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CONTENTS

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

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fashion & beauty 197

stylist on call Celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang dishes on everything menswear.

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natural beauty 101 The latest prewedding treatments to bring out your natural to-be-wed glow.

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

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

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elements of style

style 138

20 things

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the year’s freshest color palettes

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your perfect venue Find your ideal locale with our personality-based guide.

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

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décor details 101 We break down some of the most popular wedding elements so you know what you need for your day.

From bold and bright to muted and mod, we’ve got a pairing for you.

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

Get inspired with our annual list of unique ways to wed.

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

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

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

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CONTENTS

real weddings 99

ashley & dan april 7, kansas city, mo

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jessica & rahul august 11, kansas city, mo

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juliana & logan october 13, wichita, ks

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catherine & brent august 25, kansas city, mo

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jenna & mike september 28, lawrence

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alexandria & marcus july 14, grandview, mo

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adam & brian september 1, lenexa, ks

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traditions with a twist

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daniela & miles

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danielle & erica april 29, pacific, mo

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Tell guests all they need to know about your destination celebration.

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daniela & miles

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mary & eric october 6, st. louis

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anna & liz october 14, st. louis

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tricia & alex september 23, oregon, mo

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

angie & jake october 28, st. louis

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

october 7, fredericktown, mo

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your just engaged to-dos Kick off your wedding planning with these important tasks.

lacy & chris october 7, st. louis

marrying away? don’t miss these wedding website must-haves

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a prewedding talk for modern couples Grab you partner and discuss these things before saying “I do.”

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10 questions to ask before writing your vows Overcome writers block by asking yourself these meaningful Qs.

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your catering checklist Whatever the cuisine, you need these important tips.

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

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shot at love Our best advice for finding the right photographer for your day.

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registry awards We’ve rounded up the best of the best to start newlywed life off right.

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luxe for less Your dream honeymoon doesn’t have to break the bank—these spots are true fantasy (and affordable) locales.

FROM LEF T: KELSI KLIETHERMES PHOTOGR APHY; DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Love deserves gorgeous sunlight, sublime scenery and an unending supply of wonder.

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Set high on gently rolling bluffs that overlook

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The PERFECT Marriage of

LOCATION

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

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

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

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, JennyPackham .com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

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

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

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

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

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

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

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MISSOURI & KANSAS

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

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

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1307 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Britt Shelby, bshelby@theknot.com (314) 802-8392 SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR SENIOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

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Carley Roney

The Knot Missouri & Kansas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2019 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Missouri & Kansas are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a selfaddressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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PHOTOS BY WINDOWS ON WASHINGTON AND TROTTER PHOTO

What a Party!

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.com/mo-ks

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse local weddings, including Mansai and Bill’s glam day at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. “We wanted our outfits to take center stage,” Mansai says. She wore a fuchsia and gold silk sari for the ceremony, then changed into a mint lehenga and gold dupatta, for the reception. Here’s how they made tradition: “Red is a color commonly used in Hindu weddings, so we put a modern twist on tradition by using bright pink,” she says.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

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

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

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

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EDITOR ’S NOTE

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

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 284)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 165)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 174)

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

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 228)

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K A N S A S

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Love is Stronger gowngallery.com 816.361.8111

Nick Allen Photo. Gown by: Hayley Paige. Model: @bellefulani. Makeup: @shelice_mua Location: Crossroads Hotel KC

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Vineyard the

at riverbend chapel

Overlooking the Missouri wine valley and nestled within the wooded Missouri River bluffs, The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel is the perfect location for your outdoor wedding. Or tie the knot inside our chapel where a cozy reception area allows guests to mingle by the fireplace. The formal ballroom in the lower level is adorned with chandeliers, stone arched bar and fireplace, generous cherry dance floor and large windows with sweeping views of the river valley and surrounding wooded area. We’d like to invite you to come take a tour of the enchanting Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel.

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TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

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

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

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

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

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

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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

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

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

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

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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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ONCE IN A WHILE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ORDINARY LIFE,

Love gives us a fairy tale.

Hawthorne House

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TOOL S

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

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather have money to put toward things like your honeymoon or a home down payment, start your cash registry on The Knot. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Your wedding website is going to be your new BFF. Fill it with need-toknow info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs on it too. And speaking of guests, make sure they download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time!).

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plan your wedding on your phone

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

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First in Missouri Wine Country

Your dream wedding in Wine Country is just minutes away! As the region’s finest winery facility, Chandler Hill is a magical setting. We offer a spectacular tasting room, majestic reception hall, expansive deck with memorable vineyard sunsets, rolling hills and a scenic lake. Our full-service amenities are tailored to your wishes including in-house catering, private bride’s room, event planning, fireworks and much more.

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme?

That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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

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

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

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

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CaramelRoom.com “Our guests were ‘ooohing’ and ‘ahhhing’ the entire night. Then the

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THE FRANKLIN ROOM

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NataliesBrides.com

THE CARAMEL ROOM AT BISSINGER’S

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catering: We wanted to do a twist on ‘kid food,’ and they took it and ran with it.”

THE MANSION

SIMCHA’S EVENTS

JASON WINKELER PHOTOGRAPHY

MOULIN EVENTS AND MEETINGS

ST. LOUIS WEDDING CONSULTANTS

JENEE MACK PHOTOGRAPHY

THE FRANKLIN ROOM

NOBOLEIS VINEYARDS WEDDING

STYLE: ALTAR’D

TheFranklinRoom.net “Everything from the food, the service and the venue charm was absolutely wonderful.”

OLD HICKORY GOLF CLUB

YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DAY

LUMEN PRIVATE EVENT SPACE LumenSTL.com “What other weddings have you attended where people are actually RAVING about the food? Well that was ours at Lumen! Every single course was delicious.”

PALLADIUM SAINT LOUIS

photographers

PATTY LONG CATERING’S 9TH STREET ABBEY

A SWEET FOCUS

AMERISTAR CASINO - RESORT - SPA THE BARN AT LONE EAGLE LANDING CHANDLER HILL VINEYARDS CHAUMETTE VINEYARDS & WINERY CHESHIRE

LAUREN MUCKLER PHOTOGRAPHY

ALOHA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

LAUREN T PHOTOGRAPHY

AMANDA FORBES PHOTOGRAPHER

LILY & LIME

AMANDA TINDALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

LISA MEYER PHOTOGRAPHY

AMBER GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY

THE LOVELY LENS PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

SILVER OAKS CHATEAU SQWIRES ST. LOUIS UNION STATION HOTEL

THIRD DEGREE GLASS FACTORY

ARNDT PHOTO & CINEMA

VILLA ANTONIO WINERY

ASHLEY FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY

THE VINEYARD AT RIVERBEND CHAPEL

ASHLEY MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY

THE WESTIN ST. LOUIS WILLOW WINDOWS ON WASHINGTON

AURORA PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN

LOVE AND LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

MCCUNE & CO. PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA MCDONALD VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY MY SUN, MY MOON PHOTOGRAPHY NICHE PHOTOGRAPHY NO HIDDEN PATH PHOTOGRAPHY NORTH ARROW CREATIVE PATTENGALE PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR

NATALIES BRIDES

BLACKBURN PHOTOGRAPHY

PINXIT PHOTO

NataliesBrides.com “Natalie was our day-of coordinator but was so much more. She is a true pro and handled many small details, allowing us to take it all in and enjoy the day.”

BLKPHOTOGRAPHY

PURESONIC FILMS & PHOTOGRAPHY

DIVINE EVENTS, LLC

GENESIS BANQUET CENTER & CATERING

DREAMLAND WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

HAUE VALLEY

EMILY ANNA

HERMANN HILL WEDDINGS

FLOURISH WEDDINGS & EVENTS

HILTON ST. LOUIS AT THE BALLPARK

HILLARY J EVENTS

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AUDREY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

KRISTA B. PHOTOGRAPHY

BIESEMEYER VISUAL ARTISTRY

ALTAR’D EVENTS

MAD ART GALLERY

ASHLEY PIEPER PHOTOGRAPHY

KREATIVE PASSION IMAGES

PETITE FLEUR STUDIOS

wedding planners

FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE

LITTLE PINEY

ANNE CANON PHOTOGRAPHY

KC PHOTOGRAPHY

BELLA LUXE PHOTOGRAPHY

DODSON ORCHARDS

LI UNA EVENT CENTER

AMBER KOELLING PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREW JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY

ALLYSSA ELAINE EVENTS

LACHANCE VINEYARDS

AG PHOTOGRAPHY

TAPAWINGO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

THE CORONADO

LA PERLA

KATE HARGIS PHOTOGRAPHY

ALEX NARDULLI

A BRIDE’S ALLY

KUHS ESTATE & FARM

KARA VOLLE PHOTOGRAPHY

ROSE OF THE HILL BY FAVAZZA’S

THE CHRISTY

HOLIDAY INN SOUTH COUNTY CENTER

KAIROS PHOTOGRAPHY + FILMS

ALEESHA ROACH PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEO

SHERATONS AT WESTPORT

SunsetBluffs.com “Sunset Bluffs is the perfect wedding venue! My husband and I got married two months ago, and our guests are still raving about how perfect the venue is.”

JULIA NOACK PHOTOGRAPHY

RIVER CITY CASINO & HOTEL - ST. LOUIS

NEOSTL.com “Is there a better reception venue in St. Louis? I don’t think so. Such a fantastic and beautiful space. The support staff was wonderful.”

SUNSET BLUFFS

JHEART PHOTOGRAPHY

ABBIE TAKES PICTURES

SEVEN T FARMS

NewTownEventPlanning.com “I would recommend the New Town venues to anyone. They really took charge of the entire day and we didn’t have to worry about a thing.”

JESSICA LAUREN | PHOTO + VIDEO

THE RESORT AT EGYPTIAN HILLS

NEO ON LOCUST

NEW TOWN AT ST. CHARLES EVENT PLANNING

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OVERLOOK FARM

JENNIFER KLINK PHOTOGRAPHY

JUST DRENA EVENTS & DESIGN KAT GAINES EVENTS LIFEVENTS-STL, LLC PROPOSING DREAMS WEDDING & EVENTS SAVING GRACE OCCASIONS THE SAVVY BRIDE SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED EVENTS

BRI WHITMAN PHOTOGRAPHY CARLEIGH MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

RACHEL MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY RAY PROP PHOTOGRAPHY

CAROLINE SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY

REBECCA K CLARK PHOTOGRAPHY

CHAMELEON IMAGERY

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TOWER STUDIOS

ELIZABETH LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY

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FOR THE MOMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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GRYSEELS PHOTOGRAPHY

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IRISH EYES PHOTOGRAPHY

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JACOBY PHOTO + DESIGN

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TOWER STUDIOS

TROTTER PHOTO - PHOTO BOOTH, VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

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bridal salons

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RUSSO’S CATERING

JUNO BRIDAL

EMILY MILLER MAKEUP & HAIR LLC

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EMRITA’S HAIR AND MAKEUP

THE SOCIAL AFFAIR

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KAMCO BEAUTY

TowerVideoPhoto.com “My guests are still asking how I was able to show such a sentimental, emotional, same-day video. It was the talk of the wedding!” ARNDT PHOTO & CINEMA BRUCE GAINES CINEMATOGRAPHY CAPTURED IN FRAMES THE FILM PERSPECTIVE HAZEL OLIVER CREATIVE JACKIE PERKOVIC WEDDING FILMS KINETIC VISUALS LWFILMS MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS STL STUDIOS SURE SHOT VIDEO + PHOTO TOAST WEDDING FILMS ST. LOUIS TROTTER PHOTO- VIDEOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTO BOOTH VIMAGE WEDDINGS WHOLE STREET PRODUCTIONS

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NEW SEASONS SPA NewSeasonsSpa.com “They made me feel at home while doing my hair and makeup for my wedding. I probably will

not go to another salon because of the great experience.”

BEAUTY BY WHITNEY BLISSFULLY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

“BEST caterer EVER! Everyone raved about the food (they still do, months later!), and the service was impeccable! Can’t recommend C&J enough!” BUTLER’S PANTRY CALLIER’S CATERING CATERING ST. LOUIS EVENTS HOLLYBERRY CATERING

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djs A ROCKIN DJ JIMMY HUSSEY

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BEST TRANSPORTATION

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party rentals & service staff

THE SECRET GARDENERS SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO SNAPDRAGON STUDIO SOULARD FLORIST SS WEDDING DESIGNS STEMS FLORIST

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SOMETHING PRINTED

FOUCHE

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BRANSON GARDEN WEDDINGS

LIVE EVENTS MISSOURI

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wedding planners CARLEY JEANNE EVENTS

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

LIVE EVENTS MISSOURI

djs

ST. LOUIS CEREMONIES

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers

photo booths

wedding venues

BRINGING IT TOGETHER EVENTS

WONDER WEDDINGS

wedding florists

THE OZARKS

PETIT CADEAU MINISTRIES ST. LOUIS WEDDING CHAPEL

NICK MEHN PHOTOGRAPHY

CINEWEDD FILMS

SIMPLY TORN ART & DESIGN

BLISSFUL HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS - STL

LACED PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

PRESTIGE BALLROOM DANCING

DJ CONNECTION

NOJI’S WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES

JORDAN PHOTOGRAPHS

DANCE PIZAZZ

CJ’S DISC JOCKEY SERVICE

ALPACA YOUR BAGS TRAVEL

JESSICA YAHN PHOTOGRAPHY

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CALLAHAN’S TUXEDO GOWN PRESERVATION

honeymoon & travel

HOPE RENAE PHOTOGRAPHY

CONVERGENCE DANCE & BODY CENTER

LOLA LOUIE PAPERIE

MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS

HOLLAND HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

NEGATIVE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

WILDFLOWERS

invitations

HENRY O HEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

dance lessons

BLOCK ROCKIN’ BEATS

HOUSE DJ SERVICES + ENTERTAINMENT

ALEC VANDERBOOM PHOTOGRAPHY BETH SOLANO PHOTOGRAPHY

APPLAUSE PRODUCTIONS DJVIDEO-FISHEYE PHOTOBOOTH

HIGH CLASS DJS

AARON CLARK PHOTOGRAPHY

FLOWERS & WEEDS

ALLEGRO ENTERTAINMENT

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK MOBILE DJ

HILTON ST. LOUIS AT THE BALLPARK

transportation & valet

TINA BARRERA THE SPECIAL EVENT FLORIST

AUDIOMAC PRODUCTIONSDJ SERVICES

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BOTANICALS DESIGN STUDIO

photographers SHELBY CHANTÉ PHOTOGRAPHY ShelbyChantePhoto.com “We really enjoyed Shelby’s personality, and that is only upstaged by the phenomenal photos we have from the wedding.”

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Opt for a (mostly) hidden bespoke touch, like a photo-lined suit jacket. 2 PAT TERN PLAY

An allover print, like windowpane plaid, makes a major statement. 3 VELVET VESTS

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Already have a suit you love? Get creative with other components, like a bold button-down. 5 JACQUARD JACKET

There’s no rule that says you and your partner have to match. But we do love a coordinating duo, especially in luxe fabrics and rich hues.

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You can’t go wrong with a botanical jacket (we love one in a range of pastels). After all, the bride doesn’t have to be the only one with blooms.

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Put your own spin on a culturally important icon. 2 LET LOVE GROW

Air plants are always a hit, even more so if they double as favors. 3 PUT SOME POP IN IT

Cheerful sips like these make for a sweet treat. 4 DIY DÉCOR

For an easy, breezy, boho look, try hand-scripted ceramic vases.

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Allow your escort cards to point the way to the #bestweddingever.

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Just because your cake is black, doesn’t mean you have to pair it with only moody colors. Add some fun, happy hues for a joyous juxtaposition. 2 SWEET SPREAD

Go big or go home, right? Complement a dark cake with chocolate-covered strawberries and other similarly shaded treats. 3 MUSEUM READY

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Keep the palette simple and make the cake itself an intriguing shape. 4 FROSTED FLOR ALS 6

A cascade of handpainted blooms will pop against a dark backdrop. 5 SIMPLY SWEET

A minimal, clean silhouette makes just as much of a statement as a towering confection. 6 DECADENT DESIGN

Overlay a favorite pattern on your cake’s exterior to add some personality to your dessert.

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LET’S EAT.

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SAVOR. SIP. CELEBRATE.

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The Franklin Room IN THE HISTORIC SOULARD NEIGHBORHOOD

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INSIDE ON LOC SCOOP ATION

venue scout

Whether you envision your wedding at a farm, in a historic ballroom or somewhere in between, these 15 venues will inspire your search.

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COURTESY OF THE ELMS; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN SPRING OR SUMMER 2019; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE M A XIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE C AN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PL ATED DINNER AND DANCING.

The Elms Hotel & Spa

BY LOUIS BAR AGONA SETTING

escape Retreat with loved ones into nature for a weekend away, taking in the natural beauty of the Great Plains and the Ozark Mountains.

VENUE AMENITIES

PLANNER

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THE ELMS HOTEL & SPA EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO COST from $7,000 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Formal & vintage ABOUT Just in case the

LIFE’S FINER MOMENTS CLAY CENTER, KS COST from $950 GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Cozy & rustic ABOUT Nestled into

nearby vineyards and golf courses aren’t providing you and your guests with enough R & R, check out the hotel’s 25,000-squarefoot spa with a Roman bath and sauna.

rolling hills with sweeping, forest views, this off-thebeaten-path lodge offers cabins on-site, calling for out-of-towners to spend the weekend away, not just a night.

RENTALS

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

STONEWATER COVE RESORT AND SPA SHELL KNOB, MO COST from $13,000 GUEST COUNT 90 STYLE Private & natural ABOUT Guests come from

all over to visit this hidden gem, which sits in the middle of the Ozarks, right on the shores of what’s known as the “quiet side” of Table Rock Lake.

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOC ATION SETTING

barn Gather at a rustic yet updated property with lofted ceilings, exposed interiors and plenty of acres to party.

THOMPSON BARN LENEXA, KS COST from $1,200 GUEST COUNT 165 STYLE Bohemian &

industrial ABOUT The jaw-dropping, hand-built ceiling dates back to 1932.

DODSON ORCHARDS FREDERICKTOWN, MO COST from $59 PP GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Country & romantic ABOUT A full rose garden

surrounds the chapel.

THE PEARL HAMILTON, MO COST from $4,500 GUEST COUNT 275 STYLE Rustic & secluded ABOUT Iron chandeliers

create a glow in the barn.

THE CORONADO ST. LOUIS COST from $18,000 GUEST COUNT 350 STYLE Elegant & formal ABOUT This venue

embodies the Gilded Age.

HERITAGE HALL TOPEKA, KS COST from $2,400 GUEST COUNT 380 STYLE Modern & versatile ABOUT The stone walls

are over 75 years old.

AIRLINE HISTORY MUSEUM KANSAS CITY, MO COST from $5,000 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Industrial & unusual ABOUT An airplane serves

as the space’s centerpiece.

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SETTING

The Coronado

historic site Make your own piece of history by personalizing a landmark location, creating a celebration as unique as the property’s past.

FROM TOP: SAR A M ARIE PHOTOGR APHY; ERIN STUBBLEFIELD WEDDING AND PORTR AITURE

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AN EVENT SPACE UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

Catering never tasted so pretty. We’re premier caterers at:

Sunflower Hill Farm Wild Carrot Stone House of St. Charles Majorette The Gateway Arch National Park Foundation Boo Cat Club The Magic House Hou The Muny’s Culver Pavilion Vue 17 The Bluffs on Broadway St. Louis City Hall Rotunda Main Street Abbey Missouri History Museum NEO on Locust National Blues Museum Innovation Hall Powered by Venture Café The Caramel Room Lumen St. Louis Jefferson Underground Das Bevo

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hotel Give guests more reason to revel well into the morning by booking your party and lodging under one roof— convenience at its best.

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TABLE NUMBERS Guests headed to tables topped with 1920s-inspired numbers, geometric votive candles and white roses in vintage gold vases. DESSERT To end the night, guests snacked on ice cream sandwiches from Ashley and Dan’s favorite local ice cream shop in a variety of flavors, including raspberry pie and classic chocolate chip cookie. VENUE Originally built in 1931, The Grand Hall has marked the Kansas City skyline for decades and reopened as an event space in 2017.

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THEIR STORY New York City residents Catherine Ward (29 and an interior designer at WeWork) and Brent Carothers (30 and works in sales at Vimeo) returned to Catherine’s hometown of Kansas City to marry. Fitting for the town’s musical roots, a jazz band took center stage at cocktail hour while guests helped themselves to a raw bar and two summery sips: an Orange Crush, the unofficial drink of Brent’s home state of Maryland, and frosé. Elegant curtained entrances edged with fresh garlands opened up to sitting areas that looked plucked from a garden party, and after a dinner of lamb, the dancing got underway before one impeccable finale. “To end the night right, the lead singer marched the crowd to the front of Union Station, and Brent and I followed their trail, danced through their streamers and headed to the after-party.” —BM

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WEDDING DRESS Hand-painted floral embroidery took Catherine’s Oscar de la Renta tulle gown to the next level. BRIDESMAIDS Catherine’s crew changed out of their champagne gowns and into dresses of their choice for the after-party. The bride joined with a jumpsuit. COLOR SCHEME “I wanted a neutral palette

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RECEPTION Color-blocked curtains, garlands and electric lamps like ones that might be found at an old-school restaurant created a retro ambience. Natural light from the more than 100-year-old building’s windows gave the room a warm glow. WINE The father of the bride pulled special bottles from his personal stash to decant and serve for the occasion. PLACE CARDS Guests found their seats by way of etched leather menu card holders. EXIT The pair rode around in a 1920s Rolls-Royce.

CATHERINE & BRENT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Saint Andrew’s Episcopal

Church, Kansas City, MO RECEPTION SITE Union Station, Kansas City, MO PHOTOGRAPHY Tec Petaja VIDEOGRAPHY Mullinix Weddings PLANNER, EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS

Tara Guérard Soirée GOWN Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City; after-party: Halston Heritage HAIR Bijin Salon & Spa MAKEUP 7th Row Productions VEIL Oscar de

la Renta SHOES Manolo Blahnik; after-party: Valentino ENGAGEMENT RING Bijou WEDDING RINGS Bride: Tiffany & Co.; groom: Tivol BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Ralph Lauren STATIONERY Lettered

Olive RENTALS Snyder Events CATERING Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions CAKE Cheri’s Bakery OFFICIANT Fr. John Spicer MUSIC Party on the

Moon/Galaxy Party Management WELCOME BAG Lettered Olive TRANSPORTATION Arrow

Stage Lines; Bespoke Limousine Service REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Sharyn Blond Linens;

Williams Sonoma, Zola.com HONEYMOON China; Indonesia; Japan GUESTS 287

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BOUQUET Jenna asked her florist to fill hers with orchids, peach and mauve roses, wildflowers and leaves.

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• LAWRENCE

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THEIR STORY Jenna Loyet (26 and a mortgage banker) and Mike Logan (38 and a local business owner) had one big rule for their wedding day: Keep it simple and stress-free. Luckily, Jenna’s background in event planning made that task much easier when designing an event for 350 people. “I was fortunate to be able to take all my inspiration from brides before me,” Jenna says. To keep things chill, the couple put together a relaxed bohemian ceremony in their backyard, the rolling hills serving as a backdrop. Instead of ushers, the pair’s pups wandered the outdoor space, leading guests to their seats. “We wanted guests to be on their toes because the ceremony was far from traditional,” Jenna says. Their vows, which included Jenna promising to buy only one more puppy and Mike changing Jenna’s name to “wifey” in his phone, exemplify that. —LB

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BRIDESMAIDS “Almost every accessory was custom made or picked for each person in our wedding party,” Jenna says.

