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“Our wedding was amazing thanks to Cherry Creek!”

–Taylor & Steve, married August 3, 2019

PHOTO BY MIKE STAFF

CHOOSE CHERRY CREEK’S BEAUTIFUL GOLF CLUB TO HOST THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE. SURROUNDED BY A BEAUTIFUL LAKE AND AWARD-WINNING STAFF, YOUR WEDDING WILL SURELY BE AN EVENT TO REMEMBER.

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“This place is so beautiful and the staff was all very nice. I highly recommend.”

–Stella & Joe married August 31, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE

FALL/ WINTER

2020 GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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THE KNOT TOOLS

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

162 COURT OF LOVE

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CHRIS CRAYMER

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CONTENTS

REAL WEDDINGS 65

MANSI + ALEX August 10, Dexter

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LYDIA + MIKEY September 14, Grand Rapids

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NAINA + A ARON July 13, Bloomfield Hills

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RYAN + CAMERON October 19, Detroit

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STYLE + PLANNING 105 88

MEGAN + MOLLY

Venues, amenities and expert advice for a memorable wedding in the Upper Peninsula.

October 11, Grand Rapids

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JESSI + GEOFF August 31, Watervliet

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CARLY + JOHN August 17, West Olive

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ALEX + DAVE September 13, Gaylord

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SCANDI SKI Get inspired by this destination bash with Scandinavian-style flair.

ALICE + MATT August 3, Detroit

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SPECIAL NORTHERN MICHIGAN GUIDE

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SHADES FOR EVERY SEASON Upgrade your celebration with these fresh color palettes. ››

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: YELLOW BIRD VISUALS; TABLE: SANAZ PHOTOGRAPHY/SANAZ RIGGIO; MAE STIER PHOTOGRAPHY

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CONTENTS

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BOUQUETS YOU’LL LOVE No matter your style or location, there’s a bundle of blooms for you.

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PERSONALITY-PACKED EATS Use your menu to channel the details of your relationship.

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FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED Editor Louis Baragona answers top wedding planning questions.

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY Let your style soar with gorgeous engagement rings and bands.

CROWD PLEASERS Real guests share the wedding details they’ll always remember.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE A firsthand look at the hottest prewedding beauty treatments.

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VEILS, UNVEILED

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All the prettiest styles, from the traditional to the new and trendy.

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COURT OF LOVE

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RINGS: JOHNNY MILLER; FLOWERS: SARAH ANNE WARD

Break the fashion rules with fun details and unexpected silhouettes.

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ON THE COVER

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In love with our gorgeous cover outfits? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $975, JimmyChoo.com

Behind the Scenes Chic in the City

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Yoichi Tomizawa for Bumble and bumble at Art Department MAKEUP Hector Simancas for Elizabeth Arden at Art Department PROP STYLING Kayleigh Snowden

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

NYC City Hall Weddings

Fun facts about our shoot theme.

HAUTE MEAL Photographer Chris Craymer snaps a shot of our model snacking on a pretzel from a real food cart in downtown NYC.

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FOOTWEAR FETISH The best part about short dresses? The statement shoe moments, of course. We had upward of 50 stunning pairs on set.

SIP, SIP, HOORAY Our models had a blast shaking up several bottles of bubbly—and letting the corks fly—on the steps of city hall.

The New York City Marriage Bureau in downtown Manhattan hosts tens of thousands of weddings. A ceremony costs just $25 and requires no reservations.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF AUDREE KATE LOPEZ; COURTHOUSE ICON: PEDRO SANTOS/NOUN PROJECT

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COVER Suit in sizes up to 32, $2,517, JustinAlexander .com; earrings, $75, KennethJayLane .com; engagement ring, price upon request, Lauren Addison.com

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MANDIE FORBES PHOTOGRAPHY

JAELYNN ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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E.C. CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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N O RT H E R N M I C H I G A N ’ S P R E M I E R W E D D I N G V E N U E

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Jess and Donny followed their Lake Leelanau vows with a unique exit: a spin on Donny’s motorcycle, which he’s dubbed El Sueno. It was a fitting ride—the pair actually took the bike out for their first date. The couple also personalized their day with homemade Chinese dishes, a nod to Jess’s heritage, as well as a fun rendition of The Emotions’s “Best of My Love” performed by Donny’s family.

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Colony Club 2310 Park Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 Event Office: (313) 463-4215 www.gemcolonyevents.com

Photography by Stephanie Kaslly Photography

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WE ’RE IN THIS T O G E T H E R As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic and we’ll be here when the dust settles, too. We’re all in this together.

5 Y E A R S L AT E R

It’s hard to believe the legalization of samesex marriage passed just five years ago. To think the inability to marry whom you wanted existed so recently in this country is staggering. And while there’s still much to be done to create equality for all, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a historic moment. Turn to p. 172 to read the touching stories of two couples married the same year as the monumental decision, and what it means to them.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

CAKE FOR ONE

Let’s just say sharing food isn’t my strong suit. This individual confection is just one of the fun ideas in the issue. (p. 117)

Dramatic Ceremonies R omantic R eceptions Ch arming G ard en Patio A ttach ed Convenient Parking

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BAND TOGETHER FANCY FOOTWORK

I loved this bride’s genius solution to include her crowd-shy rescue dogs in the wedding. (p. 48)

Photo by G eorge Street Photo & V id eo

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From rainbow stones to mixed metals, wedding bands are more unique than ever and we’re so here for them. (p. 147)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CRAYMER; MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER; SARAH PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY; ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

CELEBRATING LOVE FOR ALL

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WE ’RE IN THIS T O G E T H E R As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic and we’ll be here when the dust settles, too. We’re all in this together.

5 Y E A R S L AT E R

It’s hard to believe the legalization of samesex marriage passed just five years ago. To think the inability to marry whom you wanted existed so recently in this country is staggering. And while there’s still much to be done to create equality for all, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a historic moment. Turn to p. 172 to read the touching stories of two couples married the same year as the monumental decision, and what it means to them.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

CAKE FOR ONE

Let’s just say sharing food isn’t my strong suit. This individual confection is just one of the fun ideas in the issue. (p. 117)

Dramatic Ceremonies R omantic R eceptions Ch arming G ard en Patio A ttach ed Convenient Parking

G em T h eatre (313) 463-4215 333 Mad ison Ave., Detroit 48201 www.gemcolonyevents.com

BAND TOGETHER FANCY FOOTWORK

I loved this bride’s genius solution to include her crowd-shy rescue dogs in the wedding. (p. 48)

Photo by G eorge Street Photo & V id eo

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From rainbow stones to mixed metals, wedding bands are more unique than ever and we’re so here for them. (p. 147)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CRAYMER; MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER; SARAH PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY; ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

CELEBRATING LOVE FOR ALL

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Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in Michigan as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

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MOTOR CITY VINTAGE RENTALS

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PRIMP BEAUTY, ON LOCATION HAIR AND MAKEUP

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SYCAMORE HILLS GOLF CLUB

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THE TREASURY

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TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

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AMI WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHELE MALONEY

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THINK OF YOUR A wedding website is clutch—for your guests and you. Fill your site with need-to-know info, like hotels and registries, then share it with your guest list. Your friends and family will be in the know, and you won’t be fielding “directions please” emails hours before you say “I do.” You can even stay on top of RSVPs with our handy built-in reply tool.

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

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE We’ll send you helpful reminders along the way and create a day-of timeline to ensure smooth sailing.

EDITOR TIP Choose from free designs (coordinate

SHARE PHOTOS

MAKE IT LAST

Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary!

Keep the flame alive while planning and beyond with Lasting. Download the app for on-the-go relationship counseling. GetLasting.com

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with your Minted wedding invites), and even snag a custom URL for an extra touch of personalization.

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DIY DETAILS Guests took home coloring pages, which Brian created. “I was in major DIY mode,” he says. “I started crafting six months before.”

THE COUPLE

Brian Proffer (34 and works in higher education) and Michael Hercliff Jr. (29 and a transportation planner) are longtime fans of The Wizard of Oz.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

OVER THE RAINBOW Brian and Michael turned their wedding day into a celebration of all things Oz, from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to the Broadway musical Wicked—happily ever after included. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SMITTEN MITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

GAME TIME

RUBY SLIPPERS

After dancing to Katharine McPhee’s cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” (of course!), the couple played The Newlywed Game. Postreception, the couple swapped their suits for matching emerald-green “Mr. & Mr.” shirts.

Brian surprised Michael with a pair of red sequined Converse to wear down the aisle. “It was so emotional and one of my favorites parts of the day,” Brian says.

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A yellow brick road aisle runner turned the Michigan League Ballroom into Oz.

SWEET SPREAD

Brian and Michael completed their breakfast buffet—including eggs Benedict and a waffle station—with doughnuts.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Brian and Michael not only dressed their wedding party according to the colors of the rainbow, but also added a nod to the film’s characters on their programs—including a rainbow-colored twist. “The story and the message resonated with me on so many levels,” Brian says.

THE TEAM CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Michigan League Ballroom FLOWERS University Flower Shop PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Auger/Smitten Mitten Photography MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse SHOES Converse STATIONERY DIY; printing: Allegra OFFICIANT Jon Peer DOUGHNUTS Mitten Raised

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Fun signage paid tribute to Dorothy’s adventures in the Emerald City.

