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GEORGIA

FIND YOUR VIBE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

#YOUDOYOU

NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN UN FORG ET TA BL E B RUN CH BA S H

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

AND MORE! ➜

GEORGIA WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

ATLANTA / SAVANNAH / AUGUSTA / MARIETTA

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS


Providing Beautiful Backdrops Enjoy Every Moment When you plan with 103 West, you know that every last detail is taken care of. So when you’re walking down the aisle, tossing the bouquet, cutting the cake, and hitting the dance floor, all you have to worry about is enjoying every single moment.

A beautiful resort located 45 minutes north of Atlanta on the sparkling waters of Lake Lanier, Lanier Islands offers a variety of wedding venues both indoor and out, accommodating both large and small occasions. With on-site lodging and first-class amenities your experience at Lanier Islands will be remembered and cherished forever. Visit our website for details or to request a proposal. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway • Buford, GA • 30518 678.318.7859 • LanierIslands.com

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To start planning your next event, please contact: Ashley Miale-Durrett, AMiale@buckheadrestaurants.com • Julie Murdock, JMurdock@buckheadrestaurants.com 103west.com | 404.233.5993 | 103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305

David Christensen Photography, Anna&Spencer Photography, VI Photography, Once Like a Spark Photography, Studio 66 Photography BY Marvin

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Together FOR EV ER

THE ENG AGE M EN T PA R T Y

THE REHEARSAL DINNER

THE CER EMON Y

S T. S I M O N S I S L A N D , G E O R G I A 8 0 0.3 4 2 .0212 | K I N G A N DPR I N C E .C OM

Main Photo by Anna Shackleford Photography

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THE R ECEPTION

BEGI NS

B R I DA L PA R T Y ROYA L T R E AT M EN T

GOLF OU TINGS

#KINGANDPRINCERESORT

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Eight Consecutive Years

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St. Simons Island

Sea Island

Jekyll Island

Little St. Simons Island

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Goldenisles.com | (800) 933-2627

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Wedding Party Perfect Accommodations Grey Owl Inn is a charming B&B on St. Simons Island, GA. An easy walk to the beach, pier village and lighthouse, 5 unique luxury suites with bath await your arrival. Daily breakfast, high tea, wine & cheese hour. A perfect setting for wedding photos! (912) 434-6292 www.greyowlinn.com

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 www.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 www.beachviewclubjekyll.com

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CONTENTS

issue IN THIS

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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

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happy trails

PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 114

the knot beauty awards We tested hundreds of products to find the best buys for your beauty routine.

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slice by slice

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

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

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

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rental reboot

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

stylist on call

style 86

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morning matrimony

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

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

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suite talk All the basics for your suite.

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

FROM LEF T: JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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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

real weddings 54

alyson & brandon november 11, atlanta

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beth & dayn may 28, milton

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tanisha & erik october 6, atlanta

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the year’s freshest venues

allie & rachel september 30, palmetto

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alyson & brandon

planning 8

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the year’s freshest venues The new twists on some old faves.

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Nail down your wedding vision.

cassie & eric

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march 10, savannah

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Wedding stats throughout the country.

carmen & cory

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april 7, newnan

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alison & bryan

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

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

september 30, savannah

$ = $10,000 or less

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

taylor & andrew april 28, rossville

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the knot real wedding facts

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

FROM LEF T: WILLET T PHOTOGR APHY; CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY

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your style, defined

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CUSTOM CATERING | AWARD-WINNING DESIGN | PREMIER VENUES

Connected by Fifth Group expertise, experience and service

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

Legendary Weddings Planning. Design. Floral. Cuisine.Venues

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ABOUT THE COVER

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

COVER Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at The Sentimentalist, TheSentimentalistATL .com (Atlanta); engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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

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COVER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Bridals by Lori, BridalsbyLori .com (Atlanta); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

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

glamping

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

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

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

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES

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SIMPLY SARAH PHOTOGRAPHY

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SIMPLY SARAH PHOTOGRAPHY

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REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Georgia, including Chelsey and Chris’s classic celebration at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah. The formal affair was punctuated with tufted lounge furniture, gold mirrors and magnolia-filled arrangements. “We loved the feeling of old Savannah and wanted to honor the city’s charm,” Chelsey says. After their Catholic ceremony, the newlyweds took a ride in a trolley car through the park.

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 86)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 132)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 38)

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

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 132), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 38), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 86). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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

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COOPER: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; EMOJI: EMOJIPEDIA; BRIDE AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; BRUNCH COUPLE: JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY; COUPLE IN PINK: NERIPHOTO; CEREAL: ISTOCK

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WEDDING TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING 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 best match your wedding style. And don’t worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What are some creative ways to work with monograms? When monograms are used on every single piece of paper, they can seem boring and stuffy. We prefer to incorporate monograms into suites sparingly instead. We also like to use them for wax seals and dance floor decals, and to print them without ink—a method called “blind deboss.” How can couples on a budget save on stationery? For letterpress printing, limit your ink to just one color per piece. Secondly, rather than paying for your return address to be printed on both your outer and reply envelopes, purchase a custom rubber stamp with your return address on it that you can use to manually stamp each envelope. You can also forgo a reply card envelope all together and opt for a postcard to save a few bucks. Lastly, try limiting your enclosure cards by adding extra information, like hotel details, to your invitation. How many stamps does an invite need? Take a fully assembled invitation to the post office, and ask an associate to weigh it before you purchase postage. If your invite is close to the one ounce weight limit for a standard stamp, then plan on adding more postage to ensure your invites are successfully delivered, not returned to you.

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What are the “new rules” of wedding stationery? First, don’t be afraid of color or texture. Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, influenced many of our 2018 clients’ designs, and, early next year, we expect requests for Pantone’s 2018 pick, Ultra Violet, too. We’re also using vellum in unexpected ways, hints of metallic and handmade and hand-deckled paper. Secondly, your invite should reflect you as a couple and your event. If old-school etiquette isn’t important to you, then don’t feel obligated to adhere to it. Do what feels right for you both and the event you’re hosting.

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“We wanted the evening to feel warm and elegant,” Alyson Moler (30 and a director of revenue growth management) says of her wedding to Brandon Hayes (34 and a financial planner). They also envisioned a night with a bit of urban edge, reflecting the vibrancy of the city where they met and live. With concrete floors, 18-foot ceilings and a distillery next door, The Stave Room at American Spirit Works gave the couple a refined, industrial setting. They softened the space with pillar candles, autumnal colors and greenery, and incorporated creative details like a ceremony backdrop of tangled branches. The venue provided its own welcoming touch: a signature cocktail, named for the couple’s pup, made from ginger beer and American Spirit Works’s own silver whiskey. —Rebecca Dalzell

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“We loved pairing contemporary metallic accents with plush linens, bold florals and rustic farm tables,� Alyson says. Midnight blue and gold dominated the design, appearing on the acrylic seating chart, curly willow branch centerpiece, foil-stamped stationery and the white chocolate raspberry and caramel spice cake.

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The pair danced to Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and later jumped on stage to get down with the 10-piece band.

