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FIND YOUR VIBE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

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

2019 BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS

VENUES, FLORISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MORE! ➜

MINNESOTA WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

MINNEAPOLIS / ST PAUL / ROCHESTER / DULUTH AND MORE

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS


PHOTOS BY KATE BECKER PHOTOGRAPHY

BWB RANCH An all-inclusive celebration destination in northern Minnesota Contact Julia Baird • idobarnweddings@bwbranch.com • 218-821-1602 • bwbranch.com

• One-time fee, which includes beautiful décor, tables, chairs, linens, hands-on event coordinator, bridal suite and more!

• Three stunning outdoor ceremony locations on our 120 acres of rolling greens.

• No add-ons, no up-charges—ever!

• Only one wedding a weekend. Never feel rushed on your special day!

• Farmhouse for rent in downtown Walker.

• On-site parking.

Laporte, Minnesota

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CONTENTS

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

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PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

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1715 County Road 42 W • Burnsville, MN 55306 • (952) 892-7699 • www.effiesbridaltrunk.com

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fashion & beauty 153

maid for style Keep your girls looking fabulous without creating drama or breaking the bank.

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slice by slice

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bridal beauty, debunked Pros bust the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths.

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

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

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happy trails

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

stylist on call

style 106

morning matrimony

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

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

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suite talk All the basics for your suite.

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destination décor Evoke the feel of a destination wedding locale with these stylish items.

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

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Love is in the air air. With five beautiful venu to plore, the St. Jam Hotel offers the perfect space for a day to remember. Ready Rooms Salon F lower Shop Wedding Suit

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CONTENTS

real weddings 60

ama & zavontae july 7, minneapolis

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laura & kurt june 2, minneapolis

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nadia & miguel june 23, minneapolis

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tracey & shaun

the year’s freshest venues

may 26, minneapolis

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ama & zavontae

planning 187

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

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

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

katina & logan october 7, duluth

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liz & grant

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laine & devan

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october 28, st. paul

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alexa & peter

how to pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is a (fun) success.

june 30, lutsen

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thoughtful wedding traditions A breakdown of a few sweet sentiments you may (or may not) already know.

june 24, ottertail

allen & chris september 29, minneapolis

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

$ = $10,000 or less

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

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$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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Photography by: Jim Woosley Photography

WHEN YOU’VE FOUND “THE ONE”, YOU JUST KNOW. Fall in love with Muse Event Center. Natural light, a wrap-around mezzanine and a stylish loft. A luxurious suite and club room for your wedding party. Concert quality sound & lighting makes Muse the ultimate place for dancing the night away!

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SPACE 3 LEVELS, FOR UP TO 500 GUESTS SPECTACULAR PHOTOS IN NORTH LOOP AREA EXCEPTIONAL FOOD BY CRAVE CATERING & EVENTS

107 3RD AVENUE NORTH | WEDDINGS@MUSEMN.COM | 612.345.8344 | MUSEMN.COM

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ABOUT THE COVER

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

COVER Dress, $3,220, LeanneMarshall.com; engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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

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COVER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Posh Bridal Couture, PoshMN .com (Wayzata); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

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

glamping

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

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

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

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

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

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MINNESOTA

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

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

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Julie Johnston, jjohnston@theknot.com (877) 548-9527 SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 SENIOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (913) 499-6720 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@xogrp.com (214) 460-7080 SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALISTS Erin Kouba & Sarah Waller, printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com COFOUNDER

Carley Roney

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Start your happily ever after in St. Paul

Have the wedding of your dreams at The Saint Paul Hotel.

Begin your wedding day preparation in L’etoile, our one-of-a-kind bridal get-ready space. Declare your love with a romantic ceremony, and then eat, toast, laugh, dance and celebrate in one of our elegant event spaces. End your perfect day by spending the night in one of our luxurious suites.

photography by Bellagala

651-292-9292 | saintpaulhotel.com | 350 Market Street, St. Paul, MN

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Minnesota, including Charlotte and Cedric’s elegant, modern ceremony at Machine Shop in Minneapolis. Music played a big role in the day’s events. The pair walked up the aisle to John Mayer’s “Love is a Verb.” The song title is also engraved inside the bride’s engagement ring and the groom’s wedding band. Later, Cedric surprised Charlotte with a dance to Beyoncé’s “Love on Top.”

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

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

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 106)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 176)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 44)

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

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 176), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 44), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 106). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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

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

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YOUR LOVE COMES TO LIFE Filled with hope and excitement, this day is yours and you deserve an experience that reflects your love. Our staff is dedicated to creating an occasion that honors the love you share. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and surrounded by breathtaking city views, our iconic dome is the perfect backdrop for unforgettable ceremonies and receptions. For larger weddings, the Grand Ballroom features dramatic 16 foot ceilings, perfect for a banquet of up to 350 guests. Enhance your special day in the Loring Park neighborhood with a complimentary champagne toast when you book your wedding at Millennium Minneapolis.

1313 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 +1 612.332.6000 minneapolis.us@millenniumhotels.com

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CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

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A place to celebrate family. • • • •

New farm venue open year-round Indoor and outdoor reception and ceremony options Fully heated and air-conditioned buildings Fifth-generation farm full of family history

21321 Polk Avenue, Hastings, MN 55033 • almquistfarm.com • 651-408-4030 • paul@almquistfarm.com PHOTOS BY HEATHER JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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WEDDING TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme? That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PROP ST YLING: PA M MORRIS; VISION BOARD AND VENUES: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS (6); VISION ICON: C ASEY SPEER/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; SHARE ICON: LOGAN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; IPHONE ICON: NIKITA KOZIN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; CHECK ICON: KIMMI STUDIO/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; RECOMMENDATION ICON: PRESENT TAS/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; PALET TE ICON: ALEX AUDA SA MOR A/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; ST YLE ICON: CHRIS HOM AN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T

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NICOLE SPANGLER PHOTOGRAPHY

& Crosslake, Minnesota’s Premier Wedding Destinations Look no further for your wedding destination location! The Whitefish Properties are located just 2.5 hours from the twin cities in beautiful Crosslake.The venues offer year-round endless possibilities—indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and socials with indoor receptions. Only one wedding per venue, per weekend so you aren’t just another wedding…but the only wedding! C O N TAC T C RYS TA L G L A S E R , O U R D I R E C TO R O F S A L E S A N D M A R K E T I N G, TO DAY ! C RYS TA L @ C RO S S L A K E R E S E RVAT I O N S. C O M • ( 2 1 8 ) 6 9 2 - 2 2 4 6 , E X T 4 1 2 W W W. W H I T E F I S H - L O D G E . C O M / W E D D I N G S • W W W. M B L O D G E . C O M / W E D D I N G S

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ADVICE

Q AND A

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

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

T R AV E L

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

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

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My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

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

PLANNING

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

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

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How do you keep your hairstyle intact at an outdoor summer wedding? BRIT TANY LO: For warmer temps, I tell brides to be realistic and choose a look that both complements their features and can withstand potentially hot and humid weather. For example, if your hair already doesn’t hold a curl well, ask your stylist if a half-up style may better defy the heat and humidity of the day. But if you’ve always dreamed of looking a certain way on your wedding day, there’s no need to completely stay away from that style. Your stylist has worked in plenty of conditions—they’ll be able to come up with a look that you’ll absolutely love and feel beautiful in from start to finish.

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Do your research and visit one to three stores that are in line with your vision. Any more will cause confusion and make the process negative. When you find the dress and say “yes,” commit to it and order. You typically find your dress in the first three that you try on! Enjoy the process knowing less is more!

Marie Suchy, Owner M. Elizabeth Bridal, Minneapolis MElizabethBridal.com —

Comparing venues can be overwhelming. Be prepared by starting with an estimated amount of guests and putting together a budget. Add a few dollars for unexpected fees, and watch for hidden fees. Have a few dates picked out but stay flexible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and enjoy your day!

Abby Hanson, Wedding Sales Manager St. James Hotel, Red Wing St-James-Hotel.com/weddings —

Pick a style and color scheme—not a flower scheme. Trust your florist to come up with a customized design tailored to your budget and overall vision. This allows us to select the best flowers that are seasonally available, which is a more cost-effective way to create a beautiful product.

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Take time to research local vendors! Read reviews, meet in person, ask lots of questions and find people you feel comfortable working with for your wedding. Then, trust the professionals! Experienced vendors have seen it all—we know what to ask and suggest to ensure your day is a success!

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It can get pretty overwhelming on the day of, and all sorts of people are going to want to talk to you and your new spouse. Allow private time after the ceremony is over to just be together, take it all in and be thankful, and enjoy your surroundings!

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Whether you envision your wedding on a historic site, in a loft or somewhere in between, these nine spots are worth a look.

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STONEWALL FARMS WILLMAR COST from $5,500 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Romantic & natural ABOUT Tall, majestic

ASHERY LANE FARMS MAYER COST from $13,500 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Quaint & country ABOUT The green,

BLOOM LAKE BARN SHAFER COST from $5,995 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Elegant & whimsical ABOUT On the outside,

trees line the storybookesque outdoor aisle of this venue, which has seen couples come from as far as Norway for a bit of peace and quiet as they say “I do.”

tree-lined property and welcoming barns create the opportunity to seamlessly transition from reciting your wedding vows to raising a celebratory glass.

this farmhouse looks to be a classic country barn, but inside, high ceilings, soft string lights and dark wood transform this venue into a dreamily idyllic escape.

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GLENSHEEN DULUTH COST from $1,400 GUEST COUNT 120 STYLE Formal & vintage ABOUT This mansion, built

in 1908, will feel like your own private royal estate.

MANSION AT UPTOWN MINNEAPOLIS COST from $16,000 GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Glamorous & colorful ABOUT Picture the festive

spirit of Vegas, but with the warmth of the Midwest.

THE BLAISDELL MINNEAPOLIS COST from $7,000 GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Classic & minimal ABOUT This Georgian home

is a dream come true for those with a muted color palette. Glensheen

speakeasy adds to this space’s old-world charm.

LORING SOCIAL MINNEAPOLIS COST from $10,500 GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Modern & romantic ABOUT This loft faces

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EARL & WILSON EVENT CENTER ST. PAUL COST from $7,000 GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Alternative & rustic ABOUT This quirky, artistic

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E XPERT ADVICE

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Many couples forget to budget for postage, which can get pretty pricey. Work with your stationer to design a suite that will require no more than one stamp. Typically, this means a rectangular envelope weighing one ounce or less.

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What should couples know before they order their wedding stationery? Almost every stationer I know offers guest addressing. You will thank yourself over and over if you budget for this service. Having your envelopes preprinted or calligraphed with your guests’ addresses will save you so much time. Also, I can confidently say that the vast majority of our clients forget that they don’t need to order one invitation or save-the-date per guest. I made this mistake myself when I got married! You only need one invitation per household. This will cut your quote down a lot. In addition, clients often underestimate how lengthy production can be. Letterpress or foil stamping alone can take up to four weeks.

WHEN MEETING WITH YOUR STATIONER, COME WITH SOME LOOSE IDEAS AND AN OPEN MIND. IF YOU SET TOO MANY PARAMETERS, YOU MAY MISS OUT ON SOMETHING REALLY AMAZING.

Not to point fingers, but if there’s a typo, whose fault is it exactly? Since we’re unfamiliar with details like the unique spelling of your mother-in-law’s name or the accent over the “e” in your venue’s name, we have clients sign off on all spelling and grammar before we’ll go to print. Read your contract carefully. After sign-off, any changes are the responsibility of the client. Take your time to review because reprints are expensive. How do you help make clients’ stationery unique? I love to play with size. We recently did a poster-size gold foil invitation that was folded up into a small, square envelope. I like to imagine how shocked the guests were to pull such a surprisingly huge piece out of a small envelope. Also, we’re really into custom illustrations and do a lot of superpersonalized designs that might include a sweet portrait of the couple, their dog or a favorite place of theirs. Aside from being the most fun envelope to open, these touches make for a very unique stationery suite. Your stationer will have a ton of great ideas up his or her sleeve. We are wizards at making it work and just need to be asked to pull out our tricks.

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What different print types are available, and which ones are the most economical? From least to most expensive, we offer flat printing, letterpress, embossing and foil stamping. Flat printing is when the ink is laid flat onto the paper, while letterpress printing uses plates and hand-mixed ink to press the design into the paper. Embossing is similar, but the design is raised off of the paper rather than sunk into it. Finally, foil stamping can be done sunk into or raised off of the paper, and is used most often for shiny, metallic finishes. Many couples combine methods for their suites.