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ADVICE

Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE I really want a modern, fun invitation suite, but my fiancé is feeling something a bit more classic with calligraphy. Any design tips for picking invites that suit both of our styles? SARAH EVANS

Private vows allow you to express yourselves without an audience.

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My partner and I are both major introverts— we don’t do PDA and hate being the center of attention—so a traditional ceremony seems really scary to us. Are there ways for us to rethink the structure to fit our personalities?

PRO TAKE

JOVE MEYER

Owner Jove Meyer Events Jove is an NYC-based event designer known for throwing celebrations that take personalization to new heights.

Your wedding ceremony should be true to both of you—that includes reflecting your style, love story and personalities. If you’re both introverts, you could consider a city hall ceremony. This allows you to bring a few friends, keeping things intimate and casual. But, if you go with a city hall wedding, a majority of your loved ones will miss out on your public commitment. As an alternative, rethink the day in a way that pulls the attention away from you. Maybe you could skip walking down a traditional aisle and instead hang out with your guests preceremony. Think: no processing, just getting married where you are, on your terms. You could also walk down the aisle with your partner or ask guests to process to you instead, meeting you, your partner and the officiant at the altar. Starting the ceremony together might make you more comfortable. In the end, the goal of the wedding ceremony is to make your commitment of love in front of those you care about most. This can really take place in whatever form feels most authentic to your relationship.

Marriage is all about collaboration and figuring out how to blend two individual styles. Here’s the good news: When it comes to stationery design, seemingly opposing tastes can actually complement each other nicely and really represent you as a couple. If your fiancé is nonnegotiable on calligraphy, try pairing hand lettering with clean, modern typefaces for a combo that won’t feel too stuffy. Give your suite an energetic vibe by experimenting with color and avoiding any fussy details that might not feel true to your combined style. Letting the script shine as the focal point can feel clean and bold but simple and timeless at the same time. Win, win! We’re trying to settle on a first dance song, but the classics feel too serious. Where can we find a first dance jam to start the party? S H A R LY N P I E R R E Assistant Editor, Research

Check out different radio stations or comb through Spotify, but keep this in mind: As you’re researching, don’t be afraid to explore different genres you might not always find yourself listening to. Try pop, hip-hop or even Afrobeats. If nothing makes you want to strut and shake something, enlist the help of your wedding party and ask for song recs or even a playlist—they’ll know what feels most like you both.

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Art Director

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ROAD TO LOVE

SMALL WONDERS

JOEY + SCOTT CINCINNATI

“Our genius designer paid tribute to the thousands of miles we traveled when we were long distance,” Scott says. “The path on the ampersand is the highway we drove to get to each other on I-71 in Ohio.”

GET

Looking for a subtle way to personalize your suite? Try a custom wax seal in a favorite color, a meaningful stamp on the envelope or an illustration on the liner.

creative W I T H Y O U R

Set the tone for your celebration with a suite that’s as one of a kind as your story. Invites are an opportunity to take personalization to the next level, from custom illustrations of your abode to subtle tributes to your journey down the aisle. Ask your designer to create custom art of something special.

HOME SWEET HOME S I LV I A + M A R I O S A N A N TO N I O

“Oddly enough, we found our stationery when we moved into our home,” Silvia says. “I stumbled upon this handdrawn illustration as I was dusting and organizing our cabinets. I got copies printed and held onto them for a long time in the hopes of using them in the future. I never thought that the occasion would be our reception in the front yard of our home—but here we are.”

INCLUSIVE ‘I DOS’ CHRISTINA + JAMES PHILADELPHIA

“I created a version of our invitations in braille for my friends with vision impairment,” Christina says. “Not all people with vision impairments can read braille, so we also made sure the paper was white with a dark font to ensure a high contrast for universal legibility.”

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TRENDING

FURRY FRIENDS

TOP IT OFF

R A C H E L + K E V I N B A LT I M O R E

“It was always important for Kevin and me to include our pups in the ceremony,” Rachel says. “They’re rescues and don’t handle large crowds well, so this was my way of having them with me as I walked down the aisle.”

H AV E

Shoes aren’t the only accessory that can speak to your style. Rocking a suit? Try a custom bow tie or a bolo made from a special stone. If you’re wearing a gown, add extra meaning with jewelry or a veil.

fun W I T H Y O U R

Your wedding day is a chance to channel your personal style from head to toe—literally. These couples kicked their footwear up a notch by running wild with color, illustration and meaning, bringing a new definition to “happy feet.”

SEEING DOUBLE DANI + MIKE BEAVER, PA

GOOD LUCK CHARM RACHEL + FANGZHI CHICAGO

“I originally got these slides during a trip to my husband’s hometown of Yichang, China,” Rachel says. “I thought I’d wear them for our ceremony in China, but decided it would be even more special for them to serve as a nod to my husband’s family as well as a pop of color in our more modern Chicago ceremony.”

Channel your cultural identity with your accessories.

“I absolutely love wearing saddle shoes, and Mike is into the look too,” Dani says. “We wanted to do something a little different, and our wedding had a slight vintage flair, so these seemed like the right fit. We both felt stylish in a quirky, old-school way—not to mention confident and comfortable.”

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STITCHED WITH LOVE

PUT DOWN ROOTS

MELISSA + DANE ALMA, KS

“After Dane’s mom passed away, a dear friend and Sioux elder wrapped and blessed him in a morning star quilt,” Melissa says. “At our ceremony, she blessed us together as a couple in the same piece.”

Embrace your inner green thumb and plant a tree together. Add a sentimental twist to the ritual by using soil from your family homes.

After their ceremony, Melissa and Dane hung their quilt up at home.

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meaning W I T H Y O U R

When it comes to saying “I do,” there are a myriad of ways to seal the deal. Though many couples choose to light candles or pour sand, you can also link your lives together by remixing rituals, whether they’re based in your faith, your family or your favorite midnight snack.

FRESHLY MADE CASSIE + ERIC SAVANNAH, GA

FAMILY TIES A N G E L A + B R I T TA N Y CINCINNATI

“It was important to us to involve our pastor—who has played a huge role in our spirituality—in our ceremony,” Angela says. “We also wanted to honor our diverse faith journeys and those of our guests. A handfasting struck that perfect balance for us.”

“A few days before the wedding in a hungry stupor, we decided to make guacamole in front of everyone to seal the deal,” Cassie says. “Our officiant explained to our guests why chips and guac stood as a strong metaphor for marriage as we delightfully smashed avocados and shared bites.”

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TRENDING DISCO DROPS Earrings, $38, Zaxie.com

BRING THE

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BOLD TIPS

EMERALD + BLUE

Gel Couture nail polish in Caviar Bar, $12, Essie.com

Get glamorous with a daring dose of jewel tones that will make any event feel luxe.

CROWN JEWEL Bobby pin, $82, JenniferBehr.com

DAPPER TOUCH Bow tie, $25, TheTieBar.com

INTO THE DEEP Saturated table number in Tidepool, $30 for 15, Erin Deegan, Minted.com

THE BACKSTORY

Dress in sizes up to 20, $280, TheiaCouture.com

PLUSH PERCH

KEEP CLEAR Clutch, $995, Edie-Parker.com

CANDY CRUSH Coffee crunch extra dark chocolate bar, $10, Compartes.com

SASSY STEPPERS Shoes, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

ARTSY VESSEL Libra blue and white vase, $15, CB2.com

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TRENDING WHAT A DISH

Food52 dinnerware by Jono Pandolfi, from $34 each, Food52.com

MOONSTONED Earrings, $495, KendraScott.com

KEEP IT

chic W I T H

GREIGE REIGE + CREAM STRAPPED IN

Shoes, $100, ChineseLaundry.com

Use tone-on-tone neutrals to lend an effortless and elegant appeal to your stylish celebration. TREASURE TROVE Keaton jewelry box, $40, KateSpade.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

MODERN MEMO Foil-stamped colorblow wedding invitation, $270 for 100, ArtifactUprising.com

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Flax lines dog bandana, $26, TheFoggyDog.com

PEARL POWER SWEET SCENT

Candle in Chandelier, $36, Otherland.com

GLOW UP

Ambient Lighting finishing powder in Diffused Light, $48, Sephora.com

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Clutch, $950, EKRDesigns.com

POWDER: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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AMBER + RUST

COLORFUL TOSS Cactus silk pillow in Mustard Yellow, $60, CB2.com

BOW-TIFUL

Barrette, $138, JenniferBehr.com

SHINE ON

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter liquid eyeshadow in Copperazzi, $26, Sephora.com

Embrace all things fall with an unexpectedly cool palette that brings the warmth. VELVET TOUCH

Dress in sizes up to 24, $295, JennyYoo.com

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Natural shapes save the date, $129 for 100, PaperCulture.com

BUZZY FAVOR

BumbleBerry honey, $20, ShopTerrain.com

FUNKY FRINGE

DAZZLING DANGLERS

Cotton fringe napkins, $22 for 4, Creative Co-op, Amazon.com

Earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com

FESTIVE FIZZ

TOST beverage, $21 for 3, TOSTBeverages.com

Shoes, $1,245, ManoloBlahnik.com

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At Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, we offer multiple ceremony and reception locations on our breathtaking property. We aim to make your special day one you will never forget. Couple: Alix and Marc Blancke; photos by Stefanie Russo Photography

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A GIRL IN LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN FALL OR WINTER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING.

