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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

in this issue 10 get the look 18 theknot.com 22 editor’s letter 26 hurricane heroes 30 checklist 36 modern glitz 38 posh white party 42 ask carley 52 top picks 60 love in the limelight 64 expert advice

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real couples 73 haute hues 79 love stories 364 anatomy of a gift basket 367 marriage licenses and wedding announcements 400 snapshot

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beauty & wellness 189 beauty for hire All your makeup choices can be overwhelming—consider hiring a pro.

195 8 couples’ workouts

you have to try

Stay on track with your fitness goals and sweat with your partner.

201 treat yourself Splurge on some self-care.

fashion 207 how to avoid dress drama Tips for keeping your wedding party feeling happy and confident.

213 10 things bridal consultants

want you to know

From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

219 accessorize in style A comprehensive guide to pulling off a personalized look.

224 avant garden

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Soft pastels, floral details and airy fabrics create a whimsical ambience.

237 the ultimate ring guide

245 tailor on call

106

Custom suit specialist Nick Torres answers your fit questions.

high impact

style 106 high impact Vibrant fuchsia and sleek black team up for a dramatic, modern affair.

113 top cake tips Ideas for a perfect confection.

119 defining details Invitation accents for a memorable suite that will get guests excited for your day.

126 beyond the bouquet Floral accents to make every part of your décor stand out.

141 gift some green Delight guests with these nature-inspired DIY favors.

146 style your table Register for a mix-and-match tabletop that’s so “you.”

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beauty for hire

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How to choose the right sparkler for your personal style.

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

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

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CONTENTS

real weddings 85 chrissy & turner february 3, kissimmee

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92 jaime & eric april 1, malabar

your catering checklist

98 ashley & yahaira january 21, winter park

102 kendall & troy february 4, orlando

157 melanie & andrew may 13, marathon

164 sabrina & kyle february 25, southwest ranches

170 carolina & karol january 28, coconut grove

176 abigail & alden november 18, hobe sound

180 janet & gary june 11, miami

184 cristina & omar

planning

march 11, miami

287 erin & alex

248 how to throw

294 kerry & davis

Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

may 6, sandestin

257 planner perks

300 jamie & dave

Why you should hire a pro, plus the right type for you.

may 13, st. augustine

304 morgan & tyler

Everything you need to know before booking a videographer.

325 elise & nicolas february 11, captiva island

269 your catering checklist

332 ariel & rishi

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

may 28, dover

338 shannon & bruce

279 get the picture

march 4, tampa

Advice from the pros to get photos you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

342 kelly & kirby april 16, naples

315 a true-to-you “I do” Fresh ideas to bring new life to a traditional ceremony. Wedding roles to make loved ones feel special.

353 your top venue issues, solved Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

359 this one’s for the girls Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

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Fun ways to entertain guests.

347 include your crew

263 moving pictures

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309 party perfect

a beach wedding

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables), Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal.com (Boca Raton); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse.com (Miami); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond .com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess .com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, Brilliant Earth.com; shoes, $120, AldoShoes.com

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

With its spectacular grounds full of living sculptures, Ladew Topiary Gardens was a natural fit for our lighthearted fashion feature, “Avant Garden.� After all, what better place to shoot floral-print dresses and whimsical accessories than a lush location with a distinctly magical feel?

glam squad Hairstylist Alberto Guzman preps our model before she poses with a peacock topiary.

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

& Bumble at Ray Brown Pro makeup Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. fashion styling Shelley Brown prop styling Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House location Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Maryland

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 224)

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 119)

Every relationship is unique. So every wedding should be too. This doesn’t mean you need an over-the-top element to make it truly special, but rather that your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple. It means you should forget the perceived “rules” and do what feels right. Are you less type A and more type “I never really thought about it?” A simple celebration at your family home might be right up your alley. Have you been dreaming of this moment since you were little? Then here’s your chance to go all out. Whoever you are and whatever you want, we’re here to help. So here’s to all of you—the planners, the procrastinators, the over-thinkers, the bridechillas, the groomzillas, the classic couples, the eclectic couples, the can’t-be-defined couples and everyone in between. Whether you’re having a religious service, a nondenominational ceremony, or a celebration for 20 people or 200, this is the moment to throw out the rule book and plan a wedding that’s as unique as you are.

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I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com *Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Irma. The magnitude of this disaster was only being fully realized as we were putting the final touches on this issue. We understand many venues and pros featured in Real Weddings may still be working to rebuild, and we’ve noted this information whenever possible. We will continue to keep you and the entire Florida community in our thoughts.

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as far away as the botanical gardens in Chicago and St. Louis and even Chelsea’s mother, Elizabeth Turner, and grandfather started laboring daily to repair the grounds. Debris was cleared, trees replanted and flowers added, especially to the area where ceremony would be held. It seemed the wedding would commence on September 30.   Other vendors also stepped up. Lurcat Catering, which also runs the on-site Fogg Café supported the renewal process by feeding the volunteers each day. Their executive chef, Jack Raben, worked to source menu items for the wedding despite limited availability and a skeleton staff. Isn’t She Lovely Florals managed to craft a bloom-filled arbor for the ceremony on Performance Lawn. Luster Designs’s Summer Russell, still awaiting power on the 28th to print the programs, was ready to haul a borrowed generator to the shop when the electricity came back on. On the wedding day, the garden used generators to power the twinkle lights draped by Tech-Tronics Productions Inc. and DJ Malike’s sound system that kept the dance floor packed inside the property’s Kapnick Hall.   “It was all I dreamed of and more,” Chelsea says of the final result. “I could never put into words how insanely grateful I am for every one of my amazing vendors and my incredible family and friends. It was truly the best day of my life.”

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This checklist will tell you what to do, and when, on your way to the altar­. Make sure to download our must-have app for virtual access to all the tools that will help you get there.

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Take our style quiz on TheKnot.com to help narrow in on your wedding vision, including color palettes and décor.

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

Create your website with The Knot, then pack it full with need-to-know info like reception details and nearby hotels for the wedding weekend.

Determine where and when you’d like to tie the knot. Not sure where to start? Use our app to get personalized suggestions based on a few key details, like guest count and general location. Hire any pros you just have to have on your wedding team, like your photographer or planner. Start searching for the dress, jumpsuit, skirt or tuxedo of your dreams. If you haven’t already, get your engagement ring appraised and insured.

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Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss any religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates.

Book your other important pros, like a band or DJ, florist or videographer.

Place an order for your invitations—and thank-you notes while you’re at it.

Order the gown and veil, and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. (A third fitting may be necessary.)

Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue).

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

Create your registry and start adding things to your wish list—a super-fun to-do.

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Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all your prewedding beauty appointments are scheduled.

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Pass off the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy the rehersal dinner with your favorite people. Breathe—and have fun!

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How can we create a menu that will make all of our guests happy? When choosing the entrée options for your reception, consider possible dietary restrictions. Although you can’t account for every guest’s allergy and menu preferences, you can try to ensure everyone will enjoy something. Include a vegetarian option on your response cards, or ask your caterer if they can create a few special dishes. For a buffet, include allergenfree options, like dishes with no nuts, or allow your guests to garnish their own plates. For instance, if you’re having a sundae bar, offer plenty of gluten-free toppings like M&Ms and Haribo gummies.

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One of my bridesmaids won’t order her dress and I’m afraid she won’t get it in time for my wedding. What should I do?

Find out why she’s holding off. Is she trying to lose 10 pounds before getting her measurements taken? Has she been busy with work? Is she just being a little flaky? If it’s one of the last two reasons, call and ask her for her measurements so you can order the dress for her. If you find she’s hoping to lose weight, let her know she can order now and a seamstress can alter the dress a few weeks before the wedding. It’s much easier to take in a too-large dress than vice versa. So ordering her current size will actually save her money in the long run.

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I have no idea where to even begin when it comes to hiring a band for our reception. Help!

The first thing to do is get recommendations. Start by polling other couples—getting a referral from a pair who had the time of their lives due to their five-piece jazz band is priceless. Check out reviews online for invaluable advice too. Other great resources are reception venue managers or wedding planners. They’ve heard lots of different bands and can steer you toward some of the best options in the area based on your music tastes.

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Think of places where flowers won’t be missed. Swap berries, acorns or other greenery into boutonnieres for an equally debonair look. Same goes for bridesmaid bouquets. Try a smaller arrangement, like a nosegay or posy, and use supporting elements from your bouquet like spray roses and greenery instead of more expensive stems like peonies. Just make sure yours isn’t too large or the rest of the bouquets could look unbalanced. For ceremony and reception décor, greenery is trending. If that’s not your style, get creative with fabrics and textures. Balloons add a whimsical touch, sequins are perfectly glam and candles are classic romance. >>

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The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (as well as your fiancé’s mom, sister and any other close female friends and family). You don’t have to invite every woman who’s invited to your wedding. As for more distant guests, sending a shower invite is a nice gesture even if you know they won’t be able to attend—it shows them they’re important to you.

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We’re not sure if we can afford a planner for our wedding, but we could definitely use the help. What are our options?

Good news! Most wedding consultants are willing and able to work within a variety of budgets, and because of their connections and expertise, they’re often able to save you a good deal of money too. And you don’t have to sign a consultant on for the whole planning process. Many couples hire someone to oversee the final details the evening before and day of the wedding. Some pros even offer their services on an hourly basis for short-term tasks. You can try the à la carte route and choose exactly which services you’ll need. Just make sure it’s clearly defined in your contract.

PARTY FOUL

Hopefully your parents will be able to put aside their differences during your wedding. You can try diffusing the situation by seating them in different places at the ceremony and reception—the less they interact, the less likely they’ll argue. If you’re really concerned about their behavior, then sit down with them and tell them it would make you happy if they could be civil for one day. They may be more willing to call a truce (at least for 24 hours) if you’ve verbalized how important it is to you.

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My fiancé and I want our first dance to be uniquely ours. What’s the best way to pick a song that isn’t played out?

If you don’t already have a song that’s decidedly yours, think back on the highlights of your relationship. What was playing the day you first said you were in love, or on the car ride to where he proposed? If you don’t have a song with history, consider creating the story. Do you have a shared favorite band or genre? Narrow it down to some options from there, and if the beat doesn’t quite lend itself to a first dance, see if there are acoustic options.

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Tampa Theatre

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; (561) 835-1408; CityPlace.com/ the-harriet-himmel-theater Revel in the architecture of the 1920s, including timeless archways and extravagant divided windows at the front of the hall in this theater. Standing tall among the bustling CityPlace, the 11,000 square foot space is a regal metropolis with three levels: The marble-floored Lobby (fits 150 guests); the romantic Balcony overlooking the theater area (room for 300 guests); and the enormous Main Salon (accommodates 600 guests).

1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; (407) 629-0054; Enzian.org Surrounded by sky-high oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this charming movie house offers a single screen platform for saying “I do” and its on-site Eden Bar for receptions. The secluded spot holds up to 200 guests and has vibrant personality— the interior and exterior walls are painted bright green and trimmed with blue, ideal for those who love color. TIP Announce your big event on the old-timey marquee out front for an authentic movie night vibe.

711 N. Franklin St., Tampa; (813) 274-8286; TampaTheatre.com Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its atmospheric design, this beloved landmark welcomes up to 100 guests. Enter under the theater’s blade sign marquee on a red carpet and be transported to an opulent Mediterranean courtyard. You’ll exchange vows under the electric star-studded “sky” on the stage. Don’t forget to inquire about the organist for hire for the ceremony. The theater has a Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ that’s almost 100 years old. >>

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Take center stage for your “I dos” at one of these eight charming cinemas and playhouses. BY LEXI SENIOR

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Hippodrome Theatre

Hippodrome Theatre 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville; (352) 375-4477; TheHipp.org Nestled in the heart of downtown, this historic venue is famous for its fascinating architecture. Start your journey as newlyweds on stage in the old-fashioned cinema or the dramatic mainstage, then transition to your reception in the basement. Note: this isn’t your mother’s basement—large enough for a crowd of 200, the alcove houses posh white pilasters with sconce lighting and a bar of Italian granite that enhances the dark-wood, century-old doors.

174 E. Flagler St., Miami; (305) 374-2444; OlympiaTheater.org This playhouse’s spectacular indoor courtyard teems with regality. Invite up to 300 guests to witness your vows from the velvet red seating, where you will all be surrounded by ornate architecture and statuary. The high ceilings and dim mood lighting foster a feeling of royal romance. TIP In 1984, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places like its sister venue, the Tampa Theatre. The pair are the only remaining atmospheric theaters in the state of Florida.

Florida Studio Theatre 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; (941) 366-9000; FloridaStudioTheatre.org Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, this collective of performing arts theaters has a surplus of versatile options. With 10 spaces, from the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres, to Parisian-style Goldstein and John C. Court Cabarets, as well as generous studio rooms, there’s a perfect match for every celebration. Party sizes vary from 30 people to 235.

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503 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 525-3456; FLIFF.com The chapel-like exterior of this indie movie theater will have you hearing wedding bells, rom-com or not. Formerly known as Cinema Paradiso, this South Florida gem (converted from a church to a cinema in the 1990s) has both indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies. Invite up to 216 guests to pass the velvet ropes and watch your nuptials in plush indoor stadium seating, or host 150 in the outside gardens. Then, throw an elegant alfresco reception under the grounds’ plentiful string lights. Tent setup is welcome.

160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; (407) 877-4736; GardenTheatre.org Wed on stage in a restored theater designed to look like a Spanish courtyard with a Juliet balcony from a Shakespearean play and a ceiling of twinkling star lights. Then, move up to 250 friends and family to the fully customizable Co-Op Ballroom, located in the adjoined Roper Garden Building. The romantic second-floor setting overlooks the charming downtown streets and the building’s retro outdoor marquee. Plus, share this fun fact with your guests: This was the first cinema for “talkies” in central Florida.

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Cake flavors should reflect you as a couple. Make sure you like the ones you choose. Be prepared to make decisions. Changing orders too many times can cause miscommunication. Find inspiration, but enjoy the most important part: marrying your soulmate and gaining a family you love.

Sounds delicious. What about a musthave dessert to include with a cake? I love sammies, a cookie-based sandwich filled with anything amazing, such as a chocolate sugar cookie with a marshmallow and ganache center—an ode to s’mores! Speaking of yummy, we have to ask: Can vegan and gluten-free cakes taste just as good as the traditional stuff? Yes! Of course butter is amazing, and some gluten-free flours have an aftertaste, but the right baker takes the time to get the perfect recipe. You’d be surprised to know how many people love it. Do you recommend freezing a tier? I always hope a couple calls us in a year to re-make the cake. I have seen images of what a tier looks like after being moved around a freezer—I can’t guarantee what it tastes like.

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Ask yourself before including a trend: “Will I look back in 15 years and still love this?” Know your budget from the beginning and share it with your vendors and planner. Communicate your expectations. We can’t read minds, so we need your honest feedback.

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Since Florida is a prominent destination wedding location, what can couples expect when planning from afar? The one thing you can expect is the unexpected. A lot of couples assume that not all their guests will come and invite everyone they know, like they would for a hometown wedding. Then, they’re surprised when only 5 percent decline, rather than the 20 percent they anticipated. Be selective on your guest list, especially if it is easy to fly to or a popular vacation spot. Many guests won’t say no.

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To save cash, ask your vendor for their preferred brand. We often have favorable pricing on a brand we’re happy to pour at a discount. You don’t need top-shelf spirits for cocktails because we add in so many flavors. Stay hydrated. Drink water early and often on the day.

What is the most requested spirit? We’ve seen an increased interest in whiskey in a guided spirit tasting. We pair them with approachable flavors found in items guests recognize, such as Honey Nut Cheerios with the cereal grain flavor of an Irish whiskey or a Caramello square to play up the caramel notes in a Scotch whisky. Most people think of spirits tastings as high-brow—this is a casual way to turn people on to the deeper levels of spirits during a party. How have couples localized their drinks? The craft spirits movement has been great for the “drink like a local” crowd. We receive more frequent calls for local spirits. We’re fortunate to be surrounded in South Florida by quality local distilleries: Prescribed Spirits makes a delicious barrel-finished gin; South Florida Distillers uses local cane sugar to make a grilled pineapple rum. And St. Augustine Distillery has citrus-zested gin and vodka. Lastly, what’s one spirit to avoid? Flavored whiskey! Whiskey should taste like whiskey, not cinnamon and not coconut. Save the extracts for vodka sodas.

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How does the process work when you first meet a couple? Connecting with the couple is the first step. We meet with a couple over dinner and drinks and encourage them to bring close friends. These encounters are endlessly illuminating. It takes about one round of drinks to lean over to the best man and ask: “Tell me something no one knows about John.” This allows us to register the crowd, which is just as important as understanding the couple. Plus, involving friends will always produce some “inside” drink names!

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“Don’t be afraid to delegate and assign planning tasks to your friends and family members. If someone wants to help, take them up on their offer.” —Sabrina & Grant

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“IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DIY, DO IT. IT’S WORTH THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR VENUE TO SEE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, ESPECIALLY KNOWING YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.” —Emily & Jovan

“If it rains, you’ll still get married and your wedding will still be pretty. You can’t do anything about the weather, but your hired vendors can.” —Jen & Tevje

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“TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN WEDDING. WHEN YOUR PARENTS SEE THAT YOU HAVE A VISION AND RESPECT YOUR BUDGET, THEY’LL BE MORE LIKELY TO LET GO OF THE DECISION-MAKING.”

“You only have a few short hours to take it all in. Be present and pause throughout the night to take a few mental pictures.” —Holly & Sara

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Five heartfelt proposals from the Sunshine State. BY LEXI SENIOR

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During a busy month, Dan suggested a relaxing getaway at the couple’s favorite spot in the Keys, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa—he had a surprise in store for Lauren. As the pair settled in for dinner during the sunset, Dan asked their waitress for a photo, a plan he had organized with the restaurant’s team. “As we posed for the camera, I got down on one knee,” he says. Lauren was shocked. “Everything about the moment felt right,” she adds. “I always pictured myself spending the rest of my life with Dan. I was so excited it was officially becoming a reality.” The ring: J. R. Dunn Jewelers >>

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Big celebrations seem to hold surprises for Amy. She met Matthew at her 20th birthday surprise party. Then, eight years later, Matthew chose to pop the question to Amy in front of 40 family members at their annual Christmas gathering. While taking photos, Matthew dropped to one knee. “She thought I was trying to sit down, so she actually told me to get up,” Matthew says of her confused reaction. “When I pulled out the ring, she instantly started to cry.” After Amy accepted, they spent the joyous night surrounded by loved ones. “Having my entire family celebrating there meant the absolute world to me.” The ring: Cho Lon Jewelry

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After four years together, Ashley (right) asked Tatiana’s parents for permission to marry her before setting her secret plan in action. “I told Tatiana that I organized a staycation as an anniversary gift,” Ashley says of decorating a hotel room with balloons and flowers. Then, the moment came: She proposed with a photo of their two dogs holding signs that said “Will you marry me?” After Tatiana said “yes,” the pair wandered down to the lobby for another surprise from Ashley. “When I saw my best friend, parents and siblings, it made my heart complete,” Tatiana says. The ring: Summit Diamond >>

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Jumping from a six year friendship into a whirlwind romance, Shannon and Mark decided to spend forever together after three months of dating. “We already knew each other so well,” Shannon says. Shortly thereafter, her girlfriends bothered her persistently about a night out—she eventually accepted. But instead of seeing only her ladies at the restaurant, she found Mark standing with a ring in hand. “My favorite detail is that Mark is a carpenter, and he made me a ring box,” she adds. “This gesture only confirmed what kind of husband he was going to be.” The ring: Natalie Marie Jewellery

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Lavar found inspiration in Latisha’s love of comic book superheros for his proposal to her after four and a half years of dating: He booked a trip to Universal Studios. After a long day of roller coaster rides, he dropped to one knee in front of the famous globe at sunset. “It was simply perfect,” Latisha says. When they got back to their hotel, Lavar played a film he made for her. “At the end of the slideshow, each of our family members were all in the video saying congratulations,” she says of the sentimental addition. “He went the extra mile having the movie of my family.” The ring: Sanders Jewelers R E A D M O R E P RO P O SA L S TO R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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REAL WEDDINGS

CENTRAL FLORIDA Fall in love with four weddings that embrace thoughtful themes of ballroom brilliance, rustic elegance, wintry wonderment and bohemian charm.

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FEBRUARY 3

• KISSIMMEE

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Six bridesmaids wore matching hibiscus-colored dresses.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Chrissy Coyle, 29, a registered nurse GROOM Turner Nabors, 33, an industrial lighting specialist HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE After saying their sunset vows in a serene garden, the couple celebrated their union in a romantically lit blushing ballroom. —Lexi Senior “Turner and I got to sneak a peek of the ballroom right before the guests,” Chrissy says. “As we walked in, our eyes lit up at the breathtaking décor, and they had our song playing in the background. We got to have our first dance as husband and wife in our beautiful ballroom with just each other.”

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Pops of red added richness to floral arrangements, flower girl baskets and groomsmen ensembles. “I wanted our wedding style to be romantic, elegant and dreamy,” Chrissy says. “Not necessarily over the top, but with just enough detail.”

The flower girls’ one request? “Sparkly princess shoes,” Chrissy says of their rhinestone flats.

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Ballroom at Reunion, Kissimmee Antique gold candle holders offset smaller bouquets on the tables, adding depth to the stunning space. “I wanted guests to be blown away,” Chrissy says. During cocktail hour, a magician mingled with guests before everyone settled into a dinner of chicken with mango papaya chutney or chimichurri braised short ribs.

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The groom’s navy suit offered a striking contrast to the bride’s dress and bouquet of blush roses and lilac sprigs.

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Wooden wreaths and braided baskets enhanced the rustic motif.

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BRIDE Jaime Guy, 29, a nurse practitioner GROOM Eric Finch, 29, a private wealth advisor HOW THEY MET On the dating app Hinge WEDDING STYLE Inspired by rural but chic weddings, Jaime and Eric planned a celebration full of Old Florida charm. —LS “We were looking for a rustic but classy wedding venue near my hometown,” Jaime says. “Since Eric and I were living in Los Angeles at the time, I asked my parents to tour [venues], and they were completely blown away by the natural beauty. After seeing pictures and videos, we booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person!”

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The couple used the bed of a vintage 1948 Ford truck as a unique space for cards and gifts.

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A delicate dessert table designed by the bride’s mother was a sweet touch for guests.

“At first, I didn’t think it was necessary to get a videographer,” Jaime says. “Turns out, it was the best decision I could have made. It’s so special to hear the vows we wrote to each other, and to share those moments with our friends and family who couldn’t make it. I’ve probably watched our wedding video a thousand times.”

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The bride’s one-year-old niece stole the show in a ballerina-style pink dress.

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• WINTER PARK

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White orchids and glittering silver tablecloths made a bright, bold statement.

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BRIDE Ashley Parks (right), 39, a stay-at-home mom for the couple’s dog BRIDE Yahaira Garcia, 31, an escrow assistant HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Surrounded by the old-world details of a historic home, Ashley and Yahaira said “I do” in their very own winter wonderland. —LS

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The brides selected simple matching silver wedding bands to exchange during their vows.

“Winter wonderland was something that Yahaira had always wanted ever since she was a little girl,” Ashley says. “Silver and Tiffany [& Co.– inspired] blue were used in everything, from bridesmaids dresses and monogrammed cocktail napkins to the card box, cake and guest book.”

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Decorated with white orchids, the amaretto and buttercream cake was finished with a customized topper.

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• ORLANDO

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Adorned with greenery, the pavilion was draped with a made-toorder macramé backdrop.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Kendall Kohl, 25, a sales representative GROOM Troy Thurston, 27, a construction manager HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends of the groom’s sister WEDDING STYLE Boho vibes built up by shades of blue were a priority for the pair while planning their perfect day. —LS “We wanted to play on the outdoor space and have a very natural, bohemian feel to our wedding. It mimicked our personal style, while still feeling like the formal event that it was,” Kendall says.

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The groom’s burgundy suit matched vintage decorations in the reception space, including a seating area with claw-foot couches, brass vases and candlesticks. “Take some time after you say “I do” for just the two of you,” advises Kendall. “And make sure you have a pizza waiting for you at the end of the night!”

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daringly deep A black and marble place setting is a crisp backdrop for a vibrant centerpiece of oxblood peonies, pink ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, blush garden roses and branches. The cake’s marbled exterior and sugar flowers echo the tablescape and unite the overall palette. Cake, IntricateIcings.com; florals, FlorabyNora.com; tabletop décor, EclecticHive.com; linens, LuxeLinen .org; stationery, YonderDesign.com; gifts, BundlesGiftCo.com; venue, DenverPhotoCollective.com >>

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Reinvent table numbers by trading paper signs for black engraved shagreen plaques, set on a gilded photo ledge.