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Emily Hart Bridal was an unforgettable experience! They made my entire group feel right at home. We had our own space with a big couch and beautiful, big mirrors.The building is gorgeous and makes you feel so special.There are so many amazing dresses to choose from that I had a hard time deciding my favorite!!We worked with Molly and she was outstanding! So professional, knowledgeable, sweet, and patient! I would highly recommend Emily Hart and working with Molly. I guarantee you won’t have to go anywhere else!! -Madison S.

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DESSERT Jenna and Mike admit that they’re not exactly cake lovers, so they opted for a naked cake as well as doughnuts, cupcakes, and a chocolate and raspberry groom’s cake. Surprisingly, “We liked the groom’s cake so much that we actually ordered ourselves one for our one-month anniversary,” Jenna says. TRANSPORTATION To get from their rural property to the downtown reception, the couple and their wedding party traveled in a black school bus, which was “quite the party,” Jenna says. RECEPTION Jenna and Mike celebrated at Abe & Jake’s Landing, the place that sparked their first conversation five years earlier, during which Jenna inquired about renting the venue for an event she was hosting.

JENNA & MIKE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Couple’s home, Lawrence, KS RECEPTION SITE Abe & Jake’s Landing,

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Lawrence, KS PHOTOGRAPHY Jason Domingues Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Kelcie Matousek PLANNER Fashioned Events FLOWERS Stems

Event Flowers GOWN Sarah Seven, Bride, Kansas City, MO HAIR Mane Haus MAKEUP Bailey Mitchell; Melise Porter HAIRPIECE Melinda Rose Design SHOES Bride: Manolo Blahnik; groom: Jos. A. Bank ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING RINGS Kizer Cummings

Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Azazie.com MENSWEAR Groom: Jos. A. Bank; TheTieBar.com;

groomsmen: various INVITATIONS Minted.com RENTALS Abe & Jake’s Landing; Along Came

Abby; Ultrapom CATERING Merchants Pub & Plate CAKE Alchemy Coffee and Bake House; La Tropicana CAKE TOPPER Etsy.com DOUGHNUTS Wake the Dead OFFICIANT

Brandon Morgan (groom’s friend) MUSIC Lost Wax OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Kornerbooth Photography; character drawings: Arie Monroe/Draw Like Crazy REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Pottery Barn;

West Elm; Williams Sonoma; Zola.com HONEYMOON Tulum, Mexico GUESTS 350

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Only a 30-minute drive from Kansas City, we are close enough to get you into the action quickly, yet far enough away to assure total escape from the outside world.

Multiple Package Options

• Rustic Barn area—beautiful area for your outdoor wedding and reception • Red Barn—all enclosed and climate controlled • All-inclusive—entire 30+ acres, both barns plus all the extras • RV sites and cottages also available

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ATTIRE

JULY 14

• GRANDVIEW, MO

alexandria & marcus

Marcus wore an antique linen dinner jacket that he bought even before he proposed, while Alexandria went with a blush gown.

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CEREMONY Just like their parents did, the newlyweds jumped the broom at their ceremony, an African American tradition symbolizing sweeping away past troubles.

THEIR STORY

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Though Alexandria Wilson (27 and a contract manager) and Marcus Johnson’s (28 and a quality assurance research and reporting officer) Valentine’s Day proposal, which took place while dancing at a John Legend concert as the songbird himself gave a shout-out from stage, was nothing short of extravagant, their wedding 17 months later was intentionally low-key. “We knew we wanted something intimate, simple and rustic,” Alexandria says. “I remember watching Twilight and being in awe of Bella and Edward’s wedding, and their explosion of flowers,” she says. “I imagined our wedding day being similar to that, except on a smaller scale.” The college sweethearts threw it back by adding line dances to the reception set list, but they went with a much slower and especially sentimental choice for their first dance: John Legend’s “Slow Dance.” —BM

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VENUE “We loved the welcoming interior, wood tables, exposed ceilings and antique glamour of 8th & Main,” Alexandria says. Simple décor offset the overflowing greenery and flowers and created what Alexandria calls “ethereal flair.” CAKE Not only is the couple a fan of red velvet, but so is Alexandria’s mom. They all plan to share the top tier on the pair’s anniversary. WEDDING PARTY Much of the 18-person posse went to college at Tuskegee University with Alexandria and Marcus.

ALEXANDRIA & MARCUS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE 8th & Main,

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DESIGNER & FLOWERS Wild Hill Flowers

& Events GOWN The Gown Gallery, Kansas City, MO HAIR DIY MAKEUP Katia Annette; Michelle Gonzales SHOES Bride: a.n.a; groom: Men’s Wearhouse ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Wedding Bands & Co. BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal MENSWEAR J.Crew; Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations & programs:

Zazzle.com; escort cards: Michaels RENTALS Ultrapom CATERING Brancato’s

Catering CAKE McLain’s Bakery OFFICIANT Pastor C.L. Bachus MUSIC Oscar Austin FAVORS DIY TRANSPORTATION Showtime

Transportation GUESTS 125

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• LENEXA, KS

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THEIR STORY Adam Brown (39 and a lawyer, right) and Brian Dolan (34 and a health care administrator) embrace the unexpected—it is how they met, after all. A chance encounter after years apart (and a little Facebook sleuthing) led to a Christmas proposal and an 11-month engagement. To honor their story and their life as a couple, Adam and Brian combined elements that created an eclectic contrast at their wedding. Vintage vases, white roses and gnome figurines sat alongside chrome accents, sequined linens and graphic paper goods. One thing it all had in common: “It was all full of our love,” Brian says. —LB

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VENUE Adam and Brian chose Union Horse Distilling Company because the space’s décor combined both “masculinity and style,” Brian says. DÉCOR The couple looked to a classic saloon style, and mixed old-world accents with modern geometric pieces and metallics. MENU The distillery helped the pair come up with two signature Moscow mules: the house mule and the “Horsefeather” with rye. DESSERT Adam and Brian cut into a chocolate and carrot cake topped with copper fondant coins.

ADAM & BRIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Union Horse

Distilling Company, Lenexa, KS PHOTOGRAPHY Morgan Miller and Paul Andrews/Morgan Miller Photography FLOWERS Sidelines Custom Floral MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse; tie: TheTieBar.com HAIR Sport Clips SHOES DSW; Men’s Wearhouse ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Kay Jewelers; Hurdle’s

Jewelry WEDDING PARTY Various FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Various STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS Ultrapom CATERING Bread &

Butter Concepts CAKE & DESSERTS McLain’s Bakery OFFICIANT Hon. Patrick W. Campbell MUSIC Wonderfuzz FAVORS eBay.com TRANSPORTATION Holiday Inn Express & Suites REGISTRY TheKnot.com GUESTS 150

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816-204-1629 | Events@TheLegacyatGreenHills.com

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D E W STI ED N D AT IN IO G N S

marrying away? don’t miss these wedding website must-haves

THE RUN-DOWN

HOW TO GET THERE

W H E R E T O S TAY

INSIDER INFO

R E G I S T RY

Make your wedding website do work. Not sure where to begin? Head to TheKnot.com to choose from hundreds of free designs you can personalize. Oh, and we’ll help you along the way too. First things first, guests need to know the who-what-where-when of your nuptials. Include vital details along with an itinerary of events (only the ones everyone’s invited to), complete with locations and start times. Add any helpful extras too, like dress code (“on the beach—wear flats”) and online RSVPs.

Guests will be coming from everywhere, taking all sorts of transportation. Tell them the closest airports and train stations, plus the best routes and tips regarding traffic or planned construction. If taxis and Ubers are hard to come by at your destination, let people know and consider prearranging transportation. If your wedding locale is outside the US, indicate the necessary travel documents, like passports or visas. And don’t forget to share how guests can get to and from the wedding.

The easiest way to ensure affordable guest accommodations is to set up a hotel room block—or several. (HotelPlanner.com makes it easy.) You can suggest a few properties at various price points and alternatives like Airbnbs. Just make sure they’re all close to the main event.

Is there a hike at your destination that offers up some pretty awesome views? Or a spot that serves the best jerk chicken? Share those faves with guests. It’s likely your friends and fam will be making a little vacay out of your wedding, so give them plenty of options of what to see and do around the area.

Guests want to buy you something you want, so don’t keep that info to yourself. Share all of your registries on your wedding website, making them easy to find. This is especially important if you’re tying the knot away from home. Chances are, some of your guests may not be able to make the trip, but they’ll still want to celebrate you with a gift. Use The Knot universal registry to register for anything, anywhere (yes, anywhere). Or if your wedding weekend in the Bahamas is a kick-off to an island-hopping honeymoon, have guests contribute to your getaway through The Knot Newlywed Fund.

Guests may use your wedding as a little vacay of their own. Share some fun things to do on your website.

SET UP YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE

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Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend, especially for a destination affair. You can answer most of guests’ questions in one spot. Choose from fun (free!) design options on The Knot. And don’t forget to include personal details too, like your love story or wedding party bios.

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C O N TAC T D E TA I L S

Someone (*cough, Aunt Linda*) will inevitably have questions, especially since travel is involved. Let guests know how to contact you—whether it’s a wedding-specific email or text. And don’t forget to list a point person, like your planner or maid of honor, for the day of—so you can relax.

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Tell guests all they need to know about your destination celebration.

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING

right now

GET INSPIRED WITH OUR ANNUAL LIST OF THE FRESHEST WAYS TO TIE THE KNOT IN STYLE.

1 SMOKE BOMB EXITS Sparklers, make way. The new wedding send-off is a riot of color: smoke bombs. These fun props create a cloud of dreamy pigment, eliciting otherworldly photos and “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests. Match the smoke color to your wedding hues or opt for a standout rainbow backdrop. The only caveat— this farewell is best captured during daylight hours.

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JEANNIE MUTRAIS PHOTOGRAPHY; OPPOSITE: STATIONERY: COURTNEY AND ERIN DE JAUREGUI/THE DE JAUREGUIS, DESIGN: THREE LITTLE WORDS; PAW PRINTS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; CUFF: SARAH ANNE WARD

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3 REGISTRY DNA It’s now not only cool to ask for cash (three cheers for The Knot Newlywed Fund!) but you can wish list virtually anything. If you know you’ll never use a KitchenAid mixer, skip it. Instead ask for the samurai sword lessons you’ve been eyeing for your Japan honeymoon. Planning to adopt a family mascot after “I do?” Set up a puppy fund. It’s all about you two and your life together.

SOUPED-UP INVITES

DE JAUREGUI/THE DE JAUREGUIS, DESIGN: THREE LITTLE WORDS; PAW PRINTS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; CUFF: SARAH ANNE WARD

With stationery like boxed correspondence and even video messages from to-be-weds, invitations are setting the stage for an epic party. Typography is leading the charge as the chicest design detail, while custom illustrations of venues and beloved pets continue to be a mainstay as well.

With our Universal Registry tool, you can make wish lists at big retailers, add individual items from one-of-a-kind stores and ask for cash. Learn more at TheKnot.com/registry.

FLORAL JEWELS

All hail the new flower crown—real blooming jewelry is all the rage. Think: gorgeous bib necklaces full of fresh buds, succulent cuffs and elegant orchid drop earrings. These living baubles make an exceptional style statement. >>

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ROYAL Pageantry in fashion reigns. Tiaras and headbands are big, along with minimalist dresses à la The Duchess of Sussex’s second look. Regal capes and capelets, billowy sleeves and blinged-out stunners are also making their way down runways and aisles alike.

don’t forget to deck out your entourage

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAND—AND THE DJ You used to have to pick a team: eight-piece brass band or hip DJ. But now you can have both. Tap a DJ to spin your favorite hits with the added benefit of a guitarist or sax. You get the best of both worlds— original artists plus highenergy accompaniment.

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A favorite book or TV show can dictate the style of your wedding (Game of Thrones lovers, rejoice), or a feeling could also be your source of inspo (high-energy dance party, anyone?). Colors are still part of the vision—they’re just playing more of a supporting role.

FRESH-FACE BEAUTY Natural beauty (aka no-makeup makeup) is always on trend. Look like the best version of yourself by indulging in one of these prewedding treatments.

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MICRONEEDLING

MICROBLADING

LASH LIFT

DERMAPLANING

A device with tiny needles causes micro-damage in skin to activate cell regeneration.

Hairlike strokes are tattooed onto your brow area to give you a fuller look.

Like a perm for your lashes, this treatment enhances curl for six to eight weeks.

A surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle, scrapes away dead skin cells and fine hair. >>

BRIDE: MICHELLE FLORES PHOTOGRAPHY; MUSIC NOTES: MARIA ZAMCHY/NOUN PROJECT; DISCO BALL: FREE FAIR & HEALTHY/NOUN PROJECT; STARS: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; BOOKS: B HULL PHOTOGRAPHY; MODEL: GETTY IMAGES

FEVER

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Wedding cakes are here to stay, and sculptural is the name of the game. Bakers are opting for unexpected shapes and varying tier sizes—so much so it’s hard to tell they’re actual cakes. Many are finished with stunning designs rich in color and texture.

EXPERIENTIAL FAVORS

Skip the monogrammed chocolates and offer guests an experience as the ultimate thank-you. Hosting a wedding weekend? Organize a bonus activity like a guided nature walk or hands-on cocktail class. If you’re celebrating for one day only, invite a cigar roller or ice cream truck to post up at the reception.

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Every year ushers in a new trending spirit—and in 2019 it’s all about gin. This quintessential liquor is the perfect mixer for herbals and adaptogens (yes, you read that right), and it’s in classics like the French 75 and negroni. Cheers to that!

RESOLUTIONS 1.5 oz. O.R.E. 118 gin ½ oz. pomegranate juice ¼ oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. lemon juice kombucha

THE UN-VENUE VENUE Breweries have replaced wineries as the place to tie the knot. And while barns and lofts are still hot, distilleries, ranches and greenhouses are gaining in popularity too.

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Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain in a glass over fresh ice and top with kombucha. Garnish with cucumber and fresh thyme.

ZENGRONI 1 oz. O.R.E. 118 gin 1 oz. Aperol 1 oz. sweet vermouth Combine ingredients in a chilled rocks glass with ice (ideally one oversize cube) and stir to chill. Garnish with a twisted orange peel. Recipes courtesy of O.R.E. 118 >>

FOOD TRUCK: BAYLEE DENNIS PHOTOGRAPHY; CAKE: COURTESY OF MAH ZE DAHR BAKERY; COCKTAILS: MARIA ZAMCHY/NOUN PROJECT (2); GREENHOUSE: CASSANDRA ZETTA

HAUTE CAKES

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The Home Place Wedding & Event Barn Venue 816.550.5798 • www.TheHomePlaceatValleyView.com

• Temperature-controlled barn • Outdoor ceremony area • Beautiful bridal suite and cool groom’s room • Honeymoon suite • Entire venue is ADA accessible • Outdoor pavilion with 60-foot saltwater pool • Ample parking with shuttle for guests

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The new way to brand your wedding can’t be seen—but it will be smelled. Custom blends are being crafted especially for the occasion, spritzed on invites, pumped through the venue and even gifted in candle form as a party favor. Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory, so your guests will remember #thebestdayever when they light the wick.

THE IT RENTAL:

LIGHTING

From fine linens to lounge furniture, there are many ways to enhance a space with rentals. But this year is all about the lighting. Uplighting is being replaced with more bespoke options like basket lanterns, neon installations and subtle colored taper candles.

it’s like the first look, but next level

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This bar doesn’t serve cocktails—it’s the bathroom amenity basket with the volume turned way up. A hair and makeup pro posts up in the ladies room to add bobby pins to dancedout ’dos, or a fresh swipe of lipstick for a total face refresh that will keep your guests looking fab well into after-party hours. >>

PRIVATE VOWS Shy couples, this one’s for you. Instead of sharing intimate promises with 150 of your nearest and dearest, exchange vows privately before the start of the ceremony and recite standard vows at the altar (to make things official). Another twist? Whispering your vows to your partner so only you two know what was said.

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CANDLES: COURTESY OF CANDLEFISH; LIGHTING: COURTESY OF WAYFAIR.COM; BOBBY PINS: OLENA PANASOVSKA/NOUN PROJECT; COMPACT: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT; COUPLE: SAWYER BAIRD

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RICH HUES

ALSO TRENDING

The steady return to color continues, this year with über-saturated hues in a moody palette.

SQUID INK

MIDNIGHT BLUE

EMERALD

BURGUNDY

Infuse your day with glamour.

Choose a classic, seasonless shade.

Add a touch of sophistication and prep.

Evoke romance with this purply-red hue.

IRIDESCENT EVERYTHING

Not quite metallic, but just as special—add it to any scheme.

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Think of this edible trend as the ultimate high-low mix—root beer floats in champagne flutes, or mac and cheese spoons topped with fresh lobster. The pairing (and presentation) possibilities are endless and totally ’grammable. And look out doughnuts, there’s a new sweet in town: cinnamon rolls.

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BESPOKE ATTIRE

Two words: custom suit. If not now, when? These bespoke creations are not your average formal ensemble— they’re next level (photo-lined suit jackets or personalized embroidery). Guys (and gals) are looking at this outfit as the ultimate keepsake.

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SPECIAL GUESTS Magicians and palm readers are a surprising (but exceptionally cool) way to entertain guests during cocktail hour. College mascots, bell-bottom-clad Elvis impersonators and stormtroopers are also getting a nod, making their debut at the least expected moment for maximum impact (and photo ops).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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local love: hitched planning + floral ABOUT THE EXPERT

PRIORITIZE YOUR $

HIRE A PRO

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Jessica Corbett is the founder of Hitched Planning + Floral, based in Kansas City. She focuses on translating her couples’ personalities into unique weddings and events.

Everyone has a different vision for what a successful wedding celebration is. Have an initial chat with your partner about both your priorities so no one feels slighted with decisions.

It may seem obvious, but having a pro with years of experience around to guide you through the process will really lessen your anxiety. Even a day-of coordinator will be the best money you spend.

Specialty cocktails that reflect your tastes are a tried-and-true way to let your personalities shine. We’ve even customized giant ice cubes for a signature Manhattan for one of our couples.

Guests always remember a surprise element, so ditch traditional favors and opt for a more interactive experience, like a caricature artist who creates drawings for them to take home.

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your perfect venue Narrow in on the ideal setting for your “I dos” with our personality-based guide. ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes everything from selecting your menu to choosing favors and deciding where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top venues for your personality type to ensure you throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: Throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A RESTAURANT Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. Most restaurants are well-versed in hosting large crowds, and the intimate setting will deliver big on the built-in ambience, so you’ll have to bring little in the way of décor (maybe a few strings of bistro lights to make the room glow). Play up the casual-cool atmosphere by making the most of the already-present seating arrangements (like mixing booths with smaller tables of four or six) and serving up eats family style to evoke that dinner party feel.

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move to a beachfront pavilion, lawn or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more. >>

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Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever.

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YOU ARE NATURE NUTS An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your celebration. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a camp (or a spot dedicated to outdoorsy adults-only weekends) means f-u-n for your guests. Traditional events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails.

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YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A PRIVATE ESTATE Book a private estate to bottle that preppy meets timeless vibe. A historical estate is a posh choice that takes the phrase “house party” to a whole new level with its immaculately maintained lawn and garden, plus tailored interiors. You’ll have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, so center your attention on incorporating details that are both unique and timeless. Rework your family’s tartan into eye-catching table runners, or team up with a stationery artist to draw a signature crest for you and your partner, then use it everywhere from cocktail napkins to the dance floor. When it comes to entertainment for the evening, ask yourself, WWJGD (what would Jay Gatsby do, obvi)? From the understated (roaming oyster shuckers) to the over the top (a 10-piece jazz band), focus on showing your guests a crazy-good time and you can’t go wrong. YOU ARE ALL ABOUT EDGE A twosome unafraid of making a statement—you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding and reception that’s anything but the traditional affair. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like

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piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Then, play into the avant-garde vibe with accents like metallic flatware and eclectic furniture. Want to really wow? Add on a statement-making décor surprise that will push the envelope and get guests Instagramming, like a neon sign touting your favorite song lyric or marquee lights in your initials. >>

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5 things to consider before booking a venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. 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 will take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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YOU ARE LUXURY LOVERS Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this luxe, the sky’s truly the limit. Keep in mind that, if you’re opting for a ballroom or wedding hall, there may be more than one event happening on the premises at any given time. If you would hate to run into another newlywed couple or want the space entirely to yourselves, ask about a total buyout.

Is the venue near any 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.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the ballroom but it only fits 150 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide what’s more important to you—the dream venue or your guest list.

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Nestled on 31 acres of beautifully landscaped countryside, Crestview Dairy Events provides four different locations for your event. It is a 120-yearold historic landmark situated on a private estate just 30 minutes away from downtown Kansas City

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1 Bowtie Chevron in Apricot, $270 for 100, Baumbirdy, Minted.com 2 Color Type in Yellow, $184 for 100, Kaitlyn White, PaperCulture.com 3 Modern Hues in Orange, $195 for 100, HappyHeartInvites, Zazzle.com 4 Painted Sea in Sunkissed, $234 for 100, Hooray Creative, Minted.com 5 Great That Awaits in Coral, $240 for 100, Artifact Uprising.com 6 Direction in Lemon, $234 for 100, Owl and Toad, Minted.com 7 Watercolor in Coral, $337 for 100, PapernPeonies, Etsy.com 8 Better Half in Coral, $240 for 100, ArtifactUprising.com 9 Coastal Lines in sunset, $270 for 100, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted.com 10 Single Swath in Sunshine, $234 for 100, Angela Marzuki, Minted.com

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local love: little yellow leaf ABOUT THE EXPERT

MAKE IT YOURS

SPLURGE SMART

KEEP IT COHESIVE

MIX IT UP

Megan Ibarra is the owner and designer behind Little Yellow Leaf in Kansas City. She focuses on providing stationery that gives the ultimate first impression and helps set the tone for a couple’s wedding day.

It’s easy to get caught up in trends, but the best way to design stationery is to have it truly reflect who you are. You want your guests to open your invitation suite and think, Oh, that is so them!

Think about what would be most impactful when it comes to your vibe. If a tactile experience is important to you, splurge for letterpress. If a logo is the focus, add an extra touch, like a wax seal.

One great place to carry your stationery into your day is with your place setting—guests spend the most time at their table. Consider including a special menu or place card to elevate your day.

While neutrals will never go out of style, I’m loving the requests for rich and moody palettes I’m getting lately. We’re also going to see a lot alternative materials being used, like cork, leather and metal.

LittleYellowLeaf.com

@littleyellowleaf

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

GROUPIES

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

TIE ONE ON

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

BOUQUET BREAKDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

A bit more room in your budget? Task your florist with pulling together a full bouquet with delicate and feminine buds. Vine-y hellebores and Queen Anne’s lace add a dynamic shape, while ranunculus ups the romance factor. >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Give guests a stylish place to hang during cocktail hour or on a break from the dance floor with these must-haves. Lots of seating Don’t underestimate the amount of furniture you’ll need to rent—you don’t want guests to have to battle for seating, after all. Several couches, armchairs and floor poufs should be enough to please the crowd. Playful pillows Nod to your wedding vibe or color palette by mixing in pillows (or throws) in patterns or hues that complement the rest of the décor. Coffee tables Think of your lounge as a living room—which isn’t complete without a coffee table! Bonus: It will give dancers a place to rest their drinks.