ON LOCATION

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JAM HANDY DETROIT

THE OAKLEY HOLLY

THE SCARAB CLUB DETROIT

COST

from $6,500 250 ABOUT A former commercial film studio, this massive venue is a blank slate, complete with all the tools for you to write your own movie-ready happily ever after, like high ceilings, skylights and iron beams.

COST

GUEST COUNT

GUEST COUNT

from $11,000 250 ABOUT Nature lovers will want to explore The Oakley’s 40 acres of surrounding land, while shoppers will be drawn to charming downtown Holly for local goodies.

from $5,000 85 ABOUT Exhibitions, painted murals and art deco décor give The Scarab Club an eclectic art gallery vibe. Need a little green? Step outside and check out the private, walled garden.

VENUE AMENITIES

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PLANNER

FLOWERS

RENTALS

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SAUGATUCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS SAUGATUCK

GUEST COUNT

COST

CATERING

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TRANSPORTATION

from $2,890 250 ABOUT Because, uh, who doesn’t want to say “I do” in a refurbished pie factory? Just in case that doesn’t quite hook you, though, the venue’s pavilion overlooks a lush sculpture garden. GUEST COUNT

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION NEW VINTAGE PLACE GRAND RAPIDS

from $4,500 250 ABOUT This Grand Rapids landmark towers over the city and, true to its name, combines vintage charm with modern amenities. COST

GUEST COUNT

OLD TOWN MARQUEE LANSING

from $3,100 200 ABOUT Art installations, graffiti murals and the Lansing River trail surround this space, making it an ideal vantage point for unique first looks. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE WHISKEY FACTORY DETROIT DETROIT

from $4,500 200 ABOUT Of course, whiskey lovers won’t complain about saying their vows among barrels of their fave drink— brewed at this spot in the ’30s, hence the Prohibition-era, speakeasy vibe. COST

GUEST COUNT

New Vintage Place

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from $15,000 225 ABOUT Think: all the picturesque surroundings of the great outdoors, but without the necessity of a rainy day backup plan. COST

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CENTENNIAL ROOM AT FOUNDERS BREWING CO. GRAND RAPIDS

from $300 64 ABOUT Get the party started in this sleek, industrial space, which includes signature brews like the Breakfast Stout available on tap year-round. GUEST COUNT

THE MILLCREEK WILDE WATERVLIET

from $5,500 GUEST COUNT 250 ABOUT Make a run for this secluded barn, which is surrounded by 17 acres of majestic pines and a cocktail-hour-ready garden brimming with rows of sage, lilies, peonies and roses. COST

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

FLOWERS WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MYTH ABOUT THE FLORAL DESIGN PROCESS?

C L A I M TO FA M E Studio Terrain is known for fun, out-of-the-box installations, from pianos decked in flowers to cool backdrops for neon signs.

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WITH ALL THAT IN MIND, HOW CAN COUPLES CUT COSTS ON FLOWERS? Give your designer creative freedom. This is super helpful because it allows us to choose florals or foliage that remain budget friendly while also being high impact. I always recommend using seasonal flowers and foliage because they won’t be too difficult to source or too expensive. Anything out of season is going to cost you more.

HOW CAN COUPLES MAKE SURE THEIR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS FEEL LIKE THEIR OWN? There are so many ways for to-be-weds to personalize their flowers. Ask your floral designer to use flowers that were a favorite of a loved one, pick statement vases from your grandmother’s collection or repurpose fabric from your mom’s wedding dress to serve as a bouquet ribbon.

HOW CAN COUPLES REPURPOSE FLOWERS FROM CEREMONY TO RECEPTION? Move floral urns from the ceremony altar to the sweetheart table, or place them on bars or at food stations for the reception. Also, take any aisle candles and place them on guest tables.

WHAT FLORAL TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING THIS YEAR AND, LOOKING AHEAD, IN 2021? This year, we’re going to see less of the boho vibes and more polished, sophisticated designs. I think there will be less of an emphasis on greenery and foliage and a larger focus on flowers. In 2021, I think we’ll continue to see more use of single-stem designs and monochromatic color palettes, as well as a rise in fun, unexpected décor pieces. Personally, I’d love to design with fritillaria in the future— it’s a pricey flower found in the late winter or early spring.

ANY FLOWER TRENDS OR COLOR COMBOS YOU JUST CAN’T STAND? The traditional combo of standard white hydrangeas and tightly closed roses. Open those roses up and flex those petals, people!

FROM TOP: NORTHERN NATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALORA RACHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

OUR PRO Fatima Bazzi-Fawaz, the owner and creative director of Studio Terrain in Farmington Hills

One word: greenery! Often, couples think going minimal on flowers and decking out a space in lots of greenery is going to be budget friendly, but it’s not. Thick greenery garlands require tons of foliage and labor to achieve that full look. Another blind spot comes with candles. The thought process tends to be, “more candles, less floral.” Though candles are often offered as rentals by floral designers, they don’t come cheap. The majority of venues do not allow open flames, which means candles need to be placed in some kind of holder or container. With that, there are different costs: a candle fee, candleholder rental and delivery, and the setup and cleanup for the candles. Yes, there is a portion of the cost dedicated to cleaning up candles after the wedding— cleaning melted wax and polishing involves labor and time.

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THEIR STORY Mansi Mehta (30 and a clinical psychologist) and Alex Lunka (31 and a construction consultant) got creative when infusing their two cultures into one wedding day. “We honored our families with both a Western-style ceremony and an Indian ceremony,” Alex says. The couple switched things up by asking Mansi’s aunts to walk her down the aisle and offering guests American and Indian meals. “Our guests got adventurous,” Alex says. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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WEDDING PARTY Mansi’s ladies wore green and gold lehengas, which mirrored her second look, while Alex’s buds went dapper in sleek black tuxedos. STATIONERY The couple’s invites echoed the attire, thanks to deep shades of green and gold. Mansi and Alex included a secret weapon in their suite: ceremony programs explaining the different rituals of the Western and Indian services. “Those explanations of the two ceremonies were a big hit,” Alex says.

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CENTERPIECES Tall gold vessels filled with eucalyptus and other greenery topped tables. When it came to décor, the pair purposely kept flowers to a minimum. “We didn’t want to compete with the natural beauty of the farm,” Alex says. “Everything felt elegant without overwhelming the space.” CAKE Mansi surprised Alex by completing the cake with a pic of their two dogs, which sat alongside a sweet spread of gelato and Indian treats. “It’s safe to say our wedding centered around good food,” Mansi says. FASHION After the Indian ceremony, Mansi slipped out of her white gown and into a party-ready green lehenga as well as heirloom jewelry from India, while Alex rocked his classic tux.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, Dexter PHOTOGRAPHY Michaella Jelin-Till/Yellow Bird Visuals PLANNER TwoFoot Creative FLOWERS Parsonage Events GOWNS Western: Anita Dongre, New York City; Indian: Sajda by Suman, Piscataway, NJ TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Leharr Collection, Overland Park, KS; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Ekta Makeup Artist ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Thomas Joseph & Sons STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards: CatePaperCo, Etsy.com; signage: PearlyPaperDesign, Etsy.com; programs: DesignatedDesigner1, Etsy.com; menu stickers: TheNerdCollective, Etsy.com RENTALS Zingerman’s Cornman Farms CATERING Zingerman’s Delicatessen; Rangoli CAKE Zingerman’s Bakehouse DESSERTS Zingerman’s Delicatessen; Rangoli OFFICIANTS Western: Molly Menton (couple’s friend); Indian: Jitendra Sevak MUSIC DJ DC Productions TRANSPORTATION Golden Limousine International HONEYMOON Greece GUESTS 212

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9.14 | GRAND RAPIDS

Lydia + Mikey PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAE STIER PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY For Lydia VanHoven (29 and a graphic designer and copywriter) and Mikey Cook (37 and a railroad communications maintainer), more is more—and that policy lent itself well to their wedding design. “We are both bold, laugh-out-loud-type people,” Lydia says. “It only seemed right to have colors as bright as we are.” Lydia took the pair’s vibrant hues to new heights with hand-painted, custom invites, one of her favorite parts of the day. “I’d been dreaming of my wedding stationery since art school,” she says. — LB

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CENTERPIECES Lydia finished the tables with one of her own home décor staples: mid-century modern lamps. “Mikey and I have a long running joke that I have a problem when it comes to buying vintage lamps,” Lydia says. “And it’s true. We have more lamps than we know what to do with.” SEATING CHART DISPLAY Ever the artist, Lydia took on designing the day’s signage. “The hand-lettered typography captured the quirky, offbeat feel we wanted,” she says.

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Lydia’s squad went wild with their looks. “Bright, bold florals were encouraged,” she says.

