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FIND YOUR VIBE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

#YOUDOYOU

NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN UN FO RG ET TA BL E B RUNCH BA S H

WEDDING D R E S S CO D E S DEBUNKED R E G I S T RY BY RO O M PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS F RO M T H E P RO S

AND MORE! ➜

FLORIDA WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

NORTH / CENTRAL / SOUTH / WEST COAST FLORIDA

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS


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

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Welcome to Island Life

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

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CONTENTS

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SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice the wed thread haute hues keeping time marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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happy trails

PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

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Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway...

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

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

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

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 181

bridal beauty, debunked Pros bust the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths.

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maid for style Keep your girls looking fabulous without creating drama or breaking the bank.

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dress codes decoded The right attire and accessories no matter your venue or style.

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stylist on call Shoe queen Tamara Mellon gives us the scoop on choosing the best wedding shoes, plus trends she’s loving.

slice by slice

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happy trails Put the “glam” in glamping and channel the boho vibe of the great outdoors with these fresh wedding day looks.

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bling on a budget All the insider ring shopping tips you need to know.

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rental reboot

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We suited up and got the info on four companies’ rental services.

stylist on call

style 102

morning matrimony A bright palette and plenty of personal details kick a daytime affair up a notch.

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slice by slice Every cake detail you need—and want—to know.

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destination décor Evoke the feel of a destination wedding locale with these stylish items.

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the main course Five totally unique catering trends.

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favors for every style Fresh ideas for your guests to take home—whatever your vibe.

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registry by room Products for every corner of your newlywed nest.

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LOCATIONS: Fort Lauderdale (954) 499-8099 CompleteWeddingFortLauderdale.com Fort Myers (239) 949-5300 (23 CompleteWeddingFortMyers.com   Jacksonville (904) 335-0667 CompleteWeddingJacksonville.com   O rlando (407) 720-9337 CompleteWeddingOrlando.com   Tampa (813) 961-2900 CompleteWeddingTampa.com  

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CALL TODAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FREE DJ OR PHOTOGRAPHER!

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CONTENTS

real weddings 79

nicklaus & sid september 23, alys beach

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emily & field november 19, santa rosa beach

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mikaila & john february 10, jacksonville

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the year’s freshest venues

sarah & ian february 10, jacksonville

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kelley & andy april 28, naples

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aly & matt october 6, bonita springs

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rachel & trey april 20, st. petersburg

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samantha & craig january 6, tampa

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dana & tan november 19, howey-in-the-hills

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erika & mike may 12, montverde

becca & johnny july 8, orlando

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planning

anne & mark

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april 28, key largo

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marieli & albert

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chris & chris kenzie & mike

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october 14, vero beach

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9 smart (and sneaky) ways to stay in budget

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alyssa & barney

the questions pros wish you would ask

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

personalized wedding day gifts Creative and considerate gift ideas from real couples like you.

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destination “I do” Must-have info to help you host a memorable far-flung affair.

How to prep for your vendor meetings.

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picture perfect Use these photography tips for photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Keep your funds in line while still having the wedding of your dreams.

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The new twists on some old faves.

february 18, coral gables

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the year’s freshest venues

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how to pull off all those other parties

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

$ = $10,000 or less

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

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$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY

Ensure every wedding-related bash is a (fun) success.

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THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR WEDDING

A LIFETIME OF ROMANCE BEGINS WITH THE PERFECT WEDDING AT HAWKS CAY RESORT Tie the knot on the water’s edge with an intimate ceremony, or host a grand event in our waterfront ballroom. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hawks Cay Resort offers the most beautiful and accommodating venues in the Keys.

866.628.1337 | hawkscay.com/weddings

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look Love our boho-chic cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

COVER Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Miami); engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver .com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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COVER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRaton Bridal.com (Boca Raton), Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection, IsabelBridal.com (Tampa), Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal.com (Orlando); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere .com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

We a sked these campers about their fave moments on set.

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SCOUT Luca AGE 8 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.”

SCOUT Brett AGE 7 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.”

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SCOUT Tyler AGE 9 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.”

A trendy way to do outdoor nuptials that combines glam amenities (think: tricked-out décor) with more traditional camping elements.

COVERS AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; ICON: B FARIAS/NOUN PROJEC T

BEHIND THE SCENES

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PHOTOS FOR HEARTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Imagine The Possibilities...

PS PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMS

Your Wedding, Your Way

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FLORIDA

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Rachel Sylvester, Becky Murray Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Thomas Chelednik, tchelednik@theknot.com (866) 741-5708 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Heather Dorsten, hdorsten@theknot.com (813) 280-9954

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING STRATEGY SPECIALISTS DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING

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Anais Martinez-Ruane, aruane@theknot.com (305) 933-3837 Melina Walzer, mwalzer@theknot.com (954) 306-3671 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@xogrp.com (877) 927-3070 Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@xogrp.com (214) 460-7080 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Erin Kouba & Sarah Waller, printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

Carley Roney

The Knot Florida is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2018 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot .com and The Knot Florida are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Florida, including Erin & Alex’s rustic celebration at The Glass Factory in Jacksonville, a venue that dates back to the 1930s. Muted orange flowers, copper accents and vivid navy linens warmed up the building’s interior contstructed with exposed brick and wood beams. The night ended with a goldbrushed cake and dusted macarons, and the newlyweds exited through glow sticks.

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

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

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 102)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 226)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 50)

ON THE APP WE’VE INCLUDED THIS ICON throughout the magazine to indicate whenever The Knot app can help with a planning or inspiration task.

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 226), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 50), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 102). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me @kristenmax I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com

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WEDDING TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot .com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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

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

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PICK YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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

BUY THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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

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

Extraordinary

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four distinctive settings to make your special day

loews sapphire falls resort

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plan your wedding on your phone Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe, swipe, swipe on images in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your wedding vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Family and friends are going to be looking to shower you with gifts all engagement long, so keep your wish lists full of options right from the app. Our universal registry tool makes it easy to add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between that handmade glass pitcher from Etsy and the badass grill from Home Depot. And if you’d rather ask for cash to put toward things like a home down payment or first-class tickets, register on The Knot Newlywed Fund. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Trust us—your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels, directions to the venue and your registries (we’ll help you along the way). Then share it with guests so your phone isn’t constantly blowing up with questions. You can sync it with your phone contacts to save time address hunting and stay on top of RSVPs. GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed wedding day timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying your mimosa and having a blast with your besties. >>

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Not sure how to define your style and theme? That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And don’t worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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

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

ON THE APP LOOK FOR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

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

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ADVICE

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

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

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What should we put in the welcome bags for our island destination wedding? HARMONY WALTON: For tropical vows, definitely include some sun essentials. Travel-size sunscreen and after-sun care, like aloe and moisturizing lotion, are both useful items for guests. Then, throw in some beach-themed gifts to give everyone a peek into the fun to come. Sunglasses (even better if they’re emblazoned with your hashtag), flip-flops, tote bags and anything local you can source, like island rum cake or a voucher for a water activity such as paddleboarding, all do the trick. DIY your favors, like an infused olive oil, for a sweet touch

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I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but I’m worried they’ll clash next to black tuxes on the groomsmen. Is this color combo a no-no? CARLEY RONEY: This rule has gone the way of “no white after Labor Day”—so don’t bother giving it a second thought. In fact, these colors can work for almost any type of wedding. Pair inky-blue dresses with classic black suits and rich eggplant florals for an elegant, moody affair. If your signature style is a bit more vibrant, throw in a pop of color, like flamingo pink or kelly green. For a modern celebration, brighten the palette with scarlet accents. Still not convinced? Consider choosing ties or vests in something other than black—that still coordinates with your wedding palette, of course—to lighten the overall look and shift the focus away from the tuxedos. And for your attendants, opt for a shade of navy closer to black than to blue. But trust us: You don’t have to worry about a color clash.

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My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

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What are some other terms we can use for our wedding party besides bridesmaid and groomsman? BRIT TNY DRYE: Gone are the days of ladies on one side of the aisle and guys on the other—today’s couples are having mixed genders on both sides on their wedding day. You shouldn’t feel limited by binary titles—instead, allow yourself to pick verbiage that best suits you and your loved ones. You can use more typical titles such as person of honor, bridesman, groomswoman and attendant. Or try giving your group a fun twist with broader labels, like ceremony squad or “ I do” crew. Having a themed wedding? Incorporate it into the wedding party title. For a travel-themed wedding, try adventure seekers, or for a camp celebration, go with counselors. B EAUT Y

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How do we choose the best signature cocktail for our reception? MARY CHATMAN: When picking a signature sip, you want to make sure it has great flavor and some personal significance to you and your partner. Tap a local mixologist to help you create a one-of-a-kind libation with your favorite spirit that guests will enjoy. It’s important to also consider the time of year you’re celebrating, so you can land on a drink that has the perfect balance of in-season flavors and colors—and is the right temperature too. When in doubt, go classic with a mojito, margarita or martini, and add a few ingredients to make it your own (think: lavender, herbs like basil or mint, edible flowers, jalapeño or fresh fruit like raspberries). These elements are also a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Then, just give your drink a creative name and you’re all set.

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FA S H I O N

What kind of undergarments should you wear to your wedding dress fitting? MARK INGRAM: You should plan to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built in corset and bust cups (or they can be added), so an additional bra isn’t really necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any items.

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How do you keep your hairstyle intact at an outdoor summer wedding? BRIT TANY LO: For warmer temps, I tell brides to be realistic and choose a look that both complements their features and can withstand potentially hot and humid weather. For example, if your hair already doesn’t hold a curl well, ask your stylist if a half-up style may better defy the heat and humidity of the day. But if you’ve always dreamed of looking a certain way on your wedding day, there’s no need to completely stay away from that style. Your stylist has worked in plenty of conditions—they’ll be able to come up with a look that you’ll absolutely love and feel beautiful in from start to finish.

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Whether you envision your wedding on the water, in a museum or somewhere in between, these 15 spots are worth a look.

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THE PEARL HOTEL ROSEMARY BEACH COST from $195 PP GUEST COUNT 60 STYLE Graphic & coastal ABOUT Catch stunning

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THE CHESTERFIELD PALM BEACH PALM BEACH COST from $6,000 GUEST COUNT 100 STYLE Elegant & stylish ABOUT Located blocks

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FAENA FORUM MIAMI BEACH COST from $325 PP GUEST COUNT 400 STYLE Modern & versatile ABOUT Inspired by an

ancient Roman forum, this space offers a lobby amphitheater with pink marble floors and an upper floor assembly hall with a 40-foot-high dome.

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THE DALÍ MUSEUM ST. PETERSBURG COST Price upon request GUEST COUNT 316 STYLE Bold & unexpected ABOUT Its helical staircase

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waterfront Get married near a lake, the gulf or the Atlantic Ocean to set a simple, unmistakably idyllic scene for your “I dos” among friends and family.

PARADISE COVE ORLANDO COST from $4,125 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Rustic & natural ABOUT Use their boats

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Is a couple liable if items go missing or break? The short answer: Yes. Once the pieces have been delivered to the venue and signed for, the couple is held responsible. However, we understand that things can happen, so we offer an optional insurance program called “The Rest Assured Plan” that covers just about all incidentals up to a certain value. If an item disappears or if the damage exceeds the insurance coverage, couples must then cover the replacement value. What are some ways couples on a budget can incorporate rentals? Using furniture already at the venue will save you the most money. Try mixing statement pieces with the venue’s existing inventory to add that “wow” factor without breaking the bank. For example, seat guests in the venue’s dining chairs for the ceremony, and at the reception, pair their dining tables and linens with rented, specialty chairs. Styled lounges and bar areas are great places to personalize with impact as well. Any rental trends you’re ready to retire? This might sound crazy, but “vintage” is out. Mixing aesthetics like vintage-eclectic or vintage-boho is how to properly pull off a “vintage-inspired” wedding.

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THEIR STORY For Nicklaus Heath (35 and a dentist) and Sid Williams (26 and an executive director of a theater), an intimate 30-person wedding at Alys Beach inspired them to focus on “the simple pleasures of what a wedding should be—tasteful, personal and celebratory,” Sid says. An illustrated invitation suite featuring watercolor renderings of the couple and the venue readied guests for a weekend full of personal touches and fun activities like a beach bonfire and poolside lounging. To complete the celebration, the grooms curated a menu to impress even their foodiest guests with bites such as roasted local Brussels sprouts, burrata toast and surf-and-turf with Gulf shrimp, braised lobster mushrooms and beef filet. —Gabrielle Hurwitz

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Though Sid initially wanted to serve champagne and oysters at the reception, the couple compromised by offering them during cocktail hour. Dinner followed at Caliza, where the partygoers had the restaurant exclusively to themselves. “We had one instruction for the chef’s menu: Serve our guests what you would serve your family,” Nicklaus says.

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Even before they were engaged, Emily Gregory (24 and an interior designer) and Wade (Field) Williams (28 and in operations) knew they’d return to Eden Gardens State Park one day for their wedding. “I love that while you’re still at the beach, it feels romantic and woodsy,” Emily says. Seven months after the proposal, the couple invited 225 guests to celebrate their union with an “enchanted party in the middle of the woods.” Though understated, natural elegance was the theme of the day, the vibe was anything but relaxed once the sun set. “I honestly hardly spoke to guests because everyone was too busy breaking it down on the dance floor,” Emily says. —GH

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Wanting her flowers to feel freshly plucked from around the venue, Emily carried a bouquet of peonies, anemones, scabiosa accented with willow and seeded eucalyptus. The tiered cake “was just as gorgeous as it was tasty,” made of vanilla bean with bourbon cream cheese and toffee, strawberry, coconut almond and French vanilla layers.

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“People literally still talk about the cheese table to this day,” Emily says. Bruiser, the groom’s old Jeep, served as the getaway car—“the same Jeep that picked me up for our first date, that we had our first kiss in and that Field proposed to me on,” Emily says. Unfinished pottery and a rosemary sprig at each setting kept the reception tables rustic and elegant without being too casual.

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“We wanted food to be a highlight of the wedding,” the bride says. The pink confetti hazelnut cake boasted a cannoli filling and buttercream icing.

THEIR STORY “I had a specific vision inspired by Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘La Vie En Rose’ which was the song I walked down the aisle to,” Mikaila Koenig (28 and in real estate sales) says of her wedding to John Howie (29 and an investment manager). That included bridesmaids in romantic shades, bold flowers and references to her groom’s Chinese heritage, like a candy bar featuring traditional Asian treats and Chinese takeout boxes. With the help of some fabulous fashion, the resulting day was the perfect mix of ’60s Florida glamour and cultural touches. —GH

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“I wanted every generation of the women in my family to be present on this special day,” Mikaila says of the three heirloom brooches she added to her gown. The vintage touches continued into the reception, where estate-sale finds like antique vases and candlesticks decorated the tables.

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Having always wanted a wedding dress with sleeves, Sarah had them added to her fitand-flare gown. “It was extra but worth it,” she says.

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THEIR STORY “He proposed to me while we were camping in South Carolina, so it was only natural to have our wedding outdoors,” says Sarah Pepple (26 and a first grade teacher) of her and Ian Baptiste’s (27 and a financial solutions advisor) navy and cinnamon-colored celebration. From Ian’s tweed jacket and Sarah’s classic lace gown to the simple invitations and the oblong buttercream cake, “we wanted our wedding to represent our style from what we were wearing down to the color of the silverware.” —GH

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APRIL 28

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Kelley directed her 17 bridesmaids to pick something long and tropical. “I ended up loving all of the colors and patterns together!” she says.

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THEIR STORY “The initial inspiration was Palm Beach meets Palm Springs to create a tropical black-tie affair,” Kelley Snider (28 and an auditor) says of her colorful Naples wedding to Andy Anderson (31 and in medical device sales). Incorporating the bright colors of Florida, cabana stripes and lots of palms, the couple, who met through mutual friends, played out their Dorothy Draper–style look. “We wanted the wedding to be formal but not stuffy. The most important thing for us was that everyone had fun,” Kelley says. —Gabrielle Hurwitz

Guests’ welcome bags contained custom sunglasses, koozies, Mississippi cheese straws (a nod to the groom’s alma mater) and treats personalized with the couple’s crest.

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“My dress was very elaborate, so we wanted to keep the bouquet very simple,” Kelley says. She carried white peonies, ranunculus and pieris.

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Pattern and color played a key role in boosting the bright, coastal aesthetic. From the stationery suite lined in pink to the balloon installation in shades ranging from blush to fuchsia at the entrance to the club, “we used a ton of color to incorporate the tropical nature of Florida,” Kelley says.

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KELLE Y & ANDY WES T COA S T FLORIDA

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“The idea for the ballroom was an upscale night club,” Kelley says. The couple achieved the look by draping the room in blush fabric, covering the chandeliers with drum shades and decorating the dance floor with their custom crest. With fondant palm leaves and Key lime filling, the cake fit right in.

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THEIR STORY When they hired Jet Set Wed to design their lunchtime wedding, Aly Vinas (40 and an administrative assistant) and Matt Audath (34 and in airport operations) trusted Kehrin Hassan and her team to execute their vision of casual elegance. Shades of deep burgundy, dusty rose and hints of peacock blue tied the details of the day together. The calligraphed tile place cards at each setting were even made to match the venue’s own architecture. —GH

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The couple softened the venue’s wooden tables with organic linens and free-form florals. “We sprinkled the table with fruit and berries to give it a lived-in feel,” Kehrin Hassan of Jet Set Wed says.

Aly and Matt’s travels influenced the menu that included shrimp and grits for New Orleans and fried green tomato slaw for South Carolina. The feast finished on a sweet note with macarons decorated to match the invitations and a simple carrot cake with a Grand Marnier filling.

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A floral arch framed the newlyweds at the head table with blooms in shades specially chosen to mimic the colors of the bride’s dress.

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THEIR STORY “I build themes and styles for a living, and conforming to one is so not my style,” Rachel Jack (29 and a designer at Spanx) says of planning her St. Petersburg wedding to John (Trey) Gordon Rawles III (29 and a cryptocurrency advisor). Wanting to surprise guests at every turn, Rachel curated details like illustrated invitations and fruit-filled florals to create a wedding suited for the romantic, old-world-inspired venue where the celebration took place. —GH

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The couple cut into a classic vanilla cake with buttercream frosting that was finished with florals and a wood cake stand.

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“One of my favorite memories was seeing the reception and how it was designed for the first time,” Trey says of the colorful bash Rachel put together. “It was so magical, and I knew all of the hard work that Rachel put into it but could never visualize in my head what it would look like until that moment. I was so proud of her.”

“The bouquets were whimsical, romantic and had movement to them—totally museum worthy,” Rachel says.

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Fruit-filled centerpieces and place settings topped with a tiny yellow lemon reflected the dinner’s Italian theme.

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During their first dance, the couple’s two-year-old son, Tristan, came up and hugged their legs. “It was a really sweet and unexpected moment,” Samantha says.

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Craig’s sister-in-law officiated the ceremony in front of a wood backdrop the couple DIYed using painter’s tape and wood stain.

Samantha changed her mind on her bouquet at the last minute. Including a few blooms with the greenery she wanted “helped add to the edgy and moody look I was going for,” she says.

THEIR STORY The most important factor for Samantha Stebbins (29 and a photographer) and Craig Roberts (28 and in law enforcement) when planning their winter celebration was staying true to themselves. “The style of our wedding is pretty much the same style we use to decorate our house: moody, industrial and boho,” Samantha says. Concrete accessories, a geometric wood ceremony backdrop, gold terraniums and lounge décor straight from the couple’s living room gave the industrial space a vibe that made their 70 guests “walk in and say ‘This is so Sam and Craig.’ ” —GH

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SA M ANTHA & CR AIG WES T COA S T FLORIDA

SAMANTHA & CRAIG’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE CL Space,

Tampa PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Martin Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Handcrafted Cinema PLANNER Kristin Bowman/CL Space FLOWERS Heather Taylor/Taylormade

Floral & Event Design GOWN Short dress: Xenia Boutique; sheer skirt: custom, Joann; reception dress: Hazel & Olive HAIR DIY MAKEUP SJ Make-up SHOES Target ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Etsy.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Venus Fashion MENSWEAR H&M STATIONERY Samantha’s mom created the custom marquee lights. “They really elevated the overall look and ended up being the perfect backdrop for pictures,” she says.

Minted.com RENTALS Fiesta Solutions Party Rental; Rent All of Tampa; Your Wedding Linen CATERING Mission BBQ DESSERTS Doughnuts: Mini Doughnut

Factory OFFICIANT Vikki McDowall, (groom’s sister-in-law) MUSIC DJ: Orloff Civil REGISTRY Blueprint Registry HONEYMOON

Cruise to Bahamas, Royal Caribbean GUESTS 70 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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For less than $50, Samantha created a ceremony gown of her dreams, combining a long-sleeved find bought online with chiffon that a seamstress sewed into a skirt. “Even though it was custom, my dress was the least expensive part of the entire wedding,” Samantha says. She changed for the reception.

“The reception space is so cool on its own that we didn’t have to do much decorating,” Samantha says. Simple garlands ran the length of the tables.

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We’re serving up every delicious cake detail you need to know. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 137

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must-read wedding cake tips Keep these pointers in mind to get the tiered confection of your dreams.