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moody marble

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A leather folio and luggage tag for guests are nice personal touches, and add a hint of texture to a streamlined black-and-white invitation suite.

F I N D M O R E I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheKnot.com/reception

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Match the cake size to your space Your cake should fit the style and size of your space. If your reception is in a grand ballroom, consider increasing the cake’s stature with tall and narrow tiers, or opting for a faux Styrofoam layer (no one will know!) to add height. If you’re hosting a more intimate celebration (say, in a barn), a smaller confection will be a perfect match. Just make sure you size it right for your guest count too—a three-tier cake usually serves 50 to 100 people, while you’ll need around five layers to serve 200 or more guests.

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Choose the flavor you want to eat Besides being a showpiece at your wedding, your cake should taste amazing too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try out a lot of flavors, and don’t be afraid to stray from the traditional vanilla and chocolate. Also, don’t forget to sample fillings—many bakers love experimenting with complex flavor pairings, like guava and mango or hazelnut and mocha. You’ll never please everyone, so choose a flavor (or flavors) you and your partner truly love.

Make wedding style decisions before choosing the cake You’ll want a confection that reflects the look and feel of your wedding. Ideally you’ll know the season and venue, and what your florals and gown will look like before meeting with a potential baker. Arrive at your cake consultation prepared—you don’t need to have a sketch, but a few visuals and knowledge of basic terms will make it easier on everyone. If you’re looking for a custom design, bring along any inspiration you’ve already compiled, like a swatch of lace from your dress or a picture of your wedding china­.

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Have a budget in mind Wedding cake is usually priced by the slice. The cost can vary but generally ranges from $3 to $30 per piece (and beyond). It’s easy to be wooed by blood orange filling and a multi-flavor cake when you’re making decisions on a sugar buzz, but having a handle on your budget ahead of time—and knowing what will affect it—will allow you to prioritize your choices. For instance, more flavors often equals more money—the more complicated the flavor, the bigger the price tag. A five-tier design is going to run you much more than something small with two understated layers. Handmade sugar flowers are stunning, but they’ll add dollars to every slice, and fondant icing is generally more expensive than buttercream. Talk to your baker about designs you like and what specifically draws you to them—they’ll likely have a cost-effective solution that will let you have your cake and eat it too.

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Get the facts on frosting Do you prefer buttercream or fondant? Buttercream is often much more delicious. But if you love the smooth, almost surreal-like look of fondant, consider having the cake frosted in buttercream first, then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection to give it a polished finish. Whatever type of icing you choose, opt for colors your guests will want to eat. If your wedding hues are blue and green, instead of sticking to only those colors, you could have a white cake with subtle green-frosted accents.

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Consider the temperature Just like with your wedding flowers, take the weather into account when choosing your cake. If you’re having an outdoor celebration in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue or buttercream, which can all melt easily. Ask your baker about summer icing options or opt for a fondant-covered cake, which holds up much better against heat and humidity.

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Budget for extra details When it comes to decoration, adornment costs run the gamut. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruit or flowers that, in some instances, can be applied by your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate gum-paste or sugar-paste flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. But here’s the bottom line: All add-ons—including marzipan fruits, chocolate-molded flowers and lace points—will increase the cost. (For the record, we think a little decoration is worth the extra budget.) >>

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Don’t forget the top layer There are unique ways to top your cake. If you have an heirloom piece, like a fine porcelain antique, work with your baker to integrate it into the cake’s design. It can double as your “something old.” Other alternatives include a bouquet of sugar flowers, a cascade of icing ribbons or even a sugar block carved to reveal your new monogram. Look to your locale for inspiration as well. A cluster of coral can look stunning for a beachside celebration, or try a fondant snowflake for a winter wedding. Or skip it altogether—some designs look great without a topper.

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Have a detailed delivery plan Cake delivery takes coordination (and usually a refrigerated van), so give yourself peace of mind and opt to have your cake delivered by your baker instead of picking it up yourself. Complex cakes may not necessarily arrive in final form, so allow time and space for on-site assembly, if needed. Once the masterpiece is delivered, make sure it has a place at the venue (especially if it requires refrigeration). It’s important to discuss all the delivery details with your baker before signing the contract and connect them with your venue or planner before your wedding day.

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Give your cake the spotlight Your cake will likely be on display for the entire evening before it’s cut and consumed, so have a designated, well-lit table that allows for the best presentation possible. A round table is perfect for circular cakes, but a linear design may call for a rectangular table. Add a specialty linen and decorate with candles or flowers that complement your cake.

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Eat your cake (seriously!) Sadly, most couples often don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake (besides the bite you feed each other when cutting). If you suspect you’ll be too busy on the dance floor to enjoy a slice, ask your caterer to save some extra for you to share with your new spouse postwedding for a late-night snack.

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Skip the freezer burn Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Instead, think about enjoying it on your two-week or one-month anniversary, and then treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavor when you’ve hit the big one-year mark. If you want to adhere to tradition, have your caterer tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then place it in an airtight baggie. Keep it in the freezer, then thaw it in the fridge before eating.

wedding cake 101 Know your (sweet) stuff by mastering these terms.

Buttercream

A smooth, creamy icing that stays soft. It can be colored or flavored, and is often used to create decorative accents or as filling. Because it’s made from butter, it may melt in extreme heat or humidity, so it’s not great for outdoor events.

Fondant

Ideal for creating intricate accents or an especially smooth exterior, fondant is icing made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that’s then rolled out and draped over a cake or used for detailing. It can be tinted various hues, “painted” on or even topped with edible gold leaf for a luxe look.

Ganache

A sweet, rich chocolate, it’s denser than mousse but less dense than fudge and can be used as icing or filling. Because it’s made of chocolate and heavy cream, it will soften in hot weather, so have your venue keep it in a fridge until serving.

Drips

You’ve probably seen this Instagram-famous accent all over social media. Ganache or colored melted chocolate is poured over the cake and allowed to drip down the sides artistically.

Piping

A decorative frosting technique created using a pastry bag, various metal tips and buttercream. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket weave patterns and flowers.

Fillings

Flavoring added between the layers of cake. Fillings can be made from buttercream, ganache or even jams and fruit compotes for a sweet or savory touch.

Sugar Flowers

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

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Your invitation suite (including, but not limited to, your invite, response card, reception card and accommodations/directions card), is often the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so it’s important to pay attention to the message your paper goods are sending. Whether your vibe is streamlined and classic, natural and aged, or bright and modern, adding these trendy accents to your correspondence will make it stand out and will help set the mood for all your unique wedding day celebrations to come.

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Watercolor illustrations Turn your invitation suite into a work of art worthy of display (even if it’s just on the fridge) by hiring a painter or artist to create a stunning scene for your invites, RSVP card or save-the-date. Pastoral or landscape scenes are growing in popularity as more couples choose to make the destination of their wedding, like sprawling vineyards, the focus of their design. If the idea of nature doesn’t fit your wedding style, look to your venue—or you and your partner’s life together—for inspiration. A portrait of your beloved pups, a monochromatic rendering of your first date spot or even a new family crest dedicated to your interests are all great ways to personalize the painting. Then, make the most of your investment by reusing the imagery throughout other parts of your event, like imposing it on lounge pillows, sticking labels on goodies in your welcome bags or having a vinyl version made to attach to cornhole boards. You can even frame an oversize version and hang it in your newlywed nest as a sweet reminder of your wedding day.

Leather detailing Heads up: Leather details are the new “it” wedding texture, and they’re the perfect choice for couples or to-be-weds looking to incorporate a bit of edge into their invitation suite. Leather that’s been debossed (meaning it’s been stamped so it’s indented with wording) is great for smaller accents like an insert card, program binding or as a belly band to hold the whole suite together. Or make the material the star of the show by seeking out a stationer who specializes in leather pressing and have them craft your actual invite using leather as the “paper.” Keep in mind that a heavier style like that may double or triple your postage costs. >>

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Give guests a special surprise by lining envelopes with an eye-catching design. Logistically, envelope liners serve to make envelopes a bit heartier so they stand up to mailing, and also ensure you can’t see through to the inner contents. Practicality aside, they’re also a great place to work in color or design. Think of liners as the wallpaper of your envelope—the underside of the flap is one of the first things guests will see. You want something attention-grabbing that will give guests a taste of your party personality. Task your stationer with designing a liner that accents—not competes with—the rest of your invitation suite. A bold geometric pattern falls perfectly in line with a modern city loft wedding, while soft pastel watercolor blooms are an ideal accent if you’re hosting a romantic garden affair.

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The ancient art of calligraphy (available in a variety of styles, like traditional copperplate and modern script) has long been a go-to for wedding invitations, giving them a special, more formal feel. While it’s often reserved for addressing the inner and outer envelopes of invitation suites, you can incorporate it on other details as well, like escort cards, menu cards, ceremony programs and favor tags. Pros also use spot calligraphy in their invitation designs. An entirely handwritten invite can be difficult to read and also expensive, but using script in a few key spots (like your and your partner’s names) is a great compromise. Calligraphers are also turning to metallic inks, like iridescent golds, coppers and silvers, to give an invitation a truly celebratory feel.

Next time you’re scouring local antique shops for blue and white ginger jars for your centerpieces, keep an eye out for vintage stamps that match your invite suite as well. Hunt down styles that somehow complement your wedding palette or invitation suite, either in color or by the images they depict, then add them to the exterior envelopes for some old-school charm. Your stationer is a great resource for this, but you can also check out vendors like VintagePostageShop and LittlePostageHouse on Etsy.com. Whether you choose to accent your envelope with bold blues or all blooms, head to the post office before you buy. You’ll want to have a sample envelope (filled with your complete suite) weighed first so you know how much postage will cost. Vintage stamps are worth less, so you’ll likely need five or more per envelope to ensure it will ship. >>

Vellum paper You’ve likely seen this thin, waxy paper popping up in your inspiration feeds lately, either layered atop a printed invite or serving as the invitation itself. Known as vellum, this material is typically made from a rag or plasticized cotton blend, and has an opaque, nonreflective finish that feels a bit softer than plastic. It’s sturdy enough to be printed or written on with calligraphy (and looks especially great in a monochromatic palette, like black or white) making it a cool, modern solution for envelopes, liners or invitation paper. Work it into your suite for an edgy twist, then carry it throughout the rest of your wedding décor by using it everywhere—think: vellum menus, place cards, ceremony programs, favor tags and confetti bags. It seriously does it all.

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Deckle edging Unique texture can bring a little something extra to even the simplest invitation suite design, and there’s no better way to do that than by choosing a paper style with deckle edges. In manual papermaking, a deckle refers to the removable wood frame used to size the sheet of paper and keep the wet paper materials within the shape. Once pressed and released from the frame, the edge of the paper can be feathered and slightly irregular, resulting in its characteristic torn look. Also popular in old-school bookmaking, deckle edges have become a coveted addition to invitation suites, especially if the couple is looking to infuse their design with a vintage, bespoke charm. Paper featuring deckle edge detailing pairs most naturally with equally organic design accents, like a soft neutral color palette, flowy handwritten calligraphy, hemp or twine bundle ties, and a casual or rustic wedding day venue.

Wax seals For the perfect finishing touch, go old school with a wax seal. Traditionally used to close envelopes and letters before the handy glue strip was commonplace (the practice dates to before medieval times) wax seals are experiencing a renaissance thanks in part to their popularity in wedding invitations. Keep it simple with a traditional fleur-de-lis-style seal or explore the offerings on sites like BacktoZero.co or Stamptitude.com, where you can browse unique options or customize your own styles. With dozens of colors to suit any palette and even more ways to use them, wax stamps are becoming a must for practically any event. Supply your stationer with one featuring your new initials to seal a ribbon onto your invitations, stamp them onto welcome bag tags or invest in several numbers to use them in an unexpected table card display.

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Perfect for romantics at heart, raw silk ribbons are a great way to introduce texture, movement and a dusting of color to any invitation suite. Often seen tied around a stack of materials or used as the binding in wedding programs, silk ribbons add an effortlessly whimsical finishing touch. Sites like StellaWolfe.com, SilkandWillow.com and Tono-Co.MyShopify.com specialize in hand-dyed, raw silk ribbons, which gives the material its signature desaturated colors and fluttery feel. Ask your stationer to work some ribbon into your suite, then carry the finish throughout your wedding by tying ribbons onto your bridal bouquet or looping them around the napkins at place settings. Order an extra spool to hand off to your photographer on the day-of—it’s a great accent to add to those gorgeous flat lay shots you’ll want of your stationery suite.

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Shannon Couch is an illustrator and surface designer from Bradenton, specializing in watercolor art and hand lettering for wedding invitations, greeting cards and other stationery items.

I get inspiration from a lot of places, including nature and animals—I take a ton of photos when I’m out and about. Fashion magazines are also great for finding pattern and color inspiration.

This year, metallics are everywhere. I love the look of colorful hologram or iridescent metallic foil I’ve seen popping up on greeting cards, suites and signs lately. It’s so playful and fancy looking.

My favorite part of my job is designing the main invitation or a signature monogram or crest. My couples also typically like to include a little illustration of their pets, which is always so fun.

When working with clients one-on-one for their weddings, we take a lot of inspiration from their event—how they envision their day, what colors or flowers they’re using and what their venue is like.

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Instead of a traditional vessel centerpiece, have your florist create a diverse arrangement of blooms, greenery and fruit that guests can feast their eyes on as they dine. This statement-making version includes cacti, pomegranates, roses, orchids and tropical goodies like lychee, papaya and dragon fruit. Prairie porcelain charger plate, $77, Vista Alegre, JungLeeNY.com; Melamine dinner plate, $10, Lulie Wallace, Anthropologie.com; gilded rim white wine glass, $22, Anthropologie.com; Mykonos satin stitch napkin in Orange, $24, JonathanAdler.com; copper-handled flatware, $40 for 5-piece set, PotteryBarn.com; Josie double old-fashioned glass, $4, CrateandBarrel.com >>

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Enchant guests with beautiful handmade favors they wouldn’t dream of leaving behind. With plant-based ideas from DIY pro Lia Griffith, there’s a gift for every celebration. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY AND CR AFTS BY LIA GRIFFITH

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Guests will love a thoughtfully presented pantry staple. WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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• Gold leaf kit • Stemless wine glasses • Succulents or air plants • Small river rocks • Soil • “Thank you” tags • Binder clips HOW TO

Gold leaf the base of wine glasses according to package instructions. Let dry, then fill with small river rocks or soil and succulents. Attach “thank you” tags to rim with clips. >>

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ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Soft pastels and feminine details pair to create a sweet and beautifully whimsical setting.

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Timeless blue prints and refined silver accessories are the epitome of sophistication.

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1 Fortuny dinner plate in Gold/Teal, $395 for 4, L-Objet.com 2 Ikat mini lattice napkin in Gold, $24 for 4, WestElm.com 3 Herdmar vintage solid gold matte finish flatware, $125 for 5-piece place setting, WestElm.com 4 Rufolo glass gold organic charger, $48, Vietri.com 5 Lismore Diamond Gold flute, $75, Waterford.com 6 Cellini gold-rim glass, $20 for 4, Home Essentials & Beyond, BedBathandBeyond.com 7 Gold Loop #9 skinny vase, $172, JillRosenwald.com

1 Deco Dot dinner plate, $14, KateSpade.com 2 Town & Country Ashton Lane tumbler, $95 for 2, Waterford, Bloomingdales .com 3 Jardin Francais presentation plate, $93, Timothy Corrigan, Royal-Limoges.fr 4 Bentley red wine glass, $95, RalphLauren .com 5 Ceramic dachshund butter dish, $68, JonathanAdler.com 6 Bamboo flatware collection, $12 for 4, WorldMarket.com 7 Color Play napkin in Royal, $20 for 2, Lindsay Megahed, Minted.com

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SOUTH FLORIDA This mix of six weddings includes a beach celebration, a romantic ranch party, church traditions and one colorful boho affair.

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Embracing the eye-catching colors of the tropics, the bride clutched a full, overflowing bouquet of blooms.

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BRIDE Melanie Holliday, 32, a public insurance adjuster GROOM Andrew Greenburg, 32, a yacht captain HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE The color-loving couple said their “I dos” on a private beach, surrounded by vibrant hues that expressed their gypsy vibes. —Lexi Senior “The theme of the wedding is the theme of my life,” Melanie says. “My everyday style in wardrobe and home décor is very colorful and bohemian.” It was important to the couple that a wide range of colors was infused in the ornamentation of the ceremony and reception.

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Table runners were splashed with a bold rainbow watercolor pattern.

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The flower girl wore a custom-made leafy crown with a pink pineapple on top.

A humorous, rhyming sign directed guests to the festive reception area, where they were treated to chicken, pasta and fresh fish from the Florida Keys. “Have food and drinks for guests prior to the ceremony just in case it doesn’t start on time,” Melanie says. “This keeps waiting guests happy.”

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Before guests left the party, they were gifted potted orchid plants, which had worked double-duty as décor until that point. “My advice for anyone planning a wedding is to hire a wedding planner to plan the entire event,” Melanie says. “I should have let my planner handle it all so I could have enjoyed everything!”

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PLANNER D’Asigner

FLOWERS Marathon Florist

OFFICIANT Pastor Tim Williams

(family friend)

GOWN Boca Raton

Bridal, Boca Raton

HAIR Makayla

Duvall MAKEUP The Glam Squad ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Hallie Braje/Benold’s Jewelers JEWELRY Necklace: Hallie Braje/Benold’s Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Asa Kaftans,

Nordstrom

MENSWEAR Tommy Bahama

SIGN-IN BOOK YTBCreations,

Etsy.com

RENTALS Mile Marker Party

Rentals; Over The Top

CATERING

Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar; Key Colony Inn The upbeat song “Life is Better with You” by Michael Franti & Spearhead played during the first dance.

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MUSIC DJ Aaron Moore

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Guests enjoyed chocolate ganache and guava cake decorated with dripping gold fondant.

The arbor, dressed with a generous rose garland, was built by the groom’s mother.

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Sabrina gifted each of her bridesmaids a pair of earrings and a suede choker to go with her gown.

“After visiting several venues, we couldn’t find a place more beautiful that allowed us to be creative with the space,” Sabrina says. “It’s also the place where we first met.” In keeping with the earth-inspired theme and rich palette, the sweetheart table was set against a spectacular backdrop of greenery.

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Burlap linens and tall gold candlesticks decorated wood farmhouse tables.

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At the reception, Sabrina’s aunt surprised the couple with La Hora Loca (“the crazy hour” in Spanish), complete with brightly colored, costumed dancers. The newlyweds’ advice: “Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t feel pressured to follow the traditions of others. Feel empowered to carve your own path.”

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Traci Burke

Photography

PLANNER Angela Guzman/

Wedded to Perfection After Floral Design

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GOWN

Ines Di Santo, Chic Parisien, Coral Gables HAIR &

MAKEUP VaVaVoom Artistry

HEADPIECE Maria Elena, Chic Parisien, Coral

Gables

SHOES White House Black Market

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Snow’s Jewelers

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

BHLDN; Show Me Your Mumu

MENSWEAR

Groom: Sartori Amici; groomsmen: Mr. Tux STATIONERY Invitations: Engaging Papers;

programs: PaperDainty, Etsy.com; menu cards: HoneyLaneDesigns, Etsy.com Event Productions

RENTALS Evoga

CATERING Chef’s Delights

CAKE Amazing Cakes by Angel DESSERTS

Misha’s Cupcakes Productions

MUSIC Evoga Event

TRANSPORTATION A Classy

Affair Limo Service

HONEYMOON

Sedona, AZ; Moab, UT; Jackson Hole, WY GUESTS 212 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 6)

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Inspired by actress Grace Kelly’s royal wedding dress, the bride custom designed her lace and silk gown.

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BRIDE Carolina Valdes-Lora, 25, a designer and realtor GROOM Karol Ecker, 31, a registered nurse HOW THEY MET At Karol’s sister’s surprise birthday dinner WEDDING STYLE The self-proclaimed old souls agreed on a timeless, ethereal theme that incorporated European elements and lavish white trimmings. —LS “Our Cuban and Polish cultures, plus love for history and architecture, influenced the style and decoration,” Carolina says. “We love tradition and appreciate things of value that stand the test of time.”

The junior flower girl wore a Victorian lace collar that Carolina found online.

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The bride decided on their classic palette—ivory, green, gold, brown and antique metals—after looking at the weddings of historic American families, such as the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts.

The dessert table was covered with a crochet tablecloth used in Carolina’s grandparents’ wedding in Cuba.

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Guests sat picnic-style at long rows of tables draped with white rose garlands.

CAROLINA & KAROL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Hugh Catholic Church,

Coconut Grove RECEPTION SITE Villa Woodbine, Coconut Grove Photography Love Films

PHOTOGRAPHY Lara Rios VIDEOGRAPHY Made With

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Maureen

C. Weddings & Events Designs

FLOWERS Nevot Flower

OFFICIANT Father Omar Huesca

GOWN Rex Fabrics, Miami

HAIR M Salon

MAKEUP Avant-Garde Salon & Spa

VEIL

AlisaBrides, Etsy.com HEADPIECE Maria Elena, Chic Parisien, Coral Gables Weitzman

SHOES Stuart

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank FLOWER

GIRL DRESS Mother Goose

STATIONERY

Handkerchief invitations: PrintmadeStudio, Etsy.com; stationery, programs, menu cards & seating chart design: DIY; printing: GGPress SIGN-IN BOOK SeraphineCreations, Etsy.com RENTALS L R Entertainment; Unearthed

Vintage

CATERING Bill Hansen Catering

CAKE & DESSERTS Earth & Sugar

Junior’s Entertainment Group Champagne

MUSIC

FAVORS Mumm

TRANSPORTATION AraLimo

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

The garden-inspired reception reflected the couple’s desire to keep it personal. “Cherish each moment and have fun with your husband,” Carolina says. “Your wedding is one day, and your husband is a lifetime.”

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

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BRIDE Abigail Conrad, 27, an esthetician GROOM Alden Carrere, 28, an investment banker HOW THEY MET Walking by each other in the streets of New Orleans WEDDING STYLE Moved by the colors of the sun setting over the ocean, the couple chose a wedding palette influenced by blush pink and deep blue. —LS “For our Catholic wedding ceremony, we decided to keep the décor simple,” Abigail says. “We wanted the vows and our chosen readings to be the focus and not to take away from the thing that joined us together, which was God.”

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The couple hosted cocktail hour outside the club, so the guests were able to overlook the ocean while swaying to a jazz band and sipping signature drinks. One of these was the famous purple drink from New Orleans’s Lafitte’s, which Alden invited Abigail to have with him the night they met.

ABIGAIL & ALDEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Christopher Catholic

Church, Hobe Sound RECEPTION SITE Jupiter Island Club, Hobe Sound

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Lustrous blue linens with gold metallic flowers dressed dinner tables.

Pinwheel Film Company Events

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Masi

FLOWERS Julia Rohde Designs

OFFICIANT Father John Coughlan

GOWN

Romona Keveza, Wedding Belles, New Orleans HAIR &

MAKEUP Sissi Ceballo Makeup

& Hair

VEIL Jennifer Leigh, Wedding

Belles, New Orleans

SHOES Roger Vivier

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Friend

& Company EARRINGS Wedding Belles BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale, Wedding

Belles, New Orleans

MENSWEAR Groom:

George Bass; groomsmen: Perlis

STATIONERY

Invitations: Scriptura; calligraphy: Calligraphy by Maria Helena; programs: Elle Designs RENTALS Nüage Designs

& Sugar

CAKE Earth

MUSIC Higher Ground/Tropics

Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Bella Ballroom Dance Studio The pair departed in a sleek RollsRoyce golf cart.

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TRANSPORTATION Molly’s REGISTRY Friend & Company

HONEYMOON African safari GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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A close friend officiated as the couple exchanged personalized vows.

Stress balls painted as golden footballs functioned as clever escort cards.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Janet Nguyen, 35, a special projects editor GROOM Gary Sonkur, 35, an entrepreneur HOW THEY MET Through Janet’s brother, who was Gary’s college roommate WEDDING STYLE After scrapping plans for an elopement in Italy, the two opted for an European-influenced intimate family feast. —LS “One of the things that I knew I wanted for sure was a circular ceremony,” Janet says of their vows, which took place among leaves, vines, lanterns and rose petals. “We were literally surrounded by love in what can only be described as the most awesome ‘circle of trust’ ever.”

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Bold pink peonies topped the reception tables, enhancing décor inspired by “big family feasts.” Guests could lounge on antique-style furniture while smoking hand-rolled cigars or taking a break from the “wacky booth” set up by their photographer. “Guests could eat, dance and party all night!” Janet says.