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welcome package Leave an assortment of thoughtful goodies for your loved ones to discover at check-in. Local treats Include an item or two that represents the area where you’re saying “I do,” like oyster shuckers for Cape Cod or maple syrup for Vermont. A weekend itinerary Guests crave being told what to do (at least a little bit) at a wedding. Include a short write-up of the

weekend’s to-dos, and don’t forget transportation info and event times. An “emergency” kit Okay, so a hangover isn’t exactly an emergency—but it can kind of feel like it. Trust us: Advil, water, Band-Aids and more will be appreciated. A cute carrier Choose packaging that will make a great first impression, whether it’s a custom tote or colorful tissue paper.

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signature cocktail Personality-packed bar sips are practically expected at this point. Come up with your perfect concoction with these tips.

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A playful name Whether you dub your drink after your furbaby or the bar where you met, a moniker with a story behind it is essential.

Cool glassware Set the bar high with a specialty glass. An edgy rocks glass or gold-rimmed coup will make everyone want to order one.

A personal touch Buy stir sticks with your monogram, or have bartenders brand some orange peels (so cool) for a “you” element. >>

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wedding website Your wedding website is where friends and fam will go for info, so make sure it’s packed with all the right deets—and looks good too. Bold background Good news: The Knot has tons of stylish themes for your site, so finding one to match your vibe is a cinch. Day-of info Everything on your invitation (ceremony start time,

locations and so on) should be echoed on your site, just in case guests need a quick refresher. Hotel options Fill your crew in on where to stay in the area, and if you’ve reserved blocks for them. Registry Including your registry on your invites may be a no-no, but it’s totally fine here. Link out to your registries on The Knot.

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Your invitations are the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so let them shine. And, for practicality purposes, make sure your suite includes these four things. A main invite This may seem like a “duh” but we had to say it. Include need-to-know info on your main invite, such as your and your partner’s names, start time, date and location. An RSVP card Include options for will/won’t attend, an “RSVP by” date (which should be at least three weeks before your day), a food selection if necessary and a prestamped envelope. A details card While not a must, a details card is a great place to put extra info like your dress code, transportation details, lodging and website. A personal touch Work in something totally you, like a custom crest, wax seal with your initials or venue illustration. >>

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place settings These stylish details add personality to your reception dinner tables. A charger Even when placed under basic white dinnerware, a standout charger can transform a table. Opt for a metallic, wood or cool pattern. A napkin The perfect place to add a pop of personality, napkins are also relatively cheap to rent, making them the ideal element for an easy upgrade. Flatware If you’re looking to really make a style statement, rely on cool flatware to get the job done. We love a dose of metallics or a chic matte black. Menu What’s for dinner is one of the first things guests look at when they take a seat (hey, they’re hungry!), so incorporate cool details like illustrations or vellum overlays to catch their eye. Table numbers Dream up a unique way to label your tables, like naming them after Game of Thrones characters.

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emergency kit Whether you’re a bride or groom, rocking a dress or suit or something in between, you want to be prepared if something goes wrong on your wedding day. This list is a great place to start when making a quick day-of emergency kit. Needle and thread Make sure it matches the color of your outfit and you know someone who can actually use it.

Mints You’re going to be chatting up a lot of people and getting a lot of hugs. You’ll feel better if you know you have minty fresh breath—trust us. Pain relief Whether you suffer from migraines or are trying out a new pair of heels (hint: don’t do this day of!), pain relief pills are sure to come in handy. Deodorant You want to enjoy your amazing party and not worry about raising your arms. Enough said, right? Makeup Blush or concealer for a quick refresh will have you glowing all night.

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FINAL TOUCH

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Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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Tie mini hot sauces with papel picado–inspired favor tags.

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

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Top your tables with runners in a statement print.


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Package up bonbons as a take-home thank-you treat.

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Upgrade any tablescape by renting cutlery that truly stands out.

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Plant sticks with guests’ names in pots for your escort card display.

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Think inside the box and send along your suite in a mailer packed with moss.

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IS THERE A TRICK TO MAKING A RENTAL OUTFIT LOOK CUSTOM? The most important aspect of a suit or tuxedo rental is

getting the fit right. If the sizing or alterations are off, it will look like the suit is wearing you, not the other way around. What’s great about Men’s Wearhouse is they have locations all over the country, so even if members of your wedding party live far from you, you’re all still guaranteed professional tailoring. Pro tip: If you’re not all shopping together, have your groomsmen send you photos of themselves in their outfits so you can ensure no one looks out of place. It’s also important to choose styles that feel on trend for that tailor-made feel, so stick to modern or slim-cut suits or tuxedos with a peak lapel. Skip the boxy fit—it’s outdated and will scream “rental.” DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BUYING CUSTOM FORMALWEAR WHILE STAYING ON BUDGET ? Unlike a wedding dress, you’ll wear

a suit or tuxedo more than once, so think of it as an investment piece and buy smart. If it’s not in your budget to get a custom black tux, opt for a black suit with a peak lapel. It has the same formal feel but you can wear it to events that are semiformal as well as black tie. A midnight navy or dark green suit is another great option because it works for almost any occasion and the color pops on camera. If you’re getting something custom made, ask for extra fabric. It’ll come in handy if you need to make alterations later on. >>

day-of emergency kit and socks a groom can choose from—the possibilities are endless. Wear a vest in a patterned print, incorporate bold colors into your tie or think outside the box and sport your favorite superhero on your socks for a fun surprise. Make it even more personal by engraving your monogram or wedding date into a lapel pin for extra flair. HOW CAN I PULL OFF THE MISMATCHED GROOMSMEN TREND WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A COHESIVE WEDDING PART Y ? When you’re outfitting your guys in different suits, tuxes or

accessories, the key is to make everyone look coordinated even if they’re not wearing the exact same thing. One of the easiest ways to pull that off is to stick to specific colors that work well together. Try to incorporate just three shades into an outfit. If everyone is wearing the same dark suit and a colorful vest or tie, keep the color palette to three complementary colors like gray, navy and black— especially if you’re outfitting your party based on their roles, such as styling your best man differently from your groomsmen. You don’t want to have too many conflicting shades—that can make your wedding party look uncoordinated. If you’re opting for different prints or patterns, remember less is more. Keep everything within the same color family, vary the sizes of each print or pattern, and have a neutral in the mix for a balanced look.

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To solve any last-minute mishaps, keep a few essential items on hand. Black shoe polish (or a black Sharpie in a pinch) can help mask any scuffs, and shirt button extenders (small buttons that loop onto the existing button on your shirt collar) can give you extra room on a snug collar. Black safety pins and double-stick tape will also save you from a multitude of issues, like a ripped hem or split seams.

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HOW CAN I USE ACCESSORIES TO PERSONALIZE MY WEDDING LOOK? There are a variety of tie bars, lapel pins, neckties

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Black tie means you have to be the dressiest you can be, which actually leaves a lot of room to play outside of a classic black tux. Break from tradition and opt for something colorful instead; it’s a chic alternative, and you’ll stand out from the sea of other black outfits. If you’re going for color, stick to darker shades like maroon or emerald. Accessories can inject some personality

add a personal touch with monogrammed socks

(read: fun) to a formal look as well. Besides your wedding ring, add another piece of statement jewelry to your outfit, like a watch with a patterned strap. Take the staple accessories like a tie or bow tie and choose options in different colors or textures like velvet or leather. Cuff links or lapel pins in cute shapes and designs are also a playful addition to any traditional tuxedo. If you’re looking to incorporate your pet or favorite hobby into your wedding, have custom cuff links made for an unexpected twist on tradition. Don’t be afraid to switch up your footwear too. A sleek pair of dark leather sneakers or velvet loafers adds a fashion-forward vibe without looking out of place.

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important things to get right is the shoulder of the jacket. Unless you’re having an ’80s-themed wedding, you don’t want a sloped shoulder, meaning the shoulder seam should lay flat and not sag past the natural line of your actual shoulder. Most tailors are hesitant to even alter that area since it’s difficult to execute and can be extremely costly, so make sure the jacket you choose fits perfectly before you go in for alterations. You also don’t want your pants to look too wide and unstructured. They should be slim throughout the leg and then break at the hem. Another tailoring tip is to stick to having just one break to avoid cutting off your legs. More than one break will make you look shorter and can give off a sloppy vibe too. Lastly, take into account the shape of your body when you’re getting your outfit altered. When men are on the shorter side or a bit wider, I find they’ll wear suits or tuxedos that are less tapered to either give the illusion of height or a slimmer build, but that’s not the case. You should find a suit or tux in a slim fit (meaning the coat should be fitted through the waist and the pants are narrow with a more tapered leg) to help elongate the body, particularly with tuxedos, since they’re almost always a single-button jacket and have a much longer lapel. It tricks the eye into making you look taller and slimmer since it drops lower.

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natural beauty 101 New rule: Achieving a #iwokeuplikethis level of flawless isn’t just about the products you buy, but the complexion you’re working with. Get in on the hottest prewedding beauty treatments with our guide to looking naturally gorgeous—with a little help from the professionals. >>

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

Lip blushing WHAT IT IS Another fresh take on permanent makeup, the results of lip blushing resemble a lip stain that never wipes off—that sheer kiss of pretty color you might otherwise find in a tube. After blending a custom hue, an aesthetician can create a subtle shade that will last for anywhere from one to two years.

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“While traditional permanent makeup uses a strong machine, synthetic pigments, and is embedded deep in the skin, this procedure is very different,” says Christopher Drummond, licensed aesthetician and microblading and cosmetic tattoo master at PFRANKMD Skin Salon. “It uses organic pigments and modern tools so the results are more natural looking.” Another important note: Since you can create any lip color you want, it works for all skin tones. WHAT IT ADDRESSES Most people’s lip color fades through age, sun damage and exposure to chemicals. If you’re dependent on lip liner, lipstick or lip stain to enhance your pout, or you’re going more au naturel on your wedding day and want to ditch the heavy makeup altogether (without worrying about kissing or sipping off a sheer balm or gloss), lip blushing could be an option for you. HOW TO TIME IT The treatment typically takes four to five days to heal. Your lips may look swollen after, so give yourself at least a month between your lip blushing session and your “I dos.” AVER AGE COST $1,500 a treatment

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even mascara for this curling and tinting treatment that amplifies what you’ve already got. Your lashes are wrapped around small silicone rods and secured with a medical-safe glue, then permed with a curling solution and tint (usually with a vegetable dye). The whole process takes around 40 minutes, and the results last up to 12 weeks or the amount of time it takes for a new set of lashes to grow in. WHAT IT ADDRESSES Think of this as a substitute for a kick-ass mascara. It boosts what’s already there but won’t weigh down your lashes or come unglued, as can be the case with falsies and extensions. >>

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It also addresses a variety of lash woes. “Anyone with straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward, unruly lashes that stick out in different directions or light-colored lashes is a great candidate,” says Niki Garcia, lash expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar. Another plus? You can’t cry it off—no matter how emotional your partner’s vows get. HOW TO TIME IT Schedule it a week or so before your wedding in case you have an adverse reaction. It’s best to avoid oil-based products afterward (they reverse the lash-curling effects of the treatment), so plan accordingly if facial oil, cleanser or makeup remover is an important part of your skin routine. AVER AGE COST $150 to $200

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WHAT IT IS Is electricity the key to eternal youth? Microcurrent facialists think so. This high-tech treatment isn’t about the surface of your skin, but toning the muscles underneath it for a perfectly taut complexion. During this treatment, an aesthetician uses two handheld prongs that deliver a precise dosage of energy to the skin. “This process stimulates circulation and collagen production, while toning the facial muscles,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skincare collection. Think of this painless facial as a mini-face-lift—no surgery needed. WHAT IT ADDRESSES If lack of sleep or stress has your skin sagging, this is a noninvasive solution. “A microcurrent facial can help combat a number of issues, like fine lines, puffiness and loss of elasticity,” Vargas says. HOW TO TIME IT You’ll see immediate results after one treatment, but it’s a cumulative process. Vargas recommends three microcurrent facials in the last three weeks leading up to your wedding.

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“Get your last microcurrent facial a few days before your day,” Vargas says. “Many brides end up trying to manage their stress by drinking wine, which leads to puffiness. Microcurrent will help you look freshfaced for photos.” AVER AGE COST From $250 per treatment

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WHAT IT IS This laser resurfacing facial uses beams of light to exfoliate away layers of skin to reveal a smoother, clearer complexion. After numbing your face with a topical cream, a Clear + Brilliant laser is applied to your face for 15 to 20 minutes. “The device sends pulsating light into the skin, making tiny incisions that stimulate new collagen and elastin cells for an instant skin refresh,” says Adriana Martino, cofounder of Skinney Medspa. While it sounds intimidating, the treatment is virtually painless and feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you’re looking to amp up your bridal glow or correct minor skin issues like enlarged pores, fine lines, sun damage, or uneven skin tone or texture, this is the treatment for you. It won’t solve more serious concerns, but it can significantly improve your skin’s overall appearance, creating a dewy complexion and a smooth base for makeup application. HOW TO TIME IT Schedule your Clear + Brilliant facial at least two weeks before your wedding, so you have ample time to see results. “You may look pink or sunburned for a couple of hours afterward, but there’s essentially no recovery time,” Martino says. “Your skin will look renewed and refreshed in five to seven days post-treatment.” Disclaimer: Not all laser facials are created equal (some cause intense peeling and require weeks of recovery), so do your research before you make an appointment. WHAT IT COSTS From $400 a treatment >>

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WHAT IT IS Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves a mechanized pen with a disposable tip containing small blades that repeatedly puncture the skin. “The treatment creates microscopic ‘damage’ in the skin, which activates your body’s wound healing processes and revs up collagen production,” says dermatologist Lian Mack. After numbing your face with topical numbing cream, a dermatologist or microneedling specialist will run the pen-like device over your face three times with the help of a hyaluronic acid serum. There’s also an option to go the vampire facial route and use your own blood, aka platelet-rich plasma, as a serum in tandem with microneedling for an extra boost. (Yes, we are serious.) “With a vampire facial, we draw the patient’s blood and spin it down to isolate the platelet-rich plasma,” Mack says. “It stimulates collagen production better than other topical treatments like serums or face creams.” WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you have serious skin concerns like scarring, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, microneedling is a more aggressive approach similar to Fraxel laser treatments or medical dermabrasion, without the lengthy recovery time. Another plus: You can wear makeup within 24 hours of getting it done. HOW TO TIME IT While unsightly side effects like blotchy skin and peeling don’t last more than a week, Mack suggests planning your treatments six months in advance of your day—especially if your skin concerns will take several treatments to fix (think: deep acne scars). If you opt for one microneedling session, time it at least two weeks before your wedding date so you have ample time to heal. That way, your face won’t look irritated or flaky right before you walk down the aisle. AVER AGE COST From $500 a treatment

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WHAT IT IS Commonly referred to as Botox (fun fact: Botox is actually a brand name of one of the most popular versions of botulinum toxin), this injectable also goes by the name Dysport and Xeomin. When used for antiaging purposes, it smooths out wrinkles caused by the repetitive activity of the facial muscles. “Once injected into the face, botulinum toxin blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax,” says plastic surgeon Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD. “The reduction of movement allows the overlying skin to regenerate and repair damage.” WHAT IT ADDRESSES Facial wrinkles across the forehead, between the brows, at the outer corners of the eyes and around the mouth can all be early signs of aging. These typically appear in the mid-30s and become progressively deeper with time. “The best candidate for Botox is someone who is beginning to develop noticeable lines,” Vasyukevich says. “As with many other medical conditions, treating these wrinkles in the early stages of their development is easier than trying to smooth out deeper lines.” HOW TO TIME IT Everyone is different, but it usually takes around three to four days for the full effect of botulinum toxin injections to kick in. “To make the most out of a Botox injection, get the treatment at least a month before your day so you have enough time for wrinkles to smooth out,” Vasyukevich says. Editor’s note: It can be easy to go overboard here, so work with your plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure you still have plenty of facial movement and don’t end up looking totally frozen on your wedding day. AVER AGE COST Varies depending on area treated and injector >>

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WHAT IT IS Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some of the most popular are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy cosmetic procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. “Fillers can either enhance your natural features (such as the lips) or make up for lost facial volume that occurs with age,” says dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD. Once injected into the face, fillers sit under the skin, immediately filling in hollow areas that lose plumpness and definition with age and smoothing out deep creases and wrinkles. WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you’re in your 30s or 40s and are looking to soften common signs of aging like crow’s feet, smile lines or hollow under eyes—and you have chill where needles are concerned—consider consulting a dermatologist about fillers. While most fillers dissolve within a year or so, they can help you look more refreshed throughout the wedding planning process when used sparingly (no duck lips here). For longer term results, Sculptra in particular stimulates your fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen), creating results that last for two to three years. HOW TO TIME IT Although there isn’t significant downtime associated with fillers, timing is important—especially if you don’t want to appear less (ahem) youthful and refreshed in your engagement photos than in your wedding photos. “Plan to get filler up to four months before your wedding date, so you don’t look noticeably different at your prewedding events,” Airan says. AVER AGE COST Varies depending on area treated and injector F I N D A LO C A L B E AU T Y P RO

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Take off your makeup at night You should never fall asleep with your makeup on. Not just because it clogs your pores, but during the day, free radicals from the environment cling to your makeup. If you don’t wash your face, those radicals break down the healthy collagen in your skin.

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Wear SPF daily Even just a little sun exposure every day can lead to long-term skin damage. If you’re worried about smelling like a piña colada at work, there are moisturizers on the market that double as sunscreen without the fragrance.

Clean your makeup brushes weekly Take your makeup brushes in the your face cleanser and warm water to disinfect them. Removing oil, makeup, dirt and bacteria that can get caught on bristles wards off clogged pores and breakouts.

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Lash enhancer Ditch the falsies and apply this nourishing serum once a day for stronger, fuller lashes.

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

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

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

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

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Make requests Just because a bridal salon carries your favorite designer doesn’t mean it will have the exact wedding dress you’ve been wanting to try on. But if you phone in advance and request a specific style, chances are a salon staffer will be able to call in a sample of that gown ahead of your appointment. >>

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Brides should start dress shopping at least nine months in advance. This allows enough time for dress production, which takes four to six months, plus two to four months for alterations.

If a bride wants to try on a specific dress, designers will send loaner samples if it’s not in stock. You should try and make any loaner requests at least two weeks before your appointment.

Your consultant knows what they’re doing, so trust their judgment and keep an open mind when it comes to trying on different dress styles. Your dream dress could change once you see things on.

You never want to look back and regret buying a dress simply because you felt pressured by others or went for a trendier style. Stick to your vision of what you want to look like on your wedding day.

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

Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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

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

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

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

1. Modify embellishments

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

2. Lace it up

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

3. Make it personal

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

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKE TRADITION Danielle personalized her suit with a custom stitching of the name of their dog.

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THEIR STORY Danielle Helderle (25 and a paramedic) and Erica Jackson (31 and a project manager) wanted a unique, tradition-bending wedding all their own, and luckily, Erica was the right person for the job. She runs a small event planning business on the side, “so you can imagine planning our wedding was my cup of tea,” she says. Danielle and Erica put together an intimate, French-inspired garden party, infusing elements of their personalities throughout the day’s events, beginning with an uneven, mixed-gender wedding party at a ceremony officiated by Danielle’s father and ending with a mimosa-filled brunch, including a DJ. “Every detail should say something about the two of you,” Erica says. —Louis Baragona

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ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Erica, her mom and sisters created the seating chart display, made of a lush moss backdrop in a seven-foot gold frame Erica found and repurposed. BLOOMS “I really wanted that romantic garden wedding feeling with whimsical, wild flowers,” Erica says. Arrangements included roses and dahlias, plus herbs and Queen Anne’s lace. STATIONERY The mauve and blue invitations mirrored the florals and included a custom crest used throughout the day.

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CAKE Danielle and Erica cut into a watercolored top tier playfully finished with the words “oh, hell yeah!” in script.

CENTERPIECES Unique arrangements, including moss-framed glass jars filled with votive candles, differed from table to table. PLACE SETTINGS Erica, a self-professed “sucker for neutrals” says that soft pink linens and herb accents offered subtle notes of color on the tables. RECEPTION “One of my favorite things about the wedding was the timing,” Erica says. “A brunch wedding meant a different vibe.” Guests sat down to a Sunday Funday meal of eggs benedict, omelets and, of course, mimosas.

DANIELLE & ERICA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Silver Oaks

Chateau, Pacific, MO PHOTOGRAPHY Cindy Feraro/Cindy Lee Photography PLANNER Saving Grace Occasions FLOWERS Roses + Mint GOWN Willowby, White Traditions Bridal House,

St. Charles, MO SUIT Men’s Wearhouse; tie: TheTieBar.com HAIR Sammi Picquet; Tina Weber MAKEUP Naturally You by Nikki Kelly VEIL NoonOnTheMoon, Etsy.com HAIRPIECE

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OCTOBER 7

• ST. LOUIS

lacy & chris PHOTOGR APHY BY K .COREA PHOTOGR APHY

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WELCOME SIGN Lacy found this metal piece at an antique shop and set it on her grandfather’s wood easel to greet guests.

BRIDESMAIDS Lacy hand-stitched the rhinestone embellishment on the waistband of her bridesmaids’ tulle skirts, which were then paired with pink and leopard accents.

THEIR STORY

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Though Lacy Sallee (36) and Chris Watts (41 and a civil engineer) grew up in the same 2,000-person town, they didn’t get to know each other until a decade later in St. Louis when they joined the same kickball team. After a move to Indianapolis—and not one, but two proposals—the pair started planning their wedding, which Lacy credits Chris with spearheading. The $5 rust tie with soft pink polka dots that he bought for the occasion even inspired the day’s funky and fresh color palette. Lacy filled tables with secondhand finds like animal figurines, decanters and bells that she collected without a clear vision of how she’d eventually put them to use. “The overall feeling of the wedding was fun, unique and whimsical,” Lacy says. Guests took a piece of that magic home when the night wrapped: Lacy left a basket of colorful kerchiefs for the taking. —Becky Murray

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FIRST DANCE “We don’t do slow and sappy,” Lacy says. The pair picked “Call On Me” by Big Brother & The Holding Company, sung by Janis Joplin. DÉCOR Figurines were perched near groupings of dahlias, celosia, mums, basil, cypress and sweet Annie. DESSERT Extra cocoa is to thank for the chocolate buttercream’s dark, rich color on Lacy and Chris’s classic yellow cake, Lacy says, which was topped off with vintage salt and pepper shakers. Guests also sampled a salted caramel sheet cake.

St. Louis PHOTOGRAPHY Katy Corea/K.Corea Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Arndt Photo & Cinema DAY-OF COORDINATOR Krissi Timmerman FLOWERS Flowers & Weeds GOWN & VEIL Mignonette Bridal, Chicago, IL MAKEUP Kaylee Gustafson SHOES Bride:

J.Crew; groom: Zappos.com ENGAGEMENT RING Barrington Jewels WEDDING RINGS

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THEIR STORY

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For their October wedding, Daniela Depke (28 and a quality manager) and Miles Walker (36 and a federal inspector) turned to the great outdoors. The pair, who got engaged while fishing, “loves nature,” Daniela says. “We wanted as much natural beauty incorporated into the wedding as possible.” A nature-inspired color scheme, arrangements of organic, overgrown wildflowers and greenery, and a venue over an hour outside of the city all helped Daniela and Miles bring their vision to life. Daniela made sure to wear cowboy boots during her trip down the outdoor aisle, while the couple’s son Mason rocked suspenders. Daniela’s favorite moment of all, though, happened after the ceremony, and, of course, in the venue’s expansive outdoor property. “My favorite moment was taking photos in a field with my husband after the ceremony,” Daniela says. “The stress was over, and it was just the two of us.” —LB

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BOUQUET The bride carried soft pink quicksand roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, peach stock and white lisianthus. MENU Daniela’s family honored their Italian roots by putting together a charcuterie spread of savory prosciutto, Genoa salami, honey-covered crackers and wine. TABLESCAPES Different types of succulents filled rustic wood boxes and gray flower pots, which sat alongside live floral runners, mismatched vintage china and colorful glasses.

