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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 20 22 24 28 34 40 44 50 53 59 296 298

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 windy city venues with a view expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of an emergency kit marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL COSTELLO

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GOLF SPA SHOP DINE CASINO

GET UP AND GO Breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. The paradise of a Northern Michigan wedding is more than inspirational views, a flowerlined path, or sunset stroll on the beach. More than tee times with the guys or endless pampering for the girls. It’s having all those things at your fingertips. You won’t believe it if you haven’t seen it. Get up and go at GrandTraverseResort.com/Weddings. 2017

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 188

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

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

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9 rules for accessorizing your dress

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Pick the perfect finishing touches.

beauty & wellness 222

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wedding themes 101

Healthy foods to keep you gorgeous.

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How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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look good on paper All your stationery questions answered.

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wedding cakes by style

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

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

a stem for every style Follow this guide to choose your florals.

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YO U R P E R F E C T DAY

I T STA RTS H E R E Where Magnificent Mile elegance meets the grandeur of Chicago’s architectural glory, LondonHouse Chicago offers brides one of the city’s most unforgettable wedding venues. Offering an array of incomparable options, including our iconic rooftop and cupola, the stunning Juliette Grand Ballroom along with our incredible

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views of the Chicago River and the city skyline, the city’s newest event space provides a show-stopping location for your special day.

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r  eal weddings 64 shelby & tom august 27, chicago

68 michelle & nick october 15, evanston

74 christine & nick july 16, oak brook

80 joyce & sean june 4, chicago

86 kelly & troy september 10, hinsdale

92 drew & sergio may 31, chicago

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

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april & noor

225 10 old-school planning rules

you can break

96 april & noor

232 happy campers

100 lauren & loren

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

october 1, chicago

241 how to actually pay for

108 hailey & jay

247 13 essential planning tips

september 24, geneva

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

112 jessica & billy

267 face the music Mistakes not to make with your band or DJ. Stylish transportation options.

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

july 23, aurora

nationwide

273 road to the altar

your wedding

104 caly & jay

Ask your photographer these questions.

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

Some traditions just don’t hold up.

july 9, chicago

253 the big picture

279 engagement party basics Hosting etiquette you need to know.

2 84 hottest honeymoon

destinations

Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

october 15, oswego

116 jasmine & brandon february 27, chicago

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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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca .com (Chicago & Oakbrook Terrace); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca.com (Chicago); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com

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ON HIM

EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

ON HIM

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

behind the scenes

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

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

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

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

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MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

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Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy 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 DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lauren Banister, lbanister@theknot.com (855) 788-7428

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

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Windy City for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Chicago celebration is all about, like Marla and Trevin’s Ovation Chicago nuptials. Their day included Asian and Peruvian fare and a paper altar made from dozens of origami cranes.

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 241) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 284)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 118). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 160) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 188) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 241). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 130) to where to register right now (p. 173), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 188)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 160)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 118)

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

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

MONTHS

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

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

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

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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

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

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

our planner app is a must-have!

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

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

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

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

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

SEATING STRESS

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

A HAIR AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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160 E. Pearson St., Chicago; (312) 266-1000; RitzCarlton.com It’s tough to top an iconic brand like the Ritz-Carlton, but thanks to a newly refurbished grand ballroom, this urban mainstay is more jaw-dropping than ever. The opulent event space boasts sweeping urban landscapes to enjoy and is the largest luxury ballroom in the city, with enough room for up to 850 guests. There’s also an outdoor terrace, junior ballroom and foyer, but our fave detail has to be the dramatic crystal chandelier adorned with 400,000 glittering crystals.

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1616 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago; (872) 315-3050; TheRobey.com Nothing says “urban escape” quite like The Robey’s rooftop Cabana Club—an open-air oasis equipped with lounge chairs and one of Chicago’s best mojitos. There, you can exchange “I dos” while treating up to 200 guests to expansive panoramas of the eclectic Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. Postceremony, head indoors to Up & Up, a swanky, elevated lounge on the hotel’s 13th floor that’s perfect for an intimate fete. Sip cocktails on the alfresco terrace, or simply soak up the surrounding twinkling skyline.

636 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago; (312) 447-0955; TheBlackstoneHotel.com With its distinguished charm and storied past, it’s no wonder the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Al Capone admired this sophisticated Chicago mainstay. The newly updated Blackstone Hotel is home to 335 chic guest rooms, acclaimed restaurant Mercat a la Planxa and an iconic Crystal Ballroom that can comfortably accommodate up to 345 guests for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing.

1816 N. Clark St., Chicago; (312) 254-4747; JParkerChicago.com Looking for a sleek hotel venue? This posh rooftop lounge high above Hotel Lincoln is an ideal place to wed. Invite up to 225 guests to the airy patio and bar, which offer unobstructed views of Lincoln Park, North Avenue Beach and the nearby zoo. And you can forget worrying about last-minute rain or chilly temps on your wedding day, since The J. Parker comes equipped with a fully retractable glass rooftop—keeping your party warm and dry.

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If the idea of a garter toss makes you uncomfortable, have the groom toss his boutonniere instead. If you need extra budget for additional flowers or cute favors, review your overall living expenses. Taking a few months off from Netflix, Hulu or gym memberships can help you put that money toward your wish list items.

what’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to incorporate into a wedding but have yet to do? I’ve always wanted to plan a hot air balloon exit. It would be so romantic to go up with your new spouse and look down and reflect on the night and your future ahead. what red flags should couples consider when searching for their venue? Consider the reliability and competence of the venue’s staff, excessive additional fees and 20-page contracts. is there one planning tip you wish all to-be-weds knew? Don’t order cake for every person on your guest list. Not everyone eats cake, especially when there’s a groom’s cake or additional dessert available. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to send about 50 servings of leftover cake home with the couple’s parents.

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what’s the process like when you first meet with a couple? Typically, I first meet a couple at their tasting appointment. I like to get a sense of their wedding style as a whole, so we talk about everything from the topper to the cake stand and everything in between. what are some of your favorite cake flavor combinations? One of my favorite offerings is our pistachio cake paired with a lychee rose buttercream. The nuttiness and floral components really pop against the lychee fruit. We recently had a request for a cucumber cake paired with a light and refreshing lemon buttercream—it was a hit. If you’re looking for something different, don’t be afraid to ask your baker if they’re willing to think outside the box.

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Choose flavors and designs that speak to you to make it your own and make it fun. This is cake after all. Your baker should take the time to answer all of your questions and make any changes necessary until you’re both happy with the final cake design.

aside from cake, what’s another must-have dessert at a reception? We may be a little biased, but macarons make for a great addition to a sweets table and can be displayed on a tower as a nice centerpiece. Plus, they’re naturally gluten free. what’s the secret behind a beautiful cake that tastes as good as it looks? Quality ingredients like real butter, fresh fruit and pure vanilla all make a difference. We’re a small bakery, so we don’t take on a large amount of wedding cake orders every weekend. That means we don’t have to bake and build cakes five days ahead of an event. Our cakes are baked fresh, so they stay fresh. share one piece of advice all brides and grooms should know. If you want a custom-designed cake, share your budget with your baker ahead of time. This will allow your cake designer to create a tailored dessert that’s reasonable for you. And make sure you’re comfortable with your baker—if you don’t feel a strong connection, communication will be difficult. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Drink lots of water during the weeks leading up to your wedding for extra energy and glowing skin. Avoid using higher than SPF 15 on your wedding day to avoid “flashback” in photos. Tearing up? Gently place a cotton swab in the inner corner of your eyes to catch welled-up tears before they fall.

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let’s talk beauty prep: what should and shouldn’t brides do in the weeks leading up to their vows? Great skin is a canvas for great makeup. Take care of your skin with a customized skin care routine at least six months out from your wedding. If you’re going to experiment with injections, tanning, peels or any new beauty routine, try it months ahead of time so you’re confident with the results. If you get a facial in the week leading up to your wedding, avoid extractions, and make sure spray tans are done three days in advance. As for your wedding day, use a gentle sheet mask in the morning or gel pads if your eyes feel puffy. where can brides find the best hair and makeup inspiration? Looking through your hired artist’s portfolio ensures you both have similar tastes. Look at photos of celebrities on the red carpet, but avoid Pinterest and Instagram profiles of beauty influencers—many of those images have been heavily photoshopped. Find more fashion and beauty experts in your area in our directory on p. 312

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are there any beauty trends you’re currently obsessed with? Classic beauty is always in. You can’t go wrong with luminous skin, a soft shimmering eye with black liner, or lots of lashes paired with a natural pink lip and pop of gloss.

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Five supersweet proposals from local to-be-weds. BY KRISTIN JOY

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Three years after these former roommates began dating, Brett surprised Bhumy with a question written in typeset. “Bhumy has a love for old printing, so I set up a trip to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum,” he says of the sentimental surprise. Once there, a museum curator handed a clueless Bhumy an ink roller and a large sheet of paper before asking her to do the honors. “Bhumy was so thrilled to be participating that we had to remind her to pick up the paper after rolling it,” Brett says. On the paper, written in ink, were the words, “Will you marry me?” The ring: Giraux Fine Jewelry >>

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Kelly knew when she met David at a conference in 2011 that she was interested in him, but because he lived in Illinois and she in Portland, Oregon, Kelly thought they would just remain friends. All of that changed when they reconnected nearly five years later during David’s trip to Portland. They began dating, and after a little over a year together, the couple attended the same conference where they’d first met. This time, David returned with a ring. After finding the only quiet spot in a hotel filled with New Year’s Eve revelers, he got down not on one knee, but two to ask Kelly the question she’d been waiting to hear. “I was proposing and praying,” he says. The ring: Fred Meyer Jewelers

brent & jim A New Leaf PHOTOGRAPH BY STUDIO 29 PHOTOGRAPHY + DESIGN

Cupid was the one to set up this couple— OkCupid, that is. “Brent’s roommate at the time created a profile for him without him knowing,” Jim (left) says. But the two turned out to be a perfect match, and after five years of dating, Jim surprised Brent with a beach getaway and a question. “He arranged for a day at a private beach in St. Maarten, where we went for our first long trip together,” Brent says. “Jim was reminiscing and once I sat up from reading a book, I realized he had written ‘Marry Me?’ in the sand.” After a shocked Brent accepted the Cartier band from Jim, they toasted with champagne. The ring: Cartier >>

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When Robert surprised his high school sweetheart Klarissa with a 10-year anniversary trip to Europe, she knew something was up. “This is obviously not a typical gift we give, so I was definitely suspicious,” Klarissa says. Her instincts proved correct. While admiring the ancient Colosseum in Rome, Robert asked Klarissa to marry him. “We were hugging and I could literally feel Rob’s heart pounding,” she says. “It felt like it was going to pop right out of his chest.” The proposal was even sweeter when Klarissa noticed he’d gifted her with her dream ring: a vintage art deco sparkler. The ring: Heidi Gibson

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After meeting at a holiday party, Lydia made Royce wait 5 months and 40 dates before they officially became a couple. “Lydia couldn’t admit she had the hots for me any sooner!” Royce says. But he always knew she was the one—after dating nearly three years, he pulled off an elaborate proposal and party surrounded by family and friends. “Lydia loves grand gestures,” Royce says of his plan that included a fake invitation and the ruse of a faux raffle ticket. “I was honored that Royce went out of his way to plan such a memorable proposal,” she says. The ring: Cottage Hill Diamonds Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 314

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August 27 • Chicago

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Shelby wore an ivory, embroidered sheath, while Tom accessorized his gray suit with a custom tie clip made from leather found in his grandfather’s workshop.

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BRIDE Shelby Montague, 27, a social worker GROOM Tom Campobasso, 33, a software developer HOW THEY MET At a bar WEDDING STYLE Birch tree stumps, potted succulents, lush ferns and lanterns transformed Shelby and Tom’s loft venue into a sophisticated secret garden. —Kristin Joy

Fern-filled metal buckets lined the alfresco aisle, which led to a wrought-iron altar draped in fauna. “We wanted to create a woodland look within the city,” Shelby says of their overgrown aesthetic.

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After the ceremony, partygoers moved to the venue’s atrium for dinner and dancing, where all the antiques for sale served as built-in décor. “Our guests loved browsing all the items the store sells by day,” Shelby says.

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SHELBY & TOM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Artifact

Events, Chicago

PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen

and Stephanie Booth/Booth Photographics VIDEOGRAPHY Old North Film Company FLOWERS Stems

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The couple chose “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges for their first dance as newlyweds.

HEADPIECE

Paris by Debra Moreland, Ultimate Bride SHOES Alex Marie

ENGAGEMENT

RING Gabriel & Co. WEDDING RINGS Bride:

Gabriel & Co.; groom: ArtCarved EARRINGS BHLDN

HAIR Debra Petrielli

Joanna B Artistry J.Crew

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Enzo

Custom; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Anna Kate Design; Calligraphy

by Cristine; Lauren Monaco

RENTALS BBJ

Linen Rental; Event Brilliance; Hall’s Rental CATERING &

CAKE Jewell Events

Catering LATE-NIGHT FOOD Big Star

MUSIC

Ceremony: Sunnyside Up; reception: Chicago Catz Services

TRANSPORTATION M&M Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS Aloft Chicago;

InterContinental Chicago; The Palmer House As a nod to Shelby’s Southern roots, a bluegrass band played while guests indulged in truffle mac and cheese, fried chicken hors d’oeuvres and signature mint juleps. Because Tom proposed on a hot-air balloon high above Tuscany, the couple’s caterer baked balloon-shaped sugar cookies that served as sweet favors.

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HONEYMOON Croatia & Montenegro

GUESTS 225 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Michelle clutched a compact arrangement of amaranthus, craspedia, ranunculus and roses.

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BRIDE Michelle Lustig, 31, an event planner GROOM Nicholas (Nick) Walby, 36, a real estate broker HOW THEY MET At a gym WEDDING STYLE A relaxed restaurant venue and darling, dog-inspired details made for an ultra-personal fall fete. —KJ

Committed to creating a guest experience that felt anything but traditional, Michelle and Nick booked their go-to neighborhood restaurant for their “I dos.” Guests gathered under a tent on the restaurant’s brick-lined patio for cocktail hour, which took place before the ceremony. “We didn’t want a traditional wedding that started in a banquet room and moved into another room down the hall,” Michelle says of switching up their wedding timeline.

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Michelle stunned in a two-piece dress, while Nick and their bulldog, Porter, donned matching bow ties. In lieu of a formal ceremony aisle and chairs, guests were invited to stand to witness the duo become Mr. and Mrs. “I loved that our guests huddled closely together and that our wedding party had to zigzag their way through the crowd to get to the altar,� Michelle says.

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“The last thing we wanted was a ton of flowers that would take away from the venue’s existing aesthetic,” Michelle says of highlighting the restaurant’s industrial fixtures, exposed brick and handcrafted wooden tables. Red-brick table numbers dotted the tablescapes, along with verdant garlands and paper coasters featuring Porter’s illustration and the couple’s wedding date.

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Peckish Pig, Evanston

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Angela Renee Photography Mirar Productions Callie Lucas

VIDEOGRAPHY

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

FLOWERS Floral Gardens Inc.

GOWN Moonlight, Blush Bridal Lounge,

Austin, TX

SHOES Banana Republic

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Custom

HAIR &

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MAKEUP Antonette

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Calvin Klein

STATIONERY

Ashley Parker Creative; Más+Millie House of Rental

RENTALS

CATERING Peckish Pig

CAKE Sugar Fixé

MUSIC Hey Jimmy

TRANSPORTATION Top Fleet Inc. ACCOMMODATIONS The Guesthouse

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

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Personalized party popper place cards doubled as festive favors.

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BRIDE Christine, 30, an administrative assistant at Kate Spade New York GROOM Nick, 30, a police officer HOW THEY MET Through their parents, who grew up together WEDDING STYLE Fun-loving couple Christine and Nick paired bold black-and-white details with retro accents, giving their mid-summer celebration more of a playful vibe. —KJ

“We wanted the day to feel casual, charming and colorful,” says Christine, who rode to their nuptials with her immediate family in a vintage 1955 black stretch Cadillac. “Our driver put on ‘Chapel of Love,’ and we all sang along on our way to the church,” she says. “It’s one of my favorite memories of that day.”

