTION PLAY A slim, dropped-waist corset and over-the-top tulle skirt create a striking silhouette that’s as fun as it is dramatic.

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier at Bridal Galleria, BridalGalleria.com (San Francisco), Monique Lhuillier Flagship Salon, Monique Lhuillier.com (Los Angeles), M Bride, MBrideSalon.com (La Jolla); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos .com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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GILT-Y PLEASURE Glittery statement accessories like an embellished headpiece, chandelier earrings and even a hedgehog clutch give off instant glam vibes.

Engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $795, MintLola.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com

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The Allée

ALL AFLUTTER

Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Panache Bridal, PanacheBridal.com (Beverly Hills & Pasadena), Lovella Bridal, Lovella Bridal.com (Glendale), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona Del Mar); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign.com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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The Rose Garden

BLOOMING BAUBLES Layer on whimsical cocktail rings, plus a one-of-a-kind straw boater hat to dress up a simpler frock. Dress, $6,790, Ines Di Santo, MarkIngramAtelier.com; floral engagement ring, $5,700 (not including center stone), ParadeDesign.com; wedding band, $1,570, KirkKara.com; frog ring, $3,510, butterfly ring, $5,400, EffyJewelry.com; pearl ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com; quartz ring, $4,097, Le Vian, Jared.com; pink sapphire ring, $6,335, AnneSisteron.com; hat, $603, AwonGolding.com

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NOVEL ROMANCE

You don’t have to go by the book where your day-of ensemble is concerned. Mix it up with allover 3-D appliquÊs and colorful accessories. Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Kinsley James Couture Bridal, KinsleyJames .com (Los Angeles), Lovella Bridal, LovellaBridal.com (Glendale), The White Dress, TheWhiteDress.com (Corona Del Mar; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $345, Oscardela Renta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster .com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

A dress covered in vibrant blooms is bold and totally of the moment. Just add a sparkly rabbit clutch for good luck. Dress, $11,995, Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman.com; engagement ring, $1,070 (not including center stone), wedding band, $575, BlueNile.com; birdcage veil, $150, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $1,827, AnabelaChan.com; clutch, $5,495, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus .com; shoes, $995, Marchesa, AKHStudioNY.com

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HIDE AND CHIC

Channel the celebratory vibe of your nuptials with a feathery gown and bedazzled bandeau veil. After all, it doesn’t get more festive than wispy plumes and head-to-toe shimmer. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Marina Morrison, MarinaMorrison .com (San Francisco), Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks FifthAvenue.com (Beverly Hills); veil, $995, LivHart .com; ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; bunny ears, stylist’s own SPECIAL THANKS TO

Ladew Topiary Gardens Planning your own extraordinary outdoor nuptials? Consider Ladew Topiary Gardens, located near Baltimore. Established in the 1930s by huntsman and socialite Harvey S. Ladew, the sprawling 22-acre grounds feature over 100 larger-than-life topiaries, which serve as centerpieces for a series of formal garden “rooms.” Named “The Most Outstanding Topiary Garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, Ladew’s stunning greens host around 40,000 visitors per year. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LadewGardens.com

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Alberto Guzman for Bumble & Bumble at Ray Brown Pro MAKEUP Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. PROP STYLING Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House

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how to throw a beach wedding Celebrate your love among all things sun, sand and surf. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY

Exchanging vows on a sandy beach is a dream scenario for many couples, and with good reason—you just can’t beat the romantic charm of waves crashing, the sun setting and a soft summer breeze blowing. But, like with any venue, there’s plenty to consider when planning your celebration (possibly even more for beach “I dos”). Keep these points top of mind to ensure a memorable event. >>

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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

If you’re hoping to pull off a pop-up wedding on a public beach, think again. Unless you’re getting married on a private spot of sand or beach club property, there are several boxes you’ll need to check off before setting down your altar. You’re most likely going to have to file a permit with the city in order to celebrate on the beach. Register your event at least 30 days ahead of time. When filing, take note of a few things: How large of a space does your permit allow your event to take up? Does the fee cover an all-day affair or is it an hourly charge? Are things like furniture, alcohol, glass and open flames allowed? Lastly, inquire how many guests the contract permits, as that will dictate both the size of your guest list and how many pros you can have on hand the day of.

A vows-only ceremony on the beach should be fairly headache free, but if your plan is to host an all-night affair, complete with a full reception, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to your vendors and how easily they can access your chosen spot. Most beaches don’t permit vehicles on the sand, meaning all of your reception needs (including tables, chairs and food) will have to be carried to your site. Ease your pros’ stress by keeping your setup close to an approved parking lot or loading zone, which can also make necessities like electricity, a food prep space and a spot for portable rental restrooms much easier to come by. If you really can’t make it work, look into renting several dune buggies day of to help transport goods and keep the setup process streamlined. >>

time it right Here’s how to pick the perfect day to walk down the aisle.

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind.

Season

Weather can affect your wedding’s style, location and mood. Think of what personality you want your day to have (like a boho summer bash), then choose accordingly.

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Price

May, July and December are typically the most popular months to marry, so prices are higher. Save money by choosing off-peak months like January or March.

VIP preferences

Take a second to consider your most important guests and try to plan your date around their availability. Keep it to your close inner circle, and don’t budge once the date is set.

Holidays

Choose a date around a specific holiday to bottle the spirit already in the air, like a moody Halloween celebration or white winter wonderland event in December.

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Dress the part

Choose durable décor

You’ll want to keep the vibe of your location in mind when shopping for your and your partner’s attire. What may be well suited for a ballroom affair will likely feel out of place on the beach, so opt for lightweight fabrics, casual silhouettes and, most importantly, practical footwear. No one wants to watch you wobble down the aisle trying to un-stick your stilettos from the sand. Likewise, alert guests to the location on your wedding website and in your invites so they can plan accordingly. Have extras like sunscreen, flip-flops and lightweight wraps available the day of to make sure guests remain comfortable all day long.

A coastal location comes with at-the-ready décor courtesy of Mother Nature, so you won’t have to add much to the scene for a wow-worthy environment. If you’re looking to bring in a few accents of your own, like flowers, lanterns or textiles, make sure to choose sturdier options that can stand up to wind, hot sun and the occasional spray of saltwater. Avoid bouquets or table arrangements that feature delicate blooms, and anchor anything that could take flight with a sudden gust of wind, like the fabric on a chuppah, an aisle runner or flowing tabletop linens.

Mind Mother Nature

Between potential sun-bathing crowds, crashing waves and blustery winds, it can get a bit loud while celebrating your wedding beachside. Make sure guests can hear your vows (and afterward, the DJ) with plenty of amplifying speakers. Your ceremony should be spoken into a microphone, and you can even seat guests in a semicircle around your altar to ensure that no one is out of earshot. If you’re hiring a videographer to capture the day, make sure they know ahead of time that they’ll be filming on the beach so they can bring the necessary sound equipment. Lastly, be sure to abide by any local sound ordinances or curfews. >>

It goes without saying that any outdoor bash should always come with a plan B in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. But besides accounting for the possibility of showers, you’ll also need to plan for a few sea-specific snafus. Unless you want a soggy ceremony, make sure you know when high (and low) tide hits your area, as well as when the sun is strongest throughout the day. By timing your ceremony and reception right, you can avoid the possibility of overheated guests or bright reflections off the waves that make it hard for loved ones to see the main event.

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Level the playing field Anyone who has been on the beach can tell you, walking on soft sand is tiring. To avoid burning calves and tired legs, work with a vendor to install wooden planks to help guests get from one spot to another (thick seagrass runners are a great inexpensive option too). If you’re planning to host your reception on the sand, look into having a large wood platform on risers as your “flooring”—it will ensure tables and chairs are sturdy and don’t topple over.

Choose an experienced crew Vendor research is super important when planning a celebration in a complicated location. Vet pros based on whether or not they’ve worked in a beach environment before. Your photographer will need to know how to contend with the bright lighting and any reflections off the water, while your catering crew may need to know how to prepare food off-site without a traditional kitchen.