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FIRST DANCE A live band played as the couple, who both love Chris Stapleton, danced to the singer’s cover of “Tennessee Whiskey.” DESSERT Daniela and Miles cut into an apple cake with cream cheese filling, buttercream frosting and a caramel drip. In a tribute to her family back in their native Italy, Daniela also asked for figs to be placed on the cake, accompanied by Italian ruscus, thistle and berries. VENUE Celebrating at the Dodson Orchards “felt like a destination wedding,” Daniela says.

DANIELA & MILES’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Dodson

Orchards, Fredericktown, MO PHOTOGRAPHY Kelsi Kliethermes Photography PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER My Blush Events FLOWERS

Butterfields Florist GOWN The Enchanted Bride, St. Louis HAIR & MAKEUP Jessica Rae Artistry VEIL The Enchanted Bride HEADPIECE

Butterfields Florist SHOES Bride: Corral Boot Company, Cavender’s; groom: Men’s Wearhouse ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Mesa

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Orchards; Volpi Foods CAKE Sarah’s Cake Shop CAKE TOPPER Butterfields Florist OFFICIANT

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257 FIRST LOOK The pair met up in Luther Ely Smith Square outside the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. “I heard Mary’s voice before I saw her,” Eric says, “and it eased me immediately.”

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THEIR STORY Once ER physicians Mary Yu (30) and Eric Cleaton (34) hit the two-year mark in their engagement, they knew it was time to bring in backup: a wedding planner. Within six months, their modern affair inspired by East Asia came together. Mary chimed in with a few simple directives, like this one: “I went to my planner and said, ‘I love red roses!’ ” Other moments were less scripted and all the more memorable. “When it started raining after dinner, I was bummed,” Mary says. “I wanted everyone to enjoy dancing on the terrace, but having our first dance in the rain was pretty special.” —BM

BOUQUET Hydrangeas, peach ranunculus, burgundy dahlias and garden roses popped against the bridesmaids’ black gowns.

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DÉCOR Traditional Chinese paper lanterns inspired the chandelier installation that hung above the head table, while mirrored surfaces, mercury glass, red roses, and black and metallic accents helped set the scene. Guests found their seats on gold acrylic place cards, stating the couple’s thanks. INVITATION All need-to-know details were printed on bright suede paper. CEREMONY The couple’s close friend (Eric’s co-resident) officiated the service, sharing funny stories from their early days of dating.

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THEIR STORY Angie Tracy (26 and a teacher) and Jake Schlater (29 and works in industrial recycling) don’t believe in sacrificing fun for the sake of elegance. Instead, Angie and Jake planned a wedding that incorporated the two side by side in harmony. Case in point: The couple followed their traditional Catholic ceremony with a colorful balloon send-off. After the vows, guests filled the sparkling formal banquet hall to dine at several different food stations, with menu items ranging from sliders, French fries and sushi to tacos and pasta. With his tux, Jake paired polka-dot socks and then threw on a white dinner jacket for the reception. Altogether, the duality of each of the fun and formal details alongside one another represented the couple’s personalities and, of course, made for a day Angie calls “truly magical.” —LB

INVITATIONS The couple incorporated wine, emerald and navy tones into the watercolor liner of their stationery.

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RECEPTION Angie and Jake juxtaposed the elegant reception space, which included hanging gold lights, with the vibrant linens and place cards. The pair also erected a gold tree in the middle of the space to pay homage to fall. DESSERT Vines of Italian ruscus, garden roses and ranunculus added a pop of color to the white cake. PLACE SETTINGS Red menus labeled “let’s eat” complete with maps of the food stations sat atop navy-colored linens and sparkling gold flatware.

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ACCESSORIES Liz (left) and Anna coincidentally gifted jewelry to each other from the same designer during their first look, meaning Anna’s necklace matched Liz’s earrings.

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THEIR STORY Software saleswomen Anna Eklund (29) and Elizabeth “Liz” Kintz (30) are fans of the outdoors and St. Louis’s fall weather, and opted to celebrate both during their October wedding. “Kuhs Estate and Farm checked all of our boxes,” Anna says. “It’s a beautiful landscape on the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and close enough to the city that it wouldn’t be a major trek for our guests.” Rather than sticking to a hard-and-fast color palette, Liz and Anna kept three words front and center when making design decisions: simple, classic and elegant. Loved ones took in some fresh air with a ceremony under trees, followed with yard games on the lawn during cocktail hour. Arrangements with hanging pepperberry, craspedia, amaranthus and scabiosa, and velvet lounge furniture created a cozy autumn atmosphere. —BM

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INVITATIONS Anna and Liz added a modern touch to their invitations by including their first names only.

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THEIR STORY Tricia O’Sullivan (32 and a marketing and business development coordinator) and Alex Fox (32 and a client services representative) knew their wedding needed to be a party. Well, a fiesta, to be exact. “We wanted a fun, colorful celebration that reflected our relationship,” Tricia says. The couple flexed their creative muscles by turning their forest venue into a Mexican oasis with the help of Tricia’s step-mom, who is Mexican. Together, Tricia and Alex hung traditional papel picado banners from trees and created papel-picado-inspired invitations, while everyone sipped palomas as they danced the night away. —LB

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ENTERTAINMENT Tricia and Alex skipped the usual bouquet toss in favor of smashing candy-filled custom piñatas, which was Alex’s favorite part of the day. MUSIC Tricia’s step-uncle Carlos led the mariachi band that played as guests sat down for the ceremony and later as they snacked on chips, salsa and guacamole during cocktail hour. WEDDING PARTY “Our color palette was all about bright colors,” Tricia says. The bridesmaids’ coral gowns matched the groomsmens’ boutonnieres.

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, a new accessory and are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your journey with these important tasks and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so insure it as soon as possible (the same is true if your partner asked with a high-end watch or other accessory). There are two ways to go about it. First, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of money in relation to its value should anything happen. Or, you can seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s insurance policy can. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range, and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

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Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event. Try to create a different mood for your engagement party while maintaining a style that’s true to you and your partner. You won’t want to force a casual cookout if you (and your guests) favor formal parties, and vice versa.

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Download The Knot Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking our image-based Style Quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. Think of it as the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

Map out your budget While it’s not the most fun conversation, the budget talk is an important one. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of whom you’d like to invite, where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like being willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but cut back on your paper goods). The more on top of your finances you are before you begin planning, the less likely it is that you’ll end up going over your budget or spending more than you should in the long run.

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like a noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

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2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here is the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

5 While cleaning

Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance—and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are, and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a cash fund on The Knot registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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

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

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Your favorite food, stacked Wedding confections may have been a mainstay since, oh, ancient Rome—but that doesn’t mean one has to appear at your bash. If you’re a pair that prefers savory to sweet or Swiss cheese to Swiss buttercream, then you do you. Cut into a stack of cheese wheels or feed each other from a tower of whippedcream-covered waffles. As long as there are a few sweet moments to end the night (guests love a sugar rush), no one will miss the cake. >> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: HUNTER RYAN PHOTO; ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY; ZAC WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY; CAT MAYER STUDIO; INSTAGRAM: KATIE STOOPS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrible flooring

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

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

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LIGHT IT UP Use image mapping on a blank white wall to make your space feel more dynamic.

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

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

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

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

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

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a prewedding talk for modern couples It’s easy to get caught up in wedding planning and forget that a healthy marriage is the end goal. Whether you go through Pre-Cana, sign up for counseling or just talk it out, there are a few things every couple should discuss before “I do.” Consider this your relationship boot camp. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

You may know each other all of six months or you may be going on a decade together. Either way, formally working through any issues and expectations before you head to the altar is a wise idea, and there’s no shame in doing so. “The difference between a relationship and a marriage is not just a piece of paper, contrary to what a lot of people believe,” says Talia Wagner, a marriage and family therapist. “Once married, you’re no longer on individual tracks—life becomes something you must handle as a unit that generally has one vote, not two. Most are not prepared for what this integration means for day-to-day life.” Premarital counseling aims to ease this transition and help couples understand that to be successful, they need to be prepared for what’s coming. “We’re trained to ask questions about their life together they may not have thought of,” explains Rachel Sussman, a psychotherapist and relationship expert. “It’s like when your physician asks questions about your health. It’s helpful to have a professional pair of eyes and ears to help you through difficult conversations.” Start your prewedding convo at home with these topics.

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Communication and confrontation “One of the biggest hot-button topics I see between pairs is ineffective communication,” Wagner says. “Many fall into the trap of fighting when issues erupt, rather than discussing their different viewpoints and moving toward a solution.” Work with your partner to discuss, well, how you’ll discuss. How do you communicate best? Is it over a glass of wine or in bed on a Saturday morning? How do you plan to ensure you both feel heard and considered in the relationship? “You’ve found ‘the one,’ but it’s important to recognize that ‘the one’ also has their own concerns, needs and wants,” says Jean Fitzpatrick, a psychotherapist and marriage counselor. “It’s essential to communicate gently and respectfully about differences. Prioritize building a relationship that can accommodate and nurture two people who are inevitably different.”

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Family and friend relationships As many couples know, you’re not just choosing a life partner when you commit to marriage, you’re choosing another family along with them. For better or worse, that can cause interesting dynamics to pop up in your relationship. Jane Greer, a marriage and sex therapist, advises couples to set boundaries as early on as possible. “Be clear about expectations when it comes to family and friends, especially when it involves holding on to your sense of self while creating a ‘we’ identity with your partner,” Greer says. “Don’t let friends or family become a divisive factor between you or allow their demands to upset the balance between you two.” It’s important to nurture the support systems that made you both into the partners you are today. Recognize the integral role your partner’s family or friends have played in their life thus far (and vice versa), but don’t be too quick to take up a “me versus them” mentality when issues come up. “It’s natural for you or your partner to want to take sides with your or their family of origin,” Fitzpatrick says. “Instead, focus on pulling together and taking on a leadership role as you all work toward family harmony.”

Money management For almost all couples, the cold hard cash convo can be an incredibly stress-inducing topic. Talking points like how you both prefer to spend and save, what you’ll each be contributing to, how you’ll review and pay bills, and more are all of top importance when ironing out finances before marriage. “When it comes to money, both partners need to be able to talk calmly and openly about structuring their finances as a unit,” Fitzpatrick says. “Having joint accounts for shared goals and responsibilities, as well as some individual money for each partner, supports a balance of teamwork and autonomy.” If you need to, tap a financial expert to help you and your partner combine assets in a way that makes the most sense and leaves you both feeling comfortable and confident. >>

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One more thing—if you have a lot of outstanding debt or other financial surprises, now’s the time to put it all on the table. No one will be left feeling confident if they hear the news after “I do.”

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Intimacy It’s no surprise that emotional and sexual intimacy is paramount to a successful marriage, but according to Wagner, sexual differences and inadequacies are at the forefront of many couples’ problems. “When it comes to sexual issues, there’s the added factor of embarrassment or concern for the other person’s feelings,” Wagner says. “This leaves the door wide open for assumptions and faulty interpretations.” Focus attention on all aspects of you and your partner’s intimate relationship, including how you’ll keep the connection alive during trying times and how you plan to

prioritize self-care, which can have a significant impact on your connection and levels of intimacy. Another important point for modern couples? Technology. Having a phone or laptop as the third member of your relationship can impede not only your emotional and physical intimacy, but also your growth as partners. Set guidelines for technology use and after-hours work in your household, then hold each other accountable.

Long-term goals When you have something as exciting as a wedding coming up, it’s easy to be shortsighted. But the key to a successful marriage is having enough foresight to focus on your long-term goals as a couple. Maybe you want to spend a few years living abroad, get a promotion before you buy a home or start your family with adoption. Whatever your goals, make sure you’re armed with the necessary tools (and mutual support) to achieve them. “Discussing long-term goals is essential in order to ensure you’re on the same page for your future,” Wagner says. “This is so important on a macro level, because oftentimes these goals are what cause issues to pop up at some point down the line.”

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If you and your partner already cohabitate, you’ve probably divvied up household tasks in a way that works for you. Even so, walk through those important points again, and bring up any issues you think could arise in the future. For instance, who’s in charge of cleaning and the laundry? Do you split the yard work? Who keeps the family calendar when it comes to scheduling appointments and activities? “Division of tasks at home is a huge topic for couples,” Wagner says. “Their outlook on it illuminates whether their home life will have traditional gender roles or a more egalitarian shared load between two parties.” These tasks are bound to fluctuate at some point, but it’s good to have a general idea of who is responsible for what from the get-go.

how to fight right Experts spill on the right way to handle inevitable arguments.

Keep calm

Avoid escalating an already heated discussion by raising your voice, tensing your body or acting defensive. If you find you’re too worked up to have a productive conversation, ask your partner to table the discussion for a half hour so you can return ready to approach it in a more relaxed manner.

Say what you mean

You’re already arguing, so there’s no need to beat around the bush. When you come into conflict with your partner, it’s important to get it all out. Keeping any hurt or issues close to the chest only means another argument will likely crop up later, sending you two into a constant bickering cycle.

Ask for clarification

In the moment, words don’t always come out right. If you’re unclear about your partner’s intention or meaning behind something they’ve said, just ask. Giving them the chance to clarify or rephrase something that may have not been communicated effectively can avoid hurt feelings.

Have a common goal

The hope for any argument should be a resolution. Forgo the tug-of-war mentality for a healthier attempt at common ground. You don’t have to completely agree with your partner’s stance on a specific issue, but if you can get to a place of understanding and acceptance, you’ve fought well.

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Kick the writer’s block (and overcome your public speaking paranoia) with these meaningful questions all about your person. PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY WREN PHOTOGR APHY

Admit it: You totally thought writing your own vows would be quick and painless, but, sure enough, you’re now realizing that picking just a few promises or sentiments to sum up your whole relationship is hard. Don’t worry though—you’re definitely not the first person to struggle with what to say. To kick things off, sit down

for a little one-on-one reflection sesh with yourself. We’ve rounded up a list of sweet and sentimental questions to help you delve into what it is that makes your partner, and your love, so special. Once you get in a groove, you’ll have all the makings of deep and personal vows finished in no time—we promise. >>

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WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THEM?

There’s no better place to start than at the beginning of your story. Whether you had a meet-cute in a hotel elevator (swoon!) or are totally the product of a dating app (praise that algorithm), spend some time reflecting on your thoughts and feelings surrounding your first introduction to your partner. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE IN LOVE?

The more specific you can be about the moment in time, the better. Was it when they helped you keep it together while you brought your sick pup to the vet, or when they held their own at your huge family reunion? If humor is more your brand, don’t fight it. Throw in that playful anecdote about spending an entire weekend binging Adam Sandler movies together.

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We’re just guessing here, but life has probably gotten a lot better since you two met and fell in love, so tell everyone about it. Having trouble pinpointing exact specifics? Consider all the new stuff you’ve tried or places you’ve seen together that you would have never experienced on your own. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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This will probably end up being something super simple— but powerful. For most people, it’s the little moments that make up a relationship, so it makes sense those are what you’d crave when apart. From their signature morning slow-drip coffee to the way they talk in their sleep (hey, it could be charming), this is a great way to show you care about both big and small. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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5 of our fave vow books IS THERE A LINE FROM A MOVIE THAT SAYS IT ALL?

It’s definitely okay to borrow from your favorite movie, song or poem for a bit of inspiration, as long as it’s not too much of a cliché (please, no “You had me at hello,” Jerry Maguire fans).

Instead of holding a crumpled (probably sweaty) piece of paper at the altar, slip your words into one of these chic holders or notebooks.

PUT IT INTO WORDS:

When I see you _____________, I think, "God only knows what I'd be without you."

Here’s your biggest opportunity to personalize your vows if that whole “for better or for worse” line just doesn’t do it for you. So many couples pledge endless love, but what about everything else you and your person do for each other, like refusing to watch your favorite Netflix show without one another?

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WHAT WILL KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE STRONG?

Dig deep—focus on how you’ve already fostered a solid foundation and how you plan to maintain and grow that connection in the years to come. This can encompass relationship-healthy habits you guys already have (go you!) as well as attributes you’re hoping to work on or bring into your marriage more. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

I know that even when life gets hard, you and I will ________________, because ________________ .

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN IT COMES TO MARRIED LIFE?

Your wedding is just the (very fun) beginning of this insanely amazing adventure you’re about to go on. So what do the next few decades look like? Call out what you’re most excited about when it comes to marriage, whether it’s raising a family together or having a built-in partner to sneakily leave parties with. Be funny, be sentimental—say whatever feels right. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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your catering checklist Whether you’re planning a delicious buffet or seven-course sit-down dinner, you’ll want to abide by these important tips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY

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

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

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

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What does their package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert,

plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera. Splurge on a quality, experienced photographer (plus an engagement session) to get the memories you deserve.

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Planner/coordinator The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is field questions or direct vendors. Enter: a planner. Whether you work with someone for a year ahead of your day or just the month before, it’s beyond amazing to have extra help so you can party stress free.

Florist

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

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests on the dance floor all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist just can’t. Trust us—and the pros—on this one.

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Do you have the same vision?

What kind of meal appeals to you?

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

Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do, and it’s a delicious part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit you and your partner.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan for in advance. See if your team is able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must). Ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that to ensure all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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

A movable feast

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

Family style

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

European family style

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

All action eats

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

Drive-in dinner

Round up a few of your favorite food trucks to serve guests for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access.

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

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wedding yearbook

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

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sweets to share

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

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

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dancing queen (and king)

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

jazzed -up beat s

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

support system

the new wedding march

little monsters

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

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

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

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truckin’ along

steamy sips

something borrowed

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

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

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

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

fixer upper

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

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

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shot at love Choosing who will photograph your day is a major style decision for your wedding, right alongside picking your palette or landing your dream venue. Learn what your options are to help you decide on the right look for you. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY JAMES X SCHULZE

The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple. With so many unique options out there—and so many talented pros to choose from— it’s hard to decide what vibe suits your celebration best. We’ve rounded up our best advice to help you figure out your style and find a true-to-you photographer. >>

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capture this Make sure you loop your photog into any surprise moments or special dances planned so they can be ready to snap them.

Gather inspiration

Do your research

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one—just get inspired. Spend some time pouring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avant-garde French movie posters. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The off-the-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what you like photo-wise, the easier it will be for you to identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

Now’s the time to hit the web to find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’re a good fit. How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out reviews from past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio. Be sure to chat with them and get to know each other on a personal and professional level. You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you’ll want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotionally intimate moments.

Decide on a “feeling” When you’ve figured out what inspires you, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner, and how you envision your album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has your heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-the-wall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp and contrast-y editorials of a favorite blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the dramatic.

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Finesse the contract To get the most out of your photography investment, consider several points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services—including day-of coverage, digital proofs, second shooters, tangible prints and gorgeously assembled albums—and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. >>

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4 tips from real photographers Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work to get pictures you’ll cherish forever.

1 Don’t skip the engagement session

Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer. This is your chance to get to know your pro and how they work. “Nothing helps build trust more than an engagement session,” says James Christianson, a fine art wedding photographer and one-half of the James x Schulze photography team. “It helps us understand you as a couple, strips away any preconceived ideas of what shooting together will be like and allows us to capture you exactly as you are.”

Present your photographer with your budget and see how far it will take you. The number of hours they spend at an event or shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now’s also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could add up, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date so you know exactly when to expect your shots.

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Prep for the day of Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your day-of timeline, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each of your bridesmaids or flower girls) and let them do their thing. Ahead of the wedding is also the perfect time to give them a heads up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents, a grandmother that needs to remain seated for portraits, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding day published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer. This way, they’ll put extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding aesthetic truly stand out.

Be relaxed and ready You’ve put a lot of work into finding the right photographer so, like with all your pros, put your faith in them come the wedding day. In the week leading up to your wedding, confirm all the important details (your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner), then chill out. It’s time for you and your partner to enjoy yourselves and get married.

2 Put their knowledge to good use

Use your pro as your personal vetting tool and take their advice on whom to bring on board. Your photographer will be encountering everyone involved in your day, so it’s in your best interest (and theirs) that they feel confident about your picks. “To make sure my clients will receive the best images they can, I advise on all aspects of the wedding,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.”

3 Plan for the light

When making your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that coveted time of day when photographers love to shoot to capture incredible, romantic images. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day.”

4 Don’t try and control everything

All prep work aside, on your wedding day, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust you’re in good hands. “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,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST OF THE BEST TO HELP YOU START NEWLYWED LIFE OFF RIGHT. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNNY MILLER STYLING BY SARAH SMART

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ICONIC favorites

TEA TIME Your morning cup of Earl Grey tastes better poured from a stylish spout—fact. Stagg EKG 0.9L kettle in Polished Copper, $169, FellowProducts.com

YOU KNOW ’EM, YOU LOVE ’EM— THESE PERENNIAL FAVES WILL BE YOUR GO-TOS FOR YEARS TO COME.

A TOAST FOR T WO Use these flutes on your wedding day and for all the date nights to come. Talia platinum champagne flute, $25, Mikasa, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Whether you entertain a little or a lot, go for at least 8 to 12 place settings (think: dinner and salad plates, a soup bowl and flatware). That way, you can host dinner for two or a Turkey Day feast.

PACK IT UP Stackable storage bowls are essential for weekly lunch prep. Bonus: They’re cute!

WHAT A DISH Even takeout looks classy on a plate this pretty. Shhh, we won’t tell.

Microwavable nested storage bowls in Nordic Berry, $60 for 4, Rosti Mepal, Food52.com

Prince Bleu dinner plate, $175, Bernardaud, JungLeeNY.com

PICTURE THIS Show off a favorite wedding day snap in this timeless silver frame.

SHARP OBJECTS Chef-grade steel makes slicing and dicing a cinch. Crafter knife set, $500 for 7-piece set, Wüsthof, Williams-Sonoma.com

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Grace Avenue 8x10 frame, $75, KateSpade.com

COOL COPPER A focus on construction and even heat distribution means these pans are as practical as they are pretty. Martellata tri-ply copper cookware, $900 for 10-piece set, Lagostina, Macys.com

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CLEAN SWEEP This high-tech gadget may have you battling it out for vacuum duty. Hey, it could happen.

drape it over the arm of your sofa for a pop of color

Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum, $700, Dyson.com

TEAL TOSS A pretty hue and cozy cashmere make this throw worth fighting over. Dorsey throw in Ice, $610, Sferra.com

BREW BUDDY Score coveted pour-over coffee hands-free thanks to this automatic brewer. MONOGR AM MAT Tout your new family moniker with a signature jute doormat. Personalized wreath doormat, $89, MarkandGraham.com

Ottomatic 6-cup pour-over coffee machine, $350, Chemex, WorldMarket.com

FINISHING TOUCH Add a bit of glam to any table with gilded flatware. Colebrook Champagne flatware, $115 for 5-piece set, Lenox.com

GO DUTCH Tag team a favorite dish (beef bourguignonne, anyone?) with this classic Dutch oven. Round Dutch oven, from $140, LeCreuset.com

MIX IT UP This do-it-all pick has dozens of uses, so why limit yourselves? whip up some ice cream

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Swap the metal bowl for Kitchen Aid’s freezer-ready ice cream maker. Then, just add cream and your go-to flavors or toppings.

MUST-HAVE MIXER Do we even need to sell you on this culinary hero? Your kitchen counter would be empty without one. Artisan Series 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer, $500, KitchenAid.com

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Attach a pasta press to the head of your mixer and crank out fettuccine or rigatoni Ă la your local Italian ristorante. s qu e e z e i n s o m e j u i c e

The juicer attachment makes pouring fresh morning OJ (or happy hour mixers) a breeze.

