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A breathtaking canvas for the wedding of your dreams. Choose luxury. Denver’s luxury boutique hotel in the Golden Triangle Creative District.

1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 WWW.THEARTHOTEL.COM 303.572.8000

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Let’s make memories together.

When one of life’s happiest moments has arrived, let the jacquard help you celebrate in the most unforgettable of ways.

Situated in Denver’s stylish Cherry Creek district amid a lively mix of art galleries, independent boutiques and refined restaurants, The Jacquard crafts special occasions with a kindred spirit of artistry. Simply put, your event will be like no other. Whether you’ve been designing the event in your mind’s eye since childhood or crave imaginative brushstrokes for your blank canvas, you’ll enjoy a creative, customized partnership with The Jacquard.

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Weddings at

MOUNTAINTOP CEREMONY VENUES LARGE RECEPTION SPACES INSPIRED CUISINE ELABORATE CELEBRATIONS & INTIMATE GATHERINGS aspensnowmass.com/weddings | 970.300.7681 photos: tara marolda photography

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IN THIS ISSUE

FALL/ WINTER

2020 GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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THE KNOT TOOLS

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

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CHRIS CRAYMER

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SOMETHING BLUE With 300 days of sunshine each year and gorgeous mountain scenery, Denver has countless pictureperfect places to get married. Settings like historic Denver Union Station and the lush Denver Botanic Gardens are just the beginning. For more ideas on unique venues and complimentary wedding planning services, go to VISITDENVER.com/weddings

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CONTENTS

REAL WEDDINGS 55

BRYN + CHELSEY August 10, Lakewood

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MEREDITH + WAYNE August 24, Crested Butte

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ANGELA + ESTEBAN September 27, Denver

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STYLE + PLANNING

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING IN 2020

June 1, Boulder

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SHADES FOR EVERY SEASON Upgrade your celebration with these fresh color palettes.

THE DEETS ON SWEETS Our guide to everything wedding cakes has you covered.

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THE YEAR’S FRESHEST VENUES We introduce you to some of the hottest new venue options.

From upcycling to self-serve sips, our favorite trends and ideas.

SAR AH + MARTIN

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Get inspired by this destination bash with Scandinavian-style flair.

BLAIRE + K YLE June 15, Telluride

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BOUQUETS YOU’LL LOVE No matter your style or location, there’s a bundle of blooms for you. ››

TABLE: SANAZ PHOTOGRAPHY/SANAZ RIGGIO

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Welcome 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.

Join us for a uniquely exceptional wedding experience.

www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com

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CONTENTS

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WHAT MARRIAGE LOOKS LIKE IN 2020 This year kicks off a new decade. Here’s a peek at modern love.

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PERSONALITY-PACKED EATS Use your menu to channel the details of your relationship.

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YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED Editor Louis Baragona answers top wedding planning questions.

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CROWD PLEASERS

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

Real guests share the wedding details they’ll always remember.

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY Let your style soar with gorgeous engagement rings and bands.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE

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A firsthand look at the hottest prewedding beauty treatments.

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DRESS CODES DECODED How to find the right attire to complement your style and venue.

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VEILS, UNVEILED All the prettiest styles, from the traditional to the new and trendy.

COURT OF LOVE Break the fashion rules with fun details and unexpected silhouettes.

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RINGS: JOHNNY MILLER; FLOWERS: SARAH ANNE WARD

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SPRUCE MOUNTAIN A Mountain Venue Tucked Just Outside of the City 14771 Spruce Mountain Rd., Larkspur www.sprucemountainevents.com • info@sprucemountainevents.com 719.484.0800

Make your next event a memorable one and host it at Spruce Mountain Ranch...

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• 11 hours of exclusive use of the selected Spruce Mountain property (225 acres) • Tables and chairs included • Set up and clean up • Luxurious spaces for getting ready for the day • Multiple ceremony options • Freedom and flexibility in planning

Impress your attendees with a refreshing combination of uncompromising beauty and state-of-the-art amenities, and they will surely leave the day inspired.

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Suit in sizes up to 32, $2,517, Justin Alexander.com; earrings, $75, KennethJayLane .com; shoes, $425, Stuart Weitzman.com; dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; earrings, $295, LeleSadoughi .com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

In love with our gorgeous cover outfits? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $975, JimmyChoo.com

Behind the Scenes Chic in the City

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Yoichi Tomizawa for Bumble and bumble at Art Department MAKEUP Hector Simancas for Elizabeth Arden at Art Department PROP STYLING Kayleigh Snowden

Get a sneak peek of what went on at The Knot cover shoot

NYC City Hall Weddings

Fun facts about our shoot theme.

HAUTE MEAL Photographer Chris Craymer snaps a shot of our model snacking on a pretzel from a real food cart in downtown NYC.

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FOOTWEAR FETISH The best part about short dresses? The statement shoe moments, of course. We had upward of 50 stunning pairs on set.

SIP, SIP, HOORAY Our models had a blast shaking up several bottles of bubbly—and letting the corks fly—on the steps of city hall.

The New York City Marriage Bureau in downtown Manhattan hosts tens of thousands of weddings. A ceremony costs just $25 and requires no reservations.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF AUDREE KATE LOPEZ; COURTHOUSE ICON: PEDRO SANTOS/NOUN PROJECT

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COVER Suit in sizes up to 32, $2,517, JustinAlexander .com; earrings, $75, KennethJayLane .com; engagement ring, price upon request, Lauren Addison.com

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• Full-Service Wedding Planning • Partial/Custom Packages • Day-Of Coordination • Serving all of Colorado

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different by design

• Five-hour reception time

• Family style dinner service

• Choice of two ceremony locations

• Non-alcoholic beverages

• Three-level lodge with two staging rooms

• Cake cutting service

and indoor dinner reception

• All tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware, and linens

• Two appetizers (passed or stationed)

• Event staff and day-of venue coordinator

• Salad or soup

• In-house decorations

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S E NI O R FA S HI O N & B E AUT Y E D ITO R S E NI O R S T YLE & PL ANNIN G E D ITO R RE AL WE D D IN G S E D ITO R J U NI O R D E S I G NE R RE AL WE D D IN G S D E S I G NE RS A S S I S TANT E D ITO R , RE S E ARCH CO NTRIB UTIN G PH OTO D IREC TO R CO NTRIB UTIN G ART D IREC TO R CO NTRIB UTIN G PH OTO E D ITO R

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THE K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT MaryKate Callahan A S S O CIATE PH OTO E D ITO R , D I G ITAL Jessica Kane AS SO CIATE E DITO R , E- CO MME RCE Emily Platt A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims D IREC TO R , SO CIAL M E D IA Whitney Little MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper INFLU E N CE R MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Heather Kon MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker CO O RD INATO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Lucy Ferut S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO RS Davey Chin, Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G A S S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan

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VOTED BEST WEDDING VENUE IN COLORADO SPRINGS 775 WEST BIJOU STREET COLORADO SPRINGS. CO 719.634.7772 ThePinery.com

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/colorado and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

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It was important for Lula and Darnell to honor their respective identities at their multiday Eritrean-Ethiopian fusion celebration. “We wanted to incorporate both our styles and personalities into our day,” Lula says. In that spirit, Lula and her squad rocked modern versions of cultural dress, including Lula’s turquoiseedged gown. The bride and her ladies also partook in a traditional henna ceremony.

BEST OF WEDDINGS

LOCAL LOWDOWN

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow.

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/colorado. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Colorado couples.

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Find endless inspiration, no matter your style or budget. @scratchstudiosny

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WE ’RE IN THIS T O G E T H E R

5 Y E A R S L AT E R

CELEBRATING LOVE FOR ALL It’s hard to believe the legalization of samesex marriage passed just five years ago. To think the inability to marry whom you wanted existed so recently in this country is staggering. And while there’s still much to be done to create equality for all, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a historic moment. Turn to p. 164 to read the touching stories of two couples married the same year as the monumental decision, and what it means to them.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

CAKE FOR ONE

Let’s just say sharing food isn’t my strong suit. This individual confection is just one of the fun ideas in the issue. (p. 77)

BAND TOGETHER FANCY FOOTWORK

I loved this bride’s genius solution to include her crowd-shy rescue dogs in the wedding. (p. 38)

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From rainbow stones to mixed metals, wedding bands are more unique than ever and we’re so here for them. (p. 131)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CRAYMER; MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER; SARAH PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY; ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic and we’ll be here when the dust settles, too. We’re all in this together.

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WILD BASIN LODGE

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Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in Colorado as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

THE PERFECT MOMENT

ThePerfectMomentEvents.com

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BUTTERSCOTCH ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

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wedding venues DELLA TERRA MOUNTAIN CHATEAU

DellaTerraMountain Chateau.com “If you are looking for a beautiful venue in the mountains, Della Terra Mountain Chateau is it! I can’t express enough how amazing this venue is!”

SPRUCE MOUNTAIN EVENTS SpruceMountainEvents.com “The venue genuinely captures the Colorado spirit with mountain elegance and incredible backdrops. It’s truly a gem that feels hidden away.”

WILD BASIN LODGE

WildBasinLodge.com “The WBL team is amazing to work with, very accommodating and has lots of ideas to make your day just how you imagine. Also— the food is so good!”

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photographers BUTTERSCOTCH ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

ButterscotchRose Photography.com “Alyssa and Stephanie were instantly friendly and warm. They are true professionals and have a wonderful way of making you feel like family.” ADVENTURE INSTEAD ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS AND GUIDES ALCHEMY CREATIVE ALI & GARRETT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS ALYSSA REINHOLD ASHLEY MCKENZIE PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY MEDRANO PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY TIEDGEN PHOTOGRAPHY BERTARELLI PHOTOGRAPHY BLUE SPRUCE PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY BRAD LIVENGOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BREE WOOLLISCROFT PHOTOGRAPHY BRIGETTE BURGMAN PHOTOGRAPHY CALLIE RIESLING PHOTOGRAPHY CATHERINE LEA PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTA TIPPMANN PHOTOGRAHY COURTNEY JEWELL PHOTOGRAPHY DANIELLE DEFIORE PHOTOGRAPHY DANNA FROST PHOTOGRAPHY ELEVATE PHOTOGRAPHY ELIZABETH ANN PHOTOGRAPHY EPIC | PHOTOS + FILMS ERIKA OVERHOLT PHOTOGRAPHY FAWNTAIL BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE HIP PHOTO GABRIELLE STOWE PHOTOGRAPHY GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO GLASSER IMAGES HALEY ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY HAZEL & LACE PHOTOGRAPHY HEATHERLEY BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC HOUSEMAN STUDIOS JACIE MARGUERITE - FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER JENAE LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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wedding planners THE PERFECT MOMENT

ThePerfectMomentEvents.com “Samantha was the best! Organized, efficient and met all of our needs along the way. She is professional, fun and made us feel like guests at our wedding.” AMANDA LEAANN WEDDINGS & EVENTS AWEVENTS BELLO & BLUE EVENTS BLUE LINDEN WEDDINGS & EVENTS BRINDLE + OAK CALICO WEDDINGS CALLUNA EVENTS THE DAY-OF ELEVATION WEDDINGS AND EVENTS FIRST LOOK EVENTS GEMINI EVENT PLANNING AND DESIGN GLITTER & BLISS HARPER BOND EVENTS ISABELLE KLINE DESIGNS IVORY EVENTS JILLIAN JENSEN EVENTS KAITLIN SHEA WEDDINGS KELLY KARLI WEDDINGS AND EVENTS LOVE LEIGH WEDDINGS & EVENTS PARTY GIRL EVENTS PINK DIAMOND EVENTS PROMISE EVENT PLANNERS PURPLE SUMMER EVENTS REVEL & ROOTS EVENTS RIGHT AS RAYNE EVENTS

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bridal salons LITTLE WHITE DRESS BRIDAL SHOP

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homebodies or always looking for an excuse to dress up and hit the dance floor? Your wedding should be a true reflection of who you are, so let your personalities lead your style.

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every to-do. Really. It’s also totally okay to ask for assistance from your crew or your wedding VIPs—they want to help!

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We’ve got 10-plus titles full of advice, inspo and DIY crafts to bring your day to life. TheKnot.com/books

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DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE You’ll start by swiping right on images you love—these will be added to your final board (you can always add more). There’s also room to add personalized, must-haves (think: taco truck, dog-friendly venue or room for a sangeet).

floral wizard or an epic cover band, book those pros first. Many in-demand vendors get scooped up early, especially in high season. Don’t panic: If your first choice is already booked, ask them for a recommendation. Chances are they have an industry BFF who can also help bring your vision to life.

