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The venue was beautiful—both indoors and out—the staff was helpful every step of the way, and everyone raved about the food, even after the wedding! I would highly recommend this venue. - Elizabeth & Jonathon, Married May 9, 2015

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 154

playing for keeps mix up your look with edgy silhouettes and whimsical details

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beauty awards foolproof products to take you from your engagement to wedding day

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maid for each other find bridesmaid dresses that are both affordable and fabulous

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the well-groomed groom a guide to helping your guy look (almost) as good as you

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making the grade

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how to determine which diamond is right for you

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paper trails

style 126

paper trails let your locale inspire your invites

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petal talk the most asked about wedding flowers

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the real deal on wedding cakes answers to all your frosting, flavor and topper questions

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too pretty to eat (well, almost) edible favors that are sure to leave a lasting impression

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CONTENTS

r  eal weddings 58 katlyn & clayton  august 14, holland

62 wei & travis june 20, leland

66 lauren & elliott may 23, dexter

72 amy & jose september 4, rockford

78 brian & paul february 27, west bloomfield

82 samantha & jonathon april 30, detroit

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90 michelle & asad june 12 & 13, plymouth

eat, drink and be married

94 erinn & joseph september 19, belmont

98 aja & jesse 

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may 7, rochester

119 go north

100 jessica & derek 

202 vineyard vows

everything you need to know about getting hitched above US Route 10

may 14, ann arbor

102 meryl & adam

193 savvy spending

september 5, detroit

209 snap happy

how to manage your budget

104 lauren & michael

find a photographer that clicks

197 eat, drink and be married

may 29, grand rapids

a sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option

106 betsy & david october 10, brutus

tips to having your nuptials among the grapevines

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the caribbean decoded find the best oasis for your getaway

113 stephanie & chuck  may 14, traverse city

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

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Check out more playful styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/gowns. ON HER Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $3,500, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, socks, $10, Tommy Hilfiger, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

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ON HER Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $895, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com

CAROUSEL CREW Jane’s Carousel, with its vibrant colors and whimsical details, felt like the perfect backdrop for our celebratory fashion shoot in this issue. Here, our whole team (including The Knot cofounder Carley Roney) strikes a group pose in front of the landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.

ON HER Top and pants, $4,150, Rosa Clará at L’Amour Bridal, LAmourBridalMI.com (Novi); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $98, KateSpade.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE RAUSSER FASHION STYLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: ELOISE CHEUNG USING T3MICRO AT KATE RYAN INC. MAKEUP: LEANNE HIRSH USING VAPOR ORGANIC BEAUTY AT SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY PROP STYLING: SAM COOK AT KATE RYAN INC. FLORALS: TIN CAN STUDIOS LOCATION: JANE’S CAROUSEL, BROOKLYN, NY

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Photographic Visions

Mike Greer Photography

Craig David Butler Photography

The Tradition continues at Wabeek country club since 1972

Wabeek Country Club Bloomfield Hills, micHigan

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

ART DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Meghan Corrigan

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR STYLE EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR PLANNING EDITOR NEWS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS SENIOR COPY EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, PLANNING SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS

Lauren Kay Stephanie Cain Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Avery Hutchinson Margaret Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Love ASSOCIATE ONLINE PHOTO EDITOR Barrie Tovar MARKETING AND EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Stefany Arias

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Daryl Wills GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Katie Hover, Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, ACTIVATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS Alexis Jonnson PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Kristin Savilia, ksavilia@xogrp.com (212) 515-7455 GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Denise Hall-Green, dhgreen@theknot.com (248) 855-5411

Alex Huerter, ahuerter@theknot.com (855) 333-8868 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@theknot.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (866) 743-2278 FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Maria Catalano, mcatalano@theknot.com (855) 498-5668 JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Nikole Spangler, nspangler@theknot.com (866) 367-3121 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALIST Christina Frauendorfer, christinaf@theknot.com (877) 825-1806 VP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS Jennifer Perciballi, pr@xogrp.com DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot Michigan is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2016 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Michigan are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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d o c u m e n t a r y

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Sarah Kossuch Photography is a team of women who love documenting beautiful, happy couples in love. We are a published and nationally recognized wedding photography team that brings a unique, sophisticated style to artistic documentary wedding photography.

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Browse the top weddings from across America as part of our 50 Weddings, 50 States roundup. Our pick for the Great Lakes State, Katlyn and Clayton, infused their nuptials with plenty of Michigan flair, stunning lakeside landscapes and personalized details. It’s the ultimate local inspiration. 50

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

We’ve tested all of The Knot Beauty Award winners. (p. 163)

All your wedding cake questions answered. (p. 143)

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This painterly invite says “city wedding” in the most elegant way. (p. 126)

—GLORIA STEINEM

You’re getting married! Congratulations. We love filling your head with hundreds of inspiring ideas—like destinationinspired stationery (p. 126)—as well as the practical advice you need to get your planning done. From the most effective beauty products for every wedding-related event (p. 163) to a flower primer you’ll want to tear out and take with you to your first meeting with a florist (p. 133), this issue was created to help with all your to-dos and make you feel confident every step of the way. And when it comes to fashion, we’ve got brides and grooms covered. In “Playing for Keeps” (p. 154), we used a carousel, cotton candy and other playful elements to show how edgy silhouettes, unconventional hues and unique accessories can add a touch of whimsy to your wedding look. For the guys, check out our ultimate guide to looking great, from manscaping to choosing the right menswear (p. 183). In order to make all of your ideas come to life, of course, you’ll need to think about a budget that works for you—and we’ll help with that too (p. 193). Wherever planning takes you, be sure to share your favorite wedding details with us on Instagram (#TheKnot). Now, let the dreaming begin.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A feathery two-piece frock is perfect for dancing. (p. 154)

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Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

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Pink peonies: the ultimate romantic flower, and one of my faves. (p. 133)

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

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EXPERT Q& A

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My wedding band and engagement ring are both platinum, but I’m thinking about wearing gold jewelry for my wedding. Will that work?

RUDE REMARKS A friend of ours keeps making comments about our wedding budget, wondering aloud how we’re paying for it—in front of other people. How can we deal with these types of comments? We know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let a guest with a negative or insensitive attitude affect your wedding. You shouldn’t have to defend yourself— plus, your budget is nobody’s business but yours, so don’t get into an argument about how much you are or aren’t spending. Instead, simply thank them for noticing the details of your wedding and let them know how you plan to pay for it is a personal matter between you and your families. Being polite yet direct (not to mention honest) is the best way to get your friend to drop the subject for good.

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MOM ON A MISSION My mom’s taken over our wedding guest list, but the chapel we’ve chosen for the ceremony is pretty tiny. How can we rein in her list without stepping on toes? Parents helping to pay for the wedding should have a say in how their money is spent, but there’s nothing anyone can do about how many people will fit in the chapel you’ve chosen. If your mother keeps expanding her list at the exclusion of those guests most important to you, speak up—but make sure you don’t sound like you’re placing blame. Start with, “I’m worried about the number of people we’re inviting and that the ceremony will be overcrowded. Is there a way we can compromise?” Hopefully she’ll understand the dilemma and rethink the large head count without too much pushback.

REQUESTING CASH How do we let our guests know we want to receive money instead of gifts? Asking for money as a wedding gift may seem taboo, but more couples are going that route instead of a traditional registry. We suggest using an online cash registry website like Tendr, which lets guests gift money gracefully and discreetly with a personal note of congratulations. Or you may decide you’d rather receive money to fund your honeymoon. Create an account on a website like Traveler’s Joy for guests to contribute to. Whatever route you take, post your registry preference and links on your wedding website. But keep in mind that some people still want to give you something personal or material, so give them the option to do so. >>

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You can absolutely mix metals on your wedding day. Your engagement ring and wedding band might be your most meaningful (and asked about) jewelry, but that doesn’t mean they have to stand alone or dictate your entire look. For a little fashion inspiration, let the color and details of your gown point you toward which baubles will work best for your wedding. Gold usually pairs beautifully with creamier ivory fabrics, while silver typically complements brighter whites.

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PLANNER PAINS I don’t think we can afford a wedding planner, but I’m drowning in details. I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed I’ll be on the actual day. What should I do? It’s no secret: Planning a wedding alone is hard, but hiring a planner can be pretty pricey. The good news? Most pros really can work with any budget. If a full-service planner—who’ll hold your hand through finding a florist to cutting the cake—is out of your price range, hire one either on a freelance basis (they’ll help lay the groundwork for you early on) or just as a day-of coordinator. The latter actually starts at least a few weeks before your wedding and costs a fraction of a full-service planner but is pretty priceless—the last thing you should be doing on your wedding day is worrying.

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of couples hire a professional wedding planner TRIAL AND ERROR Am I being too pushy if I bring photos of styles I like to my hair trial? Not at all. Most stylists actually love when you bring pictures for inspiration— plus, your idea of classic might be totally different from theirs. Same goes if you mention celebrities whose locks you admire. Stars change their looks so often, you might be visualizing a sleek redhead while your stylist sees a tousled blond. In addition to photos of styles you like, bring a picture of your dress along with the jewelry and hair accessories you plan on wearing, including your veil, to ensure everything works flawlessly altogether when it’s time to walk down the aisle.

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ALTAR UPGRADE We’re getting married in a church— what are some ways we can make the space feel special and personal? You don’t need much to dress up your ceremony spot, especially if the venue’s interiors are already beautiful to begin with. And remember: Your wedding party will be “decorating” the scene too. Start by checking with your church as it may have décor restrictions. If your congregation allows it, have your florist create two arrangements to mark the altar, and line the aisle with candles, small arrangements or topiaries. If flowers or candles are a no-go, a simple, personalized aisle runner can be enough to make it feel more you.

what would you do Is it necessary to list the groom’s parents on the invitation if they’re not contributing? Tell us what you think at TheKnot.com/talk ANSWER ANXIETY There are only two weeks left until my wedding and I still haven’t heard from a big portion of my guest list. What should I do? As the date draws nearer, there’s nothing wrong with following up with a quick phone call or email to get a definitive yes or no. If you’ve got a particularly trusted and helpful bridesmaid, relative or friend, ask them to help make the calls. Or have whoever added each guest to your list pitch in—if it’s your friend, it’s up to you to track him or her down; if it’s your mother-in-law’s coworker, she should make the call.

MOCKTAIL HOUR Is it appropriate to have a cocktail hour if we know a good portion of our guests don’t drink alcohol? Absolutely. A cocktail hour is a fun way for guests to pass the time between the ceremony and reception, especially if you’re planning on taking photos. In addition to a signature cocktail, you can also create a custom mocktail, which is always an unexpected and appreciated refreshment for nondrinkers. If you’re just serving beer and wine, make sure you have plenty of soda and bottled water on hand as well. Plus, you’ll definitely want enough tasty hors d’oeuvres for everyone to munch on while they sip and mingle.

76% of couples host a cocktail hour

HONEYMOON HITCH My fiancé and I have completely different ideas on the perfect getaway spot. How can we both get excited about choosing and planning the right trip? Your honeymoon should and will be special, but remember, this isn’t the only trip you’ll ever take together. Sit down and rank your top five honeymoon spots, then see if you have any overlap. Sure, your third choice might be his fifth, but chances are you’d both be happy with the locale. If you want to go rock climbing and he wants to lounge poolside with a good novel, find somewhere that offers both. Or, if you have enough time (and energy!), hop to multiple destinations to satisfy both tastes. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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Dress, $198, Allure Bridesmaids at Moni’s Bridal & Fashion, Inc., MonisBridal .com (Farmington), The White Dress, The-White-Dress.com (Brighton), A’doraBelle Bridal, GetaGown.com (Waterford)

gold plated

Crisp Petals invitation, $254 for 100, Petite Alma, WeddingPaperDivas.com

shimmery lids

Eye shadow in Balsam, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com

flower power

Ring, $4,250, EffyJewelry.com

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bright eyes

pink pout

Sunglasses, $3, TheKnotShop.com

Rouge Volupté shine lipstick in Fuchsia Stiletto, $37, Yves Saint Laurent, Sephora.com

pleasing print

fuchsia + aqua

Robe, $40, TheKnotShop.com

blue notes

Mandarino Di Amalfi eau de parfum, $225 for 1.7 oz., TomFord.com

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rock candy

Earrings, $48, BaubleBar.com

BOUQUET: ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; CAKE: DEVON JARVIS; TABLESCAPE: JENNA MARIE PHOTOGR APHY

Boho Ikat invitation, $234 for 100, Penelope Poppy, Minted.com

chic halter

Dress, $220, Hayley Paige Occasions at Mimi’s Bridal Boutique, MimisBridalBoutique .com (Ann Arbor), Arena Bridal, ArenaBridal.com (Shelby Township), Bridal Couture of Birmingham, BridalCoutureMI.com (Birmingham)

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ruffled ribbon

A cascading ruffle adds dimension to this design. >>

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Plan your

Perfect wedding Introducing The Great Lakes Culinary Center

A state-of-the-art catering venue with Creative Menus • Festive Libations • ceremony space • outdoor area off-site catering • bridal showers and rehearsal dinners accommodates up to 150 guests

24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI 48033 • (248) 286-3102 www.GLCulinaryCenter.com • emiller@glculinarycenter.com

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HAUTE HUES

Amazonian Clay blush in Captivating, $28, Tarte, Sephora.com

bottoms up

Copper mug, $26, TheKnotShop.com

luxe touch Clutch, $895, Marchesa, Saks.com

BOUQUET: BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY; CAKE: KT MERRY PHOTOGR APHY

Nail lacquer in Red, $28, Dolce & Gabbana, Saks.com

in bloom

Espelette invitation, $180 for 100, PaperlessPost.com

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vampy mani

Shoes, $745, Manolo Blahnik, Barneys.com

flowy frock

color cascade

Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop

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crystal chandeliers Earrings, $36, Oliveand Piper.com

Dress, $192, Wtoo at Konja’s Bridal, KonjasBridal.com (Berkley), Mimi’s Bridal Boutique, MimisBridalBoutique.com (Ann Arbor), Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor, ElizabethsBridal.com (Northville)

Find your wedding palette at TheKnot.com/wedding-colors

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1 BEST BUDS Hold something bold and trade classic white orchids for similar blooms in a brighter hue. 2 BUNCHES OF BARLEY A cluster of fresh barley creates a modest, unexpected bouquet perfect for rustic affairs.

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3 FULL BLOOM Carry an asymmetrical arrangement of muted florals tied with a chic pink ribbon for a look that’s fresh and fragrant.

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6 A CUT ABOVE Trendy, laser-cut detailing lends just the right amount of refined edge to classic, nude heels. 7 GO FOR THE GOLD Dance the night away in a pair of gilded sneakers you’ll wear well beyond your wedding day.

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3 PEEP SHOW Look chic from head to toe in a pair of peep-toe booties that are sure to turn heads.

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2 PRETTY PAPER Personalized paper dolls add flair to any cake. 3 SEEING STARS Star Wars fanatics will obsess over these whimsical wood characters.

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We offer amazing food, an unforgettable experience, and exceptional customer service! • Candy Tables • Centerpiece Design and Placement • Full Wedding Planning Packages • On-site Ceremonies • Wedding Showers Book your wedding by 03/31/17 to receive 2016 pricing. Angie, General Manager/Event Coordinator Call (586) 791-7760 or Email angie@premiereventscenter.com Premier Events Center 20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48035 South side of Metropolitan Parkway (16 mile) One block west of Groesbeck Hwy.

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6337 Snyder Road, Berrien Springs; (269) 408-6082; WeddingBarnMI.com As one of the longest continually operating farms in the area, this barn is a sight to see, with a 10-acre vineyard and annual harvest of honey and maple syrup. Exchange vows in the recently renovated 19th-century barn or on the venue’s 1,000-square-foot deck, which overlooks a nearby pond and wildflower meadow. While the maximum guest capacity varies by the season (150 in May and October, and 200 for warmer months), the pastoral views are stunning year-round.

8040 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor; (734) 355-3543; FrutigFarms.com The most difficult part of planning a wedding at Frutig Farms is deciding which of its two distinctive venues you like best. Misty Farm, a 2,400-square-foot structure, is situated on 16 tranquil acres that overlook a scenic pond and wetlands. Celebrate here with up to 130 partygoers. Or book The Valley, a recently renovated 1840s barn that boasts a groom’s shed, bench seating, outdoor silo bar and enough space to accommodate you and up to 275 of your friends and family.

5716 11 Mile Road, Rockford; (616) 307-6911; HydrangeaBluBarn.com Dreaming of a rustic-glam affair? This quaint, century-old barn in western Michigan is a must-see, thanks to its unconventional blue hue. A single, ornate chandelier serves as the focal point of the wood-lined space, where you can celebrate your newlywed status alongside 150 guests. Bonus: The barn offers an exclusive three-day package, which allows you the peace of mind to clean up the morning after your nuptials, so you can leave your reception feeling stress free. >>

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These charming sites to say “I do” will make your jaw drop. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

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lanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux continues to gain popularity in the Wedding Community. Its delightful combination of taste, visual appeal and soothing color is what makes Blanc de Bleu the quintessential bubbly for the wedding toast. Its crystal-clear virgin glass bottle shows off the bubbly’s gemstone blue hue. This shade of blue symbolizes loyalty and faith, exactly how couples feel toward each other when they exchange their vows. When you combine its clear blue color with its classy label, Blanc de Bleu looks as stunning as the newly married couple ready to toast a new beginning.

A Dry, Crisp Bubbly with a Hint of Blueberry As sparkling wine continues to grow in popularity, Blanc de Bleu is also winning fans for its taste. Made with grapes grown in Northern California vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes, Blanc de Bleu bubbly tickles the palate with a subtle hint of organic blueberry. “The base wine of cuvee for Blanc de Bleu is the same fruit I use in our high-end, methode champenoise programs,” explains

Bob Stashak, champagne master for Blanc de Bleu. “We add just enough organic blueberry juice concentrate to make a subtle impact. People are more pleasantly surprised to find the wine dry and crisp, instead of being another overly sweet, flavored wine.” Blanc de Bleu’s beautiful blue color is different from what you will see in any other sparkling wine. The vision behind creating Blanc de Bleu was to give people a reason to celebrate. Elegant packaging for this dry, crisp sparkling wine inside a striking bottle has captured the fascination of couples everywhere. You should not be surprised when you see Blanc de Bleu at the next wedding or big celebration you attend.

Weddings Every Day, Everywhere “Every day, everywhere, someone is getting married. We want Blanc de Bleu to be the sparkling beverage of choice at all weddings,” says Fred Franzia, CEO of Bronco Wine Company, the worldwide producer and supplier of Blanc de Bleu. Blanc de Bleu is available in 750ml and 187ml bottles. Facebook.com/blancdebleu

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The Blue Dress Barn

the blue dress barn 3893 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor; (269) 944-1751; BlueDressBarn.com When it comes to wow-worthy wedding locales, the bucolic Blue Dress Barn takes the cake. Refined, steel chandeliers illuminate the 4,600-square-foot space, which boasts two second-story decks that overlook surrounding fields and gardens. Seal the deal in an intimate alfresco ceremony among plum blossoms and lilacs before retreating indoors to dance and dine with up to 280 invitees.

21980 Brady Road, Bannister; (989) 289-2988; RusticBarnWedding.com It’s all about location for this midMichigan spot: a charming, whitewashed barn conveniently close to the cities of Flint, Lansing and Saginaw. Built in 2011, the two-level barn originally featured 2,500-square-feet of event space, but has since expanded to also include a bridal suite annex, which is built of repurposed local lumber. Host an open-air ceremony on the sprawling lawn before bringing the party indoors, where guests can dance in a loft lined with quaint market lights.

cottonwood barn 4569 Farrell Road, Dexter; (734) 368-3458; CottonwoodBarn.com Stately chandeliers and soaring ceilings are just two reasons why we’re partial to this 3,600-square-foot barn that boasts a rustic look that’s refreshingly chic. Pop a bottle of bubbly while prepping in the barn’s private room before making the most of the venue’s 4,000-square-foot courtyard, restored silo, quaint pond and blossoming gardens. While the barn itself can accommodate up to 300 partygoers, an attached open-air patio is available for larger get-togethers.

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cherry basket farm

7490 Lautner Road, Williamsburg; (810) 523-3873; TraverseCityWeddingBarn.com Situated just 10 minutes east of downtown Traverse City, this restored red barn is a pastoral gem that dates all the way back to the late 1800s. If its idyllic location in the middle of a sprawling valley isn’t enough to book the picturesque barn at first sight, handhewn beams, uparalleled panoramas and a roomy wood porch are. Exchange personalized vows outdoors (if weather permits, of course) before hosting a tented reception on the lawn, or move the party indoors for a seated affair that can accommodate up to 150 dinner guests. Garvey Family Wedding Barn specializes in—you guessed it—nuptials and nothing else, so you know you’re in good hands in the days leading up to “I do.”

5530 N. West Bayshore Drive, Omena; (231) 360-0042; CaterLeelanau.com Tucked away amid cherry orchards, gardens and 10 acres of farmland, Cherry Basket Farm is a 120-year-old rustic restoration that’s both rural and accessible, located just 30 minutes north of Traverse City. In addition to a restored farmhouse, two-story timber barn and whitewashed buildings scattered throughout the property, this serene setting offers on-site parking and a “love shack,” where anxious to-be-weds can prep prior to the start of the ceremony. TIP The historic property is also home to Epicure Catering, a contemporary local cuisine service that picky guests and foodies alike will fancy. Bon appétit! F ind more venues near you at TheKnot.com/michigan

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KELLOGG CENTER | HUNTINGTON CLUB | MSU UNION | ALUMNI MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Weddings

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Imagine a perfect wedding day that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and providing everything you need to make the day run flawlessly. Our wedding coordinator will help you plan your wedding and corresponding events with ease. Contact our wedding coordinator at (517) 432-3086 for more information. KELLOGGCENTER.COM | SPARTANSIGNATURECATERING.COM | MSUUNION.COM

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Write down all of your memories the next morning. You’ll forget the little things, and it’s great to look back at that list to remember the day.” —Sara & Nick

ADD A SPLASH OF LEMON-LIME SODA TO YOUR FLORAL CENTERPIECES

to keep arrangements looking fresh.” —Erin & Jessica Find more local tips at TheKnot.com/michigan

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A CONFETTI CANNON IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA.”