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Punchy red blooms, French blue accents, sequined linens and gold flatware brought the couple’s cheeky vintage vision to life. For an added pop of playfulness, a custom “Just Married” neon sign was displayed behind the newlyweds during dinner. “It now hangs above our bed,” Christine says.

The bride donned a silk scarf that read “Just Married” during their grand getaway.

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Bistro lights hung high above the checkered dance floor, while 100 oversize black-and-white balloons filled the cocktail hour space.

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Church, Wheaton RECEPTION SITE Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club, Oak Brook Christine purchased her strapless tulle dress online less than six weeks before saying “I do.” “It was so fun to wear,” she says of twirling hand in hand with her husband to hit songs from the ’60s. Striped umbrellas shielded guests from the sun as they sipped signature Shirley Temple cocktails spiked with cherry vodka.

PHOTOGRAPHY Kina Wicks Photography MONTH-OF COORDINATOR Kristin Ashley

Events

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Bosse/Hey Gorgeous Events Ford, Shopbop.com Bells

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SHOES Kate Spade New York

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS James

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HAIR Zazu Salon

Black

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New York Company

MAKEUP Laura

MENSWEAR Hugo Boss; Tom James STATIONERY Smitten on Paper;

calligraphy: Prairie Letter Shop

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MDM Entertainment; Tablescapes Event Rentals CATERING Angeli’s Restaurant & Catering CAKE Portillo’s

MUSIC Cocktail hour:

Tony Ocean; reception: The Chicago Catz TRANSPORTATION Vintage Chauffeuring ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Chicago/Oak

Brook Hills Resort Macy’s

REGISTRIES Anthropologie;

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

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Joyce Liau, 30, a physical therapist GROOM Sean Cullen, 31, works in construction HOW THEY MET At a college party WEDDING STYLE Three months after they wed in an intimate ceremony in Portland, Oregon, newlyweds Joyce and Sean hosted a formal reception surrounded by 200 guests. —KJ

“We wanted to create the feel of an upscale party,” Joyce says of their sophisticated reception style. Clusters of peonies and roses were hung high above tablescapes, making for a showstopping floral focal point.

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Joyce opted for a feathered asymmetrical gown, while Sean donned a dapper bespoke suit and black tie for the occasion. Low-lying arrangements of punchy pink, peach and orange blooms topped dining tables, allowing guests to chat with ease.

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Kiri Pen Carlson of Pen / Carlson Estera Events

PLANNER

FLOWERS HMR Designs

GOWN Lela Rose, Belle Vie Bridal Couture,

Chicago

SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT RING A.Jaffe WEDDING RINGS TQ Diamonds JEWELRY LAGOS HAIR Livia Caporale

Cumber

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STATIONERY Flying Rabbit Press RENTALS HMR Designs

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Entertaining Company DESSERTS Sweet Mandy B’s

MUSIC Lynne Jordan and

the Shivers PHOTO BOOTH Smilebooth WELCOME BOAT CRUISE Chicago’s Classic

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Quarters Hotel; Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel; Thompson Chicago Partygoers indulged in salted caramel panna cotta, peanut butter truffles and warm chocolate chip cookies before taking home late-night treats from The Bento Box. “We loved that some of our favorite neighborhood joints were incorporated into the dining experience,” Joyce says.

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Kelly’s silk satin, chiffon gown perfectly complemented Troy’s custom navy tuxedo.

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BRIDE Kelly Hellwig, 23, works in public relations GROOM Troy Volkel, 27, works in real estate HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE Ornate chandeliers and a muted blush and cream palette lent an element of elegance to Kelly and Troy’s alfresco affair. —KJ

Kelly and Troy tied the knot in a tree-lined ceremony at her grandparents’ home— a longtime dream turned reality for the bride. “I’ve always loved how beautiful the grounds are,” she says of the verdant space, which was transformed using mirrored accents and massive arrangements of all-white blooms.

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In keeping with the nature-inspired aesthetic, the duo brought the outdoors in by wrapping tent poles with lush greenery and twinkling lights. “I was brought to tears when I saw the reception tent,” Kelly says.

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As an indulgent nod to the bride’s family-owned business, cinnamon-sugar doughnut holes were paired with mini milk cartons for favors. “My grandfather started the Dean’s Dairy company, so chugs of chocolate and regular milk felt like an appropriate party favor,” Kelly says of the ultra-personal detail.

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GOWN Anne Barge, Belle Vie Bridal

Couture

SHOES Christian Louboutin

ENGAGEMENT RING Marina Diamonds

& Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Bride: Marina Diamonds & Jewelry; groom: David Yurman EARRINGS Nordstrom

Zazu Salon

HAIR &

Lhuillier, Bella Bridesmaids Suitsupply

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Monique STATIONERY &

MENSWEAR SIGN-IN

BOOK Ashley’s Custom Stationery & More RENTALS Blue Peak Tents Inc.; Food For

Thought

CATERING Food For Thought

CAKE Amy Beck Cake Design DESSERTS

Nothing Bundt Cakes Music

Kirschbaum’s Bakery Odyssey Transportation Kelly’s mother sourced all the paper goods from her stationery store.

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MUSIC Rendezvous

FAVORS Dean’s Milk Chugs; TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

Loews Chicago Hotel; W Chicago–City Center Hotel

HONEYMOON Bali, Indonesia

GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 31 • Chicago

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GROOM Andrew (Drew) Freeman, 31, a nurse anesthetist GROOM Fernando (Sergio) Mojica, 40, an assistant principal HOW THEY MET At a common friend’s party WEDDING STYLE The couple’s love for weekly “Sunday Funday” celebrations inspired them to plan a day wedding filled with party-worthy tunes in a loft setting. —KJ

“We wanted a daytime party with celebratory music that would keep everyone dancing for hours on end,” Drew says. The fun-loving duo accomplished just that, thanks to a playlist that included classic dance hits from the likes of Whitney Houston and ABBA.

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A rum-soaked cake sat atop a wooden stand etched with the newlyweds’ initials.

Partygoers sipped on signature Moscow Mule cocktails and indulged in chicken and waffles, empanadas and mac and cheese before taking home individually wrapped Chicago-style hot dogs. For their first dance as a newly married pair, Drew and Sergio swayed to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles.

DREW & SERGIO’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Greenhouse Loft, Chicago

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FLOWERS Pollen

OFFICIANT Rev. John David van

Dooren

MENSWEAR & SHOES

Suitsupply CUFF LINKS Tiffany & Co. WEDDING RINGS Jewelry by Johan ATTENDANT DRESSES Nordstrom STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS,

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Big Delicious Planet

CAKE

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Parapluie; Toast & Jam PHOTO BOOTH Greenhouse Loft

Sunglasses: 4imprint

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TRANSPORTATION

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. ACCOMMODATIONS Hotel Lincoln REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Crate &

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THEIR STORY BRIDE April Janssen, 29, a sustainability project manager GROOM Noor Mahajan, 29, works in corporate strategy and operations HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE The eco-conscious couple embraced the groom’s Indian heritage and planned a green celebration that included recycled platinum rings and vegetarian fare that was composted postreception. —KJ

“I have a sincere passion for sustainability,” April says of her planning priorities, which she put into practice by selecting a florist with a no-pesticide policy. “I challenged vendors and ourselves to seek options that minimized our impact. If you’re going to spend the money, why not make a difference?”

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WEDDING RINGS Brilliant Earth EARRINGS

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HAIR Anca Moldoveanu

MAKEUP Anjelica Bannos Artistry HENNA ARTIST Henna Services

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DRESSES Kalpana’s Creations, Ahmedabad,

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MENSWEAR Various; The Tie Bar

STATIONERY GoldenLidCraftsCo, Etsy.com;

January Waters

RENTALS Atmosphere Events

Group; Bandhan Rentals & Decoration Inc. CATERING Limelight Catering DESSERTS

West Town Bakery

MUSIC Style Matters

DANCE LESSONS Duet Dance Studio TRANSPORTATION Odyssey Transportation ACCOMMODATIONS Aloft Chicago

City Center; The Westin Chicago River North “The museum felt like an oasis within the city,” April says of booking the modern venue, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, an airy rooftop and butterfly haven. After a quick outfit change, the bride and groom hit the gallery for their first dance as newlyweds to King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

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REGISTRIES Amazon.com; HONEYMOON Japan GUESTS 185

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In the months before the wedding, Loren’s mother folded thousands of origami cranes to honor the Japanese senbazuru tradition. Those folded tokens of good fortune were then suspended from the ballroom’s ceiling, resulting in a showstopping chuppah.

In lieu of escort cards, guests’ names were printed on translucent boards adorned with strands of orchids.

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FLOWERS HMR Designs

OFFICIANT Rabbi Evan Moffic

GOWN

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VEIL Peter Langner, Mark

Ingram Atelier

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

M.Y. Finkelman Co.

HAIR Jenn Wiley

MAKEUP Stellair Beauty

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom

MENSWEAR

Groom: Isaia, Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes: Ferragamo; groomsmen: Suitsupply STATIONERY Bella Figura; HMR Designs;

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RENTALS HMR Designs; The

Langham Chicago Chicago Floor-to-ceiling windows were a selling point for the couple, who fell for the hotel’s picturesque views of the Chicago River and skyline.

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CATERING The Langham

CAKE Elysia Root Cakes

Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra Garrett Popcorn

MUSIC FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS

Kinzie Hotel; The Langham Chicago REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bloomingdale’s;

Crate & Barrel

HONEYMOON Portugal

GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“I’ve always loved daisies and wildflowers,” Caly says of her compact bouquet. “They remind me of summer days spent at our lake house.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Caly Meyers, 28, an HR and volunteer manager GROOM Jay Mixa, 33, a web developer HOW THEY MET While watching a friend’s band perform at a bar WEDDING STYLE “I wanted to make everyone smile,” Caly says of planning a joyous, sunshine-themed summer wedding marked by plenty of yellow blooms and cheery striped table linens. —KJ

Ceremony programs simply stated “you are my happy,” and Caly walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. “We had to make the aisle wider so our flower girls could walk side by side in their poufy dresses,” she says.

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Fun aquatic details like tropical fish cake toppers and hand-doodled table numbers created by the couple’s nieces and nephews were a nod to the pair’s saltwater aquarium. “Our style is sunny, bright and happy,” Caly says. “I wanted to create a space where guests could kick back, connect and smile.”

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COORDINATOR Joley Walgren/Stonebridge

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FLOWERS Kio Kreations

GOWN Eddy K, Bri’Zan Couture, Naperville VEIL &

SHOES David’s Bridal

ENGAGEMENT RING Fey & Co. WEDDING RINGS Naperville Jewelers EARRINGS

LottieDaDesigns, Etsy.com

HAIR Becky

Luckmann Hair & Makeup Artistry MAKEUP Julie Munn Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Minted.com

Shutterfly.com

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS &

Stonebridge Country Club Inc. DESSERTS Flur

CATERING

CAKE The Cakery

MUSIC Ceremony: Jim

Perona; reception: True Sounds Entertainment FAVORS WeddingFavorsUnlimited.com ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Place Chicago/

The pair took a spin on the dance floor to Bob Dylan’s “All I Really Want to Do.”

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REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON Isla Holbox, Mexico GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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BRIDE Hailey Wouters, 28, a resident physician GROOM James (Jay) Sibbett, 37, also a resident physician HOW THEY MET In med school at Michigan State University WEDDING STYLE With a romantic, chic fete in mind, Hailey and Jay outfitted their historic venue with a soft palette of lavender, blush and gold. —KJ

Unparalleled views of the Fox River made Riverside Reception an easy choice for the couple’s early fall affair. A cluster of hydrangeas, eucalyptus and garden roses hung from an iron gate that doubled as an altar in the venue’s open-air courtyard.

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FLOWERS Elizabeth Wray

GOWN Paloma Blanca, Veiled in

Elegance, Geneva

SHOES Angela Nuran

ENGAGEMENT RING Tapper’s WEDDING RINGS Bride: Rock Her World; groom: Kay

Jewelers

HAIR Lola by Gina

Odalisque Beauty Apothecary

MAKEUP BRIDESMAID

DRESSES The Dessy Group, Demetrios

Bride

MENSWEAR BLACK By Vera Wang,

Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Minted.com;

WeddingPaperDivas.com Riverside Receptions Inc.

CATERING

CAKE The Cakery

MUSIC Ceremony: Moeller Music;

reception: Ricky Loiben

FAVORS Ghirardelli

TRANSPORTATION First Student Charter

Bus Rental

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfort

Inn & Suites Geneva; Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles; Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles Groomsmen donned gray suits, pink ties and boutonnieres made of a single succulent—one of the bride’s favorite blooms. For her walk down the brick-paved aisle, Hailey slipped into an ivory, strapless gown with a French lace bodice and full tiered skirt. “I instantly fell in love with that dress,” she says.

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REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; MINI-MOON Door County, WI

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

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William Tell Holiday Inn Countryside The Perfect Venue. The Perfect Wedding.

• Overnight accommodations •Vaulted Ceiling •Courtyard & Gazebo • Fireplaces •Skylights • Professional Coordinators

Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets & Conference Center 6201 Joliet Road Countryside, Illinois 60525 | 708.354.4200 holidayinnwilliamtell.com | sales@holidayinncs.com

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“I loved my dress for its simplicity and unavoidable ‘wow’ factor,” Jessica says of the silk design.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jessica Sommesi, 31, a small business owner GROOM Billy Kennedy, 32, an asphalt lab engineer HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Borrowing cues from Kate and Will’s royal wedding, the pair wed in a timeless affair marked by leafy arrangements and a refined palette of gray and green. —KJ

“I wanted to make an impression on guests by making their eyes, ears and stomachs happy,” Jessica says of her sophisticated design approach that included a focus on décor, music and food. With a verdant, leather-wrapped arrangement in hand, the bride walked down the aisle to wed Billy in her childhood church.

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Surrounded by 300 acres of pristine green grounds, guests enjoyed Moscow Mules in the on-site horse stables before moving to a tent on the lawn to continue the celebration. Clusters of magnolia leaves topped dining tables, where partygoers enjoyed charcuterie and, of course, giardiniera (an Italian relish).

Church, Naperville RECEPTION SITE Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, Oswego

PHOTOGRAPHY

Natalie Martin/Natalie Probst Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Mirar Productions PLANNER Bianca Hall/Estera Events FLOWERS Fleur

Heiar

OFFICIANT Fr. Donald

GOWN Carolina Herrera, Ultimate

Bride, Chicago

VEIL Ultimate Bride

SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT

RING The Diamond Center WEDDING RINGS

la’LOR

HAIR Your Stylist AJ

Shannon O’Brien BCBG Max Azria

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Groom:

TheBlackTux.com; groomsmen: Suitsupply; ties: TheTieBar.com Drake Design

STATIONERY Sarah

RENTALS Blue Peak Tents Inc.

CATERING Boutique Bites

Patisserie

CAKE Vanille

MUSIC Cocktail hour: Carlo

Basile; reception: The Chicago Players TRANSPORTATION Van Galder Bus Company ACCOMMODATIONS Chicago Marriott

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REGISTRIES BlueprintRegistry.com;

Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Restoration Hardware HONEYMOON Miami Beach, FL GUESTS 225 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• Full Service Catering • Buffet • Family Style • Plated • Chef Action Stations • Food Truck • Multi Ethnic Cuisines • Custom Menus and Packages • Staffing and Rentals • Drop Off Services

From

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February 27 • Chicago

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Jasmine’s textured, hand-tied bouquet featured blush garden roses, blushing bride protea and ivory spray roses.

