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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 quintessential florida rooftops expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway...

• Private Venue with Event Space for 40 - 300 Guests. • On-site Ceremonies Available • Affordable Wedding Packages with Mouthwatering Menus

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• Fresh Floral Centerpieces and Wedding Cake Included • Owner Operated and Managed Since 1989 • Contact Us Today for a Personal Tour—Open 7 Days a Week

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 204

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

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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

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maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

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beauty & wellness 236

foodie beauty Healthy foods to keep you gorgeous.

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Kick your fitness goals into gear.

style wedding themes 101

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colors by season

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how to avoid a “pin-dictable” wedding

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

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

Secrets to hosting a one-of-a-kind event.

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

Let nature’s hues guide your palette.

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

Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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works of art

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

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sweating for the wedding

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A northeast Florida landmark, the oceanfront Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been the venue of choice for romantic and elegant weddings for more than eight decades. Your special moment and our special resort - a perfect marriage! We invite your call for more information. Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida • Oceanfront, 20 minutes from Jacksonville (855) 829-0008 • www.pontevedra.com

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CONTENTS

real weddings 81

carmen & jackie december 17, tampa

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kavita & vikesh july 9, tampa

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nicole & bren november 12, marco island

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kate & tim april 16, bradenton

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emily & david november 5, sarasota

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nicole & zach october 21, winter park

carissa & ric

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november 18, montverde

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danielle & gabe

happy campers

march 20, orlando

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rebekah & zachary october 20, maitland

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planning

danielle & mitch

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november 5, islamorada

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michelle & sal

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sarita & sam

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erika & kyle february 21, boca raton

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jay & wes 299

lindsey & danny katherine & marc-andre

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bek & drew

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april 16, alys beach

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heather & michael

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may 28, st. augustine

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october 22, panama city beach

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

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13 essential planning tips the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

alex anne & garrett

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Some things you don’t find out until your wedding day.

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road to the altar

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8 wedding planning mistakes—and how to deal Don’t sweat the small stuff.

social studies Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

neda & david

no one can prep you for these day-of surprises

Stylish transportation options.

on the write track

Don’t commit a social media faux pas.

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please be seated

face the music Mistakes not to make with your band or DJ.

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Follow our tricks to help you pen your vows.

november 13, amelia island

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how to actually pay for your wedding

New setup options for your ceremony.

december 17, hollywood

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

february 20, miami beach

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happy campers

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

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

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Some traditions just don’t hold up.

december 12, grassy key

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

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engagement party basics Hosting etiquette you need to know.

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

reel talk Find the perfect videographer to capture your day.

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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A wedding destination as

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magical as the two of you.

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You know when it’s right. That perfect fit of everything you’ve imagined mixed with those amazing intangibles that never even crossed your mind. And just like that special someone you’ve found, a perfect venue awaits at Reunion Resort. Choose an ethereal outdoor garden ceremony, formal gala in Grande Fall’s glass-encased pavilion or rooftop intimacy at Eleven. #WeddingsbyReunion

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get the look

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ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal .com (Orlando), Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection, IsabelBridal.com (Tampa), Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal .com (Boca Raton); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse.com (Miami), Calvet Couture Bridal, CalvetCoutureBridal.com (Winter Park); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Opera D’Arte Bridal, OperaDArteBridal.com (Coral Gables); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond.com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

ON HIM

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

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

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

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ON HIM

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

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

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

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

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

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CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

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

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot Florida is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Florida are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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From intimate gatherings to elaborate celebrations, the Grand Plaza has romantic ceremony sites, beautiful ballrooms, stunning views & delicious banquet menus. Our experienced wedding professionals will be by your side every step of the way so you can focus on what matters most—making memories that will last a lifetime.

5250 Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 (800) 448-0901 Tel (727) 360-1811 Tel (727) 360-3898 Fax weddings@grandplazaflorida.com www.GrandPlazaFlorida.com

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Forever Starts Here... When you choose St. Joe Club & Resorts for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or anniversary, it will be more than just the scenery that will inspire you. Our team of Wedding Experts will make your event unforgettable. Enjoy upscale accommodations, exceptional amenities and the comforts of southern hospitality— the ultimate wedding experience.

St. Joe Club & Resorts Award-Winning Wedding Venues WaterColor Inn | WaterSound Beach Club Shark’s Tooth Golf Club | Watersound Origins | The Pearl Hotel 25 Miles West of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

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

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Sunshine State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus style ideas to show guests what a true Floridian celebration is all about, like Kendall and Andrew’s nuptials at The Caribbean Resort in Islamadora. The beach-loving couple accented their décor with gold pineapples and a flamingo cake topper.

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

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Redefining Extraordinary

Where unique and historical are more than just a theme and 5-star diamond service and dining ensure your “I Do’s” are a dream.

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 293) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 372)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 108). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 160) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 204) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 293). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 136) to where to register right now (p. 195), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 204)

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

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 108)

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

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Happily Ever After Starts Here

Love and cherish every moment of your wedding, from romantic white beaches to venues overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding day at the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

865.686.8985 • Sandestin.com/love Photography Credit: Sarah Lyn Photography

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Imagine The Possibilities... Your Wedding, Your Way

MIAMI BEACH WOMAN’S CLUB 2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140 miamibeachwomansclub.com • 305-674-0538

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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

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

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 28). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 28). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

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

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

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

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

our planner app is a must-have!

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

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

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

SEATING STRESS

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

A HAIR AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

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I don’t have any sentimental jewelry—what’s another option for a “something old”?

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

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1 King St., St. Augustine; (904) 824-9056; WhiteRoomWeddings.com A National Historic Landmark, this rooftop overlooking the city is picturesque for both ceremonies and receptions up to 100 guests. Exchange vows alfresco before moving inside to the loft for cocktails and dinner. Beautiful brick walls and Heart Pine floors from the original construction are still intact, bringing a taste of classic St. Augustine to your celebration. Then, take the party back outside for dancing among the city lights.

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7627 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; (831) 281-0000; WestinTampaBay.com Looking down on the beautiful lights of Tampa Bay is just one of the many perks of this venue in the Westin hotel. Located on the 16th floor, the 3,500-square-foot space features floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjacent 1,200-square-foot open-air terrace with spectacular vistas to blend indoor and outdoor elements for your wedding with up to 200 guests. TIP Book a room block on-site for out-of-towners and your wedding party.

roof top café 308 Front St., Key West; (305) 294-2042; RoofTopCafeKeyWest.com This quaint deck, which accommodates up to 60 for ceremonies, describes itself as “above the streets, beneath the stars.” A historic mahogany tree offers shade to guests as they enjoy views of Mallory Square. Move to the indoor dining room complete with a balcony (fits 120) for the reception. Tropical paddle fans hang above, while floor-to-ceiling windows treat you to glimpses of Key West below.

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325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; (407) 313-9000; GrandBohemianHotel.com If you want your day to evoke the past, then this hotel’s garden rooftop is the perfect pick. A white tent outfitted with chandeliers creates a magical space on the pool deck for your ceremony before moving to one of its many spots on the property for a reception with up to 150. TIP Wedding packages include rentals, room blocks and a complimentary guest room for the newlyweds.

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are there any wedding trends you wish would go away? I detest LED lights or LED candles—they look cheesy. I know they can be cost effective, but they’re synthetic and look bad in photos. what are some ways a couple on a tight budget can save on costs? Here are my top five places to save: Reduce the guest count; pick an off-peak time like daytime or a Friday or Sunday; hire a DJ instead of a full band; change the menu entrées; and limit the bar to beer and wine. what’s challenging about your job? Handling expectations—there are a lot of them, and not just from the couple. One of my biggest talents is to help ease these pangs of fear and anxiety with reassurance or a dose of reality. I share my experiences so they feel more educated and secure. Find more planners in your area in our directory on p. 434

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what three things should couples do immediately after getting engaged? I always tell brides to get a manicure— everyone asks to see the ring. But seriously, put together a list of your guests. You’ll need that number to hunt for a venue. You also cannot book a venue without knowing your overall budget. Talk to anyone paying for the wedding to see what they will contribute.

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Never go to bed with makeup on. Get used to a skin routine. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize regularly. Invest in a good silk pillowcase. This will change your life. Criers, don’t wipe your tears—always blot.

during the trial, how do you talk a bride out of a beauty look that you know won’t flatter her? This is why a trial run is so necessary. We’ll do the look the bride wants on one half of her face and my recommendation on the other. Then she can get a feel for both. In the end, it’s always her decision, but we lay out the options visually. what’s the key to creating a wedding day look that lasts? Primers. We prime everything, then apply long-wearing products. This is why we use airbrush foundations. They come in several formulas so we can determine the coverage according to what the bride prefers. We always have a blotting powder with less than three percent pigment that won’t mess with the integrity of the foundation. As for hair, it’s how it’s prepped before the style is finished. describe the best way to deal with lastminute wedding week skin disasters. As hard as it may seem, don’t panic—or pick. I always have a backup plan for mishaps. If it’s streaky self-tanner, try to remove it with a skin polish, not a scrub. For hives and rashes, make sure you’re not using any new products. Lastly, keep an acne treatment handy for any day-of breakouts. finally, what are three essentials a bride should pack in her clutch? Take lip gloss, blotting powder and, of course, tissues. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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where should brides look for hair and makeup inspiration? Search social media for inspiration photos of makeup and hairstyles that coordinate with your features. During the trial, we’ll style your hair and makeup like your images, but we’ll make tweaks to personalize the look.

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most couples have likely never rented furniture, tables and décor before. what are the common mistakes you see them making? The most common mistake is not ordering the right amount of furniture—either they have too much or not enough. In the case of linens, they make the mistake of having the incorrect information on table sizes. We try to make it as easy and as seamless for the couple as possible by requesting they connect us with the planner or the venue’s coordinator. It takes weight off the couple’s shoulders and helps us avoid any issues. what’s a myth about the process? It takes a village. Most people don’t realize the complexity behind making sure our customers get beautiful products to decorate their event. do you have any tips on ways couples can save on rental costs? Splurge on statement pieces, such as a cake table or special head table for the couple and wedding party. You can always tone down the other tables. They add variation to the event but without the cost to rent everything.

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Don’t be afraid to mix styles, patterns and colors. It all comes together to make your event more interesting. Ask your vendors if they offer an inventory protection plan. This may help you save on replacement fees if rentals get damaged. Ask for referrals from people you trust when searching for your vendors.

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what’s one thing you’ve always wanted to incorporate in a wedding but haven’t been able to yet? We commonly rent out linens and chair covers, but I’d love to loan chair covers with feather details. It’s so delicate and romantic. what types of rentals do you think more couples should be including? Unique dining chairs—anything other than the standard ballroom chair. what’s your favorite lounge setup? We did a colorful and artsy lounge that had sofas with a bold print inspired by Brazilian artists, the Campana Brothers. It was so unexpected—talk about out of the box!

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Five years after meeting through mutual friends at the beach on the Fourth of July, Tyler invited Carly to take a sunset cruise on a yacht for her birthday. “Our first date was in roughly the same location on the water,” Tyler says. “It seemed fitting to propose in that spot.” After their first glass of champagne, Tyler dropped down to one knee. Shortly after, the boat pulled up to a restaurant where the couple’s families were waiting for them. “I was overwhelmed by the love and support of our friends and family—and excited to marry my best friend,” Carly says. The ring: Padis Jewelers >>

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Friends since the sixth grade, Nick knew how much Tera loved Palm Beach, having visited the area with her grandparents for years. To make her birthday extra special, he planned a weekend at The Breakers full of surprises. On the first evening at the resort’s restaurant, he popped the question with an emerald-cut stone—the same cut that Tera’s mother and grandmother have. “I wanted to keep the tradition going,” he says. Then, he had the previously hidden photographer take pictures of them on the beach during sunset. Lastly, their families surprised her for a few days of celebration. “The entire weekend was a blur,” Tera says. “I wish we could do it all over again.” The ring: Jordan Widdes

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After dating for nearly a year, Jasmine and Ameen knew they were meant to be. While Jasmine was busy planning Ameen’s birthday, he decided the party was the ideal opportunity to make it official. “I didn’t realize what was going on,” Jasmine says of the moment Ameen got up for a speech during the birthday dinner. “I thought he was thanking me for planning!” Instead, he was pledging his love. “There was no better place to propose than with a group of people I love the most to witness it all,” Ameen says. The ring: Kay Jewelers >>

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To ask his high school sweetheart for her hand in marriage, David planned an elaborate proposal on a spontaneous trip to France. “I knew it was her dream to go to Paris,” David says. “I figured after eight and a half years together, I would do it at the Eiffel Tower.” When he popped the question, Olivia was completely in shock. “I was just thinking, ‘Is this real right now?’ ” she says. “But what made it so special and intimate was that it was just the two of us together.” The ring: Tiffany & Company

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In a Georgia cabin on Christmas morning, Morgan (right) found a DVD Rachel left her with instructions to play when she woke up. “Rachel had been recording videos of us for the past year and a half: vacations, birthdays, dancing in the living room, even building an IKEA bed together,” Morgan says. The video ended with Rachel asking Morgan to meet her by the tree. “When I walked out, there were candles everywhere and Rachel waiting with the mountains in the background,” Morgan says. “I already knew I was going to say ‘yes.’ ” The ring: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 433

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“Our guest book contained small envelopes made of decorative music paper asking guests to ‘leave a note,’” Carmen says of their sweet approach to the tradition. After the ceremony, guests snacked on staples like mini Cuban sandwiches while listening to jazz standards from a live band.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kavita Desai, 30, a resident physician GROOM Vikesh Khanijow, 31, also a resident physician HOW THEY MET They grew up together WEDDING STYLE The couple originally wanted a destination wedding, but when that proved challenging, they decided to transport their guests around the world by theming each of their wedding events around a different city. —GH

The weekend began with a “Kites, Lights and Garba Nights” sangeet complete with all the sights, smells and sounds of the streets of India. A traditional wedding ceremony followed, and the bash ended with a Paris-inspired reception.

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A golden gate draped with garland and flanked by boxwood walls welcomed guests to the ballroom reception.

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The couple said “I do” beneath an arch of scattered seashells and salvaged driftwood to mimic the shoreline along the aisle.

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“We got married on the beach in Marco Island, where we met and live together—it’s such a beautiful place,” Nicole says. While the couple was excited to use a beach theme for the wedding, they wanted to make sure it looked classy and not overdone. The color palette of pink, teal and neutrals was inspired by the hues you would naturally find at the beach.

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Bren ditched a formal tuxedo in favor of beige linen pants with a matching vest and a blue-andwhite gingham shirt.

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Nicole’s family is in the cigar business, so an extensive cigar bar—complete with personalized matchbooks—was a no-brainer. A lounge area featuring oversize leather furniture was set up directly across from the bar at the reception.

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BRIDE Kate Brooker, 35, a lawyer GROOM Tim Evans, 31, a writer HOW THEY MET On the dance floor at a mutual friend’s birthday party WEDDING STYLE Kate and Tim outfitted their bohemian nuptials in a bright, tropical palette, and when it came to décor, they let the blooms and local foliage do much of the heavy lifting. —GH

The wedding took place in the backyard of Tim’s parents’ house along the Manatee River. “We wanted it to be beautiful and comfortable—and for our guests to have a blast,” Kate says.

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“In the Florida tradition (and on a budget), we went with good, old Publix cake,” Kate says.

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The couple held a poolside reception with a Plexiglas dance floor over half the pool. “We wanted our wedding to feel stylish and Floridian,” Kate says. “For me, that meant keeping it outside next to the water.” Everyone—bride and groom included—jumped into the pool at the end of the night.

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BRIDE Emily Notaro, 26, a client portfolio manager for J.P. Morgan GROOM David Berg, 30, CFO of Global Investment Management Marketing at J.P. Morgan HOW THEY MET Even though they work at the same company, they met at a spin class through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Organic elegance is how Emily describes the style of her and David’s day. With a mix of eclectic furniture and colorful blooms, they balanced their stately Venetian-style venue with the casual vibe of an outdoor garden wedding. —GH

The couple used personal elements from their travels to keep the day theirs. Moroccan lanterns reflected their trip to North Africa, while bold magentas, indigos and purples represented their time on the Amalfi Coast.

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The wedding party sat at a king’s table topped with a textured, woven metallic tablecloth. Emily and David shared an engraved marble bench at one end. “The effect was of an intimate affair at a home in a bygone era,” Emily says. “We hope our guests felt as transported as we did.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Use nature’s hues to guide your wedding day palette. BY LAUREN KAY Choosing wedding colors is no small task—with so many distinctive shades, deciding on the perfect duo (or trio) can be a bit overwhelming. To narrow the playing field, look to Mother Nature and let the season of your celebration influence your picks. From a spring soiree to a winter fete, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite hues. Pair them together or mix them with neutrals or metallics for a winning color scheme. >>

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french blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This gorgeous rich hue is bold enough to stand on its own. And it also pairs well with most shades, making it work for virtually any style (rustic, romantic, modern) celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, blush, emerald, mushroom, burgundy TIPS TO TRY: Ink your invites in blue or dress your bridesmaids in this flattering shade—they’ll look stellar in photographs.

peach WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pinkish-yellow hue was

a hallmark of art deco design—it can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of your celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, lilac, dove gray, pale yellow, blush TIPS TO TRY: Start the party with a celebratory sip, like a peach Bellini, or incorporate Juliet garden roses into your bouquet.

teal WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A blue-green hue feels equal

parts fresh and classic. Use it to add a pop of color. orange, fuchsia, silver, plum, black TIPS TO TRY: Play with details, like teal drink stirrers, ribbon and bridal accessories (which can count as your “something blue”). >>

spring sage WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Despite its softness, this pale green can lead or be a strong accent. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, lilac, butterscotch, spruce, cotton TIPS TO TRY: Use sage-hued greenery in your bouquet or delight your guests with a pistachio macaron favor.

lavender WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pastel hue is known for its

calming tendencies—it’s perfect for creating a relaxed vibe for your wedding day. PAIRS WELL WITH: silver, cream, eggplant, dusty blue, berry TIPS TO TRY: Have guests shower you in dried lavender after your first kiss as newlyweds or as part of your grand exit.

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seafoam WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Perfect for seaside celebrations,

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summer rose WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This soft pink screams romance—plus it pairs flawlessly with metallics and stronger hues, balancing its femininity. PAIRS WELL WITH: white, gold, chocolate, sky blue, peach TIPS TO TRY: So many stems come in this shade of pink, from tea roses to ranunculus. Adorn a naked cake with a few fresh blooms.

canary yellow WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A happy hue such as yellow gives levity and cheer to any color scheme. PAIRS WELL WITH: peacock blue, flamingo, navy, grape, teal TIPS TO TRY: For a bold hit, layer tables in yellow linens. Use the hue in your day-of paper or serve a lemon-flavored sip.

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perfect match for cooler temps. It’s also a universally flattering shade to wear and looks great in décor. PAIRS WELL WITH: cherry red, silver, melon, steel, marigold TIPS TO TRY: Add colored glassware to your table settings or opt for watercolor or patterned escort cards.

hunter green WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This earthy hue transcends formality, mixing with neutrals for a rustic vibe or gold and cream for a more formal palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, caramel, amber, terra-cotta, azure TIPS TO TRY: Load your bouquet and centerpieces with fresh greenery, or include the hue in your welcome bags.

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WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet approachable color, this fits the bill. PAIRS WELL WITH: walnut, copper, butter, pistachio, bisque TIPS TO TRY: Incorporate grape into your day-of paper, like ceremony programs, escort cards and favor tags. >>

fall WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This saturated hue adds instant

warmth to a wedding palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: eggplant, cream, butter, bronze, mint TIPS TO TRY: Play up this rich hue in your menu—from butternut squash to hot toddies, there are a plethora of seasonal choices.

maroon WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Deep reds make a bold

statement. Soften with a barely there blush or a more formal mix of sparkly metallics. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gold, topaz, navy, tan, lilac TIPS TO TRY: A velvet maroon jacket is an elegant look for him. Or berries can give your florals texture and depth.

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dark eggplant WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This jewel tone gives off sophistication, richness and warmth. PAIRS WELL WITH: ruby, sand, navy, charcoal, emerald TIPS TO TRY: Have a cascade of eggplant sugar flowers on your cake, or choose a patterned linen runner for dining tables.

silver WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This shade can go glitzy

(think: sparkly metallic) or be a luminous neutral. cranberry, sapphire, juniper, frost, pineapple TIPS TO TRY: Ask your bridesmaids to don a pair of glittery heels or accent your tables with candelabras or mercury glass vases. PAIRS WELL WITH:

steel blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An almost-neutral blue, this

hue is perfect for adding a hint of color to a celebration. pearl, garnet, slate, copper, sage TIPS TO TRY: Since blue florals are hard to come by, tie a cascading ribbon to the stems of your bouquet, include the hue in a custom monogram or use pillar candles on your dining tables. PAIRS WELL WITH:

winter ivory WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A timeless neutral is a total win—this one has warm undertones, which makes it perfect for winter nuptials. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gray, lapis, ebony, moss TIPS TO TRY: Don an ivory gown (more flattering than white for most skin tones) or opt for a classic ivory-frosted cake.

cherry red WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This happy hue is synonymous with romance and passion. PAIRS WELL WITH: fog, chartreuse, sky blue, gold, linen TIPS TO TRY: Tuck your invites into red envelopes to get guests’ attention, or mix red roses into your floral arrangements.

