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BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS Venues, Florists, Photographers

plus MORE COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

YOU’RE ENGAGED!

Here’s What to Do Next

15 FLORIDA WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

North / Central / South / West Coast Florida

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GOWNS YOU ’LL LOVE

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Let it be perfect From an intimate brunch to a lavish reception, create memories for a lifetime. 407-313-6780 • orlando.wedding@fourseasons.com www.fourseasons.com/orlando

at the most glamorous wedding venue in South Florida. The Biltmore Hotel, Miami’s Historical Landmark Resort awaits you to open a new page in its 90-year-old iconic weddings book. Say “I Do” in our elegant ballrooms and courtyards, or by romantic fountains. Arrange your private tour today and see why our hotel has been at the top of worldwide “Best of the Best” lists since 1926. KV PHOTO GRAPHY

Call our wedding specialist at 844-772-2354 or email weddings@biltmorehotel.com.

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MEMORIES ARE MADE HERE.

Welcome to Island Life

Whether you desire beach elegance or barefoot simplicity, South Seas Island Resort offers a picture-perfect setting for your island wedding. Say ‘I do’ in an unspoiled refuge at the edge of the Gulf Coast of Florida - where more often than not, dolphins, eagles or manatees pop up as unexpected guests. With over two miles of white-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets, South Seas Island Resort offers an array of wedding venues that will make every bride’s dream a reality.

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist far-flung fete punchy, whimsical bash ask the knot squad top picks inside scoop expert advice the wed thread haute hues 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

(954) 570-9422 www.royal-fiesta.com Hillsboro Boulevard at the Intracoastal, Deerfield Beach

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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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fashion & beauty 177

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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under-the-dress essentials Pick the best undergarments for your wedding gown style.

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anatomy of a tuxedo We broke down the basics of this formalwear staple.

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maid for style Get inspired by the hottest dress trends to ensure your bridesmaids look, and feel, flawless on your day.

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a matter of time Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 109

shades for every season

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The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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style ingredients How to pull off popular wedding styles.

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all in the details These tiny touches are the key to hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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decadent desserts Mix up traditional wedding day sweets.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

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defining details This isn’t your typical all-white affair.

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20 things we’re loving right now Get inspired for your best day ever with our annual list of fresh ideas.

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a matter of time

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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Paradise.

THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR WEDDING

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 Resort offers the most beautiful and accommodating venues in the Keys.

866.628.1337 | hawkscay.com/weddings

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real weddings 83

evanne & gordon april 29, palm beach

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carly & josh october 21, delray beach

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your just engaged to-dos

jheraud & richard november 11, wilton manors

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anna & kyle november 4, key largo

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lacey & zac april 21, santa rosa beach

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cat & michael april 29, jacksonville beach

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robynn & james november 2, jacksonville

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mari & maxwell november 18, havana

planning 267

your just engaged to-dos

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charlotte & frank

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jessica & alex

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november 4, sarasota

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brittni & laselve 289

pamela & bryant sarah & andy

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march 18, orlando

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inspiring eats

lindsay & jarrus emily & william

own the spotlight Use our psych-backed advice to banish any center-of-attention jitters.

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picture perfect

protect your day What to do if disaster strikes, and how to insure your wedding from the start.

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insta-worthy bachelorette spots Show your squad a good time with these five ’grammable trips.

november 25, lakeland

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

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

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The Knot registry awards Over 50 must-haves for your registry to complete your newlywed nest.

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The right photography style for you and your celebration.

november 21, montverde

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how to throw a daytime wedding

Some of our favorite catering trends to make your day one to remember.

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Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

november 3, tampa

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the new (and old) etiquette rules All the protocol you’ll want to follow.

july 1, boca grande

for better or for verse Tips on writing the most important words of your life.

Tasks you can do right now.

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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ABOUT THE COVER

2 1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at The Collection Bridal, TheCollectionBridal.com (Winter Park), Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

get the look

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

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse.com (Miami), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Miami), Margaret Ellen Bridal, MargaretEllenBridal.com (Inlet Beach); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry .com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at The Collection Bridal, TheCollectionBridal.com (Winter Park), Ever After, EverAfterMiami.com (Coconut Grove); earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

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Simply Inspiring. Distinctly Southern. When you choose WaterColor Inn & Resorts for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or anniversary, it will be more than just the scenery that will inspire you. Enjoy upscale beachfront accommodations, exceptional amenities and the comforts of southern hospitality—the ultimate wedding experience.

watercolorresort.com | 850.231.7773 34 Goldenrod Circle | Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexandra Ramey SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Thomas Chelednik, tchelednik@theknot.com (866) 741-5708 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Heather Dorsten, hdorsten@theknot.com (813) 280-9954

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Create memories that will last a lifetime. With beautiful white sand and gentle sea breezes, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect backdrop for your special day. All you have to say is, “I do.� To book your wedding call 239.395.6004 or email weddings@sundialresort.com.

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PHOTOS FOR HEARTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Imagine The Possibilities...

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Your Wedding, Your Way

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

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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 LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 206). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

K R I S T E N M A X W E L L CO O P E R

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

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CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged!

Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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complete your team Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

buy the rings Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

choose a point person If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

go for fittings Attend the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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The planning and hard work is behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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register & create a website Start a wish list and site. Share the link with guests so they’re in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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Universal Orlando Resort ™ Hotels From intimate celebrations to elaborate receptions, Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels offer the perfect setting for your special day. Each offers a unique wedding experience to match your style and personality. Visit us online to find everything you need to start

Extraordinary

planning your special day including electronic brochures, menus, pricing and more.

four distinctive settings to make your special day

loews sapphire falls resort

loews royal pacific resort

hard rock hotel®

loews portofino bay hotel

www.universalorlando.com/hotelweddings or contact us at (407) 503-9411 Hard Rock Hotel® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2017 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Sapphire Falls Resort TM & © 2017 UCF Hotel Venture III. All Rights Reserved. Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2017 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2017 Universal Studios All rights reserved.

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

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Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get a personalized Wedding Vision.

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead you’ll get a series of words that describe your wedding vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping right will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the best day ever.

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Choose a seaside setting at our private beach club, modern Balinese-inspired décor and golf course views at our country club, breathtaking waterfront views at our yacht club, or the city-sophisticated ambience of our award-winning boutique hotel. Whatever your heart’s desire, the Seagate has the perfect setting to make your wedding unforgettable. Call now to schedule a tour and find out how you can receive a complimentary bridal suite on your wedding night.

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LUXURIOUS EVENTS planned a worldly, over-the-top bash at THE BATH CLUB in Miami that transported partygoers to international locales with the help of showstopping centerpieces, luxe lounge areas and a tropical bird experience.

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“We wanted guests to enjoy many beautiful cultures in a single event. From the Arabian-inspired tents to the Caribbean-themed space, every room was unique and special.” —Luxurious Events

DETAIL WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and design trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Our favorite Miami detail comes from The Gilded Group and Jeren Tropicals, who infused the luxury venue with fresh greenery, trees and tropical centerpieces.

THE TEAM VENUE The Bath Club PLANNER Luxurious Events PHOTOGRAPHY Lenisse

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“We wanted an over-the-top event that would make our guests’ childhood dreams come true. Black lights and neon colors were everywhere, and we used vibrant sights, sounds and tastes throughout.” —Bella Sposa Events

DETAIL WE LOVE Our favorite Orlando detail comes from In Bloom Florist, who adorned the modern event space with suspended lush florals and Amped & Co’s vibrant neon signage.

THE TEAM VENUE Haus 820 PLANNER Bella Sposa Events PHOTOGRAPHY Jason

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Q AND A

ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

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ADVICE

FA S H I O N

I’ve tried on so many different dresses and I’m feeling really overwhelmed—what should my next step be? MARK INGR AM: Relax! Sometimes women put too much pressure on themselves to find “the one.” You already found your perfect person, so finding the dress should be a joyful part of the planning process. Start by recalling the styles you were first drawn to—did you love every cap-sleeve dress you tried on? Focus on this silhouette next time you shop, and plan to go with just one or two people whose opinion you really trust, as too many can confuse you. A lot of brides actually find it easiest to make their final decision while shopping alone. Beyond that, consider your venue and what will work with the location, style and theme you’ve planned. Most importantly, focus on what makes you feel good.

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OF COUPLES INCORPORATE TRADITIONAL CULTURAL ELEMENTS INTO THEIR WEDDING

PLANNING

My fiancé and I come from two different cultural backgrounds and are planning a fusion wedding. What’s the best way to honor traditions from both sides? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are so many ways to combine traditions, so have fun and think outside the box—whether that means choosing fashions from both cultures or choreographing a dance to music from each background. Start by looking at your families’ heritages to see if there’s any overlap between the two. If so, this can be a sweet shared ritual to showcase on your wedding day. Or choose one of your favorite customs from each side. Practice both or combine the two with a modern twist for a unique spin all your own. If you’d rather keep it simple, include a cultural element in traditional “I dos,” like adding Indian kundan jewelry to a classic white gown. Don’t be afraid to break the rules—do what feels right for you both.

I’ve heard a lot about airbrush makeup— should I consider it for my wedding? BRIT TANY LO: Airbrush is a popular option for bridal makeup, but it’s not for everyone. It really depends on your skin type. Consult with your makeup artist during your trial and see if they would recommend it for you. Then use your trial as a way to test the look. How do you feel about it initially? How do you think you look in it? How does it wear throughout the day? Both traditional and airbrush foundation should last all day, so try both to figure out which is best for you. In general, if you have normal to oily skin, airbrush may be a great choice, but if your skin tends to be dry, the makeup could get flaky. Another thing to consider is while airbrush application can be quicker, it can be harder to touch up after all those emotional happy tears. T R AV E L

What’s a US spot for my bachelorette party that isn’t been there, done that? HARMONY WALTON: While the tried-and-true boozy bachelorette weekend is always a hit, for a unique trip, seek out a locale that can pamper your group and offer fun activities a bit different from the typical beach day. For instance, Park City, Utah, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, have summer and winter activities that mix spa treatments and shopping with a bit of adventure. Skiing and snowshoeing will get your heart racing (and make a decadent hot chocolate taste even better), while an afternoon spent rafting and horseback riding is a good reason to enjoy a massage.

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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.

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the comforts of southern hospitality. The award-winning Pearl Hotel sets an unforgettable tone for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or anniversary.

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TheRoyalCrestRoom.com “Venue is absolutely perfect—the ceremony space, down to scenery for pictures. People tell us how gorgeous our wedding was and how amazing the food was!”

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Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples; (239) 643-7275; NaplesGarden.org Lose yourself in the landscape at this verdant venue that spans over 170 acres across southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast. Diverse blooms from far-flung locales like Asia and Brazil can be found year-round at the lush garden, where you’ll find nine distinct indoor and outdoor event spaces, including a serene Caribbean garden, spacious plaza tent, open-air courtyard and sprawling performance lawn.

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 538-9320; 1111LincolnRoad.com Called one of the most architecturally important buildings in Florida, this parking garage (you read that right!) isn’t your everyday structure. The industrial, modern space, designed by award-winning Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, fuses futuristic details with 34-foot-tall concrete ceilings and 360-degree views of Miami Beach. As if that’s not enough, it’ll allow for up to 700 friends and family, seated or standing, to eat, drink and dance at the seventh floor space.

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Lightner Museum

Eden Garden State Park

Roof Top Café

75 King St., St. Augustine; (904) 824-2874; LightnerMuseum.org Originally built as the entertainment wing of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, this 19th-century event space once held the world’s largest swimming pool, which has now been covered to offer to-be-weds a reception spot for up to 400 guests. Its outdoor terrace is perfect for cocktails, and a light-filled front lobby is the ideal spot to exchange vows in front of 250 family members and friends. TIP The museum can host an intimate rehearsal dinner in its library, making it easy to keep everything all under one roof.

181 Eden Gardens Road, Santa Rosa Beach; (850) 267-8320; FriendsofEdenGardens.com Wesley House, with its elegant white columns and wraparound porch, rests among 163 acres of blooming roses, camellias and azaleas, a koi pond and butterfly gardens. Host your nuptials here and exchange vows beneath the enormous 600-year-old “wedding tree,” a mossdraped oak—then share your first dance in the screened pavilion in front of 100 guests. For larger parties, spill out onto the adjacent paved area and dance under the twinkling stars.

308 Front St., Key West; (305) 294-2042; RoofTopCafeKeyWest.com This quaint deck, which accommodates up to 60 guests for ceremonies, describes itself as “above the streets, beneath the stars.” A historic mahogany tree offers shade to partygoers as they enjoy views of Mallory Square. Move to the indoor dining room complete with a balcony (fits 120) for the reception, where you’ll indulge in new-island cuisine and an award-winning wine list. Hanging paddle fans add to the café’s tropical vibe, while floor-to-ceiling windows offer glimpses of Key West below.

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How early should a bride purchase her gown to ensure she gets her top pick? While it’s possible to rush a dress or find one off the rack, we recommend a customer buy her gown about eight to 10 months ahead to leave time for customization and alterations. How much can a bride-to-be expect to spend on her look if shopping locally? Our bride spends about $2,000 to $2,500 on her wedding gown, excluding alterations, and $500 on any accessories, including a veil, belt or other add-on.

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Apropos, this Jacksonville Beach–based salon opened on Valentine’s Day. For more than a decade, they’ve strived to create a laid-back experience for brides-to-be. WEBSITE

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There’s no wrong decision when choosing a gown. Don’t let pressure overwhelm you. Bring no more than four people to your appointment to avoid too many opinions. Plan to try on about eight dresses during a one-hour window, whether you bring inspiration or not.

What are some ways to save if working with a tight budget? Find a gown to purchase off the rack, dubbed a “sample dress,” as they are often discounted. This a great option for anyone with a shorter engagement too. Secondly, we host trunk shows about every three months, where we sell about 25 more styles by a particular designer and offer a reduced price on that designer’s gowns. One thing to note is a trunk show is not the time to schedule your very first bridal appointment. They’re a busier time in the store, often with shorter fitting windows. Instead, they’re great for brides who have shopped before, know what they are looking for and are ready to say “yes.” How will a bride know when she’s found “the one”? The right dress is the one that makes you feel confident and beautiful and that you can see yourself wearing for your walk down the aisle. Some personalities need a little time before purchasing than others, and that’s okay. What trends are on the rise? Strapless was in the lead for so long, but now we’re seeing straps of all styles making a comeback. Also, 3-D details, like sparkles, graphic lace and floral appliqués keep popping up and add another layer of interest. What’s one piece you’ve always wanted to sell but haven’t found a home? We have a wide-leg, strapless jumpsuit in store that has all-over lace, and it’d be perfect for a bride who is looking for something alternative for the rehearsal or reception if she’s changing.

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What are some common mistakes or myths about wedding dress shopping? Some brides come in with their heart set on a specific look without having tried on gowns before. While we encourage brides to try that look on, often it isn’t what they end up choosing. Also, we work hard to dispel the belief that bridal gown shopping must be complicated. At Love, we do our best to make finding your dream dress the easiest part of your wedding planning process.

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How can couples personalize their flower arrangements? We tap into our clients’ preferences—for example, a love for travel, cuisine or certain colors when designing. Many couples are using décor as a way to bring fun and funkiness to their parties. We’re spotting lots of dyed flowers and painted tropical leaves. MEET

Veronica Cicero Anthology Co. Tell us about your company. After years spent in New York as a freelance designer, I decided to start up a business of my own in Miami. We’re a floral studio and styling boutique passionate about design, from the smallest detail to the grandest scheme. Our philosophy is founded in an admiration for nature’s beauty and the belief that there’s an art to setting a table. Describe your floral planning process from start to finish? The consultation is mostly a brainstorming session, whether it happens in-person or by phone. Couples should bring an open mind, inspiration pictures and photos of the venue, linens or any finalized décor—anything that gets our creative wheels turning. Usually that first conversation is months from the wedding, so we play around with many ideas. Next, we send a preliminary quote, knowing details will continue to evolve. We show a mock-up of the design about 30 days before the date to give the couple a sneak peak of how the celebration will look.

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What flowers would you like to see used more and less often? South American carnations are just exquisite, and the color selections are out of control. Alternatively, roses and baby’s breath can go.

@anthologyco PRO TIPS

Substitute floral arrangements for potted plants to save money, and add candles to your tablescape. Repurpose all of your bouquets at the reception by adding them to the sweetheart, entrance or guest book table. Instead of using lace, try hand-painted raw silk or velvet for wrapping your bouquet.

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This Miami-based florist puts a premium on originality, looking to herbs like mint and chamomile to craft one-of-a-kind bouquets and boutonnieres.

What blooms grow locally? Miami is one of the largest flower ports in the world, which makes it easy to import buds from anywhere. Here, orchids, sunflowers, monstera leaves, lemon leaves and papyrus are staples.

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Walk our readers through a tasting. By the time a couple joins us for a tasting, we’ve already had a consultation to discuss dietary restrictions and any items on their must-have or do-not-serve lists, so it’s a bit like catching up with an old friend. They’re able to try a number of options while giving us their feedback on anything they’d change. In between dishes, we chat about other vendors, décor ideas and more. Couples leave with a proposal from us and, likely, some leftovers to take home. Let’s talk numbers. How much can locals expect to spend on catering, and how can they save? Costs largely depend on service style (a plated dinner is priciest) and the menu, but $45 per person is a good starting point. Taxes and gratuity are added to the final balance and are based on headcount. To cut costs, a buffet is the best way to go, and look for a BYO venue to save money on drinks by providing your own alcohol. Additionally, many couples don’t take into consideration the prices beyond food and beverage that add up, like dinnerware, glasses, cutlery and service.

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Known for home-cooked meals like roasted pork loin with balsamic glaze, this Rockledge-based team has catered weddings since 2008. WEBSITE

TwoChicksandaPot .com

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Can you share one of your favorite customized wedding menus? For an internationally inspired brunch celebration, we prepared smoked salmon and ham blinis—which are bite-size, Russian-style pancakes—for cocktail hour. Then, for the main course, we served egg, shrimp and scallion potstickers (a Chinese dumpling), a vegetable frittata, mini pork steam buns and candied bacon. As dessert, we whipped up mini silver dollar pancake stacks with strawberries, bananas and a chocolate drizzle. Looking ahead, we’re predicting more miniature meals with smaller proportions that allow guests to try more dishes.

What alternative cuisine are you seeing right now? For us, no two weddings are the same. However, brunch weddings and requests for vegan and vegetarian menus are becoming increasingly popular. We’ve had lots of inquiries for oysters too. I’m waiting on a couple to request Mongolian barbeque, which I’ve always wanted to serve. For dessert, macarons, doughnuts and liquid nitrogen ice cream are all amazing cake replacements.

Don’t be afraid to be creative. Your guests have been to lots of weddings, so they’ll remember a menu that’s truly unique to you.

What differentiates you from other Florida caterers? Our main focus is custom menus and fresh, local ingredients. Instead of giving couples a list of items to choose from, we create individual tasting menus. We also offer month-of wedding coordination and discount it for all our catering clients.

Vet your vendors well upfront, then trust them to handle their expertise.

What specific dish do you do best? Chicken the Two Chicks Way is very popular!