For the ceremony, the bride wore her hair in a low knot; for the reception, she let her curls down.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami PHOTOGRAPHY Todd Good Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Hope Media

Masi Events Designs

PLANNER

FLOWERS Julia Rohde

GOWN &

VEIL Rue De Seine,

The Dress Theory, Nashville

HAIR &

MAKEUP Colleen Stone Makeup

Alexandre Birman

SHOES

STATIONERY Minted.com

RENTALS Atlas Event Rental; Unearthed

Vintage

CATERING Bill Hansen Catering

CAKE Cloud 9 Bakery & Cafe

MUSIC

A Productions Inc. OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Todd Good Photography FAVORS MiniSportsBalls.com; Towel

Trading Group

TRANSPORTATION Padrino

Limousine Service

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Miami Beach EDITION Honeyfund.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Italy

GUESTS 80 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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The newlyweds said “I do” under a clear acrylic arbor decorated with hydrangeas and orchids.

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A full train and 13-foot veil added drama to the bride’s look.

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BRIDE Cristina Rodriguez, 28, an office manager GROOM Omar Armenteros, 40, an IT company owner HOW THEY MET At a nightclub WEDDING STYLE A glamorous, all-white celebration with pops of pink brought their chic wedding vision to life. —LS “Our theme was romantic, modern glamour,” Cristina says. “I wanted the room to feel glamorous with elegant, clean lines and gorgeous floral arrangements.” Mirror-topped tables reflected the candlelight from the votives, and low arrangements of hydrangeas, transparent chargers and soft uplighting created a luxe atmosphere.

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The layers of the five-tier monogrammed cake were filled with chocolate and marble flavors.

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After the ceremony on the 14th floor pool deck, a tree of lights strung with escort cards awaited guests near the reception entrance to the ballroom. A decadent menu included beef tenderloin and truffle mashed potatoes.

CRISTINA & OMAR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Kimpton

EPIC Hotel, Miami

PHOTOGRAPHY

Alan Phillip Navarrete/Alan Phillip Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Prime Design Films WEEK-OF COORDINATOR &

Vivian Colls Events Rodriguez

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Rev. Eddie

GOWN Inbal Dror, Ever After

Miami, Miami

HAIR Alex Pruna; Yojanis

Herrera MAKEUP Cynthia Karin Ever After Miami, Miami

VEIL

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tiffany

& Co. JEWELRY Twinkle Twinkle Bridal Jewelry & Accessories

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Dollhouse Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR

Groom: Ermenegildo Zegna; groomsmen: Dolce & Gabbana

STATIONERY Invitations:

Say It With Paper; escort & menu cards: Peach Owl Invites

RENTALS Event Factor;

Miami Drape & Lighting Kimpton EPIC Hotel Temptations Cakes

CATERING CAKE Elegant

MUSIC Event Factor

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Hora Loca: Black

& Wine Events; photo booth: Voguish Booth

ACCOMMODATIONS Kimpton

EPIC Hotel

HONEYMOON Hawaii

GUESTS 120 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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beauty for hire

If the idea of putting on eyeliner makes your hand shake, you may want to hire a pro to do your makeup on your wedding day. >>

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Whether it’s strobing, contouring, a smoky eye or a statement lip, when it comes to your wedding day makeup, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a makeup aficionado, all those choices can make your head spin. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day will take the stress out of making sure you’re photo ready. We tapped beauty guru Brittany Lo, the founder and CEO of Beautini, for her tips on finding and working with a makeup artist.

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Get inspired You’ve spent months tearing pages out of wedding magazines and pinning everything you can find for your wedding décor and dress, but your inspiration hunt shouldn’t stop there. The easiest way to ensure your makeup turns out exactly the way you envision it is by using a reference photo. “Pinterest or bridal magazines and blogs are a perfect place to start,” Lo says. “Finding photos that reflect a bride’s vision is helpful for an artist to fully understand the desired direction for the look.” Did a celebrity have a major beauty moment on the red carpet you’ve been dying to re-create? Was there a makeup look on the runway that caught your eye? Take those pictures and file them away for your makeup artist to reference. And if you don’t have a specific image in mind, that’s okay too. Just knowing the shades you’d like to incorporate or the feeling you’d like to evoke can help your makeup artist lock down a look you’ll love.

Find the right pro The easiest way to find any pro for your wedding is by asking your friends—nothing beats word of mouth, especially in the world of weddings. Your photographer or hairstylist might also have great suggestions for a makeup artist, since most have worked with some in the past. Our online marketplace is also a great way to connect

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with makeup artists right in your area. You can search by city and state, read reviews from real brides, take a look at artists’ portfolios and save their pictures to your favorites. You can even contact the vendor directly through our site to get an estimate or check if they’re available on your wedding day. Be sure to ask for references before hiring any professional. Past clients will be able to tell you everything their portfolio can’t, like how they interacted while they worked and if they are punctual and easy to work with and have a positive attitude. Your makeup artist will be with you and your wedding party for hours, so you’ll want to know from past clients if they enjoyed working with them. “Having trust in your makeup artist is key,” Lo says. “It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what look you’re going for. But if you’re not working with specific inspiration images, it is important to trust that the makeup artist you’re working with can create something you’ll love.”

Schedule your makeup trial You should book your makeup trial immediately after you send your makeup artist your inspiration photos. You’ll want to know early on if the makeup artist you chose is the right fit and if the look you’ve been envisioning will work for you. “Bring inspirational photos of hair and makeup that you like as well as photos of yourself that you like,” Lo says. But remember, your inspiration photo should be just that—inspiration. Be open to suggestions from your makeup artist, especially if you don’t have specific images to reference. They can guide you to a beauty look that complements everything from your features to your wedding color scheme. Other essentials for your makeup trial? “Makeup products you love wearing on a daily basis and a lipstick that you are looking to incorporate into the look,” Lo says. >>

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real talk “You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.”

The ideal time to schedule your trial is around the time of day your actual wedding will be. If your ceremony is in the morning, have your trial early—that way you can see how the makeup looks in different lighting throughout the day. Take photos from different angles as well, and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the products they use. Is your mascara flaking off? Does your skin feel irritated or greasy from the foundation? Has your concealer completely disappeared? You want your makeup to be picture perfect, so don’t be afraid to voice all your concerns to your makeup artist—now is the time to do so. “Communication is extremely important,” Lo says. “You’re spending a lot of money for a trial. You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up about what you like and dislike. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.” If you don’t like your look after the trial, contact the artist or a representative from their company. Frequently, a company will offer a complementary or discounted second trial. Also, it’s a good idea to time your makeup trial. This way, you’ll have an estimate of how long it will take on the actual wedding day so you can plan accordingly. While you’re there, discuss wedding day logistics. If you’re traveling to your makeup artist, budget extra time. If they’re coming to you, make sure they have a clean space with surfaces to lay out their products and tools, as well as access to multiple outlets and (if possible) natural lighting.

Get made up On the day of your wedding, you should be as relaxed as possible— so leave plenty of time to get ready before the ceremony. It usually takes two to three hours to complete a bride’s hair and makeup. Something to keep in mind: If the makeup artist is also working with your bridal party, depending on the size of the party, you’ll need to set aside at least an additional two hours for their looks. If possible, it’s best to hire another person for your party or hire a makeup artist that has an assistant or a team that can work on all of you at the same time. If one pro is working on both you and your bridesmaids, go last so you’ll look fresh in photos. If your bridal party is doing their own hair and makeup, make sure you give general guidelines so they know what you’re envisioning.

ask away Before you book a pro for your wedding day beauty, get need-to-know answers to these questions.

Do you have a portfolio of your work I can look at?

Why you want to know: Whether it’s a traditional portfolio or their profile on Instagram, always look through a makeup artist’s past work before hiring them. This will help you get a feel for their skill level and the types of looks they specialize in.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them? Why you want to know: If you have specific brands or products you never stray from, or if you have allergies to certain products, using your own may be the best bet. For makeup brushes and other tools, a makeup artist will be using a clean brush of their own.

How do you charge?

Why you want to know: If you have a large wedding party, it’s worth looking into a makeup artist who doesn’t charge per person. Logistics like how they charge, the payment method they prefer and when they expect payment should be discussed early so there are no surprises on the day of your wedding.

Do you have a team of assistants?

Why you want to know: Depending on how big your wedding party is, you may need a makeup artist who works with one or more assistants. An artist who has a team can focus on you as the priority and have their assistants work on the rest of your party, minimizing the time it will take for everyone to get ready.

What will happen if you’re sick or have an emergency on my wedding day?

Why you want to know: Emergencies happen all the time, but does your makeup artist have a plan in place if they’re unable to make it? They might have another artist who will replace them or assistants who can take over their duties for the day. Also ask if they will give you a refund in the event they have to cancel.

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8 couples’ workouts you have to try The best way to stay on track with an exercise routine is to sweat with a partner—good thing you’re marrying yours!

Getting motivated to work out can be hard enough without the pressure of wedding planning, but having a partner can make it easier—and who better to join you in your workouts than your fiancé? Exercising together has tons of benefits. Not only will you have someone to provide resistance during moves, but it adds to your sense of teamwork. That’s a valuable necessity when it comes to attacking life together, especially as a married couple. >>

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Don’t know where to start? “Find something both of you like,” suggests Heather Lilleston, a cofounder of yoga retreat company Yoga for Bad People. “You don’t have to suffer through a workout you hate just to appease your partner. The main thing is that your relationship holds a quality of being healthy.” Plus, it can be enlightening to discover each other’s skills. “You’ll also watch your partner struggle,” adds Jill Penfold, creator of LA Bride Body Transformation System. “High-five and tell each other, ‘You rock!’ ” To motivate you, here are some top ways couples can work out and recover together. Grab your soon-to-be spouse, throw on a high-energy playlist and go for it.

Go on an active adventure with your significant other, like hiking a nearby trail, swimming at a local pool or beach, biking around town or running on a local path. You two can take it as fast or slow as you want and even turn it into a romantic date by setting up a picnic at the finish line. “Something outdoorsy that’s not necessarily working out can be a nice middle ground to start,” Lilleston says of building a fitness routine together. “You get the benefit of circulation, movement and time with your significant other that feels good without intoxicants.”

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Attend a class together If you’re both in need of motivation, sign up for a class together. Take advantage of each other’s diverse fitness likes and attend a class that you wouldn’t normally try, such as spinning, rowing or yoga. Penfold recommends trying something that’s new for both of you. You’ll work muscles that you normally don’t engage and have a fun, new experience to bond over with your other half. You can also hire a personal trainer and book a private dual sweat session. These instructors will whip you into shape with a customized routine to fit both of your goals.

Time each other for interval training Incorporate interval training into your regimen. This method involves high-intensity bursts of exercise followed by rest between each session. It can take many forms and target many areas, including nonstop squats, planks, burpees or jumping jacks. Penfold suggests 20 seconds of training followed by 10 seconds of rest. To switch it up, work for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of recovery. While one partner breaks, the other is training. Alternatively, you can exercise simultaneously, then rest together. “The possibilities are endless,” she says. Running out of ideas? Download a fitness app to count the intervals for you and showcase new moves to keep your muscles guessing. >>

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start a meditation practice Don’t forget to take days off to revitalize your body and mind. It’s key to every great fitness program, even one together. Lilleston shares tips for setting up a meditation practice as a recovery technique.

Set a time

Mark your calendars with a regular time when you can both disconnect. Gauge about 20 minutes in the mornings, and be realistic. You know there are certain days when you will sleep in.

Create the atmosphere

Make a quiet environment. Power down electronics, like mobile phones, televisions and music. Then find a comfortable seat on the floor, a mat, a rug, a pillow or even a chair—anything that allows you to feel grounded for the allotted time.

Sit in separate rooms

Contrary to what you might think, it’s better not to sit side by side. Give yourself space for your individual practices by setting up in different rooms. That way you won’t be tempted to look over at your partner or be disturbed by their breathing.

Be consistent

Even if you don’t feel like meditating one day, show up. Making it part of your routine will increase your ability to meditate more deeply over time.

Allow it to become your place of refuge Planning a wedding is inevitably chaotic. Let your meditation time be your moment to reflect and reset, keeping your eye on what matters in the long run: your relationship with yourself and your bond with your soon-to-be spouse.

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Partner yoga, also called aerial yoga, involves yoga-based poses that require two people to work together. Contrary to what you may have seen online, they don’t all include one person balancing on the other in a complicated position. These sequences of poses are a great way to gain the physical and mental benefits of the yoga practice, plus one important skill for your relationship: communication. “You can connect without having to say anything,” Lilleston says. “One of the most common causes of conflict is miscommunication. When you are silent but side by side, there is an unspoken communication that can often clear the air between two people.” If you are experienced yogis, you can even practice at home with hands-on assists. Giving your partner feedback through touch allows you to better understand their body and what makes them feel good.

You can use each other’s body weight as an effective resistance tool—no equipment required. Just have your partner push back at you while you try to tone legs and arms: While you’re curling your biceps or triceps, your partner will hold your hands and push the opposite direction gently, or while you’re lying down for leg lifts, your partner can place their hands on your feet. Adding resistance forces you to work harder, so you’ll get more out of each move.

Try circuit workouts Just like interval training, circuits take advantage of every moment of an exercise, so that even when you’re resting, you’re being active and burning calories. Your heart rate stays elevated throughout the entire exercise. To work out together, have one person perform the first part of a circuit while the other starts in the middle. Then switch. “There is so much stress and tension when putting together a wedding,” Penfold says. “It’s nice to unwind, release energy by moving your body and help each other get stronger. And it can be really sexy seeing your partner get hot and fit!”

Use medicine balls and resistance bands There are several ways to use weighted balls and bands, and you don’t even need a gym. For a great ab exercise, sit back-to-back and pass a medicine ball back and forth, twisting to each side to catch the ball. Challenge yourselves by increasing the pace. For arm sculptors, throw the ball back and forth or use the band: Have one person stand against a wall and hold the middle of the band while the other holds the ends and does bicep curls.

Challenge each other Work toward personal goals by having your partner encourage you. Sometimes all you need is someone to say, “You can do it!” to finish that last push-up. Challenge each other to hit new goals for interval training, circuits and jogging or biking distances. Just remember it’s about getting fit, not outdoing each other. “Egos are left at the door and must stay there,” Penfold advises. “Training together is about unity and fun.”

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“It’s nice to unwind, release energy by moving your body and help each other get stronger. And it can be really sexy to see your partner get hot and fit!” —Jill Penfold

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Microcurrent facial HOW IT WORKS: Is electricity the key to eternal youth? Microcurrent facialists think so. During this treatment, an aesthetician uses a microcurrent machine to apply a mild pulse of electricity to the face to stimulate circulation and collagen production, while lifting and toning the facial muscles. Think of it as a mini face-lift, without the surgery. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If lack of sleep or stress (say, from wedding planning) has your skin sagging, this is a noninvasive solution. “A microcurrent facial can help combat a number of issues, like loss of elasticity, wrinkles and puffiness,” says Cecilia Wong, a celebrity facialist and the founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: You’ll see immediate results after one treatment, but it’s a cumulative process. “It’s basically a workout for your face. The more treatments you get, the more your skin becomes toned and sculpted,” Wong says. She recommends brides get a series of six treatments leading up to their wedding. AVER AGE COST: $300 per treatment

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HOW IT WORKS: This cutting-edge technique brings a new

meaning to going under the knife. An aesthetician uses a sterile surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle, to scrape away dead skin cells and fine vellus hair (or peach fuzz) on the face and neck. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If your skin is dry or dull or just needs a prewedding boost, consider this alternative to regular exfoliation. “Dermaplaning immediately rejuvenates the skin by painlessly removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells,” says Oksana Shenker, the lead aesthetician at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York. “It’s also highly effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, and it leaves skin smooth and supple.” HOW TO TIME IT: While there is no downtime after dermaplaning (the treatment tickles more than anything), Shenker recommends scheduling your appointment two to three days before your wedding to make sure your skin won’t look irritated or flaky. AVER AGE COST: $300 for a 60-minute treatment

Laser teeth whitening HOW IT WORKS: A whitening gel made with hydrogen peroxide

bleach is smeared onto your pearly whites. A halogen light is then used to activate the bleach, which penetrates teeth and removes stains. “The whole process takes 45 minutes, and results last one to two years,” says Lana Rozenberg, a cosmetic dentist in New York. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: More effective than strips or gels, laser whitening removes surface stains on enamel, as well as deep stains, which occur as the dentin of the tooth naturally darkens over time.

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HOW TO TIME IT: There is no recovery period with laser teeth whitening. “You can have it done during lunch and go back to work,” Rozenberg says. But you should avoid any dark staining food and drink for 24 hours after a treatment, so if you’re going to drink coffee or red wine on your wedding day, plan accordingly. AVER AGE COST: $675 per treatment

Laser hair removal HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area with a topical anesthetic, a specialist applies a professional-grade laser device to the skin. Concentrated beams of light target the root of hair beneath the skin’s surface. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light, ultimately destroying the follicles and preventing future hair growth. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Rid yourself of unwanted hair and ingrowns. Another unexpected plus? “Areas with shadows, like the underarms, will appear lighter once hair growth is stunted,” says Keiann Roberts, the lead specialist at Spruce & Bond in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Immediately following a treatment, you may experience slight redness (similar to a sunburn), which typically lasts two to three days. Roberts recommends using aloe vera gel or an anti-inflammatory cream for any residual irritation. For optimal results, plan on at least four to six sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. “For a summer wedding, I would recommend starting your treatments in the fall or winter to make sure you have smooth skin by your wedding day,” Roberts says. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $300 per session. The number of sessions required depends on your hair type and the area treated. >>

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Microblading HOW IT WORKS: This more sophisticated take on permanent

makeup is a form of tattooing, where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. First, a microblading artist will draw your desired brow shape onto your brow area and apply numbing cream. Once the brows are numb, a handheld tool is used to create tiny incisions, where pigment is implemented. The result is a series of natural-looking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Microblading can be used to correct patchy or uneven brows. “Many clients without serious brow issues even use it to create fuller brows than they have naturally,” says Kendra Bray, the founder of Better Brows in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Timing is especially important here. “Microblading is a process, not a quick fix,” Bray says. After your initial appointment, keep your brows totally dry for a full week while scabs form. Once the scabs come off, another couple of weeks are required to let the skin regenerate. At four weeks, you’ll need a touch-up to perfect any areas that didn’t retain pigment. Bray recommends scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding to allow enough time for healing. AVER AGE COST: $500 to $1,600

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Lash extensions HOW IT WORKS: Faux mink hairs are bonded to each natural lash with a surgical-grade adhesive. The entire process takes about 90 minutes and lasts from two to three weeks without touch-ups. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Lash extensions are a longer-lasting, more natural-looking alternative to falsies. “Brides love it because they don’t have to worry about mascara or strip lashes on their day,” says Mandy Jacobellis, owner of Makeup Mandy salon in Los Angeles.

HOW TO TIME IT: Try out a set of extensions a couple of weeks before your wedding. Jacobellis also recommends scheduling a touch-up right before your day to make any tweaks to your look. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $500

Infrared body wrap HOW IT WORKS: An aesthetician applies essential oils and

moisturizing balm from the neck down. You’re then wrapped in a plastic cocoon, followed by an infrared blanket, which slowly heats up to around 56 degrees Fahrenheit. “The warming wrap opens the pores, leading to faster absorption of hydrating oils,” says Anastasia Cupcea, an aesthetician at Daphne, a New York spa. It’s a sweaty process, but the result is smooth, intensely moisturized skin. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Combat dry, rough or flaky skin. “It’s perfect for the bride who just wants an allover glow,” Cupcea says. HOW TO TIME IT: Only one treatment is required to feel the effects, and there is no recovery time. AVER AGE COST: $195 for a 60-minute session

Underarm botox HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area, a physician injects 100 units of Botox into each armpit. “The solution paralyzes the tiny muscles around each sweat gland, which stops perspiration for around six months,” says New York plastic surgeon Norman Rowe. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Armpit injections may sound extreme, but brides suffering from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) are ideal candidates for this treatment. “You won’t have to worry about body odor, sweat stains or ruining your gown,” Rowe says. HOW TO TIME IT: Injections take one month to take effect and last for about six months. AVER AGE COST: $1,500 per treatment

beauty don’ts Just say no to these common pitfalls before your walk down the aisle.

Tanning beds

Aside from the obvious health risks, baking under UV lights in a tanning bed can actually make your skin look dull and flat. Consider swapping the tanning salon for a spray tan, a self-tanner or a body bronzer.

Popping pimples

It may be tempting to pop that whitehead on your face, but don’t even think about touching it. Instead of picking at blemishes, try drying them out with a overnight acne spot treatment or mask.

Drastically changing your hair color

Now is not the time to experiment. If you’re planning to touch up your color, play it safe and arrange for your salon appointment two to three weeks before your wedding.

Intense facials

Deep-cleansing facials often lead to breakouts as they bring impurities to the surface, while abrasive treatments like chemical peels can leave skin red and irritated. Opt for a gentler treatment instead.

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You’ve heard this line: “The best part is—you can totally wear this dress again.” So have your bridesmaids, but they may not be easily convinced. How can you really keep your girls looking and feeling fabulous? Here, bridesmaid dress rules for a happy, confident bridal party. >> PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY DEL AMATER PHOTOGR APHY

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Let them pick 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 their fashion sense. The trick to getting this mismatched look right is setting some guidelines (think: color, fabric and formality) so your whole bridal party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a list of don’ts with requests like no dresses with miniskirts, sky-high slits or super-plunging necklines.

Go for basic black There are obvious reasons why black dresses will keep major complaints at bay: Black is flattering on all figures, black dresses look great long or short (who couldn’t use another LBD?) and classic black never goes out of style. And if your wedding has a more formal vibe, black dresses have an instantly polished look.

Like wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses 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 the body types in 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. Choosing a knee-length style will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Also, opting for a simpler fabric, like chiffon, and skipping intricate lacy or allover beaded styles will make for less expensive alterations. The more elaborate the dress, the more expensive it is to change.

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

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trends to try When it comes to bridal party fashion, there are no rules anymore. Try one of these fresh ideas.

Mismatched

Pull off this popular look by choosing one color or a palette and letting your girls pick their dress style. Just make sure you give them guidelines (specify formality and fabrics) so your bridesmaids still look cohesive.

Ombré

Get in on this pretty trend by choosing a color (like green), and assigning each of your bridesmaids a different shade in the same family (think: hunter green, emerald green and mint) for an ombré effect.

Allover embellishment

If you’re throwing an ultra-glam affair (think: art deco or old Hollywood inspired), consider having your girls don sequin or beaded gowns. The glitzy embellishments will give their dresses extra dimension—and look amazing in group photos.

Metallics

Similar to the embellished bridesmaid dress trend, this style is perfect for a more formal affair. Go bold with gold and silver or more subtle with rose gold or champagne.

All white

Take a cue from celebs like Solange Knowles and opt for all-white bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles. And don’t worry, even if your girls are also wearing white, you’ll still stand out as the bride.

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Our best formula for a complaint-free shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all your bridesmaids together for mani-pedis (bonus points if you’re treating) and some pampering. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with 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 salon. Pick your favorite styles ahead of time so your friends won’t feel at liberty to try on the whole store. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show for a fun selection process.

If one of your girls balks at the bridesmaid dress you chose, do your best to channel your inner bridechilla—and not your inner bridezilla—when it comes to hearing her concerns and exploring other options. Maybe the dress silhouette doesn’t work for her body type, the neckline makes her feel self-conscious, or the color isn’t flattering. Even if you just agree to disagree, an honest conversation can usually snuff out dress drama before it starts.

Do a test run Here’s the deal: Your girls don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a large audience, and they’ll be in lots of photos (and probably in many #tbt posts for years to come) too. The best way to prove that you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it flatter your body type? Is the fabric itchy? If there are any issues, move on. When you find one that you’d honestly love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem persuading your friends to get on board.

Choose something comfortable We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses are irritating, but to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps feel overwhelming), but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of soft, itchfree fabric like jersey? Or an empire-waist gown that’s easy on the tummy? Bring on the wedding cake and the dancing, please!

Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting they purchase a particular pair of silver strappy sandals may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but to your bridesmaids, it simply creates another expense—especially if you have your heart set on a high-end brand. And like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again either. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic dress shoes that they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own shoes means a night of blister-free dancing.

Have them bring the baubles By letting your bridesmaids select their own jewelry, you’re encouraging them to express their personalities (their personalities are the reason you chose them to be your bridesmaids in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid feel more like herself, even if she’s wearing a dress she might not necessarily love. If you’re worried about their jewelry clashing with their dresses, give them some guidelines about metal colors and general style, but don’t get too caught up in the accessories—in the grand scheme of things, they’re a pretty small detail.