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CARRIE & BR

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box for unique venues. Check out parks, gardens, galleries and zoos for a space your guests won’t forget.” —Carrie & Brian

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PINE KNOB MANSION & CARRIAGE HOUSE

European elegance with a dash of extraordinary...

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

Two unique places to choose from for your special day of wedding receptions, holiday parties, and other events: The Mansion, an English Manor with arched ceilings and stained glass windows, sits atop the highest point in southeastern Michigan. The Carriage House has ceiling-to-floor windows for picturesque views.

5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI 48348 | (248) 625-0700 | www.pineknobmansion.com

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EXPERT ADVICE

advice from a

wedding planner what’s the key to finding the perfect venue? Take the time to think about the environment you feel most comfortable in. Where would you choose to dine together for a special occasion: a five-star restaurant or that new Korean barbecue pop-up? Try to find a space where the experience you’re hoping to create aligns with the venue’s mission.

is planning a wedding in less than six months really doable? Absolutely—we’ve produced some of our best events in a short time frame because it forces you to make quick decisions. With that said, most venues, planners and photographers book out at least a year in advance, so be prepared to be flexible.

Alison LaesserKeck & Bryan Keck VLD Events ABOUT

The husband-and-wife team behind this bicoastal business offers custom event planning and design services to couples in Detroit and Santa Barbara, California. ON THE WEB

VLDEvents.com

@alisonandbryan PRO TIPS

Everything has a domino effect, so be realistic about your budget and guest list as soon as possible. Avoid venues that don’t welcome planners. They’re either not invested in making your event unique, or they’re up-charging you like crazy.

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is it true that you can cut costs by hosting a backyard wedding instead of renting out a venue? No. The money you save on a venue fee and alcohol will not exceed what you’ll spend on restrooms, generators, heating, cooling, rentals, tenting and so forth. Trust us! describe a recent example of how you’ve put an inventive twist on an old tradition. We’re currently working with a groom whose father is a pastor. However, his wedding is in a remote forest, so a church wedding simply isn’t possible. So instead, we’re bringing the church to them in the form of a surprise 24-person gospel choir. how does VLD Events differ from other local wedding planners? It’s about quality, not quantity. We aren’t the type of company that wants to create a thousand weddings that all look the same. It’s more important for us to really knock it out of the park with every event we do, and that takes a lot of time.

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how can you plan a wedding on a tight budget? Lower your guest count. The difference between a 150-person event and a 200-person wedding is huge in terms of how it affects your overall budget. Look at the guest list and ask yourself, “Would I take this person to a several hundred dollar meal?” If you wouldn’t, then it’s time to reevaluate.

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The Morris Estate offers couples a variety of venues…natural outdoor backdrops along with elegant indoor spaces. Modern amenities embraced by vintage charm ensure comfortable accommodations amid picturesque surroundings.

www.TheMorrisEstate.com Niles, MI • (269) 684-4443 • events@themorrisestate.com

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Kieron Hales Zingerman’s Cornman Farms ABOUT

The founding partner and executive chef of Zingerman’s Cornman Farms dishes out menu tips for a dinner even your pickiest guests will enjoy. ON THE WEB

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@cornmanfarms PRO TIPS

In order to save, use produce in its peak season, cut back on portion sizes and focus on dishes that contain two to three ingredients. With seated dinners, you have better control over the portions, presentation and quality. Invite fewer guests, and plan the wedding you want with the people you want to share it with.

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what’s the one catering trend you wish would go away? Hot buffets—I hate seeing precooked food slowly deteriorating in quality as the line dies down. Buffets aren’t respectful to the food, and it becomes wasteful since you have to keep them full at all times. how do you deal with restrictive diets? I like to tell couples to include a line for dietary restrictions on the RSVP card. But you should also confirm that extra vegetarian or gluten-free meals will be prepared. We always plan for up to five diets and are prepared to serve these meals even if we were given no restrictions. any easy tips for pairing food and wine? When booking a caterer, ask to speak with the distributor’s wine rep or sommelier. Then schedule a wine tasting once the menu is finalized. And remember that it’s okay to break the rules—red wine can be served with fish and white wine with red meat.  heck out more local wedding pros C at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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how can couples personalize their menu? Share food memories and family stories from holidays and vacations to allow the chef to create personalized options based on your own experiences. I also really enjoy when couples give us a family recipe so we can learn and share together. It means a lot that they trust me with executing a dish that’s really special to them.

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what are the biggest mistakes you see couples making with their menus? Not trusting the chef and trying to create a menu to please guests without first considering your own personal preferences. Focus on yourselves and your dining experience, then let your caterer worry about pleasing everyone else.

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Destination.Detroit.

St ar t your lifetime of love with a pic turesque water f ront ceremony, then b o ard one of our sumptuously appointed yachts for an outstanding re ception cruise. Panoramic views and op en -air sundeck s showcasing the cit y’s alluring sk yline are a p er fe c t alternative to traditional venues — and make for a dis tinc tively Michigan we dding. Treat yourself, and up to 300 guests, to an unforgettable experience, lavish cuisine and f lawless ser vice.

Waterfront Ceremonies and Receptions. All Inclusive Packages. Engagement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Showers.

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let’s start with the basics—what is bespoke? Essentially, a bespoke suit is created for a client using an original pattern that’s unique to their measurements. The suit is designed just for them and no one else, therefore it fits exactly as it should.

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so how does a bespoke suit compare with one that’s rented? Off-the-rack suits are made for a nonexistent person, which can lead to problems for most grooms. The lapels can bow out or the shoulders can be too big, which makes it look like you’re wearing your dad’s suit. Not only is a bespoke suit going to fit better than a rental, many grooms prefer bespoke since they can wear it again. but aren’t custom suits pricier than the rented variety? Many different variables come into play when determining the price, including the fabric, construction and number of pieces per garment. On average, a customer will spend between $1,700 and $2,600; however, we offer looks at lower and higher price points.

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A tie and pocket square should complement each other and never be exactly the same. The two should coordinate and provide an added pop of color. Even if you don’t buy a bespoke suit, try on a few different jackets. Usually a jacket that’s one size smaller than what the store clerk recommends will result in a better fit. Make sure your dress shirt is the same shade or darker than the bride’s dress. The goal is to allow the dress to be the centerpiece.

what advice do you have for grooms who want to look dapper without having to don a classic black tux? If a groom wants to look good, he first has to wear a suit that perfectly fits him—that’s 90 percent of the battle. After that, he has to consider the style of wedding. We’ve worked with grooms who have worn two-piece suits on the beach and royal-blue three-piece suits for elegant weddings. As long as the suit fits well, they’ll look great. so many grooms end up wearing illfitting styles. what are some must-know tips behind a well-fitted suit? Many men think as long as a suit fits in the arms, then it’s a match—and that’s absolutely wrong. The most important features are the chest and shoulders, since they can rarely be fixed with alterations. The suit shouldn’t hang off your shoulders and extra fabric shouldn’t hang off the arms—that’s an indication the jacket’s chest is too big. If a chest is too small, the lapels will bow out and look folded.  iscover more tips and trends from D your area at TheKnot.com/michigan

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how long does it take to create a custom design from start to finish? We start by taking about 20 different measurements, then we create a custom pattern for the client. Next, we review more than 2,000 fabrics to find out which works best for the client’s event, whether it’s a summer wedding or formal, winter affair. The initial appointment can last up to two hours, and the entire process usually takes about six weeks.

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shore panoramas make for a distinctive wedding

Waterfront Ceremonies and Receptions. All Inclusive Packages. Engagement Parties,

backdrop. Feast on impeccable cuisine and enjoy outstanding professional service as you dance and romance the night away.

Rehearsal Dinners and Showers.

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Make Your Event Special and Your Day a Time to Remember.

Your Fairy Tale Starts Here

Enjoy the whimsical backdrop of the historic Partridge Creek Golf Course. Our old-world Italian recipes with modern flare and exquisite service will keep your guests talking long after your event.

43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., MI | (586) 421-5155 | banquets@iacsonline.com | IACSWeddingBanquets.com

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REAL COUPLES

love stories

Five supersweet proposals from local to-be-weds. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

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Armed with two kayaks and a backpack, Nicole (right) and Samantha set out to explore a local lake near their home in Wixom. But an unsuspecting Samantha had no idea that her girlfriend of one year had also brought along an engagement ring. As the pair paddled around Proud Lake, Nicole gifted Samantha with an engraved wood box bearing the couple’s initials. “She proposed and I wanted so badly to kiss her right then, but I couldn’t,” Samantha says of being hindered by their boats. “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life.” The ring: Fred Meyer Jewelers >>

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A fake mustache was all it took for Tina to break the ice on her first date with Jim. “He had a serious mustache at the time, so I thought it’d be funny to show up with the same look,” Tina says. “Even if the date went south, I figured it would make for a good story.” Luckily, the fun-loving pair hit it off, and four years later, Jim proposed on a trip to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. “I remember signing the visitor log with Jim’s last name, but I didn’t realize the significance until later,” Tina says. As the couple looked around, Jim scooped Tina up in a hug before reaching into his pocket. “I was so overwhelmed when the box appeared,” she says. “Of course I said, ‘yes.’  ” The ring: Tiffany & Co.

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Eight years into their relationship, Suby and Riyaz traveled south to Miami to celebrate Suby’s graduation from medical school. With some much-needed rest and relaxation in mind, Suby was confused when Riyaz woke her up from a beachfront nap to insist on a last-minute parasailing adventure. “Riyaz knew we only had about 45 minutes of sunshine before bad weather hit, so we boarded a wobbly boat and the crew strapped me in,” Suby says. That’s when Riyaz pulled a ring from his bathing suit. “He’s crazy!” Suby says. “I can’t believe he risked losing the diamond in the Atlantic Ocean.” The ring: Tacori >>

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It was literally love at first sight for Justyna and Jason, who first met when a mutual friend suggested they go out for cocktails. “I was at a loss for words when I met her,” Jason says. “I texted a colleague that night to let him know I had just met my future wife.” One year later, Jason surprised Justyna with a trip to the conservatory on Belle Isle. “I just had foot surgery and was rolling around on a scooter, so I suggested we stop to take a photo,” Justyna says. “That’s when Jason set up his GoPro, smiled and got down on one knee.” The ring: vintage

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O’Malley and Antonio have tardiness to blame for their chance encounter in a college classroom. “We both showed up late and had to sit together in the front of the lecture,” O’Malley says. Six years later, Antonio took O’Malley on an impromptu tour of their college town, where he popped the question. “He led me to several sentimental locations and read a chapter from a book that he had written about our journey together,” O’Malley says. “It was really special reliving the early moments of our relationship.” The ring: Kay Jewelers Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 250

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BRIDE Katlyn Prince, 26, an accountant GROOM Clayton Sommers, 26, works in software sales HOW THEY MET As undergraduates at Hope College WEDDING STYLE As a nod to their Lake Macatawa locale, the couple incorporated a subtle anchor motif and nautical accents throughout their waterfront affair. —Rachel Sylvester

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After Katlyn and Clayton exchanged vows at their alma mater, the wedding party took a brief trolley ride and boat cruise while guests sipped sangria on the venue’s outdoor patio. In addition to seafood appetizers and lawn games like cornhole, guests were treated to late-night carnival fare including corn dogs and elephant ears.

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Postceremony, the newlyweds set sail on an aptly named boat: “Yes Dear.”

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KATLYN & CLAYTON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Dimnent Memorial

Chapel, Holland RECEPTION SITE Boatwerks PHOTOGRAPHY

Samantha Vanderson/Samantha James Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Emblem

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Event Center, Holland Nautical details included an anchor-heavy invitation suite, knotted rope table numbers and a mirrored seating chart with guests’ names alongside a maritime compass. Katlyn and Clayton’s golden retriever, Bear, even got in on the fun, donning a custom collar of leaves for the day’s festivities.

Bridal, Grand Rapids; reception: Hayley Paige,

Bianka Bridal

SHOES Badgley

Mischka; Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RING Joseph Schubach Jewelers JEWELRY

Ti Adoro Jewelry Salon Cheveux Bill Levkoff

HAIR &

MENSWEAR Aldo; Jos.

A. Bank; TheTieBar.com Allie Hasson

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RENTALS The Rental Company

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Rapids Trolley Co. CityFlatsHotel

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Katlyn clutched a bouquet of dahlias, anemones, scabiosa pods and greens.

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June 20 • Leland

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The couple cut into a chocolate-andcoconut cake filled with salted-caramel buttercream.

Guests took home cake truffles stashed in mini bamboo steamer baskets.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Wei Zuo, 29, an instructional consultant GROOM Travis Bond, 28, works in quality assurance HOW THEY MET In China while in college WEDDING STYLE In an homage to the bride’s Chinese heritage, Wei and Travis wed in a multicultural fete marked by vibrant red details. “Our theme was East meets West in northern Michigan,” Wei says of the colorful celebration. —RS

Since many guests traveled all the way from Wei’s native China, each piece of stationery and signage was printed in both English and Chinese. “We wanted to make sure all of our guests felt comfortable and taken care of,” Wei says.

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Handmade fortune cookies doubled as place cards.

WEI & TRAVIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Leland United

Methodist Church, Leland RECEPTION SITE The Riverside Inn, Leland

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CONSULTANT A Day in FLOWERS Field of Flowers

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Dramatic, red-cloth-draped tables displayed antique brass centerpieces, tapered candles, chartreuse chargers and arrangements of red peonies in turquoise glass vessels. Signature sips included a strawberry-and-lychee-infused rum cocktail dubbed The Shanghai Rose.

OFFICIANT Rev. Daniel Hofmann

GOWN Custom; alterations: Cathy Ann

Originals

SHOES Back Bay Dancewear

ENGAGEMENT RING Custom

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STATIONERY A Day in May Events RENTALS Special Events Rental

The Riverside Inn Bella e Dolce

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Cake truffles: Bella e Dolce; chopstick rests: Sumiko2, Etsy.com

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Blue Lakes by the Bay Transportation ACCOMMODATIONS Falling Waters

Lodge; The Leland Lodge; The Riverside Inn

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Bath & Beyond; Williams-Sonoma HONEYMOON Alaska GUESTS 66 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 23 • Dexter

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“We wanted to plan the sort of wedding we’d be psyched to attend as guests,” Lauren says of working alongside Take a Seat Events to bring their farm fete to life. “We also wanted our guests to feel comfortable and just have fun.” Ombré flower petals lined the outdoor aisle, where Lauren and Elliott sealed the deal under a lush arch adorned with snapdragons. “It ended up being the perfect, sunny, 75-degree day,” Lauren says. “We definitely got lucky.”

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The Ohio-based couple traveled north to The Mitten for their destination wedding. “We love Michigan and have many great memories there,” Lauren says. “The farm is such a beautiful venue, and they let us put our fingerprints over every single detail, which was a plus.”

A seamstress added removable, off-the-shoulder sleeves to Lauren’s strapless silk sheath.

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Preceremony treats included beer, wine and a bag of homemade snack mix.

“Great photo ops and good music were a must,” Lauren says of their tented reception on the farm’s sprawling lawn. “We wanted guests to dance hard enough to shatter the tent’s lightbulbs.” At the end of the night, partygoers closed out the celebration with savory pork buns served from a late-night food cart.

LAUREN & ELLIOTT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, Dexter PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Dumouchelle

Photography Events

CONSULTANT Take a Seat

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Parsonage Events

OFFICIANT Nick Durkalski (friend) GOWN Kelly Faetanini, Gabriella New

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SHOES Manolo Blahnik; HAIR

Jennifer King

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Reformation MENSWEAR J.Crew; groom shoes:

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DJ Luke Frutig/Lufru Entertainment TRANSPORTATION The Detroit Bus

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Amy and Jose were immediately drawn to the rustic barn’s understated aesthetic. “We loved the open, green space,” Amy says. “The barn doesn’t scream ‘wedding venue,’ which is exactly what we wanted.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Amy Peckins, 31, a photographer and teacher GROOM Jose Jimenez, 29, a public relations manager HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE The California-based couple relied heavily on DIY details and the creative efforts of family and friends to pull off a celebration that felt both rustic and elegant. —RS

Amy carried a bouquet that included a purple artichoke, while her bridesmaids, in gold sequined dresses, held a single dinner plate dahlia. “The flowers were the most important detail for me,” Amy says. “I wanted free-flowing arrangements with a variety of color and texture.”

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Escort cards took the form of lemon tree leaves penned with each guest’s name.

Shortly after Amy and Jose said “I do,” the newlyweds joined guests in an alfresco cocktail hour that included fare like pork torta sliders and peach and brie canapés. The couple also had a live mariachi band to honor Jose’s Mexican heritage. “Jose joined the band in singing a few songs,” Amy says. “It was definitely a surprise—everyone loved it!”

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“Because we live in California, my parents helped so much with the planning,” Amy says of incorporating dozens of homemade details throughout their day. “My mom hunted down vintage furniture at yard sales in addition to making all of the table runners and wreaths.”

Fresh figs adorned a vanilla and red velvet cake covered with piped buttercream.

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CEREMONY SITE Cathedral of Saint Andrew,

Grand Rapids RECEPTION SITE Hydrangea Blu Barn, Rockford

PHOTOGRAPHY Chelsea

Brown Photography

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Rebecca Lemon/

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Fr. Charlon Mason; Rev. John Geaney

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Bride: Timeless Gems JEWELRY Earrings: Slate & Willow; bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

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Jennifer Grace MAKEUP Allison Bower BRIDESMAID DRESSES Rent the Runway MENSWEAR Suit: Ted Baker; ties: Nordstrom;

shoes: To Boot New York Cherry Pie Paperie, Etsy.com Gilmore Catering Cakabakery

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CAKE & DESSERTS The

MUSIC DJ Kung; mariachi music:

Juan Carlos Dorantes

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Affordable Limousine & Party Bus ACCOMMODATIONS JW Marriott

Grand Rapids Barrel; West Elm

REGISTRIES Crate & HONEYMOON Italy

GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The couple walked down the aisle together to a string rendition of Weezer’s “Island in the Sun.”

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“When we found out our favorite venue had an opening in February, we decided to fast track the planning process,” Paul says of securing their dream space.

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Despite the abundance of snow outside, the conservatory’s lush interior lent a tropical quality to Brian and Paul’s midwinter wedding. “With it being the off-season, we had our pick of local wedding vendors, and the vast majority of our guests were available,” Paul says.

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Guests found their seats at moss-topped tables, where they sipped on rosemary gin fizz cocktails and indulged in a brownie spread that included flavors like salted caramel and chocolate chip cookie. “We like cake just fine, but we love brownies,” Paul says of serving treats from a beloved Royal Oak bakery.

The pair put their own spin on the classic Newlywed Game by holding up custom paddles in lieu of shoes. “We were both wearing brown dress shoes, so we needed to come up with an alternative,” Paul says.

BRIAN & PAUL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield PHOTOGRAPHY Marek Dziekonski/

Dziekonski Photography

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Planterra Events

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Brooks Brothers SHOES Allen Edmonds WEDDING RINGS Tapper’s

STATIONERY

WeddingPaperDivas.com &

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The Brownie Gourmet Page

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Elizabeth’s BridalManor

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Samantha Gettel, 28, a supply planner GROOM Jonathon Klobucar, 29, a lead software developer HOW THEY MET On a dating app WEDDING STYLE Art deco–inspired accents, snow-white blooms and a lustrous palette of emerald, gold and silver emphasized one of Detroit’s most treasured mainstays. —RS

Samantha and Jonathon tied the knot in the museum’s Rivera Court, an interior space lined with famed murals painted by Diego Rivera. “We incorporated handfasting into our ceremony,” Samantha says. “Jonathon and I loved representing our bond in such a symbolic way.”

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Samantha accessorized her tulle ball gown with a pair of custom, royal-blue wedges, while Jonathon wore the tie his grandfather had worn on his own wedding day.

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In lieu of a traditional cocktail hour, the newlyweds held a gallery hour for guests. “It was a fun way for everyone to enjoy the art and socialize,” Samantha says. “It was important for us to host a unique event that reflected both the city of Detroit and ourselves.”

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Meghan Kindsvater/

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Calvin Klein, Jos A. Bank

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Invitations: PaperlessPost.com BOOK Etsy.com

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Prevu OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Memory Box Photo Booths Trinity Transportation

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The Inn on Ferry Street

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Amazon.com; Macy’s GUESTS 99 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Aside from rented tables, every item used to create the outdoor altar was borrowed from the couple’s home.

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In search of a bouquet as expressive as the venue, Tanisha carried an arrangement of craspedia, ranunculus, veronica, succulents and a single king protea.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Tanisha Strong, 29, a marketing strategy director GROOM Stephen Streeter, 29, a tech product manager HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the city they call home, Tanisha and Stephen tapped into their creative network of family and friends to plan an eclectic affair filled with ultra-personal details. —RS

Shortly after Stephen proposed, the couple recognized the importance of marrying within the city limits of their native Detroit. “As children, we were fascinated by The Heidelberg Project, and as adults, we’ve grown to appreciate the symbolism it presents for the city,” Tanisha says of tying the knot in one of the Motor City’s most influential art environments.

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The couple cut into a gluten-free cake that included a red velvet top tier baked by the bride.

About one year before Stephen popped the question, he made Tanisha promise that she’d walk down the aisle with a mohawk. “It’s his favorite hairstyle of mine,” Tanisha says. “I wasn’t going to argue.”

“We jumped the broom the good, old-fashioned way using a friend’s wedding broom she redecorated just for us,” Tanisha says of honoring the tradition during their ceremony. For her walk down the aisle, Tanisha rocked floral-patterned heels, an embroidered tulle gown and running tights to keep warm. “I don’t think anyone noticed!” she says.