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MANAGE YOUR People will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so a registry is a must-have. Build yours on The Knot Registry and add items from anywhere you shop with our universal registry tool. That means you don’t have to choose between bespoke Etsy finds and smart home tech from Amazon. Plus, your guests get a one-stop shopping experience—a win-win.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your inspo-packed vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. Your series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” really looks like.

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THINK OF YOUR A wedding website is clutch—for your guests and you. Fill your site with need-to-know info, like hotels and registries, then share it with your guest list. Your friends and family will be in the know, and you won’t be fielding “directions please” emails hours before you say “I do.” You can even stay on top of RSVPs with our handy built-in reply tool.

We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE We’ll send you helpful reminders along the way and create a day-of timeline to ensure smooth sailing.

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Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary!

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THE DETAILS

Ashley and Justin tied the knot in a clearing off a trail in Evergreen, which they found weeks prior. Harper, Ashley’s daughter, joined too.

THE COUPLE

Ashley Chapman (34 and a medical educator) and Justin Foulk (32 and a senior manager) are Coloradoans.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

F A M I LY T I M E

Nature lovers Ashley and Justin wanted a quiet ceremony at an open space among the trees, filling the forest with intention and emotion—including vows for Ashley’s daughter. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

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STRONG BONDS

PATTERN PLAY

One major priority for Ashley and Justin was having her daughter involved in the day. “Justin is not just her stepdad, but her bonus dad,” Ashley says. Justin surprised Harper by writing his own vows to her and gifting her a set of earrings.

The duo added some color to their looks with vibrant socks.

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Ashley and Justin always pictured a private ceremony for their vows. “I didn’t want to have all eyes on me, just Justin’s,” Ashley says. “We wanted sunlight in the treetops and quiet.”

COFFEE BREAK

After the ceremony, the newlyweds refueled with a little java from Starbucks—a preparty necessity, of course.

CHEERS!

Ashley, Justin and Harper welcomed 50 guests to The Ramble Hotel rooftop for a celebratory dinner complete with vintage tunes and a photo booth. “Our dinner party was also intimate, but lively and fun,” Ashley says. “At dinner, we had a chance to connect with everyone.”

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Evergreen RECEPTION SITE The Ramble Hotel, Denver FLOWERS Lace and Lilies PHOTOGRAPHY Kimberly Orrison/Kind Honey Photography GOWN Olvi’s, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City SUIT Suitsupply HARPER’S ATTIRE David’s Bridal; flower crown: Lace and Lilies OFFICIANT Brian Martin (Justin’s brother-in-law)

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE I really want a modern, fun invitation suite, but my fiancé is feeling something a bit more classic with calligraphy. Any design tips for picking invites that suit both of our styles? SARAH EVANS

Private vows allow you to express yourselves without an audience.

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My partner and I are both major introverts— we don’t do PDA and hate being the center of attention—so a traditional ceremony seems really scary to us. Are there ways for us to rethink the structure to fit our personalities?

PRO TAKE

JOVE MEYER

Owner Jove Meyer Events Jove is an NYC-based event designer known for throwing celebrations that take personalization to new heights.

Your wedding ceremony should be true to both of you—that includes reflecting your style, love story and personalities. If you’re both introverts, you could consider a city hall ceremony. This allows you to bring a few friends, keeping things intimate and casual. But, if you go with a city hall wedding, a majority of your loved ones will miss out on your public commitment. As an alternative, rethink the day in a way that pulls the attention away from you. Maybe you could skip walking down a traditional aisle and instead hang out with your guests preceremony. Think: no processing, just getting married where you are, on your terms. You could also walk down the aisle with your partner or ask guests to process to you instead, meeting you, your partner and the officiant at the altar. Starting the ceremony together might make you more comfortable. In the end, the goal of the wedding ceremony is to make your commitment of love in front of those you care about most. This can really take place in whatever form feels most authentic to your relationship.

Marriage is all about collaboration and figuring out how to blend two individual styles. Here’s the good news: When it comes to stationery design, seemingly opposing tastes can actually complement each other nicely and really represent you as a couple. If your fiancé is nonnegotiable on calligraphy, try pairing hand lettering with clean, modern typefaces for a combo that won’t feel too stuffy. Give your suite an energetic vibe by experimenting with color and avoiding any fussy details that might not feel true to your combined style. Letting the script shine as the focal point can feel clean and bold but simple and timeless at the same time. Win, win! We’re trying to settle on a first dance song, but the classics feel too serious. Where can we find a first dance jam to start the party? S H A R LY N P I E R R E Assistant Editor, Research

Check out different radio stations or comb through Spotify, but keep this in mind: As you’re researching, don’t be afraid to explore different genres you might not always find yourself listening to. Try pop, hip-hop or even Afrobeats. If nothing makes you want to strut and shake something, enlist the help of your wedding party and ask for song recs or even a playlist—they’ll know what feels most like you both.

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ROAD TO LOVE

SMALL WONDERS

JOEY + SCOTT CINCINNATI

“Our genius designer paid tribute to the thousands of miles we traveled when we were long distance,” Scott says. “The path on the ampersand is the highway we drove to get to each other on I-71 in Ohio.”

GET

Looking for a subtle way to personalize your suite? Try a custom wax seal in a favorite color, a meaningful stamp on the envelope or an illustration on the liner.

creative W I T H Y O U R

Set the tone for your celebration with a suite that’s as one of a kind as your story. Invites are an opportunity to take personalization to the next level, from custom illustrations of your abode to subtle tributes to your journey down the aisle. Ask your designer to create custom art of something special.

HOME SWEET HOME S I LV I A + M A R I O S A N A N TO N I O

“Oddly enough, we found our stationery when we moved into our home,” Silvia says. “I stumbled upon this handdrawn illustration as I was dusting and organizing our cabinets. I got copies printed and held onto them for a long time in the hopes of using them in the future. I never thought that the occasion would be our reception in the front yard of our home—but here we are.”

INCLUSIVE ‘I DOS’ CHRISTINA + JAMES PHILADELPHIA

“I created a version of our invitations in braille for my friends with vision impairment,” Christina says. “Not all people with vision impairments can read braille, so we also made sure the paper was white with a dark font to ensure a high contrast for universal legibility.”

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TOP IT OFF

R A C H E L + K E V I N B A LT I M O R E

“It was always important for Kevin and me to include our pups in the ceremony,” Rachel says. “They’re rescues and don’t handle large crowds well, so this was my way of having them with me as I walked down the aisle.”

H AV E

Shoes aren’t the only accessory that can speak to your style. Rocking a suit? Try a custom bow tie or a bolo made from a special stone. If you’re wearing a gown, add extra meaning with jewelry or a veil.

fun W I T H Y O U R

Your wedding day is a chance to channel your personal style from head to toe—literally. These couples kicked their footwear up a notch by running wild with color, illustration and meaning, bringing a new definition to “happy feet.”

SEEING DOUBLE DANI + MIKE BEAVER, PA

GOOD LUCK CHARM RACHEL + FANGZHI CHICAGO

“I originally got these slides during a trip to my husband’s hometown of Yichang, China,” Rachel says. “I thought I’d wear them for our ceremony in China, but decided it would be even more special for them to serve as a nod to my husband’s family as well as a pop of color in our more modern Chicago ceremony.”

Channel your cultural identity with your accessories.

“I absolutely love wearing saddle shoes, and Mike is into the look too,” Dani says. “We wanted to do something a little different, and our wedding had a slight vintage flair, so these seemed like the right fit. We both felt stylish in a quirky, old-school way—not to mention confident and comfortable.”

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SILVERTHORNE PAVILION Serene mountain settings meet affordable style at the Silverthorne Pavilion. With 12,000 square feet of hardwood floors, hand-crafted chandeliers, exposed trusses and custom ironwork, the Pavilion is perfect for your Colorado mountain wedding. silverthornepavilion.com 970.262.7391

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TRENDING

STITCHED WITH LOVE

PUT DOWN ROOTS

MELISSA + DANE ALMA, KS

“After Dane’s mom passed away, a dear friend and Sioux elder wrapped and blessed him in a morning star quilt,” Melissa says. “At our ceremony, she blessed us together as a couple in the same piece.”

Embrace your inner green thumb and plant a tree together. Add a sentimental twist to the ritual by using soil from your family homes.

After their ceremony, Melissa and Dane hung their quilt up at home.

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meaning W I T H Y O U R

When it comes to saying “I do,” there are a myriad of ways to seal the deal. Though many couples choose to light candles or pour sand, you can also link your lives together by remixing rituals, whether they’re based in your faith, your family or your favorite midnight snack.

FRESHLY MADE CASSIE + ERIC SAVANNAH, GA

FAMILY TIES A N G E L A + B R I T TA N Y CINCINNATI

“It was important to us to involve our pastor—who has played a huge role in our spirituality—in our ceremony,” Angela says. “We also wanted to honor our diverse faith journeys and those of our guests. A handfasting struck that perfect balance for us.”

“A few days before the wedding in a hungry stupor, we decided to make guacamole in front of everyone to seal the deal,” Cassie says. “Our officiant explained to our guests why chips and guac stood as a strong metaphor for marriage as we delightfully smashed avocados and shared bites.”

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• Mountain Venue • All-inclusive

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We blend rustic with elegance to create a memorable, enchanting environment for your special day. At Christies, it is our goal to make your wedding day a complete success. We specialize in stress-free, all-inclusive, affordable events so you can concentrate on sharing your special day with your family & friends. MARK CREERY PHOTOGRAPHY

www.christiesofgenesee.com / 303 526-5567 / 720 985-3722 / kerri@christiesofgenesee.com

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Get glamorous with a daring dose of jewel tones that will make any event feel luxe.

CROWN JEWEL Bobby pin, $82, JenniferBehr.com

DAPPER TOUCH Bow tie, $25, TheTieBar.com

INTO THE DEEP Saturated table number in Tidepool, $30 for 15, Erin Deegan, Minted.com

THE BACKSTORY

Dress in sizes up to 20, $280, TheiaCouture.com

PLUSH PERCH

KEEP CLEAR Clutch, $995, Edie-Parker.com

CANDY CRUSH Coffee crunch extra dark chocolate bar, $10, Compartes.com

SASSY STEPPERS Shoes, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

ARTSY VESSEL Libra blue and white vase, $15, CB2.com

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Green velvet chair, $60 per day to rent, RentPatina.com


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- Unique variety of ceremony settings including the Wide-Open Tree Grove, Peaceful Platte River Bend, Cozy Courtyard, or the Beautiful Bents Barn - Use of the 2900 sq ft Rustic-Chic Bent’s Barn featuring climate control, bistro lighting and tons of natural light - Use of tables and chairs for up to 200 guests - Use of wooden benches for ceremony to seat up to 150 guests - Access to bridal suites in historical replica of Bent’s Fort - Photoshoot with our lovable longhorns - Choose a caterer from our vetted preferred vendor list - Newly remodeled farmhouse for wedding parties or for additional lodging - Lodging in the Fort that sleeps 37 included in select packages - Various customizable wedding packages and pricing

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TRENDING WHAT A DISH

Food52 dinnerware by Jono Pandolfi, from $34 each, Food52.com

MOONSTONED Earrings, $495, KendraScott.com

KEEP IT

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GREIGE + CREAM STRAPPED IN

Shoes, $100, ChineseLaundry.com

Use tone-on-tone neutrals to lend an effortless and elegant appeal to your stylish celebration. TREASURE TROVE Keaton jewelry box, $40, KateSpade.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

MODERN MEMO Foil-stamped colorblow wedding invitation, $270 for 100, ArtifactUprising.com

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Flax lines dog bandana, $26, TheFoggyDog.com

PEARL POWER SWEET SCENT

Candle in Chandelier, $36, Otherland.com

GLOW UP

Ambient Lighting finishing powder in Diffused Light, $48, Sephora.com

Clutch, $950, EKRDesigns.com

POWDER: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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AMBER + RUST

COLORFUL TOSS Cactus silk pillow in Mustard Yellow, $60, CB2.com

BOW-TIFUL

Barrette, $138, JenniferBehr.com

SHINE ON

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter liquid eyeshadow in Copperazzi, $26, Sephora.com

Embrace all things fall with an unexpectedly cool palette that brings the warmth. VELVET TOUCH

Dress in sizes up to 24, $295, JennyYoo.com

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Natural shapes save the date, $129 for 100, PaperCulture.com

BUZZY FAVOR

FUNKY FRINGE

DAZZLING DANGLERS

Cotton fringe napkins, $22 for 4, Creative Co-op, Amazon.com

Earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com

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HAIR, MAKEUP AND SKINCARE FOR

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San Sophia Overlook

VENUE SCOUT

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THE SCOBEYS; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN FALL OR WINTER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING.