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Celebrate in an underwater wonderland. Entertain under the stars. Celebrate your big day at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami’s only science museum, aquarium and planetarium. Fully equipped with the most advanced audiovisual and production capabilities, Frost Science offers over 100,000 sq. ft. of dramatic indoor and outdoor flexible event space with spectacular views, in-house catering and expert staff to assist you. Located in Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, in the heart of the city’s Arts & Entertainment District, Frost Science is conveniently located for your family and friends. Wow your guests with the most exciting and dynamic setting in South Florida.

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

1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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From your first shopping trip to your final fitting, here’s what the pros want you to consider before you hit the salon. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY ERIC KELLEY

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Shop early Take note: A designer wedding gown is custom made to your measurements. It will take months of work to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. In other words, it’s not the kind of garment you can toss into an online shopping cart and have show up on your doorstep two days later—which is why you should go to a bridal salon to shop for your gown. Book your first appointment 12 to 9 months before your wedding date. (Some designers can accommodate orders in six months or less, but even then, you’re cutting it close.) If you’re shopping closer to your wedding, you may be limited to samples or off-the-rack gowns. And smaller stores may not be able to accommodate last-minute orders.

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Do your research Before you start shopping, think about what style you want. Consider your venue and body type to narrow that down. Then look through pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines, and save the styles you like. The Wedding Lookbook by The Knot app (free, iTunes.com) is a great place to begin—you can search thousands of gowns by style and price, and if you find a few you want to try on, you can see which local salons carry your favorites.

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Hidden costs add up Your wedding gown budget includes more than the dress. Your veil or headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments and alterations (and in some cases, steaming and storing your dress) will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.

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Always book an appointment While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. Also, plan to play hooky to avoid crowds. Going in on a weekday will allow you to hit the stores while crowds are at a minimum. You’ll get much more attention from the sales staff if you shop on a slow Tuesday morning rather than a hectic Saturday afternoon.

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Jan Corcoran is the owner of Boca Raton Bridal, with locations in Boca Raton and Coral Springs. The salon carries a variety of bridal designers like Galia Lahav, Peter Langner and Hayley Paige.

We recommend ordering your gown as soon as you have selected your venue. At least eight months out is ideal—six is really pushing it, and anything under four will result in rush charges.

The most difficult part of shopping for a wedding dress online is you really have no idea what you are getting until it arrives. If you’re unhappy with your order, return policies can be murky at best.

It’s important to make your dress fit your body just right. We generally do three fittings for a gown. If you want more extensive alterations or custom work, you’ll probably have at least four fittings.

Most stores take a 50 to 60 percent deposit when you order your gown. The only exception to this is if you purchase a sample gown off the rack, you may be required to pay in full.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident. Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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Trust is key Even if a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look amazing on you. Be open to what an experienced consultant thinks will flatter your figure and work with your wedding style (after all, they’ve done this before). Bottom line: The dress you end up loving might be different than what you originally pictured, and that’s okay.

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Don’t get discouraged There are hundreds of bridal designers out there with thousands of designs, which makes your odds of finding a fantastic gown pretty darn good. We know that coming up empty-handed on your first trip can be a letdown, but don’t give up. “The one” for you is definitely out there.

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You’re paying for an experience While shopping online for your dress may seem like the more convenient option, visiting a bridal salon is a once-in-alifetime experience with numerous benefits of its own. For starters, you’ll get face-to-face interaction with a wedding dress expert to help guide you, taking the guesswork out of finding your perfect size and silhouette. Additionally, you have the opportunity to touch and feel the dresses you’re considering, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Trust us, while dress photos may look dreamy online, there’s a huge difference between high-quality fabrics and embellishments and low-quality ones in person. Practical aspects aside, your salon appointment is first and foremost a special moment. It’s a chance to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, sip bubbly with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, opt for a dress that perfectly reflects your personal style.

Add sleeves

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

Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custom made to suit the gown. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor, and they need to be carefully sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

Modify embellishments

You might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic finishing touch for brides looking for a dramatic back. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you think you might need extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway.

Make it personal

Find a creative way to incorporate “something old, new, borrowed or blue.” Stitch your loved one’s initials in blue inside your bodice, close to your heart, or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem.

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PERFECTLY YOUNIQUE WEDDINGS 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 poolside ceremony or a reception in our Waterway Pavilion. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hollywood Beach is the YOUNIQUE venue for you. 4000 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL • sales@sosouthfl.com • DoubleTree3.Hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-resort-by-hilton-hollywood-beach-HWOFLDT/index.html

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Key West Room

DEER CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

Your memorable day deserves a first-class location Our magnificent newly renovated grounds feature two brand new ballrooms with ceilings reaching to a stunning 18 feet, complemented by brilliant crystal chandeliers. French doors open out to our breathtaking garden, boasting works of the famous Don Murakami along with a newly refinished waterfall. Deer Creek has accommodations for up to 150 guests for wedding ceremonies and 200 guests for receptions. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd. Deerfield Beach, Florida Call 954-426-6588 Email catering@deercreekflorida.com

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accessorize in style Customize your bridal ensemble by adding accessories that work with your wedding style. Here, a comprehensive guide to pulling off the perfect personalized look.

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Rustic Complement your outdoor surroundings with nature-inspired details in a stonewashed palette. Lush flower crowns with a mix of blooms or sprigs of baby’s breath are a great place to start. For a bit of sparkle, consider antique gold, rose gold or pewter jewelry embellished with raw gemstones or crystals. To take your rustic style up a notch, skip the fancy heels and opt for distressed boots in leather or suede. For late fall or winter nuptials, a textured touch like a faux-fur wrap, bolero or even a muff is a chic way to stay warm. >>

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Vintage This style can refer to a wide range of time periods, so first narrow down the feel you’re going for. Is it the sophistication of the ’50s or the glamour of the ’20s? If the former, a birdcage veil gives off an instant retro vibe and works with a variety of necklines and dress silhouettes. If you aren’t crazy about the idea of wearing a veil, hair combs and headbands with old-fashioned touches like lace or pearls add polish to a classic updo. Keep your color palette understated with soft hues like blush, mint, ivory and pale blue. To channel the more elaborate style of the Roaring Twenties, look for feathery and beaded headbands and metallic statement accessories embellished with geometric art deco details or silk fringe.

Romantic Flowy, gauzy fabrics, floral embellishments and soft, pastel hues give romantic nuptials a dreamy feel. Whether you’re wearing a sexy, curve-skimming dress or a frothy, embellished ensemble, consider wearing a long, sheer veil for a dramatic detail that won’t distract. Or, channel your inner Kate Moss with a boho Juliet cap veil with floral accents. Accessorize with delicate, sparkly pieces (we love rose gold and garden-inspired motifs)—especially if your gown has a lot of detailing. Or, focus on one statement piece, like a pair of crystal drop earrings and keep the rest of your accessories minimal. >>

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Romance and Elegance

The Perfect Wedding at Douglas Entrance

Douglas Entrance 800 Douglas Road Coral Gables, Florida 33134-3129

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

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

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Beachy Saying “I do” in the sand? An exotic, seaside locale calls for fun, colorful accessories, perfect for complementing breezy dresses. Freshwater pearls, tropical statement earrings, thin stackable bangles and delicate layered necklaces are right on trend. If you’re feeling bold, a straw hat decorated with local, fresh flowers makes for a cute photo op. When it comes to footwear, less is more. Forgo shoes altogether or swap out your heels for embellished sandals. If you still want the added height of a heel, white or metallic grosgrain wedges or flatforms offer more stability on the sand than traditional pinpoint stilettos or pumps.

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Classic Simplicity is key to pulling off a timeless bridal look. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in sophisticated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To make a more dramatic statement, sport a bejeweled headpiece or a long, sheer veil with lace edging that matches the fabric of your gown. Looking to infuse a pop of color into your streamlined ensemble? Give a nod to the “something blue” tradition with a pair of baby blue heels or a sapphire pendant. Another thought: Pair a black velvet sash with your gown. It’s a bold accessory that creates a sophisticated contrast and accentuates your waist.

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This Talented Team is Prepared to Help Make Your Wedding Day Dreams a Reality. When it comes to wedding and event planning, Michael and Jessica Masi know how to make magic happen. After all, this husbandand-wife team has been part of the industry for over a decade. They offer a refreshing perspective to the planning process and believe in professionally executing their clients’ vision. They make sure the planning process from their office to the aisle is fun, enjoyable and organic for their clients. Those who have had the opportunity to work with them have seen their success. Courtney and Byron recently said, “Michael and Jessica were absolutely wonderful to work with to plan our wedding! A great husband and wife duo who really balance each other out—Michael with the knack for negotiations, transportation and food, and Jessica with the eye for flowers, décor and design, together made sure that our wedding day was everything we dreamed. They were calm and reassuring throughout the entire planning process and really guided us to make the right decisions.” This is just one of many couples who have been delighted to partner with Masi Events. This talented team is prepared to help make your wedding day dreams a reality.

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Discover a world of pure bridal fashion imagination with striking f loral-print dresses, lush textures and whimsical accessories. PHOTOGR APHY BY LIZ VON HOENE PHOTOGR APHED ON LOCATION AT LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS

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The Iris Garden

LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables); earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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The Sculpture Garden

WORK OF ART

Express your personal style in a sequined, watercolor-print gown with an oversize shoulder ruffle. Dress, $6,600, Rivini at Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal.com (Orlando), Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal .com (Boca Raton); engagement ring, $2,850 (not including center stone), Monique Lhuillier, BlueNile.com; earrings, $15,920, FernandoJorge.co.uk; shoes, $1,495, ChristianLouboutin.com

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The Great Bowl

INTO THE BLUE Float down the aisle in a flowy nude gown embroidered with cerulean beading.

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PROPORTION PLAY A slim, dropped-waist corset and over-the-top tulle skirt create a striking silhouette that’s as fun as it is dramatic.

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables), The Collection Bridal, TheCollectionBridal.com (Winter Park); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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GILT-Y PLEASURE Glittery statement accessories like an embellished headpiece, chandelier earrings and even a hedgehog clutch give off instant glam vibes.

Engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $795, MintLola.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com

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The Allée

ALL AFLUTTER

Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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The Rose Garden

BLOOMING BAUBLES Layer on whimsical cocktail rings, plus a one-of-a-kind straw boater hat to dress up a simpler frock. Dress, $6,790, Ines Di Santo, MarkIngramAtelier.com; floral engagement ring, $5,700 (not including center stone), ParadeDesign.com; wedding band, $1,570, KirkKara.com; frog ring, $3,510, butterfly ring, $5,400, EffyJewelry.com; pearl ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com; quartz ring, $4,097, Le Vian, Jared.com; pink sapphire ring, $6,335, AnneSisteron.com; hat, $603, AwonGolding.com

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The Rose Garden

NOVEL ROMANCE You don’t have to go by the book where your day-of ensemble is concerned. Mix it up with allover 3-D appliqués and colorful accessories.

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Chernaya Bridal House, ChernayaBridalHouse .com (Miami); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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The Croquet Court

HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

A dress covered in vibrant blooms is bold and totally of the moment. Just add a sparkly rabbit clutch for good luck. Dress, $11,995, Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman.com; engagement ring, $1,070 (not including center stone), wedding band, $575, BlueNile.com; birdcage veil, $150, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $1,827, AnabelaChan.com; clutch, $5,495, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus .com; shoes, $995, Marchesa, AKHStudioNY.com

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The Terrace Garden

HIDE AND CHIC

Channel the celebratory vibe of your nuptials with a feathery gown and bedazzled bandeau veil. After all, it doesn’t get more festive than wispy plumes and head-to-toe shimmer. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Chic Parisien, CPBride.com (Coral Gables); veil, $995, LivHart.com; ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; bunny ears, stylist’s own SPECIAL THANKS TO

Ladew Topiary Gardens Planning your own extraordinary outdoor nuptials? Consider Ladew Topiary Gardens, located near Baltimore. Established in the 1930s by huntsman and socialite Harvey S. Ladew, the sprawling 22-acre grounds feature over 100 larger-than-life topiaries, which serve as centerpieces for a series of formal garden “rooms.” Named “The Most Outstanding Topiary Garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, Ladew’s stunning greens host around 40,000 visitors per year. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LadewGardens.com

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You Get More!

Look closely at what’s included in our package: sit-down or buffet menus, open bar, champagne toast, wide selection of wedding cakes, unlimited hors d’oeuvres, floor-length linens in 50 colors, chiavari chairs or chair covers & bows, panoramic views from our hillside glass-enclosed Palm Room, plus custom lighting including ceiling décor, lighted trees & LED uplighting in 60 colors are standard at no additional charge! Indoor and outdoor ceremony settings are also available. Call us today to schedule your personal consultation and tour!

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the ultimate ring guide

Your engagement ring should be a reflection of your personal style. Here, everything you need to know about choosing the right one for you. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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There are several basic shapes to choose from. The eight most popular are: round, oval, pear, marquise, princess, emerald and cushion. It’s easy to confuse the two, but it should be noted that the term “diamond cut” does not refer to its shape. While you must cut a diamond to make a shape, the shape is essentially the overall geometry or form of the diamond (round, square and so on), and the cut of a diamond refers to how its facets and proportions affect how it interacts with light—the things that give diamonds their brilliance, fire and scintillation (read: sparkle).

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Round Often referred to as brilliant or as RBC (round brilliant cut) round diamonds are far and away the most popular shape for engagement rings, accounting for 52 percent of all diamonds sold, according to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement Study. Perfected by Polish diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, round diamonds are cone shaped and have 58 facets (as opposed to the 17 facets of the original brilliant cut stones), which causes light to bounce from the bottom of the diamond back through the top. This maximizes the reflection of light, giving you the most sparkle for your buck. Oval Similar to round, oval diamonds have a remarkable brilliance. Even and symmetrical, this shape is popular as a solitaire among those with smaller hands or shorter fingers, because the oval’s elongated shape gives the illusion of length to the hand, resulting in slender-looking fingers. But the oval is also often surrounded by a halo of diamonds or flanked by side stones, whether smaller diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or other gems, appealing to a wide range of tastes. Originally developed in the 1950s, this edgier take on the traditional round diamond has since garnered cool-girl appeal and is steadily rising in popularity, appearing on the fingers of celebrities like Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Behati Prinsloo. Pear Mixing the best qualities of the marquise and the round diamond, this haute hybrid resembles a twinkling teardrop with a tapered point on one end. Popular for pendants and earrings, the pear shape is also an excellent choice for engagement rings and can be fatter or more elongated, depending on your preference. When selecting a pear, look for one with properly curved sides that aren’t too boxy. Because of its unbalanced shape, pears are usually set in a tapered solitaire setting or with an elaborate diamond halo. Though it can be worn either way, the most common way to wear a pear is to have the tip of the diamond pointing toward your fingernail.

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Marquise Legend has it that this cut was invented during the 18th-century reign of Louis XIV of France, purportedly named for his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour, and inspired by the perfect shape of her smile. The tapered cut, essentially an oval with rounded sides and points at each end, is distinctive and dramatic. Modern versions often have a hexagon-shaped surface with facets on the top and bottom to reflect light. Since it has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, this clever cut can also look larger than it actually is. It’s not uncommon to see marquise set east to west (where the stone rests horizontally across your fingers instead of vertically), putting an unexpected twist on this time-honored shape. Princess The year was 1961: London was swinging, and jewelry designer Arpad Nagy was inventing the princess, a square-shaped diamond with an array of intricate facets (anywhere from 49 to 144, depending on the diamond’s size). More facets mean more sparkle on this square or rectangular stone with pointed corners. Because the additional facets add brilliance and increase the diamond’s inherent sparkle, flaws may be less noticeable. Princess diamonds are also one of the least expensive diamond shapes to create, and work with a variety of settings. For a less traditional take on this cut, consider a setting that places the princess diamond at a 45-degree angle. Emerald If you’re all about glamour (think: the preferred diamond shape of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Amal Clooney), this is your diamond. A rectangular shape with long, lean facets extending down the sides, it’s the large table (the flat part on top) that shows off the rock’s clarity better than any other shape, creating a hall of mirrors effect. What it lacks in brilliance, it more than makes up for in undeniable quiet elegance and subtle sparkle. Created in the art deco period, the emerald boasts long, glamorous lines and a rectangular shape with cut corners that resemble stair steps (it’s often called a step cut), and its name is a nod to the most popular shape for emeralds in the 1920s. Cushion Once referred to as the old mine cut or the pillow cut, cushions look like a rectangle with rounded corners and have larger facets to increase their brilliance (note that cushions aren’t as easily executed on smaller stones). One of the most popular diamond shapes a century ago, cushion cuts hark back to an era of romance and elegance, and are perfect for those who care about fire. This cut also really retains and enhances a stone’s color, making it a popular choice for engagement rings with colorful diamonds and gemstones. >>

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Ring metals Whether you decide to go romantic with rose gold or classic with platinum, get to know your options with this ring metals rundown. PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity— platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. When platinum scratches (all metals do), there is very little metal lost, so your ring will withstand years of wear. Also, since it’s a pure-white metal, it won’t cast any tint onto your center stone. Emerald cut

Find the jewel for your birthday month.

JANUARY

Garnet

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Ruby

engagement ring, price upon request, Kwiat.com

In its purest form (24k), this naturally soft, vibrant yellow metal is usually combined with different base metal alloys for added strength and durability. The yellow gold available to consumers is usually 70 to 75 percent pure. The result is jewelry available in a rainbow of colors, including white, green and pink (see below). Though 61 percent of brides have white gold engagement rings, yellow gold has become steadily more popular in recent years. RoyalT engagement ring, $3,990 (not

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WHITE GOLD Yellow gold is turned into white

gold when the surface is plated with rhodium. It’s also more widely available, and therefore less expensive, than some other metal options like platinum, and the various added alloys mean you can personalize your hue. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return to its original color. Oval engagement ring, $2,530 (not including center stone),

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ROSE GOLD Also known as pink gold, this

blush-tinted metal is gold with an added copper alloy. The more copper alloy in the metal, the deeper the rosy tones will be. One of rose gold’s especially attractive aspects is its underlying meaning. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold represents love. Plus, it’s durable and universally flattering against all skin tones. Rose gold engagement ring, $4,550, (not including center stone), KirkKara.com >>

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Pearl

Citrine

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Blue Topaz

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Ring settings Once you’ve chosen a stone for your engagement ring, then the fun really starts: choosing the setting. Although the stone can account for up to 90 percent of the cost of the ring, the setting is what defines its look as well as showcases and protects the center stone.

Prong This most common type of engagement ring setting involves three to six “claws” that hold a stone firmly in a metal “head” or “basket.” Prongs can be pointed, rounded, flat or V-shaped and act as pockets for a square stone’s corners. When deciding on the number of prongs, know that four prongs show more of the diamond, while six prongs are more secure but can overwhelm a small stone. If you have a heart-, marquise- or pear-shaped stone, be sure its points are cradled in a V-shaped prong for protection. Solitaire engagement ring, $1,770 (not including center stone), Ritani.com

Pavé The French word for “paved,” a pavé setting (pronounced “pah-vay”) involves three or more rows of several small stones fitted into holes that set them level with the surface of the ring. Surrounding metal—white gold or platinum for white stones, so it’s unnoticeable—is then raised to form beads that secure the gems. The setting can be flat or domed. One of the trendiest uses of pavé diamonds is the halo setting, where a ring of diamonds (or two!) surrounds the center stone. Old Mine Cut engagement ring, $17,495, MarkBroumand.com

Bezel A metal rim with edges fully or partially surrounding the perimeter of the stone. A bezel setting will protect a stone’s girdle from being nicked or chipped, as well as conceal any preexisting nicks or chips. A yellow gold version of this modern setting will cast yellow light onto the center stone, enhancing the hues of colorful stones like emeralds. Luna engagement

Tension A design in which the compression-spring pressure of the shank holds the stone firmly in place. The minimal interference of metal on this übermodern setting can give the impression that the stone is floating. Only extremely hard stones such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies can withstand the required pressure. Voltaggio tension

Channel Popular for wedding bands, this timeless setting sandwiches a row of accent stones—with no prongs separating them—between two grooved, horizontal channels that hold them in place. Vintage channel set engagement ring,

engagement ring, $2,480 (not including center stone), Danhov.com

$2,370 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com

ring, $1,190 (not including center stone), BrilliantEarth.com

the 4 c’s A quick guide to determining a diamond’s value.

The cut of a diamond is the angles and proportions of the stone. It is the most important of the four c’s to consider. If the diamond is cut too deep or shallow, it will leak light on the sides, giving it a lackluster appearance. A well-cut diamond will have two factors: mirrorlike facets and a “white light” reflected both internally and externally, also known as the brilliance (think: sparkle).

Color

This actually refers to a lack of color, since a structurally perfect white diamond has no hue. The degree of a diamond’s colorlessness is graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), with colorless stones being the most valuable. As a rule of thumb, a colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare, like red, blue or green.

Clarity

A flawless diamond is extremely rare. The fewer impurities or inclusions a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes under pressure in the Earth’s mantle. Similar to color, the clarity of a diamond is measured on a scale. Diamonds graded in the SI1 and SI2 range are slightly 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 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. Different designs and mountings can also make your center stone appear larger.

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Whether you bought or rented your tux, alterations are essential to getting the perfect fit. Nick Torres, third generation tailor and owner of custom suit store Beyond Bespoke in New York City, is here to answer all of your tailoring questions. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY PETRONELL A PHOTOGR APHY

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How far in advance of our wedding date should I schedule my initial alteration appointment? It’s important to time the tailoring of your tuxedo just right. When wedding season is in full swing (usually around March to November), you’re looking at a two- to three-week turnaround for most tux alterations—and as a rule, the more complicated the alterations, the longer it takes. During the off-months, your tailor may need only a week to make all the necessary adjustments. What should I bring to my first appointment? Bring the tux you want to have altered, as well as the exact shirt and shoes you plan to wear. It’s necessary to alter your shirt and jacket at the same time, so your tailor can make sure they’re both the correct length and work together perfectly. It’s easy to forget, but the height of your shoes determines the length of your pants. Will I need more than one fitting? Any good tailor will tell you that tailoring is an art. You should prepare for at least two fittings, and in some cases you may need more—it all depends on the alterations you are having done.

In most cases, if you’re having minor changes made to a rental (taking in or letting out the waist, adjusting the hem of the pants or tapering the sides of the jacket to help contour the body) you’ll only need one fitting. If you’re having any complex reconstruction work done (reducing the width of the jacket shoulders or making major customizations to the jacket and pants) plan on two or three fittings. Since the typical tux isn’t made for all postures and body types, your tailor may also make tweaks to flaws in the overall pattern of the suit (for example, resculpting the jacket shoulders so they fit flush to the body or recutting the collar to eliminate bunching in the back) to get the best fit for your specific build. This process will take multiple fittings to perfect.

What’s the biggest mistake grooms make when it comes to the alterations process? In my experience, a lot of grooms forget to make sure the shoulders of their jacket fit properly. The fit of the shoulders is extremely important—if it’s done correctly, most of the other adjustments to the tux will fall into place. Coincidentally, tweaking the shoulders is also one of the most expensive alterations, so not getting it right the first time may lead to a more costly jacket reconstruction. To determine if your jacket shoulder is fitting properly, make sure the shoulder seam is flush with your actual shoulder with no bunching.

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What are the basic alterations a tailor will make to my tuxedo during my first appointment? Generally, a tailor will need to shorten and slim the sleeves on your jacket, as well as taper the sides—this will make it look contoured to your body and more fitted. If you have a smaller frame, they may reduce the shoulders and take up the collar roll (read: the arch formed by the collar when it’s buttoned to the shirt). Depending on your height, your tailor could also taper your pant legs and adjust the hem, making them shorter or longer as needed. They might also modify the waist of your pants for a more comfortable fit.

make it personal Distinguish yourself from a sea of black tuxedos with fun accessories.

Pocket squares

If you have a favorite hue you’d like to work into your look, a pocket square adds a nice pop of color. If you end up choosing a patterned option, go for a small, subtle design.

Patterned socks

Make a statement with fun designs on your socks. Have all your groomsmen don matching pairs in the same color for an unexpected surprise and a playful photo op.

Engraved cuff links

Add sentimental value to your accessories by engraving your wedding date or partner’s initials onto your cuff links— they’ll be a beautiful keepsake you’ll wear beyond your day.

Fancy footwear

Not a fan of traditional black oxfords? Depending on the formality of your wedding, opt for your favorite lace-ups, loafers or even sneakers in black, gray or navy.