TANISHA & STEPHEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE The Heidelberg

Project, Detroit RECEPTION SITE Sindbads Restaurant and Marina, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Rosy Hernandez and

Shaun Feliciano/Rosy & Shaun Wedding Photographers

FLOWERS Nino Salvaggio

International Marketplace

OFFICIANT

Martin Dunlap (bride’s godfather) Sachin + Babi, BHLDN

GOWN

SHOES Ted Baker

ENGAGEMENT RING Anna Sheffield WEDDING RINGS Bride: Anna Sheffield;

groom: David Yurman EARRINGS Ryan Storer

HAIR &

by Natanyah

MAKEUP Beauty

MENSWEAR Shoes:

Cole Haan; suit: River Island; tie: TheTieBar.com

STATIONERY Invitations:

WeddingPaperDivas.com; letterpress: Berci Letterpress of Whimsy Events

RENTALS A Touch CATERING Sindbads

Restaurant and Marina Cakery IKEA

CAKE Gigi’s

MUSIC DJ Shane-O

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION Airstream

Getaway

REGISTRIES Target; West

Elm; Williams-Sonoma

HONEYMOON

The Philippines GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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June 12 & 13 • Plymouth

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Michelle’s motherin-law traveled to Pakistan to commission a custom lengha and salwar kameez for the bride. “Because of its delicate beadwork, the dress weighed several pounds,” Michelle says. “Getting around quickly wasn’t easy!”

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“We wanted the night to feel airy, romantic and relaxed,” Michelle says of hosting their reception on the venue’s outdoor veranda.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Michelle Gentile, 34, a radiation oncologist GROOM Asad Usman, 32, an anesthesiologist HOW THEY MET In medical school WEDDING STYLE Festive floral garlands, string lights and vibrant shades of red, turquoise and gold infused Michelle and Asad’s Pakistani wedding with undeniable flair. —RS

“As funny as it sounds, Asad and I love Mamma Mia­,” Michelle explains of their decision to mimick the look and feel of the movie’s well-known wedding scene. “We wanted to re-create that fun, outdoor party surrounded by family and friends.”

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Asad arrived to the ceremony on a white horse, and the couple traded garlands, or haars, before exchanging rings. But the groom’s dramatic entrance was nothing compared with the newlyweds’ exit. “We ended the night with fireworks and left in a convertible that Asad had learned how to drive that same day,” Michelle says.

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Fox

Hills Golf and Banquet Center, Plymouth PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Boris

Photography

FLOWERS Lama’s Florist

OFFICIANT Pastor Ali Suliman Ali HEADPIECE Bliss Bridal

GOWN &

Boutique, Karachi, Pakistan Adrienne Vittadini

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Eternity by Yoni JEWELRY Jewelry by Madhu

HAIR

MAKEUP Utopia Salon and Spa

&

BRIDESMAID DRESSES &

Bliss Bridal Boutique

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY

Escort & menu cards: Paper Source; invitations: A Royal Impression SIGN-IN BOOK Miss Design Berry

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RENTALS Action Rental

CATERING Sultan’s Mediterranean

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September 19 • Belmont

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BRIDE Erinn Wertz, 28, works in sales GROOM Joseph Schmitt, 27, works in sales HOW THEY MET They were both varsity swimmers at Michigan State University WEDDING STYLE Gold flatware, wood candlesticks and accents in plum and champagne made for an affair that felt both romantic and relaxed. —RS

“I wanted a look that wasn’t too feminine,” Erinn says of juxtaposing organic rosefilled arrangements with bold navy-and-white-striped details. In addition to a custom, 24-foot-long mahogany wood bar, guest amenities included a plush seating area and smoking lounge.

Guests enjoyed vanilla cake, assorted candies and various cupcakes for dessert.

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Bridesmaids carried compact bunches of quicksand roses, hellebores, clematis and blushing bride proteas.

The newlyweds swayed to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” during their first dance of the night.

The pair returned to Erinn’s hometown of Belmont to celebrate on the local country club’s 14th hole. “The party overlooked the Rogue River and a small pond nearby,” Erinn says of their secluded setting. “It was situated on the perfect spot that made you feel like you were escaping from everything.”

ERINN & JOSEPH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Blythefield Country Club, Belmont PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda VanVels

Photography

CONSULTANT &

Modern Day Events + Floral

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

Cammie Hollinger/A Wedding Minister for You

GOWN Tony Ward, Kleinfeld Bridal,

New York City

VEIL Kleinfeld Bridal

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Preusser Jewelers JEWELRY BHLDN

HAIR &

Genesis Salon & Day Spa DRESSES Jenny Yoo

Millar, Nordstrom

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Peter

STATIONERY Invitations

& menu cards: Oak & Orchid; programs: Modern Day Events + Floral BOOK Minted.com

SIGN-IN

RENTALS Fancy Fray;

Special Events Rental; Special Occasions CATERING Blythefield Country Club CAKE & DESSERTS Tonya Plekes MUSIC Ceremony: Jonathan Marshall;

reception: The Outer Vibe Tonya Plekes Andrus Travel

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TRANSPORTATION Gail REGISTRY Zola.com

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May 7 • Rochester

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“We got married the day before Mother’s Day, so flower prices were through the roof,” Aja says. Luckily, she had already decided on a fresh look with lots of greenery rather than large, colorful blooms.

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Aja wore an A-line ball gown, ditching a traditional veil for flowers in her hair.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Aja Jovanovski, 27, a pediatrician GROOM Jesse Bean, 28, works at Google HOW THEY MET At a party in Washington, DC WEDDING STYLE “We prefer simple, fresh aesthetics,” Aja says of sticking to clean lines, classic florals and muted tones of ivory and green. —RS

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Royal

Park Hotel, Rochester

PHOTOGRAPHY

Nicole Anderson/Sorella Muse: N. Anderson Studio

CONSULTANT Kate McClellan/ FLOWERS

Parsonage Events

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Aja and Jesse honored their respective religions by exchanging vows in a Jewish meets Serbian Orthodox ceremony. “Neither of us planned to convert to the other’s religion, so it was our goal to find officiants willing to marry us outside of a temple or church,” Aja says. “We were lucky to find two incredible officiants who modified their traditional roles to create a ceremony that represented us perfectly.”

AJA & JESSE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

Orthodox priest: Steven Bookvich; rabbi: Miriam Jerris

GOWN Tara Keely,

Gown Shop, Ann Arbor Weitzman

The

SHOES Stuart

ENGAGEMENT RINGS,

WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY My House

of Style

HAIR &

MAKEUP

Bridal

Artistry by Christine Fitzpatrick BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN;

WHITE by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal MENSWEAR Groom: Ralph Lauren;

groomsmen: H&M

STATIONERY

Invitations: WeddingPaperDivas.com; escort cards: Parsonage Events Luxe Event Rentals Park Hotel

RENTALS

CATERING Royal

CAKE New Martha

Washington Bakery

MUSIC DJ Tony

Ancevski DANCE LESSONS Kercheval Dance

ACCOMMODATIONS Royal

Park Hotel

REGISTRY Zola.com

GUESTS 310 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 14 • Ann Arbor

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Jessica clutched a bouquet of gerbera daisies, garden roses, peonies, tulips and craspedia during the processional.

JESSICA & DEREK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Gandy PHOTOGRAPHY

E’Lisa Campbell/E.C. Campbell Photography CONSULTANT

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OFFICIANT Kurt Allen (friend)

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Essense of Australia, Bella Bridal Gallery, West Bloomfield Black Market

SHOES White House

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Waterfall Jewelers EARRINGS

ArtGemStones, Etsy.com

HAIR Tiana

Ham MAKEUP Monique Williams BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS &

CATERING Gandy Dancer

CAKE Sweet Heather Anne DESSERTS

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jessica Johnson, 35, a physician GROOM Derek Thigpin, 34, a gastroenterologist HOW THEY MET While working at the same hospital WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the sunny hue of the bride’s favorite bloom, Jessica and Derek paired modern black-and-white accents with punchy pops of yellow. “We wanted it to look fun and approachable without feeling too stuffy,” Jessica says of the day’s cheerful design. —RS

As a result of spending her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, Jessica chose Ann Arbor as the setting for their spring celebration. “I still can’t get Derek to root for the Wolverines, but he’s come to love the city of Ann Arbor,” she says.

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Mike Staff Productions PHOTO

BOOTH ShutterBooth

& Kira’s

FAVORS John

TRANSPORTATION Golden

Limousine International

ACCOMMODATIONS

Graduate Ann Arbor; Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown Williams-Sonoma

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; HONEYMOON Napa Valley,

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A monogrammed ribbon reflective of Meryl’s new initials held together her bouquet of muted cafe au lait dahlias.

THEIR STORY

MERYL & ADAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Saunders

Photography

CONSULTANT Carlyn Roth/

The Bash Events Dozens of candles and charcoalcolored silk linens topped tables for optimum opulence.

FLOWERS Gerych’s

OFFICIANT Rabbi Joshua Bennet

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Plenty of candlelight and a single crystal chandelier illuminated the interior of the historic neoRenaissance hotel in the heart of downtown Detroit. “We wanted something that felt authentic to the city,” Meryl says of sending guests home with chocolate favors from a local Hamtramck bakery.

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BRIDE Meryl Sklar, 27, a social worker GROOM Adam Bleznak, 27, a real estate investor HOW THEY MET During a trip to Israel WEDDING STYLE A dramatic ceiling installation and elegant arrangements of roses and dahlias decorated Meryl and Adam’s traditional Jewish wedding. —Alexa Wybraniec

GOWN

Galia Lahav Haute Couture, Roma Sposa Atelier, Birmingham Atelier

VEIL Roma Sposa

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RING, WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY Astrein’s

Jewelers

HAIR Emile Salon & Spa

Deyo Studio Amsale

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Combatant Gentlemen

STATIONERY Invitations: Lee’s Specialty RENTALS The Bash Events; Gerych’s CATERING The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit CAKE Sweet Heather Anne

MUSIC

Ceremony: Jordan Allen Broder/Nuclassica; reception: Your Generation in Concert PHOTO BOOTH ShutterBooth

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FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS The

Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Macy’s; Slades; Williams-Sonoma HONEYMOON Croatia; Italy; Montenegro GUESTS 330 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Michael’s mother created Lauren’s splashy bouquet using orchids, calla lilies, hand-painted pods and sunflowers sans petals.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Lauren DuCharme, 29, a hairstylist GROOM Michael Glowacki, 32, works in graphic design HOW THEY MET As teenagers while doing mission work in the Dominican Republic WEDDING STYLE Painted paper flowers and the punchy colors of mint, red, navy and gold added plenty of flair to Lauren and Michael’s DIY celebration at a Grand Rapids market. —RS

“The market is one of our favorite places to eat, drink and find specialty foods,” Lauren says of their contemporary venue. “We love that the reception area is lined with glass windows and a terrace that offers beautiful views of the city.” Homemade desserts ranged from petit fours and heartshaped sweets to tres leches cupcakes.

Various paper blooms and painted blocks topped each reception table along with burlap runners flecked with gold.

LAUREN & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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GOWN

SHOES Chelsea Crew

ENGAGEMENT RING MiaDonna &

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MAKEUP

Mark Ellsworth Beauty; Salon Citrene BRIDESMAID DRESSES &

J.Crew

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY &

SIGN-IN

BOOK Michael Glowacki

RENTALS

Downtown Market Grand Rapids CATERING Tacos el Cunado

MUSIC

Moonlighting Professional Sound and Lighting; Stovepipe Stover

ACCOMMODATIONS

Amway Grand Plaza

REGISTRIES

Anthropologie; Bed Bath & Beyond; CB2; West Elm

HONEYMOON Traverse City

GUESTS 85 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Tapered candles topped wood farm tables along with sweet favors of fruit preserves. “Some of the jars were opened up and eaten right at the table,” Betsy says of the take-home treats.

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The couple read a classic love letter from Johnny Cash to June Carter during their ceremony, which took place in a clearing surrounded by trees.

Betsy and David tied the knot at a friend’s apple orchard in front of an altar of wood logs draped in greenery. “Between the red barn and beautiful grounds, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting for a fall wedding,” Betsy says.

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“It’s our favorite place in the world,” Betsy says of the location for their idyllic, northern Michigan nuptials. Upon arriving to the orchard, guests were immediately served spiked hot cider in custom sleeves to sip during the duration of Betsy and David’s alfresco ceremony.

With its empire waist, gathered bodice and jeweled cap sleeves, Betsy’s ivory gown echoed her effortless style.

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In addition to savory hors d’oeuvres, guests bit into mini apple pies, cannoli and a sour-cream-chocolate cake filled with mixed-berry compote. “It was as beautiful as it was delicious,” Betsy says. Other indulgences included a scotch bar—David’s drink of choice—displayed on top of a vintage wood dresser.

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Vitale Barberis Canonico,

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STATIONERY Minted.com

RENTALS Fancy Fray; Taylor Rental CATERING Nancy Kelly’s Restaurant CAKE & DESSERTS Simply Sweet by

Jessica

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REGISTRIES Crate &

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stephanie Jablonski, 30, a kindergarten teacher GROOM Chuck Eiler, 40, an art director HOW THEY MET While vacationing in Clearwater Beach, Florida WEDDING STYLE As a nod to their ceremony’s vineyard venue, Stephanie and Chuck decked out the rustic setting using wine-inspired colors of champagne, blush and garnet. —RS

“We traveled to Traverse City for our first weekend getaway and fell in love with Black Star Farms and each other,” Stephanie says of returning to the vineyard to say “I do.” Postceremony, the newlyweds hosted a champagne mixer for guests at the back of the barn.

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Suttons Bay RECEPTION SITE The reception took place at a waterfront venue that boasted unbeatable views of the bay. “We loved the idea of holding our ceremony at a winery and our reception overlooking the lake,” Stephanie says. “It was the best of both worlds.” Dozens of candles bathed the window-lined space in a romantic glow.

Visions

at CenterPointe, Traverse City PHOTOGRAPHY Tamara Gruner

Photography

CONSULTANTS Stephanie

Wiitala/Black Star Farms; Joanne Sika/Visions at CenterPointe Florist

FLOWERS Ketzler’s

OFFICIANT Scott Cowsill (friend)

GOWN Sincerity Bridal, Becker’s Bridal,

Fowler

SHOES Liz Rene Couture

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Rizzo Jewelers Signature Salon David’s Bridal Wearhouse

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY Studio Eiler

SIGN-IN BOOK EverythingEtchedAZ,

Etsy.com

RENTALS Special Occasions

CATERING Visions at CenterPointe CAKE

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MUSIC Visions

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REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Macy’s

HONEYMOON Breathless Punta

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see it in person Many couples who choose to get married in northern Michigan come from far-away places like LA and even Japan, says Rachel Moger, owner of Sincerely, Ginger Event & Design Production in Traverse City (SincerelyGinger.com). Since it’s really difficult to pick a venue online, she recommends scheduling a few days with back-toback appointments to check out your options. “Oftentimes couples end up picking a venue that was at the bottom of their list because the website didn’t do it justice,” she says. Also, schedule time to meet with venue owners or on-site coordinators to get a feel for the way they work, she says. “A team of friendly and fun pros is superimportant.” For out-of-town couples, a knowledgeable local planner is often key to a successful wedding day. Not only will he or she be essential on the day itself, but they’ll also be an invaluable resource throughout the process—on the front lines scouting venues and assembling a team of reputable pros they know and trust.

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plan for weather As many know, Michigan weather is notoriously fickle. “It could be cold and rainy in July or 80 degrees in March,” Moger says. “Finding the perfect outdoor location and being rained out can completely alter the entire wedding experience,” she notes, creating confusion among your pros or throwing off your décor plans. So have a backup plan and talk it through with your wedding planner. For peace of mind, Moger suggests booking a venue with a dedicated rain plan. The Homestead Resort (TheHomesteadResort .com) in Glen Arbor, for example, will move your ceremony into their cocktail-hour space in inclement weather. Keep in mind that establishing a rain plan at a private estate is often more difficult. She recommends hiring a rental company that can have staff onsite the day of your wedding if the weather starts to look rough. “Special Events Party Rental (SpecialEventsRental.com) in Warren is great about that,” she says. “You will have to pay whether the tent gets used or not, but it’s often worth it. I also recommend renting blankets, umbrellas and space heaters. Consider them a tiny investment in a sunny day.” taste some wine Northern Michigan has a huge wine scene, whether you’re looking for a little vino to toast with at your rehearsal dinner or to host a vineyard wedding. “Each vineyard is unique, and that’s the >>

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Northern Michigan has a shorter wedding season than most areas; it typically ranges from May through October, Moger says. So when the season is in full swing, lodging fills up quickly—make sure your guests are aware of this. Also consider “festival traffic.” Many festivals, such as the National Cherry Festival (CherryFestival .org), take place during the same period here, so plan ahead to

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great part,” says Madeline Begley, owner of Events to Remember (EventstoRememberTC.com) in Traverse City. “They all have such a different ambience. At one, there will be dogs running around. At another, it’s a sleek party atmosphere. Then there are vineyards that are just quaint and quiet, perfect for sitting around a fireplace.” Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards (BrengmanBrothers .com) is Moger’s favorite winery for many reasons. For one, it’s much closer to Traverse City than most, and you can host your entire wedding—from ceremony to reception—among the vines. And something else to keep in mind: Their closing time for weddings is 11 p.m.—a full hour later than most wineries on the popular Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (LPWines.com). Begley also suggests checking out Aurora Cellars (AuroraCellars.com) on Leelanau Peninsula. This old-world-inspired vineyard accommodates weddings of up to 300 people and has lodging for the wedding party at its farmhouse. Shady Lane Cellars (ShadyLaneCellars.com) is another local fave, with a unique, rustic ambience: The tasting room is in a converted chicken coop. “These two locations have

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done an amazing job of making everything quaint and cute, and are far enough away from everything that’s going on that they’re still private,” Begley says. So you don’t have to worry about driving while you’re scoping sites, Celtic Transport Logistics (CelticShuttles .com) provides a convenient way to winery hop. They’ll also take you and your wedding party to and from your hotels, ceremony and reception venues, and photo sites.

drink some brews The area is also known for its one-of-a-kind breweries, and its beer scene has only grown in the last few years. In fact, many couples opt to serve a keg of local beer. Some favorites, Moger says, include Right Brain Brewery (RightBrainBrewery.com), Short’s Brewing Company (ShortsBrewing.com), The Workshop Brewing Company (TraverseCityWorkshop.com) and Rare Bird BrewPub (RareBirdBrewPub.com). Book a brewery tour for you and your guests through Grand Traverse Tours (GrandTraverseTours .com). Begley counts The Workshop Brewing Company in >>

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Traverse City as one of her personal favorites because of its commitment to crafting its own beers and preserving a local flavor. “Every one of their beers is truly unique,” she says. Unfortunately, they don’t distribute, but it’s certainly worth stopping by in person to check out the space. “It looks like an auto shop, with everyone wearing name tags,” Begley says. A garage door opens up onto a lively patio, and there’s often live music.

take in some lakeside views With all the lakes in the area, small and great (hello, Lake Michigan!), arriving to your ceremony or reception by boat— whether it’s you or your guests—adds a special, nature-inspired touch to your day. You could also hold your rehearsal dinner or another pre- or postwedding party on the water. Check out TraverseBest.com for a ton of options. Just make sure guests bring some layers to wear—it is Michigan, after all. Last summer, one of Moger’s couples threw an amazing private estate wedding on Walloon Lake, which is just an hour and a half from Traverse City. Planners brought in some of the top pros from all over the Wolverine State to create an intimate lakeside event, complete with music by Michigan-based blues and bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (LindsayLouMusic.com), a Tuscan-style menu

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topped off with homemade gelato and cookies from Tom’s Mom’s Cookies (TomsMomsCookies.com) in Harbor Springs, and guests arriving at the venue by boat.

make your guests feel at home “There are many amazing venues on Leelanau Peninsula, from waterfront locations to wineries with scenic views,” Moger notes. “Sometimes I’ll have clients that book a venue on the tip of the peninsula without considering where guests will stay.” Because of the geography here, many guests end up lodging closer to Traverse City, which can be 45 minutes from the venue. If you’re hosting a destination wedding and most guests won’t have vehicles, she suggests arranging a shuttle service from Traverse City and back at the end of the night. Another option is to reserve several rental houses, through Airbnb.com or VRBO.com, on the peninsula, or choose a venue with lodging on-site, such as Black Star Farms (BlackStarFarms.com) or Fountain Point Resort (FountainPointResort.com).

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carry your invite theme into your wedding day paper! this dinner menu mimics the invite

Getting hitched in the Southwest? Choose a symbol or motif that suits, like this playful cactus illustration. A mix of graphic and elegant typography elevates the suite, making it perfect for any formality, from hacienda to casual ranch party. Cacti wedding invitations, $234 for 100, Cass Loh, Minted.com

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Tying the knot in a field of flowers? Incorporate some flora into your wedding paper. (Bonus points for adding the blooms to your bouquet too.) A monochromatic palette lends subtle sophistication to this illustrated design while a portrait (aka the new monogram) gives it bespoke personalization. Matching inserts coordinate the whole suite. Frankie collection invitations and envelopes, $582 for 100, ColorMeCarla.com

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Celebrating in the big city? Give guests a sneak peek of the party spot and generate excitement with a custom watercolor invitation backer— imagine pulling this out of an envelope. Add a glitzy paper liner, monogrammed reply card and handpicked vintage stamps for a unique invitation. Travis and Mario invitations, $2,850 for 100, RegasStudio.com >>

this painterly invite will stick around long after your wedding day square mail means more postage, but with stamps like these, it's worth it

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Saying "I do" by the sea? Play with pattern. A tropical locale lends itself to a spirited use of color. Mix and match the details for a refined yet casual soiree on the beach—your guests will know to pack their dancing shoes.

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Tulum collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $2,075 for 100, Courtney Jentzen, BellaFigura.com

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Making it official in a mountain chalet? Play up your chosen spot in big (hello, maps!) and small ways. A neutral palette is perfect for mixing motifs and typography, while gold foil details add a hint of formality and make each piece of the suite feel extra special. Haynes collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $1,990 for 100, Amy Graham Stigler, SmockPaper.com

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Sometimes trying to describe your favorite blooms to a florist is like trying to tell the car repair shop what sound your engine is making. Unless you’ve been around the block a few times, it’s hard to establish an extensive floral vocabulary. So we called on floral expert Jihyen Crowley of Gotham Florist for some help, and she shared the stems she’s asked about most often when it comes to wedding flowers. From anemones to garden roses and sweet pea, we’ve created a cheat sheet of perennial favorites, so you can brush up on the flower speak before meeting with your florist to choose your perfect petals. >>

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anemone This small bloom comes in a range of jewel-toned hues, but white may be the most popular color. It’s a shoo-in for formal black-and-white weddings because it’s one of the only flowers that naturally grows in that color scheme (white petals, black center). SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Expectation, protection PAIR IT WITH Anemones look great next to their floral cousin ranunculus. Ranunculus have very compact, layered petals that complement the open shape of anemones.