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DÉCOR At the beginning of their relationship, Lydia and Mikey connected over a shared love of kitschy, vintage furniture. “We bonded over thrifting and estate sales,” Lydia says. The couple honored their love of old finds by filling The Cheney Place with antique furniture. CAKE Lydia and Mikey took a maximal approach to their desserts, filling the table with seven cakes. The only “mishap?” “Some of the cakes got cut in a weird way, but that just meant bigger pieces,” Lydia says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Cheney Place, Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPHY Mae Stier Photography FLOWERS Eastern Floral GOWN Casablanca Bridal, Becker’s Bridal, Fowler SUIT Calvin Klein, Macy’s; tie: HelloFleurCo., Etsy.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: various; groomsmen: Macy’s HAIR Francie VanHoven Gleason (Lydia’s sister) & Molly MC/Otto + Grand MAKEUP Otto + Grand HEADPIECE Eastern Floral ENGAGEMENT RING SillyShinyDiamonds, Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS Lydia: SillyShinyDiamonds, Etsy.com; Mikey: BellyssaJewelry, Etsy.com STATIONERY Design: LydiaWritesGood.com; printing: Freshly Squeezed Print Shop RENTALS The Cheney Place; Fancy Fray; Gigi & LaClede CATERING Donkey Taqueria CAKE Ginger Bakes CAKE TOPPER Francie VanHoven Gleason OFFICIANT Rev. Christopher Roe/Fountain Street Church MUSIC DJ Adrian “AB” Butler HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS 160 HASHTAG #MikeyAndLydia

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THEIR STORY Naina Gulati (34 and a producer) and Aaron Pomerantz (38 and a video editor) have a knack for mixing old and new with ease. “Aaron and I wanted our wedding to reflect the blend of our cultures,” Naina says. “We wanted traditional but with some modern twists.” Case in point: Aaron entered the baraat in a red convertible. The couple chose Punjabi traditions for their prewedding events, but got creative with a shortened Hindu ceremony and Indian-Western-fusion food at the reception. — LB

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CEREMONY One of the most eye-catching ways Naina and Aaron twisted tradition was with their mandap. “The arch was made out of an organic bark structure,” Naina says. “The amaranthus, garden roses, grasses and greenery helped it blend in with the museum’s grounds.” STATIONERY The pair topped their laser-cut invites with floral accents designed by an artist in New Delhi. FLOWERS Red ginger flowers and Ecuadorian roses added color to the décor.

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FIRST DANCE The most sentimental moment of the day came with the newlyweds’ first dance. “Our song was ‘For Your Precious Love’ by Otis Redding,” Naina says. “We knew this was the song early on—it was the only thing we were 100 percent certain on when wedding planning.” DESSERT The couple got innovative when deciding on their cake—a fun hybrid of two different sweets. “We love macarons, so we chose a macaron tower topped with a buttercream cake,” Naina says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills PHOTOGRAPHY Nathan Johnston/J & N Studios VIDEOGRAPHY Killer Creations Photography & Wedding Cinematography PLANNER Electric Karma International EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Delux Floral GOWNS Ceremony: Sabyasachi Couture; reception: Falguni Shane Peacock, Mumbai, India TUXEDO Ceremony: Rohit Bal; reception: SuitSupply.com HAIR Cool Blue Salon MAKEUP Drake Artistry Collective ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Fairway Diamond Inc STATIONERY PinkLadoo.com RENTALS Delux Floral; Forte Belanger; Great Lakes Tent Co CATERING Forte Belanger; bar: Parties with Class; Taste by Chartwells CAKE Love & Buttercream DESSERTS Forte Belanger; Rangoli OFFICIANT Dr. Ravi Srivastava/Arya Samaj Mississauga MUSIC Mendhi: Genesis Entertainment; sangeet: Desi Junction DJs featuring Dholi Deep; wedding: Bluewater Kings Band MEHNDI ART Ekta Kansara TRANSPORTATION Valet: Star Trax; shuttles: Millennium Limousines Inc. HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 350 HASHTAG #DanceYourPomerantzOff

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10.19 | DETROIT

Ryan + Cameron PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE SPEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Philadelphians Ryan Graham (31 and a dentist) and Cameron Williams (31 and a physician) headed back to Ryan’s hometown of Detroit for their October wedding—and took design inspiration from fall in the Motor City. “Detroit is beautiful in the fall,” Ryan says. “Our theme came from the changing of the seasons, and the burgundy color palette really made it feel seasonal.” Romantic shades of red popped on many of the day’s details, from the blooms on the boxwood backdrop to the cake. The pair also paid tribute to Detroit’s roots— and got guests grooving— with old-school Motown during cocktail hour. — LB

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CENTERPIECES In keeping with the autumnal vibe, Ryan and Cameron skipped flowers on many of the tables. Instead, the couple completed the décor with a textured mix of greenery, pepperberry, salal and moss, alongside elegant floating candles. STATIONERY Ryan channeled her love of metallics into the pair’s invites, which featured rose gold foil and a wax seal. “Foil printing allowed us to incorporate our colors into the stationery without overdoing it,” Ryan says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Waterview Loft at Port Detroit, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Jesse Speelman Photography EVENT COORDINATION Anna Margosian/Waterview Loft at Port Detroit; rehearsal & ceremony coordinator: BE and Company EVENT & FLORAL DESIGNER Emerald City Designs GOWN Enaura Bridal, Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown, PA TUXEDO Enzo Custom, Philadelphia; bow tie: Tom Ford; pocket square: Bloomingdale’s; cuff links: Montblanc WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids; groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank HAIR The Beauty Extraordinaire MAKEUP LUX Makeup Studio VEIL Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe ENGAGEMENT RING Jared the Galleria of Jewelry WEDDING RINGS David Yurman; Jared the Galleria of Jewelry STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS Emerald City Designs CATERING Waterview Loft at Port Detroit CAKE Sweet Heather Anne CAKE TOPPER ThePinkOwlDesigns, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Pastor Harold Cadwell MUSIC Pro DJ Services PHOTO BOOTH Pro DJ Services FAVORS StoneHouseOven, Etsy.com WELCOME BAGS Better Made chips; Hangover kit, Amazon.com; Sanders Chocolate TRANSPORTATION Dream Limousines, Inc. HONEYMOON Bali GUESTS 165 HASHTAG #CamAndRyanJumpTheBroom

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Megan + Molly PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY CARROLL PHOTOGRAPHY

THINK PINK Originally, Megan wasn’t quite sure what color to wear— until Molly asked, “Why not pink?” In the end, “It was a bold choice,” Megan says, “and we’re so glad we made it.”

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THEIR STORY Megan Persons (30 and a K-12 administrator) and Molly Ketchum (39 and a strategic account manager) planned their wedding as they live their days: with intention. After Megan proposed with a sustainable ring from the woman-owned Rosados Box, the pair planned a celebration that represented their values. “We chose The Lit because it was a meeting place for women to discuss social justice,” Megan says. At the ceremony, the couple not only exchanged vows with each other, but also with their son, Chance. — LB

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Lit, Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Carroll Photography VIDEOGRAPHY AW Film and Photo PLANNER Brandi Maly (friend) DAY-OF COORDINATORS Danica DeWaha; Lauren Becker-Barkman (friend) FLOWERS Native Floral Group; Stems Market GOWN Ali Nicole Bridal, Grand Rapids SUIT Express; shirt: Amazon.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Inspire Beauty MAKEUP Salon Re ENGAGEMENT RING Rosados Box WEDDING RINGS Craft-Revival Jewelers STATIONERY DIY; printing: Office Depot RENTALS The Lit CATERING Ryke’s Bakery, Catering, and Cafe; Tap-A-Few Bartending Services, LLC DOUGHNUTS Ryke’s Bakery, Catering, and Cafe OFFICIANT Sarah Ketchum (Molly’s sister) MUSIC DJ Composition DRAG PERFORMANCE La Reine Divine (Marcus Johns) FAVORS CardsofWood.com TRANSPORTATION GR Beer Trolley HONEYMOON Mexico; Familymoon: Universal Studios, Florida GUESTS 200 HASHTAGS #SheIsMyPersons #WhatAKetch #LezGetLit

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8.31 | WATERVLIET

Jessi + Geoff PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR FORD PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Considering Jessi LeDonne (31 and a designer) and Geoff Serednesky (35 and a consultant) first connected at a frisbee tournament, it only made sense that their wedding be just as adventurous as their meet-cute. The couple invited loved ones to Ronora Lodge & Retreat Center for a rustic party complete with a bonfire, barbecue bites and rounds of poker. At their vows, Jessi and Geoff marked the beginning of their marriage by raising a flag reading “Camp Geoff and Jessi” up the campsite’s historic flagpole. — LB

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HOME SWEET HOME Jessi and Geoff skipped a wedding party and, instead, assigned each cabin its very own “camp counselor,” who ran point on their campers’ logistics—whistles included. CENTERPIECES The couple topped tables with vintage thermoses and cheerful sunflowers. PLAY TIME Jessi, Geoff and their guests got competitive with basketball and frisbee, as well as swimming and paddleboarding in Lake Sherwood, but also embraced their inner Zen with morning yoga.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Ronora Lodge & Retreat Center, Watervliet PHOTOGRAPHY Taylor Ford Photography FLOWERS Weronika Bobula GOWN BCBGMAXAZRIA; handkerchief: Lonesome Traveler SUIT Hugo Boss; tie: Lonesome Traveler HAIR Weronika Bobula ENGAGEMENT RING Diamond: James Allen; design: Sean Rawley; M&M Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Jessi: NYFineJewelry, Etsy.com; Geoff: ClassicTitanium, Etsy.com STATIONERY DIY RENTALS Taylor Rental Party Plus of Michigan CATERING Larks Bar-B-Que PIES Grand Traverse Pie Company OFFICIANT Sam Shamansky (Geoff’s stepdad) MUSIC DJ Ruby Des Jardins/Birds and B-sides TAROT CARD READING Clairvoyant Maryesah FAVORS Amazon.com HONEYMOON Bali & Taipei GUESTS 150