S H O P M E N SW E A R AT TheKnot.com/tuxedos

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Wedding Specialist: 954.335.4632 FLLTS_DS@hilton.com 2670 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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how to throw a beach wedding Celebrate your love among all things sun, sand and surf. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY

Exchanging vows on a sandy beach is a dream scenario for many couples, and with good reason—you just can’t beat the romantic charm of waves crashing, the sun setting and a soft summer breeze blowing. But, like with any venue, there’s plenty to consider when planning your celebration (possibly even more for beach “I dos”). Keep these points top of mind to ensure a memorable event. >>

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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

If you’re hoping to pull off a pop-up wedding on a public beach, think again. Unless you’re getting married on a private spot of sand or beach club property, there are several boxes you’ll need to check off before setting down your altar. You’re most likely going to have to file a permit with the city in order to celebrate on the beach. Register your event at least 30 days ahead of time. When filing, take note of a few things: How large of a space does your permit allow your event to take up? Does the fee cover an all-day affair or is it an hourly charge? Are things like furniture, alcohol, glass and open flames allowed? Lastly, inquire how many guests the contract permits, as that will dictate both the size of your guest list and how many pros you can have on hand the day of.

A vows-only ceremony on the beach should be fairly headache free, but if your plan is to host an all-night affair, complete with a full reception, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to your vendors and how easily they can access your chosen spot. Most beaches don’t permit vehicles on the sand, meaning all of your reception needs (including tables, chairs and food) will have to be carried to your site. Ease your pros’ stress by keeping your setup close to an approved parking lot or loading zone, which can also make necessities like electricity, a food prep space and a spot for portable rental restrooms much easier to come by. If you really can’t make it work, look into renting several dune buggies day of to help transport goods and keep the setup process streamlined. >>

time it right Here’s how to pick the perfect day to walk down the aisle.

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind.

Season

Weather can affect your wedding’s style, location and mood. Think of what personality you want your day to have (like a boho summer bash), then choose accordingly.

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Price

May, July and December are typically the most popular months to marry, so prices are higher. Save money by choosing off-peak months like January or March.

VIP preferences

Take a second to consider your most important guests and try to plan your date around their availability. Keep it to your close inner circle, and don’t budge once the date is set.

Holidays

Choose a date around a specific holiday to bottle the spirit already in the air, like a moody Halloween celebration or white winter wonderland event in December.

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Diplomat Golf & tennis Club

Photo by Michelle Lawson Photography

Photo by Munoz Photography

Our property features a stunning terrace overlooking the fountain and golf course allowing for a scenic outdoor ceremony or cocktail reception. Our Royal Palm offers events from 30 to 75 guests, an elegant private space with its own terrace for a dual indoor/outdoor venue. Our spacious 7,300 square foot ballroom overlooking the golf course features high ceilings boasting twenty-eight lowly lit chandeliers making for the ultimate romantic setting from 75 to 500 guests. The Diplomat will help to ensure the success of any size event - from an intimate pool side wedding to a formal gala affair.

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Choose durable décor

You’ll want to keep the vibe of your location in mind when shopping for your and your partner’s attire. What may be well suited for a ballroom affair will likely feel out of place on the beach, so opt for lightweight fabrics, casual silhouettes and, most importantly, practical footwear. No one wants to watch you wobble down the aisle trying to un-stick your stilettos from the sand. Likewise, alert guests to the location on your wedding website and in your invites so they can plan accordingly. Have extras like sunscreen, flip-flops and lightweight wraps available the day of to make sure guests remain comfortable all day long.

A coastal location comes with at-the-ready décor courtesy of Mother Nature, so you won’t have to add much to the scene for a wow-worthy environment. If you’re looking to bring in a few accents of your own, like flowers, lanterns or textiles, make sure to choose sturdier options that can stand up to wind, hot sun and the occasional spray of saltwater. Avoid bouquets or table arrangements that feature delicate blooms, and anchor anything that could take flight with a sudden gust of wind, like the fabric on a chuppah, an aisle runner or flowing tabletop linens.

Mind Mother Nature

Between potential sun-bathing crowds, crashing waves and blustery winds, it can get a bit loud while celebrating your wedding beachside. Make sure guests can hear your vows (and afterward, the DJ) with plenty of amplifying speakers. Your ceremony should be spoken into a microphone, and you can even seat guests in a semicircle around your altar to ensure that no one is out of earshot. If you’re hiring a videographer to capture the day, make sure they know ahead of time that they’ll be filming on the beach so they can bring the necessary sound equipment. Lastly, be sure to abide by any local sound ordinances or curfews. >>

It goes without saying that any outdoor bash should always come with a plan B in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. But besides accounting for the possibility of showers, you’ll also need to plan for a few sea-specific snafus. Unless you want a soggy ceremony, make sure you know when high (and low) tide hits your area, as well as when the sun is strongest throughout the day. By timing your ceremony and reception right, you can avoid the possibility of overheated guests or bright reflections off the waves that make it hard for loved ones to see the main event.

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Level the playing field Anyone who has been on the beach can tell you, walking on soft sand is tiring. To avoid burning calves and tired legs, work with a vendor to install wooden planks to help guests get from one spot to another (thick seagrass runners are a great inexpensive option too). If you’re planning to host your reception on the sand, look into having a large wood platform on risers as your “flooring”—it will ensure tables and chairs are sturdy and don’t topple over.

Choose an experienced crew Vendor research is super important when planning a celebration in a complicated location. Vet pros based on whether or not they’ve worked in a beach environment before. Your photographer will need to know how to contend with the bright lighting and any reflections off the water, while your catering crew may need to know how to prepare food off-site without a traditional kitchen.

bottle the beach

Prepare to share your space

Add warmth and texture to a tablescape or altar with twisty, weathered driftwood branches. They’ll instantly evoke a coastal feel and are hearty enough to stand up to the blustery winds common on the beach. Intersperse them with white blooms for a romantic touch.

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If seclusion is your expectation, you’re better off choosing a private garden or quiet lake. A public beach may be teeming with patrons, and there’s not much you can do to stop them from placing their towels nearby or snapping photos of you in your wedding finery. You can try to keep a handle on the crowd by hanging signs that read “private event,” but you may have to accept onlookers.

Whether you’re actually tying the knot on the sand or just want it to feel like you are, try working in some of these stunning seaside accents.

Driftwood

Sea fan coral

Linen

Pampas grass

The quintessential summer fabric is the perfect casual touch for your attire and décor. Have members of your wedding party rock relaxed linen shirts or dresses, or drape tables with flowing tablecloths.

Shells

Often found in sun-washed pastel hues or bleached white, sea fan coral is a great way to add dimension to your tabletop. Or find an especially clean piece and top your cake with it. You could also have your cake baker re-create the shape and design with sugar.

Thanks to its fluffy, flowy shape and sandy hue, pampas grass is the perfect “living” accent to a seaside soiree. Have bridesmaids carry it in place of traditional bouquets, or surround your altar with it for an eye-catching display.

Keep things modern and chic by trading craft store white shells for more dynamic mussel or oyster shells. Add them to a greenery table runner or have them calligraphed and use them as escort cards. I N S P I R E YO U R D É CO R AT TheKnot.com/weddingstyle

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planner perks Still debating whether or not to hire an expert to help execute your wedding? Here’s why you should say “I do” to a party pro. BY AMY ROBERTSON PHOTOGR APHY BY KOBY BROWN, ARCHET YPE

You may have helped a friend plan her day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream wedding board, but that doesn’t mean you should tackle your affair solo. Between booking vendors, working a full-time job and maintaining your relationship, pulling together a wedding can be a lot of work for even the most organized to-be-weds. Hiring a pro can take a huge weight off you and your partner, leaving you time to enjoy the process without the stress. >>

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Wedding planner 101 Trust us—planning a wedding, whether you’re expecting 50 or 150 guests, requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A wedding planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, legal counsel, budget manager, coordinator and therapist—all while helping you pull together your wedding. They can be tapped to take care of everything on your to-do list, from choosing aesthetic details to going over vendor contracts and dealing with day-of emergencies—a huge asset for busy couples hoping to plan their day with minimal stress. They’re clued into everything there is to know about throwing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally charged event, so you’ll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or overbearing in-laws. Plus, they’re connected with top venues and pros in your area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration. Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your day to life.

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Determine your needs There are essentially three types of wedding planners: full-service, à la carte and day-of coordinators. A full-service planner will handle it all, start to finish—from crafting the vision for your event to hiring and meeting with your vendors, and coordinating a weekend of activities for guests. This option is best for a pair looking to host a multiday affair or destination wedding, or for couples who simply want a professional to guide them through every step of the wedding planning process. Prefer a part-time pro you can contact on an as-needed basis? An à la carte planner can help you iron out specific details, like your tabletop rentals, or give suggestions for the perfect caterer to execute your French bistro menu. Ideal for couples who just need someone to help refine their wedding day blueprint, an à la carte or part-time planner is also a more price-conscious choice, giving you the help you need for a price that doesn’t put you over budget. For assistance during your wedding day (but not throughout the entire process), opt for a day-of coordinator. Different from an on-site venue coordinator, they’ll be solely focused on your priorities and responsible for making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. Typically, a day-of coordinator will begin working with you anywhere from two weeks to a month ahead of your wedding to make sure everything is in order. They’ll coordinate both your ceremony and reception setup, keep you and your wedding party on schedule, and handle any necessary, immediate postwedding duties, like tipping. If you’re unable to include a full-service or à la carte planner in your budget, adding a day-of coordinator to your team will help you and your partner relax and enjoy your wedding day festivities to the fullest.

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score the inside scoop Planners have connections with top venues and experts in your area, helping you to assemble the best team for the type of celebration you’re looking to throw.

Stick to your budget Packages can range depending on the pro you hire, but a wedding planner typically charges their clients a flat fee, an hourly rate or a percentage of their overall wedding budget. These days, most planners list a flat fee for their contracted services. If they don’t, expect to set aside around 10 to 20 percent of your overall budget for a full-service planner. An à la carte planner will charge an hourly rate or flat fee for each service they provide, while day-of coordination is generally a flat fee. While hiring a planner may seem like a big chunk of your budget, it’s an investment that will give you peace of mind and ensure you enjoy the moments you’ve spent months planning. Plus, with an expert behind all your decisions, purchases and negotiations, you’ll save money in the long run. Their pull may be able to score you insider deals, and they’ll always look out for your budget so you don’t have to. >>

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Find the (other) “one” Hiring the right pro can be tough, so start your search early on, preferably after you have a date and locale (about a year out is a good time to seek out a full-service team). Ask your venue for a list of vendors that typically work in the space (always an added benefit), tap recently wed friends for their suggestions or scour The Knot Marketplace (TheKnot.com/marketplace) for a list of top-rated pros in your area. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection to a few favorites, spend time looking through their online portfolios, reading reviews from past clients and stalking their social media feeds. A planner’s Instagram or Facebook page is a great place to catch a glimpse of their most recent work or collaborations. Contact your final choice and set up a time to chat.

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Meet, greet and get down to business Think of your initial meeting with a planner like a first date— you want to make sure the two of you get along and have the same vision, as you’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next year or so. Arrive armed with a few basic questions: Which of their packages best suits your budget and needs? How does the contract and deposit process work? Do they have insurance? What other vendors (like florists, caterers, photographers or bands) do they typically like to work with? Get a feel for how familiar they are with your venue as well—the more they’ve worked on-site, the more in-the-know they are with the team there, and the more likely it is they can tackle any snags that may come up. It’s important to do your part as the client too. Prep for the meeting by compiling any details or facts your coordinator will likely want to know ASAP, like what you’ve budgeted for different vendors, a rough guest count and your overall vision. Together, you can start pulling inspiration and making important decisions as soon as possible.

Enjoy the day It’s time to relax and get married! Think of your planner as a safety net on your wedding day. If anything goes wrong (and something always does) they’re there to troubleshoot so you won’t have to fret. They’ll be the one able to make the rain call to move your affair indoors when you can’t bear to, or hunt down your set of heirloom champange flutes before the first toast of the evening. On your wedding day, your only order of buisness is to soak up every memorable second, so trust the pro you’ve hired to do their job, and let go of control day-of. Hiring a pro also means you’ll get to spend precious extra time with loved ones instead of worrying about the cake not showing up or a missing flower arrangement. Trust us on this one—you want (and deserve) a helping hand and some room to breathe. After all, this is going to be the happiest day of your life.

5 must-hire vendors Add these other experts to your wedding team for a flawlessly beautiful celebration.

Photographer

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera.

Videographer

Once looked at as a “bonus” hire when the budget allowed, videography is becoming a priority for pairs and shouldn’t be overlooked (in fact, 34% of couples make sure to hire one!). You will love watching your ceremony or first dance years from now.

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests dancing all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist can’t.

Florist

Blooms may seem easy to execute on your own, but when you factor in the time and energy spent sourcing and arranging, they practically pay for themselves. If you really want to DIY some florals, opt to do an event leading up to your day, like a bridesmaid brunch.

Catering team

Feeding a crowd takes skill, and it’s likely that you don’t have the time, equipment or space to prep a complete meal that will feed your 100-plus guests. Hire a team, then give the day your personal flavor with an edible favor.

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A videographer is an often-overlooked—and incredibly important— part of your wedding day. Here’s what to know before you book. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

You’ve probably budgeted for a photographer, but if you’re not also setting aside funds for a videographer, you could be doing yourself a disservice. The chance to look back on a professional video of your day and easily recall the emotion in your partner’s voice as they read their vows or the laughter of friends during speeches is irreplaceable. Make hiring a quality videographer just as big of a priority as a photography team and you’ll reap the benefits from your first anniversary to your 50th. Here’s what to keep in mind. >>

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Decide your vibe Just like with photography, there are many different styles, techniques and mediums of videography to consider when selecting the pro or company to hire. You’ll likely want the style of your wedding video to be in harmony with the style of photography you choose, so keep in mind that a grainy, retro Super 8 film might not be the right match alongside super-modern, artsy photography. Past that, consider what type of films you and your partner typically enjoy watching. Are you drawn to a more cinematic, movie-esque telling of your day, or would you rather it be shot more documentary style? Settling first on a film “tone” will ensure you seek out the right pro to get your desired end result.

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Do your research You want to make sure you’re choosing from the most seasoned, talented vendors that fall within your budget. Browse online for pros in your area (visit TheKnot.com/marketplace for a selection of our favorites), then narrow it down to your top five contenders. Spend an afternoon researching their past work, watching videos they’ve completed for other couples on sites like Vimeo or Love Stories TV, and reading reviews past clients have left. Once you have one or two clear favorites, reach out to them and ask a few basic get-to-know-you questions, like how long they’ve been in the business and how they would describe the style of their work. If you find yourself tearing up at a random couple’s wedding video or losing hours binge-watching flicks on a company’s site, you’re probably on the right track to finding your pro.

Make sure the mix works Your videographer will be working very closely with your photographer day of (oftentimes capturing the same intimate moments), so it’s important to feel out if the two of them are a good fit. Inquire as to whether they’ve worked together before, and if they haven’t, offer to make the introduction so they can get acquainted before your wedding. The photographer and videographer can talk through their typical work flow and how they like to shoot, so you’ll be less likely to get a lot of photographs with a videographer in the background (or vice versa). Another thing to consider? Where you’ll be tying the knot. It’s always beneficial to partner with a pro who has done weddings or events at your location before. That way, they’ll be in the know on the prettiest backdrops, as well as any lighting quirks and potential issues that may arise throughout the day. If they’re new to the space, introduce them to your on-site coordinator or planner so they can walk through the venue before your wedding day. The more in sync everyone is, the smoother the day will go.

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Choose the right package for your needs Chances are your videographer offers a variety of packages, ranging from different hourly rates to multiple shooters on the day of. Narrow in on your needs by first deciding how much of your day you want filmed. Do you want someone there catching you and your wedding party getting ready and toasting with mimosas, or do you only feel strongly about capturing footage from the ceremony and reception? Once you have a general timeline nailed down (your pro can help you finesse it a bit more), think about how many eyes you want on your event. One videographer will get the job done, but a team of two can capture the perspective of the main event and the reactions of loved ones, like your partner’s face as you walk down the aisle or your mom’s smile during the father-daughter dance. Lastly, you should factor in how long of an end product you want. Something short and sweet, like a wedding day highlights reel, uses a lot less footage (and therefore requires a lot less time spent filming and editing in post-production) than a one- to two-hour detailed recap of the day would. Ask your videographer what video length and editing each package includes, and base your decision on what suits your needs best. >>

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Leading up to your wedding day, sit down with your partner and write out a list of 5 to 10 moments that you feel your videographer just has to capture, as well as any surprises you’re planning for guests (they’ll want to have their camera ready when you drop confetti onto the dance floor). If you have large families with a lot of VIPs, you can also provide your videographer (as well as your photographer) with a rundown of who’s who at the party. They’ll know to shoot the wedding party getting down on the dance floor, but make sure they take footage of your cousins too.

A lot of the magic of wedding videos happens in post-production, where they piece together all the best moments from your day and pair them with music, voice-overs or special effects. Pros will often shoot with a video layout or specific shots already in mind, so to ensure you get the product you want, speak up before your event. Not into special effects? Totally fine. Want the video set to your first dance song? See if they can license it ahead of time. Lastly, ask what format you’ll get your video in. If receiving a DVD, USB drive or password protecting the video online is important to you, say so.

4 wedding tasks you should hire out You may want to be involved, but don’t try to take on these stressful tasks.

Centerpieces

A stunning centerpiece can set the mood for your day, so it’s not a place to skimp or DIY. With the help of a florist or planner, you can find a budget-friendly solution (whether that’s fewer flowers and more greens or just a bunch of succulents) that will still wow your guests. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about setting up or keeping it fresh the day of.

Catering

Catering a large-scale party is a huge undertaking, even for a culinary whiz. You’ll be hard-pressed to get enough food together for a hundred people and keep it hot, not to mention the fact that you have to also get married. Caterers are trained to make it happen, plus they have the support staff and equipment to serve you and your guests in a timely manner.

Music

It’s tempting to rock out to your favorite tunes on an iPod, but it’s not quite that simple. You’ll be limited to only your music taste (not what everyone else will like) and you likely won’t have the gear to make it loud enough for a party. Music pros are trained to read the dance floor. They can speed it up or slow it down so your guests are dancing throughout the night.

Photography

Photographs are one of the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding by. Loved ones may promise to snap every moment, but what happens if they get distracted or have a camera malfunction? If it’s important for you to have high-quality images and hundreds of great shots, hire a pro. You’ll be glad you did when you get a picture-perfect album.

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Whether you’re planning a delicious buffet or a seven-course sit-down dinner, you’ll want to abide by these important tips. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY PATRICIA HE AL

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Dreaming up your wedding reception menu can be one of the most fun (and important) parts of the planning process, especially if you and your partner are big foodies. A large portion of your budget will be put toward feeding your guests—you’ll want make sure everyone ends the night happy and well-fed. From booking your food pro to creating a menu to remember, here are six questions you should ask yourself to ensure you get it right.

Is your caterer legit? Whether you’re working with the team provided by your reception venue or are planning on bringing in an outside crew from your favorite barbecue joint, you’ll want to make sure your caterer is licensed for both food and liquor. This means they’ve met important local health department standards for food prep and service and carry liability insurance for both the food and the alcohol they’ll be serving, ensuring no responsibility falls on your shoulders (or your venue’s) if something goes wrong the day of.

There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree and a dessert, plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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Have they worked at your venue before? Hiring a caterer who has prepped food at your venue for previous events can make the day run more smoothly and efficiently. A repeat team will already be in the know about the available cook space on-site and what your venue supplies, so they’ll have a clear idea of what additional gear may be needed (this is especially important if you’re celebrating at a nontraditional venue, like a barn or a vineyard, where an entire kitchen may have to be brought in). If you’re really pulling for a catering team that hasn’t worked in the space before, see if they can arrange a walk-through of the venue and get a sense of the available equipment at least a month beforehand so they’re fully prepared the day of your event.

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I like when adventurous couples choose a few “out there” dishes that really represent what they love in food. It’s nice to be able to serve up creative, more unusual plates like octopus, lamb or eggplant.

A menu that reflects you two is a must. Also, it’s our responsibility to make sure the first course is a visual wow. The main course should be filling and yummy, and the dessert should be stunning.

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Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do (and delicious!) part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting session before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit your tastes. Be sure to ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that, to ensure that all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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What kind of meal appeals to you? Depending on the vibe and formality of your event, there are plenty of tasty choices to consider when it comes to serving your guests. If you want a constantly bustling party, a dinner of passed apps and interactive stations may work for you. Looking for something more formal? A sit-down dinner is always on trend. Want guests to interact with their surroundings? You may want to hire foodie entertainment like a flair bartender, ballerinas to serve champagne or even a few bow-tie-clad oyster shuckers. Whatever feels right for your day, make sure your catering team is on board to execute. Staffing and equipment needs can vary greatly between a buffet meal and multicourse plated dinner, so plan your style from the get-go in case it affects the overall cost of the services.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan in advance for. Ask your team if they’re able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must).

5 alternatives to a traditional sit-down meal Plated service isn’t the only option. Personalize your meal with one of these fun (and tasty) swaps.

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Family style

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Skip the seats and instead delight your guests with a bevy of passed plates piled high with hearty appetizers and filling finger foods for a constant cocktail party atmosphere.

Top your tables with platters of mains (like fish, steak and chicken) and yummy sides, then let guests pass around the plates and serve themselves. It’s a great way to keep the conversation flowing.

European family style

Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects their main meal course and only the side dishes are shared among the guests.

For a meal that feeds and entertains at the same time, create a culinary circuit of action stations serving interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, sushi and more.

Round up a few of your favorite food mobiles and serve guests truck-side for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access. ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

You want your wedding day to be a reflection of you and your partner, so your reception menu should be too. If you have a particular cuisine in mind, seek out a caterer who specializes in it. They’ll not only boast all the right resources (like the perfect shop to secure that French cheese you love for cocktail hour), but also know how to properly prepare and serve specialty dishes on a large scale, promising a better and tastier event. Expecting a Southern barbecue crew to execute a traditional Italian menu probably isn’t going to end well for anyone, so inquire ahead of time about your top pick’s cuisine specialties and ask to see sample menus.

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There’s no more prized keepsake from your wedding day than the photos that remain. It’s important to know what to do—and ask—to ensure you hire the right pro for your day. We’ve tapped three industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything to keep in mind for a wow-worthy wedding album. >>

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Play to your photographer’s strengths First and foremost, hire a photographer who has the same vision as you and your partner. Whether you love the soft, timeless look of film, desire fly-on-the-wall candid shots or must have formal posed portraits, hiring a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re off to a good start. “It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding photographs,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art wedding and portrait photographer in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. “If candid moments are especially important to the couple, they should intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments they want to see reflected in their own wedding photographs.”

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Don’t skip the engagement session Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be an informational phone call). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens and get to know your pro and how they prefer to work. “My biggest advice to couples is not to skip the engagement session,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. “Awkward always shows, so this is your time to get comfortable in front of the camera and figure out your best angles—we all have them.” Keep it casual with one or two meaningful shoot locations, and ask your photographer to seek out somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll be able to warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” says Jen Huang, a fine art wedding photographer in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before the engagement session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try to direct couples cinematically so their natural moments can emerge.”

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Choosing that oh-so-important outfit for your engagement session can be tough, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they would naturally find themselves in on a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style, but typically this means women are in neutral fabrics that are comfortable and flowy, while grooms are in tailored suits. Their outfits should match in the sense that if one of them is wearing something casual, the other shouldn’t be in formalwear.” Be conscious of keeping your look in line with your shoot location—if you’re planning an engagement session on a sailboat, you’re probably not going to want to don a sequin skirt.

Your photographer has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them when researching and deciding on other vendors to bring on board. They’ll be able to recommend who can help you achieve a certain look or identify the creator of a gorgeous centerpiece you spotted in their portfolio. “To make sure my clients receive the best images they can, I try to advise on all aspects of the wedding,” Huang says. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.” They’ll be encountering everyone involved, from your florist to the DJ, so see what they think of your hired team. Their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all, but it’s a good place to start. >>

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“The wedding timeline is key for a smooth day,” Fogarty says. “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is crucial to getting those amazing images.” Ensure your photographer doesn’t miss a moment of the action by setting specific parameters for what, and when, you want them shooting on your wedding day. If you want pictures of everything from morning bagels to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract. Past that, setting aside at least an hour and a half for couples’ portraits, shots of the wedding party and family formal portraits will eliminate any need to rush. Another thing to consider? A first look. “I always encourage couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.”

From the moment you engage your photographer, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from your contract to portrait locations and a preferred shot list. The more upfront you are about your needs and wants for your wedding day, the more you and your photographer can course-correct and make sure you’re working in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—the things you really want captured as opposed to the things that are maybe a little less important to you. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images I should focus on.” Beyond the wedding day, make sure your written contract encompasses all the necessary details, like how many images you’ll get, the expected turnaround time and whether or not your package includes physical prints or an album.

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When sketching out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in “golden hour,” that coveted time of day that photographers love to shoot during because of the amazing results it produces. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, for both engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Send your photographer images from the walk-through of your wedding site and they can advise on the best time and locations based on when the sun will set that day.

