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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 10 14 16 18 22 32 38 42 48 51 57 192 194

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let the good times roll

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 art-centric reception spaces 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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Denver, CO

• LWDBridal.com

A n Exceptional Experience •

Photo by Eyal Nevo

A n U n pa r a l l el ed Selec tion

Schedule the visit of a lifetime for your dress of a lifetime!

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 132

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

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

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works of art

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Find the right ring for you.

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wedding themes 101 Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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

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

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works of art

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

style

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APROPOS

C H E RRY C R E E K N O RT H | LAR IMER SQUARE

| PARK ME ADOWS

FLATIRONS | FORT COLLINS | BOULDER | CHERRY CREEK MALL JohnAtencio.com

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real weddings 62

brianna & dakota july 12, bennett

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emily & jovan october 9, denver

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marianne & mark december 5, avon

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dana & jordan august 6, denver

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natalie & tevas june 25, beaver creek

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planning 152

happy campers

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

courtney & taeo

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how to actually pay for your wedding

sparky & noah

the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

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

13 essential planning tips Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

september 17, tabernash

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bijal & amit august 6, denver

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courtney & taeo september 2, denver

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

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

FROM LEFT: DANIELLE DEFIORE PHOTOGR APHY; JEREMIAH AND R ACHEL PHOTOGR APHY

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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 Little White Dress Bridal Shop, LWDBridal.com (Denver); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, LWDBridal.com (Denver); 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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Rustic Mountain Charm Indoor/Outdoor Venue & Ceremony Area Open All Year DUSTIN SHEFFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

ADORE PHOTOGRAPHY

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1307 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kelly Workman-Flood, kworkman@theknot.com (855) 292-6453 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (866) 743-2278 FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (866) 347-3597 JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Megan Guffey, mguffey@xogrp.com (877) 411-2567 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALIST Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (888) 869-5071 DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot Colorado 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 Colorado 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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• Premier Food & Beverage Options • Indoor & Outdoor Space • Tables & Chairs Included • Ceremony Site Included • Elopement Packages Available • Includes Beautiful Bridal Cottage/Loft & Groom’s Lounge • 11 Hours of Exclusive Use of 225 gorgeous acres! • Spruce Mountain is conveniently and centrally located, only 25 minutes south of Denver and north of Colorado Springs

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GO LOCAL

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REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Centennial State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Coloradan celebration is all about, like Brittany and Nick’s Highlands Ranch Mansion nuptials. Their day included a sweet and savory s’mores bar with toppings like bacon.

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

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 161) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 180)

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. 94). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 116) 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. 132) 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. 161). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 106) to where to register right now (p. 123), 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. 132)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 116)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 94)

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

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Mountain Chateau

elcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra At the end of the twisting road, Della Terra suddenly rises up before you, breathtakingly suspended, majestic, solid, yet magical. Nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, this extraordinary venue offers incomparable amenities and the perfect backdrop for every season.

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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

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

MONTHS

Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 20). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 20). 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.

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

our planner app is a must-have!

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

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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. >>

let’s talk stats

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20% 83% of couples incorporate ethnic elements/traditions

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

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

EXTRA HANDS

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

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

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

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

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

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what cake trend are you loving now? I absolutely love the buttercream “drips” cake. It’s such a fun, versatile design that works for all events. Try a chocolate drip for a shower and gold leaf for a wedding. with all these great options, how can a couple save if they’re on a tight budget? Keep it simple. Consider a display of single-tier buttercream cakes and have your florist top them with a handful of fresh blooms—they’re more cost effective than fondant. If you have your heart set on a tiered design, go for a naked style with fresh berries. finally, what’s another must-have dessert on the wedding day? I cannot resist ice cream. No matter how it’s served, it’s always a crowd-pleaser. Find more bakers from your area in our directory on p. 202

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Jennifer Dinges Anthologie Press ABOUT

Anthologie Press focuses on custom wedding invitations that blend paper with alternative materials like wood, metal, leather and fabric. ON THE WEB

AnthologiePress.com

@anthologiepress PRO TIPS

Push the envelope and explore other materials to add texture and tactility. Don’t forget postage! Invitation suites usually weigh more than the average letter. Weigh a sample, use the correct postage and ask a postal worker if there’s any need for special mailing.

beyond trends, how can couples personalize their stationery? Think about your story. Who are you separately? What things do you like to do together? How did you meet? These details are fun to allude to or share in big or small ways through your paper goods. On a recent project, the couple got married at a centuryold family cabin, so we included feathers and pinecones indigenous to the area and an illustration of the cabin. Guests had a good idea of what was to come. here’s a common question we often hear: what information goes on the invite versus the website? My only hard-and-fast rule is it’s not great etiquette to include registry information on a printed invitation. Save it for your website. Other than that, people include all kinds of fun details like weekend itineraries, maps and things to do nearby. If you don’t have the budget, just add them to your website. how much should you spend on a suite? Paper pieces loose in an envelope will cost much less than a boxed suite with custom packaging. I’ve had projects range from $4 to $50 per suite, so it’s really about what materials, printing methods and embellishments you include. what’s your top tip for to-be-weds? I believe so strongly that anything goes. Make your invitations yours. Use them to tell your story and convey your personalities. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/colorado

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what’s the process when you first meet a couple? I want to chat and get to know all the details and collect as much information and inspiration about the story you want to tell—colors, style, location—everything that’s unique to you. We narrow it down to a few ideas, so I can whip up an estimate. If we sign a contract, I’ll start the design phase.

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

—Chinny & Chike

—Karen & Mark

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

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

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY; CALLAN PHOTO; FONDLY FOREVER PHOTOGR APHY

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

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

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S AY “ I D O ” T O Y O U R

Experience an unforgettable beginning to happily ever after, only at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. From breathtaking photo opportunities and artisan culinary creations to authentically crafted receptions and luxury accommodations, we look for ward to deliver ing a day as momentous as your love for each other. An endless selection of stunning venue options awaits – including the only location on the front range with a private 35-acre lake, white sandy beach and majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop. Welcome to Quintessential Colorado Weddings at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

To begin planning your dream Colorado wedding, call 719.538.4007 or visit CheyenneMountain.com/Colorado_Weddings/TK

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Nestled in The Marina at Cherry Creek, The Lake House boasts options bigger than the views. - Say “I do” to a backdrop of sailboats. - Host your reception in the mountain-lodge-meets-yacht-club Great Hall. Party on the Upper Deck and Tiki Beach. - Fancy a brunch on a double-decker paddlewheel riverboat. - Hop on pontoons, jet skis, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Schedule your tour today. It’s better at the beach.

Located in Cherry Creek State Park 303 220 LAKE {5253} TheLakeHouseAtCherryCreek.com TheMarinaAtCherryCreek.com

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love stories

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Courtney thought the couple’s trip to Boulder was to get Lawson’s mind off his father’s recent passing. Really it was so Lawson could propose in a spot that had been special to him and his dad. “A proposal never crossed my mind because he played it off so well,” Courtney says. But after a windy drive up Flagstaff Mountain, Lawson took her breath away—literally. “As I’m looking out to the mountains, he’s saying something to me, but I can’t hear him because it’s so incredibly windy,” she says. “And boom! He gets on one knee and pulls out the ring.” The ring: GeVandov Design Studio >>

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“I am the hardest person to surprise, so it’s incredible that he pulled this off all the way to the end,” Emily says of Jesus’s proposal. When the couple arrived at The Taste, a special event in Hays, Kansas, where shops stay open late and serve food and drinks, they received a flyer from the local jewelry store saying they’d won a prize. At the shop, Emily opened the prize box only to find it empty. “I checked my pocket for the millionth time to feel the ring and make sure I didn’t drop it,” Jesus says of the moment before he popped the question. “I was so anxious to hear her answer.” The ring: Diamond R Jewelry

brooke & devin Sedalia PHOTOGRAPH BY CALLIE HOBBS PHOTOGRAPHY

High school sweethearts Brooke and Devin dated for more than a decade before a romantic night took their relationship to the next level. After dinner out, Devin brought Brooke back to his house, which he’d completely transformed with candles and rose petals. “I was in complete shock,” Brooke says. “The next thing I knew he was on his knee asking to marry me.” She was so stunned by the surprise that Devin had to ask her twice. “I then realized his family was hiding, and they all came out to congratulate us.” The ring: Rocky Mountain Diamond Company >>