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Book your caterer at least six months ahead, or one year if marrying in busy months.

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The Crystal Ballroom Fort Lauderdale

7065 Westpointe Blvd Suite 140, Orlando, FL 32835 • (407) 757-2975

17 S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd, Unit R310, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 • (407) 501-1909

The Crystal Ballroom St. Augustine

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MY SHOES WERE DEFINITELY A ‘TREAT YO’SELF’ MOMENT, BUT WHAT BETTER EXCUSE DO YOU NEED TO BUY AN OUTRAGEOUS PAIR OF HEELS?” —Anna R.

“We converted a vintage 1973 Volkswagen bus into a photo booth.” —Kate M.

“Our wedding rings. We each chose three bands we liked, and then we went back separately to purchase our favorite for the other person, so the rings were a surprise on our wedding day.” —Megan N.

“A trolley to transport the wedding party and our second-line performers to the reception in style.” —Abby V.

“The food. My partner used to be a chef, so his menu expectations were very high. We served a five-course dinner that our guests loved.” —Stacey W.

“Our venue. We found exactly what we wanted in a locally owned and operated winery with exposed beams, brick and wine barrels throughout. It’s everything we hoped for without being over the top.” —Samantha P.

“Individually pressed flower coasters etched with our guests’ names—they doubled as escort cards and favors. The coasters were displayed against a shelved white wall dressed in floral garlands.”

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS SET UP A FULL ESPRESSO BAR. AFTER THE MEAL, GUESTS COULD ORDER A DRINK OF THEIR CHOICE.”

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The Science of “I Do” With extraordinary architecture and a stunning location, your special day will take place in one of the most spectacular event venues in South Florida with beautifully presented, innovative cuisine by STARR Catering Group. Say your vows as sharks serenely swim overhead in the Aquarium or share your special moment in the Frost Planetarium with the Milky Way as your backdrop. Then, take the celebration to our rooftop terrace featuring 360° views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. Customize one of the many one-of-a-kind spaces to create a day that is uniquely yours. Your future together begins here.

To plan your wedding, contact 305-434-9531 or email events@frostscience.org. For additional information, please visit: frostscience.org/plananevent.

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The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the City of Miami. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Frost Science is an accessible facility. All contents ©Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. All rights reserved.

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REAL WEDDINGS

SOUTH FLORIDA This mix of unique celebrations includes a luxe Greek wedding, a beach club bash and an unforgettable affair in the Florida Keys.

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Evanne’s sleeved gown featured a plunging neckline and subtle pearl edging.

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Drawing inspiration from her own parents’ nuptials, Evanne carried a cascading arrangement of roses, ranunculus, peonies and ruscus reminiscent of her mother’s bridal bouquet. Prior to the start of the ceremony, violinists were positioned just beyond the church doors—a detail Evanne calls “magical.”

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EVANNE & GORDON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Catherine Greek

Festive Greek music played throughout the night as guests dined and danced atop a white marble floor emblazoned with the couple’s custom monogram. “We knew we had to leave by midnight, so we hired a Junkanoo band from the Bahamas to help guests dance their way to the trolleys outside,” Evanne says.

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Compact garlands with classic hydrangeas mirrored the look of rosette table linens.

Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach RECEPTION SITE Flagler Museum, Palm

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PHOTOGRAPHY Jessica Lorren

Photography Pictures

VIDEOGRAPHY Cabana

PLANNER Laurie Caradonna/Sara

Renee Events

EVENT DESIGN & FLOWERS

Xquisite Events Maginas Avenue

OFFICIANT Father Andrew

GOWN Alon Livné, Saks Fifth HAIR &

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SHOES Giovito Rossi

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RENTALS Xquisite Events

CATERING & DESSERTS White Apron

Catering Cakes

CAKE Dominique’s Couture

MUSIC Ceremony: Christina Filis;

organist: Eirene Werts; violins: Master Musicians; cocktail hour: The Powerhouse Group

FAVORS Frames: It’s a Wrap

TRANSPORTATION A Class Limos;

Molly’s Trolleys

ACCOMMODATIONS Eau

Palm Beach Resort & Spa

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Pottery Barn; Scully & Scully; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Italy

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ANGIE MYERS

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Carly’s trailing bouquet included a verdant mix of jasmine vines, gardenias, olive, scabiosa pods and blue thistle.

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An antique bar, velvet furniture and upholstered chairs paired perfectly with terrariums and succulents for the couple’s desired “natural rustic” aesthetic. “We wanted our reception style to mirror our ideal home décor,” Carly says. “It was a little like Anthropologie on steroids.”

The bride walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”—a song she now “tears up to every time it comes on.”

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The couple took their menu seriously, serving lobster mac and cheese, sushi and Key lime tartlets for dessert. “We didn’t want anyone getting hungry throughout the night,” Carly says. Signature cocktails included “his”—a pineapple and vodka drink—and “hers”—a wine aptly named Carly Rae Rosé.

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DESIGN Creative Touch Party Design FLOWERS Simply Flowers

OFFICIANT

Rabbi Daniel Polish (groom’s cousin) GOWN Alexandra Grecco, Ceremony

Bridal Shop, Boston

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VEIL Sara Gabriel

Stuart Weitzman

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ENGAGEMENT RING

Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS Dazzle Design by Claudia Heimes EARRINGS Family heirloom

MENSWEAR J.Crew

STATIONERY Smock.

Unearthed Vintage Hotel & Spa Sugar

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CATERING The Seagate FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS The Seagate

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REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s

HONEYMOON Key Largo GUESTS 75 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY Shortly after meeting online, Jheraud James (right, 23 and a senior restaurant manager) and Richard Werhle III (34 and an assistant general manager at a restaurant) got engaged and, in the span of 17 months, planned a rustic-glam celebration that was uniquely their own. The navy-blue and marsala color scheme reflected the couple’s favorite colors, and menu highlights like fried chicken and waffles and treats from The Salty Donut spoke to their personal tastes. “We wanted to include every aspect of our lives into the design—from adventures we’ve taken together to various foods we’ve enjoyed,” Richard says. Another unforgettable detail: An on-site poet who crafted custom verses for guests during cocktail hour. —RS Fresh roses cascaded down the side of the couple’s whitechocolate-raspberry and tiramisuflavored cake.

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Jheraud and Richard solidified their union with a symbolic sand ceremony in front of 105 guests. “We added sand to a box to signify the joining of our two lives, cultures and families,” Richard says. “Now we’re able to add sand to that same box after every trip we take together moving forward.”

Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manors

PHOTOGRAPHY Laura Memory

Photography & Videography

DAY-OF

COORDINATOR Natasha Rincon

FLOWERS

Quite Contrary

OFFICIANT Lavern Clarke

(Jheraud’s aunt)

MENSWEAR ASOS; Calvin

Klein; Express SHOES Aldo

ENGAGEMENT

RING Jared the Galleria of Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Macy’s

GROOMSMAID DRESSES

Macy’s; Nordstrom

STATIONERY DIY;

printing: Minuteman Press Etsy.com

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS Allure Party Rentals

CATERING Ethos Greek Bistro

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Gallery of Cakes DESSERTS The Salty Donut MUSIC Cleon Jarrett PHOTO BOOTH

The Photobooth Bros POET The Biscayne Poet

FAVORS Bed Bath & Beyond

ACCOMMODATIONS Bahia Mar Fort

Lauderdale Beach & Beyond

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HONEYMOON New Orleans

GUESTS 105 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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...Needs YOUR Help! We here at Wish Upon a Wedding believe that every couple deserves to celebrate their love. We are a nonprofit organization that grants Wedding Wishes to adults who are facing life-altering circumstances or terminal illness. Their wish is to be married to their partner, but due to their illness, they often don’t have the time, money or resources to plan a wedding or vow renewal. With our incredible team of wedding vendors who donate their services, we are able to give our couples a day truly about them— and not their illness.

If you know an amazing couple whose love we can help celebrate, share their story with us at info@wishuponawedding.org!

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THEIR STORY No passports were necessary in the making of Anna Zolynsky (25 and a tattoo apprentice) and Kyle Husband’s (32 and an executive manager) destination affair. “We wanted a private beach venue that was far enough away from home that we had to buy a plane ticket, but not so far that our guests had to use their passports,” Anna says. Shortly after they booked Key Largo Lighthouse Beach, the couple alluded at what was to come with DIY invitations that mimicked the look of a boarding pass. “We walked away from making those with more than a few paper cuts,” Anna says. —RS

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COUTURE BRIDAL MIAMI — Bridal Boutique in Bal Harbour, FL —

Wedding gowns Cocktail dresses Accessories Custom made gowns Alterations

9545 Harding Avenue Bal Harbour, FL 33154 305-864-6270 info@couturebridalmiami.com www.couturebridalmiami.com

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ANNA & KYLE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Key Largo

Lighthouse Beach, Key Largo

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessica Bordner Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Events Mojitos, jazz and conch fritters made for a memorable cocktail hour, and a relaxed beachfront pig roast ensued. A caricature artist was on hand throughout the evening to provide guests with illustarted portraits that doubled as favors. “We got one done and it’s now a great memento of our day,” Anna says.

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PLANNER Cate Tenopir

FLOWERS Designs by Darenda

OFFICIANT Charles Zolynsky (bride’s brother) GOWN AlexVeilBridal, Etsy.com

HAIR

FlashMob Makeup & Hair; High Tech Salon MAKEUP FlashMob Makeup & Hair;

Madison Klimas Beauty Amazon.com

HEADPIECE

SHOES Kimsically, Etsy.com

ENGAGEMENT RING Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS Bride: Family heirloom;

groom: Abracadabra JEWELRY B & B Jewelers; Etsy.com

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me

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MENSWEAR Groom: Bangkok

Fashions; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS Linens & More

Florida Keys; Unearthed Vintage DESSERTS &

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CAKE Key Largo Conch House

MUSIC Shawn Stazzone/Aries Entertainment CARICATURE ARTIST Al-Rod Studio ACCOMMODATIONS Key Largo Lighthouse

Beach

REGISTRIES Best Buy; MyRegistry.com;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Barbados

GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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LAVAN Catering & Events Lavan Catering and Events understands and appreciates just how important your wedding is to you. We are committed to excellence and ensure that your event is handled with care, right down to the finest details. We guarantee that every wedding hosted in our venue exceeds your expectations. Our reputation for providing the finest quality food and services sets us apart from the rest.

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Beautiful. Unique. Private. Spectacular.

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HACIENDA LOS ROBLES B&B Here at Hacienda Los Robles B&B, we are surrounded by nature’s beauty, endless manicured lawns, exotic plant life, butterflies, birds, horses and soft breezes flowing from our orchard. Our grounds become your wedding grounds, and our Mission Bell is rung every time “I dos” are shared! Dream and design as you wish. You will have five acres of endless country charm to celebrate your wedding day!

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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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winter dramatic and daring slate, mauve, eggplant, ink

If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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North cean Bridal Every step of your wedding day journey should be as delicious as your cake!

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spring sweet and sophisticated plum, violet, orchid, haze

Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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summer organic and wild pistachio, sage, grass, olive

These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The perfect setting...

At Floridian Ballrooms you’ll find a wide variety of reception choices. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering for 30 or a grand social event for 500, we offer complete packages for all occasions. 17850 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 954-436-5524 • info@floridianballrooms.com WWW.FLORIDIANBALLROOMS.COM

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move onto a beachfront pavilion or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more.

Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with luxe chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments for them, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this over-the-top, the sky’s truly the limit.

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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Tie the Knot

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Escape to our Island Paradise and let the magic of your love sweep you away as you enjoy the wedding of a lifetime! Four miles of pristine, sandy beaches make for picture-perfect romance on Singer Island, Florida. Sink your toes in the sand as you say “I do,” and bring your dream wedding to life under our Oceanfront Pavilion. Our wedding specialist will help guide you as you plan to exchange vows in paradise. CALL KELLY VIEAU FOR A CONSULTATION: 561.472.0302 3700 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island, FL www.hiltonsingerisland.com kelly.vieau@hilton.com www.facebook.com/SingerIslandHilton KRISTIN SEITZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your event. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a summer camp (or a spot dedicated to adults-only weekends) means

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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The tabletop items, design accents and stylish accessories you need to pull off four of the prettiest, most popular wedding styles. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

You’ve decided on the style you’d like your wedding to have (and if you haven’t, you should totally take our Style Quiz on The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app), so your next step is about choosing the right décor and accents that will help you capture that feel. Whether you’re going for rustic, glam, classic or industrial, we have all the tips for what you should plan to buy (or rent) to make your style stand out.

DÉCOR STYLE

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THE LOOK Rustic décor is all about bringing the outdoors in, so bottle up that natural feel with raw wood accents and a palette packed with earth-inspired hues, like green. An open, airy venue like a vineyard, garden or wood-clad barn will go a long way in making your bucolic dream a reality.

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THE LOOK If you’re a couple whose dream day involves all things luxurious and shiny, then a glam look is for you. A formal ballroom or event space comes alive with over-the-top accents and a saturated palette that’s sure to lend a dramatic, standout feel.

1 Gilded Drape invitation, $270 for 100, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted .com 2 Louis XVI dining chair, $25 to rent, SnyderEvents .com 3 Versailles glass charger plate, $15 to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 4 Gold-rimmed wine glass, $2 to rent, EventSource Solutions.com 5 Concord napkin, $12, Waterford, NeimanMarcus.com 6 Cake server, $95, Anna by RabLabs, Horchow.com 7 Gold mercury glass votives, $15 for set, TheKnot Shop.com

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Kick it all off with gold-accented stationery, then bring the glitz to your day with metallic hints on dinner plates, glassware, tealights and even tabletop linens. Louis XVI dining chairs make for a comfy perch, while overflowing, two-tier floral arrangements filled with bold, fluffy blooms inject a dose of richness. >>

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1 Foremost Floral invitation, $229 for 100, Coloring Cricket, Shutterfly .com 2 White chiavari chair, PremierParty Rentals.com 3 Tent table number, $9 for 12, TheKnotShop .com 4 Flower urn, $40, JamaliGarden .com 5 Sydney table linens, from $62, LaTavolaLinen.com 6 The White Collection plates, from $4 each to rent, CasaDePerrin .com 7 Vintage inspired silver cake serving set, $60, TheKnotShop.com

CLASSIC

THE LOOK Traditional couples will love the clean lines, crisp color palette and no-frills atmosphere a classic vibe will impart on their wedding day. Whether you’re hosting guests in a pitched sailcloth tent along the shoreline or in a timeless country club ballroom, a classic style will feel just as “in” this year as it will in 10 years.

HOW TO GET IT A palette of blue and white is a timeless pick for this style of celebration. Carry the pairing from a pretty patterned invitation suite to an equally eye-catching tablecloth or napkins. Styled with classic chiavari chairs, textured white plates, and blush and white blooms in silver footed urns, the combination is equal parts effortless and elegant. >>

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DÉCOR STYLE 1 Tolix chair, $11 to rent, BigDawg PartyRentals.com 2 Maison plate collection, from $4 each to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 3 Matte black bar, $250 to rent, AdoreFolklore.com 4 Simply Abstract invitation, $234 for 100, Peony Papeterie, Minted .com 5 Large metal candlestick, $18, HM.com 6 Concrete charger, $14 to rent, CasaDe Perrin.com 7 Luna flatware, from $2, BorrowedBlu.com

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THE LOOK Edgy duos will love the tough and unique feel of a warehouse or loft celebration. Accents of black, galvanized metals and concrete finishes will transform nearly any space into a party-ready spot.

HOW TO GET IT Play up the raw elements of your space (whether that’s exposed beams or brick walls) with invitations and paper goods in a sleek graphic black and gray motif. Your reception will look seriously cool with black tolix bistro chairs or a statementmaking black and metal bar. Dramatic displays of greenery (a natural fit for this style) are offset by bold tabletop décor like concrete charger plates, geometric candleholders and modern black flatware. 6

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These little touches are the key to hosting a truly standout celebration. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY MARY COSTA WEDDINGS

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WHY First impressions impress. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance of your reception venue. Whatever you choose will set the stage for what’s to come—whether you’re throwing a swanky soiree or rowdy revelry. Let your entrance create excitement for the evening. MAKE IT YOURS Post up a stylish jazz trio at the doorway to your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush statement wall to double as an entry photo booth. Big or small, you want to dream up something that gets your guests energized and ready to keep the celebration going all night long. >>

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disguise these venue eyesores Quick fixes for your décor problems. THE PROBLEM

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Terrible flooring THE FIX First, keep in mind that your dining tables will likely cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question. If it still bothers you, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the space in the same material as your dance floor. Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate backdrop.

An oversize space THE FIX You can up the cozy factor of a sprawling room in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables for dining—they’ll take up more space than round tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more intimate. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work and give guests a spot to chill out.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX If your venue’s chair offering is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. If you can’t justify such a large added expense, make the current style work with a few clever solutions, like picking out a fabric to have sewn into cushions or tasking your florist with creating swags of greenery for the backs.

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Jarring columns THE FIX Disguise any posts with a clever greenery addition. This is a great moment to go big, so ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX Create another world within the room by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) to neutralize the space.

Clashing colors THE FIX Instead of fighting the present palette, embrace it. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your current color scheme with pretty napkins or a seat cushion to make it all coordinate.

THE DAY

Wedding planning can be overwhelming—between the cake tastings, floral appointments and venue tours, it can be hard to remember to also plan for those little moments that make an event feel truly like you and your partner. We’ve rounded up seven can’t-miss details that will leave guests talking about your amazing wedding (and your love story) for weeks to come.

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An escort card display Having all the seating arrangements in one spot will simplify things for your guests (no roaming around the ballroom or playing musical chairs) and ensure your reception starts on time. MAKE IT YOURS Pros and their clients are getting more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the day. Set up a scene of wooden sailboats with guests’ names for your beachside “I dos,” or have your display double as your favors with jars of honey tied with each loved one’s name and table number. >>

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Make your wedding truly feel like yours with these creative touches.

The invitations

Your paper goods are your first chance to introduce your event, so think beyond simply including your color palette. Add a map of the area where you’re getting married, trivia about you and your soon-to-be spouse or even a fun RSVP card.

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The promises you make to your partner are the reason the wedding day is happening, so put your heart into it. If you’re unable to pen your own promises, write something together and have your words printed on the programs.

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fun ways to personalize your day

Your ride

Customize your wedding wheels by leaving your event in something that speaks to you as a couple, like a vintage city cab, a sleek mint-green Vespa or a stunning sailboat.

Your first dance

Think about your song choice and go for one that really means something to the two of you—but don’t stop there. Your wedding dance can be even more meaningful if you put a little tango into that two-step. Take dance lessons and have an instructor help you choreograph a unique first dance that’ll be a true showstopper.

The menu

Make your meal true to you by serving local cuisine or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries if you were engaged in Paris). As a lasting impression, pass around a personalized treat at the end of the night, like your grandmother’s famous chocolate-chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

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WHY You’ll want to make sure guests can easily find their way from the ceremony to the reception or navigate the grounds on the way to the restrooms, so clear signage is a no-brainer. MAKE IT YOURS Practicality aside, signs are a great way to reinforce the overall vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs. Looking for a modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way is sure to get noticed.

