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Photo by Travis Daniels Photography

Together Everything for your wedding, all in one place, at The King and Prince Resort.

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St. Simons Island

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Magical, Moving and Memorable

The Jekyll Island Club Resort has been the cherished setting for generations of happy couples. Here, a wondrous sense of history walks hand in hand with unforgettable celebrations. (866) 810-5325 Jekyllclub.com/weddings

Memories for a Lifetime at the Beachview Club Hotel

The Beachview Club Hotel on Jekyll Island offers a unique setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions under a canopy of live oaks with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Your dream Jekyll Island wedding awaits‌ (912) 319-0032 Beachviewclubjekyll.com

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CONTENTS

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

PHOTOGR APH BY DEWEY NICKS

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Make every moment cheers-worthy When you raise your glass at the reception, the moment should be just right. Visit Total Wine & More for a complimentary in-store consultation. We’ll help you pick wines and beers that pair perfectly with your menu, find a signature cocktail that’s so “you” and choose a special bubbly to make your toast memorable.

5 Locations Across Georgia to Serve You!

Perks of Planning With Us... • Yeah, we’ve got that one. We have an unbelievable selection of 8,000 wines, 2,500 beers and 3,000 spirits* • Because budgets matter, we’ll work with yours so you get the most bang for your buck • How much do I need? We know—thousands of weddings later, we’ve got this down to a science To schedule a complimentary consultation with a wedding expert at a store near you, visit TotalWine.com/TK * Spirits available in Alpharetta & Kennesaw only.

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 119

10 things bridal consultants want you to know Brush up on these pro tips before visiting the salon.

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veils, unveiled We break down the details on every style, from traditional to trendy.

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elements of style

style 91

the year’s freshest color palettes From bold and bright to muted and mod, we’ve got a pairing for you.

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a suite for every shade Whatever your wedding colors, there’s stunning stationery for you.

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flowers for every budget Get gorgeous buds for your wedding décor at every price point.

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elements of style Draw inspiration from the four elements of nature.

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These bold bridal looks are all about theatrical details and grand silhouettes.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know FROM LEF T: JOHNNY MILLER; PHOTO BY BETSY; DRESS: AL AROBE.COM

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Indulge Your Senses M A K E YO U R N E X T E V E N T A N E X P E R I E N C E I N U R B A N W I N E C O U N T R Y.

AT L A N TA E V E N T S @ C I T Y W I N E R Y. C O M

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CONTENTS

real weddings 59

caddie & kerem august 11, atlanta

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stephanie & parker september 2, atlanta

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brandi & joshua september 9, decatur

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danelle & gerald december 7, braselton

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traditions with a twist

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danelle & gerald

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alan & ralph november 18, savannah

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sarah & casey october 1, blairsville

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traditions with a twist Fresh ideas for a day that celebrates your love, your way.

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venue makeover Smart hacks to help camouflage eyesores at your venue.

anna & tommy ross march 10, ocilla

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planning

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crowd-pleasers We asked real guests about the wedding details they’ll always remember.

FROM BOT TOM LEF T: PHOTOGR APHY ANTHOLOGY; BR AD AND JEN PHOTOGR APHY; DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY

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We take care of everything between... “I WILL”and“I DO”

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

Love our showstopping cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda .com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at Kelly’s Closet, KellysCloset.net (Atlanta); earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab .com; earrings, $125, KennethJayLane.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Dewey Nicks FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Herve for Davines at Sarah Laird & Good Company MAKEUP Regina Harris

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PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions MANICURIST Ana-Maria using Dermelect Cosmeceuticals at Bernstein & Andriulli

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

Get a sneak peek of what went on at T he Knot cover shoot

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

HORSING AROUND Certified animal trainer and circus performer Jenny Vidbel brings two white horses into the center of the ring to pose for our photographer Dewey Nicks.

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FINISHING TOUCHES Fashion editor and wardrobe stylist Shelley Brown adds her final tweaks to a Jenny Packham slip dress and embellished cape before heading to set.

PUPPY LOVE Tiny rescue dog Sheriff comes out of retirement to do some very impressive tricks on command for our model (with the help of a few yummy treats).

The Big Apple Circus uses no wild or exotic animals and only features rescue dogs, horses and ponies. When they aren’t performing, they live on a ranch in upstate New York.

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GEORGIA

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE 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 SENIOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR SENIOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ART DIRECTOR JUNIOR DESIGNER ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY 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 Becky Murray Louis Baragona Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Kate Richter 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 DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@theknot.com PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com REGIONAL SALES DIRECTORS MaryLou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1308 Jessica Smith, jsmith@theknot.com (877) 483-4104 Jessica Williams, jwilliams@theknot.com (888) 588-0456 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhaberkamp@theknot.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@theknot.com (877) 771-3018 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@theknot.com (877) 927-3070 Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@theknot.com (214) 460-7080 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@theknot.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@theknot.com (212) 515-3544 printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 Melissa Bach, pr@theknot.com Lauren Nolan, pr@theknot.com Emilie Berman, pr@theknot.com

Carley Roney

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The Venue at Murphy Lane

Weddings & Special Events 770-262-8241 | 525 MURPHY ROAD, NEWNAN, GA 30263 T H E V E NUE AT M U R P HY L A NE @ G MA I L . C O M L E A R N MO R E AT T H E V E NUE AT M U R P HY L A NE . C O M PHOTOS BY KANDI DANIEL STUDIOS

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.com/georgia

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 Georgia, including Anita and Weston’s bright multicultural celebration at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta. The couple blended Anita’s Hindu traditions with Weston’s Southern Baptist customs into one contemporary fusion ceremony. “We wanted our guests to see that it’s possible to bring two families and cultures together while remaining true to ourselves as a couple,” Anita says.

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connect with pros and find tips

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. +

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/georgia. 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 Georgia couples.

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EDITOR ’S NOTE

your day, your way When my husband, Mickey, and I tied the knot in St. Louis (my hometown), we wanted to include a subtle nod to New York City too—after all, it was the place we met and where we planned to continue building our life together. So we asked our baker to incorporate both city skylines into the design of our cake—it was “us” and the perfect way to honor our future. At The Knot, we’re less about following rules and all about making it your own. From spins on classic wedding rituals to totally unexpected wedding venues (like a circus—really!) and inventive ways to honor two different cultures in one epic party, we’ve got lots of ideas to help you make your wedding day a true reflection of who you are as a couple. You’ll likely receive lots of unsolicited advice while planning—they mean well—but at the end of the day, this is a celebration of your unique love story. You have our full support to do it your way.

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 140)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 97)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 106)

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: DEWEY NICKS; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; ASHLEY BOSNICK PHOTOGR APHY; R AYMOND HOM; COURTESY OF VENDOR

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 130)

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TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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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 Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like 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.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then get insurance. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

BUY 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 attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit 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.

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

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

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

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

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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).

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TOOL S

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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PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

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 on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your 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. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather have money to put toward things like your honeymoon or a home down payment, start your cash registry on The Knot. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Your wedding website is going to be your new BFF. Fill it with need-toknow info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs on it too. And speaking of guests, make sure they download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time!).

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

plan your wedding on your phone

GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people. >>

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

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 match your wedding style. And not to 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 space for custom must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, a dog-friendly ceremony 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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M AKE TR ADITION

THE DETAILS The couple celebrated their cosmic union on September 28, 2018, at the historic Howard House in Atlanta with the spacethemed party of their dreams.

THE COUPLE

Michelle Bird (an art director) and Mike Morgan (a producer) might reside in Atlanta, but “we live on our own planet,” Michelle says.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

infinity & beyond

After years of bonding over all things intergalactic, Michelle and Mike took their love to new heights with an out-of-this-world wedding celebration. BY LOUIS BAR AGONA PHOTOGR APHY BY DIAMOND EYES

THE GUEST BOOK

THE CAKE A pair of astronauts topped the galactic buttercream cake. Michelle and Mike cut into layers of orange pistachio with orange curd at dessert. THE ESCORT CARDS The seating chart formed a new galaxy as guests found tables named for fictional planets.

Guests placed cards and well wishes in Michelle and Mike’s signature space helmets, which later doubled as photo booth props.

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The wedding party made its entrance with a very fitting song: the theme from Space Jam.

THE FASHION Michelle

modeled her look after what she calls a “space cowboy” aesthetic, including a colorful pom-pom crown, tassel earrings and a sparkly belt.

THE SETTING Michelle and Mike

chose The Howard House in part because they saw themselves in their venue. “The Howard House has so much personality,” Michelle says.

THE TEAM

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Howard House, Atlanta FLOWERS Hall’s Atlanta Wholesale Florist PHOTOGRAPHY Matt Miller/Diamond Eyes VIDEOGRAPHY Ian Con FASHION The Sentimentalist, Atlanta MENSWEAR Sid Mashburn ENGAGEMENT RING Catbird WEDDING RINGS Fossil & Hide INVITATIONS Rachel Eleanor CATERING Good Food Truck RENTALS Peachtree Tents & Events; Retro Party Rentals; Tabletoppers CAKE Christina Drago VEGAN CUPCAKES & GROOM’S CAKE Meghan Thomas MUSIC Ceremony: Bo McAfee; reception: DJ Dookie Platters

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Astronauts made one small step for dessert-kind as they topped vegan cupcakes.