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how to avoid a “pin-dictable” wedding Find the most inspiring images out there and pin until your heart’s content—but don’t throw a copycat celebration. Follow these expert tips for a one-of-a-kind event. BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY LEVI STOLOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Settling on a style for your wedding can be hard, especially when your thoughts are tangled up in contradictions: You want it to be trendy, but also timeless; reflective of your tastes, but impressive to your guests as well. Allison Aronne, wedding planner, producer and partner at Fête NY, says there’s a huge difference between “trendy” and “personalized.” Here’s how you can achieve both. >>

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spin the trends “Incorporating trendy ideas into your wedding is very different than personalizing it,” Aronne says. “Pinterest is oversaturated, so we begin to see the same common threads in everyone’s weddings.” While you can totally find wedding inspo on Pinterest (we do it all the time), the key ingredient that makes your wedding memorable is the way you spin those details—really make the trends your own. Love Moscow Mules? Instead of serving your signature sip in a copper mug, opt for unique glassware.

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“Pull personalization from the place where you’ll say ‘I do.’ Every city has something unique about it—incorporate a regional element into your wedding day.”

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save your inspiration The easiest way to make the celebration about you two is to begin by thinking big picture. Do you both envision something romantic, modern or whimsical? “Start by pulling images of interior spaces you love to be in, whether that’s hotels, restaurants or barns. Create an inspiration gallery that can later be shared with your designer, planner or photographer,” Aronne says. And they shouldn’t all be wedding pins—mix in images of things that inspire you, like the vibe of a place or the pattern of kitchen titles. “Your board should ultimately reflect your lifestyle,” she adds. When you’re pinning, think about why you’re drawn to a specific image. It will help you hone in on your personal style.

make it about you two Pinterest is a great place to generate ideas. As you save images, you’ll start to see themes emerge—tap into those. Then think about ways to make them represent who you are as a couple. If you both love nature and hike together on the weekends, send guests home with a special blend of trail mix. If you share a culture, add a ritual or tradition into your ceremony. Or pay homage to your heritage by incorporating family heirlooms into the reception (think: grandparents’ cake topper or your parents’ toasting flutes). Even fun nods to your favorite things (like a wall of soft pretzels with artisanal mustard) will infuse originality into your day. >>

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keep every piece of paper, receipt and swatch THE BASICS This is the best way to keep your wedding ideas, notes and contracts all in one place. Use dividers to separate sections and make finding entries simple.

doesn’t want stacks of paper clutter THE BASICS Save all images and ideas virtually, and use web-based tools to track todos and guests. You can even scan all contacts and save them in a folder accessible from any device. Download our Wedding Planner by The Knot app to get started.

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send clever invites Start strong with your invite—it’s the first impression guests will have of your wedding day. “Mail blank RSVP cards asking guests for a creative reply. You’ll receive some really interesting drawings, fun photos and touching notes,” Aronne says. Want to take it one step further? “Display the most creative replies on a board during the wedding reception. No one can re-create this—they were all made specifically for you,” she notes.

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When it comes to the actual “I dos,” couples are opting to make up their own traditions. Ask a friend or family member to officiate, invent an out-of-the-box unity ceremony or celebrate a cultural or family tradition. The program is anther great place to infuse your individuality. Add a heartfelt thank-you note to your guests, or include a jovial who’s who of the wedding party. You could even use the back for a little fun and games (think: a crossword puzzle) to keep guests busy until things get started. Bottom line: Make the ceremony about you.

create experiences

love on the locale

The true secret to an unforgettable wedding are the experiences guests have. Try engaging their five senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell) throughout the night—maybe through a few stunning floral arrangements, luxe linens and dinner napkins, or surprise entertainment like professional dancers, live music during the cocktail hour or a sommelier on hand to recommend hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings at a special satellite bar. You don’t need to splurge on everything, just choose one that pairs well with your likes and interests. You want guests to recognize right away that this wedding detail is so you.

Pull inspiration from the place where you’ve chosen to tie the knot. “Every city has something unique about it, so incorporate one or some of these elements into your day,” Aronne says. “For a Hamptons wedding, we had Long Island oyster shuckers stationed at the raw bar, and paired the oysters with local craft beers.” This is a great way to make the celebration special and unique to you. Add some local flair to your welcome bag or send guests home with a parting regional favor. Get more style tips at TheKnot.com/style

wedding themes

No theme, no problem. Anything can inspire the vibe of your day.

If you long for a bygone era, infuse your wedding with elements of your favorite decade (think: fifties, roaring twenties). You don’t have to have a period wedding, just borrow elements.

a favorite item

A single element, like a painting you love, a favorite flower or a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress that conveys a vintage meets romantic vibe can set the tone for your day.

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your passions

What interests or (healthy obsessions) really say who you are as a couple? Maybe you’re nature lovers who hike on the weekends, or hometown sports junkies who never miss a game.

the seasons

The time of year can totally influence your wedding food, music, flowers, favors, decorations and even wardrobe. Let the season lead the style choices for your celebration.

going green

Infuse your wedding with your passion for the planet by using ecofriendly elements, a locally sourced, seasonal organic menu or an outdoorsy setting. Or pair this vibe with another theme.

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

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

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

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

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

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COLOR COMEBACK

the gift lounge

color comeback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

zinnia This daisylike flower symbolizes “thoughts of friends,” perfect for a bridesmaid bouquet. season: June to September cost: $ colors: yellow, green, orange, pink, red Find your florist at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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“We just wanted to be married among the trees,” Nicole says of their décor inspiration. “I guess you could say the trees have seen it all—they’re the ultimate witness. They’ve seen love bloom, they’ve seen love tested and they’ve seen it endure, and we wanted to be a part of that story.” To bring this vision to life, they relied heavily on the venue’s large oak and cypress arbors to create a romantic, bohemian feel. A palm washing ceremony symbolized creating a clean slate for the beginning of their journey as husband and wife.

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Overlooking a reflecting pool flanked by soaring Tuscan cypress trees, Carissa and Ric exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony. Two pedestals covered with deep hues of dahlias, anemones and orchids framed the couple.

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“I wanted my girls to feel beautiful and comfortable in dresses they picked,” Carissa says of the mismatched gowns. As for her dress, “I felt like it accentuated my curves in a beautiful way,” she says. “I felt stunning.” To end the night, Carissa’s mother surprised the newlyweds with a fireworks display.

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Jason and Sara Martin/Concept Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Gabriel Mastrapa PLANNER Lisa Bowen/AATR Weddings FLOWERS Fairbanks Florist

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Bella

Collina, Montverde

OFFICIANT

Charles “Chuck” Cave (Ric’s uncle)

GOWN

VEIL Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld Bridal,

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New York City

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Gold

& Diamond Source JEWELRY Kendra Scott HAIR Ashley Cesare Smith; The Edge by

Mystic Hair Salon MAKEUP Brush, Blow & Go; Luma Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Jenny Yoo and Watters, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR H.M. Cole

STATIONERY

Minted.com; escort & menu cards: Ashley Beth Graphics

RENTALS A Chair Affair Inc.;

Bella Collina; Kaleidoscope Event Lighting; Over the Top Rental Linens Collina

CATERING Bella

CAKE Party Flavors Custom Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Strings

& Things Orlando; reception: Jay Edwards/ Liquid Entertainment “It brought me to tears,” Carissa says of watching the fireworks show.

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March 20 • Orlando

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photography by Kristen Weaver Photography at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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“Our chuppah was a masterpiece made of branches and covered in flowers, including cherry blossoms,” Danielle says.

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BRIDE Danielle Prager, 27, a journalist GROOM Gabriel (Gabe) Fine, 36, a physician HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE Danielle and Gabe brought together traditional elements and feminine florals with fun touches for their bright, whimsical day. —GH

With a whimsical theme in mind, the couple set out to create a day where “everyone could dance and have the most amazing time.” Lighthearted, personalized details—like Mickey Mouse–embossed yarmulke—helped create fond memories for their guests.

Danielle’s bouquet included a pretty mix of pink and white orchids, roses and stephanotis.

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CENTR AL FLORIDA

DANIELLE & GABE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at

Tall centerpieces of blush and ivory florals set a dreamy tone at the reception. The couple kept the cake classic and refined with a cascade of flowers inspired by Danielle’s dress. The flavor, though, made quite the impact: She describes the almond and chocolate cake with raspberry jam filling as “sinful.”

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando PHOTOGRAPHY Kristen Weaver

Photography Seltzer Films

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Burberry,

Bloomingdale’s; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse Fine

STATIONERY Jenny

RENTALS Our DJ Rocks; Over

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Rebekah says her ball gown’s layers of soft ivory organza took her breath away.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Rebekah Updike, 30, a nanny GROOM Zachary Pugh, 33, a carpenter HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE The couple outfitted their intimate garden wedding in a rich color scheme of amethyst and aubergine with glam accents of antique gold. —GH

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Art & History Museums Maitland, Maitland

PHOTOGRAPHY Ilya

Taran/Wedding Nature Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Nikki

Patrick

FLOWERS DIY/FiftyFlowers

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“We purposely chose a venue that could only host a smaller wedding,” the bride says. “I wanted to be able to enjoy every single person who was there.” After a ceremony in the stone chapel, the newlyweds celebrated with a dinner of red wine-braised short ribs and a salted caramel wedding cake. “I was beyond happy,” Rebekah says.

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GOWN

VEIL Angellure Bridal,

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ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Lola’s Fine Jewelry JEWELRY

Charming Charlie

HAIR Caitlin

Strombeck Simon MAKEUP Rebecca Key

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny

Yoo, BHLDN

MENSWEAR BLACK

by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations: Lemon Seed

and Co., Etsy.com; escort cards: Nikki Patrick

RENTALS Orlando Wedding

& Party Rentals Catering The Grecian-inspired bridesmaid dresses were reminiscent of mythological “garden nymphs.”

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CATERING Puff ‘n Stuff

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Traditionally, a party favor was a parting gift—not anymore. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JODI & KURT PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

order extra

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

wrap it up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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write them a note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BONUS PERKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

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

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

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

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

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

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

macy’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Macy’s offers a newlywed discount so you

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Have enough sheets and towels? JustGive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You have up to one year after your wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Vocelles The Bridal Shoppe, VocellesBridal .com (Tallahassee), Tie the Knot Bridal Couture Collections, TieTheKnotBridal .com (Naples), Couture Bridal Miami, CoutureBridalMiami .com (Miami); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashionforward twist on a romantic, floralembellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse .com (Miami), Calvet Couture Bridal, CalvetCoutureBridal .com (Winter Park); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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

Peter Patout’s private residence

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal .com (Orlando), Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection, IsabelBridal.com (Tampa), Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal.com (Boca Raton) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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

Harry’s Corner

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Flirt It Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc. MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company

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

FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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

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

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

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

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

ask for recommendations

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

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study each trial run

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

makeup artist

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

ARE YOU PLANNING ON USING FAKE

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

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

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HOW DO I KEEP MY COLOR VIBRANT?

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Hair color is a fickle thing and depends on whether it’s been colored before or not. Your colorist can give you step-by-step instructions to care for your hair so it won’t fade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You’ve probably heard, “You’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a dress that’s budget friendly, flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? It’s actually totally doable. Stick to these rules to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune and will make your girls feel gorgeous. >>

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

Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, start the day with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much— take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they actually have to wear the dress.

stick to a timeline It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your bridesmaids ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially in more popular sizes. If you’re renting, it usually takes at least two weeks to receive your order, so plan accordingly.

find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is planning to lose weight and wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. If the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one or deal with even more costly alterations, and you’d hate for that to happen. >>

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flatter their figures Styles for every shape in your bridal party.

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This style extends out from the waist in the shape of an “A” (as the name implies). BEST FOR Almost every figure, and bridesmaids who prefer a more classic silhouette.

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This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with smaller chests. It’s definitely a must for pregnant bridesmaids.

dropped waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt flares at the hips. BEST FOR Bridesmaids with hourglass figures— this silhouette will show off every curve.

bubble

These skirts have fabric bunched together at the hemline. Knee-length options are usually the most flattering. BEST FOR Ladies with larger hips—the poufy skirt will draw attention to their waistline.

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This style hugs the body around the waist and thighs and then flares out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Women with curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

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This skirt style is fitted, starting from the waist and going to the knee. BEST FOR Petite bridesmaids—the minimal fabric won’t overwhelm them.

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

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select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—oxblood and teal—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—lavender and blush—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss, go for a classic color, like blue, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched effect. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider printed or heavily embellished gowns (floral-print and sequined bridesmaid dresses are hot right now). Just remember: Patterns and metallics work best in smaller wedding parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or you could flout tradition and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton or Solange Knowles, for an unexpected look that’s crisp and chic.

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If you’re taking the whole gang bridesmaid dress shopping, begin the day with a leisurely brunch to make sure your girls are feeling relaxed.

find complementary colors Think about choosing a hue that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and gray, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try universally flattering metallics, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re opting for a standout print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or, alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a printed dress and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors.

consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (think: strapless, one shoulder or thin straps), your bustier bridesmaids may need some extra support. Trust us— even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

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

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the 4 Cs A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system. CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

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ground oats Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. BEAUTY BOOST Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea, Grigore says. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.

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get moving Is there better fitness motivation than wanting to look your best for your wedding and honeymoon? “It’s not about discipline, it’s about desire,” says Doug Rice, bridal fitness expert and founder of Bridalicious Boot Camp. “Take advantage of this rare window of opportunity to be super-driven. There may never be another time like this in your life.” Desire is greatest in the months leading up to your day, so put that motivation to good use.

start early Wedding planning is stressful enough, so don’t add more anxiety and frustration to the mix by procrastinating on your fitness routine. The earlier you can put your workout plan into effect the better. Get started at least six months before the wedding, especially if you’re looking to drop a few pounds or tone specific areas. Inevitably life happens, so you’ll have wiggle room to still hit your target on time. “We all lose focus at times and might have a few bad days—or weeks,” Rice says. “Also, once you shed any weight, you’ll want enough time to tone up and sculpt your physique so you look absolutely fabulous in that dress.”

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aim for balance Of course you’ll want to focus on the parts of your body that will be on display in your gown, but don’t neglect other areas. The most successful fitness plans balance nutrition with exercise. “Many brides just want to focus on their upper body because of their gowns, but you want to work on your entire body to create symmetry and balance,” says Cynthia Conde, celebrity trainer, creator of Bridal Bootcamp and founder of The Fitness Loft. “Don’t forget—eventually, the dress comes off.” Plus, too much time in the gym can actually backfire. Build recovery days into your plan by taking a meditation class or treating yourself to a spa day.

know what it takes If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results, Rice advises. Want to make more progress? Then prepare to push yourself a bit harder, try a new type of activity or work out more often. Rice recommends a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though that will need to be adjusted depending on your goals. If you want to lose weight more rapidly, you’ll need to kick your cardio up to five or six times per week. Don’t stress over the thought of cardio though. Rice is a proponent of short bursts of high intensity activity over steady state cardio. Add intervals of sprints during a fast-paced walk or up the resistance for short spells on a spin bike. >>

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our favorite apps for tracking your progress Keeping tabs on your fitness journey is easier said than done. Try these apps for quick and stress-free ways to monitor your goals—with workouts too.

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HOW IT WORKS: Created by a team of pros (the Nike master trainers), this app has a cache of over 100 workouts, with something for every fitness level. Each one comes with a video tutorial, so it’s no big deal if you’re a total beginner. And it’s super simple to use. Choose a program (“get toned,” “get strong,” “get lean” and “get focused”) and it’ll give you tailored, easy exercise plans—built-in rest days included. (Free, iOS and Android)

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HOW IT WORKS: Just have this app running (pun intended!) while you pound the pavement. It will record your mileage via GPS, telling you your overall pace with splits per mile. Save your route at the end of each workout so you can see your progress through the week. MapMyRun will send you weekly emails with your results and congratulate you for reaching new milestones. (Free, iOS and Android)

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HOW IT WORKS: This handy app is literally a yoga instructor inside your phone, soothing voice and all. Take your pick from a variety of practices, adjust your time and difficulty level, then roll out your mat and begin. The Zen vocal tone guides you through the poses as if you were in a studio class, even telling you when to inhale and exhale. ($3, iOS and Android)

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set small goals Nothing makes you feel more motivated to keep going than actually hitting your goals. The key, Rice says, is to keep them small and specific. Write them down in a journal and make a note as you reach each milestone, keeping a record of your successes. He gave a few examples: WEEK ONE: Work out at least twice and strength train. Do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes. WEEK TWO: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts. Cut out all soft drinks for the entire week.

lose fat, not muscle Your body has a cap of how much fat you can blast at any given time. Greg Doyle, founder of Wedding Gym and fitness author, explains you can try to lose more weight, but it may not be from fat. “The weight you lose may be from muscle, which isn’t good because losing muscle means messing with your metabolism,” he explains. To stay in the healthy zone, he says to follow this guideline: If your weight loss goal is 20 pounds, don’t try and rush to lose that amount in a month. Instead, aim for losing one percent per week to keep your body healthy and on track.

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feel the burn Conde recommends boosting the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. “Brides shouldn’t be afraid of increasing the weight load,” she says. “This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau. And no, increased strength training does not necessarily equal a masculine physique.” If you’re not sure how much weight will work, consider investing in a few personal training sessions so a professional can set you up with a regimen that will help you get toned without bulking up.

be realistic Setting a big fitness goal can help keep you on your game, but be careful. If you aim too high you may be setting yourself up for failure. “Not every bride must be a size two on her wedding day,” Conde says. She suggests realistically evaluating what your ideal weight should be and if you’re capable of getting there in a healthy way. Once you have an attainable goal in mind, be prepared to do the amount of work in the time it will take to reach it. “I sit down and walk people through their goals,” Doyle says. “I’ll tell them, ‘That would be a five-pound loss every week in your time frame— have you ever lost five pounds per week consistently?’ Then we have a serious conversation about whether or not they’ll be willing to work that hard.”

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adjust your eating habits The best way to get the most out of any exercise routine is to pair it with healthy eating habits. “You can lose weight through diet alone, but it’s exceedingly difficult to lose body fat by leaving your diet the same and trying to exercise it off,” Rice says. The simplest way to get started? Eat more vegetables. “I’ve had clients who decided to eat more vegetables and within a week, their body fat dropped 2 percent and their abs started to show,” Doyle adds. If you’re worried about feeling hungry, focus on superfoods like broccoli, eggs and walnuts, which fill you up faster, keep you feeling full longer and help you lose weight.

create a visual diary Snap a selfie! Doyle recommends taking pictures of yourself regularly as a means of tracking fitness progress since you’re likely losing fat but adding muscle. Since muscle, which is dense, takes up half the space of fat, it means the scale may indicate that you haven’t lost much weight. Don’t get too caught up in what the scale says, though. A picture will let you see how much better you’re looking in your clothes, the definition that’s starting to show in your stomach or how toned your arms are in your strapless gown. “You’re not walking down the aisle with a number on your forehead,” Doyle says. “Your guests aren’t going to see how much you weigh. They’ll see how great you look.” >>

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change perspectives Instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, try to see your workout sessions as time you have control over, Conde says. It’s a place you can escape from the day-to-day drama of wedding planning and spend time with yourself. Turn off your cell and forget about your list of to-dos. Focus on pedaling that bike, enjoying the breeze as you run or challenging yourself in a new yoga pose. And have fun! Take a friend to a dance class, design playlists of your favorite songs for your next workout or shop for a new outfit to keep your excitement up. It’s also a great opportunity to rally your wedding party. Grab your bridesmaids for a get-fit session instead of bonding over drinks, and plan date night with your fiancé at a boxing gym instead of going to the movies. “With all the chaos around planning a wedding, it’s comforting to know you have control over how your body will look in your wedding gown and on the honeymoon,” Conde says. Find more fitness tips at TheKnot.com

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Danielle had a heart-shaped piece of her mother’s wedding dress sewn into the inside of hers. “I had a part of her day with me on mine,” Danielle says.

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BRIDE Danielle Kachulis, 28, a business owner/property manager GROOM Mitch Ryan, 32, a financial adviser HOW THEY MET At a bar in Denver WEDDING STYLE Taking inspiration from the setting, including the water and plant life, Danielle and Mitch accented their day with shades of blue, gold and magenta. —Ginger Harris

The couple married on the beach of Danielle’s parents’ home. “We wanted to embrace the natural beauty of the Florida Keys, with a formal yet fun feeling to it all,” she says. Bromeliads, air plants, driftwood and fresh flowers all added to the décor, and the menu featured fresh local fish.