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The pointy petals sported by this bloom are thanks to its roots in the protea family. We love the shape they add to an arrangement, and you can’t beat the name when it comes to your bouquet. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Courtship PAIR IT WITH Crowley recommends a big flowering bloom with lots of petals, like peonies, and florals with a smaller head, like ranunculus, to fill out the whole arrangement.

Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow up to 12 inches in diameter or be as small as a button mum. The petals can expand in a straight, spiky fashion or in a round, tube-like shape, and the colors range from pastels to jewel tones and monochromatic combinations. Basically, options. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Dignity, elegance PAIR IT WITH If your dahlias have large heads, they’ll likely take up more space in an arrangement allowing you to complement with greenery (think: dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus) and a few filler flowers. If you want to supplement with a similar-looking bloom, consider zinnias, which share the same architecture.

lisianthus The ruffled petals are similar to a rose, but the center of lisianthus is what separates it from the pack. The petals appear pulled away from the center, really exposing the pollen. It’s also a hardier flower, which makes it a great choice for warm-weather weddings. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING Flashy, showiness PAIR IT WITH Roses are a great choice since the two blooms look so alike, but for something more edgy and less sweet, include some lisianthus buds in the mix. Before the flowers bloom they have tall, slender buds that give texture to an arrangement. >>

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This sought-after hybrid (also know as a David Austin English rose) adds depth and fragrance to a bouquet. The petals are reminiscent of a peony while the shape maintains its traditional rose demeanor. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING This variety was bred too recently to have a symbolic meaning, but classic roses stand for love, joy and beauty. PAIR IT WITH These stems are universally loved. “They pair well with almost any flower,” Crowley says. “But we use them most often with anemones, tulips, dahlias and orchids.” >>

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lily of the valley Royal brides like Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton have helped make lily of the valley an iconic wedding flower. Its little bellshaped blooms are clustered close together on a vinelike stem, making it the perfect choice to offset big-headed flowers in large bouquets. But, out of season, these tiny buds can really cost you. SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Humility, purity, sweetness PAIR IT WITH When peeking out from a cluster of lush peonies, lily of the valley is incredibly glamorous and charming. Stephanotis and tuberose are also good pairings—both sharing the vine structure and small white flowers.

peony Maybe the most requested of all wedding flowers, the peony definitely steals the show. There are hues for any season, like fall maroons or springy hot pinks. BEST SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Bashfulness, prosperity, romance PAIR IT WITH Peonies look amazing on their own or when paired with other large-headed blooms like double tulips or roses.

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sweet pea These ruffly, feminine petals are a popular choice because of their sweet aroma and sentimental name. Different colors bloom in different seasons, so if you’re interested in a specific hue, check with your florist about what’s available when. BEST SEASON Fall, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Blissful pleasure PAIR IT WITH Hydrangeas look incredibly lush and romantic with sweet pea. If you want something more understated, garden roses are equally as fabulous but with a bit less volume. >>

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ranunculus Though small in size, this petal-filled flower is used in a range of different-styled bouquets. It perfectly completes a round bouquet, or adds a sense of whimsy to a rustic-looking arrangement. And because of its size, it makes the perfect boutonniere bloom. SEASON Winter, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Charming, radiant PAIR IT WITH Gardenia petals grow in a beautiful spiral, which makes for a striking juxtaposition when placed next to the small heads of ranunculus.

thistle The distinctive shape of this stem (also known as sea holly) makes it a total standout. It has an interesting texture and is one of the few true-blue florals out there. The best part? No petals means no wilting, so it will last through any summer wedding. SEASON Summer, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Protection, strength PAIR IT WITH Thistle is very rustic, so keep the vibe going with wax flowers, Queen Anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus. Find your bridal blooms at TheKnot.com/flowers

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You’ve probably seen a lot of scabiosa pods in rustic weddings, but when the flower is in full bloom, it has a different appearance. The seed-dotted center gives the bloom an identifiable architectural element that stands out among other stems. SEASON Spring, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Admiration PAIR IT WITH For a totally romantic-without-fuss bouquet, clematis and anemones go amazingly well with this easy, breezy bloom.

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do I have to have a wedding cake? Technically no, but we think the tradition is definitely worth keeping. If you decide to forgo a cake, offer your guests some other kind of sweet treat, be it a plated dessert or passed chocolates. If you’re skipping the cake solely to save money, consider scaling back instead. Keep your add-ons and decoration requests simple— the less ornate the design, the less time-consuming (and costly) to make. Avoid exotic fillings, such as fresh guava, and instead order classic flavors that can easily be sourced. If you still need to come down on price, ask your baker about having two cakes. Order a small one- or a two-tier confection you can cut, then supplement with a sheet cake in the kitchen.

Sort of—the cost of a bowl of buttercream is less expensive than rolled fondant. But generally speaking, labor is a big indicator of the price of your cake, no matter what kind of frosting you choose. If you’re asking for a super-detailed design, like a smooth finish with several sugar flower clusters and a patterned motif, plan to pay for the baker’s time. Same goes for shapes—a twisty, stacked style could take up to three days to create and frost. For a less costly option, try a simple design and add a dramatic cake topper or fresh blooms. Besides being a showpiece, your cake should also be delicious. Choose the frosting that tastes best or allows your baker to design your dream cake. >>

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do I have to have a vanilla-flavored wedding cake? Remember: In addition to being unique and stunning, your cake has to taste good too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try a lot of flavors. Don’t be afraid to shy away from classics like chocolate or vanilla in favor of something less traditional such as carrot or lemon. And sample the available fillings—sometimes this layer is the most flavorful part of the slice. Many bakers are working with complex pairings like rose, hazelnut or lychee. Some will even whip up something custom for you. Choose the flavor you and your fiancé like best—after all, it’s your wedding cake.

I love the look of fondant, but I heard it tastes terrible—is that true?

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Terrible is a stretch, but it’s not quite as tasty as a buttercream or meringue. The upshot of using fondant is the virtually limitless design possibilities. Want a ribbon that matches your bouquet wrap? No problem. Want a smooth surface that can easily incorporate geometric designs or a ton of gum-paste roses? You got it. If you’re worried about the taste, ask your baker to add a layer of buttercream between the cake and the fondant (most do this anyway) to offset the flavor. Or speak to your cake designer about your vision and see if it can be accomplished or modified to work with a different type of icing.

is a naked cake right for my wedding? It all depends on the kind of celebration you’re planning. Naked cakes are essentially unfrosted confections. These designs tend to have a more natural and organic feel, since they don’t really lend themselves to gum-paste flowers or metallic dust. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be reserved for casual weddings though. A naked cake garnished with some lavender sprigs would be well suited for a vineyard affair, for example. If you like the naked look, talk with your baker about ways to tailor the design to the formality of your celebration.

are fresh flowers safe to put on a cake, and do they cost less than the sugar variety? Generally speaking, fresh flowers will cost you less than anything made from sugar, mostly because of the time and effort required to create each delicate petal. If you want to use fresh flowers on your cake, speak to your florist in advance. They’ll need to source the requested blooms and make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. If you have your heart set on a particular bud, check to see if it’s in season. In some cases, it might be less costly to fashion a peony in the kitchen than to source one in February.

my fianc´e and I prefer savory or lightly sweetened desserts—is buttercream teeth-achingly sweet?

will a buttercream cake be fancy enough for my black-tie wedding?

Most buttercreams are made of the ingredients you’d expect: creamed butter and sugar. But they aren’t all created equal. Some are meringue based while others use custard or oils (making them better for fillings or decoration). Talk with your baker about sweetness preference and taste samples. Bottom line: You can achieve a spreadable cream without risking a cavity. You may even want to opt for a cream cheese frosting, which is a mix of savory and sweet that you and your guests will enjoy.

Absolutely—just ask cake icon Sylvia Weinstock, who only frosts with buttercream. This fluffy icing can be applied in a smooth appliqué, giving it a flawless finish similar to that of fondant. An assortment of sugar flowers dresses things up even more. Buttercream’s consistency also allows it to be easily shaped or piped into swags, borders and flowers (perfect decoration for less formal celebrations). The only real downside to buttercream is it’s not ideal for transfers, stencils or embossing. >>

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do we have to have two cakes, including a groom’s cake? One cake is all you need, but if you like the idea of serving a second dessert or getting your groom involved, go for it. The tradition of the groom’s cake has evolved over time—a slice of this second cake used to be given to guests as a favor when they headed home for the evening. The groom’s cake is usually much smaller than the couple’s wedding cake and is decorated to reflect the interests of the groom (think: hobbies, favorite sports team or even a childhood superhero). There are no rules to the flavors and fillings, but, like the design, they typically reflect his favorites.

if I don’t want a traditional cake topper, do I have to have one? You have free rein to top your cake with whatever you’d like— or nothing at all. If you have an heirloom piece, like your grandparents’ vintage topper, work with your baker to add it to your top tier (it can even double as your “something old”). Many wedding cakes are so decorative or colorful that a topper could actually detract from the design.

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I’m planning an outdoor wedding—will a buttercream cake melt? The biggest downside to buttercream is its sensitivity to heat. Most buttercreams will stand at room temperature for hours, developing a pretty iredescent shine, but it’s good to have a designated refrigerator at your venue for storing the cake before the reception begins. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, you can still have a buttercream cake—just take a few extra precautions. Chill the cake leading up to the reception and opt for an early cake cutting, before you sit down to eat. If it’s too hot or humid, the cake can be removed and chilled until it’s time to serve your guests.

cake décor glossary Learn some lingo before meeting with your cake baker.

basket weave

A piping technique that has interwoven vertical and horizontal lines.

beading

A border along the edge of tiers that resembles tiny pearls.

cornelli

An elaborate piping technique that yields a lacelike pattern.

Adds sparkle or sheen to a cake.

piping

Decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket-weave patterns and flowers.

pulled sugar

Edible colored sugar balls used for decorative purposes.

A technique in which boiled sugar is manipulated and pulled to produce flowers and bows.

ganache

royal icing

dragees

A sweet, rich chocolate, denser than mousse but less dense than fudge, which can be used as icing or filling.

gum paste

This paste of sugar, cornstarch and gelatin is used to mold realisticlooking fruits and flowers to garnish a cake.

latticework meet the expert: maggie austin Former ballet dancer turned cake designer Maggie Austin creates detailed works of (delicious) art. The process of designing a wedding cake can begin a year or more in advance with Austin and the couple discussing elements of the reception in great detail, resulting in a unique design. The cake is typically made and decorated the day before delivery, but she works on sugar flowers and other delicate details well in advance. MaggieAustinCake.com

petal dust

A crisscross piping with an open pattern.

marzipan

A paste made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites used to mold edible flowers to decorate the cake. Marzipan can also be rolled in sheets, and used as icing.

Made of egg whites and confectioners sugar, this icing is a soft paste piped from a pastry bag to create flowers, beading, bows and latticework.

swiss dot

A piping technique that forms tiny dots in random patterns that resemble a fine dot Swiss fabric.

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A dense cake that does not use leavening agents like baking powder or baking soda.

whipped cream Heavy cream beaten to achieve a thick consistency.

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Couples take note: Edible favors never (okay, rarely) get left behind. And while favors aren’t required, they’re a nice way to show your guests you appreciate their support and attendance. And if they traveled to celebrate, an edible token means instant gratification— no packing something extra in the suitcase for the trek home. Just like your invitation sets the stage for your wedding, your favors leave a lasting impression, so pick something fun that speaks to your wedding theme, the locale or your personality as a couple. Are you two always on the hunt for the best macarons? Or maybe you’re popcorn gurus or cookie connoisseurs? Treat your guests to an indulgence you both love. Whether you’re after something sweet, foodie-approved or ridiculously Instagrammable, we’ve got you covered with nine edible favors that ship nationwide.

6. cake pops

1. chocolate-covered pretzels

$5 FOR 4 OZ. CONTAINER, COOKIEDONYC.COM

You can’t go wrong with a sweet and salty postreception snack, especially when there are rainbow sprinkles involved. Customize the colors and the packaging of these yummy pretzels for foolproof favors. FROM $7 PER BOX, FATTYSUNDAYS.COM

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2. whoopie pies These aren’t just any old whoopie pies. With their creative flavors (fig honey goat cheese, anyone?), these treats are fit for a foodie. And if your guests aren’t that adventurous, stick to classics like double chocolate and vanilla Funfetti. $16 FOR 10, BATTERANDCREAM.COM

3. b’day cake truffles Allow us to introduce you to the ultimate truffle: vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. Mind blown.

A bite of cake on a stick is the perfect grab-and-go fix. And with sparkly frosting, these cake pops can double as décor—they can even be styled to look like a mini wedding cake or a bride and groom (perfect for a prewedding celebration too!). Have a bowtie-clad waiter stand by the exit to send guests off with something sweet in a grand way. FROM $39 FOR 12, SHOPNYCAKEPOPS.COM

7. mini tubs of cookie dough Perfectly safe to eat or bake—if you can wait that long—this cookie dough is available in 21 varieties, including confetti, fluffernutter, chocolate dream and signature chocolate chip. Bonus: Most of them can be made vegan or gluten-free. We guarantee there won’t be a single one left behind (maybe to the newlyweds’ dismay).

8. personalized macarons These tasty little treats come in fun flavors, like mint chocolate, chocolate lavender, passion fruit and white chocolate cherry. And you can personalize the cookie with a custom illustration of the two of you or even your wedding date—total win. $5 FOR 2-PIECE FAVOR BOX, BYWOOPS.COM

local flavor

“I love goodies from some of the state’s best chocolatiers like Sayklly’s Yooper Bars or anything cherry inspired.” —Cassy Anderson of Cassy Rose Events in Ann Arbor

$17 FOR 12, MILKBARSTORE.COM

4. cake in a jar Surprise your guests with a take-home dessert that’s as pretty as it is delicious. The exposed cake and frosting layers mimic a naked cake, but in a travel-friendly container. Choose from classic flavors like cookie dough and fudge brownie as well as seasonal specialties. $30 FOR 3, JARSBYDANI.COM

5. popcorn tins You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who wouldn’t want to take home this iconic popcorn. A delectable combo of caramel and cheese—Garrett’s signature mix—is both a savory treat and a dessert snack in one. $189 FOR EVENT PACK WITH 24 POPCORN BAGS, GARRETTPOPCORN.COM

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9. marshmallow sandwich cookies Not only are these marshmallow cookies totally unique, they’re also made with fair-trade ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Pick from flavors like raspberry hibiscus, spiked espresso, vanilla and caramel, and peppermint chocolate. Thinking of keeping guests toasty at your winter nuptials with a hot chocolate bar? Station these next to the cocoa for a perfect pairing. Customize the packaging for an ultra-personalized wedding favor. FROM $5 FOR 4, MALVIMALLOW.COM

Want more favor inspo? Visit TheKnot.com/favors

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true colors

Who says you have to stick to conventional hues for your wedding? A dreamy mauve gown and crisp khaki suit are fresh and totally on trend. Dress, $6,000, Hayley Paige at Bridal Couture of Birmingham, BridalCoutureMI .com (Birmingham), Mimi’s Bridal Boutique, MimisBridalBoutique.com (Ann Arbor), Bianka Bridal, BiankaBridal.com (Grand Rapids); engagement ring, $995, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, $345, NaeemKhan .com ON HIM Suit, $600, Bar III, Macys.com; shirt, stylist’s own; bow tie, $110, Olch.com; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; socks, $28, HappySocks .com; shoes, $1,195, ChristianLouboutin.com >>

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Weddings are a time-honored tradition, but that doesn’t mean you have to look traditional on your day. Mix it up with edgy silhouettes, whimsical details and accessories that are totally you.

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A sleek pantsuit with a flouncy top is the best of both worlds: It’s fashion forward but still feels bridal. Add a veil for a look that’s all your own. Pantsuit, $4,150, Rosa Clará at L’Amour Bridal, LAmourBridalMI.com (Novi); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney .com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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standout silhouette

Turn heads in a dress with a trendy high-low hemline. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off amazing shoes, without sacrificing the drama of a train. Dress, $8,490, Ines Di Santo at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa .com (Birmingham); earrings, $325, Simone Rocha, NewYork.DoverStreetMarket.com; pink tennis bracelet, $65, gold tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; stacking rings, $3,740, Laurence Bruyninckx, LX-Antwerp.com; shoes, $1,090, OscardelaRenta.com >>

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flirty skirt Lace sleeves and a tutu-inspired skirt make this short frock anything but simple. Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; stacking ring, $6,935, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

party plumes Planning to change it up for your reception? A feathery cocktail dress is made for dancing the night away. Top, $4,280, skirt, $3,180, LihiHod.com; engagement ring, $2,360 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; wedding band, $1,590, ring, $4,450, HeartsOnFire.com; earrings, $198, LeleSadoughi.com >>

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While pastel florals are classic, a bold, vibrant bouquet instantly adds a celebratory vibe to your wedding. Top, $550, pants, $605, IvyandAster.com; necklace, $245, CZbyKennethJayLane.com

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daring details All minidresses aren’t created equal. Abstract embellishments give this little white dress a dose of avant-garde appeal. Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com; bracelet, $6,750, HeartsOnFire.com; shoes, price upon request, ChristianSiriano.com ON HIM Suit, $595, shoes, $230, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com

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Here are the very best ways to get lush lashes (that will stand up to happy tears), kissable lips and camera-ready skin. 1 WATERPROOF MASCARA

Voluminous waterproof mascara, $11, LorealParisUSA.com Don’t worry about tearing up during your ceremony: This mascara delivers tons of drama without the fear of raccoon eyes.

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Powder blush, $22, MACCosmetics.com The compact is generously sized and the shade selection doesn’t disappoint, with more than 50 options ranging from romantic to bold.

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6 EYELINER

$ BUDGET PICK

Intensify Me liquid liner, $9, CoverGirl.com The paddle-shaped

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Eye shadow, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com These silky powders glide on lids, then stay put without creasing or fading.

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Pop lip colour and primer, $18, Clinique.com Brights for the bachelorette, pinks for the wedding, corals for the honeymoon—this line is packed with shades that last.

9 BROW DEFINER

Sculpting eyebrow pencil, $29, Chanel.com Many pencils can look harsh, but not this one. The blendable color appears almost like a powder once it’s on.

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Amazing concealer, $42, Amazing Cosmetics.com It’s thick enough to obliterate dark circles and has enough staying power to keep stubborn zits hidden.

EYELASH CURLER

Relevée lash curler, $30, SurrattBeauty.com Squeeze, hold for a few seconds, then release to get a longlasting curl with zero tugging or pinching.

BRUSHES

Sonia Kashuk brushes, from $11, Target.com These sleek tools may be budget friendly, but trust us: The ultra-soft bristles hold their own against any brand out there.

PALETTE

Illume Sheer Color trio, $62, Hourglass Cosmetics.com We instantly fell for these three creams: a natural-looking bronzer, a peachy blush and a flattering highlighter. It’s an all-in-one, honeymoon-friendly compact.

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Diaphane loose powder, $40, SurrattBeauty.com Dust this translucent powder over skin to set makeup and stave off shine.

tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expertlooking swoop.

LIP GLOSS

Color Elixir lip color, $9, Maybelline.com The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with highend formulas. >>

READERS’ PICK

BRONZER

Hoola matte bronzer, $29, BenefitCosmetics.com Sweep this sparkle-free powder across your chin, cheeks and forehead for a subtle, natural glow.

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TALK ABOUT BEAUTY AND BRAINS: A PROFESSOR AT MIT HELPED DEVELOP THIS HAIR CARE LINE

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1 ANTI-FRIZZ SERUM

$ BUDGET PICK

Sleek & Shine antifrizz serum, $6, GarnierUSA.com Even the most humid honeymoon destination is no match for this frizz fighter. Work a few drops through hair to keep the fuzzies at bay for hours.

2 HAIR SPRAY Superfine hair spray, $33, Oribe.com Mighty enough to hold an updo

in place, but still flexible enough for a down ’do, this ultrafine mist is our go-to spray for any hairstyle.

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Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, LivingProof.com Whatever your hair type, this sulfate-free duo leaves it soft, smooth and full. One of our testers even called it “life changing.” We’re sold.

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Luxurious Volume fine to full blowout spray, $10, JohnFrieda.com Want your hair to have Victoria’sSecret-model-level volume? Then this bodifying mist is for you. The fine-haired among us swear by it.

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Brilliant Glossing crème, $20, Fekkai.com We’re obsessed with this cult favorite’s ability to hydrate,

tame and even add shine to the most unruly hair. Plus, the formula is super effective but won’t weigh down your locks or feel greasy.

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Bb. Curl defining crème, $31, Bumble andBumble.com Curly girls, meet your new BFF. This rich, curl-defining cream will have you falling in love with your natural texture all over again. Just rake through your wet hair and go.

READERS’ PICKS

DRY SHAMPOO

Fresh Start dry shampoo, $5, TRESemme.com One spritz at the roots and this light mist will perk up limp locks without any residue.

HAND CREAM

Shea Butter hand cream, $12, LOccitane.com Prep your hands for all those #ringselfies with this intensely nourishing cream.

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Almond Coconut Milk scrub, $50, LauraMercier.com This thick scrub sloughs away rough patches and smells like dessert.

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Dry Oil Moisture nourishing body wash, $6, Dove.us The tiny bursts of argan oil in this rich formula leave skin super hydrated, so you won’t need to use lotion afterward.

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Outlast Xtend antiperspirant gel, $5, Secret.com Wedding planning stress is no match for this deodorant. Swipe it on for major odor control.

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Flash bronzer, $42, Lancome-USA.com The bronze-colored lotion lets you see exactly where to apply it, so there’s no danger of streaks.

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Ultra Sheer DryTouch sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Neutrogena.com This fast-absorbing protector won’t leave a ghostly white residue behind. >>

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Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com Simply dip your fingertip inside and twist it back and forth. The built-in

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Formula X Shine nail topcoat, $11, Sephora.com Keep your nails photo ready with this clear polish. It delivers a shiny finish that lasts for days.