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IT’S MORE THAN A WEDDING... IT’S A HISTORIC MOMENT

SIGNATURE WEDDINGS. UNFORGETTABLE MEETINGS. STYLISH EVENTS.

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ADVICE

THE CREW

Q AND A

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

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

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

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How can I tell if prospective vendors are LGBTQ+ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “By the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman—are you cool with that?” It’s uncomfortable to feel like you have to “out” yourself every time you talk to a vendor. To avoid the awkward (and possibly heartbreaking) convo, there are ways to determine if a pro is equality minded before even sending an email. While some sites clearly state their delight in working with everyone, others may not be as clear. This is where you’ll need to do a deep dive into their online presence: Does their website have images of LGBTQ+ couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts celebrate LGBTQ+ marriage? (Pro tip: Go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about the marriage equality win.) You can also see if they’re a preferred vendor, have had work featured on equality-minded sites like Love Inc. or even include badges such as the one from The Knot. ST YLE

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What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? SHAWNA GOHEL: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold. >>

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I’m really close to my brother and would love to have him in my wedding party, but does he have to stand on my fiancé’s side? LOUIS BAR AGONA: As tradition takes a backseat to personalization and preference, so should some of the more unnecessary confines of gendered practices. You love your brother, so why put him anywhere else but by your side? More couples are mixing things up with their wedding parties as a testament to the modernization of roles and the creation of totally new traditions. Whether it’s a groom’s female best friend, a relative who identifies as non-binary or a wedding without any gender roles, your setup shouldn’t come down to choosing historically assigned sides. Make your day about what’s best for you as a couple, whether that means your brother is standing on the “bridal side,” aka the left, or simply forgoing and just surrounding yourselves with your people.

What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? MARK INGR AM: Try 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 easily added) so an additional bra is not required. 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 added pieces.

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What are some nontraditional ceremony venues for couples opting to try a new space? There are so many options, from parks and museums to unusual Airbnbs. I recommend checking out all-inclusive event spaces where you have venue, food, cake and any other necessities in one place. That results in less work and worry. The possibilities are endless. How can officiants and couples work together to make sure the ceremony feels authentic to them? Communication is key. Couples should tell their officiant if there are any traditions dear to them they would like done or things they would like mentioned. I send my couples questionnaires to help prepare for their ceremonies. I also ask them a mix of both standard and more personal questions to learn more about them. Those things really help customize the ceremony accordingly. What shifts or “trends” do you see coming for wedding ceremonies in 2020? I’ve absolutely loved seeing nontraditional wedding parties. Brides are opting to have a man of honor, grooms stand alongside a best woman and grandma takes a starring role as the flower girl. I think over time, more and more people are going to embrace the idea of marriages as celebrations of love, which doesn’t always require a traditional or religious component to validate a union. How can couples get over pesky writer’s block when writing their own vows? First, this is normal. So many of the couples I marry run into this issue. I always tell them to remember that their vows are promises to their fiancé. Ask yourself what’s important to the love of your life and promise to do or value those things. Also, it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to meaningful lines in movies or books or to check out quotes on social media. We are constantly surrounded by things that inspire us. Last but not least: How can couples calm those preceremony jitters? Unfortunately, nerves come with the territory. That said, if I have a nervous couple, I like to tell a joke to calm their nerves. A little chuckle or two never hurt anyone.

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Caddie carried delphiniums, dahlias and wildflowers, all in a muted mix of green and white.

THEIR STORY Like any other couple, Caddie Durrett (28 and a contract and translation manager) and Kerem Eroğlu (29 and a project manager) wanted their wedding day to go off without a hitch. The couple decided to take matters into their own hands and planned an Atlanta affair all the way from Finland. For good measure, Caddie and Kerem enlisted the help of the Turkish evil eye, a symbol of protection and prosperity from Kerem’s native Turkey. “We incorporated the evil eye symbol and its blue colors into our stationery,” Caddie says. The pair also paid homage to Turkey with lanterns and linens brought from The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. —Louis Baragona

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FLOWERS Colorful tulips, wildflowers and greenery filled blue and white Turkish ceramic vases. RINGMAN Caddie and Kerem’s dog, Dobby, served as the ring bearer and rocked a custom collar decorated with greenery and wildflowers. CAKE The couple cut into a tile-pattern buttercream cake layered with chocolate, red velvet and vanilla flavors. CENTERPIECES Gold Turkish lamps glowed atop colorful arrangements of wildflowers and embroidered lace linens.

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MUSIC Caddie and Kerem cut a rug to a mix of tunes, from Turkish classics to James Brown, Tina Turner and John Legend. At one point, “our Turkish guests started singing along to Turkish love songs,” Caddie says. FOOD Guests ate a mix of international appetizers, including marinated lamb from a traditional Turkish food station. FASHION In keeping with the legendary evil eye motif, Kerem and his guys wore the lucky symbol on their socks, which Kerem’s aunt found in Turkey.

CADDIE & KEREM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Summerour

Studio, Atlanta PHOTOGRAPHY Laura Stone Photo PLANNER Kelly Parada EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Laura Iarocci/Faith

Flowers GOWN Modern Trousseau, The White

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EXIT Caddie and Kerem rode off in a 1941 Cadillac convertible.

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BOUQUETS Stephanie and her bridesmaids carried a classic variety of soft roses, baby’s breath and ferns.

THEIR STORY

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Twenty-eight-year-old MBA students Stephanie Hue and Parker Wright are avid travelers, and they have the photo booth pictures to prove it—more on that later. Together, the couple planned a wedding that spoke to their many international interests, from Parisian touches to Chinese traditions. Once they found their historic venue, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Stephanie and Parker decided to lean in to romance, particularly that of the French variety. “We wanted to channel the French countryside,” Stephanie says. The pair chose a neutral palette of soft pastels. Before their open-air vows, Stephanie wore a white and gold embroidered cheongsam during the Chinese tea ceremony. To end the night, guests snapped pictures in a photo booth. “Over the years, we’ve collected photo booth pictures from different cities,” Stephanie says. “We thought it’d be fun to share that with our guests.” —LB

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CAKE “For the cake, we wanted something simple and romantic, but, most importantly, it had to be delicious,” Stephanie says. The pair filled it with a layer of chocolate and peanut butter, their favorite flavors. CENTERPIECES Roses added soft pastel shades to natural arrangements of ferns and leaves. The flowers filled dark wood boxes, inspired by the architecture and style of the Fine Arts Center. “We really wanted to highlight the building’s design,” Stephanie says. LOCATION The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a historic mansion near Atlanta, which is what attracted Stephanie and Parker to the property. “It’s tucked away and surrounded by trees and greenery,” Stephanie says. “We loved the ambience, the history and the architecture.”

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PUPPY LOVE Percy, the couple’s French bulldog, rocked his very own collar covered in leaves.

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participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, celebrating the joining of their loved ones. “Parker and I served tea to my grandmother, my mother and his parents,” Stephanie says. “We knelt in front of them respectively and expressed our gratitude to them for raising us.” STATIONERY Stephanie and Parker chose a romantic pastel suite, complete with classic calligraphy and greenery illustrations.

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CEREMONY Brandi and Joshua tied three cords together during the ceremony, “symbolizing the joining of man, woman and God,” Brandi says.

MAKE TRADITION The couple closed their ceremony by jumping the broom, which they covered in blush-pink and navy-blue ribbons.

THEIR STORY Brandi Gillians (25 and an assistant manager) and Joshua Myles (26 and a project manager and military First Lieutenant) know what they want, down to the very last detail. From the beginning, Brandi had a clear vision for their wedding day. “I was inspired by my favorite movie, Steel Magnolias,” she says. With that in mind, Brandi and Joshua sought to combine Southern elegance with Parisian-inspired flair, from the Baroque stationery design to the monogrammed macarons. And, of course, they ended with “a good ole Southern party to close the night,” Brandi says. —LB

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SWEETHEART TABLE Textured blush linens covered in roses, dozens of candles and a towering rose and cherry blossom installation marked the newlyweds’ seats. CAKE Brandi and Joshua chose several different flavors for their elaborate cake, from peach to Oreo cookies and cream. CENTERPIECES Romantic mixes of white and pink roses and hydrangeas filled weathered vintage gold vases and sat near towering gold candleabras, all atop blush-pink tablecloths.

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Brandi surprised Joshua with a University of Alabama–themed cake topped with Bear Bryant’s famous fedora.

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RECEPTION Brandi and Joshua dressed up the historic Courthouse’s marble floors and walls with drapery, gold chiavari chairs and flower installations. “It matched our Southern elegance theme,” Brandi says. FIRST DANCE After an entrance to T.I.’s Southern hip-hop banger “Bring ’Em Out,” Brandi and Joshua made their dance floor debut to “Loved by You” by Kirby. “It’s a song about not knowing love until you encounter that person, and it’s exactly how we felt about one another,” Brandi says.

