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fashion 226

playing for keeps mix up your look with edgy silhouettes and whimsical details

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maid for each other find bridesmaid dresses that are both affordable and fabulous

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the well-groomed groom a guide to helping your guy look (almost) as good as you

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making the grade how to determine which diamond is right for you

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veils, unveiled discover the prettiest styles, from traditional to trendy

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health & beauty 261

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foolproof products to take you from your engagement to wedding day

style 104

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let your locale inspire your invites

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petal talk the most asked about wedding flowers

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secrets to the #bestdayever give your guests something to talk about

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style your soiree with these fresh ideas

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outdoor occasion

the freshest ’dos for your “I dos”

a wedding that’s totally you set the vibe you want for your day

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the dos and don’ts of do-it-yourself a helpful guide to avoid potential DIY disasters

color done right down to the last detail

the real deal on wedding cakes

hair apparent

answers to all your frosting, flavor and topper questions

avoid these common color mistakes

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beauty awards

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too pretty to eat (well, almost) edible favors that are sure to leave a lasting impression

how to celebrate in the open air

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Say ‘I do’ in memorable style. We’ll handle the details.

Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa cater to your every need. Featuring sophisticated style and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, our hotel offers all the necessary ingredients for the celebration you’ve always imagined—whether it’s an intimate wedding or ballroom ceremony followed by an elaborate reception. Mention this ad and receive a 10% discount when you book and hold your wedding with us by June 30, 2017. For more information, contact one of our wedding professionals at 727 373 4444 or visit clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com.

HYATT REGENCY CLEARWATER BEACH RESORT AND SPA 301 South Gulfview Boulevard Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA, 33767 Offer is valid at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa through June 30, 2017. Offer is based on availability and blackout periods including holidays may apply. Offer includes a ten percent (10%) discount off of published 2016 Wedding Packages. Offer is valid only for newly contracted weddings in accordance with the Catering Contract. The ten percent (10%) discount is applicable only on eligible food and beverage (on non-labor costs) associated with the event. Other incidental charges incurred at any hotel restaurants and shops are not covered by this offer. Qualifying charges do not include any surcharges, gratuities, hotel fees, taxes or third-party charges by contractors (i.e.: florists, equipment rental, in-house A/V company, simultaneous translators, or event/venue decorators etc). Offer is subject to availability of function space at time of booking. Offer is not valid in conjunction with previously booked weddings and may not be combined with any other offers, incentives, discounts or promotions. Blackout dates may apply. For details about hotel availability and blackout dates, please contact the Catering Department. HYATT name, design and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2016 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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r  eal weddings 79 tammie & yuri march 5, orange park

86 chandler & gavin september 26, seaside

92 callie & philip april 9, tallahassee

96 stormy & nick june 25, jacksonville

100 shannon & ryan may 15, santa rosa beach

129 hannah & claudio december 12, naples

136 sumi & emir february 27, st. pete beach

142 tiffany & tui march 5, fort myers

146 emily & jason april 9, boca grande

150 stacy & greg march 5, sarasota

154 liz & caleb july 17, tampa

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214 sascha & tom may 7, orlando

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january 30, montverde

222 emily & chris

305 savvy spending

march 26, new smyrna beach

279 marya & dylan

march 19, homestead

cookware

tips to having your nuptials among the grapevines

april 2, miami

register for these pots and pans

349 snap happy

318 vineyard vows

292 john & michel

find a photographer that clicks

359 marry melodies create your perfect song list

325 ceremony planning dos

2 96 tina & sean

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organize and prep for this special part of your day

300 kara & trey january 2, key west

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a sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option

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twist on tradition wedding customs to make your own

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the caribbean decoded find the best oasis for your getaway

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

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

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Welcome to Hilton Orlando, a magnificent AAA Four Diamond AwardÂŽ winning resort, with the mission to turn your wedding vision from dream to reality. This spectacular Orlando wedding venue offers experienced wedding planners, locally sourced cuisine, and breathtaking indoor and outdoor venues. From intimate ceremonies to elaborate receptions, you will enjoy the comfort and convenience of hosting your ceremony and reception in one fabulous location. thehiltonorlando.com/weddings 6001 Destination Parkway | Orlando, FL | 32819 | 407.313.8458

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look... ON HER Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $895, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com

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ON HER Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $3,500, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, socks, $10, Tommy Hilfiger, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

CAROUSEL CREW Jane’s Carousel, with its vibrant colors and whimsical details, felt like the perfect backdrop for our celebratory fashion shoot in this issue. Here, our whole team (including The Knot cofounder Carley Roney) strikes a group pose in front of the landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.

ON HER Top and pants, $4,150, Rosa Clará at White Couture Bridal, WhiteCoutureBridal.com (Jacksonville), Rosa Clará Miami, RosaClara.es (Miami); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney .com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $98, KateSpade.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE RAUSSER FASHION STYLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: ELOISE CHEUNG USING T3MICRO AT KATE RYAN INC. MAKEUP: LEANNE HIRSH USING VAPOR ORGANIC BEAUTY AT SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY PROP STYLING: SAM COOK AT KATE RYAN INC. FLORALS: TIN CAN STUDIOS LOCATION: JANE’S CAROUSEL, BROOKLYN, NY

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

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Browse the top weddings from across America as part of our 50 Weddings, 50 States roundup. Marya and Dylan, our Florida pick, infused their Vizcaya Museum & Gardens affair with plenty of Floridian flair and nods to their Lebanese, Jewish and Cuban roots. It’s the ultimate local inspiration. 50

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

We’ve tested all of The Knot Beauty Award winners. (p. 261)

All your wedding cake questions answered. (p. 179)

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This painterly invite says “city wedding” in the most elegant way. (p. 104)

—GLORIA STEINEM

You’re getting married! Congratulations. We love filling your head with hundreds of inspiring ideas—like destinationinspired stationery (p. 104)—as well as the practical advice you need to get your planning done. From the most effective beauty products for every wedding-related event (p. 261) to a flower primer you’ll want to tear out and take with you to your first meeting with a florist (p. 111), this issue was created to help with all your to-dos and make you feel confident every step of the way. And when it comes to fashion, we’ve got brides and grooms covered. In “Playing for Keeps” (p. 226), we used a carousel, cotton candy and other playful elements to show how edgy silhouettes, unconventional hues and unique accessories can add a touch of whimsy to your wedding look. For the guys, check out our ultimate guide to looking great, from manscaping to choosing the right menswear (p. 243). In order to make all of your ideas come to life, of course, you’ll need to think about a budget that works for you—and we’ll help with that too (p. 305). Wherever planning takes you, be sure to share your favorite wedding details with us on Instagram (#TheKnot). Now, let the dreaming begin.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A feathery two-piece frock is perfect for dancing. (p. 226)

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Pink peonies: the ultimate romantic flower, and one of my faves. (p. 111)

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EXPERT Q& A

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My wedding band and engagement ring are both platinum, but I’m thinking about wearing gold jewelry for my wedding. Will that work?

RUDE REMARKS A friend of ours keeps making comments about our wedding budget, wondering aloud how we’re paying for it—in front of other people. How can we deal with these types of comments? We know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let a guest with a negative or insensitive attitude affect your wedding. You shouldn’t have to defend yourself— plus, your budget is nobody’s business but yours, so don’t get into an argument about how much you are or aren’t spending. Instead, simply thank them for noticing the details of your wedding and let them know how you plan to pay for it is a personal matter between you and your families. Being polite yet direct (not to mention honest) is the best way to get your friend to drop the subject for good.

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MOM ON A MISSION My mom’s taken over our wedding guest list, but the chapel we’ve chosen for the ceremony is pretty tiny. How can we rein in her list without stepping on toes? Parents helping to pay for the wedding should have a say in how their money is spent, but there’s nothing anyone can do about how many people will fit in the chapel you’ve chosen. If your mother keeps expanding her list at the exclusion of those guests most important to you, speak up—but make sure you don’t sound like you’re placing blame. Start with, “I’m worried about the number of people we’re inviting and that the ceremony will be overcrowded. Is there a way we can compromise?” Hopefully she’ll understand the dilemma and rethink the large head count without too much pushback.

REQUESTING CASH How do we let our guests know we want to receive money instead of gifts? Asking for money as a wedding gift may seem taboo, but more couples are going that route instead of a traditional registry. We suggest using an online cash registry website like Tendr, which lets guests gift money gracefully and discreetly with a personal note of congratulations. Or you may decide you’d rather receive money to fund your honeymoon. Create an account on a website like Traveler’s Joy for guests to contribute to. Whatever route you take, post your registry preference and links on your wedding website. But keep in mind that some people still want to give you something personal or material, so give them the option to do so. >>

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PLANNER PAINS I don’t think we can afford a wedding planner, but I’m drowning in details. I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed I’ll be on the actual day. What should I do? It’s no secret: Planning a wedding alone is hard, but hiring a planner can be pretty pricey. The good news? Most pros really can work with any budget. If a full-service planner—who’ll hold your hand through finding a florist to cutting the cake—is out of your price range, hire one either on a freelance basis (they’ll help lay the groundwork for you early on) or just as a day-of coordinator. The latter actually starts at least a few weeks before your wedding and costs a fraction of a full-service planner but is pretty priceless—the last thing you should be doing on your wedding day is worrying.

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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 events 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. Its outdoor terrace is perfect for cocktails, and a light-filled front lobby is the ideal spot to exchange vows in front of 250 guests. TIP The museum can host an intimate rehearsal dinner in its library, making it easy to keep everything all under one roof.

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the raleigh 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 534-6300; RaleighHotel.com Esther Williams, the swimming starlet of the 1940s silver screen, enjoyed the beauty of the Raleigh hotel pool for many of her aquatic scenes. Today, couples looking to take the plunge can make a splash with a ceremony and reception at the stunning pool in the heart of South Beach. The main dining room holds up to 250 guests, and packages include indoor or outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception options, a prep room and a honeymoon suite for the newlyweds.

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what inspired you to start the company? When we were getting married, video   was very important to us. As we started looking for a videographer, we thought   we could bring our professional experience and producing style to wedding videos.   So then we decided to start our own production company. wow—so what sets Cabana Pictures apart from other videographers? We like to treat the wedding film like a mini documentary and interview the couples. Couples are able to share some of what they’re feeling and thinking. It’s a creative way to remember not just the day but how they felt. It makes the film unique to them. what makes for an unforgettable wedding video, besides the clips you have with the couples? It may sound cliché, but what makes each video unforgettable is the couple themselves. I tell my clients they shouldn’t feel pressure   to be any particular way or do anything specific. The emotion is already built into it, and the more genuine you are, the better.   It’s your day, and it’s our job to help you relive the most beautiful parts of it.

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so what’s the biggest mistake couples make while shooting? The mistake most couples make is to have   a preconceived idea of what they want on camera. Because video is constantly recording, you want everything to look and feel sincere. The best way to achieve that   is to let things happen naturally. MEET

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Video is the only way to truly relive the day. You’re able to hear words spoken, and it brings those memories alive. Be comfortable with whomever you hire. The less conscious you are of the camera’s presence, the more natural you will come across on film.

but what if the couple is camera shy? We put our brides and grooms in natural situations that keep them feeling comfortable with us. We really try not to interfere with everything that’s happening throughout the wedding day. let’s talk about some fun moments you’ve captured. what’s the most emotional? A father-daughter dance—the father of the bride had terminal cancer and they moved up the wedding so he could witness his daughter get married. I remember that dance to this day, and it was one of the countless times it’s made me so happy to provide this service to our couples. that’s so sweet. how about ending on a funny note? We filmed two “first kisses.” After the couple said their vows, the officiant said, “You may kiss the bride.” Then he realized he forgot to do the ring exchange! They exchanged rings then had another “you may kiss the bride” moment. To his credit, they were beautiful vows and it felt like a natural spot to say it. F ind more videographers from your area in our directory on p. 408

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what do you love about shooting weddings, especially compared with television production? I love telling stories and getting to know our clients. Like photographers, we get to spend   a lot of time with couples and their friends and family throughout the day. Every couple is different and has a unique story to tell.

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what’s one piece of advice you offer couples about the process? Stay true to your overall vision and taste. Don’t get caught up in what seems trendy or popular on the internet. great tip! what are some other common mistakes to-be-weds make? Keep your wording classic, and don’t try to fit too much information on the invitation. Additional enclosure cards can be used to provide other details.

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After leaving an art director role in advertising when she moved to Florida, Nicol launched a custom and semi-custom stationery business as a way to express her creativity. ON THE WEB

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Keep from feeling the pressure of trends or the need to match your stationery to your wedding colors. Make sure your stationery choices reflect you as a couple. Value quality over quantity. Let gorgeous stationery speak for itself. To save on cost, skip the traditional RSVP card in favor of an online RSVP via a wedding website.

so what exactly goes on the invitation and what’s on the website? Invitations should stay traditionally formal and include only the day-of information, event location and time. Wedding websites should host hotel accommodations, the schedule of weekend events and the registry. how can a couple add personalized details to their invitations? Couples can incorporate their own wording, colors, monograms and even choose fonts for a personalized wedding stationery suite. Invitations and save-the-dates can be embellished with matching envelope liners or wrap bands for a more complete look. We also recommend adding foil text in gold, rose gold or silver to really make your stationery stand out. Recently we created an invitation suite for a couple that included hand-painted florals and written calligraphy. Remember: Great stationery will stand out on its own.  heck out more local wedding pros C at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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what would you say is your secret weapon? Our musical background gave us the most important tool: listening. Understanding the needs of our clientele is crucial. Every couple we work with wants something different, but they all share one thing in common: [They want] to be blown away by the experience. And we’re able to create a combination of live music and DJs together in harmony. what’s the best thing about your job? Working in this fast-paced industry is living a dream for me. It’s a blessing every day to go to work with such a talented staff and create something new every time. and what’s challenging about DJ-ing a wedding? In this field, one must be a natural superhero when it comes to multitasking. Coordinating every detail and securing a flawless event is an adventure and puzzle that requires special attention and technique. But it’s definitely well worth it once you witness the creation of an exciting event.

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let’s talk about how you create excitement. what’s the key to a packed dance floor? Transitioning smoothly from one song to another is key. All of our DJs have club experience, but they don’t wear a hat to the side and sunglasses. They’re trained to play verse, chorus and then transition to the next song to keep the energy on the floor high. MEET

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Levine Events is an international event production company in South Florida that includes bands, DJs, lighting and entertainment for weddings. ON THE WEB

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Levine Events PRO TIPS

Trust the people you have hired. Connect with those vendors on a personal level. Make sure your DJ understands your “mustplay” and “do-not-play” song lists. Don’t get too caught up in the details. Everyone is there to have the time of their lives.

what’s your idea of a great playlist? A great playlist requires flexibility, multiple styles at hand and enough songs so our DJs can maneuver when necessary. The speed of the music consists of the general flow of the party, called BPM (beats per minute). Adding a saxophone, violin or bongo drums will create an additional wow factor. name one song you’re just sick of playing. Although we have a whole interactive dance performance with guests to this song, “YMCA” seems to be the most overplayed. and what’s the one song you’ll never get tired of playing? “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Every time we hear it, it reminds us of all the perfect wedding ceremonies and first dances we have witnessed. finally, one song guaranteed to please guests across generations? Music by Pitbull has made a big impact in the overall party industry, especially in Miami. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/florida

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Weddings at the Plantation on Crystal River From exquisite and extravagant to casual and relaxed, let the Plantation on Crystal River make your wedding memories unforgettable. Pamper yourself and your guests before and after your special day. Enjoy tastefully appointed sleeping accommodations, championship golf, water activities at our Adventure Center, and our full-service AVEDA spa. Let the event specialists at the Plantation on Crystal River create the wedding of a lifetime!

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The first time Andrea signed into the dating app Tinder, Camilo’s face was the first to pop up—and she swiped right. “He’s always bringing me flowers, trying to make each day special,” Andrea says. The most special, though, was Valentine’s Day, when he arranged a picturesque picnic at Granada Golf Course under a tree decorated with lights and candles. Camilo led a blindfolded Andrea to the picnic, and when she saw the setup, he asked her to marry him. “He left me speechless,” Andrea says. “I just hugged him and cried.” The ring: Latin Gold Jewelry & Engraving Inc. >>

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Nine years after they first said “hi” in their high school hallway, Zach planned a proposal during an architecture fair in college. “Imagine my surprise to see him standing in the bushes outside,” Nicole says. She dropped her bags and ran over to meet him. Zach then took her hands, dropped to a knee and whispered, “I have loved you for seven years, and I want to love you for 70 more.” Nicole dropped to her knees, exclaiming, “yes!” “Only then did I realize we were surrounded by our closest friends,” she says. The ring: BlueNile.com

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After four and a half years of longdistance dating, Alex decided to make the relationship official with a ring. When Caroline arrived in Toronto from Florida, the couple headed to the scenic CN Tower, where Alex had taken Caroline on her first trip to the city. “I had no idea it was going to happen then and there,” Caroline says of Alex popping the question. “The tears starting coming and I said ‘yes.’  ” But that wasn’t the last surprise. Alex then led his wife-to-be to a friend’s rooftop, where all Alex’s friends and family were waiting to celebrate. The ring: Loyal Jewelry >>

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When Ashley and Scott first met at their medical school’s parking office, Scott’s roommate actually called “dibs” on asking Ashley out first. “That part didn’t work out as he expected, but seven years later, we all laugh about it,” Scott says. After dating for over six years, Ashley and Scott decided to go ring shopping. “Scott knew he couldn’t exactly surprise me,” Ashley says of picking out her diamond. “He asked me on a Monday night, sitting on our couch over a bottle of wine—just how he knew I would have wanted it.” The ring: Adiamor

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While on an impromptu trip to New York City, Jesse (right) and Stephen, who met as coworkers, soon realized they were a perfect match. “I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person when you travel with them, and after this trip, it was obvious he was a keeper,” Jesse says. Four years later, as the two cuddled at home, Jesse turned to Stephen and asked him to marry him. “An overwhelming feeling of euphoria came over me,” Jesse says of spontaneously popping the question. Stephen responded right away with a “yes.” The ring: Larson Jewelers Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 408

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LOCAL TREND ALERT The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and tech trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Miami’s winner comes from Hitched Affair and Luxurious Events: a mobile bar housed in a throwback trailer. Serving drinks from this cute and kitschy caravan really spices up cocktail hour.

THE TEAM VENUE Deering Estate PLANNER Luxurious Events PHOTOGRAPHY

Suzanne Delawar Studios VIDEOGRAPHY Fandango Studios FLOWERS & SPECIALTY RENTALS The Gilded Group LINENS & RENTALS M.D. Platinum

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NORTH FLORIDA

MELANIE GABRIELLE

Historic homes with trees dripping in Spanish moss and quaint beachside towns are just some of the beautiful spots to say “I do” in the northern part of the state.

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Tammie describes The Club Continental—a historic resort on the St. Johns River—as “the most serene and magical location.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Tammie Marie Lee, 35, an executive administrative assistant GROOM Yuri Diaz, 34, a realtor HOW THEY MET Working on a cruise line WEDDING STYLE Tammie and Yuri used rich jewel tones to tie their “romantic, ethereal, slightly moody and a little boho” wedding together. —Ginger Harris

Trees dripping with Spanish moss, hand-calligraphed deckle-edge invites and untamed floral arrangements were just a few of the romantic details that brought the couple’s vision to life. In order to avoid blocking guests’ views of the river during the ceremony, they worked with their florist to create a low floral altar.

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“I absolutely love flowers and knew I wanted bouquets that looked like they were just picked from the flower fields—hand tied, romantic and just a little wild,” Tammie says. She used the same bohemian feel for her tables, using gray fabric, garland, blue taper candles, antique brass and vintage charger plates.

Bouquets bloomed with anemones, jasmine vine, ranunculus, dahlias, roses and clematis.

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“Our colors were a little out of the box for a spring wedding,” Tammie says of her choice of bold tones. She also opted for three individual wedding cakes instead of just one. “I wanted to surprise Yuri, so I ordered three cakes: red velvet, Nutella brownie and almond,” she says.

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TAMMIE & YURI’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Melanie Gabrielle

FLOWERS Ever After Floral Design OFFICIANT Knot Your Ordinary

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ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

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BRIDE Chandler Farquharson, 27, a marketing professional GROOM Gavin Wallace, 32, an insurance broker HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Chandler and Gavin threw a beach-formal celebration with peach-hued florals, touches of navy and bold pops of gold. —GH

“Gavin and I wanted the wedding to be a celebration that people would continue to talk about how fun it was well after the fact, and we succeeded,” Chandler says. Centerpieces brimmed with blooms like garden roses and ranunculus, while the cake towered with six layers. “I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I gave Gavin control over the cake flavors,” she says. “He wanted each tier to be a different flavor.”

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When the couple began wedding planning, Gavin proposed Seaside since that’s where he popped the question. “It was the perfect suggestion,” Chandler says. They incorporated nods to the location on the custom welcome tote bags and paper goods, and let their guests enjoy the ocean breeze during cocktail hour outside.

Gavin’s niece served as the flower girl, wearing a crown of peach and cream blooms and carrying her own bouquet of ranunculus.

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at Homeowner’s Collection, Seaside RECEPTION The elegant reception tables were outfitted in navy and gold with pastel blooms towering high above on pedestals. Afterward, guests waved the new couple off with bubble wands. “We then met everyone later at the rooftop bar at Bud & Alley’s where we continued the celebration,” Chandler says of the after-party.

SITE Lyceum Lawn at Homeowner’s Collection,

Seaside

PHOTOGRAPHY Wesleyann

Moffatt and Kyle Barnes/Waverley + Co. VIDEOGRAPHY Bride Film

It’s a Shore Thing Nouveau

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Events by

OFFICIANT Pastor Gary Wingo

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Neiman Marcus SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Haltom’s Jewelers &

HAIR

MAKEUP Maitee Miles Hair & Makeup BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Bella

Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY Byrd & Bleecker BOOK Sundog Books

SIGN-IN

RENTALS Events by

Nouveau; Townsend Catering

CATERING

Real Paella; Townsend Catering Confections on the Coast

CAKE

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Al Alvarado; bagpipe: Joe Ashcrof; band: Rubiks Groove; bonfire musician: Noah Vickers OTHER ENTERTAINMENT PCB Cigars TRANSPORTATION SoWal Beach Buggys

A live band got the guests on the blackand-white dance floor after dinner.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Homeowner’s

Collection; Cottage Rental Agency GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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Callie loves succulents so she included them in her bouquet, along with Juliet garden roses, hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus and hypericum berries.

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BRIDE Callie Bateman, 25, an accountant at a furniture leasing company GROOM Philip Bradshaw, 25, a director of operations at the same furniture leasing company HOW THEY MET In fifth grade WEDDING STYLE Inspired by an enchanted forest and their first date at a weekend music festival camping trip in Live Oak, Callie and Philip used natural elements and whimsical lighting to set the vibe for their ceremony and reception. —GH

“Philip and I both wanted to get married outside, and we loved all the moss in the oak trees,” Callie says of the SouthWood House. After exchanging vows in the front of the venue, the couple and their guests transitioned through the historic home to the backyard for the reception.

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Taylor/Woodland Fields Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Unique Video Creations CONSULTANT

John Gandy Events

Missy Gunnels Flowers

FLOWERS

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VEIL Bridals by Lori

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ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Tallahassee Diamond Center IQ MAKEUP Melissa Peters DRESSES Bill Levkoff,

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HAIR Salon BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Nic’s STATIONERY Invitations

& menu cards: Sincerely Me; escort cards: Karmanos Printing and Graphics In Tent Events

CAKE Sandy’s Sweets

MUSIC Ceremony:

Aaron Seiler Strings; reception: Entertainment Depot After dancing under string lights at their outdoor reception, Callie and Philip made a memorable farewell. “We did a grand exit in a replica of The Bandit Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit.” The rented car came with a professional driver, who “left skid marks in the parking lot,” Callie says.

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RENTALS

CATERING Soiree Catering

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REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; My Favorite

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stormy Goodman, 24, a graphic designer GROOM Nicholas (Nick) Kimman, 25, a financial representative and nursing student HOW THEY MET They were high school sweethearts WEDDING STYLE The couple’s vintage theme let guests know the day was also Stormy’s parents’ and grandparents’ anniversaries. “It also allowed us to find a killer venue and a fun getaway car,” she says. —GH

The historic Ribault Club, which was built around 1930, was the ideal vintage spot. “It had everything we were looking for—the huge oak tree with Spanish moss was the perfect altar,” Stormy says.

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Cocktail treats included ice pops from the couple’s favorite gourmet shop.

STORMY & NICK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS The couple relied on the beauty of the space for their reception. “We had a gorgeous fireplace, where there were tons of candles and greenery, both inside and on the mantel,” Stormy says. The pair made their exit in a vintage Rolls-Royce. “It felt like a fairy tale, and Nick and I couldn’t stop smiling,” she says.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Ribault Club, Jacksonville PHOTOGRAPHY Elaine K Garland

Photography Drones

VIDEOGRAPHY Villa

CONSULTANT &

FLOWERS

Roberta Kren/Covenant Corner

OFFICIANT

Pastor Howard Gunter/Community Family Fellowship

GOWN David’s Bridal;

alterations: Becky’s Alterations, Jacksonville SHOES Steve Madden

HAIR Mary Beth

Herrick/The Master’s Touch MAKEUP Jessica Flores Various

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom’s suit:

Hugo Boss, Nordstrom; shirts: Brooks Brothers; groomsmen trousers: JCPenney; suspenders: HeySir, Etsy.com Stormy Designs

STATIONERY

RENTALS Luxe Party

Rentals; Southern Charm Events TacoLu

CATERING

CAKE BREW DESSERTS The

Hyppo; Rhea’s Cake Pops

MUSIC Bay

Kings Band; Wehner Weddings LLC TRANSPORTATION Tommy Entenza GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 6)

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“It was my dream dress,” Shannon says of her Berta gown. “Her dresses fit like a glove.”

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BRIDE Shannon Brianne Dodd, 32, owner of GoHannah custom hair extensions GROOM Ryan Taylor Ricketts, 28, owner of a roofing and construction company HOW THEY MET On Tinder WEDDING STYLE The two created a midcentury modern, bohemian, tropical-glam theme for their lawn ceremony and reception by the resort’s pool. —GH

As her “something old,” Shannon wore her mom’s signature lipstick, Revlon’s Crystal Cut Coral. “I played dress up with it when I was little and always thought my mom looked so beautiful in it,” she says. Ryan wore a custom blue suit, a tie inspired by Cuban tile and brown wing tip shoes.

Ryan’s son donned suspenders for his ring bearer duties. The pair of flower girls wore tulle dresses with lace appliqué.

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Shannon’s wedding day advice: “I can’t emphasize enough to take time and really embrace what is about to happen.”

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at WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach RECEPTION SITE The LakeHouse at The couple used bold colors inspired by the sunset­—coral, orange, pink, gold and sky blue—in the floral centerpieces and on the cake. Tropical flowers, pineapples dipped in gold, assorted colorful bottles with flowers, geometric vases, terrariums and paper balloons on bamboo sticks created an eclectic tablescape.

WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan Manthey and Lindsey

Bray/Pure7 Studios Studios

VIDEOGRAPHY Pure7

CONSULTANT Joseph Lanzy/DOC

FLOWERS Events by Nouveau

GOWN Berta,

Bridal Boutique, Lewisville, TX Koesler

SHOES Jimmy Choo

VEIL Erica ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Diamond Doctor JEWELRY

Freida Rothman

HAIR GoHannah Hair Halo

Extensions; stylist: Tania Crawford MAKEUP Morgan King

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show

Me Your Mumu

MENSWEAR SuitSupply

STATIONERY Etsy.com

SIGN-IN BOOK

Pure 7; Jenga blocks: Etsy.com

RENTALS

Events by Nouveau; WaterColor Weddings CATERING Fish Out of Water

Bake My Day

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony: Chris

Alvarado; reception: Big Night Dynamite DANCE LESSONS Studio 22

A Bride’s Ride 360 Blue; VRBO

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON Moorea & Bora Bora, Tahiti GUESTS 50 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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carry your invite theme into your wedding day paper! this dinner menu mimics the invite

Getting hitched in the Southwest? Choose a symbol or motif that suits, like this playful cactus illustration. A mix of graphic and elegant typography elevates the suite, making it perfect for any formality, from hacienda to casual ranch party. Cacti wedding invitations, $234 for 100, Cass Loh, Minted.com

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Tying the knot in a field of flowers? Incorporate some flora into your wedding paper. (Bonus points for adding the blooms to your bouquet too.) A monochromatic palette lends subtle sophistication to this illustrated design while a portrait (aka the new monogram) gives it bespoke personalization. Matching inserts coordinate the whole suite. Frankie collection invitations and envelopes, $582 for 100, ColorMeCarla.com

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Celebrating in the big city? Give guests a sneak peek of the party spot and generate excitement with a custom watercolor invitation backer— imagine pulling this out of an envelope. Add a glitzy paper liner, monogrammed reply card and handpicked vintage stamps for a unique invitation. Travis and Mario invitations, $2,850 for 100, RegasStudio.com >>

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Saying "I do" by the sea? Play with pattern. A tropical locale lends itself to a spirited use of color. Mix and match the details for a refined yet casual soiree on the beach—your guests will know to pack their dancing shoes.