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BOLD BOWL Serve up your daily dose of greens in this acacia wood bowl. Stonewood stripe round serving bowl, $188, Juliska.com

Hair of the Dog cocktail napkins, $38 for 4, AugustMorgan.com

ENTERTAINING essentials

SUCCESSFULLY HOST EVERYTHING FROM THE FANTASY DRAFT TO A GAME OF THRONES WATCH PARTY WITH THESE PICKS.

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DraftPour in Copper, $150, Fizzics.com

TOOL OF THE TR ADE Keep this 10-in-1 gadget on hand to mix up everything from margs to martinis like a pro.

SPIN IT Your favorite vinyl become the party soundtrack thanks to this USB-enabled turntable.

FYI: cabinets are totally the new bar cart, guys

STOUT SPOUT Score that freshfrom-the-tap taste from any brew (really!) with this draft beer system.

10-in-1 bartender tool, $39, MarkandGraham.com

AT-LP120-USB turntable in Silver, $249, AudioTechnica, Amazon.com

SIGNATUR E SIPS b lu s h i n g b r i d e

COCKTAIL COUNTER Use this chic cabinet as a bar. Don’t drink? Store board games inside it instead. Dock cabinet, $799, GrandinRoad.com

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In a shaker combine 2 sprigs rosemary with 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 oz. lime juice and 3/4 oz. simple syrup. Add ice, shake until cold, and strain into glass.

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The Smart Garden 9 in Grey, $200, ClickandGrow.com

GOAL GET TER This smart scale syncs up with your phone to log your BMI, body composition, weight and more.

The Bigger Carry-On in Sky, $245, AwayTravel.com

QardioBase 2 in Arctic White, $150, GetQardio.com

SMART CHEF Cook everything from swordfish to creme brulee like a pro every time with this app-enabled sous vide. Joule, $199, ChefSteps.com

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LIGHT IT UP This futuristic light simulates a sunrise “alarm” to wake you up gradually. Somneo sleep and wake-up light, $200, Philips.com

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CHORE HELPER Upgrade garbage duty (yep, we went there) with a voice-activated can. Sensor can, $200, SimpleHuman.com

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PetChatz HD, $380, PetChatz.com

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WHITE NOISE Tune out city commotion (or your spouse’s snoring) with this sound machine.

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PLUSH PICKS Cloud-like towels (thanks to organic Turkish cotton) are a bathroom mainstay.

Wave premium sleep therapy sound machine, $30, Pure Enrichment, Amazon.com

Cloud Loom organic towels, $198 for 6-piece set, Coyuchi.com

TUB SHELFIE Draw a bath, prop up a glass of vino and read your latest book club pick.

TR ANQUILI-TEA Indulge in one of the 40 tea flavors in this box, including pear cobbler and Belgian mint.

Aquala bathtub caddy in Natural, $40, Umbra.com

COMFORT QUILT Use a gravity blanket (engineered to be 7 to 12 percent of your body weight) to calm your mood and fall asleep faster.

Dolce Vita tea chest, $60, TeaForte.com

The Gravity Blanket in Moon Ivory, $249, GravityBlankets.com

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HAPPY FEET Give tired soles a rest in cushy velvet slippers. (Tip: Get ’em early and rock them while prepping for your wedding day.) The Phoebe slippers in Saffron Bow, $120, BirdiesSlippers.com

SAY “OM” Get Zen with the Headspace app, which offers hundreds of themed sessions and guided meditations. Year-long membership, $96, Headspace.com

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JUST BREATHE Relax, reinvigorate and even purify with this streamlined essential oil diffuser. Stone diffuser in White, $119, Vitruvi.com

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diffuse eucalyptus, lavender and grapefruit to chill while planning

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When shopping for sheets, it’s a bit of a numbers game. Look for a luxe set that’s between 300 to 430 thread count—anything higher won’t impact quality or comfort.

BED IN BLOOM You’ll actually want to make the bed with sheets this pretty. Poppy pillowcases in Azure, from $135 for set, Matouk.com

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CIAO, BELLA City dwellers will love zipping to the market on this bold scooter (just don’t forget a matching helmet).

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BRIGHT TOUCH Use these floor cushions for extra seating when company swings by. Chartreuse velvet tufted floor cushions, $45 each, WorldMarket.com

Primavera 50 50 Anniversario in Azzurro, $4,149, Vespa.com

FANCY FLOORS Brighten up your living room with a bold patterned rug built to withstand a bit of everyday wear and tear. Samode rug in Denim/Ivory, from $50, Dash & Albert, AnnieSelke.com

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WINE AND DINE This duel zone fridge keeps your vino at the perfect temp and stores up to 21 bottles. Silent 21 bottle dual zone wine refrigerator, $299, WineEnthusiast.com

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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston charms visitors with genuine Southern hospitality, Lowcountry cuisine and oak-lined cobblestone streets.

WHEN TO VISIT The magnolias and honeysuckles are in bloom April through June, and the temperatures won’t be sweltering.

The 155-room Dewberry has a mid-century modern vibe and one of the city’s buzziest restaurants. A killer location, just off Marion Square in the Upper King District, puts you within walking distance from the best boutiques. From $350, TheDewberryCharleston.com

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SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE Kiawah Island is just 20 miles south of Charleston. Spend a night at The Sanctuary, a 255-room seaside mansion equipped with loads of amenities, including its own high-rated spa. From $285, KiawahResort.com

WHAT TO EAT Start with cocktails at The Bar at Husk (try the Centre Court) before moving next door to Husk, chef Sean Brock’s shrine to Southern ingredients. Set within a Victorian-era home, the restaurant serves elevated classic comfort dishes such as skillet corn bread with Benton’s bacon crumble and RC Cola–glazed duck with Anson Mills heirloom grits. HuskRestaurant.com

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CHARLESTON: COURTESY OF EXPLORE CHARLESTON (2); CORN BREAD: ANDREW CEBULKA; LOCATION ICON: DINOSOFT LABS/ NOUN PROJECT; HOUSE ICON: JONATHAN LI/NOUN PROJECT; MONEY ICON: KER’IS/NOUN PROJECT; CUTLERY ICON: DAVID/ NOUN PROJECT; OPPOSITE: ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF EKIES ALL SENSES RESORT

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WHERE TO STAY Eco-friendly Ekies All Senses Resort is set on an unspoiled beach in the village of Vourvourou on Halkidiki’s second peninsula, Sithonia. The new Evergreen and Pine suites are stunning, with private pools and gardens, but if you’re on a budget, standard double rooms are super comfy too and have balconies. From $186, Ekies.gr

NOUN PROJECT; HOUSE ICON: JONATHAN LI/NOUN PROJECT; MONEY ICON: KER’IS/NOUN PROJECT; CUTLERY ICON: DAVID/ NOUN PROJECT; OPPOSITE: ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF EKIES ALL SENSES RESORT

WHEN TO VISIT

HALKIDIKI, GREECE Halkidiki may not be as well known as Mykonos and Santorini, but its beaches are just as pretty. Located in off-the-tourist-radar northern Greece, Halkidiki’s three peninsulas are blanketed in lush pine forests and surrounded by the warm waters of the Aegean Sea.

Go during mid-April to early June or September to mid-October to avoid the heat and summer crowds. WHAT TO EAT At Búbo, award-winning chef Dimitris Pamporis reimagines traditional dishes—his Greek salad is topped with feta mousse and olive soil. For a more intimate, adventurous setting, head up to the Treehouse and indulge in his tasting menu. Bubo.gr SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE Ekies All Senses Resort can arrange a boat for a day of island-hopping. Picnic at Diaporos and hike past the scattered ancient ruins of Agios Isidoros. >>

IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET, STANDARD DOUBLE ROOMS ARE COMFY AND HAVE BALCONIES.”

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Beach-perfect weather and good deals can be found in the shoulder seasons: April through May and August through early October. November through March are the rainiest months.

KAUAI, HAWAII

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is one of the island’s best oceanfront values. The 25-acre property sits on a three-mile beach on the eastern Coconut Coast. With four pools, a lava-tube waterslide and complimentary activities, including hula shows and lei making, Aqua is a great option for couples who get antsy lounging in the sun. Plus the recently renovated accommodations— 350 rooms, to be exact— all feature private lanais. From $170, AquaAston.com

Tropical rain forests, cascading waterfalls, emerald valleys and gold-sand beaches—explore all these and more with your SO on the Garden Island.

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SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE Learn to hang ten with pro surfer and Kauai native Evan Valiere at the North Shore’s legendary Hanalei Bay. $400 for private lesson for 2, HanaleiSurfSchool.com

THE SEYCHELLES Sugar-white beaches, pristine waters and secluded five-star resorts make the Seychelles archipelago a favorite honeymoon escape for A-listers. WHEN TO VISIT

WHAT TO DO

Just south of the Equator, the Seychelles is blessed with year-round 80-degree temps. April to May and October to November are the best months for diving.

Cycle to Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue. This stunning stretch of sand is considered one of the Seychelles’s most beautiful beaches. Don’t forget a mask and fins for snorkeling.

WHAT TO DO Don’t miss the dramatic cliffs and endless trails of the 17-mile Napali Coast. The Kalalau Trail—11 miles from Ha’ena State Park to Kalalau Beach—is a bucket list hike.

DON’T FORGET A MASK AND FINS FOR SNORKELING.”

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WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO STAY In a destination known for luxury stays, Le Repaire is a beachfront gem. Located on La Digue, the smallest of the inhabited islands, this cute boutique hotel has 18 spacious rooms, a pool and an Italian restaurant. From $199, LeRepaireSeychelles.com

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SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE The waters off Mahé island are a scuba diving paradise. Four wreck dives offer the chance to spot marine wildlife like nurse sharks, turtles and rays. From $115 per person, BlueSeaDivers.com >>

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SEDONA, ARIZONA Sedona is easily accessible (two hours from Phoenix) yet offers a vibe all its own, surrounded by mystical red rock formations and a national forest. Outdoor enthusiasts can find 100 hiking trails within a 20-mile radius, while culture lovers are steps from art galleries and can’t-miss restaurants.

WHAT TO DO Don’t just gaze at the iconic red rock sandstone spires—get out and explore them. Little Horse is an easy 3.4-mile round-trip trail with views of Cathedral Rock. Or take in the scenery on a Jeep tour. From $59, PinkAdventure Tours.com SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE Indulge in a day of pampering at the spa at L’Auberge de Sedona. Start with a desert sage sugar scrub, then join your spouse for a forest bathing session. LAuberge.com

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WHERE TO STAY The 100-room Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa is walking distance of Uptown Sedona’s galleries and shops. An infinity-edge pool and outdoor fire pits make it easy to fall into vacation mode. From $200, AmaraResort.com >>

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Active couples will love the cool temperatures of fall. Desert flowers are in full bloom March through May.

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Santa Barbara embodies California dreaming with its mix of gorgeous beaches, vineyards and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

TAKE AN URBAN WINE TOUR ON FOOT OR BIKE.” WHERE TO STAY Rooms at Hotel Milo are on the smaller side, but you can’t beat the location across the street from West Beach. Iconic Stearns Wharf is a short bike ride away, and the hotel’s Dutch-inspired cruisers are complimentary. Lounge by the pool, play bocce, and swirl, sniff and sip at the hotel’s weekly wine tastings. From $199, HotelMiloSantaBarbara.com

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WHEN TO VISIT During shoulder season— early fall to late spring— you can find great deals on hotels and attractions, plus the weather is still warm and sunny. WHAT TO DO Take an urban wine tour on foot or bike. Check out Au Bon Climat for pinots, Babcock for single-vineyard chardonnays and Margerum for its signature blends. UrbanWineTrailSB.com

Hop into a helicopter and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Channel Islands, known as the Galapagos of North America, as you fly over Santa Barbara. $300 for a 45-minute tour, NancoHelicopters.com >>

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To experience Paris like a local, visit in April, May, October or November. On the first Sunday of October through March, museums are free.

Situated in the 8th arrondissement, Le Pavillon des Lettres is a short walk from the Champs-Elysées and the shops of Rue Faubourg St Honoré. Each of the 26 snug rooms is dedicated to a writer, with lines from poems, plays and text hand-stenciled above the bed. Two top-floor suites have Eiffel Tower views. From $239, PavillondesLettres.com SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. Experience the architectural wonder from its second-floor Michelin-star restaurant, Le Jules Verne. The Gift Box dinner experience includes bubbly, a sixcourse meal and a meet-and-greet with the chef. $1,110 for 2, LeJulesVerne-Paris.com

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PARIS, FRANCE Arguably the capital of romance, the City of Lights has charmed the likes of Julia Child and Ernest Hemingway with its cozy cafés, delicious cuisine, cool art scene and effortless style.

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WHAT TO EAT Paris is known for its amazing (read: expensive) restaurants, but incredible meals can also be had at tiny wine bars and bistros, such as Le Baratin and Clown Bar. >>

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WHERE TO STAY The views from Hotel St. Moritz are unbeatable. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel looks across Lake Wakatipu at the Remarkables mountain range. An autumnal color scheme and natural materials (slate, exposed wood beams) give the hotel a retro, ski chalet feel. Lombardi restaurant is known for its hyper-local menu, including the area’s top pinots. From $200, StMoritz.co.nz WHAT TO EAT A tasty burger and fries are worth the wait in line at Fergburger. This low-key joint has a cult following with its made-from-scratch, locally sourced ethos and creative takes on the humble burger. Fergburger.com

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QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

FERGBURGER HAS A CULT FOLLOWING— AND IS WORTH THE WAIT IN LINE.”

Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is basically an outdoor playground. It’s also the gateway to the Central Otago wine region.

SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE A day of activities should be rewarded with a steamy soak in the Onsen Hot Pools. Cedar tubs are perched on a high cliff with cinematic views of Shotover River. Treat yourself and add on a couple’s massage. $432 for 2 people, Onsen.co.nz >>

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Summer (December to February) is perfect for hiking and enjoying Lake Wakatipu. Crowds thin out and flowers are in bloom September through November. Winters are heaven for skiers—just avoid July when schools are on holiday.

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McKelvey Vineyards Celebrate your special day in sophisticated charm! McKelvey Vineyards is Missouri’s newest event venue, where lush landscapes and sophisticated charm serve as the perfect setting. Whether you are planning an anniversary, wedding, reception, birthday party, graduation or holiday party, the staff at McKelvey Vineyards will work closely with you to ensure your event is a success. You and your guests will be in awe, from the 1871 stone farmhouse to open-air pavilion, and the photo opportunities are endless. McKelvey Vineyards is the ideal location. JEN@MCKELVEYVINEYARDS.COM • JENNIFER DEVERS • 636.669.9111

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TUSCANY, ITALY Rolling vineyards and endless olive groves provide a dreamy backdrop for exploring ancient hill towns, Michelin-star restaurants, and the art and architecture of Florence. WHEN TO VISIT

WHAT TO DO

Mid-spring and early autumn bring perfect weather, but also higher prices. Fields are ablaze in golden sunflowers in summer. Winter can be chilly and restaurants close, but the area is vibrant green and tourist free.

Le Due Volpi’s owners are cycling geeks (ask to see their vintage bicycle collection) and know the area’s most scenic roads.

WHERE TO STAY

Tuscany has 34 restaurants with Michelin status, but Enoteca Pinchiorri is the only one to boast three stars. Foodies won’t want to miss the tasting menu, featuring dishes like roasted ravioli filled with mascarpone and caviar. $260 (without wine), EnotecaPinchiorri.it

A former farmhouse turned B&B, Le Due Volpi has just four rooms. Garden-filled grounds and a swimming pool are ideal for lazy days, but the museums of Florence are less than 30 miles away. From $100, LeDueVolpi.it

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BORA BORA Bora Bora has been called the most photogenic place on earth. The island’s dazzling sapphire- and turquoisehued lagoon and sandfringed motus (islets) are worth the extra 50-minute flight from Tahiti.

WHERE TO STAY Bora Bora’s famous overwater bungalows usually cost a small fortune, but the digs at Oa Oa Lodge are $200 a night (garden bungalows start at $100). With just eight rooms total, a pool and a private beach, you’ll feel like you’re on your own private island. Bookings must be made directly with the lodge owner Heimiti Buchin at oaoalodge@gmail.com.

April and November are shoulder months. December through March can be hit or miss with rain. WHAT TO EAT Dining out in French Polynesia is pricey. For a local vibe and affordable eats, try favorite Fare Manuia. SPLURGE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE Explore Bora Bora’s famed lagoon at your own pace on a private cruise. Your captain can take you to secret snorkel spots and deserted beaches for afternoon bubbly. From $577 for 4-hour cruise for 2, Moana AdventureTours.com

TUSCANY: ISTOCK BY GETTY IMAGES (2); BORA BORA: ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF TAHITI TOURISME

WHEN TO VISIT

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make it legal Missouri & Kansas Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the Greater Kansas City area, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 15–17 must have parental consent. (Note: In Illinois, no one under 16 can be married.) In general, there are no blood tests or health requirements to obtain a legal license. In Missouri and Illinois, both parties must be present to apply for a license, and in Missouri you must provide a SSN and photo ID. In Kansas, either the bride or groom can apply; however, both the bride and groom must sign the form they take home. There is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license in Kansas. The license is then valid for just 30 days in Missouri and for six months in Kansas. There is a one-day waiting period in Illinois, and the license is valid for 60 days. The fee is around $50 in Missouri, $85 in Kansas and roughly $30 in Illinois. Check with your county for types of acceptable payment. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all the details. WHERE TO APPLY MISSOURI

Greene County

St. Louis County

Leavenworth County

Wyandotte County

Madison County

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Recorder of Deeds 940 Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 868-4068 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Recorder of Deeds 41 S. Central Ave., 4th Fl. Clayton, MO 63105 (314) 615-7180 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, W, F; 8 a.m.–6 p.m., T, Th.

Clerk of the District Court 601 S. 3rd St., Ste. 3051 Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913) 684-0707 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

District Court 710 N. 7th St. Kansas City, KS 66101 (913) 573-2834 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 157 N. Main St., Ste. 109 Edwardsville, IL 62025 (618) 692-6290 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Miami County

ILLINOIS

Sangamon County

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District Court 120 S. Pearl St. Paola, KS 66071 (913) 294-3326 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office 200 S. 9th St., Rm. 101 Springfield, IL 62701 (217) 753-6700 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Boone County Recorder of Deeds 801 E. Walnut, Rm. 132 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 886-4350 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cass County Recorder of Deeds 102 E. Wall St. Harrisonville, MO 64701 (816) 380-8123 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Clay County Recorder of Deeds 1 Courthouse Sq. Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 407-3560 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Recorder of Deeds 207 N. Main St. Plattsburg, MO 64477 (816) 539-3719 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Jackson County Recorder of Deeds 415 E. 12th St., Rm. 104 Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 881-1577 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Lafayette County County Recorder 1001 Main St., Rm. 207 Lexington, MO 64067 (660) 259-6178 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Platte County Recorder’s Office 415 3rd St., Ste. 70 Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 858-3326 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Douglas County Clerk of District Court 111 E. 11th St. Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 832-5227 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Jefferson County District Court 310 Jefferson St. Oskaloosa, KS 66066 (785) 863-2461 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Johnson County District Court 100 N. Kansas Ave., Fl. 2 Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 715-3428 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Effingham County

Sedgwick County District Court 525 N. Main St., Fl. 9 Wichita, KS 67203 (316) 660-5900 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Shawnee County Clerk of District Court 200 SE 7th St., Rm. 209 Topeka, KS 66603 (785) 233-8200 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 101 N. 4th St. Effingham, IL 62401 (217) 342-6535 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

St. Clair County

Jackson County Clerk Office 1001 Walnut St., Fl. 1 Murphysboro, IL 62966 (618) 687-7360 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Jefferson County County Clerk & Recorder 100 S. 10th St., Rm. 105 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-8020 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk #10 Public Sq., Fl. 2 Belleville, IL 62220 (618) 277-6600 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., M–F; 8:30–11:30 a.m., Sat. Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@ theknot.com.

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

Kansas GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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Lawrence Journal-World

(785) 832-7151 PO Box 888 Lawrence, KS 66044

Submit info at noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Saturday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Announcements are free for Lawrence residents.

Topeka Capital-Journal

(785) 295-1297 Attn: Celebrations 616 SE Jefferson Topeka, KS 66607

Deadline for submission is 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

A 1-column announcement costs $2.65 per line, plus $45.08 for a photo; a 2-column announcement is $5.30 per line, plus $90.16 for a photo. $10 online charge.

Wichita Eagle

(316) 268-6667 Attn: Celebrations 825 E. Douglas Wichita, KS 67202

Submit info at least one week prior to the desired publication date.

Form: Optional

Announcements cost 55 cents per word ($45 minimum); photo is $15.75 to $141.75, depending on size of photo.

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make it known Publications CONT. Missouri GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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Must submit info two weeks prior to the desired publication date.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

(816) 254-8600 410 S. Liberty Independence, MO 64050

Announcements published on Saturdays on a firstcome, first-served basis.

Form: Yes; prefer online submission at Examiner.net

$24.95 for an online announcement.

The Independent

(816) 471-2800 4233 Roanoke Rd., Ste. 100 Kansas City, MO 64111

Submissions should be made within three months of the wedding.

Form: Yes Photos should present the bride and groom in formal attire.

Fees range from $100 to $300.

Kansas City Star

(816) 234-4390 Attn: Celebrations 1729 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

Deadline for submissions is three weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Basic announcements (no photo) are free; package fees range from $79 to $899.

Springfield News-Leader

(417) 837-1990 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 651 N. Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65806

Must be received within 30 days of the event and are not guaranteed a publication date. Deadline for paid submissions is noon on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Yes

Prices start at $99 for 50 words and one photo.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

(314) 340-8549 Attn: Classified Dept. 900 N. Tucker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63101

Submit info two weeks prior to the desired Saturday publication date. Preferred publication date is subject to space availability and is not guaranteed.

Form: Yes

Announcements 1 column wide with a photo: $140; announcements 2 columns wide with a photo: $330 to $440, depending on photo size.

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Belleville News-Democrat

(618) 239-2611 Attn: Darla Reynolds 120 S. Illinois St. Belleville, IL 62220

Announcements published within two Sundays of submission.

Form: Optional

Fees range from $55 (2 columns x 2 1/2 inches) to $135 (2 columns x 10 inches).

Effingham Daily News

(217) 347-7151 x134 PO Box 370 Effingham, IL 62401

Announcements published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Optional; available online at EffinghamDailyNews.com

There is no charge for this service.

Mount Vernon Register-News

(618) 242-0113 Attn: Tessa Collie 911 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Announcements published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes

The photo fee is $10 for blackand-white and $30 for color.

The Southern Illinoisan

(618) 529-5454 x5172 Attn: Lifestyles PO Box 2108 Carbondale, IL 62902

Announcements published Sundays on a spaceavailable basis. Info must be received within six months of the wedding, two weeks prior to publication.

Form: Yes; available online. Photos returned with SASE.

The fee is $20 or $30, depending on length.

State JournalRegister

(217) 788-1330 Attn: Weddings 1 Coppley Plz. Springfield, IL 62701

Submit info on Wednesday, one week prior to desired Sunday publication. Announcements published on a space-available basis.

Form: No

Fees vary by word count and photo.