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Danelle Jones (35 and a technology consultant) and Gerald Brister (36 and a manager) celebrate the unexpected. That’s why Gerald even proposed during a rare Atlanta snowstorm. Nearly a year later, the couple said “I do” at a ceremony full of unique touches, start to finish. Their first surprise was their theme, or lack thereof. “We didn’t want to stick to a particular theme,” Danelle says. Instead, she incorporated classic, romantic touches, including deep red velvet and lush roses, alongside Gerald’s love of nature-inspired greenery and terrariums into their wedding design. Though Danelle and Gerald went with soothing melodies played by a harpist for the ceremony, they spiced up their reception entrance with an extra-unexpected choice. Specifically, Lil Boosie’s “Wipe Me Down.” “Everyone was ready for a party as soon as we came in,” Danelle says. —LB

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RECEPTION After a bright and airy ceremony, Danelle, Gerald and their guests sat down to dinner and drinks amid deeper shades of burgundy, velvet linens and moody candlelight. SHOES Danelle wore red velvet sling-back kitten heels to add a pop of color to her look. “The heels incorporated the mixed textures that tie into my everyday style,� she says. FLOWERS Oxblood, plum and burgundy peonies, roses and moss filled terrariums and topped tables at the reception.

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BRIDESMAIDS Danelle’s bridesmaids wore velvet gowns in a dark berry shade that matched the dark roses and peonies in their bouquets. CAKE Danelle and Gerald cut into a vanilla cake with salted caramel buttercream, that was frosted with burgundy fondant and topped with different berries. “I’m still sad there were no leftovers,” Danelle says. CENTERPIECES Anthurium, peonies, privet berries and amaryllis in different shades of deep red graced tables alongside decorative blackberries, plums and pomegranates.

Winery & Resort, Braselton PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Posthuma/Photography Anthology PLANNER Crystal Pink Events EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Shean Strong GOWN Winnie

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CEREMONY “We just wanted to rely on the natural beauty of the chapel,” Alan says. He and Ralph added candles, hydrangeas and roses to the altar.

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Alan Skipper (left, 35) and Ralph Cowart Jr. (31), both owners of their own assisted living facilities, have a soft spot for the opulent old South, especially Georgia. “The rich history and beauty of Bethesda is the right fit,” Ralph says. With that in mind, Alan and Ralph planned a vintage, Southern-inspired wedding with their own spins on tradition. After escorting one another down the aisle, the couple dedicated a portion of the ceremony to combining the soil from their childhood homes for the roots of a magnolia sapling. At the reception, guests danced under string lights, snacked on candied bacon and watched as Alan surprised Ralph with a custom Louis Vuitton chair. —LB

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RECEPTION Guests crossed a small bridge to get to the clear reception tent, staged in a grove of mossy trees and strung with soft bistro lights. Alan and Ralph filled the space with mismatched vintage furniture, votive candles and a stage set for a jazz band that played old favorites. CAKE Alan and Ralph cut into a cake inspired by their favorite brand, Louis Vuitton, in a variety of flavors including classic red velvet with cream cheese, vanilla with bourbon cherry and chocolate filling, and raspberry and lemon curd.

ALAN & RALPH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Bethesda

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FLOWERS Hydrangeas and roses completed the hanging flower installation.

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Anna carried romantic white lilies of the valley and calla lilies.

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THEIR STORY Anna Willis (26 and a nursing student) and Tommy Ross Vance (26 and a farmer) treated planning their wedding much like they treated designing Anna’s engagement ring. “I wanted to look back in 50 years and love it as much as I do today,” Anna says. “I wanted everything to feel classic and effortless.” With that in mind, the couple planned an affair anchored in their shared hometown roots. Anna and Tommy Ross said “I do” at Anna’s cousin’s home, among pear trees and azaleas. The décor and color scheme revolved around muted shades of white, steel blue and French blue. “The details were minimal, but lacking nothing,” Anna says. —LB

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RECEPTION Though Anna and Tommy Ross originally envisioned an outdoor reception, the addition of hanging lanterns, greenery-filled centerpieces and all-white linens made the reception tent “even dreamier than I could have imagined,” Anna says. DESSERT The couple chose a nearly naked cake frosted with raspberry buttercream and decorated with white ranunculus. WEDDING PARTY Anna’s bridesmaids wore steel blue, the bride’s personal favorite shade in the day’s color palette.

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Sarah and Casey chose the Blairsville venue in part because Sarah grew up hiking and camping in the area.

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BOUQUET Peachy dahlias, ranunculus and roses brightened Sarah’s bouquet.

THEIR STORY Sarah Weinstein (31 and a program manager) is a self-professed nature lover. Fittingly, after a scenic Guadalupe River engagement in Texas, she and Casey Dunn (36 and a photographer) planned a wedding in the forests of Sarah’s native North Georgia. “We knew we wanted a place where friends could stay on the property and go from hiking to watching us get married,” Sarah says. The couple landed at Sugarboo Farms and let the venue take center stage. “I wanted Sugarboo to steal the show,” Sarah says. The pair filled the venue with bright flowers and decorated their chuppah with greenery straight from the property. —LB

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FIRST DANCE Sarah and Casey chose Beck’s cover of “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” because “it required no fancy dance moves,” Sarah says.

FAVORS Sarah and Casey sent guests home with plenty of treats, including Cheetos, Muddy Buddies and custom koozies for ice-cold drinks. “Casey and I both love to indulge in junk food, so it felt right,” Sarah says. CAKE The peach buttercream cake matched Sarah and Casey’s cheerful color palette. RECEPTION The couple kept their reception décor relaxed, adding glowing string lights overhead, tall candles on the tables, and pomegranates and kumquats in bud vases.

SARAH & CASEY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Sugarboo

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Forage Botanical GOWN Sarah Seven, The Sentimentalist, Atlanta; jacket: Esby Apparel, Austin, TX SUIT Billy Reid, Austin, TX WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: various; groomsmen:

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Collective STATIONERY Invitations: Will Bryant; printing: Moo.com; programs & menus: Alyssa Pugh; printing: Miller IDS; place card calligraphy: Avalon McKenzie RENTALS Party Time Rentals CATERING In Sister’s Kitchen CAKE & COOKIES

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We’ve tested out tons of wedding-worthy combos to determine the prettiest shades you (and your guests!) will love. Plus, all the ways you can work your favorite colors into your day to make them the star of the show. >>

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modern wedding whites ecru, cream, stone, slate

WHY IT WORKS White is forever a classic, there’s no arguing that (um, hello, it’s called “wedding white” for a reason!). But this is 2019, and you want your wedding to feel like you, so add in shades of subtle cream, gray and taupe to give the monochromatic palette a bit of added dimension. We promise, it will keep it feeling fresh and modern, not crazy-traditional or boring. HOW TO USE IT White can really play well with any style, from a glam affair overflowing with metallic accents to a rustic, Scandiinspired intimate elopement. Whatever your vibe, complement a single-shade palette with tons of added texture. Ask your florist to vary the style and size of the blooms at your altar, dress up your crew in gowns or suits in a variety of fabrics or layer your tables with a mix of linen, velvet and silk. More visual interest will mean your overall look feels dynamic, not stale and uninspired.

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TOP LEF T: AWAKE PHOTOGR APHY; LÍSOL A , FOTOGR AFIA; PUR A SOUL PHOTOGR APHY; EMILY WREN PHOTOGR APHY

WHY IT WORKS Boho is back, but this time it’s grown up a bit. Sunset-inspired hues like rust and sienna are offset by moody mauve and barely-there taupe for a celebration that’s warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Plus, these picks are fit for any season—play them up in summer with pops of bold yellow, or make them a bit more wintry with the addition of a dark green. HOW TO USE IT Sprinkle these desert hues over every inch of your fete, starting with your invitation suite. Rose gold foil printing will look amazing on blush or burnt orange invitations. At your reception, blanket your tables in mauve linens or macramé table runners and finish off your lounge seating with a pile of Moroccaninspired blankets and pillows. When it comes to blooms for your day, ask your florist to add in exotic picks like protea or pampas grass, or go green with tons of succulents, ferns and air plants.

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: JEN DILLENDER PHOTOGR APHY; WESTCOT T WEDDINGS; BRISTOL L ANE; M ARY JESSIC A PHOTOGR APHY

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: JEN DILLENDER PHOTOGR APHY; WESTCOT T WEDDINGS; BRISTOL L ANE; M ARY JESSIC A PHOTOGR APHY

WHY IT WORKS Pastels have gotten a bad rep as being sticky sweet or overly feminine—but we’re here to prove you wrong. The new take on these soft hues: a bit of grit. Slightly muted and paired with black or modern details, your favorite softies are now part of a funky-and-fresh combination that’s anything but saccharine. HOW TO USE IT Instead of going the (maybe obvious) romantic route with these hues, work them into an otherwise modern vibe for your day. Artist-inspired brush strokes and bold black typography on your invitation suite suggest guests prepare for the unexpected, while a pastel wedding dress or suit could be the perfect surprise touch. When it comes to florals and décor, swap spray roses and peonies for spray-painted foliage or flowers (baby’s breath FTW!) that will feel playful and festive. Finish your bash with a smoke bomb exit for an Insta-worthy explosion of color. >>

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bluebell, blush, daffodil, sea

WHY IT WORKS You know those works of art that are all moody and rich and absolutely stunning? Well, gear up, because that’s about to be your wedding. This palette is all about bringing the drama, with luscious wine and cerulean blue pairing up with brighter tangerine and saffron for a combo that is unbeatably gorgeous. With colors this pretty, it’s really a more-is-more-is-more situation, so don’t be afraid to saturate every single part of your day. HOW TO USE IT Flowers, flowers, flowers! Tons of buds naturally play into this palette, especially if you’re saying “I do” during autumn. Let your arrangements or installations do the décor work for you (even better if you’re celebrating outside among fall foliage), then add to the scene with cool pops of blue textiles and tons of luxe gold metallics. While you’re at it, carry these colorful shades into your wedding party look—they’ll complement everyone.