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Tulum collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $2,075 for 100, Courtney Jentzen, BellaFigura.com

opt for a fill-in reply card so guests can pen you a note of excitement

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Making it official in a mountain chalet? Play up your chosen spot in big (hello, maps!) and small ways. A neutral palette is perfect for mixing motifs and typography, while gold foil details add a hint of formality and make each piece of the suite feel extra special. Haynes collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $1,990 for 100, Amy Graham Stigler, SmockPaper.com

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Sometimes trying to describe your favorite blooms to a florist is like trying to tell the car repair shop what sound your engine is making. Unless you’ve been around the block a few times, it’s hard to establish an extensive floral vocabulary. So we called on floral expert Jihyen Crowley of Gotham Florist for some help, and she shared the stems she’s asked about most often when it comes to wedding flowers. From anemones to garden roses and sweet pea, we’ve created a cheat sheet of perennial favorites, so you can brush up on the flower speak before meeting with your florist to choose your perfect petals. >>

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anemone This small bloom comes in a range of jewel-toned hues, but white may be the most popular color. It’s a shoo-in for formal black-and-white weddings because it’s one of the only flowers that naturally grows in that color scheme (white petals, black center). SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Expectation, protection PAIR IT WITH Anemones look great next to their floral cousin ranunculus. Ranunculus have very compact, layered petals that complement the open shape of anemones.

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dahlia

The pointy petals sported by this bloom are thanks to its roots in the protea family. We love the shape they add to an arrangement, and you can’t beat the name when it comes to your bouquet. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Courtship PAIR IT WITH Crowley recommends a big flowering bloom with lots of petals, like peonies, and florals with a smaller head, like ranunculus, to fill out the whole arrangement.

Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow up to 12 inches in diameter or be as small as a button mum. The petals can expand in a straight, spiky fashion or in a round, tube-like shape, and the colors range from pastels to jewel tones and monochromatic combinations. Basically, options. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Dignity, elegance PAIR IT WITH If your dahlias have large heads, they’ll likely take up more space in an arrangement allowing you to complement with greenery (think: dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus) and a few filler flowers. If you want to supplement with a similar-looking bloom, consider zinnias, which share the same architecture.

lisianthus The ruffled petals are similar to a rose, but the center of lisianthus is what separates it from the pack. The petals appear pulled away from the center, really exposing the pollen. It’s also a hardier flower, which makes it a great choice for warm-weather weddings. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING Flashy, showiness PAIR IT WITH Roses are a great choice since the two blooms look so alike, but for something more edgy and less sweet, include some lisianthus buds in the mix. Before the flowers bloom they have tall, slender buds that give texture to an arrangement. >>

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This sought-after hybrid (also know as a David Austin English rose) adds depth and fragrance to a bouquet. The petals are reminiscent of a peony while the shape maintains its traditional rose demeanor. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING This variety was bred too recently to have a symbolic meaning, but classic roses stand for love, joy and beauty. PAIR IT WITH These stems are universally loved. “They pair well with almost any flower,” Crowley says. “But we use them most often with anemones, tulips, dahlias and orchids.” >>

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lily of the valley Royal brides like Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton have helped make lily of the valley an iconic wedding flower. Its little bellshaped blooms are clustered close together on a vinelike stem, making it the perfect choice to offset big-headed flowers in large bouquets. But, out of season, these tiny buds can really cost you. SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Humility, purity, sweetness PAIR IT WITH When peeking out from a cluster of lush peonies, lily of the valley is incredibly glamorous and charming. Stephanotis and tuberose are also good pairings—both sharing the vine structure and small white flowers.

peony Maybe the most requested of all wedding flowers, the peony definitely steals the show. There are hues for any season, like fall maroons or springy hot pinks. BEST SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Bashfulness, prosperity, romance PAIR IT WITH Peonies look amazing on their own or when paired with other large-headed blooms like double tulips or roses.

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sweet pea These ruffly, feminine petals are a popular choice because of their sweet aroma and sentimental name. Different colors bloom in different seasons, so if you’re interested in a specific hue, check with your florist about what’s available when. BEST SEASON Fall, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Blissful pleasure PAIR IT WITH Hydrangeas look incredibly lush and romantic with sweet pea. If you want something more understated, garden roses are equally as fabulous but with a bit less volume. >>

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ranunculus Though small in size, this petal-filled flower is used in a range of different-styled bouquets. It perfectly completes a round bouquet, or adds a sense of whimsy to a rustic-looking arrangement. And because of its size, it makes the perfect boutonniere bloom. SEASON Winter, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Charming, radiant PAIR IT WITH Gardenia petals grow in a beautiful spiral, which makes for a striking juxtaposition when placed next to the small heads of ranunculus.

thistle The distinctive shape of this stem (also known as sea holly) makes it a total standout. It has an interesting texture and is one of the few true-blue florals out there. The best part? No petals means no wilting, so it will last through any summer wedding. SEASON Summer, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Protection, strength PAIR IT WITH Thistle is very rustic, so keep the vibe going with wax flowers, Queen Anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus. Find your bridal blooms at TheKnot.com/flowers

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You’ve probably seen a lot of scabiosa pods in rustic weddings, but when the flower is in full bloom, it has a different appearance. The seed-dotted center gives the bloom an identifiable architectural element that stands out among other stems. SEASON Spring, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Admiration PAIR IT WITH For a totally romantic-without-fuss bouquet, clematis and anemones go amazingly well with this easy, breezy bloom.

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Okay, they’re not really secrets—just solid ideas that will give your guests something to talk about for weeks to come. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY IRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Your friends and family are expecting passed hors d’oeuvres, so give them trays of nibbles. But then put them to work with an interactive food station. Set up a make-your-own taco bar or a gourmet grilled cheese outpost where guests can pile ingredients, like apples, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes on artisan breads. You could also do this with beverages—hello, bubble bar. Offer up champagne with a variety of purées and fresh fruit, so guests can concoct their favorite sip. Or hire a wine enthusiast and offer tastes of a few varietals.

What’s a fun party without a little friendly competition? We’re not talking about pin the tail on the donkey—but close. Challenge guests to a game of horseshoes while they sip their drinks, or engage them in old-fashioned ring toss (how apropos). Table games, like trivia or Mad Libs, will encourage conversation among friends and strangers alike. Paint the game pieces in your wedding colors or use the same motif from your stationery for your trivia. Best of all, games are a great way to keep guests who don’t dance entertained throughout the evening.

put the cocktail hour before the ceremony

hire a flair bartender

Kick off the party preceremony with or without you two (if you’re superstitious or taking first-look photos, you may want to skip). A light libation will give guests an opportunity to mingle, well before finding their dinner seats. Best of all, no one will be late to the ceremony—if they get delayed, they’ll only miss a signature sip.

The skills of a flair bartender go way beyond mixing drinks. This is not your usual corner-bar Joe—they’re part mixologist, part showman, juggling bottles and manipulating flaming liquors with ease. In addition to getting a perfectly combined cocktail, guests will be treated to a series of cool tricks and maybe a joke or two. >>

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As you start to choose wedding colors and make decisions on formality, there’s a good chance a theme will emerge—maybe it’s “art deco glam” or “rustic barn elegance.” You want your guests to celebrate who you are as a couple, so pick something that shows off your style. Maybe you want to incorporate your shared love of movies or your individual cultural backgrounds. Whatever you choose, be strategic with your décor and special touches, so guests enjoy a well-designed and super-personalized day.

the don’t-do list

Some wedding blunders to avoid.

skip the insects

avoid over-personalizing

beware of recyclables

Despite how funny you are, there might be a few people who just don’t get it—your grandfather or the groom’s boss, to name a few. Save the witty details for a more intimate crowd at the rehearsal dinner.

Yes, this can be done. And yes, it can get very ugly. Be strategic with your monograms and motifs, and avoid adding the date to everything. Bottom line: Don’t brand every single detail.

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We love bees. We heart fireflies. We’re even into butterflies. But skip using ants, spiders and other multi-legged creatures as a motif. You’ll lose the elegant aspect with anything that comes across as slimy or gross.

Wearing your grandma’s brooch or mixing and matching glass vessels are lovely details, but don’t overdo it. There comes a point when a flea-market find doesn’t mesh with your style and it just looks out of place.

steer clear of sci-fi

We appreciate every last Star Trek fan, but remember: Your wedding has a lot of elements—including flowers and a cake. Before you commit to too many ideas, consider working your interest into one detail, like the save-the-date or favors.

sidestep a princess party

You should feel like royalty on your wedding day, but a fairy tale theme can appear a bit childish. If you must incorporate it, give it a grown-up, sophisticated spin.

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choose good music Did you and your fiancé have your first date at a jazz club? Maybe you’re both hooked on a specific style, be it ’90s or old-school Motown. There’s no reason to book a regular old band—have fun with it and we assure you, your guests will too. Find a unique band or DJ or hire a few different musical acts, from a soloist or bluegrass trio to a rock-and-roll band, to perform throughout your ceremony and reception. If you’re going with a DJ, solicit song requests via your reply cards (“We’ll dance to _________”), ensuring your guests’ favorite tunes play throughout the evening.

pick seats purposefully The main goal is to make sure guests have the best time, so if you’re assigning seats for dinner, be thoughtful about the table arrangements. A carefully planned seating chart leads to great conversation during your reception, which leads to a great dance party, which leads to—well, you get the idea. Seat guests with people they know, or people you think they’ll have something in common with, and be sure to seat all of the kiddos together for everyone’s benefit.

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have a kickin’ kid table If you’re including kids, invite a plus one—a babysitter. This will give parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor and really enjoy the party. To keep the little ones entertained throughout the night, set up an area specifically for them. Designate a couple of tables complete with finger food favorites and activities to keep them busy. Or arrange for the fun to go down in an adjacent room, where a sitter can keep them entertained until the last dance.

add a live performance Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the things guests don’t see coming. Surprise your friends and family with something totally unexpected, like a belly dancer, fire-eater or aerialist. Keep in mind: If you plan to hire one of these more daring acts, you’ll want to check with your venue and make sure there won’t be any safety issues or a need for a certificate of insurance.

overlooked spaces You’ve got your reception décor covered, but don’t forget these important areas.

the bathrooms

Pay a little extra attention to the restrooms. Go for subtle sophistication: A flower arrangement, personalized soaps and a great amenities basket will go a long way.

the bar

The bar itself is often a focal point so make it a showstopper. Top it with blooms, unique lighting and fun cocktail accents, like colorful napkins and striped straws. Or let the bar do the work: Set out rows of glasses on lacquered trays along with pretty pitchers filled with your signature cocktail.

the entranceways Wow your guests with a grand entrance. Floral wreaths on doors, colorful votive candles atop entrance tables, hurricane lanterns hanging from trees, luminaries lining the walkways and other embellishments will give guests a warm welcome.

the hallways

Use potted plants, trees, floral garlands and trellises to make an impact when guests enter and exit your space. Line the hallway to the bathroom with tightly packed blooms.

All eyes will be on you during your first dance, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to really wow your guests. Have you been taking lessons or practicing at home? Now’s the time to show off. Consider starting with something slow like “At Last,” and then suddenly switching to a fast, sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. It will set the tone for a lively dance party and encourage guests to join you on the dance floor right away. >>

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have an exit strategy

Maybe your seat picks were misguided or your friends are eager to mingle with a new crowd postdessert. A lounge space provides a change of environment and promotes conversation. And it gives your danced-out friends a place to kick back and enjoy a few cocktails while still feeling part of the party. Rent or borrow couches, chairs and ottomans, then stage with pillows and votive candles in your wedding colors. Consider serving a party snack in this space too. Your guests will thank you—trust us.

What’s a party without a festive send-off? Have your band or DJ play a lively, upbeat number to end the party on a high note. Then give guests toss cones filled with lavender, colorful pom-poms or traditional rice to shower you as you make your getaway. Confetti poppers are loads of colorful fun (with a bang) and nothing says “wild party” like pyrotechnics— think: sparklers or fireworks. If your venue is strict on clean up, opt for no-mess flags or even bubbles.

create a guest book they’ll want to sign

rock the favor

A traditional guest book is a nice keepsake for the couple, but it can get lost in the reception shuffle (especially at a super-fun one). Come up with an alternative, like a photo booth stocked with goofy props. Or create a puzzle from a silly photo of you two and ask guests to sign the pieces. If you’re oenophiles, consider having guests sign bottles of wine you’ll open on your first, fifth and tenth wedding anniversaries (choose wines that will age well).

Even if you’ve given them a night to remember, send guests home with something great. Your favor should be one of two things: practical or edible. Are you both into bubbly? Give guests a split of champagne. Or maybe you’re hosting a destination wedding: Remind them of their trip with leather luggage tags or a regional specialty, like jalapeño jelly. Or share a piece of your heritage by giving out tins of Asian cookies or authentic olive oil from the region of Italy where your ancestors were born. Wrap the favor in packaging that suits your wedding style (a burlap bag for a rustic celebration, tulle for a classic affair) and attach a tag thanking guests. Expert tip: Resist the urge to put your wedding date and monogram on everything, except for your packaging.

keep your dancers fueled If you want to ensure an all-night crowd, arrange for your catering staff to bring out trays of late-night munchies, like mini cheeseburgers or French fries as the evening wears on. Stick with things you’d love to eat at that time of night (read: comfort foods). Or offer a coffee bar complete with special syrups and toppings to keep them well caffeinated for the after-party.

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BRIDE Hannah Kelly, 29, works in digital marketing and customer experience GROOM Claudio Esposito, 33, works in digital product development HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE “I was inspired by clean and classic Palm Beach and Naples elegance, and the iconic Martinique wall paper from the Beverly Hills Hotel,” Hannah says of the day’s color palette, which included green, gray, brown and a small dash of pink. —Ginger Harris

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Hannah’s custom bow “added a little drama and made for some of my favorite pictures,” she says.

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The invitations showed off a flamingo motif and the iconic wallpaper banana leaves from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

HANNAH & CLAUDIO’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Port Royal

Club, Naples Sweet elements of the day included the three-tier, buttercream-frosted vanilla cake, as well as the first dance. “Claudio chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James,” she says. “We fell in love and dated over the course of 11 years before we got married. It could not have been more perfect.”

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“I knew I wanted a white dress, but I still wanted it to honor my Indian heritage,” Sumi says, which she did by wearing a mermaid-style dress in two pieces, like a traditional lengha.

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BRIDE Sumi Garg, 26, an account executive GROOM Emir Hazzi, 31, a senior operations program manager HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the beach and outdoors, along with pearls and beautiful jewel tones, Sumi and Emir threw a fusion Hindu-Catholic wedding near the water. —GH

“We wanted to get married in Florida because that’s where we met, and I love the water,” Sumi says. The couple incorporated Hindu and Catholic elements into their day in unique ways as a nod to their Indian and Colombian heritages. “I wore the chunney as a veil for the ceremony, then the traditional way for the reception,” Sumi says. Emir, donning a suit, entered on a white horse with a dhol (drum) player leading the procession and a DJ playing music.

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“I knew my wedding dress experience would be unique and special,” says Tiffany, whose father owns House of Wu.

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The invitation suite included acrylic with gold screen printing, sunstone marbling and a gold wax seal.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Tiffany Wu, 26, an attorney GROOM Tui Popenoe, 26, a software engineer HOW THEY MET As freshmen at University of Florida WEDDING STYLE Using white florals, metallic shades and cultural elements, Tiffany and Tui created a formal day that felt true to themselves. “Our theme was just us,” the bride says. “It truly was an expression of our personal style.” —GH

Tiffany and Tui highlighted their regal venue with pops of gold, including the metallic bridesmaid dresses. “I wanted them to feel glamorous and chose a dress they could wear again to a black-tie event,” she says.

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Limos and Buses Lion dancers escorted guests from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, where Chinese fortune-tellers throughout the room explained the meanings behind the signature drinks: the Gator Chomp, because the couple met at University of Florida, and Cathedral Cove Bubbles, where Tui proposed in New Zealand.

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“I loved that the design incorporated two different patterns of lace,” Emily says of her dress.

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“We were consistent with our taste, but we weren’t focused on having everything match a signature color,” Emily says of blending hues throughout the celebration. Robin’s-egg blue and rose gold foil accented the invitations, while whimsical white florals and greenery lined the ceremony aisles. Heather gray and light purple filled the reception space.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stacy Tasman, 28, founder of HowHeAsked.com GROOM Greg Stahl, 30, a varsity tutor HOW THEY MET At a Halloween party WEDDING STYLE Stacy and Greg headed to her hometown to throw a celebration inspired by all their favorite feelings in life: magical, bright, happy, warm, welcoming and beautiful. —GH

Rather than picking colors, Stacy opted for feminine tones like soft pink, purple, gold and silver. The florist lined the chairs and chuppah with soft-hued blooms, while hot pink and deep purple flowers accented her bouquet. “I wanted the flowers to create a happy, youthful and enchanting feel,” Stacy says.

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Bringing Jewish tradition to their day, the couple took part in the hora.

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During cocktail hour, guests played games like balloon darts. For the couple’s first dance, Stacy’s mom sang “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. “When I was a little girl, my aunt told me that my mom had sung at her wedding,” she says. “I remember saying that I have to have my mom sing at mine too.”

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“When I saw the Romona Keveza dress with a detachable skirt and gold belt, I was sold,” Liz says of her ceremony look.

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BRIDE Elizabeth (Liz) Murray, 28, a boutique owner GROOM Caleb J.W. Jones, 30, works at ID&C HOW THEY MET Through one of Liz’s employees WEDDING STYLE Clean lines and classic florals with overflowing greenery filled Liz and Caleb’s wedding day, which included an elegant Friday night ceremony for a small group of friends and family followed by a seated dinner. They also hosted a larger, more festive Saturday night reception. —GH

“We have a lot of friends but wanted an intimate ceremony with a rowdy reception, so we did a split ceremony and reception so we could experience the best of both worlds,” Liz says. “Looking back we would highly recommend this.” The Friday festivities included plenty of candles, the couple’s favorite “not so healthy foods,” like French fries and pigs in a blanket, and the classic cake cutting.

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“Oxford Exchange doesn’t need much to look amazing,” Liz says of sticking to a clean, less-is-more aesthetic. After the ceremony, guests found their names on escort cards crafted from old photographs. “We went into a hidden room so we could see their reactions,” Liz says of the photos. “It was great!”

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using every color in the rainbow keep it simple With a few exceptions (see our next fix), you should pick two to four colors that go well together and really stick to them. Using the same colors throughout your wedding décor will help create a cohesive look, so every detail blends nicely. Narrowing your palette to a few colors will also keep elements like your invitations or your centerpieces from looking chaotic. If you prefer a more relaxed look, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same hue. This will add depth without looking messy. Or, for an especially striking style moment, go monochromatic with a bold shade, like a royal blue or a creamy neutral. The idea is to keep the look tailored for maximum impact. MISTAKE THE FIX

limiting yourself to only two distinct colors THE FIX choose your colors wisely We’re so over the strict color combo rule. Many gorgeous weddings have a variety of colors—sometimes up to four— that work well together. The way to pull it off is to add more than one neutral, like ivory and a metallic, to your color palette, or go for multiple shades of the same color to create a tonal scheme. We love the idea of a summery color palette inspired by hydrangeas, for example. Combining sapphire, sky blue, white and gray with a few pops of sunny yellow make for a bright but sophisticated scheme. A color palette with three or four colors can also help you solidify a specific theme or style—like an English garden with green, yellow, pink and red, or fall in New England with orange, rust, yellow and gold.

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choosing predictable colors mix up the shades Certain color combos have obvious connotations. Think about what comes to mind when you combine red, white and blue— or red and green. Keep your colors from reminding guests of their favorite holiday by subtly tweaking your hues. The trick is to switch up at least one shade to downplay the resemblance. Instead of your standard patriotic mix, try chambray and eggshell with poppy-colored blooms. Or opt for forest green and pale pink if you’re worried about your wedding looking like Christmas in July. Adding another color like a neutral or metallic will also downplay the combo. Yellow dresses with red bouquets might conjure images of a popular fast-food restaurant, but breaking up the hues with white details, like lace or pearls, is a simple way to add elegance. If you’re set on a recognizable pairing, introduce a pattern like stripes or a brocade design into the mix. This will add dimension and help refine your overall palette. MISTAKE THE FIX

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choosing trendy colors THE FIX skip fads It’s easy to get carried away with ideas you see in other weddings, magazines and inspiration boards, but just because you love a fresh and unexpected idea on paper doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your wedding. Your palette should be one that you won’t mind living with for a long time. Remember: You’ll be filling albums with photos of this day. If you’re drawn to a color that’s hot right now, consider using the trendy hue sparingly, like in details, instead of making it a main color. Think about the colors and patterns you really love and surround yourself with daily. The simplest meaningful objects, like a favorite sweater or even a throw pillow, have inspired some of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen. MISTAKE

using the wrong ratios balance your brights One of the biggest pitfalls in color selection is not considering the eye’s need for a little white space. Just because you have two dominant colors in your palette doesn’t mean you should use them equally. Decide which hue will take center stage and which will follow. This distinction will affect your decisions from linens to lighting, so choose early. If you love bright orange, pick a more muted shade for your secondary color, like pale blue or navy instead of a vibrant aqua. You want your colors to be complementary to your décor, not distracting. Thoughtfully balancing them is the key to making even the craziest combinations look chic. Another option: Pick a few shades that are in between colors, like coral instead of bright orange and plum instead of amethyst. >> MISTAKE THE FIX

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ignoring texture coordinate with purpose Two colors that go together may not look right when put side by side in different textures. A burlap table runner with red satin linens doesn’t work as well as wood planters on maroon cotton tablecloths, even though the colors are the same. Mixing textures in the same hue can add more drama and depth to your wedding style than combining a slew of colors. Patterns like stripes or florals will help break up bold colors, so a shade like bright yellow or black doesn’t overwhelm your tables. Bottom line: Think of texture as another “color” or element in your palette— mix it wisely in everything from stationery to linens. MISTAKE

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ignoring your venue colors pick a priority (colors or venue) Think about your favorite colors and decide whether you want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect palette—sometimes you can have both. When hunting for the right spot, look at details like wall coverings, carpeting and art. A color scheme of lime green and hot pink will clash in a country club ballroom with navy and maroon carpets—there’s really no way around it. (Try to pull it off anyway and you’ll end up spending twice what you would normally in décor to cover it up with drapery and flooring.) That’s not to say you have to choose a venue where your colors perfectly match the décor, but keep it in mind when settling on a scheme and a place to say “I do.” MISTAKE

not coordinating your paper elements include some color in your invites Your invitations set the stage for your event, so let them introduce your wedding colors and evoke the right tone from the start. Coordinating the invitation colors with those of the wedding can be as easy as choosing a colored font, ribbon or monogram, or as elaborate as lining envelopes with a bold pop of your hues. Don’t sacrifice readability for style—that means the type should contrast with the paper, so balance brighter shades with neutrals and avoid light-colored fonts. And ask your designer about typeface techniques like letterpress or foiling to make sure your text stands out. Also consider that invites are a dress code cue for your guests. Don’t send out formal ecru cards with copperplate calligraphy unless you’re expecting guests to dress up for your wedding. MISTAKE THE FIX

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trying to match the flowers don’t force matchy-matchy Your flowers don’t have to be in your wedding colors, but if they work, great! If not, it’s okay. For example, if blue is in your palette, you’re going to have a hard time sourcing stems (very few flowers are naturally blue). Instead of insisting your bouquets and centerpieces match perfectly, ask your florist to choose complementary neutral flowers that will add visual variety to the color scheme (not to mention great texture). Then let your nonfloral elements, like the centerpiece vases and bouquet ribbon wraps, show off your palette. >> MISTAKE THE FIX

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choosing the wrong dress color pick the most flattering hue or a neutral When it comes to dressing your bridal party, choose the most flattering color in your palette and use it (look to neutral colors if you’re at all unsure). Shades like burnt orange and olive green might look great on details like your stationery, table linen overlays and glassware, but they aren’t exactly wearable. The days of the perfectly matched bridesmaid dresses are over too. Aim to have your besties’ dresses complement your palette. A neutral caramel may only be a supporting color in your palette but the perfect choice for your ladies. If you really want your bridesmaids to wear a bolder hue, choose accessories in that color instead, like a belt, pretty necklace or shoes. Stick to universally flattering colors like jewel tones, navy, blush, ivory or black. Bonus: These hues look best in photos too, and happy bridesmaids mean great pictures. MISTAKE THE FIX

choosing colors that don’t fit the mood lighten or ramp up your color palette Though yellow may be your favorite color, it might not be the ideal shade for an evening wedding on New Year’s Eve. Likewise, shimmering metallic silver might not set the right tone for an afternoon garden reception in a small New England town. If you’re set on a color you don’t think will work with the atmosphere you’re trying to create, think about your accent colors. Adding lots of navy can make yellow seem more refined and formal, while pairing it with another pastel takes it in more of a whimsical direction. Your color scheme plays a role in the vibe of your wedding, so determine which emotions you want your celebration to evoke (a relaxed backyard bash or a formal, bow-tie encouraged affair, for example) before you pick your palette. MISTAKE

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Narrow your colors down to exact shades. Instead of green and pink, choose lime green, Kelly green, sage green or forest green. Add rose, fuchsia or bubblegum pink. This distinction will simplify all your other décor choices.

not giving visual examples to your wedding pros get specific with your colors Narrow your colors down to exact shades. Instead of green and pink, choose lime green, Kelly green, sage green or forest green. Add rose, fuchsia or bubblegum pink. Create an inspiration board to make it easier to communicate your vision with all of your wedding pros and help you stay focused when choosing décor. Anything can inspire your palette, but paint company websites are a good place to start—so many choices. Use an interactive color wheel or get inspiration from other weddings you like (a bouquet could inspire the whole scheme, for example). If you have access to a Pantone color book, use it to select your shade the same way graphic designers do. Many invitation designers mix ink to match the colors in this book, and a lot of cake bakers use Pantone numbers as a reference when creating dye for frosting. MISTAKE THE FIX

limiting yourself to seasonal color rules think seasonless It’s time to forget about outdated seasonal color rules—there are no rules. Pastels aren’t just for spring weddings, and you can totally have an orange and yellow soiree in seasons other than fall. Pick a color palette you love and then tailor it to the particular season with accent colors, texture, florals and décor. The way to pull off a pastel winter wedding is to swap out rosy pink for a more muted blush and use dusty sage instead of seafoam or mint green. Love brights for autumn? Add in some jewel tones and texture to warm up the combo. Pairing your color palette with flowers and seasonal-inspired décor elements, like evergreens and faux-fur chairbacks for a winter wedding, or peonies and boxwood in spring, will actually make your wedding style effortlessly complement the season without seeming overly themed. MISTAKE THE FIX

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drape the ceilings It’s amazing what you can do with a little fabric. Keep it formal and elegant with drapery in a neutral hue, or if you’re after a more carefree vibe, opt for a bright color like yellow or a pattern. If you take this approach, you can go light on the table décor (your guests’ eyes will be looking up) and you’ll still get the same decked-out reception look.

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pick up patterned pillows If you have a lounge area in your reception space (or are making one with some rental furniture), get yourselves to a housewares department for some pillows. Cover with your favorite fabric for a few pops of festive color and pattern. Bonus: You can reuse the pillows in your newlywed digs.

create an escort card display Instead of the old escort card table idea, create an oversize board of seating assignments and display it near the entrance of the reception space. Best of all, you won’t have guests squinting at tiny tented cards trying to decipher their table numbers.

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make chalkboard signage Chalkboards in a photo booth are pure fun, but they’re also a great way to decorate an entrance or jazz up the cocktail bar. Personalize it by thrifting an old frame and spray-painting it to match the rest of your décor. Drape with greenery or a flower garland and chalk away.

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use table lamps Create height on tables using lamps. This trick will help guests feel at home and create the effect that they’re at a chic dinner party. You can even install dimmers so guests can see their food during dinner, but come time to dance, the mood is set. If you go this route, you can skip florals altogether or surround lamp bases with greenery to disguise cords.

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add a sprig of herbs Just because you’re having a formal wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your décor. Herbs like rosemary or lavender add a fragrant touch to place settings. Or if you’re going for a more casual vibe, include potted herbs on the table (which can double as centerpieces or favors).

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rent colored glassware Instead of pouring your entire reception décor budget into the centerpieces, consider saving a little for rental extras like colored glassware. It will make your tables pop in an instant and is a fun way to dress up a signature sip.

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infuse the celebration with calligraphy Choose a stylish script and customize your escort cards, menus or wedding day signage. If your budget doesn’t allow for 200 professionally calligraphed place cards, post the task in your local college’s art department and test out a few students for the job. >>

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design en masse mood lighting When paired with dramatic uplighting and luxe fabrics, the addition of tall taper candles or floating tealights can turn your space into a magnificent scene of illumination—not to mention set an über-romantic vibe. Consider having sequined table linens to reflect the light to make the space seem even brighter.

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use a table runner that pops Look for modern table décor inspiration, like a patterned table runner. Instead of big floral centerpieces, space stems out in smaller bud vases that span the length of the runner (and show off the design). This colorful detail will make your white rental china really stand out too.

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construct a photo backdrop Create a stunning focal point that doubles as a photo backdrop. Layers of colors and shapes will give guests different elements to gush over. Consider materials that are easily customizable like tissue paper tassels, ribbons, balloons, garlands of greenery or paper flowers.

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make a family photo wall A wall of family photos is the perfect, easy conversation starter. Devote a row to your fiancé’s family and one to yours, or you can just mix them all up altogether. You can use only wedding photos or have a variety of portraits and candids. Alternative idea: Showcase your (new!) family tree.

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professional performers From ballroom to belly dancing, book professional dancers for a portion of your reception. The visual treat will inspire guests to get on the floor—and hey, they might learn a thing or two.