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8.3 | DETROIT

Alice + Matt PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIDNEY BISCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Alice Kurimura (25 and a registered nurse) and Matt Szink’s (27 and a project manager and design engineer) romance began in an unexpected place: Twitter. After Matt shouted Alice out on an account dedicated to Michigan State crushes, the couple eventually bonded over Chipotle. Years later, the two decided to tie the knot in Detroit, another fave spot. As has become their style, the pair juxtaposed unexpected modern touches, like a paper flower arch and skyline backdrop, with tradition, including a sake ceremony. — LB

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Madison, Detroit RECEPTION SITE Madison Rooftop, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Sidney Bischer Photography EVENT DESIGNER Modernly Events FLOWERS Willa Rose Floral GOWN BHLDN, Chicago SUIT The Black Tux, Nordstrom; bow tie; TheBelleAndTheBeau, Etsy.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Aesthetic Hair Co MAKEUP Primp Beauty VEIL Amazon.com ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tilla Abel, Miner’s Den Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards: Modernly Events; menus: Plume & Proper RENTALS Event Source Detroit; La Tavola CATERING Two Unique Catering CAKE For the Love of Sugar OFFICIANT Rick Szink (Matt’s father) MUSIC Detroit DJ Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Detroit DJ Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Royal Oak TRANSPORTATION Top Limousine Service HONEYMOON Mexico GUESTS 125 HASHTAG #ForeverInSzink

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Carly + John PHOTOGRAPHY BY NORTHERN NATIVE PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Much of Carly Huizenga (29 and a graphic designer) and John Luterbach’s (27 and a health care consultant) journey has unfolded on Lake Michigan, including John’s proposal. “As we were looking for turtles, John yelled that he’d found one,” Carly says. “He was on one knee with the sweetest turtle ring box.” It was only fitting for the couple’s wedding to take place lakeside (no chairs or aisle necessary), and to complete the vintage-inspired invites with old-school illustrations of beachgoers and ocean scenes—turtles included. — LB

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OUTFIT CHANGE After the ceremony, Carly traded her gown for a party-ready sequined dress and her favorite pair of comfy Converse. “I needed something comfortable to dance in,” she says. CHEESE PLEASE A friend set up a cheese spread for the couple’s cocktail hour, which the newlyweds followed with a casual dinner of veggies, brats and grilled chicken. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Partygoers sipped mai tais, wine and a few of Carly and John’s fave beers, including PBR.

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WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION WHEN DESIGNING FOR COUPLES? I like to ask couples how they first met, what they enjoy doing together and what brings them the most joy. I also like to ask them what they want their wedding to feel like, and not just with colors or theme, but the overall vibe they’re going for. I love to incorporate the details that make them unique as a couple. There’s nothing better than a suite that’s bursting with so much personality that your guests just know it was designed for you.

HOW CAN COUPLES HELP YOU PERSONALIZE THEIR SUITE’S DESIGN? It’s important for me to know how you want your guests to feel. Do you want them to be relaxed like they’re at an intimate dinner party? Do you prefer for them to be wowed like they’re attending a beautiful gala? I also love to see photos of the venue and the flowers. Those two details can really set the tone for the whole event.

ARE THERE ANY EASY WAYS FOR COUPLES TO MAKE THEIR INVITES THEIR OWN? My favorite way to add personality to a suite—other than liners, stamps or artwork—is to play with unique shapes. Die-cut cards are underutilized and add so much personality to the paper goods. If you don’t want to spend too much on die-cut, think outside the box with standard shapes. If your paper is a square, turn it on its side and voilà! It’s a diamond.

LOOKING AHEAD, WHAT STATIONERY TRENDS ARE YOU PREDICTING NEXT YEAR? I think couples are going to be bolder with their designs. 2019 was the year of refined, muted palettes in blush and dusty-blue tones. I think couples will be more confident in their aesthetics and push the boundaries. My favorite suites have come from those couples who’ve let me scootch them out of their comfort zones to create something unique.

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Northern Michigan is rich with nature, which can influence the color palette of an invite.

Kristin loves designing with soft blues and greens in honor of NoMi’s coastal location.

Express some of your High Five state pride with a Michigan-shaped die-cut card.

Custom illustrations of your venue or the surrounding landscape can serve as a one-of-a-kind nod to NoMi.

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OUR PRO Kristin Hussey, owner and lead designer of Sable & Gray, a custom stationery studio in Leland, Michigan

Oh, USPS—the struggle is real. Before you order your stamps or pop your invitations in the mail, be sure to weigh your suite at the local post office. While you’re there, ask if they have hand canceling, which means they’ll mark each postage stamp instead of putting them through a machine, which could possibly damage your paper goods. If you don’t get the answer you’re looking for, head to another post office.

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THEIR STORY Though some might consider Friday the 13th bad luck, Alex Fisher (28 and a senior events manager and producer) and Dave Knoph (34 and a creative director) play by their own rules—and that’s why they chose it for their wedding date. “It was a celebration that felt uniquely us,” Alex says. “If we were to give it a name, we’d just call it Dave and Al.” Dave designed the stationery, customized signage welcomed guests and, of course, the pair wrote their own silly meets serious vows. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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FAMILY CIRCLE The couple skipped a traditional wedding party, instead asking friends and family to wear whatever they wanted as they walked them down the aisle and took seats in the front row. “Everyone looked fabulous,” Alex says. FRIENDLY REMINDER Alex and Dave got creative with paper letters, including hanging a witty message above the handkerchief favors. “We acquired a lot of paper signage for the event,” Alex says. “Our décor was interesting.”

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JUST DESSERTS Alex and Dave switched up their sweets by offering guests a sundae bar stocked with Ray’s Ice Cream, a childhood favorite of Dave’s dad. Coincidentally, the couple bonded over a shared love of ice cream when they first met. “I knew I’d marry him when he came back from the local ice cream shop with a pint of every flavor,” Alex says. IT’S LIT A neon sign illuminated papier-mache versions of Alex and Dave. “There was a quirky, DIY vibe,” Alex says.

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CENTERPIECES Alex and Dave chose orchids for their centerpieces because the pair buy the blooms at a farmer’s market each week.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Sojourn Lakeside Resort, Gaylord PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Cox Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Becca Neblock FLOWERS Brookside Orchids GOWN Ceremony: Amanda James Bridal, Los Angeles; reception: Nordstrom; jacket: Jill Stuart, BHLDN SUIT Tailors’ Keep, San Francisco; tie & pocket square: Brunello Cucinelli WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various; pup suit: CoolDudsforHotDogs, Etsy.com HAIR Hannah Price Beauty MAKEUP Erick Gerson ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Alexis Russell STATIONERY Invitations: DIY; escort cards: ModCreativeDesign, Etsy.com; menus: FieldingMilligan, Etsy.com; posters: WideEyesPaperCo., Etsy.com; signage: FunCult, Etsy.com CATERING Catering by Kelly’s DESSERTS Achatz Handmade Pies; Ray’s Ice Cream OFFICIANT James Nussbaum (couple’s friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Hannah Glass; cocktail hour: Joshua Powell; dinner: Elizabeth Moen; reception: Laura Burke OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Custom look-alike piñatas: ThePinataBuilder, Etsy.com; custom Smashing Pumpkins music boxes: Miium, Etsy.com FAVORS Flower vases: West Elm; door hangers: RaspberryCreative, Etsy.com HONEYMOON California GUESTS 85 HASHTAG #KnophWait

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Infuse your signature cocktail with symbolic ingredients, like Scandinavian lingonberries.

HAPPY HOUR Your cocktail space deserves love too. Here, chic seating and patterned linens set a festive scene.

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Delight guests with a treat that leads them to their seats, like these stunning floral-topped cookies.

S W E E T S E AT Calling all dessert lovers: Play up your sweet tooth with mini cakes at each place. Clockwise from left: Furniture rentals, EventRents.com; linens, LaTavolaLinen.com; paper goods, SweetZionPaperie.com; cookies, SweetFleur.org; florals, PremaStyle.com

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Your invites are the first look guests have into your wedding style, so let them shine. Here, muted tones and classic Swedish florals make for a stylish and thematic suite.

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TO W E R I N G T R E AT Your cake is a great place to lend a cultural touch, like this kransekake, a cookie tower typically stacked atop a champagne bottle for the couple to drink during the reception.

Smilax vine and sweet blue tweedia flowers tie the cake into the bouquet.

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C LO U D O F B U D S Draw the eye up with sprawling florals. This bright arrangement features dahlias, anemones and more.

BLUE BUNDLE This bouquet of blue tweedia boasts a hidden meaning: peace and harmony. Very Scandi, no?

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Carry similar patterns throughout your event (like bitsy blue florals) for a cohesive look.

A retro Airstream trailer adds to the ski town aesthetic—and can double as a photo booth for guests.

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COLOR IS IN— AND BOLDER THAN EVER. U P G R A D E YO U R D AY W I T H THESE FRESH PA L E T T E S . B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O

FALL modern moody

Saying “I Do” in autumn is all about embracing the dramatic atmosphere of the season, so concentrate on working with colors that pack on the saturation. Traditional fall shades like inky navy blue and rich burgundy get a very 2020 upgrade with help from of-the-momenthues like coral, mauve and fiery orange. HOW TO USE IT When working with a palette as unexpected as this one, it’s only right to keep the surprises coming. Instead of focusing all the color attention on your tabletops, why not turn to your florals to bring that wow-factor? Painted or dyed botanicals like baby’s breath, feather ferns and dried blooms are a great way to add a dose of unexpected (and other-worldly) color. From there, you can complement the look with a modern mix of signage or paper goods printed on colored paper, a bold menu and seasonal sips.