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All About That Base CC base coat, $20, Deborah Lippmann.com This nifty formula strengthens and primes nails.

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Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops, $8, SallyHansen.com These drops cut drying time dramatically—ideal for a busy bride.

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Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails, $27, Dior.com Oils can be messy but this cream keeps cuticles soft without a greasy residue. >>

READERS’ PICK

NAIL POLISH

Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $9, Essie.com There’s a reason why this polish is a bridal staple: Its pale pink shade is universally flattering and works in any season.

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Anthelios face sunscreen SPF 45, $30, LaRoche-Posay.us Stay safe by wearing SPF every day. This one feels invisible on skin.

Get ready for your close-up. A gorgeous wedding day glow starts with these finds.

2 MOISTURIZER   Hydro Boost gel, $19, Neutrogena.com This airy gel quenches dry skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid.

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Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask, $42, OleHenriksen.com Loaded with sugar, pomegranate and pumpkin, this scrub sloughs off dead skin like nothing else.

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Acne spot treatment, $18, Murad.com Here, two acne fighters (sulfur and salicylic acid) team up to destroy zits.

THIS SUGARY SCRUB DOESN’T JUST SMELL AMAZING, IT INSTANTLY BRIGHTENS SKIN

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Yes to Cucumbers towelettes, $6, YestoCarrots.com These handy wipes whisk away dirt and makeup faster and more thoroughly than any fancy brand out there. >>

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting mask, $92, Fresh.com When your skin needs some extra TLC (say, after your bachelorette party), call on this hydrating treatment.

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Decadence, $95 for 1.7 oz., MarcJacobs.com An exotic combo of plum, saffron and amber, this perfume screams bachelorette party.

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Mediterranean Honeysuckle, $110 for 1.7 oz., AERIN.com This lush, sexy blend of honeysuckle,

bergamot and gardenia feels like a destination wedding in a bottle.

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La Vie Est Belle Intense, $110 for 1.7 oz., Lancome-USA.com Floral notes are wrapped with spicy patchouli and a decadent twist of hazelnut for a warm scent that’s just a little bit mysterious.

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Knot Eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 oz., BottegaVeneta.com This might be the perfect bridal scent. Notes of rose and peony are soft and feminine, mandarin adds freshness, and musk rounds it out with a sultry feel.

5 ROMANTIC $ BUDGET PICK

Embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

The fragrances in this trio (two shown) may cost only $30 each, but the combos are sophisticated and totally elegant.

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Lime Basil & Mandarin, $65 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com Lime, basil and thyme make for the crispest scent ever.

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Coco Mademoiselle, $94 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com This distinct combination of citrus, floral and woodsy notes is luxe and totally unforgettable.

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Follow these rules for bridesmaid dresses that won’t break the bank—but will make your friends look fabulous. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE HOLSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHS

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Chances are, you have a couple of old bridesmaid dresses collecting dust in your own closet. And now that it’s your turn to pick the dress, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s both budget friendly and figure flattering for all of your attendants. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Read up on how to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune but will look gorgeous on all your girls.

let them choose the dress Just hear us out on this one: Letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress proves you want everyone to look their best and shows you trust in their fashion sense. The trick to pulling off the mismatched trend is setting color and fabric guidelines so your whole party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a don’ts list, with requests like no miniskirts or super-plunging necklines. >>

styling your smallest attendants Everything you need to know to outfit the little ones in your wedding party

for flower girls THE SKINNY The parents traditionally pay for the flower girl’s attire, so unless you plan on making a gift of it, be up front about this cost when you ask to include her in your wedding day. THE FORMALITY There are two schools of thought when it comes to dressing the flower girl: She should match the bride, or she should match the bridesmaids. Another option is to put her in a white dress with an accent or sash that matches the bridesmaid dress color. THE STYLE No matter what your wedding style, flower girl dresses nearly always have a fuller skirt and are tea or floor length.

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or pomander is probably plenty for her to handle. Consider her age and maturity level: What’s she really able to wear or carry? If you know that floral crown is going to be pulled off her head within minutes, you may want to reconsider it.

for ring bearers THE SKINNY Same deal as the flower girl—when you ask his parents if he can be in the party, you’re also assuming they’ll pay, so bring it up right from the beginning. THE FORMALITY Look for a tiny tux if you’re

having a black tie affair. If your style is more casual, there are tons of cute options for these little men: A lightweight cotton or linen suit, shortalls in a matching hue or a sailor suit all work well.

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touch for this pint-size party member is the ring pillow, so choose one that complements your theme without clashing with the ring bearer’s outfit.

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THE STYLE Unless he’s wearing a full-on suit or tux, the ring bearer doesn’t need to match the groom or groomsmen perfectly. Give him a bit more color and flair than you would the rest of the groomsmen.

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avoid gowns that need alterations Bridesmaid dresses, like wedding gowns, don’t run true to size and are ordered using the largest measurement as a guide. Chances are, your bridesmaids will end up with dresses that are a size or two larger than what they normally wear. Depending on the dress and on the body types of your bridal party, alterations can cost anywhere from about $30 (for a simple hem) to about $150 (taking in, hemming, adding straps). Suddenly, a small price tag becomes a small fortune. Stick to flowy silhouettes, which will require fewer alterations (think: A-line over clinging sheaths), or styles your bridesmaids can buy in their regular sizes from department stores to decrease the chance that alterations will be necessary.

go for basic black Of course there are the obvious reasons a black dress is an excellent choice—it’s slimming, works on any skin tone, looks great long or short, and is easy to accessorize. The best argument for black? Whether it’s to a formal event or cocktail party, your girls can definitely use another LBD.

pick up the tab One of the most common gripes you’ll hear about bridesmaid dresses is the price. Even if you’ve been considerate by finding budget-friendly options, the dress still contributes to a long list of expenses (think: travel costs, shower gift, bachelorette party, wedding gift—you get the idea). If you have room in your budget, consider gifting your girls their dresses—it’s a super-thoughtful way to thank them for being part of your day. >>

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

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

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

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

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Choosing a knee-length dress will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Sure, your bridesmaids may still need to hit up the tailor for other minor tweaks, but they won’t have to worry about tripping over their dress. A shorter hemline is also a great opportunity to show off killer heels.

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

don’t dictate the footwear Speaking of heels, insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’ve been dyed a specific hue. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

let her bring the baubles By letting each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

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Our best formula for a seamless shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all of your bridesmaids together for manicures and pedicures (bonus points if you’re treating) and some relaxation and bonding time. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with lots of light dishes that won’t leave your friends feeling too full or bloated. But don’t skip the mimosas—relaxed bridesmaids are more likely to fall in love with your dress choice. And finally: the bridal shop. Pick your preferred styles ahead of time to make the selection process less overwhelming. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show— it will be a fun, memorable way to narrow in on their favorites.

We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses can lack support; to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps seem overwhelming) but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of itch-free fabric? Or a flowing gown that won’t cling to the midsection? Small details like fabric choice and silhouette can make a world of difference where dress wearability is concerned. Bring on the dancing and the wedding cake!

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It’s no secret that many brides follow strict wedding prep before the wedding day—but what about the guys? These days, groom style is about so much more than just a rented tux. From manicuring his facial hair to choosing just the right accessories to complement his perfectly tailored new threads, here are four easy ways to pamper your groom and give his wedding day style a little extra polish.

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If he’s considering growing or changing his facial hair before your wedding, make sure he has at least a three-month head start. “It’s better to live with the style for a bit prior to the wedding to make sure this is the look you want to have in your photos,” says Troy Harris, a master barber at The Art of Shaving. Once he’s decided whether he’ll be clean-shaven, bearded or mustachioed, consider treating your groom to some must-have products to kick-start his prewedding skin-care regimen. Start by swapping his ordinary bar of soap for an actual facial wash plus a scrub for a smoother shave. If he’s bearded, have him mix facial wash and scrub together. “This helps remove dry skin under the beard hair to keep his skin from feeling dry and itchy,” Harris says. Applying a shave oil (yes, it exists) before shaving is another way to step up his routine—it works wonders at preventing razor burn and scratchy first kisses. Your groom should also have at least one professional shave before your wedding day, according to Harris. If he’s clean-shaven he’ll want to make sure he reacts well to a close shave to prevent irritated skin in your wedding photos. If he’s bearded or in the process of growing a beard, a barber can help shape the lines of his facial hair, taking all of the guesswork out of shaving.

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Your guy may not be into spa days, but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a relaxing professional massage. “As great as weddings are, they’re a high-stress event,” says Tamim Ghilzai, a Zeel massage therapist based in San Francisco. “A massage will help your groom relax and take his mind off any worries.” On-demand massage companies like Zeel deliver professional massages to your door, without the frills of scented candles and cucumber water your groom may not care about. “Men are just more comfortable in their home—they’re in their own environment,” Ghilzai says. “Some feel awkward sitting in the waiting room wearing a fluffy robe and slippers.” Another idea: Because of close-up ring shots on your wedding day, you’ll want your groom to consider what’s recently been coined “handshake maintenance,” or a manicure for men. If your guy doesn’t know his way around an emery board, opt for a professional job to clean up his cuticles and buff his nails to a healthy-looking shine. To maintain his newly manicured nails at home, he should invest in an all-in-one nail file and buffer to smooth out any ragged edges that appear over time. And have him apply a fragrance-free hand cream at night before bed to stave off callouses and keep his hands nice and soft.

update his suit Odds are, your groom is going to wear either a suit or tux—but that doesn’t mean all menswear is created equal. Consider a slim-cut tux or suit to up the style factor. And, this may be surprising, but slimmercut suits actually work for every body type. “Sometimes, guys think a boxier shape will make their body appear slimmer, but it has the opposite effect,” says Andrew Blackmon, cofounder of The Black Tux. >>

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You’ll know a slim-cut (not to be confused with skinny) suit has just the right fit if it meets the following criteria: shoulders that are close to his body but not constricting, sleeves that are long enough to show a quarter- to a half-inch of his shirt while his arms are at his sides, and a jacket length ending at the base of his thumbs.

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Even if your groom is happy overall with the general fit of his suit, don’t skimp on the tailoring—it’s even more important if it’s a rental. After all, you wouldn’t consider skipping your wedding dress alterations. He’ll typically have three fittings: one for chalking, one to try everything on and one to make final adjustments. He should give himself a month or so for alterations to avoid any last-minute fixes.

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Stand-out accessories are a simple and cost-effective way to give your groom’s look a personal touch. If his groomsmen want in on the action, make sure they don’t match each other perfectly— complementary accessories for the group will still create a cohesive look without being too cookie cutter (think mismatched bridesmaid dresses). Consider adding one or two of the following options for a more unique twist on the standard suit and tie combination.

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pocket square A pocket square gives personality to a formal look without going too over the top. Choose patterns that go together without being matchy-matchy, like a floral-print tie and a gingham pocket square. If you go for a bolder pocket square—say a plaid or paisley—balance it out with a solid color tie. boutonniere While we love florals, they aren’t your guy’s only option. A customized boutonniere, like an antique brooch or lapel pin, is perfect for the edgier groom. “It’s a fun way to add to your look without the formal association a classic boutonniere can bring,” says Allyson Wicha Lewis, vice president of merchandising at The Tie Bar.

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socks A pair of statement socks (think: novelty patterns or bold prints) is an understated way for your groom to inject some personality into his look. “Because only a portion of the sock shows when you’re sitting down, it’s perfect for guys who are generally averse to bright color to wear it subtly,” Wicha Lewis says. To pull off this trend, your guy should stick with socks that are grounded in his pant color, with just a hint of something bold.

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When you begin researching the perfect engagement ring (and for that secret Pinterest board, of course) the word “overwhelming” may come to mind. Before you even make the purchase, a number of factors, from budget to style, have to be considered. And while a lot of the old rules no longer apply when choosing an engagement ring—like having to buy one with a more traditional setting—there are some guidelines you should always keep in mind when shopping for a diamond. If you’re thinking of a buying a white diamond, the four Cs—cut, color, clarity and carat—are important factors to consider before settling on a ring. Editor’s note: No standardized quality grading system exists for colored gemstones, so if you’re on the hunt for a colorful center stone, these rules don’t apply.

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The cut of a diamond isn’t actually the shape (think: round, oval, pear) of the diamond, but how well the angles and proportions of the stone interact with light. Since diamonds start as rough stones and not faceted gems, the cut grade of a diamond is the only one of the four Cs that’s not determined by nature, making it the most important aspect to consider. In other words, a bad cut can ruin an otherwise perfectly good stone. If the diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, it will leak light on the sides, giving it a duller appearance, which will reduce its value and brilliance. A well-cut diamond will have three factors: brightness, fire and scintillation. If that jargon is confusing, here’s a quick breakdown: Brightness is a “white light” reflected both internally and externally; fire is the presence of colorful (or rainbow) sparkle; and scintillation is the amount of sparkle a diamond produces in general.

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color A structurally perfect white diamond has no hue. The degree of a diamond’s colorlessness is measured under professionally controlled lighting and graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), with colorless stones being the most valuable. As a general rule, a colorless diamond will almost always cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color you choose is extremely rare (like green or red diamonds).

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Carats refer to the weight of the diamond. As the carat size increases, so does its rarity and its price tag. But a diamond that has a bigger carat weight doesn’t necessarily mean it will look bigger. A diamond with a smaller carat size but a shallow cut may look larger than a diamond with a bigger carat size and a deeper cut. Size depends on not only the shape of the diamond, but the different mountings you choose—a halo will make a smaller stone appear larger, and so will a shape with more surface area, like a pear or emerald.

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The fewer impurities or inclusions (both internal and external) a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes in the earth’s mantle. While there are treatments that can create a clearer stone, a “flawless” diamond is extremely rare. Similar to color, the clarity of a diamond is also measured on a scale. Diamonds that are graded in the SI1 and SI2 (slightly included) range are included but their imperfections are invisible to the naked eye.

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Put your accounting skills to the test by deciding on a budgeting system to track all the money going in and out for your wedding day. The easiest way? The Knot Budget Calculator, which estimates how much you should spend on everything from music to mother-in-law gifts, and allows you to track all your payments and their due dates. Otherwise, you can put all your info in an old-fashioned spreadsheet.

explore any hidden costs Knowing all of the costs for your wedding up front will guarantee that your budget can actually cover all the details. But remember: There are extras that you may not think about. Here’s what you should consider: avoid overtime If the party’s hopping, the extra 45 minutes after your reception was supposed to end may whiz by, but you’ll probably pay dearly in overtime fees for everyone from the photographer to the venue manager. If you think the celebration may go long, add overtime costs into the budget. factor in tips From the sexton who cleans the church to the hotel steward who delivers your welcome bags, even conservative tipping can add hundreds to your wedding cost. Make sure to account for these costs in your initial budget. remember: trials aren’t always free A florist’s demo may be gratis the first time, but if you make repeated changes, you risk being billed. Also, take your trial hairstyle into consideration. It’s going to cost you, so make sure to include it in your budget. don’t forget the little stuff Things like stamps for the RSVP cards, ribbons for the favors and marriage license fees seem so small that you can shrug them off, but like any costs, they add up. Going just over budget in a couple categories with a vague plan of making it up somewhere else can push you past your limit.

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If you account for budget overages, then you never actually blow your budget. Try to earmark 5 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs. These are some areas where you might go over: flowers You may realize that something you hadn’t considered needs to be decorated, or you might need an additional boutonniere or corsage. weather-related expenses It’s best to be prepared for any unforseeable weather on your day. Have umbrellas for a rainy day, space heaters if it’s unseasonably cool and additional shade if it’s particularly hot. small accidents Life happens! Your gown may need a last-minute spot removal or something could break. Bottom line: Have room in your budget for emergencies.

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be smart with your budget Take advantage of budgeting and money management tricks along the way. Put all your wedding money in one separate account, so you can easily track it without getting it confused with the rest of your day-to-day funds. Pay for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that gives you benefits. Make sure everyone making purchases (your fiancé, your mom and so on) are all on the same card system, so you can easily track your purchases.  se The Knot Budgeter tool at U TheKnot.com/budgeter

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rental deliveries Drop-off and pickup fees usually aren’t included in the price for table and chair rentals.

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No matter how you’re celebrating, an amazing meal is central to your wedding reception. But before you choose the menu, you need to know which meal you’re serving. Your options are nearly endless—from a formal, seated dinner or a festive brunch buffet to nothing but a fivetier fondant couture cake.

brunch Brunch can be served buffet style or as a seated meal (or you could even do a combo). The other alternative is a cocktail brunch, where guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres (like scrambled-egg tartlets and mini French toast sticks) and cocktails (such as mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys) as they mingle among a mix of lounge furniture and tables. THE PROS

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• I f you’re imagining more of a festive atmosphere, keep in mind that fewer people are in the party mood at 11 a.m. • Without all the dancing, your wedding may feel like less of an all-out celebration—but that may be exactly what you’re after. • If you’re not immediately jetting off on a fabulous honeymoon, you might wonder what to do with yourselves for the rest of the day, after your ceremony and brunch are over.

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afternoon tea Display pretty pastries, finger sandwiches and scones on tiered stands that double as centerpieces. Offer three or four types of tea, plus coffee and sparkling sodas. Background music—anything from a string quartet to a bluegrass band—is a nice touch. You can also use the tea theme to create a whimsical wedding cake. Think: Alice in Wonderland or a royal tea party. Personalize the tea offerings by including a blend of your and your fiancé’s favorites and giving it a unique name that’s personal to you as a couple. THE PROS

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• I f you want hours of dancing, a tea reception is probably not the right type of party for you. • The idea of a tea party may be too “precious” for some crowds. • Guests may leave hungry (note “tea reception” on your invites).

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• I t’s easier: You don’t have to worry about setting up dozens of tables, complete with centerpieces, chairs, favors and place cards. • You can still have a band and dancing without a full meal. THE CONS

• The  standing-and-chatting approach may be less comfortable for older guests than a seated meal. If you go this route, make sure to provide plenty of seating for those who especially need it. • While people often think cocktail receptions are generally a money saver, that is often not the case. Your guests may drink more than they would at a party with a full meal, so liquor costs could actually be higher, and to ensure you have enough food, you may order more than you would for a plated dinner when portions are preset.

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The most popular wedding meal is, of course, dinner, fitting in perfectly after a sunset ceremony, photos and a festive cocktail hour. It could be set up as a buffet, stations, or a formal or familystyle seated dinner. THE PROS

• A  seated dinner gives you an opportunity to truly treat your nearest and dearest, and you won’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry. • A full meal lasts the longest (it typically includes a cocktail hour too), so you’ll have plenty of time to mingle with all of your family and friends. THE CONS

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• I f your style is less formal, it may feel stuffy unless you host a family-style feast or buffet. • Dinner tends to be the most expensive option—there’s more to plan and pay for (tables and chairs, and linens and centerpieces for each table).

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vineyard vows There’s a lot more than just a great vino selection to consider when your wedding venue is a winery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re saying “I do” among the grapevines.

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Delicious wine, lush green leaves and a rustic setting— wineries make for unforgettable wedding venues, so what’s not to love when planning a vineyard wedding? There’s more to the process that you have to plan for: Grapes aren’t always on the vines for pretty photos, and pastoral vineyards don’t always show up on even the most high-tech GPS devices. That’s why we consulted Madeleine McQuarrie, event planner at Chateau St. Jean winery in Sonoma, California, who gave us the lowdown on all of the logistical ins and outs you might not have considered. Cheers!

check the local sound-ordinance rules Usually, rural counties (in which most wineries reside) are strict with their sound ordinances—in some cases, music must be turned off by 10 or 11 p.m. Just be sure to doublecheck any rules in the area and confirm what time your entertainment will wrap up. “This shouldn’t deter you from booking your wedding at a winery,” McQuarrie says. “In most cases, you’re able to add more time to the beginning of your event to maximize your time at the venue.”

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Since some vineyards are used to doubling as wedding venues, they may have access to equipment that a large event requires, like microphones, extension cables, speakers, linens, tents and tables. But if it’s a vineyard that’s not full service, you may have to rent everything you need from a vendor—even electricity. “If your site doesn’t provide electricity, you must rent generators,” McQuarrie says. “The generators will provide power for all of the basic wedding essentials, including lighting.” If that’s the case for you, ask the venue if it has a vendor list to see what you have to work with, and consult a local wedding planner—they’ll know all the local vendors specializing in vineyard events.

make sure your eats can be prepared Vineyard weddings are all about delicious wines, cheeses, fruit and more—but just make sure your caterers will have everything they need in terms of available food-prep areas. If your venue doesn’t already have a commercial kitchen, your caterer may need to bring in a remote kitchen. “This is a very common occurrence—caterers are pros when it comes to vineyard weddings,” McQuarrie says. “With careful communication and planning among you, your wedding planner, the venue and the caterer, this will not negatively affect your event.” >>

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check that gps devices work at your vineyard

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While vineyards are typically in gorgeous, bucolic settings, some of them may be a little hard for modern technology to find. Picture winding, unpaved roads that are somewhat off the beaten path. “The easiest way to ensure the safe and timely arrival of wedding guests is to provide them with transportation from their hotel to your venue,” McQuarrie says. “There are so many fun options available now to fit your budget and theme, and not just stretch limos. You can charter luxury SUVs and school buses.” And if you don’t have any room for transportation in your wedding budget, it’s a great idea to give guests extremely detailed driving instructions on how to get to your event venue, along with approximate travel times, since GPS devices often won’t work way out in the vineyards. Your wedding website is a great place to share this information with friends and family who might not be familiar with the area.

harvest may affect your wedding plans For most venues, the summer season just means warm weather. But for a vineyard, summer means vibrant green vines, which is why it’s so important to know how seasons may impact your planning and aesthetics for your day. “Deciding on the season and date of your wedding is major, so you must do research for the region that you are looking into,” McQuarrie says. “Do you want the vines to be green and full of grapes? Then early summer may be your target date. Do you prefer burnt oranges and reds as your vineyard canvas? Late September and October may be the best months for you. During the winter, vines will become dormant, so you won’t have any foliage on the vines, and in some regions there may even be snow. All seasons make for beautiful wedding photos—it’s up to you and your vision for your wedding.” Most vineyard venues also have fully functional wineries, so during the harvesting season of your region (usually August), there may be some commotion (think: large trucks, grape picking and unexpected smells). This is because the grapes are very delicate, and when the vineyard manager decides it’s time to harvest, nothing can stand in the way. Talk with your planner or your venue contact to make sure the vineyard will have the look you want on your wedding date. Otherwise, if you’re set on a photo with grapes growing in the background but your wedding is in the fall, you’ll likely run into some issues.

make a plan if your vineyard is public Lots of wineries that host weddings are also open to the public and give tours and tastings and have restaurants, bars and shopping options. “If you’d like a private wedding, communicate that to your site and ask if it’s able to close one part of the property to public guests,” McQuarrie says. “Or plan for an evening or morning wedding—something that’s outside of normal operating hours. Most vineyard venues will be accommodating as they’re excited to be a part of your day.” Of course, you’ll need to make sure that private wedding pricing fits into your budget. You can also ask if there are any off-season or less busy weekend options that may make reserving the entire winery more affordable. >>

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ask about the liquor license Having an open bar? Remember that just because a vineyard produces alcoholic beverages doesn’t mean it’s licensed to serve liquor too. A wine license and liquor license are two very different permits, so before you start planning your signature cocktails, see what the vineyard’s licenses allow. “Many wineries function under a permit that regulates them to producing and serving wine only,” McQuarrie says. “Often, this means that just beer, wine and sparkling wine may be served. Check in with your venue to determine its alcohol policy as this will vary.”