ALYSON & BRANDON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Stave

Room at American Spirit Works, Atlanta PHOTOGRAPHY Gregory Willett/Willett

Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Oak and Willow Wedding Films PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Molly McKinley Designs FLOWERS

Victory Blooms GOWN Modern Trousseau, Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta HAIR & MAKEUP The Moore Agency VEIL Cheryl King SHOES Stuart Weitzman ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Shane Co. BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Groom: Ralph Lauren, Macy’s; groomsmen: The Tie Bar FLOWER GIRL & RING BEARER ATTIRE David’s Bridal; Lionel Smith Limited STATIONERY Sarah Ingram RENTALS

Collection Event Furnishings; Sejour Events CATERING Dennis Dean CAKE Peche Petite MUSIC Ceremony: Mark Stokes; reception:

Rhythm Nation TRANSPORTATION Atlantic Limousine and Transportation REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Williams Sonoma; Guests dined on chicken roulade, burgundy-braised short ribs and cheesy cauliflower gratin served in a cast-iron skillet. Blue velvet draped the 20-foot round head table, while tall arrangements of amaranthus, hellebores and seeded eucalyptus marked the others.

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The newlyweds chose an untraditional recessional: “Love you Madly” by Cake.

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At the head table, wire-and-twine pendants hung over a macramé runner and clusters of peonies, tulips, ferns and hellebores.

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The horticultural theme carried into the favors: packets of rosemary, chive, basil, thyme or mint seeds. Beth bought a $1 dictionary at Goodwill and tore out her favorite pages to use as wrapping paper. “It was super fun to do!” Beth says. She stamped each with the name of the herb inside.

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Farrah Power PLANNER Kristi Collins/Coco Red Events EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Amanda Jewel Floral + Design GOWN Daughters of Simone, The Sentimentalist, Atlanta HAIR & MAKEUP Linda Margarita HEADPIECE

Amanda Jewel Floral + Design SHOES Free People ENGAGEMENT RING Heirloom WEDDING RINGS Bride: JCapelJewelry,

Etsy.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Savvi Formalwear RING BEARER ATTIRE Janie and Jack STATIONERY Paperless Post RENTALS

La Tavola; M&M Event Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS A Divine Event CAKE Cakes

by Anna OFFICIANT Frank Perri (groom’s friend) MUSIC Sonic Groove FAVORS DIY REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Home Depot; Target HONEYMOON Punta Cana, Dominican Republic GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Tanisha gifted Erik, a cognac connoisseur, an engraved bottle of Hennessy Paradis the morning of.

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Tanisha Douglas (29 and a middle school manager) and Erik Montgomery’s (35 and a consultant) romance started with a scene straight out of a classic movie. Driving around Washington, DC, one evening, they pulled up next to each other at a red light. Tanisha shouted to Erik to roll down his window and invited him out for drinks. Four years after their old-school meeting, a throwback wedding was in order. The Atlanta History Center, with its elegant Swan House and grand ballroom, was ideal for a vintage-inspired wedding studded with red, gold and black. During cocktail hour, guests roamed through the galleries before indulging in a Southern buffet. They later went home with boxes of Jamaican rum cake and peach cobbler, baked by Tanisha’s aunt. —RD

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Tanisha and her dad danced to Mariah Carey’s “Hero.”

TANISHA & ERIK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Atlanta

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Ambience Decor GOWN Maggie Sottero, Seng Couture, Fanwood, NJ HAIR Kissed Hair By Kim MAKEUP Tamara Montgomery SHOES Steve Madden ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Zales BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bari Jay, Seng Couture, Fanwood,

NJ MENSWEAR Groom: Enzo Custom; groomsmen: BLACK by Vera Wang STATIONERY Invitations and programs:

Sandi Spells Design; escort cards: DIY RENTALS Ambience Decor; One Sound

and Entertainment CATERING & DESSERTS Affairs to Remember CAKE Cakes by La’Meeka OFFICIANT Rev. Ed Jones (family friend) MUSIC DJ Mark Battle/One Sound and Entertainment FAVORS DIY HONEYMOON Spain & Greece GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Allie (left) rocked a custom suit, while Rachel wore a silk-chiffon dress.

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THEIR STORY For their autumn wedding, Alexandria (Allie) Woodruff (29 and a therapist) and Rachel Vice (27 and an aesthetician) looked for a rural weekend retreat with lodging on-site. “It was important for us to spend quality time with the ones we love in a relaxing setting,” Allie says. The Inn at Serenbe offered just that, with 1,000 acres of trails and wildflower meadows. It also inspired the whimsical woodland reception. “We put a clear-top tent in the forest, which allowed us to have our reception in the midst of nature,” Allie says. Glass ornaments, string lights, terrariums and bud vases created an ethereal ambience for the 84 guests to graze on seasonal Southern dishes and party to a live band. The couple continued the celebration by gathering friends and family in a nearby cabin after the reception wrapped. —RD

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A garland of Nagi greenery flowed down the dining table, where potted succulent place cards doubled as favors. A dinner of portabella lasagna, balsamic chicken, and mac and cheese was followed by a serious dessert spread: carrot cake, macarons, mini banana puddings and pie pops.

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Hoffman-Smalling/Stella Harper Events FLOWERS Forage & Flower GOWN Carol

Hannah, The Sentimentalist, Atlanta SUIT Commonwealth Proper, Atlanta HAIR & MAKEUP Jennifer C Nieman HEADPIECE

TheFawnandtheSparrow, Etsy.com SHOES Allie: Frye; Rachel: Anthropologie ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Worthmore Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Various FLOWER GIRL Nordstrom STATIONERY

hi note RENTALS Goodwin Events; I Do Linens CATERING, CAKE & DESSERTS The newlyweds took lessons to prep for their first dance, a mash-up that ended with “I Feel Good,” by James Brown.

Bold Catering & Design OFFICIANT Laura Brier (friend) MUSIC Emerald Empire Band DANCE LESSONS Valeo Dance Fitness Studio FAVORS DIY REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bed Bath & Beyond GUESTS 84 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY Designers Cassie Bray (28) and Eric Meckley (26) are selfproclaimed quiet types, happy to take a back seat and go along with the crowd. But for their wedding at Savannah’s Georgia State Railroad Museum, a block from where they met in architecture school, they wanted to let their personalities shine. The historic venue already had plenty of character, so the couple focused on intimate details, filling the space with whatever unexpected items felt natural: mid-century modern furniture, Moroccan rugs, neon signs and cat cake toppers. Not wanting to force traditions, Cassie and Eric made up their own. “We really wanted to have a ritual, but struggled to find something that didn’t seem contrived,” Eric says. “We decided to own the fact that we just wanted to make guacamole in front of everyone to seal the deal.” Mashing avocados, they became man and wife. —RD

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CASSIE & ERIC’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Georgia State

The reception design took cues from the venue’s 19th-century industrial ruins. “We were shooting for something that felt overgrown and natural,” Eric says. Guests dined on fried chicken sliders and paneer tikka masala before cutting into a trio of cakes: lavender earl grey, rose with lemon curd and carrot.

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Railroad Museum, Savannah PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Posthuma/Photography Anthology WEEK-OF COORDINATOR Design Studio

South FLOWERS Mea.Flowers GOWN Leanne Marshall, Lovely Bride, Charleston, SC; alterations: Nadya D Studio Design & Alterations, Mt. Pleasant, SC HAIR Sonny Sisan MAKEUP Emily Dawson; Molly Vaughan HEADPIECE Mea.Flowers SHOES LOQ ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Foe & Dear BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS.com MENSWEAR J.Crew;

Johnston & Murphy; The Tie Bar; Zara STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS Eddie

Kimmer Lighting; EventWorks; Georgia State Railroad Museum; Southern Belle Wedding & Event Rentals CATERING & CAKE Thrive Catering CAKE TOPPERS Etsy.com; Graveface Records & Curiosities OFFICIANT Amber Aument (friend) MUSIC First City Events PHOTO BOOTH DIY TRANSPORTATION

For an informal sendoff, the couple threw on llama heads from the photo booth and danced to Billy Idol.