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WHY IT WORKS These colors pretty much scream luxury, making them the ideal unexpected combo for a black-tie affair. They’re complementary to each other too, meaning you can use them in any combination and really never get it wrong (finally, something in wedding planning that is straightforward!). HOW TO USE IT A little goes a long way when it comes to shades this saturated, so focus on intentional pops of color, like beautiful tinted tablecloths or an emerald invitation suite that makes for a very happy mail day. Task your florist with adding tons of greenery to your reception venue as an eye-catching (and inexpensive) way to stick with your chosen palette. Extra wow-worthy moments, like an art-deco-inspired cake in rich emerald, will have all your guests reaching for their phones. Plus, how stunning would your gals be as your “something blue” in peacock-hued dresses? So chic!

TOP LEF T: ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY; CORY RYAN PHOTOGR APHY; MONIK A PHOTOGR APHY

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local love: chancey charm weddings ABOUT THE EXPERT

PRIORITIZE YOUR $

MAKE IT YOURS

STAY TRUE TO YOU

TREAT YOUR GUESTS

Brie Owens is a lead planner at Chancey Charm Weddings in Atlanta. Alongside her team, she focuses on décor-centered wedding design as she helps her couples plan their day.

Make a list of what’s most important to you on your wedding day—it will help manage your expectations for your budget. If food tops the list, you’re going to want more of your budget to go toward that.

I encourage my couples to list their favorite things, their design aesthetic, their first date—anything to get their creativity flowing. Using those things, we’ll create unique touches for their day.

I know there are always families to consider when planning your wedding, but this day is supposed to represent you and your partner. Try your best to make what’s important to you non-negotiable.

To make your wedding memorable, you need to consider your guests and their comfort. You want them to remember your signature drink, the ceremony, the delicious appetizers and the fun!

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SPLURGE SMART

MAKE IT YOURS

KEEP IT COHESIVE

LOOK FOR INSPO

Amanda Nolte is the founder and owner of The Impressionist. Alongside her team, she works to create event stationery that sets a mood and tells your very personal story.

Always splurge on printing, like letterpress. Your reply card is a great place to keep it simple and save to justify the cost of letterpress—it just comes right back to you, and guests won’t notice.

I love the idea of incorporating a custom map to personalize your suite. You can use it as a way to showcase favorite places around your venue and give guests insight into you as a couple.

Try to carry elements of your stationery suite into your day-of paper goods, like your programs, menus, table numbers, escort cards and even cocktail napkins. And don’t forget your thank you notes!

Start with your venue and the experience you want to create with your wedding. Think about your story as a couple and see if there’s anything you can pull from that, like a pattern, motif or texture.

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Fun fact: This is a tulip! Bend back the petals for an exotic, fuller look.

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ST YLING BY ANNA SURBATOVICH FOR BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI

Spray roses often come two to three a stem, so they’re a great way to fill holes.

TIE ONE ON

Grosgrain ribbon has a beautiful texture, but won’t break the bank.

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Perfect for bridesmaids or the lady of the hour, a more petite bouquet will pack in the pretty without costing a ton. Ask your florist to focus their attention on gorgeous colors and a few bold, standout blooms, like an antique rose.

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A wacky stem, like this pincushion, is worth a little splurge. B RIDAL FAVE

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A ranunculus’s delicate petals photograph beautifully, making it a wedding mainstay.

BRANCH OUT

Sprawling picks, like these hellebores, will increase the size—and drama—of your bouquet.

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Chiffon and satin ribbon combine for a flowy look that feels luxe.

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Tropical anthurium is hearty enough to last through a hot summer day.

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Poppies’ delicate petals and super-saturated hue make them worth every penny.

TRADITIONAL TOUCH

Double-sided satin ribbon in a “something blue” shade is a sweet and upscale addition.

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For the bundle of your dreams, have your florist team together sensibly priced “filler” buds, like carnations and chrysanthemums, with showstopping, high-end picks like Juliet roses, Icelandic poppies and anthurium.

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These yellow cymbidium orchids (usually imported from Japan) add a wispy, playful shape.

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All the heart eyes for these statement peonies—add ’em for fullness and wow-worthy color.

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Nothing screams “special occasion” more than rich mustard velvet.

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Put your best buds, like these delicate orchids, front and center for lots of photo time. BOUQUET BREAKDOWN

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At this price point, the sky’s (almost) the limit. Let your florist go all out when it comes to color and flower selection. One-of-a-kind stems like mini cymbidium orchids and Coral Charm peonies combine for a truly jaw-dropping display.

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Give invites your own seal of approval with molten red wax.

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Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

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Point guests to their seats with signature scripted shells.

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

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

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

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

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Once you set the date, start the wedding dress shopping process. Ideally, you’d order your gown 9 to 12 months before your wedding so you have ample time to make alterations.

Bring a strapless bra and your wedding shoes (if you have them) to your salon appointment. If you don’t have shoes yet, bring another pair similar in height to what you’ll wear down the aisle.

During your dress shopping appointment, communicate with your consultant. After all, they’re there to help. They have the expertise to make sure you find the perfect gown for you.

Unless there’s extensive custom work being done, you’ll only need two fittings. You’ll have your first fitting to discuss the changes to your dress and a second to assess the alterations made.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale or your dress size and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident.

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

Gowns certainly aren’t one style fits all—and there are actually a lot of options where customizing your dress is concerned. Here are some common add-ons.

1. Modify embellishments

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

2. Lace it up

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

3. Make it personal

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

4. Add sleeves

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

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

5 ways to customize your wedding dress

5. Switch up your bustle

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

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Veils are an easy way to express yourself. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you? We broke down all the different styles, including the latest trends, with tips on how to wear them so you can uncover (sorry, we had to!) the perfect veil for your wedding look. >>

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waltz-length veils are made for dancing

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

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

mantilla This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features a wide, intricate lace edge. It should be positioned two inches from your hairline so its circular shape gracefully drapes down and frames your face on either side. For the traditional look, attach it with an ornamental comb (also called a peineta), or edge it up with a fresh flower crown or crystal tiara. PAIR IT WITH Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and pair this romantic veil with sleek silhouettes that won’t compete with its shape. Skip the heavy embellishments as well and opt for a gown with small touches of matching lace instead.

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

elbow Slightly shorter than fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. PAIR IT WITH One of the best things about this veil is you can pair it with just about any style. The elbow length is also perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but have a gown with details on the lower half (like intricate buttons, lace appliqué or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up. >>

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a chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

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

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flyaway A wispy, multilayered style that just brushes the shoulders, it’s considered less formal than other options. As the name suggests, the tulle used in this kind of veil usually has a stiffer quality that causes it to “fly away” from the to-be-wed, adding poufy volume to the top of the head. PAIR IT WITH Due to its short and sweet feel, a flyaway veil works well with shorter, more casual dresses. If your gown is heavily embellished or has a sexy, plunging back, this simple style is also the perfect way to wear a veil without obscuring the details you love.

juliet cap Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, oldworld feel. This über-romantic style is typically made of sheer tulle or tulle with a lace-embellished edge. There are two ways to work it: You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil of your choosing to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect.

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chapel Typically 90 inches long, this is a formal veil that extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It should sweep the floor, extending slightly past your gown. PAIR IT WITH This simple style is often worn in combination with a sweep train (a veil that just brushes the floor) and blusher for extra oomph. It works with most dress silhouettes and styles but is particularly stunning when layered over a flowy or multilayered gown with a train. If you’re forgoing a train, a chapel veil can add drama without the weight or the hassle—no bustle required. >>

finishing touch

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

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4 bridal fashion rules to break Rules are meant to be broken, and this applies to your wedding. You’re the bride, so follow tradition or make up your own—it’s up to you. RULE TO BREAK

You Can’t Mix Metals Pairing yellow gold, rose gold and platinum used to be a big no-no, but now we’re saying yes to this trendy mix. There are so many ways to

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

incorporate this new style (go with platinum earrings and a rose gold bracelet or have gold and silver details on your dress), but our favorite interpretation of this trend is stacking a variety of metal bands with your engagement ring. RULE TO BREAK

You Must Have a Veil You won’t have too many chances to wear a veil, but just because the opportunity to do so is rare, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Instead of a piece of tulle, adorn your hair with a flower crown, an art-deco-inspired halo headpiece that wraps around

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cathedral Looking to make an entrance? This is the style for you. The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless members of the British royal family, including Diana and Meghan Markle—this style typically falls about three-and-ahalf yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and a gown with a long train. It’s an especially great option if your ceremony venue has a long aisle to walk down. PAIR IT WITH The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most over-the-top ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you choose a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedral- or semi-cathedral-length train.

your forehead, or a hair vine that winds around a pretty updo. If you want to give a nod to tradition without all the formality of a long veil, try a headband that has a cage veil attached to the front. RULE TO BREAK

Don’t Forget Your “Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” We love this tradition, but you don’t need to follow it so strictly—or at all. We say if you want to flaunt a “something red” instead (like the bottoms of a new pair of Louboutins) or pretty blush accessories, then go for it. RULE TO BREAK

tradition trivia

Did you know the bride originally wore a veil because the groom wasn’t supposed to see her before they were married? And not just in the hours before the wedding, but not once before they said “I do.”