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Prepare to share your space

Add warmth and texture to a tablescape or altar with twisty, weathered driftwood branches. They’ll instantly evoke a coastal feel and are hearty enough to stand up to the blustery winds common on the beach. Intersperse them with white blooms for a romantic touch.

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If seclusion is your expectation, you’re better off choosing a private garden or quiet lake. A public beach may be teeming with patrons, and there’s not much you can do to stop them from placing their towels nearby or snapping photos of you in your wedding finery. You can try to keep a handle on the crowd by hanging signs that read “private event,” but you may have to accept onlookers.

Whether you’re actually tying the knot on the sand or just want it to feel like you are, try working in some of these stunning seaside accents.

Driftwood

Sea fan coral

Linen

Pampas grass

The quintessential summer fabric is the perfect casual touch for your attire and décor. Have members of your wedding party rock relaxed linen shirts or dresses, or drape tables with flowing tablecloths.

Shells

Often found in sun-washed pastel hues or bleached white, sea fan coral is a great way to add dimension to your tabletop. Or find an especially clean piece and top your cake with it. You could also have your cake baker re-create the shape and design with sugar.

Thanks to its fluffy, flowy shape and sandy hue, pampas grass is the perfect “living” accent to a seaside soiree. Have bridesmaids carry it in place of traditional bouquets, or surround your altar with it for an eye-catching display.

Keep things modern and chic by trading craft store white shells for more dynamic mussel or oyster shells. Add them to a greenery table runner or have them calligraphed and use them as escort cards. I N S P I R E YO U R D É CO R AT TheKnot.com/weddingstyle

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planner perks Still debating whether or not to hire an expert to help execute your wedding? Here’s why you should say “I do” to a party pro. BY AMY ROBERTSON PHOTOGR APHY BY KOBY BROWN, ARCHET YPE

You may have helped a friend plan her day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream wedding board, but that doesn’t mean you should tackle your affair solo. Between booking vendors, working a full-time job and maintaining your relationship, pulling together a wedding can be a lot of work for even the most organized to-be-weds. Hiring a pro can take a huge weight off you and your partner, leaving you time to enjoy the process without the stress. >>

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Wedding planner 101 Trust us—planning a wedding, whether you’re expecting 50 or 150 guests, requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A wedding planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, legal counsel, budget manager, coordinator and therapist—all while helping you pull together your wedding. They can be tapped to take care of everything on your to-do list, from choosing aesthetic details to going over vendor contracts and dealing with day-of emergencies—a huge asset for busy couples hoping to plan their day with minimal stress. They’re clued into everything there is to know about throwing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally charged event, so you’ll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or overbearing in-laws. Plus, they’re connected with top venues and pros in your area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration. Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your day to life.

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Determine your needs There are essentially three types of wedding planners: full-service, à la carte and day-of coordinators. A full-service planner will handle it all, start to finish—from crafting the vision for your event to hiring and meeting with your vendors, and coordinating a weekend of activities for guests. This option is best for a pair looking to host a multiday affair or destination wedding, or for couples who simply want a professional to guide them through every step of the wedding planning process. Prefer a part-time pro you can contact on an as-needed basis? An à la carte planner can help you iron out specific details, like your tabletop rentals, or give suggestions for the perfect caterer to execute your French bistro menu. Ideal for couples who just need someone to help refine their wedding day blueprint, an à la carte or part-time planner is also a more price-conscious choice, giving you the help you need for a price that doesn’t put you over budget. For assistance during your wedding day (but not throughout the entire process), opt for a day-of coordinator. Different from an on-site venue coordinator, they’ll be solely focused on your priorities and responsible for making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. Typically, a day-of coordinator will begin working with you anywhere from two weeks to a month ahead of your wedding to make sure everything is in order. They’ll coordinate both your ceremony and reception setup, keep you and your wedding party on schedule, and handle any necessary, immediate postwedding duties, like tipping. If you’re unable to include a full-service or à la carte planner in your budget, adding a day-of coordinator to your team will help you and your partner relax and enjoy your wedding day festivities to the fullest.

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score the inside scoop Planners have connections with top venues and experts in your area, helping you to assemble the best team for the type of celebration you’re looking to throw.

Stick to your budget Packages can range depending on the pro you hire, but a wedding planner typically charges their clients a flat fee, an hourly rate or a percentage of their overall wedding budget. These days, most planners list a flat fee for their contracted services. If they don’t, expect to set aside around 10 to 20 percent of your overall budget for a full-service planner. An à la carte planner will charge an hourly rate or flat fee for each service they provide, while day-of coordination is generally a flat fee. While hiring a planner may seem like a big chunk of your budget, it’s an investment that will give you peace of mind and ensure you enjoy the moments you’ve spent months planning. Plus, with an expert behind all your decisions, purchases and negotiations, you’ll save money in the long run. Their pull may be able to score you insider deals, and they’ll always look out for your budget so you don’t have to. >>

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Find the (other) “one” Hiring the right pro can be tough, so start your search early on, preferably after you have a date and locale (about a year out is a good time to seek out a full-service team). Ask your venue for a list of vendors that typically work in the space (always an added benefit), tap recently wed friends for their suggestions or scour The Knot Marketplace (TheKnot.com/marketplace) for a list of top-rated pros in your area. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection to a few favorites, spend time looking through their online portfolios, reading reviews from past clients and stalking their social media feeds. A planner’s Instagram or Facebook page is a great place to catch a glimpse of their most recent work or collaborations. Contact your final choice and set up a time to chat.

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Meet, greet and get down to business Think of your initial meeting with a planner like a first date— you want to make sure the two of you get along and have the same vision, as you’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next year or so. Arrive armed with a few basic questions: Which of their packages best suits your budget and needs? How does the contract and deposit process work? Do they have insurance? What other vendors (like florists, caterers, photographers or bands) do they typically like to work with? Get a feel for how familiar they are with your venue as well—the more they’ve worked on-site, the more in-the-know they are with the team there, and the more likely it is they can tackle any snags that may come up. It’s important to do your part as the client too. Prep for the meeting by compiling any details or facts your coordinator will likely want to know ASAP, like what you’ve budgeted for different vendors, a rough guest count and your overall vision. Together, you can start pulling inspiration and making important decisions as soon as possible.

Enjoy the day It’s time to relax and get married! Think of your planner as a safety net on your wedding day. If anything goes wrong (and something always does) they’re there to troubleshoot so you won’t have to fret. They’ll be the one able to make the rain call to move your affair indoors when you can’t bear to, or hunt down your set of heirloom champange flutes before the first toast of the evening. On your wedding day, your only order of buisness is to soak up every memorable second, so trust the pro you’ve hired to do their job, and let go of control day-of. Hiring a pro also means you’ll get to spend precious extra time with loved ones instead of worrying about the cake not showing up or a missing flower arrangement. Trust us on this one—you want (and deserve) a helping hand and some room to breathe. After all, this is going to be the happiest day of your life.

5 must-hire vendors Add these other experts to your wedding team for a flawlessly beautiful celebration.

Photographer

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera.

Videographer

Once looked at as a “bonus” hire when the budget allowed, videography is becoming a priority for pairs and shouldn’t be overlooked (in fact, 34% of couples make sure to hire one!). You will love watching your ceremony or first dance years from now.

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests dancing all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist can’t.

Florist

Blooms may seem easy to execute on your own, but when you factor in the time and energy spent sourcing and arranging, they practically pay for themselves. If you really want to DIY some florals, opt to do an event leading up to your day, like a bridesmaid brunch.

Catering team

Feeding a crowd takes skill, and it’s likely that you don’t have the time, equipment or space to prep a complete meal that will feed your 100-plus guests. Hire a team, then give the day your personal flavor with an edible favor.

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Dreaming up your wedding reception menu can be one of the most fun (and important) parts of the planning process, especially if you and your partner are big foodies. A large portion of your budget will be put toward feeding your guests—you’ll want make sure everyone ends the night happy and well-fed. From booking your food pro to creating a menu to remember, here are six questions you should ask yourself to ensure you get it right.