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The reception décor incorporated numerous elements from Florida’s natural environment, including hanging driftwood installations. White string lights gave the tented space a romantic glow, while the cake—a blue and white marbleized fondant confection with gold flakes—served as the reception centerpiece.

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“The dresses looked like the sky and the sea rolled into one,” the bride says of the blue floor-length bridesmaid gowns. Mitch loves bright colors, so Danielle opted for bold, tropical and playful florals. “I loved that the bouquets were asymmetrical and a bit wild.”

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VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Blue Water Weddings

FLOWERS Studio South

Rev. Tom Graf

OFFICIANT

GOWN Galia Lahav, Little White

Dress Bridal Shop, Denver Accessories, Denver

VEIL Love Veils &

SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Hyde

Park Jewelers

HAIR &

Arnold Styles

MAKEUP Elizabeth

BRIDESMAID DRESSES The

Dessy Group

MENSWEAR New Royal

Fashions, Bangkok

STATIONERY Ivory

House Creative; programs: Minty Paperie Shop, Etsy.com

SIGN-IN BOOK Paper

Lux Stationery, Etsy.com Audio Party Rentals

RENTALS Keys

CATERING Caribbean

Catering; bar: Potions in Motion

CAKE

Unique D’Lites Custom Cakes COFFEE BAR Aroma Espresso del Toro

Transportation Cay Resort

MUSIC 30Vice; Bryant

TRANSPORTATION Ocean Reef ACCOMMODATIONS Amara

REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

REI; Zola.com

HONEYMOON Thailand

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“I wanted to incorporate beachy details, but still wanted the elegant look of a sunset wedding,” Michelle says of their destination affair. For the mid-morning Indian ceremony, they opted for vibrant shades of pink, then transitioned to white and cream for the events that followed.

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Since the couple served Indian bites after the Hindu ceremony, they opted for a formal dinner in the evening. Gold place settings to gave the reception a regal feel, while arrangements of white flowers kept the look clean. For dessert, guests were given the choice between cake and Key lime pie—an island staple!

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The three-tier ivory and gold wedding cake featured a glam crystal embellishment.

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estate, Grassy Key The couple held the reception beneath a sheer tent adorned with woven lanterns for a subtle beach touch. A single long table was covered by a gauzy gray linen and topped with silver lanterns and gold tableware. “Hire a planner,” Michelle advises for a destination wedding. “My planner made everything easier when organizing from 1,200 miles away.”

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ashley Steeby Photography

PLANNERS

Alibaba Events; Destination Wedding Studio FLOWERS Avant-Gardens

OFFICIANT

Priest Kalyan Chakravarthy; Rev. Larry Blakeburn

GOWN Low’s Bridal and

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SHOES WalkinOnAir, Etsy.com

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MAKEUP Beauty

Boutique and the Glam Squad Kurta: Nazranaa; suit: Nordstrom

MENSWEAR STATIONERY

Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon; programs: Destination Wedding Studio; escort cards: Southern Calligraphy

RENTALS Avant-Gardens;

Destination Wedding Studio; Eventfully Yours; Nüage Designs

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Affairs of Key West; Madras Catering CAKE Sweet Savannah’s of the Florida Keys MUSIC Islands DJ Service PHOTO BOOTH

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Sarita’s showstopping blush gown was adorned with handembroidered layers of soft Chantilly lace and tulle with a plunging illusion neckline.

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A giant, ivy-covered tree served as an altar for the couple’s outdoor wedding ceremony. Twinkling lights and a swag of white hydrangeas, vendela roses, majolica spray roses, cymbidium orchids and greenery decorated its massive trunk. “It was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony,” Sarita says.

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“I love long, royal tables with everyone sitting close,” Sarita says. “I wanted this wedding to be more than just a celebration of us—I wanted it to be a celebration for both of our families becoming one.” After entering the reception, the newlyweds a danced to salsa music and a live percussionist on the congas.

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SARITA & SAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Villa

Woodbine, Miami

PHOTOGRAPHY

Alan Phillip Photography 84 West Studios & Gifts

VIDEOGRAPHY

FLOWERS Trias Flowers

OFFICIANT Rev. Joaquin Perez

GOWN YSA MAKINO Couture, Bridal

Reflections, New York City Bridal, Miami

VEIL Bellissima

SHOES Sergio Rossi

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Betteridge

HAIR The D Storm Experience

MAKEUP Emmanuel J. De Jesus BRIDESMAID DRESSES Lazaro, JLM

Couture, New York City Brooks Brothers

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Say It With

Paper; escort cards: TakeFive Productions; calligraphy: Melanie Saco GLOBE NewlyScripted, Etsy.com

Villa Woodbine Catering

SIGN-IN RENTALS

CATERING Bill Hansen

CAKE & DESSERTS Batter Co.

Dessert Collection 84 West Studios

MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH ACCOMMODATIONS

Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables REGISTRY Honeyfund.com GUESTS 72 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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A stunning flower chandelier draped between two banyan trees marked the spot where Erika and Kyle said “I do.”

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BRIDE Erika Sheffer, 26, a digital marketing strategist GROOM Kyle Auckland, 26, an entrepreneur HOW THEY MET In eighth grade WEDDING STYLE To complement the natural beauty of their venue, the couple relied heavily on flowers, filling their day with blooms in shades of pink, peach and purple. —GH

“We’re laid-back people, but we love small details like flowers and plants,” Erika says. “We didn’t add much to The Addison because the space is so gorgeous.” One pretty detail? The caramel drip dulce de leche wedding cake that even included a gluten-free tier for Erika.

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Boca Raton

PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren

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Inverso (family friend)

OFFICIANT John GOWN Rivini,

Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown, PA

VEIL Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe WEDDING RINGS Groom: QALO HAIR &

MAKEUP Beauty by Renata

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN MENSWEAR Groom: Amazon.com;

groomsmen: Macy’s

STATIONERY

LovelyLettersShop, Etsy.com; Minted.com RENTALS &

CATERING The Addison

CAKE & DESSERTS Earth and Sugar MUSIC Good Vibes Entertainment

Earth and Sugar “I wanted the flowers to feel organic, romantic and pretty. I love olive leaves, roses, peonies and a mix of what’s seasonal and pretty,” Erika says. “I told my florist what colors I love and let her do her thing. She completely wowed me. She even surprised us with mini pineapples in my bouquet!”

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“Get started early and do things your way,” the couple suggests of hosting a wedding full of personalized details.

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THEIR STORY GROOM Jay Yagoda (below, right), 31, a lawyer GROOM Wes Pearce, 27, a marketing consultant and real estate agent HOW THEY MET At a bar WEDDING STYLE Jay and Wes planned a masculine and modern wedding around a contemporary white, mustard and gray color scheme. —GH

The grooms drew inspiration from their venue, which evokes Miami Beach’s mid-century heyday. “The hotel’s interior provided the perfect backdrop,” Wes says. Calla lilies and craspedia kept the florals feeling fresh without being feminine, and the couple played with various typefaces on the paper goods.

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Monobotanical arrangements of cream calla lilies echoed the day’s sleek, masculine aesthetic. “We wanted it to look like a throwback 1950s Miami Beach wedding,” Wes says. To end the night, they sent guests home with mini bundt cakes.

Both men donned matching cream dinner jackets and bow ties that harked back to their midcentury theme.

JAY & WES’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The

Confidante Miami Beach, Miami Beach PHOTOGRAPHY Elaine and Michael

Palladino/Elaine Palladino Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Simply

Couture Weddings

FLOWERS J Morgan

Flowers

OFFICIANT Ben Yagoda (Jay’s

brother)

MENSWEAR Grooms: J.Crew;

groomsmen: BLACK by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse SHOES Hugo Boss WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. STATIONERY Minted.com

SIGN-IN

BOOK PleaseandThanksCards, Etsy.com RENTALS LPS Production

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MUSIC Scratch Weddings

Kentucky Fried Chicken Crate & Barrel

CATERING

CAKE Earth and Sugar FAVORS REGISTRY

HONEYMOON St. Lucia

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BRIDE Lindsey Perdeck, 27, associate manager of HR programming at The Knot GROOM Danny Schwimmer, 28, in real estate syndications at Wells Fargo HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE With a modern aesthetic in mind, Lindsey and Danny fused lush white blooms with plenty of candelight for a romantic winter affair. —GH

“I always wanted a black-andwhite wedding, but we needed some sort of color,” Lindsey says of adding gold to the mix. “It really brightened everything up.” Lindsey also opted for “light” flowers—calla lillies—for the boutonnieres and her bouquet, which she wrapped with religious charms that once belonged to Danny’s grandmothers. “I wanted to feel like they were with us at the ceremony,” Lindsey says.

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“We chose all-white tablecloths, but with crazy-cool designs,” Lindsey says. “It was like a winter wonderland!”

LINDSEY & DANNY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS “Everyone is still talking about our cocktail hour,” Lindsey says. The couple had a signature drink, the Schwimmer Mule, as well as vodka-infused gummy bears and Jell-O shots. Along with their four-tier cake, they passed around shot glasses of milk with a cookie on top as guests danced to the 10-piece band.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Temple

Solel, Hollywood

PHOTOGRAPHY

Emily Harris Photography Megaset Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Vanessa

Forbes/Karma Goddess Event Planning & Design

FLOWERS Petal Productions

OFFICIANT Rabbi Mark Kula

GOWN

MZ2 by Mark Zunino, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City

VEIL Kleinfeld Bridal

SHOES Christian Louboutin

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Jae’s Jewelers MAKEUP Academy of Glam DRESSES Various

HAIR &

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groom:

Ted Baker; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY The Petite Acorn

Nüage Designs

Artisan Foods Catering Cakes

RENTALS

CATERING & DESSERTS CAKE Ana Paz

MUSIC Private Stock Band PHOTO

BOOTH Ayer Photo Booth

Trading Company Academy Bus

FAVORS Oriental

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel HONEYMOON Thailand GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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While it’s true that weddings have a lot of traditions, times have changed—and some old-school rules don’t hold up anymore. >> BY MEREDITH BODGAS PHOTOGRAPH BY KIM FOX PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

pros

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

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

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

cons

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

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

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

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

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

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You have to have a rehearsal dinner. NEW RULE Feel free to skip a rehearsal dinner. When couples lived apart before saying “I do” and engagements were a few weeks long, the rehearsal dinner was often the first time both sets of parents met. Since the parents of the couple would be responsible for introductions at the wedding the next day, they needed to shake hands first—not so today. Having a rehearsal dinner is still smart when your and your partner’s parents aren’t well acquainted, but if there’s no time or room in the budget, then it’s okay to skip it, especially if your ceremony rehearsal has to take place on a weekday or you don’t have a wedding party. It’s nice to treat out-of-towners to a welcome meal, or you can just gather your closest local friends and family for a prewedding dinner, a welcome party with drinks, or a dessert party, but nothing is mandatory

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

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

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5 wedding traditions you’ve never heard of See how couples marry around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

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

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

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

word games

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

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

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

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

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

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

frame tent

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

pole tent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the photographer

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

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the dress

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

the music

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

the bouquet

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

the food

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

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please be seated Put a clever spin on tradition—or break the mold entirely— with new viewing options for your vows. >>

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in the round Chairs in a circle (a symbol of everlasting love) allow all guests to feel closer to the ceremony—even a large group. Arrange a few aisles so guests can get in and out, and for a dramatic entrance, parents, attendants and the couple can all walk down the different openings. During the ceremony, the couple stands in the center, and the wedding party can position themselves in the aisles.

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amphitheater As in ancient Greek theater, guests are seated in semicircles around the altar. The rows are staggered like stadium seats, and typically there’s a center aisle and smaller aisles on each side breaking up the rows. This affords guests, even those in the back, a better view and lends a momentous feeling. But it’s hard to create if your site doesn’t have built-in seating for it, and you’ll need to figure out a place for attendants to stand, either in the aisles or on the stage.

picnic At a casual garden or lawn ceremony, place pretty blankets, colorful rugs and oversize floor cushions on the ground, picnic style. Just be sure to communicate to friends and family that they’ll be getting down and possibly a little dirty. Use a picnic basket and blanket as your motif on the invite, or cute wording like “life’s a picnic,” so they’ll know to dress appropriately. To accommodate older guests or others who aren’t comfortable on the ground, place a few chairs or benches on the outskirts of the setup, curving around the space so they don’t block anyone’s view.

lounge Vignettes of comfy, coordinated furniture are a great option for relaxing during the reception, but the look also works for ceremonies (bonus: repurpose the seating as an after-dinner lounge space). Soft, white leather sectionals, banquettes, ottomans and poufs grouped in cool configurations let friends and family get cozy during your nuptials, almost like you’ve invited them into your ultra-chic living room. >>

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get with the program Invite your guests to read along with a well-planned ceremony program.

basics

Include your names, wedding date and the location of the ceremony. Most programs then provide a chronological list of musical selections, names of the wedding party and their relation to the to-be-weds, and titles of any readings.

special mention

Many programs feature a thank-you note to the couple’s parents, plus one to guests for sharing the day. The program is an appropriate place to explain the symbolism of any tributes too.

added understandings

For guests from different cultures, it’s helpful to offer details about rituals that’ll take place. Explain the origin of a custom and print the words of a blessing or prayer so guests can join in.

specific instructions

Avoid postceremony confusion by writing detailed directions for your guests on the program. After the recessional listing, add something like, “Please find bubbles under your pew and help us create a memorable exit!”

fun details

Recount how you met or the story of your proposal, or describe the members of your wedding party in a witty way that highlights their most interesting qualities. (“Our groomsman Jake Jones nearly missed today’s service with a broken foot from rock climbing. Ladies, tread carefully if you dance with him!”) It gives guests something to read during downtime, and it provides an easy way to break the ice later at the reception.

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Form rows into a semicircle or V-shape instead of a straight line. When your venue only has one entrance to access seats, shake up the seating. Each row is slightly angled, anchored by a center aisle. As with in-the-round seating, you still have the feeling that everyone’s curving around you. Plus, you’ll be able to have fewer rows, as the setup allows for longer ones (and more chairs) toward the back of the layout. Curved seating feels romantic, while the sharper angles of the chevron give it a modern vibe.

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Pews typically found in a house of worship are especially charming when placed outside. These custom rentals (available through many antique furniture companies) can get expensive, so to cut the budget, consider having pews in just the first few rows and using wood chairs behind them. For a similar feel, wood benches blend well with the natural colors of the outdoors. Benches are extra sturdy in sand or grass, and they don’t detract from the view because they’re lower to the ground. For a modern look, pad them with cushions, which also makes them more comfortable and allows for guests to truly be in the moment while witnessing your vows (your older guests will definitely appreciate it).

For a brief, intimate service, ask guests to join hands and surround you in a circle as you say your vows. The cozy ring makes attendees and your wedding party feel like they’re actually participating in the exchange, not just watching it. Just try to limit the ceremony to less than 20 minutes, and make sure everyone in your group is aware they’ll be on their feet for that amount of time.

bales of hay For a barn wedding, carry out the theme with bucolic bundles of hay (just beware of allergies). Affordable, rustic and all-natural, hay ties perfectly into an idyllic country celebration. Arrange the bales in rows and dress them up with quilts or simple white canvas cloth (use a heavy fabric so guests don’t get pricked). Then reuse them later as lounge seating by the dance floor.

mix and match An eclectic assortment of chairs and couches mixed nonchalantly adds quirky character. Use a little imagination to style bistro seats, benches and ottomans in rows or groupings to take on the feel of an enchanted tea party. Shop vintage markets and yard sales for inexpensive finds to mix with rented wood folding chairs.

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themed options Use your ceremony locale to set the tone for unexpected seating that will wow guests and make for great photos. Getting married with your feet in the sand? Arrange rows of simple, chic, creamcolored beach chairs that blend in nicely with the shore. For a garden or mountain wedding, seat guests on tree stumps. Tying the knot in a modern, industrial-style space or rooftop? Sleek, metallic-hued chairs will look great in photos.

switch sides Traditionally, the bride’s family and friends sit on the left side and the groom’s on the right side (although in Jewish tradition, it’s swapped). For a new twist, let the first few rows switch sides for a better view—when the bride is standing on the left and her parents are on the right, the angle helps them to see her face. More couples are also asking guests to simply pick a seat, not a side, as stated on pretty signs at the ceremony location. Get more ceremony tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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on the write track

Penning your own vows may seem daunting, but it’ll be worth it when you’re up at the altar. Here are some tips and tricks to help you through it. >>

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read lots of vow examples for inspiration Start by looking at traditional, by-the-book vows from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, and others as well to see what strikes a chord with you. Incorporate these samples into the original words you write or simply use them as a jumping-off point. Once you’ve found a few you love, consider what it is about the style that draws you to those vows in particular.

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

jot down notes about your relationship

• Why did you decide to get married? • What hard times have you gone through together? • What have you supported each other through? • What challenges do you envision in your future? • What do you want to accomplish together? • What makes your relationship tick? • What did you think when you first saw your fiancé? • When did you realize you were in love?

write it all out Now that you have notes, you’re ready to establish a structure and write your first draft. It helps to start with a four-part outline: Declare your love, praise your partner, make promises and finish with a final vow. Another way to organize them is to start with a short story and then circle back to it at the end. This type of structure is especially good for couples who want to keep things light and funny.

• What do you most respect about your partner?

avoid clich´es

• How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate?

Now that you have your first draft, it’s time to make edits. Borrow from poetry, books, religious texts and even from romantic movies, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you and relate to your relationship, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. And if you find yourself relying on cliché phrases (you know, those sayings that have been used over and over so many times they no longer sound genuine) to get your point across, try coming up with a specific example from your relationship that has a similar message. For example, instead of, “Everything happens for a reason,” you might say, “I’d like to think there was a reason why we both went to the dog park that day.” >>

• What about them inspires you? • What do you miss most about them when you’re apart? • What qualities do you most admire in one another?

come up with one or two, or many, promises They’re called vows for a reason—the promises are the most important part. We suggest including promises that are broad, as well as more specific ones. “I promise to always love you” is classic, but add a way you’ll show it. For instance, “I promise to pick up your favorite ice cream every time you’re sick.”

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Take some time to reflect on your partner. Think about how you felt when you first met, what made you fall in love and when you knew you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together. Write it all out to get your creative gears turning. Here’s a handy list of questions to help get you started:

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take out anything too cryptic or embarrassing You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words. Think ahead while you’re writing them. Will your vows still make sense 10 years from now, or will even you be confused? Have a friend or family member read it over ahead of time for feedback, if you’re okay with sharing your vows beforehand.

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practice out loud (seriously) It might sound a little awkward, but this really is the best way to prep. The more you practice, the more confidently you’ll be able to speak. Your vows should be easy to say and sound conversational. As you recite them, listen for any tongue twisters and superlong sentences, then cut them. This is also the time to work on the delivery. Stand tall and straight, look at your partner and use your hands expressively, but only in small gestures. This is where mostly memorizing your vows will come in handy. You can focus on the presentation and being real instead of trying to remember which word comes next.

make a clean copy for yourself The paper you read from should be legible, so even if you’re working on it right up until a few moments before your ceremony, use a fresh copy free of any cross outs, arrows and notes. And give some thought to the presentation because it will likely be photographed. You can write your vows in a pretty notebook, print a copy and paste that inside, or have them written in calligraphy on stationery in your wedding colors. It can make a nice keepsake to hang in your home later on. Have a backup plan too. Some couples find themselves too emotional to speak, so have your officiant either prompt you by quietly saying the vows first or read the vows on your behalf. (It also helps if some of the verses are the same for both of you to jog your memories and make it easier to memorize.) Find more vow advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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beyond the wedding party Here are four other honorary roles to give to loved ones.

ushers

performers

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readers

Ask special friends or relatives (male or female) to serve as ushers, walking your guests to their seats, passing out ceremony programs, and acting as general guest guides. Groomsmen can double as ushers, but if it’s a large wedding or there are lots of people, you’ll want to appoint extra.

In some Christian ceremonies, preteens (between the ages of 9 and 12) light candles at the altar just before the mother of the bride is seated. But at any wedding, you can honor someone special by asking him or her to light a candle during the ceremony or even at the reception.

Musically inclined friends or siblings can be a featured part of your ceremony or reception. Ask them to sing a special song or play an instrument during the ceremony. Just make sure they’re comfortable in front of crowds and you’re both okay with what song they’re planning to perform.

Have a well-spoken friend or relative do a reading during your ceremony. You can choose the text yourself or ask them to select something they love. Alternatively, you could ask a literary type to write something original to be read aloud or to be printed in the ceremony program.

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Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. Speak from the heart and you won’t need to repeat the same sentiments because they’ll come through the first time. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, make some edits. Put some of the more personal thoughts in a letter or gift to your fiancé on the morning of your wedding and save any guest-related topics for your toasts.