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WINTER icy pastels

There’s no better way to embrace the snowy nature of (most) winter climates than to add a subtle layer of “frost” over all your favorite pastel shades. Slightly whitewashed hues like pale blue and soft lavender still feel lively while not seeming completely out of place for the season. The best part? This pretty palette helps to keep your celebration from skewing too “holiday,” which can often be a struggle in winter. HOW TO USE IT Good news: You’ll be able to find tons of florals in these shades, even during the depths of winter, so that’s a great jumping off point for your palette. From there, layer on extras like table linens, bridal party attire and more to help set the scene. Just keep in mind: You’ll want any fabrics and or textures to uphold a seasonal feel, so opt for heavier-weight materials like wool and velvet over lighter options like silk. WHY IT WORKS

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SPRING natural retro

This unique combo marries the best of mid-century design with a modern feel totally fit for any of-the-moment celebration. Think of this palette as neutrals-but-better— calming shades like nude and olive green set the foundation for more zesty picks like mustard yellow, coral and soft mint. The end result? A look perfect for a boho, nature-inspired spring soiree. HOW TO USE IT These shades beg to be mixed and matched, so start by decking out your wedding party in looks that range in color, texture and saturation. From there, set the scene at your reception with funky lounge furniture and interesting tablescapes. Don’t shy away from embracing the retro feel of this palette—you’ll be able to find tons of cool couches, chairs and even rugs in shades perfect for your party. Then, bring everything together with an eclectic mix of buds.

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SUMMER posh palm springs

West Coast is the best coast—at least when it comes to summer wedding palettes. For a bright and cheery warm-weather bash, look no further than the citrus-inspired shades of colorful Palm Springs. A range of orange, yellow and fuchsia will practically create the party atmosphere for you—plus they’ll all pop amazingly in your photos. HOW TO USE IT When you’re going this bright with your palette, more is more. Look to create photo-ready installations, like paper lanterns or a standout floral wall that doubles as a photo booth backdrop. You can also have some cheeky fun with oranges in this palette by incorporating the real-deal fruit into your decor. Think: blood oranges slices used as a table runner, clementines in your salad appetizer and even orange-blossom buttercream on your cake. WHY IT WORKS

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BEAUTIFUL DAY PLANNING The Michigan planner shares what trends are inspiring her, plus her advice for to-be-weds. SANAZ PHOTOGRAPHY/SANAZ RIGGIO

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Jennie Wiegand is the owner of Beautiful Day Planning based in metro Detroit. Together with her team, she aims to create on-budget and stress-free events for her clients.

The best way to work within budget is to put more money toward items that are important to you as a couple. For example, if you’re super into music, set aside funds for a great band.

Consider including the cost of a day-of coordinator or full planner in your budget. It’s basically an insurance policy that your wedding will be stress-free and smooth.

We’re excited to see couples throwing personalized weddings that don’t conform to tradition. Guests feel like they’re immersed in the day, rather than at just another party.

A custom monogram is a great way to personalize your day—it can be used on all your stationery and paper products, on decor throughout your day and even after the wedding ends.

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Stray from a sweet pink palette and let your bouquet wrap double as your “something blue.”

For an undone bunch made for a winding vineyard, ask your florist to focus on a loose shape and soft, pastel colors. Here, fluttery pink lisianthus and light purple clematis are paired with roses, white campanulas and sprigs of wispy greenery and vines. BOUQU ET BY P OPPIE S AND P OS IE S , P OPPIE SANDP OS IE S .COM

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Add dimension to a bouquet with sprawling feather ferns and curly garlic scapes.

An edgy venue calls for a textural, standout arrangement that will hold its own against an industrial backdrop. A monochromatic bundle of protea, anthurium and quince fruit, tied with a chic leather ribbon, is the perfect accompaniment for a decidedly modern fete. BOUQUET BY L’ATELIER ROUG E , L ATELIERROUG E .COM

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Channel the islands with a bright, energetic arrangement. Tropical picks, like ti leaves, pink anthurium and orchids, team with classic favorites ranunculus and garden roses for an accessible combo. Pink, peach, green and orange hues keep the palette playful.

Orchids are sturdy enough to stand up to warmer temps.

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A moody mix of blooms is ideal for a nature-infused celebration. Burgundy peonies, scabiosa and cosmos create a dramatic feel, while jasmine vines, blackberries and roses bring airiness to the composition. Velvet ribbon and hanging amaranthus give a pretty, cascading look. BOUQUET BY TIN CAN S TUDIOS , TINCAN S TU DIOS B K .COM

See if your florist can forage near your venue for local stems to include in your bouquet

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t’s no secret that wedding food can sometimes feel a little one-note. But if the two of you are

big foodies and looking to create a memorable meal for yourselves and your guests, “good enough” just isn’t going to cut it. While any meal cooked up by a pro catering team is bound to be delicious, you shouldn’t feel, ahem, married to the traditional (and, typically, expected) steak, fish and chicken way of doing things. Instead, use your wedding day menu as means of illustrating the ins and outs of your truly unique love story, with a meal packed with foods that unite your cultures, harken back to your first date or make you feel like you’re at Grandma’s dinner table.

REAL EATS DIANE + JJ

Grilled sirloin with harissa and chimichurri sauces

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FIND THE RIGHT TEAM Once you’ve settled on your perfect menu, it’s time to find your dream team. If you’ve already chosen a venue that has an in-house catering staff, make an appointment to sit down with the team and talk through your vision. Remember, just because what you’re asking for isn’t “typical” of their client offerings, doesn’t mean they can’t make it happen. Just be prepared to compromise if necessary— there’s a chance your unique asks may up the cost per person from what you were originally quoted, or they may only be able to fulfill a few of your culinary wishes. If you’re hosting your day at a

MARY + YANI

Spam musubi and handheld ahi tuna poke

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venue that requires you bring in your own catering team, then you’re in luck— this is going to make it easier for you to handpick the crew that can best execute your menu. Our advice? Let your pro do what they do best. Just because you fall in love with the drool-worthy Instagram feed of a local barbecue team, doesn’t mean they’re the right people to pull off your Italian-meets-Asian menu. When in doubt, hire a team within the culinary culture of your choosing—not only will that guarantee you’ll get delicious eats, but you’ll know that there will be less of a risk for day-of surprises that could derail your whole dinner.

Fried cheesecake bites with pistachio ice cream

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First up is the fun part—daydreaming! When it comes to the big meal, the possibilities are endless, so cast a wide net when gathering inspiration for your menu. For a personalized dinner, think of ways you can tell your story through food (you can explain the deets on your paper menus!). Are you and your partner from two different cultural backgrounds? Serve up traditional eats from both sides for a fusion menu that will have guests feeling like they just hopped on a plane to a different world. If a love for cooking runs in your family, consider compiling a few signature recipes (like Aunt Mary’s mac and cheese or Mom’s chicken tikka masala) and using those as a jumping off point for the day’s spread—most catering teams are willing to adapt a family recipe if you just ask. Or, design a menu that calls to mind your first date at that holein-the-wall taco joint or a memorable trip you took to Italy for your anniversary. Whatever the inspiration, a meal deeply ingrained in your couple history is sure to be a big hit with the hearts—and the stomachs—of your friends and family.

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Traditionally, most wedding meals are served one of three ways—buffet style, where guests get up and serve themselves; family style, where platters of food are placed on each table and passed around like at a dinner party; and plated, where waitstaff will place an individual plate in front of each guest. As you can imagine, all of these options ring in at different price points—but they also boast different vibes too. Once you’ve booked your team and have a general idea of what you’ll be serving, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving. A casual Tex-Mex menu of tacos, guac and street corn may not necessarily jive with a whiteglove plated dinner, so consider mixing up the service style to better complement the overall feel of your menu. From food stations to a slew of roaming servers, the right combo can take your meal to the next level.

Chances are, you’ve already put a bit of thought into how your reception tables will look—after all, they’ll be the design focal point of your event and are a great way to contribute to the overall energy of your day. If budget allows, think beyond basic linens and white dishware, and explore some truly unique rental options to help your menu come alive. Ask your catering pros to weigh in on what color plates will make your main meal pop, or complement your traditional cultural dinner with accessories suited to that style (think: handmade Moroccan lamps and bespoke napkins to pair with your Middle Eastern menu). One more important thing to note? Specialty plates and utensils! If you’re having an out-ofthe-box meal, chances are your typical place setting won’t suffice. Be sure to rent things like chopsticks, seafood forks, bamboo steamers or whatever else you may need to ensure your dining experience is complete.

At this point, you’ve put a lot of love and care into crafting a menu that feels unique to you and your partner—so you obviously want guests to notice, right? That’s where your paper goods come in. When designing day-of items like your menus or cocktail hour food cards, it’s important to take the time to explain the backstory behind some of your yummy selections. If you’re opting for a seated meal, consider creating a little booklet to walk guests through your love story and what each dish means to you as a couple or to your families’ cultures (this is especially important if the majority of guests will be eating dishes unfamiliar to them). Or, if you’re serving up a lot of family-favorite dishes, include a few of the best recipes in the welcome bags for the weekend so guests can re-create their favorites at home. Whatever you choose, letting guests in on the fun story behind your menu will help tie the whole occasion together seamlessly.