ON LOCATION

The first—and often hardest—decision you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

SAN SOPHIA OVERLOOK TELLURIDE

from $38,000 200 ABOUT Let nature take center stage at this scenic spot, then head to Allred’s, booked in tandem, for the same stunning backdrop accompanied by modern American bites. COST

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VENUE AMENITIES

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PLANNER

THE CRAWFORD HOTEL AT DENVER UNION STATION DENVER

from $10,000 250 ABOUT History buffs, listen up: Saying “I do” at this space allows your guests to explore this 100-plus-yearold former train station. COST

GUEST COUNT

FLOWERS

RENTALS

GALLERY 1874 ARVADA

MANOR VAIL LODGE VAIL

COST

from $1,500 150 ABOUT Mingle among colorful artwork or get the party started with live music at this cozy, restored bungalow-esque space, originally built in— you guessed it—1874.

COST

GUEST COUNT

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CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

from $136 PP 250 ABOUT Located at the base of Vail Mountain, Manor Vail Lodge feels like a tribute to Vail itself: It’s both authentically rustic and contemporarily chic—the best of both worlds.

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ON LOCATION PLANET BLUEGRASS LYONS

from $10,000 250 ABOUT Nature lovers will revel in the property’s access to the St. Vrain River, giving them the chance to fish, mountain bike or just relax and enjoy the views. COST

GUEST COUNT

GLEN EYRIE CASTLE & CONFERENCE CENTER COLORADO SPRINGS

from $5,000 125 ABOUT Embrace your inner royal at this regal spot, which feels like stepping back in time. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE GREENBRIAR INN BOULDER

from $120 PP 300 ABOUT The inn feels straight out of a quaint, storybook-like village, but foodies will fall for the restaurant’s impressive menu options. COST

GUEST COUNT

Planet Bluegrass

POKA LOLA SOCIAL CLUB DENVER

from $5,000 GUEST COUNT 100 ABOUT Welcome guests to this colorful, party-ready bar for a standing-roomonly-style celebration, conveniently attached to the ultra-cool Maven Hotel.

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CREEKSIDE EVENT CENTER COLORADO SPRINGS

from $109 PP 300 ABOUT Think: charming farmhouse vibes, but with plenty of options for different spaces, including a clear-top tent with bistro lighting. COST

FLYING DIAMOND RANCH WEDDINGS & EVENTS STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

upon request 285 ABOUT Retreat to the privacy of the Rocky Mountains for an authentically rustic event, surrounded by aspen groves and a sweeping mountain backdrop. COST

GUEST COUNT

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ON THE APP

D E F I N E YO U R D E S I G N Having trouble finding a venue that’s right for you? Take The Knot Style Quiz to discover your Wedding Vision, then create a short list based on our recs.

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“I do.”

PLANETBLUEGRASSWEDDINGS.COM WEDDINGS@BLUEGRASS.COM LYONS, COLORADO

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

C O C K TA I L S HOW CAN COUPLES PERSONALIZE THEIR SIGNATURE COCKTAILS?

TO P T I P Book your beverage catering shortly after picking your venue—this gives you ample time for creating personalized cocktails and tastings.

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HOW CAN COUPLES SAVE ON BAR SERVICES? WHAT’S YOUR RULE OF THUMB FOR PURCHASING ALCOHOL? It’s always a guess, but we like to use the following metrics: one bottle of vodka and whiskey for every 10 people, one bottle of rum and tequila for every 20 people, one bottle of gin for every 15 people, one case of wine for every 100 people and one 24-pack of beer for every 100 people.

Opting for beer and wine rather than a full bar can help cut costs when it comes to alcohol options. As long as your guests have something boozy in their hand when it comes time for a toast, they tend to be happy. If you want another option without a full, open bar, consider offering one or two signature cocktails. Giving guests those options adds an elevated effect to the party, but without you having to break the bank.

WHAT COCKTAIL DO COLORADO COUPLES RAVE OVER TIME AND TIME AGAIN? Our Staved Smoked Old-Fashioned is an all-time favorite of both our mixologists and clients. Behind the bar, our team smokes the whiskey using wood recycled from a Jack Daniels whiskey barrel. It’s a memorable moment at any event, and the guests really love it. Plus, a well-balanced old-fashioned is an ideal addition to the crisp mountain air, and whiskey is reminiscent of a fireside après-ski.

LOOKING AHEAD, WHAT COCKTAIL OR BARTENDING TRENDS ARE YOU PREDICTING? Welcome drinks are the new trend right now. Try one out at your wedding—your guests will thank you for the refreshing treat as they wait for the grand entrance. Next year, offering an interactive, build-your-own old-fashioned, margarita, mimosa or daiquiri bar will be the must-have. These build-your-own bars are a great way to provide a signature cocktail for every guest. Your mixologist can help craft a cocktail based on guests’ preferences.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: OUR TWO HEARTS; ROOT & BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY; SWEET JUSTICE PHOTOGRAPHY

OUR PRO Courtney Strauss, partnership specialist at Oak & Olive in Englewood

When choosing your signature drink, we recommend keeping it personal, seasonal and, of course, drinkable. There are so many ways to add personality to your drinks—use your wedding colors, pick a sip with a story behind it, go with your two favorites or choose a fun name for your cocktail that reflects your relationship. Keeping the drink seasonal will help the overall style of your wedding feel cohesive and intentional. Think about it: Nobody wants to drink a hot apple cider oldfashioned in the summer heat. Not to mention, seasonal drinks allow your bar-catering company to choose fresh, local ingredients. And finally, make it tasty. Putting a spin on a classic is a great place to start when creating a specialty cocktail. When in doubt, ask a mixologist for help.

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The Perfect Location for Your Special Day Mount Vernon Canyon 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 • 303.526.3106

www.MountVernonCC.com

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Real Weddings NEED A LITTLE INSPO? THESE COUPLES TOOK THEIR CELEBRATIONS TO NEW HEIGHTS BY FOLLOWING ONE RULE: YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

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FA S H I O N

8.10 | LAKEWOOD

Bryn + Chelsey

What Bryn calls a “totally ’90s” bow tie completed her blue two-piece suit, while a bright floral hairpiece and pink mules added some color to Chelsey’s look.

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THEIR STORY As a pair, Bryn Gelaro (29 and a social worker and director of a nonprofit) and Chelsey Pas (33 and a wedding photographer) always bring the fun. Case in point: their wedding. After Chelsey proposed with a ring box made of LEGOs in a comic book store, the couple set out to bring their visions of a bright celebration to life. “We wanted color, movement, and modern arts and crafts,” Chelsey says. The pair chose Chelsey’s parents’ house for its vibrant, flower-filled garden, but added their own spin to the space with quirky signage, confetti and an upbeat, Robyn-heavy playlist. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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SEATING CHART DISPLAY Among their many DIY projects, Bryn and Chelsey cut all of their signage out of cedar and peg boards, topping the wood with fun phrases in bold marquee lettering. PLACE SETTINGS The couple found stationery and day-of paper inspiration in an unexpected place: GQ Magazine. “I picked up an issue of the 2019 spring fashion issue and felt inspired,” Bryn says. “We ended up sketching ideas on a scrap pad.” Though Bryn and Chelsey enlisted a designer for their invites, the pair took on creating their menus using Photoshop.

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A PICTURE OF PERFECTION

P i c t u r e Yo u rs e lf M a r r y i ng Th e L o v e of Yo u r L if e I n Th e M o s t B e a u t if ul L o c a t i o n i n C ol o ra d o Imagine sharing your first moments as a newly married couple against a spectacular backdrop of towering rock spires and lush mountain valleys—a place of almost impossible beauty where every detail adds to the magic of the moment. While you stay focused on the big picture, our culinary and planning teams ensure that your wedding experience is quietly curated, carefully chosen and thoughtfully executed to be everything you always dreamed of.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A TOUR, EMAIL WEDDINGS@GGCLUB.COM OR CALL 719 725 6600

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COLOR POP Bryn and Chelsey used their year-long engagement to make their own eye-catching, large-scale streamer installation, weaving the piece out of plastic tablecloths. “We spent every lazy day streamer-ing away,” Bryn says. “In the end, our work totaled 300 feet long.” SIGNATURE SIP Guests grabbed glasses of the Homojito, Bryn and Chelsey’s mojito creation. The pair enlisted an assembly line of friends to peel peaches and pick mint leaves for the drink.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Lakewood PHOTOGRAPHY Cassie Rosch Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Kenzi Everitt EVENT PLANNER Kelly Farmer FLOWERS Rowdy Poppy GOWN Irene Yap, Longmont SUIT Custom, Bindle & Keep, New York City WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Hair Mobile Betty MAKEUP Tim Campell FLORAL CROWN Rowdy Poppy RINGS Sarah O. Jewelry STATIONERY Design: DIY; printing: Moo.com RENTALS Party Time Rental CATERING Heirloom Catering CAKE The Long I Pie Shop DESSERTS Chelsey’s mom; The Long I Pie Shop OFFICIANT Courtney LeDuc (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Kelsey Kelly & Theo Lemon (friends); reception: DJ Sir. Patrick E COFFEE CART Goodhart Coffee BUTTON FAVORS StickerMule.com HONEYMOON Santa Fe, New Mexico GUESTS 135 HASHTAG #BrynAndChelsTheHashtag

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8.24 | CRESTED BUTTE

Meredith + Wayne PHOTOGRAPHY BY CEDAR & PINES

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THEIR STORY A love of adventure is what brought Meredith Parsley (32 and works in communications) and Wayne Bryan (33 and works in logistics) together. “I saw his online dating profile was full of crazy pictures and I asked him if he had gone on any adventures that week,” Meredith says. “He sent me quite a long list.” After a mountainside proposal—followed by chambongs in Buena Vista—the pair planned a wedding full of adventurous, bohemian details, including Southwest prints, pops of turquoise and mountain views. — LB

BOUQUET

Meredith carried a neutral mix of roses, orchids, pampas grass and scabiosa. “I really wanted a natural, boho look,” she says.

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GET COZY Between dances, partygoers kicked back in a chill lounge area complete with Southwest-patterned throw pillows and a leather couch. CHEERS! After the ceremony, Meredith, Wayne and their guests headed to a cocktail hour jam-packed with yard games, a VW van turned photo booth and a mobile bar under string lights. “It felt like a fun backyard party with all of our best friends, but under the setting sun in beautiful Mount Crested Butte,� Meredith says.

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MENU A very special celeb chef prepped the food for the buffet-style dinner: Meredith’s cousin Will. Guests ate eloté grilled corn, loaded Lowcountry grits and roasted chicken. “You could feel the love and soul he put into the food,” Meredith says. “And it was also fun to sneak back to the kitchen for a shot of whiskey with my rad older cousin.” HIT THE SLOPES Fittingly enough, daredevils Meredith and Wayne asked guests to sign skis as a mountain-ready guest book.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Town Ranch Event Area, Crested Butte PHOTOGRAPHY Megan and Nate Kantor/Cedar & Pines PLANNER Belleview Weddings & Events FLOWERS From the Ground Up GOWN Rish Bridal, a&bé bridal shop, Denver SUIT Macy’s WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Lily Rain, Houston; Shopbop.com; groomsmen: various HAIR Oleta Maunz MAKEUP Natalie Vierling Makeup FLOWER CROWN From the Ground Up ENGAGEMENT RING Tracie Gross/ Lula Designs WEDDING RINGS Ron Pingenot; Tracie Gross/Lula Designs STATIONERY Invitations: Wordshop Denver RENTALS Alpenglow Events; Benson Tent Rent; SAGE Rentals CATERING Will Nolan DESSERTS Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream; Wildflour Sweets OFFICIANT Rev. Alfred C. Kammer MUSIC Floodgate Operators OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: CB WanderBus; Sidecar Mobile Bar FAVORS Koozies: VisualPromotions.net HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS 120

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9.27 | DENVER

Angela + Esteban PHOTOGRAPHY BY BREE WOOLLISCROFT PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Denver natives Angela Murray (29 and a content marketing specialist) and Esteban Romero (30 and a fleet maintenance planner) have their own vibe—and their wedding exemplified it seamlessly. “We found inspiration in our personal style as a couple,” Angela says. “We wanted an art gallery feel with handcrafted details.” The couple banded together their groomsmen on the day of to fill the blank slate of SKYLIGHT with black details, poster-size black-and-white photos and even their favorite candles from Anthropologie. “My favorite part was seeing the final setup of the venue,” Esteban says. — LB