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Away from the hustle, bustle and city traffic, our grounds and gardens offer peace, love and tranquility. While our beautiful outdoor gazebo offers a perfect backdrop for your ceremony, our stunning walking garden offers a place of refuge yearround where time stands still. We are a full-service, rustic-elegant venue with a wheelchair-accessible reception hall that can seat 250 guests banquet style, gardens that can seat 600 guests banquet style, luxurious bride and groom rooms, free parking, a stone-hearth fireplace, a panoramic vista view and on-site full-service catering provided by award-winning caterer The Gourmet Kitchen. Let us help you create a touchstone memory in your life! 1200 Miramonte St., Broomfield, CO 80020 (West parking lot) 800.920.8422/303.469.0622 • info@copperleafeventcenter.com

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Two Christmas surprises made for a special proposal for Rayna and Aaron. First, they surprised Rayna’s grandmother by flying in unexpectedly to join her family for the holiday in Arizona. Later that night, Aaron asked everyone to quiet down because he had an announcement. “I told her I had one more present for her,” Aaron says. He then asked her to marry him—and waited for a response. “After what felt like 45 minutes, she remembered that it was a question and said, ‘yes.’ ” The ring: Baker’s Jewelry Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 204

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When the bride and groom found out their original venue had closed mere months before their wedding day, family and friends pulled together and built the venue of the couple’s dreams. The ceremony site, tucked away in a lush, cottonwood-lined meadow, was accented with soft florals. The family commissioned an Amish craftsman to construct 12-foot-tall cathedral window frames, which were used as an altar backdrop to give the outdoor space a church feel. “Truly, the venue that love built,” Brianna says.

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“Because I chose a gown with a pink hue, I didn’t want the bridesmaid dresses to compete,” Brianna says of the ivory lace dresses.

After the ceremony, guests transitioned to the patio to enjoy cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and custom blended beverages. For the reception, wood tables and chairs, florals, ferns, fruits and soft candlelight gave this outdoor room a romantic ambience.

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BRIANNA & DAKOTA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Hand-painted elements adorned the invitation suite, wedding cake and even a canvas at the reception. A live painter was on hand to capture the event. “It was entertainment for the guests as well as a wonderful keepsake,” Brianna says.

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Matthew Christopher, Little White Dress Bridal Shop, Denver Denver

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MAKEUP Angel White DRESSES BHLDN

Wearhouse

HAIR

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STATIONERY Tiny Pine Press;

The Wells Makery

RENTALS Benson Tent

Rent; Event Rents

CATERING Bistro Boys

Catering Design

CAKE Intricate Icings Cake MUSIC Elite DJ LIVE PAINTER

Agnes Csiszar Russo Cellars

FAVORS Rosenblum

TRANSPORTATION Collier

Carriage Company; DDG Classic Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Place Denver-

South/Park Meadows

REGISTRIES

Bed Bath & Beyond; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON St. Lucia GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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BRIDE Emily Sasson (left), 32, a dance instructor and choreographer BRIDE Jovan Nixon, 35, a barista HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE With natural touches and vintage décor, Emily and Jovan created a wedding that was true to their personal aesthetic. —JKM

“We love all things wood, rustic and vintage,” Emily says. “We wanted to create that same vibe for our wedding so we could use most of the décor in our house after. The memory of our day will always be a part of our daily life.”

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Bonelli JEWELRY Emily: The Brownstone; Charming Charlie’s; Chopard; Jovan: Garden of Flowers, Etsy.com; Gilda

HAIR Forma

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Wearhouse; shirts: Calvin Klein Minted.com

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Catering; Moss Denver

CATERING Greens

Point Catering; bartending: Craft Mobile CAKE Happy Bakeshop

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TRANSPORTATION Von Limousine

HONEYMOON Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, Koloa,

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“Our goal for the entire weekend was for our guests to enjoy the coziness of Colorado winter, but with the volume turned up,” Marianne says. Mark’s parents planned a rehearsal dinner that set the tone of Colorado elegance the couple was hoping for—the attire was even “après–ski chic.” Simple spruce arrangements adorned the chapel’s aisles, popped from tall arrangements of hydrangeas and accented the four-tier cake.

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The groom honored his parents’ heritages in his attire, including a red cummerbund with a buffalo in the center to represent his mother’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, and velvet smoking slippers with the Serbian flag for his paternal side of his family. His 19 groomsmen also wore the custom cummerbunds.

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Marianne gifted each of her 17 bridesmaids with a pair of gold earrings from The Golden Bear in Vail.

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GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Warren Barrón

Bridal, Dallas; coverlet: Michael Faircloth Designs

SHOES Manolo Blahnik

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The Golden Bear Maitee Miles Amsale

HAIR &

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Bachelor Gulch Showstoppers Coach

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BRIDE Dana Hilton, 23, a paraeducator for children with special needs GROOM Jordan Spratt, 24, an industrial organizational psychology practitioner HOW THEY MET In grade school WEDDING STYLE Bold burgundy popped among a natural color palette at Dana and Jordan’s chic celebration, which blended a city vibe with bohemian greenery. —JKM

“We really lucked out with how easy it was to combine these two styles, but Blanc was truly the perfect venue to do so,” Dana says. Two lounge areas— one inside and one outside— featured white furniture with tribal-pattern pillows for guests to relax. The florals used every bit of the color palette and more, while adding lush greenery for a bohemian touch.

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“My bouquet was probably at least 20 pounds,” Dana says. “Having such extravagant florals may not be for every bride, but I have always loved flowers, greenery and all things natural, so I knew florals would be a big part of our day.” Custom-made stationery included hand-painted watercolor mountains on the envelope lining.

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“We had everyone important in our lives together conversing, laughing and sharing in our happiness,” Dana says of she and Jordan taking a moment to look around the room at the reception. White tablecloths played off the name of the venue, while burgundy satin napkins, gold flatware and metallic hanging décor dazzled.

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GOWN Anna Campbell, A&Bé Bridal

Shop, Denver

HEADPIECE Sara Gabriel,

A&Bé Bridal Shop

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Shane Co. JEWELRY Bracelet: Anna Campbell, A&Bé Bridal

Shop

HAIR Hair Artistry by Hilary

Leilani Drum Makeup Artistry DRESSES Bill Levkoff

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID

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J.Crew; groomsmen: SuitSupply

STATIONERY

Invitations, escort cards & menu cards: Whimsy Design Studio; programs: Etsy.com BOOK Etsy.com

Floral & Décor House Catering

SIGN-IN

RENTALS Eclectic Hive; Yonder CATERING Footers

CAKE The Makery Cake Co.

Ryan/Elite Entertainment A Five Star Limousine

MUSIC

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

Four Seasons Hotel Denver

REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; Pottery Barn HONEYMOON Glenwood Springs GUESTS 116 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Within a day of being engaged, the couple knew they wanted to be married in the “snow globe” that is Beaver Creek. Everyone rode to the scenic mountaintop ceremony in a chairlift or gondola. “It was the first time several of our guests had ever been on a lift,” Natalie says. “Everyone loved the experience. There were lots of snaps!”

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CEREMONY SITE The Beaver Creek

Wedding Deck, Beaver Creek RECEPTION SITE Spruce Saddle Lodge, Beaver Creek

The bride’s rose gold engagement ring was the inspiration behind the wedding colors: rose pink and gold. Elegant décor, including tall chandelier vases and gold place settings, helped balance the venue’s rustic vibe. As a nod to their alma mater, the groom’s cake was a red velvet replica of University of Texas’s clock tower.