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Old World Style and Charm Douglas Entrance marks the northeast entrance to George Merrick’s beautiful city of Coral Gables. La Puerta del Sol, the original gateway built in 1927, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features the Grand Ballroom, a space restored to its original splendor and perfectly suited to parties, receptions and meetings. Generous parking, elevator access and a glorious setting for your special events.

For reservations and additional information, contact Raul Araya, Event Manager at Douglas Entrance 800 Douglas Rd Suite 370, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 444-1941 | (305) 448-1195 | Direct email: raraya@banyanstreet.com

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A posh powder room WHY Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathrooms is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities, like flowers or a lightly scented potpourri, is never a bad thing. MAKE IT YOURS Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the powder room and stock a basket full of necessities (feminine products, mints, deodorant and more) alongside it. Want to go the extra mile? Include a fun personal touch, like a sign, favorite lotion or decal on the mirror that says “Get back on the dance floor!”

Luminous lighting WHY Lighting is one of the most valuable tools you have when it comes to transforming your space. Use it to evoke a certain mood, warm up a cavernous room or give guests a glow in photos. MAKE IT YOURS When deciding how to light your reception, look for styles that suit your overall vibe. Strands of vintage-inspired Edison bulbs would look right at home in an industrial loft space, while candlelit Moroccan lanterns are well suited for a boho bash.

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A beautiful bar Once party time hits, the bar is probably where the majority of your guests will be spending their time (besides the dance floor, of course). Make sure it doesn’t feel like a forgotten moment by dressing it up like the rest of the venue. MAKE IT YOURS Pile on the florals, task a vendor with creating a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of a real watering hole (like a sleek wood bar and high-top tables where guests can perch). If you’re stuck with your venue’s plain style, look into having vinyl stickers made for it, or use a peel-and-stick wallpaper pattern to decorate the facade.

Personal touches You want your wedding to be memorable, right? Well, in a sea of vows and garden roses, it’s the unique, couple-inspired moments that will truly make your day stand out from the crowd. MAKE IT YOURS While you’re planning, dedicate some time brainstorming a few of your favorite things to do as a pair and figure out a way to work them into your wedding day. Love spending Saturday nights playing board games at home? Create an oversize Scrabble board for guests to duel on during cocktail hour. Are you self-described bookworms? Name every drink on your menu for one of your favorite fictional characters. Whatever aspect of your love story you choose to play up, the goal is the same—you want guests to leave your bash exclaiming, “That was so them!” WHY

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Mix up your wedding day sweets with these delicious, creative additions. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CASSIDY CARSON PHOTOGR APHY

Cake is a wedding standby, and for good reason—there’s no dessert more universally appealing (or delicious) than a pretty tiered confection. But more couples are diversifying their wedding day dessert options by accompanying their cake with other creative après-dinner bites. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fresh ideas to inspire your sweet tooth. >>

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Make it mini Shrink the size of something and it’s instantly more appealing— it’s just a fact. Tiny treats are always a big hit with guests, so consider adapting some of your favorite desserts into bitsy bites. Apple hand pies are a great alternative to slicing and dicing a full pie, while mini cupcakes, brownies and even petite doughnuts are all just as delicious as their larger counterparts. Another bonus? The smaller size gives your guests an opportunity (or let’s say, excuse) to sample more of the dessert options on display, guilt free.

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There’s no rule that says you have to douse your guests with sugar at the end of the evening if sweets aren’t your thing. While you should still try and work in a few crowd-pleasers (like chocolatechip cookies), you can also opt to serve up several more savory options with coffee and tea. Create a popcorn bar filled with decadent flavors like cheddar jalapeño or brown butter sage, have your caterers craft up a cheese and jam spread or set out a buffet of artisanal honey for your guests to sample. Cake flavors are getting more creative too, so if your taste buds skew more savory than sweet, see if you can find a baker who will play with unique aromatic flavors like goat cheese, chai or ginger. >>

4 alternatives to a sit-down meal Formal plated dinner service isn’t the only way to feed your guests. Here are four other ways to satisfy everyone.

1 Family style Top tables with main dish platters (think: proteins like fish, chicken or steak) and a slew of scrumptious sides. Guests can pass plates among each other and help themselves.

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Action stations For a meal that feeds and entertains, create a culinary circuit of action stations guests can choose from. Opt for interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, wood-fire pizza, sushi and more.

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Get guests up and moving with do-it-yourself sweet stations. Select a few easy-to-customize desserts like sundaes, waffles, s’mores or even a candy bar, then set up tables around your reception where guests can make their own creations. It’s an easy way to keep them entertained throughout your reception—add cute to-go containers and the desserts instantly become a charming favor.

Know your (sweet) stuff by mastering these terms.

Buttercream

A smooth, creamy icing that stays soft so it’s easy to cut through. It can be colored or flavored and is often used to create piping, swags and other borders, or as filling. It’s made from butter, so keep in mind it may melt in high heat or humidity.

Fondant

Ideal for creating intricate accents or an especially smooth exterior, fondant is icing made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that’s then rolled out and draped over a cake or used for detailing.

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Ganache

A sweet, rich chocolate, thicker than mousse but less dense than fudge, it can be used as icing or filling. Because it’s made of chocolate and heavy cream, it will soften in humid weather.

Pillars

Separators used in a tiered cake design. They can be made of plastic or wood in several lengths to achieve the desired look or height.

Piping

A decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details can include leaves, borders, basketweave patterns and lifelike flowers.

Fillings

Flavoring added between the layers of cake. They can be made from flavored buttercream, a ganache or even jams and fruit compotes.

Sugar flowers

Often used in place of real flowers or as a sash on the cake front, sugar flowers are created using food coloring and a sugar syrup that hardens.

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If you and your partner aren’t fond of a traditional cake, work with your baker to dream up an alternative that suits your tastes better. You can easily translate your joint love of Rice Krispies Treats, cinnamon buns or pies into the shape of a tiered cake if you want to have that traditional cake-cutting moment. Most bakers are happy to customize something for you, and the personalized moment will make your reception more unique to the two of you.

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When choosing the flowers for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s in budget, in palette and in season. But why not add an additional layer of significance to the blooms you surround yourself with on your wedding day? We’ve chosen some of the prettiest picks out there, all with touching meanings that are just made for weddings. They’ll be the perfect addition to your bouquet and centerpieces on one of the most important days of your life. >>

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Known to symbolize lasting affection and daily remembrance, zinnias are a natural favorite for weddings thanks to the variety of available colors, sizes and shapes.

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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peony Brides love peonies for their lush, fluffy petals. They stand for love and a happy marriage, the perfect sentiment for the most romantic day ever.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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orchid The symbol for beauty, refinement and fertility, orchids are both a delicate and eye-catching choice.

refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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playful and pretty Use accessible (and inexpensive) dusty miller leaves to add softness and a touch of sage green to any bouquet. Here, they offset a colorful display of pink spray roses, white ranunculus and scabiosa.

Representing happiness and delicacy, dusty miller is a well-loved filler thanks to its sage hue and velvety soft leaves.

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garden rose singular and sweet Gorgeously delicate and available in a range of pretty pink and burgundy shades, astilbe is a great (and inexpensive) stand-alone flower for your bridesmaids to tote down the aisle.

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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Also known as false goat’s beard, it stands for dedication to a loved one, making it totally wedding worthy.

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A perennial favorite thanks to their stunning shape and range of hues, dahlias are packed with a variety of meanings, including strength and grace under pressure.

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dramatic and daring Rich dahlias look right at home alongside other inky, eye-catching buds, like chocolate cosmos and navycentered anemones, which symbolize good luck and protection against evil. >>

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For a combo that’s so you, try an everyday pick, like sunflowers, with an “out there” variety, like orange pincushions or a king protea. Bonus: The spiky tropical stem stands for change and transformation— kind of like going from Miss to Mrs.

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sunflower Standing for adoration and dedication, a bouquet filled with cheery yellow sunflowers practically says your vows for you.

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Katy Stuart is the owner and designer behind Gatherer Floral Co. in Orlando. She believes nature is the best teacher and specializes in lush and organic designs with a “just gathered” feel.

It’s best when a client gives you two or three inspiration words or colors and allows you to design from your heart. I think the floral world is trending toward being more adventurous, and I love it.

When working with a smaller budget, consider what’s most important. I believe in quality over quantity. If we have to eliminate a few things to make a stunning bridal bouquet, it’s worth it.

My favorite thing to design is an installation. You have to stretch your creativity and think about colors, textures and engineering. It’s an eye-catching moment that makes guests go “whoa.”

Ideas for your florals can come from anywhere. I’m often inspired by 17th- and 18th-century oil paintings—the colors are so deep and rich, and the arrangements so full. They still feel so relevant.

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To make a monochromatic scheme work, focus on incorporating a variety of textures and elements to keep things visually interesting. Here, a striking swag of lunaria and cherry blossom branches creates a wow moment overhead, while architectural table details, such as sleek candlesticks, Lucite chairs and round bud vases, ensure the modern tablescape is anything but simple. >> Place settings and tabletop rentals, CortPartyRental .com; egg ceramic vases, $12 each, WestElm .com; Wadsworth taper candleholders, from $20 each, CB2.com

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A dove-gray dinner plate adds depth to an airy tabletop, while acrylic menus (etched with the night’s meal offerings) complete the place setting. Bud vases holding pairs of blooms dot the tablescape and inject an understated femininity. >>

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Acrylic candleholders calligraphed with guests’ names and table numbers act as chic escort cards. White flowers play a part in the monochromatic palette: Sugar blooms top the all-white cake, and boutonnieres of ranunculus and grape hyacinth finish the groomsmen looks. Favor boxes of candy are a sweet way to thank guests. >> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Oslo crystal tealight candleholders, from $11 each, CrateandBarrel.com; cake, LilacCakeBoutique .com; champagne bubbles candies, $8 per cube, Sugarfina.com; pentagon dish, from $14, ConvivialProduction.com

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Accent a streamlined dress silhouette with an equally structured mix of blooms and branches. Here, sculptural cherry blossom branches team with fluttery ranunculus for a decidedly edgy take on a traditional bridal bouquet. >> Gown, price upon request, Alexandra Grecco, TheDressTheory.com

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A refined invitation suite feels as timeless as it does fresh, thanks to barely there vellum envelopes and acrylic elements. Whisper-thin white script, vintage stamps and elegant wax seals are stylish finishing touches.

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Transform a space with this floral alternative. Create balloon garlands or suspend an installation above a table for a playful twist on a classic centerpiece.

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Black, navy and gray will always be in style, but guys are stepping out in more fashion-forward alternatives (burgundy, dark green and even dusty mauve) especially when it comes to the jacket. Textures like tweed and herringbone are making their way down the aisle too.

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Signature sips are almost expected, so instead couples are claiming the food. Ask guests to choose from “his” or “hers” entrée options, or name passed hors d’oeuvres. “Food will continue to be the real centerpiece of the reception,” says Annie Lee of Daughter of Design in New York City.

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A RETURN TO COLOR “It’s been an era of neutrals but now couples are inspired by jewel tones and are playing with patterns like floral prints,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charleston, South Carolina. Choose a palette that represents the vibe of your wedding celebration and your personalities or tastes.

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Who says you can only have bridesmaids and groomsmen? Mix up your attendants with bridesmen and groomswomen. Or honor certain relatives in other special ways—flower grandmas anyone?

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PASSED CAKE BITES “Let’s face it: By the time the cake is cut, everyone is on the dance floor—so bring the cake to them,” says Madison Lee of Madison Lee’s Cakes in New York City. Have your baker make a gorgeously decorated, mostly fake cake for the cutting and photo op, plus bite-size pieces to pass as guests get down. >>

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From caps and bells to barely there lace, the bridal fashion runways were filled with sleeved silhouettes. This ultra-flattering trend is sure to upstage the long-standing strapless gown.

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It’s finally okay to ask for cash—really. Thanks to The Knot Newlywed Fund, you can request exactly what you want, including matching honeymoon luggage, a down payment on a new home and everything in between.

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Invite guests to find their seats with an Insta-worthy installation. “It’s a great place to incorporate your shared interests or play up a fun wedding theme,” says Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events in Dallas.

Hire a live artist. “It’s like a photo booth, but better,” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York. The artist will observe guests sipping champagne or catching up with friends, sketch them and then surprise them with a keepsake portrait.

COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS Ditch the seating charts for a standing soiree. By opting for a cocktail-style event, you’re giving everyone more opportunities to mix, mingle and party. Just be sure guests leave as full as if they enjoyed a sit-down dinner, and have a few seating areas sprinkled throughout the room. >>

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THE OTHER FIRST LOOK Your first look with your spouse-to-be is huge—but we bet there’s another VIP in your life (or five besties who stood by your side through months of planning) who might enjoy an official reveal too. Stage a second first look with your mom, dad, bridesmaids—anyone important—and bring your photographer along to capture their priceless reactions.

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PERSONALIZED PAPER When it comes to paper, “opt for the unexpected, like gold foil on deep jewel tones, or play with textures, like leather and suede,” says Heather Balliet of Amorology in San Diego. Illustrations continue to trend as a perfect way to personalize your invitation suite— anything from a monogram to furry friends is fair game.

16 FLAVORFUL CONFECTIONS Step aside vanilla and chocolate— what’s inside the cake is becoming just as important as the design. Flavors and fillings are getting a delicious update—think cookies and cream, confetti or even more exotic pairings like bourbon and whipped mocha. >>

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We love bending the rules, and switching up the order of events keeps guests guessing. Some couples are hosting intimate ceremonies on Friday night and celebrating with a party on Saturday, while others opt for cocktail hour preceremony.

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FOREGOING THE FAVOR Couples are prioritizing the experience over a simple takeaway. Instead of favors, treat your guests to “extras” during the wedding. Set up a pretty lipstick touch-up bar, serve a passed after-dinner treat or switch up the entertainment throughout your celebration.

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Trade a classic altar for a circular design. Stand underneath an arch or be encircled by pampas grass for outdoor “I dos.” This fresh take is rooted in meaning too—circles symbolize eternity.

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Prepare to strip down Full disclosure: A stranger may catch glimpses of you naked. Most consultants will give you some privacy, but since gowns can be unwieldy, they’ll need to help you in and out of at least a few of them. Wear undergarments you won’t mind seeing the light of day (we recommend nude underwear and a strapless bra).

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Trust your consultant They may be older than your mom or young and single, but that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified—would they be doing this if they weren’t? Your consultant knows the dresses and sees hundreds of brides with varying body shapes try them on every day. Make sure you share your wants (think: lace, ball gown silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves) but also be open to their suggestions. You may end up loving something completely different from the dress you originally envisioned, and that’s totally okay. >>

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Davita Ramnarine is the owner of Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches, a bridal shop in West Palm Beach. The salon carries top wedding dress designers like Morilee and Fiore Couture.

Start gown shopping at least a year before your wedding date. Depending on the designer, it can take a dress up to six months to arrive in-store. Give yourself ample time to avoid feeling stressed.

If you want to try on a specific dress, we can request a loaner sample from the designer for a small fee. If you end up purchasing that gown, the fee is then applied to your total balance.

Limit the number of people you go shopping with. Too many opinions in the room can cause unnecessary confusion. Trust that your consultant is an expert, and be open to their suggestions too.

The number of dress fittings you’ll need varies according to the alterations you’re requesting. Ideally, you’ll have two. Additional fittings may be necessary to make minor changes.

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

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

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

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Your dress: It has a deep V-neckline. The essential: Look for a bra that has a special cutout in the front to accommodate low necklines. Most likely it will have extra support on the sides (or, in this case, is designed as a bodysuit) to make sure that, despite the deep dip, everything stays put. Marni low back bodysuit, $149, Cosabella.com

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Your dress: It’s cut close to the body and hugs your tummy. The essential: You’ll need some shapewear that can smooth and pull in your lower stomach, and draw attention to your natural waistline. Shop for one with either boy shorts or a thong bottom to ensure you get a seamless look. Classic control thong, $38, WearCommando.com

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Your dress: It has a classic strapless neckline. The essential: A bra with grips on the inside is one possible solution to the elusive slipping strapless bra; another answer is the longline bra. This is a bra that’s attached to a corset-like bodice, which offers it more support against slippage since it wraps around your waist. This style works especially well for bustier body types. Marni strapless plunge bra, $125, Cosabella.com

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Your dress: It fits snugly around your upper body. The essential: No matter your body type, bras can often cause lumps and bumps, so avoid a traditional style. Instead, opt for an upper-body undergarment that will smooth out your back. Look for one that’s lightweight, so you can still move around naturally. Rita shaping slip, $160, dMondaine, Net-a-Porter.com

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Your dress: It’s formfitting around your hips and thighs. The essential: Go for shapewear that falls above the knees (think: long shorts with extra shaping powers). The key is finding a pair thats firms up your hips and thighs and gives your silhouette a smooth finish—without digging into your midsection. Zoned 4 Shape long leg shaper, $60, Wacoal-America.com

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Your dress: It shows off your curves from behind. The essential: Find a pair of special shorts or panties that can give your behind an extra boost (yes, this is a thing). Your guests don’t need to know you’re getting some subtle help accentuating your curves, so look for shorts with a little extra cotton or silicone padding that looks and feels natural. Shapewear padded hipster, $24, Maidenform, Kohls.com

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Your dress: It has a sexy, open back. The essential: Your best bet when it comes to a backless gown is a bra that has adhesive cups. Silicone cups will give you the most natural feel, and a nude color will make it nearly invisible under your gown. Pro tip: If the back of your dress isn’t too low (it hits around the middle of your back) and you’re worried adhesive cups won’t stay put or give you enough support, consider a strapless corset with a plunging back. NuBra, $75, Nordstrom.com

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Bridal fashion has taken a sexy turn in recent years. Designers like Ines Di Santo, Inbal Dror and Pronovias are redefining the traditional wedding dress with daring cutouts, plunging necklines and curve-hugging styles that leave little to the imagination. If you find yourself in love with a sultry silhouette but don’t know what to wear under it (hint: your usual bra and panties probably won’t do), we’re here to help. From clingy fabrics to open backs, we’ve got the answers to your undergarment dilemmas.

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The bow tie should always match the lapel, so choose a similar fabric, like this classic matte-satin one.

A crisp white piqué bib shirt with French cuffs and a wing collar is the perfect canvas for all the accessories.

Silk bow tie, $135, Lavin, MrPorter.com

Tuxedo shirt, $179, BlackLapel.com

PEAK LAPEL SINGLE BUT TON

The foundation for groom attire is the jacket. Opt for a single button or a doublebreasted style for a more traditional look.

More contemporary than its counterparts, the peak lapel’s point draws the eye upward for an elongating, slimming effect.

POCKET SQUARE

A plain white silk or silk-blend pocket square with a mussed (think: fluted or puffed) fold helps add a soft contrast to a sharpedged tux.

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Aside from the wedding ring, cuff links will probably be the only other bling you’ll wear, so choose a snazzy pair.

Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com

SHIRT STUDS

These accessories are a more formal, streamlined option for tuxedo shirts. Seamlessly tie the outfit together by matching the metal and style of the studs to the cuff links.