You Have to Wear Heels We understand the allure of heels—they make you look taller and thinner, but they do come at a price. You’ll be on your feet for close to (if not more than) 10 hours on your wedding day. If it’s worth it to you, do it—but you definitely don’t have to put your toes through torment. Other totally weddingworthy options are embellished sneakers, chic ballet slippers or trendy strappy flats.

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Don’t be afraid to take some fashion risks on your wedding day—after all, it’s your moment. The hottest looks are all about theatrical details and grand silhouettes. Photography by

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Showstopping Suit

Dresses not your thing? A sleek white tux with flowing tails still commands attention. Tuxedo jacket and pants in sizes up to 18, camisole in sizes up to XL, price upon request, Savannah Miller at Kelly’s Closet, KellysCloset .net (Atlanta); earrings, $4,400, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com; shoes, $1,220, ReneCaovilla.com

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Proportion Play

The drama is in the details. An oversize embroidered peplum makes a simple, strapless silhouette feel couture. Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda.com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com Comic Characters: Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

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High Style

Go ahead, make the most of your time in the spotlight. An over-the-top ball gown covered in luxe beads, sequins and crystals is guaranteed to wow the crowd. Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab.com; engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

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Fun & Games

Frilly sleeves plus a flirty tea-length hemline equal one whimsical number. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $425, StuartWeitzman.com

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Sheer Star Power

Celestial-inspired jewels are a great alternative to more traditional bling: They’re just as glam but also have high-fashion edge. Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at Kelly’s Closet, KellysCloset.net (Atlanta); engagement ring, $2,100, SofiaZakia .com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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Razzle-Dazzle

If there was ever a time for a good party dress, your wedding is it. Allover sequins and tiered ruffles are perfect for dancing the night away. Dress in sizes up to 18, $4,195, TemperleyLondon.com; earrings, $99, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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Loud & Proud

If you’re feeling bold, opt for a dress in a daring hue. A flamered ball gown is sure to turn a few heads. Dress in sizes up to 14, $8,995, Monique Lhuillier at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Atlanta); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $4,900, DoyleDoyle.com

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Retro Glam

Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, Naeem Khan at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Atlanta); earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY.com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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SIMPLE BOUQUETS

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For Jeffrey and Augustus, their complementary outfits represented their marriage.

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“SOMETHING BLUE”

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A fresh take on the shade Originally thought to deflect the Evil Eye and represent purity and fidelity, the “something blue” superstition of years past is meant to help couples get luck on their side ahead of “I do”—whether they want to prevent a rainy ceremony, drunken groomsman or legit marriage doom (not that you should be worried about that last one). Nowadays though, the pretty hue is showing up in much more playful ways than before, with modern pairs working blue into everything from getaway cars and painted leather jackets to frosty signature cocktails and even their wedding day hairstyle (how cool is that?). >>

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How perfect are these floral-patterned skirts?

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Personality-packed attire for all Historically, matching bridesmaid dresses stemmed less from wanting a colorcoordinated girl squad and more from, you know, distracting vengeful attackers looking to kidnap a bride because of her dowry. Thankfully, we live in 2019, and you can marry whomever you want with whomever you want by your side. And if you don’t envision your crew rocking the same floor-length gown, encourage them to choose their own unique looks that match their personalities. Unifying the vibe through a color palette or pattern helps it feel cool but cohesive.

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Your favorite food, stacked Wedding confections may have been a mainstay since, oh, ancient Rome—but that doesn’t mean one has to appear at your bash. If you’re a pair that prefers savory to sweet or Swiss cheese to Swiss buttercream, then you do you. Cut into a stack of cheese wheels or feed each other from a tower of whippedcream-covered waffles. As long as there are a few sweet moments to end the night (guests love a sugar rush), no one will miss the cake.

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Special moments for two At its core, marriage is two lives becoming one (awww), so it’s no surprise that customs meant to reinforce unity are at the center of many religious and spiritual ceremonies. Tried-and-true acts like lighting a candle or tying your hands together (known as handfasting) are still wildly popular with couples, but more duos are choosing to cement their bond with a unity moment that’s more reflective of their love story. Was your first date at a Mexican taco joint? Mix up the perfect batch of guac (cilantro or no cilantro, we’ll let you decide) or swig tequila shots as your first act as a married pair. Or get your blood pumping by tag-team sawing a log to then display in your home. Whatever you come up with, give the act a shout-out in your ceremony program to let guests in on the unique meaning behind it. (Hey, you could even invite them to take those tequila shots with you.)

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

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OF COUPLES HAVE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURE A “FIRST LOOK” AHEAD OF THEIR CEREMONY

Whether out of superstition or religious reasons, many couples forgo seeing each other before hitting the aisle. And while that’s totes a personal choice, it doesn’t mean you can’t score those cute “first look” photos you see all over Insta. If you don’t want to have a face-to-face with your love before the ceremony, why not try a secluded hand hold meets pep talk, in which you touch— but not see—your partner? Or get wow-worthy reactions from your crew by revealing your wedding day look to your parents, friends or siblings. >>

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: KRISTEN MARIE PARKER; GIVING TREE PHOTOGRAPHY; DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY; KATIE WEBB PHOTOGRAPHY; RENEE HOLLINGSHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY; SASITHON PHOTOGRAPHY; AMANDA MEGAN MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY; AMBER VICKERY PHOTOGRAPHY; MELISSA MARSHALL; THE HAPPY BLOOM; INSTAGRAM: JEREMY LAWSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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UNITY CEREMONY

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Swapping posed portraits for couples’ shots on a merry-go-round? Yes, please!

African American broom jumping is a tribute to tradition.

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Fun with your florals Believe it or not, flowers at a wedding have less than romantic beginnings. They were initially incorporated to ward off evil and mask odor. (Yep, sorry.) But since then, pretty stems have become a main style point for many to-be-weds looking to decorate their day. For a fresh twist, take inspiration from Victorian-era couples and ask your florist to use buds with special meanings (like gardenias for joy or hydrangeas for gratitude) or focus on drama with oversize bouquets and hanging installations. Non-flower “flowers” are big now too, so feel free to trade petals for plants, greenery and even tropical leaves painted in pastels.

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Disney-obsessed grooms Garrett and Jason rocked sharp suits and costumes.

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Incorporating whomever you want There’s no denying it—kids are cute. And if you have a few little ones you want to involve in your walk down the aisle, we say go for it. But just because you’re sans a niece or nephew doesn’t mean you have to go without that coveted “aw” moment at the ceremony. Couples are now having anyone and everyone precede them down the aisle, whether it’s a beloved dog ring bearer or flower grannies (we die). Think of these roles as the perfect opportunity to incorporate friends or family who may not otherwise be included in your wedding party.

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Draping can help disguise unsightly wallpaper or add interest to a blank ceremony space.

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Unless you’re lucky enough to find a unicorn venue that checks off every box on your wish list, you’re probably going to compromise on a few things here or there when deciding where you’ll tie the knot. Maybe the space you chose has the incredible seaside view you dreamed of, but the tables it provides leave you feeling underwhelmed. Or, maybe you can hardly stand to look at the ballroom wallpaper, but the price per head can’t be beat. Whatever the issue, we have the clever fix. Trust us—clashing colors will be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day.

take a seat If you don’t have the budget to rent chairs, disguise yours with help from custom seat cushions or swags of greenery.

Terrible flooring

Gaudy chairs

The problem An unattractive carpet or eclectically tiled floor gives the venue a worn-out feel or majorly competes with your vision. The fix Take a big deep breath and keep in mind that, depending on your setup, your dining tables will cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question (as will dim evening lighting). Ask to walk through the venue again the next time they’re setting up for a wedding about the same size as yours to get a peek into just how much of the floor will actually be showing. If it still bothers you, you have a few options. If you’ll have to bring in a dance floor surface anyways, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material (like hardwood flooring or a chic black-and-white checkered tile). Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets (a timeless neutral style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

The problem You didn’t luck out with beautiful dining chairs. The fix If your venue’s available seating is cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. The bad news? It’ll definitely add to your tab. The good news? With so many unique styles to choose from (metallic chiavari chairs, rustic wood benches and so on), you’ll be able to find a version that perfectly suits your wedding day vibes. Your planner or venue can suggest a rental company that outfits large parties on the regular, so you won’t have to worry about coordinating drop-off or pickup on your own. If you simply can’t swing the extra cost, try making the current style work with a few clever solutions. Pick an eye-catching fabric to make into seat cushions for a pop of color, ask about the availability of slipcovers to disguise them completely or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for each individual chair. >>

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An oversize space The problem A too-large reception room feels cavernous and impersonal, even though you’ll be having over 100 guests. The fix Don’t stress—or feel like you need to add to your guest list. You can up the intimacy of a sprawling space in a few easy ways. First, ask your planner or venue coordinator if it’s possible to use rectangular tables for your dining setup—they’ll take up more empty space than circular tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different areas around the reception to put the extra square footage to work. Cluster together several plush sofas, ottomans and even fire pits (if outdoors) to create a cozy space right off the dance floor where guests can relax, mix and mingle, or set up a special satellite bar and high-top table section for the perfect spot to serve up the evening’s signature cocktail selection.