PHOTOGRAPHY Jamee Pierzchala/Jamee

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Proper Films

PLANNER Stacy Pisani/Alexan Events FLOWERS Alexan Events

Pastor Mark Huggenvik

OFFICIANT

GOWN &

VEIL

Oscar de la Renta, Neiman Marcus, Dallas SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Tacori JEWELRY Eiseman

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BLACK by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY The Paper Guppy BOARD Patrick Short

CATERING Beaver Creek Resort

& Jake’s Cakes

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MUSIC Ceremony: Columbine

Entertainment; reception: Soul X PHOTO BOOTH Mod Photo Lounge

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HONEYMOON Blancaneaux

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BRIDE Isnaraissa (Sparky) Moir, 30, works in newspaper publishing GROOM Noah Spears, 33, a product manager at MRP Bike HOW THEY MET At the pizza shop where Sparky worked and Noah was a regular WEDDING STYLE Luscious blooms in a rich array of colors brought life to this at-home wedding inspired by the outdoors in fall. —JKM

The couple wed on Noah’s parents’ property. “The views are stunning, and the location really reflects the organic and elegant vibe we wanted to bring to our wedding,” Sparky says. “Having our celebration at a family’s home also allowed us the opportunity to really customize our day and choose vendors that echoed our vision.”

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Centerpieces incorporated long wood boxes and seasonal fruit to produce a farm-to-table atmosphere. “My little nephew enjoyed eating the fresh Colorado peaches and plums used to decorate the tables,” Sparky says. An abundance of cakes, cookies and s’mores satisfied sweet tooths on the dance floor.

SPARKY & NOAH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Rose Bridal, Grand Junction Twigs & Honey, BHLDN Nico

HEADPIECE SHOES Klub

ENGAGEMENT RING BlueNile.com

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HAIR Fraser Hair Company

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Wtoo, Victoria

Rose Bridal

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

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BRIDE Bijal Shah, 33, vice president of analytics and data science at Ibotta GROOM Amit Shah, 33, head of operations at Virta Health HOW THEY MET Connected by a mutual friend when both were working abroad in rural India WEDDING STYLE With simple but elegant details, Bijal and Amit brought traditional Indian wedding customs to the new city they call home. —JKM

“When Amit and I decided to get married in Denver, we didn’t realize the extra effort that might be required to pull off an Indian wedding here,” Bijal says. Their planner tackled it “with gusto, organization and a level of hustle that had guests telling us things like, ‘We’ve been to a lot of Indian weddings, and this was the best.’ ”

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Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver The ballroom, housed in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, offers state-of-the-art lighting. “It felt like an incredible mix of outdoor space, awesome mountain views and ease of access to the city,” Bijal says. To wow guests, Amit hired a choreographer for their first dance—a mix of Indian, salsa and ballroom.

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Bijal and Amit arranged for a surprise confetti bomb while everyone was dancing to Bollywood music.

VIDEOGRAPHY Love PLANNER First Look

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At Stonebrook Manor, we are dedicated to preparing an event with YOU in mind. Take in stunning grand entrances, great food, personal service, and a romantic atmosphere all while relaxing with friends and dancing the night away with the love of your life—all without spending a year’s salary. Let us help you create a memorable day that will make your loved ones say, “Now, THAT was beautiful!” 650 E. 124th Avenue, Thornton, CO • 303-255-0063 • info@stonebrookmanor.com • www.stonebrookmanor.com

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Courtney Convry, 25, a registered nurse GROOM Taeo Hong, 29, a Comcast technician HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends in Ocean City, Maryland WEDDING STYLE Courtney and Taeo’s intimate mountaintop wedding in Boulder was followed by a reception at an Irish pub in downtown Denver. —JKM

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The couple took advantage of the location by taking pictures at historic Union Station.

Courtney and Taeo rented two party buses to transport their 50 guests from Boulder to Denver—a cocktail hour on wheels, complete with an assortment of craft beers and ciders. The party continued at the pub with mini shepherd’s pies, fish and chips, beef and chicken sliders, and mini sweet pies.

COURTNEY & TAEO’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Sunrise Amphitheater,

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DAY-OF

COORDINATOR Hourglass Productions FLOWERS Nature’s Grace Design OFFICIANT Rocky Mountain Ceremonies GOWN Sarah Seven, Wren Bridal,

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HEADPIECE Nature’s SHOES Steve Madden

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry Garrett Convry Hair

HAIR

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR

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STATIONERY

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Pub DESSERTS The Long I Pie Shop MUSIC JM Hyatt Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Sunset Luxury

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The Perfect Location for Your Special Day Mount Vernon Country Club’s panoramic rooms all feature beautiful vistas of mountains, canyons and Denver’s city lights. Large outdoor decks provide a spectacular setting for your ceremony along with indoor space for your reception. Golden, Colorado • 303.526.3105

www.MountVernonCC.com

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aybe one of the hardest things about wedding planning is getting on the same page with your vendors. You may be explaining your vision of the most perfect rustic soiree, but your planner may be hearing the makings of a bohemian

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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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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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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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

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MAKE IT MEMORABLE 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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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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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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Perfect for your Mountain Wedding. Where serene mountain settings meet affordable style. The Pavilion boasts 12,000 square feet of mountain elegance that includes hardwood floors throughout, hand crafted chandeliers, exposed trusses, and custom ironwork.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the big players to boutique options, here’s the nitty-gritty on the pros and cons of our favorite retailers. >> BY EMMA BATY PHOTOGRAPH BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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BONUS PERKS: You can send your guests a 20 percent discount to

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

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

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

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at A&BĂŠ Bridal Shop, AandBeBridalShop.com (Denver); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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

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

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, LWDBridal.com (Denver) 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Play off an angular center stone with sleek, channel-set baguettes. $39,995, MarkBroumand.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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4. ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, this band has identical stones set in a continuous line. The circle symbolizes endless love. $5,525, MartinFlyer.com 5. ALLOVER PAVÉ Similar to a pavé engagement ring setting, a band covered in tiny diamonds adds subtle sparkle. $2,420, SimonGJewelry.com 6. TRIANGULAR BAND A statement all on its own, this edgy band also complements a pear-shaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.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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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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“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.

pole tent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

artistic

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

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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lifestyle

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

classic

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

documentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“A good photographer will want as much information about the two of you as possible to provide photos that are a natural fit for your style.” —Danny de Zayas of From the Hip Photo in Denver

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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Deer Creek Valley Ranch

The perfect rustic ranch setting for your elegant mountain wedding.

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Historic Deer Creek Valley Ranch offers the rustic charm and picturesque scenery that personifies Colorado. This privately owned ranch is nestled on 165 acres of lush rolling hills and valleys with Deer Creek winding through it, while framing magnificent views of the mountains.

This is your love story. Live it the way you envision it.

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Call to schedule a private tour. 64407 US Highway 285, Bailey, CO 80421 www.DeerCreekValleyRanch.com Weddings@DeerCreekValleyRanch.com 303-929-9133

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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).

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

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MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

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.

WHY GO Bypass

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

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

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

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Since 1926, Wellshire has been Denver’s landmark location for weddings. We recently completed a $3,000,000 remodel, maintaining the old charm while updating all our facilities, which will allow you to have either your wedding ceremony and/or your reception in one place. We are convenient, centrally located on the beautiful Wellshire Golf Course, with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and ample free parking.

Creating Wedding Memories Since 1926

Whether it’s 50 or 350 guests, in our beautiful heated and air conditioned tent or our spectacular new Cambridge Room, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and strive to make your perfect, unique wedding a reality.

Wellshire Event Center | 3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO | (303) 759-3333 | info@wellshireinn.com | www.wellshireinn.com

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WHY GO El Calafate

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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. Plan your perfect adventure at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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THE PERFECT DAY IN THE PERFECT SETTING.