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Sometimes a rustic setting means the floors are rustic too, so aside from posing in the soil near the grapes and vines, you may be walking on wood, pebble or dirt floors. “Many of our clients use the term ‘vineyard formal,’ ” McQuarrie says. “This helps rule out stilettos that may sink into the ground or long dresses that may get dirty.” Of course, you’ll have a dress code that fits your personal wedding aesthetic, but just communicate to your guests on your wedding website what they should anticipate from your venue so they can dress accordingly.” You may also want to provide flip-flops for your female guests, so they can slip them on at your reception and not ruin their heels.

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“If your venue is not full-service, you may need to bring in additional restrooms,” McQuarrie says. “For a five-hour event, with a guest count of around 150, you’ll need at least four to five restrooms. There are portable rental restrooms that have granite countertops, running water and multiple stalls that are perfect for weddings.” A tent-rental company can also cover the restroom area to have it blend in with the wedding space. Fresh flowers, air fresheners and amenities baskets with mints, antibacterial hand lotion, hair spray and aspirin are also game changers.

raise your glass How to choose wine for your reception

variety is the spice of life Don’t feel like you have to stick with the most familiar types of wine. “You can have a large variety of wines to choose from, so you can wow your guests with something just a little different. Viognier, anyone?” says Margo Van Staaveren, head winemaker at Chateau St. Jean.

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red, white or both?

It’s nice to offer both white and red wine, no matter the season. A good rule of thumb is a lighter white wine for the reception. “Think pinot gris, pinot blanc or fume blanc,” Van Staaveren says. It’s also nice to add a pinot noir because it can pair with lighter fare (chicken, fish and salads) but can also stand up to heavier foods.” Cabernet sauvignon or malbec is good for guests who enjoy a more robust red wine.

do the math

When planning for the quantity of wine, keep in mind that each 750 ml bottle will pour approximately five glasses. It’s safe to assume each guest will have one glass of white and one glass of red. “It’s easy to do the math with your guest count from there,” Van Staaveren says.

bartender basics

Instruct bartenders not to open every bottle of wine at the beginning of the reception. They should open the bottles as they go so wine isn’t wasted. “Most bottles should be consumed the day they’re opened,” Van Staaveren says. If you have unopened bottles at the end of the evening, stock your personal bar with them.

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settle on a style First on your to-do list: deciding what style of photography you want. All photographers specialize in a format and style, and knowing up front whether you prefer film to digital, or candid shots to posed ones will go a long way in determining the right person for the job. Before you send that initial introductory email, familiarize yourself with the most common methods.

documentary: Expect spontaneous, in-the-moment pictures of people and décor. Typical shots might include a close-up of your bouquet, your fiancé’s motley crew of cousins tearing up the dance floor or your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. When you hire someone schooled in photojournalism, you’ll rarely see people looking straight at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

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portraiture: If you prefer the kind of posed shots that populate your parents’ 1980s wedding album, go with someone who specializes in portraiture. You’ll get pictures of the two of you and your wedding party, friends and family in front of various backdrops. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity. It’s true that many photographers shoot in expected places (think: the church altar or the lawn of a country club). But just as many push the artistic limits of portraiture, embracing dramatic compositions, like situating the couple on a lounge chair in a hip hotel lobby.

edgy and bold: This style, an offshoot of fine art, is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles, called Dutch angles, and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple saying their vows at the altar, the photo might look a little slanted, with an object like a flower arrangement or candle in the foreground. Or, the photo of the bride having her makeup done might be shot from above, with more of an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face. Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be framed so her face appears in only the bottom right portion of the photo, with the rest of the space taken up by the wall or whatever else is behind her. Although they might prefer a particular technique over another, many photographers offer a mix of styles, blending portraiture with documentary-type shots, and black and white with color images. But if there’s a specific look you absolutely love, seek out only those pros who practice it.

do your homework fine art: Similar to documentary style, this format allows the shooter greater artistic license to impart their particular point of view—the shots reflect reality, but it’s the photographer’s reality. The results, usually shot on black-and-white film, are dramatic and gorgeous, with a grainier, softer appearance that keeps the subject in focus and the background slightly blurred. That said, with the right gear and lens, a pro can use a digital camera and still capture this style. One note: Not all fine-art photographers take formal portraits, so if that’s important to you, make sure yours does both.

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Once you know what kind of photos you want, start your search: Comb through the local marketplace on TheKnot.com, and read reviews from recent brides and grooms. Go to photographers’ websites and blogs and check out their portfolios of the weddings they’ve shot to get an idea of their style. The design of the website may also clue you in to their personality and sensibility. If available, scope out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too. Also consider the feedback from other couples and clients: Is it generally positive? And how does the photographer herself respond to it? >>

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set up interviews This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone—you must meet your potential photographer in person. If you like what you see on their sites—and their fees are in your ballpark range— call to see if they’re available on your wedding date. If they’re already booked, ask if they have an associate or can recommend someone else with a similar style. Schedule in-person meetings with three to five photographers to look at more of their work and to see if your personalities mesh. Then, talk shop: Tell them about your venue, your overall wedding style and what you and your partner have in mind for your photos.

Don’t base your decision solely on what you see on a photographer’s site—that work is essentially a highlights reel, with the photographer promoting only the best shots from a variety of weddings. To get a more complete feel for their style, look through two or three full galleries from weddings they’ve captured start to finish. If you see that the full-gallery shots are just about as good as the ones chosen for their online portfolio—that is, they’re all so good it was impossible for them to choose—then you’ve got a consummate pro on your hands. Finally, ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours. For example, if you’re getting married indoors with dark lighting, don’t just look at weddings that were shot outdoors in natural sunlight. Likewise, if you’re planning to say “I do” on a beach at sunset, you’ll want to see examples of similar setups.

know what to look for Think about the kinds of shots you want for your own wedding, and then scour the photographer’s work to see how, or if, they captured them. For example, did they get photos of the bride and groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also, look at how they composed the shots and whether the framing works or if there is too much clutter in a picture. Consider how crisp an image appears and what the lighting is like. Beware of washed-out photos where small details are blurred—unless that’s the style you’re after. One last thing to be on the lookout for: how the photographer captures emotions. You want to see people looking relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights. >>

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the portrait list

These are the don’t-miss moments that you’ll want to display forever.

the happy couple

Stunning snaps of the two of you should be the priority. Consider doing a “first look,” where you and your fiancé come together before the ceremony to see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. You’ll be less nervous walking down the aisle and won’t miss cocktail hour.

the wedding party

Your loyal friends and family who have stood by you in life— and in wedding planning— should also take center stage in your wedding album. You’ll want shots of you two with the entire bridal party as well as ones with each individual attendant. Some couples get creative with a mix of fun group shots (jumping, goofing around) and more traditional posed compositions.

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immediate family

You may be eager to get to the reception, but your mom will never let you hear the end of it if you don’t take the time to have at least a few portraits of you with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably also want to get a photo of both families together, which makes for an extra-special framed photo later—after all, it symbolizes the merging of two lives, and isn’t that what this whole thing is about?

guests

If your photographer’s setup allows for it, one huge group photo of you two with all of your guests can really capture the joy and spirit of the day. The default for most couples is to take pics with smaller groups—college and high school friends, cousins, and so on. But a big group shot is a novel reminder of all the special people who took the time to celebrate with you.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer—that part is crucial. Are they excited about your vision for your wedding when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or do they come across as timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting to you? The best photographers will ask lots of questions and be good listeners. To get outstanding photos, go with a pro who not only has a firm grasp of social graces but is also bold enough to go on the hunt for great images. Above all, you’re looking for someone who puts you and your fiancé at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way. Remember: Your photographer will be shadowing your every move on your wedding day, and the more comfortable both of you are, the better all of your photos will turn out. And, obviously, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy your guests but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive, subtle way. In a nutshell: Your photographer should be assertive enough to seek out the really great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force throughout the day.

Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day. Since every professional has a different style, technique and personality, double-check that the one you interview and click with will be the same one who works your wedding. Also, include specific stipulations in the contract about who will cover for the photographer should something happen on the actual day. Check whether they will bring any assistants to your wedding, and if so, how many? If you have room in your budget, consider hiring a second shooter. Many top-notch photographers already include this in the contract, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to ask about the possibility. The main benefit to having two photographers, of course, is that you get twice as much coverage. For example, during your formal photo session, one photographer can capture the formal photos, while the second one can get behind-the-scenes, shots, like of guests mingling. If you’re having a large wedding (250 guests or more), you might even ask about using three shooters so the event can be captured from all angles. >>

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compare packages You won’t be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you’re sure of how many hours of coverage you want and how many albums you need. Packages typically range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus for a high-profile photographer. Ask about what’s included in the standard package and the price of any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, for example. In particular, find out exactly how many hours of coverage are included. Ideally, you want your shooter there for the entire day, from when you’re getting ready to after you’ve made your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony primping through your final farewell. If you’re on the fence about booking them for a longer period, err on the side of caution and go for it if your budget allows—overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate.

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ask about your rights Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, they can use them for promotional purposes. That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images that include their credit. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the photos yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the image rights.

get the postproduction details It usually takes at least a month, if not two, to get photo proofs back. Why? Your photographer is working with enormous files far bigger than your typical JPEG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct photos, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit them. It varies, but many photographers estimate an additional 40 hours spent editing images from a single wedding. Here’s what to ask: How many photos should I expect? Will they be high or low resolution? Will I be able to print them myself, or does the photographer retain the rights? Will the proofs I see be the retouched versions, or does that happen after I select the photos I want? Also ask about retouching options and special effects, which can range from light beauty retouching to stylized art effects like super-saturated colors, and the additional cost for both. —Special thanks to Duke Photography, Todd France, Jen Kroll Photography, Salvatore Cincotta Photography and Mel Barlow & Co.

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GUANA ISLAND WHY GO This under-the-radar

private island resort in the British Virgin Islands maxes out at around 35 guests, granting couples an almost deserted feel. Find luxury style “roughing it”: Be dropped on a remote beach, with a boat on call, where you can have your fresh catch eagerly prepped by a skilled chef. WHERE TO STAY Go crazy over the view of electric-blue water from your cottage or villa. Start exploring and you’ll see that the grounds, which include a Garden of Eden for yoga and

outdoor movie screenings, are just as impressive. On the departure dock, guests are even photographed for the resort’s memento binder (all-inclusive rates from $695 per night, Guana.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Sign

up for the hotel’s Castaway Picnic and you can pretend to be shipwrecked on Bigelow or Harris beach (two of the island’s pristine seven beaches), snorkel, enjoy great food, and do whatever else comes to mind.

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a foodie retreat

ANGUILLA WHY GO The only thing better

than hanging in an island setting is adding a killer meal to the scene. No problem for Anguilla. From fine restaurants to roadside barbecue stands, more than 100 eateries dot its 35 square miles, leaving gourmands seriously satisfied. WHERE TO STAY A few decades back, cliffside resort Malliouhana put Anguilla on the culinary map by importing fine, French cuisine and a Michelin-starred chef to the island. Renovated and reborn as the chic, airy Malliouhana,

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an Auberge Resort, the icon is still spoiling guests with its epicurean magic (the main restaurant leans Mediterranean now) and in every other way possible (from $470, Malliouhana.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Troll the food

trucks in the island’s capital, The Valley (hunt for Hungry’s Good Food van and its exotic soups), or spend the afternoon dining on fresh seafood and drinking rum punch on one of the offshore cays, such as Scilly Cay (ScillyCayAnguilla.com). >>

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flawless beaches

PROVIDENCIALES WHY GO There are beaches—

and then there’s “Provo,” as this Turks & Caicos island is called, complete with blindingly white sand and turquoise water. Spectacular Grace Bay Beach, where there’s no seaweed or rocks, is the crown jewel. WHERE TO STAY At the posh Grace Bay Club, you’re privy to 1,100 feet of beach frontage, the largest of any resort in

Provo. Its beach butlers will fetch you drinks and food— just flash your personal flag (junior suite from $515 per night, GraceBayResorts.com/ gracebayclub). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Zone out during

an oceanfront couple’s massage, then enjoy a romantic, torch-lit, toes-in-the-sand dinner for two on Grace Bay Beach.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC When you want to really unwind, all-inclusive resorts offer the ease you need. The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, has an impressive selection of these value-conscious, amenitypacked properties. WHERE TO STAY Guests of the Barceló Bávaro Beach hotel, an adults-only retreat in Punta Cana, are granted full use of all amenities at the more bouncing Barceló property that’s part of the same resort complex. Between the two, you’ll have access to nine á la carte restaurants, a casino, WHY GO

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shopping plaza, golf course, nightly shows and multiple pools. Upgrade to a Club Premium room for special perks, like entry to the hydrotherapy spa (all-inclusive Club Premium room from $152 per person per night, BarceloBavaroBeachResort.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Filling your days and nights are easy here. Tee off on the resort’s championship P.B. Dye designed golf course (your first round is free), take kayaks out together, or check the activities board for cooking classes. After dark, hit a casino or thumping nightclub. >>

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under-the-sea adventure

GRAND CAYMAN WHY GO Besides its famed

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman has a following for its underwater thrills. Snorkelers and scuba divers are stoked by the water’s good visibility, warm temps, coral reefs and choice of about 240 dive sites. WHERE TO STAY Hang your flippers at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. It has top dive-operator Red Sail Sports

on-site, and snorkelers can see some colorful fish right off the beach. Set up the hotel’s honeymoon registry to score your excursions as wedding gifts (from $239 per night, WestinGrandCayman.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME Raise your adrenaline with a dive around the USS Kittiwake, a rescueship-turned-dive-attraction sunk just off Seven Mile Beach.

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cool culture

JAMAICA WHY GO Even with tourist

crowds and big resorts, this laid-back country’s colorful soul always shines through. The friendly locals, traditional street food, reggae music and abundance of natural assets keep Jamaica’s authentic rhythm on repeat. WHERE TO STAY Built on Negril’s cliffs, the boho-chic, 34-room Rockhouse is both architecturally stunning and big on embracing local culture and the community (the property’s foundation supports area educational projects that guests can visit). Plus, it can

brag that Bob Marley was once a guest. Don’t leave without a couple’s aromatherapy soak in its Holistic Bath House (stand-alone villas from $195 per night, Rockhouse.com). HOW TO SPEND YOUR ISLAND TIME You’ll do as Jamaicans do when you feast on amazing jerk chicken and jam to live reggae at the hotel’s seaside Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. Climbing waterfalls is another island custom. Take a refreshing guided walk up Mayfield Falls, which tends to be less touristy than Jamaica’s other popular falls.

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WEBER’S With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s will reflect your style. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and a renowned on-site restaurant. From your rehearsal dinner, hotel guest room needs, ceremony, reception, after party in our Habitat Lounge & brunch the morning after, Weber’s can do it all. Let us make your dream day become reality.

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BUZZ

exceptional extras The Knot editors share tips and personal anecdotes about eclectic entertainment and awe-inspiring amenities that will make your wedding day even more memorable.

“I’m not a big fan of favors because, realistically, I’m never going to use a picture frame with someone else’s initials. But I do love the late-night snacks! They’re a great break from drinking and dancing and usually come from one of the couple’s local favorites that you may never have tried on your own.”

“My favorite amenity is definitely the Pittsburgh tradition of a cookie table, which is an arranged spread of delicious, homemade cookies at the reception.”

—Katie Kortebein, Research Assistant Editor

—Kellee Kratzer, Managing Editor

—Maria Bouselli, Senior Copy Editor

welcome bags “At a wedding I attended in Napa, there was a welcome bag full of yummy local treats from around the area and a voucher for wine tasting with my plus-one. It even included a free bottle of wine to remember the trip!”

≠≠“A unique detail would be professional sari drapers. Putting on cultural garb can be foreign to some guests, so I think it’s great when Indian couples offer a room with professional drapers to help you wrap and pleat the ornate outfits.”

—Sarah Love, Associate Photo Editor

—Stephanie Cain, Real Weddings Editor

“i loved listening to a bluegrass band that played during cocktail hour—the cocktails were flowing and the partners were swinging.” —Lauren Kay, Senior Style Editor

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FOOD FAVORS

“i went to a wedding in st. louis at the missouri history museum and we were able to look through the exhibits during cocktail hour.”

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CHECKLIST

let the planning begin! Here’s what to do, when, on your way to the altar.

6 to 8

12+

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DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Think about when and where you’d like to have your wedding (the question everyone will ask about 20 minutes after you get engaged).

Plan the ceremony with your officiant; it’s the reason you’re having this party, so don’t wait too long. Discuss religious requirements, like premarital counseling.

Nail down a budget and go to TheKnot .com/budget. We’ll help you figure out how much you should spend on flowers, stationery and your day-of looks.

Have engagement photos taken so you can get comfortable with your photographer.

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Research and book ceremony and reception locations. This is your first big decision. Book any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner, especially if you live in a competitive market.

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DATE: ______ /______ /_____

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening!

Reserve hotel room blocks. Book them on HiSkipper.com/weddings/TheKnot. Decide whom you want to officiate your ceremony and book him or her. Create a “look fab” plan, including facials, teeth whitening and haircuts. Start your wedding website to keep guests in the know. Include important info—such as hotel room blocks and transportation options—and some fun details too. Create a free customizable one at TheKnot.com/pwp.

Choose the formalwear and give groomsmen instructions about what to wear.

Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they’re up for being in your wedding party. Book your photographer, florist, musicians, cake baker and other pros. If there’s no in-house caterer, interview candidates and select one. Send out your save-the-dates.

Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP. (Trust us—this is one to-do you don’t want to delay.)

Book your honeymoon. Thinking about Hawaii? Europe? Check out our fave trips at TheKnot.com/honeymoons.

Register at TheKnot.com/registry, and then put the links on your wedding website. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose the bridesmaid dresses and have bridesmaids order them.

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While you’re in organizational-planning mode, download The Knot Wedding Planner app. It’s a cool way to research local pros, keep your contacts and inspiration board updated, draft your guest list and take it all with you.

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Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. Order invitations and thank-you notes. Reserve venues for the welcome party, after-party and next-day brunch. Book a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner and a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Buy any special lingerie. Purchase wedding insurance (if you’re planning on getting it). >>

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Bay Pointe Inn

“One of Michigan’s Top Resorts” - GR Business Journal 1-888-GUN-LAKE www.baypointeinn.com 11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI 49344 photo courtesy of Ever After Studios

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CHECKLIST

months

months

DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Finalize your flower proposal with your florist. Will you go with roses or ranunculus, gerbera daisies or gardenias? Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs) with the caterer or rental company.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your ceremony vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

Buy wedding day accessories. Think: shoes, purse and jewelry.

Purchase presents for your parents, attendants and each other (you deserve it after all this planning).

Schedule dance lessons (worth it if your first dance is already stressing you out).

Order or start making your ceremony programs.

Complete your cake order—and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one.

Buy your guest book, a nice pen and any supplies you’ll need for your escort card display.

Purchase or rent ceremony decorations, like an aisle runner or program basket.

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month DATE: ______ /______ /______

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want. Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer).

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Confirm your hotel room blocks.

Buy wedding rings—yes, it’s totally normal to freak out (in a good way) in the store.

Finish assembling ceremony programs or pick them up from your stationer or printer.

Order wedding favors—go to TheKnotShop.com.

Put together welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

Send out your invites for the rehearsal dinner. Buy some fun books and new clothes for your honeymoon. >>

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Have a blast at your shower and bachelor or bachelorette party. Finalize your playlist with your band or DJ. Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it legit.

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments.

Write thank-you notes for gifts as they arrive (you’ll thank us later).

Finalize the menu with your caterer.

Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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The Loft at Luna Grand Rapids’ newest, centrally located reception rental space.

Now Booking Email for inquiries: Events@LunaRestaurantGroup.com 64 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI

In the heart of downtown, our loft-style space is your canvas. Imagine your wedding here.

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Country Club Elegance Picturesque Views Full Event Planning Complimentary Tasting Award-Winning Cuisine Valet Service

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Come to Beautiful Great Oaks Country Club, close to downtown Rochester, where you will experience:

Ideal Setting For: Bridal Shower Rehearsal Dinner Wedding Ceremony Wedding Reception

CALL 248-651-5200 to enjoy a personal tour! 777 Great Oaks Boulevard Rochester, MI 48307

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CHECKLIST

1 to 2

2 to 3

DATE: ______ /______ /______

DATE: ______ /______ /______

weeks

Missing RSVPs? Follow up now. Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager. Give your caterer the final seating chart (and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate finishing this puzzle). Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager.

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Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night (include outfits for any day-after events, like a good-bye brunch). Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with your family and other important people, like your pet sitter. Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and any important details.

day of DATE: ______ /______ /______

Eat breakfast. You may forget to eat later— even if that never happens to you.