Is your caterer legit?

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Have they worked at your venue before? Hiring a caterer who has prepped food at your venue for previous events can make the day run more smoothly and efficiently. A repeat team will already be in the know about the available cook space on-site and what your venue supplies, so they’ll have a clear idea of what additional gear may be needed (this is especially important if you’re celebrating at a nontraditional venue, like a barn or a vineyard, where an entire kitchen may have to be brought in). If you’re really pulling for a catering team that hasn’t worked in the space before, see if they can arrange a walk-through of the venue and get a sense of the available equipment at least a month beforehand so they’re fully prepared the day of your event.

What does your package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree and a dessert, plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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Whether you’re working with the team provided by your reception venue or are planning on bringing in an outside crew from your favorite barbecue joint, you’ll want to make sure your caterer is licensed for both food and liquor. This means they’ve met important local health department standards for food prep and service and carry liability insurance for both the food and the alcohol they’ll be serving, ensuring no responsibility falls on your shoulders (or your venue’s) if something goes wrong the day of.

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Sourcing locally is huge. Whether it’s fresh produce or craft beer from a local brewery, clients love to know where their food is coming from. We like the opportunity to support local businesses as well.

More couples should do tasting menus. It’s a great way to make the food the star and serve multiple courses. Guests will get to sample a larger selection while still having the elegance of plated service.

The minute they arrive, guests should be attended to. The ideal wedding menu pays attention to the whole experience, so create an atmosphere friends and family will be blown away by.

You can’t go wrong with food you believe in and love to eat. Your menu, just like the rest of your wedding, should be a reflection of you and your partner, so personalize everything you can.

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Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do (and delicious!) part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting session before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit your tastes. Be sure to ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that, to ensure that all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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What kind of meal appeals to you? Depending on the vibe and formality of your event, there are plenty of tasty choices to consider when it comes to serving your guests. If you want a constantly bustling party, a dinner of passed apps and interactive stations may work for you. Looking for something more formal? A sit-down dinner is always on trend. Want guests to interact with their surroundings? You may want to hire foodie entertainment like a flair bartender, ballerinas to serve champagne or even a few bow-tie-clad oyster shuckers. Whatever feels right for your day, make sure your catering team is on board to execute. Staffing and equipment needs can vary greatly between a buffet meal and multicourse plated dinner, so plan your style from the get-go in case it affects the overall cost of the services.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan in advance for. Ask your team if they’re able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must).

5 alternatives to a traditional sit-down meal Plated service isn’t the only option. Personalize your meal with one of these fun (and tasty) swaps.

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Skip the seats and instead delight your guests with a bevy of passed plates piled high with hearty appetizers and filling finger foods for a constant cocktail party atmosphere.

Top your tables with platters of mains (like fish, steak and chicken) and yummy sides, then let guests pass around the plates and serve themselves. It’s a great way to keep the conversation flowing.

European family style

Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects their main meal course and only the side dishes are shared among the guests.

For a meal that feeds and entertains at the same time, create a culinary circuit of action stations serving interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, sushi and more.

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You want your wedding day to be a reflection of you and your partner, so your reception menu should be too. If you have a particular cuisine in mind, seek out a caterer who specializes in it. They’ll not only boast all the right resources (like the perfect shop to secure that French cheese you love for cocktail hour), but also know how to properly prepare and serve specialty dishes on a large scale, promising a better and tastier event. Expecting a Southern barbecue crew to execute a traditional Italian menu probably isn’t going to end well for anyone, so inquire ahead of time about your top pick’s cuisine specialties and ask to see sample menus.

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There’s no more prized keepsake from your wedding day than the photos that remain. It’s important to know what to do—and ask—to ensure you hire the right pro for your day. We’ve tapped three industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything to keep in mind for a wow-worthy wedding album. >>

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Play to your pro’s strengths First and foremost, hire a photographer who has the same vision as you and your partner. Whether you love the soft, timeless look of film, desire fly-on-the-wall candid shots or must have formal posed portraits, hiring a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re off to a good start. “It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding photographs,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art wedding and portrait photographer in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. “If candid moments are especially important to the couple, they should intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments they want to see reflected in their own photographs.”

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Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be an informational phone call). “My biggest advice to couples is not to skip the engagement session,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. “Awkward always shows, so this is your time to get comfortable in front of the camera and figure out your best angles— we all have them.” Keep it casual with one or two meaningful shoot locations, and ask your photographer to seek out somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll be able to help you feel natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” says Jen Huang, a fine art wedding photographer in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before the engagement session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try to direct couples cinematically so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Choosing that oh-so-important outfit for your engagement session can be tough, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they would naturally find themselves wearing on a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style, but typically this means women are in neutral fabrics that are comfortable and flowy, while grooms are in tailored suits. Their outfits should match in the sense that if one of them is wearing something casual, the other shouldn’t be in formalwear.” Be conscious of keeping your look in line with your shoot location—if you’re planning to hold your engagement session on a sailboat, you’re probably not going to want to don a sequin skirt or full-length ball gown.

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Your photographer has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them to your advantage when researching and deciding on other vendors to bring on board. They’ll be able to recommend who can help you achieve a certain look or identify the creator of those gorgeous centerpieces you spotted in their portfolio. “To make sure my clients receive the best images they can, I try to advise on all aspects of the wedding,” Huang says. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.” They’ll also be encountering everyone involved, from your florist to the makeup artist and the DJ, so see what they think of your hired team. Their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all, but it’s a good place to start when choosing the major players for your celebration.

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“The wedding timeline is key for a smooth day,” Fogarty says. “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is crucial to getting those amazing images.” Ensure your photographer doesn’t miss a moment of the action by setting specific parameters for what, and when, you want them shooting on your wedding day. If you want pictures of everything from morning bagels to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract. Past that, setting aside at least an hour and a half for couples’ portraits, shots of the wedding party and family formal portraits will eliminate any need to rush. Another thing to consider? A first look. “I always encourage couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.”

From the moment you engage your photographer, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from your contract to portrait locations and a preferred shot list. The more upfront you are about your needs and wants for your wedding day, the more you and your photographer can course-correct and make sure you’re working in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—the things you really want captured as opposed to the things that are maybe a little less important to you. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images I should focus on.” Beyond the wedding day, make sure your written contract encompasses all the necessary details, like how many images you’ll get, the expected turnaround time and whether or not your package includes physical prints or an album.

When sketching out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in “golden hour,” that coveted time of day that many photographers love to shoot during because of the amazing results it produces. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, for both engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Send your photographer images from the walk-through of your wedding site and they can advise on the best time and locations for photographs, based on when the sun will set that day.

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Colorful bouquets of violet, burgundy and peach blooms added vibrancy to the outdoorsy affair.

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BRIDE Erika Johnson, 29, a dental hygienist GROOM Anthony Carruesco, 29, a fly fishing guide and outfitter HOW THEY MET At Sacramento International Airport WEDDING STYLE The couple hosted a rustic wedding with bohemian details for their guests at the Gatekeeper Museum. —Carolyn Meers “He had saved me a seat on the plane, and from then on I was smitten,” says Erika of first meeting Anthony while traveling to San Diego, where they both went to school. The couple incorporated nature-inspired elements, including wildflowers and wood for their wedding. “We knew we wanted it to be casual, but still charming and classic,” Erika says.

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At the reception, the guest book table displayed vintage wedding photos of family members as a “special thanks” from the couple. Honoring the couple’s affinity for fly fishing, the cutting cake was topped with two rainbow trout—kissing, of course.

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When it came to flowers, Erika wanted everything “bright and wild.” The florist crafted lively centerpieces with blossoms in gold and violet, plus lots of greenery. Touches of “Tahoe blue” popped throughout the event, from the monogrammed camping mug wedding favors to the navy calligraphy.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Pamela (Pam) Bosh, 30, a product operations analyst GROOM William (Will) Hubbard, 30, a general manager at Escape Campervans HOW THEY MET When Pam serenaded a Cinco de Mayo party with a rendition of “Cielito Lindo” WEDDING STYLE The couple brought the outdoors in for their elegant event, adding a trellis and trees covered with twinkle lights along with plenty of white and green florals. —CM Inspired by the Larrabees’s estate parties in the 1954 film, Sabrina, Pam and Will hosted a magical affair in the mable courtyeard under a transparent tent covered with string lights. They even danced to the sounds of a 14-person live band in the moonlight.