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Dos Mundos

(816) 221-4747 902-A Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

The Examiner (runs in the eastern Jackson County area)

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family values, The Barn at Lone Eagle Landing ensures top-notch hospitality and a personal connection with each and every event. capacity 200 | price $$

barnett on washington 21c kansas city

(816) 443-4212 | jgale@21chotels.com 21c Kansas City offers a luxury event experience within contemporary art galleries that seat up to 130 guests. Guests can enjoy 21c’s plush rooms and suites, while the couple can enjoy our exclusive 21c Suite. The Savoy at 21c will treat your guests to a remarkable food and beverage experience.

3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO (844) GO-BARNETT events@barnettonwashington.com BarnettonWashington.com Barnett on Washington is a beautiful event venue that provides a rich, vibrant experience for all guests. Our inviting atmosphere is perfect for weddings, corporate events and other special celebrations. The Barnett on Washington looks forward to helping you plan an extraordinary event in an extraordinary venue. capacity 200 | price $$$

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28 event space

1300 W. 28th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 283-8368 | sales@28event.com 28Event.com In 11,000 square feet, 28 Event Space is an all-inclusive urban setting with top-notch amenities, modern style and impeccable service, complete with catering kitchen, sound system, stage, two-bedroom suite and high-end bar, near downtown KC. Make your vision a reality at 28 Event Space. capacity 350 | price $$

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612north event space + catering

612 North 2nd Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 899-0612 | events@612north.com 612North.com Located next to the St. Louis Arch in the historic Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building, 612North encompasses three gorgeous spaces: VUE, KOR and ARC—each unique in their own styles. Modern meets history here. Our extraordinary team is committed to helping you create the perfect backdrop for your celebration. capacity 700+ | price $$

the abbott

1901 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO (816) 982-1014 | info@abbotteventskc.com AbbottEventsKC.com With stunning vaulted ceilings, whitewashed original brick walls, five elegant chandeliers, polished concrete floors and glass garage doors, The Abbott is a sight to see. The venue is complete with two bars, adjoining lounge, bridal suite, prep catering kitchen and rooftop terrace with fire features. capacity 500 | price $$$

the barn at lone eagle landing

12719 State Route F, Ste. Genevieve, MO thebarnatloneeaglelanding@gmail.com BarnatLoneEagleLanding.com Off a twist of backroads, a mere 10 to 15 miles out of town, lies a little slice of heaven located on 400-plus acres in the heart of Missouri wine country. Built on

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the bauer

115 West 18th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 984-8533 | TheBrideandTheBauer.com Host your special day in our updated, historic art space, and experience our vintage-style patina, spectacular downtown view and unique details—Italian-bulb string lights, picture window seating, exposed brick, salvaged architecture, custom bride’s and groom’s rooms and handmade, artisan furniture. capacity 250 | price $$

bear creek golf club

(636) 332-5018 | events@bearcreekgolf.com At Bear Creek Golf Club, you’ll find a seasoned staff that is committed to ensuring your day is relaxing and enjoyable. The scenic backdrop of our championship Wentzville golf course, beamed cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows provide the perfect setting for a new life together. capacity 200 | price $$

the berg event space

1525 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO (816) 982-1014 | info@abbotteventskc.com AbbottEventsKC.com/the-berg The Berg Event Space is an urban contemporary loft with city views overlooking downtown, hardwood floors, skylights, exposed brick and more! Plan your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or wedding reception with our experienced staff. Located one block from P&L and the Sprint Center. capacity 250 | price $$$

big cedar

190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO (417) 339-5159 BigCedarWeddings.com Whether you’re imagining an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, your wedding day will be an unforgettable experience. Choose from rustic, luxury venues including intimate patios, charming chapels, a perfectly manicured lawn or a grand ballroom—all with breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake. capacity 400+ | price $$

black on burlington

1327 Burlington St., Kansas City, MO (816) 581-4340 | kayla@blackonburlington.com BlackOnBurlington.com The neutral palate of brick and concrete makes the perfect backdrop to create any style! Add in the Cable Building’s historic 60-foot cable stack, and you get the ultimate urban event. In-house catering, ample parking and venue setup flexibility lend to a stress-free experience! capacity 300 | price $$$

bogey hills country club

1120 Country Club Rd., St. Charles, MO (636) 946-6250 | sendres@bogeyhillscc.com BogeyHillsCC.com From the golf course and waterfall backdrop to the brand-new clubhouse and exceptional food, there is no better location for your celebration. Recently rebuilt, Bogey Hills features hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the landscape and more. Our service will exceed your expectations. capacity 300+ | price $$

bourgmont winery

(913) 832-0814 | info@bourgmont.com Bourgmont.com Bourgmont Winery is a locally owned and operated organization that provides Midwestern hospitality to our guests. Our facility overlooks a 15-acre lake, which provides the perfect pastoral backdrop for photos. The Reception Hall is easily customizable, so no two weddings are the same! capacity 350 | price $$$

the brownstone

4020 NW 25th Street, Topeka, KS TheBrownstoneTopeka.com Fusing touches of rustic elegance with the conveniences of modern accommodations, The Brownstone is a one-of-a-kind venue with premier amenities, personal coordination, ceremony packages, bridal lounges and historic architecture. If you are looking for a charming site, then The Brownstone is for you! capacity 200 | price $$

busch stadium

700 Clark Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 345-9630 | specialevents@cardinals.com Cardinals.com/events Busch Stadium’s iconic field and distinct venues offer guests a variety of elegant settings, gourmet dining and panoramic views that can’t be found anywhere else. Let our experienced and professional staff make your wedding event a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for everyone! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the caramel room

1600 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO (314) 615-2480 | caramelroom@23cityblocks.com CaramelRoom.com

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casa loma ballroom

St. Louis, MO (314) 650-2462 | CasaLomaBallroom.com Built in 1927, the Casa Loma Ballroom is St. Louis’ last “grand ballroom,” featuring a 5,000-square-foot floating dance floor and 30-foot stage. With seating for 150 to 850 guests, the Casa Loma offers a variety of packages for your special day and unique individual service provided by the owners. capacity 850 | price $$

catering st. louis events

2141 59th St., St. Louis, MO (314) 961-7588 | CateringStLouis.com At Catering St. Louis Events, we focus on your entire event, creating the wedding day magic you’ll remember long after the plates are cleared. We offer many spectacular venues for wedding receptions, ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. Visit our website to see where you’d like to celebrate.

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cedar creek

1401 Olive Rd., New Haven, MO (855) 778-7222 weddings@cedarcreekcenter.com VisitCedarCreek.com Located in the rolling hills of Missouri’s wine country, Cedar Creek’s stunning natural beauty provides a romantic setting for an unforgettable wedding. We offer picturesque options for everything from rehearsal dinners to receptions, along with overnight accommodations for 125 people capacity 300+ | price $$

chandler hill vineyards

596 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO (636) 798-2675 events@chandlerhillvineyards.com ChandlerHillVineyards.com With over 100 weddings a year, it’s clear why Chandler Hill Vineyards is “First in Missouri Wine Country.” Our delicious food, award-winning wine and spectacular vistas create an unforgettable experience. We are open year-round and just minutes from St. Louis, Chesterfield and St. Charles. capacity 250 | price $

day perfect. All-inclusive wedding packages and special guestroom rates are available. capacity 165 | price $$$

the chase park plaza royal sonesta hotel

212 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO (314) 633-3050 | Sonesta.com/chaseparkplaza Our legendary ballrooms offer a graceful, romantic atmosphere worthy of your special day. Say your vows under the soft glow of vintage chandeliers in the Empire Room, celebrate the grandiosity of love under the famed Khorassan Ballroom’s arched ceilings, or enjoy a rooftop view of the city blending classical elegance with art deco style. capacity 500 | price $$$

chateau on the lake resort spa & convention center

415 North State Highway 265, Branson, MO (417) 334-1161 ChateauontheLake.com Romantic garden terraces, spectacular sunsets and lake views are all part of our signature “Castle in the Ozarks” setting. Striking elements like a fountain courtyard and alabaster chandeliers, exquisite cuisine and our team of on-site event specialists make for blissful Branson wedding celebrations. capacity 300+

the cheshire

6300 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO (314) 932-7853 sheckemeyer@cheshirerestaurant-stl.com CheshireSTL.com With rich wood accents, vintage stained glass and rustic charm, we provide an intimate setting at a historic venue that marries old and new. Upstairs events are defined by exceptional service and a culinary experience that celebrates seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients from the finest local purveyors. capacity 150+ | price $$$

clayton plaza st. louis

7750 Carondelet Ave., Clayton, MO (314) 727-7434 CPClayton.com What’s your wedding fantasy? At the Clayton Plaza Hotel, we make it happen! Many of our bridal packages include a champagne toast, ice sculpture, a complimentary honeymoon suite for the bride and groom, and many more fabulous options for your own happily ever after. capacity 500+ | price $$

the charles f. knight center

Washington University, St. Louis, MO (314) 935-8881 bmueller22@wustl.edu ACCKnightConferenceCenter.com Located on the campus of Washington University Center, your special day will be a celebration to remember. From the formal grand dining room to the outdoor courtyard, the Knight Center will make your

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columbia country club

(573) 449-4115 EXT. 1500 efrick@columbiacc.net ColumbiaCC.net Our elegant ballroom with its picturesque golf course views and wrap-around veranda makes the Club the ideal place for your big day. Cozy up by our fireplaces or take in the elegance of our ballroom chandeliers as you

celebrate. Our culinary team will make sure to exceed your expectations. capacity 250 | price $$

the coronado

3701 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO (314) 881-4346 | TheCoronado.com For an event you’ll always remember, and one your guests will never forget, The Coronado is the perfect wedding venue! We look forward to providing you with unparalleled service and creative cuisine in a landmark setting. Recently renovated, The Coronado is the epitome of opulence and an absolute must-see! capacity 350 | price $$$

crestview dairy events

Lee’s Summit, MO (816) 209-7124 | crestviewdairy@gmail.com CrestviewDairyEvents.com Nestled on 31 acres of beautifully landscaped countryside, Crestview Dairy Events provides four different locations for your event. It is a 120-year-old historic landmark situated on a private estate just 30 minutes away from downtown Kansas City. capacity 500 | price $$$

deer ridge estate

21107 Donahoo Rd., Tonganoxie, KS (913) 709-8909 celebrate@deerridgeestate.com DeerRidgeEstate.com The new Deer Ridge Estate is an exclusive, luxury, romantic, private setting to celebrate your marriage with those you love. With 10,000 square feet of indoor space, 160 scenic acres of outdoor space and spacious bridal and groom quarters, plus guest lodging, celebrate your wedding Deer Ridge style! capacity 400 | price $$

defiance ridge vineyards

2711 South Highway 94, Defiance, MO (636) 798-2288 | DefianceRidgeVineyards.com Our 42-acre property boasts a vineyard, tranquil lake and lush garden landscape. You and your guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the sweeping Missouri River Valley from the terraces, veranda and pavilion at one of the most versatile and adaptable venues in Missouri’s Historic Wine Country.

dodson orchards

1778 Madison 507, Fredericktown, MO (573) 561-3093 steved314@gmail.com DodsonOrchards.com Travel back to one of Missouri’s most uniquely historic venues nestled in the hidden glades. Be immersed in the tranquil setting overlooking the mountain range, and get lost in the charm of the 100-year-old barn. It’s real, it’s exclusive and it’s yours to be had if you contact us to snag your date! capacity 250 | price $$

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A historic landmark in the Old Post Office District downtown, built in 1884 and now renovated, the Old Post Office offers a sweeping neoclassical venue for wedding events. 815 OLIVE STREET, ST. LOUIS, MO | (314) 436-0101

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (888) 324-1691 | groups@druryhotels.com DruryHotels.com Drury Hotels Company is a family owned and operated hotel system with 130 hotels in 21 states. Guests enjoy award-winning friendly service, clean rooms and free amenities including free hot breakfast, free hot evening food and cold beverages, free wireless internet and more. The Extras Aren’t Extra!® capacity 200 | price $$$

eighteen ninety

Platte City, MO (816) 584-1890 1890KC.com Plan the wedding of your dreams, where you’ll find acres of gorgeous landscape that blends the best of nature and architecture in a sophisticated style. From intimate to large gatherings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and parties for any occasion, we can make any event a memorable one. capacity 300 | price $$

elysian fields

Serving Greater KC (816) 699-3264 | ElysianFieldsKC.com Elysian Fields offers everything you ever dreamed of nestled in a beautiful rural setting, just 30 minutes east of Kansas City.

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events by panorama, saint louis art museum

One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO (314) 655-5387 gabriel.kveton@cafebonappetit.com SLAM.org/dining Make a St. Louis memory. Showcasing stunning works of art, the Saint Louis Art Museum is an elegant setting for your wedding reception. Events By Panorama executes all details, including catering, bar services, rentals and parking, and Executive Chef Ivy Magruder leads the culinary team to brilliance.

capacity 300 | price $$$

forest park golf course

St. Louis (314) 367-6648 | amilne@arcisgolf.com With award-winning architecture featuring vaulted ceilings, 16-foot beams and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the course, this venue provides the space, time and amenities for a stunning wedding. Located in picturesque Forest Park, you will create lasting memories with family and friends. capacity 250 | price $$

foundry art centre

520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO (636) 255-0270 EXT. 111 events@foundryartcentre.org For your special event, surround yourself with great art and architecture at the Foundry Art Centre. Located in beautiful, historic Saint Charles, the Grand Hall is a stunning setting for weddings and receptions of up to 400 seated guests. capacity 400 | price $$$

the franklin room

816 Allen Ave., St. Louis, MO (314) 664-7706 franklinroom@sbcglobal.net TheFranklinRoom.net Built in 1905, The Franklin Room is a mix of old-world charm and city vibes, boasting 30-foot ceilings, 10foot windows and original maple wood floors. With exceptional cuisine prepared fresh in-house and an attentive service staff, you have everything under one roof to help get the party started! capacity 300 | price $$

the gallery

executive hills polo club

10018 NW Skyview Ave., Kansas City, MO (816) 215-1118 | events@ehpoloclub.com EHPoloClub.com This privately owned 7,000-square-foot mansion sits on a 15-acre estate in the heart of KC. Our location has views of a two-acre pond, waterfront gazebo, registered helipad and so much more. We offer the perfect blend of rustic elegance, state-of-the-art amenities and natural perfection you deserve. capacity 250 | price $$

feasts of fancy

1427 West 9th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 841-0166 jgeither@feastsoffancy.com FeastsofFancy.com

61 E. 14th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 216-4798 TheGalleryEventSpace.com Featuring panoramic skyline views, dramatic finishes and a private balcony overlooking the city, The Gallery is fully customizable, making it the ideal venue for your reception, ceremony or rehearsal dinner. Our craft cocktail lounge, The Kill Devil Club, is one of the Top 150 Bars in the United States. capacity 600 | price $$

gather

1325 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 896-3860 contact@stlgather.com STLGather.com Gather will be St.Louis’s most premier event space. Every component plays into making this the event of your lifetime. The hospitality of our staff, the culinary

brilliance of our food and the sites of our city all lay the foundation for an unforgettable experience. capacity 350 | price $$

genesis banquet center & catering

2651 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO (314) 894-7073 | info@cateringbygenesis.com CateringByGenesis.com We are proud to announce that Genesis Banquet Center & Catering has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. We cater receptions of all sizes and budgets at various venues. Please inquire for recommendations and menu tastings. capacity 400 | price $$

grand hall on chouteau

2319 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 427-6771 | kathy@russosgourmet.com RussosGourmet.com The Grand Hall on Chouteau features a beautiful foyer providing ample entry into our award-winning, LEEDcertified banquet room. Our eco-friendly space includes natural light and is centered by a custom stage. We also provide state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities for memories you may wish to share. capacity 500 | price $$

the grand hall at power & light

1330 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO info@thegrandhallkc.com TheGrandHallKC.com From custom banquet chairs to original art deco lanterns, every detail has been artfully chosen and carefully restored to exude classic glamour. With space to seat up to 500 guests, you’ll also have access to our beautifully furnished bridal and groom’s suites and plush seating areas on the mezzanine.

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capacity 300 | price $$$

Feasts of Fancy Catering, Loft Space and Urban Courtyard is the perfect setting for your rustic-chic wedding. Located within the Hobbs building, in Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms, amaze your guests with a stunning courtyard ceremony, followed by superb food and service while you dance the night away.

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drury hotels

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the guild

1621 Locust St., Kansas City, MO (816) 471-8550 | info@theguildkc.com TheGuildKC.com The Guild is a unique venue filled with elegance and vintage charm. Featuring timeless architecture, a dazzling chandelier and a secluded garden, it’s perfect for ceremonies or cocktail receptions. The Guild is undeniably the place to create your one-of-akind celebration. capacity 300 | price $$$

hawthorne house

6008 Northwest Bell Road, Parkville, MO (816) 505-1224 | TheHawthorneHouse.com Hawthorne House is Kansas City’s premier wedding and special event facility. Located on 11 beautiful acres in Parkville, Missouri, Hawthorne House has been specifically designed with your wedding needs in mind. We offer both chapel and outdoor ceremonies, as well as receptions for up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $$$

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heritage event spaces

117 W. Kansas St., Liberty, MO (816) 935-7904 | info@heritageeventspaces.com HeritageEventSpaces.com We offer nine locations throughout the Kansas City area, allowing you to create an event that will be uniquely yours and unforgettably special. Locations include venues in Briarcliff, Brookside, Crossroads downtown KC, Lenexa, Liberty, North Kansas City and Westport. capacity 350 | price $$

the highlands golf & tennis center

(314) 371-0299 nloehr@arcisgolf.com HighlandsGolfandTennis.com From our exquisite Forest Park setting to our upscale amenities and impeccable service, the Highlands Golf & Tennis Center offers a picturesque wedding locale. Let our experienced wedding specialists create a day that complements your style and budget, and leaves you and your guests with lasting memories. capacity 150 | price $$

hilton ballpark

1 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO (314) 641-8837 | nwenzel@hiltonstlouis.com HiltonStLouis.com There’s a style for every bride at Hilton at the Ballpark. The Arch View Ballroom (320 capacity) boasts 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the St. Louis Arch, Old Courthouse and Kiener Plaza, while the Grand (650 capacity) and Ballpark (175 capacity) ballrooms offer sophisticated, elegant spaces. capacity 175+ | price $$$

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hilton president

1329 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO (816) 303-1628 | marissa.pope@hilton.com PresidentKansasCity.Hilton.com We make your big day unforgettable. The Hilton President is one of Kansas City’s most beautiful venues. Call, email or stop by for a tour. capacity 300 | price $$$

hilton st. louis frontenac

1335 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO (314) 993-1100 StLouisFrontenac.Hilton.com Your wedding will be nothing less than spectacular! Situated in the heart of St. Louis, the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac offers classic charm and perfection for your special day. Our team of wedding professionals is devoted to exceeding your expectations and making your wedding dream come true! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the historic post office

122 East Second Street, Ottawa, KS (913) 305-7172 | info@historicpostoffice.com This century-old building will add elegance to your wedding day, combining classic restoration with modern

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amenities. Soaring ceilings, natural light and warm hardwood floors provide a backdrop for any celebration. A memorable event begins with an unforgettable venue. See it today. Remember it always. capacity 300 | price $$$

the historic rumely event space

1222 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 842-4280 | events@fullmoonprod.com HistoricWestBottomsEventSpace.com The priceless history of the Rumely Tractor Historic Event Space, with its original tin ceiling, wood floor, exposed columns and antique fixtures, is joined seamlessly with all the amenities one would want in a modern venue. These unique qualities enhance your event’s character and create lifelong memories.

it’s located close to St. Louis) while giving your guests the feeling of being a world away. capacity 300 | price $$

intercontinental kansas city at the plaza

401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO (816) 756-1500 pwelborn@kansascityic.com KansasCityIC.com There is no other wedding like yours and no other venue like the InterContinental Kansas City. Nestled on the edge of the Country Club Plaza, the hotel provides the ideal setting for the wedding couple to begin their new life together in style. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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the home place at valley view

35920 W. Hwy. T, Camden, MO (816) 550-5798 TheHomePlaceatValleyView.com Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes and overlooking the Missouri River bottoms, The Home Place at Valley View is the ideal mix of rustic beauty with elegant accommodations. The newly restored barn and picturesque property has a lot of amenities to make the wedding of your dreams. capacity 250 | price $$

hotel saint louis, autograph collection by marriott

705 Olive, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-4300 | info@hotelsaintlouis.com HotelSaintLouis.com | MarriottRewards.com Hotel Saint Louis offers so much more than classic elegance. From the contemporary touches of our historic property and rooftop pool and restaurant to private rooms for bridal showers and brunches, we are here to serve you with attention to detail and experienced staff to create an unrepeatable event. capacity 300 | price $$$

hyatt regency st. louis at the arch

315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO (314) 342-4655 HyattRegencyStLouis.com As the closest venue to the Gateway Arch, our hotel is perfect for your wedding. Our venues range from a rooftop terrace with an illuminated dance floor under the Arch to the Grand Ballroom with elegant chandeliers. Each couple enjoys a customized experience from planning to wedding day assistance. capacity 400+ | price $$$

innsbrook resort

1 Aspen Circle, Innsbrook, MO (636) 928-3366 EXT. 9884 weddings@innsbrook-resort.com Innsbrook-Resort.com Create a wedding that is yours and yours alone, starting with our customizable packages that are tailored to you! Innsbrook is the best combination of convenience (as

the jayhawk club

Lawrence, KS (785) 842-2929 TheJayhawkClub.com The Jayhawk Club has multiple event spaces and amenities. The Sunflower Room offers golf course views, and The Jayhawk Club has venues for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions. With exceptional on-site catering menu choices and a picturesque setting, your day will be nothing short of perfect! capacity 300+ | price $$$

joule

1419 Carroll, St. Louis, MO (314) 881-4300 joule@palladium-stl.com Palladium-STL.com/joule Joule (pronounced Jewel) is a venue that stands alone or adds additional ambience to Palladium Saint Louis. Once the machine hall for the city hospital’s power plant, an original crane, exposed brick, aged iron and 19-foot windows create a raw, modern, industrial space ideal for any type of event. capacity 100 | price $$

the journey home

18993 SE 65th Road, Dearborn, MO (816) 501-6350 | info@journeyhomeretreats.com JourneyHomeWeddings.com You will love The Journey Home’s estate, with a large colonial home, rustic barn, beautifully landscaped property, overnight accommodations and flexible outdoor and indoor space for a variety of guest sizes and styles. Just north of the KCI airport, The Journey Home is ideal for your wedding day! capacity 300 | price $

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775 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, MO (816) 243-1277 kris.swoboda@marriott.com Our newly renovated lakeside ceremony site is the perfect backdrop for your “I dos.” The outdoor Patio and Pavilion provide a unique setting, and for a larger affair, our Grand Ballroom will entertain up to 350. Marriott

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kuhs estate & farm

13080 Spanish Pond Rd., Spanish Lake, MO (314) 226-0709 | info@kuhsfarm.com KuhsFarm.com Our award-winning, secluded and private, client-adored historic estate and farm on the bluffs overlooking The Confluence is 25 minutes from Midtown St. Louis. On-site wedding and event design is available. By appointment only, please. capacity 250+ | price $$

la perla

312 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 488-0607 champagnewishesstl@gmail.com LaPerlaStLouis.com Our many years of experience can help streamline your wedding planning. La Perla is a renovated early 1900s bank that has both charm and character. From the original hand-carved wood pocket doors as you enter to the original bank vault turned lounge on the lower level, your event is guaranteed to be unique! capacity 165 | price $