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In the world of hashtags, up-tothe-minute snaps and tweets, we bring you the most common socialmedia-related wedding faux pas— and tell you what to do instead. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY HELLO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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if you’re planning your wedding Call your parents before pressing “post” to announce your engagement. Your family and close friends will want to hear it straight from you first. A Facebook status or Instagram post might be the most efficient way to get the news out, but it’s not the most personal. You know which friends and family members would appreciate to hear the news directly from you. Plus, it’s likely that older family members (like your grandparents) don’t have social media accounts and could miss the message altogether.

Post pics of your engagement ring. We know you’re so excited to share your ring selfie—just keep the nitty-gritty details like cost and carat to yourself. After you post your “engaged” status, your friends and family will be dying to find out what the ring looks like, so you may feel comfortable indulging them with a photo (pro tip: prep with a manicure first), or just texting them privately. It’s not bragging to share a pic with the exciting news. Leave out the other details, because how much it cost isn’t anyone else’s business—the point is it symbolizes the commitment you’re making. Designate a “poster of honor.” Enjoy your wedding day and stay off your phone while still keeping everyone updated. It’ll fly by, and if you’re on your phone the whole time, you’ll miss out on what’s important. Focus on the guests who have come to celebrate with you. You can always hire a social media wedding manager (yes, they exist!) to keep your social networks updated throughout the day so you won’t have to. Spread the word about your hashtag. Tie it into your invitations and wedding website in a creative way. The majority of your guests are familiar with hashtags and know how to use them, so you shouldn’t feel weird about putting one out there. Think of ways you can include it in your paper elements in a pretty or witty way, like asking guests to share photos of themselves wearing custom temporary tattoos you send along with the savethe-dates. Letting your guests know ahead of time is crucial to having a successful, full feed of photos.

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Send out traditional paper invites for the main event. Email invites are totally okay for pre- and postwedding parties, but paper invites are the way to go for the actual wedding (a Facebook event is not a wedding invitation). In today’s technology-based world, in which your guests receive hundreds of emails a day, a physical invite has become so much more special. That doesn’t mean you have to go over-the-top with one that sings and shoots confetti. Simple card stock and laser printing will do the trick. A paperless invite for the rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch is a great option (especially if you want to cut down on stationery costs). Just because the invites are electronic doesn’t mean they won’t have style. There are plenty of sites, such as Paperless Post, that let you customize e-invites so they look beautiful and unique. Keep your public posts positive. Confront issues directly and privately via phone or in person. We know wedding planning can be stressful at times, but before you post that status venting about all the guests who RSVP’d for too many people or complain about your future mother-in-law, pause for a second and think. Posting something negative about your wedding (even if you don’t call out a person specifically) will only lead to hurt feelings. Instead, politely address each situation directly as it comes your way. That means picking up the phone and explaining to your guest that you don’t have enough room or budget for extra people, and asking your partner to have a conversation with his mom about her all-white wedding ensemble. Trust us—“good vibes only” is the mantra for the day. >>

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Change your relationship status in minutes or months— it’s up to you. There’s no wrong or right time—some couples even do it at the altar! Once you tie the knot, you and your new spouse can decide when to change your relationship status or last name on your social media platforms. For some couples, this can be a very important moment; for others, it’s no big deal. So if and when you’re ready to make the change, go for it.

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if you’re going to a wedding Wait to publicly post your congratulations. If the couple hasn’t made the announcement, then you shouldn’t spill the beans first. It’s exciting when you’re the first to find out your best friend or sister is getting married, but hold off on the public congrats until they’re ready to share the news themselves. They might be waiting for an important reason (like they haven’t even told their parents yet), and there could be hard feelings involved if others find out they weren’t in the know first.

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Private message any wedding planning questions. Otherwise, it can be awkward for the couple’s other Facebook friends who weren’t invited. If you want to discuss wedding plans with the couple, it’s polite to do so in a private way. The couple may have hundreds of Facebook friends who aren’t on the guest list, and it’s not fair if every detail comes up on their news feed. Some couples love to share wedding planning details, and they’ll appreciate a friendly ear to listen if you call to find out how it’s going. This is a busy time for them too, so don’t be offended if they don’t keep you up to date on everything. Share pics of the couple. But respect their request if they ask you not to post photos before they do. It’s great that you want to show what an amazing wedding the couple had. But they may want to wait to share photographic details of the day until they have photos from their professional photographer, or might opt for an unplugged wedding. If you’re worried about whether you’re in the clear with posting photos, wait until a close family member or friend of the couple does so first. Then you’ll know it’s okay to post.

Leave the phone in your purse or pocket. Posting occasionally is okay, but the couple invited you to celebrate their day, not sit there on your phone. They spent a lot of time planning an event you would enjoy, so don’t spend the entire time on your phone documenting the wedding on Instagram Stories—go have some fun. It’s okay to share the love a few times, but you shouldn’t opt out of hitting the dance floor in favor of tweeting a play-by-play. Plus, having a phone out all the time can get in the way of professional photos, and no one wants to look back on their wedding to see a guest more engaged with a device than their reception. Follow directions for the RSVP. The couple’s inboxes are already full of wedding-related details, so a Facebook message, text, email or private message is likely to get lost in the mix. Most paper invitations will include an RSVP card with an addressed envelope to mail it back, and couples will look for and expect responses that way (and before the deadline). If you lose the card, then it’s okay to call and find out how the couple would prefer you to RSVP. Stay clear of the professional wedding photographer. Take as many photos as you please, but don’t let snapping pics on your smartphone get in the photographer’s way. Be mindful of the photographer and videographer the couple has hired to take photos of their wedding, especially during the ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to stay seated during the ceremony (and no leaning into the aisle or raising your phone way over your head either). Standing up or moving around can be distracting to the officiant, get in the way of the pros and ruin the view for other guests. Find more etiquette tips at TheKnot.com/planning

wedding hashtag 101 Follow these five steps to craft your own personalized hashtag.

start with your name

Use your first, last and nicknames as your starting point. Remember that cutesy mash-up name that your friends gave you guys in college? This is the time to embrace it, plus it’ll be easy to remember.

use numbers to set yours apart

If your names are common or you can’t come up with anything witty, using the year or date of your wedding is an easy way to make it yours. Take #JackandJill and turn it into #JackandJill121617.

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get punny

This is one part of your wedding you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to wordplay. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a hashtag that’s clever and memorable.

avoid easy misspellings

Read over your hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled by your guests. With repetitive letters, for example, it could be as simple as flipping #saraanddave to #daveandsara.

capitalize the first letter of each word

This will help guests see where each word starts and ends, and it’ll make them more likely to get your joke or pun. With or without the capitalization, your hashtag will work the same either way.

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13 essential planning tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 months before

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

2 months before

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

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

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

1–2 weeks before

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

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

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the big picture

Before you book your shooter, quiz possible pros on these important points. >> PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

artistic

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

dramatic

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

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lifestyle

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

classic

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

documentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

practice smiling

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

get your look down pat

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

close your eyes

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

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

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

stand up straight

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

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

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

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reel talk

Wedding videography packages range from $1,000 to more than $15,000, and the styles are just as varied. These tips will help you find the perfect pro to create a video so good you’ll watch it on repeat well past your first anniversary. >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY LAUREL

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hire the person whose style most closely matches your own Just like photographers, videographers take different approaches to their craft. Documentary-style videos present the events chronologically, without special effects, while a cinematic film is more dramatic, using interesting angles for a Hollywood-movie feel (these are just two options of many). Do your research and watch several different wedding videos (most videographers will have samples on their websites) to get a feel for the different styles and which one you like best. Remember: You want to hire a videographer that already shoots in that particular style. THE KNOT TIP: You can find thousands of amazing wedding pros on TheKnot.com/marketplace, complete with customer reviews.

take finding a videographer as seriously as you do your photographer Unfortunately, hiring a videographer seems to get pushed back somewhere between welcome bags and favors—and it’s just too important for that C-list slot on your long list of wedding to-dos. If you know you want to hire a videographer to capture your day, this pro should be on the top of your priority list, along with finding your photographer. Wait too long and you likely won’t be able to hire your first pick. THE KNOT TIP: Planning ahead always pays off, so set aside money in your budget for your videographer from the beginning. If you make videography a priority, you’ll see it in the end result—a film of your wedding day that comes out even better than you imagined.

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go pro

Like your photographer, choose a professional wedding videographer—not a friend with a steady hand who loves videography.

subscribe to vimeo There are plenty of places to find wedding videographers (like TheKnot.com/marketplace), but Vimeo is the preferred spot for most A-list picks to post their recent work. Aside from the large videography community, you can easily search by location and even wedding venue to find clips from your reception spot and get ideas. THE KNOT TIP: Not all wedding videos are created equal. When you’re watching sample videos, there are a few things to look for. A good film will be well lit, have easy-to-understand audio and appropriate music, and it will be edited so that transitions are smooth and special effects complement the story.

embrace the professional referral factor People like your photographer and wedding planner have worked with videographers in the past with previous clients and will be able to suggest filmmakers they’ve liked. THE KNOT TIP: Many photography studios also offer videography, and it usually makes sense to book a package for both. A pair of pros from the same company will have an easy working rapport. >>

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seek out reviews Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit after leaving the studio, you should still do your due diligence and read reviews online as well as call references. Ask questions like: Did he capture the most important parts of your wedding? Was she a positive presence throughout the day? Did anything go wrong? Overall, were you happy with the final film? THE KNOT TIP: Keep in mind that if the reference was married a year or more ago, things that seemed like a big deal then could matter less now. It’s a red flag if the couple starts out a sentence like, “The video came out great, but…” They may not care now that the videographer showed up late, but you should be wary.

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You need to feel at ease with your videographer. (They’ll be following you around on your wedding day, after all.) It’s best to meet them in person, but FaceTime or Skype also works well in a pinch. Once you’ve met with a few potential pros, ask to see a full video or two (clips only tell part of the story, and you want to know what your entire film might look like). THE KNOT TIP: Finding the right person also means asking the important questions. Be sure to make a list of what you want. >>

10 questions to ask before booking a videographer These key points are musts.

• What’s your style: cinematic, documentary, classic or a mix?

• Have you done many weddings before? Can I see samples of other weddings you’ve done?

great sound quality? What kind of mics do you use during the ceremony? (A wireless mic is sometimes hidden just under the groom’s boutonniere.)

• What types of videos • Have you ever shot a wedding at my specific ceremony or reception site? Can I see clips?

• How do you coordinate with a wedding photographer? (It’s a plus if you can find shooters who’ve worked together before, and some studios have teams who work in tandem.)

• Will you be the one shooting my wedding? If not, can I speak to whomever will be the shooter on the day and see their clips?

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• How will you ensure

(trailer, highlight roll, and so on) do you offer, and which do you recommend?

• Will you bring in your own lighting, or will I need to arrange a lighting specialist and have them coordinate with you?

• What kind of special effects do you like to use for weddings, and what are the benefits of using them?

• Can you provide me with a price list and talk me through exactly how you charge for your services?

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get the most out of your contract

don’t micromanage

Your contract should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), nitty-gritty logistic details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the contract, don’t assume you’re going to get it. Any extras, like an engagement video session or same-day edit, need to be in there too. If they’re not and you want them, ask about them. THE KNOT TIP: Double-check that your package includes the important things: a second shooter (so your video can be edited to include at least two perspectives, like your walk down the aisle and your partner’s face), an edited video between 5 and 25 minutes long and coverage of both the ceremony and reception.

You’re hiring someone for their experience and talent (not just their equipment). Trust your decision. On the day of, you shouldn’t feel like you need to direct them or keep your eye on them. If you’ve truly done your research and fully vetted your videographer, you should have complete confidence in them. THE KNOT TIP: If you love your video, share your experience with other couples by posting a review and offering to sign on as a reference. It’s important to be timely (when the day is fresh in your mind—your videographer will appreciate it) and be specific (other couples will love knowing that your videographer caught your grandma having a sweet dance with her grandchildren). Find videographers in your area at TheKnot.com/marketplace

quality assurance The latest tech improvements to make your video look better.

high-definition

High-definition, or HD, resolution makes videos clearer. By now, all videographers have updated their equipment to shoot in a wider aspect ratio, 16:9, because when the older 4:3 video is played on HDTVs, everyone filmed looks short, stubby and probably 10 pounds heavier.

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combining video and photography

Some videographers are now offering both because of the quality of still images taken using high-resolution, high-definition digital video cameras. In this case, hire an all-encompassing “digital imager” to cover photography and videography.

light-sensitive cameras

Using these cameras means there’s no need for harsh, bright light in people’s faces that can be distracting, especially in a dimly lit space. Unexpected bonus: It makes everyone much less camera shy, so you get to record more candid videos with more natural reactions.

smaller cameras

Many videographers say the best moments are usually captured when the couple isn’t aware of the camera, which is why the more discreet the videographer is and the smaller the camera, the better. Don’t you love the fact that even the tiniest cameras can deliver top-notch HD videos?

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

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

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

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

raw bar

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

pasta station

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

waffle stand

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

sushi station

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

crepe table

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

s’mores bar

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

cheese table

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

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

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

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questions for the caterer Ask these questions before you book your food pro.

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

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

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

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

food & service

• Do you supply tables,

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logistics

• When is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

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

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

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widmer’s cheese cellars Widmer's Cheese Cellars’ cheese makers have been handcrafting world-class brick, Colby and cheddar cheese since 1922. HOW TO GET IT: The cheeses range from $4 to $68, and is shipped via UPS with various charges. WHERE TO GET IT: WidmersCheese.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

go with a band if… YOU WANT AN ELEVATED VIBE

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

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

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

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

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

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no one can prep you for these day-of surprises No matter how many weddings you’ve attended before, or how many times you’ve been a bridesmaid, there are some things you just don’t find out until your own wedding day. (What, you didn’t expect your face to hurt from smiling all day long?) >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHANIE ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Talk to anyone who’s gone through it before and they’ll tell you that your wedding day absolutely flies by. You’ll be so busy going from one thing to the next that before you know it, you’ll be cutting the cake. Besides the logistics—review every vendor contract point and make sure to pack a stain remover—there are so many intangible, special moments that make up the wedding day itself. These are just some of the surprises and truths that may happen on the day of that no one can prepare you for.

you’ll definitely cry Okay, this one might not be such a secret. What is it about weddings that makes everyone so teary? All we can say is crying is basically inevitable. And since you already know the waterworks are coming, the best thing to do is be prepared. Wear waterproof makeup (or even get eyelash extensions), keep some mascara and lipstick readily available for quick touch-ups, and store some tissues nearby—you’ll need them.

ten minutes before the ceremony is the most nerve-racking part of the day The time leading up to the walk down the aisle will involve the most jittery moments you’ll ever experience. And it makes sense: You’re about to make a life-changing decision in front of all the people you love and care about the most. Just remember that your other half is waiting for you at the end of the journey, and you’re going to have a huge party to celebrate (not to mention the reason why you said “yes” in the first place).

your face will hurt from smiling so much Thousands of pictures aside, you’ll be smiling all day because it’s going to be the best day ever. You’re marrying your best friend, after all. Between finally “making it official” with your partner and dancing all night with your friends and family members, there’s literally no reason to frown (even if it rains).

the ceremony will be the best part There’s something truly amazing about the wedding ceremony. The traditions, the vows and all your friends and family members combined will make this one of the most emotional moments of your life. Our advice? Take it all in and savor it. You’ll want these memories to last a lifetime.

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you’ll be amazed by the love and support of your family and friends They all showed up for one reason—you. You and your soonto-be spouse will get all—and we really mean all—of the attention. You may not even be able to eat dinner, since you’ll have so many people to talk to and so many pictures to take. Between the pinches on the cheek from your grandma and the bear hugs from your college pals, you’ll be overcome by the love, support and happiness of those around you. >>

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you’ll want a little alone time In fact, you might be so overwhelmed that you may want to take a few moments just for you, or the two of you. Some of the most special minutes of the day are the few you get to spend alone—getting excited for what’s to come—or together with your new spouse, taking it all in. Try a time-out, post vows. you’ll be exhausted... But you won’t care. You may not get too much sleep the night before your wedding, between any last-minute stress over the seating chart or just overall excitement for the day to come. Exhaustion is inevitable, but you’ll find a way to soldier on and sleep when you can. (Under-eye concealer will be your best friend.)

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the most magical moment will be when you least expect it We promise that the most special moment of the day or weekend is going to be something you never expected. A stolen minute or two with your soon-to-be spouse, a gift from your dad or an impromptu speech could end up meaning the world to you. it won’t all go as planned Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run? Are your guests still having fun? Are you having fun? If these questions are easily answered, then don’t sweat it—just keep enjoying your celebration, and delegate tasks to planners and relatives so you don’t have to deal with drama. you’ll feel different Even if you and your other half have been living together for years, once you’re legally wed, things will feel official. It could just be a slight shift or a more noticeable change, but it will definitely seem like the real deal—because it is. Find more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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family feels Expect these people to be emotional on your day.

your parents

Your wedding means a lot to your parents. Whether they played a large or small role in your life, no parent is ever fully prepared for the day their child gets married. While you’ll always be a part of their family, you’ll be starting your own family too.

grandparents

Grandparents have a special place in their heart for their grandkids, so don’t forget to give them a little extra love and attention throughout planning and on your wedding day.

children

Bringing kids into a marriage creates an entirely new vibe—your child might not feel like they’re the most important person in your life anymore. This marriage means a new person is permanently in their lives, so they might need some time to adjust to this change.

siblings

Like your parents, siblings have a unique attachment to you, and a wedding can feel like they’re losing a member of the pack. So don’t be surprised if they’re more emotional than you expected.

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Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to soldier on and think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run?

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Before you jump in and take off, make a grand entrance or an unforgettable getaway with these tips. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIANNA WILBUR PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

convertible

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

vintage truck

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

rolls-royce

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

sports car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mishaps and miscommunications are inevitable while planning a wedding, so try not to sweat it. Here’s a heads-up on the most common ones so you can avoid them from the start.

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freaking out because someone else has your gown Since wedding day personalization is so important to couples, it’s easy to lose it if another pair chooses the same fashion, favors or food. But before you have a meltdown, consider a healthier way to deal. Instead of worrying about someone else’s wedding looking the same as yours, think about how to make the similar detail different. If a friend chooses the same gown as you, find accents to personalize yours. Accessorize with a brooch, add a sash, embellish the train with some embroidery or pick a unique veil to set yours apart.

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When you started planning, you thought you knew what you wanted, but after scouring Pinterest, you’ve completely changed your mind. It’s not the best realization, but don’t worry—your wedding style can still be salvageable (but it may cost you extra, contractually). Unsure about the color scheme? Work with your florist to change your bouquets and centerpieces—adding new blooms in all of your arrangements will introduce a new color throughout the room. Don’t love your linens? Spice them up with bright table runners or overlays. If you start freaking out, remember—you’re committing to your partner, not your wedding colors. >>

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We know you’re so excited to be engaged and plan an amazing wedding. You can’t wait to choose your save-the-dates, book your venue, select your flowers and taste cake flavors. But hold on—one of the most important factors that goes into wedding planning is your guest list, which essentially determines your budget. It’s what also shapes most of the other elements of your wedding, from the venue to the catering. It’s not the easiest part of planning, but you shouldn’t make any decisions before you have your list pretty firmly in place. Why? You don’t want to put down a nonrefundable deposit on a cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law’s additions bump your list to over 200. Once you’ve discussed numbers with your partner and families, then you can move forward. That said, this means you and your fiancé can almost immediately start thinking about what you want the atmosphere of your wedding to be: an intimate affair with close friends and family, or a bash with 300-plus people (or maybe somewhere in the middle).

We know you’re excited to plan, but there’s only so much anyone can take when confronted with an infinite array of invitation choices and unfamiliar floral terms. In order to keep wedding talk (and potentially irritated moods) at bay, designate one night a week to sit down with your significant other and discuss every aspect of the wedding. Use this time to try to get a concrete idea of their interest in the various details. If invitation suites just aren’t their thing, resolve to leave them out of that decision. No need to drag anyone into something they don’t care about. But also listen for things they are interested in. Chances are you’ll find yourself a willing helper, at least in one area. Moving forward, try to make all other nights wedding-free. Catch up with each other, go out with friends, watch TV—anything. You’ll both be so happy to know the person you fell in love with is still there, and definitely appreciate the breather from planning.

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You’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, but it’s not quite a perfect fit on the real-life you. If your plan is to order the dress two sizes too small and do whatever it takes to make it fit, pause for a moment. Making a commitment to exercise often and eat a nutritious diet is great at any stage in your life, not just your wedding. On the other hand, crash-dieting and chaining yourself to the treadmill for a few months is a course likely to end in disaster—and an ill-fitting gown. Instead of losing more sleep than weight, find a dress you love and order it in your current size. If you want to work on your body during your engagement, that’s great—just be sure to make your goals manageable (toning up but not dropping 20 pounds, for instance). You’re more likely to stick with a routine that doesn’t require superhuman willpower. And if you still find that you’re worried about your figure, just remember that you’re about to get married to someone who can’t get enough of the way you look right now. If you plan to lose a few extra pounds, the slow-andsteady approach will help you big time (and help you keep it off long term)—and you should do it before your second fitting. If your body goes through any big changes after that, you may be lighter, but your alterations bill could be pricey—we’re talking hundreds of dollars. Your final fitting should be for last-minute tweaks, not a total overhaul.