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SQUAD STYLE Angela and her besties turned gown shopping into a full-on shindig. “My bridesmaids ordered a ton of styles, and then we had a try-on party at my house,” she says. “It was so fun.” LOVE NOTES Guests signed a vinyl record of Leon Bridges’s “Coming Home,” the pair’s first dance. “Esteban is a musician, so it was special,” Angela says. TAILOR MADE Esteban topped his suit with a custom white buffalo turquoise bolo tie from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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SHOES Angela finished her romantic lace gown with a pair of edgy leather Louboutins. CENTERPIECES Roses, thistle, cosmos and eucalyptus filled blackand-white patterned pots, which inspired much of the day’s design. “We loved them so much, we knew we had to have them as our centerpieces,” Angela says. PLACE SETTINGS The pair went monochromatic when it came to the tablescapes, picking black plates and linens to contrast SKYLIGHT’s blank white walls.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE SKYLIGHT, Denver PHOTOGRAPHY Bree Woolliscroft Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Kaitlin Rayne FLOWERS Honeycomb & Co. GOWN Pronovias, Emma & Grace Bridal, Denver TUXEDO BLACK by Vera Wang, Jos. A. Bank; accessories: Samsville Gallery WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Azazie.com; groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank HAIR & MAKEUP Fluff Bar VEIL Brilliant Bridal, Denver ENGAGEMENT RING Kay Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Angela: Kay Jewelers; Esteban: Samsville Gallery STATIONERY TheBridalType, Etsy.com; Vistaprint.com RENTALS Butler Rentals; Wallflower Rentals CATERING Y.Lo Epicure CAKE A Cake Occasion OFFICIANT Kris Bowen/Colorado Wedding Ministers MUSIC DJ Lo PHOTO BOOTH SKYLIGHT FAVORS DIY; NottinghamPaperGoods, Etsy.com; Target TRANSPORTATION Uber HONEYMOON Spain GUESTS 125 HASHTAG #Estebangela2019

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6.15 | TELLURIDE

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THEIR STORY For their wedding, Blaire Johns (27) and Kyle Harder (35), who both work in marketing, brought the charm of Tuscany to Telluride, a place close to Blaire’s heart. “We got married at my grandparents’ ranch,” she says. “It’s a sacred place for my family.” Rustic reclaimed wood and kilim patterns, including those on the groomsmen’s shoes, played up the feel of the mountainside setting, while breezy baby’s breath and an airy palette channeled the elegance of coastal Italy. For dessert, guests had a local bite: Colorado peach cake. — LB

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EAT GREEN Sprigs of greenery topped clean, minimal chargers, linens and menus, all in white. CLOUD NINE A wispy hanging installation made of baby’s breath welcomed partygoers to the dance floor, where a DJ spun tunes. “It looked like a massive baby’s breath cloud,” Blaire says. “It was my favorite design element of the entire wedding.” SWEET STYLE Kyle topped his all-white look with a green blazer while Blaire’s gown featured lace cutouts on the back.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Telluride PHOTOGRAPHY James x Schulze VIDEOGRAPHY Elysium Productions PLANNER Soirée Telluride EVENT DESIGNER Eclectic Hive FLOWERS Ali Fortunato GOWN Pronovias, L’Fay Bridal, New York City SUIT Romualdo WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Marianna Coiffure MAKEUP Carmen Wolcott ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Calista West STATIONERY Jolie & Co. RENTALS Eclectic Hive CATERING 221 South Oak CAKE Megan Joy Cakes OFFICIANT Deacon Mike Doeherman/St. Patrick’s Catholic Church MUSIC The Social/Élan Artists FAVORS Zingerman’s Cornman Farms TRANSPORTATION Telluride Express; Telluride Outside HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 250 HASHTAG #LoveYouHarder

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6.1 | BOULDER

Sarah + Martin PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY TIEDGEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Less is more for Sarah Black (27 and a pediatric resident physician) and Martin Kohn (29 and a senior planning analyst), who brought a minimalist attitude to their wedding design. “I wanted to keep it simple and elegant,” Sarah says. “Our only ceremony décor was the mountain backdrop.” The couple instructed guests to dress “mountain casual” for the Jewish-Irish fusion vows. Sarah painted and decoupaged each escort card and turned the pieces into an installation-style display, the focal point of the reception. — LB

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS

VENUE A reception at the Rembrandt Yard art gallery meant Sarah, Martin and their guests ate dinner surrounded by masterpieces.

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CEREMONY SITE Sunrise Amphitheater, Boulder RECEPTION SITE Rembrandt Yard, Boulder PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley McClanahan/ Ashley Tiedgen Photography PLANNER Paper Forest Design FLOWERS Fawns Leap GOWN Skirt: Emma & Grace Bridal, Denver; top: ShopRavella.com SUIT Suitsupply; tie: Nordstrom WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: BHLDN; groomsmen: various HAIR & MAKEUP Voodoo Hair Lounge HEADPIECE BHLDN ENGAGEMENT RING Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS Mejuri STATIONERY Invitations & menus: Minted.com; escort cards: DIY RENTALS Colorado Party Rentals CATERING Three Leaf Catering DOUGHNUTS LaMar’s Donuts OFFICIANT David Kohn (friend) MUSIC Ben Hammond TRANSPORTATION CU Buff Bus HONEYMOON California GUESTS 150

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A classic Colorado ski town channels its Scandinavian roots with a festive destination bash designed to embrace culture and style.

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STYLE + PLANNING

C U LT U R A L S I P

Infuse your signature cocktail with symbolic ingredients, like Scandinavian lingonberries.

HAPPY HOUR Your cocktail space deserves love too. Here, chic seating and patterned linens set a festive scene.

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Delight guests with a treat that leads them to their seats, like these stunning floral-topped cookies.

S W E E T S E AT Calling all dessert lovers: Play up your sweet tooth with mini cakes at each place. Clockwise from left: Furniture rentals, EventRents.com; linens, LaTavolaLinen.com; paper goods, SweetZionPaperie.com; cookies, SweetFleur.org; florals, PremaStyle.com

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PA P E R P O S I E S

Your invites are the first look guests have into your wedding style, so let them shine. Here, muted tones and classic Swedish florals make for a stylish and thematic suite.

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TO W E R I N G T R E AT Your cake is a great place to lend a cultural touch, like this kransekake, a cookie tower typically stacked atop a champagne bottle for the couple to drink during the reception.

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Smilax vine and sweet blue tweedia flowers tie the cake into the bouquet.

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STYLE + PLANNING

C LO U D O F B U D S Draw the eye up with sprawling florals. This bright arrangement features dahlias, anemones and more.

BLUE BUNDLE This bouquet of blue tweedia boasts a hidden meaning: peace and harmony. Very Scandi, no?

DA N I S H D I S H

FRESH AIR

Carry similar patterns throughout your event (like bitsy blue florals) for a cohesive look.

A retro Airstream trailer adds to the ski town aesthetic—and can double as a photo booth for guests.

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EARTH LOVE Sustainable weddings are on the rise, and we’re here for it. Consider “upcycling” your wedding by committing to zero waste or a reduced carbon footprint. A lighter version includes resetting a family stone, sourcing locally grown food or hiring vendors who also prioritize sustainability.

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Go for the wow! Instead of stretching your décor budget to include all. the. things, narrow in on one or two true heart-stoppers, like hanging florals, a neon installation that doubles as a ceremony altar or unique rentals. Your guests will be sure to remember this standout detail, especially if it’s so “you guys.”

FLORAL REMIX

Unexpected and totally on trend!

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Greenery is still hip, but this year it’s getting a colorful makeover. Spray-painted branches, greens and grasses are adding texture and unnatural color—think: neon, frosted pastels and metallics—to arrangements and bouquets (knuckle posy, anyone?). Dip-dyed petals are also a fun way to add an unexpected dose of color into the mix. Looking for a low cost, big impact floral moment? Two words: color blocking.

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TRENDING COLORS We recommend settling on your vibe first (for help, take our Style Quiz on The Knot Wedding Planner app), and then find a way to add a pop to your party. Lucky for you, color is trending in 2020. Expect to see a lot of neo mint, a.k.a. the new millennial pink; cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that’s equally fresh and serene.

MICRO WEDDINGS

Good lighting gets your details noticed and doubles as décor.

This trend is designed to keep things small—think: 40 people or less. But like any exclusive party, this celebration delivers big. The cost per guest is higher, meaning people are treated to bespoke touches, elaborate meals (read: tasting menu) and tons of personalization.

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SELF-SERVE SIPS We’re not talking a cooler full of cold ones. This wedding trend dresses up the actual serving of a signature sip. An artfully created wall-mounted dispenser, a trickedout bar of pour-over drinks or a slew of specialty garnishes allows guests to create their perfect cocktail. Bonus: You’ll need one less bartender to pull it off.

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EDIBLE BLOOMS Whether frozen in ice cubes, tossed in salads or sprinkled on top of dessert, edible flowers are on point. This pretty #extra is perfect for floral-loving duos and an easy way to elevate virtually anything from infused water to classic vanilla cake. Pair the petals with even more stems for an über-romantic party.

Veils aren’t going anywhere, but tiaras have given way to the latest in hair jewelry— barrettes and combs. These accessories are often adorned in pearls, rhinestones and colorful enamels. They’re great for holding back natural curls or creating a second style for your wedding reception.

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Saying “I Do” in autumn is all about embracing the dramatic atmosphere of the season, so concentrate on working with colors that pack on the saturation. Traditional fall shades like inky navy blue and rich burgundy get a very 2020 upgrade with help from of-the-momenthues like coral, mauve and fiery orange. HOW TO USE IT When working with a palette as unexpected as this one, it’s only right to keep the surprises coming. Instead of focusing all the color attention on your tabletops, why not turn to your florals to bring that wow-factor? Painted or dyed botanicals like baby’s breath, feather ferns and dried blooms are a great way to add a dose of unexpected (and other-worldly) color. From there, you can complement the look with a modern mix of signage or paper goods printed on colored paper, a bold menu and seasonal sips.

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WINTER icy pastels

There’s no better way to embrace the snowy nature of (most) winter climates than to add a subtle layer of “frost” over all your favorite pastel shades. Slightly whitewashed hues like pale blue and soft lavender still feel lively while not seeming completely out of place for the season. The best part? This pretty palette helps to keep your celebration from skewing too “holiday,” which can often be a struggle in winter. HOW TO USE IT Good news: You’ll be able to find tons of florals in these shades, even during the depths of winter, so that’s a great jumping off point for your palette. From there, layer on extras like table linens, bridal party attire and more to help set the scene. Just keep in mind: You’ll want any fabrics and or textures to uphold a seasonal feel, so opt for heavier-weight materials like wool and velvet over lighter options like silk. WHY IT WORKS

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SPRING natural retro

This unique combo marries the best of mid-century design with a modern feel totally fit for any of-the-moment celebration. Think of this palette as neutrals-but-better— calming shades like nude and olive green set the foundation for more zesty picks like mustard yellow, coral and soft mint. The end result? A look perfect for a boho, nature-inspired spring soiree. HOW TO USE IT These shades beg to be mixed and matched, so start by decking out your wedding party in looks that range in color, texture and saturation. From there, set the scene at your reception with funky lounge furniture and interesting tablescapes. Don’t shy away from embracing the retro feel of this palette—you’ll be able to find tons of cool couches, chairs and even rugs in shades perfect for your party. Then, bring everything together with an eclectic mix of buds.

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SUMMER posh palm springs

West Coast is the best coast—at least when it comes to summer wedding palettes. For a bright and cheery warm-weather bash, look no further than the citrus-inspired shades of colorful Palm Springs. A range of orange, yellow and fuchsia will practically create the party atmosphere for you—plus they’ll all pop amazingly in your photos. HOW TO USE IT When you’re going this bright with your palette, more is more. Look to create photo-ready installations, like paper lanterns or a standout floral wall that doubles as a photo booth backdrop. You can also have some cheeky fun with oranges in this palette by incorporating the real-deal fruit into your decor. Think: blood oranges slices used as a table runner, clementines in your salad appetizer and even orange-blossom buttercream on your cake.

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Megan Grose is the founder of Brindle + Oak, a luxury wedding planning and event design firm based in Denver. They specialize in full-scale design, production and more.

A misconception about wedding planning is that it should be stressful. Instead, focus on the why—you’re planning this party because you’re committing to each other. How cool!

Before you talk to anyone, sit down together and figure out what’s important to you both. It’s good to have your priorities set before the outside noise creeps in.

There are so many ways to customize a wedding to make it special and unique to the couple. We call them “Easter eggs” and love sprinkling them throughout the design for guests to discover.

Bold is the new black: bold colors, bold patterns and bold elements in a wedding day. We’re seeing more color pop up, as well as unique additions like tarot card readers.