THEIR STORY

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Gallery 1028, Chicago

PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael Nguyen Photography

PLANNER

Nicole Hensley/Storybook Weddings & Events

FLOWERS Vale of Enna

OFFICIANT Bride’s father

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Hundreds of candles lined the length of the aisle and walls, giving the rustic loft a more inviting look. After digging into bites like sirloin sliders and miniature chocolate milk shakes, guests were treated to a hot cocoa bar that served up shaved dark chocolate, crushed peppermint and chocolate ganache cubes.

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SHOES Valentino

GOWN

VEIL David’s ENGAGEMENT

RING Gabriel & Co. WEDDING RINGS

Etsy.com EARRINGS Nordstrom &

HAIR

MAKEUP Bianca Sansosti Artistry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES WeddingtonWay.com MENSWEAR Groom: Combatant

Gentlemen; groomsmen: Menguin.com STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS Gallery 1028

CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS Calihan Catering MUSIC First in Flight Entertainment REGISTRY Honeyfund.com

HONEYMOON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your invites are one of the most important elements of your wedding because they provide guests with a lot of crucial information. And while many details of your day don’t follow a strict set of rules, your invitations do have some guidelines worth noting. See all of the answers to your most pressing wedding invite questions below.

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when should we make the deadline for RSVPs? Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding— this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information. where do we include information about our wedding website? Your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date. Don’t have one yet? Create your free site at TheKnot.com/website. If you’d like (or if you aren’t sending save-the-dates), you can include the web address in the formal invitations with an insert—a small card that informs guests they can go online for more details. can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates? In a word, no. Including registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is still considered impolite because it can come off as though you’re asking for gifts. Tell your wedding party, parents and close friends where you’re registered, and let them fill everyone in. Plus, most guests will know that all that extra information (that they didn’t find on the invitation) is on your wedding website. we’re having an adults-only wedding (no kids). how can we make sure this is clear to our guests? Address your invitations correctly—to each guest by name, not “and guest”—and guests should understand the invite is meant for only those mentioned. If you find that some reply with their children’s names added, give them a call and explain that you’re

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having an adults-only wedding and you hope they can still attend. If there are a lot of kids in your family, you may want to consider hiring or arranging for a babysitter. It’s definitely not required, but it’s a nice gesture. Just be sure to include this information on your wedding website.

how do we let guests know our dress code? The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or on a reception card; “black-tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” are all acceptable. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. An ultra-formal, traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will give guests a hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas a square invite with a playful font and bright colors would fit a much more casual style. Another way is to direct guests to your wedding website, where you can go into more detail about the weekend events and dress code in a more informal forum. do we have to invite every guest with a “plus-one”? No, you don’t have to. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most will understand that without an “and Guest” or another name on the invitation, it means they aren’t invited with a plus-one. While it’s always nice to invite everyone with a guest, if you’re having a small wedding, your family and friends should understand your reasoning. What to do if a guest RSVPs for two? Call them and explain you’re having an intimate celebration and, unfortunately, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest. But if you realize that nearly everyone will be coupled up, extend a plus-one invitation to your few single friends and family. >>

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when should we send out our wedding invitations? Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months before the day. Most couples also send out save-thedates. Those get mailed six to eight months in advance.

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where do you put the return address? The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope, and it should be that of the person(s) whom you’ve designated to receive response cards. This could be either your parents or you (traditionally, whomever is hosting the wedding handles response cards). Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address and should include postage. if our wedding reception is only for immediate family, is it okay to invite more people just to the ceremony? Not really. By inviting guests to one and not the other, you’re basically saying you want them there for the actual ceremony but you either don’t want to pay for their plate at your party or don’t care enough to have them there to actually celebrate your newly-married status. Sorry!

paper planning Here’s what you need to order for your stationery and when.

9–11 months before Research styles and stationers.

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Order and finalize invitations, reply cards and any other enclosures; reserve a calligrapher (if you’re using one).

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6–8 weeks before Send invitations; order table numbers, escort cards, place cards and menus (or get started on them if you’re going the DIY route); and order ceremony programs (or start working on them).

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Send invitations for any peripheral parties you’re hosting, like a rehearsal dinner or a welcome party; drop escort cards and place cards off with your calligrapher or print yourselves.

Drop off envelopes with the calligrapher, or address and stuff invitations on your own.

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I invited my friend and her boyfriend (by name on the invite) to the wedding, but they recently broke up. Now she wants to bring a friend I don’t like—can I tell her no? Because you worded the invitation correctly by including her boyfriend’s name on the envelope (not “and guest”), etiquette wise, you have every right to say no. As a rule, invitations are nontransferable when people are invited by name. Try explaining that you’d prefer that the wedding be limited to family and good friends—just be prepared for a discussion.

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Our ultimate flower guide—45 blooms to be exact—includes details on seasonality, color and price for the most coveted wedding botanicals. BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY DEVON JARVIS

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Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your color palette isn’t always easy—especially if you can’t tell a dahlia from a daisy. Here’s everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers. >>

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These flowers have small, bright blooms that grow in clusters and often feature freckled petals. They’re best used as a backdrop to primary flowers. And they’re super long lasting. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, purple, flecked

amaryllis If you want wow, this impressive flower is for you. It features large, trumpet-shaped blossoms that open in succession at the top of its extralong stalk. Grown from a bulb, the amaryllis originated in the tropical rain forests of Africa and South America. A more costly stem, these flowers are long lasting and offer a lot of drama in a bouquet or centerpiece. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, green, pink, red, burgundy

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anemone Greek mythology has two legends about the anemone. These jewel-toned flowers were said to have sprung up from the blood that was shed by Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, when he died. The ancient Greeks also believed that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, favored the bloom, hence its other name: windflower. Though unscented, this relative of the peony and ranunculus is sought after for its vibrant magenta, red and purple hues. Just a few bright blooms can add a pop of color to bouquets and arrangements. season: November to May; primarily spring cost: $$$ colors: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy

bouvardia This flower is perfect for filling out a classic wedding bouquet or centerpieces. It has clusters of small, star-shaped blossoms bursting from a leafy green stem. It’s delicate, cost effective and totally romantic. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, peach, pink, red

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calla lily Also known as the arum lily, this trumpetshaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolized “magnificent beauty” to the Victorians. Two types are commonly available: one with a large head and a long, smooth stem, suitable for tall arrangements or presentation bouquets; and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. season: year-round, winter to late spring is the peak cost: $$$ colors: ivory, yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, red, dark burgundy

camellia A symbol of loveliness and beauty, this multipetaled relative of the tea plant was originally from China. The flower had a notable role in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata. In the story, a courtesan named Violetta always wore a white camellia, except for the few days of the month when she was “not available” and donned a red camellia instead. season: late winter to early spring, fall cost: $ colors: white, cream, pink, red

carnation Don’t turn up your nose at the carnation— this long-lasting flower is full of possibilities. The ruffled heads offer an inexpensive way to bring lushness and color to bouquets and arrangements. When massed, they also make a pretty arrangement of their own. Today, more than 300 species (in large, single blooms and miniature spray varieties) are available. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, also bicolors and flecked

chrysanthemum About a thousand varieties of long-lasting, versatile mums can be found in single stems or sprays. What the chrysanthemum lacks in sweet perfume, it makes up for in a range of colors. season: year-round, peak in late summer and fall cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, orange, russet, red, burgundy >>

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Named the coxcomb due to its resemblance to a rooster’s comb, this vibrant flower makes a statement. It looks brilliant when cut short and used en masse as a centerpiece. season: late summer to late fall cost: $ colors: yellow, green, orange, pink, crimson

cornflower In medieval lore, it was believed that a girl who placed a cornflower beneath her skirt could have any bachelor she desired—which is perhaps how the flower acquired its other name, bachelor button. This inexpensive stem is perfect for casual and outdoor celebrations. It comes in a wide variety of shades, great for mixing in arrangements. Its button head (and historic story) make it a shoe-in for boutonnieres. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, pink, blue

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cosmos Hoping to capture the look of a summer garden in full bloom? Cosmos is the stem for you. This daisylike flower grows in shades of pink and magenta on long stems with feathery foliage. A striking chocolate color is also available and can be used to create rich, late-summer arrangements. season: mid-summer to fall cost: $$ colors: white, pale pink, dark pink, chocolate

daffodil (also know as narcissus, paperwhite or jonquil) Shakespeare and Wordsworth both created rhapsodies about this humble and happy bulb flower. Perhaps it’s so well liked because its cheery yellow bloom is one of the first to appear after winter’s frost subsides and spring is on its way. The daffodil is a flower of true variety: Its blooms can be single or multiple, with large or small cups, in solid colors or in combinations of white and yellow with touches of orange. season: November to April cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange

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dahlia These bold, bushy flowers have a history as dramatic as their appearance. Conquistadors found the dahlia in the gardens of the Aztecs and caused a sensation when they brought the flower back to Europe. As the dahlia gained popularity, the pursuit of its potato-like tubers was conducted with intrigue and deception—dahlia tubers were reportedly stolen even from the garden of the Empress Josephine. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple

daisy You may find the daisy a fitting flower for your wedding if you plucked its white petals in a game of “he loves me, he loves me not” as a child. Generally available year-around, the affordable stem is a lovely and whimsical flower, well suited for a casual wedding. season: year-around, peak summer to early fall cost: $ color: white

delphinium (also known as larkspur) A beloved classic in English flower beds, the delphinium has towering spires and clustered florets. The delphinium lends a country-garden feel to wedding arrangements while adding height and drama. Delphiniums can be found year-round, but most colors are at their peak from summer to early fall. season: year-round, peak June to October cost: $$ colors: white, pink, lavender, purple, blue

dutch tulip Widely available, this flower shouldn’t be overlooked just because it’s fairly common; its versatility and vast range of colors make it a wonderful flower at weddings (especially when clustered on its own). Dutch tulips have shorter stems and smaller blossoms than the French tulip. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, purple >>

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french tulip Large, tapered heads spring from graceful stems in this elegant variety. The extra-long stems can be 12 inches or longer, which makes the French tulip a natural for presentation bouquets or minimalist centerpieces. More expensive than the Dutch variety, the French tulip is most often seen in pastel hues. season: Summer to early fall cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, pink, blue

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gardenia Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a very sultry and heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir. But the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily, so handle with care. Carry a few as a posy or wear one as a corsage. season: year-round cost: $$$ color: ivory

gerbera This graphic flower is so flawless in its form that it almost doesn’t look real. Grown in the hottest climates of Asia and Africa, the gerbera is a year-round gem that comes in a crayon-box range of colors—nearly 350 intense shades are available, including bright orange, pink, red, yellow and burgundy. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red >>

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a cheat sheet for centerpieces Foolproof tips for your table arrangements.

the basics

• Your centerpieces should match the proportions of the reception space.

• They should make sense for the size of your tables (long tables call for multiple arrangements; round tables, smaller ones).

• They should be the right height for conversation (tall enough or short enough that they don’t block guests’ views).

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• The highest arrangement shouldn’t go above the shortest adult’s chin.

• Low arrangements call for big blooms—you might need the wow factor.

• Use color or texture, or both, to make the arrangement pop.

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• The lowest flower in an arrangement should be about two to three feet above the table.

• Blooms don’t have to be big, but they should soar (think: branches or orchid sprays).

• Stick to simple vessels, like clear vases, so all eyes are drawn up.

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A favorite of perfumers for its fresh, fruity scent, freesia packs a lot of fragrance in just a few blossoms. A couple of stems are all you need to sweeten your bouquet, but avoid using freesia in your centerpieces (the scent may interfere with your dinner menu). The green buds clustered along the thin, arched stem open gradually into delicate flowers. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: most colors are available, except for blue

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Standing tall and proud, the gladiolus has a spiky stem with large florets that open in succession. Miniature varieties with fewer blooms are also available. Full stems can be used to add height to arrangements, while the individual florets can be made into boutonnieres. The flower’s name is derived from the Latin word for sword, gladius, after the shape of its leaves. season: year-round, peak during summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

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While technically not of the lily family (it grows on a climbing vine, not from a bulb), this flower’s refluxed petals and stamens bear a resemblance to those of actual lilies. Generally pinkish red and tipped with yellow, the gloriosa, or Rothschild lily, adds a tropical punch to bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: red with yellow edges

grape hyacinth (also known as muscari) Grape hyacinth gets its name from the shape of its flower and perhaps from its mild, sweet scent. Sometimes called muscari, grape hyacinth is available in greenish white but is most often seen in a pretty purplish blue. This springtime bulb flower can be expensive, so it is best used as an accent or massed in small bunches. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white-green, blue-purple

hyacinth In ancient mythology, Hyacinthus was a figure in a tale of tragic love. Today, we know this stocky bulb flower as a fragrant signature of spring. The hyacinth’s scent is strong, so less is more in centerpieces and arrangements. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, peach, pale pink, fuchsia, lavender, purple, blue

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hydrangea With its big, bushy head and intense colors, a stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets. And it’s one of the few blue blooms. season: July to November cost: $$ colors: white, green, pink, burgundy, purple, blue

iris This unusually shaped flower has been admired by many throughout history. Ancient Greeks associated it with their gods, and ancient Egyptians linked it to their pharaohs. To the medieval Europeans, it signified chivalry and served as a model for the French fleur-de-lis symbol. The most common varieties are the Dutch iris, the graceful Siberian iris, and the large “bearded” iris, all grown in numerous shades of white, yellow and purple. season: year-round, peak in spring and early summer cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, purple

lily of the valley Their fresh, perfumelike scent is unmistakable, and it’s hard to believe such a delicious fragrance can come from such tiny flowers. With its bell-shaped florets dangling from a thin stem, lily of the valley is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.” In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available—and expensive—year-round. Most people only know of the white variety, though a very rare rosy pink exists too. season: year-round in limited quantities, peak in spring cost: $$$$ colors: white, pale pink (rare)

lisianthus This cupped flower somewhat resembles a rose or ranunculus that’s missing a few petals. Lisianthus boasts multiple blossoms and buds on a single stem and has a slight peppery scent. Its wide range of colors makes it an excellent choice as a secondary flower for bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, cream, pale green, peach, pink, lavender, purple >>

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ornithogalum (also know as chincherinchee and star of bethlehem) This flower is known particularly for its ability to open in the morning and close in the evening. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, ivory, yellow, orange

parrot tulip Also known as the Rembrandt or parakeet tulip, this showy bloom is noted for its ruffled, striped petals in intense colors. Some varieties feature fringe-tipped petals for added drama. season: November to May cost: $$$ colors: white/green, yellow, orange/green, pink/green, red

peony The peony is showy in its lush and full-headed structure, sweet perfume and bright colors. A relative of the ranunculus and the anemone, the peony is available in two main types: the herbaceous and the tree. season: spring; imported, scentless variety available in fall and winter cost: $$$$ colors: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy

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phlox Perhaps phlox’s popularity at weddings is due to its meaning: “unification of the souls.” With large clusters of small-petaled, disk-shaped blossoms atop branching stems, phlox provides a lush backdrop for featured flowers in a bouquet or arrangement. season: June to November cost: $ colors: white, orange, pink, red, purple

queen anne’s lace Known for the flower head’s similar appearance to lace, this wildflower symbolizes “protection.” It adds texture to all-white arrangements and is a great filler choice. season: spring to early fall cost: $ colors: white, green

ranunculus Looking for a cost-effective alternative to the rose and peony? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus. This flower was first seen by Westerners in the Far East around the 13th century. Available in practically every color, the ranunculus features several blossoms and a whimsical stem with fernlike foliage. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink

rose Is it any wonder that roses rank as the most beloved of wedding flowers? Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, legend has it that Cleopatra seduced both Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony with the flower. A wide variety of the flower exists, including unique and fragrant hybrid stems like the Juliet garden rose. They come in various sizes too. Their accessibility means roses can be surprisingly affordable. However, the price of this bloom goes up around key flower-giving holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. season: year-round cost: $$$ colors: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender >>