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THEIR STORY For his wedding to Carmen Bowen (30 and a radiation therapist), Cory Worley (27 and a business owner) and his father cut down a pine tree from their farm, milled the wood and built a ceremony cross. “We hope our children will use it when they get married,” Carmen says. It was the kind of elegant, personal touch that defined their lush garden event. After the vows, guests headed to a white-and-gold reception decorated with antique furniture for a dinner of biscuits and fried chicken. —RD

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The bride’s aunt made the vanilla cake with buttercream frosting and edible gold leaf.

Carmen kept warm in a mink coat borrowed from Cory’s grandmother.

“Our theme was secret garden,” Carmen says. “We wanted it to be romantic with luxurious accents.” The couple topped farm tables with potted heliotrope and gold votives. They found champagne coupes at a local antique shop to use at the reception and plan on bringing them out again on their anniversary.

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Gardens, Newnan PHOTOGRAPHY Hannah Riley/Hannah Wade Photography VIDEOGRAPHY CL Money Films PLANNER

In An Instant FLOWERS The Perfect Posey GOWN Winnie Couture, Atlanta HAIR

Amanda Hill MAKEUP Deep Cover Beauty VEIL David’s Bridal SHOES Nina ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Canton Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Adrianna Papell MENSWEAR Groom: Alain Dupetit; HKT Custom Clothiers; Joseph Abboud; groomsmen: Savvi Formalwear STATIONERY Paper Daisies Stationery RENTALS ShadeTree Event Rentals CATERING Elegant Expressions Catering CAKE ELF’s Cakery OFFICIANT Rev. Ronald Bowens MUSIC Nice Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH DIY FAVORS Donation to American Cancer Society TRANSPORTATION Atlantic Limousine &

Transportation REGISTRY Honeyfund.com HONEYMOON Montego Bay, Jamaica GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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When it came to planning a memorable wedding, Taylor Dickinson (26 and a corporate communications associate) and Andrew Cordeiro (25 and a banker) had a distinct advantage: Taylor’s family owns Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. The couple wanted a wedding that they described as “formal fun.” Clad in black-tie dress, 225 guests rode a railway to a reception with champagne, a string quartet and roller coaster rides. The college sweethearts skipped a seated dinner in favor of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a shrimpand-grits bar, plus red velvet and Coca-Cola cakes. Naturally, fireworks, cotton candy and a glow-in-the-dark dance party rounded out the festivities. —RD

A family friend designed Taylor’s bouquet of peonies and magnolia leaves.

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Taylor’s parents’ wedding invitation inspired the engraved stationery.

A custom monogram appeared on everything from beer koozies to a flag flying atop the roller coaster. Since the venue was plenty colorful, the couple stuck to white and navy for the décor. They incorporated family heirlooms like framed photos, silver dishes and coupes for the champagne toast.

TAYLOR & ANDREW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Church of the Good

Guests rode the Wave Swinger during cocktail hour.

Shepherd, Lookout Mountain, TN RECEPTION SITE Lake Winnepesaukah

Amusement Park, Rossville PHOTOGRAPHY Theo Milo Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Little Josh Productions PLANNER DIY FLOWERS DIY GOWN Lorena Quinn HAIR Pasha Hair Salon MAKEUP Criss

Skinner VEIL Gentle Arts, New Orleans, LA SHOES L.K.Bennett ENGAGEMENT RING

H.Stern Jewellers WEDDING RINGS Harry Winston BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Sung, The Dessy Group MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo Boss; groomsmen: Monica’s Bridal STATIONERY Invitations: Tickled Ink; programs: ImageWorks RENTALS Chattanooga Tent CATERING DIY CAKE Chatta-Cakes Bakery OFFICIANT Rev. Mac Brown MUSIC Momentum Party Band/EastCoast

Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Premier Transportation REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s HONEYMOON Australia & New Zealand GUESTS 225 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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HARWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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SEPTEMBER 30

• SAVANNAH

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The couple dug up the bourbon they buried in the square a month before the wedding to ward off rain. The sky cleared just before their ceremony.

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Bryan pinned spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and astilbe to his lapel.

At the end of their senior year in college, Bryan Wynkoop (27 and a marketing director) asked his new girlfriend Alison Angell (26 and a program manager) to pack a bag for a surprise weekend away. The destination? Savannah. “We fell in love with the hanging moss and storybook squares,” Alison says. After visiting regularly over the years, Alison and Bryan knew it was just the place to host an enchanting, casual wedding. The Denverbased couple wanted friends and family, who came from around the country, “to feel as if they were exploring our favorite place with us.” At the ceremony, guests sat on benches under the oaks in Pulaski Square, and then walked to Soho South Cafe to celebrate. Candles and simple place settings made the reception feel like a elegant dinner party at home. That is, until the DJ cranked up Frankie Valli for the couple’s first dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” —RD

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Seated in mismatched chairs, guests dined on shrimp and grits and Brussels sprouts. Burgundy candles and arrangements of roses, eucalyptus and Italian ruscus elevated the atmosphere. Desserts, including lemon pound cake and chocolate torte squares, were laid out on a baby grand piano.

ALISON & BRYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Pulaski Square, Savannah

The couple toasted with personalized Coke bottles, a gift from Bryan’s aunt.

RECEPTION SITE Soho South Cafe, Savannah PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Rach

Loves Troy Photo + Cinema PLANNER Posh Petals and Pearls FLOWERS Harvey Designs GOWN Watters, The Bridal Room, McLean, VA HAIR & MAKEUP Bride’s Side Beauty VEIL

The Bridal Room SHOES Jewel Badgley Mischka ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Charleston Alexander BRIDESMAID DRESSES Hayley Paige Occasions, Bella

Bridesmaids MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com;

map: Snappymap.com; programs and escort cards: DIY RENTALS All About You Entertainment; Amazing Event Rentals; Savannah Vintage Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS Soho South Cafe OFFICIANT

Brody Barrett (friend) MUSIC All About You Entertainment FAVORS SipHipHooray, Etsy.com TRANSPORTATION Old Savannah Tours REGISTRY Honeyfund.com HONEYMOON Kauai, HI GUESTS 85 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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When Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events got the itch to reinvent the daytime wedding, there was no place more perfect (or colorful) to do so than Kellogg’s New York City café. But this isn’t your basic brunch bash. Infused with hues that pop, charming design accents and lots breakfast puns (win!), the inspiration packed into this playful scene will make for a meal, and marriage, you won’t forget. >>

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suite or savory Skirt tradition with wedding stationery that’s more fun than formal. Here, graphic fonts, bright colors and playful lingo all add up to an invitation suite that screams, “mimosas for all!” Who wouldn’t want to attend that party?

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disco “I dos” For a space worthy of a celebration (your vows, duh), pump up the volume with colorful enamel stools, eye-catching florals and, of course, a ’70s-inspired disco ball.

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Three-stone rings— extra popular now thanks to Meghan Markle—represent the past, present and future. >>

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Play up the retro breakfast vibe with custom menus attached to bright red clipboards at each setting.

ah, sugar sugar sunny-side up Want your blooms to say “happy�? Opt for a zesty palette, like this red, orange, yellow and pink one.

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Have an especially cool venue? Be sure to ask your photographer to shoot portraits of you and your honey, honey around the locale. >>

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tasty topper Add a sweet finishing touch to your tiered confection with a playful doughnut cake topper, like this one from Treat House.

altar twist For a more modern ceremony scene, swap the traditional arch with two metal pillars draped in florals.

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Get guests laughing (and snacking) with made-for-each-other bacon and eggs sugar cookies.

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

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

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

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake.

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Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

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

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

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Mark Brown is the co-owner of For Goodness Cakes, located in Norcross. He specializes in quality crafted cakes with a focus on design and homemade flavors.