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With the help of ballerina “angels,” dreamy floral installations and glamorous gold and silver details, chemists Awura (Ama) Oppong (22) and Zavontae Holmes (22) created their own heaven on earth. “We picked the venue because it is the closest to our imagination of heaven,” Ama says of Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens Event Center. After exchanging traditional vows along the Mississippi River, the couple and their guests retreated to a luxe reception, where a mixture of African and African American music kept everyone dancing all night long. —Gabrielle Hurwitz

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The couple treated guests to macarons and creme brulee, as well as a six-tier wedding cake finished with an ornate monogram.

Floral arches lined the ceremony aisle, creating a flower tunnel for the new Mr. and Mrs. to walk through. Ama carried a Swarovski crystal bouquet custom-made by her wedding dress designer, Leo Almodal. Her bridesmaids, in blush-pink dresses, carried feather fans with metallic accents instead of traditional flowers.

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Tall arrangements of hydrangeas, orchids and roses topped gold mirrored tables “to keep the feeling of heaven alive,” Ama says. The couple chose “You’re So Beautiful” by Fred Hammond, which Zavontae loves to sing to Ama, for their first dance on a monogrammed dance floor.

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Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding dress inspired Laura’s own gown. “I always loved the picture of her and John F. Kennedy Jr. walking out of the chapel,” she says.

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“The architecture and mosaics are breathtaking,” Laura says of Lakewood Memorial Chapel.

THEIR STORY “From the beginning, Kurt and I told our parents that we wanted a party, not a formal wedding,” Laura Reichert (30 and an animal trainer) says of her and Kurt Heizmann’s (32 and an animal trainer) Minneapolis celebration. “We booked a food truck early on and found the urban warehouse setting we were hoping for in The Holden Room.” In keeping with that vibe, guests dined on nachos, sliders and mac and cheese, and sipped local beers, including the groom’s favorite: Indeed’s Mexican Honey Imperial Lager. —GH

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“We loved The Holden Room because of its natural light and warehouse vibe,” Laura says. “It’s all white, so we could do as we pleased with color.” One of Laura’s bridesmaids made the raspberry- and lemoncurd-filled cake, and figurines that Laura’s brother and cousin used on their own wedding days sat on top.

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CEREMONY SITE Lakewood Memorial Chapel,

Minneapolis RECEPTION SITE The Holden Room, Minneapolis PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel and Ethan Cook/Half Acre House PLANNER, EVENT DESIGN & FLOWERS Maven Events GOWN The White Room, Minneapolis HAIR Lauren Douglas MAKEUP Mel Safford SHOES Style & Co ENGAGEMENT RING Family

heirloom WEDDING RINGS Bride: Laurie Kottke Fine Jewelers; groom: James & Sons Fine Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Express MENSWEAR Ralph Lauren FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Etsy.com STATIONERY Paper Rock

Scissor RENTALS Après Event Décor & Tent Rental CATERING Gastrotruck CAKE & CAKE TOPPER Leah Titus DESSERTS Patisserie 46 OFFICIANT Dr. Theodore Cooper (bride’s

cousin) MUSIC The Perry Donta’e Experience OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Selfie wall: DIY FAVORS Paper Rock Scissor REGISTRIES Macy’s;

William Sonoma; Zola.com HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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JUNE 23

• MINNEAPOLIS

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CADENCE & ELI

Inspired by his father’s wedding attire from the ’70s, Miguel sported an all-black ensemble. Nadia wore a Pakistani lehenga.

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Persian rugs, lanterns and marigolds decorated the space, which was centered around their ceremony table.

THEIR STORY After talking to their families and researching traditions, Nadia Effendi (31 and a licensing manager) and Miguel Briseño (34 and a musician and photographer) had a very specific vision for their wedding. “Our personal and modern theme was the blending of our two families and their cultures,” Nadia says. After a ceremony with Persian rugs, lanterns and a Sofreh Aghd topped with traditional Persian, Pakistani and Mexican elements, the celebration continued with a Mexican-themed cocktail hour, papel picado and lots of bright colors. —GH

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“The more color, the better,” Nadia says of the wedding décor. Dinner included a grilled apricot and edible flower salad, spinach pie and shirazi salad.

NADIA & MIGUEL

Nadia hand-painted denim jackets that channeled traditional Perisan art as a gift for her bridesmaids. As the ceremony ended, a mariachi band appeared to usher the wedding party and guests into the cocktail area. While they played, guests sipped on his and hers signature cocktails with Mexican (a tequila and jalapeño concoction) and Persian flavors (a gin, pomegranate, cucumber and rose mix).

NADIA & MIGUEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE ARIA,

Minneapolis PHOTOGRAPHY Cadence & Eli PLANNER Julia LaCroix Styled Events

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Designer Gallery, Artesia, CA HAIR & MAKEUP Nicole Fae Artists VEIL Aanchal Designer Gallery SHOES Amazon.com ENGAGEMENT RING Trabert Goldsmiths WEDDING RINGS

Kevin’s Gems Inc. BRIDESMAID DRESSES Manshaa Designer Studios, Artesia, CA MENSWEAR DV By Dolce Vita, Los Angeles STATIONERY Invitations: B Fresh Design;

programs: Sarah M Kraus RENTALS Après Event Décor & Tent Rental CATERING & DESSERTS Fabulous Catering CAKE

Kitchen Table OFFICIANT Adam Elmaghraby (couple’s friend) MUSIC Instant Request OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Mariachi Jalisco de

Minnesota FAVORS ColoryTradicion, Etsy.com REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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MAY 26

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An oversize wreath “represented the unending cycle of love that marriage represents,” the bride says.

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THEIR STORY Tracey Zeng (28 and an attorney) and Shaun Taylor (35 and a TSA officer) envisioned a modern springtime affair in a palette of soft blues and greens with a twist. “To inject some personality, we included nods to our nerdy fandoms,” Tracey says. Shaun collected comic books to gift guests and displayed a piece of art commissioned from comic book artist Dan Dougherty. As a surprise, the couple arranged for a choir to sing “All You Need Is Love” from the balcony overlooking the ceremony after they were prounounced husband and wife. —GH

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The floral arch that the couple exchanged their vows in front of served double duty, framing Tracey and Shaun’s sweetheart table. To bring in a personal touch, the couple named their tables after planets from their favorite books, TV series and movies, like Tatooine from Star Wars.

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Event Center, Minneapolis PHOTOGRAPHY Rochelle Muellenberg/Rochelle Louise Photography PLANNER Brittany Shouman/ LuxEvents FLOWERS Studio Fleurette GOWN Ceremony: Rita Vinieris, Posh

Bridal Couture, Wayzata; reception: BHLDN HAIR & MAKEUP Primped SHOES Bride:

Vince Camuto; groom: Allen Edmonds ENGAGEMENT RING Concierge Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Bride: Knox Jewelers;

groom: Silver Phantom Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN; Jenny Yoo; Show Me

Your Mumu MENSWEAR Indochino; Tiebar STATIONERY Whitney Fischer RENTALS

Après Event Décor & Tent Rental CATERING CRAVE Catering & Events CAKE Farina Baking Company DESSERTS Glam Doll Donuts OFFICIANT Levi Menovske (bride’s best friend) MUSIC Instant Request PHOTO BOOTH

Muse Event Center TRANSPORTATION Premier Transportation REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Budapest, Berlin & Rome GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• DULUTH

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“It was the perfect combination of elegance, nature and nostalgia,” the couple says of their reception venue, the historic Glensheen estate.

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“We wanted flowers that reflected the mood, texture and feel of autumn,” Katina says. She and her bridesmaids carried vibrant mixes of roses, dahlias, ranunculus and amaranthus.

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THEIR STORY Drawing inspiration from luxe velvet fabrics, the groom’s love of nature and the bride’s Greek heritage, Katina Petsoulis (27 and the owner and baker at Lake Superior Bakehouse) and Logan Kerkhof (31 and the owner and executive of sales at Lake Superior Bakehouse) planned the ultimate fall wedding, complete with a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. Highlights included the cheesecake buffet, baked by the bride’s best friend’s father—with flavors like earl grey, chocolate hazelnut and pumpkin—and the invitations that Katina designed and illustrated. —GH

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KATINA & LOGAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Twelve Holy Apostles

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“We wanted the reception to feel like an autumnal feast,” Katina says of the menu, which included sous vide lamb shank and vegetarian ratatouille. The couple also baked mini loaves of a traditional Greek bread, tsoureki, for each guest. Live music, dancing and a bonfire provided entertainment.

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Tent & Party Rental; Tim Leutgeb CATERING Duluth Grill; The Red Herring Lounge CAKE Jim Plourd OFFICIANT Fr. Timothy Sas MUSIC Ceremony: Rachel Gobin/Superior

Siren; reception: friends and members of Extraterrestrials, Fink Funk, Fort Wilson Riot and Phantom Tails; DJ: Tim Leutgeb PHOTO BOOTH The Traveling Photo Booth REGISTRIES

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“Everything we chose we hoped would best complement the beauty of the lake,” Liz says of their décor.

JUNE 24

• OTTERTAIL

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“It was special to be married on the patio where my grandparents used to drink their coffee and watch the lake,” Liz says.

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THEIR STORY “It’s my most favorite place in the world,” Elizabeth (Liz)Telschow (36 and a senior Salesforce manager) says of her family’s lakeside cabin, where she married Grant Martin (36 and a vice president of marketing). “We just wanted simple, classic and timeless, and for the venue to be the star,” she says. Letting the setting dictate many of the day’s laid-back details, the couple gave guests packets of wildflower seeds and treated them to slices of homemade pie that Liz and her family made with fruit from Grant’s home state of Michigan. A traditional white cake with white-chocolate buttercream rounded out the meal of pan-fried walleye, Mexican grilled corn salad and wild rice pilaf. —GH

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Water Street Inn 101 South Water Street, Stillwater, MN (651) 439-6000 • WaterStreetInn.us Our historic inn in Stillwater, with its rich dÊcor and grand rooms with 12-foot ceilings, is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. Our staff will be more than happy to coordinate the smooth running of events and ensure a memorable experience.

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The pair made custom tap pulls for the occasion, and Liz’s brother brewed beer and built the tap system.

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The couple’s stationery set the stage for the casual celebration. “For our save-the-dates, we sent out two different versions—one whimsical and one slightly more formal, but both lake themed,” Liz says. At cocktail hour, guests snacked on Grant’s favorite popcorn, served up from a machine.

LIZ & GRANT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

residence, Ottertail PHOTOGRAPHY Justina Louise Photography PLANNER Premier Planning Services FLOWERS Designs by Tes GOWN J.Crew HAIR Leah Patrick/Juut Salon Spa SHOES BHLDN ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Alfieri Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR

Groom: Freemans Sporting Club, New York; groomsmen: Indochino; ties: Salvatore Ferragamo STATIONERY Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations; save-the-dates: Paperless Post RENTALS Après Event Décor & Tent Rental CATERING The Cactus CAKE Cakes on a Whim DESSERTS DIY OFFICIANT Philip Heyer (groom’s childhood pastor) MUSIC Lisa Wenger & Her Mean Mean Men PHOTO BOOTH The Traveling Photo Booth FAVORS Wildflower seed packets: HudsonInk,

Etsy.com; welcome bags & tags: Paper Source TRANSPORTATION Anderson Coach &

Travel REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Zola.com HONEYMOON Finland, Hong Kong & India GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• ST. PAUL

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THEIR STORY Pampas grass lined the aisle, and a flower installation hung overhead at Laine Rasmussen (31 and a wedding planner) and Devan Futterer’s (31 and an account director) plant-filled party. The fall fete was as Laine describes, “playful, classic and modern.” From the copper arch Laine’s dad constructed for the ceremony to the family-style dinner, which included a mac and cheese bar with crumbled bacon and potato chip toppings, the level of detail was fitting for a woman who’s no stranger to the wedding industry. “As a planner, it made the experience much more enjoyable,” Laine says. “I knew the design and vendors I wanted right off the bat.” —GH

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Guests enjoyed tarts, macarons, sugar cookies, chocolate-dipped Oreos and chocolate cake for dessert.

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Laine carried an in-season bouquet of dahlias, peonies and roses. With Palm being her middle name, the tropical leaf was a natural fit for centerpieces. “We wanted the reception to have the same feeling that we try to create when we have friends and family over,” Laine says. “The space felt intimate and cozy.”