You can prep all you want, but when your wedding day comes, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust that you’re in good hands. You hired this person, so allow them to do their job. Trying to get too prescriptive with your shot list or your photographer’s work can mean that they may have to neglect more genuine, special shots, so let go and let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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Party old-school Everyone loves a good party game, so be sure to plan on including a few in your cocktail hour and reception. Lawn games like horseshoes, cornhole and oversize Jenga are great for outdoor events, while classics like a photo booth, a piñata or even a caricature artist will be a hit indoors. Encourage a little friendly competition by posting a chalkboard scoreboard near a game like ladder ball and letting playful rivalries form between guests.

Get social When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. Each mention includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be next.

seat guests drama-free Take the guesswork out of your seating arrangements with these foolproof tips.

Start early

Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of their wedding because they haven’t finished their seating charts. You’ll have more important tasks to take care of by then. It’s fine to make last-minute adjustments, but try to have your chart done at least one week before the wedding.

Break it down

Before choosing seating, categorize your guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier for you to sort your guests into the most logical table arrangements.

Work out placing parents

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings who weren’t in the wedding party. But with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some people might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there’s any awkwardness, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends. Remember, the parent positioning is flexible. Place everyone in a spot where it feels best to you.

Enlist your wedding party

At most weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen sit at the head table alongside the newlyweds. To make all your guests feel special and included, feel free to sit your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. Sitting with an honored member will make other attendees feel like they’re in the center of the action no matter where they’re seated.

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Create a conversation corner Give everyone a place to take a load off between dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. Ask your planner to style it with comfy couches, plush pillows and a coffee table or two for guests to place their drinks on. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone engaged in the party even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing, plus it helps to fill any unused space in an especially large venue. Really want to wow everyone? Close off the lounge areas with sheer curtains to create a clublike VIP vibe.

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You’re probably teeming with ways to personalize every inch of your wedding reception, but if you haven’t given much thought to doing the same for your ceremony, you should. There’s a slew of inspiration that ups the fun and will make it a ceremony to remember. >>

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Commission a jaw-dropping backdrop

Start your marriage with a bang

You’ll already be the center of attention at the altar, but make the moment even more powerful by saying your vows in front of a wow-worthy backdrop. Forgo the traditional arch or urns in place of a floral wall display or modern painting behind you and your partner. Ask your planner to choose an idea that speaks to the personality of your wedding (like a macramé hanging for a boho bash). Or, have a visual artist create something unique for you to hang in your home afterward as a sweet reminder of the day.

Or a boom, or a spray of confetti. Couples are going the extra mile when it comes to recognizing the moment they’re pronounced officially wed. Ring in newlywed life just like you’d ring in the New Year by arranging for confetti cannons, colorful smoke “bombs” or fireworks to go off when you seal your union with a kiss. Or, involve guests by putting poppers at each seat for them to erupt when you smooch. A bit over the top? Sure! But if there’s ever a time to be beaming beneath rainbow-hued confetti, this is it. >>

5 old-school traditions you can skip Reinvent the wheel by saying “no” to some of these old stand-bys.

Rock whatever you want. For your wedding day attire, anything goes for you and your partner— from a traditional ivory gown to a retro short dress, slinky sheath or a black pantsuit. Make it colorful or make it casual—as long as you feel fabulous in your outfit.

A two-color palette

Your wedding can have as many (or as few) colors as you want. The trick is to make sure they work together by using multiple neutrals or colors in the same family of shades (think: a trio of warm hues like pink, orange and yellow, or a quiet palette of white, cream and blush).

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You don’t have to confine your list of VIPs to your female friends (and vice versa for grooms), so feel free to have a bridesman or a groomswoman. Coordinate their looks with the rest of the party with accessories like a colorful bow tie or sash.

Staying apart A long white veil until you say “I do” You don’t have to wear a This superstition has long been proven false, so there’s nothing stopping you if you want to do a first-look photo shoot to free up more time after the ceremony so you can enjoy your cocktail hour. (Bonus: It can also help prewedding jitters.)

long white veil—or any veil at all. Break away from the standard tulle headpiece by swapping it with a chic jeweled headband, romantic flower crown or sparkly hair clips. Or you could just leave your hair down with nothing in it at all (you rebel, you).

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Have a nighttime ceremony Up the romance factor of your wedding day by structuring your timeline so you say “I do” after the sun goes down. It may take a bit of logistical rearranging (for instance, you may want to do your cocktail hour first, followed by your ceremony and your reception), but we can’t think of anything sweeter than reciting your vows in a candlelit room or under a starry sky, surrounded by loved ones. A nighttime ceremony is especially apt if you’re hoping to lend a moodier overall vibe to your wedding day. Luxe accents like rich velvet, inky black bridesmaid dresses and gorgeous burgundy florals will be right at home at dusk. Swoon!

sweet surprise Task a few honored attendees with choosing readings that remind them of you as a couple, and allow yourself to be surprised by them when they share them aloud on your wedding day.

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For couples not abiding by a religious ceremony structure and text, the possibilities for personalization through your reading selection are endless. In the months leading up to your wedding, be on the lookout for passages, verses or poems that speak to you as a couple. If you have a poem or set of song lyrics you love, consider asking a friend to recite them at the ceremony for you. Or, task a few honored attendees with choosing readings that remind them of you as a couple and allow yourself to be surprised by them (and caught up in the moment) on your wedding day.

Serve preceremony cocktails Kick your wedding day off right by passing out preceremony sips for your guests to enjoy while they await your big reveal. This is a great place to introduce your signature cocktail for the evening, or speak to your reception’s overall vibe with a pick that’s indicative of what’s to come (like mini wine flights at a vineyard or a selection of boozy lemonades to hint at the casual southern BBQ you have planned for the reception meal). You could also keep it classic and greet guests with mini bottles of champagne or prosecco. Tie cute paper straws and a tag onto each bottle, instructing guests to pop the cork when you kiss. Then have waitstaff pass out the bubbly in preparation for the big moment. >>

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Savvy couples are moving beyond the traditional two-sided aisle setup to layouts that feel more intimate. Just because you come from two families doesn’t mean you need your guests to sit on separate sides. Encourage mixing and mingling by arranging seating in an arch or semicircle, with the altar centered in the middle. It creates more “front row” seating and fosters a warm environment that will leave you and your partner feeling the love.

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love language Coming up with words meaningful enough for your vows can be intimidating. Here are a few tricks to help you speak from your heart in the moment.

Read samples

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

Define the details

Decide how you want your vows to come across, both in tone and structure. Do you envision them being funny and lighthearted or poetic and romantic? Talk through the logistics too. Will you write them separately or together? Will they be different or will you include the same promises to each other, like in traditional vows? Finally, will you share them with each other beforehand or keep them secret until the wedding?

Avoid clichés

Borrow from books, spiritual texts and even movies, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. If you find yourself relying on cliché phrases to get your point across (like “Love is blind”), come up with a specific example from your relationship that has a similar message.

Keep it short

Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, make some edits. Put some of the more personal or intimate thoughts in a letter to gift to your partner on the morning of your wedding, and save any guest-related topics, like thank-yous or shout-outs, for your toasts later on.

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It’s tradition for the groom, wedding party and then bride and a parent (often her father or a father figure) to walk down the aisle, and if you don’t want to miss out on that classic moment, that’s fine. However, if you’re up for something a bit different, why not turn things on their head and have your guests walk toward you? Mix up the classic entrance by awaiting your guests at the altar, while the guests themselves walk to you and your partner and take their seats. It’s a powerful way to make loved ones feel extraimportant, and you’ll get an up-close look at the happiness on their faces as they see you for the first time and prepare to witness your vows. This is also a great option for same-sex couples that may not identify as much with a traditional processional. If you choose to do a guest processional, make sure to clearly state your intentions in your wedding program and post several in-the-know ushers around the ceremony space to help guests figure out what to do.

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Subtle blue and white reception décor accented the transparent tent, which included a dance floor and space for a live band.

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BRIDE Elise Suna, 27, a psychotherapist GROOM Nicolas Lagueruela, 27, a computer engineer HOW THEY MET At college orientation WEDDING STYLE At a location near and dear to their hearts, the couple planned a day with an airy, beachy atmosphere. —Lexi Senior “We both wanted a simple design because the site we chose was so beautiful on its own,” Elise says. “Once we had that picked, everything else fell into place. The accents our planner helped us choose capitalized on the natural look.”

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After the newlyweds walked up the aisle to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles, a trumpet player supplied tunes for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed sparkling drinks garnished with green sprigs at high-top tables covered in blush and blue linens. “We wanted softer colors to complement the airy, beachy look,” Elise says.

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BRIDE Kelly Masters, 30, works in human resources GROOM Maurice (Kirby) Kirby IV, 30, a claims adjuster HOW THEY MET On a blind date set up by their mothers WEDDING STYLE A garden-inspired celebration with an emphasis on black and white details made this formal wedding a sophisticated affair. —LS An elaborate garden trellis and monogrammed dance floor further elevated the refined space. “As a former event planner, I’ve always loved creating a ‘wow’ factor,” Kelly says. “As soon as the trellis idea was born, I knew I had my focal point, and all the other details fell into place.”

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Church, Naples RECEPTION SITE Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples The two danced to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

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FLOWERS 50Fifty Creative Services

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STATIONERY Invitations: Poeme;

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Hudson Project/Elan Artists; after-party: Stereophonic DJs OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Before the party even started, out-of-town guests received welcome boxes that included local treats and wedding day essentials: a map of Naples, nips of rum, Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, monogrammed sunglasses and privacy signs to hang on their hotel room doorknobs.

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If there aren’t enough formal roles in your bridal party for all your buds, make sure every loved one feels included with these VIP tasks. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CHRISTINA LILLY PHOTOGR APHY

Choosing whom to include in your wedding party can be a pretty daunting task. There are long-term friendships, familial relationships and sensitive feelings to consider— it’s enough to make any to-be-wed couple go a little crazy. If your wedding party roster is full and you still have a cousin or an old college roomie you want to include in your day, task them with one of these bonus wedding roles so they’ll feel important. >>

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Perhaps one of the most forward-facing roles in the wedding (besides the couple of honor, of course) is the officiant. If you’re not particularly religious or are planning on a nondenominational ceremony, consider asking someone close to you to do the honor of officially pronouncing you wed. This role is best suited for a friend or family member who feels at home in front of crowds. They will be charged with uttering some of the most important words of the day, and they’ll also have to be warm enough to make the rest of the guests feel emotionally involved and invested in the ceremony. Choose that someone special, ensure they get properly (and officially) ordained, then talk them through the type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning. The good news: A close pal or relative already knows you both well, so you won’t have to worry about your ceremony feeling scripted or impersonal.

Musician Have a friend who is a virtuoso on the violin or particularly savvy on a set of ivories? Ask if they’ll bring their talents to your wedding day. You don’t want them as the entertainment during cocktail hour or dinner—that’s no fun for them!—but a song or two during the ceremony is the perfect special add-on. Give them a favorite tune to learn for your walk down the aisle, or re-create that classic Love, Actually moment with a trio of friends on trumpets, bellowing out the cords to “All You Need Is Love” as you exit your ceremony.

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Ushers Think of ushers as the adult-sitters at the ceremony. They’ll help guests to their seats, answer any pre-event questions (like where the bathroom is or which side of the aisle they should sit on) and hand out ceremony programs or other goodies you have at the ready. While the role is typically reserved for groomsmen, there’s no rule that says you can’t ask whomever you want to take it on—an uncle, a stepsister or even a close coworker. They’ll be interacting with a number of your family members, so make sure they’re a charming conversationalist and comfortable with being on their feet for at least the beginning of the ceremony. In addition, you’ll want guests to know the ushers are their point of contact before and during the ceremony, so post them at the ends of the aisle to ensure they’re accessible, or help them stand out with a special boutonniere or corsage. You could also use this as an opportunity to rethink other traditional wedding roles. Have your beloved pup as a ring bearer, or enlist your and your partner’s grandmothers to walk down the aisle as flower grannies. Every tradition is another opportunity to personalize your day, so don’t feel wedded to one typical way of doing things. >>

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No matter what type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning for your wedding day, it’s likely to include several readings, whether they’re religious or simply meaningful to the two of you. This moment is a great place to work in a few honored guests (like your teenage cousin or a beloved neighbor) whom you want to call attention to by giving them a moment to shine during your ceremony. If you really trust your selected speakers, make it feel even more personal by asking them to choose the passage or item they’ll read at the ceremony. Provide them with a general theme (like partnership, love or family values) and a loose structure (like poems, song lyrics or scripture), then set them free to find whatever passage reminds them most of you and your partner. Make sure everyone has their readings at least a week in advance so they can practice their delivery, and be sure to describe who they are and their relationship to you and your partner (as well as what they’ll be reading aloud) in your ceremony programs.

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Unity helper If you’re planning on including a unity ritual in your ceremony, use it as an opportunity to incorporate a few extra loved ones into the program as well. Popular practices, like joint-lighting a candle, the mixing of sand, handfasting or even planting a tree, all require some sort of additional propping, so task a friend or family member with bringing those necessary items up to the altar and presenting them to you both. Sure, it’s a small to-do, but it will likely make someone feel very special to be entrusted with the job (plus, it’s even simple enough to pass off to a young child). Likewise, if you are planning to have a religiously focused ceremony and will be completing something like Holy Communion or the presentation of gifts, you can also give that honor to a loved one.

Chuppah holder In Jewish culture, the chuppah a couple marry beneath represents the home that they will build together. Often topped with fabric or a tallit (prayer shawl) and adorned with flowers, it’s a privilege to be asked to hold or carry a couple’s chuppah. Consider having loved ones do the honors. If you’re not into the idea of them standing there throughout the ceremony, have them carry it down the aisle and then place it in the front. If it’s stationary and already in place at the head of your ceremony space, they can man the corners until you and your families arrive, then take their seats.

Marriage license witness There comes a point on your wedding day where you need to sign on the dotted line and make it legal, so think about whom you want standing with you while you give your best autograph. The witness lines on your marriage license are typically signed by the best man and maid of honor, but you could also ask another friend to step in as your witness instead. Want to get really fancy? Ask them ahead of time with a cute, personalized pen they can use the day of.

who gives a toast (and when) Smiles, laughs and happy tears, toasts are guaranteed to bring out the aw moments at your reception. Here’s who to hand the mic to.

The honored attendant(s)

Whether you have a best man, a maid of honor or a man or woman of honor, they’re usually the ones who kick off the speeches at the reception once everyone has snagged a glass of champagne. One or more of them can take turns speaking about the couple, their love story and their friendship with the pair. Just cap this portion at three or so pals—there are others to get to!

The parents

If the bride’s parents are hosting, they will usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some words of wisdom to the couple.

The couple

While you can’t toast to yourselves, it’s always a good idea to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of your wedding party and parents and to thank your guests for sharing in this special day with you. You can each say your own words or give a joint speech together.

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two, constantly having toasts interrupt the party will get old. Limit the speeches by keeping the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family (others can speak at the rehearsal dinner) so guests can hit the dance floor. Definitely don’t pass it off to anyone who has indulged in too many signature cocktails.

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Working a ring warming into your ceremony is a great way to incorporate all your guests into your vows and make them feel involved in your union. You’ll need to select two “ring chaperones” to shepherd your rings throughout the group and explain the process—a great job for honored attendees you may not have been able to include in your formal bridal party. Put your rings in a box or tie to a pillow then, starting in the back of the group, have guests pass your wedding bands among themselves, each taking a moment to imbue them with well-wishes and love before continuing them along to the next guest. By the time they reach the two of you at the altar, they’ll have enough good vibes to last you a lifetime.

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From renovations to rain, even the most well-planned wedding weekends can be thrown a curve ball. Whether you’re trying to contend with an unexpected amount of RSVPs or are clueless when it comes to having a plan B for your outdoor reception, we’re here to help you iron out all those details before your wedding day, keeping the main event as stress-free as possible.

Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t really have a plan B in case of inclement weather. What should we do? Outdoor receptions can be so romantic and special, but they do come with an unpredictable guest: Mother Nature. No matter what the forecast is looking like for your day, you should absolutely plan for a backup location in case things take a turn for the worse. If you’re not already renting a tent, consider booking a weatherproof option (which often has roll-down sides in case it rains), or look into securing a few seasonal extras like portable air conditioners or propane heaters for added comfort. If your venue has indoor space as well (like a barn or a ballroom), inquire as to whether those spots are booked on the day of your wedding—a lot of places keep them open on the off chance they’ll need to move your setup, and they may already have that backup plan in place. If you do wind up having to move indoors, don’t feel like your whole wedding vibe will suffer. Instead, focus on carrying the elements you loved about the outdoors into your interior space, like stringing café lights from the ceiling or adding tall greenery around the perimeter to re-create the sweet outdoor garden environment.

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let it glow Strings of charming café lights hanging above the dance floor lend a party-ready—and flattering—glow.

Our venue has a super-early noise curfew. How can we keep the party going without getting into trouble? If your heart is set on having an evening wedding and you want your guests to enjoy your venue for as long as possible, a silent disco is a great way to preserve the party without breaking a noise ordinance. Once “quiet hours” commence (typically around 9 or 10 p.m.), hand guests wireless headphones that are plugged into the DJ’s beats and continue tearing up the dance floor. It’s a quirky, out-of-the-box solution that will be fun for your loved ones—bonus points if you also distribute fun extras, like glow sticks. You could also prolong the nighttime fun at a different venue entirely by hosting an after-party. Lead your guests to a nearby bar or tavern, where the night owls can enjoy the rest of the evening as noisily as they’d like. The casual, more intimate setting will give you face time with guests you didn’t get to speak to at the formal festivities. An after-party can actually be cheaper than extending a reception—just be sure to factor in the need for additional transportation to and from the secondary venue. >>

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We’re hosting our ceremony and reception in the same space at our venue. What do we do with guests while it’s being turned over? I don’t want them to see it early. Host your cocktail hour somewhere else. You’ll need to get all your guests out of the ceremony space shortly after your “I dos” so your vendor team can make fast work of transforming the room. To ensure everyone gets the memo, dictate the cocktail hour plans on a note card tucked into the ceremony program, then place it on all the seats at the ceremony. You can also task your ushers with directing guests out of the room afterward. Aim to host your cocktail hour in an entirely different space so guests can’t see the makeover—you want them to be wowed by the quick transformation without witnessing the catering team toting towers of chairs. Our wedding is at a resort where the other guests can wander into the space or watch the ceremony. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are tons of perks to having your ceremony or reception at a resort, but a group of curious onlookers isn’t one of them. Start by setting up a distinct perimeter around your zone, either by ribboning it off around the edges or posting “private event” signs. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding watchers that will dissuade. If you’re concerned about strangers sneaking into your space (or snapping photos of you and your guests), designate a few friends to casually keep watch. Only truly gutsy strangers will try to infiltrate your party, and they’ll stick out because they’ll be dressed wrong or won’t be mingling with other guests. If you notice an interloper, task your planner with discreetly removing them.

After receiving all our RSVPs, we’ve somehow ended up over our venue’s allowable capacity. What now? The good news: You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate with you two. The bad news: Where are you going to put them all? As a rule of thumb, you should always plan on having an A-list and a B-list for your invites. The intention is to help you and your partner make decisions when it comes to who you’re inviting to your wedding. The A-list should comprise guests who are must-haves for you and your partner or your families, while nonessentials (like work colleagues or high school buddies you might be able to skip) should be added to the B-list. You should invite 10 percent more guests than your target number, since 10 to 20 percent of those invited will decline—unless they don’t. So what now? Well, the first phone call you make should be to your venue. If you’re only 15 to 20 people over your quoted head count, see if they can accommodate your additional guests for an added fee. Most wedding venues can’t just add 10 more tables— fire laws limit the maximum number of people allowed in any room at one time—so consider seating some of your guests elsewhere by either renting out an additional small ballroom on-site or having some guests dine on a terrace, for example. Not ideal, sure, but neither is uninviting guests who have already RSVP’d yes. Our venue underwent renovations after we booked, and all the charm we loved is gone! Falling head over heels with a space only to have it transformed before your wedding day can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding a different venue isn’t an option, there are a few ways to approach this. First, review your contract, looking for anything that may protect your investment in the space or any language that essentially frees the venue of any responsibility in the scenario. Then contact the venue with a concise email explaining your frustration. Detail why you initially chose the space and how the renovations have affected your wedding. Mention any additional fees you envision having to pay, and see what they can do to alleviate the situation, either monetarily or by throwing in extra perks (like top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner or vendor team to see what they recommend you change or add to regain some of the charm you lost. Maybe your florist suggests bringing in a few topiaries to make up for the rows of vineyard that got wiped out, or your planner thinks adding a high-gloss lacquer dance floor over the ugly new carpet will add some personality back into the space. Review and adjust your game plan, and price out what additional costs you might accrue.

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There’s no better way to celebrate your impending “I dos” than to spend time alongside your best friends. Replace the typically cheeky X-rated agenda with a bachelorette theme that will make for a weekend to remember. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ROBERT EVANS STUDIOS

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Your bachelorette party can be one of the most anticipated events of the whole wedding process. There’s nothing more fun than setting aside an entire weekend (or even just a day) to celebrate the incredible friendships in your life. If you’re a bride (or the bridesmaid of a gal) who is more sweet and serene than saucy and scandalous, trade in G-strings and scantily clad entertainers for a bash that will be a blast and Facebook appropriate.

Go all out with a glamette

Escape on a wellness retreat Whether you’re an avocado toast obsessive who can’t get enough of hot yoga, or are planning a party for a gal that is basically Gwyneth Paltrow 2.0, a wellness-themed bash may be perfect for your crew. Focus on mind-, body- and soul-fulfilling activities for a weekend that will leave you and your friends feeling Zen and refreshed. You can pack your schedule with a variety of classes and events around your home city (think: meditation sessions followed by green juices), or head to a destination retreat organized through companies like Pravassa (Pravassa.com), Fit & Fly Girl (FitandFlyGirl.com) and The Runaway Experience (TheRunawayExperience.com).

Make a splash at a pool party Fla-mingle with your favorite ladies and work on your prewedding glow at a grown-up pool party. If you don’t already know a friend willing to lend out her pool for the afternoon, look into nearby hotels or rooftops—many rent spaces on an hourly or daily basis for events. Then, fill the water with tons of cute floats, mix some margs and pile baskets high with pool party essentials like fun sunnies, magazines, sunscreen, towels and more. Hire a bartender through a local joint or app like GigMasters to act as your personal cabana boy. Piña coladas at the snap of a finger? We’re in! >>

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bachelorette planning 101 Make sure you cover all your party basics with this foolproof guide to planning the ultimate bash.

Decide who is hosting

The maid of honor typically takes the lead when it comes to the bachelorette party, but anyone can play hostess for the weekend. Volunteer your services or, if you’re the MOH, task the rest of the bridal party with jobs like securing travel and accommodations.

Make the guest list

All bridesmaids get an invite, as do any friends the bride wants to include in the celebration. It’s not necessary to invite everyone who attends the shower (typically all women invited to the wedding) to the bachelorette— try to keep it on the smaller side with 10-20 guests.

Figure out a date

If the bride has any must-attend guests, coordinate with them first on preliminary dates (roughly anywhere from three months out to a month before the wedding). Arranging one weekend that works for dozens of people can get complicated, so do your best to pick a date that’s doable for the majority of the group and stick to it.

Spread the word

If you want to splurge on fun themed paper invites then go for it, but it’s not a must. Digital invites will work great for a bachelorette bash and will help you track RSVPs easily. Make sure you get responses at least two weeks before the party, but allow for more time if you’re planning a destination affair that requires a hotel.

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A little confused by the lingo? Allow us to explain—think of a glamette as the over-the-top, indulgent big sister of the traditional bachelorette. The Bridal Bar founder Harmony Walton coined the phrase after planning a honeymoon-esque getaway for a bride and her gals in Deer Valley at the luxe St. Regis hotel. Walton made sure the weekend included lots of good food, high-end moments and even a picnic hike (see previous page). “Do what you love to do together as friends, but bigger and better,” Walton says. “Make it a trip you will all remember.” A glamette-themed weekend should be packed full of activities that spoil you and your girls, like spa appointments, private yoga sessions and luxe accommodations. You’ll want to get pampered, dress up in your party finest and eat like queens, so seek out a resort with a top-notch spa and grounds, or a city where you can go all out on the little luxuries.