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lachance vineyards

12237 Peter Moore Lane, DeSoto, MO (636) 586-2777 events@lachancevineyards.com LaChanceVineyards.com Whether you choose to relax in the casual elegance of our indoor tasting room or outside on our courtyard patio, partially covered deck or large event tent, we offer guests the best of both worlds: a charming, intimate winery experience with first-class amenities. capacity 300 | price $$

laumeier sculpture park

12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO (314) 615-5276 | slayne@laumeier.org Laumeier.org Laumeier Sculpture Park offers one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor rental spaces set among the Park’s 105 acres and 60 large-scale sculptures, perfect for wedding receptions, ceremonies, showers, rehearsal dinners and similar affairs. Photo opportunities are endless! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the legacy at green hills

(816) 204-1629 events@thelegacyatgreenhills.com TheLegacyatGreenHills.com We offer various options to have your wedding, right in the heart of Kansas City. We are located on 38 beautiful acres, lined with trees and a lake, plus an amazing house from 1912 that allows you to spend the day getting ready in a convenient setting. capacity 200 | price $$

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lemp mansion restaurant and inn

3322 Demenil Place, St. Louis, MO (314) 664-8024 patty@lempmansion.com LempMansion.com/banquets.html The Lemp Mansion offers the largest privately owned gazebo and tented patio in the city that can accommodate ceremonies for up to 300 guests and receptions of 225. Lemp’s Grand Hall has a beautiful 40x40 rooftop deck for up to 300 guests. The new Lemp’s Loft is an industrial space for events of 50-130. capacity 300 | price $$$

the little theatre

301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 513-5046 KCConvention.com The Little Theatre is an intimate room of stunning elegance, with a gleaming marble façade and jeweled art deco fixtures. With theater seating for up to 400 people and banquet seating for 225—with balcony alcove seating adding up to 36 people—it creates an exquisite setting for your unforgettable day. capacity 225+ | price $$

the lodge of four seasons

Lake of the Ozarks, MO (573) 365-8051 shoffman@4seasonsresort.com 4SeasonsResort.com/weddings The Lodge has a setting of natural beauty, perfect for celebrating your love. Offering 358 guestrooms, an impressive array of wedding venues and unparalleled amenities, The Lodge of Four Seasons will orchestrate an exceptional experience and lasting memory from “yes” to “I do” and beyond! capacity 400+ | price $$$

lone summit ranch

28701 East Old US 50 Highway, Lake Lotawana, MO (816) 582-8013 LoneSummitRanchEvents.com Established in the early 1900s, LSR sits on 128 acres of gorgeous farmland featuring historic buildings and barns. We provide a beautiful country setting while entertaining with unique wedding sites, delicious catering and a one-of-a-kind honeymoon cottage. We’d love to show you our property! capacity 300+ | price $$$

longview mansion

1200 SW Longview Park Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO (816) 761-6669 | LongviewMansion.com Our 2018 multi-million-dollar restoration is absolutely breathtaking! Our experienced staff is honored to assist you every step of the way with our all-inclusive packages. Please contact us for a personal tour. capacity 260 | price $$$

lost hill lake events

783 Lost Hill Lake Road, St. Clair, MO

(314) 599-3690 | hello@losthilllakeevents.com LostHillLakeEvents.com We welcome you to experience our gorgeous Meramec River view and memorable walnut grove. Take photos near our lake or in our fields that shine with the sunset. Dine with guests under our pavilion and dance under the stars. Family owned and operated, we provide customized services for each client. capacity 275 | price $$

lumen saint louis

2201 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 615-2480 | lumen@23cityblocks.com LumenSTL.com Lumen’s modern style, premium service and contemporary flair just stepped up the game! New silver chiavari chairs, stainless steel bar with chandeliers, updated hardwood floors are just the beginning. No worries—guests still awe over floor-to-ceiling windows and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. capacity 220 | price $$

mad art gallery

2727 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 771-8230 | info@madart.com MadArt.com Mad Art Gallery is housed in the former Third District Police Station, a wonderfully renovated example of 1930s Art Deco architecture in the historic Soulard neighborhood. The gallery is award-winning and, without a doubt, St. Louis’ most spectacular venue for art exhibitions and weddings alike! capacity 250 | price $$

the magic house

516 S. Kirkwood, St. Louis, MO (314) 822-8900 MagicHouse.org From its striking Victorian-style architecture and the whimsical, interactive exhibits to the enchanting gardens that surround it, The Magic House is the perfect place for a truly unique wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner! capacity 200+ | price $$

magnolia venue & urban garden

601 Walnut, Kansas City, MO (816) 876-1742 | info@magnoliavenuekc.com MagnoliaVenueKC.com The Magnolia Venue & Urban Garden offers the best of both indoors and out for your wedding with details including two custom-made wood bars, sliding barn doors and stunning crystal chandeliers. The garden provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony or a place for guests to gather under the café lights. capacity 300 | price $$

main street abbey

340 S. Main Street, Columbia, IL (618) 719-2335 | candace@mainstreetabbey.com MainStreetAbbey.com A historic staple for over 130 years, The Abbey has since been renovated into one of the area’s premier event

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manhattan country club

1531 N. 10th Street, Manhattan, KS (785) 539-7501 christina@themanhattancountryclub.com TheManhattanCountryClub.com Manhattan Country Club hosts a classic banquet atmosphere worthy of your wedding reception. Our chef and professional staff are ready to serve your culinary needs. In addition to our friendly staff, we offer a full-service bar, 21-foot by 21-foot dance floor and an array of décor for any occasion. capacity 250+ | price $$

Mellon Acres is a 30-acre private rustic estate, offering a scenic country backdrop with modern comforts and conveniences. From elopements to extravaganzas, we personally handle your wishes and make sure your event is a memorable one. You are the compassionate and fun staff’s number one priority.

4445 Main St., Kansas City, MO (816) 303-4581 anna.singleton@marriottccplaza.com Marriott.com/mcipl Picture your first dance under the dreamy glow of the Grand Ballroom’s magnificent crystal chandeliers, elegant atmosphere of the Seville Ballroom or the new Plaza Terrace with spectacular views of the Country Club Plaza. Let us create the perfect wedding destination for you. capacity 350 | price $$

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marriott st. louis west

660 Maryville Centre Drive, St. Louis, MO (314) 878-2747 Marriott.com/stlwe Discover the peaceful urban retreat that is Marriott St. Louis West. Our venue adjacent to a scenic lake is perfectly complemented by 14,000 square feet of fully renovated, versatile event space, along with topflight catering and certified planning services for your Chesterfield-area wedding. capacity 300+ | price $$

mckelvey vineyards

8901 State Hwy. YY, Leslie, MO (636) 669-9111 jen@mckelveyvineyards.com MckelveyVineyards.com McKelvey Vineyards is Missouri’s newest event venue, where lush landscapes and sophisticated charm serve as the perfect setting. You and your guests will be in awe, and the photo opportunities are endless. From intimate gatherings to extravagant affairs, McKelvey Vineyards is the ideal location for your special day.

missouri athletic club

405 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 539-4470 MAC-STL.org Wedding celebrations at the historic Missouri Athletic Club combine two families, elegance and fun, and intimacy with festivity. The MAC boasts an ornate ballroom capable of comfortably seating up to 400 guests, an award-winning on-site culinary staff, more than 75 hotel rooms and shuttle service.

moulin events and meetings

2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-4949 ann@moulinevents.com MoulinEvents.com We are honored that you are considering Moulin to host your wedding reception, ceremony or rehearsal dinner. You have chosen experienced wedding planners that will deliver unparalleled personal service and menu selections prepared by our professionally trained culinary staff. capacity 300 | price $$$

neo on locust, llc

Metropolitan St. Louis, MO (314) 570-9218 info@neostl.com NEOSTL.com Located in Midtown St. Louis, NEO on Locust offers spectacular views of Downtown St. Louis and Grand Center with two private event spaces designed to accommodate custom-designed events for larger groups. capacity 500 | price $$$

new town at st. charles

3420 Civic Circle, Saint Charles, MO (636) 288-7332 weddings@newtownatstcharles.com NewTownEventPlanning.com With simple elegance and graceful appeal, the venues at New Town provide a unique option for that special day. The true town setting will take guests back in time, allowing for a charming atmosphere. Call today to book an appointment to see what our venues have to offer! capacity 350 | price $$

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mellon acres event center

32384 Hwy. D, Lawson, MO (816) 721-9808 mellonshall@gmail.com MellonAcres.com

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marriott kansas city country club plaza

Vineyards offers panoramic views of rolling hillsides, while the surrounding vineyards offer the backdrop to an outdoor ceremony and/or a reception for up to 200 people in our tented pavilion. Catering and bar options are available upon request.

noboleis vineyards wedding

100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, MO (636) 482-4500 weddings@noboleisvineyards.com NoboleisVineyards.com Looking for your dream wedding in a vineyard? Noboleis

the old post office

815 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 436-0101 OldPostOfficeSTL.com A historic landmark in the Old Post Office District downtown, built in 1884 and now renovated, the Old Post Office offers a sweeping neoclassical venue for wedding events. capacity 300 | price $$

overland park convention center

6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS (913) 339-3000 mywedding@opconventioncenter.com OPConventionCenter.com We do weddings! But not just any weddings—your day, your way. You control the vision, and we create a breathtaking experience. Our capabilities are limitless, with more complimentary offerings than anyone else— plus an on-site coordinator and catering manager to work with you from start to finish. capacity 4,500 | price $$

palladium saint louis

1400 Park Place, St. Louis, MO (314) 881-4301 Palladium-STL.com A piece of history brought back to life, Palladium Saint Louis is a fusion between old world and contemporary design. An uncommon private event space with room for up to 700, Palladium Saint Louis is the distinctive choice for weddings and events of all shapes and sizes. capacity 700 | price $$$

pennway place at studio dan meiners

2500 West Pennway, Kansas City, MO (816) 842-7244 DanMeiners.com We are unique in the fact that our entire space can be changed to be the perfect venue. With 8,000 square feet to work with, everything can be arranged to create the exact feel the couple wants for their big day. Round tables with linens, glass top tables and even lounge furniture are all included. capacity 400 | price $$

piazza messina

5535 State Highway N, Cottleville, MO (636) 232-0109 messina@russosgourmet.com PiazzaMESSINA.com Piazza MESSINA offers a destination-type setting without traveling hours away. Lakeside wedding sites are offered on the property, as well as a cottage for the bridal party to use before the wedding. In historic

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pinstripes

13500 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS (913) 681-2165 op-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events Celebrate sophisticated fun in our warm and inviting 33,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility, complete with 16 bowling lanes, 10 bocce courts, exceptional Italian-American bistro and wine cellar, outdoor patio and fireplace that can accommodate groups from 20-250+. capacity 250+ | price $$

piropos event space

4141 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO (816) 741-9800 PiroposKC.com Piropos in Briarcliff Village offers a unique combination of elegance and location that makes it the perfect place for your wedding reception, ceremony, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, post-wedding brunch or other special event. You can have all your wedding celebrations in one location, saving time and money. Your guests will love the convenience and of course, the great food.

the rhapsody

2322 East R.D. Mize Road, Independence, MO (816) 795-0777 TheRhapsody.com Affordable elegance. Beautiful floors and archways enhance the Tuscan décor. Indoor/outdoor weddings with beautifully landscaped gardens, waterfall and pergola provide a memorable setting for photographs. Keep costs down by bringing in your own alcohol and using the caterer of your choice. capacity 275 | price $$

rock creek lodge

(316) 350-9277 rockcreeklodgeks@gmail.com RockCreekLodgeKS.com Welcome to Rock Creek Lodge and Venue, the biggest hidden treasure in Butler County. Our 15-acre tree farm, stunning venue, gorgeous ponds and five-bedroom log home offer a laid-back atmosphere with that little touch of country charm. Make yourself at home and enjoy this moment with friends and family. capacity 200 | price $$

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prairie hill vineyard

21421 W. 37th St. N., Colwich, KS (316) 461-5445 prairiehillvineyard@gmail.com PrairieHillVineyard.com We invite you to experience for yourself the Prairie Hill Vineyard at Stockemer Farm, one of the most beautiful venues in Kansas. Our vineyard, a working garden, two small lakes and the largest willow tree in Kansas provide the perfect backdrop for your special event! capacity 350 | price $$

public media commons

3653 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 512-9021 acarr@ketc.org PublicMediaCommons.org This is an award-winning venue perfect for one-of-akind weddings and receptions. The 9,000-square-foot outdoor space is flanked on two sides by two-story digital screens for creating extraordinary settings, with a performance stage and outstanding sound system. Catering and rental services are available.

rose of the hill by favazza’s

2300 Edwards, St. Louis, MO (314) 772-6003 info@roseofthehill.com RoseoftheHill.com Rose of the Hill, located in St. Louis’ classic Hill neighborhood, maintains many historical features such as the original 35-foot dark wood bar in the bar room, chandeliers adorning the dining areas and the original coat check room. Explore the tradition and history that makes Favazza’s so special. capacity 400 | price $$

the rotunda at town pavilion

1111 Main Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 701-5038 TownPavilionKC.com Allow the dramatic architectural details of the Rotunda at Town Pavilion to provide the backdrop for your reception. Classic marble floors, a grand double staircase and modern details comprise a truly unique venue. Easy access and convenient amenities will make your event exceptional. capacity 300 | price $$$

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restoration 1894 event space

1 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO (816) 429-6488 events@restoration1894.com Restoration1894.com Located in the heart of the Historic Liberty Square, Restoration 1894 is the premier Northland venue for your event needs. Features include an open floor

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scape american bistro

48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO (314) 361-6944 privatedining@scapestl.com ScapeSTL.com Our atmosphere is sophisticated, and the menu is creative yet approachable. We have four private event spaces to choose from. You and your guests will enjoy European flair with warm hospitality, impeccable service

silver oaks chateau

1168 MO-100, Pacific, MO (314) 280-8890 | info@silveroakschateau.com SilverOaksChateau.com Silver Oaks Chateau is one of St. Louis’ most sought after wedding venues. Located on 28 acres, the estate is ideal for outdoor ceremonies, stunning receptions and more! capacity 280 | price $$$

sophia m. sachs butterfly house in chesterfield

Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO (314) 577-0888 | bhevents@mobot.org ButterflyHouse.org The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield is the ideal location for the wedding of your dreams. Choose from a number of settings for up to 150 guests including the stone-pillar gazebo in the garden, a deck positioned over a babbling brook, or the tented pavilion near the picturesque lake. capacity 150 | price $$

spazio westport

12031 Lackland Road, St. Louis, MO (314) 576-0400 | emily@russosgourmet.com SpazioWestport.com Spazio Westport is not your typical banquet space. The Bistro, The Garden Room and Ballroom all have unique features and offer versatile options. Spazio is the perfect venue for your next occasion, with the convenience of an adjoining hotel and ample private parking. Spazio Westport is your space to enjoy! capacity 275 | price $$

the st. louis carousel at faust park

15189 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO (314) 615-8344 | StLouisCo.com/parks St. Louis Carousel can accommodate a wedding ceremony and reception inside and/or outside the building on our patio. We have a catering list and will have two staff members available to help direct people and operate the carousel. Call to reserve your date or view the venue. capacity 200+ | price $

st. louis union station hotel

1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 802-3452 kbourgeois@stlunionstationhotel.com STLUnionStationHotel.com World-class architecture creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with sweeping archways, gold leaf detailing and art glass windows. Be announced as newlyweds to a spectacular ceiling light show before indulging in a custom menu created by our chef. We offer an elegant wedding venue and legendary service. capacity 300 | price $$$

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the stanley historic space and aspen room

Serving the Greater KC area (816) 600-2065 TheStanleyEventSpace.com All our venues combine modern touches with vintage design. At The Stanley, we strive to give every guest the ultimate experience for memories that will last a lifetime. With the addition of The Kingston Room, The Stanley Event Complex is the place to hold your complete function. capacity 300 | price $$

stifel theatre

1400 Market St., St. Louis, MO (314) 499-7620 StifelTheatre.com Celebrate the happiest day of your life at the Stifel Theatre (formerly Peabody Opera House). Majestically located in downtown St. Louis, the art deco elegance of Stifel Theatre has played host to some of the biggest events in the entertainment industry—but none bigger than your unforgettable wedding. capacity 350 | price $$$

stone house of st. charles

4401 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO (636) 317-1222 ruth@shofsc.com SHofSC.com Have a beautiful outdoor wedding. The Stone House is for the bride and bridesmaids for hair, makeup and photos. The guesthouse is for the groomsmen, with a kitchen area designed for men and a rustic knottypine billiards room that overlooks the courtyard. The Sycamore Hall is a spectacular timber-framed structure.

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sunflower hill farm

Augusta, MO hillary@sunflowerhillfarm.com SunflowerHillFarm.com Sunflower Hill Farm is the perfect location to host your special day. Situated on 24 acres, our property offers stunning features that will assure your wedding day is breathtakingly beautiful and unforgettable. capacity 250 | price $$

sunset bluffs venue

1775 Bieker Rd., Washington, MO (314) 660-2210 fredrick@sunsetbluffs.com SunsetBluffs.com This private, natural setting is nestled in the scenic countryside of some of Missouri’s favorite wineries. Our weekend wedding package includes housing for up to 20 people, breathtaking views and more. Your fully customizable special day awaits. capacity 300 | price $$$

sunset country club

9555 S. Geyer Road, St. Louis, MO

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(314) 849-9424 lrideout@sunsetcountryclub.org Weddings and receptions at Sunset Country Club, a timeless venue with expansive green spaces, combine with a newly renovated, stately ballroom to offer a wow-worthy setting for an indoor-outdoor wedding. Our professional team includes an experienced wedding coordinator and an award-winning chef. capacity 300 | price $$$

the terrace on grand

1520 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO (816) 527-0026 TerraceonGrand.com Kansas City’s most exciting event space, The Terrace on Grand is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. The Terrace offers 5,000 feet of classy, urban, indoor event space, with an exciting roof deck. Our contemporary, elegant, versatile space will provide the ideal backdrop for your wedding. capacity 220 | price $$

thompson barn

11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS (913) 477-7100 mdanler@lenexa.com Lenexa.com/thompsonbarn The Thompson Barn is an exquisite, intimate space, perfect for those looking for a unique blend of modern and rustic for a wedding or reception. A regal historic farmhouse with a gorgeous garden shares the grounds with the renovated barn and spacious, multi-colored brick patio. capacity 200 | price $$

three barn farm

20955 Missouri W, Clarksville, MO (314) 961-7588 CateringStLouis.com Crystal-blue country skies or a million twinkling stars provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebration at this rustic-chic venue! A 1914 dairy barn, a horse barn and a New England–style farmhouse grace the 16 acres nestled among the rolling hills just one hour north of Chesterfield Valley.

(913) 492-3275 events@unionhorse.com UnionHorse.com The Event Space at Union Horse Distilling Company is a unique destination that will serve as an elegant backdrop for your event. At 6,500 square feet, our venue can accommodate anything from rehearsal dinners to wedding receptions. Our three event rooms can be transformed to suit any style or need. capacity 350 | price $$$

uptown theater

3700 Broadway, Ste. 300, Kansas City, MO (816) 753-8665 uptowneventskc@gmail.com UptownTheater.com Your name in lights • Receptions, rehearsal dinners and weddings • Four unique rooms • 25 to 1,200 people • Custom designed banquets, buffets and beverages • Abundant parking • Central location near Westport between the Country Club Plaza and Crown Center capacity 400+ | price $$

the venue at maison du lac

(314) 991-6700 TheVenueSTL.com Experience the beauty lakeside while overlooking a former llama farm with multiple ceremony sites, wedding party suites and an open floor plan. From rustic to glam, The Venue is perfect for your destination wedding close to home. There’s nothing like Midwestern hospitality—we can’t wait to welcome you. capacity 300 | price $$$

the venue at willow creek

Kansas City, KS (913) 568-9535 venue@willowcreekkc.com WillowCreekKC.com This sweet setting is the perfect spot you’ve been wishing for! Our creekside garden ceremony flows seamlessly to our moonlight patio. Guests are invited into our venue for dinner, dancing and so much more. capacity 250 | price $$$

capacity 250 | price $$$

tiffany greens golf club

6100 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy., Kansas City, MO (816) 880-9600 EXT. 224 lschrick@tiffanygreensgolf.com TiffanyGreensGolf.com/clubhouse-info /banquet-info Tiffany Greens Golf Club is perfect for your Kansas City wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner! Come tour our beautiful venue, featuring incredible views of one of Kansas City’s top golf courses and located just minutes from Kansas City International Airport and hotel accommodations. capacity 200 | price $$

union horse distilling co.

11740 West 86th Terrace, Lenexa, KS

the venue in leawood

4800 W. 135th Street (913) 681-8368 TheVenueinLeawood.com Elegant and Intimate....The Venue In Leawood. capacity 300 | price $$$

venues at 061: heritage center at mahaffie & olathe community center

Olathe, KS (913) 971-5501 | (913) 971-8753 Two exclusive venues are situated along a brick-lined road. The Heritage Center at Mahaffie has a timber-frame design, charming farm grounds and tree-lined paths. The country club setting of the Olathe Community Center features floor-to-

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the view at briarcliff

Inside the Courtyard by Marriott – Briarcliff 4000 N. Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO (816) 841-2361 TheViewatBriarcliff.com The View at Briarcliff’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows are sure to amaze your guests upon entry, providing a panoramic view of the Kansas City skyline. Whether your reception includes an intimate party or a sizable 500, our elegant ballroom can be divided to suit your needs. Contact us today!

Chef Gregory understands the importance of every event. He and his staff are ready to apply their considerable skills and enthusiasm to make your event a time you and your guests will remember with pride and happiness.

capacity 400+ | price $$

villa antonio winery

Hillsboro, MO (636) 475-5008 maddy@villaantoniowinery.com VillaAntonioWinery.com Our elegant vineyard venue provides a stunning and romantic setting for your wedding! Your family and guests will have an enchanting experience to remember for years. Enjoy our award-winning wines and exquisite cuisine at the rehearsal and on your big day!

(314) 481-4481 | gmchef@yahoo.com www.gregoryscreativecuisine.com

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827 Ming Drive, Washington, MO (636) 390-8600 riverbendchapel@hotmail.com RiverbendChapelInc.com Imagine exchanging your vows overlooking the picturesque Missouri River bluffs with one of the best views of the river itself! Or, tie the knot inside Riverbend’s beautiful windowed chapel. Indoors or outdoors, the beauty of your wedding will be a lasting, treasured memory for many years to come! capacity 300 | price $$

visions reception hall

6320 Manchester Avenue, Kansas City, MO (816) 358-2606 psolomon@iaff42.org VisionsReceptionHall.com For sophisticated celebrations our banquet room is available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other celebrations, accommodating up to 500 guests. Convenient central location! capacity 400+ | price $$

the vow exchange

(816) 399-4363 | thevowexchange.com We specialize in Pinterest-perfect, all-inclusive, intimate weddings in KC’s most charming neighborhoods. Complete with ceremony coordination, couples can choose to add officiating, photography, flowers, cake or an entire intimate wedding reception for a one-stopshop solution for their wedding.