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There’s something special about getting married surrounded by the familiarity of your childhood backyard, the beauty of a romantic botanical garden or the crispness of an ocean breeze. As gorgeous as these sites are, don’t forget the legwork that goes into an alfresco celebration. Follow these tips to pulling off a flawless outdoor affair.

choose the right spot Think about your perfect wedding: Is it a on a sandy shore? A lush mountainside? A picturesque desert ranch? A rustic vineyard? As you visit top contenders and consider your options, it’s important to consider the potential negatives as much as the positives. It may be stunning at sunset, but can your guests get there easily? Will it be noisy or windy? (Visit at the exact time your wedding will take place to get the full effect.) Will it cost you a fortune and a lot of coordination to bring in everything you need, like a catering kitchen and portable bathrooms? Will passersby be able to walk near your event? Some of these concerns have solutions, and some may not—in the end, choose a place that has the ambience and natural setting you’re looking for, along with the convenience your guests will appreciate.

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We’ve got our fingers crossed for blue skies too, but it could rain, or there could be a hail storm, or a bug infestation. Although all of these things may be unlikely, it’s important to prepare for the worst-case scenario while hoping for the best. The ideal outdoor wedding location needs to come with a plan B you love just as much. Many venues offer indoor and outdoor options or a mix of the two, just in case a rain storm blows in before the ceremony. Have a room on reserve for any unexpected events that threaten your picture-perfect day. Or arrange for a tent with sides that roll up or down, which allows you to be outside while staying dry.

get permission (or a permit) If you’ve decided to wed on public property, you may need written permission to do so. Some venues will require a site fee to hold an event on their property, while others will only need appropriate documentation from the city. You may also require an additional certificate of insurance (say, for a museum or historic building) in case of damages. Ask your venue for assistance in applying for permits, or contact your city parks department or other local government agencies to ensure you’re well prepared to say “I do.” >>

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l et nature lead the way You’ve no doubt chosen to get married outside to soak up the surrounding beauty, so let Mother Nature guide your wedding style. Consider the hues occurring naturally in the setting—be it sea blue or garden green—and build your palette around them. Keep the season in mind too, as it will largely dictate the color and types of flowers available. Then highlight the best part of the surroundings (a clear-top tent to show off a super-starry sky or a ceremony arch overlooking a rolling vineyard) and supplement with corresponding décor or florals, like driftwood for a seaside celebration or moss terrariums for a woodland affair.

transport your guests If you’ve picked a spot that’s off the beaten path, give guests a ride. Arrange for buses, trollies or vans to shuttle them from area hotels to your wedding location (this will also ensure they’ll have a safe way home). At the very least, provide excellent directions—even GPS coordinates if you’re in really rural territory. You don’t want guests arriving late, and frustrated, because of unmarked roads.

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b  e the ultimate host It’s your day, but your friends and family have made great efforts to celebrate alongside you, so make sure they’re comfortable. Sunny and hot? Have ice-cold water at the ready, print your programs on fans or offer up parasols for those seeking shade. A bit chilly? Prepare guests ahead of time so they come dressed in layers and serve up something warm, like hot cocoa or a hot toddy. If temperatures call for it, bring in fans or heaters. And if bathrooms aren’t available on-site, you’ll need to arrange for high-end porta-potties. (Figure one stall for every 35 people, so your guests spend their evening on the dance floor and not in line for the bathroom.)

i nform the attire If you’re planning to hold your nuptials in the grass or sand, clue your guests in—no one wants a ruined pair of shoes. Make attire recommendations based on the location and the temperature. Let the locale dictate the formality too. If you’re hosting an afternoon wedding in a garden, request suits but not formal black tie. Same goes for your bridal party—select seasonally appropriate fabrics that will keep your attendants comfortable. >>

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a favorite item

A single element, like something you collect, a painting you love, a favorite flower or a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress, could set the tone for your day.

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The time of year can influence your wedding location, (especially an outdoor celebration) food, music, flowers, favors, decorations and even wardrobe.

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Nature? Movies? Sports? Travel? Think about what hobbies and interests reflect your true self, and then share those passions with your guests.

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Color is a unifying factor among all your wedding elements. Let a couple of your favorite shades shape the day, like natural elements for an outdoor celebration.

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You’ll want to arrange your ceremony according to the sun, so your photographer will be able to capture your “I dos” without camera flare and your guests can witness your vows without squinting. And be sure to take advantage of the “golden hour,” when the lighting is said to be at its best for portraits.

Choose a caterer who has experience cooking and serving guests in an outdoor setting. Confirm the proper electricity is present to keep your caterer cooking in real time and up to code. Keep your menu choices in mind too—will guests want to wolf down a heavy dish, or will they be craving light bites? And don’t forget the cake. Talk to your baker about the elements, so you choose something that works outside—you don’t want a beautiful buttercream masterpiece melting in the sun.

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create ambience When tying the knot outside, there’s a good chance you’ll need uplighting—even indoor weddings do. Consider stringing market lights above the dance floor or hanging lanterns in the trees to frame the two of you as you say your vows. Candlelight is a great and totally romantic solution to a lack of electrical outlets, as long as it’s bright enough for your guests to see their dinner.

in good favor If you’re providing extras for guests to use while they celebrate, like flip-flops or pashminas, those can also double as favors. Or, send guests home with a location-specific token (think: a coral bottle stopper or small potted plant).

keep guests safe Clear leaves or any obstructions prior to your nuptials. Steps to well-traveled areas, like to the restroom or parking lot, should have handrails and walkways and be well lit for elderly guests.

turn it up Crashing waves are peaceful, but no one should have to strain to hear you deliver those beautiful vows. Use mics so guests can feel a part of the ceremony. And double-check that your band or DJ has enough power for their equipment.

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do I have to have a wedding cake? Technically no, but we think the tradition is definitely worth keeping. If you decide to forgo a cake, offer your guests some other kind of sweet treat, be it a plated dessert or passed chocolates. If you’re skipping the cake solely to save money, consider scaling back instead. Keep your add-ons and decoration requests simple— the less ornate the design, the less time-consuming (and costly) to make. Avoid exotic fillings, such as fresh guava, and instead order classic flavors that can easily be sourced. If you still need to come down on price, ask your baker about having two cakes. Order a small one- or a two-tier confection you can cut, then supplement with a sheet cake in the kitchen.

Sort of—the cost of a bowl of buttercream is less expensive than rolled fondant. But generally speaking, labor is a big indicator of the price of your cake, no matter what kind of frosting you choose. If you’re asking for a super-detailed design, like a smooth finish with several sugar flower clusters and a patterned motif, plan to pay for the baker’s time. Same goes for shapes—a twisty, stacked style could take up to three days to create and frost. For a less costly option, try a simple design and add a dramatic cake topper or fresh blooms. Besides being a showpiece, your cake should also be delicious. Choose the frosting that tastes best or allows your baker to design your dream cake. >>

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do I have to have a vanilla-flavored wedding cake? Remember: In addition to being unique and stunning, your cake has to taste good too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try a lot of flavors. Don’t be afraid to shy away from classics like chocolate or vanilla in favor of something less traditional such as carrot or lemon. And sample the available fillings—sometimes this layer is the most flavorful part of the slice. Many bakers are working with complex pairings like rose, hazelnut or lychee. Some will even whip up something custom for you. Choose the flavor you and your fiancé like best—after all, it’s your wedding cake.

I love the look of fondant, but I heard it tastes terrible—is that true?

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Terrible is a stretch, but it’s not quite as tasty as a buttercream or meringue. The upshot of using fondant is the virtually limitless design possibilities. Want a ribbon that matches your bouquet wrap? No problem. Want a smooth surface that can easily incorporate geometric designs or a ton of gum-paste roses? You got it. If you’re worried about the taste, ask your baker to add a layer of buttercream between the cake and the fondant (most do this anyway) to offset the flavor. Or speak to your cake designer about your vision and see if it can be accomplished or modified to work with a different type of icing.

is a naked cake right for my wedding? It all depends on the kind of celebration you’re planning. Naked cakes are essentially unfrosted confections. These designs tend to have a more natural and organic feel, since they don’t really lend themselves to gum-paste flowers or metallic dust. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be reserved for casual weddings though. A naked cake garnished with some lavender sprigs would be well suited for a vineyard affair, for example. If you like the naked look, talk with your baker about ways to tailor the design to the formality of your celebration.

are fresh flowers safe to put on a cake, and do they cost less than the sugar variety? Generally speaking, fresh flowers will cost you less than anything made from sugar, mostly because of the time and effort required to create each delicate petal. If you want to use fresh flowers on your cake, speak to your florist in advance. They’ll need to source the requested blooms and make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. If you have your heart set on a particular bud, check to see if it’s in season. In some cases, it might be less costly to fashion a peony in the kitchen than to source one in February.

my fianc´e and I prefer savory or lightly sweetened desserts—is buttercream teeth-achingly sweet?

will a buttercream cake be fancy enough for my black-tie wedding?

Most buttercreams are made of the ingredients you’d expect: creamed butter and sugar. But they aren’t all created equal. Some are meringue based while others use custard or oils (making them better for fillings or decoration). Talk with your baker about sweetness preference and taste samples. Bottom line: You can achieve a spreadable cream without risking a cavity. You may even want to opt for a cream cheese frosting, which is a mix of savory and sweet that you and your guests will enjoy.

Absolutely—just ask cake icon Sylvia Weinstock, who only frosts with buttercream. This fluffy icing can be applied in a smooth appliqué, giving it a flawless finish similar to that of fondant. An assortment of sugar flowers dresses things up even more. Buttercream’s consistency also allows it to be easily shaped or piped into swags, borders and flowers (perfect decoration for less formal celebrations). The only real downside to buttercream is it’s not ideal for transfers, stencils or embossing. >>

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do we have to have two cakes, including a groom’s cake? One cake is all you need, but if you like the idea of serving a second dessert or getting your groom involved, go for it. The tradition of the groom’s cake has evolved over time—a slice of this second cake used to be given to guests as a favor when they headed home for the evening. The groom’s cake is usually much smaller than the couple’s wedding cake and is decorated to reflect the interests of the groom (think: hobbies, favorite sports team or even a childhood superhero). There are no rules to the flavors and fillings, but, like the design, they typically reflect his favorites.

if I don’t want a traditional cake topper, do I have to have one? You have free rein to top your cake with whatever you’d like— or nothing at all. If you have an heirloom piece, like your grandparents’ vintage topper, work with your baker to add it to your top tier (it can even double as your “something old”). Many wedding cakes are so decorative or colorful that a topper could actually detract from the design.

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I’m planning an outdoor wedding—will a buttercream cake melt? The biggest downside to buttercream is its sensitivity to heat. Most buttercreams will stand at room temperature for hours, developing a pretty iredescent shine, but it’s good to have a designated refrigerator at your venue for storing the cake before the reception begins. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, you can still have a buttercream cake—just take a few extra precautions. Chill the cake leading up to the reception and opt for an early cake cutting, before you sit down to eat. If it’s too hot or humid, the cake can be removed and chilled until it’s time to serve your guests.

cake décor glossary Learn some lingo before meeting with your cake baker.

basket weave

A piping technique that has interwoven vertical and horizontal lines.

beading

A border along the edge of tiers that resembles tiny pearls.

cornelli

An elaborate piping technique that yields a lacelike pattern.

Adds sparkle or sheen to a cake.

piping

Decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket-weave patterns and flowers.

pulled sugar

Edible colored sugar balls used for decorative purposes.

A technique in which boiled sugar is manipulated and pulled to produce flowers and bows.

ganache

royal icing

dragees

A sweet, rich chocolate, denser than mousse but less dense than fudge, which can be used as icing or filling.

gum paste

This paste of sugar, cornstarch and gelatin is used to mold realisticlooking fruits and flowers to garnish a cake.

latticework meet the expert: maggie austin Former ballet dancer turned cake designer Maggie Austin creates detailed works of (delicious) art. The process of designing a wedding cake can begin a year or more in advance with Austin and the couple discussing elements of the reception in great detail, resulting in a unique design. The cake is typically made and decorated the day before delivery, but she works on sugar flowers and other delicate details well in advance. MaggieAustinCake.com

petal dust

A crisscross piping with an open pattern.

marzipan

A paste made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites used to mold edible flowers to decorate the cake. Marzipan can also be rolled in sheets, and used as icing.

Made of egg whites and confectioners sugar, this icing is a soft paste piped from a pastry bag to create flowers, beading, bows and latticework.

swiss dot

A piping technique that forms tiny dots in random patterns that resemble a fine dot Swiss fabric.

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A dense cake that does not use leavening agents like baking powder or baking soda.

whipped cream Heavy cream beaten to achieve a thick consistency.

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think big The beginning of the process is the dreaming phase—don’t worry about how something will work or how much it will cost. Don’t even consider what your mother will think. Picture your dream wedding. What do you see? Here are a couple of questions to consider while everything is coming together in your head. • Big (everyone you know) or small (close friends and relatives)? • Outdoors or indoors? • Home (one of your hometowns or your current city) or away (hello, destination wedding!)? • Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or all-out glam? • Fancy, casual or somewhere in between? • Spring, summer, winter or fall?

To get a better idea of what you want (and definitely don’t want), spend some time checking out bridal magazines, books, blogs and real wedding photos. But don’t limit yourself to browsing just the obvious sources—something as unlikely as a wallpaper pattern or a pretty perfume package design can spark an idea. Fabrics, color chips, stationery and trinkets are all great starting points too. Collect your ideas on an inspiration board—it’s one of the best ways to keep everything organized. It will also help you identify common threads and visualize how various elements will look together. bonus: Build yours on TheKnot.com/boards and easily share them with your wedding pros as you plan.

figure out the formality How fancy or casual do you want to go? Do you want to see your guests all dressed up at a sit-down dinner? Or will it be more casual with informal seating and stations? The setting of your wedding can also dictate the vision—a beach wedding calls for a more laidback vibe, while a ballroom may require a more classic and elegant ambience. And don’t forget about your own personal styles and the kind of atmosphere that best speaks to you two as a couple. Do you like hosting intimate dinner parties, or prefer a low-key poolside picnic? You’ll want to carry the formality through every aspect of your wedding, from the stationery to the parting favor. >>

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ways to bring your style to life Add a personal touch to your day with these details.

colors

Once you’ve settled on a style and theme, choose colors that complement it. If you’re having a seaside celebration, consider blue with a pop of coral, or a clean white and tan look. For a vintage wedding, take inspiration from antiques, like a pale blue or dusty lavender with patterns and mismatched details.

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Your invitation will set the tone for your celebration and be your guests’ first hint at the theme of your wedding. Incorporate your motif into the design, like an acorn for a fall affair or a custom illustration of you two. If you’ve already selected your colors, incorporate them as well in your text or even your envelopes or stamps.

food and drink

From a signature sip to a locally inspired menu, play up your style in your food and drink options. If you’re having a nauticalthemed wedding, serve seafood favorites like baked clams and shrimp cocktail. Celebrating down South? Offer guests spiked sweet tea to give them a taste of the local flavor.

flowers

Your blooms can help convey style too. If you’re having a more casual celebration, opt for a bouquet of undone wildflowers in varying colors. If you’re celebrating in a location known for a particular flower, try and incorporate it into your arrangements—you’ll save on the stems too.

favors

Your parting gift to guests should represent you and your wedding theme. If you’ve opted for a retro celebration, give friends and family a “record” of tunes from the wedding. Or send them off with a food favor that’s reflective of the location or of your family’s heritage, like a bottle of olive oil or a bag of fortune cookies.

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The more specific you get with your vision, the easier it will be for you to choose your details and convey your ideas to your pros—the tighter your theme, the better. Instead of stopping at “glam,” decide whether you want art-deco glam or old-Hollywood glam. Your theme can be anything from a favorite era, hobby or place to your heritage or culture. To help shape the style, think of interesting hobbies you and your fiancé have in common. Maybe you both love golf or share an appreciation of art. Or perhaps there’s a place you two hold dear, like the mountaintop where you got engaged or the vacation locale where you fell in love. a word of caution: Don’t load up on too many ideas. It’s great if you love Broadway musicals and your spouse-to-be is into drag racing, but trying to combine both on your wedding day could lead to a weird, disjointed affair. Do your best to compromise on one concept and stick to it. Or if you have two competing themes, save one for a prewedding bash or the after-party.

Color is a unifying factor among all your wedding elements, from the invitations to your bridesmaid dresses. Take a look at a color wheel to determine which shades you’re drawn to. The easiest way to make all of your wedding elements come together is to stick with one main color and an accent color, or two equally prominent complementary colors (colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, like green and pink or yellow and purple) for a bright contrast. But don’t feel limited to just two colors—adding neutral or metallic accents will make your palette robust. You could also choose an analogous scheme, putting together three colors that fall side by side on the color wheel, like blue, periwinkle and violet, to bring out the subtle nuances of one color family.

don’t forget the vibe As you’re planning, remember that the theme obviously affects the look of your wedding, but it can also set the tone. An evening wedding in a gilded ballroom meant to conjure the Roaring ’20s will ramp the chic quotient up a notch, while a clambake on the beach will have guests kicking off their shoes and enjoying a beer right out of the bottle. Either is great, as long as it feels right to you. You want your personalities and passions to shine through, which is what ultimately makes your wedding stand out and feel special.

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master the motif A motif is the last flourish that can tie together the overall look of your wedding—it can show up anywhere from the invitation to the cake. It’s typically a pattern, shape or insignia that conveys your style (think: family crest, toile pattern or leaf icon). Whatever you choose should reinforce the mood you’re trying to create. A cute crab is a fun way to celebrate by the beach, while a monogram may be a better fit for a formal ballroom affair. keep in mind: Use your motif purposefully—three or four places is usually the right amount. Any more than that will feel forced or look too matchy-matchy. Find even more inspiration at TheKnot.com/style

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Making things yourself is a great way to add personal touches to your wedding. But fair warning: Some projects are tougher than others, and what you thought would be a super-simple activity could turn into an undertaking worthy of a world-class crafter.

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table numbers

With the tally of wedding guests averaging about 140, table numbers are a manageable DIY project—you’ll only need to make 14 to 20, depending on your seating configuration. If you’re setting round tables, consider dual-sided numbers, so they can

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photography

Yes, Instagram filters make photos look amazing, but your pictures are among the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding day. All of your loved ones may promise to capture every moment, but what happens if they get distracted or arrive with a low battery and no backup? Photography is a real skill—a professional photographer will ensure all the details are well documented.

be read from all angles as guests make their way to their seats. Opting for long feasting tables? Divide the rectangle into smaller “tables,” grouping numbers by six or eight guests. Clue your florist in on your craft plans—she can help coordinate the rest of the table décor and offer design suggestions. DIY DON’T

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favors

A small takeaway or memento is always charming and worth the extra effort. You can go all the way and actually make cute coasters or delicious homemade brownies, or you can simply assemble premade treats, like chocolates from a local sweet shop. Buy colorful boxes, ribbon and tags to package them up nicely. DIY DON’T

day-of coordination

You’ve organized every little detail up to now, so why shouldn’t you be in charge on the wedding day? Because you won’t be able to relax and enjoy the party you’ve spent months planning! Hiring a coordinator for the day can be a lifesaver. While you’re getting pampered, they’ll be setting up and averting (or handling) any crises. They’ll help with the flow of the day and the coordination of your pros. When everything isn’t going perfectly, you’ll have no idea. Trust us—peace of mind is worth a little extra expense.

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hard-pressed to make enough delicious food for a hundred-plus people (and keep it hot). Once the meal is ready, you need a reliable group of waitstaff to serve it. Caterers are trained to make it all happen. They have the support staff to serve you and your guests in a timely manner, and their station setup or the way they circulate the hors d’oeuvres is like a well-choreographed ballet. DIY DON’T

cake

Unless you’re a pastry chef—and even if you are—you don’t want to take on this project. Whether it’s a missed teaspoon of baking powder or a tilted tier, a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix. Plus, transporting a wedding cake is a serious task best left to someone who knows what they’re doing, has a refrigerated van and, most importantly, doesn’t have their own wedding to be enjoying. Be wary about accepting a friend’s or family member’s offer to bake as well—a wedding cake is best left to the experts. >>

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save-the-dates

Save-the-dates are fun—seize this opportunity to be creative. Computer programs and a good printer can get the job done with little fuss. Consider using an engagement photo to create a custom postcard. Want to get really crafty? Send a calendar page with a heart on your wedding date, or a map marking where your nuptials will take place. And stick to the pros for your invites. DIY DON’T

floral centerpieces

Centerpieces are among the first things guests notice when they walk into your reception. Granted, flowers can be expensive depending on your choices and the season, but they’re a big part of the budget for a reason. Like your bouquet, these living beauties need to be assembled the morning of your wedding or the evening before, when you’ll be enjoying yourself. Call in a pro or opt for some nonfloral centerpieces such as vintage books, fresh fruit, pillar candles or a location-specific option, like coral.

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These can be big or small, depending on the amount of information you want to share (cultural traditions, members of the bridal party, deceased relatives). If you can fit everything onto one to three pages, programs can be created on your computer, printed yourself or at the local print shop, and assembled at home with thin ribbon. DIY handwritten signs or chalkboards set at the venue entrance are other options in lieu of a program. If you’re hosting an outdoor celebration, consider letting your program double as a fan or a sign for guests to wave as you recess down the aisle (hello photo op!).

music

An iPod—even one loaded with the greatest songs of all time— is no substitute for a band or DJ. Music pros are pros for a reason, and they’re trained to read the dance floor and engage the crowd. They can slow it down while dinner is served and speed it up when it’s time to get everyone grooving. Having someone else responsible for the entertainment ensures guests are enjoying every minute of the party.  ant the supply list and how-tos for these DIYs? Check out W TheKnot.com/diy for these projects—and more!

diy favor kit packaging and ribbon

Whether you’re gifting delicious cookies, picture frames or a beautiful plant, you need a container that fits everything and matches your wedding style. Uline.com offers padded mailers and burlap pouches at bulk prices, while SpecialtyBottle.com is the go-to source for any bottle, jar or glass container­—limoncello anyone? PaperMart .com is the best resource for gift boxes, bags and gorgeous ribbon—you can get luxe satin and grosgrain in bulk for a steal.

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Skip a flimsy favor tag and invest in a nice medium-weight paper. PaperPresentation.com and PaperSource .com are great resources for colored mini-envelopes and various papers.

Add a personal touch to your favors or welcome bags with a monogrammed sticker. TheKnotShop.com has various colors and sizes with customization options.

If you’re freehanding tags or favor signage, pick up a new pen that will have enough ink to do the whole job. Visit Blick.com for pens, tips, ink, nibs—everything you need to make your handwriting look its best.

Personalize favor tags with a stamp (think: your monogram, wedding date or a motif). RubberStamps.net offers custom stamps with a quick turnaround time.

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2. whoopie pies These aren’t just any old whoopie pies. With their creative flavors (fig honey goat cheese, anyone?), these treats are fit for a foodie. And if your guests aren’t that adventurous, stick to classics like double chocolate and vanilla Funfetti. $16 FOR 10, BATTERANDCREAM.COM

3. b’day cake truffles Allow us to introduce you to the ultimate truffle: vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. Mind blown.

A bite of cake on a stick is the perfect grab-and-go fix. And with sparkly frosting, these cake pops can double as décor—they can even be styled to look like a mini wedding cake or a bride and groom (perfect for a prewedding celebration too!). Have a bowtie-clad waiter stand by the exit to send guests off with something sweet in a grand way. FROM $39 FOR 12, SHOPNYCAKEPOPS.COM

7. mini tubs of cookie dough Perfectly safe to eat or bake—if you can wait that long—this cookie dough is available in 21 varieties, including confetti, fluffernutter, chocolate dream and signature chocolate chip. Bonus: Most of them can be made vegan or gluten-free. We guarantee there won’t be a single one left behind (maybe to the newlyweds’ dismay).

8. personalized macarons These tasty little treats come in fun flavors, like mint chocolate, chocolate lavender, passion fruit and white chocolate cherry. And you can personalize the cookie with a custom illustration of the two of you or even your wedding date—total win. $5 FOR 2-PIECE FAVOR BOX, BYWOOPS.COM

local flavor

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4. cake in a jar Surprise your guests with a take-home dessert that’s as pretty as it is delicious. The exposed cake and frosting layers mimic a naked cake, but in a travel-friendly container. Choose from classic flavors like cookie dough and fudge brownie as well as seasonal specialties. $30 FOR 3, JARSBYDANI.COM

5. popcorn tins You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who wouldn’t want to take home this iconic popcorn. A delectable combo of caramel and cheese—Garrett’s signature mix—is both a savory treat and a dessert snack in one. $189 FOR EVENT PACK WITH 24 POPCORN BAGS, GARRETTPOPCORN.COM

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9. marshmallow sandwich cookies Not only are these marshmallow cookies totally unique, they’re also made with fair-trade ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Pick from flavors like raspberry hibiscus, spiked espresso, vanilla and caramel, and peppermint chocolate. Thinking of keeping guests toasty at your winter nuptials with a hot chocolate bar? Station these next to the cocoa for a perfect pairing. Customize the packaging for an ultra-personalized wedding favor. FROM $5 FOR 4, MALVIMALLOW.COM

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Tamara Checho, 32, an interior designer GROOM Matthew Kauffman, 35, a yacht rigger HOW THEY MET Playing soccer in high school WEDDING STYLE Amid Spanish moss–covered trees and a quaint farm, Tamara and Matthew created an effortlessly chic, bohemian-style wedding. —Ginger Harris

Guests sat on benches and vintage pews under the trees, while horses looked in on the ceremony. “I tried to keep it simple, to not take away from the natural surroundings,” Tamara says. During the recessional, guests showered the couple with lavender held in cones made from book pages.

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Shades of dusty blue, blush, ivory and sage green rounded out the palette at the wedding, highlighted by the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Those same elements appeared at the reception, which included succulents at each setting as well as on the cake. “It was everything I imagined,” she says.

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“I wanted eucalyptus, blush and ivory flowers, and succulents throughout the décor,” Tamara says.

To celebrate, friends and family cheered Tamara and Matthew on as they exited. “The guests lit up the way with sparklers,” Tamara says. The party went on without a hitch, with one exception. “Our getaway car never showed up,” she admits. They lucked out by catching a ride in a friend’s limo for their grand exit.

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“The vision was a stress-free day of relaxation and fun in the sun and water,” Sascha says, which included a reception in the water. The private beach ceremony took place in front of a waterfall with touches of orange and blue to add a pop of color. Then, the couple and guests visited the bird aviary and went snorkeling. “Many rounds in the large lazy river were enjoyed by all,” Sascha says. They also shared stories and laughs at a pool bar.

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The grooms followed their beachy theme and donned light blue jackets, white shirts, khakis and striped ties.

“We wanted our guests to have something they could use that day, so we gave away tote bags with our logo on them. In them, we included fun sunglasses, suntan lotion safe for water animals and snorkel masks for the day’s activities,” the grooms say. “Plus a CD with our special cocktail hour music mix for the ride home.”

SASCHA & TOM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Discovery Cove Orlando, Orlando PHOTOGRAPHY Jensen Larson

Photography LUXECINE Behold

VIDEOGRAPHY FLOWERS Lowe and

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Bella Collina’s view was, as Allyson put it, “simply breathtaking,” and added a new dimension to their winter-white wonderland theme. Allyson, a Florida native, never experienced winter and wanted the magic of it for her wedding day.

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“I was inspired mostly by colors and décor that were classic and ethereal,” Emily says. Her bridesmaids wore shades of gray, nude or blush, while the ceremony featured natural hues with touches of gold and white accents throughout. “The only colors I wanted to be specific with were the bridesmaid dresses,” she says.

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Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; Macy’s Emily was determined to incorporate the wine crates they got on vacation in Napa Valley, California, into their wedding. Using varying sizes, she created centerpieces overflowing with rosemary, peonies, hydrangeas, garden roses, ferns and seeded eucalyptus, surrounded by gold mercury glass candles.

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Turn heads in a dress with a trendy high-low hemline. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off amazing shoes, without sacrificing the drama of a train. Dress, $8,490, Ines Di Santo at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables), Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal.com (Orlando), Isabel O’Neil Collection, IsabelBridal.com (Tampa); earrings, $325, Simone Rocha, NewYork.DoverStreetMarket.com; pink tennis bracelet, $65, gold tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; stacking rings, $3,740, Laurence Bruyninckx, LX-Antwerp.com; shoes, $1,090, OscardelaRenta.com >>

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party plumes Planning to change it up for your reception? A feathery cocktail dress is made for dancing the night away. Top, $4,280, skirt, $3,180, LihiHod.com; engagement ring, $2,360 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; wedding band, $1,590, ring, $4,450, HeartsOnFire.com; earrings, $198, LeleSadoughi.com >>

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Chances are, you have a couple of old bridesmaid dresses collecting dust in your own closet. And now that it’s your turn to pick the dress, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s both budget friendly and figure flattering for all of your attendants. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Read up on how to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune but will look gorgeous on all your girls.

let them choose the dress Just hear us out on this one: Letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress proves you want everyone to look their best and shows you trust in their fashion sense. The trick to pulling off the mismatched trend is setting color and fabric guidelines so your whole party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a don’ts list, with requests like no miniskirts or super-plunging necklines. >>

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for flower girls THE SKINNY The parents traditionally pay for the flower girl’s attire, so unless you plan on making a gift of it, be up front about this cost when you ask to include her in your wedding day. THE FORMALITY There are two schools of thought when it comes to dressing the flower girl: She should match the bride, or she should match the bridesmaids. Another option is to put her in a white dress with an accent or sash that matches the bridesmaid dress color. THE STYLE No matter what your wedding style, flower girl dresses nearly always have a fuller skirt and are tea or floor length.