WEDDINGS AT WARREN STATION & QUAKING ASPEN AMPHITHEATER Ideally located in the heart of River Run Village in Keystone Resort, Colorado, either Warren Station Center for the Arts or Quaking Aspen Amphitheater make the perfect choice for that special day.

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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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Thickening hair spray, $11 for 2 oz., BumbleandBumble.com

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

12. MAKEUP BAG Look for a

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

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make it legal Colorado Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Colorado, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 16–17 must

have both parents’ consent, and couples under age 16 must have parental consent and judicial approval. A valid form of ID is required, such as a birth certificate, passport, driver’s license or other government-issued ID that includes date of birth. Residency is not required. There are no general health requirements or blood tests required. If either party has been previously married, he or she must know the date of the divorce or death and the court where the final decree was issued; documentation is not necessary unless date of divorce was within the last 30 days. Couples should apply together, and both must sign the application. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 30 days in the state of Colorado only. The fee for a marriage license is $30, and methods of payment vary by county. Most offices are open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Adams County

Recording Office 4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Ste. E 2400 Brighton, CO 80601 (720) 523-6020 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe County

County Clerk & Recorder 5334 S. Prince St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-4520 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boulder County

County Clerk & Recorder 1750 33rd St., Ste. 201 Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 413-7776 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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County Clerk & Recorder 405 Argentine St. Georgetown, CO 80444 (303) 679-2339 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Denver County

County Clerk & Recorder Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 101

Denver, CO 80202 (720) 865-8400 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Douglas County

County Clerk & Recorder 301 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO 80104 (303) 660-7469 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Eagle County

County Clerk & Recorder 500 Broadway Eagle, CO 81631 (970) 328-8710 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Elbert County

County Clerk & Recorder 215 Comanche St. Kiowa, CO 80117 (303) 621-3128 8 – 11 a.m., noon – 4:30 p.m., M–Th.

El Paso County

County Clerk & Recorder Centennial Hall 200 S. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 520-6216 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fremont County

County Clerk & Recorder 615 Macon Ave., Rm. 102 Cañon City, CO 81212 (719) 276-7330 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. M–Th.

Garfield County

County Clerk & Recorder 109 8th St., Ste. 200 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (970) 945-2377 x1760 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gilpin County

County Clerk & Recorder 203 Eureka St. Central City, CO 80427 (303) 582-5321 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grand County

County Clerk & Recorder 308 Byers Ave. Hot Sulpur Springs, CO 80451 (970) 725-3347 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jackson County

County Clerk & Recorder 396 Lafever St.

Walden, CO 80480 (970) 723-4334 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jefferson County

County Clerk & Recorder 100 Jefferson County Pkwy. Ste. 2530 Golden, CO 80419 (303) 271-8121 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

La Plata County

County Clerk & Recorder 398 Everett St., Ste. C Durango, CO 81301 (970) 382-6280 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Larimer County

County Clerk & Recorder 200 W. Oak St., Ste. 1000 Fort Collins, CO 80521 (970) 498-7860 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Logan County

County Clerk & Recorder 315 Main St., Ste. 3 Sterling, CO 80751 (970) 522-1544 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mesa County

County Clerk & Recorder 544 Rood Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81502 (970) 244-1679 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Montrose County

County Clerk & Recorder 320 S. 1st Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 249-3362 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pitkin County

County Clerk & Recorder 530 E. Main St., Ste. 101 Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 920-5180 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pueblo County

County Clerk & Recorder 215 W. 10th St., Fl. 2 Pueblo, CO 81003 (719) 583-6629 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Routt County

County Clerk & Recorder 522 Lincoln Ave. Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

(970) 879-1710 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Summit County

County Clerk & Recorder 208 E. Lincoln Ave. Breckinridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-3475 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Teller County

County Clerk & Recorder 101 W. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek, CO 80813 (719) 689-2951 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Weld County

County Clerk & Recorder 1402 N. 17th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-3841 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com

make it known Colorado 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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The Colorado Springs Gazette

(719) 636-0101 30 S. Prospect St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Submissions must be made by Wednesday at 3 p.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fee is $52 for up to 20 words and a photo. Additional text is $1.25 per word, and extra photos are $10 each.

The Boulder Daily Camera

(303) 473-1365 PO Box 591 Boulder, CO 80306

Must submit info within six months of wedding. Announcements are printed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Form: Yes; available online at DailyCamera.com/submit

There is no charge for this service.

The Denver Post

(303) 954-5000 101 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202

Submissions should be made by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No Couple will approve the layout.

60-65 words start at $148.96.

Durango Herald

(970) 247-3504 1275 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301

Submissions should be made the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Grand Junction Sentinel

(970) 256-4331 734 S. 7th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501

Submissions should be made Tuesdays by 5 p.m. for desired Saturday publication. Printed on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes

Prices vary based on size.

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aspen/snowmass catering & venues

Aspen, CO (970) 300-7681 info@asccatering.com ASCCatering.com High-style weddings to business meetings, intimate gatherings to society galas—whatever the occasion, you can be sure that ASC Catering will help make it a special event. ASC Catering excels in all facets of event planning and has a variety of stunning venues to choose from. Call or email to book today!

the barn at evergreen memorial park

26624 N. Turkey Creek Rd., Evergreen, CO (303) 674-0556 thebarn@evergreenmemorialpark.com TheBarnatEMP.com For those who love the mountains, we offer our rustic barn in a beautiful park setting for your next event. This is a great do-it-yourself venue with three levels that can seat up to 200 people on three separate levels. capacity 200 | price $$

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7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO (720) 287-8188 events@raccooncreek.com TheBarnAtRaccoonCreek.com With all the mountain charm of a weathered lodge retreat, matched with modern conveniences and amenities, your guests will not believe that this venue is located just minutes from the heart of Denver. capacity 200 | price $$

bella sera event center

45 Strong St., Brighton, CO (720) 937-6337 TheBellaSera.com Recently engaged? Experience what a truly amazing wedding is like at the Bella Sera Event Center. Call us to schedule a personal tour. capacity 300 | price $$

boulder country club

7350 Clubhouse Road, Boulder, CO (303) 530-4600 mdavenport@bouldercc.org With mountain views, a balcony spanning 180 degrees around the property, and ceiling-high windows, the Boulder Country Club ties the inside elegance to the outside beauty of Boulder County in order to provide the perfect atmosphere for a unique and beautiful event during any season. capacity 250 | price $$

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breckenridge ski resort

Breckenridge, CO (866) 560-8974 Breckenridge.com/weddings Stunning venues include everything from an intimate fireside dinner party to a gorgeous mountaintop gathering. Accommodations range from spacious hotel rooms to luxury condominiums, near endless activities in a vibrant, authentic mountain town. Breckenridge sets the scene for a perfect mountain wedding. capacity 250 | price $$$

the briarwood inn

1630 8th Street, Golden, CO (303) 279-3121 TheBriawoodInn.com Critically acclaimed as one of Colorado’s most romantic restaurants, The Briarwood is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. With the combination of an outdoor garden terrace and award-winning food and service, we have it all to make your day unforgettable and one of a kind. capacity 200 | price $$$

brookside gardens event center

619 E. County Rd. 8, Berthoud, CO (970) 532-3663 BrooksideGardens.com Nestled just outside historic downtown Berthoud, Brookside Gardens is the premier location along the Front Range for receptions and outdoor ceremonies. With lush landscaping accented by water features, beautiful arbors and mountain views, our venue is designed to host your wedding in elegance and style. capacity 300+ | price $$$

camp hale weddings & events

15 miles to Vail, CO (719) 486-2656 NovaGuides.com/camp-hale-lodge/weddings Discover the best kept secret in the Vail Valley. Camp Hale is a short drive from Vail and Beaver Creek in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. The combined elements of nature and elegance offer a blank canvas that provides pristine imagery where your Rocky Mountain wedding vision comes to life. capacity 350 | price $$