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Korean barbecue spare ribs with coconut rice

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Mangú, roasted pork and fried cheese

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Mini ham sandwiches with fresno pepper jelly

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AWKWARD QUESTION: DO I TIP MY VENDORS? WHO? HOW? HELP!

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MY WEDDING PARTY HAS BEEN SUPER PICKY ABOUT OUTFITS, AND THEY’RE NOT INTO ANYTHING I LIKE. HOW CAN I PLEASE EVERYONE?

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Okay, we got this, but remember: You can’t please everyone! I know, I know, groundbreaking stuff here, but if there’s ever a day on which this sentiment should be remembered, it’s your wedding day. You and your partner’s style and preferences should reign supreme for your event. Does that mean you need to rule with an iron fist? Um, no. Instead, think of ways you can compromise with your wedding party without abandoning your vision. Try giving your besties a color swatch and a few rules (aka no sparkle), and let them go wild (subject to veto!).

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Nothing awkward here, friend. You’re talking to someone who blacks out every time they’re asked to do simple math, so I get it. Who you tip (and what you tip) depends on the vendor in question. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Caterers, beauty pros, transportation pros and DJs should all get 15 to 20 percent of the total bill amount for their services. If you’re hiring servers, tip them around $20 each (or more), and same goes for musicians. Some pros don’t expect or require tips at all (floral designers, event planners and photographers, for example). When in doubt, head over to our site—TheKnot.com has your back with an extensive tip list.

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I’m sorry you’re in the position of worrying about this. The best thing you can do here is overcommunicate, even when it’s hard. Remind your parents that it’s your day—not theirs—so a peace treaty is necessary. Talk logistics and comfort levels. Can they sit next to each other at the ceremony? What about posing for family photos? Be considerate of their feelings, but not at the expense of your own.

I THINK MY PRO IS GHOSTING ME. WHAT DO I DO? Okay, okay. Before you send off that fiery email, let’s keep one thing in mind: Things happen, and depending on your timeline, your pro might have other clients who are getting married sooner and are getting their attention. If the amount of time is absolutely unreasonable (think: weeks with NO response to emails or calls, but meanwhile they’re still active on Insta), it’s time to check out your contract and begin considering your options. After all, you’re paying your vendors—get your money’s worth.

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MY FAMILY IS UNSUPPORTIVE OF MY PARTNER AND ME. CAN WE PLAN A WEDDING WITHOUT THEM? SHOULD WE EVEN INVITE THEM?

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WE MET ONLINE, BUT OUR FAM DOESN’T KNOW—AND WE’RE NOT SURE IF OUR WEDDING IS THE TIME OR PLACE FOR US TO GET OUTED. WHAT DO WE DO? You legend, you. I think you first need to ask yourself why exactly you wouldn’t want your family to know that you met via swipe, spark, tap, woof or whatever else I may or may not have done to find love on an app. At this point, you’re probably in the clear—you’re about to seal the deal! If you’re really nervous, give anyone toasting you a heads up, but I say you be honest and tell the story of your appily ever after.

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Uh, I get it—thinking about bills makes me want to cry. Budgets are stressful, but money needs to be something you can discuss openly with your partner. Consider this talk a little practice for your financial future. Bring up your wedding spend in a way that doesn’t feel accusatory, set boundaries (no raised voices, no low blows, etc.) and work together to come up with a list of priorities—costs included.

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HOW MANY SPEECHES OR TOASTS IS TOO MANY? I’m a sucker for a good toast, but even I can agree there’s such a thing as too many. You don’t want to keep guests from mingling and dancing just to hear the whole wedding party wax poetic about your love. I say you choose a rep from each side (typically an MOH and a best man, but gender is made up, my loves) and allow for parents to toast at their discretion. Somewhere around four to five short (think: around six minutes) toasts feels just fine to me. From there, get the party started.

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NEITHER OF US WANTS TO WRITE OUR OWN VOWS, BUT WE WANT OUR CEREMONY TO FEEL PERSONAL. ANY IDEAS?

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You’d be shocked by how many people have this same issue. Writer’s block can be a beast, and some of us just aren’t cut out for public declarations of love. Whatever your reason, you could replace traditional vows by reciting a poem you both love, repeating the lyrics to a song that means a lot to you, or taking part in a personalized unity ceremony. (My fave I’ve seen: a guac-making ceremony. *Drools.*)

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MY ____________ IS CONTROLLING AND WANTS A SAY IN EVERY DECISION. HOW DO I MAKE SURE THIS WEDDING ISN’T THEIR “I DO” TAKE TWO? I’m #TeamCompromise, but to a point. Is this person dictating major choices and expressing disapproval for the details too? Is this turning into a wedding you don’t even recognize? Hard stop. Form a united front with your s/o and talk to this person about the importance of your vision. If they have a financial stake in the game, you might need to make some tough compromises—prioritize accordingly.

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

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At a 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! — A N D I E 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. — C O L E T T E DANCING QUEEN (AND KING)

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

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At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception, plus a stand-alone 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.

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My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select several 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 their officiant, who wanted to create a sense of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. — M A N A L THE NEW WEDDING MARCH

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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. — A N D R E A

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! — S A M A N T H A

SOMETHING BORROWED

At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the fatherdaughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the

DANCING GENTS

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).

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. — A N D Y LITTLE MONSTERS

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-andleather-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! — S H E R R Y STEAMY SIPS

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

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At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. — M A T T G U E S T S O N PA R A D E

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! – S T E P H

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an eight-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. — E S T H E R

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PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity, platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. While it is the most expensive of the metals, when platinum scratches, there’s very little metal lost, so your ring will withstand years of wear. Also, since it’s a pure white metal, it won’t cast any tint onto your center stone.

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WHITE GOLD Yellow gold is turned into white gold when the surface is plated with rhodium (a white metal). If you want the look of a white metal setting but don’t want to splurge on platinum, white gold is a budget-friendly choice. Though it has a similar resemblance to platinum, it’s more widely available and, therefore, less expensive. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return the ring to its original yellow color.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE GET THE DEETS ON WHAT THE HOTTEST PREWEDDING BEAUTY TREATMENTS REALLY HAVE IN STORE. BY SHELLEY BROWN

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A S A B E A U T Y E D I T O R A T T H E K N O T, I'll try anything once. Sometimes this is a super perk (hello, fancy facials). Sometimes it’s risky, like the time I went in for trendy highlights and came out a peroxide blonde. For better or for worse, I’ve tested (almost) every buzzy beauty option out there. Here’s the scoop on some of the most popular prewedding treatments, so you can decide what to splurge on—and what to skip.

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W H A T I T I S If you have naturally thin or uneven brows or were an over-plucker like so many of us in the early aughts, this corrective brow treatment could be for you. A more sophisticated take on permanent makeup, microblading is a form of tattooing where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. The result is a series of naturallooking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S If there’s one big takeaway here, it’s that timing is especially important. Microblading is a process, not a quick fix. I recommend scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding date. After my initial microblading appointment at Better Brows & Beauty (BetterBrowsNYC.com) in New York City, I had to keep my brows totally dry for a full week while scabs formed—no easy feat if you’re into consistent exercise or showers. Once my scabs fell off, it took another couple of weeks before I could go in for touch ups to perfect the look. While it was a time commitment, it was also a game changer. I've shaved minutes off my morning makeup routine and I never worry about smudging or sweating off my brows anymore. I also feel comfortable without makeup because my face is more symmetrical now—no more cringing at glaring bald patches whenever I catch myself in the mirror.

LASH LIFT W H A T I T I S Swap falsies, extensions and even mascara for this quick curling and darkening 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 tinted (usually with a vegetable dye). It 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. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Think of this as a substitute for a kick-ass mascara. It dramatically boosts what’s already there but won’t weigh down your lashes or come unglued, as can be the case with falsies and extensions. It also addresses a variety of lash woes (think: straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward or unruly lashes that stick out in different directions). My lash lift at Glo Skin & Laser in New York City (GloSpaNY.com) only took half an hour, and my annoyingly thick but straight lashes looked amazing for weeks—like, people on the street commenting on how good they looked, good. You should schedule your lash lift a week or so before your wedding in case you have a reaction to the lash dye or curling solution. I had to give up my favorite oil-based cleanser afterward (oil-based products reverse the effects of the treatment) but it was a small price to pay for gorgeous lashes I couldn’t cry or rub off.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL W H A T I T I S If you’ve been hitting the wine or salty snacks to combat wedding planning stress, you could find yourself dealing with a puffy face all of the contouring in the world can’t fix. Enter: your new BFF, the lymphatic drainage facial. A jade roller on steroids, this combination of various massage techniques (including gua sha, acupressure points, and manual lymphatic drainage massage) reduces inflammation by draining excess water and toxins trapped beneath the skin. The result? A contoured face and jawline, lifted and toned cheekbones and a brighter and clearer complexion overall. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Extra-dirty martinis are my guilty pleasure, so I’m no stranger to facial puffiness. I booked a lymphatic drainage facial with celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong (CeciliaWongSkincare .com) right around the holidays, when the martinis were flowing and the bloat was real. While part of the treatment was slightly uncomfortable (the massage portion of the facial requires pretty firm pressure to work), my face was noticeably firmer afterwards, especially around my jawline and cheekbones. If you can swing it, book a series of six treatments leading up to your wedding to look your most contoured. Schedule your last one a week or so before your day for a taut complexion that’s extra camera-ready.

