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THE BALLANTYNE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CHARLOTTE Rich in Style, Grand in Experience – Your Wedding Weekend Destination

Experience authentic Southern hospitality, inspiring venues, picturesque grounds, luxurious accommodations and resort amenities designed to complement your wedding celebration. Select from The Ballantyne’s gorgeous ballrooms and stunning outdoor spaces or the casual elegance of The Lodge, a private retreat.

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CONTENTS

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

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What if planning your wedding could be simple? ELEGANT SETTING & EXCELLENT FOOD, TOGETHER AT LAST

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fashion & beauty 129

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

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

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elements of style

style 81

the year’s freshest color palettes From bold and bright to muted and mod, we’ve got a pairing for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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real weddings 63

miranda & michael june 16, folly beach, sc

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marygray & niles october 27, columbia, sc

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stefani & marc november 11, charleston, sc

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andrew & r.l. march 10, greenville, sc

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annie & jesse

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emily & jamie

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traditions with a twist

planning 152

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

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jasmine & david september 22, high point, nc

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annie & jesse october 14, brevard, nc

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

holly & chris october 27, chapel hill, nc

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traditions with a twist

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

FROM BOT TOM LEF T: JULIA ELIZ ABETH PHOTOGR APHY; STILL CO.; DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

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

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

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at White on Daniel Island, WhiteonDI.com (Daniel Island, SC); earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

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

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

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

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

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

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

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A storybook estate where dreams come true.

Wayfaring Wanderer Photography Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

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THE CAROLINAS

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

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Susan Berryman

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

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PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Kate Richter SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR MaryLou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Tamara Crenshaw, tcrenshaw@theknot.com (877) 789-8817 SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

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www.ladiesoflineage.com • info@ladiesoflineage.com

redefining the bridal gown shopping experience Charlotte Location 1419 East Boulevard, Suite E Charlotte, NC 28203 704-547-4208

Fort Mill Location 1329 Broadcloth Street, Suite 103 Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-233-1722

Designers NOR TH CAROLINA Sassi Holford of London Legends by Romona Keveza Matthew Christopher • Lis Simon Bridal Aire Barcelona by Rosa Clará Theia Couture • Tara Keely • Allison Webb Ella Rosa by Kenneth Winston SOUTH CAROLINA Essense of Australia • Pronovias Allison Webb • Lis Simon Separates Beloved by Casablanca Bridal Rebecca Ingram

DRESS: ALLISON WEBB

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.com/carolinas 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 the Carolinas, like Nicole and Jimmy’s colorful, modern celebration at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte filled with unexpected touches, including a rainbow of ribbons hanging from the arch and wrapped around the broom that the couple jumped during the wedding ceremony. After cutting cake and then cutting a rug, the couple made their exit amid a flurry of more brightly colored ribbons.

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EDITOR ’S NOTE

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

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 152)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 87)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 100)

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

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 142)

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TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

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

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TOOL S

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

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

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plan your wedding on your phone

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

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Mary Bell EVENTS

Wedding planning at its finest. Serving Asheville, Charleston, Savannah and beyond. Offering complete design and luxury planning services for today’s busy bride.

(828) 450-2209 • mary@marybellevents.com

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme?

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

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

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

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

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

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/NOUN PROJEC T; SHARE ICON: LOGAN/NOUN PROJEC T; IPHONE ICON: NIKITA KOZIN/NOUN PROJEC T; CHECK ICON: KIMMI STUDIO/NOUN PROJEC T; RECOMMENDATION ICON: PRESENT TAS/NOUN PROJEC T; PALET TE ICON: ALEX AUDA SA MOR A/NOUN PROJEC T; ST YLE ICON: CHRIS HOM AN/NOUN PROJEC T

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It is the most important day of your life…

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M AKE TR ADITION

BLING “The sapphire and diamonds in my engagement ring represent my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, and the rose gold and amethyst are for Alex’s fraternity, Omega Psi Phi,” Shanee says.

THE COUPLE Shanee Sullivan (30 and a teacher) and Alex Galloway (31 and a software developer) wed at Studio Cellar in Columbia, South Carolina, then dined at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

party of five

In just six weeks, this pair pulled off what they call a “debt-free, stress-free” celebration with a guest list you could count on one hand. BY BECK Y MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY BY JESSICA HUNT PHOTOGR APHY

IN MEMORY The pair honored loved ones who coudn’t attend—Alex’s grandparents, Shanee’s surrogate grandmother and one of her family friends—by lighting a candle on their behalf.

SWEET START Shanee picked up

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their cupcake “wedding cake” on the morning of the wedding, then headed to the venue to decorate. LOCATION “I’m an artist, so once I saw the paintings, wine barrel tables and exposed wood, I was in love,” Shanee says of Studio Cellar. “Plus, now we can return every anniversary to make a painting.”

PEN The newlyweds made

their marriage official with a custom wood and metal pen made by a Blythewood artist. BOUQUET Shanee borrowed her brooch bouquet from the very friend who introduced her to Alex.

CHAMPAGNE FLUTES The two toasted with glasses that a friend from Alex’s parents’ church reserved for them just before she passed. SEASON’S GREETINGS Because the wedding took place on December 28, Christmas décor was a no-brainer.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Studio Cellar, Columbia, SC RECEPTION SITE Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Columbia, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Jessica Hunt Photography ATTIRE Shannee: gown: Dressilyme.com; veil: borrowed; headpiece: DIY; Alex: suit: Men’s Wearhouse OFFICIANT Reverend George P. Windley Jr. (Alex’s cousin) ENGAGEMENT RING PristineCustomRings, Etsy.com CUPCAKES Cupcake DownSouth

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Shanee wore her mother-in-law’s handmade pin as her “something old.”

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A place to live, love, and play

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Q AND A

ADVICE

THE CREW

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

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

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

LOUIS BARAGONA Associate real weddings editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

LAUREN KAY Executive editor, The Knot

How can I tell if prospective vendors are LGBTQ+ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “By the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman—are you cool with that?” It’s uncomfortable to feel like you have to “out” yourself every time you talk to a vendor. To avoid the awkward (and possibly heartbreaking) convo, there are ways to determine if a pro is equality minded before even sending an email. While some sites clearly state their delight in working with everyone, others may not be as clear. This is where you’ll need to do a deep dive into their online presence: Does their website have images of LGBTQ+ couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts celebrate LGBTQ+ marriage? (Pro tip: Go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about the marriage equality win.) You can also see if they’re a preferred vendor, have had work featured on equality-minded sites like Love Inc. or even include badges such as the one from The Knot. ST YLE

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I’ll be flying with my wedding dress— what are some good travel tips? HARMONY WALTON: Always carry it on. And add a few layers of protection, like tissue, between your gown and the garment bag. Before you board, check airline sites for your options. Some have closets where you can hang it, but you may need to lay it in the overhead. Don’t stress—simply steam it once you arrive. As a rule, never check anything you can’t live without on your wedding day.

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What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? SHAWNA GOHEL: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold. >>

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I’m really close to my brother and would love to have him in my wedding party, but does he have to stand on my fiancé’s side? LOUIS BAR AGONA: As tradition takes a backseat to personalization and preference, so should some of the more unnecessary confines of gendered practices. You love your brother, so why put him anywhere else but by your side? More couples are mixing things up with their wedding parties as a testament to the modernization of roles and the creation of totally new traditions. Whether it’s a groom’s female best friend, a relative who identifies as non-binary or a wedding without any gender roles, your setup shouldn’t come down to choosing historically assigned sides. Make your day about what’s best for you as a couple, whether that means your brother is standing on the “bridal side,” aka the left, or simply forgoing and just surrounding yourselves with your people.

What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? MARK INGR AM: Try 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 easily added) so an additional bra is not required. 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 added pieces.

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How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony? MARY CHATMAN: A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry—this memory will be captured, and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

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I’ve heard I have a year to send out thank-you notes—is this true? LAUREN K AY: You should try to share your gratitude as soon as possible. For any gifts received before the wedding, thank-yous should be mailed out within two weeks. For those received on or after your wedding day, aim for a two- to three-month turnaround. Guests want to know you received their gift, and you don’t want to risk forgetting to pen a note altogether. If you’re coming up on your first anniversary and have outstanding notes, get writing. It’s never too late to show your appreciation.

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HIGHGROVE ESTATE Highgrove-NC.com “The ceremony space is breathtaking and intimate, the house is charming and the ballroom is stunning. I cannot imagine a more perfect venue than Highgrove.”

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WIGGLE AROUND IN IT LIKE YOU’RE DANCING. WHICH ONE FEELS THE BEST? THAT’S HOW I KNEW!” —Hannah G.