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or pomander is probably plenty for her to handle. Consider her age and maturity level: What’s she really able to wear or carry? If you know that floral crown is going to be pulled off her head within minutes, you may want to reconsider it.

for ring bearers THE SKINNY Same deal as the flower girl—when you ask his parents if he can be in the party, you’re also assuming they’ll pay, so bring it up right from the beginning. THE FORMALITY Look for a tiny tux if you’re

having a black tie affair. If your style is more casual, there are tons of cute options for these little men: A lightweight cotton or linen suit, shortalls in a matching hue or a sailor suit all work well.

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touch for this pint-size party member is the ring pillow, so choose one that complements your theme without clashing with the ring bearer’s outfit.

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avoid gowns that need alterations Bridesmaid dresses, like wedding gowns, don’t run true to size and are ordered using the largest measurement as a guide. Chances are, your bridesmaids will end up with dresses that are a size or two larger than what they normally wear. Depending on the dress and on the body types of your bridal party, alterations can cost anywhere from about $30 (for a simple hem) to about $150 (taking in, hemming, adding straps). Suddenly, a small price tag becomes a small fortune. Stick to flowy silhouettes, which will require fewer alterations (think: A-line over clinging sheaths), or styles your bridesmaids can buy in their regular sizes from department stores to decrease the chance that alterations will be necessary.

go for basic black Of course there are the obvious reasons a black dress is an excellent choice—it’s slimming, works on any skin tone, looks great long or short, and is easy to accessorize. The best argument for black? Whether it’s to a formal event or cocktail party, your girls can definitely use another LBD.

pick up the tab One of the most common gripes you’ll hear about bridesmaid dresses is the price. Even if you’ve been considerate by finding budget-friendly options, the dress still contributes to a long list of expenses (think: travel costs, shower gift, bachelorette party, wedding gift—you get the idea). If you have room in your budget, consider gifting your girls their dresses—it’s a super-thoughtful way to thank them for being part of your day. >>

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You’re expected to pay for your attendants’ personal flowers, which is something to consider when you’re thinking about how many bridesmaids you want. The bridesmaid bouquets (and the groomsmen boutonnieres) are factored into the floral budget along with the bride’s bouquet, centerpieces and other various décor.

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While you don’t have to order a car service to pick up each and every one of your bridesmaids, you should make sure they have a ride to the wedding and from the ceremony to the reception, especially if your two venues are far apart or in an unfamiliar area (say, you’re having a destination wedding). You can hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask a few local guests to give the out-of-towners a lift.

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Despite the name, this is actually an event thrown by the bride for her bridesmaids as a way to show her appreciation to her bridal party for the many things each girl has done to make her wedding special. This sit-down lunch or brunch is typically held the afternoon of the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a “thank you” to your girls for supporting you on your day.

hair and makeup Your bridesmaids are already paying for dresses, travel, the shower and more. If you want your attendants to have their hair and makeup professionally done for the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. Otherwise, trust your girls to do their own hair and makeup if they’d prefer not to pay for a professional stylist.

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Choosing a knee-length dress will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Sure, your bridesmaids may still need to hit up the tailor for other minor tweaks, but they won’t have to worry about tripping over their dress. A shorter hemline is also a great opportunity to show off killer heels.

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

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

let her bring the baubles By letting each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

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Our best formula for a seamless shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all of your bridesmaids together for manicures and pedicures (bonus points if you’re treating) and some relaxation and bonding time. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with lots of light dishes that won’t leave your friends feeling too full or bloated. But don’t skip the mimosas—relaxed bridesmaids are more likely to fall in love with your dress choice. And finally: the bridal shop. Pick your preferred styles ahead of time to make the selection process less overwhelming. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show— it will be a fun, memorable way to narrow in on their favorites.

We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses can lack support; to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps seem overwhelming) but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of itch-free fabric? Or a flowing gown that won’t cling to the midsection? Small details like fabric choice and silhouette can make a world of difference where dress wearability is concerned. Bring on the dancing and the wedding cake!

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It’s no secret brides follow strict wedding prep before the wedding day—but what about the guys? These days, groom style is about so much more than just a tux. From manicuring his facial hair to choosing the right accessories to complement his perfectly tailored new threads, here are four easy ways to pamper your groom and give his wedding day style a little extra polish.

Odds are, your groom is going to wear either a suit or tux, but that doesn’t mean all menswear is created equal. Consider a slim-cut tux or suit to up the style factor. And, this may be surprising, but slimmer-cut suits actually work for every body type. “Sometimes guys think going for a boxier shape will make their body appear slimmer, but it actually has the opposite effect,” says Andrew Blackmon, cofounder of The Black Tux. You’ll know a slim-cut (not to be confused with skinny) suit has the right fit if it meets the following criteria: shoulders that are close to his body but not constricting, sleeves that are long enough to show a quarter- to a half-inch of his shirt while his arms are at his sides, and a jacket length ending at the base of his thumbs. Even if your groom is happy with the general fit of his suit, don’t skimp on the tailoring—it’s even more important if it’s a rental. After all, you wouldn’t skip your wedding dress alterations. He’ll typically have three fittings: one for chalking, one to try everything on and one to make final adjustments. He should give himself a month or so for alterations to avoid any last-minute fixes.

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If you want your groom to totally change his facial hair, flip through magazines and collaborate on a new style together. But don’t go too crazy. You still want him to look like the man you fell in love with—maybe just a little bit more put together.

upgrade his accessories Standout accessories are the simplest way to give your groom’s look a personal touch. If his groomsmen want in on the action, make sure they don’t match each other perfectly—complementary accessories will create a cohesive look without being too cookie cutter. Consider adding one or two of the following options for a more unique twist on the standard suit and tie combination.

pocket square A pocket square gives just enough personality to a formal look without going over the top. Choose patterns that go together without being matchy-matchy, like a floral-print tie and a gingham pocket square. boutonniere While we love florals, they aren’t your guy’s only option. A customized boutonniere, like a brooch or lapel pin, are perfect for the edgier groom. “It’s a fun way to add to your look without the formal association a classic boutonniere can bring,” says Allyson Wicha Lewis, vice president of merchandising at The Tie Bar.

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novelty belt Belts in unexpected fabrics, colors and textures are the hottest new accessory for men. A stretchy braided herringbone belt in blue or gray is perfect for a nautical wedding, while a wool belt with subtle plaid accents feels just right for a casual winter affair. The best part? A belt with elastic, as opposed to all leather, has more give and will still be comfortable after hours of wear. socks A pair of statement socks (think: novelty patterns or bold prints) is an understated way for your groom to inject some personality into his look. “Because only a portion of the sock shows when you’re sitting down, it’s perfect for guys who are generally averse to bright color to wear it subtly,” Wicha Lewis says. To pull off this trend, your guy should stick with socks that are grounded in his pant color, with just a hint of something bold. >>

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pamper him in private Your guy may not be into spa days, but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a relaxing professional massage. “As great as weddings are, they’re a high-stress event,” says Tamim Ghilzai, a Zeel massage therapist based in San Francisco. “A massage will help your groom relax and take his mind off any worries.” On-demand massage companies like Zeel deliver professional massages to your door, without the frills of scented candles and cucumber water your groom may not care about. “Men are just more comfortable in their home—they’re in their own environment,” Ghilzai says. “Some feel awkward sitting in the waiting room wearing a fluffy robe and slippers.” Another idea: Because of close-up ring shots on your wedding day, you’ll want your groom to consider what’s recently been coined “handshake maintenance,” or a manicure for men. If your guy doesn’t know his way around an emery board, opt for a professional job to clean up his cuticles and buff his nails to a healthy-looking shine. To maintain his newly manicured nails at home, he should invest in an all-in-one nail file and buffer to smooth out any ragged edges that appear over time. And have him apply a fragrance-free hand cream at night before bed to stave off callouses and keep his hands nice and soft. Get more menswear tips at TheKnot.com/groomsmen

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mix-and-match groomsmen ideas Pick one or two of these styling tips for a totally dapper (but not cookie cutter) entourage.

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Instead of opting for multiples of the exact same necktie color, start with a bold hue and select slightly lighter colors for each groomsman. (This works for bow ties too.)

mix up the boutonnieres

Give each guy in your party a different bloom in your signature hue for unique-looking lapels.

get fancy with your folding

Pocket squares are always a dapper add-on. We love the idea of snagging identical ones but folding each of them differently.

skip the matchymatchy shirts

Patterned shirts will make the most basic suit feel funky. Match the color but choose a different design for each guy. Think: flowers, stripes, plaids or polka dots for a fun twist on tradition.

select fun footwear

Be particularly playful by opting for sneakers. Choose a specific style and let your gents pick the color. Or go for mismatched socks in novelty prints for a fun look that’s a little more understated. ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

If he’s considering changing his facial hair before your wedding, make sure he has at least a three-month head start. “It’s better to live with the style for a bit prior to the wedding to make sure this is the look you want to have in your photos,” says Troy Harris, a master barber at The Art of Shaving. Once he’s decided whether he’ll be clean-shaven, bearded or mustachioed, consider treating your groom to some must-have products to kick-start his prewedding skin-care regimen. Start by swapping his bar of soap for an actual facial wash plus a scrub for a smoother shave. If he’s bearded, have him mix facial wash and scrub together. “This helps remove dry skin under the beard hair to keep his skin from feeling dry and itchy,” Harris says. Applying a shave oil (yes, it exists) before shaving is another way to step up his routine—it prevents razor burn and scratchy first kisses. Your groom should also have at least one professional shave before your wedding day, according to Harris. If he’s clean-shaven he’ll want to make sure he reacts well to a close shave to prevent irritated skin in your wedding photos. If he’s bearded or in the process of growing a beard, a barber can help shape the lines of his facial hair, taking the guesswork out of shaving.

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When you begin searching the perfect engagement ring (and for that secret Pinterest board, of course) the word “overwhelming” may come to mind. Before you even make the purchase, a number of factors, from budget to style, have to be considered. And while a lot of the old rules no longer apply when choosing an engagement ring—like having to buy one with a more traditional setting— there are some guidelines you should always keep in mind when shopping for a diamond. If you’re thinking of a buying a white diamond, the four Cs—cut, color, clarity and carat—are important to consider before settling on a ring. Editor’s note: No standardized quality grading system exists for colored gemstones, so if you’re on the hunt for a colorful center stone, these rules don’t apply.

cut The cut of a diamond isn’t actually the shape (think: round, oval, pear), but how well the angles and proportions of the stone interact with light. Since diamonds start as rough stones and not faceted gems, the cut grade of a diamond is the only one of the four Cs that’s not determined by nature, making it the most important aspect to consider. In other words, a bad cut can ruin an otherwise perfectly good stone. If the diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, it will leak light on the sides, giving it a duller appearance, which will reduce its value and brilliance. A well-cut diamond will have three factors: brightness, fire and scintillation. If that jargon is confusing, here’s a quick breakdown: Brightness is a “white light” reflected both internally and externally; fire is the presence of colorful (or rainbow) sparkle; and scintillation is the amount of sparkle a diamond produces in general.

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color A structurally perfect white diamond has no hue. The degree of a diamond’s colorlessness is measured under controlled lighting and graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), with colorless stones being the most valuable. As a general rule, a colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (like green or red diamonds).

clarity The fewer impurities or inclusions a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes in the earth’s mantle. While there are treatments that can create a clearer stone, a “flawless” diamond is extremely rare. Similar to color, the clarity of a diamond is also measured on a scale. Diamonds that are graded in the SI1 and SI2 range are included but their imperfections are invisible to the naked eye.

carat Carats refer to the weight of the diamond. As the carat size increases, so does its rarity and price tag. But a diamond that has a bigger carat weight doesn’t necessarily mean it will look bigger. A diamond with a smaller carat size but a shallow cut may look larger than a diamond with a bigger carat size and a deeper cut. Size depends on not only the shape of the diamond, but the different mountings you choose—a halo will make a smaller stone appear larger, and so will a shape with more surface area, like a pear or emerald. Find out more about your diamond at TheKnot.com/rings

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birdcage Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a chic and minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and is finished with flirty accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less-traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. PAIR IT WITH Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip gowns. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a more modern look.

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blusher A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened on the crown of your head. PAIR IT WITH A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

mantilla This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features an intricate lace edge. Its circular shape is designed to gracefully drape down and frame the face on either side. To wear it the traditional way, attach it with an ornamental comb, or edge it up with a flower crown or tiara. PAIR IT WITH Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and wear this romantic veil with sleeker silhouettes, gowns that have a minimal amount of adornment or embellishments, or dresses that have small touches of matching lace.

waltz Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably dance and walk in—hence the name. PAIR IT WITH This style pairs well with formal yet fitted floorlength gowns and dresses without trains. >>

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

Like its name implies, the fountain (also called a waterfall) is made up of several layers and gathered at the crown of the head to create a billowy, cascading effect around the face. Though you can find it in a variety of lengths, it works best when it grazes the shoulders or elbows. Since this style can add a few inches of height to your frame, petite brides might want to give it a try. PAIR IT WITH A bit more casual and fun, this statement-making option will go great with flirty dresses and shorter hemlines. Because it creates a lot of volume on top, you may also want to consider balancing that out with a fuller, more voluminous skirt.

elbow Slightly shorter than the fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. PAIR IT WITH An elbow-length style is perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but are wearing a gown with beautiful details on the lower half (like intricate buttons or tiered ruffles) they don’t want to cover up from view.

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halo One of the latest trends to hit the bridal runway is the halo, which drapes over your entire head and torso. Keep in mind you won’t be able to clip or pin the veil into your hair, so to keep it from sliding off you’ll need to weigh it down. Try a wreath or headband of florals or greenery for a romantic, boho effect, or top it with a jeweled cap for a super-glam, art deco vibe. PAIR IT WITH Since this style completely envelops you front and back, it tends to work best with a simple, elegant gown without a lot of bling or back detailing. Subtle woodland-inspired accents, like tiny florals or vines, also make for nice romantic touches. >>

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Whether you wear your hair down and flowing or in a formal updo, you want a final detail to tie your whole look together. If a veil isn’t for you, there are plenty of other pretty options, from jeweled headbands and tiaras to a bohemian floral wreath or flirty fascinator.

bandeau This hot newcomer is a sexy take on the birdcage veil. Instead of covering the whole face, this narrower version of the cage masks only the eyes. Generally made from wide net, this unique style attaches to both sides of your head with decorative clips. Since it’s such a dramatic statement across your face, it looks best with a pulled back hairstyle like a low bun or chignon. PAIR IT WITH A gown that’s just as seductive as this look will do the trick—try one with sheer details, a plunging neckline or slinky silhouette. Or if you’re going for a retro look with an edgier vibe, a bandeau is just the right blend.

juliet cap There are two ways to wear this über-romantic style. You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel. Add some blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect. S earch for more veils, headpieces and other wedding day extras at TheKnot.com/fashion

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7 flattering accessories Finally, a little retail therapy that can help elongate—and slim—your frame.

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Shoulder-skimming danglers can lengthen and thin out round or heart-shaped faces.

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Every inch in heel height is equal to losing about two pounds. We did the math: Three-inch stilettos will shed six pounds off your frame— just make sure you can walk in them.

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Draw attention to your natural waist with a darker sash. This trick works with any color of gown but is especially waist-defining on a white one.

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A bold necklace draws the eye to your center in a long, slimming line so you appear taller. Pendants are particularly flattering when they’re paired with gowns that have wide straps.

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Fingertip- and elbow-length veils are a beautiful choice for any bride, but keep in mind they can cut your body in half. If you’re looking to lengthen your figure, go for chapel- or cathedral-length styles that hit the floor instead.

strategic brooch

If you’re pear shaped and want to minimize the lower half of your body, a well-placed pin at your neckline will keep all eyes upward and focused on your best asset. Plus, vintageinspired brooches are hot right now.

strap-free sandals As we already mentioned, high heels will elongate your legs. The one caveat? Make sure to skip heels with ankle straps—they’ll make the lines of your legs appear shorter. In other words, those Mary Janes are definitely out.

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The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless princesses including Diana—this style falls about three and a half yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and long train. Looking for something not quite so dramatic? Go for a chapel veil instead, which falls only two and a half yards from the top. PAIR IT WITH The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to a billowing ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you’re wearing a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedral- or semi-cathedral-length train. For a chapel veil, go with a chapel-length or sweep train.

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Here are the very best ways to get lush lashes (that will stand up to happy tears), kissable lips and camera-ready skin. 1 WATERPROOF MASCARA

Voluminous waterproof mascara, $11, LorealParisUSA.com Don’t worry about tearing up during your ceremony: This mascara delivers tons of drama without the fear of raccoon eyes.

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Powder blush, $22, MACCosmetics.com The compact is generously sized and the shade selection doesn’t disappoint, with more than 50 options ranging from romantic to bold.

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Individuals, $5, ArdellLashes.com Forget the strips! Add a few of these in a cluster along the lash line instead for a natural-looking way to fake it.

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Intensify Me liquid liner, $9, CoverGirl.com The paddle-shaped

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Eye shadow, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com These silky powders glide on lids, then stay put without creasing or fading.

8 LIPSTICK

Pop lip colour and primer, $18, Clinique.com Brights for the bachelorette, pinks for the wedding, corals for the honeymoon—this line is packed with shades that last.

9 BROW DEFINER

Sculpting eyebrow pencil, $29, Chanel.com Many pencils can look harsh, but not this one. The blendable color appears almost like a powder once it’s on.

10 CONCEALER

Amazing concealer, $42, Amazing Cosmetics.com It’s thick enough to obliterate dark circles and has enough staying power to keep stubborn zits hidden.

EYELASH CURLER

Relevée lash curler, $30, SurrattBeauty.com Squeeze, hold for a few seconds, then release to get a longlasting curl with zero tugging or pinching.

BRUSHES

Sonia Kashuk brushes, from $11, Target.com These sleek tools may be budget friendly, but trust us: The ultra-soft bristles hold their own against any brand out there.

PALETTE

Illume Sheer Color trio, $62, Hourglass Cosmetics.com We instantly fell for these three creams: a natural-looking bronzer, a peachy blush and a flattering highlighter. It’s an all-in-one, honeymoon-friendly compact.

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tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expertlooking swoop.

LIP GLOSS

Color Elixir lip color, $9, Maybelline.com The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with highend formulas. >>

READERS’ PICK

BRONZER

Hoola matte bronzer, $29, BenefitCosmetics.com Sweep this sparkle-free powder across your chin, cheeks and forehead for a subtle, natural glow.

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Sleek & Shine antifrizz serum, $6, GarnierUSA.com Even the most humid honeymoon destination is no match for this frizz fighter. Work a few drops through hair to keep the fuzzies at bay for hours.

2 HAIR SPRAY Superfine hair spray, $33, Oribe.com Mighty enough to hold an updo

in place, but still flexible enough for a down ’do, this ultrafine mist is our go-to spray for any hairstyle.

3 SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, LivingProof.com Whatever your hair type, this sulfate-free duo leaves it soft, smooth and full. One of our testers even called it “life changing.” We’re sold.

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Luxurious Volume fine to full blowout spray, $10, JohnFrieda.com Want your hair to have Victoria’sSecret-model-level volume? Then this bodifying mist is for you. The fine-haired among us swear by it.

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Brilliant Glossing crème, $20, Fekkai.com We’re obsessed with this cult favorite’s ability to hydrate,

tame and even add shine to the most unruly hair. Plus, the formula is super effective but won’t weigh down your locks or feel greasy.

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Bb. Curl defining crème, $31, Bumble andBumble.com Curly girls, meet your new BFF. This rich, curl-defining cream will have you falling in love with your natural texture all over again. Just rake through your wet hair and go.

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DRY SHAMPOO

Fresh Start dry shampoo, $5, TRESemme.com One spritz at the roots and this light mist will perk up limp locks without any residue.

HAND CREAM

Shea Butter hand cream, $12, LOccitane.com Prep your hands for all those #ringselfies with this intensely nourishing cream.

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Almond Coconut Milk scrub, $50, LauraMercier.com This thick scrub sloughs away rough patches and smells like dessert.

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Dry Oil Moisture nourishing body wash, $6, Dove.us The tiny bursts of argan oil in this rich formula leave skin super hydrated, so you won’t need to use lotion afterward.

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Outlast Xtend antiperspirant gel, $5, Secret.com Wedding planning stress is no match for this deodorant. Swipe it on for major odor control.

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Flash bronzer, $42, Lancome-USA.com The bronze-colored lotion lets you see exactly where to apply it, so there’s no danger of streaks.

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Ultra Sheer DryTouch sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Neutrogena.com This fast-absorbing protector won’t leave a ghostly white residue behind. >>

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Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com Simply dip your fingertip inside and twist it back and forth. The built-in

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Formula X Shine nail topcoat, $11, Sephora.com Keep your nails photo ready with this clear polish. It delivers a shiny finish that lasts for days.

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All About That Base CC base coat, $20, Deborah Lippmann.com This nifty formula strengthens and primes nails.

5 DRYING DROPS

$ BUDGET PICK

Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops, $8, SallyHansen.com These drops cut drying time dramatically—ideal for a busy bride.

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Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails, $27, Dior.com Oils can be messy but this cream keeps cuticles soft without a greasy residue. >>

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NAIL POLISH

Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $9, Essie.com There’s a reason why this polish is a bridal staple: Its pale pink shade is universally flattering and works in any season.

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Anthelios face sunscreen SPF 45, $30, LaRoche-Posay.us Stay safe by wearing SPF every day. This one feels invisible on skin.

Get ready for your close-up. A gorgeous wedding day glow starts with these finds.

2 MOISTURIZER   Hydro Boost gel, $19, Neutrogena.com This airy gel quenches dry skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid.

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Phloretin CF Gel, $163, SkinCeuticals.com With this powerhouse blend of antioxidants, skinharming free radicals don’t have a chance.

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Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask, $42, OleHenriksen.com Loaded with sugar, pomegranate and pumpkin, this scrub sloughs off dead skin like nothing else.

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Acne spot treatment, $18, Murad.com Here, two acne fighters (sulfur and salicylic acid) team up to destroy zits.

THIS SUGARY SCRUB DOESN’T JUST SMELL AMAZING, IT INSTANTLY BRIGHTENS SKIN

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Yes to Cucumbers towelettes, $6, YestoCarrots.com These handy wipes whisk away dirt and makeup faster and more thoroughly than any fancy brand out there. >>

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Decadence, $95 for 1.7 oz., MarcJacobs.com An exotic combo of plum, saffron and amber, this perfume screams bachelorette party.

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Mediterranean Honeysuckle, $110 for 1.7 oz., AERIN.com This lush, sexy blend of honeysuckle,

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La Vie Est Belle Intense, $110 for 1.7 oz., Lancome-USA.com Floral notes are wrapped with spicy patchouli and a decadent twist of hazelnut for a warm scent that’s just a little bit mysterious.

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Knot Eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 oz., BottegaVeneta.com This might be the perfect bridal scent. Notes of rose and peony are soft and feminine, mandarin adds freshness, and musk rounds it out with a sultry feel.

5 ROMANTIC $ BUDGET PICK

Embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

The fragrances in this trio (two shown) may cost only $30 each, but the combos are sophisticated and totally elegant.

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Lime Basil & Mandarin, $65 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com Lime, basil and thyme make for the crispest scent ever.

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Coco Mademoiselle, $94 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com This distinct combination of citrus, floral and woodsy notes is luxe and totally unforgettable.

Read about our runner-ups, our editors’ fave products and more at TheKnot.com/beautyawards

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crown braid Equal parts bohemian and regal, a tousled crown braid is the best of both worlds. If you don’t want to lose the ornate look of a headpiece with this effortless style, weave in fresh blooms or add delicate, mismatched hairpins to give the plaited portion of this updo some extra flair. Another thought: Try it with balayage highlights or ombré hair to make it stand out even more. TOOLS

Blow-dryer, heat protectant spray, 1.25-inch curling wand, clear elastics, bobby pins, hair spray, braided hair extensions (optional)

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Perfect for a minimalistic bridal look, a sleek half updo is edgy but still polished. Keep your hair accessories sparse with this style and let its fashion-forward feel do all the talking. If you’re going for a more formal look, just add a simple cut-edge veil.

One of the hottest hair trends right now is volume, and our favorite interpretation is big, bouncy curls. This style works best with curly or wavy hair. The key to looking current is to work with your natural texture to keep it smooth and shiny—but not too perfect.

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Mousse, volumizing spray, blow-dryer, medium round brush, hair bungee, hair elastics, hair spray HOW TO

1  Apply mousse and a volumizing spray at the roots and blow-dry hair using a medium round brush. 2 Section off the top of your hair, starting at the front of your hairline and ending just in front of the crown of your head. 3 Pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail just below your crown and secure it with an elastic bungee. 4 Back comb half-inch sections on the top of your head to add volume. Then, smooth this section backward. Once you have the height and shape you like, use an elastic to join the tail of the top section to the lower ponytail. Finish with hair spray.

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Curl-defining cream, blow-dryer, shine mist, 1-inch curling iron, styling cream, anti-humidity hair spray HOW TO

1  Prep hair by applying a curl cream when damp to tame volume and eliminate frizz. Blow-dry hair and lightly spray with a shine mist to protect hair from heat and add a healthy sheen. 2 Put your hair in a deep side part and then curl the hair away from the face using a curling iron. Put a pea-size amount of styling cream on each section of hair before you use the iron for smoothness and shine. 3 Let your curls cool, then turn your head upside down and rake through your curls with your fingers. 4 Finish with more shine mist and an anti-humidity hair spray. >>

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

stick with who you know

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

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windswept chignon A slicked-back, traditional chignon may sound a bit severe, but this style has strategically pulled-out loose strands that frame the face to give it a much softer, more romantic vibe. TOOLS

Heat protectant spray, hot rollers, hair brush, bobby pins, hair pins, teasing comb, hair spray HOW TO

1  Apply heat protectant and set your hair in hot rollers. Once the rollers have cooled, take them out and brush through curls with your head upside down, to create volume. 2 Section off your bangs from ear to ear and pin them back. 3 Gather your remaining hair into a loose bun at the center of the back of your head, securing the ends with pins. 4 Tease the remaining bang sections at the root and use your fingers to incorporate them into the rest of your hair, securing with bobby pins where necessary. Finish with hair spray.

If you want a new pro or don’t have a list of favorites yet, browse local magazines and websites; they often print “best-of” lists.

study each trial run

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

Even though you may have a clear idea of what you want, a seasoned stylist will know what works best.

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BRIDE Marya Kahlil, 28, president and CEO of a skin care company GROOM Dylan Khalil-Otto, 39, a writer and producer HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends in Los Angeles WEDDING STYLE “I wanted romantic,” Marya says of her Vizcaya wedding with Dylan, which combined their Jewish, Lebanese and Cuban cultures. “I wanted to look back at our pictures in 20 years and think, ‘Wow, our wedding was classy.’   ”­ —Ginger Harris

“I think every little girl in Miami dreams of one day getting married at Vizcaya,” Marya says of choosing the venue. The couple wed at dusk in a garden on the property, before leading guests to cocktail hour overlooking the water and a tented reception full of pastel garden roses, white peonies and delicate string lights.

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“The amazing thing about Vizcaya is no matter where you stand, there is no bad view,” Marya says.

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The couple’s blend of cultures culminated with the food. Since they honored Marya’s Cuban mother at the welcome party with a roast pig, cocktail hour featured Jewish favorites like mini Reubens and potato latkes for Dylan, while the seated dinner included a family-style menu of Lebanese mezze for Marya’s father.

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String lights added a romantic touch to the clear tent, which literally glowed after the sun set.

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“My shoes matched so perfectly to my dress,” Marya says of her platform heels, which she chose to reflect the coral flooring at the venue. Dylan wore a cobalt-blue tux and an authentic Panama hat as a nod to his bride’s Cuban heritage. They even performed a choreographed salsa for their first dance.

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VIDEOGRAPHY Ivory & Iron

CONSULTANT Whimsy Weddings

Ever After Florals

(Dylan’s brother-in-law)

GOWN Mark Zunino,

Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City Langer, Kleinfeld Bridal Louboutin

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT John Knipe VEIL Peter

SHOES Christian

ENGAGEMENT RING, WEDDING

RINGS & JEWELRY Mayors

Looking Like a Star

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

WHITE by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal; Jim Hjelm, Daisy Tarsi, Coral Gables

MENSWEAR Gucci

STATIONERY Invitations & menu cards:

Confetti Grey; escort cards: California Lustre RENTALS Unearthed Vintage

Thierry Isambert

CAKE

CATERING

Earth and Sugar

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Havana

Nights; reception: Sarz Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: SideShow Photo

Booth; GIF booth: PHHHOTO Pro Booth DANCE LESSONS Gustavo Vargas

Deco Drive Limos Viceroy Hotel

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REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s

GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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Succulents, blackberried privet, seeded eucalyptus and ranunculus made up the bride’s bouquet.

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BRIDE Kathleen Cardenas, 24, a production coordinator GROOM David Ajo, 25, an insurance agent HOW THEY MET At church WEDDING STYLE Inspired by their faith and nature, the couple included plenty of greenery and plant life throughout the estate, including bringing the outside in to their reception. —GH

Kathleen and David exchanged vows atop a bed of white flower petals in the estate’s grotto surrounded by palm trees and waterfalls. “We both enjoy nature, because it reveals the beauty of God’s creation,” Kathleen says. “It was extremely important to us that God’s presence be felt at our wedding.”

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“I wear boots all year-round, so it was only fitting that I wore boots on my wedding day,” Kathleen says.