Cuff links, $55, Ox & Bull Trading Co., CuffLinks.com

SOCKS

Wear long, dark-hued dress socks (or fun patterned alternatives) to avoid showing any skin when you sit.

Tuxedo studs, $59 for set with cuff links (not pictured), BlackLapel.com

Socks, $22, HappySocks.com

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Hem the tuxedo trousers to graze the tops of your shoes to create a sleek profile. Tuxedo, $1,975, Canali, MrPorter.com

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Patent leather oxfords give a polished finish to a tuxedo.

The sleeves of your shirt should be slightly longer than the tuxedo jacket to allow a sliver of the shirt and cuff links to peek out.

Oxfords, $280, ColeHaan.com

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Get inspired by the hottest bridesmaid dress colors, silhouettes and fabrics to make sure your girls look—and feel—flawless on your day. BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY K ATIE SHULER PHOTOGR APHY

Once you figure out what you’re wearing down the aisle, it’s time to focus on outfitting your bridal party. Whether you decide to go matchy-matchy, fun and eclectic, or something in between, finding dresses that pair well with the theme, season and location of your wedding (not to mention everyone’s various body types and personalities) can be a challenge. Not sure where to begin? Jump-start your search by reading up on the prettiest new dress styles. Here, eight hot trends to know before your first shopping trip. >>

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Halter necklines This ’90s throwback is back and better than ever. The perfect balance of sultry and modest, a halter-neck bridesmaid dress is a chic way for your girls to show some skin. The mix of a conservative collar and bare shoulders and arms instantly works for any outdoor spring or summer affair. But don’t think this style is just for warmer months; you can also pair it with a wrap or faux-fur bolero once the temperature drops. From left: Jenny Yoo; Jasmine Bridal; David’s Bridal; White Runway

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If lots of shimmer isn’t for you, skip the beading and opt for dresses with lace details instead. This fabric may be a classic bridal staple, but when done in new and unexpected ways, it feels fresh and modern. For a fun take on the mismatched bridal party trend, have your bridesmaids choose dresses with different lace elements (think: lace bodices or lace cap sleeves). Just keep the type of lace the same throughout for an overall cohesive look. >> From left: The Dessy Group; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal; Theia

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High slits Floor-length bridesmaid gowns are taking on an edgier vibe this season with thigh-high slits. Whether in the front or on one or both sides (for the truly daring), this sexy style is the perfect way to show off just the right amount of leg—and a killer pair of heels. To keep this sultry style from going too over the top, opt for dresses with more modest bodices, and skip curve-hugging fabrics like jersey. A flowy chiffon gown works best for casual nuptials, while more structured satin is perfect for a formal ballroom affair. From left: Allure Bridals; The Dessy Group; Jasmine Bridal; Wtoo by Watters

Move over skinny straps—the one-shoulder neckline is the new look of the moment. This versatile silhouette works for every wedding style and dress code. Another plus: It draws the eye upward, creating a slimming effect while flattering the neck and shoulders (what’s not to love about that?). Choose sleek satin for a modern vibe, or go with black for a red-carpet-inspired feel your girls can wear again. >> From left: David’s Bridal; Jenny Yoo; Bari Jay; Watters

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perfect timing Avoid the drama and be prepared with this bridesmaid dress timeline.

5 to 6 months ahead

Once you know the color and style of the dress you want your bridal party to wear, it’s time to start shopping. It takes two to three months for designer dresses to be ordered and delivered—and don’t forget about factoring in alteration time. To simplify the shopping experience, scout dresses ahead of time, so you don’t waste hours trying on lots of options.

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2 to 4 months ahead

Once the dresses have arrived, alterations can take up to six weeks, depending on the type of changes needed. Remember, the more embellished the dress, the more time it will take to alter, and the more it will cost. If you’re renting dresses, you should start as early as two months out. They may take up to two weeks to arrive, so give yourself a cushion just in case.

1 month ahead

With only a few weeks left, it’s time to start finalizing details. Finish up any final fittings, and make sure you have your girls’ accessories picked out. This includes jewelry, shoes and any headpieces. If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own, give them guidelines (preferred colors, metals and styles) so your crew has a cohesive look in photos.

Wedding day

Remind your girls to steam and hang up their dresses the night before so they don’t wrinkle en route to your venue. They should also show up with the appropriate undergarments, plus all of their accessories in tow. Put your maid of honor in charge of an emergency kit with safety pins, fashion tape and a handy stain-removing pen in case of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Power red There’s no denying that red is a statement color. You can have all of your ladies don the same red gowns, or take on the mismatched trend with a gradient of shades (we recommend sticking to darker hues for an elegant effect). But before you land on a red dress, it’s important to note that not every shade of this color will work for everyone in your bridal party. For lighter skin tones, opt for jewel hues like cranberry, while darker tones look best in orangey or plum reds. From left: Theia; Allure Bridals; Bari Jay; David’s Bridal

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Allover sparkle You’re the star of the show on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your bridesmaids can’t shine too. Gold sequin bridesmaid dresses have been hot for a while, but gorgeous shades of blue, silver and pink are our new favorites. If you’re throwing an evening wedding, nothing says “glam” like a bridal party decked out in dark navy sequin gowns. For a daytime affair, choose blush, rose gold or copper hues for a romantic feel. Since sequins are quite a statement on their own, it’s best to have your girls pare down their accessories— stick to strappy sandals and simple earrings. From left: The Dessy Group; Wtoo by Watters; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal

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The season you marry in can help you decide your wedding’s location, the flowers you’ll carry and the décor—why not let it inspire your bridal makeup as well? >>

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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a sheer highlighter is perfect for spring

Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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sugar-coated style A glaze of allover beading gives a classic tea-length dress a glam update. Dress, price upon request, Naeem Khan, MarkIngramAtelier .com; engagement ring, $2,750 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $5,873, tanzanite bracelet, $855, EffyJewelry .com; tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $945, Paul Andrew, MatchesFashion.com

couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at The Collection Bridal, TheCollectionBridal.com (Winter Park), Ever After, EverAfterMiami.com (Coconut Grove); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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cotton candy crush Pastel embroidery plus a two-piece silhouette is both dreamy and totally on trend. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables), Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal .com (Boca Raton); engagement ring, $65,000, MarisaPerry.com; earrings, $2,310, Anabela Chan.com; cocktail ring, $68,000, EricaCourtney.com; pouf seats, $99 each, DylansCandyBar.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at Calvet Couture Bridal, CalvetCouture Bridal.com (Sarasota & Winter Park), The White Magnolia Bridal Collection, WhiteMagnoliaBridal .com (Jacksonville); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at CC’s Bridal Boutique, TampaBridalShops.com (Tampa), Debra’s Bridal Shop at the Avenues, BridalShopAvenues.com (Jacksonville), Bellissima Bride, BellissimaBride .com (Deerfield Beach); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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conversation hearts Get people talking in a frothy dress embellished with giant hearts. Dress, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRaton Bridal.com (Boca Raton), Ever After, EverAfterMiami.com (Coconut Grove); morganite engagement ring, $1,610, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $125 each, JenniferFisher Jewelry.com; cocktail ring, $1,540, SheBee, Swoonery.com

delicious details opposite Bows are a bridal staple, but oversize ones feel fresh. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse.com (Miami), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Miami), Margaret Ellen Bridal, MargaretEllenBridal.com (Inlet Beach); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZbyKennethJayLane .com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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SPECIAL THANKS TO Dylan’s Candy Bar. Founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren, Dylan’s Candy Bar is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the largest state-of-the-art sweets emporium and candy lifestyle brand. Dylan’s Candy Bar’s freestanding stores are currently located in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and East Hampton, New York. For more information, visit DylansCandyBar.com.

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

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THE VIEW FROM THE ALTAR WAS AS ENDLESS AS OUR LOVE.

Michael Allen Photography

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REAL WEDDINGS

NORTH FLORIDA From a whimsical farm fete to a bohemian rooftop wedding, these four nuptials inspire with their unique styles and plenty of personal touches.

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APRIL 21

• SANTA ROSA BEACH

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THEIR STORY For newlyweds and former neighbors Lacey McLaughlin (27 and a photographer) and Zac Cordova (31 and a residential designer and builder), it all started with a handshake. “We shook hands in the front yard of our apartment complex in college, and we’ve been together ever since,” Lacey says. The duo channeled a vintage Florida vibe for their restaurant reception, outfitting their bayfront venue with tropical arrangements of bougainvillea, ferns and yarrow. —Rachel Sylvester

Hibiscus and orange illustrations appeared throughout the invitation suite, which was finished with vintage stamps.

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Lacey walked down the aisle solo before meeting Zac halfway to the altar. “I wanted our processional to be symbolic of our journey through life together,” she says. White lace cones were filled with red roses and affixed to aisle chairs, leading onlookers to shower the newlyweds with colorful petals.

“I channeled Jenny’s free-spirited look from Forrest Gump,” Lacey says of her boho-chic bridal style.

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Begin your life together where the sand meets the sea.

Our luxury weddings can accommodate dreams of all sizes and personalities. Experience your fairy tale oceanfront wedding amidst natural beauty and flawless service at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. To begin your happily ever after, visit ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

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CEREMONY SITE Eden Gardens State Park,

Santa Rosa Beach RECEPTION SITE The Bay, Dining tables featured halved blood oranges and white lace runners that served as a subtle nod to the bride’s first name. Yards of Edison bulbs illuminated the alfresco reception, where 110 guests dined on local fish and slices of coconut cream cake under a canopy of trees.

Santa Rosa Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY Erich

McVey Photography

PLANNER & EVENT

DESIGNER Brooke Casey Weddings

The Southern Table (bride’s uncle)

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Marty Fahey

GOWN Inbal Dror, Dimitra’s

Bridal Couture, Chicago

HAIR &

Hair & Make Up by BBM

VEIL Jennifer Leigh

MAKEUP

Veil Design, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Chicago SHOES Betsey Johnson

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Ware Jewelers JEWELRY Anna

Beck; EldorTinaJewelry, Etsy.com; IslandAshes, Etsy.com

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Fame and

Partners; Reformation

MENSWEAR Joseph

Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY

Invitations: Citrus Press Co.; escort cards & menus: Ebb & Flow Ink

RENTALS Distressed

Rentals & Revival; Hemstitch Vintage; Lovegood Rentals

CATERING Culinary Catering 365

CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet for Sirten MUSIC Rehearsal & ceremony: Mojito Groove;

reception: The Cosmic Collective; Little Raine Band

TRANSPORTATION Cole’s Classic

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ACCOMMODATIONS Alys Beach

HONEYMOON Scandinavia GUESTS 110 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“Our venue perfectly highlighted classic Florida architecture while showing off the beach,” Cat says of treating guests to oceanfront views.

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Subtle embossed palm fronds added flair to the minimalistic invitations.

THEIR STORY Nearly seven years after they first met as high school students, Cat Meschia (23 and a creative associate) and Michael O’Brien (23 and a clinical research coordinator) returned to their hometown of Jacksonville for their “I dos.” “Choosing a location was the easy part,” Cat says of booking Casa Marina, a hotel that overlooks dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. “We wanted to give our out-of-town guests a true Florida vacation experience.” Arrangements of monstera leaves and white ranunculus topped dining tables for a look the couple referred to as “modern classic beach.” —RS

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In lieu of signature cocktails, Cat and Michael served various beers from their favorite breweries across every city they’ve resided in—Chicago and Atlanta included. As a fun way to commemorate the festivities, guests posed for photos in a DIY photo booth and took home the prints in acrylic frames.

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“We got a little greedy and wanted three different cakes,” Cat says of their decision to serve white chocolate cake, dark chocolate with raspberry filling and a classic Key lime confection. The dessert spread was rounded out with lavender and Earl Grey shortbread cookies paired with tart lemon bars.

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CEREMONY SITE Holy Family Catholic

Church, Jacksonville RECEPTION SITE Casa Marina, Jacksonville Beach PHOTOGRAPHY Jenn and Derrek

Sullivan/Flora + Fauna

FLOWERS

The Wilding Collective

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Rev. Tim Cusick HAIR &

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GOWN Martina Liana

MAKEUP DIY

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Noam Carver WEDDING RINGS Bride: LuxinelleJewelry, Etsy.com; groom: Raven Fine Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings: Mango; hair comb: Urban Outfitters

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DRESSES Alfred Angelo, Brideside; Kelly

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MENSWEAR Groom: Black

Lapel; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com; ties: Neck & Tie Company Minted.com

STATIONERY

CATERING Casa Marina

CAKE Sweet ‘N’ Flour

MUSIC Generation

Y Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH DIY; frames: Urban Outfitters Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Japan

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Robynn’s ethereal look featured a lace bodysuit layered under a tulle skirt.

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Potted cacti flanked the copper altar where Robynn and James said “I do.”

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An urban museum rooftop set the scene for Robynn Sorenson (27 and a baker) and James Jackson’s (27 and works in sales) ultra-personalized fete. “I wanted a modern and romantic feel,” says the bride, who ditched traditional florals in favor of miniature cactus centerpieces and an abundance of eucalyptus. Aside from a few colorful accents, one showpiece flower made the cut: a single king protea that was prominently displayed in Robynn’s bouquet. —RS

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Fresh figs and pomegranates acted as edible cake toppers.

Brass candlesticks, gold flatware and ferns juxtaposed the stark-white warehouse interior, which was adorned with festive papel picado banners. “The banners were one of the most important design elements,” Robynn says of the laser cut paper purchased in Mexico by the mother of the groom.

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Photography

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Ashlyn Krall/Loba Design Co. DIY

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Leo Alves (friend) GOWN JurgitaBridal, Etsy.com

HAIR Emily Mastronicola

Lia Croke

MAKEUP

SHOES ASOS.com

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Zales JEWELRY BijuBee Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES AtomAttire,

Etsy.com

MENSWEAR Groom: Dillard’s;

groomsmen: Express DIY

STATIONERY

CATERING Catullo’s Italian

CAKE DIY

MUSIC Bread & Butter

PHOTO BOOTH Mary + Roy Creative

Studio

REGISTRY MyRegistry.com

HONEYMOON Paris GUESTS 80 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY Not many couples can say their wedding venue runs in the family, but for newlyweds Mari Homma (30 and a merchandise planner) and Maxwell Pepper (31 and a graphic designer), that sentiment rings true. The couple sealed the deal at the groom’s family farm, located just 30 minutes outside of Tallahassee. “My parents were married on the farm after having originally met at a party there,” Maxwell says. “My sister got married there too, so we wanted to carry on the tradition.” —RS

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MARI & MAXWELL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Family PHOTOGRAPHY Alicia

Osborne Photography Citrus accents—including fruit-patterned pocket squares, a Key lime pound cake and kumquat boutonnieres—added a playful element to the open-air celebration. Even the signature sips were citrus-flavored, from a rosemary-lemon cocktail to a concoction made from mint and grapefruit.

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VIDEOGRAPHY

Unique Video Creations

PLANNER Samantha

Nicole Weddings & Events Hilly Fields Florist

Pepper (groom’s father)

GOWN The Bridal

Garden, New York City

HAIR &

Chelsea Salon & Spa Weitzman

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Jeffrey MAKEUP

SHOES Stuart

ENGAGEMENT RING John

Paradiso Diamond Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Sandy Rubin Jewelry EARRINGS Pippin Vintage Jewelry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Reformation

MENSWEAR Groom: Suitsupply; groomsmen:

TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS A-Z Rent All

Fig; Shell Oyster Bar Catering

CATERING Black

CAKE Katie’s Cakes and

MUSIC Lewis Thurston II/Positive

Sound Services

FAVORS Design: DIY; lapel

pins: Pintrill; matchbooks: ForYourParty.com TRANSPORTATION Discount Transportation ACCOMMODATIONS Governor’s Inn REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON Sri

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THEIR STORY When 110 of their closest family members and friends traveled over 4,000 miles from London to witness them tie the knot, Charlotte Hill (26 and works at Disney) and Francesco (Frank) Piazza (27 and works at Netflix) expressed their gratitude by hosting an epic, weekend-long bash that called for a champagne cruise, piña-colada-fueled disco dance party and a casual barbecue to close out the celebrations. “Our wedding felt like one big sleepover with all of our favorite people,” Charlotte says. —Rachel Sylvester

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Paper airplane escort cards detailing the names of city-inspired reception tables were displayed next to a calligraphed globe that hinted at the evening’s subtle travel motif. “I definitely wanted the travel details to feel subtle and not too much like a themed event,” Charlotte says. “We really focused on what would make our wedding fun: good food, good wine, great music and lots of dancing with a few surprises along the way.”

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Peonies, garden roes, spray roses, anemones and tulips were arranged with seeded eucalyptus and greenery.

THE WELCOME PARTY Inspired by Miami’s lively nightlife scene, the couple hosted a luxe pool party at the hotel’s beach club, where “Lullaby” singer Shawn Mullins performed a 30-minute acoustic set for the crowd. Fresh pineapple centerpieces, palm-print table linens and punchy pillows played up the tropical vibe, along with oversize pool floats and an ice cream sundae bar. “After the meal and live music, we jumped in the pool and partied until 11 p.m.,” Charlotte says. “There were definitely some hangovers on our wedding day.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren and

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“We wanted a design that felt both laid-back and extravagant,” Jessica says of their flower-filled destination wedding.

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High school sweethearts Jessica Giles (26 and a pediatric nurse) and Alex Weber (26 and a fixed income trader) headed south from their home in Virginia to host 160 guests in an unforgettable destination wedding overlooking Sarasota Bay. Shades of green and blue were used throughout the open-air reception, where guests dined at farm tables arranged under floral chandeliers. “We came up with the idea of using chandeliers to cover up the hotel’s existing ceiling fans,” Jessica says. “I never imagined everything would turn out so beautifully.” —RS

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“Indigo felt perfect for a fall beach wedding,” Jessisca says of outfitting her bridesmaids in the deep blue shade.

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Guests sipped signature John Daly cocktails and flutes of champagne garnished with sugar flowers at the cocktail hour, which included a live steel drum performance. “Everything had an elegant coastal feel to it,” Jessica says of their hotel fete.

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JESSICA & ALEX’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Jessica and her parents arrived at the ceremony in a vintage ’55 Bentley, while guests were transported to the festivities via trolley. For their first dance as a newly married pair, Jessica and Alex swayed to the Arctic Monkeys’s version of “Baby I’m Yours.”

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Photo credit: DJAMEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Black lacquered pedestals displayed clusters of verdant greens.

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THEIR STORY In the midst of planning their Tampa wedding, Brittni Loyless (29 and a funeral director) and Laselve Harrison (29 and an attorney) decided not to leave the weather to chance. “We loved the venue’s unique look and that it had an outdoor vibe without actually being outdoors,” Brittni says. The venue’s remarkable black-and-white floor spurred the modern minimalistic design, which came to life sans flowers. —RS

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The groom’s grandmother baked a traditional Caribbean black rum cake for the occasion, and a steel pan band performed during cocktail hour. Dozens of black and white balloons showered the newlyweds during their grand exit, which culminated with a Rolls-Royce getaway.

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BRITTNI & LASELVE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Oxford

Exchange, Tampa

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Groom: Sartori Amici; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse RENTALS &

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Groomsmen wore bamboo watches, while bridesmaids accessorized with rose gold cuffs engraved with the exact coordinates where they first became friends with the bride.