LAINE & DEVAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE PAIKKA, St. Paul PHOTOGRAPHY Nicole Feest/NYLONSADDLE

Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Narrate Studios

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COORDINATION Bre is Fun EVENT DESIGNER

Laine Palm Designs FLOWERS Lilia Flower Boutique GOWN Pronovias, The White Room, Minneapolis HAIR Bangbang Salon MAKEUP Makeup by Heather Trachsel VEIL/HEADPIECE Olivia the Wolf, The White Room SHOES Bride: Franco Sarto; groom: Bobbies ENGAGEMENT RING Blanca Monrós Gómez WEDDING RINGS Bride: Blanca Monrós Gómez; groom:

JB Hudson Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com; The Tie Bar STATIONERY Invitations: Paper & Type; programs, escort cards & menus: Paper Rock Scissor RENTALS Rudy’s Event Rentals CATERING Gastrotruck CAKE & DESSERTS Farina Baking Company OFFICIANT Kate Gregory MUSIC Ceremony: Andy Hamilton; reception: Flow Event Group OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Coffee Cart MPLS TRANSPORTATION Star Transportation REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Peru GUESTS 163 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Alexa wrapped her mom’s veil around her bouquet of peonies, scabiosa, garden roses and anemones as her “something old.”

JUNE 30

• LUTSEN

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THEIR STORY “Family and nature were the focus of our wedding and, from there, everything just fell into place,” Alexa LaPatka (28 and an ESL teacher) says of her and Peter Michaletz’s (28 and a science teacher) celebration. Alexa kicked off the day by honoring her father with a personalized tie. Then, at the ceremony overlooking Lake Superior, her uncle officiated and her cousins played music, including the processional to the theme song from Jurassic Park, Peter’s favorite movie. —GH

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ALE X A & PE TER

Guests signed Lego pieces instead of a traditional guest book because Peter’s a longtime fan.

Alexa’s father built the doughnut wall featuring treats from her favorite local bakery, World’s Best Donuts. The couple used Lake Superior rocks as escort cards, embossed with their fingerprints and the guests’ names. “It was the one DIY we did and was one of my favorite parts of the wedding,” Alexa says.

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SEPTEMBER 29

• MINNEAPOLIS

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THEIR STORY Allen Ondrachek (right, 30 and a product sourcing and development manager at Shutterfly) and Chris Ryan (28 and a product designer at Target) saw their wedding as an opportunity to throw a fun and light-hearted, but sophisticated celebration. Beneath an iron arch covered with vines, willow branches and baby’s breath, the couple invited their moms to take part in a unity candle ceremony, “a symbolic gesture joining our families,” Chris says. At the reception, the DJ kept the dance floor packed with a mix of everything from Prince to Britney Spears—“I loved the dance floor. Our friends and family really brought it,” Chris says. The couple then cut into their baby’s-breath-topped buttercream cake: chocolate cake with fudge and Irish cream filling and white cake with raspberry buttercream filling. —GH

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ALLEN & CHRIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Van Dusen

Mansion, Minneapolis PHOTOGRAPHY Mackenzie Orth Photography FLOWERS Cremer Flowerworks MENSWEAR Allen: Bonobos; Timex; Chris: TheBlackTux.com; Mack Weldon HAIR Allen: HAUS Salon; Chris: Squared-Up SHOES TheBlackTux.com WEDDING RINGS Knox Jewelers STATIONERY

Minted.com CATERING Mintahoe Catering & Events CAKE Buttercream OFFICIANT Tom Williams (Chris’s uncle) MUSIC DJ: Andrew M/Bellagala HONEYMOON Curacao GUESTS 195 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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bold backdrop Couples portraits are more fun against an oversize Toucan Sam mural. How can you resist? Dress by ChristianSiriano.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 115

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

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

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

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

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

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These past few years have been really exciting when it comes to cakes. Lately, I’ve been loving the use of gold leaf and greenery. It’s such a clean combination and always ends up looking incredibly elegant.

My biggest piece of advice to couples is to let your guard down, laugh and have fun with the planning process. Only then can your baker really dive into your personality and design something unique.

Always have your eyes open for inspiration. Whether it’s a painting, sculpture, park or piece of art, I’m always on the lookout for colors, shapes and textures I can incorporate into my work.

I’m in love with strawberry rhubarb. It’s such a classic combo but is usually seen in pies. I’ve been making a cake with the same flavors, and it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Use these stylish items to bottle the feel of five popular destination wedding locales—no matter where you’re actually saying “I do.” BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

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THE LOOK Bold hues, playful details and a party-ready atmosphere make this one fiesta you don’t want to miss. Inspired by the carefree, colorful attitude of a Mexican beach town, guests will be ready to celebrate the moment they enter your reception.

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1 Rainbow tassel garland, $25, CrateandBarrel .com 2 Wood crossback chair, $10 to rent, PeterCorvallis.com 3 Roma wine glass in Aqua, $48 for 4, IMPULSE!, Wayfair.com 4 Melamine dinner plate in Sunshine Yellow, $8, Carmelo Collection, Pier .com 5 Seagrass charger, $16, Pier1.com ShopTerrain.com 6 Fiesta napkin ring, $60 for 4, KimSeybert.com 7 Talavera invitation in Azure, $163 for 100, Lagniappe Paper, Minted.com 8 Mini donkey piñata, $39 for 6, LulaFlora, Etsy.com 9 Otomi cocktail napkins, $63 for 6, Kim Seybert, NeimanMarcus.com

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ITALY

THE LOOK 1 Aria napkin, $24 for 2, MarigoldLiving.com 2 L’Olivier olive oil gift set, $60, WilliamsSonoma.com 3 Barnacle two handle vase, $88, ShopTerrain.com 4 Danieli flatware collection, $16 for set of 4, WorldMarket.com 5 Verona charger in Antique White, $12 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Gelato cart, catering price upon request, GorgeousGelato.com 7 Eucalyptus garland, from $45, Bloomers TradingCo, Etsy.com 8 Candlesticks, $79 for 2, Cole & Grey, Wayfair .com 9 The Laureate double ring box, $85, TheMrsBox.com 10 Italiano invitations in Olive, $234 for 100, Yolanda Mariak Chendak, Minted.com

Re-create the charm of the Italian countryside with accents that look like they could be found in an 18th-century castle. A neutral and green palette feels anything but boring when it’s done with a focus on texture and incorporates heirloom-worthy details.

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MAKE IT YOURS Celebrate among raw wood tables topped with sprawling eucalyptus garlands. Guests will enjoy twirling their pasta on intricate rental dishes and love their take-home olive oil favors. After dinner, friends and family can gather around a gelato cart to indulge in some sweet scoops. Now that’s amore. >>

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MONTANA

THE LOOK

1 Rum barrel aged maple syrup, $30, Republic ofVermont.com 2 Rustic Horizon invitation, $229 for 100, Éclair Paper Company, Shutterfly .com 3 Stein checks bow tie in Royal Blue, $19, TheTieBar.com 4 Hurricane lantern in Red, from $9, Stansport, Amazon.com 5 Heath Ceramics dishware in Moonstone, from $4 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Sawyer flatware, $12 for 4, WorldMarket.com 7 Personalized wooden wedding sign, $22, TheKnotShop.com 8 Tinware coffee mug in Gray, $48 for 4, Canvas Home, Wayfair.com 9 Gingham napkins, $48 for 4, SerenaandLily.com 10 Glacier National Park blanket, from $219, Pendleton-USA.com

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Chill, casual and perfect for an outdoors-loving couple, this mountain-inspired bash is packed with rustic charm. A primary-hued palette and lots of wood accents will reinforce your vibe whether you’re celebrating in the great outdoors or inside a vintage barn.

MAKE IT YOURS Encourage guests to reconnect with nature at a camp-inspired ceremony, complete with a canoe altar and blanket-covered benches. When it comes to dinner, serve up BBQ bites at tables set with rustic dishware and red lanterns. Boozy maple syrup favors are the perfect farewell. >> 10

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SAVANNAH

THE LOOK Southern charm meets classic elegance in this made-for-romance scene. A super-feminine palette of pinks is offset by the insane greenery and wispy Spanish moss Southern garden weddings are iconic for.

1 Fellers cake/pastry server, $65 for 2-piece set, Alcott Hill, Wayfair .com 2 Vintage Frame invitation in Pink, $174 for 100, PaperCulture.com 3 Waterfall wine glass in Pink, $16, Anthropologie .com 4 Floral dinner plate set, rental price upon request, HostessHaven .com 5 Cheery garden napkin in Reds, $20 for 2, Lori Wemple, Minted.com 6 Triomphe chair, $95 to rent, PremiereEvents Online.com 7 Metallic lace cake stand in Gold, $32, Anthropologie.com 8 Dessert rose and gold charger, $15 to rent, Anna Weatherley, CasadePerrin.com 9 Gold pineapple place card holder, $35 for 12, Kate Aspen, Michaels.com

MAKE IT YOURS Pack in the pretty with tons of floral elements, like watercolor-patterned napkins, rimmed dishware, invitations and more. Once guests find their place at the table thanks to clever pineapple escort card holders (that symbolize Southern hospitality), treat them to live jazz and a meal full of classic comfort foods, like mac and cheese and shrimp and grits. >> 9

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Black Orchid dinner plate, $31, Michael Aram, NeimanMarcus.com

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maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without breaking the bank or causing any drama. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY KENZIE VIC TORY

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You’ve probably heard, “But you’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress in the past, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s budget friendly, universally flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Stick to these fashion rules to find an on-trend dress that won’t cost a fortune, but will make your bride tribe feel gorgeous and confident.

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Shop accordingly Think about what kind of shopping experience will work best for your personality. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with one friend or family member). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, make a day of it. Start off with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And, when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much—take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they’re the ones wearing the dress.

Stick to a timeline It typically takes two to three months for orders to arrive plus another four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once, or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially if they’re in more popular sizes or go on sale. >>

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figure flattery Styles for every body shape in your bridal party.

A-line

One of the most popular silhouettes, this style extends out from the waist in the shape of an A (no surprise there). BEST FOR Every figure,

and those bridesmaids who prefer a classic silhouette.

Modified A-line A less dramatic take on the A-line, this style still hits at the waist but forms a smaller A. BEST FOR Girls with

larger hips may prefer the classic A-line, but this style is still über-flattering.

Empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with

smaller chests or larger midsections. It’s also a great option for pregnant bridesmaids.

Dropped-waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt starts at the hips. BEST FOR Shapely

bridesmaids—this silhouette will show off every curve.

Trumpet

Gowns with trumpetstyle skirts hug the body around the waist and mid-thigh, and then flare out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Girls with

curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

Soft trumpet

This toned-down style has a more relaxed fit and flares out only slightly toward the bottom. BEST FOR Fitted but not as body-hugging as a true trumpet, this style works for most shapes.

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If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids traditionally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles—after all, a bridesmaid dress probably isn’t they only thing they’re paying for. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable range, or select a specific color you like and let them pick their own style from off the rack. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Rent the Runway let your girls choose dresses from high-end designers in a range of colors and styles for a fraction of the cost.

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Take your friends’ various body shapes into consideration before selecting silhouettes (read: crop tops, minidresses and super-fitted styles should be off the table if your girls make a point of avoiding them IRL). If your bridesmaids have an array of different body types and you’re having trouble finding one dress that will work for all of them, consider picking a color and allowing them to choose their own dresses. If your heart is set on a specific silhouette, try to be flexible where custom alterations are concerned if they make your girls feel more comfortable. Small tweaks like adding cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress, bringing up a plunging neckline or toning down a high slit can make a world of difference but won’t drastically change the overall look of your bridal party—trust us, your girl squad will thank you for understanding.

Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be heavily photographed and standing in front of a room full of people too. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it have an unflattering cut? Is the fabric itchy? Does the silhouette make moving around impossible? 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.

Find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is shocked by the number on the tag or she’s in between two different sizes and she wants to buy a smaller dress, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. It also doesn’t hurt to mention if the dress ends up being too small, she’ll have to order a new one and that would be a buzzkill, given most bridesmaid dresses are made to order.

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Select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright coral dresses. Rich colors—marsala and emerald—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—French blue and lavender—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades for a mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints. Just remember: These work best in smaller parties. Or, you could toss tradition altogether and go for an all-white bridal party à la Solange Knowles for a look that’s crisp and chic. >>

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Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense—so think twice before you send photos of the red bottoms you’re in love with to the group text. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’re an uncomfortable height. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse and can actually walk in. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

Let them bring the baubles

Find complementary colors

Consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (read: strapless or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Pro tip: Even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific pantie or body shaper, especially if you choose a dress with a formfitting silhouette.

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Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and sand are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while bolder hues like yellow and magenta, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try flattering metallics, like champagne, or rose gold. If you do opt for a print, make sure the dominant colors work with your bridal party. Alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a print. We also love the idea of mismatched sequin dresses—that way your girls can choose a shade that suits them.

It may be tempting to ask your girls to wear identical necklaces, earrings and bangles, but a mismatched approach to accessorizing will give your party a more modern vibe. By having each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re also 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.

bridesmaid reprieve Here are a few things your girls shouldn’t have to worry about on your wedding day.

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.