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orchid Sexy and exquisitely gorgeous, thousands of species of orchids are cultivated worldwide. A full spray can be used in bouquets and arrangements, or a simple blossom can be plucked to make an exotic boutonniere. The most common wedding stems include: cymbidium (usually green; popular, yet expensive; durable yet perishable in cold temperatures), dendrobium (sweetly scented; used in classic Hawaiian leis), oncidium (often referred to as “spray orchids”; they come on slender long branches), vanda (summer-blooming; comes in a rare, yet stunning bluish purple) and phalaenopsis (popular and widely used; usually comes in white and purple). season: year-round cost: $$$$ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy

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It’s not hard to figure out how the scabiosa, with its tufted head atop a long, wiry stem, got its other name, pincushion. This enchanting flower is right at home tucked in between showier blooms. After the stem blooms, the scabiosa pod is equally as beautiful. It’s often used in rustic, wild-looking bouquets for a touch of organic whimsy. season: spring to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, burgundy, lavender

stephanotis The name stephanotis means “marital happiness,” making the flower an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shaped, waxy florets grow on a flowering vine, and each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be used in a bouquet or boutonniere. season: year-round cost: $ color: white

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stock Rising from a tall stem, stock has dense clusters of small single- and double-blossomed flowers. Stock first became known outside of the Mediterranean region toward the end of the Middle Ages. Stock is valued for its use as a complementary flower and its fragrant, spicy, clovelike scent. It comes in a wide variety of colors, making it a popular addition to arrangements. season: year-round, peak in spring and summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, purple

sunflower The head of the sunflower follows the sun as it moves across the sky, a trait that undoubtedly inspired its symbolism: “adoration” and “loyalty.” Bold and flashy, with raylike petals and disk-shaped dark centers, the sunflower is most at home at informal weddings, like outdoor or barn celebrations. It comes in warm colors, from golden yellow to deep reddish brown. season: May to November, peak in summer cost: $ colors: pale lemon, deep gold, orange, russet, brown

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sweet pea The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699. Its sweet scent and rugged blossoms grown on a spindly green vine make this flower an old-fashioned favorite. season: November to June cost: $$ colors: white, cream, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

tuberose A native of Mexico, the tuberose has a very strong scent. Its white, trumpet-shaped florets grow in clusters and open gradually, while the closed buds have a pink or green tinge. It’s most commonly used as a secondary flower in arrangements. season: summer to fall cost: $$ colors: ivory, pink

tweedia Best used as an accent flower, these cheery, star-shaped blossoms grow on climbing branches. While available in white and pink, tweedia is most admired in its unusual soft blue hue. season: April to November cost: $ color: blue, white, pink

veronica Shaped like a plume, the tapered spike of veronica pokes out from the tops of arrangements and bouquets for a wild, garden-inspired look. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: white, pink, magenta, burgundy, purple

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

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

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

secrets to unforgettable favors Follow these rules and your gifts won’t get left behind.

Ask yourself: Is this something I would want? Consider something that’s practical like locally roasted coffee or a picture frame. You can’t go wrong with an edible treat like homemade cookies.

skip the monogram try before you buy Personalize your packaging, not the gift itself. This will ensure everyone will want to use their favor long after your wedding day.

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Once you’ve decided on a favor, do a trial run—you want to make sure the truffles taste as good as they look, or the handmade soaps are the right scent, before you order 200 of them.

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Whether you choose to give one favor per guest or per couple, always have backups ready. Plan for 10 extra for every hundred guests in case something happens to get lost or broken in transit.

wrap it up

Personalized packaging and a thoughtful display goes a long way. Match your packaging to your wedding theme. If you’re gifting something edible, choose a box or bag that won’t absorb grease.

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hire a food truck A food truck waiting at the exit of your venue is perfect for guests craving a late-night snack. Let your personal favorites dictate the cuisine—anything is possible from waffles or tacos to snow cones. Or opt for something that’s representative of the local flavor, like lobster rolls and fries for a seaside celebration.

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

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Unless you’re opting for a receiving line, you may not have a chance to personally greet your guests until you’re making your rounds mid-meal. And even still, your time with each person is likely to be limited. Let your friends and family know just how much their presence means to you by penning a handwritten note to each guest. Enclose in envelopes and print names and table numbers on the outside. This personalized escort card will be a lovely keepsake for your older relatives and a special detail that will not go unnoticed by even your college pals. If you have a large guest list, this can still be accomplished—start early and create a template for your note (thank them for coming, share a personal memory and close with a promise to meet them on the dance floor later).

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

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

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There’s no rule that says you have to give your guests a favor. If you like the tradition of giving guests “a little something extra,” channel your budget toward a gift that can be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the container store This organizational mecca lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. It also has a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Registering here means you’ll need to create a wish list elsewhere too (it doesn’t have things like sheets, towels or dinnerware, for example). BONUS PERKS: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry—like the makings for a custom closet. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can contribute to a more expensive group gift (like said closet). WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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

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

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

jonathan adler Jonathan Adler hosts its registry feature on MyRegistry.com, a site that combines all your registry items from different sites onto one list. You can manage it on its app too (and take advantage of the scanning feature). >>

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use toward gifts on your registry. You can save an extra 15 percent on anything left on your registry up to three months after the wedding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to return any gift from your registry. There’s also a 15 percent completion code for whatever’s left on your list. Friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts through its group gifting program. You can also find inspiration in the Wedding Shop, which includes gifts for your wedding party or faves from Target’s home style expert Emily Henderson. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may not be able to register for that luxe, cashmere blanket you’ve always wanted, but you’ll be able to get practically everything else. BONUS PERKS: Target has a feature called Add From Anywhere. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn’t carry, like a handmade item from Etsy, you can still put it on your Target registry—simple and easy.

traveler’s joy WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Traveler’s Joy is a registry service that lets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at Belle Vie Bridal Couture, BelleVieBridalCouture .com (Chicago); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Volle’s Bridal, VollesBridal.com (Lake Zurich), Alice in Ivory, AliceinIvory.com (Chicago), Bella Bleu Bridal, BellaBleuBridal .com (Winnetka); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floral-embellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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

Peter Patout’s private residence

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca .com (Chicago & Oakbrook Terrace) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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

Harry’s Corner

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

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

MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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

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

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

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

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

ask for recommendations

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

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study each trial run

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

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

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630.368.6442 Let us offer you one of the most beautiful hidden treasures. Our clubhouse features towering 35-foot vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows that capture thickly wooded acres, lush lawns and a serene lake with its signature centerpiece fountain. For more information, visit us online at www.oak-brook.org/weddings

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

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

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

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

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what to ask Six questions to ask the pros during important prewedding appointments.

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WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

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

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

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

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

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

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Gown guru Maradee Wahl answers your bridal fashion questions. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGRAPH BY JILL DEVRIES PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hot designs These stunning sparklers are totally of the moment. A fully rose gold setting gives an ultra-romantic feel. $2,794 (not including center stone), Noam Carver, CrownRing.com

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7. COLORFUL CENTER STONE

Play off an angular center stone with sleek, channel-set baguettes. $39,995, MarkBroumand.com

Fancy-hued yellow or pink diamonds (or any other colorful gemstones) will set you apart from the crowd. Price upon request, ChristopherDesigns.com

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A pink diamond halo is a pretty contrast to a white metal ring. Price upon request, JackKelege.com 4. VINTAGE INSPIRED

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You don’t need a giant center stone to make an impact. Dainty settings feel just as special. $1,980, SimonGJewelry.com 9. STACKING RINGS

What’s better than one engagement ring? How about a gorgeous stack of five. $11,540 (not including center stone), LX-Antwerp.com >>

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1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. Price upon request, Forevermark.com 2. THREE STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. Price upon request, JBirnbach.com 3. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounds the perimeter of the center stone, holding it in place. This modern setting is ideal for protecting

softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

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

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

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think beyond earrings Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality to your wedding dress (and help create the illusion of curves)? Try a belt or sash. A fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. A classic beaded or floral-embellished satin sash or trendier metallic belt will give even the simplest dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist cincher is to find one that works with your body type. Thin belts are best suited for short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. If you’re an apple shape, think about a beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection. If you’re petite, a belt with a V-shape appliqué will elongate your body. As a general rule, stick with a style that’s no more than three inches wide—you don’t want to overpower the rest of your gown.

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YOUR VEIL SHOULD MATCH THE SHADE OF YOUR GOWN.

A veil in the wrong shade of white can look out of place. If you’re wearing a colorful gown, consider dyeing your veil to match. KEEP YOUR DRESS DETAILS IN MIND. If your dress has a lot going on, go with something simple that won’t steal the spotlight. WATCH YOUR BACK. If showing off the back of your dress is a must—say you have gorgeous embroidery or beading—choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle. CONSIDER YOUR SIZE. Longer waltz or floor-length veils will elongate a petite frame while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow, can visually cut you in half, making them a better pick for taller brides. Short styles, like a birdcage, work for all shapes and sizes and lend a retro vibe to your gown. >>

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new “something blue” ideas We’ve got seven fresh ideas for this time-honored tradition.

your clutch

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

your lingerie

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

your wedding ring

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

your nails

We’re not suggesting you get a neon-blue manicure (or pedicure, if you’re wearing open-toe shoes) for your wedding. Try a powder-blue polish for a subtle and soft nod to this tradition.

your bridesmaid dresses Have your attendants represent your “something blue” in navy dresses. A major plus of this plan: Your friends will thank you for choosing this versatile shade.

your hair accessories

A hair clip or headband in a cool cobalt color with geometric patterns can give off an art-deco vibe, while romantic periwinkle blossoms work for a garden affair.

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For just a hint of blue, try a pair of heels with a blue sole. You can also personalize the bottom of your shoes with a blue marker or even blue rhinestones. Add your new monogram or wedding date. Or have your soon-to-be-spouse write a note for you to find when you put your shoes on the morning of.

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match your metals You may not realize this, but some metals look better with certain dress colors. As a general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing (gold may clash with brighter white hues). You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown: This barely off-white color looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colors of your accessories. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a necklace, bracelet or earrings with a silver base.

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remember: less is more You don’t need a veil, tiara, necklace, sash and earrings. Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but one too many can be over the top with an already embellished gown. Before you start shopping, take an inventory of your gown’s standout features and then base your choices around them. If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace. For a simpler gown, try a bold statement necklace or fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you’re leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an updo, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier danglers. Lastly, it’s a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown—you don’t want to look too matchy-matchy.

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cover it up A stylish cover-up is a must if you’re getting married during the cooler months or at a house of worship that requires you to wear something over your shoulders. From capelets to fur stoles, the options are endless. The key is to choose one that strikes the perfect balance with your gown. Simple, understated styles can be paired with more embellished cover-ups, like a beaded capelet or bold feather bolero for added personality. For already ornate gowns, try a more minimal accent. A delicate lace jacket or a chiffon wrap will keep you warm without competing with your gown.

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stick to what you know Although it’s a special day, don’t stray too far from your normal style. If you rarely wear jewels, there’s no need to drown yourself in diamonds on your wedding day. The goal is to look like the best, most beautiful version of your regular self.

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top it off Veils not really your thing? From combs and clips to fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to finish your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with updos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type—dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won’t be as noticeable with thick waves. Most importantly, make sure whatever you choose feels secure while you’re moving around.

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keep it comfy No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes—and your wedding day look is no exception. Of course you’ll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don’t forget: You’ll be standing for long periods of time, and you don’t want to be cringing in pain before you’ve even hit the dance floor. While shopping, consider the height of the heel (the taller you go, the higher the pain potential), the type of straps and the material the shoe is made of. Your feet need to be well supported (think: ankle and toe straps over slipons) to avoid instability. Look for high-quality, natural materials. They’re more comfortable than synthetic ones and are also more durable, meaning you’ll be able to wear them again. For the best fit, go shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen from activity, and give yourself plenty of time to break in your new kicks before the wedding. Wear them around the house a couple weeks prior to the day, noting any areas that are prone to blisters. To make your shoes more comfortable, consider buying moleskin, strap stickers or gel insoles designed specifically for heels. Shoes too strappy to conceal an insole or grip? Pick up a spray or cream that protects against friction or provides pain relief. >>

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consider your décolletage Pairing your neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding gown, or even highlight a unique feature. Follow these simple guidelines: SWEETHEART OR STRAPLESS For something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or add punch with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. For a more romantic look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with an art-deco-like bracelet or some roaring twenties–inspired feather barrettes.

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If your family jewelry isn’t “you,” head to a trusted jeweler to repurpose it. See if you can change the design or setting before you scrap vintage pieces—you might even end up with a new favorite bauble.

HALTER OR REVERSE HALTER For this shoulder-baring style, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins or an embellished hair vine. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is the perfect number, while brides with thinner locks or shorter hair need fewer—just two or three pins will do the trick.

V-NECK Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a delicate pendant (we love the idea of small diamonds or gemstones) or a lariat is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single or double stranded) are always a classic choice. If you’re going for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings could be the perfect combination.

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made to last Five tricks for keeping your shoes in tip-top shape.

Love a pair of shoes but not the height of the heels? You can ask your cobbler to decrease the height of your shoes up to a half inch by re-heeling (think: more comfortable stilettos). Keep in mind re-heeling your shoes could take up to a month, so allow yourself some extra time.

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Cleaning your shoes regularly will protect the material. For most leathers—patent included—rubbing with a soft cotton cloth almost always does the trick. For more sensitive materials, like suede, buy a suede brush or sponge and protection spray.

get a base lift

Have a cobbler put rubber guards on leather-soled shoes to prevent slipping or water damage.

shape up

If you’re wearing pointy shoes, consider shoe shapers to help the toe box keep its shape.

wrap it up

Proper storage will help your favorite footwear last longer. To keep your shoes free of dust, which can damage leather, store them in bags rather than hard plastic containers. Flannel bags let air pass through, won’t damage sensitive fabrics and prevent mold from forming.

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cucumber HEALTH BENEFIT Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, both

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tea HEALTH BENEFIT Green tea leaves contain theanine, an amino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

gate of honor

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

signature shoes

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

tree toppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

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

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

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

word games

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

checkers or chess

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

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

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

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

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

frame tent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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family finances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the photographer

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

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the dress

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

the music

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

the bouquet

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

the food

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

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13 essential planning tips

Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“If neither of you cares about the cake, spend more money on the string quartet you both want instead.” —Shannon Gail Clemonds​of Shannon Gail Weddings and Events​in Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

artistic

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

dramatic

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

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

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

documentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

practice smiling

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

get your look down pat

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

close your eyes

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

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

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

stand up straight

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

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

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

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ben's chili bowl Open since 1958, this DC landmark on U Street is home to some seriously legendary secret-recipe chili, half-smoke hot dogs, burgers and other diner-style fare for a fun, throwback vibe. HOW TO GET IT: Meat, chili and sauces are shipped via FedEx 2Day and FedEx Home Delivery from $10 to $75, and products range from $40 to $160 per pack and pint. WHERE TO GET IT: BensChiliBowl.com

texas the salt lick Texans don't mess around when it comes to barbecue—and most will agree that The Salt Lick, based in Driftwood, Texas, is the can’t-miss spot for pit-smoked brisket, ribs and other meats (the recipes date back to the mid-1800s). HOW TO GET IT: Different barbecue packages start at $35 and are shipped via UPS Next Day and 2nd Day Air. Shipping cost is calculated according to the weight of the product and the shipping zip code. WHERE TO GET IT: SaltLickBBQ.com

illinois giordano's If thin-crust pizza isn't going to cut it with your after-party crowd, let Giordano's deep-dish, stuffed pies take the lead. Its famous Chicago-style pizzas offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach topping choices. You can even order a heart-shaped pie! HOW TO GET IT: Pizzas are priced from $65 for a 2-pack to $119 for a 6-pack, including shipping charges for FedEx Ground (additional charges will apply for FedEx Express). WHERE TO GET IT: Giordanos.com >>

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

raw bar

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

pasta station

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

waffle stand

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

sushi station

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

crepe table

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

s’mores bar

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

cheese table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

food & service

• Do you supply tables,

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• W  hen is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

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

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

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The music is definitely one aspect of your day you don’t want to overlook—and we’re here to help. BY SIMONE HILL PHOTOGRAPH BY JILLIAN MITCHELL

Whether you consider yourselves music people or not, the tunes at your wedding are super-important—and a great band or DJ can be the difference between a fun wedding and an unforgettable one. Avoid these mistakes and you’re guaranteed to have a packed dance floor all night long. >>

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dismissing the idea of a band or DJ This is your first music decision to make, and it’ll narrow down your options by half. Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have less to spend or dozens of songs you’d like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your best bet. But don’t dismiss either because you think a band will automatically be out of your budget or a DJ will be cheesy. MUSIC MUST Do your research (check out amazing DJs and bands at TheKnot.com or Gigmasters.com to get started) and get recommendations from friends. You’ll see there’s a lot of variety— from mash-up artists to barbershop quartets—among both types of entertainers. You may want even want to hire a band and a DJ.

starting the ceremony in silence Most guests will arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to sit there in silence. Book your ceremony musicians to start no later than 20 minutes before you begin. MUSIC MUST Having music before and during the ceremony will also help signal to guests when it’s time to be seated or be quiet by upping the volume or tempo.