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doing it all yourself We love nothing more than seeing the genius projects that couples come up with to make their weddings unique—but even we have to draw the line somewhere. There’s doing it yourself, and then there’s overdoing yourself. There are plenty of benefits to DIY, but rather than taking on too many projects, pick the one or two you’re really in love with and put your resources (both mental and monetary) into making those amazing. For the others, try to find a ready-made version.

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The place cards just came back from the printer and the color of the ink is a little off from the print hue on your invites. Let’s face it—even the most perfectly planned wedding will hit a few bumps along the way. When you’ve worked so hard for months on details, it can be tough to manage when you find a flaw. The key is when you spot one, you’ll need to take a breath and think: How important is this really going to be to me in a year? Most mishaps that are causing you agitation won’t matter to you at all once you’re at your wedding. If it’s a serious snarl, deal with it. But if it’s a minor mess-up, try to move on.

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Once you’ve realized you can’t do it all yourself, you enlist someone you trust to double-check with the caterer and the florist, steam your veil and make sure the limo company has directions. Most brides turn to their moms (or sister or maid of honor) to make sure things go as planned on the actual day. These people are usually happy to help in any way they can, but don’t forget they came to celebrate with you too (and they’re working on a volunteer basis). No matter how worried you are, most wedding day (and day-before) chores can be trusted to any competent adult, and aren’t there a slew of them coming into town just for your wedding? So before you hand your mom or maid of honor a mega-task list, consider splitting jobs among a larger group of people—friends, cousins, aunts. They’ll be glad to lend a hand (and likely flattered you asked), and it’s a great way to include more people in your celebration. If you’re worried about losing track, simply take the to-do list you already have and note who’s doing what next to each task. Check in with each person at some point, then check off the chore from the list. You also have the option, if budget permits, to hire a wedding coordinator for the final weeks before the wedding (or even just the day-of). They’re experts at making sure those last-minute tasks get done, and having the extra hands will help you relax before your wedding and on the day of.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CARIBBEAN ST. BARTS WHY GO The

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

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHY GO A quick

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

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

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

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

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

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

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

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BRIDE Katherine Fox, 27, works in property management GROOM Marc-Andre Lavoie, 28, a sales consultant for Southern Wine & Spirits HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE When Katherine dreamt of her wedding to Marc-Andre, she pictured “a moody, magical fairy tale with raw outdoor elements.” “I loved the idea of combining glamorous details with an organic backdrop,” she says. —Ginger Harris

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The couple had a personalized globe made for the reception, which showed off their custom monogram.

Incorporating black and white provided a timeless backdrop for the couple’s nuptials, while bold blooms in shades of raspberry, plum and fuchsia gave a burst of color to the day. “We basically sprinkled everything with a touch of gold, and it completed our glam look,” Katherine says.

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The couple’s fourtier cake alternated between nearly naked layers and ones frosted with buttercream and flecked with gold foil.

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Katherine knew from the very beginning her bridesmaids would wear black. She accented everyone’s attire with bold bunches of jewel-tone flowers. “I wanted it to be fun,” Marc-Andre says of his approach to planning. “It was the best and biggest party of our lives.”

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The couple celebrated with not just a first dance, but a last dance of the night too.

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For the reception, the newlyweds topped tables with low arrangements and served guests seafood like push-pop crab cakes, lobster bisque and sea bass. “Our getaway car was the best,” Katherine says of the white Rolls-Royce waiting for them post-dancing. “It was the perfect ending.”

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BRIDE Rebekah (Bek) Kaplan, 29, a sales manager for Ylang 23 GROOM Drew Levey, 29, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs HOW THEY MET On a birthright trip to Israel WEDDING STYLE Shades of white, silver, peach and a smoky blue brought the couple’s Moroccan theme to life, and complemented the 30A setting without feeling too beachy. —GH

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After sharing their first kiss on a beach in Tel Aviv, Bek and Drew had their hearts set on saying “I do” by the ocean. But a beach-themed wedding wasn’t what Bek had in mind. Instead, she opted for a subtle Moroccan theme in neutral tones. “I’ve been to Morocco, and I love the décor there,” she says. “Alys Beach has a lot of Moroccan architecture too.”

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“We wanted our guests to receive the invitations and say ‘Wow, we have to go to this wedding,’ ” Bek says. Their custom suite included a laser-cut gatefold belly band and an elaborate Moroccan-inspired border used throughout the rest of the day. The couple printed their menu on a bag with rosemary and a small baguette inside.

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“A seated dinner was really important to my parents because they wanted to treat our guests who had traveled to join us,” Bek says. The reception featured three types of tables, including 10-person rounds topped with tall glass vases overflowing with cherry blossoms and tulips and circled by chic Lucite chairs.

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The couple incorporated traditional Jewish elements, like the hora, in their ceremony and reception.

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Heather chose to do a soft, low bun so her hair was up and out of her face in preparation for an outdoor evening in Florida.

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A gold foil ikat pattern reflected the bride’s dress and set a glam tone for the day.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Heather Thomas, 27, a merchandising assistant GROOM Michael SpeicherHarris, 27, in the US Navy HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE Pops of blush and gold gave the couple’s rustic outdoor wedding a classic twist. —GH

Heather had always envisioned an outdoor wedding that was both serene and rustic. The Ribault Club provided the perfect backdrop, with the added bonus of an old-world Florida vibe. A stunning oak tree and farm tables helped bring the day’s organic atmosphere to life, while soft pink details, gold accents and warm candlelight upped the romance factor.

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Neutral linen napkins, vintage-washed chargers and a menu outfitted with a leaf motif played into the wedding’s rustic nature. Guests walked away with Spanish wedding cookies (Heather loves baked goods) and mini milk jars filled with Bailey’s Irish cream. Honoring tradition, the couple had a classic military exit.

The recessional included the iconic sword arch performed by a few of Michael’s fellow service members.

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Candles scattered throughout the centerpieces cast a romantic glow after sunset. These, along with Italian string lights, illuminated the dance floor as guests boogied into the night. After dinner they feasted on a three-tier vanilla, carrot and lemon with blueberry buttercream confection topped with fresh blooms.

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FLOWERS Shea Hopely Flowers

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The towering gold and ivory wedding cake was inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal confection.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Neda Khosravani, 27, an attorney GROOM David Khosrowzadeh, 30, a physician HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE The romance of the oldest city in the US created the perfect backdrop for a luxurious and dreamy bash with a Persian twist. —GH

Using shades of merlot, rose and pearl, the couple infused a glam vibe into an affair rich in both tradition and elegance. Jewels adorned everything from the invitations to the bride’s bouquet. At the end of the night, the couple drove away in a Ford Model T from the 1920s.

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The vintage Tiffany glass that adorned the reception ballroom just happened to be in the wedding’s color palette.

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Neda and David had their first dance to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” on a white dance floor, which was customized with their initials in gold. “We wanted something unique and special that wouldn’t put people to sleep,” Neda says. “It starts slow and picks up at the end to get everyone dancing.”

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CEREMONY SITE Lightner Museum,

St. Augustine RECEPTION SITE Flagler College, St. Augustine

PHOTOGRAPHY Zach Thomas,

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VIDEOGRAPHY Life and Love Studio

PLANNER The BIG Event, Wedding & Party

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES Adrianna Papell,

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MENSWEAR groom: Hugo Boss,

Bloomingdale’s; groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Boxed Wedding Invitations SIGN-IN BOOK The Paper Shop

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CATERING Casa

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MUSIC Ceremony: Wehner Weddings LLC;

reception: Andy Madadian Sebastian Winery

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October 22 • Panama City Beach

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photography by Dear Wesleyann at a private residence

Alex Anne’s dress— a lace A-line design with dainty straps and a full tulle skirt—was the first one she tried on.

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BRIDE Alexandria (Alex Anne) Spencer, 23, a student GROOM Garrett Brown, 31, a physician HOW THEY MET At the hospital where they both worked WEDDING STYLE The couple decorated their timeless, elegant affair with ivory blooms and subtle pink accents. —GH

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The white marble fondant finish on the couple’s cake mirrored the marble details of the venue.

Alex Anne and Garrett married at the waterfront home of a family friend in Panama City Beach. “The upscale landscaping, marble statues, rich-colored upholstery, grand columns and breathtaking décor feels like you’re escaping to a luxury Italian home,” she says. “Celebrating in someone’s house created a warm atmosphere that allowed the guests to relax and purely enjoy the beauty of the wedding. It’s a venue like no other.”

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ALEX ANNE & GARRET T NORTH FLORIDA

“Our live event painter captured our wedding in such a unique way,” Alex Anne says. “I will cherish this for the rest of my life.”

ALEX ANNE & GARRETT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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Reception tables were topped with hundreds of vintage gold mercury glass votives and tall arrangements of garden roses, dendrobium orchids, hydrangeas and greenery in baroque vessels. “I wanted each guest to feel as if they were attending a royal dinner,” Alex Anne says.

A private residence, Panama City Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY Wesleyann

Knetzer/Dear Wesleyann Myron Hines

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES STATIONERY RENTALS H&M CATERING

CAKE Chunky Monkey Cakes

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make it legal Central Florida Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the Central Florida region, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Those who are 16–17 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period (which can be waived upon completion of a premarital course) and asks that both the bride and groom present a valid photo ID and a Social Security card to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, he or she must state the exact date of the divorce or death, although no official documentation is required unless the marriage ended in the last 30 days. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Brevard County Clerk of the Court 400 South St., Fl. 2 Titusville, FL 32780 (321) 952-4604 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lake County County Clerk of the Circuit Court 122 E. Main St. Tavares, FL 32778 (352) 253-2650 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Orange County Clerk of Courts 425 N. Orange Ave., Rm. 355 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 836-2067 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Seminole County Clerk of Courts 301 N. Park Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 (407) 665-4375 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Volusia County Clerk of Circuit Court 101 N. Alabama Ave., Rm. C119 DeLand, FL 32724 (386) 736-5911 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known Central Florida 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.

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Daytona Beach News-Journal

(386) 252-5550 Attn: Celebrations Announcements– Classified Advertising 901 6th St. Daytona Beach, FL 32120

Must submit info no later than five weeks after the wedding date; must submit by 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the desired Saturday publication.

Form: Yes; must be typed.

Packages range from $75 to $375.

Orlando Sentinel

(407) 420-5696 633 N. Orange Ave., MP 501 Orlando, FL 32801

Must submit info by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No; submit online.

Prices range from $45 to $75, and $27 extra for photo.

The Villages Daily Sun

(352) 753-1119 1100 Main St. The Villages, FL 32159

Published on a first-come, first-served basis.

Form: Yes Photo published with a caption; no additional text.

There is no charge for this service for local residents.

The Daily Commercial

(352) 365-8200 PO Box 490007 Leesburg, FL 34749

Submissions are accepted up to six weeks after the wedding date and must be received one week before the desired Thursday or Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Osceola NewsGazette

(407) 846-7600 108 Church St. Kissimmee, FL 34743

None. Announcements are published on a space-available basis. Bride or groom must be a resident of Osceola County to be featured.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

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make it legal North Florida Area Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In North Florida, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period and asks that the bride and groom present a valid photo ID and Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days. Licenses are valid out of county, but not out of state. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must know the dates of divorce or death; documents may be required. Offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Alachua County

Clay County

Escambia County

Leon County

Okaloosa County

St. Johns County

Clerk of the Circuit Court 201 E. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 374-3636 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of the Circuit Court 825 N. Orange Ave. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-6302 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of the Court M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building 190 Governmental Ctr. Pensacola, FL 32502 (850) 595-4310 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Courts 313 S. Calhoun St. Tallahassee, FL 32302 (850) 577-4060 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 101 E. James Lee Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 689-5000 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court 4010 Lewis Spdwy. St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 819-3640 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Duval County

Flagler County

Marriage License Dept. Duval County Courthouse 330 E. Bay St., Rm. 101 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-1436 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of the Circuit Court 1769 Moody Blvd., Bldg. 1 Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 313-4400 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bay County Clerk of Courts 300 E. 4th St. Panama City, FL 32401 (850) 763-9061 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nassau County

Putnam County

Union County

Clerk of Courts 76347 Veterans Way, Ste. 456 Yulee, FL 32097 (904) 548-4600 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Court Clerk 410 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, FL 32177 (386) 329-0250 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 55 W. Main St., Rm. 103 Lake Butler, FL 32054 (386) 496-3711 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Florida Times-Union

(904) 359-4111 Attn: Features Dept., Weddings PO Box 1949 Jacksonville, FL 32231

Must submit info by 5 p.m., 16 days prior to the desired Sunday publication and within 6 months of wedding.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from $69 to $169.

Gainesville Sun

(352) 337-0304 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 2700 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608

Announcement must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday 10 days prior to desired publication date.

Form: Yes. Photos can be sent as JPEGs or mailed. Must be professional; black-and-white is preferred. Bride’s face must not be covered by veil.

Fees start at $98, which includes 5 complimentary copies.

Northwest Florida Daily News

(850) 315-4350 2 Elgin Pkwy. NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

No deadline.

Form: No

Cost is $17 per inch on Sundays and $14.80 per inch in Monday– Saturday editions.

Pensacola News Journal

(850) 435-8585 Attn: Classifieds Dept. 101 E. Romana St. Pensacola, FL 32502

Must submit info at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to desired Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Optional, email to celebrations@pnj.com.

Fees range from $75 to $255. Both packages include a photo.

St. Augustine Record

(904) 819-3486 Attn: Celebrations One News Place St. Augustine, FL 32086

Must submit info by noon on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

First photo is free, second photo is $20.

Tallahassee Democrat

(850) 599-2210 x 5 277 N. Magnolia Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32302

Must submit info by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Online only at Tallahassee.com.

Price available online.

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make it legal West Coast Florida Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the West Coast Florida region, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Anyone ages 16–17 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period and asks that both the bride and groom present a valid photo ID and Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days. There is no waiting period required for out-of-state residents. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must present a copy of the divorce decree or provide the date of death or divorce. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Charlotte County

Hernando County

Lee County

Pasco County

Polk County

County Clerk 350 East Marion Ave. Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (941) 637-2240 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 20 N. Main St., Rm. 362 Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 540-6382 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Official Records Office 2115 2nd St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 335-2283 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 14236 6th St., Ste. 201 Dade City, FL 33523 (352) 521-4468 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Court 255 N. Broadway Ave. Bartow, FL 33830 (863) 534-4547 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Collier County

Hillsborough County

Manatee County

Pinellas County

Sarasota County

Clerk of Circuit Court 3315 Tamiami Trail E. Naples, FL 34112 (239) 252-2646 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 419 Pierce St. Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 276-8100 x4366 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Courthouse 1115 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 741-4020 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 315 Court St., Rm. 150 Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 464-4876 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court Marriage License Dept. 2000 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 362-4066 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known West Coast Florida 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.

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Must submit info two weeks before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes Photos will be returned with SASE.

Price varies from no cost to $98 according to inches of text.

(941) 206-1000 23170 Harborview Rd. Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes; email familyalbum@sun-herald.com

Cost is $25 for one photo with 200 words.

The News-Press

(239) 335-0452 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 10 Fort Myers, FL 33901

Must submit info on Friday, four weeks before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes Photo returned with SASE.

Fees range from $20 to $220 depending on size of announcement and photo submitted.

Naples Daily News

(239) 403-6161 Attn: Celebrations Coordinator 1100 Immokalee Rd. Naples, FL 34110

Submit info within six weeks of the wedding date at noon the Tuesday before Sunday publication. Announcements published on a space-available basis.

Form: Optional Photos are not returned.

Cost range from $75 to $600 based on size.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

(941) 361-4163 Attn: Wedding Announcements PO Box 1719 Sarasota, FL 34230

Must submit info within one month of the wedding date, ten days prior to publication date. Announcements published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: No; prefer online submission.

Ranges from free to $180 based on size of ad. A photo is $40 extra.

St. Petersburg Times

(727) 893-8215 490 1st Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Must submit info within six months of the wedding date. Announcements published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Tampa Tribune

(813) 259-8050 202 S. Parker St. Tampa, FL 33606

Must submit info within one year of the wedding date. Submit by noon on the Monday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional

Rates start at $95.38 without a photo and $171.68 with a photo.

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The Bradenton Herald

(941) 746-7355 102 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205

The Charlotte Sun

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make it legal South Florida Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE Around the southern tip of Florida, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Those ages 16–17 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period (which can be waived upon completion of a premarital course) and asks that the bride and groom present a valid photo ID verifying DOB and a Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days in the state of Florida only. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, he or she must state the exact date and location of the divorce or death. Some counties do not require official documentation unless the marriage ended 60 days prior. Offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details..

WHERE TO APPLY Broward County

Hendry County

Miami-Dade County

Monroe County

Palm Beach County

Clerk of Courts 201 SE 6th St., Rm. 270 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 831-6565 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court 25 E. Hickpoochee Ave. LaBelle, FL 33935 (863) 675-5217 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk’s Office 140 W. Flagler St., Rm. 1503 Miami, FL 33130 (305) 275-1155 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk 530 Whitehead St. Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-3458 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk’s Office 205 N. Dixie Hwy. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 355-2996 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known South Florida Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the

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The Miami Herald

(305) 376-4614 Attn: Celebrations 1 Herald Plz. Miami, FL 33132

Must submit info no later than 5 p.m. on the Wednesday two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees range from $65 without a photo to $210 with a photo.

Palm Beach Post

(561) 820-4310 Attn: Features Dept. PO Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 33416

Must submit info at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the desired Sunday publication, no later than three months after the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

Rates range from $40 to $405. Photos are included in each package.

Sun-Sentinel

(954) 698-7040 Attn: Celebrations 333 SW 12th Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Must submit info on the 15th of the month prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Rates range from $125 to $200. A photo is included in packages.

The Islander News

(305) 361-3333 104 Crandon Blvd., Ste. 301 Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Must submit info within two months of the wedding and by Monday at 5 p.m. prior to the desired Thursday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Key West Citizen

(305) 292-7777 Attn: Lifestyle Dept. PO Box 1800 Key West, FL 33041

Must submit info by noon on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional Submissions must be typed.

There is no charge for this service for local residents.