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Glam drapery hung from the walls or ceiling helps create a world within your venue and neutralizes any in-your-face wallpaper.

Too bold wallpaper

Clashing colors

The problem The red-and-gold damask print wallpaper in the ballroom is a look only your grandmother will appreciate. The fix Create another world within the room and install a neutral backdrop by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding style (for example, a light and breezy blush linen for a vineyard affair) or opt for a simple white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (or even the ceiling) for an intimate, cozy feel that will also rid you of the unsightly wallpaper altogether. The end result will be beautiful as is, but to really make it stand out, you could also invest in image mapping. The projection technology allows you to transform any space with lighting and moving pictures, like soft flowers or a beautiful forest scene. On a budget? Stick to traditional uplighting, which can lend a similar glowy effect, sans imagery.

The problem The off-beat color scheme already saturating your venue competes with the soft and romantic blush-hued event you have your heart (and your mood board) set on. The fix Instead of fighting against the palette already present in your venue, try to embrace it. Pick one or two of the less offensive hues to pull into your color scheme via pretty rental napkins or patterned seat cushions, so it feels like they coordinate intentionally, not clash drastically, with your added décor. If you really can’t work with any of the preexisting shades, you’re going to have to collab with a team of pros to transform everything your eye sees into a neutral base using rentals (like rolling out a carpet or covering chairs). Then, you’ll be free to layer in textures and colors that reinforce your preferred range of shades. It’ll be a pricey fix, but we promise—guests won’t even notice what’s left behind.

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The problem Support beams or columns spread throughout the space interrupt the eye and will hinder the flow of guests. The fix Disguise any posts or columns (even the poles in a tented reception) with the clever addition of greenery. Task your florist with bringing a few smaller trees or branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath. If you’d rather not add to your floral budget (totally fine!) turn the visual interruption into a romantic accent by stringing café bistro light bulbs between the poles or wrapping them down the pole in a spiral. They’ll end up looking so pretty glowing in the night, you may even be happy they’re there (seriously).

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At one wedding I attended, the couple created a mini booklet to put in our welcome baskets that included info on every guest in attendance. It had pictures of each person or couple, a bio about them, details on their relationship with the couple and some memories or fun facts. I thought it was so unique and super thoughtful, and it was great to flip through it before the wedding to familiarize ourselves with who else would be there. -SAR AH >>

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At a recent wedding reception I attended, the couple had a Pittsburgh cookie table. Not only did it look stunning (and taste delicious), but it allowed family, friends and the local community to contribute to the wedding by making batches of treats ahead of time. I had never seen anything like it before, and it was a beautiful way to incorporate loved ones into the day. At the end of the night, we got to box up cookies to take home with us too! -ANDIE jersey fun

I went to a wedding where the couple surprised their guests with a live performance from the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Everyone was on the dance floor singing along to top-10 hits from the legendary The Four Seasons. It was an unbelievable touch that brought together guests of all ages. -COLET TE

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A friend of mine got married a few months ago. Her dad had passed away two years prior, so her husband and his mom decided to join her and her mom for one big parent dance, rather than the traditional separate ones. They did a giant jig to Mamma Mia! and literally everyone there was singing along, laughing and dancing in their seats. It’s such a hard tradition to figure out with a big loss, and they made it so fun. -JESS

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At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception plus a standalone sax player who played along with all the songs, bopping around the perimeter of the dance floor the whole night. It was unexpected, hilarious and fun—and the only thing the groom felt strongly about having. -IV Y

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My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select seven loved ones to recite prayers. I was one of those selected, and it was so special to be included. Guests surrounded them in a circle at the request of the officiant, who wanted to create a space of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. -MANAL

I was recently at a wedding where the groom, who works as an audio engineer, wrote an original song for his bride to walk down the aisle to. They also had a few friends of theirs sing during the ceremony, and those two elements combined really reflected them as a couple. Oh, and the groom completely lost it when my friend walked down the aisle to his song. Swoon. -ANDREA

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-and-leather-clad backup dancers own the dance floor in an upscale ballroom, surrounded by their fairly traditional families (some of whom were probably attending their first same-sex wedding ever) instantly set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a blast! -SHERRY >>

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At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. -MAT T

I attended an outdoor wedding in October, and it ended up being freezing that day. They provided hot apple cider for guests to enjoy while waiting for the ceremony to begin. It was so thoughtful and helped everyone’s hands stay warm. -HANNAH

When my best friend got married, her mom gifted her with a beautiful charm that had a picture of her father on it (he passed away when she was very young). It was on a ribbon, and when her flowers were delivered to the room before the ceremony, her mom gave it to her to wrap around her bouquet. There was seriously not a dry eye in the room—even the florist was tearing up! -SAMANTHA dancing gents

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At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the father-daughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the time to make a small speech in his honor, then explained she would be dancing with the men who have helped her throughout life. She danced with her uncle, her grandfather and, finally, her brother. When he stepped forward to cut in for the last dance, everyone was teary. It was emotional to witness the bond they had, and to feel their love and loss in one moment. -ANDY guests on parade

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I was at a wedding recently where the groom’s father had passed away a few years before. His dad had enjoyed fixing up vintage cars as a pastime, and the groom had inherited one of them that he hadn’t finished before he died. Little did he know, his mom secretly had it fixed up and parked in the front of the church for when the ceremony ended. The groom was floored when he came out—they drove to their reception in it! -STEPH

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an 8-piece brass percussion band to lead guests from the venue to the after-party spot four blocks away. The musicians were instructed to play crowd-pleasing ’90s hits like Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” while all us guests trailed behind them. Everyone was too happy and wrapped up in the moment to even notice the freezing temperatures outside (it was the middle of winter!)— we were too busy reliving our glory days together. -ESTHER

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Clayton County

135 W. Cherokee Ave., Ste. 243A Cartersville, GA 30120 (770) 387-5075 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

121 S. McDonough St., Bldg. 3 Jonesboro, GA 30236 (770) 477-3301 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bibb County

Cobb County

601 Mulberry St., Rm. 207 Macon, GA 31201 (478) 621-6493 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

32 Waddell St., Bldg. D Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 528-1931 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bryan County PO Box 418 Pembroke, GA 31321 (912) 653-3856 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1956 Appling Harlem Rd. Appling, GA 30802 (706) 541-1254 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Butts County

Coweta County

25 3rd St. Jackson, GA 30233 (770) 775-8204 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

200 Court Square Newnan, GA 30263 (770) 254-2640 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Carroll County

Dade County

311 Newnan St., Rm. 204 Carrollton, GA 30112 (770) 830-5840 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

255 W. Crabtree St. Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-4414 8:30 – 11 a.m., 1 – 4 p.m.

Gordon County

Dawson County

Gwinnett County

Catoosa County 875 Lafayette St. Ringgold, GA 30736 (706) 935-3511 8:30 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Columbia County

25 Tucker Ave., Ste. 102 Dawsonville, GA 30534 (706) 344-3580 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Effingham County 700 N. Pine St. Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-2112 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fayette County 1 Center Dr. Fayetteville, GA 30214 (770) 716-4220 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Forsyth County 112 W. Maple St., Ste. 101 Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 781-2140 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Franklin County 7085 Hwy. 145 Carnesville, GA 30521 (706) 384-2403 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fulton County 136 Pryor St., Ste. C-230 Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 730-4692 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 100 S. Wall St., Fl. 1 Calhoun, GA 30701 (706) 629-7314 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 75 Langley Drive Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (770) 822-8250 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Henry County 99 Sims St. McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 288-7600 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Houston County 201 N. Perry Pkwy. Perry, GA 31069 (478) 218-4710 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jackson County 5000 Jackson Pkwy., Ste. 140 Jefferson, GA 30549 (706) 387-6277 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Jasper County 126 W. Green St., Ste. 111 Monticello, GA 31064 (706) 468-4903 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jones County 110 S. Jefferson St. Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-6668 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Laurens County

Morgan County 149 E. Jefferson St. Madison, GA 30650 (706) 343-6500 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Muscogee County 100 10th St., Fl. 6 Columbus, GA 31901 (706) 653-4333 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Newton County 1132 Usher St., Rm. 148 Covington, GA 30014 (770) 784-2045 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oconee County 23 N. Main St., Rm. 304 Watkinsville, GA 30677 (706) 769-3936 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paulding County

Rockdale County 922 Court St., Rm. 107 Conyers, GA 30012 (770) 278-7700 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spalding County 132 E. Solomon St., Fl. 2 Griffin, GA 30223 (770) 467-4340 8 a.m. – noon, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Twiggs County 425 Railroad St. Jeffersonville, GA 31044 (478) 945-3252 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walker County 103 S. Duke St., Rm. 101 LaFayette, GA 30728 (706) 638-2852 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Walton County 303 S. Hammond Dr., Ste. 118 Monroe, GA 30655 (770) 267-1345 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

280 Constitution Blvd., Rm. 2009 Dallas, GA 30132 (770) 443-7541 8 a.m. – noon, 1 – 5 p.m.

Whitfield County

Peach County

23 E. Court St., Rm. 422 Washington, GA 30673 (706) 678-2523 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PO Box 2098 Dublin, GA 31040 (478) 272-2566 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

205 W. Church St., Ste. 117 Fort Valley, GA 31030 (478) 825-2313 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lee County

Pickens County

100 Leslie Hwy. Leesburg, GA 31763 (229) 759-6006 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays)

35 W. Church St. Jasper, GA 30143 (706) 253-8755 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 – 4 p.m.

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Barrow County

102 N. College St., Rm. 116 Hamilton, GA 31811 (706) 628-5038 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

McDuffie County

205 N. Selvidge St. Dalton, GA 30720 (706) 275-7400 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Wilkes County

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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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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Albany Herald

(229) 888-9300 PO Box 48 Albany, GA 31702

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

Form: Yes

Price depends on content of announcement.