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Whether you want a dramatic tiered confection that steals the show at your reception or a simple buttercream style to cut off to the side, our guide to everything wedding cakes (the size, the shape, the frosting) has you covered.

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NAIL YOUR WEDDING VIBE FIRST Ultimately, your cake should reflect the look and feel of your celebration— which is a bit hard to do if you haven’t planned any of it yet. Consider this our permission to move your confectionery to-dos a little bit lower on your list (you’ll ideally want to know your date, your venue and possibly details on your florals or attire before you sit down with your baker to plan your dream dessert). Once you’ve nailed down the bigger stuff, head to your cake consultation prepared with visuals or inspiration, like a swatch of lace from your dress or a picture of your invitations. HAVE A GENERAL BUDGET IN MIND Fun fact: Wedding cake is typically priced by the slice, and the cost can vary from $3 to $30 per piece and beyond, depending on what you choose. It’s easy to be wooed by fancy fillings or a multiflavored cake when you’re making decisions on a

sugar high, so get a handle on your budget ahead of your tasting to more easily prioritize your choices. Things like high-end flavors (blood orange or fig, anyone?), towering tiers and exterior upgrades (we get it, handmade sugar flowers are super stunning) will all run up your tab quickly. Be candid with your baker about your likes and how much you’re looking to spend—they’ll likely have a money-saving solution so you can have your cake and eat it too. MATCH THE SIZE TO YOUR SPACE It may not be top of mind right now, but you should absolutely consider the size of your venue or reception space when designing your cake. The two should feel like they “belong” together—if your reception is in a grand ballroom, consider increasing the cake’s stature with tall and narrow tiers, or opting for a faux Styrofoam layer (no one will know!) to add height.

If you’re hosting a more intimate celebration (say, in a barn), a smaller confection will be a perfect match. Just make sure you size it right for your guest count too—a three-tier cake usually serves 50 to 100 people, while you’ll need around five tiers to serve 200 or more guests. Don’t worry—if you want to keep your cake small, you can serve up slices from a sheet cake in the kitchen. CHOOSE THE FLAVOR YOU WANT TO EAT Besides adding a bit of “wow” to your wedding, your cake should also taste amazing. When you meet with your baker, try out several flavors, and don’t feel beholden to traditional “crowd pleasers” like chocolate or vanilla—many bakers love creating their cakes with dynamic (and delicious) pairings, like lemon and raspberry or hazelnut and mocha. You’ll never please everyone, so focus on choosing a flavor you and your partner love.

S AV E YO U R S W E E T If you’re worried about not getting to eat cake at your reception, ask a point person to set aside two pieces for you to enjoy after dancing. Then, save the top tier for a celebration soon after, like posthoneymoon—a whole year in the freezer can ruin it, so you’re better off getting a new version for your anniversary.

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FUN FACT The 1840 wedding cake of Queen Victoria included figurines of a dog and turtledoves on top, symbolizing fidelity and happiness.

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TO P I T OFF Not into traditional figurines? No worries! Complete your cake with one of these charming, unique topper ideas instead.

FUN FACT Originally, pieces of a wedding cake were saved to be eaten at the christening of a couple’s first-born child, not their one-year anniversary.

FUN FACT Most couples book their cake baker six months ahead of their wedding day.

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Have your florist set aside a few food-safe blooms that complement the bouquets or centerpieces for your baker to pile on top of your cake. Flowers don’t jive with your vibe? Totally fine! You can still work the great outdoors onto your cake. Instead, choose something that suits your wedding style, like craft birch scraps for a rustic look or cleaned mussel shells for a nautical celebration.

Immortalize a favorite quote, vow, verse, sentiment or song lyric (may we suggest “all you need is love?”) onto your cake with a creative and crafty topper. You can have a laseror die-cut phrase custom made from a material that complements your existing wedding décor, like wood, metal or a colorful acrylic sheet, or opt instead for a charming piece of fabric or rustic scroll of paper. Afterward, save it to frame or display as a thoughtful reminder of your wedding day. Sweet, right?

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Have a beloved fur baby that can’t join you at your celebration? Pay tribute to them by finishing off your cake with their likeness. We love the idea of custom-made ceramic figurines that look like your pup or kitten (Etsy is a great source for these!), or cardboard comic-book-style drawings of their face. Really want to go all out? Have your baker re-create them using edible fondant instead.

4 A SWEET SHOT

For a playful take on the typical figurines, incorporate silly Polaroid snapshots of you and your love onto your cake. They can be from a recent adventure (like a favorite vacation) or pics you snapped that morning all fancied up in your wedding attire. Prop ’em atop your tier using place card holders.

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or buttercream, which can all melt easily (yuck!). Either opt for fool-proof fondant, which holds up much better against heat and humidity, or work with your baker and venue to ensure there’s somewhere your cake can stay safe and cool right up until its big reveal. GET THE FACTS ON FROSTING Frosting is frosting, right? Not exactly. Turns out, there’s a lot to know about the sugary stuff coating the exterior of your cake. Buttercream (made using, you guessed it, butter and cream) is more inexpensive and often much more delicious, as it can be flavored with various extracts or fruits. But if you’re looking for a pristine, smooth finish or want an especially intricate exterior, consider having the cake frosted in buttercream first, then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection for a polished finish. Whatever type of icing you choose, stick to colors your guests will want to eat. No one wants to be rocking black or purple teeth on the dance floor, so keep bold colors for fondant or as buttercream accents only.

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CONSIDER THE FORECAST Be honest—you’re probably already stalking the weather app ahead of your day. In addition to considering the temps for things like your photos or flowers, you should also take the weather into account when choosing your cake. If you’re having an outdoor celebration in a hot climate, stay away from finicky finishes like whipped cream, meringue

BUDGET FOR THOSE EXTRA DETAILS When it comes to exterior upgrades, decorations can range in cost. The most inexpensive option is typically fresh fruit or real flowers—in most instances, they can be applied by your florist or baker on-site for a small fee. On the pricier side are things like sugar flowers, which are delicately constructed by hand in the weeks (or even months!) leading up to your wedding. The bottom line: All add-ons—including handpainting, textured exteriors, chocolate flowers and even specialty sprinkles— will increase the cost somewhat, so only work in what fits your budget (we think a little décor is worth the extra spend). HAVE A DETAILED DELIVERY PLAN Cake delivery takes skill and usually a refrigerated van, so you’re better off having yours delivered by your baker instead of picking it up yourself. Intricate cakes may not arrive in their final form, so build in time for on-site assembly, like the stacking of tiers or addition of finishing touches. Once your sweet arrives, make sure it has a designated storage place at the venue and a table or display at the reception where it can truly have its moment in the spotlight.

TREND ALERT

FRESH FINISH Try out one of these of-the-moment design trends for a standout cake.

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Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics (like a cozy fisherman sweater) or finishes (like a concrete wall), then ask your baker to re-create that texture on your cake.

Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic unique details, like the pattern on Grandma’s heirloom china or your favorite Monet.

Totally naked cakes have had their time in the spotlight— now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a balance between rustic and refined.

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FUN FACT The custom of multitiered cakes emerged from a medieval tradition where newlyweds attempted to kiss for good luck over a tall pile of buns without knocking any off.

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THE YEAR’ S FRESHEST VENUES If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the rustic locale is consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good barn celebration, we’re also excited to introduce you to some of our favorite new kids on the block. Score one of these unique venues and you’ll officially be that ahead-of-the-curve couple.

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ARTIST RETREAT If your dream day includes having your friends and family in one spot for the duration of your wedding weekend, look no further than a nearby artist retreat. It has all the perks you’ve come to know and love from more traditional “summer camp” settings, like accommodations for the majority of your guests, access to the sprawling grounds for the whole weekend, privacy and plenty of space for fun extras like outdoor games or midnight bonfires. However, it swaps the rustic cabins and dirt for more refined buildings and event spaces, with an architectural and artistic edge that will make couples totally swoon.

MAKE IT YOURS Focus on modern details with a bit of a bespoke touch to play into the artistic DNA of the space, like lots of greenery, matte-black accents and even artfully plated food for dinner. If you’re open to it, look into local designers or artists that utilize the space and see if you can incorporate some of their work into the design of your day, like in your stationery suite or signage. Be sure to take advantage of having all your favorite people in one spot with a wedding weekend itinerary that packs in the fun (think: a Friday night barbecue followed by a family field game showdown and brunch on Sunday).

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What’s the driving distance from your ceremony to your reception space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour. A good general rule of thumb is to keep the ceremony and reception space within 30 minutes of each other—and give guests at least an hour to get between the two. Is the venue near hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

What kind of services do you offer? You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included (some venues may even ask that you hire specific companies), and whether there’s an on-site coordinator. Don’t assume that anything is included.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if the venue or your guest count is more important.

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Does the word rustic give you heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy feel can look to a ski resort. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, snow-covered pines and wood beams!), while the cozy atmosphere (think: stone fireplaces and leather couches to lounge on) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family—you can even plan to hit the fresh powder. MAKE IT YOURS A ski resort is made for a winter wonderland wedding. Channel those snow bunny vibes with décor that brings the cozy thanks to rich colors and luxe textures, like faux fur, wool blankets and more. A snowy scene doesn’t need much to make it stand out, so focus your efforts on adding ambience with candlelight, roaring fires and floral arrangements that bring the outdoors in (like boughs of pine or snowy-white blooms). Vintage ski gear can be a charming (and thematic) addition, so see if you can rent an old-school chair lift to double as a photo booth setting. Finish the night with hot toddies—because duh.

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HISTORIC RUINS The edgy, “forgotten” appeal of a cavernous loft or industrial space appeals to many couples—and for good reason. Not only does it boast tons of character (and probably history), but it acts as a blank slate upon which you can design your dream day. Capture that same appeal by taking the detritus outdoors and booking historic ruins as the setting for your “I dos.” Not only is it a super-unique spot (we can almost guarantee none of your guests have been to a wedding among crumbling buildings before), but it allows you to bring a bit of beauty and life back to a once-forgotten space. Love that. MAKE IT YOURS First things first, friends: We are not suggesting you stumble into any old pile of rubble and say, “Hm, a wedding here, I think.” Safety comes first, so do your due diligence when it comes to selecting the “ruins” that will host your wedding day. Most legit spots will likely be listed with a historical preservation society, so that’s a great place to start. From there, focus on décor that accents, not competes with, the grounds. Sprawling vines and florals, simple neutral colors and lots of glowing candlelight will help lend a romantic, untouched atmosphere.

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FUN PLANS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Treat them to a cooking class Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation, easy mingling and new friendships.

Arrange a group tour Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the city while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour, like a coastal boat trip, bike ride or food crawl. A unique experience will have your guests loving your city just as much as you do.

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Opt for a postwedding brunch End a weekend of celebrating on a high note with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate getting a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with any friends and family you didn’t get to spend QT with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans.

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Host a bonfire reception Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Hold a bonfire reception afterward (complete with s’mores, of course) for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

If you want all the timelessness and elegance that comes with a ballroom—without the history of 20 of your closest Facebook friends already getting married there—then look no further than an upscale restaurant. You’ll be able to bottle that same sophisticated feel with a few added perks that are sure to have any couple rushing to sign on the dotted line. Just think of it as a very stylish dinner party with all your favorite people, only you don’t have to do the dishes afterward. If you score a spot big enough, you can host dancing there too—if not, look to a local bar or club for an after-hours get-down.

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MAKE IT YOURS Restaurant décor is often more of-the-moment and updated than the traditional ballroom, so chances are you won’t have to bring in much to make your chosen venue stand out. Keep the big things the same (think: the table and chairs) and add a pop of color with rental linens or bold blooms. When it comes time to eat, you’ll want to make dinner the star of the show. Work with the chef ahead of time to create a custom tasting menu for your guests based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. You can even consider serving up the food family style so each table gets to sample it all.

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Adi and Autumn, who met in college, approached the topic of marriage sort of like they approached wedding planning— as a very chill team. “We had been talking about marriage for a while but wanted to be stable in our jobs first,” Autumn says. “One day, about four years into our relationship, we were just sitting on the couch watching TV. I turned to Adi and asked, ‘Are you ready to get married?’ and he was just like, ‘Let’s do it!’ From there, we just set a date and got to planning!”

For Diane and JJ, a recent New Year’s Eve (their 12th celebrating together!) brought more than just a midnight kiss. “We have this tradition of ending the night by swooping up one of the best bottles of liquor at the closest bodega and grabbing a cheap bite,” Diane says. “At 2 a.m., as JJ was biting into his chicken sandwich, I pulled out the lollipop that came free with my sandwich, got down on one knee and popped the question. At the time, I think it was a joke. Now, it’s actually our story.”