Bouquets

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 by your side. The bridesmaid bouquets (and groomsmen boutonnieres) should be factored into the floral budget along with the bride’s bouquet, centerpieces and other décor.

Transportation

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. You can hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask local guests to give them a lift.

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Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores), others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions—so you can focus on the important stuff before your day.

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MYTH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. FACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues such as acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple If you have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup for your wedding.

MYTH More is more. FACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer, and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

FACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right

now, promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

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FACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

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beauty to-dos before your “I dos” Five things to consider in the six months leading up to your wedding.

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Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

MYTH Dirty hair is easier to work with.

2 Hair Give yourself ample time to find the

FACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

Whether you’re going to do your makeup on

MYTH Pinterest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

this is the time to start trying out your look.

right stylist, and schedule two consultations prior to the wedding.

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FACT While Pinterest does offer a wealth of fun beauty tutorials, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get—especially where makeup is concerned. “A lot of the beauty images on Pinterest are altered, filtered or way too dramatic for your wedding day,” says Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director of Laura Geller Beauty. “I always recommend finding your celebrity doppelgänger, looking to classic red carpet icons and other real brides as a source of makeup inspiration. That way, you can see how the looks you’re loving will photograph in real life—without lots of editing.” MYTH High humidity will melt off your makeup. FACT Even if you’re getting married in a tropical locale in the

middle of summer, that doesn’t mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

4 Teeth Ask your dentist whether you’d benefit from an at-home whitening kit. Also, make a cleaning appointment for a week before your wedding so your teeth are extra bright.

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Brows It’s not a bad idea to seek out a brow specialist and see what they have to say about your arch. The shape of your brows really can open up your whole face. SHUT TERSTOCK

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your own or hire someone to do it for you,

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BARN WEDDINGS Built in 1914 and located just an hour outside of the Twin Cities, the Round Barn Farm provides stunning views of the Mississippi River Valley and surrounding area. Eat, celebrate and dance the night away beneath the 60-foot-high soaring,

cathedral-like roof of our historic round barn.

OUR WEDDING WAS NOTHING SHORT OF MAGICAL. AND THIS HOME IS

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NOTHING SHORT OF A DREAM. THANK YOU.

- Jennifer P.

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

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

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

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

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

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

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

FOR THE GROOM

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

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

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

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A Beautiful Setting for Your Wedding Located in the heart of Central Minnesota’s Lake

with catering and an experienced, friendly staff.

Country, Thumper Pond is a full-service resort

Guests have come to appreciate the personalized

and conference center with 78 guest rooms,

attention, professional service and quality food

on-site restaurant, championship 18-hole golf

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course and an indoor waterpark. We offer

impeccable service will add a special touch to

multiple sites for ceremonies, receptions for 300

a wonderful day to be treasured for a lifetime.

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Celebrate your wedding in the heart of West Central Minnesota 16021 Long Lake Road NW, Brandon, MN | www.LongLakeLodge.net Contact Kent Hintermeister, Owner | (320) 834-4668 | (320) 808-3426 | longlakelodge@longlakelodge.net

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Stylist on Call

tamara mellon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL THAT GLIT TERS

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

KEEP IT CLEAR

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

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

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at m. Elizabeth Bridal, MElizabethBridal.com (Minneapolis); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita .com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie.com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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

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

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

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

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

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into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, LeanneMarshall.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR AND MAKEUP Sacha Harford for Bumble and bumble and MAKE UP FOR EVER at Ray Brown Productions PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

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CHANGE YOUR NAME IN TWO EASY STEPS The wedding took a lot of work. This part should be easy.

Find out how easy it is change your name at W W W. H I T C H S W I T C H . C O M / T H E K N O T #CLAIMYOURNAME

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the year’s freshest venues

These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SAW YER BAIRD

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

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

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

Snow Avenue Greenhouse, Lowell, MI Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield, MI

FR ANKLIN PARK: IM AGEN PHOTOGR APHY; PL ANTERR A CONSERVATORY: GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO; SNOW AVENUE: JUSTINE MONTIGNY

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If you like a barn, try a greenhouse

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

Treat them to a cooking class

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

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

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

Arrange for a group tour

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

Host a postwedding brunch

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

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Maple Ridge Farm Est. 2009

With 10 years in the wedding business, Maple Ridge Farm offers unique, beautiful barn weddings with a style all our own. We would love to help make your special day a memorable and idyllic occasion. Whether your style is simple, shabby chic or elegant, Maple Ridge Farm is the place to exchange your vows.

mapleridgefarmmn.com

PHOTOS BY ESTER KNOWLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ

Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA

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

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

Is the venue near hotels?

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

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

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

What kind of services do you offer?

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

What restrictions do you have?

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

DUNTON HOT SPRINGS: CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY; WILDCAT TER R ANCH: JOSHUA R ATLIFF PHOTOGR APHY; R ANCHO DOS PUEBLOS: WOODNOTE PHOTOGR APHY; TANQUE VERDE R ANCH: MEL & CO.

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

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

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding day vision with these fun, creative and easy tips for a totally-you celebration guests will remember for, like, ever. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY NICHOLS PHOTOGR APHERS

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

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

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Take our Style Quiz to nail down your wedding look. Swipe through pictures (venues, bouquets and more!) to create a personalized Wedding Vision.

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Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

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

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

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

The invitations

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

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Your vows

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

The menu

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

Your transportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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picture perfect Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work during your engagement session and wedding day to get pictures you’ll love forever. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY THE POFFS

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

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Don’t skip the engagement session Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Digital photography

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

Film photography

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

Classic style

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

Lifestyle

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

Artistic style

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

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BRIDE: SAW YER BAIRD; COUPLE: PHOTOGR APHY BY KLC

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

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

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

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

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

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

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

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

Invitation suite

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

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

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

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

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

ELIZABETH FOGART Y PHOTOGR APHY; ROCHELLE AND TOM: GENEOH PHOTOGR APHY

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

local love: rochelle louise photography The Minnesota photographers share what inspires them, plus advice for couples. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Rochelle and Tom are a wife and husband team who are passionate about marriage and capturing love stories. They shoot well-styled weddings full of love and emotion.

Always ask a potential photographer why they love capturing weddings and what inspires them. It’s important to get to know them on a personal level—you’ll be spending a lot of time together.

Plan the wedding you want, not the wedding people expect. If you don’t like being the center of attention, an intimate wedding with family is probably more fitting than a large 300-person event.

Their style is the reason you hired them, so trust the vision your photographer has for your day. You don’t need to worry about creating a long shot list—they’ll capture it naturally.

The best moment of any wedding is when a couple sees each other for the first time—whether before the ceremony or while walking down the aisle. It’s when all the planning comes to fruition.

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Whether you’re already incorporating one of these touching traditions into your day or are on the hunt for a meaningful moment to add to your wedding, we’re explaining a few of the sweet sentiments you may (or may not) be familiar with. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

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chuppah A chuppah is the altar that Jewish couples stand beneath to exchange their vows. Made up of four corners and a covered “roof,” it’s meant to symbolize the new home the couple is building. Traditionally, the posts are held up by friends or family of the couple, but today, many duos simply have their chosen loved ones join them beneath it. The structure itself can be simple or fancy, ranging from a family heirloom fabric (like a tallit) to a large installation of blooms. >>

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tea ceremony A quintessential Chinese wedding ritual, the purpose of a tea ceremony is to show respect for family. Traditionally, after exchanging vows, a couple would serve tea to the groom’s family (with the bride’s family served later in the day after the bride’s home visit). These days, modern couples often choose to honor both sides of their family tree by hosting a joint ceremony for their whole crew, either post-vows or even the day after their wedding (think: a tea ceremony instead of a day-after brunch). Tea is served in order of seniority, with popular flavors being sweetened red or black tea. Those participating often bring a lai see, or lucky red envelope, usually containing money or jewelry, to gift the couple The tea ceremony is also when the Chinese wedding contract should be witnessed and signed with a traditional signature seal. INDIAN

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While Hindu weddings incorporate many rituals, one of the most recognized is the saptapadi, or seven sacred steps around a fire. “Each step represents a hope or wish for the couple’s future,” says Eleni N. Gage, author of Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. “The first is for the couple to provide nourishment for their household; the second, that they grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually; and the third, that they prosper. The fourth is a petition to grow in joy, love and trust; the fifth, that they have children; the sixth, that they enjoy a long life together; and the seventh, that they remain lifelong friends and partners.” Couples circle the agni (fire) together while reciting the vows and are pronounced officially wed after their final lap around the flames. >>

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veil and cord ceremony Filipino wedding traditions put a large emphasis on family (their processionals can sometimes include 50 people or more), and the cord and veil ceremony is no different. Couples looking to work in these rituals will first have to choose sponsors for both the veil and cord traditions (as well as the unity candle, which takes place last)—often these are godparents or other close family friends or relatives. During the ceremony, two sponsors drape a white veil over the couple’s shoulders as a symbol of unity. Another two sponsors then add a white cord (sometimes referred to as a yugal) atop the veil, further bonding the couple as they receive the officiant’s blessing. AFRICAN AMERICAN

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What better way to start married life together than to jump right in? Jumping over a broom is a symbolic action, meant to sweep away the past and show a couple embarking on a new life together. “It became popular in the United States before the Civil War, when slavery prohibited African American couples from legally marrying,” Gage explains. “They would hold their own ceremonies that involved placing a broom on the floor and jumping over it together while holding hands. There’s also symbolism in the idea of sweeping away the past and stepping into the future.” Today many couples continue to honor that tradition, choosing to “jump the broom” right after they’re pronounced wed at the altar, or at the reception as the wedding party enters. Make it your own by using a family member’s broom, decorating a new one to fit your wedding vibe or playing a signature song while you make the leap.

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planting a tree Nature is symbolic in nearly every culture, which is probably why this ritual has gained such popularity among newlyweds. During their ceremony, couples can take turns covering a partially planted sapling with dirt—sometimes from a place that’s significant to them, like their joint alma mater or backyard. “To make it even more meaningful, pick a tree that’s rich in symbolism,” Gage says. “Orange trees represent fertility, olive trees symbolize peace and evergreens can remind you of everlasting love.” The rustic ritual is perfect for any couple hosting a nonreligious ceremony or outdoor affair— or really anyone who isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. Bonus points if you find cute gardening gloves. SOUTHERN

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Whether you’re from the South or not, chances are you’ve got your fingers crossed for sunny weather on your wedding day. Good news—you can think of burying the bourbon as a plea to Mother Nature. “The idea is to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at your wedding venue in the hope of influencing nature to give you good weather,” Gage says. “It’s a tradition in the Southern US, and, like a lot of rituals, was developed to calm anxiety. It makes you feel like you’ve done what you can to influence the weather, so you can stop worrying about rain ruining your day and just enjoy the celebration.” Splurge on the good stuff, get the bottle monogrammed for a personal touch and make sure it’s tightly sealed. After the ceremony, dig up the bottle and share it with your guests.

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pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is #goals with these foolproof planning and etiquette tips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY AMY SHAMBLEN CREATIVE

We get it, you’re focused on planning the main event. And who could blame you? Pulling together a party for 100-plus of your closest friends and family is a big deal. But what if we told you you could have just as much fun throwing all the other events that go along with your wedding? We’re serving up the advice you need for each and every one, from who scores an invite to proper gifting etiquette. Let’s party! >>

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Depending on your preferences and how your engagement went down (think: a surprise dinner with your besties), you and your partner may decide to have an official party celebrating your new status as to-be-weds. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, about 28 percent of couples have an engagement party. Hosted by your parents, a close relative, your sibs or even the two of you, the party is meant to act as a casual get-together where friends and family can pass along their congrats and toast you with bubbly. We recommend keeping it informal—trust us, there will be plenty of occasions for you to rock black tie and cover everything in blush, but this doesn’t have to be it. Consider a low-key backyard barbecue or beachfront clambake, where you and your partner can focus on mixing and mingling with everyone you’re looking forward to celebrating your marriage with. And that brings us to the guest list. There is no “right” amount of people to invite to your engagement party, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether you decide you want to keep it small and intimate or make it big and boisterous, steer clear of including any guests you won’t be inviting to your wedding (that is, unless you’re planning to elope). It may result in guests being confused as to where they stand, or having their feelings hurt once they realize they’re not receiving an invite for the actual wedding day.

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For argument’s sake, we’re going to refer to this next category as a shower, but this can really include any wedding-related event leading up to the celebration where one or both sides of your friends and family members join together to celebrate your impending nuptials, like a bridal shower, couple’s shower and more.