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Nail down your style, then choose your cake. You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, the two styles may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out certain specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

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Consider the size of your space (and guest list). When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and 100 guests, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers (yes, that’s a thing!) to up the height and make your cake proportional to your space.

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Budget for the flavor and details you want. Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This goes for decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate, hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

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Don’t forget to finish it off. Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is a traditional choice, but more and more couples are using the cake topper as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite action heroes or a monogrammed acrylic sign.

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have your cake and eat it too (even a year later) The 411 on saving your sweet for your first anniversary.

There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice (or two!) while at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask your planner or caterer to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy later that evening. Then, set aside the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one-month anniversary and opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one-year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

top it off Cake toppers didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

cut it right Cutting the cake—and feeding your spouse—is a timehonored wedding tradition. Here’s how it should go down.

The ceremonial cutting of the cake has remained popular with newlywed couples. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 85 percent of couples include a formal cake cutting in their reception. Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets, check with your baker or caterer for instructions on how to make the first cut—they may suggest you cut from the bottom tier or help you avoid a Styrofoam one. Once cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces. How you feed each other is up to you, but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think guests expect it. >>

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fresh trends Some of the “it” ways bakers are creating standout cakes this year.

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

3-D textures Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics you love, like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the look on your cake’s exterior.

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

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Hand-painted patterns Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet. Celestial details Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration— literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a goldflecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged. >>

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

local love: johnson’s custom cakes The Florida baker shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

GO A BIT FANCY

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Jennifer Johnson opened Johnson’s Custom Cakes in South Florida in 2009, after training under mentor Judy Duke. She has appeared on Food Network, Cake Wars and in various publications.

Lately, we’re seeing wedding cake trends move away from the naked cake and toward a more luxe feel. I’m loving all of the gum paste floral work and beautiful metallic gold and silver accents.

Ahead of meeting your baker, come prepared with information on your venue, invitations, color palette, wedding attire and more. We love to incorporate a couple’s vision into their cake.

Anything can act as a jumping-off point for your design. Personally, I’m inspired by the beach: the colors of the ocean, the sand and the peacefulness of watching palm trees sway in the wind.

There seems to be more of a focus on flavor these days. A South Florida favorite is our rum cake with coconut and pineapple filling, or our pink champagne cake with raspberries.

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pastry passport Get inspiration for your cake with these traditional wedding sweets from around the world.

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A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping.

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Here are the details on every delicious finishing touch.

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Buttercream Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

Ganache A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

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Fondant A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

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Swiss meringue Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made from layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, this sweet dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

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The French traditionally serve up a stunner of a dessert known as a croquembouche. The towering pyramid of cream puffs is drizzled with rich caramel and can be decorated with berries, fresh blooms or even sparklers.

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destination décor

Use these stylish items to bottle the feel of five popular destination wedding locales—no matter where you’re actually saying “I do.” BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

THE LOCATION

MEXICO

THE LOOK Bold hues, playful details and a party-ready atmosphere make this one fiesta you don’t want to miss. Inspired by the carefree, colorful attitude of a Mexican beach town, guests will be ready to celebrate the moment they enter your reception.

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MAKE IT YOURS Decorate your dining space with bright accents, like sunny yellow dishware, eye-catching tassel garland and blue glassware that’s just begging to be filled with a marg (or three). Tile-inspired invitations set the scene, while a cheeky donkey piñata at each seat makes for a totally fun and unexpected place card. >>

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1 Rainbow tassel garland, $25, CrateandBarrel .com 2 Wood crossback chair, $10 to rent, PeterCorvallis.com 3 Roma wine glass in Aqua, $48 for 4, IMPULSE!, Wayfair.com 4 Melamine dinner plate in Sunshine Yellow, $8, Carmelo Collection, Pier .com 5 Seagrass charger, $16, Pier1.com ShopTerrain.com 6 Fiesta napkin ring, $60 for 4, KimSeybert.com 7 Talavera invitation in Azure, $163 for 100, Lagniappe Paper, Minted.com 8 Mini donkey piñata, $39 for 6, LulaFlora, Etsy.com 9 Otomi cocktail napkins, $63 for 6, Kim Seybert, NeimanMarcus.com

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THE LOCATION

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THE LOOK 1 Aria napkin, $24 for 2, MarigoldLiving.com 2 L’Olivier olive oil gift set, $60, WilliamsSonoma.com 3 Barnacle two handle vase, $88, ShopTerrain.com 4 Danieli flatware collection, $16 for set of 4, WorldMarket.com 5 Verona charger in Antique White, $12 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Gelato cart, catering price upon request, GorgeousGelato.com 7 Eucalyptus garland, from $45, Bloomers TradingCo, Etsy.com 8 Candlesticks, $79 for 2, Cole & Grey, Wayfair .com 9 The Laureate double ring box, $85, TheMrsBox.com 10 Italiano invitations in Olive, $234 for 100, Yolanda Mariak Chendak, Minted.com

Re-create the charm of the Italian countryside with accents that look like they could be found in an 18th-century castle. A neutral and green palette feels anything but boring when it’s done with a focus on texture and incorporates heirloom-worthy details.

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MAKE IT YOURS Celebrate among raw wood tables topped with sprawling eucalyptus garlands. Guests will enjoy twirling their pasta on intricate rental dishes and love their take-home olive oil favors. After dinner, friends and family can gather around a gelato cart to indulge in some sweet scoops. Now that’s amore. >>

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MONTANA

THE LOOK

1 Rum barrel aged maple syrup, $30, Republic ofVermont.com 2 Rustic Horizon invitation, $229 for 100, Éclair Paper Company, Shutterfly .com 3 Stein checks bow tie in Royal Blue, $19, TheTieBar.com 4 Hurricane lantern in Red, from $9, Stansport, Amazon.com 5 Heath Ceramics dishware in Moonstone, from $4 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Sawyer flatware, $12 for 4, WorldMarket.com 7 Personalized wooden wedding sign, $22, TheKnotShop.com 8 Tinware coffee mug in Gray, $48 for 4, Canvas Home, Wayfair.com 9 Gingham napkins, $48 for 4, SerenaandLily.com 10 Glacier National Park blanket, from $219, Pendleton-USA.com

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Chill, casual and perfect for an outdoors-loving couple, this mountain-inspired bash is packed with rustic charm. A primary-hued palette and lots of wood accents will reinforce your vibe whether you’re celebrating in the great outdoors or inside a vintage barn.

MAKE IT YOURS Encourage guests to reconnect with nature at a camp-inspired ceremony, complete with a canoe altar and blanket-covered benches. When it comes to dinner, serve up BBQ bites at tables set with rustic dishware and red lanterns. Boozy maple syrup favors are the perfect farewell. >> 10

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THE LOCATION

SAVANNAH

THE LOOK Southern charm meets classic elegance in this made-for-romance scene. A super-feminine palette of pinks is offset by the insane greenery and wispy Spanish moss Southern garden weddings are iconic for.

1 Fellers cake/pastry server, $65 for 2-piece set, Alcott Hill, Wayfair .com 2 Vintage Frame invitation in Pink, $174 for 100, PaperCulture.com 3 Waterfall wine glass in Pink, $16, Anthropologie .com 4 Floral dinner plate set, rental price upon request, HostessHaven .com 5 Cheery garden napkin in Reds, $20 for 2, Lori Wemple, Minted.com 6 Triomphe chair, $95 to rent, PremiereEvents Online.com 7 Metallic lace cake stand in Gold, $32, Anthropologie.com 8 Dessert rose and gold charger, $15 to rent, Anna Weatherley, CasadePerrin.com 9 Gold pineapple place card holder, $35 for 12, Kate Aspen, Michaels.com

MAKE IT YOURS Pack in the pretty with tons of floral elements, like watercolor-patterned napkins, rimmed dishware, invitations and more. Once guests find their place at the table thanks to clever pineapple escort card holders (that symbolize Southern hospitality), treat them to live jazz and a meal full of classic comfort foods, like mac and cheese and shrimp and grits. >> 9

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THE LOCATION

BROOKLYN

THE LOOK

1 Metropolitan Romance invitation in Cement, $234 for 100, Makewells, Minted.com 2 Luna flatware in Matte Black, rental price available upon request, BorrowedBlu.com 3 Galvanized metal charger, $13, PotteryBarn.com 4 Tolix bistro chair in Black, $11 to rent, BigDawgPartyRentals .com 5 Marquee letter in Brown Patina/Rust, from $98, SawandSteel, Etsy.com 6 Cubisme candle holder in Black, $95, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com 7 Hash vase in Black and White, $20, CB2 .com 8 Stripe table runner in Gray, $18, Threshold, Target.com 9 Large NYC taxi cookie party favor, $10, Elenis.com 10 Modern Names wedding napkin, $33 for 50, ForYourParty.com 11 Black string lights, $104, PartyLights.com

Brooklyn celebrations are known for being sleek, sophisticated and pretty much the coolest out there. Channel that feeling whether you’re celebrating in the city or country by incorporating edgy details and every New Yorker’s favorite color—black.

MAKE IT YOURS For a modern take on matrimony, hunt down a killer loft-style venue. From there, play into the industrial vibes with Edison bulb string lights, metal bistro chairs, and lots of ferns and greenery (no fluffy flowers here). Cool details like marquee light initials and matte flatware add personality and that undeniable “it” factor.

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the main course

These five totally out there (and obviously very cool) wedding catering trends are what’s for dinner. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY GIDEON PHOTOGRAPHY

Engaged foodies are transforming their wedding receptions into a must-eat event with countless creative takes on traditional catering. From fire and flames to custom curated menus and photo-worthy installations—a meal is no longer just a meal. Want in on all the delicious fun? Check out five of our favorite food trends happening now. >>

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Insta-worthy displays

On-the-move meal

If you’re looking for a standout moment that will leave guests ’gramming, hire a catering team with seriously creative display techniques. Companies like New York–based Pinch Food Design boast delicious food, sure—but for them it’s also all about the guest experience. The Pinch team focuses on one-of-a-kind displays that encourage party goers to interact with their surroundings and entertain them while they eat. Guests can choose a churro off a parasol, visit a “pop room” to fetch suspended bags of popcorn or formulate their own cocktail when they’re ready for a sip. The goal? A way above-average food experience that will leave everyone talking. If you’ve already nailed down your own catering team, infuse your day with a little bit of that magic by dreaming up creative ways to package or pass some of your bites, like a pegboard wall of pizza slices or a late-night burger bar with a sign that reads “friends don’t let friends go home hangry.”

We’ve got news: The one-size-fits-all dinner reception structure is no longer the only option. If the idea of sitting down to a threehour formal meal isn’t your thing, try a roaming dinner instead. Feed your friends and fam from an assortment of delicious passed appetizers and food stations, like waiters with barker trays for on-the-go oyster shucking, a guacamole bar or even a mozzarella pulling station. The goal is to keep guests moving, mixing and mingling so they don’t get bored or feel like they’re missing out on party time. Another perk? Without the need for traditional tables, chairs and place settings, you’ll save on rentals and possibly even staff count (as they won’t need to serve each table like at a sit-down reception). Just remember—guests will still need somewhere to perch, so make sure to set up several different high-top cocktail tables and cool lounge areas for added comfort.

Perfectly personalized picks

Local is in when it comes to weddings, and that fresh mentality extends from florals to—you guessed it—food. For a dining experience that encapsulates everything about your wedding locale, opt for a farm-to-table menu from start to finish. Of-themoment catering companies, like 24 Carrots Catering and Events in Southern California, are focusing on seasonal menus with sustainable and local meats, fish and produce for a wedding meal that represents both the couple and the region. If you’re getting married in a food-rich area or time of year, encourage your team to utilize veggies, proteins or spices unique to your spot, like fresh lobster in Maine or a well-known BBQ rub in Texas. Not only will you be scoring food in its best form (think: peak freshness and added color), but you’ll also be giving back to the local community. It’s a very mindful, sustainable, 2019 way to wedding. >>

You and your partner want every inch of your wedding to reflect the two of you, so your food shouldn’t be any different. Couples are personalizing all aspects of their day, down to the menu they’re serving at their reception. For a fun twist on signature cocktails, why not try signature menus? Maybe bae is a bit more spicy, while you prefer rich, savory classics—you can each work to curate your own courses for the day and allow your guests to choose which side they’ll take. Or infuse a bit of family history and heritage into the eats by asking your pros to adapt a few of your favorite recipes. Guests will love cocktail hour bites of Grandma Ruth’s mac and cheese or Mom’s famous chicken tikka masala. A menu reflecting both where you’ve come from and what you like as a duo is the perfect way to start your marriage off on the right fork.

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how delicious do these churros look?

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ELEGANT WEDDINGS To take your breath away!

(813) 837-7157 • LYNNSCATERING.COM Lynn’s Catering is committed to making your wedding day the most memorable day of your life. We pull wedding dreams right from the imagination. Our professional wedding planning team will work with you personally from start to finish to ensure a stressfree process and that everything on your wish list—from venues and florals to menus and entertainment—exceeds your expectations! To make each event a day to remember. To make your vision and dreams come true. This is our promise. This is our purpose. At Lynn’s Catering, we love what we do.

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F I N D YO U R C AT E R E R AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

tomato soup is even more cozy in cute cans

questions for the caterer Here’s what to ask before booking your pro.

Experience

• Do you have a license? • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend? • Can you provide references from previous clients?

Food and service • Do you supply tables,

Logistics

• When is our tasting? • Are there additional • • • • •

setup and breakdown costs for the day of? What do you and your staff wear? How much time do you need to set up? Do you set out place cards and menus? On the day, who is our point person? How will you arrange the food on plates or at the buffet?

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

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If you’ve ever been wowed by a fishmonger filleting a catch right in front of you, or excited by the flames of a hibachi grill, then this idea may be for you. When planning out your wedding day catering, look for a crew that can essentially pop up a live restaurant on your event ground, like New England-based team Heirloom Fire. They transform outdoor spaces big and small into a legit working BBQ joint, cooking up spit-roasted pig, heirloom chickens, corn on the cob and strawberry cobbler, all over an open flame in front of your guests. The end result is an experience that’s somewhat akin to having a killer dinner at a close friend’s house—that is, if your close friend happens to be a crazy-talented chef, like Heirloom Fire owner James Gop. Not only will your friends and family get to enjoy fresh, local eats cooked to perfection, but they’ll be able to watch the cooking, interact with the pros and serve themselves from each fire station. The unique dining experience will keep them entertained long into your reception and create a one-of-a-kind event they won’t soon forget. Not saying “I do” in an area that Heirloom Fire services? Check The Knot Marketplace for similar pros in your region, or talk with your own catering team to see what you can do with your menu and space to bottle the same experience. Maybe you can have them cook up a seafood boil beachside, roll out fresh handmade spaghetti for your first course or roast up a whole pig on a rotating spit for your casual reception.

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colorful (edible) wildflowers ooze romance

FAVO R S FOR E V E RY STYLE Whatever your wedding day vibe, we have a fresh favor idea that will help spread the love to your guests. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY JOHNNY MILLER

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YOUR STYLE ROMANTIC

F LO R A L S U G A R CO O K I E S Spread some extra sweetness with grab-and-go cookie bags that boast colorful blooms. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cookies, cellophane bags, hot glue gun, ribbon, gift tags STEP 1 Bake or buy floral cookies a week before your wedding day. STEP 2 Using small cellophane pastry bags, package up one to two cookies per guest. STEP 3 Fold a thank-you tag over top, securing to the bag with hot glue. Create a small bow using thin organza ribbon. Glue atop tag. Flower-pressed cookies, $48 for 12, LoriAStern.com; cellophane bags, $6 for 100, TR318, Amazon.com; 5/8� organza ribbon in Lavender, $12 per roll, BagsandBowsOnline.com; tag printing, Staples.com

COST

About $150 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

Easy. However, not snacking on the cookies is hard.

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PA I N T E D FA N S Outdoor weddings can get hot. Encourage guests to give themselves a Beyoncé-level breeze by placing these punchy-hued palm leaf fans at every seat. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Painter’s tape, fans, acrylic paint, sponge brush, gift tags, ribbon STEP 1 Using painter’s tape, section off various lines and shapes to paint on fans. STEP 2 With neon acrylic paint and a small sponge brush, add two layers of paint to your desired sections. Allow an hour of drying time in between each coat. STEP 3 Once dry, peel away tape. Tie a thank-you tag onto the handle with ribbon. Raffia fans, $16 for 4, Beistle, Amazon.com; neon glow acrylic paint, $2, FolkArt, Michaels .com; 1/4” satin ribbon in Shocking Pink, $5 for 50 yards, RibbonBazaar.com; Palm favor tag, $27 for 55, Kaydi Bishop, Minted.com

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help guests keep cool (and look cool doing it)

COST

About $225 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

Easy. But expect to spend a few days painting.

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Your Wedding Wishes Come True at the Wishing Well Barn! 4 3 0 2 P i p p i n R o a d , P l a n t C i t y, F L 3 3 5 6 7 C o n t a c t M i c h e l l e a t 8 1 3 - 4 7 8 - 6 5 5 4 o r v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e : w w w. w i s h i n g w e l l b a r n . c o m Email: wishingwellbarn@gmail.com

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BBQ SPICE RUB Big foodies? Add a bit of flavor (pun intended) to your wedding day with these dinner-ready test tubes. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Spice mix, test tubes, twine, gift tags STEP 1 Funnel store-bought spice rub (or your own personal recipe) into test tubes that have a cork or screw top.

baker’s twine adds a farm-to-table touch

STEP 2 Using striped twine, tie a narrow thank-you tag onto the top of each tube.

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BBQ rub, $14 for 1 lb., GustoSpice, Etsy.com; test tubes with cork stoppers, $11 for 30, Depepe, Amazon.com; baker’s twine in Black, $5 per roll, OrientalTrading .com; gift tag printing, Staples.com

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COST

DIFFICULT Y

About $60 for 50 favors

Easy. Side effects include grilled meat cravings.

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these could be pizza slices, too— just sayin’

B O OZ Y WAT E R M E LO N P I Ñ ATA S Think of these as the adult version of your favorite childhood party game. Only replace candy with vodka. Win! WHAT YOU’LL NEED Pink and green tissue paper, scissors, hot glue gun, cardboard triangles, vodka nips, gift tags, tape, hole punch, black paper STEP 1 Cut strips of tissue paper horizontally 1/2-inch thick, then fringe them by slicing vertically into the paper. STEP 2 Using hot glue, attach fringed tissue paper onto the triangles, layering to create a piñata effect. STEP 3 Cut flap in the triangle bottom, insert vodka with tag, and tape shut. Using a hole punch, cut circles from black paper for seeds. Attach with hot glue.

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Tissue paper, from $7, A1 Bakery Supplies, Amazon.com; triangles, $6 for 2, ArtistCraftsman.com; vodka nip, $2, TotalWine.com; Single Swath favor tag, $27 for 55, Angela Marzuki, Minted.com

COST

About $250 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

Medium. A bit more crafty, but you got this.

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Kandice Story

Vanessa Rogers

A Hidden Gem on the Outskirts of Cowboy Country Outdoor Chapel | Reception Barn | Up to 200 Guests Down a winding dirt road, past a cypress swamp and oak hammocks, Woods & Weddings is a picturesque barn venue on Diamond P Ranch in Arcadia. Perfectly suited for all styles from elegant and refined to modern and romantic. We’re committed to making your experience with us special and stress-free so you can enjoy your wedding weekend without feeling rushed.

To schedule a tour, please contact Alycia at (863) 496-3380 or alycia@woodsandweddings.com. Tours by appointment. 3 7 3 1 S W W I L D C AT R U N R O A D , A R C A D I A , F L 3 4 2 6 6 WO O D SA N DW E D D I N G S . CO M | (8 6 3 ) 4 9 6 - 3 3 8 0

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LU G G AG E TAG S Capture the wanderlust of a destination bash with old-school tags. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cricut machine, iron-on transfer paper, luggage tags, dish towel, iron, gift tags STEP 1 Using a Cricut or other cutting machine, design and cut phrases out of white iron-on transfer paper. STEP 2 Place each phrase onto a luggage tag, top with dish towel and iron for 30 seconds on low heat. Carefully remove adhesive back, ensuring the phrase has properly transferred onto the tag.

your suitcase will def be the cutest in the airport

STEP 3 Let cool, then insert a postcardinspired “thank you” into the luggage tag.

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Leather luggage tags, $8 for 2, Travelambo, Amazon.com; Cricut machine, from $150, Everyday Iron-on paper, $12 per roll, Cricut .com; A Faraway Destination favor tag, $27 for 55, Bumble Ink, Minted.com

COST

About $155 for 50 favors (excluding Cricut cost) DIFFICULT Y

Easy. As long as you don’t get distracted browsing travel Instas.

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813-574-3885

www.godfreyhoteltampa.com

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prewedding stress? breathe in that lavender, girl

YOUR STYLE BOHO

SMUDGE STICKS Keep the good vibes coming with smudge sticks that are as pretty as they are (spiritually) potent. Sage cleanses and lavender relaxes, while calendula flowers promote success and renewal. We’ll take it. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Sage wands, dried flowers, cord, gift tags STEP 1 Make a bundle of sage, dried herbs and flowers, packing together tightly.