We try to make every cake have unique elements for each couple, so when we first meet with them, we’ll take a look at their inspiration boards and pull different elements from there to design their cake.

We see a variety of couples and trends throughout the year, but the biggest right now is naked cakes with ganache drips. Couples are attracted to the simple and natural style.

Think about other elements of décor you’ve decided on for your wedding day, like your colors or invitation suite, and consider pulling inspiration from there into the design of your cake.

You want to choose a flavor that’s traditional, but has a little something extra guests will talk about. A big hit at our shop is our vanilla bean cake with salted caramel cream cheese filling.

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

great britain

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

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Here are the details on every delicious finishing touch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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YOU R W EDDING W EBSITE VS. YOU R IN V I TAT ION SUITE

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All the fast facts about the main event.

RSVP

Guests can indicate their attendance and choose a meal, if necessary.

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Not sure what info belongs on your wedding website rather than your invitations? It’s cool— we’re here to walk you through the proper etiquette. Any imperative info, like the date, time and location, should be front and center on your wedding invites (then repeated on your site), while details like directions and parking can live just on your website. Same goes for registry info—it’s considered a bit, ahem, in your face, to include it on the invites (guests aren’t required to get you a gift, after all), so play it safe and add links to your website instead. Looking to host an adults-only event? Include that wording on your site, and address the envelope to just the guests invited.

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Your save-the-date cards and invitation suite are usually the first impression your guests will get of your wedding day vibe, so make sure your paper goods slay. Think about your whole vision for your day, then work with a stationer or designer to incorporate colors, textures, typography or even witty lingo that lets guests know they’re about to have the most fun ever.

How you address your envelopes is a great way to indicate which members of a group or family are actually invited. If your affair is adults only, address the invite specifically to Mr. and Mrs. Jones instead of The Jones Family. Giving a bud a plus-one? Jane Smith and Guest is the way to go. If a guest isn’t getting a plus-one, address the envelope just to the invitee—they should get the hint.

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With invitations getting more complex (embossed leather, anyone?), it’s smart to take a trip to the post office before sending yours out. Have them weigh a completed suite, as well as review the calligraphy or lettering you’ve chosen for the address. Both an extra-hefty envelope or an address that can’t be read digitally can equal more necessary postage, so it’s good to know ahead of time if you need to snag some extra stamps.

Timing is everything when it comes to your invitations and save-the-dates. You want to give guests ample notice to add you to their calendars, but not so much time that it happens to slip their minds. As a rule of thumb, save-thedates should go out six to eight months ahead of your wedding (a bit earlier if it’s a destination bash), while invitations can be mailed six to eight weeks out, with an “RSVP by” date at least two weeks before the wedding. >>

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Whether it’s one pretty botanical or the lyrics to your favorite song, a stylish envelope liner is the exclamation point on your suite.

S TAT E M E N T LIN ER

L O C A L M A P For a personal touch, work with a designer to create a map of your wedding area. Tip: Beyond your ceremony and reception locale, include favorite spots, like your go-to pub, karaoke joint or ice cream shop so guests can make the most of their trip.

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A C R Y L I C A C C E N T It’s pretty clear why this modern detail is coming in hot. It adds a luxe weight and texture to your suite and makes for an undeniably cool invitation that can double as artwork. B O L D T Y P E For an eye-catching statement, look no further than creative typography. One killer font is all it takes to ensure a total wow moment the second guests open the envelope.

Purists love the upscale effect a letterpressed invitation has. On a tighter budget? Choose one or two high-impact details to letterpress instead of the whole design.

LETTERPRESS

The translucent paper can serve as an accent within your suite, a wrap to hold together all the individual pieces or the main material. Whatever way you use it, it’s a stunner. VELLUM

W A X S E A L Give any suite an old-school, stately vibe with a custom wax seal added directly on the invite or on top of the envelope flap.

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A fancy way of referring to paper with frayed, torn edges, deckled paper is the perfect way to add soft, subtle texture to your suite. DECKLED EDGES

We’re calling it now—metallics are here to stay. Modern couples can work in the shine with geometric accents, while romantically minded duos may prefer a design with delicate gold calligraphy and line drawings. We love either. GOLD LETTERING

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Paper obsessed? The fun doesn’t stop once you send out your invitation suites. There are tons of day-of paper goods that could benefit from an extrathoughtful touch. Start the day with a standout ceremony program—we love the idea of including printed vellum envelopes that hold confetti to toss after you seal the deal. Then, get guests laughing with cheeky customized trivia napkins. Or kick your escort cards and dinner menus up a notch with unique designs or interactive features (like suspended paper airplanes with guests’ names on them). Finally, end the evening with thoughtful favors, like your favorite caramel popcorn tied with a sweet (or funny) thank-you note.

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“Couples are gravitating toward minimal touches to elevate their invites, like vellum wraps or wax seals. Champagne-colored (warm silver) foil is also huge.” —Karla Lim

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“Acrylics are becoming super popular for weddings, and for good reason. They can be done very modern or more traditional, and it’s always unexpected and fresh.” —Patty Gibbons L I T T L E B L A C K D R E S S PA P E R I E , MOR R ISTOW N, NJ

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PRESSED POWDER Not only does this setting powder give your complexion an airbrushed appearance, it also keeps your foundation in place while staving off dreaded T-zone shine. Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, $29, ITCosmetics.com

MAKEUP These f inds stand up to happy tears, f irst kisses and daylong celebrations—plus, they’ll make you look flawless in high-def photos.

B LUS H There’s a reason why this blush is a cult classic (and no, it’s not just the suggestive name). Its sheer formula creates a natural-looking flush and has just the right amount of flattering shimmer. Blush in Orgasm, $30, NARSCosmetics.com

BRONZER Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features for a perfectly sun-kissed glow. Shimmer Brick compact in Bronze, $48, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

LIPSTICK A bridal beauty triple threat, this hydrating lipstick keeps your pout smooth and provides rich color that actually stays put, so you won’t have to worry about messy first kisses or lots of touch-ups. Boys & Girls lip color, $36, Tom Ford, Sephora.com

BROW DEFINER Not achieving your #browgoals is simply not an option with this wallet-friendly pencil that offers a precision tip, smudge-resistant formula and spoolie brush in one. Draw the Line eyebrow pencil, $8, FlowerBeauty.com

WA T E R P R O O F M A S C A R A This high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrink-wrapping formula that defines, curls and lengthens. Plus, it will survive even the most emotional vows. The Curling Mascara, $28, KevynAucoin.com

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EYELINER A built-in brush takes the intimidation factor out of drawing the perfect cat eye. And don’t worry—the long-lasting formula won’t crease or fade. Liquidlast liner, $21, MACCosmetics.com

PRIMER Whether you’re planning to wear a full face of makeup down the aisle or going more natural during your honeymoon, just a few pumps of this multitasker and your skin is primed and camera ready. One Step Prime, $36, StilaCosmetics.com

F O U N DAT I O N A buildable foundation works for all skin types and offers just the right amount of creamy coverage. And added jojoba and sweet almond seed oils smooth fine lines for a flawless finish. Cream foundation, $68, KjaerWeis.com

S E T T I N G S P R AY If there’s a time to embrace a full-coverage look, your wedding day is it. Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours (no matter how crazy the dance floor gets) with this weightless spray. All Nighter makeup setting spray, $32, Urban Decay, Ulta.com

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

HAIR OIL Smooth a small amount through dry hair for brilliant shine that won’t make your locks lifeless. Can you say, “game changer”? Pure treatment oil, $39, EleniandChris.com