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It was important for Malory and Katie to both have a hand in designing their forever jewelry. “We didn’t want anything too flashy,” they say. “We wanted rings that felt like ‘us’ since we would be wearing them every day. Plus, we’re New Yorkers, so they had to be black.” Alongside Brooklyn jeweler Wwake, the pair designed black diamond rings, then took turns proposing on the anniversary of their first date. “It made sense—we do everything together and were too excited not to share in this experience.”

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or two women with self-described “strong opinions,” Rachel and Marissa dove head-first into planning their Michigan wedding in a way that represented meaningful parts of both their cultures. The ceremony, which combined both Jewish and Jain traditions (and was led by a Jewish officiant and Indian priest) was preceded by a traditional baraat, which found Rachel parading down the aisle with friends and family to greet Marissa. The duo then signed a handmade ketubah before

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exchanging original vows beneath their colorful chuppah/mandap structure. Their fusion fun continued throughout the reception, where guests snacked on Indian food and were treated to a traditional Indian group dance, as well as the Jewish hora. Ceremony programs walked guests through the cultural traditions.

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CHOOSE A VENUE WITH HISTORY One of the first decisions you’ll make when it comes to planning your wedding is, well, where to have it. And with so many options out there, it might be hard to narrow in on a space that feels like you and supports a cause or outlook you believe in. To start your search, focus on venues with a rich history. This can be anything from a bar with a reputation of supporting the LGBTQ+ community to a town hall rich with meaning from the HARNESS abolitionist movement or THE SOCIAL FOOTPRINT a gallery that supports OF YOUR female artists. Booking a WEDDING (AND venue with this type of THE SPENDING history is a great way to POWER) IN say, “This matters to us.” A WAY T H AT Bonus points if part of WILL MAKE your fee goes toward the YOU PROUD. work they continue to do.

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SUPPORT LOCAL INDUSTRY We’re certainly not the first ones to tell you to shop local—but that doesn’t make the sentiment any less valuable. You’ll be doing a lot of purchasing throughout your wedding planning journey, so look at each box on your to-do list as a chance to speak with your money. When possible, opt to hire or shop within the community where you live or are holding your wedding. Not only will you be supporting local industry in your area, but it’s also a sneaky way to save money. You’ll escape the big-box retailer markup and are more likely to buy in-season, which, in the case of things like food or flowers, can mean big savings.

HIRE A LIKE-MINDED TEAM You and your partner may be committed to doing good throughout your wedding planning process, but it helps if your vendor team has the same outlook as well. More and more, we’re seeing couples compile a team of like-minded individuals whose work they love and whose outlook they

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agree with. Whether that means hiring a culturally diverse team of photographers, stationers, florists and caterers, or knowing that each of your vendors volunteers in their off time for those less fortunate, enlisting a crew of pros with the same “do better” mind-set that you have will make your planning process easier—and may even open your eyes to new opportunities to give back along the way.

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or many, 2020 will be the year of conscious consumerism. “Voting” with your money is a real thing, and more and more people are spending, shopping and hiring in a mindful manner that aligns with their overall belief system. So how can you harness the social footprint of your wedding (and, let’s be honest, all that spending power) in a way that will make you proud decades from now? Read on—we’ve got just the tips.

GIVE BACK POST-“I DO” There are many ways to finish your wedding planning journey with a few simple acts of kindness. Some of our favorites? In lieu of favors, make a donation to a preferred charity or foundation in honor of your guests. Or, enlist a company like Repeat Roses, who will repurpose your day’s blooms into smaller arrangements and redistribute them to local hospitals or retirement communities for a bit of extra cheer. Other easy options, like donating your wedding attire or composting your dinner scraps, can make a big difference in the long run.

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Kerry Sullivan Smith “always felt a stronger connection to the name Kerry than to Allison,” her legal first name. Her parents chose the middle name to honor their ancestors’ roots to County Kerry in Ireland. When she got married to Dennis, Kerry legally dropped Allison, and took her maiden name of Sullivan as her new middle name. The final step: taking on her husband’s last name, Smith. “I see taking Dennis’s last name as the opportunity for us to build our new family together.”

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When Ben Clos and Jared Nyhart talked about what to do with their last names, Ben admits he initially expected Jared to take his name. After all, Ben felt a strong responsibility to “carry on a family name and create a legacy” as the only son. The pair ultimately decided to keep their respective names, but with a caveat: They plan to give their future kids Ben’s surname. “There are lots of things we still do because that’s the way we’ve always done them, but new traditions can be made,” Ben says.

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Jasmine Vasquez and Layne Brace contemplated hyphenating their names when they got married, but found the two just didn’t click when put together. Thus, they merged the two to form a totally new last name, Braquez. “My husband and I come from homes of single moms, so our last names had a lot of significance and worth attached to them,” Jasmine says. “I think our new last name helps both of us keep a sense of where we came from and who we were before marriage.”

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As marriage evolves, so do the possibilities of what to call yourself. Couples are finding unique ways to customize their surname to suit them.

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Sarah Zlotnick admits that she was “selfconscious” about her last name growing up, but after losing her father at 25, she wanted to carry on the legacy of the man who raised her. “My sister and I will be the last living people with the Zlotnick last name in our family, so though it’s kind of morbid, it’s important to me to take the Zlotnick name to the grave.” For his part, Zach is in total agreement. “For her to honor her dad in this way is great. I know how much it means to her.”

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t’s no secret that wedding food can sometimes feel a little one-note. But if the two of you are

big foodies and looking to create a memorable meal for yourselves and your guests, “good enough” just isn’t going to cut it. While any meal cooked up by a pro catering team is bound to be delicious, you shouldn’t feel, ahem, married to the traditional (and, typically, expected) steak, fish and chicken way of doing things. Instead, use your wedding day menu as means of illustrating the ins and outs of your truly unique love story, with a meal packed with foods that unite your cultures, harken back to your first date or make you feel like you’re at Grandma’s dinner table.

First up is the fun part—daydreaming! When it comes to the big meal, the possibilities are endless, so cast a wide net when gathering inspiration for your menu. For a personalized dinner, think of ways you can tell your story through food (you can explain the deets on your paper menus!). Are you and your partner from two different cultural backgrounds? Serve up traditional eats from both sides for a fusion menu that will have guests feeling like they just hopped on a plane to a different world. If a love for cooking runs in your family, consider compiling a few signature recipes (like Aunt Mary’s mac and cheese or Mom’s chicken tikka masala) and using those as a jumping off point for the day’s spread—most catering teams are willing to adapt a family recipe if you just ask. Or, design a menu that calls to mind your first date at that holein-the-wall taco joint or a memorable trip you took to Italy for your anniversary. Whatever the inspiration, a meal deeply ingrained in your couple history is sure to be a big hit with the hearts—and the stomachs—of your friends and family.

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FIND THE RIGHT TEAM Once you’ve settled on your perfect menu, it’s time to find your dream team. If you’ve already chosen a venue that has an in-house catering staff, make an appointment to sit down with the team and talk through your vision. Remember, just because what you’re asking for isn’t “typical” of their client offerings, doesn’t mean they can’t make it happen. Just be prepared to compromise if necessary— there’s a chance your unique asks may up the cost per person from what you were originally quoted, or they may only be able to fulfill a few of your culinary wishes. If you’re hosting your day at a

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venue that requires you bring in your own catering team, then you’re in luck— this is going to make it easier for you to handpick the crew that can best execute your menu. Our advice? Let your pro do what they do best. Just because you fall in love with the drool-worthy Instagram feed of a local barbecue team, doesn’t mean they’re the right people to pull off your Italian-meets-Asian menu. When in doubt, hire a team within the culinary culture of your choosing—not only will that guarantee you’ll get delicious eats, but you’ll know that there will be less of a risk for day-of surprises that could derail your whole dinner.

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Traditionally, most wedding meals are served one of three ways—buffet style, where guests get up and serve themselves; family style, where platters of food are placed on each table and passed around like at a dinner party; and plated, where waitstaff will place an individual plate in front of each guest. As you can imagine, all of these options ring in at different price points—but they also boast different vibes too. Once you’ve booked your team and have a general idea of what you’ll be serving, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving. A casual Tex-Mex menu of tacos, guac and street corn may not necessarily jive with a whiteglove plated dinner, so consider mixing up the service style to better complement the overall feel of your menu. From food stations to a slew of roaming servers, the right combo can take your meal to the next level.

Chances are, you’ve already put a bit of thought into how your reception tables will look—after all, they’ll be the design focal point of your event and are a great way to contribute to the overall energy of your day. If budget allows, think beyond basic linens and white dishware, and explore some truly unique rental options to help your menu come alive. Ask your catering pros to weigh in on what color plates will make your main meal pop, or complement your traditional cultural dinner with accessories suited to that style (think: handmade Moroccan lamps and bespoke napkins to pair with your Middle Eastern menu). One more important thing to note? Specialty plates and utensils! If you’re having an out-ofthe-box meal, chances are your typical place setting won’t suffice. Be sure to rent things like chopsticks, seafood forks, bamboo steamers or whatever else you may need to ensure your dining experience is complete.

At this point, you’ve put a lot of love and care into crafting a menu that feels unique to you and your partner—so you obviously want guests to notice, right? That’s where your paper goods come in. When designing day-of items like your menus or cocktail hour food cards, it’s important to take the time to explain the backstory behind some of your yummy selections. If you’re opting for a seated meal, consider creating a little booklet to walk guests through your love story and what each dish means to you as a couple or to your families’ cultures (this is especially important if the majority of guests will be eating dishes unfamiliar to them). Or, if you’re serving up a lot of family-favorite dishes, include a few of the best recipes in the welcome bags for the weekend so guests can re-create their favorites at home. Whatever you choose, letting guests in on the fun story behind your menu will help tie the whole occasion together seamlessly.

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Okay, we got this, but remember: You can’t please everyone! I know, I know, groundbreaking stuff here, but if there’s ever a day on which this sentiment should be remembered, it’s your wedding day. You and your partner’s style and preferences should reign supreme for your event. Does that mean you need to rule with an iron fist? Um, no. Instead, think of ways you can compromise with your wedding party without abandoning your vision. Try giving your besties a color swatch and a few rules (aka no sparkle), and let them go wild (subject to veto!).

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Nothing awkward here, friend. You’re talking to someone who blacks out every time they’re asked to do simple math, so I get it. Who you tip (and what you tip) depends on the vendor in question. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Caterers, beauty pros, transportation pros and DJs should all get 15 to 20 percent of the total bill amount for their services. If you’re hiring servers, tip them around $20 each (or more), and same goes for musicians. Some pros don’t expect or require tips at all (floral designers, event planners and photographers, for example). When in doubt, head over to our site—TheKnot.com has your back with an extensive tip list.

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I’m sorry you’re in the position of worrying about this. The best thing you can do here is overcommunicate, even when it’s hard. Remind your parents that it’s your day—not theirs—so a peace treaty is necessary. Talk logistics and comfort levels. Can they sit next to each other at the ceremony? What about posing for family photos? Be considerate of their feelings, but not at the expense of your own.

I THINK MY PRO IS GHOSTING ME. WHAT DO I DO? Okay, okay. Before you send off that fiery email, let’s keep one thing in mind: Things happen, and depending on your timeline, your pro might have other clients who are getting married sooner and are getting their attention. If the amount of time is absolutely unreasonable (think: weeks with NO response to emails or calls, but meanwhile they’re still active on Insta), it’s time to check out your contract and begin considering your options. After all, you’re paying your vendors—get your money’s worth.

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MY FAMILY IS UNSUPPORTIVE OF MY PARTNER AND ME. CAN WE PLAN A WEDDING WITHOUT THEM? SHOULD WE EVEN INVITE THEM?

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WE MET ONLINE, BUT OUR FAM DOESN’T KNOW—AND WE’RE NOT SURE IF OUR WEDDING IS THE TIME OR PLACE FOR US TO GET OUTED. WHAT DO WE DO? You legend, you. I think you first need to ask yourself why exactly you wouldn’t want your family to know that you met via swipe, spark, tap, woof or whatever else I may or may not have done to find love on an app. At this point, you’re probably in the clear—you’re about to seal the deal! If you’re really nervous, give anyone toasting you a heads up, but I say you be honest and tell the story of your appily ever after.

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Uh, I get it—thinking about bills makes me want to cry. Budgets are stressful, but money needs to be something you can discuss openly with your partner. Consider this talk a little practice for your financial future. Bring up your wedding spend in a way that doesn’t feel accusatory, set boundaries (no raised voices, no low blows, etc.) and work together to come up with a list of priorities—costs included.