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THE CLIFFS AT MOUNTAIN PARK MARIETTA, SC COST from $20,000 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Scenic & quaint ABOUT The Cliffs offer

Take your love to new heights by saying “I do” with sweeping views of the peaks of the Smokies and the valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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THE SWAG WAYNESVILLE, NC COST from $27,000 GUEST COUNT 34 STYLE Cozy & secluded ABOUT Welcome guests

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THE VIEW POINT AT BUCKHORN CREEK GREENVILLE, SC COST from $2,900 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Natural & rustic ABOUT Your wedding

party can experience the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the convenience of being only 15 minutes from charming downtown Greenville.

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barn Look for a rustic yet updated property with exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and plenty of acres to party.

TIN ROOF FARMS SALUDA, SC COST from $4,900 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Country & classic ABOUT The newly opened

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THE BARN AT VALHALLA CHAPEL HILL, NC COST from $1,500 GUEST COUNT 125 STYLE Southern & casual ABOUT This venue allows

WINDY HILL WEDDING & EVENT BARN SIMPSONVILLE, SC COST from $4,500 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Outdoorsy & rustic ABOUT The high, lofted

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CANNON GREEN CHARLESTON, SC COST from $20,000 GUEST COUNT 150 STYLE Romantic & historic ABOUT The open, airy

space gives off a French-inspired vibe.

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you the experience of your own private campground.

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restaurant Host an intimate candlelit dinner or a Southern-style barbecue feast at your favorite eatery focused on heartfelt toasts and a knockout menu.

reception in the partyready karaoke room.

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NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART RALEIGH, NC COST from $21,000 GUEST COUNT 150 STYLE Quirky & colorful ABOUT Say “I do” among

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MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC COST from $4,200 GUEST COUNT 240 STYLE Urban & alternative ABOUT The outdoor space

is ideal for an Insta-worthy garden party. GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART CHARLESTON, SC COST from $3,375 GUEST COUNT 170 STYLE Historic & Southern ABOUT Since 1905, this venue has been a cultural hub on Meeting Street.

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How can couples make their invitations their own? Custom art and illustrations are very personal ways to make your stationery one of a kind. These could be renderings of the church, the place where the proposal took place or even the couple’s pet. An illustration from the background of the save-the-date could reappear as the liner in the wedding suite or as a custom napkin at the reception. I also love to use vintage stamps because there are so many options. We can match stamps to the wedding’s color palette or incorporate places that tell the narrative of their relationship. I also love incorporating family crests into the invitation and the liner. How can couples avoid any dreaded typos in their stationery? Ouch! I wish I could say this has never happened, but it has. It’s the stuff that keeps stationers up at night. After reviewing the proofs, we have all clients approve and sign off on the suite, including a clause stating that we are not responsible once the client has signed. Look closely when viewing proofs. If the worst happens, we work closely with the client and the printer to come up with the best solution for a reprint.

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Liz Macpherson, owner of Mac & Murphy, a Charleston, South Carolina, graphic design studio and stationery store

How far in advance should couples book their stationer? In an ideal scenario, I suggest setting up a consultation at least nine months in advance of the wedding date. A majority of clients underestimate the time it takes to produce invitations. At the very first consultation, the designer is able to discuss the inspiration and the overall feel of the wedding and present couples with paper swatches and printing options. Once we have that in place, we secure the production timeline with our team and move forward.

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Walk us through your design process. First, I meet couples at my studio so they can visualize their design. In order to get to know the couple’s desired aesthetic, I have silk ribbons, thousands of vases and so many other styling details available in the studio for them to check out. This part of the process helps couples communicate their style to me because even if they don’t know which flowers they love, they can at least pick a ribbon or a candle. During the first meeting, I get to know the couple as well as possible to really personalize their design. From there, I create a proposal based on the design elements we discuss and mock up a mood board of inspiration images. After the couple approves and we move forward, I meet with them one to two months before the wedding to make sure everything is on track, but in the meantime, I’m always available via email (within business hours, of course). What should couples bring to that very first appointment? Any kind of inspiration is extremely helpful. I love seeing art, graphic design and interior design. Anything you love, I want to see.

How can couples make the most of their floral budget? Number one: Come into the design process with an open mind. Allow your designer to suggest lower-price alternatives. Some couples reach out with a set list and don’t want to compromise. Garlands are a good example. Garlands can be expensive, so instead, we can place greenery to replicate the look at a fraction of the cost. Garden roses are more inexpensive than peonies, but still provide that full-face flower look. Also, I love to see couples repurpose their flowers from the ceremony to the reception. Those large ceremony urns can add a lot of fun and drama to an escort card table or bar. Spill: What really happens to the flowers after the wedding? If my team handles the breakdown, we donate arrangements to local state-run nursing homes or compost the flowers and stems. This helps to offset the environmental impact of your event. Looking ahead, what flower trends are you seeing for 2020 and beyond? Couples are finally embracing color again. We’re going to see lots of red, orange and bright pink. Couples are also thinking more conceptually design-wise, striving to personalize the most unique details. I think couples are really embracing the idea that their wedding is for them, not anyone else.

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CEREMONY Miranda and Michael kept their seaside ceremony minimal, save for an arch, which Michael built and stained.

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EXIT Guests waved Miranda and Michael goodbye with sparklers before the newlyweds rode off in the Folly Trolley, an open-air, wagon-style taxi for beachgoers. ESCORT CARDS Miranda and Michael enlisted the help of a friend’s dad and her maid of honor to attach each guest’s name to a hand-painted oyster shell. “People took their shells home to use as a decoration or an ornament,” Miranda says. FASHION Miranda paired her lace gown with bright yellow suede shoes and a colorful beaded clutch.

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CEREMONY MaryGray and Niles said their vows in the arbor garden, a space full of overgrown vines and greenery. “It really reflected MaryGray’s love for nature,” Niles says.

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THEIR STORY MaryGray Creech (27 and a preschool teacher and grad student) and Niles Lewis (27 and a musician and guitar instructor) wanted a wedding as personal as their music tastes. “Music has been a consistent element in our relationship,” MaryGray says. “We share new songs with each other as a way of communicating how we feel.” With that in mind, the pair planned a day as personalized as their playlists. “We didn’t have a ‘theme’ in the typical sense,” the bride says. Instead, MaryGray and Niles embraced the natural décor of the fall season for their outdoor ceremony. “It required no additions,” MaryGray says. The couple chose lyrics from their favorite songs for readings, dined at a sweetheart table apart from their guests, and Niles joined their band onstage for a version of Prince’s “Kiss.” —LB

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MARYGRAY & NILES’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Lace House,

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SWEETHEART TABLE During the planning process, MaryGray and Niles bonded over details, including finding vintage china for their sweetheart table. The antique plates topped a pink silk tablecloth. DÉCOR The couple wanted what MaryGray calls a “bohemian gothic” look and covered the venue in a dark, fall-inspired color palette, mercury glass and overgrown floral installations. FAVORS Guests took home mix CDs in custom sleeves, with songs selected by MaryGray and Niles.

Dopson PLANNER DIY; Kate Creech (MaryGray’s sister) DAY-OF COORDINATION Jessica Rourke FLOWERS Fern Studio GOWN Casablanca Bridal,

The Lily Rose Bridal, Cornelius, NC SUIT Granger Owings, Columbia, SC WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: BHLDN; Jenny Yoo; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse FLOWER GIRL SweetValentina, Etsy.com HAIR & MAKEUP Pretty and Pinned SHOES MaryGray: Bandolino, Zappos.com;

Niles: Johnston & Murphy, Granger Owings ENGAGEMENT RING Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS MaryGray: OliveAveJewelry.com; Niles:

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CEREMONY Stefani and Marc said their vows under an oak tree draped in moss and peonies. “I spent my school years wandering these gardens and daydreaming,” Stefani says.

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STATIONERY To honor her late grandmother’s love of peonies, Stefani worked with the stationer to create a custom crest emblazoned with blooming peonies.

THEIR STORY

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Stefani Tewes (41 and an artist) and Marc Magstadt (54 and a real estate developer) make their own rules. “After 10 years together, we didn’t want to wait too long to get married,” Stefani says. “Our engagement was a short six months.” The West Coast couple headed to Stefani’s home state of South Carolina in the hopes of showing their loved ones the charms of Charleston. “We just wanted our friends and family to have a good time,” Stefani says. “We stayed true to ourselves as a couple and let the pressure and the traditions go.” As guests entered the ceremony, they encountered a playful sign reading “Welcome to Stefani’s Wedding” in a large font and “And Marc’s Too” in smaller letters. The couple exchanged vows in front of 38 guests in mismatched vintage upholstered chairs before heading to an intimate candlelit dinner under the cover of blush-pink drapery and hanging fall foliage installations. —LB

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CENTERPIECES Antique silver vases filled with peonies, roses and berries sat on pink-topped tables alongside antique silver candlesticks. “The unstructured shape gave them a romantic feel,” Stefani says. “The room sparkled from the candlelight and the candlesticks.” DESSERT Stefani and Marc cut into a round cake covered in blush-pink buttercream frosting and a cascade of sugar peonies. “The bottom layer of white cake with raspberry filling was a crowdpleaser,” Stefanie says, “but the top tier of carrot cake was my personal favorite.” EXIT To celebrate the season, guests tossed fall leaves as Stefani and Marc hopped into a vintage black Rolls-Royce at the end of the night.