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Serving down-to-earth couples with magical wedding photos. Making the photo taking process fun and stress free. Remember, a wedding (and any related events) are all about what feels right to you and your partner, so if you’re not so thrilled by the idea of a shower, just skip it. If you’re looking to stick with tradition, plan to hold your shower anywhere from one to six months ahead of your wedding. Keep in mind that showers are often coordinated by someone other than the bride or groom (think: your MOH or future mother-inlaw), so be sure to tap your party people early on to give them enough time to plan your event. For traditional bridal showers, women who are attending the wedding are the ones invited, while a couple’s shower or other celebration usually extends to include anyone on your wedding guest list and can be as big or small of a gathering as you’d like. Another important point: These events are when the majority of the gifting will happen, so stock your registry with plenty of options at least a month ahead of your party so guests have a variety of items (and price points) to choose from. Plus, you don’t want Great-Aunt Beatrice going rogue, do you? 219

start early Stock your registry with plenty of options at least a month ahead of your party so guests have a variety of items (and price points) to choose from.

Bachelor/bachelorette party Is there anything more fun leading up to your wedding than a weekend partying with your besties? We think not. A long-standing tradition for both sides of the aisle, bachelor and bachelorette parties are a chance to let loose, hang with your pals and make some memories. >>

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time it right Here’s how to pick the perfect day to walk down the aisle.

Symbolism How romantic would it be to marry on the date you first met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind. Then, share any significance of the timing with your guests by including it in your ceremony programs.

Season Weather can affect not only your wedding’s style and location, but also the mood. Consider what personality you want your wedding to have, then choose your season accordingly. The summer months are perfect for a free-spirited and fun day, while the cozy winter months are well-suited for an opulent, sparkly affair.

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Price Seventy-eight percent of weddings take place between the months of May and October, so prices are inevitably higher during that time. If you’re looking to save money, choose an off-peak month (like January or February) or even consider marrying on a Friday or Sunday.

Holidays If you’ve always wanted a winter wonderland wedding or you’d love a heart-covered cake, you may be a holiday wedding couple. Plan your wedding around a specific time of year to bottle the holiday spirit already in the air. One thing to consider: Some guests may not want their actual holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

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While typically hosted by the maid of honor or best man, virtually anyone can pull together this party. Steer clear of celebrating too close to your actual wedding date so you can feel free to let loose and enjoy all the revelry that goes along with this prewedding bash. One thing to remember: Make your party preferences known. While you’re free to have a weekend that’s as low-key or over-the-top as you want, your friends aren’t mind readers, so if there’s something that’s truly off limits, say so. Beyond that, try and choose a location that has a lot to offer no matter what the budget or what your buds are into. Cities like Nashville, Tennessee, Charleston, South Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, all have a great mix of classy, rowdy and understated.

Rehearsal dinner The night before your wedding is bound to bring a few jitters, and there’s no better way to distract yourselves than wining and dining alongside your loved ones. Rehearsal dinners have become a pretty standard wedding weekend event, and are traditionally held the evening before the “I dos,” after the couple and their wedding party have walked through the run of show for the following day with the officiant. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your VIP guests in a relaxed environment, so keep the vibe fun, festive and comfortable. No matter who the official host is (it can be your or your partners’ parents, you two or even grandparents or godparents—whoever’s up for it), you should aim to book and solidify your rehearsal dinner plans four to six months in advance. As for the guest list, that should include your immediate families, your wedding party and their spouses or significant others, the parents of any child attendants and your officiant (they may not come, but it’s a nice to invite them).

Looking to see everyone coming to town? Host a traditional dinner, then open up the celebration to anyone already in the area for your wedding with a few hours of welcome drinks or some other night-before festivities (like s’mores and bonfires). While the structure is pretty loose when it comes to a rehearsal dinner (you do you!) there are a few things you may want to include, like passing along any thank-you gifts to your wedding attendants and hearing any toasts that won’t take place during the main event.

twice as nice Fit in face time with everyone who’s in town for your wedding weekend by following up your intimate rehearsal dinner with a few hours of welcome drinks or another fun festivity, like s’mores around a bonfire.

Farewell brunch Swap stories over waffles with a postwedding brunch—the perfect way to wind down the weekend. Usually held at or nearby whatever hotel you and the majority of your guests stayed at, you can cast a wide net with your invite list, including anyone who spent the night and doesn’t have to sneak out too early the next morning. Don’t feel like you have to send formal invitations unless you want to—this info is fine to put on your wedding website, or on the details card within your invitation suite. You just threw a killer party the night before, so don’t overcomplicate this. The only things you need are hearty breakfast eats, lots of coffee and goodbye hugs. GET MORE PLANNING HELP WITH The Knot Wedding Planner app

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Have Your First Dance Whether you want to show off your salsa moves or wow with your (okay, slightly modified) rendition of Dirty Dancing’s signature scene, plan to have your first dance immediately after your entrance into the reception. If you’re not a pair who loves center stage, sway for a few minutes, then have your DJ or band segue right into an upbeat song. That’s your wedding party’s cue to storm the dance floor and get your guests moving.

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Give Toasts WHEN TO During dinner tends to be the best time for speeches—everyone is sitting, and music isn’t blaring. The hosts (whether it’s your parents or yourselves) usually kick off the meal with a greeting, then the honor attendants follow soon after with their toasts. If other friends would like to share some stories, encourage them to speak at the rehearsal dinner, and keep the main event speeches short, sweet and PGPG-13.

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Before you race to the bar and down a cocktail, make time for a little schmoozing. To score face time with everyone, from your college roomie to Great Aunt Vera, organize a receiving line as guests exit your ceremony or enter your reception. Not into that idea? Plan on using your cocktail hour (or part of dinner) to make the rounds and flash those new wedding rings.

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We know what you’re thinking—ASAP, right? While the temptation to dig in may be strong, most couples wait until the last hour of the reception to start slicing. If you prefer a more private moment, simply do it to the side with your photog instead of making it a big to-do. Trust us, guests will be too busy on the dance floor to notice.

The ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract traditionally signed by the couple and their witnesses ahead of the wedding ceremony. Modern or mixed-faith couples often take the signing public and share the moment in front of all their guests, or even invite everyone present to sign their names onto an oversize document that doubles as art.

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make it legal Minnesota Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IIn Minnesota, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent, and in some counties you may need juvenile court approval. The bride and groom must apply in person, and both parties must sign the license. There is a minimum five-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid outside of the county, but not out of state, for six months. There are no residency or blood test requirements. The fee is $115, but in some counties it can be lowered to $40 upon completion of 12 hours of premarital counseling/education. Offices are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. Identification, paperwork and payment requirements vary by county, so call ahead to get all the details. WHERE TO APPLY Anoka County

Dakota County

Olmstead County

St. Louis County

Ramsey County

Vital Statistics 325 E. Main St., Ste. 120 Anoka, MN 55303 (763) 323-5201 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Statistics 1590 Hwy. 55, Ste. 2300 Hastings, MN 55033 (651) 438-4313 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 151 4th St. SE Rochester, MN 55904 (507) 328-7630 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

License Center 100 N. 5th Ave. W., Rm. 101 Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 726-2559 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Carver County

Hennepin County

Vital Statistics 600 E. 4th St. Chaska, MN 55318 (952) 361-1500 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Recorder 300 S. 6th St., Ste. A025 Minneapolis, MN 55487 (612) 348-8240 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Statistics 200 4th Ave. W. Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 496-8150 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Public HealthVital Records 555 Cedar St. St. Paul, MN 55101 (651) 266-1333 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M–W, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.

Scott County

Stearns County License Center 705 Courthouse Sq., Rm. 130 St. Cloud, MN 56303 (320) 656-6540 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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.

Washington County License Center 1520 W. Frontage Rd. Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 275-7000 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., M, W; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., T, Th., F; 8 a.m. – noon, S

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

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Form: Yes

The cost is $41.

(612) 673-4000 Attn: Celebrations 425 Portland Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55488

Must submit info by 7 p.m. on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; email to placeads@startribune.com.

The cost is $4 per line; $76 for a photo.

Minnesota Sun Newspapers

(952) 392-6875 Attn: Let It Be Known 10917 Valley View Rd. Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Must submit info by 5 p.m. one week prior to the desired Thursday publication.

Form: Yes

The cost is $35 for an announcement or $40 for an announcement and a photo.

Rochester Post–Bulletin

(507) 285-7797 PO Box 6118 Rochester, MN 55903

Must submit info by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the desired Saturday publication and within 30 days of wedding.

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for just text; photos are extra.

St. Cloud Times

(320) 255-8753 PO Box 768 St. Cloud, MN 56302

Must submit info the Tuesday prior to the Saturday publication. Announcement accepted up to 30 days after wedding and will run within three weeks of submission.

Form: Yes; available online.

Cost ranges from $50 to $100.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

(651) 228-5154 Attn: Celebrations 345 Cedar St. St. Paul, MN 55101

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

Form: Yes; through mail or email to celebrations@ pioneerpress.com.

Cost ranges from $17 with no photo, to $37.50 to $393.75 with photo.

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the american swedish institute

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blackberry ridge golf club

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chankaska creek ranch & winery

1179 E. Pearl Street, Kasota, MN (507) 931-0089 ChankaskaWines.com From babbling streams to sunset views from the vineyard, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery provides the perfect atmosphere, featuring natural woods that create lush ceremony spaces. Our reception areas mirror this natural feel with a beautiful temperaturecontrolled tent or wood-accented event center. capacity 350 | price $$$

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Saint Paul, MN (651) 290-7135 UniversityClubofStPaul.com Exceptional cuisine and service at four historic locations—University Club of St. Paul on Summit Avenue, Saint Paul Athletic Club in downtown St. Paul, W.A. Frost (fine dining restaurant) and Stout’s Island Lodge (1903 estate on a private island). capacity 400 | price $$

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the butler building and opera house (218) 678-2441 sylvia@thebutlerbuilding.org TheButlerBuilding.org Restored to its original splendor, The Butler Building and Opera House is a unique and beautiful historic venue that you and your guests will love! You may hire vendors of your choice, and we are happy to work with your budget! capacity 250 | price $

como park zoo & conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, MN (651) 487-8282 comozoosales@lancercatering.com LancerCatering.com The indoor gardens offer ambience for a ceremony or reception year-round, or plan your event in the serene outdoor Japanese Garden or Excedra Garden overlooking the scenic Frog Pond during the summer. Have a special guest join the party with a unique animal encounter your guests will never forget. capacity 400 | price $$

carlos creek winery

6693 County Rd. 34 NW, Alexandria, MN (320) 846-5443 paige@carloscreekwinery.com CarlosCreekWinery.com Situated on 160 acres with picturesque vistas at every turn, Carlos Creek Winery provides an extraordinary setting for an unforgettable wedding. We provide unique, stress-free weddings with more inclusions than any other barn or winery in the state! Your special day will be remembered forever. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN (763) 571-9020 | admin@croonersloungemn.com CroonersLoungeMN.com Our beautiful setting overlooking Moore Lake offers multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, amazing dining and cocktails, and two professional music stages all within minutes of downtown Minneapolis. Make your wedding unforgettable at “MN’s Best Throwback Venue” and “The Best Jazz Club in The Twin Cities.” capacity 250+ | price $$

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7373 120th St. N., White Bear Lake, MN (612) 325-5388 info@dellwoodbarnweddings.com DellwoodBarnWeddings.com Dellwood Barn Weddings, one of the largest barns in Minnesota, is rich in history and stunning architecture. With endless opportunities on our 48 acres just minutes from Stillwater, guests can enjoy lawn games, roasting s’mores, hayrides and dancing. Casual or eloquent, your day will be unforgettable. capacity 250 | price $$

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1330 Industrial Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, MN (612) 455-6331 sales@scalzohospitality.com At Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast, we focus on the details that matter: elegant, modern spaces for celebrating with up to 400 of your favorite people, delicious fresh food, spacious guest rooms, complimentary parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. Simple made perfect. capacity 400 | price $$

doubletree by hilton st. paul downtown

411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN (651) 291-8800 StPaulDowntown.DoubleTree.com