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water’s edge banquet center

200 Salt Lick Rd., St. Peters, MO (636) 279-8271 events@stpetersmo.net StPetersMO.net/watersedge Throw the event you always dreamed of, tailored to your needs and budget. Several upgrade options include indoor and outdoor ceremony space, state-of-the-art audio/video and more—all overlooking the beautiful lake!

events@baileysrestaurants.com WeddingsinWillow.com Willow is a gorgeous new event space from Baileys’ Restaurants featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning branch chandeliers and two floors of seating. With a commitment to unparalleled catering and service, our team is passionate about tailoring each wedding to the couple’s unique taste and style. capacity 300 | price $$$

capacity 350 | price $$

the weingarten

1780 East State Rt. 15, Belleville, IL (618) 257-9463 events@theweingarten.com The Weingarten Winery & Event Venue is the premier relaxation destination of the metro east. Offering weddings, private events, delicious seasonal food, plus wine and beer from around the world, we specialize in creating memorable experiences. capacity 200+ | price $$

windows on washington®

1601 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO (314) 241-5555 mpayne@wowbanquets.com WOWBanquets.com From the champagne greeting to the chocolate mint departure, Windows On Washington creates events that are more than memorable. Featuring uniquely styled loft spaces, open-air verandas and city views, our experienced coordinators help you design the event of your dreams with the style and panache you deserve! capacity 499+ | price $$

whitmoor country club

1100 Whitmoor Drive, St. Charles, MO (636) 926-9622 EXT. 143 sputnam@whitmoorgolf.com WhitmoorGolf.com Our three main dining spaces can be combined to handle up to 400 people. The Trophy Room will seat up to 300 and features a fireplace. You can combine the Trophy Room with The Eagle and Whitmoor Rooms to handle an additional 100 guests. capacity 400 | price $$

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wichita art museum

1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS (316) 268-4912 events@wichitaartmuseum.org WichitaArtMuseum.org Artistic. Exquisite. Dynamic. The Wichita Art Museum is a unique venue for weddings, receptions and parties. Dance the night away under the monumental Confetti Chandelier by international glass artist Dale Chihuly. Surround yourself and your guests with outstanding works of American art. capacity 250+ | price $$$$

xavier grand ballroom

3628 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO (314) 427-6771 brenna@russosgourmet.com RussosGourmet.com The Ballroom at the College Church has gone by several names for more than a century. In 1997, more than 5,600 square feet of function space was transformed to rival any ballroom in the city. In the warm light of day or delicate glow of evening, it will frame your memorable occasion with elegant style. capacity 300 | price $$

.zack

(314) 533-0367 EXT. 103 becky@kranzbergartsfoundation.org Venues that support the arts! You have your choice of spaces for 40 to 700 guests all in the Grand Center Arts District. Have your wedding ceremony at The Grand Hall, cocktails at Sally’s Rooftop and your reception in the Urban Ballroom. Large, unique weddings can be hosted at The Big Top. capacity 400 | price $$$

wild carrot

3901 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO info@wildcarrotstl.com WildCarrotSTL.com Our vibe is different, starting with our location! We are in our favorite neighborhood in the city—in an old theatre from 1915. Picture an industrial shell (steel girders, brick walls, cement floor) with charming retro and eclectic décor. The venue includes a front patio, gangway and outdoor green space.

bridal fashion & beauty

321 North 10th St., St. Louis, MO (314) 899-0430

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the gown gallery

1901 Main Street, Loft, Kansas City, MO (816) 361-8111 info@gowngallery.com GownGallery.com Celebrating over 25 years of style. The Gown Gallery flaunts a wide and ever-changing array of bridal, bridesmaid, mothers’ and special occasion gowns from leading designers. Follow us on Facebook @thegowngallery and Instagram @gowngallery for what’s fabulous in bridal!

mia’s bridal & tailoring

2235 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS (913) 764-9114 sales@miasbridal.com MiasBridal.com Mia’s Bridal is a full-service bridal boutique offering designer dresses and accessories for all members of your wedding party. We also offer tuxedo and suit rentals and sales, plus an all-inclusive bridal package. Call or email us today to make your appointment!

nolte’s bridal

Overland Park, KS (913) 345-1122 NoltesBridal.com As Kansas City’s most experienced wedding coordinator, Michael Nolte will personally coordinate the details of your rehearsal, wedding and reception. Your questions of “Where do I begin?” and most importantly, “What are my options?” and “Who will see that all this happens correctly?” and more are answered.

savvi formalwear

10 convenient locations (800) TUXEDO-4 stlservice@savviformalwear.com SavviWedding.com We’ve been voted Best in Tuxedos and Suits five years in a row. Customize the groom’s attire during the groom’s free try-on in all styles, fits and colors including the Michael Kors tuxedos and suits! With our local warehouse, you can feel confident your tuxedos or suits will fit perfectly.

savvy bridal boutique

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willow

EmilyHartBridal.com Picking a dress for your special day should be fun and enjoyable. Between our large selection of beautiful designer gowns and the option of having a customdesigned bridal gown by Emily, you are sure to find the dress of your dreams! Visit our exquisite showroom today!

emily hart bridal

12450 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS (913) 681-1500

1804 Central Street, Kansas City, MO (816) 859-5699 SavvyBridal.com At Savvy Bridal, our collection of wedding dresses is meticulously curated for our amazing brides. Benefit from our expertise in fit and style for any budget. We are by appointment only. Visit our website to schedule a time!

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cakes & caterers

23 city blocks catering

(314) 615-2480 23CityBlocks.com 23 City Blocks Catering’s Executive Chef Nicholas Miller crafts from the freshest local ingredients, presenting plates with artistic flair. Serving clients from 20 to 300plus, 23 City Blocks Catering is the preferred caterer at many venues in the St. Louis region. Catering has never tasted so pretty.

the blue owl bakery

1 Ponder Executive Plaza, House Springs, MO (884) 448-4340 | info@theblueowlbakery.com TheBlueOwlBakery.com The Blue Owl Bakery provides the perfect options to fit your wedding day! From artistic custom wedding cakes to grand dessert buffets, we can provide something delicious that perfectly fits your wedding style.

St. Louis, MO • (314) 935-8881 bmueller 22@wustl.edu accKnightconferenceCenter.com

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5050 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS (816) 765-4707 | sales@brancatoscatering.com BrancatosCatering.com Brancato’s Catering provides not only fine food, but service customized to the special event needs of our customers. From corporate functions to weddings; from backyard picnics to elegant soirees; from hors d’oeuvres to full service meals, Brancato’s Catering offers the finest in event coordination and execution.

butler’s pantry

1414 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 664-7680 | info@butlerspantry.com ButlersPantry.com From the moment we begin listening to your vision, to the “thank you” of the last guest, Butler’s Pantry is committed to planning and executing your unforgettable wedding. Our sales managers, culinary team and event staff sincerely enjoy collaborating to ensure you can be a guest on your big day!

the cakery & the cup

(314) 647-6000 info@thecakerybakery.net (314) 367-6111 | weddings@cravethecup.com TheCakeryBakery.net | CraveTheCup.com The Cakery and The Cup are sister bakeries that share award-winning recipes. The Cakery focuses on one-ofa-kind wedding designs and exquisite beauty. The Cup offers an assortment of cupcake flavors or the option to create your own custom combinations. A delicious choice either way!

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Weddings Shouldn’t Be Stressful! #rethinkweddings • Full Reception Management • State-of-the-Art Equipment • Easy Planning • Friendly DJs and Staff!

Cole Coleman, Owner Call or Text: 314-856-8522 cole@housedjstl.com housedj.social www.housedjstl.com

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celebrating life cake boutique

(636) 458-7727 celebratinglifecakes@gmail.com CelebratingLifeCakes.com Celebrating Life Cake Boutique has provided the most delicious cakes paired with the most stunning designs for 10 years! Our bakery offers beautiful tiered wedding cakes, supplemental serving sheet cakes, cupcakes, dessert bar options, plus cake stand rentals and delivery and setup within 200 miles.

ces & judy’s catering

(314) 991-6700 info@cesandjudys.com CesandJudys.com Ces & Judy’s Catering has been dazzling the St. Louis area with award-winning service and delicious cuisine for over 35 years. With unlimited options for menus and venues, an event unique to you is achievable. At our place or yours, we’ll make your event unforgettable. Dazzling. Delicious. Definitely.

championship catering

3354 Iowa Ave., St. Louis, MO (314) 606-9520 ChampionshipCatering.com Championship Catering is the most referred caterer in St. Louis! We serve quality, phenomenal food at a great price. We cater fantastic venues including 3rd Degree Glass Factory, Casa Loma Ballroom, AERIE’S Terrace, NEO on Locust and many more. Call Chef Larry G to discuss your big day!

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gregory’s creative cuisine

4700 Adkins Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 481-4481 | gmchef@yahoo.com GregorysCreativeCuisine.com Since 1989 Gregory’s has been creating memorable dinners for weddings and special events. Gregory and staff source local foods and create your dinner by hand with skill and enthusiasm. We at Gregory’s will work to ensure that all of your needs are within your budget and all expectations are exceeded.

mcarthur’s bakery artisan cakes

3055 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO (314) 894-0900 weddings@mcarthurs.com McArthurs.com/weddings.asp Since 1956 McArthur’s Bakery has used only the finest ingredients to craft mouthwatering wedding cakes. We will bake and decorate your wedding cake to your specifications. We want to help make your wedding day the most memorable day ever.

russo’s catering

(314) 427-6771 RussosGourmet.com Russo’s Catering is family owned and operated. We have dedicated ourselves to preparing foods of the highest quality using the freshest ingredients. Our experienced staff will offer you the quality service that you expect and our reputation demands.

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sugaree baking co.

1242 Tamm Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 645-5496 pat@sugareebaking.com SugareeBaking.com We use the highest quality, freshest and finest products to create your desserts from scratch with real butter. Contact us today for your tasting for a wedding cake or pie that your guests will be raving about long after your wedding day!

flowers & décor

alex waldbart florist

7801 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO (314) 644-3566 waldbartflorist@sbcglobal.net AlexWaldbart.WeddingPortfolio.net At Alex Waldbart Florist, you will experience friendly designers, creative ideas, magazine-quality bouquets and service beyond compare. Thank you for choosing us!

buds floral design

St. Louis, MO (314) 371-4646 | hello@budsstl.com BUDSSTL.com It might be an intimate occasion with just close family and friends or a grand wedding with guests arriving from near and far. However large or small the wedding will be, make it beautiful and unforgettable with stylish bouquets, romantic ceremony flowers and fabulous centerpieces from BUDS.

schnucks florist & gifts

St. Louis, MO (314) 997-2444 SchnucksFloral.com At our floral design center, our professional designers are dedicated to bringing your dream wedding to life! Our special event coordinators will help you with everything including colors and trends. From elegant to extravagant, you are our top priority when planning your special day!

stems florist

210 Saint Francois Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 972-7836 Stems4Weddings.com Stems Florist, an award-winning professional florist, creating wedding bouquets that are works of art, centerpieces that will keep your guests talking and wedding florals to celebrate your day—for wedding flowers as “unique” as you!

entertainment

american bands entertainment agency

105 North Main Street, Suite 300, St. Charles, MO (636) 265-0500 info@abeagency.com ABEAgency.com ABE Agency manages over 35 bands and partners closely with our clients to put the utmost care into every wedding to make sure your day is perfect! We strive to make your event memorable from the beginning of your cocktail hour to the last dance. Contact us for your wedding entertainment needs!

contemporary productions

Serving Kansas City, St. Louis and surrounding areas (314) 721-9090 ContemporaryProductions.com Having a high-energy wedding band that meets your demands is a must. At Contemporary, we always cater to your specific needs. Let us help you discover the entertainer that will keep your family and friends together on the dance floor for the most memorable night of your life.

house dj services + entertainment

(314) 856-8522 | cole@housedjstl.com HouseDJSTL.com We not only provide incredibly stunning entertainment, but we focus and train on reception management, ensuring that you and your fiancé go into autopilot as soon as you enter the room. You pay a professional for a reason. We learn the psychology behind a dance floor and will be sure everyone has a blast!!

wedding consultants

a bride’s ally

Serving St. Louis and surrounding areas (314) 560-4138 victoria@abridesally.com ABridesAlly.com We specialize in day-of coordination and supporting your planning process on your own terms. We’re here when you need us and step back when you don’t. We’re your partner in design and details, your confidant when things get sticky. We are your ally.

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events by elle

11651 East 350 Highway, Raytown, MO (816) 215-0566 theellegirls@eventsbyellekc.com EventsbyElleKC.com You’re dreaming of your big day that’s full of joy and creativity, a day full of memories for your family and friends to talk about for years to come. We are here to help you plan your wedding with confidence and, of course, personality.

Your journey as one begins here. We’ll help you celebrate.

hillary j events

St. Louis and beyond (636) 675-0523 | hillaryjevents@gmail.com HillaryJEvents.com Hillary J Events is an event and wedding planning company that believes there’s always a reason to celebrate! From extravagant weddings and soirees to intimate parties and bachelorette weekends, we combine a luxury client experience with a modern design approach to create a timeless celebration.

invitations & details

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is the perfect setting to write an exciting new chapter of your personal love story, complete with all the details important to your celebration. Our wedding experts offer a fully customized experience—from planning support and wedding-day assistance to custom menus and the wedding cake of your dreams. For more information, call 314 342 4655 or visit hyattregencystlouis.com. HYATT REGENCY ST. LOUIS AT THE ARCH 315 Chestnut Street St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 63102 The trademarks HYATT®, Hyatt Regency® and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2019 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved. Image by Ray Prop Photography.

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(913) 309-7889 yellowbrick.graphic@gmail.com YellowBrickGraphics.com YellowBrick Graphics specializes in luxury, handmade wedding invitations and event stationery. From design to full-service assembly, invitations are customized to set the tone for any special event. Contact us today for a consultation to start your event on the right road!

photography & video

arndt photo & cinema

Call/text (618) 920-6039 paul@arndtphotography.com ArndtPhotography.com We are family-owned—all brothers and one sister! Arndt Photo & Cinema’s work has been featured on Bravo TV and in US Weekly, and the Arndt family has personally been followed for shows on TLC and the NRB Network. Contact us to check on rates and availability!

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beau vaughn photography, videography, photobooth and dj

(866) 918-BEAU (2328) weddings@beauvaughn.com BeauVaughn.com Beau Vaughn is your one-stop shopping experience for quality photography, videography, photo booth, slow motion video booth and DJ services. We will create the perfect package for your wedding, so please email us to schedule a free consultation. Check out our unbeatable pricing and services on our website!

You’ve picked a dress, a caterer, a reception hall, a DJ—picking a wedding videographer should be easy! That’s why, at Tower Studios, we’ve designed full-day, no-time-limit packages that will cover your entire day, and paired them with our best editors for a polished, cinema-worthy movie!

specialty services

molly kuplen lifestyle blog + photography

(785) 424-0107 | MollyKuplen.com We pride ourselves on capturing the real moments and help you live in the moment for years to come when you look back on your special day. We have a team of five photographers who are fun, flexible and creative! Print release is included in all packages, and we’re available for travel/destinations.

noire studios photography

(816) 875-0114 NoireStudios.com My focus for your wedding day is to capture all the moments of love, laughter and fun! I build a special bond with all my clients, which I feel is very important! Don’t be surprised if I tear up during the ceremony, hug you before you go down the aisle or laugh along with you. I can’t wait to meet you!

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sara reed studios

Kansas City, St. Louis, destination weddings (636) 399-1785 | sara@sarareedstudios.com SaraReedStudios.com We produce fine art wedding photography, specializing in film and digital photography for the truly and madly in love. Wedding photography packages start at $2,600.

sara rieth: romantic storytelling wedding photographer

(316) 648-2621 SaraRiethPhotography.com Hey, gorgeous! I’m a natural light lover, a hopeless romantic and a coffee advocate. Located in Kansas, I travel nationwide telling America’s best love stories in happily ever after form. Yours truly, Sara.

still standing photography

(816) 699-4471 jenna@stillstandingphotography.com StillStandingPhoto.com You are my inspiration! I love people and love taking photos. I put my heart and soul into each wedding. My photography style can be summed up in two words: timeless and quality. I only accept a limited number of weddings each year because I take the time to invest in real relationships with my couples.

tower studios

(636) 448-9131 info@towervideophoto.com

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alobar’s lighting and sound

716 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, MO (314) 781-7600 diane@alobars.net Alobars.com Alobar’s Lighting and Sound has been providing couples a chance to create their dream wedding for over 28 years. Your love story is important. It’s our mission to enhance your vision for your special day to create an elegant, unique guest experience with memories of your day that last a lifetime.

arthur murray dance studio

FishEyeFun.com Fish Eye Fun is a fun and funky alternative to a traditional photo booth. With our open-air booth design, fisheye lens, professional studio lighting and unique image processing, you’ll see that Fish Eye Fun really is way more than a photo booth!

grand rental station

570 Rudder Road, Fenton, MO (636) 343-PARTY (7278) info@grandrental-stl.com This is your best stop for all your wedding and party rental needs. We rent tents, tables, linen, specialty linen, spandex linen, chairs, chair covers, centerpieces, dance floor, staging, china, glassware, grills, chafing dishes, lighting and concession machines (popcorn, frozen drink, cotton candy), and more.

innovative lighting & design

1632 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO (816) 421-6999 in_light@mac.com InnovativeLightingDesign.com Lighting can make a room pop, and for your special day we pay attention to detail, offering custom fabric backdrops and unique lighting solutions to create spectacular results—making your event unforgettable. Innovative Lighting & Design, in the Crossroads Arts District, is just that: innovative.

9217 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS (913) 599-4444 info@kcarthurmurray.com KCArthurMurray.com Let the professionals at Arthur Murray create the dance you envision. With over 100 years of experience, we’ve taught everything from a romantic first dance to an unexpected mash-up. The possibilities are truly endless. Call today to set up your complimentary sample lesson and bridal consultation.

marquee event rentals —kansas city

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

weinhardt party rentals

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

fête booth

(618) 541-1383 jake@fetebooth.com FeteBooth.com Bring the fun and memories to your reception with our self-service kiosks that take unlimited photos, animated GIFs and Boomerangs with custom overlays and options to fit your wedding style. Your guests can send the images to themselves on the spot, easily share online and view the entire online gallery.

5050 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS (816) 765-1444 infokc@marqueerents.com MarqueeRents.com Marquee Event Rentals—Kansas City is the area’s premier event rental company. Offering specialty event elements, tableware, tents, tables, chairs and more, we are 100 percent committed to every event, every day.

5901 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, MO 11601 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO (314) 822-9000 inquiries@weinhardtpartyrentals.com WeinhardtPartyRentals.com Weinhardt Party Rentals is a full-service event rental company dedicated to providing quality equipment at an affordable price. Weinhardt Rentals has been a family owned and operated business since 1946. An experienced, established St. Louis tradition—why trust your event with anyone else?

fish eye fun

St. Louis, MO (314) 621-8638 info@fisheyefun.com

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Defiance Ridge Vineyards

90

Barn at Lone Eagle Landing

325

Dodson Orchards

261

Barnett on Washington

281

Drury Inn & Suites

377

Bear Creek Golf Club

314

Eighteen Ninety

221

Berg Event Space

169

Elysian Fields

155

Big Cedar Lodge

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Events by Panorama, Saint Louis Art Museum

317

Black on Burlington

199

Executive Hills Polo Club

185

Bogey Hills Country Club

338

Feasts of Fancy

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Bourgmont Winery LLC

122

Forest Park Golf Course

255

The Bride & The Bauer

98

Foundry Art Centre

373

The Brownstone Wedding & Event Venue

208

The Franklin Room

76

The Caramel Room

71

The Gallery

173

Cardinals Special Events

345

Gather

249

Casa Loma Ballroom

326

Genesis Catering & Banquet Center

287

Catering St. Louis

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The Grand Hall at Power & Light

141

Cedar Creek

96

The Guild

147

Chandler Hill Vineyards

33

Hawthorne House

31

The Charles F. Knight Center

383

Heritage Event Spaces

62

The Chase Park Plaza

87

Hilton President Kansas City

227

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

46

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

297

The Cheshire

289

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

275

Clayton Plaza Hotel

301

Historic Forest Park

302

387

SITES & LOCATIONS

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153

The Magic House

359

The Historic Post Office

52

Magnolia Venue & Urban Garden

211

The Historic Rumley Event Space

207

Main Street Abbey

265

The Home Place at Valley View

143

The Malthouse Cellar

349

Hotel Saint Louis

256

Manhattan Country Club

151

House of Blues Las Vegas

137

Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza

221

Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch

385

Marriott St. Louis West

61

Innsbrook

307

McKelvey Vineyards

351

InterContinental Kansas City

159

Mellon Acres Event Center

127

The Jayhawk Club

163

Missouri Athletic Club

269

Joule St. Louis

4, 36

Moulin Events and Meetings

349

The Journey Home

167

NEO on Locust

1

KAF Kranzberg Events

357

New Town at St. Charles

320

Kansas City Convention Center

16

Noboleis Vineyards

38

Kansas City Airport Marriott

223

The Old Post Office

369

Kuhs Estate and Farm

12

The Overland Park Convention Center

121

La Perla

271

Palladium St. Louis

5, 36

LaChance Vineyards

355

Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners

43

Laumeier Sculpture Park

375

Pinstripes

215

The Legacy at Green Hills

135

Piper Palm House

36

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn

337

Piropos

161

The Lodge of Four Seasons

49

Prairie Hill Vineyard

210

Lone Summit Ranch

180

Public Media Commons

371

Lost Hill Lake Events

361

Restoration 1894

209

Lumen Private Event Space

73

The Rhapsody

177

Mad Art Gallery

343

River Market Event Place

187

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The View at Briarcliff

206

Rose of the Hill by Favazza’s

313

Villa Antonio Winery

238

The Rotunda At Town Pavilion

132

The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel

26

Scape American Bistro

373

Visions Reception Hall

119

Shaw Nature Reserve

266

The Vow Exchange

201

Silver Oaks Chateau

11

Water’s Edge Banquet Center

253

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

266

The Weingarten

381

St. Louis Carousel

367

Whippoorwill Acres

196

St. Louis Community Foundation at #2 Oak Knoll

36

Whitmoor Country Club

295

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

323

Wichita Art Museum

109

The Stanley

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Wild Carrot

283

Stifel Theatre

88

Willow

331

Stone House of St. Charles

66

Windows On Washington®

21

Sunflower Hill Farm

276

World’s Fair Pavilion

36

Sunset Bluffs Venue

259

Sunset Country Club

291

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Terrace On Grand

105

23 City Blocks Catering

79

Thompson Barn

204

The Blue Owl Bakery

377

Three Barn Farm

272

Brancato’s Catering

217

Tiffany Greens Golf Club

205

Butler’s Pantry

36

Union Horse Distilling Co.

7

The Cakery & The Cup

82

Uptown Theater

14

Celebrating Life Cake Boutique

369

The Venue at Maison du Lac

69

Ces & Judy’s Catering

23

The Venue at Willow Creek

179

Championship Catering

245

The Venue in Leawood

202

Gregory’s Creative Cuisine

381

Venues at 061

227

McArthur’s Bakery

353

389

Rock Creek Lodge

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Olive Events

74

Noire Studios Photography

212

Russo’s Catering

19

Sara Reed Studios

131

Sugaree Baking Co.

335

Sara Rieth Photography

217

Still Standing Photography

225

Tower Studios

2

ENTERTAINMENT

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American Bands Entertainment

44

Contemporary Productions

243

House DJ Services + Entertainment

383

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Alex Waldbart Florist

311

BUDS

385

Schnucks Florist & Gifts

363

Stems

371

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Emily Hart Bridal

125

The Gown Gallery

25

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Mia’s Bridal

103

YellowBrick Graphics

215

Nolte’s Bridal

35

Savvi Formalwear/The Ultimate Bride

81

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Savvy Bridal

115

Alobar’s Lighting and Sound

64

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

223

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

9, 85

Fête Booth

41

Fish Eye Fun

95

Grand Rental Station

333

Innovative Lighting & Design

218

Marquee Event Rentals

218

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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A Bride’s Ally

347

Events by Elle

225

Hillary J. Events

375

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Arndt Photo & Cinema

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Beau Vaughn Photography

28

Weinhardt Party Rentals

305

Molly Kuplen Lifestyle Blog & Photography

145

Wish Upon a Wedding

93

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