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Do MAKEUP Pamela Lesch SHOES Stefani: Manolo Blahnik; Marc: Santos Shoes ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jewelry

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FASHION For R.L. (left) and Andrew, the process of designing their custom tuxedos was an eye-opening one. “We had no idea how many details there would be to consider,” Andrew says.

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DÉCOR Andrew and R.L. balanced modern geometrics and acrylics with softer, dreamier textures and fabrics. “We tried to add a few edges to give a bit of a masculine vibe,” Andrew says.

THEIR STORY

ANDREW & R.L.’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Huguenot Loft, Greenville, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Riverland Studios PLANNER Clink! Events FLOWERS

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Twenty-seven-year-olds Andrew Pickney (a product manager) and R.L. Pratt (an attorney) have their own way of doing things, one that combines time-honored tradition with creative personalization. For example, Andrew and R.L. both proposed (with Hamilton tickets and a trip to Paris respectively). “Wedding traditions required renegotiation for us,” R.L. says. The couple’s day represented that duality from start to finish. The ceremony took a church-inspired feel thanks to softly draped fabrics and candles, while the reception was modern with sharp geometric décor and gold accents. Andrew and R.L.’s ceremonial reading choices also exemplified their style: A close friend read an excerpt from the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision for marriage equality to honor Andrew and R.L.’s newfound constitutional right. —LB

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Rentals; Professional Party Rentals CATERING Larkin's Catering & Events CAKE Brick Street Cafe MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

TOP LEF T: ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY; CORY RYAN PHOTOGR APHY; MONIK A PHOTOGR APHY

emerald, forest, teal, peacock

local love: nouveau events ABOUT THE EXPERT

BUDGET FOR BASICS

SERVE UP SIPS

TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR

FOCUS ON FUN

Monica Noa is the owner and planner behind Nouveau Events, based in Knightdale. She’s inspired by the need to educate her couples and help them design sophisticated events.

Prioritize your overall budget by starting with the necessities, like your venue, catering, photographer and planner. Décor is the fun part, but you want to make sure you can afford everything else.

Take your bar to the next level by creating a signature drink (or two!). Cocktails inspired by your tastes are a great way to show your personalities. Don’t forget to give them a catchy name!

I’m so excited to see more custom dance floors. Couples are swapping basic wood for unique statements like colorful tiles, cool patterns or even a custom monogram. It looks super high-end.

The key to a memorable event is a unique dining experience, awesome entertainment, a beautiful atmosphere and a couple that’s having a great time. If you have energy, your guests will follow suit.

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Becca Long is the calligrapher, designer and letterpress printer behind The Keen Bee. She focuses on creating one-of-a-kind paper goods personal enough to be heirlooms.

Invites are the perfect place to add personal touches that tell your story. It could mean illustrating the flowers your partner gave you when they proposed or a sketch of your fur baby.

I always suggest couples splurge on calligraphy. Nothing compares to how special it is for guests to pull a hand-calligraphed envelope out of the mail. It will have your guests excited from the start.

I look at your seating chart as the perfect place to carry design elements from your invitation suite into your day. Plus, not having one makes things so chaotic and can be uncomfortable for guests.

Inspiration for your suite can come from so many places, like nature, your travels or even old antique shops. I always tell my couples to look to special memories they share or things they love doing.

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5 ways to transform your reception space Personalize your venue with these impressive tricks.

Lighting One of the most effective ways to change a space is with allover lighting. Planners love amber or pink uplights— the warm glow is inviting and can make even the simplest room feel chic and stylish. Plus, this hue of light is super flattering for all skin tones.

Draping If your venue has wallpaper or paint that clashes with your décor (or even if it doesn’t), you can create another world within the room using draping. Choose a fabric that matches your palette, or pick white for a classic look.

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Linens Skip the standard white linens and choose tablecloths, runners or napkins in bolder hues or playful patterns to create eye-catching pops of color on the tables and reinforce your vibe.

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YOU ARE NATURE NUTS An adventureloving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your celebration. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a camp means f-u-n for your guests. Traditional events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear regarding what the weekend entails. YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: Throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A RESTAURANT Look into hosting your wedding at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. Most restaurants are well-versed in hosting large crowds, and the intimate setting will deliver big on the built-in ambience, so you’ll have to bring little in the way of décor (maybe a few strings of bistro lights to make the room glow). Play up the casual-cool atmosphere by making the most of the already-present seating arrangements (like mixing booths with smaller tables) and serving up eats family style to evoke a dinner party feel.

YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move to a beachfront pavilion, lawn or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more. YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A PRIVATE ESTATE A historical estate is a posh choice that takes the phrase “house party” to a whole new level with its immaculately maintained lawn and garden, plus tailored interiors. You’ll have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, so center your attention on incorporating details that are both unique and timeless. Rework your family’s tartan into eye-catching table runners, or team up with a stationery artist to draw a signature crest for you and your partner, then use it everywhere from cocktail napkins to the dance floor. When it comes to entertainment for the evening, ask yourself, WWJGD (what would Jay Gatsby do, obvi)? From the understated (roaming oyster shuckers) to the over the top (a large 10-piece jazz band), focus on showing your guests a crazy-good time.

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A twosome unafraid of making a statement—you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding and reception that’s anything but the traditional affair. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Then, play into the avant-garde vibe with accents like metallic flatware, eclectic furniture and a neon sign touting your favorite song lyric. YOU ARE ALL ABOUT EDGE

These must-asks leave nothing to chance.

What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? It’s important to know how long it will take guests to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure everyone won’t be stuck on the road for an hour.

Is the venue near any hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back. Anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

What is the guest capacity? If you love the ballroom but it only fits 150 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide what’s more important to you—the dream venue or your guest list.

What services do you offer? Don’t assume that anything is included. Ask whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food; if any rentals/pros are included; and if an on-site coordinator can help.

What restrictions do you have? Ask if there are any alcohol limits or permits—some venues may not have a liquor license, and some won’t let you stock your own bar. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book certain pros, while others will let you bring in whichever vendors you want. Ask if there are any décor stipulations, and check to see if there’s a

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRANCH OUT

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

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

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Tropical anthurium is hearty enough to last through a hot summer day.

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

TRADITIONAL TOUCH

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

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

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

P O S H PE TA L S

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

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FINAL TOUCH

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

S TA R P OW E R

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

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

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Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

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1 Seaglass vase fillers, $4, WorldMarket.com 2 Dark Vines Indigo matchbox, $13, StFrank .com 3 Diagonal Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, Blurred Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, RebeccaAtwood.com 4 Gio Colour Marine tumbler, $10, LSA, JungLeeNY.com 5 Cristobal Marine porcelain rim soup plate, $160, porcelain dessert plate #2, $100, Raynaud, JungLeeNY.com 6 Vow books in Bleu Velvet and Deep Sea Velvet, $87 each, ElmoPaper Stories.com 7 Tern Schooner saucer, $92, JohnDerian.com 8 Johanna Watercolor Wash save-the-date, $225 for 100, WhimsyDesignPaperie, Etsy.com

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Top your tables with runners in a statement print.


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

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Upgrade any tablescape by renting cutlery that truly stands out.

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Hang pressed flowers center stage (like behind the bar).

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

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1 Cherry burl 8-inch bowl, $95, Peterman, JungLeeNY.com 2 Satin gold long leaf earrings, $60, KennethJayLane.com 3 Custom invitation suite, from $2,500, EmilyRoseInk.com 4 Fern leaf ceramic dish, $24, RedBarnPottery, Etsy.com 5 Mossed redstone pots, from $4 each, JamaliGarden.com 6 Footed teak plant stand, from $12, ShopTerrain.com 7 Petrified wood coasters, $47 for 4, KimSeybert.com 8 Galaxy wood flatware, $260 for 5-piece set, Capdeco, JungLeeNY.com 9 Nebuleux plate, $94, John Derian for Astier de Villatte, ABCHome.com 10 Green fern plate, from $16, ShopTerrain .com 11 Mushroom cheese set, $278, ShopTerrain.com

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Spread those good vibes with palto santo smudge stick favors for guests.

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RECEPTION Emily and Jamie had a mantra for decorating the backyard tent: “Ceremony in the front, party in the back,” Emily says. Hand-picked gold chandeliers lit the party spot.