Getting married in a house of worship? When it comes to ceremony music, many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have rules that could affect your choice of ceremony tunes, like prohibiting certain secular songs. It may be your wedding day, but unfortunately it’s not technically your church, so you’ll have to respect the regulations. MUSIC MUST It’s a good idea to speak to your officiant before you book musicians to play a classical version of The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” composed for your ceremony and can’t get your deposit back.

skipping a sound check Depending on your venue, there may be limitations (like power supply, sound amplification or certain time-of-day restrictions) to the type of music you can have. Even without regulations, it’s still a good idea to ask your venue manager what type of music typically works best for that space (for example, a soloist may feel tiny for your grand ballroom reception, or a six-piece band may crowd the dance floor). MUSIC MUST Plan for your band or DJ to do a walk-through if they haven’t worked in the space before. While you might not realize that crashing waves could easily drown out a string quartet or trio of flutes, a pro can solve any situation with a sound check.

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Want to know exactly what your music might sound like in real life, rather than a recorded sample? Take in a live performance. Checking this task off your list can actually be a lot of fun. Go to a showcase if that’s an option. Make dinner reservations, grab your fiancé and make a date night of it. While you’re there, notice not just the tunes, but also how the band or DJ emcees, whether they take requests and how well they get the audience going. If possible, talk to the DJ or bandleader at some point, or set up another time to meet face-to-face. This person will be your emcee, so you want to have an easy rapport. MUSIC MUST Make a note of the names of the particular musicians or DJs you like, so you’ll be sure to book the same exact people for your party.

forgetting to talk through your selected songs Don’t assume your band knows how to play the most important songs of the night—we’re talking your first dance number and any songs for the dances you’ll both have with your parents—or the DJ has them in their set list. If it’s a band, talk to them before you book, since they may have to learn a song or two. MUSIC MUST If they’re missing some of your favorites from their repertoire, ask whether there are any fees associated with adding them. >>

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Sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and go through your favorite songs together to create must-play and do-not-play lists. If you decide to use a band instead of a DJ, give them plenty of time to review your picks, in case they have to add a track to their mix. Once you’ve handed over the lists, leave the rest up to the pros. And be careful not to micromanage (that’s why you hired them). MUSIC MUST If your must-play list gets too long (say, more than 10 songs), create a third list. This can be more of a wish list of songs you’d like to be played only if your guests respond positively to them.

playing explicit songs before the after-party You won’t be able to please everyone, but ask that your DJ or band keep it at least PG-13 during the reception. When it’s just you, your college besties and adult cousins at the after-party, feel free to play the songs that weren’t appropriate while your grandparents, toddler nieces and boss were around earlier in the night. MUSIC MUST Beyond blatant profanity, really consider the song’s lyrics and meaning. There may be a very innocent inside joke behind your choice of a raunchy song, but most guests will be on the outside—including your cute little flower girl.

sticking to one genre You both may love ’90s grunge, but five full hours of Nirvana might drive some guests to leave early. You’re sharing this day with family and friends, so save your more obscure favorites for the honeymoon playlist and let your band or DJ play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy. MUSIC MUST Give your parents a shout-out with their favorites. Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a few classics. Get more music tips at TheKnot.com/music

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DJ vs. band Not sure which will set your reception off on the right note?

go with a DJ if… YOU WANT A TON OF VARIETY

DJs have the whole world of music at their fingertips. A great band will know a ton of songs, but a DJ has fewer limitations. YOU’RE ON A LIMITED BUDGET

DJs generally cost less—especially when compared with a larger band. YOU HAVE A SMALL SPACE

A large band will take up a more sizeable area than a DJ. If you have a small section for musicians, a DJ may be a safer selection. YOU WANT THE SONGS TO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE YOU KNOW THEM

Not only will DJs have access to any song you could want, they’ll also be able to play them perfectly every single time.

go with a band if… YOU WANT AN ELEVATED VIBE

Live music creates an atmosphere that most DJs aren’t able to replicate with prerecorded tunes. YOU WANT A SPECIFIC MUSIC STYLE

A 1950s band, for example, will provide a perfect soundtrack for a retro-chic affair. YOU WANT TO ALTER SONGS

Have a favorite pop song you want to slow down for your father-daughter dance? A band can probably help you do this, while a DJ has to work with what artists have already created. YOU REALLY, REALLY LOVE MUSIC

If you’re always going to concerts or are musicians yourselves, live music can’t be beat by even the most talented DJ.

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Your reception isn’t the place for nightclub-level volume. It’ll only frustrate your older family members and make it tough for them to talk to one another and enjoy the party. And you don’t want your guests to wake up with sore throats from having to yell to each other all night. MUSIC MUST When going over your timeline with your DJ, you can make volume requests. Ask for low volume during cocktail hour and dinner (like instrumentals and soft ballads) and louder for dancing and the final song (yes, you can go all out for “Sweet Caroline”). On the wedding day, ask a bridesmaid or your day-of consultant to keep volume on their radar and alert the band or DJ if there are any issues.

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

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

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

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

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

convertible

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

vintage truck

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

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

sports car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

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

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

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

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

KAUAI WHY GO People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

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

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breath ready for that first kiss with mini mints. Smalls mints, $12 for pack of 9, Altoids, WrigleyShop.com 2. TWEEZERS From stray hairs to

clumped lashes, you never know when these will come in handy. Ultra Precision point tweezer, $36, Tweezerman, NeimanMarcus.com 3. BLOTTING PAPERS Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. Blotting papers, $8, Sephora.com 4. CLEAR POLISH Smooth out

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any sudden spills. Tide to Go mini, $3, Tide, BedBathandBeyond.com

5. LIPSTICK Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. Le Rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy, Sephora.com

8. FRAGRANCE Dab a scent

11. FASHION TAPE A quick fix for falling hemlines and plunging necklines. Fashion tape, $9, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, Ulta.com

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happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point). On the Go slim pack, $2 for pack of 3, Kleenex, Drugstore.com 7. HAIR SPRAY Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.

on your pulse points to smell amazing all day. Gelsomino Nobile cream, $95 for 5.25 oz., Acqua Di Parma, Sephora.com 9. FACE MIST Just one spritz

of this spray infused with herbal essential oils refreshes makeup and calms skin. Beauty Elixir spray, $18 for 1 oz., Caudalie.com 10. STAIN REMOVER Pack a portable stain removing pen for

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larger bag to hold your day-of items. We love the sleek greige color of this one. Leather travel case set, $110, Cuyana.com  et more day-of tips at G TheKnot.com

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make it legal Chicago Area Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the Greater Chicago Area, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old; couples ages 16 or 17 must have parental or guardian consent. In general, there are no blood test or health test requirements to obtain a legal license. Both parties must be present to apply for a license, which requires proper forms of identification, such as a valid United States driver’s license, passport or a certified birth record (date of birth must appear on the documentation). In most cases, if either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must know the dates of divorce or death and present a copy of the divorce decree(s) or certificate(s) of dissolution if either event occurred within the last six months. Licenses can be obtained the same day and are valid for 60 days (beginning the day after it is issued, only in that particular county). The fee varies from $11 to $60; method of payment varies, as well. Call ahead for details. Offices are typically open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. WHERE TO APPLY ILLINOIS

De Kalb County

Kane County

La Salle County

Peoria County

Winnebago County

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County Clerk 110 E. Sycamore St. Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 895-7149 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-5996 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., W

County Clerk 707 Etna Rd. Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-8202 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 324 Main St., Rm. 101 Peoria, IL 61602 (309) 672-6059 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 404 Elm St., Rm. 104 Rockford, IL 61101 (815) 319-4250 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Rock Island County

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County Clerk 18 N. County St., Rm. 101 Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 377-2411 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M–Th. 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., F

County Clerk 1504 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201 (309) 558-3569 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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County Clerk 302 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-4615 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sat. by appt.)

Champaign County County Clerk 1776 E. Washington St. Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 384-3720 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Du Page County County Clerk 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 682-7035 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Grundy County County Clerk 111 E. Washington St., Rm. 12 Morris, IL 60450 (815) 941-3222 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kankakee County County Clerk 189 E. Court St. Kankakee, IL 60901 (815) 937-2990 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kendall County County Clerk 111 Fox St. Yorkville, IL 60560 (630) 553-4104 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk 667 Ware Rd., Rm. 107 Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 334-4242 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lake County County Clerk 2293 N. Main St. Crown Point, IN 46307 (219) 648-6996 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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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.

make it known Chicago Area Publications

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

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Chicago Sun-Times

Fax or email only (312) 321-2345 (630) 978-8531 (fax)

Must submit by noon the Monday prior to Sunday publication.

Form: No You must have a credit or debit card to place the order. Email to jgambino@stmedianetwork.com.

Costs $500 for black-and-white ad with set size and $700 for color ad.

Chicago Tribune

(312) 222-4888 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

Information must be submitted by 3 p.m. Thursday in order to run in the following Thursday’s publication.

Form: No Photo images sent via email should be 200 dpi (dots per inch) and at least 5" x 7".

Cost is $99 (includes one or two photos, a wedding logo and five lines of text at 45 words per line). Additional lines are $5.

Daily Herald

(847) 427-4904 PO Box 280 Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Announcements are printed on the second Sunday of each month and must be received nine days prior to publication.

Form: Yes; available online. Photos can be mailed or submitted online at DailyHerald.com.

Prices start at $50 for NW Cook, Lake and Fox Valley. Starts at $95 for Du Page and Tri-Cities. To be in all areas, prices start at $120.

Peoria Journal Star

(309) 686-3246 Attn: Features Dept. 1 News Plz. Peoria, IL 61643

Announcements must be submitted by noon, 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Prices range from free-of-charge to $155 depending on amount of information provided; additional $20 to include a photo.

Rockford Register Star

(815) 962-2400 Attn: Classifieds 99 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61104

Announcements must be submitted on Monday for publication on the following Friday.

Form: Yes

Starts at $15 for ad with no photo. Add a photo for $10, plus $1.50 for any additional lines.

The Post-Tribune

(219) 648-3124 1433 E. 83rd Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410

Announcements are printed up to two months after the wedding and run on Sundays.

Form: Yes Photo will be returned with SASE. Email submissions accepted.

There is no charge for this service.

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ArrowheadGolfClub.org/weddings There’s only one bride each night at Arrowhead, so the focus is solely on you and your guests. Perfect occasions for all seasons. Let our experienced planners make your dream come true. capacity 300 | price $$$

astoria banquets abbington distinctive banquets

Butterfield Road and Route 53, Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 942-8600 info@abbingtonbanquets.com AbbingtonBanquets.com Take one look at our impressive architecture and stunning surroundings, and you’ll see why we’ve been named “The Jewel of the Western Suburbs.” Featuring finely appointed ballrooms, spaciously elegant foyer, crystal chandeliers, maple wood dance floor, granite bars, full-service staff and world-class cuisine. Accommodating from 100-1,300. capacity 400+ | price $$$

adler planetarium

1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL (312) 542-2428 mholdeman@fftchicago.com AdlerPlanetarium.org/private-events With beautiful skyline views, modern architecture and a coveted lakefront location, the Adler Planetarium is a unique and memorable setting for your very special day.

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alpine banquets

8230 S. Cass Avenue, Darien, IL (630) 964-4154 AlpineBanquets.com Alpine Banquets brings warmth, elegance and intimacy to your event. Our Swiss-style facility surrounded by beautiful landscaping is the perfect location. Excellent cuisine, unsurpassed service, an array of amenities and flawless execution of detail has earned Alpine Banquets a well-deserved reputation.

1375 West Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove, IL (847) 392-7500 AstoriaBanquets.com Reminiscent of a historic mansion, this unique venue is adorned with magnificent crystal chandeliers, diamondcut glass doors, gold-embossed trims and moldings, and silk-covered walls. This charming, yet sumptuous setting is also a single stop for catering, planning and event design. capacity 400+ | price $

avante´ banquets and conference center

1050 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove, IL (847) 287-1006 AvanteBanquets.com Avanté Banquets provides an elegant ambiance accompanied by distinctive style and superb service. Avanté by Chicago Prime is known for its superior quality in food and service. Book your event today—we will make it one to remember! capacity 300+ | price $$$

bartlett hills country club

800 W. Oneida, Bartlett, IL (630) 213-3103 mgearhart@vbartlett.org BartlettHills.com At Bartlett Hills your wedding day is exclusive, with accommodations for up to 225 guests. Outdoor ceremonies are available on the veranda overlooking lush landscaping and a pond. We have five-star reviews for atmosphere, cuisine and service. Inquire today about your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

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belle salle banquets the armour house at lake forest academy

1500 W. Kennedy Rd., Lake Forest, IL (847) 615-3219 ddutko@lfanet.org ArmourHouse.com The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy provides a unique and timeless setting for your special event. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this prestigiously located Italian villa combines old world charm with modern needs, the elegance of art with the grandeur of nature. capacity 200 | price $$$

arrowhead golf club

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1920 East New York Street, Aurora, IL (630) 449-3065 BelleSalleBanquets.com Minutes from downtown Naperville and Aurora, Belle Salle Banquets is the Suburbs’ newest banquet facility. capacity 350 | price $$

bloomfield barn

18444 E. 1600th Street, Chrisman, IL (217) 508-7599 BloomfieldBarn.com From its towering ceiling and open floor plan to the tree-lined pond, you’ll find the perfect spot for your ceremony or reception at Bloomfield Barn. From rustic to elegant, our easy-to-find, quiet country setting can be tailored to your dream wedding. capacity 300+ | price $$$

bridges of poplar creek country club 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL (847) 781-3658 BridgesofPoplarCreek.com Our event consultants work closely with you to ensure that every aspect of your event is perfect, from room choice and menu selection to décor. For outdoor weddings, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club is the premier venue in the Chicagoland area. capacity 250 | price $$

brighterdaze farm

Newark, IL info@brighterdazeevents.com BrighterDazeEvents.com BrighterDaze Farm is an elegant working horse farm that combines the rustic Midwest farm environment with a beautiful country garden for a beautiful, relaxing environment for barn weddings, garden weddings, picnic-style weddings or anything you could want from the beautiful Midwest countryside. capacity 300+ | price $$

brookfield zoo

3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield, IL (708) 688-8355 | catering@czs.org CZS.org/cateredevents Our lush grounds, tranquil setting and exceptional exhibits create a lovely and unique backdrop for your once-in-a-lifetime event. Your evening can begin with cocktails in the animal exhibit of your choice and end with dinner in one of the zoo’s elegant dining rooms. capacity 400+ | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic. Now that’s amoré! capacity 350 | price $$

bull valley golf club

1311 Club Rd., Woodstock, IL (815) 345-4298 BullValleyGolfClub.com Bull Valley Golf Club offers the perfect combination for any event: unparalleled service, tantalizing cuisine, picturesque views and memories to last a lifetime. Bull Valley Golf Club, from first kiss to last dance: truly yours and pure perfection. capacity 200 | price $$

burr ridge hotels

Chicago, IL BurrRidgeHotels.com/weddings Nestled in the upscale village of Burr Ridge with its parks and lakes, the hotels in Burr Ridge offer everything for your special day, from exceptional dining