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THEIR STORY Although they now reside in Hawaii, Pamela Padilla (30 and a dermatologist) and Bryant Wilson (31 and a physician) returned to their home state of Florida to make their union official. Since they were organizing their nuptials from afar, the couple enlisted the help of a planner to bring their modern, romantic vision to life. “I’m fortunate that Bryant took the reins and handled the majority of the details with our planner,” Pamela says. “It allowed me to enjoy the day and be surprised by all of the amazing details.” —RS

Vibrant red blooms were incorporated into Pamela’s eucalyptus and Italian ruscus bouquet.

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PAMELA & BRYANT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Tampa

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Jennifer Buono/Bourbon & Blush Events Venezuelan empanadas and mini arepas paid homage to the bride’s Southern American roots. Edible favors in the form of chocolate-dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookies were a hit among partygoers. “We wanted to bring some of our new home to our family and friends in Florida,” Pamela says.

FLOWERS FH Weddings & Events OFFICIANT Dr. Xander Boyle (friend) GOWN Blush by Hayley Paige,

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Alterations by Mirta, Venice Camuto

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MENSWEAR Sacino’s Formalwear STATIONERY Escort cards: Emily Grace

Design; invitations: A & P Designs; menus & place cards: Minted.com Ryan Linens

RENTALS Kate

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FAVORS Honolulu Cookie TRANSPORTATION Clearwater

Jolley Trolley

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Le Méridien Tampa

REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON New Zealand GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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You’ve said yes—so now what? Kick off your trip to the altar with these tasks. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY LUXE PHOTOGR APHY

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, something sparkly on your finger, and you and your partner are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your planning journey with these items and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Remind yourself there’s still a wedding to enjoy

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Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event. Try to create a different mood for your engagement party while maintaining a style that’s true to you and your partner. You won’t want to force a casual cookout if you (and your guests) favor formal parties, and vice versa.

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find your “I do” locale

Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

Map out your budget While it’s not the most fun conversation, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods to make up for it). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

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3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here are the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

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Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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Whether it’s about dishing out plus-ones or hunting down missing RSVPs, there are tons of hidden etiquette rules you should follow while on your planning journey. We’ve simplified every scenario to keep your next few months drama-free.

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Cutting your invite list is a common planning pain point—follow this guide to help condense your head count (and minimize stress).

Make an A-list and B-list

You’re probably bursting at the seams to share your engagement with the world. While a social media post may be the most efficient and far-reaching way to get the news out, it’s not the most personal. Before you hit “publish,” make sure you and your partner have told everyone in your inner circle. You likely already have a good idea as to who would appreciate to hear the news directly, but as a rule of thumb, your parents, grandparents, siblings and close friends should all be clued in before your ring hits Instagram.

Your A-list consists of the must-have invites you can’t imagine not being at your wedding, like family members and close friends. Anyone not essential should be added to the B-list. These are people you’d enjoy having at your wedding but who cannot be extended an invite in the first round. If you start getting RSVPs and it turns out you have enough “regrets,” then start sending invites to your B-list in order of importance.

Keep the ring details private

If neither you nor your spouse has ever spoken to, met or heard a person’s name before, don’t invite them. Second, leave out anyone neither of you has spoken to in three or more years. Finally, if there’s anyone on your list who’s only included because you feel guilty, cut them.

Posting a ring selfie is totally fine, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty details of your new accessory, keep those to yourself. It’s in poor taste to boast about the size of your stone or how much your fiancé spent—or worse, comment on your dissatisfaction with the chosen bauble. Share a few pictures, but if anyone inquires as to how much it cost or the carat size, politely change the topic.

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pick paper A tangible paper invitation is so much more special and exciting for your guests to open in today’s tech-based world. If there’s one occasion that calls for a splurge, it’s a wedding.

Send out traditional invites It’s fine if you and your partner would rather send out digital mailings for any of your prewedding festivities (like an engagement party or shower), but when it comes to the main event, paper invitations are a must. In today’s tech-based world, your guests are likely inundated with hundreds of emails each week, so your virtual wedding invite could easily get lost in the shuffle of a packed inbox. Plus, a tangible paper invitation is much more special and exciting for your guests to open—if there’s one occasion that calls for a splurge, your wedding is surely it. But with so many options out there these days, choosing to go with paper wedding invitations doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. From one-click stationery sites to custom, hand-painted suites, there’s a paper solution out there for every couple and every budget. >>

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Set cutting rules (and stick to them)

Go adults only

Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding, whether it’s a budget issue or more a matter of atmosphere. Just be careful to not make exceptions and allow family or close friends bring their kids to the reception while others can’t. Guests might get offended if it looks like you selected which children to invite.

Exclude coworkers

Even if you’re close to your colleagues, you might consider cutting them from the list if you’re in a pinch. The easiest way to avoid a headache is to not invite any at all, but if you’re close to just a few of your coworkers (you socialize outside the office and regularly text or call them) and everyone knows it, it’s fine to invite them. Just don’t hand them their invites at work.

Be firm about plus-ones

You should offer plus-ones to anyone who’s married, engaged, living together or in a long-term, committed relationship. Extending a plus-one to everyone in your wedding party is a courteous move they’ll definitely appreciate. Guests who are casually dating, coworkers or single friends whom you’re not especially close to (and will know other guests) don’t require a plus-one.

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Invite (and respond) in a timely manner You’ll want to give loved ones ample time to plan for your day, so be conscious of sending out both your save-the-dates and invitations in a timely manner. Send your save-the-dates out between six to eight months ahead of time, giving guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make any necessary travel arrangements. As for invitations, they traditionally go out six to eight weeks before your wedding. If you’re a guest at upcoming nuptials, pay the couple the same respect and send in your RSVP in a timely manner (preferably a few days before the “RSVP by” date). Be sure to answer any prompts on the reply card (like what you’d like to eat) and refrain from texting or emailing the couple about whether or not you’ll be attending. The RSVP cards are there for a reason.

You’re bound to ruffle a few feathers in your planning journey, but make life a bit easier by coming up with some hard-and-fast rules to apply to all guests, no matter the circumstances. If you’ve decided on an adults-only bash, don’t make an exception for the children of one or two close friends—other guests will notice and end up feeling like you singled them out on purpose. The same concept goes toward plus-ones. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most will understand that the absence of “and Guest” or another name on the invite means they don’t have a plus-one, but if they send back an RSVP for two, call and explain that due to budget and/or space constraints, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest.

Create a reasonable registry Gifting is a huge part of the to-be-wed experience (trust us, your guests want to buy you things!), but it can also come with its fair share of uncomfortable moments. You’ll want to set up your registry pretty soon after you’re engaged, especially if you’re planning on having an engagement party. As you get closer to your wedding, check back in on your list and update it periodically to ensure it’s stocked with enough options to suit different price points. It’s good to have a healthy mix of items in the $100, $50 and under categories, as well as a few splurge pieces for those guests who really want to treat you.

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out-of-the-box activities for out-of-town guests Keep family and friends entertained all weekend long with these fun ideas.

Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the surrounding city while there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour to some of the town’s best landmarks. Whether it’s a coastal boat trip, bike ride or walking tour, a unique experience will have them loving your destination as much as you do.

Treat guests to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local restaurant or café if it offers cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun during your wedding weekend. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene, and a good meal is almost always guaranteed to bring about conversation.

Host a cookie and coffee reception

Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception after dinner for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for mingling and catching up with everyone before the wedding.

Plan a postwedding good-bye brunch

Extend the celebration one more day and bid guests adieu with a morning-after brunch. They’ll appreciate a hearty meal before hitting the road, and it gives you a chance to connect with anyone you didn’t get to spend time with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans (and serve lots of coffee!).

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

Pick your top three areas of importance (like your gown, catering, and flowers) and allocate a little extra money toward them. Likewise, choose the three things that come lowest on your priority list, and budget accordingly.

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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Daring displays Give partygoers something to feast their eyes on with a wowworthy food display. “Clients are always looking for fresh ideas, and the more visual, the better,” says Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering. Better yet, get guests up and interacting with their surroundings to create a memorable food moment. MAKE IT YOURS Work with your vendors on an idea that marries charm with an activity, like picking candied apples off a faux tree or choosing a delicious doughnut from a pegged wall.

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Get the party started early by offering beverages before the ceremony while guests await your “I dos.” Refreshing mixers or alcohol-free sips, like sweet tea, will set the mood for your reception and evoke a celebratory atmosphere. MAKE IT YOURS Have servers pass out mini bottles of champagne (with pretty striped straws, of course) as guests take their seats so they can pop the cork and cheers when you’re officially wed.

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Roaming dinner Instead of a traditional seated meal, feed guests from a plethora of delicious passed apps, filling small plates and interactive stations. “Our staff serves guests from barker trays that are tied behind their necks for a fun stadium feel,” says Alison Awerbuch, executive chef and partner at Abigail Kirsch. MAKE IT YOURS Hire a few expert servers to interact with guests and delight them with everything from oyster shucking and on-site guacamole making to mozzarella pulling on the go. >>

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there a rental charge? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in each tier of catering packages? Do you provide waitstaff? How many? (Typically you’ll want three waiters for every six tables.) Do you provide the alcohol or do we need to handle the bar separately? If provided, what sorts of beverage packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? (You’ll want to aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Can we supply a few of our own spirits? Is there a fee for that? Do you provide a wedding cake, and if so, do you have a portfolio of designs?

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Celebrate your dual heritages with a unique menu that fuses both your cultures together (think: Indian cocktail hour meets Southern dinner). You could even go one step further and pair each specialty food with a sip, like mini margs and tacos or sushi rolls and sake. MAKE IT YOURS The team at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in California often takes requests to re-create family-favorite recipes. Ask your caterer if they’d be willing to do the same, then surprise guests with Grandma’s legendary mac and cheese during dinner.

Serving up the main meal of the evening family style (every table passes dishes of mains and sides among themselves) in lieu of a buffet or plated dinner makes for a casual vibe that will get guests interacting. Your reception will take on the effortless, relaxed feel of a dinner party, and guests can sample a bit of everything without having to narrow their selection to one dish or protein. MAKE IT YOURS Get the best of both worlds with a “European” family-style spin. Every guest selects their main protein (like a traditional beef, chicken, fish or veggie dish), which is plated for them, but the sides are passed around the table for sharing.

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Specialty bars

Take the signature cocktail to the next level by setting up a special spot at your reception (also known as a satellite bar) where you can serve a favorite brew or spirit, like whiskey, gin or trendy Aperol. Or hire a flair bartender to wow guests with some mixology magic. MAKE IT YOURS Try a spin on fresh seasonal sips. Paula LeDuc’s staff treats clients to their From the Garden bar, which pairs popular spirits, like vodka and rum, with fresh herbs, edible flowers and house-made juice blends, like strawberry-rhubarb.

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Lend a luxe feel to your meal with a multicourse (five or more) menu, complete with wine pairings. Complex flavors and intricate plating are surefire ways to impress your guests. MAKE IT YOURS Tasting menus are known for their unique dish names, so work with your caterer to dream up a personalized menu full of cleverly named dishes that act as a tribute to your story. >>

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Locally sourced

Center your meal around farm-to-table ingredients unique to your reception locale for a fun way to give your loved ones a culinary tour of the area with each bite. Not only will it help you trim down your catering costs by choosing local, in-season fruits and vegetables, you’ll end up with dishes that are more interesting, flavorful and colorful too. To execute, hire a caterer who is willing and committed to serving up a locally focused menu. MAKE IT YOURS Go for an all-veggie meal. It’s a gutsy choice for a crowd, but when your picks are that fresh, even the most die-hard meat lovers won’t miss their beef. Hire a caterer who specializes in veggie-based dishes—they’ll be able to plan a well-balanced and filling meal that will leave guests satisfied.

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Guests will work up an appetite on the dance floor, so treat them to a second round of bites featuring your fave comfort foods. Casual items like mini sliders and grilled cheese with tomato soup will delight the crowd, and are a great way to cap off the celebration. MAKE IT YOURS Serve an oldie but goodie: pretzels. The salty treat is the new “it” snack, and even high-end caterers are getting in on the fun. The team at Abigail Kirsch serves them up dangling from clear umbrellas—really! Offer yours alongside a slew of sauces, or package them in wax paper sleeves so guests can easily tote them from the dance floor to the after-party.

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Foodie favors Edible gifts are one thing you can guarantee won’t get left behind. Thank guests with a beautifully packaged treat reminiscent of your reception locale. Luxe chocolates, homemade limoncello or regional olive oil are all total crowd-pleasers. MAKE IT YOURS Go for a breakfast theme with baskets of essentials like jam and biscuits, coffee, cinnamon buns and more. It’s a sweet solution for guests leaving early the next morning.

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Instead of opting for a premium open bar with every spirit imaginable, offer guests a tailored selection of sips. Beer, wine and two or three batched cocktails will keep everyone happy and help cut down on your bar tab. When deciding what your signature drinks will be, include one or two that have a well-loved alcohol, like vodka or whiskey.

Plan to self-serve

Skip the passed hors d’oeuvres altogether during your cocktail hour and instead pile tables high with beautiful spreads of crudités and dips, plates of artisan cheeses, baskets of gourmet crackers and fresh breads, and mouthwatering bowls of fruit. You’ll save money by cutting back both on food preparation and serving staff— and guests won’t go hungry.

Trim the guest list

We know it’s tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to pare down the invitees (so get out that red pen!). At $100-plus a head for food and beverage costs, taking even just 10 guests off your invite list can save $1,000 or more. Just check with your caterer first—some have a head count minimum you must reach.

Let the chef choose

Your caterer is a pro, so trust they’ll know the best (and most inexpensive) cuts and variety of proteins to choose. Instead of insisting they serve up filet mignon or a pricey branzino, let them lead the way and select the main proteins that will be served up at your wedding. Not only will you end up with the freshest options, you’ll save on costs too.

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picture perfect Choosing who will photograph your day is a major style decision for your wedding, right alongside picking your palette or landing your dream venue. Learn what your options are to help you decide on the right look for you. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY K ATIE OSGOOD PHOTOGR APHY

The photography field can be a complicated one to navigate as a newly engaged couple. With so many unique options out there—and so many talented pros to choose from—it’s hard to decide what look suits your celebration best. We’ve rounded up our best advice to help you figure out your style and make selecting a true-to-you photographer a cinch. >>

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Gather inspiration

Do your research

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one—just get inspired! Spend some time pouring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avant garde French movie posters. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The off-the-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what you like photo-wise, the easier it will be for you to identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

Now’s the time to hit the web to find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’re a good fit. How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out the reviews of past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio. Be sure to spend some time chatting and getting to know each other on a personal and professional level. You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you’ll want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotionally intimate moments.

Decide on a “feeling” When you’ve figured out what inspires you, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner, and how you envision your album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has their heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-thewall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp and contrast-y editorials of a favorite blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the dramatic.

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Finesse the contract To get the most out of your photography investment, consider several points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services—including day-of coverage, digital proofs, second shooters, tangible prints and gorgeously assembled albums—and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. >>

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4 tips from real photographers Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work to get pictures you’ll cherish forever.

1 Don’t skip the engagement session

Present your photographer with your budget and see how far it will take you. The number of hours they spend at an event or shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now’s also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could accrue, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date so you know exactly when to expect your shots.

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Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your day-of timeline, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each of your bridesmaids or the flower girl) and let them do their thing. Ahead of the wedding is also the perfect time to give them a heads up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents, a grandmother that needs to remain sitting for portraits, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding day published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer. This way, they’ll put extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding aesthetic truly stand out.

Be relaxed and ready You’ve put a lot of work into finding the right photographer so, like with all your pros, put your faith in them come the wedding day. In the week leading up to your wedding, confirm all the important details (your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner), then chill out. It’s time for you and your partner to enjoy yourselves and get married.

Use your pro as your personal vetting tool and take their advice on who to bring on board. Your photographer will be encountering everyone involved in your day, so it’s in your best interest (and theirs) that they feel confident about your picks. “To make sure my clients will receive the best images they can, I advise on all aspects of the wedding,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.”

When making your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour, that coveted time of day when photographers love to shoot to capture incredible, romantic shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day.”

4 Don’t try and control everything

All prep work aside, come your wedding day, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust you’re in good hands. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty urges. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.” THE PORTOS

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Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer. This is your chance to get to know your pro and how they work. “My biggest advice to couples is not to skip the engagement session,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer. “Awkward always shows, so this is your time to get comfortable in front of the camera and figure out your best angles—we all have them!”

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Writing your vows may seem intimidating, but the emotional payoff of speaking your own words at the altar is worth it. Here’s how to get your most important speech right. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY MADEMOISELLE FIONA WEDDING PHOTOGR APHY

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Unless you and your partner are professional orators, chances are your wedding day will be one of the first times you speak in front of a crowd. And while the spotlight alone may be enough to make you shiver, layer on the fact you’ll be saying some very personal things and you’re bound to put off writing your vows for as long as possible to avoid the stress. Here’s the good news: We’ve got foolproof tips sure to make things a bit easier on you both. (You should have some tissues at the ready, just in case.)

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First things first: Do a bit of reading of other vows or ceremonial speeches to get the creative juices flowing. While we don’t recommend ripping your vows from another couple’s wedding video word for word, it can be helpful to see what others include in their promises to each other. Read traditional, by-the-book vows from your faith or others to see what strikes a chord with you emotionally. You can also keep your ears peeled for meaningful passages or phrases in books, movies or song lyrics (Johnny Cash, Elvis, Beyoncé or even Taylor Swift—we won’t judge). Anything that makes you go “aw” can serve as a jumping-off point for your writing. Once you’ve found a few pieces you love, consider what it is about them that draws you in. Are they especially sweet or a great mix of funny and heartwarming? Analyze both the words and the context to come up with vows that feel natural and true to you as a couple.

Agree on a format or tone Before writing your vows, sit down with your partner and discuss how you want your words (and your ceremony) to come across. Do you picture a laughter-filled event that has your guests rolling? Or would you rather things take on a more poetic and romantic note? No matter what the two of you envision, it’s good to start writing from that same mind-set so your vows have a similar feel and tone. Now's a good time to go over several important logistics too. Consider whether you’ll be writing your vows separately or together, as well as whether they’ll be completely different or if you’d like to make some of the same promises to each other.

Have a brainstorming session Even professional writers have to take time to collect their thoughts, so you should plan on doing the same. Set aside a few quiet hours (no one writes well in front of Sunday afternoon TV, trust us) to reflect on your history with your fiancé. Think about how you felt when you first met, the silly quirks that made you fall in love and when you knew you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together. Listing it all out, will get your creative gears turning and put you in a loving, appreciative mood perfect for writing. >>

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include your crew There aren’t always enough formal roles in your wedding party for all your buds, so make sure your loved ones feel included with these VIP tasks.

Officiant

If you’re not particularly religious or are planning on a nondenominational ceremony, consider asking someone close to you to do the honor of pronouncing you wed. This role is best suited for a friend or family member who feels at home in front of crowds. Bonus: A close pal or relative already knows you well, so you won’t have to worry about the ceremony feeling scripted or impersonal.