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THEIR STORY

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Emily Darnell (29 and an entrepreneur) and Jamie Rolewicz (43 and an entrepreneur) share a talent for building things. “On our first ‘dates,’ I made Jamie help me weld different items in my garage,” Emily says. Their passion for welding and design brought them together, and, eventually, it also shaped their vision for their wedding details big and small. The pair got married at the house they built together on Lake Norman, while Emily welded the cake table, created the greenery wall and supervised the building of all things acrylic, including the dance floor and the invitations. Even the cake was a well-constructed art piece. Only a single slice of the “dessert” was available for cutting. In the end, the effort paid off. “Jamie and I are both hardworking and determined,” Emily says. “It meant the world to us to be surrounded by our favorite people in the home we built together.” —Louis Baragona

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FLOWERS When it came to flowers, Emily wanted a mix of both classic and unique blooms, like snapdragons, orchids, tulips and peonies. FIRST DANCE Emily and Jamie danced on their in-ground pool turned dance floor to the tune of “Shameless” by Garth Brooks.

PLACE SETTINGS

“We really wanted something both fun and classic,” Emily says. They did just that by grouping elegant calligraphed menus and neutral linens alongside gold flatware, mixed textures and different asymmetric arrangements of orange flowers.

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Accessories; best man: BlackTie.com HAIR & MAKEUP Jami Svay VEIL/HEADPIECE Heirloom SHOES Emily: Pour La Victoire; Jamie: Salvatore

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SEPTEMBER 22

• HIGH POINT, NC

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VENUE The Lofts at Union Square allowed Jasmine and David optimal room for personalization. “The open layout gave us the freedom to make the space our own,” Jasmine says.

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THEIR STORY Jasmine Isley (28 and a business consultant) and David Betts (30 and a supply chain consultant) share many things in common. When the pair first met through mutual friends at a dinner, they discovered they not only both work in consulting, but also both hail from North Carolina. Years later, Jasmine and David planned a wedding that emphasized their shared loves, not the least of which was their home state. “We knew we wanted to get married in North Carolina,” Jasmine says. The Atlanta-based couple incorporated tributes to the Tar Heel state alongside minimal, low-key décor, eating barbecue hushpuppies and sipping Cheerwine soda. In the end, “The overall style was true to our personalities,” Jasmine says. —LB

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FAVORS Jasmine and David gave out-of-town guests a taste of North Carolina with gift bags of local favorites, including old-fashioned glass bottles of Cheerwine and plenty of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. CENTERPIECES Tall arrangements of ranunculus, roses and eucalyptus towered over subtly striped linens, minimal place settings and miniature votive candles. EXIT Not only did guests send Jasmine and David off with sparklers, the crowd serenaded the newlyweds with Jagged Edge’s “Let’s Get Married” as they hopped into a Cadillac. “We were surrounded by so much love,” Jasmine says.

JASMINE & DAVID’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Lofts at

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CEREMONY Holly and Chris said their vows under a circular arch covered in greenery, peonies and roses.

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THEIR STORY Twenty-six-year-old pharmacists Holly Lien and Chris Lo brought a little springtime to their fall wedding at The Barn of Chapel Hill. The pair took design inspiration from the farm’s colorful wildflowers and the honeybees buzzing around the grounds. “I really wanted to use my sense of creativity to make our wedding personal and keep the atmosphere charming,” Holly says. “I treated the wedding like an art project.” Holly designed the floral invitations, complete with bee illustrations, and filled each envelope with dried flowers. At the reception, guests signed flower and bee magnets and stuck them onto a chalkboard-style guest book. —LB

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HOLLY & CHRIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Barn of

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DÉCOR “We kept our theme bright and charming,” Holly says. “Getting married at a bee and flower farm really inspired our design.” Pink flowers and cozy linens softened the barn’s neutral woods and natural textures. Holly and Chris also added splashes of red, which represents prosperity in Chinese culture. CAKE The couple cut into a vanilla cake with strawberry mousse and buttercream, topped with their names in rose gold calligraphy. BOUQUETS Everyone carried peonies, roses and

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THEIR STORY Though Annie Rush (28 and a hairstylist) and Jesse Ford (34 and a chef) are New Yorkers, the couple decided to head south and say “I do” at a venue they hold dear: Camp Gwynn Valley. “My aunt and uncle own the camp,” Annie says. “Our whole family grew up there, and it’s a special place.” After Jesse proposed there a year earlier, the couple returned for a weekend full of bluegrass music, barbecue bites and a celebration in the Pisgah National Forest. The couple dressed the camp in jewel tones, including burgundy roses and dahlias, and added a little edge with mixed brass accents. A fiddler played as Annie and Jesse said their vows under a sweeping mountain backdrop, and in true Southern tradition, Annie, Jesse and their guests snacked on brisket and biscuits and danced to bluegrass until the end of the night. —LB

FIRST DANCE Whiskey Rebellion, a local bluegrass band, played as Annie and Jesse took the dance floor.

ANNIE & JESSE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Camp

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FLOWERS Floressence Flowers GOWN

Penny Babel Couturier TUXEDO/SUIT Hugo Boss; tie & pocket square: Penny Babel Couturier WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: various; groomsmen: various HAIR Jonathan Rackleff MAKEUP Mara

Capps SHOES Vince Camuto; Saks Fifth Avenue ENGAGEMENT RING Showplace Antique & Design Center WEDDING RINGS Showplace Antique & Design Center; customization: Geordano’s Jewelry Repairs STATIONERY Invitations: Paper Source RENTALS Classic Event Rental CATERING

Hubba Hubba Barbeque PIES Bracken Mountain Bakery OFFICIANT Charles Thomas Rush (Annie’s father) MUSIC Ceremony: Marandi Hollister Band; reception: Whiskey Rebellion HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 160

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

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

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

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

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

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

local love: wildflower bridal ABOUT THE EXPERT

PLAN AHEAD

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Margaux Weinstock is the owner of Wildflower Bridal in Asheville, North Carolina. The bridal salon carries top designers like Hayley Paige, Theia, Nicole Miller and Jenny by Jenny Yoo.

Start looking for your gown 8 to 10 months before your wedding. It takes around four to five months to produce a gown and then at least another two months to make alterations.

Check out a bridal salon’s website and other social media accounts before you schedule an appointment. That way, you’ll know what designers they carry and if they have dresses in your price range.

Have an understanding of your budget, including alterations and taxes. Make sure to clearly communicate that to your consultant during your appointment so you’re on the same page.

Avoid booking more than two appointments in one day. Shopping for gowns is a fun yet exhausting activity. Trying on lots of dresses can be physically and mentally draining, so go easy on yourself.

WildflowerBridal.com

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Wedding gown guru Margaux Weinstock shares her dress shopping tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Modify embellishments

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

2. Lace it up

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

3. Make it personal

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

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

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

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A magnificent, 130-mile string of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, North Carolina, is a place of breathtaking natural beauty, charming seaside towns and endless possibilities. Steeped in history, infused with romance, and defined by authenticity, an Outer Banks wedding is a true reflection of your relationship. What better way to begin your life together? Let us take care of the details.

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Discover the prettiest styles, from the more traditional to the new and trendy. BY SHELLEY BROWN ILLUSTR ATIONS BY JESSICA DURR ANT

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

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waltz-length veils are made for dancing

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

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

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

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

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

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a chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

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

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

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

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

finishing touch

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

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4 bridal fashion rules to break Rules are meant to be broken, and this applies to your wedding. You’re the bride, so follow tradition or make up your own—it’s up to you. RULE TO BREAK

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

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

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

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

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

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

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

tradition trivia

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

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

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Don’t be afraid to take some fashion risks on your wedding day—after all, it’s your moment. The hottest looks are all about theatrical details and grand silhouettes. Photography by

Dewey Nicks

Showstopping Suit

Dresses not your thing? A sleek white tux with flowing tails still commands attention. Tuxedo jacket and pants in sizes up to 18, camisole in sizes up to XL, price upon request, SavannahMiller.com; earrings, $4,400, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com; shoes, $1,220, ReneCaovilla.com

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The drama is in the details. An oversize embroidered peplum makes a simple, strapless silhouette feel couture. Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda.com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com Comic Characters: Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

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

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Fun & Games

Frilly sleeves plus a flirty tea-length hemline equal one whimsical number. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Betty Bridal Atelier, BettyBridal Atelier.com (Charleston, SC); shoes, $425, StuartWeitzman.com

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Celestial-inspired jewels are a great alternative to more traditional bling: They’re just as glam but also have high-fashion edge. Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at White on Daniel Island, WhiteonDI.com (Daniel Island, SC); engagement ring, $2,100, SofiaZakia.com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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Razzle-Dazzle