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Get in touch with nature while camping

Set sail on the open seas

There’s nothing like roughing it in the wilderness to bring you and your friends closer together. Go back to basics with a bare-bones camping weekend at a nearby state park or campground. Skip the RV in lieu of a tent you have to pitch yourselves, then work together to build a fire and cook dinner, ending the night swapping old memories under the stars. If full-on survivalist mode isn’t your thing, you can still capture all the charm of a wilderness retreat with none of the extra schlepping by booking a spot at a “glamping” resort. You’ll get the grandeur of the great outdoors, but with luxury amenities (like running water, real beds and even, in some cases, air conditioning) to keep you all comfy.

Give thanks to the best mates in your life with an adventure on the open water. A day-long sailboat or yacht rental isn’t a low-budget option, but it often comes with additional perks like sailing lessons, a coastal tour of the area or even a staff to serve your group food and cocktails while on board. Use the sail as the kickoff to a coastalthemed weekend, and spend the rest of your time on land hanging at the beach, sampling oysters and snacking on lobster rolls. Have motion-sickness medicine on hand in case seas are choppy and an equally fun backup plan in case gray skies prevent your excursion.

Sip your way through a vineyard tour Just like you and your partner, wine and girlfriends are the perfect match. Why not spend the weekend wandering your way through the vine-covered rows of a local vineyard or two, toasting to your upcoming day and snacking on yummy bar bites? Most vineyards host tastings either for free or for a reasonable $10 to $20 per person, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you’re on a budget. Encourage your gals to each buy their favorite bottle, then revisit everyone’s picks later in the evening over a potluck dinner. Just be sure to look into booking a limo or party bus, or designating a sober friend to drive everyone around safely.

Indulge in a food crawl Foodie fans will love a weekend agenda filled with culinary curiosities. If you or your to-be-wed friend is obsessed with a certain dish or cuisine (say, burgers or Thai food), plan an epic “crawl” around a nearby area packed with eats or a city known for its killer culinary scene (like Nashville or Portland). Then, dream up fun additional activities to go with the weekend’s food theme, like beer and wine pairings or a cooking class.

Search for your future among the stars Everyone has that one friend who won’t make a decision without consulting Susan Miller first. If she tells everyone she meets that she’s an Aries and what fire signs mean, then she’d probably love a celestial-themed party. Besides having perhaps the prettiest potential when it comes to décor (think: constellation-etched wine glasses, star paper lanterns and gilded temporary astrological sign tattoos), there are several activities perfect for a star-crossed shindig. Hire a tarot card reader to answer questions about the future, a psychic to predict which solo pals may head to the altar next or even an astronomer to lead a stargazing experience.

Take a “trip” to Paris If jetting off to France isn’t in the budget, settle for the next-best thing with a weekend filled with all things Parisian. Francophile friends will swoon over a très chic schedule filled with Frenchinspired activities like a wine and cheese pairing, perfume mixology, macarons and more. Another fun idea? Seek out a figure drawing class through a company like The Artful Bachelorette (TheArtfulBachelorette.com), who will provide a professional nude male model to sketch. You’ll end up with a few giggles and a keepsake portrait that even Jack Dawson would envy.

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anatomy of a gift basket Greet out-of-town guests with a sweet welcome.

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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 News-Gazette

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

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

Form: No

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.

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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Form: Yes Photos will be returned with SASE.

Price varies from no cost to $98 according to inches of text.

(941) 206-1000 23170 Harborview Rd. Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes; email familyalbum@sun-herald.com

Cost is $25 for one photo with 200 words.

The News-Press

(239) 335-0452 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 10 Fort Myers, FL 33901

Must submit info on Friday, four weeks before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes Photo returned with SASE.

Fees range from $20 to $220 depending on size of announcement and photo submitted.

Naples Daily News

(239) 403-6161 Attn: Celebrations Coordinator 1100 Immokalee Rd. Naples, FL 34110

Submit info within six weeks of the wedding date at noon the Tuesday before Sunday publication. Announcements published on a space-available basis.

Form: Optional Photos are not returned.

Cost range from $75 to $600 based on size.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

(941) 361-4163 Attn: Wedding Announcements PO Box 1719 Sarasota, FL 34230

Must submit info within one month of the wedding date, ten days prior to publication date. Announcements published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: No; prefer online submission.

Ranges from free to $180 based on size of ad. A photo is $40 extra.

St. Petersburg Times

(727) 893-8215 490 1st Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Must submit info within six months of the wedding date. Announcements published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Tampa Tribune

(813) 259-8050 202 S. Parker St. Tampa, FL 33606

Must submit info within one year of the wedding date. Submit by noon on the Monday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional

Rates start at $95.38 without a photo and $171.68 with a photo.

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The Bradenton Herald

(941) 746-7355 102 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205

The Charlotte Sun

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make it legal South Florida Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE Around the southern tip of Florida, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Those ages 16–17 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period (which can be waived upon completion of a premarital course) and asks that the bride and groom present a valid photo ID verifying DOB and a Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days in the state of Florida only. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, he or she must state the exact date and location of the divorce or death. Some counties do not require official documentation unless the marriage ended 60 days prior. Offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details.. WHERE TO APPLY Broward County

Hendry County

Miami-Dade County

Monroe County

Palm Beach County

Clerk of Courts 201 SE 6th St., Rm. 270 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 831-6565 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court 25 E. Hickpoochee Ave. LaBelle, FL 33935 (863) 675-5217 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk’s Office 140 W. Flagler St., Rm. 1503 Miami, FL 33130 (305) 275-1155 9 a.m. ­– 4 p.m.

County Clerk 530 Whitehead St. Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-3458 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk’s Office 205 N. Dixie Hwy. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 355-2996 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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The Miami Herald

(305) 376-4614 Attn: Celebrations 1 Herald Plz. Miami, FL 33132

Must submit info no later than 5 p.m. on the Wednesday two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees range from $65 without a photo to $210 with a photo.

Palm Beach Post

(561) 820-4310 Attn: Features Dept. PO Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 33416

Must submit info at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the desired Sunday publication, no later than three months after the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

Rates range from $40 to $405. Photos are included in each package.

Sun-Sentinel

(954) 698-7040 Attn: Celebrations 333 SW 12th Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Must submit info on the 15th of the month prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Rates range from $125 to $200. A photo is included in packages.

The Islander News

(305) 361-3333 104 Crandon Blvd., Ste. 301 Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Must submit info within two months of the wedding and by Monday at 5 p.m. prior to the desired Thursday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Key West Citizen

(305) 292-7777 Attn: Lifestyle Dept. PO Box 1800 Key West, FL 33041

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

Form: Optional Submissions must be typed.

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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.

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

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art ovation hotel

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

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atlantic ballroom

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the atlantic hotel and spa

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 567-8055 | sales@atlantichotelfl.com AtlanticHotelFL.com A beachfront location, unparalleled views, intimate receptions and amazing cuisine—the perfect combination for your perfect day. capacity 200 | price $$$

avila golf and country club

943 Guisando de Avila, Tampa, FL (813) 963-3537 specialevents@avilagolf.com AvilaGolf.com The perfect place to celebrate the day of your

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the balcony orlando

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

bay harbor hotel tampa

7700 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL (813) 574-3880 | BayHarborTampa.com Our island-inspired hotel is unrivaled in comfort and service. The hotel boasts 7,000 square feet of banquet space, including a private dock and pool deck. We offer beautiful sunsets, delicious banquet menus and an elegant ballroom featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay! capacity 150 | price $$$

bella collina

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

the biltmore

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

bonnet house museum & gardens

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

breakers west country club

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

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 | groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, serving authentic, family-style Italian cuisine. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! price $$

c bar ranch

(904) 705-0780 nanette@cbarranchevents.com CBarRanchEvents.com The new, rustic yet elegant C Bar Ranch events barn sits amid majestic oaks on 191 acres of forest and farmland. The Weekend Wedding Package includes tables, chairs or wooden benches, décor and ample time to make the ranch reflect your personality. Dates still available in 2019! capacity 240 | price $$$

café boulud at the brazilian court hotel

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL (561) 655-6060 CafeBoulud.com/palmbeach Enjoy Chef Daniel Boulud’s superb cuisine in historic boutique hotel The Brazilian Court—a picture-perfect setting. With pampering at Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Spa and luxe guest suites, this newly renovated, amenityrich destination offers a level of intimacy you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. capacity 150 | price $$$

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

caribe royale

8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 238-8002 | CaribeRoyale.com Our wedding experts are here to create a one-of-a-kind Orlando wedding that exceeds your every desire—all while offering packages that take the guesswork out of the planning process. From the entertainment to the cuisine, we will help you plan an event that will become your memory of a lifetime. capacity 400+ | price $$$

casa feliz

(407) 628-0230 | CasaFelizVenue.com Elegance and romance intertwine to create the perfect venue to celebrate your special day. Casa Feliz’s rich textures of original Spanish roof tiles, whitewashed century-old bricks, lush gardens, heavily carved European antiques and sweeping oaks create a gorgeous setting for your picture-perfect wedding. capacity 120 | price $$$

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casa ybel resort

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

the center at deltona

1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Deltona, FL (386) 878-8875 codonnell@deltonafl.gov DeltonaFL.gov In December 2017, the city of Deltona is opening a brand-new, state-of-the-art community center with a 7,500-square-foot ballroom. A beautiful event lawn will become the perfect site for your wedding ceremony, along with a bride’s and groom’s room to get ready in. Open dates are available. Book today! capacity 400+ | price $$

ceviche orlando

125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL (407) 592-0528 kelly@ceviche.com Ceviche.com In Orlando’s historic Church Street Station, Ceviche’s old-world architecture and Spanish flair sets a stage to pledge your love, raise toasts, pass plates and celebrate. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional services and a

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citrus club

255 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL (407) 843-1080 For more than 40 years, the Citrus Club has been known for its blend of exceptional service, fine cuisine and an unparalleled downtown view. After completing a $4 million renovation, the Club is an upscale, modern venue that is perfect for any style of wedding. capacity 50+ | price $$

clearwater beach marriott suites on sand key

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

the club at admirals cove

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

the club at boca pointe

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

conrad fort lauderdale beach

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

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 $$

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

the diplomat country club

501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallendale, FL (954) 883-4100 | DiplomatGolf.com The Diplomat Country Club’s location offers a 7,300-square-foot luxury ballroom boasting French doors that lead to a veranda overlooking the golf course. Four meeting rooms and outdoor event facilities are also available. The professionally trained staff will help to ensure the success of your event. capacity 500 | price $$

doubletree by hilton hollywood beach

4000 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL sales@sosouthfl.com DoubleTree3.Hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/ doubletree-resort-by-hilton-hollywood-beachHWOFLDT/index.html

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Celebrate with up to 170 guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Hollywood Beach, where we have made weddings in Hollywood a specialty. Flexible table arrangements and a portable customizable dance floor allow you to design your perfect layout. Contact our wedding specialist for more wedding package information. capacity 170 | price $$$$

doubletree by hilton ocean point resort & spa

17375 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (786) 528-2586 | weddings@oceanpointresort.com OceanPointResort.com The elegant wedding you have always imagined with panoramic views, luxurious space, exquisite food and impeccable service. capacity 150 | price $$$

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 $$

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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.

Dubsdread is the natural choice when it comes to your wedding day. capacity 250 | price $$

the dunes golf & tennis club

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

emerald grande at harborwalk village

(850) 424-0622 EmeraldGrande.com A once-in-a-lifetime event deserves a stunning location. Overlooking the pristine Destin Harbor, emerald-green waters and dazzling sunsets, our exquisite facilities include a grand staircase and elegant array of indoor and outdoor features, providing the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$

epping forest yacht & country club

1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, FL (904) 421-2226 | EFYC.com Epping Forest Yacht & CC combines turn-of-the-century romance with a setting of historical significance. Built in 1926 on the banks of the St. Johns River, the duPont Mansion provides English-style gardens, stone fountains and historic oak trees, perfect for unforgettable weddings of 20 to 400! capacity 400 | price $$$

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douglas entrance

800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, FL (305) 444-1941 | (305) 448-1195 raraya@banyanstreet.com Where old-world charm and elegance come together, Douglas Entrance is a one-of-a-kind location to host your ­ceremony and reception. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a restored grand ballroom and archroom whose main entrance is through a beautiful grand staircase.

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 $$

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dubsdread banquet facility

549 West Par Street, Orlando, FL (407) 650-9558 events@historicdubsdread.com HistoricDubsdread.com Making your dreams come true in an environment and ambience unsurpassed in excellence. With an experienced wedding coordinator right on site and service personnel that excels in assisting your needs,

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the event factory

7565 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL (813) 806-0026 | TheEventFactory.com Experience the fairy-tale you’ve always dreamed about. We offer wedding ceremonies, receptions, facility-only rentals and complete all-inclusive packages for every budget. Portrait studios, off-site photo and video services are also available. capacity 400+ | price $$

floridian ballrooms

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

fontainebleau miami beach

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL (877) 843-6899 somethingbleau@fontainebleau.com fontainebleau.com/weddings Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a canvas to your imagination, where the focus is you–your passions, your dreams, your wedding day. Inspiring weddings that express you–unique, chic and perhaps a bit unconventional. Mix in fine cuisine and venues with striking sophistication. capacity 400+ | price $$$

four seasons resort orlando at walt disney world® resort

10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL (407) 313-6780 orlando.wedding@fourseasons.com FourSeasons.com/orlando Discover Central Florida’s only resort to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award. Whether you dream of a lakeside gathering or a lavish reception, our Four Seasons Orlando specialists will see to every detail & make your wishes come true. capacity 500 | price $$$$

gallery one, a doubletree suites by hilton

Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 335-4632 | fllts_ds@hilton.com When it comes to making your wedding special, Doubletree is committed to making every moment memorable. Beginning with your bridal luncheon or an elegant rehearsal dinner, our planners will help you create a wedding that is luxurious, personalized or totally unique for the day you’ve been dreaming of. capacity 200 | price $$

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 $$$

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grey oaks country club

2400 Grey Oaks Drive North, Naples, FL (239) 262-5550 GreyOaksCC.com Nestled among a lush front drive of oak trees and manicured lawns, Grey Oaks Country Club provides a glamorous and private setting for all wedding celebrations. This high-end venue is decorated in neutral tones and elegant finishes allowing the beautiful venue to adapt to any couple’s style. capacity 300 | price $$$

gulf drive cafe

900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL (941) 778-1919 | gulfdrivetiki@gmail.com TheSunsetWeddings.com Our waterfront venue is Anna Maria Island’s most appealing site for weddings. The Sunset Tiki Hut overlooks sugar-white sands, the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise-blue waters and a gorgeous, multi-colored horizon during sunset. Let our team of experts work with you to create your perfect tropical dream wedding. capacity 200 | price $$

hacienda los robles b&b

19050 SW 194th Avenue, Miami (Redlands), FL (305) 222-1111 | (786) 344-8916 HaciendaLosRoblesBB.com Colossal or quaint, celebrate your wedding day in endless country charm. Hacienda Los Robles B&B is in the heart of the Redlands, a short drive from Miami. We are unique, beautiful and breathtaking, amazing, enchanting, serene and accommodating.

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

hawks cay resort

61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key, FL (866) 628-1337 HawksCayWeddings.com A lifetime of romance begins with the perfect wedding at Hawks Cay Resort. Tie the knot on the water’s edge with an intimate ceremony, or host a grand event in our waterfront ballroom. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hawks Cay offers the most beautiful and accommodating venues in the Keys. capacity 400 | price $$$

herlong mansion

402 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL (352) 214-7646 | herlongwedding@gmail.com HerlongWedding.com Our award-winning gardens are perfect for your day. Say “I do” on our grand front porch flanked by Corinthian columns, a jasmine-draped gazebo or live-oak-canopied gardens. Our wedding coordinator and staff will give you and your guests an amazing experience with old Florida charm and Southern hospitality. capacity 150 | price $$

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hampton by hilton-clearwater beach

635 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 281-4827 HamptonClearwaterBeach.com We don’t believe in a ballroom, we believe in a coastal view room—where the sunset never repeats its colors twice, allowing you to capture yours on your day! Adjacent to our seaside sixth floor terrace, join your guests around a cozy fire table, creating memories. Now that’s a photo album! capacity 250 | price $$

harbor hills country club

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

the harriet himmel theater at cityplace

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL

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hilton fort lauderdale beach resort 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-2222 | fllfs-salesadm@hilton.com FortLauderdaleBeachResort.Hilton.com This is a contemporary resort with spectacular oceanfront ceremony and reception venues. capacity 200 | price $$$

hilton marco island beach resort and spa

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

hilton 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 palm beach airport

150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 472-9305 | wendy.ash@hilton.com PalmBeachAirportHilton.com You will fall in love with our recently renovated ballrooms adorned with grand crystal chandeliers, as well as our charming lakeside ceremony setting. Our wedding specialist will help design your perfect day. Our quality cuisine and impeccable service are second only to our breathtaking scenery. capacity 900 | price $$$

hilton sandestin beach golf resort & spa

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach, FL (850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com A dream location for the wedding of your dreams! Whether you prefer to say “I do” under a brilliant sunset with your toes in the sugar-white sand, overlooking the emerald-green Gulf waters, or in one of our beautifully appointed ballrooms, we will make your event an experience of a lifetime. capacity 400+ | price $$

hilton singer island oceanfront

3700 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island, FL (561) 472-0302 lora.macmullen2@hilton.com Facebook.com/singerislandhilton HiltonSingerIsland.com Treat your guests to a true island wedding experience! Our Oceanfront Pavilion can accommodate up to 250 and is the perfect setting for your special day. Our wedding specialist and culinary team will assist in creating an event reflecting your personal taste and style. Call Lora MacMullen for a consultation. capacity 250 | price $$

hilton tampa downtown

211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL (813) 222-4905 TampaDowntown.Hilton.com Be one of the first brides to reserve your wedding at the newly renovated Hilton Tampa Downtown. Whether your wedding is 50 people or 1,000, we can make your day special! Our wedding expert can help guide you to your special day and make it memorable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hilton university of florida conference center

1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL (352) 384-3420 tellis@hiltongainesvilleuf.com UF.Hilton.com Whether you are celebrating with an intimate size group or a larger group, this is the perfect setting to transform your dream into reality. Or, let us transform our grand

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$$

hotel colonnade

180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL (305) 569-3532 events@hotelcolonnade.com HotelColonnade.com We are easily accessible, and being in the heart of the Miracle Mile and close to Coconut Grove and Everglades National Park, there are plenty of attractions for your guests. We offer luxurious accommodations and stunning indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions. capacity 300 | price $$$

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the howey mansion

1001 Citrus Avenue, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (407) 906-4918 events@thehoweymansion.com TheHoweyMansion.com Step back in time to the early 1920s in our one-of-a-kind, fully restored mansion. capacity 300+ | price $$$

hyatt house naples

1345 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL (239) 775-1000 | mari.hornbeck@hyatt.com Naples.House.Hyatt.com This first-class wedding venue offers the finest services to make your day extra special. The hotel, built in 2016, with its British West Indies–inspired décor and resortlike pool, provides the ultimate wedding experience from a dockside ceremony to a lavish reception overlooking the pool and water. capacity 260 | price $$

hyatt regency clearwater beach

301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 373-4444 ClearwaterBeach.Regency.Hyatt.com Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa cater to your every need. At Hyatt, no detail is too small. We offer all the necessary ingredients for the celebration you’ve always imagined. Contact our wedding professionals for booking and event specials! capacity 250 | price $$$

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hyatt regency coconut point resort and spa

5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL (239) 390-4240 | CoconutPoint.Regency.Hyatt.com Your wedding is a joyous celebration, an important day to share with family and friends. Let us delight you with personalized service from a caring staff of Hyatt professionals dedicated to ensuring your special day is a perfect expression of your style and your new life together. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hyatt regency grand cypress

One Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando, FL (407) 239-3946 GrandCypress.Regency.Hyatt.com A day as special as this deserves an equally special venue. This is more than a world-class luxury hotel. It’s the perfect all-inclusive destination for any wedding couple, offering six incredible wedding venues and accompanying matrimonial services of all varieties for the experience of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$$

intercontinental miami

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL (305) 372-4499 | marianna.difranca@ihg.com ICMiamiHotel.com Miami—the word alone connotes a tropical paradise. Our Grand Ballroom can host a massive destination wedding, while our smaller ballrooms create intimate gatherings. Our packages, created by our wedding experts, offer additional luxurious amenities to ensure you have the most magical experience. capacity 300+ | price $$$

isla del sol yacht & cc

6000 Sun Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL (727) 828-0003 | melissa@idsycc.com IslaDelSolYCC.com Escape the ordinary on an island paradise—Isla Del Sol, island in the sun! Whether on our glittering private beach, caressed by a tropical breeze, or indoors overlooking the blue green waters of Boca Ciega Bay, we have a venue to make yours a one-of-a-kind day. capacity 300 | price $$$

island grove wine company at formosa gardens

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

jacaranda country club

9200 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL (954) 474-8998 | JacarandaCC.com

Jacaranda offers one of the most sought-after ballrooms in Broward, featuring floor-to-ceiling walls of glass framing expansive views of our lush country club setting. Striking yet unobtrusive decor highlighted by miniature lights offers a spectacular backdrop for our tempting cuisine and attentive service. capacity 200 | price $$

kathleen’s garden, llc

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

la jolla ballroom

301 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables, FL (305) 460-0047 | lajollaballroom@gmail.com LaJollaBallroom.com A gem in the heart of Coral Gables. An eclectic array of elegance available for weddings, quinces, corporate and special events. We provide all-inclusive services. With over 20 years of experience, our in-house designers and event coordinators will assist in creating your perfect event. capacity 200 | price $$

lakewood ranch golf and cc

(941) 907-4700 | LakewoodRanchGolf.com Set in the beautiful community of Lakewood Ranch, The Country Club exquisitely accommodates indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. Elegantly designed for each event, the club provides a beautiful setting for couples to capture memories that will last a lifetime! capacity 240 | price $$$

lavan catering & events

(954) 983-6937 | info@lavancateringandevents.com LavanCateringandEvents.com Events can be held indoors or outside in a serene garden setting overlooking a magnificent fountain. Lavan’s 5,000-square-foot ballroom is modern, chic and boasts a state-of-the-art lighting system. The ballroom or outdoor cocktail reception area can host up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $

lexington country club

16257 Willowcrest Way, Ft. Myers, FL (239) 985-1823 Our friendly professional staff and award-winning culinary team are dedicated to ensure your day is unforgettable. The elegant ballroom has a spectacular view of the golf course and is a perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, engagement party and bridal shower. capacity 200 | price $$

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Experience a place like no other with an open, airy banquet facility overlooking the beautiful water and a resort-like pool. Let your wedding guests stroll the magnificent property with its enchanting British West Indies inspired dĂŠcor, open lobby, and a restaurant and bar flowing out to the pool, docks and marina. Take advantage of sandy areas surrounding the pool and a fire pit for smaller gatherings or parties. Even take a boat ride right from the dock. Make your day special in a special place. Experience the new Hyatt House Naples. Distinctly Hyatt. Uniquely Naples!

Contact Karla Feazell, Director of Sales, at 239.775.1000 or karla.feazell@hyatt.com

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lightner museum

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

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 $$$

the mezz

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

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miami beach woman’s club

2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL (305) 674-0538 alison.colberg@southbeachgroup.com MiamiBeachWomansClub.com Our restored, historic, Mediterranean-style clubhouse, featuring vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and antique chandeliers, is perfect for romantic and elegant weddings. Make an unforgettable entrance as you walk down the aisle of our cathedral-inspired hall and dance with your beloved in our ballroom. capacity 130 | price $$$

miramar cultural center

2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL (954) 602-4509 events@miramarculturalcenter.org MiramarCulturalCenter.org Realize the wedding of your dreams at the Miramar Cultural Center! Our lakeside locale provides beautiful customizable indoor and outdoor venues for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Free parking and a convenient location make for a seamless experience, all designed exclusively by you. capacity 300 | price $$

msc cruises

(844) 813-1727 MSCCruisesUSA.com

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A honeymoon on MSC Cruises offers the perfect combination of intimacy and adventure. Enjoy gourmet dining and world-class shows. Indulge in sensuous spa services and invigorating sports, and escape to the Caribbean for sun-kissed excursions. Bask in luxury and love on an MSC Cruise dream honeymoon. capacity 400+ | price $$

the naples beach hotel & golf club

(866) 438-7430 NaplesBeachHotel.com Our 125-acre tropical paradise in Southwest Florida offers miles of white-sand beaches, amazing sunsets and 319 rooms and suites. Discover the perfect destination for a truly memorable wedding or honeymoon. Call or visit our website to take advantage of our romantic beachfront honeymoon.