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301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL (561) 235-3967 | CafeBoulud.com Enjoy Chef Daniel Boulud’s superb cuisine in historic boutique hotel The Brazilian Court—a picture-perfect setting. With pampering at Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Spa and luxe guest suites, this newly renovated, amenityrich destination offers a level of intimacy you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. capacity 150 | price $$$

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caribe royale

8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 238-8002 CaribeRoyale.com Our wedding experts are here to create a one-of-a-kind Orlando wedding that exceeds your every desire—all while offering packages that take the guesswork out of the planning process. From the entertainment to the cuisine, we will help you plan an event that will become your memory of a lifetime. capacity 400+ | price $$$

casa feliz

(407) 628-0230 CasaFelizVenue.com Elegance and romance intertwine to create the perfect venue to celebrate your special day. Casa Feliz’s rich textures of original Spanish roof tiles, whitewashed century-old bricks, lush gardens, heavily carved European antiques and sweeping oaks create a gorgeous setting for your picture-perfect wedding. capacity 150 | price $$$

casa marina hotel & restaurant

691 First Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL (904) 270-0025 | rblakely@casamarinahotel.com CasaMarinaHotel.com The historic oceanfront Casa Marina provides a pictureperfect setting for the wedding of your dreams! Our rich history will add a bit of romance and natural beauty to create a romantic wedding beyond compare. capacity 400+ | price $$

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Sanibel Island, FL (866) 748-8958 CasaYbelWeddings.com A private resort located on Sanibel Island, Casa Ybel is perfect for your beach wedding. Featuring the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, award-winning culinary service and all beachfront suites, it’s easy to see why we’re celebrating over 100 years of weddings. Casually elegant. Sophisticated. Timeless. capacity 200 | price $$$

the center at deltona

1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Deltona, FL (386) 878-8875 codonnell@deltonafl.gov DeltonaFL.gov In December 2017, the city of Deltona is opening a brand-new, state-of-the-art community center with a 7,500-square-foot ballroom. A beautiful event lawn will become the perfect site for your wedding ceremony, along with a bride’s and groom’s room to get ready in. Open dates are available. Book today! capacity 400+ | price $$

ceviche orlando

125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL (407) 592-0528 | kelly@ceviche.com Ceviche.com In Orlando’s historic Church Street Station, Ceviche’s old-world architecture and Spanish flair sets a stage to pledge your love, raise toasts, pass plates and celebrate. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional services and a

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citrus club

255 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL (407) 843-1080 For more than 40 years, the Citrus Club has been known for its blend of exceptional service, fine cuisine and an unparalleled downtown view. After completing a $4 million renovation, the Club is an upscale, modern venue that is perfect for any style of wedding. capacity 50+ | price $$

clearwater beach marriott suites on sand key

1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 593-6110 ClearwaterBeachMarriottSuites.com We understand that your wedding is more than just an event to be remembered; it’s an experience of a lifetime. Our certified wedding planners offer the highest level of quality and service, whether you’re planning a gathering of seventy-five or a grand affair for two hundred guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

the club at admirals cove

200 Admirals Cove Blvd., Jupiter, FL (561) 745-2606 | catering@admiralscove.net AdmiralsCove.net Welcome to The Club at Admirals Cove. Our exclusive, first-class amenities provide the perfect setting for your wedding. Our accommodating staff will help you create an original, inspired and unforgettable occasion. Allow our panoramic coastal views to paint the backdrop for your special event. capacity 400 | price $$

the club at boca pointe

7144 Boca Pointe Drive, Boca Raton, FL (561) 864-8511 | jgluth@theclubatbocapointe.com theClubatBocaPointe.com The Club at Boca Pointe offers a resort-style atmosphere with unparalleled amenities for you to enjoy. Allow us the opportunity to create the perfect setting and the perfect day to begin this experience of a lifetime. Your time, your day, your moment. It begins right here at the Club at Boca Pointe. capacity 350 | price $$

the club at ibis

8225 Ibis Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 625-8500 EXT. 5103 | jbyrn@clubatibis.com ClubatIbis.com Remodeled in 2015, this beautifully designed and decorated club offers award-winning service and culinary delights. Designed with a welcoming, luxurious atmosphere, the ballroom provides picturesque views with accommodation for 400 guests. We look forward to being a part of your celebration. capacity 420 | price $$$

the club continental & the winterbourne inn

2143 Astor Street, Orange Park, FL (904) 264-6070 | (904) 264-2114

WinterbourneontheStJohns.com ClubContinental.com Dreaming of a riverfront wedding at a historic location? Two choices await you at the same location on the St. John’s River. Choose from an 1874 southern style house or a 1922 old world mansion; both offer full-service catering and gracious staff to enhance your special day. capacity 150+ | price $$

conrad miami

1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL (305) 503-6547 Inspiring views of Biscayne Bay from the 25th floor create an everlasting backdrop to your picture-perfect wedding at Conrad Miami. Our wedding experts will deliver an unparalleled experience for all your guests. Never Just Stay. Stay Inspired. capacity 300 | price $$

coral gables country club

997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL (305) 392-0819 | CoralGablesCountryClub.com As one of Coral Gables’ few traditional ballrooms, the Coral Gables Country Club is the perfect location for groups of one hundred to one thousand people. capacity 400+ | price $$

crowne plaza hollywood beach resort

4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (954) 454-4334 EXT. 210 sales@cphollywoodbeach.com CPHollywoodBeach.com Discover a place along the water’s edge that’s as magical as your love for each other. We’ll plan the celebration of your dreams whether it’s a beachfront ceremony or a reception in our Waterway Pavilion. The Crowne Plaza is the younique venue for you. capacity 200 | price $$$$

cypress grove

290 W. Holden Ave., Orlando, FL (407) 749-0792 info@cypressgroveestatehouse.com CypressGroveEstateHouse.com The Estate House at Cypress Grove is a vintage 1925 estate offering stylish, stunning facilities for destination weddings, wedding receptions, cocktail parties, corporate events and holiday celebrations, plus lush grounds boasting oak and cypress trees, radiant seasonal flowers and manicured lawns. capacity 200 | price $$

deauville beach resort

6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL (305) 779-5360 weddings@deauvillebeachresort.com DeauvilleBeachResort.com Whether your dream is to say “I do” in a luxurious chandelier-lit hall or on a romantic beach, we’ll tailor the right package for you that includes a bridal suite, customized menu, tea candles, champagne toast for all and a traditional cake. Offer guests a beach getaway while attending your memorable event. capacity 300+ | price $$

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deer creek golf club

2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 426-6588 catering@deercreekflorida.com DeerCreekFlorida.com Deer Creek offers breathtaking views of exotic, lush landscaping surrounding a cascading waterfall and ballroom ceilings reaching a stunning 18 feet, complemented by crystal chandeliers. The most elegant, intimate experience for all guests on your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

deer island country club

18000 Eagles Way Drive, Deer Island, FL (352) 343-7550 DeerIslandCC.com With panoramic lake views, this is the perfect place for you and your loved ones to gather and celebrate! Unique weddings are our specialty. The sky’s the limit! Your love is the beginning of a lifetime of adventure, so why not start your adventure with the experience of a lifetime at Deer Island! capacity 200 | price $$

deering bay yacht & country club

13610 Deering Bay Dr., Coral Gables, FL (305) 964-4050 k.phang@dbycc.com | s.pyle@dbycc.com DBYCC.com For over 25 years Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club has been a part of countless weddings, making each couple’s most special day come to life. Deering Bay provides a naturally beautiful backdrop that is the canvas for your imagination, complete with catering, flowers, entertainment and much more.

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the diplomat country club

501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallendale, FL (954) 883-4100 DiplomatGolf.com The Diplomat Country Club’s location offers a 7,300-square-foot luxury ballroom boasting French doors that lead to a veranda overlooking the golf course. Four meeting rooms and outdoor event facilities are also available. The professionally trained staff will help to ensure the success of your event. capacity 500 | price $$

discover the palm beaches

(800) 554-7256 | mywedding@thepalmbeaches.com ThePalmBeaches.com/weddings The Palm Beaches offer a vast array of venues for

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St. Pete Beach, FL (727) 363-5042 DonCeSar.com The Gulf Coast’s most iconic resort has been revitalized and refreshed, making it the perfect place to start a future. Cotton-candy-pink towers and sugar-white sands create unbelievable backdrops for every affair from beachfront cocktail receptions to ballroom extravaganzas. Weddings are simply more legendary in St. Pete Beach. capacity 250 | price $$$$

doubletree by hilton grand hotel biscayne bay

1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL (305) 523-3314 adriana.rader@hilton.com BiscayneBay.DoubleTree.com On your most important night, the DoubleTree Grand will take care of every detail from beginning to end. You will enjoy incredible views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami City Skyline. At the DoubleTree Grand, our staff will help you to create the perfect “Grand Night.” capacity 250 | price $$

doubletree by hilton ocean point resort & spa

17375 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (786) 528-2586 weddings@oceanpointresort.com OceanPointResort.com The elegant wedding you have always imagined with panoramic views, luxurious space, exquisite food and impeccable service. capacity 150 | price $$$

doubletree by hilton orlando downtown

(407) 313-6025 DoubleTreeOrlandoDowntown.com At DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, we create wedding celebrations both big and small that reflect your unique sense of style. Let our experienced staff make your special day perfect down to the last detail, while you and your guests enjoy the party of a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

doubletree by hilton st. augustine 116 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL (904) 825-1923 | maggie.goller@hilton.com StAugustineHistoricDistrict.DoubleTree.com At the DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District, our wedding professionals are here to make your planning process easy and seamless, where you can relax and enjoy the experience because we take all of the worry out of planning when you book your special event with us. capacity 130 | price $$

800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, FL (305) 444-1941 | (305) 448-1195 raraya@banyanstreet.com Where old-world charm and elegance come together, Douglas Entrance is a one-of-a-kind location to host your ceremony and reception. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a restored grand ballroom and archroom whose main entrance is through a beautiful grand staircase. capacity 250 | price $$$

dubsdread banquet facility

549 West Par Street, Orlando, FL (407) 650-9558 | events@historicdubsdread.com HistoricDubsdread.com Making your dreams come true in an environment and ambience unsurpassed in excellence. With an experienced wedding coordinator right on site and service personnel that excels in assisting your needs, Dubsdread is the natural choice when it comes to your wedding day. capacity 250 | price $$

emerald coast convention & visitors bureau

1540 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL (850) 651-7647 | cvbsales@co.okaloosa.fl.us You have the diamond, now get the emerald. Recite your vows on the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Every year, happy couples say “I do” here. Our team is here to help, whether you dream of getting married on the beach, on a golf course, in a church or at one of our many breathtaking venues.

emerald grande at harborwalk village

(850) 424-0622 EmeraldGrande.com A once-in-a-lifetime event deserves a stunning location. Overlooking the pristine Destin Harbor, emerald-green waters and dazzling sunsets, our exquisite facilities include a grand staircase and elegant array of indoor and outdoor features, providing the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception.

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3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (855) 293-8851 | cateringinfo@diplomatresort.com DiplomatResort.com For a wedding overlooking the ocean, our sugar-sand beaches and shoreside perch awaits. Our attention to “I do day” perfection is highly personalized. Our beach-luxe resort is a welcoming haven, and it’s always our pleasure to help plan your wedding, from first-night soirees to a farewell brunch.

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epping forest yacht & country club

1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, FL (904) 421-2226 EFYC.com Epping Forest Yacht & CC combines turn-of-the-century romance with a setting of historical significance. Built in 1926 on the banks of the St. Johns River, the duPont Mansion provides English-style gardens, stone fountains and historic oak trees, perfect for unforgettable weddings of 20 to 400! capacity 400 | price $$$

the estate on the halifax

5123 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL (386) 763-2285 | info@estateonthehalifax.com EstateontheHalifax.com Tie the knot at our 10-acre estate located on the

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. Halifax River—romantic and timeless with The Chapel, The Gardens and The Tavern, offering both indoor and outdoor venues. Our exclusive-use reservation provides total privacy for your entire day and a special honeymoon night in Agatha’s Guest House. capacity 250 | price $$

the event factory

7565 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL (813) 806-0026 TheEventFactory.com Experience the fairy-tale you’ve always dreamed about. We offer wedding ceremonies, receptions, facility-only rentals and complete all-inclusive packages for every budget. Portrait studios, off-site photo and video services are also available. capacity 400+ | price $$

floridian ballrooms

17850 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL (954) 436-5524 | info@floridianballrooms.com FloridianBallrooms.com Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering for 30 or a grand social event for 500, we offer complete packages for all occasions. We are confident we will provide you with the perfect setting, service and cuisine to make your event a complete and most pleasant success! capacity 400+ | price $$$

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fontainebleau miami beach

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL (877) 843-6899 somethingbleau@fontainebleau.com fontainebleau.com/weddings Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a canvas to your imagination, where the focus is you–your passions, your dreams, your wedding day. Inspiring weddings that express you–unique, chic and perhaps a bit unconventional. Mix in fine cuisine and venues with striking sophistication. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fort lauderdale marriott north

6650 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 334-9236 | weddings@marriottnorth.com MarriottNorth.com Eat, drink and be married in one of our breathtaking venues. We will take care of everything from the menu to the flowers so that you can take care of the memories. Our experts will go above and beyond to make your vision, your tastes, your dreams come true for an unforgettable happily ever after. capacity 300+ | price $$

fort lauderdale marriott pompano beach resort & spa

(954) 782-0100 PompanoMarriott.com Experience the sea. Discover the charm. Say your vows with sand between your toes. Located in a charming harbor town, we invite you to create wedding memories you will cherish with stunning ocean views and elegant event spaces. capacity 250 | price $$

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four seasons resort orlando at walt disney world® resort

10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL (407) 313-6780 orlando.wedding@fourseasons.com FourSeasons.com/orlando Discover Central Florida’s only resort to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award. Whether you dream of a lakeside gathering or a lavish reception, our Four Seasons Orlando specialists will see to every detail & make your wishes come true. capacity 500 | price $$$$

gallery one, a doubletree suites by hilton

Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 335-4632 fllts_ds@hilton.com When it comes to making your wedding special, Doubletree is committed to making every moment memorable. Beginning with your bridal luncheon or an elegant rehearsal dinner, our planners will help you create a wedding that is luxurious, personalized or totally unique for the day you’ve been dreaming of. capacity 200 | price $$

glazer children’s museum

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL (813) 924-1245 | events@glazermuseum.org GlazerMuseum.org/eventrentals Glazer Children’s Museum offers a private 5,000-square-foot third-floor space for weddings, receptions, parties or events, as well as a colorful lobby, classrooms, conference room and terrace with a beautiful view of downtown. Contact our event sales manager for availability, pricing or to schedule a tour. capacity 1,800 | price $$$

grand plaza beachfront hotel

5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (800) 448-0901 | sales@grandplazaflorida.com GrandPlazaFlorida.com Imagine yourself escorted down a palm tree-lined aisle on the sugar white sand of St. Pete Beach. Imagine yourself with the backdrop of a magnificent sunset. Imagine yourself at the Grand Plaza. Our ballrooms offer spectacular views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. capacity 300 | price $$$

gulf drive cafe

900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL (941) 778-1919 | gulfdrivetiki@gmail.com TheSunsetWeddings.com Our waterfront venue is Anna Maria Island’s most appealing site for weddings. The Sunset Tiki Hut overlooks sugar-white sands, the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise-blue waters and a gorgeous, multi-colored horizon during sunset. Let our team of experts work with you to create your perfect tropical dream wedding. capacity 200 | price $$

hacienda los robles b&b

19050 SW 194th Avenue, Miami (Redlands), FL (305) 222-1111 | (786) 344-8916

HaciendaLosRoblesBB.com Colossal or quaint, celebrate your wedding day in endless country charm. Hacienda Los Robles B&B is in the heart of the Redlands, a short drive from Miami. We are unique, beautiful and breathtaking, amazing, enchanting, serene and accommodating. capacity 300+ | price $$$

hampton by hilton-clearwater beach

635 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 281-4827 HamptonClearwaterBeach.com We don’t believe in a ballroom, we believe in a coastal view room—where the sunset never repeats its colors twice, allowing you to capture yours on your day! Adjacent to our seaside sixth floor terrace, join your guests around a cozy fire table, creating memories. Now that’s a photo album! capacity 250 | price $$

harbor hills country club

6538 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake, FL (800) 822-5558 weddings@harborhills.com HarborHills.com/weddings Central Florida’s premier wedding destination, Harbor Hills is the ideal location for your special day. Offering breathtaking views, exceptional service, fine cuisine and dedicated staff to make sure all the details of your perfect day come together beautifully. Your full-service wedding destination. capacity 350 | price $$

the harriet himmel theater at cityplace

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 308-1188 CityPlace.com This cultural centerpiece of CityPlace is located next to 70 shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations. Built in 1926 and refurbished in 2000, it can accommodate 275 seated for dinner, 400 theater-style and 600 for receptions. Ovations Catering provides creative menus and top service. capacity 275+ | price $

hawks cay resort

61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key, FL (866) 628-1337 HawksCayWeddings.com A lifetime of romance begins with the perfect wedding at Hawks Cay Resort. Tie the knot on the water’s edge with an intimate ceremony, or host a grand event in our waterfront ballroom. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hawks Cay offers the most beautiful and accommodating venues in the Keys. capacity 400 | price $$$

hilton daytona beach resort/ocean walk village

100 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL (800) 233-1056 | (386) 254-8200 dabdh-salesadm@hilton.com DaytonaHilton.com Say “I do” in the perfect fairy tale setting. Located

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DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Perfect Location. Perfect Events.

The DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District is the quintessential setting for the wedding of your dreams! Our 2,100-squarefoot Anastasia Ballroom is the perfect location for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or special event. Your guests will enjoy a full-service experience with our brand-new, modern guest rooms and our Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge. Call us today to see how we can make your event memorable.

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hilton fort lauderdale beach resort 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-2222 | fllfs-salesadm@hilton.com FortLauderdaleBeachResort.Hilton.com This is a contemporary resort with spectacular oceanfront ceremony and reception venues. capacity 200 | price $$$

hilton orlando

6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL (407) 313-8458 | TheHiltonOrlando.com/weddings Our magnificent AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel has a mission to turn your wedding vision from dream to reality. From intimate ceremonies to elaborate receptions, choose from one of three grand ballrooms or our outdoor promenade complete with an evergreen Grand Lawn, terraces and beautiful fountains. capacity 100+ | price $$$$

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150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 472-9305 | wendy.ash@hilton.com PalmBeachAirportHilton.com You will fall in love with our recently renovated ballrooms adorned with grand crystal chandeliers, as well as our charming lakeside ceremony setting. Our wedding specialist will help design your perfect day. Our quality cuisine and impeccable service are second only to our breathtaking scenery. capacity 900 | price $$$

hilton sandestin beach golf resort & spa

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach, FL (850) 267-9500 | HiltonSandestinBeach.com A dream location for the wedding of your dreams! Whether you prefer to say “I do” under a brilliant sunset with your toes in the sugar-white sand, overlooking the emerald-green Gulf waters, or in one of our beautifully appointed ballrooms, we will make your event an experience of a lifetime. capacity 400+ | price $$

hilton singer island oceanfront

3700 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island, FL (561) 472-0302 | lora.macmullen2@hilton.com Facebook.com/singerislandhilton HiltonSingerIsland.com Treat your guests to a true island wedding experience! Our Oceanfront Pavilion can accommodate up to 250 and is the perfect setting for your special day. Our wedding specialist and culinary team will assist in creating an event reflecting your personal taste and style. Call Lora MacMullen for a consultation. capacity 250 | price $$

TampaDowntown.Hilton.com Be one of the first brides to reserve your wedding at the newly renovated Hilton Tampa Downtown. Whether your wedding is 50 people or 1,000, we can make your day special! Our wedding expert can help guide you to your special day and make it memorable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hilton university of florida conference center

1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL (352) 384-3420 | tellis@hiltongainesvilleuf.com UF.Hilton.com Whether you are celebrating with an intimate size group or a larger group, this is the perfect setting to transform your dream into reality. Or, let us transform our grand ballroom into the ceremony you’ve always envisioned. Let the splendor of the day continue as you toast your new beginnings. capacity 400

hilton west palm beach

600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL (561) 231-6022 HiltonWestPalmBeach.com Our events team will create your dream wedding with an idyllic South Florida backdrop. Imagine a sunny wedding or cocktail reception on our manicured lawns—a lush landscape with Florida palms. Enjoy our Oceana and Coral Ballrooms with chandeliers that draw the eye toward the more than 20-foot ceilings. capacity 300+ | price $$$

holiday inn harbourside

(727) 596-1348 | blaprad@hiharbourside.com HIHarbourside.com From barefoot to black tie, our experienced staff can make your wedding dreams come true! capacity 250 | price $$

hotel colonnade

180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL (305) 569-3532 | events@hotelcolonnade.com HotelColonnade.com We are easily accessible, and being in the heart of the Miracle Mile and close to Coconut Grove and Everglades National Park, there are plenty of attractions for your guests. We offer luxurious accommodations and stunning indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions. capacity 300 | price $$$

hyatt house naples

1345 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL (239) 775-1000 | mari.hornbeck@hyatt.com Naples.House.Hyatt.com This first-class wedding venue offers the finest services to make your day extra special. The hotel, built in 2016, with its British West Indies–inspired décor and resortlike pool, provides the ultimate wedding experience from a dockside ceremony to a lavish reception overlooking the pool and water. capacity 260 | price $$

hilton tampa downtown 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL (813) 222-4905

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hyatt regency clearwater beach 301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL

(727) 373-4444 ClearwaterBeach.Regency.Hyatt.com Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa cater to your every need. At Hyatt, no detail is too small. We offer all the necessary ingredients for the celebration you’ve always imagined. Contact our wedding professionals for booking and event specials! capacity 250 | price $$$

hyatt regency coconut point resort and spa

5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL (239) 390-4240 CoconutPoint.Regency.Hyatt.com Your wedding is a joyous celebration, an important day to share with family and friends. Let us delight you with personalized service from a caring staff of Hyatt professionals dedicated to ensuring your special day is a perfect expression of your style and your new life together. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hyatt regency grand cypress

One Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando, FL (407) 239-3946 GrandCypress.Regency.Hyatt.com A day as special as this deserves an equally special venue. This is more than a world-class luxury hotel. It’s the perfect all-inclusive destination for any wedding couple, offering six incredible wedding venues and accompanying matrimonial services of all varieties for the experience of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$$

intercontinental miami

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL (305) 372-4499 | marianna.difranca@ihg.com ICMiamiHotel.com Miami—the word alone connotes a tropical paradise. Our Grand Ballroom can host a massive destination wedding, while our smaller ballrooms create intimate gatherings. Our packages, created by our wedding experts, offer additional luxurious amenities to ensure you have the most magical experience. capacity 300+ | price $$$

isla del sol yacht & cc

6000 Sun Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL (727) 828-0003 | melissa@idsycc.com IslaDelSolYCC.com Escape the ordinary on an island paradise—Isla Del Sol, island in the sun! Whether on our glittering private beach, caressed by a tropical breeze, or indoors overlooking the blue green waters of Boca Ciega Bay, we have a venue to make yours a one-of-a-kind day. capacity 300 | price $$$