If there was ever a time for a good party dress, your wedding is it. Allover sequins and tiered ruffles are perfect for dancing the night away. Dress in sizes up to 18, $4,195, TemperleyLondon.com; earrings, $99, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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Loud & Proud

If you’re feeling bold, opt for a dress in a daring hue. A flamered ball gown is sure to turn a few heads. Dress in sizes up to 14, $8,995, Monique Lhuillier at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, AlexiasBridal.com (Raleigh, NC); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $4,900, DoyleDoyle.com

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Retro Glam

Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, NaeemKhan.com; earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY .com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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Great Lengths

Step up your bridal fashion game with the one-of-a-kind combo of cascading layers of pleated tulle, fluttery sleeves and a trendy high-low hemline. Custom dress available in all sizes, price upon request, Rime-Arodaky.com; engagement ring, $13,223, ChristopherDesigns.com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com Ringmaster: Stephanie Monseu

PHOTOGRAPHY Dewey Nicks FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Herve for Davines at Sarah Laird & Good Company MAKEUP Regina Harris PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions MANICURIST Ana-Maria using Dermelect Cosmeceuticals at Bernstein & Andriulli

Special thanks to: Planning a theatrical affair? Join the circus! Based in New York City, Big Apple Circus opened in 1977 and is known for its community outreach programs, as well as its humane treatment of animals. Whether you rent just the VIP tent or the entire show, this historic venue promises a wedding you’ll never forget. Learn more at BigAppleCircus.com

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NEWS FLASH: THERE’S NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO GET HITCHED. HERE’S A BIT OF INSPO TO HELP YOU PLAN A BASH THAT CELEBRATES YOUR LOVE, YOUR WAY.

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For Jeffrey and Augustus, their complementary outfits represented their marriage.

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

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How perfect are these floral-patterned skirts?

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

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

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THE TRADITION

STAYING APART UNTIL THE ALTAR

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

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

African American broom jumping is a tribute to tradition.

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Swapping posed portraits for couples’ shots on a merry-go-round? Yes, please!

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

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THE TRADITION

A SIMPLE BOUQUET

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

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

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

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

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

Terrible flooring

Gaudy chairs

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

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

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

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

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

Too bold wallpaper

Clashing colors

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

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

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

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wedding yearbook

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

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sweets to share

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

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

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dancing queen (and king)

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

jazzed -up beat s

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

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little monsters

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

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

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

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steamy sips

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

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

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

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

fixer upper

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

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

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North Carolina Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In North Carolina, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Those under 18 must have parental consent. Couples must apply for and sign the license together at the Register of Deeds office. A Social Security number and a driver’s license (and sometimes a birth certificate) are required as proof of identification. Residency and blood tests are not required. If previously married, the bride or groom may be asked to provide the appropriate documents regarding the divorce or death. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days. The fee for a marriage license is $60; methods of payment vary. All offices are open Monday through Friday; in some counties appointments are required. Please call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY

Alamance County

Craven County

Gaston County

Iredell County

Brunswick County

Cumberland County

Guilford County

Johnston County

118 W. Harden St. Graham, NC 27253 (336) 570-6565 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register of Deeds 75 Courthouse Dr. Bolivia, NC 28422 (910) 253-2690 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Buncombe County

35 Woodfin St., Ste. 226 Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 250-4300 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cabarrus County

65 Church St. SE Concord, NC 28025 (704) 920-2112 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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226 Pollock St. New Bern, NC 28560 (252) 636-6617 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 117 Dick St., Rm. 114 Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 678-7775 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Davidson County

203 W. 2nd St. Lexington, NC 27292 (336) 242-2150 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Durham County

200 E. Main St. Durham, NC 27701 (919) 560-0480 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Forsyth County

201 N. Chestnut St., Fl. 2 Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 703-2700 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

325 N. Marietta St. Gastonia, NC 28052 (704) 862-7511 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 201 S. Eugene St. Greensboro, NC 27402 (336) 641-7556 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Harnett County

305 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Ste. 200 Lillington, NC 27546 (910) 893-7540 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Henderson County 200 N. Grove St., Ste. 129 Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 697-4901 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

201 E. Water St. Statesville, NC 28677 (704) 872-7468 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 207 E. Johnston St. Smithfield, NC 27577 (919) 989-5160 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mecklenburg County

720 E. 4th St., Rm. 106 Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 336-6090 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Hanover County

216 N. 2nd St. Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 798-4530 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Onslow County

109 Old Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540 (910) 347-3451 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M–F; 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., T. & Th. (by appointment only)

Orange County

228 S. Churton St., Ste. 300 Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919) 245-2675 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pitt County

100 W. 3rd St. Greenville, NC 27834 (252) 902-1650 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Randolph County

158 Worth St. Asheboro, NC 27203 (336) 318-6960 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Robeson County

500 N. Elm St., Rm. 102 Lumberton, NC 28358 (910) 671-3044 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rowan County

402 N. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144 (704) 216-8626 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Union County

Register of Deeds 500 N. Main St., Ste. 258 Monroe, NC 28112 (704) 283-3610 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wake County

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 300, Fl. 3 Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 856-5460 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Wayne County

224-226 E. Walnut St. Goldsboro, NC 27533 (919) 731-1449 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

South Carolina Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In South Carolina, the legal age to obtain a marriage license is 18 years old. Parental consent can be granted for those younger than 18 years of age. Residency and blood tests are not required. The fee for a South Carolina marriage license varies according to the county, typically between $50-$100. There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license. No proof of divorce is required if previously married. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the marriage license is in effect. Proof of age is required in the form of a passport, driver’s license, etc. Some counties may require a social security card. WHERE TO APPLY Aiken County

Probate Court 109 Park Ave. SE, Rm. E126 Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 642-2009 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Anderson County Probate Court 100 S. Main St. Anderson, SC 29622 (864) 260-4049 Call for hours

Berkeley County

Probate Court 300 California Ave. Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4519 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Charleston County

Judicial Center– Probate Court 100 Broad St., Ste. 469 Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 958-5183 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Beaufort County

Hilton Head Island Satellite Probate Office 539 William Hilton Pkwy. Hilton Head, SC 29928 (843) 255-5866 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., T-W, F Beaufort Probate Office 102 Ribaut Rd. Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 255-5850 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Dorchester County

Probate Court 5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd. St. George, SC 29477 (843) 832-0104 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Florence County

Probate Court 180 N. Irby, Rm. 206 Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-3085 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Greenville County Probate Court 301 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29601 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Horry County

Probate Court 9630 Scipio Ln. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M, W-F, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., T

Lexington County

Probate Court 205 E. Main St., Ste. 134 Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 785-8324 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pickens County

Probate Court 222 McDaniel Ave., B-16 Pickens, SC 29671 (864) 898-5903 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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York County

Spartanburg County

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

Judicial Center– Probate Court 1701 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201 8:30 a.m – 4:45 p.m. Probate Court 180 Magnolia St. Spartanburg, SC 29306 (864) 596-2556 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sumter County

Probate Court 215 N. Harvin St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 436-2166 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Probate Court 1 E. Liberty St. York, SC 29745 (803) 684-8513 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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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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Asheville Citizen-Times

(828) 232-5998 Attn: Weddings PO Box 2090 Asheville, NC 28802

Nonpaid weddings must be submitted within 30 days after the wedding date by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Basic announcement is free; larger announcements range from $50 to $210.

Charlotte Observer

(704) 358-5260 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 32188 Charlotte, NC 28232

Must submit info at least 24 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from $115 to $1,885.

Greensboro News–Record

(336) 373-7053 Attn: Celebrations Rep. PO Box 20848 Greensboro, NC 27420

Must submit info by 5 p.m. Wednesday, at least 11 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes All announcements must be proofed before they can be published in the paper.

Six-line announcements (no photo) are free. For longer announcements, rates start at $30.10 and must be prepaid.

Raleigh News & Observer

(919) 836-2800 Attn: Special Occasions Dept. PO Box 191 Raleigh, NC 27602

Must submit info by 4 p.m. on Monday, six days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

The cost is $40 per column inch, approximately eight lines of text.

Wilmington Star-News

(910) 343-2325 Attn: Occasions PO Box 840 Wilmington, NC 28402

Must submit info by 4 p.m. Thursday, 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional; must be typed and double spaced.

There is no charge for submitting a basic announcement. The fee for an announcement plus a photo is $18.55 per column inch. There is also an additional $13.25 online posting fee.

Winston-Salem Journal

(336) 727-7422 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 418 N. Marshall Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Must submit info by noon on Friday, nine days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for submitting a basic announcement. Packages range from $90 to $2,500.

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The Post and Courier

(843) 937-5775 134 Columbus St. Charleston, SC 29403

Must submit by 3 p.m. on Monday, two weeks prior to the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

Online-only fee is $75; online and print packages vary in price .