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HOW MANY SPEECHES OR TOASTS IS TOO MANY? I’m a sucker for a good toast, but even I can agree there’s such a thing as too many. You don’t want to keep guests from mingling and dancing just to hear the whole wedding party wax poetic about your love. I say you choose a rep from each side (typically an MOH and a best man, but gender is made up, my loves) and allow for parents to toast at their discretion. Somewhere around four to five short (think: around six minutes) toasts feels just fine to me. From there, get the party started.

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NEITHER OF US WANTS TO WRITE OUR OWN VOWS, BUT WE WANT OUR CEREMONY TO FEEL PERSONAL. ANY IDEAS?

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You’d be shocked by how many people have this same issue. Writer’s block can be a beast, and some of us just aren’t cut out for public declarations of love. Whatever your reason, you could replace traditional vows by reciting a poem you both love, repeating the lyrics to a song that means a lot to you, or taking part in a personalized unity ceremony. (My fave I’ve seen: a guac-making ceremony. *Drools.*)

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MY ____________ IS CONTROLLING AND WANTS A SAY IN EVERY DECISION. HOW DO I MAKE SURE THIS WEDDING ISN’T THEIR “I DO” TAKE TWO? I’m #TeamCompromise, but to a point. Is this person dictating major choices and expressing disapproval for the details too? Is this turning into a wedding you don’t even recognize? Hard stop. Form a united front with your s/o and talk to this person about the importance of your vision. If they have a financial stake in the game, you might need to make some tough compromises—prioritize accordingly.

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At one wedding I attended, the couple created a mini booklet to put in our welcome baskets that included info on every guest in attendance. It had pictures of each person or couple, a bio about them, details on their relationship with the couple and some memories or fun facts. I thought it was so unique and super thoughtful, and it was great to flip through it before the wedding to familiarize ourselves with who else would be there.

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SWEETS TO SHARE

At a wedding reception I attended, the couple had a Pittsburgh cookie table. Not only did it look stunning (and taste delicious), but it allowed family, friends and the local community to contribute to the wedding by making batches of treats ahead of time. I had never seen anything like it before, and it was a beautiful way to incorporate loved ones into the day. At the end of the night, we got to box up cookies to take home with us too! — A N D I E JERSEY FUN

I went to a wedding where the couple surprised their guests with a live performance from the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Everyone was on the dance floor singing along to top-10 hits from the legendary The Four Seasons. It was an unbelievable touch that brought together guests of all ages. — C O L E T T E DANCING QUEEN (AND KING)

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A friend of mine got married a few months ago. Her dad had passed away two years prior, so her husband and his mom decided to join her and her mom for one big parent dance, rather than the traditional separate ones. They did a giant jig to Mamma Mia! and literally everyone there was singing along, laughing and dancing in their seats. It’s such a hard tradition to figure out with a big loss, and they made it so fun. — J E S S SUPPORT SYSTEM

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At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception, plus a stand-alone sax player who played along with all the songs, bopping around the perimeter of the dance floor the whole night. It was unexpected, hilarious and fun—and the only thing the groom felt strongly about having.

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My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select several loved ones to recite prayers. I was one of those selected, and it was so special to be included. Guests surrounded them in a circle at the request of their officiant, who wanted to create a sense of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. — M A N A L THE NEW WEDDING MARCH

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to walk down the aisle to. They also had a few friends of theirs sing during the ceremony, and those two elements combined really reflected them as a couple. Oh, and the groom completely lost it when my friend walked down the aisle to his song. Swoon. — A N D R E A

It was on a ribbon, and when her flowers were delivered to the room before the ceremony, her mom gave it to her to wrap around her bouquet. There was seriously not a dry eye in the room—even the florist was tearing up! — S A M A N T H A

SOMETHING BORROWED

At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the fatherdaughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the

DANCING GENTS

When my best friend got married, her mom gifted her with a beautiful charm that had a picture of her father on it (he passed away when she was very young).

time to make a small speech in his honor, then explained she would be dancing with the men who have helped her throughout life. She danced with her uncle, her grandfather and, finally, her brother. When he stepped forward to cut in for the last dance, everyone was teary. It was emotional to witness the bond they had, and to feel their love and loss in one moment. — A N D Y LITTLE MONSTERS

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-andleather-clad backup dancers own the dance floor in an upscale ballroom, surrounded by their fairly traditional families (some of whom were probably attending their first same-sex wedding ever) instantly set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a blast! — S H E R R Y STEAMY SIPS

I attended an outdoor wedding in October, and it ended up being freezing that day. They provided hot apple cider for guests while waiting for the ceremony to begin. It was so thoughtful and helped everyone’s hands stay warm. — H A N N A H TRUCKIN’ ALONG

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At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. — M A T T G U E S T S O N PA R A D E

FIXER UPPER

I was at a wedding recently where the groom’s father had passed away a few years before. His dad had enjoyed fixing up vintage cars as a pastime, and the groom had inherited one of them that he hadn’t finished before he died. Little did he know, his mom secretly had it fixed up and parked in the front of the church for when the ceremony ended. The groom was floored when he came out—they drove to their reception in it! – S T E P H

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an eight-piece brass percussion band to lead guests from the venue to the after-party spot four blocks away. The musicians were instructed to play crowd-pleasing ’90s hits like Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” while all us guests trailed behind them. Everyone was too happy and wrapped up in the moment to even notice the freezing temperatures outside (it was the middle of winter!)—we were too busy reliving our glory days together. — E S T H E R

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PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity, platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. While it is the most expensive of the metals, when platinum scratches, there’s very little metal lost, so your ring will withstand years of wear. Also, since it’s a pure white metal, it won’t cast any tint onto your center stone.

YELLOW GOLD Besides the fact that yellow gold is on trend right now, the pure form of gold has plenty of other appeal too. It’s about as low maintenance as it gets (it’s easier to clean than white or rose gold) and it’s a fairly hypoallergenic metal as well, depending on its karat measurement. Not to mention, it’s typically priced slightly lower than other fine jewelry metals like platinum.

WHITE GOLD Yellow gold is turned into white gold when the surface is plated with rhodium (a white metal). If you want the look of a white metal setting but don’t want to splurge on platinum, white gold is a budget-friendly choice. Though it has a similar resemblance to platinum, it’s more widely available and, therefore, less expensive. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return the ring to its original yellow color.

EDITOR’S TIP If you fall in love with a ring that isn’t available in your size— say, you’re a woman in love with a men’s band or vice versa—don’t count yourself out. Ask if your jeweler can make your preferred design to fit you. — S H E L L E Y B R O W N senior fashion & beauty editor

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RO SE GOLD Made popular in 19th-century Imperial Russia, this pink-tinted metal is gold with an added copper alloy. The more copper alloy in the metal, the deeper the rosy tones will be. One of rose gold’s most attractive qualities is its underlying meaning. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold symbolizes love.

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A S A B E A U T Y E D I T O R A T T H E K N O T, I'll try anything once. Sometimes this is a super perk (hello, fancy facials). Sometimes it’s risky, like the time I went in for trendy highlights and came out a peroxide blonde. For better or for worse, I’ve tested (almost) every buzzy beauty option out there. Here’s the scoop on some of the most popular prewedding treatments, so you can decide what to splurge on—and what to skip.

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W H A T I T I S If you have naturally thin or uneven brows or were an over-plucker like so many of us in the early aughts, this corrective brow treatment could be for you. A more sophisticated take on permanent makeup, microblading is a form of tattooing where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. The result is a series of naturallooking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S If there’s one big takeaway here, it’s that timing is especially important. Microblading is a process, not a quick fix. I recommend scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding date. After my initial microblading appointment at Better Brows & Beauty (BetterBrowsNYC.com) in New York City, I had to keep my brows totally dry for a full week while scabs formed—no easy feat if you’re into consistent exercise or showers. Once my scabs fell off, it took another couple of weeks before I could go in for touch ups to perfect the look. While it was a time commitment, it was also a game changer. I've shaved minutes off my morning makeup routine and I never worry about smudging or sweating off my brows anymore. I also feel comfortable without makeup because my face is more symmetrical now—no more cringing at glaring bald patches whenever I catch myself in the mirror.

LASH LIFT W H A T I T I S Swap falsies, extensions and even mascara for this quick curling and darkening treatment that amplifies what you’ve already got. Your lashes are wrapped around small silicone rods and secured with a medical-safe glue, then permed

with a curling solution and tinted (usually with a vegetable dye). It takes around 40 minutes, and the results last up to 12 weeks or the amount of time it takes for a new set of lashes to grow in. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Think of this as a substitute for a kick-ass mascara. It dramatically boosts what’s already there but won’t weigh down your lashes or come unglued, as can be the case with falsies and extensions. It also addresses a variety of lash woes (think: straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward or unruly lashes that stick out in different directions). My lash lift at Glo Skin & Laser in New York City (GloSpaNY.com) only took half an hour, and my annoyingly thick but straight lashes looked amazing for weeks—like, people on the street commenting on how good they looked, good. You should schedule your lash lift a week or so before your wedding in case you have a reaction to the lash dye or curling solution. I had to give up my favorite oil-based cleanser afterward (oil-based products reverse the effects of the treatment) but it was a small price to pay for gorgeous lashes I couldn’t cry or rub off.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL W H A T I T I S If you’ve been hitting the wine or salty snacks to combat wedding planning stress, you could find yourself dealing with a puffy face all of the contouring in the world can’t fix. Enter: your new BFF, the lymphatic drainage facial. A jade roller on steroids, this combination of various massage techniques (including gua sha, acupressure points, and manual lymphatic drainage massage) reduces inflammation by draining excess water and toxins trapped beneath the skin. The result? A contoured face and jawline, lifted and toned cheekbones and a brighter and clearer complexion overall. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Extra-dirty martinis are my guilty pleasure, so I’m no stranger to facial puffiness. I booked a lymphatic drainage facial with celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong (CeciliaWongSkincare .com) right around the holidays, when the martinis were flowing and the bloat was real. While part of the treatment was slightly uncomfortable (the massage portion of the facial requires pretty firm pressure to work), my face was noticeably firmer afterwards, especially around my jawline and cheekbones. If you can swing it, book a series of six treatments leading up to your wedding to look your most contoured. Schedule your last one a week or so before your day for a taut complexion that’s extra camera-ready.

W H A T I T I S Microneedling (also called collagen induction therapy if you're fancy) involves a mechanized device that repeatedly punctures the skin with tiny, sterile needles. The treatment creates microscopic "damage" in the skin, which activates your body's wound-healing processes and revs up collagen production. Without getting too technical, an increase in healthy skin cells and collagen can reduce fine lines, scars and hyperpigmentation. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I didn’t know exactly what to expect from my microneedling session at Better Brows & Beauty, but it was surprisingly painless. Since I was numbed beforehand, the process felt like using a gritty face scrub. However, there's no

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sugarcoating it: Immediately after microneedling, I looked rough. My face was blotchy, bright red and swollen. (You know that scene in Sex and the City where Samantha shows up to Carrie's book party looking like beef carpaccio? It was kind of like that.) Despite the initial shock of how I looked after, there was virtually no downtime—I even wore makeup the next day without any residual irritation. My skin started to peel about four days after my appointment, but was back to normal within a week. In the weeks following my microneedling treatment, there was a remarkable improvement in my skin. The treatment faded the hyperpigmentation on my top lip, my overall complexion was smoother and my pores even seemed smaller. Coworkers commented I look "refreshed" and a friend even asked what I'd done to amp up my skincare routine. Bottom line: Whether you want to correct severe skin issues in the months leading up to your wedding or just boost your glow with a one-and-done approach, this is one Instagram trend worth investing in.

W H A T I T I S There’s no shortage of peels out there, but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System (SkinCeuticals.com) is especially potent. Applied in layers, this higher concentration of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid deeply penetrates the skin in just 30 minutes, stimulating collagen and solving a myriad of skin issues like fine lines, acne, discoloration and scarring. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I’ve done tons of at-home peels but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System was the real deal. After the first layer of chemicals was applied, I could only feel a slight tingling, but once the second and then third layer kicked in, the stinging was squirming-in-my-chair levels of intense. Afterwards, my skin was bright red and felt hot to the touch. In the week that followed, my entire face peeled off in large sheets (lovely visual, I know). While you can wear makeup immediately after, I decided to forgo the cover-up and let my skin slough off without any poreclogging interference. Within 10 days, all the dead skin peeled off to reveal a much dewier complexion, but I was disappointed to discover my sun spots and fine lines remained intact. My results weren’t as dramatic as I expected, so if you’re looking to totally overhaul your skin, plan to get a few peels in the months leading up to your day. Give yourself at least two weeks between treatments to bounce back, especially if you have sensitive skin.