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Offering some of the most unique ceremony sites, the Embassy Suites Airport Hotel is the perfect place to do it all! Our all-inclusive packages will make your wedding ceremony and reception planning a breeze, letting you relax and enjoy this most anticipated day! capacity 330 | price $$

embassy suites by hilton minneapolis downtown

12 Sixth Street South, Minneapolis, MN (612) 334-0613 sandy.vogel@hilton.com EmbassySuites3.Hilton.com Our new-generation/newly built venue offers impeccable style and thoughtful space for all aspects of your wedding. Celebrate your big day in the Plymouth Ballroom, featuring grand chandeliers and rich décor, or the Hennepin Room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The Historic Theatre District! capacity 330 | price $$

erickson farmstead

(612) 520-1825 hello@ericksonfarmstead.com Erickson Farmstead is the perfect place for your wedding and promises to be a retreat for you and everyone you love. With acres of space, two barns and a 5,000-square-foot farmhouse, the Farmstead is the venue to create memories, relax and find a slower pace. capacity 300 | price $$

east town ballroom at the courtyard minneapolis

1500 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN (612) 638-4670 info@easttownballroom.com EastTownBallroom.com With over 5,200 square feet, East Town Ballroom at the Courtyard Minneapolis offers endless options for any couple to host the wedding of their dreams. With space for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, we aim to have you expect the unexpected. capacity 400+ | price $

embassy suites bloomington

2800 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN (952) 967-8706 allie.lea@hilton.com EmbassyWeddingsBloomington.com We offer all-inclusive wedding packages that make your planning process easy and stress-free! We can handle it all—the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, the reception and the two-room suites for your overnight guests! Leave the details to us so you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime moment. capacity 400 | price $$

embassy suites by hilton minneapolis airport

7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN (952) 960-5116 allison.zimmer@hilton.com

fair hills resort

(800) 323-2849 FairHillsResort.com Our exceptional venue coordinators will work intimately with you to create your dream event along Pelican Lake or Lake Five. Breathtaking views from spacious, comfortable facilities with delicious menus served by our attentive and friendly staff, plus all the amenities of a first-class all-inclusive resort are at your service. capacity 312+ | price $$

fortune bay resort casino

1430 Bois Forte Road, Tower, MN (218) 753-7827 kbrodeen@fortunebay.com FortuneBay.com On the shores of beautiful Lake Vermilion, Fortune Bay is the perfect place for your destination wedding. With all-inclusive wedding packages, planning for your wedding just got a whole lot easier. These packages include use of our spacious ballroom or Lakeside Pavilion, gourmet meal and so much more! capacity 400 | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Four Daughters is the largest producing winery in the state and hosts vineyard weddings, 300-person receptions and special events throughout the year. With award-winning wines—Loon Juice Cider—and an in-house executive chef, Four Daughters is the perfect blend of Minnesota-nice and casual elegance. capacity 300

the gale mansion

Minneapolis, MN (612) 870-1662 | jessie@galemansion.com GaleMansion.com Enjoy your celebration in a gorgeous and romantic historic mansion—an architectural treasure offering an elegant and intimate setting. Located in the heart of the exclusive Mansion District of Minneapolis, this beautiful venue is a perfect background for a sophisticated but unique event.

on-site catering and white glove service add to the experience. It is metropolitan sophistication within your budget. capacity 400 | price $$

hampton inn and suites south shore conference center

1019 Paul Bunyan Drive South, Bemidji, MN (218) 333-4497 taylor.levy@hilton.com Share your special day with us and you will enjoy all of the amenities our hotel and wedding venue has to offer. From a beach ceremony to a delicious dinner, celebrate your wedding day overlooking beautiful Lake Bemidji! Some of your best memories can be made here! capacity 300 | price $$$

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garten marketplatz perennial farm

(507) 276-2746 odegard.stephanie@gmail.com This 10-acre outdoor ceremony and event venue boasts a vintage, European-style carriage house and sprawling gardens. We’re now booking for summer 2019 events! Come as guests, leave as friends! capacity 300 | price $$$

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grand view lodge

On Gull Lake, Nisswa, MN (800) 368-1885 GrandViewLodge.com The most memorable day of your life, the beginning of a lifetime of traditions. A wedding at Grand View Lodge offers infinite possibilities, customized for you. Cherish a wedding that is uniquely yours, brought to life by Grand View Lodge. capacity 400+ | price $$$

grandstay® hotel & conference center

7083 153rd Street West, Apple Valley, MN (952) 953-6111 eventsapplevalley@grandstay.net GrandStayAppleValley.com GrandStay® Conference Center unites elegance and sophistication, offering exquisite accommodations and personalized service to create your perfect wedding! Bring us your vision of the perfect day, and we will help bring it to reality. capacity 200 | price $

greysolon ballroom

231 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN (218) 722-7466 ballroom@blackwoods.com GreysolonBallroom.com Greysolon Ballroom provides romantic ambience for any event. With a variety of rooms, we can host intimate dinner parties or large-scale weddings. Black Woods’

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harriet island, saint paul parks and recreation

200 Dr. Justus O’Hage Blvd., Saint Paul, MN (651) 292-7010 | harrietisland@ci.stpaul.mn.us StPaul.gov/harrietisland The historic Harriet Island Pavilion is located on the scenic Mississippi River with incredible views of the downtown Saint Paul skyline. A great location for your ceremony and reception, the pavilion is a year-round facility that can accommodate up to 275 guests. capacity 275 | price $$

hidden greens event venue

Hastings, MN (651) 437-1813 info@hiddengreensweddings.com HiddenGreensWeddings.com Hidden Greens Event Venue is a beautifully appointed event space located on the grounds of Hidden Greens Golf Club, offering an elegant, rustic-chic interior, a charming wooded chapel area for outdoor ceremonies and a large patio with waterfall. New in 2018—this is a must-see venue! capacity 300 | price $$

hilton minneapolis/bloomington

3900 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, MN (952) 830-5250 kellyhuseman@bloomingtonhilton.com BloomingtonHilton.com We can create an event that you have always dreamed of. Our newly renovated, upscale hotel is centrally located and offers complimentary shuttle service and deluxe accommodations for out-of-town guests. Our majestic ballroom’s high ceilings and modern chandeliers offer the perfect touch to your day. capacity 300+ | price $$

info@hopeglenfarm.com HopeGlenFarm.com Just 15 minutes south of the Twin Cities, we offer a breathtaking authentic experience for you and your guests! Our 1860s rustic barn, pavilion and outdoor ceremony space is a divine and unforgettable setting. Included is a stay in the Treehouse Honeymoon Suite on the night of your wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

historic john p. furber farm

7310 Lamar Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN (651) 336-4421 info@johnpfurberfarm.com JohnPFurberFarm.com The historic, Gothic-arch roof dairy barn boasts over 8,000 square feet, large enough to host your event for up to 450 guests. There’s an additional 3,000-squarefoot addition with attached separate bride and groom suites and very large men’s and women’s bathrooms! Contact for pricing. capacity 450 | price $$

the historic water street inn

101 South Water Street, Stillwater, MN (651) 439-6000 WaterStreetInn.us Our historic inn in Stillwater, with its rich décor and grand rooms with 12-foot ceilings, is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. Our staff will be more than happy to coordinate the smooth running of events and ensure a memorable experience. capacity 250 | price $$

the hotel landing

(952) 777-7900 TheHotelLanding.com Offering the beautiful backdrop of Lake Minnetonka, this luxury boutique hotel is a one-of-a-kind setting— the perfect venue for your lakeside wedding. The Wayzata Ballroom is elegantly chic, creating the ideal ambience. After your soiree, you can retreat to your luxury guest suite. capacity 200 | price $$$

intercontinental minneapolis - st. paul airport near mall of america

5005 Glumack Drive, MSP Airport Terminal 1, Minneapolis, MN (612) 725-0500 | info@intercontinentalmsp.com InterContinental.com/minneapolismn Now open to host your day in our stunning ballroom for 900+, watch the planes land at dusk from our penthouse level Altitude event space for 150+ or buy out Bradstreet Craftshouse for 100. Graves Hospitality provides perfectly executed food and drink you know, familiar service you expect. capacity 900+ | price $$$

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jimmy’s event center

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (651) 482-1233 VisitJimmys.com Making memories since 1988, Jimmy’s has unlimited options including our beautiful garden, patio and gazebo area that can accommodate any size group from 10 to 500 people. We have a wide range of services that will satisfy any special request, so don’t hesitate to ask us! capacity 500 | price $$

(320) 347-1500 sales@littlecrowresort.com LittleCrowResort.com We feature a banquet room overlooking the course, full-service bar, experienced staff, outdoor patio and additional amenities that will have you falling in love with our venue! A GrandStay® Hotel is conveniently attached, and we’re happy to work with any budget to create an experience tailored to you. capacity 250 | price $$$

keller golf course

2166 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood, MN (651) 766-4176 EXT. 202 kellersales@lancercatering.com LancerCatering.com The stunning Keller Clubhouse features spectacular views of the golf course and Keller Lake. The spacious ballroom and pre-function space has sweeping vistas, cathedral ceilings, an inviting fireplace, outdoor patios and a private balcony. Book your ceremony, cocktail reception or groom’s dinner today. capacity 350 | price $$

little log house pioneer village

21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN (651) 437-2693 info@littleloghouseshow.com LittleLogHouseShow.com Imagine the most memorable day of your life set in an enchanting village surrounded by 50 beautiful buildings, blooming gardens and endless rustic scenery. Our 20 years of experience hosting weddings is a testament to our legacy of tenderly guarding this rural hidden treasure for more than 40 years! capacity 300+ | price $$

lafayette club

2800 Northview Road, Minnetonka Beach, MN (952) 471-6411 eventplanning@lafayetteclub.com LafayetteClub.com Lafayette Club, one of the Twin Cities’ most memorable venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Each celebration is customized to your preferences and will be as unique as you are. Located on Lake Minnetonka, our gorgeous setting combined with elegant facilities creates a reception like no other.

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landmark center

75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN (651) 292-3228 betsy@landmarkcenter.org LandmarkCenter.org Landmark Center embodies the prestige and elegance of the Italian Renaissance. With an event staff that has worked with couples for over 15 years, Landmark Center is a highly preferred choice for dream weddings. capacity 400 | price $$$

linden hill historic estate

608 Highland Ave., Little Falls, MN (320) 616-5580 | info@linden-hill.org Linden-Hill.org Enjoy every aspect of your wedding weekend in one incredible location at Linden Hill Historic Estate, nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River. The 120-year-old Musser mansion and estate are available for group/event rental by full weekend and include lodging for up to 25 guests. capacity 300 | price $$

little crow golf resort

15980 Hwy. 23 NE, Spicer, MN

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long lake lodge

16021 Long Lake Road NW, Brandon, MN (320) 834-4668 | (320) 808-3426 longlakelodge@longlakelodge.net LongLakeLodge.net Our yurt, banquet facility, bridal suite and platform overlooking the lake create the perfect wedding. Our three-day venue allows you to decorate on Friday and check out on Sunday for a relaxing wedding experience. Catering options are unlimited, and the property has RV sites with water and electric.

maple ridge farm

Taylors Falls, MN (651) 210-9520 sue@mapleridgefarmmn.com mapleridgefarmmn.com With 10 years in the wedding business, Maple Ridge Farm offers unique, beautiful barn weddings with a style all our own. We would love to help make your special day a memorable and idyllic occasion. Whether your style is simple, shabby chic or elegant, Maple Ridge Farm is the place to exchange your vows. capacity 300 | price $$

mayowood stone barn

3385 Mayowood Rd. SW, Rochester, MN (507) 281-2276 MayowoodStoneBarn.com Experience the natural beauty of the century-old stone buildings and wide-open spaces. Our private venue feels secluded and rural. Newly reopened under Powers Ventures, we offer exclusive catering and beverage service, with the versatility and experience to meet your personal style, tastes and budget. capacity 300 | price $$

medina entertainment center

500 Highway 55, Medina, MN (763) 478-6661 MedinaEntertainment.com We offer three full-service spaces accommodating 50-600 guests, paired with a hotel next door. Our experienced planning team, along with our executive chef, will create meals made in-house and from scratch, complemented by superior service that will leave you and your guests with a lifetime of memories. capacity 200+ | price $$

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lumber exchange event center

10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN (612) 843-2575 LxMpls.com We are one of the most uniquely versatile and historic event venues in downtown Minneapolis. We can turn your dream event into a reality, whether it’s an intimate wedding ceremony or a lavish corporate party. With countless beautiful and unparalleled layout options, your event is sure to be exceptional. capacity 2,000 | price $$

majestic oaks golf club

701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE, Ham Lake, MN (763) 755-2140 MajesticOaksGolfClub.com No matter what time of year, Majestic Oaks Golf Club offers an ideal setting for your wedding or special event. We are proud to offer two charming waterfront ceremony sites, options for indoor ceremonies and three uniquely designed ballrooms. Contact our event team to learn more today! capacity 400+ | price $$

mendakota country club

2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights, MN (651) 905-6165 MendakotaCC.com Plan the wedding of your dreams and experience first-hand the timeless elegance of a classic country club wedding. You’ll enjoy the finest foods, take in the natural beauty of our pristine fairways and find the perfect venue—whether it’s a large, stately affair or a small, intimate soiree. capacity 350 | price $$$

midland hills country club

2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, MN (651) 631-0440 jhenry@midlandhillscc.org MidlandHillsCC.org Our beautiful ballroom with a dance floor seats up to 300. The St. Andrews Room is more intimate, perfect for rehearsal dinners. We also offer two separate dressing rooms. You can count on our catering department to offer creatively presented, awardwinning cuisine served by our professional staff. capacity 300 | price $$$