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the italian club of tampa

1731 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL (813) 248-3316 Italian.Club.org This three-story, neoclassical gem is an Italo-Greco architectural masterpiece, which was once the very heart and soul of the Italian immigrant life in Ybor City. Today, the jewel of Ybor City has been restored as an elegant setting for weddings and events. Let our history be the beginning of yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

jacaranda country club

9200 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL (954) 474-8998 | JacarandaCC.com Jacaranda offers one of the most sought-after ballrooms in Broward, featuring floor-to-ceiling walls of glass framing expansive views of our lush country club setting. Striking yet unobtrusive decor highlighted by miniature lights offers a spectacular backdrop for our tempting cuisine and attentive service. capacity 200 | price $$

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jacksonville marriott

4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL (904) 296-2222 Marriott.com/jaxfl Conveniently located on Jacksonville’s Southside, we offer the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, reception and guest accommodations. Trust our proven combination of exceptional food and outstanding hospitality to help create the most important day in your life! capacity 400+ | price $$

la jolla ballroom

301 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables, FL (305) 460-0047 | lajollaballroom@gmail.com LaJollaBallroom.com A gem in the heart of Coral Gables. An eclectic array of elegance available for weddings, quinces, corporate and special events. We provide all-inclusive services. With over 20 years of experience, our in-house designers and event coordinators will assist in creating your perfect event. capacity 200 | price $$

lakewood ranch golf and cc

(941) 907-4700 LakewoodRanchGolf.com Set in the beautiful community of Lakewood Ranch, The Country Club exquisitely accommodates indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. Elegantly designed for each event, the club provides a beautiful setting for couples to capture memories that will last a lifetime! capacity 240 | price $$$

lavan catering & events

(954) 983-6937 info@lavancateringandevents.com

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LavanCateringandEvents.com Events can be held indoors or outside in a serene garden setting overlooking a magnificent fountain. Lavan’s 5,000-square-foot ballroom is modern, chic and boasts a state-of-the-art lighting system. The ballroom or outdoor cocktail reception area can host up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $

lexington country club

16257 Willowcrest Way, Ft. Myers, FL (239) 985-1823 Our friendly professional staff and award-winning culinary team are dedicated to ensure your day is unforgettable. The elegant ballroom has a spectacular view of the golf course and is a perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, engagement party and bridal shower. capacity 200 | price $$

the lodge & club

(844) 700-1933 PVResorts.com Style, elegance and storybook charm are all hallmarks of The Lodge & Club, a northeast Florida leader in hospitality since opening in 1989. Framed by graceful palms and rolling dunes, this award-winning oceanfront resort has earned a reputation for being a premier site for bridal and wedding events. capacity 200 | price $$$

luxmore grande estate

1120 Orange Ave., Winter Springs, FL (407) 749-0783 events@luxmoregrande.com LuxmoreGrande.com Luxmore Grande Estate is a one-of-a-kind facility nestled in the heart of Winter Springs. This picturesque lakefront estate offers elegant Brazilian wood floors, Austrian crystal chandeliers and Southern touches throughout. capacity 200 | price $$$

the mansion at tuckahoe

1707 NE Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach, FL (772) 288-5745 | themansion@martin.fl.us This historic venue located along the Indian River in the heart of the Treasure Coast has multiple on-site indoor and outdoor locations with breathtaking views, perfect for a ceremony and/or reception. Bride and groom suites are also available on-site. Say “I do” at The #MansionatTuckahoe. capacity 400 | price $$$

marineland dolphin adventure

9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL (877) 933-3401 Marineland.net Your wedding day may be the most memorable experience of your life. Imagine dolphins on your guest list, swimming in crystal-blue water, and soft ocean breezes as you take your vows along the pristine Atlantic coastline. It’s a dream dolphin wedding, only at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. capacity 400 | price $$$

mccormick & schmick’s seafood and steaks

McCormickandSchmicks.com Let our highly trained staff work with you to design a memorable event. We focus on the finer points of service and offer creative menus, delicious food and a beautiful private room. Our attention to detail ensures your guests will experience exceptional service and hospitality. capacity 300 | price $$$

the mezz

100 S. Eola Dr., Orlando, FL (407) 704-6268 | ArtfulEvents.com The MEZZ is an urban event space nestled within downtown Orlando’s charming South Eola and Thornton Park districts. We can elegantly accommodate up to 300 guests for your ceremony, celebration or both. capacity 300 | price $$

miami beach woman’s club

2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL (305) 674-0538 alison.colberg@southbeachgroup.com MiamiBeachWomansClub.com Our restored, historic, Mediterranean-style clubhouse, featuring vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and antique chandeliers, is perfect for romantic and elegant weddings. Make an unforgettable entrance as you walk down the aisle of our cathedral-inspired hall and dance with your beloved in our ballroom. capacity 130 | price $$$

miramar cultural center

2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL (954) 602-4509 events@miramarculturalcenter.org MiramarCulturalCenter.org Realize the wedding of your dreams at the Miramar Cultural Center! Our lakeside locale provides beautiful customizable indoor and outdoor venues for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Free parking and a convenient location make for a seamless experience, all designed exclusively by you. capacity 300 | price $$

msc cruises

(844) 813-1727 | MSCCruisesUSA.com A honeymoon on MSC Cruises offers the perfect combination of intimacy and adventure. Enjoy gourmet dining and world-class shows. Indulge in sensuous spa services and invigorating sports, and escape to the Caribbean for sun-kissed excursions. Bask in luxury and love on an MSC Cruise dream honeymoon. capacity 400+ | price $$

the naples beach hotel & golf club

(866) 438-7430 | NaplesBeachHotel.com Our 125-acre tropical paradise in Southwest Florida offers miles of white-sand beaches, amazing sunsets and 319 rooms and suites. Discover the perfect destination for a truly memorable wedding or honeymoon. Call or visit our website to take advantage of our romantic beachfront honeymoon. capacity 400 | price $$$

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special 850 276 5284 | 850 691 6273 131 Harrison Avenue Panama City, FL 32401 www.Trigo131.com

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naples princess

550 Port-O-Call Way, Naples, FL (239) 649-2275 NaplesPrincessCruises.com Commemorate your special day aboard the Naples Princess. Enjoy yourself as our professional staff executes the wedding of your dreams. Celebrate your full wedding, reception and any other wedding-related function as you cruise the calm waters of Naples Bay. All-inclusive event planning is available. capacity 150 | price $$$

newport beachside hotel & resort

16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (305) 949-1300 EXT. 1074 salesandcatering@newportbeachside.com NewportOccasions.com From beachside to a grand affair, enjoy your magical day at the Newport Beachside Resort. Whether it is an intimate wedding for two or a grand celebration in our oceanfront ballroom, we offer a variety of wedding packages to choose from. capacity 300 | price $$$

ocean breeze conference & catering center

Aboard Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville, FL (904) 270-5313 Ocean Breeze offers one of the finest, most secluded views of the Atlantic Ocean. Our Grand Ballroom overlooks a romantic scene of soft sand and gentle waves–perfect for any fantasy. We’re open to the public and work with any budget to provide exceptional quality, delicious food and attention to detail. capacity 325 | price $$

one thirty one

131 Harrison Ave., Panama City, FL (850) 691-6273 Trigo131.com One Thirty One, a historical building with a unique architectural style, is an inspiring environment for any event, from wedding ceremonies and rehearsal dinners to corporate events, fashion shows and private parties. Being well equipped and having access to full catering makes 131 a simple, smart choice. capacity 150 | price $$

orlando museum of art

2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL (407) 896-4231 OMArt.org/pages/facility-rental The Orlando Museum of Art is a beautiful and unique venue for the sophisticated bride. Located between downtown Orlando and idyllic Winter Park, the museum provides the perfect ceremony and reception venue. Celebrate your love surrounded by artwork and grandeur that only the museum can provide. capacity 400+ | price $$

palencia golf & country club

600 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine, FL (904) 599-9040 palenciaevents@hamptongolfclubs.com PalenciaClub.com Our indoor and beautiful outdoor options let you have all activities at one location. We can accommodate up to 180 people for a cocktail reception or 150 for sit-down dining and dancing. The clubhouse provides ample space, parking, handicap access and breathtaking views from patios and verandas.

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old davie school

6650 Griffin Rd., Davie, FL (954) 797-1044 | events@olddavieschool.org OldDavieSchool.org Our beautiful, historic campus is an inclusive venue where you can prepare for your day in our bridal suite, wed under the amphitheater trees, enjoy an outside cocktail hour in the authentic Seminole Chickee Hut and dance the night away in the schoolhouse, circa 1918, or the cafetorium, circa 1951.

paradise cove

13245 Lake Bryan Dr., Orlando, FL (407) 239-6939 | ParadiseCoveOrlando.com Tucked away in a private corner of Lake Buena Vista, Paradise Cove is an idyllic oasis on the shores of Lake Bryan. Twinkling lights and tiki torches add to the magical glow of this secluded paradise. We will customize a wedding to fit your vision and budget. capacity 400 | price $$

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the old grove barn

(305) 219-6414 | TheOldGrove.com This five-acre canopying grove has impressive waterfalls, a lazy river, bridges and a beautiful barn. capacity 150 | price $$

omni orlando resort at championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, FL (407) 238-6547 | OmniHotels.com/orlando Let the talented team at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate help you create the wedding you’ve always imagined. Set amid 1,200 acres of scenic surroundings, this luxurious resort provides an ideal canvas for intimate and grand celebrations, just minutes from Orlando’s most popular attractions. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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pavilion grille

301 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, FL (561) 912-0000 paviliongrille@gmail.com PavilionGrille.com Pavilion Grille is a spectacular setting for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Atrium features fountains, natural palm trees and a canopy-covered 2,000-ft. dance floor. Private Grille room seats up to 60 and Atrium holds 50-200+ guests. We have a wide range of menu selections. capacity 250 | price $$$

pebble hill plantation

(229) 226-2344 | cdollinger@pebblehill.com PebbleHill.com Pebble Hill Plantation offers five different and unique areas perfect for events—Main Grounds,

Uno Hill Barn, Sugar Hill Barn, Oak Post and Piney Grove Church for wedding ceremonies. capacity 350 | price $$$

phillip and patricia frost museum of science

1101 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL (305) 434-9531 FrostScience.org/plananevent Miami’s newest cultural institution offers incredible surroundings—flexible science exhibition halls, a threelevel Aquarium, 250-seat full-dome Frost Planetarium, living rooftop and more. Indoor and outdoor event spaces are fully equipped with the most advanced audiovisual and production capabilities. capacity 300+ | price $$$

plantation on crystal river

9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL (352) 795-1605 | (800) 524-7733 PlantationonCrystalRiver.com The pristine Florida landscape is the perfect backdrop for your Florida destination wedding. From your intimate gazebo ceremony on picturesque Kings Bay to your elegant ballroom reception, the Plantation on Crystal River can accommodate your needs as few others in Florida can. capacity 200 | price $$$

plantation preserve golf course & club

7050 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL (954) 585-5030 smaher@plantation.org PlantationPreserve.org Our breathtaking views portray Florida at its finest. Plantation Preserve can accommodate up to 130 guests for your wedding ceremony and reception, engagement party, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. All packages accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets. capacity 130 | price $$

playa largo resort & spa

97450 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL (305) 853-1001 PlayaLargoResort.com Come celebrate at the Florida Keys’ newest luxury resort. Whether you exchange your vows on our whitesand beach, in our exquisite private beach house or upon our impressive wedding lawn, the backdrop can be our gorgeous, wow-inducing sunsets. We specialize in signature one-of-a-kind events. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

plaza resort and spa

(855) 441-2062 kcooper@plazaresortandspa.com PlazaResortandSpa.com Our beautiful historic resort, located directly on Daytona Beach, overlooking white sandy beaches and pristine waters, is the perfect backdrop for your special day. Whether an intimate wedding by the beach or a grand affair, Plaza Resort & Spa will make all of your wedding dreams come true. capacity 800 | price $$

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ponte vedra inn & club

(855) 829-0008 PonteVedra.com The historic and legendary Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been the chosen venue for romantic and unforgettable wedding celebrations for more than 80 years. As grand dame of northeast Florida clubs and resorts, this beautiful and inviting setting represents sophistication, grace and elegant hospitality. capacity 400 | price $$$

rafter j ranch barn

10249 Corbett John Road, Parrish, FL (941) 737-9987 teresajohn123@gmail.com RafterJRanchBarn.com With our captivating ranch views, old Florida charm and enchanting lighting, the Rafter J Ranch Barn will set the mood for a romantic outdoor wedding and a fun, memorable reception. Whether you want a country, rustic, vintage, simple or elegant event, we offer the dream venue for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

renaissance at the gables/ renaissance ballrooms

Miami, FL (305) 445-1313 | (305) 261-2001 RenaissanceattheGables.com With over 40 years of experience in the industry and two free-standing locations, Renaissance is the perfect venue to host the wedding of your dreams! We feature our own in-house award-winning chefs, ceremony chapel, floral team, photographers and much more. Our specialty is all-inclusive packages.

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reunion resort

7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL (855) 421-3384 weddings@reunionresort.com ReunionResort.com Whether you’ve always dreamed of a lavish black-tie gala, a tranquil garden celebration or a trendy rooftop gathering, Reunion Resort offers an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations to fulfill every couple’s vision of their perfect wedding day. capacity 400 | price $$$

the ribault club

Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville, FL (904) 251-1050 TheRibaultClub.com

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the river club

1 Independent Drive, Suite 3500, Jacksonville, FL (904) 354-1111 JaxRiverClub.com Located on the top of the Wells Fargo Center on the 34th and 35th floors, The River Club commands a spectacular panorama of the St. Johns River and the city’s downtown district. Please contact us for more information so we can create an event you and your guests will never forget! capacity 400 | price $$$

riverside hotel on las olas boulevard (954) 377-0971 RiversideHotel.com/weddings-events Exchange vows on the New River while yachts cruise by. Sip cocktails on the covered rooftop terrace with views of the city skyline and ocean. Dance the night away in our ballroom with floor-to-ceiling views of the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. Make a statement about your future by celebrating with us. capacity 150 | price $$$

rosen centre hotel

9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 996-1285 yourspecialday@rosencentre.com RosenCentre.com Beyond our luxury accommodations, Rosen Centre offers everything from breathtaking reception spaces and tantalizing custom menus to indulgent treatments at our full-service spa and salon, The Spa at Rosen Centre. Basically, all you need to ensure that your wedding day will be truly unforgettable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

rosen plaza hotel

9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 996-9700 rpcatering@rosenplaza.com RosenPlaza.com Whether you’re looking for something classic and elegant or intimate and secluded, we can help make your dream a reality. With award-winning service, beautiful presentations, mouthwatering menus, personalized décor and experienced wedding specialists, the new chapter in your love story starts here. capacity 400+ | price $$$

rosen shingle creek

9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL (407) 996-9939 sales@rosenshinglecreek.com RosenShingleCreek.com Undeniably luxurious, Rosen Shingle Creek boasts a number of bride-approved features and amenities. From stunning reception spaces, like Orlando’s only

capacity 400+ | price $$$

the royal crest room

5330 Michigan Ave., Saint Cloud, FL (407) 892-2009 | karen@theroyalcrestroom.com TheRoyalCrestRoom.com First you found your soulmate. Now you’ve found The Royal Crest Room. The Royal Crest Room is the most romantic setting for a wedding. Classic. Picturesque. So beautiful. capacity 250 | price $$

royal fiesta

1680 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 570-9422 Royal-Fiesta.com Your special occasion deserves Royal attention. Since 1989, the staff of professionals at Royal Fiesta has raised the art of catering to a new peak in a setting of unparalleled ambiance. Call today for instant party planning assistance or to request our wedding packages. capacity 250 | price $$

safety harbor resort and spa

Safety Harbor, FL (727) 724-7727 SafetyHarborSpa.com Located on 15 acres of pristine Tampa Bay waterfront, this historic landmark is the ideal setting for a truly memorable wedding and reception. Indoor and outdoor facilities accommodate up to 250 guests. Call today to check availability or to speak with a wedding coordinator. capacity 250 | price $$

sandestin golf and beach resort

9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar Beach, FL (865) 686-8985 Sandestin.com/love Located on Florida’s pristine Emerald Coast, Sandestin offers a variety of venues from the beach to the bay. Sandestin is a central gathering place for families and friends to share your special day while enjoying all the luxurious amenities the resort has to offer.

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2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL (561) 939-1569 RenHotels.com Our chic event spaces provide an array of options to be the perfect foundation for your vision. Host a romantic reception in our Coral Ballroom. Our private outdoor veranda is the perfect ceremony location to say “I do” while you and your guests indulge in the soothing views of our cascading waterfall.

capacity 400+ | price $$$

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Tucked away on pristine waterfront parkland, among majestic oaks, The Ribault Club is a historically restored and intimately secluded venue that is as timeless as it is contemporary. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this special place will make your wedding memorable.

capacity 400+ | price $$$

the seagate hotel & spa

1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL (855) 576-1100 mdyson@theseagatehotel.com WeddingsatTheSeagate.com Whether you prefer an oceanfront setting at our private Beach Club, Balinese-inspired décor with golf course views at our Country Club or the city-sophisticated ambience of our boutique hotel, The Seagate is always the perfect setting. Call to find out how to receive a complimentary bridal suite. capacity 300 | price $$$$

sheraton orlando north hotel

600 North Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland, FL (407) 551-7522

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siesta key luxury rental properties

140 Columbus Blvd., Sarasota, FL (941) 349-1125 The Tropical Breeze Resort gives you the comfort of private vacation rentals with beach resort amenities! You can have the best of both worlds and only be steps from the top beach in the US and the vibrant Siesta Key Village with rows of shops, bars and restaurants. Your guests are sure to love it. capacity 120 | price $$$

sirata beach resort

5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (855) 794-3278 weddings@sirata.com Sirata.com/weddings Sirata Beach Resort has on-site coordinators to assist you in planning a wedding with your toes in the sand or on a beachside deck overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Sirata also has several wonderful ballrooms and grotto settings, each tailored to accommodate various event sizes. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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south seas island resort

(800) 524-7601 weddings@southseas.com SouthSeas.com Whether you desire beach elegance or barefoot simplicity, South Seas Island Resort offers a pictureperfect setting for your island wedding. capacity 400 | price $$$

southern plantation oasis

17507 Marsh Road, Lutz, FL (813) 763-1826 | floridajmp05@yahoo.com SouthernPlantationOasis.com Step into luxurious Southern style at this beautiful venue surrounded by acres of equestrian pastures, lakes and natural protected wetland that exudes serenity. Our lakeside house sits back on a private road, where you can enjoy your special day around a resort-style pool with a grotto and lazy river! capacity 150 | price $$

stetson mansion estate

weddings@stetsonmansion.com StetsonMansion.com Florida’s first and only Gilded Age mansion is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. The gated three-acre estate, a National Historic Place, is completely restored and updated—and it’s all yours on your wedding day. Evening illumination provides a spectacular setting for outdoor events. capacity 150 | price $$

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sundial beach resort & spa

1451 Middle Gulf Dr., Sanibel, FL SundialResort.com With breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, comprehensive services and a luxurious ambience, our expansive facilities are the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Sundial Beach Resort has extensive experience in planning all the details that surround your special day. capacity 200 | price $$$

sunken gardens

1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 551-3106 SunkenGardens.org Meandering walkways invite you to surround yourself with lush tropical displays, vibrant flowering plants, and cascading waterfalls. The beauty and tranquility of this timeless sanctuary add an air of romance and magic to your day. Let us help you create a wedding filled with splendor and magic. capacity 200 | price $$

sunquest cruises (solaris)

PO Box 6948, Destin, FL (850) 650-2519 SunQuestCruises.com Create a unique and memorable wedding celebration aboard Destin’s only wedding yacht. Two beautifully appointed dining salons, exquisite dining, event coordinator, private bridal dressing suite and open-air sky deck. You bring the dress, let us do the rest. capacity 150 | price $$

sweetwater branch inn

625 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL (800) 595-7760 | (352) 373-6760 SweetwaterInn.com Sweetwater Branch Inn offers modern indoor and outdoor receptions, exquisite garden ceremonies and gourmet catering. Our bed and breakfast boasts 20 unique guest rooms and cottages. Our attention to detail, exceptional service and breathtaking grounds make for an unforgettable experience. capacity 250 | price $$

tampa’s lowry park zoo

Tampa, FL (813) 935-8552 EXT. 277 events@lowryparkzoo.org LowryParkZoo.org Let Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo assist in making your dreams come true on your special day. For celebrations large and small, the zoo has many venues and catering options available to suit your budget. It is the perfect place to create an unforgettable wedding day. capacity 25+ | price $$

tavares pavilion on the lake

200 S. Disston Avenue, Tavares, FL (352) 253-4300 tavarespavilion@tavares.org TavaresPavilion.com Serenely floating over beautiful Lake Dora, this tropical-inspired oasis is a one-of-a-kind venue. Walls of glass allow for breathtaking viewing opportunities,

and a winding, handcrafted staircase makes a grand statement—fit for any princess. Page 214 photo courtesy of Rachel Sullivan Photography. capacity 300+ | price $$

town manor on the lake

Centrally located between Tampa & Orlando (863) 984-4008 TownManorWeddings.com Stress free, all inclusive, ceremony and reception services include complimentary professional wedding planner, custom wedding cake and DJ. capacity 100 | price $$

tpc sawgrass—home of the players

110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (904) 273-3344 sawgrasscatering@pgatourtpc.com TPCSawgrass.com Built for the best players in the world and designed with spectacular weddings in mind, TPC Sawgrass is available for your wedding or special event. This magnificent clubhouse offers everything from luxurious banquet rooms and lushly landscaped gardens to world-class service, hospitality and cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$$

tradewinds island resorts

St. Pete Beach, FL (800) 360-4022 jmanes@twresort.com TradeWindsWeddings.com From beach casual to elegant ballrooms, TradeWinds Island Resorts will cater to all your needs. This tropical beachfront oasis serves as the ideal location for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or honeymoon. With beachfront terraces, romantic Victorian gazebos and elegant ballrooms, your options are endless. capacity 400+ | price $$$

trump national doral miami

(800) 936-7259 TrumpNationalDoral.com Unrivaled amenities. Spectacular settings. Unlimited possibilities. Trump National Doral, Miami’s premier resort, will provide you with the ultimate fairy-tale wedding. After $250 million in meticulous restorations, our team will ensure your wedding day is one for the storybooks. capacity 2,500 | price $$$

universal orlando resort™

(407) 503-9411 UniversalOrlando.com/hotelweddings Our four distinctive settings—Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel®, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort—make your special day unforgettable. From intimate celebrations to elaborate receptions, Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels offer the perfect setting for your day. capacity 50+ | price $$$

vero beach hotel & spa

3500 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL (772) 774-4960 VeroBeachHotelAndSpa.com

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Beautifully Told Located on the top of the Wells Fargo enter on the 34th and 3 th oors, he River Club commands a spectacular panorama of the St. Johns River and the city’s downtown district. Please contact us for more information so we can create an event you and your guests will never forget!