The State

(803) 771-8431 Attn: Celebrations The State Media Company PO Box 1333 Columbia, SC 29202

Must submit by 3 p.m. the Monday before the desired date of publication and online posting.

Form: Yes; available online.

The cost varies according to text and/or photo size. Packages range from $117 to $422.

Island Packet

(843) 706-8181 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 5727 Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

Must submit info by 3 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the Sunday of publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Standard announcement is free; larger packages range from $140 to $535.

The Greenville News

(864) 298-4130 Attn: Celebrations 305 S. Main St. PO Box 1688 Greenville, SC 29602

Must submit by noon Wednesday, prior to Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $20 to $120 according to size.

The Sun News Daily

(843) 444-1771 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 406 Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Must submit info by 4 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the Sunday of publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Starting at $30 for a one-column passage without photo, ranging up to $350.

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21 main events at north beach

(843) 282-7100 | reception@eventsatnorthbeach.com 21MainEventsatNorthBeach.com We provide an exceptional level of elegance though meticulous planning, lavish surroundings, professional event hosts and an experienced culinary staff who pride themselves on flawless presentation. We will bestow personal service upon you and your guests, leaving you with unforgettable memories! capacity 300 | price $$

belfair clubhouse

200 Belfair Oaks Blvd., Bluffton, SC (843) 706-4634 | weddings@belfair1811.com Belfair1811.com Belfair offers a dream-like setting for an unforgettable wedding celebration. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering of 20 or a large ceremony for 220, Belfair offers a beautiful, serene location and a complete range of supporting services and amenities. capacity 220 | price $$$$

board & batten events

964 Marvin Hedrick Road, Lexington, NC (336) 793-1155 | katie@boardandbattenevents.com BoardandBattenEvents.com Board & Batten was designed to make sure every inch of our property is perfect for your wedding day. Our space brings the elements of a Southern barn and industrial space together perfectly. There is no place around like Board & Batten! capacity 250 | price $$$

the 1927 lake lure inn & spa

2771 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure, NC (888) 434-4970 | LakeLure.com Let the Blue Ridge Mountains surround you! Choose from our historic inn, lakeside, mountain, garden, and beach venues. The inn blends historic ambience, inclusive options, full-service catering, on-site accommodations, spa, salon and stunning views to create a truly unique destination experience. capacity 200 | price $$

callawassie island

(843) 987-2155 | CallawassieIsland.com Have the waterfront ceremony of your dreams surrounded by mossy oaks and views for miles. Dance the night away in our Lowcountry clubhouse or moonlit event lawn. Let our custom catering bring your culinary vision to life. On-island cottages treat your guests to Southern hospitality all weekend long. capacity 250 | price $$$

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alexander homestead

4717 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC (704) 737-1023 | nicole@ahweddings.net Let our experienced event management team lead you through the process of personalizing your special day. As Charlotte’s only all-inclusive historic venue, you and your guests will enjoy a beautiful garden ceremony and striking dairy barn with full amenities. Reach out to schedule your visit today! capacity 225 | price $$

the barn at reynolda village

106 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 758-2276 sales@reynoldabarn.com | ReynoldaBarn.com The Barn at Reynolda Village is a newly renovated wedding venue in the heart of the Reynolda Historic District. We’re able to accommodate up to 175 guests for a cocktail-style reception or 125 for a seated dinner with dancing, and we’re proud to offer additional ceremony space in nearby Reynolda Gardens. capacity 150 | price $$

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cannon green

103 Spring Street, Charleston, SC (843) 817-6299 events@cannongreencharleston.com CannonGreenCharleston.com With beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for your ceremony and/or reception, Cannon Green is an all-season, flexible entertaining space. Our downtown Charleston venue offers an all-inclusive services package covering all the bases from rentals and lush tabletop décor to custom menus. capacity 250 | price $$$

cape fear botanical garden

536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC (910) 486-0221 events@capefearbg.org CapeFearBG.com The Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex at Cape Fear Botanical Garden is the premier rental space for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate and

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chapel hill country club

(919) 945-0410 | mcorrell@chapelhill-cc.com Chapel Hill Country Club is centrally located in North Carolina on the edge of downtown Chapel Hill. Dating back to 1922, the Club has a rich tradition of Southern hospitality and welcoming charm. With several settings for ceremonies, Chapel Hill Country Club is a great location for weddings in any season. capacity 200 | price $$

charleston harbor resort & marina

20 Patriot’s Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 284-7039 | CharlestonHarborResort.com Charleston’s only harbor-front resort is located on Patriot’s Point. The resort offers a full-service marina, golf, pool, private beachfront, two restaurants and event space with views of Charleston Harbor. Whatever season, we can design the perfect setting and event tailored to your dreams. capacity 400 | price $$$

the cottages on charleston harbor

(843) 723-7952 | CharlestonHarborWeddings.com The Cottages on Charleston Harbor are beautifully arranged just yards from the harbor. The picturesque two-bedroom cottages feature spacious living areas and private screened porches, complete with hammocks. Host your ceremony on the water’s edge and the reception on our beautiful event lawn. capacity 125 | price $$$

daniel stowe botanical garden

6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC (704) 829-1268 | privateevents@dsbg.org DSBG.org With 110 acres of stunning themed gardens, sparkling fountains and ever-changing Southern seasonal displays, DSBG is one of the Charlotte region’s most beautiful wedding venues, offering a wide range of wedding packages and unique sites. It’s located in charming Belmont within 30 minutes of Uptown.

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103 East Main Street, Gibsonville, NC (336) 494-8874 | debbie@wadesjewelers.net

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WadesDiamondRoom.com A full-service venue, the Diamond Room is located between Greensboro and Burlington, NC. The Diamond Room allows outside, licensed caterers and provides on-site rentals. It’s perfect for small and large events. It’s where “Elegance Meets Effortless.” Tours are available days, evenings and weekends. capacity 220 | price $$

doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

3200 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 315-7008 kyleen.tamney@hilton.com MyrtleBeachResort.DoubleTreebyHilton.com As one of the only resorts in Myrtle Beach offering toes-in-the-sand beach weddings, it is an idyllic location for couples looking to tie the knot. For an intimate celebration or lavish affairs, we offer three oceanfront ballrooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for your wedding day. capacity 300+ | price $$

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CharlestonWeddingGuide.com She is called the Holy City. She is also known as Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 Top U.S. City. And now the Charleston area may add one more esteemed title: host of your destination wedding. capacity 400+ | price $

the farm - a gathering place

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215 Justice Ridge Road, Candler, NC (828) 667-0666 TheFarmEvents.com The Farm has rustic charm, hardwood floors, a huge fireplace and wraparound porches that are designed for use in winter and summer. Imagine declaring your vows at sunset in the gazebo, a romantic spot nestled in the trees with the western mountains as a backdrop.

TopsailManor@AccessTheBeach.com Topsail Manor is a grandiose, eight-bedroom oceanfront manor that boasts luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations and elegant coastal décor. Designed to accommodate large groups, Topsail Manor’s approximately 8,000 square feet provides the perfect venue for your entire wedding day.

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the farmhouse siloam

2738 Siloam Road, Mount Airy, NC (336) 756-1983 fhsiloam@thefarmhousesiloam.com TheFarmHouseSiloam.com The beautiful countryside setting includes a rustic barn or woodsy backdrop for your ceremony, an old tobacco barn reception pavilion and farmhouse. Packages include the ceremony setting, reception pavilion, tables and

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with your love and comfort in mind. Be a guest at your own wedding. capacity 350 | price $$$

West Asheville, Isis Music Hall can host nearly any size wedding and event from intimate rehearsal dinners to large indoor or outdoor weddings.