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STEP 2 Wrap well using waxed cord twine. Finish by tying on an organic gift tag. Sage wands, $9 for 3, New Age Smudges and Herbs, Amazon.com; rosebuds, $13, ZaranSaffron.com; calendula flowers, $22, FeelGoodOrg.com; bamboo cord in Neon Pink, $6, Hemptique, Amazon.com; Floral Wreath favor tag, $27 for 55, Kelly Schmidt, Minted.com

COST

About $200 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

Easy. And may we say, even a bit relaxing.

WA N T TO S E E A V I D E O H O W - T O F O R T H E S E FAVO R S ? H E A D T O Facebook.com/TheKnot/videos

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Think of your wedding registry as a chance to take your home to Pinterestlevel perfection. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up the prettiest products for every corner of your newlywed nest. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

Thermal Pro Clad stainless steel cookware, $500 for 10-piece set, Breville, Overstock.com

Marcato pasta machine, $100, Atlas, SurLaTable.com

Salt mill in Marseille, $38, Le Creuset, Bloomingdales.com

Laundered linen stripe tea towel in White/Indigo, $56, AllModern.com

FOR YOUR

kitchen

Studio Blue cereal bowls, $120 for 4-piece set, Denby, Macys.com

Whether you’re a pro chef or takeout champ, you’ll feel like a boss cook with these picks.

Studio Blue dinner plate, $64 for 4-piece set, Denby, BedBathandBeyond.com

Rectangular baking dishes in Rustic Turquoise, $120 for 2-piece set, Staub, Wayfair.com

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Picardie marine glass tumbler, from $20 for 6, Duralex, Amazon.com

Gourmet kitchen knives, $130 for 3-piece set, Wüsthof, Amazon.com

Measuring cups, $9 for 4-piece set, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Target.com

$500 Novis, Vita juicer, $500, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Textured kitchen canister in extra large, $49, WestElm.com

The Newlywed Cookbook, $35, Anthropologie.com >>

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52 Lists for Happiness journal, $17, Anthropologie.com

Somneo Sleep and Wake-up light, $200, USA-Philips.com

Luminous velvet pillow in Fawn, $150, abcDNA, ABCHome.com

Brighton table lamp in Wicker, $278, Serena andLily.com Wicked Good Scuffs III, $79, LLBean.com

FOR YOUR

bed & bath

Smart 2.0 Diffuser, $200, AeraforHome.com

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Ultimate MicroCotton sculpted fashion bath towel in Glacier, $36, Hotel Collection, Macys.com Sleep mask, $50, SlipSilk Pillowcase.com “Rise” art print in natural raw wood frame, $89 for 11”x14”, Lorent and Leif, Minted.com Shagreen embossed nightstand in Ivory, $429, CB2.com Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable toothbrush in Pink, $260, Philips, Kohls.com

Banded sheets in White/Dune, from $210 for set, BollandBranch.com

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Square stone slab photo frame in Tan Agate, $195, Kendra Scott, Bloomingdales.com

Acacia valet, $39, MarkandGraham.com

Hotel terry bathrobe in Grey, $96, Kassatex, BedBathandBeyond.com >>

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Enthen 10-light orb black chandelier, $202, Warehouse of Tiffany, Overstock .com

Clayton chair, $305, McGeeandCo.com

Harbour Drive napkin in Gold, $10, Kate Spade New York, BedBathand Beyond.com

Coupe bowl, $100, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com

FOR YOUR

dining room Host everything from business dinners to The Bachelor Mondays with serious style. Pryce gold coupe glass, $15, Crateand Barrel.com

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Black Orchid dinner plate, $31, Michael Aram, NeimanMarcus.com

Guglielmo stainless steel flatware in Matte Gold, $160 for 5-piece set, Mint Pantry, Wayfair.com

Medium salad servers, $60, TinaFrey Designs.com

add an extra leaf for your first Thanksgiving Curly crystal decanter, $350, Riedel, Barneys.com

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Puebla marble serving board, $95, The-Citizenry.com

Mid-century expandable dining table, from $599, WestElm.com >>

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Tree peony napkin rings, $156 for 4, KimSeybert.com

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Apple TV 4K, from $179, Apple.com

Modern metal frame in Black, from $69, ArtifactUprising.com

Lubec pouf, $109, Beachcrest Home, Wayfair.com

FOR YOUR

living room Opt for date night on your home turf with items that embrace casual luxury.

Scrabble luxury edition, $220, BedBathand Beyond.com

Boda bar cabinet with wine storage in Dark Walnut, $370, AllModern.com

Velvet broad stripe pillow in Navy, $90, CaitlinWilson.com

Roomba 690 robot vacuum, $375, iRobot, Amazon.com

Enzo rug in Dove, from $43, LuluandGeorgia.com

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4K UHD Fire TV Edition, from $330, Toshiba, BestBuy.com

Jenson pharmacy floor lamp in Aged Brass, $100, LampsPlus.com

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Sven sofa in Charme Tan and Mahogany, $1,799, Article.com

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bridal beauty, debunked

We surveyed the pros to uncover the truth about some of the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores), others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions—so you can focus on the important stuff before your day.

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MYTH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. FACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues such as acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple If you have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup for your wedding.

MYTH More is more. FACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer, and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

FACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right

now, promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

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FACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

ISTOCK

MYTH Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer. MYTH Collagen supplements can reverse the signs of aging.

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FA SHION & BE AUT Y

look to your celeb doppelgänger for makeup inspo

beauty to-dos before your “I dos” Five things to consider in the six months leading up to your wedding.

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Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

MYTH Dirty hair is easier to work with.

2 Hair Give yourself ample time to find the

FACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

Whether you’re going to do your makeup on

MYTH Pinterest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

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middle of summer, that doesn’t mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

4 Teeth Ask your dentist whether you’d benefit from an at-home whitening kit. Also, make a cleaning appointment for a week before your wedding so your teeth are extra bright.

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You’ve probably heard, “But you’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress in the past, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s budget friendly, universally flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Stick to these fashion rules to find an on-trend dress that won’t cost a fortune, but will make your bride tribe feel gorgeous and confident.

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

Stick to a timeline It typically takes two to three months for orders to arrive plus another four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once, or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially if they’re in more popular sizes or go on sale. >>

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Modified A-line A less dramatic take on the A-line, this style still hits at the waist but forms a smaller A. BEST FOR Girls with

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Empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with

smaller chests or larger midsections. It’s also a great option for pregnant bridesmaids.

Dropped-waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt starts at the hips. BEST FOR Shapely

bridesmaids—this silhouette will show off every curve.

Trumpet

Gowns with trumpetstyle skirts hug the body around the waist and mid-thigh, and then flare out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Girls with

curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

Soft trumpet

This toned-down style has a more relaxed fit and flares out only slightly toward the bottom. BEST FOR Fitted but not as body-hugging as a true trumpet, this style works for most shapes.

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If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids traditionally 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—after all, a bridesmaid dress probably isn’t they only thing they’re paying for. 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 range, or select a specific color you like and let them pick their own style from off the rack. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Rent the Runway let your girls choose dresses from high-end designers in a range of colors and styles for a fraction of the cost.

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Take your friends’ various body shapes into consideration before selecting silhouettes (read: crop tops, minidresses and super-fitted styles should be off the table if your girls make a point of avoiding them IRL). If your bridesmaids have an array of different body types and you’re having trouble finding one dress that will work for all of them, consider picking a color and allowing them to choose their own dresses. If your heart is set on a specific silhouette, try to be flexible where custom alterations are concerned if they make your girls feel more comfortable. Small tweaks like adding cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress, bringing up a plunging neckline or toning down a high slit can make a world of difference but won’t drastically change the overall look of your bridal party—trust us, your girl squad will thank you for understanding.

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

Find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is shocked by the number on the tag or she’s in between two different sizes and she wants to buy a smaller dress, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. It also doesn’t hurt to mention if the dress ends up being too small, she’ll have to order a new one and that would be a buzzkill, given most bridesmaid dresses are made to order.

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Select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright coral dresses. Rich colors—marsala and emerald—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—French blue and lavender—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades for a mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints. Just remember: These work best in smaller parties. Or, you could toss tradition altogether and go for an all-white bridal party à la Solange Knowles for a look that’s crisp and chic. >>

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Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense—so think twice before you send photos of the red bottoms you’re in love with to the group text. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’re an uncomfortable height. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse and can actually walk in. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

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Find complementary colors

Consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (read: strapless or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Pro tip: Even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific pantie or body shaper, especially if you choose a dress with a formfitting silhouette.

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Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and sand are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while bolder hues like yellow and magenta, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try flattering metallics, like champagne, or rose gold. If you do opt for a print, make sure the dominant colors work with your bridal party. Alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a print. We also love the idea of mismatched sequin dresses—that way your girls can choose a shade that suits them.

It may be tempting to ask your girls to wear identical necklaces, earrings and bangles, but a mismatched approach to accessorizing will give your party a more modern vibe. By having each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re also encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

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

Hair and makeup

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

Bouquets

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

Transportation

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

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The couple danced to Jack Johnson’s “Never Fade,” then the setlist cut to ’70s hits, rock classics and even a cover of “No Diggity.” “All of our décor was made up of meaningful items from my parents’ home—every plant, decorative pot and candle vessel,” Becca says. “It felt extra special to walk into a room that immediately felt like home to us.” Even the simple vanilla buttercream cake was accented with fresh greenery.

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Winter Park RECEPTION SITE The Historic Dubsdread Ballroom, Orlando PHOTOGRAPHY Jason Mize Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Make Your Marq Videography DAY-OF

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Flower Market; reception floor plant installation: The Green Thumb GOWN Adrianna Papell, BHLDN HAIR & MAKEUP Kristy’s Artistry Design Team HEADPIECE Caitlyn Rylander, Fleur de Rye SHOES Kate Spade New York ENGAGEMENT RING Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS Victoria Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES BCBGMAXAZRIA; Show Me Your

Mumu MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Invitations: Minted; programs & escort cards: Kelly René Design RENTALS The Historic Dubsdread Ballroom; Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals CATERING Dubsdread Catering CAKE Publix

Bakery OFFICIANT Reverend Shawn Garvey MUSIC The Smoking Jackets DANCE LESSONS

Arthur Murray TRANSPORTATION VIP Wedding Transportation REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Crate & Barrel; Target HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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So you booked the venue and figured out the general vibe of your wedding—congrats! Now it’s time to find the right outfits and accessories. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APHY BY DEVON JARVIS

B L ACK T IE You locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bride tribe to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking snazzy. For the über-luxe event you’re planning, only a traditional tux and formal gown will do.

patent lace-ups are a must-have for a classic tux

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FOR THE BRIDE It’s your day—celebrate it. Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-centric style with a ruffled skirt or lots of bling. When it comes to accessories, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Stash your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some bejeweled heels or strappy metallic sandals for the finishing touch.

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FOR THE GROOM Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a classic tux will guarantee you’ll be dressed for the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs (those little doodads that cover the shirt’s buttons), dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a trendy notch collar and a self-tie bow tie. Opting for a sleek satin lapel won’t hurt either. If you’re more daring, try a tux with a velvet jacket—they’re all over the red carpet. Equally streamlined accessories, like understated cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes, complete the polished look. >>

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Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a modern feel. Whether it’s a cool museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal affair is sophisticated without the strict formality of a traditional venue. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as cutting edge as your celebration. Hint: It’s all about structure and polished details.

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

A minimalistic silhouette will work for your one-of-akind nuptials, without being too conservative. A strapless, satin, mermaidstyle dress is fancier than your average cocktail look, but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a style with a cowl back or oversize bow on the back. Not only are they all over the runways, but they make for one heck of a dramatic exit. Finish off your look with sparkly earrings and a pair of elegant heels.

A classic black tuxedo might feel too stuffy. Instead, pair a charcoal or midnight-blue suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with standout accessories like a patterned tie or pocket square and statement cuff links. Another idea: Fun socks (like a classic argyle or a kitschy pattern) can bring in the theme and color palette of your wedding without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Keep your footwear simple—a pair of black leather oxfords or monk straps are polished without being too flashy.

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CO CK TA IL If it wasn’t already obvious from the swanky invitations, rooftop locale, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature martinis, your wedding wardrobe will surely solidify the fact that you’re hosting a hip wedding. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and statement accessories for both of you. FOR THE BRIDE

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Find a gown that’s dressy but not totally over the top for your cocktail soiree. Consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: a simple, fit-and-flare dress. A formfitting style with a plunging neckline or daring low back still feels classy but will also show off your curves for just the right amount of va-va-voom. Where bling is concerned, sleek ear crawlers or even a back necklace are fashionforward options. Complete your outfit with a graphic clutch (we love acrylic ones) and unexpected black heels.

Try a slim-cut gray suit for a look that’s sharp but still not trying too hard. A skinny tie works best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of your suit (regular-width ties can appear too bulky or wide). You’ll look more pulled together if your tie and belt are the same solid color, but a fun, colorful or printed pocket square will give your ensemble unique appeal. Keep the modern look consistent with a pair of dress loafers. They used to get a bad rap for looking dated, but new, trendier styles are actually the perfect in-between shoe. >>

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B E ACH FO R M A L Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand. And while you aren’t into the idea of wearing anything too formal, you still want to dress to impress. Relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and novelty accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off a beach-chic wedding style. FOR THE BRIDE

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Dramatic silhouettes (read: ball gowns or dresses with long trains) and heavy fabrics aren’t exactly compatible with a seaside locale, but that doesn’t mean your dress shouldn’t show some personality. Beach wedding dresses can run the gamut from super-casual ones you could wear again to more romantic, Grecian-inspired gowns and lacy, boho numbers. As far as footwear is concerned, go barefoot to fully embrace your environment, or opt for metallic sandals or short wedges (heels will sink into the sand) for a fancier vibe.

Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton that will stand up to heat and humidity are a must where beach-appropriate formalwear is concerned. A darker suit could be too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for more casual asual surroundings. (Depending on how low-key your wedding is, you may even want to lose the suit jacket and roll up your sleeves.) To take your wedding theme up a notch, opt for nautical- or tropical-printed accessories (anchors and pineapples FTW). For shoes, bare feet, sandals and boat shoes are all acceptable choices—just make sure you and your partner are on the same page.

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DAY T IM E While a luxe venue plus fussy attire isn’t your thing, you’ve been dreaming of a stylish, backyard ceremony (well, at least something more intimate and homespun) since the second you got engaged. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Keep it simple with a short, midi-length or high-low wedding dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for embellished flats or more playful sneakers. For a whimiscal touch, add a birdcage veil or fascinator.

A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square (we love the idea of mixing gingham and polka dots) is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier and more personalized feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest, or adding colorful or patterned suspenders plus a custom lapel pin or bouttoniere— they’re all the rage right now.

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The footwear guru gives us the scoop on choosing the right wedding shoes, plus the trends she’s loving now. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

HEADSHOT: R ACHEL MURR AY/GET T Y IM AGES FOR TA M AR A MELLON

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If anyone knows shoes, it’s Tamara Mellon. In 1996, she left her post as an accessories editor at British Vogue to cofound a company with an East London cobbler named Jimmy Choo (maybe you’ve heard of it?). Over the next 16 years, she built one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, worn by fashion icons—both real and fictional—like Beyoncé and Carrie Bradshaw. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 and launched her eponymous direct-to-consumer shoe brand in 2016. Here, her tips on finding the best shoes for your day—without sacrificing your feet or the chance to dance the night away. >>

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make it personal “It’s a cute idea to get a professional calligrapher to personalize the soles of your shoes with your partner’s initials, your new monogram or your wedding date.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A BRIDE SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING HER WEDDING SHOES?

You’re probably going to be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your reception, so choose a heel height you feel comfortable and confident in. For instance, my perfect heel height for walking all day is three-and-a-half inches, but it’s different for every woman. Go with whatever feels best to you personally. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRIDAL FOOT WEAR

BRIDE: KEN PAK PHOTOGR APHY; SHOES: COURTESY OF TA M AR A MELLON

TRENDS? I love classic silhouettes with a modern twist. My Belle shoe is a cross between a pump and an ankle boot, and my Siren pump has unexpected PVC (read: clear vinyl) details—both are standout, nontraditional options in white. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BREAKING IN NEW HEELS?

You should break in your wedding shoes at home so you don’t get them dirty or damage them. Wear them around the house at least a few times before your day. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, and you’re less likely to get blisters.

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WHAT ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR VENUES WITH UNEVEN TERR AIN, LIKE BEACHES OR VINEYARDS. ARE THERE KEY THINGS TO LOOK FOR? I recommend opting

for flats, block heels or wedges—anything but a stiletto heel, which will sink into the ground and throw off your balance. I especially love the idea of a block heel with a platform in the front that will evenly distribute your weight and take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot and toes. This style will give you some extra height, but won’t feel like you’re wearing a typical high heel.

strut your stuff A guide to Tamara’s favorite wedding-worthy shoes.

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If embellishment isn’t your thing, keep it interesting with cutouts. Belle pumps, $525, TamaraMellon.com

KEEP IT CLEAR

These pumps with PVC details are just made for a bridal pantsuit. Siren pumps, $450, TamaraMellon.com

Flashy heels work for a glam wedding or a night on the town. Frontline sandals, $425, TamaraMellon.com

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal.com (Orlando); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie.com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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easy livin’ Calling all bridechillas. An embellished crop top plus a curve-skimming skirt feels effortlessly chic. Top and skirt, $5,430, Rime-Arodaky .com; engagement ring, $2,775, LizzieMandler.com; earrings, $29,000, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com; bracelet, $1,095, Ippolita.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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flower child If you’re feeling bold, consider a vibrant gown with floral embroidery. It’s equal parts romantic and fashion forward. Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; hat, stylist’s own; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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force of nature An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Boca Raton Bridal, BocaRatonBridal.com (Boca Raton), Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection, IsabelBridal.com (Tampa), Solutions Bridal Designer House, SolutionsBridal.com (Orlando); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere .com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

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stunning site Turn some heads (without trying too hard, of course) with a dreamy combo of delicate lace and sheer bell sleeves. Dress, $5,625, ClairePettibone.com; earrings, $145, LuluFrost.com; opal ring, $3,940, JacquieAiche.com; boots, $199, MarcFisherFootwear.com

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perfect catch A bridal romper is a surprisingly versatile choice. Rock a sleek, belted style to your shower or morning-after brunch. Romper, $1,800, CatherineKowalskiBridal .com; engagement ring, $699 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; ear crawlers, $2,795, Ippolita.com; rain boots, $75, RomaBoots.com

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into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Miami); earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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An eyelet number with flutter sleeves is right at home in a rustic setting. Lose the shoes and go barefoot for an even more laid-back vibe. Dress, $240, DavidsBridal.com; engagement ring, price upon request, EvaFehren.com; earrings, $245, LuluFrost.com; cocktail ring, $4,315, JacquieAiche.com

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breezy beauty Casual doesn’t have to mean less stylish. An allover lace dress with a ruffled bodice is comfy and totally on trend. Dress, $650, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; engagement ring, $1,799 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; band, $1,716, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $352, Bounkit.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR AND MAKEUP Sacha Harford for Bumble and bumble and MAKE UP FOR EVER at Ray Brown Productions PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

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bling on a budget It’s possible to get the sparkler you want without breaking the bank. Here, the insider ring shopping tips you need to know. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY JOSE VILL A

It’s common knowledge engagement rings are pricey. According to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement study, the average ring costs $6,351. While that sparkler is an investment, shopping smart can lower the cost. Read on to get the most bang for your buck—without sacrificing your style. >>

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treasure trove Choose a center stone with special meaning by opting for your—or your partner’s—birthstone.

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Try minimalism The more elaborate (read: blinged out) the setting, the more a ring will cost. “If you’re on a tight budget, look for rings with daintier settings,” says Angela Karaguezian, vice president of Kirk Kara. Less metal also means a lower price tag, so opt for a prong setting (which secures the diamond like a tripod above the band) over a bezel one (a metal ring that encircles the sides of the center stone to hold it in place). “If you still want to achieve a more glamorous look, consider design work like hand engravings or milgrain over adding extra diamonds,” Karaguezian says.

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Add a halo Don’t fret if your budget won’t allow for the giant diamond you’ve been eyeing. You can actually fake the look of additional carats by choosing a halo setting (a circle of small pavé or micro pavé stones around the center stone). “Halo settings continue to be a popular way to add more sparkle to an engagement ring because they create the illusion of a larger center gemstone,” says Beth Gerstein, cofounder of Brilliant Earth. While adding a halo to your setting will increase the cost of your ring, it’s far less expensive than opting for a larger rock. And, depending on the kind of halo you choose (think: round, square, hexagonal, colorful) it’s also a pretty way to personalize the design. >>

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Go for gold To get the same fashionable look as platinum, consider a ring with a white gold setting. While there are plenty of pros when it comes to platinum—it’s an extremely durable, natural white metal, it wont change color or fade, and it gives off a gorgeous, silky polish—all those good qualities come with a steep pricetag. “Platinum is rarer and purer than white gold, which makes it more expensive,” says Katie Zimmerman, a spokeswoman at Blue Nile. Although white gold is an alloy (read: a mixture of pure gold and a white metal) and is softer than platinum and thus may need to be replated over time, it’s still a beautiful option.