cheyenne mountain resort

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 538-4007 CheyenneMountain.com Creative and knowledgeable wedding planners will turn your dream wedding into reality. Choose an elegant ballroom, picturesque terrace, or relaxed beachside setting for your ceremony and reception, and let your celebration begin. Quintessential. Colorado. Weddings. capacity 400+ | price $$$

christies of genesee event center

25918 Genesee Trail Road, Golden, CO (720) 985-3722 ChristiesofGenesee.com Experience the best panoramic views of the foothills and Denver’s city lights. Conveniently located 20

minutes west of Denver, the garden is complete with a stream, waterfall and patio—perfect for a wedding ceremony and dining. We specialize in stress-free, allinclusive, affordable events. capacity 150 | price $$

cielo at castle pines

485 W. Happy Canyon Rd., Castle Rock, CO (303) 688-0122 info@cielocastlepines.com CieloCastlePines.com Cielo is a new, unique Colorado event venue surrounded by six acres of majestic pines, stone walls and landscaped grounds that capture the elegant beauty of Castle Pines Village. Cielo provides a tranquil setting for you and your guests in a truly convenient location. capacity 400+ | price $$$

colorado wine country inn

777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, CO (970) 464-5777 | (888) 855-8330 events@coloradowinecountryinn.com ColoradoWineCountryInn.com Imagine exchanging vows in our beautiful Pavilion tucked in the manicured courtyard. Celebrate at our romantic Victorian getaway surrounded by 21 acres of producing vineyards. Your most important day— unforgettable! Call today to book your magical vineyard wedding. capacity 150 | price $$$

copper leaf gardens and event center

1200 Miramonte Street, Broomfield, CO (800) 920-8422 (303) 469-0622 info@copperleafeventcenter.com CopperLeafEventCenter.com We are a full-service, rustic-elegant venue with indoor (250) and outdoor (600) banquet-style seating, a gorgeous gazebo, luxurious bride and groom rooms, free parking, a stone-hearth fireplace, a panoramic vista view and on-site full-service catering provided by award-winning caterer The Gourmet Kitchen. capacity 300+ | price $$

copper mountain

(970) 968-2318 EXT. 38803 CopperColorado.com Celebrate your very own fairy tale at Copper Mountain. When it comes to breathtaking views and stunning venues, we’ve got it covered. capacity 400+ | price $$

crested butte mountain resort

12 Snowmass Road, Mt. Crested Butte, CO (888) 289-9515 SkiCB.com/weddings Crested Butte’s breathtaking landscape offers the perfect backdrop for your special day. Spectacular views combine with several unique reception venues, professional catering staff and first-class lodging to help you manage all the details of your wedding of any size. Make your day special with us! capacity 300+ | price $$$

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curtis ballroom at the landmark

5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO (720) 274-6866 CurtisBallroom.com Accommodating up to 175 guests, the highly stylish, contemporary décor of the Curtis Ballroom at the Landmark provides the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception or rehearsal dinner. Panoramic Front Range views from the large patio create a grand and magical setting. capacity 175 | price $$

deer creek valley ranch

64407 US Highway 285, Bailey, CO (303) 929-9133 DeerCreekValleyRanch.com Historic Deer Creek Valley Ranch offers the rustic charm and picturesque scenery that personifies Colorado. This privately owned ranch is nestled on 165 acres of lush rolling hills and valleys with Deer Creek winding through it, while framing magnificent views of the mountains. capacity 200 | price $$

della terra mountain chateau

3501 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO (970) 586-2501 DellaTerraMountainChateau.com Welcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra. Nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, this extraordinary venue offers incomparable amenities and the perfect backdrop for every season. Join us for a uniquely exceptional wedding experience.

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denver athletic club

1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO (720) 931-6810 (303) 534-1211 DenverAthleticClub.org Family and friends gathered. White satin, lace, and flowers. Tuxedos and cufflinks. An intimate, flowing ambiance. Exquisite food. Champagne toasts. Laughter. Music and dancing. A warm, radiant glow. Memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Who else could promise you all this and deliver it? capacity 300 | price $$$

denver botanic gardens

Denver Littleton (720) 865-3551 (720) 865-4346 BotanicGardens.org Two unique venues offer a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces with majestic backdrops. For a chic, romantic affair, our York St. Denver gardens are a beautifully landscaped, blooming urban oasis. For a country wedding, our Chatfield Farms/Littleton location is a historical farm set against the foothills of the Rockies. capacity 300 | price $$$

devil’s thumb ranch resort & spa 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO (970) 726-7004

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DevilsThumbRanch.com You’re an extraordinary couple, so have your wedding in an extraordinary place. Our 6,000 private acres with creeks, historic structures and eco-luxe accommodations are perfect for your event. Close to Denver, but a whole world away from ordinary, promise yourself to experience Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. capacity 300 | price $$$

doubletree by hilton colorado springs

1775 E. Cheyenne Mt. Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO (719) 527-4691 DTColoradoSprings.com The DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs is the perfect location for your wedding. From your rehearsal dinner and ceremony to your reception and guest accommodations, our sales and catering professionals are committed to making every moment a magnificent and memorable wedding experience for you. capacity 300+ | price $$

estes park wedding association

Estes Park, CO EstesParkWeddings.com Imagine your mountain wedding with the fresh scent of pine. The relaxing, yet invigorating sounds of rushing water as your riverside wedding takes place in Estes Park, Colorado. Yes, your destination wedding can be the dream you’ve imagined—Estes Park is the place to get married in Colorado. capacity 300+ | price $

the fort restaurant

19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, CO (303) 697-2282 banquets@thefort.com TheFort.com The Fort offers world-class views and intimate dining spaces. This extraordinary venue for weddings or rehearsal dinners is a scenic 20 minute drive from Denver. The Fort’s “New Foods of the Old West” are sure to please everyone—tender steaks, wild game, fresh seafood and vegetarian specialties. capacity 400+ | price $$

gallery 1874

5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO (720) 491-1253 Gallery1874.com We took a historic building in Old Town Arvada and brought it back to life! With restored hardwood floors, hand-painted gold ceilings and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, our venue is perfect for any type of wedding! Classic and elegant, vintage inspired or modern—we can make your moment historic. capacity 150 | price $$$

garden of the gods collection

3320 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 520-4978 GardenoftheGodsClub.com What if stunning red rocks, majestic mountains, and a blazing Colorado sunset provided the backdrop for your wedding day? We are dedicated to helping you plan a

wedding that’s as unique as you are! To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our wedding specialist today! capacity 250 | price $$$$

the grant humphreys mansion

770 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO (303) 894-2505 GrantHumphreysMansion.org The mansion’s interior features a grand staircase, ornately detailed fireplaces, elegantly appointed rooms and a classic ballroom perfect for dancing the night away. The south terrace, with its views of the Front Range, is the ideal location for your ceremony, cocktail reception or outdoor dining. capacity 200 | price $$

greenbriar inn

8735 North Foothills Highway, Boulder, CO (303) 440-7979 GreenbriarInn.com A culinary experience beyond comparison! Seasonal American cuisine is served by a professional restaurant staff in an elegant antique setting just north of Boulder on 20 acres of pristine hillside. Parties of 10-300 enjoy easy planning, ceremonies on three garden lawns and dancing until midnight. capacity 300 | price $$$

halcyon, a hotel in cherry creek

245 N. Columbine Street, Denver, CO (720) 772-5016 HalcyonHotelCherryCreek.com Make lasting memories at HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek. Our 3,500-square-foot ballroom’s modern décor and floor-to-ceiling windows are the perfect background for a luxury wedding. Set along Cherry Creek’s tree-lined streets, Halcyon is within walking distance to the best shopping and dining in Denver. capacity 300 | price $$$

hotel boulderado

2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO (303) 440-2880 sales@boulderado.com Boulderado.com Hotel Boulderado provides ideal accommodations for your out-of-town guests. Hotel Boulderado can accommodate parties up to 300 with over 10,000 square feet of event space. Superior service, old-world charm and elegant furnishings just steps from Pearl Street Mall make Hotel Boulderado a true original. capacity 250 | price $$

keystone resort

21996 US Hwy. 6, Keystone, CO (970) 496-4606 keystoneweddings@vailresorts.com KeystoneWeddings.com Take your wedding to new heights. Create a magical experience in a magnificent setting. No matter the season, there are endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation and togetherness. Ask what our professional staff can do to create the perfect mountain wedding in any one of our four venue options. capacity 250 | price $$