Musician

Have a friend who is a virtuoso on the violin or particularly savvy on a set of ivories? See if they’ll share their talents on your wedding day. You don’t want them as the “entertainment”— that’s no fun for them— but a song or two during the ceremony is the perfect addition.

Readers

No matter what type of ceremony you and your partner choose for your day, it will likely include readings, religious or otherwise. This is a great place to work in a few guests you want to feel special by giving them “face time” in front of the crowd. Make it even more personal by asking them to choose what to read at the ceremony.

Ushers

While the role of an usher is typically reserved for male groomsmen, there’s no rule that says you can’t ask whomever you want to take it on. You’ll want guests to know the ushers are their point of contact before the ceremony, so make them feel special with a standout boutonniere.

Unity “helper”

If you’re planning on doing a unity ritual in your ceremony, task a friend or family member with bringing those items up to the altar and presenting them.

Chuppah holder

In Jewish culture, the chuppah a couple marries beneath represents the home they'll build together. It’s a privilege to be asked to hold or carry a couple’s chuppah, so consider asking loved ones to do the honors.

License witness

After “I do,” you’ll need to sign on the dotted line and make it legal, so think about who you want to act as a witness and give their best autograph on your marriage license.

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Come up with a few meaningful promises Vows are all about making promises, right? So it makes sense to incorporate a few, however serious or playful, into what you write. Focus on what the union of marriage means to you, and how you can translate upholding that standard into promises you make to your partner, like vowing to always support them, or to be there to lend a sympathetic ear. You can also vow a few silly but significant things to lighten the mood, like promising to make your partner’s favorite peanut-butter-banana shake or watch at least one Star Wars flick a year together.

Give yourselves plenty of time Leaving your vows until the eve of your wedding is a no-no for a few reasons. First off, you and your partner are the guests of honor, and you should be focused on enjoying yourselves throughout the weekend, not scrambling to come up with (and potentially memorize) something special to say in front of 100 of your closest friends and family. In addition, the last thing you want is your partner to sense that your vows aren’t as well thought out or meaningful as they could be. Start the process of brainstorming and writing at least a month ahead of time so when the wedding day arrives, you have nothing to do but speak from the heart.

More and more, couples are looking to incorporate their friends and family into the vows they read aloud at their wedding ceremony. This is especially great if the two of you are particularly close with your loved ones and even credit them with some of your relationship’s success. Get everyone involved by passing around the wedding rings at the beginning of the ceremony and asking guests to imbue them with well-wishes before you present them to each other. Or opt for a “we do” moment during your vows where your officiant can ask those present to promise to love and support you both on your marriage journey. Sharing vows with one another and your closest crew will make the ceremony even more special.

Practice out loud

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Once you’ve settled on the exact words and don’t anticipate any additional changes, create a day-of copy for yourself and tuck it away safely until your ceremony. The reason: Whatever you’re reading your vows from on the altar will likely be photographed, and a paper with a ton of tears, folds or crossed-out phrases just won’t look as nice as a clean, printed copy. You could even take it one step further and invest in beautiful vow books that match your wedding vibe or color palette (like a leather booklet for an industrial bash), or hire a calligrapher to write both your vows in script you can then display proudly for years to come.

The vows are often the most important and anticipated part of any wedding ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. If yours are running longer than two minutes, consider putting some of the more personal thoughts into a letter to gift to your fiancé on the morning of your wedding. In addition, be careful not to include anything that feels too “insider” in your vows. If the majority of the people witnessing your union won’t get the joke or something feels a bit too intimate to speak aloud, you’re probably better off including it in the personal card to your spouse-to-be instead.

It might seem a little awkward, but saying your vows aloud a few times ahead of the actual wedding day is really the best way to prep (and get out any lingering nerves). As you recite them, focus on speaking slowly and loudly, and be sure to listen for any tongue twisters or super-long sentences that trip you up, so you can adjust them ahead of time. This is also the time to practice your delivery, so focus on standing up straight and maintaining eye contact with your spouse (if you’re planning on keeping your vows a secret until the day of, practice speaking to your reflection in a mirror).

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No one wants to imagine something going wrong at their wedding they’ve spent months planning, but the fact of the matter is, it can happen. Whether your area has been hit by raging wildfires or your dream venue unexpectedly goes out of business, you and your fiancé will want to do all you can to protect your investment. Prep ahead of time with our wedding insurance primer and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

Wedding insurance 101 Just like you’d insure your car or home, a wedding is something you’ll be putting a lot of money toward—and, therefore, something you should insure in case of any incidents beyond your control. Having wedding insurance can protect you against everything, including a lost dress on the way to your destination wedding, a major hurricane that unexpectedly destroys key parts of your venue, or a baker who suddenly gets sick and can’t fulfill their duties. In addition to insurance covering your and your partner’s investment in your wedding day (and setting your mind at ease), it can also sometimes be deemed a legal necessity by the venue you choose. Many locations are already self-insured, but may require couples to take out an additional liability insurance policy (in case there’s a medical emergency or damage occurs during your wedding) to rent the space for their event. Before signing on the dotted line, ask your venue (or any major vendors) if insurance is required—and plan accordingly.

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prep ahead Wherever you opt to get your insurance from, go into the conversation armed with essential information, like your budget, approximate guest count and venue. This way, you can obtain a quick and accurate quote for coverage.

How to shop Consider several key things when seeking out your day-of coverage. First, look for a company that’s well versed in offering true wedding day insurance. The more familiar they are with to-be-weds, the more likely they can help you choose a comprehensive package that leaves you without worry. Wedding-centric companies, like WedSafe, cater specifically to couples on their way to the altar and have policies like cancellation insurance that protect against occurrences like a sudden illness or vendor bankruptcy. If you already have an insurance policy on your home or physical property through a company like Allstate, you could also add wedding insurance via a rider or additional liability policy. No matter where you opt to insure, go into talks armed with a general idea of your budget, guest count and venue so you can obtain a quick and accurate quote. Policies can start as low as $200, so it’s an easy (and affordable) way to safeguard all the time, energy and, yes, money you’ve put into your day. >>

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What can it cover? Before purchasing a policy, check in with each of the outside companies you’ve hired for your day to see how well they’re covered. Ask your vendors for a copy of their policy, then work with an insurance pro to figure out where you aren’t fully covered or where you’d like to expand your coverage. A few common scenarios that wedding insurance often encompasses include: SITE OR VENUE MISHAPS Cover the cost from an unavoidable cancellation, such as damage or inaccessibility to the ceremony or reception site. If your venue is unable to honor your booking because it has experienced a fire, a power outage or just closed down, you’ll want to know your investment is covered. INCLEMENT WEATHER The majority of policies protect against

VENDOR NO -SHOWS You trust your team of experts—and that’s essential—but life happens, and if an integral vendor (think: your caterer or officiant) fails to show up, wedding insurance can cover the cancellation or postponement of the wedding for this reason. Couples can also take out supplemental policies to defend against various other vendor-related “damages” that may occur, such as the loss of original photography negatives before delivery. GIFTS Whether they’re mailed to your home or handed to you at your shower or on your wedding day, valuable items like gifts (hello, KitchenAid mixer!) are something you may want to consider insuring. Gift coverage pays to repair or replace nonmonetary gifts that are lost, stolen or damaged, with a few stipulations. A police report is usually required to make a claim on any stolen gifts, and the damage or theft in question generally has to have taken place within a limited time period before or after the wedding in order to be covered (so your shower six months before may not count). AT TIRE Coverage on your wedding attire pays to repair or replace your gown, suit or other special items when they are in your possession and are lost, stolen or damaged. Special attire usually includes clothing and accessories bought or rented that the couple and their attendants wear at the ceremony. You can also look into insuring your wedding bands and engagement ring, if you haven’t done so already. (Hint: You should do that ASAP!)

Prep beyond insurance coverage Electing to have insurance coverage is a huge step toward a safe and secure wedding day, but it’s smart have a few “doomsday” procedures in the back of your mind just in case disaster (man made or nature made) strikes. First and foremost, you should always have a good handle on every wedding-related contract you’ve signed. Keep them all at the ready so you can reference them at a moment’s notice if necessary. The fine print will lend insight into stipulations like whether your venue is allowed to reschedule your day with little-to-no notice, or if your photographer is required to provide you with a backup vendor in the case of a cancellation. If you’re afraid Mother Nature may rear her ugly head and force the cancellation of your wedding day, save yourself the headache of answering 100 phone calls from guests and designate a phone number your “wedding weather hotline” for the weekend. That way, you can keep guests up-to-date on the wedding plans via voice mail message. Send out a mass email to your guests letting them know they can call that number at any time over the weekend for info on the wedding plans. Lastly, if you haven’t already, consider hiring a planner (or at least day-of coordinator) to act as your human insurance policy. While they can’t provide you monetary coverage, their expertise in any and every type of wedding situation is invaluable, and they’ll often be able to solve problems big and small without you even knowing (or worrying) about them in the weeks leading up to your day.

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THEIR STORY Florals were at the forefront of Sarah Chandler (32 and a teacher) and Andy Snyder’s (34 and works in medical sales) nuptials, which fell just one week before the start of spring. A refined palette of navy, silver and cream added to the sophisticated feel of the light-filled venue, where guests dined on Floridian fare in the form of fresh fish and oranges. “The floor-to-ceiling glass windows and open floorplan lent itself perfectly to a spring wedding in the heart of Orlando,” Sarah says. “I loved that the venue showcased the beautiful city where I was born and raised.” —Rachel Sylvester

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Modern black ribbon popped against Sarah’s cascading arrangement of phalaenopsis orchids. As a way to honor the groom’s late father, Andy’s boutonniere was wrapped in fabric sourced from one of his dad’s shirts. “It was a special sentiment that will never be forgotten,” Sarah says.

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“A few guests said they loved trying to locate all six of our fun facts,” Sarah says of their custom cocktail napkins.

SARAH & ANDY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE First United Methodist

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Photography A one-of-a-kind installation of dense greenery, blooms and LED lights framed the dance floor. “It was all about that hanging floral chandelier,” Sarah says of the showstopping focal point. Timeless white orchids were displayed among roses and hydrangeas in silver vessels atop each tablescape.

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PLANNER & EVENT DESIGN Lisa

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FLOWERS Fairbanks Florist

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Legends Romona Keveza, Calvet Couture Bridal, Winter Park Station

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MAKEUP Makeover

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SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

International Diamond Center JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Sara Gabriel; comb: Ben-Amun, Rent The Runway

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Weddington Way Jos. A. Bank

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STATIONERY Escort cards:

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ACCOMMODATIONS Aloft

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REGISTRIES Macy’s;

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“We felt like we were transported to Italy without having to take out our passports,” Lindsay says of booking the first and only venue they toured.

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With their son, Jace, acting as their tuxedo-clad ring bearer, Lindsay Carroll (29 and an account executive at XO Group Inc.) and Jarrus Steele (34 and a computer analyst) wed in a romantic atrium ceremony at Bella Collina—a golf club inspired by the spirit of Tuscany. A custom copper and eucalyptus altar framed the space, which was minimally decorated with clusters of peonies, dahlias, blue delphinium and anemones. —RS

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“I was inspired from the start by my photographer’s website,” Lindsay says. “I loved its light, airy feel, as it reminded me of a fairy-tale wedding.” Vibrant balloons lent a pop of color to the alfresco reception, where guests snapped photos at a selfie station adorned with oversize paper blooms.

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Nick & Lauren Videography Ombré-dipped table runners juxtaposed the rustic look of wood farm tables. Postdinner indulgences included three distinct gold-flecked confections: a piña colada rum cake, an amaretto custard cake and a lemon cake filled with tart lemon mousse and sweet raspberry preserves.

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A Girl and Her Glitter Dominic Abeyta

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Groom: Jos. A. Bank; groomsmen: Vera Wang STATIONERY Invitations: DIY (bride’s mother);

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THEIR STORY Textured wood grain invitations, exposed farm tables and a remote waterfront ceremony all lent themselves to Emily Perryman (25) and William Hollis’s (28) simplistic rustic celebration. A close friend of the couple offered up their private barn for the 300-person party, which kicked off with a sentimental ceremony officiated by the groom’s mentor. Immediately after they were pronounced huband and wife, Emily and William walked up the aisle hand-in-hand to the tune of the Game of Thrones theme song. —RS

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PLANNER

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Lowe & Behold Dining tables were named for native Florida trees—a DIY detail that came together with the help of Emily’s bridal party. A sweet spread of boozy fruit pies—including whiskey cherry and bourbon pecan— was dished up for dessert, along with a single-tier hazelnut-espresso cake covered in dark chocolate.

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Being the focus of attention doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. If the thought of a few hundred of your closest friends and family watching and celebrating you fills you with the bad kind of butterflies, you’re not alone. Instead of letting social anxiety ruin your wedding day (and let’s be honest, the months leading up to it) tackle it head on with these easy and actionable tips from psychologists. We’ll promise you this: There’s none of that “picture people in their underwear” advice in here.

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Go easy on yourself Your first order of business when it comes to wedding day anxiety? Cut yourself some slack. Whether it’s the first time you’re experiencing this level of social anxiety or it’s a problem you’ve dealt with for years, know that what you’re going through is extremely common. “Anxiety is very prevalent, with 20 percent of the population experiencing it at some time or another,” says Jennifer Shannon, licensed therapist and author of Don’t Feed The Monkey Mind. “Social anxiety and a fear around public speaking is the most common way anxiety manifests itself for most people.” The days and months leading up to your wedding day are sure to be packed with a lot of decision-making, a lot of commitment and a lot of opinions, so it’s only natural they stir up feelings of anxiety or fear. “Weddings push the anxiety hot buttons of public speaking fears, body image anxiety, performance pressure and more, as well as the fact that you’re making a lifelong commitment,” adds Alice Boyes, PhD, author of The Anxiety Toolkit. “They’re also incredibly expensive, so people want the money spent to be worth it.” Before you do any of the work to get a handle on your social anxiety, it’s important you stop fighting yourself (or worse, punishing yourself) for it. Accept it’s a natural reaction to this stage in your life and taking steps to control it will become much easier.

Check your expectations It’s unrealistic to think you’ll head into your wedding day without a trace of nerves, especially if you’re someone who’s typically vulnerable. Instead of setting lofty expectations for your day, Shannon suggests anxious to-be-weds should aim to hit the target, not the bullseye. “People with social or performance anxiety have what I call ‘social perfectionism,’ ” Shannon explains. “Instead of holding yourself to unreasonable standards, make a list of realistic, not perfectionist goals.” Swap the thought that you will need to look completely poised and confident on the day-of and not stutter over your vows with the more realistic (and human) goal of showing up and allowing signs of anxiety or nerves to show, and just focus on making eye contact with your loved ones and smiling. By eliminating the expectation that everything (or you) will be >>

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5 ways to keep your cool while planning Keep calm and carry on through prewedding chaos with these actionable, stress-relieving tips.

1 Have a tech-free night

Between emails from vendors, calls from your wedding party and constant Instagram inspiration, escaping the stress of wedding planning can seem impossible. Chill out and reconnect with your spouse-to-be by observing at least one tech-free date night a week—no phone, no email and no social media. Trust us, your partner will appreciate the extra attention and quality time together.

2 Learn to meditate

These days, it seems like everybody’s learning meditation to get Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside 5 to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners: Get accustomed to the practice by using a guided meditation app (like Buddhify or Headspace) until you’re a relaxation pro.

3 Pamper yourself

Instead of splurging on a day at the spa, treat yourself to some at-home pampering. Indulge in a mud mask, light some scented candles (lavender is soothing) and run a bubble bath to take your mind off of the chaos of planning for a little while. Your body and mind will thank you for the self-care and you’ll feel refreshed when you inevitably get back to planning.

4 Make time to sweat

Being active is proven to boost your mood, lower stress levels and help your overall health, so make a point to maintain a consistent workout routine throughout the planning process. You’ll feel powerful and motivated— extra points if you include stress-combating yoga.

5 Get crafty

Satisfy your inner artist by immersing yourself in a creative project that has nothing to do with your wedding (that means no DIY party favors allowed!). Put together a relationship scrapbook, paint with watercolors or take a pottery class—anything that helps get your mind off everything wedding-focused. Adult coloring books are another great option that can help you zone out and scribble away the stress.

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perfect from the get-go, you’ll remove a lot of the pressure that could cause you to ruin your own day. “The cost of perfectionism is your wedding will be disappointing on some level, as perfect is impossible,” says Eric Goodman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, anxiety disorder specialist and author of Social Courage: Coping and Thriving with the Reality of Social Anxiety. “The more you’re willing to allow expectations to fall away and anxiety to be just another guest at your wedding, the less of a threat it has to be. Focus on what you want the day to be about, rather than making it about trying to chase off anxiety.”

Set yourself up for success Half the battle of dealing with anxiety of any kind is setting yourself up for success along the way. One of the best ways to do that is decreasing your stress with a series of mindful exercises in the months leading up to your wedding. “Consider developing a meditation or yoga practice,” suggests Marra G. Ackerman, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychology. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a deep breathing exercise, mantra or progressive muscle relaxation—knowing what works for you and having practiced ahead of time is key.” Boyes agrees, noting that two to three minutes of slow breathing per day can develop the skill into something you’re able to tap into day-of if anxiety starts to bubble up. “Slowing your breathing is the fastest way to slow down your heart rate and control the other body systems involved in an anxiety response,” Boyes says. Another good idea? Tap a friend familiar with your anxiety struggles to be your go-to throughout the wedding. Having a least one person (beyond your spouse) that’s aware of your struggles can give you a reliable support system.

Plan a right-for-you affair Weddings aren’t one size fits all, and that rule rings even more true when one of the to-be-weds suffers from anxiety. Just because your parents envision a boisterous affair with 200 guests, doesn’t mean that’s what’s right for you, so decide what will make you both comfortable and plan accordingly. “You, not anxiety, plan your wedding and make all relevant decisions,” Goodman explains. “Plan a wedding based on you and your fiancé’s core values, like a small intimate gathering with your closest friends.” That “us first” mentality can extend to lots of decisions, like the venue you choose (a private garden is more closed off than the grounds of a hotel, which can have unwanted onlookers) and your pros. “Surround yourself with a photographer, makeup artist or officiant whose vibe you find calming,” Boyes says. You’ll feel good about your picks and take one more step toward managing anxiety from the get-go.

Practice ahead of time Experts agree exposure can help improve your day-of anxiety, so do what you can to “call to mind” anxiety-inducing scenarios leading up to your wedding as a way to test your response. “Seek out opportunities to practice being the center of attention, like hosting dinner parties at your house and making the toasts,” Goodman suggests. “By facing your social fears ahead of time, you’ll see that, despite what anxiety tells you, nothing catastrophic happens if you’re imperfect socially. Plus, you’ll build up your anxietytolerance muscles with practice.” Tackling everything from public speaking and displays of affection to dancing in front of a crowd ahead of time will help those anxiety-ridden elements lose their power ahead of your wedding day.