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Get fancy Round diamonds are the most popular diamond for engagement rings, but there are actually lots of other pretty options called “fancy shapes,” a term used to describe every diamond shape that is not classified as round—and choosing one may save you some serious cash. “Fancy shapes typically cost less per carat because there isn’t the same demand for them in the marketplace,” says Sylvie Levine, CEO of Sylvie Collection. If you have your heart set on the look of a round diamond, Levine suggests opting for a similarly shaped cushion, elongated cushion or oval stone.

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Buy shy As you might have heard, shopping for a diamond centers around the “4 Cs”—cut, carat, clarity and color. When it comes to the carat size, you can save a considerable amount of money without dramatically changing the look of a stone by buying a loose stone just shy of a half-carat or a whole-carat weight. “Diamond prices increase disproportionately at the half-carat and whole-carat marks, so try to buy just a little bit shy of these levels,” Zimmerman says. For example, instead of a two-carat diamond, look for a 1.8-carat one. Just a slight difference in carat weight can equal a potential savings of nearly 20 percent—but the difference in the diamond will hardly be noticeable, if at all.

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Find the sweet spot Similar to carat size, as clarity (how “clean” or free of internal inclusions and external blemishes a stone is) grades improve, diamonds go up in price. But the naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for perfection, you won’t see it. “We often advise valueconscious customers to focus on cut grade and color, with clarity as the last consideration,” Gerstein says. For excellent value, choose a near colorless, “eye clean” diamond—it will look perfect to the unaided eye while offering substantial savings.

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practically perfect The naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for a perfect clarity grade, you probably won’t see it.

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Shop with your band in mind Adding even a thin diamond eternity band to your stack will create megawatt shine—for a fraction of the cost of a blingedout engagement ring. “We love the idea of mixing a simple solitaire engagement ring with a diamond-accented wedding band,” Gerstein says. “This allows you to save on the engagement ring while adding all the sparkle you need.” Another thought: This may not work if you want to be surprised, but if you and your partner are going to shop for rings together, sometimes you can score a deal if you buy the engagement ring and wedding ring at the same time. You might even be able to get your SO’s wedding ring as well for—you guessed it—an even bigger discount. >>

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Opt for a shallow cut If having a center stone that looks large is more important to you than one with lots of sparkle or a perfect cut grade, choosing specific shallow-cut fancy shapes, like marquise and emerald diamonds, will create the illusion of a larger rock—without the hefty price tag. “These fancy shapes often appear bigger than other diamond shapes, like round or cushion, of equal carat weight,” Gerstein says. “This is because the elongated shape of these stones maximizes surface area, resulting in a larger appearance.” While opting for a shallower cut diamond does mean some light will “leak out” of the sides of the stone, reducing its overall brilliance, you’ll still get a beautiful-looking stone for a much lower price tag.

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Choose an alternative stone Colorful gems have long been a traditional engagement gift for royal families—we’re all familiar with Kate Middleton’s gorgeous 18-carat oval sapphire and diamond ring. Today, hued stones are even more on trend, catching on with celebs, like Blake Lively, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson, as well as everyday brides. Another bonus of going with a sapphire or other vibrant gem? They tend to be less expensive than diamonds, so you can afford a larger stone. “You can use an alternative center stone and still have diamonds in your setting as a halo or a pavé band—we see it all,” Levine says. “Pick a gem that complements your skin tone or opt for one with a sentimental meaning, like your partner’s birthstone or an heirloom stone.” Each gemstone also has its own special meaning (blue sapphires symbolize loyalty and honesty, while rubies signify passionate love), which is another fun way to personalize your engagement ring. Even if you’re not a fan of colorful gems, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options where this budget tip is concerned. Moissanite, gray sapphires and white topaz all look similar to white diamonds but cost considerably less.

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true colors A huge bonus of going with a sapphire engagement ring or other vibrant stone? They tend to be less expensive than diamonds. Pick a gem that flatters your skin tone or one with a sentimental meaning, like your partner’s birthstone.

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piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond—and that of a replacement, if needed—be documented? • Is the ring insured to the full cost you paid for it or a fraction of the cost? • Are there any geographical limitations to your coverage?

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Not sold on splurging on a tux for your wedding day? These four companies will change the way you think about rentals—and won’t break the bank. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY AMANDA NIPPOLDT PHOTOGR APHY

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It’s no secret tuxedo rentals have a bad rap for being ill fitting and outdated. Factor in the multiple trips to a rental shop to buy and later tailor your look (not an easy feat when you have an entire party to outfit) and the whole process can seem even more daunting. So what’s the good news? Brands like The Black Tux, Generation Tux, Men’s Wearhouse and Stitch & Tie are reinventing the rental game. With little more than a measuring tape, internet connection and spare half hour, you can pick out a tux or suit (plus shoes and accessories, if you’re so inclined) and have it all shipped directly to your doorstep. Below, our guide to the new way to rent formalwear.

The Black Tux THE SELECTION With the largest collection of the bunch, The Black Tux boasts 39 suit and tuxedo rentals guranteed to fit any and every wedding style with options in tried-and-true neutral shades, plus more fashion-forward colors and prints. THE FIT Most styles come in a range of sizes, for a made-to-order look. If you don’t know your size, use their Fit Formula to help find what’s best for you based on answers to a few questions like your height and weight. You can also visit any one of their 21 showrooms across the country to be measured in person. Your outfit will ship two weeks prior to your wedding, so plan ahead and secure your

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a matter of time Avoid costly rush-shipping fees by starting the rental process at least three months ahead of your wedding date. That will give you enough time to choose your look, schedule an at-home try-on, coordinate wedding party rentals and make minor alterations.

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rentals at least three months in advance. That will give you enough time to make alterations (should they be necessary). The Black Tux will cover minor fixes to jacket sleeves and pants, up to $15 with a receipt. If the thought of renting a tux or suit without first seeing it in person makes you nervous, take advantage of The Black Tux’s free, at-home try-on. You’ll get to test drive one of its rentals for up to 48 hours for peace of mind before you commit. THE PROCESS The six-step rental process takes about 25 minutes to complete, including adding your measurements. You’ll first choose your tux or suit, and a name for it (like groom). If you’re looking to differentiate your best man’s look from the rest of your groomsmen, this will help keep you organized. Next, build your outfit with a shirt, tie, shoes and accessories. Then add all your event details and enter your measurements. If you don’t know what your size is, use their guide. Shipping is free, unless you need it expedited, which can run from $20 to $40. Once your event is over, you have three days to return the rental with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE If you’re looking to make a serious fashion statement at your wedding (after all, it’s your day too!), The Black Tux offers plenty of unexpected suiting options like mixed tartan prints, gingham, oversize pinstripes and rose-colored jackets. PRICE From $95, TheBlackTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION While Generation Tux has a smaller lineup of

formalwear styles with a selection of 21 suits and tuxedos in classic shades like blue, gray and black, its extensive collection of accessories more than makes up for the difference. You can choose from an assortment of neckwear, socks, cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, belts, tie bars and even satin flower lapel pins in a range of colors and prints—you know, the trendy add-ons that will guarantee you and your guys look extra dapper. THE FIT Without a brick-and-mortar store, Generation Tux relies on its eTailor to determine your perfect fit with a few questions about your body profile, including height, weight and jean size. Order your rental three months prior to your wedding date and you’ll have plenty of time to flag any fit issues. Generation Tux will cover minor alterations up to $20, and if your suit requires more extensive fixes, they will send you a free replacement. THE PROCESS First order of business is creating an event on the website. Once that’s done, enter your measurements using the instructional videos. During this step, you can also set up a free at-home try-on if you want to touch and feel the suit you’re planning to order in person. Then you’ll pick out your tux or suit, add accessories and check out. The whole process takes under 30 minutes. Once you secure your own rental, you can then invite your groomsmen to get started on their orders. Generation Tux’s management system allows you, your partner or even your wedding planner to view the status of each groomsman. (So, if

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clean conscience Spilled some bubbly on your jacket? Lost a button while tearing up the dance floor? Don’t fret. Most rental sites cover dry cleaning and minor damages at no additional cost, so there’s no need to stress out or rush to the cleaners before returning your suit or tux.

one of your friends is seriously slacking and hasn’t been measured yet, you can follow up before it becomes a full-blown crisis.) And with friendly automated reminders of rental deadlines, all of the stress of managing (read: nagging) your wedding party is out of your hands. Another plus: When six or more of your groomsmen rent tuxedos through Generation Tux, your outfit is free. Your rental will arrive two weeks prior to your wedding. Once your receive your rental, you have 48 hours to flag any issues. After your event, return your rentals within three days with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE In addition to killer accessories, Generation Tux also offers a pretty decent selection of suits and tuxes in boy sizes—so even the most pint-sized members of your wedding party will look polished in photos. PRICE From $69, GenerationTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION Men’s Wearhouse is the go-to for off-the-rack designer suits for every style, but it also slays at rentals. There are 38 options to choose from, including looks for junior groomsmen and ring bearers. The selection is more traditional, with two- and three-piece suit and tux rentals in black, gray, blue and tan, plus a variety of accessories. THE FIT Men’s Wearhouse offers a range of sizes, lengths and styles in classic, modern and slim fits, depending on the suit or tux you choose. If you’re unsure of your size, you can use the site’s built-in Fit Evaluator or visit one of their nationwide locations to be measured by an in-store tailor. THE PROCESS Your rental will arrive seven days before your event, but you should place your order at least 15 days in advance (if you’re cutting it super close). Start by selecting a pre-styled outfit, or build your own look by choosing a suit or tux and adding accessories. Then specify the type of event you’re renting for and the date before entering your measurements and checking out. Similar to Generation Tux and The Black Tux, Men’s Wearhouse offers an online group management tool to help you keep tabs on your wedding party. And, if five or more of your groomsmen rent suit or tuxedo packages, you get a $400 shopping credit toward the balance of your outfit. After your event, you only have one day to return your rental, but you can either use a prepaid shipping label or return it to any store location. STANDOUT SERVICE Men’s Wearhouse hits the mark with their size-inclusive range of rentals, with jackets going all the way up to 70 long and pants that go up to a 70-inch waist. PRICE From $100, MensWearhouse.com

Stitch & Tie THE SELECTION Stitch & Tie has a collection of 27 suits and tuxedos in traditional shades, as well as a couple of bolder options like red and teal. Unlike other sites, they also have a classic black tuxedo rental specifically tailored for women too. THE FIT Stitch & Tie offers a range of sizes in slim and modern cuts. To ensure an accurate fit, you’ll have to enter your specific measurements. If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, watch the instructional videos that make measuring yourself virtually fool proof. If your rental arrives and the fit is off, they’ll send you a replacement if you contact them within 48 hours or reimburse you up to $15 for minor alterations. For added peace of mind, try the at-home trial service and borrow a suit or tux for 48 hours for $40, which is later applied to your final costs if you decide to take the plunge.

find your fit Choosing the right cut for your suit or tuxedo can make your rental look and feel custom-made. If you want a little extra room, opt for a classic fit. For a slightly more tailored look, choose a modern fit. If an edgier style with narrow sleeves and pants is your thing, go for a slim fit.

THE PROCESS To avoid rush-shipping charges, start shopping for your rental at least 21 days before your event. After creating your account, build your custom look or choose from a selection of curated outfits, enter your event date and then your sizes before checking out. Their group management tool can save different looks for each groomsman and even send out friendly reminders to place their orders. Your rental will arrive a week before your event date, and you’ll have 48 hours afterward to return it. If you need to keep it longer (or forget to pop it in the mail), there’s an extra fee. STANDOUT SERVICE No formalwear is complete without the right accents, and while Stitch & Tie offers the usual accessories to complete your outfit, its bespoke service is pretty innovative. It works like this: Mail in your fabric of choice, and it’ll send you a custom bow tie, tie or pocket square within four weeks. Let your groomsmen choose their favorite print, or send in a swatch complementary to your bridal party’s dresses to match. PRICE From $120, StitchandTie.com

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These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SAW YER BAIRD

If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn or on a vineyard, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, the two locales are consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good rustic barn celebration or refined vineyard affair, we’re also excited to introduce you to the new kids on the block. Score one of these venues and you’ll officially be that couple ahead of the curve. >> Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Goleta, CA

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Does the word “rustic” give you all the heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue on the market to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy vibe should look to greenhouses. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, plants, plants and more plants!), while the airy structure (think: floor-to-ceiling glass windows and so much light) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family. MAKE IT YOURS Go for custom botanical-inspired stationery to set the scene and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding location. On the day of, reinforce the natural vibes by asking your florist to go heavy on the vines and greenery to incorporate your tabletops or ceremony space into the surrounding scenery. Wood farm tables and chairs will add refined texture to the place, while strings of bistro lights will make dinner under the stars feel magical. SOME OF OUR FAVES Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH // The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, TX // Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, PA // The Greenhouses at Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY // Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, MI // Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle // Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI >>

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fun plans for out-of-town guests Keep your crew entertained all weekend long with these out-of-the-box activities.

Treat them to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation and friendships.

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

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

Arrange for a group tour

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

Host a postwedding brunch

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

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smart questions to ask before you book What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space?

If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

Is the venue near hotels?

This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

If you like a vineyard, try a ranch If you love the foodie vibe a vineyard lends (plus all that wine), think about looking into ranches. You’ll score a stunning private property with added perks like activities for your guests (think: kayaking or lasso lessons) and even live animals. The best part? Some ranch venues are fully functioning and can accommodate overnight guests, so you and your whole crew can call it home base for the weekend and make the most of your time together. MAKE IT YOURS Play up the surrounding scenery with accents that tie together the whole vibe of the joint, like terra-cotta pots overflowing with just-picked wild flowers and leather charger plates. For eats, this is the perfect time to go for high-end BBQ, so see if you can find a caterer who will grill up guest favorites right in front of you. Finish the night with dancing and toasting around a big bonfire. S’mores are optional but of course encouraged. SOME OF OUR FAVES The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT // Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX // Bayshore Ranch in North Fort Myers, FL // Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA // Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, CO // Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ // Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, PA >>

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

What kind of services do you offer?

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

What restrictions do you have?

There are a few kinds of limits to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions or permits. Some venues may not have a liquor license, and some may not let you stock the bar yourselves. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whoever you want. Ask whether there are any décor restrictions, like confetti or open flames. Also check to see if there’s a noise ordinance after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to dance until midnight.

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If you like a loft, try a distillery If your style is more industrial than glam, a loft wedding is probably at the top of your list. For a similar feel with added personality, seek out a whiskey or spirit distillery in your local area. You’ll get a lot of the same lust-worthy industrial features (like exposed piping, brick walls and metal windows), plus the added bonus of a space that isn’t totally a blank slate. Translation: You probably won’t have to worry about bringing in essential things like tables and chairs and can instead focus on the fun stuff, like what killer set of flatware goes best with the distillery’s copper equipment. MAKE IT YOURS An oversize venue is the place to go big with high-impact design accents, so opt for a massive Lucite escort card display or statement-making suspended arrangement of graphic branches. Pair the raw feel of the space with hits of metallic gold, copper and inky black for a color palette as chic as it is sophisticated. At the end of the night, send guests packing with bottles of whatever spirit is the house specialty, customized with a signature wax seal featuring your wedding crest or monogram. SOME OF OUR FAVES Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI // Westland Distillery in Seattle // McClintock Distilling in Frederick, MD // O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY // Union Horse Distilling Co. in Lenexa, KS

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Couples looking for a classic or glam environment to host their wedding should look no further than an old manor or stately home. The authentic space will pack in all of the opulence of a traditional ballroom setting, while still feeling unique and special to your event. Plus, a private home or manor means you’ll likely be the only duo saying “I do” on the property, so you won’t have to worry about running into other weddings that weekend. MAKE IT YOURS Reinforce the refined dinner party atmosphere by sprinkling your reception tables throughout the main floor of the home so each guest gets their own unique dinner surroundings. Old homes mean lots of vintage fabrics or wallpapers, so keep your other décor accents neutral and opt for streamlined tabletop textiles, flowers and paper goods. Work in lots of candlelight (real or fake) to set a romantic mood and hire a string quartet or jazz trio to fill the home with live music that sets a celebratory mood. SOME OF OUR FAVES Rixey Manor in Rixeyville, VA // Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY // Decatur House in Washington, DC // The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Covington, GA // Benachi House & Gardens in New Orleans // The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI // The Manor House in Littleton, CO

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9 smart (and sneaky) ways to stay in budget Whether you’re looking to spend a little or a lot, we’ll help you look good while doing it. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SHANNON COLLINS PHOTOGR APHY

No matter what your budget is, you likely still have limits—practically every couple does. Whatever your numbers say, you’re going to want to make the most of your money when planning your celebration. To help, we’ve rounded up our best tips, big and small, to help you spend wisely on your way to “I do.” >>

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First, land on the right number for you

Opt for a roaming dinner

Before you spend any money, you’re going to want to figure out how much you can afford to spend. That’s where we come in— with The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’ll help you come up with the right number for your celebration and offer suggestions for how much of that budget you should put toward each part of your wedding. Plus, we’ll help you turn money to action with vendor and venue recommendations in your budget, which means no more falling in love with a pricey pro you can’t afford (we’ve all been there). The result? An easy-to-follow spending road map that will ensure you stay in the green from your first contract to your last.

If you’re looking to save on your catering, but a buffet dinner isn’t really your style, look no further than the roaming dinner. Basically an all-night cocktail hour, an up-and-at-’em dinner consisting of all passed bites is a fresh (and a bit frugal) take on the traditional reception meal. You’ll save some money since there’s less waitstaff needed, and guests will get to mix and mingle all night long instead of having to sit down for a formal meal. Just make sure the variety (and amount) of food guests would expect of a traditional dinner is still there, with plenty to choose from for those who have dietary restrictions.

Prioritize your top must-haves

Hire a wedding planner

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no shame in playing favorites. Before you do too much research, sit down with your partner and make a list of your priorities when it comes to your day. The goal? Decipher where your money is best spent and what will really set the day apart for you. Remember, there are no wrong answers here. This is all about what’s going to make you and your partner the happiest. Once you have your list, move forward with booking those top vendors and spending your money accordingly.

This may sound counterintuitive, but hear us out. Spending up front on a knowledgeable wedding planner can pay off big time for your budget and your sanity. A skilled pro will help you navigate everything from vendor selections to contract negotiations, ensuring you’re spending smart throughout the process. Another bonus? They’ll have a handle on venues and services in your area, so they can help you score insider-only deals and achieve coveted looks ($10-per-stem peonies, anyone?) for way less.

Trim your guest list

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It may sound harsh, but the biggest way to save money is to cut down your guest list. Think of each person you invite as a price tag (sorry, Aunt Sue)—you’re likely shelling out at least $100 or more per person, so you want to compile your guest list wisely. Consider narrowing down plus-ones to only couples that are engaged, married or living together. Then, if you still need to size down, put a few hard-and-fast rules in place, like “no coworkers.” The tighter you keep your guest count, the more money you’ll have to put toward other perks, like a string quartet for the ceremony.

Choosing a party spot with good bones is a priority when looking to make the most of your money. It’s not helpful if you get a great deal on a ballroom but have to spend big to cover up the ’80s wallpaper, so make sure your chosen venue feels 85 percent of the way “there” without having to add anything extra. When walking through potential locations, pay attention to things you can’t tweak easily, like good lighting, an open space and decent flooring. Then, work with your vendors to come up with décor that accents the space’s characteristics, instead of disguising them. >>

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Skip the rentals Trust us, no one is going to remember whether they used silver or gold flatware on your wedding day. When it comes to rentals, it’s best to work with what your venue has to offer. While it may be necessary to rent some items, when it comes to purely stylistic choices, avoid upgrading unnecessarily if your budget doesn’t have the wiggle room. If you must elevate your venue’s basic dinnerware selection, opt for a high-impact item, like a wow-worthy charger plate or patterned tablecloth. Anything else will likely go unnoticed by your guests and isn’t worth the up-charge.

Go for greenery Good news: This last piece of advice is totally on trend. You can shrink your floral budget by opting for a trendy, greenery-heavy look. Because big blooms are often what ups the price for your florist, ask them instead to focus on a textural mix of greenery for the larger moments at your wedding, like a table runner, overhead installation or ceremony décor. Then, concentrate your flower usage to high-impact areas that will be center stage in a lot of your photographs, like your bridal bouquet.

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Over-the-top stationery Your wedding invite is the first glimpse your guests get of your wedding style. Have fun with small, unexpected elements, but don’t go crazy with thick card stock, 14-karat gold calligraphy and real peacock feathers. As long as your invites share essential information and look pretty, you’re good to go.

2 Aisle décor Depending on your venue, you might not need much ceremony décor at all—especially

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Monogrammed favors Guests will appreciate fun favors, but chances are, they won’t miss them either. Skip customizing favors with your initials and wedding date. This will save you cash and even entice guests to take them home.

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Cake details Standout wedding cakes are stunning, a sculpture—it’s dessert. Just because you splurged on sugar flowers doesn’t mean your cake will taste good. As long as it looks as yummy as it tastes, and there’s a slice for everyone, there’s no need to go crazy.