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kimpton hotel monaco denver & panzano

1717 Champa Street, Denver, CO (303) 296-1717 Monaco-Denver.com Hotel Monaco Denver, a Kimpton Hotel in downtown Denver, offers the perfect location for all your upcoming wedding events. Our hotel rooms and suites provide the sanctuary you want for your out-of-town guests. We proudly feature our restaurant, Panzano, boasting award-winning Tuscan cuisine. capacity 150 | price $$$

knoebel events

2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO (303) 871-4438 KnoebelEvents.com Centrally located on the historic University of Denver Campus, the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management offers a charming Tuscan ballroom, chefinspired menu, and a customer-focused professional and student staff that combine to create the perfect wedding day setting. capacity 200 | price $$

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lakewood country club

6800 West Tenth Avenue, Lakewood, CO (303) 233-4614 EXT. 104 LakewoodCountryClub.net Established in 1908, Lakewood Country Club opened their elegant new Clubhouse in 2007. Boasting spectacular views of the golf course where you can have your ceremony, the Grand Ballroom has an adjoining terrace for outdoor entertaining. Our Club is the perfect place to start your new life together! capacity 200 | price $$

lionscrest manor

603 Indian Lookout Rd., Lyons, CO (303) 823-5337 events@lionscrestmanor.com LionscrestManor.com Lionscrest Manor is a picturesque wedding venue, located on a luxurious and private 50-acre Victorian estate in Lyons, Colorado, just minutes from Denver. Surrounded by open space, Lionscrest Manor provides unbelievable 360-degree views, offering you unparalleled ambiance and serenity at your wedding. capacity 250 | price $$$

the loft music and events center

2506 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 445-9278

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LoftMusicVenue.com Our packages were designed to take the stress and pressure off of you. Our staff is very friendly, fun and professional. For more information on packages and pricing, please visit our website. capacity 140 | price $$

mount vernon country club

24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden, CO (303) 526-3105 catering@mountvernoncc.com MountVernonCC.com Host your wedding reception at Mount Vernon Country Club, which is tucked away in the foothills of Golden with spectacular views of Clear Creek Canyon, the mountains, and city lights. We offer exceptional cuisine and a professional staff to cater to your needs. capacity 220 | price $$

pelican lakes golf & country club

1600 Pelican Lakes Point, Windsor, CO (970) 460-1701 WaterValley.com The lake and mountain views offered at Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club are picturesque and breathtaking. The overall experience offered will mesmerize the wedding party and all those in attendance. There is no other wedding venue in Northern Colorado quite as unique. capacity 200+ | price $$

the pinery

Colorado Springs, CO (719) 634-7772 (719) 495-9499 ThePinery.com There’s a reason The Pinery consistently receives “best wedding venue” awards. Our all-inclusive packages provide a range of exceptional selections resulting in an unparalleled experience for you and your guests. capacity 400+ | price $

platte river fort

22999 East Highway 34, Greeley, CO (970) 590-4414 PlatteRiverFort.com Choose from a riverfront setting, a chic western barn, our upper patio with views of the Rocky Mountains or our lush southern tree grove with ample space and views of our river bottom pasture and herd of Texas longhorns. capacity 300 | price $$$

rc special events

Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming (970) 224-4774 (303) 527-2905 RCSpecialEvents.com Whether you’re having your wedding indoors or outdoors, and whether your style is traditional or modern, classic or quirky, our range of event rentals will enhance your celebration. From tables and chairs to tents and chandeliers, we have the largest variety of rental products to create your vision.

rembrandt yard art gallery & event center

1301 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO (303) 301-2972 events@rembrandtyard.com RembrandtYard.com Rembrandt Yard’s upscale art gallery setting is the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. With floor-toceiling windows, hardwood floors and a beautiful view of the Flatiron Mountains, Rembrandt Yard offers a setting your guests will never forget. capacity 220 | price $$

sanctuary golf course

7549 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, CO (303) 224-2860 SanctuaryGolfCourse.com This pristine, breathtaking and exclusive golf course is all-encompassing with mountain views, waterfalls and its clubhouse, featuring iron chandeliers and soaring ceilings. It’s an ideal year-round venue to host up to 200 for a seated event or 350 for a stand-up reception. capacity 350 | price $$$

seawell ballroom

(303) 572-4466 DenverCenterEvents.org Step outside the realm of possibility for your wedding. Let our team of on-site designers, event managers and technical specialists create an event that is uniquely yours. We’ll set the stage for your perfect day in our theatrical Seawell Ballroom and give you personalized care throughout the process. capacity 500 | price $$$$

shupe homestead

11931 N. 61st Street, Longmont, CO (303) 485-7488 ShupeHomestead.com The Shupe Homestead is quintessential Colorado. With unobstructed mountain views and a peaceful family atmosphere, The Shupe Homestead is your Colorado wedding venue. If you want to show guests the best Colorado has to offer, look no further! Contact us to find out more about this beautiful homestead! capacity 150 | price $$$

the silverthorne pavilion

400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO (970) 262-7391 | Silverthorne.org Where serene mountain settings meet affordable style—perfect for your mountain wedding. The Pavilion boasts 12,000 square feet of mountain elegance that includes hardwood floors throughout, handcrafted chandeliers, exposed trusses and custom ironwork. capacity 350 | price $$

sonnenalp hotel

20 Vail Road, Vail, CO (800) 654-8312 | (970) 476-5656 info@sonnenalp.com SonnenalpWeddings.com Steps from Vail Interfaith Chapel in the heart of Vail Village, the award-winning Sonnenalp Hotel will honor your special event with unmatched Bavarian hospitality,

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. an intimate atmosphere and attention to detail that has been cultivated through a century of experience. capacity 250 | price $$$$

spruce mountain guest ranch

Larkspur, CO (719) 484-0800 (303) 400-2515 info@sprucemountainguestranch.com SpruceMountainGuestRanch.com Your wedding day: a moment you have envisioned your entire life. You want it to be yours, unique and creatively planned. You and your guests will be immediately captivated by this privately owned, beautifully landscaped 400-acre property. capacity 400 | price $$

st julien

900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO (720) 406-7396 StJulien.com Celebrate your dream day in pure bliss at St Julien Hotel & Spa, an awe-inspiring Colorado wedding location surrounded by the spectacular Flatiron Mountains. Host your wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner at our elegant event space, and enjoy the beauty of this unique Boulder setting. capacity 250 | price $$$

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the stanley hotel

Estes Park, CO (970) 577-4265 weddings@stanleyhotel.com StanleyHotel.com/weddings Envision your once-in-a-lifetime day at the Historic Stanley Hotel, nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains! We offer a variety of elegant event spaces. With a fullservice hotel, tours and gift shop, you and your guests will be able to enjoy a memorable wedding experience. capacity 300 | price $$

stonebrook manor event center and gardens

650 E. 124th Ave., Thornton, CO (303) 255-0063 info@stonebrookmanor.com StonebrookManor.com Call today to find out about reception specials. Stonebrook’s ballrooms feature Castilla chandeliers, elegant grand staircases, stylish fireplaces and granite dance floors. Outside, breathtaking sunken gardens with lush landscaping, waterfalls and marble gazebos create the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony. capacity 400+ | price $$

telluride ski resort

Telluride, CO (970) 728-7446 TellurideSkiResort.com/weddings Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, we have breathtaking mountain vistas and extraordinary service to exceed your expectations. The Telluride Ski & Golf Resort boasts spectacular views and venues in the most beautiful place you’ll ever say “I do.” capacity 250 | price $$$