BOTULINUM TOXIN W H A T I T I S Commonly referred to as Botox (Botox is actually a brand name of one of the most popular versions of botulinum toxin), this injectable also goes by the name Dysport and Xeomin. When used for antiaging purposes, it smooths out wrinkles caused by the repetitive activity of the facial muscles. Once injected into the face, it blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S While it’s easy to find injectables these days, it’s still important to go to an experienced professional (plastic surgeons and dermatologists tend to be best) who can inject you safely. I did my research and went to celebrity dermatologist Lisa Airan in New York City (DrLisaAiran.com). I was a little

nervous about sticking needles in my face, but she worked as quickly and as painlessly as possible while injecting my forehead and crow’s feet, which helped to put my mind at ease. Botox takes about three days to kick in, and I didn’t feel the full effects for about a week. After that, I noticed I had less movement in my forehead, my fine lines had disappeared and my brows even appeared slightly lifted. I looked, in a word, younger. The results lasted for three months. If you go under the needle before your “I dos,” make sure you still have some movement in your face— otherwise, you could end up looking emotionless in photos.

DERMAL FILLER W H A T I T I S Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some popular ones are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. Once injected into the face, filler (hyaluronic acid is the most popular kind) sits under the skin, plumping up hollow areas and smoothing wrinkles. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S This is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is effective. While luscious lips have never been on my wish list, the areas under my eyes have always been hollow, making me look permanently tired. The big downside to this particular issue is that no eye cream can fix it, so I took the plunge and got my under eyes injected with filler by Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a plastic surgeon in New York City (FacialArtistryMD.com). It was pretty painful (the skin around your eyes is very sensitive) and I was bruised and swollen at the injection sites for a week. But after the swelling went down, my results were nothing short of amazing. I looked instantly well-rested. The only drawback? Filler lasts for just six months, so the gorgeous effects were only temporary. Pro tip: Get filler around four months before your day so you won’t look less refreshed at your prewedding events.

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SO, YOU BOOKED THE VENUE AND FIGURED OUT THE GENERAL VIBE OF YOUR WEDDING— CONGRATS! NOW IT ’S TIME TO FIND THE RIGHT OUTFITS. BY SHELLEY BROWN

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SUIT A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest or a pair of printed suspenders.

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DRESS Keep it chic with a short dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for glitzy flats or sneakers. Another thought: Add a fun hair barrette or birdcage veil to the mix.

CASUAL

If you’ve been dreaming of a courthouse ceremony, backyard celebration or even an intimate dinner party, this is the dress code for you. While casual dress usually means anything goes, you’ll want to look put together in your photos. To pull this off, a dress, separates or suit with a relaxed vibe—and extras with lots of personality—are key.

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DRESS Dramatic silhouettes, elaborate trains and thicker fabrics like satin and taffeta tend to look—and feel—too heavy for a beachy affair. Looser silhouettes, shorter hemlines and breezier fabrics like chiffon, lace and jersey won’t look out of place or weigh you down.

Similar to beach chic, this loose set of rules is all about attire that works with your naturally gorgeous surroundings. A light gray or earth-toned suit or a romantic lace dress are made for a relaxed celebration at a farm, barn or vineyard. Swap stilettos for block heels or wedges, or go for more casual lace-ups or sneakers with sturdy soles that can stand up to any uneven terrain. If you’re game to really play up the rustic feel, consider adding botanicalinspired accessories.

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SUIT A laid-back location calls for lightweight duds that won’t look too stuffy. Feeling bold? Mix up a light-colored ensemble with a floral jacket lining, vest or socks. Or, keep it easy with a printed bow tie and pocket square. DRESS A simple—but still stunning—lace dress with flutter sleeves won’t look out of place at a chill venue, but also doesn’t skimp on the romance. Give this effortless look a little something extra with statement earrings or hairpins.

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Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic island destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about making it official with your toes in the sand. And while beach-chic attire isn’t about wearing anything too over the top, it is about dressing to impress. Unstructured silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and nautical or tropical-themed accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off beachy wedding style. Where footwear is concerned, go for shoes you don’t mind getting wet—or just go barefoot.

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SUIT Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton are a must. A darker suit could feel too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for casual surroundings. Depending on how lowkey your wedding is, you may even want to lose the jacket and roll up your sleeves.

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The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code at the bottom of the invite or on a separate reception card. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. A traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas one with a playful font and bright colors speaks to a more casual vibe.

WEDDING WEBSITE SUIT A tux or black suit is too fancy, while a khaki or light blue one is too relaxed for this (kind of) formal vibe. What’s a to-be-wed to do? Enter: the navy, bright blue or gray suit. A step above their more casual counterparts, sharply tailored formalwear in these trendy hues is versatile and just polished enough.

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SEMIFORMAL

One of the most misinterpreted dress codes, semiformal attire is basically an outfit that’s dressier than what you’d wear to the office but not as much as an evening gown or formal suit. (Easy, right?) There are lots of ways to riff on this, but we love the idea of fitted silhouettes—whether a slimcut suit or fit-and-flare dress—plus bold accents.

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DRESS Heavily embellished or voluminous numbers are better suited for ultra-glam nuptials. A fit-and-flare or column dress with impeccable tailoring works for a variety of locales and wedding themes—and is easy to dress up or down, depending on how you accessorize it.

If your dress code is on the more obscure side (say, beach or rustic), your wedding website is the perfect opportunity to explain what you mean. If you’re feeling really extra, you can even link to Pinterest boards with outfit inspo.

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FORMAL DRESS A sleek evening gown in a high-shine fabric is made for a swanky venue. A satin, mermaidstyle look is dressed up but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Opt for one with a cowl back, oversize bow or one-shoulder neckline. SUIT A classic black tuxedo might feel too traditional. Instead, pair a charcoal, midnightblue or hunter-green suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with a sharp dress shirt and standout pieces like a statement tie, pocket square, socks or cuff links.

Also known as black tie optional, we like to think of this dress code as fancy but with a little less pomp and circumstance. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a cool museum, on a rooftop or in an art gallery off the beaten path, this kind of affair is definitely sophisticated—minus some of the strict rules of a blacktie event. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as put together—and also cutting edge—as your celebration. Structured outfits (think: a streamlined evening gown or a welltailored dark suit) plus polished accessories are easy fashion wins.

Pretty much as buttoned up as it gets (with the exception of über-formal white tie, which is essentially a thing of the past outside of royal and state balls), a black-tie wedding is synonymous with pulling out all of the stops. So, you locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your guests to wear their finest—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking appropriately snazzy. For the luxe event you’re planning, only a tuxedo or formal gown and opulent accessories will do.

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DRESS Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-forward style with cascading ruffles, 3-D florals or feathers. SUIT Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a traditional tux will guarantee you’ll dress the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs, dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a jacket with sleek, satin notch lapels and a self-tie bow tie. DEVON JARVIS

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unveiled DISCOVER THE PRETTIEST STYLES, FROM THE MORE TRADITIONAL TO THE N E W A N D T R E N DY.

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

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Birdcage

Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a more minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and finished with whimsical accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. P A I R I T W I T H Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip dresses. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a suit or jumpsuit.

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Finger tip

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

Juliet Cap

Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, old-world feel. This über-romantic style is typically made of sheer tulle or tulle with a lace-embellished edge. There are two ways to work it: You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil of your choosing to a separate cap. P A I R I T W I T H It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintageinspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extrasweet effect.

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Elbow

Slightly shorter than fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. P A I R I T W I T H One of the best things about this veil is you can pair it with just about any style. The elbow length is also perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but have a gown with details on the lower half (like intricate buttons, lace appliqués or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up.

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Mantilla

A chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features a wide, intricate lace edge. It should be positioned two inches from your hairline so its circular shape gracefully drapes down and frames your face on either side. For the traditional look, attach it with an ornamental comb (also called a peineta), or edge it up with a fresh flower crown or crystal tiara. P A I R I T W I T H Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and pair this romantic veil with sleek silhouettes that won’t compete with its shape. Skip the heavy embellishments as well and opt for a gown with small touches of matching lace instead.

Flyaway

A wispy, multilayered style that just brushes the shoulders, it’s considered less formal than other options. As the name suggests, the tulle used in this kind of veil usually has a stiffer quality that causes it to “fly away” from the to-be-wed, adding poufy volume to the top of the head. P A I R I T W I T H Due to its short and sweet feel, a flyaway veil works well with shorter, more casual dresses. If your gown is heavily embellished or has a sexy, plunging back, this simple style is also the perfect way to wear a veil without obscuring the details you love.

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Typically 90-inches long, this is a formal veil that extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It should sweep the floor, extending slightly past your gown. P A I R I T W I T H This simple style is often worn in combination with a sweep train (a veil that just brushes the floor) and blusher for extra oomph. It works with most dress silhouettes and styles but is particularly stunning when layered over a flowy or multilayered gown with a train. If you’re forgoing a train, a chapel veil can add drama without the weight or the hassle—no bustle required.

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WHETHER YOUR HAIR WILL BE DOWN AND FLOWING OR IN A FORMAL UPDO, YOU WANT A FINAL DETAIL TO TIE YOUR WHOLE LOOK TOGETHER. IF A VEIL ISN’T FOR YOU, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER OPTIONS, FROM JEWELED HEADBANDS AND TIARAS TO A BOHEMIAN FLORAL WREATH OR FLIRTY FASCINATOR.

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Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably walk and even dance in—hence the name. P A I R I T W I T H This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

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Blusher

A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened to the crown of your head. P A I R I T W I T H A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

Channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

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Looking to make an entrance? This is the style for you. The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless members of the British royal family, including Diana and Meghan Markle—this style typically falls about three-and-a-half yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and a gown with a long train. It’s an especially great option if your ceremony venue has a long aisle to walk down. P A I R I T W I T H The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most overthe-top ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you choose a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedralor semi-cathedral-length train.

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Emma & Grace Bridal is a bridal fashion studio in Denver. They carry a variety of modern wedding gown designers such as Kelly Faetanini, Leanne Marshall and Pronovias.

A veil can be the perfect finishing touch, no matter your bridal style. The one you choose should have design details that complement your gown and show off your personality.

If your veil is an important accessory to you, don’t be afraid to show it off. Wear it in your bridal portraits and ask your photographer to style detail shots that include it.

Most veils work with a variety of hairstyles, but it’s still a good idea to bring your veil (or photos of it) to your hair trial to make sure the ‘do you’re envisioning works with it.

A fashion-forward veil is a fun way to make a statement on your day. If you choose a standout style, make sure you wear it with confidence—don’t let the veil wear you!

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Five years after the US Supreme Court’s monumental decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, two of our real couples look back. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

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SEPTEMBER 17 | NEW YORK + ATLANTA “By the time marriage equality passed, we were already well into our wedding planning,” John says. “We deliberately chose to get married in New York City—not only because we both love it, but also because gay marriage was legal in New York state and we live in the South. Once marriage equality passed nationwide, our preparations took on a much more celebratory feel. We had that giddy sense of anticipation that you get between Thanksgiving and Christmas or on the day before you start vacation. Our wedding went from a necessary expense in order to get the protections afforded to legal marriage to the happy expense of a destination wedding.”

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The evolution of marriage eqality.

“The day of the Supreme Court’s decision, we were so happy and overwhelmed with joy—though we were already married in our eyes, it was still emotional,” Nichole says. “I remember Kelli couldn’t wait to get to the DMV to finally change her last name on her driver’s license—and we celebrated by doing exactly that. Though the decision didn’t change or affect our relationship directly, it was an amazing feeling to finally be recognized as equals. We’re just happy and proud to have been alive to witness marriage equality nationwide, and since then, we’ve seen same-sex couples gain more acceptance in society. We even notice more and more same-sex couples represented on TV.”

The number of cohabitating American LGBTQ+ couples who married post ruling in 2015

10 MILLION The number of tweets in response to the decision, including the #LoveWins

LOUD AND PROUD Express your pride with these ceremony ideas.

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Mix up your processional—ask guests to walk to you.

Define any LGBTQ+ terms in your ceremony programs.

Recognize your community with queeraffirmative vows.

Choose a reading or music by a LGBTQ+ activist.

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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.

Clear Creek County

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

Denver County

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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 help@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

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

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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For Nina and Rollie, the Native American blessing represented the opening of a new chapter after tying the knot. “After being together for 11 years this cleansing felt like dusting out the old and making room for the new in our relationship,” Nina says.

Rollie’s parents gifted us a Native American blessing for after our ceremony,” Nina says. “The priest burned sage to open a clear pathway for us on our new journey of marriage, and the ceremony joined our two families together. I could feel the positive energy surrounding us, and I was full of warmth and excitement.”

Nina + Rollie . 8 2 | PARKER

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