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There’s no denying it—your pros are the A-team that’s going to make your wedding day vision come to life. That crazy-cool floral display you saved on Pinterest? They can pull it off. The remote beachfront vows you’ve been envisioning since you said “yes”? They’ll make it happen. With weddings big and small under their belt, they’re also an endless well of knowledge. Since you can’t pick the brain of every vendor out there, we’ve done the work for you, tapping some of our favorite pros for the advice they wish couples would ask them for. THE PRO

Annie Brooks, owner and stationery designer THE WELLS MAKERY (DUR ANGO, CO)

We like to know whether or not our style is going to bring out the best in a couple’s vision. Asking an artist to create a stationery suite that isn’t congruent with their style is like walking into a soup café and asking for homemade ice cream. They might be able to pull something together for you, but it won’t be their best creation, and it won’t be as good as what you can get from the ice cream shop down the street. We love working with couples when we know that we can really make their concept shine. When we’re all really excited about what we’re creating together, and when we trust each other, it feels like it comes together naturally rather than by force.

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Gretchen Culver, owner and creative director ROCKET SCIENCE EVENTS (MINNEAPOLIS)

What’s the difference between wedding planning and wedding design? By knowing the difference between planning and design, a couple can identify and prioritize what they need the most help with. I hear this statement a lot: “I need a wedding planner to help turn my ideas into reality,” which often really means they need design help, not help with planning tasks like creating a timeline or managing their budget. Couples just don’t know the difference because there’s no consistent terminology used throughout the industry to clearly define various vendors’ roles. I think a lot of people use the overarching term “wedding planner” to talk about both. However, design is an entirely different service and skill set. Hire a professional that gets your needs and can take your vision to the next level. And you should trust your team 100 percent. If you don’t, they won’t be able to do their best for you. If you don’t like the look of their portfolio from the start, then you probably won’t like the results they produce for your wedding.

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Kelsey Carpenter, owner, calligrapher and stationery designer KELSEY MALIE C ALLIGR APHY (CHIC AGO)

What splurges do you recommend? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the upgrades and add-on options available to you for your wedding paper (think: print methods, paper types and more), don’t be afraid to ask your stationer what they suggest. Their experience and expertise can help you navigate the list of choices and define a cohesive vision that fits your wedding aesthetic. They can also recommend areas where you might be able to save as well as splurges that will have a big impact. Weddings that stand out as unique and memorable are always the ones where a sense of the couple’s personality comes through in each detail, so find a stationer or designer you can work with from your save-the-dates to cocktail napkins. It’s a wonderful way to keep your paper cohesive and personal start to finish. THE PRO

Ryan Geldermann, videographer SHUT TER AND SOUND FILMS (BALTIMORE)

What do you need to do the best job possible? We love when clients ask us what we need to create the best wedding video for them. Giving us our own dedicated time during the day to do artistic shots is huge—the more time we have with you, the more footage we can get and the better your final product will be. This can also include simpler things that many clients don’t think of, like making sure to get ready or do your first look in an area that provides great natural light. >>

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Can you work within our budget? While not a fun topic, it’s extremely important for the couple and their planner to have a thorough discussion of the wedding budget as early on in the process as possible. A planner’s goal is always to meet fully, if not exceed, the couple’s expectations. But those expectations must also be rooted within a realistic financial budget that the couple is prepared to address and afford. Come in to an initial meeting with an idea of who will be contributing and how much. Then, throughout the process, if you’re unsure of what an item or vendor may cost, don’t hesitate to ask your planner. THE PRO

Amy Cozze, owner and baker COZZE C AKES (NA Z ARETH, PA)

What ideas do you have? I love when my couples or clients come in with pictures of other cakes—it acts as a great jumping-off point and helps me to establish their design aesthetic. But from there, allow me to adapt and add my own ideas. I can use techniques I’m good at executing and combine elements to ensure you get something beautiful and unique, rather than copying another baker’s work or trying out an unfamiliar method that won’t end up looking as nice.

Your A-list consists of the must-have guests you can’t imagine not having at your wedding, like family members and close friends. Anyone not essential (like colleagues you might be able to skip) should be added to your B-list. These are people you’d enjoy having at your wedding but cannot extend an invite to in the first round. If you start getting RSVPs back from your A-list and have enough “regrets,” then it’s okay to start sending invites to your B-list.

Go adults only

Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding—so many couples decide to go that route, whether it’s a budget issue or more a matter of atmosphere. Just be careful to not make exceptions and let some family members or close friends bring their kids to the reception. Guests might get offended if it looks like you selected which children were and weren’t invited.

Exclude your coworkers

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

Be firm about plus-ones

Extending a plus-one to everyone in your wedding party, regardless of their relationship status, is a courteous move they’ll definitely appreciate. Past that, you should offer a plus-one to any guests who are married, engaged, living with a significant other or in a long-term, committed relationship. Guests who are casually dating someone or any single friends who will know other guests in attendance do not require a plus-one. If you have a bud who is riding solo and won’t know anyone else there, extend them a plus-one as a kindness.

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Located on a peninsula with views of the water on three sides, Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club served as the ideal backdrop for Anne Ryan (28 and an enterprise account executive) and Mark Dvoroznak’s (30 and a director of national business development) classic garden wedding. Details like monogrammed ribbons on the bridesmaids’ bouquets and lace tablecloths created a formal ambience, while green water goblets on the table and clusters of Moravian glass stars suspended from the gazebo’s ceiling over the dance floor added a more playful feel. —Gabrielle Hurwitz

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A buttercream cake wowed for dessert, with layers of carrot cake, chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream filling and almond cake with strawberry cream filling.

Garden-style arrangements in low glass urns showed off hydrangeas, parrot tulips, garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, astilbe, snapdragons, peonies and ranunculus. Though the couple limited the wedding party to family members, Mark designated his close friends as “Friends of Honor.” Anne surprised each of them with a personalized jersey at the reception.

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When it was time to start dancing, the bride debuted a flirty and fun ruffled dress and blue Lovestud sandals by Valentino.

At the reception, a mix of round and rectangular tables accommodated the couple’s 140 guests, each topped with white and green centerpieces and candles. Guests found their seats with elegant escort cards finished with calligraphy and a rippled edge.

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Guests dined on chicken and freshly made waffles at long wood tables set with gold chargers and centerpieces filled with white hydrangeas, baby’s breath and seeded eucalyptus.

THEIR STORY For Marieli Ribeiro (30 and a registered nurse) and Albert Arias (32 and a firefighter and paramedic), comfort was key when it came to planning their DIY wedding. “We both wanted something outside, where we feel most at home,” Marieli says of her barefoot brunch celebration. During the ceremony, the couple, who met when they were 11 and 13, performed a feet washing unity ritual before releasing 65 monarch butterflies “as a symbol of our new life together and the next chapter,” Marieli says. —GH

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“Not many people are lucky enough to meet their soulmate at such an early age,” Marieli told Albert during their vows. “If I was certain about anything, it’s that it would be you.” The couple incorporated white blooms throughout the day, from the bride’s bouquet to the hanging carnation installation.

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THEIR STORY On their wedding day, Chris Bush (32 and a real estate investment manager) and Chris Lucia (45 and a professional coach and in human resources) wanted their 100 guests to fall in love with Miami. “We wanted it to be contemporary and elegant, luxurious yet relaxed, with a heavy beach vibe throughout—basically what Miami makes us feel like whenever we’re here,” the couple says. To make it happen, the New York– based duo emphasized modern décor and personal touches, like the ceremony reading, a poem formed by mashing together some of their favorite love song lyrics. —GH

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Not wanting to “sway in place for four minutes,” the grooms hired a choreographer to prep for their first dance to “Until the End of Time” by Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. The graphic stationery suite signaled the celebration’s theme: modern and simple with a hint of the beach. “Because it was in Miami, we wanted to play off of the beautiful sand, water and skies,” Chris Lucia says. The grooms wore deep blue and teal suits with octopus-print pocket squares to match.

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THEIR STORY Originally, Mackenzie (Kenzie) Colgan (31 and a director of business development) and Jean Michael (Mike) Reinoso (33 and a COO) planned on exchanging vows in the Hamptons, but a trip to Windsor over Easter changed all of that. “We both said to each other: ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had all our friends and family here?’” Kenzie says. After inquiring, the only date Windsor had available was the same date the couple had already set. “It was a sign,” she says. Inspired by Taschen’s “The Book of Palms,” the couple began planning their botanical-themed bash, full of fresh palm leaves, colorful touches and a confetti cake covered in fresh greenery. —GH

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“I wanted the reception to feel like we were hosting a dinner party at home,” the bride says. The couple treated guests to a family-style meal of sea bass, saffron-basil risotto and slow-braised short rib.

A blushing bride protea boutonniere matched Mike’s pastel tie and pocket square.

A New Orleans–style second line parade accompanied the newlyweds from Town Hall to the cocktail reception. “The brass band was a surprise to our wedding party and guests, and the spontaneity of the whole thing really set the tone for evening,” Kenzie says.

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CEREMONY Windsor Town Hall, Vero Beach RECEPTION SITE Windsor Clubhouse, Vero

Beach PHOTOGRAPHY Amalie Orrange Photography PLANNER Lauren Melillo, Windsor FLOWERS Lara’s Theme GOWN Alexandra Grecco, Lovely Bride, New York City HAIR Lindsay Naffziger MAKEUP Cindy Goetz SHOES Aquazzura ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Zwikker & Zacher BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR

Groom: Armani, Giblees Menswear, Danvers, MA; groomsmen ties: J.Crew STATIONERY Invitations: Sesame Letterpress; escort cards: Minted.com; menus: Windsor RENTALS La Tavola; Lara’s Theme CATERING & CAKE Windsor OFFICIANT Dr. Crisanne Colgan (bride’s aunt) MUSIC Ceremony: A Valley Son Music; parade & reception: Gypsy Lane Band; after-party: DJ Coro FAVORS Welcome bags: VistaPrint.com TRANSPORTATION Magic Carpet Ride REGISTRIES Sheldon Ceramics; Zola.com HONEYMOON Mini Moon: Arizona; honeymoon: South America GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The couple gave each guest a piece of sea glass, asking them to “hold it tight and ‘fill’ it with prayers and well-wishes” at the ceremony. The pieces are now displayed in the couple’s home.

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Alyssa’s rose, ranunculus and orchid bouquet was inspired by the cascading shape of bougainvillea, which is too tempermental to stand the heat.

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THEIR STORY Ever since Alyssa Perez (30 and a customer service manager) and Barney Simmons (42 and a chemical engineer) met five years ago on a backpacking trip in Brazil, the globetrotting duo has “traveled the ends of the earth to be together,” Alyssa says. With guests coming from all over the world to witness their “I dos,” Alyssa and Barney chose the Sunset Key Cottages, where the bride has been vacationing since childhood. Inspired by the property’s gardens, “my vision was to have that bougainvillea color and feel flow throughout the entire wedding, starting with a bougainvillea invitation suite to a bougainvillea-filled reception,” Alyssa says.—GH

An orchid chandelier hung over the dance floor, giving the clear tent a tropical, organic feel.

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The couple danced to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” “There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do to be together, and that song fit perfectly,” Alyssa says.

ALYSSA & BARNEY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Sunset

Key Cottages, Key West PHOTOGRAPHY Bob and Mariela Care/Care Studios VIDEOGRAPHY Cineaverde PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER

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Destination Wedding Studio FLOWERS Duarte To incorporate their love of travel, Alyssa and Barney gifted guests luggage tags and named the tables after a different city they had lived in or visited. “There was a photo of us at each table with a little write-up sharing our favorite memory there,” Alyssa says. The pair now resides in Perth, Australia.

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding day vision with these fun, creative and easy tips for a totally-you celebration guests will remember for, like, ever. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY NICHOLS PHOTOGR APHERS

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Figuring out your signature style for your wedding day is no easy feat. With so much pretty to choose from, landing on just a few favorites is a tough task, but we’ve got your back. Nailing down your look and feel, deciding on the right venue, picking out florals—we’ll help you through the brainstorming so you can get started on the really fun stuff (um, hello, cake tasting!).

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First, take our style quiz We promise—this is a fun pop quiz. Open up The Knot Wedding Planner app, or head to TheKnot.com, and spend a few minutes with your partner going through our style quiz. You’ll answer questions pertaining to wedding day specifics (like whether you’ll be hosting your ceremony in a religious setting) and get to choose from photos to help you decide on everything from the look of your flowers to the design of your tabletops. The result? A seriously valuable vision board that includes everything from helpful descriptors (like luxe garden party) to the perfect color palette, vendor suggestions and must-have celebration essentials you may not have even thought of. And here’s the best part—your board will live in your app and online all throughout your ON planning process, so you can refer back to it, tweak it or pass it THE APP along to vendors whenever you need. How easy is that? >>

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Take our Style Quiz to nail down your wedding look. Swipe through pictures (venues, bouquets and more!) to create a personalized Wedding Vision.

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Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

Now that you have the helpful visuals and words to describe your ideal wedding day look, it’s time to do a deep inspo dive. This is the “dreaming” phase of your planning, so don’t worry too much about the cost of an idea or whether it’s a good fit for a certain venue— your vendors can help you figure all that out. Right now just focus on getting a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want. Instagram and real weddings (like those on TheKnot.com) are crazy-valuable sources of inspiration, but don’t stop there. Practically anything can inform your wedding day vibe, so be on the lookout for unusual sources of inspiration. Love a pattern you see on a dress while shopping at Anthropologie? Snap a pic of it. Touched by the sweet china pattern on your mom’s plates at Thanksgiving? Model your invitation suite after it. The more unique places you can pull inspiration from, the more true to your DNA your wedding will feel.

Nailing down certain specifics for your day can make imagining it (and executing it) much easier. Once you think you’ve compiled a good amount of inspiration, start to narrow in on a few of the most important factors for your day, such as which season you prefer to get married in, a general radius or location, and the size and formality of celebration that feels right to you. A lot of times, your season or your setting can dictate your vision, so you want to firm this up ASAP. Have your heart set on a beachfront wedding? You’ll likely want to say “I do” during warmer months, and a sandy spot may mean a more casual feel overall. Likewise, the desire for a moody, glamorous affair may point you in the direction of a fall ballroom wedding. Once you have certain guidelines sketched out pertaining to your whole vision, it will be much easier to find vendors, details and products to help you execute it flawlessly. >>

fun ways to personalize your day Make your wedding truly feel like your wedding with these touches.

The invitations

Think beyond just coordinating your paper with your color palette. Instead, include unique details as well, like finishing the envelope off with vintage stamps from the states where you both grew up, shutting it with a custom wax seal depicting your initials or incorporating a favorite piece of poetry onto the back of your details card for guests to frame.

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Your vows

The promises you and your partner make to each other during your ceremony are the whole reason this party is going down, so put your heart into it. If you’re too nervous or shy to do anything super personal, think about including a special sentiment in your wedding programs instead, like additional vows, a favorite poem, quote or inside joke.

The menu

Serve solely local cuisine, or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries, if you got engaged in Paris). Midnight snacks are also becoming increasingly popular, so keep the dance floor packed by having waiters pass around your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

Your transportation

Leave your ceremony or reception in a vehicle that’s totally #couplegoals. Take a ride in a vintage cab to nod to your love of New York City, scooter away on a super-sleek mint-green Vespa if you’re honeymooning in Italy, or say your final farewells to your coastal reception venue aboard a luxe sailboat. It will be a farewell to remember.

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disguise these venue eyesores Not 100 percent in love with every corner of your reception space? No sweat—we’ve got a fix. THE PROBLEM

Terrible flooring THE FIX: Keep in mind, your dining tables will likely

cover much of the floor. But, if it still makes you cringe, price out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material as your dance floor, like hardwood or a chic checkered tile. Or, roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor. THE PROBLEM

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Figure out your priorities The key to making the most of your vision—and your budget? Sticking firm to your list of priorities. Before you and your partner spend one dollar or hire one vendor, sit down and prioritize each aspect of your wedding in terms of its importance to you both. Are you big foodies who couldn’t care less about wow-worthy floral displays? You do you, and allocate some of your floral budget toward a delicious catering team instead. Are over-the-top personalization moments your jam? Then splurge on that custom vinyl dance floor and save on something lower on your “must-have” list instead. You’ll find your dreams of a luxe venue, Michelin-starworthy meal or high-flying performing artists are more in reach than you think once you know what you’re willing to scale back on.

Tap your A-team One of your biggest assets when it comes to nailing down and pulling off your wedding day style is—you guessed it—your kickass vendors. Whether you’re working with a full-blown creative team (think: a planner, florist, photographer, stationery designer, glam squad—the works), or just a few essential members, trust your pros to help fine tune your style. Think of them as your inside look into the wedding industry—they know what’s trending and how to execute your biggest ideas in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t break the bank. Plus, real talk: If you’re going to a pro and just asking them to replicate a look you saw on Pinterest or their Insta feed, you’re not going to get their most creative work or an end result that’s unique to you. You’re hiring your team for a reason, so share your likes and dislikes, then leave them to rock it out and do their thing. Trust us, they’ll rise to the challenge.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX: If you can’t justify spending to rent new

chairs, try making the current style work for your needs with a few hacks. Pick out a pretty fabric to have sewn into cushions, or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for the chairbacks. THE PROBLEM

Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX: Create another world within the room by

covering the walls in drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) for a cozy feel. THE PROBLEM

An oversize space THE FIX: Up the intimacy by using rectangle tables for

dining—they’ll take up more space than circle tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work. THE PROBLEM

Jarring columns THE FIX: Conceal any posts with a clever greenery

addition. Ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to help disguise and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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picture perfect Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work during your engagement session and wedding day to get pictures you’ll love forever. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY THE POFFS

Your wedding day photos will ensure the memories of your “I dos” last a lifetime, so it’s important to hire the right pro and know how to get the most out of your time with them. We’ve tapped four industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything you should keep in mind for frame-worthy wedding shots. >>

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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 a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Digital photography

Digital is the most typical way of shooting. The biggest advantage? Time—depending on how your photographer works, you could see snaps just days postwedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from when putting together your album.

Film photography

Images shot on film will have a soft, organic quality to them, which may fit your vibe. But shooting with film is more work and, therefore, more money. In addition to the price of film, your photographer will also factor processing and development fees into your final cost.

Classic style

Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos reflect reality, but they’re often infused with your photographer’s signature style or aesthetic.

Lifestyle

Think of lifestyle photography as the casual sister of classic photography. It’s candid, but with a dose of styling and direction. A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene for a relaxed, approachable result.

Artistic style

Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Think: unique angles, cool framing and contrast-y lighting and coloring.

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BRIDE: SAW YER BAIRD; COUPLE: PHOTOGR APHY BY KLC

To start, hire a photographer who has the same vision for your day as you and your partner do. Whether you love a soft, romantic look, covet crazy candid dance floor shots or know you’ll want formal family portraits, partnering with a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re already off to a good start. “Intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments you want to see reflected in your own wedding photographs,” explains Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ask to see full wedding galleries (not just what they’ve posted online) so you can scope out how they’ll capture your entire day, and schedule a phone call to ask more about how they operate and whether they’ll do things like pose you and curate moments, or just act as a fly on the wall.

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Dress like you’re out on a date Choosing a look for your engagement photos can be almost as hard as picking your wedding day outfit, 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’d pick out for a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style—just be sure your outfits ‘match’ in the sense that if one of you is wearing something casual, the other isn’t in formalwear.” Worried you won’t know what to do when your photographer starts snapping? Set up a little wine and cheese picnic, go grab drinks at an outdoor bar or wander the streets of your city with ice cream cones in hand. Giving yourselves an activity will automatically make you more natural.

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Your pro has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them like your own personal vetting tool when it comes to whom else to hire for your dream team. More than any other vendor, your photographer will encounter every person involved in your day (from your planner to your florist and the DJ), so it’s in both your best interests that they feel confident with your choices. After bringing your photographer on board officially, provide them with a list of who else you’re considering to get their take before signing on the dotted line. While their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all of whom you choose, it’s a good place to start.

Create a solid timeline for the day of “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is essential if you want amazing images,” Fogarty says. To ensure your photographer doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action, pass them along a detailed outline of your day from start to finish. (Not sure where to start? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, and we’ll do the work for you.) Keep in mind, if you want pictures of everything from morning mimosas to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract, which can increase your costs a bit. Another thing to consider? Whether or not you want to do a first look together. “I always encourage my couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have a bit of 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 go to your cocktail hour and enjoy your guests.” Lastly, ask your photographer to shoot all those amazing details you spent months dreaming up, like your escort cards or your invitation suite (be sure to get and bring an extra copy). “Also allow your photographer time to capture a few reception details before the room is flooded with guests,” Ignatowski says. >>

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your picture-perfect kit Have these must-haves on hand the day of your wedding to set a pretty scene.

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your sparkler. Choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a rich burgundy velvet for a vineyard celebration.

Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your décor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos.

Invitation suite

Speaking of your stationery—bring it! You’ll want your photographer to get a shot of everything laid out nicely, so make sure you order an extra complete set for exactly that purpose.

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

Consider packing a few bonus items that are particularly reminiscent of you as a couple. Whether you wrote letters to each other your first year of dating, picked up a beloved brass figurine on a trip together or even want to include shells you’ve collected over the years, it’s a great way to add sentimental value to a shot.