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vail golf club & wedding island

Vail, CO (970) 477-5278 VailGolfWeddings.com This stunning new venue is perfect for year-round receptions, and our service is second to none. In the summer, say “I do” outside on our one-of-a-kind wedding island, surrounded by aspen trees, wildflowers and the breathtaking Gore Range. The Vail Golf Club is perfect for a local or destination wedding! capacity 160 | price $$

villa parker

(303) 805-2295 VillaParker.com Villa Parker offers over 10,000 square feet of Mediterranean-style architecture enclosed within lush gardens and walking paths. Villa Parker is spacious enough to accommodate your ceremony and reception, while offering a classic design that lends itself to intimate and elegant affairs.

rooms and outdoor decks provide a spacious and diverse setting. capacity 200 | price $$$

winter park resort

85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, CO (970) 726-1578 weddings@winterparkresort.com WinterParkResortWeddings.com Imagine the spectacular Colorado wedding you’ve always dreamed of at Winter Park Resort. Choose from two mountaintop venues, the rustic Lodge at Sunspot or the brand new modern Lunch Rock. Both venues are quite simply 10,000 feet above the rest! capacity 250 | price $$$

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warren station center for the arts

164 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone Resort, CO (970) 423-8992 weddings@warrenstation.com WarrenStation.com Located in the heart of River Run Village, Warren Station at Keystone offers a unique, romantic setting with a scenic mountain backdrop. Add Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre to make the perfect combination for your ceremony and reception. Call today to book! capacity 180 | price $$

weddings at lakewood

480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, CO (303) 987-7806 WeddingsatLakewood.com Your history together begins here. capacity 250 | price $$

wellshire inn and golf course and wellshire event center

3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO (303) 759-3333 info@wellshireinn.com WellshireInn.com Situated on the beautiful Wellshire Golf Course since 1926, this venue has spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and is conveniently located with ample free parking. Whether it’s 50 or 350 guests, a small affair or a large, grand wedding, we strive to make everything perfect on your special day! capacity 350 | price $$

wild basin lodge

1130 County Road, 84 West, Allenspark, CO (303) 747-2274 sales@wildbasinlodge.com WildBasinLodge.com Wild Basin Lodge offers a scenic mountain setting for your wedding. The elegant lodge accommodates up to 200 guests and is accented by outstanding cuisine and service. Dance floors, unique bars, beautiful lodge

chef sugar’s cakes & confections

6942 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO (719) 260-8600 | ChefSugar.com We specialize in custom-designed wedding cakes. We also offer cheesecake, cake pops, cupcakes and more in over 80 flavor combinations—and we will travel anywhere! Schedule your free consultation/tasting today.

happy bakeshop

3434 W. 32nd Ave., Denver 449 Main St., Longmont (303) 477-3556 events@happybakeshopdenver.com HappyBakeshopColorado.com Happy Bakeshop is the sweet spot for the whimsically sophisticated bride. Our many choices ensure that your vision of this special day will be fulfilled—cupcakes, cutting cakes, French macarons, personalized favors and more! Contact us to set up a tasting and consultation for your happy event!

occasions catering

1789 W. Warren Ave., Englewood, CO (303) 789-1867 OccasionsDenver.com With a team of five distinctive event designers and an award-winning culinary team, we make every wedding a collaborative process that truly reflects your taste and vision. That’s how we’ve become Denver’s longestserving catering company and the premier provider of fresh, innovative cuisine since 1970.

smallcakes cupcakery and creamery

Castle Rock and Park Meadows (303) 688-CAKE ColoradoSmallcakes.com Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery is Colorado’s top wedding bakery choice—whether your special

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day is rustic elegance with a natural setting or grand and pristine, where bigger is best. Smallcakes Castle Rock has over 250 decadent flavors to customize your wedding cupcakes, cakes and more. Congrats!

service, the bride and her guests are able to enjoy their own bridal suite in an intimate setting for a joyful and unforgettable experience. Here, you will find exclusive gowns suitable for any budget.

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chad & co. salon

(347) 782-3971 WildflowerCakeBoutique.com Our cakes range from traditional wedding cakes to one-of-a-kind birthday creations and other celebrations including corporate events and fashion editorials. We take pride in using local and organic ingredients whenever possible, as well as sourcing the finest international ingredients.

flowers & décor

8727 E. Dry Creek Road, #E, Centennial, CO (303) 773-2100 ChadandCompany.com Specializing in everything beautiful: bridal hairstyling, makeup, extensions and color.

3201 East 2nd Avenue, Denver, CO (303) 388-7637 FeliceBridal.com Welcome to Felicé Bridal, a mother-daughter owned boutique featuring exclusive couture gowns in a relaxed and intimate environment. Focused on customer service, our knowledgeable staff will customize a complete bridal look, unique to your vision. Felicé Bridal is known for our simple elegance!

the altar bridal consignment

9629 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO (303) 455-3385 TheAltarBridal.com At The Altar we strive to find the perfect dress for every bride! With a selection of over 400 dresses, sizes ranging from 0-30 and a price point for every budget, you are sure to find your dream wedding dress.

the bridal loft

20 West 84th Avenue, Suite 200, Thornton, CO (303) 428-8888 TheBridalLoftInc.com We are committed to giving each bride a unique shopping atmosphere. While providing excellent

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him clothing

Denver, CO (720) 504-5446 HIMClothing.com We are a local, handmade outfitter specializing in accessories. Neckties, dog bow ties and everything in between is made from scratch by two best friends taking pride in customer service and attention to detail. Contact us for a custom design proof and an in-person meeting!

l&g premium skin care

Littleton, CO (719) 660-9158 | (303) 502-6542 lgpremiumskincare@gmail.com We offer premium skin care products. The products we offer are redefining the future of anti-aging with products that make at-home skin care results possible without injections or invasive procedures.

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Denver, CO JohnAtencio.com Discover the artistry of John Atencio. Each John Atencio engagement ring and wedding band is hand-designed and crafted by master artisans. Choosing a John Atencio design and fine diamond invites you to reaffirm your true sense of self. Consider the selection at a John Atencio Colorado boutique.

little white dress bridal shop

1130 31st Street, Denver, CO (303) 814-8972 LWDBridal.com Little White Dress is the premier bridal boutique in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, with a spacious and comfortable environment, superior service and a beautiful and varied selection of gowns, accessories and shoes.

victoria rose bridal

2454 Highway 6 and 50, Suite 104, Grand Junction, CO (970) 245-5851 VictoriaRoseBridals.com We are a moderately priced bridal boutique featuring

jaclyn michelle weddings and events

Denver, CO (303) 877-4144 BeyondtheBouquet.com My ultimate goal for all of my clients is to make the planning process and wedding day as stress-free as possible, while making sure that each event showcases their personalities. Contact me today to start turning your dreams into reality.

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bridal fashion & beauty

Serving Colorado (720) 939-7450 GetYourBeautyOn.biz Get that right-off-the-beach glow with Get Your Beauty On. We specialize in customized airbrush tanning, helping you feel confident and beautiful. The secret is to make it look as natural as possible, and we do this by using the best product on the market, Norvell.

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Serving Denver Metro & Mountains (303) 859-3059 PoppyandPineFloral.com Poppy & Pine is passionate about creating unique floral designs personalized for our clients’ visions and budgets. Each occasion is personal and significant and reflects your own style. Our inspiration comes from fresh beautiful blooms, your ideas and style, and our creativity.