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cafe´ brauer at lincoln park zoo

Chicago, IL (312) 742-2400 LPZoo.org/private-events Nestled conveniently in the heart of Chicago and complemented by spectacular views of the city’s skyline, the timeless elegance of Café Brauer is perfect for your wedding day.

century memorial chapel at naper settlement

523 S. Webster Street, Naperville, IL (630) 420-6010 weddings@naperville.il.us NaperSettlement.org/weddings Century Memorial Chapel, a nondenominational chapel built in 1864, features original stained glass windows, unique trussed ceilings and beautifully carved pews. Located on 12 acres in downtown Naperville as part of Naper Settlement’s outdoor history museum, it’s the perfect venue for your distinctive and memorable wedding ceremony. capacity 175 | price $$

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cantigny park

Wheaton, IL (630) 260-8145 weddings@cantigny.org Cantigny.org At Cantigny, you have the flexibility to make the big day truly your own, like holding your ceremony in the classical setting at one of our four picturesque garden locations, hosting your reception inside Le Jardin at Cantigny Park or at the lovely Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf.

chateau bu-sche´

11535 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip, IL (708) 371-6400 chateausales@aol.com ChateauBuSche.com Located on 25 exquisitely landscaped acres. Three outdoor ceremony sites, glistening atriums with white marble floors and billowing silk linens offer settings for ceremonies, dining and/or dancing. Add a picturesque creek walk, professional service and outstanding cuisine and the Chateau Bu-Sché offers the best of everything. capacity 350 | price $$

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1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL (708) 848-5000 | info@carletonhotel.com CarletonHotel.com Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a large celebration, The Carleton of Oak Park offers elegant décor, innovative cuisine and a professional staff. For a truly memorable event, call our sales and catering office. capacity 200 | price $$

the carlisle

435 East Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL (630) 960-0210 CarlisleBanquets.com A Carlisle Wedding offers you an event of distinction— delicious cuisine in an elegant venue to create cherished moments for you and your guests. Our selection of wedding packages features a variety of choices to suit your taste. capacity 400+ | price $$

carnivale

702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL (312) 281-7139 CarnivaleChicago.com Experience the vibrant atmosphere and bold flavors of Carnivale! Host your special event in one of Carnivale’s seven unique private event spaces. Our magnificent Samba Room can accommodate 170 people for dinner and dancing. capacity 200 | price $$

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8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL (331) 431-4000 ChateauOrleansBanquets.com Our venue makes the perfect destination for weddings, showers, parties and more! Our space features a bar, dance floor, stage, bride’s room and a newly renovated outdoor gazebo for pictures. Food is catered by Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe. Call our team for information today! capacity 300 | price $$

chicago athletic association hotel

12 South Avenue Chicago, IL (312) 940-3552 ChicagoAthleticHotel.com The event spaces feature original 19th century stained glass windows, mantels with bas-relief woodcarvings, marble staircases and millwork of stunning character and detail. This architectural landmark and its captivating views across Millennium Park is the perfect place to exchange your vows. capacity 250 | price $$$

chicago gaelic park

6119 147th St., Oak Forest, IL (708) 687-9323 ChicagoGaelicPark.org This premier wedding venue in the Chicago Southland has classic and elegant surroundings for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. You’ll receive personalized service from our experienced staff members, who are with you every step of the way. capacity 400 | price $$

chicago history museum

1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL (312) 799-2254 ChicagoHistory.org Make your wedding one for the history books. The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding destination in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our Chicago Room is the perfect setting for your unforgettable moment. capacity 300 | price $$$

chicago marriott lincolnshire resort 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire, IL (847) 634-0100 EXT. 6300 Discover a true urban oasis surrounded by a wooded natural setting, perfect for an intimate gathering or grand celebration. capacity 400+ | price $$

chicago marriott naperville

1801 Naper Blvd., Naperville, IL (630) 505-4900 vschultz@chicagomarriottnaperville.com ChicagoMarriottNaperville.com It’s time to begin planning your special day at the most elegant hotel in the Western Suburbs. Two unique ballrooms offer private options for your event with separate cocktail hour space. Book your event at Marriott now and receive a 15% discount if you book on Friday or Sunday. capacity 400 | price $$

chicago marriott northwest

4800 Hoffman Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL (847) 747-0613 ChicagoMarriottNorthwest.com Your dream wedding awaits you at the Marriott Northwest! From our cascading fountain in our Atrium terrace and our warm inviting staff as they butler-pass delicious hors d’oeuvres to the detail and time that our wedding planners dedicate to each and every celebration—we are here to make your day perfect! capacity 400+ | price $$$

chicago’s first lady cruises

Chicago, IL (847) 358-1330 | CruiseChicago.com Don’t be boxed in by four walls on your special day. Imagine a magnificent sunset against the Chicago skyline as the backdrop for your private Chicago River and Lake Michigan wedding cruise. Dance and toast under the city lights, creating memories you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. capacity 200 | price $$$

citygate grille

2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL (630) 577-2185 | CityGateGrille.com At CityGate Grille, we focus on traditional elegance. This is the place to be for a unique and unforgettable wedding. Our team specializes in utilizing one-on-one

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at Brookfield Zoo The zoo is a unique and beautiful place to host a wedding and reception that guests will talk about for a lifetime. Extraordinary experiences, such as cocktails among exotic animals, elegant dining, and exceptional culinary delights, will provide an unforgettable setting, as well as an amazing experience for your friends and family. E-mail cateredevents@czs.org or call (708) 688-8355.

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concorde banquets

20922 N. Rand Rd., Kildeer, IL (847) 438-0025 | sales@concordebanquets.com ConcordeBanquets.com Celebrate your special day amidst the beauty and privacy of Concorde Banquets. Our facility is nestled in a private setting where gentle swans rest quietly in the pond, just beside our magnificent gazebo. Inside, a refined lobby and winding staircase greet you with a stated yet quiet elegance. capacity 400+ | price $$

crowne plaza burr ridge

Burr Ridge, IL (630) 325-2900 | info@cpchicagosw.com CPChicagoSW.com Debuting in spring 2017, The Crowne Plaza Burr Ridge is the idyllic location for your wedding. Whether you envision a simple gathering with your closest family and friends or an elaborate formal affair, discover everything you need for your ideal wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

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555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL (847) 692-6415 Soundproof, movable partitions allow us to tailor the room to your needs, large or small, and flexible space isn’t our only advantage: We have a staff of seasoned professionals devoted to making your event a success. They are there to help you make all the right choices. capacity 400+ | price $$

doubletree by hilton chicago—alsip

5000 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL (708) 272-4200 ChicagoAlsip.DoubleTree.com The DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago—Alsip offers elegant ballrooms, perfect for special events, banquets and wedding receptions, as well as world-class cuisine and catering for your special occassion! At the DoubleTree, the little things mean everything. capacity 500 | price $$

doubletree by hilton chicago north shore

9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL (847) 329-4365 ChicagoNorthShore.Doubletree.com Floor-to-ceiling windows with a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline. Your guests will take a glass elevator to our private penthouse-floor ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 people, or take the grand staircase to our exclusive Versailles Ballroom level, able to accommodate up to 350 people. capacity 350 | price $$$

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doubletree by hilton hotel chicagooak brook

1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL (630) 472-6076 | DoubleTreeOakBrook.com Not just an address—pure elegance. From “I will” to “I do,” your wedding specialist is with you. We offer spacious reception areas with natural lighting for your cocktail hour, and both traditional and contemporary ballrooms, where our culinary team will prepare exquisite cuisine for your event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

doubletree suites by hilton hotel & conference center

2111 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL (630) 971-2000 DoubleTreeDownersGrove.com DoubleTree Guest Suites Downers Grove is an all-suite hotel with easy access to Chicago and surrounding areas. We have 30,000 square feet of function space, including the 20,000-square-foot Esplanade Conference Center and the beautiful 9,500-square-foot Esplanade Lakes Banquet Center. capacity 500 | price $$$

drury lane oakbrook

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL (630) 530-0202 | DruryLane.com Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace features an exquisite atmosphere, a variety of delicious menu selections, personalized service, a complimentary luxurious wedding night suite and more. Celebrate at Drury Lane, a beautiful and unique location that boasts modern elegance and timeless sophistication. capacity 400+ | price $$

eagle ridge resort & spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, IL (800) 892-2269 | weddings@eagleridge.com EagleRidge.com Nestled in 6,800 wooded, rolling acres of breathtaking scenery lives one of Illinois’ best kept secrets: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Eagle Ridge offers stunning ballrooms, scenic outdoor spaces and incredible catering paired with exceptional service to make that special wedding an event to remember. capacity 350 | price $$$

east bank club

500 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL (312) 527-5800 | EastBankClubCatering.com Chicago’s finest health and social club hosts and caters some of the city’s most elegant functions in our four private dining spaces, outdoor riverfront patio and expansive rooftop sun deck. capacity 200 | price $$

elements at water street

Naperville, IL (630) 717-2800 | dmiller@elementsnaperville.com ElementsNaperville.com Naperville’s newest premier wedding reception venue

is located downtown on the famous Riverwalk, in stunning Hotel Indigo. One short block from the Naper Settlement, Elements overlooks the river and is surrounded by favorite photography spots for the bridal party. capacity 250 | price $$$

embassy suites by hilton o’hare - rosemont

(847) 928-7646 | EmbassyOhare.com At the newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton O’Hare Rosemont, start your evening with cocktails in our seven-story garden atrium, then dine and dance with 150300 of your closest friends and family in our only private Grand Ballroom. Let us make your day memorable. capacity 300 | price $$

fountain blue

2300 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL (847) 298-3636 | sales@fountainblue.com FountainBlue.com Fountain Blue has three distinctly decorated banquet rooms each providing a superb setting for your event. This combination of rooms allows Fountain Blue the flexibility to host any size event, from an intimate buffet dinner for 50 or a wedding reception for 400 to a cocktail reception for 800. capacity 400 | price $$

georgios banquets, quality inn & suites conference centre

8800 W. 159th St., Orland Park, IL (708) 403-1100 | valerie@georgios.com Georgios.com A unique experience in luxury lodging and banquet dining. Grand ballrooms encompass grand chandeliers, 18-foot ceilings, skylights, private staircase and a beckoning dance floor. Voted the 2016 #1 Banquet Venue in the Chicago Southland by the Chicago Tribune and SouthtownStar Newspaper 15-time winner! capacity 400+ | price $$

glendale lakes golf club

Glendale Heights, IL (630) 260-0095 GlendaleLakes.com We understand the importance of your day. We offer a facility that accommodates up to 250 guests, a staff that is attentive to every detail and food to rave about. capacity 250 | price $$

grand geneva resort & spa

(800) 558-3417 weddings@grandgeneva.com GrandGeneva.com With picturesque outdoor landscapes and elegant ballrooms, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa hosts a variety of spaces for intimate gatherings and large affairs alike. It is 1,300 acres of four-diamond resort with an experienced staff to cater to your every need and make your day Grand. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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grand traverse resort and spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI (231) 534-6203 | GrandTraverseResort.com At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find a combination of wedding services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen relax during a round of golf. With multiple venues, our wedding planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale. capacity 400+ | price $$

grand victoria casino

250 South Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL (847) 494-2795 | weddings@gvcelgin.com GrandVictoriaCasino.com Let Grand Victoria be part of your special day. Our wedding package includes dining, a full bar, entertainment and custom décor in one of our elegant banquet rooms. Our banquet coordinator will work with you to tailor your reception to your needs. You won’t have to lift a finger—except at the ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

the haley mansion

17 S. Center Street, Joliet, IL (815) 726-6800 | PatrickHaleyMansion.com Historical Haley Mansion, built in 1891, is available for special events. The conservatory and ballroom accommodates 350 for dinner. The outdoor ceremony site is complemented by arbor structures nestled among ponds, pines and flowers. Choose The Haley Mansion for a memorable event.

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heritage ballroom

100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL (847) 531-7047 | banquets@cityofelgin.org CentreOfElgin.org Spectacular 300-person banquet facility with panoramic window views. Includes full catering service, bar facilities, dance floor, private entrance and coatrooms. Step outside the ballroom and experience the beautifully landscaped Walton Island, riverfront walkways and breathtaking river overlooks. capacity 300 | price $$

hilton chicago/northbrook

2855 North Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL (847) 509-7010 | ChicagoNorthbrook.Hilton.com From the walk down the aisle to the final farewell, we ensure every detail of your wedding reflects your individuality. Your wedding coordinator will work with you to create customized menus and help you with all of the details that make your wedding day memorable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hilton chicago/oak brook hills resort (630) 850-4194 OakBrookHillsResort.com Sitting on a 150-acre estate, our resort accommodates events of 40 to 850 guests. Our uniquely beautiful

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venues include the four-season Marquis Tent and well-appointed Grand Ballroom. Come see why Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort is an inspiring choice for a memorable wedding! capacity 850 | price $$$

hilton lisle/naperville

3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL (630) 245-7600 LisleNaperville.Hilton.com The perfect location for your special day! Personalized attention, exceptional service and world-class accommodations await you and your guests. From our three, separate distinct ballrooms to our award-winning culinary creations, we anxiously await the opportunity to help you plan the wedding of your dreams! capacity 400 | price $$$

hilton rosemont chicago o’hare

5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL (847) 678-4488 Rosemont.Hilton.com The premier venue to host your special occasion is the Hilton Rosemont. Our elegant ballroom with unique décor and boutique-style guestrooms distinguish us from all other locations. Our focus is providing you with a lasting experience through exceptional hospitality and exquisite cuisine. capacity 350 | price $$

hotel arista

2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL (888) 504-0088 | (630) 579-4100 info@hotelarista.com HotelArista.com Hotel Arista attracts brides who like to write their own wedding story. We’re not a chain; rather, we’re something a little different. Chic. Seductive. Old-World luxury and glamour. A retreat into a sleek, unscripted other world—where anything is possible. Call us today for your personal tour. capacity 300 | price $$$

hotel baker

100 West Main Street, Saint Charles, IL (630) 584-2100 HotelBaker.com Have a wedding worthy of your dreams in our exquisite oval Rainbow Room with lighted dance floor or our elegant Waterfront Room reprising a European courtyard with spectacular river views. Our riverside Rose Garden and sweeping Waterfront Patio provide perfect venues for your on-site ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

hyatt regency lisle

1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, IL (630) 852-1234 catering@hyattlisle.com Lisle.Regency.Hyatt.com Hyatt Regency Lisle can help bring all your wedding visions to life. Walk down the aisle in our newly renovated Pavilion then travel through our atrium

lounge to your private cocktail and ballroom space to dance the night away with up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

hyatt regency schaumburg, chicago 1800 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-6910 Schaumburg.Hyatt.com Allow Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago’s experienced professionals to assist you with making the key decisions to make your Chicago wedding the unforgettable occasion you’ve always dreamed of. Our versatile wedding venues can be transformed to reflect your personal tastes in décor and theme. capacity 400+ | price $$$

illinois beach resort

One Lakefront Drive, Zion, IL (847) 625-7300 EXT. 631 ILResorts.com A full-service resort located on the shores of Lake Michigan inside the tranquil Illinois Beach State Park. Flexible event space including the Grand Vista ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan and the Grand Tent nestled right on the beach. capacity 400+ | price $$$

jacob henry mansion

20 South Eastern Avenue, Joliet, IL (815) 722-1420 sarah@jacobhenrymansion.com JacobHenryMansion.com Our Victorian estate boasts an exquisite mansion, lush gardens and a newly renovated ballroom capable of hosting 300 guests. Experienced event coordinators are prepared to customize a perfect day for you. From your first kiss to your last dance, a unique occasion awaits. capacity 300 | price $$

kemper lakes golf club

24000 N. Old McHenry Road, Kildeer, IL (847) 726-5544 jtrzop@kemperlakesgolfclub.com KemperLakesGolf.com The spacious clubhouse of this premier golf club makes Kemper Lakes a coveted spot for lavish wedding receptions. The elegant banquet room seats 225 guests and features panoramic views of the majestic golf course. capacity 225 | price $$$$

ki’s restaturant

705 North Avenue, Glendale Heights, IL (224) 256-6712 KisWeddingsandEvents.com Our ambience and scenery, matched with our culinary expertise of over 80 years, will guarantee that your most important day will truly be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests that will last a lifetime. capacity 110 | price $$