FA L S E EYELASHES It takes a few tries to perfect applying these reusable magnetic falsies, but they’re worth the effort. They add fluttery length and volume but look natural. Full Coverage original lash, $90, OneTwoCosmetics.com

HIGHLIGHTER Pull off the “lit from within” trend by mixing a few drops of liquid luminizer with your foundation. It melts into your skin for a dewy finish. Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid highlighter, $41, Becca, Ulta.com

CONCEALER Experiencing wedding-planninginduced dark circles or stress breakouts? We’ve got you covered. This waterproof concealer goes on smooth and gives serious coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, $24, ITCosmetics.com

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER A luxe, caviar-infused duo keeps your mane looking gorgeous and glossy. Caviar Repair Instant Recovery shampoo and conditioner, $34 each, AlternaHairCare.com

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EXPERT PICK

H A I R S P R AY This hair spray has strong hold but is still flexible enough to allow you to adjust your ’do. Air Control light hold hair spray, $29, Aveda.com

L I P G LOSS This versatile gloss leaves behind a unique, glassy sheen and just the right amount of sheer pigment. And with over 40 shades to choose from, it’s easy to find one that works for your skin tone. Lipglass, $17, MACCosmetics.com

MAKEUP REMOVER This cleansing micellar water cuts through even the most stubborn mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling irritated or stripped of its natural oils. We call that a skin win. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

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ANTI-FRIZZ Silk protein and algae extract tame even the most unruly strands. Frizz Ease Extra Strength hair serum, $12, John Frieda, Ulta.com

EYE SHADOW You’ll use this versatile mix of warmand cool-tone eye shadows well beyond your wedding day. Shade + Light eye contour palette, $48, KatVonDBeauty.com

“This is my go-to palette for brides because it offers a range of matte, neutral shadows that really last.” —Emily Miller, Emily Miller Makeup & Hair in St. Louis

VO LUM I Z E R Give your hair bouncy volume with an invisible spray that lifts and absorbs oil at the roots. Dry texturizing spray, $46, Oribe.com

DRY SHAMPOO Keep your tresses looking fresh from your walk down the aisle to your morning-after brunch—sans any pesky white residue. Hair Goals dry shampoo, $19, Tarte.com

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HAIR

Whether you’re going with a classic chignon, boho braid or über-glam cascading curls, these are the products you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

HAIR MASK This wallet-friendly find leaves your hair just as silky as pricier picks. PRO-V Gold Series repairing mask, $8, Pantene, Target.com

HAIR DRYER Save yourself time (and heat damage) with an innovative new hair dryer that splits open to dry your strands vertically. Salon 360 Surround styler, $27, Revlon, Walmart.com

EXPERT PICK

“Your hair will look just as good at the end of the day as it did in the beginning.” —Megan Garmers, MG Hair and Makeup in New York City

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STYLING S P R AY A fine mist gives strands extra body but won’t weigh them down. Session Spray Strong, $40, Balmain Paris Hair Couture, Net-a-Porter.com

S T Y L I N G WA N D Pull off the “just-left-the-salon” look with a heated round brush that doesn’t require the help of a blow-dryer. Blowout Babe thermal brush, $100, Amika, Sephora.com

CURLING IRON If round brushes aren’t your thing, an efficient iron with an ergonomic handle turns frizz into polished waves in a single pass. BodyWaver 1.75" styling iron, $149, T3Micro.com

F L AT I RO N Don’t fret if there’s rain, wind or high humidity on your wedding day. This sleek iron is all you need to get straight, shiny locks. Platinum Styler, $249, GHDHair.com

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BEAUT Y AWARDS

BODY

2018 WINNERS

Bathe, buff and bronze with these essentials to boost your confidence from head to toe. DEODORANT

Swiping on this deodorant keeps you dry all day—even during the most nerve-racking moments. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com BODY BRONZER

Light-reflecting pigments create an airbrushed effect that subtly evens out your skin tone. Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, $45, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com BODY SCRUB

A gently exfoliating combo of brown sugar and coconut shell leaves skin soft and polished. Coconut Crush scrub, $38, KopariBeauty.com

NAILS

S E L F - TA N N E R

Gradually build a bronze glow with this streak-proof, hydrating balm-to-oil formula. Coconut melting tanning balm, $35, James Read, BlueMercury.com

Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these nail necessities.

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B A S E COAT

CUTICLE OIL

A good base coat should do more than just make polish last. This one is full of antioxidants that protect and nourish nails. Nailkale base coat, $15, Nails Inc., Sephora.com

Basically a mani in a bottle, its blend of oils softens and conditions cuticles while strengthening nails. Solar Oil nail and cuticle conditioner, $9, CND, Ulta.com

GEL EFFECT POLISH

Pair with the accompanying base and top coats for a highgloss finish that lasts, no UV lamp required. Gel Lab Pro color, $20, DeborahLippmann.com

POLISH

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This ultra-flattering shade hits the sweet spot between true nude and ballet pink. Polish in Bare With Me, $9, Essie.com

B O D Y WA S H

An innovative foaming formula feels luxurious and makes it easy to lather up your whole body. Shower Foam Deep Moisture body wash, $6, Dove, Target.com

EXPERT PICK EXPERT PICK

T O P C O A T Swipe on this pro

favorite for a durable, wet-looking sheen that dries almost instantly. Dry fast top coat, $9, Seche Vite, SallyBeauty.com

“It seals polish for a chip-free manicure. It’s truly one of the best nail products out there.” —Tamara Granath, Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry in Chicago

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POLISH REMOVER

HAND CREAM

It may be a splurge, but this must-have removes even the darkest nail polish in seconds while moisturizing with aloe and lavender. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

This cream leaves you with pictureperfect hands, and its scent makes you want to reapply. Whipped Argan Oil hand cream, $22, Josie MaranCosmetics.com

E X F O L I A T O R Fruit enzymes slough away dead skin cells quickly and painlessly. Spritz on before applying self-tanner or body bronzer. SexAPeel instant exfoliation spray, $40, SoniaRoselli.com

“This spray even works for sensitive skin.” —Mindy Orsak Fuller, Mindy Orsak Hair & Makeup Design in Austin, TX

NAILS: ARTHUR BELEBEAU/TRUNK ARCHIVE; PREVIOUS PAGE, HAIR: CLAIRE BENOIST/THE LICENSING PROJECT

BODY MOISTURIZER

Slather on this body butter full of salmon enzymes (we’re not kidding) to smooth and firm skin. Retexturizing body butter, $120, Restorsea.com

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Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Upgrade your skin care routine in the weeks leading up to your day with our must-haves.