W H A T I T I S Microneedling (also called collagen induction therapy if you're fancy) involves a mechanized device that repeatedly punctures the skin with tiny, sterile needles. The treatment creates microscopic "damage" in the skin, which activates your body's wound-healing processes and revs up collagen production. Without getting too technical, an increase in healthy skin cells and collagen can reduce fine lines, scars and hyperpigmentation. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I didn’t know exactly what to expect from my microneedling session at Better Brows & Beauty, but it was surprisingly painless. Since I was numbed beforehand, the process felt like using a gritty face scrub. However, there's no

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sugarcoating it: Immediately after microneedling, I looked rough. My face was blotchy, bright red and swollen. (You know that scene in Sex and the City where Samantha shows up to Carrie's book party looking like beef carpaccio? It was kind of like that.) Despite the initial shock of how I looked after, there was virtually no downtime—I even wore makeup the next day without any residual irritation. My skin started to peel about four days after my appointment, but was back to normal within a week. In the weeks following my microneedling treatment, there was a remarkable improvement in my skin. The treatment faded the hyperpigmentation on my top lip, my overall complexion was smoother and my pores even seemed smaller. Coworkers commented I look "refreshed" and a friend even asked what I'd done to amp up my skincare routine. Bottom line: Whether you want to correct severe skin issues in the months leading up to your wedding or just boost your glow with a one-and-done approach, this is one Instagram trend worth investing in.

W H A T I T I S There’s no shortage of peels out there, but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System (SkinCeuticals.com) is especially potent. Applied in layers, this higher concentration of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid deeply penetrates the skin in just 30 minutes, stimulating collagen and solving a myriad of skin issues like fine lines, acne, discoloration and scarring. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I’ve done tons of at-home peels but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System was the real deal. After the first layer of chemicals was applied, I could only feel a slight tingling, but once the second and then third layer kicked in, the stinging was squirming-in-my-chair levels of intense. Afterwards, my skin was bright red and felt hot to the touch. In the week that followed, my entire face peeled off in large sheets (lovely visual, I know). While you can wear makeup immediately after, I decided to forgo the cover-up and let my skin slough off without any poreclogging interference. Within 10 days, all the dead skin peeled off to reveal a much dewier complexion, but I was disappointed to discover my sun spots and fine lines remained intact. My results weren’t as dramatic as I expected, so if you’re looking to totally overhaul your skin, plan to get a few peels in the months leading up to your day. Give yourself at least two weeks between treatments to bounce back, especially if you have sensitive skin.

BOTULINUM TOXIN W H A T I T I S Commonly referred to as Botox (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, it blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S While it’s easy to find injectables these days, it’s still important to go to an experienced professional (plastic surgeons and dermatologists tend to be best) who can inject you safely. I did my research and went to celebrity dermatologist Lisa Airan in New York City (DrLisaAiran.com). I was a little

nervous about sticking needles in my face, but she worked as quickly and as painlessly as possible while injecting my forehead and crow’s feet, which helped to put my mind at ease. Botox takes about three days to kick in, and I didn’t feel the full effects for about a week. After that, I noticed I had less movement in my forehead, my fine lines had disappeared and my brows even appeared slightly lifted. I looked, in a word, younger. The results lasted for three months. If you go under the needle before your “I dos,” make sure you still have some movement in your face— otherwise, you could end up looking emotionless in photos.

DERMAL FILLER W H A T I T I S Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some popular ones are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. Once injected into the face, filler (hyaluronic acid is the most popular kind) sits under the skin, plumping up hollow areas and smoothing wrinkles. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S This is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is effective. While luscious lips have never been on my wish list, the areas under my eyes have always been hollow, making me look permanently tired. The big downside to this particular issue is that no eye cream can fix it, so I took the plunge and got my under eyes injected with filler by Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a plastic surgeon in New York City (FacialArtistryMD.com). It was pretty painful (the skin around your eyes is very sensitive) and I was bruised and swollen at the injection sites for a week. But after the swelling went down, my results were nothing short of amazing. I looked instantly well-rested. The only drawback? Filler lasts for just six months, so the gorgeous effects were only temporary. Pro tip: Get filler around four months before your day so you won’t look less refreshed at your prewedding events.

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VEILS,

unveiled DISCOVER THE PRETTIEST STYLES, FROM THE MORE TRADITIONAL TO THE N E W A N D T R E N DY.

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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.

A birdcage veil gives off serious retro-glam vibes

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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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Finger tip

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

Juliet Cap

Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, old-world 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. P A I R I T W I T H It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintageinspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extrasweet effect.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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 appliqués or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up.

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A chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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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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. P A I R I T W I T H This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

Channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

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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-a-half 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. P A I R I T W I T H The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most overthe-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 cathedralor semi-cathedral-length train.

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Your veil should complement your gown. If your dress has a lot of detail like beading, go for a simple style. If your dress is understated, you can have some fun with a statement veil.

If you’re opting for a dramatic cathedrallength veil, it’s best for it to extend beyond the train of your dress. That way the edge of the veil won’t visually compete with your dress.

Your veil shouldn’t determine your wedding hairstyle. Even if your ‘do won’t work with a veil with a comb, it can always be swapped out for loops you can pin into your hair.

If you want to wear a statement veil, carefully consider how it will look in photos and against the backdrop of your venue and decor. It should match the overall tone of your day.

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY BY THE NUMBERS

EQUAL

Five years after the US Supreme Court’s monumental decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, two of our real couples look back. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

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SEPTEMBER 17 | NEW YORK + ATLANTA “By the time marriage equality passed, we were already well into our wedding planning,” John says. “We deliberately chose to get married in New York City—not only because we both love it, but also because gay marriage was legal in New York state and we live in the South. Once marriage equality passed nationwide, our preparations took on a much more celebratory feel. We had that giddy sense of anticipation that you get between Thanksgiving and Christmas or on the day before you start vacation. Our wedding went from a necessary expense in order to get the protections afforded to legal marriage to the happy expense of a destination wedding.”

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“The day of the Supreme Court’s decision, we were so happy and overwhelmed with joy—though we were already married in our eyes, it was still emotional,” Nichole says. “I remember Kelli couldn’t wait to get to the DMV to finally change her last name on her driver’s license—and we celebrated by doing exactly that. Though the decision didn’t change or affect our relationship directly, it was an amazing feeling to finally be recognized as equals. We’re just happy and proud to have been alive to witness marriage equality nationwide, and since then, we’ve seen same-sex couples gain more acceptance in society. We even notice more and more same-sex couples represented on TV.”

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10 MILLION The number of tweets in response to the decision, including the #LoveWins

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make it legal Michigan Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Michigan, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Parental consent is required for couples who are 16 or 17 and wish to marry. Either the groom or the bride must apply for a marriage license in the county in which he or she resides. The applicant must present a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and some counties may require a birth certificate. No divorce decree or death certificate is required if either the bride or groom has been previously married; however, he or she must know the dates and locations of the divorce or death, and the certificate may be requested in some counties. No blood tests are required. There is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 33 days anywhere in the state of Michigan. Offices are open Monday through Friday. The cost ranges from $20 to $30; methods of payment vary between counties. Please call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Livingston County County Clerk 200 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843 (517) 546-0500 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Macomb County County Clerk Circuit Court Building 40 N. Main St., Fl. 1 Mount Clemens, MI 48043 (586) 469-5120 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., W; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., T, Th.

Oakland County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County

County Clerk Vital Records 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 858-0571 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 200 N. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 222-6720 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Fl. 2 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 224-6262 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, W, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.

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 help@theknot.com.

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

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

The Macomb Daily

(586) 469-4510 100 Macomb Daily Dr. Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Must submit info by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes Photos will not be returned.

The cost is $52.55 to $81.45, depending on amount of text.

The Advisor & Source

(586) 731-1000 48075 Van Dyke Shelby Township, MI 48317

Submissions are accepted anytime after the wedding date. Must submit info by the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: No Fax info to (586) 731-8172.

There is no charge for this service for married couples who reside in Macomb County.

The News-Herald

(734) 246-0800 1 Heritage Dr., Ste. 100 Southgate, MI 48195

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes

The cost is $10.

C & G Newspapers

(586) 498-8000 13650 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48089

Submissions are accepted anytime. Must submit info two weeks prior to the desired publication date. Announcements are published on a firstcome, first-served basis and are not guaranteed a desired date.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

(313) 222-8883 615 W. Lafayette, 2nd Level Detroit, MI 48226

Announcements are published every Sunday. They are printed in order of receipt and as space allows. We recommend that you submit your information as soon as possible.

Form: No Prefer online submission at HometownLife.com.

There is no charge for this service.

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Colony Club

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Detroit Opera House

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Devil’s Ridge Golf Club

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Mission Point Resort

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DoubleTree by Hilton - Port Huron

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Nicole Lynn Artistry

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Fern Hill Golf Club

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

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The Rust Belt Market

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Heathers Club of Bloomfield Hills

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Shelby Gardens Banquets & Events

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Hellenic Cultural Center

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Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

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In The Blue Jazz Ensemble

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The bonfire was our own version of a unity ceremony, honoring our careers as firefighters,” Addie says. “We asked guests to add wood to the pit before the ceremony, showing their support of us by adding ‘fuel’ to our ‘fire.’ At this moment, we’d just gone for a dip and a kiss—and were relieved my dress was flame-free.”

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