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lake lawn resort

2400 E. Geneva Street, Delavan, WI (800) 338-5253 kranson@lakelawnresort.com LakeLawnResort.com A breathtaking lakeside getaway unlike any other, Lake Lawn Resort features a dedicated staff, specially prepared menus and numerous waterfront ceremony locations. Our team is dedicated to sharing your special day and ensuring every detail is taken care of. capacity 400+ | price $$$

loft 21 events

1501 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 868-5638 Loft21Events.com The exposed brick wall, sound, lighting and video equipment that we are building into Loft 21 is sure to add the perfect wow for your wedding celebration! Our mechanical walls that open at the push of a button give you an incredible grand reveal from the Loft into the Main Room. capacity 300 | price $$

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85 E. Wacker Dr. at N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL (312) 357-1200 | sales@londonhouse.com LondonHouseChicago.com With 452 well-appointed and graciously sized guest rooms and suites, 25,000 square feet of catering, social and event space, plus incredible skyline views from virtually every window, LondonHouse Chicago is ready to help you with all your pre-ceremony to postreception needs. capacity 300 | price $$$$

makray memorial golf club

1010 S. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL (847) 381-6501 MakrayWeddings.com Experience the essence of a Makray wedding— the romance, the elegance, the excitement. Our experienced professional staff is dedicated to assisting you with every detail. We are here to create a day filled with lasting memories. capacity 250 | price $$

manzo’s banquets

1571 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines, IL (847) 593-2233 ManzosBanquets.com Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines offers the unbeatable combination of elegant décor, delicious food and impeccable service. Let Manzo’s help in making your wedding day the one everyone remembers. A wide selection of wedding packages is available, or let us help customize one of your own. capacity 400+ | price $$

mayne stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL (847) 869-5423 | events@maynestage.com

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MayneStage.com Mayne Stage is a multipurpose private venue that features a lounge and performance space that reflects the unique, diverse history of Rogers Park. The performance space can be used in a variety of different ways to make your event unique to you. The venue can accommodate weddings, bridal showers and more! capacity 220 | price $$

meridian banquets

1701 Algonquin Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL (847) 952-8181 | tina@meridianbanquets.com MeridianBanquets.com Take comfort in knowing that our exceptional service, beautiful décor and appetizing cuisine are guaranteed to please you and your guests. Our on-site event coordinators will work closely with you to ensure your event exceeds your expectations. capacity 400+ | price $$

meso´n sabika

1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 983-3000 EXT. 1 events@mesonsabika.com MesonSabika.com Our new Pavilion comes to life with its panoramic windows overlooking the meticulously landscaped property. The draped ceiling and crystal chandeliers of the Pavilion complement the beauty and timeless décor of the 1847 mansion. Our facilities host private events ranging from 10 to 400 guests. capacity 400 | price $$$

midwest conference center

(708) 409-2828 MidwestConf.com Have your wedding under the stars in our beautifully appointed Skyline Ballroom on the 16th floor. It is the perfect setting for an unforgettable fairytale wedding. The floor-to-ceiling windows surround the entire ballroom and provide a view of the Chicago skyline. capacity 400+ | price $

mistwood golf club

1700 W. Renwick Road, Romeoville, IL (815) 254-3333 MistwoodGC.com No matter your preferences, Mistwood Golf Club is here to help you plan a wedding that is uniquely you. Come see the newly designed Mistwood Clubhouse— offering a breathtaking backdrop and an unforgettable experience to begin your new life together! capacity 220 | price $$

the monte bello estate

16501 135th Street, Lemont, IL TheMonteBelloEstate.com The Monte Bello Estate is a private 55-acre venue just 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. It is the perfect setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. capacity 275 | price $$$

the nagel emporium at abbey farms 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL (630) 966-7775 EXT. 5 AbbeyFarms.org Create long-lasting memories at The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms. Celebrate your special event in a spectacular climate-controlled rustic-chic barn finished in 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood and vintage furnishings close to transportation and lodging! Call today to schedule your private barn tour! capacity 350 | price $$$

northern illinois university – dekalb/naperville

DeKalb and Naperville locations (800) 753-0010 Go.NIU.edu/weddings Be inspired by NIU’s gorgeous indoor-outdoor settings. With locations in DeKalb and Naperville, you’ll be sure to find the perfect venue for your special celebration. Our experienced staff will walk you through each step of the planning process to ensure every single detail is simply perfect. capacity 500 | price $$

oak brook bath & tennis club

800 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL (630) 368-6442 Oak-Brook.org/weddings The Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is a uniquely elegant and private setting for weddings and receptions. The Bath & Tennis Clubhouse qualities include 35foot vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, lush lawns and a sparking pond. The private clubhouse accommodates 200 seated guests and 250 cocktail reception guests. capacity 250 | price $$$

odyssey country club

19110 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park, IL (708) 429-7400 OdysseyCountryClub.com Begin your journey in elegance. Start with a ceremony at one of our wrought-iron gazebos overlooking a 40-foot lit fountain. Dance the night away in one of our luxurious ballrooms with a view of our wellmanicured landscape. Let us make your occasion an event to remember! capacity 750 | price $$$

odyssey cruises

600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL (888) 741-0282 chicagoevents@entertainmentcruises.com OdysseyCruises.com/chicagoweddings Imagine saying “I do” aboard an unforgettable wedding venue that offers Chicago’s skyline as your backdrop. Guests will enjoy creative cuisine, entertainment and the unique indoor and outdoor spaces of this luxury vessel. Odyssey is also perfect for showers, rehearsal dinners and day-after brunches. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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old orchard country club and midori banquets

700 W. Rand Road, Mt. Prospect, IL (847) 259-6010 | oldorchardmidori@yahoo.com MidoriBanquets.com At Old Orchard Country Club and Midori Banquets, we offer magnificent views, floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful gardens, and a guest-centered staff. Our expert event coordinators offer exceptional service to ensure the detailed elegance you desire. capacity 350 | price $

the pavilion at orchard ridge farms 6786 Yale Bridge Rd., Rockton, IL (815) 629-2220 | jweldon@orchardridgefarms.com OrchardRidgeFarms.com The Pavilion offers a refreshing change from the average banquet facility. Our 130-acre private estate offers a fusion of rustic elegance and sophistication. Relax and enjoy the serene setting while our dedicated staff ensures that you and your guests experience a joyful day! capacity 400+ | price $$$

pinecrest golf club

11220 Algonquin Road, Huntley, IL (847) 669-1400 EXT. 26 HuntleyParks.org/dine Your love story is our favorite. Let us help you continue that love story with a wedding at Pinecrest.

Handcrafted Italian chandeliers are just one of the many features in our stunning ballroom. Let us be a part of the next exciting chapter in your life. Our experienced sales/catering professionals will work one-on-one with you to plan your special day. We look forward to hosting your wedding. capacity 300+ | price $$$

public landing banquets

200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL (815) 838-6500 | PublicLandingRestaurant.com From verandas overlooking the old I&M Canal to all-inclusive packages, The Public Landing is the perfect location to host your event. We specialize in functions for 25-150 guests and have beautiful photo opportunities! Located in a historic site, we’re easily accessible by I-355 in downtown Lockport. capacity 150 | price $$

randall oaks golf club

4101 Binnie Road, West Dundee, IL (847) 428-5661 EXT. 3102 RandallOaksGC.com Celebrate your special day at Randall Oaks Golf Club surrounded by beauty and privacy. We offer everything in one location to make your event easy and stress-free. From saying “I do” in our waterfront gazebo to dancing all night overlooking the golf course, we can make all your dreams come true. capacity 200 | price $$

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prairie landing golf club

2325 Longest Drive, West Chicago, IL (630) 208-7633 ebobsin@prairielanding.com PrairieLanding.com Experience benchmark customer service at PLGC. Weddings at PLGC surpass every bride’s childhood dreams. Our atrium ballroom features floor-toceiling windows overlooking the rolling vistas of our championship golf course. With two outdoor ceremony locations, in-house coordinator and exclusive packages, every detail of planning is covered. capacity 250 | price $$

prairie street brewing co.

200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL (815) 277-9427 | PSBrewingCo.com We have three beautiful rooms that comprise our event space—the Ice Cellar at 1,500 square feet featuring a gorgeous bar, the Barrel Room at nearly 7,000 square feet with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick and the Malt Room at 1,500 square feet of wooden timber beams. capacity 300 | price $$

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18231 Park Ave., Homewood, IL (708) 798-5600 | weddings@ravisloe.com Ravisloe.com Breathtaking in every aspect. From the elegance of the ivy-covered courtyard to your private bridal suite and a ballroom with panoramic views of the majestic golf course, Ravisloe provides a unique and enchanting experience. In addition, your wedding is the exclusive event on the property that evening. capacity 300 | price $$$

river bend golf club

5900 State Route 53, Lisle, IL (630) 968-1920 RiverBendGolfClub.org/banquets With lush landscaping and vast greenery, the breathtaking views of River Bend Golf Club create an ideal and serene atmosphere for our new event venue. An opulent, white, high-peak tent and our clubhouse, Wheatstack, are nestled among the scenic greens, creating a peaceful, private setting in nature. capacity 225 | price $$

salvatore’s ristorante

525 W. Arlington Pl., Chicago, IL (773) 528-1200 Salvatores-Chicago.com Salvatore’s is an elegant venue that recreates the beauty of a magnificent Italian estate with a charming patio. From our custom-designed menus to the planning of special events, Salvatore’s offers an intimate

atmosphere—where everything we do is personalized to meet your specific needs. capacity 250 | price $$$

the signature room at the 95th®

875 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (312) 280-0465 | SignatureRoom.com For spectacular rehearsal dinners, wedding celebrations and after-wedding brunches, choose the private dining rooms of The Signature Room at the 95th®. Surround your guests with breathtaking views of the city, professional event staff and exquisite cuisine, all from 95 stories above the city! capacity 150 | price $$$

silver lake country club

14700 South 82nd Ave., Orland Park, IL (708) 349-6940 | events@silverlakecc.com SilverLakeCC.com For over five decades, Silver Lake has helped couples plan their special day. Breathtaking ceremony sites, lush gardens, rich reception rooms and savory culinary selections make Silver Lake the perfect place to host your celebration. Call us today and discover the wonder of Silver Lake. capacity 400 | price $$$

st. andrews golf & country club

2241 Route 59, West Chicago, IL (630) 231-3100 StAndrewsGC.com We at St. Andrews G. & C. C. pride ourselves on impeccable service and an elegant setting. St. Andrews offers several rooms, all with picturesque views. Do not miss out on your dream wedding at St. Andrews G. & C. C! Contact us for a tour today. We welcome all love. capacity 350 | price $$$

swissotel chicago

323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL (312) 268-8223 | sara.wisnoski@swissotel.com Swissotel.com/chicago A rehearsal dinner with friends and family. An elegant wedding reception. A Sunday bride’s brunch. The Swissotel Chicago experience will surpass your greatest expectations. Summer Saturday brides enjoy an unobstructed view of Navy Pier’s firework display from our 43rd floor ballroom, Edelweiss. capacity 400+ | price $$$

tinley park convention center & holiday inn

18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL (708) 342-5485 | sales@tphicc.com TinleyParkConventionCenter.net Look no further. At the Tinley Park Convention Center, we provide the perfect environment for your special day. We have elegant, spacious ballrooms, exquisite catering, and convenient guest accommodations for weddings of 50 to 2,000. capacity 400+ | price $$

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trump international hotel & tower chicago

401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL (312) 588-8000 TrumpHotels.com/chicago From our soaring, modern grand ballroom and the glittering skyline to the inventive cuisine and resounding service, let your vows take on a whole new view. capacity 200 | price $$$$

tuscany falls banquets & events - mokena

9425 West 191st Street, Mokena, IL (708) 479-1919 tuscanyfalls@gmail.com TuscanyFallsBanquets.com We offer floor-to-ceiling windows, private outdoor courtyards with fireplaces and waterfalls, a granite gazebo, private bridal suites with winding staircases and outdoor photo opportunities. After more than three decades of service, our philosophy is to exceed expectations and create an affair to remember. capacity 400+ | price $$

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venue one north shore

550 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL (847) 374-1821 VenueOneNorthShore.com Recently transformed from the former Chicago Bulls Training Center, the venue features a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, including an outdoor patio for ceremony or cocktail receptions and an exclusive wine room to create your most memorable event and celebrate in style. capacity 1,500 | price $$$

white pines golf club & banquets

500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville, IL (630) 766-0304 EXT. 2 WhitePinesGolf.com With one banquet hall, our entire staff will make your wedding a truly exclusive affair! Vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound balcony offer a unique location for your perfect day. Beautiful grounds accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain complete your ideal setting. capacity 250 | price $$

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william tell banquets

6201 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL (708) 354-4200 sales@holidayinn-cs.com HolidayInnWilliamTell.com Host your ceremony in our beautiful outdoor space. Select from one of our unique banquet halls including The Atrium, with a rustic setting, three fireplaces and a courtyard view; or choose the Terrace Room with vast skylights and stained-glass windows. The Grand Ballroom speaks traditional elegance. capacity 350 | price $$

wyndham grand chicago riverfront

71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL (312) 346-7100 WyndhamGrandChicagoRiverfront.com Modern. Sophisticated. Showstopping. Impress your guests in one of our two spectacular wedding venues. Our 39th floor Penthouse Ballroom features panoramic city views and a stunning outdoor terrace, while our new Grand Ballroom is perfect for larger parties. capacity 300 | price $$$

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2251 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL (630) 376-1500 VenutisBanquets.com Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquets would like the opportunity to graciously host and serve your special day. We are known for our attention to detail, our excellent service and our ability to customize your special event. We have lavish accommodations for up to 1,000 guests.

aisle chic

2324 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL (773) 904-7577 AisleChic.com The team at Aisle Chic believes brides shouldn’t sacrifice a luxe experience in order to get fabulous prices. Everything from the knowledgeable stylists to the boutique’s posh environment keeps the focus on the bride and her memorable gown shopping experience.

appease inc.

On location (630) 550-3764 info@appease2you.com Appease2You.com Appease Inc. is an on-location bridal hair, makeup and spa team. We give our brides the celebrity treatment! Hairstyling, airbrush makeup, tattoo coverage, eyelashes, massage, mani/pedis and hair extensions are only a few of the bridal glamour services we offer. Call us today!

bella bianca bridal couture

Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace, IL BellaBianca.com Bella Bianca offers brides a shopping experience unlike any other. Whether you visit our luxe downtown boutique or our spacious Oakbrook salon, you’ll find gowns from the finest domestic and international designers, ensuring a selection rich in variety and truly the most diverse available in Chicago.