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 $$

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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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.

orlando museum of art

2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL (407) 896-4231 OMArt.org/pages/facility-rental The Orlando Museum of Art is a beautiful and unique venue for the sophisticated bride. Located between downtown Orlando and idyllic Winter Park, the museum provides the perfect ceremony and reception venue. Celebrate your love surrounded by artwork and grandeur that only the museum can provide. capacity 200+ | price $$

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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.

palencia golf & country club

600 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine, FL (904) 599-9040 palenciaevents@hamptongolfclubs.com PalenciaClub.com Our indoor and beautiful outdoor options let you have all activities at one location. We can accommodate up to 160 people for a cocktail reception or sit-down dining and dancing. The clubhouse provides ample space, parking, handicap access and breathtaking views from patios and verandas. capacity 160 | price $$$

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ocean breeze conference & catering center

Aboard Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville, FL (904) 270-5313 Ocean Breeze offers one of the finest, most secluded views of the Atlantic Ocean. Our Grand Ballroom overlooks a romantic scene of soft sand and gentle waves–perfect for any fantasy. We’re open to the public and work with any budget to provide exceptional quality, delicious food and attention to detail. capacity 325 | price $$

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,

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

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the pearl hotel

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

pebble hill plantation

(229) 226-2344 cdollinger@pebblehill.com PebbleHill.com Pebble Hill Plantation offers five different and unique areas perfect for events: Main Grounds, Uno Hill Barn, Sugar Hill Barn and Oak Post, plus Piney Grove Church for wedding ceremonies. capacity 350 | price $$$

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phillip and patricia frost museum of science

1101 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL (305) 434-9531 FrostScience.org/plananevent Miami’s newest cultural institution offers incredible surroundings—flexible science exhibition halls, a threelevel Aquarium, 250-seat full-dome Frost Planetarium, living rooftop and more. Indoor and outdoor event spaces are fully equipped with the most advanced audiovisual and production capabilities. capacity 300+ | price $$$

pink shell beach resort & marina

Fort Myers Beach, FL (866) 976-9620 | PinkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true. Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach. capacity 150 | price $$$

plantation on crystal river

9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL (352) 795-1605 | (800) 524-7733 PlantationonCrystalRiver.com The pristine Florida landscape is the perfect backdrop for your Florida destination wedding. From your intimate gazebo ceremony on picturesque Kings Bay to your elegant ballroom reception, the Plantation on Crystal River can accommodate your needs as few others in Florida can. capacity 200 | price $$$

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plantation preserve golf course & club

7050 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL (954) 585-5030 | smaher@plantation.org PlantationPreserve.org Our breathtaking views portray Florida at its finest. Plantation Preserve can accommodate up to 130 guests for your wedding ceremony and reception, engagement party, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. All packages accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets. capacity 130 | price $$

playa largo resort & spa

97450 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL (305) 853-1001 | PlayaLargoResort.com Come celebrate at the Florida Keys’ newest luxury resort. Whether you exchange your vows on our whitesand beach, in our exquisite private beach house or upon our impressive wedding lawn, the backdrop can be our gorgeous, wow-inducing sunsets. We specialize in signature one-of-a-kind events.

(855) 421-3384 | weddings@reunionresort.com ReunionResort.com Whether you’ve always dreamed of a lavish black-tie gala, a tranquil garden celebration or a trendy rooftop gathering, Reunion Resort offers an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations to fulfill every couple’s vision of their perfect wedding day. capacity 400 | price $$$

the ribault club

Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville, FL (904) 251-1050 TheRibaultClub.com Tucked away on pristine waterfront parkland, among majestic oaks, The Ribault Club is a historically restored and intimately secluded venue that is as timeless as it is contemporary. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this special place will make your wedding memorable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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plaza resort and spa

(855) 441-2062 kcooper@plazaresortandspa.com PlazaResortandSpa.com Our beautiful historic resort, located directly on Daytona Beach, overlooking white sandy beaches and pristine waters, is the perfect backdrop for your special day. Whether an intimate wedding by the beach or a grand affair, Plaza Resort & Spa will make all of your wedding dreams come true. capacity 800 | price $$

rafter j ranch barn

10249 Corbett John Road, Parrish, FL (941) 737-9987 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 $$

red mesa events

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

reunion resort

7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL

the ritz-carlton, amelia island

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL (904) 277-1100 rc-ameliaislandleads@ritzcarlton.com RitzCarlton.com/ameliaisland A luxury island experience that’s easy to reach and impossible to forget, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers a true sense of place. Feel the warm embrace of Southern hospitality and cool ocean breezes as expert culinarians and event managers precisely execute your vision and delight your guests. capacity 600 | 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

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Straight Out of a Fairy Tale Who knew your perfect secret garden was rooted just outside of Plant City, FL? Kathleen’s Garden is a rustic pole barn, surrounded by ancient grandfather oaks and a floral paradise. Contact us to set up an appointment to tour our beautiful venue! We can’t wait to help you accomplish your wedding vision.

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. offers everything from breathtaking reception spaces and tantalizing custom menus to indulgent treatments at our full-service spa and salon, The Spa at Rosen Centre. Basically, all you need to ensure that your wedding day will be truly unforgettable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

rosen plaza hotel

9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 996-9700 | rpcatering@rosenplaza.com RosenPlaza.com Whether you’re looking for something classic and elegant or intimate and secluded, we can help make your dream a reality. With award-winning service, beautiful presentations, mouthwatering menus, personalized décor and experienced wedding specialists, the new chapter in your love story starts here. capacity 400+ | price $$$

rosen shingle creek

9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL (407) 996-9939 | sales@rosenshinglecreek.com RosenShingleCreek.com Undeniably luxurious, Rosen Shingle Creek boasts a number of bride-approved features and amenities. From stunning reception spaces, like Orlando’s only two-story ballroom, and picturesque outdoor settings to customized menus and attentive staff, Rosen Shingle Creek delivers your happily ever after. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the royal crest room

5330 Michigan Ave., Saint Cloud, FL (407) 892-2009 | karen@theroyalcrestroom.com TheRoyalCrestRoom.com First you found your soulmate. Now you’ve found The Royal Crest Room. The Royal Crest Room is the most romantic setting for a wedding. Classic. Picturesque. So beautiful. capacity 250 | price $$

royal fiesta

1680 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 570-9422 | Royal-Fiesta.com Your special occasion deserves Royal attention. Since 1989, the staff of professionals at Royal Fiesta has raised the art of catering to a new peak in a setting of unparalleled ambiance. Call today for instant party planning assistance or to request our wedding packages. capacity 250 | price $$

safety harbor resort and spa

Safety Harbor, FL (727) 724-7727 | SafetyHarborSpa.com Located on 15 acres of pristine Tampa Bay waterfront, this historic landmark is the ideal setting for a truly memorable wedding and reception. Indoor and outdoor facilities accommodate up to 250 guests. Call today to check availability or to speak with a wedding coordinator. capacity 250 | price $$

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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 $$$$

shangri-la springs

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

siesta key luxury rental properties

140 Columbus Blvd., Sarasota, FL (941) 349-1125 The Tropical Breeze Resort gives you the comfort of private vacation rentals with beach resort amenities! You can have the best of both worlds and only be steps from the top beach in the US and the vibrant Siesta Key Village with rows of shops, bars and restaurants. Your guests are sure to love it. capacity 120 | price $$$

sirata beach resort

5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (877) 684-0621 | 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 simplicity, South Seas Island Resort offers a pictureperfect setting for your island wedding. capacity 400 | price $$$

southern plantation oasis

17507 Marsh Road, Lutz, FL (813) 763-1826 floridajmp05@yahoo.com SouthernPlantationOasis.com Step into luxurious Southern style at this beautiful venue surrounded by acres of equestrian pastures, lakes and natural protected wetland that exudes serenity. Our lakeside house sits back on a private road, where you can enjoy your special day around a resort-style pool with a grotto and lazy river! capacity 150 | price $$

southern streams ranch

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

sundial beach resort & spa

1451 Middle Gulf Dr., Sanibel, FL SundialResort.com With breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, comprehensive services and a luxurious ambience, our expansive facilities are the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa has extensive experience in planning all the details that surround your special day. capacity 200 | price $$$

sunken gardens

1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 551-3106 SunkenGardens.org Meandering walkways invite you to surround yourself with lush tropical displays, vibrant flowering plants, and cascading waterfalls. The beauty and tranquility of this timeless sanctuary add an air of romance and magic to your day. Let us help you create a wedding filled with splendor and magic. capacity 200 | price $$

sunquest cruises (solaris)

PO Box 6948, Destin, FL (850) 650-2519 SunQuestCruises.com Create a unique and memorable wedding celebration aboard Destin’s only wedding yacht. Two beautifully appointed dining salons, exquisite dining, event

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ocated in Bonita Springs, Florida, Shangri-La Springs is an organic, tropical paradise featuring abundant opportunities for unique, memorable weddings. Indulge in a massage at the full-service organic spa, say “I do” below the 95-year-old Mysore Fig tree, toast with friends and family poolside, and dine and dance indoors or beneath the stars. This historic property hosts seated events for up to 300 guests. Located just minutes from Southwest Florida beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.

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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. 421 events@lowryparkzoo.org LowryParkZoo.org Let Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo assist in making your dreams come true on your special day. For celebrations large and small, the zoo has many venues and catering options available to suit your budget. It is the perfect place to create an unforgettable wedding day. capacity 25+ | price $$

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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 115 photo courtesy of Rachel Sullivan Photography. capacity 300+ | price $$

town manor on the lake

Centrally located between Tampa & Orlando (863) 984-4008 | TownManorWeddings.com Stress free, all inclusive, ceremony and reception services include complimentary professional wedding planner, custom wedding cake and DJ.

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 $$$

the treasury on the plaza

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

trump international beach resort

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

trump national doral miami

(800) 936-7259 | TrumpNationalDoral.com Unrivaled amenities. Spectacular settings. Unlimited possibilities. Trump National Doral, Miami’s premier resort, will provide you with the ultimate fairy-tale wedding. After $250 million in meticulous restorations, our team will ensure your wedding day is one for the storybooks. capacity 2,500 | price $$$

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tpc sawgrass— home of the players

110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (904) 273-3344 sawgrasscatering@pgatourtpc.com TPCSawgrass.com Built for the best players in the world and designed with spectacular weddings in mind, TPC Sawgrass is available for your wedding or special event. This magnificent clubhouse offers everything from luxurious banquet rooms and lushly landscaped gardens to worldclass service, hospitality and cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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universal orlando resort™

(407) 503-9411 UniversalOrlando.com/hotelweddings Our four distinctive settings—Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel®, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort—make your special day unforgettable. From intimate celebrations to elaborate receptions, Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels offer the perfect setting for your day. capacity 50+ | price $$$

vero beach hotel & spa

(772) 231-5666 weddings@verobeachhotelandspa.com

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

vineyards country club

400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples, FL (239) 353-1500 afritz@vineyardscountryclubnaples.com VineyardsCountryClubNaples.com Award-winning hospitality with a humble service heart is primary and foremost to the experience we provide. This private club takes unique pride in having every attendee’s encounter become one they will always remember. Come discover why Vineyards Country Club does indeed have it all! capacity 250 | price $$$

w fort lauderdale

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-8207 | patricia.suero@whotels.com WFortLauderdaleHotel.com /fort-lauderdale-wedding Your W Fort Lauderdale wedding will wow with our breathtaking outdoor terraces set against panoramic ocean scenes and electrifying blue skies. The wow factor continues indoors with our spanning ballroom spaces, which can spectacularly transform to host formal affairs or whimsical festivities. capacity 300 | price $$$

waldorf astoria orlando

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL (407) 597-5424 | 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

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

the westin sarasota

1175 N. Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota, FL (941) 217-4777 info@westinsarasota.com WestinSarasota.com

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Hampton by Hilton - Clearwater Beach... From our beautiful and always unpredictable sunset, to the warmth of our fire tables and the calming movement of the Intracoastal and Gulf of Mexico waters, your dream wedding day or weekend has begun at the Hampton Clearwater Beach! Specializing in Coastal, Vintage, Traditional, Ethnic and LBGT Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners and Farewell Brunches, our experienced on site Wedding Planner is with you every step of the way. Indulge with our Indoor and Outdoor Waterfront options that allow you the true feel of a beach wedding! Call us today - we are ready to start planning for you! 727-281-4827 www.hamptonclearwaterbeach.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Set the stage for a romantic wedding celebration, with the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay as your backdrop. Embrace the energy of our new hotel as you rise to the occasion at The Westin Sarasota. capacity 300+ | price $$$

wishing well barn

(813) 478-6554 | wishingwellbarn@gmail.com WishingWellBarn.com Wishing Well Barn is a fully functioning cattle ranch with adjacent blueberry fields and a beautiful rustic old barn. It’s the perfect location to celebrate your best day ever in the great outdoors or inside our beautiful barn. capacity 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 $$

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wyndham grand clearwater beach

100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater, FL (727) 281-9500 | WyndhamGrandClearwater.com Start your journey together with a unique ceremony and location that will be celebrated long after that final toast. Our wedding specialists will be glad to assist you by incorporating your personal style to ensure your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner will be memorable. capacity 800 | price $$$

yacht starship

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

cakes & caterers

ana paz cakes

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(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.

artichoke and company

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

menus that will please many different palates or work with us to create your own menu.

tastebuds fine catering & event production

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

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edda’s cake designs

3 Locations in South Florida (954) 885-8770 | (305) 666-6999 | (305) 418-5000 EddasCakeDesigns.com Your wish is our creation. We offer an endless assortment of exclusively designed wedding cakes–each one decorated to your unique specifications. Visit one of our three stores in South Florida and look through our albums and taste the ­different flavors we offer.

exquisite catering & events

1800 NE 150th Street, North Miami, FL (954) 516-0041 ExquisiteCatering.com Exquisite Catering & Events prides itself on its creative, professional, personalized approach to catering and event planning. We coordinate everything from rehearsal dinners and bridal showers to the ceremony and reception of your dreams.

frosting

(772) 234-2915 | ashlee@eatfrostingcupcakes.com EatFrostingCupcakes.com Our creative and talented cake artists take time to design the one-of-a-kind cake of each couple’s dreams! With our endless offerings of cake, filling and frosting flavors, your guests will enjoy a sweet ending that is memorable in both design and taste. You know you want one!

eduardo perrone events & design

Orlando, FL (407) 733-9943 eduardo@eduardoperrone.com EduardoPerrone.com We offer specially designed floral decorations, a stylish combination of colors, ceremony decoration, designed aisle runners, transformation of space and room decoration. Our activities are planned to perfection with a personal touch, making the most important events unforgettable.

harbour bay florist

2811 Martin Square Corporate Pkwy., Stuart, FL (772) 221-1009 | (800) 221-1009 info@harbourbayflorist.com HarbourBayFlorist.com Harbour Bay Florist has served Stuart and the surrounding communities for over 20 years. We offer a wide selection of bridal bouquets, ceremony flowers and centerpieces to fit any budget. Additional services include: invitations, favors, wedding planning and day-of event coordination.

john michael exquisite weddings & catering

lowe and behold

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.

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

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ultimate elegant fabrics

Serving All of Central Florida and Beyond (407) 422-7288 ILoveOleys.com We are a premier, popular, highly rated, catering company specializing in exquisite food and service for exquisite events. You and your guests will surely have a feast of your senses. You can select from pre-crafted

(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.

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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.

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bellami

(844) 235-5264 info@bellamihair.com BellamiHair.com We provide our Bellas with luxury, high-quality 100 percent human Remy Hair Extensions at affordable prices, which you can shop for on our website. We also offer the Bellami Beauty Bar in the Los Angeles area, which offers a personalized experience to give you the full Bellami effect.

cubavera

3000 NW 107th Ave., Miami FL (305) 873-1474 | isabella@cubavera.com Cubavera.com/weddings Perfect for any destination wedding, Cubavera blends beach sophistication and relaxed elegance for a look that you will fall in love with! Our collection of classic summer suiting and soft handcrafted linen help your wedding party dress to impress on the day you’ll never forget.

north ocean bridal

3015 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 551-8585 | contact@northoceanbridal.com Our aim is to find that perfect dress that leaves you breathless. North Ocean Bridal’s beachside boutique is designed to make wedding planning and dress shopping personal and effortless. We cater to the chic bride looking to say “I do” in an outdoor garden or in front of a stunning sunset on the beach.

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

wedding that isn’t uniquely you as a couple. We are here to listen to your wants and needs and to help you in whatever way we can.

jewelry

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-atime 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.

woody michleb beauty salon

(561) 655-2700 info@woodymichleb.com WoodyMichleb.com We offer wedding day hair and makeup services, as well as packages for bachelorette spa parties. Our master barber and skilled technicians can also pamper the groom and his guys. We offer on-site and in-salon services, and team members can stay on-hand for touchups or to remove the veil postceremony.

wedding consultants

amanda williams, boutique event planners & rentals

(954) 682-9735 boutiqueeventplanners@gmail.com BoutiqueEventPlanners.com We pride ourselves on being creative, dependable and thorough every step of the way. We treat you like family every time so we can build lasting relationships for many events to come! Our mission and company motto, “large enough to serve you and small enough to know you,” says it all!

diamonds and pearls events

Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and Central Florida (904) 412-4981 morgan@diamondsandpearlsevents.com DiamondsandPearlsEvents.com We are a unique wedding planning, coordinating and styling company. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter weddings, and we don’t think you should have to have a

shepherd jewelry

3949 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL (941) 929-0095 To find fine jewelry, first find a fine jeweler. Liza Shepherd opened Shepherd Jewelry in 2001. With two master jewelers and G.I.A. gemologists, we offer vast experience, an unparalleled level of customer service and the latest in digital technology to make your wearable art visions come true!

invitations & details

love paper creations

(786) 405-6602 info@lovepapercreations.com LovePaperCreations.com Love Paper Creations (LPC) designs and produces custom-made party favors sure to make any occasion sparkle. LPC offers an assortment of products, including luxe printed invitations, digital invitations, stationery, stylish menu cards, dessert labels and other customized paper goods.

entertainment

starlight music dj service

South Florida (305) 897-7064 StarlightDJs.com Our aim is to entertain. We have provided professional DJs and emcees at unbeatable rates for over 20 years. Our event coordinators work side by side with you every step of the way, making sure that all of your entertainment needs are met and surpassed. Call us today to secure the time of your life!

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rent-all city

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sensational ceremonies

belk

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.

Statewide (888) 390-7299 info@sensationalceremonies.com SensationalCeremonies.com Rev. Glynn Ferguson is a licensed officiant and ordained wedding minister. Along with his team they have been serving Orlando, Central Florida and The Beaches. Performing customized wedding ceremonies rich in life, love and laughter at the location of your choice, exactly the way you want it.

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(800) 345-8433 | info@amagicmoment.com AMagicMoment.com A Magic Moment has earned a reputation for providing clients with beautiful wedding images. We incorporate your tastes, preferences and personalities to customize our packages. Our photographers and videographers are masters in the art of capturing the unique story and essence of your special day.

dan stevanovic photography

West Palm Beach, FL (561) 685-2677 | dan@danstevanovic.com DanStevanovic.com I create lifelong memories. I revel at that spark in your eye and the “Wow!” when you, your friends and family see my images the first time. Rest assured that I will go out of my way to make sure you cherish the photos I made for years to come.

munoz photography

664 West Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 564-7150 | info@munozphotography.com MunozPhotography.com With nearly 100 years and four generations of experience, the Muñoz family continues to take pride in their legacy. The newest generation capturing true emotion with an innovative photographic style has become one of the highest awarded wedding photographers in the United States.

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amason’s

Serving all of Florida and surrounding areas (904) 276-4829 sales@amasons.com Amasons.com Always updating equipment and never compromising quality to give competitive rates, our restroom trailers are the finest quality, with all the luxury amenities you would find in a five-star hotel! The most common thing we’ve heard over the years is “Wow, that’s nicer than my bathroom at home!”

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The Coral Gables Country Club

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The Addison

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Deauville Beach Resort

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Art Ovation Hotel Sarasota

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Deer Creek Country Club

218

Atlantic Ballroom

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Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club

275

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

277

The Diplomat Beach Resort

212

Avila Golf and Country Club

335

The Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club

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Doubletree by Hilton Hollywood Beach

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Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach -

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DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa North Miami Beach

256

The Balcony Orlando

95

Bay Harbor Hotel

352

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

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Beachers Lodge Oceanfront Suites

303

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine

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Bella Collina

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Douglas Entrance

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The Biltmore

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Dubsdread Ballroom

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

267

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

355

Breakers West Country Club

173

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

24

Buca di Beppo

39

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

319

C Bar Ranch

319

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club

323

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel

193

The Estate on the Halifax

149

The Capen House at the Polasek

145

The Event Factory

20

Caribe Royale

69

Floridian Ballrooms

255

Casa Feliz

139

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

11

Casa Ybel Resort

43

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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The Center at Deltona

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Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton

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Ceviche 143

Grand Plaza Hotel St. Pete Beach Resort

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Citrus Club

151

Grey Oaks Country Club

387

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

346

Gulf Drive Café

357

The Club at Admirals Cove

199

Hacienda Los Robles B&B

179

The Club at Boca Pointe

277

Hampton Inn by Hilton - Clearwater Beach

389

Conrad Miami

194

Harbor Hills

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The Cooper Estate

163

The Harriet Himmel Theater

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The MEZZ

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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

118

Miami Beach Woman’s Club

28

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

215

Miramar Cultural Center

273

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

383

MSC Cruises

209

Hilton Orlando

145

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

349

Hilton Palm Beach Airport

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Naples Princess

358

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

286

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

285

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

259

Ocean Breeze Conference & Catering Center

317

Hilton Tampa Downtown

379

Old Davie School Historical Museum

278

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

293

The Old Grove

161

Hilton West Palm Beach

273

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

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Hotel Colonnade

187

Orlando Museum of Art

151

The Howey Mansion

139

Oviedo House

303

Hyatt House Naples

381

The Palencia Club

317

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

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Panama Country Club

308

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

373

Paradise Cove

133

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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Pavilion Grille

206

InterContinental Miami

167

The Pearl Hotel by St. Joe Club & Resorts®

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Isla Del Sol

375

Pebble Hill Plantation

308

Island Grove Wine Company

135

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

211

Jacaranda Country Club

236

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

31

Kathleen’s Garden

385

Plantation on Crystal River

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Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

129

Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club

275

La Jolla Ballroom

205

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

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Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

389

The Plaza Resort & Spa

131

Lavan Catering & Events

239

Rafter J Ranch Barn

393

Lexington Country Club

377

Red Mesa Events

365

Lightner Museum

47

Reunion | A Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort

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The Mansion at Tuckahoe

265

The Ribault Club

313

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

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Trump National Doral Miami

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The River Club

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Universal Orlando ResortTM Hotels

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Riverside Hotel

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Vineyards Country Club

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Rosen Centre Hotel

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Rosen Plaza Hotel

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

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The Royal Crest Room

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The Westin Sarasota

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Royal Fiesta

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Wishing Well Barn

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Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

329

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

303

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

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Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

262

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

385

Shangri-La Springs

387

Yacht StarShip

351

Sheraton Orlando North Hotel

155

Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties

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Sirata Beach Resort

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274

South Seas Island Resort

12 Artichoke & Company

383

Southern Plantation Oasis

393

Southern Streams Ranch

345

Edda’s Cake Designs

200

St. Augustine Distillery

303

Exquisite Catering & Events

281

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

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Sunken Gardens

337

SunQuest Cruises

321

Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

297

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

324

Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

Frosting 117 John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

149

Oley’s Events & Catering

143

Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production

283

115

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Town Manor on the Lake

49

Eduardo Perrone Decor • Events • Flowers

153

TPC Sawgrass

311

Harbour Bay Florist

283

TradeWinds Island Resorts

395

Lowe and Behold

155

The Treasury on the Plaza

46

Pixies & Petals

112

Trump International Beach Resort

243

Ultimate Elegant Fabrics

197

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Ann Marie’s Bridal Boutique

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DJ Jacob Co

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Starlight Music DJ Service

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Love Paper Creations

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Things Remembered

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

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A Chair Affair, Inc.

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beGlammed 267 Bellami 271 Cubavera 169 North Ocean Bridal

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Power House Beauty

274

Something New Bridal Boutique

91

Woody Michleb Beauty Salon

268

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Shepherd Jewelry

363

Amason’s 311 Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Married by Mail

101

Nüage Designs

40

Rent-All City

391

Sensational Ceremonies

101

Your Wedding TV Orlando

81

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Amanda Williams, Boutique Event Planners & Rentals

281

Diamonds and Pearls Events

314

Events on a Budget

244

Masi Events

223

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

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A Magic Moment Photography & Videography

123

Destination Weddings

67

Dan Stevanovic Photography

271

Muñoz Photography

241

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Ricky Serrano Photography

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Belk 61

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North Miami Beach “It was so wonderful to see everyone together because of my wedding,” Xinran says of walking through the cloister to the ceremony with her four bridesmaids. They span many parts of her life, including childhood and graduate school. “I really enjoyed the tranquility of that moment.”

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