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Since peonies weren’t in season, Livia opted for a fresher replacement: ranunculus in pastel shades.

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“Every time we visit, we are always in awe of the raw beauty of Big Sur,” Livia says. “We fell in love with the rugged coastline and fiery sunsets. We feel so fortunate to have exchanged our vows in one of the most beautiful places on earth.”

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Transparent ghost chairs added a modern twist to the rustic venue.

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Sleek glass vases filled with golden pampas grass created continuity between the ceremony and reception floras, while overflowing vessels of blooms and candles evoked a sophisticated vibe. For favors, guests went home with Sprinkles cupcakes. “They’re our absolute favorite!” Livia says.

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“We wanted to keep the feeling organic to the location, which was so naturally beautiful,” Stephanie says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stephanie Lagod, 31, a corporate event planner GROOM Alex Kaufman, 28, a venture capitalist HOW THEY MET Through Stephanie’s brother WEDDING STYLE The Bay Area–based couple headed to wine country for a polished yet earthy event at a golf club. —CM “This venue ticked every box that we had: dance until midnight, serve California wines and was a blend of both of our styles—a true gem,” Stephanie says. “We hit the jackpot!” Olive trees helped bring the outdoors in to the tented space, while wine-inspired hues of burgundy and purple added color.

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For comfort, Stephanie added cap sleeve straps to her Grecian-style white silk gown.

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Santa Rosa “The rain may be what others would think was wrong, but it actually was such a magical aspect of our day,” Stephanie says of the unexpected drizzle. “It added to the memories.” To protect guests from the weather, the coupe erected a tent, but kept the sides open for an airy atmosphere that felt natural to the venue.

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Tasha’s purple calla lily bouquet complemented Alexis’s wine-hued suit and jewel-tone accessories.

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BRIDE Alexis Hinton (right), 31, a graduate student at USC BRIDE Tasha Easton, 34, an HR program manager HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE The brides discovered inspiration in the woodsy surroundings of their venue, incorporating a subtle tree theme. —CM “The wood details and trees represented the roots of our family,” Alexis says of the meaningful motif. “Our family gives us life and provided our foundation,” Tasha adds. “I even gifted diamond tree necklaces to my bridesmaids.”

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Arrangements of blush garden roses and iridescent plates topped farm tables accented with sand-colored linen runners.

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To keep with the Mediterranean theme, hand-painted invitations resembled a pink and purple Moroccan sunset and were accented with a hand-pressed fern leaf. At the outdoor reception, tables were placed under a long wooden trellis, which was decorated with vines and hanging lanterns.

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Natalie and Eric danced to their 12-piece band all night. “This is supposed to be a day that reflects you, so let your love shine!” she says.

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From renovations to rain, even the most well-planned wedding weekends can be thrown a curve ball. Whether you’re trying to contend with an unexpected amount of RSVPs or are clueless when it comes to having a plan B for your outdoor reception, we’re here to help you iron out all those details before your wedding day, keeping the main event as stress-free as possible.

Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t really have a plan B in case of inclement weather. What should we do? Outdoor receptions can be so romantic and special, but they do come with an unpredictable guest: Mother Nature. No matter what the forecast is looking like for your day, you should absolutely plan for a backup location in case things take a turn for the worse. If you’re not already renting a tent, consider booking a weatherproof option (which often has roll-down sides in case it rains), or look into securing a few seasonal extras like portable air conditioners or propane heaters for added comfort. If your venue has indoor space as well (like a barn or a ballroom), inquire as to whether those spots are booked on the day of your wedding—a lot of places keep them open on the off chance they’ll need to move your setup, and they may already have that backup plan in place. If you do wind up having to move indoors, don’t feel like your whole wedding vibe will suffer. Instead, focus on carrying the elements you loved about the outdoors into your interior space, like stringing café lights from the ceiling or adding tall greenery around the perimeter to re-create the sweet outdoor garden environment.

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let it glow Strings of charming café lights hanging above the dance floor lend a party-ready—and flattering—glow.

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We’re hosting our ceremony and reception in the same space at our venue. What do we do with guests while it’s being turned over? I don’t want them to see it early. Host your cocktail hour somewhere else. You’ll need to get all your guests out of the ceremony space shortly after your “I dos” so your vendor team can make fast work of transforming the room. To ensure everyone gets the memo, dictate the cocktail hour plans on a note card tucked into the ceremony program, then place it on all the seats at the ceremony. You can also task your ushers with directing guests out of the room afterward. Aim to host your cocktail hour in an entirely different space so guests can’t see the makeover—you want them to be wowed by the quick transformation without witnessing the catering team toting towers of chairs. Our wedding is at a resort where the other guests can wander into the space or watch the ceremony. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are tons of perks to having your ceremony or reception at a resort, but a group of curious onlookers isn’t one of them. Start by setting up a distinct perimeter around your zone, either by ribboning it off around the edges or posting “private event” signs. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding watchers that will dissuade. If you’re concerned about strangers sneaking into your space (or snapping photos of you and your guests), designate a few friends to casually keep watch. Only truly gutsy strangers will try to infiltrate your party, and they’ll stick out because they’ll be dressed wrong or won’t be mingling with other guests. If you notice an interloper, task your planner with discreetly removing them.

After receiving all our RSVPs, we’ve somehow ended up over our venue’s allowable capacity. What now? The good news: You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate with you two. The bad news: Where are you going to put them all? As a rule of thumb, you should always plan on having an A-list and a B-list for your invites. The intention is to help you and your partner make decisions when it comes to who you’re inviting to your wedding. The A-list should comprise guests who are must-haves for you and your partner or your families, while nonessentials (like work colleagues or high school buddies you might be able to skip) should be added to the B-list. You should invite 10 percent more guests than your target number, since 10 to 20 percent of those invited will decline—unless they don’t. So what now? Well, the first phone call you make should be to your venue. If you’re only 15 to 20 people over your quoted head count, see if they can accommodate your additional guests for an added fee. Most wedding venues can’t just add 10 more tables— fire laws limit the maximum number of people allowed in any room at one time—so consider seating some of your guests elsewhere by either renting out an additional small ballroom on-site or having some guests dine on a terrace, for example. Not ideal, sure, but neither is uninviting guests who have already RSVP’d yes. Our venue underwent renovations after we booked, and all the charm we loved is gone! Falling head over heels with a space only to have it transformed before your wedding day can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding a different venue isn’t an option, there are a few ways to approach this. First, review your contract, looking for anything that may protect your investment in the space or any language that essentially frees the venue of any responsibility in the scenario. Then contact the venue with a concise email explaining your frustration. Detail why you initially chose the space and how the renovations have affected your wedding. Mention any additional fees you envision having to pay, and see what they can do to alleviate the situation, either monetarily or by throwing in extra perks (like top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner or vendor team to see what they recommend you change or add to regain some of the charm you lost. Maybe your florist suggests bringing in a few topiaries to make up for the rows of vineyard that got wiped out, or your planner thinks adding a high-gloss lacquer dance floor over the ugly new carpet will add some personality back into the space. Review and adjust your game plan, and price out what additional costs you might accrue.

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Start early Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of their wedding because they haven’t finished their seating charts. It’s fine to make last-minute adjustments, but try to have your chart done at least one week before the wedding.

Break it down Categorize the guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier for you to sort your guests into the most logical table arrangements.

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Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings who weren’t in the wedding party. But with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some people might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there’s any awkwardness, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends.

Enlist your wedding party At most weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen sit at the head table alongside the newlyweds. To make all your guests feel special and included, feel free to sit your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. Sitting with an honored member will make other attendees feel like they’re in the center of the action no matter where they’re seated.