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Charleston, South Carolina Why you’ll love it For a trip that bottles quaint Southern charm with all the perks of a modern city (think: shopping, delicious food and good nightlife) look no further than the Holy City. Charleston is made for a weekend away with your pals, and the beauty around the city ensures it will look great on your feed too. Where to snap a shot In front of the iconic and charming colorful Georgian pastel homes on Rainbow Row or The Battery. What not to miss The gorgeous 86 Cannon inn is the perfect home away from home for your weekend—if its cozy rooms don’t convince you, the wraparound porch, light blue bikes and resident pups Sully and Gus will do the trick. Peruse the local farmers market at Marion Square, then roam King Street for shopping and dining (Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is a must-stop). If you’re craving a bit of sand and sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach promise just that, while a more Zen crowd will love spending the afternoon at the serene spa at Belmond Charleston Place. When it comes to delicious dishes and cocktails, plus a swoon-worthy atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with a night spent at The Ordinary, Husk, The Darling Oyster Bar or FIG. Come morning, sweat out the night before with a class at Urban Yoga Charleston, followed by a true Southern brunch (biscuits and all) at Hominy Grill. Pro tip: If there’s a wait, grab a Bloody Mary from its walk-up window bar.

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Why you’ll love it If the thought of whitewater rafting, hiking or craft breweries gets your heart thumping, then Portland should be on your must-visit list. Adventure buddies will go crazy over Portland’s great-outdoors-geared activities, while those seeking a more chill experience will love the hipster scene the city offers. Where to snap a shot Grab a cone outside local legend ice cream stop Salt & Straw for #foodporn everyone will be jealous of. What not to miss The centrally located Ace Hotel is an everpopular bachelorette spot, while The Society Hotel and Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel have their own cult followings. Kick off your weekend with a little bit of green time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mount Tabor or Washington Park, where you can catch a glimpse of the internationally acclaimed rose garden (and get some inspo to send to your florist). No trip to Portland would be complete without a little coffee and beer imbibing, so hit up local giant Stumptown Coffee Roasters before taking part in a few brewery tours. Can’t pick from the 60-plus spots in Portland? Book an experience through Brewvana, which gives you a VIP look into stops around the city with their all-access bus tour. If your group isn’t into IPAs, take a pottery or paint class through Carter & Rose, or indulge in a luxurious foot soak and massage at Soakology. Once your stomachs start rumbling, hit up Pok Pok for unique Thai Portland, OR

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dishes, Farm Spirit for a veggie menu that will blow your mind or Departure for some local favorites. End your night with another sweet-tooth fix at Blue Star Donuts or a trip to Multnomah Whiskey Library for the best spirit selection in Portland.

Palm Springs, California Why you’ll love it For a weekend packed with color, personality and sunshine, Palm Springs is your place. Picture this: You and your girls sipping coladas poolside out of cups with flamingo koozies (obviously), then hitting the streets to take in all the food, fun and culture this desert town has to offer. Where to snap a shot Head to The Saguaro hotel, where guests, day visitors and locals alike can spend time sunning themselves at the playful and crazy-colorful rainbow pool area. What not to miss Palm Springs has some of the coolest hotels around—Ace Hotel, The Saguaro and the iconic Parker Palm Springs, to name a few—so you’ll definitely want to splurge on a fancy suite as your home away from home for the weekend. Fuel up with a morning iced cold brew from Ernest Coffee, then take in some local mid-century modern architecture with a tour through the Palm Springs Mod Squad. If your group prefers succulents to stylish interiors, then a jaunt through the Moorten Botanical Garden may be more your scene. Follow up with lunch at one of the retro-inspired spots in town, like Cheeky’s, Frankinbun (yes, hot dogs) or King’s Highway. Then, treat your squad to a little pampering at the luxe Palm Springs Yacht Club inside the Parker Palm Springs. Nightfall should find you at Workshop Kitchen & Bar for one of the best meals in town (and enviable interiors), followed by tropical libations at Bootlegger Tiki.

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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.

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

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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 News-Gazette

(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

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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.

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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.

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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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our private, waterfront garden or dance the night away in our oceanfront ballroom. Bahia Mar is the perfect destination to make the day of your dreams come true! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the balcony orlando the addison

2 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL (561) 372-0568 TheAddison.com The grandeur of this 1920s estate makes the Addison the perfect setting to host your wedding and offers a variety of private settings for intimate soirees or grand affairs. The full-service 5-Star Diamond awarded planning, culinary and service team can personalize every aspect of your big day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

art ovation hotel

1255 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL (941) 316-0808 aathomas@artovationhotel.com ArtOvationHotel.com Immerse yourself in an all-encompassing, existential experience at the new Art Ovation Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Art Ovation enriches the senses, heightens creative awareness and arouses and refreshes artistic sensibilities vital to love, life, success and happiness.

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the atlantic hotel & spa

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 567-8055 | sales@atlantichotelfl.com AtlanticHotelFL.com A beachfront location, unparalleled views, intimate receptions and amazing cuisine—the perfect combination for your perfect day. capacity 120 | price $$$

avila golf and country club

943 Guisando de Avila, Tampa, FL (813) 963-3537 specialevents@avilagolf.com AvilaGolf.com The perfect place to celebrate the day of your dreams! Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, spectacular views, and personalized service of Avila for your wedding and/or reception. Our friendly, professional staff will put you at ease and ensure your special day is truly unforgettable. capacity 200 | price $$$

bahia mar fort lauderdale beach—a doubletree by hilton hotel 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 764-2233 EXT. 2658 BahiaMarHotel.com Have the wedding of your dreams at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach—a DoubleTree by Hilton. Let our staff arrange your every wish while you say “I do” in

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(407) 730-9547 hello@thebalconyorlando.com TheBalconyOrlando.com The Balcony Orlando adapts to match your dreams. With over 13,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor space, you can plan your dream wedding. Our venue floats 11 stories high, with every angle of the surrounding skyline providing irresistible photo ops for all your beautiful moments. capacity 300+ | price $$$

bella collina

15920 County Road 455, Montverde, FL (407) 469-4999 | BellaCollina.com Embrace the ambience and the spirit of Tuscany that will leave a lasting impression. Experience a standard of excellence that far surpasses the highest quality of service. Tucked away, just outside of Orlando, is an unexpected destination where your dreams become a reality. Your castle awaits. capacity 250 | price $$$$

the biltmore

(305) 913-3105 | BiltmoreHotel.com The Biltmore Hotel, a Miami tradition, has hosted iconic weddings for generations. With elegant ballrooms, romantic courtyards and beautiful fountains, you will see why our hotel has been at the top of worldwide Best of the Best lists since 1926. Arrange for your private tour today. capacity 400+ | price $$$

bonnet house museum & gardens

900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 703-2608 davidwoodin@bonnethouse.org BonnetHouse.org Fort Lauderdale’s best-kept secret, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens embodies old-world charm and understated elegance with modern convenience. Spanning 35 acres, it offers exquisite settings for any size event. Built in the 1920s, Bonnet House was and still is a testament to a time of genteel grace. capacity 350 | price $$$

breakers west country club

1550 Flagler Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL (888) 537-4586 | BreakersWestClub.com In the celebrated tradition of The Breakers Palm Beach, Breakers West seamlessly blends casual sophistication with distinctive style. Whether you are planning a ceremony and reception, rehearsal dinner, or engagement party for 20 to 200 guests, our scenic vistas, superior service and exceptional food will make your day unforgettable. capacity 200 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(844) EAT-BUCA | groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com

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

c bar ranch

(904) 705-0780 | nanette@cbarranchevents.com CBarRanchEvents.com The new, rustic-yet-elegant C Bar Ranch events barn sits amid majestic oaks on 191 acres of forest and farmland. The Weekend Wedding Package includes tables, chairs or wooden benches, décor and ample time to make the ranch reflect your personality. Dates still available in 2019! capacity 220 | price $$$

café boulud at the brazilian court hotel

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL (561) 655-6060 | CafeBoulud.com/palmbeach 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 $$$

capen house at the polasek

633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL (407) 636-9317 | info@capenhouse.com CapenHouse.com Situated on pristine grounds in beautiful Winter Park, the Capen House at the Polasek offers the perfect Central Florida backdrop for any type of special event— from engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to receptions and anniversary parties. capacity 300 | price $$

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 120 | price $$$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (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 thecenter@deltonafl.gov TheCenteratDeltona.com In December 2017, the City of Deltona opened a brand new, state-of-the-art event center with a 7,500-squarefoot ballroom, dressing rooms, meeting space and a beautiful event lawn—the perfect site for your wedding ceremony. Dates are available. Book today! capacity 500+ | 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 breathtaking setting, Ceviche helps create extraordinary lifelong memories.

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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 $$

clc world regal oaks resort

5780 Golden Hawk Way Kissimmee, FL (407) 997-1000 | (321) 250-8102 sarah.mannix@clcworld.com usadirectbooking@clcworld.com CLCWorldFlorida.com/regal-oaks Regal Oaks Resort offers the ideal space for your dream wedding. Your guests will have the opportunity to stay in luxurious townhomes, and you will have the benefit of experienced staff. Our executive chef crafts personalized menus, and our brand new ballroom provides breathtaking views of the resort. capacity 150 | 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.

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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 | balexis@bocapointecc.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 treasure island

400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, FL (727) 367-4511 | TheClubTI.com This hidden gem located near the most beautiful beaches in Florida is often referred to as Treasure Island’s crown jewel, offering brides waterfront views of Boca Ciega Bay, luxurious ballrooms and culinary perfection. capacity 300 | price $$$

conrad fort lauderdale beach

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-5100 | fllci.info@conradhotels.com ConradFortLauderdale.com Celebrate your dream wedding overlooking the Atlantic at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, where you can enjoy a curated, tailored experience within an inspired setting. With over 20,000 square feet of event space, this is the ideal destination for your wedding ceremony and luxurious, personalized reception. capacity 300 | price $$$$

the cooper estate

14201 SW 248th St., Redland, FL (305) 904-9032 info@thecooperestate.com TheCooperEstate.com The Cooper Estate is the perfect wedding venue. Its rustic elegance makes for a romantic and unforgettable wedding. It has both indoor and outdoor capabilities, like a beautiful stone manor and sunken grotto with waterfalls, all on three acres of lush manicured landscaping. Have a wedding to remember. capacity 150 | 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 $$

the crystal ballroom

(407) 681-2710 CrystalBallroomOrlando.com With eight stunning Florida locations, The Crystal Ballroom is a business that prides itself on being a one-stop shop for all of your party and event needs. Time and time again, The Crystal Ballroom has been called the “hidden jewel” of Orlando, and we take this reputation very seriously. capacity 250+ | price $$

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 $$

deering bay yacht & country club

13610 Deering Bay Dr., Coral Gables, FL (305) 964-4050 | catering@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. capacity 200 | price $$

doubletree by hilton hollywood beach

4000 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL sales@sosouthfl.com HollywoodBeachResort.DoubletreebyHilton.com Celebrate with up to 170 guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Hollywood Beach, where we have made weddings in Hollywood a specialty. Flexible table arrangements and a portable customizable dance floor allow you to design your perfect layout. Contact our wedding specialist for more wedding package information. capacity 170 | 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 $$$

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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 $$

douglas entrance

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.

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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 $$

the dunes golf & tennis club

949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel Island, FL (239) 472-3355 | dswanson@theinnsofsanibel.com DunesGolfSanibel.com Whatever you’ve imagined your island wedding to be, The Dunes is the perfect setting. From a ceremony on the Gulf of Mexico to a celebration in front of our sparkling lake at sunset, The Dunes is pleased to host your wedding with our exceptional staff. We promise you the experience of a lifetime. capacity 130 | price $$

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

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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 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 $$$

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 $$$

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 $$

the godfrey hotel & cabanas tampa (813) 574-3885 sales@godfreyhoteltampa.com GodfreyHotelTampa.com The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa is an islandinspired waterfront escape offering unrivaled comfort and service for your unique wedding day. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, delicious handcrafted meals and a refined wedding venue extending over the waters of Tampa Bay. capacity 150 | 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 $$$

grey oaks country club

2400 Grey Oaks Drive North, Naples, FL (239) 262-5550 GreyOaksCC.com Nestled among a lush front drive of oak trees and manicured lawns, Grey Oaks Country Club provides a glamorous and private setting for all wedding celebrations. This high-end venue is decorated in neutral tones and elegant finishes allowing the beautiful venue to adapt to any couple’s style. 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

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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 $$

harborside chapel

2100 Marshall St., Safety Harbor, FL (727) 726-0202 | hello@harborsidechapel.org HarborsideChapel.org The Harborside Chapel is a new extension of the ministry of Harborside Christian Church. It is dressed with classic white pews, a neutral color palette and large, high windows that showcase the natural Florida landscape. Haborside Chapel is one of the most elegant places to host your special day. capacity 216 | price $$

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harmony haven

6320 US Highway 98, Bartow, FL (863) 581-7400 | harmonyhavenevents@gmail.com HarmonyHavenEvents.com Originally built as a citrus barn in the late ’70s, our rustic and elegantly charming event venue features an outdoor ceremony site surrounded by a canopy of mossy oaks and an air-conditioned reception room featuring lofty ceiling draping where twinkle lights create a romantic, starry sky atmosphere. capacity 200 | 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 $$$

hidden barn venue

4251 Ondich Road, Apopka, FL info@hiddenbarnvenue.com HiddenBarnVenue.com If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind venue, look no more. The Hidden Barn Venue is like no other in its area—rustic yet elegant. The owners and staff work hard to make sure your wedding is an exceptional experience. We will do whatever it takes to deliver the wedding you have been dreaming of. capacity 150 | price $$

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hilton daytona beach oceanfront resort

100 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL (800) 233-1056 | (386) 254-8200 concierge@daytonahilton.com DaytonaHilton.com Say “I do” in the perfect fairy tale setting. Located directly on the beach, breathtaking views will surround your day. With on-site catering, multiple venues with spectacular ocean views and even a spa, The Hilton will make planning easy and your wedding perfect. capacity 300+ | price $

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 marco island beach resort and spa

560 S. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL (239) 642-2104 HiltonMarcoIsland.com We offer the benefits of exclusivity on your day by catering to you and your guests and making the event a priority. When the date is exclusively yours, it really feels like a close-knit and intimate occasion. We are the only choice when making your event a spectacular one. It’s island style re-defined! capacity 200 | price $$$

hilton sandestin beach golf resort & spa

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach, FL (877) 306-1871 | 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 | kelly.vieau@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 Kelly Vieau for a consultation. capacity 250 | price $$

hilton tampa downtown

211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL (813) 222-4905 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 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 $$$

the howey mansion

1001 Citrus Avenue, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (407) 906-4918 | events@thehoweymansion.com TheHoweyMansion.com Step back in time to the early 1920s in our one-of-a-kind, fully restored mansion. 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 $$

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 $$$

isla del sol yacht & cc

6000 Sun Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL (727) 828-0003 | melissa@idsycc.com IslaDelSolYCC.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$$

island grove winery at formosa gardens

3011 Formosa Gardens Blvd., Kissimmee, FL (407) 594-8672 events@formosawinery.com FormosaWinery.com Weddings embody what we stand for: bringing loved ones and community together in a celebration of companionship. We’d be honored to host your big day at one of our indoor or outdoor venues—it’s the perfect place to declare your union, in a surrounding as abundant as your love. capacity 152 | 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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kathleen’s garden, llc

5701 Pless Rd., Plant City, FL (813) 752-4611 We love our gardens and barn, and we hope you do too! We’re excited to share the versatility and originality of our venue—a wonderfully rustic yet elegant barn in the heart of our gardens! Our talented staff would love to help you with your wedding, bachelor/bachelorette party and honeymoon needs! capacity 250 | 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 $$$

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lavan catering & events

(954) 983-6937 info@lavancateringandevents.com 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 $$

lightner museum

75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL (904) 417-8619 | info@lightnerweddings.com LightnerMuseum.org In the center of historic St. Augustine stands a crown jewel of Gilded Age architecture and old-world charm: Lightner Museum. Host your wedding in one of the effortlessly elegant indoor spaces. Enjoy the lush beauty of the private courtyards. Let art, history and culture surround you as you say “I do!” capacity 350 | price $$$

the mansion at tuckahoe

1707 NE Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach, FL (772) 288-5745 | themansion@martin.fl.us Set against a backdrop of colorful sunsets and tropical palm trees on the Indian River Lagoon, the Mansion at Tuckahoe is a charming event venue with a balance of Southern elegance and old Florida charm. Offering a classic, romantic ambience, where the wedding of your dreams is a picture-perfect reality. capacity 400 | price $$$

the mezz

100 S. Eola Dr., Orlando, FL (407) 704-6268 | ArtfulEvents.com Your day deserves to be celebrated in an extraordinary manner! Nestled within downtown Orlando’s charming Thornton Park district, The MEZZ offers 7,000 square feet of elegant, urban space to exquisitely accommodate up to 300 guests for your reception, ceremony or celebration. 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 150 | 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 $$$

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 $$$

old davie school

6650 Griffin Rd., Davie, FL (954) 797-1044 | events@olddavieschool.org OldDavieSchool.org Our beautiful, historic campus is an inclusive venue

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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. capacity 200 | price $$

the old grove barn

(305) 904-9030 | TheOldGrove.com The Old Grove is a five-acre canopying avocado grove with impressive waterfalls, a lazy river, arched bridges, lush gardens and a beautiful barn—a quiet oasis that makes you feel as if you are the only people on the planet. Make your farm-to-table wedding rustic, chic and unique. 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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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 200+ | 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 160 people for a cocktail reception or sit-down dining and dancing. The clubhouse provides ample space, parking, handicap access and breathtaking views from patios and verandas. capacity 160 | price $$$

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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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 $$$

the pearl hotel

63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL (850) 460-9040 | weddings@thepearlrb.com ThePearlRB.com Your vision for a sophisticated wedding on 30A will be stirred to life with beautifully appointed accommodations, four distinctive indoor and outdoor venues, and custom-tailored wedding planning at The Pearl Hotel—one of Northwest Florida’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond hotels. capacity 100+ | 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 and Oak Post, plus Piney Grove Church for wedding ceremonies. capacity 350 | price $$$

pelican club

1065 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL (561) 660-0108 | aerickson@lessings.com LessingsWeddings.com Soak in the coastal ambience with a classic Floridian touch and panoramic views of the Jupiter Lighthouse. The Pelican Club will make your wedding extraordinary. With more than 125 years of experience, Lessing’s is proud to extend our mission of remarkable hospitality from our Northeast roots to you. capacity 450 | 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 $$$

pink shell beach resort & marina

Fort Myers Beach, FL (866) 976-9620 | PinkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true.

Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach. capacity 150 | 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 $$$

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 $$

rafter j ranch barn

10249 Corbett John Road, Parrish, FL (941) 737-9987 info@rafterjranchbarn.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 $$

red mesa events

Saint Petersburg, FL (800) 584-5414 | info@redmesaevents.com RedMesaEvents.com Located in the historic McNulty Fire Station in downtown Saint Petersburg, Red Mesa Events is a newly renovated, all-inclusive space for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, farewell brunches and more, offering a seated capacity of up to 200 and standing capacity of 300. capacity 250 | price $$$

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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 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 $$$

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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 250 | price $$$

rocking h ranch

2200 Ewell Rd., Lakeland, FL (863) 581-1710 rockinghevents@gmail.com RockingHEvents.com

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We are nestled in Southern, moss-filled grandfather oaks. Blessed with 100 beautiful acres, a private plantation residence on a working cattle ranch, we provide privacy, modern amenities and vintage gardens. Our venue provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere—we offer something for everyone. capacity 299+ | price $$$

rococo steak

655 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 501-6602 info@rococosteak.com RococoSteak.com Located in a historic 1926 brick building in downtown St. Petersburg, Rococo Steak will immerse your guests in unparalleled elegance, personalized touches and award-winning cuisine found nowhere else in Tampa Bay. We’ll even create a signature cocktail just for you and your guests. 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 two-story ballroom, and picturesque outdoor settings to customized menus and attentive staff, Rosen Shingle Creek delivers your happily ever after. 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 $$

royal oak ranch weddings

9927 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL (800) 500-1041 info@royaloakranchweddings.com RoyalOakRanchWeddings.com Imagine having your wedding on 15 acres of Sarasota’s premier equestrian facility and spending your day surrounded by lush pastures, gorgeous landscaping, big oak trees, a vintage log cabin, a freshwater lake and two barns full of beautiful horses. It’s close to hotels, restaurants, shopping and the beach. capacity 200 | 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, Miramar Beach, FL (888) 622-8395 Sandestin.com/love Offering the largest selection of luxurious venues on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin is the perfect backdrop for your special day. From white sand beaches and lush green lawns to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin will make your wedding a dream come true. capacity 500+ | price $$$

the seagate hotel & spa

1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL (855) 576-1100 cprante@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 $$$$

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seasons 52

11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (561) 625-5852 palmbeachgardens@seasons52.com Seasons52.com The events leading up to a wedding should be as perfect as the big day. There’s no better place to host events than Seasons 52. Large and elegant or small and intimate, our selection of packages let you host a shower, luncheon, cocktail celebration or rehearsal dinner tailored just for you and your guests. capacity 180 | price $$

secret gardens miami

(305) 962-3871 SecretGardensMiami.com The Secret Gardens Miami is a breathtaking property located in the Redlands agricultural area of Miami. Its natural ambience and serene setting make it the perfect location for weddings. The extensive tropical foliage complemented by flowing waterfalls and ponds make The Secret Gardens one of a kind. capacity 200 | price $$

shangri-la springs

(239) 949-0749 | ShangriLaSprings.com Built in 1921, Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs is a hidden treasure. Nestled among lush botanical gardens, the property’s restored historic buildings, fountain, organic spa and iconic Mysore fig trees make it a beautiful backdrop for an indoor or outdoor natureinfused wedding experience.

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sheraton miami airport hotel & executive meeting center

3900 NW 21st Street, Miami, FL (305) 871-3800 rfatemi@sheratonmiamiairport.com SheratonMiamiAirport.com Step off the plane and straight into paradise. Located close to Miami International Airport for traveling guests, discover why Sheraton Miami is a hidden gem with everything you need to relax and say “I do.” Sophisticated event spaces and reception halls can accommodate intimate to upscale gatherings. capacity 300+ | price $$

sheraton orlando north hotel

600 North Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland, FL (407) 551-7522 weddings@sheratonorlandonorth.com SheratonOrlandoNorth.com/orlando-wedding The most engaging setting for your wedding or reception! Enjoy luxury accommodations, a beautifully appointed ballroom, world-class catering and a dedicated event staff committed to saying “I do” to your every need. Wonderful possibilities await you—call our wedding specialist to begin planning today. capacity 500 | price $$

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!

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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 $$$

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 streams ranch

12720 Lem Simmons Street, Thonotosassa, FL (863) 899-5626 southernstreamsranch@gmail.com SouthernStreamsRanch.com Southern Streams Ranch is an idyllic barn venue, overflowing in beautiful overgrown pathways and gorgeous views framed by live oaks and cypress trees draped in Spanish moss. The peaceful setting will instantly put you at ease, and you’ll be met with owners who care as much about your special day as you do. capacity 150 | price $$$

station house st. pete

260 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL (727) 895-8260 | emily@ichicoroane.com StationHouseStPete.com Station House is an eclectic paradise that many have named Saint Petersburg’s “hidden gem” for boutique weddings and events. We feature three distinctively designed floors that pair well with unique and creativeminded couples who share our flair for art, design, history and whimsy. capacity 150 | price $$

stonebridge weddings & events

33520 Lange Farm Rd., Dade City, FL (352) 588-4633 info@stonebridgeeventsfl.com StonebridgeEventsFL.com A wedding you’ll always remember, and a setting they’ll never forget! Tucked away outside downtown Tampa lies over 80 acres of Mother Nature’s truest beauty. From the rustic setting of the Antique Barn to the sophisticated plantation-style Garden House, your guests will be embraced in our country charm. capacity 300 | price $$$

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 & Spa 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 $$

tabla cuisine & tabla catering

5847 Grand National Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 581-5045 sales@orlandoclarion.com TablaCatering.com Celebrate life’s special occasions at Tabla. Our indoor banquet hall and our outdoor garden set the stage for your special occasion. We would be happy to provide delicious banquet services to complement your indoor or outdoor event. Contact us today! capacity 200 | 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 349 photo courtesy of Kelly Schneider with KS Fine Art. 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 $$

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tpc sawgrass—home of the players

110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (904) 273-3344 sawgrasscatering@pgatourtpc.com TPC.com/sawgrasswedding 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 $$$

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24 Cathedral Place, Suite 111, St. Augustine, FL (904) 217-0077 info@treasuryontheplaza.com TreasuryonthePlaza.com At The Treasury on the Plaza, memories are born and dreams come true. Built in 1927, The Treasury was originally an opulent bank in the heart of St. Augustine. The Grande Ballroom will take your breath away with its incredible beauty and unique features, including a Vault Bar inside the original bank safe. capacity 250 | price $$$

trump international beach resort

18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (877) 250-4445 weddings@trumpmiami.com TrumpMiami.com/weddings We promise you a world of difference on your special occasion. Trump International Beach Resort offers distinctive event venues, award-winning culinary menus and unparalleled service. Contact our catering team and let us create a world of difference on the most magical day of your life! capacity 250 | 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

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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 $$$

the venue at cobblestone

1031 NY Avenue, St. Cloud, FL (407) 498-3090 cobblestonecourtyard@yahoo.com Facebook.com/cobblestoneevents We offer what I like to call “The Master Plan”—and, you see, it is just that: the master plan. Our team will take care of you from start to end. We will walk you through the steps until you are walking down the aisle. We have you covered with everything from catering and design to décor and flowers! capacity 115 | price $$$

vero beach hotel & spa

(772) 231-5666 weddings@verobeachhotelandspa.com VeroBeachHotelandSpa.com Imagine an intimate oceanfront gathering for close family and friends or an elaborate black-tie reception for up to 150. Secluded and romantic, our island resort is the ultimate wedding destination with breathtaking views and world-class attractions. capacity 200 | 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 $$$

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) 597-3742 WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com Nestled in a 482-acre nature preserve within the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort, 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

34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL (850) 231-7773 weddings@stjoeclub.com WaterColorResort.com One of Northwest Florida’s only beachfront Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond hotel offers multiple venues, from sugar-white sand beaches to rare coastal dune lakes and pristine parks. Let our hospitality experts guide you through each step to an unforgettable wedding experience. capacity 250+ | price $$

the westin sarasota

1175 N. Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota, FL (941) 217-4787 events@westinsarasota.com WestinSarasota.com Set the stage for a romantic wedding celebration, with the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay as your backdrop. Embrace the energy of our new hotel as you rise to the occasion at The Westin Sarasota. 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 250 | 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 $$

yacht starship

603 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL (813) 223-7999 weddings@yachtstarship.com YachtStarShip.com Create a sea of memories aboard Florida’s largest fleet of wedding yachts. Cruise the waterways where stunning views change throughout your event. Our experienced, award-winning wedding coordinators will make sure your wedding is perfect—just as you have always dreamed! capacity 400+ | price $$

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cakes & caterers

(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.

oley’s catering 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.

artichoke and company

(239) 263-6979 dara@artichokeandcompany.com ArtichokeandCompany.com For over 20 years, we have been dedicated to excellence in food quality, preparation and presentation. Our team of international chefs and event planners offers innovative cuisine tailored to your budget, palate and theme. Delighting our clients is at the core of everything we do.

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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.

frescos catering & events

132 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL (863) 608-1347 catering@frescoslakeland.com FrescosLakeland.com We offer off-site and on-site boutique catering services to ensure a one-of-a-kind event that reflects your vision and wows your guests. Our team will partner with you to create a custom menu and unique presentations that truly separate the Frescos experience from the rest, turning your dreams into reality.

john michael exquisite weddings & catering 627 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL

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Serving All of Central Florida and Beyond (407) 422-7288 ILoveOleys.com We are a premier, popular, highly rated, catering company specializing in exquisite food and service for exquisite events. You and your guests will surely have a feast of your senses. You can select from pre-crafted menus that will please many different palates or work with us to create your own menu.

sweet guilt

South Florida (West Palm Beach to Homestead) (954) 597-6494 info@sweetguilt.com SweetGuilt.com This boutique confection atelier serves South Florida, creating bespoke organic desserts—wedding cakes, celebration cakes, dessert tables, French macarons, sugar flowers, cake pops, favors and more. Gluten-free, vegan and kosher styles are available and always customized!

tastebuds fine catering & event production

(954) 584-3663 | mike@tastebudscatering.com TastebudsCatering.com From menu planning to service and execution, we will ensure that the food for your wedding exceeds your expectations. Our team of experienced event professionals and chefs know what it takes to create delicious, mouth-watering events that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come!

bridal fashion & beauty

ann marie’s

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.

beglammed

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.

couture bridal miami

9545 Harding Ave., Bal Harbour, FL (305) 864-6270 | info@couturebridalmiami.com CoutureBridalMiami.com Couture Bridal Miami is a boutique bridal store where you can expect to find the finest selection of gowns from designers around the world. Or we can make your vision come true with our Made-to-Measure Couture line. We can complete the styling of your look with headpieces, veils and accessories.

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 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.

north ocean bridal

3015 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 815-3494 contact@northoceanbridal.com Our aim is to find that perfect dress that leaves you breathless. North Ocean Bridal’s beachside boutique is designed to make wedding planning and dress shopping personal and effortless. We cater to the chic bride looking to say “I do” in an outdoor garden or in front of a stunning sunset on the beach.

power house beauty

5455 SW 8th Street, Suite 240, Coral Gables, FL (786) 332-1366 info@powerhousebeautyteam.com PowerHouseBeautyTeam.com On the most important day of your life don’t you want to look your absolute best? At Power House Beauty, we provide the best hairstylists and makeup artists for your big day. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work but, most importantly, the attention and customer service we provide for our clients.

something new bridal boutique

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.

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flowers & décor

bayfront floral & event design

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL (305) 375-0300 info@bayfrontfloral.com BayfrontFloral.com Our custom services begin with signature floral designs to complete wedding and event services, offering linens and chairs to custom lighting and more! Serving South Florida’s premier hotels and venues.

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.

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Orlando, FL (407) 901-7300 | LoweandBehold.com We are a full-service floral and event design firm with national and international capabilities. We built our reputation by ensuring that our clients’ expectations are exceeded. We understand teamwork—both with our clientele and our employees. We strive to create special moments for you and your guests.

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.

wedding consultants

jessica’s events

Miami, Dade, Broward, Boca and Palm Beach (305) 318-4086 | jessica@jessicasevents.com JessicasEvents.com For 15 years now, Jessica Estrada has been planning gorgeous weddings. Her level of excellence, professionalism and expertise truly makes her a

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your dream beach wedding

munoz photography

Pensacola Beach and Gulf Shores, AL (850) 559-5560 olga@yourdreambeachwedding.com YourDreamBeachWedding.com As a wedding planner who was married on the Alabama beaches seven years ago, my life has been centered on organizing weddings and other beach activities. My wedding was expensive, and I didn’t see a reason why it should be. So, I provide an exquisite beach wedding with the most affordable price.

photography & video

5 star production

Fort Lauderdale, FL (855) 775-7827 5StarProduction.com We know that your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life. We are passionate about film and photography, but, most importantly, we love making wedding films and photography that are visually stunning, creative and meaningful.

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.

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.

ricky serrano photography llc

(321) 438-3321 ricky@rickyserrano.com RickySerrano.com Ricky Serrano is the proud owner of Ricky Serrano Photography LLC. With over 15 years of photography experience, his photography captures the true essence of human emotion. Clients not only return for his talent, but because of the wonderful friendship established during their photography experience.

jewelry

hamilton jewelers

Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens HamiltonJewelers.com For over 100 years, Hamilton Jewelers has been proud to help our valued clientele celebrate life’s most important milestones. We offer the finest in luxury jewelry and engagement rings, bridal and gift registry, custom jewelry design and more. Call us today to speak with a bridal concierge.

invitations & details

angie myers | a creative studio

Arts Warehouse, 313 NE 3rd Street, Studio No. 5, Delray Beach, FL (443) 988-3567 | info@angiemyers.com AngieMyers.com We capture the moments that captivate your heart. Your love story will be admired by generations to come. Let us tell that story with romantic photography and video that inspires. Your unforgettable moments deserve award-winning, timeless imagery curated just for you.

dan stevanovic photography

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Crystal Ballroom

73

The Addison

21

Deer Creek Country Club

147

Art Ovation Hotel Sarasota

75

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club

198

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

195

Doubletree by Hilton Hollywood Beach

161

Avila Golf and Country Club

242

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa North Miami Beach

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach 159

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

373

The Balcony Orlando

335

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine

237

Bella Collina

37

Douglas Entrance

139

The Biltmore

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Dubsdread Ballroom

61

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

193

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

301

Breakers West Country Club

93

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club

237

Buca di Beppo

53

The Estate on the Halifax

387

C Bar Ranch

235

The Event Factory

10

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel

95

Floridian Ballrooms

117

The Capen House at the Polasek

389

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

13

Caribe Royale

69

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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Casa Feliz

381

Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton

163

Casa Ybel Resort

43

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa

293

The Center at Deltona

331

Grand Plaza Hotel St. Pete Beach Resort

45

Ceviche

381

Grey Oaks Country Club

317

Citrus Club

391

Gulf Drive Cafe

269

CLC Resorts & Hotels Regal Oaks

351

Hacienda Los Robles B&B

108

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

247

Harbor Hills Country Club

341

The Club at Admirals Cove

173

Haborside Chapel

315

The Club at Boca Pointe

204

Harmony Haven

249

The Club Treasure Island

291

Haus 820

295

Conrad Miami

101

Hawks Cay Resort

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The Cooper Estate

185

Hidden Barn Venue

377

The Coral Gables Country Club

57

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

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Orlando Museum of Art

385

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

310

The Palencia Club

239

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

214

Paradise Cove

357

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

121

Pavilion Grille

137

Hilton Tampa Downtown

296

The Pearl Hotel by St. Joe Club & Resorts®

46

Hilton West Palm Beach

205

Pebble Hill Plantation

235

The Howey Mansion

383

Pelican Club

87

Hyatt House Naples

279

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

82

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

309

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

63

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

260

Plantation on Crystal River

253

Isla Del Sol

259

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

123

Island Grove Wine Company

363

The Plaza Resort & Spa

79

Jacaranda Country Club

142

Rafter J Ranch Barn

316

Kathleen’s Garden

313

Red Mesa Events

302

La Jolla Ballroom

131

Reunion | A Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort

31

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

313

The Ribault Club

239

Lavan Catering & Events

107

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

219

Lexington Country Club

283

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

34

Lightner Museum

27

The River Club

225

The Mansion at Tuckahoe

188

Riverside Hotel

126

The MEZZ

343

Rocking H Ranch

307

Miami Beach Woman’s Club

18

Rococo Steak

308

Miramar Cultural Center

203

Rosen Centre Hotel

347

MSC Cruises

148

Rosen Plaza Hotel

337

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

285

Rosen Shingle Creek

332

Naples Princess

263

The Royal Crest Room

71

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

198

Royal Fiesta

5

Old Davie School Historical Museum

204

Royal Oak Ranch Wedding Venue

308

The Old Grove

187

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

271

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

59

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

25

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The Westin Sarasota

255

Seasons 52

129

Wishing Well Barn

265

Secret Gardens Miami

181

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

179

Shangri-La Springs

316

Yacht StarShip

299

Sheraton Miami Airport

191

Sheraton Orlando North Hotel

377

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Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties

273

Ana Paz Cakes

193

South Seas Island Resort

2

Artichoke & Company

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Southern Streams Ranch

287

Delicious Catering Services

40

Station House

305

Edda’s Cake Designs

96

Stonebridge Weddings & Events

277

Exquisite Catering & Events

201

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

16

Frescos Catering & Events

307

Sunken Gardens

266

John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

389

SunQuest Cruises

240

My Bar Services

315

Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

76

Oley’s Events & Catering

393

Tabla

379

Sweet Guilt by Angelica

133

Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

349

Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production

196

Town Manor on the Lake

39

TPC Sawgrass

241

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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TradeWinds Island Resorts

310

Bayfront Floral & Event Design

171

The Treasury on the Plaza

26

Harbour Bay Florist

201

Trump International Beach Resort

155

In Bloom Florist

367

Trump National Doral Miami

165

Jade Violet Wedding Floral

227

Universal Orlando ResortTM Hotels

29

Lowe and Behold

385

The Venue at Cobblestone

365

Raining Roses

369

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

353

Tula Rose Floral & Event Design

240

Vineyards Country Club

309

Ultimate Elegant Fabrics

358

W Fort Lauderdale

169

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Watercolor® Inn & Resort by St. Joe Club & Resorts®

14

Ann Marie’s Bridal Boutique

99

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beGlammed

195

Couture Bridal Miami

105

Cubavera

81

North Ocean Bridal

113

Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artists

232

Power House Beauty

197

Something New Bridal Boutique

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Bay Kings Band

238

Complete Weddings + Events

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Junction 88 Productions

391

ProStyle Wedding Entertainment & Productions

355

323

White Tie Affairs

175

JEWELRY

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Hamilton Jewelers

55

Love Paper Creations

205

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Coastal Celebrations

221

Events on a Budget

125

A Chair Affair, Inc.

318

Jessica’s Events

176

AFR Furniture Rental

375

Luxurious Events

115

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 67

RW Style

387

Married by Mail

395

Weddings by Wizard Connection

383 Nüage Designs

22

Your Dream Beach Wedding

241 Rent-All City

317

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399

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Sensational Ceremonies

395

5 Star Production

145

Wedding Protector Plan

280

A Magic Moment Photography & Videography

361

Wish Upon a Wedding

102

Angie Myers | A Creative Studio

89

Your Wedding TV Orlando

329

Dan Stevanovic Photography

197

Gamut Luxury Wedding Cinematography

203

Monarch Studio

231

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Muñoz Photography

141

Belk

65

Ricky Serrano Photography

379

Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery

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“I always do a few silly spins whenever I reveal a new dress to Kyle, so this time, he grabbed my hand and twirled me around,” Crystal says of showing off her gown during cocktail hour. Instead of having a traditional wedding party, the pair chose to stand at the altar alone. “Our decision reminded us that in this life, we have each other to lean on,” Crystal says.

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