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Plan for the light When plotting out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that covetable time of day photographers love to shoot during to capture incredibly romantic, glowy shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for your engagement shots and your wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “Start shooting about an hour and a half before sunset for an engagement session, and begin couple’s portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Your location, venue and day-of timeline can all impact how much time you’ll have during golden hour (if any), so loop in your photographer ahead of your wedding to plan out the most logical solution for your day.

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together 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—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just 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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What you give your new spouse to commemorate your wedding day can be as unique as your love story itself. Need some inspiration? Read the deets of these 14 creative, thoughtful, swoon-worthy gift ideas from couples just like you. >>

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A Rolls-Royce getaway car “Jacob has always wanted to own a vintage car. He’d comment on any retro car that drove by us on the highway, so I thought it might be fun to surprise him by booking a vintage getaway car for our wedding. When he saw the 1958 Rolls-Royce outside our reception, he was so eager to hop in and didn’t want to get out—it was worth every penny to see him so happy and excited.” Jordan and Jacob, Indiana the gift

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An embroidered handkerchief “Kerron’s grandfather passed away years ago. For our wedding, I wanted to give him something that acknowledged how much his grandfather meant to him, and how much we all missed having him there. The handkerchief was embroidered with his grandpa’s favorite biblical verse, and was a tangible way to remind him that he was with him on our wedding day.”

A live first dance painting “We had been taking dance lessons leading up to our wedding, and it was always a fun date night for us. At our wedding, my husband surprised me with a live painting of our first dance, done by the artist Tesh Parekh. It was a beautiful way to capture such a memorable moment, and it now hangs as a centerpiece in our living room.”

FLYING LESSONS ON A WW11 PLANE “When we first started dating, my husband shared many stories about his grandfather, and it was clear to me just how much he had meant to him. He had been a decorated pilot, and so many of Drew’s favorite times with him involved plane rides to Florida alongside his cousins and siblings. For our wedding, I wanted to give him a gift that tied in his family history and included a little fun and adrenaline for my fastpaced husband. We had agreed that instead of gifting a ‘thing,’ we were going to gift an experience. He had never actually flown a plane himself before, so I started there. I ended up finding a company called Cloud 9 Living that offered WWII plane flying lessons. I chose a flight path over Baltimore, since we have friends in the area and he could fly over the water. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked. He even asked if I thought they’d show him how to roll the plane!”

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A box of letters “On the day of our wedding, my husband, Casey, gifted me a box that included 12 cards with instructions for when to open them. They were all tied to different life events—our wedding day, our first married Christmas, when he moved to start his

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residency, our first anniversary, our first child, our first big fight and more. He wanted to give me something that would remind me at little and big moments how much he loved me. With him moving away to start his medical residency and me being a year out from my doctorate, we knew we had some tough times ahead. It was so

special to have something from him to turn to when I was having a hard day. Reading the card titles, I found myself falling in love with him all over again in that moment, and, looking back on it now, the gift of these letters embodies so many of the reasons why I married him to begin with.” Alicia and Casey, Washington >>

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An engraved guitar pick “Sam and I are both musicians—we met in music school and started a band together, so it’s a big part of our story. He’s obsessed with guitar picks (he has hundreds of them) so gifting him a pick engraved with our initials and wedding date was a no-brainer!”

Three chickens “I’ve always wanted chickens of my own. When my husband heard this, he was adamantly opposed—after all, he had worked on a 500-plus chicken farm and despised them. Unbeknownst to me, however, he had posted online in search of chickens before our wedding. The day of

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our rehearsal dinner, I made an unexpected stop at home and found him hammering away on a surprise chicken pen, surrounded by three chickens in storage tubs. It was the best gift I’ve ever received. I named them Erma, Barbara and Queenie—each one has a different personality, and they’re so entertaining. Since then, our flock has grown to 11 hens and one rooster!”

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A STAR WARS CAKE “My husband, Dave, is a huge fan of Star Wars—he actually wanted us to dress up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for our wedding, but I put my foot down and gave him a surprise groom’s cake instead. It was made by Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, and I loved the way it turned out. Plus, it was super tasty. Dave was really surprised and excited—he had a hard time deciding where he wanted to cut, if anywhere!”

A visit from a college mascot “My husband and I met while studying abroad in Spain through Michigan State University, so MSU has always been a huge part of our lives. When we walked down the aisle at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, it felt like everything had come full circle. I thought it would be amazing for our mascot, Sparty, to show up at our wedding, and Abdul’s groomsmen helped me pull it off. During the reception, our DJ announced we had a special guest arriving. Abdul looked confused until they started playing the fight song and Sparty came bounding into the reception wearing a tux. We even ended up having a dance-off with him—it was amazing.”

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A custom cigar box “In all the time we’d dated, I had never seen my now-husband Tim smoke a cigar. But he’d mentioned a couple of times that he likes to have one on special occasions, which is how I came up with the idea to gift him a bunch at our wedding and attach each to a special occasion. Some of them were tied to specific dates (like our wedding day and our one-year anniversary), others to goals (like finally taking a trip to Iceland) and others were simply funny—neither of us want kids, so one jokingly said ‘Our First Child (Better never smoke this one!).’ ” Ashley and Tim, North Carolina

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A $2 bill “A few years back, my grandma gave me some $2 bills for my birthday, and I’ve just held onto them because I know they are rare. The night I met my husband, Nolan, he offered to buy me a drink. The bartender got my order wrong so Nolan ended up drinking that drink and ordering me another one. I felt bad, so I gave him one of my $2 bills to help cover the cost of the drink. Fastforward a year later and we are at dinner getting ready to pay. Nolan pulls out his wallet and I see a $2 bill. Forgetting I gave it to him, I remark that I have some of those too, to which he responds, ‘I know. You gave me this one the night we met. I kept it because it reminds me of you.’ I was at a loss for words. When planning our wedding, we joked about using the $2 bill as our ‘something old.’ You can imagine my surprise, then, when he sent it over with a groomsman on the day of our wedding, having written our wedding date on it. I put it in my shoe and kept it with me the whole day. We plan to pass it down to our kids so they can use it as their ‘something old’ at their own weddings someday.” Samantha and Nolan, Utah

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HISTORIC BEER HOPS “One of Phil’s favorite hobbies is brewing beer. He reads books, does research, writes his own recipes and even makes custom labels for the really good batches. He’s also a history buff, and had expressed interest in making a more historic beer recipe. Well it turns out, during the Colonial era, my hometown was the center of hop production. That’s when the pieces began to fall into place in my mind: What if I could give Phil a bit of my history and something he’d love? The hops wouldn’t be mature to pick until August or September (after our June wedding), so the plan became to gift him the plants, and go back to pick them together later. I printed out photos, wrote a note explaining the gift and folded it into the card I gave him at our wedding. Not only was it special because it was a historic variety of hops from my town, but it was also a new adventure for him in brewing.” Melissa and Phil, Massachusetts the gift

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A Slaughterhouse-Five book “I got Henry a Kurt Vonnegut–signed copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, his favorite book. When we met, he told me he lent his copy to a girl and she never returned it. I wanted to be the girl who gave it back—but even better.”

Paul McCartney tickets “T and I have been best friends since we were 12. There is only one man I have loved for longer, and that is Paul McCartney. So, the gift of the concert tickets was his way of honoring my ‘first love.’ ”

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Throwing a wedding away from home can be a great excuse to get your passport stamped with all your besties. Here, need-to-know info to help you pull off a wedding (and vacation!) to remember. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

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Think of destination weddings as the new “it” way to pledge forever. More engaged couples are opting to say their vows and dance the night away at locations far (and even farther) away from where they call home. After all, nothing says “let’s party” like a public declaration of love and a vacation. Want to get in on the globe-trotting action? Read these important tips before you hop a flight and book your wedding day.

stores, restaurants and vendors that close up shop for a few months. If, after crunching the dates, you decide that high season is the best option for you, just plan accordingly. Settle on your venue and pick vendors ASAP, then send out your save-the-dates 10 months to a year in advance to give loved ones plenty of time to book their travel and accommodations.

Pick the perfect spot

Trust us on this one—your life will be so much easier if you work with (nearly) everything your destination has to offer from the start. Whether you select it for its stunning scenery or killer cuisine, plan to capitalize on all the characteristics that make your site unique. Play up your surroundings with locally grown florals, serve up delicious drinks and food specific to the area (champagne and crepes in France or tequila and tacos in SoCal) and pass out favors that nod to the area (like Kona coffee beans in Hawaii). Not only will you save money by sticking local (a definite plus), you’ll also give guests the vibes your destination offers. After all, that’s why you chose it.

Maybe it goes without saying, but any place you choose to hold your wedding should feel totally you—especially for a far-off destination. Whether it’s a luxury beach resort in Hawaii, Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher or the Arizona desert, put some real thought into where you’ll be asking your friends and family to travel. Another thing to note: Most, if not all, of your guests (you and bae included) will likely be turning the trip into a vacation, so be sure there’s plenty of fun for everyone during off hours. A remote island may sound über romantic, but if you’re planning on having your crew tag along, there may not be enough to do to entertain everyone for several days.

Choose the right time Like planning any trip, you’re going to need to take timing into consideration. Often, the best weather in popular vacation destinations corresponds with peak tourist season, which equals more crowds, fewer venue availabilities and higher rates all around. If you can swing it, opt to throw your wedding during shoulder season (aka the few weeks right after high season), where you’ll likely still score great weather and save a bit of money. But while off-season can mean less crowds and less cost, you’re also opening yourself up to other issues (especially in more remote areas), like

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Embrace everything about the locale

Take a prewedding trip (or two) Plan to take at least one wedding-related trip to your chosen destination, but two or three is even better if you can swing it. You need a bit of time on the ground to get the lay of the land, meet with important vendors and cross off some to-dos. If you can only visit once, spend that time scouting and securing any key venues you still need to solidify, like your ceremony and reception spaces and hotels for your guests. Able to fit in a second trip? That’s a great time to hold face-to-face meetings your pros. Have a tasting with your caterer, view sample bouquets and arrangements from your florist, and even have your hair and makeup trials. >>

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Enlist help ASAP Even if you’re able to take a few prewedding trips, you’re going to want to know you have someone advocating on your behalf, so seriously consider hiring a planner. They’ll be able to shoulder much of the work when you aren’t available (given a time difference or just distance), plus their input will be invaluable—especially if you choose a spot where your vendors speak another language, have a foreign currency or conduct business differently than what you’re used to. Come the main event, your planner will be a behind-thescenes all-star, helping greet everyone upon arrival, organizing vacay-worthy activities, vetting any special requests and ensuring your day (or week) runs smoothly. Plan to set aside 10 to 15 percent of your total budget for a planner (more, if you’ll be needing them for other events than just a rehearsal dinner and wedding). Going with a local pro is your best bet, but if you prefer to stick with someone closer to home, inquire as to whether they have experience planning weddings in your chosen destination.

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Budget accordingly News flash: A destination wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, depending on where you and your SO call home, a vacation bash may end up costing less than what you’d pay in a city like New York or Chicago. That said, there are a few budget busters you should keep your eye on when planning your “I dos” away. First and foremost, you should expect to pay for travel and accommodations for any key vendors you’ll be asking to make the trip to your destination, like an out-of-country planner, photographer or florist. Another potential money pit? All those activities. You’re asking friends and family to shell out a lot of cash to travel, so you’ll want to make sure they have the best time ever while they’re there. That means you may have to budget for extra events, like a beachfront luau or zip-lining through the jungle.

Research local requirements The legal side of tying the knot in a different country can be complicated, so be sure to do copious research into what laws there are surrounding marriage and events in your chosen location. You may need to acquire additional permits to serve alcohol, play music or host guests at a private home, so get an early jump on that. Another consideration? What makes marriage legal. Some spots have a residency requirement, which means you must reside in the country for a certain length of time before your ceremony. Although this is usually just a few days, it can be longer, so plan accordingly. As an easy solution, many couples choose to hold an informal courthouse ceremony in the United States shortly before leaving for their destination, so there’s less to worry about. >>

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wedding week to-dos Check off these tasks for a smooth day of. Over-communicate with your vendors To make sure everyone is on the same page, call your wedding vendors and confirm the arrangements you have with them, including final head counts, arrival times, delivery schedules and more. Designate point people You don’t want your caterer calling while you’re getting your makeup done. To avoid that, designate a go-to person for every situation, like ceremony and reception setup, payments (and tips!) and guest inquiries. If you don’t have a planner, give the lowdown to your most trusted pal. Pack properly Whether you need special undergarments for your wedding day look or are leaving for your honeymoon postreception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event is crucial. Do you have your emergency kit? Your rehearsal dinner attire? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you’re on top of it will minimize stress. Schedule glam time Make any minor beauty appointments you want done the week of, like a mani-pedi, waxing, massage, blowout or facial. Any experimental treatments (like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts) should be done a few months in advance in case they don’t turn out as expected. Hand off important items Be sure to pass your marriage license to your officiant, the wedding bands to a trusted wedding party member and any tabletop or décor items to your florist, caterer or planner. Have your wedding attire ready to go Make arrangements at your bridal salon or local cleaners to have your outfit steamed—and don’t try it on afterward or else it’ll wrinkle again. Store it in a garment bag and hang it in a closet in a smoke-free and pet-free room, just to be safe. Deliver welcome baskets Ahead of your rehearsal dinner (and your guests’ arrival), be sure to give any welcome baskets or bags to the hotel concierge. Provide a list of names, delivery instructions and any additional information you have to prevent mix-ups.

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Think about your guests (a lot) Like any good celebration, your guests’ experience will be paramount at a destination affair, and your wedding website will likely be a lifeline for those friends and family who will be making the trip. Take the time to fill it with all the need-to-know info that will make planning easiest on them, like group flight and accommodation information, transportation from the airport to the hotel, any passport requirements or travel restrictions, special clothing necessities and more. Upon arrival, do whatever you can to ensure your crew has a fun, seamless experience at your destination. This means stocking their welcome bags with trip essentials (water, bug spray, sun tan lotion and so on), connecting them with other wedding guests, providing a packed itinerary and list of suggested activities, and inviting everyone (yes, everyone) to the rehearsal or welcome dinner and goodbye brunch.

Dress the part Don’t forget to consider the climate when choosing your wedding day attire—and the dress code. You’re sure to be swimming in sweat if you pair a fairy-tale satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking the guys to wear full-blown tuxedos in the sun and heat is just not nice. Cater your outfit selection to the personality and weather of your location, and avoid anything that will be too difficult to travel with, too hot or too formal.

Photographs are one of the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding. Loved ones may promise to capture every moment, but what happens if they get distracted? It’s important to have high-quality images, so hire a pro. Then, corral guest photos with an app like Veri, which makes sharing and reliving your day easy.

Your catering

Catering a large party is a huge undertaking, even for a culinary whiz. You’ll be hard-pressed to make enough food for 100 people and keep it hot. And you’ll need a reliable staff to serve it. Caterers are trained to make it happen—they have the support staff to serve you and your guests in a timely manner.

Your paper goods are the first look guests get of your celebration. While you might think you can easily create a suite by yourself, pro stationers or companies like Minted or Shutterfly have the resources to pull it off much more impeccably than you would be able to at home. Plus, you won’t end up going over budget to score the look you want.

A beautiful centerpiece sets the mood of your reception. From sophisticated to fun, you can create a setup that will wow guests—with a florist’s help, of course. Although it’s a large part of the budget, it’s worth every penny. Your florist will ensure each wowworthy display is filled with fresh blooms.

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It’s tempting to blast your favorite tunes on an iPhone, but here’s something to consider: Music pros, like a band or DJ, are trained to read the dance floor. So they’ll speed it up or slow it down so your guests will be getting down well past midnight. Plus, they can often emcee your event so the night flows smoothly.

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pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is #goals with these foolproof planning and etiquette tips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY AMY SHAMBLEN CREATIVE

We get it, you’re focused on planning the main event. And who could blame you? Pulling together a party for 100-plus of your closest friends and family is a big deal. But what if we told you you could have just as much fun throwing all the other events that go along with your wedding? We’re serving up the advice you need for each and every one, from who scores an invite to proper gifting etiquette. Let’s party! >>

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Shower For argument’s sake, we’re going to refer to this next category as a shower, but this can really include any event leading up to the wedding day where one or both sides of your family join together to celebrate your impending nuptials, like a bridal shower, couple’s shower and more. Remember, a wedding (and any related events) are all about what feels right to you and your partner, so if you’re not so thrilled by the idea of a shower, just skip it. If you’re looking to stick with tradition, plan to hold your shower anywhere from one to six months ahead of your wedding. Keep in mind that showers are often coordinated by someone other than the bride or groom (think: your MOH or future mother-in-law), so be sure to tap your party people early on to give them enough time to plan your event. For traditional bridal showers, women who are attending the wedding are the ones invited, while a couple’s shower or other celebration usually extends to include anyone on your wedding guest list and can be as big or small of a gathering as you’d like. Another important point: These events are when the majority of the gifting will happen, so stock your registry with plenty of options at least a month ahead of your party so guests have a variety of items (and price points) to choose from. Plus, you don’t want Aunt Sally going rogue, do you? >>

Depending on your preferences and how your engagement went down (think: a surprise dinner with your besties), you and your partner may decide to have an official party celebrating your new status as to-be-weds. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, about 28 percent of couples have an engagement party. Hosted by your parents, a close relative, your sibs or even the two of you, an engagement party is meant to act as a casual get-together where friends and family can pass along their congrats and toast you with bubbly. We recommend keeping it informal—trust us, there will be plenty of occasions for you to rock black tie and cover everything in blush, but this doesn’t have to be it. Consider a low-key backyard barbecue or beachfront clambake, where you and your partner can focus on mixing and mingling with everyone you’re looking forward to celebrating your marriage with. And that brings us to the guest list. There is no “right” amount of people to invite to your engagement party, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether you decide you want to keep it small and intimate or make it big and boisterous, steer clear of including any guests you won’t be inviting to your wedding (that is, unless you’re planning to elope). It may result in guests being confused as to where they stand, or having their feelings hurt once they realize they’re not receiving an invite for the actual wedding day.

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Bachelor/bachelorette party Is there anything more fun leading up to your wedding than a weekend partying with your besties? We think not. A longstanding tradition for both sides of the aisle, bachelor and bachelorette parties are a chance to let loose, hang with your pals and make some memories. While typically hosted by the maid of honor or best man, virtually anyone can pull together this party, so feel free to ask your most organized college roommate or Pinterestsavvy cousin to do the honors. Steer clear of celebrating too close to your actual wedding date so you can feel free to let loose and enjoy all the revelry that goes along with this prewedding bash. One thing to remember: Make your party preferences known. While you’re free to have a weekend that’s as low-key or over-the-top as you want, your friends aren’t mind readers, so if there’s something that’s truly off limits, say so. Beyond that, try and choose a location that has a lot to offer no matter what the budget or what your buds are into. Cities like Nashville, Tennessee, Charleston, South Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, all have a great mix of the classy, the rowdy and the understated. >>

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 gets a turn at the mic.

The parents

If one set of parents is hosting the wedding, they’ll usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests to the celebration, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some muchappreciated words of wisdom for the new couple.

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The best man’s tribute kicks off the wedding party speeches. He’ll make the crowd laugh with stories of the groom’s glory days and tear up with surprisingly heartwarming words about his love for the couple.

The maid of honor

Why should the groom’s best friend have all the fun? The bride’s favorite gal (or guy) should take the stage to say a few sweet words as well, though if she feels like freestyle rapping instead, we say go for it.

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 thank your guests for sharing in this special day with you. You can each say your own words or give a joint speech.

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two as a couple, constant toasting interrupting the party will get old fast—and your guests will appreciate you limiting the amount so they can hit the dance floor sooner. Keep the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family, and never pass it off to a guest who has indulged in one too many signature cocktails.

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Rehearsal dinner The night before your wedding is bound to bring a few jitters, and there’s no better way to distract yourselves than wining and dining alongside your loved ones. Rehearsal dinners have become a pretty standard wedding weekend event, and are traditionally held the evening before the “I dos,” after the couple and their wedding party have walked through the run of show for the following day with the officiant. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your VIP guests in a relaxed environment, so keep the vibe fun, festive and comfortable. No matter who the official host is (it can be your or your partners’ parents, you two or even grandparents or godparents— whoever’s up for it), you should aim to book and solidify your rehearsal dinner plans four to six months in advance. As for the guest list, that should include your immediate families, members of your wedding party and their spouses or significant others, the parents of any child attendants and your officiant (they may not come, but it’s a kind gesture to invite them). Looking to see everyone coming to town? Host a traditional dinner, then open up the celebration to anyone already in the area for your wedding with a few hours of welcome drinks or some other night-before festivities (like s’mores and bonfires). While the structure is pretty loose when it comes to a rehearsal dinner (you do you!) there are a few things you may want to include, like passing along any gifts to your wedding attendants and hearing any toasts that won’t take place during the main event.

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twice as nice Fit in face time with everyone who’s in town for your wedding weekend by following up your intimate rehearsal dinner with a few hours of welcome drinks or another fun festivity, like s’mores around a bonfire.

time it right Stressing out about the ideal date? 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 first met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind. Then, share any significance of the timing with your guests by including it on your savethe-dates or in your ceremony programs.