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florence center

3300 W. Radio Dr., Florence, SC (843) 679-9417 | ptaira@florencecenter.com FlorenceCenter.com The beautifully remodeled Florence Center offers stylish rental spaces, magnificent ballrooms, an outdoor courtyard, on-site catering and much more. Our unique combination of quality amenities, professional planning and world-class catering can turn events of all sizes into experiences to remember. capacity 700 | price $$

fripp island golf & beach resort

2119 Sea Island Parkway Harbor Island, SC (843) 838-1507 | (888) 974-1873 kkluttz@frippislandresort.com FrippIslandResort.com All you’d expect for your important event. There’s every amenity imaginable for your guests—golf, tennis, boating, 3 1/2 miles of beach, catering to meet your every wish and more. Our accommodations range from spectacular beachfront homes to scenic panoramic views and offer something for everyone.

highgrove estate

1613 S. Main Street, Fuquay Varina, NC (919) 552-6154 info@highgrove-nc.com Highgrove-NC.com Whether your dream is an elegant garden wedding or an evening soiree, Highgrove Estate is the ideal setting for your special day. Exchange your vows overlooking Lake Laurel, celebrate the pleasure of fine food and dance the night away in our fabric-draped Garden Ballroom. capacity 200 | price $$

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7348 Old 60, Roaring River, NC GambillEstate.com With down home charm and natural elegance, this family-owned country estate has 145 exquisite acres coupled with mountain vistas—an ideal wedding location. Southern hospitality is our foundation, and an atmosphere of community and exceptional service is our trademark. capacity 200 | price $$$

hidden river events

(828) 333-3401 hiddenriverevents@gmail.com HiddenRiverEvents.com An elegantly simple events center nestled along the Swannanoa River, just five minutes from Asheville, North Carolina. Reserve our 17+ acre farm for weddings, reunions and other celebrations. Specializing in allinclusive and destination weddings. We craft events

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Nags Head, Outer Banks (252) 255-1501 rentjennettespier@ncaquariums.com JennettesPier.net This oceanfront venue on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has a pristine beach and expansive pier that’s perfect for ceremonies. The second-floor banquet room and outside covered deck provide panoramic ocean views. It’s a breathtaking site sure to make your celebration nothing short of spectacular!

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historic rice mill and good food catering

17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC (843) 723-7952 GoodFoodCatering.net HistoricRiceMill.net Congratulations on your engagement! We are Charleston’s most spectacular waterfront wedding location, featuring versatile indoor and outdoor space and unparalleled sunset views over the Ashley River— everything you can imagine for your fairy-tale wedding. Call today to schedule a complimentary tour!

t kaminski house museum

1003 Front Street, Georgetown, SC (843) 546-7706 kleatherwood@kaminskimuseum.org KaminskiMuseum.org Imagine your once-in-a-lifetime event at the Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown (just 60 miles north of Charleston). Weddings on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum or special events on The Kossove Terrace feature Southern-style charm and tradition in our historic waterfront setting. capacity 300+ | price $

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the historic wakefield barn

12617 Old Falls of Neuse Road, Wake Forest, NC (919) 278-7287 jessica@southernoakevents.com HistoricWakefieldBarn.com Originally built in the 1930s, the meticulously restored Wakefield Barn anchors the property, while the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour space boasts a weeping elm. The natural backdrops offer an inspiring array of unique possibilities for staging the perfect wedding ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$$

isis music hall

743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC (828) 575-2737 lillianna@bellsouth.net IsisAsheville.com For couples looking to exchange their vows in Asheville, this internationally acclaimed music hall hosts an unforgettable evening. Located in the heart of hip

laurel ridge country club & event center

49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville, NC (828) 452-0545 events@laurelridgegolf.com LaurelRidgeExperience.com Whether you are celebrating the most important day of your life with hundreds of guests or having a more intimate gathering, we have the scenic western NC mountain location and experience to ensure that your event is perfect in every way. Every aspect will resonate with rustic elegance and style. capacity 250 | price $$$

lavender oaks farm

3833 Millard Whitley Rd., Chapel Hill, NC (919) 909-7417 | info@lavenderoaks.farm LavenderOaks.farm The serenity of our organic lavender farm and elegant century-old barns set on 60 acres of majestic forest awaits you in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Escape to your dream destination in a timeless setting for

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middleton place

Charleston, SC (843) 377-0548 | MiddletonPlace.org Middleton Place offers an unparalleled wedding experience in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. In one place, extraordinary natural beauty, cultivated landscaped gardens and early American history converge to give your wedding a picture-perfect backdrop—an enchanting day filled with beautiful memories.

QUEEN CITY SELFIES, LLC We Offer More Than a Photo. We Offer an Experience. Queen City Selfies, LLC is an open-air photo booth company based in Charlotte, NC. This entertainment centerpiece allows customers to capture photos of themselves in front of a stationary backdrop, with or without the accommodation of props. This experience can be captured in front of a customized green screen backdrop, basic white or black backdrop and/or a customized backdrop created personally for the customer’s event. Queen City Selfies, LLC’s mission is to provide customers with the opportunity to capture lifetime memories through our new and innovative photo booth experience!

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the oaks wedding venue

325 Huitt Rd., Anderson, SC (864) 293-3606 | TheOaksWeddingVenue.com Happily ever after starts here! Enter the building through 10-foot French oak double doors from the 1800s French Carriage House to a 5,000-square-foot venue facing a 30-foot wall of glass along a serene 20-acre lake.

(980) 505-8333 | (980) 505-8899 | info@qcselfies.com | www.qcselfies.com

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old edwards inn and spa

445 Main Street, Highlands, NC (828) 787-2610 | groupsales@oldedwardsinn.com OldEdwardsInn.com/weddings With year-round venues for weddings of all sizes, the European-style luxury of Old Edwards Inn and Spa provides full-service event staff, superior resort amenities and abundant activities, ensuring that this experience will become part of your memories forever.

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outer banks wedding association

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(919) 654-5413 | 111Place.com The place to be for all of your wedding events! One Eleven Place offers you privacy, elegance, uniqueness, great staff, and creative catering. The grand ballroom and garden patio are perfect for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Enjoy the day you have been waiting for at One Eleven Place.

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sanderling resort

1461 Duck Rd., Duck, NC (877) 574-8219 Sanderling-Resort.com Sanderling boasts unique event spaces on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, plus beautiful Currituck Sound sunsets. capacity 200 | price $$$

the pavilion at pirates cove marina

2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo, NC (252) 473-1015 | tammy@fishpiratescove.com PiratesCoveWeddings.com When planning a wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, there is no other location that can compare to Pirate’s Cove. Our destination, nestled in the Roanoke Sound, is the perfect setting for your wedding, reception or both.

pawleys plantation golf & country club

70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, SC (843) 237-6000 | GrandStrandWeddings.com At Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, we specialize in high-end Lowcountry weddings. Our unparalleled, simple yet elegant venue combines classic Southern architecture with country club ambience. Let us help create the most unforgettable day of your life! capacity 400 | price $$

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porters neck country club

8403 Vintage Club Drive, Wilmington, NC (910) 686-8180 EXT.106 catering@portersneckcountryclub.com PortersNeckCountryClub.com Porters Neck Country Club is a stunning venue with scenic settings throughout every season. Overlooking a four-star Tom Fazio golf course, our plantationstyle clubhouse and outside ceremonies encompass picturesque backgrounds of manicured lawns, ponds and a beautiful patio for enjoying cocktail hour. capacity 160 | price $$

sawyer family farmstead

(828) 743-5456 theteam@sawyerfamilyfarmstead.com SawyerFamilyFarmstead.com Sawyer Family Farmstead is part Christmas tree farm and part mountain paradise. Our unique wedding location is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau overlooking Lake Glenville and only six miles from Cashiers. capacity 250 | price $$

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topsail manor

(910) 327-2050 topsailmanor@accessthebeach.com TopsailManor.com Topsail Manor is a grandiose, eight-bedroom oceanfront manor that boasts luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations and elegant coastal décor. Designed to accommodate large groups, Topsail Manor’s approximately 8,000 square feet provides the perfect venue for your entire wedding day. capacity 100 | price $$$

the sea pines resort

32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-1495 ahill@seapines.com SeaPines.com A world-renowned destination, The Sea Pines Resort offers an unparalleled setting for your unique and special occasion. With several new venues offering spectacular views and beautifully appointed event space, The Sea Pines Resort is sure to exceed expectations and ensure the wedding of your dreams. capacity 250 | price $$$

westglow resort and spa

224 Westglow Cir., Blowing Rock, NC (800) 562-0807 jen@westglow.com Westglow.com Imagine walking down the aisle amidst the grandeur of our historic mansion, surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each wedding is exclusively assured the personalized attention of our entire staff to help you create the day of your dreams. capacity 150 | price $$$

seabrook island club

3771 Seabrook Island Rd., Seabrook Island, SC (843) 768-7869 kmccormack@discoverseabrook.com SeabrookIslandWeddings.com The Seabrook Island Club hosts oceanfront weddings for both club members and nonmembers.

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1 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC (843) 588-6464 TidesFollyBeach.com Tides offers the perfect oceanfront venue for ceremonies on the sand and beachside festivities. With full-service catering, we are pleased to host everything from casual beachside events to formal black-tie affairs for up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $$$

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112 Mountains Boulevard, Lake Lure, NC (828) 694-3009 | RumblingBald.com/weddings Set along the shores of Lake Lure and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we have the picture-perfect spot for your wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a grand reception, our staff is dedicated to making your wedding day everything you dreamed it would be.