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Nature made its way indoors for the reception. Centerpieces of manzanita trees, Spanish moss and succulents were arranged by the bride’s mom. She also hung 60 clear, glass ornaments with candles to create a romantic aura, while engagement pictures printed on wood served as table numbers.

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A beautiful glow came from the numerous candles illuminating the reception tables, but dessert also made the guests light up. “Our cake was a mouthwatering lemon and rum flavor,” Kathleen says of the wood-inspired fondant confection. “It fit just right with our nature-themed wedding.”

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Donna Ingram FLOWERS Avant Gardens Miami;

manzanita trees & birch boxes: J&J Rattan OFFICIANT Pastor Omar Giritli

GOWN

Tarik Ediz, Bijou Bridal, Coral Gables HEADPIECE Twinkle Twinkle Bridal

Jewelry & Accessories of Elliot

SHOES House

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RING Tiffany & Co. EARRINGS Twinkle

Twinkle Bridal Jewelry & Accessories HAIR &

MAKEUP Gloria Pelo

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Leggenda

Bridal, Coral Gables

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Men’s Wearhouse; groomsmen: tuxes & ties: J.Crew; shirts & suspenders: Brooks Brothers Guests created an arch of sparklers as the newlyweds made their way to an antique Bentley for their grand exit.

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“We each added our own personality and touch with pocket squares, fun socks and sunglasses,” John says of their looks.

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GROOM John Becker (right), 54, a physician GROOM Michel Ramos, 36, a nurse HOW THEY MET Online, where they corresponded for seven months before finally meeting in person WEDDING STYLE Wanting stylish but not stuffy, the grooms took cues from their historic venue’s art deco architecture to inspire the décor.­—GH

The couple exchanged vows against the backdrop of the hotel’s long, mirrorlike pool, flanked by two rows of palm trees and accented with creamy white flowers. “We drew on the art deco style for our invitations,” John says, noting the peacock feather print on the envelope liner.

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The pool also served as the backdrop for the reception, with hanging string lights adding to the party ambience and a black-and-white tablecloth covering the sweetheart table. “We wanted the surroundings to be pleasing to the eye but not stuffy, and for our guests to feel at home and relaxed,” John says.

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Guests loved the four-layer cake so much, they ate the whole thing— even the top tier!

JOHN & MICHEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The National Hotel, Miami

PHOTOGRAPHY

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CONSULTANT Catarina

Suplicy/The National Hotel Gesine Margenburg/MilleFleurs

FLOWERS MENSWEAR

Michael Kors, Macy’s; Giorgio Fiorelli, J. Barbaro Clothiers, Auburn Hills, MI SHOES Gordon Rush

WEDDING RINGS John:

Tiffany & Co.; Michel: Metals in Time STATIONERY Invitations: Paper Source;

escort cards: Michaels Shinola

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS Gables Linens; Ines

Naftali Floral and Event Design Studio CATERING The National Hotel

Ana Paz Cakes

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Photo by Michelle Lawson Photography

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“We wanted something that felt romantic, intimate and comfortable,” Tina says of their day’s vibe.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Tina Lasorsa, 25, a vintage and antique jewelry dealer GROOM Sean Gonzalez, 27, a pop culture convention event coordinator HOW THEY MET Through a childhood friend WEDDING STYLE “We both wanted an outdoor wedding that felt relaxed and romantic,” Tina says, which is why they chose the lush Flamingo Gardens. “We had about 100 ‘human’ guests attend and countless birds crash the party. It was fantastic.” —GH

The couple married beneath a floral-filled arbor under a banyan tree surrounded by rose petals, which later served as a colorful snack for the property’s wandering peacocks. Afterward, guests found their seats at tables topped with vases of varying heights, textures, shapes, hues and blooms.

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Canary yellow, teal, fuchsia and marigold hues were found throughout the décor, including the escort cards displayed on a macramé stand the florist built. During the reception, Tina and Sean shared a first dance to Arthur Russell’s “A Little Lost”—a song on the first mix CD Sean ever made for Tina.

“It looked like the blossoms were pouring from my hands,” Tina says. “It was spectacular.”

TINA & SEAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Flamingo Gardens, Davie Ilya Taran/

PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding Nature Photography

FLOWERS & FLOWER HAIRPIECE Jeny De

Figueiredo/Visual Narrative Design Studio OFFICIANT Donna Novak (bride’s cousin) GOWN Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN

Nine West

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WEDDING RINGS Bride:

SuiGenerisJewels, Etsy.com; groom: Quality Gold Makeup Artistry BHLDN

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STATIONERY Invitations: Vistaprint;

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CAKE Chiara Nazario

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“The watercolor flowers on the stationery were the inspiration behind the floating garden that hung above and illuminated the long reception table,” Kara says. Flowers in shades of blue, peach and pink with gold accents hung overhead, while candles in lanterns and orbs added a sense of elegance.

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FLOWERS Duarte Floral Design

OFFICIANT Gregg Beatty

GOWN Heidi

Elnora, I Do Bridal Couture, Baton Rouge, LA VEIL I Do Bridal Couture

ENGAGEMENT

RING, WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY Lee

Michaels

HAIR &

MAKEUP Beauty

Boutique and The Glam Squad Martinez

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Jess Creates Inc.

RENTALS

Destination Wedding Studio;

Eventfully Yours

CATERING

Casa

Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

CAKE

Key West Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail

hour: Chris Thomas; reception: DJ Gunz

The couple’s wedding color palette popped up in everything from the boutonnieres to the food, including the watercolor-inspired coconut cake with cream cheese filling, Key lime–marinated ceviche and raw bar with oysters on the half shell. “It all came together wonderfully,” Kara says.

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Casa Marina,

a Waldorf Astoria Resort

REGISTRY

Williams-Sonoma

HONEYMOON Bahamas

GUESTS 39 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 6)

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savvy spending From creating your wedding budget to saving without sacrifice, we’ll show you how it’s done. BY LIZ ZACK PHOTOGRAPHY BY PERNILLE LOOF

All done establishing your wedding budget? Good for you! Now you’ll spend the next few months allocating and tracking your funds. Here, four tips to make sure your spending is where it should be. >>

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get a wedding budget system Put your accounting skills to the test by deciding on a budgeting system to track all the money going in and out for your wedding day. The easiest way? The Knot Budget Calculator, which automatically estimates how much you should be spending on everything from music to bridesmaid gifts, and allows you to track all your payments and their due dates. Or you can put all your info in an old-fashioned spreadsheet. Just make sure you record every payment you make and who you owe what.

money talks

“Have an early conversation with everyone contributing, so you don’t get to the end and realize you don’t have the funds you expected.” —Brandee Gaar of Blush by Brandee Gaar in Orlando

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explore hidden wedding costs and extras Knowing all of the costs for your wedding up front will guarantee your budget can actually cover all the details. But remember: There are extras you may not think about until you’re closer to the day. Here’s what you should consider: avoid overtime If the party’s hopping, those extra 45 minutes after your reception was supposed to end may whiz by, but you’ll probably pay dearly in overtime costs for everyone from the photographer and the caterer to the venue manager. If you suspect the wedding may go long, work overtime costs into your budget— if you don’t use it, it’ll be a nice surprise chunk of cash. factor in tips From the sexton who cleans the church to the hotel steward who delivers your welcome bags, even conservative tipping can add hundreds to your wedding cost. Make sure to account for these tips in your initial budget. remember that trials aren’t always free A florist’s demo may be gratis the first time, but if you make repeated changes, you risk being billed. Also, take your trial hairstyle into consideration. It’s going to cost you, so make sure to include it in your hair budget. don’t forget the little stuff Things like stamps for the RSVP cards, ribbons for the favors and marriage license fees seem so small that you can shrug them off, but like any costs, they add up. Going just over budget in a couple categories with a vague plan of making it up somewhere else can push you past your limit. >>

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band equipment An extra-large venue may call for additional (and pricey) speakers.

postage stamps

Oversize and oddly shaped invites can cost a lot more to mail.

coat check

Union rules may dictate the number of people needed to work it as well as their fees.

rental deliveries

Drop-off and pickup fees usually aren’t included in the price for table and chair rentals.

gratuities

The service fee your venue may charge you is in addition to the tips you should be giving banquet managers and service staff.

cake-cutting fee

Your venue’s servers have to cut and plate each slice, which can be an additional cost.

welcome-bag delivery

Some hotels might tack on a fee of several dollars per bag delivery.

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plan to go over your wedding budget If you account for budget overages, then you never actually blow your budget. Try to earmark 5 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs. These are some areas where you might go over: flowers You may have a last-minute realization that something you haven’t considered needs to be decorated, or there may be a request that an additional family member wear a boutonniere or corsage. weather-related expenses It’s best to be prepared for any unforeseeable weather on your day. Have umbrellas for a rainy day, space heaters if it’s unseasonably cool and additional shade if it’s particularly hot or humid outside. small accidents Life happens! Your gown may need a last-minute spot removal, something could break in the days before the ceremony, or your menus might get damp and need to get reprinted. Bottom line: Have wiggle room in your budget for emergencies.

Take advantage of budgeting and money management tricks along the way. Put all your wedding money in one separate account, so you can easily track it without getting it confused with the rest of your day-to-day funds. Pay for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that gives you benefits. Make sure everyone making purchases (your fiancé, your mom and so on) are all on the same card system, allowing you to benefit from the rewards and also from the easy tracking of your purchases. Use The Knot Budgeter tool at TheKnot.com/budgeter

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where not to skimp All the places that are worth the splurge.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album filled with blurry photos. A good professional photographer knows what moments to capture: the rings, the cake, the classic photo of the two of you holding hands. They’ll also be able to work the crowd.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a dress to look beautiful on your wedding day, but your gown should fit you like a glove. Find a good tailor to ensure the ideal fit and flaunt all of your best assets.

the music

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

the food

Serving cafeteria food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options—the food at your wedding should be about quality and not quantity.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on—it will be your most photographed arrangement. Consider it a part of your look, which means that it shouldn’t be a scaled down version of what you really want.

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A sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option. From cocktail fare to midnight snacks, these chic ideas will satisfy any palate. >> BY KRISTIN KOCH PHOTOGRAPH BY WENDY LAUREL

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

raw bar

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

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No matter how you’re celebrating, an amazing meal is central to your wedding. But before you choose the menu, you need to know which meal you’re serving. Your options are nearly endless—from a formal, seated dinner or a festive brunch buffet to nothing but a five-tier fondant couture cake.

brunch Brunch can be served buffet style or as a seated meal (or as a combo). The other alternative is a cocktail brunch, where guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, like scrambled-egg tartlets and mini French toast sticks, and cocktails, such as mimosas and Bellinis, as they mingle among a mix of lounge furniture and tables. THE PROS

• Y  our liquor costs will be lower than they’d be for an evening affair, and site-rental fees are often less expensive during the day. • Sunrise ceremonies up the romance factor. • It’s a great choice if you’ve invited lots of children. • It’s more conducive if you’ve chosen not to have any alcohol at all at your wedding. • You can leave after the event and start your honeymoon.

crepe table

Cooks flip and fill sweet (from sugar and lemon to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

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

s’mores bar

omelet or waffle stand

cheese table

Dishes are made to order, with chooseyour-own add-ins and toppings from applewood-smoked bacon to fresh berries and whipped cream.

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farmers market strawberries or creamy Nutella.

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key go-tos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too.

sushi station

Chefs slice and assemble fresh maki rolls.

• Fewer people are in the mood to party at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. • Without all the dancing, your wedding may feel like less of a big celebration (but that may be exactly what you’re after). • If you’re not immediately jetting off on a fabulous honeymoon, you might wonder what to do with yourselves for the rest of the day, after your ceremony and brunch are over. >>

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cocktail fare

Display pretty pastries, finger sandwiches and scones on tiered stands that double as centerpieces. Offer three or four types of tea, plus coffee and sparkling sodas. Background music—anything from a string quartet to a bluegrass band—is a nice touch. You can also use the tea theme to create a whimsical wedding cake. Think: Alice in Wonderland or a royal tea party. Personalize the tea offerings by including a blend of your and your fiancé’s favorites and giving it a unique name that’s personal to you as a couple.

Offer hors d’oeuvres while guests stand and chat. Similar to a cocktail hour, food is either set up in stations or passed by waiters, but a mix of the two will keep everyone mingling and well fed.

THE PROS

• G  uests will be impressed by your mellow sophistication—so much so that no one will realize that tea is far less than a full meal. • You two get the entire evening alone together. • Finger food is always fun, and you can include as many sweet or savory options as you like. THE CONS

• I f you want hours of dancing, a tea reception is probably not the right type of party for you. • The idea of a tea party may be too “precious” for some crowds. • Guests may leave hungry (note “tea reception” on your invites).

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THE PROS

• I t’s a classy but typically lower-stress, more party-friendly option than a sit-down dinner. • It can save you money, depending on what you serve, how long it lasts and the décor. • It’s easier: You don’t have to worry about setting up dozens of tables, complete with centerpieces, chairs, favors and place cards. • You can still have a band and dancing. THE CONS

• The  standing-and-chatting approach may be less comfortable for older guests than a seated meal. If you go this route, make sure to provide plenty of seating. • Cocktail receptions aren’t always a money saver. Guests may drink more than they would at a full meal, so liquor costs could be higher, and to ensure you have enough food, you may order more than you would for a plated dinner when portions are preset. >>

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cake and champagne Cake-and-champagne receptions can take place anywhere from a gorgeous backyard to a chic restaurant or sophisticated loft. In addition to bubbly and cake, consider a dessert spread. THE PROS

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I t’s the most economical and easiest way to go. It’s appropriate at any hour of the day. You’ll have less to prepare and coordinate. It’s great for second marriages or to keep the celebration low-key.

THE CONS

• T  here’s less pomp and circumstance, so you’ll be disappointed if you want everyone to make a fuss over you for hours. • Guests may leave hungry (list “dessert reception” on the invites).

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dinner The most popular wedding meal is, of course, dinner, fitting in perfectly after a sunset ceremony, photos and a festive cocktail hour. It could be set up as a buffet, stations, or a formal or familystyle seated dinner.

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THE PROS

• I t gives you an opportunity to truly treat your nearest and dearest, and you won’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry. • A full meal lasts the longest (it typically includes a cocktail hour too), so you’ll have plenty of time to mingle. THE CONS

• I f your style is less formal, it may feel stuffy unless you host a family-style feast or buffet. • It tends to be the most expensive option—there’s more to plan and pay for (linens and centerpieces for every table).

If you’re only inviting locals and want something elegant and edgy, have a 9 p.m. ceremony followed by delicious late-night treats. THE PROS

• It’s a unique and festive way to celebrate. • It’s an affordable option on par with a cake-and-champagne reception, but guests are more likely to dance at midnight than they are in the late afternoon or early evening. • You won’t need formal place settings or a full waitstaff. THE CONS

• I f you’re inviting kids or older guests, it’s not the best choice— they won’t make it to the reception. • If you and your guests aren’t night owls, it may be hard to get the party going, and it could fizzle after just an hour or two. Search for caterers near you at TheKnot.com/caterers

serve it up Once you know which meal you’re having, decide on a serving style.

A buffet offers your guests a full meal and the chance to choose exactly which foods and how much of them they want. You might have catering staff creating crepes or pasta dishes while guests watch, or just have food set up in large serving dishes. Be sure to have a variety of offerings, including vegetarian and even gluten-free dishes.

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food stations

It’s like a wedding food festival. Guests are invited to sample foods from various stations in a buffet-like manner. Make each station have a theme and offer a moderate assortment of cuisine. This style works best for cocktail receptions or dessert receptions, but couples often have stations at their cocktail hour, followed by a seated meal.

seated meal

The traditional reception meal is a sit-down, four-course dinner consisting of an appetizer, soup, entrée and dessert, though a threecourse dinner is perfectly acceptable too. Additional courses may include salad, pasta, and fruit and cheese. If you’re a foodie couple and want to make dinner a more luxurious part of your reception, this is the way to go.

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vineyard vows There’s a lot more than just a great vino selection to consider when your wedding venue is a winery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re saying “I do” among the grapevines.

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Delicious wine, lush green leaves and a rustic setting— wineries make for unforgettable wedding venues, so what’s not to love when planning a vineyard wedding? There’s more to the process that you have to plan for: Grapes aren’t always on the vines for pretty photos, and pastoral vineyards don’t always show up on even the most high-tech GPS devices. That’s why we consulted Madeleine McQuarrie, event planner at Chateau St. Jean winery in Sonoma, California, who gave us the lowdown on all of the logistical ins and outs you might not have considered. Cheers!

check the local sound-ordinance rules Usually, rural counties (in which most wineries reside) are strict with their sound ordinances—in some cases, music must be turned off by 10 or 11 p.m. Just be sure to doublecheck any rules in the area and confirm what time your entertainment will wrap up. “This shouldn’t deter you from booking your wedding at a winery,” McQuarrie says. “In most cases, you’re able to add more time to the beginning of your event to maximize your time at the venue.”

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Since some vineyards are used to doubling as wedding venues, they may have access to equipment that a large event requires, like microphones, extension cables, speakers, linens, tents and tables. But if it’s a vineyard that’s not full service, you may have to rent everything you need from a vendor—even electricity. “If your site doesn’t provide electricity, you must rent generators,” McQuarrie says. “The generators will provide power for all of the basic wedding essentials, including lighting.” If that’s the case for you, ask the venue if it has a vendor list to see what you have to work with, and consult a local wedding planner—they’ll know all the local vendors specializing in vineyard events.

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make sure your eats can be prepared Vineyard weddings are all about delicious wines, cheeses, fruit and more—but just make sure your caterers will have everything they need in terms of available food-prep areas. If your venue doesn’t already have a commercial kitchen, your caterer may need to bring in a remote kitchen. “This is a very common occurrence—caterers are pros when it comes to vineyard weddings,” McQuarrie says. “With careful communication and planning among you, your wedding planner, the venue and the caterer, this will not negatively affect your event.” >>

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While vineyards are typically in gorgeous, bucolic settings, some of them may be a little hard for modern technology to find. Picture winding, unpaved roads that are somewhat off the beaten path. “The easiest way to ensure the safe and timely arrival of wedding guests is to provide them with transportation from their hotel to your venue,” McQuarrie says. “There are so many fun options available now to fit your budget and theme, and not just stretch limos. You can charter luxury SUVs and school buses.” And if you don’t have any room for transportation in your wedding budget, it’s a great idea to give guests extremely detailed driving instructions on how to get to your event venue, along with approximate travel times, since GPS devices often won’t work way out in the vineyards. Your wedding website is a great place to share this information with friends and family who might not be familiar with the area.

harvest may affect your wedding plans For most venues, the summer season just means warm weather. But for a vineyard, summer means vibrant green vines, which is why it’s so important to know how seasons may impact your planning and aesthetics for your day. “Deciding on the season and date of your wedding is major, so you must do research for the region that you are looking into,” McQuarrie says. “Do you want the vines to be green and full of grapes? Then early summer may be your target date. Do you prefer burnt oranges and reds as your vineyard canvas? Late September and October may be the best months for you. During the winter, vines will become dormant, so you won’t have any foliage on the vines, and in some regions there may even be snow. All seasons make for beautiful wedding photos—it’s up to you and your vision for your wedding.” Most vineyard venues also have fully functional wineries, so during the harvesting season of your region (usually August), there may be some commotion (think: large trucks, grape picking and unexpected smells). This is because the grapes are very delicate, and when the vineyard manager decides it’s time to harvest, nothing can stand in the way. Talk with your planner or your venue contact to make sure the vineyard will have the look you want on your wedding date. Otherwise, if you’re set on a photo with grapes growing in the background but your wedding is in the fall, you’ll likely run into some issues.

make a plan if your vineyard is public Lots of wineries that host weddings are also open to the public and give tours and tastings and have restaurants, bars and shopping options. “If you’d like a private wedding, communicate that to your site and ask if it’s able to close one part of the property to public guests,” McQuarrie says. “Or plan for an evening or morning wedding—something that’s outside of normal operating hours. Most vineyard venues will be accommodating as they’re excited to be a part of your day.” Of course, you’ll need to make sure that private wedding pricing fits into your budget. You can also ask if there are any off-season or less busy weekend options that may make reserving the entire winery more affordable. >>

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ask about the liquor license Having an open bar? Remember that just because a vineyard produces alcoholic beverages doesn’t mean it’s licensed to serve liquor too. A wine license and liquor license are two very different permits, so before you start planning your signature cocktails, see what the vineyard’s licenses allow. “Many wineries function under a permit that regulates them to producing and serving wine only,” McQuarrie says. “Often, this means that just beer, wine and sparkling wine may be served. Check in with your venue to determine its alcohol policy as this will vary.”

consider your powder room resources

Sometimes a rustic setting means the floors are rustic too, so aside from posing in the soil near the grapes and vines, you may be walking on wood, pebble or dirt floors. “Many of our clients use the term ‘vineyard formal,’ ” McQuarrie says. “This helps rule out stilettos that may sink into the ground or long dresses that may get dirty.” Of course, you’ll have a dress code that fits your personal wedding aesthetic, but just communicate to your guests on your wedding website what they should anticipate from your venue so they can dress accordingly.” You may also want to provide flip-flops for your female guests, so they can slip them on at your reception and not ruin their heels.

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dress for vineyard floors

“If your venue is not full-service, you may need to bring in additional restrooms,” McQuarrie says. “For a five-hour event, with a guest count of around 150, you’ll need at least four to five restrooms. There are portable rental restrooms that have granite countertops, running water and multiple stalls that are perfect for weddings.” A tent-rental company can also cover the restroom area to have it blend in with the wedding space. Fresh flowers, air fresheners and amenities baskets with mints, antibacterial hand lotion, hair spray and aspirin are also game changers.

raise your glass How to choose wine for your reception

variety is the spice of life Don’t feel like you have to stick with the most familiar types of wine. “You can have a large variety of wines to choose from, so you can wow your guests with something just a little different. Viognier, anyone?” says Margo Van Staaveren, head winemaker at Chateau St. Jean.

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red, white or both?

It’s nice to offer both white and red wine, no matter the season. A good rule of thumb is a lighter white wine for the reception. “Think pinot gris, pinot blanc or fume blanc,” Van Staaveren says. It’s also nice to add a pinot noir because it can pair with lighter fare (chicken, fish and salads) but can also stand up to heavier foods.” Cabernet sauvignon or malbec is good for guests who enjoy a more robust red wine.

do the math

When planning for the quantity of wine, keep in mind that each 750 ml bottle will pour approximately five glasses. It’s safe to assume each guest will have one glass of white and one glass of red. “It’s easy to do the math with your guest count from there,” Van Staaveren says.

bartender basics

Instruct bartenders not to open every bottle of wine at the beginning of the reception. They should open the bottles as they go so wine isn’t wasted. “Most bottles should be consumed the day they’re opened,” Van Staaveren says. If you have unopened bottles at the end of the evening, stock your personal bar with them.

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do get to know your officiant ahead of time

do add extra time for getting ready

This is the person who is going to lead you through the emotional commitment you’re making, so it’s crucial they’re someone you’re completely comfortable with. And if you get to know them ahead of time, your ceremony will feel personalized and authentic. Your meet up doesn’t have to be formal—you could grab coffee together or take them up on their offer for premarital counseling (it’s not just for couples with issues). TIP FOR THE TAKING If you’re not required by your religious institution to use a particular officiant, you could choose someone you’re already close with, like the pastor of your childhood church or a friend who has known you both forever. Just check what the requirements are for getting them certified in your state.

From hair and makeup to photos and travel to the venue, there are a lot of prewedding to-dos that can potentially put you behind schedule and make your ceremony start late. In many cases, you only have the ceremony space for a limited amount of time, and you don’t want your guests waiting on you. Typically hair and makeup take about 45 minutes each, so plan two and a half (or even three) hours just for beauty. TIP FOR THE TAKING Ask each pro for a realistic estimate on how long it will take and then add on 15 to 30 minutes just to be safe. That way, if everything runs smoothly, you’ll still have some time left over if something unexpected sets you back. Plus, any extra time can be used for photos or just fun chatter before everything begins.

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Keeping your ceremony space close to or at your reception venue is the easiest way to cut costs (on venue rental, transportation, and even photography and videography), simplify your planning and cut down on logistics, like figuring out how your entire bridal party is going to get from the ceremony to the cocktail hour (not to mention all the guests). Book a ceremony venue that’s nearby or at the same place as your reception and you’ll have more time for things like photos and mingling with your guests at cocktail hour. TIP FOR THE TAKING If you’re dead set on your ceremony venue or have already booked a space that’s far from the reception, consider providing transportation for your wedding guests.

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Your programs can include anything from song lyrics to your love story. But before you start penning a novel, you should know there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the basics, like the names of your bridal party members, the order of events and info on any readings or cultural traditions you’re planning to include. So don’t stress about putting down every thought, or worry about giving acknowledgements to every guest (save all that for toasts or thank-you notes). That way, you have more time to focus on things like picking the perfect processional music instead. TIP FOR THE TAKING These days, a lot of couples don’t even have programs at all. We love the idea of one large chalkboard sign at the entrance to display all the ceremony info. >>

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 do offer comfortable seating If guests are relaxed, they’ll be able to focus on enjoying your ceremony, which can really set the vibe for the rest of the day. That might mean adding colorful cushions to your church pews or exchanging wobbly plastic folding chairs for something sturdier. Think about the setup too—there should be enough space between chairs and rows so guests have some legroom. TIP FOR THE TAKING Planning your ceremony space yourself? Keep in mind: There should be at least 10 square feet per person, and an extra 20 to 30 square feet for the altar and bridal party to stand.

don’t insist your shy friend do a reading

1  1 questions for potential officiants Ask these before you hire them.

• Will you perform an interfaith ceremony (if applicable)?

• How long are your

master speaker

Your readings will go much more smoothly if your readers are confident and excited to do them.

ceremonies typically?

• Do you have any special rules or restrictions?

• Are you open to personalized vows, readings, poems or music?

do have a backup plan if you’re planning   an outdoor ceremony Prepping a plan B in case of inclement weather is a must, and that might mean reserving an indoor alternative or a tent. And you should also think of ways to make everyone as cozy as possible for your outdoor ceremony. That could mean reserving heat lamps to ward off chills in late fall or providing parasols for a summer day. TIP FOR THE TAKING Get a feel for what you’ll need by doing a walk-through at around the same time as your ceremony. If you did all your venue visits at night, you may not have realized there’s no shade over your ceremony space at your early afternoon start time. Keep an eye on the weather for any sudden changes. >>

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• Will you give a sermon or speech?

• What do you typically wear during a ceremony?

• Do you require that we attend any prewedding counseling sessions?

• What is the ceremony fee or required donation?

• Will you help us work on our vows?

• Will we have input on your sermon and/or be able to read it beforehand?

• Can you help me deal with family conflicts connected to the ceremony?

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Before you choose your readers, think about whether they’re the right person for the role. And don’t take it personally if someone declines because they’re not up to it. If a reader isn’t comfortable speaking in front of a lot of people, they may get nervous, which could mean a lot of awkward pauses, an unsteady voice or a total freeze-up. Your readings will go much more smoothly if your readers are confident and excited to do it. TIP FOR THE TAKING Finalize your selections for the ceremony at least a few weeks ahead of time, so your readers have enough time to practice. That way, they won’t have to be glued to the paper they’re reading from or stumble through the words. If they feel prepared, the audience will feel at ease too.

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don’t spend your entire d´ecor budget on flowers for the entrance Start with decorating high-impact areas like your aisle and altar, since these are going to draw the most attention from both guests and the camera. Then, use the rest of your ceremony décor budget on the entrance, chairs and ceiling. A flower-entwined trellis and petal-covered aisle are classic ceremony décor ideas, but you can go as simple as hanging paper lanterns from the aisle chairs or as elaborate as draping the space from floor to ceiling. TIP FOR THE TAKING If you’re just planning for a few arrangements, work with a florist to figure out what you’ll need. For a more complex design, enlist a floral or event designer to help you create and execute your vision.

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do outline traditions in your program Including cultural customs that are meaningful to you as a couple is a great way to personalize your ceremony, but it will be hard for your guests to feel included if they have no clue what’s going on, like if you’re putting your own spin on the unity candle or reciting a reading in another language. A note in the program or a few words from your officiant explaining the traditions you’ve chosen is all you need to help guests follow along. TIP FOR THE TAKING Ask your officiant to give your guests subtle cues when a custom is beginning or transitioning to another. Don’t hesitate to use your program to share why these particular traditions are meaningful to you both (maybe your unity ceremony is a Celtic handfasting because he proposed while you were traveling in Ireland, or maybe you’re including a traditional tea ceremony as a nod to your Chinese heritage).

go with a pro

If you’re planning for a few arrangements, work with a florist to figure out what you’ll need. But for a more complex design, enlist a floral or event designer to help execute your vision.

Find more ceremony tips at TheKnot.com/planning

3 reasons to write your vows Here’s a few things you might love about penning your own.

At least a month before the wedding, start talking to each other about what you’ll each say (even if you don’t reveal the exact words you plan to use on your wedding day). This will have the nice side effect of causing you to reflect on your relationship, where it’s been, and where you see it going. In the midst of wedding planning, this can be a wonderful thing.

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There are some truly lovely traditional vows out there, but none of them were specifically written about you and your unique relationship with this person. This is your chance, in front of the people closest to you, to reveal why you’re standing up there together, what it means to you and how you’re going to honor this person for the rest of your life.

it’ll be more fun for guests

Chances are, your guests have been to a few weddings before—quite possibly several this season. Watching traditional vows over and over again is a little like watching reruns on TV: enjoyable, but still not as great as watching a new episode. Think of your ceremony as the “Wedding Show”— writing your vows will make it a memorable episode no one has ever seen before.