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c.d.peacock warwick allerton hotel, chicago

701 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL (312) 274-6423 WarwickHotels.com/allerton-hotel-chicago The landmark Warwick Allerton Hotel offers two spectacular ballrooms. The 23rd floor Tip Top Tap Ballroom offers skyline views of Chicago, accommodating up to 200 guests. The third floor Buckingham Ballroom offers elegant arched windows and romantic interior balconies accommodating up to 120 guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

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Oakbrook Center | Woodfield Mall | Old Orchard Mall (800) CDP-1837 CDPeacock.com C.D.Peacock offers the top brands, including Tacori, Hearts On Fire, A. Jaffe, Ritani, Furrer Jacot, Henri Daussi, Benchmark and more. We also have a team of talented designers and gemologists who can create your dream ring from scratch. We create memories and jewelry to last a lifetime.

rogers & hollands jewelers

RogersandHollands.com/store_locator

che´z de´lali salon and day spa

Serving Chicagoland and surrounding area (708) 274-7440 ChezDelaliSalon.com/bridal We at Chéz Délali Salon are here to make sure your hair and makeup are the least of your worries. From consultation through execution on your big day, we will be by your side. We offer personalized packages.

curology

Curology.com/brides Brides, clear your skin with a custom formula made by a dermatology provider. Love is a risk worth taking. A wedding day breakout is not.

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In the heart of downtown Naperville, occupying the entire 2nd floor of Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk: • 4,200 sq ft banquet ballroom with 250 seating availability • Large pre-reception lounge, separate private meeting room space for 100, and open air views of the beautiful Naperville Riverwalk • 158 Guest rooms and bridal suites with special rates on room blocks

Naperville’s Premier Wedding Venue

• Organic, contemporary design with open air spaces, ribboned hard woods, a dash of fire, and elements of flowing water surround • Complete menu planning, private tastings, full service bar, wait staff and day of wedding coordination • Attached hotel parking for free and valet services available as an option

Booking: ccady@elementsnaperville.com | 630.717.2800 | ElementsNaperville.com 123 Water Street, 2nd floor, Naperville, IL 60540

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EVENT PRODUCTION • FLORAL DESIGN • DÉCOR • LIGHTING • DRAPE • FURNITURE

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dimitra’s bridal couture

mira couture

j. cheree bridal lifestyle services

simply luxe bridal boutique

1009 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL (312) 787-0920 DimitrasBridal.com Located in Chicago’s Oak Street fashion district, Dimitra’s Bridal houses a coveted selection of designers such as Reem Acra, Marchesa, Romona Keveza, Stephen Yearick, J’Aton Couture and more! The fashion-focused approach and unparalleled service have made it a premier destination for designer gowns!

7022 S. Bennett Avenue, Chicago, IL (312) 380-1201 JChereeBridalLifestyle.com J. Cheree Bridal Lifestyle Services is a one-of-a-kind exclusive bridal service designed specifically with the needs of the bride in mind. As the industry leader in bridal lifestyle services, our goal is to “Make Angels of the Aisle” by allowing them to stress less during the planning process.

kathryn’s bridal and dress shop

3807 W. Elm St., Rte. 120, McHenry, IL (815) 385-7330 Kathryns-Bridal.com We are the area’s premier bridal, special occasion and invitation destination. Our outstanding collection, personal service and attention to detail are what every woman expects and deserves. Our beautiful location will enhance your experience, and we look forward to assisting you.

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luxe bridal rack

2165 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 917-LUXE LuxeBridalRack.com LBR is the new way to shop designer wedding dresses—a way to find that designer dress of your dreams at the price of your dreams. Working closely with designers and bridal salons all across the globe, LBR’s gowns are always in pristine condition and often a complete overstock from designers.

melanie’s makeup artistry

Northwest suburbs and the Chicagoland area (847) 867-2169 MelaniesMakeupArtistry.com The goal of Melanie’s Makeup Artistry is to give you the timeless look you’ve been wanting. With flawless technique, services include—but are not limited to—airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions and organic airbrush tanning with no person minimums. Book now to begin your journey to perfection.

mignonette bridal

1747 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 880-9141 mignonettestore@gmail.com MignonetteBridal.com Our gowns, priced from $2,500, are made in the USA with the thoughtful details, rare laces and unique touches that are the hallmarks of couture. Each vintageinspired gown is feminine, romantic and timeless.

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One East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL (312) 255-1699 | miracouture@gmail.com MiraCouture.com Mira Couture carries a gorgeous selection of wedding gowns from designers Rosa Clará, Stephen Yearick, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca and Martina Liana. Mira Couture offers personalized custom design services on its gowns and a spectacular array of formalwear, cocktail dresses and custom suits.

2390 Esplanade Drive, Suite 110, Algonquin, IL (224) 241-8115 SimplyLuxeBridal.com The day you choose your gown should be just as special as the day you wear it. Showcasing exquisite collections from Rosa Clará, Rosa Clará Two, Atelier Pronovias, Pronovias, Watters, Wtoo and Martina Liana. We’re a full-service salon for your wedding party and guests.

chic chef chicago

Serving the Chicago/tri-state area (630) 808-0525 ChicChefCatering.com When you hire Chic Chef Catering for your wedding, we’ll ensure that the food and service go far above your expectations. We offer a wide array of traditional and ethnic food options as well as customizable menus. Not only do we handle food, service and rentals, we also bring our own staff to your event.

photography & video

slt makeup artistry

Chicago’s northwest/west suburbs and the Midwest (847) 431-2045 SLTMakeup.com Looking for beautiful glowing skin, a flawless contoured look, full lashes and a perfect pout on your wedding day? Sarah is just the artist you need! She will enhance your gorgeous features and get you camera-ready for your big day!

total image hair and airbrush makeup

Chicagoland, IL (630) 963-2442 TotalImageBridal.com Our award-winning team of artists has been making brides beautiful for over 16 years. We offer high-end services without the high-end prices. Our primary business is weddings so you get personal service throughout your entire experience. Let us bring our expertise to you!

cakes & caterers

anthony yoon photography

Serving nationwide (630) 677-7481 AnthonyYoon.com Choosing a wedding photographer can be an overwhelming challenge. How do you know that they’ll do a good job? Choose someone you can trust and who cares about your wedding on a personal level. Connect with me and set up a free consultation to see if I’m the right photographer for you!

essence photo & video

Four Chicagoland locations (888) 777-7011 | info@essenceweddings.com EssenceWeddings.com/love Essence Photo & Video has been specializing in the fine art of documenting your wedding for over a decade. We are known throughout Chicago for high-end photography and videography services at reasonable prices.

george street photo & video

(866) 831-4103 | info@georgestreetphoto.com GeorgeStreetPhoto.com George Street Photo & Video is a community of passionate, talented photojournalists. From best friend to fiancé, we document the moments that will forever remind you what a wedding day is all about—love.

jenny taylor boudoir photography blue plate catering

1362 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL (312) 421-6666 BluePlateChicago.com Blue Plate Catering is Chicago’s premier, awardwinning event catering company with over 30 years of experience and leadership in the hospitality industry. We create an experience tailored to your personal taste and style, and provide trusted and reliable catering across all your hospitality needs.

Chicago, Naperville, Baton Rouge and Orange County (312) 800-3540 info@jennytaylorphotography.com JennyTaylorBoudoirs.com Our 100 percent female team guarantees to transform you into a bombshell bride in our private, safe studios. Most packages include professional hair and makeup, help with posing and a gorgeous collection of keepsakes to choose from. We’re the USA’s only trusted company for over eight years.

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jolie images

642 Wheeling Rd., Wheeling, IL (866) 922-3961 | info@jolieimages.com JolieImages.com Memories for your happily ever after! Let us customize a package to suit your needs and budget. Our packages start as low as $595 and our V.I.P. all-inclusive package is less than $1,500!

wedding consultants

tamara wendt events

1527 47th Avenue, Moline, IL (309) 269-4027 | TamaraWendtEvents.com Tamara Wendt Events will design, coordinate and consult on a variety of exciting options for your wedding. No matter the size, we will ensure that it will be one of the most memorable experiences in your life. We can arrange everything or we can simply help you with the design and coordination.

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flowers & décor

ashland addison floral & event de´cor

1640 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL (312) 432-8958 | info@ashaddevents.com AshAddEvents.com The Ashland Addison Floral & Event Décor team is led by design specialists who begin the process with a personal consultation including discussion on the extensive services we provide, as well as exploring your dreams for your special day.

hmr designs

4200 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 782-0800 | HMRDesigns.com Integrating exquisite florals, unique atmospheric elements, and custom furniture and décor with originality and ingenuity, our team members are not only highly creative, but also thoughtful and collaborative. Call us today; we’d love to be a part of your celebration.

trudy’s flowers

2715 Forgue Dr., #117, Naperville, IL (630) 922-3338 | trudys@flowersandbranches.com

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FlowersandBranches.com Trudy’s Flowers proudly serves the Chicagoland area. For decades we have been offering only the finest wedding floral arrangements, backed by friendly and reliable service. We always go the extra mile to make your wedding flowers perfect and your day unforgettable.

entertainment

admit one djs

104 Ambassador Drive, Naperville, IL (877) 423-6481 AdmitOneDJs.com As an Admit One client, you’ll enjoy “Meet The DJ Night”—a night of celebration, excitement and peaceof-mind while you and your fiancé make your selections from our talented staff of DJs, in person, all in one night!

an enchanted evening

1920 Thoreau Dr., Ste. 171, Schaumburg, IL (847) 490-1000 | info@anenchantedevening.com AnEnchantedEvening.com We are a professional mobile entertainment company specializing in wedding receptions. We repeatedly exceed our customers’ expectations by maintaining a level of service above and beyond other entertainment companies. Our experienced adult disc jockey emcees give you the personal attention and professionalism you expect and deserve.

backthird entertainment

Geneva, IL (630) 264-2366 | Backthird.com Backthird DJs make your wedding as personal as possible—and your preparation as easy as possible. Include uplighting, live jazz or modern strings—or let your DJ direct the whole day. Give us your brilliant ideas; we’ll turn it into a brilliant plan.

matt stedman band & ring of music orchestra

Chicago and worldwide (630) 670-0316 info@ringofmusic.com RingofMusic.com Grammy Award–winning talent and recording artists perform the highest quality of music for even the most discerning listener. Our professionalism, sound and dedication to our couples translates into an extraordinary night and a packed dance floor. We look forward to working with you!

tailor made talent group/ the andrew blake band Serving Chicago—will travel

(224) 623-5571 | AndrewBlakeBand.com We offer The Andrew Blake Band in 6-, 9- or 11-piece versions. We also offer complete DJ service with a band selection or without, as well as many different options for your ceremony musicians, if needed.

specialty services

absolute dream limousine, trolley and coach

Serving all of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (708) 535-7400 | AbsoluteDreamLimos.com As the wedding specialists, we guarantee the newest fleet and best wedding packages available. Our company has been family owned for 30 years.

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.

chicago trolley & double decker co.

Chicago, IL (773) 890-2000 | ChicagoTrolley.com Using a trolley on your wedding day is a fun way to transport your wedding party around town! Our classic red and green trolleys go all over Chicagoland, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trolleys are a spectacular way to make a classic Chicago memory for you and your guests!

chicago wedding officiant services, inc.

Serving the entire Chicago area (312) 834-4211 Chicago-Wedding-Officiant.com Whoever you may be, and whatever wedding experience you may seek, our job is to take care of everything in relation to your ceremony. You can rest easy knowing that you’re working with professionals and that your ceremony will represent who you are on your wedding day.

limos alive

Chicagoland area; northwest Indiana (708) 272-7188 book@limosalive.com LimosAlive.com Boasting excellence in customer service and safety, we offer wedding party limo-bus, shuttle bus and limo service for day or evening events, and shuttle service to get your guests to and from locations. Visit our website to see our fleet of top-end buses and limos.

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Drury Lane

266

33 Group

187

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

79

Abbington

25

East Bank Club

307

Adler Planetarium

311

Elements at Water Street

313

Alpine Banquets

301

Entertainment Cruises Chicago

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The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

231

Fountain Blue

58

Arrowhead Weddings

175

Georgios Banquets

252

Astoria Exquisite Banquets

39

Glendale Lakes Golf Club

245

Avanté Banquets

145

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

21

Bartlett Hills Country Club

305

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

5

Belle Salle Banquets

155

Grand Victoria Casino

139

Bloomfield Barn

278

The Haley Mansion

255

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

221

Heritage Ballroom

303

BrighterDaze Farm

309

Hilton Chicago/Northbrook

217

Brookfield Zoo

303

Hilton Chicago/Oakbrook Hills Resort & Conference Center

211

Buca di Beppo

51

Hilton Lisle/Naperville

146

Bull Valley Golf Club

277

Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare

95

Burr Ridge Hotels

140

Hotel Arista

57

Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo

289

Hotel Baker

13

Cantigny Weddings

265

Hyatt Regency Lisle

229

The Carleton of Oak Park

77

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

45

The Carlisle

99

Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center

133

Carnivale

203

The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

249

Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement

259

Kemper Lakes Golf Club

103

The Chateau Bu-Sché

255

Ki’s Gardens

135

Chateau Orleans

214

Lake Lawn Resort

281

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

37

Loft 21 Events

33

Chicago Gaelic Park

257

LondonHouse Chicago

7

Chicago History Museum

143 27

Makray Memorial Golf Club

213

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Chicago Marriott Naperville

275

Manzo’s Banquets

297

Chicago Marriott Northwest

307

Mayne Stage

309

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

227

Meridian Banquet & Conference Center

73

CityGate Grille

149

Mesón Sabika

251

Concorde Banquets

9

Midwest Ballrooms

278

Crowne Plaza Burr Ridge

269

Mistwood Golf Club

235

Donald E. Stephens Ballrooms & Rosemont Catering

41

The Monte Bello Estate

243

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip

263

The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms

291

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-North Shore & Conference Center

Northern Illinois University

219

83

Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club

201

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport-Rosemont

129

The Odyssey Country Club

223

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Oak Brook

85

Old Orchard Country Club and Midori Banquets

171

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Chicago Downers Grove

29

The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

153

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297

Prairie Landing Golf Club

61

Mignonette Bridal

107

Prairie Street Brewing Co.

293

Mira Couture

31

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield

275

Simply Luxe Bridal Boutique

14

Public Landing Banquets

52

SLT Makeup Artistry

295

Randall Oaks Golf Club

172

Total Image Hair & Airbrush Makeup

283

Ravisloe Country Club

240

River Bend Golf Club

315

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Salvatore’s

55

C.D.Peacock

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The Signature Room at the 95th®

169

Rogers & Hollands Jewelers

23

Silver Lake Country Club

127

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club

271

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Swissôtel Chicago

204

Divine Designs and Events

313

Tinley Park Convention Center

89

J. Cheree Bridal Lifestyle Services

277

Trump International Hotel & Tower

151

sqn Events

224

Tuscany Falls Banquets & Events

246

Tamara Wendt Design

295

Venue One North Shore

179

Venuti’s

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Warwick Allerton Hotel

137

Anthony Yoon Photography

289

White Pines Golf Club

311

Essence Photo & Video

207

William Tell

111

George Street Photo & Video

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Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

181

Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography

166

Jolie Images

17

CAKES & CATERERS

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Blue Plate Catering

157

ENTERTAINMENT

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Chic Chef Chicago

115

Admit One DJs

198

Limelight Catering

18

An Enchanted Evening

237

Backthird Entertainment

47

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Matt Stedman Band & Ring of Music Orchestra

43

Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor

293

HMR Designs

177

Tailor Made Talent Group/ The Andrew Blake Band

260

Trudy’s Flowers

239 INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Garrett Popcorn Shops

301

Aisle Chic Designer Sample Boutique

35

Things Remembered

63

Appease Inc.

281

Bella Bianca Bridal Couture

10

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Chéz Délali Salon and Day Spa

305

Absolute Dream Limousine

317

Curology

291

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 49

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

2

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.

317

J. Cheree Bridal Lifestyle Services

277

Chicago Wedding Officiant Service

315

Kathryn’s Bridal

71

Limos Alive

283

Luxe Bridal Rack

91

Shelli’s Travel

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tiffany & william CHICAGO For their September nuptials, Tiffany slipped into a Rent the Runway dress before heading to Chicago City Hall. “Initially, I was hesitant since I thought we were doing our relationship a disservice by eloping so quickly,” Tiffany says of marrying William, her partner of 14 years. “But looking back, it was the best day.”

Get inspired by more real weddings in your area at TheKnot.com/chicago

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