Season

Weather can affect not only your wedding’s style and location, but also the mood. Consider what personality you want your wedding to have, then choose your season accordingly. The summer months are perfect for a free-spirited and fun day, while the cozy winter months are well-suited for an opulent, sparkly affair.

Price

Seventy-eight percent of weddings take place between the months of May and October, so prices are inevitably higher during that time. If you’re looking to save money, choose an off-peak month (like January or February) or even consider marrying on a Friday or Sunday.

VIP guests

Swap stories over waffles with a postwedding brunch—the perfect way to wind down the weekend. Usually held at or nearby whatever hotel you and the majority of your guests stayed at, you can cast a wide net with your invite list, including anyone who spent the night and doesn’t have to sneak out too early the next morning. Don’t feel like you have to send formal invitations unless you want to—this info is fine to put on your wedding website, or on the details card within your invitation suite. You just threw a killer party the night before, so don’t overcomplicate this. The only things you need are hearty breakfast eats, lots of coffee and goodbye hugs.

Holidays

If you’ve always wanted a winter wonderland wedding or you’d love a heart-covered cake, you may be a holiday wedding couple. Plan your wedding around a specific time of year to bottle the holiday spirit already in the air. One thing to consider: Some guests may not want their actual holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

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Farewell brunch

Ahead of choosing your date, consider your can’t-getmarried-without-them guests and try to plan around their availability. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings and honor attendants. Keep it simple and don’t budge once the date is set.

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Have Your First Dance Whether you want to show off your salsa moves or wow with your (okay, slightly modified) rendition of Dirty Dancing’s signature scene, plan to have your first dance immediately after your entrance into the reception. If you’re not a pair who loves center stage, sway for a few minutes, then have your DJ or band segue right into an upbeat song. That’s your wedding party’s cue to storm the dance floor and get your guests moving.

WHEN TO

Give Toasts WHEN TO During dinner tends to be the best time for speeches—everyone is sitting, and music isn’t blaring. The hosts (whether it’s your parents or yourselves) usually kick off the meal with a greeting, then the honor attendants follow soon after with their toasts. If other friends would like to share some stories, encourage them to speak at the rehearsal dinner, and keep the main event speeches short, sweet and PGPG-13.

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Before you race to the bar and down a cocktail, make time for a little schmoozing. To score face time with everyone, from your college roomie to Great Aunt Vera, organize a receiving line as guests exit your ceremony or enter your reception. Not into that idea? Plan on using your cocktail hour (or part of dinner) to make the rounds and flash those new wedding rings.

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Cut the Cake WHEN TO

Sign the Ketubah

We know what you’re thinking—ASAP, right? While the temptation to dig in may be strong, most couples wait until the last hour of the reception to start slicing. If you prefer a more private moment, simply do it to the side with your photog instead of making it a big to-do. Trust us, guests will be too busy on the dance floor to notice.

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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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make it legal West Coast Florida Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the West Coast Florida region, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Anyone ages 16–17 must have parental consent. Florida has a required three-day waiting period and asks that both the bride and groom present a valid photo ID and Social Security number to obtain the marriage license, which is valid for 60 days. There is no waiting period required for out-of-state residents. Residency and blood tests are not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. There is a fee of $93.50 (methods of payment vary), which can be reduced to $61 upon completion of a premarital course. If either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must present a copy of the divorce decree or provide the date of death or divorce. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Charlotte County

Hernando County

Lee County

Pasco County

Polk County

County Clerk 350 East Marion Ave. Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (941) 637-2240 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 20 N. Main St., Rm. 362 Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 540-6382 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Official Records Office 2115 2nd St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 335-2283 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 14236 6th St., Ste. 201 Dade City, FL 33523 (352) 521-4468 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Court 255 N. Broadway Ave. Bartow, FL 33830 (863) 534-4547 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Collier County

Hillsborough County

Manatee County

Pinellas County

Sarasota County

Clerk of Circuit Court 3315 Tamiami Trail E. Naples, FL 34112 (239) 252-2646 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court 419 Pierce St. Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 276-8100 x4366 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Courthouse 1115 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 741-4020 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 315 Court St., Rm. 150 Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 464-4876 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clerk of Circuit Court Marriage License Dept. 2000 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 362-4066 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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Must submit info two weeks before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes Photos will be returned with SASE.

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

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

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis.

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

Cost is $25 for one photo with 200 words.

The News-Press

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

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

Form: Yes Photo returned with SASE.

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

Naples Daily News

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

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

Form: Optional Photos are not returned.

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

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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

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

Form: No; prefer online submission.

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

St. Petersburg Times

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

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

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Tampa Tribune

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

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

Form: Optional

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

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The Bradenton Herald

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

The Charlotte Sun

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

Hendry County

Miami-Dade County

Monroe County

Palm Beach County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Miami Herald

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

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

Form: Yes

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

Palm Beach Post

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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

Sun-Sentinel

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

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

Form: Yes; available online.

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

The Islander News

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

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

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Key West Citizen

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

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

Form: Optional Submissions must be typed.

There is no charge for this service for local residents.

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the barn at cottonwood ranch the addison

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

art ovation hotel

1255 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL (941) 316-0808 | aathomas@artovationhotel.com ArtOvationHotel.com Immerse yourself in an all-encompassing, existential experience at the new Art Ovation Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Art Ovation enriches the senses, heightens creative awareness and arouses and refreshes artistic sensibilities vital to love, life, success and happiness. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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avila golf and country club

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

bahia mar fort lauderdale beach—a doubletree by hilton hotel 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 556-3025 | michelle.cannici@hilton.com BahiaMar.com Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach—a DoubleTree by Hilton—is the perfect location for your special day. Say “I do” on our West Lawn (coming Fall 2019), then dance the night away in one of our ballrooms. We will make your dreams come true! capacity 400+ | price $$$

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

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52039 Old Dixie Hwy., Callahan, FL (904) 707-2127 BarnatCottonwoodRanch.com The Barn is situated on a sprawling 759-acre working cattle ranch in northeast Florida. Beyond the secluded setting (no noise ordinances) and grandeur of the main hall, the barn includes exclusive amenities like a bridal lounge, groom’s lounge, large indoor kitchen, large fire pit and many others. capacity 300 | price $$

bella collina

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

the biltmore

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

bonnet house museum & gardens

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

breakers west country club

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

buca di beppo

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

cadillac hotel & beach club

(305) 538-3373 sales@cadillachotelmiamibeach.com CadillacHotelMiamiBeach.com Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is an all-new oceanfront luxury hotel inspired by the 1940s Italian Riviera with a preserved art deco aesthetic. This Autograph Collection hotel features 357 guestrooms and suites, two distinct dining outlets, and offers beachside and pool service at two pools. capacity 100 | price $$$

café boulud at the brazilian court hotel

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

capen house at the polasek

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

caribe royale

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

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$$

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 thecenter@deltonafl.gov TheCenteratDeltona.com In December 2017, the City of Deltona opened a brand new, state-of-the-art event center with a 7,500-squarefoot ballroom, dressing rooms, meeting space and a beautiful event lawn—the perfect site for your wedding ceremony. Dates are available. Book today! capacity 500+ | price $$

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125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL (407) 592-0528 | kelly@ceviche.com Ceviche.com In Orlando’s historic Church Street Station, Ceviche’s old-world architecture and Spanish flair sets a stage to pledge your love, raise toasts, pass plates and celebrate. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional services and a breathtaking setting, Ceviche helps create extraordinary lifelong memories. capacity 150 | price $$

citrus club

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

clay theatre

326 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 710-0911 | info@claytheatre.com ClayTheatre.com See your name in lights at the Clay Theatre. This newly restored 1930s movie cinema is now the perfect backdrop to host your next big celebration. The space can host a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and indoor seated reception for up to 200 guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

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clc world regal oaks resort

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

the club at boca pointe

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

the club at treasure island

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

the confidante miami beach

(786) 605-1051 TheConfidanteHotel.com This oceanfront oasis provides a unique blend of retro glam and modern playfulness. Enjoy indoor and outdoor event space inclusive of an open-air terrace with ocean views, refined library bar, freestanding Spanish-style bungalow and oceanfront ballroom with views of the beach and lush palm trees. capacity 300+ | price $$$

conrad fort lauderdale beach

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

the cooper estate

14201 SW 248th St., Redland, FL (305) 904-9032 | info@thecooperestate.com

TheCooperEstate.com The Cooper Estate is the perfect wedding venue. Its rustic elegance makes for a romantic and unforgettable wedding. It has both indoor and outdoor capabilities, like a beautiful stone manor and sunken grotto with waterfalls, all on three acres of lush manicured landscaping. Have a wedding to remember. capacity 150 | price $$$

coral gables country club

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

the crystal ballroom

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

deer creek golf club

2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL | (954) 426-6588 catering@deercreekflorida.com DeerCreekFlorida.com Deer Creek offers breathtaking views of exotic, lush landscaping surrounding a cascading waterfall and ballroom ceilings reaching a stunning 18 feet, complemented by crystal chandeliers. The most elegant, intimate experience for all guests on your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

deering bay yacht & country club

13610 Deering Bay Dr., Coral Gables, FL (305) 964-4050 | catering@dbycc.com DBYCC.com For over 25 years Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club has been a part of countless weddings, making each couple’s most special day come to life. Deering Bay provides a naturally beautiful backdrop that is the canvas for your imagination, complete with catering, flowers, entertainment and much more. capacity 200 | price $$

the diplomat beach resort

3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (855) 293-8851 | cateringinfo@diplomatresort.com DiplomatResort.com The start of a new life together deserves a beautiful wedding to match. Our team of specialists will make your special day truly memorable. Choose from personalized menus and cake from our culinary artists, while breathtakingly beautiful beachfront venues serve as the perfect backdrop for your “I dos.” capacity 300+ | price $$$

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doubletree by hilton hollywood beach

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

doubletree by hilton ocean point resort & spa

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

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. capacity 120 | price $$

douglas entrance

800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, FL (305) 444-1941 | (305) 448-1195 raraya@banyanstreet.com Where old-world charm and elegance come together, Douglas Entrance is a one-of-a-kind location to host your ceremony and reception. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a restored grand ballroom and archroom whose main entrance is through a beautiful grand staircase. capacity 250 | price $$$

dubsdread banquet facility

549 West Par Street, Orlando, FL (407) 650-9558 | events@historicdubs.com HistoricDubsdread.com With 15-plus years of full-service catering, we’re known

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for culinary excellence served with Southern charm. We can create the perfect event at one of our premier venues—Historic Dubsdread or The Highland Manor. With our new mobile catering kitchen, you pick the place and we’ll bring the Southern charm! 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 Your once-in-a-lifetime event deserves a stunning location. Overlooking the emerald-green water of the Destin Harbor, our exquisite resort offers breathtaking sunset views, an elegant array of indoor and outdoor space, chef-catered cuisine and resort accommodations. Make memories that last a lifetime! 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 $$$

esperanza estate venue

(786) 299-3512 | info@esperanzaestate.com EsperanzaEstate.com From rustic to glamorous, the Esperanza Estate Venue & Equestrian Center has rapidly gained a stellar reputation as the premier destination venue for weddings. The magic of the sunset, the summer breeze, the charming environment, and the warm and loving ambience contribute to creating lifetime memories. capacity 400 | price $$

the estate on the halifax

5123 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL (386) 763-2285 | info@estateonthehalifax.com EstateontheHalifax.com Tie the knot at our 10-acre estate located on the Halifax River—romantic and timeless with The Chapel, The Gardens and The Tavern, offering both indoor and outdoor venues. Our exclusive-use reservation provides total privacy for your entire day and a special honeymoon night in Agatha’s Guest House. capacity 200 | price $$

the event factory

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

floridian ballrooms

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

fontainebleau miami beach

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

four seasons resort orlando at walt disney world® resort

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

funky buddha brewery

1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, FL (954) 440-0046 FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com We’re thrilled to offer our state-of-the-art banquet room. The room is designed with reclaimed wood from North Carolina, beautiful beams, a rustic metal ceiling and unique bottle lighting. Join our amazing culinary team, service professionals, and your family and friends to make for a perfect occasion. capacity 150 | price $$

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

grand plaza beachfront hotel

5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL (800) 448-0901 | sales@grandplazaflorida.com GrandPlazaFlorida.com Imagine yourself escorted down a palm tree-lined aisle on the sugar white sand of St. Pete Beach. Imagine yourself with the backdrop of a magnificent sunset. Imagine yourself at the Grand Plaza. Our ballrooms offer spectacular views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. capacity 300 | price $$$

grove resort orlando

14501 Grove Resort Ave., Orlando, FL (407) 734-0609 weddings@groveresortorlando.com The Grove Resort Orlando is devoted to turning your wedding dreams into reality. With our gorgeous backdrops, delectable cuisine and flawless service, we promise to make your wedding celebration one to remember. We offer many comprehensive packages for all types of weddings and receptions. capacity 125 | price $$$

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gulf drive cafe

900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL (941) 778-1919 | thesunsetweddings@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 dream beach wedding. capacity 150

hacienda los robles b&b

19050 SW 194th Avenue, Miami (Redlands), FL (305) 222-1111 | (786) 344-8916 HaciendaLosRoblesBB.com Colossal or quaint, celebrate your wedding day in endless country charm. Hacienda Los Robles B&B is in the heart of the Redlands, a short drive from Miami. We are unique, beautiful and breathtaking, amazing, enchanting, serene and accommodating. capacity 300+ | price $$$

harbor hills country club

6538 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake, FL (800) 822-5558 | weddings@harborhills.com HarborHills.com/weddings

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Central Florida’s premier wedding destination, Harbor Hills is the ideal location for your special day. Offering breathtaking views, exceptional service, fine cuisine and dedicated staff to make sure all the details of your perfect day come together beautifully. Your full-service wedding destination. capacity 350 | price $$

harborside chapel

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

hard rock hotel daytona beach

918 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL HardRockHotelDaytonaBeach.com Panoramic ocean views, mid-century modern design, legendary amenities and stylish luxury have put Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach center stage. The musicinspired property has introduced the global brand’s iconic vibe and energetic beat to a wide stretch of world-famous Atlantic shoreline. capacity 300 | price $$$

harmony haven

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

our waterfront ballroom. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hawks Cay offers the most beautiful and accommodating venues in the Keys. capacity 400 | price $$$

hidden barn venue

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

hilton daytona beach oceanfront resort

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

hilton marco island beach resort and spa

560 S. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL (239) 642-2104 HiltonMarcoIsland.com We offer the benefits of exclusivity while extending unconditional hospitality to you and your guests on your special day. When the date is exclusively yours, the experience created is authentic and inspires the coming together of families and friends. It’s island style re-defined—one wedding at a time! capacity 200 | price $$$

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the harriet himmel theater at cityplace

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL (561) 231-6044 CityPlace.com/harriethimmeltheater In the heart of CityPlace and catered by the awardwinning Hilton West Palm Beach, we look forward to helping you plan the unforgettable wedding of your dreams! Let the Theater’s hardwood floors, grand archways and vaulted ceilings accent your love story and provide the perfect backdrop for your day. capacity 180 | 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

hilton orlando/altamonte springs

350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL (407) 830-1985 AltamonteHilton.com Hilton Altamonte Springs awaits your special day, with your own Hilton events wedding planner, chef creations that wow and hospitality that amazes. Our special One Year Anniversary Offer guarantees a cost-effective first anniversary celebration. Our all new banquet space, designed to impress, awaits you. capacity 400 | price $$$

hilton singer island oceanfront

3700 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island, FL (561) 472-0302 kelly.vieau@hilton.com Facebook.com/singerislandhilton HiltonSingerIsland.com Treat your guests to a true island wedding experience! Our Oceanfront Pavilion can accommodate up to 250 and is the perfect setting for your special day. Our wedding

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hilton tampa downtown

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

hilton west palm beach

600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL (561) 231-6022 HiltonWestPalmBeach.com Our events team will create your dream wedding with an idyllic South Florida backdrop. Imagine a sunny wedding or cocktail reception on our manicured lawns—a lush landscape with Florida palms. Enjoy our Oceana and Coral Ballrooms with chandeliers that draw the eye toward the more than 20-foot ceilings. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the howey mansion

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

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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.

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.

301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL (727) 373-4444 HyattRegencyClearwater.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 220 | price $$$

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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 $$

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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 winery at formosa gardens

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

jacaranda country club

9200 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL (954) 474-8998 | JacarandaCC.com Jacaranda offers one of the most sought-after ballrooms in Broward, featuring floor-to-ceiling walls of glass framing expansive views of our lush country club setting. Striking yet unobtrusive decor highlighted by miniature lights offers a spectacular backdrop for our tempting cuisine and attentive service. capacity 200 | price $$

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kathleen’s garden, llc

5701 Pless Rd., Plant City, FL (813) 982-1818 kathleensgarden1@gmail.com KathleensGardenLLC.com 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 220 | 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 $$

lightner museum

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

the mezz

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

miami beach woman’s club

2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, FL (305) 674-0538 alison.colberg@southbeachgroup.com MiamiBeachWomansClub.com Our restored, historic, Mediterranean-style clubhouse,

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mieluz grand hall

2728 W. Old US Hwy. 441, Mt. Dora, FL (352) 874-2661 mieluzgrandhallmarketing@gmail.com MieluzGrandHall.com Mieluz Grand Hall is a family-owned event venue designed to win your heart and take your breath away. We are known for our ability to make your special day spectacular. Our venue options maximize your choices while saving you time and money. Call us now and ask to schedule your tour! capacity 300+ | price $

the naples beach hotel & golf club

(844) 207-9252 | NaplesBeachHotel.com Our 125-acre tropical paradise in Southwest Florida offers miles of white-sand beaches, amazing sunsets and 319 rooms and suites. Discover the perfect destination for a truly memorable wedding or honeymoon. Call or visit our website to take advantage of our romantic beachfront honeymoon. capacity 400 | price $$$

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naples princess

550 Port-O-Call Way, Naples, FL (239) 649-2275 | NaplesPrincessCruises.com Commemorate your special day aboard the Naples Princess. Enjoy yourself as our professional staff executes the wedding of your dreams. Celebrate your full wedding, reception and any other wedding-related function as you cruise the calm waters of Naples Bay. All-inclusive event planning is available. capacity 150 | price $$$

newport beachside hotel & resort

16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL (305) 949-1300 EXT. 1074 salesandcatering@newportbeachside.com NewportOccasions.com From beachside to a grand affair, enjoy your magical day at the Newport Beachside Resort. Whether it is an intimate wedding for two or a grand celebration in our oceanfront ballroom, we offer a variety of wedding packages to choose from. capacity 300 | price $$$

norton museum of art

1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL Norton.org Norton Museum of Art offers the authentic Palm Beach experience. This newly renovated and expanded venue is located on more than six acres of land, with contemporary event spaces, lush landscaping and distinguished art collections. If you are looking for an elegant, artful wedding, this is your venue. capacity 250 | price $$

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old davie school

6650 Griffin Rd., Davie, FL (954) 797-1044 | events@olddavieschool.org OldDavieSchool.org Our beautiful, historic campus is an inclusive venue where you can prepare for your day in our bridal suite, wed under the amphitheater trees, enjoy an outside cocktail hour in the authentic Seminole Chickee Hut and dance the night away in the schoolhouse, circa 1918, or the cafetorium, circa 1951. capacity 175 | price $$

the old grove barn

(305) 904-9030 | TheOldGrove.com The Old Grove is a five-acre canopying avocado grove with impressive waterfalls, a lazy river, arched bridges, lush gardens and a beautiful barn—a quiet oasis that makes you feel as if you are the only people on the planet. Make your farm-to-table wedding rustic, chic and unique. capacity 150 | price $$

omni orlando resort at championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, FL (407) 238-6547 | OmniHotels.com/orlando Let the talented team at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate help you create the wedding you’ve always imagined. Set amid 1,200 acres of scenic surroundings, this luxurious resort provides an ideal canvas for intimate and grand celebrations, just minutes from Orlando’s most popular attractions. capacity 400+ | price $$$

orlando museum of art

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

palencia golf & country club

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

paradise cove

13245 Lake Bryan Dr., Orlando, FL (407) 239-6939 | ParadiseCoveOrlando.com Tucked away in a private corner of Lake Buena Vista, Paradise Cove is an idyllic oasis on the shores of

Lake Bryan. Twinkling lights and tiki torches add to the magical glow of this secluded paradise. We will customize a wedding to fit your vision and budget. capacity 400 | price $$

pavilion grille

301 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, FL (561) 912-0000 | paviliongrille@gmail.com PavilionGrille.com Pavilion Grille is a spectacular setting for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Atrium features fountains, natural palm trees and a canopy-covered 2,000-ft. dance floor. Private Grille room seats up to 60 and Atrium holds 50-200+ guests. We have a wide range of menu selections. capacity 250 | price $$$

the pearl hotel

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

pebble hill plantation

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

pelican club

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

phillip and patricia frost museum of science

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

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pink shell beach resort & marina

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

plantation on crystal river

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

playa largo resort & spa

97450 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL (305) 853-1001 PlayaLargoResort.com Come celebrate at the Florida Keys’ newest luxury resort. Whether you exchange your vows on our whitesand beach, in our exquisite private beach house or upon our impressive wedding lawn, the backdrop can be our gorgeous, wow-inducing sunsets. We specialize in signature one-of-a-kind events. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