ACNE FIGHTER Keep it on hand to dry up zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before your wedding). Drying lotion, $17, MarioBadescu.com

TONER A natural toner, complete with flower petals, cleanses pores without overdrying. Calendula Herbal Extract toner, from $21, Kiehls.com

SUNSCREEN Shield yourself from sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave a chalky residue. SPF 50 mineral sunscreen, $28, Clinique.com

FAC E M I S T Stash this soothing spray in your emergency kit and break it out when your makeup needs a refresh. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie, Sephora.com

SERUM Believe the hype. This organic face oil evens out skin tone and protects against free radicals. Active Botanical serum, $185, VintnersDaughter.com

SHEET MASK Lie back, relax and allow this luxe cotton mask to totally rejuvenate your skin in under 15 minutes. Facial treatment mask, $17, SK-II.com

E X F O L I AT O R A brown sugar and strawberry scrub buffs away dull skin and smells like dessert—what’s not to love? Sugar face polish, $62, Fresh.com

CLEANSING MASK A drugstore gem with a 60-year legacy, this green mask obliterates blackheads. Mint Julep masque, $4, Queen Helene, SallyBeauty.com

CLEANSER Massage a dime-size amount of balm into your face for brighter, plumper skin. Vitamin C nourishing cleansing balm, $65, KatBurki.com

EYE CREAM Look like you got your beauty sleep with cream that combats fine lines and puffiness. The Eye Balm Intense, $205, CremedelaMer.com

M O I S T U R I Z E R The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but miraculously never feels greasy or sticky to the touch. And, due to its mild, unscented formula, it also works as a primer, makeup remover and body cream. Lait-Crème Concentrè, from $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com

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“I love how this product has multiple uses. I mix it with heavier foundation to make a great tinted moisturizer.” —Perry Warren, Creative Hair & Makeup Design by Perry Warren in Springfield, VA

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EXPERT PICK

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• All size weddings (even elopements for two) and custom affairs

• Luxurious, peaceful setting, only 20 minutes from the coast and activities

• Weddings are of a destination nature, providing accommodations (includes 3-course breakfast) for you and guests

• Several ceremony, cocktail hour and reception sites

• Tented, barn or open-air weddings

• Planning and décor services offered

• Pond and in-ground swimming pool

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

SPICY A unisex perfume with a devoted following of beauty influencers, this sultry, statement scent leaves a lasting impression in its wake. Santal 33 eau de parfum, $270 for 3.4 oz., LeLaboFragrances.com

F LO R A L This flirty, energetic blend of white flowers like jasmine and gardenia is perfect for a bachelorette weekend. Wild Child eau de parfum, $65 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose.com

ROMANTIC Made from seven different types of roses from all around the world, this surprisingly clean scent unfolds like a fresh-cut bouquet. Wear solo or layer it over complementary fragrances (we like muskier ones) for an end result that’s all your own. Red Roses cologne, $135 for 3.4 oz., JoMalone.com

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Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose a special new fragrance to remind you of your day every time you wear it.

SWEET Besides being a pretty addition to your nightstand, this scent is a delicious combo of vanilla and florals. Dolce Garden eau de parfum, $118 for 2.5 oz., Dolce & Gabbana, Macys.com

BEACHY A bottle of tropical sunshine, the exotic blend of orange blossom and herbs like basil is a no-brainer for a destination affair. Eau Papaguéna extrait de parfum, $210 for 1.7 oz., Elisire.com

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CLASSIC Powdery notes of rose, magnolia and amber, plus a cedarwood base, make for a balanced fragrance that’s appropriate for any wedding locale or time of year. Chloé eau de parfum, $105 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Sephora.com

FRESH Perfect for the bride who typically goes au naturel, this crisp blend of citrus and peony is pleasant but never overpowering. Warm cotton eau de toilette, $40 for 1 oz., CleanPerfume.com

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dress codes decoded

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

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

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

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

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

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

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FA SHION & BE AUT Y

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

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

F I N D YO U R P E R F E C T W E D D I N G O U T F I T AT TheKnot.com/wedding-dress-style

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Stylist on Call

tamara mellon

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

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

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

Tamara’s best-selling Frontline sandals

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FA SHION & BE AUT Y

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL THAT GLIT TERS

A CUT ABOVE

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

KEEP IT CLEAR

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

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

F I N D M O R E FA S H I O N I N S P O AT TheKnot.com/frontrow

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Kelly’s Closet, KellysCloset.net (Atlanta); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie.com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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

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

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force of nature An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Bridals by Lori, BridalsbyLori.com (Atlanta); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche .com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treat them to a cooking class

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

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

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

Arrange for a group tour

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

Host a postwedding brunch

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

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

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

Is the venue near hotels?

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

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

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

What kind of services do you offer?

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

What restrictions do you have?

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

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

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

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

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

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The Trolley Barn, circa 1889, is located two miles east of downtown Atlanta in historic Inman Park and features a main hall with hardwood floors, serving kitchen, outdoor bar, patio and gardens. DETAILS 180 for a seated dinner • 250 for a buffet style reception Free self parking • BYOB

BOOKING INFORMATION: Contact Lisa Milko at 404-521-2308, or visit us online at www.thetrolleybarn.com. 963 EDGEWOOD AVENUE, ATLANTA, GA 30307 TSE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

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

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

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

The invitations

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

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Your vows

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

The menu

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

Your transportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REAL WEDDING FACTS

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guests in attendance This may seem high (or low) to you, depending on what kind of celebration you envision. Either way, there are a few things to consider when it comes to guest count. (And keep in mind, around 20 percent of guests will likely RSVP “no.”)

WE’VE GOT THE DOWNLOAD ON WHAT WEDDINGS LOOK LIKE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY— AND WE’RE HERE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.

Before you head off in search of the perfect venue, draft up a guest list. You need an idea of how many party people you expect so you can choose a venue that fits all your family and friends.

Quick question—how often during wedding planning have you thought to yourself, “Um, is this normal?” Well, we’re here to tell you that the answer is most likely “yes.” Each year we poll more than 12,000 newly married couples to gain insight into everything—what they spent, whom they invited and where they hosted. The goal? To spread the knowledge and let you know you’re far from alone on your wedding journey. Here, some of our fave facts—and tips to pull off your day.

TIP 2 HAVE “A” AND “B” LISTS Work off two lists when sending out invites. Your A-list is the must-haves, while your B-list is a nice bonus. As RSVPs roll in, you can extend invites to the B list if you’re getting enough “no” responses.

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OFFICIANT

MUSICIAN

If you’re having a nonreligious ceremony, consider asking a close friend or family member to do the honor of officiating. (Remember, this role is best suited for someone who feels at home in front of a crowd.) Bonus: They’ll already know you both well, so you won’t have to worry about your ceremony feeling scripted or impersonal.

Have a friend who is amazing on the violin or loves playing piano at dinner parties? See if they’ll share their talents on your wedding day. You don’t want to hire them as the entertainment all night long—that’s no fun for them! But having them perform a song or two during the ceremony or at cocktail hour is the perfect special add-on.

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PRO TIP Ask your photographer if they think you have time for prewedding shots.

OF COUPLES DO A FIRST LOOK BEFORE THEIR CEREMONY

The first look is a great addition to your schedule if you and your partner want to make the most of your wedding day timeline and are a bit flexible with “tradition.” Typically arranged by your photographer ahead of your ceremony, the first look allows you to see each other for the first time that day—privately or in front of a small group—snap a few portraits and get out any pre-vow jitters. Many duos opt to work in a first look to maximize the time spent with loved ones postceremony (no portraits during cocktail hour means more mingling for you!), while others choose to use it as a time to say more personalized vows to one another in private or just spend a few quiet moments together before the busyness of the day picks up.

READERS

USHERS

No matter what type of ceremony you and your partner want for your day, it will likely include a few readings, religious or otherwise. This is a great place to include a friend or family member who is special to you both. Tip: Make it even more personal by giving your loved one the option of choosing what they read at the ceremony.

While the role of ushers at the ceremony is typically reserved for groomsmen, feel free to ask whomever you want—women too! Have your ushers stand at the entrance of the aisle or give them a special boutonniere or corsage to wear so guests can easily identify who will help them find their seats before the start of the ceremony.

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SIGNATURE SIP Mix cocktails created by your favorite Friday night happy hour joint.

GAME ON Are you into friendly competition? Swap a rehearsal dinner for a “field day” picnic.

VACAY INSPO Let elements of your décor mimic a favorite vacay together, like lemons for Italy.