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gowns chosen for the Colorado bride. You’ll find vintage, boho and rustic chic styles you love from Maggie Sottero, Lillian West and Wtoo.

the perfect moment

Denver, CO (720) 378-2455 ThePerfectMomentEvents.com Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a large affair, we are here to help you execute your event down to every last detail. By the end of the night, your guests won’t be able to stop talking about how you starred in The Perfect Moment. Contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation.

visit denver, the convention & visitors bureau

1555 California St., Suite 300, Denver, CO (800) 880-9059 tourism@visitdenver.com VisitDenver.com/weddings VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers free wedding planning assistance! Get expert help to find unique venues, great hotels for your guests

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. and the best restaurants and entertainment to make your Mile High wedding memorable.

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couloir creative

Colorado and destination (970) 462-9607 | CouloirCreative.com Your wedding photos should tell your story. The storyline of the love you have for each other, supporting characters, setting, details, conclusion (reception) and the epilogue (albums and prints) are all parts of one of your biggest days as a couple. You be you, and I will capture your wedding day story.

dani cowan photography

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Colorado and destination (254) 466-4702 DaniCowanPhotography.com Dani Cowan is a fine-art photographer specializing in Colorado mountaintop weddings and destination weddings around the globe. Her soft and romantic style is perfect for those adventure-loving couples who appreciate the small details and place a high value in the art of photography.

(715) 252-4940 OLFilmandPhoto.com Olivia Locascio Film & Photo is based off of stolen moments of raw emotion and wild perfection. Twinkling eyes and stolen glances are what it’s all about.

s. lynne photography

Colorado based; available worldwide (303) 304-2456 | SLynneHeart.com S. Lynne Photography specializes in image styles that are romantic, intimate, candid and organic. My goal is that when you receive your photos, you relive every little moment that made your wedding day so special, remembering every emotion you felt throughout the day.

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heirloomsnaps

1642 Hemlock Way, Broomfield, CO (720) 316-2522 | Heirloomsnaps.com We use our couples’ chemistry and style for inspiration and add our passion for the iconic. Heirloomsnaps is what a couple looks for when they want timeless photography that’s authentic and original.

justyna e butler photography

Denver, Breckenridge, Vail, CO (720) 219-0912 justynaebutlerphotography@hotmail.com JustynaEButlerPhotography.com As a Colorado-based, intimate elopement and wedding photographer for madly-in-love people, driven by connection, love and emotions, I gravitate toward the things that fire me up: nature, natural light and beautiful people who are looking for something a little different. Hopefully that’s you!

olivia locascio film & photo Colorado Springs, CO

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rickochet entertainment

Colorado Springs, CO (720) 434-9276 RickochetEntertainment.com We’re bouncing back good vibes through music and fun memories.

specialty services

Denver, CO (248) 376-2727 | TJRomero.com I document nostalgic weddings through organic storytelling with my romantic eye.

travis darnell photography

Denver, CO (636) 288-5060 | TravisDarnell.com Just like every other form of art, I believe photographs contain much emotion—love, nostalgia, hope, joy, closeness, appreciation and much more. My obsession is to capture that moment in an artistic way so you love to look at them years and years from now.

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eleven17 photography

Serving all of Colorado and destination weddings 1117photography@gmail.com Eleven17Photo.com Eleven17 Photography is a company excited to capture all your beautiful moments and inspired by the art of telling a story. We deliver personable service and create photos you deserve at an affordable price.

The Fever provides outstanding live music and event production. Offering a wide variety of musical styles for ceremonies, cocktails, dinner and dance celebrations, the musicians configure from solo on up to 10-piece bands. The Fever reflects your vision, your personality and your style!

vebo—an experience-based wedding registry

Denver, CO (855) 404-8326 | VEBOlife.com Can money buy happiness? According to scientific research, the answer is “yes, as long as money is spent on shared experiences with loved ones.” Happiness is experiencing things, not owning things. Registering with VEBO is an investment in the happiness of your marriage together.

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 organic blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

hazel’s beverage world

1955 28th Street, Boulder, CO (303) 447-1955 storemgr@hazelsboulder.com HazelsBoulder.com At Hazel’s, we are your wedding and event specialists! Our amazing event discount and free delivery make finding the perfect wine, beer, spirits and cigars a breeze. Let us stock the bar for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

plank and pearl boutique rentals

8800 W. 14th Avenue, Lakewood, CO (303) 921-0863 PlankAndPearl.com We’re a boutique rental company for weddings and celebrations, specializing in creative, vintage design elements that honor the unique vision and imagination of our clients. Our tastes and inventory are wide. We love rustic, romantic, mid-century, contemporary, bohemian—and everything in between.

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the fever

(720) 317-6025 | TheFeverLive.com

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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The Grant Humphreys Mansion

197

ASC Catering

41

The Greenbriar Inn

187

The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

11

Halcyon Hotel

169

The Barn at Raccoon Creek

25

Hotel Boulderado

201

Bella Sera Event Center

15

Hotel Monaco Denver

151

Boulder Country Club

35

Keystone Weddings

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Breckenridge Resort

193

Knoebel Events

160

The Briarwood Inn

189

The Lake House at Cherry Creek

55

Brookside Gardens Event Center

145

Lakewood Country Club

191

Camp Hale Weddings & Events

185

Lionscrest Manor

175

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

49

The Loft Music Venue & Events Center

199

Christies of Genesee

155

Mount Vernon Country Club

93

Cielo at Castle Pines

149

Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club

81

Colorado Wine Country Inn

199

The Pinery at the Hill

113

Copper Leaf Gardens & Event Center

59

Platte River Fort

125

Copper Mountain Resort

177

Rembrandt Yard

189

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

201

Sanctuary Golf Course

187

Curtis Ballroom at The Landmark

197

Shupe Homestead

157

Deer Creek Valley Ranch

179

Silverthorne Pavilion

111

Della Terra Mountain Chateau

17

Sonnenalp Hotel

193

The Denver Athletic Club

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Spruce Mountain

13

Denver Botanic Gardens

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St. Julien Hotel

9

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Event Services

39

Stanley Hotel

33

Denver Metro Convention

109

Stonebrook Manor Event Center & Gardens

89

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

177

Telluride Ski Resort

45

DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs

61

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse

163

Estes Park Wedding Association

23

Villa Parker

53

The Fort Restaurant

171

Warren Station at Keystone

191

Gallery 1874

179

Weddings at Lakewood

85

Garden of the Gods Club & Resort

103

Wellshire Event Center

185

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Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center

105

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Winter Park Weddings

21

Couloir Creative

131

Dani Cowan Photography

129

CAKES & CATERERS

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Eleven17 Photography

163

Catering by Design

2

Heirloomsnaps

155

Chef Sugar’s Cakes & Confections

159

Justyna E. Butler Photography

166

Happy Bakeshop

165

Olivia Locascio Film & Photo

142

Hazel’s Beverage World

127

S. Lynne Photography

165

Occasions Catering

149

Sweet Lime Pictures

171

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery

172

TJ Romero Wedding Photographer

172

Wildflower Cakes

56

Travis Darnell Photography

175

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Poppy & Pine

151

The Fever

145

Rickochet Entertainment, LLC

157

The Altar Bridal Consignment

129

JEWELRY

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The Bridal Loft

37

John Atencio

7

Chad & Co. Salon

127

Felicé Bridal

47

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Get Your Beauty On

131

Things Remembered

29

HIM Clothing

19

L&G Premium Skin Care

142

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

5

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Victoria Rose

125

Plank & Pearl Vintage Rentals

159

RC Special Events

50

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Jaclyn Michelle Weddings & Events

160

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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The Perfect Moment Events & Design

169

VEBO

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jenny & hart TELLURIDE “I met Hart on the first day I moved to Telluride after graduating college. This is our favorite view in town—it’s the first glimpse when you drive in, and it always gives us a feeling of coming home.”

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