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Throw a welcome party Kick off your wedding weekend with a bang by hosting all your favorite people at a casual prewedding mixer a night or two before the main event. If you’re having a destination wedding, reserve a spot that represents all that’s special about your locale, and serve a laid-back menu of local eats and beverages. Or choose a favorite restaurant on your home turf to share with your guests. This gathering is also a great opportunity to introduce any family members or friends who don’t already know each other—this way, everyone will feel like old pals by the time your wedding reception rolls around.

Create a swag suite Take the idea of a welcome bag up a notch by transforming the thoughtful concept into a full-blown welcome lounge. Instead of stuffing gift bags and delivering them to your guests’ hotel rooms, let them do the (fun!) work by setting up tables of amazing goodies, like late-night snacks, drinks and artisanal treats, and let them fill a personalized tote bag with all of their favorite things. You, your partner and your wedding party can set up the station in a hotel suite or outside at a tent to greet friends and family the evening before the wedding and get a bit more face time in with guests.

Offer icebreakers Help guests get to know one another by incorporating lighthearted, engaging icebreakers into your wedding day. Get as creative as you’d like—from party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside to “bride” and “groom” buttons guests can wear to designate whose family they’re representing. Or task a few of your most lively, outgoing friends to act as table ambassadors (this is a great job for ushers and groomsmen).

They can move from table to table ensuring everyone has met one another and is having a ball. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

Hire interactive vendors Encourage guests to engage with their surroundings at your wedding reception by hiring a few standout vendors to delight the group while they’re serving, feeding or pouring. A flair bartender is always a great option (your guests will love the flaming cocktails and high-flying glass tricks), while more off-beat ideas, like a roaming ice cream cart or an oyster-shucking station, can feel playful and personalized to your event theme. Food trucks are another great way to get guests moving around, so consider hiring a few for a four-wheel dessert display or cocktail hour.

get familiar Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

Create a conversation corner Give everyone a place to take a load off between dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. Ask your planner to style it with comfy couches, plush pillows and a coffee table or two for guests to place their drinks on. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone engaged in the party even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing, plus it helps to fill any unused space in an especially large venue. Really want to wow everyone? Close off the lounge areas with sheer curtains to create a clublike vibe.

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Party old-school Everyone loves a good party game, so be sure to plan on including a few in your cocktail hour and reception. Lawn games like badminton, horseshoes, cornhole and oversize Jenga are great for outdoor celebrations, while classics like wedding Mad Libs, a photo booth, a piñata or even a caricature artist will be a hit if your party is indoors. Encourage a little friendly competition by posting a chalkboard scoreboard near a game like ladder ball and letting playful rivalries form between guests.

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When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps that are dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. The process is fairly easy; guests receive a link to a questionnaire they complete before the event. Each mention in the lookbook includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming to your celebration? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app, view profiles and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be the next ones to walk down the aisle.

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Choosing whom to include in your wedding party can be a pretty daunting task. There are long-term friendships, familial relationships and sensitive feelings to consider— it’s enough to make any to-be-wed couple go a little crazy. If your wedding party roster is full and you still have a cousin or an old college roomie you want to include in your day, task them with one of these bonus wedding roles so they’ll feel important. >>

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Perhaps one of the most forward-facing roles in the wedding (besides the couple of honor, of course) is the officiant. If you’re not particularly religious or are planning on a nondenominational ceremony, consider asking someone close to you to do the honor of officially pronouncing you wed. This role is best suited for a friend or family member who feels at home in front of crowds. They will be charged with uttering some of the most important words of the day, and they’ll also have to be warm enough to make the rest of the guests feel emotionally involved and invested in the ceremony. Choose that someone special, ensure they get properly (and officially) ordained, then talk them through the type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning. The good news: A close pal or relative already knows you both well, so you won’t have to worry about your ceremony feeling scripted or impersonal.

Musician Have a friend who is a virtuoso on the violin or particularly savvy on a set of ivories? Ask if they’ll bring their talents to your wedding day. You don’t want them as the entertainment during cocktail hour or dinner—that’s no fun for them!—but a song or two during the ceremony is the perfect special add-on. Give them a favorite tune to learn for your walk down the aisle, or re-create that classic Love, Actually moment with a trio of friends on trumpets, bellowing out the cords to “All You Need Is Love” as you exit your ceremony.

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Ushers Think of ushers as the adult-sitters at the ceremony. They’ll help guests to their seats, answer any pre-event questions (like where the bathroom is or which side of the aisle they should sit on) and hand out ceremony programs or other goodies you have at the ready. While the role is typically reserved for groomsmen, there’s no rule that says you can’t ask whomever you want to take it on—an uncle, a stepsister or even a close coworker. They’ll be interacting with a number of your family members, so make sure they’re a charming conversationalist and comfortable with being on their feet for at least the beginning of the ceremony. In addition, you’ll want guests to know the ushers are their point of contact before and during the ceremony, so post them at the ends of the aisle to ensure they’re accessible, or help them stand out with a special boutonniere or corsage. You could also use this as an opportunity to rethink other traditional wedding roles. Have your beloved pup as a ring bearer, or enlist your and your partner’s grandmothers to walk down the aisle as flower grannies. Every tradition is another opportunity to personalize your day, so don’t feel wedded to one typical way of doing things. >>

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No matter what type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning for your wedding day, it’s likely to include several readings, whether they’re religious or simply meaningful to the two of you. This moment is a great place to work in a few honored guests (like your teenage cousin or a beloved neighbor) whom you want to call attention to by giving them a moment to shine during your ceremony. If you really trust your selected speakers, make it feel even more personal by asking them to choose the passage or item they’ll read at the ceremony. Provide them with a general theme (like partnership, love or family values) and a loose structure (like poems, song lyrics or scripture), then set them free to find whatever passage reminds them most of you and your partner. Make sure everyone has their readings at least a week in advance so they can practice their delivery, and be sure to describe who they are and their relationship to you and your partner (as well as what they’ll be reading aloud) in your ceremony programs.

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Unity helper If you’re planning on including a unity ritual in your ceremony, use it as an opportunity to incorporate a few extra loved ones into the program as well. Popular practices, like joint-lighting a candle, the mixing of sand, handfasting or even planting a tree, all require some sort of additional propping, so task a friend or family member with bringing those necessary items up to the altar and presenting them to you both. Sure, it’s a small to-do, but it will likely make someone feel very special to be entrusted with the job (plus, it’s even simple enough to pass off to a young child). Likewise, if you are planning to have a religiously focused ceremony and will be completing something like Holy Communion or the presentation of gifts, you can also give that honor to a loved one.

Chuppah holder In Jewish culture, the chuppah a couple marry beneath represents the home that they will build together. Often topped with fabric or a tallit (prayer shawl) and adorned with flowers, it’s a privilege to be asked to hold or carry a couple’s chuppah. Consider having loved ones do the honors. If you’re not into the idea of them standing there throughout the ceremony, have them carry it down the aisle and then place it in the front. If it’s stationary and already in place at the head of your ceremony space, they can man the corners until you and your families arrive, then take their seats.

Marriage license witness There comes a point on your wedding day where you need to sign on the dotted line and make it legal, so think about whom you want standing with you while you give your best autograph. The witness lines on your marriage license are typically signed by the best man and maid of honor, but you could also ask another friend to step in as your witness instead. Want to get really fancy? Ask them ahead of time with a cute, personalized pen they can use the day of.

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

The honored attendant(s)

Whether you have a best man, a maid of honor or a man or woman of honor, they’re usually the ones who kick off the speeches at the reception once everyone has snagged a glass of champagne. One or more of them can take turns speaking about the couple, their love story and their friendship with the pair. Just cap this portion at three or so pals—there are others to get to!

The parents

If the bride’s parents are hosting, they will usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some words of wisdom to the couple.

The couple

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

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two, constantly having toasts interrupt the party will get old. Limit the speeches by keeping the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family (others can speak at the rehearsal dinner) so guests can hit the dance floor. Definitely don’t pass it off to anyone who has indulged in too many signature cocktails.