Americus Times–Recorder

(229) 924-2751 PO Box 1247 Americus, GA 31709

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

Form: Yes

Announcements submitted without a photo are free of charge; $23.75 with photo.

Athens Banner–Herald

(706) 208- 2297 Attn: Wedding 1 Press Place Athens, GA 30601

Must submit info 10 business days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; email to celebrations@onlineathens.com. Couples will be sent a proof, which must be approved before the announcement goes to print.

Prices range from free to $200 depending on size and photo requirements.

Atlanta Journal– Constitution

(404) 526-2724 Attn: Celebration Pages 223 Perimeter Center Pkwy. Atlanta, GA 30346

Must submit info 11 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online. Photo must be vertical.

Price depends on package selected, starting at $29.99 for online and $160 for print.

The Augusta Chronicle

(706) 828-3844 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 725 Broad St. Augusta, GA 30903

Must submit info no later than 14 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; form found online.

Prices range from $35 to $210 depending on length and photo size.

Columbus–Ledger Enquirer

(706) 322-4500 17 W. 12th St. Columbus, GA 31901

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

Form: Yes; form found online at Courier-Herald.com.

Up to 5 inches of text for $30; $1.50 for each additional inch.

Dublin Courier Herald

(478) 272-5522 Attn: Janice Clark PO Drawer B CSS Dublin, GA 31040

Must submit info at least four weeks prior to the desired publication date (Tuesday through Friday).

Form: Yes Photos returned with SASE.

Free if info is submitted by email; $25 if a hard copy is submitted by mail.

Macon Telegraph

(478) 744-4391 Attn: Celebrations Dept. PO Box 4167 Macon, GA 31208

Must submit info no less than 14 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from free to $250 depending on size and photo requirements.

The Marietta Daily Journal

(770) 795-3000 Attn: Weddings 580 Fairground St. SE Marietta, GA 30060

Submissions are accepted up to three months after the wedding date. Must submit info by 3 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Prices range from free to $490 depending on size and photo requirements.

Savannah Morning News

(912) 652-0215 Attn: Celebrations Coordinator PO Box 1088 Savannah, GA 31402

Submissions will be accepted up to one year after wedding date. Must submit info two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Announcements must be typed and may be edited by the newsaper staff.

Price is $18.50 per column inch, including photo.

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255 milledge

255 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA (706) 549-1116 | events@255milledge.com 255Milledge.com Your wedding is a moment in history for you—a moment that will last a lifetime in the memories of those who are gathered at your celebration. And what better place to host such a special occasion than a setting with all of the history of the Hardeman-Sams Estate? capacity 200 | price $$

2400 on the river

2400 Pleasant Hill Road, Ranger, GA (386) 882-2400 info@2400ontheriver.com 2400OnTheRiver.com Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and on the banks of the Coosawatee River lies 2400 On The River. Trade vows in the gazebo overlooking the lake, dine in the lodge with vaulted ceilings and cozy fireplaces, and dance the night away in the riverfront pavilion. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the barn at three oaks

197 Burgess Road, LaGrange, GA ThreeOaksBarn.com Nestled in between the Georgia pines, the Barn at Three Oaks Farm specializes in weddings and other events that create lasting memories for families and friends. Three Oaks Farm provides the picture-perfect place of Southern tranquility and high-end rustic elegance. capacity 300 | price $$

berkeley hills country club

2300 Pond Road, Duluth, GA (770) 448-8353 ahoward@berkeleyhillscc.org BerkelyHillsCC.org Berkeley Hills Country Club features a stacked stone entry pavilion, three elegant event rooms, all featuring 20-foot ceilings, chandeliers and golf course views. Outdoor ceremonies may be hosted on our beautiful lawn or covered veranda. Available for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. capacity 300 | price $$

carl house

1176 Atlanta Hwy., Auburn, GA (770) 586-0095 info@carlhouse.com CarlHouse.com Carl House’s Southern-style home, lush gardens and elegant ballroom provide the perfect location for every wedding! Experience exquisite cuisine prepared by the in-house chef and in-house florals! capacity 300 | price $$

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city winery atlanta

650 North Avenue, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA (678) 399-7023 atlantaevents@citywinery.com CityWinery.com/atlanta Host your wedding in urban wine country! Our versatile spaces can be transformed to accommodate your taste and personality, creating a breathtaking experience that is a reflection of you. Contact us today! City Winery Events is ready to help you plan and coordinate this memorable occasion!

grand lake club

815 Southbridge Blvd., Savannah, GA (912) 233-2466 GrandLakeClub.com Planning a wedding and wishing to find an affordable reception venue near Savannah in a beautiful country club setting? Host your wedding reception in the ballroom at Grand Lake Club at Southbridge, with options for an outdoor wedding (poolside even!), plus breakfast catering for your destination wedding guests. capacity 175 | price $$$

capacity 200 | price $$$

the cotton gin at mill creek

1817 Hiram Douglasville Highway, Hiram, GA (678) 202-4880 CottonGinWeddings.com This unique event venue provides a gorgeous backdrop for your special event with the beauty of nature, gorgeous wooden water wheels throughout the property, free flowing water features inside and out, and old mixed with a little new. capacity 200 | price $$

the desoto

15 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, GA (912) 443-2008 | TheDeSotoSavannah.com The DeSoto is perfectly situated in the heart of historic Savannah, offering traditional Southern elegance with unique Southern-inspired culinary experiences specially designed for your occasion. capacity 300+ | price $$$

fendley farmstead

1287 Sardis Road, Canton, GA (404) 408-5561 | fendleyfarmstead@gmail.com FendleyFarmstead.com Stunning views of the North Georgia piney woods and overlooking expansive pastures offer the picturesque setting for your wedding. Our versatile venue can accommodate your ceremony and reception, and our all-inclusive packages remove any hassle and stress. capacity 200 | price $$

georgian hall

247 E. Washington St., Suite 103, Athens, GA (706) 850-5935 info@georgianhall.com | GeorgianHall.com Historic Georgian Hall has served as a prominent special events venue for more than a century. With original features including marble-lined walls, porcelain tile floors and stained-glass windows, our ballroom provides a classic backdrop for special occasions of any kind. capacity 250 | price $$$

the golden isles

Georgia (800) 933-2627 | GoldenIsles.com The Golden Isles creates a magical setting for any wedding. Pristine stretches of beach are punctuated by century-old oak trees covered in Spanish moss. The breathtaking landscape, historic churches and landmarks create the atmosphere of a bygone era filled with romance.

holiday inn express and suites, alpharetta

12505 Innovation Way, Alpharetta, GA (678) 339-0505 kwilson@banyan-ig.com Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Alpharetta, is a great hotel that your guests will love! capacity 40 | price $$

horse stamp inn

2418 Horsestamp Church Road, Waverly, GA (920) 882-6280 HorseStampInn.com At the Horse Stamp Inn, you can create your own romantic setting in front of the grand stone fireplace, charming country pond, majestic fountain or rustic barn. Whether tying the knot or celebrating a timeless anniversary, our courteous staff will assist you with every aspect of your special day. capacity 300+ | price $$

hyatt regency atlanta perimeter at villa christina

4000 Summit Boulevard, Atlanta, GA (678) 515-2707 julie.bilecky@hyatt.com AtlantaPerimeter.Regency.Hyatt.com Find all your wedding dreams—in one magical place. capacity 300 | price $$$

indigo falls events

Dallas, GA (770) 443-4458 IndigoFallsEvents.com Where rustic meets elegance. capacity 250 | price $$

the king and prince beach & golf resort

(800) 342-0212 KingandPrince.com We vow to make your day beautiful. The King and Prince offers everything you could desire in one scenic and elegant location, capturing the essence of a storybook wedding any time of the year. capacity 350

lillian gardens

83 Greenville Street, Newnan, GA (770) 251-1206 LillianGardens.com Lillian Gardens is a full-service event venue dedicated to providing professional planning services for weddings and special occasions, while ensuring unique and