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your wedding dress has to be white THE NEW TWIST You don’t have to go all out—you could still wear a white or ivory dress—but don’t be afraid to add a pop of color with a sash, cardigan, pair of shoes or piece of jewelry. You could also do a light-colored skirt with a white or ivory overlay for a barely there hint of color. Feeling bold? Champagne, black, blush and pastel-hued dresses in mint, lavender or cornflower blue are on trend right now, adding an understated uniqueness to your ensemble. Or try a dress with a colorful print or pattern.

you have to wear a long white veil THE NEW TWIST Don’t want to wear a veil? Break away from the

standard headpiece with a chic headband, a flower crown or a few sparkly hair clips. Or you could just leave your hair down with nothing in it at all (you rebel, you).

THE NEW TWIST These days, it’s all about updating traditional ceremony customs. For unity rituals, add a fresh spin by incorporating some new materials instead of the classic candle lighting. We know of two chefs who mixed together spices and another couple who combined their favorite cocktails at the altar. Or try a lesser-known tradition, like the wine box: Lock a bottle of wine and love letters in a box during the ceremony to be opened on a predetermined anniversary date.

all in the details

Just because you’re planning a classic wedding doesn’t mean you can’t add your own personal twist. Special details that represent you as a couple are what guests will remember.

you should walk down the aisle to wagner’s “bridal chorus” THE NEW TWIST Sure, it’s a great standard, but it’s definitely not the only option. You could have a bluegrass band play an acoustic banjo version of your favorite pop song, or look to your cultural heritage to inspire your music: Caribbean steel drums, Scottish bagpipes, a Polish accordion or a Mexican mariachi band are all great ideas. Your musicians don’t have to stick to playing the classics either—anything from The Beatles to Beyoncé will do.

the ceremony program has to be formal THE NEW TWIST Programs should include important info, like who’s in the bridal party and the meaning behind your cultural traditions, but you should have a bit of fun with the design too. You could even turn your programs into a playful Mad Lib, crossword puzzle with clues about your relationship or make fortune-tellers with fun facts about your childhood. You could even have them serve double-duty as fans for your outdoor nuptials. Guests will love the idea—and they’ll appreciate having something to do while they wait for the ceremony to start.

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you can’t see each other before the ceremony THE NEW TWIST This superstition has long been proven false, so there’s really nothing stopping you if you don’t want to wait until your walk down the aisle to see one another. Schedule a first-look photo shoot (you and your partner meet with just the photographer before the ceremony). This frees up more time after the ceremony so you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour—and it can also help soothe those prewedding jitters.

you should make your exit in a shower of rice THE NEW TWIST There are so many more exciting options than rice, from guests throwing eco-friendly confetti or paper airplanes to waving ribbon wands or ringing bells. You can even create a “toss bar.” Set out bowls of confetti, flower petals, popcorn (hold the butter) or herbs (like lavender) for guests to shower you with. Don’t forget a few paper cones or bags for them to fill. >>

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bridesmaids should wear matching dresses THE NEW TWIST While we love a pretty, matching bridal party, having a variety of dresses is a hot trend and fun way to mix things up. Plus it creates beautiful photos. Let your girls’ individual personalities shine by having each bridesmaid choose a dress that suits her own taste and figure. The trick to pulling off the mismatched look is to have one cohesive element, like the same fabric, color or length. Or let them personalize their look with accessories, like funky jewelry, boleros or patterned tights.

bridesmaids are female and groomsmen are male THE NEW TWIST Don’t confine your list of VIPs to your female friends and vice versa for grooms. If your best friend in the world happens to be a guy, make him your bridesman, or your groom can ask his sister that he’s super close with to be a groomswoman. Coordinate their looks with the rest of the party with accessories like a colorful bow tie or sash.

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THE NEW TWIST Having your dad escort you can be a great moment for the two of you, but it’s by no means the only option. If you have a closer relative or friend (like a brother or even your mom), it’s perfectly acceptable to have that person walk with you. Or you can have both of your parents walk you down the aisle (as is custom in the Jewish religion). Don’t have anyone in mind? You can even make the trip solo or with your soon-to-be spouse—it’s a great symbol of starting your life together. >>

worldy affair Want to go global with your ceremony? See how couples marry around the world.

Looking for a perfume or cologne for your wedding day? In Sweden, grooms sew small pockets of herbs, like thyme or rosemary, into their clothes for good luck. But if you try it, you’ll have to be cool with smelling like chicken marinade!

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in-person invites

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

tree toppers

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

signature shoes

Before a Turkish bride walks down the aisle, her single bridesmaids and relatives sign the soles of her wedding shoes. After a full night of dancing and prancing, the signature that has faded the most is said to be the next person to say “I do.”

gate of honor

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

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your guests must be seated on two sides THE NEW TWIST There’s more than one way to design a ceremony setup. If you have the option, consider banishing the idea of a “side” for each to-be-wed with a nontraditional seating arrangement, like a circle or even a spiral around the altar. Everyone’s there to celebrate the two of you together, so there’s no reason it should matter where your guests sit.

you should exchange traditional vows

ceremonies take place in religious institutions If you grew up attending worship services and have always dreamed of walking down that aisle, skip this and read on to the next tradition. Otherwise, pick a ceremony venue that’s meaningful to the both of you. It can be anywhere, from a park or a backyard to an old theater or a hip city loft downtown. Just check with your officiant ahead of time to make sure they’re comfortable with marrying you outside of a religious space.

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your engagement ring should be a diamond THE NEW TWIST The

diamond engagement ring isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That said, if a classic ring, like a round solitaire or cushion cut, isn’t your style, then you should feel free to branch out to other types of stones and settings. Antique jewelry is one way to go, or ask your jeweler about alternative stones to diamonds, like sapphires, emeralds and morganite.

you have to do a bouquet and garter toss THE NEW TWIST If you’re not into the idea of singling out the singles, try one of these alternatives. Take your bouquet apart and present individual flowers to your friends and loved ones, or have a bouquet and boutonniere station where guests can make their own. Another alternative is to have a special anniversary dance to celebrate all the married couples at your wedding. Here’s how it’s done: The DJ plays a song and eliminates each couple depending on the amount of time they’ve been married. The last couple remaining is presented with the bouquet as a gift.

Find more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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wedding customs 101 Where popular wedding traditions originated.

decorating the getaway car

In Tudor England, the couple’s guests threw shoes at them for good luck. These were later tied to the back of the exit car instead. The tin cans come from attaching noisemakers to the vehicle to scare off evil spirits.

the white dress

Queen Victoria started the trend in 1840. Prior to that, brides simply wore their best dress.

veils

Ancient Greeks and Romans thought that the veil protected the bride from evil spirits.

the wedding cake The tradition of cake comes from ancient Rome, where partygoers would break a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility.

tiered wedding cakes

In medieval England, the bride and groom tried to playfully kiss over a cake—that kept getting more layers added to it— without toppling it.

tying the knot

In Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian cultures, the hands of a bride and groom were tied together during the ceremony to symbolize their commitment.

bachelor parties

Ancient Spartan soldiers kissed their single days good-bye with a party.

“old, new, borrowed, blue”

Something old (for continuity), new (for the future), borrowed (for happiness) and blue (for fidelity) stem from an old English rhyme.

the ring finger

Egyptians believed the vein in the fourth finger of the left hand ran directly to the heart.

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THE NEW TWIST There’s nothing wrong with sticking with the same vows many couples have said before you, and a lot of brides and grooms like the “bigger-than-us” feeling of reciting traditional vows. But adding your own language can make the ceremony more meaningful to you. If you’re nervous about writing your own vows, work with your officiant to come up with something custom or just add a few tweaks to the traditional wording.

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take stock If you’re a seasoned cook or have been living on your own for a few years, you likely have a couple of pots to your name. Take inventory of your cookware and see if anything needs replacing— a scratched-up frying pan could be swapped out or maybe a bigger stockpot will help you win the chili cook-off. If you like everything to match, it may be time to upgrade your whole collection. Most cookware is sold as “open stock,” meaning you can purchase the pieces you want individually and over time if you choose. If you’re new to cooking, a prepackaged set is a safe bet—you’ll get all the basics. Just remember: The number of pieces in a set includes pots, pans and lids, so that 10-piece box may only have six pots.

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examine your cooking style Pots and pans come in a variety of sizes—what size is right for you depends on the crowd you’re cooking for. Weeknight dinners might be prepared for two, but if you plan to do some entertaining now or down the road, it’s wise to invest in larger pieces or multiples of frequently used pans (like an 8-inch and 12-inch frying pan). Think about what you like to cook too—if your specialty is your grandmother’s tomato sauce, you’ll want to look for a nonreactive pan; if brunch is your go-to, invest in a griddle.

consider your stove Your stove top shouldn’t change your cookware choices dramatically, but there are a couple of things to consider before adding your favorite stockpot to the registry. If you have an induction cooktop, cookware made from aluminum or copper won’t work on its own. You need something with a magnetic-based material like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. If you have a smooth-surface range, you must use a flat-bottomed pan (a rounded-bottom wok is trouble). If you’re in a rental with outdated appliances (read: uneven heat output), you may want to invest in some durable cookware, like cast iron, which is less prone to scorching and staining. Since it’s likely you’re looking at cookware as an investment that will outlast your current home—we hear you—choose pieces that check a couple of boxes to be safe. >>

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the anatomy of a pan Let’s break it down, from the handle to that copper core that promises superior heat conductivity.

1. sides

The sides of the pan make it suited for specific types of cooking. High sides are good for simmering, short sides allow you to toss pasta, and flared sides aid in evaporation of liquids— perfect for reducing.

2. rim

The rim or edge of the pan factors into its use—a rolled rim allows you to pour liquids with ease, while a straight edge will keep vegetables in the pan while cooking.

3. core

Lots of stainless steel pans feature a core (inside the pan, used to generate heat), which is the bonding of heat conductive metals like aluminum and copper.

4. body

The main cooking surface of the pan. Choose a cookware material that’s compatible with the type of food you’re preparing.

5. rivets

These small welds or screws connect the handle to the pot. Look for flush rivets, which will keep food out and make for easier cleanup.

6. handle

Most pot handles are metal or silicone coated— some are plastic. If you want your pan to transition from the stovetop to the oven, look for a compatible handle that can withstand the heat.

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Having the right kitchen equipment is essential—it saves prep time and ensures your hard work and efforts to follow recipes pay off. Pots and pans are no exception, which is why they end up on most wedding registries. But will that $200 pot make you a better cook? What’s the difference between a coated pan and a clad pan? Cookware can be confusing, not to mention an investment, which is why you should learn a few basics before you scan a single frying pan. Read on for all the details.

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Choosing the right type of pan or the best size pot is only half of the equation. The cookware material is a big determiner of recipe success. Eggs are best scrambled in a nonstick pan, for example, while sautéed foods should be prepared in a pan that transmits heat quickly. If you cook sauce every Sunday, you’ll want to avoid an aluminum pan as those acidic ingredients can react with the metal. Bottom line: Pick a cookware material based on your most frequently used cooking techniques. Here are the most common materials and the pros and cons of each:

1. aluminum This material is extremely durable and second to copper in heat conductivity, making it a favorite in restaurant kitchens. Anodized aluminum has been electrochemically treated so the surface is hard, scratch resistant and will not react with food acids—a valuable upgrade. PROS Great heat conductivity, affordable, resists corrosion and rust, lightweight, usually oven and dishwasher safe CONS Can react with acidic foods unless treated 2. cast iron One of the oldest and most durable materials on the market, cast iron heats slowly and evenly, retains heat extremely well and can be used to cook a variety of foods. If you care for it well, it can last for generations—and it gets better with each use. Enamel cast iron has a colorful exterior that protects pans from nicks and rust, and looks nice on your dining table. PROS Affordable, excellent heat conductivity, works on any cooktop (including a camp fire), extremely durable, oven safe CONS Requires seasoning (especially if you want to cook with acidic ingredients), super heavy, must be handwashed and often requires some serious scrubbing to get the job done

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3. copper Hands down the best material for conducting heat, these pans get hot quickly and cool down in a flash. This makes copper an excellent choice for everything from searing to simmering. Look for heavy gauge copper (at least 1/16-inch thick) for long-term use. PROS Looks amazing on display (can go from oven to table with ease), leading in heat conductivity CONS Expensive and requires a bit of upkeep—new pots need to be polished, old ones need re-tinning, and don’t even think about placing it in the dishwasher 4. nonstick A specialized material coats pans making them nonstick, perfect for preparing eggs or cooking with little or no oil. This is great for healthy cooking and clean up. PROS Cook with little to no butter or oil, a breeze to clean (most nonstick pans are dishwasher safe too) CONS Not ideal for cooking sauces, coating can scratch easily with heavy use or metal utensils, avoid health concerns by choosing a PFOA-free or PTFE-free coating 5. stainless steel One of the most preferred materials in cookware, durable stainless steel is a kitchen workhorse. Look for a pan that’s made with bonded aluminum or copper, which ensures optimal heat conductivity. (Stainless steel on its own isn’t great.) PROS Great conductivity, durable, scratch and rust resistant, doesn’t react with acidic foods, usually magnetic (compatible with induction cooktops), transitions from stove to table nicely, often dishwasher and oven safe CONS Can be pricier than other materials; you may need a little extra elbow grease to clean the pan >>

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coated vs. clad The difference between coating and cladding can be confusing, especially if you’re looking at a “coated” nonstick pan. Coating means the surface of raw aluminum has been treated, making it more durable and less reactive to acidic or alkaline foods. Cladding is the fusion of metal, most often the case with stainless steel cookware. Stainless steel is a durable material, but isn’t a good conductor of heat on its own—when fused with aluminum or copper, it’s excellent.

don’t forget the lids If you’re registering for a cookware set, most will contain lids that work with both sauce pots and pans. You don’t need a lid for every piece in your collection, but it’s good to have a few on hand. Look for “universal lids” that will work for multiple pots and pans and save space in your kitchen cabinets. And glass lids (especially break resistant) are good for keeping an eye on what you’re cooking without breaking the heat seal.

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Choosing the right type of pan or the best size pot is only half the equation. The cookware material is a big determiner of recipe success—and there are pros and cons to each.

visit the store Shopping online is a huge convenience, but nothing beats an in-store visit. Handle cookware at least once before putting it on your registry—some pans are heavier than others (we’re looking at you, cast iron) and every handle feels a little different. Cookware can be a hassle to return too, so vet your selections before adding them to your wish list.

keep it clean With proper cleaning, most cookware will last for years. It may sound silly, but read the owner’s manual before firing up the stove—cast iron, for example, needs to be seasoned with oil before its first use, while stainless steel shouldn’t be soaked for long periods of time. Stock up on a few cleaning essentials too, like Scotch-Brite scour pads, which are great for caked-on food but gentle enough to use with most cookware, and Bar Keepers Friend, a great cleanser and polish.

essentials and extras Load your registry with the cookware you’ll use most (plus a specialized pot or pan).

the basics

You don’t need to register for a 10-piece set, but you do want to have the basics covered for daily cooking.

specialty picks

If you’re a seasoned cook or want to really load up on cookware, consider a few of these specially designed pans.

 rying pan: Also F known as a skillet, this is the MVP of the stove, great for frying, searing and browning.

 raiser: Like a Dutch B oven, this pan is great for cooking meats over time in a small amount of liquid.

 auté pan: Essential S for deep-frying vegetables and searing meats. (It’s deeper than a fry pan.)

Crepe pan: A shallow pan with flared sides, designed for making the traditional French pancake treat.

Sauce pan: This versatile pan is a must-have for making sauces, rice and boiling eggs.  tockpot: A large S workhorse, perfect for boiling pasta, cooking lobster or making your famous chili. Griddle: This nonstick pan is the go-to for brunch staples like pancakes and bacon.  oasting pan: A R large baking pan made specifically for roasting turkeys and other meats.

Fondue pot: An insert keeps melted cheese and chocolate warm and ready for dipping—great for gatherings.  aella pan: This P shallow pan is used to cook the rice dish by the same name. Pressure cooker: This large pot has a locking lid that seals tightly, allowing pressure to build up and raise the boiling point of liquids inside. The pressure quickens the cooking time.  ok: This roundW bottomed pan is great for stir-fry lovers— add a lid and you have a great vessel for steaming veggies.

Ready to start your registry? Visit TheKnot.com/registry

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snap happy Hiring the right shutterbug isn’t rocket science, but it does take careful consideration. Follow our lead, and rest assured you’ll find someone who clicks with both of you. PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER GRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Unlike the work that your other wedding vendors produce (music, flower arrangements, the cake), photos aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. That makes it extra-important to train a critical eye on any pro you’re considering, taking into account their experience, artistic style, even their personality. Knowing what to look out for, and which questions to ask, will ensure the memories of your wedding are just as beautiful as the day itself. >>

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settle on a style First on your to-do list: deciding what style of photography you want. All photographers specialize in a format and style, and knowing up front whether you prefer film to digital, or candid shots to posed ones will go a long way in determining the right person for the job. Before you send that initial introductory email, familiarize yourself with the most common methods.

documentary: Expect spontaneous, in-the-moment pictures of people and décor. Typical shots might include a close-up of your bouquet, your fiancé’s motley crew of cousins tearing up the dance floor or your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. When you hire someone schooled in photojournalism, you’ll rarely see people looking straight at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

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“Communicate! If a pose feels weird, you should definitely say something to your photographer.” —Vincent G. Hogan II of The League of Extraordinary Artists in Miami

portraiture: If you prefer the kind of posed shots that populate your parents’ 1980s wedding album, go with someone who specializes in portraiture. You’ll get pictures of the two of you and your wedding party, friends and family in front of various backdrops. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity. It’s true that many photographers shoot in expected places (think: the church altar or the lawn of a country club). But just as many push the artistic limits of portraiture, embracing dramatic compositions, like situating the couple on a lounge chair in a hip hotel lobby.

edgy and bold: This style, an offshoot of fine art, is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles, called Dutch angles, and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple saying their vows at the altar, the photo might look a little slanted, with an object like a flower arrangement or candle in the foreground. Or, the photo of the bride having her makeup done might be shot from above, with more of an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face. Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be framed so her face appears in only the bottom right portion of the photo, with the rest of the space taken up by the wall or whatever else is behind her. Although they might prefer a particular technique over another, many photographers offer a mix of styles, blending portraiture with documentary-type shots, and black and white with color images. But if there’s a specific look you absolutely love, seek out only those pros who practice it.

do your homework fine art: Similar to documentary style, this format allows the shooter greater artistic license to impart their particular point of view—the shots reflect reality, but it’s the photographer’s reality. The results, usually shot on black-and-white film, are dramatic and gorgeous, with a grainier, softer appearance that keeps the subject in focus and the background slightly blurred. That said, with the right gear and lens, a pro can use a digital camera and still capture this style. One note: Not all fine-art photographers take formal portraits, so if that’s important to you, make sure yours does both.

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Once you know what kind of photos you want, start your search: Comb through the local marketplace on TheKnot.com, and read reviews from recent brides and grooms. Go to photographers’ websites and blogs and check out their portfolios of the weddings they’ve shot to get an idea of their style. The design of the website may also clue you in to their personality and sensibility. If available, scope out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too. Also consider the feedback from other couples and clients: Is it generally positive? And how does the photographer herself respond to it? >>

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set up interviews This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone—you must meet your potential photographer in person. If you like what you see on their sites—and their fees are in your ballpark range— call to see if they’re available on your wedding date. If they’re already booked, ask if they have an associate or can recommend someone else with a similar style. Schedule in-person meetings with three to five photographers to look at more of their work and to see if your personalities mesh. Then, talk shop: Tell them about your venue, your overall wedding style and what you and your partner have in mind for your photos.

Don’t base your decision solely on what you see on a photographer’s site—that work is essentially a highlights reel, with the photographer promoting only the best shots from a variety of weddings. To get a more complete feel for their style, look through two or three full galleries from weddings they’ve captured start to finish. If you see that the full-gallery shots are just about as good as the ones chosen for their online portfolio—that is, they’re all so good it was impossible for them to choose—then you’ve got a consummate pro on your hands. Finally, ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours. For example, if you’re getting married indoors with dark lighting, don’t just look at weddings that were shot outdoors in natural sunlight. Likewise, if you’re planning to say “I do” on a beach at sunset, you’ll want to see examples of similar setups.

know what to look for Think about the kinds of shots you want for your own wedding, and then scour the photographer’s work to see how, or if, they captured them. For example, did they get photos of the bride and groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also, look at how they composed the shots and whether the framing works or if there is too much clutter in a picture. Consider how crisp an image appears and what the lighting is like. Beware of washed-out photos where small details are blurred—unless that’s the style you’re after. One last thing to be on the lookout for: how the photographer captures emotions. You want to see people looking relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights. >>

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dig deep into portfolios

the portrait list

These are the don’t-miss moments that you’ll want to display forever.

the happy couple

Stunning snaps of the two of you should be the priority. Consider doing a “first look,” where you and your fiancé come together before the ceremony to see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. You’ll be less nervous walking down the aisle and won’t miss cocktail hour.

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the wedding party

Your loyal friends and family who have stood by you in life— and in wedding planning— should also take center stage in your wedding album. You’ll want shots of you two with the entire bridal party as well as ones with each individual attendant. Some couples get creative with a mix of fun group shots (jumping, goofing around) and more traditional posed compositions.

immediate family

You may be eager to get to the reception, but your mom will never let you hear the end of it if you don’t take the time to have at least a few portraits of you with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably also want to get a photo of both families together, which makes for an extra-special framed photo later—after all, it symbolizes the merging of two lives, and isn’t that what this whole thing is about?

guests

If your photographer’s setup allows for it, one huge group photo of you two with all of your guests can really capture the joy and spirit of the day. The default for most couples is to take pics with smaller groups—college and high school friends, cousins, and so on. But a big group shot is a novel reminder of all the special people who took the time to celebrate with you.

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make sure your personalities are a match

confirm who will be there the day of

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer—that part is crucial. Are they excited about your vision for your wedding when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or do they come across as timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting to you? The best photographers will ask lots of questions and be good listeners. To get outstanding photos, go with a pro who not only has a firm grasp of social graces but is also bold enough to go on the hunt for great images. Above all, you’re looking for someone who puts you and your fiancé at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way. Remember: Your photographer will be shadowing your every move on your wedding day, and the more comfortable both of you are, the better all of your photos will turn out. And, obviously, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy your guests but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive, subtle way. In a nutshell: Your photographer should be assertive enough to seek out the really great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force throughout the day.

Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day. Since every professional has a different style, technique and personality, double-check that the one you interview and click with will be the same one who works your wedding. Also, include specific stipulations in the contract about who will cover for the photographer should something happen on the actual day. Check whether they will bring any assistants to your wedding, and if so, how many? If you have room in your budget, consider hiring a second shooter. Many top-notch photographers already include this in the contract, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to ask about the possibility. The main benefit to having two photographers, of course, is that you get twice as much coverage. For example, during your formal photo session, one photographer can capture the formal photos, while the second one can get behind-the-scenes, shots, like of guests mingling. If you’re having a large wedding (250 guests or more), you might even ask about using three shooters so the event can be captured from all angles. >>

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compare packages You won’t be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you’re sure of how many hours of coverage you want and how many albums you need. Packages typically range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus for a high-profile photographer. Ask about what’s included in the standard package and the price of any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, for example. In particular, find out exactly how many hours of coverage are included. Ideally, you want your shooter there for the entire day, from when you’re getting ready to after you’ve made your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony primping through your final farewell. If you’re on the fence about booking them for a longer period, err on the side of caution and go for it if your budget allows—overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate.

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ask about your rights Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, they can use them for promotional purposes. That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images that include their credit. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the photos yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the image rights.

get the postproduction details It usually takes at least a month, if not two, to get photo proofs back. Why? Your photographer is working with enormous files far bigger than your typical JPEG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct photos, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit them. It varies, but many photographers estimate an additional 40 hours spent editing images from a single wedding. Here’s what to ask: How many photos should I expect? Will they be high or low resolution? Will I be able to print them myself, or does the photographer retain the rights? Will the proofs I see be the retouched versions, or does that happen after I select the photos I want? Also ask about retouching options and special effects, which can range from light beauty retouching to stylized art effects like super-saturated colors, and the additional cost for both. —Special thanks to Duke Photography, Todd France, Jen Kroll Photography, Salvatore Cincotta Photography and Mel Barlow & Co.

need to know: photo contract checklist Mark these off to make sure your contract is airtight. All addresses, dates and starting times are listed Estimated number of hours to be worked Name of the photographer(s) Name of acceptable substitute(s) N  umber of cameras that will be used and which formats (digital or film) N  umber of photos to be shot (including color and black and white) N  umber of proofs you’ll receive and in what format you’ll receive them Number of prints included O  ther package details: number of completed albums, special-request shots Dates for proof/final package delivery Copyright details Detailed shot list you’ve agreed to Timing for breaks (schedule during dinner to avoid missing dance floor shots) Dress code stipulations (optional) Total cost D eposit amount and date paid Remaining balance and due date Any overtime, refund and cancellation policies

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marry melodies

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You want your wedding music to hit just the right note, from the processional to the last dance, so it’s important to know all the facts before planning the perfect song list. >> BY LAUREN KAY

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Leah Still stole the show during the family’s first dance to “Uptown Funk”

you’ll need music even before you start your walk down the aisle

choosing your first-dance song seems like the most epic decision ever

This is easy to forget. Your bridal party has compiled a playlist of getting-ready music no doubt, so do your part and remember the guests who will be awaiting your grand entrance. Same goes for cocktail hour, when you may be off having your pictures taken. At a celebration, silence is never golden.

Choosing your first dance song is a big deal. You want something that will perfectly reflect you as a couple. Sounds tough, right? Try out a few different options and settle on one that resonates with both of you. Or if you really can’t seem to compromise, have your DJ or band create a custom mash-up of your two favorite tunes.

not all sound systems are created equal

you’ll feel like your first dance should be over one minute in

Your venue may have a sound system or speakers on hand, and while that’s great news, you should do yourself a favor and test them out (or better yet, have your band or DJ do a sound check). You want to make sure you aren’t looking for something with more oomph (or amp). Check out the equipment when there’s still time to rent additional pieces, just in case.

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You may have fallen in love to “Free Bird” but a nine-minute ballad is going to be painful to dance to, just the two of you. One minute is like an eternity when it comes to the first dance, so choose a song that clocks in at under four minutes. If you have your heart set on something longer, look into having it cut. You’ll thank us later. >>

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just because your friend plays the violin doesn’t mean she wants to play it during your wedding ceremony If you really want your friend (who must be an invited guest) to participate in your nuptials, ask her nicely and give her an easy out so she doesn’t feel obligated to do it. And put yourself in her shoes—it’s hard to say no to a friend. If she does agree, allow her plenty of practice time (in the months leading up to your wedding and the morning of) so she feels completely comfortable taking center stage during your ceremony. Then thank her with a handwritten note or a small gift to show your appreciation.

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you’ll rush to dance lessons every monday night for weeks There’s a chance you’ll get talked into dance lessons (by a recently married friend, your future mother-in-law or, more likely, your soon-to-be spouse). If you have the time and budget, we say go for it. Even if you loathe dancing, you’ll spend 45 minutes locking eyes with your other half—not bad at all. In fact, it may very well become your favorite part of planning.

there actually is such a thing as too much of a good thing You may both be ’80s fanatics, but five full hours of Duran Duran can be too much for even the most adoring fans. Be kind to your friends and family (and their ears) when developing your playlist. And keep your song choices PG-13 (profanity won’t go over well with the flower girl’s mom).

you’ll want to be the DJ You’ve hired a professional for the night, so let them do their job. Create a must-play list of about 10 songs and a do-not-play list of the forbidden tunes for your DJ or bandleader. Then, trust them to guide the music while you focus on tearing up the dance floor. Find your band or DJ at TheKnot.com/music

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musician options for your ceremony These pros can bring your ceremony to life.

blues guitarist

The sound of a slide guitar creates an allAmerican, down-to-earth atmosphere. Hire one to play a mix of blues, jazz and American classics.

jazz combo

Have a trio, duet or singer-and-standing-bass duet add some soul to your ceremony.

string quartet

Strings are perfect for classical compositions. They can also add romantic elegance to contemporary selections.

flutist

Usually paired with a piano or string instrument, the flute is romantic and peaceful.

harpist

The ideal choice for a small, romantic ceremony or springtime vows in a garden. For larger affairs, hire two.

vocalist/choir

Hymn, gospel and opera singers offer a wide array of feelings for the various ceremony stages.

keyboardist

A classical pianist or organist can do it all, from playing soothing preceremony tunes to supplying upbeat recessional music.

trumpeter

A soloist or a horn combo can add either regal solemnity or upbeat rhythms to your ceremony.

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Think about when and where you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you get engaged).

Plan the ceremony with your officiant; it’s the reason you’re having this party, so don’t wait too long. Discuss religious requirements, like premarital counseling.

Nail down a budget and go to TheKnot .com/budget. We’ll help you figure out how much you should spend on flowers, stationery and your day-of looks.

Have engagement photos taken so you can get comfortable with your photographer.

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Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market.

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DATE: ______ /______ /_____

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

Reserve hotel room blocks. Book them on HiSkipper.com/weddings/TheKnot. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him or her. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Start your wedding website to keep guests in the know. Include important info—such as hotel room blocks and transportation options—and some fun details too. Create a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

Choose the formalwear and give groomsmen instructions about what to wear.

Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one. Send out your save-the-dates.

Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.)

Book your honeymoon. Thinking about Hawaii? Europe? Check out our fave trips at TheKnot.com/honeymoons.

Register at TheKnot.com/registry, and then put the links on your wedding website. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have bridesmaids order them.

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Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order invitations and thank-you notes. Reserve venues for the welcome party, after-party and next-day brunch. Book a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner and a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie. Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias? Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company.

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

Buy wedding day accessories. Think: shoes, purse and jewelry.

Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning).

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out).

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Complete your cake order—and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one.

Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display.

Purchase or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket.

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month DATE: ______ /______ /______

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want. Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

Finish assembling ceremony programs or pick them up from your stationer or printer.

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

Put together welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Have a blast at your shower and bachelor or bachelorette party. Finalize your playlist with your band or DJ. Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it legit.

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments.

Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later).

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

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Missing RSVPs? Follow up now. Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any important details.

day of DATE: ______ /______ /______

Eat breakfast. You may forget to eat later— even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotels (the staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Go to the last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time the gown will be worn).

postwedding to-dos DATE: ______ /______ /______

Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and pros. Write your toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange transportation for out-of-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant or planner to distribute.

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Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked that it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your dress and formalwear cleaned and/or preserved and return any rentals.

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Get a mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the stars of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews at TheKnot.com/marketplace.

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Print or write your escort cards or send them to your calligrapher.

Hand off your wedding rings to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daytona Beach News-Journal

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

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

Form: Yes; must be typed.

Packages range from $75 to $375.

Orlando Sentinel

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

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

Form: No; submit online.

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

The Villages Daily Sun

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

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

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

There is no charge for this service for local residents.

The Daily Commercial

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

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

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Osceola NewsGazette

(407) 846-7600 108 Church St. Kissimmee, FL 34743

None. Announcements are published on a space-available basis. Bride or groom must be a resident of Osceola County to be featured.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

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make it legal North Florida Area Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In North Florida, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples under 18 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period and asks that the bride and groom present a valid photo ID and Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days. Licenses are valid out of county, but not out of state. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must know the dates of divorce or death; documents may be required. Offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Alachua County

Clay County

Escambia County

Leon County

Okaloosa County

St. Johns County

Clerk of the Circuit Court 201 E. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 374-3636 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of the Circuit Court 825 N. Orange Ave. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-6302 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of the Court M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building 190 Governmental Ctr. Pensacola, FL 32502 (850) 595-4310 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Courts 313 S. Calhoun St. Tallahassee, FL 32302 (850) 577-4060 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 101 E. James Lee Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 689-5000 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court 4010 Lewis Spdwy. St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 819-3640 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Duval County

Flagler County

Marriage License Dept. Duval County Courthouse 330 E. Bay St., Rm. 101 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-1436 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of the Circuit Court 1769 Moody Blvd., Bldg. 1 Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 313-4400 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bay County Clerk of Courts 300 E. 4th St. Panama City, FL 32401 (850) 763-9061 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nassau County

Putnam County

Union County

Clerk of Courts 76347 Veterans Way, Ste. 456 Yulee, FL 32097 (904) 548-4600 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Court Clerk 410 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, FL 32177 (386) 329-0250 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 55 W. Main St., Rm. 103 Lake Butler, FL 32054 (386) 496-3711 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Florida Times-Union

(904) 359-4111 Attn: Features Dept., Weddings PO Box 1949 Jacksonville, FL 32231

Must submit info by 5 p.m., 16 days prior to the desired Sunday publication and within 6 months of wedding.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from $69 to $169.

Gainesville Sun

(352) 337-0304 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 2700 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608

Announcement must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday 10 days prior to desired publication date.

Form: Yes. Photos can be sent as JPEGs or mailed. Must be professional; black-and-white is preferred. Bride’s face must not be covered by veil.

Fees start at $98, which includes 5 complimentary copies.

Northwest Florida Daily News

(850) 315-4350 2 Elgin Pkwy. NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

No deadline.

Form: No

Cost is $17 per inch on Sundays and $14.80 per inch in Monday– Saturday editions.

Pensacola News Journal

(850) 435-8585 Attn: Classifieds Dept. 101 E. Romana St. Pensacola, FL 32502

Must submit info at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to desired Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Optional, email to celebrations@pnj.com.

Fees range from $75 to $255. Both packages include a photo.

St. Augustine Record

(904) 819-3486 Attn: Celebrations One News Place St. Augustine, FL 32086

Must submit info by noon on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

First photo is free, second photo is $20.

Tallahassee Democrat

(850) 599-2210 x 5 277 N. Magnolia Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32302

Must submit info by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Online only at Tallahassee.com.

Price available online.

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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.

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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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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.

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From menu planning to service and execution, we will ensure that the food for your wedding exceeds your expectations. Our experienced professional chefs know what it takes to create delicious, mouth-watering food that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come!

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Here’s the scoop for couples looking to make it official in Florida.

puro papel

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Mail guests a work of art using the old-world beauty of a letterpress. In a quaint, corner studio in Miami’s up-andcoming Ironside sits Puro Papel, where founder Catalina Rojas not only creates announcements for upcoming nuptials and other packaging and stationery needs, she’ll also give the to-be-weds a hands-on tutorial on her antique printing machines.

Miami’s Faena Hotel offers red velvet touches, gold accents and deco-inspired wallpaper as décor to set the ambience for your affair. If you’re art fans, say “I do” in front of Damien Hirst’s giant, gold woolly mammoth statue “Gone But Not Forgotten.” Then, sip a rose-hued Faena Spritz cocktail at a reception in the opera-house-inspired Saxony Theater.

the marker resort

the grove resort & spa

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The first newly constructed hotel in Key West, The Marker Resort offers everything a couple needs including catering, a quaint party room, two pools, a serene fountain, wraparound porches and a stunning suite to prep the day of and then stay in for your wedding night.

Just five minutes from Walt Disney World, this new property on Lake Austin features 6,000 square feet of flexible indoor wedding space, plus poolside lawn and garden alfresco venues for up to 300 guests. Wedding packages include catering and audiovisual support.

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sawgrass marriott golf resort & spa MARRIOT T.COM‎

Ponte Vedra Beach’s Sawgrass Marriott offers Gay Wedding Institute–certified planners to guide same-sex couples in planning their perfect day. Experts in LGBT weddings, these planners anticipate needs from vows and reception spaces to LGBT-certified rentals and more.

nobu hotel NOBUEDENROC.COM

If black code saikyo miso and Zensai hors d’oeuvres make your mouth water, consider a Nobu-catered wedding at the newly opened Nobu Hotel. Located in Miami’s Eden Roc resort, Nobu Hotel brings the best of Miami Beach to life: sparkling ocean, a tropical landscape and a menu guests will savor.

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South Seas Island Resort

5400 Plantation Road, Captiva, FL www.southseas.com/weddings 800-524-7601 World-class amenities and 2.5 miles of exclusive beach create an unforgettable destination wedding.

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14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com 407-597-5500 Our wedding consultants’ unrivaled service and expertise combine to make your big day a grand event.

The Addison

2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL www.theaddison.com 561-372-0568 Say “I do” under the romantic banyan trees at this historic venue with award-winning catering.

South Florida www.visiondjs.com 954-434-9697 Let us help you produce a wedding celebration that is a true reflection of your personality and style.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL fontainebleau.com 305-538-2000 Fontainebleau is a canvas to your imagination, where the focus is you—your passions, your dreams, your day.

Hilton West Palm Beach

600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL www.hiltonwestpalmbeach.com 561-231-6022 Find wedded bliss with an idyllic South Florida backdrop amid a lush landscape and the sound of rustling palms.

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The Lange Farm

33520 Lange Farm Road, Dade City, FL www.thelangefarm.com 352-588-4633 It’s more than just a setting; it’s the place where memories are made.

The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL www.pontevedra.com 855-829-0008 Your special moment and our special resort— a perfect marriage indeed!

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exceptional extras The Knot editors share tips and personal anecdotes about eclectic entertainment and awe-inspiring amenities that will make your wedding day even more memorable.

“I’m not a big fan of favors because, realistically, I’m never going to use a picture frame with someone else’s initials. But I do love the late-night snacks! They’re a great break from drinking and dancing and usually come from one of the couple’s local favorites that you may never have tried on your own.”

“My favorite amenity is definitely the Pittsburgh tradition of a cookie table, which is an arranged spread of delicious, homemade cookies at the reception.”

—Katie Kortebein, Research Assistant Editor

—Kellee Kratzer, Managing Editor

—Maria Bouselli, Senior Copy Editor

welcome bags “At a wedding I attended in Napa, there was a welcome bag full of yummy local treats from around the area and a voucher for wine tasting with my plus-one. It even included a free bottle of wine to remember the trip!”

≠≠“A unique detail would be professional sari drapers. Putting on cultural garb can be foreign to some guests, so I think it’s great when Indian couples offer a room with professional drapers to help you wrap and pleat the ornate outfits.”

—Sarah Love, Associate Photo Editor

—Stephanie Cain, Real Weddings Editor

“i loved listening to a bluegrass band that played during cocktail hour—the cocktails were flowing and the partners were swinging.” —Lauren Kay, Senior Style Editor

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“i went to a wedding in st. louis at the missouri history museum and we were able to look through the exhibits during cocktail hour.”

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Lauderdale Beach—a DoubleTree by Hilton. Let our staff arrange your every wish while you say “I do” in 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 $$$

bella collina 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 $$$

the atlantic beach estate

(904) 472-6252 TheAtlanticBeachEstate.com This 1.7-acre estate on a high bluff overlooking the ocean is the perfect venue for the wedding of your dreams! Book now—we only allow eight weddings per year. Packages include use of five connecting suites, accommodating up to 15 people for four nights, and access to a poolside suite over a 90-day period. capacity 150 | price $$$$

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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 $$$

b resort & spa

1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL (407) 827-3393 sales@bresortlbv.com BResortLBV.com B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, provides more than 25,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space for your event, plus creative catering selections, custom menus and excellent service. We offer a fresh concept to make your wedding B everything you have imagined. capacity 400+ | 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

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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 $$$

the blue room

(305) 304-0326 | BlueRoomKW.com Blue Room is a beautiful setting that is perfect for your meet-and-greet, reception, rehearsal party, shower, after-wedding party or day-after gathering. Ask about packages that include delicious catering, a full bar and a variety of entertainment options for your special event.

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 250 guests, our scenic vistas, superior service and exceptional food will make your day unforgettable. capacity 250 | price $$$

cafe´boulud at the brazilian court hotel

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL (561) 235-3967 CafeBoulud.com Enjoy Chef Daniel Boulud’s superb cuisine in historic boutique hotel The Brazilian Court—a picture-perfect setting. With pampering at Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Spa and luxe guest suites, this newly renovated, amenityrich destination offers a level of intimacy you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. capacity 150 | price $$$

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 $$$

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casa ybel resort boca dunes golf & country club

1400 Country Club Dr., Boca Raton, FL (561) 451-1600 EXT. 116 bocadunescatering@comcast.net BocaDunes.com Offering the finest facilities and amenities in the Boca Raton area, nobody does special events like we do. Our facilities provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding. With the ability to customize every menu, every event at Boca Dunes is truly unique and affordable. Packages start at $49.95. capacity 200 | price $$

bonnet house museum & gardens

900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 703-2608 nichollemaudlin@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 $$$

Sanibel Island, FL (866) 748-8958 CasaYbelWeddings.com A private resort located on Sanibel Island, Casa Ybel is perfect for your beach wedding. Featuring the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, award-winning culinary service and all beachfront suites, it’s easy to see why we’re celebrating over 100 years of weddings. Casually elegant. Sophisticated. Timeless. capacity 200 | price $$$

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. capacity 150 | price $$

citrus club

255 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL (407) 843-1080

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. For more than 40 years, the Citrus Club has been known for its blend of exceptional service, fine cuisine and an unparalleled downtown view. After completing a $4 million renovation, the Club is an upscale, modern venue that is perfect for any style of wedding. capacity 50+ | price $$

clearwater beach marriott suites on sand key

1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 593-6110 ClearwaterBeachMarriottSuites.com We understand that your wedding is more than just an event to be remembered; it’s an experience of a lifetime. Our certified wedding planners offer the highest level of quality and service, whether you’re planning a gathering of seventy-five or a grand affair for two hundred guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

the club at admirals cove

200 Admirals Cove Blvd., Jupiter, FL (561) 745-2606 catering@admiralscove.net AdmiralsCove.net Welcome to The Club at Admirals Cove. Our exclusive, first-class amenities provide the perfect setting for your wedding. Our accommodating staff will help you create an original, inspired and unforgettable occasion. Allow our panoramic coastal views to paint the backdrop for your special event. capacity 400 | price $$

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the club at boca pointe

7144 Boca Pointe Drive, Boca Raton, FL (561) 864-8511 jgluth@theclubatbocapointe.com theClubatBocaPointe.com The Club at Boca Pointe offers a resort-style atmosphere with unparalleled amenities for you to enjoy. Allow us the opportunity to create the perfect setting and the perfect day to begin this experience of a lifetime. Your time, your day, your moment. It begins right here at the Club at Boca Pointe. capacity 350 | price $$

the club at ibis

8225 Ibis Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 625-8500 EXT. 5103 jbyrn@clubatibis.com ClubatIbis.com Remodeled in 2015, this beautifully designed and decorated club offers award-winning service and culinary delights. Designed with a welcoming, luxurious atmosphere, the ballroom provides picturesque views with accommodation for 400 guests. We look forward to being a part of your celebration. capacity 420 | price $$$

the club continental & the winterbourne inn

2143 Astor Street, Orange Park, FL (904) 264-6070 (904) 264-2114 WinterbourneontheStJohns.com ClubContinental.com

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Dreaming of a riverfront wedding at a historic location? Two choices await you at the same location on the St. John’s River. Choose from an 1874 southern style house or a 1922 old world mansion; both offer full-service catering and gracious staff to enhance your special day. capacity 150+ | price $$

conrad miami

1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL (305) 503-6547 Inspiring views of Biscayne Bay from the 25th floor create an everlasting backdrop to your picture-perfect wedding at Conrad Miami. Our wedding experts will deliver an unparalleled experience for all your guests. Never Just Stay. Stay Inspired. capacity 300 | price $$

coral gables country club

997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL (305) 392-0819 | CoralGablesCountryClub.com As one of Coral Gables’ few traditional ballrooms, the Coral Gables Country Club is the perfect location for groups of one hundred to one thousand people. capacity 400+ | price $$

crosspoint farm & venue

9527 Carr Rd., Riverview, FL (813) 477-3592 weddingsatcrosspointfarm@gmail.com CrosspointFarm.com From an intimate ceremony to the extravagant, Crosspoint Farm & Venue’s unique setting is enhanced by rustic details to reflect your personal taste. Each wedding package is designed especially for you. Our team will focus on every detail from beginning to end to make your day a dream come true. capacity 180 | price $

deauville beach resort

6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL (305) 779-5360 weddings@deauvillebeachresort.com DeauvilleBeachResort.com Whether your dream is to say “I do” in a luxurious chandelier-lit hall or on a romantic beach, we’ll tailor the right package for you that includes a bridal suite, customized menu, tea candles, champagne toast for all and a traditional cake. Offer guests a beach getaway while attending your memorable event. capacity 300+ | price $$

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 k.phang@dbycc.com s.pyle@dbycc.com DBYCC.com For over 25 years Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club has been a part of countless weddings, making each couple’s most special day come to life. Deering Bay provides a naturally beautiful backdrop that is the canvas for your imagination, complete with catering, flowers, entertainment and much more. capacity 200 | price $$

crowne plaza hollywood beach resort

4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (954) 454-4334 EXT. 210 sales@cphollywoodbeach.com CPHollywoodBeach.com Discover a place along the water’s edge that’s as magical as your love for each other. We’ll plan the celebration of your dreams whether it’s a beachfront ceremony or a reception in our Waterway Pavilion. The Crowne Plaza is the younique venue for you. capacity 200 | price $$$$

the diplomat beach resort

3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (855) 293-8851 cateringinfo@diplomatresort.com DiplomatResort.com For a wedding overlooking the ocean, our sugar-sand beaches and shoreside perch awaits. Our attention to “I do day” perfection is highly personalized. Our beach-luxe resort is a welcoming haven, and it’s always our pleasure to help plan your wedding, from first-night soirees to a farewell brunch. capacity 1,500 | price $$$$

cypress grove

290 W. Holden Ave., Orlando, FL (407) 749-0792 info@cypressgroveestatehouse.com CypressGroveEstateHouse.com The Estate House at Cypress Grove is a vintage 1925 estate offering stylish, stunning facilities for destination weddings, wedding receptions, cocktail parties, corporate events and holiday celebrations, plus lush grounds boasting oak and cypress trees, radiant seasonal flowers and manicured lawns. capacity 200 | price $$

the diplomat country club

501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallendale, FL (954) 883-4100 DiplomatGolf.com The Diplomat Country Club’s location offers a 7,500-square-foot luxury ballroom boasting French doors that lead to a veranda overlooking the golf course. Four meeting rooms and outdoor event facilities are also available. The professionally trained staff will help to ensure the success of your event. capacity 500 | price $$

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discover the palm beaches

(800) 554-7256 mywedding@palmbeachfl.com ThePalmBeaches.com/weddings The Palm Beaches offer a vast array of venues for weddings, receptions and celebrations. From lush gardens and serene beaches to mansions and museums, and luxury yachts and resorts to banquet halls, you will find the perfect spot to host your memorable occasion.

doubletree by hilton grand hotel biscayne bay

1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL (305) 523-3314 adriana.rader@hilton.com BiscayneBay.DoubleTree.com On your most important night, the DoubleTree Grand will take care of every detail from beginning to end. You will enjoy incredible views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami City Skyline. At the DoubleTree Grand, our staff will help you to create the perfect “Grand Night.” capacity 250 | price $$

doubletree by hilton ocean point resort & spa

17375 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (786) 528-2586 weddings@oceanpointresort.com OceanPointResort.com The elegant wedding you have always imagined with panoramic views, luxurious space, exquisite food and impeccable service.

Douglas Entrance is a one-of-a-kind location to host your ­ceremony and reception. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a restored grand ballroom and archroom whose main entrance is through a beautiful grand staircase. capacity 250 | price $$$

dubsdread banquet facility

549 West Par Street, Orlando, FL (407) 650-9558 events@historicdubsdread.com HistoricDubsdread.com Making your dreams come true in an environment and ambience unsurpassed in excellence. With an experienced wedding coordinator right on site and service personnel that excels in assisting your needs, Dubsdread is the natural choice when it comes to your wedding day. capacity 250 | price $$

emerald coast convention & visitors bureau

1540 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL (850) 651-7647 cvbsales@co.okaloosa.fl.us You have the diamond, now get the emerald. Recite your vows on the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Every year, happy couples say “I do” here. Our team is here to help, whether you dream of getting married on the beach, on a golf course, in a church or at one of our many breathtaking venues.

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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.

emerald grande at harborwalk village

(850) 424-0622 EmeraldGrande.com When looking for the perfect setting for your special event, look no further than one of the legendary locations in Destin, Florida. With turquoise waters and dazzling sunsets, the elegant array of indoor and outdoor locations will provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception.

800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, FL (305) 444-1941 | (305) 448-1195 raraya@banyanstreet.com Where old-world charm and elegance come together,

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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 $$

florida marina clubs - key west harbour

6000 Peninsular Ave., Key West, FL (305) 292-3121 kwevents@floridamarinaclubs.com KeyWestHarbour.com Like a treasure in paradise, Key West Harbour is perfectly situated off the pristine shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean and the crystal clear waters of Boca Chica Inlet. Stay in one of their fully furnished oceanfront suites—the perfect place for a honeymoon getaway or bachelorette party. capacity 300 | price $$

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floridian ballrooms englewood event center

3069 S. McCall Rd., Englewood, FL (941) 270-3324 mary@englewoodeventcenter.com EnglewoodEventCenter.com We provide in-house catering and can design your menu of choice. Within minutes of the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, our facility offers 7,000 square feet of event space, table seating for up to 300, a dance floor, bridal room, full three-station bar, in-house sound system and full stage lighting.

17850 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL (954) 436-5524 info@floridianballrooms.com FloridianBallrooms.com Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering for 30 or a grand social event for 500, we offer complete packages for all occasions. We are confident we will provide you with the perfect setting, service and cuisine to make your event a complete and most pleasant success! capacity 400+ | price $$$

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douglas entrance

in 1926 on the banks of the St. Johns River, the duPont Mansion provides English-style gardens, stone fountains and historic oak trees, perfect for unforgettable weddings of 20 to 400!

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

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

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that express you–unique, chic and perhaps a bit unconventional. Mix in fine cuisine and venues with striking sophistication. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fort lauderdale marriott north

6650 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 334-9236 | weddings@marriottnorth.com MarriottNorth.com Eat, drink and be married in one of our breathtaking venues. We will take care of everything from the menu to the flowers so that you can take care of the memories. Our experts will go above and beyond to make your vision, your tastes, your dreams come true for an unforgettable happily ever after. capacity 300+ | price $$

fort lauderdale marriott pompano beach resort & spa

(954) 782-0100 | PompanoMarriott.com Experience the sea. Discover the charm. Say your vows with sand between your toes. Located in a charming harbor town, we invite you to create wedding memories you will cherish with stunning ocean views and elegant event spaces. capacity 250 | price $$

fountains country club

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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 $$

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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 $$$

harbor hills country club

6538 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake, FL (800) 822-5558 weddings@harborhills.com HarborHills.com/weddings Central Florida’s premier wedding destination, Harbor Hills is the ideal location for your special day. Offering breathtaking views, exceptional service, fine cuisine and dedicated staff to make sure all the details of your perfect day come together beautifully. Your full-service wedding destination. capacity 350 | price $$

the harriet himmel theater at cityplace

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 308-1188 | CityPlace.com This cultural centerpiece of CityPlace is located next to 70 shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations. Built in 1926 and refurbished in 2000, it can accommodate 275 seated for dinner, 400 theater-style and 600 for receptions. Ovations Catering provides creative menus and top service.

HCC: (407) 333-1450 | LCC: (407) 562-0172 HeathrowCCEvents.com Heathrow’s newly renovated ballroom with sparkling crystal chandeliers is sophisticated elegance and traditional charm. Whether it is a romantic ceremony in our garden gazebo, a large gala reception in the grand ballroom or a casual outdoor rehearsal, our wedding professionals attend to every detail. capacity 300 | price $$$

hilton daytona beach resort/ocean walk village

100 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL (800) 233-1056 | (386) 254-8200 dabdh-salesadm@hilton.com DaytonaHilton.com Say “I do” in the perfect fairy tale setting. Located 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 orlando

6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL (407) 313-8458 TheHiltonOrlando.com/weddings Our magnificent AAA Four Diamond Award–winning hotel has a mission to turn your wedding vision from dream to reality. From intimate ceremonies to elaborate receptions, choose from one of three grand ballrooms or our outdoor promenade complete with an evergreen Grand Lawn, terraces and beautiful fountains. capacity 100+ | price $$$$

hilton sandestin beach golf resort & spa

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach, FL (850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com A dream location for the wedding of your dreams! Whether you prefer to say “I do” under a brilliant sunset with your toes in the sugar-white sand, overlooking the emerald-green Gulf waters, or in one of our beautifully appointed ballrooms, we will make your event an experience of a lifetime.

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110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL (813) 924-1245 | events@glazermuseum.org GlazerMuseum.org/eventrentals Glazer Children’s Museum offers a private 5,000-square-foot third-floor space for weddings, receptions, parties or events, as well as a colorful lobby, classrooms, conference room and terrace with a beautiful view of downtown. Contact our event sales manager for availability, pricing or to schedule a tour.

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4476 Fountains Drive, Lake Worth, FL (561) 642-2704 | lwayne@fountainscc.com FountainsCC.com Surround guests with beautifully appointed banquet rooms and gorgeous golf course views. Indulge them with world-class dining and creative cuisine. Our grounds and renovated clubhouse offer options for the perfect setting. For an affair to remember, have your event in a place that’s unforgettable.

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hilton singer island oceanfront 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 $$$

3700 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island, FL (561) 472-0301 jamie.bertolis@hilton.com 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. capacity 250 | price $$

heathrow country club & the legacy club

HCC: 1200 Bridgewater Dr., Heathrow, FL LCC: 1700 Alaqua Lakes Blvd., Longwood, FL

hilton tampa downtown

211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL (813) 222-4905 | TampaDowntown.Hilton.com

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hilton university of florida conference center

1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL (352) 384-3412 acarlino@hiltongainesvilleuf.com UF.Hilton.com Whether you are celebrating with an intimate size group or a larger group, this is the perfect setting to transform your dream into reality. Or, let us transform our grand ballroom into the ceremony you’ve always envisioned. Let the splendor of the day continue as you toast your new beginnings. capacity 400

hilton west palm beach

600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL (561) 231-6022 | HiltonWestPalmBeach.com Our events team will create your dream wedding with an idyllic South Florida backdrop. Imagine a sunny wedding or cocktail reception on our manicured lawns—a lush landscape with Florida palms. Enjoy our Oceana and Coral Ballrooms with chandeliers that draw the eye toward the more than 20-foot ceilings. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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holiday inn harbourside

(727) 596-1348 blaprad@hiharbourside.com HIHarbourside.com From barefoot to black tie, our experienced staff can make your wedding dreams come true! capacity 250 | price $$

holiday inn hotel & suites, clearwater beach

521 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 447-6461 | ClearwaterBeachHI.com Directly on the Gulf of Mexico, Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach offers everything you’ve ever dreamed of for your special day! Specializing in weddings of up to 250 guests, we boast the all new Duval Ballroom, the only Gulf-front ballroom on the island of Clearwater Beach! capacity 250 | price $$$

hollywood venue, signature events & catering

9210 Anderson Road, Tampa, FL (813) 885-1600 | info@hollywoodvenuetampa.com HollywoodVenueTampa.com Hollywood Venue is a state-of-the-art banquet hall that provides the perfect scenic and elegant backdrop for any type of occasion. Unlike other halls that you just rent, this pavilion comes equipped with an extraordinary staff and culinary chefs that are willing to make your event remarkable. capacity 175+ | 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.

jacaranda country club

9200 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL (954) 474-8998 JacarandaCC.com Jacaranda offers one of the most sought-after ballrooms in Broward, featuring floor-to-ceiling walls of glass framing expansive views of our lush country club setting. Striking yet unobtrusive decor highlighted by miniature lights offers a spectacular backdrop for our tempting cuisine and attentive service. capacity 200 | price $$

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jacksonville marriott 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 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-ofa-kind day. capacity 300 | price $$$

the italian club of tampa

1731 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL (813) 248-3316 Italian.Club.org This three-story, neoclassical gem is an Italo-Greco architectural masterpiece, which was once the very heart and soul of the Italian immigrant life in Ybor City. Today, the jewel of Ybor City has been restored as an elegant setting for weddings and events. Let our history be the beginning of yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL (904) 296-2222 Marriott.com/jaxfl Conveniently located on Jacksonville’s Southside, we offer the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, reception and guest accommodations. Trust our proven combination of exceptional food and outstanding hospitality to help create the most important day in your life! capacity 400+ | price $$

kapok special events center & gardens

(727) 725-8733 info@kapokspecialevents.com KapokSpecialEvents.com We are an elegant, one-of-a-kind event facility that can create the most memorable atmosphere for your event. We’ve established professional relationships with some of the area’s top preferred vendors, and we offer our renowned customer service from the beginning to the end of your event. capacity 1,500 | 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 $$$

lexington country club

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. culinary team are dedicated to ensure your day is unforgettable. The elegant ballroom has a spectacular view of the golf course and is a perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, engagement party and bridal shower. capacity 200 | price $$

the lodge & club

(844) 700-1933 PVResorts.com Style, elegance and storybook charm are all hallmarks of The Lodge & Club, a northeast Florida leader in hospitality since opening in 1989. Framed by graceful palms and rolling dunes, this award-winning oceanfront resort has earned a reputation for being a premier site for bridal and wedding events. capacity 200 | price $$$

loews don cesar hotel

St. Pete Beach, FL (727) 363-5042 | LoewsHotels.com/doncesar The Gulf Coast’s most iconic resort has been revitalized and refreshed, making it the perfect place to start a future. Cotton-candy-pink towers and sugar-white sands create unbelievable backdrops for every affair from beachfront cocktail receptions to ballroom extravaganzas. Weddings are simply more legendary in St. Pete Beach. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

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love is blind restaurant

225 Altara Avenue, Coral Gables, FL (305) 748-6118 gandreone@passionrestaurantgroup.com LoveisBlindRestaurant.com Warm, inviting décor including candles all around the venue, high ceilings, unique fixtures and sculptures, and an open kitchen will await you at South Florida’s newest spot. It boasts unique world cuisine and is conveniently located across from The Village of Merrick Park in The Collection Building. capacity 150 | price $$

luxmore grande estate

1120 Orange Ave., Winter Springs, FL (407) 749-0783 | events@luxmoregrande.com LuxmoreGrande.com Luxmore Grande Estate is a one-of-a-kind facility nestled in the heart of Winter Springs. This picturesque lakefront estate offers elegant Brazilian wood floors, Austrian crystal chandeliers and Southern touches throughout. capacity 200 | price $$$

marineland dolphin adventure

9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL (877) 933-3401 | Marineland.net Your wedding day may be the most memorable experience of your life. Imagine dolphins on your guest list, swimming in crystal-blue water, and soft ocean breezes as you take your vows along the pristine Atlantic coastline. It’s a dream dolphin wedding, only at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. capacity 400 | price $$$

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mccormick & schmick’s seafood and steaks

McCormickandSchmicks.com Let our highly trained staff work with you to design a memorable event. We focus on the finer points of service and offer creative menus, delicious food and a beautiful private room. Our attention to detail ensures your guests will experience exceptional service and hospitality. capacity 300 | price $$$

miami beach woman’s club

2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL (305) 674-0538 alison.colberg@southbeachgroup.com MiamiBeachWomansClub.com Our restored, historic, Mediterranean-style clubhouse, featuring vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and antique chandeliers, is perfect for romantic and elegant weddings. Make an unforgettable entrance as you walk down the aisle of our cathedral-inspired hall and dance with your beloved in our ballroom. capacity 130 | price $$$

miramar cultural center

2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL (954) 602-4500 sales@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 $$

mizner country club

16104 Mizner Club Drive, Delray Beach, FL (561) 288-3305 dnewby@miznercc.org Whether outside under the stars or in ballroom, Mizner offers a picturesque venue for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Our wedding experts are dedicated to making your experience unique, memorable and effortless. From personalized service to exquisite cuisine, Mizner will turn your dreams into reality. capacity 250 | price $$$

msc cruises

(844) 813-1727 MSCCruisesUSA.com Make your day memorable with a ceremony at sea. Choose from MSC Divina or MSC Seaside, and have your pick of one of our elegant onboard venues. Family and friends can cruise with you, or invite them onboard just for the ceremony and reception. MSC does weddings better than any other cruise line. capacity 400+ | price $$

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 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) 219-6414 | TheOldGrove.com This five-acre canopying grove has impressive waterfalls, a lazy river, bridges and a beautiful barn. capacity 150 | price $$

omni orlando resort at championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, FL (407) 238-6547 | OmniHotels.com/orlando Let the talented team at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate help you create the wedding you’ve always imagined. Set amid 1,200 acres of scenic surroundings, this luxurious resort provides an ideal canvas for intimate and grand celebrations, just minutes from Orlando’s most popular attractions. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. OMArt.org/pages/facility-rental The Orlando Museum of Art is a beautiful and unique venue for the sophisticated bride. Located between downtown Orlando and idyllic Winter Park, the museum provides the perfect ceremony and reception venue. Celebrate your love surrounded by artwork and grandeur that only the museum can provide. capacity 400+ | price $$

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 $$

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.