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Our goal at The Atlantic Banquet Room is to make your special occasion everything you envision it to be. Our professional staff is at your service to make your event amazing!

13170 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 24, Jacksonville, FL 32225 • 904-221-1331

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villa incanto

1840 Bayshore Lane, Coconut Grove, FL VillaIncantoMiami.com Villa Incanto is a Miami oceanfront mansion wedding venue—rent it for a single day or multiple nights! The 13,000-square-foot home offers a large rooftop and cathedral room for ceremonies plus other large rooms. The speakeasy-style basement is perfect for receptions. The house has a dock fit for a yacht. capacity 150 | price $$$

vineyards country club

400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples, FL (239) 353-1500 afritz@vineyardscountryclubnaples.com VineyardsCountryClubNaples.com Award-winning hospitality with a humble service heart is primary and foremost to the experience we provide. This private club takes unique pride in having every attendee’s encounter become one they will always remember. Come discover why Vineyards Country Club does indeed have it all! capacity 250 | price $$$

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w fort lauderdale

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-8207 patricia.suero@whotels.com WFortLauderdaleHotel.com /fort-lauderdale-wedding Your W Fort Lauderdale wedding will wow with our breathtaking outdoor terraces set against panoramic ocean scenes and electrifying blue skies. The wow factor continues indoors with our spanning ballroom spaces, which can spectacularly transform to host formal affairs or whimsical festivities. capacity 300 | price $$$

waldorf astoria orlando

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL (407) 597-5424 WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com Nestled in a 482-acre nature preserve within the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a premier wedding location where elegant settings, unparalleled service and the unrivaled expertise of Waldorf wedding consultants combine to make your big day a grand event. capacity 400 | price $$$$

watercolor® inn & resort and the ® pearl hotel by st. joe club & resorts 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL (850) 231-7773 SJCRWeddings.com Northwest Florida’s only two Forbes Four-Star hotels offer multiple venues from sugar-white sand beaches

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to rare coastal dune lakes, pristine parks and a private golf club. Let our hospitality experts at St. Joe Club & Resorts® guide you through each step to an unforgettable wedding experience.

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the white room

1 King Street, St. Augustine, FL (904) 824-9056 info@whiteroomweddings.com WhiteRoomWeddings.com Located downtown on St. Augustine’s waterfront, The White Room and the newest addition, The Villa Blanca, offer private venues with hardwood floors, elegant mahogany bar, grand white columns and private outdoor rooftop with a white marble bar, all overlooking the historic city and waterfront. capacity 300+ | price $$

wishing well barn

(813) 478-6554 wishingwellbarn@gmail.com WishingWellBarn.com Wishing Well Barn is a fully functioning cattle ranch with adjacent blueberry fields and a beautiful rustic old barn. It’s the perfect location to celebrate your best day ever in the great outdoors or inside our beautiful barn. capacity 200 | price $$

wyndham deerfield beach resort

2096 Northeast Second Street, Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 428-2850 WyndhamDeerfieldResort.com/weddings With the waves behind you, exchange vows on one of the most beautiful South Florida beaches. Guests will enjoy a poolside cocktail hour with views of the ocean. Then, the Royal Palm Ballroom will play host to your elegant reception, where guests will enjoy fabulous food and dance the night away. capacity 150 | price $$

wyndham grand clearwater beach

100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater, FL (727) 281-9500 WyndhamGrandClearwater.com Start your journey together with a unique ceremony and location that will be celebrated long after that final toast. Our wedding specialists will be glad to assist you by incorporating your personal style to ensure your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner will be memorable. capacity 800 | price $$$

yacht starship

603 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL (813) 223-7999 | weddings@yachtstarship.com YachtStarShip.com We are based out of Clearwater and Tampa, with the option to relocate to St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs. Our three luxury yachts are perfect for any size event, featuring experienced coordinators, quality service, breathtaking views, entertainment and award-winning cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$

ana paz cakes

1460 NW 107th Avenue, Suite D, Miami, FL (305) 471-5850 AnaPazCakes.com Ana Paz Cakes is a family-operated business that makes one-of-a-kind spectacular and delicious edible designs. Our showroom displays a wide array of artistic creations. We specialize in all-occasion and wedding cakes. It would be our pleasure to consult with you on the phone or in person.

edda’s cake designs

3 Locations in South Florida (954) 885-8770 | (305) 666-6999 | (305) 418-5000 EddasCakeDesigns.com Your wish is our creation. We offer an endless assortment of exclusively designed wedding cakes–each one decorated to your unique specifications. Visit one of our three stores in South Florida and look through our albums and taste the different flavors we offer.

exquisite catering & events

1800 NE 150th Street, North Miami, FL (954) 516-0041 ExquisiteCatering.com Exquisite Catering & Events prides itself on its creative, professional, personalized approach to catering and event planning. We coordinate everything from rehearsal dinners and bridal showers to the ceremony and reception of your dreams.

frosting

(772) 234-2915 ashlee@eatfrostingcupcakes.com EatFrostingCupcakes.com Our creative and talented cake artists take time to design the one-of-a-kind cake of each couple’s dreams! With our endless offerings of cake, filling and frosting flavors, your guests will enjoy a sweet ending that is memorable in both design and taste. You know you want one!

john michael exquisite weddings & catering

627 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 894-6671 JohnMichaelEvents.com John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering creates perfect events. John Michael is owned by Michael Thomas. Our staff is handpicked by Michael to ensure only the best. We are a green caterer—using only organic/all-natural foods in what we cook.

tastebuds fine catering & event production

(954) 584-3663 | info@tastebudscatering.com TastebudsCatering.com From menu planning to service and execution, we will

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flowers & décor

harbour bay florist

2811 Martin Square Corporate Pkwy., Stuart, FL (772) 221-1009 | (800) 221-1009 info@harbourbayflorist.com HarbourBayFlorist.com Harbour Bay Florist has served Stuart and the surrounding communities for over 20 years. We offer a wide selection of bridal bouquets, ceremony flowers and centerpieces to fit any budget. Additional services include: invitations, favors, wedding planning and day-of event coordination.

ultimate elegant fabrics

(312) 316-0212 decorgalorevent@gmail.com UEFabrics.com Ultimate Elegant Fabrics will turn your vision into a reality. From ceiling draping to vinyl dancefloor covers and sweetheart table backdrops, we do it all! We offer event design, planning and décor packages as well.

bridal fashion & beauty

diamonds direct

117 2nd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 867-4006 | DiamondsDirect.us Family owned and operated, Diamonds Direct has been offering the highest quality diamonds and fine jewelry for over 30 years. In order to be the region’s top diamond importer, Diamonds Direct travels to Belgium to inspect thousands of stones and hand-select the perfect diamonds.

shepherd jewelry

3949 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL (941) 929-0095 To find fine jewelry, first find a fine jeweler. Liza Shepherd opened Shepherd Jewelry in 2001. With two

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Online only | (786) 566-8323 sales@playmorecouture.com leslie@playmorecouture.com PlayMoreCouture.com PlayMoreCouture.com is an online specialty provider of high-quality lingerie and costumes designed for women of all ages and body types. Whether searching for an outfit for that special occasion, finding gifts for wedding parties or just adding to the collection, your future lingerie is just clicks away.

something new bridal boutique

beglammed

wonderland bridal couture

606 Washington Avenue, Homestead, FL (305) 245-0898 annmariesbridalboutique@gmail.com AnnMariesBridalBoutique.com You’ve dreamt of your wedding day your entire life. Let Ann Marie’s help you make the perfect choice with our elegant and fashion-forward selection of gowns— bridal gowns, mother-of, bridesmaid and guest-of. Personalized service is our specialty. Before you say “I do,” come and see what we do.

Serving South Florida (844) 595-6773 | bridal@beglammed.com beGlammed.com We provide hair and makeup for every occasion, including girls’ night out, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and the most important day of your life—your wedding! Call us today to speak with one of our expert consultants to learn more about our bridal and bridesmaid packages.

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

430 West New England Ave., Winter Park, FL (407) 622-0707 info@snbridalboutique.com SomethingNewBridalBoutique.com We offer the freshest collection of wedding dresses from today’s most talented designers that span all tastes and budgets. Our motto is, “one-at-a-time brides and one-of-a-kind wedding dresses.” We guarantee a wonderful time whether you purchase from us or not. We strive to make all women feel confident.

3400 NW 62nd Ave., Margate, FL (954) 973-8695 info@wonderlandbridal.com WonderlandBridal.com We believe shopping for a wedding gown is where the fairy tale begins. Our collection of wedding gowns, bridal party dresses and accessories, along with personalized attention, will make for a day to remember. If you are searching for the perfect blend of experience and exceptional quality, look no further!

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playmore couture

ann marie’s

bellami

(239) 947-3434 DiamondDistrictUSA.com By a woman, for a woman.

that you will fall in love with! Our collection of classic summer suiting and soft handcrafted linen help your wedding party dress to impress on the day you’ll never forget.

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jewelry

master jewelers and G.I.A. gemologists, we offer vast experience, an unparalleled level of customer service and the latest in digital technology to make your wearable art visions come true!

the bridal loft

4400 Bayou Boulevard, Suite 48, Pensacola, FL (850) 475-8296 info@pensacolabridalloft.com PensacolaBridalLoft.com The Bridal Loft is dedicated to providing exquisite designer fashions for brides and bridal parties. We also have a selection of debutante, prom and formal gowns. We have been serving our clients in this industry for over 20 years and have an in-house seamstress with over 30 years of bridal experience.

cubavera

3000 NW 107th Ave., Miami FL (305) 873-1474 | isabella@cubavera.com Cubavera.com/weddings Perfect for any destination wedding, Cubavera blends beach sophistication and relaxed elegance for a look

a magic moment photography & videography

(800) 345-8433 info@amagicmoment.com AMagicMoment.com A Magic Moment has earned a reputation for providing clients with beautiful wedding images. We incorporate your tastes, preferences and personalities to customize our packages. Our photographers and videographers are masters in the art of capturing the unique story and essence of your special day.

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munoz photography

664 West Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 564-7150 info@munozphotography.com MunozPhotography.com With nearly 100 years and four generations of experience, the Muñoz family continues to take pride in their legacy. The newest generation capturing true emotion with an innovative photographic style has become one of the highest awarded wedding photographers in the United States.

sarah & paul photography

(850) 888-0432 We are a creative husband and wife wedding photography team. Capturing weddings, engagements and lifestyle photography is always an adventure and one we enjoy being a part of. We are based out of northwest Florida but love to travel anywhere to photograph beautiful weddings or fun lifestyle shoots.

rachelle youd designs

Serving the South and beyond (850) 527-8021 RachelleYoudDesigns.com Rachelle Youd offers full-service coordinating and design services to deliver an event that exceeds expectations. She leverages years of experience and her impeccable eye for design to deliver events within budget. Rachelle works from North Florida and meets clients in Atlanta for added convenience.

rw events

(407) 374-2534 weddings@rwevents.com RWEvents.com RW Events is a boutique wedding planning, consulting and design firm specializing in designing couture events for the smart, savvy and chic clientele. We produce elegant weddings and events throughout Florida, Georgia and beyond.

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eduardo perrone events & design

Orlando, FL (407) 733-9943 | eduardo@eduardoperrone.com EduardoPerrone.com We offer specially designed floral decorations, a stylish combination of colors, ceremony decoration, designed aisle runners, transformation of space and room decoration. Our activities are planned to perfection with a personal touch, making the most important events unforgettable.

i do, events

(754) 800-4-IDO devin@ido.events IDO.events Celebrity event planner and chef Todd Schneider and noted wedding planner and fashion stylist Devin MacLachlan ensure your wedding will be the I DO of your dreams.

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(727) 381-3111 RentAllCity.com Rent-All City is the premier party and special events rental company in Tampa Bay. We provide high-quality rental items such as arches, tents, stages, dance floors, tables, chairs, linen, table settings, runners, speakers, climate-control options and much more. We’ll make your event a special one!

bridal registries

belk

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Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and Central Florida (904) 412-4981 morgan@diamondsandpearlsevents.com DiamondsandPearlsEvents.com We are a unique wedding planning, coordinating and styling company. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter weddings, and we don’t think you should have to have a wedding that isn’t uniquely you as a couple. We are here to listen to your wants and needs and to help you in whatever way we can.

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service for couples who are planning a wedding in Florida. Our service takes the time and stress out of obtaining a marriage license. We take care of the details. Our fees are reasonable, and we provide excellent customer service.

607 Triumph Court, Suite C-D, Orlando, FL (386) 479-4308 ann@chairaffairrentals.com ChairAffairRentals.com From proposal to honeymoon, our rental service offers what you need to make your event you. Our goal is to go beyond the expected. From subtle elegance to bold statements, our products enhance and complete any event, casual or formal. Regardless of the event’s size, we guarantee attention to detail.

Serving nationwide Belk.com Belk’s professionally-trained bridal consultants make planning your wedding gift registry enjoyable and convenient. You’ll find quality brand names and styles in china, crystal, flatware, kitchen electrics, bedding and bath essentials and more. Your guests are a click away from making your house a home. Just visit our website.

honeymoon & travel

amason’s

Serving all of Florida and surrounding areas (904) 276-4829 sales@amasons.com Amasons.com Always updating equipment and never compromising quality to give competitive rates, our restroom trailers are the finest quality, with all the luxury amenities you would find in a five-star hotel! The most common thing we’ve heard over the years is “Wow, that’s nicer than my bathroom at home!”

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

destination weddings

(888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

married by mail

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Discover the Palm Beaches Florida

295

The Addison

19

The Don CeSar

30

Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables

391

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay

327

Atlantic Ballroom

431

The Atlantic Beach Estate

436

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa North Miami Beach

321

Avila Golf and Country Club

119

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

194

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine

423

322

Douglas Entrance

310

The Balcony Orlando

171

Dubsdread Ballroom

71

Bay Harbor Hotel

135

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

36

Bella Collina

35

Emerald Coast

29

The Biltmore

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Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

427

Blue Room

356

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club

419

Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club

350

The Estate on the Halifax

245

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

359

The Event Factory

20

Breakers West Country Club

315

Floridian Ballrooms

338

Buca di Beppo

43

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

11

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel

253

Fort Lauderdale Marriott North

377

Caribe Royale

75

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

379

Casa Feliz

243

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant

395

Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton

335

Casa Ybel Resort

33

Glazer Children’s Museum

139

The Center at Deltona

223

Grand Plaza Hotel St. Pete Beach Resort

15

Ceviche

233

Gulf Drive Cafe

133

Citrus Club

237

Hacienda Los Robles B&B

298

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

146

Hampton Inn by Hilton - Clearwater Beach

157

The Club at Admirals Cove

343

Harbor Hills

181

The Club at Boca Pointe

349

The Harriet Himmel Theater

77

The Club at Ibis

330

Hawks Cay Resort

333

The Club Continental

235

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village

173

Conrad Miami

377

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

281

The Coral Gables Country Club

69

Hilton Orlando

233

Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

329

Hilton Palm Beach Airport

8

Cypress Grove

174

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

411

Deauville Beach Resort

371

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

319

Deer Creek Country Club

341

Hilton Tampa Downtown

120

Deer Island Country Club

191

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

397

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club

379

Hilton West Palm Beach

381

The Diplomat Beach Resort

313

Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside

130

The Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club

283

Hotel Colonnade

289

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97

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

53

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

155

Plantation on Crystal River

66

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

123

Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club

371

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

46

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

271

InterContinental Miami

304

The Plaza Resort & Spa

166

Isla Del Sol

125

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

5

Island Grove Wine Company

185

Rafter J Ranch Barn

151

Italian Club of Tampa

151

Renaissance Ballrooms

325

Jacaranda Country Club

287

Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel

383

Jacksonville Marriott

411

Reunion | A Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort

7

La Jolla Ballroom

303

The Ribault Club

412

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

155

The River Club

431

Lavan Catering & Events

246

Riverside Hotel

257

Lexington Country Club

80

Rosen Centre Hotel

217

The Lodge & Club

27

Rosen Plaza Hotel

227

Luxmore Grande Estate

175

Rosen Shingle Creek

201

The Mansion at Tuckahoe

307

The Royal Crest Room

63

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

425

Royal Fiesta

3

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

149

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

129

The MEZZ

203

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

23

Miami Beach Woman’s Club

24

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

72

Miramar Cultural Center

381

Sheraton Orlando North Hotel

245

MSC Cruises

344

Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties

103

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

143

Sirata Beach Resort

51

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

87

South Seas Island Resort

12

Naples Princess

127

Southern Plantation Oasis

157

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

361

Stetson Mansion

241

Ocean Breeze Conference & Catering Center

419

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

93

Old Davie School Historical Museum

365

Sunken Gardens

117

The Old Grove

259

Sunquest Cruises

435

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

49

Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

384

One Thirty One Events by Trigo

427

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

99

Orlando Museum of Art

241

Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

214

The Palencia Club

425

Town Manor on the Lake

59

Panama Country Club

423

TPC Sawgrass

403

Paradise Cove

197

TradeWinds Island Resorts

153

Pavilion Grille

291

Trump National Doral Miami

297

Pebble Hill Plantation

401

Universal Orlando® Resort Hotels

61

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

275

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

199

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355

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Vineyards Country Club

149

Diamonds and Pearls Events

412

W Fort Lauderdale

337

Eduardo Perrone Decor • Events • Flowers

235

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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I Do, Events

369

Watercolor® Inn & Resort and the Pearl Hotel by St. Joe Club & Resorts®

16

Luxurious Events

279

The White Room

45

Masi Events

292

The Winterbourne Inn

235

Rachelle Youd Designs

407

Wishing Well Barn

85

RW Style

193

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

267

Swag Decor

238

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

153

Weddings Inc.

229

Yacht StarShip

141

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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A Magic Moment Photography & Videography

219

Ana Paz Cakes

369

Amanda Smith Photography

361

Edda’s Cake Designs

316

Muñoz Photography

301

Exquisite Catering & Events

350

Sarah & Paul Photography

403

Frosting

347

John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

229

ENTERTAINMENT

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Olympia Catering | Events

143

DJ Jacob Co

389

Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production

365

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Things Remembered

65

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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A Chair Affair, Inc.

243

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Harbour Bay Florist

353

Ultimate Elegant Fabrics

220

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Amason’s

407

Ann Marie’s Bridal Boutique

251

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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beGlammed

353

Events on the Loose

309

Bellami

359

Letz Dance On It

238

The Bridal Loft

401

Married by Mail

435

Cubavera

263

Modern Candles

356

PlayMore Couture

349

Rent All City

146

Sira D’Pión

229

Your Wedding TV Orlando

188

Something New Bridal Boutique

179

Wonderland Bridal Couture

355

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

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JEWELRY

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Destination Weddings

79

Diamond District

91

Diamonds Direct

145

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Shepherd Jewelry

107

Belk

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sarah & vic ST. PETERSBURG “I always sing corny songs around the house, and this is one of them,” Sarah says of incorporating the town’s pop art and Salvador Dalí Museum in creative ways for her and college sweetheart Vic’s engagement photos. “We used smoke bombs, crawled into a construction site and snuck into bushes. We ended up with photos that were perfectly us.”

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