MARRIAGE LICENSE WITNESS At some point, you’ll need to sign on the dotted line and make it legal, so think about who you want standing next to you while you give your best autograph. Yes, you can choose your honor attendants, but if you have a favorite college roomie or beloved cousin, they can step in as your official witnesses too.

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If you’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle during one of these highly coveted months, think about booking your venue and priority vendors ASAP. Because the demand for the summer and early fall months is so high, it could mean that your first pick for that dream barn reception venue or Indian-fusion caterer will get snatched up fast. To ensure you get exactly what you want, try booking at least a year out from your ideal wedding month, if possible. Don’t care when you tie the knot? Awesome—if weather and your schedule permits, consider aiming for an off-peak time of year, like late winter or early spring. You may enjoy vendor and pricing perks you can’t score during the busy season.

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If you have your heart set on a date during peak months but want to save $$, consider a Friday or Sunday bash.

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WE’RE ALL FOR THE WEEKEND-LONG WEDDING—HEY, MORE TIME TO PARTY, RIGHT?

But with the whole Friday rehearsal dinner, Saturday wedding, Sunday brunch thing comes more logistical planning, so just make sure you have a handle on the added to-dos. If you can swing it, aim to host an event each day that all guests are welcome to join, so anyone in town for the weekend isn’t left with nothing to do. Want to have a private, wedding-partyonly rehearsal dinner? Totally fine—but open it up to welcome drinks afterward to make all your guests feel included. Worried guests will be bored Saturday morning while you prep for the day? Arrange a walking tour of the local town or a pre-party yoga class for your group to partake in. The more you set aside for your guests to do while celebrating you and your partner, the more memorable the whole weekend will be for them.

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Make a list of your must-haves and budget from there. Choosing two to three nonnegotiables (like gorgeous film photography or outrageously lush florals) will allow you to narrow in on what’s really going to make the experience for you, and will encourage you to allocate your spending with these priorities in mind. That way, you don’t exhaust your funds, only to realize there’s no more room in the budget for the videography team you had your heart set on.

THEN, PLAN FOR HIDDEN COSTS Recognize when a flat rate isn’t just a flat rate. Everything from taxes to service fees and even day-of tips can inflate your spending, so choose vendors and make purchases with that in mind.

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

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Play to their strengths

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

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Digital photography

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

Film photography

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

Classic style

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

Lifestyle

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

Artistic style

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

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


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

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

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

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

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

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

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

Invitation suite

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

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

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

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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Laura Watson is a photographer based in Atlanta. She documents love stories for joyful, fun-seeking couples and is committed to serving her clients with blissfully romantic experiences.

Once you’ve chosen your photographer, trust them. A long shot list may sound like a good idea, but it can actually end up keeping your day from unfolding naturally. Relax and let your pro do their thing.

Make sure your photographer has a plan for how to take care of your photos. Backing up images and having extra memory cards is the mark of a professional you can trust with your day.

Leading up to your wedding, schedule some time to slow down and be together. Planning can get overwhelming, and it’s important to remind yourselves of what’s truly important in the end.

My favorite photos happen as the couple walks back up the aisle together. Everyone is cheering and the joy on their faces is pure magic. It’s the best feeling to see happy faces all around you—enjoy it!

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

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

Pick the perfect spot

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

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

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

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Embrace everything about the locale

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

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

Budget accordingly

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

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Check off these tasks for a smooth day of. Over-communicate with your vendors To make sure everyone is on the same page, call your wedding vendors and confirm the arrangements you have with them, including final head counts, arrival times, delivery schedules and more. Designate point people You don’t want your caterer calling while you’re getting your makeup done. To avoid that, designate a go-to person for every situation, like ceremony and reception setup, payments (and tips!) and guest inquiries. If you don’t have a planner, give the lowdown to your most trusted pal. Pack properly Whether you need special undergarments for your wedding day look or are leaving for your honeymoon postreception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event is crucial. Do you have your emergency kit? Your rehearsal dinner attire? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you’re on top of it will minimize stress. Schedule glam time Make any minor beauty appointments you want done the week of, like a mani-pedi, waxing, massage, blowout or facial. Any experimental treatments (like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts) should be done a few months in advance in case they don’t turn out as expected.

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

wedding week to-dos

Hand off important items Be sure to pass your marriage license to your officiant, the wedding bands to a trusted wedding party member and any tabletop or décor items to your florist, caterer or planner. Have your wedding attire ready to go Make arrangements at your bridal salon or local cleaners to have your outfit steamed—and don’t try it on afterward or else it’ll wrinkle again. Store it in a garment bag and hang it in a closet in a smoke-free and pet-free room, just to be safe. Deliver welcome baskets Ahead of your rehearsal dinner (and your guests’ arrival), be sure to give any welcome baskets or bags to the hotel concierge. Provide a list of names, delivery instructions and any additional information you have to prevent mix-ups.

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

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

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

Your catering

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

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

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

Your music

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

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Whether it’s a missed teaspoon of sugar or a tilted tier, a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix. Yes, it would be much less expensive to buy a few boxes of cake mix and do it yourself, but in the end, the quality may suffer. Plus, decorating and transporting a cake is difficult and best left to someone with the knowledge of how to handle your dessert.

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make it legal Georgia Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Georgia, you must be 18 years old to legally marry without parental consent. Both the bride and groom must present a valid form of ID to apply for a license. The bride and groom must apply together and in person. Some counties may require a divorce decree or a death certificate if either the bride or groom has been previously married. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid in the state of Georgia. Nonresidents must get their licenses in the county where they are getting married. In each county, probate court offices are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. License fees and methods of payment vary by county, and some counties offer discounts if a premarital counseling certificate is submitted, so call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Athens-Clarke County 325 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601 (706) 613-3320 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Banks County 144 Yonah-Homer Rd., Ste. 7 Homer, GA 30547 (706) 677-6250 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chatham County

DeKalb County

Hall County

Madison County

Richmond County

133 Montgomery St., Rm. 509 Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 652-7267 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

556 N. McDonough St., Rm. B190 Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 371-2601 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

225 Green St., Rm. 1000 Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 531-6921 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

91 Albany Ave. Danielsville, GA 30633 (706) 795-3354 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

735 James Brown Blvd., Ste. 1000 Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 821-2434 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Chattahoochee County

Dougherty County

Harris County

PO Box 2028 Thomson, GA 30824 (706) 595-2124 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

379 Broad St. Cusseta, GA 31805 (706) 989-3603 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

225 Pine Ave., Ste. 123 Albany, GA 31701 (229) 431-2102 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Douglas County 8700 Hospital Dr., Fl. 3 Douglasville, GA 30134 (770) 920-7249 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cherokee County

652 Barrow Park Dr., Ste. D Winder, GA 30680 (770) 307-3045 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

90 North St., Ste. 340 Canton, GA 30114 (770) 704-2610 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bartow County

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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carl house 103 west

103 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA (404) 233-5993 103West.com With stunning ballrooms, impeccable service, many complimentary amenities and delicious food, 103 West is the top destination for private events in the heart of Buckhead. capacity 300 | price $$$

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 $$

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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 $$$

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.