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millennium minneapolis

1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN (612) 332-6000 minneapolis.us@millenniumhotels.com MillenniumHotels.com/en/minneapolis/ millennium-hotel-minneapolis Millennium Minneapolis offers unique, beautiful banquet spaces for your wedding reception. The Dome and Marquis offer a panoramic view of Minneapolis and seating for up to 160 guests. The Grand Ballroom can seat 350 and Loring can seat 300.

next chapter winery

16945 320th Street, New Prague, MN (612) 655-6176 | nextchapterwinery@gmail.com NextChapterWinery.com Next Chapter Winery is the definition of rustic elegance. Chandeliers, walls of barrels, flourishing vines, a picturesque pond, a sparkling wall of wine bottles and a foliage-enclosed driveway combine to create a venue like no other. We welcome you to start the next chapter of your lives here. capacity 275 | price $$

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN (952) 443-1400 Arboretum.UMN.edu Celebrate your wedding at the premier Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 20 miles west of the Twin Cities. The arboretum includes 1,200 acres of gardens, tree collections, prairies and indoor venue spaces, with a full catering and event team to help plan your memorable day!

nicollet island inn

95 Merriam Street, Minneapolis, MN lindsay@nicolletislandinn.com NicolletIslandInn.com The historic Nicollet Island Inn prides itself on offering old-world comforts and new-world charm. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Inn is reminiscent of traveling to the French countryside while being in the heart of the city. Utilize private rooms or buy out the entire Inn. capacity 200 | price $$

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minnesota zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, MN (952) 431-9200 | sales@mnzoo.org MNZoo.org/rent-the-zoo/weddings The Minnesota Zoo’s lush grounds and serene settings form an exotic backdrop for your special day. We feature three unique locations featuring animals from the tropics, Minnesota and the oceans to create lasting memories. A ceremony location can also be added to simplify your day!

north garden theater

929 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN (651) 321-4769 | info@northgardentheater.com NorthGardenTheater.com Iron trusses float high in the air below 20-foot-tall wood ceilings supported by century-old brick pilasters. The industrial-chic setting provides an ideal backdrop. The North Garden Theater features theatrical lights, sound, media, full bar and open-concept space to plan the event of your dreams. capacity 245 | price $$

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mintáhoe catering & events

2850 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis, MN (612) 253-0255 events@mintahoe.com Mintahoe.com Mintáhoe Catering & Events offers award-winning catering for weddings and special events. Our innovative menus are constantly evolving based on the latest food and beverage trends. Our team of experts will take care of you and your event from start to finish.

muse event center, north loop

107 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN (612) 345-8344 | info@musemn.com MuseMN.com Plan your entire day at Muse, a creative venue for your ceremony and reception. With concert quality sound and lighting, it’s the ultimate place to dance the night away in the North Loop! Experience our luxurious Wedding Party Suite and the Club Room, with its own fireplace and bar. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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10625 Mount Curve Road, Eden Prairie, MN (952) 941-6262 catering@olympichills.com OlympicHills.com Your ceremony at Olympic features a beautiful pergola overlooking our serene waterfall garden, while your reception boasts a strikingly remodeled room with grand windows throughout. A patio spans the entirety of the space, while a charming fireplace creates the perfect ambience for your perfect day. capacity 200 | price $$

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oak ridge hotel and conference center

Chaska, MN (952) 368-1419 OakRidgeMinneapolis.com Romance is alive at Oak Ridge. From lakeside ceremonies with breathtaking views to intimate “weddings in the round,” our landscape is idyllic for your wedding. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration for 350 or an intimate event, our staff is dedicated to making sure your day is flawless. capacity 350 | price $$$

odyssey resorts

227 West First Street, Suite 650, Duluth, MN (218) 728-8060 EXT. 118 hannahn@odysseydev.com OdysseyResorts.com/weddings Enjoy our breathtaking views of Lake Superior’s North Shore and our unparalleled service while you enjoy happily ever after at one of the Odyssey Resorts. Offering elegant banquet rooms, lakeside or mountainside ceremony sites and accommodations you’ll fall in love with, let us cater to your every need. capacity 180 | price $$

outback ranch, inc

Houston, MN (507) 896-5550 holly@outbackranch.net OutbackRanch.net We have a gorgeous country venue that seats 400 guests—and with the doors open, we can accommodate more than 1,500. The best part is that all of it is yours Friday through Sunday! We have three different cabins and 75 electrical and primitive campsites. Come celebrate! capacity 400 | price $$

the pavilion at holiday inn & suites lake elmo

8511 Hudson Boulevard, Lake Elmo, MN (651) 714-8068 lpellowski@hoari.com HolidayInn.com/stpaulnemn Let us design a wedding experience you will fondly remember for a lifetime. Our Historic Pavilion is perfect for receptions, and our Stillwater Room offers a more intimate space for rehearsal dinners. We can provide everything under one roof. Inquire about off-site catering from our restaurant. capacity 250 | price $$

pinstripes

3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, MN (952) 835-6437 mn-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 600 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 250+ | price $$

profile event center

2630 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN (612) 331-5000 info@profileeventcenter.com ProfileEventCenter.com The Profile Event Center is a dynamic and exciting setting for wedding receptions. Featuring hardwood dance floors, gorgeous high-tech lighting and stateof-the-art house and light systems, we provide a

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The award-winning Harriet Island Regional Park is one of Saint Paul’s—and one of the Twin Cities’—most popular parks. Located alongside the Mississippi River near downtown Saint Paul, the “island” boasts many amenities, including the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion, a 5,000-square-foot facility that hosts weddings and receptions year-round.

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radisson blu mall of america

2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN (952) 881-5258 radissonblumoasales@radisson.com RadissonBluMOA.com Just in time for your big celebration, we offer stylish, iconic, cool spaces and gorgeous rooms. Make your debut in one of our spacious ballrooms. It’s your time to shine. Your occasion—perfectly planned, expertly arranged. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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science museum of minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN (651) 221-2550 | rentals@smm.org SMM.org/rentals You’ve found the perfect mate—now celebrate your chemistry with us. With the Twin Cities’ largest outdoor terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, award-winning architecture and priceless décor from a collection that spans millions of years, it’s an exquisite backdrop for your special day. capacity 400 | price $$

radisson hotel minneapolis st. paul north

2540 North Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN (651) 367-3927 kanderson@nathcompanies.com From the moment you step through our doors to long after you say, “I do,” this day will be about you. We offer indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception space, Grand Ballroom seating for up to 350 guests, and professional planners and vendors. Banquet service is provided from award-winning Axel’s Charhouse. capacity 350 | price $$

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renaissance minneapolis hotel, the depot

225 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN (612) 375-1700 weddings@thedepotminneapolis.com Marriott.com/mspdd Weddings and celebrations at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot are truly unique because they’re set in a timeless, unforgettable setting. Whether you choose our Historic Great Hall, the spacious Depot Pavilion or the intimate Hiawatha Ballroom, we have the perfect space for you on your special day.

(651) 385-9250 | info@roundbarnfarm.com RoundBarnFarm.com Our all-inclusive rustic and elegant barn venue features a gorgeous landscaped acreage with an outdoor ceremony site overlooking the Mississippi River bluffs. We offer a historic round barn, a reception pavilion with surround lighting and huge chandeliers, and a bed-andbreakfast with five stunning rooms. capacity 300+ | price $$

the saint paul hotel

350 Market Street, Saint Paul, MN (800) 292-9292 SaintPaulHotel.com Minnesota’s Landmark Hotel since 1910 offers fullservice on-site and off-site catering, professional wedding planners, three distinct in-hotel locations for

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st. james hotel

406 Main St., Red Wing, MN (651) 388-2846 St-James-Hotel.com Dine, dance and enjoy our chef’s fine culinary delights and flawless orchestration that our professional team will deliver. Mix in robust architecture, romantic bridal suites and two on-site spas. Rise above the ordinary and celebrate at the St. James Hotel, hosting distinctive celebrations since 1875. capacity 250 | price $$

semple mansion

100 W. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (612) 290-4448 katherine@semplemansion.com SempleMansion.com Restored to its original 16th century Italian Renaissance–style and opulence, the Semple Mansion is a picture-perfect venue for your wedding. The mansion holds several stunning rooms for ceremonies, receptions, social hours and relaxing. capacity 250 | price $$

solar arts by chowgirls

711 NE 15th Ave., 3rd Floor, Minneapolis, MN (612) 203-0786 solararts@chowgirls.net SolarArts.Chowgirls.net Located in Minneapolis’ Northeast Arts District, the sunlit, warehouse-style event space sits atop a solarpowered landmark building. This unique sustainable venue can be configured for meetings, galas, weddings and receptions. Chowgirls Killer Catering is the exclusive caterer for the venue. capacity 400 | price $$$

st. paul college club

990 Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN (651) 227-4477 jennifer@stpaulcollegeclub.com StPaulCollegeClub.com We invite you to have a beautiful, unique wedding at our historic mansion built in 1916, boasting both indoor and outdoor ceremony space, a great hall for dinner and dancing and seven functioning fireplaces! Our on-site chef freshly prepares your menu, and our coordinators help your entire day run smoothly. capacity 250 | price $$

starfire event center

206 2nd Ave. SW, Waseca, MN (507) 461-1387 | mindyjohnson@wasecamac.com MillerArmstrong.com This all-service event center—with a full staff and kitchen—offers a huge layout and rooms for rent to make small parties cozier. We are a one-stop shop for your decorating and catering needs! Our ballroom is done in barn wood, original to the area. The new modern ballroom will be completed in June 2018! capacity 400 | price $$

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round barn farm

in the sunlit woods, then an afternoon river cruise down the St. Croix or a meandering walk through the rustic streets of Afton. Let us make your outdoor wedding dream come true.

spirit mountain

9500 Spirit Mountain Place, Duluth, MN (218) 624-8531 | jhoffman@spiritmt.com SpiritMt.com Spirit Mountain is a much sought-after wedding destination. With breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River as your backdrop, there really is no better place to start the rest of your forever than right here! Take the stress out of planning your perfect day and say “I Do-Luth” Spirit Mountain. capacity 400 | price $$

st. croix woodlands

16028 5th Street South, Lakeland, MN (651) 354-2646 info@stcroixwoodlands.com StCroixWoodlands.com With Afton and Stillwater only minutes away, the possibilities are endless. Picture your ceremony tucked

stonebrooke golf club

2693 County Road 79, Shakopee, MN (952) 496-3171 (800) 263-3189 Stonebrooke.com/weddings-a-events Live, love and celebrate in style. capacity 250 | price $$

stoneridge golf club

13600 Hudson Blvd., Stillwater, MN (651) 436-4653 EXT. 7 alisonr@stoneridgegc.com From weddings and receptions to corporate meeting and tournaments, our professional staff is ready to serve and attend to your every need. It is our goal to make your experience unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$

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thumper pond resort

300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail, MN (218) 367-2000 | jackie@thumperpond.com ThumperPond.com We are a full-service resort offering everything from the rehearsal and ceremony to the reception and on-site lodging. Once your guests get here, they don’t have to leave. Our resort also features a restaurant and bar, 18hole golf course, new indoor water park, fitness center and more. Call today! capacity 316 | price $$

town & country club

300 Mississippi River Boulevard North, St. Paul, MN (651) 659-2556 | catering@tcc-club.com TCC-Club.com We invite you to make your wedding the talk of the town at Town & Country Club, a private club open to non-member events for weddings and other occasions. Town & Country Club boasts magnificent views of the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline. capacity 300 | price $$

(218) 692-2246 EXT. 412 crystal@crosslakereservations.com Whitefish-Lodge.com/weddings MBLodge.com/weddings Look no further for your destination location! Whitefish Lodge and Manhattan Beach Lodge offer endless yearround possibilities—indoor and outdoor locations for ceremony and social hour with an indoor reception. capacity 300 | price $$

wildwind valley wedding barn

2971 County Rd. 3, Wrenshall, MN (712) 341-0330 | WildwindValleyWeddingBarn.com Our beautiful new, rustic yet elegant wedding barn is situated on 200 scenic acres of the Black Hoof Valley Ranch and offers amazing views. Opening Spring 2019, it includes a honeymoon suite, bridesmaid dressing room and groom’s lounge, plus a full-service bar and catering kitchen.

and let us customize a party with you. From simple to formal we will take care of your needs. –The Kane Family

the thirsty whale bakery

4149 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN (612) 259-7168 thirstywhalebakery@gmail.com ThirstyWhaleBakery.com The Thirsty Whale Bakery specializes in completely custom cakes and desserts. Whether you’re looking for something incredibly elaborate or a simple, elegant design, let Megan, our award-winning decorator, bring your ideas to life—and be prepared to be blown away by the entire experience.