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loft at castleberry hill

170 Northside Drive SW, Suite 96, Atlanta, GA (404) 420-7030 jmiller@cintl.com loftatch.com Located in the Castleberry Hill Art District, our vision is to create a unique experience through tailored events, delicious cuisine and exceptional customer service. The possibilities for hosting fabulous events are endless, and we invite you to let our LOFT team create the ultimate experience for you! capacity 350 | price $$

the newnan centre

1515 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan, GA (678) 673-5494 NewnanCentre.com The Newnan Centre and you—the perfect union. It’s beautifully appointed and accommodates up to 350 people. capacity 350 | price $$

payne-corley house

2987 Main Street, Duluth, GA (770) 476-5366 info@paynecorleyhouse.com PayneCorleyHouse.com Circa 1873, the Payne-Corley House features lush grounds and gazebo for your garden ceremony and a beautifully appointed ballroom for your wedding celebration. Your wedding specialist and amazing culinary team will ensure a memorable and cherished event. capacity 250 | price $$

Vecoma1.com Vecoma’s riverside weddings are spectacular in this forest with birds, butterflies, and the sound of the rushing river. Indoor weddings (held by the stone fireplace) are equally impressive. The lodge has cathedral ceilings and French doors leading to a huge deck overlooking the river. capacity 300 | price $$

the venue at cenita vineyards

Cleveland, GA (706) 892-7399 CeNitaVineyards.com Just 90 minutes north of Hartsfield International Airport, The Venue at CeNita offers lush landscaping and beautiful surroundings, combining elegance and nature to create truly inspired events. capacity 200 | price $$

the venue at murphy lane

525 Murphy Rd., Newnan, GA (770) 262-8241 thevenueatmurphylane@gmail.com TheVenueatMurphyLane.com Our property features wide-open spaces with rolling hills, ponds, pastures and manicured lawns. Our farm includes a gated entrance, winding driveway, beautiful Southern home, log cabin with a wraparound porch, gazebo on a lush lawn and an elegant countryside barn. Love is in the air at Murphy Lane. capacity 200 | price $$$

visit savannah

VisitSavannah.com Our historic venues and picturesque squares are perfect to create a timeless backdrop on your wedding day. Our quirky personality and hip atmosphere will make it a night you and your guests will never forget.

Picture yourself marrying your true love in a romantic Victorian mansion, strolling the garden paths, dancing in the grand ballroom, feasting on delicious foods, surrounded by fragrant blossoms. The place is the Whitlock Inn, built in 1900 and close to the historic Marietta Square. capacity 400 | price $$

the willows farm

75 Swan Center Dr., Marble Hill, GA (404) 456-2212 info@thewillowsfarm.com TheWillowsFarm.com The Willows Farm is a premier wedding venue located in the North Georgia Foothills. This private 300-acre farm offers multiple indoor and outdoor options for your wedding ceremony and reception to create the perfect setting for your special event. capacity 300 | price $$

yonah mountain vineyards

1717 Highway 255 South, Cleveland, GA (706) 878-5522 events@yonahmountainvineyards.com YonahMountainVineyards.com Plan your vineyard wedding and be certain that you will have a memorable day. Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a 200-acre estate, family-farm winery in the North Georgia Mountains. Experience our gracious hospitality surrounded by lush vineyards, rolling hills and the dramatic rock face of Yonah Mountain. capacity 300 | price $$$

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tybee island wedding chapel

1114 Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, GA (888) 988-9233 TybeeWeddingChapel.com Nestled on Tybee Island’s tidewater creek, the venue boasts over 7,000 square feet of event space, featuring an ornate Sanctuary, Grand Ballroom, bridal suite, groom’s quarters, cocktail lounge, two catering kitchens and outdoor patio that overlooks the island’s tidewater creek. capacity 300 | price $

vecoma at the yellow river 4400 Vecoma Lane, Snellville, GA (770) 972-6540 sales@vecoma1.com

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w atlanta-midtown

188 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 733-6944 WAtlantaMidtown.com You’ve been waiting for the perfect wedding. We’re here to make it happen. Indian and Kosher catering allowed (restrictions apply). capacity 400+ | price $$$

white crest farm

1184 Farmers High Road, Carrollton, GA (678) 378-4907 WhiteCrestFarm.com White Crest Farm’s country setting capitalizes on some of the most striking views in the area and is anchored by an 80-year-old, two-story barn. We provide a yearround indoor/outdoor wedding and reception venue. The Gathering Hall can be designed to fit any and all of your desires. capacity 300+ | price $$

the whitlock inn

57 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA (770) 428-1495 alexis@whitlockinn.com WhitlockInn.com

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200 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA (404) 522-5522 events@southernexchangeatl.com SouthernExchangeATL.com Downtown Atlanta’s premier venue, Southern Exchange Ballrooms balances deep history and modern elegance. With six distinct spaces, in-house catering and AV services—and within walking distance of Atlanta’s best hotels—Southern Exchange Ballrooms offers exquisite atmospheres with unbeatable convenience.

b. worley productions

info@brianworley.com BrianWorley.com Brian Worley, owner and creative director of B. Worley Productions, is renowned for personalized design for distinguished occasions. With over 18 years of experience in the wedding and event planning industries, Worley brings an extensive arsenal of high-profile event experience to Atlanta’s thriving wedding scene.

isavvy designs

1075 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 3650, Atlanta, GA (470) 538-2456 andreaakins@isavvydesigns.net IsavvyDesigns.net Isavvy Designs is a full-service event and wedding planning firm. We accommodate all elements of wedding coordination from a small, private ceremony to a gala event. We make sure it’s memorable by exceeding your expectations.

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legendary events

Atlanta, GA (404) 869-8858 LegendaryEvents.com We are a full-service, award-winning special events company headquartered in Atlanta. Our in-house team of event professionals excels in creating one-of-a-kind experiences through design, catering and floral décor for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and more.

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cakes & caterers

flowers & décor

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!

carithers flowers

1708 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, GA (770) 980-3000 weddings@carithers.com Carithers.com/events Our experienced events consultant and design team will go beyond your expectations to assist you in creating an unforgettable event, large or small. Call or email for a complimentary consultation!

d. geller & son

2955 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 230, Atlanta, GA (770) 955-5995 | DGeller.com Where Atlanta Gets Engaged.

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gotta have it catering

Atlanta metro area (404) 936-8987 GHIFood.com We provide exceptional service and custom-crafted menus to fit your taste and respect your budget. We’d love the opportunity to add you to our list of happy brides! Contact us today to get a detailed quote for fullservice or food truck catering.

specialty services

go2bella

5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 110 B, Peachtree Corners, GA (770) 674-2695 | info@go2bella.com Go2Bella.com Go2Bella Bridal Atelier can create your vision, your dress, your way.

(904) 629-6219 info@emeraldempireband.com EmeraldEmpireBand.com Emerald Empire is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

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blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 BlancdeBleuUSA.com/shop-wine Blanc de Bleu is available in two varietals. Its signature varietal is a blue sparkling brut with a hint of blueberry. Its “something new” varietal is Blanc de Bleu Rosé Brut. Both are perfect for weddings. Drink responsibly.

georgia bridal show

GeorgiaBridalShow.com See the South’s award-wining bridal fashion show production with professional models and live entertainment, meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything you need in one place!

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mike moon studio

9878 Main Street, Suite 105, Woodstock, GA (678) 772-2073 sales@mikemoonstudio.com MikeMoonStudio.com Hidden glances. Spontaneous laughter. Lasting memories. This is our fuel. Together, we’ll have a blast. We want to photograph your wedding in a creative, timeless style that showcases all the planning and emotion you put into it. Let us help you feel over the moon about your photography!

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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Three Oaks Farm

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103 West

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Tybee Island Wedding Chapel & Grand Ballroom

33

255 Milledge

29

Valhalla Resort Hotel

127

2400 on the River

75

Vecoma at the Yellow River

41

The Barn at Olde Homeplace

151

The Venue at CeNita Vineyards

145

Berkeley Hills Country Club

129

The Venue at Murphy Lane

17

Carl House

39

Visit Savannah

25

City Winery Atlanta

7

W Atlanta Midtown

23

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek

90

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead

95

The DeSoto Savannah

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White Crest Farm

58

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The Whitlock Inn

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Fendley Farmstead

43

The Willows Farm

57

Georgian Hall

13

Yonah Mountain Vineyards

49

Golden Isles Georgia

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Grand Lake Club

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alpharetta

155

Cakes & Rose Events

157

Horse Stamp Inn

85

Gotta Have It Catering

45

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter

155

Indigo Falls Events

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Johns Creek Visitors

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Carithers Flowers

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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LOFT at Castleberry Hill

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Mulberry Hall

151

Go2Bella

89

The Newnan Centre

145

Sweet Elegant Bridal

118

Payne-Corley House

27

Something Special at Lillian Gardens

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Southern Exchange Ballrooms

14

D. Geller & Son

21

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Matthew and Ashly Fine Art & Films

129

B. Worley Productions

15

Mike Moon Studio

52

Isavvy Designs, LLC

157

Legendary Events

10

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Live It Productions International, LLC

152

LTJ Events & Design

51

ENTERTAINMENT

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Emerald Empire Band

152

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Livingston Productions

146

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Cover, 55

Georgia Bridal Show

77

Luxe Atlanta

146

Total Wine & More

5

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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“We got engaged on the Mississippi River during Mardi Gras, in front of the French Quarter,” Kathryn says. “We wanted to incororate that moment into our wedding, so after our ceremony, we threw beads to our guests as we walked up the aisle. It was one of the most fun moments of our day and was the perfect kickoff to our celebration.”

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