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Working a ring warming into your ceremony is a great way to incorporate all your guests into your vows and make them feel involved in your union. You’ll need to select two “ring chaperones” to shepherd your rings throughout the group and explain the process—a great job for honored attendees you may not have been able to include in your formal bridal party. Put your rings in a box or tie to a pillow then, starting in the back of the group, have guests pass your wedding bands among themselves, each taking a moment to imbue them with well-wishes and love before continuing them along to the next guest. By the time they reach the two of you at the altar, they’ll have enough good vibes to last you a lifetime.

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Your bachelorette party can be one of the most anticipated events of the whole wedding process. There’s nothing more fun than setting aside an entire weekend (or even just a day) to celebrate the incredible friendships in your life. If you’re a bride (or the bridesmaid of a gal) who is more sweet and serene than saucy and scandalous, trade in G-strings and scantily clad entertainers for a bash that will be a blast and Facebook appropriate.

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Escape on a wellness retreat Whether you’re an avocado toast obsessive who can’t get enough of hot yoga, or are planning a party for a gal that is basically Gwyneth Paltrow 2.0, a wellness-themed bash may be perfect for your crew. Focus on mind-, body- and soul-fulfilling activities for a weekend that will leave you and your friends feeling Zen and refreshed. You can pack your schedule with a variety of classes and events around your home city (think: meditation sessions followed by green juices), or head to a destination retreat organized through companies like Pravassa (Pravassa.com), Fit & Fly Girl (FitandFlyGirl.com) and The Runaway Experience (TheRunawayExperience.com).

Make a splash at a pool party Fla-mingle with your favorite ladies and work on your prewedding glow at a grown-up pool party. If you don’t already know a friend willing to lend out her pool for the afternoon, look into nearby hotels or rooftops—many rent spaces on an hourly or daily basis for events. Then, fill the water with tons of cute floats, mix some margs and pile baskets high with pool party essentials like fun sunnies, magazines, sunscreen, towels and more. Hire a bartender through a local joint or app like GigMasters to act as your personal cabana boy. Piña coladas at the snap of a finger? We’re in! >>

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bachelorette planning 101 Make sure you cover all your party basics with this foolproof guide to planning the ultimate bash.

Decide who is hosting

The maid of honor typically takes the lead when it comes to the bachelorette party, but anyone can play hostess for the weekend. Volunteer your services or, if you’re the MOH, task the rest of the bridal party with jobs like securing travel and accommodations.

Make the guest list

All bridesmaids get an invite, as do any friends the bride wants to include in the celebration. It’s not necessary to invite everyone who attends the shower (typically all women invited to the wedding) to the bachelorette— try to keep it on the smaller side with 10-20 guests.

Figure out a date

If the bride has any must-attend guests, coordinate with them first on preliminary dates (roughly anywhere from three months out to a month before the wedding). Arranging one weekend that works for dozens of people can get complicated, so do your best to pick a date that’s doable for the majority of the group and stick to it.

Spread the word

If you want to splurge on fun themed paper invites then go for it, but it’s not a must. Digital invites will work great for a bachelorette bash and will help you track RSVPs easily. Make sure you get responses at least two weeks before the party, but allow for more time if you’re planning a destination affair that requires a hotel.

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A little confused by the lingo? Allow us to explain—think of a glamette as the over-the-top, indulgent big sister of the traditional bachelorette. The Bridal Bar founder Harmony Walton coined the phrase after planning a honeymoon-esque getaway for a bride and her gals in Deer Valley at the luxe St. Regis hotel. Walton made sure the weekend included lots of good food, high-end moments and even a picnic hike (see previous page). “Do what you love to do together as friends, but bigger and better,” Walton says. “Make it a trip you will all remember.” A glamette-themed weekend should be packed full of activities that spoil you and your girls, like spa appointments, private yoga sessions and luxe accommodations. You’ll want to get pampered, dress up in your party finest and eat like queens, so seek out a resort with a top-notch spa and grounds, or a city where you can go all out on the little luxuries.

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There’s nothing like roughing it in the wilderness to bring you and your friends closer together. Go back to basics with a bare-bones camping weekend at a nearby state park or campground. Skip the RV in lieu of a tent you have to pitch yourselves, then work together to build a fire and cook dinner, ending the night swapping old memories under the stars. If full-on survivalist mode isn’t your thing, you can still capture all the charm of a wilderness retreat with none of the extra schlepping by booking a spot at a “glamping” resort. You’ll get the grandeur of the great outdoors, but with luxury amenities (like running water, real beds and even, in some cases, air conditioning) to keep you all comfy.

Give thanks to the best mates in your life with an adventure on the open water. A day-long sailboat or yacht rental isn’t a low-budget option, but it often comes with additional perks like sailing lessons, a coastal tour of the area or even a staff to serve your group food and cocktails while on board. Use the sail as the kickoff to a coastalthemed weekend, and spend the rest of your time on land hanging at the beach, sampling oysters and snacking on lobster rolls. Have motion-sickness medicine on hand in case seas are choppy and an equally fun backup plan in case gray skies prevent your excursion.

Sip your way through a vineyard tour Just like you and your partner, wine and girlfriends are the perfect match. Why not spend the weekend wandering your way through the vine-covered rows of a local vineyard or two, toasting to your upcoming day and snacking on yummy bar bites? Most vineyards host tastings either for free or for a reasonable $10 to $20 per person, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you’re on a budget. Encourage your gals to each buy their favorite bottle, then revisit everyone’s picks later in the evening over a potluck dinner. Just be sure to look into booking a limo or party bus, or designating a sober friend to drive everyone around safely.

Indulge in a food crawl Foodie fans will love a weekend agenda filled with culinary curiosities. If you or your to-be-wed friend is obsessed with a certain dish or cuisine (say, burgers or Thai food), plan an epic “crawl” around a nearby area packed with eats or a city known for its killer culinary scene (like Nashville or Portland). Then, dream up fun additional activities to go with the weekend’s food theme, like beer and wine pairings or a cooking class.

Search for your future among the stars Everyone has that one friend who won’t make a decision without consulting Susan Miller first. If she tells everyone she meets that she’s an Aries and what fire signs mean, then she’d probably love a celestial-themed party. Besides having perhaps the prettiest potential when it comes to décor (think: constellation-etched wine glasses, star paper lanterns and gilded temporary astrological sign tattoos), there are several activities perfect for a star-crossed shindig. Hire a tarot card reader to answer questions about the future, a psychic to predict which solo pals may head to the altar next or even an astronomer to lead a stargazing experience.

Take a “trip” to Paris If jetting off to France isn’t in the budget, settle for the next-best thing with a weekend filled with all things Parisian. Francophile friends will swoon over a très chic schedule filled with Frenchinspired activities like a wine and cheese pairing, perfume mixology, macarons and more. Another fun idea? Seek out a figure drawing class through a company like The Artful Bachelorette (TheArtfulBachelorette.com), who will provide a professional nude male model to sketch. You’ll end up with a few giggles and a keepsake portrait that even Jack Dawson would envy.

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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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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.