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the westin charlotte

601 S. College St., Charlotte, NC (704) 335-2100 WestinCharlotteHotel.com Discover a modern urban oasis in the heart of uptown at The Westin Charlotte, situated steps away from the city’s premier attractions and designed with the modern traveler in mind. Enjoy the freedom to curate your own one-of-a-kind hotel experience at The Westin Charlotte. capacity 300+ | price $$$

summerfield farms

3203 Pleasant Ridge Road, Summerfield, NC (336) 715-8881 | events@summerfieldfarms.com Rustic charm meets modern luxuries at The Barns at Summerfield Farms. Multiple indoor and outdoor venues can accommodate weddings of all sizes. We can’t wait to cultivate your perfect day with you! capacity 500+ | price $$$

winmock at kinderton

168 East Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC (336) 397-2010 rebecca@winmock.com WinMock.com A visual gala of breathtaking architecture and lush

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nitsa’s apparel

107 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 725-1999 nitsas@nitsas.com Nitsas.com Nitsa’s offers the finest selection of couture bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, accessories, social occasion and cocktail dresses, and sportswear. As the Carolinas’ Couture Bridal Salon, Nitsa’s provides its signature personal service and exceptional in-house alterations. Fabulous since 1964!

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Charlotte, NC | (704) 547-4208 Fort Mill, SC (803) 233-1722 info@ladiesoflineage.com LadiesofLineage.com Two locations. Same passion. Same experience. Ladies of Lineage offers an exclusive collection from some of the world’s most sought-after fashion houses. Our style consultants work directly with our bridal designers, helping create your wedding day look based upon your personality, style and budget.

the lily rose bridal

19826-D North Cove Rd., Cornelius, NC (704) 895-1007 LilyRoseBridal.com The Lily Rose Bridal is 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Specializing in couture fashion, The Lily Rose features designer lines for bridal, bridal party, special events and head-to-toe accessories. Enjoy attention to your personal style, designer selections and service that is a cut above the rest.

mena garcia beauty

(919) 520-3530 menagarciabeauty@gmail.com MenaGarciaBeauty.com Mena Garcia Beauty specializes in wedding makeup, hairstyling and special occasion events. Mena’s goal as an artist is to enhance your natural beauty and help you feel like the most beautiful version of yourself! On-site services are provided at your desired location.

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

wedding consultants

MaryBellEvents.com Mary Bell Events is a full-service wedding and event planning company, offering affordable packages designed to bring your vision to life—and to perfection.

timeless events

Rock Hollow Road, Raleigh, NC (919) 353-9897 nicole.timelessevents@gmail.com TimelessEventsNC.com Timeless Events transforms your vision to create specific event designs that represent both of you as a couple. From on-site visits and vendor meetings to design creation and execution, we will handle every detail to ensure you enjoy the complete planning process of your wedding.

flowers & décor

eliana nunes floral design

12133 N. NC Hwy. 150, Suite A, Winston Salem, NC (336) 764-4300 | ElianaNunes.com Serving the Triad, Charlotte and Triangle area, we offer inspired floral and event design for busy couples with impeccable taste. Visit our website to learn more!

farmgirl live it productions international

Worldwide (305) 866-9696 kimberly@liveit.tv | LiveIt.tv From an idea to unparalleled execution, we cater to your dreams. By marrying your needs and budget with exceptional design and production talent, we give you and your guests an unforgettable and memorable wedding experience. We’ll make your dream a reality, so you Live It!

mary bell events

(828) 450-2209 mary@marybellevents.com

31 Golden Tree Lane, Asheville, NC (828) 450-3268 lauri@farmgirlgardendesigns.com FarmGirlGardenDesigns.com I grow the flowers, herbs and edibles I use in the arrangements I create.

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greenery, WinMock at Kinderton combines historic charm with a relaxed atmosphere. Grassy knolls lead the way to the romantic West Terrace, while the soaring Loft provides an unforgettable backdrop to your special day.

haley’s garden llc flower shop

(828) 275-7294 haleysgarden@hotmail.com HaleysGarden.net We at Haley’s Garden make it our first priority to make your day special and strive to make it just as you visualize it. We always look forward to hearing your thoughts and working well with you so that you can have a very unique and beautiful event. Please let us make your day special.

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MalakJewelers.com Malak Jewelers, the diamond specialists, has one of the largest selections of diamonds and fine jewelry in the Carolinas. They carry everything bridal, including designer engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, men’s wedding bands, bridal party gifts and custom design, plus vintage estate jewelry.

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inlet affairs banquets & catering coral clouds photography

(910) 508-2517 coralcloudsphotography@gmail.com CoralCloudsPhotography.com With over 15 years of event management and photography experience, owner/photographer Deirdre Lynn strives to provide excellent customer service and preserve lifelong memories. She takes great care to make each wedding as special as the couple. It would be a privilege to be chosen as your photographer.

f8 photo studios

Serving the Carolinas and beyond (919) 389-5757 cara@f8photostudios.com | F8PhotoStudios.com F8 Photo Studios is a well-established, award-winning studio offering amazing customer service. We take pride in the relationships that we build with our clients, allowing us to capture emotive imagery on your big day!

rhudy’s jewelry showroom

2410 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC (910) 488-7571 EXT. 2 rhudysinfo@rhudysjewelry.net RhudysJewelry.com With over 100 years of combined experience, our staff has knowledge as vast as our inventory. We give you better pricing on a much larger inventory, including more than 15 live bridal lines. Shop with us to see why Rhudy’s Jewelry Showroom is truly “The Gem of Fayetteville”!

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North Carolina–based wedding photographer hello@toujoursphoto.com | ToujoursPhoto.com Your wedding day is one of the most important and photographed days of your life, and I want to make sure all those wonderful and special moments never go unnoticed. My goal is to make you and your partner comfortable and at ease during your wedding day because you are my top priority.

jewelry

(336) 213-7528 booking@dowoakevents.com DowOakEvents.com/contact Dow Oak Events is a North Carolina DJ and photo booth company. We provide our clients with everything they need for a stress-free, amazing party at a VERY affordable rate. We offer young, energetic and experienced DJ/MCs, uplighting, a photo booth and more for a price that will fit any budget.

cakes & caterers

4024 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651-2904 info@inletaffairs.com InletAffairs.com Inlet Affairs is a premier venue and full-service caterer for Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and the surrounding areas. We cater a variety of events that include weddings, rehearsal dinners and much more. Call or email us to get your menu planning process started. We are your event caterer!

thurston southern catering

(843) 352-2099 events@thurstonsouthern.com ThurstonSouthernCatering.com From a backyard wedding to an extravagant Charleston affair, our immaculate attention to detail will ensure your special event is a truly unparalleled experience.

specialty services

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.

total wine & more bistro catering and events

malak jewelers

8042-1000 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 341-1188 info@malakjewelers.com

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Highgrove Estate

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21 Main Events at North Beach

62

Isis Music Hall

179

1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

51

Jennette’s Pier

155

Alexander Homestead

176

Kaminski House Museum

67

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

2

Laurel Ridge Country Club

27

The Barn at Reynolda Village

139

Lavender Oaks Farm

173

Belfair

7

Melrose Knitting Mill

59

Board & Batten Events

125

Middleton Place

95

Callawassie Island

25

The Oaks Wedding and Event Venue

31

Cannon Green

85

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

134

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

137

One Eleven Place

46

The Cedar Room

10 Outer Banks Wedding Association

133

Chapel Hill Country Club

166 The Pavilion at Pirates Cove Marina

165

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

69 Pawleys Plantation

93

Charleston Wedding Guide

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165

The Cliffs

17

The Cottages on Charleston Harbor

93

Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, NC

175

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

53

Sanderling Resort

121

Diamond Room Event Venue

141

Sawyer Family Farmstead

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

91

The Sea Pines Resort

43

The Farm

56

Seabrook Island Weddings

49

The FarmHouse Siloam

173

Summerfield Farms

61

Florence Center

73

Tides Folly Beach

99

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort

77

Topsail Manor

179

Gambill Estate

175

Westglow Resort & Spa

13

Good Food Catering

89

The Westin Charlotte

117

Hidden River Events

157

WinMock at Kinderton

19

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Bistro Catering & Events

176

Live It Productions International

159

Inlet Affairs Catering

91

Mary Bell Events

23

Thurston Southern Catering

39

Timeless Events

163

Total Wine & More

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Coral Clouds Photography

171

f8 Photo Studios

131

toujours

163

ENTERTAINMENT

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Dow Oak Events

21

The Oz Agency

171

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Eliana Nunes Floral & Event Design

166

Farm Girl

169

Haley’s Garden Flower Shop

169

Vintage Soul Floral Design

112

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Ladies of Lineage Bridal Boutique

15

The Lily Rose

1

Mena Garcia Beauty

159

Nitsa’s

29

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Queen City Selfies, LLC

181

JEWELRY

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Malak Jewelers

45

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Rhudy’s Jewelry Showroom

37

Belk

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