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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 $$

conservatory at waterstone

4851 N. Main Street, Acworth, GA (770) 974-4899 AtlantaWeddingVenues.com We are a full-service wedding venue, offering an affordable, fabulous, all-inclusive wedding package. The Conservatory’s ambience is a unique mix of modern loft and rustic French country, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and two levels of seating. capacity 300 | 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 $$

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 $$

fumi events venue

3550 Mall Blvd., Atlanta, GA (404) 395-2985 info@fumievents.com As the Atlanta area’s newest premier event venue, our dedicated private space can accommodate over 100 guests. Complete with a spacious patio and modern architectural details throughout, this space will be sure to impress all your event invitees. capacity 100 | price $$

the georgia club

1050 Chancellors Dr., Statham, GA (770) 725-3110 The Georgia Club.com/weddings An outdoor wedding garden, indoor ceremony location, two reception venues with customizable floor plans for up to 300 people and award-winning cuisine at The Georgia Club create a beautiful and intimate setting perfect for your dream day. capacity 300 | 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 $$$

glendalough manor

200 Glendalough Court, Tyrone, GA (678) 870-0068 GlendaloughManor.com Stunning lush, manicured gardens surround our outdoor ceremony site. European understated elegance can be found in our spacious ballrooms. Our 14-plus acres include a garden pergola—the perfect ceremony setting—two expanded ballrooms, hideaway buffet areas, a custom bar and a bridal suite. capacity 300+ | 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.

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 $$$

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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 $$

kaya vineyards

5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA (706) 219-3514 events@kayavineyards.com At Kaya, you will see the breathtaking panoramic views of the North Georgia Mountains. What better way to accommodate your incredible wedding day than with photos of you and the majestic mountains of Dahlonega. Overlooking the mountains will leave an unforgettable impression on you and your guests. capacity 200 | 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

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 $$$

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in the woods

2173 Cartersville Hwy., Rockmart, GA (770) 634-3216 InTheWoodsEvents.com Dance, dine and celebrate in our 5,200-square-foot rustic and inviting reception hall. Other amenities include, but are not limited to, wedding coordinator, floral package, in-house DJ, separate bridal and groom suites, shuttle transportation, a honeymoon suite and much more! capacity 250 | price $$$

indigo falls events

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

johns creek convention and visitors bureau

Johns Creek, GA JohnsCreekCVB.com In a city that strives to be the exception to the everyday, you’ll find nothing less from the venues and wedding services in Johns Creek. Unique spaces range from country club chic to delightfully different. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the ideal location and design an unforgettable event.

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lanier islands

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA (678) 318-7859 | info@lanierislandsweddings.com LanierIslands.com Lanier Islands, a picturesque 1,500-acre natural sanctuary located on the shores of Lake Lanier, offers multiple settings for your wedding. Choose reception sites from a grand ballroom or a scenic pavilion to a variety of stunning venues located along the water’s edge. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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. capacity 100+ | price $$$$

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 personalized experiences in a beautiful, fully restored Southern antebellum mansion and garden. capacity 200 | price $$

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 $$

osprey cove

123 Osprey Drive, St. Marys, GA (912) 882-5575 OspreyCove.com Osprey Cove provides a picturesque backdrop perfect for your “I do.” Whether it is an outdoor wedding overlooking our breathtaking 18th hole and marsh or an indoor affair in our recently renovated clubhouse, make your day extraordinary at Osprey Cove. capacity 100+ | 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 $$

st ives country club

One St Ives Country Club Drive, Johns Creek, GA (770) 623-1239 EXT. 1107 specialevents@stivescountryclub.org StIvesCountryClub.org Our 45,000-square-foot stone-encased clubhouse sits atop one of the highest points in North Fulton County. Once inside, you experience the feeling of an 18th century English country manor. capacity 300 | price $$

the trolley barn

963 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA (404) 521-2308 TheTrolleyBarn.com The Trolley Barn, circa 1889, is located two miles east of downtown Atlanta in historic Inman Park. It features a main hall with a hardwood floor, serving kitchen, outdoor bar, patio and gardens. capacity 250 | 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 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 $$

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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 $$$

You’ve been waiting for the perfect wedding. We’re here to make it happen. Indian and Kosher catering allowed (restrictions apply).

beyond. We collaborate with you to create an event that’s fun, memorable and, most importantly, truly representative of your personality.

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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.

ltj events + design

Greater Atlanta, Georgia and worldwide (404) 220-8699 LTJEvents.com LTJ can help you create the perfect event with a hand-selected team of amazing vendors. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary meet and greet. Let us treat you to coffee or a glass of wine and get to know each other!

capacity 300+ | price $$

the whitlock inn

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

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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sweet elegance bridal

1652 Church Street, Suite C, Decatur, GA (404) 292-8424 SweetEleganceBridal.com Our unique selection of designer bridal gowns combined with unbeatable customer service makes the Sweet Elegance Bridal experience as beautiful and unforgettable as the event itself. Our full-service salon offers exquisite bridal gowns, mother of the bride gowns, bridesmaids, wedding accessories and tuxedo rentals.

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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.

mike moon studio a dream woven events

w atlanta-midtown

188 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 733-6944 WAtlantaMidtown.com

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Georgia, the Southeast and beyond (404) 273-9966 ADreamWoven.com A Dream Woven Events is a luxury boutique event planning and design firm based in Atlanta. We specialize in weddings and events in Georgia, the Southeast and

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!

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flowers & décor

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!

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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.

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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!

things remembered

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

belk

Serving nationwide Belk.com Belk’s professionally-trained bridal consultants make planning your wedding gift registry enjoyable and convenient. You’ll find quality brand names and styles in dinnerware, glassware, flatware, kitchen electrics, bedding and bath essentials and more. Your guests are a click away from making your house a home. Just visit our website.

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total wine & more

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

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Osprey Cove

167

103 West

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Payne-Corley House

29

255 Milledge

31

Something Special at Lillian Gardens

123

2400 on the River

69

St Ives Country Club

53

Berkeley Hills Country Club

161

Three Oaks Farm

35

Carl House

43

The Trolley Barn

159

The Conservatory

119

Tybee Island Wedding Chapel & Grand Ballroom

39

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek

101

Vecoma at the Yellow River

40

Fendley Farmstead

91

The Venue at CeNita Vineyards

163

Fumi Events

159

The Venue at Murphy Lane

19

The Georgia Club

93

Visit Savannah

27

Georgian Hall

13

W Atlanta Midtown

23

Glendalough Manor

111

White Crest Farm

97

Golden Isles Georgia

2

The Whitlock Inn

161

Grand Lake Club

163

Yonah Mountain Vineyards

99

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alpharetta

167

Horse Stamp Inn

121

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Hotel at Avalon

37

Bold American Catering

9

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter

173

Dennis Dean A Catering Company

131

In The Woods

77

Gotta Have It Catering

151

Indigo Falls Events

25

Legendary Events

10

Johns Creek Visitors

155

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

147

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

1

Carithers Flowers

Cover

Lanier Islands Resort

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LOFT at Castleberry Hill

155

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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The Newnan Centre

153

Sweet Elegance Bridal

17

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D. Geller & Son

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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A Dream Woven Events

85

LTJ Events & Design

109

Suzanne Reinhard Events

81

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

5, 45

Collection Event Furnishings

153

Georgia Bridal Show

113

Things Remembered

47

Total Wine & More

7

Wish Upon a Wedding

51

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Mike Moon Studio

48

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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The Willetts Wedding Photography

73

Belk

33

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“The flower girl was my goddaughter, McKenzie,” Jasmine says. “She practiced walking down the aisle for her ‘performance,’ as she called it, for months. At the wedding, she actually walked toward the exit instead of the altar, but, once she made it, she threw the petals on the ground just like that Salt Bae chef. I crack up every time I rewatch it on our wedding video.”

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A beautiful resort located 45 minutes north of Atlanta on the sparkling waters of Lake Lanier, Lanier Islands offers a variety of wedding venues both indoor and out, accommodating both large and small occasions. With on-site lodging and first-class amenities your experience at Lanier Islands will be remembered and cherished forever. Visit our website for details or to request a proposal. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway • Buford, GA • 30518 678.318.7859 • LanierIslands.com

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