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

Napa County

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

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

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

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avensole winery

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

brea community center

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

the bridges golf club

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

buca di beppo

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

black gold golf club

1 Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda, CA (714) 961-0253 EXT. 118 | ghomik@blackgoldgolf.com BlackGoldGolf.com Our clubhouse provides immaculate views of Orange County, golf course vistas and picturesque waterfalls. With vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall windows, our banquet room can accommodate up to 220 people. Our executive chef takes pride in preparing standout, masterpiece dishes. Contact our catering team. capacity 220 | price $$$

callaway vineyard & winery

32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA (951) 676-4001 CallawayWinery.com Nestled between rolling hills of vineyards in the heart of Temecula Valley’s wine country, this is the perfect location for your special day. For the charm of a lawn wedding, an intimate vineyard escape or a rustic candlelit barrel room, Callaway will surpass your wedding day dreams. capacity 250 | price $$$

bonita golf course

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

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the casino san clemente

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

catamaran resort hotel and spa

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

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 $$

the clubhouse at peacock gap

333 Biscayne, San Rafael, CA (415) 453-4910 eventspg@peacockgapgolfclub.com PeacockGapClubhouse.com The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap provides a beautiful setting to begin your happily ever after. We look forward to addressing any special requests you might have to ensure that your wedding is both relaxing and memorable. capacity 400+ | 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,

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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 $$$

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

doubletree by hilton san pedro los angeles waterfront

2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, CA (310) 514-3344 irene.fitting@hilton.com SanPedro.DoubleTree.com The DoubleTree San Pedro is a Mediterranean-style resort nestled between the picturesque Cabrillo Marina and peaceful Cabrillo Beach. For a venue that is both romantic and relaxing, the DoubleTree provides a unique and comforting atmosphere for your once-in-alifetime event. capacity 350 | price $$

electra cruises

(800) 952-9955 | (949) 565-4417 aboardelec@aol.com ElectraCruises.com Imagine the wedding of your dreams aboard one of Southern California’s most romantic yachts. Set sail under the sun or the incredible starry night sky with the Newport Harbor as your backdrop. Not only do we have a fleet of five stunning yachts, but we have a full-service bridal consulting firm. capacity 300 | price $$

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events by paiute

10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV (702) 395-1700 events@lvpaiute.com EventsByPaiute.com Redefining Las Vegas weddings. Rustic, lush, elegant and modern, Paiute is pure, undisturbed beauty, fusing stunning views of mountains, gorgeous greens and sparkling lakes with 5,000 square feet of elegant celebration space. Catering packages include dining selection plus beverage/cocktail selection and we are tax free! capacity 300 | price $$

first congregational church of la

(213) 355-5212 weddings@fccla.org FCCLA.org We offer the sweeping majesty of our Neo-Gothic sanctuary or the gorgeous intimacy of Shatto Chapel. Home to the world’s largest church pipe organ, we have varied reception areas, including outdoor courtyards, banquet halls and historical parlors, plus open clergy and musician policies. capacity 300+ | 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 $$

garden court hotel

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

highway west weddings

(208) 576-1096 groups@highwaywestvacations.com HighwayWestVacations.com/weddings Do you dream of exchanging vows in a native desert landscape surrounded by wildflowers, barefoot on the beach with the glistening Pacific as your backdrop or surrounded by the sun-kissed wine country hills? We have your venue. Our team’s personalized service makes every detail of your wedding perfect.

hilton pasadena

168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA (626) 577-1000 | Hilton.com Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley, Hilton Pasadena hotel brings 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 $$$

hornblower cruises & events

HornblowerWeddings.com Hornblower Cruises & Events features Southern California’s largest fleet of distinctive boats. For over 30 years, Hornblower has specialized in creating memorable ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Our professional coordinators handle every detail. capacity 400+ | price $$

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greater palm springs

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

hyatt regency indian wells resort & spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA (760) 674-4045 IndianWells.Hyatt.com Experience a romantic, captivating desert oasis when you plan your wedding at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Whether you are searching for an intimate occasion or a grand affair, you can feel confident that your weekend will be filled with a lifetime of memories that reflects your story. capacity 400 | price $$$

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The wedding of your dreams begins with an unforgettable setting! Commodore Cruises & Events offers the finest fleet of luxury yachts on beautiful San Francisco Bay. Our wedding planners can customize your event to make it everything you’ve imagined, providing the latest in trending cakes, custom florals, DJs, photo booths, specialty linens and menus. Let Commodore plan it all with Event Everything ! Picture your nuptials under the artful lights of the Bay Bridge, and glide off into the sunset with the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop. Call today to get a quote for your big day!

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hyatt regency lake tahoe resort

111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village, NV (775) 886-6693 tvllt-rfp@hyatt.com HyattTahoeWeddings.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 $$$

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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 $$$

lorimar vineyards and winery

39990 Anza Road, Temecula, CA (951) 694-6699 EXT. 4 (951) 410-5593 LorimarWinery.com Lorimar Vineyards & Winery blends rustic charm and classic elegance. We create intimate settings with spectacular vineyard views and sunsets over the mountains. Our Tuscan-style winery offers two distinct locations on the property—the Barrel Room and Vineyard Lawn. Build your all-inclusive package today. capacity 300 | price $$

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

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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 Monte Verde Inn is surrounded by more than six acres of beautiful gardens, lawns and forests of conifers and madrone. We can accommodate up to 220 guests for an outdoor ceremony and reception, or 100 guests for an indoor affair in our 1936 Georgian Manor Home. Ask about our inclusive packages. capacity 220 | price $$

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 (408) 239-3706 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 350 | 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 in a picturesque garden to dancing under the stars in the Grand Ballroom, the Oceano is truly unique. capacity 300 | price $$$

pala casino spa and resort

11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA (877) 946-7252 weddings@palacasino.com PalaCasino.com Against the backdrop of the Palomar Mountains, the wedding of your dreams awaits. You’ll find a dedicated staff ready to customize your wedding plans. And with our fabulous restaurants, world-class gaming, and luxurious day spa, your wedding will be more than an event, it will be an experience. capacity 2,000 | price $$$

pala mesa resort

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

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ponte winery & vineyard inn

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

porter valley country club

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

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the portofino hotel & marina

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

pullman san francisco bay

223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA (650) 508-7178 stephanie.tourial@accor.com PullmanSanFranciscoBay.com Say “I do,” then dance the night away at the finest 4-star experience on the peninsula. Allow our professionals to execute the celebration of two people in love. From magical outdoor waterfront nuptials to the plush Grand Ballroom, your dream is our focus. It’s not just a day— it’s a lifetime. capacity 300+ | 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

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redondo beach weddings

119 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 2, Redondo Beach, CA (310) 376-6911 | (800) 282-0333 info@redondochamber.org RedondoBeachWeddings.org Blessed with sweeping ocean views, ideal weather and venues overlooking Southern California’s breathtaking sunsets, Redondo Beach is always wedding-ready. Whether you live half a world away or call these shores home, our warm and picturesque beachside city can offer the destination wedding of your dreams. capacity 1,000 | price $$$

sacred mountain julian

2323 Farmer Rd., Julian, CA (760) 765-1800 SacredMountainJulian.com This breathtaking mountaintop property offers you a rustic chic outdoor wedding with 61 lush acres of beautiful unspoiled nature, the magnificent Sunset Plateau, “Valley of the Moon” and views for receptions and ceremonies. capacity 150 | price $$

san diego zoo and san diego zoo safari park

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

seascape beach resort on monterey bay

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

south coast winery resort & spa 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA (866) 994-6379 | (951) 587-9463 weddings@wineresort.com

SouthCoastWinery.com Centered in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, we offer the perfect blend of magnificent views, impeccable service and scrumptious food in an array of venues tucked away in our rolling vineyards. Let our talented wedding specialists transform your wedding dreams into unforgettable memories. capacity 350 | price $$

torrance cultural arts center

3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA (310) 781-7150 Arts.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 $$

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 (844) 775-2533 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 $$

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whitney oaks golf club

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

bella glow beauty studio

(707) 278-GLOW bellaglowbeautystudio@aol.com BellaGlowBeautyStudio.com Your walk down the aisle begins at Bella Glow Beauty Studio. Bella Glow is a one-stop, luxury skin care and hair studio. We provide the highest quality in-salon exclusive products and beauty services. Our trained estheticians and stylists will have you looking and feeling beautiful on your special day!

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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 $$

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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!

blush & bangs

On-site (805) 633-0906 megan@blushandbangsco.com BlushandBangsCo.com Blush & Bangs is your go-to team of on-site makeup artists and hair design professionals. Weddings are our forte—we stay up to date on the latest trends and will cater to your every desire. Booking with us guarantees you the highest standard of artistry and service so you can sit back and relax.

the bustle bridal boutique art of beauty

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

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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 32 years.

en blanc

EnBlancLA.com Far from traditional bridal boutiques, En Blanc aims to offer the modern bride a personalized consultation in the privacy and comfort of her own space. From start to finish, their traveling stylists and hand-delivered gown consultations offer a new and fun way to pick “the one” with your girls.

friar tux shop

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

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

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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.