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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 $$

powel crosley estate

(941) 722-3244 | sales@bacvb.com PowelCrosleyEstate.com Exchange vows in the historic waterfront Powel Crosley Estate. One of the best places to host a dream wedding in the Bradenton area, this Mediterranean Revival–style mansion features a circular tower and carriage house. Visitors will also enjoy the area’s island beaches and fun mainland adventures. capacity 1,000 | price $$$

pullman miami airport hotel

5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL (305) 503-8326 pullmanmiami.sales@accor.com Pullman Miami Airport brings elegance and beauty to your wedding day. More than just a stunning setting,

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the Pullman offers attention and service. Meet with our world-class chef to create your menu. Our wedding specialist will guide you from start to finish, so your day will be an occasion to remember. capacity 300 | price $$$

rafter j ranch barn

10249 Corbett John Road, Parrish, FL (941) 737-9987 | info@rafterjranchbarn.com RafterJRanchBarn.com With our captivating ranch views, old Florida charm and enchanting lighting, the Rafter J Ranch Barn will set the mood for a romantic outdoor wedding and a fun, memorable reception. Whether you want a country, rustic, vintage, simple or elegant event, we offer the dream venue for your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

reunion resort

7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL (855) 421-3384 | weddings@reunionresort.com ReunionResort.com Whether you’ve always dreamed of a lavish black-tie gala, a tranquil garden celebration or a trendy rooftop gathering, Reunion Resort offers an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations to fulfill every couple’s vision of their perfect wedding day. capacity 400 | price $$$

the 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 skyline terrace with city and ocean views. Dance the night away in our ballroom, or elevate your celebration to our new Rooftop 788 under the stars. Make a statement about your future by creating memories with us.

rococo steak

655 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL (727) 501-6602 info@rococosteak.com RococoSteak.com Located in a historic 1926 brick building in downtown St. Petersburg, Rococo Steak will immerse your guests in unparalleled elegance, personalized touches and award-winning cuisine found nowhere else in Tampa Bay. We’ll even create a signature cocktail just for you and your guests. capacity 150 | price $$$

roof top café key west

308 Front Street, Key West, FL (305) 294-2042 RoofTopCafeKeyWest.com Escape to paradise and leave the worrying to us! From island casual to black-tie elegance, The Roof Top Café can make all your dreams come true. Featuring gourmet cuisines, fine wines and libations, we specialize in rehearsals and receptions where no party is too small. capacity 150 | price $$$

rosen centre hotel

9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 996-1285 yourspecialday@rosencentre.com RosenCentre.com Beyond our luxury accommodations, Rosen Centre offers everything from breathtaking reception spaces and tantalizing custom menus to indulgent treatments at our full-service spa and salon, The Spa at Rosen Centre. Basically, all you need to ensure that your wedding day will be truly unforgettable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

rosen plaza hotel

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

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rocking h ranch

2200 Ewell Rd., Lakeland, FL (863) 581-1710 | rockinghevents@gmail.com RockingHEvents.com We are nestled in Southern, moss-filled grandfather oaks. Blessed with 100 beautiful acres, a private plantation residence on a working cattle ranch, we provide privacy, modern amenities and vintage gardens. Our venue provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere—we offer something for everyone. capacity 299+ | price $$$

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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sandestin golf and beach resort

9300 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach, FL (888) 622-8395 Sandestin.com/love Offering the largest selection of luxurious venues on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin is the perfect backdrop for your special day. From white sand beaches and lush green lawns to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin will make your wedding a dream come true. capacity 500+ | price $$$

the seagate hotel & spa

1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL (855) 576-1100 | cprante@theseagatehotel.com WeddingsatTheSeagate.com Whether you prefer an oceanfront setting at our private Beach Club, Balinese-inspired décor with golf course views at our Country Club or the city-sophisticated ambience of our boutique hotel, The Seagate is always the perfect setting. Call to find out how to receive a complimentary bridal suite. capacity 300 | price $$$$

seasons 52

11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (561) 625-5852 | palmbeachgardens@seasons52.com Seasons52.com The events leading up to a wedding should be as perfect as the big day. There’s no better place to host

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events than Seasons 52. Large and elegant or small and intimate, our selection of packages let you host a shower, luncheon, cocktail celebration or rehearsal dinner tailored just for you and your guests. capacity 180 | price $$

secret gardens miami

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

shangri-la springs

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

showcasewg llc

12100 W. Colonial Dr., Winter Garden, FL (407) 347-9914 | jvnatoli0920@yahoo.com ShowcaseWG.com Come see our newly renovated midsize event hall with large dance floor and $85,000 in sound and lights. The perfect party doesn’t just happen! We have the right combination of space, atmosphere and menu just nine miles from downtown Orlando and 14 miles from the Convention Center. capacity 300 | 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 $$$

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 $$$

station house st. pete

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

sundial beach resort & spa

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

sunken gardens

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

sunquest cruises (solaris)

PO Box 6948, Destin, FL (850) 650-2519 SunQuestCruises.com Create a unique and memorable wedding celebration aboard Destin’s only wedding yacht. Two beautifully appointed dining salons, exquisite dining, event coordinator, private bridal dressing suite and open-air sky deck. You bring the dress, let us do the rest. capacity 150 | price $$

sweetwater branch inn

625 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL (800) 595-7760 | (352) 373-6760 SweetwaterInn.com Sweetwater Branch Inn offers modern indoor and outdoor receptions, exquisite garden ceremonies and gourmet catering. Our bed and breakfast boasts 20 unique guest rooms and cottages. Our attention to

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772.221.1009 • 800.221.1009 1500 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996 info@harbourbayflorist.com • harbourbayflorist.com

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Exquisite Catering & Events prides itself on its creative, boutique-style approach to catering and event planning. Whether simple or extravagant, we can handle every detail. We coordinate all of your catering, décor, lighting, floral, and entertainment needs. Call us today and let us customize an event that is uniquely you!

Broward, Miami-Dade & Palm Beach Counties | 954-516-0041 | ExquisiteCatering.com

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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 26 photo courtesy of Victoria Angela Photography.

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town manor on the lake

Centrally located between Tampa & Orlando (863) 984-4008 TownManorWeddings.com Stress free, all inclusive, ceremony and reception services include complimentary professional wedding planner, custom wedding cake and DJ. capacity 100 | price $$

tpc sawgrass—home of the players

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

the treasury on the plaza

24 Cathedral Place, Suite 111, St. Augustine, FL (904) 217-0077 | info@treasuryontheplaza.com TreasuryonthePlaza.com Built in 1927, The Treasury was originally a bank in the heart of St. Augustine. The Grande Ballroom will take your breath away with its beauty and unique features, including a Vault Bar inside the original bank safe. We invite you to make history at St. Augustine’s most treasured wedding venue. 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 $$$

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trump national doral miami

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

universal orlando resort

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

venue 650

650 6th Street SW, Winter Haven, FL (863) 287-3814 Venue650.com Enter through the spacious garden and step into a city-chic environment with brick walls and romantic chandeliers. Space is not an issue with 10,500 feet to accommodate your events. The convenient location of this historic site in central Florida welcomes the destination experience with comfort and ease. capacity 300 | 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!

Marriott.com/hotels/event-planning/weddingplanning/fllwh-w-fort-lauderdale Start your happily ever after beachside at W Fort Lauderdale, where glittering oceans and electric-blue skies create your dream backdrop. We make ordinary weddings extraordinary with breathtaking indoor and outdoor spaces and elevated cuisine by James Beard Award winner Stephen Starr’s culinary team. capacity 250 | 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 $$

wishing well barn

(813) 478-6554 wishingwellbarn@gmail.com WishingWellBarn.com Wishing Well Barn is a fully functioning cattle ranch with adjacent blueberry fields and a beautiful rustic old barn. It’s the perfect location to celebrate your best day ever in the great outdoors or inside our beautiful barn. capacity 250 | price $$

woods & weddings

3731 SW Wildcat Run Road, Arcadia, FL (863) 496-3380 alycia@woodsandweddings.com WoodsandWeddings.com Tucked away on a private ranch surrounded by Old Florida woodlands, our venue features an outdoor chapel, entertaining lawn and reception barn with a bridal suite, bar, kitchen, fire pits and more. This private paradise is yours to enjoy all weekend long. We can’t wait to show you around. capacity 200 | price $$

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w fort lauderdale

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 414-8207 arlene.espino@whotels.com

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

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BonnetHouse.org • 954.703.2608 • 900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL • davidwoodin@bonnethouse.org

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yacht starship

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

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exquisite catering & events

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

frescos catering & events

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

john michael exquisite weddings & catering

627 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL (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.

parkshore grill catering

1460 NW 107th Avenue, Suite D, Miami, FL (305) 471-5850 AnaPazCakes.com Ana Paz Cakes is a family-operated business that makes one-of-a-kind spectacular and delicious edible designs. Our showroom displays a wide array of artistic creations. We specialize in all-occasion and wedding cakes. It would be our pleasure to consult with you on the phone or in person.

300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete, FL (727) 896-9463 ParkShoreGrill.com If you have a reason to celebrate, count on us for professional and creative full-service catering beautifully presented for your memorable event! We serve only the freshest seasonal ingredients while maintaining high service standards throughout the Tampa Bay region.

artichoke and company

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

(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.

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.

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bridal fashion & beauty

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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!

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.

the bridal loft

4400 Bayou Boulevard, Suite 48, Pensacola, FL (850) 475-8296 | info@pensacolabridalloft.com PensacolaBridalLoft.com The Bridal Loft is dedicated to providing exquisite designer fashions for the bride and her bridal party. We also have a selection of debutante, prom and formal gowns. We have been serving our clients in this industry for over 20 years and have an in-house seamstress.

couture bridal miami

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

cubavera

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

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

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flowers & décor

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.

prostyle entertainment

(407) 412-4899 info@prostyleentertainment.com ProStyleEntertainment.com Book one ultimate wedding company—we provide all your entertainment, media and décor services.

tina ortiz photography bayfront floral & event design

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

Tampa Bay; will travel (813) 784-6964 someonehasashoot@gmail.com SomeoneHasaShoot.com Tina Ortiz, formerly of Ortiz-Sellers Photography, has returned with a studio designed for photo lovers! Tina uses her 20-plus years of experience and love of photography to bring you the best priceless memories. She also works with several studios to make sure she always has a professional second shooter.

harbour bay florist & events

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1500 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL (772) 221-1009 | (800) 221-1009 info@harbourbayflorist.com HarbourBayFlorist.com Harbour Bay Florist & Events 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.

photography & video

wedding consultants

events@promoideaus.com Events.PromoideaUS.com Your wedding lasts a day, memories last forever. Our bilingual events planner and design team make your dream a reality to create a wedding that fits your needs and budget. Whether your event is small and intimate or large and elaborate, we always exceed your expectations.

jessica’s events

Miami, Dade, Broward, Boca and Palm Beach (305) 318-4086 jessica@jessicasevents.com JessicasEvents.com For 15 years now, Jessica Estrada has been planning gorgeous weddings. Her level of excellence, professionalism and expertise truly makes her a gem in the industry. Our pledge to you is our service, personalized to your needs, leaving no details unattended.

live it productions international

Worldwide (305) 866-9696 kimberly@liveit.tv LiveIt.tv From an idea to unparalleled execution, we cater to your dreams. By marrying your needs and budget with exceptional design and production talent, we give you and your guests an unforgettable and memorable wedding experience. We’ll make your dream a reality, so you Live It!

your dream beach wedding

be social events

4443 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL (305) 437-8336 | info@be-original.com BE-SocialEvents.com BE Social Events is a creative production company specializing in the design, production and planning of customized events around the globe. Our success has grown and evolved throughout the years, always with a focus on innovation, customer service and attention to detail.

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

jewelry

cocoluna events

5 star production

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

munoz photography

664 West Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 564-7150 info@munozphotography.com

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Serving southwest Florida and worldwide (239) 227-7884 info@cocolunaevents.com CocoLunaEvents.com CocoLuna Events is a full-service planning and design company serving brides and grooms anywhere in the world! They focus on the details so couples can focus on the experience. Their planning services are detail oriented and cover everything you can think of and more to ensure a stress-free wedding day.

events by promoidea

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe Counties (954) 709-5161

hamilton jewelers

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

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bridal registries

sensational ceremonies

bay kings band

(813) 784-6077 info@baykingsband.com BayKingsBand.com The Bay Kings Band allows you to choose among 2-14 of the best professional musicians in the US to suit your needs and budget. Whatever your taste, from Latin and swing jazz to rock and top 40, all your favorite songs are guaranteed to fill the dance floor and get any party jumping!

complete weddings & events

Ft. Lauderdale | completeweddingfortlauderdale.com Ft. Myers | completeweddingfortmyers.com Jacksonville | completeweddingjacksonville.com Orlando | completeweddingorlando.com Tampa | completeweddingtampa.com We’re a team of wedding photographers, videographers, DJs and more, creating and capturing the special moments of your day. You can customize services or select one of our packages and save more! We know how to give you not only what you want, but also exceed your expectations.

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 dinnerware, glassware, 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.

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junction 88 productions, inc.

(407) 293-2728 weddings@junction88.com Junction88.com At Junction 88, we use our combined experience and industry-leading reputation to make your event nothing short of an incredible success. With our legendary DJs and lighting, whether you’re having a wedding, party or corporate event, Junction 88 will make everything come together—perfectly.

white tie affairs event specialists

150 E. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 800, Boca Raton, FL By appointment only (954) 649-2139 | (561) 371-2533 eventinfo@whitetieaffairs.com WhiteTieAffairs.com White Tie Affairs has the skills and experience developing events that will leave your guests wanting more. The team specializes in customizing your event

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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.

things remembered

(866) 902-4438 customerservice@thingsremembered.com ThingsRemembered.com From personalized bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts to wedding essentials, put your personal touch on every part of your happily ever after at Things Remembered. Work with gifting experts in store, by phone or visit our website to get personalizing today.

total wine & more

TotalWine.com/tk We make it easy to pick wines, beers and spirits for your wedding! We’ll make personalized recommendations based on your taste, menu and guest list size—and with thousands of options, there’s a bottle to fit your budget. Visit one of our more than 190 stores for a complimentary consultation today!

dj dayve

South Florida and Caribbean ask@djdayve.com DJDayve.com Based in Naples, DJ Dayve began DJing at the age of 12 and has performed at over 600 events throughout the US and Latin America including Naples, Tampa, Miami, Washington, DC, Playa Del Carmen and Antigua. A former pianist and hip-hop dancer, DJ Dayve has now mastered the art of the wedding DJ.

rent-all city

(727) 381-3111 RentAllCity.com Rent-All City is the premier party and special events rental company in Tampa Bay. We offer tents, stages, dance floors, tables, chairs, linen, china, flatware, glassware, catering equipment, audio/visual equipment, arches and more!

a chair affair, inc.

607 Triumph Court, Suite C-D, Orlando, FL (386) 479-4308 | ann@chairaffairrentals.com ChairAffairRentals.com From proposal to honeymoon, our rental service offers what you need to make your event you. Our goal is to go beyond the expected. From subtle elegance to bold statements, our products enhance and complete any event, casual or formal. Regardless of the event’s size, we guarantee attention to detail.

wedding protector plan

PO Box 173689, Tampa, FL (888) 342-5977 | info@protectmywedding.com ProtectMyWedding.com The Wedding Protector Plan® is private event insurance providing cancellation/postponement coverage, and other essential coverages, to protect your financial investment for many unexpected situations. This nodeductible policy can ensure that nearly every risk is covered beginning at $160.

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

lupe’s alterations

9532 Harding Ave., Ste. 101, Surfside, FL (305) 866-5873 We are a team of designers, fitters and seamstresses professionally trained to perform the best tailoring service. Our couture approach sets a difference from your regular alterations workshop. We focus on professionalism and a flawless finish, and go the extra mile regarding customer service.

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Crystal Ballroom

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The Addison

21

Deer Creek Country Club

309

Art Ovation Hotel Sarasota

149

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club

369

Avila Golf and Country Club

112

The Diplomat Beach Resort

312

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa

357

333

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

255

The Balcony Orlando

221

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine

107

Barn at Cottonwood Ranch

101

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach

359

Bella Collina

39

Douglas Entrance

295

The Biltmore

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Dubsdread Ballroom

59

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

373

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

129

Breakers West Country Club

327

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

107

Buca di Beppo

75

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club

109

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

363

Esperanza Estate Venue

365

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel

286

The Estate on the Halifax

268

The Capen House at the Polasek

265

The Event Factory

10

Caribe Royale

61

Floridian Ballrooms

303

Casa Feliz

259

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

13

Casa Ybel Resort

37

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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The Center at Deltona

241

Funky Buddha Brewery

375

Ceviche

265

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa

169

Citrus Club

267

Grand Plaza Hotel St. Pete Beach Resort

55

Clay Theatre

95

The Grove Resort

207

CLC Resorts & Hotels Regal Oaks

219

Hacienda Los Robles B&B

349

The Club at Admirals Cove

336

Harbor Hills Country Club

273

The Club at Boca Pointe

363

Harborside Chapel

191

The Club Treasure Island

144

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

257

The Confidante Hotel

297

Harmony Haven

154

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

335

Harriet Himmel Theater

328

The Cooper Estate

40

Hawks Cay Resort

9

The Coral Gables Country Club

49

Hidden Barn Venue

262

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The Palencia Club

99

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

186

Paradise Cove

215

Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs

247

Pavilion Grille

320

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

111

The Pearl Hotel by St. Joe Club & Resorts®

34

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

361

Pebble Hill Plantation

99

Hilton Tampa Downtown

143

Pelican Club

209

Hilton West Palm Beach

375

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

343

The Howey Mansion

259

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

51

Hyatt House Naples

141

Plantation on Crystal River

117

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

180

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

325

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

175

The Plaza Resort & Spa

236

Isla Del Sol

147

Powel Crosley Estate

127

Island Grove Wine Company

196

Pullman Miami Hotel

341

Jacaranda Country Club

315

Rafter J Ranch Barn

191

Kathleen’s Garden

193

Reunion | A Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort

31

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

210

The River Club

78

La Jolla Ballroom

373

Riverside Hotel

323

Lavan Catering & Events

345

Rocking H Ranch

185

Lexington Country Club

135

Rococo Steak

185

Lightner Museum

23

The Roof Top Café

369

The MEZZ

203

Rosen Centre Hotel

213

Miami Beach Woman’s Club

14

Rosen Plaza Hotel

225

Mieluz Grand Hall

271

Rosen Shingle Creek

239

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

151

The Royal Crest Room

67

Naples Princess

133

Royal Fiesta

5

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

379

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

165

Norton Museum of Art

279

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

25

Old Davie School Historical Museum

377

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

33

The Old Grove

41

Seasons 52

331

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

47

Secret Gardens Miami

319

Orlando Museum of Art

267

Shangri-La Springs

189

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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

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261

Delicious Catering Services

18

ShowcaseWG LLC

271

Edda’s Cake Designs

307

Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties

177

Exquisite Catering & Events

371

South Seas Island Resort

2

Frescos Catering & Events

193

Station House

186

John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

273

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

16

Lynn’s Catering

157

Sunken Gardens

153

Parkshore Grill Catering

159

SunQuest Cruises

110

Sweet Guilt by Angelica

304

The Sunset Weddings

123

Tastebuds Fine Catering & Event Production

365

Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

85

Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

26

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Town Manor on the Lake

43

Bayfront Floral & Event Design

311

TPC Sawgrass

109

Harbour Bay Florist

371

The Treasury on the Plaza

22

Raining Roses

222

Trump International Beach Resort

351

Trump National Doral Miami

291

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Universal Orlando ResortTM Hotels

29

Ann Marie’s Bridal Boutique

289

Venue 650

179

The Bridal Loft

83

Vineyards Country Club

183

Couture Bridal Miami

281

W Fort Lauderdale

274

Cubavera

292

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Something New Bridal Boutique

201

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

44

Wishing Well Barn

163

JEWELRY

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Woods & Weddings

167

Hamilton Jewelers

64

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

298

Yacht StarShip

119

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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339

CAKES & CATERERS

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Coastal Celebrations

89

Ana Paz Cakes

377

CocoLuna Events

139

Artichoke & Company

195

Events By Promoidea

367

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Events on a Budget

353

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Jessica’s Events

347

A Chair Affair, Inc.

243

Live It Productions International, LLC

367

AFR Furniture Rental

216

Weddings by Wizard Connection

261 Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 57

Your Dream Beach Wedding

101 Married by Mail

136

Rent-All City

195

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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5 Star Production

285

Sensational Ceremonies

136

Muñoz Photography

301

St. Johns Illuminations

91

ProStyle Entertainment

249

Things Remembered

73

Tina Ortiz Photography

180

Total Wine & More

69

Wedding Protector Plan

130

ENTERTAINMENT

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Wish Upon a Wedding

77

Bay Kings Band

183

Complete Weddings + Events

7

Your Wedding TV Orlando

52

DJ Dayve Entertainment

171

Junction 88 Productions

268

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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White Tie Affairs

317

Belk

71 383

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