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pebble hill plantation

(229) 226-2344 | cdollinger@pebblehill.com PebbleHill.com Pebble Hill Plantation offers five different and unique areas perfect for events—Main Grounds, Uno Hill Barn, Sugar Hill Barn, Oak Post and Piney Grove Church for wedding ceremonies. capacity 350 | price $$$

plantation on crystal river

9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL (352) 795-1605 | (800) 524-7733 PlantationonCrystalRiver.com The pristine Florida landscape is the perfect backdrop for your Florida destination wedding. From your intimate gazebo ceremony on picturesque Kings Bay to your elegant ballroom reception, the Plantation on Crystal River can accommodate your needs as few others in Florida can. capacity 200 | price $$$

plantation preserve golf course & club

7050 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL (954) 585-5030 | smaher@plantation.org PlantationPreserve.org Our breathtaking views portray Florida at its finest. Plantation Preserve can accommodate up to 130 guests for your wedding ceremony and reception, engagement

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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

(386) 267-1637 | 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 on the beach or a grand affair, Plaza Resort & Spa will make all of your wedding dreams come true. capacity 800 | price $$

ponte vedra inn & club

(855) 829-0008 | PonteVedra.com The historic and legendary Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been the chosen venue for romantic and unforgettable wedding celebrations for more than 80 years. As grand dame of northeast Florida clubs and resorts, this beautiful and inviting setting represents sophistication, grace and elegant hospitality. capacity 400 | price $$$

rafter j ranch barn

10249 Corbett John Road, Parrish, FL (941) 737-9987 | teresajohn123@gmail.com RafterJRanchBarn.com With our captivating ranch views, old Florida charm and enchanting lighting, the Rafter J Ranch Barn will set the mood for a romantic outdoor wedding and a fun, memorable reception. Whether you want a country, rustic, vintage, simple or elegant event, we offer the dream venue for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

renaissance at the gables/ renaissance ballrooms

Miami, FL (305) 445-1313 | (305) 261-2001 RenaissanceattheGables.com With over 40 years of experience in the industry and two free-standing locations, Renaissance is the perfect venue to host the wedding of your dreams! We feature our own in-house award-winning chefs, ceremony chapel, floral team, photographers and much more. Our specialty is all-inclusive packages. capacity 400+ | price $$

renaissance boca raton hotel 2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL

(561) 939-1569 | RenHotels.com Our chic event spaces provide an array of options to be the perfect foundation for your vision. Host a romantic reception in our Coral Ballroom. Our private outdoor veranda is the perfect ceremony location to say “I do” while you and your guests indulge in the soothing views of our cascading waterfall. capacity 200 | price $$

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 $$$

the river club

1 Independent Drive, Suite 3500, Jacksonville, FL (904) 354-1111 JaxRiverClub.com Located on the top of the Wells Fargo Center on the 34th and 35th floors, The River Club commands a spectacular panorama of the St. Johns River and the city’s downtown district. Please contact us for more information so we can create an event you and your guests will never forget! capacity 400 | price $$$

riverside hotel on las olas boulevard (954) 377-0971 RiversideHotel.com/weddings-events Exchange vows on the New River while yachts cruise by. Sip cocktails on the covered rooftop terrace with views of the city skyline and ocean. Dance the night away in our ballroom with floor-to-ceiling views of the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. Make a statement about your future by celebrating with us. capacity 150 | price $$$

rosen centre hotel

9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 996-1285 | yourspecialday@rosencentre.com RosenCentre.com Beyond our luxury accommodations, Rosen Centre offers everything from breathtaking reception spaces and tantalizing custom menus to indulgent treatments

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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 $$$

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1680 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 570-9422 | Royal-Fiesta.com Your special occasion deserves Royal attention. Since 1989, the staff of professionals at Royal Fiesta has raised the art of catering to a new peak in a setting of unparalleled ambiance. Call today for instant party planning assistance or to request our wedding packages. capacity 250 | price $$

safety harbor resort and spa

Safety Harbor, FL (727) 724-7727 | SafetyHarborSpa.com Located on 15 acres of pristine Tampa Bay waterfront, this historic landmark is the ideal setting for a truly memorable wedding and reception. Indoor and outdoor facilities accommodate up to 275 guests. Call today to check availability or to speak with a wedding coordinator. capacity 250 | price $$

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the seagate hotel & spa

1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL (855) 576-1100 mdyson@theseagatehotel.com WeddingsatTheSeagate.com Whether you prefer an oceanfront setting at our private Beach Club, Balinese-inspired décor with golf course views at our Country Club or the city-sophisticated ambience of our boutique hotel, The Seagate is always the perfect setting. Call to find out how to receive a complimentary bridal suite. capacity 300 | price $$$$

sheraton lake buena vista resort

12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL (407) 550-1008 SheratonLakeBuenaVistaResort.com/weddings A sophisticated blend of style and elegance, the newly transformed Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort is an ideal wedding location. Intimate visions to large scale dreams, our experienced staff is prepared for every detail of your dream come true. Your vision, our direction, shared perfection! capacity 400+ | 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 $$

sirata beach resort

5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (855) 794-3278 weddings@sirata.com Sirata.com/weddings Sirata Beach Resort has on-site coordinators to assist you in planning a wedding with your toes in the sand or on a beachside deck overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Sirata also has several wonderful ballrooms and grotto settings, each tailored to accommodate various event sizes. capacity 400+ | price $$$

south seas island resort

(800) 524-7601 | weddings@southseas.com SouthSeas.com Whether you desire beach elegance or barefoot

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stetson mansion estate

weddings@stetsonmansion.com StetsonMansion.com Open for the first time in 100 years, the entire 1886 estate is yours on your wedding day. Enjoy the most luxurious mansion ever built in Florida during the Gilded Age. This National Historic Place is completely restored and updated to today’s standards, and is the setting for outdoor weddings and events. capacity 125 | 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 $$

sunstream hotels & resorts

(877) 421-9242 | SunStream.com/weddings From beach ceremonies and intimate gatherings to custom banquets, SunStream Hotels & Resorts offers picture-perfect wedding memories, with venue destinations in Fort Myers Beach, Daytona Beach, Naples and the Florida Everglades.

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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 perfect setting for your dream wedding. In fact, we are actually even beyond your wildest dreams.

Miramar Beach, FL (844) 294-8889 | Sandestin.com/love Located on Florida’s pristine Emerald Coast, Sandestin offers a variety of venues from the beach to the bay. Sandestin is a central gathering place for families and friends to share your special day while enjoying all the luxurious amenities the resort has to offer.

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sweetwater branch inn

625 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL (800) 595-7760 | (352) 373-6760 SweetwaterInn.com Sweetwater Branch Inn offers modern indoor and outdoor receptions, exquisite garden ceremonies and gourmet catering. Our bed and breakfast boasts 20 unique guest rooms and cottages. Our attention to detail, exceptional service and breathtaking grounds make for an unforgettable experience. capacity 250 | price $$

tampa’s lowry park zoo

Tampa, FL (813) 935-8552 EXT. 277 | events@lowryparkzoo.org LowryParkZoo.org Let Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo assist in making your dreams come true on your special day. For celebrations large and small, the zoo has many venues and catering

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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 247 photo courtesy of Rachel Sullivan Photography. capacity 300+ | price $$

resort, will provide you with the ultimate fairy-tale wedding. After $250 million in meticulous restorations, our team will ensure your wedding day is one for the storybooks. capacity 2,500 | price $$$

universal orlando resort™

(407) 503-9411 UniversalOrlando.com/hotelweddings Our four distinctive settings—Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel®, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort—make your special day unforgettable. From intimate celebrations to elaborate receptions, Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels offer the perfect setting for your day. capacity 50+ | price $$$

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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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 $$$

treetop ballroom on jungle island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL (305) 400-7230 | TreetopBallroom.com The Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island is a unique venue offering various settings to serve as the perfect backdrop to your memorable event. You want your event to be one-of-a-kind, and so do we. Book your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception today! capacity 400+ | price $$

trump national doral miami

(800) 936-7259 | TrumpNationalDoral.com Unrivaled amenities. Spectacular settings. Unlimited possibilities. Trump National Doral, Miami’s premier

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vero beach hotel & spa

3500 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL (772) 774-4960 | VeroBeachHotelAndSpa.com With breathtaking oceanfront settings, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa helps create cherished memories you and your guests will remember forever. Imagine an intimate destination wedding or a lavish, elaborate black-tie reception with panoramic ocean views. Whatever you dream, we are set to make it a reality! capacity 200 | price $$$

villa incanto

1840 Bayshore Lane, Coconut Grove, FL VillaIncantoMiami.com Villa Incanto is a Miami oceanfront mansion wedding venue—rent it for a single day or multiple nights! The 13,000-square-foot home offers a large rooftop and cathedral room for ceremonies plus other large rooms. The speakeasy-style basement is perfect for receptions. The house has a dock fit for a yacht. capacity 150 | price $$$

vineyards country club

400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples, FL (239) 353-1500 | afritz@vineyardscc.net 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) 597-5424 | WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com Nestled in a 482-acre nature preserve within the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a premier wedding location where elegant settings, unparalleled service and the unrivaled expertise of Waldorf wedding consultants combine to make your big day a grand event. capacity 400 | price $$$$

watercolor® inn & resort and the pearl hotel by st. joe club & resorts®

34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL (850) 231-7773 | SJCRWeddings.com Northwest Florida’s only two Forbes Four-Star hotels offer multiple venues from sugar-white sand beaches to rare coastal dune lakes, pristine parks and a private golf club. Let our hospitality experts at St. Joe Club & Resorts® guide you through each step to an unforgettable wedding experience. capacity 400+ | price $$

the white room

1 King Street, St. Augustine, FL (904) 824-9056 | info@whiteroomweddings.com WhiteRoomWeddings.com Located downtown on St. Augustine’s waterfront, The White Room and the newest addition, The Villa Blanca, offer private venues with hardwood floors, elegant mahogany bar, grand white columns and private outdoor rooftop with a white marble bar, all overlooking the historic city and waterfront. capacity 300+ | price $$

wishing well barn

(813) 478-6554 | wishingwellbarn@gmail.com WishingWellBarn.com Wishing Well Barn is a fully functioning cattle ranch with adjacent blueberry fields and a beautiful rustic old barn. It’s the perfect location to celebrate your best day ever in the great outdoors or inside our beautiful barn. capacity 200 | price $$

wyndham deerfield beach resort

2096 Northeast Second Street, Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 428-2850 WyndhamDeerfieldResort.com/weddings With the waves behind you, exchange vows on one of the most beautiful South Florida beaches. Guests will enjoy a poolside cocktail hour with views of the ocean. Then, the Royal Palm Ballroom will play host to your elegant reception, where guests will enjoy fabulous food and dance the night away. capacity 150 | price $$

yacht starship

603 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL (813) 223-7999 | weddings@yachtstarship.com YachtStarShip.com We are based out of Clearwater and Tampa, with the option to relocate to St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs. Our three luxury yachts are perfect

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cakes & caterers

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wishful concepts catering

underwood jewelers

Orlando, FL (321) 282-1898 | cuisine@wishfulconcepts.com WishfulConcepts.com We provide an all-inclusive catering experience for clients and brides. From wedding coordination, specialty and themed décor, photographer/videographer, DJ services and professional bartender to backdrops, uplighting and wedding cakes, we want our customers to not have to worry about planning an event.

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harbour bay florist

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.

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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(772) 234-2915 ashlee@eatfrostingcupcakes.com EatFrostingCupcakes.com Our creative and talented cake artists take time to design the one-of-a-kind cake of each couple’s dreams! With our endless offerings of cake, filling and frosting flavors, your guests will enjoy a sweet ending that is memorable in both design and taste. You know you want one!

john michael exquisite weddings & catering

627 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 894-6671 JohnMichaelEvents.com John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering creates perfect events. John Michael is owned by Michael Thomas. Our staff is handpicked by Michael to ensure only the best. We are a green caterer—using only organic/all-natural foods in what we cook.

tastebuds fine catering & event production

(954) 584-3663 info@tastebudscatering.com TastebudsCatering.com From menu planning to service and execution, we will ensure that the food for your wedding exceeds your expectations. Our experienced professional chefs know what it takes to create delicious, mouth-watering food

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flowers & décor

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 s­ pecialize in all-occasion and wedding cakes. It would be our pleasure to consult with you on the phone or in person.

edda’s cake designs

Locations in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (904) 398-9741 | UnderwoodJewelers.com Serving excellence since 1928. Member of the American Gem Society.

(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.

jewelry

diamond district

(239) 947-3434 DiamondDistrictUSA.com By a woman, for a woman.

diamonds direct

117 2nd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 867-4006 | DiamondsDirect.us Family owned and operated, Diamonds Direct has been offering the highest quality diamonds and fine jewelry for over 30 years. In order to be the region’s top diamond importer, Diamonds Direct travels to Belgium

On location across Florida (954) 980-0395 | amandalynnsalon@gmail.com AmandaLynnSalon.com An award-winning team of talented and professional hair and makeup artists. Our team will flutter on over to your location of choice, airbrush a little fairy dust and work our magic on your entire bridal party! We travel on location all across Florida or anywhere your destination wedding takes us!

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.

the bridal loft

4400 Bayou Boulevard, Suite 48, Pensacola, FL (850) 475-8296 | info@pensacolabridalloft.com PensacolaBridalLoft.com The Bridal Loft is dedicated to providing exquisite designer fashions for brides and bridal parties. We also have a selection of debutante, prom and formal gowns. We have been serving our clients in this industry for over 20 years and have an in-house seamstress with over 30 years of bridal experience.

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calvet couture bridal

Winter Park Village, 460 N. Orlando Ave., #100, Orlando, FL (407) 245-7000 CalvetCoutureBridal.com Calvet Couture Bridal is a locally owned bridal store featuring 13 designers and over 6,000 square feet of bridal bliss. Our goal is to provide brides with the best customer service during their shopping experience and to serve every need from bridal accessories to bridesmaid dresses.

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.

one fine day bridal salon

11111 San Jose Blvd., Suite 70, Jacksonville, FL (904) 503-8263 | OneFineDayBridalSalon.com One Fine Day Bridal Salon offers an array of beautiful gowns to fit any wedding! Our goal is to give our brides one-on-one personal attention and to help her create a memorable experience during her fitting and on her wedding day. Let us help you with your One Fine Day!

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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.

wonderland bridal couture

3400 NW 62nd Ave., Margate, FL (954) 973-8695 | info@wonderlandbridal.com WonderlandBridal.com We believe shopping for a wedding gown is where the fairy tale begins. Our collection of wedding gowns, bridal party dresses and accessories, along with personalized attention, will make for a day to remember. If you are searching for the perfect blend of experience and exceptional quality, look no further!

wedding consultants

bellapartenza@gmail.com BellaPartenzaWeddings.com Our certified, experienced wedding and event planners are capable of handling every aspect of our clients’ events. Packages can be customized to fit every budget and to suit every client. Whatever your particular needs are, we have a package and a plan to help create exactly the wedding you want.

i do, events

(954) 839-9966 devin@ido.events IDO.events Celebrity event planner and chef Todd Schneider and noted wedding planner and fashion stylist Devin MacLachlan ensure your wedding will be the I DO of your dreams.

petals and promises

Serving Florida’s West Coast & the Caribbean (813) 444-8792 genevieve@petalsandpromises.us PetalsandPromisesEvents.com Petals and Promises provides personalized, all-inclusive destination wedding concierge services for all of your wedding events. From your budget to your honeymoon, we take the stress out of long-distance destination wedding planning so that your destination wedding dreams can come true.

rachelle youd designs

Serving the South and beyond (850) 527-8021 RachelleYoudDesigns.com Rachelle Youd offers full-service coordinating and design services to deliver an event that exceeds expectations. She leverages years of experience and her impeccable eye for design to deliver events within budget. Rachelle works from North Florida and meets clients in Atlanta for added convenience.

rw events

(407) 374-2534 | weddings@rwevents.com RWEvents.com RW Events is a boutique wedding planning, consulting and design firm specializing in designing couture events for the smart, savvy and chic clientele. We produce elegant weddings and events throughout Florida, Georgia and beyond.

photography & video

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.

amanda smith photography

(352) 540-1812 info@asphotos.co AmandaSmith.photos Enjoy relaxed, candid and joyful wedding photography you will cherish for a lifetime.

castaldostudio

1331 Green Forest Ct., Ste. 22-24, Winter Garden, FL hotline (407) 401-9071 castaldostudio@mac.com CastaldoStudio.com Creativity is priceless. We are available to travel worldwide. Call with inquiries.

diego stuart films

(954) 865-7170 dsproductions.ds@gmail.com DSProductionsDreams.com We approach every project by looking into the heart of your story then applying a creative process, planning, capturing and delivering it through motion pictures. The most powerful thing is a story that creates an emotional connection. We are grateful to deliver our passion through your life events.

its2day™

(678) 429-4221 info@its2day.com its2day.com With over a decade of professional photography experience behind our shoulders, our number one objective is to capture your wedding day essence in style unlike any other. What sets us apart is our unique, nearly trademarked way in which we capture candids. We prefer for our work to speak for itself.

jonathan hare photography, inc.

540 72nd Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL (727) 408-0462 JHarePhotography.com Jonathan Hare’s work goes above and beyond just moments in time. His spirited dedication to capturing the true essence of your day is shown in every photo, with a photographic style unlike any other where photojournalism meets artistic vision.

lena isely photography

bella partenza wedding planning, llc (561) 465-4115

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a magic moment photography & videography

(800) 345-8433 info@amagicmoment.com

7027 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 792-9724 LenaIselyPhotography.com Lena Isely Photography is a boutique photography company offering beautifully crafted images and exceptional customer service. It is centered around imaginative storytelling, honoring the honest and truly celebrating the meaningful. Lena’s images go straight to the heart.

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Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center P lace Miramar, FL 33025

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munoz photography

664 West Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 564-7150 | munoz664@bellsouth.net 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.

THEFloridaWeddingBand.com We’ve been voted top entertainers of the year (NY Music Awards), with five-star reviews across the board! Featuring former members of NBC’s House Band and Cirque Productions, we combine various genres for a custom set list for your event. Whether solo, duo or eight-piece band, we bring the party!

rental company in Tampa Bay. We provide high-quality rental items such as arches, tents, stages, dance floors, tables, chairs, linen, table settings, runners, speakers, climate-control options and much more. We’ll make your event a special one!

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specialty services

rhodes studios

(407) 242-7800 | RhodesStudios.com Rhodes Studios provides a candid approach to your photography and a documentary movie style to your videography! Understanding every wedding is different, we customize features and options that capture your wedding vision!

sarah & paul photography

(850) 888-0432 We are a creative husband and wife wedding photography team. Capturing weddings, engagements and lifestyle photography is always an adventure and one we enjoy being a part of. We are based out of northwest Florida but love to travel anywhere to photograph beautiful weddings or fun lifestyle shoots.

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ami entertainment co.

Office (305) 721-2833 Cell (954) 822-9825 info@amientertainmentco.com AMIEntertainmentCo.com Our full-service entertainment and event production company provides high-quality, complete entertainment and event production packages (live bands, ceremony and cocktail musicians, DJs, custom lighting, hora loca performers and more) to suit just about any budget for weddings and corporate events.

michael anthony productions

belk

a chair affair, inc.

607 Triumph Court, Suite C-D, Orlando, FL (386) 479-4308 | ann@chairaffairrentals.com ChairAffairRentals.com From proposal to honeymoon, our rental service offers what you need to make your event you. Our goal is to go beyond the expected. From subtle elegance to bold statements, our products enhance and complete any event, casual or formal. Regardless of the event’s size, we guarantee attention to detail.

arthur murray dance studios, your wedding specialist

Clermont, Lake Mary, Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Winter Park dance@arthurmurraycentralfl.com ArthurMurrayCentralFL.com Get started on the right foot and trust your first dance as husband and wife to the professionals at Arthur Murray Dance Studios! Whether you want to wow your guests or simply avoid the embarrassing “clutch and sway,” we make it fun and easy! Call today for your free trial lesson and consultation!

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine made with organic blueberry juice concentrate and certified color. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit Facebook.com/blancdebleu for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

(813) 509-7230 djmike@michaelanthonyproductions.com MichaelAnthonyProductions.com With over 23 years of DJ wedding entertainment experience, Michael Anthony Productions will make your special day an event you will remember forever. Our Ultimate Uplighting Experience packages will turn your venue into a beautiful and elegant fantasy wedding. If you can dream it, we can create it.

married by mail

tom sartori band

rent all city

Orlando, FL (716) 830-8830 tomsartori@me.com

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Serving nationwide Belk.com Belk’s professionally-trained bridal consultants make planning your wedding gift registry enjoyable and convenient. You’ll find quality brand names and styles in china, crystal, flatware, kitchen electrics, bedding and bath essentials and more. Your guests are a click away from making your house a home. Just visit our website.

honeymoon & travel

i do honeymoons

(863) 619-8001 info@idohoneymoons.com Your marriage should start out on the right foot, and there’s nothing better than the perfect honeymoon that’s romantic, stress-free and unforgettable. We can save you time and money. It all begins when you say “I do.” Let us make it special!

(407) 552-8052 info@marriedbymail.com Married by Mail is a marriage license procurement service for couples who are planning a wedding in Florida. Our service takes the time and stress out of obtaining a marriage license. We take care of the details. Our fees are reasonable, and we provide excellent customer service.

(727) 381-3111 RentAllCity.com Rent-All City is the premier party and special events

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Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club

405

The Addison

19, 389

The Diplomat Beach Resort

331

The Atlantic Beach Estate

120

The Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club

295

Avila Golf and Country Club

157

Discover the Palm Beaches Florida

347

B Resort & Spa

14

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay

361

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach -

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A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

348

Resort & Spa North Miami Beach

317

Bella Collina

31

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

248

The Biltmore

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DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine

123

Blue Room

405

Douglas Entrance

332

Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club

401

Dubsdread Ballroom

65

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

381

The Duval Ballroom, Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach

197

The Breakers West Country Club

353

Emerald Coast

25

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel

309

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

125

Caribe Royale

67

Englewood Event Center

197

Casa Ybel Resort

29

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club

127

Ceviche

260

The Estate on the Halifax

275

Citrus Club

269

The Event Factory

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The Club at Admirals Cove

327

Florida Marina Clubs – Key West Harbour

278

The Club at Boca Pointe

399

Floridian Ballrooms

366

The Club at Ibis

345

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

11, 389

The Club Continental

271

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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The Confidante

323

Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton

351

Conrad Miami

385

Glazer Children’s Museum

185

The Coral Gables Country Club

63

Grand Plaza Hotel St. Pete Beach Resort

61

Crosspoint Farm & Venue

195

Harbor Hills

234

Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

407

The Harriet Himmel Theater

71

Cypress Grove

209

Hawks Cay Resort

289

Deauville Beach Resort

381

Heathrow Country Club

245

Deer Creek Country Club

304

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village

221

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

357

Marriott Jacksonville

113

Hilton Orlando

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Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach

385

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

125

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

203

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

369

Miami Beach Woman’s Club

26

Hilton Tampa Downtown

163

Miramar Cultural Center

409

Mizner Country Club

377

MSC Cruises

324

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

139

Naples Princess

158

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

407

Old Davie School Historical Museum

393

The Old Grove

315

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

38

Orlando Museum of Art

267

The Palencia Club

110

Paradise Cove

277

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

95

Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside

145

Hollywood Venue, Signature Events & Catering

201

Hyatt House Naples

171

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

5

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

183

Integrity Golf Company

36, 115, 198

Isla Del Sol

149

Italian Club of Tampa

201

Jacaranda Country Club

337

Pavilion Grille

401

Kapok Special Events

175

Pebble Hill Plantation

113

La Jolla Ballroom

339

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

43

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

192

Plantation on Crystal River

68

The Lange Farm

389

Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club

395

Lexington Country Club

165

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

303

The Lodge & Club

83

The Plaza Resort & Spa

257

Loews Don CeSar Hotel

32

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

7, 389

Love is Blind Restaurant

411

Rafter J Ranch Barn

189

Luxmore Grande Estate

208

Renaissance Ballrooms

313

The Mansion at Tuckahoe

358

Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel

379

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

127

Reunion | A Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort

73

Marriott Clearwater Beach Sand Key

189

The Ribault Club

120

Marriott Fort Laurderdale North

409

The River Club

117

413

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329

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Rosen Centre Hotel

251

The White Room

35

Rosen Plaza Hotel

241

The Winterbourne Inn

271

Rosen Shingle Creek

217

Wishing Well Barn

133

The Royal Crest Room

47

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

291

Royal Fiesta

3

Yacht StarShip

153

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

181

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

23

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Seagate Hotel & Spa

78

Ana Paz Cakes

399

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

259

Delicious Catering Services

44

Sheraton Orlando North Hotel

275

Edda’s Cake Designs

343

Sirata Beach Resort

41

Frosting

363

South Seas Island Resort

12, 389

John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

277

St. Joe Club & Resorts

20

Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production

387

Stetson Mansion

267

Wishful Concepts Catering

211

Sunken Gardens

161

SunQuest Cruises

123

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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SunStream Hotels & Resorts

191

Harbour Bay Florist

387

Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

103

Ultimate Elegant Fabrics

242

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

177

Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

247

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Town Manor on the Lake

51

Amanda Lynn & Co. Hair & Makeup Artistry

373

TPC Sawgrass

119

Ann Marie’s Bridal Boutique

283

TradeWinds Island Resorts

195

beGlammed

371

Treetop Ballroom on Jungle Island

393

The Bridal Loft

119

Trump National Doral Miami

307

Calvet Couture Bridal

75

Universal Orlando® Resort Hotels

49

Cubavera

299

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

355

One Fine Day Bridal

99

Villa Incanto

375

Sira D´ Pión

269

Vineyards Country Club

191

Something New Bridal Boutique

255

W Fort Lauderdale

340

Wonderland Bridal Couture

383

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Rhodes Studios

16

Diamond District

135

Sarah & Paul Photography

117

Diamonds Direct

141

Underwood Jewelers

91

ENTERTAINMENT

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AMI Entertainment Co.

371

Michael Anthony Productions

130

Tom Sartori Band

209

Visions DJs

389

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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A Chair Affair, Inc.

272

Arthur Murray Dance Studios

204

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 55

Chalk Shop Events

271

Married by Mail

411

Rent All City

203

Your Wedding Experience

310

Your Wedding TV Orlando

85

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

PAGE #

Bella Partenza Weddings

373

I Do, Events

379

Luxurious Events

89

My Best Wedding

389

Petals & Promises

169

Rachelle Youd Designs

115

RW Style

239

Weddings, Inc.

277

Wizard Connection

260

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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A Magic Moment Photography & Videography

237

Amanda Smith Photography

377

CastaldoStudio

225

DSProductions Dreams

285

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

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Its2Day™

375

I Do Honeymoons

272

Jonathan Hare Photography

198

Lena Isely Photography

321

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Muñoz Photography

335

Belk

53

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leiana & jason HOMESTEAD “I had so many thoughts on what she would wear on our wedding day, but she blew me away as soon as I turned around,” Jason says of his bride, Leiana. “I’ve never seen him light up more than in this moment, and it was contagious,” she adds.

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