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JeremyKormanMD.com/contents/tk 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.

la mienne bridal

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

lili bridals and formals, inc.

1011 Camino Del Mar, Ste. 114, Del Mar, CA (858) 523-9254 TheBustleDelMar.com Our purpose at The Bustle is to provide the ultimate gown shopping experience that our Bustle brides will never forget. Your private appointment includes champagne, treats and your personal stylist to make your bridal vision come true!

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 best selection of mother-of-the-bride dresses in Southern California, and fabulous veils and jewelry.

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liner & lace

4644 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 450, Marina del Rey, CA (310) 577-5540

San Francisco Bay Area, surrounding cities and worldwide hello@linerandlace.com

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lip glam artistry

Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas (562) 688-3483 | LipGlamArtistry.com Lip Glam Artistry, LLC, is an on-location wedding makeup artistry team. Having Nancy and her team arrive at your location for hair and makeup provides you with a relaxing experience as you prepare for your wedding in the comfort of your home, hotel or venue.

makeup by anya baker visage

(760) 574-0471 bakeranya@yahoo.com | AnyaBakerVisage.com Trained for years in Dior and YSL makeup artistry, I have developed a keen sense of taste and an individual approach. I have a flexible style and will meet you at your location. I promise your makeup will stay with you through the whole day. You will be the best version of yourself everyone will remember!

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maquillage

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

mary me bridal

2922 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA (714) 744-1655 | MaryMeBridal.com Making our brides beautiful has been our tradition for 38 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.

mon amie bridal salon

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

the one bridal

590 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

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

panache bridals

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

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.

survivoreyes

(877) 370-1166 | (714) 337-4453 mysurvivoreyes@gmail.com SurvivorEyes.com SurvivorEyes Inc. offers BrowStyle Kits for men and women that deliver high-fashion brows that are easy to apply. Each kit contains 10 unique templates to complement any face shape, a dual-sided applicator and high-quality cosmetics in three shade palettes for all skin tones. US Patent No. D793,621.

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primadonna makeover bridal hair & makeup

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

second summer bride

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

something bleu

chasing victory

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.

george thompson diamond co.

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

105 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA (760) 453-7790 | info@somethingbleusocal.com SomethingBleuSoCal.com Something Bleu is a bridal and formalwear boutique located in the coastal city of Oceanside. We specialize in cultivating an unforgettable experience for the bride and her bridal party. Designers include Jude Jowlison and more!

krizanti

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padis jewelry

4851 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa, CA (707) 535-0636

550 S. Hill St., #1605, 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.

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

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ricardo basta fine jewelry

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

cakes & caterers

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(310) 928-9966 hello@zen-craft.com | Zen-Craft.com Zen Craft is Palm Springs’s only option for truly full-service catering, planning, floral and an event service partner. We hand-select and train our staff to ensure an impossibly high level of service. We pride ourselves as being highly sought after—and the only option for the most discerning clientele.

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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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photography & video

hector maranesi photography

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

quantum party productions

369 Pine Street, #529, San Francisco, CA (800) 940-9416 info@goquantum.co GoQuantum.co Quantum DJs specialize in weddings. Our DJs mix music and perform as MC. We will play your music. Everything will be tailored for you, from what we wear to the music we play. Visit our showroom for a live DJ and lighting demo!

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kq elements

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

entertainment

351 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 273-4741 GEARYS.com For over 87 years, GEARYS has created a magical registry experience. With your personal registry consultant, a flexible credit system and the GEARYS concierge touch, you can shop the finest in home décor and tabletop from legendary brands and exciting designers. We carry the best—that’s what you deserve.

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!

il cuore “the heart” wine cellars

(800) 682-8268 jdreyer@dreyerwine.com IlCuoreWines.com Il Cuore (“The Heart” in Italian), honors Italian immigrants who planted vines along California’s North Coast. Pure varietal character and fresh flavors are hallmarks in each bottle of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, chardonnay and sparkling wine. We’re family owned and affordably priced. Live passionately.

invitations & details

creative party design

specialty services

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

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 with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

fantasy sound event services

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

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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.

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

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Hornblower Cruises

65

Avensole Winery

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Hotel Corque

200

Black Gold Golf Club

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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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Bonita Golf Course

203

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

270

The Bridges Golf Club

35

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

267

Buca di Beppo

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

156

Callaway Vineyard and Winery

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La Jolla Shores Hotel

147

Casino San Clemente

133

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

149

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

39

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

209

Chateau Nightclubs

139

Marina Village Conference Center

177

Cliff House

31

Montage Kapalua Bay

115

The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap

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Monte Verde Estate

251

Commodore Cruises & Events

277

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Concord Clarion Hotel

258

Mount Palomar Winery

179

Crooked Vine Winery

261

Noor 135

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown

43

Oceano Hotel & Spa

247

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro L.A. Waterfront

216

Pala Casino Spa and Resort

145

Electra Cruises

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Pala Mesa Resort

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First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

200

Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn

45

The Freedom Hall & Gardens

269

Porter Valley Country Club

205

Garden Court Hotel

257

The Portofino Hotel & Marina

212

Grand Hyatt San Diego

173

Pullman San Francisco Bay

261

GrandView 277

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

275

Greater Palm Springs

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Redondo Beach Weddings

17

Hamilton Oaks Events & A Stone’s Throw Winery

128

Sacred Mountain Julian

167

Highway West Weddings

18

Saguaro Scottsdale

109

Hilton Pasadena

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San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Seascape Beach Resort

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Bella Glow Beauty Studio

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

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Bellami 212

Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club

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Bellasposa 89

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

239

Blush & Bangs

211

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

215

The Bustle Bridal Boutique

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Trump International Hotel & Tower

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Della Curva

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Viaggio Estate & Winery

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Dr. Jeremy E. Korman, M.D.

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Visit Camarillo Wedding Venues and Hotels

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Elegant Lace Bridal

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Wayfarer’s Chapel

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En Blanc

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Wiens Family Cellars

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The Face of Beauty

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Wine & Roses

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Friar Tux Shop

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Janene’s Bridal Boutique

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Jim Hjelm Couture

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La Mienne Bridal

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Lili Bridal

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Liner & Lace

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Lip Glam Artistry

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Contemporary Catering

2

Barçon Cocktail Co.

153

MIHO Catering Co.

159

Zen Craft

14

286

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. 258

Maquillage 275 JEWELRY

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Chasing Victory

243

George Thompson Diamond Co.

77

Krizanti 62 Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry

227

Steve Padis Jewelry

253

Mary Me Bridal

127

Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Cover

The One Bridal

263

Panache Bridal & Eveningwear

1

Primadonna Makeover Perfume Bar Soiree

270

Second Summer Bride

233

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Something Bleu

33

Anya Baker Visage

199

St. James The Salon

269

Art of Beauty

229

SurvivorEyes 203

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Soirée Design & Events

83

White Feathers Events

217

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Hector Maranesi Photography

206

Rebecca Yale Photography

101

ENTERTAINMENT

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Fantasy Sound Event Services

264

Quantum Party Productions

263

Maui’s Angels

119

Simply Elegant Occasions

54

Weddings By Dzign

111

White Lace Events & Design

155

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Cover, 49

Brea Bridal Show

214

Bridal Showplace

131

Camelot Party Rentals

283

Citrusmark 216 PAGE #

Destination Weddings

27

Creative Party Design

214

Il Cuore

283

Things Remembered

51

Jake Duke Studios

211

Platinum Event Rentals

195

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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KQ Elements

141

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

Laurie D’Anne Events

113

Geary’s 25

287

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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marie & logan los angeles

“It was such a powerful and special experience to be married there,” Marie says of being announced “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” as they exited their temple and saw their family and friends waiting outside. “It was an incredible feeling to be able to hug them and see their faces on such an important day in our lives.”

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