Plan the processional/recessional. Give gifts to your parents and each other. Confirm last-minute details, like flower and cake deliveries and when you’re meeting your photographer. Deliver welcome bags to out-of-town guests’ hotels (the staff will usually hand them out at check-in).

Go to the last dress fitting (and get butterflies thinking about the next time the gown will be worn).

postwedding to-dos DATE: ______ /______ /______

Confirm all final payment amounts, details and deliveries with your pros. Double-check the day-of schedule and contact list; distribute to wedding party, parents and pros. Write your toasts. Pick up your marriage license (the most fun you can have at a government office). Give a “must-play” or “don’t-play” song list to the DJ or bandleader. Include your first, father-daughter and mother-son dances. Get a final hair trim and color touch-up. Arrange transportation for out-of-town guests who aren’t renting cars. Give tips for your pros to an attendant or planner to distribute.

1 day before

Freeze the top layer of your cake (you’ll be shocked that it’s still pretty tasty on your one-year anniversary). Have your dress and formalwear cleaned and/or preserved and return any rentals.

DATE: ______ /______ /______

Get a mani and pedi. Bring all ceremony accessories, like the unity candle, to the site. Give the marriage license to your officiant (this is one to-do you definitely don’t want to forget). Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Give your attendants their presents. And for goodness’ sake, get some rest. You’re the stars of the show tomorrow, remember?

Send your pros thank-you notes and submit online reviews at TheKnot.com/marketplace.

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Print or write your escort cards or send them to your calligrapher.

Hand off your wedding rings to the best man. Have him hold the officiant’s fee to deliver after the ceremony.

Thank your attendants for standing by you on the day—and during planning. Finish up thank-you notes for gifts. Changing your name? Streamline the entire process by going to HitchSwitch.com/TheKnot. Get more planning tips and to-dos at TheKnot.com/checklist

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local lowdown

Five new and noteworthy venues and services for your Michigan wedding.

the bouqs co.

swiss cottage designs

graduate ann arbor hotel

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GRADUATEANNARBOR.COM

Couples in need of last-minute blooms can now take advantage of same-day delivery from The Bouqs Co., an online floral service that brings fresh bouquets from artisan florists directly to your door. Each farm-to-table arrangement ships from an eco-friendly, sustainable farm in the local metro Detroit area, so brides in a pinch can get their hands on a fresh-from-thegarden bouquet in as little as two hours.

After also recently relocating from their office in Brooklyn, New York, the creative team behind this custom design studio now calls Detroit home. “It’s a nice change of pace from the Brooklyn madness,” says owner and creative director Courtney Jentzen. Despite the change of scenery, you can still expect the same paper goods and services from the brand, including custom illustrations, invitations and maps.

les loups

maria’s for orabella

LESLOUPSPICTURESANDSONGS.COM

MARIASFORORABELLA .COM

She’s a photographer, he’s a DJ, and together, husband-and-wife team Kenan and Ro have moved from their home in Brooklyn, New York, in order to bring their wedding services to local metro Detroit-based to-be-weds.

Formerly known as Maria’s Bridal Couture, this recently remodeled West Bloomfield bridal salon merged with Israeli fashion house Orabella Haute Couture to form a US flagship store. The two combined have over 45 years experience in bridal fashion.

Situated just a short walk away from both Kerrytown and Main Street, this brand-new, 204-room hotel boasts classic, collegiate-inspired details as a chic nod to the university-anchored town of Ann Arbor. Formerly The Dahlmann Campus Inn, the sixth property from Graduate Hotels aims to capture the collegiate feel of the University of Michigan campus, with its charcoal-gray flannel walls, preppy plaid details, rustic wood accents and vintage-inspired art. In addition to an on-site restaurant, the Allen Rumsey Supper Club, and full-service coffee bar, the hotel features 11,000 square feet of flexible event space. Have your wedding reception in one of its three ballrooms that can easily accommodate up to 300 of your closest family members and friends.

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LOCAL RESOURCES

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 licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known Michigan Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the

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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

PUBLICATION

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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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boulder pointe golf club & banquet center arcadia bluffs

14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, MI (800) 494-8666 | ArcadiaBluffs.com Your day will be perfection. capacity 100 | price $$

One Champions Circle, Oxford, MI (248) 969-1500 | BoulderPointe.net Boulder Pointe offers elegant décor and surroundings for up to 400 guests. Newly renovated in 2012, our Grand Ballroom is the perfect canvas for your big day! Our breathtaking golf course views from an expansive veranda are sure to impress. See what Boulder Pointe has to offer you! capacity 400 | price $$$

the ballroom @ cityflatshotel

77 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 608-1727 CityFlatsHotel.com The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel brings you something old and something new by blending stunning historic architecture with modern and innovative style. Nestled in the heart of the city, The Ballroom is the right place for your dream wedding. capacity 200+ | price $$

burton manor banquet and conference center

27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI (734) 427-9110 | BurtonManor.net Burton Manor makes reception planning effortless and your day perfect. From start to finish, we handle all the details—gourmet meals, perfect room settings, a personal captain on your wedding day—all within your budget. Contact our planning specialists today. capacity 400+ | price $$

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bavarian inn lodge & conference center

1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI (877) 213-7664 FrankenmuthWeddings.com We will help you create a wedding filled with the extraordinary flavor and unparalleled hospitality of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. The Lodge offers stunning indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, with reception space for up to 425. Your guests will appreciate the convenience of on-site hotel rooms. capacity 400+ | price $$

bay harbor village hotel & conference center

4160 Main Street, Bay Harbor, MI (231) 439-2400 | (888) BAYHARBOR weddings@bayharbor.com | BayHarbor.com Bay Harbor Village Hotel is the epitome of casual northern Michigan elegance. Accommodating everything from intimate weddings to events of 300, our boutique hotel and lakefront wedding venues are as delightful as the couples we have the pleasure of working with. Beautiful beginnings start here! capacity 300 | price $$$

bay pointe inn

11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI (888) GUN-LAKE events@baypointeinn.com BayPointeInn.com Bay Pointe Inn is the ideal setting for your perfect waterfront wedding experience. From the tastefully prepared rehearsal dinner to the awe-inspiring ceremony and reception on the shores of Gun Lake,

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castle farms

Charlevoix, MI (231) 237-0884 | CastleFarms.com Romantic courtyard chapels, magnificent formal gardens, soaring towers and stone archways create an exceptional wedding location. From intimate receptions to large parties, this Northern Michigan venue offers historical elegance and unmatched service for a unique wedding and reception destination. capacity 350 | price $$

cherry creek golf club & banquet center

Shelby Township, MI (586) 254-6001 | CherryCreekGolf.com Enjoy your special day outside the limits of the common hall. Experience the difference that is distinctively Cherry Creek. capacity 400+ | price $$$

cityvu events

61 E. 7th Street, Holland, MI (616) 796-2150 CityFlatsHotel.com/gather CityVu Events is Holland’s premier rooftop events space. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, CityVu Events offers stunning views framed by floor-toceiling windows and an outdoor patio. Enjoy fantastic views of Holland’s scenic downtown, Windmill Island and Lake Macatawa. capacity 150 | price $$

club venetian banquet & conference center

29310 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI (248) 399-6788 | ClubVenetian.com The Club Venetian Banquet Center will make your dream reception reality, offering traditional menus as well as designing menus from your favorite ideas. Our service is always professional and friendly, providing you with peace of mind in planning your reception. capacity 400+ | price $$

colony club

2310 Park Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 | GemColonyEvents.com Plan your wedding ceremony and reception at Detroit’s historic Colony Club! The Louis XIV–style Grand Ballroom at Colony Club accommodates receptions of 125-400 guests for dinner and dancing. We offer convenient, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar. capacity 400 | price $$

the community house, birmingham

380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, MI (248) 644-5832 weddings@tchserves.org | TCHServes.org The Community House offers an elegant atmosphere and a variety of room sizes to suit your needs. Choose from an array of culinary options. Our experienced staff will custom design an event that will exceed your expectations. capacity 230 | price $$

the crofoot ballroom

(248) 858-9333 | kristine@thecrofoot.com CrofootWeddings.com The Crofoot Ballroom is an architectural gem in the heart of Oakland County, with state-of-the-art sound, intelligent lighting and video, and a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Discounted ceremony and reception site available on Fridays and Sundays. capacity 300 | price $$$

crystal gardens

5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI (517) 545-1000 | info@cgliv.com CGLiv.com Crystal Gardens has been in the wedding and banquet industry for more than 35 years, providing top quality service to each and every customer. Crystal Gardens has six locations, all recently remodeled, to accommodate any size banquet from 50 to 1500. capacity 400+ | price $$

crystal mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI (855) 296-6643 carmenhoward@crystalmountain.com CrystalMountain.com/weddings Crystal Mountain has carefully combined the Midwest’s

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Old world romance, modern day options. Experience your own fairytale in Frankenmuth. -Traditional Frankenmuth entrees or custom menus -Steps away from downtown shopping and attractions -360 Guestrooms including whirlpool and family suites 877.213.7664 | One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth Michigan 48734 | www.frankenmuthweddings.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. finest accommodations, the style and elegance of a first-class destination and the beauty of northern Michigan. From mountaintop ceremonies to receptions for up to 350, we’ll ensure that every detail matches your vision. capacity 350 | price $$$

dearborn country club

800 North Military Ave., Dearborn, MI (313) 561-0800 | srankel@dearborncountryclub.net DearbornCountryClub.net Book your wedding with us and we’ll make sure your day is filled with beauty, history and tradition. Plus, you’ll receive a complimentary Summer Social membership, the perfect way to start making new memories for your new life adventure. Contact Sandy Rankel for more information. capacity 250

destination state at msu

219 S. Harrison Rd., E. Lansing, MI (517) 884-8127 Whether you desire an intimate gathering or plan to host up to 700 guests, we offer Michigan State University venues for every occasion. Choose from impeccably designed ballrooms, flower-filled courtyards or distinctive private dining rooms, all within reach to fulfill your dreams. capacity 700 | price $$$

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doubletree by hilton - port huron

800 Harker Street, Port Huron, MI (810) 984-8000 PortHuron.DoubleTree.com An exceptional blend of historic class and modern design—enjoy our plush guest rooms, host your ceremony on our spacious water view patio and entertain your guests in our world-class banquet space, all while overlooking the vibrant St. Clair River flowing beneath the majestic Blue Water Bridges! capacity 175 | price $$

fern hill golf club

17600 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township, MI (586) 286-4700 | FernHillGC.com Surrounded by a beautiful 18-hole golf course, Fern Hill Golf Club is the perfect setting for your special day. If you’re looking to get married on-site, we have both an outdoor gazebo and indoor chapel. Our elegant banquet rooms can hold 50 to 750 people. capacity 400+ | price $$

firekeepers casino hotel

11177 Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI (877) FKC-8777 FireKeepersCasino.com/meet It’s all here. We do all the hard work. Every detail, attended to. Nothing left to chance. Enjoy with friends and family—first toast to last dance. capacity 400+

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gem theatre

333 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 GemColonyEvents.com Detroit’s historic Gem Theatre provides dining spaces appropriate for 75-275 guests. We offer convenient, affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar surrounded by amazing 1920s architecture. capacity 275 | price $$

grand traverse resort and spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI (231) 534-6203 | GrandTraverseResort.com At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find a combination of wedding services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen relax during a round of golf. With multiple venues, our wedding planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale. capacity 400+ | price $$

great lakes culinary center

24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI (248) 286-3102 emiller@glculinarycenter.com GLCulinaryCenter.com We are the most unique catering venue in Southeast Michigan! The Great Lakes Culinary Center is a fully equipped catering facility with both indoor and outdoor capabilities. We are the perfect spot to book your next incredible event. capacity 150 | price $$

great oaks country club

Rochester, MI (248) 656-4449 | kristan@greatoakscc.com GreatOaksCC.com Welcome to Great Oaks Country Club, where you will experience an elegant country club with picturesque views. Full event planning, an exceptional staff and award-winning chef will assist you in creating a memorable affair at an affordable price. Great Oaks will exceed your expectations. capacity 250 | price $$

the grosse pointe academy

171 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (313) 886-1221 EXT. 120 | smartin@gpacademy.org GPAcademy.org The Grosse Pointe Academy’s 20-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Listed on the state and national historic registries, our chapel, campus and lakeside lawn create an exquisite location for outdoor weddings, receptions and events. price $$

heathers club of bloomfield hills 900 Upper Scotsborough Way, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 334-9770 | contact@heathersclub.com

HeathersClub.com The Heathers can accommodate events ranging from 200 person wedding receptions to small business meetings. For the finest food and impeccable service, the Heathers Club is the perfect location for your event. capacity 200 | price $$$

hellenic cultural center

36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI (734) 525-3550 | helleniccc@gmail.com HellenicCulturalCenter.com The Hellenic Cultural Center is dedicated to providing you exceptional service, professional expertise, amazing cuisine and affordable pricing. Because each event is unique, every event is customized to reflect individual style, taste and customs. Let us assist you in planning the event of your dreams! capacity 700 | price $$

the henry ford

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI (313) 982-6220 sales@thehenryford.org TheHenryFord.org/weddings Write your own chapter of history at a place where legends have walked. From Michigan’s most beautiful ballroom, to our world-class museum and our picture perfect chapel, The Henry Ford is sure to have the ideal location for your wedding. Our full-service venues feature gardens, courtyards, superb service and top-rated cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$

the historic trowbridge house

1380 East Jefferson, Detroit, MI (855) 543-EPIC catering@theepicureangroup.com EpicureanCateringandEvents.com We specialize in taking your wedding vision and turning it into an Epic moment. Let us create a menu specific to your desires—vegetarian, seafood, steaks, Kosher or even locally sourced food. Epic parties and innovative catering, making forever memories. capacity 400+ | price $$

holiday inn ann arbor

(734) 769-9800 | HIAnnArbor.com “Our Michiginn is innlove with new beginnings!” You’re off to a fresh start and so are we. Celebrate and enjoy our extensive $5 million renovation on your Ann Arbor wedding day. capacity 250 | price $$

infinity and ovation yacht charters

St. Clair Shores, MI (586) 217-3989 | InfinityandOvation.com An unparalleled experience awaits you and 25 to 300 of your guests aboard the Infinity and Ovation yachts. Located in St. Clair Shores, these all-inclusive yachts have perfected the wedding experience with an

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the inn at st. john’s

44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI (734) 414-0600 tjohnson@stjohnsgc.com TheInnAtStJohns.com A fairy-tale setting for your special day. Our unforgettable property features historic architecture, three ballrooms plus a two-story atrium room, 118 luxurious hotel rooms, lavish gardens, a beautiful Catholic chapel, and even championship golf. The Inn at St. John’s. Timeless. Romantic. Enchanting. capacity 400+ | price $$

international grand ballroom

400 Monroe Street, Detroit, MI (313) 963-1400 | InternationalBanquets.com Located in historic Greektown, adjacent to the Atheneum Suites Hotel, this fabulous venue is a landmark stage for an elegant wedding or any other social occasion. Our dedicated event planners and culinary staff will make your special day “An Affair to Remember.” capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the iroquois club

43248 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 451-9653 TheIroquoisClub.com New, intimate and elegant; located in Bloomfield Hills. Accommodates up to 220 people in an upscale, natural and beautiful atmosphere. Classic French and American cuisine with fresh and interesting adaptations. capacity 200 | price $$

italian american cultural society banquet & conference center

43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., MI (586) 421-5155 | banquets@iacsonline.com IACSWeddingBanquets.com Enjoy the whimsical backdrop of the historic Partridge Creek Golf Course. Our old-world Italian recipes with modern flare and exquisite service will keep your guests talking long after your event. capacity 400 | price $$

the kensington hotel

3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 761-1799 KCourtAA.com We vow to help you with your wedding every step of the way—from planning the menu to setting the decor, we’ll take care of it all. So come, discover the perfect union of beautiful surroundings and thoughtful service—only at The Kensington Hotel. capacity 400 | price $$

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king’s court castle

2325 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI (248) 391-1900 KingsCourtCastle.com Fairy-tale weddings with great pricing. capacity 250 | price $$

the loft at luna

64 Ionia SW, Suite 200,Grand Rapids, MI (616) 288-6318 | events@lunarestaurantgroup.com LunaGR.com/events Our wedding reception and ceremony venue is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, just steps away from hotels, restaurants and nightlife. We’re a chic, loft-style space that offers a blend of modern and traditional. We are your canvas—imagine your wedding here. capacity 175 | price $$

longacre house

24705 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI (248) 477-8404 jhotchkiss@fhgov.com LongacreHouse.org From the running stonewall fence to the lush gardens, the Longacre House offers charm and elegance for your special day. We have suggestions for a variety of themes and events. Let us handle every detail so that you may simply and fully, enjoy the moment. capacity 150 | price $$

mackinac island tourism

(906) 847-3783 info@mackinacisland.org MackinacIsland.org/event-planning/weddings Mackinac Island is a national wedding destination known for its idyllic ceremony settings, horse and carriage service and a large list of on-island professional wedding vendors. Island charm, over 35 lodging choices and 1,464 rooms allow you to personalize your wedding to look like no other. capacity 400+

mcc banquets & events

43133 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI (586) 731-4050 anna@mccbanquethall.com MCCBanquetHall.com A classic ballroom-style venue with a granite dance floor awaits your first dance. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by an experienced chef and served with first-class customer service. MCC Banquets & Events creates memorable events for you and your guests. capacity 550 | price $$

meadow brook hall

MeadowBrookHall.org Weddings at our great estate are timeless, elegant, perfect. capacity 350 | price $$$

meeting house grand ballroom

499 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI (734) 416-5100 meetinghousegb@aol.com MHGB.com The ultimate in Victorian atmosphere, you’ll have exclusive use of the entire facility, for an event tailored just for you. Your event coordinator is the owner, who oversees every important detail. We’ll spare no expense to provide the highest quality food and beverage service. capacity 300 | price $$$

michigan league conference & event services

911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 764-8837 | conferences@umich.edu Conferences.UMich.edu Make a grand entrance through our historic doors, steal kisses in the soft glow of stained glass, waltz where legends walked, and toast your love in tradition and history. Choose the Michigan Union or the Michigan League for your wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. capacity 400 | price $$$

mission point resort

6633 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI (800) 833-5583 | weddings@missionpoint.com MissionPoint.com/weddings Mission Point Resort offers 18 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns overlooking Lake Huron, 239 guest rooms, on-site salon and the widest selection of breathtaking waterfront ceremony and reception locations for 2 to 500 guests! capacity 400+ | price $$

the morris estate

(269) 684-4443 | events@themorrisestate.com TheMorrisEstate.com The Morris Estate offers multiple venues throughout the seasons to provide an all-inclusive wedding experience. Host your loved ones for the entire weekend with a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception—all on-site—while enjoying time with your bridal party in our new luxurious overnight accommodations. capacity 200 | price $$$

oakhurst golf & country club

7000 Oakhurst Lane, Clarkston, MI (248) 391-3300 | OakhurstGolf.com From the most intimate to the most elegant, the professional consultants and customized services at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club will help you create your “dream come true!” capacity 250 | price $$

park place hotel

Traverse City, MI (231) 946-5196 | sales@park-place-hotel.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Park-Place-Hotel.com Your event of a lifetime deserves a memorable venue and the attention to detail our creative, experienced staff is dedicated to providing. The Park Place has 140 beautiful guest rooms, including two full suites, and several private function areas. We’re conveniently located in the heart of downtown.

petoskey area visitors bureau

401 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI (800) 845-2828 info@petoskeyarea.com PetoskeyArea.com The Petoskey Area of northern Michigan includes the lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Boyne City, Alanson and Walloon Lake. The stunning beauty of Little Traverse Bay and the charming Victorian setting make for wedding memories you and your guests will long cherish.

PoloFieldsCCMI.com The Polo Fields Golf & Country Clubs, featuring worldclass service at our two locations: The Polo Fields— Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Golf Club. Setting a new standard for your wedding, reception or bridal shower. Where affordability meets quality. capacity 225 | price $$

premier events center

20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI (586) 791-7760 PremierEventsCenter.com Our full-service banquet and catering facility specializes in weddings. Premier Events Center has two banquet rooms without dividing walls between them. You and your guests experience your own private room, lobby, bathrooms and bar without worrying about another event being booked the same day! capacity 300+ | price $$

the rattlesnake petruzzello’s banquet & conference center

6950 Rochester Road, Troy, MI (248) 879-1000 | Petruzzellos.com Allow Petruzzello’s to assist you in planning your spectacular dream wedding. Choices range from a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres, gourmet menus, dessert tables, ice carvings, floral designs, specialty linens and impressive event design packages. Experience the excellence at Petruzzello’s.