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cakes & caterers

turtle’s 1890 social centre

112 South Lewis Street, Shakopee, MN (952) 445-5050 EXT. 12 bryan@tsc1890.com TSC1890.com Turtle’s 1890 Social Centre is a state-of-the-art banquet facility from yesteryear. From the old tin ceiling and 125-year-old brick to the dark mahogany woodwork, the room is a sight to behold! You’ll be working directly with the owner on your reception plans to ensure a perfect day!

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union depot

214 Fourth Street East, St. Paul, MN (651) 202-2708 | info@uniondepot.org UnionDepot.org Begin your life together in one of the most unique settings in the Twin Cities. The ornate, beautifully appointed surrounding of Union Depot provides a distinctive and vibrant backdrop to your ceremony or reception with all of the modern amenities. capacity 400+ | price $$

the white bear country inn

catering@rudysredeye.com WhiteBearCountryInn.com Planning your special day is stress-free at The White Bear Country Inn. Our specialized catering team will work with you to make your dreams come true. Awardwinning Rudy’s Redeye Grill provides a catering menu that is sure to impress you and your guests. capacity 300 | price $$

whitefish lodge & manhattan beach lodge Crosslake, MN

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cherry on top confections

Minneapolis, MN (561) 706-1905 cherryontopconfections@ymail.com CherryOnTopConfections.com Cherry On Top Confections specializes in French macarons, cannolis, brigadeiros and mac cakes for every special occasion. Gluten-free options are available.

crave catering & events

Minneapolis, MN (952) 562-5620 sales@cravecatering.com CraveCatering.com Inspired by beautiful food, we are passionate about making your wedding reception unforgettable. Let Crave impress your guests with a dining experience that speaks to you as a couple. Our Signature Wedding Collection features creative menus, from plated dinners to interactive food stations.

Minnesota and Wisconsin (651) 437-3344 | (612) 787-3501 info@adagiodj.com AdagioDJ.com A toast to over 25 years of timeless event entertainment. We never forget whose day it is.

instant request

5001 American Blvd. West, Suite 995, Bloomington, MN (952) 934-6110 | events@instantrequest.com InstantRequest.com We’ve been voted best DJ for 14 consecutive years. Our approach is customized, tasteful and fun. Throughout the planning process, we learn about you—not just the music you want to hear. When we handpick your DJ three weeks before your reception, you’ll know that you’re working with someone who fits your style, energy and musical taste.

jewelry

kane’s catering

1560 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN (651) 482-9005 kanescatering@comcast.net KanesCatering.com Kane’s has been providing great food and excellent service since 1972 as a small family business on historic Payne Avenue in St. Paul. Call Kane’s for your next event

continental diamond

1600 Utica Ave. South, Suite 130, St. Louis Park, MN (952) 593-5602

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sales@continentaldiamond.com ContinentalDiamond.com We own a large diamond inventory certified by two of the world’s major gem labs: AGS and GIA. We also boast a diverse collection of engagement rings crafted by the most respected designers in the industry. Browse a sampling of diamonds and rings on our website and many more in our showroom.

Now offering TWO ballrooms—perfect for your ceremony AND reception.

max’s

bridal fashion & beauty

AJ PHOTOGRAPHY

3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, MN (952) 922-8364 StylebyMax.com Max’s is not your usual wedding jewelry store! Between our unsurpassed selection of artisan-made jewelry that you won’t find all over the Twin Cities and our relaxed atmosphere and no-pressure knowledgeable sales staff, we’re confident that you’ll enjoy your visit.

CONTACT US: 507-461-1387 206 2ND AVE. SW, WASECA, MN 56093 MINDYJOHNSON@WASECAMAC.COM FACEBOOK@STARFIREEVENTCENTER

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Serving western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities metro, MN AmyRachaelMUA.com Amy is a professional makeup artist who excels at working with large bridal parties and specializes in luxury bridal makeup, airbrush, lashes and engagement photos. She offers bridal packages and both studio and on-site availability.

effie’s bridal trunk

1715 County Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, MN (952) 892-7699 info@effiesbridaltrunk.com EffiesBridalTrunk.com We believe your wedding isn’t just another event—it’s an expression of you. Our goal is to carry a unique selection of designers and price points that would give the Effie bride choices that suit her personality and taste. We have a wide variety of gowns, bridal party dresses, accessories and more!

finery bridal chic

115 Broadway Avenue North, Rochester, MN (507) 517-8039 FineryBridalChic.com Finery Bridal Chic’s goal is to make every bride feel stunning. We carry boutique designers who welcome customizations, which makes for a gown experience that is truly yours. We can’t wait to learn the aesthetic

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The Thirsty Whale

BAKERY (612) 259-7168

thirstywhalebakery@gmail.com ThirstyWhaleBakery.com 4149 Fremont Avenue North Minneapolis, MN

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jillian maria makeup

(651) 285-7015 jillian@jillianmariamakeup.com JillianMariaMakeup.com Jillian Maria Makeup provides professional on-site makeup applications. With multiple packages to choose from, you and your bridal party will enjoy an unforgettable experience. Jillian will work with your specific needs to create your perfect wedding day look while you enjoy time with your family and friends.

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posh

810 Lake Street East, Wayzata, MN (952) 249-8000 | thedress@poshmn.com PoshMN.com When shopping for a bridal gown, every bride deserves the ultimate experience. From our educated bridal consultants to our intimate setting, every detail at Posh lends to a relaxed, stress-free appointment. Whatever your budget, Posh will cater to your every need! You deserve it!

savvi formalwear

info@savviminnesota.com SavviFormalwear.com We carry the latest in wedding fashions, including the designers, fits and colors that will help make your wedding day flawless. Our nationwide network of stores and Sure Fit Guarantee help make certain your attendants look their very best on your big day.

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angela divine photography

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(612) 978-1085 angeladivinephotography@gmail.com AngelaDivinePhotography.com I make the photography process fun and stress free. I’ll be there to provide just the right balance of friendly support and professional guidance to not only make your day feel effortless, but everything in between. Your photos will be beyond beautiful and show the true magic of each moment.

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“Studio C Floral delivers a wide range of floral and event styling services for clients in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and beyond. We design around what you love, and what you don’t, and with all of your important details in mind� @ STUDIOCFLORAL

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engage me photography

Twin Cities, MN (612) 730-3850 | julie@engagemephoto.com EngageMePhoto.com What sets Engage Me apart? It is hands-down our

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studio 220 photography

1624 Harmon Place, Ste. 209, Minneapolis, MN (612) 206-0502 Studio220Photography.com It takes a great team to make a great company. We are extremely fortunate to be working with such a talented group of people! Our photographers infuse a passion for photography, creativity and a genuine interest in the lives of our clients, culminating in truly inspired photography.

flowers & décor

bachman’s

6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN (612) 861-7620 | weddings@bachmans.com Bachmans.com/weddings Love is in the details. With decades-long experience and access to a vast amount of classic, luxe and unexpected flowers, you can count on Bachman’s to elevate your wedding with stunning floral décor.

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lake harriet florist

5011 Penn Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN (612) 259-8211 hello@alacarteblooms.com LakeHarrietFlorist.com Every bride and her wedding is special to us! We offer complimentary consultations, and we customize our estimates based on the bride’s flower preferences, overall vision and budget.

specialty services

après event décor & tent rental

5801 Clearwater Drive, Minnetonka, MN (952) 942-3399 | info@apresparty.com ApresParty.com

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Linden Hill Historic Estate offers breathtaking

We offer the latest trends in tenting, staging, draping, rustic tables and bars, seating, furniture, linens, accessories and tabletop. Get an online quote or schedule an appointment in our Minnetonka showroom.

grounds, riverfront gardens, and lodging in the historic Musser Mansion. From rehearsal to reception, we give you the space and time to enjoy every minute of your wedding weekend.

Julia Mueller—Executive Director | Angela Gau—Assistant Director 608 HIGHLAND AVE., LITTLE FALLS, MN 56345 • 320.616.5580 • INFO@LINDEN-HILL.ORG

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

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

linen effects

1801 W. River Rd. N., Minneapolis, MN (612) 355-2500 sales@lineneffects.com LinenEffects.com Linen Effects is an award-winning and long-established wedding décor rental company in the Twin Cities. Not only do we have a spectacular linen selection, we also specialize in ceiling and backdrop draping, chiavari chairs, chair covers, lounge furniture and tabletop décor. Schedule your visit today.

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things remembered

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

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Minneapolis, MN (763) 559-8368 Ue-MN.com Enjoy convenient one-stop shopping at Ultimate Events! We’re a full-service rental company with more than 50 years of experience specializing in tenting, flooring, tables, chairs, tabletop, linens, décor and much more! Schedule an appointment or visit us online today!

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Medina Entertainment Center

(763) 478-6661 medinaentertainment.com

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Fortune Bay Resort Casino

199

7 Vines Vineyard

37

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

194

Almquist Farm

21

The Gale Mansion

216

American Swedish Institute

221

Garten Marketplatz

166

Bearpath Golf & Country Club

212

Grand View Lodge

121

Blackberry Ridge

197

GrandStay Hotel & Conference

229

Buca di Beppo

59

Greysolon Ballroom

157

The Butler Building & Opera House

163

Hampton Inn & Suites South Shore Conference Center

209

BWB Ranch

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Harriet Island Saint Paul Parks & Recreation

237

Carlos Creek Winery

131

Hidden Greens Event Venue

98

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

46

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

225

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

143

Historic John P. Furber Farm

15

Commonwealth Properties & Hospitality

49

Hope Glen Farm & Tree House

233

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

54

Hotel Landing

83

Crooners Lounge

205

The Hutton House Medicine Lake

2

The Crown Room

229

InterContinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport

160

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar

226

Jimmy’s Event Center

221

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

129

Keller Golf Course

214

Dellwood Barn Weddings

210

Lafayette Club

41

Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast

139

Landmark Center

97

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown

145

Linden Hill

244

Earl & Wilson Event Center

193

Little Crow Golf Resort

201

Earle Brown Heritage Center

119

Little Log House Pioneer Village

77

East Town Ballroom at the Courtyard Minneapolis

191

Long Lake Lodge

172

Embassy Suites by Hilton Bloomington

237

Lumber Exchange Event Center

27

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Airport

151

Majestic Oaks Golf Club

95

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown

73

Maple Ridge Farm

189

Erickson Farmstead

117

Mayowood Stone Barn

86

Fair Hills Resort

69

Medina Entertainment Center

244

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Mendakota Country Club

231

St. Paul College Club

141

Midland Hills Country Club

79

Starfire Event Center

241

Millennium Hotel

17

Stonebrooke Golf Club

25

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

159

StoneRidge Golf Club

135

Minnesota Zoo

215

Thumper Pond

171

Mintáhoe Catering & Events

74

Town & Country Club

233

Muse Event Center

9

Turtle’s 1890 Social Centre

202

Next Chapter Winery

91

Union Depot

213

Nicollet Island Inn

231

Water Street Inn

89

North Garden Theater

243

White Bear Country Inn

207

Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center

147

Whitefish Lodge & Suites

23

Odyssey Resorts

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Wildwind Valley Wedding Barn Event Center

136

Olympic Hills Golf Club

243

Outback Ranch, Inc.

92

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Pavilion at Holiday Inn & Suites Lake Elmo

65

Cherry On Top Confections

242

Pinstripes

209

CRAVE Catering & Events

39

Profile Event Center

149

Kane’s Catering

226

Radisson Blu Mall of America

133

The Thirsty Whale Bakery

241

Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North

175

Regency Plaza

111

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel - The Depot

235

À La Carte Blooms by Lake Harriet Florist

152

Round Barn Farm

165

Bachman’s

216

The Saint Paul Hotel

13

Studio C Floral

242

Science Museum of Minnesota

155

The Semple Mansion

126

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Solar Arts by Chowgirls

113

Amy Rastetter, Multi-media Makeup Artist

207

Spirit Mountain

223

Effie’s Bridal Trunk

5

St. Croix Woodlands

235

Finery Bridal Chic

80

St. James Hotel

7

Jillian Maria Makeup Artist

210

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Posh Bridal

43

ENTERTAINMENT

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Savvi Formalwear

103

Adagio Djay Entertainment

213

Instant Request

11

JEWELRY

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Continental Diamond

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Max’s

63

Après Event Décor & Tent Rental

223

BeThings

101

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 53

Rosetree Events

85

Linen Effects

169

Rudy’s Event Rentals

218

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Things Remembered

45

Angela Divine Photography

219

Total Wine & More

51

Engage Me Photography

225

Ultimate Events

239

Studio 220

19

Wish Upon A Wedding

57

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