300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 567-4400 RattlesnakeDetroit.com The Rattlesnake Club is the premier downtown Detroit wedding destination for a unique setting, creative cuisine and outstanding service. Our outdoor ceremony spaces and six-story atriums will complete your special day. Remember our beautiful private rooms and patio for showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 250 | price $$$

RiverCrestCatering.com River Crest has consistently provided quality food and service for over 30 years at an affordable price. Add to that our recently renovated rooms and an outside garden ­setting for ceremonies and open-air ­cocktails to create a value second to none. capacity 250 | price $$

roostertail ­­­­

100 Marquette Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 822-1234 Roostertail.com For over 57 years, the Roostertail Entertainment Complex has remained Michigan’s most sought after privately owned waterfront venue for private events and our Fairytail™ Weddings. Call for a tour of our facility and wedding consultation. Don’t forget to ask about our monthly incentives. capacity 400+ | price $$

schuler’s restaurant and pub

115 S. Eagle Street, Marshall, MI (269) 781-0602 SchulersRestaurant.com/weddings Hospitality. Outstanding food. Exceptional service. Schuler’s staff will help you create the event of your dreams. We host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions at our historic venue. Our delicious cuisine can also be catered wherever you are planning your special event. capacity 175 | price $$

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pine knob mansion & the carriage house

5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI (248) 625-0700 | info@pineknobmansion.com PineKnobMansion.com The Mansion’s historic architecture, stained-glass windows and landscaped gardens make for the most impressive views in southeastern Michigan. The Carriage House’s beautiful windows from ceiling to floor allow for a picturesque view of our golf course. capacity 280 | price $$$

pine trace golf club

3600 Pine Trace Boulevard, Rochester, MI (248) 852-7100 | PineTrace.com Casual elegance under our beautiful tent. Come experience all the outdoors has to offer. Accommodates under 200. Great for ceremonies, weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 200 | price $$

regency manor & banquet center

25228 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI (248) 353-1133 RegencyManorBC.com Regency Manor will take your breath away with its captivating décor. Our exquisite ballroom is sure to fulfill all of your expectations for your special occasion! We offer outstanding service, a tasteful menu and elegant surroundings. capacity 400+ | price $$

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333 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI (269) 932-1128 nbeltz@sbshadowland.org ShadowlandOnSilverBeach.com If you desire a destination reception near the shores of Lake Michigan, there is no other award-winning, fourseason venue closer to the beach than Shadowland. This elegant ballroom provides exquisite all-inclusive packages and impeccable service to surpass your dreams and desires. capacity 300 | price $$$

the reserve

Birmingham, MI (248) 647-1290 TheReserveBirmingham.com The Reserve offers a sophisticated, unique setting reminiscent of California wine country. The new state-of-the-art facility provides exquisite accommodations for any size event. Our experienced, professional event team is prepared to meet your needs and attend to every detail, helping you create memories that last a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

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river crest banquet center

900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 652-6706 nino@rivercrestcatering.com

shanahan’s barn

9600 Clubhouse Drive, Charlevoix, MI (231) 547-9796 ShanahansBarn.com Whether your style is classic glam or rustic elegance, our staff is ready to help you create memories to last a lifetime in our unique, pictureperfect venue. Shanahan’s Barn is available for your ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$$

silver garden events center

(248) 569-2299 SilverGardenEvents.com Allow our experienced event planners to assist you in

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sycamore hills golf club sommerset pointe yacht club & marina

00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City, MI (231) 373-2617 SommersetPointe.com Whether your style is beachfront casual or nautical elegance, our staff is ready to help you create memories to last a lifetime in our unique, picture-perfect venue. Available for your shower, parties, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.

Macomb, MI (586) 598-9500 banquets@sycamorehills.com SycamoreHills.com Sycamore Hills Golf Club is a year-round facility with an 8,000-square-foot banquet center adjacent to the golf club that has a beautiful panoramic view of the golf course. Our sophisticated style and personalized service will make your wedding everything you dreamed it would be! capacity 350 | price $$

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Waldenwoods.com Livingston County’s “Little Secret.” Southern Mansion Style—8 stone fireplaces, 15-foot wood beam ceilings. Faces 140-acre Lake Walden. Indoor or outdoor receptions. Seating up to 250 people. capacity 250 | price $$

waterview loft at port detroit

130 East Atwater St., Detroit, MI (313) 202-4477 info@waterviewloft.com WaterviewLoft.com Downtown Detroit’s best wedding venue is the perfect backdrop to host your unique ceremony and reception for up to 250 guests. The space speaks for itself. Once you add any number of impressive details, your special day will be the talk of the town. capacity 250 | price $$$

spring lake country club

17496 N. Fruitport Rd., Spring Lake, MI (616) 842-4200 rachel@springlakecc.com SpringLakeCC.com Plan your West Michigan destination wedding: a breathtaking ceremony and reception overlooking Spring Lake! We are dedicated to meeting your unique needs, size, style and budget, while priding ourselves on the best cuisine and service. Visit our lakeside ceremony site and grand ballroom today!

tullymore golf resort

9900 St. Ives Drive, Stanwood, MI (800) 972-4837 khondorp@tullymoregolf.com TullymoreGolf.com Add wow to your “I do” at Tullymore Golf Resort with a perfect wedding backdrop. You are treated to exceptional service, regardless of budget. Food is outstanding, and an experienced event coordinator delivers personal wedding dreams. Guests can stay on property. Contact Kelly Hondorp today. capacity 300 | price $$$

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weber’s inn

3050 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 769-3237 weddings@webersinn.com WebersInn.com When you select Weber’s Inn for your reception, your dream event can come true. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s Inn will reflect your style and good taste. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and an on-site restaurant. capacity 300 | price $$$

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spring meadows country club

(810) 735-7836 EXT. 110 mlambert@smccgolf.net SpringMeadowsCountyClub.com Spring Meadows Country Club offers unforgettable memories in the Linden area for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our experienced staff will work with you every step of the way to create an event and custom menu that amazes you and your guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

twin lakes banquet facility

455 Twin Lakes Drive, Oakland, MI (248) 601-4172 info@mytwinlakesgc.com TwinLakesGC.com Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. Our banquet facilities accommodate up to 400 guests with space available in the Stonebridge Grille and on our many outdoor terraces. Our goal is to personalize our facility for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the westin southfield-detroit

1500 Town Center Drive, Southfield, MI (248) 663-6702 WestinSouthfieldDetroit.com Our luxurious ballroom offers the perfect setting for a romantic reception. Our renowned catering staff will tend to your every need. And of course, here you can spend your first night together as husband and wife in the comfort of our signature 10-layer Heavenly Bed. Simply dreamy. capacity 300 | price $$$

st. josaphat banquet centre

26440 Ryan Road, Warren, MI (586) 758-7711 StJosaphatBanquets.com Where special occasions are celebrated. Enjoy hosting your special day within our sophisticated and unique banquet centre. Your reception is exclusive, as no other event is happening but yours. Call for a wedding package and free tour. capacity 325 | price $$

stafford’s hospitality

Petoskey, MI (800) 737-1899 Staffords.com/weddings Capture the grace and romance of a bygone era with a wedding at Stafford’s, offering waterfront views, full-service upscale catering and on-site lodging accommodations. Our elegant Victorian décor and

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wabeek country club

4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 855-0700 WabeekCC.org Wabeek Country Club’s banquet rooms provide a comfortable setting for casual entertaining as well as formal affairs. Our professional banquet staff is available to coordinate business or social functions from a basic luncheon to the most elaborate dinner, offering unparalleled menu selections and superb service. Wedding packages start at $49. capacity 350 | price $$$

waldenwoods banquet and conference center Hartland, MI (810) 632-6401 banquets@waldenwoods.com

cakes & caterers

joe’s gourmet catering & events

33152 W. Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI (248) 477-4333 EXT. 226 laura@joesgourmetcatering.com JoesGourmetCatering.com We specialize in effortless events by providing exceptional cuisine, superior service and first-class quality and freshness in everything we do. From informal to elaborate weddings to showers and

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Club Venetian Banquet & Conference Center 29310 John R Road Madison Heights, MI 48071 Phone: 248.399.6788 Fax: 248.336.8052 clubvenetian.com

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bridal fashion & beauty

Shop with celebrity Keasha Rigsby from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Keasha’s Perfect Dress on TV One and Hulu. An appointment with Keasha, set in our elegant historic mansion, is a special event sure to make every bride feel beautiful. The space is also ideal for a bridal shower or intimate wedding.

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alessandra bridal

Warren: (586) 574-2233 Birmingham: (248) 792-7510 Alessandra has expanded her bridal collection and opened a brand new store in Birmingham! She will continue to strive for excellence in personalized service as well as curating the most beautiful bridal creations from an array of international designers. Find the dress that is uniquely you.

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the art of beauty

202 E. Washington St., Suite 704, Ann Arbor, MI theartofbeautyweb@gmail.com TheArtofBeautyPros.com We’d be delighted to be part of one of the biggest days of your life. You want to feel confident, beautiful and the best version of yourself. Let us work our magic with award-winning, animal-cruelty-free products, vegan brushes, skin-healthy HD makeup and organic skin care. Ask about skin prep packages!

b. ella bridal

570 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI (734) 459-0000 dameofdresses@aol.com B-Ella-Bridal.com B. Ella Bridal is a full-service bridal retailer, featuring spectacular gowns for every member of your wedding party! Our selection of dresses is extensive and unique. We welcome you into our beautiful closet of beautiful things to make you feel absolutely gorgeous on your big day!

beautiful bridal with keasha rigsby 2921 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 502-5746 BeautifulBridalwithKeasha.com

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125 Ottawa Ave., Suite 170, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 235-9300 info@biankabridal.com BiankaBridal.com Bianka Bridal presents affordable and exclusive brands to the West Michigan bridal market! We work closely with designers and production facilities to ensure the best of quality at affordable prices starting from $1,200. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated and committed to ensure a BIANKA experience!

bridal couture

912 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham 223 N. Main St., Plymouth (248) 645-0500 | (734) 455-1100 bridalcouturemi@hotmail.com BridalCoutureMI.com Bridal Couture of Birmingham and Bridal Couture of Plymouth provide services to brides for one of their most cherished days. We carry exclusive designers that are inspired by romance and elegance for all members of the wedding party.

bride & joy

865 Wing Street, Plymouth, MI (734) 455-1150 BrideandJoyPlymouth.com Bride & Joy is a wedding dress outlet store, with sample gowns at discounted prices. Bargain-savvy brides will delight in fabulous designer wedding gowns, sold offrack with deep discounts—up to 75 percent off! Find luxurious dresses at affordable prices—save money, save time, save the hassle!

day 7 beauty bar

1321 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI (248) 439-1114 Day7BeautyBar.com We take pride in giving every client luxury services and a very relaxing environment. We cater to all your beauty needs.

elizabeth’s bridal manor

402 South Main Street, Northville, MI (248) 348-2783 ElizabethsBridal.com We offer over 26 years of exceptional service, delivery and selection. Bridal gowns we carry include Ashley and Justin, Casablanca Bridal, Casablanca Couture, Cristiano Lucci, Eddy K., Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Justin Alexander, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero, Marisa, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca and Yumi Katsura. We also have a large selection of bridesmaid dress lines.

the gown shop

122 South Main St., Suite 320, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 834-4696 annarbor@thegownshop.com TheGownShop.com Located in the heart of Ann Arbor’s downtown Main Street is what fashion-forward and elegant brides-to-be have been waiting for: The Gown Shop. Our passion and promise of this shabby-glam and ultra-chic boutique is to make sure that every bride has the perfect gown for her perfect day.

the makeup loft

320 S. Main, Plymouth, MI (734) 922-LOFT (5638) TheMakeupLoft.com The Makeup Loft is an award-winning makeup studio in downtown Plymouth, owned by an Emmy Award– winning makeup artist and staffed by an amazing artistry team. Serving over 150 happy brides a year and exclusively featuring Cosmakery cosmetics, The Makeup Loft is your premier hair and makeup studio.

piera’s bridal couture

46509 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, MI (586) 566-7800 pierasbridal@aol.com PierasBridal.com Piera’s Bridal Couture is excited to share the latest elegant and unique styles for the entire bridal party. Sweet sophistication for First Communion and the latest prom dresses. Experience a boutique where you will find an exquisite array of carefully chosen couture styles at affordable prices.

president tuxedo

Multiple locations to serve you (800) 837-TUXS learnmore@ptux.com PresidentTuxedo.com For over 40 years, President Tuxedo has been dedicated to providing the most professional service, a guaranteed fit and the latest designer styles and colors. Each President Tuxedo store is staffed with knowledgeable formalwear specialists trained to help find the perfect tuxedo for your special occasion.

renee austin wedding

442 Bridge Street, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 224-0092 ReneeAustinWedding.com Renee Austin Wedding is the premier boutique for all your wedding needs. Priced from $800-$3,000 we have a dress for every bride. Each bride is assigned her own personal stylist, who will ensure she finds the gown of her dreams!

roma sposa

708 North Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI (248) 723-4300 contact@romasposa.com

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the wedding shoppe

27333 Woodward Ave., Berkley, MI (248) 541-1988 | info@theweddingshoppe.net TheWeddingShoppe.net This is Metro Detroit’s most award-winning bridal experience, with exclusive dresses, diverse selection, and a helpful, caring staff.

the white dress

209 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Brighton, MI (810) 588-6147 | hello@the-white-dress.com The-White-Dress.com As the perfect boutique to find your perfect dress, we take extra effort to make sure that your wedding dress shopping experience is everything you dreamed of and more. Our full-service bridal shop and friendly staff help you every step of the way as you style your look.

wink beauty and lash studio on 4th 323 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI (248) 496-1635 WinkBeautyandLashStudio.com Wink Beauty and Lash is Detroit’s premier studio for bridal makeup application; custom, semi-permanent eyelash extensions; brow services; microblading; airbrush tanning; and full body waxing.

jewelry

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Garden City and Northville, MI (734) 422-7030 | (248) 349-6940 OrinJewelers.com At Orin’s, our jewelers have the creativity and experience to craft the jewelry item of your dreams. Whether it’s a unique bridal engagement ring or an unusual drop necklace to highlight your favorite gemstone, we design fashionable pieces of jewelry for all.

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sawyer jewelers

134 N. Leroy St., Fenton, MI (810) 629-7936 info@sawyerjewelers.com SawyerJewelers.com Sawyer Jewelers offers an extensive collection of engagement rings and wedding sets, on-site jewelry repair and custom jewelry creation in Genesee Co. Sawyers is celebrating 70 years in business and more than 28 years with A.Jaffe, and they are one of the top Michigan Signature A.Jaffe dealers.

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flowers & décor

photography & video

fleurdetroit

1507 S. Old Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 953-3840 | events@fleurdetroit.com fleurdetroit.com At fleurdetroit, we bring luxury to the everyday. Quality standards and exemplary customer service have propelled our brand in the market. Our experienced, talented designers can compose any experience—from old world to modern funk—while transforming your vision into the moment and emotion you envision.

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Detroit, MI (313) 603-3498 flowergirlswedding@gmail.com WeddingFlowers.me Flower Girls provides a quick, easy solution to picking your wedding flowers. Simply shop our designs online, and pick items individually or in complete wedding packages. Your flowers are shipped the day before or morning of your event. For more information and details, please visit our website.

viviano flower shop, inc.

32050 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI (866) 293-7436 | (800) VIVIANO weddings@viviano.com | Viviano.com For more than 75 years, we have provided clients with beautiful flowers complemented by friendly, accurate and accommodating service. From bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres to ceremony, cake décor and centerpieces, we’ll go above and beyond to create the day of your dreams!

wedding consultants

cellardoor weddings

Serving all of Michigan (269) 330-7815 CellardoorWeddings.com Cellardoor Weddings by Celestina Elvira is refined and charming, with a dash of classic romance. Through my lens I capture special moments with true emotion and translate them into art to tell their stories. These are the moments we will treasure forever.

courtney carolyn photography llc

Michigan and destination weddings (810) 689-1207 | CourtneyCarolynPhotography.com Courtney is an established Michigan and destination wedding photographer who is a self-described dreamer and adventure seeker! She brings a personable attitude, artistic intuition, helpful photography planning insight and a truly unique, narrative style to document wedding and engagement photography!

killer creations photography & videography

505 S. Lafayette Avenue, Royal Oak, MI (734) 634-3880 KillerCreations.net Each wedding day is unique, and every couple is different. That’s why we take a personal approach to an experience-based service—highlighting you. We offer an experience that comes from our love for our craft. We love what we do and have fun doing it. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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sarah kossuch

1775 West Hamlin, Suite B, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 705-6014 | sarah@sarahkossuch.com SarahKossuch.com Sarah Kossuch Photography is a team of women who love documenting beautiful, happy couples in love. We are a published and nationally recognized wedding photography team that brings a unique, sophisticated style to artistic documentary wedding photography.

weddings by adrienne & amber

Royal Oak, MI (313) 460-1795 info@weddingsbyadrienneandamber.com WeddingsbyAdrienneandAmber.com With award-winning artistic vision, our team focuses on you! From traditional to photojournalistic, we offer packages that are completely customizable to your desire for the big day. With professional quality we capture it all from stunningly intimate portraits to in between glances and laughs.

entertainment

lorio ross sterling entertainment

Serving Michigan (248) 398-9711 LorioRoss.com Experienced professionals combining outstanding musicianship with high-energy interactive skills to rock your party! Our groups offer music selections from Sinatra to Lady Gaga and everything in between. Grandparents like Motown? Parents like ’80s? You like today’s top hits? We’ve got you covered!

invitations & details

Birmingham, MI (248) 593-6449 | KristenTaylor.com Kristen Taylor & Co is a collection of super-stylish wedding photographers so you can find the one that fits you like your favorite pair of jeans. Our modern romance style is sophisticated, fashion-inspired and makes you look amazing.

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merrymakers

(231) 547-5061 info@merrymkr.com MerryMkr.com Your day. Your vision. MerryMakers offers wedding consultation, planning, coordination and design services. MerryMakers services will help you to enjoy the planning process and help you create the day of your dreams. MerryMakers strives to find the perfect fit in each detail for you.

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phil black photography

(313) 205-9930 | PhilBlackPhotography.com Our passion, creativity and devotion to quality create breathtaking photos of your special day, leaving you carefree to celebrate! Personable and professional, we will amaze you with our exceptional service and attention to detail. We’d love to capture your wedding’s magical moments!

Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 646-6700 | shop@leesspecialty.com LeesSpecialty.com For over 31 years, our goal has been to create the perfect invitation for any occasion. Collaboration is key for an easy, stress-free, fun experience. From start to finish, every detail including programs, menus, place cards, notes and napkins is thought through. Your only job is to share photos of your happy day.

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specialty services

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine made with organic blueberry juice concentrate and certified color. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit Facebook.com/blancdebleu for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

lyndsey’s linen & chair covers

1212 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park, MI (248) 542-2800 | LyndseysLinen.com Lyndsey’s Linen & Chair Covers is an innovative company committed to providing quality products and excellent customer service. Our business consists of rentals of chair covers, sashes, table linens, napkins, skirting and overlays.

the rental company

Multiple show locations throughout Michigan (248) 909-6511 | WhimsicalOccasions.com Our wedding shows throughout metro Detroit are a gathering place for wedding exhibits, planning ideas, fashions and fun!

witte travel & tours

3250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 942-5112 | WitteTravel.com Begin your new life together or write the next chapter in a storybook tropical setting. Each of our romantic wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages is thoughtfully designed to make the most of your special time together.

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430 W. 17th St., Suite 31, Holland, MI (616) 396-7300 | WmRentalCo.com We are the lakeshore’s event-exclusive rental company. Emphasizing customer satisfaction and striving to make every occasion spectacular, we are the choice for your special event. From the tent to the martini glasses, we offer all the items you need! Ask us about sustainable weddings!

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Hellenic Cultural Center

225

Arcadia Bluffs, The Lodge

111

The Henry Ford

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The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel

153

Holiday Inn Ann Arbor

205

Bavarian Inn Lodge

239

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

5

Bay Harbor Village Hotel & Conference Center

75

Infinity-Ovation Yacht Charters

49

Bay Pointe Inn

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The Inn at St. John’s

10

Boulder Pointe Golf Club & Banquet Center

192

International Banquet Center

9

Iroquois Club

35

Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center

137

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Italian American Cultural Society Castle Farms

123

Charlevoix Country Club

115

The Kensington Hotel

17

Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

2, 235

King’s Court Castle

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City Vu Events

97

The Loft at Luna

231

Club Venetian Banquet Center

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Longacre House

184

Colony Club

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Mackinac Island Tourism

145

The Community House

186

MCC Banquets & Events

243

The Crofoot Ballroom

179

Meadow Brook Hall

191

Crystal Gardens

55

Meeting House Grand Ballroom

195

Crystal Mountain

112

Michigan League Conference

Dearborn Country Club

241

DoubleTree by Hilton - Port Huron

223

Epicurean Catering & Events

177

Fern Hill Golf Club

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel

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Gem Theatre

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

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Great Lakes Culinary Center

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Great Oaks Country Club

231

The Grosse Pointe Academy

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Heathers Club of Bloomfield Hills

173

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Banquet & Conference Center

& Event Services

52, 235

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Michigan State University

43

Mission Point Resort

117

The Morris Estate

47

Oakhurst Golf & Country Club

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Park Place Hotel

125

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

215

Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center

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Pine Knob Mansion, Carriage House and Golf Course Pine Trace Golf Club

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Premier Events Center

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fleurdetroit

229

The Rattlesnake

37

Flower Girls

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Red Fawn Banquets

196

Viviano Flower Shop

181

Regency Manor & Banquet Center

169

The Reserve

198

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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River Crest Banquet Facility

200

Alessandra Bridal

135

Roostertail

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Antonio’s Bridal

188

Schuler’s Restaurant and Pub

207

The Art of Beauty

221

Shadowland on Silver Beach

85

B. Ella Bridal

149

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

194

Beautiful Bridal with Keasha Rigsby

89

Silver Garden Events Center

201

Bianka Bridal

71

Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center

142

Bridal Couture

171

Sommerset Pointe

115

Bride & Joy

185

Spring Lake Country Club

227

Day 7 Beauty Bar

217

Spring Meadows Country Club

239

Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor

81

St. Josaphat Banquet Centre

199

The Gown Shop Bridal

174

Stafford’s Hospitality

109

The Makeup Loft

211

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

251

Piera’s Bridal Couture

205

Tullymore Golf Resort

213

President Tuxedo

211

Twin Lakes

25

Renee Austin Wedding

213

Wabeek Country Club

13

Roma Sposa

21

Waldenwoods Resort Banquet & Conference Center

23

The Wedding Shoppe

223

Waterview Loft at Port Detroit

51

The White Dress

141

Weber’s Boutique Hotel

225

Wink Beauty & Lash Studio on 4th

207

The Westin Southfield-Detroit

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Orin Jewelers

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Joe’s Gourmet Catering & Events

28

Sawyer Jewelers

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The Polo Fields Golf & Country Clubs

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MerryMakers

125

Lorio Ross Sterling Entertainment

93

Mitten Weddings and Events

235 INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Lee’s Specialty

132

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Add-Savvy | Digital Sinage

235

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 41

Lyndsey’s Linen & Chair Covers

217

On The Spot

235

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Captured Couture, LLC

235, 249

Cellardoor Weddings

221

Courtney Carolyn Photography

243

Craiu Production

77

Fairytale Productions

235

Killer Creations Photography • Cinematography

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Kristen Taylor & Co

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Phil Black Photography

245

The Rental Company

190

Sarah Kossuch Photography

15

Whimsical Occasions

245

Weddings by Adrienne & Amber

215

Witte Travel

241

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